U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Defeats Colombia 7-0 in Front of Record Crowd in Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (April 6, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored four first-half goals and three in the second, each flurry in a span of 12 minutes, to defeat Colombia 7-0 in front of a record crowd of 21,792 on a cold night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

Tonight’s crowd set a new record for an all-women’s soccer event in Connecticut, besting the previous mark of 18,870 that watched the USA play Germany at the same venue on Oct. 23, 2012.

Forward Crystal Dunn kicked off the scoring in the 27th minute with a quick touch and shot from the middle of the box past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez. Allie Long notched her first international goal five minutes later in her first WNT start since 2014. Seventeen-year-old winger Mallory Pugh and co-captain Carli Lloyd assisted each other within a span of six minutes, both scoring from close range to give the WNT a 4-0 lead heading into the half.

Midfielder Tobin Heath continued to pour in the goals in the second half with a well-executed volley off a Dunn cross in the 62nd minute. Three minutes later Long notched her second goal of the match, and first career brace, on a header assisted by Julie Johnston, who was celebrating her 24th birthday. Christen Press rounded out the scoring with an impressive curling right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box, which bent around Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez and into the right corner for her 32nd career score.

Hope Solo extended her all-time USA record for U.S. goalkeeper caps (194) and shutouts (98) and is now two shutouts away from becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach the century mark.

The USA and Colombia complete the two-game series of friendlies on Sunday, April 10 in Chester, Pennsylvania (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd), 27th minute: Colombia’s backline did well to block two consecutive shots inside the box, but Carli Lloyd gathered a loose rebound and dribbled along the top of the penalty area before splitting the defense with a short pass to Crystal Dunn. Dunn battled Colombia captain Natalia Gaitan for the ball, used her left foot to nudge the ball toward the penalty spot and send a shot past Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez for the game’s first score. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA -  Allie Long (Lindsey Horan), 32nd minute: Following a free kick, the USA worked the ball from the right side to the left where Dunn found Lindsey Horan with space on the flank. Horan sent a right-footed cross to a well-positioned Allie Long in the middle of the penalty area and she re-directed a perfect header into the left corner past the diving ‘keeper for her first career international goal. USA 2, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd), 33rd minute: Lloyd gathered the ball just shy of the 18-yard box, employed a nifty spin move to create space and slipped a perfect pass to 17-year-old Mallory Pugh past a lunging Leidy Asprilla. Pugh took two quick right-footed touches inside the box and toward goal before sending a low right-footed shot into the net for her second career goal in just her 10th cap. USA 3, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh), 39th minute: Pugh returned the favor six minutes later when she collected a Dunn pass near the left side of the penalty box, took a diagonal touch toward the near post and sent a low pass through the Colombia defense to Lloyd who was crashing the goal. The U.S. captain wasted no time using a left-footed first touch to send a seven-yard shot past Perez for her eighth goal of 2016. USA 4, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Dunn chased a ball down the right side of the box and played a perfect far post cross to the wide open Tobin Heath who struck a powerful right-footed volley past Perez. USA 5, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston) 65th minute: Colombia’s Catalina Usme clearance attempt following a U.S. corner kick spun awkwardly off her foot and toward Julie Johnston at the far post. Johnston won the aerial battle and headed the ball across the face of the goal to Long, who redirected the ball with her head into the net for her second score of the match. USA 6, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn) 74th minute: Long capitalized on a quick free kick at midfield with a short pass to Dunn, who led Christen Press with a diagonal through ball down the left side of the field. In full stride, Press bent a perfect right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box into the right side of the net for her third goal of the year. USA 7, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

COL – Orianica Velazquez, 5th minute: Tobin Heath went on a fantastic dribbling run down the left side, beating four defenders (which included a nutmeg) before attempting to play a pass across the face of the goal, but Colombia’s Natalia Gaitan deflected the pass toward Crystal Dunn at the top of the six-yard box. Dunn collected the ball and sent a right-footed shot on target, but Orianica Velazquez managed to stop it with her body on the goal line.

USA – Hope Solo, 57th minute: On a rare counter attack, Colombia managed to get behind the U.S. defense as Catalina Usme played in Liecy Santos and she raced at the U.S. goal with a defender in tow. Santos had a good look at the goal, but Solo stepped up and smothered the hard shot to preserve her shutout.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Colombia again on Sunday, April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Additional Notes:

  • After today’s tallies, Dunn and Lloyd are now tied with Alex Morgan for the team lead with eight goals apiece this year. Press’ goal moves her into a tie with Lindsay Tarpley for 16th on the WNT’s all-time scoring list.
  • The USA is 10-0-0 in 2016, having scored 39 goals and allowing only one, good for an average of 3.9 per match.
  • The win marked the WNT’s largest margin-of-victory against Colombia in the four all-time meetings between both sides (previous: 3-0 in 2011, 3-0 in 2012, 2-0 in 2015.)
  • The U.S. recorded its ninth clean sheet of the year, having allowed just one goal through 10 matches.
  • The WNT improved to 4-0-0 in the series against Colombia. Tonight’s game was the first friendly between the two teams.
  • Carli Lloyd’s goal was the 87th of her career and 24th over the last 23 matches, dating back to the WNT’s last match against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Lloyd also improved her career total to four goals against Colombia. The only player to have scored in all four matchups.
  • Seventeen-year-old winger Mallory Pugh recorded her fifth assist along with her second goal in her first year of action with the WNT.
  • Pugh’s five assists are tied with Lloyd for the team lead in 2016.
  • Allie Long scored her first and second career international goals in her first cap since Aug. 20, 2014 against Switzerland in Cary, N.C.
  • Tobin Heath notched her third goal of the year and 15th career international goal in her 115th career cap.
  • The WNT used six subs: Samantha Mewis replaced Lindsay Horan and Christen Press replaced Mallory Pugh in the 45th minute; Whitney Engen replaced Julie Johnston and Emily Sonnett replaced Becky Sauerbrunn in the 67th minute; Heather O’Reilly replaced Kelley O’Hara in the 69th minute and Ali Krieger replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 70th minute.
  • The USA improved to 6-2-1 all-time in Connecticut and 4-0-1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
  • The U.S. trained in Orlando, Fla. with 23 players for six days leading up to the match, but only 23 made the trip to Connecticut after defender Jaelene Hinkle injured her ankle late in camp and returned to her club, and 17-year-old forward Ashley Sanchez left to return to school. Alex Morgan (hip) and Morgan Brian (hamstring) did not play tonight due to minor injuries. Both have been progressing well in training and could be available for selection for the April 10 match in Chester, Pa.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 221st cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 194th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper, and Heather O’Reilly earned her 229th.
  • Solo recorded her 148th career win, improving her all-time U.S. record for a goalkeeper. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 6, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 21,792
Weather: 47 degrees, Cloudy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             4          3          7          
COL                              0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd)                                     27th minute      
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan)                                    32
USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd)                                    33
USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh)                                    39
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                                   62
USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston)                                    65
USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)                              74                                                                                      

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (9-Heather O’Reilly, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Emily Sonnett, 67), 8-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 67), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 70); 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 46), 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs not used: 21-Alyssa Naeher
Not available: Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Leidy Asprilla (2-Carolina Arbelaez, 78), 9-Orianica Velasquez; 5-Isabella Echeverri (13-Maria Jaramillo, 90), 6-Liana Salazar 8-Carolina Pineda, 68), 10-Yorely Rincon (18-Yisela Cuesta, 65), 4-Diana Ospina (15-Tatiana Ariza, 84), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (7-Nicole Regnier, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero
Head coach: Felipe Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 24 / 6
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Orianica Velasquez (caution)                    18th minute
COL – Yisela Cuesta (caution)                            78

Officials: 
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)                             
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)    
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Tobin Heath

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WNT Apr 6, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 6, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 21,792
Weather: 47 degrees, Cloudy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             4          3          7         
COL                              0          0          0

USA – Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd)                                     27th minute      
USA – Allie Long (Lindsey Horan)                                    32
USA – Mallory Pugh (Carli Lloyd)                                    33
USA – Carli Lloyd (Mallory Pugh)                                    39
USA – Tobin Heath (Crystal Dunn)                                   62
USA – Allie Long (Julie Johnston)                                    65
USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)                              74                                                                                      

