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MNT Opens Gold Cup With 2-1 Win Over Honduras in Frisco

FRISCO, Texas (July, 7 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team began its quest to defend its Gold Cup title with a 2-1 win against Honduras in front of a sell-out crowd of 22,357 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. In his 16th Gold Cup appearance Clint Dempsey notched a double and Michael Bradley, on the night of his 100th MNT cap, tallied an assist to lead the MNT to victory. 

Demspey headed in the USA’s first score off a rebound in the 25th minute and again found the net by rising above the defense to head in a Bradley free kick in the 64th minute. The Texas-native has scored at least one goal in four different editions of the tournament and his seven career Gold Cup tallies put him in fourth place on the MNT’s all-time list. 

In his first Gold Cup start, goalkeeper Brad Guzan picked up the win, which was his fourth in as many games in 2015. 

The MNT is an unbeaten 13-0-0 in Gold Cup openers and improved its record against Honduras to 6-0-1 in Gold Cup play. 

In Group A’s other game, Haiti and Panama tied 1-1, a combination of results that sees the U.S. sit atop the group. The tournament continues for the MNT on Friday, July 10, with a match against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey 25th minute: DeAndre Yedlin tapped over to Michael Bradley, who sent in a short corner. Jozy Altidore jumped and tried to flick on, but the ball passed through into the center of the box. There it rebounded off the defense and back to a recovering Altidore, who fired a shot at goal. The ball again deflected out in front where Clint Dempsey was in prime position to head the ball into the back of the net for the game’s first goal. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 64th minute: From a free kick on the left, Michael Bradley bent in a beautiful ball that Clint Dempsey rose to and headed in for his second goal of the game. USA 2, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

HON – Carlos Discua (Crisanto), 70th minute: Crisanto split two defenders with a ball that rolled to Carlos Discua who jetted towards the box from the right. Discua took a good touch to get past U.S. defender Ventura Alvarado and slammed a shot past Guzan into the upper right corner from eight yards out. USA 2, HON 1 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Anthony Lozano broke through on the right side and burst past the defense into the box. As the U.S. caught up and pressured from behind, Honduras broke through on the right and fired a shot that Guzan dove and pawed away with his right hand. 

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 6th minute: Honduras pressured quickly on a counter attack down the left side. Bryan Acosta elected to let a shot fly from 25 yards out and hit it well, but Guzan was there, jumping and punching it over the crossbar. 

HON – Donis Escober, (save) 78th minute: From a free-kick on the right Michael Bradley curved a dipping shot a goal that short-hopped in front of Escober, who slid and smothered the ball for the save. 

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley became the fourth youngest MNT player to reach 100 caps.
  • Eight MNT players made their Gold Cup debuts: Brad Guzan, Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Graham Zusi.
  • Clint Dempsey made his 16th Gold Cup appearance tonight, the most on the team. Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman are tied for second with 12 Gold Cup caps each.
  • Dempsey scored his sixth and seventh career Gold Cup goals, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time Gold Cup scoring list. Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in four editions of the tournament. (2005, 2007, 2011, 2015) His first Gold Cup game goal came exactly 10 years ago.
  • Dempsey has now scored in each of the last two MNT matches and has increased his career total to 43 international goals.
  • The sell-out crowd of 22,357 was the largest to ever view an international soccer match in Toyota Stadium.

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT is 13-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup openers.
  • With his start, Ventura Alvarado is now officially cap tied to the USA.
  • The USMNT is 11-2-8 in Texas and with tonight’s win, extended its unbeaten streak in the Lone Star State to 19 games.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 all-time against Honduras in CONCACAF Gold Cup play.
  • This was the sixth matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenur  (4-1-1).
  • The United States is 15-4-4 all-time against Honduras and is unbeaten in the last four matchups.
  • The U.S. is 6-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup play in the Dallas metro area.
  • Clint Dempsey’s last double came in the MNT’s 4-3 win against Germany in the Centennial match played in Washington D.C. in 2013.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: July 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group A
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 22,357 (sellout)
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
HON                            0          1          1

