U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Gold Cup Semifinal
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga.
Post-Game Quote Sheet
U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On his thoughts on the match:
“Obviously the team is disappointed, the fans are disappointed because you wanted to play the big final on Sunday in Philadelphia. It was a very, very good performance. I really told them at halftime as well, ‘Just keep playing like that, you’re going to get opportunities and sooner or later you’re going to put them in the net and we’re going to turn this game around.’ We lost this game with two set pieces that we conceded. It’s as simple as that. We had enough chances to put three, four, five in there. We didn’t do that, and that’s why at the end of the day we lost it. That’s unfortunate, but it’s reality. Congratulations to Jamaica being in the final, and we have to swallow that pill.”
On similarities with the team’s previous loss to Jamaica in 2012:
“I’m not comparing the games in the past. It’s similar to a couple years ago with two set pieces when they scored two goals in Kingston. They won that game with two free kicks. Today was a throw-in and a free kick and they come away as the winning team. Compliment to them and they come away as the winning side, but I cannot complain about the performance of the team. They gave everything. They kept pushing, pushing, pushing and we had enough chances at the end of the day to score the goals we needed in order to get to the final and we didn’t do that. That’s maybe the only point where you can see we were missing today.”
On a change in the pace of the match after the first 15 minutes:
“You cannot go that tempo for all 90 minutes that the guys went. They kept really pushing. They kept going until the very end. Defensively Jamaica did a very good job. It’s a very physical team, they know how to interrupt the game and slow the game down.”
On whether he regrets sticking with young center backs John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado:
“I don’t regret it, not at all. On that header there, John came up a little too late, but he played an excellent game, and Ventura too. Now we have a couple of very, very good center backs that we keep building. They keep progressing and they will have a very intense competition between each other and going into the future. There’s no reason to criticize them for the game, actually the opposite. They were all over the place, they did their job and we came up short at the end of the day.”
On the play of his young center backs Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks:
“Planning ahead towards 2018 wasn’t the factor. Right now, the fact is they deserve to play these games. They deserve to play the Gold Cup. We’ve had to raise the competition with some center backs and some outside backs. We want to see that competition going on and it’ll just get better over the next couple of years. That’s not a problem at all.
“We had enough chances to put this game away. The luck was not with us maybe, but also we were not clinical enough. Effort-wise, rhythm-wise, passing combinations – everything was there. There was a lot of good stuff that we saw. At the end of the day, it’s the goals that matter.”
On Olympic qualifying in the fall and preparations for the Confederations Cup playoff:
“As far as I know, it goes parallel with that time in October the Olympic qualifiers and our playoff then for the Confederations Cup. We’ll figure that out, but if you look at the youngsters like DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks, there are some other kids in there that I would love to have for the senior level. We’ll figure that one out.”
On what comes next:
“Finishing off in style Saturday in front of our fans, being third then and doing that with the right attitude and right approach. You owe that to fans and the tournament. Swallowing that pill, it’s not nice to swallow, but it is what it is, you can’t change that anymore. Then we keep building, we keep progressing, we keep working hard in order to go towards World Cup qualifying by the end of the year and it starts all over again.”
On the play of Aron Johannsson in the Gold Cup:
“We need to see the strikers. We need to have them play those games and we need them to kind of prove a point every time they come into camp. They’re trying to do that in training and they’re trying to do that in the games as well. I think Aron made another step forward in this tournament, with the group and also within ranking of the team. He was a bit unlucky today with the rebound on the free kick from Fabian Johnson. If that one goes in, it might become the game-winner. This is part of our job as coaches, to bring them along, to help them in that process, to also help them in their club environment whenever we can in order to get them ready for the next level.”
U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY
On tonight’s game:
“Coming in we knew it was going to be a difficult game. Going down 2-0 in the first half makes it even more difficult. The response after halftime was good to try and get back into it, but unfortunately we couldn’t find an equalizer.”
On what Jamaica did to cause problems for the U.S. tonight:
“These games are never easy, like I said. Teams are committed to defending and closing down space, and obviously when you give away two goals off set pieces the task becomes even harder.”
On the team and the chances it had to win:
“The response was good. Again, it’s a difficult game at the start and then going down makes it very, very difficult.”
On turning the page and moving on from the loss:
“That’s life. There’s no choice but to move ourselves forward. Obviously it’s a disappointment right now, that’s normal, but we’ll be back at it. There’s no other way to go.”
U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
On what went wrong:
“I think from our point of view we obviously conceded two set piece goals and that left us a bit disappointed, but in saying that we had chances. We had quite a few chances, and on another day, maybe two or three of those go in and its happy days, but obviously that wasn’t the case tonight and that’s soccer.”
