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

Five Things to Know About Costa Rica

On Wednesday, the U.S. Men’s National Team saw off EL Salvador 2-0 to book its place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. The U.S. MNT will now meet long-time regional foe Costa Rica on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (10 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision and UDN).

Here are five things you should know about Saturday’s opponent:

The Country, Flag and Nickname

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is bordered by Panama to the south, Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. With 4.8 million people, Costa Rica is the 11th most populous nation in North America.

The flag of Costa Rica was created in 1848 by Pacífica Fernández, wife of then president José María Castro Madriz. Inspired by the French Revolution, Fernández used the blue, white and red present in the French flag.

The blue color symbolizes the sky, opportunities, idealism and perseverance. The white reflects peace, wisdom and happiness. The red stands for the blood spilt by martyrs in defense of the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the people.

The National Team nickname of “Los Ticos” mirrors the colloquial term which is used when referring to someone from Costa Rica.

Footballing History

Costa Rica’s recent ascendance to CONCACAF contender and international success followed many years as the best team in Central America. Los Ticos won seven of 10 competitions between Central America and the Caribbean countries prior to the formation of CONCACAF in 1961.

Even with the U.S. and Mexico in the mix, Costa Rica won the Gold Cup’s predecessor, the CONCACAF Cup, in 1963, 1969 and 1989. The last title earned Costa Rica a trip to its first World Cup in Italy, where it beat Scotland and Sweden in group play to reach the Round of 16 in 1990.

In 2002, Costa Rica started a stretch of three World Cup appearances in four chances and even earned another win against China. But they wouldn’t return to the knockout phase until 2014 in Brazil, where they won a group featuring Uruguay, Italy and England before falling to The Netherlands via penalty kicks in the Quarterfinals.

How They Got Here

Costa Rica qualified for its 13th CONCACAF Gold Cup by finishing fourth at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana in January.

During that tourament, a mostly domestic-based Ticos side earned a 1-3-1 record, defeating only Belize 3-0, while playing to draws with El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

So far this Gold Cup, Costa Rica began with a 1-0 victory against Honduras, played to a 1-1 draw with Canada and saw off French Guiana 3-0 in its Group Stage finale. In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal vs. Panama, they utilized a 77th minute own goal from Anibal Godoy to earn a 1-0 win and their first Semifinal appearance since 2009.

History vs. U.S. MNT

Having first met on Aug. 19, 1975, the U.S. and Costa Rica have played 35 times, with Costa Rica holding a slight 15-14-6 edge. Los Ticos join Mexico as one of only two CONCACAF nations to hold a winning record against the USA.

While the all-time series between the two sides is pretty tight, the USA has dominated the Gold Cup contests, going 6-0-1 in seven all-time meetings at the confederation championship.

Most notably, a Bruce Arena-led U.S. side defeated Los Ticos 2-0 in the 2002 Gold Cup Final, which also served as Costa Rica’s only appearance in the tournament’s championship match. Interestingly, Saturday’s Semifinal showdown comes 24 years and one day to the date of when the two teams met during the 1993 Gold Cup Semifinals, which the U.S. won 1-0 behind a golden goal from defender Cle Kooiman.

Check out the previous seven USA-Costa Rica Gold Cup meetings:

USA-Costa Rica All-Time Gold Cup Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Round

July 3, 1991

3-2 W

Perez, Vermes, og

Group Stage

July 21, 1993

1-0 W (asdet)*

Kooiman

Semifinal

Feb. 7, 1998

2-1 W

Pope, Preki

Group Stage

Feb. 2, 2002

2-0 W

Wolff, Agoos

Final

July 26, 2003

3-2 W

Stewart, Bocanegra, Convey

Third-Place Match

July 12, 2005

0-0 D

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Group Stage

July 16, 2013

1-0 W

Shea

Group Stage

*(asdet) refers to the past practice of deciding games via sudden death extra time a.k.a. “golden goal”

The Roster

Fourteen players on the Costa Rica roster are based domestically, five play in M.L.S., with one each in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Thailand. Midfielder David Guzman is teammates with U.S. MNT player Darlington Nagbe at the Portland Timbers.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense)

DEFENDERS (9): Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA); Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense); Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense); Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano); David Guzman (Portland Timbers/USA); Jimmy Marin (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/POR); Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa); Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI); Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)

FORWARDS (4): Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa); Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA); Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA);

