U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan Tally Goals;
USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City

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WNT Sep 18, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,680
Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:       1      2      F
USA                                 3      1      4
MEX                                0      0      0 

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61); 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution)                     72nd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Altidore, Pulisic Earn U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2016) – For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer announced forward Jozy Altidore as the 2016 Male Player of the Year and Christian Pulisic as the 2016 Young Male Player of the Year. The awards were unveiled during Friday night’s M.L.S. Cup Preview Show on FS1.

Set to take the field for Toronto FC in Saturday’s M.L.S. Cup Final against Seattle Sounders FC (8 p.m. ET – FOX, UniMas), Altidore garneres the award for the second time, having previously been named Male Player of the Year in 2013 as well as Young Male Player of the Year in 2006.

“This is truly an honor to receive this award. It's also very humbling when you look at such a talented group of teammates nominated for this accolade along with you,” Altidore said. “At the end of the day, any success I have had on the field this year is in large part due to their success and contributions."

The 2016 U.S. Soccer Disabled Player of the Year will be announced on Monday, Dec. 12, with the 2016 Female Player of the Year and 2016 Young Female Player of the Year awards to be unveiled on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN News.

Votes for both awards were collected from Men’s National Team players that earned a cap in 2016, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League head coaches, as well as select former players, administrators and media members.

The voting margins for the Male Athlete of the Year award were razor thin, with Altidore receiving 32 percent of the tabulated votes, closely followed by Bobby Wood (30 percent) and Geoff Cameron (15 percent).

 

For Young Male Athlete of the Year, Pulisic garnered a resounding 86 percent of the vote, followed by Jordan Morris (five percent) and Andrew Carleton (four percent).

Altidore led the MNT with six goals and two assists during 10 appearances in 2016, numbers made all the more impressive after a hamstring injury saw him miss Copa America Centenario. Four of Altidore’s six goals came in World Cup qualifiers, with his brace in the 4-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6 taking him to a record-setting 16 all-time goals in qualifying. The 27-year-old forward tallied 10 goals and five assists through 23 matches for Toronto FC in 2016, with all 10 strikes coming after his return from injury as he helped the Reds to their second-consecutive M.L.S. Cup Playoff berth. Once there, Altidore set a new M.L.S. postseason record, racking up five goals and four assists while leading the club to Saturday’s M.L.S. Cup Final.

Just 17 when the year began, Pulisic impressed during Borussia Dortmund’s winter break and went on to make his Bundesliga debut in January. After starting his first match three weeks later, Pulisic was eventually summoned to senior team camp, and at 17 years, 193 days, became the youngest player to appear for the MNT in a World Cup qualifier during the team’s
4-0 win on against Guatemala on March 29 in Columbus. Multiple ”youngest player” records followed, as he became the youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga (April 17 vs. Hamburg) and score two goals in the Bundesliga (April 23 vs. Stuttgart). For the United States, he became the youngest to score a goal for the MNT (May 28 vs. Bolivia), score in a World Cup qualifier (Sept. 2 at St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and start a World Cup qualifier (Sept. 6 vs. Trinidad & Tobago) and went on to finish 2016 with three goals and two assists from 11 caps.

A player can only win the Young Player of the Year award once in his career.

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor. U.S. Soccer began awarding Young Player of the Year in 1998, with Josh Wolff taking the first honor.

Previous winners of both awards:

Year

Male Player of the Year

Young Male Player of the Year

2016

Jozy Altidore (2)

Christian Pulisic

2015

Michael Bradley

Matt Miazga

2014

Tim Howard (2)

DeAndre Yedlin

2013

Jozy Altidore

Wil Trapp

2012

Clint Dempsey (3)

Rubio Rubin

2011

Clint Dempsey (2)

Brek Shea

2010

Landon Donovan (4)

Gale Agbossoumonde

2009

Landon Donovan (3)

Luis Gil

2008

Tim Howard

Sacha Kljestan

2007

Clint Dempsey

Michael Bradley

2006

Oguchi Onyewu

Jozy Altidore

2005

Kasey Keller (3)

Benny Feilhaber

2004

Landon Donovan (2)

Eddie Johnson

2003

Landon Donovan

Freddy Adu

2002

Brad Friedel

Bobby Convey

2001

Earnie Stewart

DaMarcus Beasley

2000

Chris Armas

Landon Donovan

1999

Kasey Keller (2)

