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U.S. WNT to Face Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York

CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Mexico on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The match will be the second of two games against Mexico as the teams will also play on Sept. 13 at a venue to be determined.

The USA’s fourth visit to Sahlen’s Stadium (and sixth overall match in Rochester) will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The game in Rochester will be the final warm-up for both teams before the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be held in the United States in Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in Canada, while the fourth-place team will enter a two-game playoff against a team from South America.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Starting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. ET, tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester area (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen’s Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. (TICKETS)

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

WNT Highlights at Rochester:

Additional Notes:

  • The two matches against Mexico will be the 29th and 30th between the countries.
  • Mexico will be attempting to qualify for its third Women’s World Cup after participating in 1999 and 2011.
  • The USA holds an all-time record of 26-1-1 against Mexico, with the one loss coming famously during the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Cancun, Mexico, that forced the USA into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT has strong connections to Rochester as it is the hometown of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach and the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goal (Hamm’s came at Frontier Field before the new venue was built).
  • Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the Western New York Flash.
  • The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester – three at Sahlen’s Stadium and two at Frontier Field.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

Open Cup ‘Game of the Round’ Features Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders on Aug. 13

CHICAGO (July 28, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will broadcast the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC as its “Game of the Round” coverage resumes on ussoccer.com on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. PT. The two teams last faced each other in the tournament in the 2011 Final in which Seattle defeated Chicago 2-0 and earned its third Open Cup title.  

One day earlier, the first finalist will be decided when the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas meet at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Aug. 12. 

The Chicago Fire has enjoyed the most U.S. Open Cup success among MLS franchises with four titles (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and two runner-up finishes (2004, 2011).

Semifinal Round Schedule

 Date

Game

Time

Venue

Aug. 12

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

8 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Aug. 13

Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC

7 p.m. PT

Starfire Soccer Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

Head Coach Michelle French Names USA’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster

CHICAGO (July 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, being held in Edmonton, Montreal, Moncton and Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 5-24.

All three of the USA’s group games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. plays its first two Group B matches at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening its tournament on Aug. 5 against Germany at 5 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with a kickoff at 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN). The curtain-raising clash between the USA, which has won this tournament three times, and Germany, which has it won it twice, will pit the countries that played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in Tokyo.

“We have a good mixture of leadership, talent and great technical ability on all three lines,” said French. “We have a lot of tactical understanding and creativity based on the way they read the game, and I see a lot of grit and bite in the way we defend. The combination of these factors gives us a very well-rounded team.”

French named her squad after the first week of a two-week training camp in Seattle, Washington, which will be the last domestic event for the U.S. team before it leaves for Canada in late July. French put her player pool through a thorough evaluation process over the past year and a half, taking a hard look at almost 80 players in training camps and games.

“Because we have players that have previously played in the U-20 World Cup, and we have Lindsey Horan who is playing professionally, and we have players who had a great amount of time with the U-17s, in a lot different areas we have players that lead,” said French. “That’s not just vocally, but in how they conduct themselves on and off the field. As a staff, to know that we can rely on a number of different people to lead, is a great benefit to this team.”

Among the 21 players named are two who were a part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Japan. Co-captain Cari Roccaro, who leads the roster in U-20 caps with 30, played every minute of the three knockout matches two years ago. Defender Stephanie Amack, the youngest player on the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup team, did not play in Japan but is expected to play a much larger role this time around.

“Everyone is thrilled to be on this World Cup roster,” said U.S. co-captain Andi Sullivan. “We know it was really tough to make these decisions, but we are very confident in our coaching staff and each other. We have our strongest team together now and we hope that everyone who was a part of this cycle, whether they made the final 21 or not, knows that they are a part of this journey as well. Now, we just can’t wait to get to Canada.”

The USA will bring a contingent of talented strikers who as a group add size, speed and versatility to the front line. Five of the six forwards named to the roster scored a combined 82 goals for their college teams during the 2013 season. Horan opted to skip college to play professionally and scored 20 goals in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain this past season (her second in France). Horan was a key member of the U-20s during the run-up to the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup but missed the tournament due to a knee injury. She is the USA’s leading scorer with 21 goals in 22 U-20 caps.

