U.S. Soccer

Landon Donovan Caps Off Memorable International Career as U.S. MNT Draws Ecuador 1-1

Donovan Plays 40 Minutes in 157th Match before 36,265 Fans at Rentschler Field;
Diskerud Nets Fifth-Minute Goal, but Ecuador Equalizes in Closing Minutes

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MNT Oct 10, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: October 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 36,265
Weather: 54 degrees, clear 

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

USA – Mix Diskerud (DeAndre Yedlin)          5th minute
ECU – Enner Valencia (Cristhian Noboa)      88

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco (3-Omar Gonzalez, 62), 6-John Brooks (5-Tim Ream, 62), 14-Greg Garza; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Alfredo Morales, 62), 8-Mix Diskerud, 7-Joe Gyau (23-Bobby Wood, 22); 10-Landon Donovan (capt.) (15-Joe Corona, 41), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 76)
Subs Not Used: 9-Miguel Ibarra, 20-Luis Gil, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

ECU: 1-Maximo Banguera; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes (16-Mario Pineida, 90+3), 20-Luis Canga, 3-Frickson Erazo (19-Luis Fernando Leon, 86), 10-Walter Ayovi (capt.); 6-Cristhian Noboa, 14-Segundo Castillo (8-Carlos Gruezo, 86), 5-Renato Ibarra (18-Jonathan Gonzalez, 44), 11-Juan Cazares (17-Junior Sornoza, 85), 9-Cristian Penilla (7-Joao Plata, 46), 13-Enner Valencia
Subs Not Used: 2-Arturo Mina, 12-Hamilton Piedra, 15-Cristian Ramirez, 21-Johnny Uchuari, 22-Alexander Dominguez
Head Coach: Sixto Vizuete Toapanta 

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)       32nd minute
ECU – Frickson Erazo (caution)        54
USA – Joe Corona (caution)              61 

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Keyzell Corrales (NCA)
4th Official: Ricardo Cerdas (CRC) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

Mallory Pugh: Head of the Class

The combination of natural born talent, hard work, an excellent support system and the tremendous support given to the U.S. Youth National Team programs has allowed Mallory Pugh to have some unique soccer experiences before the age of 18.

She started in a U-20 Women’s World Cup at 16-years-old, debuted for the full U.S. National Team at 17, scored her first international goal at the senior level in front of more than 23,000 fans and became the youngest U.S. female player ever to play in an Olympic Qualifying match.

Those accomplishments have earned her the acclaim of being one of the top young players in the world.

“I remember coming into January Camp for the WNT following the [World Cup] Qualifying tournament for the U-20s the month before and being nervous,” Pugh said. “But then as the soccer came along and we started playing more and more, that's when things became a lot more comfortable and easy. Now things are great and I'm excited for what's ahead.”

The Highlands Ranch, Colorado native, debuted with the WNT on Jan. 23 in San Diego against the Republic of Ireland. In only 33 minutes of play, Pugh showed she belonged. She scored her first goal 25 minutes into her senior team career, making her the 19th player in team history to score in her first cap and the sixth-youngest player to record a goal in the history of the women's program. Three months later, Pugh has appeared in all 11 games for the USA this year.

But when Pugh isn't on the field, it’s no surprise that she lives life like a regular teenager who is ready (really ready!) to graduate from high school; she is currently fighting a serious case of senioritis. She enjoys going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and hiking, if of course the weather is nice.

Another recent occurrence in her life? Her prom date was late for photos, a big no-no in the unspoken rules of prom etiquette.

Prom pics aside, it’s likely that Pugh will be the subject of many photographs in the coming months as she has quickly become comfortable at the highest levels of the international game and is competing for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team. She has started seven of the 11 matches she has played so far for head coach Jill Ellis’ squad, scoring twice and adding five assists, which is tied for the most on the team in 2016.

Despite her limited senior team experience, she is fast accumulating fans, who enjoy her dynamic style, her comfort on the ball, surgical distribution of passes and ability to break down teams on the dribble.

