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U-23 MNT Falls to England 1-0 in Olympic Qualifying Warmup

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team began its camp in England with a narrow 1-0 defeat to England at Deep Dale Stadium in Preston, England. The U.S. carved out a number of chances throughout the match to pair with a hard-fought defensive effort that was spoiled when England scored the winning goal after advancing on a quick free kick that beat the recovering U.S. defense. A full Match Report will be available shortly.

MNT Players Settle in with New Clubs Across Europe

While the prime focus among players in Men’s National Team camp is preparing for next month’s CONCACAF Cup, four players in the group have recently settled their club situations for the newly started European campaign.

Winger DeAndre Yedlin was the latest player to clarify his club situation after finalizing a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur to fellow Barclays Premier League side Sunderland on Monday morning. After a month of uncertainty about where he’d be spending the season, the 22-year-old admitted relief at finding a landing spot.

This last month has been tough,” he said Tuesday. “It’s been pretty stressful. There have been so many different teams that have come up and then gone. A lot of it is out of my control, that was tough, but I’m relieved it’s over.”

After seeing the young American attacking talent fail to get first team minutes during his initial time with Spurs, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsman told reporters he was pleased with the loan move.

“Hopefully it gives him more playing time,” Klinsmann, himself a former Tottenham striker, said. “It looked pretty much that he didn’t get that playing time with Spurs because of their roster situation. With that move to Sunderland, things open up for him and hopefully they give him more opportunities to be on the field, to play Premier League minutes and that’s why we’re happy for him.”


DeAndre Yedlin will look to get a long run of games when he returns to English club Sunderland after the USMNT's friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

While there were rumors of suitors for Yedlin outside of the Premiership, the player agreed with Klinsmann about the opportunity to get Premier League minutes this season.

“I think it’s a league that you really have to get used to,” Yedlin said. “I think getting the experience playing in a Premier League team and hopefully getting consistent games is huge for me.”

Elsewhere in England, defender Tim Ream recently transferred from Bolton Wanderers to fellow English Championship side Fulham FC, despite being closely courted by the Cottagers’ cross-London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

“The move to Fulham came about pretty quick,” Ream told ussoccer.com. “QPR was interested and then Fulham kind of jumped in at the very last minute.”

What made the difference in Ream’s choice of destination? He admitted the past exploits of players like Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra at the club went a long way.

“Comparing the two clubs and knowing the American guys that have played there before and seeing the success they’ve had, it kind of pushed it over the top for me. It just seemed like a good fit not only for me personally and professionally, but it felt like a family club and that was something that was important to me.”

Despite going to a club that seems to have an affinity for American players, Ream admitted that it was difficult to leave Bolton.

“It was hard. There’s no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years there. Had some lows, had some highs, got relegated and struggled in my first year in the Championship, but all of a sudden things change and you have two really good seasons, the fans vote you Player of the Year two years in a row.

“My last day there, I was the very last one to leave the training ground that Thursday before the transfer went through. I choked up. It was home for me for three-and-a-half years and we met some really great people along the way.”

Having only secured his move a few weeks ago, Ream admitted he hasn’t fully settled at his new locale, but it didn’t take him long at all to make his way into the team.

“I’ve only been there 10 days now, but off the field stuff takes a bit. On the field, I feel good. I’ve trained four or five days and was thrown right into a Cup game, played 80 minutes and we won 3-0 against Sheffield United and then 90 minutes a few days later when we won 3-1 at Rotherham on Saturday. I’m right back to where I want to be and once camp is done here, I’m looking forward to getting back to Fulham.”


Tim Ream is the next MNT player to follow the well-trodden path of U.S. internationals at Fulham.

Perhaps the highest profile of the MNT moves this summer saw striker Aron Johannsson, whose late season goals helped AZ Aklmaar qualify for the UEFA Europa League, move from the Dutch side to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Because of Gold Cup duty, Johannsson didn’t get a full preseason with his new club, but has begun to find his way of late after starting the team’s last two matches and scoring his first goal – a 39th minute penalty kick – in Bremen’s 2-1 victory over Monchengladbach on Sunday.

