U.S. Soccer

WNT October Camp Wraps Up

When the training camp roster was announced for the U.S. WNT’s October friendlies against Switzerland, 11 new names appeared on the list, all with the possibility of earning their first cap. After eight days of intense training sessions and two big wins that featured nine goals by seven different players, six new players made their international debuts with two also adding a goal and etching their names in the WNT record books.

On Oct. 19 against Switzerland in Sandy, Utah, Abby Dahlkemper, Ashley Hatch, Casey Short, Andi Sullivan and Lynn Williams all earned their first cap. Four days later, on Oct. 23, Kealia Ohai joined them, making her first international appearance to conclude one of the most unique weeks ever for the WNT.

First cap: Andi Sullivan, Casey Short, Abby Dahlkemper, Lynn Williams and Ashley Hatch

“I’d say the whole group did remarkably well,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach JillEllis said following the USA’s 5-1 win against Switzerland on Sunday, which capped the team’s October camp. “[The new players] were very coachable and very willing to embrace whatever we asked of them.”

For Williams and Ohai, two players who finished the 2016 NWSL season tied atop the league with 11 goals each, the past week will certainly be memorable. On Oct. 19, Williams entered as a second half substitute (she played the final 45 minutes) and scored 49 seconds into her first cap – a record for fastest goal scored in a debut. The record lasted just four days. On Oct. 23, Ohai entered the USA’s second match vs. Switzerland in the 82nd minute and scored after 48 seconds, thus setting a new record for fastest goal scored in a debut.

Before Ohai’s dream debut on Sunday, it was the Carli Lloyd show in Minneapolis. After shutting out Switzerland in the first leg of the two-game series, 4-0 in Utah, the Swiss got off to a better start in Minnesota, scoring in the seventh minute of the game to take the early lead.

Then Lloyd did her thing, scoring a spectacular goal from distance that would have been right at home in any EPL Goals of the Week highlight video.

Andi Sullivan got the ball in the midfield, took a few touches forward and passed it to Lloyd. Lloyd returned it to Sullivan with one touch, who quickly passed it forward to Kelley O’Hara. The triangular formation between the three players resulted in O’Hara giving one last pass to Lloyd who then advanced the ball about two yards before launching a lightning bolt into the upper right corner for one of the best finishes of her career. The goal tied the match at 1-1, and the USA would go on to add four more goals in the second half with Lloyd also bagging the game-winner.

“I think what I was really impressed with today was our ball movement in the final third,” Ellis said after the 5-1 win. “A lot of combinations created a lot of chances. The personnel in there today just gave us a lot of different types of options. I thought Carli was superb in the pocket in terms of coming off [their backline] and playing final passes.”

And when it came to Lloyd’s strike, Ellis had nothing but the ultimate praise for the goal that FOX Sports commentator Glenn Davis described as “hit with no regard for humanity.”

“Unreal,” Ellis said. “That was a cracker. It was a spectacular finish. And it’s not just about her finish, her play was good, her decisions-making, her passing. Her overall play was very, very good.”

The goal was also an exclamation mark for Lloyd who kicked off the year by winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award back in January. The game on Sunday was the last of 2016 for her as she is set to get married early next month and will miss the USA’s friendlies vs.
Romania in November.

Lloyd finished the year with 17 goals, her second-best year for goals scored in her career and a team-leading mark. With 96 international goals, she is just four shy of becoming the sixth player in WNT history to reach the century mark. She has scored 33 goals in 34 games played since the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Besides the excitement of new players and new records set on the field, the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium surely had a great time on Sunday evening. It had been 10 years since the WNT last played in Minnesota and the atmosphere did not disappoint, as the boisterous crowd of 23,400 fans set a new record for the largest to watch a U.S. game in the state.

“It was fantastic,” Ellis said of the record-setting crowd. “We’re ecstatic about the turn out. I hadn’t personally been to Minneapolis before so to see this many people supporting soccer is outstanding. And this venue is a piece of art, it’s beautiful. To have more than 23,000 people supporting us…wow, it’s just great.”

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WNT Oct 25, 2016

Top of the Tables

When MNT players push themselves to reach the highest level possible, the same goes for their clubs. Playing with the best players helps as much as playing against them, as several guys are proving this season. In three leagues in Europe and North America, U.S. internationals are on seven clubs at or near the top of their respective leagues. Here’s a quick breakdown.

