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 #LegenD 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

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 

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

QUICK HITS: Tournament of Nations Opponents

The 2017 Tournament of Nations kicks off Thursday, July 27 as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the United States for a competition that features four of the top teams in the world that are very familiar with each other. The tournament will begin at CenturyLink Field in Seattle with Japan taking on Brazil (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3), followed by the USA playing Australia (7 p.m. PT on ESPN). The ToN continues in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium on July 30 as Australia takes on Japan (2:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3), and the USA faces Brazil (5 p.m. PT on ESPN2). The teams will then drive north for the final match day on Aug. 3 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., with Brazil facing Australia (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3), followed by the USA vs. Japan (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2).

Here is a breakdown of each opponent and its roster:

Head Coach: Alen Stajcic
Confederation: AFC (Champion: 2010)
FIFA Ranking:
World Cup Appearances: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
Olympics Appearances:
2000, 2004, 2016
Record vs. the USA:
Most Capped Player on ToN Roster:
Lisa DaVanna (121)
Leading Goal Scorer on ToN Roster: Lisa DaVanna (40)
Oldest Player on ToN Roster: Lisa DaVanna (32 years old)
Youngest Player on ToN Roster: Ellie Carpenter (17 years old)
Team Nickname: Matildas

In the last five years, the Matildas have big made strides on the world stage. In 2015, Australia made it to the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup before falling 1-0 to eventual finalist Japan, and most recently made it to the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympic tournament, but fell to Brazil in a penalty kick shootout that went eight players deep. The game between Australia and Brazil on Aug. 3 will be the first meeting between the two since that Olympic quarterfinal.

The last time the USA and Australia met was in the opening group game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The intense match provided an incredibly entertaining first half as Megan Rapinoe gave the U.S. an early lead in the 12th minute, but Australia quickly tied the game courtesy of Lisa DeVanna in the 27th. No team found the back of the net again until the second half when Christen Press (61st minute) and Rapinoe (78th minute) sealed the game for the USA, despite a tremendous effort from the Australian side.

Australia has five players in its ToN roster that play club soccer in the United States in: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Haley Raso (Portland Thorns) and Lydia Williams (Houston Dash).

2017 NWSL-leading scorer, Sam Kerr

Head Coach: Emily Lima
Confederation: CONMEBOL (Champion: 1991, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2010, 2014)
FIFA Ranking:
World Cup Appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999 (Third Place), 2003, 2007 (Runners-up), 2011, 2015
Olympics Appearances:
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 (Runners-up), 2012 (Runners-up), 2016
Record vs. the USA:
Most Capped Player on ToN Roster:
Marta (118)
Leading Goal Scorer on ToN Roster: Marta (108)
Oldest Player on ToN Roster: Bruna Benites (31 years old)
Youngest Player on ToN Roster: Gabi Nunes (20 years old)
Team Nickname: Canarinhas

Brazil has always been a major contender in the women’s game, producing legendary players like Sissi, Formiga, Cristiane and Marta. But even though it has come very close, it has yet to win a Women’s World Cup or an Olympics – a dream that on more than one occasion has been ended by none other than the USA.

The USA and Brazil have faced each other 34 times in a series that has featured some epic matches, including the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both U.S. wins in overtime, a semifinal loss for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a penalty kick win during the quarterfinal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that featured Abby Wambach’s last gasp header in overtime, one of the famous goals in U.S. history.

Brazil dominates its CONMEBOL confederation, winning the Copa America Femenil six of the seven times it has been contested. Besides the USA, which has 22 players of its 23-player roster competing for NWSL teams, Brazil is the team with the most NWSL representatives – six – in its 23-player roster: Marta, Camila and Monica (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), and Andressinha and Bruna Benites (Houston Dash).

Five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Marta

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WNT Jul 21, 2017

WNT on TV: Action-Packed NWSL Saturday Before Tournament of Nations Begins

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named her 23-player roster for the upcoming 2017 Tournament of Nations, which included 22 players currently in the middle of their NWSL seasons. Before the U.S. team gathers in Seattle for three days of training prior to its first game against Australia on July 27, there is one more weekend of NWSL games to play, not only the U.S. players, but also for those from Australia, Brazil and Japan that also play in the league. As the season heads into the stretch run, every point matters even more as teams’ battle for a top-four finish to earn a playoff spot. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:


Saturday, July 22

Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
The Chicago Red Stars return home this weekend to host Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and the Orlando Pride at Toyota Park on Saturday’s Lifetime Game of the Week. Chicago comes home after playing on the road the last four weeks and going 1-1-2, with the only loss coming on June 28 in Seattle. With a win, Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short and the Red Stars could potentially take the top over the spot in the standings from North Carolina as they currently sit two points behind. Additionally, there will be 11 players in this match that are on the rosters for next week’s Tournament of Nations: Morgan, Krieger, Press, Ertz, Short and Naeher (USA); Marta, Monica and Camila (Brazil); and Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy (Orlando). Sofia Huerta (Chicago) will also come into the USA camp to train, though she was not named to the official roster.

Chicago has beaten Orlando in each of the three all-time meetings. All three games have ended with 1-0 score lines. The Red Stars are one of two teams yet to lose at home this season, having gone 5W-2D this year. Chicago has lost just one home game since the start of last season, the fewest in the league. Marta has scored seven goals on the road this season – no other player in the NWSL has scored more than four away from home.

FC Kansas City vs. North Carolina Courage – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The NWSL-leading North Carolina Courage travels to Kansas City to take on Becky Sauerbrunn and Sydney Leroux on Saturday night. The game is a particularly important one for FCKC as the Blues have been struggling in the recent weeks and currently sits in the ninth position in the standings. On the other end of the standings, Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith – all of whom have been named by Ellis to the ToN Roster – will look to continue the mostly steady and successful performance of North Carolina this year to maintain its top spot for yet another week. North Carolina’s Debinha (Brazil), who will also play in this match, was selected for Brazil’s ToN roster.

North Carolina won their meeting with Kansas City earlier this season, 2-0. Kansas City has conceded 15 goals in the second half this season, the most in the league. North Carolina was shut out in their loss in Portland last weekend, the first time the Courage had been shut out on the road in 2017. Since of the start of the 2016 season, North Carolina’s Lynn Williams has scored against every team in the league except for FC Kansas City.

Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers – 8:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Houston’s Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and Jane Campbell – all of who will represent the U.S. at the upcoming ToN – are set to host first-time WNT call-up Margaret Purce and third-time call-up Abby Smith – who were both named to the ToN roster, as the Boston Breakers visit on Saturday night. Since June 24, no other team has been as successful as Houston, going undefeated in their last five contests while scoring seven goals and conceding three. Now sitting only five points behind a playoff spot, the Dash are hoping to cash in on this opportunity at home to make up some ground and continue its climb in the league standings. Houston’s Lydia Williams (Australia) and Andressinha (Brazil) were also named to their respective countries ToN rosters.

Houston is unbeaten against Boston in their last four meetings (3W-1D). Over those four games, Houston has outscored the Breakers 8-2. The Dash have won just two home games this season, tied for the fewest in the league. Additionally, they have scored just eight goals at home. Only Boston (seven) has fewer home goals.

Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue FC – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, but things are looking up as they currently sit in third place following a pair of impressive wins and performances, particularly from Australia’s Sam Kerr, in the last two weeks. Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign are in fifth place, but only two points behind SBFC, meaning a win could move them into playoff position. Rapinoe, O’Hara, Kerr (Australia) and Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign; Japan) will all be representing their countries at the ToN that starts next week.

Seattle and Sky Blue will meet for their 12th all-time matchup, having spit the first 11 games 3W-3L-5D each. Seattle has the slight scoring edge at 12-11. Since the start of 2015, the Reign has lost just two home games (26W-2L-12D). Both losses came in 2016 – one to Chicago and one to Sky Blue. Sky Blue has won three games on the road this season, tied for the most in the league.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Portland is coming off a big win against North Carolina last weekend and now takes on Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit as the Spirit looks to climb out from the bottom of the standings. Allie Long and Lindsey Horan, who were also named to the ToN roster, will try to defend home field advantage and remain in playoff contention. Australia’s Haley Raso (Portland) was named to her country’s ToN roster as well.

Portland has never lost to Washington when playing at home (3W-2D). However, the Spirit did beat the Thorns earlier this season in Washington, 1-0 on June 24. Portland has gone 5W-1L-1D at home this season.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Jul 21, 2017

Cinco Cosas Sobre Costa Rica

El miércoles, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos derrotó 2-0 a El Salvador para sellar su lugar en las semifinales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017. La U.S. MNT ahora se enfrentará a su rival regional Costa Rica el sábado por la noche en AT&T Stadium en Arlington, Texas (10 p.m. ET en FS1, Univision y UDN).

Aquí hay cinco cosas que debes saber sobre el rival del sábado.

El País, la Bandera y el Nombre del Equipo

Ubicado en Centroamérica, Costa Rica comparte frontera con Panamá hacia el sur, Nicaragua en el norte, el Mar Caribe al este y el Oceano Pacífico al oeste. Con 4.8 millones de habitantes, Costa Rica es el décimoprimer país más pobaldo de Norteamérica.

La bandera de Costa Rica fue creada en 1848 por Pacífica Fernández, la esposa del entonces presidente José María Castro Madriz. Inspirada por la revolución francesa, Fernández uso el azul, blanco y rojo para representar la bandera de Francia.

El color azul simboliza el cielo, oportunidades, idealismo y perseverancia. El blanco refleja la paz, sabiduría y felicidad. El rojo representa la sangre derramada por los mártires en defensa del país, al igual que la calidez y generosidad de la gente.


El nombre de la selección de "Los Ticos" refleja el término utilizado para referirse a alguien de Costa Rica.

Historia Futbolística

La reciente ascendencia al éxito tanto en CONCACAF como internacional sigue muchos años como el mejor equipo en Centroamérica. Los Ticos ganaron siete de las 10 competencias entre países Centro y Sudamericanos antes de la formación de CONCACAF en 1961.

Aún con Estados Unidos y México en la justa, Costa Rica ganó el predecesor de la Copa Oro, la Copa CONCACAF, en 1963, 1969 y 1989. El último título le dio a Costa Rica su primer viaje a la Copa Mundial en Italia, en donde venció a Escocia y Suecia en la etapa de grupos para llegar a octavos de final en 1990.

En 2002, Costa Rica inició una racha de tres participaciones en la Copa Mundial en cuatro oportunidades. Pero no regresarían a la segunda ronda hasta el 2014 en Brasil, en donde ganaron un grupo que contaba con Uruguay, Italia e Inglaterra antes de caer contra Países Bajos en penales en cuartos de final.

Cómo Llegaron

Costa Rica clasificó a su decimotercer Copa Oro CONCACAF al terminar en cuarto lugar en la Copa Centroamericana 2017 en enero.

Ahí, una selección tica mayormente basada en la liga nacional logró un registro de 1-3-1, derrotando solamente a Belice 3-0 mientras empató con El Salvador, Nicaragua y Honduras.

Costa Rica inició el torneo con una victoria de 1-0 contra Honduras, jugó a un empate de 1-1 con Canadá y despidió a Guyana Francesa 3-0 en el último partido del grupo. En el partido de cuartos de final el miércoles contra Panamá, utilizaron un gol en el minuto 77 de Aníbal Godoy para ganar 1-0 y llegar a semifinales por primera vez desde 2009.

Historia vs. U.S. MNT

Desde el primer encuentro el 19 de agosto, 1975, EE.UU. y Costa Rica han jugado 35 veces, con la ventaja a favor de Costa Rica con 14-15-6. Los Ticos se unen a México como uno de los dos equipos de CONCACAF de mantener un registro favorable contra EE.UU.

Mientras que el registro general entre los dos equipos está muy parejo, EE.UU. ha dominado los partidos en la Copa Oro, con 6-0-1 en siete encuentros dentro del campeonato de la confederación.

El enfrentamiento más notable entre EE.UU. y Los Ticos fue cuando un equipo estadounidense encabezado por Bruce Arena derrotó 2-0 a Costa Rica en la final de la Copa Oro 2002, la cual fue la única aparición de Costa Rica en el partido por el campeonato. Interesantemente, el partido de semifinal del sábado llega a 24 años y un día de la fecha en la cual los dos equipos se enfrentaron durante las semifinales de la Copa Oro 1993, el cual EE.UU. ganó 1-0 con un gol de oro del defensa Cle Kooiman.

Repasa los siete encuentros anteriores de EE.UU. y Costa Rica en la Copa Oro:

Resultados de EE.UU. vs. Costa Rica en Copas Oro



Goleadores de EE.UU.


3 de julio, 1991

3-2 W

Pérez, Vermes, autogol

Etapa de Grupos

21 de julio, 1993

1-0 (asdet*)



7 de febrero, 1998

2-1 W

Pope, Preki

Etapa de Grupos

2 de febrero, 2002

2-0 W

Wolff, Agoos


26 de julio, 2003

3-2 W

Stewart, Bocanegra, Convey

Tercer Lugar

12 de julio, 2005

0-0 D


Etapa de Grupos

16 de julio, 2013

1-0 W


Etapa de Grupos

 *Después de tiempos extra de muerte súbita, por sus siglas en inglés

La Nómina

Catorce jugadores en la nómina de Costa Rica militan en la liga nacional, cinco juegan en la MLS, y uno cada uno en Italia, Portugal, Suiza y Tailandia. El mediocampista David Guzmán es compañero del jugador estadounidense Darlington Nagbe en los Portland Timbers. 

ARQUEROS (3): Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense)
DEFENSAS (9): Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA); Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense); Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense); Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano); David Guzmán (Portland Timbers/USA); Jimmy Marín (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/POR); Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa); Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI); Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)
DELANTEROS (4): Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa); Ariel Rodríguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA); Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA)

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Espanol Jul 21, 2017

Boletos para U.S. MNT vs. Panamá, Presentado por Volpi Foods, Salen a la Venta el 10 de agosto

CHICAGO (21 de julio, 2017) -- Boletos para el partido de eliminatoria mundialista entre la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos y Panamá, presentado por Volpi Foods, el 6 de octubre en Orlando City Stadium en Orlando, Florida, salen a la venta al público el jueves, 10 de agosto a las 12 p.m. ET.

Boletos para el partido se pueden comprar por medio de ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

Socios en el "Coaches Circle" y "Presidents Circle" apoyando al "U.S. Soccer Development Fund" pueden recibir apoyo individualizado y servicios de conserje para sus necesidades de entradas. Haga clic aquí o comuníquese con circles@ussoccer.org para más información.

Adicionalmente, un número limitado de habitaciones han sido reservadas a un precio especial en cuatro hotels de Downtown Orlando para aficionados que estarán en Orlando para el partido. Llame o haga clic para hacer su reservación. Al llamar, pregunte por la tarifa especial para el partido de eliminatoria USA vs. Panamá para recibir el precio especial.

El partido será transmitido en vivo por televisión por ESPN2 y las cadenas de Univisión. Es el último partido de local para EE.UU. en la Ronda Final de la Eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Cuatro días después, EE.UU. jugará su partido final de la eliminatoria de visitante contra Trinidad y Tobago.

EE.UU. tiene un registro de 11-1-6 contra Panamá, con un registro de local de 8-1-3 y una racha invicta de 5-0-2 en partidos de eliminatoria. EE.UU. empató con Los Canaleros en su primer encuentro de la Ronda Final, un empate de 1-1 en Ciudad de Panamá el 28 de marzo. Los equipos también empataron 1-1 en el primer partido del grupo en la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017 el 8 de julio en Nashville, Tenn.

Actualmente en la tercera y última posición de clasificación automática, a Estados Unidos le restan cuatro partidos en la Ronda Final de seis partidos de la Eliminatoria Mundialista de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Además del partido de local con Panamá y el partido de visitante contra Trinidad y Tobago, EE.UU. recibirá a Costa Rica en Harrison, N.J. el 1 de septiembre y jugará contra Honduras en San Pedro Sula el 5 de septiembre.




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Espanol Jul 21, 2017