U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN with and a delayed broadcast at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

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WNT Sep 13, 2014

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                            4      4      8
MEX                           0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                  36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

MNT on TV: Final Club Matches Before October Friendlies

It’s one more weekend of club duty before the U.S. Men’s National Team reconvenes for October friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand. Here’s how to follow MNT players before they arrive in Miami and use the next two matches to fight for spots in the highly anticipated showdown with Mexico and Costa Rica to open the Hex in November.

The weekend gets underway Friday night when Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana work to increase their one-point advantage at the top of the Liga MX table when they welcome Club Atlas to Estadio Caliente (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

On Saturday, Bobby Wood and Hamburg will try to move past last week’s late 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich when they take on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin (9:30 a.m. ET – FoxSoccer2Go). Hertha Berlin currently sit fourth in the table, equal on points with Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Following a late assist to help Borussia Dortmund earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League play at midweek, Christian Pulisic and BVB keep up their pursuit of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen (12:30 p.m. – FS2).

Back in MLS, a number of MNT players have a chance to push their clubs onto the doorstep of the postseason, and with a little help in other matches this weekend clinch MLS Cup Playoff berths. Such is the case for Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union, who could go a long way towards locking down their first postseason berth since 2011 with a win against Sacha Kljestan and New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. – MLS Live). Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United could also book their third-straight playoff ticket with a win against Toronto FC along with other results, but Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will try to keep the Reds in contention for top spot in the Eastern Conference and the MLS Supporters Shield (7:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live)

Meanwhile, things are much more straightforward for Tim Howard and Colorado Rapids, who need just a victory against Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013 (9 p.m. – MLS Live).

Sunday’s action kicks off early when Geoff Cameron and Stoke City head to the Theater of Dreams in search of their first victory of the season when they take on Manchester United (7 a.m. ET – NBCSN). Later on, Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach hope to bounce back from their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Barcelona with a visit to Schalke (11:30 a.m. ET – FS2).

On this side of the Atlantic, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca work to keep the pressure on Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL at the top of Liga MX with a match at Puebla (7 p.m. ET – UDN) before the weekend closes with Jordan Morris and high-flying Seattle Sounders attempting to provide cushion for themselves above the red line in the Western Conference with a Cascadia Cup clash at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8 p.m. ET – FS1).

A full rundown of this weekend’s matches involving MNT players is below.

All times Eastern

Friday, Sept. 30

Paul Arriola, Michael Orozco

Club Tijuana vs. Atlas

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, Oct. 1

John Brooks, Bobby Wood

Hertha Berlin vs. Hamburg

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Julian Green

Bayern Munich vs. Koln

9:30 a.m.

FS2

Alfredo Morales

Ingolstadt vs. Hoffenheim

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Brad Guzan

West Ham United vs. Middlesbrough

10 a.m.

NBC PLET

Christian Pulisic

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:30 p.m.

FS2

Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Lee Nguyen, Matt Besler

New England Revolution vs. Sporting KC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Steve Birnbaum

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yarbrough

Club Leon vs. Tigres UANL

8 p.m.

Galavision

Kellyn Acosta

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Darlington Nagbe

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham, Kyle Beckerman

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Oct. 2

Geoff Cameron

Manchester United vs. Stoke City

7 a.m.

NBCSN

Fabian Johnson

Schalke vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

11:30 a.m.

FS2

Omar Gonzalez

Puebla vs. Pachuca

7 p.m.

UDN

Jordan Morris

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

8 p.m.

FS1

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Match Preview: U-17 WNT Faces Paraguay in U-17 WWC Opener in Jordan

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 1 against Paraguay at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, Jordan, in what will be one of the final games of the second match day of the tournament. The match will air live on FOX Soccer Plus starting at 11:55 a.m. ET and fans can also watch on FOX Sports GO app, FOXSportsGo.com and FOXSoccer2GO.com.

The U.S. team spent almost a week in Paphos, Cyprus during a highly productive pre-Women’s World Cup training camp before arriving in Jordan on Sept. 25 to make final preparations for the tournament. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position - DETAILED                                             
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), 1-Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), 12-Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7):
4-Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), 9-Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), 13-Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), 5-Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) 6-Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), 15-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), 11-Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
2-Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), 17-Lia Godfrey (Jacksonville Armada; Fleming Island, Fla.), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), 8-Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), 16-Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

FORWARDS (4):
14-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), 19-Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), 10-Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), 3-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.). MEET THE TEAM.                     

Storylines:

U-17 WNT vs. Paraguay: The USA and Paraguay have met once before, during group play at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Hamilton, New Zealand with the USA coming away with a 3-1 win after going a goal down in the 32nd minute. Needing a win to advance, the USA forced Paraguay into an own goal as current Sky Blue FC player Elizabeth Eddy hit a cross that was bundled into the net followed by a game-winner from Vicki DiMartino in the 77th minute. Courtney Verloo added a clinching goal in the 83rd minute. The USA out-shot Paraguay 19-9 in that match.