USA – Clint Dempsey                                    25th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)       64
HON – Carlos Discua (Wilmer Crisanto)       69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 62), 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Gyasi Zardes (19-Graham Zusi, 87), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 7-Alfredo Morales, 10-Mix Diskerud, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 2-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.) , 23-Johnny Palacios, 5-Henry Figueroa (13-Eddie Hernandez, 75), 21-Brayan Beckeles; 10-Mario Martínez (7-Carlos Discua, 69), 6-Bryan Acosta, 19-Alfredo Mejía, 17-Andy Najar (11-Romell Quioto, 62); 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 1-Luis Lopez, 18-Orlín Vallecillo, 4-Luis Garrido, 8-Rubilio Castillo, 12-Bryan Garcia, 14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 15-Erick Andino, 16-Johnny Leveron, 20-Jorge Claros
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 5 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)             16th minute
HON – Johnny Palacios (caution)      86

Officials: 
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
4th Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey
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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: July 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group A
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 22,357 (sellout)
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
HON                           0          1          1

USA – Clint Dempsey                                    25th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)      64
HON – Carlos Discua (Wilmer Crisanto)       69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 62), 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Gyasi Zardes (19-Graham Zusi, 87), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 7-Alfredo Morales, 10-Mix Diskerud, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 2-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.) , 23-Johnny Palacios, 5-Henry Figueroa (13-Eddie Hernandez, 75), 21-Brayan Beckeles; 10-Mario Martínez (7-Carlos Discua, 69), 6-Bryan Acosta, 19-Alfredo Mejía, 17-Andy Najar (11-Romell Quioto, 62); 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 1-Luis Lopez, 18-Orlín Vallecillo, 4-Luis Garrido, 8-Rubilio Castillo, 12-Bryan Garcia, 14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 15-Erick Andino, 16-Johnny Leveron, 20-Jorge Claros
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 5 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)             16th minute
HON – Johnny Palacios (caution)      86

Officials: 
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
4th Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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Getting in the Gold Cup Groove

The early goings of Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas saw a furious start provided by the visiting side as they forced two early saves out of Brad Guzan and looked the more likely to find the game’s first goal.

The start wasn’t what the USA would want, but it wasn’t unexpected either.

“We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy, and we were going to match their energy and try to take the game to them. They were just a little bit sharper with the ball and their possession,” Clint Dempsey said post-game.

The match called for someone to step up and break the Honduran momentum and as he so often has throughout his international career, Dempsey happily played the role, popping up to nod home the rebound off Jozy Altidore’s shot in the 25th minute. 

“Any time you can score a goal it always feels good,” Dempsey said. “The first goal was maybe a little bit lucky because the keeper made the save and it came to me and I was able to get my jaw on it but it just happened to be in the right place.”


U.S. forward Clint Dempsey celebrates his opening goal against Honduras with teammates Ventura Alvarado, DeAndre Yedlin and Jozy Altidore.

The goal marked the fourth time Dempsey scored in a Gold Cup opener, but he wasn’t done there.

The U.S. gradually took the game back and on the other side of halftime, Michael Bradley’s free kick from the left found Dempsey unmarked at the back post, where he headed home his second of the night  and the eventual game-winner in the 64th minute.

Dempsey earned the fifth multi-goal performance of his U.S. career, but more importantly he had put the events of his recent three-game MLS suspension and handing of the U.S. captaincy to Bradley, behind him.

Asked post-game if the change in roles had played a part in Dempsey’s performance Tuesday night, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, “I think you’ve got to ask him that question. I mean we made that decision and he was absolutely on board with it, and I mean, I was striker myself and what you go through with those moments right there, he made a mistake and did something wrong, all you want to do is you want to move on and as a striker you want to score. You live for that as a striker. You just want to put that ball in the net, which he did now again two times tonight. He’s in a good spirit and the atmosphere within the team is outstanding. It’s very positive and what keeps a striker feeling right.”

For Dempsey, nothing had changed.

“I always approach the game the same, just go out and try to help my team win. It's the same situation in Seattle… I just enjoy playing, go out and help the team win. That's what I've always done.”

