U.S. Soccer

Newcomers Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic Leave Good Impression in 1-0 Win Against Ecuador

In a pre-game interview just before kickoff Wednesday night against Ecuador, ESPN's Taylor Twellman asked U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to name a player in each position who had the most to gain this summer. In midfield, he picked Darlington Nagbe. 

Perhaps Nagbe can hear through walls.

Entering as a second-half substitute, he brought energy, skill and dynamism to the MNT attack, and the effort was rewarded with the last-minute winner when he finished off some fine work from DeAndre Yedlin and Bobby Wood.

"It felt great," said Nagbe of his first goal for the United States. "I’ve been wanting my first goal to come, and in a big game like this before Copa America against a good team, I was happy it was in this game.”

Of his efforts in Ecuador's attacking half, he said that Klinsmann has been encouraging all of his midfielders to play a bigger role.

“He just wants me to get on the ball, same as all," Nagbe said. "For all of his midfielders, he just us to get on the ball and continue to get possession and help create."

One youngster who also heeded those words was former PA Classics midfielder Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old showed poise, confidence and a clean touch in his 27 minutes on the park. Entering only his second match for the senior team, he said Klinsmann's instructions were simple.

“He said to just be dangerous and go do what I do," Pulisic offered. "Of course I have to help the team and try to make a difference in the game.”

As he continues to get integrated into the group, Pulisic is here to contribute however he can going into this huge tournament.

“We have 23 very strong players," he said. "Of course everyone wants to start and that’s the goal, but I just want to be successful with the team. Whether that’s starting or coming off the bench, that’s fine by me. It’s the coach’s decision and I’m just happy to be here.”

Age is just a number for @cmpulisic.

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MNT May 26, 2016

U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel Denies Kraze United and San Francisco City FC First Round Protests

CHICAGO (May 26, 2016) – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel recently received protests from Kraze United and San Francisco City FC regarding the use of ineligible players by The Villages SC and C.D. Aguiluchos USA during their respective meetings in First Round play on May 11.

According to Open Cup Policy Section 306(a), “A protest related to an Open Cup match must be filed in writing with the Open Cup Commissioner not later than 5:00 p.m. CT, the day after the match.”

In accordance with the regulations, the Panel has denied both protests because they were received after the appropriate deadline.

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USOC May 26, 2016

Gallery: U.S. MNT Defeats Ecuador 1-0 After Nagbe's Late Goal

The U.S. Men’s National Team used Darlington Nagbe’s 90th minute strike and first international goal to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in its second warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario. [TICKETS]. Read more
MNT May 26, 2016

EE.UU. se enfrentará a Sudáfrica por primera vez en Soldier Field

CHICAGO (26 de mayo, 2016) - El primero de dos partidos antes de que la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos viaje a los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 se jugará contra Sudáfrica el 9 de julio en Soldier Field en Chicago. El partido iniciará a las 12 p.m. CT y será transmitido en FS1.

Los boletos salen a la venta al público al jueves, 2 de junio, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, por teléfono llamando al 1-800-745-3000 y en todas las sucursales de Ticketmaster en el área de Chicago (incluyendo tiendas Walmart). [Nota:  No se venderán boletos en el estadio hasta el día del evento.] Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden ordenar en ussoccer.com.

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

Después del partido en Chicago, EE.UU. tomará un descanso final antes de reunirse para su último partido antes de partir hacia Brasil. Se anunciarán los detalles de ése partido próximamente. En los Juegos Olímpicos 2016, EE.UU. se enfrentará a Nueva Zelanda (3 de agosto), Francia (6 de agosto) y Colombia (9 de agosto) en el Grupo G.

El partido contra Sudáfrica será el primer encuentro entre ambas selecciones femeninas. También será solamente el segundo país africano contra el cual EE.UU. se habrá enfrentado en su historia. Las estadounidenses han jugado contra Nigeria cuatro veces, todas en Copas Mundiales o Juegos Olímpicos.

"Estamos muy emocionadas por jugar contra un país al que nunca nos hemos enfrentado y por jugar contra otro equipo que estará compitiendo en los Juegos Olímpicos," dijo la directora técnica de EE.UU. Jill Ellis. "Realmente vamos a aprovechar estas dos oportunidades de jugar frente a nuestra afición local antes de ir a Brasil."

Notas adicionales:

  • Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 11-0-0 en el 2016 entrando a los dos partidos contra Japón, el 2 de junio en Dick's Sporting Goods Park en Commerce City, Colorado (7 p.m. MT en FS1) y el 5 de junio en FirstEnergy Stadium en Cleveland (12:30 p.m. ET en ESPN2).
  • El partido en Colorado está completamente agotado y más de 20,000 boletos han sido vendidos para el partido en Cleveland.
  • Sudáfrica, quien clasificó a su segundo Torneo Olímpico de Fútbol Femenino consecutivo, fue sorteado al difícil Grupo E con Brasil, China y Suecia.
  • En su primer evento FIFA en los Juegos Olímpicos 2012, Sudáfrica no salió de su grupo, cayendo 4-1 contra Suecia y perdiendo 3-0 contra Canadá, pero después empatando 0-0 con el eventual subcampeón Japón.
  • La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. ha jugado 11 partidos en Chicago, pero no ha jugado en Soldier Field desde el 2007.
  • UU. nunca ha perdido en Chicago, hogar de las oficinas de la U.S. Soccer Federation, con un registro de 4-0-1 en Toyota Park en Bridgeview, Illinois, y 6-0-0 en Soldier Field. Cuatro de esos partidos fueron antes de la renovación del estadio, que originalmente abrió en 1924. La visita más reciente de la Selección Femenina al inmueble histórico resultó en una victoria de 6-1 contra Nueva Zelanda el 12 de agosto, 2007.
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Espanol May 26, 2016

USA Defeats Ecuador in Copa Warm-up Thanks to Nagbe Winner

FRISCO, Texas (May 25, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team used Darlington Nagbe’s 90th minute strike and first international goal to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in its second warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario. [TICKETS].

