CHICAGO (June 28, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will debut a new home kit this summer at the 2016 Olympics that has been developed exclusively by Nike for the reigning Women’s World Cup champions to wear in Brazil. The Olympics-specific jerseys will be available for purchase on July 23 at ussoccerstore.com.
The USA, which has won four of the five Olympic gold medals that have been contested in women’s soccer, will strive to become the first country to win an Olympic Games the year after winning the Women’s World Cup.
The USA’s historic collection of accolades merit the designation of another precious metal: platinum, the gleaming element Nike designers chose to celebrate the team’s illustrious legacy.
The coveted element’s shining hue appears on the new National Team home uniform with Nike AeroSwift technology. The new kit replaces the current home kit’s blue sleeves with platinum-colored sleeves embedded with metallic threads, preserving the performance properties of the kit’s high-performance yarn while producing an iridescent gleam.
A blue left-side stripe and red right-side stripe run the length of the shirt and matching white shorts. Expanding when a player is in motion, the stripes maximize ventilation and reveal a contrasting flash of underlying red and blue, respectively.
To align with the Olympic tournament’s uniform regulations, the U.S. Soccer Federation crest will be replaced by vibrant blue gloss “USA” lettering. Created using Light-Flex technology, it appears on the left chest of the shirt and right hem of the short.
The same material articulates the Swoosh and the hue reappears on the kit’s custom socks. Gradually fading from white to blue, the socks extend color to the player’s boot of choice from the exclusive Women’s Spark Brilliance Pack, which features the red-white-blue Hypervenom, Mercurial and Tiempo colorways designed to integrate with the uniforms for a complete head-to-toe look. The team’s away kit will remain the same, with the USA typeface also replacing the crest.
The USA will resume to wearing its current home kit following the Olympic Games.Read more
The U.S. Open Cup means everything to the New York Cosmos. It is a chance to compete at the top level of American soccer. It is an opportunity to measure their talents to those in Major League Soccer. It is a chance to fly the banner of the North American Soccer League.
And it is also a chance to honor their rich heritage by advancing through the tournament and representing North America in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
That last goal is quite lofty (even for an MLS side). But since 2013, the New York Cosmos have modeled themselves as a first-class organization that just so happens to be in the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. And once a year, the U.S. Open Cup gives them the chance to prove themselves against the best teams in the country.
"It's a good thermometer to see where we are," Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese explains. "We can show we can compete. It's more than clear this Cup is important for us but it is also a tough tournament to make it all the way through.
"We take every competition seriously. We want to compete outside of the U.S. and this gives us a chance to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League. And also, this gives us a chance to play against good teams -- not just the teams in NASL, but the teams in MLS that are competing in the U.S. Open Cup."
Despite never advancing past the Round of 16, the Cosmos have proven their worth against MLS competition. In five head-to-head matches against MLS teams, the Cosmos have won or advanced in three.
But it isn't just victories over MLS teams that the Cosmos are proud of -- it's the opponents who they have taken out along the way. Four of their five Open Cup matches to date have come in the form of local derbies. The Cosmos have won three of those encounters, and their most recent win was one they savored.
The Cosmos (NASL) defeated cross-town rivals New York City (MLS) 1-0 in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round.
Going into enemy territory in Fordham's Jack Coffey Stadium, the Cosmos fought back against a driven NYCFC side in a blue-heavy road environment to take the victory on a late game winner from Danny Szetela. It is the second consecutive year that the Cosmos have faced and beaten NYCFC in the competition -- a fact this club is proud to tout.
"The feeling's great because it's two New York teams, the East River Derby," Szetela said after the match. "We want to be Kings of New York.
"I think it shows an NASL side can do well in the Open Cup. Our goal has been set from the beginning of the year to win it and I think we can compete with any team in MLS."
"We said it from the beginning -- these derbies are very important," Savarese adds. "They are what allows the sport to grow in this area and this country."
The Round of 16 brings a different challenge for the Cosmos. This time, they face the New England Revolution -- a side taken to the limit by fellow NASL-ers Carolina RailHawks in a dogged 1-0 extra time victory on June 15. The last time the Cosmos faced a non-New York side, they were ousted as the Philadelphia Union earned a 2-1 extra time win at this stage in 2014.
This year, the Cosmos have won the right to host. While the match won't be at their typical home of Shuart Stadium, they will travel to the familiar confines of St. John's 2,500 seat Belson Stadium for what promises to be an intimate and contentious battle.
A win against New England would push the club to its first-ever U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal and as one of two remaining NASL sides (Fort Lauderdale Strikers are the other), could earn the club a $15,000 cash prize as the furthest advancing Division II side for the second year in a row.
"Every game becomes more difficult. Every game is more challenging. Every MLS club will be difficult and I expect this match to be a tough one, like New York City Football Club," Savarese said. "New England has a different style of play. We are analyzing how to play against them. Playing at home is a positive thing as well and the team understands the difficulty of the match and are motivated to compete and keep advancing.
