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Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

Photos from the U.S. WNT first of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Sounders in Familiar Territory with U.S. Open Cup Title on the Line

Kenny Cooper has a personal incentive to extend Seattle Sounders FC’s dominance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Lamar Hunt’s name is on [the trophy],” Cooper said. “Lamar’s name is special to my family. My dad played for the Dallas Tornado, which he owned then, and when I first came to league, he was the owner of FC Dallas, where I started.

“I would love to win with this.”

He will get his opportunity Tuesday in Chester, Pennsylvania, at PPL Park when Seattle plays the Philadelphia Union in the Cup final (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV), the fifth time in six years it has reached the championship match and chance at a fourth title.

Beside the family pride, a win also would put Cooper on par with his father, Ken Cooper Sr., in bragging rights at holiday family dinners. The British-born elder Cooper, who began his goalkeeping career with the Blackburn Rovers, won the 1971 North American Soccer League title with the Tornado.

“He has an NASL ring,” the younger Cooper said. “He’s one up on me at the moment. I’d love to win an MLS Cup ring one day, be part of a team that wins all three things. We’re fighting for all three trophies: the Supporters’ Shield, MLS and the Open Cup. I’d love to wear a ring like my father.”

Kenny Cooper

Cooper has played in the Open Cup final before, in 2007, when he came on late in the second half but could not rally FC Dallas from a one-goal deficit and the New England Revolution claimed the title with a 3-2 victory.

This season, Cooper  seems to be determined to claim a title. While he has three goals in 20 MLS games, Cooper has scored a tournament-leading six in four games in the Open Cup.

It is a determination that fits well with Seattle’s approach to the U.S. Open Cup, and the team’s seemingly ownership of it.

“We take a lot of pride in the competition,” said Sounders technical director Chris Henderson. “Even when we played as USL challengers, we went pretty deep into the tournament. That has continued on.

“If you have one night off, you’re out. It’s a knockout. I think we’re 21-3, including PKs. There’s a lot pride in the club in this. To be able to go as far we have, it’s one of hardest competitions to win.”

As a player with six different MLS clubs, Henderson only remembers reaching the semifinals, and most of the teams he played on treated the Open Cup as an afterthought.

“It’s certainly not like that here,” Henderson said.

Seattle won the Open Cup over the first three years the club played in Major League Soccer: 2009, 2010 and 2011. It reached the final in 2012 but lost to Sporting Kansas City.

Last year, Seattle lost its opening game in the tournament to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, a 1-0 defeat that eliminated the team in the third round. It was a harbinger of a disappointing season that saw the team go winless in its last seven and get eliminated from the MLS Playoffs at the conference semifinal stage.

It was an experience Seattle did not want to repeat. It may seem commonplace for Seattle to win the Cup, but not to the Sounders.

“It never gets routine,” said manager Sigi Schmid, who in addition to the three Open Cups he’s won with Seattle also won one with Columbus, as well as two MLS Cups, a CONCACAF Champions Cup and three College Cups. “To win a fourth Open Cup in six years of existence, I think, is a pretty good statement.

“It’s one of two trophies you can win, maybe although you could count the Supporters’ Shield as a third. I’ve said that if you’re going to enter something, you try to win it. If you’re not trying to win, don’t enter.”

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Sept. 13, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

One Cap, One Touch, One Goal

On July 7, 2000, a U.S. Women’s National Team featuring numerous young players (but also current U.S. captain Christie Rampone and current U-20 U.S. WNT head coach Michelle French) defeated Italy, 4-1, in Central Islip, New York. In the 87th minute, Bountiful, Utah native Carolyn Putz entered the match to earn her first cap and less than four minutes later scored on her first touch of the game. It would be her only appearance for the full National Team. A college teammate at the University of Washington with Hope Solo, who was on the bench that day, Putz remains the only player from Utah to score for the WNT. With the USA in Salt Lake City to face Mexico, the now Caroline Leith (who is married with three kids) visited practice to recount her one cap, one touch and one goal.

World Cup Qualifying Looms as WNT Prepares for Mexico

The U.S. Women’s National Team will open a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, but the players and head coach Jill Ellis certainly have an eye on the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in October.

