U.S. Soccer

USA and Japan Play to Thrilling 3-3 Draw Before Sold Out Crowd in Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (June 2, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a late lead only to see Japan score a late equalizer in a thrilling 3-3 draw before a sold out crowd of 18,572 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Japan took a surprising 2-0 lead midway through the first half as Mana Iwabuchi’s excellent shot from distance in the 14th minute and captain Yuki Ogimi’s sliding effort in the 22nd put the U.S. WNT in a two-goal hole at home for the first time in 117 matches.

Undaunted by Japan’s high pressing game, the WNT struck back through Alex Morgan just before halftime. The USA’s current goals leader in 2016 then equalized midway through the second half after Japan had been reduced to 10 players due to Ogimi being ejected for a second bookable offense.

With momentum on its side, the U.S. pressed for the winner and thought they had found it in the 89th minute when second-half sub and Denver native Lindsey Horan scored on her homecoming. The celebration was cut short however as Japan grabbed a late goal through Kumi Yokoyama for the final score line.

The U.S. WNT returns to the pitch in three days for the second leg of its two-game set vs. Japan on June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 14th minute:
An early spell of possession for Japan led to what seemed to be an innocuous attack when Sakagguchi fed Iwabuchi outside the top right corner of the USA’s penalty area. Cutting inside away from two U.S. defenders, Iwabuchi uncorked a stinging effort that arched over the outstretched arm of driving U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the upper left corner. USA 0, JPN 1 (SEE GOAL)

JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Emi Nakajima), 22nd minute: Japan attacked down the USA’s right flank and sent the ball out wide to Nakajima, who bent a cross into the six-yard box where the onrushing Ogimi lost her marker and slide hard to hit a first time shot into the lower left corner. USA 0, JPN 2 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 27th minute: Julie Johnston initiated a flowing team sequence by finding Crystal Dunn with a pass at midfield. Dunn turned up the field and played a well-weighted chip into the path of Pugh down the right side. The 18-year-old Denver native raced past her defender and cut towards goal near the end line before finding Morgan on a trailing run with a quick pass. Morgan timed her run perfectly and powered her shot under Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita. USA 1, JPN 2 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 64th minute: From a free kick on the right wing, Heath served in a perfect bending ball that Morgan met at the top of the six-yard box. Out-leaping her marker, Morgan sent a strong header on target that Yamashita got a hand to but was unable to keep out of the net. USA 2, JPN 2 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Lindsey Horan (Kelley O’Hara), 89th minute: The USA broke quickly through midfield as second half sub Samantha Mewis found O’Hara making a run on the left wing. O’Hara took a controlling touch before lofting the ball toward the penalty spot. Horan beat a defender and the goalkeeper to the ball and headed home into the open net. USA 3, JPN 2 (SEE GOAL)

JPN - Kumi Yokoyama (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 94th minute: Despite being a player down and just conceding what looked to be the winning goal to the USA, Japan fought back to level terms on the final offensive thrust of the match. A neat passing sequence saw Sakaguchi receive the ball in the middle of the field and then picked up her second assist of the evening by slipping a pass behind the U.S. defense to Yokoyama, who took a touch and sent a well-placed strike low into the left corner for the final equalizer. USA 3, JPN 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT and Japan face off the second time in quick succession on June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (12 p.m. ET; ESPN2).

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Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo, who earned her 195th cap, remains on 98 shutouts for her career, but with three games left before the Olympics, could become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 before the USA leaves for Brazil. The USA plays Japan again in three days before facing South Africa for the first time in team history on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and will play a yet to be announced match in late July.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA’s all-time record vs. Japan is now 25-1-7.
  • The three goals for each side equals the highest-scoring draw in USWNT history. It has occurred only three previous times, most recently vs. Germany in 2013.
  • Alex Morgan’s two goals tonight mark her 18th career multi-goal game. She now has 66 career goals, 10 of which have come in 12 games so far in 2016.
  • The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
  • Tobin Heath now has four assists in 2016 and 25 for her career with the WNT.
  • Mallory Pugh’s assist was her team leading sixth of 2016.
  • Lindsey Horan’s goal was the second of 2016 and third of her career.
  • When down 2-0, it was the first time the USA had trailed by two goals at home in 117 games; the last time came in a 3-1 loss to Denmark in Nov. 2004.
  • The most recent time the USA fell behind 2-0 was Feb. 8, 2015 vs. France – a 2-0 friendly loss in Lorient, France in the team’s first game of that year.
  • The USA failed to tie its own record for most wins to start a calendar year. The USA won 12 in a row to start the year in 1991 and 1997. The USA is 11-0-1 in 2016.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 2, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff:
7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance:
18,572 (sell out)
Weather:
79 degrees, warm

