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

U.S. U-17 MNT to Wrap Up 2016 Nike International Friendlies with Brazil Clash

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2016) – After defeating Portugal 7-1 and Turkey 5-1 in their first two meetings of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team looks to continue their streak of dominant performances when it takes on a strong Brazil team on Sunday. Both teams have yet to experience defeat in the round-robin tournament, but the USA maintains the edge with six points over Brazil’s four. La Canarinho tied Portugal 3-3 on Friday after a wild, sharp-shooting contest that saw Brazil stave off defeat with a free kick equalizer in stoppage time from Alan Souza.

Sunday’s Nike International Friendlies schedule begins with Turkey taking on Portugal at 1:30 p.m. ET followed by the U-17 MNT against Brazil at 5 p.m. ET, with the U.S. needing a draw or win to clinch the 2016 Nike International Friendlies championship. Fans can follow all the action LIVE on ussoccer.com, as well as U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Tournament Standings & Schedule

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil 4, Turkey 2
USA 7, Portugal

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal 3, Brazil 3
USA 5, Turkey 1

Sunday, Dec. 4
Turkey vs. Portugal – 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil – 5 p.m. ET

U.S. U-17 MNT Notes

  • The U-17 MNT is 18-4-6 over 28 international matches in 2016.
  • The two sides last met on March 22, where they tied 1-1 in the first match of the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament in France. Ayo Akinola scored the USA’s lone goal in second half stoppage time, assisted by Josh Sargent. Brenner Souza da Silva put Brazil on the scoresheet in the 35th minute of the 80-minute contest.
  • In Brazil’s 3-3 draw vs. Portugal on Friday, Paulo Henrique was assisted by Vinicius Jr. in the 57th minute to open up the scoring Brazil. Vinicius Jr. then recorded his own tally with an assist from Matheus Stockl in the 85th, followed by Alan Souza’s free kick goal in second half stoppage time to tie the game.
  • USA captain Josh Sargent is showcasing his top form this year, recording a hat trick in the match against Portugal and two assists in the win vs. Turkey.
  • USA striker Andrew Carleton and Portugal’s Umaro Embalo are tied at four goals each in the race for the 2016 Nike Friendlies golden boot. However, Carleton’s one recorded assist edges out Embalo (no assists) in the tie-breaker.
  • Six of seven goals in the USA’s 7-1 win vs. Portugal and three of the five goals in the match vs. Turkey were scored by players that hail from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 28 international matches played this year, with the losses coming vs. Romania, Turkey, Mexico and Panama.
  • 14 players on the USA Nike International Friendlies roster are currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Fall Residency program.
  • Toronto FC Academy product Ayo Akinola leads the U-17 MNT in scoring with 18 goals in 2016. He is followed by St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent and recent Atlanta United FC signing Andrew Carleton with 12 each.
  • Timothy Weah, who scored in the 86th minute against Turkey, is the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah.
  • The U.S. U-17 MNT is coached by John Hackworth.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster for 2016 Nike International Friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlos Ritaccio (BW Gotschee; Westbury, N.Y.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Tex.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

2016 U-17 MNT Results

Record 17-4-7 (28 matches, 27 international)

Date

Opponent

Result

Venue

Goal Scorers

Jan. 18, 2016

vs. Romania

0-1 L

Kusadasi, Turkey

--

Jan. 19, 2016

vs. Greece

2-1 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Temple

Jan. 21, 2016

vs. Belgium

2-0 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Sargent

Jan. 23, 2016

vs. Turkey

1-3 L

Mumin Ozkasap, Turkey

Villegas

March 22, 2016

vs. Brazil

1-1 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Akinola

March 24, 2016

vs. England

2-2 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Acosta(2)

March 26, 2016

vs. Russia

4-0 W

Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France

Acosta(2), Akinola(2)

March 28, 2016

vs. France

3-2 W

Montaigu, France

Weah, Acosta(2)

April 15, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Acosta, Goslin, Carleton

April 17, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Carleton, Akinola(2)

May 15, 2016

vs. Tanzania

1-1 D

Goa, India

Akinola

May 19, 2016

vs. India

4-0 W

Goa, India

W. Sands(2), Vaughn, Negrete

May 21, 2016

vs. South Korea

0-0 D

Goa, India

--

May 23, 2016

vs. Malaysia

2-1 W

Goa, India

Sargent(2)