In Germany, it’s Bayern Munich in the familiar spot of first place in the Bundesliga. Julian Green – whose National Team revival included two goals and an assist during the last two matches – has been tabbed by head coach Carlo Ancelotti as poised to get minutes for the German giants. John Brooks remains a rock in central defense for Hertha Berlin as the capital club holds third place and sits just three points from the top. If he continues to improve, Hertha fully expects Brooks to join one of the top clubs in Europe. Meantime, Fabian Johnson (Moenchengladbach) and Christian Pulisic (Dortmund) are the two U.S. players competing in the UEFA Champions League.

#TheJourney: It’s Futbol and Family for Omar Gonzalez at Pachuca 

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MNT Oct 25, 2016

Gallery: WNT Delivers Imposing 5-1 Victory vs. Switzerland in Minneapolis

Photos from the U.S. WNT's dominant 5-1 victory on Oct. 23 against Switzerland in Minneapolis. Captain Carli Lloyd and the WNT put on a brilliant performance in front a crowd of 23,400 fans, largest crowd to watch the U.S. Women in the state of Minnesota, in a record-setting day at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

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WNT Oct 24, 2016

MNT on TV: Midweek Playoff and Cup Action

It’s do-or-die for a number of U.S. Men’s National Team players as midweek cup action in England and Germany is capped off by the beginning the 2016 M.L.S. Cup Playoffs.

Check out the rundown of what’s in store for MNT players this week:  

The cup action gets underway Tuesday afternoon in England when U.S. youth international Cameron Carter-Vickers will hope to start another EFL Cup match for Tottenham Hotspur when they visit Liverpool at Anfield (2:40 p.m. ET – beIN Sports). A fixture in the Spurs game-day 18 this season, Carter-Vickers got his first full 90 minutes in the club’s 5-0 win against Gillingham in the previous round on Sept. 21.

Back in London, midfielder Danny Williams and Reading will look to draw on their cup experience from years past as they face a Round of 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal (2:40 p.m. ET - beIN Sports Espanol).

Fresh off a return to the field in Sunderland’s 1-0 league defeat to West Ham at the weekend, Lynden Gooch has a chance for more time on Wednesday when the Black Cats visit Southampton in another EFL Cup Round of 16 match (2:30 p.m. ET – beIN Sports Connect).

In Germany, Julian Green will look for his first start of the season as Bayern Munich hosts Augsburg in the DFB Pokal (2:45 p.m. – ESPN Deportes), while Christian Pulisic could also see time as Borussia Dortmund hosts Union Berlin (2:45 p.m. – WatchESPN).

The 2016 M.L.S. Cup Playoffs kick off with the Knockout Round on Wednesday night as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Toronto FC host Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union in a meeting between two clubs looking for their first-ever postseason victories (7:30 p.m. ET – ESPN2).

The nightcap features veteran Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake looking to pull an upset against the Western Conference third seed LA Galaxy (10:30 p.m. ET – UniMas).

The postseason rolls on Thursday when Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United host Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET – UniMas), before the curtain comes down on the Knockout Round with Jordan Morris and a resurgent Seattle Sounders FC side taking on Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting Kansas City (10 p.m. ET – FS1).

See the full midweek #MNTonTV schedule below:

Tues., Oct. 25

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

2:40 p.m.

beIN Sports

Danny Williams

Arsenal vs. Reading

2:40 p.m.

beIN Sports Espanol

Weds., Oct. 26

Lynden Gooch

Southampton vs. Sunderland

2:30 p.m.

beIN Sports Connect

Julian Green

Bayern Munich vs. Augsburg

2:45 p.m.

ESPN Deportes

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund vs. Union Berlin

2:45 p.m.


Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

7:30 p.m.


Kyle Beckerman

LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.


Thurs., Oct. 27

Steve Birnbaum

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact

7:30 p.m.


Jordan Morris, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting KC

10 p.m.


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MNT Oct 24, 2016

U-17 MNT Takes Down Costa Rica with 3-1, 4-0 Victories in Florida Friendlies

BRADENTON, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team hosted Costa Rica in their Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy home base for two international friendlies on Oct. 22 and 24. The U.S. delivered two convincing victories, winning both matchups 3-1 and 4-0, respectively.

