U.S. Soccer

WNT Continues Victory Tour with 6-0 Win vs. Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 10, 2015) – The 2015 World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team resumed its Victory Tour with a dominant 6-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome.

Forward Christen Press recorded her third career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the second half after coming on in the 60th minute for Alex Morgan, who scored her 56th career goal on a breakaway in the 52nd minute. Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick and Lindsey Horan added the final tally. It was Horan’s first international goal at the senior level. She also added two assists.

The USA was in control from the start, out-shooting Trinidad & Tobago 29-1. Trinidad’s goalkeeper Kimika Forbes kept her side in the match with 11 saves, most coming in the first half.

In the second half, the three 60th minute subs – Press, Ali Krieger and Stephanie McCaffrey – sparked theU.S. attack as all immediately contributed.

Forward Abby Wambach made her 253rd appearance, coming on in the 76th minute for Carli Lloyd. Wambach now has two games left in her legendary career and the USA will bid farewell to the world's all-time leading scorer Dec. 16 in New Orleans against China PR.

With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 103 games (90-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 22nd minute: In an odd sequence of events, Alex Morgan and T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes collided hard in the air as both players went for a long ball over the top. As both players tumbled to the grown, the referee did not hesitate to point to the penalty spot. After the respective medical teams checked on both players, U.S. captain Carli Lloyd stepped up and drilled her shot to the right upper corner for the first score of the match. USA 1, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 52nd minute: From just inside the U.S. half of the field, Lindsey Horan saw an open Alex Morgan streaking behind the defense and played a perfect ball to the speedy striker. Morgan timed her run well to beat the offside trap and was in on a breakaway before slotting her finish into the lower right corner from 12 yards out. USA 2, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd), 62nd minute: Almost immediately after being subbed in, Christen Press made her first touch of the game count when Carli Lloyd sent her a cross from the right side and Press spun away from her defenders and let a powerful shot go from outside the box into the back of the net. USA 3, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 75th minute: Substitute Stephanie McCaffrey began a sequence on the right side taking the ball into the attacking third and then passing it off to Ali Krieger. Krieger took it to the end line and crossed to Press in front of the goal. Press shot with her first touch and the ball skidded through the legs of the goalkeeper for Press’ second score of the match. USA 4, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan), 84th minute: Lindsey Horan's second assist came from the left flank as she crossed a perfect ball to press who met the ball powerfully with her head to score into the left corner and seal her third career hat trick. USA 5, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Lindsey Horan (Stephanie McCaffrey), 90+2: Another right side run by McCaffrey led to a cross and a brilliant dummy run from Christen Press, who let the ball run to the 21-year-old Horan, who finished smartly with the inside of her right foot for her first international goal. USA 6, TRI 0 FINAL (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 10th minute: Lindsey Horan send a through ball up the middle to Alex Morgan inside the box. She outran her defenders, but the Trinidad goalkeeper made a nice save to deny the USA a first goal.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 34th minute: The speedy Crystal Dunn worked her way through defenders for a clear shot on goal, but her attempt was thwarted by Forbes, who stretched out to her left side and got her fingertips on the ball, forcing it to hit the right post.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will now travel to Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13 (5 p.m. MT; ESPN 2, WatchESPN) and New Orleans on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. CT; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO) to face China PR in the final two games of its Victory Tour. The game in New Orleans will serve as the farewell game for retiring U.S. legend Abby Wambach.
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Milestone Watch:

  • During tonight’s pregame ceremony, Carli Lloyd was honored for becoming the 10th woman in U.S. history to reach 200 caps. She achieved the feat in the WWC quarterfinal match against China PR on June 26 in Ottawa. She is the fourth active U.S. player to reach that mark and 10th overall American. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the other three active players. She was also the third player in U.S. history to score in her 200th appearance. Wambach and O’Reilly are the other two.
  • Lindsey Horan got her second consecutive start for the USA after starting against Brazil on Oct. 25, and earned her fourth cap. She scored her first international goal in the 92nd minute of the game and added two assists.
  • Lloyd is in sixth place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd, now with 79 goals, is the highest-scoring midfielder in U.S. history although she has scored her last 16 goals playing as more of a withdrawn forward.
  • Christen Press scored three goals in today’s win against Trinidad & Tobago to make it nine on the year, second-most on the team behind Lloyd’s 18. Press now has 28 goals in her career with the USWNT.
  • Press’ performance against Trinidad & Tobago tonight was her third-career hat trick after scoring four goals against Argentina in Brazil last December and then three goals against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 in Pittsburgh.
  • With the win, the USA’s all-time record against Trinidad & Tobago improved to 9-0-0. The U.S. has outscored Trinidad & Tobago 61-2 in that span.
  • Hope Solo now has 141 goalkeeper wins and is the all-time leader in U.S. history. Brian Scurry had 133 during her career (1994-2008).
  • The shutout tonight was Solo’s 90th, also a U.S. record.