"We are very competitive by nature. We want to do well. We want to make sure this club is represented in the best possible way, to respect the past but create a new future. And with that, to help U.S. Soccer in any way possible, to help people care more about the U.S. Open Cup, for youngsters to be more prepared for the national team. All those things are important."
"I love the pressure," adds Szetela. "It makes you play better and proves to people we can be successful --even if we are in the NASL."Photos courtesy of New York City FC. Read more
Matchday 1: Tuesday, June 28
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Columbus Crew SC Best Finish: Champions (2002)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The Chicago Fire arrived in the Round of 16 by drawing 1-1 with Indy Eleven before winning 4-3 on penalty kicks. David Accam scored the Fire’s equalizer in the 111th minute of extra time.
- Columbus arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Justin Meram, Cristian Martinez, Ethan Finlay and Marshall Hollingsworth all scored for Crew SC in the win.
- A rematch of the 1998 Final, this match marks the sixth meeting between the two sides in the competition, with the Fire holding a perfect 5-0-0 record.
- Previous results: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 asdet (1998 Final); Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 asdet (2004 Fourth Round); Chicago Fire 3, Columbus Crew SC 2 aet (2008 Qualifying); Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 (2013 Fourth Round); Chicago Fire 4, Columbus Crew SC 2 aet (2014 Fourth Round).
- With four U.S. Open Cup titles, the Chicago Fire are tied for second-most championships all-time along with Seattle Sounders FC, Fall River Marksmen, New York Greek American and Philadelphia Ukrainians.
- The Chicago Fire have advanced to the Semifinals in four of the last five U.S. Open Cup tournaments and last advanced to the Final in 2011.
- Chicago Fire assistant coach Logan Pause won two U.S. Open Cups with the club in 2003 and 2006.
- Columbus Crew SC assistant Josh Wolff also won two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Fire in 1998 and 2000. Goalkeeping coach Pat Onstad also backstopped the Rochester Rhinos on a Cinderella run to the 1999 U.S. Open Cup title.
- The two sides have met once already during the MLS season, playing to a 0-0 draw on March 19 at Toyota Park.
- The winner of this match will host the winner of Orlando City SC and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the Quarterfinals on July 19/20.
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Time/Location: 8:00 p.m. MT; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Seattle Sounders FC Best Finish: Champions (2009-2011, 2014)
Real Salt Lake Best Finish: Runners-up (2013)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Sounders FC arrived in the Round of 16 by defeating Kitsap Pumas 2-0. Cristian Roldan and Joevin Jones scored in the match on June 15.
- After going down 2-0 to the Wilmington Hammerheads, Joao Plata and Burrito Martinez tallied second half goals before RSL defeated the USL side 3-1 on penalty kicks to arrive in the Round of 16.
- This is the first meeting between the two MLS sides in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- Seattle Sounders FC four championships are tied for the second most U.S. Open Cup titles with fellow MLS side Chicago Fire, Fall River Marksmen, New York Greek American and Philadelphia Ukrainians.
- Sounders FC assistant coach Ante Razov won the U.S. Open Cup three times as a member of the Chicago Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Razov provided the assist on Hristo Stoitchkov’s game-winning goal in the 2000 Final win, a 2-1 victory against the Miami Fusion.
- Interestingly, RSL assistant Tyrone Marshall scored an own goal for the Fire in that 2000 Final, while Jeff Cassar was on the bench for Miami. RSL goalkeeping coach Daryl Shore also won the 2000, 2003 and 2006 Open Cup titles with the Fire, while assistant Ted Eck won the title with the Dallas Burn in 1997.
- The two sides have met once this season, a 2-1 RSL win on March 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ozzie Alonso put Seattle ahead in the 28th minute before Sunday Stephen and Jamison Olave scored goals on both sides of halftime for the home side.
- The winner of this match will visit the winner of the Portland Timbers/LA Galaxy Round of 16 match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
Matchday 2: Wednesday, June 29
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:00 p.m. ET; Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union Best Finish: Runners-up (2014-2015)
New York Red Bulls Best Finish: Runners-up (2003)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The Philadelphia Union used a goal from Walter Restrepo and two strikes from Roland Alberg, both in first and second half stoppage time, to dispatch the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2 in Fourth Round play.
- The New York Red Bulls used a 20th minute penalty from Sacha Kljestan to defeat defending USL champion Rochester Rhinos 1-0 in the Fourth Round.
- The game is a rematch of the 2015 Quarterfinals which ended in a 1-1 draw, before Philadelphia defeated New York 4-3 on penalties. The game is the only meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play.
- Under the direction of Jim Curtin, Philadelphia has made a major play in the Open Cup, finishing as runner-up the last two seasons.
- The meeting is a reunion of sorts for Curtin, his assistant coach Mike Sorber and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and his assistants Chris Armas and Denis Hamlett, all of whom won U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire.
- Armas (as a player) and Hamlett (as an assistant coach) were part of all four of that club’s U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Marsch won three titles with the Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003 (and also won in 1996 with D.C. United), while Curtin lifted the trophy in 2003 and 2006 and Sorber in 2000.