After a first half that lacked chances, the MNT controlled the run of play in the second half, as Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya both had opportunities to find the score sheet. Just as it looked like the game would end in a 0-0 deadlock, Nagbe finished headed pass from Bobby Wood in the penalty area to tally his first international goal and give the U.S. a 1-0 victory.

The MNT continues preparations for this summer’s Copa America Centenario on Sat., May 28 when it meets a second South American foe in Bolivia at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN [TICKETS].

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Darlington Nagbe (Bobby Wood), 90th minute:
DeAndre Yedlin did well to earn space on the right before seeing his initial cross headed up in the area by Ecuador’s Juan Carlos Paredes. Substitute forward Bobby Wood kept the second ball alive, winning an aerial battle to knock down for Nagbe who took the ball of his chest before finishing inside Esteban Dreer’s right post for the game’s lone goal. USA 1, ECU 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 7th minute: A headed clearance from Steve Birnbaum fell to Jefferson Montero on the left side of the area. The Ecuador attacker took the ball in stride before hitting a low blast that deflected off Birnbaum and towards the lower left post where Guzan got down with a big hand to turn the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – John Brooks, 14th minute: Catching the U.S. in transition, Miller Bolaños played a clever through ball for Enner Valencia into space, but John Brooks tracked the run before coming through with a well-timed tackle in the box to put the ball out for a corner kick.

ECU – Esteban Dreer, 59th minute: After receiving a through ball at the top of the box, Jermaine Jones hit a blinding effort that saw substitute ‘keeper Esteban Dreer receive his first test, standing tall behind the powerful shot.

Next on the Schedule: The MNT hosts Bolivia in its last international friendly before Copa America Centenario at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, May 28 (7 p.m. CT; FS1, UniMas, UDN) [TICKETS].
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Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey made his 123rd international appearance, tying him with DaMarcus Beasley for fifth on the MNT’s all-time caps list. He sits four back of Marcelo Balboa (127) for fourth place.
  • Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal, coming in his fifth international appearance.

Additional Notes:

  • The win improves the MNT’s all-time record against Ecuador to 3-5-5.
  • With the result, the MNT remains unbeaten in Frisco, Texas, holding a 2-0-2 all-time record at Toyota Stadium.
  • Named the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. at Copa America Centenario, goalkeeper Brad Guzan earned his 14th career shutout and second of 2016.
  • The USA has scored in the 89th minute or later in four of five matches this year with all four matches ending up in the win column: Steve Birnbaum vs. Iceland; Jozy Altidore vs. Canada and vs. Guatemala; Nagbe vs. Ecuador
  • MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started a back four consisting of DeAndre Yedlin at right back, Steve Birnbaum and John Brooks as the central pair and Fabian Johnson on the left.
  • The midfield trio featured Jermaine Jones on the right, Kyle Beckerman in the holding central role and captain Michael Bradley on the left.
  • Klinsmann deployed a three-man forward line that positioned Clint Dempsey as the central striker, with Graham Zusi and Gyasi Zardes deployed on the right and left, respectively.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: May 25, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: 9,893
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy

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

USA – Darlington Nagbe (Bobby Wood)         90th minute      

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Steve Birnbaum, 6-John Brooks (5-Matt Besler, 78), 23-Fabian Johnson; 15-Kyle Beckerman (10-Darlington Nagbe, 46), 19-Graham Zusi (14-Michael Orozco, 87), 13-Jermaine Jones (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 64), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Gyasi Zardes (7-Bobby Wood, 46), 8-Clint Dempsey (17-Christian Pulisic, 63)
Subs not used:
12-Tim Howard, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Perry Kitchen, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Kellyn Acosta
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU: 22-Alexander Domínguez (12-Esteban Dreer, 46); 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 3-Frickson Erazo, 21-Gabriel Achilier (20-Robert Arboleda, 73), 5-Cristian Ramirez; 6-Christian Noboa (capt.) (8-Fernando Gaibor, 69), 18-Carlos Gruezo (15-Pedro Larrea, 59), 14-Angel Mena, 7-Jefferson Montero (11-Michael Arroyo, 64); 13-Enner Valencia, 23-Miller Bolaños (19-Juan Cazares, 68)
Subs not used:
1-Maximo Banguera, 9-Fidel Martinez, 17-Jaime Ayovi, 24-Mario Pineida
Head coach:
Gustavo Quinteros

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 5 / 3
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 16 / 16
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ECU – Gabriel Achilier (caution)                    22nd minute
USAJermaine Jones (caution)                   26 
ECU – Cristian Ramirez (caution)                  35
ECU – Angel Mena (caution)                        45

Referee: Alfredo Penaloza (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Lopez Carrillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
4th Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Darlington Nagbe

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MNT May 25, 2016