Additional Notes:

  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett all earned their second caps. McCaffrey recorded her first career assist.
  • This was the USA’s second match at the Alamodome. The U.S. Women have now played 13 matches all-time in the state of Texas, including three visits to San Antonio. The USA played at the Alamodome in October of 2013, a 4-0 victory against Australia, and also played a pre-Olympic warm-up match in San Antonio in 1996 at Blossom Field, a 3-0 win vs. Sweden.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone will not be available for the final two Victory Tour matches due to ongoing issues resulting from a bone bruise in her left knee. Rampone has returned home, but will re-join the U.S. team for the final game of the Victory Tour in New Orleans.
  • Nineteen different players have scored for the USA this year, led by Carli Lloyd with 18 goals (16 of which have come since the start of the knockout rounds at the Women’s World Cup).
  • Lloyd’s 18 goals are a career high for her in a calendar year and nine more than her closest teammate. Press has nine goals and Wambach and Alex Morgan have seven each. Lloyd’s previous high was 15 in 2014 and 2012.
  • The 19 players to score for the USA in 2015 are: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Press, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Sydney Leroux, Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn, McCaffrey and Lindsey Horan.
  • Alex Morgan could be the next U.S. player to hit 100 caps as she is currently at 97. Becky Sauerbrunn is next in line with 94.
  • In 24 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered 11 goals and has scored 72. The USA hasn’t lost a match since dropping its opening game of 2015 on Feb. 8 to France.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 184 goals, Lloyd is next with 79 career international goals and Morgan has 56. Heather O’Reilly has scored 46.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: December 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; U.S. WNT Victory Tour
Venue: Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,690
Weather: 65 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        1   5   6
TRI                          0   0   0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty) 22nd minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan) 52
USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd) 61
USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger) 75
USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan) 84
USA – Lindsey Horan (Stephanie McCaffrey) 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 60); 14-Morgan Brian (27-Emily Sonnett, 68), 31-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 76); 25-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 60), 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 60)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes (21-Saundra Baron, 76); 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King (capt.), 6-Khadidra Debesette (13-Janice Johnson, 82), 10-Tasha St. Louis, 11-Janine Francois (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 16-Brianna Ryce, 17-Victoria Swift, 19-Kennya Cordner, 20-Lauryn Hutchinson (8-Patrice Superville, 16, 2-Nia Walcott, 65)
Subs Not Used: 18-Kenedie St. Mary
Head coach: Randy Waldrum

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 29 / 1
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves: 1 / 11
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Kennya Cordner (caution)         19th minute
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)          28

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
4th Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lindsey Horan
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WNT Dec 10, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,690
Weather: 65 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          5          6
TRI                               0          0          0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                                            22nd minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan)                               52
USA – Christen Press (Carli Lloyd)                                 61
USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                                  75
USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan)                            84
USA – Lindsey Horan (Stephanie McCaffrey)                  90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 60); 14-Morgan Brian (27-Emily Sonnett, 68), 31-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 76); 25-Crystal Dunn, 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 60), 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 60)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes (21-Saundra Baron, 76); 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King (capt.), 6-Khadidra Debesette (13-Janice Johnson, 82), 10-Tasha St. Louis, 11-Janine Francois (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 16-Brianna Ryce, 17-Victoria Swift, 19-Kennya Cordner, 20-Lauryn Hutchinson (8-Patrice Superville, 16, (2-Nia Walcott, 65))
Subs Not Used: 18-Kenedie St. Mary
Head coach: Randy Waldrum

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 29 / 1
Shots on Goal: 17 / 1
Saves:  1 / 11
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI –
Kennya Cordner (caution)                    19th minute
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                     28

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
4th Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lindsey Horan

USA Opens 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship vs. Jamaica | 1:30pm ET

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on April 23 against Jamaica at Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City, Panama. The match can be seen via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)

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U-17 MNT Apr 23, 2017

GALLERY: Through the Years with Kyle Beckerman on his 35th Birthday

Still going strong with Real Salt Lake, central midfield terrier Kyle Beckerman celebrates a milestone 35th birthday on Sunday. Known for his iconic dreadlocks and tireless work effort in the middle of the park, Beckerman has been in the U.S. Soccer consciousness since manning the midfield for the U-17 MNT in their fourth-place finish at the 1999 World Championships in New Zealand.

