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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.

Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.

In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.

The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

Chris Armas
Gregg Berhalter*
Jimmy Conrad*
Robin Fraser**
Frankie Hejduk*
Chris Henderson
Natasha Kai*
Kasey Keller*
Jovan Kirovski*
Chris Klein
Jason Kreis
Eddie Lewis
Shannon MacMillan**
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett*
Jaime Moreno
John O’Brien
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad*
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Tiffany Roberts
Eddie Robinson*
Tony Sanneh
Briana Scurry
Diego Serna*
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Lindsay Tarpley*
Taylor Twellman
Christie Welsh*
Zach Thornton*

* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016

In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

Mike Burns
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry
Linda Hamilton
Mary Harvey
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Cindy Parlow
Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

    Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

    Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. 

    2015 Werner Fricker Award Winner - Bruce Arena

    National Soccer Hall of Fame member, former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach and current LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.

    MNT Closes Out January Camp with Win Over Panama

    Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored first-half goals and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 2-0 in the USA’s 2015 home opener.

    U.S. MNT and WNT 2015 Nike Away Kit Debuts This March

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    CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have unveiled a bold new away Nike kit that features a stylish gradient design.

    The WNT will introduce the kit when it travels to Portugal for the 2015 Algarve Cup from March 4-11, and the MNT will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 against Denmark.

    Photo Gallery: National Soccer Hall of Fame 2014 Class Induction Ceremony

    Photos from the induction ceremony honoring the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 that included former National Team players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride as well as former Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The ceremony took place in San Francisco on Feb. 14, 2015. 

    Brian McBride's 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Speech

    Former Men's National Team player Brian McBride is inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 along with Bob Bradley and Kristine Lilly. McBride gave his induction speech at U.S. Soccer's Anniversary Dinner in San Francisco.

    Lilly, McBride, Bradley Inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame embraced three more inductees with the inclusion of Players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride and Builder Bob Bradley during a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 14, at the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco. Bradley was unavailable due to his coaching commitments in Norway.

    Lilly and McBride credited their coaches, family and more who helped guide their legendary careers and impact in the sport. Here are a few highlights of their induction speeches:

    On achieving dreams:
    Brian McBride: “There’s always going to be something you want to achieve. Make sure you don’t come up short because you didn’t put in the effort to reach that achievement. We can always improve, and we can always learn.”

    On lasting relationships:
    Kristine Lilly: “What I’m most grateful for was not just the soccer part, but that I met so many people and built lasting relationships with those people. That’s what I’m really grateful for. Thank you for opening the door for me, for believing in me, for having high expectations in me, for being there for me, and also for letting me go home in college when I was homesick, which was a lot. Anson [Dorrance], you set the standard and you set it high. We all benefited from your ambition to be the best.

    On teammates:
    KL: “I’d like to thank my teammates. You taught me how to push myself, celebrate, laugh, cry, stay together and strive to be the best. But more importantly, you taught me what it means to be a friend.”

    Kristine Lilly

    On their coaching influences:
    KL: “When I was 16 years old, you (Anson Dorrance) changed my life. You opened the door to a career that I never thought in a million years would lead me to this moment and so many other great moments. You took a chance on me, Julie [Foudy], Mia [Hamm] and Joy [Fawcett], four young kids, and you gave us a chance to see the world, work to be the best and show young girls that they can be the best at something.”

    BM: “The coaches that have influenced me are vast. I don’t think it’s fair to really talk about all of them because I’ve thanked a lot and have talked long. My high school coach, John Erford, was a huge influence on me. All you coaches out there, know that what you do is important. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a professional level, if it’s at a youth level, if it’s at an adult level. He’s taught me a lot of things, and one of the things he taught me is soccer is exactly what Kasey was saying – it’s a moment. Try being the person that you want to be. That meant making sure I was studying, making sure I was doing school work. When I met him, and my mom would tell you, I couldn’t be interested in doing homework. I couldn’t be interested in anything. He set me straight, and I’ll forever be grateful. I talked a little bit about Bruce [Arena]. He’s a special guy. Not only special for the field but the lasting impression on me and the lasting impression on my family. And that doesn’t happen very much. I’d like to thank David Moyes and Chris Coleman, who both gave me the opportunity to play in Europe. And Joe Clarke – when I went to St. Louis, I thought soccer was all about attacking. Growing up in Arlington Heights, we would do 45 minutes of shooting and 45 minutes of playing. When I got to St. Louis, that wasn’t the way soccer was played. Training was about understanding, small games, movement off the ball, and I had a little bit of that from the youth side, with ODP and some of the U-20 experience, but Joe always wanted you to know why you were doing things, and that is so important. On top of that, Joe is an amazing person.”

    McBride on Lilly’s ‘first-class’ career:
    BM: “Kristine, I actually got to know well, even though our paths didn’t cross very much. When they did, I had some time to spend with her. What everybody says about her is she’s first-class – and it’s true. She always worked extremely hard, but she also looked out for everybody else. We got to spend some time in Austin, a little bit in Arlington Heights, and she deserves everything and more with where she has gotten.”

    McBride on Bob Bradley:
    BM: “Bob led a legacy of true commitment, and his record shows for itself. He’s someone that has been so influential in so many of the players, having the chance to spend a little bit of the end of my career in Chicago and being there and seeing the tradition and honor – that’s him. He not only did that for the Fire but for the United States National Team.”

    Lilly’s thanks to her husband, David:
    KL: “I want to thank my husband, David. In 2004, we won the gold medal, and if we didn’t win, I would never have been able to show my face at the fire station. Thank you for supporting me, for loving me and for getting me back on the field after we had Sidney.”

    Brian McBride

    McBride’s thanks for his wife Dina’s support over his career:
    BM: “I met my wife when I was on loan at Preston in England, and I thought I was going to be Mr. Tough Guy. So the first game we were in an FA Cup game and I wanted to show the fans that I’ll go into any challenge. I went into this challenge and ended up not losing this challenge – of course I didn’t win the ball. I didn’t get knocked down, but people saw that I wasn’t afraid. From that one challenge, about three days later we played another game – 90 minutes. It was Sheffield Wednesday, we won the game, I come off the field, I pull off my shirt and my teammates go ‘woh.’ I go, ‘What’s wrong?’ I look down and my [right] arm is twice the size of this [left] arm. That led to me flying back for angioplasty, getting a blood clot out. I’m put on blood thinners. You can’t do any type of contact for the next three months. You can run, you can lift, do all that, but you’re going to be on blood thinners. You can go home. It just happened to be two days before Thanksgiving, and that time at home the next day I met my future wife. We were able to spend a whole month together. I’m sure all of us can look at how our relationships started in life, and this is not high school. This is 27, 28 years old, and you get to spend a whole month, every day, with that person. Thankfully, I met the most amazing woman who is an amazing mother who always supported me and I’m forever grateful.”

    Lilly on her brother Scott:
    KL: “To my brother, Scott, you didn’t teach me everything, but what you did teach me was more than that – you let me play. Whenever you were with your friends playing sports, you always let your little sister tag along. It showed me that I could do anything, so thank you for being the best role model.”

    McBride on his brother Matt:
    BM: “There was a period when he was my agent, when I called him from that Confederations Cup when Kasey [Keller] and I were first roommates. I had a scenario go down where I was offered a large sum of money – almost double what I was making in MLS, cash – to basically have a pre-contract, and I get on the phone, and here is this amazing offer. [Matt is] like, ‘What are you doing? That’s not you. You have to remember who you are and who you want to be.’ If you don’t think that that team is going to want you three years from now, why would they give you this money? That’s a tough thing. When you’re a player and you’re making $50,000 a year and you have this opportunity, it’s a tough thing to turn down. The advice that my brother gave me, not only there, but throughout my career, is indelible in who I am and who I present to you.”

    Lilly’s message to her daughters, Sidney and Jordan:
    KL: “Maybe one day you will believe that Mommy actually was a decent soccer player. We have it on video now. I hope you know and believe that you can do anything that you want. Playing soccer and putting that No. 13 jersey on made me feel at home. It’s something I will always be grateful for. Thank you very much.”

    USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Is Sold Out for April 15 in San Antonio

    CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing in front of a sold-out crowd on April 15 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 

    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp

    The match at the Alamodome has reached the capacity of 65,000 tickets sold. That number surpasses the previous San Antonio record crowd of 54,313 who watched Mexico defeat Korea Republic 4-0 on Jan. 29, 2014. Fans from 43 states and the District of Columbia will be in attendance, along with supporters from Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

    While regular seating has sold out, a limited number of suites are still available. Those interested should write to suitesales@alamodome.com

    The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The most recent friendly between the U.S. and Mexico was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    Werner Fricker Builder Award: Arena Creating Winning Culture

    From his role as the U.S. Men’s National Team coach to his ongoing success in Major League Soccer, Bruce Arena has created a winning environment and influence.

