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U-18 MNT Falls 1-0 to Cruzeiro at Copa Chivas

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team dropped a 1-0 decision to Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in Group A action at the 2015 Copa Chivas. After a scoreless first half, Cruzeiro broke the stalemate with a 58th-minute goal.

The USA is now 1-1-0 in the group stage. Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves.

The U-18 MNT next faces Club Tijuana on Monday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica on Feb. 3. Copa Chivas matches are shown live on

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Cruzeiro (’97)
Date: Jan. 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 9 a.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 70
Weather: 70 degrees

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

CRU – Victor Alexander Da Silva             57th minute

USA: 12-Justin Vom Steeg; 14-DJ Mason, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 3-David Burns, 11-Malcolm Jones; 2-Michael Boakye (6-James Murphy, 60), 10-Evan Waldrep (24-Sean Wilson, 60), 20-Amirgy Pineda (23-Jackson Yueill, 47); 9-Emmanuel Sabbi (21-Eryk Williamson, 50), 17-Sebastian Saucedo (15-Victor Mansaray, 47), 13-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 16-Pablo Pelaez
Not dressed: 4-Sebastian Elney, 7-Kyle Duncan
Head Coach: Javier Perez

MOR: 1-Lucas Emanoel Leite Romao; 2-Victor Alexander Da Silva, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues De Souza, 4-Gustavo Martini Rissi, 5-Lucas De Souza Ventura (13-Leonardo Da Costa Bolgado, 64); 6-Joao G. Machado Da Silva; 8-Vander Tavares Silva (17-Thiago Mequias Gonvalves, 70); 10-Matheus H. Da Silva Petrulio (15-Higor Felippe Borges Felix, 58); 7-Gabriel H. Mendes Da Silva (14-Murillo Pulino Menetti, 68), 9-Marcelo De Souza Dos Santos, 11-Joao Luiz Silva Sodre Lopes (18-Cesar Luiz Dos Santos, 45)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Victor Dona Bravim
Not dressed: 16-Guilerme W. Dos Santos Dias, 18-Cesar Luiz Dos Santos
Head Coach: Emerson Rodrigues De Avila

Stats Summary: USA / CRU
Shots: 1 / 14
Shots on Goal: 1 / 10
Saves: 9 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRU – Victor Alexander Da Silva (caution)   24th minute
USA – Mauricio Pineda (caution)                    53

Referee: Juan Jose Gutierrez Leon
Assistant Referee: Mario Rivas
Assistant Referee: Alejandro Nuno
Fourth Official: Alejandro Martinez Malias

*Note: Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves

U-18s Open Copa Chivas with 1-0 Win against Monarcas Morelia

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 30, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team scored an early goal and shut down Monarcas Morelia 1-0 to open Group A play at the 2015 Copa Chivas at Verde Velle.

Mauricio Pineda scored the USA’s lone goal in the sixth minute, off of a free kick rebound. Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann made a save and the U.S. defense maintained the clean sheet.

The U-18 MNT next faces Cruzeiro Esporte Clube on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. ET. Copa Chivas matches are shown live on

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Monarcas Morelia (’97)
Date: Jan. 30, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local (1 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 100
Weather: 73 degrees

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

USA – 8-Mauricio Pineda     6th minute

USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 7-Kyle Duncan, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 3-David Burns, 16-Pablo Pelaez; 6-James Murphy (20-Amirgy Pineda, 46), 24-Sean Wilson, 21-Eryk Williamson; 23-Jackson Yueill, 15-Victor Mansaray (17-Sebastian Saucedo, 35), 4-Sebastian Elney (capt.) (13-Brooks Lennon, 35)
Subs not used: 2-Michael Boakye, 11-Malcolm Jones, 12-Justin Vom Steeg, 14-DJ Mason
Not dressed: 9-Emmanuel Sabbi; 10-Evan Waldrep
Head Coach: Javier Perez

