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USA Records Win for the History Books with 4-3 Victory against Netherlands

AMSTERDAM (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team completed an astonishing second-half comeback in the last two minutes of the game to defeat No.6-ranked Netherlands 4-3 at Amsterdam Arena for the first time in five meetings between the two teams.

Danny Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. Gyasi Zardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks’ goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match.

For Zardes, Williams and Wood, the goals were the first of their international careers, while Brooks’ strike was his first since his momentous game-winner against Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Next, the U.S. MNT face 2014 FIFA World Cup champion and No.1-ranked Germany in Cologne on June 10. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter ( @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay), 27th minute:
From the left side, Memphis Depay played the ball past Gyasi Zardes to send a cross to Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who escaped both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks to head the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. USA 0, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson), 33rd minute: Aaron Johannsson passed the ball outside of the Netherlands box to Fabian Johnson, who was looming on the upper right side corner. Johnson controlled the pass and sent a cross to the far post where Gyasi Zardes awaited. Calm and collected, Zardes gave the ball a great touch with his right foot, tipping it in from a sharp angle inside the near post past the Dutch goalkeeper to even matters before half. USA 1, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

NED – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Van der Wiel), 49th minute: Second half sub Van der Wiel outpaced his marker before sending a long cross toward Huntelaar. The Dutch striker outjumped his defender and once again headed it home for his second of the game. USA 1, NED 2

NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar), 53rd minute: Huntelaar drove a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off Depay and past Guzan towards the far post where it banked in off the woodwork into the opposite corner. USA 1, NED 3

USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin), 70th minute: Michael Bradley came running into the right side of the box where he found DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin gave the ball a single touch before crossing it to the middle where John Brooks used the inside of his left foot to guide a shot inside the near post for his second career MNT strike. USA 2, NED 3 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Danny Williams, 88th minute: Following a corner from Michael Bradley that sent the ball to the middle of the box, Netherlands’ Lukk De Jong headed it clear to the top of the box. Danny Williams was waiting above the half circle to collect the short clearance and took a shot with his right foot that deflected off Dutch forward Luuk de Jong to tie the game. USA 3, NED 3 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris), 90th minute: Michael Bradley gained possession of the ball after a defensive recovery and ran it through the midfield into attacking territory. Bradley found a patient Jordan Morris on the right side and sent him a pass that he smartly crossed to Bobby Wood, who tapped it in with the inside of his right foot for the game-winner in the last-minute. USA 4, NED 3 (FINAL) ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 3rd minute: Robin Van Persie scooted into the box after a bit of miscommunication from the USA defense. His attempt was blocked by Brad Guzan and despite another Netherlands player getting the rebound to try again, the USA No. 1 was prepared and corralled the ball to keep the U.S. out of trouble. 

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 15th minute: In the clearest scoring opportunity for the USA until that point, Michael Bradley served a corner kick into the box, where it bounced around before finding Gyasi Zardes. He fired a bullet from eight yards away toward the net but Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ready and made a point-blank save to deny the goal.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 22nd minute: Brek Shea had a fantastic run on the left flank after a midfield pass from Michael Bradley, and got himself into position to face Cillessen one-on-one. Shea’s shot from about five yards out went straight into Cillessen’s legs, which ricocheted the ball out and avoided any further attacking chance from the USA.

USA – Kyle Beckerman, 39th minute: Netherlands had a clear shot at a goal during a scramble inside the USA box, when Kyle Beckerman tracked back to make a vital interception before kicking the ball out of play, allowing the U.S. to reset.

USA – Brad Guzan and Kyle Beckerman, 47th minute: Robin Van Persie volleyed over John Brooks to head toward the net, but Guzan had a quick reaction and blocked the attempt. Van Persie tried again but this time it was Beckerman who cleared it off the line.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 64th minute: Gyasi Zardes had a free path into the goal, sending a shot with his left foot towards the far post. Cillessen wasn’t caught off guard and stepped up to make the block with his left leg.

USA – Fabian Johnson, 83rd minute : Netherlands got inside the box and past Brad Guzan. Fabian Johnson came from behind and cleared the ball off of the missed attempt from the Dutch player, getting some help from the post to send it out of bounds.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90th minute: Luuk De Jong turned a ball goalward but Guzan expertly sprung across to keep the match tied. The follow up fell to De Jong once again but his second attempt hit the crossbar.

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 97 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list and is the only player on this roster that played against the Netherlands in 2010.
  • The goals from Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood were their first goals with the MNT.


Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT will travel to Germany, to play the 2014 FIFA World Cup Champion at RheinEnergiesSTADION in Cologne. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The United States is 1-4-0 all-time against Netherlands. The teams have played twice in the U.S. and now three times in Amsterdam. The Netherlands has outscored the U.S. 10-5 in the five-game series. Before today’s game, the USA had been outscored 7-1.
  • This was the first matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach and the first victory for the USA against the European soccer power.
  • Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015.
  • Guzan earned his 13th win with the MNT.
  • Ventura Alvarado, who made his first start for the USA the last time out against Mexico, made his second consecutive start for the USA tonight.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley wore the captain’s armband for the fourth-straight match.
  • It was the second time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman started together.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's six matches so far in 2015. The two other MNT players that have appeared in all six games in 2015 are Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Yedlin nabbed his first point of 2015 after providing the assist on John Brooks’ goal late in the second half.
  • Williams, who scored the game-tying goal in today’s match, was the first new player that Klinsmann capped when he became the MNT head coach.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Williams, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes.
  • It was Wood’s second appearance of 2015. He was last on the field on Jan. 28 during the USA’s 3-2 loss to Chile.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date:  June 5, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kickoff:  2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Attendance:  46,000
Weather:  68 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
NED                          1          2          3

NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay)                     27th minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)                               33
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Ven Der Wiel)             49
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas Jan Huntelaar)                     53
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin)                                 70
USA – Danny Williams                                                       88
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris)                                    90

Lineups:
USA:   1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado (15-Michael Orozco, 46), 6-John Brooks, 11-Brek Shea (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 57); 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 63), 7-Alfredo Morales (10-Mix Diskerud, 56); 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Bobby Wood, 65), 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 80)
Subs Not Used : 3-Brad Evans, 12-Nick Rimando, 13-Juan Agudelo, 16-Miguel Ibarra
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NED:  1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Daryl Janmaat (12-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 46), 3-Jeffrey Bruma, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Jordy Clasie (24-Wesley Sneijder, 78), 7-Quincy Promes, 10-Robin Van Persie (capt.) (18-Davy Propper, 57), 11-Memphis Depay, 8-Georgino Wijnaldum; 9-Klaas Jan Huntelaar (19-Luuk De Jong, 78)           
Subs Not Used: 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Karim Rekik, 15-Jetro Willems, 16-Stefan De Vrij, 17-Luciano Narsingh, 20-Tjaronn Chery, 21-Steven Berghuis, 23-Tim Krul
Head coach: Guus Hiddink

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 17 / 21
Shots on Goal: 11 / 10
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
NED – Gregory Van Der Wiel (caution)         85th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant  1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant  2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
4th Official: Richard Liesveld  (NED)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands 
Date:  June 5, 2015 
Competition:  International Friendly 
Venue:  Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Kickoff:  2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local) 
Attendance:  46,000 
Weather:  68 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F 
USA                          1          3          4 
NED                          1          2          3

NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay)                     27th minute 
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)                                 33 
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Ven Der Wiel)          49 
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas Jan Huntelaar)                    53 
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin)                                70 
USA – Danny Williams                                                        88 
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris)                                   90

Lineups: 
USA:   1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado (15-Michael Orozco, 46), 6-John Brooks, 11-Brek Shea (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 57); 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 63), 7-Alfredo Morales (10-Mix Diskerud, 56); 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Bobby Wood, 65), 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 80) 
Subs Not Used : 3-Brad Evans, 12-Nick Rimando, 13-Juan Agudelo, 16-Miguel Ibarra 
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NED:  1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Daryl Janmaat (12-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 46), 3-Jeffrey Bruma, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Jordy Clasie (24-Wesley Sneijder, 78), 7-Quincy Promes, 10-Robin Van Persie (capt.) (18-Davy Propper, 57), 11-Memphis Depay, 8-Georgino Wijnaldum; 9-Klaas Jan Huntelaar (19-Luuk De Jong, 78)            
Subs Not Used: 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Karim Rekik, 15-Jetro Willems, 16-Stefan De Vrij, 17-Luciano Narsingh, 20-Tjaronn Chery, 21-Steven Berghuis, 23-Tim Krul 
Head coach: Guus Huiddink

Stats Summary: USA / NED 
Shots: 17 / 21 
Shots on Goal: 11 / 10 
Saves: 6 / 7 
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3 
Fouls: 3 / 8 
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
NED – Gregory Van Der Wiel (caution)         85th minute

Officials:  
Referee:          Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) 
Assistant  1:     Mathias Klasenius (SWE) 
Assistant  2:     Daniel Wärnmark (SWE) 
4th Official:     Richard Liesveld  (NED)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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GK Jane Campbell Added to WNT Roster for April Friendlies vs. Australia and Belgium

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – Goalkeeper Jane Campbell has been added to the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp roster for the USA’s April friendlies, against Australia on April 4 in Commerce City, Colo., and on April 7 against Belgium in Los Angeles.

Campbell was added to the roster after goalkeeper Adrianna Franch suffered a minor knee injury during training with Portland Thorns FC. Franch will still come into camp to be evaluated by the U.S. WNT medical staff.

With the addition of Campbell, who has three caps for the U.S. WNT, the training camp roster stands at 25 players.

U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position – April Friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

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One Week Left to Vote for National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – Eligible voters have one week left to vote for the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class. Candidates were announced last week, and voting runs through Monday, April 1 for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Results of the voting will be announced at a later date.

Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available at ussoccer.com.

The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the National Soccer Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Players in their first year of eligibility include Shannon Boxx, Edson Buddle, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Lori Chalupny, Lauren Holiday, Kenny Cooper, Todd Dunivant, Karina LeBlanc, Stephanie Cox, Heath Pearce, Troy Perkins, Cat Whitehill, Donovan Ricketts, Leigh Ann Robinson Brown, Homare Sawa, Bakary Soumare and Abby Wambach.

The voting committee includes all past and present Men's and Women's full National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest professional level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS Commissioner and NWSL President, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can select up to ten (10) candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

Of the individuals on the Player ballot, 2002 FIFA World Cup defender Tony Sanneh, 2006 FIFA World Cup defender Ben Olsen and 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup champion Taylor Twellman are in their final year of eligibility.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
David Beckham | Gregg Berhalter | Carlos Bocanegra | Shannon Boxx* | Edson Buddle* | Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke* | Lori Chalupny* | Lauren Cheney Holiday* | Steve Cherundolo | Brian Ching | Kenny Cooper* | Jeff Cunningham | Todd Dunivant* | Kevin Hartman | Frankie Hejduk | Thierry Henry | Stuart Holden | Eddie Johnson | Chris Klein | Karina LeBlanc* | Amy LePeilbet | Eddie Lewis | Lori Lindsey | Stephanie Lopez Cox* | Pablo Mastroeni | Clint Mathis | Heather Mitts | Jaime Moreno | Ben Olsen | Pat Onstad | Heath Pearce* | Troy Perkins* | Steve Ralston | Cat Reddick Whitehill* | Donovan Ricketts* | Leigh Ann Robinson Brown* | Tony Sanneh** | Homare Sawa* | Kate Sobrero | Markgraf | Bakary Soumare* | Taylor Twellman** | Aly Wagner | Abby Wambach* | Josh Wolff

*First year of eligibility
**Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2020

In addition to voting for Player candidates, voting will also open for the Veteran and Builder candidates. fourteen (14) veteran players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which has been narrowed down by a screening committee, and will be voted on by current Hall of Famers.

Voters can select up to ten (10) Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2019 Class. More than one (1) candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

  1. Through his/her play on the United States National Team (senior teams).
    1. Player must have played at least TWENTY (20) full international games for the United States.
    2. This TWENTY (20) game requirement is reduced to TEN (10) games if those games were prior to 1990 and to FIVE (5) games if games were prior to 1960.
  1. Through his/her play in Major League Soccer, Women’s United Soccer Association, original North American Soccer League prior to 1968, in one of various regional leagues that include the American Soccer League, North American Soccer Football League, German-American Soccer League of New York, National Soccer League of Chicago, St. Louis Soccer League, Keystone League of Western Pennsylvania, Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, San Francisco Soccer League and National Association Football League.
    1. He/she must have played at least FIVE (5) seasons in above mentioned leagues
    2. Been a post season league All Star at least ONE (1) time.
  1. Through play in the Major Indoor Soccer League (1984 - 1992).  There was no first division outdoor league in the United States.
    1. Must have played at least FIVE (5) seasons in the MISL
    2. Been a post season league All Star at least ONE (1) time.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
Chris Armas | Mike Burns | John Doyle | Lorrie Fair | Linda Hamilton | Mary Harvey | Chris Henderson | Lori Henry | Dominic Kinnear | Shep Messing | Tiffany Roberts | Mike Sorber | Greg Vanney | Tisha Venturini – Hoch

The 2018 Builder ballot includes eight (8) individuals selected by a screening committee and those who can vote U.S. Soccer Director of Officials; MLS and NWSL management representatives; MLS Commissioner; NWSL Executive Director; U.S. Soccer Secretary General; U.S. Soccer President; all Hall of Famers.

