U.S. Soccer

U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena. It was the USA’s first victory against the Czech Republic.

The match also represented the first of a new cycle, with the USA’s long-term sights set on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Bedoya, who played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, garnered his second goal with the U.S. MNT. Rimando and first-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan shared time in the net, with Guzan earning the 12th victory of his MNT career.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s young roster earned valuable international experience as three players made their MNT debuts: Joe Gyau with the start and Greg Garza and Emerson Hyndman as second-half subs. Gyau played the full 90 minutes. Julian Green, who scored a goal against Belgium in this year’s World Cup, earned his first U.S. MNT start.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (unassisted), 39th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida lost the ball in the midfield on Peter Cech’s distribution and Mix Diskerud pounced on it to start the U.S. attack. Diskerud worked the ball just inside the box, shot from 17 yards out and Cech made the initial save to his left. The rebound popped out to Bedoya, who slotted it past Czech Republic defender Michal Kadlec into the open net. USA 1, CZE 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CZE – Petr Cech, 17th minute: USA forward Joe Gyau, who made his MNT debut Wednesday, created the first legitimate scoring chance for either side by fending off Czech Republic midfielder Petr Jiracek and shooting with his right foot from outside the box. The rolling shot was headed to the right side of the frame, but Cech had no issues crouching over the ball for the game’s first save.

USA – John Brooks, 20th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vaclav Pilar swung the ball to the left side to teammate Ladislav Krejci. Krejci had open space to cross a dangerous ball back across the edge of the six-yard box. Brooks alertly intercepted with a sliding, left-legged stop as the USA eventually cleared.

USA – Brad Guzan, 26th minute: Vaclav Pilar shot left-footed from about 20 yards out with the intention of finding the right side of the goal, but Guzan dove to his left and secured easily for his only save as he split time in goal with Nick Rimando.

USA – Nick Rimando, 60th minute: Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky’s suave chip over the USA defense landed perfectly to Ladislav Krejci on the left side of the box, and Krejci fired toward the far left post. Rimando reacted quickly with a left-footed save.

USA – Nick Rimando, 65th minute: Shortly after a mad scramble where the ball ricocheted between a pair of USA defenders, the Czech Republic had one more solid crack at the goal as Vladimir Darida fired from close range in the middle of the box. Rimando batted away Darida’s strike at the near right post to maintain the one-goal lead.

USA – Nick Rimando, 85th and 89th minutes: The Czech Republic continued to linger around the net, but Rimando come up big twice more down the stretch. In the 85th minute, Rimando turned away a right-footed shot by Radim Reznik that he played on a short hop. Then in the 89th minute, Rimando adjusted his body to deflect a close-range shot by Daniel Pudil.

Milestone Watch:

  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th victory. He ranks fifth on the USA’s all-time wins list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a match against Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Broadcast information: Oct. 10 – ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio; Oct. 14 – ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Tickets: Oct. 10 vs. Ecuador ; Oct. 14 vs. Honduras

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-2 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 1-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic and former Czechoslovakia.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal and a defensive line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs John Brooks and Michael Orozco.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya.
  • The front line included Julian Green, Jozy Altidore and Joe Gyau from left to right.
  • To open the second half, Klinsmann brought in Tim Ream for Orozco and goalkeeper Nick Rimando replaced Guzan.
  • In the 63rd minute, Greg Garza made his MNT debut, replacing Chandler. Alfredo Morales earned his second cap and first appearance of 2014 when he entered for Diskerud. Brek Shea made his 27th appearance and second of the year, replacing Corona.
  • In the 67th minute, Emerson Hyndman earned his first cap when he replaced USA goal scorer Bedoya.
  • Altidore wore the captain’s armband. The U.S. MNT is now 2-0-0 in games with Altidore as the captain. His other match with the armband was the USA’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Gyau made his U.S. MNT debut and first start, following in the footsteps of his father Philip who earned six caps with the USA from 1989-91.
  • Green earned his first start and fourth cap.
  • Guzan made his second appearance of the year after splitting time with Tim Howard during a 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey. Guzan now has 26 caps in his career.
  • Corona and Orozco made their first appearances of 2014. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ream earned his eighth cap and made his first appearance since USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • The USA’s starting lineup featured eight players who represented the USA at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five players saw time on the pitch during the tournament – Altidore, Bedoya, Brooks, Green and Johnson, who played in all four matches.
  • Johnson earned his 27th cap and his ninth of the year. His nine caps tie for the team lead with Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
  • The USA is now 33-13-9 all-time under Klinsmann.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