MOR: 181-Juan Pablo Chavez; 186-Jonathan Alberto Diaz Rodriguez, 189-Jose Tomas Peraza Palazuelos, 183-Luis Fernando Cruz Jiminez, 185-Giovani Dominguez Morales; 182-Jorge Alfredo Valadez Callente, 193-Santiago Casazza Del Prado (190-Emiliano Garcia Preciado, 59), 191-Oliver Norato Martinez, 187-Arturo Carrillo Contreras (195-Armando Alexis Barajas Herrera, 35); 194-Jesus Daniel Mendoza Quijano (198-Gustavo Hernandez Soto, 66), 197-Jose Lorenzo Hernandez Avalos
Subs not used: 184-Mario Alejandro Trejo Castro, 188-Luis Gerardo Garcia Manzano, 192-Carlos Uriel Merancio Valdez, 196-Teodoro Gomez Mercado
Head Coach: Ricardo Omar Sosa

Stats Summary: USA / MOR
Shots: 10 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 8-Mauricio Pineda (caution)                                48th minute
USA – 17-Sebastian Saucedo (caution)                           65
MOR – 182-Jorge Alfredo Valadez Callente (caution)   65
USA – 21-Eryk Williamson (caution)                              71
MOR – 197-Jose Lorenzo Hernandez Avalos (caution)  73

Referee: Abraham de Jesus Quirante Contreras
Assistant Referee: Christian Lorrel Avalong Del Rio
Assistant Referee: Luis Eduardo Ramirez Tejada
Fourth Official: Luis Adrian Vielhaus Valdez

*Note: Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves

Tickets Selling Fast for WNT and MNT Games in April

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2015) – Two hours into the public sales window, tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team match in St. Louis and Men’s National Team game in San Antonio during the month of April are selling fast.

As of 12 p.m. CT today, more than 23,500 tickets have been sold for the WNT match against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, requiring the upper level sections to be opened.

Attendance is already projected to be the largest for a U.S. Women’s National Team home game in over 11 years (since 25,253 watched the WNT beat Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup third-place match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Oct. 11, 2003). Meanwhile, more than 33,000 tickets have been purchased for the MNT’s game against CONCACAF rival Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Tickets for the WNT match can be purchased through, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at 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 

The U.S. WNT match in St. Louis will be the team’s first domestic contest after starting the year with six matches in Europe and is the first of four final preparation matches, and the only appearance in the Midwest, before the team departs for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The match against New Zealand kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

For the MNT match against Mexico, Presented by AT&T, tickets are still available through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at 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 

The U.S. MNT opened up its 2015 schedule with a 3-2 defeat to Chile on Jan. 28. Next, the team returns to the U.S. to open its domestic schedule with a game against Panama on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS). After two away matches during the international window in March against Denmark and Switzerland, the spotlight will turn to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer when the U.S. faces Mexico.

The match against Mexico kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the game at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp

Ellis Convoca A 24 Jugadoras Para Partidos Contra Francia E Inglaterra

CHICAGO (30 de enero, 2015) -- La directora técnica de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos Jill Ellis nombró a 24 jugadoras a un viaje de 13 días a Europa que incluirá partidos contra Francia el 8 de febrero en Lorient (12 p.m. ET por ESPN2) y contra Inglaterra el 13 de febrero en Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET por FOX Sports 1).

EE.UU. no ha jugado en Francia desde 1995 cuando también se preparaba para la Copa Mundial Femenina y jugó tres partidos en cinco días contra Italia, Canadá y Francia. La última vez que EE.UU. jugó un partido amistoso en Inglaterra el 2 de abril, 2011, cuando cayó 2-1 contra Inglaterra. Estados Unidos jugó cuatro de sus seis partidos de los Juegos Olímpicos del 2012 en Inglaterra. Los primeros dos se jugaron en Glasgow, Escocia.

Francia e Inglaterra terminaron invictas en sus campañas de eliminatoria mundialista de la UEFA.  Francia terminó con un registro de 10-0-0, anotando 54 goles y cediendo solamente tres. Inglaterra también terminó 10-0-0, con 52 goles a favor y sólo uno en contra. Francia actualmente ocupa el tercer puesto en el ranking de la FIFA e Inglaterra está en el sexto lugar.

