CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) --The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will compete in the 43rd edition of the renowned Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in southeastern France.
The U.S. will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 2014 Toulon Tournament-runner up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for June 7 and will take place in Toulon.
“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Andi Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”
The tournament is comprised of two five-team groups. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A, while Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the tournament final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play in a third-place game also set to take place on June 7.
The first Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon was played in 1967 and included club teams. Since 1974, the tournament has been limited to international teams. The USA’s best finish came in 1989, when it finished in third place, behind Bulgaria and tournament-champion France. The U.S. last appeared in the tournament in 2013, where the U-20 MNT went 1-3-0.
The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This tournament will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.
CHICAGO (4 de mayo, 2015) -- La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Guatemala el viernes, 3 de julio, a las 5:30 p.m. CT de LP Field en Nashville, Tennessee. El partido será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 1, UniMás y Univisión Deportes Network.
"Estamos muy contentos con la oportunidad de jugar contra un equipo como Guatemala antes de la Copa Oro," dijo el director técnico de Estados Unidos Jurgen Klinsmann. "Son similares a nuestros rivales en la etapa de grupos, así que no podríamos pedir mejor preparación. Nuestra meta es ganar el torneo, y este será un primer paso importante. Nashville siempre ha sido un buen hogar para la Selección, y esperamos una afición fantástica en LP Field."
Los boletos salen a la venta al público el jueves, 7 de mayo, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, llamando por teléfono al 1-800-745-3000 y en todas las sucursales de Ticketmaster en el área del Centro de Tennessee (incluyendo tiendas Kroger y Walmart), al igual que en la taquilla de LP Field (abierta de lunes a viernes, de 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m.).
Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.
El partido será el último de preparación para el equipo antes de que empiece su paso por la Copa Oro de CONCACAF 2015 con su primer partido contra Honduras el 7 de julio a las 8:30 p.m. CT en Toyota Stadium de Frisco, Texas. El partido también será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 1 y UniMás.
La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. compitió frente a 29,059 aficionados la última vez que jugó en LP Field en el 2011, cual fue récord para una multitud de fútbol en el estado de Tennessee. El promedio para la multitud en los tres partidos que la U.S. MNT ha jugado en Nashville es de 27,720 aficionados.
Estados Unidos y Guatemala se enfrentaron por última vez el 5 de julio, 2013, en un partido que también fue preparación para la Copa Oro de CONCACAF 2013. Estados Unidos ganó el partido 6-0, mejorando su registro contra Guatemala a 14-4-6.
Estados Unidos ha jugado cinco partidos amistosos en el 2015, con un registro de 2-2-1. El año de la MNT se ha destacado con una victoria de 2-0 contra su rival México en abril, una victoria de 2-0 contra Panamá en febrero y un empate contra Suiza en Zúrich en marzo.
Antes del partido contra Guatemala, EE.UU. viajará a Europa para partidos amistosos contra Países Bajos en Ámsterdam el 5 de junio (2:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, Univisión Deportes Network), y el actual campeón mundial Alemania el 10 de junio en Cologne, Alemania (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univisión Deportes Network). Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.
CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Guatemala on Friday, July 3, at 5:30 p.m. CT at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and the Univision Deportes Network.
'We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a team like Guatemala before the Gold Cup," said U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "They are similar to our opponents in the group stage, so we couldn't ask for better preparation. Our goal is to win the tournament, and this will be an important first step. Nashville has always been a great home to the National Team, and we look forward to having a fantastic crowd at LP Field."
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger and Walmart stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
The matchup will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with an opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.
The U.S. MNT competed in front of 29,059 fans the last time it played at LP Field in 2011, which was the largest crowd for a soccer match in the state of Tennessee. In three matches where the USMNT has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.
The U.S. and Guatemala last met on July 5, 2013, in a game that also served as final preparation ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA prevailed in that matchup by a 6-0 score line, improving its all-time record against Guatemala to 14-4-6.
The USA has played five international friendlies in 2015, going 2-2-1. The year for the MNT has been highlighted by a 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in April, a 2-0 win over Panama in February, and a draw with No. 9 FIFA-ranked Switzerland in Zurich in March.
