U.S. Soccer

Jozy Altidore Scores Twice as U.S. MNT Defeats Nigeria 2-1 in Final Match of Send-Off Series

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (June 7, 2014) – Forward Jozy Altidore scored his first two goals of 2014 as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Nigeria 2-1 in front of a Florida-record crowd of 52,033 at EverBank Field.

With the start, goalkeeper Tim Howard became the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach 100 caps while also picking up the victory to break Kasey Keller’s all-time goalkeeper wins record for the United States.

The U.S. went 3-0-0 during the Send-Off Series and now sets its sights on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA will depart for South America on June 8 to begin final preparations for its Group G opener against Ghana on June 16 at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson), 31st minute: A fantastic series of passes down the right side set up Jozy Altidore to break the deadlock. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya dribbled down the right wing and spied Fabian Johnson making a darting run into the penalty area. He cut a short pass to the overlapping right back who slide a cross on the ground into the six-yard box where Altidore was unmarked for the tap-in. For Altidore, it is his first goal of 2014. USA 1, NGA 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 68th minute: Michael Bradley played a beautiful ball from midfield to Jozy Altidore in the left side of the penalty area. Altidore settled, cut inside to evade Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo and then fired the ball past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama inside the near left post. His second tally of the match was his 23rd  international goal. USA 2, NGA 0 (SEE GOAL)

NGA – Victor Moses (penalty), 86th minute: With the game wide open in waning minute minutes and both teams attacking with fervor, Nigeria’s Victor Moses drew a penalty against U.S. defender Matt Besler and took the subsequent penalty kick. Moses took a slow approach on the kick before placing his right-footed shot into the lower left corner as U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard went the opposite direction. USA 2, NGA 1 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NGA – Godfrey Oboabona, 20th minute: The U.S. spent the first 20 minutes trying to get a hold of the game, but did have some good moments on the counter attack, and one potential chance came when Clint Dempsey stole the ball at midfield and fed to DaMarcus Beasley on the left. Beasley crossed into the box, but Nigeria defender Godfrey Oboabona broke up the USA’s opportunity to keep the score level at 0-0.

NGA – Vincent Enyeama, 23rd minute: Quick touches from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey in the midfield paved the way for Michael Bradley on the right side. After a couple touches, Bradley shot with his right from just outside the box and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made a diving save to his right, parrying the ball away for a U.S. corner kick.

USA – Tim Howard, 44th minute: Nigeria held the ball in its half for nearly the final five minutes of the first half. The closest chance came off of a corner kick from the left side as Eric Efe Ambrose rose for the header in between Geoff Cameron and Clint Dempsey. His low shot was driven toward Tim Howard’s feet and the U.S. goalkeeper was quick to smother just in front of the end line.

USA – Tim Howard, 83rd minute: Nigeria second-half sub Emmanuel Emenike turned and shot with his right foot just about the penalty area with eyes on the left side of the net. Tim Howard dove to his right for the stop.

Milestone Watch:

  • Correction: Tim Howard broke Kasey Keller’s wins record on Saturday against Nigeria. Howard was incorrectly named the winner of the USA’s 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1. Though he left at halftime with the lead, second-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan was awarded the win as he was in the net while Clint Dempsey scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
  • With Saturday’s win, Howard is 54-28-15 all-time, moving just ahead of Keller who finished his brilliant career with a record of 53-27-18. Brad Guzan is now 11-7-3 all-time following the victory against Turkey.
  • Howard is the 15th player and third goalkeeper in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark. Howard is now tied for 13th all-time with 100 caps with Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore.
  • With his 22nd and 23rd goals, Jozy Altidore moves into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time goal scoring list, moving ahead of Bruce Murray who had 21 goals from 1985-93.
  • Clint Dempsey played in his 105th game and is now in 10th place, one appearance behind Eric Wynalda (106 caps from 1990-2000) on the all-time list.
  • Michael Bradley now has 10 assists in his career, tying for 12th all-time with Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, Brian McBride and Earnie Stewart.
  • Bradley earned his 86th cap, moving ahead of Frankie Hejduk and Bruce Murray for 20th all-time. Bradley is also one game behind 19th-place Cherundolo (87 games from 1999-2012).

