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U.S. WNT to Face Mexico on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York

CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Mexico on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The match will be the second of two games against Mexico as the teams will also play on Sept. 13 at a venue to be determined.

The USA’s fourth visit to Sahlen’s Stadium (and sixth overall match in Rochester) will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The game in Rochester will be the final warm-up for both teams before the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be held in the United States in Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in Canada, while the fourth-place team will enter a two-game playoff against a team from South America.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Starting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. ET, tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester area (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen’s Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. (TICKETS)

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.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

WNT Highlights at Rochester:

Additional Notes:

  • The two matches against Mexico will be the 29th and 30th between the countries.
  • Mexico will be attempting to qualify for its third Women’s World Cup after participating in 1999 and 2011.
  • The USA holds an all-time record of 26-1-1 against Mexico, with the one loss coming famously during the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Cancun, Mexico, that forced the USA into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT has strong connections to Rochester as it is the hometown of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach and the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goal (Hamm’s came at Frontier Field before the new venue was built).
  • Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the Western New York Flash.
  • The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester – three at Sahlen’s Stadium and two at Frontier Field.

Referees Complete Productive Stretch at NTC Invitational and Academy Championships

U.S. Soccer referees converged on the National Training Center in Carson, California, in mid-July for two highly competitive events: the 2014 NTC Invitational and the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships.

The National Training Center Invitational was a four-team event over a five-day stretch (July 14-18) that featured the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, which went on to win the tournament, runner-up Australia, Costa Rica and Bermuda.

In conjunction with this event was the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships, which included four semifinal games (two at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups) on July 17 and two championship matches on July 19 that resulted in the LA Galaxy winning at the U-15/16s and New Jersey-based Players Development Academy earning the U-17/18 national crown.

Naturally, having the opportunity to officiate high-profile internationally- and nationally-based matches proved to be a valuable platform for the referees on hand at the NTC and StubHub Center.

“The NTC Invitational and Academy Championships served as a great environment and experience for some of the best up-and-coming referees,” said Herb Silva, U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training. “Along with the matches themselves, those went hand-in-hand with the itinerary on site, where we covered everything from positioning and foul identification, to evaluation, to player and game management and many other instructional elements.”

With the events overlapping at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center fields and StubHub Center, referee trainings were combined into one group. National assessments and video breakdown occurred for all games and the group as a whole reviewed their performances.

The base of officials included four referees and five assistant referees working the U-20 matches, and they were chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events. The officials who worked the Academy Championships included eight referees and eight assistant referees. They were selected based on their performances at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs and the U-13/14 Academy Showcase, both of which took place in June at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

U.S. Soccer’s technical staff included Silva, Rick Eddy, Sandy Hunt, Craig Lowry, Joe Machnik, George Noujaim and Don Wilbur.

USASA National Cup, US Youth Soccer National Championships Provide Referee Corps with Tools to Grow

The busy summer slate of soccer recently included a nearly 100-referee corps working at the US Youth Soccer National Championships from July 20-28 in Germantown, Maryland, and another group of officials participating in the US Adult Soccer National Cup Finals from July 25-27 in Sandy, Utah.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships showcased 96 of the country’s top referees at the youth level. Just like teams who compete at the state and regional levels, referees compete for one of the coveted spots to officiate at the National Championships. Once there, referees’ performances are factored into the assignment for one of the 14 championship matches among the various age groups.

“The event serves as a great stepping stone for many referees who are preparing to upgrade to National Referees or National Candidates,” said Jonathan Meersman, Region II Referee Director. “Many of the games are assessed or observed by mentors or members of the US Youth Soccer Referee Committee, and the feedback is used to help in the championship game assignment process.”

This year, there were two returners from 2013 who successfully completed the requirements to upgrade to National Referee for 2014. There were also five National Candidates who officiated at the event.

The U.S. Soccer support staff at the US Youth Soccer National Championships included Holly Hollingsworth, Sandy Hunt, David McKee, Karen Pritchett, Kermit Quisenberry, Bryan Roslund, Don Torrenti and Don Wilbur.