The USA has a young but skillful and hard-working midfield for the tournament, led by Rose Lavelle, a rising sophomore at Wisconsin who was the MVP of the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship last January in the Cayman Islands. Four of the five players on the roster who have yet to start college are midfielders in Stanford commit Sullivan (who has always seen extensive time at outside back), Tennessee commit Carlyn Baldwin, Duke commit Taylor Racioppi and UCLA commit Mallory Pugh, the USA’s youngest player, who still has two years of high school remaining. Sullivan and Baldwin will begin college this fall while Racioppi will be a high school senior.

The U.S. defense is an experienced bunch. Roccaro and Katie Naughton, both of whom attend Notre Dame, have played together in many matches for both college and country. Outside backs Sullivan, Brittany Basinger (Penn State) and Stephanie Amack (Stanford), all have extensive experience in USA’s youth national team system. Sullivan and Basinger were starters on the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup team.

The USA has an excellent trio of goalkeepers in Katelyn Rowland, Jane Campbell and Rose Chandler. The 5-foot-11 Rowland helped UCLA with the NCAA title last year. The 5-foot-9 Campbell was the USA’s starter at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and a starter as a freshman for Stanford last fall. The 5-foot-8 Chandler, who graduated a year early from high school and will attend Penn State this fall, made a late run for a roster spot.

Additional Notes:

  • ESPN will broadcast 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games across its various platforms. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN.
  • The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
  • Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.
  • The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994. Nine of the 21 players selected by French were born in 1994, seven were born in 1995, three were born in 1996, one in 1997 and one in 1998, meaning five players are age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is the youngest player on the roster and was born in 1998, could play in three consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups. She will not turn 17 until April of next year.
  • French selected one rising high school junior (Pugh), two rising high school seniors (Taylor Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and Rose Chandler) who will be freshmen in college this fall, nine rising college sophomores, five rising juniors and one rising senior in Katelyn Rowland.
  • Thirteen different colleges are represented on the roster, led by Stanford with three players. Penn State and Notre Dame each have two players.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twelve different states are represented, led by Virginia with four players and California and Georgia with three players each. New Jersey and Colorado each have two players.
  • The 16 nations competing in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Canada; China PR, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; Germany, Finland, France and England from Europe; the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica from CONCACAF; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

2014 U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team Bio Shorts
GOALKEEPERS
Jane Campbell (Kennesaw, Ga.)
The starter on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team, she finished her U-17 career with an undefeated record of 10-0-5 and a total of 16 caps. At 5-foot-9, the daughter of two former fighter pilots has the height, athleticism and intangibles to be an impact goalkeeper at the international level. A starter as a freshman at Stanford, she heads into the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with six U-20 caps.

Rose Chandler (Atlanta, Ga.)
A great shot-stopper with a big presence, she is regarded as the top youth goalkeeper in the country. She graduated a year early from high school and will attend Penn State in the fall. Brave into the challenge, she possesses a tremendous training ethic and will add depth to the USA’s goalkeeping corps.

Katelyn Rowland (Vacaville, Calif.)
This will be her first youth Women’s World Cup, but she has been in the USA’s National Team programs since she was 14 years old. The first-choice goalkeeper for most of this cycle, she started four of the five matches at the qualifying tournament and currently has nine U-20 caps. Tall at 5-foot-11 and brave in the box, her stellar play was a key part of UCLA winning its first NCAA title last fall during her junior season.

DEFENDERS
Stephanie Amack (Pleasanton, Calif.)
The youngest player on the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup team while still in high school, she didn’t play in Japan but now has a year of college soccer at Stanford on her resume and has shown excellent qualities at outside back and in the center-midfield. She’s one of the USA’s tallest field players at 5-foot-10 and scored three goals during the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament.

