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

WNT Rewind: Press Scores Brace; Rapinoe Hat Trick in Wild Game in Seattle

Christen Press scored twice and upped her season tally to eight goals in helping Chicago to a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride, while Megan Rapinoe scored a hat trick – and now leads the NWSL with 12 goals in 2017 – to pull Seattle to a 5-4 win against Sky Blue FC in the highest-scoring and perhaps wildest game of the season. With the weekend games now behind them, the U.S. WNT players will report to the camp today, July 23, in Seattle, as the USA gets set to kick off the 2017 Tournament of Nations that features Australia, Brazil and Japan. Here’s everything that took place for the U.S. WNT players on Saturday:

NWSL
Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride (2-1; Press (2); Kennedy)
It’s been a strong season for Christen Press, and the Chicago Red Stars captain continued her success against the Orlando Pride on Saturday afternoon, scoring twice to lead her team to yet another home victory. Australian Alanna Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Pride in second half stoppage time. As North Carolina game vs. FC Kansas City was postponed due to inclement weather, Chicago’s win pushed them to the top of the NWSL standings.

Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers (1-0; Goal: Prince)
The Houston Dash extended its unbeaten streak to a club record six games, securing a 1-0 win against the Boston Breakers at home on Saturday. Houston’s success in the last few weeks means that with 20 points, it currently sits in sixth place, but is steadily climbing up the standings and continues to make its push into the top four playoff-bound teams.

Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue FC (5-4; Goals: Rapinoe (3), Yanez, OG; O’Hara, Galton, Corboz, Kerr)
After just one goal in the first half via a Megan Rapinoe free kick from distance, it was a wild second half at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday evening as both teams combined to score eight goals after the break, including four in a row from Sky Blue FC in a 17-minutes span. Megan Rapinoe gave Seattle the early lead but the fireworks didn’t start until the second half. Things quickly escalated, first to Seattle’s advantage and then the momentum completely to the visiting side. Rapinoe opened the second half by converting a penalty kick for a 2-0 Seattle advantage in the 46th minute. Beverly Yanez then made it 3-0 in the 48th, and an own goal from SBFC gave the home side a 4-0 lead in 56th minute.

But as the last couple of weeks have shown, SBFC is a team that knows how to make a comeback, and what a comeback it was in Seattle. First, Kelley O’Hara converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute for the 4-1 score line. That followed a series of three more goals from SBFC, with the game-tying fourth courtesy of header from Australian Sam Kerr in the 75th minute – her 11th goal of 2017. But the game wasn’t over yet, and in the 87th minute, Rapinoe completed her hat trick with her 12th of the season, smacking a shot into the upper right corner from just outside the penalty box for what would be a dramatic game-winner in an important win for the Reign.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit (2-1; Goals: Long, Weber; Solaun)
An incredible crowd of more than 18,000 fans in Portland saw the Thorns come-from-behind to defeat the Washington Spirit, 2-1 on Saturday evening. Mallory Pugh provided the assist to Havana Solaun for the 1-0 Spirit lead 56th minute but it was Thorns’ Allie Long, who scored the game-tying goal in the 62nd, that began the comeback for Portland. The Thorns scored the game-winning goal a few minutes later as Mallory Weber got her first NWSL tally.

FC Kansas City vs. North Carolina Courage – The match was stopped near the end of the first half and then postponed due to severe weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date. New date: TBD.

WNT Players in NWSL Action
Defender Julie Ertz – 45 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielder Allie Long – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes, 3 GOALS (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, 1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh –  90 minutes, ASSIST (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 60 minutes (Houston Dash)

Did Not Play
Forward Sydney Leroux – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Forward Lynn Williams – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris – Quad injury (Orlando Pride)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)

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WNT Jul 23, 2017

Ready When Called: Tim Howard Remains Reliable in Gold Cup

Tim Howard is best known to the public for his record 15-save performance in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 extra time defeat to Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The “Secretary of Defense” stunned the world with stops that ranged from routing to spectacular.

While that performance was no doubt incredible, it’s often when a goalkeeper faces only one or two key moments during 90 minutes where they demonstrate their mettle. The ability to deal with long stretches of inactivity while always staying on the ready when a big save needs to be made is what separates the good from the great.

Howard’s ability in that department has been on display at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The veteran goalkeeper may only have a combined three saves in his two matches in the tournament thus far, but all of them have been nothing short of critical to the USA’s advancement to the Final.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more patient. As a goalkeeper, I try and be ready for those moments,” Howard told ussoccer.com on Sunday.

