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USA Cruises Past Cuba with 6-0 Win in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

BALTIMORE (July 18, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.

Clint Dempsey tallied a hat trick, Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also scored for the MNT, with Gonzalez’s goal the first of his international career. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and the U.S. MNT backline earned their second shutout of the tournament. 

The MNT improved its Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1 and extended its record to 6-0-0 against Cuba in the regional tournament. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament. 

The USA continues its title defense on Wednesday, July 22, in the tournament Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica. The Semifinal will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute: The U.S. struck first in the game’s early minutes. From the right side, Timmy Chandler curled a left-footed ball in to Clint Dempsey, who out-jumped his defender and headed it over Cuba’s diving ‘keeper for the early advantage. USA 1, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15th minute:  Just over 10 minutes after collecting the match’s opening score, the U.S. doubled up with Zardes’ first-career Gold Cup goal. Fabian Johnson set it up with a spinning cross from the left that found Zardes on the right. Zardes hit a side-footed volley out of the air and into the goal. USA 2, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32nd minute:  Bradley hit a perfect lofted ball into the Cuba half from behind the midfield line. Johannsson sprinted to get to it, and Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra was caught in a position where he couldn’t converge and tried to break down and defend. Johannsson sensing the hesitation, gracefully chipped the ball into the goal for the USA”s third tally of the half. USA 3, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson) 45th minute:  From a corner kick Michael Bradley sent the ball to the far post. As it bent toward the endline Johannsson rose and headed it back through the box. Omar Gonzalez reached it first and finished for his first international goal and the USA’s fourth of the game.  USA 4, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 64th minute: Brad Evans played a beautiful ball into Aron Johannsson, who was dragged down in the box by Cuban defender Angel Horta to set up a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and confidently clipped it down the middle for his fifth goal of the tournament. USA 5, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78th minute: Michael Bradley played the architect, knifing through the Cuban defense and into the box, before threading a ball back across to Dempsey. Dempsey jetted over to it and slammed it into the net complete his hat trick. USA 6, CUB 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Semifinal
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Opponent: Jamaica
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. He is the current golden boot leader. He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.
  • Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history: Brian McBride - 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) - 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski - 7/9/13 v. Belize
  • Omar Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his second goal of 2015 and his first in a Gold Cup.
  • Aron Johannsson’s goal was his first in a Gold Cup and his second in 2015 with his first coming against Denmark on March 25 in Arhus.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan made their fourth straight starts of the 2015 Gold Cup.
  • After missing the first two matches of the tournament, Alejandro Bedoya made his second straight start.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson was the third different combination used in the team’s four Gold Cup matches.
  • Clint Dempsey now has five career goals against Cuba. He also tallied in the team’s 4-1 win in the 2005 Gold Cup opener and the 1-0 shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6, 2008 in Havana.
  • Eight U.S. players made their first-ever appearance in a Gold Cup Quarterfinal as well as against Cuba: Alvarado, Bedoya, Chandler, Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson, Johnson, Guzan and Gyasi Zardes.
  • This was the first time the USMNT scored 4 goals in a first half or led by four at half since Dec. 1993 vs El Salvador.
  • The last time the MNT scored four goals in one half of a competitive match was in a World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2008. The USA scored four second-half goals in a 6-1 win at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that clenched the team a berth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-0-1 in Quarterfinal matches and 20-6-4 in knockout matches all-time in the Gold Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and a perfect 6-0-0 in Gold Cup matches. The U.S. is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the island nation, dating back to Sept. 21, 1949. 
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MNT Jul 18, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: July 18, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Quarterfinals
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Maryland
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 37,994
Weather: 89 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            4          2          6
CUB                            0          0          0

USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler)      4th minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)         15
USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley)  32
USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson)   45
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty kick)             64
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Braldey)       78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin 67); 5-Kyle Beckerman (24-Joe Corona, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson, 8-Clint Dempsey
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough;10-Mix Diskerud, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 25-DaMarcus Beasley, 26-Alan Gordon
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CUB: 21-Diosvelis Guerra; 2-Andy Vaquero, 4-Angel Horta, 5-Jorge Luis Clavelo (capt.), 6-Yaisnier Napoles, 8-Alberto Gomez (23-Felix Guerra, 78), 9-Maikel Reyes, 13-Jorge Corrales, 15-Adrian Diz Pe, 17-Liban Perez (20-Armando Coroneaux, 57), 18-Daniel Luis (19-Yasmany Lopez, 70)
Subs Not Used: 1-Sandy Sanchez, 3-Yenier Molina, 16-Hanier Dranguet, 22-Alain Cervantes,
Head coach: Raul Gonzalez Triana

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 24 / 7
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Yaisnier Napoles (caution)      60th minute
CUB – Angel Horta (caution)              63

Officials: 
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
4th Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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#USAvCUB: Five Things to Watch for

Cuban Roster Challenges

As has become relatively common place for Cuban sides when coming to the U.S., the team enters Saturday’s match missing several players. Goalkeeper Aral Arguellez, midfielders Arichel Hernandez and Dario Suarez as well as forward Keiler Garcia have all departed the teams at different times during the tournament. As a result, Cuba has only 18 players available for Saturday’s quarterfinal, the most experienced of which is 36-year-old defender/midfielder Yenier Marquez, Cuba’s all-time appearance leader with 126 caps.