"Estos partidos son exactamente lo que necesitamos," dijo Jill Ellis cuando los partidos fueron anunciados. "Nuestra meta antes de la Copa Mundial es jugar contra algunos de los mejores equipos. Estos son dos rivales que nos retarán y definitivamente son dos equipos que podríamos enfrentar en Canadá. Ambos equipos son excepcionalmente organizados, tienen un alto nivel de atletismo y posarán excelente desafío."

Veintitrés de las 24 jugadoras convocadas participaron en el campamento de tres semanas de Estados Unidos, con la única adición siendo la primera convocatoria de Tori Huster, una mediocampista del Washington Spirit.

Notas adicionales:

  • Estados Unidos estará sin tres jugadoras regulares para esta gira ya que Megan Rapinoe (rodilla) y Christie Rampone (espalda) adquirieron lesiones menores durante el campamento de enero y no estarán listas para la acción, y la portera Hope Solo está suspendida.
  • Estados Unidos jugó contra Francia dos veces en junio del 2014 en dos partidos altamente competitivos: una victoria de 1-0 de EE.UU. en Tampa, Florida, con un gol de Sydney Leroux y un empate de 2-2 en East Hartford, Connecticut, con dos goles de Alex Morgan.
  • El grupo de EE.UU. en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2015 incluye a Australia, Suecia y Nigeria. Inglaterra y Francia están en el Grupo F con Colombia y México.
  • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 14-0-2 contra Francia. Los equipos se encontraron en las semifinales de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2011 y durante la fase de grupos de los Juegos Olímpicos 2012.
  • Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 7-3-1 contra Inglaterra. Los equipos no se han enfrentado desde el partido en Londres en el 2011.
  • EE.UU. tiene jugadoras que han jugado profesionalmente tanto en Francia como en Inglaterra. Tobin Heath jugó con Paris Saint-Germain en el 2013-14 mientras que Whitney Engen ayudó a Liverpool Ladies al título de la liga en el 2013.
  • Carli Lloyd y Christen Press encabezaron la lista de partidos jugados con EE.UU. en el 2014. Las dos jugaron en 23 de los 24 partidos. Lloyd fue titular en los 23 partidos.


Nómina de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. Por Posición

ARQUERAS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)

DEFENSAS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)

DELANTERAS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodríguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

Ellis Names WNT Roster for Matches in Europe against France and England

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players for a 13-day trip to Europe that will feature matches against France on Feb. 8 in Lorient (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and against England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The USA has not played in France since 1995 when it was also preparing for a World Cup and played three matches against Italy, Canada and France over a span of five days. The USA last played a friendly match in England on April 2, 2011, falling to England, 2-1. The USA played four of its six 2012 Olympic matches in England with the first two being played in Glasgow, Scotland.

Both France and England went unbeaten in their UEFA Women's World Cup qualifying groups. France compiled a 10-0-0 record while scoring 54 goals and allowing just three. England also went 10-0-0, while netting 52 goals against just one allowed. France is currently ranked third in the world and England is sixth.

"These games are exactly what we need," said Jill Ellis when the matches were announced. "Our goal leading up to the World Cup is to play some of the best teams. These are two opponents that will test us and certainly two teams we could meet in Canada. Both teams are exceptionally well-organized, have a high level of athleticism and will pose some excellent challenges."

