U.S. Soccer

U.S. MNT Defeats Turkey 2-1 at Sold-Out Red Bull Arena

HARRISON, New Jersey (June 1, 2014) – Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey each scored a goal as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Turkey 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who played the opening 45 minutes, set a U.S. MNT record with the 54th win of his National Team career, breaking Kasey Keller’s record. Brad Guzan played the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley), 26th minute: The hustle of Fabian Johnson and the precision passing of Michael Bradley worked to perfection for the USA. Johnson passed to Bradley and immediately darted up the middle of Turkey’s defense. Bradley took a quick touch and flicked the ball ahead just inside the box, where Johnson one-timed with his left foot and found the inside of the left side of the frame for a one-goal lead. It was Johnson’s first goal in 21 international appearances. USA 1, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (unassisted), 52nd minute: Clint Dempsey was in the right place at the right time when Turkey defender Hakan Kadir Balta faltered on a clearance. The U.S. MNT worked the ball around from Michael Bradley, Brad Davis and left back Timmy Chandler who sent the ball into the area. Balta had every opportunity to clear the cross, but he botched the touch and the ball trickled to Dempsey near the right post, where the MNT captain capitalized with his first goal of 2014 and 37th goal of his career. USA 2, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty kick), 90th minute: With injury time looming, Timmy Chandler lost the ball to Mustafa Pektemek, who attacked the near right side against U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Pektemek patiently waited for an opening, shot to the left side of the frame and USA center back Geoff Cameron was called for a handball to stop the shot. Selcuk Inan crisply struck his right-footed penalty inside the left side of the frame, past a diving Guzan who anticipated correctly on the attempt. USA 2, TUR 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TUR – Ozan Tufan, 21st minute: Six minutes earlier, Jozy Altidore’s header goal was disallowed for a push to Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak. But Altidore stayed heavy on the attack and dished from the right side of the box to Michael Bradley. Bradley’s shot was blocked by Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. Tufan’s right-footed clearance kept the score level at the time as both teams came close on several occasions during the opening 25 minutes.

USA – Jermaine Jones, 35th and 36th minutes: U.S. holding midfielder Jermaine Jones had a couple big stops in a one-minute stretch to keep Turkey off of the score sheet. He blocked a Gokhan Gonul shot in the 35th minute and then made a sliding stop to disrupt another Gonal strike with his right foot. Jones briefly received medical attention as he took the shot to his body, but he was quick to continue play.

TUR – Ozan Tufan and Onur Recep Kivrak, 37th minute: In a frenzied sequence, Jozy Altidore sent the ball ahead to Clint Dempsey who initially had a step on Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. As the two rushed into the box, Tufan bumped shoulder-to-shoulder to disrupt Dempsey’s attempt. Shouts for a penalty arose from the U.S. MNT bench, but play continued and Dempsey stuck with the loose ball, only to have his second attempt blocked by Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak.

USA – Brad Guzan, 60th minute: The left side of USA’s defense allowed Gokhan Gonul to have plenty of open space down the right side. Chandler attempted to track back in time to get in front of Gonul, but Gonul got his shot off at the near right side. Second-half sub Guzan stepped up, however, with a clutch save at the near right post to keep the two-goal lead at the time.

TUR – Onur Recep Kivrak, 81st minute: Mix Diskerud played the ball to Jozy Altidore down the right side and Altidore cut inside to his left to evade Turkey’s Ozan Tufan. That created a strong one-on-one chance against Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak, but Kivrak stepped up with a foot save to turn away the U.S. MNT striker.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard passed Kasey Keller to set the U.S. MNT record with 54 career victories. Howard is now 54-28-15 all-time. Keller was 53-27-18.
  • Howard earned his 99th cap, and with his next appearance he will become the 15th player and third goalkeeper in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark. Howard is also one appearance behind Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore, who are tied for 13th all-time with 100 caps.
  • Clint Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in 10 consecutive years. The only other U.S. MNT players to accomplish this feat are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda, who scored a goal in 11 consecutive years.
  • Dempsey made his 104th appearance and ranks 10th on the all-time list. He is two appearances behind ninth-place Wynalda (106 caps from 1990-2000).
  • Michael Bradley earned his 85th cap, tying him for 20th all-time with Frankie Hejduk and Bruce Murray.
  • Bradley earned his ninth assist and is tied for 16th on the all-time list with Clint Mathis. Bradley is one assist behind a group of Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, McBride and Earnie Stewart, who are all tied for 10th with 10 career assists.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT concludes its three-game Send-Off Series against Nigeria at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 2-1-1 in the all-time series against Turkey.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 3-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 6-4-7 all-time in games based in New Jersey and 1-1-0 at Red Bull Arena.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three changes from the starting lineup the U.S. utilized during the 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on May 27. Defender Timmy Chandler and midfielder Brad Davis, who were halftime subs the last time out, replaced DaMarcus Beasley and Alejandro Bedoya, respectively, in the starting lineup. Captain Clint Dempsey got the start ahead of Chris Wondolowski. Dempsey originally was penciled in to start against Azerbaijan, but Klinsmann held him out for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.
  • The U.S. is now 7-3-2 with Dempsey as the captain.
  • The starting lineup featured Tim Howard at goalkeeper, with a back four of left back Chandler, center backs Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron and right back Fabian Johnson.
  • The starting midfield featured Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, respectively, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond of the 4-4-2.
  • Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • The U.S. made three subs to open the second half. Brad Guzan replaced Howard in goal. Kyle Beckerman subbed for midfielder Jones. John Brooks entered the match for Besler.
  • In the 64th minute, Julian Green made his second career U.S. MNT appearance, replacing Davis. Outside back DeAndre Yedlin entered for Johnson.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)   26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                 52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                       90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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MNT Jun 1, 2014

