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U.S. Men's National Team Falls 2-0 to Ukraine in Cyprus

  • Ukraine Tallies One Goal in Each Half to Hand USA its First Loss of 2014
  • U.S. MNT Drops Two-Goal Decision for First Time Since Last Year’s World Cup Qualifier Against Costa Rica on Sept. 6
  • Next up for MNT is USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, at 11 p.m. ET on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) 

LARNACA, Cyprus (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 2-0 decision against Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic each scored a goal to hand the USA its first two-goal loss since falling 3-1 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 6, 2013, at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The U.S. next faces Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Ukraine, the highest-ranked team (No. 18) not competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, challenged the USA defense from the start.

The U.S. fell behind early as Denys Garmash went unmarked when he received the ball in the offensive third. Despite the distance from U.S. defenders John Brooks and Edgar Castillo, Garmash could not finish his first attempt as Tim Howard dove to his left for the initial save. Garmash quickly got the rebound and dished to a wide-open Yarmolenko, whose left-footed tap-in goal gave Ukraine the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

The USA avoided a big scare and potential two-goal deficit, when Sacha Klejstan lost the ball to Yarmolenko in the midfield in the 32nd minute, leading to a breakaway chance for Artem Fedets’kiy. Instead of attacking one-on-one against Howard, Fedets’kiy held on to the ball, waited for additional help, and the U.S. was bailed out by a Ukraine offside call.

The U.S. started the second half with several close scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes. Alejandro Bedoya ripped a shot from the left side of the box, only to have it blocked by Fedets’kiy for a U.S. corner kick in the 49th minute. Two minutes later, Geoff Cameron crossed from the right side and connected with Jozy Altidore, whose header sailed over the crossbar. Then, Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov made an errant pass in the 53rd minute that was intercepted by Bedoya, but when he tried to catch Pyatov off-guard, Bedoya bent the shot wide right.

Despite the USA’s improved attack, Ukraine struck against the run of play in the 68th minute. Second-half sub Devic, two minutes after he entered the match, made a run in between the U.S. defense and cut quickly to his left. Howard stayed low for a clutch save, but similar to the first goal, the USA allowed for a rebound as Devic slotted his second attempt into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Second-half sub Aron Johannsson nearly got one back with a left-footed volley off of Bedoya’s corner kick in the 87th minute, but Oleh Gusiev blocked the crisp shot from the goal line to maintain Ukraine’s two-goal advantage.

Howard made five saves for the USA and Ukraine’s Pyatov had two saves for the clean sheet.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT is still winless against Ukraine, moving to 0-2-1 all-time in the series.
  • The USA is now 28-11-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann is two wins away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list.
  • The U.S. moved to 6-3-1 with Clint Dempsey as the team captain.
  • Dempsey earned his 102nd cap, the most among players on this current U.S. MNT roster. He is now tied with former goalkeeper Kasey Keller for 10th on the all-time list.
  • Tim Howard earned his 97th-career cap and is now five games behind Keller’s goalkeeping record of 102 appearances for the U.S. MNT.
  • Klinsmann’s starting back line featured Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu and Geoff Cameron from left to right.
  • Onyewu made his first appearance and start since he captained the team during its 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. The win qualified for the USA for the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Brooks earned his third-career cap, and he has started in every match he has played in during his young National Team tenure.
  • Midfielders Sacha Klejstan and Jermaine Jones started alongside each other in Klinsmann’s 4-2-3-1 formation. In front of them were Fabian Johnson, Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya, with Jozy Altidore up top.
  • Klinsmann made two substitutions in the 63rd minute, bringing in forward Aron Johannsson for Sacha Klejstan and Brek Shea for Castillo. Johnson dropped down to the left back slot for the final half hour.
  • Danny Williams replaced Jones in the 80th minute and forward Juan Agudelo entered the match for Altidore in the 85th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date:
March 5, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus
Kickoff:
2 p.m. ET
Attendance:
1,573
Weather:
62 degrees, clear

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

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups:
USA:
1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85)
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials:
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