Scoring Summary: 1  2  F
USA                        1  2  3
JPN                         2  1  3

JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 14th minute
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Emi Nakajima) 22
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh) 27
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 64
USA – Lindsey Horan (Kelley O’Hara) 89
JPN – Kumi Yokoyama (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 90+3

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 74); 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 61), 23-Allie Long, 2-Mallory Pugh; 16-Crystal Dunn (12-Christen Press, 61), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath (3-Samantha Mewis, 84)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

JPN: 12-Ayaka Yamashita; 2-Saori Ariyoshi, 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 19-Mayu Sasak (14-Yu Nakasato, 81); 7-Emi Nakajima, 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 6-Rumi Utsugi (5-Yuri Kawamura, 46), 9-Yuki Ogimi (capt.); 8-Sonoko Chiba (13-Rika Masuya, 62), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 56)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erina Yamane, 11-Yuika Sugasawa, 15-Hikari Takagi, 17-Ami Sugita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 14
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (caution) 39th minute
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (caution) 57
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (ejection) 57
JPN – Saki Kumagai (caution) 63

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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WNT Jun 3, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 2, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff:
7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance:
18,572 (sell out)
Weather:
79 degrees, warm

Scoring Summary: 1  2  F
USA                        1  2  3
JPN                         2  1  3

JPN – Mana Iwabuchi (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 14th minute
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (Emi Nakajima) 22
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh) 27
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 64
USA – Lindsey Horan (Kelley O’Hara) 89
JPN – Kumi Yokoyama (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 90+3

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (11-Ali Krieger, 74); 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 61), 23-Allie Long, 2-Mallory Pugh; 16-Crystal Dunn (12-Christen Press, 61), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath (3-Samantha Mewis, 84)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

JPN: 12-Ayaka Yamashita; 2-Saori Ariyoshi, 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 4-Saki Kumagai, 19-Mayu Sasak (14-Yu Nakasato, 81); 7-Emi Nakajima, 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 6-Rumi Utsugi (5-Yuri Kawamura, 46), 9-Yuki Ogimi (capt.); 8-Sonoko Chiba (13-Rika Masuya, 62), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 56)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erina Yamane, 11-Yuika Sugasawa, 15-Hikari Takagi, 17-Ami Sugita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 14
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (caution) 39th minute
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (caution) 57
JPN – Yuki Ogimi (ejection) 57
JPN – Saki Kumagai (caution) 63

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Five Things to Know: St. Kitts and Nevis U-20s

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on St. Kitts and Nevis in its third match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Feb. 24 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The game can be seen live at 5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

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

Who and Where is St. Kitts and Nevis?
A dual island nation in the West Indies, a direct flight from Miami to the airport closest to the capital city of Basseterre, Robert L. Bradshaw International, is roughly three hours and covers 1,272 miles. St. Kitts is also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island, from the island’s patron saint. The Nevis and Saint Christopher Islands were two of the first Caribbean islands settled by Europeans, while the latter was home to the first British and French colonies. The dual-island country’s population was 54,961 in 2015 and the official language is English. The currency used by Kittitians and Nevisians is the East Caribbean dollar (ECD), which currently trades around .37 ECD for one U.S. dollar. Until 2005, sugar was the primary export from the country a fact exhibited by the national team’s nickname, the Sugar Boyz

How They Got Here
The Sugar Boyz come into the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the fifth-place finishers of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 tournament. Their journey through the CFU Championship included wins against Jamaica, Dominica and Curacao. 

