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Last-Minute, 3-2 Comeback Win Over Ireland Propels PNT to Fifth-Place Finish at 2017 World Championships

SAN LUIS, Argentina (Sept. 22, 2017) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team claimed fifth-place at the 2017 IFCPF CP Football World Championships after a last-minute 3-2 comeback victory against Ireland. The USA finished as the tournament’s top team from North or South America and earned its best finish at a major world competition since the 1996 Paralympic Games at which the PNT finished fourth. Stalwart defender David Garza knotted things up in the 60th minute and high school wunderkind Cameron DeLillo scored the game-winning goal in injury time. 

The USA got on the board early in a back-and-forth first half. Garza halted a shot from Ireland and in the ensuing build-up, Kevin Hensley hit DeLillo in stride near the half line. DeLillo evaded two Irish defenders and launched a rocket from the top right corner of the box to open the scoring in the seventh minute.

The teams continued to spar, and while the USA parried a series of dangerous attempts from Ireland, the Boys in Green finally broke through in the 22nd minute. After goalkeeper Sean Boyle charged to take on an Irish attacker and stop an attempt, Ireland intercepted the clearance and a lengthy build-up found Irish captain Gary Messett on the left side of the field. He got past two defenders and chipped a long shot to the far post to knot things up 1-1.

A remarkable individual effort gave Ireland the lead just after the half. Dillon Sheridan, one of the tournament’s leading scorers, made a run down the left side of the field, spinning and evading two U.S. defenders. He slotted one inside the far post to put the Irish up 3-2 in the 31st minute.

The USA came painstakingly close to an equalizer as the half wore on. Irish goalkeeper James Gerard Naughton made an athletic save from his knees in the 32nd minute, the green-clad defense cleared a dangerous ball in the air in the 43rd and captain Hensley hit the left post with a shot in the 45th. Two Irish players received yellow cards as they tried to hasten the final whistle.

Salvation came for the PNT in the 60th and final minute. Garza has anchored the U.S. back line for its entire tournament run, but he found himself pressing in the final third at the game’s end closed in. Defender Ben Lindau was the last man back near the half line, and he launched a through ball towards the net that found Garza making a run across the box. Naughton never had a chance at Garza’s diving header that tied the game 2-2.

DeLillo provided the rest of the late-match heroics. Lindau launched another long ball into the box and a one-timed header from Hensley missed, but Tyler Bennett kept the ball alive, and it trickled out to DeLillo near the penalty spot. He rocketed a shot to the near post, clinching the 3-2 USA victory third minute of extra time.

DeLillo finishes the tournament as the team’s leading scorer with five goals.


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PNT Sep 22, 2017

WNT on TV: North Carolina Closes In On Shield With Two Playoff Berths Still Up for Grabs

After a pair of wins against New Zealand, the U.S. WNT players returned to their clubs and will play two (or in the case of North Carolina and Houston, three) games to wrap up the NWSL season. The first-place Courage has a chance to clinch its first NWSL Shield on Sunday with a win and a Portland draw or loss vs. the Pride. With only two weeks left in the regular season, here’s how things look as the finish line of the 2017 season approaches.

NWSL

Saturday, Sept. 23

Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
It’s a big game in Orlando for Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris as the Pride will look for a win to secure its spot in the postseason. Meanwhile, Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath and the Portland Thorns already have their ticket to the playoffs booked but are looking for three points on the road to earn back-to-back NWSL Shields.

Orlando is unbeaten in their last six home games (4W-2D), and has outscored opponents 18-5 over that stretch. Portland has won three of the last five road games (1L-1D). Orlando has scored 17 goals in the first half of games this season, tied for the second most in the league. Portland has conceded 10 goals in the first half of games this year, tied for the second fewest in the league. Portland has scored 14 goals from set pieces this season, the most in the league. The Pride have conceded 11 goals from set pieces, the third most in NWSL in 2017.

Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Coming off a goal and an assist with the WNT on Sept. 19, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will host Rose Lavelle and the Boston Breakers on Saturday afternoon. Lavelle, who is just getting back into game fitness after being sidelined for almost three months with a hamstring injury, is also coming off a special week where she played in front of friends and family on Tuesday night in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Washington and Boston played to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 12th. Washington has gone winless in their last four home games (2L-2D), while Boston is the only team yet to win on the road this year (7L-4D).

Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars – 8:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
With a win on Saturday night, the Chicago Red Stars will book their trip to the postseason. Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Morgan Brian and Sofia Huerta will take on the Houston Dash as they search to earn their consecutive NWSL Playoffs appearance.

The two clubs have split this year with one win each, with the Red Stars taking the most recent match, 2-0 on May 6. Houston has failed to score in their last two home games (2L). The last time they failed to score in three straight home games was April 29-June 19, 2016. Chicago is unbeaten in its last six road games (2W-4D).

Sunday, Sept. 24

Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
It’s a big game for Sam Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, Lynn Williams, Taylor Smith and the North Carolina Courage as the No. 1 team in the league look to capitalize in their season-long success and clinch the NWSL Shield as the team with the best regular season record in 2017. A win for North Carolina against Kelley O'Hara in New Jersey plus a draw or loss for Portland vs. Orlando would guarantee the top spot for the Courage.

