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 Weekend Rewind: Portland Wins NWSL Shield, Regular Season Wraps Up

After 20 weeks of intense matchups, a high level of play and some heated rivalries, the historic fourth regular season of the National Women’s Soccer League came to a close this past weekend. The Portland Thorns won the 2016 NWSL Shield with a 3-1 victory against Sky Blue FC on the last day of play, while Western New York Flash booked its place in the post season with a dominant 4-0 win against the Boston Breakers.

The NWSL playoffs begin on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 as the Washington Spirit hosts the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland SoccerPlex, and continue on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. ET also on FS1 as the Portland Thorns welcome the Western New York Flash to the fortress that is Providence Park.

FC Kansas City Finishes Season with Four-Game Unbeaten Run After 2-1 Win Against the Orlando Pride
For the second time this season, Becky Sauerbrunn and FC Kansas City defeated Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, and the Orlando Pride to finish its season on a four-game undefeated streak. Freshly retired from international play, Heather O’Reilly scored the game-winner on a penalty kick. Despite missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, FCKC found its chemistry late in the year to finish strong and get one last win on the road.

Western New York Flash Earns Convincing 4-0 Win Against the Boston Breakers to Secure Playoff Spot
All Western New York needed to book its ticket into the post-season was a draw against Boston, but the Flash did not take any chances, winning 4-0 in a dominating fashion that included a very early goal. Samantha Mewis contributed with a score in Western New York’s shutout of Boston, while Whitney Engen was able to play a full 90 for the Breakers despite still nursing a sore hamstring.

Chicago Red Stars Top Washington Spirit 3-1
In a matchup that we will see again on Friday in the first semifinal of the 2016 NWSL postseason, the Chicago Red Stars largely ended (even though the result of the Portland game was yet to be determined the next day) the Washington Spirit’s hope for a NWSL Shield celebration when they came out on top 3-1 at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. Christen Press scored a goal for the Red Stars, her eighth goal of the season, while Crystal Dunn scored the sole goal for the Spirit.

Portland Thorns Win NWSL Shield with 3-1 Win against Sky Blue FC
With the Washington loss the night before, Portland knew it could win the 2016 NWSL Shield for the first time in its history with a win. Allie Long found the back of the next twice for Portland and Lindsey Horan scored on a diving header to lift the team to the top of the league on the final night of NWSL regular season action. Tobin Heath assisted on one of Long’s goal, making it her 10th assist of 2016, a new Thorns and NWSL record for most assists in a single season. With the win, Portland set a new single-season record for most wins (12, tied with Washington this year) and points (41) in a season.

Seattle Reign Scores Late Goal to Top Houston Dash, 3-2
The Reign maintained its perfect record (7-0-0) against the Dash with a 3-2 win in Houston on Sunday night in the final match of the 2016 NWSL regular season. Carli Lloyd scored for Houston in the first half to give the home side a 2-0 lead into the half. Seattle mounted an impressive comeback in the second half and scored three goals in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win and finish their season on a high note. 

Morgan Brian – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Carli Lloyd (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Houston Dash)
Crystal Dunn –  90 minutes, GOAL (Washington Spirit)
Whitney Engen (capt.) – 90 minutes (Boston Breakers)
Ashlyn Harris – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Tobin Heath – 90 minutes, assist (Portland Thorns FC)
Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Julie Johnston – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Ali Krieger (capt.) – 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Allie Long – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes, GOAL (Western New York Flash)
Alex Morgan (capt.)  – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher – did not play (Chicago Red Stars)
Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, assist (Sky Blue FC)
Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Megan Rapinoe – 65 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Emily Sonnett – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)

FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

NWSL

Pts

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Portland Thorns *

41

20

12

3

5

35

19

16

Washington Spirit *

39

20

12

5

3

30

21

9

Chicago Red Stars *

33

20

9

5

6

24

20

4

Western New York Flash*

32

20

9

6

5

40

26

14

Seattle Reign FC

30

20

8

6

5

29

21

8

FC Kansas City

26

20

7

8

5

18

20

-2

Sky Blue FC

26

20

7

8

5

24

30

-6

Houston Dash

22

20

6

10

4

29

29

0

Orlando Pride

19

20

3

15

2

14

47

-33

Boston Breakers

11

20

3

15

2

14

47

-33

*Playoff Spot Clinched


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WNT Sep 26, 2016

Naomi Girma: A Worldly Experience

In 1982, Girma Aweke arrived in the United States in search of a better life and education. After spending his early years in Ethiopia, he made his way to San Jose State University, where he studied engineering.

