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Across the Academy – Oct. 22, 2014

Three U-13/14 Regional Showcases in Store for October and November: For the second straight season, the Development Academy’s U-13/14 teams will convene in a series of regional showcases, providing an invaluable competitive opportunity for the players, coaches, teams and scouts. The opening showcase for Central-based clubs runs Oct. 25-26 at Grand Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana, north of Indianapolis. That will be followed by the East regional showcase from Nov. 8-9 at BB&T Soccer Park near Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, and the West regional showcase from Nov. 15-16 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Oct. 18-19):

  • West Conference: In a crossover match, the Southwest Division’s Real So Cal earned victories at the U-15/16s and U-17/18s against the Northwest Division’s Crossfire Premier. Jared Lopez broke a scoreless deadlock in the 74th minute to lead the U-15/16 team to a 1-0 win. At the U-17/18s, Sam Strong scored two goals and James Handal added a goal as Real So Cal hung on for a 3-2 victory. Crossfire’s Uriel Herrera tallied twice later in the half. Both Real So Cal teams are 6-2-1 this season.
  • Central Conference: The Houston Dynamo U-17/18s moved into first place in the Frontier Division following a 4-2 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday at Houston Sports Park. After falling behind 1-0 through the first 45 minutes, the Dynamo scored all four goals in the second half, with Noe Ochoa, Juan Flores, Roberto Marquez and Christian Lucatero each contributing a tally. The Houston Dynamo improved to 3-0-1.
  • East Conference: The Philadelphia Union swept its Atlantic Division set against Bethesda-Olney. The Union’s U-15/16s are now 7-0-0 after its 3-1 victory, with Alexander Soto shouldering the scoring with three goals over a six-minute stretch. The Philadelphia Union U-17/18 team posted a 2-0 win. Mohamed Conde and Zach Zandi scored in the 15th and 65th minutes, respectively, and the Union improved to 4-2-1 on the season.

Stat of the Week: Concorde Fire’s U-15/16 Michael Ille has scored more than 60 percent of his team’s goals this season. The U-15/16 goal scoring leader has 10 goals and Concorde Fire has scored 16 goals in nine matches as a team.

Academy Referee of the Week: Robert Sarfaraz, a Grade 5 referee from California-South, was named Referee of the Week for his work during the U-15/16 match between Pateadores and Nomads on Saturday. Sarfaraz has regularly worked Development Academy matches since 2008, in addition to duties with Major League Soccer league and reserve games, Youth National Team level, PDL, USL PRO and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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U.S. U-18 MNT Roster Named for October Camp: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has brought in 36 players for a domestic camp from Oct. 23-31 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Among the roster, 35 of the 36 are currently registered with Academy clubs. Among this group are midfielder James Murphy, a member of Players Development Academy’s national champion U-17/18 team last season and the U.S. Futsal National Team, as well as trio of LA Galaxy Academy players who won the U-15/16 national title this past summer in Bennett Sneddon, Michael Lopez and Adrian Vera.

U-14 BNT Intrasquad Highlights: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team camp last week to kick off a new cycle, the group held multiple intrasquad games, including a doubleheader on Oct. 15. Multiple Academy players found the score sheet that day, including Met Oval’s Veljko Petkovic and D.C. United’s Kyle Davis.


  • The Oct. 25-26 Academy weekend, the eighth of the 2014-15 season, features 166 games – 74 at the U-13/14 age group and a combined 92 games at the U-15/16 and U-17 age groups.
  • 2014-15 Academy Schedule page


Fulhamerica Homecoming

If there is one venue the U.S. Men’s National Team could call home outside United States, it would undoubtedly be Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Plenty of current and former players can find the stadium on the river Thames without a GPS. 

The list of U.S. internationals that pulled on the Fulham jersey is long and distinguished, including goalkeepers, goal scorers, FIFA World Cup veterans and aspiring leaders. 

