U.S. Soccer

WNT Blanks China PR 2-0 in Phoenix in Front of Record Crowd

GLENDALE, Arizona (Dec. 13, 2015) – The 2015 World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team resumed its Victory Tour with 2-0 shutout of China PR at University of Phoenix Stadium in front of 19,066 fans, a record crowd to watch a WNT game in Arizona.

The meeting was the first between the teams since the June 26 quarterfinal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA on a Carli Lloyd goal in Ottawa, Canada.

Despite attacking for a majority of the game, the USA did not find the net until Crystal Dunn finally broke through in the 39th minute following a poor clearance from China PR. She collected the rolling ball inside the box and fired a left-footed shot through traffic and into the right side of the net past the screened China goalkeeper. The goal was Dunn’s fourth international score.

Similar to the previous match against Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 10, Christen Press came on as a sub and immediately impacted the game, scoring on her first touches with a blast from long range to seal victory for the USA. Press entered the game in the 79th and scored in the 81st.

Forward Abby Wambach made her 254th appearance as she came on in the 79th minute for Carli Lloyd. The USA will bid farewell to Wambach, the world's all-time leading scorer, in the final game of the Victory Tour on Dec. 16 in New Orleans in a rematch against China PR.

With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 104 games (91-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Crystal Dunn, 39th minute: Alex Morgan ran deep into the attacking third down the right side and crossed the ball on the ground. China twice failed to clear and the ball rolled to Dunn, who took a touch and then blasted a shot with her left foot into the back of the net. USA 1, CHN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press, 81st minute: Another poor clearance from China inside the box led to substitute Christen Press scoring on her first touches of the game. She collected the ball, made space for a shot with a nifty dribble and drove the ball into the upper left corner her 10th goal of the year. USA 2, CHN 0. FINAL ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Zhao Lina, 54th – Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly ran with the ball on the left side, sending an excellent cross to Alex Morgan in the middle. Morgan got good contact on her half-volley but Lina was able to shuffle acorss the goal and made a great with her body to block the attempt.

USA – Alyssa Naeher, 90+4: On the very last play of the game, China PR took a corner kick that was perfectly sent to the middle of the box. Li Ying jumped up for the ball and placed an excellent header on frame, but Naeher secured the ball solidly on the dive to preserve the shutout.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT concludes its Victory Tour in New Orleans on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. CT; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO) with a rematch against China PR. The match in New Orleans will serve as the farewell game for retiring U.S. legend Abby Wambach.
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Milestone Watch:

  • Crystal Dunn scored her fourth international goal. All four goals have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Christen Press notched her 10th goal of 2015, and is now one shy of her career-best 11 goals she scored last year. Her 10 goals are the second-most on the team behind Lloyd’s 18. Press now has 29 goals in her career. Eight of Press’ 10 goals this year have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 19,066, which marks the largest crowd to watch a USWNT match in Arizona. The previous record was 18,482 (a 1-1 draw vs. Sweden on Nov. 19, 2011, also at University of Phoenix Stadium).
  • More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the final Victory Tour match in New Orleans, nearly doubling the previous WNT record in Louisiana of 15,074, set July 13, 2003 in a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans (which was the only previous visit to Louisiana).
  • Lindsey Horan got her third consecutive start for the WNT and earned her fifth cap. She scored her first international goal in the 92nd minute on Dec. 10 against Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio and added two assists.
  • The match marked Alyssa Naeher’s fourth cap and second start in goal for the USA. She earned her second career shutout.