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MNT Sep 3, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

U.S. MNT Trains Ahead Match Against Ecuador

The U.S. Men's National Team trains ahead its series of friendlies in preparation for the Copa America Centenario against Ecuador in Frisco, Texas on May 25 at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Following tonight’s match, the MNT will host Bolivia on May 28 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision networks) [TICKETS]. 

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MNT May 25, 2016

U-23 WNT Will Travel to England for Women's Nordic Tournament Featuring England, Norway and Sweden

CHICAGO (May 25, 2016) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to England from May 28-June 8 to take part in a four-team U-23 Women’s Nordic Tournament being held at St. Georges Park, the sprawling official training center for the England Football Association located about 130 miles north of London.

The USA will square off against the U-23 Women’s National Teams of Sweden (June 2), Norway (June 4) and England (June 7) in what will be the main competition of this summer for this age group.

The U.S. U-23s (and formerly U-21s) have a long history of traveling to northern Europe during the summer and for many years participated in the eight-team Nordic Cup, winning the competition on quite a few occasions, before the tournament ended in 2009.

Among the 20 players called up by coach Janet Rayfield, 19 are collegiate players with former University of San Francisco goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel currently playing in Norway with Avaldsnes IL. Nine players on the roster have represented the USA in a FIFA youth Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. U-23s played in a competition in Croatia in early March, where a team that was a mixture of NWSL and college players defeated the Slovenia Women’s National Team 3-0, tied the Poland U-19 WNT 0-0 and defeated the France National “B” Team 2-0. Goal scorers from that trip on the roster for England are Christina Gibbons from Duke and Andi Sullivan from Stanford. Gibbons and Toni Payne of Duke also scored in a 3-0 win against the Ireland Women’s National Team in January.

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Madalyn Schiffel (Avaldsnes IL; Roseville, Calif)
DEFENDERS (5):
Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kirsten Crowley (Florida State; Panama Beach City, Fla.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Kristen McNabb (Virginia; Montville, N.J.)                                                                           
MIDFIELDERS (9):
Meggie Dougherty Howard (Florida; Largo, Fla.), Caroline Flynn (Nebraska; Lincoln, Neb.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Glocester, R.I.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Morgan Proffitt (Marquette; Columbus, Ind.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Stephanie Ribeiro (UConn; Pawtucket, R.I.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (4):
Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Ashley Herndon (James Madison; Ashburn, Va.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Tyler Lussi (Princeton; Lutherville, Md.)

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U-23 WNT May 25, 2016

Christie Rampone Ruled Out of WNT Camp

CHICAGO (May 24, 2016) – Defender Christie Rampone has been ruled out of the upcoming U.S. WNT camp prior to the friendly games against Japan. She will not be replaced and the training camp roster that heads to Denver in advance of the USA’s June 2 match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7 p.m. MT on FS1) will feature 24 players.

Rampone, who has earned 311 caps for the United States – second most all-time – missed the final five games of the Women’s World Cup Victory Tour last fall with a knee injury and then underwent arthroscopic surgery near the end of December. She recovered in time to play in all six games for Sky Blue FC so far this season, but felt she was not physically ready for the rigors of international training and competition.

“I really appreciate Jill inviting me in, but at this time, I don’t feel one hundred percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” said Rampone. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Following the match in Denver, the USA will travel to Cleveland for the second leg of the two-game set against Japan at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 5 (12:30 ET on ESPN2). U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will choose 18 players to suit up for each match.

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WNT May 24, 2016

U-17 MNT Makes 2016 AIFF Youth Cup Final

GOA, India (May 23, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew South Korea 0-0 and defeated Malaysia 2-1, to advance to the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup final on May 25.

In the first match, the U.S. was able to outshoot South Korea 12 to nine, but neither team could manage to put the ball in the back of the net.