May 25, 2016

vs. South Korea

1-1 D (0-1 aet)

Goa, India

Carleton

Aug. 25, 2016

vs. Portugal

3-3 D

Mexico City, Mexico

Carleton(2), Akinola

Aug. 26, 2016

vs. Qatar

2-1 W

Mexico City, Mexico

Jones, Akinola

Aug. 28, 2016

vs. Mexico

3-6 L

Mexico City, Mexico

Akinola, Vasquez, Acosta

Sept. 15, 2016

vs. Guatemala

8-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Sands, Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones, Angking(2)

Sept. 17, 2016

vs. Guatemala

9-0 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones(3), Durkin, Gloster

Sept. 27, 2016

vs. Panama

3-1 W

Panama City, Panama

Akinola, Acosta, Carleton

Oct. 1, 2016

vs. Panama

0-2 L

Panama City, Panama

--

Oct. 8, 2016

vs. Saint Louis FC

1-1 D

St. Louis, Mo.

Temple

Oct. 22, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

3-1 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Reynolds, Ferri, Sargent

Oct. 24, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

4-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Ferri, Sargent, Acosta, Akinola

Nov. 2, 2016

vs. Jamaica

3-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Akinola, Sargent, Temple

Nov. 6, 2016

vs. Jamaica

4-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Acosta, Carleton(2), Reynolds

Nov. 30, 2016

vs. Portugal

7-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Sargent (3), Carleton (2), Akinola, McGann

Dec. 2, 2016

vs. Turkey

5-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Carleton (2), Akinola (2), Weah



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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2016

USA Finishes Fourth at 2016 U-20 Womens World Cup After 1-0 Loss to Japan

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Dec. 3, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team once again left everything on the field before falling 1-0 to an extremely talented Japan side in the Third-Place Match of the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

“Anybody that watched the games knows that Japan is absolutely world class,” said U.S. head coach Michelle French. “Being able to track and manage their movement off the ball is something that’s very difficult. We did our best. I couldn’t be more impressed with Japan as a team, but on the flip side our players took every single punch that they threw until that goal at the end. We almost found a way, as we’ve done all tournament, to get a goal and get back in the game.”

Japan dominated possession as the USA battled to keep the game scoreless until the very end of regulation.

While Japan had most of the ball and shots, the USA limited the highly dangerous attempts and goalkeeper Casey Murphy was always there to make the save (seven on the night) until the very end of the game.

The USA did have two good chances to score in the second half, launching a quick counter-attack that got Jessie Scarpa free down the right wing, but with an unmarked Ashley Sanchez making a run up the middle, Scarpa hit the retreating defender with her square pass.

Scarpa almost scored on a header in the 77th minute, beating the Japan goalkeeper to a cross off a corner kick, but lifted the ball just over the goal.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament,” said French. “A lot lessons for all the players on our team. We wanted to be able to leave PNG with a medal, but everything we take away from this moment, whether its the feeling of being defeated, or the feeling of knowing they are always in the game, is going to be really valuable for them moving forward.”

With no overtime to be played in the competition’s consolation game, the USA was minutes from forcing penalty kicks before Mami Ueno chipped Murphy from the left side of the penalty area for the game’s lone score.

“To sum up the entire tournament for us, I would use just one word: passion,” said French. “The passion that this group payed with every single game, never quitting, the resolve and resiliency they showed, was massive. That’s the identity of this team. Absolutely, we could have played better soccer, there’s no doubt about that, and the players know that. But as I said, they gave everything until the very last second.”

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mami Ueno (Hikaru Kitagawa), 87th minute:
The USA hit a short free kick from midfield that Japan won and turned into a counterattack. Japan worked the ball up the left side to Hikaru Kitagawa who slipped a pass to Mami Ueno with some space to turn in the left side of the penalty area. She then sent a lofted shot that flew over Murphy and settled into the right side of the net. USA 0, JPN 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Plays:
USA – Casey Murphy, 21st minute –
As they would many times on the night, Japan did some nice work with the ball to work it into the penalty box after a throw-in. A Japanese player shot from a sharp angle, but Murphy was well-position to push ball away for a corner kick on a full-out dive.