Brittany Basinger (Purcellville, Va.)
The powerful outside back was a starter for the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan and stepped right into the starting lineup at Penn State as a freshman. She can play on either the right or left side, is dangerous attacking down the flanks, and scored her first goal at the U-20 level during CONCACAF Qualifying, tallying against Guatemala.

Christina Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
The flank defender made a late run to earn her spot on the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup roster after being called up to the U-20s for the first time in February. Tough and agile with bundles of energy, she started all 24 games as a freshman at Duke last fall and will add depth to the USA’s back line.

Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
Tall at 5-foot-10 and smooth on the ball, Naughton brings a calm presence to the back line along with some world class ball-winning on the ground and especially in the air. A two-year starter at Notre Dame, she has consistently earned starts for the U-20s during this cycle and heads into the World Cup capped 16 times at this level.

Kaleigh Riehl (Fairfax Station, Va.)
One of three players to make the roster who is still in high school, she will be a senior at South County High School this fall and has committed to attend Penn State in the fall of 2015. A tough defender who will add depth to the USA’s back line, she played with U-20 teammate Carlyn Baldwin for the same youth club, Braddock Road.

Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y.)
The Long Island product is tough, vocal and a biting tackler. A veteran of the USA’s Youth National Teams, she played a key role on the team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. One of the USA’s team leaders and most-capped player with 30 games at the U-20 international level, she will be counted on to anchor the team. The Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman at Notre Dame, she has played 37 college games despite missing the first part of her freshman season while in Japan for the U-20 WWC.

MIDFIELDERS
Carlyn Baldwin (Oakton, Va.)
Skillful and quick, Baldwin made a late run to earn a spot on the final squad. One of five players on the roster who have yet to enter college – she will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall – she adds depth and some tenacity to the U.S. midfield. She was teammates with Kaleigh Riehl on the same youth club, Braddock Road out of Virginia.

Nickolette Driesse (Wayne, N.J.)
Driesse made a late run to earn her spot on the Women’s World Cup roster and will add ball-winning and depth to the U.S. midfield. She played in 28 games – the only freshman to do so -- with 27 starts in her first season at Florida State last fall.

Rose Lavelle (Cincinnati, Ohio)
The skillful Lavelle was the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013 and has a tremendous motor in the center of the midfield. She was named the MVP of the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship without scoring a goal and is a key connecter in the USA’s midfield while covering acres of real estate through her work ethic.

Mallory Pugh (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
The youngest player on the roster won’t turn 17 until next April. She was the leading scorer for the U-17 WNT during its last cycle but has shown the ability to step up to the next level, scoring twice in her four U-20 caps so far. A slashing dribbler with a great nose for the goal and a shot that is beyond her years, Pugh will be a valuable addition to the midfield corps. The rising junior still has two years of high school remaining.

Taylor Racioppi (Ocean Township, N.J.)
Tremendously skillful with a natural ability to push forward into the attack and shoot with both feet, she is the second-youngest player on the roster and has one more year of high school remaining. A key player during the last U-17 WNT cycle, she is one of two players (along with Mallory Pugh) from the 2014 U.S. U-17s to make this U-20 World Cup roster. She has committed to Duke for the freshman class of 2015.

Andi Sullivan (Lorton, Va.)
Perhaps the USA’s most versatile and consistent player, she was a starter at the 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup and has grown tremendously on the field in the last two years, excelling in whatever position she’s been deployed for the U-20s. She heads into the World Cup as one of the most-capped players on the roster with 15 games played and three goals. She will attend Stanford University as a freshman in the fall.

FORWARDS
Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.)
In her two seasons at Virginia, she has played in 50 games, starting 43, and scored 30 goals. She was in the mix for the 2012 U-20 cycle but was ruled out due to an injury. Doniak also had her CONCACAF qualifying campaign cut short when she broke her hand in the first match, but she is now healthy, and her speed and power will benefit the USA’s front line.