Additional Notes:

  • Mesa, Arizona native Julie Johnston played in front of her hometown crowd for the United States for the first time and saw the American Outlaws unveil a tifo in her honor before the match.
  • The win today marks the 20th victory of the year for the USWNT (20-1-4). The USA has now won 20 or more games in a year on nine occasions.
  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett all earned their third caps
  • This was the USA’s third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals. The USA last played at the world-class facility in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland). The USA also played two matches in Phoenix in 1995 to kick off the campaign for the 1995 Women’s World Cup, facing Australia twice at the Cave Creek Complex, and played at Bank One Ballpark, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. of 2000.
  • USA captain Christie Rampone will not be available for the final Victory Tour match 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 eight more than her closest teammate. Press has 10 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 98. Becky Sauerbrunn is next in line with 95.
  • In 25 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered 11 goals and has scored 74. 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. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's field features midfielders Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and goalkeeper Hope Solo. All five played major roles in the USA winning the 2015 Women's World Cup with Carli Lloyd winning the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament while Solo won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper. Lloyd, Solo and Sauerbrunn played every minute of the tournament. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16, during the pre-game coverage of the USA vs. China PR match from NOLA on FOX Sports 1.
  • With her goal against Haiti on Sept. 17, Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 or more goals. She currently has 29, which moves her past Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett into 20th on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Wambach’s appearance against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 marked her 250th cap. She’s one of only five U.S. players to hit that mark and now has 254 with one match left to play.
  • Heather O'Reilly earned her 226th cap when she came on at halftime.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoors

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                         1   1   2
CHN                         0   0   0

USA – Crystal Dunn 39th minute
USA – Christen Press 81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

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WNT Dec 13, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoor

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             1          1          2
CHN                             0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn                                                       39th minute
USA – Christen Press                                                    81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves:  3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

Five Things to Know: St. Kitts and Nevis U-20s

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on St. Kitts and Nevis in its third match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Feb. 24 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The game can be seen live at 5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here are five things you should know about the USA’s upcoming opponent:

Who and Where is St. Kitts and Nevis?
A dual island nation in the West Indies, a direct flight from Miami to the airport closest to the capital city of Basseterre, Robert L. Bradshaw International, is roughly three hours and covers 1,272 miles. St. Kitts is also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island, from the island’s patron saint. The Nevis and Saint Christopher Islands were two of the first Caribbean islands settled by Europeans, while the latter was home to the first British and French colonies. The dual-island country’s population was 54,961 in 2015 and the official language is English. The currency used by Kittitians and Nevisians is the East Caribbean dollar (ECD), which currently trades around .37 ECD for one U.S. dollar. Until 2005, sugar was the primary export from the country a fact exhibited by the national team’s nickname, the Sugar Boyz

How They Got Here
The Sugar Boyz come into the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the fifth-place finishers of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 tournament. Their journey through the CFU Championship included wins against Jamaica, Dominica and Curacao. 

St. Kitts and Nevis Roster
The professional clubs with the largest representation of players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster is Newtown United, with four associated players. Newtown United, along with Garden Hotspurs (2), SPD United (2), St. Peters FC (2), Village Superstars (2), Cayon Rockets (1), Conaree FC (1), St. Pauls United (1) and Strikers FC (1) are all members of the Saint Kitts and Nevis highest soccer league, the SKNFA Premier League. The 16 players currently on teams from St. Kitts and Nevis’ top professional league account for 80 percent of the roster. 

Goalkeepers (2): Akimba Francis (SPD United/SKN), Nathan Joseph Lescott (Leicester City/ENG)

Defenders (6): Ezer Browne (James Madison University/USA), Salas Cannonier (St. Peters FC/SKN), Xavier French (SPD United/SKN), Phillip Richardson (St. Pauls United/SKN), Yusuf Saunders (Village Superstars /SKN), Javier Sutton (Strikers FC/SKN)

Midfielders (9): Gvaune Amory (Village Superstars/SKN), Steve Archibald (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Ronaldo Belgrove (Newtown United/SKN), Alex Charles (Cayon Rockets/SKN), Kejauni David (Newtown United/SKN), Romario Martin (Solihull Moors/ENG), Yohannes Mitchum (Newtown United/SKN), Raheem Sommersall (Appalachian State /USA), Tyquan Terrell (St. Peters FC/SKN)

