U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Tallies Three Second-Half Goals in 4-1 Rout of Switzerland

CARY, North Carolina (Aug. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and earned a 4-1 victory against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

A well-rounded scoring effort featured goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach. Lloyd’s 56th-minute penalty kick served as the game-winner, and Wambach’s second-half PK pushed her USA-record goal scoring total to 168.

This was the first meeting between the two countries at the senior team level. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the USA will prepare for FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October in the United States.

Wednesday marked the first opportunity for goalkeeper Hope Solo to set a new shutout record (currently tied with Briana Scurry with 71 clean sheets), but a Switzerland penalty kick from Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put that milestone on hold.

The U.S. goal total could have been far greater if not for Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann. She made seven first-half saves as the USA pelted the Swiss goal with eight shots – all of them on frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux), 3rd minute: From midfield, Rapinoe started the U.S. attack and dished to Leroux on the left side. Leroux cut to her right and played the ball back to Rapinoe about 10 yards above the box. Rapinoe fired with her left from about 22 yards out. It took a slight deflection off Switzerland’s Rahel Kiwic and squeaked inside the right side of the frame for the early lead. USA 1, SUI 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 56th minute: Megan Rapinoe’s cross from the left side of the box hit the hand of Switzerland’s Fabienne Humm and the USA was awarded the penalty kick. Lloyd was called in for the occasion and stepped up confidently with a low right-footed shot into the left of the frame for the two-goal cushion. Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann had anticipated the shot going the other direction. USA 2, SUI 0

SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty), 70th minute: In a similar fashion leading to the USA’s penalty kick, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann crossed from the left side and the ball struck U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s arm. Referee Katja Koroleva pointed to the spot, and Crnogorcevic took the PK. USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, attempting to break the U.S. WNT shutout record, leaned to her right and Crnogorcevic shot in the other direction to cut the USA’s lead to one. USA 2, SUI 1

USA – Christen Press (unassisted), 77th minute: Following a Christie Rampone free kick into the box, the ball fumbled around and Switzerland’s defense weakly cleared. From 25 yards out, Press chest-trapped the short clearance and fired a right-footed shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the end line as goalkeeper Thalmann could only watch. USA 3, SUI 1

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty), 87th minute: On a Carli Lloyd cross from the right, Wambach drew a foul against Switzerland second-half sub Nicole Remund, who shoved the USA striker and earned the PK. Wambach took the penalty herself, a right-footed shot that clipped off of Thalmann’s gloves and into the net for her fifth goal this year and 168th of her storied career. USA 4, SUI 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 20th minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo delivered a deep ball toward a darting Christen Press as she had a step on Switzerland’s back line. Thalmann instinctively rushed off her line and outside the box and headed the ball away before Press could converge.

SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 39th and 40th minutes: The busy Switzerland goalkeeper made back-to-back diving stops against the USA’s lethal attack. First, it was an Alex Morgan left-footed shot from the left side of the box that was headed toward the inside of the far right post, but Thalmann dove to her left for the save. Then, Lauren Holiday took a crack from just outside the top of the box, and again Thalmann made a diving save at the near right post.

SUI – Stenia Michel, 46th minute: In the first 12 seconds of the second half, the U.S. nearly took advantage of an errant pass in Switzerland’s half. Carli Lloyd fired from outside the box and Michel, who had just entered the game, made a swatting right-handed save on a shot that was bound for the upper right corner.