Summer Green (Milford, Mich.)
The USA’s all-time leading scorer at the U-17 level with 19 goals in 24 caps, she has speed and the dribbling ability to break down defenders. She graduated early from high school and has already played two seasons of college soccer at North Carolina, scoring 14 college goals so far. Green set a U.S. record for most goals in a single CONCACAF qualifying tournament at any level when she scored 12 times in five games for the U-17s during the 2012 cycle. She scored twice against Gambia at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Lindsey Horan (Golden, Colo.)
The first American female ever to skip college soccer and sign professionally in Europe, she has had two excellent seasons in France for Paris Saint-Germain, one of the top women’s clubs in the world. Horan has been the leading scorer in each of her three youth WNT cycles, in 2010 with the U-17s, in 2012 with the U-20s, and in 2014 with this squad. Tall, strong and incredibly skillful, she has the power and finesse to score creative goals from all over the field.

Savannah Jordan (Fayetteville, Ga.)
A powerful runner who scored in every game of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, she had a spectacular freshman year at Florida last fall, earning SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors while scoring 22 goals, tying for third in the country. She is tremendously brave chasing goals in the penalty box and dangerous with either foot. She played youth club with teammate and goalkeeper Jane Campbell for the Concorde Fire.

McKenzie Meehan (Scituate, R.I.)
A crafty goal-scorer, Meehan shared the Golden Boot honors as top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship by finding the net six times in just 260 minutes of action. As a sophomore at Boston College last season, she led the ACC with 20 goals, a remarkable nine of which were game-winners.

Margaret Purce (Silver Spring, Md.)
The first player from an Ivy League school to make a U-20 Women’s World Cup Team roster, she led Harvard to the conference title last season by scoring 11 goals and was the first freshman ever to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year. She was a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team.

U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Rosters for Nordic Tournament and Copa Mexico

CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named two rosters for the upcoming Open Nordic Tournament starting July 28 in Kolding, Denmark, and the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Aug. 2 in Mexico City.

An 18-player group will represent the United States in Denmark, with the tournament kicking off July 28 against host Denmark. A 20-player roster has been named for the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, with the USA opening against China PR on Aug. 2.

The tournaments overlap, but there are four players who have been rostered for both tournaments: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

The USA’s U-17 pool has had an unbeaten 2014 in international competition with a 7-0-2 record. The U-17s went 3-0-1 and defeated Turkey 2-1 in the Aegean Cup championship in January. In early April, the USA defeated Bosnia 4-1 in the Katalinski Memorial Tournament title match in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to cap off a 2-0-1 performance at the event. The U.S. U-17 MNT then posted back-to-back wins against Croatia on April 8 and 10.

Among the combined 34 players involved in this two-tournament stretch, there are 23 who are currently registered with Development Academy clubs.

Two players advanced to the recently-completed 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. On the USA’s Nordic roster, defender Miles Stray was on Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16 national runner-up team. Rice, who is on both U.S. U-17 MNT rosters, had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Magic PSG’s U-15/16s in their third-place victory against Strikers FC.

The two rosters are mostly composed of players born in 1998, with the exception of defender Tyler Adams, midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, defender Lara and goalkeeper Eric Lopez who were born in 1999.

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Open Nordic Tournament Schedule:
Monday, July 28: USA vs. Denmark
Tuesday, July 29: USA vs. Norway
Thursday, July 31: USA vs. Faroe Islands
Saturday, Aug. 2: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Copa Mexico de Naciones Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 2: USA vs. China PR
Sunday, Aug. 3: USA vs. Argentina
Monday, Aug. 4: USA vs. Paraguay
Wednesday, Aug. 6: TBD
Friday, Aug. 8: TBD
Sunday, Aug. 10: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT Rosters by Position:
Open Nordic Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJCSA; Totowa, N.J.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

Copa Mexico de Naciones:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Unattached; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U.S. U-20 MNT Wins NTC Invitational with Scoreless Draw Against Australia

CARSON, California (July 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team concluded the inaugural National Training Center Invitational with a draw against Australia at StubHub Center, resulting in the U.S. earning the championship trophy.

