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USA Digs Deep to Beat Ecuador 2-1 and Earn 2016 Copa America Semifinal Berth

SEATTLE (June 16, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team earned a massive 2-1 win against Ecuador before 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field to secure a Semifinal berth at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The match was played at a high intensity from the first whistle as both teams wrestled for control of the game early. But it was the USA that landed the first blow in the 22nd minute as Clint Dempsey, playing in the city where he suits up for Seattle Sounders FC, opened the scoring with a textbook headed finish.

The U.S. carried the lead into the second half where cards began to take their toll on both teams. In the 52nd minute, both sides had players sent off as Antonio Valencia received a second caution for Ecuador and Jermaine Jones earned a straight red for an after-the-play incident for the U.S. Both teams kept up the high tempo despite being reduced to 10-men but the U.S. was able to exploit the additional space when Gyasi Zardes tapped home what proved to be the game-clincher in the 65th minute.

Although Ecuador pulled a goal back from a set piece – Michael Arroyo picked out the lower left corner of Brad Guzan’s goal as Ecuador utilized crafty play deep in U.S. territory – they were not able to further breach a staunch U.S. defense led by center back duo John Brooks and Geoff Cameron.

The win against La Tri sends the USA to NRG Stadium in Houston next Tuesday, June 21 for a showdown with the winner between Argentina and Venezuela, who play this Saturday night in Boston. The Semifinal will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones), 22nd minute:
Dempsey was the alpha and omega of the final thrust of the USA’s goal scoring move. Picking up the ball in the center of the offensive half, Dempsey played Bobby Wood into the Ecuador box before getting chopped down by a tackle. Wood was able to run the ball down, face up his defender and play a smart pass back to Jones at the top right corner of the box where the midfielder one-timed a lofted ball into the heart of the Ecuador defense. Dempsey, who had recovered to make a late run into the box, leapt between two defenders to plant a header into the right side of the net. USA 1, ECU 0

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Clint Dempsey), 65th minute: John Brooks played a long ball from midfield into the left corner for Bobby Wood to run down. He once again controlled the ball, faced up his defender and made a smart pass back to Matt Besler, who crossed to the back post, looking for Zardes. A deflected header fell to Dempsey, who beat his man and sent the ball across the face of goal to where Zardes was unmarked to tap in the eventual game-winner with ease. USA 2, ECU 0

ECU – Michael Arroyo (Walter Ayovi), 74th minute: Ecuador won a free kick near the right U.S. corner flag. With all his teammates stationed in the U.S. penalty area, Ayovi played the ball on the ground to the top center of the U.S. box for where Arroyo met it with a curling run to smack a low, one-time shot through traffic into the lower right corner of Brad Guzan’s goal. USA 2, ECU 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
ECU – Alexander Dominguez, 41st minute:
On a quick counter, the USA sent the ball over Ecuador’s high defensive line and Dempsey ran onto a bouncing pass as it rolled to the left of the box. He slipped a one-touch pass past his defender and into the path of Alejandro Bedoya who took a moment to look up and pick out his spot, but Dominguez was quick to close down the angle and got down to his left to make the save.

USA – Brad Guzan, 45+1: A giveaway in midfield allowed Michael Arroyo to get in behind the U.S. defense and crack a wide angle shot on goal from close range, but Guzan had his positioning right and was able to make the kick save to keep Ecuador off the board in the first half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues its 2016 Copa America Centenario in the Semifinal against the winner between Argentina and Venezuela, who play on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET in Boston. The Semifinal will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Tuesday, June 21.

Broadcast information: FS1, Univision, UDN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his 52nd goal in his 128th cap for the USA. He is now, only five behind all-time U.S. leader Landon Donovan and has scored or assisted the winning goal in each of the USA’s last three games.

