A win in the first all-time meeting with Guadeloupe sends the U.S. to RFK Stadium for a quarterfinal as either the first or second place team in the group. Kickoff at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., is slated for 8 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer, TeleFutura, CONCACAF.com and Univision.com.
JUNE 14, 2011
CONCACAF GOLD CUP – GROUP C
SCENARIOS: While several scenarios exist, the bottom line is that a U.S. win in Kansas City, Kan., will clinch a top-two finish in the group and a berth to the quarterfinals in Washington, D.C. The U.S. has the advantage of playing the last game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage and will know exactly what is needed to advance. The best chance for the U.S. to win the group would be a Canada win against Panama by one or two goals; however, a 3-0 win for Canada also provides for scenarios in which the U.S. could advance. In terms of a quarterfinal opponent, if the U.S. finishes second in the group they will play either Honduras or Jamaica. A first-place finish would see the U.S. play the third place team from either Group A or B.
Complete Scenarios (Scenarios will be updated as results change)
- The U.S. is facing Guadeloupe for the first time. Guadeloupe participated in its first CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007 and made it to the semifinals that year. They advanced to the quarterfinals in 2009.
- The U.S. will be making its first appearance in Kansas on Tuesday night.
- The U.S. has played once in Kansas City, Mo.: a FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Costa Rica on April 25, 2001, when Josh Wolff scored the lone goal before a crowd of 37,319 fans.
- The U.S. lost for the first time in group play when they fell to Panama and now has a 24-1-2 record in group play.
- The U.S. has won its group in each of the 10 previous tournaments. The closest the U.S. has come to finishing second was in 2005 when the U.S. and Costa Rica were tied with seven points, with the U.S. collecting a better goal differential to clinch first place.
- The U.S. is 3-0-2 in the third game of group play. From 1996-2003, the Gold Cup was played with groups of three teams, so the group stage only included two games per team.
- 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 start against Panama, Landon Donovan played in his CONCACAF record-setting 24th career match in the Gold Cup.
- The U.S. has a 4-1-0 record under Bob Bradley when coming off a loss to a CONCACAF opponent.
- Eight 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.
- Eric Lichaj is the one player with the U.S. team in Kansas City yet to make a career Gold Cup appearance.
- 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).
- Saturday’s match in Tampa was the 51st for the U.S. in the Gold Cup, a CONCACAF record. The U.S. also has the CONCACAF record for wins, holding a 39-6-6 record.
- Agudelo is the only player to appear in all six games in 2011.
- Ream leads the team with 450 minutes played.
- Ream and Altidore are the only players to have started five games in 2011.
- Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Men’s National Team page on ussoccer.com.
PANAMA BESTS THE U.S. IN SECOND GROUP MATCH: The U.S. lost for the first time in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play with a 2-1 loss to Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The loss, which was also the first against Panama, puts the U.S. in second place with one match left to play in Group C action. Panama scored first in the game in the 19th minute after Gabriel Gomez found Eduardo Dasent open at the back post to head the ball on goal. Howard made the save, but Luis Tejada bested Clarence Goodson to direct the rebound over the goal line. Panama was able to increase its lead when defender Tim Ream was whistled for a penalty on Blas Perez and Gomez stepped up and converted the spot kick. The U.S. got a goal back in the 68th minute when Michael Bradley flicked a Landon Donovan corner kick to the far post for Goodson to head into the goal, but was unable to find the back of the net a second time after creating several scoring chances.
DEMPSEY GETS IT DONE IN GAME ONE: U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey has now scored one goal in each of the CONCACAF Gold Cup opening games in which he has played, also scoring in the 2005 and 2007 openers. The goal in the opener against Canada was the third of his Gold Cup career. One year ago, he scored in the opening match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England and prior to that also struck against Barbados in the first game of FIFA World Cup qualifying for the U.S. on June 15, 2008. Dempsey has scored in every major tournament in which he has appeared for the U.S., scoring in two World Cups (2006, 2010), three Gold Cups (2005, 2007, 2011) and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has also scored in qualifying for both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.
