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Quote Sheet: U-17 MNT Excited by Big Win in Opening game of 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 5, CUBA 0
Feb. 27, 2015

U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the 5-0 victory to begin the Under-17 Championship:
"It was a good start for the team. Obviously it was important to come in and start off on the right foot, get three points and score some goals. So I thought it was a solid showing today against a Cuba team that is difficult and makes it hard on you, and I thought at times were physical and defended well. So it was difficult at times but I thought the guys did a great job.”

On being considered a favorite to win the Championship:
"You’re always happy with a win, no matter what. The objective is to go out and win. Again, we want to take one game at a time. Trinidad is next and we have to focus on Trinidad, who’s going to be a good opponent. Again we take one game at a time. We have to get the results, play well, and then hopefully we’ll continue that one game after another and into the final on the last day of the tournament.”

On how the team dealt with the climate:
“We were fine. We train full time in Florida so we also have a lot of heat in Florida - we trained the last year and half in Florida. We felt fine. The guys came through the game with no issues. We have a strong squad of 20 players that we trust that will be able to come in and play for us at certain times and do well for us if need be.”

On the play of Joe Gallardoin his first major competition after coming back from a broken leg in August 2014:
“It’s great to see Joe back from his injury. Joe’s a good goal scorer – he was proving it up until his injury. Now he’s back, and obviously got three goals tonight. He worked extremely hard, he played well and he was rewarded with his three goals. I believe that he’ll continue to do that throughout the tournament. Again it’s great for him to be able to recover from the injury and to be back with this team.”

On if he expects the coming games will be more difficult:
“Anybody in international soccer can beat anybody. So we’re not going to relax and take any team for granted. We respect all the teams; they’re all competitive and we don’t feel that there’s going to be any easy game. We have to show up and make sure that we play well offensively and defensively and have good team outings.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder CHRISTIAN PULISIC
On starting the tournament with a 5-0 victory:
"It was great. We played really hard right from the start and got that early goal, which really helped us. After that we didn’t hold back. All the guys did their job and played really well. We kept a clean sheet and we’re all happy and looking forward to the next game.”

On turning corner kick drills into an early goal:
“It’s awesome. To practice that with Richie showing us the plays we’d like to do, and just being able to execute is really important. So it was really good to get that first goal like that.”

On having two goals called back early on:
“We weren’t worried. Things like that happen. We just had to keep pushing and we knew they’d (goals) come.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder ALEJANDRO ZENDEJAS

On starting the tournament off with a convincing win:
"It’s definitely exciting. Of course we still want to look at the good things we did and the things we can do better. But I think we’re all very happy to start off with a win. And now we’re just ready for the next game.”

On getting an early goal and being able to add to the lead:
“It was great, but we knew we still had to keep our composure and keep playing, keep scoring. And obviously we were able to do that.”

On how his goal came about:
“Josh (Perez) sent a ball from the left side and Haji (Wright) tried to play it back. It was kind of bouncing around. Joe (Gallardo) laid it off and I just hit it first time. We’ve practiced finishing a lot, and it paid off, so I’m happy.”

U.S. U-17 MNT forward JOE GALLARDO
On scoring three goals in the win to start the tournament:
"I’m happy I got the hat trick, but more happy that we got the win as team. We played really well and I’m just happy for the victory today.”

On how he scored the first goal:
“As coach always tells me, run to the first post, and that’s what I did. I saw a clear path for Christian, he got it across and I was able to tap it in.”

On returning to the form he had prior to his injury:
“I’m just happy that I’m back to how I used to play. I’m thankful to God that he gave me the strength and perfect mindset to come back and play really well.”

Photo Gallery: U-17 MNT Off to Flying Start at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Photos from the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Cuba in its opening Group A game at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which is being held in Honduras. The U.S. next plays Trinidad & Tobago on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans will also be able to follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

U-17 MNT vs. Cuba: Highlights - Feb. 27, 2015

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 victory against Cuba.

U-17 MNT Posts 5-0 Victory against Cuba to Open 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Feb. 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got off to a strong start at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, earning a 5-0 victory against Cuba in the Group A opener at Estadio Francisco Morazán. 

Joe Gallardo scored three goals, Hugo Arellano and Alejandro Zendejas tallied in the first half, while Christian Pulisic and Luca de la Torre each provided two assists to lead the way for the USA. 

