U.S. Men's National Team Notes
CONCACAF Gold Cup – Semifinals
June 22, 2011
SEMIFINAL KIND OF LIFE: Panama played the role of spoiler in group play, handing the U.S. Men's National Team its first-ever loss in that stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2-1 victory on June 11 in Tampa, Fla. Just 11 days later, the two sides meet again with the U.S. looking to speak last with a semifinal victory that would mark the fourth straight time that the U.S. would eliminate Panama from the Gold Cup's knockout round. The U.S. is also eyeing an unprecedented fourth-straight appearance in the final and can get to the Rose Bowl with a victory at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET live on FOX Soccer, Univision, CONCACAF.com and Univision.com, with the winner traveling to Pasadena, Calif., to face the winner of Mexico against Honduras. Fans can follow the action with updates from ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
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* Winner of U.S.- Panama vs. winner of Mexico-Honduras
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FOURTH IN FOUR: The U.S. and Panama meet in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup for the fourth consecutive tournament, with the U.S. knocking Panama out of each of the last three editions. The consecutive meetings began in 2005 when the teams played to a scoreless draw in the final, with the U.S. hoisting the trophy after a 3-1 victory in a penalty shootout. Subsequently, the U.S. defeated Panama 2-1 in the quarterfinals of each of the last two tournaments, the U.S. requiring added time for a Kenny Cooper penalty kick to send the U.S. into the semifinals in the 2009 victory.
- The U.S. will play in front of a sold-out stadium for the third straight game after LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and RFK Stadium were also filled to capacity.
- Jozy Altidore underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Houston to further evaluate his status for Wednesday's semifinal.
- This is the second consecutive time the U.S. will play a semifinal against a team it played in the group stage. In 2009, the U.S. defeated Honduras 2-0 in Washington, D.C., in its second group game and 15 days later again posted a 2-0 victory, this time in Chicago.
- The U.S. has never been eliminated at the semifinal stage of the Gold Cup by a CONCACAF opponent. In 1996 and 2003, the U.S. was eliminated by Brazil, which was playing as a guest team.
- Mexico is the only CONCACAF team that has beaten the U.S. in the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, beating the U.S. in the 1993, 1998 and 2009 tournaments. Brazil eliminated the U.S. two times in the semifinals and Colombia eliminated the U.S. in penalties in the quarterfinals of the 2000 event.
- After losing to a CONCACAF opponent at home, the U.S. is 6-2-2 in the next home match against that opponent with Mexico the only CONCACAF team to beat the U.S. in consecutive games on U.S. soil.
- Clarence Goodson recorded the game-winning goal in the 2009 Gold Cup semifinal against Honduras. Goodson has started a team-high six consecutive Gold Cup matches dating back to the last two matches in 2009.
- Jermaine Jones picked up a yellow card against Jamaica. Should he receive a caution in a U.S. win against Panama, he will miss the final.
- Jones scored his first international goal for the U.S. against Jamaica.
- Alejandro Bedoya and Sacha Kljestan made their first starts of the Gold Cup against Jamaica.
- Four U.S. players have played every minute of the Gold Cup through the quarterfinals: Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard.
- Howard, Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jones and Altidore have started all four Gold Cup games in 2011.
- Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Men's National Team page on ussoccer.com.
- In the quarterfinals, Luis Tejada scored in the 90th minute for Panama to force overtime against El Salvador, and the teams played the extra 30 minutes scoreless to force penalty kicks. Panama's Jamie Penedo saved the first El Salvador attempt, and Panama advanced with a 5-3 win in the shootout.
- Panama's Blas Perez, who drew the penalty kick for Panama in the first meeting against the U.S., will miss the semifinal after receiving a red card between the end of regulation and the start of extra time against El Salvador. Perez scored against the U.S. in the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal to force that match, a 2-1 U.S. win, into overtime.
- Panama has embraced the role of heartbreakers, eliminating Canada (and relegating the U.S. to second place in Group C) with a Tejada goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time of the final group match. Tejada struck again with a goal in the last minute against El Salvador to force overtime in the quarterfinals.
- Luis Tejada's three goals in the 2011 Gold Cup have made him Panama's all-time leading scorer in the tournament with eight career goals. Perez is next with seven career Gold Cup goals, including one in the 2011 opener.
- Felipe Baloy, Roman Torres, Amilcar Henriquez and Luis Renteria are carrying yellow cards from the quarterfinals and if carded in a Panama semifinal victory would miss the final.