St. Kitts and Nevis Roster
The professional clubs with the largest representation of players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster is Newtown United, with four associated players. Newtown United, along with Garden Hotspurs (2), SPD United (2), St. Peters FC (2), Village Superstars (2), Cayon Rockets (1), Conaree FC (1), St. Pauls United (1) and Strikers FC (1) are all members of the Saint Kitts and Nevis highest soccer league, the SKNFA Premier League. The 16 players currently on teams from St. Kitts and Nevis’ top professional league account for 80 percent of the roster. 

Goalkeepers (2): Akimba Francis (SPD United/SKN), Nathan Joseph Lescott (Leicester City/ENG)

Defenders (6): Ezer Browne (James Madison University/USA), Salas Cannonier (St. Peters FC/SKN), Xavier French (SPD United/SKN), Phillip Richardson (St. Pauls United/SKN), Yusuf Saunders (Village Superstars /SKN), Javier Sutton (Strikers FC/SKN)

Midfielders (9): Gvaune Amory (Village Superstars/SKN), Steve Archibald (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Ronaldo Belgrove (Newtown United/SKN), Alex Charles (Cayon Rockets/SKN), Kejauni David (Newtown United/SKN), Romario Martin (Solihull Moors/ENG), Yohannes Mitchum (Newtown United/SKN), Raheem Sommersall (Appalachian State /USA), Tyquan Terrell (St. Peters FC/SKN)

Forwards (3): Tahir Hanley (Garden Hotspurs/SKN), Delano Hodge (Conaree FC/SKN), Dakari Phipps (Newtown United/SKN)

Browne and Sommersall Playing in the USA
Two players on the St. Kitts and Nevis roster are currently associated with college soccer programs in the United States. Defender Ezer Browne (James Madison University) prepped at Rutgers Prep School in Somerset, N.J. and midfielder Raheem Sommersall, who prepped at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham, North Carolina, played at Appalachian State in 2015 and 2016. During the 2015 season, Sommersall appeared and started in 18 games with the Mountaineers. It wasn’t until 2016 that Sommersall recorded his first career collegiate goal.

Group B Advancement Scenarios:

  • If Panama beats Haiti: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Panama beats Haiti and the U.S. loses to St. Kitts and Nevis: the U.S. would sit in a three-way tie for second place with Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, based on total group points (three). The greater goal difference in matches between the three (tied) teams would serve as the tie breaker.
  • If Panama and Haiti tie: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Haiti beats Panama: the U.S. would need a win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis to take part in a three-way tie for first place with Haiti and Panama. The greater goal difference in matches between the three teams would again serve as the tie breaker.
CONCACAF tie breaker procedure used to rank teams: a)     Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
b)     Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
c)     Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
d)     Greater goal difference in all group matches
e)     Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
f)      Drawing of lots

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

GP

W

L

D

G

Ga

+/-

Pts

Panama

2

2

0

0

5

0

5

6

United States

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

6

5

1

3

St. Kitts & Nevis

2

0

2

0

1

9

-8

0

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U-20 MNT Feb 23, 2017

PREVIEW: U-20 MNT Seeks Advancement vs. St. Kitts

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with its third and final Group B game against St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday, Feb. 24. The match kicks off at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica, at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Fans can also follow game action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. enters the match after securing an imperative 4-1 victory vs. 2016 Caribbean Football Union Champions, Haiti. After conceding an early goal in the 15th minute, the U.S. successfully converted a penalty kick courtesy of forward Brooks Lennon in the 28thminute. The PK was set up by U.S. forward Jonathan Lewis who, in the midst of a steaking run, was taken down inside the box. The PK turned out to be exactly what the U.S. needed to fire up some momentum as Luca de la Torre put the U.S. ahead in the 52nd minute, before Lennon added two more goals in the 53rd and 58th minutes to cement his hat trick and the U.S. victory.

As it stands, the U.S. maintains sole possession of second place in Group B, a position they need to maintain or improve upon to advance to the next round. The classification stage will narrow the CONCACAF U-20 Championship field to six teams placed into two, three-team groups. The top four teams (two from each classification group) will punch their tickets to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea this May. Additionally, the top two finishers from each group will meet to decide the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

When the U.S. kicks off against St. Kitts and Nevis, it will know result it needs in order to advance because the match between Group B’s other two teams, Haiti and Panama, will have concluded. That game can also be seen on Univision Deportes Network and CONCACAF’s official Facebook page.

