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Defender Crystal Dunn Called in to Train with U.S. Women’s World Cup Team

CHICAGO (May 2, 2015) – U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath will likely be unavailable for the USA’s first two Send-Off Series matches, on May 10 against the Republic of Ireland and May 17 against Mexico, due to a right hamstring strain suffered during training last week.

As a result, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has called in defender Crystal Dunn to train with the Women’s World Cup Team, but she will not miss any NWSL matches with the Washington Spirit. Dunn will return to her club for the May 9 match at Portland and the May 16 home clash with Sky Blue FC.

Dunn, who was one of the final cuts from the 23-player Women’s World Cup Team, has 13 caps for the USA. Heath, who was named to her second Women’s World Cup roster on May 14, has 90 caps.

Richie Williams Names 20-Player Roster For U-17 MNT Camp

CHICAGO (May 2, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster for the team’s first domestic training camp of 2015 in East Hanover, New Jersey.

The camp will run from May 2-11, and the team will hold practice at New York Red Bulls’ practice facility. This will mark the first time the team gathers in a full time capacity since it competed at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras earlier this year.

The team finished CONCACAF qualifying with a 3-1-2 record to secure a spot in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, following a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over Jamaica on March 15. The 2015 U-17 World Cup will be held from Oct. 17-Nov. 8 in Chile.

The U.S. has qualified for 15 FIFA U-16 or U-17 World Championships. The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the only occurrence wherein the USA did not qualify for the tournament. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matt Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Tex.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), George Braima (Columbus Crew Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Terrell Lowe (Portland Timbers Academy; Hillsboro, Ore.), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Mckinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Tex.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Roster Notes:

  • In addition to the matches during CONCACAF qualifying, the U-17s have played four international matches in 2015. The U.S. split a two-game set against Panama on Feb. 2 and 4, then showcased a strong offensive display with a 5-2 victory against Bermuda on Friday, Feb. 20, followed by a 4-0 win in a rematch two days later.
  • Fifteen players from this roster were a part of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship roster
  • Josh Perez scored four goals and tallied an assist for the U.S. in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
  • Goalkeeper William Pulisic started in all six games of that tournament.
  • Perez has scored six goals in 2015, the most of any U-17 MNT player. He also boasts a roster-leading three assists on the year
  • Haji Wright is the most experienced player of the group having earned 34-career caps with the U-17 Men’s National Team
  • Wright was the leading goal scorer for the U-17s last year with 18 goals in 22 matches and was a nominee for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year award.
  • Much of this U-17 MNT roster played a big role in the USA’s 17-7-3 international campaign in 2014. Matt Constant, Terrell Lowe, Auston Trusty and Brandon Vazquez joined the team in 2015
  • Fourteen players from this roster were a part of the team that earned a runner-up finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies.
  • Nineteen of the 20 players have ties to the Development Academy

U-15 BNT Wins Tournament delle Nazioni with 3-2 Victory over Austria

GRADISCA D’ISONZO, Italy (May 1, 2015) --The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Austria 3-2 to win the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni today in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy. Andrew Carleton scored two first-half goals and Tim Weah added a score in the second half, as the team was able to hold off Austria to take home the tournament title.

The U.S. struck first in the 12th minute when George Acosta sent a pass up to Carleton, who got past the last Austrian defender, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored. Ten minutes later Carleton added to his tally by running onto the ball after a U.S. shot had rebounded off the post and firing it into the bottom right corner of the goal, doubling the U.S. lead.

In the second half the U.S. scored first again when Tim Weah received a pass, took a turn and fired from the top of the box to put the U.S. up 3-0. Austria got on the board a minute later and made things interesting by adding another score in the 77th minute.

While Austria threatened in the game’s final minutes, the U.S. defense stood firm and held on for the 3-2 win.

*Match Report to come...

Across the Academy - April 29, 2015


Academy Alumni:
This past weekend was a big one for the Development Academy as it was the first time since the Academy was founded in 2007 that 30 alumni appeared in MLS matches in one weekend. This feat is particularly impressive because a few alumni that regularly compete in MLS were away on National Team duty with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team. Two of the 30 tallied their first MLS goals, as Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution Academy) and Bradford Jamieson IV (Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Academy) got on the board to help their teams in yet another exciting weekend in Major League Soccer.

U-23's Defeat Mexico; Announce September Camp in England: The U-23s are coming off a 3-0 win over archrival Mexico on April 22. Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean (De Anza Force) and Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) all tallied goals to give the U-23's their second-straight win over Mexico, which brought the U-23's all-time record to 6-2-0 (4-0-0 on U.S. soil) against their rival.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will convene in England for camp in early September, highlighted by matches with England's U-23 National Team on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Qatar's U-23 National Team on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The camp serves as part of the preparation process for qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

U-20s Close out April Camp with 1-0 Win over Croatia: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Croatia's Under-20's 1-0 on April 24 behind a Romain Gall (D.C. United Academy) second-half goal at the Red Bull Salzburg Academy, in Salzburg, Austria. The match capped off a weeklong camp as the U-20 MNT continues preparation for this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which will run from May 30-June 20.

Familiar and Fresh Faces at U-18 MNT Camp: James Murphy (Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) joined the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team in Bosnia, where the team is holding its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. The team followed up with a 3-1 loss to Bosnia's U-19 National Team on April 28, but will get a chance at redemption when they play again on April 30

U-15's Play Their Way into the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni Final: In thrilling fashion, the U-15 BNT took down Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the championship match of the Tournament Delle Nazioni. The team had gone 2-1-0 in group play defeating Costa Rica 4-1 on April 25, Croatia 6-2 on April 27 and losing to semifinalist Slovenia 3-2 on April 28. The U-15's will go head-to-head with Austria on May 1 for the tournament crown.

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Western Conference: Vancouver Whitecaps U-15/16s defeated Seattle Sounders 3-1 on a double from Cole Morokhovich and a goal from Georges Mukumbilva, while the Vancouver Whitecaps U-17/18 drew even 0-0 with Seattle Sounders as the pair continue to push towards the playoffs. Seattle's U-17/18s currently sit atop the Northwest Division table with 2.16 pts/gp, while Vancouver is close behind and in a tie with Crossfire Premier at the No. 3-spot, with 2.04 pts/gp. Pateadores U-17/18s pushed into the playoff picture as it edged out Chivas USA 3-2. Choi Ba da, Luis Leon and Cesar Murilo scored for Pateadores, while Michael Florse and Jonathan Hernandez scored for Chivas USA.
Central Conference: Vardar U-17/18 and Sockers FC tied 2-2 on Saturday and are now locked up in the Mid-America Division, both at 1.50 pts/gp. Adrian Herrera scored twice for Sockers FC and Nash Popvic and Jimmy Todd scored for Vardar. Lonestar SC Academy U-17/18 played well against Frontier Division No. 1 Houston Dynamo playing to a 3-3 tie on Saturday. Giovanni Pacheco scored twice for the Dynamo and three players scored for Lonestar SC Academy: Samuel Drablos, Noah Murphy and Elijah Petrik.
East Conference: Bethesda-Olney U-17/18 played Atlantic Division No. 2 D.C. United to a 2-2 draw and their counterparts at the U-15/16 level also tied, 3-3. The Atlantic Division first-place New York Red Bulls U-17/18 were defeated by the Players Development Academy, which continues to make moves to remain in the playoff picture. The No. 1-overall New York Red Bulls U-15/16s held their ground defeating Players Development Academy 3-0, aided by a Brian Saramago double. A pair of Jimmy Shammar goals helped Eastern Conference first-place Montreal Impact U-17/18s hold off Oakwood Soccer Club 3-2.


Player of the Week:
Players Development Academy U-17/18 forward Chaz Burnett received high marks for his hat-trick performance against New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Burnett led his side to a 4-2 victory with one first half goal and two second half goals bringing his total to 12 goals on the season. The PDA forward participated in the Academy Select Game at Winter Showcase earlier this season.

Referee of the Week:
Cameron Bielstein, a 24-year-old Grade 7 referee from Texas was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Lonestar SC Academy and Houston Dynamo matches. Bielstein has been working Academy games since 2008 and has also worked PDL and NASL games.

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U.S. Soccer Coaching Department Launches Academy Director Course:
The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches. The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an "A" License.

Full Circle: In addition, while the U-23s have been in camp, the U-14s have also been in Carson, running camps simultaneously. Early this week, both teams were able to come together for a lunch break and share experiences, anecdotes, and a few laughs, as the oldest group and the youngest group in the Youth National Teams system discussed the journey to make it for the USA.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.


U-15 BNT Earns Spot in Tournament delle Nazioni Final

ROMANS D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni championship match on Wednesday in Romans D’Isonzo, Italy. The team will go head-to-head with Austria for the tournament title on Friday, May 1 in Gradisca d’ Isonzo.

After a quiet first half, the intensity turned up in the second half when Italy’s Sdaigui Zakaria was issued a double caution and sent off. The U.S. pushed, but could not score in regulation or in extra time and the match went to penalties.

The U.S. and Italy both scored on their first three attempts. The U.S. went down a goal in the fourth frame after a missed shot and an Italian conversion, but leveled in round five after a Chris Durkin goal and an Eric Lopez save. The sixth round of PKs proved to be the last as Italy missed and Tim Leah scored to send the U.S. to the final.

U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Italy
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Competition: Tournament delle Nazioni, Semi-Finals
Venue: Romans D’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.
Attendance: 450
Weather:  68 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F          PK’s                            
USA                             0          0          0          5                                
ITA                               0          0          0          4

*See Scoring Summary


USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 17-Zico Bailey, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 8-Chris Durkin, 18-Chris Goslin, 13-George Acosta, 9-Lucas Del Rosario (7-Tim Weah, 58), 16-Ayo Akinola (20-Adrian Villegas, 75), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 5-Rayshaun McGann, 6-Blaine Ferri, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ITA: 1-Plizzari Alessandro, 2-Bellanova Raoul, 13-Almeida Pedro Gomes, 5-Bettella Davide, 15-Ermacora Federico (14-Ambrogio Simone, 65), 6-Sdaigui Zakaria, 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, 16-Pelliccia Salvatore (18-Adorante Andrea, 41), 11-Meli Marco (19-D’orazio Ludovico, 41), 10-Merola Davide (17-Capanna Federico, 59, 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, 84), 9-Kean Bioty Moise
Subs not used: 3-Grassini Davide, 4-Matteucci Emanuele, 7-Pellegri Pietro, 12-Bulgarelli Alessandro
Not dressed: none
Head Coach: Antonio Rocca

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - George Acosta (caution)              26 minute
ITA - Sdaigui Zakaria (caution)                56
ITA-Sdaigui Zakaria (expulsion)              56
ITA - Almeida Pedro Gomes (caution)     73
ITA - Ambrogio Simone (caution)            84        

Referee – Ret Lorenzo
Assistant Referee No. 1 – Bellono Marco
Assistant Referee No. 2 – Bernaroi Francesco

Scoring Summary:
PK Shootout
1 – Andrew Carleton, Goal
2 – George Acosta, Goal
3 – Adrian Villegas, Goal
4 – Chris Goslin, Missed
5 – Chris Durkin, Goal
6 – Tim Weah, Goal

1 – 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, Goal
2 – 5-Bettella Davide, Goal
3 – 18-Adorante Andrea, Goal
4 – 19-D’orazio Ludovico, Goal
5 – 9-Kean Bioty Moise, Saved
6 – 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, Missed

'One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.' Series On The USA’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, Presented By Clorox

CHICAGO (April 29, 2015) - The U.S. Women’s National Team has three matches left before traveling to Canada for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in June, but as the excitement for the tournament ramps up, U.S. Soccer is proud to release its "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories." series, presented by Clorox.

The exclusive video content featured on profiles each member on the U.S. WNT roster and provides fans the opportunity to get to know the players and their stories from outside the soccer field before they cheer them on this summer in Canada during the world’s biggest sporting event for women.

Sprinkled with humor, fun and heartfelt stories, the videos give fans insight into the players’ personalities, families, motivations, and some of the challenges they’ve experienced on the different roads they’ve traveled to earn the right to represent the United States in the ultimate competition for a soccer player. The videos feature a wide range of material and topics as we delve into their 23 Stories.

The series is supported by an extensive collection of information produced by U.S. Soccer that features video, photos, narratives and biographies with each player.

Prior to departing for the World Cup in Canada, the U.S. WNT will embark on a three-game Send-Off Series across the United States in May. Tickets for the Send-Off Series matches are now on sale. The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

This summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Roster: 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash),Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars),Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash),Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit),Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC),Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash),Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC),Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City),Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash),Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) 
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC),Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars),Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)


At 38, Shannon Boxx will be playing in her fourth and final Women’s World Cup. To get there, she had to overcome significant health challenges as well as return to the field after the birth of her daughter, tests she has managed with tremendous perseverance, dedication and the support of her friends, family and especially her teammates.

At 22, Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team and has starred at the Youth National Teams level for some time, helping the USA win the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. But it wasn’t always that way. As an under-sized youth player in Georgia and Florida, she earned the nickname “Plankton” and was cut from the Olympic Development Program team. Despite hitting some obstacles along the way, with hard work, self-belief, ambitious goal-setting and inspirational guidance from a coach, she made herself into one of the best young players in the world.

While Lori Chalupny may admittedly still be a bit shy, she credits her U.S. Youth National Team experience with helping her come out of her shell and find her voice. Now the St. Louis native is a college coach and a veteran player who, after five years away from the team, has a heightened appreciation for the opportunity to compete for a Women’s World Cup title.

Whitney Engen grew up in what you might call a “fun household” where her parents were always encouraging her and her brother through games and activities. Today, she knows those experiences helped mold not only her competitive nature, but also her ability to thrive in such an environment. She now feels comfortable dealing with the good days and the bad ones, whether it be while competing for and earning a spot on the USA’s Women’s World Cup Team, or catching a tossed ice cube in a cup after a full 360-degree spin.

During her childhood in Satellite Beach, Fla., Ashlyn Harris was a wild child, a grom and a skater who hit both the surf and the concrete ramps with abandon. She played sports with and against the boys and had to earn their respect. Somewhere along the way she realized that soccer might be her way out of the small town. It was, as she won the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, went on to a stellar career at North Carolina, was a standout for her pro clubs and now has earned a place on her first Women’s World Cup Team. Having found her voice, she wants to use it to help others through their struggles while blazing her own path and living life freely.

Tobin Heath is a free spirit. It’s a distinct part of her personality that informs her style of play on the field and her life off of it. The joy she feels with the ball at her feet and her pursuit of new experiences have carried her around the country and the globe. This soccer vagabond has bounced from place to place, embracing a warm community of family and friends in between soccer trips, but she knows that one day she will settle down. Even after she does, Heath will cling to that sense of adventure and continue to seek out different situations, people and cultures that challenge her and help her grow.

Open-heart surgery at the age of three didn’t slow down Lauren Holiday, who enjoyed a childhood replete with competition against her siblings, which led her to a first call-up for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the tender age of 17. Now 27, the central midfielder has grown up on the U.S. team and into one of the team’s most important players.

Julie Johnston has played soccer for as long as she can remember, and fueled by competition with her sister, she became one of the best young players in the country, and then the world, when she captained the USA to the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title. Still, she struggled with self-confidence trying to make the huge jump to the full National Team, and without the constant support of her friends and family, she says she might not have made it to her first Women’s World Cup.

The only thing small about Meghan Klingenberg – just call her Kling -- is her height. Her personality, toughness, competitive desire and talent on the soccer field certainly loom large, so much so that the third-degree black belt in taekwondo has molded herself into one of the best attacking outside backs in the world. Who would have known that a girl from Pittsburgh, who did a demo with Nunchucks to NSYNC’s “Here We Go” in her fifth grade talent show, would one day rise to the U.S. Women’s National Team? Kling would -- that’s who.

Ali Krieger had a near-death experience while in college, and at the time, didn’t know if she would be able to follow her dreams of playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, or even continue playing soccer at all. With the support of her family and teammates, and armed with a new perspective, she was able to recover and offer support to her brother who was going through his own struggles at the time. Now, the siblings are each other’s role models and confidents, lending each other perspective while helping each other achieve success and happiness.

Sydney Leroux played all sorts of sports with boys while growing up and always left everything on the field. She eventually grew out of her tomboy stage, but the aggressive style she honed as a youth is the same one fans see from her on the field today. While her road to the U.S. National Team was certainly untraditional, the daughter of a single mom gives all the credit to Sandi Leroux for providing her with the love, opportunity and support to help her follow her dreams.

Carli Lloyd has used a tremendous work ethic, honed on the fields of New Jersey, often times by herself, to become one of the best and most clutch midfielders in the world. She cherishes the most important games and relishes the chance to put her training into action on the grandest of stages. Lloyd embraces the pressure of her own high expectations and looks forward to having her teammates count on her in the biggest of moments.

Alex Morgan's childhood in Diamond Bar, Calif. involved a lot of sports. She decided only in her early teenage years to concentrate on soccer, but that focus paid off eight years later, when as the youngest player on the USA's 2011 Women's World Cup roster she played a major role off the bench. Now, as she heads to her second World Cup, Morgan is incorporating lessons she's learned from her teammates with a new set of responsibilities on the field, along with her status as a role model.

Alyssa Naeher and her twin sister were drawn to opposite ends of the soccer field: Amanda would become a high scoring forward in college while Alyssa gravitated to the goal. After an early mishap, the duo rebounded, learning to complement each other and hone each other's competitive edge. Today, each Naeher sister calls herself the other's biggest fan.

Georgia native Kelley O’Hara is a southern girl at heart, and as she grew up playing all sorts of sports in Peachtree City, she never thought she would want to leave home. But her soccer travels for the USA’s youth and senior national teams, as well as a brilliant collegiate career at Stanford, have led her to live on both coasts and have taken her around the globe, opening up her eyes to a world she embraces while living life to the fullest.

Heather O'Reilly grew up with three older brothers who loved including her in their sporting exploits and watched with pride as her athleticism grew...even when she started beating their friends. Later, O'Reilly would discover that she shares something else with one of her brothers: the game face.

Christen Press’ journey took her from a highly successful but often stressful college career in California, to a folded pro league in Florida, to a fresh start in Sweden, and then to a spot as an alternate on the 2012 Olympic Team in England. Along the way she found peace with herself, and in her game, while scoring nearly a goal for every two games she has played for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Growing up in a small town in northern California with her twin sister Rachael helped shape Megan Rapinoe into the person and player she is today. While her childhood pursuits were not good for the crawdads in the pond by her house, it positively impacted her outlook on life and strengthened a family bond that has propelled her to great success on the soccer field.

Through eighteen years on the U.S. Women’s National Team, defender Christie Rampone has grown from a tremendously shy dual-sport athlete out of a small New Jersey school to the long-time captain of her country. Along the way she has learned from the many players and coaches who have graced the U.S. team over the past two decades. Rampone earned the monikers of Captain America and America’s #1 Soccer Mom while raising two daughters who have grown up around the team. She feels incredibly fortunate to have had so many great role models for Rylie and Reece, who are anything but shy.

Amy Rodriguez knew that returning to the field after having her son following the 2012 Olympics was not going to be easy. After a trade to a new club, she found new motivation, helped lead FC Kansas City to a NWSL title and earned a spot on the Women's World Cup Team. After giving birth to her son Ryan, she realized she was not nearly ready to hang up her cleats and underwent a shift in perspective. Fueled by her desire to make Ryan proud when he came of age to understand her accomplishments, Rodriguez sought to pursue her goals to the fullest. Mission accomplished.

At times, growing up with two older brothers wasn’t easy, but it certainly helped mold Becky Sauerbrunn into the tremendous competitor she is today. While her brothers did in fact dress her in make-shift goalie gear and shot hockey pucks at her, they also helped her learn to read, which opened up a new universe of literature and in turn nurtured her passion for knowledge. Now Sauerbrunn makes a point to learn about new cultures in all the places she’s been able to travel with the U.S. Women’s National Team while always looking to expand her education.

From an early age, Hope Solo wanted to be a professional soccer player. She just didn’t think it would be in goal. A highly-decorated scorer as a forward in high school in Richland, Wash., she didn’t come to terms with being a goalkeeper until her later years in college. With the support of her coaches at the University of Washington, she was told she could be the best in the world. They were right. Since then, she has been dedicated to her craft, and while she says that no one can perfect the art of goalkeeping, she loves the challenge it brings, and that’s what continues to motivate her.

One of the greatest competitors and winners in the history of women's soccer grew up as the youngest of seven kids in Rochester, New York. Her competitive fire was partly fueled by a loss during her senior year of high school and stoked by another crushing defeat on the biggest stage four years ago. As she pursues an elusive Women's World Cup title in her last go-around, no one realizes more than Abby Wambach that you are defined not by falling down but by how you respond when you get up.

U.S. U-18 MNT Falls 3-1 to Bosnia in First of Two Friendlies

MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia (April 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s surrendered a pair of second-half goals to fall to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s U-19 National Team 3-1 on Tuesday, April 28 in Bosnia.