Those chances can of course come at different times. In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal against El Salvador, Howard was called into action just three minutes in as a soft back pass allowed Rodolfo Zelaya a clear lane to goal before he alertly came off his line to make the save.

Against Costa Rica, the USA’s dominance in possession left Howard largely untested for large portions of the first half. That was until a sizzling run from Bryan Ruiz pushed Marco Ureña through on goal, but again Howard was there to make a sharp kick save on the 37th minute attempt.

With the game still at 0-0 and only 19 minutes remaining before a penalty shootout would determind the winner, Howard was called into action again when Ureña got on the end of a through ball out of the back and beat his mark, only to have the veteran netminder come off his line to make a diving stop. The save kept things level, and within a minute the U.S. MNT was down at the other end celebrating Jozy Altidore’s eventual game-winner.

The performances lifted Howard’s all-time record at the confederation championship to 10-0-2, earning him his seventh and eighth career clean sheets in the process.

Always vocal at the back, Howard said that part of the exercise is communicating with the defenders in front of him, but it’s also to keep himself alert at all times.

“When the ball isn’t nearby, I’m trying to communicate and put guys in the right position. I scream and yell a lot and people think that’s for everyone else, but sometimes that’s for me, to keep me focused and sharp and ready.”

And at the end of the day, Howard says all the routines and preparation only work if the big moments end in a save.

“Ultimately you have to make the big saves. You can do all the other stuff, and if you don’t make the saves it matters for nothing. The keys are being ready, being patient, lots of communication, talking, and understanding danger moments. The easy part, the bread and butter, is making the save.” 

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

U.S. MNT Has Goals From Nine Different Players Going Into Gold Cup Final

In advance of the Semifinal against Costa Rica, head coach Bruce Arena reminded the media that the U.S. MNT had scored the most goals in the tournament so far. While the nine goals in four games deserved mention, equally significant is the range of scorers.

With the goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey against Los Ticos, a total of nine different U.S. players have found the back of the net through five matches in the competition. For comparison’s sake, the next closest is Mexico with six ahead of Sunday night’s Semifinal against Jamaica.

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Results and Goal Scorers

Date

Result

Goal Scorers

Round

July 8, 2017

1-1 D vs. Panama

Dwyer

Group Stage

July 12, 2017

3-2 W vs. Martinique

Morris (2), O. Gonzalez

Group Stage

July 15, 2017

3-0 W vs. Nicaragua

Corona, Rowe, Miazga

Group Stage

July 19, 2017

2-0 W vs. El Salvador

O. Gonzalez, Lichaj

Quarterfinal

July 22, 2017

2-0 W vs. Costa Rica

Altidore, Dempsey

Semifinal

And while the mark is impressive, it isn’t yet unprecedented. In fact, the tournament record was set by the United States during the 2009 tournament, when 10 different players registered goals. Additionally, when the U.S. last won the Gold Cup in 2013, it also had goal-scoring contributions from nine different players.

One of the keys to any team finding success in a tournament setting is receiving contributions from a number of players. During the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has made it a point to 27 of the 29 players on his roster.

As the team advanced to the Final with Saturday’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica, the obvious payoff has been fresher legs in the deep stages of the tournament.

Check out the team goal-scoring highs from each of the 13 previous CONCACAF Gold Cups below:

Year

Team (Number of goal scorers)

1991

USA (7)

1993

Mexico (7)

1996

Brazil, Mexico, USA (5)

1998

Costa Rica (5)

2000

Peru (6)

2002

USA (6)

2003

USA (7)

2005

Mexico, USA (6)

2007

USA (8)

2009

USA (10)

2011

Mexico (7)

2013

USA (9)

2015

Mexico (6)

2017

USA (9)*

*Still one game to be played

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

WHEN IN TEXAS: Dempsey Ties Donovan as U.S. MNT All-Time Leading Scorer

Growing up in Nacodogches, Texas, Clint Dempsey and his parents used to drive more than three hours each way so he could train and play with elite youth club Dallas Texans. For Dempsey, all the travel and hard work was done with an aim towards one day playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team at a World Cup.

With trips to three different tournaments and a running tally of 135 international caps, he more than achieved that goal. In Saturday's 2-0 Gold Cup Semifinal win vs. Costa Rica, the veteran striker added another major accolade to his decorated career as he drove home an 82nd minute free kick to tally his 57th career international goal, tying Landon Donovan for the most in U.S. MNT history. He accomplished the feat in front of numerous friends and family in Dallas, where his golden years of development occurred.

While the record was something he began aiming for a few years ago, the heart condition that ailed him in the second half of 2016 gave him major doubts. Having overcome that, the record is even sweeter now.