At the USASA Men’s National Cup, the tournament has three divisions of competition – Amateur, Open and Over-30. In the Open division, regional champions advance to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Two officials from each region were selected by a USASA regional committee based on their regional performances. Assistant referees were selected by U.S. Soccer based on chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events.

“The technical support provided in this event was outstanding,” USASA Referee Chair Angelo Bratsis said. “Everyone worked hard and the officials showed the tools they need to get to the next level. The field exercises and classroom seasons built camaraderie and support. The confidence level of the referees and the skilled ARs allow for everyone to succeed in that setting.”

“We enjoy the continuous support of U.S. Soccer at USASA events, and the Academy events have also given us the support needed to make this the high-quality event it always strives to be,” USASA President John Motta said.

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U.S. U-17 MNT Loses 4-1 to Norway at Open Nordic Tournament

NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.

After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.

With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.

Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.

 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          1          1
Norway                         2          2          4

NOR                             John Saeter                  9th  minute
NOR                             Andreas Helmersen       20
USA                             Elijah Rice                     45
NOR                             Marcus Stensby            60
NOR                             John Saeter                  79

Lineups:
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen 

Misconduct Summary:
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar    72nd minute (caution)

Officials:
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

 

U.S. U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup History By the Numbers

Most Goals by Individual in Game

3 goals
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 25, 2001; 6-0 W vs. Denmark in Victoria, Canada)
Sydney Leroux (July 17, 2010; 5-0 W vs. Switzerland in Dresden, Germany)
Maya Hayes (Aug. 20, 2012; 4-0 W vs. Ghana in Hiroshima, Japan)

2 goals
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 17, 2002; 5-1 W vs. England in Victoria, Canada)
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 19, 2002; 4-0 W vs. Australia in Victoria, Canada)
Lindsay Tarpley (Aug. 21, 2002; 6-0 W vs. Chinese Taipei in Victoria, Canada)
Heather O’Reilly (Aug. 25, 2002; 6-0 W vs. Denmark in Victoria, Canada)
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 29, 2002; 4-1 W vs. Germany in Edmonton, Canada)
Jessica Rostedt (Nov. 14, 2004; 4-1 W vs. Russia in Phuket, Thailand)
Danesha Adams (Aug. 27, 2006; 4-1 W vs. Germany in St. Petersburg, Russia)
Sydney Leroux (Nov. 19, 2008; 3-0 W vs. France in Chillian, Chile)
Alex Morgan (Nov. 23, 2008; 3-0 W vs. Argentina in Chillian, Chile)
Sydney Leroux (Nov. 30, 2008; 3-0 W vs. England in Chillan, Chile)

USA Players to Have Played in Multiple U-19/U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups

Player                         Years
Stephanie Amack       2012, 2014
Rachel Buehler           2002, 2004
Crystal Dunn               2010, 2012
Kerri Hanks                 2002, 2004
Ashlyn Harris              2002, 2004
Nikki Krzysik               2004, 2006
Sydney Leroux           2008, 2012
Stephanie Logterman 2004, 2006    
Stephanie Lopez         2004, 2006
Samantha Mewis        2010, 2012
Christine Nairn            2008, 2010
Carri Roccaro             2012, 2014
Amy Rodriguez           2004, 2006
Jessica Rostedt          2004, 2006
Angie Woznuk             2002, 2004


FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cup

USA All-Time Scorers

Player                         Goals              Year
Sydney Leroux*          10                    2008 (5), 2010 (5)
Kelley Wilson*             9                      2002
Lindsay Tarpley*         6                      2002
Jessica Rostedt          5                      2004 (3), 2006 (2)
Maya Hayes               4                      2012
Alex Morgan*              4                      2008
Amy Rodriguez*         4                      2004 (2), 2006 (2)
Danesha Adams*        3                      2006
Heather O’Reilly*        3                      2002
Megan Rapinoe*         3                      2004
Angie Woznuk *           3                      2004
Kelley O’Hara*            2                      2006
Kealia Ohai                 2                      2012
Leslie Osborne*          2                      2002
Morgan Brian*             1                      2012
Amber Brooks*           1                      2010
Zakiya Bywaters         1                      2010
Rachel Buehler*          1                      2002
Vanessa DiBernardo   1                      2012
Stephanie Ebner         1                      2002
Becky Edwards          1                      2008
Megan Kakadelas       1                      2002
Allie Long*                   1                      2006
Kristie Mewis*             1                      2010
Casey Nogueira*        1                      2006
Jill Oakes*                   1                      2002
Sheree Gray               1                      2004
Kerri Hanks                 1                      2004
Chioma Ubogagu        1                      2012
Keelin Winters             1                      2008 