Twenty-three of the 24 players named participated in the USA’s three-week January camp, with the only addition being first-time call-up Tori Huster, a midfielder with the Washington Spirit.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA will be without three regulars for this tour as Megan Rapinoe (knee) and Christie Rampone (back) picked up minor injuries during the USA’s January training camp and will not be ready for action, and goalkeeper Hope Solo is serving a suspension.
  • The U.S. Women played France twice in June of 2014 in two highly competitive matches: a 1-0 U.S. victory in Tampa, Florida, on a score from Sydney Leroux and a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Connecticut, in which Alex Morgan scored both goals.
  • The USA’s group for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup features Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. England and France are in Group F with Colombia and Mexico.
  • The USA is 14-0-2 all-time against France. The teams met in the semifinal of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and during group play at the 2012 Olympics.
  • The USA is 7-3-1 all-time against England. The teams haven't met since the match in London in 2011.
  • The U.S. WNT includes players who have played professional club soccer in both France and England. Tobin Heath played with Paris Saint-Germain from 2013-14 while Whitney Engen helped the Liverpool Ladies to a league title in 2013.
  • Carli Lloyd and Christen Press led the USA in games played in 2014, both seeing action in 23 out of the 24 total games. Lloyd started all 23 of her matches to lead the team.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

Hall of Fame Builder Milton Aimi Passes Away at Age 88

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2015) – Former U.S. Soccer Federation chairman and National Soccer Hall of Fame builder Milton Aimi passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27. He was 88.

Memorial and funeral proceedings are being arranged and will be held in Houston on Feb. 2 and 3.

The Brazilian-born Aimi became a longtime contributor toward the sport of soccer in the U.S. and was recognized for his commitment and efforts with his 1991 induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Aimi spent more than five decades involved in soccer in the U.S., primarily in southern Texas. He was the president of the Texas State Soccer Association from 1972-2000 as the association grew from two leagues to more than 20 during his tenure. Aimi also was the first chairman of the United States Senior Soccer Division Inc.

He was appointed to U.S. Soccer’s National Referee Committee and was the Region III director in 1979. In 1982, Aimi was elected vice president of the national body and chairman of the U.S. Soccer senior division, handling the administrative work for the Federation’s adult and Olympic programs for all 50 states.

In 1987, Aimi was appointed to organize the National Under-23 Player Development Program, and a year later he became a member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and vice president/chairman of the U.S. Soccer Amateur Division (now known as the United States Adult Soccer Association).

Prior to his involvement at U.S. Soccer, Aimi founded the West Texas College soccer program in 1947 and he launched the Fort Worth International Soccer Club in 1952. Aimi moved to Houston in 1967 and was appointed Youth Commissioner of the South Texas region. One year later, he was one of the primary founders of the Houston District Junior Soccer Association and would serve as its president from 1972-78.

In 1979, the Houston District Junior Soccer Association recognized Aimi as its Person of the Year.

Photo Gallery: MNT vs. Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 3-2 loss to Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua in the team's opening match of 2015. 

MNT vs. Chile: Highlights - Jan. 28, 2015

The U.S. MNT fell to Chile 3-2 in the first match of 2015.

Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Chile - Klinsmann, Altidore, Shea, Birnbaum

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

Opening comments:
“I think after minute 65 a lot of the players had very, very heavy legs, which in a certain way is logical when you are two and a half weeks into preseason and you play a team that is in a full swing and goes high tempo.  This is the tempo you go internationally. I thought it was an open game, it was entertaining, and it was full of chances for both sides. I think we could have easily scored a third or fourth goal; they could have scored also another one. Overall, I thought it was a very good test for us to see where everyone is at. But definitely the physical side of it made kind of a turn towards negative for us and it’s a bummer, but it’s understandable.”

On whether switching to a 4-4-2 in the second half led to the loss:
“The formation had nothing to do with the fact that we then conceded two goals in the second half. We wanted them to play a simple back four and had Jermaine [Jones] in midfield to get more kind of pushing it higher up the field. Maybe there was a little bit more space on the outsides then, especially on DeAndre’s (Yedlin) side, he got caught a couple of times then, but you could clearly see it after minute 65 that it was getting hard for the guys. Some are in a good shape already and some need to catch up. It’ll take them a couple of weeks to get into match fitness, and when you have three or four guys not having match fitness at all, you just struggle.”

