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U.S. WNT’s Samantha Mewis Shines in Front of North Carolina Crowd

No matter what the level, and no matter the stage, one constant in soccer is that scoring is fun.

Now imagine scoring twice in an international game for the first time while playing for your country in the stadium where you play professionally for your club. That’s really fun. Just ask Samantha Mewis.

“I give so much credit to my teammates for setting me up and always having my back,” Mewis said after scoring her first WNT career brace on Sunday, Oct. 22 in front of 9,727 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, home of the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage. “I’m super grateful for every opportunity I get but today was just really rewarding and cool to play here, in front of my home fans and at our home stadium.”

While both her goals were terrific, the first one was a little extra special because it came off a corner kick served by the newly crowned 2017 NWSL Defender of the Year, Abby Dahlkemper, a long-time friend and teammate since their college days together at UCLA, and now a teammate on the National Team and on the Courage. They joke that they haven’t been able to get rid of each other for the past seven years.

“The service on the corner was perfect,” Mewis said. “I feel like I didn’t have to do anything because Abby’s ball was so good. It was so cool to have that Courage-to-Courage connection in there, so when that ball went in I ran straight to her.”

As for her second tally, Mewis said the goal was a product of training and preparation, and it’s always satisfying to see hard work come to fruition.

“The second goal came off a second ball, which we have been working on that all week, if you believe that,” she said. “It’s cool when something that the team has been working on and the coaching staff has been saying is important happens and works out for us. I give the coaching staff so much credit for continuing to have us work on things like that because it pays off.”

Fourteen games into 2017 with the National Team, and it’s clear that this has been a special cycle so far for Mewis, who along with Becky Sauerbrunn, is the only player to have started every match for the U.S. WNT this year while playing the second most minutes on the team.

Mewis and the USA will next wrap up the 2017 schedule in November with two more friendlies against familiar CONCACAF opponent Canada. The games are set for Nov. 9 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2; UDN) at BC Place in Vancouver and Nov. 12 (6 p.m. PT; FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

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WNT Oct 23, 2017

#USOC2018 Qualifying Round Two: Tense Times for Christos, Bhoys as Colorado & California Reign

The weekend was chock full of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Qualifying action from sea to shining sea. Christos FC and Lansdowne Bhoys led the charge out East while Harpos FC survived another scare in chilly Colorado and El Farolito and Santa Ana Winds breezed to the next round in California. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at all the action and a peek ahead at the 28 teams through to the Third and final Qualifying Round. 

Tension Reigns Back East
Christos FC of Baltimore and NYC powers Lansdowne Bhoys had some sweating to do before booking places in the Third Round of #USOC2018. Both sides, powers in their respective leagues, suffered to the bitter end before earning important Second Round wins. 

(NY Pancyprian Freedoms miss a chance to score against Lansdowne Bhoys at St. Johns in Queens)

Lansdowne Bhoys hit the woodwork multiple times against fellow Cosmopolitan League side New York Pancyprian Freedoms, who won the Open Cup on three occasions in the 1970s and 80s. But the Yonkers-based Bhoys needed a penalty shootout to finally book passage to the final stage of the 2018 Open Cup Qualifying Rounds. Towering Gambian goalkeeper Abdoukarim Dansomakes, whom the Bhoys have taken to calling Kabo, pulled off three huge PK saves to see the green-and-white hooped New Yorkers through after a nail-biter at St. Johns University in Queens.   

Christos didn’t need penalties against a gritty Izee Auto side, but they did get pushed to the wire. Last year’s Open Cup Cinderellas were unable to find a rhythm early and were forced into extra-time after 90 minutes locked at 0-0. And it wasn’t until late in the second period of additional time that Chris Panian managed to peel off his marker at the back post and bend a curler into the side netting for the Baltimore County side famously sponsored by a local liquor store. “We could have started better,” Panian told ussoccer.com. “It wasn’t the best game for us and we had trouble getting into a groove, but we pulled it out like winners do.”