Forwards (3): Tahir Hanley (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Delano Hodge (Conaree FC/SKN), Dakari Phipps (Newtown United/SKN)

Browne and Sommersall Playing in the USA
Two players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster are currently associated with college soccer programs in the United States. Defender Ezer Browne (James Madison University) prepped at Rutgers Prep School in Somerset, N.J. and midfielder Raheem Sommersall, who prepped at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham, North Carolina, played at Appalachian State in 2015 and 2016. During the 2015 season, Sommersall appeared and started in 18 games with the Mountaineers. It wasn’t until 2016 that Sommersall recorded his first career collegiate goal.

Group B Advancement Scenarios:

  • If Panama beats Haiti: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Panama beats Haiti and the U.S. loses to St. Kitts and Nevis: the U.S. would sit in a three-way tie for second place with Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, based on total group points (three). The greater goal difference in matches between the three (tied) teams would serve as the tie breaker.
  • If Panama and Haiti tie: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Haiti beats Panama: the U.S. would need a win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis to take part in a three-way tie for first place with Haiti and Panama. The greater goal difference in matches between the three teams would again serve as the tie breaker.
CONCACAF tie breaker procedure used to rank teams: a)     Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
b)     Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
c)     Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
d)     Greater goal difference in all group matches
e)     Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
f)      Drawing of lots

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

GP

W

L

D

G

Ga

+/-

Pts

Panama

2

2

0

0

5

0

5

6

United States

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

6

5

1

3

St. Kitts & Nevis

2

0

2

0

1

9

-8

0

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U-20 MNT Feb 23, 2017

PREVIEW: U-20 MNT Seeks Advancement vs. St. Kitts

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with its third and final Group B game against St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday, Feb. 24. The match kicks off at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica, at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Fans can also follow game action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. enters the match after securing an imperative 4-1 victory vs. 2016 Caribbean Football Union Champions, Haiti. After conceding an early goal in the 15th minute, the U.S. successfully converted a penalty kick courtesy of forward Brooks Lennon in the 28thminute. The PK was set up by U.S. forward Jonathan Lewis who, in the midst of a steaking run, was taken down inside the box. The PK turned out to be exactly what the U.S. needed to fire up some momentum as Luca de la Torre put the U.S. ahead in the 52nd minute, before Lennon added two more goals in the 53rd and 58th minutes to cement his hat trick and the U.S. victory.

As it stands, the U.S. maintains sole possession of second place in Group B, a position they need to maintain or improve upon to advance to the next round. The classification stage will narrow the CONCACAF U-20 Championship field to six teams placed into two, three-team groups. The top four teams (two from each classification group) will punch their tickets to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea this May. Additionally, the top two finishers from each group will meet to decide the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

When the U.S. kicks off against St. Kitts and Nevis, it will know result it needs in order to advance because the match between Group B’s other two teams, Haiti and Panama, will have concluded. That game can also be seen on Univision Deportes Network and CONCACAF’s official Facebook page.

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

GP

W

L

D

G

Ga

+/-

Pts

Panama

2

2

0

0

5

0

5

6

United States

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

6

5

1

3

St. Kitts & Nevis

2

0

2

0

1

9

-8

0

USA Advancement Scenarios:

  • If Panama beats Haiti: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Panama beats Haiti and the U.S. loses to St. Kitts and Nevis: the U.S. would sit in a three-way tie for second place with Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, based on total group points (three). The greater goal difference in matches between the three (tied) teams would serve as the tie breaker.
  • If Panama and Haiti tie: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Haiti beats Panama: the U.S. would need a win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis to take part in a three-way tie for first place with Haiti and Panama. The greater goal difference in matches between the three teams would again serve as the tie breaker.
CONCACAF tie breaker procedure used to rank teams:

a)     Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.

b)     Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).

c)     Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).

d)     Greater goal difference in all group matches

e)     Greater number of goals scored in all group matches

f)       Drawing of lots

Desperate for a win:
All four Group B teams enter the final round of the group stage games with a chance to advance on the line. Although St. Kitts and Nevis needs a near impossible scenario to transpire in order to advance, the bottom line is that the Sugar Boyz are not out of contention and will be prepared to fight for their chance at the classification stage. This is only St. Kitts second trip to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and they can be expected to play with pride above all else.