On choosing to play in a 3-5-2 formation in the first half:
“It’s a little bit based on what we have in this camp and what players you have that you are going to hopefully see down the road being part of the senior group. That kind of also guides you into a certain system that you think OK, with these players we might be better off in a 3-5-2 than in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. Often it’s looking at your roster and saying, ‘What is the best solution now?’ With a 3-5-2, we have to change to bring Clint [Dempsey] a little bit further behind and have him feed into two strikers and have a role for Jermaine in the center of the back three line and Michael Bradley being the connector in midfield. So these are all kind of ideas floating around, and we keep on working on different ways on doing it. But the key issue is they need to build their [physical] systems, build their stamina and build the foundation for a hopefully good, long season but also to the international level. This is the biggest challenge for us. After the World Cup a lot of players dropped their levels 30-40 percent when they came back from vacation. It doesn’t matter if they are in Europe or the U.S., you can’t do that at the international level. You get exposed after minute 65 if you can’t go the speed anymore both ways. There is a lot of work ahead of us and ahead of the players, first of all.”

On the positives he took away from the game:
“I saw a lot of things that are encouraging and positive. DeAndre was going forward and connecting well. I thought Michael Bradley had overall a very strong performance. Brek Shea coming through the flanks, he’s intimidating, he can go at people, he has pace, and he has the physical presence and is going to score, so I think it’s great. We tried to break in younger players step-by-step, but it’s not going to happen overnight. They need to have more time on the field. I think Gyasi [Zardes] inspired things a little bit. He had a couple of shots and made good runs. Jozy gave everything he had until that point but he was just dead. So there was good stuff out there for over 60 minutes – very promising. Obviously if you can’t get the tempo anymore, go with them at the same tempo, you’ll give them opportunities and they’ll put them in. It was a close game, it was exciting and a good test at the beginning of the season.”

On the deciding factor in the game:
“The key moment was on the fitness side. We’ve only trained for two weeks. Our worry was that after minute 60-65 that players make mistakes because they get tired legs. You lose the focus, you lose the vision because you’re not fresh anymore, and this kind of changed the game. Chile did very well keeping the tempo, the speed, the combinations that they played through with a lot of energy … it’s nice to see this team. They did very well. They kind of caught us on two, three occasions and scored these two goals, even if I thought we could have scored one more to even it out and 3-3 would have been a nicer result for us. But the key moment was after minute 60-65 when it has to do with the fitness.”

On the team’s time in Chile:
“The people here were fantastic. We were welcomed at the hotel and at the stadium. Everyone was super friendly. We really appreciated these couple of days in Chile. We had a fantastic time in Rancagua and also in Santiago where we stayed for a couple of days. The Chileans are just wonderful people. Thanks a lot for having us.”

On whether he is seeing the consistency he feels is necessary for the team to reach the next level:
“Consistency comes from the foundation of the physical capabilities of a team when you play international football. If you don’t have that physical foundation, you can’t have consistency. After an hour we looked like the winning team. We had more chances. We could have scored maybe a third goal, and then the game changed because we couldn’t keep the speed up anymore. We saw a very good and energetic Chilean side. Before you talk about consistency you have to have the foundation fitness-wise for an international level, which we don’t have at the moment.”

On what he has seen from the work of Chile national team coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli:
“I think coaches like Bielsa obviously with his amazing experience, and now Sampaoli … we coaches look at the best teams in the world, at the speed of the game, the speed of thought going both ways.  We always want to compete with the best in the world. In order for us, the American team now, to learn to kind of deal with that speed of thought, speed of game and the tempo, and start to compete with the bigger nations, is a learning process. That’s why we need these games like coming here and seeing where we are. Today we were at 65 minutes. That process needs to continue. We need to explain to the players that it takes a lot, lot more work and dedication off the field as well in order to get that foundation to play consistently with the top teams. That’s what we coaches like to do. We like to push it that way, so hopefully down the road when the big moments come like the World Cup, Copa America and for us this summer the Gold Cup, then we want to deliver results. We look at the best teams in the world right now – Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Spain – and we want to catch up with them. Chile wants to play and beat them, and we want that too.”

