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Thirty years ago, Lee Yarbrough and Stacy Story moved from the United States to Mexico and they never left. William Yarbrough was born in Mexico four years later and brought up there. Two weeks ago, his family history collided with his personal past when he received his first ever call-up to the represent U.S. Men’s National Team.

“My parents moved to Mexico as missionaries and they’ve been there ever since,” Yarbrough told ussoccer.com. “At an early age I knew what I wanted to do, which was play soccer.”

Yarbrough has played professionally in Liga MX since 2010, when he began his professional career with Pachuca before moving to his current club León in 2012. At León, Yarbrough has backstopped the team to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. Beyond the club level, he knew he wanted to play international soccer, and as a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he always thought there might be a choice to make one day.

His performances with León caught the eye of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who sent scouts to Mexico City before sending the invitation. Ultimately, Klinsmann elected to call up the goalkeeper, and so far, he likes what he sees.

“William has a wonderful positive character,” Klinsmann said. “He’s highly motivated and wants to learn. Chris Woods, our goalkeeper coach, is full of compliments already so we are really glad to have him in camp.”

William Yarbrough
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough makes a save on the training pitch in his first camp with the USMNT.

At the moment, Yarbrough is just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to be in camp with the Men’s National Team.

“I like living day-by-day and doing my best every day,” Yarbrough said. “Right now, I’m just looking to give coach Klinsmann and the rest of the teammates a good impression of myself. I want them to know that I’m a person who’s going to give everything on and off the field, who truly shows passion and a commitment to the meaning of representing the United States.”

It certainly helps to have familiar faces on board, and with fellow Liga MX members Ventura Alvarado, Greg Garza, and Michael Orozco also in Zurich, Yarbrough has been able to draw on their experience as he gets adjusted to the new environment.

“It’s been great to talk to those guys that I’ve played with and against in Mexico, and they’ve all been hugely helpful to me, as have the rest of the guys.” Yarbrough said. “My experience with this first call-up has been great. I’ve learned a lot of things. Everyone helps you adapt in a very quick way. Coach Klinsmann has been very helpful with that, too.”

Yabrough has always been a follower of soccer in the United States, but his first real moment of pride in the colors of the National Team came as a 10-year-old watching the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“When the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup in a penalty shootout, I was pretty young,” Yarbrough recalled. “I was up in Montana when that happened, and just seeing the reaction of so many people to a sport that was just growing in the United States was something that caught my attention in a big way.”

His first time with the group has already been a thrill; and, the prospect of earning his first cap looms as a huge reward for the work he’s put in for so long.

“It’s just an honor,” Yarbough said. “It’s a privilege to be representing the United States, and I’m trying to take advantage of this opportunity because I don’t want it to be just one time. I want there to be many to come. I think what’s helped is the way the rest of the team helps you feel like you’ve been a part of this group for a really long time.”

U-20 MNT Defeated 2-1 in Plymouth by England

PLYMOUTH, England – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fell to England’s Under-20s 2-1 Sunday afternoon in front of 11,406 fans at Home Park in Plymouth, England. The matched capped off a week-long camp as the U-20 MNT continues preparation for this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.    

England built a two-goal lead behind goals from John Swift and Kwame Thomas before U.S. forward Maki Tall scored his first international goal for the USA late in the match that featured the U.S. debuts for defender Desevio Payne, midfielder Ethan Sonis, and Tall.

The game began under a driving rain with neither side threatening for the opening 20 minutes. The U.S. had the first chance when Paul Arriola was able to spring Maki Tall down the right side from near midfield. Tall advanced the ball into the box and let go of a shot toward the near post but was denied by a great save from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 20th minute.

England responded immediately. Captain Matty Grimes ripped a low shot from just inside the box that U.S. goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell stretched out to his left to tip away. Minutes later, Grimes tested Caldwell from about 22 yards, but the U.S. ‘keeper did well to handle the curling, left-footed shot.

Forty-three minutes in, U.S. forwards Rubio Rubin and Bradford Jamieson combined near midfield to get out of pressure, sending Jamieson down the center only to be fouled outside the arc. Rubin took the freekick but could not get it to dip quick enough as it went just over the crossbar.

England took the lead right before the half. Winger Moses Odubajo took a ball down the right side and sent a cross in to the area where an unmarked John Swift collected and shot past Caldwell.

England doubled the lead in the 68th minute on a nice play from the left side as Harry Tofollo linked up with Swift who passed to Kwame Thomas at the top of the six. Thomas re-directed the ball past Caldwell as defenders attempted to block the shot.

The U.S. got one back five minutes later when Rubin beat his man on the left endline near the goal. His cross came back to the top of the six to Joel Sonora who mishit a shot. The ball went to the far post where Maki Tall slid down to shoot past the last defender for his first goal.

The U.S. U-20 MNT will next gather for an Austria-based camp in April that will feature friendlies against Qatar and Croatia. 