COMING TOGETHER: Three days after Bob Bradley’s roster announcement on May 23, the U.S. team began gathering for its pre-Gold Cup training camp in Cary, N.C., the site of pre-World Cup training camps in 2006 and 2010. On June 2, the team departed North Carolina for Foxborough, Mass., where the U.S. then trained once on June 3 before falling to FIFA World Cup champion Spain. Two and a half hours after the game, the U.S. was on a bus to the airport, touching down in Detroit just before midnight. Two training sessions in Detroit preceded the June 7 opening match, and on June 8 the reserves trained on the field while the starters from the Canada match had a gym session before an afternoon flight to Tampa.
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 since the Round of 16 in South Africa, 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 to have 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 since the World Cup.
- Five players on the Gold Cup roster have earned their first cap since 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 has played 360 minutes, exactly half.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 23-Marcus Hahnemann (Out of Contract), 1-Tim Howard (Everton), 18- Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), 12-Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), 6-Steve Cherundolo (Hannover),
21-Clarence Goodson (Brondby), 14-Eric Lichaj (Leeds), 5-Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), 15-Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), 2-Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 20-Freddy Adu (Rizespor), 22-Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), 4-Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), 8-Clint Dempsey (Fulham), 10-Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), 7-Maurice Edu (Rangers), 13-Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), 16-Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), 19-Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), 17-Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), 11-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Landon Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals. Clint Dempsey is next with 20, followed by defender Carlos Bocanegra who has 12.
- 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.
- Seventeen players on the roster are plying 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 an assist against Canada, Landon Donovan continues to move up in the U.S. record books. He is the U.S. all-time leader in goals (45), assists (46) and points (136). He ranks third all-time in appearances with 131, three behind Jeff Agoos.
- Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa.
- Clint Dempsey is one goal away from tying 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Murray (21) for the fifth-most goals scored in U.S. history.
- With his goal against Canada, Dempsey passed DaMarcus Beasley and Murray and moved into sixth all-time in points with 48, four behind Cobi Jones.
- Tim Howard is moving up the goalkeeper record charts, and with 33 wins he is third all-time and four behind Tony Meola. With 21 shutouts he is in fourth place, three behind Brad Friedel.
IN THE GOLD CUP: ROSTER BY THE NUMBERS
21 players have played in at least one Gold Cup
8 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
Founded: 1961 (Joined CONCACAF in 1964)
Head Coach: Roger Salnot
Best World Cup Finish: Not affiliated with FIFA
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2007)
Key Players: Stephane Auvray, David Fleurival, Brice Jovial
GOALKEEPERS (3): 23-Franck Grandel (Dijon FCO), 16-Fabrice Mercury (CS Moule), 1-Christophe Olol (L’Union Sainte Rosienne)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Miguel Comminges (Southend United FC), 3-Jean-Marc Hatchi (SM Caen), 15-Julien Ictoi (CS Moule), 13-Jean-Luc Lambourde (Amical Club Marie Galante), 4-Ulick Liupede (Naval), 22-Mickael Tacalfred (Stade de Reims), 5-Eddy Viator (out of contract)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 18-Stephane Auvray (Sporting Kansas City), 20-Larry Clavier (SC Freamunde), 17-Cedric Collet (AS Beauvais Oise), 8-Dimitri Fautrai (Etoile de Morne à l’Eau), 6-David Fleurival (FC Metz), 12-Thomas Gamiette (Stade de Reims), 14-Gregory Gendrey (ROC de Charleroi-Marchienne), 7-Loic Loval (Vannes OC), 10-Thery Racon (Charlton Athletic)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Ludovic Gotin (CS Moule), 18-Brice Jovial (Le Havre), 11-Livio Nabab (SM Caen), 21-Richard Socrier (AC Ajaccio)
- Guadeloupe’s 23 players hail from professional clubs in six different countries. Ten players play in France and five play in their nation’s domestic league. One player is out of contract.