Honduras pulled a goal back through Carlos Discua in the 69th minute and threatened late, but Dempsey’s brace was enough to pace the team to its 13th consecutive win in a Gold Cup opener.

Off to a fast individual start in the tournament, Dempsey shrugged off questions about any aims for a potential bid to win the Golden Boot in the competition.

“You always want to perform well whatever tournament you're in -- whether it's the World Cup, whether it's Gold Cup, whether it's Confederations Cup, whether it's Copa America next summer. You've got to perform in the competitions that are in front of you and step up when the team needs you and I feel like during my career, I've always been able to do that.”

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#USAvHON Postgame Quotes

Postgame Quote Sheet
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
July 7, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

On tonight’s game:
“Well first of all a big thank you to that crowd. Amazing. Especially when things didn’t really go so well, they were behind us. They were cheering for the team and that’s exactly what we need. It’s not going to be all easy. It was a very tight game. It was what we expected. It was a very good Honduras side that knows how to play and knows how create chances and knows how to create problems, and that’s what they did. Still, we came out with three points and with a very good start into this Gold Cup. So a lot of positives definitely to take as well. A great atmosphere and a very special moment for Michael Bradley with his 100th cap, so big congratulations to him from the entire team.”

On if there’s still a competition for positions:
“It’s going to be a journey. We know we’re going to improve from match to match. It was clear that it’s not going to be perfect in the beginning. There’s going to be moments with a little struggle that we’ve got to go through, tense moments. They will make some mistakes, but in the tournament they’ve got to move on right away. We’re going to talk about it tomorrow and then we’re in Boston and then already we’ve got to ready for Haiti, who I think surprised a lot of people today with their game against Panama, so that will not be an easy one either. Hopefully from game to game we get more in a flow and more in a rhythm and we’re going to start to fine-tune elements. It was tricky getting everybody on the same page, so it takes maybe a couple of days, but we will improve with everything.”

On the play of the strikers:

“I think when you score two goals you’ve got to be happy with Clint [Dempsey]. He’s doing exactly what he does best. He’s scoring. Jozy [Altidore] is still in a place where we have to build him. The only way we’re going to get him stronger every day is by giving him minutes, playing him and working him hard also in training. Jozy will improve every day in this tournament. He’s not there yet, which we knew. He came from that hamstring injury so we will kind of do everything possible to get him into the top form as quickly as possible, but it’s not going to happen overnight.”

On if giving the captaincy to Michael Bradley helped relax Clint Dempsey:
“I think you’ve got to ask him that question. I mean we made that decision and he was absolutely on board with it. I was striker myself, and when you go through those moments where he made a mistake and did something wrong, all you want to do is you want to move on. As a striker you want to score. You live for that as a striker. You just want to put that ball in the net, which he did now again two times tonight. He’s in a good spirit and the atmosphere within the team is outstanding. It’s very positive and that’s what keeps a striker feeling right.”

On the play of his team:
I think for the first couple minutes we came out good, but then really they took over the first 15-20 minutes. You’ve got to give them a big compliment the way they played it there. They created chances and we kind of had to come back into that game, especially our back line. Both center backs need to kind of settle. We told them to just be calm, to keep it simple and nothing complicated, but find your rhythm. I think the second half was much, much better. You’ve got to give Honduras a compliment for how they played. Those first 15-20 minutes they played really good soccer.”

On the importance of set pieces:
“They are tremendously important there’s no doubt about it, but we always said that. I experienced it for myself when I coached in the World Cup in 2006 with Germany. Italy won the World Cup on 70 percent set pieces. Did they play the most beautiful soccer in that tournament? You can answer that one, but it is something that you have to train. It’s something that you have to believe in. It’s something that you have to be really determined in and we train that.  The last couple of days we’ve done that. Every time we’re in camp we try to figure out some new elements and hopefully give the opponents a surprise with it.  But you also need the players that are convinced to go in for these balls and be really hungry for goals because it’s a physical battle that happens at every corner kick and every free kick and I think we have there a really strong 11 in our team.”

