Every year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup gives clubs around the country an opportunity to write some soccer history of their own.
Debuting NPSL side FC Tacoma 253 took their first opportunity earlier this year, improbably using the club’s first two competitive matches to qualify for the 2015 edition of the tournament.
Having launched last September, the club which has ties to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina and was founded in part to provide cultural exchanges to Italian players, used locals to dispatch last year’s NPSL Northwest Conference Champion Spartans Futbol Club 2-1 on February 20. The lone win earned Tacoma a one-game playoff with the Southwest Conference qualifying winners San Diego Flash, who were thrashed 6-1 by the NPSL upstarts on March 23 in Tukwila, Washington.
CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson has called in 20 players for the team’s second foreign, and fourth overall, training camp of 2015 to be held in Zagreb, Croatia.
The camp will run from May 7-17 and it will include matches against Croatia’s U-14s on May 11, and against Serbia on May 15. Additionally, the U.S. U-14 BNT will play a third opponent yet to be determined on May 13.
The U-14s most recently held an eight-day camp in Carson, California, in late April. The team’s practice schedule coincided with the U-23s preparation for their match against Mexico on April 23, also in Carson. This provided an opportunity for the youngest and oldest age groups in U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Team program to get together and have some fun while sharing valuable lessons.
Sixteen players in this group were a part of the 36 players that participated in the camp in California.
Additionally, 13 of the 20 players are currently registered with a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club.
Roster by Position:
DEFENDERS (8): Dominic De Almeida (PDA; Lincoln Park, N.J.), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC; Olathe, Kan.), Abraham Gonzalez (FC Golden State; Riverside, Calif.), Luke Hansen (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), John Hilton (Unattached; Long Beach, Calif.), Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas.), Sebastian Serpa (Weston FC; Miami Beach, Fla.), Joey Zarra (Oakwood SC; Cheshire, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Timothy Bielic (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Taylor Booth (La Roca Utah; Eden, Utah), Nick Fernandez (unattached; Downers Grove, Ill.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Luis Arriaga (Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Konrad de la Fuente (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Ulysses Llanez (Chivas USA; Lynwood, Calif.), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Gabriel Segal (Bethesda-Olney; Bethesda, Md.)
CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from May 9-16, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 28 players for the event, with six born in 2000 and the rest in 1999, as the squad continues its long-term preparation for qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup
The age cut-off for that tournament, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.
U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise SC; Surfside, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines United FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (9): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Sydney Carr (Arsenal FC; Orange, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Paige Franks (Richmond United; Henrico, Va.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)
CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) --The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will compete in the 43rd edition of the renowned Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in southeastern France.
The U.S. will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 2014 Toulon Tournament-runner up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for June 7 and will take place in Toulon.
“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Andi Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”
The tournament is comprised of two five-team groups. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A, while Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the tournament final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play in a third-place game also set to take place on June 7.
The first Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon was played in 1967 and included club teams. Since 1974, the tournament has been limited to international teams. The USA’s best finish came in 1989, when it finished in third place, behind Bulgaria and tournament-champion France. The U.S. last appeared in the tournament in 2013, where the U-20 MNT went 1-3-0.
The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This tournament will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.