As the U.S Futsal National Team prepares for a two-game play-in series against Canada in San Jose, Costa Rica for a berth in next week’s CONCACAF Futsal Championship, here are five things to know about these crucial matches:
1. THE ANATOMY OF FUTSAL
Inspired by the game of soccer, futsal is known for its fast pace as well as technical and tactical play in a confined space. The term futsal derives from the Spanish phrase “futbol de salon” which translates to “indoor soccer.” Futsal is a game that focuses on the technical skill of players and can serve as an excellent foundation for soccer players.
2. THE DIFFERENCE
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3. WHAT’S AT STAKE
The U.S. will compete with Canada for a berth in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, which begins on Sunday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The route to Group B is simple: the team that scores the most goals during the two-match play-in series will earn the final spot in Group B alongside host nation Costa Rica, Curacao and Cuba.
The men’s futsal competition will feature eight countries, six of which have already earned a berth in the tournament. The top four finishers will qualify for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held this September in Colombia.
The U.S. has competed in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship since its inception in 1996, which was also the year the team earned its first gold medal. All five appearances have been under the leadership of head coach Keith Tozer. The tournament was previously held in Costa Rica twice, where the U.S. placed well both years, earning bronze in 2000 and gold in 2004. The U.S. is tied with Costa Rica with two gold medals apiece, the most of any CONCACAF team.
4. WHO TO WATCH
The U.S. and Canada both feature players who play professionally in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The U.S. roster includes five players who participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship: Kraig Chiles, Patrick Healey, Bryan Perez, Nelson Santana and team captain Danny Waltman. Three players on the U.S. side look to earn their first international cap: Tony Donatelli, Adriano Dos Santos and Franck Tayou.
Canada has made one appearance in the tournament’s history and finished in seventh place. The FNT defeated Canada 3-2 in the 2012 group stage of the tournament, with goals by Healey, Perez, and Chiles, all players on the 2016 tournament roster.
5. THE NEXT STEP
The play-in series kicks off at BN Arena in San Jose, Costa Rica on May 4, with the second match taking place on May 5, both at 10 p.m. ET. The aggregate score from both games determines which team qualifies for the CONCACAF tournament. In the result of a tie, two five-minute periods of extra time will be added at the end of the 40 minutes of regular play, followed by penalty kicks if the match remains at a draw.
The winner of the series will face Costa Rica in the first match of the Group Stage on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.Read more
With the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season in full swing, the Washington Spirit remain as the only unbeaten and untied club through three weeks of play. Action resumed this past Friday with a pair of matches.
Washington Spirit (3-0-0; 9 points) defeat Western New York Flash (1-2-0; 3 points ) 3-0
First up, the Washington Spirit defeated the Western New York Flash 3-0 to earn the full nine points through three games. Captain Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn have helped the Spirit get off to the best start in club history following victories against the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC in the first two weeks.
Dunn shined early, providing a fantastic assist to Diana Matheson in the fourth minute, her second assist of the year. After scoring a week earlier against Sky Blue FC, Krieger almost found the back of the net again in the 85th minute when she sent a rocket just left of the goal. The Flash dropped to eighth in the league standings after Friday night’s home opener. Samantha Mewis and Jaelene Hinkle both started for the Flash.
The Spirit will take on Portland Thorns FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex next Saturday in a top-of-the-table matchup. Meanwhile, the Flash will travel south to Rutgers University to play Sky Blue FC on Saturday.
Houston Dash (1-1-1; 4 points) draw 0-0 with Sky Blue FC (1-1-1; 4 points)
Following a tough road loss against the Orlando Pride in week two that also resulted in the loss of midfielder Carli Lloyd for 3-6 weeks with an MCL sprain, the Houston Dash played Sky Blue FC to a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday. Sky Blue will head back home this Saturday to host the Western New York Flash, while the Dash will travel to Kansas City to play the Blues on Saturday evening.
Portland Thorns FC (2-0-1; 7 points) defeat Boston Breakers (0-3-0; 0 points) 1-0
The Portland Thorns defeated the Boston Breakers 1-0 to jump to second place in the NWSL standings, trailing only the Spirit.