On the play of the back line:
Obviously now with three points in the bag, we’ll see how we’re going to put everything together against Haiti. It’s three group games and they all come every three days, so it’s a bit tricky. I think overall they did fine. It will take a bit of time for them to grow together, but it’s definitely a back line that has a lot of future. I think Timmy Chandler had a couple of difficult moments, but then he really also had a huge impact on that game. He has a positive nature. One of his strengths is he kind of shakes it off right away. He knows he made a mistake but he shakes it off and doesn’t let in influence his next touch. I think this is a really important quality. We’ve seen flank play from Timmy with DeAndre Yedlin, and then you have Gyasi [Zardes] on the other side with Fabian and I think this is something that will get better in the future. The four of them have speed and technique. They need more experience. They need to work together within the positions. They’re growing and it’s very promising for us.”

U.S. captain MICHAEL BRADLEY

On earning his 100th cap:
“It was a proud moment for sure. I said it a few times this week – growing up if someone told me I was going to have a chance to play just one time for this team, I would have bitten their hand off and said it’d be a dream come true. To have the chance to play 100 times is honestly more than I ever could have imagined. I don’t take it for granted, I step on the field every single game ready to give everything I have for the team, the colors and for our country. That part will never get old. I know there will be time later to look back on it and remember it in some ways, but at the moment I’m much more concerned with trying to move ourselves forward in this tournament and find the way so that at the end of the month we’re holding up the trophy.”

On the team staying perfect through 13 Gold Cup openers:
“That’s an incredible statistic, especially when you consider how difficult these games are. Tonight was as expected. They’re a good team, they are well coached, they are organized, they are very committed to making the game hard on the opponent and I think we were able to understand what the game was going to be about, use our experience and know there were going to be moments where the bar tilted in their favor but still understand that if we were smart and controlled in the way we went about it, we would find ways to win the game. I think we were able to do that. The most important thing in the first game of the tournament is getting points and on that end it’s a great start.”

On what he takes away from the game in preparation for Haiti on Friday:
“These games come  fast so there’s no time to get too excited. There’s no time to dwell on things. Regeneration started already, we get back, get a good meal, try to make the travel as easy as possible tomorrow and get ourselves ready to step on the field Friday night.”

U.S. forward and Budweiser Man of the Match CLINT DEMPSEY

On playing in Texas:
“It always feels good, whether it's with the National Team or you're playing club ball, to be able to come here. This is where I developed a lot of my game, driving back and forth from Nacogdoches. So it always feels good to be home, and it always feels good to win.”

On the goals tonight:
“Any time you can score a goal it always feels good. The first goal was maybe a little bit lucky because the ‘keeper made the save and it came to me and I was able to get my jaw on it. but I just happened to be right in the right place. The second goal was just a good ball in from Michael and I wasn't really being marked and I was able to get a good look on goal.”

On if the heat is off him now that he isn’t captain, or if he played differently tonight”
“No, I always approach the game the same, just go out and try to help my team win. It's the same situation in Seattle. I'm not the captain there. So I just enjoy playing, going out and helping the team win. That's what I've always done.”

On wanting to be the tournament's top scorer:
“You always want to perform well whatever tournament you're in, whether it's the World Cup, whether it's Gold  Cup, whether it's Confederations Cup, whether it's Copa America next summer. You've got to perform in the competitions that are in front of you and step up when the team needs you, and I feel like during my career I've always been able to do that.”

On the opening 20 minutes:
We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy, and we were going to match their energy and try to take the game to them. They were just a little bit sharper with the ball and their possession, but we gradually found our way into the game. I think you'll see us build as the tournament goes on and we'll improve with our possession, our quality in the attacking third and creating movements and getting looks in front of goal. But we're happy with the result tonight. Honduras is not an easy team. I think they're a team that will give any team problems in this competition, so we're happy to get the three points.”

On the crowd:
“It's always good to play in front of a pro-American crowd. I think the crowd was behind the whole team. I remember when I first started with the National Team, there would be more fans for the other team sometimes. So to be able to nowadays play in front of pro American crowds, I think the team definitely feeds off that energy.”

