U.S. Soccer referees converged on the National Training Center in Carson, California, in mid-July for two highly competitive events: the 2014 NTC Invitational and the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships.
The National Training Center Invitational was a four-team event over a five-day stretch (July 14-18) that featured the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, which went on to win the tournament, runner-up Australia, Costa Rica and Bermuda.
In conjunction with this event was the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships, which included four semifinal games (two at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups) on July 17 and two championship matches on July 19 that resulted in the LA Galaxy winning at the U-15/16s and New Jersey-based Players Development Academy earning the U-17/18 national crown.
Naturally, having the opportunity to officiate high-profile internationally- and nationally-based matches proved to be a valuable platform for the referees on hand at the NTC and StubHub Center.
“The NTC Invitational and Academy Championships served as a great environment and experience for some of the best up-and-coming referees,” said Herb Silva, U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training. “Along with the matches themselves, those went hand-in-hand with the itinerary on site, where we covered everything from positioning and foul identification, to evaluation, to player and game management and many other instructional elements.”
With the events overlapping at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center fields and StubHub Center, referee trainings were combined into one group. National assessments and video breakdown occurred for all games and the group as a whole reviewed their performances.
The base of officials included four referees and five assistant referees working the U-20 matches, and they were chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events. The officials who worked the Academy Championships included eight referees and eight assistant referees. They were selected based on their performances at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs and the U-13/14 Academy Showcase, both of which took place in June at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
U.S. Soccer’s technical staff included Silva, Rick Eddy, Sandy Hunt, Craig Lowry, Joe Machnik, George Noujaim and Don Wilbur.
The busy summer slate of soccer recently included a nearly 100-referee corps working at the US Youth Soccer National Championships from July 20-28 in Germantown, Maryland, and another group of officials participating in the US Adult Soccer National Cup Finals from July 25-27 in Sandy, Utah.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships showcased 96 of the country’s top referees at the youth level. Just like teams who compete at the state and regional levels, referees compete for one of the coveted spots to officiate at the National Championships. Once there, referees’ performances are factored into the assignment for one of the 14 championship matches among the various age groups.
“The event serves as a great stepping stone for many referees who are preparing to upgrade to National Referees or National Candidates,” said Jonathan Meersman, Region II Referee Director. “Many of the games are assessed or observed by mentors or members of the US Youth Soccer Referee Committee, and the feedback is used to help in the championship game assignment process.”
This year, there were two returners from 2013 who successfully completed the requirements to upgrade to National Referee for 2014. There were also five National Candidates who officiated at the event.
The U.S. Soccer support staff at the US Youth Soccer National Championships included Holly Hollingsworth, Sandy Hunt, David McKee, Karen Pritchett, Kermit Quisenberry, Bryan Roslund, Don Torrenti and Don Wilbur.
At the USASA Men’s National Cup, the tournament has three divisions of competition – Amateur, Open and Over-30. In the Open division, regional champions advance to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Two officials from each region were selected by a USASA regional committee based on their regional performances. Assistant referees were selected by U.S. Soccer based on chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events.
“The technical support provided in this event was outstanding,” USASA Referee Chair Angelo Bratsis said. “Everyone worked hard and the officials showed the tools they need to get to the next level. The field exercises and classroom seasons built camaraderie and support. The confidence level of the referees and the skilled ARs allow for everyone to succeed in that setting.”
“We enjoy the continuous support of U.S. Soccer at USASA events, and the Academy events have also given us the support needed to make this the high-quality event it always strives to be,” USASA President John Motta said.
NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.
After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.
With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.
Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
Norway 2 2 4
NOR John Saeter 9th minute
NOR Andreas Helmersen 20
USA Elijah Rice 45
NOR Marcus Stensby 60
NOR John Saeter 79
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams
NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar 72nd minute (caution)
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**
Most Goals by Individual in Game
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 25, 2001; 6-0 W vs. Denmark in Victoria, Canada)
Sydney Leroux (July 17, 2010; 5-0 W vs. Switzerland in Dresden, Germany)
Maya Hayes (Aug. 20, 2012; 4-0 W vs. Ghana in Hiroshima, Japan)
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 17, 2002; 5-1 W vs. England in Victoria, Canada)
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 19, 2002; 4-0 W vs. Australia in Victoria, Canada)
Lindsay Tarpley (Aug. 21, 2002; 6-0 W vs. Chinese Taipei in Victoria, Canada)
Heather O’Reilly (Aug. 25, 2002; 6-0 W vs. Denmark in Victoria, Canada)
Kelly Wilson (Aug. 29, 2002; 4-1 W vs. Germany in Edmonton, Canada)
Jessica Rostedt (Nov. 14, 2004; 4-1 W vs. Russia in Phuket, Thailand)
Danesha Adams (Aug. 27, 2006; 4-1 W vs. Germany in St. Petersburg, Russia)
Sydney Leroux (Nov. 19, 2008; 3-0 W vs. France in Chillian, Chile)
Alex Morgan (Nov. 23, 2008; 3-0 W vs. Argentina in Chillian, Chile)
Sydney Leroux (Nov. 30, 2008; 3-0 W vs. England in Chillan, Chile)
USA Players to Have Played in Multiple U-19/U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups
Stephanie Amack 2012, 2014
Rachel Buehler 2002, 2004
Crystal Dunn 2010, 2012
Kerri Hanks 2002, 2004
Ashlyn Harris 2002, 2004
Nikki Krzysik 2004, 2006
Sydney Leroux 2008, 2012
Stephanie Logterman 2004, 2006
Stephanie Lopez 2004, 2006
Samantha Mewis 2010, 2012
Christine Nairn 2008, 2010
Carri Roccaro 2012, 2014
Amy Rodriguez 2004, 2006
Jessica Rostedt 2004, 2006
Angie Woznuk 2002, 2004
FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cup
USA All-Time Scorers
Player Goals Year
Sydney Leroux* 10 2008 (5), 2010 (5)
Kelley Wilson* 9 2002
Lindsay Tarpley* 6 2002
Jessica Rostedt 5 2004 (3), 2006 (2)
Maya Hayes 4 2012
Alex Morgan* 4 2008
Amy Rodriguez* 4 2004 (2), 2006 (2)
Danesha Adams* 3 2006
Heather O’Reilly* 3 2002
Megan Rapinoe* 3 2004
Angie Woznuk * 3 2004
Kelley O’Hara* 2 2006
Kealia Ohai 2 2012
Leslie Osborne* 2 2002
Morgan Brian* 1 2012
Amber Brooks* 1 2010
Zakiya Bywaters 1 2010
Rachel Buehler* 1 2002
Vanessa DiBernardo 1 2012
Stephanie Ebner 1 2002
Becky Edwards 1 2008
Megan Kakadelas 1 2002
Allie Long* 1 2006
Kristie Mewis* 1 2010
Casey Nogueira* 1 2006
Jill Oakes* 1 2002
Sheree Gray 1 2004
Kerri Hanks 1 2004
Chioma Ubogagu 1 2012
Keelin Winters 1 2008
*Has played for the senior Women’s National Team
USA Awards at FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Sydney Leroux (2008)
Angie Woznuk (2004)
Alex Morgan (2008)
Kelly Wilson (2002)
Julie Johnston (2012)
Sydney Leroux (2008)
Kelly Wilson (2002)
Lindsay Tarpley (2002)
Angie Woznuk (2002)
Alex Morgan (2008)
Sydney Leroux (2010)
Alyssa Naeher (2008)
Bianca Henninger (2010)