Half a lifetime later, we take a photographic look at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and key piece of the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.

Long before his dreads, future MNT midfielder Kyle Beckerman showed he had style…  

Young Kyle Beckerman Suit

Growing up in Bowie, Md., Beckerman began playing club soccer with the Bowie Bulldogs.

Outside of games and organized training sessions, he would often come home from school and leave notes for his parents telling them he was out playing pick-up games, signing them as “Kyle Beckerman, USA #15” because as he says, “That’s what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a National Team player. I made up my mind back then.”

As he progressed in his club career, he continued to wear No. 15 for the Laurel Wildcats…

Kyle Beckerman Laurel Wildcats

…before working his way through the Olympic Development Program to be a part of the inaugural U-17 MNT Residency Class in 1999. 

Beckerman joined the likes of Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu and Bobby Convey in the U-17 MNT program in Bradenton, Fla., qualifying for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Once in New Zealand, Beckerman appeared in each of the team’s six matches and even tallied the game-winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 Quarterfinal victory against Mexico. 

Painstakingly, the U.S. fell to Australia 7-6 on penalty kicks in the Semifinal before dropping a 2-0 result to Ghana in the Third-Place Match. 

After leaving Residency and graduating high school, Beckerman signed with the M.L.S. in 2000 and was allocated to the Miami Fusion. The 18-year-old scored his first professional goal in only his second match, tallying in a 6-2 win against D.C. United on Sept. 9, but would only play five total games for the club in two seasons.

Due to his limited playing time, we don’t have a photo of Kyle’s time in Miami. After the decision was made to contract the franchise in early 2002, Beckerman was chosen by the Colorado Rapids in that year’s M.L.S. Dispersal Draft. 

Beckerman found his professional footing in Denver, growing into a consistent contributor by 2003 and a feared force in central midfield during the next few years. Mostly out of the National Team picture during that time, he came back into the spotlight in January 2007, earning his first U.S. Men’s National Team cap as he replaced Rapids teammate Pablo Mastroeni in the MNT’s 3-1 friendly win against Denmark.

Kyle Beckerman's first U.S. Men's National Team cap on January 20, 2007 vs. Denmark

Bob Bradley then summoned Beckerman for that summer’s Copa America in Venezuela, where he made appearances in a 4-1 defeat to Argentina and 1-0 loss against Colombia.

A week after the tournament, Beckerman returned stateside to find he’d been traded to Real Salt Lake. The 2005 expansion club had struggled mightily through its first two-and-a-half seasons, but new head coach Jason Kreis sought out the 25-year-old midfielder as a significant piece in his project to rebuild from the first few years.

The following season, RSL sneaked into the M.L.S. Cup Playoffs where they fell 1-0 to New York Red Bulls in the Western Conference Final. 

Beckerman’s play that season led to his first extended run with the MNT, as called on the midfielder for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Appearing in all six matches, Beckerman scored his first and only international goal, a beautiful half-volley to equalize in the 49th minute of the USA’s 2-1 extra time win vs. Panama in the Quarterfinals. 

Fresh off his run in the Gold Cup, Beckerman received his first World Cup Qualifying appearance that September before leading RSL to an incredible turnaround that fall as they stunned Columbus Crew SC, Chicago Fire and eventually the LA Galaxy to hoist the 2009 M.L.S. Cup. 

Beckerman received scant call-ups the next 18 months, at one point admitting, “For a while, the National Team was really done for me, and I didn’t think it was going to come back.”

Nearly two years after lifting M.L.S. Cup, Beckerman returned in 2011 and began to grasp a regular role with the U.S. MNT. 

In 2012, he was part of the U.S. side that earned an historic 1-0 friendly win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca…

And the following year even captained the U.S. for the first time in a January Camp friendly against Canada.

That summer, he took part in his second CONCACAF Gold Cup…

…where he played in five of six matches as the U.S. won its fifth confederation championship.

Beckerman also stepped in for the injured Michael Bradley as the U.S. clinched qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 10, 2013 in Columbus.

Fifteen years after first representing the U.S. at the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand, Beckerman earned a place on the MNT roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

And just as he signed each note he left for his parents, he wore the No. 15 shirt for the U.S. in Brazil.

Appearing in all three of the USA’s Group Stage matches, Beckerman put in workman-like performances doing what he’d always done – gumming up the works for passes through midfield while continually frustrating opponent’s star attackers.

