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Match Preview: USA to Face Switzerland Before More Than 20K in Minneapolis | Oct. 23 | 12pm CT on FS1

Coming off a convincing 4-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will play the second leg of the two-game set on Oct. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (12:45 p.m. CT on FS1) as the 2016 schedule nears completion. It will be the USA’s first visit to Minnesota in more than 10 years. Following this game, the U.S. will only have two friendlies against Romania in November left to wrap up the year of competition.

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U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)

DEFENDERS (7): 14-Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), 11-Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), 15-Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 8-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 12-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 22-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 3-Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), 19-Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

FORWARDS (6): 16-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 2-Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), 21-Ashley Hatch (BYU), 7-Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), 12-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 13-Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)

Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
1-Gaëlle Thalmann (AGSM Verona, ITA), 12-Stenia Michel (FC Basel 1893), 21-Seraina Friedli (FC Zürich Frauen) 

DEFENDERS (4): 5-Noelle Maritz     (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg, GER), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München, GER) 

MIDFIELDERS (7): 3-Melanie Müller (BSC Young Boys), 4-Bangerter (FC Basel 1893), 7-Martina Moser (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (SC Freiburg, GER), 18-Viola Calligaris (BSC Young Boys), 20-Sandrine Mauron (FC Zürich Frauen), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)               

FORWARDS (5): 2-Patricia Willi (FC Zürich Frauen), 11-Lara Dickenmann (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen)               

A New Crop of Players:
The roster for the USA’s first two matches following the 2016 Olympics – wins against Thailand and the Netherlands in September – featured only players that were in Brazil, but as the U.S. team begins the new cycle leading up to qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ellis chose not to call up several veterans, making space in camp for 11 uncapped players, eight from the NWSL and three from the college ranks. All of the new players called up have previous U.S. Youth National Team experience at the Under-23 level or younger. Ellis will suit up 18 of the 23 available players in Minneapolis for the USA’s game on Sunday. After a few quality days of training, goalkeeper Jane Campbell has returned to Palo Alto, California to play with her college team as Stanford faces Utah this weekend.

Welcome to the USWNT: Against Switzerland on Oct. 19, five new players earned their first cap: Abby Dahlkemper, Ashley Hatch, Casey Short, Andi Sullivan and Lynn Williams. Stanford junior Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Short both started the match with Short playing all 90 minutes and Sullivan giving an excellent performance in 74 minutes of action. Williams played the entire second half at forward while defender Abby Dahlkemper played the final 19 minutes and Hatch played the final 16 minutes at flank midfield. Sullivan and Hatch are the first active college players to earn a cap for the U.S. WNT since Emily Sonnett started vs. Brazil on Oct. 25, 2015, in Orlando during her senior year at UVA.

First Cap, First Goal Club: Halftime substitute Lynn Williams earned her first cap and scored just 49 seconds into her debut. She became the 20th U.S. WNT player to find the net in her first cap and it was the fastest goal in a debut in U.S. history. Number 19th on that list was Mallory Pugh who also scored in her debut in January of this year.

Lloyd Nears 100 Goals: Carli Lloyd, who this summer became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympics (’08,’12,’16), scored international goal number 94 against the Netherlands on Sept. 18. That score came three days after scoring a hat trick against Thailand, a game where she was involved in seven of the USA’s nine goals, becoming the first U.S. WNT players to record three goals and four assists in one game. Since the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup last year, Lloyd has scored 31 goals in 33 matches. She is just six goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more. Lloyd has 15 goals in 2016 but would need a big day to top her own personal record of 18 goals scored in a single year – a record she set in 2015. (Lloyd will miss the November matches due to her upcoming wedding). Lloyd is the first player in U.S. history to score 15 or more goals in three consecutive calendar years. Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach were close, but never accomplished that feat. Lloyd made her WNT debut just six days shy of her 23rd birthday, and between then and by the time she turned 30, Lloyd scored 36 goals. Since she’s turned 30, she has scored 57 goals in just over four years.

Press and Dunn: Both Christen Press and Crystal Dunn lead the team in appearances this year with 22, having played in all matches the USA has contested in 2016. Press now has 36 goals in 77 international appearances, while Dunn recorded the 16th of her international career and 12th of 2016, which is third-best on the team this year. Press has now moved past April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into 14th place on the U.S. WNT all-time goals list. She is averaging just under a goal for every two games she plays (0.47 goals per game) for the WNT.

