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USA and New Zealand Share the Spoils After 1-1 Draw at RFK Stadium

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team received a first-half strike from Julian Green before playing to a 1-1 draw against New Zealand in an international friendly Tuesday night at RFK Stadium.

After a nervy opening, the MNT worked its way into the match as Julian Green got on the end of a Jozy Altidore header at midfield before unleashing a low blast that sneaked inside the left post in the 27th minute. The goal was Green’s second in as many matches and the third of his international career.

New Zealand would grab the equalizer in the 73rd minute when Monty Patterson pounced on a loose ball at the right post following a corner kick. The MNT continued to look for a winner as midfielders Danny Williams and Michael Bradley forced brilliant saves out of New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, but the two sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT embarks on CONCACAF’s 10-game final round of World Cup Qualifying beginning with a heated rivalry matchup against neighbors Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (FS1 and Univision). Four days later, the MNT travels to take on Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional in San Jose.Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram; Snapchat (ussoccer_mnt)

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julian Green (Jozy Altidore), 27th minute:
A long kick out of the back from U.S. goalkeeper William Yarbrough picked out Jozy Altidore who rose to nod the ball into the path of Julian Green. The 21-year-old took on his marker on the left before firing a well-hit low blast inside the left post, leaving screened New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic flat footed. USA 1, NZL 0 [WATCH ]

NZL – Monty Patterson (Deklan Wynne), 73rd minute:
A corner kick from the right was settled by Deklan Wynne at the corner of the six-yard box before Monty Pattersonopportunistically poked home the equalizer at the right post. USA 1, NZL 1 [WATCH]

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NZL – Stefan Marinovic, 30th minute:
Moments after Green found the back of the net, the U.S. came close to doubling its advantage when Jozy Altidore played a clever ball to slip DeAndre Yedlin into the box on the right. In alone, the MNT winger tried to lift his shot over Marinovic, but the New Zealand ‘keeper charged bravely off his line to deny the attempt.

USA – Michael Orozco, 87th minute: New Zealand nearly carved out the go-ahead goal through a flowing move that began with Kosta Barbarouse playing a long pass to All Whites’ forward Chris Wood at the top of the USA box. Wood held the ball up long enough for Barbarouse to make an arching run from midfield into the left side of the box where he received a pass from Wood before sending the ball back toward the penalty spot where a charging Monty Patterson beat substitute U.S. goalkeeper David Bingham to the ball and flicked it toward goal. However, Patterson didn’t get enough power on his redirected shot which allowed Orozco to recover in time to clear the ball a few yards before it would have crossed the goal line.

NZL – Stefan Marinovic, 89th minute:
Looking for the late winner, Danny Williams picked up steam on a penetrating run through midfield before letting loose on a knuckling blast that forced Marinovic into a diving stop. Williams continued his run before seeing his rebound effort put out for a corner kick.

NZL – Stefan Marinovic, 91st minute: With the U.S. still threatening, a deflected shot fell for Michael Bradley just outside the penalty area where the U.S. captain blasted a left-footed volley to the left post where a diving Marinovic parried the ball out for a corner kick.

NOTES:

  • The USA moves to 2-0-1 all-time against New Zealand.
  • The victory also improves the MNT’s record to 13-4-0 in 2016. The 13 wins tie for the team’s second-highest win total in a calendar year, matching the marks set in 2005 and 2009. The MNT record for wins in a calendar year is 16, set in 2013.
  • Julian Green’s 27th minute strike was his second in as many matches and the 21-year-old’s third in eight career appearances for the MNT.
  • Captain Michael Bradley made his 124th appearance, moving him past DaMarcus Beasley for sole possession of sixth place on the MNT’s all-time caps list.
  • Omar Gonzalez celebrated his 28th birthday by recording his 33rd career cap.
  • In his first return to RFK Stadium since joining Scottish Premiership club Hearts, former D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen earned his second start for the MNT and first cap since a 3-1 win at Puerto Rico on May 22.
  • Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his third career appearance and first since a 2-0 win vs. Mexico on April 15, 2015.
  • David Bingham replaced Yarbrough at halftime, earning his second career appearance for the MNT.
  • Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch earned his MNT debut, replacing Kellyn Acosta in the 59th minute.
  • Entering for Julian Green in the 78th minute, New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo made his first MNT appearance since a 2-1 win against Germany on June 10, 2015.
  • After rehabbing from an ACL injury, Terrence Boyd entered in the 87th minute to earn his first MNT cap since a 1-0 loss to Austria on Nov. 19, 2013.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann deployed a four-man back line which featured Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler partnered in central defense with Michael Orozco at right back and Kellyn Acosta on the left.
  • The MNT’s three-man midfield saw Sacha Kljestan, Perry Kitchen and Michael Bradley lineup from right to left.
  • The USA also used a three-man forward line, which featured veteran Jozy Altidore playing centrally with DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green providing support on the right and left wings, respectively.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date:
Oct. 11, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff:
8 p.m. ET
Attendance:
9,012
Weather:
57 degrees, mostly clear

