U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Tops Colombia 3-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd in Pennsylvania

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (April 10, 2016) – Julie Johnston scored her first career brace to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 3-0 victory against Colombia in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,275 on a chilly afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium.

Christen Press began the scoring after she lifted a bouncing ball over Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez in the 26th minute off a cross from Lindsey Horan. It was the 33rd international goal for Press in 66 games.

Johnston notched her sixth career goal when she lunged to volley Tobin Heath’s free kick over the ‘keeper and into the right corner just before halftime. Heath found Johnston again on a set piece in the 79th minute, hitting a low cross from the right and Johnston dove to flick a header just inside the left post. All seven of Johnston’s WNT goals have come off set plays.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded her fourth career win and shutout in her second appearance of the year.

The match was the second between the teams in four days with the USA winning 7-0 in East Hartford, Conn., on April 6.

All of the U.S. players besides 17-year-old Mallory Pugh will now return to their NWSL clubs for the beginning of the historic fourth season. The USA will come together again in June as it continues the Road to Rio with a friendly match against Japan on Thursday, June 2 in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT, FS1).

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan), 26th minute: Lindsay Horan gathered a pass on the left flank and did well to work herself free to play a perfectly-weighted cross over the top of the Colombia back line and into the penalty box. Christen Press ran onto the bouncing ball lifted it over the onrushing goalkeeper Catalina Perez with her right foot. A defender gave chase as the looping shot bounced toward the goal, but she could not reach it before it sailed into the net. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath), 42nd minute: The USA earned a free kick in line with the right edge of the penalty box about 28 years from the goal. With her teammates lined up on the top edge of the penalty box, Tobin Heath played a bending 20-yard free kick to the right side of the six-yard box. Julie Johnston met Heath’s pass with a lunging right-footed volley to send the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for her first goal of the year. USA 2, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath), 79th minute: Tobin Heath lined up another free kick just five yards from the end line on the right side and struck a low cross to the crashing Julie Johnston who used her head to redirect the ball toward the far post and into the side netting for her second goal of the match. USA 3, COL 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Japan in a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final rematch on Thursday, June 2 in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT, FS1). The match is sold out.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 11-0-0 in 2016, having scored 42 goals and allowed only one, good for an average of 3.81 per match.
  • The U.S. recorded its 10th clean sheet of the year with second-ranked Germany being the only team that has scored on the USA in 11 matches.
  • The WNT improved to 5-0-0 in the all-time series against Colombia. These two games were the first friendly matches between the teams with the other three games having taken place during world championships.
  • Julie Johnston’s goals are the sixth and seventh of her career and first of 2016. All of her goals have come on set pieces.
  • Christen Press’ goal marks the 33rd of her career, giving her sole possession of 16th on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She passed Lindsay Tarpley.
  • Tobin Heath registered her second and third assists of the year, both on set pieces finished by Johnston.
  • Lindsey Horan recorded her third assist of the year.
  • Alyssa Naeher tallied her fourth career shutout in four career starts.
  • The WNT used four subs: Whitney Engen replaced Becky Sauerbrunn, Allie Long replaced Lindsey Horan and Kelley O’Hara replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 61st minute. Ali Krieger replaced Carli Lloyd, who got a rousing ovation from her hometown crowd, in the 73rd minute.
  • As Lloyd exited the match, she handed the captain’s armband to Tobin Heath.
  • The USA improved to 13-3-1 all-time in Pennsylvania and 4-0-1 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • The USA held Colombia to three shots and without a shot on goal.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 222nd cap today, which ranks eighth in WNT history.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 10, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,275 (sold-out)
Weather: 48 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan)          26th minute
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)              42
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)              79                                                                                               

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 17-Tobin Heath, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 61), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 3-Samantha Mewis, 20-Lindsey Horan (23-Allie Long, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (11-Ali Krieger, 73); 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett
Head coach: Jill Ellis

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

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 22 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Liana Salazar (caution)                                  54th minute