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT now heads to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, June 16, at Estadio das Dunas at Natal.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 2-0-0 in the all-time series against Nigeria.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 4-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 17-16-9 all-time in games based in Florida and 4-0-1 in Jacksonville.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started a defensive that featured Tim Howard in goal and a back line featuring left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler.
  • Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman and Alejandro Bedoya played side-by-side in the 4-3-2-1 formation, with Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey in front of them.
  • Striker Jozy Altidore played up top in the formation.
  • The U.S. is now 8-3-2 with Dempsey as the captain.
  • For the only time in the Send-Off Series, Klinsmann made no changes to start the second half. The USA’s first sub came in the 60th minute, when Graham Zusi entered for Bedoya.
  • With a 2-0 lead in place, Klinsmann went back to his bench in the 72nd minute with Mix Diskerud replacing Beckerman.
  • In the 75th minute, Timmy Chandler replaced Beasley at left back and in the 80th minute, Omar Gonzalez entered for Altidore.
  • Chris Wondolowski was brought in for Dempsey in the 87th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: June 7, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 52,033
Weather: 83 degrees, overcast

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)    31st minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)   68
NGA – Victor Moses (penalty kick)        86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 75); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 60), 15-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (18-Chris Wondolowski, 87), 17-Jozy Altidore (3-Omar Gonzalez, 80)
Subs Not Used: 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 6-John Brooks, 9-Aron Johannsson, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NGA: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 2-Joseph Yobo (capt.), 5-Eric Efe Ambrose, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa, 14-Godfrey Oboabona; 10-John Obi Mikel (4-Ruben Gabriel, 46), 15-Ramon Azeez (25-Michael Uchebo, 74), 17- Ogenyi Onazi; 8-Peter Osaze Odemwingie (18-Michael Babatunde, 46), 11-Victor Moses, 23-Shola Ameobi (9-Emmanuel Emenike, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Elderson Echiejile, 6-Azubuike Emmanuel Egweukwe, 7-Musa Ahmed, 12-Kunle Odunlami, 16-Austine Ejide, 19-Uche Nwofor, 21-Agbim Chigozie, 22-Kenneth Omeruo
Head Coach: Stephen Keshi

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 10
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Mariner (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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MNT Jun 7, 2014

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: June 7, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 52,033
Weather: 83 degrees, overcast

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

           

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)           31st minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)           68
NGA – Victor Moses (penalty kick)                 86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 75); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 60), 15-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (18-Chris Wondolowski, 87), 17-Jozy  Altidore (3-Omar Gonzalez, 80)
Subs Not Used: 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 6-John Brooks, 9-Aron Johannsson, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NGA: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 2-Joseph Yobo (capt.), 5-Eric Efe Ambrose, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa, 14-Godfrey Oboabona; 10-John Obi Mikel (4-Ruben Gabriel, 46), 15-Ramon Azeez (25-Michael Uchebo, 74), 17- Ogenyi Onazi; 8-Peter Osaze Odemwingie (18-Michael Babatunde, 46), 11-Victor Moses, 23-Shola Ameobi (9-Emmanuel Emenike, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Elderson Echiejile, 6-Azubuike Emmanuel Egweukwe, 7-Musa Ahmed, 12-Kunle Odunlami, 16-Austine Ejide, 19-Uche Nwofor, 21-Agbim Chigozie, 22-Kenneth Omeruo
Head Coach: Stephen Keshi

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 10
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)      
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Mariner (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Attacker Luca de la Torre

After providing the USA with a critical, late equalizer to earn a 3-3 draw against Ecuador in the opening game of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, midfielder Luca de la Torre continues to prove his ability to prove to be a dependable playmaker for the United States.

