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Geoff Cameron ruled out of U.S. MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron has been ruled out of the training camp ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic and will not travel to Prague. Further consultations with the Stoke City medical staff confirmed that Cameron’s injury – suffered in the 37th minute of the match against Portsmouth on Aug. 27 – would prevent him from participating in the game.

No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, meaning 21 players will train in Prague in advance of Wednesday’s match.

Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT Hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 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.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including Walmart stores) and at the Wally Sanger Owl Club Center ticket office on the Florida Atlantic University campus (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). [Note: Tickets will be sold at FAU Stadium only 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.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Four days before the game in Boca Raton, the U.S. welcomes Ecuador to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (TICKETS). Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, making all players available for selection by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” said Klinsmann. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the Men’s National Team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”

Honduras competed in the last two FIFA World Cups (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014), the first time in team history where it has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles. The United States holds a 14-4-3 lifetime record against the Catrachos, including an 11-2-2 record on home soil. The teams last met in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the USA collected a 3-1 win on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Palm Beach County will host the Men’s National Team for the first time. The area, however, is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team has twice played at FAU Stadium for games against China PR in December of 2012 and Russia in February of 2014. U.S. Soccer also hosted a match at the same venue between the men’s national teams of Germany and Ecuador in May 2013.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

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.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster Named for September Camp in Argentina

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 19-player roster for a Sept. 1-10 international training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The highlighted game of the trip will include a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The U-20 MNT also could play potentially two matches against two first division reserve teams. Details will be announced in the future.

This marks the fifth camp or tournament of the year for this age group and the squad’s first international trip in 2014. The U-20s had domestic camps in January and May, took second place at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April and most recently competed at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July in Carson, California.

Nine players among this current roster saw the pitch during the U-20 MNT’s first international competition of the year at the NTC Invitational. The tournament was capped off by a scoreless draw against Australia on July 18 in front of a boisterous fan base that featured the American Outlaws in attendance at StubHub Center. The USA went 2-0-1 in the tournament, with Zach Pfeffer contributing the most offensively with two goals and an assist in only 107 minutes of play.

Six players are on Major League Soccer squads, including New York Red Bulls teammates Santiago Castaño and Matthew Miazga, the LA Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV, Pfeffer from the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown.

Seventeen players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The trip will be a short trek for midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. The Argentine-American made his YNT debut with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in 2012 and scored a goal in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Chicago and D.C. Available Starting Sept. 5

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Bridgeview, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., go on sale to the public Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at a specific venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 17-18 doubleheaders at Toyota Park near Chicago and the Oct. 20-21 twin-bills at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., starting at 10 a.m. local venue time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the host cities. [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the RFK Stadium ticket office except on the days of the event.]

Toyota Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, hosts four sides from Group A (including the USA) on Oct. 17 and four teams from Group B on Oct. 18. All eight teams then travel to RFK Stadium, home of D.C. United, where the Group A teams will play their final group games on Oct. 20, while Group B teams close out the first round with games on Oct. 21.

Ticket availability for the semifinals on Oct. 24 and the third-place and championship matches on Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will be announced in the near future. The tournament opens at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with first-round doubleheaders Oct. 15-16. Tickets for the Kansas City series go on sale to the public Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. CT (TICKETS).

The eight countries which will compete in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship are the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and Caribbean sides Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago. The Final Draw to place the teams in two groups of four will take place in Miami on Sept. 5.

The tournament format will see the top two teams in each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, when the winner of each group will face the runner-up of the opposite group. The third-place and championship games will be held on Oct. 26.

The top three finishers – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match -- will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, 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. 13 game will be live on ussoccer.com and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for First Match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Cycle

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into camp for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, the USA’s first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle. Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

“We look at this as the start of our project towards Russia in 2018, and in this first step we get to look at many of our talented young players based in Europe,” said Klinsmann. “We have some great youngsters coming through the ranks that are starting to break through with their clubs teams and are ready to challenge for spots on the Senior Team, and even most of our World Cup veterans from Brazil on this roster will be coming into the prime of their careers in the next four years, so this is an exciting opportunity.”

The match is the first in the new cycle, and Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to look at young talent. Of the 22 players coming to Prague, 15 are age 24 or younger. There are 11 players with 10 caps or less, and six looking to make their debut for the Senior National Team.