Thorns captain Tobin Heath earned her fourth assist of the season after her short free kick from 18 yards out on the left side connected to the head of the crashing Dagny Brynjardottir for the game-winning goal. Meghan Klingenberg drew a foul that earned the set piece for Heath that eventually led to the goal. The Breakers will host the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday and will hope to earn their first point this season.
Chicago Red Stars (2-1-0; 6 points) defeat Orlando Pride (2-1-0; 6 points) 1-0
The Red Stars defeated the Orlando Pride 1-0 on Saturday to maintain its perfect home record this season. The match featured Women's National Team players at the front and back with WNT forwards Christen Press and Alex Morgan, and goalkeepers Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher.
Chicago came out on top with Press notching the game-winner in the 64th minute after she ran under a long pass into the box and blasted a shot over the diving Harris for her second goal of the season. Naeher earned her second shutout of the season, recording four saves. Both Naeher and Harris top the league with 13 saves apiece. The Pride will head back home to Orlando to take on the Seattle Reign, while the Red Stars travel to face the Breakers on Saturday.
Seattle Reign FC (2-1-0; 6 points) defeat FC Kansas City (0-2-1; 1 point) 1-0
In a rematch of the 2015 NWSL Championship game the Reign flipped the result this time around, earning a 1-0 victory against FC Kansas City. WNT goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her second shutout of the season, just one of three goalkeepers to do so. The Reign sit in third place in the league standings while Kansas City dropped to ninth. Kansas City will host the Dash on Saturday evening, while Seattle travels across the country to Orlando for the first match between the sides on Sunday afternoon.
Crystal Dunn – 90 minutes, assist (Washington Spirit)
Whitney Engen (capt.) – 90 minutes (Boston Breakers)
Ashlyn Harris – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Tobin Heath (capt.) – 89 minutes, assist (Portland Thorns FC)
Jaelene Hinkle – 90 minutes (Western New York Flash)
Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Ali Krieger (capt.) – 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Allie Long – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (Western New York Flash)
Alex Morgan (capt.) – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Heather O’Reilly – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Christie Rampone (capt.) – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Hope Solo – 90 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Emily Sonnett – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
* Did not play:
Morgan Brian – (Houston Dash)
Julie Johnston – (Chicago Red Stars)
Carli Lloyd – (Houston Dash)
Week 4 Matchups:
Saturday, May 7
7 p.m. ET: Sky Blue FC vs. Western New York Flash
7 p.m. ET: Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC
7 p.m. ET: Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars
7:30 p.m. CT: FC Kansas City vs. Houston Dash
Sunday, May 8
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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA (May 2, 2016) – U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer has named 14 players to represent the United States in the Qualifying matches for the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica. The USA will face Canada in a two-game play-in series, the winner of which will qualify for a spot in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship. The series will kickoff on Wednesday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
All 14 players selected were a part of the USA’s 24-man roster for the April training camp held in Redondo Beach, Calif. The roster features two goalkeepers, three defenders, six midfielders, and three forwards.
“Having the 24 players was huge for us because this is the largest camp we’ve ever had in twenty years,” said Tozer. “Players had a high level of competition here and there was a great learning process going on. In years past, we brought in 12 players and took 12 players. We’ve had a very busy last six months and we’re excited to begin these games with the men we’ve identified to represent the U.S.”
Five of the 14 players chosen by Tozer were on the USA’s 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship roster: Kraig Chiles, Patrick Healey, Bryan Perez, Nelson Santana and Danny Waltman.
U.S. FUTSAL NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eduardo Macias (City Futsal; Dallas, Texas), Danny Waltman (Tacoma Stars; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (3): Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore Blast; Baltimore, Md.), Brian Harris (Missouri Comets; Edwardsville, Ill.), Patrick Healey (Baltimore Blast; Blatimore, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kraig Chiles (San Diego Sockers; San Diego, Calif.), Felipe Gonzalez (Las Vegas Legends; Las Vegas, Nev.), Daniel Mattos (Detroit Waza Flo; Detroit, Mich.), Bryan Perez (Missouri Comets; St. Louis, Mo.), Nelson Santana (Ontario Fury; Ontario, Calif.), Joey Tavernese (Syracuse Silver Knights; Syracuse, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (3): Taylor Bond (Chicago Mustangs; Chicago, Ill.), Tony Donatelli (Baltimore Blast; Glenside, Pa.), Franck Tayou (Soles de Sonora; Morgantown, W.Va.)
