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

PREVIEW: USA-Honduras, Presented by Volpi Foods Set for March 24 in San Jose

The U.S. Men’s National Team resumes the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying seeking to #Get3 against Honduras in a crucial clash on Friday, March 24 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Coverage of USA-Honduras, presented by Volpi Foods, begins at 7:30 p.m. PT on FS1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - CONCACAF Final Round Standings
 TEAM GP
W
L D Pts. GF GA GD
Costa Rica
2 2
0
0
6
6
0
6
Mexico 2
1
0
1
4
2
1
1
Panama 2
1
0
1
4
1
0
1
Honduras 2
1
1
0
3
3
2
1
Trinidad & Tobago
2
0
2
0
0
1 5
-4
United States 2
0
2
0
0 1 6 -5
MATCHDAY 3 SCHEDULE

Friday, March 24 Time/TV
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama 7 p.m. ET (beIN Sports)
Mexico vs. Costa Rica 8:50 p.m. ET (FS1)
USA vs. Honduras 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1, UniMas, UDN)

STORYLINES

#GET3
The MNT enters these matches with no points from the first two games of the Hex, shrinking the margin of error with eight games remaining. Historically, qualifying for the World Cup through CONCACAF virtually requires earning results at home, so the focus right now is firmly on getting three points against Honduras in San Jose.

EXPERIENCE A PLENTY
The roster features 19 players with previous World Cup Qualifying experience. A total of 11 eligible players (Jermaine Jones would make 12 but is suspended due to yellow card accumulation) have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (36; second all-time), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (33 each; tied for third all-time), and Michael Bradley (31; tied for sixth all-time).

FIRST FULL GATHERING SINCE NOVEMBER
This week’s camp marks the first gathering of the full group since last November and the losses to Mexico and Costa Rica. The annual January Camp was made up almost exclusively of M.L.S. players since the European leagues and Liga MX were in season and those clubs were not required to release their MNT members. Arena has been in constant contact and made two trips outside the United States to meet with European-based players. He will work with many of them on the field for the first time when they report this weekend.

TRIO RETURNS
The U.S. will be boosted by the return of three veteran players from the injury list. After being sidelined due to an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey rejoins the MNT for the first time since last June’s Copa America Centenario. Tim Howard is also back after recovering from an adductor fracture during November’s 2-1 World Cup Qualifying defeat against Mexico. Having recovered from an MCL strain while playing for Stoke City, Geoff Cameron returns to the USA roster for the first time since a 2-0 friendly win at Cuba on Oct. 7, 2016, in Havana.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3):
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 33/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 2/0) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 19/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 12/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; 0/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 15/3)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 1/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 6/0, Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 31/5), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy; 16/0), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; 18/2), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 3/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 5/2)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 33/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 36/13), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0)

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The roster features 19 players who have previous World Cup Qualifying experience and 11 who have represented the USA at a FIFA World Cup.
  • A total of 11 players on the roster have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (36; second all-time), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (33 each; tied for third all-time), and Michael Bradley (31; tied for sixth all-time).
  • While 17 players on the roster were part of January Camp, defenders Jorge Villafaña and Walker Zimmerman and midfielders Sebastian Lletget and Dax McCarty were the big winners, with all four looking to make their qualifying debuts.
  • Three more players on the roster could also make their World Cup Qualifying debuts: goalkeepers David Bingham and Nick Rimando, as well as forward Chris Wondolowski.
  • Midfielder Jermaine Jones will serve a one-game suspension for the March 24 match vs. Honduras.
  • Three players are carrying yellow cards into these matches: Altidore, Bradley, and Brooks. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Ten eligible players have previous World Cup Qualifying appearances against Honduras: Howard (4), Altidore, Bradley and Dempsey (3 each), Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez (2 each), Beasley, Besler, Kljestan and Zusi (1).
  • Dempsey leads the team with four career goals against Honduras. The MNT’s second all-time leading scorer tallied against LosCatrachos in a 2-1 World Cup Qualifying loss on Feb. 6, 2013 in San Pedro Sula.
  • Altidore has two career strikes against Honduras, including the game-winner in the USA’s 1-0 shutout in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Six U.S. MNT players joined camp in San Jose after scoring for their clubs this past week : Kellyn Acosta, Altidore, John Brooks, Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic.