- The match marks the first meeting of the season between the two MLS rivals.
- The winner of this match will visit the winner of the New York Cosmos/New England Revolution match in the Quarterfinals on July 19/20.
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium; Jamaica, N.Y.
New York Cosmos Best Finish: Round of 16 (2014-2015)
New England Revolution Best Finish: Champions (2007)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the New York Cosmos arrived in the Round of 16 by defeating the PDL’s Jersey Express 2-0 behind goals from Ayoze and Yohandry Orozco in Third Round play on June 1. The Cosmos then used Danny Szetela’s 88th minute goal to see of New York City FC 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- New England arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to a 103rd minute goal from Zachary Herivaux in the club’s 1-0 extra time defeat of the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
- New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was part of the club’s 2007 championship side, while assistant Tom Soehn has won four U.S. Open Cup titles over the course of his career – three with the Chicago Fire (1998 and 2000 as a player, 2003 as an assistant coach) and one as the head coach of D.C. United in 2008.
- Having fallen at the Round of 16 the last two years, the Cosmos are hoping to advance to the Quarterfinals for the first time ever.
- The winner of this match will host the winner of the Philadelphia Union/New York Red Bulls match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Time/Location: 6 p.m. CT; BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Houston Dynamo Best Finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
Sporting Kansas City Best Finish: Champions (2004, 2012, 2015)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The Houston Dynamo arrived in the Round of 16 via a 4-0 victory against San Antonio FC in Fourth Round play on June 15. Mauro Manotas, Alex, Raul Rodriguez and Leonel Miranda all scored in the win.
- Defending champions Sporting KC outlasted Minnesota United 2-1 in extra time in Fourth Round play on June 15. Benny Feilhaber scored a 65th minute penalty kick before Diego Rubio’s 109th minute winner pushed Sporting to the Round of 16.
- The game is a rematch of last year’s Quarterfinal which Sporting KC won 3-1. Houston took a 1-0 lead through Will Bruin in the 69th minute before Sporting KC pulled three back from Benny Feilhaber (71’), Dom Dwyer (86’) and Krisztian Nemeth (88’) to earn the victory.
- With three all-time tournament titles, Sporting KC is tied with fellow MLS side D.C. United, New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Stix, Baer and Fuller for the third most titles all-time.
- Sporting KC is aiming to become the first club to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions since Seattle Sounders FC won three straight titles from 2009-2011.
- Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin was part of the club’s first U.S. Open Cup title as a player in 2004.
- The winner of the match will host the winner of FC Dallas/Colorado Rapids in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
Orlando City SC (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City SC Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2013, 2015)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2006, 2012)
- One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers drew 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers before defeating the USL side 2-0 on penalty kicks in the Third Round on June 1. The Strikers then played D.C. United to a 0-0 draw before downing the MLS side 4-3 on penalties.
- Orlando City used a 62nd minute goal from David Mateos to defeat Jacksonville Armada 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has made four penalty saves in Fort Lauderdale’s two shootout victories.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides. Whoever wins will match their previous best finish in the competition.
- The winner will visit the winner of the Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew SC match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas Best Finish: Champions (1997)
Colorado Rapids Best Finish: Runners-up (1999)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Two goals from Carlos Lizarazo saw FC Dallas draw 2-2 with OKC Energy FC before beating the USL side 6-5 on penalty kicks in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- The Colorado Rapids used an 84th minute goal from Dillon Serna to earn a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in their Fourth Round match on June 15.
- This is the third meeting between the two clubs in the U.S. Open Cup and first since 2004. FC Dallas defeated Colorado 1-0 in the 2002 competition and 3-0 in 2004 – both matches were Quarterfinals.
- FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja was the head coach of the Colorado Rapids from 2012-2013.
- The game will mark the first meeting between FC Dallas and Colorado this season.
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the Houston Dynamo/Colorado Rapids winner in the Quarterfinals.
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. PT; Providence Park; Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers Best Finish: Semifinalist (2013)
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The Portland Timbers arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to two second half goals from Dairon Asprilla and Jack McInerney in their 2-0 Fourth Round win against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 14.
- The LA Galaxy made it back to the Round of 16 via a 4-1 extra time win against amateur side La Maquina. Jose Villarreal, David Romney tallied and Sebastian Lletget bagged two goals in extra time.
- This is the first U.S. Open Cup meeting between the LA Galaxy and MLS-era Portland Timbers.
- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis won the 2007 title with the New England Revolution, while Reis was also part of the Galaxy’s 2002 championship winning side.
- This is the second meeting between the two sides, following their 1-1 draw at StubHub Center on April 10.
- The winner of this match will host the winner of Seattle Sounders FC/Real Salt Lake match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
The U.S. Men’s National Team secured a second fourth place finish in its Copa America history after a 1-0 loss to Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium in the teams’ final match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
The team now has two months off before reconvening in September for its final two Semifinal Round 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches. The USA will first travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2 before returning home to face Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. [TICKETS]. Fans can also follow the USA’s World Cup Qualifying action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.Read more