Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016
CHICAGO (May 5, 2016) – Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber have been elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Chastain was selected on the Player Ballot, MacMillan on the Veteran Ballot and Garber via the Builder Ballot. Details about the induction ceremony will be released at a later date.
Chastain, who gained world-wide fame – and the covers of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Time – for her game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, enters the Hall of Fame having enjoyed a 12-year international career while playing 192 matches and scoring 30 goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1988-2004. Chastain, a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, competed in three FIFA Women’s World Cups (1991, 1999 and 2003), winning world titles in 1991 and 1999.
"To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have my name read in the same sentence with our country’s best is truly humbling,” said Chastain. “The opportunity to play the game was given to me by my parents; my competitiveness and enthusiasm was fostered by every coach who I was blessed to be taught by, and my passion was shared and heightened by all of my teammates over my career. It is not enough to say how grateful I am with words, and therefore, I continue to share the game with anyone and everyone."
The two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2004) and silver medalist (2000) was the first U.S. player to score five goals in one match, accomplishing the feat in 1991 during World Cup Qualifying as a forward when she came off the bench to score the first five goals of her career. While she debuted for the USA in 1988 and played forward (her college position) early in her international career, the vast majority of her international caps were earned after she converted to defender from 1996-2004.
MacMillan, a 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, enters the Hall of Fame on the Veteran Ballot. She had a 12-year career with the U.S. WNT, playing in 176 matches from 1993-2005. Her 60 career goals are currently ninth all-time in U.S. women’s history. She also won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and played in the 2003 Women’s World Cup. She was the 2002 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
“Playing for the USA was always an honor and privilege for me, and that could only be topped by being selected for the Hall of Fame,” said MacMillan. “I am incredibly humbled and honored by this selection. I will forever be grateful to the great game of soccer for all of the life lessons it has taught me along the way, and for all the friendships I built along the way. I want to thank U.S. Soccer and my teammates for all of the support throughout the years.”
Garber enters the Hall of Fame on the Builder Ballot after 17 years as the Commissioner of Major League Soccer and extensive work growing the sport of soccer in the United States.
“Thanks to the commitment and hard work of many people, our sport has grown significantly during the last few decades and there is no doubt the United States is a true soccer nation,” said Garber. “It is an honor to be inducted alongside Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, two iconic figures in U.S. Soccer history who have impacted the sport at so many levels. I am also thrilled that FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will serve as the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, providing soccer fans the opportunity to pay tribute to many of the great players, coaches and leaders in U.S. Soccer history.”
Currently, Garber also serves as CEO of Soccer United Marketing, a company that promotes several professional soccer properties, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CONCACAF Champions League and the Mexican Soccer Federation throughout the U.S. and various international soccer events.
Brandi Chastain Bio:
While playing with the Women’s National Team from 1988-2004, Chastain became a two-time Women’s World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist and was the first U.S. player to score five goals in a single match. Chastain played club soccer in Japan for Skiroki Serena for one season in 1993 before playing in the U.S. for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-2003 and in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in 2009. In 2013, U.S. Soccer’s Centennial year, she was named to the U.S. WNT's All-Time Best XI. Currently, Chastain continues to coach women’s soccer at her alma mater Santa Clara, where she was an All-American, assisting head coach and husband Jerry Smith.
Shannon MacMillan Bio:
From 1994-2006, MacMillan played for the U.S. WNT, earning a Women’s World Cup title (1999) and an Olympic gold medal (1996). At the University of Portland, she was honored with the 1995 Hermann Trophy and MAC Player of the Year awards, and in 2002, was named U.S. Soccer’s Female Player of the Year. She was one of the founding players of WUSA, playing three seasons for the San Diego Spirit. Currently, she is the director of club operations for the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks soccer club in her native San Diego.
Don Garber Bio:
Before joining MLS, Garber worked for 16 years in the National Football League as the Director of Marketing for the NFL and then Senior Vice President of Business Development. Since being appointed in 1999, MLS Commissioner Garber has helped bring about the creation of 13 expansion teams and construction of multiple soccer-specific stadiums, while also bringing a more international standard to the game in the U.S. Garber also serves as CEO of SUM to help promote several soccer properties between international organizations and U.S. Soccer. In 2011, he was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the nation’s top sports commissioners and has been named among the top 50 most influential people in sports business by the SportsBusiness Journal every year since 2005.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (May 4, 2016) – The U.S. Futsal National Team played to a 4-4 draw against Canada in the first meeting of the two-match aggregate series for a spot in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.
U.S. forward Franck Tayou scored the first goal of the night in the 20th minute of his first international cap. Despite Canada’s best effort to counter, goalkeeper Danny Waltman helped the U.S. to a 1-0 lead at the half.
Defender Patrick Healey and midfielder Nelson Santana each scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead with just over 30 minutes to play. Canada struck back with four goals in the span of 10 minutes including two scores by Ian Bennett and one apiece for Matias Dimarco and Nazim Belguendouz, the latter on the penalty kick after the U.S. accumulated six fouls.
U.S. midfielder Daniel Mattos scored a crucial game-tying goal in the 40th and final minute following a set piece from midfielder Kraig Chiles.
Defender Adriano Dos Santos and forward Tony Donatelli also earned their first international cap with the USFNT.