GAME-BY-GAME: USA-HONDURAS ALL-TIME WCQ HISTORY
The U.S. has met Honduras in eight World Cup Qualifiers during four different cycles. Historically, the MNT has performed well against the Central American nation, going 15-4-4 all-time and 12-2-3 on U.S. soil. Additionally, the U.S. holds a 5-2-1 mark against Los Catrachos in World Cup Qualifying, with Arena going 5-1-0 against Honduras during his first tenure as MNT head coach from 1998-2006. Arena’s one defeat did come in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, as Honduras edged the U.S. in a wild 3-2 contest on Sept. 1, 2001 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. A brief rundown of every qualifying match between the two nations:

USA-Honduras All-Time World Cup Qualifying Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Site

March 17, 1965

1-0 W

E. Murphy

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 21, 1965

1-1 D

E. Murphy

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

March 28, 2001

2-1 W

Stewart, Mathis

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Sept. 1, 2001

2-3 L

Stewart (2)

Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2009

2-1 W

Donovan, Bocanegra

Chicago, Ill.

Oct. 10, 2009

3-2 W

Casey (2), Donovan

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Feb. 6, 2013

1-2 L

Dempsey

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

June 18, 2013

1-0 W

Altidore

Sandy, Utah

USA-HONDURAS NOTES

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds a 15-4-4 all-time advantage against Honduras and has gone 12-2-3 on U.S. soil.
  • The MNT has gone 5-2-1 against Los Catrachos in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Bruce Arena managed against Honduras six times during his first tenure as MNT manager, going 5-1-0.
  • On Sept. 1 2001, Honduras became the first team to defeat the U.S. in a home World Cup Qualifier since 1985, earning a wild 3-2 victory at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • The MNT clinched qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 3-2 away victory of their own on Oct. 10, 2009 in San Pedro Sula.
  • The first match of the series came when the U.S. defeated Honduras 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier on March 17, 1965 in San Pedro Sula. The result was the MNT’s first qualifying win in Central America.
  • Notably, the USA faced Honduras in the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, where the Yanks defeated Los Catrachos 4-3 on penalty kicks to lift its first regional crown.
  • The U.S. is 2-0-2 all-time in matches played in San Jose, Calif.
  • San Jose’s Spartan Stadium was the site of Bruce Arena’s first match as MNT head coach, a 0-0 draw against Australia on Nov. 6, 1998.

Honduras narrowly advanced to the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, edging Canada by a point to finish second in CONCACAF’s Semifinal Round Group A last September. Having played both of their initial final round qualifiers at home, Honduras comes into the match with three points after falling 1-0 to Panama on Nov. 11 before rebounding with a 3-1 victory against Trinidad & Tobago four days later.

Since playing those matches, Honduras has kept busy by winning the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, which served as UNCAF’s qualifying tournament for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Los Catrachos went 4-0-1 during January’s tournament in Panama, where they drew only with tournament runners-up Costa Rica en route to their fourth Central American title. Most recently, Honduras dropped a 1-0 result to Jamaica (Feb. 16 in Houston) and 3-1 to Ecuador (Feb. 22 in Guayaqull) and enters the match against the U.S. having taken two points from three away games in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

HONDURAS ROSTER:
On Monday, March 13, Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto announced a 26-player roster that would train together ahead of World Cup Qualifying matches against the United States (March 24) and Costa Rica (March 28):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ricardo Canales (Vida), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real España)

DEFENDERS (8): Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa/MEX),Felix Crisianto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas/USA), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/SCO), Cesar Oseguera (Real España), Allans Vargas (Real España),

MIDFIELDERS (10): Brayan Acosta (Real España), Erick Andino (Motagua), Jorge Claros (Real España), Carlos Disuca (Motagua), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City/USA ), Óscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Mario Martinez (Enppi; EGY), Oliver Morazan (Juticalpa FC), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/BEL), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo/USA)

FORWARDS (5): Rubilio Castillo (Motagua), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia/HON), Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo/USA), Eddie Hernandez (Tolima/COL), Anthony Lozano (Tenerife/ESP)

HONDURAS NOTES:

  • Honduras comes into Matchday 3 sitting fourth with three points in the six-team Final Round World Cup Qualifying group. Los Catrachos fell 1-0 at home vs. Panama on Nov. 11 before recovering with a 3-1 home win vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 15.
  • Honduras has been coached by Jorge Luis Pinto since 2014. Prior to taking his current job, the Colombian manager led Costa Rica to the Quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Ten players on the Honduras roster represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup: goalkeepers Luis López and Donis Escober; defenders Brayan Beckeles, Maynor Figueroa and Emilo Izaguirre; midfielders Óscar Boniek García, Jorge Claros, Roger Espinoza, Mario Martínez and Andy Najar
  • Three players on the Honduras roster have scored against the U.S. MNT before: Carlos Discua tallied in Honduras’ 2-1 loss to open the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 7, 2015, Maynor Figueroa tallied in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 and Roger Espinoza scored the third goal in Honduras’ 3-1 win on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • The Honduras roster features five players that currently play in Major League Soccer: Houston Dynamo trio of Óscar Boniek Garcia, Alberth Ellis and Romell Quioto are joined by Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza and FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa.
  • Quioto scored Honduras’ opening goal in their 3-1 win vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 15.
  • Back in 2015, Ellis scored both goals for Honduras in Los Catrachos’ 2-0 victory against the U.S. U-23s in the Semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship.
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Snow Day: A MNT Retrospective of the 'Snow Classico' Against Costa Rica

Originally published Oct. 13, 2015.

It was the third day of spring in 2013, but the weather in Denver looked more like the middle of winter.

For the first time in 16 years on that date, blizzard-like conditions rolled over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park hours before the U.S. took on Costa Rica in the second match of the 2014 World Cup Qualifying final round.

Returning home after beginning the “Hex” with a 2-1 defeat at Honduras, the U.S. faced a Costa Rica side that held a five-game unbeaten streak over the Americans – the longest for either side in the series.

Though the cold conditions would appear to favor the MNT, with a layer of snow covering the field at kickoff there was little advantage to be had and certainly no pretty soccer to be played. Instead, it seemed likely a lucky bounce would decide the match – both teams just hoped they would be the benefactor.

It came for the U.S. in the 16th minute when Jozy Altidore’s shot from the top of the 18 deflected off a Costa Rican defender and fell perfectly for Clint Dempsey eight yards out from goal. With Ticos ‘keeper Keylor Navas reacting to the initial shot, Dempsey tapped home the game’s lone goal.

“I think the key to the win was to get an early goal,” said Dempsey post-game. “That gave us the confidence to keep going and it also put them on the back foot.

“I’m glad we scored early,” said MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley. “If we had to get a goal in those conditions in the second half, it would have been difficult.”

Though the game was tight, the team did see a clear penalty shout from Dempsey go uncalled by referee Joel Aguilar in the 42nd minute.

At halftime, stadium and U.S. Soccer staff did their best to clear the field of the collected snow, but their efforts were clearly covered up again as the second half got under way.

There, the MNT averted disaster twice. The first as conditions became so bad that Aguilar halted the game in the 55th minute to confer with the FIFA Match Commissioner about whether or not it should continue. A decision to halt the match would have cancelled out the U.S. goal and forced the two teams to play a new game the following day.

As they met, the grounds crew took back to the field to clear the lines as best they could. That effort would continue throughout the second half, with U.S. center back Geoff Cameron memorably helping to push one staff member as the heavy snow collected on his shovel.

Ultimately, taking the following day’s forecast into account and the fact that the two teams had another qualifying match three days later, the decision to finish the game was made.

Fifteen minutes later, Costa Rica thought they had the equalizer when former LA Galaxy and Chivas USA defender Michael Umaña appeared headed the ball across the line, but the goal was correctly called back with several Costa Rican players in an offside position.

Putting balls high and wide, the MNT grinded out the final 20 minutes of the match, earning an important win that showed the team’s resiliency and character.

“It’s not ideal conditions to play soccer or knock the ball,” said ‘keeper Brad Guzan, who started in place of the injured Tim Howard. “In saying that, I thought we dug deep and you’ve gotta find a way to get a result, and we did that tonight.

In the end, the win also spurred the MNT on to a strong qualifying run, taking 10 of a possible 12 points from their next four matches and lifting the Gold Cup that summer. 

