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Friday Can’t Come Soon Enough!

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U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 20 players to begin preparations for the final matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle. The U.S. closes out the Hexagonal with a home match against Jamaica on Oct. 11 in Kansas City, before completing the campaign on the road against Panama on Oct. 15 in Panama City.

The team will begin gathering Oct. 6 in Kansas City in advance of Friday’s match. Kickoff at sold-out Sporting Park is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Four days later, the U.S. closes out the final round when it faces Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN Sport). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Currently ranked No. 13 in FIFA’s world rankings, the United States holds a one point lead over Costa Rica at the top of the group and has the chance to finish in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the third-consecutive cycle. The matches have huge implications for the rest of the participants, as only two of the three automatic berths from CONCACAF have already been determined. Honduras sits in third place on 11 points, while Mexico and Panama are even with eight points in the fourth position.

“We want to finish qualifying on a high note and prove a point in our region,” said Klinsmann. “We don’t view these games as the end of World Cup qualifying. For us, it’s the start of preparations for the World Cup, and therefore we have to continue to raise the bar. We have had such amazing support from our fans throughout the last two years, and we owe it to them to put our best foot forward.”

Jurgen Klinsmann Q & A

The U.S. will hold a public training session Oct. 9 at Sporting Park. The event is free and open to the public.

In front of a raucous capacity crowd of 24,584 on Sept.10 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the U.S. MNT defeated Mexico 2-0 to earn its berth to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the win, the U.S. set a new record for victories in a calendar year with 14, improving to 14-3-2 in 2013 and topping the previous record of 13 wins set in 2005 and 2009.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

– See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/10/klinsmann-names-roster-for-jamaica-and-panama-qualifiers.aspx#sthash.PcHXKKmC.dpuf

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USA Opens U20 World Cup Friday on ESPN2

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The ESPN networks will present all 52 matches of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup from Turkey (June 21 – July 13) with 21 games on ESPNU including the quarterfinals and semifinals, and the final live from Istanbul on ESPN. The tournament will kick off Friday, June 21, with two matches beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT on ESPN3, and the U.S. National team will begin its campaign on ESPN and WatchESPN at 12:45 p.m. against perennial power Spain.

Head Coach Tab Ramos named the U20 Roster earlier this month which includes Sporting KC’s Mikey Lopez and Real Salt Lakes Luis Gil (pictured). Gil was named to the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship All-Tournament Team.

The 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup will feature the next crop of international stars from 24 countries, including defending champion Brazil, as well as Mexico and the United States. The U.S. team, coached by former U.S. Men’s National team star Tab Ramos, will make its seventh consecutive appearance in the tournament and is helmed by defender Caleb Stanko, who co-captained the team during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Previous U.S. teams have fielded current USMNT stalwarts Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

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USA & Mexico U20 World Cup TV Schedule
date, time, match, network
Fri Jun 21, 12:45 p.m., United States vs. Spain, ESPN2
Sat Jun 22, 9:45 a.m., Mexico vs. Greece, ESPN
Mon Jun 24, 9:45 a.m., France vs. United States, ESPN2
Tue Jun 25, 9:45 a.m., Mexico vs. Paraguay, ESPN2
Thu Jun 27, 11:45 a.m., Ghana vs. United States, ESPNU
Fri Jun 28, 9:45 a.m., Mali vs. Mexico, ESPNU
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All games can be found on my Soccer on TV calendar page or in the footer of this website. All games will also be available live and on replay on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN.

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WCQ: US MNT Host Honduras Tuesday

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ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will continue on Tuesday, June 18, with USA vs. Honduras, live from Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on ESPN and WatchESPN. Leave it to the Guardian to delve into the quality of our strikeforce against Panama. Soccer America expects 3 changes in the lineup.

The US Men’s National Team sits atop the standings in the Hexagonal (final) round of the qualifying series for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). There are six teams competing in this round and the top three earn automatic berths to Brazil 2014. The fourth team plays a two-legged playoff vs. New Zealand, representing the Oceania Football Confederation.

USA vs. Honduras – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will call the match. Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide studio commentary.

Last weeks 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying contest between the United States and Panama delivered ESPN’s second most-watched and second highest-rated FIFA World Cup qualifying or international friendly match telecast.

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US Men Face Panama Tuesday

Via SoccerSTL.net and his new contributor, Mark Dorsey looks at the upcoming US Matches…

Seattle_poster_ArtChantryHeading into Friday night’s match against Jamaica, only 1 point separated the top 4 teams in the CONCACAF standings. After coming off one of the most memorable friendly wins over Germany, United States were looking for their first qualifier victory in Kingston ever. Many fans will not look back on Friday night’s game as being the prettiest games played by the United States. However, Friday displayed the United States unwillingness to give up in times of adversity. After a sloppy 88 minutes the United States were looking to steal 3 points from Jamaica after an Altidore header from Zusi. Jamaica was able to pull even on a long range free kick header which looked to be the last goal of the game. In injury time an unlikely hero, Brad Evans, was able to capitalize off a Michael Bradley short corner to secure the United States first ever qualifier win in Kingston.
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