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (1999-2002) was the first to don the Cottager’s kit in the modern era and former U.S. MNT midfielder and defender Eddie Lewis arrived a year later (2000-2002). Despite not playing a game the whole season, his coach Jean Tigana insisted on keeping Lewis until season’s end, making him the last to arrive at the USA’s pre-World Cup training camp in 2002. Lewis went on to deliver one of the most famous crosses in U.S. history

Later in the decade, three-time World Cup veteran Kasey Keller spent a season at Craven Cottage (2007), while striker Eddie Johnson had a three-year spell there (2008-11) spent mostly on loan. 

The most accomplished and celebrated U.S. players at Craven Cottage are strikers Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey. McBride (2004-08) scored 33 goals during his tenure and became such a fan favorite that the stadium pub now bears his name. He was a two-time Fulham Player of the Year, and was named captain for the 2007-08 season. Most recently, McBride was named to a special committee to help select the club’s next manager. 

“I think it’s the perfect fit. The Fulham supporters are incredibly loyal and have a great appreciation for what the American players bring to the table,” McBride said of Craven Cottage. “For the U.S. players and fans who will be there for the first time, they will experience a very special place. There is a heart and soul to Craven Cottage that goes beyond just a stadium; it’s like playing in front of your family.” 

Not to be outdone, Dempsey picked up McBride’s scoring reins at Fulham. In addition to famous goals – the game-winner against Liverpool that saved Fulham from relegation in 2007 and the wonder strike against Juventus in the Europa League Round of 16, among others – the Texan set the team record for the most career tallies in the Premier League (50) by an American, surpassing his 2006 World Cup teammate, McBride.

 Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra also made a big impression with the Fulham faithful (2004-08), becoming one of the few MNT players in history playing outside the United States to wear the captain’s armband for both club and country. He was the second leading scorer in the 2006-07 campaign with five goals – behind McBride – and finished his career there with eight total in 116 appearances. 

“I’m thrilled that the U.S. Men’s National Team will play at a stadium that has meant so much to the American players who got their chance at Fulham,” Bocanegra said. “The fans there were incredibly supportive of us, and we have so many great memories there. Craven Cottage has one of the most intimate atmospheres I’ve ever played in. Sitting in the Cottage is like having a rooftop seat it Wrigley Field – it’s an experience every fan should have in their lifetime.” 

The American line of succession at Fulham has now been passed to 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman, who played extensively in Fulham’s Youth Academy and scored a goal in the U-18 FA Cup Final. Now earning regular minutes for the first time, Hyndman debuted for the senior MNT in the 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in Prague this past September.

U.S. MNT to face Fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup Finalist and No. 3-Ranked Colombia on Nov. 14 in London

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play Colombia in an international friendly on Friday, Nov. 14, at Craven Cottage in London. Kickoff at the home of Fulham FC is set for 7:45 p.m. GMT (2:45 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on UniMas. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“Colombia showed in the World Cup that they are one of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have some tremendous attacking talent like Radamel Falcao at Manchester United, James Rodriguez who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup and now plays at Real Madrid, Arian Ramos from Dortmund who was one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, and Carlos Bacca who won the Europa League with Sevilla. So overall, it’s a squad with a lot of experience playing at the highest level, and this will be another great benchmark for us. We are thrilled to be playing at Craven Cottage, which holds so many good memories for U.S. players. It will be a unique experience.”

Craven Cottage has served as the proverbial “home away from home” for many U.S. internationals over the years. U.S. MNT captain Clint Dempsey spent six seasons at Fulham, and during his Premier League tenure, broke the record for most goals by an American in the EPL with 37, surpassing the mark set by another Fulham icon, Brian McBride.

World Cup veterans Carlos Bocanegra, Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller and Eddie Johnson also spent part of their careers at Fulham. Bocanegra served as team captain, while McBride became such a fan favorite, the bar in the stadium is named after him. The Cottagers’ most recent American addition to the squad is Emerson Hyndman, who debuted for the MNT last month in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic in Prague.

Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, Oct. 23, at 12 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. ET) through, by phone within the United Kingdom at 0843-208-1234 (option 1), as well as the Fulham FC Ticket Office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

U.S. Soccer is also offering a special VIP Experience for fans to attend the match in London as part of the team delegation. Spaces are limited for a three-day package (Nov. 13-15), including accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, premium match tickets, gifts, excursions, ground transportation and more. U.S. Soccer is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and the minimum donation to participate is $3,975.Click here for more information, or contact U.S. Soccer at

Colombia is No. 3 in the world in FIFA’s latest rankings. Colombia competed in its fourth FIFA World Cup this past summer and had its best showing at the event. Los Cafeteros won Group G ahead of Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and Colombia captain and Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao are anticipated to be with the team.

The announcement of the match against Colombia completes the 2014 MNT schedule. Four days after the game in London, the U.S. will close out the campaign with a friendly against Ireland on Nov. 18 in Dublin. Kickoff at Aviva Stadium is set for 8:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET).

La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. se Enfrentará a Colombia el 14 de Noviembre en Londres

CHICAGO (22 de octubre, 2014) -- La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos jugará contra Colombia en un amistoso internacional el viernes, 14 de noviembre, en Craven Cottage en Londres. El inicio en el estadio del Fulham FC está programado para las 2:45 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por UniMás. Aficionados también pueden seguir la acción en Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.
"Colombia es un equipo lleno de excelentes jugadores, muchos de los cuales compiten en las mejores ligas de Europa, así que es otro punto de referencia importante," dijo el director técnico de Estados Unidos Jurgen Klinsmann. "Estamos emocionados por jugar en Craven Cottage, que tiene tantos buenos recuerdos para jugadores estadounidenses. Será una experiencia única para los muchachos y la esperamos con entusiasmo."
Craven Cottage ha sido el "hogar fuera de casa" para varios seleccionados estadounidenses a través de los años. El capitán de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Clint Dempsey pasó seis temporadas con el Fulham y durante su estancia en la Liga Premier, rompió el récord de goles anotados por un estadounidense en la EPL con 37 goles, pasando el registro impuesto por otro ícono del Fulham, Brian McBride.
Los mundialistas Carlos Bocanegra, Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller y Eddie Johnson también pasaron tiempo con Fulham durante sus carreras. Bocanegra fue capitán del equipo mientras que McBride se convirtió en favorito del público, y el bar del estadio lleva su nombre. La adición estadounidense más reciente al equipo de los Cottagers es Emerson Hyndman, quien debutó con la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos el mes pasado en la victoria de 1-0 contra la República Checa en Praga.
U.S. Soccer también ofrece una Experiencia VIP para aficionados que gustarían presenciar el partido en Londres como parte de la delegación del equipo. El cupo es limitado para el paquete de tres días (11-13 de noviembre) que incluye alojamiento en el hotel oficial de U.S. Soccer, acceso exclusivo a una sesión de entrenamiento de la Selección Masculina, boletos VIP para el partido, regalos, excursiones, transporte terrestre y más. U.S. Soccer es una organización registrada sin fines de lucro 501c3 y la donación mínima para participar es de $3,975. Haga clic aquí para más información, o comuníquese con U.S. Soccer por correo electrónico en
Colombia se encuentra en el puesto No. 3 en el ranking más reciente de la FIFA. Colombia compitió en su cuarta Copa Mundial de la FIFA este pasado verano y tuvo su mejor actuación en la justa mundialista. Los Cafeteros ganaron el Grupo G por arriba de Grecia, Costa de Marfil y Japón y avanzaron a los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014. Se anticipa que el mediocampista del Real Madrid James Rodriguez y el delantero del Manchester United y capitán colombiano Radamel Falcao participen con el equipo.
El anuncio del partido contra Colombia completa el calendario de juegos programados para la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2014. Cuatro días después del partido en Londres, EE.UU. cerrará el año con un partido amistoso contra Irlanda el 18 de noviembre en Dublín. El partido está programado para las 8:45 p.m. hora local (2:45 p.m. ET). 