Additional Notes:

  • Tonight’s win improves the USA’s all-time record vs. Ecuador to 4-5-5. The U.S. has won both the last two meetings between the two countries including their Copa America Centenario warm-up match 1-0 on May 25 in Frisco, Texas.
  • The U.S. is now 9-2-0 to start 2016 which is the team’s second best start through its first 11 games of the year since 2007 when the Yanks went 10-0-1.
  • Tonight’s starting XI was: Brad Guzan; Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Matt Besler; Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood
  • Nine of the players in tonight’s lineup, including the goalkeeper, entire back line and midfield, were on the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
  • This is the first time this lineup has played together after U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann deployed the same starters for all three matches in the group phase. Besler, making his 2016 Copa America debut, replaced DeAndre Yedlin, who was suspended after receiving two yellow cards in the 1-0 win against Paraguay.
  • Yedlin will be available for selection in the Semifinal after serving his suspension vs. Ecuador. However, the U.S. will have to deal with the losses of Bedoya and Wood, both of whom miss the Semifinal due to yellow card accumulation through the first four matches of the tournament. Jones is also suspended for the Semifinal due to receiving a straight red card vs. Ecuador.
  • Dempsey is tied for the lead in the tournament Golden Boot race with Lionel Messi (ARG) and Philippe Coutinho (BRA); each has three goals. Dempsey leads all players in the competition with three assists. He recently won the Golden Boot at the 2015 Gold Cup with seven goals.
  • Guzan and the U.S. defense saw their shutout streak come to an end at an impressive 301 consecutive minutes in the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
  • Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes have both played in 10 of 11 MNT games in 2016, tied for the team lead.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: June 16, 2016
Competition: 2016 Copa America Centenario - Quarterfinals
Venue: CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 47,322
Weather: 66 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones)     22nd minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Clint Dempsey)         65  
ECU – Michael Arroyo (Walter Ayovi)          74

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 81), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones; 9-Gyasi Zardes (3-Steve Birnbaum, 90+4), 8-Clint Dempsey (15-Kyle Beckerman, 74), 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 10-Darlington Nagbe, 12-Tim Howard,
14-Michael Orozco, 16-Perry Kitchen, 17-Christian Pulisic, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 21-Edgar Castillo, 22-Ethan Horvath
Not available:
2-DeAndre Yedlin
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU: 22-Alexander Dominguez; 2-Arturo Mina, 3-Frickson Erazo, 4-Juan Paredes (17-Jaimen Ayovi, 82), 10-Walter Ayoví (capt.), 13-Enner Valencia; 6-Christian Noboa (8-Fernando Gaibor, 62), 7-Jefferson Montero, 11-Michael Arroyo, 16-Luis Valencia, 18-Carlos Gruezo
Subs not used: 1-Maximo Banguera, 5-Cristian Ramirez, 9-Fidel Martinez, 12-Esteban Dreer, 14-Angel Mena, 15-Pedro Larrea, 19-Juan Cazares, 20-Robert Arboleda, 21-Gabriel Achiller, 23-Miler Bolaños
Head Coach: Gustavo Quinteros

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        38th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (sent off)     52
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        52
ECU – Luis Valencia (sent off)        52
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)         53
ECU – Juan Paredes (caution)        64
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)   73
USA – Brad Guzan (caution)            84

Officials:
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
4th Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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MNT Jun 17, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: June 16, 2016
Competition: 2016 Copa America Centenario - Quarterfinals
Venue: CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 47,322
Weather: 66 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones)     22nd minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Clint Dempsey)         65  
ECU – Michael Arroyo (Walter Ayovi)          74

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 81), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones; 9-Gyasi Zardes (3-Steve Birnbaum, 90+4), 8-Clint Dempsey (15-Kyle Beckerman, 74), 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 10-Darlington Nagbe, 12-Tim Howard,
14-Michael Orozco, 16-Perry Kitchen, 17-Christian Pulisic, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 21-Edgar Castillo, 22-Ethan Horvath
Not available:
2-DeAndre Yedlin
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU: 22-Alexander Dominguez; 2-Arturo Mina, 3-Frickson Erazo, 4-Juan Paredes (17-Jaimen Ayovi, 82), 10-Walter Ayoví (capt.), 13-Enner Valencia; 6-Christian Noboa (8-Fernando Gaibor, 62), 7-Jefferson Montero, 11-Michael Arroyo, 16-Luis Valencia, 18-Carlos Gruezo
Subs not used: 1-Maximo Banguera, 5-Cristian Ramirez, 9-Fidel Martinez, 12-Esteban Dreer, 14-Angel Mena, 15-Pedro Larrea, 19-Juan Cazares, 20-Robert Arboleda, 21-Gabriel Achiller, 23-Miler Bolaños
Head Coach: Gustavo Quinteros