Milestone Watch:

  • Defender and team captain Christie Rampone made her 295th appearance as she nears the 300-cap milestone. Rampone is second all-time in WNT history to Kristine Lilly in games played. Lilly had 352 caps from 1987-2010.
  • Carli Lloyd moved past Briana Scurry for 13th in career appearances with 174.
  • Hope Solo tied Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in career caps with 153.
  • Lloyd now has 51 goals for her career as she is ninth on the all-time goal scoring list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will host two matches against Mexico, first on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT), followed by a Sept. 18 match at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).
Broadcast information: Sept. 13 – TBD; Sept. 18 – ESPN2, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 8-2-3 this year.
  • Hope Solo moved to 118-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • Christen Press now has 13 goals in 25 international appearances.
  • The USA improved to 108-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • Wambach has now scored at least five goals in a calendar year 11 times in her 14 years with the WNT.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a defensive corps led by Solo in goal, Crystal Dunn at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and team captain Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 featured Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The USA’s starting forward trio included Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Press.
  • The U.S. rolled out three substitutions to open the second half. Wambach entered for Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Krieger and Julie Johnston got the call for Sauerbrunn.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Morgan in the 66th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe in the 78th minute, and Allie Long replaced Holiday in the 85th minute.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn have played in all 13 games this year.
  • Krieger and Lloyd lead the USA with 12 starts apiece in 2014.
  • Ellis is now 8-0-3 as the U.S. WNT head coach.
  • Ten players on the U.S roster that trained this week in North Carolina return to National Women’s Soccer League play for the semifinal stage of the league’s second season. FC Kansas City hosts Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and Seattle Reign FC takes on the Washington Spirit on Aug. 24 (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 3 4
SUI                          0 1 1

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

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WNT Aug 20, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 3 4
SUI                          0 1 1

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute 
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56 
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute 
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1 
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58 
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

WNT on TV: 2016 Olympians Return to NWSL Action

The U.S. Women’s National Team players are back in action with their clubs following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the race for the playoffs is heating up. With five weeks left of regular season play in the National Women’s Soccer League, several teams are looking climb into the top four and playoff contention.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s matchups:

Friday

Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit
(7:30 p.m. ET; Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.)
In the Week 16 opener, Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride welcome Ali Krieger, Crystal Dunn and the Washington Spirit in the lone game on Friday. The Spirit were able to pull out a 2-1 win in Houston last week, moving to the top spot in the standings with 32 points. The Pride will look to dig its way out of seventh place, hoping to end a three-game losing streak and stay in reach of the playoffs.

Saturday

Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
(6 p.m. PT; Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash.)
In Saturday night’s first matchup, Megan Rapinoe could see action in her first NWSL game of the season as the Seattle Reign will host its Northwestern rivals which feature Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long, Emily Sonnett. Still not out of contention for the playoffs, the Reign will look to reverse a recent 1-0 loss against the Thorns. Current sitting in second place with 29 points, the Thorns hope to earn their second against their Cascadia rivals in 2016 as the teams drew their first two games of the year, 1-1 and 0-0.

Western New York Flash vs. Houston Dash
(7 p.m. ET; Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.)
Samantha Mewis
and the third-place Western New York Flash will host Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and the ninth-place Houston Dash on Saturday evening. In their Week 15 meeting, the Flash came from behind late in the match to earn a 3-3 draw against the Dash, earning a point to move up the table. The Dash will look to earn just its second road win of the season.

Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
(7 p.m. ET; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, New Jersey)
In a could be a potential tie-breaker for the final spot in the playoffs as Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC host Christen Press, Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher of the Chicago Red Stars. In their previous matchup in Week 7, Sky Blue was able to equalize in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw in Chicago. The Red Stars currently hold the final playoff spot with 25 points, while Press paces the league in shots on goal (27) and Naeher leads in clean sheets (5) despite both missing club games during the Olympics.

Sunday

FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers
(5 p.m. CT; Swope Soccer Village; Kansas City, Kan.)
While currently in last place, Whitney Engen and the Boston Breakers will travel to play FC Kansas City, led by Becky Sauerbrunn and Heather O’Reilly. The Breakers will try to earn their first road win of the 2016 season, while FCKC will look to earn its second home win as they sit in eighth position with 12 points.