USA – Casey Murphy, 35th minute – Japan worked the ball into the right side of the penalty area and Yui Hasegawa unleased a shot on goal that Murphy was to push over the goal with an acrobatic leap.

USA -- Casey Murphy, 45+2 minute – Japan put on the pressure around the left side this time and cut a cross back for a player to shoot that was deflected before Murphy brilliantly got a hand to the ball and pushed it over bar.

USA -- Casey Murphy, 74th minute – Japan once again worked the ball into the right side of the box for a close-range shot, but Murphy dove full out to her left to push the ball away for a corner kick.

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Additional Notes:

  • This marks the second time the USA has finished fourth in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA also finished fourth in 2006 in Russia, falling to Brazil on penalty kicks.
  • The USA has finished in the top four in six of the eight U-20 Women’s World Cups it has contested
  • Kelcie Hedge got her first start of the tournament, playing forward with Ashley Sanchez, before being replaced by Jessie Scarpa at halftime.
  • Marley Canales entered the match in the 86th minute for Emily Fox, earning her first minutes of tournament. The minutes for Canales meant that all 18 field players played in the World Cup. Only back-up goalkeepers Brooke Heinsohn and Rose Chandler did not see the field.
  • The loss was just the sixth for the USA over eight FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • The USA has now lost just five matches in regulation time in its history in the tournament, spanning eight competitions. Three of the losses were to Germany, one to China PR during group play in 2008 when the USA had already clinched first place in the group, one to Korea DPR (in overtime) of this tournament and tonight to Japan.
  • The USA played Japan three times during this U-20 cycle, losing 5-0, 3-0 and 1-0.
  • This was the third time the USA has played in the Third-Place Match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA defeated Brazil for third in 2004 and lost in penalty kicks to Brazil in 2008.
  • Defenders Kaleigh Riehl, Taylor Otto and Maddie Elliston, midfielder Emily Ogle and goalkeeper Casey Murphy played every minute of the tournament. Forwards Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez played all but one and two minutes, respectively.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan U-20 Women’s National Team
Date:
Dec. 3, 2016
Competition:
2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Third-Place Match
Venue:
National Football Stadium; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Kickoff:
1 a.m. ET
Attendance:
8.093
Weather:
88 degrees; Hot, Humid 

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

JPN – Mami Ueno (Hikaru Kitagawa)            87th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Casey Murphy; 5-Madeline Elliston, 6-Taylor Otto, 3-Kalegih Riehl, 14-Ellie Jean; 9-Mallory Pugh (capt.), 20-Katie Cousins (7-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 10-Emily Ogle, 18-Ashley Sanchez, 16-Emily Fox (13-Marley Canales, 86); 17-Kelcie Hedge (15-Jessie Scarpa, 46)
Subs: 2-Parker Roberts, 4-Sabrina Flores, 8-Courtney Petersen, 11-Ally Watt, 12-Rose Chandler, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 21-Brooke Heinsohn

Head Coach: Michelle French

JPN: 1-Chika Hirao; 3-Hikaru Kitagawa, 4-Nana Ichise, 6-Rin Sumida, 7-Hina Sugita; 8-Yui Hasegawa, 10-Yuka Momiki (Ccpt.), 13-Hisui Haza, 14-Narumi Miura (17-Shiho Matsubara 59); 15-Asato Miyagawa, 16-Miyabi Moriya (18-Mami Ueno, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Yuki Mizutani, 5-Ruka Norimatsu, 9-Meika Nishida, 11-Juri Kawano, 12-Mamiko Matsumoto, 19-Yuzuho Shiokoshi, 20-Honoka Hayashi, 21-Natsumi Asano
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 3 / 29
Shots on Goal: 3 / 8
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Liang Qin (CHN)
Asst. Referee: Yang Fang (CHN)
Asst. Referee: Mengxiao Boa (CHN)
4th Official: Riem Hussein (GER)

ussoccer.com Player of the Match: Casey Murphy

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U-20 WNT Dec 3, 2016

Braces from Akinola and Carleton Give USA 5-1 Win vs. Turkey at Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – The first 23 minutes of Friday’s Nike International Friendlies nightcap belonged to the visiting Turkey U-17 team. The 67 minutes that followed, however, were dominated by a faster, more physical and more creative USA side in front of 3.933 fans at Premier Sports Complex.