Though the U.S. fell 1-0 to World Cup champions Germany in their final group game, Beckerman earned Man of the Match honors as the MNT advanced to the Knockout Round. 

Since the World Cup, Beckerman continued to help the U.S. Men’s National Team both in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying…

… at the 2016 Copa America Centenario…

…and has continued to do his thing for Real Salt Lake.

In 2016, he moved past Brad Davis for most appearances by a field player in M.L.S. history. As of writing, his 412 M.L.S. appearances place him third all-time behind only goalkeepers Kevin Hartman (416) and RSL and MNT teammate Nick Rimando (430). 

Anyway, here’s to you Kyle Beckerman. Have a great 35th birthday.

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MNT Apr 23, 2017

Five Things to Know About Jamaica U-17 MNT

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Jamaica on Sunday, April 23 at Estadio Maracaná de Panama in Panama City, Panama. The game can be seen live at 1:30 p.m. ET on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here’s what you should know about Sunday’s opponents:

What’s in a (nick)name?

Jamaica has one of the most interesting nicknames in world soccer, with the country’s national teams referred to as the Reggae Boyz in recognition of the popular genre of music that originated on the island in the 1960s.

How they got here

Jamaica makes their 13th appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship after finishing third in the 2016 Caribbean Football Union Men’s U-17 Tournament. The Reggae Boyz produced Group Stage wins against Guyana (4-1), Antigua and Barbuda (3-1) and U.S. Virgin Island to advance to the Final Round. There they defeated Bermuda 6-2, drew 0-0 with Haiti and bested Trinidad & Tobago 3-2 to advance to qualify for the tournament and advance to the Semifinals. There, they fell 1-0 to Cuba, before rebounding with a 3-0 victory against Curaçao in the Third-Place Match.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship History

In the 17 CONCACAF tournaments from 1983 to 2015, the Reggae Boyz have taken part in 12 and qualified twice in 1999 and 2011.

In 1999, Jamaica hosted and finished atop Group A, collecting wins against Honduras and Costa Rica before tying the USA to secure their top spot and qualify for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.

In 2011, Jamaica drew with Trinidad & Tobago and defeated Guatemala to advance to the Knockout Round where they defeated Honduras 2-1 to book their place at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. 

Jamaica Roster

The two organizations with the largest representation of players on the Jamaican roster are Clarendon College and Kingston College (2 each). These four players, along with 11 other players, are all based out of Jamaica. Four players are based in the USA and one player joins the side unattached to any school or club.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Tajay Griffi (Wolmers Boys/JAM); Daniel Russel (Manchester High/JAM)
DEFENDERS (9): Calwayne Alle (St James High/JAM); Kendall Edward (Atlanta United FC/USA); Kimani Gibbon (St Jago High/JAM); Akeem Mullin (Vauxhall High Sch./JAM); Damani Ose (Cosby High/USA); Casseam Priest (Kingston College/JAM); Shane Ricket (Little London High/JAM); Richard Thomps (Herbert Technical/JAM); Jamoi Tope (Camperdown High/JAM)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Coby Atkins (American Heritage/USA); Renato Campbe (Kingston College/JAM); Jermaine Lyon (Denham Town High/JAM); Kaheem Parris (Dinthill Technical/JAM); Jeremy Verley (Milton Academy/USA); Blake White (Unattached)
FORWARDS (3): Nicque Dale (Clarendon College/JAM); Ricardo McInto (Clarendon College/JAM); Raewin Senior (Excelsior High/JAM)

Playing in the USA

Defenders Damani Ose and Kendall Edward, and midfielders Coby Atkins and Jeremy Verley all currently play soccer in the United States. Verley gained notoriety in July of 2016 when the midfielder left Jamaican club Harbour View F.C. after receiving a scholarship to attend Milton Academy in Boston, Mass., for his three remaining years of high school.

Edward is also a notable Reggae Boy playing in the USA as the defender currently plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for Atlanta United’s U-15/16 side.

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U-17 MNT Apr 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer Organizations Join Forces to Advance Head-Injury Discussion

The topic of head injuries is a complex one, even for the top professionals and leaders in the medical field. Progress has been made in recent years with regards to identifying concussions and other head injuries, but everyone agrees there is still work to be done. 
 
This weekend, US Soccer, Major League Soccer, and the National Women’s Soccer League officially joined forces in an attempt to accelerate that work. The three entities opened the Head Injury in Soccer: From Science to the Field summit on Friday in New York, bringing together coaches, players, medical experts, and other officials from all levels of soccer in North America.
 