Ben Olsen

1998

Cobi Jones

Josh Wolff

1997

Kasey Keller

-

1996

Eric Wynalda

-

1995

Alexi Lalas

-

1994

Marcelo Balboa (2)

-

1993

Thomas Dooley

-

1992

Marcelo Balboa

-

1991

Hugo Perez

-

1990

Tab Ramos

-

1989

Mike Windischmann

-

1988

Peter Vermes

-

1987

Brent Goulet

-

1986

Paul Caligiuri

-

1985

Perry Van der Beck

-

1984

Rick Davis

-

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MNT YNT Dec 9, 2016

MNT on TV: M.L.S. Cup and Bundesliga Highlight Weekend Action

After last week’s trip to Germany to meet with a large part of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Bundesliga-based contingent, MNT head coach Bruce Arena will take in Saturday’s M.L.S. Cup Final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC. Before he does, he’ll be keeping tabs on what the MNT’s European-based players are up to in league action this week.

A rundown of what to watch for:

  • Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt tries to extend their eight-game unbeaten run across all competitions at home vs. Hoffenheim.
  • Bobby Wood looks for his first start since returning from a three-game suspension as Hamburg hosts Augsburg.
  • Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund work for their third-straight Bundesliga win at Koln.
  • John Brooks and Aron Johannsson clash as Hertha Berlin hosts Werder Bremen.
  • Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Toronto FC take on Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC as M.L.S. crown will a new champion on Saturday night.

Full MNT on TV listings (all times ET):

Friday, Dec. 9

Timmy Chandler

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim

2:30 p.m.

FS2

Saturday, Dec. 10

Bobby Wood

Hamburg vs. Augsburg

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Christian Pulisic

Koln vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.

FS2; Fox Deportes

John Brooks, Aron Johannsson

Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen

12:30 p.m.

FS2; Fox Deportes

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Jordan Morris

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

8 p.m.

FOX, UniMas

Sunday, Dec. 11

Brad Guzan

Southampton vs. Middlesbrough

9:15 a.m.

NBC PLET

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United

9:15 a.m.

NBCSN, Telemundo


 Injury List

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City

Hyperextended Knee

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Moenchengladbach

Ankle Injury

Julian Green

Bayern Munich

Muscle Injury

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland

Ankle Injury

Clint Dempsey

Seattle Sounders FC

Irregular Heartbeat

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MNT Dec 9, 2016

Making The Case: Becky Sauerbrunn, 2016 Female Player of the Year

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we wrap up our making the case series with WNT defender and co-captain, Becky Sauerbrunn.

U.S. Women’s National Team defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who alongside Carli Lloyd was named co-captain of the WNT in January, had one of her strongest years on the field. 

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WNT Dec 9, 2016

Five Things to Know About M.L.S. Cup 2016

The curtain comes down on the 2016 domestic soccer calendar this Saturday when Toronto FC take on Seattle Sounders FC in the 21st edition of M.L.S. Cup (8 p.m. ET – FOX, UniMas). While Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Jordan Morris will provide plenty of intrigue for U.S. Men’s National Team fans, there’s a lot more to digest ahead of Saturday’s league championship match.

The History

Saturday’s M.L.S. Cup Final is the 21st in league history. While the M.L.S. Cup Playoffs have taken different formats through the years, the final has generally pitted the champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences against each other for the right to be crowned champions.

Back in 1996, D.C. United lifted the inaugural trophy, defeating LA Galaxy 3-2 in extra time at old Foxboro Stadium. Winning three of the first four league titles, United were the early M.L.S. darlings, but the Galaxy have surpassed them in recent years, collecting their fifth league title back in 2014.

Returning U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has had a hand in both club’s M.L.S. Cup success, winning the 1996 and 1997 titles with United and 2011, 2012 and 2014 editions with the Galaxy.

Check out a list of all M.L.S. Cup winners below:

Club

Number

Years

LA Galaxy

5

2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014

D.C. United

4

1996, 1997, 1999, 2004

Houston Dynamo

2

2006, 2007

San Jose Earthquakes

2

2001, 2003

Sporting Kansas City

2

2000, 2013

Chicago Fire

1

1998

Columbus Crew SC

1

2008

Real Salt Lake

1

2009

Colorado Rapids

1

2010

Portland Timbers

1

2015

Hardware Through the Years

If you look back at the old M.L.S. Cup photo archive, you may notice some different trophies being doled out. In total, there are three different pieces of hardware that have been awarded to the M.L.S. champion, with the trophy evolving along with the league.