    Arena is the 2015 recipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award, and naturally he has impacted a number of players, teams and organizations along the way.

    Among those to provide their perspective on Arena were former MNT players Gregg Berhalter, Ben Olsen, Kasey Keller and Josh Wolff, former Virginia defender and longtime coach and assistant Curt Onalfo, and former U.S. MNT assistant coach Dave Sarachan.


    On Arena’s Coaching Style and Strengths:

    • Ben Olsen: “I think he was a different type of coach to different players, and I think that’s what made him the best coach that I’ve ever been around. He knew what each individual needed to be at its best. He certainly knew how to pull at my strings and get the most out of me. He understood the pulse of a team; he understood that it was easier to complicate the game than make it simple. His ability to relay what he wanted out of each individual and simplify that is one of his greatest strengths.”
    • Kasey Keller: “Bruce was kind of what you call a player’s coach. He gave us a lot of freedom when we were in camp, but I think the players appreciated that. You would come in, have the opportunity after training to have a lot of personal time. You’d have dinners on your own, and at the same time, the guys really responded to that. I think that’s why Bruce was really able to achieve results and maybe surprise some people.”
    • Josh Wolff: “He was able to able to find what worked for each player: How he delivered those messages, managing the players, but also educating and coaching. His ability to do that over the course of time has been tremendous.”
    • Gregg Berhalter: “You always want to perform for Bruce. He demands excellence and he’s a guy that wants to win and he drives his players in a positive way to be successful and want success.”

    Bruce Arena

    On Building Teams and Success:

    • Dave Sarachan: “Everywhere Bruce has been, he’s won. He’s succeeded and taken those programs to another level, and specifically with U.S. Soccer. Back in the day when he was involved in the Olympic Team and carrying through with the National Team, it’s been a process of improvement from year to year and advancement, and obviously, culminating when we were together in 2002, in Japan and Korea in going through the great run that U.S. Soccer and our team did then. He’s set the bar for managers from here on end to create a culture of winning and development where he brings teams and players along to a level that coaches haven’t.”
    • Curt Onalfo: “I’ve known Bruce since I was 17 years old and I remember being a junior in college, and I wrote him a letter and I was telling him how impressed I was with how each year he built on his foundation. Bruce always gets better at what he does. He self-reflects and looks back at what he’s done and he tries to make it better because he’s a perfectionist, and he’s got a great work ethic and he’s very intelligent. When you have all of those qualities, you’re building something – building a foundation to get better and better. He builds things and you can see it.”

    On Receiving the Werner Fricker Award:

    • Dave Sarachan: “I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient to the Werner Fricker Builder Award. I think ‘builder’ is a key word in this whole process because when you look back at the body of work that Bruce has had, going back to Virginia and then D.C. United and all the way through the National Team and here in L.A., he’s always been a builder. He’s always built teams and franchises, and to receive this honor, I think it’s a real credit to him for his entire body of work and where he’s built success everywhere he’s been.”
    • Curt Onalfo: “At the end of the day, think about what this man has accomplished. There isn’t an individual in my mind, and especially on the coaching side, that has accomplished the things he has done; that has brought every team that he’s been part of to a winning/championship level and helped in the process bring our National Teams to a different level. He was our National Team coach for eight years and did an amazing job to put U.S. Soccer on the map. Then look at his early days at the University of Virginia and winning championships and creating the powerhouse club that he built there, then going to D.C. United and building the dynasty of D.C. United in those years and then the National Team, and now for what has accomplished with the LA Galaxy. This is a man at the top of his profession. He’s shown he’s the best at what he does for two decades. I think this is something that is very, very warranted.”


    Arena’s Ongoing Legacy:

    • Curt Onalfo: “He’s won championships and built great organizations and does it the right way. He does things with a lot of integrity. I think he believes that he always wants to leave things better than when he took over. In all the situations and institutions he’s been a part of, that’s been the case. He’s going to be remembered as a champion, a winner and a hard worker. He’s a man with a lot of integrity and a great person.”
    • Dave Sarachan: “Legacy is an interesting word to define because when you think about coaches, your legacy is success and wins versus losses. But I look at a guy like Bruce and his legacy as just setting the bar very high and continually achieving and pushing programs along to a level that they’ve never reached. I think when people look back at the development of soccer at the pro level here in this country, way past the NASL days, but MLS at the start and where MNT was and where it is, I think his legacy is going to read that he’s brought and developed programs and players to a level very few have.”
    • Ben Olsen: “He’s not done yet. His legacy is influencing soccer in this country at so many different levels. Whether it was college, the influential early days and parts of our league, and obviously what he did on the global stage for the United States. It’s been such a pleasure to be a very small part of that. I feel very lucky to have crossed paths with him and I draw on some of the coaching philosophies that he had. I draw on them quite a bit. Congratulations, Bruce on this wonderful award. There is not one out there more deserving of it.”
    • Kasey Keller: “His legacy is the most winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history, along not only with what he’s done with MLS, but what he had done with the National Team – it’s unprecedented.”

    National Soccer Hall of Fame: Bradley Instrumental in Program’s Growth

    Former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder, and it goes without saying that he played a vital role in the MNT program’s growth.

    Bradley’s USA squad earned its best finish at a FIFA tournament with a second-place showing at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and won the group stage during the 2010 FIFA World Cup among his many accomplishments.

    In looking back on the second-winningest coach in MNT history (43 victories), midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Jozy Altidore, former defender Carlos Bocanegra and former MNT assistant coach Jesse Marsch weigh in on Bob Bradley’s accomplishments and contributions.


    Hall of Fame Honor:

    • Jesse Marsch: “As much as it is a great honor for him to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it’s a proud moment for the Hall of Fame, too, because it exists for people like Bob. There are great people in this country who have contributed a lot to this sport, and to me, I think that Bob is among the greatest.”
    • Michael Bradley: “To know that he is able to be a part of this Hall of Fame with people that have meant so much to him is certainly the most special part for him.”


    High Work Ethic and Standards:

    • Michael Bradley: “Nobody has seen everything that he puts into his work on a daily basis more than me. He spills his heart and soul into everything that he does, and I know that his time and his experiences with the National Team are some of the proudest in his time. I couldn’t be prouder.”
    • Jesse Marsch: “Bob had a huge impact everywhere that I was with him because he holds himself at such a high standard and he expects so much from himself that it just translates to all the people around him. I think people genuinely want to be better when they’re around him because they have so much respect for him and the person that he is.”
    • Jozy Altidore: “He loved to coach; he loved to be out on the field with the guys. I think that was a passion of his and I think every guy felt that when we were around Bob, we felt like we were part of something special. He believed in each of us as much as the next guy and that is unique. You don’t have that in a lot of clubs. In a lot of places, sometimes the coach isn’t there, but he was always there.”


    Individual and Team Impact:

    • Jozy Altidore: “Bob was instrumental for me. He always believed in me and I think I played some of my best soccer when I was up-and-coming, and that was through Bob. The confidence him and his staff had on me was incredible. It was a special time playing under him.”
    • Carlos Bocanegra: “I think a big part of why his teams were special and did so well is because it felt like a tight-knit group – a tight-knit family that everybody stuck for and everyone stuck up for each other. You wanted to be a part of it. You wanted to contribute.”
    • Jesse Marsch: “He was always fun to work with because he was always sort of evolving who he was as a coach and how that applied to how the players were as players. I always thought Bob was the easiest guy to play for because he made it very clear what the roles and expectations were.”

    Photo Gallery: National Soccer Hall of Fame 2014 Class Induction Ceremony

    Photos from the induction ceremony honoring the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 that included former National Team players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride as well as former Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The ceremony took place in San Francisco on Feb. 14, 2015. 

    Lilly, McBride, Bradley Inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame embraced three more inductees with the inclusion of Players Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride and Builder Bob Bradley during a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 14, at the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco. Bradley was unavailable due to his coaching commitments in Norway.

    Lilly and McBride credited their coaches, family and more who helped guide their legendary careers and impact in the sport. Here are a few highlights of their induction speeches:

    On achieving dreams:
    Brian McBride: “There’s always going to be something you want to achieve. Make sure you don’t come up short because you didn’t put in the effort to reach that achievement. We can always improve, and we can always learn.”

    On lasting relationships:
    Kristine Lilly: “What I’m most grateful for was not just the soccer part, but that I met so many people and built lasting relationships with those people. That’s what I’m really grateful for. Thank you for opening the door for me, for believing in me, for having high expectations in me, for being there for me, and also for letting me go home in college when I was homesick, which was a lot. Anson [Dorrance], you set the standard and you set it high. We all benefited from your ambition to be the best.

    On teammates:
    KL: “I’d like to thank my teammates. You taught me how to push myself, celebrate, laugh, cry, stay together and strive to be the best. But more importantly, you taught me what it means to be a friend.”