With the American Outlaws chanting and the Blue Skye Pipes and Drums band constantly orchestrating the sound of bag pipes, it became very clear which team had home-field advantage.

After a fourth minute goal from Recep Gül handed the hosts their first deficit of the tournament, the USA was unable to match the tenacity and grit of Turkey in the first 20 minutes of the contest. But after a couple of body-sacrificing stops by USA goalkeeper Justin Garces and a clever assist by Josh Sargent to find Andrew Carleton in the 24th minute, the USA never looked back. Five additional goals later and the USA needs a draw or better in Sunday’s tournament finale against Brazil to claim the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title.

“That’s a really difficult Turkey team to play against,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “To go down a goal early in the game and not have it going our way was tough. Our resolve, problem-solving and finding a way to get back in the game was excellent. “We just kept pushing and pushing. I think we showed our quality there in the end and that was the difference.”

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Next on the Schedule:

Brazil, who overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a late 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday, has been impressive throughout the tournament and will prove to be a great test for the U.S. defense. That game can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook

Goal Scoring Rundown:

TUR - Recep Gül, 4th minute: Originating from a creative exchange from Atalay Babacan and Yunus Akgün, from 25 yards out, the attack appeared to be stifled bythe  USA, but a missed slide tackle by Blaine Ferri left the ball in a vulnerable spot, allowing a clean run-on opportunity for Recep Gül on the left side. Streaking down the left side, Gül took two touches with the ball to create enough space to rocket the loose ball into the top shelf, gliding the ball over a sliding James Sands of USA and past Justin Garces. USA 0, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 24th minute: Coming off a Turkey turnover, the USA’s Ayo Akinola kept the ball inbounds along the left sideline and used his speed to create space and send a cross to Josh Sargent who lowered the crossing pass and stuck his right foot out to gift Andrew Carleton a chance from 12 yards out with nothing but the goalie in front of him. Carleton proceeded to side-foot the ball low and away, finding an open gap to the right of the goalkeeper to level the score. USA 1, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 44th minute: A long throw in from the left from Christopher Gloster was flicked down by Akinola where it found the feet of Carleton. The Atlanta United FC Academy product turned on a dime and placed his opportunity to the right of goalkeeper Eren Bilen for his second of the night and fourth of the tournament. USA 2, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 60th minute: A through ball played to the right side of the 18 from Carleton connected with Sargent, who one-touched a cross to the middle. From the opposite (left) side, Akinola found himself shoulder-to-shoulder with a Turkish defender and buried Sargent’s one-timer to hand the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 67th minute: With constant pressure from the USA forwards, a low-flying Turkish clearance was immediately intercepted by Sargent who jumped to settle the ball with his chest. Sargent then sent a sliding through ball to George Acosta, who delayed his one-on-one opportunity and played across for Akinola who finished his second of the night. USA 4, TUR 1

USA - Timothy Weah, 86th minute: A Turkey offside called high up towards the midfield line set up a free kick for the USA, who swung the ball behind the Turkish defense and just outside the right side of the penalty area. U.S. substitute Sergino Dest saw the opportunity for a chase and using his speed to get to the ball first, sent a hopeful cross to the middle. Turkey goalkeeper Eren Bilen was only able to skim his on the ball, allowing Timothy Weah to tap home the rebound from seven yards out. USA 5, TUR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA - Justin Garces, 16th minute: After a mis-timed clearance from Arturo Vasquez, Turkey attacker Yunus Akgün’s attempt was turned away when Garces sacrificed his body to make the save. Just seconds later, Garces recovered to punch out a dangerous looping cross.

TUR - Eren Bilen, 23rd minute: A Josh Sargent dummy allowed a through ball to reach Jaylin Lindsey who put a solid cross on target for Ayo Akinola to take a targeted swipe at the ball, only to be denied by the right arm of a diving Eren Bilen.