Both Australia and the U.S. finished with seven points atop the standings, but the goal differential of plus-5 achieved by the U.S. was greater than Australia’s (plus-4) and awarded the USA the title. Australia finished as the runner-up.

Both teams had multiple opportunities to score, much to the delight of the American Outlaws who attended the game and were vocal throughout. The U.S. hit the upright or crossbar four times, coming within inches of scoring on various occasions. Lynden Gooch alone hit the frame three times.

Australia tested U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen early when Brandon Borello found a seam and got behind the defense, forcing Steffen off his line to corral the ball at Borello’s feet.

The U.S. had a near goal in the sixth minute when Tommy Thompson dribbled down the right side and lifted a cross into the box, bringing Australia goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell off his line. The ball fell to U.S. midfielder Fernando Arce, who lofted a shot from the edge of the box that was headed over the goal by an Australia defender.

U.S. midfielder Romain Gall had a free kick from five yards outside the box in the 21st minute and he fired a shot over the wall that hit the upper left corner of the goal and bounced over.

Australia’s Daniel De Silva took a shot from the right side outside the box in the 31st minute, forcing Steffen to make a leaping save to his right.

Gooch gave the U.S. another great chance in the 37th minute when he fired a left-footed, running shot from well outside the box that crossed past Thurtell and hit the right upright before bouncing away.

The U.S. forced Thurtell into action again just two minutes later with a beautiful combination that saw midfielder Paul Arriola dribble toward the end line to the left of goal before finding Arce alone in the center of the box. Arce struck the ball with full force, but his shot was just above Thurtell’s head and he was able to reach up just in time to deflect it away.

In the 46th minute, Gooch’s shot hit the upright again. Gooch took a shot from the edge of the box that was just out of Thurtell’s reach, but proved to be just off target as the ball caromed off the right post.

Thompson dribbled through a sea of Australia defenders in the 77th minute and freed himself for a shot to the right of the penalty area. His shot was deflected wide. Gooch hit the crossbar again in the 79th minute with a shot from the middle of the field outside the 18-yard box that Thurtell tipped, grazing the crossbar and continuing over the goal and out of bounds.

The U.S. U-20 MNT now begins preparations for 2015 U-20 World Cup Qualifying, which begins in January. The team will come together for several foreign-based training camps before the end of the year.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Australia
Date: July 18, 2014
Competition: 2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 700
Weather: Clear, 77 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1      2      F
USA                                       0      0      0
Australia                              0      0      0 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 13-Chris Odoi-Atsem, 4-Conor Donovan, 5-Michael Amick, 2-John Requejo; 16-Fernando Arce, 6-Russell Canouse (capt.); 7-Paul Arriola; 24-Tommy Thompson, 8-Lynden Gooch (9-Benji Lopez, 89) , 11-Zach Pfeffer (10-Romain Gall, 8)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 14-Jacori Hayes, 17-Jesus Vasquez, 19-Andrija Novakovich, 20-Caleb Smith
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

AUS: 1-Jordan Thurtell; 5-Riley Woodcock (15-Scott Galloway, 62), 3-Daniel Alessi, 4-Ben Warland, 16-Ben Garuccio; 7-Shannon Brady (11-Jaushua Sotorio, 28), 6-Hagi Gligor (capt.) (20-Jordan Brown, 83), 10-Stefan Sotorio; 23-Daniel De Silva (14-Devante Clut, 73), 9-Brandon Borrello, 8-Awer Mabil (24-Marc Marino, 72)
Subs Not Used: 2-Shayne D’Cunha, 18-Paul Izzo, 21-Chris Naumoff, 22-Liam Rose,

Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 15 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Jaushua Sotorio (caution)               76th minute
USA – Russell Canouse (caution)               86

Officials:
Referee: Victor Rivas (USA)
Assistant Referee: Andrew Bigelow (USA)
Assistant Referee: Eduardo Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi (USA)


PDA U-17/18s Earn First Development Academy National Title

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – Brian White recorded a goal and an assist and the Players Development Academy defense held Bethesda-Olney in check to earn a 2-0 victory and win the 2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

This marked the first time PDA has earned a national championship in the Development Academy. PDA also caps off the season with a 24-3-4 overall record and an unbeaten postseason stretch with a 5-0-1 record.