  • DateWednesday, March 5, 2014
  • VenueAntonis Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Attendance1,573
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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine 
Date: 
March 5, 2014 
Competition: 
International Friendly 
Venue: 
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus 
Kickoff: 
2 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 
1,573 
Weather: 
62 degrees, clear

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

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute 
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85) 
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46) 
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy 
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR 
Shots: 7 / 9 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 2 
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5 
Fouls: 6 / 9 
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary: 
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute 
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials: 
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP) 
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

Final Run to Women’s World Cup Begins

The U.S. WNT has set up camp in Southern California as it begins its final preparations for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA will be together for 17 days, a span that includes Send-Off Series games vs. Ireland on May 10 in San Jose, Calif., and against Mexico on May 17 in Carson, Calif.

Open Cup Debutant FC Tacoma 253 Looks to Begin Dream Run against Kitsap Pumas

Every year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup gives clubs around the country an opportunity to write some soccer history of their own.

Debuting NPSL side FC Tacoma 253 took their first opportunity earlier this year, improbably using the club’s first two competitive matches to qualify for the 2015 edition of the tournament.

Having launched last September, the club which has ties to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina and was founded in part to provide cultural exchanges to Italian players, used locals to dispatch last year’s NPSL Northwest Conference Champion Spartans Futbol Club 2-1 on February 20. The lone win earned Tacoma a one-game playoff with the Southwest Conference qualifying winners San Diego Flash, who were thrashed 6-1 by the NPSL upstarts on March 23 in Tukwila, Washington.

U.S. U-14 BNT Heads to Croatia for Training Camp

CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson has called in 20 players for the team’s second foreign, and fourth overall, training camp of 2015 to be held in Zagreb, Croatia.

The camp will run from May 7-17 and it will include matches against Croatia’s U-14s on May 11, and against Serbia on May 15. Additionally, the U.S. U-14 BNT will play a third opponent yet to be determined on May 13.

The U-14s most recently held an eight-day camp in Carson, California, in late April. The team’s practice schedule coincided with the U-23s preparation for their match against Mexico on April 23, also in Carson. This provided an opportunity for the youngest and oldest age groups in U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Team program to get together and have some fun while sharing valuable lessons.

Sixteen players in this group were a part of the 36 players that participated in the camp in California.

Additionally, 13 of the 20 players are currently registered with a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Cole McNally (Celtic, Mt. Airy, Md.), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Dominic De Almeida (PDA; Lincoln Park, N.J.), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC; Olathe, Kan.), Abraham Gonzalez (FC Golden State; Riverside, Calif.), Luke Hansen (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), John Hilton (Unattached; Long Beach, Calif.), Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas.), Sebastian Serpa (Weston FC; Miami Beach, Fla.), Joey Zarra (Oakwood SC; Cheshire, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Timothy Bielic (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Taylor Booth (La Roca Utah; Eden, Utah), Nick Fernandez (unattached; Downers Grove, Ill.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Luis Arriaga (Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Konrad de la Fuente (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Ulysses Llanez (Chivas USA; Lynwood, Calif.), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Gabriel Segal (Bethesda-Olney; Bethesda, Md.) 

U-17 WNT to Hold Latest Camp at Olympic Training Center

CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from May 9-16, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 28 players for the event, with six born in 2000 and the rest in 1999, as the squad continues its long-term preparation for qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup

The age cut-off for that tournament, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise SC; Surfside, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines United FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.),  Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (9): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Sydney Carr (Arsenal FC; Orange, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Paige Franks (Richmond United; Henrico, Va.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U.S. U-23 MNT To Take Part in Prestigious Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) --The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will compete in the 43rd edition of the renowned Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in southeastern France.

The U.S. will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 2014 Toulon Tournament-runner up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for June 7 and will take place in Toulon.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Andi Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

The tournament is comprised of two five-team groups. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A, while Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the tournament final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play in a third-place game also set to take place on June 7.

The first Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon was played in 1967 and included club teams. Since 1974, the tournament has been limited to international teams. The USA’s best finish came in 1989, when it finished in third place, behind Bulgaria and tournament-champion France. The U.S. last appeared in the tournament in 2013, where the U-20 MNT went 1-3-0.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This tournament will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

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