TUR - Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 47th minute: With Josh Sargent slowing down on a break-away and winding up to swing, an oncoming Ozan Muhammed Kabak perfectly timed sliding challenge took away a clear-cut opportunity just after halftime.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,933
Weather: 60 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             2          3          5         
TUR                             1          0          1         

TUR - Recep Gül                                            4th minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Josh Sargent)        24
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           44
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                60
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)             67
USA – Timothy Weah                         86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Sergino Dest, 71), 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster (16-Rayshaun McGann, 71); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Christopher Durkin (18-Indiana Vassilev, 78), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 78); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Timothy Weah, 71), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 84)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 15-Carlos Asensio
Head coach: John Hackworth

TUR: 12-Eren Bilen; 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 9-Amed Öncel, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen; 6-Enes Islam Ilki (16-Sefa Akgün, 46), 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 4-Abdussamed Karnuçu (3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu, 62, 15-Furkan Yildirim, 74), 7-Recep Gül (capt.) (13-Berkay Görmez, 31); 17-Yunus Akgün, 10-Atalay Babacan
Subs not used: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)                      42nd minute
TUR – Ozan Muhammed Kabak (caution)     56

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker (USA)
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho (USA)

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MNT on TV: Arena Heads Abroad to See Europe-Based Players

U.S. Men’s National Team players continue the pursuit to finish the year strong with MNT head coach Bruce Arena heading to Europe this weekend to meet with players and take in a few matches.

The weekend kicks off Friday in the English League Championship where DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United will look to extend their lead at the top of the table with an away visit to Nottingham Forest (4:45 p.m. ET – Delayed on beIN Sports).

On Saturday, Arena will be in attendance at Signal Iduna Park to see Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund take on Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

At the same time, John Brooks and third-place Hertha Berlin will try to gain ground on second-place Bayern Munich when they pay a visit to Wolfsburg (9:30 a.m. ET – Fox Soccer Plus).

In Saturday’s nightcap, goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Club Leon will work to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit against Tigres UANL in order to advance to the Liga MX Apertura Finals.

On Sunday, Bobby Wood returns from his three-match suspension with hopes of impressing the new National Team boss, who will also be in attendance for Hamburg’s visit to Darmstadt (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

The weekend closes in Germany as Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt hope to continue their climb up the Bundesliga table with a trip to Augsburg (11:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

Check out the full list of where to watch MNT players with their clubs this weekend.

All Times ET.

Friday, Dec. 2

DeAndre Yedlin

Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United

4:45pm (delayed)

beIN Sports

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson

Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

9:30 a.m.

FS1

John Brooks

Wolfsburg vs. Hertha Berlin

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea

10 a.m.

NBCSN

William Yarbrough

Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon

8 p.m.

UDN

Sunday, Dec. 4

Bobby Wood

Darmstadt vs. Hamburg

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Timmy Chandler

Augsburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

11:30 a.m.

FS1

Injury List

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City

Hyperextended Knee

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland

Ankle Injury

Julian Green

Bayern Munich

Muscle Injury

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MNT Dec 2, 2016

Brazil and Portugal Draw 3-3 in Wild Back-and-Forth Match at 2016 Nike Friendlies

Brazil tackles Portugal to begin the second matchday of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) -  A hat trick from Portugal’s Umaro Embalo wasn’t enough to stave off a second half onslaught from Brazil as Paulo Henrique, Vinicius Jr., and a stoppage time free kick from Alan Souza forced a 3-3 draw in Friday’s first match at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies.

Determined to bounce back from their 7-1 defeat to the United States on Wednesday, Portugal was charged from the first whistle.

A Seleção’s initial chance came in the eighth minute when Rafael Camacho intercepted a ball at midfield allowing a quick shot from distance from Bernardo Souza that saw Brazil goalkeeper Arthur Gazze parry to his left. Portugal winger Embalo pounced on the rebound, but Gazze was quick off his line to turn away the follow-up attempt.

Emboldened from the earlier opportunity, Embalo would break the ice for Portugal four minutes later. After building up down the right, captain Mamadou Kone lobbed a forward ball for the Benfica attacker, who took it in stride before unleashing a lethal, right-footed blast past Gazze.

Ever active, Embalo continued to provide danger in the 24th minute when he worked down the right side before turning in a low cross that saw Brazil center back Mattheus Stockl redirect on goal, only to be bailed out by Gazze who fell backward to save off the line. 