Coaching Department Announces Fall and Winter Course Dates plus Adoption of New Grading Policy

CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2014) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for “A,” “B,” “C” and “Goalkeeping” License Courses throughout January, February and March of 2015 in Arizona and Florida. Priority registration will be available for each course to candidates who qualify based on previous U.S. Soccer licensing. After a wait period, courses will open for qualified applicants who do not hold the relevant U.S. Soccer license.

“We have created an intentional progression of U.S. Soccer content through the sequencing of courses,” said Director of Coaching Development Dave Chesler. “Our teaching competencies and tools are reinforced through the sequential coaching methodology in our pathway. We encourage licensing candidates to enter the U.S. Soccer pathway early and remain in for consistency, efficiency and positive growth.”

Registration Schedule

  • U.S. Soccer “A” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “B” license on Monday, Sept. 22
  • U.S. Soccer “B” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “C” license on Monday, Sept. 29
    Open for qualified coaches who do not have a U.S. Soccer license on Friday, Oct. 3
  • U.S. Soccer “C” License Courses:
    Open for qualified coaches who hold their National “D” license on Monday, Oct. 6
    Open for qualified coaches who do not have a U.S. Soccer license on Friday, Oct. 10
  • U.S. Soccer Goalkeeping Course:
    Open for all qualified coaches on Monday, Oct. 13

In addition to the registration policy, the Coaching Department will be introducing a new grading policy for the National “A,” “B,” and “C” license courses starting in January of 2015. The new grading scale will evaluate candidates throughout every aspect of the course in order to accurately measure their comprehensive coaching ability.

“Essentially, we will grade every course component on a numerical scale,” said Chesler. “Our goal is to place relative value through specific measures of competency for each component. These scores will be combined to provide an overall result that reflects the ‘body of work’ for the entire course.”

The Coaching Department believes it is important to constantly revise policies such as the grading policy to continually strive to create the best environment for the education and evaluation of coaches.

“This policy will benefit each candidate greatly by clearly defining the areas of competency and the areas where further growth is recommended,” said Chesler. “The process will also include an action plan that may serve as a template for positive change in coaching competencies. The course outcomes will stimulate and in some cases mandate that coaching development is a continuous process of professional development.”

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, and a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

At a course, coaches will interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former U.S. National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching coaches current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches the ability to improve the every-day training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course visit the Coaching Education section of ussoccer.com.

School                                     Date                                Location
National “C” PM                     Oct. 24-25                      Region I (Newark, N.J.)
National “C” PM                     Oct. 25-26                      Region II (Chicago, Ill.)

National “C” PM                      Dec. 6-7                          Region III (Tampa, Fla.)
National “C” PM                      Dec. 13-14                      Region IV (Portland, Ore.)

National “B” License               Jan. 3-11                        IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “C” License               Jan. 3-11                        IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

National “A” License                Jan. 3-11                        Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “B” License                Jan. 3-11                        Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

National “B” License                 Jan. 11-19                      Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “C” License                 Jan. 11-19                      Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

National “A” License                  Jan. 17-25                     IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “B” License                  Jan. 17-25                     IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

National “GK” License**            Feb. 1-8                          IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
National “B” License                 Feb. 21-March 1            Clearwater Chargers (Clearwater, Fla.)

National “B” License                  Feb. 28-March 8          Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National “C” License                  Feb. 28-March 8          Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

International Workshop**         March 13-22                 TBD

National Courses                     Spring / Summer 2015 Information available in January of 2015

** = “A” license coaches may earn eight (8) CEU credits

For inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 “A” Renewal Courses

CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2014) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department plans to conduct six “A” Renewal educational courses in 2015. The “A” Renewal course is separate from the “A” license course and focuses on specific topics in soccer today. These courses provide the opportunity for current “A” license holders to earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew their license for an additional four (4) years.

The “A” renewal program has steadily moved away from auditing at “A” license courses to provide higher-level and more specific learning opportunities for coaches. In September 2013, the Coaching Department partnered with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) on a new coaching development initiative for current “A” license coaches. The professional team partnership continued when the Coaching Department ran a similar event in collaboration with the Portland Timbers in April, 2014. These courses allowed “A” renewal candidates to observe a professional club in depth and learn how they operate on a daily basis. The courses were focused, specific, and gave candidates materials to bring back to their own programs.