Seble Demissie, the second youngest of eight children, arrived in the USA in 1987 after earning her undergraduate degree in Ethiopia with the same goals. She did some short term training at the University of Pittsburgh and then earned her MBA at Long Beach State.

It was in Northern California, among the tight-knit Ethiopian community, that the two met, fell in love, married in 1995, and settled in San Jose. Living out their version of the American dream, he as an engineer in the medical field and she working in finance and banking.

Both became American citizens, and they had two children, son Nathaniel and daughter Naomi, who was born in 2000. Sixteen years later, the daughter of immigrants, a first generation American, is on the cusp of representing – and perhaps captaining -- the United States in a youth Women’s World Cup.

It was the Ethiopian community that first drew Naomi Girma to soccer. (In Ethiopia, the children take the first name of their father as their last name). Girma Aweke was one of the organizers of “maleda soccer” (maleda meaning “dawn” in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia), a gathering of Ethiopian families that served to strengthen the bonds of the community.

“I was five years old when I first started playing,” said Naomi, who heads into the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan as one of the USA’s starting center backs. “Girls and boys played together and they always divided soccer games into little kids, medium kids and big kids. I always begged to play with the big kids. Eventually, my parents let me.”

Through these free play weekend afternoons, which also featured other sports and a big BBQ to end the day, Naomi’s love for the game was nurtured. At age nine, she started playing club soccer for the Central Valley Crossfire and grew into one of the USA’s elite female players for her age. She has committed to Stanford University for the fall of 2018 and has captained the U.S. U-17 WNT on several occasions.

A starting center-back for the U-17 WNT, Girma has captained the USA on several occasions. 

Naomi realizes that her upbringing was quintessentially American, but she has a tremendous appreciation for her culture and her parents’ story.

“Obviously I grew up in the United States, but I’ve never lost sight of my heritage,” said Naomi, who still can speak Amharic, her first language. “I’m incredibly proud and honored to play for my country, but I’m also proud that may parents were able to come here and carve out a better life for our family. In a way, it even makes this whole experience even more special.”

Naomi got to experience her heritage first-hand the summer before she entered sixth grade when she and her family spent a month in Ethiopia, traveling to the capital Addis Ababa, where her mom grew up, as well as Nazareth, where her dad was raised and where her grandmother still lives. She admits to sensory overload and some culture shock, but the people, the amazing food and the fact that she came face-to-face with her ancestry made it the trip of her young lifetime.

“We met a lot of family, extended family and people who we would call family even if they aren’t related,” said Naomi. “It was my first time out of the country and it was a wonderful experience, but it was definitely eye-opening. There’s was so much poverty, especially in Addis Ababa, and so over-crowded. I saw where my parents grew up and how different it is to our lives and our neighborhood in San Jose. It really made me appreciate how hard my parents worked to give us the lives we have today.”

Ethiopia is known for its distance runners, most notably Olympic champions Haile Gebrselassie (Naomi’s middle name is Haile), Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar, but Naomi gravitated more towards the sprints, running track during freshman year and competing in the 100 and 400 meters while running the anchor in the 4x100 and 4x400 meters. That’s not to say she doesn’t have stamina as well, as she consistently finishes among the top few players on the U.S. U-17 WNT in endurance tests.

“I always enjoyed running,” said Girma. “When I was little, I loved to play tag. It was fun to catch all the kids and I just kept going all day.”

She is still very tied to the local Ethiopian community, celebrating Ethiopian holidays with several families who live close by during get-togethers that feature lots of traditional foods. Her favorites are kitfo, minced raw beef marinated in a spice mix, and awaze tibs, a spicy lamb dish. And the maleda soccer is still going strong.