    Kristine Lilly

    On their coaching influences:
    KL: “When I was 16 years old, you (Anson Dorrance) changed my life. You opened the door to a career that I never thought in a million years would lead me to this moment and so many other great moments. You took a chance on me, Julie [Foudy], Mia [Hamm] and Joy [Fawcett], four young kids, and you gave us a chance to see the world, work to be the best and show young girls that they can be the best at something.”

    BM: “The coaches that have influenced me are vast. I don’t think it’s fair to really talk about all of them because I’ve thanked a lot and have talked long. My high school coach, John Erford, was a huge influence on me. All you coaches out there, know that what you do is important. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a professional level, if it’s at a youth level, if it’s at an adult level. He’s taught me a lot of things, and one of the things he taught me is soccer is exactly what Kasey was saying – it’s a moment. Try being the person that you want to be. That meant making sure I was studying, making sure I was doing school work. When I met him, and my mom would tell you, I couldn’t be interested in doing homework. I couldn’t be interested in anything. He set me straight, and I’ll forever be grateful. I talked a little bit about Bruce [Arena]. He’s a special guy. Not only special for the field but the lasting impression on me and the lasting impression on my family. And that doesn’t happen very much. I’d like to thank David Moyes and Chris Coleman, who both gave me the opportunity to play in Europe. And Joe Clarke – when I went to St. Louis, I thought soccer was all about attacking. Growing up in Arlington Heights, we would do 45 minutes of shooting and 45 minutes of playing. When I got to St. Louis, that wasn’t the way soccer was played. Training was about understanding, small games, movement off the ball, and I had a little bit of that from the youth side, with ODP and some of the U-20 experience, but Joe always wanted you to know why you were doing things, and that is so important. On top of that, Joe is an amazing person.”

    McBride on Lilly’s ‘first-class’ career:
    BM: “Kristine, I actually got to know well, even though our paths didn’t cross very much. When they did, I had some time to spend with her. What everybody says about her is she’s first-class – and it’s true. She always worked extremely hard, but she also looked out for everybody else. We got to spend some time in Austin, a little bit in Arlington Heights, and she deserves everything and more with where she has gotten.”

    McBride on Bob Bradley:
    BM: “Bob led a legacy of true commitment, and his record shows for itself. He’s someone that has been so influential in so many of the players, having the chance to spend a little bit of the end of my career in Chicago and being there and seeing the tradition and honor – that’s him. He not only did that for the Fire but for the United States National Team.”

    Lilly’s thanks to her husband, David:
    KL: “I want to thank my husband, David. In 2004, we won the gold medal, and if we didn’t win, I would never have been able to show my face at the fire station. Thank you for supporting me, for loving me and for getting me back on the field after we had Sidney.”

    Brian McBride

    McBride’s thanks for his wife Dina’s support over his career:
    BM: “I met my wife when I was on loan at Preston in England, and I thought I was going to be Mr. Tough Guy. So the first game we were in an FA Cup game and I wanted to show the fans that I’ll go into any challenge. I went into this challenge and ended up not losing this challenge – of course I didn’t win the ball. I didn’t get knocked down, but people saw that I wasn’t afraid. From that one challenge, about three days later we played another game – 90 minutes. It was Sheffield Wednesday, we won the game, I come off the field, I pull off my shirt and my teammates go ‘woh.’ I go, ‘What’s wrong?’ I look down and my [right] arm is twice the size of this [left] arm. That led to me flying back for angioplasty, getting a blood clot out. I’m put on blood thinners. You can’t do any type of contact for the next three months. You can run, you can lift, do all that, but you’re going to be on blood thinners. You can go home. It just happened to be two days before Thanksgiving, and that time at home the next day I met my future wife. We were able to spend a whole month together. I’m sure all of us can look at how our relationships started in life, and this is not high school. This is 27, 28 years old, and you get to spend a whole month, every day, with that person. Thankfully, I met the most amazing woman who is an amazing mother who always supported me and I’m forever grateful.”

    Lilly on her brother Scott:
    KL: “To my brother, Scott, you didn’t teach me everything, but what you did teach me was more than that – you let me play. Whenever you were with your friends playing sports, you always let your little sister tag along. It showed me that I could do anything, so thank you for being the best role model.”

    McBride on his brother Matt:
    BM: “There was a period when he was my agent, when I called him from that Confederations Cup when Kasey [Keller] and I were first roommates. I had a scenario go down where I was offered a large sum of money – almost double what I was making in MLS, cash – to basically have a pre-contract, and I get on the phone, and here is this amazing offer. [Matt is] like, ‘What are you doing? That’s not you. You have to remember who you are and who you want to be.’ If you don’t think that that team is going to want you three years from now, why would they give you this money? That’s a tough thing. When you’re a player and you’re making $50,000 a year and you have this opportunity, it’s a tough thing to turn down. The advice that my brother gave me, not only there, but throughout my career, is indelible in who I am and who I present to you.”

    Lilly’s message to her daughters, Sidney and Jordan:
    KL: “Maybe one day you will believe that Mommy actually was a decent soccer player. We have it on video now. I hope you know and believe that you can do anything that you want. Playing soccer and putting that No. 13 jersey on made me feel at home. It’s something I will always be grateful for. Thank you very much.”

    Werner Fricker Builder Award: Arena Creating Winning Culture

    From his role as the U.S. Men’s National Team coach to his ongoing success in Major League Soccer, Bruce Arena has created a winning environment and influence.

    Arena is the 2015 recipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award, and naturally he has impacted a number of players, teams and organizations along the way.

    Among those to provide their perspective on Arena were former MNT players Gregg Berhalter, Ben Olsen, Kasey Keller and Josh Wolff, former Virginia defender and longtime coach and assistant Curt Onalfo, and former U.S. MNT assistant coach Dave Sarachan.


    On Arena’s Coaching Style and Strengths:

    • Ben Olsen: “I think he was a different type of coach to different players, and I think that’s what made him the best coach that I’ve ever been around. He knew what each individual needed to be at its best. He certainly knew how to pull at my strings and get the most out of me. He understood the pulse of a team; he understood that it was easier to complicate the game than make it simple. His ability to relay what he wanted out of each individual and simplify that is one of his greatest strengths.”
    • Kasey Keller: “Bruce was kind of what you call a player’s coach. He gave us a lot of freedom when we were in camp, but I think the players appreciated that. You would come in, have the opportunity after training to have a lot of personal time. You’d have dinners on your own, and at the same time, the guys really responded to that. I think that’s why Bruce was really able to achieve results and maybe surprise some people.”
    • Josh Wolff: “He was able to able to find what worked for each player: How he delivered those messages, managing the players, but also educating and coaching. His ability to do that over the course of time has been tremendous.”
    • Gregg Berhalter: “You always want to perform for Bruce. He demands excellence and he’s a guy that wants to win and he drives his players in a positive way to be successful and want success.”

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    On Building Teams and Success:

    • Dave Sarachan: “Everywhere Bruce has been, he’s won. He’s succeeded and taken those programs to another level, and specifically with U.S. Soccer. Back in the day when he was involved in the Olympic Team and carrying through with the National Team, it’s been a process of improvement from year to year and advancement, and obviously, culminating when we were together in 2002, in Japan and Korea in going through the great run that U.S. Soccer and our team did then. He’s set the bar for managers from here on end to create a culture of winning and development where he brings teams and players along to a level that coaches haven’t.”
    • Curt Onalfo: “I’ve known Bruce since I was 17 years old and I remember being a junior in college, and I wrote him a letter and I was telling him how impressed I was with how each year he built on his foundation. Bruce always gets better at what he does. He self-reflects and looks back at what he’s done and he tries to make it better because he’s a perfectionist, and he’s got a great work ethic and he’s very intelligent. When you have all of those qualities, you’re building something – building a foundation to get better and better. He builds things and you can see it.”

    On Receiving the Werner Fricker Award:

    • Dave Sarachan: “I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient to the Werner Fricker Builder Award. I think ‘builder’ is a key word in this whole process because when you look back at the body of work that Bruce has had, going back to Virginia and then D.C. United and all the way through the National Team and here in L.A., he’s always been a builder. He’s always built teams and franchises, and to receive this honor, I think it’s a real credit to him for his entire body of work and where he’s built success everywhere he’s been.”
    • Curt Onalfo: “At the end of the day, think about what this man has accomplished. There isn’t an individual in my mind, and especially on the coaching side, that has accomplished the things he has done; that has brought every team that he’s been part of to a winning/championship level and helped in the process bring our National Teams to a different level. He was our National Team coach for eight years and did an amazing job to put U.S. Soccer on the map. Then look at his early days at the University of Virginia and winning championships and creating the powerhouse club that he built there, then going to D.C. United and building the dynasty of D.C. United in those years and then the National Team, and now for what has accomplished with the LA Galaxy. This is a man at the top of his profession. He’s shown he’s the best at what he does for two decades. I think this is something that is very, very warranted.”