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WNT Apr 29, 2016

MNT on TV: Copa is Coming

With European and Mexican league seasons coming down to the wire, players in those leagues have only a few more opportunities to make their case for a place in MNT camp when it convenes on May 16 in Miami. Here’s how to watch 32 different MNT players in action for their clubs this weekend.

Friday, April 29

After returning to the lineup for Club Tijuana last weekend, defender Michael Orozco gets the weekend started Friday night as los Xolos host Puebla (10:30 p.m. ET – Azteca America) in a battle for positioning ahead of the close of the Liga MX Clausura campaign next week.

Saturday, April 30

With two goals in as many games, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic continues to be a bright spot for a high-flying Dortmund side. While the club has only the slightest of chances of usurping Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title, they’ll continue their preparation for their DFB Pokal Final showdown as they host Wolfsburg (9:30 a.m. ET – Fox Soccer Plus).

In England, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will try to bounce back from two tough results against Tottenham Hotspur when they face DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland in the Black Cats’ continued battled to stay up in the Premier League (10 a.m. ET – NBCSN).

Back Stateside, league-leader Chris Wondolowski will try to extend his consecutive goal-scoring streak to five games as the San Jose Earthquakes visit an in-form Philadelphia Union side (4 p.m. ET – MLS Live). At the same time, two players that have scored in each of their past two MLS matches will look to stay on the score sheet as Jermaine Jones (4 p.m. ET – MLS Live) and the Colorado Rapids take on the Montreal Impact and Jordan Morris, along with Clint Dempsey host Ethan Finlay and Columbus Crew SC (4 p.m. ET – MLS Live).

In Mexico, fresh off of winning their second-straight CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday, Ventura Alvarado and Club America will take on already crowned Liga MX Clausura champs Edgar Castillo and Monterrey in a top of the table clash (6 p.m. ET – Univision).

Following that game is a matchup of two Liga MX sides nipping just one point below Club America in the table. Omar Gonzalez and fourth-place Pachuca take on William Yarbrough and fifth place Club Leon in a match with final placement implications.

Sunday, May 1

The weekend wraps back in MLS on Sunday.

Having marked his return from injury with an assist on Wednesday night, Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers welcome Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Toronto FC to Providence Park (3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN).

Coming off his goal and assist last week vs. Real Salt Lake, Gyasi Zardes leads the LA Galaxy to Children’s Mercy Park where they’ll come up against Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and a Sporting KC side looking to get back to winning ways (8 p.m. ET – FS1).

Friday, April 29

Michael Orozco

Club Tijuana vs. Puebla

10:30 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, April 30

Fabian Johnson

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

9:30 a.m.

FS2

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund vs. VFL Wolfsburg

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Timmy Chandler

Darmstadt vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.

Fox Deportes

Tim Howard

Everton vs. Bournemouth

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Geoff Cameron / DeAndre Yedlin

Stoke City vs. Sunderland

10 a.m.

NBCSN

Brad Guzan

Watford vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

John Brooks

Bayern Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin

12:30 p.m.

FS1

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris /
Ethan Finlay

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Columbus Crew SC

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Mix Diskerud

New York City FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham

Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Jermaine Jones

Montreal Impact vs. Colorado Rapids

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Steve Birnbaum

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United

5 p.m.

MLS Live

Ventura Alvarado / Edgar Castillo

Club America vs. Monterrey

6 p.m.

Univision

Lee Nguyen / Brek Shea

New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yabrough, Miguel Ibarra /
Omar Gonzalez

Club Leon vs. Pachuca

9 p.m.

NBC Universo

Kyle Beckerman

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo

9:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, May 1

Darlington Nagbe / Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore

Portland Timbers vs. Toronto FC

3:30 p.m.

ESPN

Joe Corona

Guadalajara vs. Dorados Sinaloa

6 p.m.

UniMas

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi /
Gyasi Zardes

Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy

8 p.m.

