U.S. Soccer

MNT Earns First Win of 2015, Shuts Out Panama 2-0 at StubHub Center

CARSON, California (Feb. 8, 2015) – Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored first-half goals and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 2-0 in the USA’s 2015 home opener in front of 20,271 spectators at StubHub Center. 

Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only MNT players to score 40 international goals. Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson split time in net for the clean sheet. 

It was the MNT’s first victory of the year, as well as the first win since a 1-0 decision against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, 2014, in Prague. 

Perry Kitchen and Matt Hedges made their MNT debuts as second-half subs, and 10 players have now earned their first caps under Jurgen Klinsmann in the seven matches following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Miguel Ibarra and Gyasi Zardes each earned their first starts. Zardes assisted the Dempsey goal. 

The USA had other goal scoring chances throughout the match to add to its lead. The best second-half opportunity came in the 60th minute when Bradley’s free kick found an unmarked Jermaine Jones in the middle of the box. Jones whipped a header toward the goal, but directly to Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. 

Five of the USA’s six shots were placed on goal, while two of Panama’s five shots were put on frame. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Michael Bradley, 27th minute: Just four minutes after a corner kick threatened the Panama net, Bradley delivered another one that found its way into the net. Bradley drove the corner from the left side toward the far right of the goal frame. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo leapt to try and get a glove on it, but instead the ball went directly into the far right side of the frame, where Jozy Altidore also was close by. USA 1, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes), 37th minute: Zardes did the setup work, intercepting Panama’s Luis Ovalle in midfield and dribbling centrally before sending a well-placed through ball that split two Panama defenders. Dempsey timed his run perfectly, took a touch and a leap to elude Jaime Penedo and shot right-footed before Harold Cummings could converge. USA 2, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 14th minute: Panama threatened with a cross from the right side to the left of the box, and without a USA defender in the vicinity of Panama midfielder Eric Davis, Rimando was forced to rush off of his line and block the shot. 

PAN – Anibal Godoy, 23rd minute: Michael Bradley took the corner kick from the left side, a bending ball into the six-yard box that likely was headed for goal. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo had a difficult time getting to the ball, but Godoy headed it out of harm’s way at the near post. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Michael Bradley scored his 13th-career goal. He is now tied for 13th on the all-time MNT goal scoring list with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez. Next up on the list is 12th-place Carlos Bocanegra, who scored 14 goals from 2001-12.
  • Clint Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only U.S. MNT players to score 40 international goals. Donovan scored 57 times in 157 games and Dempsey has 40 goals in 112 matches.
  • Dempsey is now tied for sixth all-time in career appearances with Claudio Reyna, who earned 112 caps from 1994-2006. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Denmark at 3 p.m. ET on March 25 in Arhus.
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Additional Notes:

  • Before the match, a moment of remembrance was held for former 1950 FIFA World Cup goalkeeper Frank Borghi, who passed away last week. The National Soccer Hall of Famer manned the net in the USA’s famous 1-0 victory against England in Brazil.
  • The USA is now 12-1-2 all-time against Panama and has won the past six meetings.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup included Nick Rimando returning to goal and a defensive back four with Brek Shea on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler at center back. Jones earned his 50th-career cap.
  • In the midfield of the USA’s 4-2-3-1, Mix Diskerud and Michael Bradley played in the holding role, with Miguel Ibarra, captain Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes above them, left to right. Ibarra and Zardes each earned their first MNT starts in just their second appearances. It was a familiar setting for Zardes who plies his professional trade with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy at StubHub Center.
  • Striker Jozy Altidore played up front.
  • Goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaced Rimando to open the second half. It was Johnson’s first appearance since a 1-0 shutout victory against Costa Rica on July 16, 2013, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Also to open the second half, Chris Wondolowski entered for Altidore who was held out for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons (right hamstring soreness).
  • Two players made their MNT debuts in the 72nd minute. Perry Kitchen replaced Diskerud and Matt Hedges replaced Yedlin, who had to leave the match with a right knee sprain in the 68th minute
  • Lee Nguyen took the place of Ibarra in the 79th minute.
  • Luis Gil joined the action in the 81st minute for Dempsey. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,271
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Michael Bradley                                  27th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)           37 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (14-Luis Gil, 81), 19-Miguel Ibarra (7-Lee Nguyen, 79); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Wil Trapp, 16-Shane O'Neill, 21-Dillon Serna
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo (capt.); 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Fidel Escobar (23-Chin Hormechea, 46), 3-Harold Cummings, 17-Luis Ovalle (11-Hécgar Murillo, 46); 8-Marcos Sánchez (16-Yairo Glaize Yau, 46), 13-Alfredo Stephens (22-Ismael Díaz, 55), 20-Aníbal Godoy, 15-Éric Davis; 7-Blas Pérez (21-Ricardo Buitrago, 56), 9-Rolando Blackburn (4-Luis Pereira, 63)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Amir Murillo, 10-Gabriel Torres, 12-José Calderón, 19-Jhamal Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez 

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 15
Offside: 0 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       38th minute
PAN – Luis Ovalle (caution)               40
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           59
USA – Chris Wondolowski (caution)  65

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)                                          
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)                                      
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)                                            
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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MNT Feb 8, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,271
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Michael Bradley                                  27th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)           37 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (14-Luis Gil, 81), 19-Miguel Ibarra (7-Lee Nguyen, 79); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Wil Trapp, 16-Shane O'Neill, 21-Dillon Serna
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo (capt.); 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Fidel Escobar (23-Chin Hormechea, 46), 3-Harold Cummings, 17-Luis Ovalle (11-Hécgar Murillo, 46); 8-Marcos Sánchez (16-Yairo Glaize Yau, 46), 13-Alfredo Stephens (22-Ismael Díaz, 55), 20-Aníbal Godoy, 15-Éric Davis; 7-Blas Pérez (21-Ricardo Buitrago, 56), 9-Rolando Blackburn (4-Luis Pereira, 63)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Amir Murillo, 10-Gabriel Torres, 12-José Calderón, 19-Jhamal Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez 

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 15
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       38th minute
PAN – Luis Ovalle (caution)               40
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           59
USA – Chris Wondolowski (caution)  65 

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)                                          
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)                                      
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)                                            
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

Pair of Upsets by Division II Clubs Highlight 2017 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

CHICAGO (June 28, 2017) – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 delivered high drama as Division II clubs FC Cincinnati and Miami FC pulled impressive upsets to reach the Quarterfinal Round where they will be joined by Division I sides FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes. The Quarterfinals will take place across the country with a match from each of the four regions taking place each night from July 10-13.

The wins by Miami FC (NASL), 3-1 against Atlanta United FC (MLS) and FC Cincinnati (USL) 3-1 on penalty kicks in a thrilling nationally televised match against Chicago Fire (MLS) means the two Cinderellas will face off in a high-stakes Quarterfinal that will award the winner not just a Semifinal berth but $15,000 in prize money as the Division II to advance farthest in the competition.

2017 U.S. Open Cup - Quarterfinal Bracket

Elsewhere, MLS sides Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls exacted a bit of revenge on Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union, respectively, by advancing past a pair of teams that had knocked them out of the 2016 edition of the tournament. Also in all-MLS action, New England Revolution came back to down D.C. United 2-1.

In the Round of 16’s early game on Tuesday evening, current title holders FC Dallas (MLS) made easy work of visiting Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3-1, while the same was true on Wednesday night for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), who beat a second-string Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 2-1 and LA Galaxy, who came to life in the second half to dispatch lower league Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 2-0.

Three of the eight 2017 Quarterfinalists advanced to the same stage of the competition last year: LA Galaxy and New England Revolution, while FC Dallas will extend its Modern Era record with a 16th Quarterfinal appearance.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 10
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT
Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
7:30 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 12
Miami FC (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET
Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
July 13
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
7:30 p.m. ET
Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.

Semifinals            Aug. 8-9
Final                      Sept. 20

MATCH RECAPS

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

FC Dallas (MLS) 3, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 1
Defending champions FC Dallas strolled past Colorado Rapids 3-1 to book passage to the Quarterfinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas piled the pressure on Colorado early, with Ryan Hollingshead and Maynor Figueroa both hitting the woodwork inside the first 20 minutes. And things only got worse for the Rapids when they were forced into a pair of first-half substitutions. More bad luck hit when the referee pointed to the penalty spot in the fading minutes of the opening period. Mauro Diaz stroked home a calm penalty in the 45th minute to send FC Dallas into the locker-room with a 1-0 advantage. The Rapids drew level in the opening exchanges of the second half when Ugandan defender Michael Azira scored a rare goal from 20 yards. The leveler was a false dawn, however, as Diaz was again the creator in the 57th minute when his entry pass picked out Reggie Cannon who crossed low through the box for Hollingshead to clean up with a tidy finish at the back post. An injury to Shkëlzen Gashi and a red card for Kortne Ford forced the visitors to finish the game with nine men and, Javi Morales took advantage in the dying moments with a pin-point free-kick that nestled in the bottom corner to settle the affair at 3-1. FC Dallas, aiming for a second-straight Open Cup crown, advance to the Quarterfinals where they’ll face Sporting Kansas City.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2
After trading 3-1 Open Cup wins the past two years, Sporting Kansas City reestablished its lead in the Cup series with a 2-0 away win against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Just as he did five days prior with a ridiculous bicycle kick in league play, Sporting defender Ike Opara notched the game winning goal, this time in the 61st minute. Ille Sánchez sent a corner deep to the far end of the 18, where center back Kevin Ellis headed the ball back toward goal for Opara, who outjumped his mark and snapped a header into the ground, underneath a diving Joe Willis in the 61st minute. With Houston pressing for a tying goal, SKC’s Latif Blessing found himself with the ball all alone in the attacking half. After beating a tired defender inside, Blessing caught a streaking Gerso Fernandes in his periphery and played a ball to open space for him. Fernandes did well to finish with a left-footed shot back across the goal and into the left side netting, sealing the 2-0 score line in second half stoppage time. Sporting KC advances to host FC Dallas in the Quarterfinals on July 11.

New England Revolution (MLS) 2, D.C. United (MLS) 1
The New England Revolution sent a small but energetic crowd at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard University home happy after booking a spot in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals with a 2-1, comeback win against D.C. United. After an early goal in the seventh minute by José Guillermo Ortiz gave D.C. the lead, New England settled into a rhythm of ceding possession to the visitors in order to carve out the majority of chances in the game via the break. And the hosts’ reward came just a minute before the break when Diego Fagundez curled home an excellent, free kick equalizer from the top of the arc. It didn’t take long for the Revs to snare the game winner after the restart with Brian Wright bringing down a long ball forward, turning his defender and firing low shot from the left side across the goal mouth into the far side netting. New England moves on to face fellow MLS club Philadelphia Union in the next round on June 11.

Miami FC (NASL) 3, Atlanta United FC (MLS) 2
In the first “cupset” of the night, Miami FC knocked off a second straight Division I side, this time taking down MLS newcomers Atlanta United FC 3-2 at the death thanks to Kwadwo Poku’s 93rd minute winner. The visitors opened the scoring through U.S. Youth International Brandon Vazquez, who headed Atlanta into a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. But the talented NASL side coached by Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, was even two minutes later via their Brazilian ace Stéfano Pinho, who tallied a hat trick in the previous round against Orlando City. After the break, Rhett Bernstein handed Miami a 2-1 advantage in the 52nd minute only to see Julian Gressel reply from the penalty spot for the Five Stripes as the game see-sawed toward extra time. But just as regulation was about to end, Vincenzo Rennella played a streak Poku in behind the Atlanta defense, and the Ghanaian made no mistake with a deft finish past the on-rushing ‘keeper to send Miami up against fellow Cinderella story FC Cincinnati in the Quarterfinal Round on July 12 in South Florida.

New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1 (5-3 PKs)
Having been eliminated from Open Cup play by the Philadelphia Union two years in a row, the New York Red Bulls reversed their fortune with a 5-3 result in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16. New York got on the board first when high pressure forced a Union turnover in their own end. Four players quickly knocked the ball around, climaxing when Bradley Wright-Phillips received a ball with his chest, dropped it to the ground, turned and sent a square ball to a charging Sacha Kljestan, who slotted home. Hoping to stave off elimination, Philly’s Roland Alberg – the recipient of a Jack Elliot lob from midfield – tallied from distance to level the score in the 86th minute. The Union took control in extra time, but poor finishing resulted in a shootout. All nine players scored on their attempts, save for a crucial miss by Philadelphia’s Fafa Picault. New York advances to the Quarterfinals for an away matchup with another familiar foe, the New England Revolution, on July 13.

