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U.S. Men and Costa Rica Ready for Friendly in Carson, Calif.

After a tie against Mexico in his first game as head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann takes the next steps with the U.S. Men’s National Team on Friday night when the USA meets Costa Rica. The team will have the benefit of a full week of camp with the new head coach and staff, with 21 players making the trip to Southern California in preparation for the game between CONCACAF rivals.

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Carlos Bocanegra

IN THE IMAGE: U.S. Men’s National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
International Friendly
Aug. 31, 2011
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

NEXT STEPS: After a tie against Mexico in his first game as head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann takes the next steps with the U.S. Men’s National Team on Friday night when the USA meets Costa Rica. The team will have the benefit of a full week of camp with the new head coach and staff, with 21 players making the trip to Southern California in preparation for the game between CONCACAF rivals. Kickoff at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)


  • Landon Donovan will only play in the match against Costa Rica, while Kyle Beckerman, Steve Cherundolo and Clint Dempsey will join the team in Brussels.  Brek Shea will join the group Wednesday after competing in the U.S Open Cup semifinal against Seattle on Tuesday night.
  • Zach Loyd (hamstring) and Heath Pearce (hamstring) withdrew from the original roster and were replaced by Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector. Clint Dempsey remained at Fulham to receive treatment for back spasms and will meet the group in Belgium.
  • Twelve of the 21 players on the roster ply their trade overseas with a total of eight different leagues represented across seven countries.
  • Ten players on the current roster were part of the squad that drew 1-1 with Mexico on Aug. 10 in Klinsmann’s first match as head coach.
  • Six were starters, and the list also includes the goalscorer (Robbie Rogers) and the set-up man (Shea).
  • Fabian Johnson has begun the formal process with FIFA of changing his national association from Germany to the United States. Until that process is completed, he cannot play in a match for the United States. Johnson represented Germany in the 2009 U-21 European Championship, which triggers the requirement that he request a change of association.
  • Several of the European-based players are making their debut in a camp with Klinsmann – Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Clarence Goodson, Sacha Kljestan and Spector. Chandler and Goodson had been on the initial roster for Mexico but withdrew with injuries and club concerns.
  • Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 46 career goals. Carlos Bocanegra is next with 12.
  • Three teams contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Bill Hamid and Pontius from D.C. United, Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream join from the Red Bulls, and Bocanegra and Maurice Edu come from Rangers.
  • 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.
  • Bocanegra is just six games shy of reaching 100 caps.
  • Five players from the USA’s 1-1 draw with Chile on Jan. 22, 2011, at The HDC are in camp for the match against Costa Rica: Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Jeff Larentowicz, Ream and Shea.
  • Larentowicz earned his first and only cap thus far that day, while Bunbury scored his first goal for the U.S. when he converted a penalty to tie the game.
  • Chandler comes into the squad for only the second time, having earned caps against Argentina and Paraguay in March but missing out on the Gold Cup and the game against Mexico.
  • Hamid and Pontius are the only players on the roster who can earn their first cap in the upcoming matches
  • 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.


  • The U.S. Men’s National Team has a nearly unblemished record at The Home Depot Center, compiling an 8-1-2 record since playing its first game in Carson in 2004.
  • After opening with a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Jan. 18, 2004, the USA put together a string of eight victories matches in a row, with 27 goals scored and only four surrendered until the 3-1 loss to Honduras in January of 2010
  • Eight of the games at The HDC have been international friendlies. In the lone World Cup qualifier in the building, the USA posted a record-tying 8-0 victory on June 15, 2008 against Barbados.
  • This will be the sixth time the USA has faced Costa Rica in California, the U.S. having compiled a 4-1-0 record which includes the 2002 Gold Cup championship-winning victory. That was also the last time these teams met in this state.


JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing for his second camp 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.
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 0-0-1 with 1 goal for and 1 goal against.
  • 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.

CLUB CHANGES: Three players on the roster will be departing from different locations since they last joined the U.S. team. Jozy Altidore signed with AZ Alkmaar following the 2011 Gold Cup, and has rewarded his new club by already scoring five goals in as many games after moving to Holland. U.S. skipper Carlos Bocanegra had settled in nicely at Saint-Etienne – even being handed the captain’s armband for a game – before Rangers made a last-minute bid for him and brought the defender to Glasgow. The deal was completed for ‘Los in the late hours of Aug. 17 and less than 24 hours later he suited up for Rangers in their Europa League playoff series against Maribor in Slovenia. In England, Jonathan Spector found a new home north of London when he signed with League Championship side Birmingham City. Spector has appeared in four matches since joining the club, including both of their Europa League playoff matches against Nacional.