The second match proved a little tougher, as the U.S. took on Malaysia, the then first place team in the tournament table. The USA’s Josh Sargent converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute to take the lead. Seconds before halftime, Sargent tallied again to earn a 2-0 scoreline going into the second half.

In the second half, the USA’s Kevin Negrete was charged with a red card, leaving the U.S. with 10 men on the field for most of the second half. Malaysia countered in the 86th minute as Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad scored, but the effort was too late as that would be the final goal of the match.

The U.S. placed first in the standings heading into the Final and will take on South Korea, who tied with India to earn second place and take the other spot in the final. The final match will take place on May 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. South Korea
Date:
May 21, 2016        
Competition:
AIFF Youth Cup 2016
Venue:
Tilak Maidan; Goa, India
Kickoff:
5:30 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather:
110 degrees

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

Lineups:
USA:
12-Alex Budnik; 3-Christopher Gloster, 13-Rayshaun McGann, 5-Tyler Shaver, 2-Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (18-Arturo Vasquez, 46); 4-Christopher Durkin (capt.), 6-Christopher Goslin (23-Kevin Negrete, 60), 8-Blaine Ferri (10-George Acosta, 60); 11-Andrew Carleton, 9-Joshua Sargent, 7-Ayomide Akinola
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces, 14-Jaylin Lindsay, 15-Jake Arteaga, 16-James Sands, 17-Niccolo Lemoine, 19-William Sands, 20-Adrian Villegas, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 22-Quantrell Jones
Head coach: John Hackworth

KOR: 23-Park Jimin; 3-Kim Minhyeok, 5-Kim Jusung, 15-Ko Junhee, 2-Kim Taehwan (capt.); 6-Lee Soobin (11-Joung Sungjune, 46), 20-Yong Donghyun, 10-Shin Sangwhi (14-Jeon Seungmin, 76); 7-Park Chanbin (9-Park Jeongin, 64), 18-Cheon Seonghoon, 8-Son Jaehyeok
Subs not used: 1-Baek Jongbum, 12-Jeon Wooram, 13-Seo Woomin, 16-Kang Eui Chan, 19-Cheon Hyun Byong, 21-Lee Hak Yoon’, 22-Kim Chaewoon, 25-Lee Hakseon
Head coach: Seo Hyowon

Statistics: USA / KOR
Shots: 12 / 9
SOG: 6 / 5
Fouls: 16 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
KOR - Kim Jusung (caution)                       15th minute
KOR - Ko Junhee (caution)                         50
USA - Alex Budnik (caution)                       54         
USA - Rayshaun McGann (caution)           55
KOR - Ko Junhee (caution)                          79
KOR - Ko Junhee (ejected)                          79
KOR - Kim Taehwan (caution)                    90+3

Officials:
Referee: Tejas Visvasrao Nagvenkar
Assistant Referee: Melwin Rosario Dcosta
Assistant Referee: R. Manojkumar
Fourth Official: Akash Jackson Routh

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Malaysia
Date: May 23, 2016         
Competition: AIFF Youth Cup 2016
Venue: Tilak Maidan; Goa, India
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather: 100 degrees

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

USA - Joshua Sargent (Penalty Kick)                        19th minute
USA - Joshua Sargent (Niccolo Lemoine)                               45+2
MAS - Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad                                    86                                          

Lineups:
USA: 23-Quantrell Jones; 21-Chandler Vaughn, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver (3-Christopher Gloster, 46), 14-Jaylin Lindsey; 16-James Sands, 20-Adrian Villegas (4-Christopher Durkin, 90), 23-Kevin Negrete; 19-William Sands, 9-Joshua Sargent (capt.) (8-Blaine Ferri, 46), 17-Niccolo Lemoine
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces, 2-Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus, 6-Christopher Goslin,7- Ayomide Akinola, 10-George Acosta, 11-Andrew Carleton, 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Rayshaun McGann, 18-Arturo Vasquez
Head coach: John Hackworth

