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Thursday, May 16, 2013

US Men's National Team Roster, Quotes by Jurgen Klinsmann and Upcoming Fixtures

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Did you know that the USA won a match at the World Cup before England, Germany or Italy? Or that an American, Bert Patenaude, scored the first hat trick in World Cup history?

Highlights from March 2013 WCQ: USA 1 - Costa Rica 0

Current US Roster: June 2013

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg).

MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

FORWARDSJozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC).

Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann.
Assistant Coaches: Andreas Herzog, Martin Vasquez and Chris Woods.

Source: US Soccer.com, 16 May 2013.

Comments ahead of Friendlies and June WCQs vs. Jamaica and Panama by Jurgen Klinsmann:

On the Upcoming WCQs:

“We’ve seen a lot of players come through many different games,” said Klinsmann. “The players understand more how we’re working, what we’re looking for, the way we want to play and the way we want to challenge big nations eye-to-eye. Now you go into a stretch where you have two friendly games against Belgium and Germany and three big World Cup Qualifiers and you want to see a consistent picture. You want to see that they understand what is expected when they come into the Men’s National Team program, and hopefully they are more confident with executing it, with getting points in World Cup Qualifiers and improving the elements we’ve worked on over the last 20 months.”  

On Landon Donovan:

“I think Landon is catching up. We’re all excited that he has decided to continue to play. That was the first major answer that we needed to get, and now he’s just working himself back into shape and back into a playing rhythm. He will get sharper and more confident with every game he’s going to play now. So we’ll watch that, we’ll monitor that and we’ll decide then when to bring him back into our picture. It’s not going to be for these upcoming games, but maybe later on we’ll definitely expect him back in the team.” 

On Jozy Altidore:

“Jozy made another big step in his path and in his development. He comes off a season now where he’s consistently been in the starting 11, where he obviously scored consistently, where he’s getting used to proving himself week in and week out, and we’re thrilled for that. Winning the Dutch Cup and scoring is very special. We want him to score as many goals as he does with Alkmaar with the National Team, but that will come. He’s getting more consistent, he’s becoming more professional, and he knows more how to live off the field, so he’s going through those tremendous experiences with his club team but also when he’s in camp with us. It just makes him more mature and more professional. The learning curve will continue for him. I don’t expect him to score five goals the next game, but I expect for him to come in and give everything he has, for example what he did against Costa Rica. It was a pleasure to watch him in that game, how he held the ball, how he was part of the first goal from Clint, how he kept that backline from Costa Rica on its toes. That’s what we want to see in every game. I think he made a huge step forward, and there’s a lot more to come from Jozy Altidore.” 

Past and Upcoming Friendly Matches

15 August 2012: Mexico 0 - USA 1 in Mexico City, Mexico. (First US win at Estadio Azteca).
14 November 2012: Russia 2 - USA 2 from Krasnodar, Russia.
29 January 2013: USA 0 - Canada 0 from Houston, Texas.
29 May 2013: USA 2 - Belgium 4 from Cleveland, Ohio.
2 June 2013: USA 4 - Germany 3 from Washington, D.C.
5 July 2013: USA 6 - Guatemala 0 from San Diego, CA.

Upcoming Hexagonal Tournament to Qualify for the 2014 World Cup

6 February 2013 at Honduras: (Honduras 2 - USA 1).
22 March 2013 vs. Costa Rica from Denver: (USA 1 - Costa Rica 0).
26 March 2013 at Mexico from Mexico City: (Mexico 0 - USA 0).
7 June 2013 at Jamaica.
11 June 2013 vs. Panama from Seattle.
18 June 2013 vs. Honduras from Salt Lake City.
6 September 2013 at Costa Rica.
10 September 2013 vs. Mexico from Columbus.
11 October 2013 vs. Jamaica.
15 October 2013 at Panama from Kansas City.

Source: US Soccer.com, 7 November 2012.
The top three earn direct qualification. The fourth-placed team will play a team from Oceania in a play-off in November 2013.

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament

Group C

9 July 2013: USA vs. Belize from Portland, Oregon.
13 July 2013: USA vs. Cuba from Sandy, Utah.
16 July 2013: USA vs. Costa Rica from East Hartford, CN.
Previous 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

7 September 2012: Jamaica 2 - USA 1 in Kingston.
11 September 2012: USA 1 - Jamaica 0 in Columbus.

12 October 2012: Antigua and Barbuda 1 -  USA 2 in St. John.

16 October 2012: USA 3 - Guatemala 1 from Kansas City. 

FIFA CONCACAF WC 2014 Qualification Page 

Comments by Jurgen Klinsmann Ahead of the Russia Friendly in November  2012

Sunil Gulati and Jurgen Klinsmann, August 2011, in New York.
Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures.

We ask for these games because they are big learning curves for us. Playing in Italy, in Mexico and in Russia – we are not the favorites there. For us, we can take a lot from the games no matter how the result ends up.
But still we want to go there and beat Russia knowing that it’s one of the top teams in Europe at the moment. In World Cup qualifying they are 4-0, so that’s not going to be an easy task. We need to measure ourselves against the best teams out there and build even more confidence. We want to close the year in a very positive way and then go into a busy 2013 that includes World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup and some exciting friendlies.”
"The United States concludes a successful year holding its best winning percentage in the modern era, having posted a 9-2-3 record and a (.769) winning percentage."

Source: "US National Team Quote Sheet"; US Soccer.com; 12 November 2012.

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