St. Kitts Defender Out Against USA:
During their second game of group play against Panama, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, St. Kitts and Nevis defenders Salas Cannonier and Xavier French received the team’s first cautions of the tournament. In the 89th minute, French committed a risky tackle and received his second yellow of the day. Now French, who started both group games for the Sugar Boyz at left back, will not be eligible to play against the United States. 

Eyes on South Korea 2017:
The U.S. has qualified for 14 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 15 in 2017. The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea will be held from May 20-June 11 in Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Seogwipo, Jeonju and Suwon. The final draw will be held on March 15.

Reaching the Big Stage:
The United States has advanced to 17 U-20 World Cups out of 20 qualification opportunities since the CONCACAF tournament became the qualification funnel to the U-20 World Cup in 1976. The USA has advanced to the U-20 World Cup in nine of their last 10 attempts dating back to the 1996 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament. The lone failure to advance came in 2011. Later that same year, current head coach Tab Ramos was hired to lead the program, which he most recently guided to the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup where the team lost on PKs to eventual champions Serbia.

The USA’s best World Cup finish came at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, where the U.S. fell 2-0 to Brazil in the third-place game.

Since CONCACAF’s inaugural youth tournament in 1962, St. Kitts and Nevis has participated in one U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament in 2007. That year, the Sugar Boyz were one of three Caribbean Football Union nations to participate. In the group stage, St. Kitts and Nevis were eliminated after falling to Mexico and Costa Rica in their first two group games. In their third game, the Sugar Boyz earned a draw vs. Jamaica, securing their first and to date only CONCACAF U-20 Championship point.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.) 

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.) 

FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.) ROSTER GALLERY.

USA ROSTER BREAKDOWN:
On Feb. 9, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The roster includes one member of the USA’s 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Ramos named Palmer-Brown the team captain a few days prior to the qualifying tournament. 

Eleven players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) and Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union), midfielders Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC) and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), and forwards Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers) and Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake).

Two U-20 MNT players are teammates on Premier League 2 (U-23) side Fulham F.C.: midfielder Luca de la Torre and defender Marlon Fossey. Forward Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.) is the only other player currently at an overseas club, while Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.) is the lone player from Liga MX. 

The remaining five players play collegiately: goalkeepers Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.) and JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), defender Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), and midfielders Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.) and Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)

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U-20 MNT Feb 23, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The U.S. Beach National Team is currently in Nassau, Bahamas competing at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. While the team gets ready to take on Trinidad and Tobago in their Group C finale Thursday (8 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook) here are five things to know about CONCACAF’s Beach World Cup qualifying tournament.

The Tournament

The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship is the regional championship for beach soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament serves as CONCACAF’s regional qualifying tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, with the 2017 edition taking place from April 27-May 7 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Beginning in 2005, qualifying for the Beach Soccer World Cup was a combined event between North and South America, but following the 2007 edition, CONCACAF has hosted its own Beach Soccer qualifying tournament.

Since parting ways with CONMEBOL, there have been seven editions of the CONCACAF Championship, with Mexico claiming three titles (2008, 2011, 2015), USA taking the crown twice (2006, 2013), and one crown for El Salvador (2009).

The USA and Mexico are the only two countries that have qualified for every edition of the tournament (joint and separate), while Costa Rica has only missed the 2005 edition.

