Post Game-Quote Sheet
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANNN
His thoughts on the team’s 6-0 win against Cuba:
“Overall, it was a very nice performance. We got the job done from the first second on. They were spot on. They wanted to make sure there were no coincidences or bad things happening. They deserve a real compliment for that match tonight and now we’re in the semifinals and we’ll take one game at a time. That was enjoyable. It’s not easy to get a rhythm going with that heat for both teams. Here and there if there are more quiet minutes on the field, that’s understandable. Overall, throughout the whole game they tried to add another one, tried to make the fans happy. The atmosphere was tremendous, it was a wonderful crowd. The players enjoyed it and it’s a nice result.”
On Clint Dempsey’s goal scoring run in the Gold Cup:
“In a game like this, for us being the favorite, obviously the pressure is on us. Cuba deserves a huge compliment for what they did. The expectations are on us and you just want to make sure they get the message -- that they start with the right approach, the right attitude. For strikers especially, it’s a huge opportunity. You don’t want to kind of miss that chance. Maybe you’re getting more opportunities than you usually get in the international game. That’s what I told them. I said, ‘Don’t waste any chances.” I think this is actually one good point throughout the tournament so far – we don’t need many chances. Once we’re in the box, we’re very clinical. I think Clint is the best example, there’s no doubt about it. Those are the games where you want to add a few more than maybe you have planned. I gave them an example, in my World Cup 1990, we had a game against the United Arab Emirates, and I didn’t take it so seriously. I only scored one goal in a World Cup game – I should have scored five. That’s what I told them – take it seriously, make sure you’re kind of not wasting anything there. Throughout the 90 minutes, the whole team was focused, it was a tough moment with that heat, but they deserve a real compliment.”
On young strikers Gyasi Zardes and Aron Johannsson scoring and the new additions to the team:
“For Aron, obviously he’s not there yet with where Clint is. It’s important to keep growing and get the opportunity to score goals and when you have them put them in. That’s how he was throughout the game – he was hungry, he was waiting for the next opportunity. That builds more confidence, it gives you a bit more standing in the group and when somebody is leaving a camp and somebody else is coming in, it’s about repositioning the ranking in the team and he wants to move up in the ranking, there’s no doubt about it. This was a good opportunity. He scored a beautiful goal. It always shakes things up a little bit when you bring three new players and three have to leave. I was glad that we gave Joe Corona 45 in the second half and we’re waiting a little bit with DaMarcus Beasley because he got a knock in his first training – that’s why you didn’t see him coming in.
On the challenges that Haiti and Jamaica bring:
“For the coaching staff, we’ve got to watch that game. They are two very difficult teams to play. We played Haiti and it was a real grind. You can expect that for both teams. Whoever goes through now, it’ll be a tough match on Wednesday night in Atlanta. I think when you work yourselves into a tournament game by game, the opponents are watching you as well that there’s a growing respect for us. We won’t make it easy for anybody. They’re two very different teams in their approach and therefore we’re going to prepare the team the best way possible to get over the next hurdle in this Gold Cup.”
What he learned about the team against Cuba:
“We wanted them to take it really seriously. We didn’t want to waste anything. We didn’t want to fool around and kind of show off or anything like that. I made it very clear, if there’s somebody on the field that takes it lightly, we’re going to take him off after 10 minutes. You have to be on your toes in these types of games. You cannot have the wrong body language or maybe be a little bit arrogant. There’s no reason at all for that. Cuba deserved to be in that quarterfinal. They did a tremendous job. What the coaching staff is going through for that team is unthinkable for us. I give a huge compliment to them for what they achieved and also to our team, they were very serious, they were down to business, they were focused and got the goals early. They showed the crowd a very good game.”
On Timmy Chandler’s injury:
“It shouldn’t be a big deal. He said during the water break at the half hour that it bothered him and I said for him to go until halftime and we’d make a switch. It shouldn’t be a big problem.”
On his thoughts on the crowd in Baltimore:
“We really enjoyed every day here. It’s an absolutely gorgeous city. Two years ago, how the people treated us was great. The venue is great, having 40,000 people tonight against Cuba is outstanding. It’s a growing soccer city. They’ve done a very good job with the field as well. We’ve had some other fields where they were not easy to play, but that field today was great for both sides. We’d love to come back.”
