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

Read more
MNT May 27, 2014

Five Things to Know About Jamaica U-17 MNT

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Jamaica on Sunday, April 23 at Estadio Maracaná de Panama in Panama City, Panama. The game can be seen live at 1:30 p.m. ET on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here’s what you should know about Sunday’s opponents:

What’s in a (nick)name?

Jamaica has one of the most interesting nicknames in world soccer, with the country’s national teams referred to as the Reggae Boyz in recognition of the popular genre of music that originated on the island in the 1960s.

How they got here

Jamaica makes their 13th appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship after finishing third in the 2016 Caribbean Football Union Men’s U-17 Tournament. The Reggae Boyz produced Group Stage wins against Guyana (4-1), Antigua and Barbuda (3-1) and U.S. Virgin Island to advance to the Final Round. There they defeated Bermuda 6-2, drew 0-0 with Haiti and bested Trinidad & Tobago 3-2 to advance to qualify for the tournament and advance to the Semifinals. There, they fell 1-0 to Cuba, before rebounding with a 3-0 victory against Curaçao in the Third-Place Match.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship History

In the 17 CONCACAF tournaments from 1983 to 2015, the Reggae Boyz have taken part in 12 and qualified twice in 1999 and 2011.

In 1999, Jamaica hosted and finished atop Group A, collecting wins against Honduras and Costa Rica before tying the USA to secure their top spot and qualify for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.

In 2011, Jamaica drew with Trinidad & Tobago and defeated Guatemala to advance to the Knockout Round where they defeated Honduras 2-1 to book their place at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. 

Jamaica Roster

The two organizations with the largest representation of players on the Jamaican roster are Clarendon College and Kingston College (2 each). These four players, along with 11 other players, are all based out of Jamaica. Four players are based in the USA and one player joins the side unattached to any school or club.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Tajay Griffi (Wolmers Boys/JAM); Daniel Russel (Manchester High/JAM)
DEFENDERS (9): Calwayne Alle (St James High/JAM); Kendall Edward (Atlanta United FC/USA); Kimani Gibbon (St Jago High/JAM); Akeem Mullin (Vauxhall High Sch./JAM); Damani Ose (Cosby High/USA); Casseam Priest (Kingston College/JAM); Shane Ricket (Little London High/JAM); Richard Thomps (Herbert Technical/JAM); Jamoi Tope (Camperdown High/JAM)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Coby Atkins (American Heritage/USA); Renato Campbe (Kingston College/JAM); Jermaine Lyon (Denham Town High/JAM); Kaheem Parris (Dinthill Technical/JAM); Jeremy Verley (Milton Academy/USA); Blake White (Unattached)
FORWARDS (3): Nicque Dale (Clarendon College/JAM); Ricardo McInto (Clarendon College/JAM); Raewin Senior (Excelsior High/JAM)

Playing in the USA

Defenders Damani Ose and Kendall Edward, and midfielders Coby Atkins and Jeremy Verley all currently play soccer in the United States. Verley gained notoriety in July of 2016 when the midfielder left Jamaican club Harbour View F.C. after receiving a scholarship to attend Milton Academy in Boston, Mass., for his three remaining years of high school.

Edward is also a notable Reggae Boy playing in the USA as the defender currently plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for Atlanta United’s U-15/16 side.

Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer Organizations Join Forces to Advance Head-Injury Discussion

The topic of head injuries is a complex one, even for the top professionals and leaders in the medical field. Progress has been made in recent years with regards to identifying concussions and other head injuries, but everyone agrees there is still work to be done. 
This weekend, US Soccer, Major League Soccer, and the National Women’s Soccer League officially joined forces in an attempt to accelerate that work. The three entities opened the Head Injury in Soccer: From Science to the Field summit on Friday in New York, bringing together coaches, players, medical experts, and other officials from all levels of soccer in North America.
Concussions are the focal point of the conference, including how to identify when a player has one, how to treat the injury, and how to limit the risk of suffering one.
“MLS, U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have brought together some of the leading professionals on head injury management and prevention to share their research and take a proactive approach at this issue,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “But this is not just about sport. This is about society, this is about the health of athletes and those who deal with head injuries in everyday life.”
The recent increase in research into head injuries in sports has clearly raised awareness and instigated new, proactive initiatives, including the establishment of MLS’s concussion protocol in 2011 and the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative in 2016. Now the sport’s leadership in the US hopes to drive the discussion forward.

