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Guzan Aims to Cement No. 1 GK Position for MNT in His First Gold Cup

U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan has gone to two World Cups. He’s gone 5-1-2 in eight World Cup qualifiers and played brilliantly in an important match against Egypt in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

A solid backup behind Tim Howard throughout his National Team career, the 30-year-old ‘keeper is only now making his CONCACAF Gold Cup debut in Tuesday’s tournament opener against Honduras and he’s grasped what the chance to start in the competition means for the future.

“This being my first real Gold Cup if you want to call it that, it’s an opportunity to hopefully establish myself as the number one goalkeeper, hopefully play well and help the team do well,” Guzan, who holds 31 U.S. caps, told ussoccer.com. “On an individual level, it’s an important tournament for me because I haven’t played as many games for the National Team as I would have liked.”

When Guzan makes his Gold Cup debut Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas, he’ll be doing so in the same place he made his international debut for the U.S. in a 4-0 friendly win against Guatemala on February 19, 2006.

As a goalkeeper, Guzan said he’s always felt a sense of pride about being called to U.S. camp, but the opportunity to start is unlike nothing else. “It’s different when you get to step out on the field, you’re playing in the big games and you’re the guy that’s going to be called on to make a big save, help the team win and do well.

“That’s a responsibility you cherish – you want that responsibility.”

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) - The City of New York will host a ticker tape parade for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team on Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. ET. All fans are invited to celebrate along the parade route which will be the Canyon of Heroes, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.

A special program will be held at City Hall following the parade, and fans can visit nyc.gov/parade for a chance to attend.

The parade will honor the USA following its historic run at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that culminated with a 5-2 victory against Japan on July 5 to give the country its third title, and become the only nation to achieve that feat. 

Behind The Crest: Ep. 1 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After defeating Guatemala in its only tuneup game for the Gold Cup, the U.S. MNT travels to North Texas ahead of its opening group stage match against Honduras.

On This Date: MNT Scored Important Pair of Gold Cup Wins

The U.S. MNT has collected its share of memorable Gold Cup moments over the years. Throughout this summer’s tournament, check back to ussoccer.com for historical #OTD (On This Date) stories about the MNT’s past success in CONCACAF’s regional championship.

Back in the USA! The Champs Celebrate with Fans in LA

The WNT is finally back in the USA! The team's first stop was in Los Angeles at L.A. Live for a fan rally on Tuesday.  More than 10,000 fans gathered to show their support for the World Champions, some getting there as early as 4:30 AM.  Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez stole the show when they stepped in as emcees to introduce each of the 23 players. Other players that spoke included Golden Glove winner Hope Solo, Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, legendary forward Abby Wambach, veteran defender Christie Rampone, and the impressive backline made up by Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger.


Next up for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions is a a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on a nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced).

U-18 MNT in Carson for Camp and NTC Invitational Tournament

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team’s first domestic training camp of the year is underway in Carson, California. The camp, which runs from July 6-14, will also see the team participate in the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Invitational Tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster currently in camp that will represent the USA at the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Tournament.

U.S. Soccer will stage the three-team international tournament from July 11-15, with the USA, Uruguay and the Czech Republic competing for the title. Additionally, there will be a pair of friendly matches for Uruguay and the Czech Republic against Xolos of Tijuana’s U-18 side.

The U.S. will play a preparation game during camp on July 7 against PSA Elite before kicking off the NTC Invitational against Uruguay on July 11 at 4 p.m. PT, followed by the match against Czech Republic on July 13 at 5 p.m.

All the NTC Invitational matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored.

Admission to the matches is free to the public. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

The U-18 MNT most recently returned from its first training camp of the year in Bosnia this past April, where they split a pair of friendly matches against Bosnia’s U-19 National Team.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcincowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.),
FORWARDS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

2015 U-18 NTC Invitational Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, July 11:

 

Czech Republic vs. Xolos (friendly)

1 p.m. PT

USA  vs. Uruguay (Game 1)

4 p.m. PT

 

Monday, July 13:

 

Uruguay vs. Xolos (friendly)

2 p.m. PT

USA vs. Czech Republic (Game 2)

5 p.m. PT

 

Wednesday, July 15:

 

Czech Republic vs. Uruguay (Game 3)

5 p.m. PT

Ticket Sales Surge Past 30,000 Mark as Pittsburgh Gets Set to Host World Cup Champs

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first post-Women’s World Cup match against Costa Rica on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Following the U.S. WNT’s historic Women’s World Cup victory on July 5, ticket sales increased rapidly, forcing the upper level stands of Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, to be opened in order to accommodate the large number of fans  wanting to see the World Cup Champions live. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Tickets are still available. (TICKETS)

The return to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who hails from nearby Gibsonia. Klingenberg was one of five players who played every minute during the USA’s run to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, as well as part of the backline that shut down opponents for 540 consecutive minutes, the second-best streak in WWC history. Over the course of seven games, the U.S. Women only allowed three goals.

The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004, following the USA’s Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The USA has played 15 times previously in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Three days after facing Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, the World Cup Champs will play a second friendly against its CONCACAF rival in front of over 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Tickets for that match are sold out, with the number setting a WNT attendance record in the state.

Three Star Jerseys Unveiled During FOX Special

Following the WNT's 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final, the team headed to the FOX set in Vancouver to speak about the win and the tournament as a whole.  There, the World Champions were also given their new jerseys with three stars, unveiling the new design for the first time.  Today, the WNT will be at L.A. Live in Los Angeles for a rally beginning at 11 a.m. PT.  

The Captain's Favorite Caps

First Cap: USA vs. Venezuela

A good place to start is my first camp and cap with the National Team when Bruce Arena invited me to be a guest player with the final 23-man roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup camp. The opportunity to be in that camp before the World Cup was incredible and totally unexpected. I had gone to Holland in January of 2006, started playing more with the reserve team and at the end of the season got a good run of games. I can remember sitting on the bus coming back from one of the last games and hearing I was going to have the opportunity to go into camp before the World Cup. It felt surreal.

I got to Cary and there were Bruce, “Mooch” Myernick and Pierre [Barrieu] and so many guys that I’d watched on TV for such a long time. We worked incredibly hard. Pierre had us running quite a bit – it was hot, it was humid, but for me it was incredible to be a part of it.

We were there for two weeks and at the end, I just assumed they’d go to play the Send Off games and I’d head home for a little bit of summer vacation before going back to Holland for preseason. One day after lunch, Bruce pulled me aside and said in a casual way that he thought I’d done well and he wanted to bring me along for the three Send Off games. Again, it was totally unexpected, but as an 18-year-old at that time, I certainly wasn’t turning down the opportunity. The first game was in Nashville against Morocco and just to be on the bench for that, to feel the atmosphere and be a part of it was special. The second game was in Cleveland against Venezuela and towards the end of the game, Mooch came down and told me to get ready. 

“There might be a chance to get you on for a few minutes,” he told me.

Highlights: MNT Puts Four Past Guatemala in Gold Cup Warm Up

With a 4-0 win against Guatemala in the last tuneup game for the Gold Cup, the U.S. MNT travels to North Texas ahead of its opening group stage match against Honduras.

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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