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Monday, October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015 - roster named for CONCACAF Cup vs. Mexico
  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England); Tim Howard (Everton/England); Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/USA)
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America/Mexico); DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo/USA); Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City/USA); Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England); Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/USA); Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/Mexico); Tim Ream (Fulham/England); Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England); DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/England)
  • Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France); Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/Canada); Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany); Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution/USA); Danny Williams (Reading/England); Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City/USA)
  • Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/Canada); Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/USA); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/USA); Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy/USA)
September 6, 2015 - roster updates
"Jurgen Klinsmann has made three changes to his squad ahead of a friendly against Brazil on Tuesday that will be USA's last tune-up for its FIFA Confederations Cup play-off with Mexico. The Americans go into the clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, coming off a 2-1 friendly win over Peru on Friday. On Sunday, Klinsmann said he had called up Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Stanford University forward Jordan Morris. As the three were added, defender Matt Besler and goalkeeper William Yarbrough have rejoined their clubs." - FIFA

September 4, 2015 - Jozy Altidore scores brace in 2-1 win over Peru
"Daniel Chavez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute: Andre Carrillo pushed towards the USA box, before he suddenly turned on the jets and cut inside, centering the ball in to Daniel Chavez. Chavez was able to turn and from just outside the box took a shot that glanced off MNT defender Omar Gonzalez. The deflection spun wickedly and dipped just over U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s outstretched arm and into the goal. Jozy Altidore (penalty kick) 59th minute: Geoff Cameron made a long throw-in to the box where Jozy Altidore backed down his defender and flicked the ball over the top. As he muscled past his defender, Altidore’s trailing leg was clipped, setting up the penalty. Altidore took the PK and blasted it to the right, where the Peru ‘keeper made a diving block. Altidore followed his shot and jumped to kick in the rebound to level the game. Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68th minute: DeAndre Yedlin rocketed down the right hand side to catch up with a long through ball. The fleetfooted attacker evaded his marker and squared the ball in the Peru box for an arriving Altidore, who was beaten to it by a defender. However, the ball ended up at the feet of Gyasi Zardes on the opposite side of the pitch. Zardes cut in and powered a low cross through the six yard box. A deflection through the legs of a Peru defenseman saw the ball find an unmarked Altidore, who volleyed home the game winner." - US Soccer

August 30, 2015 - roster named for Peru & Brazil friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
  • Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
July 18, 2015 - Clint Dempsey scores hat-trick in win over Cuba
Clint Dempsey netted a hat-trick to lead the United States into its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals following a 6-0 victory over Cuba on Saturday afternoon. The Seattle Sounders star took over the tournament lead in scoring with six goals as the defending champion made it six victories in six Gold Cup matches against Cuba. Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also each scored their first goals of the tournament for the Americans.... With his six goals, Dempsey set a new U.S. scoring record for a single Gold Cup tournament, surpassing the five notched by Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski in 2013. The 32-year-old opened the scoring in the fourth minute, when he got behind Cuba’s back line to head in Timmy Chandler’s early cross from just outside the six-yard box. Zardes doubled the USA’s lead 11 minutes later, reaching Fabian Johnson’s cross from beyond the left corner of the penalty area and sent in a right-footed finish from five yards. Johannsson made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute. The AZ Alkmaar standout raced to Michael Bradley’s high-arching pass from his own half of the field, turned at the edge of the penalty area and then chipped his finish over goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra. Then, in the 45th minute, Gonzalez scored his first international goal off a Johannsson assist, sliding home a right-footed finish. Dempsey’s penalty made it 5-0 in the 64th minute, before he added a third goal set-up by Bradley’s square pass." - CONCACAF

July 14, 2015 - roster updates
"Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made three changes to the 23-player 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster. Per tournament regulations, teams had the opportunity to make up to six changes to the roster in the 24 hours following the completion of the group phase. DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon have all been added to the U.S. team and will report to Baltimore in advance of the USA’s Quarterfinal matchup on Saturday (5 p.m. ET on FOX, Univision). Beasley comes in for Greg Garza, Corona for Alfredo Morales and Gordon for Jozy Altidore." - US Soccer

