CHICAGO (April 24, 2017) – Due to high demand, U.S. Soccer is adding additional seating for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Bleacher seats are being added at the North Endline and other feasible spaces at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which will host the match on June 8 at 5:50 p.m. MT (FS1, Univision Networks). Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis through ussoccer.com starting Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. MT. Individuals can purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets. [TICKETS]
As was the case for previous matches this year, U.S. Soccer will be utilizing mobile tickets for the event.
Beyond the newly-added seats, a small number of tickets remain available currently for the Midfield & Sideline Tables, as well as some limited-view seating. In addition, Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact email@example.com for more information.
The Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown will serve as the official FanHQ Hotel and is designated as the premier accommodation spot for fans looking to get the most out of the USA-Trinidad & Tobago experience. The hotel is the hub for activities, including a hotel bar takeover, merchandise sales and game day shuttle pick-up location. To make a reservation at the Official FanHQ Hotel, click here.
Enjoy pregame at the U.S. Soccer Fan Hospitality Tailgate in FanHQ for USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8. Located in the VIP East Lot, across from Gate D, the Fan Hospitality Tailgate will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and include food, drinks and music! Click here to purchase your Fan Hospitality Tailgate pass.
DSG Park is hosting a World Cup Qualifier for the third-consecutive qualifying cycle. The U.S. has posted two shutout victories, including the famous Snowclasico in 2013 against Costa Rica. Overall, the United States is 4-1-0 all-time in the state of Colorado.
Now sitting in fourth place after four matches, the home game against T&T presents a huge opportunity to #Get3 points and maintain momentum at the halfway point of the six-team Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, also known as the Hexagonal. Three days later, the MNT will seek to win a Qualifier in Mexico City for the first time when they take on regional rival Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca. [HEX STANDINGS]Read more
The U.S. Soccer Patrons Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to experience USA v. Mexico in Mexico City on June 11 as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation. The program includes:
- Match tickets as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation
- Accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer Hotel
- Exclusive behind-the-scenes access and opportunities
- Honorary one-year membership in the Captains Circle of the Development Fund
- Ground transportation to official events and airport transfers
- U.S. Soccer gifts, apparel and more
U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Part of the donation to participate is a special tax-deductible gift to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund that will help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams that inspire a nation.
Donation to participate:
- Individual Patron: $4,950
- Couple (2 Patrons): $7,950
- A limited number of “at-cost” spots are available for U.S. Soccer Development Fund Coaches and Presidents Circle Members ($2,950 per person; $4,450 per couple). Click here to join an elite Circle and receive select at-cost pricing and other benefits for this and future matches.
Space is very limited for the Patrons Program, which is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
About a month away from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s June World Cup Qualifying roster announcement, players continued to make their cases in club play this weekend.
The standout performance came in Portland where midfielder Darlington Nagbe rocketed a highlight reel effort from outside the area to give the Timbers a 1-0 lead against Vancouver in the 18th minute. Just before halftime, Nagbe got the ball rolling on the game-winner when he fed Diego Valeri, who connected with Darren Mattocks to give Portland the second goal of the 2-1 victory.
WATCH: Nagbe Leads Timbers Past Whitecaps in Cascadia Cup Clash
On Sunday, Clint Dempsey got back on the scoresheet for Seattle Sounders FC, heading home Nicolas Lodeiro’s cross from the left to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute at LA Galaxy.
Dempsey then laid off for Seattle and MNT teammate Jordan Morris, who tallied his second of the season to cap the scoring in the 3-0 shutout win.
WATCH: Dempsey, Morris Push Seattle to 3-0 Win in LA
In Mexico, midfielder Joe Corona tallied his second of the season, heading home a cross from Ignacio Malcorra to give Club Tijuana the go-ahead goal in a 2-0 victory against Toluca. The win keeps Xolos atop the Liga MX Clausura table, one point ahead of Monterrey with two matches to play.
WATCH: Joe Corona Header vs. Toluca
In Germany, while Christian Pulisic didn’t end up on the score sheet, he certainly had a big role in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the ninth minute, the MNT midfielder drew a penalty kick which Marco Reus converted to put BVB up 1-0.
After ‘Gladbach took a 2-1 lead, Pierre Aubameyang equalized, giving the visitors momentum to push for the winner. Active throughout the match, Pulisic then drew an 87th minute free kick that saw Raphaël Guerreiro pick out Gonzalo Castro to give Dortmund an important 3-2 road win.
WATCH: Pulisic Guides BVB to Road Win at ‘Gladbach
Timmy Chandler collected his fourth assist of the season, heading across goal to find Marco Fabián for the 78th minute equalizer in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 win vs. Augsburg.
WATCH: Chandler Records Fourth Assist of the Season
Some other highlights:
- Tim Ream and Fulham earned their fourth-straight win in a 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town, moving the club into sixth and the final playoff position in the English League Championship with two matches to play. A win in next Saturday’s home clash with Brentford would most likely clinch the Cottagers place in the promotion playoffs.