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MNT Jul 20, 2017

PREVIEW: U.S. MNT Set for Gold Cup Semifinal vs. Costa Rica

CHICAGO (July 20, 2017) – Fresh off a 2-0 shutout win against El Salvador in Wednesday’s Quarterfinal, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues its quest for a sixth confederation championship when it takes on Costa Rica in the Semifinals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday, July 22. Coverage from AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas begins at 10 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0) Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 3/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 116/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 42/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 43/3), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 5/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/10), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 3/1), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 51/5)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 12/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 9/2), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 134/17), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 10/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 18/1), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 5/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 35/6)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 25/3), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 105/37), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 135/56), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 20/4)

U.S. MNT EARNS 2-0 QUARTERFINAL VICTORY VS. EL SALVADOR
The U.S. MNT weathered the challenging and physical early minutes of Wednesday’s encounter vs. El Salvador and utilized late first-half goals from defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj to earn a 2-0 victory against Los Cuscatlecos in front of 31,615 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Gonzalez headed home his second goal in as many matches to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead, flicking on Michael Bradley’s free kick from the left in the 41st minute. Just six minutes later, Lichaj made a smart run to get on the end of a pass from Clint Dempsey before burying his first international goal through the legs of El Salvador goalkeeper Derby Carrillo.

The win pushed the U.S. to its 13th Semifinal appearance in 14 Gold Cup tournaments, setting up Saturday’s showdown with Costa Rica. 

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY FOR U.S. DEFENDERS
Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj’s goals against El Salvador put them in rare company. The pair of strikes marked just the third time in the Modern Era (1990-present) that two U.S. defenders scored in the same game. It’s also the second instance in the last two years and first time in official competition.

Here are three occurrences since 1990:

Two U.S. MNT Defenders Scoring in the Same Game

Date

Result

U.S. Defenders

Competition

March 26, 2008

3-0 W at Poland

Onyewu, Bocanegra

Friendly

Jan. 31, 2016

3-2 W vs. Iceland

Orozco, Birnbaum

Friendly

July 19, 2017

2-0 W vs. El Salvador

Gonzalez, Lichaj

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal

CLINT DEMPSEY, MICHAEL BRADLEY CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS
Veteran reinforcements Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley made their first appearances of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and with them moved up the U.S. MNT all-time lists in two different categories.

Appearance wise, Dempsey earned his 135th cap to move past Jeff Agoos into third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. Bradley also earned his 134th cap to tie Agoos for fourth.

The U.S. captain then tallied his 22nd career assist on Gonzalez’s 41st minute header, which moved him into a tie for second with Cobi Jones on the U.S. MNT’s assist list. Dempsey provided the helper on Lichaj’s strike, which pushed him into a deadlock for fourth on the all-time assist list with Claudio Reyna at 19.

Here’s a look at the Top 5 in both categories:

U.S. MNT All-Time Caps Leaders

U.S. MNT All-Time Assists Leaders

Cobi Jones

164

Landon Donovan

58

Landon Donovan

157

Michael Bradley

22

Clint Dempsey

135

Cobi Jones

22

Michael Bradley

134

Clint Dempsey

19

Jeff Agoos

134

Claudio Reyna

19

ARENA CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL START TO SECOND TENURE
Wednesday’s win also extended the USA’s current unbeaten streak to 12 matches, all occurring since Bruce Arena returned as National Team coach last November. With a 7-0-5 record, the current 12-game unbeaten streak sets a new record for the longest at the beginning of a U.S. MNT head coaching tenure, besting the mark set by Bob Bradley, who led the U.S. to a 10-0-1 record during his first 11 games in charge in 2007. 

GOLD CUP HISTORY VS. COSTA RICA
Costa Rica defeated Panama 1-0 in Wednesday’s earlier Quarterfinal, setting up Saturday’s Semifinal clash. While the all-time series between the sides is pretty tight, the USA has dominated the Gold Cup contests, going 6-0-1 in seven all-time meetings at the confederation championship.

Most notably, a Bruce Arena-led U.S. side defeated Los Ticos 2-0 in the 2002 Gold Cup Final, which also served as Costa Rica’s only appearance in the tournament’s championship match. Interestingly, Saturday’s Semifinal showdown comes 24 years and one day from the date the teams met in a 1993 Gold Cup Semifinal, which the U.S. won 1-0 behind a golden goal from defender Cle Kooiman.

