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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

  • DateTuesday, May 27, 2014
  • VenueCandlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Kickoff7:00 PM PT
  • Attendance24,688
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Across the Academy – Oct. 1, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U.S. U-17 MNT Opens Panama Tournament: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team begins play in the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament, starting today with its opening match against Costa Rica. That will be followed by a game against Canada on Friday, Oct. 3, and host Panama on Sunday, Oct. 5. U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster for this tournament. Fourteen players have current ties to the Development Academy. Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic lead the U-17s with 11 goals apiece in international competition this year.

For the latest Development Academy news, visit the ussoccer.com Academy home page, follow us on Twitter @ussoccer_acad and Instagram, or like us on Facebook. Share your Academy news, comments, photos, links and more using the #OpportunityKnocks hashtag.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Sept. 27-28):

  • West Conference: Real Salt Lake AZ’s Edgar Duran scored three goals in a 15-minute stretch and his U-17/18 side held off Chivas USA for a 4-3 victory on Saturday in Southwest Division play. Chivas USA was in the driver’s seat through the first half with Jonathan Hernandez and Michael Flores each tallying a goal in the first 45 minutes. Duran led Real Salt Lake AZ in the comeback with goals in the 52nd, 56th and 67th minutes, and Diego Silva scored in the 59th minute during that stretch to take a 4-2 lead heading into the game’s final 20 minutes. RSL leads the division with a 3-0-1 record and 2.50 points per game.
  • Central Conference: The Academy’s Houston derby at the U-15/16s had a flair for the dramatic. Alexander Acton-Petronotis broke a scoreless stalemate in the final minute to lift Texans SC Houston to a 1-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo. Texans SC Houston earned its first win in three games in Frontier Division play, and Acton-Petronotis’ 80th-minute goal was the squad’s first of the season.
  • East Conference: Oakwood Soccer Club’s U-17/18 team extended its unbeaten streak to three games with a 3-1 win against FC Bolts Celtic on Sunday. DeAndre Brown recorded a second-half brace, netting the game-tying and game-winning goals in the 76th and 81st minutes, respectively. Ramon Evans also scored for Oakwood, which improved to 2-1-1 and is tied for second place in the Northeast Division with 1.75 points per game, trailing only the Montreal Impact (3-0-1, 2.50 points per game). Oakwood’s U-15/16s also earned a 3-1 win against FC Bolts Celtic, led by a two-goal effort from Brock Hassett.

Stat of the Week: The Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18s and the PA Classics U-15/16s are the only two teams that have played at least four games and have earned shutouts in every match this season. Indiana Fire Academy (2-0-2, 2.00 points per game) is tied for second in the Mid-America Division with Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, and PA Classics is actually fourth in the Atlantic Division at 3-0-1 and 2.50 points per game. The Philadelphia Union (5-0-0, 3.00), New York Red Bulls (4-0-0, 3.00) and Bethesda-Olney (4-0-1, 2.60) make up the top of the Atlantic Division based on points per game.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Portland Timbers U-15/16 midfielder Adrian Villegas was named the Academy Player of the Week for the Sept. 27-28 weekend. Villegas set up a pair of Jose Perez goals during the Timbers’ match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Jaelin Rainey, a Grade 8 referee from Georgia, was named Referee of the Week for his work during Saturday’s U-13/14 match between the Concorde Fire and Carolina Elite Soccer Academy. The 16-year-old received high evaluation marks across the board last weekend and has worked several other Academy matches so far this season. Rainey has also worked various local and state-level games in the Georgia area.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

Kelyn Rowe

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Academy Alumni: Revs’ Rowe Tallies Goal in Thrilling Win: Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City last Friday. Over the past two months, Rowe has four goals and four assists during that 11-game stretch. Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid earned his career-high ninth shutout during a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Union, and LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season to help the Galaxy defeat the New York Red Bulls.