Here are five things you should know about the U-20 MNT and Fulham midfielder:

SAN DIEGO ROOTS

Before arriving at Craven Cottage, de la Torre was born and raised in San Diego. Growing up, he enjoyed going to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Westfield UTC mall, and getting his dose of Mexican food at Roberto’s in La Jolla. His favorite San Diego restaurant, however, is Urban Plates, also in La Jolla, a place he most enjoys going with his mother.

SCIENTIST PARENTS

An only child to Juan de la Torre and Anne Bang, de la Torre’s parents are smart, to say the least.

Anne, who received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California-San Diego, is currently the Director of Stem Cell Biology at the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In her role, Dr. Bang leads efforts to develop patient cell-specific and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-based disease models for drug screening and target identification.

Juan, who received his Ph.D. from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, is currently a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. The institute is a nonprofit medical research facility that focuses on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

WATCH: De la Torre Strike Rescues U.S. Point in World Cup Opener vs. Ecuador

ICE IN HIS VEINS

Before setting a new record for the latest goal scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, de la Torre also found the back of the net in a few other critical Youth National Team moments while donning the red, white and blue.

After the U-20 MNT suffered 1-0 loss to Panama to open the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the U.S. found itself tied 1-1 with Haiti in their following group game, desperately needing a go-ahead goal to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Just after halftime, de la Torre put the U.S. ahead for good by smashing a deflected corner kick into the back of the net.

Faced with another high-pressure situation in the penalty shootout of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final 12 days later, de la Torre nestled his fourth-round attempt home on the way to a 5-3 shootout victory against Honduras and the first U-20 CONCACAF crown in U.S. Soccer history.

BEFORE FULHAM

Including his two seasons spent playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for Nomads Youth Soccer Club (2011-12) and San Diego Surf (2012-2013), de la Torre also grew up playing for Carmel Valley Sharks and the Carmel Valley Manchester Soccer Club.

When he wasn’t at soccer practice, he spent any extra time he had training with his dad, who hails from the Spanish Canary Islands. Growing up in a border city like San Diego, de la Torre also acknowledged the influence his Mexican friends and teammates had on developing his style of play.

CLIMBING THE FULHAM RANKS

Shortly after his freshmen year at Torrey Pines High School, de la Torre made the move to become a professional soccer player, taking his talents to London. By signing with Fulham, de la Torre joined a long lineage of U.S. Men’s National Team players that made their way at Craven Cottage, including Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride.

In his three seasons in London, de la Torre has passed through the club’s youth ranks, moving from U-18’s to U-23’s. The 2016-17 season provided him with a professional breakthrough, when he made his first-team debut in an early round EFL Cup match on Aug. 9, 2016.

His journey has been closely watched by his Fulham and U-20 U.S. MNT teammate, defender Marlon Fossey, who had to pull out of the U-20 World Cup due to injury.

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U-20 MNT May 24, 2017

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 elections and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. The results of the voting and induction ceremony details for the Class of 2017 will be announced at a later date.

Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: 2006 FIFA World Cup participant and 15-year MLS veteran Chris Albright; two-time MLS Cup champion and three-time MLS All-Star David Beckham; 2002 Gold Cup, MLS Cup and MLS Supporters Shield champion Danny Califf; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Cup champion Joe Cannon; three-time FIFA World Cup squad member and 14-year U.S. MNT veteran Steve Cherundolo; three-time MLS Cup Champion, all-time Houston Dynamo leading goal scorer and 2007 Gold Cup champion Brian Ching; 2007 Women’s World Cup participant Tina Frimpong Ellertson; 2008 MLS Cup champion Eddie Gaven; seven-year MLS veteran and 2004 MLS Most Valuable Player Amado Guevara; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and all-time leader in MLS appearances Kevin Hartman; 2002 and 2006 World Cup participant and 2007 and 2007 Gold Cup champion Pablo Mastroeni; 2007 Women’s World Cup participant Leslie Osborne.

