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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- 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

Games Notes: Who Will Bust the U.S. Open Cup Bracket in Round of 16


Matchday 1: Tuesday, June 28

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Columbus Crew SC Best Finish: Champions (2002)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • The Chicago Fire arrived in the Round of 16 by drawing 1-1 with Indy Eleven before winning 4-3 on penalty kicks. David Accam scored the Fire’s equalizer in the 111th minute of extra time.
  • Columbus arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Justin Meram, Cristian Martinez, Ethan Finlay and Marshall Hollingsworth all scored for Crew SC in the win.
  • A rematch of the 1998 Final, this match marks the sixth meeting between the two sides in the competition, with the Fire holding a perfect 5-0-0 record.
  • Previous results: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 asdet (1998 Final); Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 asdet (2004 Fourth Round); Chicago Fire 3, Columbus Crew SC 2 aet (2008 Qualifying); Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 (2013 Fourth Round); Chicago Fire 4, Columbus Crew SC 2 aet (2014 Fourth Round).
  • With four U.S. Open Cup titles, the Chicago Fire are tied for second-most championships all-time along with Seattle Sounders FC, Fall River Marksmen, New York Greek American and Philadelphia Ukrainians.
  • The Chicago Fire have advanced to the Semifinals in four of the last five U.S. Open Cup tournaments and last advanced to the Final in 2011.
  • Chicago Fire assistant coach Logan Pause won two U.S. Open Cups with the club in 2003 and 2006.
  • Columbus Crew SC assistant Josh Wolff also won two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Fire in 1998 and 2000. Goalkeeping coach Pat Onstad also backstopped the Rochester Rhinos on a Cinderella run to the 1999 U.S. Open Cup title.
  • The two sides have met once already during the MLS season, playing to a 0-0 draw on March 19 at Toyota Park.
  • The winner of this match will host the winner of Orlando City SC and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the Quarterfinals on July 19/20.

Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Time/Location:
8:00 p.m. MT; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Seattle Sounders FC Best Finish: Champions (2009-2011, 2014)
Real Salt Lake Best Finish: Runners-up (2013)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • Sounders FC arrived in the Round of 16 by defeating Kitsap Pumas 2-0. Cristian Roldan and Joevin Jones scored in the match on June 15.
  • After going down 2-0 to the Wilmington Hammerheads, Joao Plata and Burrito Martinez tallied second half goals before RSL defeated the USL side 3-1 on penalty kicks to arrive in the Round of 16.
  • This is the first meeting between the two MLS sides in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Seattle Sounders FC four championships are tied for the second most U.S. Open Cup titles with fellow MLS side Chicago Fire, Fall River Marksmen, New York Greek American and Philadelphia Ukrainians.
  • Sounders FC assistant coach Ante Razov won the U.S. Open Cup three times as a member of the Chicago Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Razov provided the assist on Hristo Stoitchkov’s game-winning goal in the 2000 Final win, a 2-1 victory against the Miami Fusion.
  • Interestingly, RSL assistant Tyrone Marshall scored an own goal for the Fire in that 2000 Final, while Jeff Cassar was on the bench for Miami. RSL goalkeeping coach Daryl Shore also won the 2000, 2003 and 2006 Open Cup titles with the Fire, while assistant Ted Eck won the title with the Dallas Burn in 1997.
  • The two sides have met once this season, a 2-1 RSL win on March 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ozzie Alonso put Seattle ahead in the 28th minute before Sunday Stephen and Jamison Olave scored goals on both sides of halftime for the home side.
  • The winner of this match will visit the winner of the Portland Timbers/LA Galaxy Round of 16 match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.