THE MEMORABLE DAY AT RFK: The last meeting between the United States and Costa Rica was packed with all the excitement, thrills and drama that a sporting event can deliver. The U.S. entered the final day of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup having experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, from the joy of securing a spot for South Africa four days earlier in Honduras to the shocking news that Charlie Davies had been badly injured in a car accident. For the Costa Ricans, a victory that day would have assured their place back in the World Cup. After going down two goals, Michael Bradley’s strike in the 72nd minute set the stage for an incredible climax. In the fifth minute of added time in the second half, Robbie Rogers delivered a corner kick onto the head of Jonathan Bornstein that he headed just inside the near post to earn the United States a 2-2 draw and first place in the group while simultaneously forcing Costa Rica into a qualifying playoff series against Uruguay that they subsequently lost. Dramatic? Listen to the reaction of the Hondurans, (LINK WHAT IS THIS?)  

HOME AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: Four players on the roster have made special memories out of scoring at The Home Depot Center for the United States. Landon Donovan has tallied four times at The HDC, and holds the distinction of scoring the first goal for the U.S. National Team in the building when he scored the game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against Denmark on Jan. 18, 2004 . He also became the USA’s all-time leading scorer when he netted a penalty kick in a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19, 2008. Sacha Kljestan – then a Chivas USA midfielder – became only the second player in U.S. history and the first since Aldo “Buff’ Donelli to score his first three international goals all in the same game, pacing the U.S. to a 3-2 victory on Jan. 24, 2009 against Sweden . Clarence Goodson scored his second career goal – and his second against Honduras – in the USA’s opening match of 2010, and Teal Bunbury opened his goal scoring account for the United States when he buried a penalty to help earn a 1-1 draw against Chile .

KLINSMANN’S COACHES: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann mentioned in his opening press conference 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 current 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-16 and U-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.

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.



  • This match will mark the 29th meeting between the teams, tying Costa Rica with Canada for second place on the USA’s list of most matches played against CONCACAF opponents.
  • The U.S. and Costa Rica are deadlocked at 11-11-6 in the all-time series.
  • At home, the U.S. holds an 11-3-4 record in all competitions, including eight World Cup qualifiers (5-1-2), six Gold Cup matches (5-0-1) and four friendlies (1-2-1).
  • The U.S. defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the final of the 2002 Gold Cup.
  • The Costa Ricans have outscored the U.S. 34 to 31 in the series.
  • This is the first friendly between the teams since 1995, a 2-1 win for Costa Rica on May 28 in Tampa, Fla.
  • Donovan and Bocanegra are the only two U.S. players on the roster with goals against Costa Rica. All three of Donovan’s have come in World Cup qualifying, while Bocanegra scored in the 3-2 win on July 26, 2003, in the third-place game of the 2003 Gold Cup.


Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
Head Coach: Ronald Gonzalez (Interim)
Best World Cup Finish: Second Round, 1990
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Finalist, 2002
Caps Leader: Walter Centeno (131)
Top Scorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)
Key Players: Alvaro Saborio, Cristian Bolanos, Carlos Hernandez


  • Costa Rica is in the midst of rebuilding process, following the dismissal of former head coach Ricardo La Volpe. Los Ticos will be playing their first game under interim head coach Ronald Gonzalez as the team looks forward to World Cup qualifying next year.
  • The second part of this FIFA double fixture date will see Costa Rica travel to South America to meet Ecuador in Guayaquil.
  • Costa Rica has been drawn in Group B of the Semifinal Round of the CONCACAF Draw for World Cup Qualifying. They will face archrival Mexico, as well as two teams to be determined from Second Round play. El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago are the favorites to progress and join Costa Rica and Mexico when Semifinal Round play begins in June of 2012.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Danny Carvajal (A.D. San Carlos), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Keylor Navas (Levante)
DEFENDERS (8): Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Carlos Johnson (Cartaginés), José Mena (Saprissa), Christopher Meneses (Alajuelense), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), José Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Roy Smith (Orión FC), Michael Umaña (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Randall Azofeifa (Genclerbirligui), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Cristian Bolaños (FC Copenhagen), Allen Guevara (Alajuelense), David Guzmán (Saprissa), Kareem Mclean (Limón FC), Álvaro Sánchez (A.D. San Carlos), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)
FORWARDS (5): Randall Brenes (Cartaginés), Daniel Colíndres (Santos de Guápiles), Josué Martínez (Saprissa), Winston Parks (FK Baki), Álvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)