However, fully understanding such a complex injury will require patience, medical experts caution.

“There’s still so much to learn about the injury,” U.S. Soccer Chief medical officer Dr. George Chiampas told MLSsoccer.com. “Applying one way or one mechanism of managing it, for example, in the professional [ranks], may not necessarily be applicable across the board for the youth.

“Regardless, we still have to find ways to make sure that at the end, any player who plays the game who has a concussion or a suspected concussion is managed appropriately. If that management is handled appropriately and the individual is taken care of, obviously, their ability to return to sport and the game they love is going to be a positive outcome.”

For Garber, finding answers to the litany of questions about head injuries in soccer will be an ongoing quest.

“As the leader of the men’s first division league, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions in soccer, along with the education of players, stakeholders and the community, has always been a mandate for us,” he said.   “But also as a citizen of the world and as somebody that thinks about how we try to use sport to improve the lives of people that live in our society, I believe we can use all of our connections, with sponsors and broadcasters, and the influence that we have on society to raise awareness of these issues that go way beyond sport.

 “This summit is just the beginning.”

Read more
Apr 22, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Learn more about the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship ahead of Sunday’s tournament opener against Jamaica.

Event background

The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship serves as the regional qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Running from April 21-May 7 in Panama, the tournament’s top four finishers will represent the region at October’s World Cup in India.

2017 Tournament Format

The tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. There, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the U-17 World Cup and the first-place teams advance to the tournament final.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Groups

Group A

Group B

Group C


Costa Rica




El Salvador







The initial group stage and classification matches will be played at Estadio Maracaná de Panama in Panama City, while the final will be played at Panama’s national stadium, Estadio Rommel Fernández.

When and How to Watch the USA

All of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship games can be watched live on Facebook via the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Univision Deportes Network will also broadcast the USA’s second and third Group C games in Spanish, against Mexico and El Salvador, respectively.

The USA opens Group C play against Jamaica on Sunday, April 23 (1:30 p.m. ET), followed by Mexico on Wednesday, April 26 (6:30 p.m. ET) and El Salvador on Saturday, April 29 (11:30 a.m. ET). Should the USA finish in the top two, they’ll advance to the classification stage to play two more matches on May 3 and May 5, respectively. If the USA finishes atop its classification group, they’ll advance to the final, set to be played on May 7.

USA Group Stage Schedule





Sunday, April 23


1:30 p.m. ET


Wednesday, April 26


6:30 p.m. ET


Saturday, April 29

El Salvador

11:30 a.m. ET


USA Roster

The U.S. roster includes four players who signed Homegrown player contracts with Major League Soccer in 2016: midfielders Chris Durkin (D.C. United) and Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and forwards Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; pictured above) and Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas).

Head coach John Hackworth’s squad includes two players who are currently playing in Europe: Timothy Weah at French club Paris Saint-Germain and C.J. Dos Santos with Portuguese side Benfica.

Nineteen of the 20 players on the roster have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while 14 players have spent time with an Academy team during the current 2016-2017 Academy season.

M.L.S. club Atlanta United FC has the largest representation of players with two first-team players (Carleton, Goslin) and the rights to one player currently playing in the organization’s Development Academy (Zyen Jones).

Born in 2001, midfielders Taylor Booth and Indiana Vassilev, and forward Bryan Reynolds Jr. are the youngest players on the roster.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)

John Hackworth Looking for Third U-17 World Cup Berth

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth is looking to become the first coach to lead the U-17 MNT to three World Cups from two different coaching stints.

Hackworth served as an assistant to John Ellinger in helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup before guiding the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 editions. The former Philadelphia Union head coach returned to the U-17 MNT in December 2015.

Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 22, 2017

Five Things to Know About MNT Midfielder Christian Pulisic

Few U.S. Men’s National Team players have garnered as much interest as Christian Pulisic.  In just a little more than a year’s time, the 18-year-old midfielder has become a regular in the lineup for both the U.S. MNT and Borussia Dortmund, but how did he arrive at this point?