COL – Natalia Gaitan (caution)                               77

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)    
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)  
4th Official: Karen Abt (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 10, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,275
Weather: 48 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan)                26th minute
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)                     42
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)                     79                                                                                     

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 17-Tobin Heath, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 61), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 3-Samantha Mewis, 20-Lindsey Horan (23-Allie Long, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (11-Ali Krieger, 73); 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett
Not available: Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

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

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 22 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Liana Salazar (caution)                             54th minute
COL – Natalia Gaitan (caution)                            77

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)          
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)          
4th Official: Karen Abt (USA)      

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

U-17 MNT Defeats Russia 3-1 at International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

PRAGUE (Aug. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down Russia 3-1 in its second group stage match at the International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek. MLS Homegrown players Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and James Sands (New York City FC) scored the first two goals for the USA and Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy) added a goal late to close out the scoring.

Goslin knocked in a scissor kick from the top of the box in the 24th minute to give the U.S. the lead. In the 37th, Sands, who captained the U-17s on the day, headed in a corner kick from Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy) for a 2-0 halftime lead. Russia got on the board late due to an own goal from the USA, but the red white and blue extended its lead back to two goals with an 88th minute score from Llanez, who slotted one into the corner from the top of the box. Last year, the U-18 USMNT also defeated Russia at this tournament with a 5-3 victory.

The U.S. will play its final Group B match on Friday against Japan at 11 a.m. ET. After an undefeated run to the tournament title last year for the U-18’s, the U-17’s are looking to repeat the feat in their final international tournament before October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. After the last round of group stage matches, the eight competing teams will be positioned into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: August 23, 2017
Competition:  24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Brozany nad Ohří; Prague
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F                                             

Russia                 0          1          1
USA                               2          1          3

Goals:
USA     #18- Christopher Goslin (Booth)             24th minute
USA     #14- James Sands (Mendez)                   37
RUS     Own Goal (Asensio)                                          86
USA     #23- Ulysses Llanez (Pereira)                           88

Lineups:
USA: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos; 24- Indiana Vassilev (2- Jaylin Lindsey, 72’), 15- Charlie Asensio, 14- James Sands (Captain) (6- Christopher Durkin, 46’), 13- Akil Watts; 16- Taylor Booth, 18- Christopher Goslin (10- George Acosta, 65’), 20- Alex Mendez; 23- Ulysses Llanez, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 17- Jacobo Reyes
Subs Not Used: 1- Justin Garces, 3- Christopher Gloster, 4- Tyler Shaver, 5- Arturo Vasquez, 7- Timothy Weah, 8- Blaine Ferri, 9- Joshua Sargent, 11- Andrew Carleton
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Russia: 12- Artem Delinian; 5- Maksim Sazonov, 16- Ilia Skrobotov, 3- Ilis Kalachev, 7- Sviatoslav Tses; 6- Nail Umiarov (Captain) (18- Nikita Khlusov, 56’), 8- Georgy Chelidze, 20- Mikhail Ignatov (9- Danil Prutsev, 69’); 14- Vitalii Zhironkin, 13- Dmitrii Molchanov (11- Danila Proshliakov, 71’), 19- Stanislav Krokhin (10- Kirill Kolesnichenko, 77’)
Subs Not Used: 1- Nikolai Zirikov; 2- Rail Abdulin, 4- Aleksandr Mikhailov, 5- Maksim Sazonov, 17- Vladislav Karapuzov
Head Coach: Andrey Gordeev 

Stats: RUS / USA
Shots: 14/16
SOG: 6/7
Fouls: 8/14
Corners: 4/2
Offsides: 4/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA     #10- George Acosta    70th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pael Franek
Assistant Referee: Petr Vit
Assistant Referee: Michal Novak

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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U.S. Soccer Donates to You Can Play After LGBT Pride Month Initiatives

CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will donate more than $65,000 to the You Can Play Project after a series of initiatives celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in June. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams wore pride-inspired jerseys with rainbow numbers during their June friendlies and the game-issued kits were autographed and auctioned online. All proceeds from the auction - which was a partnership with the respective players associations - as well as all sales of the jersey and a special commemorative hat have been donated to You Can Play. 

