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Across the Academy – Oct. 29, 2014

Academy Coaches Soak in U-17 MNT Methodology: The Southeast region of the Development Academy had the invaluable opportunity to spend a full day with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and head coach Richie Williams. The connection from the Academy to the Youth National Team system and senior National Team is a continual point of emphasis, and the response for this opportunity was strong. There were 42 coaches and scouts on hand, representing nearly every Academy club in that region.

U-14 Academy Regionals: Central Players Get Taste of Elite Environment: The Development Academy’s U-14 Central Regional event wrapped up Oct. 26 at Grand Sports Park in Westfield, Indiana, providing a highly competitive environment for the players and teams on hand. had the opportunity to speak with Sockers FC’s Tim Bielic and the Chicago Fire’s Nick Fernandez on the event, as well as their experience at the preceding U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team camp. Two more regional showcases are on the horizon, with the East Regional from Nov. 8-9 in Advance, North Carolina, and the West Regional from Nov. 15-16 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

Window Closing for Full-Time Player Adds: A reminder to all Academy clubs: This Friday, Oct. 31, is the last day to add any full-time players before this first window ends. Please send all requests to Nery Amaya at

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Oct. 25-26):

  • West Conference: The San Jose Earthquakes swept its set against Northwest Division rival Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. San Jose’s Theo Huxham scored two goals – one in each half – to lead the U-16 team to a 2-0 victory to help the team improve to 5-1-1 on the season. The Earthquakes U-18s moved to 6-0-1 with a 2-1 win against Seattle. Yousef Diyab scored two goals in the opening 20 minutes and held on for the win despite a 90th-minute Sounders goal from Sean Bowman.
  • Central Conference: In the Frontier Division, the Dallas Texans U-16 team moved into second place with a 1-0 victory against the third-place Colorado Rush on Sunday. Malik Key scored the game’s only goal in the fifth minute. He now has four goals this season, tying for the team lead with Jesus Varela. Both plays scored a goal during Saturday’s 3-2 win against Real Colorado. The Texans have now won three straight to move to 6-1-0 (2.57 points per game).
  • East Conference: In a crossover matchup, the Northeast Division’s Oakwood Soccer Club had a standout performance at both the U-16 and U-18 age groups, earning identical 3-1 victories against Atlantic Division side D.C. United on Sunday. Brandon Garland recorded a brace and Simon Becher added a goal to lead the U-16s, who have now won back-to-back games after recording one win in its first seven matches. DeAndre Brown’s two second-half goals led Oakwood’s U-18s past D.C. United. Danny Griffin contributed a first-half tally for the U-18 team (5-2-2, 1.89 points per game).

Stat of the Week: The Academy U-14 Central Regional event included 39 games and featured 97 goals and 10 draws.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Oakwood’s Brandon Garland earned Academy Player of the Week after posting two goals in each of his team’s victories against Richmond United and D.C. United over the Oct. 25-26 weekend. He now leads Oakwood’s U-16 squad with five goals this season.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Matt Printup, a Grade 7 referee from Minnesota, was named Referee of the Week for his work during the U-18 match between the Minnesota Thunder Academy and Crew Soccer Academy. Printup has been working Academy matches since 2012, and also has experience in the North American Soccer League and PDL.

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Academy Alumni: Pfeffer Notches First MLS Goal: Philadelphia Union midfielder and FC DELCO alum Zach Pfeffer scored his first Major League Soccer goal during the Union’s finale on Sunday against the Columbus Crew. Pfeffer, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s leading goal scorer in international competition, made five MLS appearances after spending 2013 on loan at Hoffenheim. Elsewhere, Internationals alum and Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored his first goal of the 2014 season to lead Portland to a 2-0 win against FC Dallas.


  • The Nov. 1-2 Academy weekend, the ninth of the 2014-15 season, features 123 games – 47 at the U-14 age group and a combined 76 games at the U-16 and U-18 age groups.
  • 2014-15 Academy Schedule page


Development Academy U-14 Central Regional Showcase Highlights

Watch highlights from the first of three regional showcases in the Development Academy’s U-14 age group. Teams from the central region showcased their talents Oct. 25-26 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

Academy Coaches Soak in U-17 MNT Program’s Methodology

The Southeast region of the Development Academy has the advantage of being located close to the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

The connection from the Academy to the Youth National Team system and senior National Team is a continual point of emphasis, so for Academy coaches and scouts, it was an invaluable opportunity to spend a full day recently with the U-17 MNT and head coach Richie Williams. They had the chance to see firsthand how their program works.

