U.S. Soccer

EE.UU. jugará amistoso contra Cuba el 7 de octubre en la Habana

CHICAGO (30 de junio, 2016) - Por primera vez desde 1947, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos y Cuba jugarán en un partido amistoso internacional. El histórico encuentro en la Habana se llevará a cabo el 7 de octubre en el Estadio Pedro Marrero. El partido será transmitido en vivo por ESPN y una cadena de Univision. La hora de inicio está aún por determinarse.

Es solamente la segunda visita de EE.UU. a Cuba en los últimos 69 años, al haber ganado 1-0 el 6 de septiembre, 2008, durante la Ronda Semifinal de eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2010.

"Estamos absolutamente encantados de tener la oportunidad de llevar a nuestro equipo a Cuba," dijo el director técnico de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann. "Además de buena competencia, siempre estamos buscando que nuestro grupo tenga experiencias diferentes y ésta es una oportunidad única."

Al haber terminado en cuarto lugar de la histórica Copa América Centenario, Estados Unidos continúa con la Ronda Semifinal de la eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 el 2 de septiembre contra San Vicente y las Granadinas. La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. cierra la fase de grupos el 6 de septiembre cuando reciben a Trinidad y Tobago. El inicio en EverBank Field en Jacksonville, Florida, está programado para las 8 p.m., y el partido será transmitido en vivo por FS1 y una cadena de Univision.

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Espanol Jun 30, 2016

MNT to play Historic Friendly vs. Cuba on Oct 7 in Havana

CHICAGO (June 30, 2016) – For the first time since 1947, the national teams of the United States and Cuba will play an international friendly. The historic meeting in Havana will take place Oct. 7 at Estadio Pedro Marrero. The match will be broadcast live on the ESPN and Univision Networks, with kickoff time still to be finalized.

This is only the USA’s second visit to Cuba in the last 69 years, having collected a 1-0 win on Sept. 6, 2008, during the Semifinal Round of Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”

Having finished fourth in the historic Copa America Centenario, the U.S. continues the Semifinal Round of Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sept. 2 against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The MNT closes out group play Sept. 6 when they host Trinidad & Tobago. Kickoff at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., is set for 8 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and the Univision Networks [TICKETS].

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MNT Jun 30, 2016

Q&A: Klinsmann Discusses the USA's Copa America Centenario Achievements

ussoccer.com: You set a goal before Copa America Centenario of reaching the semifinal. How do you feel about that achievement?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “I think for our team, setting a goal like getting into the Quarterfinals for a Copa America was a huge mountain in front of us. Step-by-step, getting into this tournament, we showed the team it is all about the momentum, the belief, the chemistry of a team, but also to adjust to that level of the game. The level of South America is ahead of what we are used to in CONCACAF. We are so grateful to participate in this tournament because it gives us the unique chance to play against the top teams from down in South America in really meaningful games. Reaching the final four, reaching that goal, is huge. Our players now see that we got a lesson from Argentina in the Semifinal, but also that if they raise their own game to another level or two or three levels higher from what they’re used to playing in CONCACAF, things are doable. You need to have that chance to play those teams, and the more often you play those teams, the more you believe you can go eye-to-eye with them. It’s a fantastic achievement to be in the final four. We wanted to win the third-place game, and it was a fantastic match with Colombia. They had that one goal and kept a clean sheet, so we didn’t put it in at the end of the day. But I think the learning curve we came through in this tournament was tremendous, and you have to give our team a huge compliment for the way they played.”

ussoccer.com: The U.S. obviously suffered a difficult defeat in the semifinal against Argentina. What did you think of the team’s response in their performance in the Third Place Match against No. 3-ranked Colombia?

JK: “The team’s response after this game against Argentina - the number one team in the world - was outstanding. They kind of said, ‘Well, let’s swallow it and let’s give Colombia a real fight!’ Colombia took it the same way; disappointed with the defeat against Chile, but they also wanted to give it a real game. The level of the third-place game was unbelievably high. I think it was one of our best games within the last couple of years. For us, playing these types of games in such an environment is huge because it makes our players grow; therefore, their response has been fantastic.”

ussoccer.com: From a team perspective, what’s your biggest takeaway from the tournament?