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

GP

W

L

D

G

Ga

+/-

Pts

Panama

2

2

0

0

5

0

5

6

United States

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Haiti

2

1

1

0

6

5

1

3

St. Kitts & Nevis

2

0

2

0

1

9

-8

0

USA Advancement Scenarios:

  • If Panama beats Haiti: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Panama beats Haiti and the U.S. loses to St. Kitts and Nevis: the U.S. would sit in a three-way tie for second place with Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, based on total group points (three). The greater goal difference in matches between the three (tied) teams would serve as the tie breaker.
  • If Panama and Haiti tie: the U.S. would advance with a win or a tie.
  • If Haiti beats Panama: the U.S. would need a win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis to take part in a three-way tie for first place with Haiti and Panama. The greater goal difference in matches between the three teams would again serve as the tie breaker.
CONCACAF tie breaker procedure used to rank teams:

a)     Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.

b)     Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).

c)     Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).

d)     Greater goal difference in all group matches

e)     Greater number of goals scored in all group matches

f)       Drawing of lots

Desperate for a win:
All four Group B teams enter the final round of the group stage games with a chance to advance on the line. Although St. Kitts and Nevis needs a near impossible scenario to transpire in order to advance, the bottom line is that the Sugar Boyz are not out of contention and will be prepared to fight for their chance at the classification stage. This is only St. Kitts second trip to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and they can be expected to play with pride above all else.

St. Kitts Defender Out Against USA:
During their second game of group play against Panama, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, St. Kitts and Nevis defenders Salas Cannonier and Xavier French received the team’s first cautions of the tournament. In the 89th minute, French committed a risky tackle and received his second yellow of the day. Now French, who started both group games for the Sugar Boyz at left back, will not be eligible to play against the United States. 

Eyes on South Korea 2017:
The U.S. has qualified for 14 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 15 in 2017. The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea will be held from May 20-June 11 in Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Seogwipo, Jeonju and Suwon. The final draw will be held on March 15.

Reaching the Big Stage:
The United States has advanced to 17 U-20 World Cups out of 20 qualification opportunities since the CONCACAF tournament became the qualification funnel to the U-20 World Cup in 1976. The USA has advanced to the U-20 World Cup in nine of their last 10 attempts dating back to the 1996 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament. The lone failure to advance came in 2011. Later that same year, current head coach Tab Ramos was hired to lead the program, which he most recently guided to the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup where the team lost on PKs to eventual champions Serbia.

The USA’s best World Cup finish came at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, where the U.S. fell 2-0 to Brazil in the third-place game.

Since CONCACAF’s inaugural youth tournament in 1962, St. Kitts and Nevis has participated in one U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament in 2007. That year, the Sugar Boyz were one of three Caribbean Football Union nations to participate. In the group stage, St. Kitts and Nevis were eliminated after falling to Mexico and Costa Rica in their first two group games. In their third game, the Sugar Boyz earned a draw vs. Jamaica, securing their first and to date only CONCACAF U-20 Championship point.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.) 

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.) 

FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.) ROSTER GALLERY.

USA ROSTER BREAKDOWN:
On Feb. 9, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The roster includes one member of the USA’s 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Ramos named Palmer-Brown the team captain a few days prior to the qualifying tournament. 

Eleven players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) and Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union), midfielders Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC) and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), and forwards Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers) and Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake).

Two U-20 MNT players are teammates on Premier League 2 (U-23) side Fulham F.C.: midfielder Luca de la Torre and defender Marlon Fossey. Forward Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.) is the only other player currently at an overseas club, while Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.) is the lone player from Liga MX. 

The remaining five players play collegiately: goalkeepers Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.) and JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), defender Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), and midfielders Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.) and Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)

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U-20 MNT Feb 23, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The U.S. Beach National Team is currently in Nassau, Bahamas competing at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. While the team gets ready to take on Trinidad and Tobago in their Group C finale Thursday (8 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook) here are five things to know about CONCACAF’s Beach World Cup qualifying tournament.

The Tournament

The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship is the regional championship for beach soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament serves as CONCACAF’s regional qualifying tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, with the 2017 edition taking place from April 27-May 7 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Beginning in 2005, qualifying for the Beach Soccer World Cup was a combined event between North and South America, but following the 2007 edition, CONCACAF has hosted its own Beach Soccer qualifying tournament.

