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U.S. MNT Opens Send-Off Series with 2-0 Win Against Azerbaijan, Powered by Yingli Solar

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened its three-game Send-Off Series with a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park as second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored a goal.

The match, powered by Yingli Solar, saw U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tie Kasey Keller’s record of 53 career U.S. MNT victories. Howard also posted his 35th career shutout, making two saves for the clean sheet.

Next up for the USA is a match against Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (2 p.m. ET). The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Throughout the first half and into the second, the USA always seemed like the team that would score the first goal and the U.S. finally broke the stalemate in the 75th minute. Substitute Brad Davis delivered a free kick from the left side and Azerbaijan’s Ilkin Girtimov headed the ball up, but not out of danger.

Diskerud got a head on the falling ball it and it bounced to Michael Bradley, whose shot from 13 yards out was alertly blocked by Azerbaijan defender Elvin Yunuszade on the goal line with his left foot. The ball ricocheted to Diskerud, who had entered the match just four minutes earlier, and he finished with skill and powered it into the right side of the net. It was Diskerud’s third career tally and first of 2014. (SEE GOAL)

In the 81st minute, Johannsson doubled the USA lead off a Davis corner kick from the right side. Johannsson was completely unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box and he flicked his header into the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. It was Johannsson’s first goal of 2014 and second of his young U.S. MNT career. (SEE GOAL)

Though the first half was scoreless, the U.S. created the majority of the scoring chances. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who got the start after Clint Dempsey was a precautionary scratch due to some soreness in his groin, put headers on frame in the fourth and 15th minutes. Both were saved spectacularly by Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev, the first with his legs and the second with a tremendous tip over the crossbar.

In the second half, the USA had several chances but shot high, including a Michael Bradley took a free kick in the 49th minute that sailed just over the goal. The placement of that free kick carried some controversy as Brad Davis appeared to have been fouled just inside the penalty area, but the free kick was awarded a foot outside the box.

Budweiser Man of the Match Jozy Altidore also had a couple scoring chances, including a 63rd-minute sequence in which he received a pass on the ground from Bradley, held off his defender well on the turn and fired over the crossbar.

Defensively, Howard needed to make only two saves for the clean sheet, the biggest stop coming in the seventh minute against Vagif Javadov after the USA gave up the ball outside the box. In swirling winds, Howard confidently pushed the shot away for a corner kick.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tied Kasey Keller’s record of 53 victories, and Howard is now 53-28-15 since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2002. Keller was 53-27-18 during his tenure from 1990-2007.
  • Howard is two appearances away from reaching the 100-cap milestone. He now has 98 career appearances as he looks to become the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark.
  • With Tuesday’s victory, Jurgen Klinsmann (29-11-8) is now one win away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list. Ahead of them are Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is looking to become just the third USA player to appear in four World Cups, earned his 115th career international cap and his first of 2014. He is fifth on the all-time caps list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Turkey in the second game of the Send-Off Series at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This was the USA’s first international matchup against Azerbaijan.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 2-2-0 at Candlestick Park.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann went with a starting lineup that featured goalkeeper Tim Howard, left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and a center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron.
  • The midfield in Klinsmann’s 4-4-2 included Alejandro Bedoya on the left, Graham Zusi on the right, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond.
  • Chris Wondolowski and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • Howard wore the captain’s armband for the first time in 2014 and the 10th time in his career. The U.S. MNT is 5-4-1 in games when Howard is the captain.
  • Klinsmann made three halftime subs as he readies this 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made two defensive subs, bringing in center back Omar Gonzalez for Cameron and left back Timmy Chandler for Beasley. In the midfield, Brad Davis replaced Zusi to open the second half.
  • For Chandler, it marked his first appearance with the U.S. MNT since the squad’s 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in World Cup qualifying.
  • With Davis entering the match on the left side of the midfield, Bedoya switched roles to the right side.
  • In the 62nd minute, forward Aron Johannsson entered the game for Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin replaced Johnson. Johannsson made his eighth career appearance and Yedlin his third. Both players also have former ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy – Yedlin with Seattle Sounders FC and Johannsson with IMG Academy.
  • Mix Diskerud was the USA’s final sub, replacing Bedoya in the 71st minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar
Date: May 27, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 24,688
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Mix Diskerud                            75th minute
USA – Aron Johannsson (Brad Davis)  81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 62), 20-Geoff Cameron (3-Omar Gonzalez, 46), 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 46); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 46), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 71); 17-Jozy Altidore, 18-Chris Wondolowski (9-Aron Johannsson, 62)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AZE: 1-Kamran Aghayev, 3-Rasim Ramaldanov, 4-Mahir Shukurov (capt.) (25-Ilkin Girtimov, 46), 7-Vagif Javadov (13-Dmitrij Nazarov, 60), 8-Gara Garayev, 10-Rufat Dadashov (28-Pardis Fardjad-Azad, 66), 11-Rauf Aliyev, 15-Ruslan Abishov (2-Badavi Guseynov, 46), 20-Ufuk Budak, 24-Abdulla Abasiyev (18-Maksim Medvedev, 71), 29-Elvin Yunuszade
Subs Not Used: 5-Shahriyar Aliyev, 9-Jihan Ozkara, 12-Emil Balayev, 14-Rashad Sadigov, 23-Salahat Aghayev
Head Coach: Berti Vogts