July 13, 2015 - Michael Bradley scores equalizer in draw with Panama
"In a rematch of the 2013 final, Michael Bradley scored in the 55th minute to lift the United States to a 1-1 Group A draw with Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday night.... Luis Tejada  would play a key part in a goal that counted. He slid a pass from right across the face of the goal to an onrushing Blas Perez, who slipped the ball past goalkeeper Brad Guzan from four-yards out for a 1-0 lead. Perez now has now 11 career Gold Cup goals, one behind Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the all-time list. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann brought in Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin at halftime to energize the defending champion. Ten minutes later, the Americans equalized as Bradley finished from five-yards out a short Alejandro Bedoya feed for a 1-1 tie." - CONCACAF

July 10, 2015 - Clint Dempsey scores in win over Haiti
"Clint Dempsey broke a scoreless stalemate early in the second half and the United States clinched a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Haiti (0-1-1, 1 point) on Friday night before 46,720 fans at Gillette Stadium.... In a riveting encounter, Haiti produced more first-half opportunities, but the insertion of Gyasi Zardes at half-time proved to be a master stroke by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The 23-year-old LA Galaxy star entered in place of Jozy Altidore and his introduction paid immediate dividends. After receiving a pass in the left side the box, Zardes pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot, allowing Dempsey to finish clinically with his right foot in the 47th minute. It was the Seattle Sounders star’s third goal in two games, leveling him with Mexico forward Oribe Peralta for the tournament lead." - CONCACAF

July 7, 2015 - Clint Dempsey scores brace in win over Honduras
"Ten years to the day he scored his first CONCACAF Gold Cup goal, Clint Dempsey struck twice to lead the United States to a 2-1 Group A win over Honduras in both teams’ opening match of the 2015 competition on Tuesday.... After absorbing pressure in the opening 15 minutes, including a dangerous shot by Anthony Lozano that goalkeeper Brad Guzan parried away, the defending champion took the lead in the 25th minute. Honduras was unable to clear a Michael Bradley cross off a short corner. The ball fell to Jozy Altidore, whose shot from the edge of the six-yard box was saved by goalkeeper Donis Escobar. Dempsey pounced on the rebound and headed it home. He netted again in the 64th minute, heading Bradley’s left-sided free kick downward from four-yards out and inside the far post." - CONCACAF

July 3, 2015 - Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey & Chris Wondolowski score in win over Guatemala
"The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 4-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.... Carlos Castrillo (own goal) 19th minute: Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Castillo stooped to head the ball back to his ‘keeper, but put his clearance past a scrambling Paulo Motta and into the bottom right corner of the goal.... Timmy Chandler 58th minute: DeAndre Yedlin cut back in the wide right channel  and passed to Timmy Chandler, who was open in support. Chandler took a controlling dribble to his left and sent an absolute rocket into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out.... Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 73rd minute: Michael Bradley was fouled in the box to set the USA up with its second penalty of the game. Dempsey stepped up to take it and calmly chipped it in over the diving goalkeeper.... Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes) 86th minute: Gyasi Zardes fielded a Dempsey lob on the left side of the box and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range." - US Soccer

June 30, 2015 - Brad Davis out with knee injury
"Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF  to allow for a replacement... Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville." - US Soccer

June 23, 2015 - Gold Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
  • Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
  • Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
June 10, 2015 - Bobby Wood scores winner over Germany
"It fell to Bobby Wood to once again provide those indelible memories three minutes from time. Wood collected on the edge of the penalty area and fired a low drive inside the far post to complete the Americans’ impressive second-half performance and secure a 2-1 victory over Germany. Mario Gotze handed the Germans an early lead with his goal inside the first 15 minutes, but the Americans settled down and eventually summoned a reply when Mix Diskerud collected Michael Bradley’s sublime diagonal and tucked home four minutes before halftime. The goal shifted the cadence of the game in favor of the visitors after the break. Chance after chance fell by the wayside as the U.S. exerted control over the game, but Wood popped up in the dying moments to thrash inside the near post to complete a deserved victory and send the Americans home with a second consecutive victory over top-five opposition." - Fox Sports

June 5, 2015 - Zardes, Brooks, Williams & Wood score in the comeback over Netherlands
"The U.S. Men’s National Team completed an astonishing second-half comeback in the last two minutes of the game to defeat No.6-ranked Netherlands 4-3 at Amsterdam Arena for the first time in five meetings between the two teams. Danny Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. Gyasi Zardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks’ goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match. For Zardes, Williams and Wood, the goals were the first of their international careers, while Brooks’ strike was his first since his momentous game-winner against Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil." - US Soccer