A total of 10 players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster. Fabian Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Alejandro Bedoya appeared in every game and started three. Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, and 19-year-old Julian Green pulled the U.S. within one goal of Belgium when he scored in the second extra time of the 2-1 defeat.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the roster for the upcoming game against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. The match marks the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle for the United States, and Klinsmann clearly has his eyes on the future. ussoccer.com caught up with Klinsmann to discuss the upcoming game and roster.

On the inclusion of so many younger players on the roster:
Jurgen Klinsmann: “When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible. Obviously you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent, be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up in the next couple games. It’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well, with the established ones being part of it as well. We try to mix things up, but we are curious about the next generation of players breaking in. It is also very vital towards Russia 2018 that we already communicate now, four years away, that there is a path for you laid out, but you as a player decide at the end of the day whether you make that path or not. We can explain as many things as we want, but the players have to have that drive, that hunger and that determination to go to the highest level possible. We started that process already. We’re talking to a lot of clubs about a lot of young players and we want to introduce them as quickly as possible in the different teams as well. It’s just exciting to take that kind of energy created in Brazil from the World Cup and translate it to the next cycle and tell young players, ‘Hey, anything is possible as long as you work hard.’”

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules. We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up and coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment, and for us we get to know these guys better and see what they can do.”

On the decisions that went into putting together the roster:
JK: “The goal is always to get the strongest roster possible. There’s no doubt about it, because you want to win games. Winning games as a National Team program gives you credibility and gives you confidence. So you want to win in Czech Republic but at the same time, you want to experiment. You want to take some risks to introduce young players, players that haven’t proven yet what quality they have. So we always will juggle both things: we want to get results because we want to get the confidence and we want to build more credibility, and we want to get more respect towards all the other nations from around the world. At the same time we’re also responsible for developing players, and players only can develop and get to the next level if you give them a chance to play. So maybe if there’s a 50/50 situation between an established player and a younger player, and we maybe don’t know some of the answers yet about the younger player but we know a lot about that experienced player, I probably will take the younger player because it just makes more sense, and this is what we’re going to try to do and we will also communicate to everyone.”

On bringing in a player like U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris:
JK: “We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy for the last couple of years, and he is a very promising player. We saw him during our two weeks at Stanford for the World Cup preparation camp, and also from his play with U-23 team in the Bahamas, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to introduce him to the Senior Team.”

On playing against the Czech Republic:
JK: “Czech Republic is a good benchmark. It’s a good team with players who are playing all over Europe, so it’s going to be a challenge. At the same time, we’re coming in from a strong World Cup and teams are looking at us differently now in Europe than maybe a couple of years ago. They say ‘You know what? They’re not so easy to beat anymore. They’re just growing, they’re getting better.’ It’s just a normal process the U.S. is going through.”

“Do we want to win this game? Absolutely, but we also know the great players that are on the other side; players like [Tomas] Rosicky that plays for a big club and other ones who deserve a lot of respect. But I think that we built more and more confidence, we build more belief that we also go to Europe and say, ‘We are here to give you a game and to beat you’. This is what we’re going to try to do in Prague.”

On what is next for the U.S. MNT at the start of the new cycle:
JK: “Well now being basically past the World Cup in Brazil and a couple months of a break, we’re really getting excited about what’s going to happen over the next four years with the National Team program, the senior level but also all the other levels. It’s huge. It’s a very exciting picture that we have in front of ourselves. We’re looking at the Under-17 World Cup next year, the Under-20 World Cup next year, we’re looking at the Olympic Team cycle that we started to build toward Rio de Janeiro in 2016, we’re looking at the Gold Cup that hopefully qualifies us for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia. Two years from now, and the time will go so fast, we have a Copa America in the United States, which is amazing. It’s almost like having a World Cup here in this country with Brazil, with Argentina, with Chile, Uruguay; all these great South American nations which is a huge benchmark for us.

On the European transfer window closing after the seasons begin:
JK: “It’s not good. I never understood why this transfer window ends Aug. 31 instead of July 31, because all the big clubs in Europe have made up their mind if they want a player or not. They should never drag this topic into the existing season. In Europe they’re playing already. The Premier League started, the Bundesliga starts now and Spain starts now. They should have transfers already done by July 31, but unfortunately they keep that window open until Aug. 31. Some of our players fall into that category where they haven’t figured out yet what their future will be club-wise, and that’s not good for us.”

