U.S. Soccer

Gallery: WNT Travels to Brazil

After almost 24 hours of travel, the  U.S. WNT touched down in Belo Horizonte full of excitement to kick off the 2016 Olympic Games against New Zealand.

Group G play gets underway on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Universo. 

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WNT Jul 29, 2016

Five Things to Know about Middlesbrough

U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan will remain in the English Premier League this season after securing a move from Aston Villa to newly promoted Middlesbrough FC on Friday.

Here are five things to know about Guzan’s new English club:

Established: 1876
Formed in 1876 by members of the Middlesbrough Amateur Cricket Club who were looking to stay fit during the winter, Middlesbrough FC is one of the oldest active clubs in the English Football League.

After some acrimony, some members of the club split to form the competing Middlesbrough Ironopolis and both organizations went professional in 1889. An application to reunite the clubs three years later was rejected by the Football League, and after Middlesbrough found more success by winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and 1898, Middlesbrough returned to professional status in 1899 where they’ve played between different divisions of English football ever since.

To the northeast he goes…
Brad Guzan can expect a slightly colder climate as Middlesbrough is located in North Yorkshire in the northeast of England. Part of a three-club cluster in the region, Middlesbrough sits just south of Sunderland and Newcastle on the south bank of the River Tees.

After a number of different locations in the club’s early years, Middlesbrough called Ayersome Park home beginning in 1903. The ground hosted matches during the 1966 FIFA World Cup, but following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and the ensuing Taylor Report, many clubs in England were forced to upgrade their stadiums or move to new ones.

‘Boro elected to build a new ground and moved into the Riverside Stadium in 1995. The all-seater stadium has a capacity of 33,746 and has been a regular site for the England U-21 side.

Roll Call
Middlesbrough has been home to a number of successful English and Scottish players. Having played 15 seasons for the club in the 1920s and 1930s, Englishman George Camswell is Boro’s all-time leading goal scorer with 345 goals in 453 appearances.

Brian Clough, who surprisingly led Nottingham Forest to back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, is Boro’s third all-time leading scorer with 204 goals in 222 appearances, while well-known Scottish manager Graeme Souness got his start with the northeast club before a legendary career at Liverpool.

More recently, Brazilian maestro Juninho Paulista pulled the strings in the Boro midfield, even making the championship-winning Brazil squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Former England defender Gareth Southgate ended his career with the club in 2006, while prolific strikers Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka enjoyed spells at Riverside.

Guzan will be the first U.S. international to play for Boro.

Movin’ on up with Aitor Karanka
After spending 11 seasons in the Premier League, Middlesbrough was relegated to the English Championship in 2009. The club’s attempt to return to the English topflight came up short in the following years, leading to former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka’s appointment as Boro manager in 2009. The first non-British manager in club history, the Spaniard brought the club close to promotion in 2015, but fell 2-0 to Norwich City in the Championship Promotion Final.

This past season, Middlesbrough ran rampant in the Championship and earned the league’s second automatic promotion spot on the final day. Tied with third-place Brighton & Hove Albion on 88 points, Boro held on for a 1-1 home draw to return to the English Premier League.

Goalkeeping Competition
Brad Guzan enters an interesting goalkeeping landscape at Middlesbrough. The MNT backstop is the second goalkeeper signed by the club this offseason, along with long-time FC Barcelona and Manchester United netminder Victor Valdes.

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, who has been the team’s starter for much of the past few seasons, remains in the fold, while former Real Madrid product Tomás Mejías rounds out the goalkeeping corps.

Boro goalkeeper coach Leo Percovich will be familiar with Guzan. The former Uruguay international spent a number of seasons as an assistant in Major League Soccer, working with the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Toronto FC and Chicago Fire before joining Karanka and Middlesbrough towards the end of 2013.

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MNT Jul 29, 2016

MNT on TV: MLS, Liga MX Cruise Right Along

Coming off the league’s All-Star Game on Thursday night, a total of 29 MNT players are potentially available to see on TV as MLS swings right back into action along with Liga MX this weekend.