PDA immediately increased the pressure on the Bethesda-Olney defense in the second half with two shots on frame in the first two minutes, then broke through with the game’s first tally about five minutes later.

White scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute. After a shot by Jared Stroud, Bethesda-Olney keeper Joe Bogan and Bethesda-Olney defender Ismael Lapp-Kamara came together to clear the rebound, causing a loose ball that fell to White in front of the net. He took one dribble to his right and shot to give PDA a 1-0 lead.

PDA pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute when White tapped a pass to Ryan Peterson alone in the middle of box. The darting Peterson took one touch to fire a shot to the upper right corner of the net and pad the PDA lead.

Both teams had chances in a spirited first half of a game that featured two of the most prolific scorers in the Development Academy this season in White and Bethesda-Olney’s Jeremy Ebobisse.

Ebobisse was responsible for Bethesda Olney’s first chance of the game in the ninth minute, when his diving header in front of the goal was astutely deflected by PDA goalkeeper Joe Ohaus wide of the goal.

Jake Rozhansky nearly put Bethesda-Olney on the score sheet in the 22nd minute. His running, right-footed shot from just outside the box was tipped wide by a diving Ohaus.

PDA created a quality scoring opportunity in the 42nd minute as Daniel Mooney attempted a half-volley that was just out of the reach of Bethesda-Olney goalkeeper Bogan, but the shot hit the left upright and caromed back out to the middle of the box.

Bethesda-Olney responded in the 44th minute with a shot of its own from Sam Schmidt, who found himself with space along the left side. He dribbled toward the goal and tried a right-footed bender that ended up just wide of the right post. 

While trailing 2-0 in the closing 10 minutes, an urgent Bethesda-Olney side generated one of its best chances of the game in the 81st minute when Ebobisse dribbled through the middle of the PDA defense and forced Ohaus off his line. Ohaus dove at Ebobisse’s feet and tipped the ball just enough to allow the defense to recover and clear the ball.

-U-17/18 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Bethesda-Olney vs. Players Development Academy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
Bethesda-Olney         0   0   0
PDA                          0   2   2

PDA – Brian White 54th minute
PDA – Ryan Peterson (Brian White) 70

Lineups:
BTO: 24-Joe Bogan; 8-Carter Manley, 6-Ismail Lapp-Kamara, 5-Karl Brown, 3-Chase Gasper; 4-Matt Danilack, 15-Jorge Quintanilla (16-Nolan Axenfeld, 61), 10-Jake Rozhansky; 11-Sam Schmidt (21-Ibrahima Kouyate, 74), 7-Matthew Ledder (14-Daniel Kaiser, 74), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse
Head Coach: Matthew Pilkington

PDA: 41-Joe Ohaus; 5-Tyler Pinho, 6-Niel Guzman, 33-Franky Martinez, 20-Kevin Kappock; 2-Matthew Mangini, 11-Anderson Asiedu, 4-Jake Areman (3-Brett Giuliana, 86); 28-Juan Rivero (7-Ryan Peterson, 46), 9-Jared Stroud (14-James Murphy, 67), 10-Brian White
Head Coach: Sam Nellins

Stats Summary: BTO / PDA
Shots: 12 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
PDA – Jared Stroud (caution) 19
BTO – Chase Gasper (caution) 76

Officials:
Referee: Denis Vargas
Assistant Referee: Ryan Cook
Assistant Referee: Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: David Breckner

LA Galaxy Shuts Out Real Salt Lake AZ to Win U-15/16 Development Academy Championship

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – The LA Galaxy had the opportunity to celebrate on its home field Saturday afternoon after beating defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ 2-0 in the 2013-14 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship at StubHub Center.