Javier Perez Names 36-Player Roster for U-18 MNT Camp Oct. 23-31 at NTC

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 36-player roster for the team’s training camp from Oct. 23-31 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

The majority of the roster features players who are involved in their first camp at this age group. Every player is born in 1997, so this cycle is geared toward the group that would be involved in the qualification process toward the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The nine-day camp will include an intrasquad match on Sunday, Oct. 26, and the U-18s also are potentially going to play a local club team during this stretch.

Among this roster, 35 of the 36 players are currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and everyone has a tie-in with an Academy club. Midfielder James Murphy was a member of Players Development Academy’s national champion U-17/18 team this past summer, as well as a member of the U.S. Futsal National Team during its trip to Argentina. Bennett Sneddon was the winning goalkeeper and defender Michael Lopez and forward Adrian Vera played the full 90 minutes during the LA Galaxy U-15/16 Academy team’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake AZ in its national title game on July 19.

Five players have youth ties with the LA Galaxy, and four with Real Salt Lake AZ and Chicago Magic PSG.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Konrad Dziedzic (Chicago Magic PSG; Schiller Park, Ill.), Etan Marbourakh (Weston FC; Plantation, Fla.), Bennett Sneddon (LA Galaxy; Encino, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Lithia, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (11): Gavin Barger (Baltimore Celtic SC; Fallston, Md.), Nigel Blackwood (Georgia United; Marietta, Ga.), Sean Dedrick (BSC CT; Wilton, Conn.), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC; Plantation, Fla.), Elan Koenig (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Michael Lopez (LA Galaxy; Cypress, Calif.), Donald Mason (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Diego Silva (Real Salt Lake AZ; Layton, Utah), Alex Vigliotti (Oakwood SC; Branford, Conn.), Aidan Wixted (Orlando City SC; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake AZ; Sandy, Utah), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood Soccer Club; East Hartford, Conn.), Juan Gamino Jr. (Kendall SC; Homestead, Fla.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire; Bloomington, Ind.), Jack Miler (Minnesota Thunder; Lakeville, Minn.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Stephen Payne (Chicago Magic PSG; Birmingham, Ala.), Jesus Perez Jr. (Chicago Magic PSG; Waukegan, Ill.), Grzegorz Solawa (Chicago Magic PSG; Niles, Ill.), Evan Waldrep (Real Salt Lake AZ; Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (9): Aaron Hererra (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), Robert Knights (LA Galaxy; Bristol, England), Lucas Mendes (D.C. United; Washington, D.C.), Nebojsa Popovic (Vardar SC; Loznica, Serbia), Christian Ramirez (FC Dallas; Farmers Branch, Texas), DJ Reeves (D.C. United; Ashton, Md.), Juan Sanchez (New York Red Bulls; Ossining, N.Y.), Ryan Sierakowski (Chicago Fire; McHenry, Ill.), Adrian Vera (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.)

Development Academy Kicks off Three U-13/14 Regional Events

The Development Academy’s U-13/14 age group, in the midst of its second season, will kick off the first of three regional events starting this weekend for the Central teams at Grand Sports Park Campus in Westfield, Indiana. The regional setup is an invaluable opportunity for clubs as they will play two meaningful games while being scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors.

Grand Sports Park, which features more than 30 grass and turf fields and is located north of Indianapolis, was the host site of the inaugural season’s end-of-the-year U-13/14 National Showcase, as well as the location of the 2013-14 Academy Playoffs for the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.

Following the Oct. 25-26 regional showcase, the U-13/14 Academy teams in the East will meet at BB&T Soccer Park from Nov. 8-9 in Advance, North Carolina, near Winston-Salem and Greensboro. This was the site of the first East regional event in 2013.

The third U-13/14 showcase for the West region takes place from Nov. 15-16 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. This also was the regional location for last year’s event.