FC Cincinnati (USL) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (3-1 PKs)
It took all 120 minutes, support from the second largest Modern Era crowd in U.S. Open Cup history of 32,287 fans and three jaw-dropping saves in penalties, but FC Cincinnati pulled out the most notable Cupset of the year, a 2-1 advantage on spot kicks in an otherwise scoreless game on ESPN. Despite manning their posts at opposite ends of the field, goalkeepers Matt Lampson and Mitch Hildebrandt took center stage, stopping a combined 17 shots on goal through extra time. Though Lampson kept Chicago in the game with a point-blank save in the waning moments extra time, Hildebrandt one-upped him in the end, guessing perfectly on three of Chicago’s four spot kicks in front of The Bailey. The Fire dominated more than 70% possession, but Cincinnati was oh so close to capitalizing on its chances, once prevented by a potential handball and the other a difficult offside call. In the end, the USL side advances to the Quarterfinals for a road trip to take on Miami FC on July 12 for right to be the furthest advancing Division II side in the competition.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 1
The San Jose Earthquakes earned a spot in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 with a 2-1 home victory against Seattle Sounders FC. Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas put his side up in just the sixth minute when his attempt to score on a weak clearance deflected off a Seattle defender and past a helpless ‘keeper. A red card to Francisco Narbón did Seattle no favors in the 35th minute, but Aaron Kovar converted a nifty free kick in the 48th minute, tucking a left-footed shot from distance inside the near post. San Jose’s Dany Hoesen scored one of the night’s finest goals in the 84th minute when he followed up a give-and-go with U.S. Youth International Jackson Yueill with a quick move through the defense and clean finish. The Quakes advance to host the LA Galaxy in a California Clásico on July 10.

LA Galaxy (MLS) 2, Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 0
After a scoreless first 45 minutes, the LA Galaxy got two spectacular finishes from Ariel Lassiter and Bradford Jamieson IV during a three-minute span at the beginning of the second half to polish off Sacramento Republic FC by a 2-0 score and advance to the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. In a match played at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium, a Sacramento team that had defeated LA Galaxy II 3-2 in a USL league match last Sunday acquitted itself well against the MLS side, but Lassiter put LA on the front foot in the 47th minute, curling a beautiful left-footed free kick over the wall and into the upper right corner. Less than two minutes later, Jamieson sprinted into the right side of the penalty area and unleashed a blistering strike that deflected off a Sacramento defender before plowing into the net past diving goalkeeper Evan Newton. LA’s advancement sets up a Quarterfinal showdown with a second straight Bay Area squad as they will travel to San Jose on July 10.

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 29, 2017

Development Academy Quarterfinalists Set After Successful Playoffs

WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 28, 2017) – The quarterfinal match-ups of the 2017 Development Academy Playoffs were set following Monday’s final round of the group stage at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. Eight teams remain alive in both the U-15/16 Playoffs and the U-17/18 Playoffs with the quarterfinals scheduled for July 6-7 at sites across the country.

The U-15/16 quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, July 6. If extra time is necessary, the format will be two 10-minute periods followed by penalty kicks. In the U-17/18 age group the quarterfinals will be played on Friday, July 7, with the extra time format to be composed of two 15-minute periods followed by penalty kicks.

Three MLS programs advanced to both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 quarterfinals: Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake AZ.

After playing three games in five days against elite level competition at the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the eight group winners from each age group were evaluated by the Academy to determine who they would face in the quarterfinals. Matchups and host sites for the quarterfinals are determined by the Academy staff and Technical staff based on a number of factors that include (but are not limited to): final seed, geography (to reduce travel and prioritize player wellness), competitive integrity, and scheduling logistics.

By earning a higher overall seed in the regular season, determined by a club’s average points-per-game, higher seeds were given priority to host a match.

