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Wood's Late Strike Downs World Champs in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (June 10, 2015) – For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Once again, it was Bobby Wood who scored the game-winner for the USA, netting his tally in the 87th minute, after entering the game in the second half. Mix Diskerud was the other goal scorer for the USMNT and the one responsible for equalizing the match before the halftime mark after Germany got on the board early in the game.

Wood’s strike was the second of his international career with the senior team, and the second consecutive game-winner in five days. He also scored the tally that lifted the U.S. to a 4-3 win over No.-6 ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam.

This is the USA’s fourth victory against Germany and the first victory for the United States against Die Mannschaft on German soil. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.

Next, the MNT returns to the USA for one final tune-up match before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Hermann) 12th minute:
Patrick Hermman attacked from the right side and weaved through the U.S. defense to open himself up for a pass that he sent across to Mario Goetze. Goetze received it and sent it back across the mouth of the goal into the right corner to give Germany an early lead. USA 0, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41st minute: It all started with Michael Bradley, who received a pass from just inside the midfield line, took a turn and sent a beautiful cross to Mix Diskerud, who had sprinted open on the left. Inside the box, Diskerud brought the ball down with his chest, took a touch and then snapped a leaping right-footed shot past Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler into the center of the net. USA 1, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans), 87th minute: Second half sub Brad Evans sent a ball through the right side of the midfield toward the box where Jordan Morris pretended to field it but instead allowed it to zip past him to Bobby Wood. Wood received the ball and sharply turned to the center of the pitch, ridding his marker in the process and sent a powerful strike with his left foot inside the left post and just outside the outstretched arms of the German ‘keeper. USA 2, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Germany accelerated from the right side and Hermann whipped a hard cross all the way across the pitch to Mario Goetze who chested it down near the upper left corner of the box. Goetze moved a few steps toward the goal and then elected to play the ball back to an open Mesut Ozil. Ozil snapped off a left-footed shot on goal, but Guzan dove and caught it.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 31st minute: A giveaway at midfield sent Germany on a break. Hermann attacked from the center and lofted the ball over to Goetze, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Guzan. Guzan proved the winner, making a quick kick-save and knocking the ball to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Goetze again was at the center of another German chance, this time lofting in a cross from the left to a breaking Andre Schurrle in the box and in front of goal. Schurrle jumped and met the ball with a soft header, but Guzan saved again, jumping and snagging the ball out of the air.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will be back in the U.S. for one final tune-up match before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup begins when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
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Milestone Watch:

  • Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of 2015 and the sixth of his career. His last goal came in the USA’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Juan Agudelo made his first start with the MNT since June 22, 2011, when the U.S. played Panama at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 14th win for the U.S. and sits in fifth place on the list for all-time wins.

Additional Notes:

  • The win is the first for the USA on German soil and the fourth overall victory against Germany. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Four players that saw action against Germany on June 26, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, also took the field tonight against the World Cup champs. They were: Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Today’s game marked the third matchup between the U.S. and Germany during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach for the USA. He’s gone 2-1-0 against his former side, with one game coming during World Cup play and the other two in friendlies.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • This was the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015; the U.S. has compiled a record of 3-1-1 during that span.
  • This is the USA's first result against the world's No. 1 team since defeating No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The last time the USA scored two or more goals in back-to-back games in Europe was in 1979 when the U.S. beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on goals from Nanchoff and DiBernardo, then lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with DiBernardo and Villa scoring for the U.S.
  • The last time the U.S. scored consecutive victories against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when the USA beat No. 5 Portugal 3-2, in group play, and No. 7 Mexico 2-0 in the first knockout round.
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA’s seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games: Zardes and Yedlin.
  • Danny Williams made his first start for the U.S. in 2015 in today’s match. His last start came on Nov. 14, 2012 in a 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.
  • Brad Evans had the assist on Wood’s game-winning goal tonight. Evans was a starter in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; Bradley and Fabian Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has now appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date:  June 10, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff:  2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance:  40,348
Weather:  73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          1          2
GER                          1          0          1

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)     12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22- William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)     
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:            Kevin Blom (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. Germany
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 40,348
Weather: 73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
GER                            1          0          1

