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U.S. MNT Travels to Guatemala for First Road Match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. Men’s National Team is preparing for its second match of the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Group A when it will face Guatemala at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12, at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.

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IN THE IMAGE: The MNT will be back in action at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Semifinal Round
Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City
June 12, 2012

The U.S. Men’s National Team is preparing for its second match of the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Group A when it will face Guatemala at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12, at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. The game will be broadcast live on pay-per-view (learn more) and ustream.tv. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker for live updates and join the discussion around the game via Twitter @ussoccer and by tweeting the hashtag #USAvGUA. The U.S. took the early lead in the group with its 3-1 victory against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in Tampa, Fla., ahead of Jamaica based on goal differential.

With Tuesday’s U.S.-Guatemala match on pay-per-view television, there are numerous establishments throughout the country, including 21 Official U.S. Soccer bars and approximately 40 other locales, that have confirmed to U.S. Soccer that they are carrying the game. Catch the action live as the U.S. looks to maintain its first-place lead in Group A in the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Traffic Sports acquired the television rights for the match – in both English and Spanish – without any obligation to resell the English-language rights for this game to a third party, including the United States. Traffic Sports opted to distribute the match on pay-per-view. For further clarification about how worldwide television rights are handled, visit the World Cup qualifying television rights frequently asked questions page at ussoccer.com.


The Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF consists of three groups of four teams each, comprised of the top six seeds (USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Cuba) being split into three groups and joined by six previous group winners from the second round (Panama, Canada, El Salvador, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Guatemala). The top two teams from each group advance to the Final Round, with that stage to be played from February through October 2013. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team would then play a two-game playoff against the champion of the Oceania region to determine the other World Cup-bound team.


Group A Schedule
June 8
USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
Jamaica 2, Guatemala 1

June 12
USA at Guatemala
Jamaica at Antigua & Barbuda

Sept. 7
USA at Jamaica
Antigua & Barbuda at Guatemala

Sept. 11
Jamaica at USA
Guatemala at Antigua & Barbuda

Oct. 12
USA at Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica at Guatemala

Oct. 16
Guatemala at USA
Antigua & Barbuda at Jamaica


Group B Schedule
June 8
Mexico 3, Guyana 1
Costa Rica 2, El Salvador 2

June 12
Costa Rica at Guyana
Mexico at El Salvador

Sept. 7
Mexico at Costa Rica
Guyana at El Salvador

Sept. 11
El Salvador at Guyana
Costa Rica at Mexico

Oct. 12
Costa Rica at El Salvador
Mexico at Guyana

Oct. 16
Guyana at Costa Rica
El Salvador at Mexico


Group C Schedule
June 8
Canada 1, Cuba 0
Panama 2, Honduras 0

June 12
Honduras at Canada
Cuba at Panama

Sept. 7
Honduras at Cuba
Panama at Canada

Sept. 11
Canada at Panama
Cuba at Honduras

Oct. 12
Cuba at Canada
Honduras at Panama

Oct. 16
Panama at Cuba
Canada at Honduras

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

U.S. MNT 2012 Schedule

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

The following are the top five leaders among the current U.S. Men’s National Team roster in career FIFA World Cup qualifying matches (updated through June 8):

  • Games: 1. Landon Donovan (36); 2. Carlos Bocanegra (27); 3. Steve Cherundolo (22), 4. (tie) Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu (21)
  • Goals: 1. Landon Donovan (12); 2. (tie) Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey (6); 4. (tie) Michael Bradley; 5. Carlos Bocanegra (4)

The following are the top five leaders among the current U.S. Men’s National Team roster who participated in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, when the team posted a 13-3-2 record:

  • Games: 1. (tie) Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan (15); 4. (tie) Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu (13)
  • Goals: 1. Jozy Altidore (6); 2. (tie) Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan (5); 5. Carlos Bocanegra (2)
  • Assists: 1. Landon Donovan (11); 2. (tie) Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu (2)
  • Wins: 1. Tim Howard (10); 2. Brad Guzan (3)
  • Shutouts: 1. Tim Howard (6); 2. Brad Guzan (3)


