U.S. Soccer

Lloyd Hat Trick Leads WNT to 8-0 Victory against Haiti in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sept. 20, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with an 8-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 35,753 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The crowd was the largest ever for a stand-alone WNT match in the southeastern United States. 

It only took a minute for the U.S. to find the net as Kelley O’Hara took a short corner and crossed it in to Julie Johnston, who converted for the match’s first goal. The goal was one of five that would come for the WNT in the first half. Lloyd scored her first on a penalty kick in the 16th minute and one minute later Crystal Dunn put in her second goal in as many games after receiving a brilliant through ball from Megan Rapinoe. Lloyd would close out the half with two goals to complete her hat trick and in doing so became just the fifth American player with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers), three of which she has earned in the WNT’s last five games. 


The USA continued to dominate possession and produced a number of chances in the second half. Amy Rodriguez converted the sixth goal of the game six minutes into the second frame, while Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly each tallied in the final five minutes of regulation to bring the WNT scoring total to eight and seal the win for the USA, which pushed its unbeaten streak at home to 100 consecutive games (88-0-12). 

It will be a month before the WNT takes the field again when they will match up with Brazil for a pair of matches that continue the Victory Tour. The first match will be in the Pacific Northwest at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. on Oct. 20. After that the team will travel back across the country for the second match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 25. For more information on tickets, click here.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:  
USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara) 1st minute: 
Before a full minute of soccer had even been played, the U.S. found its first goal. It came from a short corner that O’Hara took from the right. The Haiti defense was slow to get into position, and O’Hara capitalized on the mistake and smashed in a low hard cross that found Johnston. Johnston directed in the cross with a confident touch that found the back of the net for the game’s first score.  USA 1, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), 16th minute: After making a cutting move on the left hand side of the box, Alex Morgan was brought down, which set up the WNT with a penalty kick. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take it and calmly tucked it into the left corner to double the U.S. lead. USA 2, HAI 0  


USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe), 17th minute: Just a minute after scoring its second goal, the WNT put the finishing touches on the third. After Haiti lost possession from the kickoff, Megan Rapinoe played a hard through ball up to Crystal Dunn. Dunn raced past the defense and ran onto the ball taking a controlling touch before smashing into the bottom left corner. USA 3, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan) 22nd minute: Alex Morgan jetted down the left had side and attacked to the end line, where she blasted a cross in front of goal. The ball just got by Crystal Dunn, but Lloyd had run in behind and was there to bury for her second goal of the game. USA 4, HAI 0  


USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 39th minute: Megan Rapinoe took the free kick from 35 yards out and looped a ball into the top of the box. Lloyd outmuscled her defender and rose for a header. She flicked on toward the goal and the ball dipped in over the jumping goalkeeper, clipping the cross bar and falling in. USA 5, HAI 0 


USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O'Hara) 51st minute: With little pressure on the ball for Amy Rodriguez, she took a few settling touches near the top of the box before ripping a blast from 20 yards out that beat the diving goalkeeper for a score.  USA 6, HAI 0 


USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen) 85th minute: After producing a number of chances throughout the match, Morgan was finally rewarded for her efforts, scoring the matches seventh goal on a header in the 85th minute. It started from a short corner. O’Hara took the ball and attacked the box whipping in a cross that Engen got a touch to. The ball floated up and Morgan headed it into the net.  USA 7, HAI 0 


USA – Heather O’Reilly 88th minute: The U.S. did the work to get the ball down near the goal. After a deflection and a missed clearance the ball ended up at the feet of O’Reilly, who capitalized and kicked in for the eighth goal of the game.  USA 8, HAI 0 FINAL 


Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 21 where it will face Brazil at CenturyLink Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (7 p.m. PT; Oct. 21) 
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 


Milestone Watch:
 

  • Johnston’s goal was the fifth of her career goal and just the second to come from her foot. The slim majority of her goals (three) have come from headers. All five of Johnston’s goals have come off of set pieces. 
  • With her second hat trick in as many games, Carli Lloyd pushed her career total to 77 goals and in doing so passed Cindy Parlow for 6th on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list. Lloyd is the fifth American with five international hat tricks (Hamm, Parlow, Wambach, Akers). 
  • Lloyd has scored 16 goals this year, which is her career-high for a calendar year. She previously had scored 15 in 2012 and 2014. She has scored 13 times in her last eight games and today marked her 11th multi-goal game for the WNT.  
  • Amy Rodriguez scored the 30th goal of her career. 
  • Alex Morgan’s 54th goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list, breaking her tie with Carin Gabarra. 


