U.S. Soccer

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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MNT May 27, 2014

MNT Weekend Rewind: MLS, Liga MX Go Full Tilt, European Season Nears

With the European season just around the corner, MNT players in MLS and Liga MX continue to make their case for inclusion in the side’s World Cup Qualifying camp which gets back under way in late August with the last two matches of Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying.

Here’s a look at some of the highlight performances MNT players had for their clubs this past week.

Beginning at midweek, Gyasi Zardes continued his fine form for the LA Galaxy in the club’s 4-2 comeback win against Seattle Sounders FC in the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

With the Galaxy trailing 2-1, Zardes and teammate Giovani dos Santos entered in the 74th minute. It took just three minutes for the tandem to bring the Galaxy level, as Zardes’ pressure on the back line forced a turnover straight to dos Santos who coolly finished past Tyler Miller in the 77th minute. Eight minutes later, Zardes earned his first assist when he played a ball for Baggio Husidic, whose final pass was turned into the net by Sebastian Lletget in the 85th minute. In the 88th, a back and forth combination between Lletget and Zardes saw Lletget bag his second goal of the match as the Galaxy moved on to the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals for the first time since 2006.

WATCH: Zardes sparks LA Galaxy’s comeback U.S. Open Cup win vs. Seattle Sounders

Back in action on Saturday afternoon, Zardes helped the Galaxy run out to a 2-0 lead against the Portland Timbers inside the first 11 minutes. On the goal scoring play, center back Jelle van Damme played a long ball over the top for Emmanuel Boateng whose cross from the left was nodded inside the back post by Zardes for his fifth goal of the season.

WATCH: Zardes tallies the winner in LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win vs. Portland Timber

MNT teammate Darlington Nagbe would help pull a goal back in the 11th minute when Zarek Valentin combined with him near the top of the area on a passing sequence that set up Valentin to slot a shot inside the bottom left corner in the 41st minute.

WATCH: Nagbe provides assist for Zarek Valentin

On Friday night, both Chris Wondolowski and David Bingham were instrumental in the San Jose Earthquakes earning a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake. Wondolowski tallied his eighth goal of the season, pinging a ball in the box home at the left post in the ninth minute. Bingham was then called in to service, making several strong saves, including a stop on Kyle Beckerman’s long-distance effort in the 15th minute, before preserving the road draw with a one-on-one save on Olmes Garcia in the 72nd.

WATCH: Chris Wondolowski scores his eighth of the season

Not to be outdone, Tim Howard made five saves in the Colorado Rapids 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas. Howard notably made two huge stops, one in first half stoppage time when he sprawled out to paw away Walker Zimmerman’s header at the right post. Howard then helped preserve the draw when he denied Michael Barrios with point-blank kick save in the 83rd minute. Colorado remains unbeaten in the league (2-0-2) since Howard official joined the side at the beginning of July.

On Sunday, Graham Zusi returned from a hamstring strain to provide an assist on the first goal of Sporting KC’s 3-0 rout of Seattle Sounders FC in the 21st minute. Zusi lasted until the 41st minute when he was withdrawn after re-aggravating the injury, though reports suggested it wasn’t severe.

WATCH: Zusi provides assist on Dom Dwyer’s 21st minute header

Finally, Jozy Altidore continued the road back from a hamstring strain, playing the final 18 minutes of Toronto FC’s 4-1 victory against D.C. United. The appearance was Altidore’s first since picking up the injury back on May 14.

Check out a full rundown of how MNT players did for their clubs this past week:

Jozy Altidore – 18 minutes as a substitute in Toronto FC’s 4-1 win vs. D.C. United (July 23)
Ventura Alvarado – 90 minutes in Club America’s 3-0 win at Venados (July 20; Copa MX)
Paul Arriola – 23 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 3-2 defeat at Puebla (July 24)
Kyle Beckerman
– 90 minutes in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (July 22)
David Bingham – 90 minutes, SIX SAVES in San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake (July 22)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes in D.C. United’s 4-1 loss at Toronto FC (July 23)
Edgar Castillo – 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 1-0 defeat at Guadalajara (July 23)
Clint Dempsey – 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Brad Evans – 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Ethan Finlay – 31 minutes as a substitute in 2-2 draw vs. Orlando City (July 23)
Greg Garza – 42 minutes, YELLOW CARD in 3-2 defeat at Puebla (July 24)
Omar Gonzalez – 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-0 win at Chiapas (July 23)
Ethan Horvath - 90 minutes in Molde’s 1-0 defeat to Sarpsborg (July 23)
Tim Howard 90 minutes, FIVE SAVES in Colorado Rapids’ 1-1 draw with FC Dallas (July 23)
Jordan Morris – 8 minutes as a substitute in Seattle Sounders FC’s 4-2 defeat at LA Galaxy (July 20; USOC); 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes, ASSIST in Portland Timbers 2-1 defeat vs. LA Galaxy (July 23)
Lee Nguyen – 88 minutes in New England Revolution’s 1-0 defeat of Chicago Fire (July 23)
Nick Rimando – 90 minutes, TWO SAVES in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (July 22)
Chris Wondolowski – 90 minutes, GOAL in San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake (July 22)
William Yarbrough – 90 minutes, TWO SAVES in Club Leon’s 0-0 draw vs. Necaxa (July 23)
Gyasi Zardes – 16 minutes as a substitute, TWO ASSISTS in LA Galaxy’s 4-2 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (July 20; USOC); 90 minutes, GOAL in LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win at Portland Timbers (July 23)
Graham Zusi – 41 minutes, ASSIST in Sporting KC’s 3-0 defeat of Seattle Sounders FC (July 24)

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MNT Jul 25, 2016

Olympic Rookies Ready for Golden Chance in Brazil

When head coach Jill Ellis named her roster for the 2016 Olympic Games, there were many familiar names. The team assembled to travel to Brazil is an exciting mix of veterans and up-and-coming talents, but one roster note stands out: of the 18 players named to the team, 11 will be competing in their first Olympic Games.

The group of Olympic rookies, featuring players with more than 50 caps down to those with just a few, includes: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Allie Long, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh.

“Certainly going into the World Cup, we recognized we had more of a senior roster,” Ellis said in discussing the Olympic Team selection. “Now, it’s not just having your eye on the Olympics this summer, it’s having your eye on what’s beyond that. Getting younger players experience in this world event will help down the line. I think that’s part of what you have to do in this position is always plan to continue winning world championships. It’s a great infusion of new players – a slightly different style in terms of different players and pieces and putting it all together – and that’s actually been good. It’s refreshing, as a staff, to work with different faces and try to blend them.”

Brian, Engen, Johnston, Klingenberg, Krieger, Naeher and Press were all part of the World Cup championship team in 2015, while Dunn, Horan, Long and Pugh will experience their first world championship at the senior level, although the quartet have each have represented the USA in a youth World Cup.

“Myself and other older players do have some experience from last year’s World Cup, even if this is our first Olympic Games, so we can bring that to the table,” Naeher said. “Those that have been at the Olympics before will give support to us first timers and we can reciprocate by bringing what we learned during the World Cup experience to those who are experiencing their first world championship.”


Defender Julie Johnston (left) and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher were part of a U.S. defense that pitched a convincing shutout in
the team's final pre-Olympic warm-up game, a 4-0 win vs. Costa Rica in Kansas City.

Krieger, who started every game at the 2015 Women’s World Cup at right back, was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic Team and was almost certain to make the 2012 squad when a devastating ACL injury dashed her dreams. Four years later, soon-to-be 32-year-old Krieger became the oldest first-time U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympian – a fact she embraces.

“After three tries, it’s finally happened,” Krieger said. “I’ve waited for this my entire life and I’ve trained for it my entire life. You play to be able to compete at the highest level and you dream of this when you’re young, so making it a reality is amazing. Add to that, we are playing for ourselves and for Team USA so it’s inspiring to see so many athletes be a part of this. There’s extra motivation and extra support.”