Klinsmann Gives Youth Opportunity for U.S. MNT Trip to Czech Republic

In the first international match of the new cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing together a roster that includes several newcomers to the mix to look forward to the next cycle.

The 22-player roster for the Sept. 3 game against the Czech Republic includes five players in search of their first cap in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Greg Garza, midfielder Emerson Hyndman and forwards Joe Gyau and Rubio Rubin.

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up-and-coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment.”

While it remains to be seen as to whether they will get game time, the experience of taking part in the USA’s camp in Prague will bode well for them as they make their case in front of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players, young players, breaking into the cycle as possible,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you will always give them the space to continue their good work, but also you want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program and give them time on the training field, and in the real games and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent and be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up now in the next couple of games, it’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well.”

Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

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."

Landon Donovan

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.

Landon Donovan

Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the roster for the upcoming game against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. The match marks the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle for the United States, and Klinsmann clearly has his eyes on the future. ussoccer.com caught up with Klinsmann to discuss the upcoming game and roster.

On the inclusion of so many younger players on the roster:
Jurgen Klinsmann: “When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible. Obviously you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent, be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up in the next couple games. It’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well, with the established ones being part of it as well. We try to mix things up, but we are curious about the next generation of players breaking in. It is also very vital towards Russia 2018 that we already communicate now, four years away, that there is a path for you laid out, but you as a player decide at the end of the day whether you make that path or not. We can explain as many things as we want, but the players have to have that drive, that hunger and that determination to go to the highest level possible. We started that process already. We’re talking to a lot of clubs about a lot of young players and we want to introduce them as quickly as possible in the different teams as well. It’s just exciting to take that kind of energy created in Brazil from the World Cup and translate it to the next cycle and tell young players, ‘Hey, anything is possible as long as you work hard.’”

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules. We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up and coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment, and for us we get to know these guys better and see what they can do.”

On the decisions that went into putting together the roster:
JK: “The goal is always to get the strongest roster possible. There’s no doubt about it, because you want to win games. Winning games as a National Team program gives you credibility and gives you confidence. So you want to win in Czech Republic but at the same time, you want to experiment. You want to take some risks to introduce young players, players that haven’t proven yet what quality they have. So we always will juggle both things: we want to get results because we want to get the confidence and we want to build more credibility, and we want to get more respect towards all the other nations from around the world. At the same time we’re also responsible for developing players, and players only can develop and get to the next level if you give them a chance to play. So maybe if there’s a 50/50 situation between an established player and a younger player, and we maybe don’t know some of the answers yet about the younger player but we know a lot about that experienced player, I probably will take the younger player because it just makes more sense, and this is what we’re going to try to do and we will also communicate to everyone.”

On bringing in a player like U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris:
JK: “We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy for the last couple of years, and he is a very promising player. We saw him during our two weeks at Stanford for the World Cup preparation camp, and also from his play with U-23 team in the Bahamas, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to introduce him to the Senior Team.”

On playing against the Czech Republic:
JK: “Czech Republic is a good benchmark. It’s a good team with players who are playing all over Europe, so it’s going to be a challenge. At the same time, we’re coming in from a strong World Cup and teams are looking at us differently now in Europe than maybe a couple of years ago. They say ‘You know what? They’re not so easy to beat anymore. They’re just growing, they’re getting better.’ It’s just a normal process the U.S. is going through.”

“Do we want to win this game? Absolutely, but we also know the great players that are on the other side; players like [Tomas] Rosicky that plays for a big club and other ones who deserve a lot of respect. But I think that we built more and more confidence, we build more belief that we also go to Europe and say, ‘We are here to give you a game and to beat you’. This is what we’re going to try to do in Prague.”

On what is next for the U.S. MNT at the start of the new cycle:
JK: “Well now being basically past the World Cup in Brazil and a couple months of a break, we’re really getting excited about what’s going to happen over the next four years with the National Team program, the senior level but also all the other levels. It’s huge. It’s a very exciting picture that we have in front of ourselves. We’re looking at the Under-17 World Cup next year, the Under-20 World Cup next year, we’re looking at the Olympic Team cycle that we started to build toward Rio de Janeiro in 2016, we’re looking at the Gold Cup that hopefully qualifies us for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia. Two years from now, and the time will go so fast, we have a Copa America in the United States, which is amazing. It’s almost like having a World Cup here in this country with Brazil, with Argentina, with Chile, Uruguay; all these great South American nations which is a huge benchmark for us.