U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Juan Carlos Michia, who regularly scouts players and teams in the Academy’s Southeast Division, invited a group of coaches and scouts to take part in the event, and the response was strong. There were 42 coaches on hand from the Southeast, with nearly every Academy club represented.

The morning included a meeting with Michia, an introduction by Williams, and then the opportunity to watch a full training session, from the warm-up process to specific goalkeeping session work led by U-17 assistant coach Anthony Latronica.

The coaches had multiple meetings, including an afternoon presentation by Williams focusing on style of play, training sessions and scheduling.

Academy coaches and scouts also had an open conversation about systems and high-level training environments, as well as video analysis from previous U-17 MNT games.

“It was a very good experience, and I received some great response from many of the coaches who spent the day with the U-17 National Team,” Michia said. “Richie Williams and his staff did a tremendous job and were open with sharing the U-17 program’s system and methodology. It’s something that many of the coaches want to be a part of again in the future.”

Juan Carlos Michia

U-14 Academy Regionals: Central Players Get Taste of Elite Environment

The first of three regional showcases in the Development Academy’s U-14 age group wrapped up Oct. 26 at Grand Sports Park in Westfield, Indiana.

Among the Academy’s Central region teams, Chicago-area Sockers FC and Michigan-based Vardar each had a perfect 3-0-0 showing.

Sockers FC had a 3-0-0 showing at the showcase. On Saturday, Sockers opened with a 3-2 win against Solar Chelsea and a 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo. Sockers FC capped off the regional with a 6-3 victory against Sporting Kansas City.

Jurgen Klinsmann and Abby Wambach up for FIFA Year-End Awards

CHICAGO (Oct. 28, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been named to the 10-man shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year.

The three finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 1, and the winner will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015.

Klinsmann led the USA through the “Group of Death” at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA earned a victory against Ghana and a draw against Portugal to join fellow Group G side Germany in the Round of 16. Germany went on to win the tournament.

Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-13-11 record since becoming the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. MNT on July 29, 2011. Klinsmann is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. This year, Klinsmann and the USA have posted a 6-3-4 record.

Klinsmann has guided the USA to a current 17-game home unbeaten streak (16-0-1) and also led the team to a record-setting 13 straight wins at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014.

As a player, the former Germany striker was voted third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

Abby Wambach

On Friday, FIFA announced its shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. USA forward Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, is one of 10 players in contention for this year’s honor.

FIFA World Coach of the Year Shortlist:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United)

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Shortlist:
Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA)

Photo Gallery: U-14 Academy Regional in Indiana - Oct. 25-26, 2014

Photos from the Development Academy's U-14 Central Regional event from Oct. 25-26 at Grand Sports Park in Westfield, Indiana

Academy Alumni: Pfeffer Notches First MLS Goal in Finale

Philadelphia Union midfielder and FC DELCO alum Zach Pfeffer scored his first Major League Soccer goal during the Union’s finale on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. The 19-year-old Pfeffer tallied an equalizer in the 85th minute off of a pass from Amobi Okugo.

Pfeffer made five appearances, one start and logged 98 minutes this season after spending 2013 on loan at Hoffenheim. Pfeffer is the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s leading goal scorer this year with three tallies in international competition.

In that Crew-Union game, Crew Soccer Academy alum Wil Trapp recorded his second assist of the season, helping set up Jairo Arrieta’s 13th-minute goal.

Wil Trapp

Portland Timbers midfielder and Internationals alum Darlington Nagbe tallied his first goal of the 2014 MLS season to lead the Timbers to a 2-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday. Nagbe’s 43rd-minute strike turned out to be the game-winner. Though Nagbe did not replicate the nine-goal outburst he had a year ago, he had an active 2014 campaign with seven assists, which ranked second on the Timbers.

In CONCACAF Champions League play last week, D.C. United homegrown Conor Shanosky tallied his first professional goal in the 24th minute during D.C. United’s 1-0 victory against Tauro last Tuesday in Panama City. New York Red Bulls homegrown Connor Lade did the same for his side as the Red Bulls rallied for a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. Lade’s equalizer came in the 85th minute.