On Clint Dempsey’s play
“What we’ve really enjoyed the last couple of weeks is his energy, his energy to also come back and help out and to constantly stay in the game. He’s not switching off at all. He’s hungry. He’s hungry for goals first of all, and that helps us. He has two more meals. This is what a striker is keeping in his mind non-stop. This is what drives you. Every day, a striker is thinking, ‘every day I want to score’. Right now he seems happy, balanced and he seems to be alright with himself as well. He’s in good physical shape, which is important. He has the feeling that he can always get ahead of my opponent. Now we make sure he really enjoys the next two games. Those are the big ones. These are the ones where you really want him to score.”
On his lineup decisions at the back against Cuba and thoughts for the next game:
“I think the back line wasn’t really challenged today. Everything was totally fine, but there’s not enough there to go into a ton of details. I have my thoughts. I’ll keep them to myself until Wednesday night.”
“We approach every opponent in our own specific way. We were fortunate to go through the group stage with two wins right away that allowed us to rotate some players and find more elements that we wanted to see. We’re in a good spot right now, going into Atlanta, we’re well prepared and our goal is as simple as that – to win this Gold Cup.”
U.S. MNT forward and Budweiser Man of the Match CLINT DEMPSEY
On his hat trick scoring in this tournament:
“I feel good. My teammates have given good service and have put me in good positions to get good looks in front of the goal and I’ve been able to put them on target.”
On using the momentum on to the next game:
“I think we look at some of the good things and some of the bad things and we know the game is going to be more difficult and we’ve just got to make sure that we’re sharp and that we’re doing everything we can to try and win this tournament.”
U.S. MNT midfielder GYASI ZARDES
On scoring his first Gold Cup goal:
“I saw Fabian Johnson lined up and I knew he was going to cross it over the top and I just tried to slip in between the lines. The biggest thing was just making contact and putting it on frame. It’s definitely a blessing. I’m thankful just to be on the field. Just to get a goal, that’s big time, that’s huge on this platform so it’s wonderful and I’m enjoying every experience.”
On the team’s performance:
“It was huge man. It was very hot out there and just for us to keep playing and to keep working hard for each other was just an amazing team effort.”
On carrying the momentum on to the next round:
“As for me I just listen to the coaches and listen to the veterans on the team and our captain. They always steer us in the right direction to prepare for our next opponent.”
U.S. MNT forward ARON JOHANNSSON
On scoring his first Gold Cup goal:
“It’s a big, big relief to finally get my first goal in the Gold Cup and build on this performance with the team. We can do something good in this tournament.”
On the team’s win tonight:
“I think it’s nice. We came out here today and we showed we’re a very strong team and we had a very dominant performance and in the end it was 6-0 so we’re on to the next round.”
On taking today’s success into the next round:
“Obviously we scored a lot of goals and we had some good rhythm in the team and we need to focus on the good things we did today and hopefully keep on scoring a lot goals in the next game.”
U.S. MNT defender OMAR GONZALEZ
On scoring his first international goal:
“It felt great to get my first international goal. Hopefully I can start scoring some more. Now that I got my taste for that one goal, I’m hungry for more now. It feels good, but more importantly, I’m happy we won the game and now we move on to the next round.”
On building off the Cuba win in the Semifinal:
“We can’t get too high. Obviously we’re very happy with this win, but we know there’s still a lot of work ahead of us. Two very good teams, whoever they are, to be in that position, means they’re going to be very good. We have to stay focused, stay hungry and be ready for whatever is thrown at us.”
BALTIMORE (July 18, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.
Clint Dempsey tallied a hat trick, Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also scored for the MNT, with Gonzalez’s goal the first of his international career. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and the U.S. MNT backline earned their second shutout of the tournament.
The MNT improved its Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1 and extended its record to 6-0-0 against Cuba in the regional tournament. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament.