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

USA – Julian Green (Jozy Altidore)      27th minute
NZL – Monty Patterson                       73

Lineups:
USA: 22-William Yarbrough (12-David Bingham, 46); 21-Michael Orozco, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 6-Kellyn Acosta (13-Lynden Gooch, 59); 20-Perry Kitchen (14-Danny Williams, 64), 16- Sacha Kljestan, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 88), 19-Julian Green (11-Juan Agudelo, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Bill Hamid, 9-Paul Arriola, 15-Steve Birnbaum, 23-Tim Parker
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NZL: 1-Stefan Marinovic; 22-Andrew Durante (17-Sam Brotherton, 58), 2-Winston Reid (capt.) (4-Themi Tzimopoulos, 74), 5-Michael Boxall; 21-Liam Graham (14-Louis Fenton, 46), 15-Clayton Lewis (19-Moses Dyer, 67), 8-Michael McGlinchey, 6-Marco Rojas (20-Henry Cameron, 46) (7-Kosta Barbarouses, 75), 18-Kip Colvey, 13-Monty Patterson, 9-Chris Wood
Subs not used: 23-Tamati Williams, 3-Deklan Wynne, 10-Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 11-Rory Fallon, 16-Matt Ridenton

Head Coach: Anthony Hudson

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 16 / 12
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 19 / 19
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
NZL – Monty Patterson (caution) 84th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 86

Officials:
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Lemus (GUA)
4th Official: Jonathan Polanco (GUA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Matt Besler

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date:
Oct. 11, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff:
8 p.m. ET
Attendance:
9,012
Weather:
57 degrees, mostly clear

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

USA – Julian Green (Jozy Altidore)      27th minute
NZL – Monty Patterson                       73

Lineups:
USA: 22-William Yarbrough (12-David Bingham, 46); 21-Michael Orozco, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 6-Kellyn Acosta (13-Lynden Gooch, 59); 20-Perry Kitchen (14-Danny Williams, 64), 16- Sacha Kljestan, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 88), 19-Julian Green (11-Juan Agudelo, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Bill Hamid, 9-Paul Arriola, 15-Steve Birnbaum, 23-Tim Parker
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NZL: 1-Stefan Marinovic; 22-Andrew Durante (17-Sam Brotherton, 58), 2-Winston Reid (capt.) (4-Themi Tzimopoulos, 74), 5-Michael Boxall; 21-Liam Graham (14-Louis Fenton, 46), 15-Clayton Lewis (19-Moses Dyer, 67), 8-Michael McGlinchey, 6-Marco Rojas (20-Henry Cameron, 46) (7-Kosta Barbarouses, 75), 18-Kip Colvey, 13-Monty Patterson, 9-Chris Wood
Subs not used: 23-Tamati Williams, 3-Deklan Wynne, 10-Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 11-Rory Fallon, 16-Matt Ridenton

Head Coach: Anthony Hudson

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 16 / 12
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 19 / 19
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
NZL – Monty Patterson (caution) 84th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 86

Officials:
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Lemus (GUA)
4th Official: Jonathan Polanco (GUA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Matt Besler

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Five Things to Know About Julian Green

One of the more enigmatic personalities in the MNT player pool, Julian Green announced his return to the U.S. Men’s National Team picture by scoring in each of the team’s October friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand.

