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Five Things to Know About the Senegal U-20 MNT

Coming of a riveting 3-3 draw in their tournament opener against Ecuador, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday, May 25 as it meets Group F leaders Senegal, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their first match, at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The middle match of group play will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo at 7 a.m. ET.

Here are five things you should know about Senegal:

How They Qualified

Senegal qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup by finishing as the runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia. Drawn into Group B, Senegal topped the four-team group to advance to the Semifinals and clinch its spot in the U-20 World Cup. Following a 1-1 draw with Sudan, Les Lions de la Teranga recorded a 4-3 victory against South Africa and a 2-0 win vs. Cameroon to win the group.

In the Semifinals, Senegal collected a 1-0 shutout against Guinea before falling 2-0 to host Zambia in the tournament Final.

U-20 World Cup History

Senegal is making just its second all-time appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and second consecutive following its participation in the most recent edition two years ago.

At the 2015 tournament in New Zealand, the Senegalese slipped through the group stage as a third-place qualifier before making a run in the Knockout Round to finish fourth. In the Round of 16, Senegal advanced past Ukraine on penalty kicks, 3-1. After a 1-0 Quarterfinal win against Uzbekistan, Senegal fell 5-0 to Brazil in the semifinals. The Senegalese finished the tournament with a 3-1 loss to regional rival Mali in the Third-Place Match. 

The Manager

A player for the Senegal National Team between 1980-86, Joseph Koto takes charge of the Senegal

U-20 team again after guiding them to its fourth-place finish in 2015. Under Koto’s guidance, Senegal has twice finished as runner-up at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. In 2012, Koto had a brief four-month stint as the head coach of the Senegal Men’s National Team. When describing his coaching style to FIFA.com, Koto described himself as “more as a doting father than a strict disciplinarian. To get results, I start a dialogue and I cajole the players rather than bashing them.”

Memories from Korea

Senegal’s biggest moment as a soccer nation occurred in 2002 when it qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the only time in its history. Like this year’s U-20 World Cup, that tournament took place in Korea Republic. In the tournament’s opening game in Seoul, Senegal stunned the soccer world when they upset defending champion France 1-0 on a first-half goal from Papa Bouba Diop.

Les Lions de la Teranga advanced out of the group and into the Round of 16 where they defeated Sweden 2-1 in extra time. Senegal’s magical World Cup run ended in the Quarterfinals when it fell to 1-0 to Turkey.

The Roster

Along with 15 players based in Senegal, the roster also features players based in Egypt, France, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Turkey.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Mouhamed Mbaye (FC Porto/POR), Idrissa Ndiaye (Diambars FC/SEN), Lamine Sarr (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN)

DEFENDERS (8): Souleymane Aw (Excellence Foot/SEN), Moussa Ba (Excellence Foot/SEN), Mamadou Diarra (Generation Foot/SEN), Waly Diouf (Valenciennes FC/FRA), Alioune Gueye (NGB Niarry Tally/SEN), Akhibou Ly (CNEPS Excellence/SEN), Mamadou Mbaye (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN), Jean Ndecky (Casa Sport/SEN)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Calvin Diagne (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Krepin Diatta (Sarpsborg FK/NOR), Bamba Kane (Diambars FC/SEN), Souleye Sarr (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

FORWARDS (6): Aliou Badji (Djurgardens IF/SWE), Habib Gueye (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Ibrahima Niane (Generation Foot/SEN), Ibrahima Ndiaye (Wadi Degla FC/EGY), Ousseymou Niang (Diambars FC/SEN), Mouhamed Pouye (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

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Five Things to Know About the Senegal U-20 MNT

Coming of a riveting 3-3 draw in their tournament opener against Ecuador, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday, May 25 as it meets Group F leaders Senegal, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their first match, at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The middle match of group play will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo at 7 a.m. ET.

Here are five things you should know about Senegal:

How They Qualified

Senegal qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup by finishing as the runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia. Drawn into Group B, Senegal topped the four-team group to advance to the Semifinals and clinch its spot in the U-20 World Cup. Following a 1-1 draw with Sudan, Les Lions de la Teranga recorded a 4-3 victory against South Africa and a 2-0 win vs. Cameroon to win the group.