Here are five things you should know about the budding U.S. prospect:

The Beginning

Christian Pulisic was born Sept. 18, 1998, in Hershey, Pa., with soccer already running through his veins. His parents Mark and Kelley met while playing collegiate soccer at George Mason University before his dad went on to have an impressive eight-year career as a goal poacher with the indoor Harrisburg Heat. During much of that time, Mark also served as the men’s and women’s coach at Lebanon Valley College through 2005.

In 2005, the family moved to England for a year when Christian’s mother received a Fulbright scholarship to work on a teaching exchange. Living eight miles north of Oxford in the tiny village of Tackley, seven-year-old Pulisic suited up for the youth side of sixth-tier Brackley Town -- an experience that his father credits with setting him on his current path.

“It was only one year, but if you look back it was what propelled him into playing the game,” Mark Pulisic told The Guardian in 2016. “Christian went to play in tournaments and really fell in love, became obsessed with the sport. He played every day at school and after school, going out into the playground and kicking the ball around with kids of any age.”

Back Stateside

U.S. MNT and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic playing for PA Classics of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy

In 2006 the family returned to the U.S. as Mark took on the head coaching job for the Detroit Ignition of the Major Indoor Soccer League. After he guided the club to the MISL championship series in 2007, the family returned to the Hershey area where Pulisic began playing for U.S. Soccer Development Academy side PA Classics in 2008.

It wasn’t long before he showed up on U.S. Soccer’s radar.

Current U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos recalled the first time he saw Pulisic play during a Development Academy event in Washington, D.C.

“He completely looked like someone's little brother that just jumped on the field, and I was waiting for someone to get him out,” Ramos told Sports Illustrated. “Then I realized, 'Wow, not only does he look like he doesn't belong physically, but he's running the show. This kid is running the show.' He clearly was younger, smaller and didn't look like he belonged in the game until he was around the ball, until you watched the game for about five minutes and you realized that everybody was playing through him. And the pace of the game was completely run by him.”

U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic with the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team in 2014

Pulisic made his way into the U.S. Youth National Team funnel in 2012, when he began playing for the U-15 Boy’s National Team as a 13-year-old. The Hershey, Pa., native scored 21 goals in 28 international appearances the next two years before moving into U.S. Soccer’s U-17 MNT Residency Program in 2013.

That December, Pulisic and the U-17 MNT dazzled their way to the 2013 Nike International Friendlies championship, where he stood out in the side’s 4-1 thumping of Brazil in the tournament finale. Though his decision to sign with Borussia Dortmund in February 2015 limited his contributions the rest of the year, Pulisic went on to tally 28 goals in 34 international matches and captained the U.S. side at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, where he added a goal and assist.

A Move to Germany

U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic speaks to then Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp

Even prior to playing at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Pulisic had been on the radar of many European clubs. Mark took his son to visit different sides during the summer to experience those environments and eventually the time came for him to make the jump abroad.

“Once, as parents, we felt he was ready and it was something he wanted, we went to visit [Borussia] Dortmund,” Mark Pulisic said. “All of us decided we felt it was the right move and the club was great with us, so we took the plunge. You have to go with your gut feeling.”

Still just 16 years old, Christian moved to Dortmund in February 2015 and officially signed with the club that summer after securing a Croatian passport that allowed for him to count as a domestic European player. After graduating from the U-17 side that July, Pulisic recorded four goals and three assists in seven matches with the U-19 team and was rewarded with an invitation to first-team training camp in Dubai during the Bundesliga’s winter break in January 2016.

Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring his first goal for Borussia Dortmund on April 17, 2016 vs. Hamburg

Pulisic has rarely played for the club’s youth sides since that trip. He went on to make his first team debut on Jan. 30 vs. Ingolstadt and scored two goals in a week’s time that April in matching 3-0 wins vs. Hamburg and Stuttgart. He is now coming up on the end of his first full season with the Borussia Dortmund first team.

Whether in Bundesliga, DFB Pokal or UEFA Champions League play, Pulisic clearly hasn’t disappointed Thomas Tuchel or the BVB faithful this season.

