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U.S. Men's National Team set for match against Mexico in Philadelphia

9 Aug, 2011

The next chapter in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team begins Wednesday night when U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann takes charge for the first time. His first time out of the gate is a sizzler against regional rivals Mexico, coming nearly six weeks after the teams met in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is set for 9 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)


  • Zach Loyd replaced defender Timmy Chandler, and midfielder Robbie Rogers is filling in for Maurice Edu who suffered a left calf strain over the weekend. Clarence Goodson was also forced to withdraw from the squad with a hamstring strain but was not replaced.
  • Thirteen of the 22 players on the roster ply their trade overseas, featuring in nine different leagues across eight foreign countries.
  • Five players play in Germany (Michael Bradley, Edson Buddle, Steve Cherundolo, Ricardo Clark, Jermaine Jones) and four play in Mexico (DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco, Jose Torres).
  • Landon Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 46 career goals. Beasley is next with 17, followed by defender Carlos Bocanegra with 12 total.
  • Bradley has nine goals in 59 appearances for the full team, with eight of his goals coming in official competitions.
  • Three World Cup veterans could see their first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Beasley, Clark and Torres.
  • Torres, who holds both U.S. and Mexican passports and chose to represent the United States, has yet to face Mexico at the international level. He has twice been listed as a reserve in games against El Tri.
  • The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas are the only teams to contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream join from the Red Bulls, while Loyd and Brek Shea come from Dallas.
  • Shea is currently in third place in scoring in MLS this season behind Donovan and Thierry Henry. The 21-year-old has netted nine goals in 22 games.
  • Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play and score for the full team when he tallied the game-winner on Nov. 17, 2010, against South Africa.
  • Beasley and Bocanegra are both just seven games shy of reaching 100 caps.
  • Bill Hamid is the only player on the roster who has yet to earn a cap.
  • Hamid was the first D.C. United player signed from their Academy system. The goalkeeper penned a contract with the full team in 2009.


  • Landon Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader in goals (46), assists (47) and points (139).
  • Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa.
  • Tim Howard is moving up the goalkeeper record charts, and with 36 wins he is third all-time and one behind Tony Meola. With 24 shutouts he is in tied with Brad Friedel in third place.

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing for his first game in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program.
  • As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.
  • One of the most well-known international players of all-time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship.
  • Named manager of the German National Team in 2004, he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany.
  • Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players.
  • In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.

PLAYING FOR (AND ALONGSIDE) KLINSMANN BEFORE: When Landon Donovan and Robbie Rogers stepped on the field on Sunday, it wasn’t their first time on the pitch with Jurgen Klinsmann. Donovan had a three-month loan spell at Bayern Munich in 2009, appearing in six games while Klinsmann was the head coach. Robbie Rogers, on the other hand, actually played with Klinsmann in 2003 on an amateur team called Orange County Blue Star. Rogers, then 16 years old, had a teammate named Jay Goppingen, who turned about to be the former World Cup champion using an assumed name in order to remain comfortably anonymous. Goppingen, incidentally, is the town where Klinsmann was born.

CAPTAINS’ CLUB: As U.S. players have established themselves at clubs here at home and abroad, the level of respect they’ve earned has grown as well. So much so that a review of the U.S. roster shows no fewer than four players who are currently captains at their clubs. Having played his entire career at Hannover, it’s easy to see why Steve Cherundolo enters his second season as captain there. Carlos Bocanegra has plenty of experience in that role for the United States, and has now been handed the armband in only his second season at St. Etienne. Landon Donovan has spent the last three years as the team leader in Los Angeles, while Kyle Beckerman captained Real Salt Lake to their first MLS Cup championship in 2009, coincidentally against the Galaxy. It’s also worth noting that two former U.S. captains are currently working with the group in Philadelphia, as both Thomas Dooley and Claudio Reyna wore the captain’s armband in a World Cup.

KLINSMANN’S COACHES: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann mentioned in his opening press conference that he is planning on bringing in a variety of different coaches for the next few months before settling on his future staff. Here's a brief intro to the first crew:

Martin Vasquez
Vasquez re-unites with Klinsmann after serving as an assistant coach at Bayern Munich. Currently he is the head coach and Director of Soccer Operations for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams of the Real Salt Lake AZ Academy. One of only two players to represent both the United States and Mexico at the international level, he was the head coach of Chivas USA in 2010.

Thomas Dooley
A former U.S. captain and National Soccer Hall of Fame member who played in two World Cups and competed against Klinsmann in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the German-American had a long professional career that included a Bundesliga and German Cup title with Kaiserslautern and a UEFA Cup title with Schalke 04. A member of the MLS Best XI as part of the Columbus Crew in 1997 and 1998, he went on to coach FC Saarbrucken in Germany before returning to the United States where he was part of the coaching staff for Pateadores that just captured the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 championship.