- The U.S. is 3-1-1 against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the tie coming in the 2005 final with the U.S. prevailing 3-1 on penalty kicks.
- Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu were part of the U.S. squad that day. Donovan took and converted the third penalty in the shootout.
- The four U.S. players in that shootout were: Santino Quaranta (goal), Chris Armas (save), Landon Donovan (goal) and Brad Davis (goal). Kasey Keller made one save in goal.
- Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 2007 quarterfinal against Panama at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
- Clarence Goodson and Robbie Rogers are the only members of the 2011 team that appeared in the 2009 quarterfinal victory in Philadelphia.
- The U.S. holds a 6-1-2 all-time record against Panama with 19 goals for and six goals against.
- All nine meetings between the two teams have come in either the Gold Cup or World Cup qualifying.
- In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the semifinal and final rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
- Donovan scored twice against Panama in a 6-0 rout on Oct. 13, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
- On June 8, 2005, in Panama City, Donovan and Bocanegra scored in a 3-0 qualifying victory.
GOLD CUP SNAPSHOT
- The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with prior championships coming in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
- Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- With his appearance against Jamaica, Landon Donovan extended his CONCACAF record of 26 career Gold Cup matches.
- Nine U.S. players have made their Gold Cup debut in 2011. Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream and Chris Wondolowski debuted against Canada. Alejandro Bedoya debuted against Panama, and Eric Lichaj debuted against Guadeloupe.
- In the 2011 Gold Cup, Bob Bradley has used 17 of the 22 players that have been available. Freddy Adu, Jonathan Bornstein, Marcus Hahnemann, Oguchi Onyewu, Robbie Rogers and Jonathan Spector are yet to appear.
USA IN HOUSTON
- The U.S. has made three appearances in Houston and has a 0-1-2 record, losing to Ecuador on June 10, 1988, in the first ever appearance there.
- The two U.S. ties in Houston came against Mexico in friendly matches in 2003 (0-0 on May 8, 2003, and 2-2 on Feb. 6, 2008). Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu scored the goals in the 2008 appearance.
WEDDING PARTIES: Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey were excused from the U.S. camp Wednesday, June 15, to head to California and Texas, respectively, for their sisters' weddings. Each arrived back into camp early Sunday morning. After evaluating all factors, the coaching staff chose to have Dempsey in the starting lineup and Donovan to begin the match on the bench. Dempsey played 90 minutes and scored the second U.S. goal while being heavily involved in the U.S. offense. Donovan came into the game as a substitute for the first time since June 9, 2007, and played 25 minutes, exchanging a pair of passes with Juan Agudelo before Agudelo assisted on Dempsey's goal.
SHAPING UP: The U.S. utilized a 4-2-3-1 lineup against Jamaica for the first time in the Gold Cup. Center midfielders Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley were deployed in front of the four defenders, providing cover and serving as the starting point for attacks as well as box-to-box movement while the outside backs, Steve Cherundolo and Eric Lichaj, pushed forward against the low pressure from Jamaica. A three-man attacking midfield line of Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey had the ability to interchange, creating difficult matchups for Jamaica, with Jozy Altidore then Juan Agudelo serving as the lone striker. The formation used against Jamaica wasn't anything new for the U.S. team: five of the first six games after the 2010 world Cup saw the U.S. deployed similarly against Brazil, Poland, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. Between the Poland and South Africa games, the U.S. coaching staff opted for a 4-3-3 formation that used midfielder Stuart Holden on the forward line, and against Paraguay and Spain the U.S. used a 4-4-2 that had been successful at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
JOZY'S DOZEN: With his highlight-reel strike against Guadeloupe, Jozy Altidore became the second youngest U.S. player to reach 12 career goals and the 16th in U.S. history. Altidore was 21 years, 220 days on June 14, second only to Landon Donovan who scored his 12th international goal at 21 years, 137 days. Of the 16 players with 12 career goals, six had not yet scored their first goal by the age Altidore tallied his 12th. Altidore is also on a scoring pace that matches some of the most prolific strikers in U.S. history, with his average of one goal every 219 minutes fourth among forwards with 10 career goals behind Frank Klopas (1 goal in 182 minutes), Eddie Johnson (1 in 199) and Eric Wynalda (1 in 217).
