CHICAGO (July 27, 2016) – The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals will air on ESPN2. The New England Revolution host the Chicago Fire in the first Semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, while the LA Galaxy welcome FC Dallas in the second Semifinal on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
The four teams booked their Semifinal places on Wednesday, July 20. The New England Revolution drew 1-1 before dispatching the Philadelphia Union 4-2 on penalty kicks, while the Chicago Fire downed the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 to setup the first Semifinal. FC Dallas used a second half stoppage time strike to see off the Houston Dynamo 1-0, while the LA Galaxy tallied three goals in the final 13 minutes in a 4-2 comeback defeat of Seattle Sounders FC.
All four clubs are previous winners of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, but none have appeared in the tournament Final since 2011 when the Chicago Fire fell 2-0 to Seattle Sounders FC. Of the four remaining teams, the New England Revolution last won the competition in 2007, preceded by four-time winners Chicago Fire in 2006 and two-time champions LA Galaxy in 2005. FC Dallas looks for its first tournament title since lifting the trophy in 1997.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's national championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.Read more
CHICAGO (July 26, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from Aug. 1-13 at a training camp in Michigan that will be highlighted by two matches against the Brazil Under-17 WNT as preparations for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup continue.
The USA will take on fellow U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at DeMartin Soccer Stadium on the campus of Michigan State in East Lansing with a kickoff at 6 p.m. ET.
The teams will play again on Friday, Aug. 12 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Mich. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET.
Admission to both matches is free.
The matches will be among the final chances to evaluate the players before Snow chooses the final roster for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“The decisions that we will have to make to finalize our roster will be exceptionally difficult and that is why playing these two international games is so vitally important,” Snow said. “The state of Michigan has a rich soccer tradition and we were ecstatic when we found out that we would be able to bring these two international games there. These games offer us one of the last opportunities to assess our players and our team so we are hoping to simulate a World Cup environment as much as possible. We will be playing in two first class facilities and the hope is that we can work to together with the soccer communities in Michigan to showcase the growth of women’s soccer at the youth level.”
Snow has called up 28 players for the camp, which includes all 20 players who were on the squad that in mid-March won the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship played in Grenada while earning a berth to the upcoming World Cup.
Midfielder Ashley Sanchez returns to the U-17’s after playing with the U.S. U-20 WNT since qualifying. Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the best player at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament after scoring five goals in Grenada, including the first in the 2-1 victory against Mexico in the championship game.
“We are extremely excited to bring our U-17 Women’s National Team to Michigan,” said Snow, who hails from Kalamazoo, Mich., and who played college soccer at Indiana. “The opportunity to be together for two weeks during some of the final preparations before the Women’s World Cup this fall is critical. We will be capping a long and rigorous evaluation process and the players that have matriculated their way here deserve a ton of credit. The depth of this player pool has been extraordinary, so the fact that they are even in the conversation for a final roster spot at this point in time is something that these players should be extremely proud of.”
Brazil was drawn into Group C at the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan along with Nigeria, England and Korea DPR. The USA was drawn into Group D with Paraguay, Ghana and Japan. The USA and Brazil could potentially meet in the knockout rounds in Jordan should both advance out of the group.
The U.S. plays its first Group D match against Paraguay on Oct. 1 at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa (4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET) before facing Ghana on Oct. 4 at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman (4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET). The USA will finish group play on Oct. 8 against Japan at Amman International Stadium (7 p.m. local / Noon ET).
The players on the roster come from three birth years with 16 being born in 1999, which is the age-cut for participation in this fall’s World Cup. Eight players were born in 2000 and four were born in 2001, including three who were on the qualifying squad: defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner and forward Jordan Canniff.
The U-17’s are undefeated in 10 international games this year.
U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (5): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Zoe Clevely (Irvine Strikers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.), Katie Meyer (Real So Cal; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (10): Kerry Abello (Benet Academy; Aurora, Ill.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shea Holland (PDA; Toms River, N.J.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)
FORWARDS (8): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.)
CHICAGO (July 26, 2016) - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced Panama as the host country for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, set to take place April 21-May 7, 2017.
Panama will host the region’s top 12 U-17 national teams at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez and Estadio Maracana in Panama City. The nations will vie to qualify for one of the Confederation’s four spots at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
The 12 teams will include: Panama as host, three additional Central American Football Union (UNCAF) teams, five Caribbean Football Union (CFU) teams and three from North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States). Caribbean teams will begin their Qualifying tournament in July, while Central American teams will begin qualification in November.
The official draw for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will take place in Panama City in December.
The USA has captured the U-17 CONCACAF title three times (1983, 1992, 2011), while also earning second place five times in its 15 years competing in the region’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.Read more
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 4-0 on the strength of an aggressive attacking performance before 12,635 fans at Children’s Mercy Park in its last tune-up match ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The USA now heads to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games and will begin Group G play vs. New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3 (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBC Universo).Read more
With the European season just around the corner, MNT players in MLS and Liga MX continue to make their case for inclusion in the side’s World Cup Qualifying camp which gets back under way in late August with the last two matches of Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying.
Here’s a look at some of the highlight performances MNT players had for their clubs this past week.