On the European transfer window closing after the seasons begin:
JK: “It’s not good. I never understood why this transfer window ends Aug. 31 instead of July 31, because all the big clubs in Europe have made up their mind if they want a player or not. They should never drag this topic into the existing season. In Europe they’re playing already. The Premier League started, the Bundesliga starts now and Spain starts now. They should have transfers already done by July 31, but unfortunately they keep that window open until Aug. 31. Some of our players fall into that category where they haven’t figured out yet what their future will be club-wise, and that’s not good for us.”

Klinsmann Gives Youth Opportunity for U.S. MNT Trip to Czech Republic

In the first international match of the new cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing together a roster that includes several newcomers to the mix to look forward to the next cycle.

The 22-player roster for the Sept. 3 game against the Czech Republic includes five players in search of their first cap in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Greg Garza, midfielder Emerson Hyndman and forwards Joe Gyau and Rubio Rubin.

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up-and-coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment.”

While it remains to be seen as to whether they will get game time, the experience of taking part in the USA’s camp in Prague will bode well for them as they make their case in front of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players, young players, breaking into the cycle as possible,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you will always give them the space to continue their good work, but also you want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program and give them time on the training field, and in the real games and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent and be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up now in the next couple of games, it’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well.”

Q&A with U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard said Thursday that he will be taking a break from MNT duties to spend additional time with his family. After a lengthy conversation with USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Howard vows to make himself available for selection starting in the fall of 2015.

ussoccer.com caught up with the star goalkeeper about this decision.

What prompted you to make this decision to take a year off from international duty?
Tim Howard: “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. 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.”

ussoccer.com: How do you feel physically at this stage of your career?
TH: “Physically and mentally I feel as strong as ever. I’m also 35 years old and it’s four years before the next World Cup. If I want to be able to get to the next World Cup, I also have to be smart about managing my body. I will get a bit of extra time off during the international windows, and this will also be the first real summer break that I have had in 12 years.”

ussoccer.com: Do you want to play in another World Cup?
TH: “Right now my heart, mind and body all say yes, but it’s difficult to predict the situation in four years. I will always be upfront about my intentions, and of course the manager has to select you. I am fully committed to the cause, and it’s important to me that my teammates understand that.”

Have you been assured the No. 1 spot when you return?
TH: “Absolutely not. Jurgen has always been upfront with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with. Every player makes their own choices for their own reasons. In my case, this is a decision for my family. For me, it’s important that my teammates and my coaches have a clear understanding of where I’m coming from. I hope by now they know what I am about. I’ve had honest conversations with Jurgen and Roberto Martinez, and I appreciate their understanding. It doesn’t change the fact that I have to earn my spot, and I look forward to doing that.”

Tim Howard’s MNT Roots Trace Back to Ecuador Shutout Win in 2002

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to host Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, marking the first home appearance post-2014 FIFA World Cup.

It is without question that goalkeeper Tim Howard was the rock star from the USA’s World Cup team, especially after recording a tournament-record 15 saves against Belgium in the knockout stage.

The upcoming USA-Ecuador matchup serves as a time capsule moment of sorts for Howard, seeing as how Ecuador was his first international opponent on March 10, 2002.

Howard earned a clean sheet during his 90-minute debut as the USA defeated Ecuador 1-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Howard made three saves, including a noteworthy first-half stop against Edison Mendez in the 33rd minute. The USA also had to play shorthanded for much of the second half following a Clint Mathis red card in the 58th minute.

“It was a real challenge for our players,” former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “We dealt with a lot of adversity with the red card early in the second half, but I think our team showed a lot of maturity and composure.”

Tim Howard

Howard was playing professionally for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at the time, and the 23-year-old told the New York Times that he was honored for the opportunity.

“I was a little bit anxious at the beginning, but once I got into it, I felt very comfortable,” Howard said. “I’m very pleased that we were able to get the win, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities. I just have to keep working hard and keep learning.”