“For me the biggest thing is being able to come back from two heart procedures and to still be playing at this level,” he told ussoccer.com following the USA’s 2-0 Gold Cup Semifinal win vs. Costa Rica. “I didn’t know if I was going to have much time left to be playing the game, and to be able to tell my kids that right now I’m tied for the most goals ever scored for my country -- for me, it was always trying to play in a World Cup and represent your country, but to be able to play in three World Cups and say that I’m one of the leading goal scorers all-time for the U.S., that’s something that’s very special.”

Coming off the bench in the 66th minute, Dempsey didn’t just score the second goal.He also provided the offensive spark and assist which sent the USA on the way to its 10th Gold Cup Final. Just six minutes after entering the match, the veteran forward unlocked the Costa Rica defense with a tidy pass that gave Jozy Altidore a clean lane to goal for the opener in the 72nd minute.

“In the second half I thought Clint did a good job in terms of carving out a quality chance and we took advantage of it,” Altidore said. “It’s definitely a luxury to bring in a guy who is looking to break the record, one of the all-time best players we’ve ever produced. To bring him off the bench when he still has something to give to us, I think that’s pretty big.”

Having managed minutes throughout the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Dempsey said U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena spoke to him about the decision to bring him off the bench against Costa Rica, a role he fully accepted coming off a full 90-minute output in the 2-0 Quarterfinal win against El Salvador just three days prior. 

“It’s always difficult three days after playing 90 minutes to try to start and play another 90 minutes. When you’re at 34 it’s difficult,” Dempsey said. “Bruce told me that he knew the game was going to be tight and the second half it would open up. He thought I could be someone to come on and make a difference and he was right. When I went out there I just tried to play with confidence, tried to move the ball forward, create for others and create for myself and got into good spots tonight.”

The positions he got in helped push the U.S. to a record 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and put Dempsey on the doorstep of some serious MNT history. Dempsey’s 57 career goals place him third among active international goal scorers, sitting behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (75) and Lionel Messi (58). With his next, not only will Dempsey tie the Barcelona and Argentina great, but also surpass former teammate Donovan, setting a new mark that’s unlikely to be broken for some time. At the moment, he's arrived 57 goals in 19 less caps than the U.S. MNT legend did. 

“I couldn’t be happier, could be more proud to be on the field with him,” U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley said of Dempsey’s output. “He’s a guy who leaves his heart and soul on the field every time he plays for the National Team. For me personally, the chance to be on the field with him on so many big days is something that I’ll always remember. I think for all of us, the fact that he was able to get this goal tonight in Texas – I know he had a lot of family here – is really special.

For now, Dempsey and the U.S. MNT’s main focus will be winning the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. While a record-breaking goal in the championship match would be storybook in so many ways, lifting the trophy remains the priority.

“I’ve played in three finals,” Dempsey said. “It’ll be great for us to win a trophy on home soil. It’s an opportunity for us to keep building the confidence going into the next four games of World Cup Qualifying and making sure we put ourselves in a position to qualify for Russia.”

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

La U.S. MNT Avanza a la Final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (22 de julio, 2017) – En un partido que quedara marcado en la historia de la figura de Clint Dempsey, el U.S. MNT consiguió una victoria de 2-0 sobre Costa Rica frente a 45,516 aficionados en AT& Stadium para clasificarse a su décima final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF en la búsqueda de su sexto título del certamen continental.

El indiscutible hombre clave que abrió el sendero del triunfo, fue Dempsey, quien ingresó de cambio con menos de media hora por jugarse y se encumbró como el héroe de la semifinal con una gran jugada que culminó con una medida asistencia y posteriormente con su histórico gol número 57 que lo empareja con Landon Donovan como los dos máximos goleadores de la historia de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos.

Si bien Dempsey fue la figura, Howard no desmereció con sus intervenciones y Jozy Altidore también tuvo un destacado partido en la generación ofensiva, y además fue quien firmoo el primer gol del encuentro. El tercer máximo goleador de EE.UU. llegó a 38 anotaciones.

Próximamente: Estados Unidos jugará la gran final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017 el próximo miércoles, julio 26 a las 6:30 pm PT. El partido se disputará en el Levi’s Stadium en Santa Clara ante el ganador de la semifinal entre México y Jamaica y será transmitido por la señal de FS1, Univision, y UDN.

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Jozy Altidore, minuto 72: Clint Dempey recibió el esférico en el medio círculo de la media cancha, se quitó a un par de rivales de encima, vio el movimiento de Altidore y le filtró el pase entre dos defensores. Cargado hacia la izquierda del área y ante la salida de Pemberton, definió de zurda por un lado del portero tico.

