SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, November 9, 2011) – With the 2011 MLS season now behind them, four members of the Real Salt Lake midfield – Jean Alexandre (Haitian Men’s National Team), Kyle Beckerman (U.S. Men’s National Team), Luis Gil (U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team) and Will Johnson (Canadian Men’s National Team) – have joined up with their respective national teams in preparation for FIFA’s upcoming international calendar window across the next week.
Following is the list of upcoming international matches including Real Salt Lake participants:
Friday, November 11, 2011
Player Fixture Time / TV
Jean Alexandre * Haiti @ Antigua and Barbuda ATG 1:0 HAI
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium – St. John’s, Antigua
*** Went full 90 minutes and picked up yellow card caution in defeat that ended les Grenadiers' hopes of advancing in World Cup Qualifying from Group F
Will Johnson * Canada @ St. Kitts and Nevis SKN 0:0 CAN
Warner Park Football Stadium – Basseterre, St. Kitts
*** Started and played 61 minutes in scoreless draw that clinched Group D and advanced Canucks to CONCACAF Semifinal Round of World Cup Qualifying
Kyle Beckerman ^ USA @ France FRA 1 : 0 USA
*** Played a sturdy 65 minutes in midfield for Klinsmann's side in defeat, helping the U.S. keep a clean sheet during his time on the field against les Blues.
Luis Gil ^ USA U-23s v. Azerbaijan U-23s USA 0 : 0 AZE
*** Made U-23 debut for USA as captain of mostly U-20-comprised squad and went full 90 minutes in draw vs. Azerbaijan counterparts. Friendly contested in Duisberg, Germany.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Player Fixture Time / TV
Jean Alexandre * Haiti v. Antigua and Barbuda HAI 2:1 ATG
Stade Sylvio Cator – Port-au-Prince, Haiti
*** Played all 90 minutes in les Grenadiers' comeback win over Group F victor to finish round 2 points back
Will Johnson * Canada v. St. Kitts and Nevis CAN 4:0 SKN
BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
**Went full 90 in dominant win that allowed Canucks to finish 5 points clear in Group D play
Kyle Beckerman ^ United States @ Slovenia SVN 2:3 USA
Stozice Stadium – Ljubljana, Slovenia
*** Started for fifth time in Jurgen Klinsmann's seven-match tenure and played 89 minutes in helping earn Klinsmann his second victory with the Red, White & Blue.
Luis Gil ^ USA U-23s @ Bayern Leverkusen U-19s BYN 3:0 USA
*** Started and served as captain again for USA's hybrid U-23/U-20 squad and played opening hour in exhibition loss that wrapped up the U-23 camp's 10-day stay in Germany.
* CONCACAF Qualifier for FIFA World Cup
^ International Friendly
Kyle Beckerman Re-Joins USMNT
Claret-and-Cobalt captain Kyle Beckerman will once again join U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s side ahead of a pair of international friendlies on European soil against France and Slovenia. Beckerman (16 caps/1 goal) has enjoyed a resurgence with the USMNT as of late, making four appearances – including three starts – in the five games since Klinsmann took over the reins of the USMNT program back in late July. The USA will start its latest European adventure Friday with the high-profile clash against “les Bleus” at the Stade de France before heading to Ljubljana for next Tuesday’s 2010 World Cup rematch with Slovenia.
U.S. MNT CAMP ROSTER: FRIENDLIES AT FRANCE/SLOVENIA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Luis Gil Gets Late U.S. U-23 Call-up
While Beckerman has become a stalwart for the U.S. senior team, his RSL teammate Luis Gil will get his first look with the U.S. Under-23 side after be called in as a late addition squad that will be taking part in a camp in Duisburg, Germany through Nov. 16. Newly-appointed U.S. U-23 head coach Caleb Porter kicked off the camp on Monday with a total of 37 players, 14 of which currently play in MLS. The 17-year old Gil has turned many heads during his time in the U.S. youth system while performing with both the U-17 and U-20 squads, including a standout performance with the former at the 2009 U-17 World Cup.