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MNT Mar 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer, KT Tape Extend Partnership Through World Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Campaigns

CHICAGO (March 22, 2017) - The U.S. Soccer Federation and KT Tape, category leader in kinesiology tape, announced today a partnership extension through 2020. KT Tape will remain the Official Kinesiology Tape for all U.S. Soccer teams and programs, from Youth National Teams and the Development Academy up to the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) and U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT). As part of the enhanced partnership, USMNT forward Jozy Altidore will serve as a KT Tape ambassador.

"U.S. Soccer has been a valuable partner for KT Tape. We are proud to continue to support development and performance at all levels, and we are excited to welcome Jozy Altidore into the KT Tape family of ambassadors," said KT Health CEO Greg Venner. "With World Cups on the horizon, and preparations for Tokyo 2020 underway, this is a perfect time to renew our relationship and ensure U.S. Soccer's athletes are able to perform at their best every day."

KT Tape and U.S. Soccer initially signed a three-year agreement in 2014, which included the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, and was highlighted by the USWNT's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup championship. With the new three-year extension, KT Tape will remain an official supplier to U.S. Soccer for the USMNT, USWNT, the U.S. Youth National Teams, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and for the U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum and Player and Coach Development programs. The partnership will support players through training, competition and recovery as they set their sights on qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ in France and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"KT Tape has provided our National Teams with kinesiology tape needed to help ensure our athletes can perform at an elite level," said Dr. George Chiampas, U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer. "We're excited to extend the partnership for another three years, which comes at a critical time as we gear up for some of our biggest events, including the Men's and Women's World Cups."

Altidore, 27, will be a fixture in the partnership as KT Tape's newest athlete ambassador. He was named U.S. Soccer's 2016 Male Player of the Year after leading the USMNT with six goals and two assists over 10 appearances last year. He is among the most decorated all-time USMNT players with 37 career goals and 100 appearances.

"KT Tape has been helping our National Team and my game since the last World Cup, and I'm happy to have KT Tape's continued support as we focus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and beyond," said Altidore. "KT Tape is an incredible tool to keep me in top form and able to support our team to the best of my ability."

U.S. Soccer is one of eight U.S. sport national governing bodies to partner with KT Tape, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee. The addition of Altidore grows the KT Tape athlete ambassador family to 17. Visit KTTape.com to learn more about each athlete ambassador and their journey.

KT Tape is a lightweight, elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support for many injuries. Applied along soft tissue, KT Tape interacts naturally with the body's neuromuscular systems to allow individuals to remain active while recovering from injuries. It is the only solution that provides pain relief and support before, during, and after activity without restricting motion. KT Tape is designed to withstand sweat, strain and can be worn in water or under body-hugging athletic apparel, while providing long-lasting relief.

About KT Tape
KT Health (dba KT Tape), based in American Fork, Utah, is the category leader in kinesiology tape, providing pain relief solutions and support for many common sports-related injuries. Used by professional athletes, Olympians and every day athletes, KT Tape products have been adopted in nearly every sport. Following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, KT Tape experienced accelerated growth as its products became widely available in retail channels. Currently, KT Tape products are sold in over 35,000 retail locations in the U.S. and 40 countries worldwide. KT Tape's broad distribution covers sporting goods, food, drug and mass retail channels, as well as clinicians, online retailers and the company's own e-commerce site, KTTape.com. KT Tape empowers consumers with a wealth of educational resources, including a vast library of online videos and on-site demonstrations at more than 150 athletic events each year. With new innovations and an expanding product line, KT Tape continues to strengthen its global presence. For more information, visit KTTape.com.

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MNT WNT ACADEMY Mar 22, 2017

IN PHOTOS: A Day in the Life of Sebastian Lletget

Earlier this week, we tasked our photographer to follow U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Sebastian Lletget through his first day of World Cup Qualifying camp in San Jose prior to Friday’s game against Honduras, presented by Volpi Foods. View at a day in the life of Lletget in photos with his thoughts below.

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

“I start my mornings with a light breakfast of fruit or oatmeal and a cup of coffee. I love a good cup of coffee. I like to eat quick so I can start my stretching routine.”
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MNT - Sebastian Lletget

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

“After breakfast, I spend about 15 minutes using a foam roller and stretching. It helps with injury prevention, gets the blood flowing and activates my muscles. At my club, I’d do it in the gym, but here I do it in the treatment room. I started doing it when I was in academy, around age 16.”
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 “I’m trying to soak in the entire experience and enjoy it. On the way to training, I sometimes listen to music. Usually hip hop, particularly Drake.”



