CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.
“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”
Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).
"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."
Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]
Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. 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.
The four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.
Donovan's next and final appearance for the U.S. MNT will be the 157th of his illustrious career.
CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games in Kansas City for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the tournament that will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. CT. Due to the expected high demand, purchases are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at the venue.
Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 15-16 games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the Kansas City area (including many Hen House Markets). [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the Sporting Park ticket office.]
Sporting Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, hosts doubleheader events on consecutive days. Four sides from Group A (including the USA in the featured game) open the competition Oct. 15, followed by the four Group B squads each playing their first match Oct. 16. The draw to determine the exact matchups will be held Sept. 5 in Miami.
Details regarding series tickets for the remaining three tournament venues (Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia) will be announced in the near future.
The following eight countries are competing in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship: the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and four countries from the Caribbean in Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago.
Three teams from the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will directly qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 6-July 5 in Canada. After completing round-robin play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois (Oct. 17-18), and at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 20-21), the top two teams from each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, followed by the third-place and championship games on Oct. 26. The tournament’s top three teams go to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.
The U.S. previously hosted a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.
Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid made three saves and D.C. earned a 3-0 road victory Saturday against Sporting Kansas City to move into first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
Hamid earned his sixth clean sheet and 10th victory this season. The game marked the first to feature two homegrown players starting in goal – Hamid and Sporting Kansas City’s Jon Kempin.
D.C. United improves to 13-7-4 (43 points) with a one-point lead over Sporting (12-7-6, 42 points).
Wenger Brace Paces Union Past San Jose: PA Classics product and Philadelphia Union midfielder Andrew Wenger scored two goals to lead the Union to a 4-2 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. With the win, the Union tightened up the Eastern Conference Playoff race. The New York Red Bulls currently are latching onto the fifth postseason slot if the season ended at this stage with 31 points, while the New England Revolution and Union are just outside the table with 30 points apiece.
Hairston Tallies First Goal: Colorado Rapids midfielder Marlon Hairston, formerly of IMG Academy, scored his first MLS goal during the Rapids’ 4-3 loss to the LA Galaxy last Wednesday, Aug. 20. So far during his rookie season, Hairston has 16 caps, six starts, one goal and one assist in 649 minutes of play.
ZLIN, Czech Republic (Aug. 23, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Ukraine 1-0 in the championship match of the 21st International Tournament of Václav Ježek.
Mukwelle Akale scored the game’s only goal in the 47th minute off of a Cameron Lindley assist. Akale was named the tournament’s top player. Earlier this year, the Minnesota Thunder Academy product and former U.S. U-17 Residency midfielder was named the MVP of the 2014 Copa del Atlantico.
The USA’s Jonathan Klinsmann was named the event’s best goalkeeper for earning a clean sheet and coming up with five saves in the final. He also had three saves during the U-18 MNT’s group-opening 3-1 victory against Hungary on Aug. 20.
-U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date: Aug. 23, 2014
Competition: 21st International Youth Tournament of Václav Ježek
Venue: Zlin, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CEST
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
UKR 0 0 0
USA – Mukwelle Akale (Cameron Lindley) 47th minute
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 4-Justen Glad, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 15-Mauricio Pineda, 3-Pablo Pelaez, 20-Jackson Yueill (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 62), 6-Ben Swanson, 10-Mukwelle Akale (capt.) (14-Collin Fernandez, 89), 8-Cameron Lindley, 13-Victor Mansaray (9-Coy Craft, 46), 18-Sebastian Elney (19-Haji Wright, 76)
Subs Not Used: 2-Kyle Duncan, 7-Jorge Ruiz, 16-Malcolm Jones, 17-Sean Wilson, 22-JT Marcinkowski
Head Coach: Javier Perez
1-Dmytro Fastov; 18-Oleksandr Tymchyk, 22-Dmytro Shevchenko, 15-Sergiy Chobotenko, 3-Vasyl Kravets, 19-Yaroslav Fursov, 7-Rostyslav Taranukha (20-Volodymyr
Grachov, 72), 8-Volodymyr Shepeliev (14-Oleksiy Zinkevych, 46), 21-Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, 17-Oleksii Gutsuliak (10-Artur Avagimin, 62), 9-Olekxiv
Subs Not Used: 4-Roman Lebed, 11-Oleksandr Pikhalonok, 12-Andril Marchuk, 16-Dmitro Sautin
Head Coach: Oleg Kuznetsov
Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 11 / 21
Offside: 2 / 1
USA – Mauricio Pineda (caution) 39th minute
USA – Coy Craft (caution) 49
UKR – Oleksiy Zinkevych (caution) 52
USA – Cameron Lindley (caution) 53
UKR – Yaroslav Fursov (caution) 58
UKR – Dmytro Shevchenko (caution) 69
Referee: Franek Pavel
Assistant Referee: Vlasjuk Pavel
Assistant Referee: Kotik Radek
Fourth Official: N/A
CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.
Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”
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Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations prior to the decision, and the U.S. coach is supportive of the approach.
“We had a very good and productive conversation,” said Klinsmann. “I totally understand Tim’s situation. He was very straight forward and honest in his approach, and I admire him for that. He has a wish to take a step back to take care of his family, and we came to the conclusion that it’s absolutely fine that he takes time off from international soccer until after next summer’s Gold Cup, and then we reevaluate. I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.”
Howard will miss as many as eight friendly matches as well as the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, giving Klinsmann the chance to see other goalkeepers in action. He will continue in his starting role for Everton of the English Premier League, which is now in the second week of the 2014-15 season that runs through May.
Howard has amassed 104 caps and is the USA’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in appearances and wins (55). The 35-year-old has played every minute for the United States in the last two FIFA World Cups. In Brazil this past summer, he twice earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors, including the 2-2 draw against Portugal and the Round of 16 game against Belgium in which he posted a World Cup-record 15 saves.
“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”
The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.