On how the team moves on from the loss:
“It’s obviously a disappointing loss. All the boys are upset, especially because we played some of our best football this game. We combined really well. We created chances we got forward, but ultimately just putting the ball in the back of the net just wasn’t to be tonight. It’s disappointing, but we’ll pick ourselves up. It doesn’t make us a bad team. It doesn’t erase a lot of the good stuff we’ve done. Just as when we beat Holland and Germany, a single game doesn’t define us. It’s a loss in a tournament that was very important for us, but now we’ve got to pick ourselves up and make sure we’re ready for the playoff.”
On Saturday’s third place game:
“We want to finish on a high. We want to make sure that we go in and put together a good performance and finish this Gold Cup on a win.”
On stepping over the line with the ball:
“Listen. In all my years as a professional, I’ve never seen that call. I’ve seen a still image of it. It may be an inch or two over the line, but for a linesman to make that decision I think he’s got to be at the top of the 18-yard-box and he’s probably about two or three yards behind it. Those decisions sometimes don’t go in your favor and in your way, but it’s a free kick and you’ve got to defend it and he hit it well.”
Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second half, the U.S. came out quickly on the attack and Michael Bradley scored his second goal of the tournament to cut the Jamaica in half. Chances continued to come for the MNT, but none found the net, and when the final whistle blew, it signaled the USA’s first loss to Jamaica in Gold Cup play.
Jamaica led at the break after two quick goals from set pieces late in the first half. Darren Mattocks headed home a long throw in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes doubled the lead five minutes later with a free kick from just outside of the box.
The USA will play either Panama or Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday, July 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The broadcast information on the semifinal is still to be determined.
The MNT will also face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The one-game playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute: A long throw in from Kemar Lawrence found Mattocks in the center of the box, where he rose highest and flicked a header to the back post. The ball floated over diving U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan and bounced in off the post. USA 0, JAM 1
JAM – Giles Barnes 36th minute: Brad Guzan was whistled for a handball after he was deemed to have advanced out of the penalty area. Jamaica was awarded a free kick on the right side of the box and Barnes stepped up to take the kick, curling it over the wall and in at the near post to put Jamaica up by a pair. USA 0, JAM 2
USA – Michael Bradley 48th minute: Just after the restart, the ball was played into Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. He took a turn and fired at Jamaica’s goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who batted it down in front of him. Dempsey followed and got a shot away before Michael Bradley followed up for the third time to tap it home from eight yards.USA 1, JAM 2 (SEE GOAL ) (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 30th minute: Fabian Johnson barreled down the left side on the attack and made a sharp cut in to his right, crossing his defender and freeing himself for a shot. Johnson placed a shot toward the far post, but Thompson dove to his left to deflect it away.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 44th minute: Alejandro Bedoya threaded a pass to Clint Dempsey in the box, who shielded a man away and ripped a shot with his left foot. Thompson came out and smothered the shot.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 57th minute: USA captain Bradley turned on the edge of the area and blasted a vicious swerving drive toward goal. Thompson was momentarily fooled but managed to get his body behind the shot, deflecting it off his chest and off the post to preserve the lead.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 71st minute: Brad Evans sent a long throw in into the box, which John Brooks Reached with a header. Brooks’ header went on frame, but Thompson dove to stop it.
- With his goal U.S. captain Michael Bradley became the fourth player with 15 goals & 15 assists for the #USMNT (Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda)
- With tonight’s start, Bradley ties goalkeeper Tim Howard for 11th on the all-time MNT cap list with 104 appearances.
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 50th all-time appearance for the USA in tonight’s match.
- U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup from the Cuba Quarterfinal match: John Brooks returned to central defense after serving a one-game suspension, while Brad Evans stepped in at right back.
- Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan continued as the lone U.S. players to start all five matches of the tournament.
- The start was the first for Evans since the second Gold Cup group match, a 1-0 victory against Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
- The MNT is now 13-2-8 all-time against Jamaica and is 10-1-3 against the Reggae Boyz at home. The U.S. record against Jamaica in the Gold Cup falls to 3-1-0.
- The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time in Atlanta.
- The loss was the first for the MNT under Jurgen Klinsmann in the Gold Cup.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: July 22, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue: Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
JAM 2 0 2
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute
JAM – Giles Barnes 36
USA – Michael Bradley 48
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67) , 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary, 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff,
15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Sub Not Used: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 16-Joel Grant, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution) 45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 88
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBARead more
ATLANTA (22 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos no pudo remontar el marcador y cayó 2-1 frente a Jamaica en las semifinales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015.