    Arena’s Ongoing Legacy:

    • Curt Onalfo: “He’s won championships and built great organizations and does it the right way. He does things with a lot of integrity. I think he believes that he always wants to leave things better than when he took over. In all the situations and institutions he’s been a part of, that’s been the case. He’s going to be remembered as a champion, a winner and a hard worker. He’s a man with a lot of integrity and a great person.”
    • Dave Sarachan: “Legacy is an interesting word to define because when you think about coaches, your legacy is success and wins versus losses. But I look at a guy like Bruce and his legacy as just setting the bar very high and continually achieving and pushing programs along to a level that they’ve never reached. I think when people look back at the development of soccer at the pro level here in this country, way past the NASL days, but MLS at the start and where MNT was and where it is, I think his legacy is going to read that he’s brought and developed programs and players to a level very few have.”
    • Ben Olsen: “He’s not done yet. His legacy is influencing soccer in this country at so many different levels. Whether it was college, the influential early days and parts of our league, and obviously what he did on the global stage for the United States. It’s been such a pleasure to be a very small part of that. I feel very lucky to have crossed paths with him and I draw on some of the coaching philosophies that he had. I draw on them quite a bit. Congratulations, Bruce on this wonderful award. There is not one out there more deserving of it.”
    • Kasey Keller: “His legacy is the most winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history, along not only with what he’s done with MLS, but what he had done with the National Team – it’s unprecedented.”

    National Soccer Hall of Fame: Bradley Instrumental in Program’s Growth

    Former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder, and it goes without saying that he played a vital role in the MNT program’s growth.

    Bradley’s USA squad earned its best finish at a FIFA tournament with a second-place showing at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and won the group stage during the 2010 FIFA World Cup among his many accomplishments.

    In looking back on the second-winningest coach in MNT history (43 victories), midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Jozy Altidore, former defender Carlos Bocanegra and former MNT assistant coach Jesse Marsch weigh in on Bob Bradley’s accomplishments and contributions.


    Hall of Fame Honor:

    • Jesse Marsch: “As much as it is a great honor for him to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it’s a proud moment for the Hall of Fame, too, because it exists for people like Bob. There are great people in this country who have contributed a lot to this sport, and to me, I think that Bob is among the greatest.”
    • Michael Bradley: “To know that he is able to be a part of this Hall of Fame with people that have meant so much to him is certainly the most special part for him.”


    High Work Ethic and Standards:

    • Michael Bradley: “Nobody has seen everything that he puts into his work on a daily basis more than me. He spills his heart and soul into everything that he does, and I know that his time and his experiences with the National Team are some of the proudest in his time. I couldn’t be prouder.”
    • Jesse Marsch: “Bob had a huge impact everywhere that I was with him because he holds himself at such a high standard and he expects so much from himself that it just translates to all the people around him. I think people genuinely want to be better when they’re around him because they have so much respect for him and the person that he is.”
    • Jozy Altidore: “He loved to coach; he loved to be out on the field with the guys. I think that was a passion of his and I think every guy felt that when we were around Bob, we felt like we were part of something special. He believed in each of us as much as the next guy and that is unique. You don’t have that in a lot of clubs. In a lot of places, sometimes the coach isn’t there, but he was always there.”


    Individual and Team Impact:

    • Jozy Altidore: “Bob was instrumental for me. He always believed in me and I think I played some of my best soccer when I was up-and-coming, and that was through Bob. The confidence him and his staff had on me was incredible. It was a special time playing under him.”
    • Carlos Bocanegra: “I think a big part of why his teams were special and did so well is because it felt like a tight-knit group – a tight-knit family that everybody stuck for and everyone stuck up for each other. You wanted to be a part of it. You wanted to contribute.”
    • Jesse Marsch: “He was always fun to work with because he was always sort of evolving who he was as a coach and how that applied to how the players were as players. I always thought Bob was the easiest guy to play for because he made it very clear what the roles and expectations were.”

    Photo Gallery: 2014 Werner Fricker Award Winner Bruce Arena

    Photos from the tenure of U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena, who led the USA to from 1998 to 2006. His time as manager included guiding the MNT to its best showing at a FIFA World Cup in the modern era, a quaterfinal appearance at the 2002 tournament. Under his watch the U.S. reach its highest-ever world ranking (No. 4 in April 2006) and won two CONCACAF Gold Cups in 2002 and 2005. Arena has also had tremendous domestic success as a head coach in MLS, piloting D.C. United to a pair of MLS Cup titles and the New York Red Bulls, before winning three more MLS Cup crowns with the LA Galaxy, becoming the only manager in league history to win five championships.

    Photo Gallery: 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Bradley

    Photos from the tenure of U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley, who led the USA to from 2006 to 2011. His time as manager included guiding the MNT to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, an upset of then No. 1 FIFA ranked spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and a group-topping run a year later at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Bradley also found success with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA as a head coach in MLS.

    Photo Gallery: 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Brian McBride

    Photos from the career of U.S. Men's National Team forward Brian McBride, who finished his international career with 30 goals and 10 assists in 95 matches. McBride also enjoyed successful spells with clubs teams in MLS and abroad with English Premier League side Fulham FC, where he was revered for his tenacity and goal scoring from 2004-08.  

    National Soccer Hall of Fame: McBride Set New Standard for MNT Strikers

    Brian McBride’s scoring prowess, hard-nosed style and team play are just a sampling of the standout qualities that his former teammates acknowledge that defined the former U.S. Men’s National Team forward’s career.

    McBride will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, entering with a banner career stat line of 30 goals and 10 assists in 95 appearances from 1993-2006. McBride ranks fourth on the all-time MNT goal scoring list.

    Current MNT forward Clint Dempsey, former defenders Frankie Hejduk and Gregg Berhalter and former U.S. forward Josh Wolff took some time to look back on McBride’s illustrious career and how he influenced soccer domestically and abroad.


    Hall of Fame Honor:

    • Josh Wolff: “Great congratulations to him for making the National Soccer Hall of Fame. I don’t know that there’s anyone more deserving. I was fortunate to play alongside of him. He’s had an impact on myself and many players, but most of all, he’s had a great impact on U.S Soccer and soccer in this country. He certainly holds a high standard and high regards with the soccer community and with people in sports in general.”

    Consummate Teammate:

    • Gregg Berhalter: “I think the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Brian is the ultimate team player. He’s a guy who would sacrifice everything for team success. My memory of playing with him and being around him is someone who really gave everything for the team.”
    • Josh Wolff: “When I think of Brian McBride, I think of one of the ultimate team players. He embraced being a leader; he embraced being an experienced player. For me, he was someone that was encouraging and certainly helped coach players on the field, and helped you feel comfortable. He was easy to play with, easy to understand, and when he played in games he was a ruthless finisher. He brought a lot of great qualities to the games, but most of all he was a team player who embraced that role in every aspect. He was a leader.”
    • Frankie Hejduk: “You knew what you were getting out of McBride every single time, game in and game out. The most important thing for me was that it wasn’t just games, but training in and training out; the guy was a constant professional in every sense of the word. He came to work every day, always had a good attitude, but the at the same time – because you always can’t be happy-go-lucky all the time in the field when stuff is not going well – he demanded the best out of you. You wanted to be around him on that field. If there was ever a forward I would want to play with up top, he would be one of the guys that I definitely would pick in my whole career because I knew exactly what I was getting out of him, day in and day out. All the guys did.”


    Sacrificing His Body:

    • Josh Wolff: “No moment was too big, no moment was too small; he embraced that role, and I think that’s why his legacy will live in the way that it will. He was a competitor, he was brave, he put his head in some places that were very difficult, he took some lumps, but again, continued to brush himself off, get back on the field and continue to get results with his club team, the National Team and set a real standard for strikers in America.”
    • Frankie Hejduk: “As a player, he just earned respect from all of the guys and he led by example, and that example was training very hard and bringing that into the game. How many games did you see the guy with blood on his head but taping it up, and didn’t care and was back out there? He was definitely my type of player. He’s just a good, good dude, a solid man, and I’m happy to not only have been able to play with him but know him as a person and consider him a great friend to this day both on and off the field.”
    • Gregg Berhalter: “When you look at his play, not only the fact that he was a great goal scorer, he worked extremely hard. He challenged for every ball. He put his body on the line for the team. Whether it was coming back on defensive plays on set pieces, he was a guy who did everything to help the team win, and I think by saying that I don’t want to take his skills lightly because as a goal scorer, he was phenomenal. He was a guy who could put the ball in the back of the net, and as you saw in the World Cup and as you saw throughout his career, he had a knack for scoring important goals. His legacy in my mind is both of those: a fantastic goal scorer and a great teammate.”