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. England U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: March 29, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Home Park; Plymouth, Devon, UK
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Local)
Attendance: 11,406
Weather: 48 degrees; Rainy

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

ENG – John Swift (Moses Odubajo)         44th minute
ENG – Kwame Thomas (John Swift)        68
USA – Maki Tall (Joel Sonora)                  74

Lineups:
USA: 12-Jeff Caldwell, 2-Shaq Moore, 4- Desevio Payne (14-Conor Donovan, 75), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-John Requejo; 6-Russell Canouse (15-Ethan Sonis, 78), 7-Paul Arriola (17-Joel Sonora, 61), 11-Marky Delgado; 10-Maki Tall (16-Boxi Yomba, 78), 9-Rubio Rubin (capt.; 23-Lynden Gooch, 75), 8-Bradford Jamieson IV (21-Tommy Thompson, 46)
Substitutions Not Used:  22-Thomas Olsen, 18-Andrija Novakovic.
Head coach: Tab Ramos

ENG: 13-Jordan Pickford, 4-Dominic Ball, 12-Harry Tofollo, 16-Jack Stephens, 17-Jordan Turnbull; 2-Moses Odubjo (10-Callum Robinson, 70), 7-Matty Grimes (capt.), 15-Harrison Reed, 19-John Swift (14-Jamie Hanson, 89), 20-Alex Mowatt (9-Chuba Akpom, 80), 18-Kwami Thomas
Substitutions Not Used:  1-Christian Walton, 3-Kortney Hause, 5-Dominic Iorfa, 6-Bailey Cargill, 8-Lewis Baker, 9-Chuba Akpom, 11-Jack Barmby.
Head coach: Aidy Boothroyd

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 6
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ENG – Jack Stephens (caution)                  81st minute
USA – Dembakwi Yomba (caution)           82

Officials:
Referee: Steve Martin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Russell (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Antony Coggins (ENG)
Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (ENG)

WNT for Club and Country

The fast-approaching Women’s World Cup has kept the WNT players tremendously busy around the USA and the world, but they are looking forward to the chance to turn out for their NWSL clubs and play a handful of games before the final stretch run to Canada.

Gallery: U-23 MNT Holds First Olympic Qualifying Prep Camp in Bosnia

The U-23 Men's National Team is holding its first training camp of 2015 ahead of Olympic qualifying this fall. The U-23's trip included a 5-2 win against Bosnia's U-21 side in Tuzla where the team has been based for a majority of the camp. Next up for the U-23's is a friendly against Denmark on March 31. Keep up with the U-23 MNT's camp and match against Denmark on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.  

U-23 MNT vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Highlights - March 27, 2015

The U-23 Men's National Team beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-2 in Sarajevo as the team continues to tune up for Olympic Qualifying later this year.

Aron Johannsson Unavailable for USA-Switzerland; Jordan Morris Added to MNT Roster

CHICAGO (March 29, 2015) — U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson has been sidelined while undergoing treatment for an infection and will not be ready in time for the match against Switzerland. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris to the roster. Morris joins the Senior Team after scoring the opening goal in the U-23 MNT’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. 

The United States will face Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich at 12 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). 

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

U.S. Beach Soccer Off to Winning Ways in 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Opener

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Beach National Soccer Team kicked off the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship with a 4-1 victory against Group C opponent Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Keeping things close in the first period, Antigua & Barbuda aimed to pack the defensive area with players and prevented the U.S. from building many significant chances.

But, the second period was a different story, and the USA quickly converted with their first goal coming from Andrew Feld in the 13th minute.

Antigua found the equalizer minutes later, but a perfect goal kick from U.S. goalkeeper Chris Toth went straight from his own goal area into the opposing net in the game’s 20th minute.

Toth’s goal, the eventual game-winner, spurred the USA on to find its rhythm and continue the pressure. Lewie Valentine sent a header to the far side netting in the 25th minute and U.S. captain Nicholas Perera added a bicycle kick-goal in the 35th minute to close out the third period and the match.

The USA faces Barbados on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET and the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET to wrap up Group C play. Beach Soccer Worldwide is streaming all the tournament games live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer.  

The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Date: March 28, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET
Attendance: ---
Weather: ----

Scoring Summary:               1          2          3          F
USA                                        0          2          2          4
ATG                                        0          1          0          1

USA                Andrew Feld                13th minute
ATG                Omarie Daniel             19
USA                Chris Toth                   20
USA                Lewie Valentine           25
USA                Nicholas Perera          35

Lineups:

USA: Chris Toth, Jason Leopoldo, Chris Cummings, Lewie Valentine, Nicholas Perera
Subs: Aldo Balsano, Harry Abraham, Alessandro Canale, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos 
Head Coach: Eddie Soto

ATG: Tahari Lewis, Troy Dublin, Dave Carr, Desmond Bleau, Odel Murray
Subs: Prince Walter, Omarie Daniel, Gershum Philip, Stephen Hughes, Sherwin Warner, Elvis Thomas, Teon Miller
Head Coach:  Janiel Simon

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Nicholas Perera                      34th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Gonzalo Martinez

Sub-23 Masculina de Enfrenta a México el 22 de abril

CHICAGO (28 de marzo, 2015) -- La Selección Masculina Sub-23 de Estados Unidos se enfrentará a su similar de México el miércoles, 22 de abril, a las 8 p.m. PT en el StubHub Center en Carson, California. El partido contra su rival de CONCACAF será en preparación para el Campeonato Preolímpico Masculino CONCACAF 2015, que se llevará a cabo del 1-13 de octubre en Estados Unidos.