With just a few weeks left in the European and Mexican seasons and MLS in full swing, the 40 players announced as part of the MNT’s preliminary player pool for Copa America Centenario on Sunday have just a few more chances to make a play for spots on the final tournament roster that will be announced later this month.
Here is a rundown of how MNT players performed for their clubs over the past week:
As he closes out his time on Merseyside, goalkeeper Tim Howard was granted the starting spot in goal for Everton’s final two home matches in recognition of his 10 years of service at Goodison Park. Howard’s swansong began this weekend, with the veteran MNT ‘keeper making one save in the Toffees’ 2-1 win vs. Bournemouth. Howard will play his final match for the club on May 15 vs. Norwich City before officially becoming a member of the Colorado Rapids in early July.
Earlier last week in Mexico, Ventura Alvarado was an unused substitute as Club America earned a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final. Alvarado played 90 minutes at right back in las Aguilas’ 2-0 first leg win on April 20, helping the club to its second straight regional crown.
On Saturday night, Alvarado was back in the lineup as he and Club America played to a 3-3 draw with Edgar Castillo and Monterrey at Estadio Azteca. Having missed los Rayados’ last three matches through injury, Castillo played the final 45 minutes for the Liga MX Clausura regular season champs.
In MLS, Jordan Morris scored in his third straight match for Seattle Sounders FC, tallying the 88th minute winner from close-range in Seattle Sounders FC’s 1-0 home win against Columbus Crew SC. Clint Dempsey went 78 minutes in Seattle’s winning effort while Ethan Finlay played the full 90 for Columbus.
WATCH: Jordan Morris Scores in Third Straight Match
Darlington Nagbe made a welcome return to the Portland Timbers midfield, two weeks after suffering a sprained ankle courtesy of harsh challenge from the LA Galaxy’s Nigel De Jong. Nagbe went 90 minutes and put the league back on notice as he assisted on Jack Barmby’s 64th minute goal in Portland’s 1-1 draw at New England on Wednesday.
WATCH: Darlington Nagbe provides assist in first game back from injury
Nagbe put in another full shift on Sunday as Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson turned away a number of solid efforts from Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Toronto FC in Portland’s 2-1 win over the Reds at Providence Park.
Having played the full 90 minutes in New England’s 1-1 draw with Portland on Wednesday, Lee Nguyen earned his first assist of the season on Saturday night, feeding Diego Fagundez in the seventh minute of the Revolution’s 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC.
WATCH: Nguyen helps open the scoring in New England’s 2-2 draw with Orlando
To end the weekend, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Gyasi Zardes each recorded an assist as Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 home draw with the LA Galaxy Sunday night. Besler and Zusi each were credited with the helper that led to Brad Davis’ beautiful curling shot from the right to give KC a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.
WATCH: Zusi and Besler help out on Brad Davis’ stunning strike
Not to be outdone, Zardes proved vital for a Galaxy side that was missing Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard as he provided the final pass for Giovani dos Santos in a well-played counter attack to level the scoring in the 42nd minute. After Ashley Cole was shown two yellow cards in the span of a minute, the Galaxy hunkered down for the final 20 to earn a scrappy road point.