Since parting ways with CONMEBOL, there have been seven editions of the CONCACAF Championship, with Mexico claiming three titles (2008, 2011, 2015), USA taking the crown twice (2006, 2013), and one crown for El Salvador (2009).

The USA and Mexico are the only two countries that have qualified for every edition of the tournament (joint and separate), while Costa Rica has only missed the 2005 edition.

Tournament Format

The format of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship begins with 16 teams divided into four, four-team groups. The top two finishers from each group advance to the knockout stage, where the two finalists join World Cup hosts, the Bahamas as CONCACAF’s three representatives to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Should the Bahamas or non-FIFA member Guadeloupe advance to the final, the next highest finisher would earn the spot or spots.

Team USA

Team USA brought an experienced squad to the tournament and has found its groove early, using a Nick Perera hat trick to defeat U.S. Virgin Island 8-1 (Feb. 20) before a brace from Lewie Valentine led them past Antigua and Barbuda 7-2 (Feb. 22).

The U.S. Beach team currently sits atop Group C as they take on second place Trinidad & Tobago in their group finale on Feb. 23. The U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago have both accumulated six points, but the USA sits in first place by virtue of a superior goal differential. With both teams already qualified for the Knockout Round, Thursday’s match will determine which team advances in first place of Group C.

U.S. Beach National Team

Key Opponents

While the U.S. Beach squad is a top contender, they’ll have to get through some serious competition to qualify for the 2017 World Cup. Tournament host, Bahamas, has won all three matches in their group. Although they have already automatically qualified for the World Cup as hosts, the Baha Boyz will be on the hunt for their first CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship title.

Group B includes three-time winners and defending champions Mexico and 2006 runners-up Canada. Meanwhile, Group D contains two of CONCACAF’s heavy hitters. El Salvador and Costa Rica are ranked second and fourth for the region according to the overall world rankings and are favorites to progress in the tournament.

Where to Watch

The U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago to close out group play on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can watch this match and every other match of the tournament live on CONCACAF’s Facebook page and TV on UDN.

The knockout round and placement matches kick off on Feb. 24, with the tournament final set for Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Beach Feb 23, 2017

La U.S. WNT viajará a Noruega para Amistoso el 11 de junio

CHICAGO (23 de febrero, 2017) -- La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará en Europa este verano, viajando a enfrentar a Noruega el 11 de junio en Komplett Arena en Sandefjord, ubicado en la costa sureste a unas 75 millas al sur de Oslo.

El partido, el cual iniciará a las 7:15 p.m. hora local (1:15 p.m. ET) marcará el 50vo encuentro entres las históricas rivales quienes han combinado para ganar los primeros cinco campeonatos femeninos de la FIFA.

Estados Unidos ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina en 1991 en China, derrotando a Noruega en el partido por el campeonato, y ganó la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos 1996, derrotando a Noruega en la semifinal con un gol de oro. Noruega ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1995, derrotando a EE.UU. en la semifinal, y la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos 2000, derrotando a EE.UU. en el partido por el campeonato con un gol de oro. Estados Unidos ganó la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1999 pero las selecciones no se enfrentaron en ese torneo.

El partido será el segundo en una serie de dos amistosos europeos para la Selección femenina de EE.UU. El otro partido será anunciado próximamente.

El enfrentamiento con Noruega se llevará a cabo a poco más de un mes antes del arranque de la Euro Femenina de la UEFA 2017, en la cual Noruega fue sorteada al Grupo A junto con el anfitrión Países Bajos, Bélgica y Dinamarca. Será el último partido de Noruega como local antes de abrir la Euro contra el anfitrión el 16 de julio en Utrecht.

Estados Unidos y Noruega se enfrentaron por última vez en la Copa Algarve 2015 en Portugal, en una victoria de 2-1 para EE.UU. Noruega anotó primero en ese partido por medio de Ada Hegerberg, pero dos goles de Carli Lloyd en el segundo tiempo impulsaron a EE.UU. a la victoria y eventualmente a su décimo título de la Copa Algarve.

