- Despite Loss, USA Posts Record-Setting Campaign with 16 Wins and .761 Winning Percentage
- U.S. Also Sets New Mark for Best Goal Differential and Goals-Per-Game Average for Calendar Year
- Final Draw for 2014 FIFA World Cup to be Held on Dec. 6 in Brazil
VIENNA, Austria (Nov. 19, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Austria 1-0 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion to cap off its 2013 campaign. Austria’s Marc Janko scored the game’s lone goal in the 33rd minute after a nice attacking build-up from the hosts.
Despite the loss, the U.S. MNT had a record-setting year that included an all-time best win total (16-4-3), a .761 winning percentage, a plus-28 goal differential (out-scoring its opponents 51-23) and an average of 2.22 goals per game. The previous records were 13 wins (2005 and 2009), a .750 winning percentage (2005 and 2012), a plus-23 goal differential (outscored opponents 34-11 in 2000) and 2.14 goals per game (2008).
The USA’s final international friendlies of the year, against Austria and the scoreless draw against Scotland on Nov. 15, served as important preparation as the squad looks forward to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Final Draw takes place on Dec. 6 in Costa do Sauipe in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
After withstanding several Austrian attacks in the early going, the U.S. had a quality scoring in the 16th minute when Aron Johannsson’s right-footed shot from distance forced Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer into the game’s first save as he batted the driven ball away for a corner kick. On the ensuing cross, Michael Bradley delivered the ball from the right side to defender Geoff Cameron at the near post. His header partially deflected off of the arm of Austria’s Marko Arnautovic and Almer scrambled back to scoop the ball clear just before it crossed the goal line. The U.S. players appealed vehemently that the ball went had gone completely over the goal line before Almer’s lunging save, but replays were inconclusive.
Austria worked the ball well from side-to-side to earn the game’s lone goal, which was capped off by a top-shelf finish by Marc Janko. David Alaba led Gyorgy Garics with a pass into the right side of the penalty area and his slide a cross on the ground into the six-yard box. Lukas Hinterseer whiffed on his attempt at the near right post, but Janko got in between U.S. center-backs John Brooks and Omar Gonzalez and fired over sprawling U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard from point-blank range.
The U.S. had one of its best scoring chances in the 43rd minute when Jozy Altidore’s short cross back into the seam from the right side near the end line found Michael Bradley. He shot from about eight yards out but Garics blocked the attempt.
Just before halftime, Bradley took a corner kick from the left side and Altidore got on the end of the cross, sending his volley with the outside of his right foot just wide left of the frame.
The U.S. pushed into the offensive third during several extended periods in the second half, most notably when Cameron’s right-footed shot near the six-yard box was deflected away by Almer in the 65th minute.
Second-half sub Terrence Boyd, who plays professionally for Rapid Vienna, also stepped into the attack when he turned to goal in the 71st minute create some space for a right-footed shot that sailed over the crossbar.
In the 74th minute, Altidore worked himself free from several defenders in the left side of the box, but his shot right at Almer did not have enough pace to beat the Austrian goalkeeper.
In second-half stoppage time, Andreas Ivanschitz had a one-on-one chance against Howard, but the veteran came quickly out of the goal to make a big sliding save in the last major action of the match.
- The U.S. MNT is now 1-2-0 all-time against Austria.
- The USA was shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, when the team posted 1-0 losses against Ecuador and France on Oct. 11 and Nov. 11, respectively.
- Left back DaMarcus Beasley made his team-leading 17th start and appearance of 2013 and earns his 114th-career cap. Beasley is fifth on the all-time caps list.
- Defender John Brooks made his second-career appearance and start, paired with Omar Gonzalez at center back.
- Defender Geoff Cameron, who started at center back against Scotland, was pushed outside to right back against Austria for his 12th cap this year and 23rd of his career.
- Goalkeeper Tim Howard tied former defender Alexi Lalas for 15th on the career caps list with his 96th appearance.
- Howard had three saves for the match and is now 52-27-16 all-time, still sitting one victory behind Kasey Keller’s wins record. Keller was 53-27-18 all-time.
- Midfielder Michael Bradley earned his 82nd cap and is now tied for 22nd with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope.
- Brek Shea started for the first time since the USA’s quarterfinal-clinching 4-1 win against Cuba in the group stage of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
- Forward Aron Johannsson started for the second time, his other being the USA’s 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Johnannson has six caps in his first year with the U.S. MNT.
- U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two subs shortly into the second half when he brought in Mix Diskerud for Johannsson and Eddie Johnson for Shea in the 56th minute. For Johnson, it was his 17th cap to end the year tied with Beasley for the team lead.
- Forward Terrence Boyd entered the match for Jermaine Jones in the 67th minute. It was his fifth cap of the year and 12th of his career.
- Among the other subs, midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned his 45th-career cap, replacing Alejandro Bedoya in the 76th minute. Eric Lichaj saw some late minutes, entering for Cameron in the 81st minute for his second cap of the year and 10th in his career. In the 89th minute, Chris Wondolowski was brought on for Beasley.
- Eighteen players have set new personal bests in appearances for a calendar year in 2013: DaMarcus Beasley (17), Kyle Beckerman (10), Alejandro Bedoya (12), Geoff Cameron (12), Edgar Castillo (8), Joe Corona (8), Brad Davis (7), Mix Diskerud (13), Brad Evans (10), Omar Gonzalez (14), Eddie Johnson (17), Sean Johnson (2), Michael Orozco (6), Michael Parkhurst (8), Nick Rimando (6), Brek Shea (10), Chris Wondolowski (9) and Graham Zusi (12).
- Four players have tied their career-best cap total for a calendar year: Clarence Goodson (10), Fabian Johnson (8), Jermaine Jones (12) and Jose Torres (6).
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Austria
Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Ernst-Happel-Stadion; Vienna, Austria
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET
Weather: 44 degrees, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
AUT 1 0 1
AUT – Janko (Harnik) 33rd minute
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 20-Geoff Cameron (2-Eric Lichaj, 81), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (19-Chris Wondolowski, 90); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Terrence Boyd, 67); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 76), 9-Aron Johannsson (10-Mix Diskerud, 56), 21-Brek Shea (18-Eddie Johnson, 56); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 22-Bill Hamid, 6-Brad Evans, 14-Michael Orozco
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
1-Robert Almer; 2-Gyorgy Garics, 3-Aleksandar Dragovic, 5-Christian Fuchs (capt.), 7-Marko Arnautovic (13-Markus Suttner, 81); 9-Lukas Hinterseer
(14-Philipp Zulechner, 85), 11-Martin Harnik (17-Florian Klein, 81), 16-Martin Hinteregger, 18-Christoph Leitgeb (4-Kevin Wimmer, 90+2); 21-Marc Janko
(19-Veli Kavlak, 68), 27-David Alaba (6-Andreas Ivanschitz, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Heinz Lindner, 23-Ramazan Ozcan, 20-Guido Burgstaller, 22-Manuel Ortlechner
Head Coach: Marcel Koller
Stats Summary: USA / AUT
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 3 / 2
Referee: Istan Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Kispal (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Oszkar Lemon (HUN)
Fourth Official: Tama Bognar (HUN)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore