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

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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 Rewind: Bedoya and Besler Provide Assists Before Gold Cup Camp

Before the U.S. Men’s National Team began arriving in Nashville on Sunday, they had some unfinished business with their club teams. Here’s how they performed coming into Gold Cup camp:

In Philadelphia, Alejandro Bedoya provided a picture-perfect cross to allow Fafa Picault a one-time finish in the 31st minute of the Union’s 1-0 victory against D.C. United.

WATCH: Bedoya Provides Game-Winning Assist vs. D.C. United

Out west, Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer and Graham Zusi were all active in Sporting KC’s 2-1 win at the LA Galaxy. Though he didn’t know much about it, Besler was credited with the assist on Ike Opara’s highlight-reel bicycle kick in the 35th minute.

WATCH: Besler Assists on Opara Golazo

Meanwhile in Chicago, Dax McCarty went the full 90 minutes in midfield to help the Fire defeat Orlando City SC 4-0, extending the club’s unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions.

In total, 15 of the 16 domestic-based players on the final Gold Cup roster were in action this past week. The one exception was goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is ineligible to play for Atlanta United FC until the summer transfer window opens next month. While he couldn’t play, Guzan did take in his first home match at Bobby Dodd Stadium:

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And while he’s not on the final Gold Cup roster, MNT forward Jozy Altidore continued to find the back of the net for Toronto FC, tallying a 30th minute equalizer in the Reds 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Canadian Cup Final on Wednesday. 

WATCH: Altidore Tallies in Canadian Cup Final

Here’s a look at how the MNT’s domestic player pool performed this weekend (italics denote players that are not on the Gold Cup roster): 

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo (June 23)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Toronto FC (June 23)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 Canadian Cup draw at Montreal Impact (June 21); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 1-0 win vs. D.C. United (June 24)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 Canadian Cup draw at Montreal Impact (June 21); Suspended; Not in 18 for 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 89 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC; Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC) – 89 minutes in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Atlanta United FC (June 21); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Philadelphia Union (June 24)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo (June 23)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. LA Galaxy (June 21); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Atlanta United FC (June 24)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win at New York Red Bulls (June 24)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 4-0 win vs. Orlando City SC (June 24)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC (June 21); Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) – CCC 6/21 ;90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Minnesota United FC (June 21); Sunday, June 25 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (June 24)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC (June 24); Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Toronto FC (June 23)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Colorado Rapids (June 21); 77 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (June 24)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Arena Convoca a 23 Jugadores Para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017

CHICAGO (25 de junio, 2017) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Bruce Arena dio la lista final de 23 jugadores para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017. La U.S. MNT buscará su sexto título de CONCACAF con una mezcla de veteranos y talento joven. A menos de un año de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, este torneo la da la oportunidad a los jugadores de demostrar su capacidad y por qué deben ser incluidos si EE.UU. clasifica.

"Es una nómina buena con una mezcla de jugadores experimentados, veteranos, y un buen grupo de jugadores nuevos también," dijo Arena. "Hay un buen balance en cada posición. Podemos jugar de diversas formas y creo que todos estos jugadores desean jugar con Estados Unidos y estarán trabajando duro. Será una concentración competitiva. Estarán muy motivados, listos para tomar dirección y tendrán la oportunidad de marcar una diferencia."

Los jugadores se empezarán a reunir el 25 de junio en Nashville. El equipo se trasladará a East Hartford, Conn., para un partido de preparación contra Ghana el 1 de julio en Pratt & Whitney Stadium. El inicio está programado para las 4:45 p.m. ET, y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN, UniMas y UDN (con una previa en UniMas y UDN empezando a las 4 p.m. ET). Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

Según las reglas del torneo, la lista final se debe entregar a más tardar el 27 de junio. Un jugador puede ser reemplazado hasta 24 horas antes del primer partido de la fase de grupos en caso de una lesión. Adicionalmente, un total de seis cambios se pueden hacer en las 24 horas después de haberse terminado la fase de grupos antes de la segunda ronda. En ambas instancias, los jugadores nuevos deben provenir de la lista preliminar de 40 jugadores.

NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS (Club; Partidos/Goles):
ARQUEROS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENSAS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar González (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (9):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

DELANTEROS (3):Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3),Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

EL BOLETO DE ORO
Históricamente, el desempeño excepcional individual de jugadores relativamente nuevos a la Copa Oro ha resultado directamente en la inclusión del jugador en la próxima nómina mundialista. Jugadores como DaMarcus Beasley y Pablo Mastroeni (2002), Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey y Oguchi Onyewu (2005), Stuart Holden y Clarence Goodson (2009), Matt Besler y Omar González (2013), han aprovechado esta oportunidad para hacer realidad su sueño mundialista.

UN BASE CON EXPERIENCIA
La nómina de la fase de grupos cuenta con una docena de jugadores con experiencia en Eliminatorias Mundialistas y 11 que han jugado en una Copa Oro, incluyendo seis con una medalla de la Copa Oro en sus vitrinas y el ganador del Guante de Oro 2015 Brad Guzan.

LA OPORTUNIDAD TOCA LA PUERTA
También hay una docena de jugadores que estarán trabajando con Arena a nivel de selección por primera vez, y la misma cantidad de jugadores con menos de 10 partidos jugados con EE.UU. Cuatro jugadores estarán en una nómina estadounidense de la selección mayor por primera vez.

"Cuando estas en medio de la Eliminatoria Mundialista y muy cerca de no calificar, pero con la Copa Mundial el siguiente año, tienes que tener un ambiente competitivo," dijo Arena. "Estos jugadores harán el esfuerzo por ponerse en la mejor posición para ser parte del grupo de ahora en adelante."

VACACIONES EUROPEAS
El grupo regular de jugadores de la U.S. MNT basados en Europa se encuentra en medio de un merecido descanso entre ahora y la Copa Mundial el próximo verano. Al haber completado la temporada con su club en mayo, el grupo directamente se reunió para los partidos de Eliminatoria Mundialista en junio. Después de una concentración de 14 días preparando para los rigores de la altura, EE.UU. salió con cuatro puntos después de dos partidos, incluyendo un empate de visitante en México. Ahora a las dos semanas de sus vacaciones, empiezan a regresar a la pretemporada con la esperanza de jugar en la temporada que viene.

LAZOS CON LA ACADEMIA DE DESARROLLO DE U.S. SOCCER
Nueve jugadores en la nómina de 23 han estado con clubes de la Academia de Desarrollo de U.S. Soccer. Tanto la LA Galaxy Academy (Paul Arriola y Gyasi Zardes) como la New York Red Bulls Academy (Juan Agudelo y Matt Miazga) son representados por dos jugadores cada una, mientras que otros jugadores incluyen a Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) y Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier).

HISTORIA EN COPA ORO
Empezando con el torneo inaugural en 1991, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos ha ganado la Copa Oro CONCACAF en cinco ocasiones, obteniendo el título regional en el 2002, 2005, 2007 y 2013. Al haber guiado a EE.UU. al campeonato en el 2002 y el 2005, el actual director técnico Bruce Arena es uno de solamente dos técnicos en ganar el torneo dos veces -- el otro es Bora Milutinović (USA 1991, México 1996). En 13 ediciones previas, EE.UU. ha marcado un registro de 51-8-8, avanzando a la final en nueve ocasiones y a las semifinales 12 veces.

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Jun 25, 2017

GALLERY: USA Brings Talented Roster to 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named the final 23-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, the United States will seek its sixth confederation championship title. Less than a year out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this tournament provides a huge platform for players to demonstrate they should be included if the U.S. qualifies.

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Coach Q&A : Arena on 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup was announced on Sunday. ussoccer.com caught up with U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena to get his thoughts on the group as he looks to guide the USA to its sixth confederation championship title.

ussoccer.com: Give us your overall thoughts on the roster and the large contingent of domestic-players that are part of the U.S. squad for the tournament.

Bruce Arena: “It’s a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well. There’s good balance at every position, we can play a number of ways and I think all these players have a desire to play for the U.S. and will be working hard. It will be a competitive camp, they’re going to be highlight motivated, very coachable and they have an opportunity to make a statement.”