    Breaking Through in Europe:

    • Clint Dempsey: “What made ‘McBrizzle’ such a special player, I think, was his leadership, professionalism on and off the field, and big goals in big moments. He was one of the first Americans to pave the way in Europe, so we owe a lot to him. He gave me guidance when I was at Fulham with him. He helped me figure out how to make it over there and I was able to learn from him and follow on his footsteps.”

    MNT's January Camp Checklist

    The 2015 January camp had a much different feel than previous editions of the annual winter get together of MLS-based players, and for good reason. The main priorities for the Men’s National Teams this year – winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games – took center stage, and U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff built a roster tailored to kick-start the process of gearing up for these two critical events. In addition, the prospect of discovering future candidates for regular action with the MNT remained one of the carrots of the first gathering of the season.

    “Overall we saw a lot of good things on this camp,” Klinsmann said. “We combined it as an Olympic team and Senior Team camp. We wanted to see a lot of individual players, as many as we could, and then we always have to hope that one, two, three will emerge from that group and give you more cards to put on the table going forward. It was a very positive camp. It gave us a lot of insight on a couple guys and hopefully they take this jumpstart into preseason for their MLS clubs.”

    All told, five players earned their first cap (upping the total number of new players brought into the MNT since the World Cup to 10); four got their first starts; three different formations were tested; there were four different goal scorers; two ‘keepers shared in a shutout; and a total of 20 players saw action. 

    With the last chapter written from Carson following the USA’s 2-0 win against Panama on Feb. 8, here’s a look back at what was accomplished:

    GOING TOWARDS GOLD CUP

    Michael Bradley came off a six-week recovery from a procedure on his toe looking as fit as ever, turning in two solid performances against Chile and Panama, highlighted by a nifty game-winner straight from a corner kick. Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea got back on the scoresheet with fantastic finishes against Panama, a boost of confidence for both players who are looking at new chapters in their club careers following a return from England. Clint Dempsey showed the trademark flair that makes him unique among U.S. talents, while Jermaine Jones got two more runs at centerback under his belt, and Mix Diskerud made it seven straight starts since the World Cup.

    “We have another goal on the horizon now: winning the Gold Cup; qualifying for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017, this is huge,” Klinsmann said of what is next in 2015 and beyond. “With every new kind of cycle you start a couple of new players to get introduced so that means there’s more competition because they want to show what they have. Then the fact we’re going to host Copa America in 2016, you can give them more things to look at and bigger goals to have, which obviously drives the players; they want to have their goals in mind constantly. We have a full agenda looking into the near future and it will help getting everyone up to speed.”

    “Now, the exciting side of things is that going into the March fixture dates in Europe with a game in Denmark and a game in Switzerland, it’s that you can pull your best team. We can pull the European-based players, the Mexican-based players and combined them with the MLS-based players and have your best team together. That’s what all the other nations in the world always do. When the national team meets, it’s only the best of the best that come in. That’s really the positive side now, looking forward and having the best guys come in into Denmark and Switzerland.”

    ID CAMP

    With nine World Cup veterans available from the MLS mix, there were fewer spots for young domestic-based players to have a crack at an audition. Those that did get a sniff, however, made the most of their opportunity. D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum looked solid and composed in his run-out during the debut of the 3-5-2 formation, looking fit and prepared from the get-go.

    Miguel Ibarra grew in stature as he displayed increasing confidence and comfort in training sessions and on the day of the match. Along with Gyasi Zardes, he earned his first start in the 2-0 win against Panama. For his part, Zardes turned in an outstanding performance in front of his hometown of Los Angeles and in front of Galaxy fans at StubHub Center, displaying speed, skill and touch. “He's shown that without a doubt, he's a guy that has to be in this group going forward,” Bradley said.

    “Definitely Steven Birnbaum was one of the winners,” Klinsmann said of the result of January camp. “I think Gyasi Zardes with both games, his introduction into the senior group; we see a lot of talent.”

    GROOMING THE U-23s

    During the camp, U.S. Soccer announced that MNT assistant coach Andi Herzog would lead the U-23 group as they look forward to the qualifying tournament this fall and the ultimate prize of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With more than a dozen Olympic-age players in Carson, Herzog got an up-close look at a pool of the candidates, who in turn got an important introduction into the culture of the program. Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp made his debut for the Senior Team, showing poise and the soccer IQ which got him 28 starts in his second season. DeAndre Yedlin – who is still only 21 years old – returned from his new gig at Tottenham Hotspur FC to make two starts and continue his development on the right side of the U.S. flank.

    Andi Herzog

    “All players benefitted a lot from the camp, especially the players coming through the ranks,” Klinsmann said. “Players that are trying to make their name for the Olympic Team, which is under the supervision of Andi Herzog; so he saw a lot of the youngsters already. They all deserve a compliment at the end of the camp. They all understood how intense the Senior Team environment is, and that there is a lot of work behind it. I think they will all benefit for hopefully our entire 2015 year with a lot of success. Personally, they showed a great attitude in the way we were working throughout camp, which is always expected.”

    Feliz Cumpleaños a Ti, Dos a Cero

    Ed. Note: This article was originally posted in 2010. Tickets for the USA's April 15 meeting with Mexico in San Antonio, presented by AT&T are still available. 

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    Where were you on Feb. 11, 2009? Chances are you were either posted up in front of your TV, getting ready to watch the USA open the final round of World Cup qualifying, or if you were lucky enough to score a ticket (and determined to brave some intense conditions) then you were making your way to Columbus Crew Stadium to watch the MNT take on Mexico.

    Six years ago today, the USA beat Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, setting Bob Bradley's team on the path to an eventual first-place finish in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying final round group. An excellent team performance was punctuated by goals in each half from Michael Bradley as the USA earned a deserved victory against their regional rivals.



    In addition to the familiar scoreline, the game was memorable for many other reasons: the eerie thunderstorm before the game, the incredible support from U.S. fans, and the sense of accomplishment at foiling Mexico yet again in the fortress of Crew Stadium.

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    We asked a few players who were involved that night to reminisce about that memorable night. The first thing Brian Ching mentioned was the weather, not surprising for the native Hawaiian. "I remember it was freezing," said Ching, who put in a workman-like shift up top alongside Landon Donovan.  "We had been preparing for a long time, and we came out extremely determined.  There is always a lot of hype around a Mexico game. We knew what we needed to do, and we got it done.”

    "It was an important win for us, starting us off on the right foot in the final round of qualifying."


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    Fresh off a hat trick against Sweden, midfielder Sacha Kljestan started in the center of the park for the USA, and he too recalled the special atmosphere that night.

    "I was glad to be a part of the team that day. I remember coming out for warm-ups and seeing all our fans behind the goal in red," said Kljestan. "It was great to have so much support. It was a pretty exciting match to play in Columbus, which is kind of like a home stadium for us and a place where we've played some pretty important games."

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    Kljestan's midfielder partner Michael Bradley put in two goals on the night, the second coming in second-half stoppage time. The shot from distance that squirmed past the hapless Oswaldo Sanchez sealed the win for the USA.

    "Both goals that Michael scored that day were great, but the second one was the icing on the cake," said Kljestan.  "I remember when that second goal went in celebrating with the rest of the team, realizing we had started off on the right foot and earned all three points."


    Heath Pearce talked about the mood surrounding the game. A player with 29 international caps to his credit, Pearce described the game as a unique experience.

    "Every international is important, but the whole buildup to USA-Mexico is so much more intense. it just feels different," said Pearce, who played 90 minutes in the victory. "You can feel the aura around the game and in the people you're with who have experienced it before. There are no games that prepare you for the intensity and tradition of a USA-Mexico game."

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    Pearce also remembered celebrating with teammates and fans after the hard-fought victory.

    "The win was something we really earned and we worked hard as a team in sticking to our game plan that day. It was a great feeling to be able to do it in front of that many U.S. fans who were there supporting us and were so positive throughout the game. Sharing the win with them was amazing."

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    Though the U.S. had played one game before the match against Mexico, the 2-0 win in qualifying really set the tone for a successful year. Beating your biggest rival with the spotlight of the region shining brightly on Columbus, keeping yet another clean sheet at home, and enjoying the moment with the U.S. faithful provided the perfect foundation for a memorable 2009 for the national team. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, we can look back on the first place finish in qualifying and say that the win against Mexico was the catalyst.

    National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

    CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

    Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.

    Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.

    In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.

    The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.

    Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

    Chris Armas
    Gregg Berhalter*
    Jimmy Conrad*
    Robin Fraser**
    Frankie Hejduk*
    Chris Henderson
    Natasha Kai*
    Kasey Keller*
    Jovan Kirovski*
    Chris Klein
    Jason Kreis
    Eddie Lewis
    Shannon MacMillan**
    Clint Mathis
    Tiffeny Milbrett*
    Jaime Moreno
    John O’Brien
    Ben Olsen
    Pat Onstad*
    Steve Ralston
    Ante Razov
    Tiffany Roberts
    Eddie Robinson*
    Tony Sanneh
    Briana Scurry
    Diego Serna*
    Kate Sobrero Markgraf
    Lindsay Tarpley*
    Taylor Twellman
    Christie Welsh*
    Zach Thornton*

    * First year of eligibility
    ** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016

    In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

    Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

    In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

    Mike Burns
    John Doyle
    Marco Etcheverry
    Linda Hamilton
    Mary Harvey
    Shep Messing
    Glenn Myernick
    Cindy Parlow
    Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

    Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

    Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. 