Four years ago, Klingenberg and Press were still trying to break into the team when they were named alternates for the 2012 Olympic squad. Klingenberg had just two caps at the time and Press had yet to debut.

Now, after starting every match at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and playing the most minutes (384 out of 450) of any U.S. player in the Olympic Qualifying tournament, Klingenberg is a key cog on the back line. Press has an impressive strike rate, having scored 34 goals in 70 caps since debuting at the beginning of the 2013, including her first World Cup goal that came against Australia in the tournament opener last summer.

“When Jill called me she said, ‘this call is a bit different than four years ago,’ and it was one of the best things,” Klingenberg said. “I was happy and proud in 2012 as an alternate but I wanted to be on the team and win a medal with my teammates and win a medal for the USA. So to be able to go to Brazil is special and I’m humbled and honored to represent it with this group of people. We have a great team with incredible people.”

Dunn, who was among the final 25 players vying for 2015 Women’s World Cup spots before the roster was trimmed to the 23 that represented the USA in Canada, has become a valuable part of the U.S. attack, scoring 10 goals in 2016, behind only Alex Morgan’s 11. Horan, who came back to the U.S. this year after playing professional soccer in France with Paris Saint-Germain for more than three years, has developed into a strong presence as a holding midfielder, while her club teammate and fellow midfielder Allie Long made a return to the WNT scene in April and played her way into a spot on the Olympic Team.

As for Pugh, the 18-year-old forward became the second youngest women’s soccer Olympian in U.S. history. She will be about a month older than Cindy Parlow was at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The selection put an exclamation point on an incredible debut year for Pugh, who has played in 14 of the USA’s 15 games so far in 2016 and has recorded seven assists, a team-leading mark, as well as scored three goals.


Morgan Brian (back) and Mallory Pugh (front) are the two youngest players on the USA's Olympic roster at 23- and 18-years-old, respectively.

“When [Jill Ellis] called, a bunch of emotions were going through my mind,” recalled Pugh, who is also the captain of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team that will compete in the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea later this fall. “I was a bit in shock because I know I’ve worked hard and it’s because of my teammates on the National Team, on the U-20s and back at home that have pushed me. I appreciate that from them and I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without them. I thought, did that really just happen? Am I going to go to the Olympics? I will not only be with amazing athletes on my team but also on Team USA. It will be so cool to see so many different athletes, find out their journeys and be inspired by them.”

To win the gold, teams will have to slog through six games in 16 days, including three group games in the span of a week. Among several other strong contenders to win the tournament, the USA is poised to make a strong run, one in which several first-time Olympians will no doubt play major roles should the Americans once again step to the top of the podium.

The U.S. WNT will kick off Group G play at the 2016 Olympic Games against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo). The team then remains in Belo Horizonte to face France on Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo) before taking off to Manaus for its final Group G game vs. Colombia (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).

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WNT Jul 25, 2016

Carr Names 18-Player Roster For 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship

CHICAGO (July 25, 2016) - U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team head coach Mark Carr has named an 18-player roster that will participate in the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.

The USA will be competing in the tournament for the first time with the competition taking place from August 9-21 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Orlando.

The tournament will be a capper of sorts for this two-year cycle of U-15 players before they move to the U-17’s in 2017, although there will be two more events in the fall for this group, which features players born mostly in 2001.

“I want to congratulate the whole pool of players that we’ve worked with through this cycle over the last 18 months,” said Carr. “It was not easy to narrow down the roster to 18, and that’s a credit to the depth in this age group. Moving forward, I know that the future is very bright for all of these players who are just starting their journey in our National Team programs.”

Carr chose 16 players born in 2001 and two who were born in 2002. Four players on the roster hail from Georgia, while two each come from California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas. Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois have one player each.

U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team Roster – 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Championship
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Ruthie Jones (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), D'awncey Jones-Black (Honolulu Bulls SC; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Leah Scarpelli (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta Ga.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Eleanor Glenn (Tophat SC; Avondale Estates, Ga.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Gabrielle Robinson (BRYSC; Springfield, Va.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Sunshine Fontes (Honolulu Bulls SC; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)                                                                             

Twenty-two CONCACAF teams and one CONMEBOL team will participate in this year’s tournament, designed to encourage development for youth players from across the confederation while promoting competition at the international level. 