Concussions are the focal point of the conference, including how to identify when a player has one, how to treat the injury, and how to limit the risk of suffering one.
 
“MLS, U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have brought together some of the leading professionals on head injury management and prevention to share their research and take a proactive approach at this issue,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “But this is not just about sport. This is about society, this is about the health of athletes and those who deal with head injuries in everyday life.”
 
The recent increase in research into head injuries in sports has clearly raised awareness and instigated new, proactive initiatives, including the establishment of MLS’s concussion protocol in 2011 and the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative in 2016. Now the sport’s leadership in the US hopes to drive the discussion forward.

However, fully understanding such a complex injury will require patience, medical experts caution.

“There’s still so much to learn about the injury,” U.S. Soccer Chief medical officer Dr. George Chiampas told MLSsoccer.com. “Applying one way or one mechanism of managing it, for example, in the professional [ranks], may not necessarily be applicable across the board for the youth.

“Regardless, we still have to find ways to make sure that at the end, any player who plays the game who has a concussion or a suspected concussion is managed appropriately. If that management is handled appropriately and the individual is taken care of, obviously, their ability to return to sport and the game they love is going to be a positive outcome.”

For Garber, finding answers to the litany of questions about head injuries in soccer will be an ongoing quest.

“As the leader of the men’s first division league, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions in soccer, along with the education of players, stakeholders and the community, has always been a mandate for us,” he said.   “But also as a citizen of the world and as somebody that thinks about how we try to use sport to improve the lives of people that live in our society, I believe we can use all of our connections, with sponsors and broadcasters, and the influence that we have on society to raise awareness of these issues that go way beyond sport.

 “This summit is just the beginning.”

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Apr 22, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Learn more about the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship ahead of Sunday’s tournament opener against Jamaica.

Event background

The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship serves as the regional qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Running from April 21-May 7 in Panama, the tournament’s top four finishers will represent the region at October’s World Cup in India.

2017 Tournament Format

The tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. There, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the U-17 World Cup and the first-place teams advance to the tournament final.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Groups

Group A

Group B

Group C

Panama

Costa Rica

Mexico

Curaçao

Canada

El Salvador

Haiti

Cuba

Jamaica

Honduras

Suriname

USA

The initial group stage and classification matches will be played at Estadio Maracaná de Panama in Panama City, while the final will be played at Panama’s national stadium, Estadio Rommel Fernández.

When and How to Watch the USA

All of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship games can be watched live on Facebook via the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Univision Deportes Network will also broadcast the USA’s second and third Group C games in Spanish, against Mexico and El Salvador, respectively.

The USA opens Group C play against Jamaica on Sunday, April 23 (1:30 p.m. ET), followed by Mexico on Wednesday, April 26 (6:30 p.m. ET) and El Salvador on Saturday, April 29 (11:30 a.m. ET). Should the USA finish in the top two, they’ll advance to the classification stage to play two more matches on May 3 and May 5, respectively. If the USA finishes atop its classification group, they’ll advance to the final, set to be played on May 7.

USA Group Stage Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Sunday, April 23

Jamaica

1:30 p.m. ET

CONCACAF Facebook

Wednesday, April 26

Mexico

6:30 p.m. ET

UDN; CONCACAF Facebook

Saturday, April 29

El Salvador

11:30 a.m. ET

UDN; CONCACAF Facebook

USA Roster

The U.S. roster includes four players who signed Homegrown player contracts with Major League Soccer in 2016: midfielders Chris Durkin (D.C. United) and Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and forwards Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; pictured above) and Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas).

Head coach John Hackworth’s squad includes two players who are currently playing in Europe: Timothy Weah at French club Paris Saint-Germain and C.J. Dos Santos with Portuguese side Benfica.

Nineteen of the 20 players on the roster have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while 14 players have spent time with an Academy team during the current 2016-2017 Academy season.

M.L.S. club Atlanta United FC has the largest representation of players with two first-team players (Carleton, Goslin) and the rights to one player currently playing in the organization’s Development Academy (Zyen Jones).

Born in 2001, midfielders Taylor Booth and Indiana Vassilev, and forward Bryan Reynolds Jr. are the youngest players on the roster.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)

John Hackworth Looking for Third U-17 World Cup Berth

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth is looking to become the first coach to lead the U-17 MNT to three World Cups from two different coaching stints.

Hackworth served as an assistant to John Ellinger in helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup before guiding the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 editions. The former Philadelphia Union head coach returned to the U-17 MNT in December 2015.

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U-17 MNT Apr 22, 2017
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