U.S. Soccer

MNT on TV: Season Defining Matches in Europe and Liga MX; MLS in Full Swing

The curtain comes down on the Liga MX regular season this weekend, while the German and English leagues are also in the last throes of their campaigns. Meanwhile, Major League Soccer continues its full swing as MNT players across the globe continue to audition for a spot on this summer’s Copa America Centenario roster.

Saturday, May 7

The day gets started in Germany as Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund keep their slim hopes for the Bundesliga title alive when they visit Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1). Meanwhile, Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach continue their fight for a UEFA Champions League qualifying place when they host Bayer Leverkusen (9:30 a.m. ET – Fox Soccer Plus). Nipping at their heels for that spot are John Brooks and Hertha Berlin who host Darmstadt (9:30 a.m. ET – Fox Soccer 2Go).

In England, DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland face a stern test in their quest to avoid relegation as they host Matt Miazga and a Chelsea side brimming with confidence after earning a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur to help Leicester City win the Premier League last Monday (10 a.m. ET – USA Network). Elsewhere, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play out their Premier League campaign with a trip to Crystal Palace (10 a.m. ET – NBC Sports LiveExtra).

In MLS action, Darlington Nagbe will look to continue his strong return from injury when the Portland Timbers visit Vancouver Whitecaps in the year’s first Cascadia Cup clash (5 p.m. ET – MLS Live). Later that night, a central midfield battle will ensue as Jermaine Jones and the Colorado Rapids host Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season.

In Mexico, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca currently sit third overall with a chance to move into second with a win at home against Chiapas (9 p.m. ET – NBC Universo).

Sunday, May 8

On Sunday, Ventura Alvarado and Club America can ensure they finish second in Liga MX with a victory at Pumas UNAM (1 p.m. ET – Univision).

The weekend closes out in MLS as the Gyasi Zardes and the LA Galaxy try to continue their high-flying pace at home against Lee Nguyen and the New England Revolution (3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN). Later that night, Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United host Mix Diskerud and New York City FC (7:30 p.m. ET – FS1) to close out the weekend.

See a full listing of all matches involving MNT players below.

All times Eastern.

Saturday, May 7

Timmy Chandler / Christian Pulisic

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Plus

John Brooks

Hertha Berlin vs. Darmstadt

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer 2Go

Alfredo Morales

Ingolstadt vs. Bayern Munich

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer 2Go

Brad Guzan

Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United

10 a.m.

NBCSN

DeAndre Yedlin / Matt Miazga

Sunderland vs. Chelsea

10 a.m.

USA

Geoff Cameron

Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Tim Howard

Leicester City vs. Everton

12:30 p.m.

USA

Darlington Nagbe

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers

5 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley

Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Edgar Castillo

Monterrey vs. Toluca

8 p.m.

Univision Deportes

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jermaine Jones / Kyle Beckerman

Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Omar Gonzalez

Pachuca vs. Chiapas FC

9 p.m.

NBC Universo

Michael Orozco

Atlas vs. Club Tijuana

9:30 p.m.

Azteca America

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris / David Bingham, Chris Wondolowski

Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

10 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yarbrough

Dorados Sinaloa vs. Club Leon

10 p.m.

ESPN Deportes

Sunday, May 8

Ventura Alvarado

Pumas UNAM vs. Club America

1 p.m.

Univision

Gyasi Zardes / Lee Nguyen

LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution

3:30 p.m.

ESPN

Steve Birnbaum / Mix Diskerud

D.C. United vs. New York City FC

7:30 p.m.

FS1

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MNT May 6, 2016

U.S. Soccer Life Member Rocco Amoroso Passes Away

CHICAGO (May 6, 2016) – Rocco Amoroso, a U.S. Soccer Life Member since 2014, passed away on Thursday, May 5, in his home state of New York. An advocate for sportsmanship within the game, Amoroso provided a lasting legacy in soccer in the United States.

In the early 1980’s, Amoroso saw a need for youth league to focus on developing mature players and creating responsible citizens through lessons in teamwork and fair play. He organized the local Long Island Junior Soccer League’s (LIJSL) Sportsmanship program, a first-of-its-kind program in youth sports, integrating the “Build Character Through Soccer” slogan that still remains the league’s mission statement today.

Rocco’s guidelines on sportsmanship for the good of the game and the development of the character of its players were adopted by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and all American Youth Soccer Organizations throughout the United States.