Additional Notes: 

  • Dunn’s goal is her second in as many games. She scored the first goal of her WNT career in the USA’s last match against Haiti three days ago. 
  • The USA improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 42 goals scored and none conceded. 

 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti  
Date: Sept. 20, 2015  
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour  
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.  
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT  
Attendance: 35,753   
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees   


Scoring Summary: 1    2    F  
USA                          5    3    8  
HAI                           0     0    0   


USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara)                1st minute  
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                 16  
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe)               17  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                        22  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                   39  
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O’Hara)                 51  
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen)                 85  
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)           89   


Lineups:  
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan    
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach  
Head coach: Jill Ellis   


HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil  
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel  
Head coach: Shek Borkowski  


Stats Summary: USA / HAI  
Shots: 39 / 0  
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0  
Saves: 0 / 8  
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0  
Fouls: 6 / 12  
Offside: 1 / 0   


Misconduct Summary:  
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute  


Officials:   
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)      
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)   
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)  


Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti  
Date: Sept. 20, 2015  
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour  
Venue: Legion Field; Birmingham, Ala.  
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. CT  
Attendance: 35,753   
Weather: Hot, humid – 85 degrees   

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F  
USA                          5    3    8  
HAI                           0     0    0   

USA – Julie Johnston (Kelley O’Hara)                1st minute  
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                 16  
USA – Crystal Dunn (Megan Rapinoe)               17  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)                        22  
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                   39  
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelly O’Hara)                 51  
USA – Alex Morgan (Whitney Engen)                 85  
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Amy Rodriguez)           89   

Lineups:  
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60); 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (7-Shannon Boxx,, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Alex Morgan    
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Holiday, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Abby Wambach  
Head coach: Jill Ellis   

HAI: 12-Ednie Limage (capt.) (1-Jonie Gabriel, 90+1); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 3-Jennifer Limage, 4-Clorene Rateau, 5-Sabine Chandler, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella (18-Kensia Destinvil, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (21-Emeline Charles, 84), 16-Darline Radamaker (13-Zila Lafleur, 46), 17-Yvrose Gervil  
Subs Not Used: 8-Sherly Jeudy, 19-Bencia Erleus, 20-Phisline Michel  
Head coach: Shek Borkowski  

Stats Summary: USA / HAI  
Shots: 39 / 0  
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0  
Saves: 0 / 8  
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0  
Fouls: 6 / 12  
Offside: 1 / 0   

Misconduct Summary:  
HAI – Nerilia Mondesir (caution)72nd minute  

Officials:   
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)      
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)   
4th Official: Kate Abt (USA)  

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd 

U.S. WNT vs. Canada: Familiar Foes Highlight North American Strength

Though it’s true that the U.S. Women’s National Team has built powerful rivalries and has a long-standing history with countries such as Japan, China PR, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, France and Norway, few produce the intensity seen in a USA-Canada match. While every international match is important, USA vs. Canada brings with it a few factors that make this one of the most interesting matchups in women’s soccer. There’s the proximity between countries, the familiarity between players, many of whom are or have been club teammates, the shared language (not the French part), and the honor of always reaching for the title of best in CONCACAF.

Canada is currently ranked fourth in the world – its highest ever ranking – and most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games (to go along with its bronze from 2012). Canada has steadily been climbing up the rankings, while the USA, a three-time World Cup Champion and four-time Olympic Gold medalist sits atop the FIFA rankings.

While the USA has only lost to Canada on three occasions (1986, 2000 and 2001), Canada has come very close a couple of times since – most notably during the 2012 Olympics – but the USA has found ways to triumph, sometimes in dramatic fashion.

The U.S. WNT and Canada have played each other 56 times, tying for the most common opponent in U.S. history along with China PR. The two teams have played each other often and in all types of the international games. There’s been USA vs. Canada in friendlies, in World Cup and Olympic Qualifying, and in Olympic Games and World Cups. Overall, the USA and Canada have played each other nine times in official competitions. The U.S. has gone 9-0-0 in these, outscoring Canada 27-6, but it’s the last five years that have brought some of the best games in the series for these two sides.

