Photos from the Under-18 Women's National Team's October training camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
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 Player of the Week: FC Dallas U-15/16 midfielder Devin Vega was named Player of the Week after scoring two goals this past weekend against the Houston Dynamo. Vega is a former member of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
- 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.
UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:
- 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.
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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.
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 ussoccer.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).