In the Semifinals, Senegal collected a 1-0 shutout against Guinea before falling 2-0 to host Zambia in the tournament Final.

U-20 World Cup History

Senegal is making just its second all-time appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and second consecutive following its participation in the most recent edition two years ago.

At the 2015 tournament in New Zealand, the Senegalese slipped through the group stage as a third-place qualifier before making a run in the Knockout Round to finish fourth. In the Round of 16, Senegal advanced past Ukraine on penalty kicks, 3-1. After a 1-0 Quarterfinal win against Uzbekistan, Senegal fell 5-0 to Brazil in the semifinals. The Senegalese finished the tournament with a 3-1 loss to regional rival Mali in the Third-Place Match. 

The Manager

A player for the Senegal National Team between 1980-86, Joseph Koto takes charge of the Senegal

U-20 team again after guiding them to its fourth-place finish in 2015. Under Koto’s guidance, Senegal has twice finished as runner-up at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. In 2012, Koto had a brief four-month stint as the head coach of the Senegal Men’s National Team. When describing his coaching style to FIFA.com, Koto described himself as “more as a doting father than a strict disciplinarian. To get results, I start a dialogue and I cajole the players rather than bashing them.”

Memories from Korea

Senegal’s biggest moment as a soccer nation occurred in 2002 when it qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the only time in its history. Like this year’s U-20 World Cup, that tournament took place in Korea Republic. In the tournament’s opening game in Seoul, Senegal stunned the soccer world when they upset defending champion France 1-0 on a first-half goal from Papa Bouba Diop.

Les Lions de la Teranga advanced out of the group and into the Round of 16 where they defeated Sweden 2-1 in extra time. Senegal’s magical World Cup run ended in the Quarterfinals when it fell to 1-0 to Turkey.

The Roster

Along with 15 players based in Senegal, the roster also features players based in Egypt, France, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Turkey.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Mouhamed Mbaye (FC Porto/POR), Idrissa Ndiaye (Diambars FC/SEN), Lamine Sarr (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN)

DEFENDERS (8): Souleymane Aw (Excellence Foot/SEN), Moussa Ba (Excellence Foot/SEN), Mamadou Diarra (Generation Foot/SEN), Waly Diouf (Valenciennes FC/FRA), Alioune Gueye (NGB Niarry Tally/SEN), Akhibou Ly (CNEPS Excellence/SEN), Mamadou Mbaye (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN), Jean Ndecky (Casa Sport/SEN)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Calvin Diagne (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Krepin Diatta (Sarpsborg FK/NOR), Bamba Kane (Diambars FC/SEN), Souleye Sarr (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

FORWARDS (6): Aliou Badji (Djurgardens IF/SWE), Habib Gueye (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Ibrahima Niane (Generation Foot/SEN), Ibrahima Ndiaye (Wadi Degla FC/EGY), Ousseymou Niang (Diambars FC/SEN), Mouhamed Pouye (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

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U.S. Soccer Appoints First Group of Girls' Development Academy Technical Advisors

CHICAGO (May 22, 2017) – As part of its ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer has appointed the first group of Technical Advisors for the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. This collection of coaches brings a wealth and variety of experience to the Academy environment.

“This is the next step in creating a better pathway for girls to navigate the club environment in this country,” Girls’ Development Academy director Miriam Hickey said. “We were able to acquire the most passionate and qualified individuals to fill these roles. These new Technical Advisors bring outstanding knowledge of the game in the U.S. and internationally. With a deep understanding of the standards required at the club, collegiate and professional level, the TAs will provide invaluable insight into preparing our elite young athletes for the highest levels.”

All the new Technical Advisors hold a U.S. Soccer or UEFA ‘A’ license. On a day-to-day basis, the TA’s will support the efforts of the clubs to elevate their everyday environment by providing consistent, meaningful feedback while helping identify players who deserve consideration for the Training Centers and the Youth National Teams. Creating synergy and partnerships with member clubs will be essential for the development of the players and the sport.

