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U-17 MNT Defeats Russia 3-1 at International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

PRAGUE (Aug. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down Russia 3-1 in its second group stage match at the International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek. MLS Homegrown players Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and James Sands (New York City FC) scored the first two goals for the USA and Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy) added a goal late to close out the scoring.

Goslin knocked in a scissor kick from the top of the box in the 24th minute to give the U.S. the lead. In the 37th, Sands, who captained the U-17s on the day, headed in a corner kick from Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy) for a 2-0 halftime lead. Russia got on the board late due to an own goal from the USA, but the red white and blue extended its lead back to two goals with an 88th minute score from Llanez, who slotted one into the corner from the top of the box. Last year, the U-18 USMNT also defeated Russia at this tournament with a 5-3 victory.

The U.S. will play its final Group B match on Friday against Japan at 11 a.m. ET. After an undefeated run to the tournament title last year for the U-18’s, the U-17’s are looking to repeat the feat in their final international tournament before October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. After the last round of group stage matches, the eight competing teams will be positioned into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: August 23, 2017
Competition:  24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Brozany nad Ohří; Prague
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F                                             

Russia                 0          1          1
USA                               2          1          3

USA     #18- Christopher Goslin (Booth)             24th minute
USA     #14- James Sands (Mendez)                   37
RUS     Own Goal (Asensio)                                          86
USA     #23- Ulysses Llanez (Pereira)                           88

USA: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos; 24- Indiana Vassilev (2- Jaylin Lindsey, 72’), 15- Charlie Asensio, 14- James Sands (Captain) (6- Christopher Durkin, 46’), 13- Akil Watts; 16- Taylor Booth, 18- Christopher Goslin (10- George Acosta, 65’), 20- Alex Mendez; 23- Ulysses Llanez, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 17- Jacobo Reyes
Subs Not Used: 1- Justin Garces, 3- Christopher Gloster, 4- Tyler Shaver, 5- Arturo Vasquez, 7- Timothy Weah, 8- Blaine Ferri, 9- Joshua Sargent, 11- Andrew Carleton
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Russia: 12- Artem Delinian; 5- Maksim Sazonov, 16- Ilia Skrobotov, 3- Ilis Kalachev, 7- Sviatoslav Tses; 6- Nail Umiarov (Captain) (18- Nikita Khlusov, 56’), 8- Georgy Chelidze, 20- Mikhail Ignatov (9- Danil Prutsev, 69’); 14- Vitalii Zhironkin, 13- Dmitrii Molchanov (11- Danila Proshliakov, 71’), 19- Stanislav Krokhin (10- Kirill Kolesnichenko, 77’)
Subs Not Used: 1- Nikolai Zirikov; 2- Rail Abdulin, 4- Aleksandr Mikhailov, 5- Maksim Sazonov, 17- Vladislav Karapuzov
Head Coach: Andrey Gordeev 

Stats: RUS / USA
Shots: 14/16
SOG: 6/7
Fouls: 8/14
Corners: 4/2
Offsides: 4/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA     #10- George Acosta    70th minute

Referee: Pael Franek
Assistant Referee: Petr Vit
Assistant Referee: Michal Novak

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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U-17 MNT Aug 23, 2017

U.S. Soccer Donates to You Can Play After LGBT Pride Month Initiatives

CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will donate more than $65,000 to the You Can Play Project after a series of initiatives celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in June. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams wore pride-inspired jerseys with rainbow numbers during their June friendlies and the game-issued kits were autographed and auctioned online. All proceeds from the auction - which was a partnership with the respective players associations - as well as all sales of the jersey and a special commemorative hat have been donated to You Can Play. 

You Can Play is dedicated to insuring safety, inclusion and respect for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The organization believes that teams should assess athletes by their skill, hard work and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to U.S. Soccer, You Can Play has partnered with several major sports organizations, including Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. 

The MNT donned their Pride Month uniforms in a friendly against Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 3. The WNT sported the special edition kit during its summer swing through Scandinavia that garnered a pair of 1-0 wins against Sweden in Gothenburg and Norway in Sandefjord. National Team members also appeared in a video extolling the values of You Can Play: acceptance and inclusion of athletes from all backgrounds.

A long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, in 2016, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting. For the team’s first game after the tragedy, U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey to benefit the OneOrlando Fund and Equality Florida. 

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MNT WNT Aug 23, 2017

U-17 MNT Begins International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with 4-1 Win Vs. Hungary

PRAGUE  – (Aug. 22, 2017) - The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team kicked off its title defense at the 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with an emphatic 4-1 win against Hungary. Paris Saint-Germain’s Tim Weah, 2016-17 Development Academy U-15/16 Champion Andrew Carleton and U-20 World Cup phenom Josh Sargent all notched goals.
Weah opened the scoring in the 26th minute and the USA never looked back as Carleton added the second goal just six minutes later. After the break, Hungary got on the board with a goal from Norbert Szendrei, but a late brace from Sargent put the game out of reach, as he scored in the 78th and 90th minutes.