Twenty-one minutes into the match, U.S. forward Brooks Lennon took down a long ball and beat his defender into the box where he was brought down to set up a USA penalty kick.

Mukwelle Akale lined up and finished to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead. Five minutes later however, Bosnia would strike. Andrej Modic scored on free kick that deflected and left no chance for U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. The scored evened the game 1-1, a score line that held through the first half.

In the second frame Bosnia did its damage scoring in the 57th minute on a back-post cross that Amer Gojak headed in, and again in the 63rd minute on a Kerim Memija goal.

The U-18s will get another chance at Bosnia when the teams meet again on April 30.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sport Centar Circle International Stadium
Kickoff: 4:00 PM Local Time
Weather: 60

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             

BIH                          1          2          3
USA                            1          0          1

USA – Mukwelle Akale           22 minute
BIH – Andrej Modic                 27
BIH – Amer Gojak                   57
BIH – Kerim Memija                63


USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (Capt); 14-Kyle Duncan, 23-Tommy Redding (18-Justen Glad, 39), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 21-Pablo Pelaez (16-Marcello Borges, 57); 3-Cameron Lindley, 15-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (8-Emmanuel Sabbi, 57), 2-Mukwelle Akale (11-Christian Lucatero, 73); 5-Victor Mansaray (9-Eryk Williamson, 73), 7-Brooks Lennon;

Coach: Javier Perez

BIH: 1-Goran Karacic (GK); 2-Kerim Memija (15-Stipe Loncar, 65), 5-Marko Mihojevic, 6-Vladimir Orsolic, 3-Eldar Civic; 4-Ismar Hairlahovic (18-Amir Hadziahmetovic, 65), 8-Amer Gojak (20-Luka Menalo, 65), 10-Andrej Modic (Capt) (21-Cazim Suljic, 65); 7-Amar Burovic (13-Adel Halilovic, 46), 11-Mico Kuzmanovic (19-Nemanja Andusic, 46), 9-Dzenis Beganovic;

Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 8 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 17
Offsides: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:        

BIH– Marko Mihojevic (caution)         21 minute
USA – Pablo Palaez (caution)            26
USA – Justen Glad (caution)              45
USA – Jackson Yueill (caution)         49
BIH – Eldar Civic (caution)                 61
BIH – Luka Menalo (caution)              87


Goran Paradzik


U.S. U-23 MNT to Continue Olympic Prep in England in September

CHICAGO (April 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in England for camp in early September, highlighted by matches with England’s U-23 National Team on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Qatar’s U-23 National Team on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“We are absolutely excited about this invitation to compete with these teams,” U.S. U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog said. “We have emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible, and to get another chance to train and play against England and Qatar will be a great opportunity to evaluate players as we look to finalize our roster for Olympic Qualifying.”

The camp serves as part of the preparation process for qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

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 over Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Next month, the team will be back together for the renowned Toulon Tournament in France at the end of May. There, the U-23’s will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 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.

Slovenia Deals U-15 BNT First Tournament Delle Nazioni Loss

NOVA GORICA, Slovenia (April 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team dropped its first game at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni, falling to Slovenia 2-3 on Monday, April 27 in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

The loss pushed the U.S.’s tournament record to 2-1-0 to finish group play with six points, behind group winner Slovenia. The wins over Costa Rica and Croatia however, proved enough points to qualify the USA for the semifinals where it will meet Italy on Wednesday, April 29.

Slovenia struck first in the game’s 23rd minute. From a corner, Slovenia played a ball in that the U.S. cleared out to a Slovenian player, who in-turn received it and served it back into Jaka Bijol, who then took a turn inside the box and finished to put Slovenia up 1-0.

The momentum continued to go the way of Slovenia in the early minutes of the second half and the team tallied two more scores in the half’s first five minutes. The first came in the 37th minute when Slovenia played a ball into Medved Zan, who found a seam between the U.S. center backs and sent in the game’s second goal. In the 40th minute Slovenia scored in a similar fashion when the ball got through to Kerin Luka at the top of the box and he hit a shot over the keeper to increase the lead to three.

The U.S. wouldn’t go down without a fight. Chris Goslin would bury a 22-yard strike in the 66th minute and George Acosta would follow with a free kick goal from 24 yards out in the 70th minute, but time ran out and the USA was dealt its first loss of the tournament.