*Has played for the senior Women’s National Team

USA Awards at FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Golden Ball

Sydney Leroux (2008)

Silver Ball
Angie Woznuk (2004)
Alex Morgan (2008) 

Bronze Ball
Kelly Wilson (2002)
Julie Johnston (2012) 

Golden Shoe:
Sydney Leroux (2008)

Silver Shoe
Kelly Wilson (2002)

Bronze Shoe
Lindsay Tarpley (2002)
Angie Woznuk (2002)
Alex Morgan (2008)
Sydney Leroux (2010)

Golden Glove
Alyssa Naeher (2008)
Bianca Henninger (2010)

 

Beach Soccer Takes Fourth Place at Mundialito

The U.S. Beach Soccer Team finished in fourth place at the three-day Mundialito from July 25-27 at Espinho in Portugal. Host Portugal won its fifth Mundialito, followed by Japan, Hungary and the USA.

The USA’s best opportunity for a victory came in the opener, a 5-4 loss in extra time to Japan on Friday, July 25. U.S. captain Nick Perera had two tallies, and after back-to-back goals from Michael Zaher and Andrew Feld, the USA held a 4-3 lead in the final period. Japan responded, however, with one goal in regulation and then scored in the second minute of extra time for the 5-4 victory.

On Saturday, July 26, the USA fell 14-1 to host Portugal, as Alessandro Canale had the lone goal for the U.S. in that match.

The U.S. Beach Soccer squad capped off the tournament with a 5-2 loss on Sunday, July 27, to Hungary, which had a 4-0 lead early in the third period. Canale and Chris Cummings each tallied a goal for the USA down the stretch to make it 4-2, but Hungary responded late to take third place in the tournament.

Open Cup ‘Game of the Round’ Features Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders on Aug. 13

CHICAGO (July 28, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will broadcast the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC as its “Game of the Round” coverage resumes on ussoccer.com on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. PT. The two teams last faced each other in the tournament in the 2011 Final in which Seattle defeated Chicago 2-0 and earned its third Open Cup title.  

One day earlier, the first finalist will be decided when the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas meet at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Aug. 12. 

The Chicago Fire has enjoyed the most U.S. Open Cup success among MLS franchises with four titles (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and two runner-up finishes (2004, 2011).

Semifinal Round Schedule

 Date

Game

Time

Venue

Aug. 12

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

8 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Aug. 13

Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC

7 p.m. PT

Starfire Soccer Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. U-17s Fall 2-0 to Denmark in First Match of Open Nordic Tournament

KOLDING, Denmark (July 28, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team gave up two first-half goals and fell 2-0 to Denmark in the first game of the Open Nordic Tournament at Mosevej Stadium.

Denmark’s Mark Christensen scored in the fourth minute to give his squad an early 1-0 lead. Marco Ramkilde scored in the 28th minute and the Denmark defense held the U.S. at bay to preserve the shutout victory. Full time is 80 minutes in all games in the Open Nordic Tournament.

The U.S. is currently playing with a split squad, as the USA is also participating in the upcoming Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.

The U-17 MNT resumes play in the Open Nordic Tournament on Tuesday against Norway.