Of course, the most memorable match came during the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics when Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute to earn a 4-3 U.S. win in what still stands as the latest goal scored in FIFA history. Canada superstar Christine Sinclair played one of the greatest matches in women’s soccer history that day, scoring all three goals for her country.


Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal vs. Canada in the 123rd minute at the 2012 Olympics, the latest goal scored in FIFA history.

The teams played two friendlies in 2014, the first on Jan. 31, a 1-0 USA win, and again on May 8 in Winnipeg – about a year before the 2015 Women’s World Cup – in a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw. The most recent meeting came on Feb. 21, in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship.

The USA won the game 2-0 and claimed the regional title with goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, both players with the Portland Thorns, where they are captained by Sinclair, Canada’s all-time leading scorer and the second-leading scorer in world history behind U.S. legend Abby Wambach.

The U.S. now heads to Vancouver to play the first of a two-game home-and-away series against Canada in November. The first match will be played on November 9 at BC Place and will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT and be broadcast on ESPN2 and UDN. The teams will then travel to the USA and meet again on November 12 (6 p.m. PT; FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.  The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and her legendary long-range goal.

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WNT to End 2017 Schedule vs. Canada in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 12

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., in the second of a two-game, home-and-away series of friendlies to end the USA’s 2017 schedule. The game will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1.

The first match, which was announced on June 29, will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on Nov. 9 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) before the teams travel south to meet again three days later in Northern California.

“The overall quality of our schedule in 2017 has been excellent and these games will be a great way to end the year,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis said. “From March until November, we’ll have played top teams from every Confederation except Africa and these games against Canada continue that trend while matching up two teams that are very familiar with each other. We want to continue to put our players in those challenging situations while asking them to excel. That’s how we get answers and how we get better as individuals and as a group.”

TICKETS FOR SAN JOSE
Tickets for the match in San Jose go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Avaya Stadium except on the day of the event.]

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

TICKETS FOR VANCOUVER
Individual tickets for the match in Vancouver are on sale via Ticketmaster.ca. Discounted group tickets for parties of 10 or more are also on sale (U.S. fans ordering group tickets can indicate that they would like to sit in U.S. supporter sections when they complete the order form).

Additional Notes:

  • The match in San Jose will be the final game of 2017 for the U.S. WNT.
  • The USA is 47-3-6 all-time against Canada, which is ranked fourth in the world.
  • While the USA and Canada have played each other 56 times (tied with China PR for the most common opponent in U.S. WNT history), only twice before have the neighbors played back-to-back games in a home-and-away format.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, where the USA won 2-0 to take the regional title after both teams had already qualified for Brazil by winning semifinal matches.
  • While the USA has a long history of success against Canada, the nine meetings since the turn of the decade have featured two ties and three one-goal wins for the USA.
  • The match in Northern California will mark the USA’s ninth visit to San Jose, but just the third visit to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. The USA played at Avaya on Mother’s Day 2015, defeating the Republic of Ireland 3-0, and again last November in an 8-1 victory against Romania.
  • The USA’s first six matches in San Jose were all at historic Spartan Stadium.
  • The U.S. Women have never lost in San Jose, going 8-0-0 while scoring 39 goals and allowing just two.
  • The U.S. WNT has numerous players with Bay Area connections. Defender Kelley O’Hara, forward Christen Press and goalkeeper Jane Campbell all attended Stanford. Forward Alex Morgan attended UC Berkeley, while defender Julie Ertz attended Santa Clara University, which is very close to Avaya Stadium, and forward Lynn Williams is from Fresno, Calif., about 150 miles southeast of Avaya Stadium.
  • The matches against Canada will feature numerous club teammates squaring off as the Canadians have 11 players in the NWSL, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair of the Portland Thorns and three goalkeepers in Stephanie Labbe of the Washington Spirit, Sabrina D’Angelo of North Carolina FC and Kailen Sheridan of Sky Blue FC.
  • The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and epic long-range goal.
  • The first came in 1995 when the USA defeated Canada 9-1 in Dallas on May 19 and then traveled to Edmonton and won 2-1 in what were the final matches before the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In 2001, the teams tied 2-2 in Toronto on June 30 and then traveled to Blaine, Minn., where the USA earned a 1-0 victory on July 3.
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WNT Aug 21, 2017