    U.S. MNT and WNT 2015 Nike Away Kit Debuts This March

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    CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have unveiled a bold new away Nike kit that features a stylish gradient design.

    The WNT will introduce the kit when it travels to Portugal for the 2015 Algarve Cup from March 4-11, and the MNT will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 against Denmark.

    USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Is Sold Out for April 15 in San Antonio

    CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing in front of a sold-out crowd on April 15 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 

    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp

    The match at the Alamodome has reached the capacity of 65,000 tickets sold. That number surpasses the previous San Antonio record crowd of 54,313 who watched Mexico defeat Korea Republic 4-0 on Jan. 29, 2014. Fans from 43 states and the District of Columbia will be in attendance, along with supporters from Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

    While regular seating has sold out, a limited number of suites are still available. Those interested should write to suitesales@alamodome.com

    The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The most recent friendly between the U.S. and Mexico was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    Record 55,000 Tickets Already Sold for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 in San Antonio

    CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing in front of a record crowd for soccer in San Antonio on April 15 for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T.

    The match at the Alamodome has already sold 55,000 tickets, surpassing the previous San Antonio record of 54,313 who watched Mexico defeat Korea Republic 4-0 on Jan. 29, 2014.

    Less than 10,000 tickets remain in the stadium with a capacity of 65,000. Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). (TICKETS)

    Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. 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.

    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

    The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The most recent friendly between the regional rivals resulted in a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Panama - Dempsey, Zardes, Wondo, Hedges Comment on win

    U.S. MNT captain CLINT DEMPSEY

    On the positive result of the game:
    “It’s important for us to get back to winning ways. It’s even better that we got a clean sheet and ended the camp on a good note. We’ve been putting in a lot of work and it was a good first win for 2015. Now we have to build towards the Gold Cup in the summer.”

    On the performance of Gyasi Zardes:
    “He works hard all the time. He got sharper as camp went on, and when he got his opportunities he made the most of them. Today he made a big impact for us. He is a kid that has a great future.”

    On his goal scoring play that was assisted by Zardes:
    “He did a good job of running at the defense, and I was trying to create space for him by running the opposite direction. I tried to make a run into space to see if he could find me. Credit to him, he got his head up and played a perfect ball. It was really him who created the goal.

    On the fluidity of the team against Panama:
    “I just think that we’re starting to get sharper and fit. I think that when we needed to we were able to find the right pass and create problems for them. I thought Mix and Michael broke up plays and moved the ball well. At the same time, I thought Miguel [Ibarra] and Gyasi gave us width and also with their movements, created problems for us and created space for us up top. I think that’s what led to the second goal.”

    U.S. MNT midfielder GYASI ZARDES

    On his performance on home soil and in front of his hometown of Los Angeles:
    “It’s a big dream to play in my home stadium, but to play in my hometown, in front of friends, in front of my family who had been there with me the whole time and have seen me grow is a dream come true. I’m just thankful Jurgen gave me the opportunity to perform on the field.”

    On his play that led to Clint Dempsey’s goal:
    “When I got the ball I countered. I saw open space so I ran into it and I saw Clint making an amazing run to goal. I had to feed him the ball and sure enough he put it away.”

    On adjusting to his new role with the team:
    “When they call you into this camp, they like something about you so there’s no need to be nervous. All you can do is open up your ears and learn more, pay attention to their feedback and listen to what they tell you. They’ve been around the game for ages and have accomplished a lot of things so they know what they are talking about. All you have to do is be humble enough to listen to what they’re saying and you’ll be good.”

    U.S. MNT forward CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI

    On the significance of National Team camps like the January camp:
    “It’s an experience where you get to develop over a month, especially with some great coaches. That’s the experience you have to get out of this, try to get better day in and day out and we had four weeks to accomplish that.”

    On the NASL producing players for the National Team:
    ‘It’s a great thing. Miguel Ibarra is a wonderful player and it shows where the league is and I think it’s going to continue developing and it’s going to make American soccer better.”

    U.S. MNT Defender MATT HEDGES

    On earning his first cap:
    “I was buzzing. I was ready. Jurgen told me I was going in at right back - not what I was expecting, but I made the most of it. I thought that it was a good debut.”

    On his future with the National Team:
    “Hopefully I can get more caps and get called back in. That’s the goal, that’s the dream. I have to keep my consistency high and keep raising my level of play.”

    MNT Earns First Win of 2015, Shuts Out Panama 2-0 at StubHub Center

    CARSON, California (Feb. 8, 2015) – Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored first-half goals and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 2-0 in the USA’s 2015 home opener in front of 20,271 spectators at StubHub Center. 

    Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only MNT players to score 40 international goals. Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson split time in net for the clean sheet. 

    It was the MNT’s first victory of the year, as well as the first win since a 1-0 decision against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, 2014, in Prague. 

    Perry Kitchen and Matt Hedges made their MNT debuts as second-half subs, and 10 players have now earned their first caps under Jurgen Klinsmann in the seven matches following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

    Miguel Ibarra and Gyasi Zardes each earned their first starts. Zardes assisted the Dempsey goal. 

    The USA had other goal scoring chances throughout the match to add to its lead. The best second-half opportunity came in the 60th minute when Bradley’s free kick found an unmarked Jermaine Jones in the middle of the box. Jones whipped a header toward the goal, but directly to Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. 

    Five of the USA’s six shots were placed on goal, while two of Panama’s five shots were put on frame. 

    Goal Scoring Rundown:
    USA – Michael Bradley, 27th minute: Just four minutes after a corner kick threatened the Panama net, Bradley delivered another one that found its way into the net. Bradley drove the corner from the left side toward the far right of the goal frame. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo leapt to try and get a glove on it, but instead the ball went directly into the far right side of the frame, where Jozy Altidore also was close by. USA 1, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

    USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes), 37th minute: Zardes did the setup work, intercepting Panama’s Luis Ovalle in midfield and dribbling centrally before sending a well-placed through ball that split two Panama defenders. Dempsey timed his run perfectly, took a touch and a leap to elude Jaime Penedo and shot right-footed before Harold Cummings could converge. USA 2, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

    Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
    USA – Nick Rimando, 14th minute: Panama threatened with a cross from the right side to the left of the box, and without a USA defender in the vicinity of Panama midfielder Eric Davis, Rimando was forced to rush off of his line and block the shot. 

    PAN – Anibal Godoy, 23rd minute: Michael Bradley took the corner kick from the left side, a bending ball into the six-yard box that likely was headed for goal. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo had a difficult time getting to the ball, but Godoy headed it out of harm’s way at the near post. 

    Milestone Watch:

    • Michael Bradley scored his 13th-career goal. He is now tied for 13th on the all-time MNT goal scoring list with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez. Next up on the list is 12th-place Carlos Bocanegra, who scored 14 goals from 2001-12.
    • Clint Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only U.S. MNT players to score 40 international goals. Donovan scored 57 times in 157 games and Dempsey has 40 goals in 112 matches.
    • Dempsey is now tied for sixth all-time in career appearances with Claudio Reyna, who earned 112 caps from 1994-2006. 

    Next on the Schedule:
    The U.S. MNT faces Denmark at 3 p.m. ET on March 25 in Arhus.
    Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
    Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

    Additional Notes:

    • Before the match, a moment of remembrance was held for former 1950 FIFA World Cup goalkeeper Frank Borghi, who passed away last week. The National Soccer Hall of Famer manned the net in the USA’s famous 1-0 victory against England in Brazil.
    • The USA is now 12-1-2 all-time against Panama and has won the past six meetings.
    • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup included Nick Rimando returning to goal and a defensive back four with Brek Shea on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler at center back. Jones earned his 50th-career cap.
    • In the midfield of the USA’s 4-2-3-1, Mix Diskerud and Michael Bradley played in the holding role, with Miguel Ibarra, captain Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes above them, left to right. Ibarra and Zardes each earned their first MNT starts in just their second appearances. It was a familiar setting for Zardes who plies his professional trade with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy at StubHub Center.
    • Striker Jozy Altidore played up front.
    • Goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaced Rimando to open the second half. It was Johnson’s first appearance since a 1-0 shutout victory against Costa Rica on July 16, 2013, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
    • Also to open the second half, Chris Wondolowski entered for Altidore who was held out for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons (right hamstring soreness).
    • Two players made their MNT debuts in the 72nd minute. Perry Kitchen replaced Diskerud and Matt Hedges replaced Yedlin, who had to leave the match with a right knee sprain in the 68th minute
    • Lee Nguyen took the place of Ibarra in the 79th minute.
    • Luis Gil joined the action in the 81st minute for Dempsey. 