Beginning at midweek, Gyasi Zardes continued his fine form for the LA Galaxy in the club’s 4-2 comeback win against Seattle Sounders FC in the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
With the Galaxy trailing 2-1, Zardes and teammate Giovani dos Santos entered in the 74th minute. It took just three minutes for the tandem to bring the Galaxy level, as Zardes’ pressure on the back line forced a turnover straight to dos Santos who coolly finished past Tyler Miller in the 77th minute. Eight minutes later, Zardes earned his first assist when he played a ball for Baggio Husidic, whose final pass was turned into the net by Sebastian Lletget in the 85th minute. In the 88th, a back and forth combination between Lletget and Zardes saw Lletget bag his second goal of the match as the Galaxy moved on to the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals for the first time since 2006.
WATCH: Zardes sparks LA Galaxy’s comeback U.S. Open Cup win vs. Seattle Sounders
Back in action on Saturday afternoon, Zardes helped the Galaxy run out to a 2-0 lead against the Portland Timbers inside the first 11 minutes. On the goal scoring play, center back Jelle van Damme played a long ball over the top for Emmanuel Boateng whose cross from the left was nodded inside the back post by Zardes for his fifth goal of the season.
WATCH: Zardes tallies the winner in LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win vs. Portland Timber
MNT teammate Darlington Nagbe would help pull a goal back in the 11th minute when Zarek Valentin combined with him near the top of the area on a passing sequence that set up Valentin to slot a shot inside the bottom left corner in the 41st minute.
WATCH: Nagbe provides assist for Zarek Valentin
On Friday night, both Chris Wondolowski and David Bingham were instrumental in the San Jose Earthquakes earning a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake. Wondolowski tallied his eighth goal of the season, pinging a ball in the box home at the left post in the ninth minute. Bingham was then called in to service, making several strong saves, including a stop on Kyle Beckerman’s long-distance effort in the 15th minute, before preserving the road draw with a one-on-one save on Olmes Garcia in the 72nd.
WATCH: Chris Wondolowski scores his eighth of the season
Not to be outdone, Tim Howard made five saves in the Colorado Rapids 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas. Howard notably made two huge stops, one in first half stoppage time when he sprawled out to paw away Walker Zimmerman’s header at the right post. Howard then helped preserve the draw when he denied Michael Barrios with point-blank kick save in the 83rd minute. Colorado remains unbeaten in the league (2-0-2) since Howard official joined the side at the beginning of July.
On Sunday, Graham Zusi returned from a hamstring strain to provide an assist on the first goal of Sporting KC’s 3-0 rout of Seattle Sounders FC in the 21st minute. Zusi lasted until the 41st minute when he was withdrawn after re-aggravating the injury, though reports suggested it wasn’t severe.
WATCH: Zusi provides assist on Dom Dwyer’s 21st minute header
Finally, Jozy Altidore continued the road back from a hamstring strain, playing the final 18 minutes of Toronto FC’s 4-1 victory against D.C. United. The appearance was Altidore’s first since picking up the injury back on May 14.
Check out a full rundown of how MNT players did for their clubs this past week:
Jozy Altidore – 18 minutes as a substitute in Toronto FC’s 4-1 win vs. D.C. United (July 23)
Ventura Alvarado – 90 minutes in Club America’s 3-0 win at Venados (July 20; Copa MX)
Paul Arriola – 23 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 3-2 defeat at Puebla (July 24)
Kyle Beckerman – 90 minutes in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (July 22)
David Bingham – 90 minutes, SIX SAVES in San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake (July 22)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes in D.C. United’s 4-1 loss at Toronto FC (July 23)
Edgar Castillo – 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 1-0 defeat at Guadalajara (July 23)
Clint Dempsey – 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Brad Evans – 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Ethan Finlay – 31 minutes as a substitute in 2-2 draw vs. Orlando City (July 23)
Greg Garza – 42 minutes, YELLOW CARD in 3-2 defeat at Puebla (July 24)
Omar Gonzalez – 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-0 win at Chiapas (July 23)
Ethan Horvath - 90 minutes in Molde’s 1-0 defeat to Sarpsborg (July 23)
Tim Howard – 90 minutes, FIVE SAVES in Colorado Rapids’ 1-1 draw with FC Dallas (July 23)
Jordan Morris – 8 minutes as a substitute in Seattle Sounders FC’s 4-2 defeat at LA Galaxy (July 20; USOC); 90 minutes in Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-0 defeat at Sporting KC (July 24)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes, ASSIST in Portland Timbers 2-1 defeat vs. LA Galaxy (July 23)
Lee Nguyen – 88 minutes in New England Revolution’s 1-0 defeat of Chicago Fire (July 23)
Nick Rimando – 90 minutes, TWO SAVES in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (July 22)
Chris Wondolowski – 90 minutes, GOAL in San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake (July 22)
William Yarbrough – 90 minutes, TWO SAVES in Club Leon’s 0-0 draw vs. Necaxa (July 23)
Gyasi Zardes – 16 minutes as a substitute, TWO ASSISTS in LA Galaxy’s 4-2 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (July 20; USOC); 90 minutes, GOAL in LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win at Portland Timbers (July 23)
Graham Zusi – 41 minutes, ASSIST in Sporting KC’s 3-0 defeat of Seattle Sounders FC (July 24)