The U.S. will face Russia in its second group stage match on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. U-18 MNT also faced Russia in the group stage of last year’s competition, coming away with a high-scoring 5-3 win on their way to winning the tournament title. After three group stage matches, the eight teams from Groups A and B will be placed into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Hungary
Date: Aug. 22, 2017
Competition: 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Sokol Hostouň
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F
USA                                     2          2          4
HUN                                    0          1          1

USA – Timothy Weah (Josh Sargent)             26th minute 
USA – Andrew Carleton                                 32      
HUN – Norbert Szendrei (Zoltan Toth)          61
USA – Joshua Sargent (Jacob Reyes)             78
USA – Joshua Sargent                                     90

USA: 1- Justin Garces; 3- Christopher Gloster, 5- Arturo Vasquez (18- Christopher Goslin, 52’), 4- Tyler Shaver, 2- Jaylin Lindsey; 6- Christopher Durkin (14- James Sands, 80’), 8- Blaine Ferri (24- Indiana Vassilev, 74’), 10- George Acosta (17- Jacob Reyes, 74’), 7- Timothy Weah, 9- Joshua Sargent (Capt.), 11- Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 13- Akil Watts, 15- Charlie Asensio, 16- Taylor Booth, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 20- Alex Mendez, 23- Ulysses Llanez
Head Coach: John Hackworth

HUN: 1- Istvan Oroszi; 2- Daniel Farkas, 5- Gergo Bolla, 4- Balazs Opavszky , 3- Mario Zeke; 17- Tamas Kiss (16- Erik Galacs, 80’), 18- Dominik Molnar (6- Gabor Darabont, 72’), 8- Botond Nandori, 9- Norman Timari; 10- Norbert Szendrei, 19- Zoltan Toth (21- Adam Nemeth, 80’)
Subs Not Used: 7- Marton Greczi, 11- Bence Babinszky, 12- Peters Kovacs, 13- Robert Horvath, 14- Attila Temesvari, 15- Dominik Arday, 20- Adrian Szilagyi, 23- Gergo Major
Head Coach: Antal Nemeth

Stats: USA / HUN
Shots:  16 / 8
SOG:    11 / 7
Fouls:    6 / 11
Corners: 2 / 7
Offside:  3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Jiri Houdek
Assistant Referee: Jakub Simacek
Assistant Referee: Ondrej Kozar

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass

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U-17 MNT Aug 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo Selected to Serve at FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo has been selected as a match official for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. FIFA announced 21 groups of match officials from all six confederations for the competition, which begins October 6 in New Delhi. Fellow U.S. Soccer FIFA Assistant Referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell will serve on Marrufo’s crew.

Marrufo’s selection comes after a busy summer officiating matches at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and at June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A top American referee, Marrufo has been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2007, working his first international match that October between Fiji and New Zealand. This will be his third U-17 World Cup and his international experience also includes the Olympic Games, Copa America and every Gold Cup since 2009.

Working in the MLS since May 2000, Marrufo has officiated two MLS Cup Finals (2006, 2015), an MLS All-Star Game (2014) and was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2008. He comes from a lineage of officiating, as his father Antonio was also a referee and served on the Mexican Referee Commission.

Anderson and Rockwell, Marrufo’s assistant referees, are also established international match officials. The two have been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2012 and 2007, respectively. Both referees have won MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, Anderson last year and Rockwell in 2011. They’ve both worked MLS Cup Playoff matches, Anderson has officiated for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, the Pan-American Games and CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Rockwell has seen action at the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final and last summer’s Copa America Centenario.

Referees from Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras will also represent CONCACAF at the U-17 World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions, and some of the selected officials will referee the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The tournament will also mark the first time that female referees will officiate a FIFA men’s tournament. Seven female support referees will join the 21 selected crews.

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Aug 22, 2017

La U.S. WNT Jugará Contra Canadá en San José, Calif., el 12 de noviembre

CHICAGO (21 de agosto, 2017) – La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. se enfrentará a Canadá el 12 de noviembre en Avaya Stadium en San José, Calif., en el segundo de una serie de dos partidos amistosos que concluyen el calendario de juegos del 2017 para EE.UU. El partido empezará a las 6 p.m. PT y será transmitido en FS1.

El primer partido, el cual fue anunciado el 29 de junio, será en BC Place en Vancouver el 9 de noviembre (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) tres días antes de que los equipos se vuelvan a enfrentar en el norte de California.

"La calidad de nuestro calendario en el 2017 ha sido excelente y estos dos partidos serán una buena manera de terminar el año," dijo la directora técnica de EE.UU. Jill Ellis. "Desde marzo a noviembre, habremos enfrentado a los mejores equipos de cada Confederación excepto África y estos partidos contra Canadá continúan esa dirección mientras que presenta a dos equipos que se conocen muy bien. Queremos seguir poniendo a nuestras jugadoras en esas situaciones difíciles mientras les pedimos que sobresalgan. Así es cómo obtenemos respuestas y cómo mejoramos individual y colectivamente."

Boletos para el partido en San José salen a la venta al público el viernes, 25 de agosto, a las 10 a.m. PT por medio de ussoccer.com y por teléfono llamando al 1-800-745-3000. [Nota:  No se venderán boletos en Avaya Stadium excepto el día del evento.]

Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

Boletos individuales para el partido en Vancouver están a la venta por medio de Ticketmaster. Boletos con descuento para grupos de 10 personas o más también están a la venta (aficionados de EE.UU. que están ordenando pueden indicar que quieren sentarse en una sección de aficionados estadounidenses al completar el formulario).

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Espanol Aug 21, 2017