“It was difficult not to get a full preseason with the team and sort of get thrown in with my teammates rather than get to play with them more and show them,” Johannsson told ussoccer.com. “This is football, this is life. It’s more challenging now and it’s been nice. Of course I need some more time to adjust 100 percent with the team, but with every game and every training session things get better and better.”

U.S. forward Bobby Wood returned to camp this week, hoping to replicate the strong showings he put in with game-winning goals in the early summer friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany.

Rather than continue with the team at July’s Gold Cup, Wood and Klinsmann agreed it would be best for him to stabilize his club situation over the offseason, with the 22-year-old forward eventually signing for 2.Bundesliga side Union Berlin.

“I think it’s really important that I got my move,” Wood told ussoccer.com. “It was a chaotic last season and it was good to be able to start fresh. It was important for me mentally to set myself up for a new beginning and I was thankful for the chance to do so.”

The decision to focus on his club situation over the summer seems to have worked out so far, with Wood starting each of the club’s five league matches thus far and scoring his first goal two weeks ago in a 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern.

“Everything is going good, I’m settled in and I’m trying to make my way and hopefully that translates here with the National Team.”

MNT's Alfredo Morales Excited for Meaningful Match against Peru

Like many of his teammates on the U.S. Men’s National Team, Alfredo Morales had eligibility to represent more than one country.

Born in Berlin to a German mother (Ruth) and Peruvian father (Galo), who gained American citizenship through his service in the U.S. Army, Morales chose to play for the United States in 2013.

Two years later, things have come full circle with his international career.

In June, Morales appeared as a substitute in the MNT’s 2-1 win against Germany in Cologne. Just over a month later, he was officially cap-tied to the United States after playing in the team’s 1-1 draw with Panama during the Gold Cup group stage.

Alfredo Morales March 31 Match Denmark

On Friday, Morales will have the opportunity to face the nation of his father’s birth as the MNT faces Peru for the first time in 15 years.

“Obviously it’s a very special game for me,” Morales told ussoccer.com. “My dad is from Peru and my whole family is Peruvian. Most of them live in the U.S., but it’s very special to me. I’m very excited and I want to beat them on Friday. It’s a big thing.”

Many of Morales’ uncles, aunts and cousins that live Stateside are based in Virginia. While he’s acquainted with them, it’s been 12 or 13 years since he’s seen his extended family, which makes Friday’s match at RFK Stadium even more special for the 25-year-old midfielder. Although he’s not quite sure which side they’ll be cheering for.

“I think I need about 15-20 tickets for the game,” he joked. “I hope they’re supporting me, but I think they just want to see a good game. They live in the U.S. and they’re very happy to be here. Of course they’re Peruvians, but I think they just want to enjoy the game and I hope they want to see me win.”

Along with seeing his extended family, Morales will also have the support of his father, who is flying in from Berlin on Thursday. Galo Morales kept Alfredo and his sister Rosa culturally connected to the nation of his birth, often cooking traditional Peruvian dishes of fish, beans and rice at the family’s home in Berlin.

“For him it’s also a very special game,” said Morales. “It’s a very big game for me and my family, but I think he’s just proud he can be in the stadium and watch a USA vs. Peru game with his son playing. It’s very special, and I hope I can do a good job and make everyone happy.”

While he takes pride in keeping his son connected to Peru, as a former U.S. serviceman, his father understood Alfredo’s ultimate desire to represent the United States. 

“He’s very proud,” Morales said of his father. “He was very happy for me. From the beginning he said it was the right decision, and I think it’s the right decision for me. The USA is a great country and I’m very proud to play here. For me it’s the right thing.”

MNT Strikers Embrace Competition for Spots on CONCACAF Cup Squad

As Men’s National Team camp convened Sunday in Washington, D.C., U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called for all players to “prove a point” that they belonged on the roster that will face Mexico in next month’s CONCACAF Cup.

