U.S. MNT vs. Spain Notes
June 2, 2008
BACK ON THE FIELD: After last week's defeat against England, the U.S. is ready to get back on the field against fourth-ranked Spain this Wednesday, June 4. The team arrived in Santander last Thursday, and has been training just outside the city during the buildup to this week's match. All 17 European-based players from the England squad traveled to Spain with the team, though defender Jonathan Spector has since withdrawn due to injury, while the MLS contingent arrived after this weekend's games. The match will be shown live exclusively on espn360.com at 4 p.m. ET and fans can follow along live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The game will also be broadcast on tape delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (out of contract)
• The European contingent of Bob Bradley's U.S. roster traveled to Spain from London after last week's game. Players from MLS have arrived following this weekend’s league action.
• Jonathan Spector (hip) has pulled out of the squad and Landon Donovan (groin) has also been left out due to injury.
• The U.S. has played Spain just twice in its history, and holds an 0-2-0 record against the country from the Iberian Peninsula.
• The first meeting between the two countries came in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, with the U.S. going down 3-1 to the eventual fourth place finishers. The U.S. rebounded from the loss, and four days later would go on to beat England 1-0 in Belo Horizonte.
• Following Landon Donovan's withdrawal from the lineup against England, Ricardo Clark remains the only U.S. player to have appeared in all four U.S. games this year, though with Clark not on the squad against Spain, his streak of appearances will end after Wednesday.
• U.S. MNT Assistant Mike Sorber is a former member of the U.S. National Team who made 67 appearances for his country, and played the last time the U.S. traveled to Spain, lining up in Valladolid on March 11, 1992.
ENGLAND 2-0 USA: The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to a determined England side on May 28 in front of 71,233 fans at the new Wembley Stadium in London. John Terry, acting as the team captain on the night, and Steven Gerrard scored on either side of halftime to deliver a 2-0 victory for the world’s 11th ranked team.The loss was the first for the U.S. in 2008, and broke their five-game undefeated streak going back to October of last year. It was also the USA’s first loss in four away matches after setting a team record of three consecutive victories outside their borders.
MLS IN PROGRESS: Though most of the squad's domestic seasons are finished, those among Bob Bradley's team who play in MLS are just hitting the stride in their respective league campaigns. This weekend, Maurice Edu and Toronto FC scored a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Canada. Edu played 90 minutes as a central midfielder in the victory. Out west, two members of the squad were in action against each other, with Brad Guzan's Chivas USA hosting Frankie Hejduk's Columbus Crew. Chivas were victorious, with Guzan posting a cleansheet to help his club to its third victory in a row.
DAMARCUS DOES ‘THE DOUBLE’: DaMarcus Beasley returned to the Rangers' starting lineup for the first time since November and made his return in style, playing a vital role in the Glasgow club's 3-2 victory against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup Final on May 24 at Hampden Park. Beasley drew the foul that set up the first goal, then tallied a strike of his own to double Rangers' lead. Queen of the South fought back to tie the game, but Beasley helped write the final chapter by sending a corner kick in the direction of Kris Boyd, who fired home the winner for Rangers. The victory gave Rangers their second piece of silverware in 2008 after Walter Smith's side hoisted the League Cup in March.
NOT THE ONLY CHAMPION: Along with Beasley, two other U.S. internationals hoisted trophies in Europe this year. Oguchi Onyewu helped Standard de Liege to their first Belgian League championship in 25 years and a place in next season’s Champions League. In Denmark, defender Dan Califf captained Aalborg to their third-ever league title and the club’s first since 1999. The team tore through the Superligaen, collecting the fourth-most points in league history while setting club records for points, goals and away victories.
EURO ROUNDUP: The group of MNT pool players who are on the books of European teams is continually growing. As exemplified by Bob Bradley's roster of players for the England game, today's U.S. team boasts professionals who are searching increasingly farther and wider for the opportunities afforded by playing abroad. For all the players currently in camp, the 2007-08 season in Europe is now a closed book. Between the 15 players that played in seven different leagues, there were varying degrees of success. Click here to share in the triumphs and disappointments of the MNT’s adventures abroad.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS: Spain is drawn into Group D of Euro 2008 along with Russia, Sweden and Greece. In 2004, Spain failed to advance from its group, which also included Russia and Greece, and the disappointing showing cost manager Iñaki Sáez his job. Sáez' successor, Luis Aragones has held the reins of the national team since then and his job will be to manufacture success in a competition that the team has won once before (1964) for its only major trophy. Spain opens the tournament on June 10 against Russia in Innsbruck and will stay in the Austrian city to face Sweden on June 14. The final group match on June 18 will see Spain moving to Salzburg to take on Euro 2004 champions Greece.