More than 12 years later, Howard is now the USA record holder for goalkeeper wins (55), starts (103), caps (104), and is the most-capped U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup with eight appearances.

Prior to his MNT debut, Howard was a member of the Youth National Team system, appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams, including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Howard

Solo on Verge of U.S. Soccer Shutout Record

As the U.S. Women’s National Team heads into its first fall friendly on Aug. 20 against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo is on the verge of breaking a long-standing U.S. Soccer record. Solo, who has earned 71 shutouts in her 152 caps since debuting for the USA in 2000, needs just one more clean sheet to surpass Briana Scurry’s record, set over 173 caps from 1994-2008.

“It’s taken a lot of work over many years to get to this point, but of course no goalkeeper earns a shutout without their teammates,” said Solo. “The U.S. team has always taken pride not only in its defense and in winning games, but also in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. It’s been fun to play with so many players over the years and especially those in the back, so it’s an honor to be in a position to earn a record like this one. Hopefully, we can earn this shutout soon, and keep earning them as we work toward qualifying for the Women’s World Cup next summer.”

Solo, who made her debut on April 5, 2000, in an 8-0 victory against Iceland, is part of a six-goalkeeper club that earned a shutout in their first senior team cap for the United States. She would not earn another until 2002 and got her third in 2005 when she became the USA’s starter and began racking up the clean sheets.

Solo’s shutouts have spanned the globe with 30 of the 71 coming outside the United States in South Korea, China PR, Mexico, Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan and England. She has also earned shutouts against 16 different countries, the most coming against Canada (9) and China (8), which are two of the USA’s most frequent opponents.

She has played behind almost three dozen different defenders during her international career, but the back four for her first shutout consisted of Christie Pearce (now Rampone), current U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team head coach Michelle French, Nandi Pryce and Danielle Slaton.

The back four for her most recent shutout, on June 14 against France, has one name in common with that back four 14 years ago: Christie Rampone. The current U.S. captain was joined by Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Stephanie Cox as the USA won 1-0 in Tampa, Florida.

Solo has averaged just over five shutouts a year during her 14-year international career, and her high came during the Olympic gold-medal winning year of 2008 when she notched 13 clean sheets. Five of Solo’s shutouts have been 0-0 affairs, but she has been in the nets for a remarkable 19 matches that ended 1-0 for the USA. She has guarded the goal for the USA for 12,552 minutes.

Hope Solo

As a 5-foot-9 athletic specimen out of Richland in eastern Washington, she has always been known as a big-game player. She has put together some of her greatest performances when the lights were brightest and the stakes were the highest. And the statistics bear that out. Eleven of Solo’s shutouts have come in world championship play, five in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and six during the Olympics.

In fact, 42 of Solo’s career shutouts – almost 60 percent – have come in tournament competitions that include world championships, qualifying for the World Cup and Olympics and elite tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, which is held annually in Portugal.

She won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and also won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament.

Solo has earned shutouts under five different U.S. WNT head coaches, including the most (37) for Pia Sundhage. She is also closing in on Scurry’s record of 133 career wins for the U.S. WNT. Solo is at 117 wins and counting.

Scurry’s last shutout came in June of 2007, so the record has stood for more than seven years. Soon, it will fall and #Solo72 will take its place.

11 Questions with Stephanie Amack

ussoccer.com: You were a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but didn’t get to play in the tournament. You are likely to play a much larger role this time around. How did that 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup prepare you for this World Cup?
Stephanie Amack: “It definitely helped me learn how to be a good teammate. I studied how (outside backs) Crystal Dunn and Molly Pathman played. I saw how they dealt with situations on the field and I could hear the coaches on the sidelines. I took it all in and combined it with my own observations and I put myself in those situations and it’s really helped me prepare during this cycle. I also learned a valuable lesson on how big a role every single person on the team can have. Just saying something positive and supporting from the bench to the players on the field can make a big difference.”

What was it like to be a part of the team that won the U-20 Women’s World Cup two years ago?

Seattle Sounders FC, Chicago Fire Putting Best Available Sides Out for Important Open Cup Semifinal

With the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in sight, talk of “giving players minutes” and “testing formations” are fading with the summer sun.