Friday, Aug. 26

Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan /
Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger

Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit

7:30 p.m. ET

NWSL YouTube

Saturday, Aug. 27

Megan Rapinoe /
Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long, Emily Sonnett

Seattle Reign FC vs.
Portland Thorns FC

6 p.m. PT

NWSL YouTube

Samantha Mewis / Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd

Western New York Flash vs. Houston Dash

7 p.m. ET

NWSL YouTube

Kelley O’Hara / Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press

Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

7 p.m. ET

NWSL YouTube

Sunday, Aug. 28

Heather O’Reilly, Becky Sauerbrunn /
Whitney Engen

FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers

5 p.m. CT

NWSL YouTube

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WNT Aug 26, 2016

USA Remains World No.1 in Latest FIFA Rankings

Even with a quarterfinal exit from the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team remained in the top spot in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings released today.

The top three teams remained the same, with gold medal winners Germany in second and France in third. Canada made a huge jump from 10th to its highest ranking ever and sits in fourth. England, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Korea DPR and Brazil round out the top 10.

The Women’s Olympic Soccer Tournament accounted for around 40% of the 63 matches played in the last two month ranking period, with many of the remaining fixtures being friendly games.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on December 23, 2016.

FIFA Women’s World Rankings – Aug. 26, 2016

1

USA 

2

GER

3

FRA

4

CAN

5

ENG

6

SWE

7

AUS

8

JPN

9

PRK

10

BRA

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WNT Aug 26, 2016

Snow Names 21-Player Roster for 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2012) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup being held in Jordan from Sept. 30-Oct. 21.

The U.S. plays its first Group D match against Paraguay on Oct. 1 at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa (7 p.m. local / Noon a.m. ET) before facing Ghana on Oct. 4 at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman (4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET). The USA will finish group play on Oct. 8 against Japan at Amman International Stadium (7 p.m. local / Noon ET).

“This is an immensely exciting time for our players and staff,” Snow said. “After a thorough evaluation process over the course of the last two years, we feel that we have selected a group of players capable of embracing the challenges that a World Cup presents. The selection process has been excruciatingly intense and this is a direct result of the depth of the player pool for this age group. We evaluated over 120 players within our training camps this cycle and they all deserve a ton of credit.”

Snow, who has taken the squad through eight training camps/events and 12 international matches so far this year, will bring the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team to a final camp in Florida from Aug. 26-Sept. 3 before departure for Jordan later in the month. During the camp, the USA will play the Venezuela U-17 WNT twice, on Aug. 30 at the Water Soccer Complex in Tampa, Fla. (7 p.m. ET kickoff) and on Sept. 2 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (7 p.m. ET kickoff). Admission is free to both matches.

“We have five weeks left to prepare for our first game in Jordan and we need to take advantage of every day,” Snow said. “The two games against Venezuela will provide a very important snapshot of where we are and what we need to continue to focus on. Venezuela is an outstanding opponent that has a history of success at the U-17 level, highlighted by their fourth-place finish in the last U-17 World Cup. Having the opportunity to play them will be a tremendous challenge and we look forward to testing ourselves.”

United States 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7): Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Lia Godfrey (Jacksonville Armada; Fleming Island, Fla.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

FORWARDS (4): Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.)

The players on the World Cup roster span three birth years. Of the 21 named, 12 were born in 1999 which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup and the year that USA won its historic Women’s World Cup title on home soil. Snow also named five players born 2000 and four born in 2001. Three of the 2001s – defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner and midfielder Jordan Caniff -- were as part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF championship last March while qualifying for the World Cup. The other, midfielder Lia Godfrey, who won’t turn 15 until November, made a late run to make the squad.

“We feel we have put together a roster that is balanced on the field, but more importantly, is in alignment with our foundational principles,” Snow added. “Our goal at this age group is to try and invest players that we feel have the ability to help us win now while at the same time show qualities that will help enable each player to matriculate up through our National Team system. This balance is absolutely critical in our overall developmental strategy as an organization and serves as our true North when we deliberate the qualities of each player.”