  • The U.S. was in control throughout its 3-1 victory against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 to open the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Group at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Clint Dempsey’s penalty kick in the 44th minute proved to be the game-winner.
  • Carlos Bocanegra tied the all-time goalscoring mark for U.S. defenders with his 13th career goal, matching the record set by Marcelo Balboa.
  • Herculez Gomez contributed a goal in the 72nd minute to put the match out of reach, his first in World Cup qualifying.
  • Gomez was one of three players to make his first appearance in a World Cup qualifier, along with Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones.
  • By playing in an official competition at the senior international level, Boyd is now only eligible to represent the United States.
  • Jose Torres, deputized into playing left back following injuries to Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo, left the match with what was later diagnosed as a bone bruise.
  • The USA improved to 5-1-1 on the year following its first-ever matchup against Antigua & Barbuda.
  • The victory gave the U.S. the early lead in Group A. Jamaica also earned three points after defeating Guatemala 2-1also earn three points, but the USA carries the advantage with a higher goal differential.


  • Clint Dempsey is coming off a record-setting season for a U.S. international in England, recording his 50th Premier League goal and setting a single-season mark for league goals scored (17) and goals in all competitions (23). Dempsey scored the lone goal for the USA during its 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa, and he had what proved to be the game-winning penalty kick during the team’s 3-1 victory against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in the Semifinal Round opener of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Group A.
  • Jermaine Jones leads the U.S. this year in games (6), minutes played (519) and assists (3). He scored his second international goal against Scotland in the 5-1 victory on May 26, heading home the USA’s fifth on the night. Jones helped Schalke 04 to a third-place finish in the German Bundesliga and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
  • Landon Donovan made his return to the National Team for the first time since September of 2011 when he scored three goals and assisted another during the USA’s win against Scotland on May 26. Donovan has 49 goals and 142 caps following the Antigua & Barbuda match.
  • Herculez Gomez became the first U.S. player to win both an MLS Cup title and Mexican League title as Santos defeated Monterrey in the Liguilla final. Gomez had 19 goals in all competitions for Santos this past season. With four goals in 12 appearances, he’s now scored in back-to-back matches against Brazil and Antigua & Barbuda.
  • Five players on the U.S. roster serve as captain of their club team: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Clarence Goodson (Brondby).
  • Cherundolo led Hannover to a second-consecutive qualification for the Europa League, the side reaching the quarterfinals in this year’s tournament.
  • Despite his time away from MLS play, U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski is still tied for the league’s goalscoring lead with the New York Red Bulls’ Kenny Cooper with 11 goals each.
  • Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland clinched the team’s first Danish Superliga crown last month with a 3-0 victory against Horsens. Parkhurst started and played the full 90 minutes at right back.


  • The U.S. is 12-4-5 against Guatemala in a series dating back to 1977. Guatemala won the first four matches of the series, with all of the games taking place in Guatemala City.
  • Since the USA’s 1-0 loss to Guatemala on Jan. 10, 1988, the team has posted a 17-game unbeaten streak (12-0-5).
  • The U.S. holds an unbeaten 6-0-4 record against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying matches.
  • In nine matches in Guatemala, the U.S. is 2-4-3 overall. The USA’s 1-0 victory in 2008 was the first in Guatemala in 20 years (the only other victory was in 1988) and the first qualifying victory ever in Guatemala.
  • The U.S. has not allowed a goal to Guatemala in the past eight matches, outscoring Guatemala 11-0 during that stretch and compiling a 6-0-2 record.
  • The most recent meeting between the two countries resulted in a 2-0 USA victory on Nov. 19, 2008, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., to close out the Semifinal Round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The U.S. had already advanced through this stage of the qualifying process, so the USA shifted its lineup to give some other players an opportunity. Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal off of a Jozy Altidore through ball in the 54th minute, and Freddy Adu added a 22-yard free kick tally in the 69th minute.