“I am very excited about the group of players we have selected to represent the USA at this tournament,” said Carr. “It’s a technical group that is very creative, unpredictable and exciting to watch. We have a good balance of different personalities that will complement each other and that will allow us to play an exciting brand of soccer. I am looking forward to seeing us improve and come together as the tournament progresses.”

The young Americans were drawn into Group A where they will face Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. All matches in the tournament will be 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

The USA opens its tournament on Aug. 9 against Trinidad & Tobago (9 a.m. ET), before facing Mexico on Aug. 10 (9 a.m. ET), Haiti on Aug. 12 (11 a.m. ET), and the Dominican Republic on Aug. 13 (9 a.m. ET).

“It’s going to be a very intensive event with little rest time in between games, so our goal will be to maximize our performances on the field and then quickly recover and focus on the next game,” said Carr. “Because the games come quickly, it will require that every player be ready to help the team be successful.”

The teams were divided into three groups of five and two groups of four. All group winners, including the second place teams from groups A, B and C, will advance to the quarterfinals on Aug. 17. Semifinals will take place on Aug. 19 with the winners advancing to the final set for Aug. 21.

The inaugural CONCACAF tournament for this age group took place in 2014 in the Cayman Islands with Canada defeating Haiti 4-1 in penalty kicks to take the title.

2016 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GROUPS

Group A: United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic

Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Jamaica, El Salvador

Group C: Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Santa Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Group D: Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curả«ao, Anguilla

Group E: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas

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U-15 GNT Jul 25, 2016

MNT on TV: Liga MX Apertura Heats Up; MLS Heads Toward All-Star Break

A rivalry from the Western Conference kicks off the Friday night action as Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake put their unbeaten home record on the line  as they face Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham and the San Jose Earthquakes, who come to town in search of their first win on the road (11 p.m. ET; MLS Live).

Saturday holds most of the weekend’s action, the day beginning with a big matinee featuring Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers hosting Gyasi Zardes and the LA Galaxy (3:30 p.m. ET; ESPN). In a preview of the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match on Aug. 9, Lee Nguyen and the New England Revolution will welcome the Chicago Fire (7:30 p.m. ET; MLS Live) to Gillette Stadium.

After a tough 5-1 defeat against Pachuca last week, William Yarbrough will look to bring Club Leon back on track (8 p.m. ET; Univision Deportes) against Necaxa. Later that evening, Edgar Castillo will aim to continue Monterrey’s positive start to the season  against Chivas (10 p.m. ET; Univision).

Television viewing continues Sunday when Graham Zusi and Sporting KC try to move into playoff position in the Western Conference in a nationally televised matchup against Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC (3 p.m. ET; ESPN).

Check out the full schedule of MNT players with their clubs this weekend (all times are ET):

Friday, July 22

Kyle Beckerman / Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose

11 p.m.

MLS Live

Saturday, July 23

Darlington Nagbe / Gyasi Zardes

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy

3:30 p.m.

ESPN

Omar Gonzalez

Jaguares vs. Pachuca

6 p.m.

Univision Deportes

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore / Bill Hamid, Steve Birnbaum

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay / Brek Shea

Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Lee Nguyen

New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yarbrough

Club Leon vs. Necaxa

8 p.m.

Univision Deportes

Jermaine Jones, Tim Howard

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Edgar Castillo

Guadalajara vs. Monterrey

10 p.m.

Univision

Ventura Alvarado

Toluca vs. Club America

10 p.m.

UniMas

Sunday, July 24

Graham Zusi / Jordan Morris, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey

Sporting KC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

3 p.m.

ESPN

Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola

Puebla vs. Club Tijuana

7 p.m.

Univision Deportes

 

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MNT Jul 22, 2016

Strong Performance Propels USA to 4-0 Win vs. Costa Rica in Final Olympic Tuneup

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 22, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 4-0 on the strength of an aggressive attacking performance before 12,635 fans at Children’s Mercy Park in its last tune-up match ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press scored the goals for the USA, which was creative and convincing in attack throughout the match. On the defensive side, goalkeepers Hope Solo and Alyssa Naeher combined to help the defense pitch its third consecutive shutout and 13th overall in 2016.

