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Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT has come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

U.S. Soccer to Hold Fan Headquarters April 14-15 Prior to USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is planning an exciting series of activities to energize fans and display the passion for the sport of soccer in San Antonio, Texas, beginning on April 14, as the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15.

U.S. Soccer’s Fan Headquarters in San Antonio is the official pregame party for fans attending the USA vs. Mexico match. FanHQ San Antonio will kick off on April 14, the night before the game, at Sunset Station to celebrate one of the biggest matchups of the year. Space is limited and an RSVP is required for admission to this free event.

FanHQ at Sunset Station
Date: April 14
Time: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. CT
Location: Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Space is Limited, Tickets Required - RSVP Below

Fan HQ San Antonio will continue on April 15, outside the Alamodome in the North Plaza, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT, prior to kickoff of the sold-out USA-Mexico game at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The event will include a wide array of activities, ranging from exhibitions to giveaways and contests, for fans to enjoy and experience ahead of one of the biggest rivalries in soccer. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, and an on-site official U.S. Soccer store.

Several of the exhibitions that will take place will connect art, fashion and culture to the game of soccer, as well as to the USA-Mexico match itself. 

Kicks to the Pitch, an online magazine and live event production company, will bring three exhibitions that together aim to showcase the game in a fresh, unique and cutting edge way to attract the tastemakers and trendsetters to the sport. These will include: Stash (a graffiti pioneer); Transhoeformers (turning old sneakers into collectible works of art); and Sneaker Summit alongside SNKSUP (a display of collectible sneakers aiming to unite America through its sneaker culture).

These three innovative exhibitions will each bring something unique and fresh into the event as each aims to tie in their own one-of-a-kind talents with the game of soccer and the match between the CONCACAF foes.

Furthermore, U.S. Soccer sponsors will also be on hand for fans to enjoy the festivities while playing games, taking photos and winning prizes.

Finally, TV broadcasters will host their pregame shows outside the Alamodome, as both FOX Sports 1 and Univision will be on-site to prepare the crowd and TV audiences ahead of one of the best games of the year.

More detailed information of the events taking place can be found below. You can also find detailed information in the USA-MEX match page.

Art and Culture Exhibitions: 

  • Stash: Stash will paint two wall-sized canvasses inspired by the USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T, live at FanHQ. He has also created a custom name and number set available for customization on the new U.S. Men’s Nike Away Jersey. The customized jersey is extremely limited and can only be purchased at ussoccerstore.com or on-site at FanHQ. 
  • Transhoeformers: At FanHQ, Transhoeformers will display art created from the back of U.S. Soccer’s equipment room. Old boots and balls intended for National Team players that were never used will be given a new life. He has created model robots, vehicles and animals entirely from sneakers and other recycled materials. Transhoeformers’ work is truly one of a kind. His intricate and creative pieces are a masterfully examples of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and sustainability.
  • Sneaker Summit and SNKSUP: will exhibit a display of unique and collectable sneakers that connects sneaker culture to soccer in America. Sneaker Summit provides a platform for sneaker enthusiast to celebrate sneaker culture and to buy, sell, trade and discuss rare, vintage, and collectible shoes and apparel, and has grown to be one of the biggest sneaker conventions in the country. SNKSUP provides a showcase for sneaker aficionados and collectors to talk shop and come together to celebrate the thriving sneaker culture in Texas. This event is held annually in San Antonio, TX and attracts sneakerheads from all across the country.

Contests, Displays and Giveaways:

  • AT&T: Visit AT&T for the Slo-Mo Photo Op, where fans have the opportunity to showcase their best group goal celebrations and have them turned into a slo-mo video which can then be shared via email/social media. Also, check out the Digital Free Kick game, a fast-pace phone game where fans try to score as many goals as possible in 60 seconds through flicking a ball from a handset into a goal on a monitor. The top scorers are rewarded with great prizes. Fans can also win prizes by taking the “It Can Wait Pledge” to not text and drive and sharing the message on their social channels as well as winning the Speed Kick Challenge, where fans test how hard they can strike a ball on goal.
  • Bud Light: Visit Bud Light’s mobile bar, where you can audition for your chance to be a part of the “Up For Whatever” campaign and play FIFA 15 with other fans.
  • Chevy: Check out Chevy’s display to see new Chevy vehicles, get your face painted in support of the USA, have your image included into the Men’s National Team Starting XI photo, and take home prizes and giveaway items.
  • Liberty Mutual: Come pick up your crown at the Liberty Mutual Insurance tent where fans will be given the chance to share their passion in a fun, memorable way by posing for a vintage soccer poster (while supplies last). Posters will be printed on-site and also provided digitally to allow fans the ability to share on their social media.
  • Continental Tire: The Continental Tire Cornering Performance Challenge allows fans to complete a product information “Challenge” and receive a free Continental Tire scarf (while supplies last). Participants will also be entered to win a U.S. National Team Jersey. Fans can also participate in the Corner Kick Pic; to take a picture against a soccer themed backdrop and retrieve the picture online. Also at Continental Tire’s section, Tic-Tac-Tire, where fans will kick or throw a plush soccer ball into tires to play tic-tac-toe.
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WNT Send-Off Series Tickets On Sale Now

CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – Tickets go on sale in the month of March for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s three Send-Off Series Games prior to departing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

USA vs. Mexico
Tickets on Sale: March 13 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]

Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

USA vs. Korea Republic
Tickets on Sale: March 20 at 10 a.m. ET [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Republic of Ireland
Tickets on Sale: March 27 at 10 a.m. PT
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

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) will be available for all three Send-Off Series matches exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The game in New Jersey will be broadcast on ESPN and Watch ESPN, as well as Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Prior to the Send-Off Series, the U.S. WNT will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11, opening up Group B play today against Norway at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. It then faces Switzerland on March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and finishes group play against Iceland on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET. A placement match will be played on March 11.