May 31, 2015 - roster named for Netherlands & Germany friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading). Note: Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution) was originally called up, but then suffered a groin injury and ruled out.
  • Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
April 15, 2015 - Jordan Morris & Juan Agudelo score in win over Mexico
The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0.... Jordan Morris, 49th Minute: Michael Bradley played the ball into the middle of the Mexico defense to Gyasi Zardes whose return pass deflected off a Mexico defender into the stride of Morris. On his first MNT start, Morris took a touch and slotted a shot under sliding Mexico goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo for his first international goal.... Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley), 72nd minute: Minutes after entering for previous goal scorer Jordan Morris, Agudelo expertly brought down a long ball from Michael Bradley at the top of the box. He cut to his right, got past his defender and blasted a shot that squeezed between Saucedo and the left post to double the USA lead." - US Soccer

April 12, 2015 - roster named for Mexico friendly
  • Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) 
  • Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)  
  • Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
March 24, 2015 - Clint Dempsey out with hamstring strain
"Captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET." - US Soccer

March 22, 205 - roster named for Europe trip
  • Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
  • Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
  • Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
February 8, 2015 - Michael Bradley & Clint Dempsey score in win over Panama
The U.S. national team snapped its frustrating five-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Panama at StubHub Center on Sunday, giving Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT just its second victory since the 2014 World Cup. The stars of the show turned out to be two players who’ve not participated in many January camps and friendlies in recent years as USMNT regulars Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey only returned to Major League Soccer within the last 18 months.... Michael Bradley put the USMNT on top with an olimpico in the 27th minute. Delivering a corner kick from the left side of attack, Bradley’s superb set piece delivery continued as his shot floated and floated toward the back post, eluding the heads of defenders and attackers a like, forcing Penedo to backpedal and backpedal, and nestling itself into the upper-90 for the game’s opening goal. Clint Dempsey, perhaps with only his second or third touch of the game, double the USMNT’s lead in the 37th minute. Gyasi Zardes made a surging run through the heart of midfield, slipped a perfectly weighted through ball to Dempsey as he split the Panamanian backline. Dempsey’s first and second touches were a tricky piece of footwork to skirt one defender and the goalkeeper, and roll the ball over the goal line." - NBC Sports

February 3, 2015 - Frank Borghi passes away at 89
"Former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper and National Soccer Hall of Famer Frank Borghi has passed away. He was 89. Borghi famously manned the net during the USA’s 1-0 upset victory on July 2, 1950, against England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Borghi made nine international appearances for the MNT from 1949-54, including three World Cup games and five World Cup qualifiers. Borghi, along with the entire 1950 World Cup team, was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976. In January of 2004, Borghi and fellow World Cup teammates Walter Bahr, Harry Keough, Gino Pariani and John Souza were made honorary All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at its annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from his National Team acclaim, the St. Louis native won Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles with Simpkins-Ford in 1948 and 1950. Borghi was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, 2011. " - US Soccer

January 24, 2015 - roster named for friendlies against Chile & Panama
  • Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
  • Defenders (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Midfielders (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
  • Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
January 23, 2015 - Eddie Johnson out three weeks
"D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson will miss the first three weeks of preseason, the team announced in a Friday tweet. No details were provided other than to say Johnson’s absence is due to “medical reasons” and that he’ll be “undergoing medical tests.” Johnson’s absence will likely keep him out of the bulk of United’s preseason schedule and put him in jeopardy of missing their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals matchup against Costa Rica’s Alajuelense, Feb. 26 and March 4." - MLS

January 16, 2015 - Brad Evans out with knee tendonitis
"Defender Brad Evans has been diagnosed with tendonitis in his left knee, forcing him to withdraw from the MNT training camp in Carson, California. The Seattle Sounders FC captain will return home to rest in advance of the start of preseason." - US Soccer