D.C. United Academy alum Andy Najar scored his first UEFA Champions League goal during Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal last Wednesday. Najar also becomes the first Development Academy alum to tally in the Champions League.

Photo Gallery: WNT Claims 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Title

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's 6-0 win against Costa Rica to claim the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

WNT vs. Costa Rica: Highlights - Oct. 26, 2014

The U.S. WNT rolled past Costa Rica 6-0 to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship crown.

La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. vence a Costa Rica 6-0 para ganar el Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014

CHESTER, Pensilvania (26 de octubre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos no se detuvo en el cierre del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014. La nominada a la Jugadora del Año de la FIFA Abby Wambach registró una tercia de goles en el primer tiempo y cuatro goles en total, y Estados Unidos se llevó una victoria de 6-0 contra Costa Rica en el partido por el título frente a 11,625 espectadores en PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd agregó un gol en el primer tiempo para aumentar su total a cinco goles en cinco partidos en el torneo, y Sydney Leroux anotó su primer gol de la competencia en el segundo tiempo.

Wambach registró la octava tercia de goles de su carrera internacional, y la lider de goléo ahora tiene 177 goles en 228 partidos. Con su cuarto gol, Wambach rompió el récord de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. al anotar su gol No. 18 en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista, pasando el récord anterior de 17 impuesto por Michelle Akers.

Wambach anotó siete goles en cuatro partidos en el Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF para merecer el Botín de Oro. Lloyd recibió el Balón de Oro como la mejor jugadora del torneo, y además de sus cinco goles, Lloyd contribuyó cuatro pases a gol. Hope Solo recibió el Guante de Oro, con cuatro partidos sin conceder gol.

La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos anotó 21 goles en el torneo, a comparación con cero de sus rivales.

Estados Unidos ganó el Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF por quinta vez. Las otras ocasiones fueron los eventos de 1991, 1994, 2002 y 2006. EE.UU. no participó en 1998 porque ya había clasificado a la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 1999 al ser el anfitrión.

Estados Unidos y Costa Rica ya habían clasificado para la Copa Mundial Femenina 2015 en Canadá. Será la séptima participación consecutiva de EE.UU. en la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA, mientras que Costa Rica participará en el torneo por primera vez.

En el primer partido del día, México derrotó a Trinidad y Tobago 4-2 en tiempos extra para ganar el partido por tercer lugar y clasificar directamente a la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015. México es el equipo No. 21 en clasificar.

Resumen de Goles:
USA - Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian), minuto 4:
EE.UU. amenazó varias veces durante esta secuencia, empezando con el tiro de esquina de Megan Rapinoe del lado derecho que eventualmente se convirtió en un intento de larga distancia de Meghan Klingenberg. El disparo de Klingenberg fue bloqueado por Diana Saenz de Costa Rica, pero no fue despejado lo suficiente y Brian alcanzó el balón en el lado izquierdo. La jugadora estadounidense más joven le envió el balón a Wambach al borde del área chica y la goleadora ejecutó uno dos su cabezazos clásicos. USA 1, CRC 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach), minuto 17: El tiro de esquina de Rapinoe del lado derecho alcanzó a Wambach en el lado derecho del área grande. Al encontrarse demasiado lejos de la portería para amenazar con un disparo, Wambach cabeceó la pelota al área chica hacia Lloyd. Lloyd hábilmente cabeceó el balón al lado izquierdo de la portería y así anotó su quinto gol en cinco partidos del torneo. USA 2, CRC 0

USA - Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), minuto 35: Rapinoe mandó un pase para Lloyd en el lado izquierdo del área grande. Lloyd evadió a Carol Sánchez de Costa Rica para crear un poco de espacio y mandar la pelota al área chica en donde de nuevo fue Wambach quien cabeceó el balón adentro de la red. USA 3, CRC 0

USA - Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), minuto 41: Fue un gol casi idéntico al anterior. De nuevo fue un pase de Rapinoe que inició la secuencia para Lloyd en el lado izquierdo de la portería. Esta vez, Lloyd usó su pie derecho para el entregarle el balón a Wambach, quien lo cabeceó al lado derecho del marco. USA 4, CRC 0