On what the U.S. took away from the game:
“I think when you look at today the biggest thing was a lot of the guys are in preseason so we don’t have those legs yet. I thought for most part of the game we did OK; still getting the legs back, still getting the sharpness back in. At the end, I think it’s just a hard one to swallow as we did pretty well in a lot of parts of the game, but I don’t think we should hold our heads down too long, and try to pick up a win against Panama.”

On his goal:
“It was a good buildup from DeAndre [Yedlin] to get the throw-in, I remember that. Mix [Diskerud] getting in, he laid off a fantastic ball for me and I just tried to pick my spot and tried to slide it home.”

On the experience in Chile:
“It’s been good. Chile received us really well and it’s been really nice to be here. It was a great experience for a lot of us to play against a team like Chile, who has a lot of quality players in their system, so it was a good experience for us and a good way to start 2015. Obviously you want to win, but I think the base is there for a good year.”

On looking ahead to Panama:
“I’m excited to play at home, it’s always fun. It’s my first time playing in California in a long time so I look forward to it, but most important we need to win that game. I think it’s a game where everything is kind of in our favor and hopefully we can start our first game at home with a win.”

U.S. MNT midfielder BREK SHEA
On his goal:
“[Matt] Besler had the ball on the left and I kind of just checked to him and made a run behind, and he played a great ball and I just hit it first time.”

On being back with the National Team:
“Yeah I’ve been away for a long time. I’m very excited to be playing for the National Team again, start the game and get a goal. Obviously, it’s not the result we want but I think we learned a lot and it was a great experience.”

On playing the 3-5-2:
“It’s a new system we just started. There are a lot of positives with it that we need to work on, but first half we were ahead twice in that system. Obviously they had a lot of good chances, they scored a goal, but I think we learned a lot and we can use it in the future.”

On earning his first cap:
“It was a great feeling. Anytime you get to play for your country is awesome. I was really happy to get the start.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”

Estados Unidos Cae 2-3 Contra Chile

RANCAGUA, Chile (28 de enero, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cayó 2-3 contra Chile en su primer partido del año en el Estadio El Teniente en Rancagua, Chile.

EE.UU. terminó el primer tiempo adelante en el marcador con goles de Brek Shea y Jozy Altidore, pero Chile respondió con doblete de Mark González. Roberto Gutiérrez anotó el primer gol de Chile.

Tres jugadores hicieron su debut con Estados Unidos: Steve Birnbaum, Wil Trapp y Gyasi Zardes.

El marcador casi terminó con un gol más a favor de Chile, quien tuvo un gol anulado en el minuto 45. El autor del gol, Roberto Gutiérrez, mandó  un cabezazo al fondo de la red pero estaba levemente fuera de lugar.

Estados Unidos recibe a Panamá a la 1 p.m. PT el domingo, 8 de febrero en el StubHub Center de Carson, California.
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Boletos: 8 de febrero vs. Panamá

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), minuto 6: Matt Besler controló el balón por el lado izquierdo en la mitad defensiva de Estados Unidos, enviando un balón cruzado al primer poste. Allí estaba Brek Shea para ejecutar con la zurda al lado izquierdo de la red. USA 1, CHI 0

CHI – Roberto Gutiérrez (Mark González), minuto 10: Solamente cuatro minutos después del primer gol, Chile igualó de manera casi idéntica. La selección chilena se llevó el balón por la banda izquierda, en donde Mark González lo controló. El pase de González fue perfectamente cruzado para Roberto Gutiérrez, quien estaba sólo entre Jermaine Jones y Matt Besler. El cabezazo fue hábilmente dirigido a un lado del portero estadounidense Nick Rimando. USA 1, CHI 1

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), minuto 31: La jugada empezó con un saque de banda por el lado derecho de DeAndre Yedlin. Se la dio a Mix Diskerud y ambos jugadores se la pasaron entre ellos antes de que Diskerud recortara el balón al espacio adentro del área grande, donde llegó Altidore. El delantero atravesó la portería con su disparo, mandando la pelota a la esquina inferior izquierda de la potería. USA 2, CHI 1

