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U.S. MNT Opens Send-Off Series with 2-0 Win Against Azerbaijan, Powered by Yingli Solar

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened its three-game Send-Off Series with a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park as second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored a goal.

The match, powered by Yingli Solar, saw U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tie Kasey Keller’s record of 53 career U.S. MNT victories. Howard also posted his 35th career shutout, making two saves for the clean sheet.

Next up for the USA is a match against Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (2 p.m. ET). The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Throughout the first half and into the second, the USA always seemed like the team that would score the first goal and the U.S. finally broke the stalemate in the 75th minute. Substitute Brad Davis delivered a free kick from the left side and Azerbaijan’s Ilkin Girtimov headed the ball up, but not out of danger.

Diskerud got a head on the falling ball it and it bounced to Michael Bradley, whose shot from 13 yards out was alertly blocked by Azerbaijan defender Elvin Yunuszade on the goal line with his left foot. The ball ricocheted to Diskerud, who had entered the match just four minutes earlier, and he finished with skill and powered it into the right side of the net. It was Diskerud’s third career tally and first of 2014. (SEE GOAL)

In the 81st minute, Johannsson doubled the USA lead off a Davis corner kick from the right side. Johannsson was completely unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box and he flicked his header into the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. It was Johannsson’s first goal of 2014 and second of his young U.S. MNT career. (SEE GOAL)

Though the first half was scoreless, the U.S. created the majority of the scoring chances. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who got the start after Clint Dempsey was a precautionary scratch due to some soreness in his groin, put headers on frame in the fourth and 15th minutes. Both were saved spectacularly by Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev, the first with his legs and the second with a tremendous tip over the crossbar.

In the second half, the USA had several chances but shot high, including a Michael Bradley took a free kick in the 49th minute that sailed just over the goal. The placement of that free kick carried some controversy as Brad Davis appeared to have been fouled just inside the penalty area, but the free kick was awarded a foot outside the box.

Budweiser Man of the Match Jozy Altidore also had a couple scoring chances, including a 63rd-minute sequence in which he received a pass on the ground from Bradley, held off his defender well on the turn and fired over the crossbar.

Defensively, Howard needed to make only two saves for the clean sheet, the biggest stop coming in the seventh minute against Vagif Javadov after the USA gave up the ball outside the box. In swirling winds, Howard confidently pushed the shot away for a corner kick.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tied Kasey Keller’s record of 53 victories, and Howard is now 53-28-15 since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2002. Keller was 53-27-18 during his tenure from 1990-2007.
  • Howard is two appearances away from reaching the 100-cap milestone. He now has 98 career appearances as he looks to become the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark.
  • With Tuesday’s victory, Jurgen Klinsmann (29-11-8) is now one win away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list. Ahead of them are Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is looking to become just the third USA player to appear in four World Cups, earned his 115th career international cap and his first of 2014. He is fifth on the all-time caps list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Turkey in the second game of the Send-Off Series at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This was the USA’s first international matchup against Azerbaijan.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 2-2-0 at Candlestick Park.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann went with a starting lineup that featured goalkeeper Tim Howard, left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and a center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron.
  • The midfield in Klinsmann’s 4-4-2 included Alejandro Bedoya on the left, Graham Zusi on the right, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond.
  • Chris Wondolowski and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • Howard wore the captain’s armband for the first time in 2014 and the 10th time in his career. The U.S. MNT is 5-4-1 in games when Howard is the captain.
  • Klinsmann made three halftime subs as he readies this 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made two defensive subs, bringing in center back Omar Gonzalez for Cameron and left back Timmy Chandler for Beasley. In the midfield, Brad Davis replaced Zusi to open the second half.
  • For Chandler, it marked his first appearance with the U.S. MNT since the squad’s 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in World Cup qualifying.
  • With Davis entering the match on the left side of the midfield, Bedoya switched roles to the right side.
  • In the 62nd minute, forward Aron Johannsson entered the game for Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin replaced Johnson. Johannsson made his eighth career appearance and Yedlin his third. Both players also have former ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy – Yedlin with Seattle Sounders FC and Johannsson with IMG Academy.
  • Mix Diskerud was the USA’s final sub, replacing Bedoya in the 71st minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar
Date: May 27, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 24,688
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 2 2
AZE                        0 0 0