In their roles, they will manage the talent identification networks in their regions, which consist of U.S. Soccer scouts and collegiate coaches who attend training, games, and Academy showcases to identify elite talent. As the next step in the pathway, they will provide scouting reports and player-specific data to the Director of Talent Identification and Youth National Team Staffs.

U.S. Soccer will hire additional Technical Advisors to ensure all areas of the country are properly covered and clubs are supported to further player identification and development. Individuals interested in applying for the remaining Technical Advisor positions (Northeast, Mid-America, Northern California) can do so via this link.

Morgan Church (Southeast Division)
Morgan Church brings a rich and diverse background in the sport to the Academy, with a career spanning more than a decade as a coach, technical director, instructor and administrator in the Southeast region. Most recently, Church served as the Technical Director for the United Soccer Alliance where she designed the curriculum for teams to align with U.S. Soccer recommendations as well as the Community Programs Director for the Jacksonville Armada. Church was the first Assistant Women’s Soccer coach at Gonzaga University and also coached at Florida State University in 2016. Additionally, she has served as the Technical Director of Coaching for the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth and been a staff member for the U.S. Soccer Training Center and the Olympic Development Program.

Katie Cole (Frontier Division)
With a track record of developing and enhancing programs to improve player development and aiding high school aged athletes through the college recruiting process, Katie Cole fits superbly into the Technical Advisor role. A decorated four-year starter at the University of Texas at Austin, she began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Louisville in 1998. After founding and operating a club in 2004 and serving as the Director of Coaching, Cole has been a part of the Arizona ODP program since 2005 and became an ODP Director in 2013. Additionally, Cole was a Region IV ODP age group coach and a part of the Arizona U.S. Soccer Training Center.

Diane Drake (Atlantic Division)
Diane Drake has logged more than 20 years as a college coach in the Atlantic region, specializing in motivational skills and developing relationships. After a five-year tenure at Georgetown University where she left as the winningest coach in the team’s history, Drake spent 11 years leading the women’s soccer program at George Mason University. Currently a public-school teacher in Fairfax County, Va., she most recently has been an integral part of the technical staff of the McLean Youth Soccer Association. As the founder of Drake Soccer Camps, she has created programs that integrate topics including: nutrition, injury prevention and regeneration, leadership and cognitive soccer areas. She has served on the NSCAA board of directors, chaired the NSCAA Mid Atlantic Rankings Committee and been on the NCAA RAC as well as the event management team for the NCAA College Cup. Drake had extensive playing career, winning NCAA Woman of the Year as captain with the University of Dayton, as well as MVP of the former Midwestern Collegiate Conference. She was an NSCAA Regional All-American in 1993. Later she would play for the Raleigh Wings in the USISL and win a national championship in 1998. Drake has also been a part of the U.S. Soccer National Training Centers in Virginia.

Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven (Southwest Division)
Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven holds a UEFA A license and has more than 16 years of professional experience at the club, high school, university and international level. A native of the Netherlands now residing in New Jersey, she worked closely with the coaches and players of the Dutch Women’s National Teams and was an assistant coach for the KNVB U-15 Girls National Team. Additionally, she coached U-14 through U-19 National Team Players at the Centre for Elite Sports and Education in Amsterdam on a daily basis. She served as a KNVB Academy Coach Educator, teaching the licenses for candidates who coach players from the U-5 to the U-19 age groups. In addition, Marieke contributed to the growth and success at Dutch Total Soccer through player identification, player development and coaches’ education. Simultaneously, she has been the head coach of ODP Region I teams and a member of the Super-Y League National Scouting Staff.

Zahra Lechak (Northwest Division)
Zahra Lechak brings both a scientific as well as a coaching background to the Technical Advisor role. She attended the University of Connecticut on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Chemistry. She has since been a fixture in the Northwest soccer community, first as a head coach and course instructor for the Washington Youth Soccer Association. Beginning a four-year tenure on the Region IV ODP staff in 2010, she was the youngest head coach on staff and recruited elite players into the program. In 2014, she was named the U.S. Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She served as the head assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders Women from 2013-15. Additionally, she was a founding member of Seattle United FC where she has been instrumental in developing and growing the girls program and in 2015 became the assistant Director of Coaching.