In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S.; if played prior to 1990, the game requirement is reduced to 10 games, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason league All-Star team at least once.

The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners/Executive Director, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can select up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

Of the 33-player ballot, Chris Armas, a member of the U.S. teams that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 and 2005, and Jason Kreis, the 1999 MLS leading goal scorer and most valuable player, are in their final year of eligibility.

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Chris Albright*
Chris Armas**
David Beckham*
Gregg Berhalter
Danny Califf*
Joe Cannon*
Steve Cherundolo*
Brian Ching*
Jeff Cunningham
Tina Frimpong Ellerston*
Eddie Gaven*
Amado Guevara*
Kevin Hartman*
Frankie Hejduk
Chris Klein
Jason Kreis**
Eddie Lewis
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Pablo Mastroeni*
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett
Heather Mitts
Jaime Moreno
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad
Leslie Osborne*
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Tony Sanneh
Briana Scurry
Taylor Twellman
Aly Wagner
Josh Wolff

*First year of eligibility
**Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2018

In addition to the Player ballot, voting will also begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Fifteen players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2017 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and selected as league All-Star at least once, or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
George Best
Chico Borja
Mike Burns
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry
Linda Hamilton
Mary Harvey
Chris Henderson
Dominic Kinnear
Shep Messing
Cindy Parlow
Tiffany Roberts
Mike Sorber
Tisha Venturini-Hoch
Roy Wegerle

The 2017 Builder ballot includes ten individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

Builders must be at least 50-years-old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national, federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Esse Baharmast
Gene Chyzowych
Robert Contiguglia
Eddie Firmani
Richard Groff
Gordon Jago
Tim Leiweke
Joe Machnik
Francisco Marcos
Kevin Payne

Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y. facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

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May 24, 2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame Construction Timeline Updated

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas have released details of an updated construction timeline for the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. This new timeline includes updated image renderings that showcases features such as the Main Street elevation, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Club and FC Dallas’ gameday locker room.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Estimated Construction Timeline*

  • Winter 2017 – South end zone seating in place
  • Summer 2018 – Locker rooms, Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Hall of Fame club and  terrace, roof structure, team store, box office and press conference areas completed
  • Winter 2018 – Concourse level Hall of Fame Club and Museum completed

*all estimated completion dates are subject to change
Additional images available for download here.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame will feature a variety of soccer-inspired design elements, including a sculptural art installation that drapes above the main entrance located on Main Street in Frisco, TX. This scarf motif offers artistic connections to exhibit spaces that will be featured throughout the Hall of Fame.

“The Main Street design harkens back to the history and tradition of soccer around the world,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “We are thrilled to bring the most important soccer museum in North America to Frisco, TX.”

Other project highlights include:

  • A 24,750 square-foot roof structure that will cover almost 3,000 premium seats
  • Expanded, multiuse game day locker rooms featuring 200 lockers
  • Two field-level player tunnels that allow teams to exit separately through fan areas
  • The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Bar – a club space with casual food and beverage options that overlooks the glass-enclosed press conference area and locker room exit tunnels
  • Banquet space in the Hall of Fame club area which provides an elevated food and beverage experience that can accommodate seated events up to 700 guests
  • 3,000 square-foot specialty store that will also offer soccer-specific merchandise
  • 1,389 square feet of additional video boards, including two in-stadium boards, which will increase the Toyota Stadium video board footprint to approximately 7,512 square feet or slightly larger than two NBA-regulation basketball courts

“We’d like to thank FC Dallas and the Hunt family for all their hard work and dedication during this process,” said U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn. “We’re excited about the progress that’s been made in these early stages, and we’re looking forward to seeing the continued development of the National Soccer Hall of Fame over the next year.”

For more information and additional imagery, please visit NationalSoccerHOF.org. Connect with the National Soccer Hall of Fame (@SoccerHOF) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame
Part of a $40 million renovation at Toyota Stadium, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District and U.S. Soccer Federation.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame was first located in Oneonta, NY and known as the National Soccer Museum from 1979-2010. It became known as the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983. The facility closed in February of 2010.