The U.S. U-23 camp, the first in preparation for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March 2012, is taking place at the same time the full Men’s National Team will be gathered in France and Slovenia. Klinsmann worked with Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing.
U.S. UNDER-23 MNT CAMP ROSTER: GERMANY TRAINING CAMP
GOALKEEPERS (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting KC)
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Sean Cunningham (Molde), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers), Greg Garza (out of contract), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA), Ethan White (D.C. United), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joe Corona (Club Tijuan), Mixx Diskerud (Stabæk), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United), Tyrone McCargo (Nürnberg), Charles Renken (Hoffenheim) Caleb Stanko (Freiburg), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
FORWARDS (9): Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Doyle (Derby County), Josh Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tony Taylor (Atlético Clube de Portugal), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC; Hamilton)
Will Johnson Has Canadians on Cusp of Advancing
Will Johnson (22 caps/1 goal) will look to continue to help Canada march towards advancement during CONCACAF region qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil over the next week. Canada currently sits in the driver’s seat of Group D, needing only one point from its final two contests – both of which are against second-place St. Kitts and Nevis – to claim first in their group and advance to Round 3 of World Cup Qualifying. The Caribbean/Canadian back-and-forth for the “Canucks” will begin Friday with the away fixture in Basseterre, followed three days later with the home leg at BMO Field in Toronto next Tuesday, Nov. 15. Click here for complete CONCACAF qualifying standings on FIFA.com.
CANADIAN MNT ROSTER: WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS v. ST. KITTS & NEVIS
GOALKEEPERS (2): Lars Hirschfeld (Vålerenga Fotball, Norway), Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK Fotbol, Sweden)
DEFENDERS (6): Nik Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, Germany), Mike Klukowski (Manisaspor, Turkey), Adam Straith (FC Energie Cottbus, Turkey), Ante Jazic (Chivas USA), David Edgar (Burnley FC, England), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC), Matt Stinson (Toronto FC), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake), Josh Simpson (Manisaspor, Turkey), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (SC Preußen Münster, Germany), Patrice Bernier (Lyngby Boldklub, Denmark)
FORWARDS (4): Tosaint Ricketts (FC Politehnica Timişoara, Romania), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City FC, England), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Germany)
Jean Alexandre, Haiti Face Tough Task against Antigua & Barbuda
Jean Alexandre (9 caps/2 goals) will also attempt to help steer his country through CONCACAF region qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, but the task for he and his Haitian National Team mates will be a tough one as they must overcome a two-point deficit behind Group F pace-setter Antigua & Barbuda. While Alexandre and “les Grenadiers” will have control of their own fate thanks to a home-and-home series against the group leader, they must make sure to secure at least a point from Friday’s opener in St. John’s, Antigua in order to keep the dream alive. Should Haiti win or tie that fixture, next Tuesday’s Group F finale in Port-au-Prince will provide plenty of dramatics with a spot in the next phase of CONCACAF qualifying on the line. Click here for complete CONCACAF qualifying standings on FIFA.com.
HAITIAN MNT ROSTER: WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS v. ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steward Ceus (Colorado Rapids), Yves Marie
DEFENDERS (6): Jean-Jacques Pierre, Frantz Bertin (Alki), Kim Jaggy (Wil), Reginal Goreux (Standard Liege), Judelin Aveska (Independiente Rivadavia), Wilde-Donald Guerrier
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jean Sony Alcenat (Rio Ave), Brunel Fucien (Capoise), James Marcelin (Portland Timbers), Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake), Herold Junior Charles (Tempete), Peterson Joseph (Sporting KC), Jean Junior Monuma Constant
FORWARDS (4): Jean-Eudes Maurice, Kervens Fils Belfort, Listner Kelnel Pierre-Louis, Bony Pierre