January 9, 2015 - first call-ups of the year
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 28 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA’s first training camp of 2015 as the team continues on the new cycle leading towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.... The roster includes seven veterans from last summer’s FIFA World Cup roster, including team captain Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley. At the other end of the spectrum, it features many fresh faces with 14 players looking to earn their first cap for the Senior Team. Furthermore, the camp roster has 12 Olympic-age players who would be eligible to represent the USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro." - US Soccer
  • Goalkeepers (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 
  • Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy) 
  • Midfielders (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) 
  • Forwards (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
December 15, 2014 - DaMarcus Beasley retires from national team
"Beasley, 32, had 121 caps and is the only American male to play on four World Cup teams. He also represented the United States in World Cups at the U-17 and U-20 levels. Previously a midfielder, Beasley converted to defense during the 2014 World Cup cycle. He started all four U.S. World Cup matches in 2014 at fullback, helping the U.S. escape a difficult group draw and make the round of 16. Beasley has made 26 appearances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals. He captained the team for the first time in 2008, in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. In 2011 he made appearances for the national team against Honduras, Ecuador and France. Beasley has played on the professional level in the United States, Netherlands, England, Scotland and Mexico, and he'll continue to play for the Houston Dynamo, with whom he signed following the World Cup as a designated player." - Sports Illustrated

November 10, 2014 - Lee Nguyen & Miguel Ibarra called up
"Lee Nguyen could make his first U.S. national team appearance in seven years, and DaMarcus Beasley is back for the first time since this year’s World Cup. They were among 25 players selected Monday for exhibition games against Colombia in London on Friday and against Ireland in Dublin four days later. Sixteen players were part of the World Cup roster and 12 players have 10 appearances or fewer. Eight are from Major League Soccer. Nguyen, a 28-year-old midfielder, was fourth in MLS this season with 18 goals for New England, the most among Americans. He made his national team debut in a 2007 exhibition against China and played twice in that year’s Copa America.... The roster also includes Miguel Ibarra of Minnesota United, who last month became the first player from a second-tier American league asked to a national team camp since 2005. He made his debut as a 90th-minute substitute in the 1-1 tie against Honduras. Seattle forward Clint Dempsey, the U.S. captain, was not included on the roster." - Providence Journal

November 7, 2014 - Tesho Akindele called up
"FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele has turned down a call up from Canada's national team, and instead will join up with the U.S. national team ahead of upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland, a source confirmed to ESPN FC. Akindele originally agreed to join Canada for their upcoming friendly against Panama, but then backed out once the U.S. expressed interest. Akindele, who played collegiately at the Colorado School of Mines, has enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with Dallas, amassing eight goals and three assists in 28 league and postseason appearances. The Rookie of the Year candidate notched a hat trick at San Jose back on Aug. 16, and scored his first playoff goal in Dallas' 2-1 win over Vancouver on Oct. 29. Akindele was born in Calgary, Alberta, but has lived in the U.S. since he was nine. He was reported to be in the process of acquiring U.S. citizenship, but his call up is a strong indication that the process is complete." - ESPN

October 14, 2014 - Jozy Altidore scores in draw with Honduras
"U.S. Men’s National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA  played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium. Altidore’s tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday.... Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore’s third goal of the year and 24th of his career." - US Soccer

October 11, 2014 - roster updates
"Five 2014 World Cup starters -- captain Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi -- and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson have been added to the U.S. men's national team roster for Tuesday's friendly against Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida. Dempsey, Besler, Zusi and Johnson all played Friday night in MLS action, and Bradley and Jones have matches on Saturday. Five players who played in the 1-1 tie with Ecuador -- John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau -- along with unused sub Luis Gil were released to return to their clubs." - Soccer America

October 10, 2014 - Mix Diskerud scores, Landon Donovan just misses in draw with Ecuador
"On a night when the US national team waved a fond goodbye to star man Landon Donovan, the performance fell just short of what was needed to secure victory in a 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in Hartford. The No. 10 shirt, for so long the team's driving force, went close to burying a celebration goal on three occasions. Starting in a 4-4-2 set that repeatedly offered the visitors chances to get back in the game, the Nats roared plenty without ever controlling the game and it helped cost them the "W" in the end.... Mikkel Diskerud (7) - Though he had a couple of tired errors near the end and this space believes he was asked to do too much grunt work in his central midfield tandem role, Mix gave it a solid go along with his well-taken goal. For much of the opening hour, he was asking intriguing questions of the Ecuador back line." - MLS

October 9, 2014 - delete Julian Green from that list
"Hamburg winger Julian Green has left the US national team's camp in Massachusetts, having been sent back to his club due to a rib injury he suffered on Sept. 22. USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed the news in a tweet posted on Thursday morning as his team prepares to meet Ecuador.... Green, on loan from Bayern Munich, made two appearances for Hamburg before suffering the injury during a practice session. He has missed the club's last three games." - MLS

