Brek Shea joins U.S. Men’s National Team for World Cup Qualifiers vs Jamaica
FRISCO – Brek Shea will join the U.S. Men’s National Team in Miami on Monday to prepare for the squad’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers versus Jamaica, U.S. Soccer announced today.
Just two weeks ago, Shea was the creative force behind the U.S. side’s goal-scoring opportunity that handed the Americans their first win versus Mexico at Mexico City’s famed Estadio Azteca. The Texas native now has 13 caps for the U.S.
Shea is one of 25 players U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called on to prepare for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica. The U.S. first faces the Reggae Boyz on Sept. 7 in Kingston. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.
Four days later, the U.S. will welcome the Caribbean nation to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (TICKETS). As part of the continuing effort to connect with the fans, the U.S. Men's National Team will host a public training session on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium. Admission and parking for the event are free. The match on Tuesday will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Univision family. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
The matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, and players begin reporting to Miami on Sunday. The team will train for three days prior to departing for Kingston.
"Obviously these are two huge games for us with six points on the line," said Klinsmann. "We are in a good position at the moment in our group, but we are going into the games against Jamaica with the mindset that we want to win both. We feel very confident in the group that we have coming in. We are developing a lot of good chemistry and experience in the team, and now our goal is to become more and more consistent. We are ready to put in a lot of hard work this week and will be prepared on Friday to get a result."
The U.S. leads Group A in the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with four points after two matches, holding the lead on Jamaica based on a superior goal differential. The U.S. is seeking to win a World Cup Qualifier in Jamaica for the first time, having collected draws in their previous four attempts. With Guatemala and Antigua & Barbuda also facing back-to-back matches, amassing points in these two games is critical.
The U.S. has amassed a 6-1-2 record in 2012, collecting five shutouts. The MNT has posted two unprecedented results this year, winning against Italy for the first time (1-0 on Feb. 29 in Genoa) and beating rivals Mexico on their home soil (1-0 on Aug. 15 in Mexico City).
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9) : Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4 ): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)