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (9-Heather O’Reilly, 69), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Emily Sonnett, 67), 8-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 67), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 70); 23-Allie Long, 20-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 46), 16-Crystal Dunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs not used: 21-Alyssa Naeher
Not available: Alex Morgan, Morgan Brian, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 14-Nataly Arias, 17-Leidy Asprilla (2-Carolina Arbelaez, 78), 9-Orianica Velasquez; 5-Isabella Echeverri (13-Maria Jaramillo, 90), 6-Liana Salazar 8-Carolina Pineda, 68), 10-Yorely Rincon (18-Yisela Cuesta, 65), 4-Diana Ospina (15-Tatiana Ariza, 84), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (7-Nicole Regnier, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero
Head coach: Felipe Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 24 / 6
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Orianica Velasquez (caution)                    18th minute
COL – Yisela Cuesta (caution)                            78

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)                            
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)    
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Tobin Heath

WNT on TV: North Carolina Takes on Washington on Lifetime’s Game of the Week

The first-place North Carolina Courage welcomes bottom of the table Washington Spirit on Saturday afternoon while Sky Blue FC will try to bounce back against Seattle after failing to gain ground over the last two weeks. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:

NWSL

Saturday, Aug. 19
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
Sitting in last place in the league standings, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will embrace the difficult task visitors against the red-hot No. 1 North Carolina Courage in Saturday’s televised Lifetime Game of the Week. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith are coming off back-to-back wins in the last eight days and have helped the Courage take a firm grasp of the top playoff seed.

North Carolina won the earlier meeting this year 1-0 in Washington. A win against the Spirit would give the Courage three straight home wins, tying their season-high for consecutive home victories.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Orlando is making ground in the race for the playoffs, jumping to a fourth after a big 5-0 win against New Jersey, before dropping to its current fifth place after the three midweek games. Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris now travel north to take on Boston in search of a vitally important three points that could once again catapult the Pride into one of those four coveted playoff spots. Rose Lavelle has been listed out for this weekend’s match as she continues the tail end of her rehab from her hamstring injury.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the clubs in league play. The home team has won each of the first three games in the series, giving Orlando the slight 2W-1L edge. Orlando’s five goals last weekend were the most scored in a single game in team history.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a few weeks of climbing up the standings, Sky Blue FC found itself on the losing end of a 5-0 match against Orlando last weekend, prompting a drop in the standings. Currently in sixth place, Kelley O’Hara’s team is four points behind fourth-place Seattle, making this weekend’s game vital for both teams if they want to remain solidly in playoff contention. It also will be the first meeting for the two teams since that epic nine-goal game back on July 22 at Memorial Stadium. Megan Rapinoe will not play in the game as she continues rehab from knee surgery.

Seattle is unbeaten in its last three games against Sky Blue (1W-2D), including a 5-4 win in July that saw eight goals scored in the second half.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Despite losing its match on Wednesday to FC Kansas City, Portland remains in second place in the standings, five points behind the NWSL-leading North Carolina. Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Lindsey Horan will now take on the Houston Dash at home with hopes of continuing to secure its spot in the postseason. Carli Lloyd is out as she continues her rehab from her ankle injury. Morgan Brian is listed as questionable.

Portland is unbeaten in its last three games against Houston (2W-1D), outscoring the Dash 6-2 over that span. Portland has won their last four home games, posting two clean sheets over that time.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Currently in third place in the league, Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars are coming off back-to-back home losses and will play their second game this week on Sunday evening when they welcome Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to Toyota Park.

Chicago has lost just one of their last eight regular season games against Kansas City (4W-3D). Chicago has never lost three straight home games.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app, now available for both iOS and Android users.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff, M.L.S. Clashes Highlight the Weekend

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his September World Cup Qualifying roster in a little more than a week's time, for many players this weekend’s matches present one final chance to state their case for inclusion for the massive games against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Here's a sample of things to watch for:

  • The German Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend with U.S. MNT players Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Julian Green, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson and their clubs all featured across the FOX family of networks  Saturday and Sunday.
  • MNT center back Geoff Cameron and Stoke City take center stage Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to Bet365 Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET – NBC, UNIVERSO).
  • On Saturday night, a big M.L.S. showdown is on tap in suburban Chicago as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC visit Dax McCarty and third-place Chicago Fire (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • A similarly tantalizing clash takes place out west as Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez and FC Dallas try to make up their two-point deficit on Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC (8:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • Cap the weekend Sunday night when Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and Seattle Sounders FC aim to keep up the pressure at the top of the Western Conference when they welcome Minnesota United FC to CenturyLink Field (10 p.m. ET – FS1, FOX Deportes).