Matchday 2: Wednesday, June 29

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:00 p.m. ET; Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union Best Finish: Runners-up (2014-2015)
New York Red Bulls Best Finish: Runners-up (2003)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • The Philadelphia Union used a goal from Walter Restrepo and two strikes from Roland Alberg, both in first and second half stoppage time, to dispatch the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2 in Fourth Round play.
  • The New York Red Bulls used a 20th minute penalty from Sacha Kljestan to defeat defending USL champion Rochester Rhinos 1-0 in the Fourth Round.
  • The game is a rematch of the 2015 Quarterfinals which ended in a 1-1 draw, before Philadelphia defeated New York 4-3 on penalties. The game is the only meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play.
  • Under the direction of Jim Curtin, Philadelphia has made a major play in the Open Cup, finishing as runner-up the last two seasons.
  • The meeting is a reunion of sorts for Curtin, his assistant coach Mike Sorber and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and his assistants Chris Armas and Denis Hamlett, all of whom won U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire.
  • Armas (as a player) and Hamlett (as an assistant coach) were part of all four of that club’s U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Marsch won three titles with the Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003 (and also won in 1996 with D.C. United), while Curtin lifted the trophy in 2003 and 2006 and Sorber in 2000.
  • The match marks the first meeting of the season between the two MLS rivals.
  • The winner of this match will visit the winner of the New York Cosmos/New England Revolution match in the Quarterfinals on July 19/20.

New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium; Jamaica, N.Y.
New York Cosmos Best Finish: Round of 16 (2014-2015)
New England Revolution Best Finish: Champions (2007)
Broadcast:
U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the New York Cosmos arrived in the Round of 16 by defeating the PDL’s Jersey Express 2-0 behind goals from Ayoze and Yohandry Orozco in Third Round play on June 1. The Cosmos then used Danny Szetela’s 88th minute goal to see of New York City FC 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
  • New England arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to a 103rd minute goal from Zachary Herivaux in the club’s 1-0 extra time defeat of the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in Fourth Round play on June 15.
  • This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
  • New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was part of the club’s 2007 championship side, while assistant Tom Soehn has won four U.S. Open Cup titles over the course of his career – three with the Chicago Fire (1998 and 2000 as a player, 2003 as an assistant coach) and one as the head coach of D.C. United in 2008.
  • Having fallen at the Round of 16 the last two years, the Cosmos are hoping to advance to the Quarterfinals for the first time ever.
  • The winner of this match will host the winner of the Philadelphia Union/New York Red Bulls match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Time/Location: 6 p.m. CT; BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Houston Dynamo Best Finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
Sporting Kansas City Best Finish: Champions (2004, 2012, 2015)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • The Houston Dynamo arrived in the Round of 16 via a 4-0 victory against San Antonio FC in Fourth Round play on June 15. Mauro Manotas, Alex, Raul Rodriguez and Leonel Miranda all scored in the win.
  • Defending champions Sporting KC outlasted Minnesota United 2-1 in extra time in Fourth Round play on June 15. Benny Feilhaber scored a 65th minute penalty kick before Diego Rubio’s 109th minute winner pushed Sporting to the Round of 16.
  • The game is a rematch of last year’s Quarterfinal which Sporting KC won 3-1. Houston took a 1-0 lead through Will Bruin in the 69th minute before Sporting KC pulled three back from Benny Feilhaber (71’), Dom Dwyer (86’) and Krisztian Nemeth (88’) to earn the victory.
  • With three all-time tournament titles, Sporting KC is tied with fellow MLS side D.C. United, New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Stix, Baer and Fuller for the third most titles all-time.
  • Sporting KC is aiming to become the first club to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions since Seattle Sounders FC won three straight titles from 2009-2011.
  • Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin was part of the club’s first U.S. Open Cup title as a player in 2004.
  • The winner of the match will host the winner of FC Dallas/Colorado Rapids in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.

Orlando City SC (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City SC Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2013, 2015)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2006, 2012)

  • One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers drew 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers before defeating the USL side 2-0 on penalty kicks in the Third Round on June 1. The Strikers then played D.C. United to a 0-0 draw before downing the MLS side 4-3 on penalties.
  • Orlando City used a 62nd minute goal from David Mateos to defeat Jacksonville Armada 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
  • Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has made four penalty saves in Fort Lauderdale’s two shootout victories.
  • This is the first meeting between the two sides. Whoever wins will match their previous best finish in the competition.
  • The winner will visit the winner of the Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew SC match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.

FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas Best Finish:
Champions (1997)
Colorado Rapids Best Finish: Runners-up (1999)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • Two goals from Carlos Lizarazo saw FC Dallas draw 2-2 with OKC Energy FC before beating the USL side 6-5 on penalty kicks in Fourth Round play on June 15.
  • The Colorado Rapids used an 84th minute goal from Dillon Serna to earn a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in their Fourth Round match on June 15.
  • This is the third meeting between the two clubs in the U.S. Open Cup and first since 2004. FC Dallas defeated Colorado 1-0 in the 2002 competition and 3-0 in 2004 – both matches were Quarterfinals.
  • FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja was the head coach of the Colorado Rapids from 2012-2013.
  • The game will mark the first meeting between FC Dallas and Colorado this season.
  • The winner of the match will visit the winner of the Houston Dynamo/Colorado Rapids winner in the Quarterfinals.

Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. PT; Providence Park; Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers Best Finish:
Semifinalist (2013)
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • The Portland Timbers arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to two second half goals from Dairon Asprilla and Jack McInerney in their 2-0 Fourth Round win against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 14.
  • The LA Galaxy made it back to the Round of 16 via a 4-1 extra time win against amateur side La Maquina. Jose Villarreal, David Romney tallied and Sebastian Lletget bagged two goals in extra time.
  • This is the first U.S. Open Cup meeting between the LA Galaxy and MLS-era Portland Timbers.
  • LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis won the 2007 title with the New England Revolution, while Reis was also part of the Galaxy’s 2002 championship winning side.
  • This is the second meeting between the two sides, following their 1-1 draw at StubHub Center on April 10.
  • The winner of this match will host the winner of Seattle Sounders FC/Real Salt Lake match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.
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Gallery: U.S. MNT Falls to Colombia 1-0 in Copa America Centenario Third Place Match

The U.S. Men’s National Team secured a second fourth place finish in its Copa America history after a 1-0 loss to Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium in the teams’ final match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The team now has two months off before reconvening in September for its final two Semifinal Round 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches. The USA will first travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2 before returning home to face Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. [TICKETS]. Fans can also follow the USA’s World Cup Qualifying action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

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USA Defeated 1-0 by Colombia in 2016 Copa America Centenario Third Place Match

GLENDALE, Ariz. (June 25, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team secured a second fourth place finish in its Copa America history after a 1-0 loss to Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium in the teams’ final match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The USA had to once again shuffle its defense, this time due to injury, as Matt Besler was drafted into the middle alongside Geoff Cameron and Michael Orozco came in at right back. Additionally, veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard saw his first action of the competition, starting in goal in place of No. 1 ‘keeper Brad Guzan.

The reshuffled defense was breached in the 31st minute as Colombia attacked down the right wing before sending the ball into the center of the pitch just outside the U.S. box for James Rodriguez to play in right back Santiago Arias, whose headed pass was bundled across the line by a sliding Carlos Bacca.

While the U.S. had its chances to score in the second half, notably on a Clint Dempsey free kick and a Bobby Wood shot that hit the right post, the Yanks were unable to find the net despite U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann also bringing on attacking talents Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe late in the match.

The fourth place finish matches the USA’s best placement in a Copa America tournament, which it last achieved in 1995 in Uruguay.

The team now has two months off before reconvening in September for its final two Semifinal Round 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches. The USA will first travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2 before returning home to face Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. [TICKETS]. Fans can also follow the USA’s World Cup Qualifying action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Carlos Bacca (Santiago Arias), 31st minute:
After an initial Colombia attack down the right wing was rebuffed, Juan Cuadrado sent the ball into the center of the field for James Rodriguez, who lifted a deft chip over the U.S. defense and into the path of overlapping right back Santiago Arias. Arias headed the ball across the face of goal and Bacca slid in front of his defender to redirect the ball across the goal line for the game’s only strike. USA 0, COL 1 FINAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
Tim Howard, 12th minute:
Colombia attacked down the right hand side often, building on the link between Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, which nearly paid off early in the match as Cuadrado slipped a pass to James in traffic at the top of the U.S. box. The Real Madrid attacker snapped off a powerful shot, but Howard was well positioned and got down quickly to push the shot outside of his left post.