Following the Algarve Cup, the WNT returns home to play New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold, the most for a stand-alone WNT home game in the program’s 30-year history. (TICKETS)

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

Former World Cup Champion Berti Vogts Appointed U.S. MNT Technical Advisor

CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A member of the German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the Men’s National Team. Additionally, he coached the German squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was team captain – and is one of only three coaches to lead Germany to a trophy in the last 25 years.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

In his role as Technical Advisor, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe, working with Herzog and Matthias Hamann on scouting, building and improving club relationships and identifying talent. Vogts will serve as a resource for technical development initiatives and coaching education. 

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches in three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77) and two UEFA Cups (1974–75, 1978–79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led the Germans to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he served as the manager for Azerbaijan from April of 2008 to the end of 2014.

Highlights: 91st-Minute Strike Beats MNT in Denmark

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark.

MNT Upended by Nicklas Bendtner Hat Trick in 3-2 Loss to Denmark

AARHUS, Denmark (March 25, 2015) – Jozy Altidore tallied his 27th goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team and added an assist on Aron Johannsson’s third career tally, but it was not enough to offset Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick in a 3-2 loss to Denmark on Wednesday at NRGi Park.

The USA now returns to Zurich, where it will continue training camp ahead of next week’s match against Switzerland. The U.S. MNT will play its second consecutive road match in Europe on March 31 at 12 p.m. ET live on Fox Sports 1, UniMás and UDN.

The USA twice took the lead in each half first through Altidore and then Johannsson. Denmark responded on each occasion through Bendtner, who eventually scored the game winner in the 91st minute.

The USA had a chance to equalize in the game’s final moments when midfielder Michael Bradley whipped a beautiful cross into the box, but John Brooks guided his header just wide in the last action of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), 19th minute:
Timmy Chandler played a one-two passing combination with Altidore, launching the ball to the far post from the right side. Altidore outmuscled his defender and blasted in a half-volley at the near post with his left foot. It was Chandler’s first assist for the USA. USA 1, DEN 0 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), 33rd minute: After a long build up, the ball ended up with Denmark’s Daniel Wass. He flashed a cross toward Rimando, where it was backheeled by Lass Vibe into the path of Bendtner, who easily tapped it home from close range. USA 1, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), 66th minute: Michael Bradley dropped an exquisite long ball into the Denmark box to a streaking Altidore. The U.S. striker took a beautiful first touch to cushion the pass and draw the attention of Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen before, poking the ball to Johannsson, who tapped home into the vacated goal well with smart first touch and a defender on his back. USA 2, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, 83rd minute: A chip from Martin Braithwaite on the left side was deflected and looped toward the far post of the U.S. goal. Denmark’s Lasse Schöne and the USA’s Timmy Chandler challenged for the deflected ball, which ultimately fell to Bendtner, who lashed a first-time volley low past screened U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. USA 2 DEN 2 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), 90+1 minute: A Nick Rimando goal kick was allowed to bounce around the midfield stripe and Denmark won the second ball, moving it to Eriksen wide in the left channel. The Denmark captain directed a long ball over the top to Bendtner, who cradled the pass with a fluid first touch before smacking a low shot past Rimando into the far side netting from 16 yards out. USA 2, DEN 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando (Save) 16th minute:
Denmark curled in a cross from the left channel to the far post which just skipped by striker Nicklas Bendtner, before Rimando turned it around the post with a diving save.

USA – Nick Rimando & Michael Orozco (Save), 48th minute: A defensive mix-up led to an opening for Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who snapped a wide open shot from the right side, which Rimando expertly beat away. However, the ball continued to roll toward the U.S. goal before Michael Orozco was able to clear it to safety.

Milestone Watch:

  • Timmy Chandler scored his first career point for the U.S. MNT with his assist in the first half.
  • Jozy Altidore’s first-half goal was the 27th of his career and his second this year. He is three goals behind Brian McBride for fourth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
  • Ventura Alvarado earned his first cap for the U.S. MNT, entering in the 80th minute to replace Michael Orozco.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Switzerland at 12 p.m. ET on March 31 in Zurich.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Additional Notes:

  • Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, making his first start as captain for the USA, were the only two players to feature for the MNT during the last time it faced Denmark in this stadium in 2009.
  • Nick Rimando made his first appearance and start in Europe for the USA.
  • Greg Garza has now started four of the last six matches for which he was available.
  • The two at the top of the USA’s 4-4-2 were Altidore and Johannsson, who were previously teammates at AZ Alkmaar. Altidore assisted on Johannsson’s goal in the 68th minute.
  • Before the match, the Denmark crowd gave Aron Johannsson, who had played at NRGi park before as a member of the Danish club AGF Aarhus, a warm reception when his name was called. It was his first start since 2013, and his first appearance since entering for Jozy Altidore in the 2-1 win against Ghana in the USA’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: March 25, 2015
Tournament: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,505
Weather: 41 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
DEN                            1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)         19th minute
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)           33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)        66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen) 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67) 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubin, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-Williams Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53); 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin Braithwaite, 74), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.); 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 11-Nicklas Bendtner
Subs not used: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Head Coach: Morten Olsen
 

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 4 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
DEN – William Kvist (caution)                    25th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                     78       
USA – Ventura Alvarado (caution)              89

Officials:
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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