Check out the previous seven USA-Costa Rica Gold Cup meetings:

USA-Costa Rica All-Time Gold Cup Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Round

July 3, 1991

3-2 W

Perez, Vermes, og

Group Stage

July 21, 1993

1-0 W (asdet)

Kooiman

Semifinal

Feb. 7, 1998

2-1 W

Pope, Preki

Group Stage

Feb. 2, 2002

2-0 W

Wolff, Agoos

Final

July 26, 2003

3-2 W

Stewart, Bocanegra, Convey

Third-Place Match

July 12, 2005

0-0 D

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Group Stage

July 16, 2013

1-0 W

Shea

Group Stage


UTILIZING ROSTER DEPTH
Setting out to test his full roster at the tournament, Arena started 22 different players during the Group Stage. The U.S. head coach continued to utilize nearly his entire roster when he handed starts to additions Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe in Wednesday’s win against El Salvador.

In total, 27 of the 29 players who have been on the roster have started one of the USA’s four Gold Cup matches, with only Sean Johnson (Group Stage goalkeeper) and Jesse Gonzalez (Knockout Round addition) yet to appear in the tournament.

“I think one thing we’ve benefited from in the tournament was that we had been able to look at a lot of players and see how they fit in in the big picture, and if there’s anything I get out of the Gold Cup it’s going to be that,” Arena said.

CAUTIONS WIPED OUT
Following the Quarterfinals, all players with yellow cards had their cautions erased and start with a clean slate going into the Semifinal. The U.S. had three players pick up yellow cards in its first four matches: Joe Corona, Justin Morrow and Darlington Nagbe.

KNOCKOUT ROUND FORMAT CHANGES
CONCACAF has implemented a few changes for this year’s Knockout Round. If Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches are tied at the end of 90 minutes, the games will bypass the normal 30 minutes of extra time and move straight to penalty kicks. Extra time will only be played in the Final if teams are tied at the end of 90 minutes. In that case, teams will also be allowed a fourth substitution to be used during the additional 30 minutes. These changes mirror those that were implemented during last summer’s Copa America Centenario. 

A PROVING GROUND
U.S. MNT players have long used the confederation championship as an extended audition for a place at the FIFA World Cup. Dating back to 1993, 18 players with 10 or less caps have made the jump from the most recent Gold Cup roster onto a FIFA World Cup roster (see table below). Most recently, current MNT center back Matt Besler utilized the USA’s run to the 2013 championship to make his way onto the 2014 roster in Brazil.

U.S. MNT Players From Gold Cup to World Cup

1993 Gold Cup/1994 World Cup

Brad Friedel, Cle Kooiman, Roy Wegerle

1998 Gold Cup/1998 World Cup

Frankie Hejduk, Juergen Sommer

2002 Gold Cup/2002 World Cup

DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni

2005 Gold Cup/2006 World Cup

Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey, Marcus Hahnemann, Oguchi Onyewu

2009 Gold Cup/2010 World Cup

Clarence Goodson, Stuart Holden

2013 Gold Cup/2014 World Cup

Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski

WHAT IS THE CONCACAF GOLD CUP?
Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. Along with lifting a trophy and earning supremacy in the confederation, the winner of the Gold Cup earns a place in the CONCACAF Cup, a one-game playoff that determines the region’s representative at the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Should the same team win both in 2017 and 2019, they will automatically earn a place in the tournament.

Placed in Group B, the U.S. opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Panama on July 8 in Nashville and defeated Martinique 3-2 on July 12 in Tampa. The team concludes the Group Stage with its first-ever meeting against Nicaragua on July 15 in Cleveland. The top two teams in each of the three groups automatically advance to the Quarterfinals and will be joined there by the two best third-place finishers.

USA HISTORY IN THE GOLD CUP
The United States has won five editions of the tournament, beginning with the inaugural 1991 Gold Cup when the team defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Semifinal before downing Honduras on penalty kicks in the Championship. Current U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena is one of two managers to win the tournament twice, lead the side to its second and third titles in 2002 and 2005 respectively and the team followed those up with wins in 2007 and 2013. In 13 editions of the tournament, the U.S. has played in the Final nine times and has advanced to the Semifinal on 13 occasions.