Tab Ramos
Born in Uruguay, the legendary midfielder for the U.S. National Team played in three World Cups en route to earning 81 caps for the United States. Known for his flair and creativity on the ball, the Hall of Famer played professionally in Spain and Mexico before becoming the first-ever signing for Major League Soccer, where he spent six seasons with the MetroStars in New York. Ramos founded NJSA 04, a club which is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Mike Curry
A goalkeeper coach with more than 37 years of experience, Curry has trained goalkeepers at the club, state and college levels since 1974. A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeper Institute staff, he teaches courses at the regional and national levels and spent eight years with U.S. Soccer Development Academy club FC DELCO. Prior to his coaching career, he played collegiately at then Division II powerhouse University of Baltimore.

Mark Verstegen
One of the foremost leaders and innovators in athletic training, Mark Verstegen is owner and president of Athletes' Performance, which provides athletes with cutting-edge training based on the latest sports science. Verstegen handled the fitness preparations for the German National Team prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in which Klinsmann led the team to a third-place finish. Named the Director of Performance for the NFLPA in 2002, he is the author of Core Performance, which reached the top 25 on Amazon within six weeks of its release and has sold more than 100,000 copies.

In addition to the coaches, Klinsmann has brought into camp U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna to be part of the synergy between the full national team and the youth programs.

BEFORE THEY WERE STAFF, THEY WERE TEAMMATES: The U.S. staff for this game is sporting two of the most famous midfielders in U.S. history in New Jersey natives Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna, who each have appearances in three World Cups under their belts. They are joined by ’98 World Cup captain Thomas Dooley. The trio was on the field together in two of three matches in France ’98, and both Dooley and Reyna were in the lineup in the USA’s opening game against Germany when their opponent’s insurance goal was scored by a striker by the name of Jurgen Klinsmann. The last time Ramos and Reyna wore the U.S. uniform in the same game came Aug. 16, 2000, in a World Cup qualifier against Barbados. With the U.S. leading, Reyna gave way to Ramos, who went on to score the USA’s fifth goal in a 7-0 win.

FROM SOUTH TO NORTH: Even with the recent change in FIFA regulations regarding the change of associations, it’s exceedingly rare to find a player who has represented two different countries at the full international level. And if those two different countries happen to be the greatest of rivals, you are talking about long odds indeed. And then you look at the group assembled here in Philadelphia, and you find not one but two individuals who fit the bill. Mexican-born Martin Vasquez played three matches for his native country against international opponents in the early 90’s, but since the games were not recognized by FIFA he remained eligible to play for the United States once he gained citizenship. Vasquez earned seven caps from 1996-98, including appearances in World Cup qualifiers. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Edgar Castillo represented Mexico in 2008 Olympic Qualifying and then three friendlies for the full team. He applied for a change of association in 2009, and debuted for the U.S. National Team on Nov. 18, 2009, in a friendly against Denmark.


  • The U.S. has a 15-32-11 all-time record against Mexico in 58 meetings; however, since 2000 the U.S. has a 10-5-2 advantage in the series.
  • At home, the U.S. has a 13-8-9 record including a 9-2-2 mark since 2000.
  • Donovan has five goals in 13 appearances against Mexico.
  • Mexico has defeated the U.S. in consecutive Gold Cup finals.
  • The biggest meeting in series history was a 2-0 victory for the U.S. in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Republic on June 17, 2002. Brian McBride and Donovan scored in that match.
  • This is the first friendly between the teams since 2008.

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Jose Manuel De La Torre
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Six-Time Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011)
Caps Leader: Claudio Suarez (178)
Top Scorer: Jared Borghetti (48)
Key Players: Giovani Dos Santos, Pablo Barrera, Rafael Marquez


  • Mexico played in two international tournaments this summer. After their win in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, “El Tri” headed to Argentina to participate in Copa America.
  • The team that took the field in the South American championship looked much different from the one that the USA saw in the Rose Bowl. What originally was planned as a U-23 team with five overage players had to be drastically altered when a third of the squad was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
  • Mexico lost all three of their games at Copa America, including a 1-0 defeat to eventual champions Uruguay. The two sides could meet again in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS (7): Paul Aguilar (Club America), Efrain Juarez (Celtic), Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Stuttgart), Carlos Salcido (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur), Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)
FORWARDS (4): Omar Arellano (Chivas de Guadalajara), Pablo Barrera (West Ham United), Christian Bermudez (Atlante), Oribe Peralta (Santos)


  • Minus the injured Javier Hernandez, the Mexicans have included all the players who started in their victory in the Gold Cup final, including goalscorers Pablo Barrera, Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.
  • Defender and captain Rafael Marquez is teammates at the New York Red Bulls with the USA’s Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream, with whom he pairs with at center back for his club.
  • Defender Paul Aguilar plays his club ball at Club America along with Edgar Castillo.
  • Christian Bermudez, Guillermo Ochoa, Antonio Naelson and Francisco Rodriguez are back in the Mexico squad after being withdrawn from the team during the CONCACAF Gold Cup.