On the heat:
“It's tough, whether you grow up in it, don't grow up in it, you gotta get acclimated. That's why we go out on the training fields. That's why we work hard and they monitor us with the GPS and the heart rate monitors and make sure that we're putting in the workload and taking care of our bodies so we can perform. It's a situation everybody has to deal with. It just sometimes makes the game slower I think.” 

U.S. goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On starting off the tournament with three points:
“It’s huge. Anytime you enter a tournament, you want to start off with three points and we were able to do that tonight. We know it wasn’t our best performance. A sign of a good team is when you don’t play well and you win the game and that’s what we did today.”

On how he’s felt about his performances in 2015:
“It’s a process. It’s about results and especially now it’s about winning. To be a part of this group, especially the games that we have played against such big teams, it’s been huge. For me personally it’s great, because obviously I haven’t played too many games with the National Team, and so to be a part of these games and to win games and hopefully give confidence to the guys in front of me and to the coaching staff, it’s a good feeling.”

On the positives from tonight’s game:
“Our commitment and willingness to win obviously were good. I think we gave the ball away cheaply a few too many times, but in saying that, good teams find a way to win when they don’t play well and I think we did that really well tonight.”

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Selección Masculina Abre Fase de Grupos de Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 con Victoria de 2-1 Contra Honduras

FRISCO, Texas (7 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos abrió la fase de grupos de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 derrotando a Honduras 2-1 en frente de un estadio completamente lleno en Frisco, Texas. 

El delantero Clint Dempsey fue el autor de ambos goles estadounidenses, anotando un gol en el primer tiempo y el gol ganador en los segundos 45 minutos del partido. Honduras anotó un gol en el segundo tiempo, sin embargo no pudieron encontrar el gol del empate a pesar de controlar la mayor parte del partido en ciertos momentos.

El capitán de EE.UU. Michael Bradley jugó en su partido No. 100 con la selección, convirtiéndose en el cuarto jugador más joven en llegar al centenario en la historia de la Selección Masculina

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos continúa la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 contra Haití en el Grupo A el viernes, 10 de julio, a las 8:30 p.m. ET en el Gillette Stadium, en Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 1, UniMás 
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Clint Dempsey, minuto 26: Con la pelota en el área chica hondureña, Jozy Altidore intentó rematar desde el lado derecho pero el guardameta Donis Escober reaccionó bien para bloquear el disparo con la pierna derecha. Sin embargo, el rebote le cayó directamente a la cabeza de Clint Dempsey  quien estaba justo en medio y solo tuvo que darle un cabeceo mínimo al esférico para marcar el primer gol del partido. USA 1, HON 0 (VER GOL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley), minuto 64: Michael Bradley se perfiló al lado izquierdo del arco y mandó un centro perfecto que se dirigía al segundo palo. Clint Dempsey estaba en el medio del área chica y vio el balón venir. Dempsey no dudó y lo cabeceó al fondo de la red para su segundo tanto del partido. USA 2, HON 0. (VER GOL) 

HON – Carlos Discua (Crisanto), minuto 69: Por la banda derecha, Crisanto vio a Carlos Discua corriendo hacia el área grande desde el mediocampo. Crisanto mandó un pase a Discua quien continuó su corrida sólo y entró al área. El defensa Ventura Alvarado trató de llegar al balón para desviarlo pero Discua fue más rápido y remató muy bien de izquierda al primer palo. USA 2, HON 1. FINAL.

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 3: Antony Lozano se quitó a sus defensas que lo marcaban y se fue solo al arco intentando mandar un disparo hacia el poste izquierdo. Brad Guzan estaba alerta a la jugada y salió bien para atajar el disparo, mandando el balón afuera del terreno de juego con la palma de la mano y hacia el tiro de esquina. 

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 6: Pocos minutos después, Brad Guzan fue puesto a prueba nuevamente cuando Andy Najar envió un misil desde afuera del área grande que Guzan pudo desviar con las puntas de los dedos para empujar el balón por encima del travesaño.

