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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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-  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

U-20 MNT Defeats Mexico 1-0 to Open Classification Stage of 2017 U-20 Championship

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 27, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rode a 29th minute header from captain Erik Palmer-Brown and a solid defensive effort to shut out Mexico 1-0 in the opening match of the Classification Stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Applying high pressure throughout the match, the U.S. frustrated Mexico from the first whistle and went ahead just before the half-hour mark when Brooks Lennon’s corner kick from the left found Palmer-Brown for his first goal of the competition. The goal was also the first conceded by El Trí in its four tournament matches.

Later chances from Lennon, Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad, Coy Craft and Jonathan Lewis were denied by Mexico goalkeeper Jose Hernández, while a swarming U.S. midfield and suffocating play from the back line limited El Trí to just three shots, none of which were on target. 

With the victory, the U.S. can advance to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic should Mexico either draw or lose against El Salvador on Wednesday. If Mexico wins, the U-20 MNT can punch their ticket to both the World Cup and Sunday’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship match with a draw or win against El Salvador when the two sides meet in the Group D Classification Stage finale on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET; UDN, Facebook Live).

Up Next: The U-20 MNT closes out the Classification Stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, March 3 against El Salvador. Kickoff from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
U.S. U-20 MNT Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Classification Group D Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

+1

El Salvador

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon), 29th minute:
After much of the first half was battled in and around midfield, Mexico conceded its first goal of the tournament just before the half-hour mark. Brooks Lennon’s in-swinging corner from the left picked out Erik Palmer-Brown, who rose above Jose de Dios Aguyao at the six-yard box and headed his effort to the lower left corner where Diego Cortes’ attempted clearance ended up in the back of the net. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Jose Hernández, 39th minute:  
The U.S. caught Mexico on a quick counter attack as Luca de la Torre quickly pushed up the left before swinging a ball to Eryk Williamson at the top of the penalty area. Williamson laid a quick pass into Lennon’s path, who fired a blistering, low effort that Hernández smothered.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 44th minute: After de la Torre forced a Mexico turnover at midfield, the U.S. again quickly transitioned towards goal, with Tyler Adams pushing forward for Williamson. The University of Maryland midfielder slid the ball into the stride of Jeremy Ebobisse, who entered the box on the left before firing a tight-angled effort that Hernández kept out at the near post.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 63rd minute: After a foul about 40 yards from goal on the right, Lennon looped in a dangerous free kick for Justen Glad, whose glancing header was well held by Hernández. 

MEX – Jose Hernández, 90+1 minute: With Mexico pushing numbers forward on a last-minute free kick, the U.S. turned the opportunity away and began a quick counter through Jonathan Lewis. The second-half substitute barreled forward into the box, but saw his attempt denied with a kick save by Hernández.

NOTES:

  • Collecting the victory, Tab Ramos moves to 11-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With the win, the USA improves its CONCACAF U-20 Championship record against Mexico to 2-8-0. The U-20 MNT last defeat Mexico 3-0 at the 1986 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Along with scoring his first of the tournament, Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th minute strike was also the first Mexico conceded at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The U.S. back line of Marlon Fossey, Tommy Redding, Justen Glad and Danny Costa limited Mexico to just three shots, none of which were on goal.
  • After conceding a goal in each of the team’s three group games, the U-20 MNT kept its first clean sheet of the tournament, against the competition’s highest scoring team no less.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 27, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 72 degrees; mostly sunny

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

USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon)              29th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jonathan Lewis, 80); 17-Brooks Lennon, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Coy Craft, 57), 10-Luca De La Torre (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 90+2)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 13-Auston Trusty, 15-Jonathan González, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