  • The U.S. will be playing its third game at Lincoln Financial Field, and owns a 2-0-0 at “The Linc.”
  • The MNT visited the Philadelphia area twice last year, beating Turkey 2-1 at Lincoln Financial Field before leaving for South Africa and later playing Colombia to a 0-0 draw in October at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
  • Kyle Beckerman is the only member of the roster to have scored a goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team in Philadelphia. Beckerman notched the tying goal in an eventual 2-1 victory against Panama in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal.
  • Four players (all starters) from the USA’s 0-0 draw with Colombia are in camp for the match against Mexico: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Heath Pearce, and Brek Shea.
  • The last time Landon Donovan came through Philadelphia with the U.S. MNT, he notched two assists in the USA’s win against Turkey in the final match of the 2010 Send-Off Series before the team left for the FIFA World Cup.
  • This will be the first time the USA has faced Mexico in the state of Pennsylvania. It will be the 10th different state in which the USA has met their archrival. USA and Mexico have also played in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Soccer is proud that our fans have demonstrated they are some of the most passionate, knowledgeable and loyal in the world. In an effort to encourage U.S. national team supporters to create a positive, safe and enjoyable environment on game day,

U.S. Soccer presents the Respect Campaign


When the U.S. National Teams compete internationally, the players and coaches are expected to represent their country in a positive manner on and off the field. Regardless of the intensity and physical play that is exhibited by the team, the national teams respect the game, their opponents, the officials as well as fellow fans and local hosts.

Fans are encouraged to do the same. By providing an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere, fans can showcase to the world our love and appreciation for the beautiful game. Please join us in leading the way by following the

Fan Code of Conduct

to ensure everyone can enjoy the game in a safe and positive environment.

On the field for USA …
June 25, 2011 – Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
USA      2         Michael Bradley 8, Landon Donovan 23
Mexico 4         Pablo Barrera 29, 50, Andrés Guardado 36, Giovani dos Santos 76


1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo (12-Jonathan Bornstein, 11), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 22-Alejandro Bedoya (9-Juan Agudelo, 63), 20-Freddy Adu (16-Sacha Kljestan, 86), 8-Clint Dempsey; 10-Landon Donovan

Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 7-Maurice Edu, 15-Tim Ream, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


12-Alfredo Talavera; 16-Efraín Juárez, 15-Héctor Moreno, 4-Rafa Marquez (capt.) (2- Héctor Reynoso, 43), 3-Carlos Salcido (20-Jorge Torres Nilo, 28); 6-Gerardo Torrado, 8-Israel Castro, 18-Andres Guardado, 7-Pablo Barrera (13-Jesus Zavala, 75), 10-Giovani dos Santos; 14-Javier Hernández

Subs not used: 9-Aldo de Nigris, 11-Angel Reyna, 17-Paul Aguilar, 23-Jonathan Orozco
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre

On the field for Mexico …
July 12, 2011 – Estadio Ciudad de La Plata – La Plata, Argentina – Copa America
Mexico     0
Uruguay   1     Alvaro Pereira 14


1-Luis Michel; 22-Paul Aguilar (11-Javier Aquino, 45), 19-Hector Reynoso, 21-Hiram Mier, 5-Darvin Chavez; 16-Miguel Ponce (17-Edgar Pacheco, 70) 14-Nestor Araujo, 23-Diego Reyes; 15-Jorge Enriquez; 10-Giovani dos Santos (18-Oribe Peralta Morones, 45), 9-Rafael Marquez Lugo

Subs not used: 2-Kristian Alvarez, 3-Oswaldo Alanis, 4-Diego de Buen Juarez, 6-Antonio Gallardo, 7-Ulises Davila, 8-Carlos Orrantia Trevino, 12-Liborio Sanchez, 13-Carlos Rodriguez, 20-Alan Pulido
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena


1-Fernando Muslera; 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 2-Diego Lugano, 4-Sebastian Coates, 11-Alvaro Pereira; 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo Dios, 20-Alvaro Gonzalez (14-Nicolas Lodeiro, 67); 7-Cristian Rodriguez (8-Sebastian Eguren, 83), 10-Diego Forlan (13-Sebastian Abreu, 89), 9-Luis Suarez

Subs not used: 5-Walter Gargano, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 12-Juan Castillo, 18-Abel Hernandez, 19-Andres Scotti, 23-Martin Silva
Head coach: Oscar Tabarez

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