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U.S. U-18 MNT Falls to Germany 3-2 in Marbella, Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 19, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 3-2 to Germany’s U-18s at Marbella Stadium. The USA split its two-game set, having previously earned a 2-1 victory against Germany on Dec. 17.

On Friday, USA forward Sebastian Elney scored a 48th-minute goal and Mauricio Pineda tallied in the 90th minute for his second goal in two games.

The U-18 MNT finished off 2014 with a 5-7-1 international record.

More information from Friday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

WNT vs. Argentina: Highlights - December 18, 2014

Christen Press (four goals) and Carli Lloyd (three goals) accounted for all of the goal scoring as the U.S. WNT defeated Argentina 7-0 in its final group match of the International Tournament of Brasilia. The victory, combined with Brazil’s win against China later in the evening, gave the USA a berth to the tournament’s title game.

La Selección Femenina derrota a Argentina 7-0 en Brasilia para cerrar Fase de Grupo

BRASILIA, Brasil (18 de diciembre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos tenía que ganar en grande para ponerse en posición para avanzar a la final del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014, y la ofensiva respondió. Cuatro goles de Christen Press y tres de Carli Lloyd impulsaron a EE.UU. a una victoria de 7-0 en su tercer y último partido de grupo en el Estadio Mané Garrincha.

Press anotó tres goles en el primer tiempo y el séptimo del partido mientras que Lloyd registró el segundo triplete de su carrera (el primero fue contra México el 24 de enero, 2012).

En el segundo partido del día, Brasil derrotó a RP China 4-1. Este resultado significa que Estados Unidos avanza a la final del torneo a enfrentarse nuevamente a Brasil el domingo 21 de diciembre. EE.UU. y Brasil jugaron el 14 de diciembre, con las brasileras llevándose la victoria 3-2 tras un triplete de Marta. RP China y Argentina jugarán por el tercer lugar también el domingo.

La portera Alyssa Naeher debutó con la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. e hizo una atajada, convirtiéndose en la séptima portera estadounidense en no conceder gol en su debut.

El partido de EE.UU. contra Argentina originalmente estaba programado para el miércoles pero fue postergado por lluvias fuertes en la ciudad y malas condiciones de campo.

Resumen de Goles:

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian), minuto 7: Estados Unidos empezó rápidamente cuando Brian se llevó la pelota por la banda derecha y forzó a la portera de Argentina Elisabeth Minnin a hacer la atajada, empujando el balón hacia su derecha. Press estaba puesta para rematar el balón a casa. USA 1, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach), minuto 23: En una combinación en el lado derecho del área, Wambach jugó el balón para Press quien lo tocó unas veces y disparó desde los nueve metros de distancia. Elisabeth Minnin tocó el balón pero no lo pudo desviar completamente. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), minuto 30: Desde el lado izquierdo, Brian mandó un balón cruzado perfecto para Lloyd quien lo mandó a la red con la cabeza. Con ese gol, Lloyd ha ahora marcado gol en todos los partidos del torneo. USA 3, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger), minuto 41: La zaguera derecha Ali Krieger cruzó el balón para Press quien hábilmente tocó su disparo hacia la red en el primer poste para un triplete en el primer tiempo. Fue el primer triplete de Press en su carrera internacional. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), minuto 44: Las defensas continuaron a impactar el ataque y Chalupny se llevó la pelota al lado izquierdo del área, ganándole la posición a su defensa y cruzando el balón para Lloyd, quien terminó de corto rango para marcar su segundo gol del primer tiempo. USA 5, ARG 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Heather O'Reilly), minuto 47: Para abrir el segundo tiempo, Megan Rapinoe cruzó el balón desde el lado izquierdo. La suplente O'Reilly mantuvo vivo el ataque con un toque alto cerca de la línea de gol y Lloyd deslizó el disparó de primera a la esquina izquierda para anotar así su tercer gol del partido. USA 6, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), minuto 78: Megan Rapinoe se llevó la pelota al área grande y estalló un disparo que la portera de Argentina no pudo controlar. Eso abrió la puerta para Press, quien tocó el balón hacia la red para su cuarto gol del partido y su 11vo del año. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL)

En la Mira:

  • Con por lo menos un gol en siete partidos consecutivos, Carli Lloyd ahora está a dos partidos de empatar el récord de nueve impuesto por Michelle Akers del 5 de abril al 25 de mayo, 1991. Lloyd ahora tiene 10 goles durante esa racha de siete partidos.
  • Lloyd sobrepasó a Shannon MacMillan y está en séptimo lugar en la lista de la selección con mas goles anotados. Lloyd ahora tiene 61 goles en 184 partidos. MacMillan anotó 60 goles in 176 partidos.
  • Alyssa Naeher se convirtió en la séptima portera de EE.UU. en no conceder gol en su debut. Las otras fueron Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) y Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach ahora tiene registrados 69 pases a gol.