Un gol de Michael Bradley en el segundo tiempo no fue suficiente para mantener a EE.UU. en el torneo, y ahora espera conocer su rival entre México y Panamá que juegan en el segundo partido de la noche. EE.UU. también jugará un partido de repechaje contra el ganador de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 para determinar qué equipo representará a CONCACAF en la Copa Confederaciones 2017.
EE.UU. ahora tiene un registro de 13-2-8 contra Jamaica, y uno de 3-1-0 en partidos de Copa Oro.
Estados Unidos jugará contra un rival aún por determinarse por el tercer lugar de la Copa Oro 2015 el sábado, 25 de julio, 2015, en PPL Park en Chester, Pensilvania. El partido será a las 4 p.m. ET.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 2, Univisión
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Resumen de Goles:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence), minute 31: Jamaica consiguió un saque de banda en el lado izquierdo y Kemar Lawrence lo mandó al centro del área. Darren Mattocks saltó para encontrarse con el balón, cabeceando la pelota al segundo poste justo afuera del alcance del brazo estirado de Brad Guzan. USA 0, JAM 1.
JAM – Giles Barnes, minuto 36: Después de atrapar el balón entre una multitud de jugadores en su área, Brad Guzan salió a jugar rápido con Aron Johannsson, sin embargo se precipitó y salió del área con el balón en la mano. Tres jugadores de Jamaica se perfilaron para tomar el tiro libre justamente afuera del área grande en el lado derecho, pero fue Giles Barnes quien se animó, enviando el balón con fuerza y precisión por un lado de la barrera y justo abajo del travesaño. USA 0, JAM 2.
USA – Michael Bradley, minuto 48: Aron Johannsson probó a Ryan Thompson con un disparo de larga distancia que el guardameta atajó pero no controló en el centro del área grande. Clint Dempsey se apresuró para pegarle al remate, pero también se encontró con el cuerpo de Thompson. Finalmente, Michael Bradley se abalanzó sobre el balón libre y lo mandó con determinación al fondo de la red. USA 1, JAM 2. (VER GOL) FINAL
Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
JAM – Michael Hector, minuto 23: Alejandro Bedoya controló el balón por la banda derecha y envió un pase al centro para Aron Johannsson, quien disparó de primer intento de corto rango. Sin embargo, el defensa Michael Hector estaba en buena posición para bloquear el intento con la pierna.
JAM – Ryan Thompson, minuto 44: Aron Johannsson mandó balón por el pasto al borde del área chica para Clint Dempsey, quien dio la vuelta para encarar a Ryan Thompson. Dempsey disparó pero Thompson había salido a tiempo y el riflazo de Dempsey estalló contra el cuerpo de Thompson, quien luego reaccionó para mantener control del balón.
JAM – Ryan Thompson, minuto 51: Fabian Johnson tomó un tiro libre afuera del arco exterior al área grande. El disparo se fue directamente al portero Ryan Thompson, quien bloqueó con el cuerpo. El rebote voló en el aire y Aron Johannsson alcanzó a rematar con la cabeza, pero envió su disparo por arriba del travesaño.
JAM – Ryan Thompson, minuto 71: Brad Evans mandó un saque de banda del lado derecho al área chica en donde John Brooks alcanzó a enviar el balón a la portería. Ryan Thompson estaba atento y atajó el balón sobre la línea, evitando el gol.
JAM – Ryan Thompson, minuto 78: Alejandro Bedoya envió un pase cruzado al centro desde el lado derecho y Alan Gordon anticipó bien. El delantero logró conectar con el balón y enviarlo hacia la portería, pero el disparo fue algo débil y le dio tiempo a Ryan Thompson de atajar cerca de la esquina inferior derecha.
- EE.UU. tiene un registro de 13-2-8 contra Jamaica, y uno de 3-1-0 en partidos de Copa Oro.
- EE.UU. ahora tiene un registro de 52-8-6 en todos sus partidos de la Copa Oro.
- EE.UU. ha ganado la Copa Oro en cinco ocasiones (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) y terminado en segundo lugar cuatro veces (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011).
- Después de la fase de grupos, EE.UU. hizo tres cambios a su nómina—DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona y Alan Gordon se unieron al grupo, mientras que Jozy Altidore, Greg Garza y Alfredo Morales fueron dados de baja.
- Diez jugadores diferentes de la nómina han anotado gol para EE.UU. en lo que va del 2015—Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Omar González, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski y Gyasi Zardes.
- Clint Dempsey anotó seis goles en la Copa Oro 2015 y 11 en Copas Oro, con los cuales sobrepasó a Eric Wynalda en el segundo lugar de la lista histórica de goleadores de EE.UU. en la Copa Oro. Landon Donovan (18) está en el primer lugar.