MEX: 12-Jose Hernández; 2-Diego Cortés, 3-Edson Álvarez, 14-Juan de Dios Aguayo, 5-Ulises Torres; 7-Uriel Antuna, 6-Alan Cervantes (Capt.), 16-Sebastian Cordova (17-Kevin Lara, 55), 11-Kevin Magaña (8-Pablo Lopez, 45); 9-Ronaldo Cisneros, 10-Eduardo Aguirre (18-Claudio Zamudio, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Fernando Hernández, 4-Joaquin Esquivel, 13-Brayton Vázquez, 15-Alejandro Mayorga, 19-Paolo Yrizar, 20-Diego Aguilar
Head coach: Marco Antonio Ruiz
 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 8 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 22 / 14
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)                    61st minute
USA – Erik Palmer Brown (caution)               90+1 

Officials:
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Erik Palmer-Brown

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Five Things to Know: Mexico U-20s at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Mexico in its fourth match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday, Feb. 27 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The match will be the first of the classification stage, which consists of two groups of three teams each. The top two teams in each three-team group will qualify for the

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, with the first-place teams playing for the tournament championship. The game can be seen live at 5 p.m. ET on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

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

Roster:
All 20 players on the U-20 Mexico roster play for a professional club in Mexico. A total of 19 players represent eight clubs from Liga MX, Mexico’s top league: CD Guadalajara (5), Santos Laguna (4), Club America (3), CF Pachuca (2), Club Atlas (2), Queretaro FC (1), Monarcas Morelia (1), CF Monterrey (1). Only one player, midfielder Diego Aguilar, plays for a club currently sitting in Ascenso MX, Mexico’s second division.

Goalkeepers (2): Fernando Hernandez (CF Monterrey/MEX), Jose Hernandez (Club Atlas/MEX)

Defenders (7): Juan Aguayo (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Edson Alvarez (Club America/MEX), Diego Cortes (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Joaquin Esquivel (CF Pachuca/MEX), Alejandro Mayorga (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Ulises Torres (Club America/MEX), Brayton Vazquez (Club Atlas/MEX)

Midfielders (7): Diego Aguilar (Lobos BUAP/MEX), Uriel Antuna (Santos Laguna/MEX), Alan Cervantes (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Sebastian Cordova (Club America/MEX), Kevin Lara (Santos Laguna/MEX), Pablo Lopez (CF Pachuca/MEX), Kevin Magaña (CD Guadalajara/MEX)

Forwards (4): Eduardo Aguirre (Santos Laguna/MEX), Ronaldo Cisneros (Santos Laguna/MEX), Paolo Yrizar (Queretaro FC/MEX), Claudio Zamudio (Monarcas Morelia/MEX)

2017 Tournament Dominance
So far in the 2017 CONCACAF Championship, Mexico looks to be the favorite going into the classification stage. El Trí went undefeated in the group stage, scoring nine goals while conceding none in their victories against Antigua and Barbuda (3-0), Canada (5-0) and Honduras (1-0).

In Mexico’s first game against Antigua and Barbuda, the team dominated across the stat sheet, tallying massive advantages in shots (17-2), corner kicks (12-1) and possession (63%). In just the second minute of play, El Trí’s Ronaldo Cisneros took in a cross from Diego Aguilar, popped it up to serve himself a volley, and finished with his left to beat the ‘keeper. After Antigua and Barbuda conceded an own goal in the 15th minute, El Trí sealed the victory in the first minute of first half stoppage time, a header from Cisneros.

In the second game, Mexico continued more of the same against Canada. Sebastian Cordova got the scoring started in the 36th minute, with a run-on diving header. Four minutes later, El Trí perfectly executed a three-on-two breakaway opportunity with Cisneros side-footing a targeted cross to the back post. In the 65th minute, Cisneros would find the better end of a rebound and record his second brace in a row. Goals in the 82’ and 90’+2 from Claudio Zamudio and Eduardo Aguirre, respectively, capped off a one-sided win for El Trí that included 64% of ball possession and a 12-4 shot advantage.