WNT on TV: North Carolina Takes on Washington on Lifetime’s Game of the Week

The first-place North Carolina Courage welcomes bottom of the table Washington Spirit on Saturday afternoon while Sky Blue FC will try to bounce back against Seattle after failing to gain ground over the last two weeks. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:

NWSL

Saturday, Aug. 19
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
Sitting in last place in the league standings, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will embrace the difficult task visitors against the red-hot No. 1 North Carolina Courage in Saturday’s televised Lifetime Game of the Week. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith are coming off back-to-back wins in the last eight days and have helped the Courage take a firm grasp of the top playoff seed.

North Carolina won the earlier meeting this year 1-0 in Washington. A win against the Spirit would give the Courage three straight home wins, tying their season-high for consecutive home victories.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Orlando is making ground in the race for the playoffs, jumping to a fourth after a big 5-0 win against New Jersey, before dropping to its current fifth place after the three midweek games. Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris now travel north to take on Boston in search of a vitally important three points that could once again catapult the Pride into one of those four coveted playoff spots. Rose Lavelle has been listed out for this weekend’s match as she continues the tail end of her rehab from her hamstring injury.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the clubs in league play. The home team has won each of the first three games in the series, giving Orlando the slight 2W-1L edge. Orlando’s five goals last weekend were the most scored in a single game in team history.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a few weeks of climbing up the standings, Sky Blue FC found itself on the losing end of a 5-0 match against Orlando last weekend, prompting a drop in the standings. Currently in sixth place, Kelley O’Hara’s team is four points behind fourth-place Seattle, making this weekend’s game vital for both teams if they want to remain solidly in playoff contention. It also will be the first meeting for the two teams since that epic nine-goal game back on July 22 at Memorial Stadium. Megan Rapinoe will not play in the game as she continues rehab from knee surgery.

Seattle is unbeaten in its last three games against Sky Blue (1W-2D), including a 5-4 win in July that saw eight goals scored in the second half.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Despite losing its match on Wednesday to FC Kansas City, Portland remains in second place in the standings, five points behind the NWSL-leading North Carolina. Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Lindsey Horan will now take on the Houston Dash at home with hopes of continuing to secure its spot in the postseason. Carli Lloyd is out as she continues her rehab from her ankle injury. Morgan Brian is listed as questionable.

Portland is unbeaten in its last three games against Houston (2W-1D), outscoring the Dash 6-2 over that span. Portland has won their last four home games, posting two clean sheets over that time.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Currently in third place in the league, Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars are coming off back-to-back home losses and will play their second game this week on Sunday evening when they welcome Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to Toyota Park.

Chicago has lost just one of their last eight regular season games against Kansas City (4W-3D). Chicago has never lost three straight home games.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app, now available for both iOS and Android users.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff, M.L.S. Clashes Highlight the Weekend

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his September World Cup Qualifying roster in a little more than a week's time, for many players this weekend’s matches present one final chance to state their case for inclusion for the massive games against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Here's a sample of things to watch for:

  • The German Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend with U.S. MNT players Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Julian Green, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson and their clubs all featured across the FOX family of networks  Saturday and Sunday.
  • MNT center back Geoff Cameron and Stoke City take center stage Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to Bet365 Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET – NBC, UNIVERSO).
  • On Saturday night, a big M.L.S. showdown is on tap in suburban Chicago as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC visit Dax McCarty and third-place Chicago Fire (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • A similarly tantalizing clash takes place out west as Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez and FC Dallas try to make up their two-point deficit on Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC (8:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • Cap the weekend Sunday night when Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and Seattle Sounders FC aim to keep up the pressure at the top of the Western Conference when they welcome Minnesota United FC to CenturyLink Field (10 p.m. ET – FS1, FOX Deportes).

Here’s a full rundown of how to watch U.S. MNT players with their clubs this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, Aug. 18

Darlington Nagbe, Sacha Kljestan, Luis Robles

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Jorge Villafaña

Club Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna

10 p.m.

UDN

Saturday, Aug. 19

Julian Green

Hertha Berlin vs. Stuttgart

9:30 a.m.

FOX Deportes

Christian Pulisic

Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Bobby Wood

Hamburg vs. Augsburg

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Plus

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. Leeds United

11:30 a.m.