  • Costa Rica’s roster has four players from MLS, starting with Portland Timbers defender Rodney Wallace, who receives his first call-up. Chivas USA defender Michael Umaña is teammates with Heath Pearce; New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller is joined by teammates Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream; and Alvaro Saborio shares the same locker room with Kyle Beckerman.
  • Star forward and captain Bryan Ruiz is not on the roster. Ruiz scored both of Costa Rica’s goals the last time Los Ticos faced the United States.
  • Four players come from Alajuelense, a team that is part of the group of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League: Jhonny Acosta, Allen Guevara, Christopher Meneses and Jose Salvatierra.

FIFA FAIR PLAY DAYS: FIFA is holding its 15th annual FIFA Fair Play Days during the official match days from Sept. 2-6, 2011. The U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati appeal to players, referees, fans and officials throughout the United States to help praise and promote the spirit of fair play on FIFA Fair Play Days.

U.S. SOCCER’S RESPECT CAMPAIGN: 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.

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On the field for USA …
Aug. 10, 2011 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa. – International Friendly
USA                      1              Robbie Rogers 73
Mexico                 1              Oribe Peralta 17

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 2-Edgar Castillo; 7-Kyle Beckerman 4-Michael Bradley (16-Robbie Rogers, 72), 8-Jermaine Jones (17-Brek Shea, 60), 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Jose Torres (15-Ricardo Clark, 84); 9-Edson Buddle (18-Juan Agudelo, 60)
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 13-Zach Lloyd, 14-Heath Pearce
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa, 16-Efrain Juarez (22- Paul Aguilar, 75), 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.) (2-Francisco Javier Rodriguez, 69), 15-Hector Moreno, 3-Carlos Salcido; 7- Pablo Barrera (21-Christian Bermudez, 72), 6-Gerardo Torrado, 17-Antonio Naelson (10-Giovani dos Santos, 55), 8-Israel Castro, 18-Andres Guardado; 19-Oribe Peralta (9-Omar Arellano, 62)
Subs not used: 11-Javier Aquino, 12- Alfredo Talavera, 13-Jesus Zavala, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre

On the field for Costa Rica  …
Aug. 10, 2011 – Estadio Ricardo Saprissa –San Jose, Costa Rica – International Friendly
Costa Rica           0             
Ecuador                2              Christian Suarez 53, Mendez 66               

CRC: Donny Grant; Jhonny Acosta, Jose Salvatierra (Allen Guevara, 46), Porfirio Lopez (Kevin Fajardo, 73), Heiner Mora; Oscar Duarte, Bryan Oviedo, Jose Miguel Cubero (Luis Miguel Valle, 71), Pedro Leal (Cesar Elizondo, 46); Bryan Ruiz (capt.) (Randall Brenes, 61), Marco Ureña (Jonathan McDonald, 71)
Head coach: Ricardo La Volpe

ECU: Maximo Banguera; Frickson Erazo, Eduardo Morante, Walter Ayovi (capt.), Tilson Mina; David Quiroz (Segundo Castillo, 46), Luis Saritama (Gabriel Achilier, 59), Juan Carlos Paredes; Christian Suarez (Felipe Caicedo, 79), Jaime Ayovi (Edison Mendez, 58), Christian Benitez (Felix Borja, 68)
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Against Costa Rica  …
Oct. 14, 2009– RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C. – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
USA                     2              Michael Bradley 72, Jonathan Bornstein 90+5
Costa Rica           2              Brian Ruiz 21, 24

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 7-Stuart Holden (9-Robbie Rogers, 69), 16-Benny Feilhaber (14-José Francisco Torres, 63) , 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Conor Casey (Kenny Cooper, 79)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 15-Jimmy Conrad, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CRC : 1-Kelor Navas; 16-Christian Montero, 3-Luis Marin, 5-Dennis Marshall (12-Douglas Sequeira, 90+2); 2-Esteban Sirias (15-Junior Diaz, 74), 14-Randall Azofeifa, 10-Walter Centeno (capt.), 6-Michael Barrantes, 17-Pablo Herrera; 9-Alvaro Saborio, 11-Bryan Ruiz (13-Cristian Bolanos, 83)
Subs not used: 4-Michael Umana, 7-Rolando Fonseca, 8-Victor Nunez, 18-Ricardo Gonzalez
Head Coach: René Simões

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