With Clint Dempsey absent from the first part of the international window – he scored seven goals in the 2015 Gold Cup - the opportunity is even greater at the striker position where Klinsmann has summoned five players all aged 25 years or younger. Heading into this camp, Klinsmann said “so far, nobody has a real big advantage over another guy.”

With 83 caps and two World Cups under his belt, Altidore isn’t just the most experienced of the current forward crop, but also one of the most seasoned international players on the team. While the veteran striker departed the team following the Gold Cup group stage, he’s returned to the side after scoring three goals in his last two matches for Toronto FC.  

It’s nice to come back into camp with some goals,” Altidore said. “You put the work in. You have to train to get back to how you were and get your fitness back. I’m feeling better and excited to have the chance to come back into camp and hopefully I can get on the field and make a difference.”

With the match against Mexico looming on Oct. 10 and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying kicking off the following month, Klinsmann has said it’s crucial for the next generation of forwards to step and claim their place.

“There's a time period to break in and make yourself comfortable and be a part of a group, but there's also a time to understand the moment to step up and build your future in the team,” he continued. “Now after a year that we called a transition year where we developed young forwards like an Aron Johannsson and a Bobby Wood and obviously some others, we are eager to see the next generation of forwards becoming consistent. By that I mean first of all scoring goals.”


Senior Men's National Team debutante Andrew Wooten has his eyes set on his first full international appearance with the USA.

Johannsson and Wood are joined in camp by two familiar faces in Altidore and Gyasi Zardes, as well as newcomer Andrew Wooten. The debutant 25-year-old earned his first National Team call by starting off the 2.Bundesliga campaign with five goals in five matches for Sandhausen.

I always dreamed of playing one time in the Men’s National Team,” Wooten told ussoccer.com. “I’ve worked really hard in my club and I’m very happy now to be called up for my first time. Hopefully I can put on some good performances to stay here and play maybe in the next camp and next games.”

The striker with the best goal scoring form coming into camp, Wooten has already provided a new spark to the competition up top according to Johannsson.

“It’s always difficult to get on the field for the full team, especially now with a new face coming into the camp who is going to try and get some minutes,” the newly minted Werder Bremen striker said.

“It’s the National Team. Every time you come to camp, it’s going to be difficult to get in the starting 11. We have good players. Jozy is obviously the most experienced, and so it’s going to be interesting to see who he plays. On the other hand it’s nice as well because we have some good competition and everybody is fighting every training to prove to the coach they should be playing.”


Bobby Wood unleashes a shot during MNT training in the lead up to the team's Sept. 4 friendly against Peru.

Few players in world soccer can say their first two international goals came against the Netherlands and Germany, and even less can say they were game winners. Bobby Wood can.

After two magnificent strikes at the beginning of the summer, the 22-year-old was given time off during the Gold Cup to work on establishing himself at his new 2.Bundesliga side, Union Berlin.

With his club situation clarified, Wood will hope games against Peru and Brazil help him build off his early summer performances and earn another roster spot for the team that faces Mexico next month.

“These are two awesome games in the U.S. and I’m just going to take advantage,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how much time I get, whatever it is I’m going to do my all to prove that I want to be here. We’ll see what’s up from there.”

Despite the hefty international experience he holds over his fellow forward counterparts, Altidore has embraced the open competition Klinsmann has put in place.

“The competition is lovely,” he said. “It’s part of being at this level with the National Team, and it’s something we all have to acknowledge. It’s part of the job. It’s been part of the job for my whole career.”

MNT Returns to Nation's Capital for CONCACAF Cup Tune-Up vs. Peru

The U.S. Men’s National Team is back in Washington D.C. for the first time since 2013 for an international friendly at RFK Stadium against Peru on Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

The friendly will serve as one of two MNT tune-ups for the CONCACAF Cup, the playoff game against Mexico which will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Oct. 10. The winner of that game will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, a dress rehearsal of confederation champions in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After its match with Peru, the MNT will head north to Massachusetts where it will take on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough as the final prelude to the playoff.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has labeled these two friendlies an opportunity for players to “prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.” [Klinsmann Q&A] A total of 15 players from the group were a part of the team that represented the United States this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 12 join from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The roster is loaded with experience, boasting an average of nearly 27 caps. Three players have 50 or more appearances, while only five have 10 caps or less.