October 7, 2014 - add Wondo to that list
"Chris Wondolowski has been added to the USA's roster for Friday's friendly against Ecuador, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Tuesday. Wondolowski, 31, was one of several USA veterans left off the 21-man roster for the friendly so that younger players could have a chance to gain more experience, according to Klinsmann. No reason was given for his late addition. The San Jose Earthquakes forward has earned 23 caps for the national team since first appearing in 2011, scoring nine goals." - Sports Illustrated

October 6, 2014 - roster named for Ecuador friendly
"U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 21 players into camp in preparation for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, in East Hartford, Connecticut.... Set to earn his 157th cap for the United States, Landon Donovan will end his tenure with the MNT as the USA’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), World Cup caps (12), and World Cup goals (5)." - US Soccer
  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
  • Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
  • Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
September 3, 2014 - Alejandro Bedoya scores in win over Czech Republic
"Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena. It was the USA’s first victory against the Czech Republic. The match also represented the first of a new cycle, with the USA’s long-term sights set on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Bedoya, who played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, garnered his second goal with the U.S. MNT. Rimando and first-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan shared time in the net, with Guzan earning the 12th victory of his MNT career." - US Soccer

August 31, 2014 - updated roster for Czech Republic friendly
The injury that forced Geoff Cameron off the field in the first half of Stoke City's league cup win on Wednesday will now keep him out of the US national team. Originally called up by US manager Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic, Cameron will not travel to Prague to join the training game, US Soccer announced on Sunday. No replacement will be named to the US squad. Here is the US updated roster for Czech Republic friendly: - MLS

  • Goalkeepers (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
  • Defenders (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
  • Midfielders (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
  • Fowards (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
August 26, 2014 - Landon Donovan, one more time
"After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan @landondonovan will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.... 'Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,' said Donovan. 'I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen'." - US Soccer

July 28, 2014 - Terrence Boyd has partially torn ACL
"Terrence Boyd will spend the next 10 weeks, at least, on the treatment table. The U.S. national team and RB Leipzig striker confirmed via Twitter that he has “partially torn his ACL” just a few weeks into his career with Leipzig.... Boyd, 23, did not make the U.S. squad for the World Cup this summer but is one of the USA”s hottest forward prospects ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Rapid Vienna forward scored 20 goals in 38 games last season before moving to Leipzig this summer and at times looked like a lock to be in Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. squad in Brazil. However the form of Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski saw Boyd miss out. Just." - NBC 

June 24, 2014 - Jozy Altidore ruled out for Germany match
"The U.S. men's national team will be without Jozy Altidore for its all-important World Cup group finale against Germany. Ahead of the clash on Thursday, after which either both teams will go through to the round of 16 or one will be eliminated, the USA has announced that Altidore will miss the game because of his strained left hamstring. Altidore suffered the injury in the 21st minute of the team's 2-1 win over Ghana and it kept him out of Sunday's 2-2 draw with Portugal. According to the AP, Jurgen Klinsmann has left the door open for a future return should the USA remain alive, saying "we'll have a good chance to have him back again​." - Sports Illustrated

June 22, 2014 - Jermaine Jones & Clint Dempsey score in draw with Portugal
"The US national team was 30 seconds from pulling off another incredible victory, rallying from 1-0 down with two second-half goals and on the verge of clinching their spot in the knockout round of the World Cup. Then in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo whipped in a cross from the right side that was headed in by Silvestre Varela, beating Tim Howard for a 2-2 draw in Manaus.... The US had been attempting long drive after long drive in an attempt to bust through Portugal’s high line. To no avail. That is, until the 64th minute, when Jermaine Jones grabbed a loose ball near the top left corner of the box, took a couple steps to his right and unleashes a howitzer that landed in the corner of Beto’s net for an equalizer. It was only the Frankfurt native’s third goal in 44 appearances, but when he hits them, they sure count. Just ask Jamaica in the 2011 Gold Cup quarterfinals. Clint Dempsey's strike in the 81st minute – his second in as many games – was an all-MLS goal. Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin, who surprisingly came on as a sub just nine minutes before, got it all started."- MLS