  • With Clint Dempsey’s penalty kick goal against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8, he has now moved into a fourth-place tie in career points with Joe-Max Moore. Moore had 62 points (24 goals, 14 assists) in 100 games from 1992-2002. Dempsey has 62 points (26 goals, 10 assists) in 86 games since he made his U.S. MNT debut in 2004.
  • U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra tied for the most goals scored by a USA defender with his 13th against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8, matching National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa’s tally that has stood since 1998. Bocanegra earned his 105th international cap in that match, and with his next appearance he will tie for seventh all-time with Eric Wynalda (106).
  • Landon Donovan surpassed Jeff Agoos for the most starts in U.S. history with his 125th start during the USA’s 5-1 victory against Scotland on May 26. Agoos had held the previous record of 124 starts. Donovan currently holds U.S. records in career starts (128), goals (49), assists (48) and points (146). He is second in career appearances (142), trailing only 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Cobi Jones (164).
  • Defender Steve Cherundolo is in sole possession of 20th place in career appearances (83) following the USA’s win against Antigua & Barbuda, passing Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope on the all-time list with 82 caps each.


  • 3L Career hat tricks for Landon Donovan
  • 6: Goals by Jozy Altidore in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying to lead all U.S. players
  • 9: Five-goal games in U.S. history following the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26
  • 11: Assists by Donovan in 2010 World Cup qualifying to lead the U.S.
  • 13: Career goals for Carlos Bocanegra, who is tied with Marcelo Balboa for most U.S. goals by a defender
  • 17: Straight games unbeaten against Guatemala; USA has 12-0-5 record in that stretch
  • 19: Goals by Altidore and Herculez Gomez with their club teams in all competitions this past season
  • 29: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 36: World Cup qualifying appearances for Landon Donovan


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

  • Klinsmann was named the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach on July 29, 2011, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program.
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 7-5-2, and he led the team on a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2001, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The U.S.’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Head Coach: Ever Hugo Almeida
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified in 11 attempts
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: 4th place, 1996
Caps Leader: Guillermo Ramirez (106)
Top Scorer: Carlos Ruiz (49)
Key Players: Fredy Thompson, Luis Rodriguez, Marco Pappa

HOW GUATEMALA GOT HERE: Guatemala won Group E in the Second Round with a perfect 6-0-0 record and 18 points. The 12-point advantage over Group E’s second-place Belize was the greatest margin of victory among all of the CONCACAF second-round groups. Guatemala outscored its opposition by an impressive 19-3 margin, including two shutouts against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Guatemala’s Group E Results in Second Round
Sept. 2, 2011: Guatemala 4, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (in Guatemala City)
Sept. 6, 2011: Guatemala 2, Belize 1 (in Belmopan, Belize)
Oct. 7, 2011: Guatemala 3, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Oct. 11, 2011: Guatemala 3, Belize 1 (Guatemala City)
Nov. 11, 2011: Guatemala 3, Grenada 0 (Guatemala City)
Nov. 15, 2011: Guatemala 4, Grenada 1 (St. George’s, Grenada)


  • Guatemala opened the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying with a 2-1 loss to Jamaica on June 8 in Kingston, Jamaica. Demar Phillips and Ryan Johnson built a 2-0 lead for the Reggae Boyz , and Guatemala finally got on the board two minutes into second-half stoppage time with Dwight Pezzarossi’s late tally.
  • Guatemala’s all-time leading scorer with 49 career goals, Carlos Ruiz scored 24 goals for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy in 2002, leading the team to the MLS Cup and garnering MLS MVP honors that year. Ruiz also played for Toronto FC in 2008 and the Philadelphia Union in 2011 before making the move to Veracruz.
  • Marco Pappa has played for MLS’s Chicago Fire since 2008, netting a career-high eight goals in league play in 2011.
  • Mario Rodriguez scored three goals to tie for the team lead along with Freddy Garcia during last year’s second-round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Guatemala progressed to the CONCACAF Final Round during qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but Guatemala could not advance further. The team is still in search of its first FIFA World Cup appearance.