From 1996 to 1998, the champion was awarded the original Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy, named after the former U.S. Soccer President who was the chairman of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee and oversaw the launch of the new first division league following the tournament. The trophy itself was a heavy, bronze soccer ball with handles and the league’s crest emblazoned on the top.

In 1999, M.L.S. redesigned the trophy, putting a silver soccer ball atop a curving beacon in a design that looked similar in nature to the National Football League’s Vince Lombardi Trophy.

In 2008, the trophy was re-named the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy, in recognition of the LA Galaxy owner’s significant investment and contributions to the game in the United States.

The current trophy is an impressive piece of hardware that strikes a similar figure to the UEFA Champions League trophy. 

First Appearance for Both Teams

The true second wave of Major League Soccer clubs, Toronto FC’s entry into M.L.S. brought a new kind of fan vibrancy that had only been seen in spurts during the league’s first 10 years. Seattle Sounders FC’s debut in the league two years later took that to a whole new level, as the Cascadia club redefined what home support could be in M.L.S.

Despite intimidating home atmospheres, both clubs are reaching M.L.S. Cup for the first time. It’s just the third instance in 21 years where both finalists are making their debut in the league’s championship match.

The others? D.C. United and LA Galaxy in 1996, Columbus Crew SC and New York Red Bulls in 2008.

How Toronto FC Got Here

Toronto FC has had an interesting year. Facing the second-consecutive season where stadium upgrades at BMO Field have forced them into a lengthy road trip to start the M.L.S. campaign, the Reds handled the nine-match away swing with aplomb, going 4-2-3 to start the season.

TFC also dealt with long absences of U.S. internationals Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for different reasons. Altidore missed two-and-a-half months of the season with a hamstring injury, while Bradley was away with the MNT for Copa America Centenario and returned from the tournament with a knee sprain which kept him out an additional six weeks.

Still, a talented Toronto FC side managed by former U.S. international Greg Vanney and led on the field by Sebastian Giovinco weathered the storm, while Altidore’s return at the end of August saw the MNT forward take on some of the best form of his career. A slight dip before the M.L.S. Cup Playoffs saw Toronto FC fall out of the top two in the East, but they were able to navigate with some ease past Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, before a thrilling two-leg Eastern Conference Final with Montreal Impact saw them advance to their first M.L.S. Cup championship match.

As they look for their first league title, they’ll be comforted by the fact that home clubs have lifted the trophy five of seven times they’ve had the chance to host the match at their home venue.

How Seattle Sounders FC Got Here

Unlike past years of dominant regular season performances, Seattle Sounders FC trudged through the first half of the M.L.S. campaign. The loss of Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to start the season weighed heavily, while the absence of U.S. international Clint Dempsey during Copa America Centenario didn’t help matters at all.

Holding a 6-12-2 record 20 games into the season, the club parted ways with head coach Sigi Schmid, letting go of a man that led them to five domestic titles and the only manager the club had known during its M.L.S. era. Longtime assistant Brian Schmetzer took over, and along with U.S. international Jordan Morris and new Designated Player signing Nicolas Lodeiro turned around Seattle’s fortunes as the club went 8-2-4 down the stretch to earn their way into the M.L.S. Cup playoffs.

Even more impressive is the fact they did so without the help of Dempsey, who has been absent from the squad since the end of August due to an irregular heartbeat.

Along the way, Morris earned M.L.S. Rookie of the Year honors and has lifted the team on his back, scoring in both legs of the Western Conference Final against Colorado Rapids to get Sounders  FC to Saturday’s match. 

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MNT Dec 9, 2016

Making the Case: Bobby Wood, 2016 Male Player of the Year

After a breakout year with the U.S. MNT in 2015, Bobby Wood continued to build upon his performances on both sides of the pond in 2016.

On the club front, Wood was on fire for Second Bundesliga side Union Berlin, scoring 17 goals during the 2015-16 season, 10 of which came during the second half of the campaign.

His overall total set a new goal scoring record for an American in Germany’s top two leagues and earned the 24-year-old striker a transfer to original Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.

Internationally, Wood matched the four goals he put up in 2015, adding two more assists during 15 appearances for the MNT in 2016. Opening his account on May 22 at Puerto Rico, Wood scored a crucial goal in the second match of Copa America Centenario against Costa Rica (June 7), tallied the eventual game-winner in a 6-0 World Cup Qualifying victory against St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Sept. 2) and scored his second career goal against Mexico in a 2-1 World Cup Qualifying defeat (Nov. 11).

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MNT Dec 9, 2016
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