Stats Summary: USA / AZE
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 11 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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GALLERY: The Black and White Collection II

The Black and White Collection is back, this time featuring some of the best photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's pre-SheBelieves Cup training camp in Orlando, Fla. The WNT spent the past week preparing for the tournament, which will run from March 1-7 and feature Germany, England, and France in what promises to be an exciting, top-level competition. Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale at ussoccer.com.

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GALLERY: WNT Concludes Florida Training Camp, Off to Philadelphia

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's last two training sessions in Orlando, Fla. this week. The WNT has officially concluded its training camp and now jets off to Philadelphia, Pa. to kick off the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, where they will face Germany, England and France within a seven-day span. The tournament will feature three doubleheaders in three different venues in the northeast. Tickets for all matches are on sale at ussoccer.com.

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MNT Rewind: Kellyn Acosta Shines in CCL Play for FC Dallas

Just a few short weeks away from the kickoff of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s March World Cup Qualifying camp, a smattering of domestic players began their competitive schedules as the Quarterfinals of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League began at midweek.

While Sacha Kljestan, Luis Robles and New York Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Tuesday night, the U.S. MNT’s FC Dallas trio of Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman led the club to a resounding 4-0 victory against Arabe Unido of Panama on Wednesday night.

Acosta himself stole the show, scoring two highlight reel strikes in the second half, lifting FCD to a comfortable four-goal advantage as they head to the second leg in Panama City on Wednesday.

WATCH: Acosta pushes FC Dallas past Arabe Unido

Earlier in the week, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca toughed out a 0-0 draw at Saprissa, leaving all to play for in their second leg tie at Estadio Hidalgo on Tuesday. The result was the first of two clean sheets Gonzalez helped keep for Los Tuzos during the week as he put in another 90-minute shift in Pachuca’s 1-0 win vs. Veracruz on Saturday.

In fact, Gonzalez was one of six MNT defenders to help their clubs earn a shutout in the past week. Joining him were Hertha Berlin’s John Brooks (2-0 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt), Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj (0-0 draw vs. Wigan), Tijuana’s Michael Orozco (2-0 win vs. Monterrey), Fulham’s Tim Ream (2-0 win vs. Bristol City) and Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin (2-0 win vs. Aston Villa).

Finally, MNT defender Geoff Cameron took another step in his return from an MCL strain, playing the final eight minutes of Stoke City’s 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The action was Cameron’s first since suffering the injury on Oct. 22, improving the veteran defender’s chances of being part of March’s World Cup Qualifying roster. 