- Jorge Villafaña helped fifth-place Santos Laguna extend their league unbeaten run to six matches in Sunday’s 2-1 win vs. Club América. The run began when the MNT left back was handed his first start of the Clausura back on March 17 at Club Tijuana.
- Midfielder Chris Pontius recorded his second assist of the season, heading back across goal to find C.J. Sapong in the 23rd minute of Philadelphia Union’s 3-3 draw against Montreal Impact.
- Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman each went the full 90 minutes as FC Dallas defeated Sporting KC 1-0 to become the lone unbeaten team in Major League Soccer.
- After sitting out last week with an injury, forward Bobby Wood returned to go 90 minutes in Hamburg’s 2-1 defeat to Darmstadt.
- John Brooks helped the Hertha Berlin back line keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win vs. Wolfsburg.
The full rundown of how MNT players performed this past week:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Sporting KC (April 22)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 78 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes (April 19); 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. D.C. United (April 22)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Chicago Fire (April 21)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 66 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Toluca (April 21)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes (April 22)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw vs. Montreal Impact (April 22)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at FC Dallas (April 22)
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at New England Revolution (April 19); 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss at Houston Dynamo (April 22)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win vs. Chicago Fire (April 21)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Wolfsburg (April 22)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Swansea (April 22)
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Tigres UANL (April 22)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 3-1 win vs. Augsburg (April 22)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 87 minutes, GOAL in 2-0 win vs. Toluca (April 21)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 85 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST in 3-0 win at LA Galaxy (April 23)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) – 72 minutes in 1-0 loss at FC Dallas (April 22)
Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Real Salt Lake (April 22)
Julian Green (Stuttgart) – Monday, April 24 vs. Union Berlin – 2:15 p.m. ET
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – 90 minutes in 4-0 loss at Bournemouth (April 22)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Sporting KC (April 22)
Emerson Hyndman (Rangers) – 70 minutes in 2-0 Scottish FA Cup Semifinal loss at Celtic (April 23)
Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders FC (April 23)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 84 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Columbus Crew SC (April 22)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Reading (April 22)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Toronto FC (April 21)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 90 minutes in 4-2 loss vs. Werder Bremen (April 22)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 68 minutes, GOAL in 3-0 win at LA Galaxy (April 23)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST in 2-1 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (April 22)
Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) – 73 minutes, ASSIST in 3-3 draw vs. Montreal Impact (April 22)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 18 substitute minutes in 3-1 loss at Monaco (April 19); 90 minutes in 3-2 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach (April 22)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town (April 22)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 58 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Atlanta United FC (April 22)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Columbus Crew SC (April 22)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Club América (April 23)
Danny Williams (Reading) – 52 minutes in 3-2 loss at Nottingham Forest (April 22)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at San Jose Earthquakes (April 19); 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss at Houston Dynamo (April 22)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Darmstadt (April 22)
William Yarbrough (Club León) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Puebla (April 22)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – Monday, April 24 vs. Preston North End - 2:45 p.m. ET
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders FC (April 23)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Sporting KC (April 22)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at FC Dallas (April 22)
Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) – Concussion; Not in 18 for 2-2 draw at New England Revolution (April 22)
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Not in 18 for 2-2 draw vs. Chiapas (April 22)
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt) – Not in 18 for 2-1 win at Hamburg (April 22)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – Not in 18 for 4-2 FA Cup Semifinal loss vs. Chelsea (April 22)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – Not in 18 for 1-0 loss at Atlas (April 22)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) – 83 minutes, GOAL in 2-1 Premier League 2 win at Arsenal (April 22)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Anderlecht (April 23)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – Suspended; Not in 18 for 1-0 loss at Minnesota United FC (April 23)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – In 18, DNP in 4-2 win vs. Ingolstadt (April 22)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Hamstring Injury; Not in 18 for 3-2 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund (April 22)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) – Lisfrac injury; Not in 18 for 3-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders FC (April 23)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – Hamstring injury; Not in 18 for 2-0 loss vs. Feyenoord (April 23)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Right Leg Injury; Not in 18 for 2-0 win vs. Toluca (April 21)
PANAMA CITY, Panama (April 23, 2017) – Battling scorching conditions under the afternoon sun, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team used a barrage of second half goals from Chris Durkin, Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and a late brace from Ayo Akinola to earn a 5-0 victory against Jamaica in the teams’ opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
Despite 90-degree heat and high humidity at kickoff, the U.S. came out with heavy pressure early on but was thwarted at every turn in the first half thanks to stellar play from Jamaica goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths. The Reggae Boyz captain turned away two great chances from Blaine Ferri and Akinola inside the first 11 minutes before pouncing on Andrew Carleton’s 22nd minute penalty kick.