In Marlborough, Mass., on the outskirts of Boston, Open Cup debutants Kendall Wanderers knocked out fellow Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) side GPS Omens, who went a whisker away from playing the New England Revolution in last year’s Open Cup. A game between two old rivals, the action was tense from kick-off. Multiple members of the both clubs described the marathon game as “epic” and “classic.” Kendall drew level late in regulation through the speedy Braima Samati to force extra-time, where they again leveled late to make it 2-2 through Eric Robertson. The Wanderers finished with eight men after a flurry of late red cards (all second yellows). In the end, Kendall’s comeback-kids sealed a famous win on PKs, with Evan Weagle pulling off two huge saves.

(Celebrations in South Boston for Kendall Wanderers after their epic win over GPS Omens in Marlborough, MA)

Elsewhere in the Northeast Region, Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) stormed back from a goal down against Open Cup old-schoolers United German Hungarians to eventually win out 3-2. Phoenix Soccer Club edged fellow Pennsylvania side West Chester United 1-0 while Mass United beat Safira in the other game from Massachusetts. Stegman’s Soccer Club of Minnesota eked out a 3-2 result in an entertaining game against Aurora Borealis SC in Mooseheart, Illinois.

Florida & Colorado Prosper Southeast & Mountain
The last two Texas teams in 2018 Amateur Qualifying were in action on Saturday, with regular Open Cup participants NTX Rayados storming through to beat first-timers Celtic Cowboys 4-1 with a minimum of trouble in Austin. Over in Tennessee, Nashville United made easy meat of Georgia’s Majestic Soccer Club with a 3-0 result.

Red Force FC of Miami were always going to be favorites against fellow Floridians Miami Nacional SC. But despite a gulf in class and Red Force getting out to a big early lead, the game ended in controversial circumstances. Nacional’s coach pulled his players off the field following a call he clearly disagreed with. The game was abandoned after players refused to return to the pitch, allowing Red Force to advance to the Third Round with a 4-0 win in their pocket.

(Big mountains & big sky before Harpos' win over Colorado Springs)

That was just the first of a clutch of Second Round games in Florida. South Florida FC put the screws to Boca Raton FC, handing their neighbors a 5-1 drubbing while FC Kendall bested Orlando Storm 4-1. Motagua New Orleans are the sole remaining Louisiana team left in 2018 Qualifying following their 3-1 win over Cajun Soccer Club.

Over in the High Rockies, Boulder-based Harpos FC earned their second straight hard-fought win in qualifying, needing extra-time and a scorcher of a goal to seal a 2-1 win over Colorado Springs on the road. Harpos manager Johnny Freeston told ussoccer.com that, “in the Open Cup, every time you go out there it’s a Cup Final.” Considering the tension of their games so far, it seems the boss is right about the competition in the Mountain Region. There were also positive results for Denver-based sides FC Denver, who beat Fort Collins United 1-0, and Indios Denver FC – who were on the right side of a 4-2 result against IPS/Marathon Taverna of Oregon. Colorado will be well represented in the Third Round as Azteca FC beat short-handed Colorado Rush 3-2 over in Aurora.

In Arizona, Galati FC stormed through to hammer Ojuelos Jalisco 6-1 and Sporting AZ FC beat Inter EmpireWorks 3-1 in their meeting in Scottsdale.

(South Florida FC handed Boca Raton a 5-1 hammering in the Southeast Region)  

California Dreaming out West
L.A. Wolves, runners-up in the recent U.S. Amateur Cup, and La Máquina didn’t need to get off their couches to book spots in the Third Round following a pair of forfeits earlier in the week by Vanquish FC and Las Vegas Mobsters, respectively. But a host of other California teams were in heated action at the weekend and confirmed that the amateur scene in the Golden State is thriving.

