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

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:

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 on TV: Final Club Matches Before October Friendlies

It’s one more weekend of club duty before the U.S. Men’s National Team reconvenes for October friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand. Here’s how to follow MNT players before they arrive in Miami and use the next two matches to fight for spots in the highly anticipated showdown with Mexico and Costa Rica to open the Hex in November.

The weekend gets underway Friday night when Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana work to increase their one-point advantage at the top of the Liga MX table when they welcome Club Atlas to Estadio Caliente (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

On Saturday, Bobby Wood and Hamburg will try to move past last week’s late 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich when they take on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin (9:30 a.m. ET – FoxSoccer2Go). Hertha Berlin currently sit fourth in the table, equal on points with Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Following a late assist to help Borussia Dortmund earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League play at midweek, Christian Pulisic and BVB keep up their pursuit of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen (12:30 p.m. – FS2).

Back in MLS, a number of MNT players have a chance to push their clubs onto the doorstep of the postseason, and with a little help in other matches this weekend clinch MLS Cup Playoff berths. Such is the case for Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union, who could go a long way towards locking down their first postseason berth since 2011 with a win against Sacha Kljestan and New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. – MLS Live). Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United could also book their third-straight playoff ticket with a win against Toronto FC along with other results, but Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will try to keep the Reds in contention for top spot in the Eastern Conference and the MLS Supporters Shield (7:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live)

Meanwhile, things are much more straightforward for Tim Howard and Colorado Rapids, who need just a victory against Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013 (9 p.m. – MLS Live).

Sunday’s action kicks off early when Geoff Cameron and Stoke City head to the Theater of Dreams in search of their first victory of the season when they take on Manchester United (7 a.m. ET – NBCSN). Later on, Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach hope to bounce back from their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Barcelona with a visit to Schalke (11:30 a.m. ET – FS2).

On this side of the Atlantic, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca work to keep the pressure on Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL at the top of Liga MX with a match at Puebla (7 p.m. ET – UDN) before the weekend closes with Jordan Morris and high-flying Seattle Sounders attempting to provide cushion for themselves above the red line in the Western Conference with a Cascadia Cup clash at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8 p.m. ET – FS1).

A full rundown of this weekend’s matches involving MNT players is below.

All times Eastern

Friday, Sept. 30

Paul Arriola, Michael Orozco

Club Tijuana vs. Atlas

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, Oct. 1

John Brooks, Bobby Wood

Hertha Berlin vs. Hamburg

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Julian Green

Bayern Munich vs. Koln

9:30 a.m.


Alfredo Morales

Ingolstadt vs. Hoffenheim

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion

10 a.m.


Brad Guzan

West Ham United vs. Middlesbrough

10 a.m.


Christian Pulisic

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:30 p.m.


Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Lee Nguyen, Matt Besler

New England Revolution vs. Sporting KC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Steve Birnbaum

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yarbrough

Club Leon vs. Tigres UANL

8 p.m.


Kellyn Acosta

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Darlington Nagbe

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham, Kyle Beckerman

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Oct. 2

Geoff Cameron

Manchester United vs. Stoke City

7 a.m.


Fabian Johnson

Schalke vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

11:30 a.m.


Omar Gonzalez

Puebla vs. Pachuca

7 p.m.


Jordan Morris

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

8 p.m.


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MNT Sep 30, 2016

Match Preview: U-17 WNT Faces Paraguay in U-17 WWC Opener in Jordan

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 1 against Paraguay at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, Jordan, in what will be one of the final games of the second match day of the tournament. The match will air live on FOX Soccer Plus starting at 11:55 a.m. ET and fans can also watch on FOX Sports GO app, FOXSportsGo.com and FOXSoccer2GO.com.

The U.S. team spent almost a week in Paphos, Cyprus during a highly productive pre-Women’s World Cup training camp before arriving in Jordan on Sept. 25 to make final preparations for the tournament. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position - DETAILED                                             
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), 1-Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), 12-Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

4-Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), 9-Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), 13-Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), 5-Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) 6-Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), 15-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), 11-Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

2-Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), 17-Lia Godfrey (Jacksonville Armada; Fleming Island, Fla.), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), 8-Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), 16-Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

14-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), 19-Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), 10-Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), 3-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.). MEET THE TEAM.                     


U-17 WNT vs. Paraguay: The USA and Paraguay have met once before, during group play at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Hamilton, New Zealand with the USA coming away with a 3-1 win after going a goal down in the 32nd minute. Needing a win to advance, the USA forced Paraguay into an own goal as current Sky Blue FC player Elizabeth Eddy hit a cross that was bundled into the net followed by a game-winner from Vicki DiMartino in the 77th minute. Courtney Verloo added a clinching goal in the 83rd minute. The USA out-shot Paraguay 19-9 in that match.