With the victory, the U-17 MNT has now won seven straight group openers at this qualifying event, starting with the 2001 edition of the tournament. 

It was a dominant performance by the USA, which had ample chances to pad the lead in both halves. Gallardo struck the right post in the 20th minute and Haji Wright had a wide-open scoring opportunity but hit the left of the frame in the 50th minute. 

In Friday’s earlier Group A match, Guatemala defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-1. Jamaica and Honduras kicked off their group opener following USA-Cuba. 

The USA next faces Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán (FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic), 5th minute: Pulisic, who had threatened the net just one minute earlier to earn the corner kick, took the set piece opportunity from the left side, whipping the ball into the box to Arellano. The team captain rose over three Cuba defenders and headed it into the right side of the frame for the early lead. It was Arellano’s first goal of the year and second during his U-17 MNT tenure. USA 1, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic), 40th minute: Pulisic and Alejandro Zendejas played a swift give-and-go down the right side and Pulisic crossed from the edge of the six-yard box. Gallardo tapped it home with ease for his second goal of the year and 11th of his U-17 MNT career. USA 2, CUB 0 

USA – Alejandro Zendejas, 43rd minute: Just before halftime, the USA worked the ball in from the left and Cuba’s Felipe Hurtado attempted a header clearance. Zendejas was there to settle the ball and ripped a long distance shot into the left of the frame to push the lead to three goals. Zendejas tallied his first international goal of 2015 and fourth during his U-17 career. USA 3, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), 65th minute: Just seconds after entering the match, de la Torre took two quick touches in the box and set up Gallardo from 20 yards out. Gallardo fired toward the left of the frame, his shot bouncing once in the six-yard box, slightly deflected by Cuba goalkeeper Jesus Enrique Hernandez and finding its way into the back of the net. USA 4, CUB 0 

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), 88th minute: The USA wrapped up its scoring when de la Torre played a through ball to Gallardo at close range. Gallardo’s shot was stopped briefly by Jesus Enrique Hernandez, but bounced right back to Gallardo who capitalized on the second chance and found the left side of the frame for the hat trick. He now leads the U-17s this year with four goals this year and has 14 career goals. USA 5, CUB 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CUB – Jesus Enrique Hernandez, 10th and 13th minutes: The Honduras goalkeeper was challenged early and often, required to limit the damage on a couple occasions. In the 10th minute, Hernandez lunched to his right for a diving save on Josh Perez’s strike. Hernandez allowed a rebound, but Christian Pulisic was offside. Then in the 13th minute, Hernandez again dove to his right to smother another Perez shot. 

USA – Will Pulisic, 23rd minute: Cuba’s Eduard Puga drove a free kick into the box that Alejandro Zendejas headed away. But Cuba continued to threaten in the area and had a chance to attack the net again from the left side of the box with much of the back line pushed up. Pulisic alertly darted off of his line and snared the ball at the edge of the box. 

CUB – Jesus Enrique Hernandez, 62nd minute: U.S. forward Joe Gallardo found a window to shoot from 21 yards out. Hernandez once again made a diving save to his right, making up for a Cuba back line that allowed plenty of space for the USA to work the ball in. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT resumes Group A play against Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is now 4-1-0 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 6-0-2 all-time against Cuba in this tournament’s history.
  • Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured a 4-3-3 formation, with Will Pulisic in net and a defensive line that included John Nelson at left back, Matthew Olosunde at right back and a center back duo of team captain Hugo Arellano and Alexis Velela.
  • The midfield trio comprised of Alejandro Zendejas, Eric Calvillo and Christian Pulisic in an attacking role.
  • The front line featured Josh Perez on the left, Haji Wright on the right and Joe Gallardo in the middle.
  • Christian Pulisic and Wright earned their 30th international caps in this age group, tying for the most by any player in this cycle.
  • Every starter – other than Gallardo who was injured for much of 2014 with a leg injury – has earned 19 or more caps in this age group.
  • The USA was forced to burn an early substitution in the 28th minute when Tyler Adams entered for Calvillo, who suffered a lower leg injury.
  • Midfielder Luca de la Torre made his first appearance of the year when he entered for Zendejas in the 64th minute.
  • In the 84th minute, McKinze Gaines entered the game for Wright. Gaines is the only USA player to appear in all five international matches this year.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Cuba U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 720
Weather: 86 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F

USA                            3 2 5 
CUB                            0 0 0

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic)                   5th minute
USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic)                      40
USA – Alejandro Zendejas                                         43
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de le Torre)                      65
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)                      88