The first match on Oct. 22 started off slow, with both opponents getting a feel for each other, until Bryan Reynolds Jr. took matters into his own hands and put the USA on the scoreboard in the 30th minute. Blaine Ferri kicked off the second half with a 47th minute goal assisted by Christopher Gloster to extend the U-17’s lead. Andres Gómez gave life to Costa Rica with a 52nd minute goal, but Josh Sargent found the back of the net and silenced all doubts in the 63rd minute to secure a 3-1 USA victory.

The U.S. came storming out of the gates in the second matchup on Oct. 24, with Blaine Ferri only needing two minutes to connect with Andrew Carleton for the first goal of the match. Josh Sargent added another tally for the U-17 MNT in the 34th minute assisted by Christopher Durkin, bringing the striker’s record to two goals and one assist in two matches vs. Costa Rica.

The second half was a continuation of the USA show, with George Acosta pushing up the scoreline to 3-0 in the 65th minute and Ayo Akinola delivering the finishing blow in the 85th minute. Isaac Angking and Zyen Jones assisted the third and fourth goals, respectively, while goalkeeper Justin Garces recorded a shutout in the U-17 MNT’s dominant 4-0 victory against Costa Rica.  

Next on the schedule for the U-17 MNT is a training camp in Kingston, Jamaica, where the team will face the Jamaica U-17 Men’s National Team on Nov. 2 and 6 in preparation for the 2016 Nike International Friendlies in December. 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
CRC                             0          1          1

USA – Bryan Reynolds Jr. (Joshua Sargent)                 30th minute
USA – Blaine Ferri (Christopher Gloster)                                   47
CRC – Andres Gómez                                                  52
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Goslin)                 63

USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 73); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Isaac Angking, 83), 10-George Acosta (18-Christopher Goslin, 59); 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (23-Tonny Temple, 73), 9-Joshua Sargent (21-Zyen Jones, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Carlo Ritaccio, 17-Will Sands, 19-Alejandro Pereira, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 24-Chandler Vaughn, 25-Akil Watts
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 18-Kevin Chamorro; 17-Walter Cortez, 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon, 13-Byron Suarez; 6-Felipe Flores (11-Jose Rodolfo, 46), 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (14-Ronier Bustamante, 68), 16-Jurgen Seguiera, 7-Josue Abarca; 9-Mario Mora (15-Josue Serrano, 73), 10-Andres Gómez (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 78)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brandon Calvo, 2-Andres Hernandez, 3-Orlando Galo, 12-Esteban Mata, 20-Alexander Roman
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7/ 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Offside: 9 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Kevin Chamorro (caution)                       29th minute
USA – Christopher Goslin (caution)                   72
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                       79

Referee: Matthew Miscannon
Assistant Referee: Alexander Derostaing
Assistant Referee: Stephen Richardson Jr.
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Field 11; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             2          2          4
CRC                             0          0          0

USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton)               2nd minute
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Durkin)     34
USA – George Acosta (Isaac Angking)              65
USA – Ayo Akinola (Zyen Jones)                          85

USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 32); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-George Acosta, 62), 10-Isaac Angking; 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (21-Zyen Jones, 78), 9-Joshua Sargent (19-Ayo Akinola, 69), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Will Sands, 78)
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Chandler Vaughn, 18-Christopher Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 23-Matthew Hundley, 24-Tristan Weber, 25-Jose Bencomo
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Brandon Calvo, 17-Walter Cortez, 2-Andres Hernandez (3-Orlando Galo, 46), 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon; 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (20-Alexander Roman, 46),14-Ronier Bustamante (9-Mario Mora, 46), 16-Jurgen Seguiera; 11-Jose Rodolfo, 10-Andres Gómez (7-Josue Abarca, 69) 12-Esteban Mata (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Felipe Flores, 13-Byron Suarez, 18-Kevin Chamorro, 15-Josue Serrano
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 3
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 20
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Offside: 12 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Jurgen Seguiera (caution)            45th minute
CRC – Yecsi Jarquin (caution)                          54
USA – Christopher Gloster (caution)                 77
CRC – Alexander Roman (caution)                   90

Referee: Elvis Osmanovic
Assistant Referee: Hassan Belmnahia
Assistant Referee: Frank Villaizan
Fourth Official: Stephan Richardson Jr.

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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U-17 MNT Oct 24, 2016