El Farolito, who won the Open Cup in 1993 under their then-name CD Mexico, kept up a proud tradition with a 5-0 victory over Academica Soccer Club in San Francisco. There were two more lopsided results with Santa Ana Winds beating Newcastle United FC 6-0 and San Pedro Monsters beating SFV Scorpions 4-0. Buena Park FC had slightly more trouble in their game against Santa Clarita Storm, but still managed a simple 3-1 win in the end. Cal Victory FC beat Davis Legacy SC 4-2 (Jesus Zamudio scoring all four of the winning side’s goals) and Chula Vista FC beat Valley United SC 1-0 on the road in North Hills.

(LA Wolves are through to the Third Round of Qualifying after Vanquish FC forfeit)

The Third and Final Round of Qualifying for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will take place Nov. 18-19, with 28 teams battling it out for the 14 Open Amateur slots in the finals of next year’s Open Cup – the 105th installment of the competition. The Draw to determine the exact pairings was held at Soccer House in Chicago on October 23, with the results listed below. Venues, dates and times for these matches will be announced shortly. Follow all the action and keep your finger on the pulse of #USOC2018 on twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and ussoccer.com.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule
Third Qualifying Round – Nov. 18-19 (venues, dates and times to be announced)

Game (home team listed first)
Mass United FC (Mass.) vs. Kendall Wanderers (Mass.)
Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.)
Christos FC (Md.) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.)
Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.)
Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. South Florida FC (Fla.)
Nashville United (Tenn.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.)
NTX Rayados (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)
FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Indios Denver FC (Colo.)
Harpos FC (Colo.) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)
Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Galati FC (Ariz.)
Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)
Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.)
El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.)
Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.)

Second Qualifying Round Results

Northeast Region


Game (home team listed first)




Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.)

1-0 (forfeit)

None (Ann Arbor FC withdrew Oct. 19)

Oct. 21

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Kendall Wanderers (Mass.)

1-1, 2-2 AET (4-5 PKs)

Hillside School Field, Marlborough, Mass.

Oct. 21

Mass United FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)


Hormel Stadium; Medford, Mass.

Oct. 21

West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.)


West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.

Oct. 22

Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.)

2-2, 2-3 AET

Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

Oct. 22

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.)

1-0 AET

Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md.

Oct. 22

United German Hungarians (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.)


United German Hungarian Club; Oakford, Pa.

Oct. 22

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.)

0-0 AET (3-4 PKs)

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.


Southeast Region


Game (home team listed first)



Oct. 21

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)


Onion Creek Soccer Complex; Austin, Texas

Oct. 22

Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

0-4 (forfeit, abandoned by Miami)

Ives Estates Park; Miami, Fla.

Oct. 22

Nashville United (Tenn.) vs. Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.)


Richard Siegel Soccer Park - Stadium Field; Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Oct. 22

South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)


Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.

Oct. 22

Cajun Soccer Club (La.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)


Moore Park; Lafayette, La.

Oct. 22

Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.)


Lake Myrtle Sports Complex; Auburndale, Fla.


Mountain Region


Game (home team listed first)



Oct. 21

Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)


Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Fort Collins United (Colo.)


Aurora Sports Park; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. Galati FC (Ariz.)


Desert West Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 21

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.)


Phoenix Rising Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

Oct. 22

Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

1-1, 1-2 AET

Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 22

Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.)


Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.


Pacific Region


Game (home team listed first)




L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Vanquish FC (Calif.)

1-0 (forfeit)

None (Vanquish FC withdrew Oct. 16)


La Máquina FC (Calif.) vs. Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.)

1-0 (forfeit)

None (Las Vegas Mobsters FC withdrew Oct. 20)

Oct. 21

Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)


Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.

Oct. 21

San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. SFV Scorpions (Calif.)


Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.

Oct. 21

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Newcastle United FC (Calif.)


Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.

Oct. 22

El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Academica Soccer Club (Calif.)


Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Oct. 22

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.)


John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.

Oct. 22

Cal Victory FC (Calif.) vs. Davis Legacy SC (Calif.)


Casa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif.