The USA has a talented and diverse group of attacking players led by Ashley Sanchez, who was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Sanchez, who also plays for the U.S. U-20 WNT, has scored 18 goals in 16 U-17 internationals. Civana Kuhlmann has scored 10 goals in 15 U-17 caps. Adrienne Richardson made a late run to make the final roster while Sophia Smith has shown versatility in several attacking positions and set up the game-winning goal from the right flank in the title game of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship earlier in the year.

The USA also has depth in the midfield, which is anchored by central players Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell, two tremendous ball-winners who also have shown sophistication in setting the rhythm of the U.S. attack. The roster includes a slew of talented flank players, a group that includes youngsters Canniff and Godfrey. Frankie Tagliaferri, who along with Kuhlmann is in her second U-17 cycle, has eight goals in 22 caps. Alexa Spaanstra and Sydney Zandi have also shown to be versatile and dangerous attacking players.

The U.S. defense is led by center backs Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez who have 25 U-17 caps between them. The USA has several outside backs who are both gritty defenders and good into the attack on the wings, including Kiara Pickett as well as Wesley and Wiesner, who both played significant minutes during the qualifying tournament. Isabel Rodriguez (no relation to Karina) and Emily Smith, who scored her first international goal in the USA’s 1-1 draw with Brazil a few weeks ago, add depth to the back line.

In goal, the USA has height and quality with the 5-foot-9 Laurel Ivory, who won the Golden Glove as the best ‘keeper at qualifying, along with the 5-foot-11 Hilary Beall and 5-10 Meagan McClelland, who made a late run to grab the third goalkeeper spot on the roster.

The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will feature 16 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Should the U.S. advance to the second round by winning the group, it would meet a second-place team from Group C. If the USA finishes second in the group, it would face the first-place team from Group C.

Group A features Jordan, Spain, Mexico and New Zealand. Group B features Venezuela, Germany, Cameroon and Canada. Group C features Nigeria, Brazil, England and Korea DPR.

“The ability to play in a youth World Cup is an important part of development for each of our players,” Snow said. “They will be tested physically and emotionally like they have never been before. It is crucial that the players understand the intensity of these feelings and learn to not only deal with them but more importantly embrace them. We do not shy away from talking about these factors and we believe it is one of the most critical parts of our preparation.”

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. U-17s have compiled a record of 10-0-2 in 2016 as 25 players have taken part in international matches.
  • Eleven different players have scored in an international match for the USA in 2016. Forward Civana Kuhlmann leads the USA in goals this year with eight, while Ashley Sanchez has seven and Frankie Tagliaferri has six.
  • The core of this U.S. team has risen through the ranks together in the U.S. youth national teams, with 10 of the 12 1999s on the roster attending U.S. Under-14 training camps in 2013.
  • Lia Godfrey is the youngest player with a November of 2001 birthday while Tagliaferri is the oldest, having been born on Jan. 18, 1999.
  • Fifteen different youth clubs from nine states are represented on the roster with the So Cal Blues out of Southern California having four players on the roster. Real Colorado, the Michigan Hawks and PDA out of New Jersey have two players each.
  • The roster includes eight players from California (six from Southern, two from Northern), three players from Colorado and two each from Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.
  • Every player on the roster has been capped at least once at the U-17 level, with six players having 15 or more caps. Tagliaferri has the most experience with 22 caps, followed by Alexa Spaanstra with 17, Sanchez and Jaelin Howell with 16 each and Brianna Pinto and Kuhlmann with 15 each. Sophia Smith has 14.
  • At the U-17 level, each confederation (outside of the smallest Oceania) gets three berths to the World Cup tournament. Eleven countries return from the 2014 tournament, which includes defender champion Japan.
  • Jordan, which encompasses roughly the same square miles as the state of Indiana, will host the tournament in four venues, two in Amman, one in Irbid, which is about 60 miles north of Amman, and one in Al Zarqa, which is just 15 miles northeast of Amman.
  • The 12,000-seat Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, where the USA opens the tournament, features an artificial surface while the other three stadiums have natural grass. Amman International Stadium, which seats 13,000, will host the Third-Place Match on Oct. 20 and World Cup Final on Oct. 21. King Abdullah II International Stadium seats 12,000, as does the Al Hassan International Stadium in Irbid, the only venue the USA will not play in during group play.
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The Journey: Brad Guzan