 “A” renewal courses will continue in spring 2015 and will offer coaches a behind the scenes look at a professional clubs’ structure from the first team to youth levels.

“Participants in recent renewal courses in conjunction with the New England Revolution, the Portland Timbers and the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) had the opportunity to experience each respective club’s philosophy, culture, structure and how they implement these pieces throughout every level of their programming,” said National Instructor Jay Hoffman. “Candidates had the chance to observe both first team and academy training, interact with coaching and management staff and observe a league match.”

“This new focus provides candidates with a unique opportunity that otherwise may not be available to them. It also provides technical leaders with information that they can take back to their respective coaching environments.”

In addition to renewal courses, “A” license coaches have the opportunity to take part in the Coaching Department International Workshop. The International Workshop involves an educational visit to a leading soccer nation in the world to study their programs and philosophy. Past participants have visited Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and England. The dates for next year’s International Workshop have been set for March 13-22, 2015. The workshop location and registration details will be announced later this fall.

Current “A” license coaches may renew their license by attending an “A” renewal course, the National “Goalkeeping” course, a National “Youth” course or the International Workshop. Coaches who successfully complete one of these courses will earn eight (8) CEUs. “A” renewal course dates will be available in early 2015.

For inquiries please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

Week 2 Academy Preview: Northwest, Mid-America Sides Among Those Gearing Up for Opener

The second week of the 2014-15 Development Academy season will be in full swing, with 108 scheduled games on the docket for the U-13/14 through U-17/18 age groups.

The Northwest Division will see its first action of the Academy’s eighth season. Seattle Sounders FC’s road trip to Vancouver Whitecaps FC stands out among the many competitive matchups on the horizon this weekend. Last season, Seattle edged Vancouver for the Northwest Division title at the U-17/18 age group, while Vancouver took the top spot in the U-15/16s with Seattle earning third place and a wildcard berth.

Juventus Sport Club makes its U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy debut on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. The Academy’s other newcomer, FC Golden State, heads into its second week of play against Real So Cal on Saturday. FC Golden State’s first matches at the older age groups included a 2-1 victory by the U-15/16s against Nomads and an offensive-packed 6-5 loss to Nomads at the U-17/18 age group.

Many Central Conference teams also will be playing in their first matches of the new campaign. One intriguing matchup is at the U-17/18s, as last season’s division champion Chicago Fire faces St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri. A good corps of the 2013-14 SLSG Missouri U-15/16 team, which went 15-5-7 in the Mid-America Division last season, is part of this season’s U-17/18 squad. The Fire has some new faces in the mix, including former Crew Soccer Academy Wolves forward Kalenga Selemani and former U.S. U-17 Residency defender Peter Schropp in his first Academy action.

Peter Schropp

Among other anticipated matchups, the Philadelphia Union hosts Players Development Academy at all three age groups on Saturday. Defending U-17/18 national champion PDA, coming off its 2-1 victory against PA Classics, will have a tough test against a Union side that earned a convincing 4-1 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea last week. All five of the Union U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams’ September games are at home. This is PDA’s lone road game until Oct. 12.

For the latest results during the 2014-15 Development Academy season, visit academy.demosphere.com.

What You Waiting For: #USAvSUI Retold

ussoccer.com gives you a unique look at the U.S. Women's National Team's win against Switzerland in Cary, N.C. Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach were on the scoresheet for the WNT as they're gearing up for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 1, 1998 MNT vs Cuba 3-0 W Network Associates Coliseum; Oakland, Calif. 11,234 Moore, Wegerle, Wynalda
February 7, 1998 MNT vs Costa Rica 2-1 W Network Associates Coliseum; Oakland, Calif. 36,240 Pope, Radosavljevic
February 10, 1998 MNT vs Brazil 1-0 W Los Angeles Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif. 12,298 Radosavljevic
February 15, 1998 MNT vs Mexico 0-1 L Los Angeles Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif. 91,255
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