Sky Blue has conceded 21 goals at home, five more than any other team in the league. North Carolina has conceded multiple goals in two straight road games. Abby Dahlkemper has a total crossing accuracy of 59.3%, the highest rate of any player with multiple total crosses. She has sent in 113 total crosses this season, the second most in the league, partially a produce of her taking all the set plays from distance for her club.

Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City – 9 p.m. ET (go90.com)
If it hopes to stay in playoff contention, fifth-place Seattle Reign will need a win at home on Sunday evening against Sydney Leroux, Becky Sauerbrunn and FCKC and a little help from Portland and Houston. Megan Rapinoe and the Reign come into the weekend trailing Portland and Orlando by five points. If either of those teams loses or draws in their games, then Seattle will remain alive, but if they both win, then it will enter its Sunday game having already been eliminated from the playoffs.

Kansas City has gone unbeaten in their last three road games (2W-1D). In their previous five away games, they managed to pick up just one point (4L-1D). The Reign have scored nine goals in the 15 minutes leading up to halftime, tied for the most of any team in the league.

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, now available for both iOS and Android users.

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 Sep 22, 2017

Local Qualifying for 2018 U.S. Open Cup Starts This Weekend

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2017) - In the afterglow of a memorable 2017 Final, which ended with MLS’s Sporting Kansas City winning their fourth title on Wednesday, the opening round of Open Division Local Qualifying kicks off this weekend for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. Ninety-eight teams will take the field from coast to coast in the history-filled annual tournament, now entering its 105th year.

Some notable matchups include 2017 Cinderella story Christos FC (Md.) taking on local power Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) on Sept. 24 (1 p.m. ET at Troy Park - Field 4 in Elkridge, Md.); FC Boulder (Colo.) hosting Harpos FC (Colo.) at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. MDT); and 2016 Open Cup amateur standard bearer La Máquina FC (Calif.) visiting Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT (John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, Calif.)

Schedule Changes
The Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) game has been postponed due to the original venue (Tropical Park in Miami) no longer being available, the result of scheduling adjustments in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The game is being rescheduled for another date and location still to be determined.

Carpathia FC (Mich.) and Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) have both proactively withdrawn from the competition due to their inability to field enough players. Their respective opponents, Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) and Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.), thus automatically advance to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 21-22.

A number of other schedule changes have been made since the original list of matchups was announced on Aug. 29. Fans are encouraged to review the updated schedule below to confirm the date, time and location of games.

Second Qualifying Round Draw to be Live-Tweeted Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET
U.S. Soccer will live-Tweet the draw for the second qualifying round on Monday, Sept. 25, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action through the official Open Cup Twitter feed @opencup. Exact dates, times and locations for the matches, scheduled for Oct. 21-22, will be announced later that same day.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Entering its 105th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Pro teams enter the competition once the tournament progresses further. The winner receives $250,000 in prize money and a place in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round: Sept. 23-24

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

None Carpathia FC (Mich.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Carpathia FC withdrew Sept. 12)
None Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Santa Fe Wanders KC withdrew Sept. 19)
Sept. 23 Unations FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) 10 a.m. ET Burncoat High School; Worcester, Mass.
Sept. 23* Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege FC (Mass.) 2 p.m. ET Danehy Park; Cambridge, Mass.
Sept. 23* Lynn United (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) 3 p.m. ET Manning Stadium; Lynn, Mass.
Sept. 23 Southie FC (Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.) 4 p.m. ET Medford High School; Medford, Mass.
Sept. 23# Salone FC (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) 4:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23+ West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23 Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. United Serbian Soccer Club (Wis.) 7:30 p.m. CT Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.
Sept. 24 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) 12 p.m. ET Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Sept. 24 NLS Graduates (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Banner Field at Latrobe Park; Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 24 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Troy Park - Field 4; Elkridge, Md.
Sept. 24+ Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) vs. Upper Darby FC (Pa.) 2:30 p.m. ET Phoenix Sports Club; Trevose, Pa.
Sept. 24* Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.) 4 p.m. ET Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse; Warminster, Pa.
Sept. 24 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) 4 p.m. ET Rooney Field (Duquesne Univ.); Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sept. 24 Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) 7:30 p.m. ET Jackson Justice Complex; Jackson, N.J.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23*^# Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) vs. Lowcountry United (S.C.) 3:30 p.m. ET Atlanta United Training Ground; Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 23 Central Texas Lobos (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 5 p.m. CT Gregg-Clarke Park; Kyle, Texas
Sept. 23 Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 6 p.m. CT McMasters Athletic Complex; Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 23# Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) 7:30 p.m. ET Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.
Sept. 24 FC Ginga (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.) 10 a.m. ET Barry University; Miami Shores, Fla.
Sept. 24* South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) 5 p.m. ET Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.
Sept. 24 Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. InterUnited AC (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 24 Gaffa FC (Miss.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.) 6 p.m. CT Freedom Ridge Stadium; Ridgeland, Miss.
Sept. 24 Miami Wolves FC (Fla.) vs. Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 6, Hialeah, Fla.
Sept. 24 Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 5, Hialeah, Fla.