FS1

 

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MNT Apr 29, 2016

WNT on TV: Spirit, Thorns Aim to Continue Undefeated Streak

FRIDAY

Western New York Flash vs. Washington Spirit
(7 p.m. ET; Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.)
Following a 1-0 loss to Chicago last weekend, Samantha Mewis, Jaelene Hinkle and the Western New York Flash will return to Sahlen’s Stadium for its home opener on Friday night to host NWSL leaders Ali Krieger, Crystal Dunn and the undefeated Washington Spirit. Krieger notched her first goal since 2014 against Sky Blue FC last weekend, while Mewis has scored the Flash’s lone goal on the campaign.

Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC
(7:30 p.m. CT; BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas)
The Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC will look to bounce back from losses last weekend. The Dash will host Kelley O’Hara and Christie Rampone at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night. Morgan Brian made her season debut last week in the Dash’s loss to Orlando after recovering from a minor hamstring injury. She is expected to make her second start for Houston and first at home.

After an early first-half injury in Orlando, Dash and WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain. She is expected to return in 3-6 weeks.

SUNDAY

Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC
(5 p.m. ET; Jordan Field; Boston, Mass.)
In the second match of their four-game road trip, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long, Emily Sonnett and the Portland Thorns FC will travel to the East Coast to take on Whitney Engen and the Boston Breakers, who are looking for their first points of the season. Horan leads the league with two goals in her debut season and Heath paces the league with three assists.

Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride
(5 p.m. CT; Toyota Park; Bridgeville, Ill.)
The Chicago Red Stars will host the Orlando Pride on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park. Both teams are coming off big wins, including a record-breaking night for the Pride, in their home openers. Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher and Christen Press hope to continue a home winning streak, while Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan and the Pride will hope to earn a second consecutive victory. The match pits two WNT forwards against each other in Morgan and Press - each with a goal this season - and two goalkeepers in Harris and Naeher.

Seattle Reign FC vs. FC Kansas City
(4 p.m. PT; Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash.)
Hope Solo
and Seattle Reign FC welcome FC Kansas City to Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon in search of their first win at home this season. Solo earned her first shutout against the Breakers in a 3-0 victory. Solo is one of only four goalkeepers who have recorded a shutout this season. Following their unfortunate week one loss to the Flash, and last weekend’s tie to the Thorns, Becky Sauerbrunn and Heather O’Reilly are determined to leave Seattle with three points in tow.

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WNT Apr 29, 2016

USA Downs Brazil 2-1 in Final Group Match at 13th Delle Nazioni Tournament

SLOVENIA (April 28, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team defeated Brazil 2-1 in its final group match at the 13th Delle Nazioni Tournament.

With little action in the first half, the U.S. turned to some second half subs to try to create a more incisive attack. The second half strategy worked out in the 38th minute when sub Konrad de la Fuente tallied thanks to fellow sub Jose Rivas with the assist.

An unfortunate own goal by Eduardo Blancas gave Brazil the equalizer in the 59th minute of the match. But just minutes later, the U.S. regained the lead after two late subs combined for a goal when John Hilton assisted Marcelo Palomino for the game winner.

The U.S. will face England on April 29 with a chance to place 5th in the tournament.

- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Under-16 Boys' National Team vs. Brazil
Date: April 27, 2016
Competition: 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue: Slovenia
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather: 55 degrees; Rainy

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

USA – Konrad de la Fuente (Jose Rivas)                 38th minute
BRA – Eduardo Blancas (own goal)                           59
USA – Marcelo Palomino (John Hilton)                   61

Lineups:
USA:  1-Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen; 3-Luke Hansen, 14-Eduardo Blancas, 4-Michael Pellegrino, 18-Dominic De Almeida (2-John Hilton, 47); 6-Taylor Booth, 20-Nicholas Mendonca (7-Jose Rivas, 36), 15-Roberto Hategan (19-Konrad De la Fuente, 36); 21-Indiana Vassilev, 17-Alexsi Morel (10-Luis Arriaga, 36), 9-Gabe Segal (8-Marcelo Palomino, 54)
Subs not used: 12-Alex Rando, 13-Sebastian Serpa, 11-Ulysses Llanez
Unavailable: 5-Leonardo Sepulveda
Head coach: Shaun Tsakiris