-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: July 28, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Mosevej Stadium, Kolding
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees 

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

DEN – Mark Christensen            4th minute
DEN – Marco Ramkilde             28 

Lineups:

USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 15-AJ Palazzolo, 2-Logan Panchot (capt.); 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (14-Tyler Adams, 54), 6-Kyle Gurrieri (20-George Braima, 54), 10-Keegan Kelly (24-Weston McKennie, 67); 11-McKinze Gaines, 9-Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 54), 7-Elijah Rice
Subs not used: 12- Eric Lopez, 16-Miles Stray, 21-Brian Zelaya
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

DEN: 1-Oscar Hedvall; 13-Gonzalo Jorgensen (5-Mark Petersen, 58), 2-Oskar Buur, 3-Adnan Curovic, 18-Andreas Sorensen (4-Jeppe Schultz, 80); 11-Jacob Larsen, 6-Alexander Hansen (12-Agon Mucolli, 41), 8-Mark Christensen (capt.) (14-Mathias Bonde, 72), 17-Nicklas Rojkjaer, 10-Nikolai Laursen (7-Nikolaj Kirk, 58); 9-Marco Ramkilde, (15-Mathias Laursen, 58)
Subs not used: 16- Jacob Larsen
Head Coach: Jan Michaelsen 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jonathan Gonzalez (caution)        43rd minute
USA – Tyler Adams (caution)                  62

Officials:
Referee: Nermin Cisic
Assistant Referee 1: Conny Hugman
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Hegstad
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes 

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

U.S. U-18 WNT Defeats Mexico U-20 WNT 2-0 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (July 27, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team defeated the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team 2-0 in the second of two friendly matches at Mexico’s National Training Center in Mexico City. The teams tied 1-1 on July 25 on a goal from forward Zoe Redei, who scored both goals in today’s victory.

Both U.S. goals came in the second half, the first in the 48th minute when Sabrina Flores played a through ball to Hana Kerner, who fed Redei for the finish. The USA got its clincher in the 89th minute on a Kerner to Maddie Haley to Redei combination.

Goalkeeper Casey Murphy, who stands 6-foot-1, picked up the win for the USA after playing the second half in relief of Rose Chandler.

U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-18 WNT v. Mexico U-20 WNT
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Centro de Alto Rendimiento de la FMF; Mexico City, Mexico
Weather: 76 degrees

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

USA – Zoe  Redei (Hana Kerner)                                      48th minute
USA – Zoe Redei (Imani Dorsey)                                    89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Rose Chandler (24-Casey Murphy, 46); 3-Gabby Matulich (capt.), 4-Niki Romero (2-Schuyler DeBree, 46), 5-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Dorian Bailey; 21-Kelcie Hedge (23-Hana Kerner, 23), 13-Katie Cousins (22-Michaela Abam, 86), 20-Sabrina Flores (16-Marley Canales, 80); 7-Zoe Redei, 9-Emily Ogle, 11-Imani Dorsey (12-Michelle Xiao, 46) (10-Madison Haley, 66)
Subs not used: 15-Ellie Jean, 17-Rebecca Rasmussen
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

MEX: 1-Celcia Santiago (capt.); 14-Clarissa Robles (13-Jaqueline Rodriguez), 3-Estefania Fuentes, 5-Paulina Solis, 2-Mariel Gutierrez; 8-Nancy Antonio, 17-Amanda Perez (18-Claudia Lopez, 61); 16-Taylor Alvarado (7-Jenny Chiu, 60), 10-Carolina Jaramillo, 11-Fabiola Ibarra (15-Mariana Cadena, 71); 24-Tanya Samarzich
Subs not used: 4-Greta Espinoza, 6-Karla Nieto, 9-Luz Duarte, 12-Emily Alvarado, 20-Ana Gabriela Paz, 21-Rebeca Bernal, 22-Vanessa Flores
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Estefania Fuentes (caution)                 55th minute
USA – Hana Kerner (caution)                           70

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 12, 2010 MNT vs England 1-1 D Royal Bafokeng Stadium; Rustenburg, South Africa 38,646 Dempsey
June 18, 2010 MNT vs Slovenia 2-2 D Ellis Park; Johannesburg 45,573 Donovan, Bradley
June 23, 2010 MNT vs Algeria 1-0 W Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa 35,827 Donovan
June 26, 2010 MNT vs Ghana 1-2 L Royal Bafokeng Stadium; Rustenburg, South Africa 34,976 Donovan
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