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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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MNT Captain Michael Bradley Raises $5,655.55 in Auction of Rainbow Armband and Jersey; Pledges to Make Matching Donation

CHICAGO (July 1, 2016) - U.S. Men’s National Team captain Michael Bradley has raised $5,655.55 after donating the unique rainbow captain’s armband and his game jersey worn during the USA’s 2-1 win against Ecuador to an online charity auction. Bradley will also match the winning bid and donate to the funds.

Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the OneOrlando Fund and Equality Florida, two organizations providing financial resources to victims and families impacted by the Pulse nightclub mass shooting earlier this month.

The purpose of the OneOrlando Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community after the Pulse tragedy.

Equality Florida consists of two organizations; Equality Florida Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

For more information, or to contribute to the OneOrlando Fund, please visit OneOrlando.org or www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFun. Details on Equality Florida can be found here.

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U-14 GNT Heads to Colorado for 36-Player Camp

CHICAGO (July 1, 2016) -- U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team head coach April Kater has called up 36 players for the second training camp of the year for this age group. The camp will run from July 9-16 in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

The majority of the players on the roster were born in 2002, with eight born in 2003 and one in 2004. The U.S U-14 GNT did not have programming last year as players born in odd years start with two years in the U-15 Girls’ National Team program.

For this cycle, with the majority of players born in an even year, which are the age-cut-off years for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the players follow the path of one year as U-14s and then move to the Under-16 GNT (2 years), Under-18 WNT (2 years) and Under-20 WNT (2 years). These players are on a path that for some may lead to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.), Lauren Kellett (Dallas Sting; Coppell, Texas), Stephanie Sparkowski (East Meadow SC; East Meadow, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (10):
Sydney Bloch (Beach FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.), Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kylie Daigle (Penn Fusion; Millville, N.J.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Olivia Migli (FC Virginia; Haymarket, Va.), Emily Royson (PDA; Toms River, N.J.), Faith Slimmer (South Jersey Elite; Mauricetown, N.J.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat SC; Dacula, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (13):
Abby Allen (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Erin Carleton (Concorde Fire; Powder Springs, Ga.), Leah Chancey (Solar Chelsea; Ovilla, Texas), Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Jillian Martinez (Lonestar SC; San Antonio, Texas), Jaiden McClellan (Crossfire United Oregon; Wilsonville, Ore.), Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Avery Patterson (Florida Elite Soccer Academy; Jacksonville, Fla.), Michaela Rosenbaum (Santa Rosa United; Rohnert Park, Calif.), Bella Sember (East Meadow SC; Centerport, N.Y.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.), Grace Watkins (Slammers FC; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9):
Kailyn Dudukovich (Cincinnati United; West Chester, Ohio), Brooklyn Harris (Cincinnati United; New Albany, Ohio), Amelia Horton (Sporting Blue Valley; Olathe, Kan.), Samantha Kroeger (Matchfit Academy; West Milford, N.J.), Kacey Lawrence (Connecticut FC; Monroe, Conn.), Aryssa Mahrt (FC Wisconsin Eclipse; Wauwatosa, Wisc.), Raigen Powell (Solar Chelsea; Rowlett, Texas), Jillian Shimkin (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

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U-18 WNT Will Travel to England for Training Camp and Two Matches

CHICAGO (July 1, 2016) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to England from July 6-15 for a training camp being held at St. George’s Park, the sprawling official training center for the England Football Association located about 130 miles north of London.

The USA will face the England U-18 WNT twice, on July 12 and July 14, to end the trip.

The USA will be coached by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, who has called up 20 players, including 19 youth club players and one collegiate-level player, who were all born in 1998. The goal for this age group is to ultimately qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in France.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Amanda Dennis (Penn State; Palmetto, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.)
DEFENDERS (7):
Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire SC; Newcastle, Wash.), Julie Mackin (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kaiya McCullough (San Diego Surf; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Taylor Mitchell (Real So Cal; Tarzana, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Natalie Winters (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Olivia Athens (PSV Union FC; Atherton, Calif.), Haley Berg (Solar Chelsea; Celina, Texas), Samantha Coffey (New York Soccer Club; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Surf; Henderson, Nev.), Shea Moyer (FC Revolution; Wyomissing, Pa.), Nicole Whitley (PDA; Freehold, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5):
Malia Berkely (Michigan Hawks; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Cecilia Gee (Lamarinda United; Orinda, Calif.), Kennedy Goins (TSC Hurricane; Broken Arrow, Okla.), Abigail Kim (Pacific NW SC; Vashon, Wash.)

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EE.UU. jugará amistoso contra Cuba el 7 de octubre en la Habana

CHICAGO (30 de junio, 2016) - Por primera vez desde 1947, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos y Cuba jugarán en un partido amistoso internacional. El histórico encuentro en la Habana se llevará a cabo el 7 de octubre en el Estadio Pedro Marrero. El partido será transmitido en vivo por ESPN y una cadena de Univision. La hora de inicio está aún por determinarse.

Es solamente la segunda visita de EE.UU. a Cuba en los últimos 69 años, al haber ganado 1-0 el 6 de septiembre, 2008, durante la Ronda Semifinal de eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2010.

"Estamos absolutamente encantados de tener la oportunidad de llevar a nuestro equipo a Cuba," dijo el director técnico de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann. "Además de buena competencia, siempre estamos buscando que nuestro grupo tenga experiencias diferentes y ésta es una oportunidad única."

Al haber terminado en cuarto lugar de la histórica Copa América Centenario, Estados Unidos continúa con la Ronda Semifinal de la eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 el 2 de septiembre contra San Vicente y las Granadinas. La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. cierra la fase de grupos el 6 de septiembre cuando reciben a Trinidad y Tobago. El inicio en EverBank Field en Jacksonville, Florida, está programado para las 8 p.m., y el partido será transmitido en vivo por FS1 y una cadena de Univision.

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