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 LD 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

Making the Case: Jozy Altidore, 2016 Male Player of the Year

No American player put together a more efficient campaign than Jozy Altidore in 2016.

The veteran forward scored a team-leading six goals, including four in World Cup Qualifying, in 10 appearances in his 10th year for the U.S. Men’s National Team and notched an impressive 10 goals in 16 starts and 23 appearances for M.L.S. Cup finalist Toronto FC.

Were it not for a recurring hamstring injury which forced him to miss the start of the M.L.S. season and the Copa America Centenario, Altidore could be a lock for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award.

Altidore entered 2016 primed for a big year, reporting to January camp a week earlier than expected to prepare his mind and body for a busy campaign with club and country. With two goals in two early friendlies, including an 89th minute game-winning header against Canada, the 27-year-old U.S. veteran made an early splash.

Just as Altidore was preparing to kick off his second season with Toronto FC, an all-to-familiar hamstring injury sidelined him for the team’s first two games of the season. After making his club season debut on March 20, he proved fit enough to earn a spot on the USA roster for a pair of important World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala, scoring in the latter.

On May 14, Altidore strained his hamstring during a match against Vancouver, keeping him out of action for club and country for more than two months. Toronto handled his return with caution, but he quickly returned to form, scoring twice in his second match back.

Altidore kicked off a four-game scoring streak on August 6 to earn a spot on the U.S. roster for a set of pivotal World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, in which he scored a combined three goals.

He finished his club season with five goals in his last seven matches to push him into double digits and tied for 17th in the league, despite missing 11 regular season games.

Of late, Altidore made M.L.S. history, becoming the first player to score in five consecutive playoff games. This Saturday evening, Altidore and the Eastern Conference Champion Reds will take on Seattle Sounders FC in the M.L.S. Cup at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and UniMas.

Jozy Altidore’s Final 2016 Stats

Team

Games

Starts

Goals

Assists

U.S. MNT

10

8

6

2

Toronto FC (Regular Season)

23

16

10

5

Toronto FC (Playoffs)

5

5

5

4

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MNT Dec 5, 2016

Making the Case: Crystal Dunn, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Each day this week, ussoccer.com will make a case for each of the candidates. First up is WNT forward, Crystal Dunn.

Coming of an NWSL MVP season in 2015 with the Washington Sprit, U.S. Women’s National Team forward Crystal Dunn had by far her best year as a WNT player in 2016.

In her three previous yearly campaigns combined, Dunn had played in 20 games and scored four goals. In 2016 alone, she played in 25 games and scored 14 goals, more than tripling her tallies from 2013-15. She also finished 2016 with eight assists, second most on the team and tied with Tobin Heath.

Dunn had a five-goal game on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico, becoming the seventh U.S. player to achieve that feat, joining Brandi Chastain (1991), Michelle Akers (1991), Tiffeny Milbrett (2002), Abby Wambach (2004), Amy Rodriguez (2012) and Sydney Leroux (2012).

Perhaps her biggest moment of 2016 came at the Olympics when Dunn scored her first goal in a world championship. With the USA down a goal against Colombia on Aug. 9 in Manaus, Dunn scored on a rebound that fell to her while unmarked in the penalty box and the Olympic debutant finished into the center of the goal from close range.

In 2016, Dunn did not put up the same goal numbers in the NWSL like she did in 2015, but she was a key player in the Washington Spirit’s first run to the league championship game where she scored both goals in a PK loss and was later named to the NWSL Second XI.

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WNT Dec 5, 2016

Nominees Set for 2016 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2015) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for its 2016 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards. Winners for the Male and Young Male awards will be announced on Dec. 9 during FOX Sports special MLS Cup preview show at 10 p.m. ET on FS1, while the Female and Young Female award will be announced on Dec. 11 during ESPN FC’s weekly recap show Sunday evening on ESPN2. The Disabled Player of the Year will be announced on ussoccer.com on Dec. 12.