TOP TWENTY-THREE: Luis Aragones has named a squad of 23 players to compete in the 2008 European Championship. The team is dominated by big names from La Liga, including everpresent goalkeeper Iker Casillas and fellow league winner from Real Madrid, defender Sergio Ramos. Potential big money transfer target David Villa joins the squad from Valencia, while defender Carlos Puyol and midfielder Xavi provide veteran know-how from Barcelona. Though only a few players join up with the team from abroad, among them Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Aresnal's Cesc Fabregas are some of the most highly rated young talents in Europe.
Spain Euro 2008 Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Andres Palop (Sevilla)
DEFENDERS (8): Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Fernando Navarro (Real Mallorca), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Juanito (Real Betis)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Ruben de la Red (Getafe), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)
FORWARDS (4): David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Real Mallorca), Sergio Garcia (Real Zaragoza), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
PREPPING AGAINST PERU: Spain faced Peru on Saturday night in Huelva, Spain, with Aragones' side coming away with a 2-1 victory, with goals from Villa and Capdevilla. Villa opened the scoring for Spain by slotting home a beautiful pass from Xavi in the 37th minute. The Spanish piled on the chances in the second half but could not add to their advantage, with Peru goalkeeper Leao Butron doing his utmost to keep his country in the match. In the 73rd minute, the missed chances would come back to haunt the hosts, as Peru substitute Hernan Rengifo capitalized on a botched clearance from Carlos Marchena. Rengifo opportunistically pounced on the mis-hit ball, and his header arced over the stranded Iker Casillas in goal. Spain responded by going on the attack, throwing caution to the wind in attempt to break down a Peru team that put 11 men behind the ball in an effort to preserve the tie. Inviting the Spanish attack was certainly a dangerous proposition for José del Solar's team, and in injury time they were made to rue their tactical choice. Cesc Fabregas lofted an inviting ball into the box and left-back Capdevilla made no mistake, volleying into the roof of the net from 12 yards out to earn victory for Spain.
ON DECK – ARGENTINA: The U.S. team will travel back across the pond to face No. 1 ranked Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J (tickets). More than 58,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s second meeting with the Albiceleste in less than a year. Alfio Basile named a nearly full strength side for the friendly against the U.S., as well as the game against Mexico on June 4 in San Diego. Argentina are preparing for the resumption of CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, hosting Ecuador on June 15 before their showdown with regional rivals Brazil on June 18 in Belo Horizonte.
Argentina Roster vs. USA:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe), Oscar Ustari (Getafe)
DEFENDERS (6): Nicolás Burdisso (Inter Milan), Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo La Coruna), Martín Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid), Gonzalo Rodríguez (Villarreal), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Éver Banega (Valencia), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Jonás Gutiérrez (Mallorca), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) Maximiliano Rodríguez (Atléico Madrid), José Sosa (Bayern Munich), Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol),
FORWARDS (5): Fernando Cavenaghi (Bordeaux), Julio Cruz (Inter Milan), Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid), Lisandro López (Porto), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
AND THEN THE GAMES THAT MATTER: For all the hype and challenge of the trio of friendlies, they merely set the table for the most important matches of the year to date. The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday, June 15, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (tickets). Kickoff for the first leg of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22 in Barbados, with details still to be finalized. Barbados will warm up with two friendlies on June 6 and June 9 away to Bermuda. Their hosts have also earned their way into the second round of qualifying where they will take on Trinidad & Tobago.
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BE OFFICIAL: Not heading to Spain? Can't make it to Giants Stadium for USA-Argentina? Aren't sure the spouse will let you take that trip out to The HDC for the opening qualifying game against Barbados? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. There are four Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will hold viewing parties for every MNT game: The Globe Pub (Chicago), Nevada Smiths (New York), Small Bar (Chicago) and Summer's Restaurant (Arlington, Va.). Make sure to head over to one of these establishments for every MNT match!