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U.S. Open Cup May 18, 2017

U.S. Open Cup Second Round Matches to Stream Live on ussoccer.com

CHICAGO (May 17, 2017) – The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, an American soccer tournament that has run continuously for the last 103 years, has moved into its Second Round and today’s games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The First Round began on May 9 and 10 producing 28 winners, who will all be in action again in the Second Round, which began last night with Tampa Bay Rowdies Read more
U.S. Open Cup May 17, 2017

Defender Auston Trusty Added to USA U-20 World Cup Roster

CHICAGO (May 17, 2017) – U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has added Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty to the U.S. roster ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which kicks off in Korea Republic on Saturday. The Philadelphia Union defender has been with the team as an alternate in case of injury since the USA departed for training camp in Japan on May 10. Additio Read more
U-20 MNT May 17, 2017

U-16 GNT Defeats Switzerland 2-1 to Win Women’s U-16 Development Tournament in Belgium

WOLUWE-SAINT-LAMBERT, Belgium (May 16, 2017) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team defeated its counterparts from Switzerland, 2-1, to sweep all three of its matches in Belgium and win the Women's U-16 Development Tournament. The USA defeated Croatia 4-0 on May 12 and downed Belgium 1-0 on May 14. In the other match today, Belgium defeated Croatia, 1-0. Host Belgium finished second in Read more
U-16 GNT May 16, 2017

Two Clubs Added for Girls' Development Academy Inaugural Season

CHICAGO (May 16, 2017) - As part of its overall goal to improve the player development pathway for girls players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced the addition of two member programs for the inaugural U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy season, kicking off Sept. 2, 2017: Sky Blue – NYSC and Placer United Soccer Club. Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL Read more
ACADEMY May 16, 2017

U.S. Soccer, Sporting Club Celebrate Construction of State-of-the-Art National Training and Coaching Development Center

The newest crown jewel of American soccer is taking shape in Kansas City, Kansas. The construction of the National Training and Coaching Development Center fulfills a vision shared by U.S. Soccer, Sporting Club and Children’s Mercy to build a first-class environment to develop elite players, coaches and referees of all ages.  Set to open in December, the state-of-the-art Read more
May 15, 2017

U-16 GNT Beats Belgium 1-0 on Late Own Goal at Women’s U-16 Development Tournament in Belgium

WOLUWE-SAINT-LAMBERT, Belgium (May 14, 2017) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team defeated its counterparts from Belgium, 1-0, in its second match at the Women's U-16 Development Tournament. The USA defeated Croatia 4-0 on May 12 and will finish the tournament on May 16 against Switzerland. Switzerland defeated Croatia 3-0 in the other match today. In that final game against Switzerl Read more
U-16 GNT May 14, 2017

Under-16 GNT Downs Croatia 4-0 to Open Tournament in Belgium

WOLUWE-SAINT-LAMBERT, Belgium (May 12, 2017) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team defeated its counterparts from Croatia, 4-0, in its opening match at the Women's U-16 Development Tournament. In a match that featured 40-minute halves, Trinity Rodman opened the scoring in the 20th minute and the USA went into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Joyelle Washington tallied twice in two minutes ea Read more
U-16 GNT May 12, 2017

MNT on TV: Two Weeks Until World Cup Qualifying Camp

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his June World Cup Qualifying roster in less than two weeks, there are just a couple more opportunities for players to make their case for inclusion. Here are some highlights of what to watch for from U.S. MNT players this weekend: Kick off the weekend Friday as DaMarcus Beasley and the Houston Dynamo look to build Read more
MNT May 12, 2017

2017 U.S. Open Cup Pairings and Hosting Scenarios Announced

CHICAGO (May 12, 2017) – U.S. Soccer today announced the potential pairings and host scenarios for the Third Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Set to take place on Wednesday, May 31, the Third Round will match the 26 winners that advance from Second Round play, which will be contested by professional clubs from the Division II North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer Read more
U.S. Open Cup May 12, 2017

