US SOCCER NEWS — November 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Russia – International Friendly Kuban Stadium; Krasnodar, Russia


Nov. 13, 2012
USA CLOSES OUT 2012 AGAINST NO. 9-RANKED RUSSIA: The U.S. Men’s National Team will cap off 2012 with an intriguing matchup against ninth-ranked Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at what is expected to be a capacity crowd of 38,000 at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar. Following historic road wins against Italy and Mexico, the U.S. seeks its first victory against the hosts. The match kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow the game on’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
CLOSING IN ON HISTORY: With one match left to play in 2012, the U.S. is currently sitting on its best winning percentage for a calendar year in the modern era with a 9-2-2 record and .769 winning percentage. The next best performance came in 2005 when the team went 13-3-4 with a .750 winning percentage. The USA is 5-1-1 in international friendlies this year, including its first ever wins against eighth-ranked Italy in Genoa on Feb. 29 and a 1-0 win in Mexico on Aug. 15, which marked the U.S. MNT’s only victory on the road against its regional rivals. (A Snapshot of 2012)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (AS Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)
Result/Time (ET)
U.S. goalscorers/TV
Jan. 21
1-0 W
Ricardo Clark
Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Jan. 25
1-0 W
Graham Zusi
Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Feb. 29
1-0 W
Clint Dempsey
Stadio Luigi Ferraris; Genoa
May 26
5-1 W
L. Donovan (3), M. Bradley, J. Jones
EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.
May 30
1-4 L
Herculez Gomez
FedExField; Landover, Md.
June 3
0-0 T

BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
June 8
Antigua & Barbuda*
3-1 W
Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
June 12
1-1 T
Clint Dempsey
Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City
Aug. 15
1-0 W
Michael Orozco Fiscal
Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 7
1-2 L
Clint Dempsey
National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica
Sept. 11
1-0 W
Herculez Gomez
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 12
Antigua & Barbuda*
2-1 W
Eddie Johnson (2)
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium; North Sound, Antigua
Oct. 16
3-1 W
Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey (2)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Nov. 14
10 a.m.
ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision Deportes
Kuban Stadium; Krasnodar, Russia
*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

A total of 20 players were called into camp that began Nov. 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. The team trained there twice on Monday before departing Tuesday morning for Krasnodar.
Two players are making their first appearance in a senior team camp: former U.S. Under-23 midfielders Joshua Gatt and Joe Gyau. Gatt’s club Molde just clinched the 2012 Norwegian Tippeligaen title this past weekend – the second straight title for Gatt and Molde.
Also reunited in this camp are Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud. The pair combined for the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge, when Agudelo became the youngest U.S. player in the modern era to score for the senior team.
For more roster notes, visit

With his goal against Guatemala in the last match of the Semifinal Round, U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra became the USA’s all-time leading scorer for defenders with 14 career goals, passing the previous record of 13 set by Marcelo Balboa.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard moved into sole possession of third place all-time in U.S. MNT goalkeeper caps with his 83rd appearance during the USA’s 3-1 win against Guatemala on Oct. 16. Kasey Keller (102 caps) and Tony Meola (100) are atop the goalkeeping appearances list.
For more record book notes, visit

Host Russia is 2-0-2 all-time against the USA in a series that started with Russia’s 1-0 win on Feb. 13, 1993, in Orlando, Fla.
Former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas is responsible for the only USA goal in the series, scoring off a header with five minutes remaining to salvage a 1-1 draw in 1994 in front of 43,651 spectators at the Kingdome in Seattle. (MNT vs. Russia Highlights – Jan. 29, 1994)
For more USA vs. Russia series notes and “by the numbers,” visit

NOMINEES NAMED FOR 2012 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Four of the five nominees for the prestigious U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award are in camp in Russia: Michael Bradley, Herculez Gomez, Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson. Clint Dempsey, the two-time winner and reigning holder of the award, is not in the squad. Additionally, two of the nominees for Young Male Athlete of the Year, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams, are also part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad assembled in Krasnodar. Fans can vote for their favorite nominee all week on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 19. The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the first year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.
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Russian Football Union
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Fabio Capello
Best World Cup Finish: Fourth place in 1966 as the Soviet Union
For Russia roster notes, visit
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