Portugal continued to find success up the right flank just before halftime when Romario Baro chipped into space for Embalo. Taking the ball in stride, Embalo muscled off his marker before sending a right-footed effort inside the lower, left post to take Portugal into the locker room up 2-0.

Brazil came out raring to go in the second half, coming close with two chances in the 54th minute. The first occurred on a well-worked combination, as Vinicius Jr. laid off for Paulo Henrique, who returned the pass before the active attacker pulled his shot just wide of the left post.

Seconds later, a cross from Wesley Andrade picked out Vinicius Jr. unmarked at the left post, but the Brazil forward’s header glanced wide of the bar.

Vinicius Jr. finally broke through in the 57th minute when he made a penetrating run into the box on the left before playing a ball across the area where Paulo Henrique one-timed over the line, beating the late dive of Portugal ‘keeper Joao Monteiro.

Brazil nearly pulled things level four minutes later. Following a corner kick that trailed through the box, Vinicius Jr. collected at the top of the penalty area where he hit a curling effort that clanged off the top right corner of the bar.

Portugal restored their two-goal lead in the 82nd minute when Leandro Campos nodded a long ball over the top from Kone into the path of Embalo. The attacker took the ball down well and earned his hat trick by firing a low blast that snuck inside the left post.

Backs to the wall, Brazil responded with some magic of their own to earn a point. In the 82nd minute, Vinicius Jr. received a ball out of midfield and drove down the left side before a beautiful left-footed effort left Monteiro flat-footed as it crept inside the opposite post.

Earning a free kick outside the area, Brazil equalized just before full-time when Alan Souza bent a beautiful take inside the top left post, forcing Portugal to share the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

With the result, Brazil temporarily sits atop the table with four points from two matches heading into their tournament finale against the USA on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Portugal has one point from two matches and will end the 2016 Nike International Friendlies against Turkey at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both matches can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.

- 2016 Nike International Friendlies Match Report -

Match: Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Portugal U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: 79 degrees; clear skies

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
BRA                                       0          3          3         
POR                                       2          1          3         

PORUmaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                   12th minute
PORUmaro Embalo (Romario Baro)                      45
BRAPaul Henrique (Vinicius Jr.)                            57
PORUmaro Embalo (Mamadou Kone)                   82
BRA – Vinicius Jr. (Matheus Stockl)                          85
BRA – Alan Souza                                                      90+2

Lineups:
BRA: 12-Arthur Gazze; 15-Kevin Kelsey (6-Kazu, 46), 4-Matheus Stockl, 3-Vitor Eduardo, 2-Wesley Andrade (13-Lucas Rosa, 86); 16-Luan Pereira (9-Lincoln Correa, 46), 5-Gustavo Henrique (10-Alan Souza, 46), 17-Rodrigo Nestor, 7-Paul Henrique (18-Helio Junio, 67); 8-Vitinho (19-Denilson Rodrigues, 86), 11-Vinicius Jr. (Capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Gabriel Brazão, 14-Geovani Marinho, 20-Savio Santos
Head coach: Carlos Amadeu

POR: 1-Joao Monteiro; 5-Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira, 4-Tiago Djalo, 3-Goncalo Loureiro, 2-Mamadou Kone (Capt.); 10-Bernardo Sousa (20-Andre Almeida, 67), 6-Afonso Sousa (16-Henrique Jocu, 67), 8-Romario Baro; 11-Rafael Camacho (18-Pedro Neto, 58), 9-Tiago Rodrigues (19-Leandro Campos, 58), 7-Umaro Embalo (15-Tiago Dantas, 90)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Goncalo; 13-Joao Ferreira, 14-Baba Fernandes, 17-Rodrigo Conceicao
Head coach: Jose Guillherme

Stats Summary: BRA / POR
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 8
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 21
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Kazu (caution)                                                 52nd minute
POR – Romario Baro (caution)                                   76
POR – Henrique Jocu (caution)                                  80
POR – Joao Pedro Monteiro Oliveira (caution)          90+4

Officials: 
Referee: Joseph Dickerson (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Weed (USA)
4th Official: Victor Rivas (USA)     

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