CHI – Mark González (Marco Medel), minuto 66: Después de dar un pase a gol, González anotó su propio tanto después de un pase de pared bien jugada con Marco Medel por la banda izquierda. El pase de Medel habilitó a González, quien entró al área con el balón y soltó un cañonazo que zumbó por un lado de Rimando. USA 2, CHI 2

CHI – Mark González, minuto 75: Después de un muy mal despeje de Estados Unidos, Marco Medel controló el balón y disparó de larga distancia con potencia. El portero de EE.UU. Nick Rimando atajó, pero no pudo controlar y el remate le cayó a González. El chileno no dudó, disparando de primera por un lado de Rimando. USA 2, CHI 3

Atajadas Claves:

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 15: Michael Bradley se perfiló para tomar un tiro de esquina del lado derecho, enviando su pase preciso al lado izquierdo del área. Steve Birnbaum leyó bien la jugada y cabeceó su disparo a la portería, pero Herrera estaba atento y atajó sin problema el intento.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 37: El defensa de EE.UU. Jermaine Jones perdió el balón en la salida contra Diego Valdés en zona de peligro. Valdés no dudo en llevarse el balón directamente hacia la portería de Rimando, quien salió a achicar el ángulo. Valdés buscaba compañeros, y al verse solo disparó hacia la portería pero Rimando hizo bien la atajada.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 39: Chile tomó un tiro de esquina del lado derecho hacia el lado izquierdo del área grande. Un jugador chileno se elevó, cabeceando el balón al primer poste, en donde Erick Pulgar estaba completamente solo. El chileno se elevó para la media tijera, enviando el disparo a la red, pero por afuera del lado derecho.

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 80: El portero de Chile mantuvo la ventaja de su selección en el minuto 80 cuando Birnbaum envió el balón a Michael Bradley. Bradley hábilmente tocó el balón para el suplente Chris Wondolowski, cuyo disparo de cabeza estaba dirigido a la red, pero Herrera reaccionó bien para hacer la atajada.

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 90+2: Herrera de nuevo fue llamado a la acción en el tiempo adicional cuando Estados Unidos envió un balón filtrado por el centro del campo. El debutante Gyasi Zardes lo leyó bien, pero también estaba bien marcado. Zardes alcanzó a disparar, pero Herrera estaba listo para prevenir el gol. 

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Chile
Fecha: 28 de enero, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Clima: 88 grados Fahrenheit, despejado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        2          0          2
CHI                                         1          3          3


USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                                 minuto 9
CHI – Roberto Gutiérrez (Mark González)                11

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)                        31

CHI – Mark González (Marco Medel)                       66

CHI – Mark González                                                75

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Suplentes no utilizados: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo González, 13-José Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza  (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Díaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdés (9-Juan Delgado, 59); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutiérrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark González (8-Angelo Sagal, 90+1)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Paulo Garcés, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Director Técnico: Jorge Sampaoli

Resumen estadístico: USA / CHI
Tiros: 10 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 5 / 5
Atajadas: 2 / 3
Tiros de Esquina: 1 / 9
Faltas: 20 / 19
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 6

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Michael Bradley (amonestación)          minuto 36
CHI – José Rojas (amonestación)                    43
USA – Bobby Wood (amonestación)               45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (amonestación)                 50
USA – Jermaine Jones (amonestación)            52
USA – Matt Besler (amonestación)                  71
USA – Brek Shea (amonestación)                    88

Árbitro: Patricio Loustau (ARG)

Árbitro Asistente 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)

Cuarto Oficial: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Por determinarse


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 12, 2000 MNT vs Haiti 3-0 W Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. 49,513 Kirovski, Wynalda, Jones
February 16, 2000 MNT vs Peru 1-0 W Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. 36,004 Jones
February 19, 2000 MNT vs Colombia 2-2 D Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. 32,972 Armas, McBride