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

Gallery: MNT Wraps Up First Full Week of January Camp Training

The U.S. Men's National Team completed the first week of 2017 January Camp at the National Training Center. With the full 31-player roster gathered in Carson, Calif.,  players new and old are focusing on finding their rhythm with head coach Bruce Arena. The players will spend the next few weeks training ahead of a pair of friendly matches vs. Serbia on Jan. 29 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. [TICKETS] and Jamaica on Feb. 3 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. [TICKETS].

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MNT Jan 17, 2017

Gallery: WNT Training in High Gear as January Camp Rolls On

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team training sessions on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. January Camp is in high gear for the WNT, with lots of new faces mixing in with familiar ones as player pool expansion continues to top the list of Jill Ellis' priorities in this new cycle.

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WNT Jan 17, 2017

The Vast Importance of the NWSL

On January 12 in Los Angeles, the National Women’s Soccer League held its fifth NWSL College Draft, kick-starting the professional career of 40 players, all with big dreams that most likely include playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

As the USA begins its long road towards qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, head coach Jill Ellis continues to emphasize the importance of watching players and deepening the player pool. While the platforms her and her staff are using to scout this array of new talent ranges from Youth National Teams, to college to players overseas, the importance of the NWSL has taken center-stage.

A Chance to Be Seen

For many reasons, having a domestic professional women’s league in the United States is a tremendous asset for both coaches and players. It allows the U.S. WNT coaches to observe a large pool of players in a competitive environment on a consistent basis. It gives the players focus, the ability to continuously train and the opportunity to play full 90-minute matches while facing some of the best players in the world.


U.S. WNT newcomer Lynn Williams and co-captain & two-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd

“We’ve always communicated with NWSL coaches about players and we watch as many games as we can,” Ellis said. “As we don’t have a world event in the middle of this NWSL season, it will allow us to be even more connected to the league and at this time in the cycle, getting to watch these games and these players is extremely important.”

For the more established players in the WNT, the NWSL is a valuable place to sharpen their skills and show Ellis they’re putting in the effort and producing the performances to keep earning spots on one of the most competitive teams in international soccer. For the newcomers and those just breaking into the league, the NWSL is a chance to be seen, to spark the interest of Ellis and her staff and show that they’re deserving of an invite to a WNT camp.

New Opportunities

As Ellis has made deepening the WNT player pool a high priority, several NWSL players have recently been given a chance to test their mettle within the National Team environment. Last October, Ellis called 11 uncapped players to camp which included eight from the NWSL in Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (NC Courage), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign) and Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage). In that group was also two 2016 NWSL draftees in Jane Campbell (Houston Dash) and Ashley Hatch (NC Courage).


Houston Dash's Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai; Chicago Red Stars' Arin Gilliland & Casey Short

As the league has continued to grow, it’s become even more of a platform. The lesson? Someone is always watching so every game is an audition. Prime examples are Williams and Short who would both tell you that if it wasn’t for the league, they probably wouldn’t be wearing the U.S. Soccer crest today. Both have now earned four caps and are part of this year’s January Camp.

Breaking In
As Ellis resumes the process of evaluating players during January Camp, a handful of new NWSL names have now begun to earn multiple call-ups. Among them are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns, NC Courage defender Jaelene Hinkle, Short, Williams, Ohai, Dahlkemper and NC courage attacker Jessica McDonald and Orlando Pride’s Kristen Edmonds. The latter two earned their first call-ups last November. All these players, except for the injured Dahlkemper, are currently in California at the WNT’s January Camp, hoping to show once again why they belong and should remain on Ellis’ radar. Additionally, Ellis also added first-time call ups Sarah Killion of Sky Blue FC and NC Courage’s Taylor Smith for evaluation during the January training camp.


First time WNT call-up and NC Courage forward, Taylor Smith

This infusion of newer players has brought a different perspective and fresh energy. The new players have had to learn how to adapt and fit into a highly competitive environment while the veteran players have had to elevate their games in the battle for roster spots. It has also brought enthusiasm and healthy competition as everyone understands that nothing is guaranteed. For Ellis, making a roster – for a training camp or a game – won’t come down to a number of caps or World Cup experience, but to performance; to the players who have earned the right to take the field through consistently productive performances.

For these new players that cut their professional teeth in the NWSL, it’s quite literally, game on.


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Recapping the First Week of MNT January Camp

The first week of the 2017 January Camp for the U.S. Men’s National Team is in the books.

Check out all the storylines that came from a productive first seven days at the National Training Center, and be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer, as well as the official Facebook Page

Behind the Crest

Go behind the scenes with Bruce Arena as he welcomed players to January Camp and led his first training session back in charge of the MNT.

Knowing the Boss

Of all the players in camp, DaMarcus Beasley and Gyasi Zardes have featured the most for Arena. Both players give insight into how the MNT boss operates.

Eight Players Familiar with Bruce Arena

While most the January Camp roster is working with Arena for the first time, eight players have previously played for him either at the club or international level. Can you name them?

A New Chapter for Benny

After years on the outside looking into the National Team picture, Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber is grasping his second chance with the MNT during January Camp. 

Dropping Some Wisdom

Veteran MNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya discussed what to expect from January Camp with first-timer and Philadelphia Union teammate Keegan Rosenberry upon their arrival to Los Angeles.

Plenty to Say

Lots of media descended on the National Training Center for the MNT’s first training session on Jan. 11 and the players responded in kind. Check out their first day reactions.

Star Spangled Manneh

Gambian-born winger Kekuta Manneh is one step closer to representing the United States after it was confirmed he gained his U.S. citizenship last week.

Jozy Primed for 2017

Coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career, veteran forward Jozy Altidore is hoping to replicate his January Camp form from 2016 ahead of a big year for both the MNT and Toronto FC.

Agudelo - Never Forget the First

MNT forward Juan Agudelo was gracious in hosting a Facebook Live chat last week and fondly remembered scoring his first international goal as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 friendly win against South Africa in 2010.

Five Things to Know About MNT January Camp

Did you know the idea of January Camp was formalized by MNT head coach Bruce Arena during his first tenure in charge? Learn more about the history and the number of players that have jumpstarted their international careers during the annual MNT camp.

Five Great Moments at January Camp

From hat tricks, to a regional title and an all-time scoring record, plenty of history has been made during MNT January Camp. Learn more about who has made their mark throughout the years.

Roster Changes

While Arena originally announced a 32-player roster, that number decreased when D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was forced to withdraw from camp with a knee injury. Fellow goalkeeper Stefan Frei also departed camp with an ankle sprain, but was replaced by LA Galaxy backstop Brian Rowe.

On The Mend

While rostered players are going through the paces, injured defender Geoff Cameron has also been around the group the past week, rehabbing and getting treatment with MNT medical staff with hopes of returning soon for both Stoke City and the USA. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tim Howard also popped into camp on Sunday and gave a status update on his injury recovery.

 

 

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Graham Zusi Embracing Right Back Switch

When the roster for the annual January Camp is announced, most of the focus usually settles on the new faces whose domestic league success has earned them a shot with the National Team. This time around, however, it was a World Cup veteran who turned most heads with his inclusion – or more specifically, with the position listed next to his name on the sheet.

Veteran midfielder Graham Zusi, who has carved out a solid career as a winger for both Sporting KC and the MNT, has been added to the group of defenders called into the National Training Center for the camp and two friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.

Zusi’s debut at right back actually came against then LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena on May 1 at Sporting Park. The MNT winger gave an assured performance in that match, causing trouble up the wing when he provided the assist to Brad Davis’ 30th minute strike before locking down the right side in a 1-1 draw.

Arena remarked post-game that decision to play Zusi there “was interesting” and it seemed to have left an impression.

“To be honest with you, I enjoyed playing right back quite a bit,” Zusi told ussoccer.com during the first week of camp. “It’s something that I’m embracing for sure.”

Vermes deployed Zusi there a second time in Sporting KC’s Aug. 20 match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, saying the 30-year-old “was outstanding” in the 2-0 win.

Zusi’s certainly not the first outside midfielder that has moved to defense. Four-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley filled in at left back at different points in his international career before making the full-time switch there for the U.S. in 2013. The crafty winger went on to make the position his own the next two years, featuring there during all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Recalling his own conversion, Beasley said the most challenging part is learning to work as an overall unit with the other defenders.

“Mostly it’s just being in sync with your line – syncing with your center back and the entire back four – that part takes time,” he told ussoccer.com. “Obviously, you have individual qualities you can bring to that position, but the most important part is making sure you’re in sync with your left or right center back. That’s the battle you have to overcome.”

MNT assistant coach Kenny Arena worked on exactly that with the team’s defenders during Sunday’s training session, with both Beasley and fellow left back Greg Garza providing Zusi tips on how to work in the setup.

“He’s learning,” Beasley said. “He’s smart and experienced enough that he’ll be fine. He’s good going forward, defending one-on-one and he’s quick as well, so he shouldn’t have a problem making the switch.”

For his part, Zusi also recognizes the shift could ensure he sees more playing time going forward.

“In the National Team there’s quite a bit of competition, especially in the midfield, so the more positions I can play, I think the better for me,” he said. “I do enjoy the position -- it brings some freedom to my game. Outside backs see a lot of the ball and going forward I think Bruce is expecting to get me into the attack, so that fits my game as well.”

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