The team’s leading scorer, Dylan Smith, tallied his 19th goal of the season in the 28th minute to open the scoring for the Galaxy, a goal that would end up being the game-winner.

With the victory, the LA Galaxy won its second national title at this U-15/16 age group. The other national crown came during the 2010-11 Development Academy Finals when the Galaxy defeated PA Classics.

On Saturday, the Galaxy got on the score sheet in the first half when Alex Ramos took an initial shot that hit the left upright and ricocheted directly to Smith’s feet right in front of the goal. Smith took just one touch to hammer it home and give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.

After multiple chances by both teams, the Galaxy added an insurance goal in the 52nd minute. Forward Ethan Zubak took a shot that forced a diving save by Real Salt Lake AZ keeper Christian Herrera, deflecting the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, BJ O’Hara got the initial touch after Rey Ortiz’s cross, heading the ball to Juan Orozco who corralled and shot from just right of the penalty area to extend the lead to 2-0.

Real Salt Lake AZ pushed to get back into the game, but the Galaxy defense was up to the task and thwarted every chance RSL AZ had. Goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon ended the game with six saves to earn the clean sheet.

From the onset, both teams had quality looks. The Galaxy put pressure on RSL AZ in the 11th minute when Adrian Vera got loose up the seam with a head of steam. Defender Miles Stray cut him off just in time, leading to a corner kick for the Galaxy.

Danilo Acosta forced the issue for RSL AZ in the 16th minute, playing a cross into traffic in front of the Galaxy goal and leading to a corner for RSL AZ. A couple of chances materialized, but the Galaxy defense cleared the ball to end the threat.

RSL AZ pressured again in the 25th minute with a free kick into the box and then a corner kick, but the Galaxy defense won each of those set piece opportunities.

Down 1-0, RSL continued to pressure, producing a quality look in the 34th minute as Evan Waldrep found Josh Doughty on the left side just inside the box. His left-footed shot was handled by Sneddon.

The Galaxy almost extended the lead in the 50th minute, as Ethan Zubak shot from the left side and forced a diving save to RSL goalkeeper’s right. The Galaxy threatened again in the 56th minute, as Zubak put a header on frame from a Galaxy corner.

RSL AZ had another chance in the 72nd minute when Sebastian Saucedo found himself open on the left flank. He passed to the middle and connected with Doughty. He shot to his left, forcing a diving save from Sneddon and leading to a corner kick. Tate Schmitt had a chance on the corner, heading the ball just over the crossbar.

-U-15/16 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. LA Galaxy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: 300
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1      2      F
Real Salt Lake AZ                   0      0      0
LA Galaxy                                 1      1      2 

LAG – Dylan Smith                                           28th minute
LAG – Juan Orozco (BJ O’Hara)                      52 

Lineups:
RSL: 79-Christian Herrera; 31-Christian Hererra, 15-Miles Stray, 35-Justen Glad, 11-Diego Silva; 8-Adolfo Ovalle (Tate Schmitt, 52), 17-Danilo Acosta, 7-Evan Waldrep (Alexander Knox, 61), 12-Gavino Carranza; 9-Josh Doughty, 10-Sebastian Saucedo
Head Coach: Martin Vazquez

LAG: 12-Bennett Sneddon; 2-Michael Lopez, 17-BJ O’Hara, 3-Malcolm Jones, 6-Christian Segovia; 31-Rey Ortiz, 8-Juan Orozco (25-Andrew Perez, 69), 6-Christian Segovia, 7-Adrian Vera; 10-Ethan Zubak (22-Jorge Ruiz, 69), 27-Dylan Smith
Head Coach: Michael Munoz

Stats Summary: RSL / LAG
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
LAG – Juan Orozco (caution)                       32nd minute
LAG – Dylan Smith (caution)                        50
RSL – Josh Doughty (caution)                      58

Officials:
Referee: Randall Kelley
Assistant Referee: Koffi Agbossou
Assistant Referee: Alicia Messer
Fourth Official: Joseph Brice

LA Galaxy U-15/16

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