Here’s a full rundown of how to watch U.S. MNT players with their clubs this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, Aug. 18

Darlington Nagbe, Sacha Kljestan, Luis Robles

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Jorge Villafaña

Club Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna

10 p.m.

UDN

Saturday, Aug. 19

Julian Green

Hertha Berlin vs. Stuttgart

9:30 a.m.

FOX Deportes

Christian Pulisic

Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Bobby Wood

Hamburg vs. Augsburg

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Plus

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. Leeds United

11:30 a.m.

ESPN3

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City vs. Arsenal

12:30 p.m.

NBC, UNIVERSO

Dom Dwyer

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

8 p.m.

MLS Live

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Paul Arriola, Bill Hamid

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

9 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo

10 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Aug. 20

Danny Williams

Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

8:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Timmy Chandler

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Köln

12 p.m.

FS1

Sean Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution

6 p.m.

MLS Live

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

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MNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT in Germany Season Preview

Kicking off this weekend, the German Bundesliga campaign promises another inviting opportunity for a number of U.S. players looking to further cement places with their clubs and in the MNT setup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s an outlook for six U.S. internationals as they begin their Bundesliga seasons:

Christian Pulisic

Set to turn 19 next month, Christian Pulisic comes off an incredible first full season with Borussia Dortmund where he racked up five goals and nine assists in 43 competitive matches. Along with the personal stats, the youngster became just the second U.S. MNT player to win the DFB-Pokal when BVB dispatched reigning champions Bayern Munich on penalty kicks.

WATCH: Pulisic Opens 2017-18 Account in German Super Cup

Now under the direction of Dutch manager Peter Bosz, Pulisic has already opened his account jn the new campaign, tallying the opening goal in BVB’s German Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Aug. 5. Pulisic should help the club as it looks to challenge Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga this season, make further progress in the UEFA Champions League and defend its German Cup crown.

Fabian Johnson

The longest-tenured current U.S. MNT player in Germany, Fabian Johnson is set to remain in the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future thanks to the contract extension he signed which will keep him with Borussia Mönchengladbach through 2020. That renewal came in May on the heels of a lengthy injury layoff that saw the midfielder miss nine matches down the stretch for the Foals and also forced him out of the USA’s important World Cup Qualifiers in March.

Though Johnson returned to play as a substitute in the club’s final two matches of the season, ‘Gladbach missed him dearly and the club finished mid-table, four points out of qualification for a spot in the Europa League. Now with a clean bill of health, Johnson and ‘Gladbach aim to finish back in the top six this season.

Bobby Wood

Having moved from Second Division side Union Berlin to the storied club Hamburg SV before the start of the last campaign, Bobby Wood’s first season in the Bundesliga was a bit of a roller coaster. Individually, Wood led the Die Rothosen in scoring, tallying nine goals across all competitions. Collectively, Hamburg struggled mightily throughout the season and avoided the Bundesliga relegation playoff on the final day of the season with a dramatic win that allowed HSV to remain the only club to have been in the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.

Now set for his second season in the Germany's top division and with a new contract in hand, Wood will be expected to continue being the workhorse and bagging goals up top. If he maintains the same scoring pace as the last two seasons, Hamburg will be a good bet to finish higher up the table come May.

John Brooks

U.S. MNT defender John Brooks made a huge splash this summer when he secured a $22.5 million move from Hertha Berlin to VfL Wolfsburg, setting a new record transfer figure for a U.S. player. Unfortunately, Brooks will have to wait to make an impact with his new club after going down with a thigh injury just 37 minutes into his debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 DFB-Pokal win at Eintracht Nordstedt.

Scheduled to be out the next three months, Wolfsburg and the MNT will have to manage without services in the interim and will look forward to his return later in the year.

Timmy Chandler

U.S. MNT - Timmy ChandlerTimmy Chandler’s 32 league appearances set a personal best last season as he helped Eintracht Frankfurt to an 11th place finish. Chandler will hope to keep up that consistency for Die Adler this year and has already started on the right foot, scoring the opening goal in Frankfurt’s 3-0 DFB-Pokal win against Erndtebrück last Saturday.

More strong performances for his club will also keep Chandler in the conversation for the U.S. MNT’s right back position, along with DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi and Eric Lichaj. 