JK: “Our biggest take away from these last six weeks is the chemistry that this team developed, the talent we are bringing through one step at a time - there might be a step backwards then we have to make two forward, like the Argentina game is a step backwards, then the next one is two forward. It’s a team that really understands to drive it more and more themselves. I’ve always told the players to take things in their own hands. We want to empower the players to drive their own careers and they drive it to the maximum of their capabilities - it’s not the coaches, it’s not the outside, it’s themselves. It’s wonderful to see how they reacted to the first loss against Colombia and stepped it up against Costa Rica, which played really well the first 15 minutes, but then we turned on a totally different gear. This is the reaction you want to see from players - you want players to understand the moment and really take over. In this tournament, you saw a lot of players who took it on themselves, and this is big for a coach because you see that they’ve become stronger and confident to drive it themselves.”

ussoccer.com: In addition to playing against the top nations in the world, this was also an opportunity for the United States to demonstrate its ability to host a world-class event. How did the organization fare on that front?

JK: “I think the United States showcased itself as a wonderful host. That was one of our goals. Obviously we wanted our team to do well from the technical side, but also you want to show the world that we are ready to host another World Cup and we are ready to host this type of competition with the infrastructure we have in this country, which is second to none. The stadiums we played in, thanks to the NFL as well, are unbelievably beautiful. All the teams participating in the Copa America were just in awe; they saw the amazing stadiums, and stadiums that were packed. In the beginning, it took a bit of time for people to understand how big a Copa America really is, and then suddenly the stadiums became packed, the games were top-level and it’s televised all over the world. A lot of people now - no matter in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America - believe the United States is ready to host another World Cup. From that perspective this has been such a tremendous showcase of the game.”

ussoccer.com: Along those lines, the fan support for the U.S. team was impressive – sometimes encouraged enthusiastically by you from the sidelines! How important is that connection between the team and the supporters?

JK: “We always said throughout the years - before I came on board and Bob Bradley did the program and managed it tremendously and Bruce Arena before him - that we want to see a steady growth of the sport in our country. If you look back over the last 10 years, the growth of the fan base of the National Team now is unbelievable. We were carried by the fans in Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston and now in Phoenix pushing a team to the very last second. This is cool, and the whole educational side of the game is becoming more out there. Nobody will ever have the same opinion, which is beautiful in soccer, and everybody can debate his standpoint. But that we have that discussion, we have that debate, we have conversations going on where people really talk the game is so cool because it gets emotional. It makes people love it because it’s such an emotional game.”

ussoccer.com: You talk to other coaches and players from around the world. What has been their response to the tournament?

JK: “Talking to a lot of the coaches that we faced from outside the U.S., they were amazed about how beautiful our country is, the infrastructure, the way we organize things, but also they were pretty amazed with how we played in this tournament. Besides the Semifinal with Argentina, where we had too much respect for these wonderful players, we gave every team a real tough one. I think a lot of nations around are looking at us and saying that it’s not that easy to play the U.S. It shows the growth of the game in our country, our program and our individual players, no matter where they play - in MLS, in Mexico, in Europe. A couple players came out real big in this tournament and they should be proud of themselves.”

ussoccer.com: The Copa America Centenario came almost precisely at the midway point between the World Cup in Brazil and the upcoming championship in two years. How valuable were these games in building towards Russia in 2018?