Tournament Format

The format of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship begins with 16 teams divided into four, four-team groups. The top two finishers from each group advance to the knockout stage, where the two finalists join World Cup hosts, the Bahamas as CONCACAF’s three representatives to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Should the Bahamas or non-FIFA member Guadeloupe advance to the final, the next highest finisher would earn the spot or spots.

Team USA

Team USA brought an experienced squad to the tournament and has found its groove early, using a Nick Perera hat trick to defeat U.S. Virgin Island 8-1 (Feb. 20) before a brace from Lewie Valentine led them past Antigua and Barbuda 7-2 (Feb. 22).

The U.S. Beach team currently sits atop Group C as they take on second place Trinidad & Tobago in their group finale on Feb. 23. The U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago have both accumulated six points, but the USA sits in first place by virtue of a superior goal differential. With both teams already qualified for the Knockout Round, Thursday’s match will determine which team advances in first place of Group C.

U.S. Beach National Team

Key Opponents

While the U.S. Beach squad is a top contender, they’ll have to get through some serious competition to qualify for the 2017 World Cup. Tournament host, Bahamas, has won all three matches in their group. Although they have already automatically qualified for the World Cup as hosts, the Baha Boyz will be on the hunt for their first CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship title.

Group B includes three-time winners and defending champions Mexico and 2006 runners-up Canada. Meanwhile, Group D contains two of CONCACAF’s heavy hitters. El Salvador and Costa Rica are ranked second and fourth for the region according to the overall world rankings and are favorites to progress in the tournament.

Where to Watch

The U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago to close out group play on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can watch this match and every other match of the tournament live on CONCACAF’s Facebook page and TV on UDN.

The knockout round and placement matches kick off on Feb. 24, with the tournament final set for Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Beach Feb 23, 2017

La U.S. WNT viajará a Noruega para Amistoso el 11 de junio

CHICAGO (23 de febrero, 2017) -- La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará en Europa este verano, viajando a enfrentar a Noruega el 11 de junio en Komplett Arena en Sandefjord, ubicado en la costa sureste a unas 75 millas al sur de Oslo.

El partido, el cual iniciará a las 7:15 p.m. hora local (1:15 p.m. ET) marcará el 50vo encuentro entres las históricas rivales quienes han combinado para ganar los primeros cinco campeonatos femeninos de la FIFA.

Estados Unidos ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina en 1991 en China, derrotando a Noruega en el partido por el campeonato, y ganó la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos 1996, derrotando a Noruega en la semifinal con un gol de oro. Noruega ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1995, derrotando a EE.UU. en la semifinal, y la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos 2000, derrotando a EE.UU. en el partido por el campeonato con un gol de oro. Estados Unidos ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1999 pero las selecciones no se enfrentaron en ese torneo.

El partido será el segundo en una serie de dos amistosos europeos para la Selección femenina de EE.UU. El otro partido será anunciado próximamente.

El enfrentamiento con Noruega se llevará a cabo a poco más de un mes antes del arranque de la Euro Femenina de la UEFA 2017, en la cual Noruega fue sorteada al Grupo A junto con el anfitrión Países Bajos, Bélgica y Dinamarca. Será el último partido de Noruega como local antes de abrir la Euro contra el anfitrión el 16 de julio en Utrecht.

Estados Unidos y Noruega se enfrentaron por última vez en la Copa Algarve 2015 en Portugal, en una victoria de 2-1 para EE.UU. Noruega anotó primero en ese partido por medio de Ada Hegerberg, pero dos goles de Carli Lloyd en el segundo tiempo impulsaron a EE.UU. a la victoria y eventualmente a su décimo título de la Copa Algarve.