USA – Mix Diskerud                            75th minute
USA – Aron Johannsson (Brad Davis)  81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 62), 20-Geoff Cameron (3-Omar Gonzalez, 46), 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 46); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 46), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 71); 17-Jozy Altidore, 18-Chris Wondolowski (9-Aron Johannsson, 62)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AZE: 1-Kamran Aghayev, 3-Rasim Ramaldanov, 4-Mahir Shukurov (capt.) (25-Ilkin Girtimov, 46), 7-Vagif Javadov (13-Dmitrij Nazarov, 60), 8-Gara Garayev, 10-Rufat Dadashov (28-Pardis Fardjad-Azad, 66), 11-Rauf Aliyev, 15-Ruslan Abishov (2-Badavi Guseynov, 46), 20-Ufuk Budak, 24-Abdulla Abasiyev (18-Maksim Medvedev, 71), 29-Elvin Yunuszade
Subs Not Used: 5-Shahriyar Aliyev, 9-Jihan Ozkara, 12-Emil Balayev, 14-Rashad Sadigov, 23-Salahat Aghayev
Head Coach: Berti Vogts

Stats Summary: USA / AZE
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 11 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

  • DateTuesday, May 27, 2014
  • VenueCandlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Kickoff7:00 PM PT
  • Attendance24,688
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Several Derby Matchups on Docket for Academy Week 12

In the final set of regular-season games before the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, some interesting derby matchups are on the horizon among each region this Nov. 22-23 weekend.

In the Central Conference, the biggest derby clash is between St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and SLSG Metro on Sunday at the U-16 age group. SLSG Missouri is second in the Mid-America Division (7-2-2, 2.09 points per game) and SLSG Metro is fourth (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game). Clayton Pearson leads Metro with eight goals in 10 games, most notably posting a hat trick during the team’s 3-0 victory against Vardar on Nov. 1. He will go up against SLSG Missouri’s defense, which has allowed only 10 goals in 11 games, which is tied for the best ratio in the division with first-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.

In the West, a good Los Angeles-area matchup is on tap at both of the older age groups with the LA Galaxy hosting Real So Cal on Saturday at StubHub Center. At the U-18s, the LA Galaxy is atop the Southwest Division at 7-1-2 (2.30 points per game) and Real So Cal is in third at 7-4-2 (1.77 points per game). Adrian Vera leads the Galaxy with 12 goals, tied for third in the Academy at the U-18 age group. Real So Cal’s Spencer Held is coming off a two-goal game against FC Golden State to up his season total to nine goals. The picture is eerily similar at the U-16 age group with the Galaxy atop the division (6-1-3, 2.10 points per game) and Real So Cal in third (7-4-2, 1.77 points per game).

In the East, a North Carolina derby this Sunday features a pair of U-18 sides currently duking it out in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. The North Carolina Fusion, which is sixth with a 5-6-2 record and 1.31 points per game, hosts seventh-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-4, 1.18 points per game). The Fusion had a strong October with four wins, but November has been a tough month with two one-goal losses, two draws and a win. Charlotte Soccer Academy, on the other hand, has had a good November with back-to-back shutout victories over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

For the latest Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com.

2014 Academy Winter Showcase Schedule Set for Nov. 29-Dec. 3

CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2014) – The schedule for the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase has been finalized for the upcoming event that takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Academy teams at the U-16 and U-18 age groups will take part in three competitive matches over this stretch against out-of-conference opponents and in an environment that includes the U.S. Scouting Network’s presence and evaluations at every match.

The U-18 games take place Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, and U-16 games kick off Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Thursday, Dec. 1, showcasing players handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff.

The Academy Winter Showcase runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, which features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. All six games at the Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The USA matchups are preceded by a 3 p.m. ET game that includes Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

For the latest Development Academy results and information, visit academy.demosphere.com.

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U.S. U-17 MNT Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Brazil

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.

However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.

Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.

The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.

More information from Thursday’s game against Brazil will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-16 BNT Falls to Host France to Cap off International Trip

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team concluded its weeklong camp with a 3-0 loss to France’s U-16s.

The USA played France tight most of the way, with France clinging to a 1-0 lead on a Yassin Fortune goal. But in the final minute of regulation and three minutes into stoppage time, France’s Thomas Berthelot and Aurelien Nguiamaba put the match away with back-to-back goals during that stretch.

It was the second game in two days for the USA after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 5-4 on Wednesday.

The U.S. U-16 BNT roster was comprised of mostly 1999-born players and was formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s the opportunity for additional competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Clint Peay oversaw the camp.

- U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (’98-99) vs. France
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Clairefontaine, France
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local
Weather: 35 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 2 3
FRA                         0 0 0

FRA – Yassin Fortune            26th minute
FRA – Thomas Berthelot       80
FRA – Aurelien Nguiamaba  80+3

Lineups:
USA: 3-Matthew Real, 5-McKay Eves, 6-Lucas Del Rosario, 7-Nicholas Taitague, 9-Juan Pablo Torres,11-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Chris Goslin, 73), 12-Eric Lopez, 13-Daniel Villegas, 16-Jeanpaul Marin (2-Jose Carranza, 41), 23-Hanif Wright (20-Andrew Carleton, 41), 25-Jose Alfaro (19-Daniel Jones, 78)
Subs not used:1-Alex Budnik, 4-Kyle Gruno, 8-Jordi Avila, 10-Andrew Aprahamian, 15-Adolfo Trujillo, 18-Marty Raygoza, 21-Raul Aguilera

FRA:
First Half: 1-Gaetan Poussin, 2-Marvin Louisius, 4-Thomas Basila, 5-Malang Sarr, 8-Mickael Cuisance, 9-Nabil Alioui , 10-Yassine Benrahou, 14-Ewan N’Dicka, 17-Florian Gonzales, 18-Paul Devarrewaere, 21-Yassin Fortune
Second Half: 3-Gregoire Chetaneau, 6-Aurelien Nguiamaba, 7-Calvin Tshilumba, 11-Hicha Mahou, 12-Justin Taite, 13-Enzo Ebosse, 15-Ibrahim Konate, 16-Didier Desprez, 19-Thomas Berthelot, 20-Emile Rzepecki, 22-Milan Robin

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Ewan N’Dicka (caution)         28th minute
USA – Lucas Del Rosario (caution)   83

Officials:
Referee: Vincent Dubourdieu
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Bchir
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremi Vanier
Fourth Official: Ahmed Bouslimi

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

Tim Howard elegido el Deportista del Año 2014

CHICAGO (20 de noviembre, 2014) – El arquero Tim Howard ha sido elegido El Deportista del Año 2014 de U.S. Soccer. El resultado de la votación fue revelado en vivo en el programa de SportsCenter de ESPN esta tarde a las 4 p.m. ET. El honor es el segundo para Howard quien previamente lo recibió en el 2008.

El tres veces mundialista se convierte en el quinto jugador en ser nombrado El Deportista del Año más de una vez. Los otros incluyen al defensa Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), el arquero Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 y 2005), y los delanteros Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 y 2010) y Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 y 2012).

"Es un honor. Yo conozco a los jugadores que han ganado anteriormente y que se encuentran en esta lista, así que es muy especial que mi nombre este ahí con el de ellos," Howard dijo en vivo en SportsCenter. "Ese mes y medio que nuestro equipo estuvo junto para los entrenamientos y luego cuando fuimos a Brasil la pasamos muy bien. Esa experiencia fue la que hizo que el 2014 fuera tan especial para mí." 

Comenzado este año, un nuevo proceso de votación se llevó acabo. Los votos tabulados vinieron de los entrenadores, directores técnicos y personal de la selección nacional y las selecciones juveniles; de los jugadores de la selección nacional que representaron a EE.UU en algún partido este año; de los entrenadores de la Major League Soccer y la North American Soccer League; de miembros de los medios de comunicación y de ex jugadores y administradores.

Howard recibió el 64 por ciento de los votos, seguido por Jermaine Jones (19 por ciento) y Kyle Beckerman (11 por ciento).

Este año Howard se convirtió en el jugador estadounidense con más victorias con 55 (sobrepasando el record de Keller de 53) y con más participaciones con la selección con 104 (nuevamente sobrepasando a Keller quien tuvo 102). Asimismo, Howard tuvo un partido inolvidable durante la derrota de 2-1 de EE.UU ante Bélgica en el Mundial de la FIFA 2014 el 1 de julio en el cual el arquero estableció un nuevo récord en copas mundiales con 15 atajadas en un partido.

El premio al Deportista del Año 2014 de U.S. Soccer ha sido otorgado desde 1984 cuando el mediocampista Rick Davis recibió el honor.

Igualmente, hoy se anunciaron los nominados para El Deportista Juvenil, La Deportista Juvenil y  Deportista con Discapacidad de U.S. Soccer 2014, e incluyen a:

  • Nominados a El Deportista Juvenil del Año: Mukwelle Akale, mediocampista; Emerson Hyndman, mediocampista; Christian Pulisic, mediocampista; Haji Wright, delantero; DeAndre Yedlin, defensa
  • Nominados a La Deportista Juvenil del Año: Morgan Brian, mediocampista; Rose Lavelle, mediocampista; Samantha Mewis, mediocampista; Mallory Pugh, mediocampista; Katelyn Rowland, arquera
  • Nominados al Deportista con Discapacidad del Año : Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer; Natalie Russo, Power Soccer; Gavin Sibayan, Paralympic Soccer

Las nominadas para La Deportista del Año 2014 de U.S. Soccer serán anunciadas en los próximos días.

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