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U.S. Open Cup Oct 23, 2017

U.S. WNT goleó cómodamente 6-0 a Corea del Sur

CARY, Carolina del Norte (22 de octubre, 2017) – Sin guardarse nada, la U.S. WNT goleó 6-0 a Corea del Sur en su segundo amistoso ante la selección asiática en la semana.

Samantha Mewis, quien juega de local en el Sahlen’s Stadium con su club, el North Carolina Courage, brilló en su ‘casa’ y ante su ‘público’ con un doblete en los primeros 20 minutos que encaminaron a las barras y las estrellas a la goleada.

Al igual que en el partido del jueves pasado, la resistencia surcoreana se desvaneció mediante un tiro de esquina. El juego aéreo a balón parado fue ampliamente dominado por las estadounidenses quienes aprovecharon para anotar dos de los primeros cuatro goles por esa vía.

Después de los tantos de Mewis, vino un golazo de Christen Press y para cerrar los primeros 45 minutos, Julie Ertz anotó en una jugada de tiro de esquina – tal como lo había hecho hace tres días en Nueva Orleans.  

Para la segunda mitad, Jill Ellis hizo múltiples cambios, pero la sed de gol de la selección femenina de los EE.UU. no cesó.

Lynn Williams quien estuvo muy activa al frente, marcó el quinto gracias a un error defensivo y a la generosidad de Megan Rapinoe que le puso el gol en bandeja de plata.

Carli Lloyd estuvo muy cerca de marcar el sexto, pero termino siendo Allie Long la anotadora de la media docena tras una combinación con Lindsey Horan, su compañera en el Portland Thorns, con quien recientemente conquistó el campeonato de la NWSL (liga femenil de los Estados Unidos).

La U.S. WNT se notó sólida y lista para la serie de dos partidos que se le vienen en noviembre contra la selección de Canadá, una candente rivalidad con cartel de clásico.

Próximamente: La selección femenina de los Estados Unidos cerrara el año con un par de amistosos de alto calibre en noviembre, enfrentándose en el pasional clásico a Canadá por partida doble. Primero se verán las caras en Vancouver en el BC Place (lugar donde se coronaran campeonas del mundo en 2015) el 9 del próximo mes, y posteriormente el 12 en territorio californiano, en San Jose para ser precisos. El primer duelo lo podrás disfrutar a través de la señal de ESPN y UDN a las 7pm tiempo del pacifico, mientras que el segundo va por la señal de FS1 a las 6pm tiempo del pacifico.  

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Samantha Mewis, minuto 3: Tiro de esquina cobrado al segundo poste, donde llegó para cerrar la pinza con un martillazo de cabeza la mediocampista estadounidense.

USA – Samantha Mewis, minuto 20: Lindsey Horan por punta de la izquierda metió un tiro-centro con comba hacia adentro que nadie tocó y que la portera KANG Gaae rechazó tendiéndose abajo. Pero el rebote quedó libre en el área, y en el contrarrematé Mewis marcó su doblete. 

USA – Christen Press, minuto 35: Alex Morgan habilitó a Press para que quedara mano a mano con la última defensora coreana en la media luna del área. Press optó por pegarle de derecha en lugar de encarar a su marcadora, poniendo el balón cerca del ángulo superior.

USA – Julie Ertz, minuto 45+1: Nuevamente por medio de un tiro de esquina, USWNT encontró el fondo del arco cuando con un cobro a la altura del manchón penal, Horan ganó el cabezazo por elevación y lo recentro al área chica. En un segundo cabezazo, Ertz envió el balón a la red.

USA – Lynn Williams, minuto 61: La guardameta surcoreana salió jugando con su defensora más cercana en un saque de meta. Pero a la zaguera se le escabulló el pase y rápidamente Megan Rapinoe se avivo, se quedó con el balón, se metió al área y le puso tres cuartos de gol a Williams para que solo empujara y firmara su gol.