FROM WORLD CUP TO GOLD CUP: After the conclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, preparations were quickly underway for the U.S. to build toward this summer's Gold Cup. In the eight games between the Round of 16 in South Africa and the beginning of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. played six teams that were part of the 2010 World Cup and three of the top four ranked teams in the world (Spain, 1; Argentina, 4; Brazil, 3). Here is a breakdown of the U.S. Gold Cup roster's contribution during that eight-game span:
- Maurice Edu is the only player who started six games during that span. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Spector are the only other players on the roster who appeared in six games between the World Cup and the Gold Cup.
- Five players on the Gold Cup roster earned their first cap after the World Cup:
- Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream earned their first caps in the final match of 2010, a 2-1 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17. in South Africa.
- Chris Wondolowski is the most recent debutant, appearing for the first time on Jan. 22, 2011, against Chile.
- Jermaine Jones made his long-awaited debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland.
- Eric Lichaj debuted on Oct. 12, 2010, against Colombia.
- Only three players played more than half the minutes between the World Cup and Gold Cup: Bradley (495), Altidore (419) and Edu (405). Clint Dempsey played 360 minutes, exactly half.
- Landon Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals. Clint Dempsey is next with 21, followed by defender Carlos Bocanegra and forward Jozy Altidore who have 12 each.
- Alejandro Bedoya replaced Benny Feilhaber on the roster after Feilhaber, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. in the 2007 Gold Cup final, was injured while playing for the New England Revolution during a May 28 league match against Los Angeles.
- As of the time the roster was named, 17 players ply their trade overseas in 10 different countries.
- Six players had five caps or fewer entering the Gold Cup.
- Dempsey finished a fantastic season at Fulham where he set both the single-season record for an American scoring in the English Premier League (12 goals) and set the club mark for career goals in the EPL (33).
- Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga and a place in the playoff round of the Europa League.
- Three other U.S. players are assured a crack at European competition next year. Maurice Edu (Rangers) enters the playoff round of Champions League qualifying. Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) enters the playoff round of
Europa League qualifying, while Dempsey (Fulham) begins the first round of Europa League qualifying.
- The New York Red Bulls are the only team to contribute two players in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
- Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team on Nov. 17, 2010, and is the first Academy product to appear in the Gold Cup.
- Chris Wondolowski, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, scored six goals in 11 matches to start the MLS campaign. That's two behind league leader Donovan (as of June 6).
- Freddy Adu has been included in the team for the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup.
- Third goalkeeper Nick Rimando will remain with Real Salt Lake unless called upon.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- With his appearance against Jamaica, Landon Donovan moved into a tie for second all-time for the U.S. with 134 caps, equaling Jeff Agoos. He continues to move up in the U.S. record books, already the U.S. all-time leader in goals (45), assists (46) and points (136).
- Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa.
- Clint Dempsey's goal against Jamaica tied him for fifth in U.S. history with 21 goals, matching 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Murray (21).
- Dempsey sits sixth all-time in points with 50, two behind Cobi Jones.
- Tim Howard is moving up the goalkeeper record charts, and with 35 wins he is third all-time and two behind Tony Meola. With 23 shutouts he is in fourth place, one behind Brad Friedel.
IN THE GOLD CUP: ROSTER BY THE NUMBERS
22 players have played in at least one Gold Cup
9 players on the roster have scored in the Gold Cup
10 players on the roster have won at least one Gold Cup
4 players have won at least two Gold Cups
1 player has won three Gold Cups (Landon Donovan)
8 players were part of the 2007 championship team
5 players were part of the 2005 championship team
2 players were part of the 2002 championship team
IN FOCUS: PANAMA
Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Second Place (2005)
Caps Leader: Ricardo Phillips (110)
Top Scorer: Luis Tapia (27)
Key Players: Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Felipe Baloy
PANAMA ROSTER NOTES
- Panama's 23 players hail from professional clubs in 11 different countries; six players play in Panama, while five play in Colombia.
- Six Panama starters from the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal against the U.S. are on the squad for this Gold Cup: Felipe Baloy, Nelson Barahona, Gabriel Gomez, Jaime Penedo, Blas Perez and Roman Torres. Two players, Amilcar Henriquez and Luis Tejada, were on the bench but did not appear.
- Perez scored the goal for Panama that forced overtime.
- Five members of Panama's 2011 Gold Cup squad started the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup final that saw the U.S. win the crown in penalties. Baloy, Gomez, Luiz Henriquez, Penedo and Tejada all started, while Roman Torres was on the bench.