Paraguay at U-17 WWC: Jordan 2016 will be the third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for Paraguay. La Albirroja made their debut in the inaugural tournament in New Zealand 2008 and also qualified for the 2014 tournament in Costa Rica. Paraguay qualified for Jordan 2016 thanks to their third-place finish in the South American Championships in Venezuela. Victorious in their opening three games in Group A against Chile (3-0), Peru (4-1) and Argentina (5-1), the Paraguayans then lost to the hosts (3-1), advancing to the final phase as section runners-up. Following two losses, at the hands of Brazil (1-0) and the hosts once again (6-2), Paraguay took on Colombia for the third and final qualification slot at stake, coming from a goal down to win 2-1. Paraguay was the second-highest scorer in the competition behind Venezuela with 17 goals in all. Paraguay also had the second-most leading scoring in the qualifying tournament in forward Jessica Martinez, whose 10-goal haul included two hat-tricks.

U-17 U.S. WNT in 2016: The U.S. U-17s have compiled a record of 12-0-2 in 2016 as 27 players have taken part in international matches, while 12 players have scored in an international match for the USA this year. Forward Civana Kuhlmann leads the USA in goals this year with 10, while Ashley Sanchez and Frankie Tagliaferri have seven each. Two players on the roster – Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri – are in their second U-17 cycle and were a part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for this tournament two years ago in Jamaica despite out-scoring the opposition 24-1 in the tournament. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Mexico in the semifinal after drawing 1-1 in regulation during a cycle in which just two CONCACAF teams qualified due to the tournament being held in Costa Rica.

U.S. Roster Breakdown: Lia Godfrey is the youngest player with a November of 2001 birthday while Tagliaferri is the oldest, having been born on Jan. 18, 1999. Fifteen different youth clubs from nine states are represented on the roster with the So Cal Blues out of Southern California having four players on the roster. Real Colorado, the Michigan Hawks and PDA out of New Jersey have two players each. The roster includes eight players from California (six from Southern, two from Northern), three players from Colorado and two each from Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.

Every player on the roster has been capped at least once at the U-17 level, with 16 players having 11 or more caps. Tagliaferri has the most experience with 24 caps, followed by Alexa Spaanstra with 19, Sanchez and Jaelin Howell with 18 each and Brianna Pinto and Kuhlmann with 17 each. Sophia Smith has 16. U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow selected two high school freshman (Canniff and Godfrey), two sophomores (Wiesner and Wesley), six juniors (Ivory, Sophie Smith, Girma, Pinto, McClelland and Howell), and 10 seniors (Karina Rodriguez, Emily Smith, Pickett, Sanchez, Isabel Rodriguez, Kuhlmann, Zandi, Richardson, Tagliaferri and Beall).

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Friedel Names 24 Player Roster for Chula Vista Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2016) – U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team head coach Brad Friedel has named a 24-player roster for a domestic training camp set to take place from Oct. 3-10 in Chula Vista, Calif.

During the training camp, the U-19s will face Liga MX side Xolos’ reserve squad at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 7, and will then play another match at 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 9, with the opponent still to be determined. This camp is the U-19 MNT’s return to action after its appearance in the Stevan Vilotic Tournament in Subotica, Serbia last month.

The U.S. roster includes seven players who participated in the 2016 Stevan Vilotic Tournament, including goal scorers Djordje Mihailovic and Ethan Zubak. Out of the 24-player roster, 10 compete in the MLS, seven play for Development Academy clubs, three play at the collegiate level, two compete in the NASL and two play in the USL. Additionally, 22 out of the 24 players called up have Academy ties.

The U-19 MNT enters its first training camp of the year with a 6-8-0 overall record in 2016, a record that includes winning the Slovakia Cup back in April. 

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Matias Reynares (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers; Weston, Fla.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Kevin Silva (UCLA; Bethlehem, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Edwin Figueroa (Atlanta United; Norcross, Ga.), Sam Golan (Loudoun Soccer Club; Great Falls, Va.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Sean O'Hearn (PA Classics; Mountville, Pa.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Wildwood, Mo.), Grant Robinson (George Mason; Columbia, Md.), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Alexis Velela (NY Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Matias Barraza (Weston FC; Doral, Fla.), Habib Barry (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle Wash.), Alexis Dionicio (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), David Loera (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Jacob Montes (Portland Timbers; Lake Worth, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Milo Barton (Seattle Sounders FC; Kent, Wash.), Danny Griffin (Providence College; Wethersfield, Conn.), Alex Rose (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Devin Vega (FC Dallas; San Antonio, Texas), Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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Ramos Names 22-Player U-20 MNT Roster for 2016 Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (Sept. 30, 2016) - U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 22-player roster for the upcoming 2016 U-20 Men’s Four Nations Tournament set to take place from Oct. 2-11 in Manchester, England.

The USA will first face Germany on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET, then the Netherlands on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. ET, and finally the host country England on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. ET.