USA – Allie Long, minuto 83: Diagonal retrasada de Horan desde línea de fondo por izquierda que encontró a Long para que rematara de derecha y firmara su tanto.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

USA – Christen Press, minuto 7: Desborde de Sofía Huerta por derecha para meter un centro bajo al primer poste al cual llegó Press rematando casi barriéndose, pero su intento se fue desviado.

USA – Lynn Williams, minuto 16: Tiro de esquina a segundo poste donde Williams se elevó para meter un cabezazo picado. La arquero KANG Gaae atajó lanzándose muy cerca de la base del poste.

KOR – LEE Geummin, minuto 41: JI Sunmi le filtró por el centro un balón entre líneas a la dorsal 11 quien se escapó a velocidad con tres defensoras en persecución. Geummin buscó definir con un disparo a media altura pero Ashlyn Harris atajó con un lance a su izquierda.

USA – Lynn Williams, minuto 62: En los linderos del área grande cargada por derecha, Williams metió un tiro cruzado y raso que se fue desviado por un costado.

USA – Carli Lloyd, minuto 78: Desborde de Williams por derecha, quien al llegar a línea de fondo envió un centro templado al cual llegó Lloyd para meter un frentazo que se estrelló en la base del poste.

USA – Carli Lloyd, minuto 80: Disparo de Lloyd desde el perímetro del área grande buscando anidarlo abajo cerca del primer poste, pero la portera de la ‘Marea Roja’ salvó con un lance.

KOR – LEE Eunmi, minuto 86: Tiro centro elevadísimo que iba bajando peligrosamente amenazando con meterse cerca del ángulo a segundo poste. Jane Campbell evitó que el intento de la surcoreana la techara y atajó a una mano.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina EE.UU. vs. República de Corea
Fecha: 22 de octubre, 2017
Torneo:  Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Sahlen's Stadium en WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Inicio: 2 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 9,727
Clima: 77 grados Fahrenheit, soleado

Resumen de anotaciones:        1          2          F
USA                                         4          2          6
KOR                                         0          0          0

USA - Samantha Mewis (Abby Dahlkemper)       minuto 3
USA - Samantha Mewis                                       20
USA - Christen Press (Alex Morgan)                   35
USA - Julie Ertz (Lindsey Horan)                        45+1
USA - Lynn Williams (Megan Rapinoe)              61
USA - Allie Long (Lindsey Horan)                      83 

USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris (18-Jane Campbell, 46); 11-Sofía Huerta, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (25-McCall Zerboni, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short (10-Carli Lloyd, 64); 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis (20-Allie Long, 46); 12-Lynn Williams, 13-Alex Morgan (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 23-Christen Press (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46)
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 5-Kelley O'Hara
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

KOR: 1- KANG Gaae (21-KIM Minjung, 68); 8-CHO Sohyun (capt.), 19-KIM Hyeyeong (12-YOO Younga, 63), 6-PARK Chorong (2-LEE Eunmi, 46), 17-JANG Seulgi; 13-JI Sunmi, 22-HAN Chaerin (18-SON Hwayeon, 52), 9-JEON Gaeul (14-MOON Mira, 56), 7-LEE Mina, 23-JANG Chang (15-LEE Sodam, 46); 11-LEE Geummin
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 20-KIM Hyeri, 3-SHIN Damyeong, 4-SEO Hyunsook; 10-JI Soyun, 16-CHOE Yuri
Director Técnico: YOON Dukyeo 

Resumen estadístico: USA / KOR
Tiros: 185 / 9
Tiros al arco: 10 / 3
Atajadas: 2 / 3
Tiros de esquina: 10 / 2
Faltas: 14 / 16
Fueras de lugar: 4 / 1

Resumen de Penalidades:
USA - Lynn Williams (amonestación) minuto 68

Árbitro: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)                                                                                 
Árbitro Asistente 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Cuarto Oficial: Christina Unkel (USA) 

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Lindsey Horan


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Espanol Oct 22, 2017