EUROPEAN VACATION
The regular European-based contingent for the MNT is in the midst of a much-needed break between now and the World Cup next summer. Having completed their club seasons in May, the group went straight into camp for the World Cup Qualifiers in June. After a 14-day camp preparing for the rigors of altitude, the U.S. emerged with four points from two games including a huge draw away to Mexico. Now two weeks into holidays, they begin to return to preseason shortly with the hopes of earning regular playing time for the upcoming campaign.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The U.S. is in the midst of 12-match unbeaten streak, going 7-0-5 since Bruce Arena returned as head coach.
  • The current streak is the best start to a U.S. MNT head coaching tenure, beating the 10-0-1 stretch the team went on to start Bob Bradley’s time on the job in 2007.
  • Arena has handed starts to 27 of 29 players during through the first four games of the tournament.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj both scored in Wednesday’s match vs. El Salvador, marking just the third time in the modern era (1990-present) that two U.S. MNT defenders have scored in the same match.
  • The U.S. has seen its nine goals tallied by seven different players, more than any team in the tournament.
  • With his appearance vs. El Salvador, Clint Dempsey moved past Jeff Agoos and into third on the U.S. MNT all-time caps list with 135. Captain Michael Bradley now sits tied with Agoos for fourth with 134.
  • Bradley’s assist on Gonzalez’s 41st minute goal was the 22nd of his international career, tying him with Cobi Jones for second on the U.S. MNT all-time assist list.
  • Dempsey’s helper on Lichaj’s goal was his 19th, tying him with Claudio Reyna for fourth all-time on the assist list.
  • With 56, Dempsey sits just one back of Landon Donovan for the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring lead.
  • Dempsey’s 12 all-time Gold Cup goals also rank him second behind Donovan, who tallied 18 in the competition.
  • Goals have come from Jordan Morris (2), Omar Gonzalez (2), Joe Corona, Dom Dwyer, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga and Kelyn Rowe. 
  • With the roster additions, eight players were part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup team: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard and Graham Zusi.
  • A majority of the roster comes from Major League Soccer, with 17 players representing 11 clubs.
  • Six players come from clubs outside of M.L.S., with four from Mexico and two from England.
  • Twelve players have previously been part of a Gold Cup roster: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Bill Hamid, Tim Howard, Eric Lichaj, Gyasi Zardes, Graham Zusi
  • Bedoya also has the most CONCACAF Gold Cup experience, earning 13 appearances during four different confederation tournaments (including 2017).
  • Guzan was one of two U.S. players to play every minute of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was awarded the tournament’s Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.
  • Six players were on the U.S. MNT’s last Gold Cup-winning side in 2013: Bedoya, Besler, Joe Corona, Gonzalez, Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.
  • Ten players are also alumni of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Acosta, Agudelo, Arriola, Corona, Jesse Gonzalez, Hamid, Miazga, Morris, Rowe and Zardes.

U.S. MNT IN THE GOLD CUP

  • Beginning with the inaugural title in 1991, the U.S. has lifted the Gold Cup on five occasions. Current MNT head coach Bruce Arena guided the side to the 2002 and 2005 championships, while the team also went on to win in 2007 and 2015.
  • Arena is one of only two managers to win the Gold Cup twice. Bora Milutinovic led the U.S. to the 1991 title before managing Mexico to championship in 1996.
  • The USA has more wins in the CONCACAF Gold Cup than any other nation, going 54-8-9 all-time.
  • The U.S. has gone 22-7-5 during the tournament’s Knockout Round.
  • With a 16-1-4 record in the Gold Cup, Arena is also the winningest head coach all-time in the competition.
  • The U.S. manager is 6-1-3 in the Knockout Round and 14-0-4 overall vs. CONCACAF opposition in the tournament.
  • The MNT has advanced to the Final on nine occasions: 1991, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
  • The USA has made it to the Semifinals in 13 out of 14 tournaments, missing out only in 2000.

USA-COSTA RICA NOTES

  • The MNT is 14-15-6 all-time vs. Costa Rica and 13-6-4 on U.S. soil.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the lone draw coming in the final Group Stage match at the 2005 tournament when the team had already advanced.
  • A Bruce Arena-led U.S. side defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, which stood as Los Ticos lone appearance in the championship match.
  • The U.S. and Costa Rica have met once before in the Semifinals, coming on July 21, 1993 when Cle Kooiman’s golden goal handed the MNT a 1-0 extra time victory at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
  • The sides traded 4-0 wins during 2016. The U.S. defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the second Group Stage match of Copa America Centenario on June 7, 2016 in Chicago, while Costa Rica won by the same score line in World Cup Qualifying on Nov. 15, 2016, in San Jose.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena led the team to a 4-3-2 record in nine meetings during his first tenure in charge.
  • Both teams have played previous Gold Cup matches at AT&T Stadium. The U.S. MNT defeated Honduras 3-1 in the 2013 Semifinal, while Costa Rica downed Cuba 5-0 during a 2011 Group Stage encounter.
  • The two sides are slated to meet again in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

COSTA RICA ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense)

DEFENDERS (9): Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA); Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense); Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense); Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano); David Guzman (Portland Timbers/USA); Jimmy Marin (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/POR); Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa); Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI); Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)

FORWARDS (4): Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa); Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA); Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA);

