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EJ, Evans set career highs for USA appearances

The USA national team ended its 2013 campaign Tuesday with a 1-0 loss at Austria.

Meanwhile, Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evan set career highs with 17 and 10 international appearances respectively during this calendar year.

Additional notes from U.S. Soccer:

• The U.S. MNT is now 1-2-0 all-time against Austria. • The USA was shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, when the team posted 1-0 losses against Ecuador and France on Oct. 11 and Nov. 11, respectively. • Left back DaMarcus Beasley made his team-leading 17th start and appearance of 2013 and earns his 114th-career cap. Beasley is fifth on the all-time caps list. • Defender John Brooks made his second-career appearance and start, paired with Omar Gonzalez at center back. • Defender Geoff Cameron, who started at center back against Scotland, was pushed outside to right back against Austria for his 12th cap this year and 23rd of his career. • Goalkeeper Tim Howard tied former defender Alexi Lalas for 15th on the career caps list with his 96th appearance. • Howard had three saves for the match and is now 52-27-16 all-time, still sitting one victory behind Kasey Keller's wins record. Keller was 53-27-18 all-time. • Midfielder Michael Bradley earned his 82nd cap and is now tied for 22nd with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope. • Brek Shea started for the first time since the USA's quarterfinal-clinching 4-1 win against Cuba in the group stage of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. • Forward Aron Johannsson started for the second time, his other being the USA's 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Johnannson has six caps in his first year with the U.S. MNT. • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two subs shortly into the second half when he brought in Mix Diskerud for Johannsson and Eddie Johnson for Shea in the 56th minute. For Johnson, it was his 17th cap to end the year tied with Beasley for the team lead. • Forward Terrence Boyd entered the match for Jermaine Jones in the 67th minute. It was his fifth cap of the year and 12th of his career. • Among the other subs, midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned his 45th-career cap, replacing Alejandro Bedoya in the 76th minute. Eric Lichaj saw some late minutes, entering for Cameron in the 81st minute for his second cap of the year and 10th in his career. In the 89th minute, Chris Wondolowski was brought on for Beasley. • Eighteen players have set new personal bests in appearances for a calendar year in 2013: DaMarcus Beasley (17), Kyle Beckerman (10), Alejandro Bedoya (12), Geoff Cameron (12), Edgar Castillo (8), Joe Corona (8), Brad Davis (7), Mix Diskerud (13), Brad Evans (10), Omar Gonzalez (14), Eddie Johnson (17), Sean Johnson (2), Michael Orozco (6), Michael Parkhurst (8), Nick Rimando (6), Brek Shea (10), Chris Wondolowski (9) and Graham Zusi (12). • Four players have tied their career-best cap total for a calendar year: Clarence Goodson (10), Fabian Johnson (8), Jermaine Jones (12) and Jose Torres (6).
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