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  • DateWednesday, April 2, 2014
  • VenueUniversity of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
  • Kickoff8:00 PM MST / 11 PM ET
  • Attendance59,066

MNT Loses to Costa Rica in Red Bull Arena Friendly

HARRISON, N.J. (Oct. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team was defeated by Costa Rica, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Tuesday.

Forward Joel Campbell struck for Costa Rica in the 70th minute to give Costa Rica its second straight win against the United States.

The U.S. MNT next faces St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13 in St. Louis to open the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC – Joel Campbell, 70th minute:
A nifty one-two put Dave Myrie through down the right flank. He slid a pass back to an onrushing Joel Campbell, who placed a low drive past a diving Tim Howard just inside the far post. USA 0, CRC 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Keylor Navas, 30th minute:
Brek Shea whipped a free kick to the far left post where Tim Ream tried heading back the opposite way. Navas responded with a reaction save.

USA – Brad Evans, 43rd minute: A slotted ball from the endline skided across the six yard box. Johan Venegas looked to have a clear shot on goal before a hustling Evans threw his body in the way to deny the opportunity.

USA – Tim Howard, 59th minute: Joel Campbell picked up a loose ball in midfield and bore down on goal. He hit a rising shot from 25 yards that Howard tiped over the bar.

USA – Tim Howard, 90th minute: With the U.S. pressing for an equalizer, Costa Rica found huge space for a counter and sent Marcos Urena in one-on-one with Howard. As Lee Nguyen closed, Howard stoned Urena to keep the U.S. in the match.

Next on the Schedule: U.S, MNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines – FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Date: Nov. 13
Venue: Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT began the game in a 4-4-2 formation.
  • Tim Howard made his first appearance for the United States since his record-setting 15 save game against Belgium on July 1, 2014, in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Brek Shea returned the lineup after missing the summer through injury, making his seventh appearance of 2015.
  • Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard and Tim Ream all began their professional careers in New York – Howard as a former MetroStars ‘keeper, and Altidore and Ream with the Red Bulls.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,214
Weather: 68 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

CRC – Campbell (Myrie)             70th minute

USA: 12-Tim Howard; 3-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron (14-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 16- Michael Orozco, 6-Tim Ream (21-Jonathan Spector 63); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (8-Mix Diskerud 46), 10-Danny Williams, 7-Brek Shea (15-Lee Nguyen 72); 9- Gyasi Zardes (19-Andrew Wooten 72), 17- Jozy Altidore (capt.) (18-Bobby Wood 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 22-Bill Hamid
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas (capt.); 2-Johnny Acosta, 25-Kendall Waston, 14-Bryan Oviedo (22-Ronald Matarrita 54), 6-Oscar Duarte (Francisco Calvo 87), 16-Christian Gamboa (8-Dave Myrie 67); 11-Johan Venegas (26-Daniel Colindres 76), 5-Celso Borges (13-Oscar Granados 91), 20-David Guzmán; 21-Marcos Ureña, 12-Joel Campbell
Subs Not Used: 7-Elias Aguilar, 17-Luis Miguel Valle, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 19-Deyver Vega, 23-Esteban Alvarado, 24-Mauricio Castillo
Head coach: Oscar Ramirez

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 19
Offside: 2 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Johnny Acosta (caution)                17th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)               37
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution)             56
USA – Brad Evans (caution)                    66
USA – Danny Williams (caution)            72
USA - Michael Orozco (caution)             79
CRC – Kendall Waston (caution)            87
USA - Bobby Wood (caution)                 87        

Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)                                                                                        
Assistant Referee 1: Rene Ochoa (GUA)                                                                                    
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Augusto (GUA)                                                                                              
Fourth Official: Jonathan Polanco (GUA)           

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

USA Continues Olympic Qualifying Dream at Expense of Canada

SANDY, Utah (Oct. 13, 2015) - The U.S. U-23 Men's National Team got two two second half goals from Marc Pelosi and Jerome Kiesewetter to beat Canada 2-0 in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Qualifying Championship third place match and keep alive its quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The USA now advances to a March playoff against Colombia for the right to attend the 2016 Olympics. A full Match Report will be available shortly. 

Snow Day: A MNT Retrospective of the 'Snow Classico' Against Costa Rica

It was the third day of spring in 2013, but the weather in Denver looked more like the middle of winter.

For the first time in 16 years on that date, blizzard-like conditions rolled over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park hours before the U.S. took on Costa Rica in the second match of the 2014 World Cup Qualifying final round.

Returning home after beginning the “Hex” with a 2-1 defeat at Honduras, the U.S. faced a Costa Rica side that held a five-game unbeaten streak over the Americans – the longest for either side in the series.