June 19, 2014 - injury updates
"Forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday’s World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring. Altidore was hurt in the 21st minute of Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana. US team spokesman Michael Kammarman did not reveal the severity of the strain but said Thursday the Americans were hopeful Altidore can return at some point during the tournament. The US completes the first round against three-time champion Germany on June 26.... Clint Dempsey has not decided whether he will wear a mask to protect his nose, which was broken during the Ghana game by John Boye’s shin to his face during a battle for a header in the 31st minute. Defender Matt Besler, who left the Ghana match at halftime because of a sore right hamstring, should be available for Sunday’s game in Manaus, Kammarman said." - NY Post

June 16, 2014 - Jozy Altidore injured during Ghana match
"The status of Jozy Altidore remains in doubt after the United States' lead forward suffered a devastating hamstring strain in a 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday. Altidore fell to the ground in agony while chasing after a long ball down the line in the 20th minute. After lying on the ground in agony for several minutes, he had to be stretchered from the field at Arena das Dunas.... Altidore's absence would give the U.S. only two genuine frontline options to pair with Dempsey – Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski. On Monday, Klinsmann chose Johannsson to replace Altidore." - Yahoo

June 16, 2014 - Clint Dempsey and John Brooks score in win over Ghana
"Clint Dempsey started the scoring early, and John Brooks scored late to give the United States a 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday in both teams' World Cup opener. Dempsey scored 30 seconds into the match to give the United States the early 1-0 lead against Ghana. The Americans carried the one-goal lead into halftime. Dempsey cut through the Ghana defense and fired a shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. The ball bounced off the far post and into the net. Ghana was aggressive against the United States in the second half. Finally, Andre Ayew broke through the U.S. defense and scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. It looked like the United States might have to settle for a tie. Then, Brooks, a substitute, scored on a beautiful header for the U.S. goal in the 86th minute." - Deseret News

June 7, 2014 - Jozy Altidore scores twice in win over Nigeria
"Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans’ World Cup send-off match. Altidore tapped in Fabian Johnson’s cross in the 31st minute on a play that started with an Alejandro Bedoya run, stopping a 27-match scoreless streak for club and country with his first goal since Dec. 4 for Sunderland against Chelsea. He doubled the lead in the 68th, running onto Michael Bradley’s looping 30-yard pass over the defense. Altidore took a touch with each foot as he cut inside of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo, then beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a right-footed shot from 12 yards." - Washington Times

June 1, 2014 - Fabian Johnson & Clint Dempsey score in 2-1 win over Turkey
"Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey, back in the team after a sore groin made him a late scratch vs. Azerbaijan, scored on either side of halftime as the Americans held Turkey to a late goal from the penalty spot at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon in front of 26,762 fans. Jurgen Klinsmann made three changes to the starting lineup from Tuesday’s 2-0 victory vs. Azerbaijan. Dempsey returned to partner Jozy Altidore up top and Brad Davis and Timmy Chandler, making his first US start since a Feb. 2013 World Cup qualifying loss in Honduras, replaced DaMarcus Beasley and Alejandro Bedoya on the left flank." - MLS

May 27, 2014 - Mix Diskerud & Aron Johannsson score in win over Azerbaijan
"Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored a goal and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Azerbaijan 2-0.... 75th minute: Brad Davis delivered a free kick from the left side and Azerbaijan’s Ilkin Girtimov headed the ball up, but not out of danger. Michael Bradley shot from near the edge of the box and Azerbaijan defender Elvin Yunuszade alertly made a left-footed stop on the goal line. The ball ricocheted to Mix Diskerud, who had entered the match just four minutes earlier, and he slotted it into the right side of the net for the goal. It was Diskerud’s third career tally and first of 2014.... 81st minute: From the right side, Brad Davis crossed his left-footed corner kick to the edge of the six-yard box, and an unmarked Aron Johannsson promptly headed the ball into the upper right corner of the frame. It was Johannsson’s first goal of 2014 and second of his young U.S. MNT career." - US Soccer

May 22, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England)
  • Tim Howard (Everton/England)
  • Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

  • DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico)
  • Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
  • John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany)
  • Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England)
  • Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany)
  • Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
  • Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany)
  • DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)

  • Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
  • Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France)
  • Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
  • Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
  • Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway)
  • Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany)
  • Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey)
  • Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

  • Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England)
  • Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
  • Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
  • Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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