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U.S. set to face Brazil at new Meadowlands Stadium — USA Soccer Stud

PRESS RELEASE—After capturing the imagination of millions of fans across the nation with their dramatic run in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June, the U.S. team gets a welcome back party at one of the gleaming new stadiums in the United States. Fifteen players from the squad that led the U.S. to a first place finish in group play at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years will be on hand in front of a near sellout crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium, where they will face five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil. Kickoff on Tuesday, Aug. 10, is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio.

QUICK HITS

  • The U.S. will be playing its first match at the New Meadowlands Stadium. With seating for soccer set at 75,000, the new venue is one of 18 included in the USA’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
  • Fifteen players on the U.S. roster were part of 23-man group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Twelve of the 15 players saw action in South Africa. Ten got at least one start and five players played every minute: Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.
  • Donovan became the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup appearances (12), and is the only U.S. player to score in three consecutive World Cup matches.
  • His goal and the subsequent 1-0 victory against Algeria earned the team the award for ‘Best Moment’ at the 2010 ESPYs.
  • Tim Howard earned a shutout in that match, the USA’s first in the World Cup since the team’s historic 2-0 victory against Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Republic. The shutout was also just the second for the United States in 22 FIFA World Cup matches dating back to 1950.
  • Howard earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his six-save performance in a 1-1 draw against England to open Group C play.
  • Bradley’s game-tying goal in the 83rd minute against Slovenia was his first in a FIFA World Cup and the eighth of his international career, and helped earn the point the U.S. needed to avoid elimination that day.
  • With his start on June 12 against England, Robbie Findley became the first U.S. player to start a World Cup game for the U.S. after not participating in the qualifying cycle since Pablo Mastroeni started against Portugal to open the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Herculez Gomez joined that club when he started against Algeria.
  • Eight players on the U.S. roster appeared in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final against Brazil, including six starters. Donovan’s spectacular goal put the U.S. up 2-0 in the first half, only to see the Brazilians come roaring back to capture a 3-2 win. The U.S. players on the field that day (starters in bold): Howard, Jonathan Spector, Bocanegra, Donovan, Benny Feilhaber, Bornstein, Altidore, Sacha Kljestan. Read the ussoccer.com review of the dramatic final.
  • Buddle became the most recent debutante on a U.S. scoresheet, netting a pair in the USA’s 3-1 win against Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort. He is the first player to score his first two goals in the same game since Kljestan posted a hat trick on Jan. 20, 2008, in a friendly against Sweden.
  • Twelve players on the roster have scored at least one international goal, and nine have scored in 2010: Altidore, Bocanegra, Bradley, Buddle (2), Donovan (3), Maurice Edu, Herculez Gomez (2), Clarence Goodson, Kljestan.
  • With the goal on May 29 against Turkey, the final Send-Off match in the U.S. before the team left for South Africa, Altidore increased his career total to nine goals. Remarkably, five of those goals have been assisted by Donovan.
  • Donovan leads the all-time U.S. list in goals scored (45), and assists (45).
  • With their goals on May 25 against Czech Republic, Edu and Gomez became the first pair of U.S. players to get their first goal in the same game since Stuart Holden and Robbie Rogers tallied in the 4-0 win against Grenada to open the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Four of the six defenders on the roster have at least one goal for the national team: Bocanegra, Bornstein, Cherundolo, and Goodson. Three of those tallied in 2009, and all of them memorable. Bocanegra’s game-winning header against Honduras in Chicago; Goodson performing the same feat six weeks later against the same team in the same stadium in the Gold Cup; and Bornstein capping off qualifying with a last-second header against Costa Rica.
  • With his goal against the Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam, Bocanegra upped his career tally to 12, just one shy of the mark set by Marcelo Balboa for U.S. defenders.
  • Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has recorded five shutouts in 14 appearances for the U.S., including three clean sheets in five World Cup qualifiers. Overall he has posted a 7-4-1 record.
  • Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya were part of the 30-man provisional roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and participated in training camp in Princeton, N.J., prior to the team’s departure for South Africa.
  • Omar Gonzalez is the only player on the U.S. roster in search of his first international cap.
  • Altidore and Gonzalez were late additions to the roster, the duo replacing Jermaine Jones and Chad Marshall.
  • The U.S. is 4-2-3 lifetime in the state of New Jersey, and 3-1-2 since 1990.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN Average Age: 26.9 Average Caps: 34.2 Most Caps: 127 (Landon Donovan) Fewest Caps: 0 (Omar Gonzalez) Oldest: 31 (Steve Cherundolo)

Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)

Play professionally in: USA (5), England (3), Germany (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Mexico (1), Norway (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1)

Hometown in: California (8), Florida (2), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Texas (1), Virginia (1)

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