The Seattle Sounders FC-Chicago Fire semifinal on Wednesday will be the “Game of the Round,” live on ussoccer.com, with both teams looking to reignite their season.

“My approach in Seattle, or whether it was in LA or Columbus, has been, if you’re in this thing, you try to win it,” said Seattle manager Sigi Schmid, who has won the Open Cup four times – once with the Galaxy and three times with the Sounders. “Some may view it as ‘This isn’t your first team.’ I’ve always gone with the team I think I have the best chance to win. Any time I’ve put a lineup out there, it’s the best I have available.

“The issue with the Open Cup, it’s in midweek in between league games, so you end up platooning.”

For Seattle, Sunday’s 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo ended a two-game losing streak – its longest slide of the year, but also was the first of five games in 14 days.

Similarly for the Fire, Sunday’s 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls ended a four-game winless skid and was the first of four games in 13 days.

“We have three games in six days, so there is no chance we’ll go with the same group three games in row,” Chicago coach Frank Yallop said. “We’ll use different lineups for different scenarios and make sure we have some fresh legs so we can be competitive.

“We need to get going in the league, but there’s no chance we’re going to throw one away.”

Seattle has never lost to Chicago in a combined 10 meetings between league play and the U.S. Open Cup, winning seven times including the 2011 U.S. Open Cup final (2-0).

It is a meaningless factoid according to Seattle defender and midfielder Zach Scott, who has been a member of all three of the Sounders’ Open Cup title teams (2009-2011).

“I’d guess 99 percent (of my teammates) don’t know those stats,” he said. “We realize every single team is good in this league. We ran into a team, San Jose (on Aug. 8), that isn’t in the playoff race, yet they won. If Chicago hasn’t beat us, they can easily turn it on.”

The winner will face either Philadelphia or FC Dallas. And Wednesday’s meeting will have a new twist, being played at the Starfire Sports Complex, the Sounders’ home when they played in the USL about 11 miles south of CenturyLink Field in Tukwila, Washington. Chicago has never faced Seattle at the 4,500-capacity facility in the 10 times they have played, and Scott knows the atmosphere is different from the ballyhooed crowds of 30,000-70,000 the Sounders attract at their regular home.

“It’s a very unique atmosphere,” Scott said. “CenturyLink is huge, but when you’re in Starfire, it’s a smaller venue. The fans are closer to the field, where they’re topping out at 5,000. It’s more intimate. The fans like it. You can shut out the crowd at CenturyLink. At Starfire, you hear every word.”

Man U Premier Cup on Horizon for Weston FC U-13/14s

Weston FC’s U-13/14 Development Academy team, the USA’s representative at the 2014 Manchester United Premier Cup, will be back in action on Aug. 6 in England. Weston was rewarded with the selection to this tournament back in mid-June at the first Academy U-13/14 Showcase, and it is an opportunity the club is looking forward to on many levels.

“This is the highest youth soccer competition at this level and we’ll be facing some great teams that are participating in this tournament,” Weston FC head coach Marcelo Neveleff said. “We came with one simple goal – to put the U.S. Soccer name as high as we can.”

Getting to this stage was a yearlong process of success and continued development. Over the Academy’s first U-13/14 season, Weston FC posted an impressive 28-1-4 record, with a wide array of players contributing on both ends of the field. Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (28 goals) has been the team’s scoring leader, and it was only fitting that his tally won the finale of the 2013-14 Academy U-13/14 Showcase against Georgia United.

Heading into the Manchester United Premier Cup, Weston FC has taken some extra steps to get ready for the event.

“We put together a mini-camp in Wigan, a week before the Manchester Cup kicks up, to properly prepare for the tournament,” Neveleff said. “This has allowed the players to adapt to the country, environment and competition so we can get to the first game in the best possible shape.”

The pinnacle of Weston’s 2013-14 season came on the final day of the 2013-14 Development Academy U-13/14 Showcase in Westfield, Indiana. Weston and Georgia United were both in heavy consideration for the Manchester United Premier Cup spot by U.S. Soccer’s technical advisors heading into the June 16 matchup.

