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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- 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

USA Defeats El Salvador 1-0 to Finish Undefeated in Group Play at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

PANAMA CITY, Panama (April 29, 2017) – Already assured of winning its group, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 1-0 behind Zyen Jones’ fifty second-minute strike to close out Group C play with a perfect 3-0-0 record at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

With a spot in Classification Stage Group D secured, U.S. head coach John Hackworth shuffled his starters for the match against Los Cuscatlecos drafting eight players into the lineup for their first start of the tournament.

Even with all the personnel changes, the U.S. did not miss a beat, controlling long passages of play and carving out chances with regularity throughout the match. The defense and goalkeeper C.J. dos Santos did their part as well, limiting El Salvador to just three shots on goal en route to recording the USA’s second clean sheet of the competition.

With a full nine points from three wins, the U.S. is one of only two teams including Group B winner Costa Rica to sport a perfect 3-0-0 record heading into the Classification Stage. Mexico and Jamaica face off later in the Group C finale for the last available spot in the Classification Stage, where the winner will face Group A winner Panama and Costa Rica in Group E.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT begins the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in a Group D clash against Honduras on Wednesday, May 3. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel. The U.S. and Honduras will be joined in Group D by Cuba.

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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group C

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

x-USA

3

3

0

0

9

10

3

9

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

9

4

5

Jamaica

2

1

1

0

3

3

6

-3

El Salvador

3

0

3

0

0

1

10

-9

x-Qualified for Classification Stage

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Zyen Jones (Bryan Reynolds), 52nd minute:
The U.S. broke down the right sideline as Reynolds was played into space. With plenty of time to pick out a pass, Reynolds whipped a low cross along the top of the six-yard box. Making a quick run toward the back post, Jones sped past two defenders to meet the cross and send a side-footed shot over charging El Salvador goalkeeper Jario Guardado into the roof of the net. USA 1, SLV 0 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 8-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • The USA holds a commanding 8-0-1 record vs. El Salvador and a 31-5 edge in goals.
  • Goalkeeper C.J. dos Santos, midfielders Taylor Booth and Adrian Villegas as well as forwards Zyen Jones and Bryan Reynolds were all named to the starting XI and saw their first action of the tournament for the U.S.
  • Additionally, defenders Indiana Vassilev and Akil Watts as well as forward Tim Weah, who had seen substitutes minutes earlier in the competition, were all handed their first start.
  • Jones’ goal was his first of the tournament and sixth in his time with the U.S. U-17 MNT.
  • Josh Sargent and Ayo Akinola both have three goals at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, just one behind Honduras’ Carlos Mejía in the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Sargent leads all players at the competition with two assists.
  • With Sargent on the bench, Hackworth turned to Chris Durkin to captain the side on the day for the USA.
  • Andrew Carleton came on for the USA in the 62nd minute for Jones for his third appearance of the competition.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: April 29, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Group C
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, mostly cloudy 

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

USA – Zyen Jones (Bryan Reynolds)             52nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-C.J. Dos Santos; 13-Akil Watts, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin (capt.), 18-Indiana Vassilev; 20-Adrian Villegas, 16-Taylor Booth, 10-George Acosta (14-Chris Goslin, 71); 19-Tim Weah, 15-Zyen Jones (11-Andrew Carleton, 62), 17-Bryan Reynolds
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey; 5-A.J. Vasquez, 7-Ayo Akinola, 8-Blaine Ferri, 9-Josh Sargent
Not available: 3-Chris Gloster
Head coach: John Hackworth

SLV: 1-Jairo Guardado; 2-Kevin Menjivar, 4-Diego Chevez, 6-Ever Guzman (capt.) (7-Fernando Villalta, 75), 8-Jorge Cruz, 9-Ronald Cerritos, 10-Denis Garcia, 13-Roberto Lopez, 15-Andy Alas, 17-Mauricio Gomez (12-Rodrigo Santamaria, 71), 20-Diego Guatemala (16-Allexon Saravia, 15)
Subs not used: 3-Erick Cartagena, 5-Giovanni Avila, 11-Rolando Ramirez, 14-Christian Barillas, 18-Tomas Romero, 19-Sergio Ramirez
Head coach: Erick Prado 

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 18 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 23
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SLV – Roberto Lopez (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Indiana Vassilev (caution)       57
USA – Taylor Booth (caution)            86 

Officials:
Referee: Michele Rodriguez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Eugene Farro (ARU)
4th Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: James Sands

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Cinco Cosas Sobre Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya, uno de los jugadores más veteranos de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos, tiene una historia tan igual de interesante como la de cualquiera de sus compañeros de la selección. Estas son cinco cosas que deberías saber acerca del mediocampista estadounidense.