2016 NWSL Champions: Three members of the 2016 NWSL Champion Western New York Flash are currently in training camp with the U.S. WNT, two of them first-time call-ups. The 2016 NWSL Championship took place on Oct. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and the Flash emerged victorious following a dramatic 124th-minute game-tying goal from 2016 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams. Samantha Mewis scored the other goal for the Flash while Crystal Dunn scored both goals for the Washington Spirit. Williams and fellow WNT October call-up Abby Dahlkemper both successfully converted penalty kick attempts, while Mewis and Ali Krieger saw their spot kicks saved by the goalkeepers.   

History in Minnesota: The match at U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first for a U.S. National Team at the brand new facility built for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The fixed-roof stadium officially opened on July 22, 2016. The U.S. WNT has a long history in Minnesota as the team played many of its earliest home matches in Blaine, Minn., in 1986 and 1987. The U.S. Women have played 14 total matches in Blaine, tied with Portland, Ore., for the city that has hosted the most U.S. WNT matches, but the USA has not played in Minnesota since 2006. With more than 20,000 tickets sold for this match, a record has already been broken for the most fans to watch the U.S. WNT in Minnesota. The previous record was set on July 3, 2001, when the USA defeated Canada 1-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 15,614 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

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WNT Oct 21, 2016

Five Things to Know About Switzerland

Following a pair of friendlies against Thailand and the Netherlands in September, the U.S. WNT returned to action in style on Oct. 19 with a 4-0 win against Switzerland in front of 14,336 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The USA will now play the second of its two-game series against the European foe on Sunday, Oct. 23 in front of more than 20,000 fans in Minneapolis, Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis initially brought in a 24-player roster to training camp that featured 11 uncapped players, though five have now earned their first cap. The roster is now down to 23 players as goalkeeper Jane Campbell has returned to Palo Alto, Calif. to play in Stanford's match this weekend. Ellis will choose 18 players out of the 23 currently in camp to dress for the match.

Here are five things to know about Sunday's opponent:

USA vs. Switzerland, A Short History
Before Wednesday's game in Utah that saw Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams score for the USA, the two teams had only played each other twice at the senior level. In 2015 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the USA won 3-0 on goals from Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez. The first game between the two nations took place on Aug. 20, 2014, with the USA winning 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park. Two of the USA’s goals were off penalty kicks, by Lloyd and Wambach, and Switzerland’s goal was a PK as well, converted by Ana Maria Crnogorcevic. The game in Minneapolis will mark the fourth meeting between the countries.

UEFA Women’s European Championship
Switzerland qualified for the 2017 UEFA Women’s European Championship in the Netherlands taking full points by winning all eight games in Group 6 against Italy, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Georgia by a combined 34-3 margin. Switzerland’s closest match was a 2-1 victory over Italy in the leg played in Switzerland. The Swiss beat Italy 3-0 in Italy. Ana-Maria Crnogorčević led the team in qualifying with seven goals and seven assists, but Fabienne Humm scored six times. Ramona Bachman (who is not on the roster for the U.S. matches) had four goals, while Lara Dickenmann and Martina Moser each had three goals.

Germany Ties
Almost half of Switzerland’s roster (nine players) play club soccer for top clubs in Germany. Midfielder Martina Moser, who plays in Germany for Hoffenheim, and captain Caroline Abbe, who plays for Bayern Munich, are the most capped players on the roster with 120 games each. Moser has 20 international goals while Abbe has scored nine. Additionally, Switzerland’s coach is former Germany international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.

World Positioning
Currently ranked 15th in the world, Switzerland made its first Women’s World Cup appearance in 2015 in Canada and made it out of Group C after a solid tournament in which they scored 11 goals. In Group C play, Switzerland lost to eventual runners-up Japan 1-0, took down Ecuador 10-1 and lost to Cameroon, 2-1. The Swiss advanced as one of the best third place teams and faced tournament-host Canada in Vancouver, where it fell by a tight score of 1-0 to bow out of its first world championship.

USA Familiarity
Lara Dickenmann played college soccer at Ohio State where she was the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 2004. She is one of Switzerland’s top players and regarded as one of the top players in the world. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue in the states during her time in college. Dickenmann has played 114 times for Switzerland and scored 44 goals, the most on this roster.

Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (AGSM Verona, ITA), 12-Stenia Michel (FC Basel 1893), 21-Seraina Friedli (FC Zürich Frauen)  
DEFENDERS (4): 5-Noelle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg, GER), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München, GER)  
MIDFIELDERS (7): 3-Melanie Müller (BSC Young Boys), 4-Bangerter (FC Basel 1893), 7-Martina Moser (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (SC Freiburg, GER), 18-Viola Calligaris (BSC Young Boys), 20-Sandrine Mauron (FC Zürich Frauen), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)   
FORWARDS (5): 2-Patricia Willi (FC Zürich Frauen), 11-Lara Dickenmann (VfL Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen)

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WNT Oct 21, 2016

MNT on TV: Europe in Full Swing, M.L.S. Heads Towards Playoffs

As the start of the Hex creeps ever closer, competition for places on the 23-man squad remains white hot. With M.L.S. closing out the regular season this weekend and leagues abroad offering just a few more match days before the international break, the chances for MNT players to “make their case” are precious.

Friday afternoon offers yet another clash of MNT teammates in the German Bundesliga. Fresh off his game-tying assist last week against Bayern Munich, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt travel north to face off with Bobby Wood and Hamburg (2:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus).

In Friday’s nightcap, Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola and first-place Club Tijuana look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Club America when they welcome Chiapas to Estadio Caliente (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

Saturday morning’s contests give both John Brooks and Christian Pulisic an opportunity to help their clubs push back up the Bundesliga table. Sitting fourth in the league, Brooks and Hertha Berlin can ascend the standings with a home win against surprising second-place side Koln (9:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer 2 Go), while Pulisic and fifth-place Dortmund will be favorites as they visit Alfredo Morales and cellar dwellers Ingolstadt (9:30 a.m. – FS2).

In England, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City work to build off their first win of the season last week with a trip to London Stadium to take on West Ham (10 a.m. – NBC PLET).

After a cold kept him out of Borussia Monchengladbach’s midweek UEFA Champions League win at Celtic, Fabian Johnson should be healthy as ‘Gladbach visits Julian Green and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena (12:30 p.m. – FS2).

On Sunday, Werder Bremen will attempt to extend its three-game unbeaten streak and Aron Johannssson hopes to get back on the field for Die Werderaner in their trip to RB Leipzig (9:30 a.m. – FS1).

The rest of Sunday is all about M.L.S., as all 10 of the league’s final regular season matches kickoff simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET. If you can’t pick one match to watch, follow all the action live with ESPN2’s Whiparound Show.

The most enticing action of the day will come out west, where four teams are vying for the final three playoff berths in the Western Conference. On ESPN, Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC will try to complete an incredible midseason comeback against Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake, with the winner automatically locking down a playoff berth. Meanwhile, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting KC can also book their sixth-straight postseason ticket simply by beating the already eliminated San Jose Earthquakes (MLS Live).

Draws will complicate things out west, so for scenarios around any other combination of results, click here

Meanwhile, Tim Howard and Colorado Rapids still have the chance to complete a miraculous season-to-season turnaround and clinch the MLS Supporters Shield, needing a win against Western Conference bottom feeders Houston Dynamo (MLS Live) combined with an FC Dallas loss to LA Galaxy (FS1). The match could also see the return of Jermaine Jones to the Rapids game-day roster just in time for the postseason.

Out on the east coast, Sacha Kljestan and New York Red Bulls can finish atop the conference for the third time in four years simply by earning a draw or better away to Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union (MLS Live). With one assist in the match, Kljestan can also become the second player in MLS history and first since Carlos Valderrama in 2000 to record 20 assists in a season.

Though their playoff place has been booked for a few weeks, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Toronto FC will hope to jump to second place and avoid the midweek Knockout Round. They can do so with a win at home against Chicago Fire (MLS Live), combined with a New York City FC draw or loss to Columbus Crew SC (MLS Live).

Friday, Oct. 21

Bobby Wood, Timmy Chandler

Hamburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

2:30 p.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola

Club Tijuana vs. Chiapas FC

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, Oct. 22

John Brooks

Hertha Berlin vs. Koln

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Christian Pulisic, Alfredo Morales

Ingolstadt vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.


Brad Guzan

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough

10 a.m.

NBCSN, NBC Universo

Geoff Cameron

Hull City vs. Stoke City

10 a.m.


Lynden Gooch

West Ham United vs. Sunderland

10 a.m.


Julian Green, Fabian Johnson

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

12:30 p.m.


William Yarbrough

Club Leon vs. Morelia

10 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 23

Aron Johannson, Terrence Boyd

RB Leipzig vs. Werder Bremen

9:30 a.m.


