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Registration for October “A” & “B” Coaching Courses Opens Aug. 3

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) — The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for “A” and “B” License Courses from October 17-25 in Casa Grande, Arizona. Registration for these course options will begin on Monday, August 3. Interested applicants should review the FAQ’s (listed below) and confirm their eligibility prior to registering.

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.

In a typical course, coaches interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former U.S. National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course, visit the Coaching Education page on ussoccer.com.

School

Date

Location

National “A” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

National “B” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

Upcoming Performance Centers will be held at various locations. Registration information and additional 2016 course details will be available on ussoccer.com at a later date.

For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to Finish International Careers at End of 2015

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – The 10-game fall tour to celebrate the USA’s championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the final matches in a U.S. uniform for midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. 

Holiday, 27, made public her decision to retire for club and country in early July, two days after the Women’s World Cup Final. Boxx, 38, recently confirmed her plans to finish her international career at the end of the year as well, but will also immediately retire from professional club soccer and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the season. 

Both players have been vitally important contributors to the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team team over their careers and both finish with multiple Olympic gold medals, a Women’s World Cup title and a professional club championship. 

Boxx, who grew up in Torrance, California, and attended Notre Dame, played in all three incarnations of U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She was drafted by the San Diego Spirit into the WUSA and also played for the New York Power. In the WPS, she played for the Los Angeles Sol, the St. Louis Athletica, magicJack and FC Gold Pride, with whom she won a league title in 2010. She ends her career with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I’ve been blessed to play soccer professionally for 15 years,” said Boxx. “Much of my success at the international level — three gold medals and a World Cup victory — is owed to the professional women’s soccer leagues in which I’ve played. I’m excited to see the NWSL grow and inspire a new generation of girls who may, one day, have their dreams come true just as mine did.” 

Boxx was famously named to the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team before ever earning a cap. She scored in her first three WNT matches, including the opening game of that tournament, and grew into a fixture at center midfield for years. Known for her tremendous ball-winning in the air and on the ground, as well as sophistication with the ball at her feet in the attack, she currently has 191 caps and 27 goals. 

Boxx was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2008, 2005 (when she finished third) and 2004, and captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May of 2005. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2004 and 2006. Boxx has struggled with injuries and illness over the past few years, and gave birth to her first daughter, Zoe, in February of 2014. She embarked on a remarkable comeback to make her final Women’s World Cup Team. 

Even more impressive, Boxx has been dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus for years and been outspoken about her struggles to cope with the diseases while becoming a role model for many who are similarly afflicted. 

“This is the right decision for me right now,” said Boxx. “And though I’ll continue on with the U.S. team and our victory tour, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. Having the time to focus more on my family, whose support has made everything possible, is something I will cherish as much as the game.” 

Holiday grew up in Indianapolis and attended UCLA (where she finished as the Bruins all-time leading scorer). She played for the USA at the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia and debuted for the full team in January of 2007 against Germany. 

She displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, playing forward, flank midfield and several roles in the center of the midfield as well. One of the team’s smoothest passers and the USA’s best players with her back to the net, she has scored a bushel of world-class goals during her time in a U.S. jersey. 

The former Lauren Cheney was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team. She currently has 130 caps and 24 goals, including her epic volley in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final that would turn out to be the game-winner. 

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family.” 

Holiday played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in WPS and will finish her professional career at the end of this NWSL season with FC Kansas City, with whom she was the league MVP in 2013, leading the league in goals and assists. Last year she helped the Blues to the league title in 2014 and was MVP of the championship game. 

“I have so much respect for FC Kansas City and when I made my decision to retire, I knew I wanted to come back and finish out the season, not only for the club, but for the fans,” said Holiday. “Hopefully we can win another title and really go out on top.” 

Four games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the first match coming on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit followed by a second match against the Matildas on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to play so many games for the National Team, but I’m at peace with my decision,” added Holiday. “The tour will be a lot of fun over the next few months to celebrate not only a great World Cup win, but also my career and spending time with my teammates.”

La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Jugará Partido de Eliminatoria Para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en St. Louis el 13 de noviembre

CHICAGO (27 de julio, 2015) - La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos jugará su primer partido local de la eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Busch Stadium en St. Louis, Missouri. The match will be played on Nov. 13 against the winner of the Third Round Qualifying match between St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Aruba.

Los boletos salen a la venta al público el viernes, 22 de agosto, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, o llamando por teléfono al 314-345-9000 y en las taquillas de 8th Street de Busch Stadium (abiertas de lunes a viernes, 10 a.m. a 4 p.m.). 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.

La hora de inicio e información de transmisión será anunciada próximamente. La serie de ida y vuelta entre San Vicente y las Granadinas y Aruba está programada para el 4 y 8 de septiembre.

El pasado fin de semana, EE.UU. fue sorteado al Grupo C para la Ronda Semifinal de la Eliminatoria de la CONCACAF para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Durante la Ronda Semifinal, la Selección Masculina jugará cada uno de sus rivales del Grupo C dos veces, una de local y una de visitante. Las fechas de los partidos son el 13 y 17 de noviembre, 25 y 29 de marzo, 2016, y  2 y 6 de septiembre, 2016; los rivales para cada fecha serán determinados después de la Tercera Ronda de la Eliminatoria. El Grupo C incluye a Trinidad y Tobago, y los ganadores de los partidos de Tercera Ronda entre San Vicente y las Granadinas y Aruba, y Antigua y Barbuda y Guatemala. El ganador del Grupo C y segundo lugar avanzarán a la Ronda Final de la Eliminatoria Mundialista conocida en CONCACAF como la Hexagonal.

"Estamos absolutamente emocionados por jugar nuestro primer partido de eliminatoria de la Copa Mundial de Rusia 2018 en St. Louis," dijo el director técnico de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann. "No hay un lugar más apropiado para empezar esta campaña que en una ciudad que ha contribuido tanto a la historia y la tradición del fútbol en Estados Unidos. Algunos de los mejores jugadores que hemos producido tienen enlaces con la ciudad, y ahora esperamos traer a la Selección de regreso a casa a St. Louis dónde sabemos que el apoyo será increíble."

El partido marca el primer partido de local en la alguna vez capital del fútbol de Estados Unidos en casi 20 años. El último partido de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en St. Louis fue un empate de 0-0 contra Paraguay en Busch Conference & Sports Center (ahora St. Louis Soccer Park) el 4 de junio, 1997. Será el primer partido de eliminatoria mundialista en el área de St. Louis desde el empate de 0-0 con El Salvador en 1989, el cual también fue jugado en Busch Conference & Sports Center.

"Es una histórica oportunidad para St. Louis en lo que la Selección Masculina inicia su intento de clasificar a la Copa Mundial 2018 en Busch Stadium," dijo Bill DeWitt III, Presidente de los St. Louis Cardinals. "Estamos increíblemente emocionados por ser sede de este partido y esperamos demostrar que tenemos algunos de los mejores aficionados de fútbol en el país."

La Selección Masculina tiene un registro de 5-2-1 en la ciudad de St. Louis (4-1-1 en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista) y 7-2-2 en el estado de Missouri.

En abril, la Selección Femenina jugó un partido de preparación mundialista en St. Louis en Busch Stadium frente a 35,817 aficionados, lo cual es la mayor multitud para un partido amistoso exclusivamente de la Selección Femenina.

Fechas de Partidos de la Eliminatoria Mundialista

Fecha

Partido A

Partido B

13 de noviembre, 2015

USA v ganador VIN-ARU

ganador ATG-GUA v TRI

17 de noviembre, 2015

TRI v USA

ganador VIN-ARU v ganador ATG-GUA

25 de marzo, 2016

ganador ATG-GUA v USA

ganador VIN-ARU v TRI

29 de marzo, 2016

USA v ganador ATG-GUA

TRI v VIN-ARU ganador

2 de septiembre, 2016

USA v ganador VIN-ARU

TRI v ganador ATG-GUA

6 de septiembre, 2016

USA v TRI

ganador ATG-GUA v ganador VIN-ARU

U.S. MNT to play 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in St. Louis on Nov. 13

The U.S. Men’s National team will play its first home match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will be played Nov. 13 against the winner of the Third Round Qualifying match between St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Aruba.

Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). 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 kickoff time and broadcast information will be provided in the near future. The two-legged playoff between St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Aruba is scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.