Check out the full rundown of how MNT players performed for their clubs during the past week:

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS in 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League win vs. Arabe Unido (Feb. 23)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 24- substitute minutes in 2-0 win vs. Monterrey (Feb. 24)
Jonathan Bornstein (Queretaro) – 90 minutes in 4-3 win vs. Pumas UNAM (Feb. 25)
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt) – 45 substitute minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Augsburg (Feb. 25)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Feb. 25)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 8 substitute minutes in 4-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur (Feb. 25) 
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Club Tijuana (Feb. 24)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Hertha Berlin (Feb. 25)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 14 substitute minutes in 1-0 Copa MX win at Correcaminos UAT (Feb. 21); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Monterrey (Feb. 24)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Veracruz (Feb. 25)
Julian Green (Stuttgart) –20 substitute minutes in 2-0 win vs. Kaiserslautern (Feb. 26)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League win vs. Arabe Unido (Feb. 23)
Emerson Hyndman (Rangers) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Inverness (Feb. 24)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) –17 substitute minutes in 4-2 UEFA Europa League win at Fiorentina; 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Ingolstadt (Feb. 26)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 90 minutes in 1-1 CONCACAF Champions League draw (Feb. 22)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Wigan (Feb. 25)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Go Ahead Eagles (Feb. 26)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Feb. 25)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Monterrey (Feb. 24)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 8 substitute minutes in 3-0 win at Freiburg (Feb. 25)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Bristol City (Feb. 22); 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Cardiff City (Feb. 25)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls) – 90 minutes in 1-1 CONCACAF Champions League draw vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Feb. 22)
Danny Williams (Reading) – 90 minutes, in 1-0 loss at Huddersfield Town (Feb. 21); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Brighton (Feb. 25)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – 90 minutes in 5-0 Copa MX win at Coas de Tepic (Feb. 22)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Atlas (Feb. 25)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Aston Villa (Feb. 20); 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Bristol City (Feb. 25)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League win vs. Arabe Unido (Feb. 23)

DNP/Injured 

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – Not in 18 for 4-0 win vs. Stoke City (Feb. 25)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Everton (Feb. 25) 
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace (Feb. 25)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – In 18, DNP in 5-0 win vs. Zulte-Waregem (Feb. 24)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Wolfsburg (Feb. 25)
Perry Kitchen (Hearts) –  In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Partick Thistle (Feb. 25)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – In 18, DNP in 8-0 loss at Bayern Munich (Feb. 25)

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U.S. U-18 WNT Draws 0-0 With Hosts to Finish Trip to England

CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team drew 0-0 with the hosts to finish its trip to England with a 2-0-1 record.

The USA also defeated England, 3-1, on Feb. 19 and downed Norway 5-0 on Feb. 21. Sophia Smith scored five goals over the two matches and Summer Yates had two. All the matches featured 40-minute halves.

This group of players is at the start of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019, and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The U-18 WNT will come together next for a domestic training camp in April.

-U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-18 Women’s National Team vs. England
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Competition: Friendly Tournament 
Venue: New Bucks Head Stadium; Wellington, England
Attendance: 250
Weather: 41 degrees; rainy

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hensley Hancuff; 5-Maycee Bell, 3-Brianna Martinez, 23-Shae Holmes, 15-Sarah Piper, 16-Natalie Viggiano (6-Maddie Vergura, 70), 8-Cori Dyke (7-Jenna Nighswonger, 55), 10-Summer Yates, 13-Rachel Jones (11-Emily Vatne, 70), 19-Alexa Spaanstra, 9-Sophia Smith (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 4-Maddie Desiano, 14-Cassie Hiatt, 18-Kali Trevithick 21-Olivia Wingate, 22-Meagan McClelland, 24-Ashylnn Serepca
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

ENG: 1-Hannah Hampton; 3-Poppy Pattinson, 4-Aimee Palmer, 5-Esme Morgan, 6-Shannon Cooke, 8-Miri Taylor (16-Beth O’Donnell, 78), 9-Nicole Douglas, 11-Lauren Hemp (capt), 15-Grace Neville, 17-Emily Syme, 19-Gabby Ravenscroft (18-Hana Lalani, 78)
Subs Not Used: 2-Katherine Turner, 10-Amy Rodgers, 13-Lucy Thomas, 14-Olivia Smith, 19-Gabby Ravenscroft, 20-Sophia Pharoah, 21-Mia Cinque, 22-Emily Ramsey
Head Coach: John Griffiths

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 4
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: Lee Hible
Referee: Thomas Cooke
Assistant Referee 1: Carl Henry
Assistant Referee 2: David Constable

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