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        38th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (sent off)     52
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        52
ECU – Luis Valencia (sent off)        52
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)         53
ECU – Juan Paredes (caution)        64
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)   73
USA – Brad Guzan (caution)            84

Officials:
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
4th Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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The Journey: Clint Dempsey

MNT Aug 10, 2016

5 Things to Know: USA in the Copa America Centenario Semifinal

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to continue the knockout stage of the Copa America Centenario – a tournament celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historical Copa America tournament, the championship of South America – in a semifinal matchup against No. 1-ranked Argentina on Tuesday, June 22 at NRG Stadium in Houston (9:00 p.m. ET – FS1, Univision, UDN). Here is what Read more
MNT Jun 20, 2016

Gallery: MNT Defeats Ecuador 2-1 for Semifinal Berth

The U.S. Men’s National Team earned a massive 2-1 win against Ecuador before 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field to secure a Semifinal berth at the 2016 Copa America Centenario. The win against La Tri  sends the USA to NRG Stadium in Houston next Tuesday, June 21 for a showdown with the winner between Argentina and Venezuela, who play this Saturday night in Boston. The Semifinal will Read more
MNT Jun 17, 2016

Banding Together

The night before the USA’s Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal against Ecuador, U.S. captain Michael Bradley approached the team equipment manager Jesse Bignami with an idea.

The team had already put out a video in support of the victims of the tragedy in Orlando, but with the spotlight turned on a team representing the United States, all of the United States, he felt more needed to be done.

One of the honors of being the captain is the opportunity to wear the armband, a symbol of leadership and respect. He believed strongly that on this night and this stage, the National Team needed to be leaders on an issue greater than themselves. In a tournament, each team is given identical armbands. Bradley wondered if Bignami could make the one for the match that was a little more custom.

"Obviously it's an incredibly sad week for our country, for the LGBT community," Bradley said following the game. "We all feel a big sense of responsibility every time we represent our country, and wearing a rainbow armband felt like the right way to honor that role tonight.”


U.S. Men's National Team captain Michael Bradley, wearing the custom rainbow OneNation. captain's band,
places his hand over his heart in preparation for the National Anthem ahead of
the USA's Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal showdown with Ecuador at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

The idea was one thing, but bringing it to fruition was another. A rainbow armband didn’t exist as far as they knew, so where could one be found, or in this case, made?

They first approached the Nation Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign about making a heat transfer labeled with #OneNation. They could. The next call was to the kitman from Seattle Sounders FC, who had previously had a similar item made for his team. His contact was closed for the evening, but he promised to reach out first thing.

By midnight, samples of the heat transfers had been delivered to the team hotel. The question still remained of whether an armband could be made. The next morning, after consultations on size and material, STT-Sports Lettering Co. confirmed they could have one ready for pickup after noon.

After the team equipment arrived at CenturyLink Field, Bignami took off to the shop to retrieve the armband while assistant Mike Zawlocki fired up the heat press. About 20 minutes before the MNT arrived at CenturyLink Field, the unique and powerful symbol was tucked away in Bradley’s locker. Ready to be worn with pride. Ready to represent #OneNation.

 

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MNT Jun 18, 2016

USA Digs Deep to Beat Ecuador 2-1 and Earn 2016 Copa America Semifinal Berth

SEATTLE (June 16, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team earned a massive 2-1 win against Ecuador before 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field to secure a Semifinal berth at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The match was played at a high intensity from the first whistle as both teams wrestled for control of the game early. But it was the USA that landed the first blow in the 22nd minute as Clint Dempsey, playing in the city where he suits up for Seattle Sounders FC, opened the scoring with a textbook headed finish.