The MNT attacker moved from German giants Bayern Munich to second division side Stuttgart on Dec. 21, in a bid for more playing time and to help Die Roten earn promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Here are five things to know about the 21-year-old attacker:

Munich by Way of Tampa

Green was born in Tampa, Fla. to an American father and German mother in 1995. At age two, his mother moved with him back to Germany, where the future MNT attacker spent his formative years.

Growing up in a soccer-mad country, Green proved a promising prospect with youth clubs FC Miesbach and SG Hausham before stepping up to join the Bayern Munich Academy as a 15-year-old in 2010. 

Germany or USA? 

As he thrived in the club’s development system, Green began to receive invitations  from German youth national teams, playing for both the U-16 and U-17 sides in 2011. Owing to his American heritage, Green also began receiving overtures from the U.S. U-18 MNT the following year and scored in a 4-2 friendly victory against the Netherlands in September 2012.

Having signed a professional contract with Bayern Munich as an 18-year-old in 2013, the rising prospect represented Germany during qualifying for the 2014 UEFA U-19 Championship that fall. His participation in that tournament meant that he was provisionally “tied” to represent only Germany in international competition. Despite this, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann kept up his pursuit to have the American-born attacker wear the red, white and blue, and the budding attacker eventually filed for a one-time change of associations with FIFA, which was approved March 24, 2014.

Speaking about his final decision to represent the United States, Green said, “Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family. I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I’m very proud to be representing the United States.”

Two days later, Green received his first official call-up for the MNT and made his international debut as a second-half substitute against Mexico on April 2, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz.  

World Cup and "The Goal"

On May 22, 2014, Green was somewhat surprisingly named to the 23-man squad that would represent the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With just one cap to his name and turning 19 days before the start of the tournament, Green was the youngest player named to a U.S. World Cup roster since 18-year-old Joe Martinelli was part of the MNT squad at the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

An unused sub as the U.S. navigated a difficult group featuring Ghana, Portugal and eventual winners Germany, the youngster was thrown into the fire during the MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium. Riding Tim Howard’s impressive performance into extra time, Belgium scored two in the first half of the first additional period to put the United States on the ropes. 

Needing goals fast, Green was inserted in place of Alejandro Bedoya at the end of the first 15 minutes of extra time. It took just two more minutes for him to make good on the swap as Green impressively volleyed home Michael Bradley’s lofted ball in the 107th minute. The quick goal made Green the youngest MNT player all-time to appear and score in a World Cup match, but it wasn’t enough to keep the U.S. team alive, as they exited the tournament with a 2-1 defeat.

Returning to Bayern Munich and Loan at Hamburg

Coming off his memorable strike at the World Cup, Green returned to Bavaria where he was named as part of Bayern Munich’s first team squad for the 2014-15 season. Still young, he found it hard to gain playing time with the German giants and was sent out on loan to fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg at the start of 2015.

Things didn’t necessarily go according to plan with HSV, as Green played sparingly during his loan stint and returned to Bayern following the season. Without much in the way of first team minutes, call-ups for the senior MNT stalled, but Green still found time with the U.S. U-23 side while playing mostly with Bayern Munich’s reserve team through 2015-16.

A National Team Return 

With his last full MNT cap coming at the end of 2014, Green was recalled to the U.S. team for a friendly against Puerto Rico back in May. While the camp did feature National Team regulars Brad Guzan, Bobby Wood  and John Brooks, the week of training leading up to the match was deemed as a transitional camp for Copa America Centenario and included a number of first-time call-ups as well as players in similar situations to Green.

While it seemed his 63 minutes against Puerto Rico would be his sole action of 2016, Green made headlines again in August when he scored a hat trick for Bayern Munich in a preseason match against Inter Milan in Charlotte. Training everyday with the likes of international stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Green has continued to find it difficult to get time on the field for the club, but has still consistently made the match day 18-man roster. 

