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  • January 21, 2012
  • • 9:10 PM
  • • University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Referee: R. García Orozco
  • • Attendance: 30000

International Friendly Preview: USA - Venezuela

International Friendly Preview: USA - Venezuela

Jurgen Klinsmann presided over a California camp for the past two weeks and will send the U.S. for its first match of 2012 on Saturday.

Venezuela (4-4-2): Morales
Rivero, Salazar, Velásquez, Rouga
Guerra, Vitali, Flores, Chourio
Moreno, Renteria


Goalkeepers: Alan Liebeskind (Lara), Leonardo Morales (Anzoategui)

Defenders: Joel Caceres (Lara), John Chancellor (Mineros), Javier Gonzalez (Petare), Rubert Quijada (Monagas), Carlos Rivero (Anzoategui), Andres Rouga (Tachira), Carlos Salazar (Anzoategui), Jose Manuel Velazquez (Mineros)

Midfielders: Angel Chourio (Real Esppor), Diomar Diaz (Petare), Agnel Flores (Mineros), Francisco Flores (Anzoategui), Edgar Perez Greco (Lara), Alejandro Guerra (Mineros), Diego Guerrero (Tachira), Miguel Mea Vitali (Lara)

Forwards: Richard Blanco (Petare), Darwin Machis (Mineros), Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA), Hermes Palomino (Cherno More), Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew), Jose Reyes (Anzoategui)

USA (4-4-1-1): Hamid
Loyd, Cameron, Parkhurst, Pearce
Jones, Larentowicz
Feilhaber, Zusi, Shea


Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)

Midfielders: Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

  • The U.S. boasts a 2-0-1 record against Venezuela. A 3-3 draw in the 1993 Copa America preceded two 2-0 victories.

  • The match, which will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., will feature weakened teams, with both coaches drafting in players on the fringes of the national team pools.
  • Kyle Beckerman and Juan Agudelo were ruled out of both this match and the Jan. 25 Panama friendly through injury. That leaves Klinsmann with 16 fit players, so expect most to see field time.

  • Venezuela finished a best-ever fourth in the most recent Copa America. The country has built on that finish and is currently tied for first with Argentina and Uruguay in South American World Cup qualifying.
  • Aside from two MLS strikers -- Alejandro Moreno and Emilio Renteria -- coach Cesar Farias called in an entirely domestic-based roster.

  • Five U.S. players could make their international debuts: Hamid, DeLaGarza, Parke, Zusi and Sapong. Thirteen of the 20 have five or less caps.
  • The U.S. hasn't beaten a South American opponent in 13 tries, dating back to March 25, 2007, against Ecuador.
  • Venezuela last played the U.S. in 2006. Goals from Brian Ching and Clint Dempsey gave the Americans a 2-0 win in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

  • The match will kick off on Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen in the U.S. on and Galavision.

Players to watch

G. Zusi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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A. Moreno

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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