Notas adicionales:

  • Noruega actualmente está en el puesto No. 11 en el ranking mundial.
  • Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Noruega en 49 ocasiones -- datando desde 1987 -- más que ningún otro rival además de Canadá y RP China.
  • UU. tiene un registro de 28-19-2 contra Noruega. Las 19 victorias de Noruega son la mayor cantidad de otro país contra EE.UU.
  • Estados Unidos tiene una racha de cinco partidos ganados contra Noruega. La victoria más reciente para las escandinavas fue en el primer partido de los Juegos Olímpicos 2008, una victoria de 2-0 en Qinhuangdao, China.
  • Estados Unidos ha jugado tres partidos en Noruega, los primeros dos en julio del 2000, un empate de 1-1 en Tromso Tromso en el norte el país, y una derrota de 2-1 en Oslo.
  • Los equipos más recientemente se enfrentaron en Noruega el 2 de julio, 2008, en Fredrikstad, en una victoria de de EE.UU. de 4-0. Tobin Heath, Amy Rodríguez y Carli Lloyd (quien anotó en ese partido) son las únicas jugadoras actualmente en la WNT quienes figuraron en ese partido.
  • Los últimos seis partidos entre los equipos han sido decididos por dos goles o menos, con tres victorias de 2-1, una victoria de 2-0 y una de 1-0 para EE.UU., junto con una victoria de 2-0 a favor de Noruega.
  • Los partidos amistosos más recientes de la Selección femenina de EE.UU. en Europa fueron a principios del 2015, cuando EE.UU. jugó en Francia (derrota de 1-0) y en Inglaterra (victoria de 1-0).
  • Noruega clasificó a los Euros al cómodamente ganar el Grupo 8 con siete victorias y un empate, anotando 29 goles y cediendo dos.
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Espanol Feb 23, 2017

WNT Will Travel to Norway for Friendly Match on June 11

CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play in Europe this summer, traveling to face Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo.

The match, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) will mark the 50th meeting between the historic rivals who combined to win the first five FIFA world championships for women.

The USA won the 1991 Women’s World Cup in China, defeating Norway in the championship game, and won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, defeating Norway in the semifinal on a golden goal. Norway won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeating the USA in the semifinal, and the 2000 Olympic gold medal, defeating the USA in the title game on a golden goal. The USA won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the teams did not meet in that tournament.

The match will be the second of a two-game set in Europe for the U.S. Women with the other match still to be announced.

The meeting with Norway will come just over a month before the start of the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, for which Norway was drawn into Group A with host Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. It will be Norway’s last match on home soil before opening the Euros against the hosts on July 16 in Utrecht.

The USA and Norway last met at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 2-1 win for the USA. Norway scored first in that match through Ada Hegerberg, but two second-half goals from Carli Lloyd propelled the U.S. to victory and eventually its 10th Algarve Cup title.

Additional Notes:

  • Norway is currently ranked 11th in the world.
  • The USA has played Norway 49 times – dating back to 1987 – which is the most games against any opponent besides Canada and China PR.
  • The USA is 28-19-2 all-time against Norway. The 19 wins for Norway are the most for any country all-time against the USA.
  • The USA is riding a five-game winning streak against Norway. The most recent win for the Scandinavians came in the opening match of the 2008 Olympics, a 2-0 win in Qinhuangdao, China.
  • The USA has played three friendly matches in Norway, the first two coming in July of 2000, a 1-1 draw in Tromso in the far north of the country, and a 2-1 loss in Oslo.
  • The teams most recently met in Norway on July 2, 2008, in Fredrikstad, a 4-0 U.S. victory. Tobin Heath, Amy Rodriguez and Carli Lloyd (who scored in the game) are the only current WNT players who featured in that match.
  • The last six matches between the teams have all been decided by two goals or less, with three 2-1 victories for the USA, one 2-0 victory and one 1-0 victory along with one 2-0 victory for Norway.
  • The most recent friendly matches for the U.S. Women in Europe came at the start of 2015, when the USA played in France (1-0 L) and England (1-0 W).
  • Norway qualified for the Euros by handily winning Group 8 with seven wins and one draw, scoring 29 goals and allowing two.
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WNT Feb 23, 2017
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