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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- 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

FIFA Approves Change of Association Request for Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez

U.S. Soccer confirmed Thursday that goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been approved by FIFA for a change of association. 

Born in Edenton, N.C. and hailing from Dallas, Texas, Gonzalez represented Mexico in official competition at the U-20 National Team level, which required his application for a one-time switch. With his request granted, he can now only represent the United States at the international level. 

A member of Major League Soccer club FC Dallas, Gonzalez was named to the USA's 40-player provisional roster for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 3, 2017.

 

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MNT Jun 29, 2017

Pair of Upsets by Division II Clubs Highlight 2017 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

CHICAGO (June 28, 2017) – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 delivered high drama as Division II clubs FC Cincinnati and Miami FC pulled impressive upsets to reach the Quarterfinal Round where they will be joined by Division I sides FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes. The Quarterfinals will take place across the country with a match from each of the four regions taking place each night from July 10-13.

The wins by Miami FC (NASL), 3-1 against Atlanta United FC (MLS) and FC Cincinnati (USL) 3-1 on penalty kicks in a thrilling nationally televised match against Chicago Fire (MLS) means the two Cinderellas will face off in a high-stakes Quarterfinal that will award the winner not just a Semifinal berth but $15,000 in prize money as the Division II to advance farthest in the competition.

2017 U.S. Open Cup - Quarterfinal Bracket

Elsewhere, MLS sides Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls exacted a bit of revenge on Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union, respectively, by advancing past a pair of teams that had knocked them out of the 2016 edition of the tournament. Also in all-MLS action, New England Revolution came back to down D.C. United 2-1.

In the Round of 16’s early game on Tuesday evening, current title holders FC Dallas (MLS) made easy work of visiting Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3-1, while the same was true on Wednesday night for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), who beat a second-string Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 2-1 and LA Galaxy, who came to life in the second half to dispatch lower league Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 2-0.

Three of the eight 2017 Quarterfinalists advanced to the same stage of the competition last year: LA Galaxy and New England Revolution, while FC Dallas will extend its Modern Era record with a 16th Quarterfinal appearance.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 10
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT
Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
7:30 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 12
Miami FC (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET
Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
July 13
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
7:30 p.m. ET
Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.

Semifinals            Aug. 8-9
Final                      Sept. 20

MATCH RECAPS

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

FC Dallas (MLS) 3, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 1
Defending champions FC Dallas strolled past Colorado Rapids 3-1 to book passage to the Quarterfinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas piled the pressure on Colorado early, with Ryan Hollingshead and Maynor Figueroa both hitting the woodwork inside the first 20 minutes. And things only got worse for the Rapids when they were forced into a pair of first-half substitutions. More bad luck hit when the referee pointed to the penalty spot in the fading minutes of the opening period. Mauro Diaz stroked home a calm penalty in the 45th minute to send FC Dallas into the locker-room with a 1-0 advantage. The Rapids drew level in the opening exchanges of the second half when Ugandan defender Michael Azira scored a rare goal from 20 yards. The leveler was a false dawn, however, as Diaz was again the creator in the 57th minute when his entry pass picked out Reggie Cannon who crossed low through the box for Hollingshead to clean up with a tidy finish at the back post. An injury to Shkëlzen Gashi and a red card for Kortne Ford forced the visitors to finish the game with nine men and, Javi Morales took advantage in the dying moments with a pin-point free-kick that nestled in the bottom corner to settle the affair at 3-1. FC Dallas, aiming for a second-straight Open Cup crown, advance to the Quarterfinals where they’ll face Sporting Kansas City.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2
After trading 3-1 Open Cup wins the past two years, Sporting Kansas City reestablished its lead in the Cup series with a 2-0 away win against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Just as he did five days prior with a ridiculous bicycle kick in league play, Sporting defender Ike Opara notched the game winning goal, this time in the 61st minute. Ille Sánchez sent a corner deep to the far end of the 18, where center back Kevin Ellis headed the ball back toward goal for Opara, who outjumped his mark and snapped a header into the ground, underneath a diving Joe Willis in the 61st minute. With Houston pressing for a tying goal, SKC’s Latif Blessing found himself with the ball all alone in the attacking half. After beating a tired defender inside, Blessing caught a streaking Gerso Fernandes in his periphery and played a ball to open space for him. Fernandes did well to finish with a left-footed shot back across the goal and into the left side netting, sealing the 2-0 score line in second half stoppage time. Sporting KC advances to host FC Dallas in the Quarterfinals on July 11.