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny 

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

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)      26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                      52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                            90                                            

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim 

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

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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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

U-17 MNT Faces Turkey On Day Two of 2016 Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – Coming off a dominant 7-1 victory over Portugal on Wednesday, the United States U-17 Men’s National Team looks for its second win at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies when they take on Turkey on Friday night at Premier Sports Campus. In the tournament's opening game, Turkey played Brazil close before falling 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The USA currently stands atop the round-robin tournament standings with three points, edging Brazil on goal difference.

Friday’s Nike International Friendlies schedule begins with Brazil taking on Portugal at 3:30 p.m., followed by the U-17 MNT against Turkey at 7 p.m. ET. 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

1

1

0

0

3

7

1

+6

Brazil

1

1

0

0

3

4

2

+2

Turkey

1

0

1

0

0

2

4

-2

Portugal

1

0

1

0

0

1

7

-6

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

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal vs. Brazil – 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Turkey – 7 p.m. ET

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 17-4-6 over 27 international matches in 2016.
  • The last time the two sides met came on Turkish soil, where the USA fell 3-1 in the 2016 Aegean Cup championship game on January 23 inside Mumin Ozkasap Stadium in Izmir, Turkey. The lone USA goal was scored by Adrian Villegas in the 76th minute. Malik Karaahmet (19’), Enes Islam Ilkin (24’) and Recep Gul (50’) each recorded a goal for Turkey during the 80-minute contest.
  • In Turkey’s 4-2 loss to Brazil on Wednesday, Atalay Babacan provided the assist on Abdussamed Karnuçu’s 54th minute goal before converting a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
  • USA captain Josh Sargent is coming off one of his best performances of the year, recording a hat trick in what proved to be a physically dominant performance against Portugal.
  • Six of seven goals in the USA’s 7-1 win vs. Portugal were score by players that hail from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 27 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 Ayomide Akinola leads the U-17 MNT in scoring with 16 goals in 2016. He is followed by St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent with twelve and Weston FC’s George Acosta with 10.
  • Timothy Weah is the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah.
  • The U.S. U-17 MNT will be 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

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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

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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



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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

Breaking Down the WNT’s Top 10 Goals of 2016

In 2016, the U.S. Women’s National Team scored 92 goals so choosing a Top 10 was not an easy task. We selected our "Top 10 Goals of 2016" based on the quality of the goal, the skill of the finish, the importance of the goal and a dash of sentimental value (#ThanksHAO). Tell us, which is your favorite WNT goal of 2016? Did your favorite make the list?

1. Alex Morgan vs. Germany (SheBelieves Cup; March 9): The game-tying goal brought the USA back into the game after an early strike from Germany’s Anja Mittag had given the European Champions the lead in the de facto SheBelieves Cup Final. Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side into the path of the sprinting Morgan. She let the ball bounce twice, as she muscled out a first defender, before deftly lifting it over Saskia Bartusiak with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps. The importance of the goal, the level of difficulty and the skill and style with which she finished takes the top spot in 2016.

2. Carli Lloyd vs. Switzerland (International Friendly; Oct. 23): Lloyd has scored 96 goals in her career including quite a few spectacular strikes from distance, but it’s safe to say this should be among her best. While nothing may ever top her midfield shot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, this rocket against Switzerland comes close. Some swift interplay between Andi Sullivan, Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara resulted in Lloyd receiving a pass from O’Hara and advancing toward the Switzerland goal. Lloyd crushed a lightning bolt strike from 27 yards out for a finish that spurred FOX’s play-by-play announcer Glenn Davis to describe as “hit with no regard for humanity.” It was the equalizing to make it 1-1 in what would be a 5-1 U.S. victory.

3. Crystal Dunn vs. England (SheBelieves Cup; March 3): Dunn had a terrific year for the USA. She scored 14 goals, including her five-goal performance against Puerto Rico, and also scored her first Olympic goal. But it was her game-winning tally against England at the SheBelieves Cup that stood out. After a competitive first half between two of the top teams in the world, Dunn came in as a substitute in the second half. The goal came after Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area and then slipped a pass between two England defenders for Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and then ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish in the 1-0 U.S. victory.

4. Christen Press vs. Costa Rica (Olympic Qualifying; Feb. 10): Press is a prodigious goal scorer. In 80 games with the WNT, she has scored 41 goals, which includes 12 in 2016. There was one however that stood tall amongst the rest as it required a high level of poise and skill. In the opening game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, Tobin Heath found Press with a cross into the penalty area from the left side. With her back to the goal, and just outside the six-yard box, she settled the ball with the outside of her right foot away from a defender, spun around and finished into the roof of the net on the left side. Classy finish and classic Press.

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WNT Dec 2, 2016
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