  • Candidates must be at least 50 years old or deceased
    • Eligibility for 2018 election - living candidates born no later than Dec. 31, 1968
  • Must have made a positive impact on American soccer at the national federation or first-division level lasting at least TEN (10) years.
    • An exception to this TEN (10) year rule applies to International Referees. Per FIFA requirements International Referees are retried at age 45; therefore, International Referee criteria for a positive impact is SEVEN (7) years.  Please note International Referees with less than the required SEVEN (7) years, can still be eligible IF they have completed TEN (10) or more years as a United States first-division referee.
  • Candidate cannot be a current elected official and/or current full-time employee of the United States Soccer Federation or the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
  • Any person who has been officially suspended by FIFA, CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, the IOC or the USOC are ineligible to appear on this list.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Joe Cummings | Sunil Gulati | Sandra Hunt | Tim Leiweke | Francisco Marcos | Thom Meredith | Lothar Osiander | Kevin Payne | George Strawbridge

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.  

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U.S. U-20 MNT Takes Down Japan 2-1 in Spain

SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, Spain (March 25, 2019)—The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Japan 2-1 in its final international match before this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup. Andrew Carleton scored just after the half and Christian Cappis netted the game-winner in the 75th minute. Earlier this week, the USA came from behind to draw France 2-2, with Cappis scoring the equalizer in Read more
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U.S. U-23 MNT Battles Netherlands to Scoreless Draw in Spain

SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, Spain (March 24, 2019)—The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team drew Netherlands 0-0 to close out its first training camp of the 2020 Olympic cycle. The USA put together a stronger performance than in its first match, a 2-0 loss to Egypt on March 22, producing some dangerous attacking chances while dictating more of the game’s rhythm. The U.S. got off to a Read more
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PREVIEW: MNT Closes Camp Against Defending Copa America Champions Chile

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – After earning a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in Orlando, the U.S. Men’s National Team closes the spring international window when it faces two-time defending Copa América champions Chile on Tuesday, March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Coverage of USA-Chile begins at 7:55 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMás and UDN. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

USA DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3)12-Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), 22-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 3/0), 1-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0)

DEFENDERS (8): 5-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 37/3), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX; 48/3), 
24-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 27/1), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 58/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5)4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 144/17), 17-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 8/2), 10-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 24/9), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 8/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 14/0)

FORWARDS (6): 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 20/3), 20-Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), 18-Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 3/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 26/5), 21-Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 43/7)

ZARDES POWERS MNT PAST ECUADOR
The U.S. Men’s National Team won its third straight match since MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter took the reins, using a Gyasi Zardes 81st-minute strike to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on Thursday, March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The MNT controlled possession through much of the match, while the back line of Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Aaron Long and Tim Ream limited La Tricolor to just one shot during the course of the 90 minutes.

After coming close to a goal a few times during the first half, the MNT found the lone marker through Zardes, whose shot from 22 yards out took a wicked deflection off Ecuador defender Robert Arboleda and looped over ‘keeper Alexander Domínguez. The goal was the seventh of Zardes’ international career and first since scoring the game-winner against Ecuador in a 2-1 victory during the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal on June 16, 2016 in Seattle.

CHANGES EXPECTED FOR CHILE
Utilizing the March camp to make evaluations for this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup roster, MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said post-game on Thursday that he would make several changes to the starting XI that will face Chile on Tuesday in Houston.

Twenty-four players have appeared for the MNT during the three matches this year, with 20 starting.

MILESTONE WATCH: GREGG BERHALTER
With Thursday’s result against Ecuador, Gregg Berhalter followed Bob Bradley as just the second MNT head coach to win each of his first three matches. Along with remaining unbeaten (3-0-0), the USA has not conceded a goal in the three matches under Berhalter. The record for most consecutive shutouts at the beginning of an MNT coaching tenure is held by Alkis Panagoulias, who guided the team to four straight clean sheets from 1983-84.

With a win Tuesday against Chile, Berhalter would set a new mark for most wins at the beginning of an MNT coaching tenure, while a clean sheet would tie him with the milestone set by Panagoulias in the 1980s.