New England Revolution (MLS) 2, D.C. United (MLS) 1
The New England Revolution sent a small but energetic crowd at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard University home happy after booking a spot in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals with a 2-1, comeback win against D.C. United. After an early goal in the seventh minute by José Guillermo Ortiz gave D.C. the lead, New England settled into a rhythm of ceding possession to the visitors in order to carve out the majority of chances in the game via the break. And the hosts’ reward came just a minute before the break when Diego Fagundez curled home an excellent, free kick equalizer from the top of the arc. It didn’t take long for the Revs to snare the game winner after the restart with Brian Wright bringing down a long ball forward, turning his defender and firing low shot from the left side across the goal mouth into the far side netting. New England moves on to face fellow MLS club Philadelphia Union in the next round on June 11.

Miami FC (NASL) 3, Atlanta United FC (MLS) 2
In the first “cupset” of the night, Miami FC knocked off a second straight Division I side, this time taking down MLS newcomers Atlanta United FC 3-2 at the death thanks to Kwadwo Poku’s 93rd minute winner. The visitors opened the scoring through U.S. Youth International Brandon Vazquez, who headed Atlanta into a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. But the talented NASL side coached by Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, was even two minutes later via their Brazilian ace Stéfano Pinho, who tallied a hat trick in the previous round against Orlando City. After the break, Rhett Bernstein handed Miami a 2-1 advantage in the 52nd minute only to see Julian Gressel reply from the penalty spot for the Five Stripes as the game see-sawed toward extra time. But just as regulation was about to end, Vincenzo Rennella played a streak Poku in behind the Atlanta defense, and the Ghanaian made no mistake with a deft finish past the on-rushing ‘keeper to send Miami up against fellow Cinderella story FC Cincinnati in the Quarterfinal Round on July 12 in South Florida.

New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1 (5-3 PKs)
Having been eliminated from Open Cup play by the Philadelphia Union two years in a row, the New York Red Bulls reversed their fortune with a 5-3 result in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16. New York got on the board first when high pressure forced a Union turnover in their own end. Four players quickly knocked the ball around, climaxing when Bradley Wright-Phillips received a ball with his chest, dropped it to the ground, turned and sent a square ball to a charging Sacha Kljestan, who slotted home. Hoping to stave off elimination, Philly’s Roland Alberg – the recipient of a Jack Elliot lob from midfield – tallied from distance to level the score in the 86th minute. The Union took control in extra time, but poor finishing resulted in a shootout. All nine players scored on their attempts, save for a crucial miss by Philadelphia’s Fafa Picault. New York advances to the Quarterfinals for an away matchup with another familiar foe, the New England Revolution, on July 13.

FC Cincinnati (USL) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (3-1 PKs)
It took all 120 minutes, support from the second largest Modern Era crowd in U.S. Open Cup history of 32,287 fans and three jaw-dropping saves in penalties, but FC Cincinnati pulled out the most notable Cupset of the year, a 2-1 advantage on spot kicks in an otherwise scoreless game on ESPN. Despite manning their posts at opposite ends of the field, goalkeepers Matt Lampson and Mitch Hildebrandt took center stage, stopping a combined 17 shots on goal through extra time. Though Lampson kept Chicago in the game with a point-blank save in the waning moments extra time, Hildebrandt one-upped him in the end, guessing perfectly on three of Chicago’s four spot kicks in front of The Bailey. The Fire dominated more than 70% possession, but Cincinnati was oh so close to capitalizing on its chances, once prevented by a potential handball and the other a difficult offside call. In the end, the USL side advances to the Quarterfinals for a road trip to take on Miami FC on July 12 for right to be the furthest advancing Division II side in the competition.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 1
The San Jose Earthquakes earned a spot in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 with a 2-1 home victory against Seattle Sounders FC. Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas put his side up in just the sixth minute when his attempt to score on a weak clearance deflected off a Seattle defender and past a helpless ‘keeper. A red card to Francisco Narbón did Seattle no favors in the 35th minute, but Aaron Kovar converted a nifty free kick in the 48th minute, tucking a left-footed shot from distance inside the near post. San Jose’s Dany Hoesen scored one of the night’s finest goals in the 84th minute when he followed up a give-and-go with U.S. Youth International Jackson Yueill with a quick move through the defense and clean finish. The Quakes advance to host the LA Galaxy in a California Clásico on July 10.