U-15/16 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

1

FC Dallas U-15/16

Colorado Rapids U-15/16

21

3

Atlanta United FC U-15/16

Bethesda SC U-15/16

10

5

Sporting Kansas City U-15/16

Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16

9

8

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-15/16

Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16

18

U-15/16 CLUB NOTES

  • In their first year with a U-15/16academy program, Atlanta United FC advances to the quarterfinals as the second highest remaining seed. U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and Atlanta forward Zyen Jones, who scored for the USA at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, notched three goals across three Academy playoff games and will look to continue that streak on July 6.
  • Reaching the Academy quarterfinals for the first time at this age level, Bethesda SC will aim to continue their run in the Knockout Round.
  • After upsetting Crossfire Premier 2-1 in their opening Academy playoff game and drawing FC Golden State in their second, Colorado Rapids defeated Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth in their final Group B game to finish on top of the group and advance as the lowest seed remaining in the U-15/16 age group. After both its age groups missed the Playoffs at the end of the 2016 season, Colorado’s U-15/16s and U-17/18s qualified in 2017 under the direction of first year Academy coach Chris Martinez.
  • As the only number one overall seed remaining, FC Dallas will look to continue their championship ways and strive to capture their third straight U-15/16 title in 2017.
  • Real Salt Lake AZ will try to return to the Academy Championship game for the first time since hoisting the U-15/16 trophy during the 2012-2013 season. RSL enters the quarterfinals after winning their first two Group G games and drawing their third to ensure advancement.
  • The former home club of U.S. Men’s National Team players Jordan Morris and DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC advanced to the Knockout Round in both age groups.
  • Needing a win or tie in their final Playoff game vs. Weston FC, Sporting Kansas City got the job done with a 2-2 tie, ensuring their first appearance in the U-15/16 quarterfinals.
  • With all four Group C teams still alive on the final day of playoff competition, the Vancouver Whitecaps got the 3-2 win they needed vs. LA Galaxy and advanced from the all-MLS group at the expense of Houston Dynamo based on goal differential.

U-17/18 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

2

Orlando City SC U-17/18

Colorado Rapids U-17/18

30

4

Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18

LA Galaxy U-17/18

32

18

Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18

Crossfire Premier U-17/18

27

20

Texans SC Houston U-17/18

Real So Cal U-17/18

28

U-17/18 CLUB NOTES

  • Colorado Rapids took Group F by storm, winning all three of their Academy playoff games. The Rapids advance to the U-17/18 quarterfinals after missing the playoffs last year.
  • Crossfire Premier hopes to make their second U-17/18 National Championship appearance since the 2009-10 season. Kelyn Rowe assisted on Crossfire’s lone goal before Vardar came from behind to nab their first Academy Championship. Rowe was recently named to the official 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup roster.
  • Perhaps the biggest group upset of 2017, not only was LA Galaxy the last team to qualify for the Playoffs, but they were also the lowest overall seed at number 32.
  • Under first year Academy Director David Longwell, Orlando City SC advance to their first-ever quarterfinals after taking all nine points from Group G play, including a final game thriller on the last day of the competition played on the stadium field in front of more than 1,000 fans.
  • Qualifying to the U-17/18 quarterfinals has been a consistent theme for Real Salt Lake AZ, which join their U-15/16’s quest to win the Academy Championship as the last Real Salt Lake Academy teams training in Casa Grande, Ariz. U.S. U-17 midfielder Taylor Booth, who helped the USA qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will continue to lead the RSL midfield’s charge.
  • Real So Cal advances to the Knockout Round for the second straight year.
  • Qualifying for the quarterfinals along with their U-15/16 counterparts, Seattle Sounders FC advance from a very difficult Group C that included 2015-2016 Academy Champions FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and Beachside Soccer Club.
  • Texans SC Houston are one of only two teams in the Academy Playoffs to win all three games and advance to the quarterfinals after an impressive run through Group D.

Quarterfinal winners from both age groups advance to the Academy Championships set to take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., beginning Friday, July 14. Championship games are scheduled for Sunday, July 16.

Stay up-to-date with the Knockout Rounds on ussoccerda.comTwitter, Instagram, and by liking the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

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ACADEMY Jun 28, 2017

Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios Set for 2017 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (June 28, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has determined the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal schedule scenarios that will see Round of 16 winners face off at venues across the country during the second week of July.

The four Round of 16 winners that advance from the upper bracket in each region will host the Quarterfinal matches. Following the Quarterfinals, a concluding draw will take place to determine the hosting scenarios for the tournament Semifinals and Final.

2017 U.S. Open Cup - Quarterfinal Bracket

The Round of 16 began Tuesday night when FC Dallas defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-1 in an all-MLS match-up. The seven remaining Round of 16 games will be played tonight with the first coming at 6:30 p.m. ET when Houston Dynamo (MLS) welcome Sporting Kansas City (MLS) to BBVA Compass Stadium.

Three Division II clubs remain in the competition and, Miami FC (NASL) will get first crack at a “cupset” tonight when they host Division I new-comers Atlanta United FC (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET. A half-hour later FC Cincinnati (USL) will take on Chicago Fire (MLS) in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.