Amoroso, a woodworker from Melville, N.Y., was a member of the LIJSL and ENYYSA Halls of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Nassau County Sports Commission. New York men’s over-40 teams compete annually for the Rocco Amoroso Cup, created to honor his contributions to the sport.

Photo courtesy of ENYYSA.
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May 6, 2016

USA Falls to Canada in CONCACAF Futsal Championship Second Leg Qualifier

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (May 5, 2016) - The U.S. Futsal National Team lost to Canada 5-3 at BN Arena on Thursday night. Following Wednesday’s 4-4 draw, the U.S. gave way to Canada for the final spot in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Robert Renaud put Canada ahead in the 15th minute, but U.S. defender Adriano Dos Santos tied the match one minute later. The U.S. came inches away from a lead in the 17th minute when defender Patrick Healy’s back-heel attempt was denied by the post. One minute later, Renaud responded with his second goal of the night for Canada.

The action continued in the second half when Canada’s Nazim Belguendouz and Ian Bennett scored in the 22nd and 25th minutes, and Renaud completed a hat trick in the 29th to put Canada up 5-1 with 10 minutes left to play.

Despite the deficit, the U.S. did not back down. FNT goalkeeper and captain Danny Waltman came out of the goal as a fifth attacker in 34th minute of play, interchanging with defender Brian Harris, who netted an impressive shot in the 38th minute. Midfielder Daniel Mattos also scored in the last minute of the match with an assist from Tony Donatelli.

The Legacy of Tozer
Once captain of the ’86 U.S. FNT, head coach Keith Tozer has dedicated a 20-year coaching career to the U.S. National Futsal program. Tozer led the U.S. to the first-ever title in the history of the CONCACAF tournament in 1996 and helped the team earn the title again in 2004.

In addition to Tozer, the FNT is led by a passionate and visionary trio dedicated to the growth of futsal in the United States that also includes assistant coach Vava Marques and goalkeeper coach Mark Litton, who have been with the team for 18 and eight years, respectively.

- U.S. Futsal National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Futsal National Team vs. Canada
Date:
May 5, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship – Qualifier
Venue:
BN Arena; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff:
8 p.m. CST (10 p.m. ET)
Weather:
Indoor

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          2          3
CAN                            2          3          5 

CAN – Robert Renaud           15th minute
USA – Adriano Dos Santos    16
CAN – Robert Renaud           18
CAN – Nazim Belguendouz    22
CAN – Ian Bennett                  25
CAN – Robert Renaud           29
USA – Brian Harris                 38
USA – Daniel Mattos              39                                                                         

USA: 1-Danny Waltman (capt.); 4- Patrick Healey, 7- Bryan Perez, 6-Tony Donatelli, 10- Kraig Chiles
Subs: 2- Joey Tavernese, 3-Brian Harris, 5-Adriano Dos Santos, 8- Nelson Santana, 9- Daniel Mattos, 14- Franck Tayou
Subs not used: 12- Eduardo Macias, 11-Taylor Bond, 13- German Felipe Gonzalez
Head Coach: Keith Tozer

CAN: 1-Joshua Lemos, 5-Matias Dimarco, 6-Ian Bennett, 7-Vahid Assadpour (capt.), 8-Nazim Belguendouz
Subs: 3-Desmond Humphrey, 4-Eduardo Jauregui, 9-Frederico Moojen, 10-Marco Rodriguez, 11-Daniel Chamale, 12-Jacob Orellana,13-Robert Renaud
Subs not used: 2-David Campusano, 14-Vincent Cournoyer

Head Coach: Kyt Selaidopoulos

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 31 / 19
Shots on Goal: 15 / 17
Saves: 12 / 12
Corner Kicks: 14 / 14
Fouls: 4 / 6

Misconduct Summary:                    
USA – Adriano Dos Santos (caution)             19th minute
CAN – Ian Bennett (caution)                          25       

Officials:
Referee 1: Luis Aguilar (PAN)
Referee 2: Leroy Brown (GUA)
Referee 3: Jose Barrera (SLV)
Timekeeper: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA) 

U.S. Soccer Man of the Match: Danny Waltman

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Futsal May 6, 2016

Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016

CHICAGO (May 5, 2016) – Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber have been elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Chastain was selected on the Player Ballot, MacMillan on the Veteran Ballot and Garber via the Builder Ballot. Details about the induction ceremony will be released at a later date.