MAS: 30-Muhammad Rafiq Bin Kamaruddin; 41-Abdul Hadi Bin Hasbollah, 35-Muhammad Feroz Bin Baharuddin, 3-Muhammad Faris Bin Mohd Zabri, 6-Harzan Hafiz Hazlizanizan B Ahwal; 36-Muhammad Najmi Idham Bin Johan, 4-Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad, 28-Xsevier Xcico Felex (10-Aliff Haiqal Bin Lokman Hakim Lau, 61), 12-Muhammad Hafikri Bin Abdullah (26-Noramirul Bin Awang, 50); 9-Arif Shaqirin Bin Suhaimi (capt.), 23-Muhamad Iqbal Hakem B Mohd Zabri (11-Muhammad Nizarruddin Bin Jazi, 71)
Subs not used: 7-Muhammad Alif Safwan Bin Sallahuddin, 13-Muhamad Aiman Bin Mohd Zaidi, 19-Azrin Aduka Bin Asahari, 20-Muhammad Asif Bin Maszarry, 33-Aidil Mirza Darwisy Bin Mazhisam, 42-Muhammad Firdaus Irman Bin Mohd Fadhil
Head coach: Somasudram Periasamy

Statistics: USA / MAS
Shots: 6 / 6
SOG: 2 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
MAS - Abdul Hadi Bin Hasbollah (caution)                             18th minute
MAS - Harzan Hafiz Hazlizanizan B Ahwal (caution)            32
USA - Kevin Negrete (ejection)                                                 51

Officials:
Referee: Tejas Visvasrao Nagvenkar
Assistant Referee: Melwin Rosario Dcosta
Assistant Referee: Suman Majumdar
Fourth Official: Marx Johndonbok Nongsiej

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U-17 MNT May 24, 2016

WNT Weekend Rewind: Thorns Hand Spirit First Loss of Season; Breakers Earn First Points

It was a high-scoring weekend in the National Women’s Soccer League as Week 6 brought some firsts and several dominant victories across the league. Portland defeated Washington impressively at home, while Boston finally nabbed a win for its first points of 2016.

Orlando Pride (4-2-0; 12 points) Blanks the Houston Dash (2-3-1; 7 points), 1-0
In the second meeting of the year between the two most recent expansion teams, the Orlando Pride came out victorious once again, this time by a score of 1-0 against the Houston Dash, to earn its first road win in franchise history. Kristen Edmonds’ late game-winner on a spectacular blast from distance proved to be enough to clinch the win although the Dash pushed hard for an equalizer in the final minutes. Pride’s goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris had five saves to up her season total to 24, and notched her third shutout of the year. Houston’s Morgan Brian played all 90 minutes of the match, while fellow midfielder Carli Lloyd continues rehabilitation from her knee injury.

WEEK 7: The Pride will continue its four-game road series and take on FC Kansas City on Saturday, while the Dash will welcome the Washington Spirit to BBVA Stadium for a rematch of week 5.

 

Western New York Flash (3-3-0; 9 points) Tops Sky Blue FC (2-3-1; 7 points), 5-2
In the weekend’s highest scoring game, the Western New York Flash struck early at home with four first-half goals to claim a 5-2 win against Sky Blue on Saturday evening. In the sixth minute, Jaelene Hinkle picked up the first of two assists as Jessica McDonald scored off Hinkle’s corner kick for the 1-0 Flash lead. Minutes later, Samantha Mewis took advantage of a poor SBFC clearance following a free kick to head a shot beautifully into the net for a 2-0 lead in the 19th minute. It was Mewis’ third goal of the season. Lynn Williams added a goal and McDonald completed her brace in the first half for a 4-0 Western New York advantage at the break.

Sky Blue came out fighting in the second half however and in the 54th minute Kelley O’Hara scored her first goal of the season in fine fashion, unleashing a powerful shot from the top of the penalty box that sailed into the right corner to make it a 4-1 game. The Flash shut down the momentum soon after, as Hinkle earned her second assist on a Michaela Hahn goal. Former U-20 and U-23 WNT player Sarah Killion went on to convert a penalty kick in the 85th minute for SBFC for the final margin.

WEEK 7: Sky Blue will travel to Chicago to take on the Red Stars on Sunday, while the Flash will host the Breakers in its second of seven-straight home matches.