ESPN3

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City vs. Arsenal

12:30 p.m.

NBC, UNIVERSO

Dom Dwyer

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

8 p.m.

MLS Live

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Paul Arriola, Bill Hamid

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

9 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo

10 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Aug. 20

Danny Williams

Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

8:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Timmy Chandler

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Köln

12 p.m.

FS1

Sean Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution

6 p.m.

MLS Live

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

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MNT in Germany Season Preview

Kicking off this weekend, the German Bundesliga campaign promises another inviting opportunity for a number of U.S. players looking to further cement places with their clubs and in the MNT setup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s an outlook for six U.S. internationals as they begin their Bundesliga seasons:

Christian Pulisic

Set to turn 19 next month, Christian Pulisic comes off an incredible first full season with Borussia Dortmund where he racked up five goals and nine assists in 43 competitive matches. Along with the personal stats, the youngster became just the second U.S. MNT player to win the DFB-Pokal when BVB dispatched reigning champions Bayern Munich on penalty kicks.

WATCH: Pulisic Opens 2017-18 Account in German Super Cup

Now under the direction of Dutch manager Peter Bosz, Pulisic has already opened his account jn the new campaign, tallying the opening goal in BVB’s German Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Aug. 5. Pulisic should help the club as it looks to challenge Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga this season, make further progress in the UEFA Champions League and defend its German Cup crown.

Fabian Johnson

The longest-tenured current U.S. MNT player in Germany, Fabian Johnson is set to remain in the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future thanks to the contract extension he signed which will keep him with Borussia Mönchengladbach through 2020. That renewal came in May on the heels of a lengthy injury layoff that saw the midfielder miss nine matches down the stretch for the Foals and also forced him out of the USA’s important World Cup Qualifiers in March.

Though Johnson returned to play as a substitute in the club’s final two matches of the season, ‘Gladbach missed him dearly and the club finished mid-table, four points out of qualification for a spot in the Europa League. Now with a clean bill of health, Johnson and ‘Gladbach aim to finish back in the top six this season.

Bobby Wood

Having moved from Second Division side Union Berlin to the storied club Hamburg SV before the start of the last campaign, Bobby Wood’s first season in the Bundesliga was a bit of a roller coaster. Individually, Wood led the Die Rothosen in scoring, tallying nine goals across all competitions. Collectively, Hamburg struggled mightily throughout the season and avoided the Bundesliga relegation playoff on the final day of the season with a dramatic win that allowed HSV to remain the only club to have been in the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.

Now set for his second season in the Germany's top division and with a new contract in hand, Wood will be expected to continue being the workhorse and bagging goals up top. If he maintains the same scoring pace as the last two seasons, Hamburg will be a good bet to finish higher up the table come May.

John Brooks

U.S. MNT defender John Brooks made a huge splash this summer when he secured a $22.5 million move from Hertha Berlin to VfL Wolfsburg, setting a new record transfer figure for a U.S. player. Unfortunately, Brooks will have to wait to make an impact with his new club after going down with a thigh injury just 37 minutes into his debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 DFB-Pokal win at Eintracht Nordstedt.

Scheduled to be out the next three months, Wolfsburg and the MNT will have to manage without services in the interim and will look forward to his return later in the year.

Timmy Chandler

U.S. MNT - Timmy ChandlerTimmy Chandler’s 32 league appearances set a personal best last season as he helped Eintracht Frankfurt to an 11th place finish. Chandler will hope to keep up that consistency for Die Adler this year and has already started on the right foot, scoring the opening goal in Frankfurt’s 3-0 DFB-Pokal win against Erndtebrück last Saturday.

More strong performances for his club will also keep Chandler in the conversation for the U.S. MNT’s right back position, along with DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi and Eric Lichaj. 

Julian Green

A long apprenticeship without much playing time at Bayern Munich led to forward Julian Green’s midseason transfer to Second Division side Stuttgart in January. Entrenched in a fight for the league title as well as promotion, Green was limited to 10 appearances with Die Roten as the club won the championship and bounced back up to the top flight.

Competing for and earning minutes will go a long way towards putting Green back in the picture for the U.S. MNT, as memories of his strike against Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup leave fans yearning for more.

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MNT Aug 18, 2017
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