The young maleda soccer players have a special place in Naomi’s heart. Parents of the kids she played with when she was little still come up to her to congratulate her on her soccer successes. Ethiopia has never participated in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level, but Naomi will become the first player of Ethiopian descent to represent the USA in such a tournament.

U-17 WNT's Kiara Pickett, Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez enjoy some time off while training in Cryprus ahead of the start of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan

“I think all the players on this team are role models, and even though we are only teenagers I think we can understand and appreciate that,” she said. “And if other first generation Ethiopian kids or other immigrants can see me and aspire to play for the United States, then that’s really cool.”

Girma Aweke was just a bit older than Naomi is now when he came to the United States. It’s amazing what can happen in one generation.


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U-17 WNT Sep 26, 2016

MNT Weekend Rewind: Johnson, Bedoya, Morris On Target

Things were moving on up this week for MNT players here and abroad. Two players struck their first of the campaign while another bagged a brace. Others booked their place in the MLS playoffs or lifted their squads up the ranks in the league table. Take a look at how U.S. Men’s National Team players performed with their clubs during the last week.

We start at midweek where Fabian Johnson scored his first goal of the season for Borussia Moenchengladbach, rescuing a late 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig on Wednesday. In the 84th minute, ‘Gladbach caught the hosts out in transition when Lars Stindle fed Johnson into the box on the right. The U.S. international then cut back to find enough space for a clinical finish inside the lower left post. At the weekend, Johnson was back action, going the distance in a 2-0 win against Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt, taking the Foals up to fourth place in the Bundesliga based on goal differential. Incidentally, they are tied on points with Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt.

WATCH: Fabian Johnson secures 1-1 draw for ‘Gladbach

In MLS, Saturday’s match between Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC offered up plenty of drama. Facing a TFC side that needed just a win to clinch an MLS Cup Playoff berth, Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia had other ideas, as the MNT midfielder tallied his first goal for the club with a deft chip from just outside the area to give the Union a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. The second half would see Toronto FC rebound with a dominant performance and after Jonathan Osorio’s 70th minute equalizer, their best chance for three points came 16 minutes later, when Jozy Altidore’s volley clanged off the left post. In the end, other results pushed TFC into the playoffs for the second straight season.

WATCH: Alejandro Bedoya makes the most of his first MLS Goal

In Sunday’s prime clash, Seattle Sounders FC went to LA Galaxy knowing that anything but a win would likely send them to their first early offseason since joining MLS in 2009. Sounders FC responded with a 4-2 comeback win thanks in large part to a brace from Jordan Morris.

After going into the locker room at 1-1, Morris stole the show in the second half, first powering past Galaxy center back Daniel Steres before sending a classy finish past Brian Rowe to make it 2-1 in the 63rd minute. Ten minutes later, Morris chipped for Alvarao Fernandez on the left, who played his header across goal for Nicolas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan’s sliding attempt was saved by Rowe, but Morris was there at the left post to finish the rebound and give Sounders FC the edge they needed for the rest of the match. The win puts Sounders FC just three points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with two games in hand on almost everyone above the red line. 

WATCH: Morris Brace leads Sounders FC to crucial 4-2 win vs. LA Galaxy

Things continue to heat up in Liga MX, where a double-game week saw Club Tijuana and Pachuca sit first and third respectively at the top of the table. Michael Orozco played 90 minutes in both of Tijuana’s matches this week, a pair of 2-1 wins against Queretaro on Wednesday and at Santos Laguna on Sunday. Paul Arriola was a late-game sub in both matches for Los Xolos (7-1-3), who sit one point clear of Tigres UANL at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez played a combined 171 minutes in Pachuca’s 5-1 win at Monarcas Morelia at midweek and 2-0 victory against Queretaro on Saturday. Los Tuzos (6-3-2) are just four points back of Tijuana with six games left in the Liga MX Apertura season.

Other Highlights:
DeAndre Yedlin earned his first league start since joining Newcastle United, delivering a cross that led to an own goal in their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa … On-loan MNT defender Matt Miazga made his club debut for Vitesse Arnhem in their 7-2 KNVB Cup win against De Dijk at midweek. Miazga then made his league debut and even provided a late-game assist in the 2-1 loss at Twente … After being named captain for Scottish side Hearts at midweek, Perry Kitchen played wore the armband for the first time in the club’s 0-0 draw with Ross County ... Continuing his long injury comeback, Josh Gatt started his first match in more than three years for Molde, playing 66 minutes in their 3-1 loss against Rosenborg.