Despite Cuba being shorthanded, they still overcame a favored Guatemala side to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight Gold Cup. With a potential U.S. path to the final being through Cuba and the winner of the Jamaica / Haiti match, Bradley was asked if CONCACAF’s Caribbean nations were on a rise in recent years.

“Things go in cycles,” Bradley said. “Teams go in cycles in some ways. Does the fact that there are a number of teams now that are in good moments now make things more difficult? Yeah, probably. This idea that Caribbean teams are good now and they weren’t four years ago, six years ago, eight years ago -- I don’t buy that. I was on the field in a lot of those games and trust me, they weren’t cake walks.”

Under Klinsmann, the MNT is 7-1-0 against Caribbean sides.

Plan vs. Cuba

Cuba has probably been the most mixed bag of the 2015 Gold Cup. Missing a number of players due to visa issues, the side was blown out 6-0 by Mexico in their tournament opener before losing 2-0 to Trinidad & Tobago in their second match. There was little hope held they’d get a result against Guatemala in the group finale, but the team’s defensive style paid off as they held Los Chapines scoreless before Maikel Reyes’ 72nd minute goal held up to put the team through.

The U.S. has outscored the island nation 19-2 in its last four matches, but has surrendered the first goal in two of those games, including the last meeting in the 2013 Gold Cup. On Friday, Klinsmann said that after a tight group stage and extra days to recover over the past few days, he and his staff have emphasized the team’s need to put its stamp on the game early.

“We need to make sure that from the first second on, we raise the bar and create a high tempo rhythm and creating chances so we can score. Things can happen, two years ago we go a goal down and things suddenly got difficult.

U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan agreed.

“First and foremost we need to put them under a bit of pressure,” said the first-choice net minder. “We need to make sure our intensity, our pressure is there. We need to make sure we’re on the front foot. The start to the game will be important, we want to try and make sure we don’t give them any room to breathe, any space to ply to run at us or any of that sort of thing.”

Referring to their team’s absences, Klinsmann continued, “A lot of what they went through is very emotional. When you go through those emotional roller coasters, you never know what the ending will be. The message to our players is to be spot on from the first second and hopefully create chances and get an early goal that will make things a lot easier.”

Bradley on the Difficulty of the Gold Cup            

With only two days between matches in the group stage, the U.S. team has had the chance to get a little more rest the past week in Baltimore as they prepared for Saturday’s quarterfinal against Cuba.  Asked about the difficulty of the tournament as whole on Friday, U.S. captain Michael Bradley was open about the challenges that all 12 teams have faced.

“Between the travel, the short turn around between games, grass being laid over field turf, the weather, it’s a huge challenge. That’s absolutely no excuse, because it’s the same for everybody. It’s not like it’s any different for us than the other teams, again I want to be clear that’s no excuse, that’s not me complaining – that’s just reality.”

The conditions combined with the fact that only three of the 18 group matches were decided by more than a goal has put the entire tournament field on notice that nothing will be easy in the 2015 Gold Cup.

“You see that every game is a dog fight, every game is close and hard and that’s exactly what we expected,” Bradley continued. “We expect that it becomes even more like that. Everything you’ve done up until this point means nothing and everything you’ll do in the next week means everything. We’re very focused and very excited to step on the field tomorrow in a quarterfinal, expect a great crowd and we’ll be ready to do anything in any way to get to a semifinal.”

John Brooks Suspended

The U.S. will be without defender John Brooks after the starting center back picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in the Group A finale against Panama on Monday and is suspended for one match. Klinsmann indicated after that match he was happy that the team was able to get minutes out of all of its field players in the group stage, saying he’d be confident in either Omar Gonzalez or Tim Ream as replacements in the quarterfinal.

Predictably though, Klinsmann wouldn’t tip his hand Friday on who would get the nod next to Ventura Alvarado against Cuba, saying, “We’ll see tomorrow night how we put the pieces together on the backline.”

History against Cuba

With their only defeat coming in a 5-2 loss on July 20, 1947, the U.S. is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and ride an eight-match winning streak into Saturday night’s game. Five players on the current roster have scored goals against Cuba, with DaMarcus Beasley tallying three, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski bagging two each and Joe Corona also scoring.

In Gold Cup play, the U.S. is a perfect 5-0-0 against the Caribbean nation.

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