ADAMS, McKENNIE RETURN TO BUNDESLIGA CLUBS
On Friday, midfielder Tyler Adams was released back to RB Leipzig in an arrangement that was made prior to the opening of the international window.  

After exiting Thursday’s match with an injury, midfielder Weston McKennie remained with the MNT through the weekend for further evaluation and was diagnosed with a moderate to high degree left ankle sprain. He returned to Schalke on Monday where he will continue to his care and is expected to miss several weeks.

Neither player will be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 22 players heading into Tuesday’s match against Chile.

PREPARING TO PREPARE
One of the challenges for any National Team coach is impacting their players during the long periods between matches. Now add in a new coach and a new game model, and addressing that gap becomes more important. The coaching staff has spent the last six weeks attempting to do just that.

“We have laid a lot of ground work in preparation for this camp,” Berhalter said. “It entailed meeting with the players, video conferences with the players, conversations with the players, evaluating their games … it’s a very important time period to keep working and be productive. We’ve used that time to meet the players and communicate what we’re looking to do in the next camp.”

USA-CHILE NOTES

  • Since first meeting at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the teams have met 10 times with the USA trailing the all-time series by a mark of 3-5-2.
  • In the last meeting, the USA received goals from Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea, but ultimately fell 3-2 to La Roja on Jan. 28, 2015 in Rancagua, Chile.
  • The now-Columbus Crew SC duo of Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes both entered the 2015 match as second-half substitutes to make their international debuts.
  • USA goalkeeper Sean Johnson also made his debut against Chile, playing the second half of a 1-1 draw on Jan. 22, 2011 in Carson, Calif.
  • The MNT has played once before at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, drawing 0-0 with Canada on Jan. 29, 2013.

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • Fifteen players play domestically in Major League Soccer, while eight feature for clubs abroad in Germany (2), England (3), Belgium and Mexico (1 each).
  • Based on appearances, the senior-most players on the roster are Michael Bradley (144), DeAndre Yedlin (58), Omar Gonzalez (48), Gyasi Zardes (43) and John Brooks (37).
  • On the flip side, 12 players hold nine or fewer caps.
  • Gyasi Zardes recorded his seventh international goal in Thursday’s 1-0 victory against Ecuador and first since finding the back of the net against La Tricolor in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario on June 16, 2016 in Seattle.
  • Having successfully recovered from a torn right ACL suffered last February with Seattle Sounders FC, forward Jordan Morris made his first MNT appearance since January 2018 against Ecuador, going 68 minutes in the 1-0 win Thursday in Orlando.
  • Veteran defender Tim Ream made his first MNT appearance since 2017, captained the side for the first time against Ecuador and was credited with the assist on Zardes’ goal.

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Gabriel Arias (Racing/ARG; 3/0), Brayan Cortés (Colo-Colo; 2/0), Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town/ENG; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Paulo Díaz (Al-Ahli/KSA; 16/0), Mauricio Isla (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 105/4), Gonzalo Jara (Estudiantes La Plata/ARG; 110/3), Igor Lichnovsky (Cruz Azul/MEX; 5/0), Guillermo Maripán (Deportivo Alavés/ESP; 13/2), Gary Medel (Besiktas/TUR; 116/7), Eugenio Mena (Racing/ARG; 55/3),  Óscar Opazo (Colo-Colo; 4/0), Sebastián Vegas (Morelia/MEX; 4/1)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen/GER; 67/7), Pablo Hernández (Independiente/ARG; 25/3), Jimmy Martínez (Universidad de Chile; 3/0), Jean Meneses (Club León/MEX; 0/0), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo; 3/0), Erick Pulgar (Bologna/ITA; 13/0), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna/MEX; 9/1), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona/ESP; 105/26)

FORWARDS (4): Nicolás Castillo (Club América/MEX; 18/3), Felipe Mora (Pumas UNAM/MEX; 2/0), Iván Morales (Colo-Colo; 0/0), Diego Rubio (Colorado Rapids/USA; 4/0)

CHILE NOTES

  • Chile is currently 13th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings
  • La Roja is coached by Reinaldo Rueda, with the Colombian racked up a 4-4-3 record since beginning the job in March 2018.
  • Chile comes into the match off a 3-1 defeat to Mexico on Friday night in San Diego. Club América striker Nicolás Castillo scored Chile’s lone goal in the match.
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MNT Mar 25, 2019
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