El Comienzo

Alejandro Bedoya llegó al mundo el 29 de abril de 1987 en Englewood, N.J. Nacido de padres de descendencia colombiana, la familia eventualmente se mudó a Weston, Fla.

Como muchos de sus compañeros de la U.S. MNT, el fútbol era asunto de familia. El abuelo de Bedoya, Fabio, jugó tres temporadas como portero para el equipo colombiano Deportes Quindío, mientras que su padre, Adriano, jugó una temporada con Millonarios y luego con Quindío antes de ser otorgado una beca para jugar en Farleigh-Dickinson University. 

Bedoya recuerda que, en su hogar, el fútbol era el centro del universo.

"Desde que era muy pequeño, recuerdo tener un balón y el fútbol siempre en la tele," Bedoya le dijo a ussoccer.com. "Mi abuelo vivía con nosotros cuando era niño y siempre teníamos el radio prendido escuchando la transmisión de partidos."

Estar expuesto al fútbol de tal manera le ayudó en su desarrollo con el club Weston FC y a guiar a St. Thomas Aquinas High School a un campeonato estatal en el 2005.

Fútbol Universitario

Bedoya siguió los pasos de su padre al comprometerse a asistir a Farleigh-Dickinson University, donde guio a los Knights con ocho goles durante su primera temporada. Después de dos años en Teaneck, N.J., Bedoya se trasladó a Boston College, donde jugó sus últimas dos temporadas.

Por muy poco se perdió ser compañero universitario con el futuro delantero de la U.S. MNT Charlie Davies, pero tuvo una carrera igualmente impresionante con los Eagles, anotando 14 goles en 37 partidos para cerrar su carrera universitaria en el 2008 y 2009.

De Colegial a Profesional

Mientras que muchos de los jugadores universitarios en su último año se preparaban para el M.L.S. Combine, Bedoya tenía la mirada fijada en otra parte. El mediocampista de 22 años llegó a un acuerdo con el club sueco Örebro SK en donde se convirtió en un favorito de la afición durante tres temporadas en Escandinavia.

Meses antes de dejar el club en el 2011, Bedoya tuvo un partido memorable con un gol y dos pases a gol en una victoria de 3-1 contra Gais.

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Buscando una nueva oportunidad, Bedoya firmó con el gigante de Escocia, Rangers FC, en el verano del 2011, firmando el mismo día que el entonces capitán de la U.S. MNT Carlos Bocanegra y uniéndose a Maurice Edu en Ibrox. Después de una temporada en Escocia, Bedoya regresó a Suecia, jugando dos temporadas con Helsingborg antes de irse al equipo francés Nantes en el verano del 2013.

Al firmar con Les Canaris, Bedoya, junto con Bocanegra, Davies, David Regis y Greg Vanney, se convirtieron en el grupo de jugadores estadounidenses que jugaron en la Ligue 1 francesa. Bedoya tuvo su mayor éxito con Nantes, anotando 19 goles en 105 partidos en el transcurso de tres temporadas.

Al igual que en Suecia, Bedoya se convirtió en un favorito de la afición en el Estade de la Beaujoire, y después de su último partido en casa, encabezó el canto de los aficionados con el coro de los American Outlaws, "I Believe That We Will Win," mientras cargaba a su hijo en brazos. 

Después de ocho temporadas en Europa, Bedoya regresó a Estados Unidos para unirse al Philadelphia Union en agosto del 2016 y ayudó a impulsar al club a solamente su segunda participación en los playoffs ese otoño.

Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos

Bedoya entrenó con la Selección Sub-23 de EE.UU. durante el ciclo olímpico en el 2008, pero no fue seleccionado a la nómina final. No obstante, se mantuvo en la mira de la Selección Masculina y después de su primera temporada con Örebro, fue convocado por primera vez para el campamento de enero en el 2010. A pesar de que tuvo tiempo limitado para impresionar al entonces entrenador de EE.UU. Bob Bradley, fue nombrado a la nómina preliminar de 30 hombres para la Copa Mundial de ese verano, pero no formó parte del grupo en Sudáfrica.

Bedoya empezó a ser convocado consistentemente después de ese torneo y finalmente se estableció como parte de la selección en el 2013, registrando su primer gol en una victoria de 6-0 contra Guatemala antes de memorablemente dar dos pases a gol a Landon Donovan en la victoria en semifinales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2013 contra Honduras.