This past weekend, the U.S. was drawn into Group C for the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. During the Semifinal Round, the MNT will play each of its Group C opponents twice, once at home and once away. The dates of the games are Nov. 13 and 17, March 25 and 29, 2016 and Sept. 2 and 6, 2016; the opponents for those match days will be determined after the completion of the Third Round of Qualifying (Schedule below). Group C includes Trinidad & Tobago, and the winners of Third Round Qualifying matches between St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba or Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala. The Group C winner and runner-up advance to the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying known in CONCACAF countries as the Hexagonal.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first World Cup qualifier towards Russia 2018 in St. Louis,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “There is no more appropriate place to start this campaign than a city that has contributed so much to the history and tradition of soccer in the United States. Some of the best players we have ever produced have ties there, and now we look forward to bringing the National Team back home to St. Louis where we know the support will be incredible.”

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ one-time soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last playing to a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997. It will be the first World Cup qualifier played in the St. Louis area since the USA’s 0-0 tie with El Salvador in 1989, which was also played at Busch Conference & Sports Center.

“This is a historic opportunity for St. Louis as the U.S. Men’s Team kicks off its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We’re incredibly excited to be the host for this match and are looking forward to showing that we have some of the best soccer fans in the country.”

The MNT is 5-2-1 all time in the city of St. Louis (4-1-1 in World Cup Qualifiers) and is 7-2-2 in the state of Missouri.

In April, the U.S. Women’s team played a World Cup tune-up in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, drawing a crowd of 35,817, which ranks as the largest crowd in U.S. history for a standalone Women’s National Team friendly match.

World Cup Qualifying Match Dates

Date

Match A

Match B

Nov. 13, 2015

USA v VIN-ARU winner

ATG-GUA winner v TRI

Nov. 17, 2015

TRI v USA

VIN-ARU winner v ATG-GUA winner

March 25, 2016

ATG-GUA winner v USA

VIN-ARU winner v TRI

March 29, 2016

USA v ATG-GUA winner

TRI v VIN-ARU winner

Sept. 2, 2016

VIN-ARU winner v USA

TRI v ATG-GUA winner

Sept. 6, 2016

USA v TRI

ATG-GUA v VIN-ARU winner

St. Louis - A History of the USMNT in the Gateway to the West

The U.S. MNT returns to one of the country’s soccer hot beds when it opens 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against either St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Aruba on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ historic soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last paying to a 0-0 draw against Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997.

What made St. Louis such a bastion for soccer in the United States?

Clubs from the city made an early mark on the U.S. Open Cup (then known as the National Challenge Cup), with Ben Millers first lifting the Dewar Trophy in 1920. Scullin Steel followed up two years later before Stix, Baer and Fuller (later known as St. Louis Central Breweries) went to four straight finals from 1932-1935, winning all but the first.

Much of St. Louis’ continuing soccer strength came from the city’s representation on the U.S. team that went to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five of the 11 players that appeared in the USA’s historic 1-0 victory against England hailed from St. Louis: goalkeeper Frank Borghi, defenders Charlie Colombo and Harry Keough and midfielders Gino Pariani and Frank Wallace.

In 1948, Borghi, Colombo and Pariani all won National Challenge Cup titles with Simpkins Ford, while Wallace joined them to win the title in 1950. Keough would taste domestic cup glory of his own, winning with St. Louis Kutis in 1957.

Upon retirement as a player, Keough wrote another chapter in the city’s soccer history when he became the head coach of St. Louis University. With five NCAA tournament championships already in the trophy case, Keough guided the Billikens to another championship in his first season in 1967. He’d go on to lead the school to four more tournament titles in five years from 1969-1973.

One of the top players in U.S. MNT history, Brian McBride attended the school from 1990-1993, before going on to play in three World Cups and build a famous club career, most notably with Fulham FC in the English Premier League. Other World Cup participants that hail from St. Louis include Mike Sorber (1994) and Brad Davis (2014).

Current U.S. MNT defender Tim Ream, as well as former U.S. internationals Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston, Chris Klein and Pat Noonan also earned their soccer stripes coming up in the Gateway to the West.

Though it’s been a while since the MNT’s last appearance in St. Louis, the team has been successful in the Mound City, going 5-1-2 all-time with the only defeat being a World Cup qualifying loss to Canada on July 6, 1957. Six of the eight matches played in St. Louis have been World Cup qualifiers, with the MNT earning two wins (against Jamaica and Costa Rica) and a draw (against El Salvador) in the team’s successful campaign to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 

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