In 2013, FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.

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May 24, 2017

U-20 WNT Falls to Japan 2-1 on Late Goal at U.S. Soccer National Training Center

CARSON, Calif. (May 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell 2-1 to the Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team in a match played at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

The teams will meet again on Wednesday, May 24 (5 p.m. PT) on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field (Field #1).

The USA fell behind in the 12th minute when Fuka Kono hit a driven shot from the top of the penalty box into the lower right corner past diving U.S. goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn.

The USA tied the match in the 88th minute on a brilliant long ball over the Japan defense from midfielder Jaelin Howell that settled perfectly for the streaking Civana Kuhlmann. She controlled the ball and finished smartly from 12 yards out to equalize. It was Kuhlmann’s second U-20 international goal after scoring 15 at the U-17 level.

The USA seemed headed for a well-earned draw when in the third and final minute of second half stoppage time, Riko Ushijima launched a seemingly innocuous ball into the penalty area and it kept sailing toward the net before Heinsohn mishandled the shot into the goal for Japan’s game-winner.

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 WNT vs. Japan U-20 WNT
Date: May 22, 2017  
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Weather: 70 degrees; sunny

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

JPN – Fuka Kono                                                                   12th minute
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Jaelin Howell)                                88
JPN – Riko Ushijima                                                               90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brooke Heinsohn, 2-Emily Fox (Isabel Rodriguez, 86), 4-Tierna Davidson (capt.), 5-Sydney Dawson (21-Naomi Girma, 35), 3-Julie Doyle (Tara McKeown, 46), 13- Kelsey Turnbow (11-Abigail Kim, 29), 6-Jaelin Howell, 17-Brianna Pinto (Taylor Kornieck, 76), 7-Sophia Smith, 10- Viviana Villacorta (Adrienne Richardson, 46), 9-Belle Briede (Civana Kuhlmann, 46)
Subs not used: 8-Savannah DeMelo, 12-Laurel Ivory, 18-Karina Rodriguez, 20-Amirah Ali, 22-Amanda McGlynn, 22-Amanda Dennis, 23-Mireya Grey
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova

JPN: 2-Riko Ushijima, 3-Miyu Takahira (19-Nagisa Sato, 46), 4-Moeka Minami (8-Rina Mehara, 57), 5-Asato Miyagawa, 6-Mami Muraoka (14-Honoka Yonei, 71), 10-Fuka Nagano (17-Sari Suzuki, 46), 11-Fuka Kono (13-Hana Takahashi, 57), 15-Nana Ono, 16-Yurina Imai (9-Hinata Miyazawa, 46), 18-Hannah Stambough, 22- Mayu Karahashi (12-Reina Nagashima, 71)
Subs not used: 1-Aguri Suzuki, 7-Mizuka Sato, 20-Niina Yamada, 21-Mai Fukkuta, 23-Miyu Tomita
Head Coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 8 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 8
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Officials:
Referee: Salma Perez (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Kristina Patterson (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Jaclyn Reilman (USA)

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U-20 WNT May 24, 2017

Gedion Zelalem Ruled Out of FIFA U-20 World Cup With Knee Injury

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been ruled out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left knee and was subbed out in the 34th minute of the USA’s opening Group F game against Ecuador.

Zelalem will consult with the medical teams of U.S. Soccer and Arsenal to formulate a treatment plan.

“For Gedion, this was his second U-20 World Cup so his experience was invaluable for us,” U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said. “His passing ability is second to none in this tournament and we’ll miss that. He was running the team from his position. Having said that, I believe in the players we have here and we've already seen what Derrick Jones can do. We are confident that the team is ready for the next challenge”

Zelalem had recently returned to the U-20 Men’s National Team, making his first appearance since the U.S. faced England on October 10, 2016, in the Four Nations Tournament in Rochdale, England.

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U-20 MNT May 24, 2017
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