Ya siendo parte íntegra del equipo después de ese torneo, Bedoya fue convocado a la nómina de EE.UU. para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014 y jugó en los cuatro partidos en Brasil, iniciando tres como titular. Después del torneo, Bedoya anotó su segundo gol internacional, el único gol en la victoria amistosa de 1-0 de EE.UU. contra la República Checa el 3 de septiembre del 2014.

Al sobrepasar los 50 partidos con EE.UU. durante la Copa América Centenario en el 2016, Bedoya es uno de los jugadores con más señoría en la lista de jugadores estadounidenses de Bruce Arena.

El Empresario

Aunque ya tiene una carrera estelar como futbolista, Bedoya también tiene un pie en el mundo del negocio. Junto con su hermana Marcela y hermano Santiago, Alejandro es dueño de M.A.S. Café, una compañía que utiliza café de la granja de su familia en Colombia para importar y distribuir su producto en Estados Unidos.

Bedoya también está involucrado en otros proyectos. El mediocampista creó BrightHill Partners que se concentra en inversiones a corto y largo plazo en bienes raíces. Además, es socio de Icnclast, una agencia de talento para artistas cuya meta es fomentar el crecimiento de la cultura por medio de la búsqueda de la excelencia de diseño.

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GAME NOTES: U-17 MNT Closes Out Group Play Saturday vs. El Salvador

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team closes out the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on April 29 against El Salvador at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama. The match can be seen live on the CONCACAF YouTube channel at 6:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), 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 FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)

Classification Stage set for USA

After the historic 4-3 win against Mexico on Wednesday, the USA not only qualified for the classification stage, but also locked up first place in Group C thanks to the tournament’s head-to-head tie-breaker. John Hackworth’s side also learned its classification stage opponents this week, as Honduras finished as runner-up in Group A, with Cuba finishing second in Group B.

The U.S. will sit idle as those two sides meet in the first Group D clash on Monday, before the USA faces Honduras on Wednesday, May 3 (4:30 p.m. ET on CONCACAF YouTube). The U-17 MNT then closes out the group vs. Cuba on Friday, May 5 (6:30 p.m. ET on CONCACAF YouTube). 

After losing 6-0 to Mexico and 3-1 to Jamaica, Saturday’s opponents El Salvador were officially eliminated from classification stage contention. 

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group C

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

x-USA

2

2

0

0

6

9

3

+6

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

9

4

+5

Jamaica

2

1

1

0

3

3

6

-3

El Salvador

2

0

2

0

0

1

9

-8

x-Group C winner

Chasing the golden boot

Josh Sargent’s two first-half strikes against Mexico took him to three goals in the tournament and teammate Ayo Akinola joined him at the mark with the late goal that stood as the winner in the 4-3 victory against El Trí.

The pair are chasing Carlos Mejía of Honduras, who slotted his fourth goal of the tournament in Honduras’ 3-1 win vs. Haiti on Thursday.

The Captain makes SportsCenter

Trailing Mexico 1-0 In the 26th minute of play, captain Josh Sargent chased down a deep ball from Blaine Ferri, flicked it behind his back and finished past Mexico goalkeeper Andre Alcaraz. The incredible display of skill and athleticism came in at No. 9 on SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” on Wednesday

El Salvador players based in the USA

Four players on the El Salvador roster are currently playing with clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: goalkeeper Tomas Romero, midfielders Christian Barillas and Allexon Saravia, and forward Ronald Cerritos.

If the Cerritos name sounds familiar, it’s because it is! Ronald Cerritos is the son of the former M.L.S. striker and El Salvador international who shares the same name. The senior Cerritos remains the San Jose Earthquakes’ all-time assist leader and also played for Dallas Burn, D.C. United and Houston Dynamo from 1997-2006. The younger Cerritos scored El Salvador’s lone goal of the tournament in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Jamaica and features in the D.C. United Academy, along with Saravia.

Romero isn’t too far from the D.C. United pair, as he plays in the Philadelphia Union Academy, while Barillas features for California-based side Pateadores SC. 

USAvSLV History

In the 17 tournaments prior to 2017, the USA have faced El Salvador eight times, including twice in 1999. The USA holds a commanding 7-0-1 record against Los Cuscatlecos and a 30-5 edge in goals.

Having advanced from the final group stage in 1999, El Salvador encountered their first do-or-die opportunity to reach the U-17 World Cup, having to face the U.S. in a two-leg playoff for the right to go to New Zealand. A U.S. team featuring future MNT stars Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Onyewu overpowered El Salvador during the two legs, winning 6-1 in San Salvador and 4-0 in Columbus to qualify for the World Cup.