Notas adicionales:

  • Noruega actualmente está en el puesto No. 11 en el ranking mundial.
  • Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Noruega en 49 ocasiones -- datando desde 1987 -- más que ningún otro rival además de Canadá y RP China.
  • UU. tiene un registro de 28-19-2 contra Noruega. Las 19 victorias de Noruega son la mayor cantidad de otro país contra EE.UU.
  • Estados Unidos tiene una racha de cinco partidos ganados contra Noruega. La victoria más reciente para las escandinavas fue en el primer partido de los Juegos Olímpicos 2008, una victoria de 2-0 en Qinhuangdao, China.
  • Estados Unidos ha jugado tres partidos en Noruega, los primeros dos en julio del 2000, un empate de 1-1 en Tromso Tromso en el norte el país, y una derrota de 2-1 en Oslo.
  • Los equipos más recientemente se enfrentaron en Noruega el 2 de julio, 2008, en Fredrikstad, en una victoria de de EE.UU. de 4-0. Tobin Heath, Amy Rodríguez y Carli Lloyd (quien anotó en ese partido) son las únicas jugadoras actualmente en la WNT quienes figuraron en ese partido.
  • Los últimos seis partidos entre los equipos han sido decididos por dos goles o menos, con tres victorias de 2-1, una victoria de 2-0 y una de 1-0 para EE.UU., junto con una victoria de 2-0 a favor de Noruega.
  • Los partidos amistosos más recientes de la Selección femenina de EE.UU. en Europa fueron a principios del 2015, cuando EE.UU. jugó en Francia (derrota de 1-0) y en Inglaterra (victoria de 1-0).
  • Noruega clasificó a los Euros al cómodamente ganar el Grupo 8 con siete victorias y un empate, anotando 29 goles y cediendo dos.
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Espanol Feb 23, 2017

WNT Will Travel to Norway for Friendly Match on June 11

CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play in Europe this summer, traveling to face Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo.

The match, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) will mark the 50th meeting between the historic rivals who combined to win the first five FIFA world championships for women.

The USA won the 1991 Women’s World Cup in China, defeating Norway in the championship game, and won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, defeating Norway in the semifinal on a golden goal. Norway won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeating the USA in the semifinal, and the 2000 Olympic gold medal, defeating the USA in the title game on a golden goal. The USA won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the teams did not meet in that tournament.

The match will be the second of a two-game set in Europe for the U.S. Women with the other match still to be announced.

The meeting with Norway will come just over a month before the start of the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, for which Norway was drawn into Group A with host Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. It will be Norway’s last match on home soil before opening the Euros against the hosts on July 16 in Utrecht.

The USA and Norway last met at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 2-1 win for the USA. Norway scored first in that match through Ada Hegerberg, but two second-half goals from Carli Lloyd propelled the U.S. to victory and eventually its 10th Algarve Cup title.

Additional Notes:

  • Norway is currently ranked 11th in the world.
  • The USA has played Norway 49 times – dating back to 1987 – which is the most games against any opponent besides Canada and China PR.
  • The USA is 28-19-2 all-time against Norway. The 19 wins for Norway are the most for any country all-time against the USA.
  • The USA is riding a five-game winning streak against Norway. The most recent win for the Scandinavians came in the opening match of the 2008 Olympics, a 2-0 win in Qinhuangdao, China.
  • The USA has played three friendly matches in Norway, the first two coming in July of 2000, a 1-1 draw in Tromso in the far north of the country, and a 2-1 loss in Oslo.
  • The teams most recently met in Norway on July 2, 2008, in Fredrikstad, a 4-0 U.S. victory. Tobin Heath, Amy Rodriguez and Carli Lloyd (who scored in the game) are the only current WNT players who featured in that match.
  • The last six matches between the teams have all been decided by two goals or less, with three 2-1 victories for the USA, one 2-0 victory and one 1-0 victory along with one 2-0 victory for Norway.
  • The most recent friendly matches for the U.S. Women in Europe came at the start of 2015, when the USA played in France (1-0 L) and England (1-0 W).
  • Norway qualified for the Euros by handily winning Group 8 with seven wins and one draw, scoring 29 goals and allowing two.
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WNT Feb 23, 2017
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