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

    Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
    Date: Feb. 8, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly
    Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
    Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
    Attendance: 20,271
    Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

    USA – Michael Bradley                                  27th minute
    USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)           37 

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (14-Luis Gil, 81), 19-Miguel Ibarra (7-Lee Nguyen, 79); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46)
    Subs Not Used: 6-Wil Trapp, 16-Shane O'Neill, 21-Dillon Serna
    Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

    PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo (capt.); 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Fidel Escobar (23-Chin Hormechea, 46), 3-Harold Cummings, 17-Luis Ovalle (11-Hécgar Murillo, 46); 8-Marcos Sánchez (16-Yairo Glaize Yau, 46), 13-Alfredo Stephens (22-Ismael Díaz, 55), 20-Aníbal Godoy, 15-Éric Davis; 7-Blas Pérez (21-Ricardo Buitrago, 56), 9-Rolando Blackburn (4-Luis Pereira, 63)
    Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Amir Murillo, 10-Gabriel Torres, 12-José Calderón, 19-Jhamal Rodríguez
    Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez 

    Stats Summary: USA / PAN
    Shots: 6 / 5
    Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
    Saves: 2 / 3
    Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
    Fouls: 23 / 15
    Offside: 0 / 3 

    Misconduct Summary:
    USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       38th minute
    PAN – Luis Ovalle (caution)               40
    PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           59
    USA – Chris Wondolowski (caution)  65

    Officials:
    Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)                                          
    Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)                                      
    Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)                                            
    Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON) 

    Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

    In Focus: Panama Selección Nacional

    Panamanian Football Federation (Federación Panameña de Fútbol)

    Founded: 1937
    FIFA affiliation: 1938
    Head Coach: Hernán Darío Gómez
    FIFA World Ranking: 55
    Best World Cup Finish: Has never qualified

    PANAMA ROSTER BY POSITION:
    GOALKEEPERS (2): Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy), Jose Calderon (Coatepeque)
    DEFENDERS (7): Harold Cummings (Santa Fe), Erick Davis (Sporting San Miguelito), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido), Michael Murillo (San Francisco), Luis Ovalle (Zamora), Leonel Parris (Tauro)
    MIDFIELDERS (6): Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador), Anibal Godoy (Honved), Hecgar Murillo (Tauro), Luis Pereira (Arabe Unido), Jhamal Rodriguez (Chorrillo), Marcos Sanchez (Deportivo Tachira)
    FORWARDS (6): Rolando Blackburn (Comunicaciones), Ismael Diaz (Tauro), Blas Perez (FC Dallas), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids), Yairo Yau (Sporting San Miguelito)

    PANAMA ROSTER NOTES:

    • Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, a member of the 2015 MLS Cup-winning LA Galaxy squad, has made 100 appearances for Panama. Penedo is club teammates with USA forward Gyasi Zardes, who made his MNT debut against Chile on Jan. 28.
    • Three players ply their professional trade in MLS: Penedo, forward Blas Perez of FC Dallas and forward Gabriel Torres of the Colorado Rapids.
    • Torres became the Rapids’ first designated player when he signed with the team in August of 2013.
    • Perez signed with FC Dallas in January of 2012. Internationally, Perez has represented Panama since 2001 and would earn 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI honors after tallying three goals and an assist in that tournament.
    • Perez leads Panama’s roster with 36 goals in 89 games. He has recorded hat tricks against Haiti on March 31, 2009, and in a World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua on Oct. 11, 2011.
    • Panama’s roster features five players who are in search of their first international cap: defenders Fidel Escobar, Chin Hormechea and Michael Murillo, and midfielders Luis Pereira and Jhamal Rodriguez.
    • Forward Ismael Diaz is the youngest player on the roster at 17 years old.

    LAST TIME:

    On the field for the USA:
    Jan. 28, 2015 – Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile – International Friendly

    USA                2          Brek Shea 6; Jozy Altidore 31
    CHI                 3          Roberto Gutierrez 10; Mark Gonzalez 66, 75

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
    Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
    Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

    CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
    Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
    Head coach: Jorge Sampaoli

    On the field against Panama:
    Oct. 15, 2013 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

    USA                3          Michael Orozco 64; Graham Zusi 90+2; Aron Johannsson 90+3
    PAN                2          Gabriel Torres 18; Luis Tejada 83

    Lineups:
    USA: 12-Brad Guzan; 6-Brad Evans (15-Brad Davis, 56), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Michael Orozco, 2-Edgar Castillo; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 23-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 8-Mix Diskerud (9-Aron Johannsson, 62), 19-Graham Zusi; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.) (14-Terrence Boyd, 76)
    Subs Not Used: 1-Sean Johnson, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron
    Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

    PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 4-Carlos Rodriguez (22-Jairo Jimenez, 72), 5-Roman Torres, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 17-Luis Henriquez, 6-Gabriel Gomez (2-Roberto Chen, 72), 21-Amilcar Henriquez, 8-Marcos Sanchez (18-Luis Tejada, 78), 19-Alberto Quintero, 7-Blas Perez, 9-Gabriel Torres
    Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonaga, 11-Yairo Glaize, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Richard Dixon, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 16-Rolando Blackburn, 20-Anibal Godoy
    Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes

    MNT Geared Up for Home Opener against Panama

    U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
    International Friendly
    StubHub Center; Carson, California
    Feb. 8, 2015

    U.S. MNT GEARS UP FOR HOME OPENER AGAINST PANAMA: The U.S. Men’s National Team hosts Panama at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 8, at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be live on ESPN, UniMàs and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PT).

    This is the USA’s home opening match of 2015. During the modern era (1995-present), the U.S. MNT is 12-2-6 in the year’s home opener. This will also mark the USA’s seventh home opener in Carson and first since a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011. The MNT is 3-1-2 in Carson-based home openers.

    Sunday also marks the first MNT and U.S. Women’s National Team doubleheader (the U.S. Women face France at 12 p.m. ET in Lorient) since June 2, 2013 during U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration. On that day, the MNT defeated Germany 4-3 in front of a sold-out crowd of 47,359 spectators at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., while later that afternoon the WNT shut out Canada 3-0 in Toronto.

    The U.S. MNT is coming off a 3-2 loss to Chile on Jan. 28 at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The MNT roster is now set at 22 players as forward Bobby Wood traveled to Germany to complete his transfer to 2. Bundesliga side Erzgebirge Aue.

    U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
    GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
    DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
    MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
    FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

    2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

    Date

    Opponent

    Result/Time (ET)

    U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

    Venue

    Jan. 28

    Chile

    2-3 L

    Shea, Altidore

    Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

    Feb. 8

    Panama

    4 p.m.

    ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

    March 25

    Denmark

    3 p.m.

    ESPN2, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    NRGi Park; Århus, Denmark

    March 31

    Switzerland

    12 p.m.

    FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

    April 15

    Mexico

    8:30 p.m.

    FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

    June 5

    Netherlands

    TBD

    ESPN2, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    TBD

    June 10

    Germany

    TBD

    FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

    Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

    USA VS. PANAMA:

    • The United States is 11-1-2 all-time against Panama and has won the past five meetings. The U.S. has outscored Panama by a 27-8 margin.
    • The most recent encounter was the USA’s thrilling 3-2 comeback victory on Oct. 15, 2013, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez to cap off FIFA World Cup qualifying. Graham Zusi’s game-tying goal in second-half stoppage time shattered Panama’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and ultimately paved the way for Mexico to advance to the World Cup. Aron Johannsson followed with the winning goal one minute later. The USA finished atop the CONCACAF region with 22 points, matching its 2005 best-ever Hexagonal point total.
    • The teams met in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where a goal from Brek Shea in the 69th minute lifted the USA to a 1-0 win on July 28. This marked the USA’s second victory in a Gold Cup final against Panama, following the penalty-kick shootout win on July 24, 2005, in which Brad Davis struck the game-winner.
    • In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the semifinal and final rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
    • Among those qualifiers was the USA’s dominant 6-0 victory on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium as Eddie Johnson became the first MNT player to post a second-half hat trick.
    • Panama’s lone victory in the series came in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 11 in Tampa, Florida. The defeat remains the only U.S. loss ever in the group phase of the tournament dating back to 1991.
    • The USA-Panama series started on July 14, 1993, in the Gold Cup as Thomas Dooley and Eric Wynalda each scored a goal during the MNT’s 2-1 victory.