COSTA RICA NOTES

  • Costa Rica has been managed by former National Team defender Oscar Ramirez since 2015.
  • Los Ticos are 5-2-6 in 2017 and are currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak of their own, going 4-0-3.
  • Costa Rica won Group A, defeating Honduras 1-0 (July 7), drawing Canada 1-1 (July 11) and beating French Guiana 3-0 (July 14). In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal, a 77th minute own goal from Panama midfielder Anibal Godoy gave Costa Rica the 1-0 win. 
  • Saturday’s game will mark Costa Rica’s fifth Semifinal appearance and first since 2009.
  • Costa Rica’s best finish at the tournament came in 2002 when they fell 2-0 to the USA in the Final.
  • Fourteen players on the roster are based domestically, five play in M.L.S., with one each in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Thailand.
  • Midfielder David Guzman is teammates with U.S. MNT player Darlington Nagbe at the Portland Timbers. 
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MNT Jul 20, 2017

GALLERY: Check out the WNT Tournament of Nations Roster!

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations that will feature the USA, Japan, Australia and Brazil playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period. The USA is currently ranked first in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh and Brazil is eighth. All six matches of the tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
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WNT Jul 20, 2017

World Cup Preparation Continues for U-17 MNT With Training Camp At Atlanta United FC

CHICAGO (July 20, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 29-player roster for the team’s first domestic camp since the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. From July 21-29, the U.S. will descend upon Atlanta United FC’s training grounds for a nine-day training camp that will include a number of friendlies against local competition, including Tormenta FC of the Premier Development League and the National Premier Soccer League’s Atlanta Silverbacks.

“This camp marks the start of our World Cup preparations,” Hackworth said. “Therefore, it’s important to try to get this large player pool back together and focused on their preparations for the next two months.”

The camp marks the first gathering for the player pool (birth year 2000 or later) since Hackworth named 20 players for the 2017 International Festival in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina, where the U.S. faced Argentine First Division youth clubs Rosario Central and Newells Old Boys, as well as the Uruguay U-18 National team.

With the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup quickly approaching and the U.S. set to kick off against host India on opening night, the Atlanta camp will be the first of four gatherings for Hackworth and his coaching staff to evaluate the player pool and test it against professional competition.

Of the 29 players brought into camp, 26 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Nine have registered four seasons in the Academy: Jake Arteaga, Carlos Asensio, Chris Gloster, Matthew Hundley, Jaylin Lindsey, Alejandro Pereira, Josh Sargent, Tyler Shaver and Adrian Villegas. 26 players were born in 2000, making 2001-born Taylor Booth, Bryan Reynolds Jr. and Indiana Vassilev the youngest players in the group. Three players are making their debuts with the U-17 Men’s National Team in 2017: Sam Fowler, Brayan Padilla and Sebastian Soto.

This group of players is nearing the end of its two-year cycle and will move up to the U-19 age group after the U-17 World Cup.

Roster by Position:                                                                                        
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Sam Fowler (Seattle Sounders FC; Issaquah, Wash.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)

DEFENDERS (9): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier; Woodinville, Wash.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Greenwich, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (9): Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Matthew Hundley (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Brayan Padilla (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas) Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oveido, Fla.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Soto (Real Salt Lake AZ; Carlsbad, Calif.)

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U-17 MNT Jul 20, 2017

Eric Lichaj Enjoys First International Goal for USA

A misplay three minutes into Wednesday night’s 2-0 Gold Cup Quarterfinal win against El Salvador could have dictated a different path for the game.

Defender Eric Lichaj’s seemingly innocuous back-pass for Tim Howard was too soft, allowing El Salvador attacker Rodolfo Zelaya a clean lane towards goal before the veteran U.S. goalkeeper alertly came off his line to clear the danger.

“I told Tim thank you after the game,” Lichaj said. “He got me out of the dirt there.”

Just before halftime, Lichaj earned redemption in spades. Finding himself in the unusual position of being higher up the field than normal, the right back made a darting run towards the area where Clint Dempsey deftly hit him in stride. Taking a touch into the box, the Nottingham Forest defender blistered his first international goal through the legs of El Salvador goalkeeper Derby Carrillo to send the U.S. into halftime up 2-0 and eventual into the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.

“I couldn’t remember the initial bit, but I was high up and I just thought I would continue my run,” Lichaj said about his positioning. “It was a good play, and I think it was Justin [Morrow], Gyasi [Zardes] and Clint. Clint ended up turning in a good position on the pitch and he just slipped me in. I shot low and hard at the goalkeeper and we got our second goal.”

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MNT Jul 20, 2017
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