- Penedo was in goal in the penalty shootout against the U.S. for the 2005 final, saving the second U.S. effort by Chris Armas.
- Tejada took the first penalty in that shootout, a shot that was stopped by Kasey Keller. Baloy converted Panama's lone successful kick.
- Baloy, Gomez, Penedo and Torres are appearing in their fourth consecutive tournament.
- Penedo's 17 career Gold Cup appearances lead the Panama squad.
HONDURAS: Honduras opened with a scoreless draw against Guatemala, but then routed Grenada 7-1 and in the process scored enough goals to secure second place in Group B with four points, finishing behind Jamaica after a 1-0 loss in the final group match. Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals in East Rutherford, N.J., the teams traded goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half but wouldn't score again. Honduras advanced on penalties 4-2 after Costa Rica missed twice.
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ABOUT THE HEAD COACH
THE BOB BRADLEY FACT FILE: As Bob Bradley continues the beginning of his second four-year cycle with a third trip into the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a look at the stats since he took over in January 2007 reveal an impressive list of achievements for the U.S. Men's National Team.
- Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
- Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
- Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time, earning a 1-0-2 record.
- Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Posted a 1-2-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35-match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
- Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
- Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
- Posted the team's best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008.
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 at Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 at South Africa and March 26, 2008 at Poland).
- Played eight matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-3).
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 13-2-1
Goals For: 131
Goals Against: 93
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 28-6-5, 80 GF, 34 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-8-4, 11 GF, 24 GA
UEFA: 7-9-3, 26 GF, 30 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 4-1-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 23-3-2
Losing at half: 3-12-4
Tied at half: 15-9-6
By year …
GOLD CUP HISTORY
- The U.S. has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup four times, second only to Mexico who has five titles. The U.S. titles have come in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. Canada is the only other country with a title, winning in 2000.
- Panama finished ahead of the U.S. in Group C play, the first time the U.S. did not win its group in 11 Gold Cups.
- Juan Agudelo is the first U.S. player to appear in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match prior to his 19th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Agudelo (18 years, 196 days) broke the mark held by DaMarcus Beasley in 2002 (19 years, 240 days). He has netted two assists in three appearances.
- In three of the six trips to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup, the U.S. has had a player with a multiple goal performance. Against El Salvador in 2002, Brian McBride scored a hat trick and one year later Landon Donovan had four goals against Cuba. In 2005, DaMarcus Beasley scored twice.
- Four U.S. players have won the Golden Boot as the top scorer: Eric Wynalda (4 goals in 1996), Brian McBride (4-2002), Landon Donovan (4-2003 tied) and DaMarcus Beasley (3-2005).
- Tony Meola (1991), Kasey Keller (1998) and Brian McBride (2002) are the three U.S. players that won the Golden Ball as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
- U.S. players hold four of the top five spots on the all-time appearance list: Donovan (26), Keller (23), Wynalda (21) and Frankie Hejduk (21). Harold Wallace from Costa Rica also has 21.
- Donovan is tied with Mexico's Luis Roberto Alves with a record 12 career Gold Cup goals.
- The U.S. and Mexico are the only teams to participate in all 11 editions of the Gold Cup.
- The U.S. has played the most games at 53 (four more than Mexico) and has the most wins with 41 (five more than Mexico).
- The U.S. has scored 99 goals in the Gold Cup, averaging 1.80 goals per game.
- The U.S. has allowed 36 goals all-time, an average of 0.65 per game.
U.S. GOLD CUP PLAYER REGISTER
U.S. GOLD CUP ALL-TIME LEADERS
1. Donovan, Landon 26
2. Keller, Kasey 23
3. Hejduk, Frankie 21
4. Wynalda, Eric 21
5. Jones, Cobi 20
1. Donovan, Landon 12
2. Wynalda, Eric 9
3. McBride, Brian 8
4. Beasley, DaMarcus 6
5. Dempsey, Clint 4
On the field for USA
June 19, 2011 – RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal
USA 2 Jermaine Jones, 49; Clint Dempsey, 80
On the field for Panama
June 19, 2011 – RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal
Panama 1 Rodolfo Zelaya, 78 PK
El Salvador 1 Luis Tejada, 90
Panama advances 5-3 on PKs. Panama shooters: Barahona, Renteria, Godoy, Henriquez, Tejada
USA vs. Panama
June 11, 2011 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C
USA 1 Clarence Goodson 68
Panama 2 Luis Tejada 19, Gabriel Gomez 36