CHICAGO (Aug. 24, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months for conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.
The suspension for Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, is effective immediately.
“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.
“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”
As a result of the suspension, Solo would not be eligible for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team until February of 2017.Read more
The U.S. Paralympic National Team trained at the StubHub Center in California in preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
The U.S. will kick off Group A play in this summer’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 8 against the Netherlands, followed by matches against Iran on Sept. 10 and Argentina on Sept. 12, whom the PNT came back to defeat 4-3 on May 6 in Salou, Spain. Group B contains Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland and Ukraine. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Semifinals on Sept. 14, with the medal matches set take place on Sept. 16.Read more
Injuries are a part of soccer, as is the road back from them. It can be a dark path, at times nearly devastating, but those with the focus, strength and fortitude can come out better on the other side.
As the European seasons emerge from the summer slumber, three young MNT players - Terrence Boyd, Josh Gatt and Joe Gyau – finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
All aged 25 and younger and all having shown glimpses of promise for both and country, each has experienced long-term injury setbacks during the past few years.
As U.S. Men’s National Team fitness coach Masa Sakihana and scout Matthias Hamann discovered on their recent visit abroad, there is good news to report. The trio are all on the cusp of contributing to their clubs once again and when they do it can restart their journey to a place on the international stage.
With 13 caps, Boyd is the most experienced of the group. Following a summer in 2014 where he made the preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and earned a transfer from Rapid Vienna to RB Leipzig, the MNT forward was just getting his feet wet in the Second Bundesliga before suffering an ACL injury towards the end of the year. Already a long road to recovery, Boyd experienced a setback when he had to have a cyst removed from his knee last October.
Coming up on two years after last playing a competitive match, Boyd seems ready to get back into the swing of things for the newly promoted Bundesliga side. The 25-year-old forward has been active for RB Leipzig, appearing in every match and scoring twice during the club’s preseason campaign.
After entrenching himself in the lineup at Norwegian side Molde, Michigan-native Josh Gatt was handed his MNT debut by Jurgen Klinsmann in the MNT’s 2-2 friendly draw at Russia in November 2012. Gatt continued his form in Norway and was slated to earn a spot on the MNT’s 2013 Gold Cup roster, but tore his ACL in a league match right before the start of the tournament.
On his way back, Gatt suffered a second ACL tear during training in March 2014, requiring a second surgery and shutting him down for the rest of the year. Gatt made a return the following May, coming on as a substitute in a league match vs. Mjøndalen, but had to withdraw from the match after just five minutes, with a different irritation to his knee.
More than a year later, Gatt took a major step on Sunday when he returned to the Molde game-day 18 for the club’s 4-2 win against Odd Grenland. Though he didn’t appear in the match, the 24-year-old showed his appreciation in returning to the field in a pre-game Instagram post saying, “This day has been coming for a long time now. After years of work and unfortunate injuries I am finally able to put my jersey back on. I am so grateful to every single person who got me to this point.”
Having just transferred from Hoffenheim to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2014, things were looking up for Joe Gyau. The son of a former MNT player, Gyau had become a standout with Dortmund’s U-23 side early in the season and was even handed his first team debut days after his 20th birthday that September.
Having impressed during his debut MNT cap that August at Czech Republic, Gyau was recalled in October, starting alongside Landon Donovan in his send-off match against Ecuador. Unfortunately, Gyau exited that match in the 15th minute with what would later be diagnosed as a torn lateral meniscus.
Like Boyd and Gatt, his recovery has had its setbacks, but in April he tweeted that he was finally pain free and three weeks ago let fans know that he was back training in full with Borussia Dortmund II.
While Gyau still needs to get back to playing on a weekly basis, like Boyd and Gatt, the 23-year-old winger still has plenty of upside to offer both club and country.
CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2016) - U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth named a 20-player roster to compete in the 2016 Torneo de Naciones, set to take place Aug. 22-29, in Mexico City, Mexico.
The USA will face Portugal on Aug. 25, Qatar on Aug. 26, and finish the tournament against Mexico on Aug. 28.