The tournament will serve as further preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place in South Korea next May. Germany and England have already punched their ticket to the World Cup, so the USA will come in to these matches ready to face a potential opponent, were they to qualify for the tournament next year. The Qualifying tournament takes place next Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.

This will be the third tournament of 2016 for Ramos and the U-20’s as they recently competed in the 2016 Dallas Cup back in March and won the U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational in July.

Ramos is pulling out all the stops for the Four Nations tournament, calling up 17 professional players for the 22-player roster. Out of these 22 players, 11 compete abroad, four play with MLS clubs, three compete in the USL, three play at the collegiate level, and one plays with a Development Academy club.

“It’s an opportunity to see some of these players play together,” Ramos said. “Some of them have never played together before, and obviously having the opportunity to play Germany, England and Holland is huge. These are the type of games that when players make plays and do well you have to take that into account because it has a lot of value.”

This tournament will mark the return of Gedion Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers to the U.S. U-20 squad for the first time since the 2015 World Cup, while Derrick Jones and Toni Suddoth receive their first U-20 MNT call-up.

2016 U-20 MNT Four Nations Tournament

Date

Match

Time (All times in ET)

Location

Oct. 5

USA vs. Germany

10 a.m.

Leigh Sports Stadium; Leigh, UK

Oct. 5

England vs. Netherlands

2 p.m.

Boundry Park; Oldham, Lancashire

Oct. 7

USA vs. Netherlands

10 a.m.

Moss Lane; Altrincham, Manchester

Oct. 7

England vs. Germany

2 p.m.

John Smith’s Stadium; Huddersfield, UK

Oct. 10

USA vs. England

2 p.m.

Spotland Stadium; Rochdale, UK

Oct. 10

Germany vs. Netherlands

2 p.m.

Leigh Sports Stadium; Leigh, UK


2016 U-20 MNT Four Nations Tournament Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Fortuna Dusseldorf; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham; Surbiton, England), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.), Toni Suddoth (VfB Stuttgart), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel FC; Media, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Luca De La Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Bethlehem Steel FC), Brooks Lennon (Liverpool., Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Weston McKinnie (Shalke 04; Little Elm, Texas), Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro; Orange County, Calif.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal; Bethesda, Md.)      
FORWARDS (5): Jeremy Ebobisse (Charleston Battery; Bethesda, Md.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Veracruz; Park City, Utah), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.)

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U-20 MNT Sep 30, 2016

WNT on TV: Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars

The 2016 NWSL playoffs kick off tonight with the Washington Spirit hosting the Chicago Red Stars at 8 p.m. ET at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The match will air live on FS1 and will be available on FOXSportsGo.com and the FOX Sports Go App. The winner of this matchup will reach its first NWSL Championship Game. Despite both teams making it to the post-season in the past, neither has ever advanced past the semifinals.

Washington Spirit
Washington finished with the second-best record in the league – and its best season as a franchise – after a strong overall performance throughout the 20 games of the 2016 regular season. Captain Ali Krieger started 14 games of the 15 she played in for the Spirit, and was part of a sturdy backline the only allowed five goals at home – the fewest in the league. Crystal Dunn featured in 13 games, starting 12 and recording two goals over the final three games for the Spirit. She finished as the team’s leader in assists with five.

Washington and Chicago met twice in the regular season, with each team getting wins at home. The first meeting, a 2-0 Spirit victory, did not feature any U.S. Women’s National Team players as it fell on the same day as the USA vs. South Africa friendly in Chicago on July 9. The second matchup, which was also the regular season-finale for both teams, took place recently at Toyota Park in Chicago on Sept. 24, a 3-1 Red Stars win. Dunn was the sole goal scorer for the Spirit that day.

The loss for the Spirit against Chicago marked the first time all year Washington suffered back-to-back losses. Nonetheless, the Spirit, who finished the regular season with a 7-1-2 record at home will hope to use its home field advantage on Friday night as they host the first playoff match in franchise history.  

Chicago Red Stars
Chicago qualified for its third consecutive post season by virtue of finishing as the team with the third-best record in the league, behind the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit. The Red Stars enter the match coming off a 3-1 win against the Spirit in Chicago, which included a goal from Red Stars’ captain, Christen Press. Chicago is anchored by Alyssa Naeher in goal and joined by fellow WNT teammate at center back, Julie Johnston.

Naeher and Johnston lead a backline that recorded eight shutouts in the regular season, the most in the league (tied with Seattle Reign FC).  Naeher started in all 13 games she played, earning six clean sheets – tied with FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart atop the league. Johnston, who helped Naeher organize the Chicago defense, played all 90 minutes of the 12 games in which she featured. Press finished the regular season as the leading scorer for Chicago, tallying eight goals in 14 games played. She also finished in the team lead for most shots taken (62), almost doubling the shots taken by Red Stars teammate Sofia Huerta (35).

All three WNT players in the Chicago roster are up for NWSL Awards with Naeher up for 2016 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Johnston in the running for NWSL Defender of the Year and Press up for NWSL Most Valuable Player. 


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WNT Sep 30, 2016
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