BLOGATHON CONTINUES: As the U.S. rolls towards its second of five games this month, the MNT Blog continues its day to day coverage of training camp with the team. In this week's Spanish edition, the Blog battles the elements in Cantabria while providing up to the minute news, videos and interviews as the U.S. heads toward the business end of preparations before Wednesday's game.
On the field for the USA
May 28, 2008 – Wembley Stadium, London, England – International Friendly
ENG 2 John Terry 38', Steven Gerrard 59'
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo (27-Frankie Hejduk, 46), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 12-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Ricardo Clark (26-Maurice Edu, 78), 4-Michael Bradley, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (11-Eddie Lewis, 68); 9-Eddie Johnson (14-Nate Jaqua, 89), 16-Josh Wolff (19-Freddy Adu, 68)
Substitutes not used: 2-Dan Califf
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
ENG: 1-David James; 2-Wes Brown (13-Glen Johnson, 58), 6-John Terry (Capt.), 3-Ashley Cole (14-Wayne Bridge, 83), 5-Rio Ferdinand; 7-David Beckham (17-David Bentley, 46), 4-Owen Hargreaves, 8-Frank Lampard (21-Gareth Barry, 57), 10-Steven Gerrard; 9-Jermain Defoe (25-Peter Crouch, 68), 11-Wayne Rooney (22-Joe Cole, 79)
Substitutes not used: 12-Joe Hart, 15-Stephen Warnock, 16-Jonathan Woodgate, 18-Phil Jagielka, 19-David Wheater, 20-Tom Huddlestone, 23-Stewart Downing, 24-Ashley Young, , 26-Dean Ashton, 27-Theo Walcott, 28-Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29-Joe Lewis
Head Coach: Fabio Capello
On the field for Spain
May 31, 2008 – Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain – International Friendly
ESP 2 David Villa 37', Joan Capdevilla 90'
PER 1 Hernan Rengifo 73'
ESP: 1-Iker Casillas (Capt.); 15-Sergio Ramos, 4-Carlos Marchena, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevilla; 8-Xavi (19-Marcos Senna, 46'), 14-Xabi Alonso (10-Cesc Fábregas, 46'), 6-Andrés Iniesta (12-Santi Cazorla, 59'), 21-David Silva (16- Sergio Garcia, 82'); 9-Fernando Torres (17-Daniel Güiza, 46'), 7-David Villa (22-Rubén de la Red, 56')
Substitutes not used: 13-Andrés Palop, 23-Pepe Reina, 20-Juanito, 3-Fernando Navarro, 2-Raúl Albiol, 18-Álvaro Arbeloa
Head Coach: Louis Aragones
PER: 1-Leao Butron; 5-Martin Hidalgo (3-Donny Neyra, 72'), 22-Guillermo Salas, 4-Walter Vilchez, 2-Rodríguez (23-Miguel Villalta, 23'); 16-Luis Hernandez, 7-Nolberto Solano (Capt.) (15-Miguel Cevasco, '89), 8-Rainer Torres, 20-Rinaldo Cruzado (18-Juan Carlos Marino, 46'); 9-Paolo Guerrero, 11-Daniel Chavez (19-Hernan Rengifo, 64)
Substitutes not used: 13-Amilton Prado, 12- George Forsyth
Head Coach: José del Solar
March 11, 1992 – Estadio José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain – International Friendly
ESP 2 Txiki Beguiristain 35', Hierro 63'
USA: 1-Tony Meola; 17-Marcelo Balboa, 3-John Doyle, 2-Janusz Michallik, 22-Bruce Savage; 20-Paul Caliguri (13-Zak Ibsen), 16-Mike Sorber, 14-Brian Quinn, 9-Tab Ramos; 7-Hugo Perez (Jorge Acosta); 10-Peter Vermes (6-Earnie Stewart)
Head Coach: Bora Multinovic
ESP: 1-Andoni Zubizarreta, 2-L. Manuel, 3-Toni, 4-Giner, 5-Sanchis, 6-Fernando Hierro, 7-Manolo, 8-Mîchel, 9-Fonseca, 10-Vizcaino, 11-Txiki Beguiristain
Head Coach: J. Pereda