The MNT is coming off of a fourth place finish in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and will look to return to the form it had earlier in 2015 when it went on a six-game winning streak and was unbeaten in a stretch of nine matches from the end of March to July. Four of those games were against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world in which the U.S. posted a 3-0-1 record and included wins against World Cup champion Germany in Cologne, sixth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam and rival Mexico in San Antonio.

The match will be the first between the pair since the U.S. collected a 1-0 win the group stage of the 2000 Gold Cup. The USA is 2-2-1 all-time against Los Incas.

The MNT has a long history at RFK Stadium and has competed in its confines more times than in any other stadium in the world, going 14-3-5 in 22 games since 1977. In its most recent match in the nation’s capital, the team celebrated the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation with a 4-3 win against Germany, which at the time was ranked second in the world.

U.S. Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (9): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Six different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, John Brooks, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Brad Guzan earned Golden Glove honors as the top goalkeeper at this summer’s Gold Cup.  He has posted a 7-2-3 record since September of last year.
  • DaMarcus Beasley aggravated a right calf injury on Aug. 29 in a 2-0 win for Houston Dynamo and is not available for selection.
  • Jonathan Spector became the 24th player on the roster when he was added Tuesday.
  • Gyasi Zardes was called in for his first MNT camp in January and has appeared in 13 games in 2015, starting in 10. The LA Galaxy forward has scored twice and assisted on three goals for the United States.
  • Bobby Wood was given the summer off to settle in with his new German club, Union Berlin. Wood has started all three of the team’s 2 Bundesliga games and scored his first goal on Aug. 16. The Hawaii-native scored late game-winners in back-to-back appearances in June, burying a goal in the 90th minute against Netherlands and following up with another against Germany five days later.
  • The last time Tim Howard was on the field for the USA, he made 15 saves in the MNT’s Round of 16 matchup with Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
  • Matt Besler is back in the mix for the first time since the Feb. 8 win against Panama. Besler is the captain of MLS club Sporting KC and is one of three MNT players on this roster – along with Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones - to have appeared in all four matches in the 2014 World Cup.
  • John Brooks has a pair of clutch international goals to his name. He headed in the game-winner against Ghana in the USA’s 2014 World Cup opener and scored the first of the MNT’s three second-half goals in the 4-3, comeback win against sixth-ranked Netherlands in June.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in seven of the last eight MNT matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. He became cap-tied to the U.S. after starting in the first match of the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League title and earned a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • Geoff Cameron has started and played 90 minutes in all of Stoke City’s 2015 Premier League matches. He last appeared for the MNT on Nov. 18, 2014, against Ireland. The game against Brazil will be a homecoming of sorts for the center back, who was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
  • Michael Orozco returns to the MNT for the first time since June. Orozco – who moved to Club Tijuana this summer - came on in the second half of the game against Netherlands, where he played a part in the MNT’s comeback win.
  • Tim Ream, who recently completed a transfer to Fulham, earned honors as the Player of the Year for his former club Bolton in each of the last two seasons.
  • Jermaine Jones has recovered from the injury that kept him out of this summer’s Gold Cup and is back with the MNT for the first time since February.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany last year and its subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga. Morales, who holds Peruvian citizenship through his father, has started in each of the team’s first three matches.
  • Yedlin has appeared in 13 of the 14 MNT matches in 2015 and has tallied three assists, which ties for second on the team with Gyasi Zardes, behind Michael Bradley’s five.
  • Jozy Altidore has two goals and an assist this year with the MNT. The Toronto FC forward was with the U.S. for the group stage of the Gold Cup. In six appearances with Toronto since the summer tournament he has scored three goals.
  • Aron Johannsson recently completed a transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen. In his final season with AZ, he recorded four goals in the team’s last three matches to help the team snatch the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Johansson made his Bundesliga debut in the opening game of the season against Schalke and followed up with his first start a week later in Werder’s match against Hertha BSC. On Sunday, the 24-year-old netted his first Bundesliga goal in Werder’s win against Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • This is the first camp with the senior MNT for Andrew Wooten. The German-American is off to a hot start in 2 Bundesliga at SV Sandhausen, having scored five goals in five games.