U.S. Soccer Announces Innovate to Grow Fund to Support Member Initiatives

CHICAGO (May 12, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the establishment of the Innovate to Grow Fund, a new initiative that will provide up to three million dollars to help members launch new and innovative programs to stimulate growth amongst their membership. The goal of the program is to identify and take scalable and transportable ideas and push them forward.   “Growing particip Read more
May 12, 2017

Press Pass: U-20 Head Coach Ramos Talks USA Roster, U-20 World Cup

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos held a teleconference on Tuesday, May 9 to discuss his final roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. The USA will open its World Cup campaign against Ecuador on Monday, May 22 (4 a.m. ET; FS1). Opening statement: “We’re excited to be able to provide another great opportunity for our players. Attending and p Read more
U-20 MNT May 11, 2017

Drama Highlights First Round of 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – The First Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup provided plenty of drama Wednesday as 27 Open Division teams advanced in their quest to win the 104th edition of the historic tournament. The victorious amateur sides now join professional Division II clubs in the competition’s Second Round to be played on Wednesday, May 17. Additionally, Wednesd Read more
U.S. Open Cup May 11, 2017

Howell & Smith: Kindergarten to the WNT

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Jaelin Howell and 16-year-old forward Sophia Smith have known each other since they were five-years-old. They hail from the same hometown, attend the same high school and play for the same youth club. Their National Team journey began at the Under-14 level and they’ve climbed through the Youth National Team ranks together ever since. Last October, they played together at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, and most recently were both called up to their first camp with the senior team. The best part for these Colorado best friends who have now set their sights on the next U-20 Women’s World Cup? Their journey is far from over. Read more
WNT U-17 WNT May 4, 2017

Dax McCarty Plays the Birthday Game

U.S. MNT and Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty celebrates his 30th birthday by answering some #OTD Trivia. Read more
MNT Apr 29, 2017

USA vs. Mexico Rivalry - It Begins with the U-17s

The USA-Mexico games are well renowned for their ferocity as the region's top rivalry. The seeds of CONCACAF's most heated contests are planted in players from both countries at an early age and the U.S. U-17 MNT is geared up to take on Mexico in U-17 World Cup Qualifying for the first time since 1996. Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 25, 2017

Big Brother Andrew Introduces the Carletons

U.S. U-17 MNT forward Andrew Carleton has made a splash in his time with U.S. Soccer's Youth National Teams, but he isn't the only member of the Carleton family with big soccer dreams; younger sister Erin has been in multiple camps with the U-14 Girls' National Development Program, while younger brother Alan plays with Atlanta United's U-12 Development Academy squad, following in the footsteps of his older brother who signed a professional deal with the MLS club's first team earlier this year. Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 25, 2017

Culmination of Residency Has USA Ready for U-17 World Cup Qualifying in Panama

After two years training together on the IMG campus in Bradenton, Fla., the U.S. U-17 MNT is ready and excited to head down to Panama for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship that will double as World Cup Qualifying. Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 21, 2017

USA Runs Roughshod Over Russia in Two-Game Texas Set

The U.S. WNT picked up two big wins against Russia in Texas in games that featured a pair of first caps for Jane Campbell and Megan Oyster, and some great goals, including a first for Rose Lavelle. Read more
WNT Apr 19, 2017

Jesse Bignami: MNT Kit Man Checks All the Boxes | Routines, Presented by Thorne

From packing gear, printing jerseys and setting up a locker room, U.S. Men’s National Team kitman Jesse Bignami’s goes through a series of rigorous routines to make sure players have everything they need when they step on the field. Read more
MNT Apr 13, 2017

Samantha Mewis: Eat to Win | Routines, Presented by Thorne

U.S. WNT Midfielder Samantha Mewis likes to establish a pattern on the road, and while not everything can be controlled, she does like to keep one thing the same: her breakfast routine. Read more
WNT Apr 11, 2017

Highlights: WNT Cruises Past Russia 4-0 in Frisco

The U.S. Women's National Team shut out Russia 4-0 behind two goals each from Crystal Dunn and Allie Long and some excellent play from Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh in its first friendly match of the year in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,191 at Toyota Stadium. Read more
WNT Apr 7, 2017
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