Julian Green

A long apprenticeship without much playing time at Bayern Munich led to forward Julian Green’s midseason transfer to Second Division side Stuttgart in January. Entrenched in a fight for the league title as well as promotion, Green was limited to 10 appearances with Die Roten as the club won the championship and bounced back up to the top flight.

Competing for and earning minutes will go a long way towards putting Green back in the picture for the U.S. MNT, as memories of his strike against Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup leave fans yearning for more.

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MNT Aug 18, 2017

U-15 BNT Defeats Panama 3-0 to Advance to First CONCACAF Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2017) - The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team advanced to its first-ever CONCACAF U-15 Championship Final with a 3-0 victory over Panama. The USA went up early and never looked back with goals from Giovanni Reyna, Julian Gaines and Gianluca Busio.

The semifinal victory continues a dominant tournament run for the U-15s. The team has only trailed for 12 total minutes in its four tournament games, allowing only one goal. Reyna opened up the scoring for the USA in the sixth minute, giving the the team a lead it would not relinquish. Just before the halftime break, Lonestar S.C.’s Gaines netted to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. Busio closed out the scoring for the U.S. with a goal in the 37th minute, his fifth of the tournament.

The U-15’s now advance to face Mexico in the CONCACAF Championship Final on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. ET Mexico has been similarly dominant in the tournament- not allowing a single goal and boasting a plus-13 goal differential heading into the final. 

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Panama
Date: Aug. 17, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 11:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:      

 

1

2

F

Panama

0

0

0

USA

2

1

3

USA – Giovanni Reyna             6th minute
USA – Julian Gaines                 35
USA – Gianluca Busio              37

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damian Las (GK); 18-Joseph Scally, 5-Mason Judge (13-Kenny Nielsen, 47), 4-Axel Alejandre (14-Sebastian Anderson, 53), 3-George Bello; 10-Josh Atencio (15-Cesar Garcia, 57), 6-Adam Saldana (2-Peter Stroud, 53), 17-Gilbert Fuentes; 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt) (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 57), 11-Gianluca Busio, 16-Julian Gaines (7-Daniel Mangarov, 47)
Subs not used: 12-JT Harms
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh 

PAN: 1-Saul Espinosa; 2-Modesto Justiniani, 4-Enrique Laguna, 6-Kevin Berkeley, 13-Luis Del Mar, 17-Adrian Hernandez; 5-Abdul Knight (15-Carlos Pena, 36), 8-Edilson Carrasquilla (16-David Cordoba, 36), 3-Jose Flores (11-Juan Gonzalez, 23); 9-Jeremy Pinzon, 14-Jordy Hidalgo (7-Jean Carlo Castillo, 56)
Subs not used: 10-Juan Sagel, 12-Julio Moran, 18-Julio Wong
Head Coach: Jorge Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA/PAN
Shots: 11/3
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Saves: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 2/2
Fouls: 2/7
Offsides: 1/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Axel Alejandre (caution) – 33 minute
Panama – Luis Del Mar (caution) – 34

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.

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U-15 BNT Aug 17, 2017

Hackworth Names 22-Player Roster for Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in Czech Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 22-player roster that will head to Prague, Czech Republic for the 2017 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament from Aug. 21-27.

“Following our two recent domestic training camps, this tournament will challenge our team with four tough international matches in five days,” Hackworth said. “We were able to get almost all of the players we requested released for this trip, so that will help us as we continue to prepare for the World Cup in India.”

The U-17’s will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they face Hungary. The team will play again the following day against Russia and will conclude Group B play on Aug. 24 against Japan. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.

The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, defeating host Czech Republic 4-2 in the final to win the championship.

The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where the team has been grouped with host India, Ghana and Colombia. The USA kicks off with the first game of Group A play on Oct. 6 against India.

Of the 22 players called up for the tournament, a total of 21 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Seven have competed in four seasons in the Academy: Carlos Asensio, Chris Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, Ulysses Llanez, Alejandro Pereira, Josh Sargent and Tyler Shaver. A total of 19 players were born in 2000, making 2001-born players Taylor Booth, Llanez and Indiana Vassilev the youngest in the group.

Seventeen of the players on the roster were part of the team that finished second at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the U-17’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

This group of players is nearing the end of its two-year cycle and will move up to the U-19 age group upon the conclusion of the U-17 World Cup.

Roster by Position:                                                                                        
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)                                                               


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