Before the matchup with Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Europe for a pair of friendlies with international powerhouse and No. 6 FIFA-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 5 (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network), and reigning FIFA World Cup-champion and top-ranked Germany on June 10 in Cologne, Germany (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network). Fans can also follow all matches on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Soccer United Marketing and Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Coppertone®, today announced a multi-year, multi-property partnership making Coppertone® the Official Suncare Partner of U.S. Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League.
Throughout this partnership, Coppertone®, U.S. Soccer and NWSL will encourage the importance of using sun protection during every occasion, whether it’s cheering from the stands, playing and sweating on the field, or relaxing by the pool between games. Overexposure to the sun can result in premature skin aging and other skin damage. In fact, up to 90 percent of visible skin changes commonly attributed with premature skin aging are caused by the sun. Outdoor athletes in particular receive more UV exposure than the general public, and, as their skin is more vulnerable to UV rays while sweating, they need a sunscreen they can rely on. With a high performance formula that works just as hard as they do, Coppertone Sport has their back.
"We are very excited to partner with Coppertone, whose leadership in the suncare industry and track record for high performance sunscreens is a natural fit with the NWSL," NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said. "We boast some of the hardest working elite athletes in the world and are backed by passionate fans who desire a dedicated brand that can support them every step of the way both on the field and in the stands."
Coppertone® will support the U.S. Women’s National Team as it embarks on its journey to the Women’s World Cup this year. It will also back the U.S. Men’s National Team -- a group that captivated the entire country last summer at the World Cup in Brazil -- in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The brand will have access to U.S. Soccer branding on packaging and displays, while sampling at local team games and leveraging the partnership in both broadcast and digital advertising. Coppertone® will also work closely with U.S. Soccer to have products in the locker room. The sponsorship is inclusive of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the Youth National Teams and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
In support of the partnership, Coppertone will work with several players to educate fans about the importance of sun protection. As brand ambassadors and role models for athletes across the country, they will spread a message to their fan bases and beyond: sun protection is essential for healthy skin and should be used every day. Since soccer is also one of the most-played sports by children ages 4 to 19 in the United States, supporting the daily use of sunscreen both in and out of the game will encourage sun smart habits.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with U.S. Soccer and NWSL. Coppertone® pioneered the suncare industry with its creation of the sport sunscreen category and its extensive portfolio of products. That’s why working with such an elite group of athletes to spread the sun protection message is a perfect match for us,” said Tracy Nunziata, Vice President, Suncare and Dermatology at Bayer HealthCare. “As the suncare leader, Coppertone is also excited to educate soccer enthusiasts about the importance of sun protection, whether they’re an athlete on the field or a fan watching from the sidelines.”
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The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of around EUR 20.0 billion (2014), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany.
The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 60,700 employees (Dec 31, 2014) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information is available at www.healthcare.bayer.com.
About Bayer Consumer Care
Bayer HealthCare’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug and nutritional supplements, and OTC and Rx Dermatology units, have business hubs in Whippany, New Jersey, United States: Basel, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Leverkusen, Germany; and Singapore. Research & Development facilities are located in Morristown, New Jersey and Memphis, Tennessee, United States; Gaillard, France; Darmstadt, Germany and China. Bayer Consumer Care is among the top consumer healthcare companies in the world, with brands in the categories of Allergy; Analgesics; Cardio; Cough, Cold, Sinus & Flu; Foot Health; Gastrointestinals; Nutritionals; Sun Care; and OTC and Rx Dermatology.
Some of the most trusted and recognizable brands in the world today come from the Bayer portfolio of products. These include Advantan™, Afrin®, Aleve®, Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Bayer® Aspirin, Bepanthen™, Berocca™, Canesten™, Claritin®, Coppertone®, Dr. Scholl’s®, Elevit™, Flanax™, Iberogast™, MiraLAX®, Nazol™, One A Day®, Priorin™, Redoxon™, Rennie™, Skinoren™, Supradyn™, Tabcin™, and White & Black™.
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.