The U.S. carried the lead into the second half where cards began to take their toll on both teams. In the 52nd minute, both sides had players sent off as Antonio Valencia received a second caution for Ecuador and Jermaine Jones earned a straight red for an after-the-play incident for the U.S. Both teams kept up the high tempo despite being reduced to 10-men but the U.S. was able to exploit the additional space when Gyasi Zardes tapped home what proved to be the game-clincher in the 65th minute.

Although Ecuador pulled a goal back from a set piece – Michael Arroyo picked out the lower left corner of Brad Guzan’s goal as Ecuador utilized crafty play deep in U.S. territory – they were not able to further breach a staunch U.S. defense led by center back duo John Brooks and Geoff Cameron.

The win against La Tri sends the USA to NRG Stadium in Houston next Tuesday, June 21 for a showdown with the winner between Argentina and Venezuela, who play this Saturday night in Boston. The Semifinal will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones), 22nd minute:
Dempsey was the alpha and omega of the final thrust of the USA’s goal scoring move. Picking up the ball in the center of the offensive half, Dempsey played Bobby Wood into the Ecuador box before getting chopped down by a tackle. Wood was able to run the ball down, face up his defender and play a smart pass back to Jones at the top right corner of the box where the midfielder one-timed a lofted ball into the heart of the Ecuador defense. Dempsey, who had recovered to make a late run into the box, leapt between two defenders to plant a header into the right side of the net. USA 1, ECU 0

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Clint Dempsey), 65th minute: John Brooks played a long ball from midfield into the left corner for Bobby Wood to run down. He once again controlled the ball, faced up his defender and made a smart pass back to Matt Besler, who crossed to the back post, looking for Zardes. A deflected header fell to Dempsey, who beat his man and sent the ball across the face of goal to where Zardes was unmarked to tap in the eventual game-winner with ease. USA 2, ECU 0

ECU – Michael Arroyo (Walter Ayovi), 74th minute: Ecuador won a free kick near the right U.S. corner flag. With all his teammates stationed in the U.S. penalty area, Ayovi played the ball on the ground to the top center of the U.S. box for where Arroyo met it with a curling run to smack a low, one-time shot through traffic into the lower right corner of Brad Guzan’s goal. USA 2, ECU 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
ECU – Alexander Dominguez, 41st minute:
On a quick counter, the USA sent the ball over Ecuador’s high defensive line and Dempsey ran onto a bouncing pass as it rolled to the left of the box. He slipped a one-touch pass past his defender and into the path of Alejandro Bedoya who took a moment to look up and pick out his spot, but Dominguez was quick to close down the angle and got down to his left to make the save.

USA – Brad Guzan, 45+1: A giveaway in midfield allowed Michael Arroyo to get in behind the U.S. defense and crack a wide angle shot on goal from close range, but Guzan had his positioning right and was able to make the kick save to keep Ecuador off the board in the first half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues its 2016 Copa America Centenario in the Semifinal against the winner between Argentina and Venezuela, who play on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET in Boston. The Semifinal will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Tuesday, June 21.

Broadcast information: FS1, Univision, UDN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his 52nd goal in his 128th cap for the USA. He is now, only five behind all-time U.S. leader Landon Donovan and has scored or assisted the winning goal in each of the USA’s last three games.

Additional Notes:

  • Tonight’s win improves the USA’s all-time record vs. Ecuador to 4-5-5. The U.S. has won both the last two meetings between the two countries including their Copa America Centenario warm-up match 1-0 on May 25 in Frisco, Texas.
  • The U.S. is now 9-2-0 to start 2016 which is the team’s second best start through its first 11 games of the year since 2007 when the Yanks went 10-0-1.
  • Tonight’s starting XI was: Brad Guzan; Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Matt Besler; Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood
  • Nine of the players in tonight’s lineup, including the goalkeeper, entire back line and midfield, were on the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
  • This is the first time this lineup has played together after U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann deployed the same starters for all three matches in the group phase. Besler, making his 2016 Copa America debut, replaced DeAndre Yedlin, who was suspended after receiving two yellow cards in the 1-0 win against Paraguay.
  • Yedlin will be available for selection in the Semifinal after serving his suspension vs. Ecuador. However, the U.S. will have to deal with the losses of Bedoya and Wood, both of whom miss the Semifinal due to yellow card accumulation through the first four matches of the tournament. Jones is also suspended for the Semifinal due to receiving a straight red card vs. Ecuador.
  • Dempsey is tied for the lead in the tournament Golden Boot race with Lionel Messi (ARG) and Philippe Coutinho (BRA); each has three goals. Dempsey leads all players in the competition with three assists. He recently won the Golden Boot at the 2015 Gold Cup with seven goals.
  • Guzan and the U.S. defense saw their shutout streak come to an end at an impressive 301 consecutive minutes in the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
  • Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes have both played in 10 of 11 MNT games in 2016, tied for the team lead.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: June 16, 2016
Competition: 2016 Copa America Centenario - Quarterfinals
Venue: CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 47,322
Weather: 66 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones)     22nd minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Clint Dempsey)         65  
ECU – Michael Arroyo (Walter Ayovi)          74

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 81), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones; 9-Gyasi Zardes (3-Steve Birnbaum, 90+4), 8-Clint Dempsey (15-Kyle Beckerman, 74), 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 10-Darlington Nagbe, 12-Tim Howard,
14-Michael Orozco, 16-Perry Kitchen, 17-Christian Pulisic, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 21-Edgar Castillo, 22-Ethan Horvath
Not available:
2-DeAndre Yedlin
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU: 22-Alexander Dominguez; 2-Arturo Mina, 3-Frickson Erazo, 4-Juan Paredes (17-Jaimen Ayovi, 82), 10-Walter Ayoví (capt.), 13-Enner Valencia; 6-Christian Noboa (8-Fernando Gaibor, 62), 7-Jefferson Montero, 11-Michael Arroyo, 16-Luis Valencia, 18-Carlos Gruezo
Subs not used: 1-Maximo Banguera, 5-Cristian Ramirez, 9-Fidel Martinez, 12-Esteban Dreer, 14-Angel Mena, 15-Pedro Larrea, 19-Juan Cazares, 20-Robert Arboleda, 21-Gabriel Achiller, 23-Miler Bolaños
Head Coach: Gustavo Quinteros

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        38th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (sent off)     52
ECU – Luis Valencia (caution)        52
ECU – Luis Valencia (sent off)        52
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)         53
ECU – Juan Paredes (caution)        64
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)   73
USA – Brad Guzan (caution)            84

Officials:
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
4th Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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MNT Jun 17, 2016

Lineup Notes: USA vs. Ecuador - 2016 Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal

U.S. MNT vs. Ecuador
June 16, 2016 - CenturyLink Field
Seattle, Washington
Live Broadcast: FS1, UniMas, and Univision Deportes Network

Tonight’s lineup: Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood

  • This is the first time this lineup has played together after Jurgen Klinsmann deployed the same starters for all three matches in the group phase. DeAndre Yedlin is suspended after receiving two yellow cards in the 1-0 win against Paraguay.
  • The U.S. defeated Ecuador 1-0 in a pre-tournament friendly on May 28 in Frisco, Texas.
  • Nine of the players in tonight’s lineup, including the goalkeeper, entire back line and midfield, were on the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
  • Matt Besler is set to make his Copa America debut in tonight’s match.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored in back-to-back matches, improving his career total to 51 goals. He is second on the USA’s all-time scoring list, which is the only CONCACAF country with two or more 50-goal scorers.
  • With six points (2G, 2A), Dempsey is tied for the tournament lead with Lionel Messi and Philip Coutinho.
  • Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes have both played in nine of 10 MNT games in 2016, tied for the team lead.
  • Guzan has a career record of 12-5-4 in official competition, and has recorded shutouts in 11 of those matches.
  • Brooks earned Man of the Match honors in two of the MNT’s three Copa America Centenario matches so far.
  • The U.S. has not allowed a goal in the run of play in its past five matches. The MNT has recorded six clean sheets in 10 games this year.

 

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MNT Jun 16, 2016
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