The USA and Canada complete the two-match series tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The winner of the aggregate-goal series will receive the final berth for the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship. In the result of a tie, extra time must be played at the end of the 40-minute match. Extra time will consist of two five-minute periods, followed by penalty kicks if the match remains at a draw. The team that earns the Group B spot will face Costa Rica on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
- U.S. Futsal National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Futsal National Team vs. Canada
Date: May 4, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship – Qualifier
Venue: BN Arena; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CST (10 p.m. ET)
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
CAN 0 4 4
USA – Franck Tayou 20th minute
USA – Patrick Healey 27
USA – Nelson Santana 29
CAN – Ian Bennett 30
CAN – Matias Dimarco 36
CAN – Nazim Belguendouz 37
CAN – Ian Bennett 38
USA – Daniel Mattos 40
USA: 1-Danny Waltman (capt.); 4- Patrick Healey; 7- Bryan Perez, 10- Kraig Chiles; 6-Tony Donatelli
Subs: 2- Joey Tavernese, 3-Brian Harris, 5-Adriano Dos Santos, 8- Nelson Santana, 9- Daniel Mattos, 11-Taylor Bond, 13- German Felipe Gonzalez, 14- Franck Tayou
Subs not used: 12- Eduardo Macias
Head Coach: Keith Tozer
CAN: 1-Joshua Lemos; 5-Matias Dimarco; 6-Ian Bennett, 7-Vahid Assadpour (capt.); 9-Frederico Moojen
Subs: 3-Desmond Humphrey, 4-Eduardo Jauregui, 8-Nazim Belguendouz, 10-Marco Rodriguez, 11-Daniel Chamale, 12-Jacob Orellana, 13-Robert Renaud
Subs not used: 2-David Campusano, 14-Vincent Cournoyer
Head Coach: Kyt Selaidopoulos
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 29/ 28
Shots on Goal: 21/21
Corner Kicks: 7/6
CAN – Eduardo Jauregui (caution)
Referee 1: Jorge Flores
Referee 2: Carlos de la Cruz
Referee 3: Ladislao Estribi
Timekeeper: Francisco Rivera
U.S. Soccer Man of the Match: TBA
CHICAGO (May 5, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from May 8-14 as the squad continues preparations for the 2017 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place in Jordan from Sept. 30-Oct. 21. The final draw for that tournament is scheduled for May 30.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow has call up 24 players, 17 of whom were on the squad that in mid-March won the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship played in Grenada while earning a berth to the World Cup.
The players on the roster come from three birth years, with 12 being born in 1999, which is the age-cut for participation in this fall’s World Cup. Nine players were born in 2001 and three were born in 2001, all of whom were on the qualifying squad: defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner and forward Jordan Canniff.
The U-17s are undefeated in eight international games this year after defeating Mexico, 2-1, in the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Final on goals from Ashley Sanchez (who will be playing with the U.S. U-20 WNT in the coming months) and Civana Kuhlmann. The USA earned its berth to the U-17 Women’s World Cup by winning it’s CONCACAF qualifying semifinal 5-0 against Canada.
U.S. U-17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC; Wichita, Kans.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Ryanne Brown (Indiana Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.)
As the U.S Futsal National Team prepares for a two-game play-in series against Canada in San Jose, Costa Rica for a berth in next week’s CONCACAF Futsal Championship, here are five things to know about these crucial matches:
1. THE ANATOMY OF FUTSAL
Inspired by the game of soccer, futsal is known for its fast pace as well as technical and tactical play in a confined space. The term futsal derives from the Spanish phrase “futbol de salon” which translates to “indoor soccer.” Futsal is a game that focuses on the technical skill of players and can serve as an excellent foundation for soccer players.
2. THE DIFFERENCE
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3. WHAT’S AT STAKE
The U.S. will compete with Canada for a berth in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, which begins on Sunday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The route to Group B is simple: the team that scores the most goals during the two-match play-in series will earn the final spot in Group B alongside host nation Costa Rica, Curacao and Cuba.
The men’s futsal competition will feature eight countries, six of which have already earned a berth in the tournament. The top four finishers will qualify for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held this September in Colombia.
The U.S. has competed in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship since its inception in 1996, which was also the year the team earned its first gold medal. All five appearances have been under the leadership of head coach Keith Tozer. The tournament was previously held in Costa Rica twice, where the U.S. placed well both years, earning bronze in 2000 and gold in 2004. The U.S. is tied with Costa Rica with two gold medals apiece, the most of any CONCACAF team.
4. WHO TO WATCH
The U.S. and Canada both feature players who play professionally in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The U.S. roster includes five players who participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship: Kraig Chiles, Patrick Healey, Bryan Perez, Nelson Santana and team captain Danny Waltman. Three players on the U.S. side look to earn their first international cap: Tony Donatelli, Adriano Dos Santos and Franck Tayou.
Canada has made one appearance in the tournament’s history and finished in seventh place. The FNT defeated Canada 3-2 in the 2012 group stage of the tournament, with goals by Healey, Perez, and Chiles, all players on the 2016 tournament roster.
5. THE NEXT STEP
The play-in series kicks off at BN Arena in San Jose, Costa Rica on May 4, with the second match taking place on May 5, both at 10 p.m. ET. The aggregate score from both games determines which team qualifies for the CONCACAF tournament. In the result of a tie, two five-minute periods of extra time will be added at the end of the 40 minutes of regular play, followed by penalty kicks if the match remains at a draw.
The winner of the series will face Costa Rica in the first match of the Group Stage on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.Read more