“I always kiss my boots before I put them on. It’s how I express my gratefulness to play this game since I didn’t grow up with much and now I get them for free. I think I put my right boot on first, but I don’t pay much attention.”
MNT - Sebastian Lletget

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

“At the start of training, I spend five minutes doing some different stretches, focusing on activating different muscles than earlier. I do it by myself, but know we do it as a team, too, so I only benefit.”

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

“Training lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, which was mostly recovery since we played games with our clubs over the weekend. It was great catching up with Omar, a former LA Galaxy teammate, whom I hadn’t seen in about a year.”

MNT - Sebastian Lletget

“Then we headed back to the hotel for lunch, which I follow up with maté, an Argentinian tea I drink every day. Since we’re in the Bay Area, I got to visit with family and relax before getting ready for the next day.”
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MNT Mar 22, 2017

Fan Events in San Jose: A Guide to USA-Honduras, Presented by Volpi Foods

In the days leading up to USA-Honduras, presented by Volpi Foods, U.S. Soccer will host a series of fantastic fan events throughout the city. Known as U.S. Soccer FanHQ, the events will enhance what is sure to be the electric atmosphere around the match and provide opportunities for fans in San Jose to celebrate the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The crucial Final Round FIFA World Cup Qualifier will take place on Friday, March 24, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and UDN. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

FanHQ aims to extend the fan experience beyond the 90 minutes on the field, with events that focus on providing gathering spaces in unique spots around the city for local and traveling fans to share in their support of the U.S. National Teams. For more information, visit the U.S. Soccer FanHQ Events page.

Below is the ultimate guide to everything happening in San Jose around the MNT’s third matchup of the Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying, also known as the “Hex”.

FANHQ LOCATIONS

AC Hotel San Jose Downtown – Marriott
Location:       350 N. Santa Clara St.; San Jose, CA 95113
Dates:             March 23 – March 24

The Official FanHQ Hotel is the AC Hotel San Jose Downtown – Marriott. All fans can join the pre-game activities, which will include a bar takeover, video game lounge and pop-up shop.

San Pedro Square Market (near the garage)
Location:       87 N San Pedro St.; San Jose, CA 95110
Date:               Thursday, March 23
Hours:            6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PT

On Thursday, March 23, U.S. Soccer will continue the tradition of hosting a FanHQ event the night before the match. The event will take place at San Pedro Square Market providing fans with music, food & beverages, official merchandise for purchase and special guest appearances.

Avaya Stadium
Location:       VIP Overflow Lot G (across from the stadium)
Date:               Friday, March 24
Hours:            3:30 p.m. PT – Kickoff

Pre-game with fellow fans and show off your red, white and blue pride at the stadium in the lead up to kick off! FanHQ will start four hours prior to first kick in the VIP Overflow Lot G, located across from the stadium. Activation tents at FanHQ will include:

Continental Tires: Make sure to stop by the Continental activation area for some fun soccer Skeeball, special photo opportunity and chance to win a free scarf!

Coca-Cola: Join Coca-Cola, the Official Fan Refreshment of U.S. Soccer pregame at U.S. Soccer’s FanHQ!  Enjoy a refreshing Coca-Cola while you prepare to cheer the U.S. Men’s National Team onto a WIN! Show your Team U.S.A. Pride by getting your face painted and sharing in our Ultimate Fan photo opp! Don’t miss our EA Sports FIFA gaming stations for an exclusive Coca-Cola e-sports reward! Plus, meet our celebrity host for the day, former U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS defender, Jimmy Conrad! Cheering is thirsty work! Refresh your passion with an ice-cold Coca-Cola!

Johnson & Johnson: Before the match, make sure to stop by the Johnson & Johnson Care United™ Village. Create your own BAND-AID® banner to cheer for your favorite player, test your soccer skills against the NEUTROGENA® SUN goalie and register for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® to take home body care products for you and your family. You are also invited to Donate a Photo with your friends and family for a good cause, and enter for a chance to win great prizes! Lastly, Choose Your Bold with LISTERINE® by getting ready for your big moment! Take a photo with the Starting XI backdrop showing off their new Bold style and share on social media using #BringOutTheBold to enter a raffle for a VIP pre-match on-field experience.