Voting for the respective candidates closes Thursday, Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The men’s field features forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood, midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Geoff Cameron, while the Young Male nominees are forwards Andrew Carleton and Jordan Morris, midfielders Josh Sargent and Christian Pulisic and defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

The MLS Cup preview show airs the night before FOX’s presentation of the 2016 MLS Cup, the league’s 21st annual championship game that will pit Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC against Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders FC. The hour-long show set at Toronto’s BMO Field will feature analysis from former National Team players as well as FOX Sports personalities in addition to an extensive preview of Saturday’s game, including exclusive interviews with players from both teams.

The Female award nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. The Young Female nominees are midfielders Emily Ogle and Andi Sullivan, defenders Kaleigh Riehl and Karina Rodriguez and forward Ashley Sanchez.

ESPN FC is a half-hour TV show featuring comprehensive coverage of competitions in all countries around the world. The show airs week nights and Sunday evenings and includes the latest news, stats on teams and players, historical info and much more.

The Disabled Player of the Year nominees are Adam Ballou (Paralympic Soccer National Team), Nico Calabria (U.S. Amputee Soccer National Team), Emily Cressy (U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team), Matt Eby (U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team).

The current voting process was put in place beginning in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2016, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, professional soccer league coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis won the inaugural prize and was followed shortly thereafter by the first Female Player of the Year award in 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor. The U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female Player of the Year awards have been presented every year since 1998 and the Disabled Player of the Year since 2012.

2016 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Nominees

MALE

FEMALE

Jozy Altidore Crystal Dunn
Michael Bradley Tobin Heath
Geoff Cameron Carli Lloyd
Clint Dempsey Alex Morgan
Bobby Wood Becky Sauerbrunn

YOUNG MALE

YOUNG FEMALE

Andrew Carleton Emily Ogle
Cameron Carter-Vickers Kaleigh Riehl
Jordan Morris Karina Rodriguez
Christian Pulisic Ashley Sanchez
Josh Sargent Andi Sullivan

DISABLED

Adam Ballou
Nico Calabria
Emily Cressy
Matt Eby
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Dec 5, 2016

Nominees Set for 2016 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Player of the Year awards.

Nominees for Young Male Player of the Year are Andrew Carleton, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic and Jordan Morris.

Young Female Player of the Year nominees are midfielders Emily Ogle and Andi Sullivan, defenders Kaleigh Riehl and Karina Rodriguez and forward Ashley Sanchez. This is the second nomination for Sanchez.

The Disabled Player of the Year nominees are Adam Ballou (Paralympic Soccer National Team), Nico Calabria (U.S. Amputee Soccer National Team), Emily Cressy (U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team), Matt Eby (U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team)

The winner for the Young Male Player of the Year award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 9 on FS1, while the winner for the Young Female Player of the Year award will be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 11 on ESPN FC. The Disabled Player of the Year winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 12 on ussoccer.com.

A new voting process was put into place in 2014. Votes are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2016, American soccer league (MLS, NASL and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.

Players cannot win the Young Male or Young Female award more than once.

The award for Young Male and Young Female Player of the Year was first awarded in 1998 with Josh Wolff and Cindy Parlow, winning for Young Male and Young Female, respectively. The Disabled Player of the Year was first awarded in 2012 with Felicia Schroeder earning the honor.

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U-20 WNT U-20 MNT U-17 MNT U-17 WNT PNT Dec 5, 2016

Nominees Set for 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award. This year’s field features forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood, midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Geoff Cameron.

Altidore matched his production from 2015, recording a team-high six goals and two assists. A standout in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, Cameron started a career-high 12 matches, playing in 10 games in official competition before missing out on the last two through injury. In Copa America, Dempsey recorded three goals and three assists, including the game-winner against Paraguay. Wood achieved a career-best point total with four goals and two assists, with two tallies in World Cup Qualifying. After being named the 2015 Male Player of the Year, Bradley is again nominated for U.S. Soccer’s highest award.

The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 9, live on FS1.

A new voting process was put in place starting in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team and Youth National Team coaches and staff, MNT players who have earned a cap in 2016, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.

Two of the nominees have won the award before. Dempsey has earned it three times, in 2007 and then back-to-back in 2011-12. Altidore collected the honor in 2013.

Landon Donovan holds the record for most Male Player of the Year awards with four honors (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010).

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor.

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MNT Dec 5, 2016
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