Portland Thorns FC (3-0-3; 12 points) Takes Down Washington Spirit (4-1-1; 13 points), 4-1
In the battle of the final two undefeated teams, the Portland Thorns FC used the support of its incredible crowd to earn a dominant 4-1 victory against the Washington Spirit on Saturday. Portland opened the scoring in the 27th minute as Tobin Heath lofted a corner kick from the left side to the far post and an unmarked Lindsey Horan headed the ball into the open net. It was Horan’s third goal of the season, all three assisted by Heath. The Thorns went into the locker room with a 3-0 halftime advantage following an unfortunate Spirit own goal in the 31st minute, and a late first-half goal from Heath, her second of the season. Washington finally got on the board in 55th minute through a Joanna Lohman header, but the Thorns’ substitute Meg Morris sealed the win with a goal in the 78th minute. It was the first time this season that Washington had allowed more than one goal against.

WEEK 7: The Thorns are now the sole undefeated team in the league and will hope to continue this streak when they host the Seattle Reign next weekend. The Washington Spirit, who remain No. 1 in the league but are tied on points with the Chicago Red Stars, will look to bounce back when they visit Houston to face the Dash on Friday night.

Boston Breakers (1-5-0; 3 points) Earns First Win After Defeating FC Kansas City (0-4-2; 2 points), 1-0
The Boston Breakers earned its first points of the season after shutting out Kansas City 1-0, in front of its home crowd on Sunday evening. Breakers captain Whitney Engen scored the game-winning goal, the first of her NWSL career, in the 19th minute with a header off a corner kick from Kristie Mewis. With the win, Boston now sits in ninth place in the standings. Kansas City dropped one spot to 10th.

WEEK 7: The Breakers will visit the Flash on Friday, while FCKC will look to earn its first win of the season when they welcome the Orlando Pride, for the first matchup in NWSL history between the two sides.

Chicago Red Stars (4-1-1; 13 points) Earns 2-1 Win Against Seattle Reign FC (2-3-1; 7 points)
With its 2-1 win against Seattle on Sunday night, Chicago currently sits in a first place tie with the Washington Spirit with 13 points apiece, but behind on total goal difference. All three goals came in the second half with Red Stars attacker Jen Hoy scoring in the 55th and 67th minutes, the first of which was created off a shot from Christen Press. The Reign, who was playing without several key attacking personalities due to injury, got a late goal in the 89th minute off a Kim Little penalty kick. Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo was also not in the net this past weekend as she was attending her grandmother’s memorial service. Julie Johnston returned to the lineup for Chicago and played all 90 minutes.

WEEK 7: Chicago will host Sky Blue on Sunday night hoping to nab another three points and take sole possession of first place. Meanwhile, Seattle will travel to Portland for another edition of the Pacific Northwest rivalry.

Morgan Brian – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Crystal Dunn – 90 minutes, assist (Washington Spirit)
Whitney Engen (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Boston Breakers)
Adrianna Franch – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Ashlyn Harris – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Tobin Heath – 90 minutes, GOAL, assist (Portland Thorns FC)
Jaelene Hinkle – 90 minutes, two assists (Western New York Flash)
Lindsey Horan – 79 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Julie Johnston – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Ali Krieger (capt.) – 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Allie Long – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes, GOAL (Western New York Flash)
Alex Morgan (capt.)  – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, GOAL (Sky Blue FC)
Heather O’Reilly – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Christie Rampone (capt.) – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Emily Sonnett – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)

* Did not play:
Carli Lloyd – (Houston Dash)
Hope Solo – (Seattle Reign FC)

NWSL

Pts

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Washington Spirit

13

6

4

1

1

8

5

3

Chicago Red Stars

13

6

4

1

1

6

4

2

Portland Thorns FC

12

6

3

0

3

9

4

5

Orlando Pride

12

6

4

2

0

8

4

4

Western New York Flash

9

6

3

3

0

8

8

0

Seattle Reign FC

7

6

2

3

1

7

7

0

Houston Dash

7

6

2

3

1

6

7

-1

Sky Blue FC

7

6

2

3

1

7

10

-3

Boston Breakers

3

6

1

5

0

1

7

-6

FC Kansas City

2

6

0

4

2

2

6

-4

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WNT May 23, 2016
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