When the USA faces Spain in the semifinals (Wednesday, 2:30 pm ET, Univision & ESPN) it will try to end the European champion's international record
of 15-consecutive wins. Spain will aim to surpass Brazil's record 35-game unbeaten streak.
The USA has reached the Confederations Cup semifinals once before, falling to host Mexico in
1999. Jonathan Bornstein
, Michael Bradley
, Oguchi Onyewu
and Jonathan Spector
are carrying yellow cards into the Spain
match. Another caution would mean suspension for the final or third-place game.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra
, who missed the first three games game with a hamstring
strain is questionable for Wednesday's game. Playing in place of Bocanegra has been Jay DeMerit
, who played the full 90 in each of the first three games.Jonathan
, whose cross set up the USA's third goal, by Clint Dempsey
, in its 3-0 win over Egypt that ensured passage into semifinal, has played every minute at right back, the
position usually manned by the injured Steve Cherundolo
or Frankie Hejduk
Dempsey's goal was the 14th of his career, moving him into sole possession
of ninth place on the all-time scoring list for the U.S., passing Marcelo Balboa
and Hugo Perez
, and one behind Cobi Jones
in eighth place.
Bradley, who scored the second goal against Egypt, now his six for the USA, matching former U.S. midfielder John Harkes
Spain's roster of 23 players includes 22
who closed out their 2008-09 season with clubs that qualified for either UEFA Champions League or Europa League. By contrast, only Dempsey (Fulham), keeper Tim Howard
(Standard Liege) and DaMarcus Beasley
(Rangers) were with clubs at the end of the season that qualified for European tournaments.
Click HERE for video of the three U.S. goals against Egypt that took the USA into the semifinals.