CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 5 p.m. PT.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. PT and fans may enter through the Southwest Gate or the Northwest Gate. Parking is $7 in the CenturyLink Field Event Center Garage, accessed from Royal Brougham Way. Limited parking is also available in the stadium’s north parking lot accessed from King Street.
U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at ussoccer.com/supporters. Memberships must be purchased and RSVPs made by 12 p.m. PT on Monday, Oct 19.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will play Brazil at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) in the fifth game of the Victory Tour.
The Victory Tour kicked off to huge crowds in August with two convincing wins against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh and Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by two big wins against Haiti in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama.
Tickets for the match in Seattle are on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Fred Meyer and Walmart locations) and the CenturyLink Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from Oct. 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Snow has called up 24 players for the event and will add two more goalkeepers before it begins.
Fifteen of the players called for the camp were born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. The other nine players were born in 2000. The camp will be held concurrently with an Under-16 Girls’ National Team camp and the teams will scrimmage once during the week.
The U.S. U-17s are still five months away from qualifying for the next Women’s World Cup. The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be held on the Caribbean island of Grenada next March. The tournament will send three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be played in Jordan in September of 2016.
The Under-17 Women's Championship will feature eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America.
Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatically qualified from North America, while the qualifying processes in CFU and UNCAF will take place in the coming months. As the host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three representatives of CFU.
The eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each and after the group stage, the winner and second-place team from each group will cross-over for the semifinals. The winner of each semifinal match qualifies directly to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup while the two losing semifinalists will play a third-place match with the winner also advancing to the World Cup.
U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Sunrise; Surfside, Fla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Claire Constant (McLean; Alexandria, Ga.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (Eclipse; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.)
FORWARDS (7): Kayla Duran (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Woburn, Mass.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Sophie Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)
CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from Oct. 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson California that will feature 24 players and run concurrently with a U-17 Women’s National Team camp.
This will be the fifth and final camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 23 players born in 2000 and one in 2001. The U-16s will scrimmage once against the U-17s during the week.
The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.
This age group is in a two-year cycle that will transition to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
DEFENDERS (7): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Wichita, Kans.), Chai Cortez (Hawaii Surf; Kahului, Hawaii), Madelyn Desiano (SoCal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Kennedy Wesley (SoCal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Mililani, Hawaii), Angela Morales (Legends FC; Montclair, Calif.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): Sophie Hirst (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Gabi Juarez (Slammers FC; Tustin, Calif.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Trinity Watson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
The U.S. Men’s National Team rode a shock opening win against fourth-ranked Portugal, a draw against the host Korea Republic and a little help from the goalposts to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Finishing second in the group meant that the MNT would have less than three full days rest to turn around and face regional rivals Mexico in the highest stakes match the two nations had ever played. With little time to prepare, in some respects the U.S. was lucky to have drawn the team with which it was most familiar.
Despite the U.S. having won four of the previous five meetings, according to U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, when the team arrived at Jeonju World Cup Stadium that June afternoon, there wasn’t much respect shown from the opposition side.
“Before the game we walked out and we were walking around the field. We had this focus and concentration as a team as you do preparing for any game,” the former team captain told ussoccer.com. “I was with Eddie Lewis, Frankie Hejduk, Gregg Berhalter and Earnie Stewart and we were ready to go – we were foaming at the mouth for this game. We looked over and the Mexicans were laughing, joking and looking at us…That was it.”
Reyna called the team over to quickly finish their pre-game pitch inspection and head back into the locker room.
“We sort of wanted the game to start, we were so ready to go,” he continued. “Back in the locker room, I remember saying, ‘These guys are laughing at us. They think they’re going to beat us easily.’”
Mexico had done efficient work to get to that point. Having finished with seven points atop a group that featured Italy, Croatia and Ecuador, El Tri’s run to the Round of 16 had the side brimming with self-assurance ahead of the match.
“They were feeling confident, but the lack of respect they showed was clear – you never do that,” said Reyna. “I would never do that in my career, even if I felt really comfortable about beating an opponent. That you’d be giggling, laughing and joking at the opponent. It was pretty clear that it was directed at us and at some of our players, and obviously we play them all the time so there’s that rivalry.”
“I remember saying, ‘We’re not losing this game guys.’ Everyone went around and you could feel it all the way through that we couldn’t wait to get out there.”
Reyna gets past Ramon Morales in the most famous "Dos a Cero" in Men's National Team history.