BRA:  1-Emerson Weber; 4-Joao Vitor, 5-Caique Rodrigues (10-Matheus Pagliarini, 40), 7-Victor Santos, 8-Lucas Lourenco; 11-Rian Lopes, 13-Angelo Chaves (6-Ruan Ramos, 27), 14-Tiago Figueiredo, 15-Matheus Souza; 17-Rodrygo Goes (18-Yuri Oliveira, 40), 20-Vinicius Silva (9-Luan Almeida, 40) (19-Igor Cruz, 63)
Subs not used: 2-Ramon Souza, 3-Cesar Soares, 12-Joao Fernando, 16-Welder Oliveira
Head coach: Carlos Guilherme Dalla Dea

Stats Summary: USA / BRA                                         
Shots: 5 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Pellegrino (caution)                          34th minute
BRA – Joao Vitor (caution)                                           69

* The match was played with two 35 minutes halves.

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U-16 BNT Apr 29, 2016

U-16 GNT Falls to Mexico U-17 WNT in Italy

SAN VALENTINO, Italy (April 28, 2016) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team fell to the Mexico Under-17 Women’s National Team in penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 in regulation to finish fourth in the 1st International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca. The USA and Mexico both finished second in their three-team groups to earn spot in the match for third place in the six-team tournament.

Olivia Wingate staked the USA to a lead in the 22nd minute against the Mexico team that was defeated 2-1 by the USA in the championship game of the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship on March 13 in Grenada, but Mexico equalized through a penalty kick in the 54th minute and the 80-minute match went straight to PKs.

The USA missed two of its first three kicks, with only Maycee Bell converting, while Mexico made all four to win the shootout.

This age group is in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

- U-16 Girls’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-16 GNT vs. Mexico
Date:
April 28, 2016
Competition:
1st Women’s Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue:
Stadio Comunale – San Valentino, Italy
Kickoff:
12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Attendance:
150
Weather:
Low 50s; Sunny

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

USA – Olivia Wingate (Summer Yates)                        22nd minute
MEX – Daniela Arce (penalty kick)                            54

Penalty Summary:
USA – Summer Yates (save), Maycee Bell (goal), Emily Vatne (save)
MEX – Kimberly Rodriguez Cubero (goal), Dorian Hernandez Garcia (goal), Jimena Fuentes (goal), Alexia Delgado Alvarado (goal)

Lineups:
USA:
22-Katie Meyer; 4-Shae Holmes, 3- Maycee Bell, 10-Sierra Enge (capt.), 15-Brianna Martinez; 19-Cori Dyke, 16-Madeline Vergura (2-Croix Bethune, 55), 20-Summer Yates; 7-Lia Godfrey, 21-Nohemi Mendoza (8-Rebecca Jarrett, 36), 14-Olivia Wingate (9-Emily Vatne, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Hensley Hancuff, 5-Sarah Piper, 6-Kylie Minamishin, 11-Makenna Morris, 13-Madelyn Desiano
, 17-Jenna Nighswonger
Head Coach: Tricia Taliaferro

MEX: 1-Kelsey Hernandez; 2-Ashley Soto (14-Reyna Reyes Stubblefield, 51), 3-Alessandra Munoz, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez Cubero, 5-Jimena Fuentes; 8-Alexia Delgado Alvarado (capt.), 9-Daniela Arce, 10-Dorian Hernandez Garcia, 11-Lizbeth Ovalle Munoz; 19-Venicia Juarez Smith, 20-Maricarmen Reyes Zarate (17-Luisa Delgado Heinz, 36)
Subs not used: 6-Venessa Gonzalez Marquez, 7-Dayana Cazares Vera, 12-Miriam Aguirre Olmos, 13-Maria Yokoyama Carreon, 15-Marianna Maldonado Gonzalez, 16-Celiana Torres Lopez, 18-Veronica Avalos Hurtado
Head Coach: Chris Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 8
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lia Godfrey (caution)                        54th minute

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U-16 GNT Apr 28, 2016
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