- Bradley es el único jugador que ha jugado todos los minutos de los trece partidos que ha disputado la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2015. Gyasi Zardes es el único jugador además de Bradley que ha jugado en todos los partidos.
- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -
Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Jamaica
Fecha: 22 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Semifinales
Sede: Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: bajo techo
Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
JAM 2 0 2
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) minuto 31
JAM – Giles Barnes 36
USA – Michael Bradley 48
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar González, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann
JAM: 23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary (16-Joel Grant, 90+3), 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff, 15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Director Técnico: Winfried Schäfer
Resumen estadístico: USA / JAM
Tiros: 21 / 10
Tiros a Gol: 10 / 3
Atajadas: 1 / 9
Tiros de Esquina:11 / 8
Faltas: 13 / 10
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 4
Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Kyle Beckerman (amonestación) minuto 33
JAM – Garath McCleary (amonestación) 45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (amonestación) 88
Árbitro: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Cuarto Oficial: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
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No player on the current U.S. roster has had as long of a gap between CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments as defender Brad Evans. And after last summer, there was no guarantee it would ever come to pass.
In May 2014, he was one of 30 players named to the team’s preliminary World Cup roster, but was eventually edged out when the final 23 was named.
No doubt disappointed to have contributed to the qualifying efforts and come so close to a World Cup only to miss it, Evans has earned a new chance with the National Team at this summer’s Gold Cup. Along with Joe Corona, he’s one of two players on the current roster that were the final cuts for last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
“To be back in the picture is great,” Evans said. ”You never know when your time is going to be up with this team. In the grand scheme of things, it’s so short for most players. It’s maybe 20-25 games. You get the odd players that have built a career around it that get 100 caps, or 75 games, but for most players it’s really short. You have to learn to relish it so that when your chance comes again, make sure that you do whatever it takes to stay in the fold.”
Brad Evans has found plenty of success with the USMNT against Jamaica in the past and
will hope to contribute in another big game against the Reggae Boyz in the 2015 Gold Cup Semifinals.
Evans began his National Team career at age 25, already a third-year pro when he received his first call-up playing under Bob Bradley at the 2009 Gold Cup. Because of the team’s involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup weeks before, the team was more patchwork than what would normally be sent to a regional championship.
“It was different, mostly MLS guys and guys that were truly fighting for their lives to claw their way into the National Team picture,” Evans told ussoccer.com.
Evans appeared in three of the team’s six matches and came on as a substitute in a 2-1 extra time win against Panama in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Ultimately, the team made its way to the final, but was overmatched by a stronger Mexico side in the final at Giants Stadium.
“It was a team that fought hard, got a couple overtime results, and we found ourselves in a good position in the final. We make a couple errors; you don’t finish your chances – it’s something I look back on and I’d like to forget. The reality is, you learn from your mistakes.”
After gaining more experience with his club side Seattle Sounders FC, Evans started to earn more regular call-ups under U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, carving out a role with the team in key final round World Cup qualifiers in 2013.
The right back’s best moment came in a June qualifier that year against Wednesday’s opponent, Jamaica. Following a 30th minute goal from Jozy Altidore, the U.S. clung to a 1-0 lead for much of the match until Jamaica’s Jermaine Beckford headed home an equalizer in the 89th minute.
Just as it looked like the U.S. would have to settle for a 1-1 draw, Michael Bradley drove to the endline and centered for Evans in the box. The Sounders FC man turned on a dime and poked an effort inside the opposite post in the 92nd minute to give the team a 2-1 win.
Brad Evans celebrates his last-gasp winner on the road against Jamaica in 2013 World Cup Qualifying.
“I have very fond memories of that game. The whole experience was one I’ll remember forever. Certain firsts you remember. Your first cap and first goal is something you always remember. Especially playing defense, it’s a little bit unheard of, for me it’s something that is a definite highlight of my career.”
The Jamaica game was one of five appearances for Evans during the 2013 ‘Hex’ and kept him in the mix for the team’s World Cup roster the following spring.
Now as he preps for the possibility of facing Jamaica in Wednesday’s semifinal, he’ll lean on the experience gained from that qualifier in Kingston, as well as the return leg the U.S. won 2-0 in Kansas City four months later.
“Those types of performances, results in those big games and big environments against very good teams have an impact. In the back of your mind you always know you can do it,” he said. “It gives you confidence going forward that you can do it.
“I remember the game against Bosnia as well that we ended up winning. I came off the field and Jurgen said, ‘This is it, you can do it, this is the level you’re performing at.’ That’s something I’ve always remembered since then, whenever someone doubts or I start to doubt myself – just knowing past performances have put me to where I am now. Knowing I have those in the back of my mind is something I can carry forward.”Read more