Though the cold conditions would appear to favor the MNT, with a layer of snow covering the field at kickoff there was little advantage to be had and certainly no pretty soccer to be played. Instead, it seemed likely a lucky bounce would decide the match – both teams just hoped they would be the benefactor.

It came for the U.S. in the 16th minute when Jozy Altidore’s shot from the top of the 18 deflected off a Costa Rican defender and fell perfectly for Clint Dempsey eight yards out from goal. With Ticos ‘keeper Keylor Navas reacting to the initial shot, Dempsey tapped home the game’s lone goal.

“I think the key to the win was to get an early goal,” said Dempsey post-game. “That gave us the confidence to keep going and it also put them on the back foot.

“I’m glad we scored early,” said MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley. “If we had to get a goal in those conditions in the second half, it would have been difficult.”

DaMarcus Beasley tries to advance the ball past Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz during the infamous 'Snow Classico' in 2013 World Cup Qualifying.

Though the game was tight, the team did see a clear penalty shout from Dempsey go uncalled by referee Joel Aguilar in the 42nd minute.

At halftime, stadium and U.S. Soccer staff did their best to clear the field of the collected snow, but their efforts were clearly covered up again as the second half got under way.

There, the MNT averted disaster twice. The first as conditions became so bad that Aguilar halted the game in the 55th minute to confer with the FIFA Match Commissioner about whether or not it should continue. A decision to halt the match would have cancelled out the U.S. goal and forced the two teams to play a new game the following day.

As they met, the grounds crew took back to the field to clear the lines as best they could. That effort would continue throughout the second half, with U.S. center back Geoff Cameron memorably helping to push one staff member as the heavy snow collected on his shovel.

Ultimately, taking the following day’s forecast into account and the fact that the two teams had another qualifying match three days later, the decision to finish the game was made.

Fifteen minutes later, Costa Rica thought they had the equalizer when former LA Galaxy and Chivas USA defender Michael Umana appeared headed the ball across the line, but the goal was correctly called back with several Costa Rican players in an offside position.

Putting balls high and wide, the MNT grinded out the final 20 minutes of the match, earning an important win that showed the team’s resiliency and character.

“It’s not ideal conditions to play soccer or knock the ball,” said ‘keeper Brad Guzan, who started in place of the injured Tim Howard. “In saying that, I thought we dug deep and you’ve gotta find a way to get a result, and we did that tonight.

In the end, the win also spurred the MNT on to a strong qualifying run, taking 10 of a possible 12 points from their next four matches and lifting the Gold Cup that summer. 

Young U-20 WNT Off to Spain as World Cup Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (Oct. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Madrid, Spain, for a training camp from Oct. 19-29 that will feature matches against Spanish First Division women’s clubs Atletico Madrid on Oct. 23 and Rayo Vallecano on Oct. 27.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 21 players for the event as the team continues preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship, which runs Dec. 3-13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and will send three teams to the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

As the women’s college season is well underway, the roster heading to Spain is made up almost entirely of pre-college youth club players from five different birth years ranging from 1996-2000. The age cut-off for this group is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. French did call up two college goalkeepers in Rose Chandler and Samantha Leshnak, who are currently back-ups at Penn State and North Carolina, respectively.

U-20 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Samantha Leshnak (UNC; Liberty Township, Ohio)

DEFENDERS (5): Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel; Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire FC; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)

FORWARDS (7): Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Soccer Club; St. Charles, Ill.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

U.S. WNT to Finish Victory Tour Against China PR on Dec. 16 in New Orleans

CHICAGO (Oct. 13, 2015) – The final match of the 10-game post-Women’s World Cup Victory Tour for the U.S. Women’s National Team will take place on Dec. 16 against China PR at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The match will kick-off at 7 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

The USWNT will have a total of four Victory Tour matches in December, and the three matches prior to New Orleans will be announced at a later date. 

Information regarding tickets will be announced in the near future. For the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club to earn priority access to the ticket presale, or follow U.S. Soccer on Facebook or Twitter @ussoccer to find special presale codes. 

The match against China PR in New Orleans will be a rematch of the quarterfinal at the 2015 Women’s World Cup that was won 1-0 by the USA in Ottawa, Canada, on a goal from Carli Lloyd. 

The U.S. Women have played in New Orleans just once before, that match taking place in 2003 at Tad Gormley Stadium. This one will be the first for the U.S. Women at the famed Superdome, home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. 

Next up for the USA are two games in October against Brazil, the first Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), and the second on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Central Florida (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO). Buy tickets here. 

Additional Notes:

  • China has been one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 54 times, more than any country besides Canada.
  • Since 1991 - a span of 24 years - the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only five times.
  • The USA is 33-8-13 all-time vs. China.