Injuries and suspensions limited the U.S. options, and Bruce Arena used the uncertainty to confound the Mexicans by deploying a 3-5-2 formation for the match. The switch saw Reyna move from his regular central midfield position to the right flank, with the move paying off almost immediately. Following an eighth minute foul in the Mexico half, Brian McBride quickly restarted as he saw Reyna pushing up the flank. The U.S. captain beat two defenders to the end line before centering for Josh Wolff, whose deft touch teed up McBride for a clinical finish and an equally gratifying goal celebration.
The goal set an early tone and played perfectly into Arena’s game plan, allowing the U.S. to sit in and pick its moments to counter against an increasingly frustrated Mexican side. Landon Donovan’s second- half header off an Eddie Lewis cross helped ice the game, giving the MNT its first ever World Cup knockout round win and a quarterfinal date with Germany.
“It was just a great team performance. To beat them 2-0, eliminate them and afterwards realize this was a big deal back in the States,” Reyna said.
The win raised the profile of the Men’s National Team more than any other since the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but in an age before social media, Reyna admitted the players didn’t realize how big an impact the victory had made.
“We didn’t know how huge it was at home,” he said. “We were in Korea and we knew it was sort of growing in momentum. I remember seeing some of the news clips from Mexico City where there were people in plazas and squares crying over the result – that felt good.”
U.S. supporters celebrate during the MNT's 2-0 win against Mexico at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Though the momentum was already building towards U.S. domination of the rivalry, the World Cup win tipped the scales. Since 2000, the MNT has held a 13-5-5 advantage against El Tri.
“From that moment on, it continued to be a real domination of Mexico,” Reyna said. “We went on and beat them all the time. That was the point where we felt we were no longer playing behind them, that we were better than them.”
“It was one big coming out party on the biggest stage.”
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team moved on to the semifinal round of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament as the top seed out of Group A after a 4-0 win against Panama at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Panama gamely held the USA scoreless through the first half, but the Yanks' depth told in the second half as Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris entered at halftime to spur the U.S. attack. An own goal by Panama defender Fidel Escobar in the 50th minute opened the floodgates as Kiesewetter and Morris both bagged a goal a piece in the ensuing six minutes to give the U.S. a quick 3-0 lead before Luis Gil capped the scoring from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.
The match was also the first of the tournament for goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who had been with his club Molde FK during the USA's first two games, but entered the lineup seamlessly to deliver the team's first shutout of the competition.
The USA will face the loser of Group B's Mexico-Honduras clash (if the teams tie, the U.S. will play Honduras) in the first semifinal which kicks off from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on Oct. 10. The second semifinal will follow immediately after from the same stadium and both matches will be broadcast on Telemundo.
Goal Scoring Summary:
USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal) 50th minute: Gboly Ariyibi did the work on the left side, cutting past one defender and speeding by another to free himself to send a cross into the box. Ariyibi hit a low hard ball in towards a breaking Jordan Morris; Escobar cut in front and attempted to clear it away, but his clearance ended up in the back of the net. USA 1, PAN 0
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 71st minute: Kiesewetter set up the penalty, making a number of nifty moves to get into the box, before being brought down. Luis Gil stepped up to take the penalty, his second of the tournament, and confidently tucked it in. USA 4, PAN 0 (FINAL)
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Group A
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Weather: 55 degrees; Light rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 4 4
PAN 0 0 0
USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal) 50th minute
USA-Jerome Kiesewetter (Jordan Morris) 53
USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter) 56
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 71
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Will Packwood, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster (8-Emerson Hyndman, 59), 10-Luis Gil (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 19-Maki Tall (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 11-Alonso Hernandez, 20-Gboly Ariyibi
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-Wil Trapp, 14-Fatai Alashe, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton
Head Coach: Andi Herzog
PAN: 1-Elieser Powell; 3-Kevin Galvan, 4-Michael Murillo, 6-Fidel Escobar, 14-Roberto Chen; 5-Pedro Jeanine (capt.), 10-Miguel Camargo (8-Jhamal Rodriguez, 55), 11-Edgar Barcenas, 18-Josiel Nunez (15-Francisco Narbon, 73); 9-Abdiel Arroyo, 19-Jorman Aguilar (16-Justin Simons, 85)
Subs Not Used: 2-Chin Hormechea, 7-Jesus Gonzalez, 12-Jamie de Garcia, 13-Jesus Araya, 20-Orlando Mosquera
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12
PAN-Kevin Galvan (caution) 65th minute
PAN-Abdiel Aroyo (caution) 70
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
1st Referee: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
2nd Referee: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th official: Javier Santos (PUR)