 Próximamente:

La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará su último partido del torneo el domingo, 21 de diciembre contra Brasil a las 4 p.m. ET. El partido por el tercer lugar será a las 1 p.m. ET.

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

 

Encuentro: La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Argentina

Fecha: 18 de diciembre, 2014

Torneo: Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014; Fase de Grupos

Sede: Estadio Mané Garrincha; Brasilia, Brasil

Inicio: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET

Asistencia: 750

Clima: 71 grados, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:            1          2          F

USA                                         5          2          7

ARG                                        0          0          0

 

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian)             minuto 7

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach)        23

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                    30

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                 41

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny)                   44

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               47

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe)         78

Alineaciones:

USA:  18-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 84), 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd; 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (2-Sydney Leroux, 81), 23-Christen Press

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 1-Hope Solo, 3-Christie Rampone, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis, 25-Meghan Klingenberg

Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

ARG: 1-Elisabeth Minnin; 4-Agustina Barroso (capt.), 16-Cecilia Ghigo, 5-Laura Sampedro,  17-Aldana Cometti (2-Florencia Quinones, 46); 7-Debora Molina, 18-Karen Venica, 11-Florencia Bonsegundo (6-Adriana Sachs, 86), 3-Noelia Espindola; 9-Florencia Jaimes (14-Daniela Kippes, 59), 15-Yael Oviedo

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 8-Mariana Larroquette, 10-Fabiana Vallejos, 12-Laurina Oliveros, 13-Camila Gomez Ares, 19-Luana Munoz, 20-Cecilia Lopez

Director Técnico: Jorge Olarticoechea

Resumen estadístico: USA / ARG

Tiros: 28 / 1

Tiros al arco: 13 / 1

Atajadas: 1 / 6

Tiros de esquina: 11 / 1

Faltas: 12 / 10

Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:

ARG - Laura Sampedro (amonestación)        minuto 1

USA - Lauren Holiday (amonestación)           51
USA - Sydney Leroux (expulsión)                  90+1

 

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Christen Press

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

Further details from Thursday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

WNT Defeats Argentina 7-0 in Group Finale of International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through. Led by four goals from Christen Press and a Carli Lloyd hat trick, the USA defeated Argentina 7-0 in its third group match at Mane Garrincha Stadium. 

Press scored three goals in the first half and the seventh of the game while Lloyd notched her second-career hat trick (the other came against Mexico on Jan. 24, 2012) and also moved into seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 61. 

With Brazil defeating China PR 4-1 in Thursday's later match, that sets up a final between the USA and host Brazil on Sunday, Dec. 21 (4 p.m. ET). Brazil went 3-0-0 in group play (9 points, plus-8 goal differential). The U.S. is second (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-6). China (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-3) will play Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points, minus-17) in the third-place game at 1 p.m. ET.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her full WNT debut and made one save to earn the clean sheet, becoming the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap. 

Thursday’s USA-Argentina game originally was scheduled for Wednesday and was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Morgan Brian), 7th minute: The U.S. struck quickly when Brian dribbled down the right side and forced Argentina goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnin to make the save, pushing the ball to her right. Press was on the spot to slam home the rebound. USA 1, ARG 0

USA – Christen Press (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: In a combination on the right side of the box, Wambach played the ball to Press who took a couple dribbles and shot from 10 yards out. Elisabeth Minnin got a piece of the ball but was unable to parry it away. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 30th minute: From the left side, Brian chipped in a perfect cross to Lloyd who headed it home for the three-goal cushion. The goal gave Lloyd a score in every match of the tournament. USA 3, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 41st minute: Right back Ali Krieger crossed the ball in to Press who flicked her shot into the net at the near post for a first-half hat trick. It was Press’ first hat trick of her WNT career. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), 44th minute: The outside backs continued to make an offensive impact as Chalupny dribbled up the left side of the box, beat her defender and crossed the ball in to Lloyd, who finished from close range for her second tally of the opening half. USA 5, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly), 47th minute: To open the second half, Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball in from the left side. Halftime substitute O’Reilly kept the attack alive with a high touch near the goal line and Lloyd hit a full volley into the lower left corner for her third goal of the match. USA 6, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), 78th minute: Megan Rapinoe dribbled into the penalty area and smashed a shot that the Argentina goalkeeper could not handle cleanly. That opened the door for Press, who tapped her shot in for her fourth goal of the match and her 11th of the year. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL) 

