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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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

WNT Rewind: Dramatics in New Jersey; Morgan, Horan, Leroux and Ertz Score

NWSL

North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit (2-0: Hatch, own goal)
Saturday marked the fourth consecutive win for the North Carolina Courage and its 13th of the season. The Courage have only conceded one goal in their last four games. The win allows the NWSL-leading side to stay comfortably atop the standings with 39 points, five ahead of second place Portland Thorns.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride (2-1; Morgan (2); DaCosta)
For the second consecutive week, Alex Morgan helped lead the way for the Orlando Pride, scoring a brace to secure the team’s 2-1 win against Boston and continue her team’s late push into playoff contention. In front of a sold-out crowd of 4,321 fans in Boston, the Pride earned their third win in a row and now sit in fourth place in the standings with 29 points. Orlando has scored 10 goals in its last three games. Ali Krieger had an assist on one of Morgan's goal.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign (5-4: Kerr (4), Hayes; Johnson, Fishlock, Kawasumi, Dallstream)
In the last two meetings between Sky Blue and the Reign, the teams have combined to score 18 goals, with both games ending with identical 5-4 score lines. Back on July 22, Seattle hosted New Jersey at Memorial Stadium and was holding a 4-0 lead late in the second half before SBFC miraculously scored four in a row in a 16-minute span to tie the game. The game took another twist when Megan Rapinoe crushed a shot from outside the penalty box for the game-winner in the 87th minute, completing her hat trick and earning Seattle the victory. 

This time around, with Rapinoe was not on the field as she continues her rehab from knee surgery, but Australian international Sam Kerr was the scoring star, doing Rapinoe one better with a NWSL single-game record four goals to up her league-leading total to 15 in what has been a spectacular season for the native of Fremantle, Australia.

Down 3-0 at the half, Sam Kerr wasted no time bringing her team back into the match, scoring a hat trick with goals in the 48th, 68th and 71st minutes. Seattle then scored what seemed to be the game-winner in the 85th through Kiersten Dallstream to make it 4-3, but Sky Blue’s Maya Hayes equalized in the first minute of stoppage time to set the stage for Kerr’s heroics. Kerr then put an exclamation mark on her night, scoring her fourth goal and the match-winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time for a 5-4 Sky Blue victory. Kerr not only became the first player in the NWSL history to score four goals in one match, but the three points put New Jersey in sixth place and only three outside of the fourth and final playoff spot. Kerr is now firmly in the lead for the Golden Boot with 15 goals and 3 assists this season.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash (2-0: Horan, Henry)
Following a midweek loss to FCKC, Portland bounced back on Saturday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 19,762 fans with a 2-0 win against Houston Dash to remain in second place in the NWSL standings with 34 points, five behind No. 1 North Carolina. Lindsey Horan scored her fourth goal of the season and the game-winner on a header that was assisted by Meghan Klingenberg. France international Amandine Henry scored the second goal for the Thorns. The match marked the 11th time Portland has drawn a crowd of more than 18,000.

Portland has won five straight home games, a new team record, improving to 8-1-1 at Providence Park this season, which ties their single-season record for most home wins in a season (2016). Additionally, Portland earned its eighth shutout of the season, which is a new single-season record for the club.

Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City (1-3: Ertz; Leroux, Bowen, Kelly)
A rough stretch continued for Chicago on Sunday with the home team dropping its third consecutive game, a 3-1 loss to FC Kansas City. FC Kansas City took the lead in the first half with a goal from Sydney Leroux and never gave it up. Julie Ertz pulled one back with a nifty finish to make it 2-1 before the visitors scored the third goal to secure its road win. Despite their third home loss in a row, Chicago remains in third place in the NWSL standings, tied at 29 points with fourth-place Orlando Pride. The Red Stars hold the edge in the tie-breaker due to their head-to-head record.

WNT Players in NWSL Action
Midfielder Julie Ertz – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (capt.) – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh –  90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes, GOAL (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Forward Lynn Williams – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Defender Abby Dahlkemper – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Midfielder Allie Long – 36 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)

Did Not Play
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – Unused substitute (Sky Blue FC)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Morgan Brian –  Groin injury (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – Left knee surgery (Seattle Reign FC)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – Ankle injury (Houston Dash)

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WNT Aug 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo Selected to Serve at FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo has been selected as a match official for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. FIFA announced 21 groups of match officials from all six confederations for the competition, which begins October 6 in New Delhi. Fellow U.S. Soccer FIFA Assistant Referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell will serve on Marrufo’s crew.

Marrufo’s selection comes after a busy summer officiating matches at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and at June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A top American referee, Marrufo has been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2007, working his first international match that October between Fiji and New Zealand. This will be his third U-17 World Cup and his international experience also includes the Olympic Games, Copa America and every Gold Cup since 2009.

Working in the MLS since May 2000, Marrufo has officiated two MLS Cup Finals (2006, 2015), an MLS All-Star Game (2014) and was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2008. He comes from a lineage of officiating, as his father Antonio was also a referee and served on the Mexican Referee Commission.

Anderson and Rockwell, Marrufo’s assistant referees, are also established international match officials. The two have been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2012 and 2007, respectively. Both referees have won MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, Anderson last year and Rockwell in 2011. They’ve both worked MLS Cup Playoff matches, Anderson has officiated for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, the Pan-American Games and CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Rockwell has seen action at the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final and last summer’s Copa America Centenario.

Referees from Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras will also represent CONCACAF at the U-17 World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions, and some of the selected officials will referee the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The tournament will also mark the first time that female referees will officiate a FIFA men’s tournament. Seven female support referees will join the 21 selected crews.

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Aug 22, 2017
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