HON- Donis Escober, minuto 31: Fabian Johnson vio a DeAndre Yedlin habilitado por el medio de la cancha y le envió un pase a Yedlin quien estaba solo en su corrida al arco. Yedlin y Donis Escober se vieron cara a cara y Yedlin quiso enviar un tiro por encima de Escober, sin embargo el guardameta hondureño esperó bien y perfectamente bloqueo con sus piernas el intento de Yedlin.

HON – Donis Escober, minuto 78: Michael Bradley tuvo una gran oportunidad en el centro del área chica pero Donis Escober estaba alerta, atajando el intento del capitán estadounidense.

Notas adicionales:

  • Estados Unidos ahora tiene un record de 13-0-0 en partidos inaugurales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF, manteniendo una ventaja de goles de 35-7 contra sus rivales.
  • Estados Unidos ahora tiene un record de 6-0-1 contra Los Catrachos en partidos de Copa Oro.
  • El mediocampista Michael Bradley llegó al centenario con la USMNT en el partido de hoy tras debutar en el 2006 con Estados Unidos.
  • Clint Dempsey ahora ha anotado en tres partidos inaugurales de Copa Oro: en el 2005, 2011 y 2015.
  • El último encuentro entre ambos equipos fue el 14 de noviembre, 2014 en Boca Raton, Florida, y terminó en un empate de 1-1.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Honduras
Fecha: 7 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Inicio: 8:30 p.m. CT
Asistencia: 22,357 (lleno completo)
Clima: 83 grados, mayormente nublado 

Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F

USA                1 1 2
HON               0 1 1 

USA – Clint Dempsey                                   minuto 25
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)                 64
HON – Carlos Discua (Wilmer Crisanto)                  69

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 63), 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Gyasi Zardes (19-Graham Zusi, 87), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar González, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 7-Alfredo Morales, 10-Mix Diskerud, 9-Aron Johannsson
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann 

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 2-Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.) , 23-Johnny Palacios, 5-Henry Figueroa (13-Eddie Hernández, 75), 21-Brayan Beckeles; 10-Mario Martínez (7-Carlos Discua, 69), 6-Bryan Acosta, 19-Alfredo Mejía, 17-Andy Najar (11-Romell Quioto, 63); 9-Antony Lozano
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Luis López, 18-Orlín Vallecillo, 4-Luis Garrido, 8-Rubilio Castillo, 12-Bryan García, 14-Oscar Boniek García, 15-Erick Andino, 16-Johnny Leverón, 20-Jorge Claros
Director Técnico: Jorge Luis Pinto 

Resumen estadístico: USA / HON
Tiros: 5 / 9
Tiros al arco: 5 / 3
Atajadas: 2 / 3
Tiros de esquina: 5 / 9
Faltas: 9 / 16
Fueras de lugar: 2 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:

USAJohn Brooks (amonestación)              minuto 16
HON – Johnny Palacios (amonestación)        86

Árbitros:
Árbitro: César Ramos (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Cuarto oficial: Roberto García (MEX) 

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Clint Dempsey

 

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Jul 7, 2015

MNT Opens Gold Cup With 2-1 Win Over Honduras in Frisco

FRISCO, Texas (July, 7 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team began its quest to defend its Gold Cup title with a 2-1 win against Honduras in front of a sell-out crowd of 22,357 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. In his 16th Gold Cup appearance Clint Dempsey notched a double and Michael Bradley, on the night of his 100th MNT cap, tallied an assist to lead the MNT to victory. 

Demspey headed in the USA’s first score off a rebound in the 25th minute and again found the net by rising above the defense to head in a Bradley free kick in the 64th minute. The Texas-native has scored at least one goal in four different editions of the tournament and his seven career Gold Cup tallies put him in fourth place on the MNT’s all-time list. 

In his first Gold Cup start, goalkeeper Brad Guzan picked up the win, which was his fourth in as many games in 2015. 

The MNT is an unbeaten 13-0-0 in Gold Cup openers and improved its record against Honduras to 6-0-1 in Gold Cup play. 