Games are open to the public and free of charge.

For the full day-by-day schedule and results, visit

The Academy launched its U-13/14 age division in the fall of 2013, and the program is based on the same philosophy as the older Academy age groups with an emphasis on more training sessions and playing meaningful games. The U-13/14 Academy season incorporates both outdoor play in the fall and spring, a National Showcase in the summer and a focus on futsal in the winter.

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U.S. Soccer, MLS Partner with IMG to Market Media Rights Until 2022

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2014) – U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer have partnered with IMG, a global leader in sport and entertainment, to market and distribute global media rights for the two soccer organizations for the next eight years.

The long-term agreement, from 2015-2022, includes MLS as well as U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches played on American soil and qualifying games for two World Cup cycles. It excludes media rights within the U.S. and Canada.

IMG will market the rights across all platforms including digital and gaming.

The deal was completed between IMG and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), which represents MLS and U.S. Soccer’s commercial rights.

“We have a large number of fans who live outside the United States, and with the team’s performance in the 2014 World Cup we’ve brought in additional new fans,” said U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn. “It is important for us to provide them with access to our matches. We are excited to be working with IMG to ensure we are connecting with our fans across the world in the coming years.”

“As Major League Soccer approaches its 20th season, the worldwide interest in the league is at an all-time high and growing dramatically,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures. “With two new expansion clubs in New York and Orlando, global stars like David Villa, Frank Lampard and Kaka set to join the league, and players representing almost 60 countries, 2015 will be an exciting year for MLS. IMG’s expertise and unique position in the global marketplace make them the right partner for us and together we’ll grow the league's global footprint.

Ioris Francini, President of IMG Events and Media, said: “Football in the U.S. is very much on an upward curve following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s excellent showing in the World Cup in Brazil and the continued expansion and development of MLS.

“MLS is experiencing vast growth in attendance, investment, stadia infrastructure, TV audience and domestic and international player transfers. This is unlike any other league today.

“Over 20 players were called up for their national teams in the World Cup and more and more top players from European clubs are making the move across the Atlantic. We see great potential for the growth of coverage and awareness of both MLS and the U.S. National Teams."

Currently the MLS regular season runs from March to October with 19 teams – 16 from the U.S. and three from Canada – taking part in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The team with the best record is awarded the Supporters’ Shield. The top 10 teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs in November, culminating in the championship game, MLS Cup, in December.

In 2015, the league will increase to 21 clubs with New York City FC and Orlando City SC joining MLS. Both teams have announced marquee signings with Chelsea’s record goal scorer Frank Lampard and Spain’s leading marksman David Villa joining NYCFC, and Brazilian Ballon’Dor winner Kaka signing for Orlando City. In 2017, Atlanta will take the number of clubs to 22.

MLS was founded in 1993 as part of the United States’ successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 with 10 teams.

Kling’s Golazo

Meghan Klingenberg’s first WNT goal was one to remember. Her brilliant strike from just under 28 yards out against Haiti on Oct. 20, 2104, in the USA’s final Group A match of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships was enjoyed as much by her teammates as by Klingenberg herself. It was also the #1 play on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays of the Day, which is pretty cool.

U-14 BNT Intrasquad Highlights – Oct. 15, 2014

The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team recently convened for a domestic training camp from Oct. 11-19 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

As this was the first U-14 camp of a new cycle, it was an opportune moment for Youth National Team staff to see the extensive talent from the 48-player group through a variety of training and game settings. On Oct. 15, the U-14s held a pair of intrasquad games, the first of which included two 30-minute halves and the second game included two 35-minute halves.

Goal scoring highlights from the day:

In the opening match, Nomads forward Jacob Silva crossed the ball from the right, and after a deflection, Met Oval midfielder Veljko Petkovic unleashed a low, long-range shot just inside the right side of the frame.

Photo Gallery: WNT Beats Haiti at 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 6-0 win against Haiti in its final Group A game at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
September 2, 2009 1-2 L RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 0