USA - Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux), minuto 71: Desde el medio campo, el pase por el puro centro del campo se fue entre dos defensas de Costa Rica y le llegó a Wambach en el lado derecho del área. Wambach reconoció que Dinnia Díaz había dejado su línea e inmediatamente lanzó un balón bombeado por arriba de los guantes de la portera costarricense y al lado izquierdo de la red. USA 5, CRC 0

USA - Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath), minuto 73: Meghan Klingenberg le dejó el balón a Heath en el lado izquierdo del área, y la suplente mandó un pase cruzado al centro del área chica. Leroux, quien había estallado el balón en el poste varias veces durante el torneo, finalmente anotó con un cabezazo que hizo retumbar la red. USA 6, CRC 0 (FINAL)

En la Mira:

  • Christie Rampone, la jugadora con más partidos jugados a nivel mundial que aún está activa, jugó en su partido No. 301. Solamente tiene menos partidos que Kristine Lilly (352 partidos de 1987-2010) en la lista mundial.
  • Abby Wambach y Carli Lloyd jugaron en su partido No. 14 en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista. Están empatadas por el segundo lugar en la lista estadounidense por detrás de Lilly (17 partidos).

La Selección se preparará para el Torneo Internacional de Brasilia del 10-21 de diciembre. EE.UU. abre el torneo contra RP China (10 de diciembre), seguido por Brasil (14 de diciembre) y Argentina (17 de diciembre) en la fase de grupos. La hora de inicio e información del estadio será anunciada en otra fecha.
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- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Costa Rica
Fecha: 26 de octubre, 2014
Torneo: Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014; Final
Sede: PPL Park; Chester, Pensilvania
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 11,625
Clima: 63 grados, parcialmente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:    1 2 F
USA                                     4 2 6
CRC                                     0 0 0

USA - Abby Wambach (Morgan Brian)                      minuto 4
USA - Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach)                           17
USA - Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                           35
USA - Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd)                           41
USA - Abby Wambach (Sydney Leroux)                    71
USA - Sydney Leroux (Tobin Heath)                          73

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 16-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 11-Ali Krieger; 12-Lauren Holiday, 7-Morgan Brian (2-Sydney Leroux, 56), 10-Carli Lloyd; 14-Christen Press (9-Heather O'Reilly, 56), 20-Abby Wambach, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57)
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodríguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Díaz; 5-Diana Sáenz (9-Carolina Venegas, 46), 6-Carol Sánchez, 8-Daniela Cruz, 10-Shirley Cruz (capt.); 11-Raquel Rodríguez Cedeño, 12-Lixy Rodríguez (2-Gabriela Guillen, 76), 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado; 17-Daphnne Herrera, 20-Wendy Patricia Acosta (19-Fabiola Sánchez, 74)
Suplentes No Utilizadas: 3-Mariane Ugalde, 4-Mariana Benavidez, 7-Gloriana Villalobos, 13-Noelia Bermúdez, 14-Yesmi Rodríguez, 18-Yirlania Arroyo
Director Técnico: Avedissian Garabet

Resumen estadístico: USA / CRC
Tiros: 21 / 2
Tiros al arco: 14 / 0
Atajadas: 0 / 8
Tiros de esquina: 8 / 2
Faltas: 18 / 6
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 2

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Megan Rapinoe (amonestación)          minuto 27
USA - Lauren Holiday (amonestación)           60

Árbitro: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Mayte Chávez (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Cuarto Oficial: Maurees Skeete (GUY)

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Abby Wambach



Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 6, 2013 MNT vs Honduras 1-2 L Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras 37,000 Dempsey
March 22, 2013 MNT vs Costa Rica 1-0 W Dick's Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. 19,374 Dempsey
March 26, 2013 MNT vs Mexico 0-0 D Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico 85,500 --
June 7, 2013 MNT vs Jamaica 2-1 W National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica 12,130 Altidore, Evans
June 11, 2013 MNT vs Panama 2-0 W CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash. 40,847 Altidore, E. Johnson
June 18, 2013 MNT vs Honduras 1-0 W Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah 20,250 Altidore
September 6, 2013 MNT vs Costa Rica 1-3 L Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica 35,000 Dempsey
September 10, 2013 MNT vs Mexico 2-0 W Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio 24,584 E. Johnson, Donovan
October 11, 2013 MNT vs Jamaica 2-0 W Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. 18,467 Zusi, Altidore
October 15, 2013 MNT vs Panama 3-2 W Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama 18,254 Orozco, Zusi, Johannsson