The USA continues its title defense on Wednesday, July 22, in the tournament Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica. The Semifinal will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute: The U.S. struck first in the game’s early minutes. From the right side, Timmy Chandler curled a left-footed ball in to Clint Dempsey, who out-jumped his defender and headed it over Cuba’s diving ‘keeper for the early advantage. USA 1, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15th minute: Just over 10 minutes after collecting the match’s opening score, the U.S. doubled up with Zardes’ first-career Gold Cup goal. Fabian Johnson set it up with a spinning cross from the left that found Zardes on the right. Zardes hit a side-footed volley out of the air and into the goal. USA 2, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32nd minute: Bradley hit a perfect lofted ball into the Cuba half from behind the midfield line. Johannsson sprinted to get to it, and Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra was caught in a position where he couldn’t converge and tried to break down and defend. Johannsson sensing the hesitation, gracefully chipped the ball into the goal for the USA”s third tally of the half. USA 3, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson) 45th minute: From a corner kick Michael Bradley sent the ball to the far post. As it bent toward the endline Johannsson rose and headed it back through the box. Omar Gonzalez reached it first and finished for his first international goal and the USA’s fourth of the game. USA 4, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 64th minute: Brad Evans played a beautiful ball into Aron Johannsson, who was dragged down in the box by Cuban defender Angel Horta to set up a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and confidently clipped it down the middle for his fifth goal of the tournament. USA 5, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78th minute: Michael Bradley played the architect, knifing through the Cuban defense and into the box, before threading a ball back across to Dempsey. Dempsey jetted over to it and slammed it into the net complete his hat trick. USA 6, CUB 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)
Coming up Next: Gold Cup Semifinal
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas
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- Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. He is the current golden boot leader. He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.
- Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history: Brian McBride - 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) - 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski - 7/9/13 v. Belize
- Omar Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
- Gyasi Zardes scored his second goal of 2015 and his first in a Gold Cup.
- Aron Johannsson’s goal was his first in a Gold Cup and his second in 2015 with his first coming against Denmark on March 25 in Arhus.
- Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.
- U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan made their fourth straight starts of the 2015 Gold Cup.
- After missing the first two matches of the tournament, Alejandro Bedoya made his second straight start.
- The back four of Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson was the third different combination used in the team’s four Gold Cup matches.
- Clint Dempsey now has five career goals against Cuba. He also tallied in the team’s 4-1 win in the 2005 Gold Cup opener and the 1-0 shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6, 2008 in Havana.
- Eight U.S. players made their first-ever appearance in a Gold Cup Quarterfinal as well as against Cuba: Alvarado, Bedoya, Chandler, Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson, Johnson, Guzan and Gyasi Zardes.
- This was the first time the USMNT scored 4 goals in a first half or led by four at half since Dec. 1993 vs El Salvador.
- The last time the MNT scored four goals in one half of a competitive match was in a World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2008. The USA scored four second-half goals in a 6-1 win at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that clenched the team a berth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
- The MNT is 8-0-1 in Quarterfinal matches and 20-6-4 in knockout matches all-time in the Gold Cup.
- The MNT is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and a perfect 6-0-0 in Gold Cup matches. The U.S. is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the island nation, dating back to Sept. 21, 1949.
BALTIMORE, Maryland (18 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos avanzó a semifinales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 con una victoria de 6-0 contra Cuba.
Clint Dempsey abrió el marcador, y siguió anotando hasta completar el primer triplete de su carrera y sobrepasar a Eric Wynalda en el segundo lugar de la lista histórica de goleadores estadounidenses en Copas Oro con 11 goles. Solamente Landon Donovan tiene más goles anotados en Copas Oro, con 18.
Estados Unidos aumenta su registro a 8-1-1 contra Cuba, y 6-0-0 en partidos en la Copa Oro.