MNT Aug 26, 2016

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff Highlights Busy Weekend

The beginning of the German Bundesliga season highlights the final weekend before the MNT’s pivotal pair of World Cup Qualifying matches against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

The weekend curtain gets raised Friday afternoon when reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich host Werder Bremen at Allianz Arena (2:30 p.m. ET – FS1). With Julian Green having gained significant playing time with the Bayern first team during preseason, the match could provide the young attacker a chance to make his first team league debut for the club as it begins its quest to go for a fifth-straight Bundesliga title. On the other side, the game could provide a glimpse of MNT forward Aron Johannsson, who has returned to training for Bremen after a nearly year-long injury layoff.

MLS Rivalry Week kicks off later Friday night as Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake take on Tim Howard and Colorado Rapids in the decisive game of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Cup (8 p.m. ET – UniMas).

The Bundesliga kicks into full gear Saturday morning with three matches beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Seventeen-year-old Christian Pulisic begins his second season with the Borussia Dortmund first team when they welcome Mainz to Westfalenstadion. To the north, Bobby Wood looks likely to make his league debut with Hamburg when they host Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt (Fox Soccer Plus), while Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Schalke (Fox Deportes).

Fresh off a crushing 6-1 second leg Champions League Qualifying victory against Swiss side BSC Young Boys on Wednesday, Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach open their Bundesliga campaign with a high-profile showdown against Bayer Leverkusen (12:30 p.m. ET – FOX).

Saturday night, Jozy Altidore rides a scoring wave that includes five goals and one assist in his last six matches as he and U.S. captain Michael Bradley lead Toronto FC against Montreal Impact at BMO Field (7:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).

On Sunday, goalkeeper Brad Guzan looks to make his third start in seven days for Middlesbrough as the club tries to bounce back from their midweek English League Cup defeat with a visit to West Bromwich Albion (8:30 a.m. – CNBC). An hour later, John Brooks and Hertha Berlin begin their quest to improve upon their seventh place finish in the Bundesliga as Die Alte Dame plays host to Freiburg at the Olympiastadion (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

Cap off the weekend with a rematch of last week’s Cascadia Cup Clash between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC (5 p.m. ET – ESPN). Clint Dempsey’s two goals propelled Sounders FC to a much-needed 3-1 victory in the first outing, but Darlington Nagbe and the Timbers will look for a little revenge as well as some distance between themselves and Seattle in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

Check out the full rundown of where to catch MNT matches on TV this weekend:

All times are Eastern.

Friday, August 26

Julian Green, Aron Johannsson

Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen

2:30 p.m.

FS1

Kyle Beckerman, Tim Howard

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

8 p.m.

UniMas

Paul Arriola, Michael Orozco, Greg Garza

Club Tijuana vs. Pumas UNAM

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, August 27

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool

7:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz

9:30 a.m.

FS2

Timmy Chandler

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Schalke

9:30 a.m.

Fox Deportes

Bobby Wood, Alfredo Morales

Hamburg vs. Ingolstadt

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Geoff Cameron

Everton vs. Stoke City

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Matt Miazga

Chelsea vs. Burnley

10 a.m.

NBCSN

Lynden Gooch

Southampton vs. Sunderland

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen

12:30 p.m.

FOX

Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Alejandro Bedoya

Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting KC

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Steve Birnbaum

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham, Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew SC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Omar Gonzalez

Pachuca vs. Monterrey

8 p.m.

NBC Universo

Gyasi Zardes

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, August 28

Brad Guzan

West Bromwich Albion vs. Middlesbrough

8:30 a.m.

CNBC

John Brooks

Hertha Berlin vs. Freiburg

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Lee Nguyen

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

2:30 p.m.

ESPN

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Darlington Nagbe

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC

5 p.m.

ESPN

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