- Stephane Auvray plays his club ball with Sporting Kansas City and could make his LIVESTRONG Sporting Park debut with country rather than club.
- Eight players on the roster were part of the team that made it to the semifinals of the 2007 Gold Cup.
- Ten players return from the 2009 Gold Cup squad that advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Costa Rica.
- Brice Jovial is the only Guadeloupe player to score so far in the 2011 Gold Cup, getting two second-half goals off the bench against Panama in their opening match.
- David Fleurival is the only other Guadeloupe player with multiple Gold Cup goals to his credit, scoring one in 2007 and one in 2009. Auvray, Ludovic Gotin and Loic Loval scored in the 2009 tournament, and Richard Socrier scored in 2007.
MORE GOLD CUP
MNT IN ENGLAND: ussoccer.com is more than halfway into its exclusive web series “MNT in England,” a collection of video features that chronicle the professional and personal experiences of U.S. Men’s National Team players in the English Premier League. From the training grounds at Blackburn to flying nearly 3,000 feet in the air, ussoccer.com went from London to Manchester and everywhere in between to look at life abroad with several of the key members of the U.S. team. The 15-episode series will run throughout the Gold Cup.
GO BEHIND THE CREST: Follow the journey of the U.S. team through the Gold Cup in ussoccer.com’s new series ‘Behind the Crest’, which gives you an unprecedented look behind the scenes in camp as the group seeks out its fifth confederation championship.
IT’S ALL @ussoccer: Keep up with all U.S. Men’s National Team news and features by following on Twitter @ussoccer, now with more than 250,000 followers! We have training tidbits, news, photos and links to all ussoccer.com videos.
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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.
- Only one of two teams to beat Spain since November 2006.
- 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).
Gold Cup: 11-2-1
Goals For: 128
Goals Against: 93
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
Leading at half: 22-3-2
Losing at half: 3-12-4
Tied at half: 14-9-6
- 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.
- 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 (24), 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 51 (four more than Mexico) and has the most wins with 39 (five more than Mexico).
- The U.S. has scored 96 goals in the Gold Cup, averaging 1.81 goals per game.
- The U.S. has allowed 36 goals all-time, an average of 0.68 per game.
Name Caps Goals Tournaments
Adu, Freddy 2 1 2009
Agudelo, Juan 2 0 2011
Altidore, Jozy 2 1 2011
Bedoya, Alejandro 1 0 2011
Bocanegra, Carlos 15 3 2002, 2003, 2007, 2011
Bornstein, Jonathan 5 0 2007
Bradley, Michael 7 0 2007, 2011
Cherundolo, Steve 7 0 2005, 2009, 2011
Dempsey, Clint 11 3 2005, 2007, 2011
Donovan, Landon 24 12 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
Edu, Maurice 1 0 2011
Goodson, Clarence 6 2 2009, 2011
Hahnemann, Marcus 1 0 2005
Howard, Tim 6 0 2007, 2011
Jones, Jermaine 2 0 2011
Kljestan, Sacha 2 0 2011
Onyewu, Oguchi 9 1 2005, 2007
Ream, Tim 2 0 2011
Rogers, Robbie 5 1 2009
Spector, Jonathan 3 0 2007
Wondolowski, Chris 2 0 2011
1. Donovan, Landon 24
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. Bocanegra, Carlos 3
Dempsey, Clint 3
On the field for USA
June 11, 2011 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C
Panama 2 Luis Tejada 19, Gabriel Gomez 36
Subs not used: 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 7-Maurice Edu, 14-Eric Lichaj, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
Subs not used: 3-Harold Cummings, 12-Luis Mejía, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Luis Rentería
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
On the field for Guadeloupe
June 11, 2011 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C
Subs not used: 4-Ulick Lupede, 9-Ludovic Gotin, 16-Fabrice Mercury, 17-Cedric Collet
Head coach: Roger Salnot
Subs not used: 1-Lars Hirschfeld, 16-Tosaint Ricketts, 20-Jaime Peters, 21-Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault
Head Coach: Stephen Hart
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