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Ricardo Jerez, 12-Paulo Motta, 21-Juan Paredes
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Rafael Morales, 3-Elias Vasquez, 4-Erwin Morales, 5-Carlos Gallardo, 14-Luis Rodriguez, 23-Jonathan Lopez
MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Wilfred Velasquez, 7-Jose del Aguila, 8-Gonzalo Romero, 11-Jose Contreras, 13-Alejandro Galindo, 15-Manuel Leon, 16-Marco Pappa, 18-Carlos Vigueroa
FORWARDS (6): 9-Jairo Arreola, 10-Mario Rodriguez, 17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 19-Marvin Avila, 20-Carlos Ruiz, 23-Jonathan Lopez

On the field for USA:
June 8, 2012 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla. – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round
USA   3   Bocanegra 8, Dempsey 44, Gomez 72
ATG   1   Byers 65

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 16-Jose Torres (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 57); 7-Maurice Edu , 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (18-Terrence Boyd, 81); 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Herculez Gomez (17-Jozy Altidore, 80)
Subs not used: 2-Michael Parkhurst, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Kyle Beckerman, 20-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ATG: 18-Molvin James; 2-Marvin McCoy, 5-Marc Joseph, 17-George Dublin, 11-Quinton Griffith; 14-Randolph Burton, 8-Mikele Leigertwood, 15-Lawson Robinson, 10-Keiran Murtagh (16-Peter Byers, 62); 13-Tamarley Thomas (9-Stefan Smith, 83), 23-Dexter Blackstock
Subs not used: 1-Olson Forde, 3-Joshua Parker, 4-Karanja Mack, 6-Ranja Christian, 7-Kimoi Alexander, 19-Troy Dublin, 20-Akeem Thomas, 21-Keita Decastro, 22-Justin Cochrane
Head coach: Tom Curtis

On the field for Guatemala:
June 8, 2012 –Independence Park – Kingston, Jamaica – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round
Jamaica      2   Phillips 40, Johnson 46
Guatemala  1   Pezzarossi 90+2

GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Elias Vasquez, 4-Erwin Morales, 5- Carlos Gallardo, 6-Wilfred Velasquez, 9-Jairo Arreola (17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 46), 13-Alejandro Galindo (11-Jose Contreras, 46), 14-Luis Rodriguez, 16-Marco Pappa (10-Mario Rodriguez, 46), 20-Carlos Ruiz, 23-Jonathan Lopez
Subs not used: 2-Rafael Morales, 7-Jose del Aguila, 8-Gonzalo Romero, 12-Paulo Motta, 15-Manuel Leon, 18-Carlos Figueroa, 19-Marvin Avila, 21-Juan Paredes
Head Coach: Ever Almeida

JAM: 1-Donovan Ricketts (13-Dwayne Miller, 46); 2-Nyron Nosworthy, 7-Jason Morrison, 9-Ryan Johnson (20-Tremaine Stewart, 86), 11-Dane Richards, 12-Demar Phillips, 14-Lovel Palmer, 15-Jevaughn Watson, 17-Rodolph Austin, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 21-Luton Shelton (10-Ricardo Fuller, 70)
Subs not used: 3-Damion Stewart, 4-Errol Stevens, 5-Claude Davis, 6-Rohan Reid, 8-Joel Senior, 16-Xavian Virgo, 18-Keammar Daley
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore

U.S. vs. Guatemala
Nov. 19, 2008 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colo. – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round
USA             2  Cooper 54, Adu 69
Guatemala  0

USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 5-John Thorrington, 3-Clarence Goodson, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 2-Jonathan Bornstein; 10-Freddy Adu (7-Davy Arnaud, 83), 4-Pablo Mastroeni (capt.), 13-Ricardo Clark, 16-Sacha Kljestan; 9-Kenny Cooper (8-Conor Casey, 76), 14-Jozy Altidore (11-Brian Ching, 76)
Subs not used: 1-Troy Perkins, 6-Drew Moor, 12-Cory Gibbs, 17-Chris Rolfe
Head coach: Bob Bradley

GUA: 18-Ricardo Jerez, 2- Carlos Castrillo, 3-Cristian Noriega , 4-Yony Flores, 7-Claudio Albizuris, 9-Mario
Acevedo (17-Minor Lopez, 74), 10-Guillermo Ramirez, 12-Carlos Figueroa (8-Marco Pappa, 57), 13-Carlos Castillo, 16-Jean Marquez, 11-Marvin Avila
Subs not used: 1-Luis Molina, 5-Jaime Vides, 6-Wilson Lalin, 14-Carlos Vasquez, 15-Fredy Thompson
Head coach: Benjamin Monterroso

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