    U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

    • Nine players were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
    • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones started all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
    • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
    • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose clearance of a U.S. corner kick.
    • Eight players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy: Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).
    • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
    • Three players earned their first cap for the senior team during the Jan. 28 match against Chile. Steve Birnbaum started and played the full 90 minutes, while Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes debuted as second-half subs.
    • Five players are in search of their first MNT appearance: Matt Hedges, Jon Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Shane O’Neill and Dillon Serna.
    • In the six games following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, eight players have earned their first caps under Jurgen Klinsmann: Joe Gyau and Emerson Hyndman on Sept. 3, 2014; Miguel Ibarra on Oct. 14, 2014; Rubio Rubin on Nov. 14, 2014; Jordan Morris on Nov. 18, 2014; and Birnbaum, Trapp and Zardes on Jan. 28, 2015.
    • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
    • Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
    • Gil, O’Neill, Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but played eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
    • Gil, Kempin, O’Neill, Serna, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin will be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. 

    IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

    • With his 111th appearance during the Jan. 28 game against Chile, Clint Dempsey moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. Dempsey moved ahead of Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri, who had 110 caps apiece. Dempsey also earned his 100th-career start.
    • Dempsey is the second-leading goal scorer in MNT history with 39 goals, and he is tied for eighth all-time in assists (13) with DaMarcus Beasley.
    • Jozy Altidore is fifth on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 26 goals, adding his first goal of the year against Chile. Altidore is now four goals behind fourth-place Brian McBride (30 goals from 1993-2006).
    • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 92 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list, three appearances behind McBride.
    • Bradley is ranked 10th all-time in career assists with 12, one behind Beasley and Dempsey. Bradley’s 12 goals tie him for 15th all-time with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
    • Nick Rimando ranks sixth on the all-time wins list with 10. Rimando is 10-1-2 all-time after suffering his first MNT loss against Chile.
    • Chris Wondolowski is tied for 21st on the all-time list with nine goals in 26 games, sharing that place with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. Wondolowski is one goal behind 20th-place Eddie Lewis (10 goals from 1996-2008).
    • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (33-16-11) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

    BY THE NUMBERS:
    4                Team-leading goals from Jozy Altidore in 2014
    5                Players on U.S. MNT roster seeking first international cap
    26              Career goals by Altidore, who is fifth on the USA’s all-time list
    27              USA’s current FIFA ranking
    33              Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
    39              Career goals by Clint Dempsey, who is second on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
    55              Panama’s current FIFA ranking
    111            Career caps for Dempsey, who is seventh all-time in USA history

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    JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

    • Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-16-11 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (33), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
    • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
    • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
    • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
    • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
    • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
    • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
      • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
      • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
      • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
      • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
    • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
    • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
    • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
    • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
    • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

    In Focus: Équipe de France Féminine

    France Women's National Team

    Current FIFA World Ranking: 3
    2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Won Group 7 in UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying (10-0-0; 54 GF, 3 GA)
    Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 3 – 2003 (9th), 2011 (4th), 2015
    Record vs. USA: 0-14-2
    Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo
    Championship Honors: None
    Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Gaëtane Thiney (13), Marie-Laure Delie (9), Eugénie Le Sommer (7), Wendie Renard (5)
    Key Players: Gaëtane Thiney (Juvisy), Louisa Necib (Lyon), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Marie-Laure Delie (PSG), Laura Georges (PSG)

    France Women's National Team Roster By Position

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Céline Deville (Juvisy F.C.F.), Méline Gerard (A.S. Saint-Etienne)
    DEFENDERS (8): Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint-Germain), Anaïg Butel (F.C.F. Juvisy), Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Laura Georges (Paris-Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara (Paris Saint-Germain), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Griedge Mbock Bathy Nka (E.A. Guingamp), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)
    MIDFIELDERS (6): Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Elise Bussaglia (Olympique Lyonnais), Kenza Dali (Paris-Saint-Germain), Kheira Hamraoui (Paris-Saint-Germain), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais)

    FORWARDS (6): Marie-Laure Delie (Paris-Saint-Germain), Kadidiatou Diani (F.C.F Juvisy), Claire Lavogez (Montpellier H.S.C), Eugénie LE Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaëtane Thiney (F.C.F. Juvisy), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais) 

    USA VS. FRANCE:

    • Despite first playing France in 1988, the U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 16 times and only four times since 2006.
    • The two most recent meetings came in the USA in June of 2014, a 1-0 U.S. victory in Tampa, Florida, on a goal from Sydney Leroux and a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Connecticut, as Alex Morgan scored both goals, equalizing twice to cancel out scores from Louisa Necib (on a penalty kick) and Amandine Henry.          
    • Before those matches in the USA, the came an epic pair of matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributed a goal each.
    • The USA is 14-0-2 all-time vs. France. Seven of those meetings took place between 1991-97.
    • The USA has scored 48 goals against France while allowing 13.
    • Before the 2-2 draw in 2014, the first tie between the teams came at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, in 2006, a 0-0 draw.
    • U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath played with and against almost all the French players while playing with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
    • France is in Group F at the Women’s World Cup with England, Colombia and Mexico. 

    FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

    • France, which will be considered one of the favorites this summer, has some of the best players in the world at their positions and some of the best team speed in the world, in addition to two towering center-backs in Laura Georges and Wendie Renard, both of whom match up to the size of Abby Wambach, a rare occurrence in international women’s soccer.
    • Louisa Necib is widely hailed as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
    • France has depth in the attack with powerful forward Gaetane Thiney scoring 13 goals in WWC qualifying. Necib had 13 assists.
    • France strolled through its World Cup qualifying campaign to secure a third appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning all ten Group 7 matches, while scoring 54 goals and conceding three.
    • In October of 2014, France earned its first-ever victory over Germany, winning 2-0 in Offenbach.
    • France, which won the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, also has some tremendous young talent, led by Griedge Mbock-Bathy and Claire Lavogez. France finished third at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
    • France head coach Philippe Bergeroo took over from Bruno Bini in September of 2013. A former French international goalkeeper and EURO 1984 winner, he had previously coached Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes, and the French men’s U-17 side, and was part of Aime Jacquet’s backroom staff during France 1998. This is the first time in his career that he has been in charge of a women’s team.
    • Two of the French players have experience in the USA. Defender Laura Georges played college soccer at Boston College from 2004-2007 where she was the ACC Defender of the Year and midfielder Camille Abily played in the WPS with the Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride, winning the title with FCGP in 2010.
    • Almost the entire French team comes from the top four clubs in France. Perennial champion and two-time Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, which has won six consecutive French league titles including last season, has nine players on the roster. Runners-up PSG, which features American Lindsey Horan, has five players.
    • France was expected to contend for the title at the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championships but was upset on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round by Denmark despite dominating the match. 

    LAST TIME
    On the field for the USA:
    Dec. 21, 2014 – Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil

    USA                0         
    BRA               0          

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Hope Solo; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 56); 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday; 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 81), 20-Abby Wambach (8-Amy Rodriguez, 74), 5-Kelley O’Hara (15-Megan Rapinoe, 73)
    Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis
    Suspended: 2-Sydney Leroux
    Head Coach: Jill Ellis

    BRA: 12-Luciana; 2-Poliana, 3-Bruna (capt.), 14-Monica, 11- Andressa Alves (17-Andressinha, 89), 7-Maurine (6-Tamires, 57), 5-Thaisa, 20-Formiga, 8-Rosana (21-Beatriz, 57), 10-Marta, 9-Debinha
    Subs Not Used: 1-Andreia Suntaque, 4-Tayla, 13-Camila, 15-Erika, 16-Rafaelle, 18-Fernandes, 19-Darlene, 22-Gabi, 23-Barbara
    Head Coach: Oswaldo Alvarez

    On the field for the USA vs. FRA:
    June 19, 2014 – Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

    USA                2          Morgan 56, 85
    FRA                2          Necib 27; Henry 68

    Lineups:
    USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
    Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
    Head Coach: Jill Ellis

    FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
    Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
    Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

    National Soccer Hall of Fame Goalkeeper Frank Borghi Passes Away at Age 89

    CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper and National Soccer Hall of Famer Frank Borghi has passed away. He was 89. 

    Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Calcaterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave., in St. Louis, and the funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 5130 Wilson Ave., St. Louis.

    Borghi famously manned the net during the USA’s 1-0 upset victory on July 2, 1950, against England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Borghi made nine international appearances for the MNT from 1949-54, including three World Cup games and five World Cup qualifiers. 

    Borghi, along with the entire 1950 World Cup team, was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976. 

    Frank Borghi 1950
    USA goalkeeper Frank Borghi circa 1950

    In January of 2004, Borghi and fellow World Cup teammates Walter Bahr, Harry Keough, Gino Pariani and John Souza were made honorary All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at its annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

    Aside from his National Team acclaim, the St. Louis native won Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles with Simpkins-Ford in 1948 and 1950. Borghi was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, 2011. 

    Actor Gerard Butler portrayed Borghi in the 2005 movie “The Game of Their Lives,” focusing on the USA’s 1950 World Cup squad. 

    Borghi was also a former minor-league catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system.

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