“We have a large number of domestic players because our European-based players need a break. They had long seasons plus the June World Cup Qualifiers, so they needed a break and then they need to start their preseasons in July. That was the appropriate move, though we do have a few European-based players on our roster, obviously in Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga and Eric Lichaj, and some players coming from Mexico in Omar Gonzalez, Jorge Villafaña, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona. There’s a little bit of a mixture there, and I think it makes a lot of sense.”

ussoccer.com: There are a number of guys on the roster that have been involved with the team since the beginning of the year, but haven’t received a lot of playing time. Do you see this as a good opportunity for them to have an extended look and make their own case?

BA: “Certainly there are some guys like Matt Besler, Dax McCarty and a little bit of the same case with Graham Zusi. They’ve been with us most of the year and haven’t had extensive minutes – Graham played a fair amount in March, but not too much in June. I think there’s a great opportunity for these guys to lock down roster positions for our games in September and October as well. It’s good to have them. As I said, the roster has a nice blend of experience and talented players with less experience. It makes for good competition, so I’m really looking forward to working with this group.”

ussoccer.com: Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief, Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe are the newcomers to the group. Could you speak to their qualities and the reason you chose to bring them in now? 

BA: “Well they’re all good players for sure. We were fortunate that Kenny just recently received his clearance from FIFA. He’s a player that we observed with Gent in Belgium. He plays on the left side of midfield, a position where we can use some help, and he’s a good left-footed player from what we’ve seen. It’ll be interesting to see him in camp to see how he fits in with our group. Dom Dwyer as we know has had a very good number of years in M.L.S. He’s a proven goal scorer, a hard worker and a left-footed striker which we’re a little short of as well. He’s a very competitive guy, and I think he has a game that may fit in very well at the international level.

“Roldan and Rowe continue to be outstanding players for their club teams. Although they’ve never been capped before, they’re very good players in Major League Soccer. Roldan is more of a No. 6 or No. 8 type of player, and Rowe can play in a number of positions. They’re good players, and it’s great to have them in camp.”

ussoccer.com: The interesting thing about the Gold Cup is that teams can make up to six roster changes following the Group Stage. How are you approaching that opportunity?

BA: “I will wait and see how the tournament develops before I make any of those decisions. We clearly have a number of players that we can consider bringing in and we will do that, but we want to see how we get through group play.”

ussoccer.com: This will be your fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup. How have you seen the tournament evolve or change since first coaching the U.S. MNT during the 2000 edition?

BA: “I think the tournament has grown. It’s much more competitive today than it was years ago, and we have a bunch of good teams here. It’s a tournament where a number of teams are capable of winning. I think that’s a real positive for CONCACAF. In our case, we know we need to be on top of our game when we start playing on July 8 because we’re playing against a very good team in Panama.”

ussoccer.com: Other than trying to win the tournament, what are you hoping to get out of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup?

BA: “We want to continue to build on what we started in January and improve the program. Hopefully we find other players that can compete for spots for the camps in September and October, and then players that will continue to move forward and can possibly envision being part of our team in Russia in 2018.”

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Bruce Arena Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 25, 2017) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named the final 23-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, the United States will seek its sixth confederation championship title. Less than a year out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this tournament provides a huge platform for players to demonstrate they should be included if the U.S. qualifies.

“It’s a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well,” Arena said. “There’s good balance at every position. We can play a number of ways, and I think all these players have a desire to play for the U.S. and will be working hard. It will be a competitive camp. They are going to be highly motivated, very coachable and they have an opportunity to make a statement.”

Players begin reporting June 25 into Nashville. The team heads to East Hartford, Conn. for a tournament tune-up against Ghana on July 1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium [TICKETS]. Kickoff is set for 4:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN (with a pregame show on UniMas and UDN starting at 4 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

Per tournament rules, the final roster must be submitted no later than June 27. A player may be replaced on the roster up to 24 hours prior a team’s first match of the group phase in the case of injury. In addition, a total of six changes may be made in the 24 hours after the end of the group phase ahead of the Knockout Round. In both instances, the replacement players must come from the 40-man preliminary roster.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

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MNT Jun 25, 2017
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