LA Galaxy (MLS) 2, Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 0
After a scoreless first 45 minutes, the LA Galaxy got two spectacular finishes from Ariel Lassiter and Bradford Jamieson IV during a three-minute span at the beginning of the second half to polish off Sacramento Republic FC by a 2-0 score and advance to the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. In a match played at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium, a Sacramento team that had defeated LA Galaxy II 3-2 in a USL league match last Sunday acquitted itself well against the MLS side, but Lassiter put LA on the front foot in the 47th minute, curling a beautiful left-footed free kick over the wall and into the upper right corner. Less than two minutes later, Jamieson sprinted into the right side of the penalty area and unleashed a blistering strike that deflected off a Sacramento defender before plowing into the net past diving goalkeeper Evan Newton. LA’s advancement sets up a Quarterfinal showdown with a second straight Bay Area squad as they will travel to San Jose on July 10.

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Development Academy Quarterfinalists Set After Successful Playoffs

WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 28, 2017) – The quarterfinal match-ups of the 2017 Development Academy Playoffs were set following Monday’s final round of the group stage at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. Eight teams remain alive in both the U-15/16 Playoffs and the U-17/18 Playoffs with the quarterfinals scheduled for July 6-7 at sites across the country.

The U-15/16 quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, July 6. If extra time is necessary, the format will be two 10-minute periods followed by penalty kicks. In the U-17/18 age group the quarterfinals will be played on Friday, July 7, with the extra time format to be composed of two 15-minute periods followed by penalty kicks.

Three MLS programs advanced to both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 quarterfinals: Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake AZ.

After playing three games in five days against elite level competition at the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the eight group winners from each age group were evaluated by the Academy to determine who they would face in the quarterfinals. Matchups and host sites for the quarterfinals are determined by the Academy staff and Technical staff based on a number of factors that include (but are not limited to): final seed, geography (to reduce travel and prioritize player wellness), competitive integrity, and scheduling logistics.

By earning a higher overall seed in the regular season, determined by a club’s average points-per-game, higher seeds were given priority to host a match.

U-15/16 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

1

FC Dallas U-15/16

Colorado Rapids U-15/16

21

3

Atlanta United FC U-15/16

Bethesda SC U-15/16

10

5

Sporting Kansas City U-15/16

Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16

9

8

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-15/16

Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16

18

U-15/16 CLUB NOTES

  • In their first year with a U-15/16academy program, Atlanta United FC advances to the quarterfinals as the second highest remaining seed. U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and Atlanta forward Zyen Jones, who scored for the USA at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, notched three goals across three Academy playoff games and will look to continue that streak on July 6.
  • Reaching the Academy quarterfinals for the first time at this age level, Bethesda SC will aim to continue their run in the Knockout Round.
  • After upsetting Crossfire Premier 2-1 in their opening Academy playoff game and drawing FC Golden State in their second, Colorado Rapids defeated Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth in their final Group B game to finish on top of the group and advance as the lowest seed remaining in the U-15/16 age group. After both its age groups missed the Playoffs at the end of the 2016 season, Colorado’s U-15/16s and U-17/18s qualified in 2017 under the direction of first year Academy coach Chris Martinez.
  • As the only number one overall seed remaining, FC Dallas will look to continue their championship ways and strive to capture their third straight U-15/16 title in 2017.
  • Real Salt Lake AZ will try to return to the Academy Championship game for the first time since hoisting the U-15/16 trophy during the 2012-2013 season. RSL enters the quarterfinals after winning their first two Group G games and drawing their third to ensure advancement.
  • The former home club of U.S. Men’s National Team players Jordan Morris and DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC advanced to the Knockout Round in both age groups.
  • Needing a win or tie in their final Playoff game vs. Weston FC, Sporting Kansas City got the job done with a 2-2 tie, ensuring their first appearance in the U-15/16 quarterfinals.
  • With all four Group C teams still alive on the final day of playoff competition, the Vancouver Whitecaps got the 3-2 win they needed vs. LA Galaxy and advanced from the all-MLS group at the expense of Houston Dynamo based on goal differential.