The roster is made up of 20 players who recently trained in Utah, playing against Utah Valley University and RSL Monarchs.
This will be the second tournament of the summer after the U-17’s made it to the title match in the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup in India last May.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ontario), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United; Clarkston, Ga.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)
With only six days before the start of camp for the critical conclusion of Semifinal Round Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, two veteran performers shone above all amongst a host of MNT players who turned in strong performances this past weekend.
The last match of the weekend wielded the top performance, as Clint Dempsey’s brace helped Seattle Sounders FC to a 3-1 win against Portland Timbers in Cascadia Cup play on Sunday night. The MNT forward has five goals and an assist in his last three matches for Seattle, the perfect momentum heading into qualifiers where “Deuce” is already the USA’s all-time leading scorer.
WATCH: Dempsey brace leads Seattle Sounders FC to 3-1 win vs. Portland Timbers
Teammate Jordan Morris went 89 minutes in Seattle’s third-straight win, while Darlington Nagbe went the distance for Portland in the 3-1 defeat. The two teams play a return leg in Providence Park this Sunday, in a match that could have strong playoff implications (4 p.m. ET – ESPN).
The previous day, Toronto FC extended its unbeaten run to five matches with a 3-1 win at Philadelphia Union. Already tied on the half-hour mark, captain Michael Bradley earned his third assist of the season when his free kick from the right picked out Drew Moor, whose nodded header from the penalty spot crept inside the right post. Jozy Altidore has a hot streak of his own, poking home his fourth goal in five matches.
WATCH: Jozy Altidore caps the scoring with goal vs. Philadelphia Union
Elsewhere, Ethan Finlay scored in his second straight match, getting on the end of a Justin Meram cross in the seventh minute of Columbus Crew SC’s 2-0 win at New England Revolution.
WATCH: Ethan Finlay scores early game-winner vs. New England
Meanwhile, after scoring in two-consecutive matches, defender Steve Birnbaum provided the game-tying assist in D.C. United’s comeback 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls. The goal came in the 73rd minute when Taylor Kemp’s corner kick from the right was nodded back across goal where Patrick Mullins’ follow-up header beat Red Bulls ‘keeper Luis Robles.
WATCH: Steve Birnbaum continues offensive output in D.C.’s 2-2 draw
In England, goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his debut for Middlesbrough count, backstopping the newly-promoted club’s 2-1 win in the “Tees-Wear Derby” at Sunderland. Guzan made four saves in collecting his side’s second straight win to start the campaign. U.S. youth international Lynden Gooch was active all over the field, with the midfielder earning Sunderland’s Man of the Match award.
Happy to get Man of the Match but times to move on to Wednesday now and make sure we get the win. 🔴⚪️❤️ pic.twitter.com/mNZOt6OO1V— Lynden Gooch (@lyndengooch46) August 21, 2016
In Germany, a number of MNT players left preseason behind and competitive matches got underway with early round DFB Pokal matches. Julian Green (Bayern Munich), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) all played parts in their clubs advancing to the next round of the tournament.
Finally, MNT fans will be pleased to see defender Matt Besler return from an MCL strain to play in Sporting KC’s 2-0 shutout against Vancouver Whitecaps. Besler went the full 90 minutes in central defense, while teammate Graham Zusi was deputized at right back in the home win.