Milestone Watch:

  • With at least one goal in seven consecutive games, Carli Lloyd is now two games away from matching the U.S. WNT record of nine set by Michelle Akers from April 5 to May 25, 1991. Lloyd has 10 goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach now has 69-career assists (third all-time). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will look ahead to the tournament's championship game against Brazil at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 21, to cap off the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. The championship game is preceded by the third-place game between China PR and Argentina at 1 p.m. ET.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • With three goals, Carli Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties her career high in a calendar year when she also scored 15 in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-2 loss to Brazil.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut. She became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, earning her second consecutive start, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn has started in four straight games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Carli Lloyd at attacking midfielder with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian behind her.
  • The front three feature Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Christen Press from left to right. Wambach wore the captain’s armband.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe entered for Heath to open the second half.
  • The USA switched to a 3-5-2 for the latter part of the game.
  • In the closing minutes, Sydney Leroux subbed for Wambach in the 81st minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Lauren Holiday in the 84th minute.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Leroux picked up a red card in second-half stoppage time and will be unavailable for the USA’s placement match on Sunday.

Dunn Preps Brian and Mewis for NWSL

With young U.S. WNT players Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis having completed their college eligibility and set to be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who played her rookie season in 2014, sits down with the up-and-coming midfielders to discuss turning pro.

U-20 and U-17 WNT Goalkeepers Gather for Special Camp

YNT Goalkeepers get together for a camp in California.

Exclusive Look at Academy Select Game

The Development Academy Select Game has served as a springboard for Academy players to showcase their skills and progress their play through the Youth National Team system. ussoccer.com takes an exclusive look at the event, which has become a staple at the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Unexpected Soccer Tennis

A heavy storm in Brasilia, Brazil, the night before the U.S. WNT’s scheduled match with Argentina on Dec. 17 forced the postponement of the game just hours before kickoff. Undeterred, the U.S. team got in a few highly competitive games of soccer tennis just to get the legs moving.

Across the Academy – Dec. 17, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals Return in January and February: As part of the Development Academy’s mandatory futsal period from December through February, the Academy U-14 age group will look forward to a series of regional showcases from Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. Eight regional showcases will include a guaranteed four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions: SoCal and Texas (Jan. 24-25); Florida, Mid-America and NorCal (Jan. 31-Feb. 1); and New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey (Feb. 7-8). Several Academy players have recently had the experience of representing the U.S. Futsal National Team in 2014: Sporting Kansas City’s Nic Jaimes and John Leisman and Players Development Academy’s James Murphy. (2014-15 Development Academy Calendar)

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 13-14):

  • West Conference: In a crossover match, Southwest Division-leading Real Salt Lake AZ defeated the Northwest Division’s De Anza Force 5-1 at the U-18 age group. Jose Hernandez led the way with three goals for RSL, which is 12-1-3 this season and has won nine straight games.
  • East Conference: South Carolina United Battery Academy wrapped up its 2014 portion of the season with victories against the Charlotte Soccer Academy. After trailing in the opening seven minutes, South Carolina United Batter Academy scored three unanswered, with Wyatt Millard’s 60th-minute goal serving as the game-winner. The U-18s posted a 3-0 win, with Rex Epps, Barrett Stevens and Cole Gaston each tallying a goal.

Academy Referee of the Week: Kaili Terry, a Grade 8 referee from northern Texas, was named Academy of the Week for her work during the U-14 match between Solar Chelsea and the Dallas Texans. Terry has been working Academy matches since 2013.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 15, 2008 MNT vs Barbados 8-0 W The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif. 11,476 Dempsey (2), Bradley, Ching (2), Donovan, Own Goal, Johnson
June 22, 2008 MNT vs Barbados 1-0 W Kensington Oval; Bridgetown, Barbados 2,000 Lewis
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