The USA now heads to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games and will begin Group G play vs. New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg), 15th minute:
The USA gained control of the ball just inside Costa Rica’s half of the field and through a quick combination of passes worked the ball up the left flank through Alex Morgan to Meghan Klingenberg, overlapping from her left back spot. Klingenberg charged into the Ticas box and got her head up to pick out the run of Crystal Dunn at the back post. Klingenber’s low pass across the face of goal was perfectly timed to meet Dunn’s run and the versatile attacker easily tapped the ball into the back of the net to reach double figures (10) in goals scored in 2016. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mallory Pugh, 22nd minute: The 18-year-old attacker seized on a Costa Rica turnover in her defensive half the of the field and deftly pushed the ball past two Ticas while at full sprint up the left touchline. As she bore down on goal, Pugh employed a quick feint to get the last defender back on her heels before racing past and firing a wide-angle shot from seven yards out in between the near left post and Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz for her third goal in her debut year with the senior National Team. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Becky Sauerbrunn), 45+6: From a set piece 30 yards away from Costa Rica’s goal toward the right sideline, USA co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn picked out fellow captain Carli Lloyd, who was making a darting run into the heart of the Tica’s penalty area. Having lost her marker, Lloyd snapped an uncontested header inside the left post from 12 yards out for the 88th goal of her career. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Christen Press (Allie Long), 79th minute: Tobin Heath’s high pressure caused a wayward pass out of the back from Costa Rica and the ball rolled right to Allie Long in the central channel about 25 yards away from goal. Instead of shoot, Long wearily picked out Christen Press’s slashing run across the top of the Tica’s box with a slick one-time pass. Press took one touch to control the ball before ripping a shot into the right side netting from near the penalty spot for her fifth goal of 2016. USA 4, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action for the 2016 Olympic Games and begins Group G play against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo). The team then remains in Belo Horizonte to face France on Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo) before taking off to Manaus for its final Group E game vs. Colombia (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA improved to 14-0-1 in 2016. The team has scored 52 goals and pitched 13 shutouts while allowing just four goals.
  • Now with 10 goals in 2016, Crystal Dunn is the USA’s second leading scorer behind only Alex Morgan (11).
  • Meghan Klingenberg’s assist on Dunn’s goal was her fourth in 15 games played this year. Coming into 2016, Klingenberg had only recorded one assist in her 50 caps.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn’s assist on Carli Lloyd’s goal was the fourth of her career and second of 2016, which is the most she’s recorded in a calendar year.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: July 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 12,635
Weather: 91 degrees; Clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CRC 0 0 0

USA – Crystal Dunn (Meghan Klingenberg)   15th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh                                    22
USA – Carli Lloyd (Becky Sauerbrunn)          45+6
USA – Christen Press (Allie Long)                 79

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 46); 3-Allie Long, 9-Lindsey Horan (14-Morgan Brian, 78), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (17-Tobin Heath, 77), 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 63), 16-Crystal Dunn
Subs not used: 20-Samantha Mewis
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CRC : 1-Dinnia Diaz (13-Noelia Bermudez, 46); 5-Diana Saenz (2-Carolina Angulo, 90+3), 3-Fabiola Villalobos (19-Fabiola Sanchez, 84), 4-Mariana Benavides, 12-Lixy Rodriguez; 15-Cristin Granados, 14-Maria Fernanda Barrantes, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.) (23-Gloriana Villalobos, 82), 16-Katherine Alvarado, 7-Melissa Herrera (17-Karla Villalobos, 79); 11-Raquel Rodriguez (9-Carolina Venegas, 63)
Subs not used: 6-Maria Paula Elizondo
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 19 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Katherine Alvarado (caution)   10th minute
USA – Allie Long (caution)                24
CRC – Fabiola Villalobos (caution)     28

Officials:
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Margaret Domka (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

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