El Salvador came close once again in 2011. Finishing second in the initial group stage, they advanced to the quarterfinals where they once again came up against the U.S. After playing to a 1-1 draw in regular time, the U.S. received goals from Mario Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi to edge El Salvador 3-2 after 120 minutes. 

Reaching the Big Stage

The 2017 edition marks the 17th occasion that the U.S. U-17 MNT will compete in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has won the CONCACAF U-17, formerly U-16, Championship title three times: (1983, 1992, 2011) and finished runner-up five times: (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996).

In the 17 CONCACAF tournaments from 1983 to 2015, Los Cuscatlecos have taken part in 13 tournaments, but have yet to qualify for their first FIFA U-17 World Cup.

John Hackworth as U-17 MNT Head Coach

In his second stint as head coach of the U-17 Men’s National, John Hackworth is looking to lead the USA to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for a third time.

Hackworth served as an assistant to John Ellinger, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup before guiding the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 editions as head coach before departing for other opportunities. The former Philadelphia Union manager returned to the U-17 MNT in December 2015.

Tournament Format

The 2017 tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers from each group qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, while the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title. 

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Five Things to Know About U-17 MNT Midfielder Blaine Ferri

A staple figure both on and off the field for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, Blaine Ferri made waves when he scored the all-important second-half ice breaker that led to the USA’s 4-3 victory against Mexico on April 26 at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama City.  

As Ferri continues in pushing the U.S. towards the U-17 World Cup in India, here are five things you should know about the U-17 MNT and Solar Chelsea SC midfielder:

Get to Know Blaine

Blaine Ferri was born and raised in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, Texas. Ferri’s parents are Ray and Danielle and he also has two younger brothers: Drake (13) and Trey (11). Ferri’s soccer talents in part come from his father Ray, who is of Italian descent and played college soccer at Creighton before a short stint with the indoor Dallas Sidekicks in 1994.

When he is home, Ferri most enjoys visiting the Southlake Town Square and cheering on the Cowboys and Mavericks.

A soccer addict

Ferri started playing soccer when he was four years old. When the Grapevine Texas Parks & Recreation Soccer League was no longer challenging enough, Ray and Danielle signed Blaine up at the elite north Texas soccer club, Solar Chelsea SC, where he won the State Cup at the U-12 level and worked his way up to the club’s U-15/16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy side.

Ferri’s most memorable youth soccer moment came when he was five and scored directly off a corner kick while playing a league game in the Grapevine Texas Parks & Recreation Soccer League.

A multi-sport athlete

Growing up in Texas, Ferri excelled in both football and basketball at Dawson Middle School.

Ferri was a running back on the gridiron and scored 15 touchdowns during his eight grade year. On the court, he was pulling the strings as the school’s point guard as well as playing AAU basketball with the Texas Raptors.

Following eighth grade he put the two sports aside to focus solely on soccer.

U.S. Youth National Teams

U-17 MNT

Receiving his first call up to a U-15 Youth National Team camp in 2014, Ferri vividly remembers many of the 31 other campers, including current U-17 MNT teammates George Acosta, Chris Goslin, Tim Weah, Chris Durkin, Andrew Carleton, Jaylin Lindsey and his camp roommate, Chris Gloster.

Ferri has been a constant call up to every camp in his respective age group since 4, including the invitation to join U.S. Soccer’s Residency program in Jan. 2016. During his play in 2016, Ferri started 24 of 27 games, recording two goals and seven assists.

Ferri made his mark at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship by recording a goal and assist against Mexico on April 26. His 51st minute strike from just outside the area broke the 2-2 halftime deadlock, handing the USA the momentum in the historic 4-3 win and a place in the tournament’s Classification Stage. In helping snap Mexico’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play, the budding midfielder told ussoccer.com that the goalis his “greatest soccer moment to date”.

Have another look at the memorable goal (and celebration):

Family Time in Minnesota

Every summer since he can remember, Blaine and his family travel to his mother Danielle’s hometown of Perham, Minn., for a week-long vacation. Usually timing the trip around the Fourth of July to see the fireworks on the lake, the family also enjoys fishing, tubing, barbecuing and grilling s’mores by the campfire. 

The one entertainment spectacle that the family never misses out on is the Perham Chamber of Commerce’s International Turtle Races, where people from across the town, and world, converge to determine the world’s fastest turtle each week. The Ferri family has never won, but Blaine’s brother Trey once made it to the final round and although Blaine has gotten older, he still appreciates the nostalgia of the races.