Here are some key matchups to catch:

On Friday, Greg Garza, Michael Orozco and Paul Arriola kick off the weekend south of the border when Club Tijuana hosts Guadalajara to begin the third week of the Liga MX season (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

Two screens will be required to track MNT players much of Saturday. Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones get back to work as the Colorado Rapids look to return to the top of the Western Conference when they visit the East’s top team, New York City FC (3 p.m. ET – MLS Live). At the same time, MNT defender Matt Miazga and Chelsea take on Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (3 p.m. ET – ESPN). The match represents a stop on the road to what might have been for Miazga, who committed to play collegiate soccer at Michigan before signing a Homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls in 2013.

Later in the evening, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca will try to make it three wins in a row during the young Liga MX season as Los Tuzos take on newly promoted Necaxa (8 p.m. ET – NBC Universo). Meanwhile, left back Edgar Castillo and Monterrey look for their first win of the Apertura as they welcome Cruz Azul to Estadio BBVA Bancomer (8 p.m. ET – Univision).

A full slate of MLS action kicks off Sunday with a marquee matchup as Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers visit Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City in the first meeting of the season. (2 p.m. ET – FOX). That game is followed up by another intriguing clash as Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC begin a new era after the departure of Sigi Schmid, hosting Gyasi Zardes and the high-flying LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field (4 p.m. ET – ESPN).

Cap off Sunday with the decisive Trillium Cup match between Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC. The game provides another glimpse at TFC forward Jozy Altidore’s comeback from a hamstring injury, while Ethan Finlay hopes to help Crew SC to a difficult cup win at BMO Field in Toronto.

Check out the full television schedule for MNT players this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, July 29

Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola

Club Tijuana vs. Guadalajara

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, July 30

Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, Mix Diskerud

New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids

3 p.m.

MLS Live

Matt Miazga

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid

3 p.m.

ESPN

Edgar Castillo

Monterrey vs. Cruz Azul

8 p.m.

Univision

Omar Gonazlez

Pachuca vs. Necaxa

8 p.m.

NBC Universo

Ventura Alvarado

Club America vs. Tigres UANL

10 p.m.

Univision

Sunday, July 31

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra

Pumas UNAM vs. Club Leon

1 p.m.

UDN

Darlington Nagbe, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers

2 p.m.

FOX

Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris

Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy

4 p.m.

ESPN

Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact

6:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Brek Shea, Lee Nguyen

Orlando City SC vs. New England Revolution

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay, Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham

Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes

9 p.m.

MLS Live

 

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MNT Jul 29, 2016

U-20 MNT Heads to Basking Ridge for Training Camp and Friendlies

CHICAGO (July 29, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will head to Basking Ridge, New Jersey for a 20-player training camp between July 30-Aug. 8.

Head coach Tab Ramos will lead the team in two domestic friendlies, starting with a match against the New York Cosmos on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. ET at the Cosmos’ training facility, and finishing against New York Red Bulls II on Aug. 7 at 12 p.m. ET at the Red Bull’s training facility.

The 20-player roster is made up of 19 players born in 1997, with one player born in 1998. Twelve players compete at the collegiate level, while three players are in MLS league, and five players play for their local clubs teams.

The team recently won the 2016 Under-20 Men’s NTC Invitational after defeating Japan 2-1. Nine players who competed in the NTC Invitational will be returning to camp, while 11 players will be welcomed.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Robert Castellanos (Nomads SC; Palmdale, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana; Bloomington, Ind.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Andrew Lombard (Ohio State; Montclair, N.J.), Chad Poarch (Continental FC Delco; Middletown, Dela.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Cameron Lindley (North Carolina; Carmel, Ind.), Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro, F.C.; Orange County, Calif.), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6): Sebastian Elney (Maryland; West Chester, Pa.), Jeremy Kelly (North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jonathan Lewis (Kendall SC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.)

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U-20 MNT Jul 29, 2016
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