2016-17 Borussia Dortmund Production







Sept. 14, 2016

6-0 W at Legia Warsaw





Sept. 17, 2016

6-0 W vs. Darmstadt





Sept. 27, 2016

2-2 D vs. Real Madrid





Oct. 22, 2016

3-3 D at Ingolstadt





Nov. 5, 2016

5-2 W at Hamburg





March 4, 2017

6-2 W vs. Bayer Leverkusen





March 8, 2017

4-0 W vs. Benfica





March 14, 2017

3-0 W at Sportfreunde Lotte



DFB Pokal


April 15, 2017

3-1 W vs. Eintracht Frankfurt





 TOTALS  5 9 - -

Receiving the Call

Christian Pulisic in his U.S. Men's National Team debut on March 29, 2016 vs. Guatemala

Coming on the heels of his strong spring run for Dortmund, Pulisic was called to U.S. camp for the MNT’s important World Cup Qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29, 2016. With the U.S. leading 3-0, Pulisic replaced Graham Zusi in the 81st minute, becoming the youngest U.S. player to appear in a World Cup Qualifying match at 17 years, 193 days – one of many things Pulisic did faster than anyone. 

Named as part of the USA’s Copa America Centenario squad, Pulisic scored his first international goal two months later when he put the exclamation point on the MNT’s 4-0 friendly win against Bolivia. Putting in a star shift in the USA’s last two Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, Pulisic ran away with U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year Award in 2016.

Christian Pulisic slides in celebration after scoring in the USA's 6-0 World Cup Qualifying win vs. Honduras on March 28, 2017 in San Jose, California

Under returning MNT head coach Bruce Arena, Pulisic picked up where he left off this past March, running rampant in midfield as he picked up a goal and two assists in the USA’s 6-0 World Cup Qualifying rout of Honduras. Four days later, he assisted on Clint Dempsey’s goal as the U.S. earned a hard-fought point on the road in Panama.

U.S. MNT Production (Through March 29, 2017)





May 26, 2016

4-0 W vs. Bolivia



Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W at St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Goal, 2 Assists


Sept. 6, 2016

4-0 W vs. Trinidad & Tobago



March 24, 2017

6-0 W vs. Honduras

Goal, 2 Assists


March 28, 2017

1-1 D at Panama



The Youngest to…

Given his play and demeanor, one might forget that Pulisic only just turned 18 in September and celebrated with a trip to see Justin Bieber in Cologne.

Still, Pulisic’s meteoric rise has included a plethora of “youngest player” records at both the club and international level. We’ve counted a number of impressive feats he’s achieved for both club and country in the past year, and there’s certainly still more to come.

Read more
MNT Apr 22, 2017

A History of the U-17 MNT in World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is preparing to make its 17th appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Youth Tournament or Championship since the competition’s inception in 1983. As John Hackworth’s side looks to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India this October, catch up on the history of the USA’s performance in this major youth competition.

U.S. History in the Tournament

The U.S. began participating in CONCACAF’s U-17 regional tournament in 1983, where they were crowned inaugural champions after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 5-3 in penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw. The title saw them earn a place at the inaugural FIFA U-16 World Championship in China two years later.

Two more tournament wins followed in 1992 and in 2011, while the U.S. also finished as runners up five times (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994 and 1996).

Hackworth at the Helm

Current head coach John Hackworth has some experience at this level, having served as an assistant to John Ellinger in 2003 before leading the U-17 MNT at the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Championships. During the first two tournaments that Hackworth was involved, the CONCACAF tournament was formatted with two groups with only those finishing first in their respective groups being granted an automatic berth to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the second-place teams battled for the third and final spot from the region.

In 2007, the CONCACAF U-17 Championship remained a two-group setup, with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the U-17 World Cup. The USA finished first in their respective group during each of the previous years that Hackworth served as either an assistant or head coach.

Most Recently…

The 2015 tournament saw the U.S. face one of its toughest World Cup Qualifying challenges. After finishing third in the initial group stage, the U.S. advanced to a win-or-go-home playoff against Jamaica. Having fallen to the Reggae Boyz 1-0 in the group stage, the U.S. played Jamaica to a 0-0 draw before dispatching the Caribbean side 5-4 on penalty kicks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 Championship in Chile.

Past Players

A number of future World Cup veterans have competed at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, including Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu and Kyle Beckerman (all 1999), Eddie Johnson (2001), Jonathan Spector (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2005).

More recently, current MNT players Greg Garza (2007), Sebastian Lletget, Juan Agudelo and Perry Kitchen (2009), Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola (2011) and Christian Pulisic (2015) have also taken part. 

Read more
U-17 MNT Apr 21, 2017