JK: “Having this tournament taking place this summer is a real gift to us because these tournaments make your program grow and make your players understand how to look at down the road to the next World Cup, because this is World Cup level. Having Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, all these teams here and going eye-to-eye with the CONCACAF nations, this is the real deal. Looking now two years after the World Cup in Brazil where we came through the “Group of Death” and continuously building with younger players, the first year we had a Gold Cup we had a hiccup and didn’t play how we wanted to. This tournament showcased the growth of some younger players that we patiently worked with over the last couple years, and now they show personality and more confidence. Now having players on our team from a DeAndre Yedlin to a John Brooks to a Bobby Wood, to younger ones breaking in like Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe with a half year as part of our program, this is what you need to say you have a whole new wave of players now competing with the older ones. It’s also fun to watch the older ones defending their territory. With Clint Dempsey scoring three goals in a tournament, Jermaine Jones being all over the place and Michael Bradley managing everything in the midfield as the captain, Tim Howard and Brad Guzan there - they are not giving in. Certain players really played on the highest level - Geoff Cameron the whole tournament, really top notch - and this gives you a really good feeling going into very difficult World Cup Qualifying games. Obviously we have to finish off the first group in September and then going into the Hex. Whenever there’s a chance for us to participate in a Copa America, we have to be there. We have to take advantage of it because this is the only way to improve.”

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MNT Jun 30, 2016

U.S. Soccer Announces First 25 Clubs for Girls' Development Academy

CHICAGO (June 30, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the first 25 clubs that will be a part of the Girls' Development Academy, an initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. The new program, which will begin play in the fall of 2017, will be comprised of this first group of clubs that are among the most elite in the United States.

The program will focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development.  Increasing the training to game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and providing assistance for coaching education and development are just some of the standards and best practices the program will promote. 

Since 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served as the elite male youth player development model for the country and has significantly improved the everyday environment for players, coaches, referees and clubs.  The Girls’ Development Academy will be structured with many of the same principles and will begin play in the fall of 2017. 

“Launching a Girls' Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women's game," said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs. "The Development Academy program will offer clubs support and education to positively impact the development of players and coaches throughout the country.”

"We all know how important it is to create the correct environment and expectations for elite player development, something that was highlighted for me during my time as Development Director for our youth Women’s National Teams,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis. “The Development Academy is an important step forward to continue the growth of the women’s game in the United States, and to create the best pathway for players to reach their full potential.”

The following 25 clubs are the first being admitted to the Girls’ Development Academy with more announcements taking place in the near future. 

U.S. Soccer is excited to welcome the following clubs: 

Beach FC (Torrance, Calif.)

FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas)

Real Colorado (Highlands Ranch, Co.)

Boston Breakers (Watertown, Mass.)

LAFC Slammers (Los Angeles, Calif.)

San Diego Surf (San Diego, Calif.)

CASL (Raleigh, N.C.)

Lamorinda (Moraga, Calif.)

Seattle Reign (Seattle, Wash.)

Cincinnati Development Academy (Kings Hammer/CUP) (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan Hawks (Livonia, Mich.)

Sky Blue FC-PDA (Bernardsville, N.J.)

Mustang (Danville, Calif.) 

So Cal Blues (Rancho Capistrano, Calif.)

Colorado Rush (Littleton, Co.)

Orlando Pride (Orlando, Fla.)

Sockers FC (Palatine, Ill.)  

Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.)

Penn Fusion SA (Westtown, Pa.)

Solar Chelsea SC (Dallas, Texas)

Crossfire (Redmond, Wash.)

Portland Thorns (Portland, Ore.)

Washington Spirit (Boyds, Md.)

De Anza Force (Saratoga, Calif.)


Tophat NTH (Atlanta, Ga.)

These first 25 clubs have a total of 119 staff and coaches that hold a U.S. Soccer A or B Coaching License, and includes 91 coaches who are employed on a fulltime basis.  To date, these clubs have produced 307 players for U.S. Soccer’s National Teams (youth and senior) as well as 84 professional soccer players. In addition, this group will be providing 276 full scholarships with a total of $1.49 million of scholarship funds being contributed. 

Club applications were evaluated and accepted by U.S. Soccer’s technical staff based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership of the club and quality of the coaching staff
  • Desire to embrace and promote the core values of the program
  • U.S. Soccer license levels of coaching staff
  • Infrastructure of the club and the resources currently being invested in development (facilities, scholarships, staff to player ratio, etc.)
  • History of player production for Youth National Teams, the senior Women’s National Team and professional leagues
  • Market and depth of the player pool, geographic location and travel implications and proximity to other elite clubs

The program will feature three combined age groups: U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. Clubs will be expected to train a minimum of four times a week.  The use of combined age groups will require clubs to form teams with a balanced roster of players from two distinct birth years. The games will be scouted by U.S. Soccer and the program will serve as the primary pathway to the Youth National Teams. 