The Round of 16 action closes out west when Sacramento Republic FC (USL) take aim at LA Galaxy (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET in what will be the final upset bid of the evening.

Additional matches include all-MLS matchups between New England Revolution (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET, New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at 8 p.m. ET and San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET. All the night’s games will be broadcast on ussoccer.com with the exception of the FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire match.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 10
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT
Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
7:30 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 12
Miami FC (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET
Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
July 13
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
7:30 p.m. ET
Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.

Semifinals            Aug. 8-9
Final                      Sept. 20

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 28, 2017

Five Things To Know About the 2017 Tournament of Nations

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to claim the inaugural Tournament of Nations trophy this summer, but what is the Tournament of Nations? Who is playing? When and Where? Here are five things you should know ahead of this summer’s competition:

2017 Tournament of Nations: What, Who, When, Where

From July 27 to August 3, U.S. Soccer is set host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the USA for the inaugural Tournament of Nations. The event will take place in three venues along the west coast; CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Qualcomm Stadium San Diego and at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders.

The USA is currently ranked first in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh and Brazil is eighth. U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.

All the USA games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also watch online on WatchESPN. While the non-U.S. matches will not be broadcast, all the goals from those games will be available on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

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WNT Jun 28, 2017

Joe Corona and Juan Agudelo Get Second Chance to Make First Impression with U.S. MNT

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is a moment of opportunity. For some, it’s their first with the MNT. Others are looking at a second chance to make a first impression at the international level with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena back at the helm.

Part of the USA’s last Gold Cup championship side in 2013, Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona is making his first camp appearance since September 2015.

“It’s been two years since I’ve been here and I’m very happy,” Corona told ussoccer.com on Tuesday. “First of all, I’m very thankful that Bruce gave me the opportunity to be here and give me a chance to show myself and a lot of my teammates to play a great tournament.”

The international absence somewhat coincided with loan moves to Veracruz and Liga MX Acenso side Dorados Sinaloa, but Corona returned to Estado Caliente at the beginning of 2017 and proved vital in helping Xolos to the Clausura regular season championship, tallying two goals and three assists while appearing in all 19 matches during the campaign.   

“We had a great run last season. I got a lot of playing time, and I think it helped me a lot to get my confidence back and get some goals. I think that’s the reason why I got the call-up.”

Corona is joined in camp by veteran forward Juan Agudelo, who memorably burst onto the U.S. MNT scene as the first Development Academy player to play for the National Team when he scored the late game-winner in a 1-0 friendly victory against South Africa back in 2010. He made his biggest mark the following year, appearing in 14 matches, including five of six during the USA’s run to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.

Making at least one senior team appearance every year since, Agudelo has remained on the periphery of the National Team but hasn’t found the consistency he’s hoped for on the international level. He puts the lack of regular appearances on himself.

“I believe I belong among the call ups, but sometimes I don’t show myself well at the club level,” he said. “That’s been the only thing I’ve been disappointed in: myself.”

With 23 caps, Agudelo ranks high among the most senior players on the current Gold Cup roster and has hopes the extended look the confederation championship provides will help make a better case for further inclusion in World Cup Qualifying and a potential U.S. roster at next summer’s FIFA World Cup.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity for all of us,” he said. “With a couple new guys coming in, it’s strange to think that I’ve been here a couple times and it’s an opportunity you have to take. You don’t know when you’ll have another chance like this in a major tournament before a World Cup. As a kid I’ve always wanted to play in a World Cup.”

With both Agudelo and Corona having experienced the rigors of a Gold Cup before – and both playing in a final – the pair knows what it will take for the current group to help the USA lift its sixth regional trophy at the end of July.

“I think it takes a full lineup,” Agudelo said. “There’s got to be 23 players ready to play. There’s a lot of games, a short period of time to recover and I feel like the deepest squad wins the tournament. Back in 2011, luckily I was able to be a part of final, but just unlucky to lose a game like that [4-2 to Mexico].”

“I think it takes a lot of humbleness,” said Corona, who started the USA’s 2013 Gold Cup Final win against Panama. “We have to stay together as a group inside and outside of the field. I remember that 2013 team. We were very close on and off the field, and I think we have a lot of great human beings and great soccer players with a lot of talent that want to show themselves and earn the spot not only here in the Gold Cup, but also in World Cup Qualifying. I think it’s a great opportunity for us to put our hands out there and try to be a part of everything.”

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MNT Jun 28, 2017
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