HOME SWEET HOME:

  • The MNT is unbeaten in its last eight games in the nation’s capital (7-0-1).
  • In July, the MNT set attendance records in four games:
    • #USAvGUA in Tennessee was the most-attended soccer match in the state’s history.
    • #USAvHON was the most-attended international match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
    • #USAvHAI was the most-attended U.S. MNT Gold Cup match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
    • #USAvJAM at the Georgia Dome was the most-attended MNT match in the Peach State.
    • Since 1990, the MNT has averaged 33,876 in attendance at RFK Stadium, drawing 47,359 in the most recent visit against Germany.

USA vs. PERU:

  • The U.S. holds a 2-2-1 record all-time against Peru, with the two sides first meeting in 1989 in New Jersey that resulted in a 3-0 shutout win for the United States.
  • This matchup is the first between the teams in more than 15 years. Most recently, the U.S. defeated Peru 1-0 in Miami in the group stage of the 2000 Gold Cup, with Cobi Jones scoring the game-winner.
  • No player from the current U.S. side has ever faced Peru, nor have any Peru players matched up against the USA.
  • This will be the MNT’s second match against a South American nation in 2015, with the other being the USA’s 2-3 loss to Chile in January.

IN FOCUS: Peru
Federación Peruana de Futbol
Founded: 1922
FIFA Affiliation: 1924
Head Coach: Ricardo Gareca
FIFA World Ranking: 46
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals: 1970, 1978
Leading Cap-Winner: Roberto Palacios (128)
Leading Goalscorer: Teofil Cubillas (26) 

Peru Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Pedro Gallese (Juan Aurich), Diego Penny (Sporting Cristal)
DEFENDERS (7): Luis Advincula (Bursaspor), Jair Cespedes (Juan Aurich), Christian Ramos (Juan Aurich), Pedro Requena (Cesar Vallejo), Hansell Riojas (Cesar Vallejo), Yoshimar Yotun (Malmo), Carlos Zambrano (Eintracht Frankfurt)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Carlos Ascues (Wolfsburg), Josepmir Ballon (Sporting Cristal), Christian Cueva (Toluca), Paolo Hurtado (Reading), Carlos Lobaton (Sporting Cristal), Joel Sanchez (San Martin), Renato Tapia (FC Twente), Juan Manuel Vargas (Real Betis)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Carrillo (Sporting CP), Daniel Chavez (Cesar Vallejo), Jefferson Farfan (Al-Jazira), Edison Flores (Universitario), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Yordy Reyna (RB Salzburg)


PERU NOTES:

  • Peru advanced to the semifinals of South America’s confederation championship this summer, finishing second in its group behind Brazil and ahead of Colombia and Venezuela. Los Incas defeated Bolivia 3-1 in the quarterfinal round before falling in the semifinals 2-1 to eventual tournament champion Chile. Peru defeated Paraguay 2-0 to take third place.
  • Nineteen players from Peru’s Copa America roster are traveling to the United States.
  • Paolo Guerrero has scored four goals for Peru in 2015, including his hat trick in the team’s win against Bolivia in the Copa America quarterfinals.
  • Peru head coach Ricardo Gareca is in his first year with Los Incas.
  • Four players from the roster have scored goals in 2015: Cueva, Carrilo, Guerrero and Farfan

LAST TIME OUT:

U.S. Men's National Team vs. Peru
Feb. 16, 2000 – The Orange Bowl – Miami, Fla. – Gold Cup, Group Stage

USA    1          Jones 59’       
PER    0

USA: 1-Brad Friedel, 3-Greg Vanney, 7-Eddie Lewis, 9-Jovan Kirovski; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 11-Eric Wynalda, 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Chris Armas, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 20-Brian McBride, 23-Eddie Pope
Reserves: 4-Robin Fraser, 5-C.J. Brown, 12-Jeff Agoos, 18-Tony Meola, 19-Ben Olsen, 21-Richie Williams, 22-Ante Razov
Head coach: Bruce Arena