In Group A’s other game, Haiti and Panama tied 1-1, a combination of results that sees the U.S. sit atop the group. The tournament continues for the MNT on Friday, July 10, with a match against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey 25th minute: DeAndre Yedlin tapped over to Michael Bradley, who sent in a short corner. Jozy Altidore jumped and tried to flick on, but the ball passed through into the center of the box. There it rebounded off the defense and back to a recovering Altidore, who fired a shot at goal. The ball again deflected out in front where Clint Dempsey was in prime position to head the ball into the back of the net for the game’s first goal. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 64th minute: From a free kick on the left, Michael Bradley bent in a beautiful ball that Clint Dempsey rose to and headed in for his second goal of the game. USA 2, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

HON – Carlos Discua (Crisanto), 70th minute: Crisanto split two defenders with a ball that rolled to Carlos Discua who jetted towards the box from the right. Discua took a good touch to get past U.S. defender Ventura Alvarado and slammed a shot past Guzan into the upper right corner from eight yards out. USA 2, HON 1 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Anthony Lozano broke through on the right side and burst past the defense into the box. As the U.S. caught up and pressured from behind, Honduras broke through on the right and fired a shot that Guzan dove and pawed away with his right hand. 

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 6th minute: Honduras pressured quickly on a counter attack down the left side. Bryan Acosta elected to let a shot fly from 25 yards out and hit it well, but Guzan was there, jumping and punching it over the crossbar. 

HON – Donis Escober, (save) 78th minute: From a free-kick on the right Michael Bradley curved a dipping shot a goal that short-hopped in front of Escober, who slid and smothered the ball for the save. 

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley became the fourth youngest MNT player to reach 100 caps.
  • Eight MNT players made their Gold Cup debuts: Brad Guzan, Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Graham Zusi.
  • Clint Dempsey made his 16th Gold Cup appearance tonight, the most on the team. Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman are tied for second with 12 Gold Cup caps each.
  • Dempsey scored his sixth and seventh career Gold Cup goals, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time Gold Cup scoring list. Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in four editions of the tournament. (2005, 2007, 2011, 2015) His first Gold Cup game goal came exactly 10 years ago.
  • Dempsey has now scored in each of the last two MNT matches and has increased his career total to 43 international goals.
  • The sell-out crowd of 22,357 was the largest to ever view an international soccer match in Toyota Stadium.

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT is 13-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup openers.
  • With his start, Ventura Alvarado is now officially cap tied to the USA.
  • The USMNT is 11-2-8 in Texas and with tonight’s win, extended its unbeaten streak in the Lone Star State to 19 games.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 all-time against Honduras in CONCACAF Gold Cup play.
  • This was the sixth matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenur  (4-1-1).
  • The United States is 15-4-4 all-time against Honduras and is unbeaten in the last four matchups.
  • The U.S. is 6-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup play in the Dallas metro area.
  • Clint Dempsey’s last double came in the MNT’s 4-3 win against Germany in the Centennial match played in Washington D.C. in 2013.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: July 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group A
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 22,357 (sellout)
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
HON                            0          1          1

USA – Clint Dempsey                                    25th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)       64
HON – Carlos Discua (Wilmer Crisanto)       69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 62), 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Gyasi Zardes (19-Graham Zusi, 87), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 7-Alfredo Morales, 10-Mix Diskerud, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 2-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.) , 23-Johnny Palacios, 5-Henry Figueroa (13-Eddie Hernandez, 75), 21-Brayan Beckeles; 10-Mario Martínez (7-Carlos Discua, 69), 6-Bryan Acosta, 19-Alfredo Mejía, 17-Andy Najar (11-Romell Quioto, 62); 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 1-Luis Lopez, 18-Orlín Vallecillo, 4-Luis Garrido, 8-Rubilio Castillo, 12-Bryan Garcia, 14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 15-Erick Andino, 16-Johnny Leveron, 20-Jorge Claros
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 5 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)             16th minute
HON – Johnny Palacios (caution)      86

Officials: 
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
4th Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey
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