USA – Clint Dempsey, minuto 82: Tiro libre a favor del Team USA cargado a la derecha. Dempsey disparó directo al arco con un disparo bajo buscando la parte de afuera de la barrera, pero superándola por debajo del último hombre en ella que saltó anticipadamente. El esférico se fue a la red por el segundo poste de Pemberton.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

USA – Jordan Morris, minuto 1: Jugada colectiva de Estados Unidos casi al arranque del encuentro, Altidore le dejó el balón a Morris dentro del área cargado a la derecha. El delantero de Seattle Sounders sacó un potente disparo que se estrelló en el primer poste.

USA – Kellyn Acosta, minuto 15: Otra jugada de conjunto, con gran movimiento de Jozy Altidore a los espacios. Morris dejó al goleador de Toronto FC en línea de fondo por derecha y saco un centro raso a la llegada de Acosta, quien falló al empujarla con un remate desviado.

CRC– Marco Ureña, minuto 37: Bryan Ruiz le filtró entre líneas un balón a Ureña. El delantero de San Jose Earthquakes le ganó el pique a Omar González, controló de un toque y disparó de derecha cruzado. Tim Howard atajó estirando el pie.

CRC – Giancarlo González, minuto 65: Centro frontal de un tiro libre directo, al cual llegó a rematar de cabeza libre de marca Giancarlo, pero su remate se fue elevado por sobre el travesaño.

USA – Jozy Altidore, minuto 66: Cañonazo de Altidore desde afuera del área, el cual rechazó el arquero costarricense a dos puños.  

USA – Kellyn Acosta, minuto 70: Team USA armó la jugada colectiva por el centro. Clint Dempsey en la media luna le dejó el balón al mediocampista del FC Dallas. Acosta probó al arco de primera antes de que dos defensores le cerraran. Pero su disparo salió al centro donde Patrick Pemberton pudo resolver.

CRC– Marco Ureña, minuto 71: Pase largo filtrado buscando nuevamente que Ureña le ganara por velocidad a González. Lo cual Ureña logró y quedo prácticamente mano a mano con Tim Howard. El portero del Colorado Rapids venia saliendo cuando el atacante tico sacó un remate cruzado por debajo de zurda, Howard se tendió y a una mano detuvo el disparo y posteriormente se quedó con el esférico.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Costa Rica
Fecha: 22 de julio, 2017
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017; Semifinales
Sede: AT&T Stadium; Dallas, Texas
Inicio: 10 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 45,516
Clima: 82 grados, despejado 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F
USA                                         0          2          2
CRC                                         0          0          0

USA - Jozy Altidore (Clint Dempsey)      minuto 72
USA - Clint Dempsey                            82

Alineaciones:
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 20-Paul Arriola (28-Clint Dempsey, 66), 23-Kelly Acosta (13-Dax McCarty, 85), 26-Michael Bradley (capt.), 25-Darlington Nagbe; 8-Jordan Morris, 27-Jozy Altidore (9-Gyasi Zardes, 83)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Bill Hamid, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Chris Pontius, 10-Joe Corona, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Justin Morrow, 18-Juan Agudelo, 21-Matt Hedges, 29-Jesse González
Director Técnico: Bruce Arena

CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton; 6-José Salvatierra (14-Randall Azofeifa, 78), 3-Giancarlo González, 2-Johnny Acosta, 24-Kendall Waston, 15-Francisco Calvo; 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.), 20-David Guzmán (25-José Leitón, 80), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda (5-Kenner Gutiérrez, 74), 7-David Ramírez; 21-Marco Ureña
Suplentes No Utilizados: 23-Dany Carvajal, 1- Leonel Moreira, 16-Christian Gamboa, 26-Jhamir Ordain, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 4-Michael Umaña, 22-Juan Pablo Vargas, 12-Joel Campbell, 27-Jimmy Marín, 19-Ulises Segura, 14-Rodney Wallace, 9-Ariel Rodríguez, 11-Johan Venegas
Director Técnico: Oscar Ramírez 

Resumen estadístico: USA / CRC
Disparos: 10 / 7
Tiros al arco: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 2 / 4
Faltas: 20 / 15
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Omar González (amonestación)         minuto 61
CRC - Giancarlo González (amonestación)   67
USA - Jozy Altidore (amonestación)              72

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Árbitro Asistente 2: William Torres (SLV)
Cuarto Oficial: César Ramos (MEX) 

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Clint Dempsey

 

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