Chastain, who gained world-wide fame – and the covers of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Time – for her game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, enters the Hall of Fame having enjoyed a 12-year international career while playing 192 matches and scoring 30 goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1988-2004. Chastain, a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, competed in three FIFA Women’s World Cups (1991, 1999 and 2003), winning world titles in 1991 and 1999.

"To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have my name read in the same sentence with our country’s best is truly humbling,” said Chastain. “The opportunity to play the game was given to me by my parents; my competitiveness and enthusiasm was fostered by every coach who I was blessed to be taught by, and my passion was shared and heightened by all of my teammates over my career. It is not enough to say how grateful I am with words, and therefore, I continue to share the game with anyone and everyone."

The two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2004) and silver medalist (2000) was the first U.S. player to score five goals in one match, accomplishing the feat in 1991 during World Cup Qualifying as a forward when she came off the bench to score the first five goals of her career. While she debuted for the USA in 1988 and played forward (her college position) early in her international career, the vast majority of her international caps were earned after she converted to defender from 1996-2004.

MacMillan, a 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, enters the Hall of Fame on the Veteran Ballot. She had a 12-year career with the U.S. WNT, playing in 176 matches from 1993-2005. Her 60 career goals are currently ninth all-time in U.S. women’s history. She also won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and played in the 2003 Women’s World Cup. She was the 2002 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

“Playing for the USA was always an honor and privilege for me, and that could only be topped by being selected for the Hall of Fame,” said MacMillan. “I am incredibly humbled and honored by this selection. I will forever be grateful to the great game of soccer for all of the life lessons it has taught me along the way, and for all the friendships I built along the way. I want to thank U.S. Soccer and my teammates for all of the support throughout the years.”

Garber enters the Hall of Fame on the Builder Ballot after 17 years as the Commissioner of Major League Soccer and extensive work growing the sport of soccer in the United States.

“Thanks to the commitment and hard work of many people, our sport has grown significantly during the last few decades and there is no doubt the United States is a true soccer nation,” said Garber.  “It is an honor to be inducted alongside Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, two iconic figures in U.S. Soccer history who have impacted the sport at so many levels.  I am also thrilled that FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will serve as the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, providing soccer fans the opportunity to pay tribute to many of the great players, coaches and leaders in U.S. Soccer history.”

Currently, Garber also serves as CEO of Soccer United Marketing, a company that promotes several professional soccer properties, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CONCACAF Champions League and the Mexican Soccer Federation throughout the U.S. and various international soccer events.

Brandi Chastain Bio:
While playing with the Women’s National Team from 1988-2004, Chastain became a two-time Women’s World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist and was the first U.S. player to score five goals in a single match. Chastain played club soccer in Japan for Skiroki Serena for one season in 1993 before playing in the U.S. for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-2003 and in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in 2009. In 2013, U.S. Soccer’s Centennial year, she was named to the U.S. WNT's All-Time Best XI. Currently, Chastain continues to coach women’s soccer at her alma mater Santa Clara, where she was an All-American, assisting head coach and husband Jerry Smith.

Shannon MacMillan Bio:
From 1994-2006, MacMillan played for the U.S. WNT, earning a Women’s World Cup title (1999) and an Olympic gold medal (1996). At the University of Portland, she was honored with the 1995 Hermann Trophy and MAC Player of the Year awards, and in 2002, was named U.S. Soccer’s Female Player of the Year. She was one of the founding players of WUSA, playing three seasons for the San Diego Spirit. Currently, she is the director of club operations for the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks soccer club in her native San Diego.

Don Garber Bio:
Before joining MLS, Garber worked for 16 years in the National Football League as the Director of Marketing for the NFL and then Senior Vice President of Business Development. Since being appointed in 1999, MLS Commissioner Garber has helped bring about the creation of 13 expansion teams and construction of multiple soccer-specific stadiums, while also bringing a more international standard to the game in the U.S. Garber also serves as CEO of SUM to help promote several soccer properties between international organizations and U.S. Soccer. In 2011, he was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the nation’s top sports commissioners and has been named among the top 50 most influential people in sports business by the SportsBusiness Journal every year since 2005.

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WNT May 5, 2016
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