A minute later, he got help from center back Jamoi Topey, who blocked George Acosta’s shot, before Griffiths came up with another impressive save on Josh Sargent’s well-placed free kick in the 27th minute as Jamaica mostly locked down the U.S. attack for the remainder of the half.
The U.S. continued its forward pressure early in the second half and after a series of corner kicks, unlocked the lead in the 53rd minute when Acosta’s take from the left was headed home by Durkin. The U-17 MNT pressed looking for the insurance goal, but again saw Griffiths impressively deny another effort from Ferri in the 58th minute before an Akinola chance was turned away in the 61st.
The second goal came in the 77th minute when a great piece of work between Akinola and Weah, who had come on for Andrew Carleton, saw the substitute striker tap home from inside the six-yard box. The U.S. then took advantage of a tiring Jamaica side, with Sargent adding an opportunistic strike in the 87th minute and assisting on Akinola’s near-post effort one minute later. Deep into second-half stoppage time, Akinola alertly smashed home his second of the match to cap the scoring at 5-0.
Sunday’s win against Jamaica preceded the second Group C clash between Mexico and El Salvador, also to be played at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City.
Up Next: The U-17 MNT faces rival Mexico in its second group stage match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Wednesday, April 26. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and CONCACAF YouTube.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Chris Durkin (George Acosta), 53rd minute: The U.S. breakthrough came eight minutes after halftime when George Acosta’s in-swinging corner kick from the left picked out Chris Durkin whose glancing header from the six-yard box crept inside the right post.USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Timothy Weah (Ayo Akinola) 77th minute: After peppering the Jamaica goal with more chances, the insurance marker came through substitute Timothy Weah. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker started the play when he swung a diagonal ball to Akinola on the left, who beat his defender to gain entry into the box before providing an easy tap-in for Weah. USA 2, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Josh Sargent (Jaylin Lindsey), 87th minute: The U.S. added a third goal when Lindsey’s long ball from the right was chased down by Sargent, who alertly worked around Kendall Edwards and poked his shot past the onrushing Griffiths. USA 3, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent), 88th minute: The U.S. continued to take advantage of a fatigued Jamaica side as Josh Sargent slid a through ball to Akinola in space. The U.S. forward powered to his right before firing a low drive that tucked inside the lower right post. USA 4, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Ayo Akinola, 90+2 minute: The USA added a fifth goal in second half stoppage time when Sargent forced a turnover and tried to slip a through ball into the box for Weah. The attempt was turned away by a Jamaica defender, but went straight to Akinola, who alertly fired a first-time laser from distance past Griffiths. USA 5, JAM 0 [WATCH] FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 7th minute: Chris Gloster forced a turnover in midfield and immediately began a combination up the left with George Acosta. Gloster’s cross looking for Josh Sargent was a little long, but the U.S. captain chased the ball down and laid back for Ayo Akinola before the Toronto FC Academy product squared for Blaine Ferri whose first-time effort was well held by Griffiths.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 11th minute: The U.S. continued its early pressure, building out of the back before Jaylin Lindsey carried up the right flank and cut inside. The right back then utilized a combination of passes between Acosta and Ferri that allowed him to slip through the Jamaica midfield and provide a final pass into the box for Akinola whose quick effort was thwarted as Griffiths came far off his line to make the stop.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 22nd minute: A cross from Lindsey on the right fell for Andrew Carleton who settled and attempted to get off a shot before Jamaica defender Shane Ricketts fouled the U.S. forward in the area. Carleton’s ensuing penalty kick was hit with a lot of pace, but Griffith read it well, dropping to his right to keep the match scoreless.
JAM – Jamoi Topey, 23rd minute: Just a minute later, Sargent broke up the left and cut inside the area before centering for Acosta at the top of the area. The midfielder cut back to get the ball on his right foot, but saw his shot blocked by Jamaica center back Jamoi Topey.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 27th minute: After Carleton earned a free kick about 25 yards from goal, Sargent stepped up and hit a curling right-footed effort around the wall, but Griffiths came through with a diving stop at the right post, putting the ball out for a corner kick in the process.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 58th minute: The U.S. worked to build on their lead as Sargent won the ball deep in Jamaica’s half. The U.S. captain cut into the box unchallenged on the left before centering for Blaine Ferri whose first-time effort was turned away as Griffiths dove to his right to put the ball out for a corner kick.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 61st minute: A nice build-up on the left saw Acosta play a quick combination with Akinola at the top of the area before the forward split two Jamaica defenders and rip a low blast that Griffiths parried out for a corner kick at the right post.
- With the result, John Hackworth moves to 6-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
- The U-17 MNT moves to 4-2-2 all-time vs. Jamaica in U-17 World Cup Qualifiers.
- Due to high heat and humidity, the teams took hydration breaks at the mid-way point of both halves.
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on April 23 against Jamaica at Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City, Panama. The match can be seen via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)Read more