POWERADE: Unleash your inner athlete with POWERADE, the official sports drink of U.S. Soccer, at U.S. Soccer’s FanHQ. Try POWERADE’s brand new flavors, Kiwi Pineapple and Citrus Passion Fruit to give you the FUEL TO POWER THROUGH as you attempt to score against the nearly unbeatable POWERADE Robokeep! Huddle Up with your TEAM for a custom USA vs. Honduras commemorative photo! And, stop by our POWERADE Just a Kid store for cool custom gear! Stay hydrated while you perfect your skills in the POWERADE Skills Challenge and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win great U.S. Soccer prizes – all from POWERADE…the FUEL TO POWER THROUGH! 

San Jose Earthquakes: Come take photos at the Earthquakes photo booth, meet Quakes and former U.S. Youth National Team players Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson from 5:30-6 p.m. and shoot on an inflatable goal for a chance to win Quakes prizes. A lucky fan will win a VIP experience to the Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC match on April 8!

U.S. Soccer: Stop by FanHQ at Avaya Stadium to purchase your official U.S. Soccer gear, snap a selfie with life-sized player statues, play a round of EA Sports FIFA 17 and enjoy live music by DJ Step heard throughout. Follow DJ Step on Facebook and Twitter at @DJSTEPMUSIC and @callme_STEP.

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE LOCATIONS
Purchase your official U.S. Soccer gear at three pop-up shops in the days leading up to the match and at the stadium on game day! The main location will be the official U.S. Soccer Store at the San Pedro Square Market, which will be open from Wednesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 25. A U.S. Soccer Store location will also be open in the FanHQ hotel lobby from Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 25. Finally, the Avaya Stadium Team Store will be open on Thursday, March 23, and on match day. Fans can enter the stadium team store on March 23 through the tent entrance only.

In addition to official merchandise, U.S. Soccer and Tag Heuer have partnered to launch the new special edition Team USA watch exclusively at the U.S Soccer Store at San Pedro Square. The special edition watch will feature a steel bracelet with the U.S. Soccer crest printed on the black sunray dial and engraved in the case. The store will be the only place to purchase the watch until it’s available in other retail locations at a later date.

Store Locations and Hours:

San Pedro Square Market
  • Thursday, March 24; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. PT
  • Friday, March 24; 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. PT
  • Saturday, March 25; 9 a.m. –  2 p.m. PT

AC Hotel San Jose Downtown – Marriott

  • Thursday, March 23; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PT
  • Friday, March 24; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, March 25; 9 a.m. –  12 p.m. PT

Avaya Stadium Team Store

  • Thursday, March 23; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT
  • Friday, March 24; Gates Open – Gates Close

GAME DAY TRANSPORTATION
On match day, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will offer one-way and/or round-trip bus transportation from downtown San Jose to Avaya Stadium.

Purchase your transportation ticket in advance, get more details on pick-up locations and find schedules for downtown and the stadium HERE.

MNT PLAYER SCAVENGER HUNT
Life-sized cutouts of U.S. MNT players will be placed throughout San Jose from Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25. Find all seven players and upload your photos using the hashtag #FindtheMNT!

Player Locations:

  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez
  • Circle of Palms
  • Paseo de San Antonio in walkway (between Fairmont Towers)
  • Britannia Arms (outside on patio)
  • AC Hotel by Marriott
  • San Pedro Square Market
  • Jack’s Bar

COMMUNITY CARE – LOCAL SOCCER EQUIPMENT DRIVE
U.S. Soccer is joining forces with the United Heroes League and the Quakes Foundation to host a soccer equipment drive for children of military families in the Bay Area leading up to the USA-Honduras match.

Collection bins will be placed at the U.S. Soccer Store location at San Pedro Square Market from March 22-24 and at Avaya Stadium on match day. After the game, donated items will be sent to Moffett Field military base for distribution. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, goalie gloves, and other soccer equipment.

Collection Locations:

  • U.S. Soccer Store at San Pedro Square Market
    Wednesday, March 22; 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. PT
    Thursday, March 23 - Friday, March 24; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. PT
  • Avaya Stadium – FanHQ in VIP Overflow Lot (Quakes tent)
    Friday, March 24; 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT

Items: New or gently used soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, goalie gloves, etc. for children of all ages.

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MNT Mar 22, 2017
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