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U-17 WNT Defeats England 2-0 to Win Group B at the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni

NOVA GORICA, Slovenia (April 28, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated England 2-0 in its third and final group game at the Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni as Payton Linnehan and Jordan Canniff scored first half goals.

The USA came into the match needing a win to guarantee first place in the group and a berth to the title game, but as it turned out, a tie would have been enough to clinch the top spot as Mexico tied Slovenia, 1-1, in the other Group B match The USA left nothing to chance, scoring twice in a six-minute span near the end of the first half in a game that was moved to an artificial turf field on the Italy-Slovenia border due to heavy rains the day before.

In the 30th minute, Astrid Wheeler lofted a chipped pass over the England defense from about 35 yards out, and Linnehan ran the ball down into the right side of the goal box. The ball almost bounced out of bounds, but Linnehan powered her shot into the roof of the net at the right post from an almost impossible angle almost flush on the end line.

The USA doubled the lead in the 35th minute when Caniff was taken down in the penalty area and converted the penalty kick herself for her second goal of the tournament and fourth of her U-17 international career.

All the group games consisted of 35-minute halves, but the championship game will be 40-minute halves. In that championship game to be played in Gradisca, Italy, the USA will face the hosts, who won Group A with one win and two ties. Italy scored just two goals in its three group games but allowed just one, and it was good enough for a spot in the title match.

In the other placement matches on April 29, Mexico will play Belgium for third place, Germany will play England for fifth and Slovenia will play France for seventh.

The Torneo delle Nazioni has been held for boys’ teams for the past 14 years (including this one), but this is just the second time it has been held for women’s teams. The year’s competition is for players born in 2001 or later. The U.S. roster features 18 players born in 2001, which is the age cut-off year for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, taking place in Uruguay.

FINAL Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

2

0

1

7

7

1

+6

MEX

3

1

1

1

4

3

6

-3

ENG

3

1

2

0

3

2

4

-2

SVN

3

0

1

2

2

2

3

-1

FINAL Group B Results

April 25
USA 1, Slovenia 1
Mexico 2, England 1

April 26
USA 4, Mexico 0
England 1, Slovenia 0

April 28
USA 2, England 0
Slovenia 1, Mexico 1

FINAL Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

ITA

3

1

0

2

5

2

1

+1

BEL

3

1

1

1

4

3

3

0

GER

3

1

1

1

4

3

3

0

FRA

3

0

1

2

2

1

2

-1

FINAL Group A Results

April 24
Italy 0, France 0

April 25
Germany 2, Belgium 1

April 26
Italy 1, Germany 0
Belgium 1, France 0

April 28
Italy 1, Belgium 1
France 1, Germany 1

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 WNT vs. England U-17 WNT
Date: April 28, 2017
Competition: Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni
Venue: Nova Gorica Stadium; Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Attendance: 70        
Weather: 60 degrees; rainy

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

USA –  Payton Linnehan (Astrid Wheeler)                  30th minute                            
USA – Jordan Canniff                                                35

Lineups:
USA: 12-Lindsey Romig (1-Ruth Jones, 61), 3-Kate Wiesner (5-Leah Scarpelli, 61), 6-Kennedy Wesley (capt.), 4-Tori Hansen, 2-Makenna Morris, 18-Payton Linnehan, (16-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 36), 11-Croix Bethune (19-Madison Mercado, 46), 8-Astrid Wheeler, 17-Talia DellaPeruta (13-Sunshine Fontes, 36), 10-Mia Fishel (15-Maya Doms, 56), 9-Jordan Canniff
Subs not used: 7-Samantha Meza, 14-Lia Godfrey, 20-Hollyn Torres
Head Coach: Mark Carr

ENG: 1-Francesca Bentley; 4-Aimee Everett, 5-Naomi Hartley (10-Jessica Park, 36), 6-Abbie Roberts, 7-Olivia Smith, 8-Molly Pike (capt.), 9-Ebony Salmon, 11-Lauren James, 12-Asmita Ale, 16-Jesse Woolley (15-Emma Brown, 36), 19-Kayla Rendell
Subs not used: 2-Shauna Vassel; 3-Phoebe Williams, 13-Frances Stenson, 14-Paris McKenzie, 17-Simran Jhamat, 18-Ava Kuyken, 22- Kayla Rendell
Head Coach: Scott Ralfe

Statistical Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
None

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