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)       12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                  88 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22-William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)      
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70 

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:          Kevin Blom (NED)       

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley
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0   Goals conceded throughout the tournament (5 games)
1   Number of U.S. hat tricks during the tournament (Lloyd)
2   Number of players who scored at least 1 goal in every game they played in (Heath & Morgan, they each played in four matches)
3   Number of individual tournament honors awarded to the USA: Golden Ball (Ertz), Golden Boot (Morgan) and Fair Play Award
3   Number of braces Alex Morgan scored during the tournament (vs. MEX, TRI & JAM)
4   Players saw action in all five games (Dahlkemper, Ertz, Horan and Lavelle)
4   Players that scored at least one brace during WCQ (Morgan, Heath, Lavelle and Rapinoe)

5   Number of assists Lindsey Horan had during WCQ, most on the team
5   Opening goals in each match (5 games) that were scored inside the 10-minute mark (Rapinoe 3rd min. vs. MEX; Mewis 5th min. vs. PAN; Morgan 9th min. vs. TRI; Heath 2nd min. vs. JAM; Lavelle 2nd min. vs. CAN)
5   Number of shutouts the USA earned during the tournament (Naeher (4), and Harris)
6   Number of Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying Tournaments the WNT has won in its history
6   Number of braces scored by U.S. players during the tournament (Morgan (3), Lavelle, Heath and Rapinoe (one each))
7   Number of goals scored by Alex Morgan, which was the most in the tournament and earned her the Golden Boot
8   Date in December that the 2019 FIFA WWC Draw will take place. It will be in Paris

10  Number of players who scored throughout the tournament: Morgan (7 goals), Heath (4), Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Lavelle (3), Ertz (2), Dunn, Horan, Press and Mewis
14  Number of total shots against the USA allowed throughout the tournament (five games)
17  The USA was the 17th country to book its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World cup in France
18  Number of WCQ appearances in Carli Lloyd’s career, a U.S. WNT record
19  Number of total assists for the USA during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players
20  Number of players that saw action during the tournament, which was the entire roster
26  Number of goals the U.S. WNT scored throughout the tournament
32  The USA has won 32 games in World Cup qualifying history out of 33 games contested. The only loss came in 2010 vs. Mexico.

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Fame is too small a word. It does no justice to what happens here in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, or what’s enshrined in its new walls. The grand opening, on Oct. 21 with the induction of the Class of 2018, was more than fireworks and high-tech wizardry. It was more than the red blazers and speeches. It was surely more than fame. In the Hall that night was decency and integrity. Fraternity and humility. Humor. Family. Gratitude. Mostly, there’s reflection here. It’s a Hall of mirrors.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Grand Opening ribbon cutting

The weekend began quietly. A ribbon-cutting under a heavy iron sculpture. It’s a player and he’s huge and inverted, flying into a bicycle kick. Motion and solid weight combined. We’ve seen this kick before, maybe on top of our first trophies at soccer camp, like the ones run by Dr. Joe Machnik over there, in the red blazer he got in 2017. Brad Friedel (Class of 2018) used to work those camps as a teenager. And Pele, how many times did he have to shoot and re-shoot his epic bicycle kick for the climax of John Huston’s 1981 movie Victory? And, hey, isn’t that Werner Roth over there (Class of 1989). He was a NY Cosmos teammate of Pele’s (Class of 1993), and he was in the picture too, as the villainous Nazi team captain.

It’s a Hall of Connections. You’ll find them even if you’re not trying.

All night at the North End of Toyota Stadium, where FC Dallas of Major League Soccer play their home games, guests wandered exhibits. That’s Willy Roy (Class of 1989), his face reflecting back off the glass as he admired five of Billy Gonsalves’ eight Open Cup medals, found forgotten in an unmarked Ziploc bag and restored to a high shine. Willy, now 75, never won one, but he scored twice in the Open Cup Final of 1965 for Chicago Hansa. He’s at the Hall with three generations of his family, his granddaughter in an old jersey of the Chicago Sting, the team Willy coached to two NASL crowns.