Christian Zapata, 16th minute: On perhaps the USA’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes, Alejandro Bedoya was able to beat his defender to the end line inside the Colombia penalty area. He cut the ball back toward the penalty spot and it arrived at Clint Dempsey’s feet at the top left corner of the six-yard box. Dempsey attempted a one-time redirect on goal, but Zapata slid in from behind just as the ball left Dempsey’s foot to make the crucial block.

David Ospina, 51st minute: In the center of the USA’s offensive third, Dempsey curled a blistering free kick over the Colombia wall from nearly 30 yards out. The shot was post marked for the top right corner of the goal until Ospina made an incredible acrobatic stop, leaping at full stretch to get a hand to the ball and send it over the cross bar.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT returns to action in September with a final pair of Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying games. First the USA heads to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2 before returning home to face Trinidad & Tobago at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 9.

Broadcast information: TBA
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Additional Notes:

  • Geoff Cameron was the only player to play every minute of the 2016 Copa America Centenario for the USA, a total of 640 minutes.
  • Four players started in all five matches in the 2016 Copa America Centenario: Michael Bradley, Cameron, Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Dempsey’s three assists could see him finish tops in that statistical category among all players for the tournament.
  • Michael Orozco made his first start of the tournament in tonight’s match; it was his second appearance of the competition.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: June 25, 2016
Competition: 2016 Copa America Centenario - Third Place Match
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Attendance: 29,041
Weather: 110 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             0          0          0         
COL                             1          0          1

COL – Carlos Bacca (Santiago Arias)                        31st minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Tim Howard; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 14-Michael Orozco;  4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (10-Darlington Nagbe, 79), 13-Jermaine Jones, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (17-Christian Pulisic, 74); 9-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used:
1-Brad Guzan, 3-Steve Birnbaum, 6-John Brooks, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Perry Kitchen, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Edgar Castillo, 22-Ethan Horvath, 23-Fabian Johnson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

COL: 1-David Ospina; 18-Frank Fabra, 22-Jeison Murillo, 2-Cristian Zapata, 4-Santiago Arias; 5-Guillermo Celis (15-Stegan Medina, 86), 16-Daniel Torres, 10-James Rodriguez, 8-Edwin Cardona, 11-Juan Cuadrado (21-Marlos Moreno, 74); 7-Carlos Bacca (9-Roger Martinez, 79)
Subs not used: 3-Yerry Mina, 6-Carlos Sanchez, 12-Robinson Zapata, 13-Sebastian Perez, 14-Felipe Aguilar, 17-Dayro Moreno, 19-Farid Diaz, 20-Andres Felipe Roa,23-Cristian Bonilla
Head coach: Jose Pekerman

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 10  / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
COL - Jeison Murillo (caution)                     13th minute
USA - Matt Besler (caution)                          22
COL - Juan Cuadrado (caution)                     73
USA - Michael Orozco (caution)                     87
COL - Santiago Arias (caution)                      90+5
COL - Santiago Arias (sent off)                      90+5
USA - Michael Orozco (sent off)                    90+5

Officials:
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
4th Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Geoff Cameron

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Lineup Notes: USA vs. Colombia - 2016 Copa America Centenario Third Place Match

U.S. MNT vs. Colombia
June 25, 2016 – University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Live Broadcast: FX, Univision, Univision Deportes Network

Tonight’s lineup: Tim Howard; DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, Michael Orozco; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya; Bobby Wood, Clint Dempsey, Gyasi Zardes

  • Tim Howard gets the start in goal, set to collect his 109th cap for the United States
  • Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood all return to the starting lineup after serving a one-match suspension in the semifinal
  • Michael Orozco makes his first start in the tournament, while Matt Besler shifts inside to partner with Geoff Cameron after starting at left back against Costa Rica
  • Fabian Johnson (groin) and John Brooks (knee inflammation) are limited and may not see action tonight

MATCH PREVIEW:

  • Four players have started in all five matches in Copa America thus far: Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes
  • Eight players started in the opening day loss to Colombia
  • Dempsey scored the first goal in three matches so far, improving his career total to 52 goals. He is second on the all-time scoring list for the USA, which is the only CONCACAF country with two or more 50-goal scorers
  • Dempsey also has three assists, good for tops in the tournament so far.
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