Paraguay at U-17 WWC: Jordan 2016 will be the third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for Paraguay. La Albirroja made their debut in the inaugural tournament in New Zealand 2008 and also qualified for the 2014 tournament in Costa Rica. Paraguay qualified for Jordan 2016 thanks to their third-place finish in the South American Championships in Venezuela. Victorious in their opening three games in Group A against Chile (3-0), Peru (4-1) and Argentina (5-1), the Paraguayans then lost to the hosts (3-1), advancing to the final phase as section runners-up. Following two losses, at the hands of Brazil (1-0) and the hosts once again (6-2), Paraguay took on Colombia for the third and final qualification slot at stake, coming from a goal down to win 2-1. Paraguay was the second-highest scorer in the competition behind Venezuela with 17 goals in all. Paraguay also had the second-most leading scoring in the qualifying tournament in forward Jessica Martinez, whose 10-goal haul included two hat-tricks.

U-17 U.S. WNT in 2016: The U.S. U-17s have compiled a record of 12-0-2 in 2016 as 27 players have taken part in international matches, while 12 players have scored in an international match for the USA this year. Forward Civana Kuhlmann leads the USA in goals this year with 10, while Ashley Sanchez and Frankie Tagliaferri have seven each. Two players on the roster – Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri – are in their second U-17 cycle and were a part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for this tournament two years ago in Jamaica despite out-scoring the opposition 24-1 in the tournament. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Mexico in the semifinal after drawing 1-1 in regulation during a cycle in which just two CONCACAF teams qualified due to the tournament being held in Costa Rica.

U.S. Roster Breakdown: Lia Godfrey is the youngest player with a November of 2001 birthday while Tagliaferri is the oldest, having been born on Jan. 18, 1999. Fifteen different youth clubs from nine states are represented on the roster with the So Cal Blues out of Southern California having four players on the roster. Real Colorado, the Michigan Hawks and PDA out of New Jersey have two players each. The roster includes eight players from California (six from Southern, two from Northern), three players from Colorado and two each from Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.

Every player on the roster has been capped at least once at the U-17 level, with 16 players having 11 or more caps. Tagliaferri has the most experience with 24 caps, followed by Alexa Spaanstra with 19, Sanchez and Jaelin Howell with 18 each and Brianna Pinto and Kuhlmann with 17 each. Sophia Smith has 16. U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow selected two high school freshman (Canniff and Godfrey), two sophomores (Wiesner and Wesley), six juniors (Ivory, Sophie Smith, Girma, Pinto, McClelland and Howell), and 10 seniors (Karina Rodriguez, Emily Smith, Pickett, Sanchez, Isabel Rodriguez, Kuhlmann, Zandi, Richardson, Tagliaferri and Beall).


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U-17 WNT Sep 30, 2016

Friedel Names 24 Player Roster for Chula Vista Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2016) – U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team head coach Brad Friedel has named a 24-player roster for a domestic training camp set to take place from Oct. 3-10 in Chula Vista, Calif.

During the training camp, the U-19s will face Liga MX side Xolos’ reserve squad at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 7, and will then play another match at 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 9, with the opponent still to be determined. This camp is the U-19 MNT’s return to action after its appearance in the Stevan Vilotic Tournament in Subotica, Serbia last month.

The U.S. roster includes seven players who participated in the 2016 Stevan Vilotic Tournament, including goal scorers Djordje Mihailovic and Ethan Zubak. Out of the 24-player roster, 10 compete in the MLS, seven play for Development Academy clubs, three play at the collegiate level, two compete in the NASL and two play in the USL. Additionally, 22 out of the 24 players called up have Academy ties.

The U-19 MNT enters its first training camp of the year with a 6-8-0 overall record in 2016, a record that includes winning the Slovakia Cup back in April. 

Roster by Position:
Matias Reynares (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers; Weston, Fla.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Kevin Silva (UCLA; Bethlehem, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Edwin Figueroa (Atlanta United; Norcross, Ga.), Sam Golan (Loudoun Soccer Club; Great Falls, Va.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Sean O'Hearn (PA Classics; Mountville, Pa.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Wildwood, Mo.), Grant Robinson (George Mason; Columbia, Md.), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Alexis Velela (NY Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Matias Barraza (Weston FC; Doral, Fla.), Habib Barry (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle Wash.), Alexis Dionicio (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), David Loera (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Jacob Montes (Portland Timbers; Lake Worth, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Milo Barton (Seattle Sounders FC; Kent, Wash.), Danny Griffin (Providence College; Wethersfield, Conn.), Alex Rose (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Devin Vega (FC Dallas; San Antonio, Texas), Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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U-19 MNT Sep 30, 2016

Ramos Names 22-Player U-20 MNT Roster for 2016 Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (Sept. 30, 2016) - U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 22-player roster for the upcoming 2016 U-20 Men’s Four Nations Tournament set to take place from Oct. 2-11 in Manchester, England.

The USA will first face Germany on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET, then the Netherlands on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. ET, and finally the host country England on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. ET.

The tournament will serve as further preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place in South Korea next May. Germany and England have already punched their ticket to the World Cup, so the USA will come in to these matches ready to face a potential opponent, were they to qualify for the tournament next year. The Qualifying tournament takes place next Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.