U.S. U-23 MNT to Face Brazil on Oct. 13: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in Brasilia for a mid-October camp that includes a match against Brazil’s U-23s on Oct. 13. The roster for this camp will be announced shortly as the USA continues its early preparations for the qualification process toward the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:

  • The Oct. 4-5 Academy weekend, the fifth of the 2014-15 season, features 119 games – 42 at the U-13/14 age group and a combined 77 games at the U-15/16 and U-17 age groups.
  • 2014-15 Academy Schedule page

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U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nation December Tournament in Brazil

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Brazil in December for a four-team international tournament featuring host Brazil, China PR and Argentina. Brazil and China have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The International Tournament of Brasilia will be staged entirely at National Stadium Mane Garrincha – which hosted seven matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup – and will run from Dec. 10-21. The USA will open the tournament Dec. 10 against China PR, face Brazil on Dec. 14 and finish group play on Dec. 17 against Argentina. The final match day on Dec. 21 will feature the top two teams after round-robin play squaring off for the tournament championship while the two countries that finished third and fourth will battle for third place.

Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date. With two or three days between matches, the USA will get plenty of training days along with games against two teams in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Historically, we’ve had a two-week December training camp to finish the year, but getting the opportunity to get four international matches, as well as some excellent training at facilities that hosted teams in the World Cup this past summer, was too good to pass up,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis.

The U.S. Women have not played in Brazil since 1997 when they played two matches against the host, a 2-1 win in Taubaté and a 1-0 loss in São Paulo.

The matches mark the end of the USA’s 2014 campaign of 24 scheduled games, the most of any year in which the U.S. players have competed in a domestic league. The current high is 2003, the third year of the WUSA and also a World Cup year, when the U.S. WNT played 23 games.

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Venue

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. USA

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Championship

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Additional Notes:

  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina’s 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England’s Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played six total matches in Brazil, four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia) and two against Brazil in 1997.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of those six games in Brazil.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women’s National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the team teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings, most recently in April – a 2-0 U.S. victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.

U-23 MNT to Face Brazil U-23s on Oct. 13 in Brasilia

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in Brasilia for a mid-October camp from Oct. 10-12, highlighted by a match against Brazil’s U-23 national team on Monday, Oct. 13.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the invitation from the Brazilian Federation to play against their U-23 National Team,” said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. “We have emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible, and to play against one of the best teams in the world will be a great benchmark for our players. They also get a chance to play in Brasilia, which is one of the host venues for the 2016 Olympics, and for many it will be a first taste of what the environment would be like for the tournament. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”

The U-23 MNT roster for this international camp will be named in the coming days. The coaching staff for this trip, which coincides with the Senior National Team matches against Ecuador and Honduras, will include U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez and MNT scout Matthias Hamann. Rob Vartughian will be the goalkeeper coach during the trip.

The camp serves as part of the preparation process for Olympic qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The USA last held a U-23 camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas that included a 5-1 victory against the Bahamas first team on Aug. 6.

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

Academy Alumni: Revs’ Rowe Tallies Goal in Thrilling Win Against Sporting

Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. Jermaine Jones’ 85th-minute winner grabbed the headlines, but Rowe got New England off and running as the Revs built a 2-0 cushion early on.

In the 22nd minute, Rowe got New England on the score sheet first when the ball was crossed in from the right side and Rowe redirected with his left to the far right post for a 1-0 lead.

Rowe has posted four goals and four assists over the past 11 games spanning a two-month stretch.

New England (14-13-3) and Sporting (13-11-6) are tied with 45 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, six points behind first-place D.C. United.

Bill Hamid

Hamid Earns Career-High Ninth Shutout: D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid made four saves and earned his ninth shutout this season as D.C. blanked the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday. Hamid broke his previous career-high of eight shutouts in 2012, and he is now one win away from matching his personal-best of 13 during that 2012 campaign.

For the season, Hamid is 12-9-5 with 99 saves, which ranks third among MLS goalkeepers. D.C. United is atop the East at 15-9-6 with 51 points.

Galaxy’s Zardes Nets 16th Goal: LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season during the Galaxy’s 4-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at StubHub Center. Zardes’ 69th-minute goal gave the Galaxy a 3-0 lead as the team shoots for the Supporters’ Shield. Both LA and Seattle Sounders FC have 57 points through 30 games.

Elsewhere, former Texas Rush and Lonestar SC forward Kekuta Manneh assisted Pedro Morales’ 78th-minute, game-winning goal as Vancouver Whitecaps FC topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday. Crew Soccer Academy product Wil Trapp assisted Ethan Finlay’s goal during a 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday with a second-minute through ball to open up the scoring. Colorado Rapids homegrown Dillon Serna contributed his fourth assist of the season when he helped create Gabriel Torres’ 84th-minute goal as Colorado and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Dillon Serna

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