Los boletos para el partido entre la Sub-23 de EE.UU. y la de México saldrán a la venta al público el jueves, 2 de abril, a las 10 a.m. PT por medio de ussoccer.com, llamando al 1-888-929-7849, y en la taquilla del StubHub Center (abierta de lunes a viernes, 12 p.m. a 6 p.m.). Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290.

La Selección Masculina Sub-23 de EE.UU. actualmente está en su primer campo de entrenamiento del 2015 en Europa. La concentración marca el inicio de las preparaciones del equipo para la eliminatoria para los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2016 en Rio de Janeiro.

Después de entrenar del 23-26 de marzo en Tuzla, Bosnia y Herzegovina, EE.UU. jugó su primer partido amistoso del año el 27 de marzo, derrotando a Bosnia 5-2 con goles de Jordan Morris, Mario Rodríguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernández y Fatai Alashe. El equipo de enfrentará a Dinamarca el martes, 31 de marzo, en Copenhagen, Dinamarca.

El director técnico de la Sub-23 de EE.UU. es Andi Herzog, quien ha sido auxiliar técnico de la Selección Mayor desde el 2011. Los asistentes de Herzog incluyen a John Hackworth, quien es director técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-15 de EE.UU., el buscador de talentos de la Selección Mayor Matthias Hamman y el entrenador de porteros Memo Valencia. Manténgase al tanto con la más reciente información de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 en Twitter @ussoccer_ynt y @ussoccer_esp.

- ussoccer.com -

U.S. U-23 MNT To Play Mexico U-23’s on April 22 in California


CHICAGO (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will face its counterpart Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game against its CONCACAF rival will serve as preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, to be held Oct. 1-13 in the USA.

Tickets for the U.S. U-23 MNT-Mexico match-up go sale to the public Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

The U.S. U-23 MNT is currently in the midst of its first training camp of 2015 in Europe. The camp marks the beginning of the team’s qualifying preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

After training from March 23-26 in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the U.S. played its first friendly of the year on March 27, defeating Bosnia 5-2, behind goals from Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. The team next faces Denmark on Tuesday, March 31, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The U-23 MNT is led by head coach Andi Herzog, who has served as a Senior Men’s National Team assistant coach since 2011. Herzog’s assistants include John Hackworth, who serves as head coach of the U-15 Boys’ National Team, MNT scout Matthias Hamann and goalkeeper coach Memo Valencia.

Stay up-to-date with all the latest information on the U-23 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team in El Salvador Ready to Defend CONCACAF Crown

The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will begin its quest to defend its title at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship when it faces Antigua & Barbuda on March 28 at 7:45 p.m. ET at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto called a 12-player roster that is now in San Salvador ready to kick things off and try to qualify for another Beach Soccer World Cup.

“I am really happy with how the schedule panned out," said Soto about kicking off qualifying in El Salvador. “To play a game on the first day, then we have a day off, and then we play two in a row. After that, preliminaries are done and quarterfinals come after. We’re going to take things one day at a time and hopefully have a good run in the tournament. I think our fitness level is great and our guys have done an excellent job of taking care of themselves.”

U.S. forward Nick Perera also commented on how important it will be for the USA to take advantage of its strengths in order to not only defend its CONCACAF crown, but qualify for the Beach Soccer World Cup.

“For us, it’s about getting into the World Cup," said Perera. “I think going into El Salvador is tough because that was the team we beat in the championship in 2013. It will be difficult to get back there. But we’re also very fit, athletic, and hardworking, and we defend really well. Those are things we are hoping will help us get to where we want to.”

The U.S. was drawn into Group C where it will play Antigua & Barbuda on March 28, take on Barbados on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, and face the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Beach Soccer Worldwide will be streaming the tournament live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer

The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, it will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 8, 2012 MNT vs Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 W Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 23,971 Bocanegra, Dempsey, Gomez
June 12, 2012 MNT vs Guatemala 1-1 D Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala 18,000 Dempsey
September 7, 2012 MNT vs Jamaica 2-1 W National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica 24,000 Dempsey
September 11, 2012 MNT vs Jamaica 1-0 W Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 23,881 Gomez
October 12, 2012 MNT vs Antigua & Barbuda 2-1 W Sir Vivian Richards Stadium; North Sound, Antigua 7,000 Johnson(2)
October 16, 2012 MNT vs Guatemala 3-1 W Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. 16,947 Bocanegra, Dempsey(2)
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