First Round Bye: Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.)

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Denver Metro FC (Colo.) 7 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Chiapas FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Field 1; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 23 Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. ALLSTARS SC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Synthetic Field; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 24 FC Boulder (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.) 3 p.m. MDT Fairview High School; Boulder, Colo.
Sept. 24 Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. FC Union Jerez (Colo.) 3:45 p.m. MDT Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.
Sept. 24* Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 24 Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.) 5 p.m. MDT Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Sept. 24* Fort Collins United (Colo.) vs. FC Greeley (Colo.) 7:30 p.m. MDT Loveland Sports Park; Loveland, Colo.

First Round Bye: Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) vs. Western Nevada Futbol Club (Nev.) 5 p.m. PT Davis Legacy Soccer Complex; Davis, Calif.
Sept. 23 Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles SC (Calif.) 1-0 Forfeit Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.
Sept. 23 Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) vs. Oakland Pamperos (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.
Sept. 23 Dynamos FC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, Calif.
Sept. 23 Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) vs. Pacific Side FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Kellogg-Zaher Soccer Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 23 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 23 IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Boise FC Cutthroats (Idaho) 7 p.m. PT Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.
Sept. 23 Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Sept. 23 Real San Jose (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT PAL Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Sept. 23 Vanquish FC (Calif.) vs. C.F. Cachorros USA (Calif.) 8 p.m. PT Great Park, Main Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 24 UFA Hawks L.A. (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.) 5:10 p.m PT Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 24 Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Newport FC (Calif.) 3 p.m. PT John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Sept. 24^ SFV Scorpions (Calif.) vs. AC Brea Steaua United (Calif.) 4 p.m. PT Alemany High School; Mission Hills, Calif.
Sept. 24 Newcastle United FC (Calif.) vs. Del Rey City SC (Calif.) 6 p.m. PT SilverLakes Sports Complex; Norco, Calif.
Sept. 24*^ San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. Fontana International SC (Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.
Sept. 24 Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 24 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.

* Time changed     ^ Date changed     # Venue changed     + Home team switched

Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 21-22

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 18-19

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 22, 2017

MNT on TV: Pulisic, Johnson Face Off in Bundesliga Saturday

U.S. Men’s National Team players will have one last chance to make their case for October’s decisive World Cup Qualifying roster this weekend. Here’s a look at what to watch.

  • Fresh off his second goal of the season in Wednesday’s 3-0 win vs. Hamburg, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund host Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS2).
  • On Sunday, DeAndre Yedlin looks for his second-straight start as Newcastle United visits Premier League newbies Brighton (11 a.m. ET; NBCSN, Telemundo).
  • At noon, Bobby Wood and Hamburg look to turn back two successive defeats when they take on Bayer Leverkusen (12 p.m. ET; FS2).
  • Close the weekend with a triple-header of M.L.S. action on the FOX networks beginning with Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and 2017 U.S. Open Cup champs Sporting KC hosting Gyasi Zardes and LA Galaxy (1 p.m. ET; FOX, FOX Deportes, MLS Live)
  • At 5 p.m., Brad Guzan and Atlanta United look to go five games unbeaten at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium when they welcome Montreal Impact (5 p.m. ET; FOX, FOX Deportes, MLS Live).
  • Finally, fresh off his two-goal and assist performance last week, Dom Dwyer will try to keep Orlando City SC’s playoff hopes alive with a trip to take on Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers (8 p.m. ET; FS1, FOX Deportes).
  • NOTE: Due to this week’s devastating earthquake in Mexico, all Liga MX matches have been postponed this weekend.

Check out the full weekend schedule below:

All Times Eastern

Saturday, Sept. 23

Timmy Chandler

RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Match Pass

Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson

Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

12:30 p.m.

FS2

Eric Lichaj

Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest

12:30 p.m.

ESPN3

Sean Johnson, DaMarcus Beasley

New York City FC vs. Houston Dynamo

3 p.m.

UniMas

Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow

New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC

5 p.m.

MLS Live

Bill Hamid, Paul Arriola, Chris Wondolowski

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius, Dax McCarty

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez

Minnesota United FC vs. FC Dallas

8 p.m.

MLS Live

Nick Rimando, Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC

9:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Colorado Rapids

10 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Sept. 24

DeAndre Yedlin

Brighton vs. Newcastle United

11 a.m.

NBCSN, Telemundo

Bobby Wood

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hamburg

12 p.m.

FS2

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Gyasi Zardes

Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy

1 p.m.

FOX, FOX Deportes, MLS Live

Brad Guzan

Atlanta United FC vs. Montreal Impact

5 p.m.

FOX, FOX Deportes, MLS Live

Darlington Nagbe, Dom Dwyer

Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC

8 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

Injury List

Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC

Lower Body Tightness

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City

Hamstring Injury

Jordan Morris

Seattle Sounders FC

Hamstring Injury

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MNT Sep 22, 2017
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