Mexico’s only test of the group stage came in their finale against Honduras, who also came into the match with victories against Canada and Antigua and Barbuda. Playing for positioning in the group after both teams had already clinched their advancement to the classification stage, it wasn’t until the 67th minute the either team was able to break the goalless draw. A Mexico corner kick, that appeared to be cleared of any real threat, was directed back into the dangerous area only to find Cisneros lurking near the back post in anticipation. Cisneros headed the ball down into the ground, creating an acute angle for the ball to sneak past the goal line and kiss the overhead netting. The goal marked the fifth and tournament leading goal for Cisneros.

Minor lineup movement for Mexico
Under the 4-4-2 formation Mexico has deployed in their three group stage games, the midfield line of Diego Aguilar, Uriel Antuna, Alan Cervantes (captain) and Sebastian Cordova have each started and played the entire first half of each contest. Defensively, El Trí has also maintained a core group for most the tournament. Edson Alvarez, Diego Cortes and Ulises Torres started and went the distance in all three of Mexico’s group stage matches, while Juan Aguayo played 90 in the first two games.

Ronaldo Cisneros Chasing the Golden Boot
Followed closely by United States forward Brooks Lennon and Panama midfielder Ricardo Avila, Mexico’s Ronaldo Cisneros has proven to be a deadly and clinical finisher that the U.S. will have to keep a watchful eye on. On the all-time tournament goal scoring list, Cisneros only trails El Salvador’s José Alvarado and Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell, who each scored six goals in the 1994 and 2011 CONCACAF tournaments, respectively.

Mexico U-20 History
Since 1962, Mexico has participated in 24 of the possible 25 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments. During the tournaments before 2017, Mexico posted a 86-19-11 record and qualified for 14 World Cups. Their CONCACAF dominance includes 13 titles and two runner-up finishes. Mexico has won the last three CONCACAF U-20 Championships: 2011, 2013, and 2015. At the World Cup level, El Tri’s best finish came in 1977, where they finished as runners up to the

Soviet Union. Their most recent success came in 2011, where the team finished third.

Scoring 297 goals while conceding only 68, Mexico has remained atop the CONCACAF statistics charts, distancing themselves from the next closest nation, the United States, by 50 points.

Mexico’s dominance does not come unblemished, however. In 1988, Mexican news journalist Antonio Moreno wrote an article during the final games of the CONCACAF U-20 Tournament that disclosed an age discrepancy of four U-20 Mexican national team players. Mexico placed second overall in the CONCACAF U-20 Tournament and initially qualified for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. Known as the cachirules scandal, the four players in question were ruled ineligible by CONCACAF. As a result, the team was disqualified from the World Youth Championship, with the third place finishing United States taking their place. The consequences would prove enormous to the senior team of the Mexican Football Federation, with FIFA ruling that sanctioned international competitions would be off limits for Mexico for two years, including the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

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Hackworth Names 26-Player Training Camp for U-17 MNT Friendlies in Honduras

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 26-player roster for the team’s latest international camp, set to take place from Feb. 24-March 3, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. During the camp, the U-17 MNT will play multiple friendlies against the U-17 Honduras team on Feb. 27 and March 2.

The camp will aid in the USA’s preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where the USA has been paired with Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C. The tournament will be held at Estadio Rommel Fernández and Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City from April 21–May 7. The CONCACAF Championship serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

This will be the U-17 MNT’s first international camp in 2017 and the first set of international matches since December’s Nike International Friendlies, where the U.S. swept U-17 sides from Brazil, Portugal and Turkey to win the tournament for the first time since 2013.

The birth years for players in this camp range from 2000 to 2001. The age cut-off for this U-17 player pool is players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.

Roster notes:

  • Of the 26 players on the roster, 25 have played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
  • Of the 25 Academy products, seven have registered four seasons in the DA: Isaac Angking, Carlos Asensio, Christopher Gloster and Jaylin Lindsey, Rayshaun McGann, Joshua Sargent and Adrian Villegas.              
  • Each born in 2001, midfielders Taylor Booth and Indiana Vassilev and forward Bryan Reynolds Jr. are the youngest players on the roster.           

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier, Woodinville, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Unattached, San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid; Madrid, Spain), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.)

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U-17 MNT Feb 27, 2017
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