PER: 1-Oscar Ibanez, 3-Juan Reynoso, 4-Marcial Zalazar Orbe, 6-Cesar Miguel Rebosio, 8-Juan Jayo, 10-Roberto Palacios, 11-Roberto Holsen, 14-Jorge Soto, 19-Abel Lobaton, 20-Jose Del Solar, 23-Henry Quinteros Sanchez
Reserves: 2-Jorge Huaman, 5-Jose Soto, 12-Marco Flores, 15-Ysrael Zuniga, 16-Freddy Suarez, 17-German Pinillos Rioja, 18-Waldir Saenz 

Youth is Served: U-20 Call-Ups Fight to Make Impact with U-23 MNT

To say that the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is young is to understand it in definition. All the players are, as titled, 23-years-old or younger, but for this week’s camp in Manchester, a group of seven players have tilted the average age even lower. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, Rubio Rubin, Zack Steffen, Maki Tall and Gedion Zelalem, who will join the team on Sept. 6, players who competed for the U.S. in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer, are in camp playing for a chance earn a spot on the U-23 roster that will compete for a spot in next summer’s Olympic Games at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship next month.

“For us it’s an important camp,” U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog said. “With a few new players in from the Under-20 cycle with Tab Ramos, now we have a bigger group together and we left some players at home because we already know what they are able to do. Now some new players have the chance to show how good they are and finally at the end in two weeks we have to make the decision for the final roster for the Olympic Qualifying tournament. So it’s a great chance for every single player to show how good he is.”

After showing what they could do this summer when they battled to the World Cup quarterfinals in New Zealand, the youngsters will get the chance to do it again. For the players, their youth is only in age, as the seven have already built impressive soccer resumes.

U-20 MNT Starting XI vs. Myanmar
Call-ups Rubio Rubin (back row, far left), Zack Steffen and Matt Miazga (back row, center pair), Cameron Carter-Vickers (back row, far right), Emerson Hyndman (front row center) and Maki Tall (front row, far right) were all in the starting XI for the U-20 MNT's first game of the 2015 World Cup against Myanmar.

Each of the players are a reflection of the next generation of U.S. Soccer. A group of experienced players, many of whom have grown up in the U.S. National Team program, ascending from the Development Academy through the Youth National Teams, with a couple already having earned call-ups to the senior team. Now a new opportunity is upon them. Following the biggest tournament of their careers at this past summer’s U-20 World Cup, the seven are ready to earn a spot with the U-23’s, the last and largest stop before the senior team.

Emerson Hyndman, who captained the U-20’s during the World Cup is excited for the challenge.

“Playing at the Olympics would be unbelievable,” Hyndman said. “A similar feeling to the World Cup. This summer was my first time playing in the World Cup and, if I get the opportunity, next summer would be my first time playing in the Olympics. The Olympics has so much history. I’ve watched it on TV all the time. To think about myself playing in it and representing my country is a just a special opportunity.”

The players were thrown right into the fire in this week’s training camp as the group readies for friendlies against England on Sept. 3 and Qatar on Sept. 8.

“We have to organize ourselves quickly,” Hyndman said. “We have a new group of guys coming in from the 20’s and some guys have been around for a while, but it’s just about getting that mix right. From the first day, the training was intense, and it’s going to be like that all week I imagine.”

Luis Gil, a player who played in the previous U-20 cycle, thinks the young guys fit in well. A success he feels is in part related to the fact that the players have already come through a number of U.S. Youth National Teams that all play a similar system.

“It’s an awesome experience being able to come through the ranks like that,” Gil said. “At the same time it helps us develop as a team. It keeps a core of players together, which helps you develop as we approach the Men’s National Team. You come up together and you play together and it always helps.”

With the team’s first game of camp against England (2:40 p.m. ET on ESPN3) just around the corner, Herzog notes the young players have done well in the first few days of training.