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (18-Tyler Adams, 28), 20-Alejandro Zendejas (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright (13-McKinze Gaines, 86), 9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Josh Perez
Subs Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-Pierre da Silva, 19-Brandon Vazquez
Head coach: Richie Williams

CUB: 12-Enrique Hernandez; 2-Felipe Hurtado (18-Neisser Sando, 54), 3-Dariel Morejon, 4-Carlos Borromeo (capt.), 15-Jeffrey Delgado; 5-Jansiel Blanco, 6-Jonathan Ramirez (17-Yordan Alonso, 66), 7-Raycharles Herrera (16-Brian Savigne, 87), 10-Eduard Puga, 13-Serguey Campillo; 8-Yosniel Gonzalez 
Subs Not Used: 1-Lazaro Garcia; 9-Carlos Sebrango, 11-Nelson Betancourt, 14-Yon Hernandez, 19-Omar Romero, 20-Yordanis Barreto  
Head coach: Fidel Salazar

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 21 / 6
Shots on Goal: 13 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
CUB – Felipe Hurtado (caution)                                39th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)                        51
USA – Haji Wright (caution)                                     69

Officials: 
Referee: Mathieu Boudeau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kenroy Willis (CAY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelar
Fourth Official: Drew Fisher (CAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Joe Gallardo

Selección Masculina Sub-17 Vence a Cuba 5-0 en Primer Partido del Grupo A

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (27 de febrero, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos abrió su paso por el Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015 con una victoria de 5-0 contra Cuba tras un triplete del delantero Joe Gallardo.

Hugo Arellano y Alejandro Zendejas también anotaron, aumentado el registro de la Sub-17 de EE.UU. a 4-1-0 en el 2015. Es la séptima vez consecutiva que EE.UU. arranca la fase de grupos de un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF con una victoria, una racha que se inició en el torneo del 2001.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira el segundo partido del Grupo A, el lunes, 2 de marzo, contra Trinidad y Tobago. El partido está programado para las 6 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes.

En el primer partido de hoy del Grupo A, Guatemala derrotó a Trinidad y Tobago 4-1. Jamaica y Honduras iniciaron su partido al concluirse el encuentro entre Estados Unidos y Cuba.

Después de ayudar a abrir el marcador con un pase que conllevó al gol de Arellano, Christian Pulisic anotó dos tantos, pero ambos fueron anulados por estar en fuera de lugar.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos ahora se enfrenta a Trinidad y Tobago el lunes, 2 de marzo, a las 6 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A sigue contra Guatemala (5 de marzo; 6 p.m. ET), contra Honduras (8 de marzo; 9:30 p.m. ET) y contra Jamaica (11 de marzo; 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic), minuto 5: Christian Pulisic y Hugo Arellano conectaron para el primer gol en el quinto minuto. Pulisic cobró un tiro de esquina que envió al centro del área, en donde Arellano cabeceó el esférico a la red. USA 1, CUB 0

USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic), minuto 40: Estados Unidos aumentó su ventaja a dos cuando Christian Pulisic jugó una pared con Alejandro Zendejas. Pulisic recibió el balón y lo mandó perfectamente para Joe Gallardo, quien la tocó de primera al centro de la portería. USA 2, CUB 0.

USA – Alejandro Zendejas, minuto 43: Estados Unidos tenía el balón por la banda izquierda y envió un balón bombeado al centro del área grande, donde tres defensas cubanos y un delantero estadounidense saltaron para buscar el balón. La pelota pegó en el montón y el rebote le cayó a Alejandro Zendejas, quien tomó su tiempo, se perfiló hacia la portería y soltó un cañón de primer toque desde justo adentro del área grande que pasó por un lado de Hernández. USA 3, CUB 0.

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), minuto 65: Menos de un minuto después de ingresar al partido, Luca de la Torre le dio un pase a Joe Gallardo que terminó al fondo de la red. Estados Unidos tomó el saque de banda que terminó a los pies de de la Torre, quien picó el balón para Gallardo en el borde del área. El joven delantero controló el balón y deslizó un disparo que rebotó debajo de los brazos estirados del portero Enrique Hernández. USA 4, CUB 0.

USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre), minuto 88: Luca de la Torre y Joe Gallardo volvieron a conectar a dos minutos del final. De la Torre envió un balón a un Gallardo habilitado frente a la portería. Gallardo disparó pero Enrique Hernández estaba bien parado para que el balón rebotara en su cuerpo. El remate le volvió a caer a Gallardo, cuyo segundo disparo reboto en él y en Hernández antes de cruzar la línea de gol para completar su triplete. USA 5, CUB 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:

USA – Joe Gallardo, minuto 21: En el minuto 21, Joe Gallardo controló el balón adentro del área grande y se quitó a su defensa. El portero cubano Enrique Hernández ya se había comprometido a salir y Gallardo envió el balón por un lado del portero y hacia la red vacía pero el balón pegó en al segundo poste y volvió a entrar al terreno de juego para ser despejado por la defensa cubana.

USA – Haji Wright, minuto 50: El medio campo de EE.UU. jugó un balón largo hacia delante, habilitando a Haji Wright detrás de la defensa cubana. El hábil delantero se quitó al portero y envió el balón hacia la portería sola, pero la pelota estalló contra el poste y volvió a seguir dentro del terreno de juego.


- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Cuba
Fecha: 27 de febrero, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 81 grados Fahrenheit

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                         3          2          5
CUB                                        0          0          0

USA – Hugo Arellano (Christian Pulisic)         minuto 5
USA – Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic)            40
USA – Alejandro Zendejas                              43
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)            65
USA – Joe Gallardo (Luca de la Torre)            88

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 6-Eric Calvillo (18-Tyler Adams, 28), 20-Alejandro Zendejas (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright (13-McKinze Gaines, 86), 9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Josh Perez

Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Kevin Silva, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 17-Pierre da Silva, 19-Brandon Vazquez
Director Técnico: Richie Williams

CUB: 12-Enrique Hernández; 2-Felipe Hurtado (18-Neisser Sando, 54), 3-Dariel Morejon, 4-Carlos Borromeo (capt.), 15-Jeffrey Delgado; 5-Jansiel Blanco, 6-Jonathan Ramírez (17-Yordan Alonso, 66), 7-Raycharles Herrera (16-Brian Savigne, 87), 10-Eduard Puga, 13-Serguey Campillo; 8-Yosniel González 

Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Lazaro García; 9-Carlos Sebrango, 11-Nelson Betancourt, 14-Yon Hernández, 19-Omar Romero, 20-Yordanis Barreto 
Director Técnico: Fidel Salazar

Resumen estadístico: USA / CUB
Tiros: 21 / 6
Tiros a Gol: 13 / 0
Atajadas: 0 / 8
Tiros de Esquina: 4 / 2
Faltas: 11 / 14
Fuera de Lugar: 4 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
Felipe Hurtado (amonestación)                        minuto 39
Alejandro Zendejas (amonestación)                 51
Haji Wright (amonestación)                             69

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Mathieu Boudeau (CAN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Kenroy Willis (CAY)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Zachari Zeegelar
Cuarto Oficial: Drew Fisher (CAN)

Jugador del Partido: Joe Gallardo

Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Kelley O’Hara Kick Off The Daytona 500

U.S. Women’s National Team players Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Kelley O’Hara got the VIP treatment at one of the marquee events of the NASCAR series – The Daytona 500. The players took in the sights and sounds, got to do a lap in the pace car with JJ Yeley, and Abby Wambach waved the green flag (successfully) to start what is known as the “Super Bowl” of car racing.

U-17 MNT Ready to Open World Cup Qualifying

U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams and captain Hugo Arellano talk about prepping for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship ahead of the opening match against Cuba on Friday in Honduras.

U-17 MNT Kicks Off 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Today

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship  (Feb. 27 to March 12) today at 5 p.m. ET. The USA has been drawn with host Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in Group A. 

The U.S. opens against Cuba today at 5 p.m. ET, followed by Trinidad & Tobago (March 2), Guatemala (March 5), Honduras (March 8) and Jamaica (March 11). All of the USA’s group matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2, with the exception of its March 8 game against Honduras, which will be on FOX Soccer Plus. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt

The tournament, which takes place at two venues: Estadio Francisco Morazán for all Group A matches, and Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano for all Group B matches, the two Playoff games and the title match, will qualify four teams to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile this October. 