A rundown of how all MNT players performed for their clubs this weekend:
Kellyn Acosta – 90 minutes in FC Dallas’ 1-0 loss at Sporting KC (August 20)
Jozy Altidore – 74 minutes, GOAL in Toronto FC’s 3-1 win at Philadelphia Union (August 20)
Paul Arriola - 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 Copa MX draw vs. Lobos BUAP (August 17); 8 substitute minutes in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw vs. Necaxa (August 20)
Kyle Beckerman – 90 minutes in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 win vs. FC Dallas (August 20)
Matt Besler – 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-0 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (August 20)
Alejandro Bedoya – 90 minutes in Philadelphia Union’s 3-1 loss vs. Toronto FC (August 20)
David Bingham – 90 minutes in San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 loss vs. Houston Dynamo (August 19)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes, ASSIST in D.C. United’s 2-2 draw vs. New York Red Bulls (August 21)
Michael Bradley – 90 minutes, ASSIST in Toronto FC’s 3-1 win at Philadelphia Union (August 20)
John Brooks – 45 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw (5-3 PK win) in DFB Pokal vs. Jahn Regensberg (August 21)
Timmy Chandler – 19 substitute minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-1 draw (4-3 PK win) in DFB Pokal at Madeburg (August 21)
Clint Dempsey – 9 0 minutes, TWO GOALS in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-1 win vs. Portland Timbers (August 21)
Ethan Finlay – 90 minutes, GOAL in Columbus Crew SC’s 2-0 win at New England Revolution (August 20)
Omar Gonzalez – 55 minutes in Pachuca’s 4-2 loss at Tigres UANL (August 20)
Lynden Gooch – 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 loss vs. Middlesbrough (August 21)
Julian Green – 24 substitute minutes in Bayern Munich’s 5-0 DFB Pokal win at Carl Zeiss Jena (August 19)
Brad Guzan – 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win at Sunderland (August 21)
Ethan Horvath – 90 minutes in Molde’s 4-2 win vs. Odd Grenland (August 21)
Tim Howard – 90 minutes in Colorado Rapids’ 0-0 draw vs. Orlando City SC (August 20)
Fabian Johnson – 9 substitute minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-1 first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifying match at BSC Young Boys (August 16); In 18, DNP in Moenchengladbach’s 1-0 DFB Pokal win vs. Drochtersen/Assel (August 20)
Perry Kitchen – 70 minutes in Hearts’ 5-1 win vs. Inverness (August 20)
Alfredo Morales – 101 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 0-0 draw (8-7 PK win) in DFB Pokal vs. Erzgebirge Aue (August 21)
Jordan Morris – 89 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-1 win vs. Portland Timbers (August 21)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes in Portland Timbers 3-1 loss at Seattle Sounders FC (August 21)
Lee Nguyen – 90 minutes in New England Revolution’s 2-0 loss vs. Columbus Crew SC (August 20)
Michael Orozco – 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw vs. Necaxa (August 20)
Christian Pulisic – at Eintracht Trier in DFB Pokal (August 22)
Rubio Rubin – 70 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 2-1 loss vs. AZ Alkmaar (August 21)
Caleb Stanko – 24 substitute minutes in FC Vaduz’s 2-0 win vs. St. Gallen (August 21)
Chris Wondolowski – 90 minutes in San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 loss vs. Houston Dynamo (August 19)
Bobby Wood – 73 minutes in Hamburg’s 3-1 preseason win vs. Lyngby (August 15); at Zwickau in DFB Pokal (August 22)
William Yarbrough – In 18, DNP in Club Leon’s 1-1 Copa MX draw at Celaya (August 17); 90 minutes in Club Leon’s 2-1 win vs. Queretaro (August 20)
Gyasi Zardes – 79 minutes in LA Galaxy’s 1-0 loss at New York City FC (August 20)
Graham Zusi – 90 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-0 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (August 20
Geoff Cameron – In 18, DNP in Stoke City’s 4-1 loss vs. Manchester City (August 20)
Cameron Carter-Vickers – In 18, DNP in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win vs. Crystal Palace (August 20)
Edgar Castillo – Fractured Patella, DNP in Monterrey’s 5-3 loss at Pumas UNAM (August 21
Mix Diskerud – Not in 18 for New York City FC’s 1-0 win vs. LA Galaxy (August 20)
Aron Johannsson – Not in 18 for Werder Bremen’s 2-1 DFB Pokal loss at Sportfreunde Lotte (August 21)
Jermaine Jones – Quad Injury; DNP in Colorado Rapids’ 0-0 draw vs. Orlando City SC (August 20)
Greg Garza – Not in 18 for Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw vs. Necaxa (August 20)
Matt Miazga – Not in 18 for Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford (August 20)
Tim Ream – In 18, DNP in Fulham’s 2-2 draw vs. Cardiff City (August 20)
DeAndre Yedlin – Not in 18 for Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win vs. Crystal Palace