There’s the Women’s World Cup trophy over there. Olympic medals too. Gold, even. There’s the Dewar Cup, 106-years-old, behind glass in a room full of tables and chairs set as if for a grand wedding reception. And it’s that kind of day, too. That sense of honor drifts on the air. Celebrating something worth the effort. Yes, it’s a Hall of Honor too.

National Soccer Hall of Fame
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National Soccer Hall of Fame
National Soccer Hall of Fame

And it’s a Hall of Remembrance. For the inductees of the Class of 2018, they remembered the ones that got them there. Their families in attendance – parents and aunts and uncles and cousins. Old coaches too. Anson Dorrance (Class of 2008) introduced Cindy Parlow (now Parlow Cone). Ed Hynes, son of the late Jackie Hynes traveled from New York to the Hall’s opening. He brought with him the pocketful of coins his dad carried the day he was wounded by shrapnel at the Battle of the Bulge. They’re dented and damaged, like Jackie’s legs were in the fighting. In all, more than 140 players from the old American Soccer League (ASL) served in World War II.  

“No one gets here alone and it’s hard not to smile on a day like this,” said Brad Friedel, big as a grizzly bear, beneath a long list of names ringing the rafters. The list immortalizes each and every member of the Hall from its first induction Class of 1950. There’s Alex Ely up there of the old Philly Ukrainians and Archie Stark, as tough a brawler as he was a player. There’s Des Armstrong and Michelle Akers.

Friedel, a titan of the American game, sat at a table with old teammate John Harkes, wearing his red blazer from the Class of 2005. And they’re both a step away from the right boot Paul Caligiuri wore to fire the only goal against Trinidad and Tobago on November 19, 1989 and send the U.S. back to a World Cup for the first time in 40 years. There’s connections around every corner here.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Brad Friedel
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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Cindy Parlow Cone
Cindy Parlow Cone
National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett

There’s Tiffeny Millbrett, the tiny Women’s National team spitfire, always going a 100-miles per hour trying to find a way to goal that wasn’t there a split-second earlier. She gave the night a touch of humor, always needed in among the remembrances and earnestness. On the way back to her table, she stepped over the ball, built into a glass case in the floor of the banquet hall, that her teammate Brandi Chastain hammered home from the spot to win the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Earlier in the night, former USSF president Dr. Bob Contiguglia (Class of 2018) called that tournament “the most important women’s sporting event of the 20th century.” And he was right.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Dr. Bob Contiguglia
Dr. Bob Contiguglia (center right)
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JP Dellacamera

And it was none other than JP Dellacamera, honored earlier with the 2018 Colin Jose Media Award, who made the call that day in Pasadena. “Goal!” followed by over two minutes of silence meant to allow the moment, the sheer audacious history of it, to wash clean the over viewer. He made the call in Trinidad, in ‘89, too. Connections. Connections. Connections.

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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Don Garber
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There’s melancholy too, just a little bit around the edges. It’s that last-call sadness, when the tablecloths get pulled away and the day becomes a memory. There’s lingering at the bar, no one quite ready to leave this magical space that hangs like a fog somewhere between then and now. But there’s no need to worry much – there’s space left in that list in the rafters for those yet to join this family of wonder. If you squint hard enough you can see those names coming over the horizon: Howard, Morgan, Lloyd, more even, stretching out as far and long as we care to take care of this American game. It’s a good thing the ceilings are high, because the Hall is forever. It’s for us and those who’ve passed and those who haven’t yet been born.

“’Oh that foreign game’ people say,” remembered Seamus Malin (Class of 2005), with the edges of his Irish accent intact. “But I correct them: ‘no, sir I say. This game here, is American, and it has its own history.” Amen. And that history is here in Frisco Texas as it once was in Oneonta New York. The last glass of champagne is swept up off the bar. A final photo taken in front of the glass cases that protect our game’s treasures. The Hall is quiet now. But it won’t be for long. This Hall is for all. And we, mere mortals, are invited, beginning November 2, 2018 to enjoy its celebration of the beautiful game in America. Go ahead and bask in all that’s reflected there.

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