Jordan Morris, Kyle Beckerman

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake

4 p.m.

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Kellyn Acosta

LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas

4 p.m.

FS1, Fox Deportes

Steve Birnbaum

Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Lee Nguyen

New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones

Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham

Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay

New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew SC

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire

4 p.m.

MLS Live

Omar Gonzalez

Chivas vs. Pachuca

9 p.m.


Injury Report

Kellyn Acosta

FC Dallas

Undisclosed Injury

Gyasi Zardes

LA Galaxy

Broken fifth metatarsal

Clint Dempsey

Seattle Sounders FC

Irregular heartbeat

Edgar Castillo


Broken kneecap

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MNT Oct 21, 2016

U-18 WNT Defeats France 3-1 in Second Match of Women’s International Cup in Northern Ireland

LURGAN, Northern Ireland (Oct. 20, 2016) – The U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team defeated the France Under-19 WNT by a 3-1 score after coming back from conceding an early goal. Kelsey Turnbow scored twice and halftime substitute Belle Briede added a clincher.

The USA fell to the England Under-19 WNT 2-1 in its first match on Oct. 18 at the Women’s International Cup and will finish the Under-19 competition -- which features mostly players born in 1998 and 1999 -- against Northern Ireland on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. local) at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast.

All the matches can be watched live via a video stream at: http://www.irishfa.com/watchlive.

France scored in just the sixth minute as Cloe Bodain crossed from the right wing and the ball was deflected into the net by Ines Boutaleb.

The USA equalized five minutes later as Turnbow stole the ball and dribbled past several defenders before finishing. The game-winner came in the 22nd minute after Arlie Jones received the ball about 30 yards from the goal and played a through ball between the center back and right back to Turnbow who took a couple touches and before scoring from 12 yards out.

The USA added the insurance goal in the 53rd minute after the ball was cleared out of the USA half. As a France defender tried to send the ball back into the USA’s half, Briede took the ball off her and stormed in on goal. The goalkeeper closed her down, but she was able to finish from eight yards out for the final margin.

France won the UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship last July, defeating Spain, 2-1.

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs named 20 players to the roster for the tournament, eight born in 1999 with the remainder born in 1998. As the majority of players in the U.S. U-18 WNT player pool are currently competing in their freshman seasons of college soccer, this roster is made up almost entirely of players currently playing youth club.

U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Under-18 WNT vs. France Under-19 WNT
Date: October 20, 2016  
Competition: Women’s International Cup
Venue: Mourneview Park; Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Weather: 55 degrees, foggy then sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          1          3
FRA                             1          0          1

FRA – Ines Boutaleb (Cloe Bodain)                            6th minute
USA – Kelsey Turnbow                                              11
USA – Kelsey Turnbow (Arlie Jones)              22
USA – Belle Briede                                                      53

USA: 1-Brooke Heinsohn (capt.); 4-Julie Doyle, 5-Sydney Dawson, 6-Sam Coffey, 8-Haley Berg (24- Kirsten Davis, 66), 10-Arlie Jones (20-Sofia Weiner, 75), 13-Mireya Grey (19-Viviana Villacorta, 66), 14-Kelsey Turnbow (18-Shea Moyer, 84), 23-Karlie Paschall, 25-Amirah Ali (9-Belle Briede, 46), 21-Joanna Harber (16-Tara McKeown, 46)
Subs not used: 15-Mia Palmer, 22-Mandy McGlynn
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

FRA: 1-Camille Pecharman; 4-Andrea Prette, 6-Doriane Pau (15-Elise Bonet, 63), 8-Julie Thibaud (capt.) (10-Christy Gavory, 63), 9-Catherine Karadjov, 12-Chloe Lefevre, 13-Julie Piga, 14-Oceane Rogon, 17-Cloe Bodain, 19-Oceane Closset (11-Agathe Ollivier, 63), 20-Ines Boutaleb
Subs not used: 2-Pauline Dechilly, 5-Elisa De Almeida, 7-Emelyne Laurent, 16-Hillary Damman
Head Coach: Eyquem Gilles

Statistical Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 9 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary: 

Referee: Angelika Soeder (GER)
Asst. Referee 1: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Asst. Referee 2: Rachel Greer (Smith) (NIR)
4th Official: Bridin McDermott (NIR)

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U-18 WNT Oct 20, 2016