Estados Unidos jugará contra un rival aún por determinarse en las semifinales de la Copa Oro 2015 el miércoles, 22 de julio, 2015, en el Georgia Dome en Atlanta. El partido será a las 5 p.m. ET o las 8 p.m. ET, lo cual se confirmará próximamente.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 1, UniMás
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Resumen de Goles:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler), minuto 4: Timmy Chandler por el lado derecho se encontró con espacio para mirar hacia arriba y buscar un compañero. Encontró a Clint Dempsey y envió un pase elevado al centro. Dempsey brincó para encontrarse con el balón, cabeceando el balón al fondo de la red. USA 1, CUB 0. (VER GOL)
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson), minuto 15: El defensa estadounidense Fabian Johnson se unió al ataque por el lado izquierdo, mandando un pase justamente atrás de la defensa cubana. Gyasi Zardes esperó lo suficiente para no estar en fuera de lugar, adelantándose en el momento preciso para estar sólo frente al portero de Cuba y marcar gol sin problema. USA 2, CUB 0. (VER GOL)
USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) minuto 32: En su propia mitad, Michael Bradley envió un balón largo, bombeado, para Aaron Johannsson cerca del área grande. Johannsson controló el balón y también envió un balón bombeado, pero éste por arriba del portero y adentró de la portería. USA 3, CUB. (VER GOL)
USA – Omar González (Aron Johannsson), minuto 45: Michael Bradley envió un tiro de esquina del lado izquierdo del campo, y el balón cruzó hasta el otro lado de la portería. Parecía destinado a salir del terreno de juego pero Aron Johannsson salvó el balón de salir en la línea de fondo y lo recortó hacia el centro de la portería. Allí estaba Omar González, quien alcanzó a dirigir el balón a la portería a pesar de estar cayendo. USA 4, CUB 0. (VER GOL)
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalti), minuto 64: Un balón fue enviado al área grande de Cuba para Aron Johannsson, quien lo anticipaba atentamente hasta que Ángel Horta lo tumbó. El árbitro apuntó al punto penal y Clint Dempsey se perfiló para tomar el tiro. Dempsey disparó directamente al centro de la portería pero el portero anticipó mal y se aventó hacia su derecha. Fue el quinto gol de Dempsey en la Copa Oro 2015. USA 5, CUB 0. (VER GOL)
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley), minuto 78: Michael Bradley aprovechó un mal despeje de la defensa cubana y hábilmente se deslizó hacia la portería. Parecía que iba a disparar, pero en el último momento recortó hacia el centro en donde Clint Dempsey se abalanzó sobre la pelota y la envió a la parte de arriba de la red. USA 6, CUB 0. (VER GOL). FINAL.
- EE.UU. tiene un registro de 2-1-1 en Baltimore y 2-0-0 en M&T Bank Stadium. El estadio también fue sede del partido de cuartos de final de EE.UU. en la Copa Oro 2013, cuando EE.UU. derrotó a El Salvador 5-1.
- EE.UU. ahora tiene un registro de 51-7-7 en todos sus partidos de la Copa Oro.
- Después de la fase de grupos, EE.UU. hizo tres cambios a su nómina—DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona y Alan Gordon se unieron al grupo, mientras que Jozy Altidore, Greg Garza y Alfredo Morales fueron dados de baja.
- Diez jugadores diferentes de la nómina han anotado gol para EE.UU. en lo que va del 2015—Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Omar González, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski y Gyasi Zardes.
- Clint Dempsey lleva seis goles en la Copa Oro 2015 y 11 en Copas Oro, con los cuales sobrepasa a Eric Wynalda en el segundo lugar de la lista histórica de goleadores de EE.UU. en la Copa Oro. Landon Donovan (18) está en el primer lugar.
- Bradley es el único jugador que ha jugado todos los minutos de los once partidos que ha disputado la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2015. Gyasi Zardes es el único jugador además de Bradley que ha jugado en todos los partidos.
- Omar González anotó su primer gol con la Selección estadounidense.
- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -
Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Cuba
Fecha: 18 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Cuartos de Final
Sede: M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Maryland
Inicio: 5 p.m. ET
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: 89 grados Fahrenheit; soleado
Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F
USA 4 2 6
CUB 0 0 0
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) minuto 4
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15
USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32
USA – Omar González (Aron Johannsson) 45
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalti) 64
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67); 5-Kyle Beckerman (24-Joe Corona, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson, 8-Clint Dempsey
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 10-Mix Diskerud, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 25-DaMarcus Beasley, 26-Alan Gordon
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann
CUB: 21-Diosvelis Guerra; 2-Andy Vaquero, 4-Ángel Horta, 5-Jorge Luis Clavelo (capt.), 6-Yaisnier Nápoles, 8-Alberto Gómez (23-Felix Guerra, 75), 9-Maikel Reyes, 13-Jorge Corrales, 15-Adrian Diz Pe, 17-Liban Perez (20-Armando Coroneaux, 57), 18-Daniel Luis (19-Yasmany Lopez, 70)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Sandy Sanchez, 3-Yenier Molina, 16-Hanier Dranguet, 22-Alain Cervantes
Director Técnico: Raúl González
Resumen estadístico: USA / CUB
Tiros: 24 / 7
Tiros a Gol: 10 / 1
Atajadas: 4 / 1
Tiros de Esquina: 7 / 1
Faltas: 11 / 8
Fuera de Lugar: 2 / 3
Resumen de penalidades:
CUB – Yaisnier Nápoles (amonestación) minuto 60
CUB – Ángel Horta (amonestación) 63
Árbitro: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Cuarto Oficial: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
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