The Full Rundown:

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
– 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 24)
Jozy Altidore
(Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (Sept. 24)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 2 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Queretaro (Sept. 21); 7 substitute minutes in 2-1 win vs. Santos Laguna (Sept. 25)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. FC Dallas (Sept. 24)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw at Toronto FC (Sept. 24)
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (Sept. 24)
Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)– 90 minutes in 4-1 win vs. Orlando City SC (Sept. 24)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union (Sept. 24)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion (Sept. 24)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Sept. 20); 90 minutes in 3-3 draw vs. Hertha Berlin (Sept. 24)
Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC)
– 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (Sept. 25)
Josh Gatt (Molde) – 66 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Rosenborg (Sept. 24)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – 81 minutes in 5-1 win at Morelia (Sept 20); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Queretaro (Sept. 24)
Ethan Horvath (Molde) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. Roseborg (Sept. 24)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 24)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig (Sept. 21); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Ingolstadt (Sept. 24)
Perry Kitchen (Hearts) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Ross County (Sept. 24)
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) – 89 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Montreal Impact (Sept. 24)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 20 substitute minutes in 7-2 Dutch Cup win at De Dijk (Sept. 22); 26 substitute minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 loss at Twente (Sept. 25)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 12 substitute minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept. 20); 77 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach (Sept. 24)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes, TWO GOALS in 4-2 win at LA Galaxy (Sept. 25)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) - 90 minutes in 3-1 loss at Houston Dynamo (Sept. 24)
Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC (Sept. 25)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Queretaro; 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Santos Laguna (Sept. 25)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)– 45 minutes in 5-1 win at Wolfsburg (Sept. 20); 26 substitute minutes in 3-1 win vs. Freiburg (Sept. 23)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (Sept. 24)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) - 78 minutes in 1-0 loss at Freiburg (Sept. 20); 84 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich (Sept. 24)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon) - 90 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Chiapas (Sept. 21); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Toluca (Sept. 25)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 2-0 League Cup win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers; 75 minutes in 1-1 draw at Aston Villa (Sept. 24)

Did Not Play/Injured:

Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
– In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 24)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – Muscle Problems; Not in 18 for 3-0 loss at Bayern Munich (Sept. 21) or 3-3 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept. 24)
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – Broken kneecap; Not in 18 for 5-2 win vs. Santos Laguna (Sept. 21) or 3-1 loss at Atlas (Sept. 24)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)- Irregular heart beat; Not in 18 for 4-2 win at LA Galaxy (Sept. 25)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich) - Not in 18 for 3-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin (Sept. 21) or 1-0 win at Hamburg (Sept. 24)
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – In 18, DNP in  2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Sept. 24)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)– Not in 18, Suspended for 2-1 loss vs. Mainz (Sept. 21) and 2-1 win vs. Wolfsburg (Sept. 24)
Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids) – Quad injury; Not in 18 for 3-3 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 24)
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Sparta Rotterdam (Sept. 25)
Caleb Stanko
(FC Vaduz) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Grasshopper (Sept. 25)
Gyasi Zardes
(LA Galaxy) – Broken metatarsal; Not in 18 for 4-2 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Sept. 25)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – Calf injury; Not in 18 for 2-1 win at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 24)

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MNT Sep 26, 2016

USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Ticket Lottery Timeline Update

CHICAGO (Sept. 23, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has issued an update ticket lottery process timeline for the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T, World Cup Qualifying match set for Nov. 11 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Instructions on how to apply for tickets will be released to U.S. Soccer Membership and the general public on Monday, Sept. 26. Click here to read more about the weighted lottery process. As a reminder, once the ticket lottery application process begins, U.S. Soccer will accept applications for the ticket lottery through Thursday, Sept. 29.

More information will be made available on Monday, Sept. 26.

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MNT Sep 23, 2016
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