In addition to combining the most elite players from each birth year to form the mixed age group player pool, coaches will be encouraged to play their players “up” on an older age team within the club to help accelerate development.

The competitive framework will focus on the core values of the program, which emphasizes quality coaching and teaching in a positive learning environment for players with zero tolerance for poor behavior from coaches. 

For clubs interested in applying to join the Girls’ Development Academy, the application is available online.  The deadline to submit club applications and all supporting documents is July 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT.  Club applications will be evaluated by U.S. Soccer staff based on the Key Performance Criteria, detailed in the Frequently Asked Questions.

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ACADEMY Jun 30, 2016

U-20 MNT Defeats Costa Rica 2-0 in 2016 Under-20 Men's NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (June 30, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team blanked Costa Rica 2-0 to lead the four-team tournament after the first day of the 2016 Under-20 NTC Invitational at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

The U.S. got off to an early lead in the ninth minute as Marcello Borges sent a ball across goal to Luca De La Torre who redirected to the far post with a slight touch. U.S. forward Jeremy Ebobisse waited for the ball and fired an easy finish to the back of the net, tallying his third goal of the year. After the early U.S. goal, Costa Rica was unable to counter, leaving the USA to lead the match going into halftime.

In the second half, the U.S. tallied minutes after the opening whistle as Ebobisse controlled a long pass angled away from the goal. He crossed it toward Sebastian Saucedo, who finished into the right side of the net, posting his second goal in 2016.

Earlier in the day, Japan and Panama played to a scoreless draw, earning one point each in the group.

The USA will face Panama on Friday, July 1, kicking off at 7 p.m. PT, after Japan plays Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. PT.

All matches will be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page.

- U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 MNT vs. Costa Rica
June 29, 2016
2016 Under-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6:05 p.m. PT
High 70s, sunny

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

USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Luca De La Torre)                                  9th minute
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jeremey Ebobisse)                             52          

1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Aaron Herrera (17-Marlon Fossey, 68), 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty, 3-Marcello Borges; 6-Danny Acosta (20-Jackson Yueill, 68), 8-Luca De La Torre (14-Hugo Arellano, 79), 9-Mukwelle Akale (15-Isaiah Young, 79); 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Victor Mansaray, 84), 7-Eryk Williamson, 11-Sebastian Saucedo
Subs not used: 4-Andrew Lombard, 10-Weston McKinnie, 12-JT Marcinkowski, 16-Coy Craft, 21-Brandon Vazquez

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CRC: 1-Alejandro Barrientos; 4-Pedro Morales, 19-Salinas Phillips (5-Esteban Gonzalez), 3-Airboin Carmona, 2-Kevin Espinoza (13-Dario Alfaro, 75); 11-Barlon Sequeira, 14-Roberto Cordoba (12-Andres Vargas, 83), 20-Eduardo Juarez; 6-Esteban Espinoza (15-Daniel Villegas, 75), 8-Marvin Loria (10-Kevin Masis 66), 9-Jimmy Marin (7-Ariel Zapata, 66)
Subs not used: 18-Ricardo Montenegro
Head Coach: Marcelo Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 8 / 4
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 18 / 32
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Eryk Williamson (caution)                    7th minute
CRC – Roberto Cordoba (caution)                  32
CRC – Barlon Sequeira (caution)                    44
USA – Danny Acosta (caution)                        54
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                        55
CRC – Marvin Loria (caution)                         63
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)                        67
CRC – Eduardo Juarez (caution)                     75
CRC – Airboin Carmona (caution)                  87
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)                89

Referee: Randall Kelley (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Elliot (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Walt Heatherly (USA)
Fourth Official: Tim Ford (USA)

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U-20 MNT Jun 30, 2016