U-17/18 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

2

Orlando City SC U-17/18

Colorado Rapids U-17/18

30

4

Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18

LA Galaxy U-17/18

32

18

Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18

Crossfire Premier U-17/18

27

20

Texans SC Houston U-17/18

Real So Cal U-17/18

28

U-17/18 CLUB NOTES

  • Colorado Rapids took Group F by storm, winning all three of their Academy playoff games. The Rapids advance to the U-17/18 quarterfinals after missing the playoffs last year.
  • Crossfire Premier hopes to make their second U-17/18 National Championship appearance since the 2009-10 season. Kelyn Rowe assisted on Crossfire’s lone goal before Vardar came from behind to nab their first Academy Championship. Rowe was recently named to the official 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup roster.
  • Perhaps the biggest group upset of 2017, not only was LA Galaxy the last team to qualify for the Playoffs, but they were also the lowest overall seed at number 32.
  • Under first year Academy Director David Longwell, Orlando City SC advance to their first-ever quarterfinals after taking all nine points from Group G play, including a final game thriller on the last day of the competition played on the stadium field in front of more than 1,000 fans.
  • Qualifying to the U-17/18 quarterfinals has been a consistent theme for Real Salt Lake AZ, which join their U-15/16’s quest to win the Academy Championship as the last Real Salt Lake Academy teams training in Casa Grande, Ariz. U.S. U-17 midfielder Taylor Booth, who helped the USA qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will continue to lead the RSL midfield’s charge.
  • Real So Cal advances to the Knockout Round for the second straight year.
  • Qualifying for the quarterfinals along with their U-15/16 counterparts, Seattle Sounders FC advance from a very difficult Group C that included 2015-2016 Academy Champions FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and Beachside Soccer Club.
  • Texans SC Houston are one of only two teams in the Academy Playoffs to win all three games and advance to the quarterfinals after an impressive run through Group D.

Quarterfinal winners from both age groups advance to the Academy Championships set to take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., beginning Friday, July 14. Championship games are scheduled for Sunday, July 16.

Stay up-to-date with the Knockout Rounds on ussoccerda.comTwitter, Instagram, and by liking the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

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ACADEMY Jun 28, 2017

Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios Set for 2017 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (June 28, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has determined the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal schedule scenarios that will see Round of 16 winners face off at venues across the country during the second week of July.

The four Round of 16 winners that advance from the upper bracket in each region will host the Quarterfinal matches. Following the Quarterfinals, a concluding draw will take place to determine the hosting scenarios for the tournament Semifinals and Final.

2017 U.S. Open Cup - Quarterfinal Bracket

The Round of 16 began Tuesday night when FC Dallas defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-1 in an all-MLS match-up. The seven remaining Round of 16 games will be played tonight with the first coming at 6:30 p.m. ET when Houston Dynamo (MLS) welcome Sporting Kansas City (MLS) to BBVA Compass Stadium.

Three Division II clubs remain in the competition and, Miami FC (NASL) will get first crack at a “cupset” tonight when they host Division I new-comers Atlanta United FC (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET. A half-hour later FC Cincinnati (USL) will take on Chicago Fire (MLS) in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.

The Round of 16 action closes out west when Sacramento Republic FC (USL) take aim at LA Galaxy (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET in what will be the final upset bid of the evening.

Additional matches include all-MLS matchups between New England Revolution (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET, New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at 8 p.m. ET and San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at 10:30 p.m. ET. All the night’s games will be broadcast on ussoccer.com with the exception of the FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire match.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Schedule Scenarios

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 10
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
7:30 p.m. PT
Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
7:30 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.
July 12
Miami FC (NASL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET
Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.
July 13
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
7:30 p.m. ET
Jordan Field (Harvard University); Boston, Mass.

Semifinals            Aug. 8-9
Final                      Sept. 20

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 28, 2017

Five Things To Know About the 2017 Tournament of Nations

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to claim the inaugural Tournament of Nations trophy this summer, but what is the Tournament of Nations? Who is playing? When and Where? Here are five things you should know ahead of this summer’s competition:

2017 Tournament of Nations: What, Who, When, Where

From July 27 to August 3, U.S. Soccer is set host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the USA for the inaugural Tournament of Nations. The event will take place in three venues along the west coast; CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Qualcomm Stadium San Diego and at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders.

The USA is currently ranked first in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh and Brazil is eighth. U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.

All the USA games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Fans can also watch online on WatchESPN. While the non-U.S. matches will not be broadcast, all the goals from those games will be available on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

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WNT Jun 28, 2017
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