You Can Play is dedicated to insuring safety, inclusion and respect for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The organization believes that teams should assess athletes by their skill, hard work and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to U.S. Soccer, You Can Play has partnered with several major sports organizations, including Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. 

The MNT donned their Pride Month uniforms in a friendly against Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 3. The WNT sported the special edition kit during its summer swing through Scandinavia that garnered a pair of 1-0 wins against Sweden in Gothenburg and Norway in Sandefjord. National Team members also appeared in a video extolling the values of You Can Play: acceptance and inclusion of athletes from all backgrounds.

A long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, in 2016, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting. For the team’s first game after the tragedy, U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey to benefit the OneOrlando Fund and Equality Florida. 


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U-17 MNT Begins International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with 4-1 Win Vs. Hungary

PRAGUE  – (Aug. 22, 2017) - The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team kicked off its title defense at the 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with an emphatic 4-1 win against Hungary. Paris Saint-Germain’s Tim Weah, 2016-17 Development Academy U-15/16 Champion Andrew Carleton and U-20 World Cup phenom Josh Sargent all notched goals.
Weah opened the scoring in the 26th minute and the USA never looked back as Carleton added the second goal just six minutes later. After the break, Hungary got on the board with a goal from Norbert Szendrei, but a late brace from Sargent put the game out of reach, as he scored in the 78th and 90th minutes.

The U.S. will face Russia in its second group stage match on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. U-18 MNT also faced Russia in the group stage of last year’s competition, coming away with a high-scoring 5-3 win on their way to winning the tournament title. After three group stage matches, the eight teams from Groups A and B will be placed into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Hungary
Date: Aug. 22, 2017
Competition: 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Sokol Hostouň
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F
USA                                     2          2          4
HUN                                    0          1          1

USA – Timothy Weah (Josh Sargent)             26th minute 
USA – Andrew Carleton                                 32      
HUN – Norbert Szendrei (Zoltan Toth)          61
USA – Joshua Sargent (Jacob Reyes)             78
USA – Joshua Sargent                                     90

Lineups:
USA: 1- Justin Garces; 3- Christopher Gloster, 5- Arturo Vasquez (18- Christopher Goslin, 52’), 4- Tyler Shaver, 2- Jaylin Lindsey; 6- Christopher Durkin (14- James Sands, 80’), 8- Blaine Ferri (24- Indiana Vassilev, 74’), 10- George Acosta (17- Jacob Reyes, 74’), 7- Timothy Weah, 9- Joshua Sargent (Capt.), 11- Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 13- Akil Watts, 15- Charlie Asensio, 16- Taylor Booth, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 20- Alex Mendez, 23- Ulysses Llanez
Head Coach: John Hackworth

HUN: 1- Istvan Oroszi; 2- Daniel Farkas, 5- Gergo Bolla, 4- Balazs Opavszky , 3- Mario Zeke; 17- Tamas Kiss (16- Erik Galacs, 80’), 18- Dominik Molnar (6- Gabor Darabont, 72’), 8- Botond Nandori, 9- Norman Timari; 10- Norbert Szendrei, 19- Zoltan Toth (21- Adam Nemeth, 80’)
Subs Not Used: 7- Marton Greczi, 11- Bence Babinszky, 12- Peters Kovacs, 13- Robert Horvath, 14- Attila Temesvari, 15- Dominik Arday, 20- Adrian Szilagyi, 23- Gergo Major
Head Coach: Antal Nemeth

Stats: USA / HUN
Shots:  16 / 8
SOG:    11 / 7
Fouls:    6 / 11
Corners: 2 / 7
Offside:  3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Jiri Houdek
Assistant Referee: Jakub Simacek
Assistant Referee: Ondrej Kozar

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass


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