WATCH: Zardes tallies his second assist of the year
Take a look at how all MNT players did for their clubs this weekend:
Jozy Altidore – 90 minutes for Toronto FC in 2-1 loss at Portland Timbers (May 1)
Ventura Alvarado – 90 minutes for Club America in 3-3 draw vs. Monterrey (April 30)
Kyle Beckerman – 90 minutes for Real Salt Lake in 2-1 win at Houston Dynamo (April 30)
Alejandro Bedoya – 90 minutes for Nantes in 1-0 win vs. Nice (April 30)
Matt Besler – 90 minutes for Sporting KC in 1-1 draw at Vancouver (April 27); 90 minutes, ASSIST for Sporting KC in 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy
David Bingham – 90 minutes for San Jose Earthquakes in 1-1 draw at Philadelphia Union (April 30)
Steve Birnbaum – 90 minutes for D.C. United in 1-1 draw at Chicago Fire (April 30)
Michael Bradley – 90 minutes for Toronto FC in 2-1 loss at Portland Timbers (May 1)
Geoff Cameron – 90 minutes for Stoke City in 1-1 draw vs. Sunderland (April 30)
Edgar Castillo – 45 minutes as a substitute for Monterrey in 3-3 draw at Club America (April 30)
Clint Dempsey – 78 minutes for Seattle Sounders FC in 1-0 win at Columbus Crew SC (April 30)
Mix Diskerud – 13 minutes as a substitute in New York City FC’s 1-1 draw vs. Montreal Impact (April 27); 15 minutes as a substitute for New York City FC in 3-2 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (April 30)
Ethan Finlay – 90 minutes for Columbus Crew SC in 1-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders FC (April 30)
Omar Gonzalez – 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 0-0 draw at Club Leon (April 30)
Tim Howard – 90 minutes in Everton’s 2-1 win vs. Bournemouth (April 30)
Jermaine Jones – 90 minutes for Colorado Rapids in 2-2 draw at Montreal Impact (April 30)
Perry Kitchen – 90 minutes for Hearts in 3-1 loss vs. Celtic (April 30)
Jordan Morris – 90 minutes, GOAL for Seattle Sounders FC in 1-0 win at Columbus Crew SC (April 30)
Darlington Nagbe – 90 minutes, ASSIST for Portland Timbers in 1-1 draw at New England Revolution (April 27); 90 minutes for Portland Timbers in 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC (May 1)
Michael Orozco – 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in 0-0 draw vs. Puebla (April 29)
Lee Nguyen – 90 minutes for New England Revolution in 1-1 draw vs. Portland Timbers (April 27); 80 minutes and an assist for New England Revolution in 2-2 draw vs. Orlando City SC (April 30)
Nick Rimando – 90 minutes for Real Salt Lake in 2-1 win vs. Houston Dynamo (April 30)
Danny Williams – 90 minutes for Reading in 2-1 loss vs. Preston North End
Chris Wondolowski – 90 minutes for San Jose Earthquakes in 1-1 draw at Philadelphia Union (April 30)
Bobby Wood – 90 minutes for Union Berlin in 1-0 win vs. Bochum
DeAndre Yedlin – 90 minutes for Sunderland in 1-1 draw at Stoke City
Gyasi Zardes – 90 minutes, ASSIST for LA Galaxy in 1-1 draw at Sporting KC (May 1)
Graham Zusi – 15 minutes as a substitute Sporting KC’s 1-1 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps (April 27); 90 minutes, ASSIST for Sporting
CHICAGO (1 de mayo, 2016) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Jurgen Klinsmann entregó la lista preliminar de 40 jugadores para la histórica Copa América Centenario 2016. Las reglas del torneo requieren que la nómina final de 23 jugadores se entregue a más tardar el 20 de mayo al Comité Organizador Local. Todos los jugadores en la lista final deben ser nombrados de la nómina preliminar.
Estados Unidos empezará su concentración el 16 de mayo en Miami y jugará tres partidos de preparación antes de abrir contra Colombia el 3 de junio en Levi's Stadium en Santa Clara, Calif. [BOLETOS]
Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Puerto Rico en el primero de los tres partidos de preparacion antes de que EE.UU. empieze su paso por la Copa América Centenario en junio. Después de viajar a Puerto Rico, EE.UU. se enfrentará a Ecuador el 25 de mayo en Toyota Stadium en Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2 y UniMás) [BOLETOS] y a Bolivia el 28 de mayo en Children's Mercy Park en Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 y una cadena de Univisión)
NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS:
ARQUEROS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENSAS (15): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club América), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea FC), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
DELANTEROS (8): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund),Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
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