While it seemed his 63 minutes against Puerto Rico would be his sole action of 2016, Green was a late call-up to the MNT’s October camp, replacing Alejandro Bedoya for friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand.  Like Sacha Kljestan a month earlier, Green made the most of his chance, contributing to both goals in the MNT’s 2-0 win against Cuba and scoring the lone marker in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against New Zealand.

Despite showing well in his recent international outings, having to compete with the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben every day in training continued to make it difficult for Green to gain minutes for Bayern Munich. With the Bundesliga hitting its winter break, on Dec. 21 the MNT attacker signed with VfB Stuttgart

Longtime Bundesliga participants, Die Roten (the Reds), were relegated from the German topflight last season, but are currently locked in a tight bid to gain promotion. As of his signing, Stuttgart sat third in the league, just two points back of first-place Eintracht Braunschweig.

A fresh start in Stuttgart should provide Green ample playing time as he works to get the club back to the Bundesliga and with eight caps and three goals to his name, the 21-year-old will hope regular minutes will make him a part of new MNT head coach Bruce Arena’s plans.


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5 Things to Know About U.S. MNT Midfielder Lynden Gooch

During the past few months, Lynden Gooch has become one of the most intriguing prospects for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Here are five things to know about the rising MNT winger.

Where It All Started

Born on Christmas Eve 1995 to an English father and Irish mother in Santa Cruz, Calif., Gooch has said he was kicking a soccer ball from the moment he could walk.

A long-time supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, his father also served as his club coach with a number of sides, including the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Santa Cruz Breakers.

“Without my dad, I wouldn’t be the player I am today,” Gooch said in a recent Facebook Live chat. “He brought me up to play with both feet and to be creative. I’m very thankful for what he’s done for me.”

As a 10-year-old, Gooch took a club trip to England where he scored a hat trick against Sunderland. That occurrence began a long-time connection with one of northeast England’s biggest clubs, with the Black Cats inviting the promising midfielder for training every spring and summer at the Stadium of Light.

Joining Sunderland

After impressing on his trips to England, Gooch signed with the club’s youth academy in 2012, progressing from their U-16 side all the way up to the U-21s. A loan spell with Conference side Gateshead in early 2015 opened the door for his first team debut with Sunderland, which came in a 6-3 League Cup win against Exeter City on Aug. 26, 2015.

Gooch gained more first team experience with a loan to League One outfit Doncaster Rovers in January before returning to Sunderland this spring. 

Under the guidance of David Moyes, who has also managed Americans Tim Howard, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan during their time in England, Gooch made his league debut for the club in this year’s season opener against Manchester City and earned Man of the Match honors in the club’s 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on August 21.

Capable of playing as a winger, second forward and in central midfield, the 20-year-old has been a constant in the club’s matchday squad through their early Premier League campaign.

International Future

Owing to his mother’s Irish heritage, Gooch’s first international call-up actually came from the Republic of Ireland’s U-18 squad in 2013. Though he played in a friendly match against Switzerland, the California-born midfielder always had his heart set on representing the United States, and two years later he helped the U.S. U-20s qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, though he didn’t make the final roster.

U.S. MNT Comes Calling 

Despite missing out on the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gooch’s play at Sunderland kept him on the radar of the U.S. Men’s National Team. His start to the 2016-17 English Premier League campaign earned him his senior team call-up for the MNT’s October friendlies in 2016 and would make his international debut when he entered for Kellyn Acosta in the 59th minute of a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Oct. 11.

Recalled for the MNT’s November World Cup Qualifying matches, Gooch’s substitute appearance away to Costa Rica on Nov. 15 officially cap-tied him to the United States. 

Model Players

Growing up near San Jose, Calif., Gooch was able to watch budding American superstar Landon Donovan week-in and week-out during his time with the San Jose Earthquakes, and from afar always admired Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

On a more personal level, the 20-year-old attacker also admitted he was a big fan of former U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, whose nickname matches his own last name.

Learn more about Lynden Gooch by watching his recent Facebook Live chat: 

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Gallery: MNT Pens a 1-1 Draw vs. New Zealand

Photos from the U.S. Men’s National Team 1-1 draw against New Zealand in an international friendly on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium. The match featured a first half goal from Julian Green and a goal-line save late in the game from Michael Orozco. 

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