CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in Brasilia for a mid-October camp from Oct. 10-12highlighted by a match against Brazil’s U-23 national team on Monday, Oct. 13.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the invitation from the Brazilian Federation to play against their U-23 National Team,” said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. “We have emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible, and to play against one of the best teams in the world will be a great benchmark for our players. They also get a chance to play in Brasilia, which is one of the host venues for the 2016 Olympics, and for many it will be a first taste of what the environment would be like for the tournament. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
The U-23 MNT roster for this international camp will be named in the coming days. The coaching staff for this trip, which coincides with the Senior National Team matches against Ecuador and Honduras, will include U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez and MNT scout Matthias Hamann. Rob Vartughian will be the goalkeeper coach during the trip.
The camp serves as part of the preparation process for Olympic qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The USA last held a U-23 camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas that included a 5-1 victory against the Bahamas first team on Aug. 6.
CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)
Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. Jermaine Jones’ 85th-minute winner grabbed the headlines, but Rowe got New England off and running as the Revs built a 2-0 cushion early on.
In the 22nd minute, Rowe got New England on the score sheet first when the ball was crossed in from the right side and Rowe redirected with his left to the far right post for a 1-0 lead.
Rowe has posted four goals and four assists over the past 11 games spanning a two-month stretch.
New England (14-13-3) and Sporting (13-11-6) are tied with 45 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, six points behind first-place D.C. United.
Hamid Earns Career-High Ninth Shutout: D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid made four saves and earned his ninth shutout this season as D.C. blanked the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday. Hamid broke his previous career-high of eight shutouts in 2012, and he is now one win away from matching his personal-best of 13 during that 2012 campaign.
For the season, Hamid is 12-9-5 with 99 saves, which ranks third among MLS goalkeepers. D.C. United is atop the East at 15-9-6 with 51 points.
Galaxy’s Zardes Nets 16th Goal:
LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season during the Galaxy’s 4-0
victory against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at StubHub Center. Zardes’ 69th-minute goal gave the Galaxy a 3-0 lead as the team shoots for the
Supporters’ Shield. Both LA and Seattle Sounders FC have 57 points through 30 games.
Elsewhere, former Texas Rush and Lonestar SC forward Kekuta Manneh assisted Pedro Morales’ 78th-minute, game-winning goal as Vancouver Whitecaps FC topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday. Crew Soccer Academy product Wil Trapp assisted Ethan Finlay’s goal during a 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday with a second-minute through ball to open up the scoring. Colorado Rapids homegrown Dillon Serna contributed his fourth assist of the season when he helped create Gabriel Torres’ 84th-minute goal as Colorado and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team scored three first-half goals and defeated host Canada 3-0 to capture third place at the 2014 America Cup at the University of Toronto.
“We knew if we played to our abilities that we would walk away with the medal,” U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp said. “We made the most of our chances in the first half, and after that we looked fairly comfortable. The team was focused.”
Gavin Sibayan scored a pair of goals in the sixth and 22nd minutes and Kevin Hensley contributed a goal in the 15th minute.
The defense held Canada in check the full way through, anchored by goalkeeper Alex Hendricks who made three saves for the clean sheet.
“It’s been a year of transition with the squad, and we feel we have gelled well as a unit,” Sharp said. “We have seen the rewards with our effort in this tournament. It’s always disappointing to not win the overall competition, but things are progressing nicely. I believe we have a solid base to allow us to push on to bigger and better things.”
-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-
U.S. Paralympic NT vs. Canada
Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 America Cup
Venue: University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET)
Weather: 73 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 0 3
CAN 0 0 0
USA – Gavin Sibayan 6th minute
USA – Kevin Hensley 15
USA – Gavin Sibayan 22
USA: 18-Alex Hendricks 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (5-Bryce Boarman 5, 56), 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Chris Ahrens 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5 (17-Michael Moore 7, 50), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 46), 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson, 15 Daniel Hoffman
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
1-Derek Whitson 5, 2-Liam Stanley 7, 5-Sam Charron 7, 7-Dustin Hodgson 7, 9-Trevor Stiles 5, 11-Matt Brown 7, 13-Kyle Payne 7
Subs not used: 4-John Phillips 7, 12-Vito Proietti 5
Head Coach: Drew Ferguson
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 7 / 4
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 5
CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – Ticket sales have surpassed 20,000 for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s high-profile friendly against Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.
The match will be the final opportunity for fans to see USA forward Landon Donovan in international competition. Among those planning to see Donovan off in style will be more than 3,000 fans from organized supporter groups, led by the American Outlaws. The USA’s all-time scoring leader will retire from soccer at the end of the current Major League Soccer season.
“The game in East Hartford with the farewell to Landon Donovan is very special, so we want to give him the most exciting event possible,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Looking towards the October games against Ecuador and Honduras, we definitely look at the strongest squad possible. It’s exciting for the fans and for us. We look at bringing the players back that won in the Czech Republic, and also to mix them with the players here in MLS.”
Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office in downtown East Hartford (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.] (TICKETS)
Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Rentschler Field has previously hosted big-time MNT matches, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. In the USA’s initial visit, Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005, against Trinidad & Tobago in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the team’s most recent stop, Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.
The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 6-3-2 record this year, and is coming off a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague.
Immediately following the match in Connecticut, the U.S. Men will travel to South Florida to take on CONCACAF rival Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (TICKETS).