“They’ve looked very good so far,” he said. “Against England, it’s already a tough opponent so they’ll have to show their abilities, and I’m really confident because we have a lot of great young players. A few who are already playing on first teams here in Europe. I want them to be confident and fit into the group and show us they want to be an important part for the future.”

“It’s good to have these games,” Hyndman concluded. “Having played in the World Cup this summer against teams like Colombia and Serbia, who went on to win, and it’s the same here. You need to test yourself against the best teams when you can and it only makes you better when you do.”

U-23 MNT Ready to Clash with England in Preston

For the second time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play England on European soil, this time facing off with the Young Lions at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, England. Kickoff is set for 2:40 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.  Fans can follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA’s training camp runs from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Manchester and the match with England will be followed by a friendly against Qatar on Sept. 8 at Gigg Lane in Bury. The camp is the final for the U-23 MNT before the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October.

The Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played across the United States from Oct. 1-13. The U.S. was drawn into Group A and opens with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT. [TICKETS]

The U-23’s were last in Europe in June, where they competed in the prestigious Toulon Tournament. With group stage wins against Netherlands and Qatar, the team advanced to the tournament’s third-place playoff, where it defeated England and matched its best ever finish in the tournament. The U-23 MNT is 5-3-0 in 2015, having also logged wins against Bosnia in March and Mexico in April.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Benji Joya (Club Necaxa; San Jose, Calif.), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Scion; Washington, D.C.).

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals in New Zealand now join the U-23 group: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, Rubio Rubin, Zack Steffen, Maki Tall and Gedion Zelalem.
  • Five players from this roster have scored goals for the U-23’s in 2015: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Jerome Kiesewetter, William Packwood and Mario Rodriguez.
  • Three from this roster scored goals with the U-20’s in 2015: Hyndman, Rubin and Tall.
  • Shane O’Neill was a force for the squad on the backline in the Toulon Tournament, and earned honors as the Third-Best player in the tournament.
  • Hernandez and Joya both scored penalties in the third-place playoff of the Toulon Tournament. Hernandez’s strike was the first score of the game and Joya’s proved to be the game-winner.
  • Rodriguez returns to the mix after missing the Toulon Tournament. The strong striker plays at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the same club as Men’s National Team defender Fabian Johnson. The North Hollywood-native has scored twice in as many games in 2015.
  • Luis Gil also returns to the U-23’s after missing the Toulon Tournament. Gil wore the captain’s armband in each of the first three games of 2015, where he leads the team with four assists.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper (MK Dons), defender Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) and midfielder Hyndman (Fulham) won’t have far to travel for this camp, coming over from their nearby English club teams.
  • Eighteen-year-old Gedion Zelalem, who recently completed a loan move from Arsenal to Rangers, made his U.S. debut for the U-20’s in this summer’s World Cup. Zelalem will join the team on Sept. 6.
  • The roster is a diverse mix with the players coming from club teams of various leagues around the world. Nine players from this roster represent MLS clubs, three come from German club teams, four from English teams, two from Mexico, and a single player each from leagues in Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and Switzerland.
  • Twelve players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy & Pateadores), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).

England Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Preston North End)
DEFENDERS (8): Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough), Matt Targett (Southampton)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
FORWARDS (6): Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), James Wilson (Manchester United), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)

England Roster Notes:

  • Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defenders Kortney Hause, Dominic Iorfa and Jack Stephens and forwards Duncan Watmore and James Wilson were a part of England’s squad when it was defeated by the USA in the third-place playoff of the Toulon Tournament in June.
  • Hause scored was the lone goalscorer for England in the last matchup.
  • 18-year-old Joe Gomez 19-year-old Jordon Ibe have appeared in all four matches for Liverpool this season. Gomez has stared in all four games and Ibe has started in two.
  • Delle Ali has played in three matches for Tottenham Hotspur this year and scored his first Premier League Goal in the team’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Aug. 22
  • Head coach Gareth Southgate earned 57 caps for the English national team and scored two goals. He previously managed Middlesbrough from 2006-2009.
  • Eight players from this group have been capped at England’s U-21 level.
  • Thirteen players from the roster represent Premier League clubs
  •  It will be a homecoming of sorts for Pickford, with the match taking place at Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium
  • It is the first call up at the U-21 level for Manchester United forward James Wilson