On Feb. 24, U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

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U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City Academy), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey), Josh Perez (Unattached), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana), Haji Wright (Unattached)

Qualifying Format Change: The CONCACAF U-17 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams. Under the new setup (which was also implemented earlier this year in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship), the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Eyes on Chile 2015: The U.S. has qualified in 14 FIFA U-16 or U-17 World Championships, which ties for the most appearances with Brazil. The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the only occurrence in which the USA did not qualify for this tournament. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand. Landon Donovan earned the Golden Ball, which honors the tournament’s MVP.

2015 U.S. U-17 MNT RESULTS 

International record: 3-1-0; overall: 3-1-0

Date

Opponent

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

Feb. 2

Panama

2-0 W

C. Pulisic, Perez

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

Feb. 4

Panama

0-2 L

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IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

Feb. 20

Bermuda

5-2 W

C. Pulisic, Gallardo, Perez, Wright (2)

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

Feb. 22

Bermuda

4-0 W

Vazquez (2), del Rosario

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.


U-23 WNT Opens La Manga Tournament with 1-0 Victory against Japan

CHICAGO (Feb, 26, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team opened its three-game tournament in La Manga, Spain, with a 1-0 victory against their U-23 counterparts from Japan as forward Lynn Williams scored the game’s lone goal in the 54th minute.

For Williams, a former Pepperdine University standout who was taken in the first round of the 2015 NWSL Draft (sixth overall) by the Western New York Flash, it was her first goal at the international level in her first U-23 cap. 

The goal came off a short corner kick that was taken by midfielder Danielle Coloprico. She played a pass to forward Makenzy Doniak, who gave it back to Colaprico. The ninth pick in the NWSL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars then beat a defender to the end line and played the ball across the face of the goal in the air. Williams connected with a first-time volley to provide a fine finish. 

The 22-player U.S. squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who along with Sarah Killion (second pick overall to Sky Blue FC), Samantha Mewis (fourth overall to Western New York Flash), Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, and University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith, were all on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. 

The USA will face Norway on Feb. 28 and England on March 2 to complete the friendly tournament, which also features China PR and Sweden. 

- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 26, 2015
Competition: U-23 Six Nations International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             0          1          1
JPN                              0          0          0 

USA - Lynn Williams (Danielle Colaprico)            54th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Abby Smith, 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett, 25-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Caprice Dydasco, 8-Sarah Killion (9-Rose Lavelle 68), 14-Samantha Mewis, 3-Vanessa DiBernardo (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46), 6-Shea Groom, 20-Lynn Williams, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey (5-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs not used:, 1-Jane Campbell, 7-Jaelene Hinkle, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 15-Cari Roccaro, 16-Daphne Corboz, 19-Cheyna Williams, 21- Lo’eau LoBonta, 23-Kristin Grubka 
Head Coach: Steve Sampson

JPN: 12-Chica Kato, 15-Natsumi Saito, 3-Shiori Miyake, 4-Tomoko Muramatsu, 2-Yushika Nakamura, 11-Hanae Shibata, 8-Hikari Takagi (14-Ayaka Inoue, 78), 7-Ami Sugita, 10-Rika Masuya (16-Miki Irie, 46), 6-Mai Kyokawa, 9-Mina Tanaka (17-Haruka Hamada, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Rei Takenaka, 5- Mariko Tanaka, 13-Akari Shiraki, 

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

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: J. Lavrenovaite
Assistant Referee 1: V. Siliuniene
Assistant Referee 2: I. Skiptitene

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.

Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.

In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.

The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

Chris Armas
Gregg Berhalter*
Jimmy Conrad*
Robin Fraser**
Frankie Hejduk*
Chris Henderson
Natasha Kai*
Kasey Keller*
Jovan Kirovski*
Chris Klein
Jason Kreis
Eddie Lewis
Shannon MacMillan**
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett*
Jaime Moreno
John O’Brien
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad*
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov
Tiffany Roberts
Eddie Robinson*
Tony Sanneh
Briana Scurry
Diego Serna*
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Lindsay Tarpley*
Taylor Twellman
Christie Welsh*
Zach Thornton*

* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016

In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.

2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

Mike Burns
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry
Linda Hamilton
Mary Harvey
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Cindy Parlow
Tisha Venturini-Hoch

  • Eligible Veteran Bios
  • The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

    Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).

    2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

    Bob Contiguglia
    Don Garber
    Richard Groff
    Robert Kraft
    Tim Lieweke
    Francisco Marcos
    Fritz Marth
    Kevin Payne
    Sigi Schmid

    Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

    The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

    Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. 

    Results

    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
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