On Wednesday, the USA and Italy will compete for the chance to take on the winner of the other semifinal game between Slovenia and Austria, with the winners of each game advancing to the Tournament’s final.

-  U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report  -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Slovenia
Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play Game 3
Venue: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Attendance: 100
Weather: 57 degrees; Cloudy with light rain

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          2          2                                
SVN                             1          2          3 

SVN – Jaka Bijol                       23rd minute
SVN – Medved Zan                   37
SVN – Luka Kerin                      40
USA – Chris Goslin                    66
USA – George Acosta               70

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga (21-Chandler Vaughn, 42), 5-Rayshaun McGann (19-Jaylin Lindsey, 12), 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (18-Chris Goslin, 46), 8-Chris Durkin, 20-Adrian Villegas (13-George Acosta), 7-Tim Weah (17-Zico Bailey, 54), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 46), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 6-Blaine Ferri, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

SVN: 1-Nick Bicic, 2-Adis Hodzic, 5-Vanja Drkusic, 4-Blaz Urh, 15-Jakob Mesaric (3-Jurij Spanja, 50), 6-Jaka Bijol, 18-Zan Medved (9-Teo Milic, 48), 19-Domen Bozic (8-Zan Rogelj, 36), 14-Tomi Horvat (20-David Kovacic, 58), 11-Luka Kerin (16-Anis Jasaragic, 60), 10-Zan Celarn (13-Lan Piskule, 65)
Subs not used: 17-Aleksnder Bodiroza, 12-Matevz Vidovsek, 7-Aleksander Palamar
Head Coach: Dusan Kosic

Stats Summary: USA / SVN
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
SVN – Bozic Domen (caution)    33 minute
SVN – Milic Teo (caution)           52 

Referee – Bubek Alen

Altidore Double Highlights MNT Contributions to Club Success

Now just over two months out, the U.S. MNT players have their eyes set on making an impact for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For now, their work is with their club teams, where last weekend a number of U.S. players made a difference.

Jozy Altidore, F, Toronto FC

Altidore collected his third and fourth goals of the season after notching a double in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over Orlando City SC. In the 50th minute, Altidore quickly played a free kick from inside of the center circle to teammate Sebastain Giovinco, who in-turn touched it right back to Altidore. From there Altidore did the rest, zipping past the defense and ripping a shot that just tipped off Orlando City GK Donovan Ricketts’ hands and bounced in off the far post. In the 83rd minute, he got around the defense again. His second score came when he took down a long pass and fooled both a defender and the goalkeeper with a cut in the box that he followed with a left-footed finish.

Watch: Altidore goals

Fabian Johnson, D, Borussia Mönchengladbach

Fabian Johnson played a key part in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. Johnson completed 29 of 34 passes one of which set up the game-winning goal. The win was huge for ‘Gladbach as it clinched at least a qualifying spot in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.

Watch: Match Highlights

Clint Dempsey, F, Seattle Sounders FC

Clint Dempsey led the Seattle Sounders to a victory over rival Portland Timbers by scoring the game-winning goal in the 77th minute of the match. In front of a crowd of 41,541 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Dempsey tapped in a rebound from close range after Andy Rose’s initial shot was saved by the Portland GK Adam Kwarasey. The goal was Dempsey’s second through Kwarasey in the last year. He put one past him in just 30 seconds into the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana last June.

Watch: Dempsey Goal

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Nantes

Alejandro Bedoya headed home the game-tying goal for Nantes in its Ligue 1 road match versus Toulouse. With two minutes left in regulation, Nantes trailed by a goal and was given a corner kick. Bedoya made his move to the back post and buried a header to save a point for Nantes.

Watch: Bedoya goal

Aron Johannsson, F, AZ Alkmaar

Aron Johannsson tallied his sixth goal of the season for AZ, flicking in a cross with the outside of his left foot for a goal in the game’s 35th minute. AZ would go on to win 2-0 over FC Twente. The win was important for AZ as the team continues to work for a Europa League spot. Johannsson’s team now trails the third-place position by three points with two more matches to play this season.

Watch: Johannsson goal


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 15, 1998 MNT vs Germany 0-2 L Parc des Princes; Paris, France 43,815
June 21, 1998 MNT vs Iran 1-2 L Stade de Gerland; Lyon 44,000 McBride
June 25, 1998 MNT vs Yugoslavia 0-1 L La Beaujoire; Nantes 39,500