This will be the third tournament of 2016 for Ramos and the U-20’s as they recently competed in the 2016 Dallas Cup back in March and won the U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational in July.

Ramos is pulling out all the stops for the Four Nations tournament, calling up 17 professional players for the 22-player roster. Out of these 22 players, 11 compete abroad, four play with MLS clubs, three compete in the USL, three play at the collegiate level, and one plays with a Development Academy club.

“It’s an opportunity to see some of these players play together,” Ramos said. “Some of them have never played together before, and obviously having the opportunity to play Germany, England and Holland is huge. These are the type of games that when players make plays and do well you have to take that into account because it has a lot of value.”

This tournament will mark the return of Gedion Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers to the U.S. U-20 squad for the first time since the 2015 World Cup, while Derrick Jones and Toni Suddoth receive their first U-20 MNT call-up.

2016 U-20 MNT Four Nations Tournament



Time (All times in ET)


Oct. 5

USA vs. Germany

10 a.m.

Leigh Sports Stadium; Leigh, UK

Oct. 5

England vs. Netherlands

2 p.m.

Boundry Park; Oldham, Lancashire

Oct. 7

USA vs. Netherlands

10 a.m.

Moss Lane; Altrincham, Manchester

Oct. 7

England vs. Germany

2 p.m.

John Smith’s Stadium; Huddersfield, UK

Oct. 10

USA vs. England

2 p.m.

Spotland Stadium; Rochdale, UK

Oct. 10

Germany vs. Netherlands

2 p.m.

Leigh Sports Stadium; Leigh, UK

2016 U-20 MNT Four Nations Tournament Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Fortuna Dusseldorf; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham; Surbiton, England), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.), Toni Suddoth (VfB Stuttgart), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel FC; Media, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Luca De La Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Bethlehem Steel FC), Brooks Lennon (Liverpool., Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Weston McKinnie (Shalke 04; Little Elm, Texas), Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro; Orange County, Calif.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal; Bethesda, Md.)      
FORWARDS (5): Jeremy Ebobisse (Charleston Battery; Bethesda, Md.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Veracruz; Park City, Utah), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.)

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U-20 MNT Sep 30, 2016

WNT on TV: Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars

The 2016 NWSL playoffs kick off tonight with the Washington Spirit hosting the Chicago Red Stars at 8 p.m. ET at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The match will air live on FS1 and will be available on FOXSportsGo.com and the FOX Sports Go App. The winner of this matchup will reach its first NWSL Championship Game. Despite both teams making it to the post-season in the past, neither has ever advanced past the semifinals.

Washington Spirit
Washington finished with the second-best record in the league – and its best season as a franchise – after a strong overall performance throughout the 20 games of the 2016 regular season. Captain Ali Krieger started 14 games of the 15 she played in for the Spirit, and was part of a sturdy backline the only allowed five goals at home – the fewest in the league. Crystal Dunn featured in 13 games, starting 12 and recording two goals over the final three games for the Spirit. She finished as the team’s leader in assists with five.

Washington and Chicago met twice in the regular season, with each team getting wins at home. The first meeting, a 2-0 Spirit victory, did not feature any U.S. Women’s National Team players as it fell on the same day as the USA vs. South Africa friendly in Chicago on July 9. The second matchup, which was also the regular season-finale for both teams, took place recently at Toyota Park in Chicago on Sept. 24, a 3-1 Red Stars win. Dunn was the sole goal scorer for the Spirit that day.

The loss for the Spirit against Chicago marked the first time all year Washington suffered back-to-back losses. Nonetheless, the Spirit, who finished the regular season with a 7-1-2 record at home will hope to use its home field advantage on Friday night as they host the first playoff match in franchise history.  

Chicago Red Stars
Chicago qualified for its third consecutive post season by virtue of finishing as the team with the third-best record in the league, behind the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit. The Red Stars enter the match coming off a 3-1 win against the Spirit in Chicago, which included a goal from Red Stars’ captain, Christen Press. Chicago is anchored by Alyssa Naeher in goal and joined by fellow WNT teammate at center back, Julie Johnston.

Naeher and Johnston lead a backline that recorded eight shutouts in the regular season, the most in the league (tied with Seattle Reign FC).  Naeher started in all 13 games she played, earning six clean sheets – tied with FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart atop the league. Johnston, who helped Naeher organize the Chicago defense, played all 90 minutes of the 12 games in which she featured. Press finished the regular season as the leading scorer for Chicago, tallying eight goals in 14 games played. She also finished in the team lead for most shots taken (62), almost doubling the shots taken by Red Stars teammate Sofia Huerta (35).

All three WNT players in the Chicago roster are up for NWSL Awards with Naeher up for 2016 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Johnston in the running for NWSL Defender of the Year and Press up for NWSL Most Valuable Player. 

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WNT Sep 30, 2016