U-23’s Last Time Out

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: June 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament – Third Place Match
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 910
Weather: 80 degrees, Sunny 

Scoring Summary:  1          2          F
USA                          1          1          2
ENG                          1          0          0 

USA – Alonso Hernandez (penalty kick)      7th minute
ENG – Kortney Hause                                  10
USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick)                   65 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Tyler Turner, 55), 5-William Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 7-Dillon Serna, 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya (capt.), 16-Julian Green; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez (17-Alfred Koroma Shams, 63)
Subs Not Used: 22-Tyler Miller
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog
 

ENG: 1-Christian Walton (13-Jordan Pickford, 41); 2-Iorfa Dominc, 5-Jack Stephens, 6-Bailey Cargill, 15-Kortney Hause; 17-John Swift, 7-Matthew Grimes (capt.), 20-Duncan Watmore, 18-Jamie Hanson; 19-Kwame Thomas (10-Chuba Akpom, 49), 11-Rolando Aarons (16-Callum Robinson, 49)
Subs Not Used: 8-Lewis Baker, 9-James Wilson, 12-Isaac Hayden, 14-Demarai Gray
Head Coach: Aidy Boothroyd
 

Auction Underway for Autographed WNT Jerseys to Benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s autographed game-worn jerseys from the Victory Tour match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund.

Before and during the USA’s match against Costa Rica on Aug. 19 at Finley Stadium, U.S. Soccer and Women’s National Team players honored the victims of the July 16 tragedy in Chattanooga in which five servicemen were killed. There players were led out on the field by members of the military, there was a moment of silence before the match and the players wore black armbands in remembrance.

Now, with the support of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association, the jerseys from all 23 players that were on the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team who were in Chattanooga for the match are up for auction online on the U.S. Soccer Federation auction page. The Chattanooga Heroes Fund supports the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic shootings on July 16th as well as those who were wounded.

The auction concludes on the afternoon of Sept. 21, with the bidding opening at $200 for each jersey.

Gallery: Press, Johnston, Chalupny Throw Out First Pitch at Cubs Game

World Cup Champions Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press visited Wrigley Field in Chicago to throw out the first pitch of the Cubs Oct. 31 game against the Cincinnati Reds. The WNT trio play their club soccer with the Chicago Red Stars, helping the side to its first NWSL playoff berth this season. 

Klinsmann Adds Defender Jonathan Spector ahead of Peru, Brazil Friendlies

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector into training camp ahead of U.S. friendlies against Peru on Sept. 4 and Brazil on Sept. 8, Mass. The roster now includes 24 players, who will continue to train in Washington, D.C. in preparation for Friday’s match at RFK Stadium [TICKETS]. 

Last called into camp for a friendly against Ukraine on March 5, 2014, Spector has experience playing across the back line for the MNT and has a chance to make his first appearance since taking part in the side’s historic 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29, 2012 in Genoa. 

Spector has appeared in each of Birmingham City’s first four league matches this season, helping the club to a 2-0-2 record to begin the 2015/16 English League Championship campaign. 

Friday’s match marks the first meeting between the U.S. and Peru in 15 years, when the MNT defeated Los Incas 1-0 during the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage in Miami, Florida. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes. Fans can also follow the game live @ussoccer on Twitter.

U.S. Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (9): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
August 3, 1999 MNT vs Saudi Arabia 2-0 W Estadio Jalisco; Guadalajara 35,000 Bravo, McBride
August 1, 1999 MNT vs Mexico 0-1 L Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico 80,000
July 30, 1999 MNT vs Germany 2-0 W Estadio Jalisco; Guadalajara 53,000 Moore, Olsen
July 28, 1999 MNT vs Brazil 0-1 L Estadio Jalisco; Guadalajara 54,000
July 24, 1999 MNT vs New Zealand 2-1 W Estadio Jalisco; Guadalajara 60,000 McBride, Kirovski
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