Both teams played at an intense level, with George Acosta boosting Weston’s lead to 2-0 in the opening 20 minutes, followed by Georgia United’s Carlos Pineda and Langston Blackstock scoring a goal apiece in a two-minute span to tie the score at 2-2 in the 59th minute. Carlos Dulcey’s 69th-minute tally helped Weston regain the lead, but Blackstock’s second goal in the 74th minute once again tied the score heading into the final minutes. Weston FC had the final say thanks to a dramatic 80th-minute goal from Garcia-Morillo.

That goal ultimately catapulted Weston FC to the top spot as the USA’s representative at the 2014 Manchester United Premier Cup.

“We are proud to represent the U.S. in this prestigious Manchester Cup, and we take this responsibility with great pride and humility,” Neveleff said. “This reward comes after many years of trying to develop a club culture, a way of playing and a lifestyle. The constant support and effort made by a lot of people, including coaches, board members, volunteers and most importantly our players, has made this possible.”

More than 8,000 teams from 43 countries have taken part in this tournament. The Manchester United Premier Cup opening ceremony and draw will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 5, as Weston FC will learn its first opponent for the following day.

The following 20 clubs are on hand for this year’s tournament:
Argentina: CA Rosario Central
Austria: SK Sturm Graz
Brazil: SC Internacional
China PR: Shandong Luneng Taishan FC
England: Manchester United (host)
England: Chelsea FC
Germany: Hertha BSC Berlin
Ghana: Right to Dream Academy*
Italy: AS Roma
Japan: Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC
Korea: Joongdong Middle School FC
Mexico: Tigres FC
Netherlands: Feyenoord Rotterdam
New Zealand: Waitakere City FC
Russia: FC Dynamo Moscow
South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns FC
Spain: Valencia CF
Sweden: Malmo FF
Thailand: Assumption College Thonburi
USA: Weston FC

* Note: Right to Dream Academy became Africa's representative on Aug. 5, after Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia) had to withdraw

Weston FC

  • Head coach: Marcelo Neveleff
  • Overall record in 2013-14: 28-1-4
  • Goal scoring leaders: Nicolas Garcia-Morillo 28, Christian Koat 20, George Acosta 14, Carlos Dulcey 12, Joshua Jackson 9
  • Twitter: @westonfc_ussda
  • Full Man U Premier Cup details: ManchesterUnitedPremierCup.com

Follow Weston FC’s progress during the Manchester United Premier Cup with the #MUPC2014 hashtag and on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer_acad and Instagram.

Referees Complete Productive Stretch at NTC Invitational and Academy Championships

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.

Geoff Cameron ruled out of U.S. MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron has been ruled out of the training camp ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic and will not travel to Prague. Further consultations with the Stoke City medical staff confirmed that Cameron’s injury – suffered in the 37th minute of the match against Portsmouth on Aug. 27 – would prevent him from participating in the game.

No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, meaning 21 players will train in Prague in advance of Wednesday’s match.

Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT Hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 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.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including Walmart stores) and at the Wally Sanger Owl Club Center ticket office on the Florida Atlantic University campus (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). [Note: Tickets will be sold at FAU Stadium only 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.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Four days before the game in Boca Raton, the U.S. welcomes Ecuador to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (TICKETS). Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, making all players available for selection by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” said Klinsmann. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the Men’s National Team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”

Honduras competed in the last two FIFA World Cups (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014), the first time in team history where it has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles. The United States holds a 14-4-3 lifetime record against the Catrachos, including an 11-2-2 record on home soil. The teams last met in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the USA collected a 3-1 win on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Palm Beach County will host the Men’s National Team for the first time. The area, however, is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team has twice played at FAU Stadium for games against China PR in December of 2012 and Russia in February of 2014. U.S. Soccer also hosted a match at the same venue between the men’s national teams of Germany and Ecuador in May 2013.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

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.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster Named for September Camp in Argentina

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 19-player roster for a Sept. 1-10 international training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The highlighted game of the trip will include a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The U-20 MNT also could play potentially two matches against two first division reserve teams. Details will be announced in the future.

This marks the fifth camp or tournament of the year for this age group and the squad’s first international trip in 2014. The U-20s had domestic camps in January and May, took second place at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April and most recently competed at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July in Carson, California.

Nine players among this current roster saw the pitch during the U-20 MNT’s first international competition of the year at the NTC Invitational. The tournament was capped off by a scoreless draw against Australia on July 18 in front of a boisterous fan base that featured the American Outlaws in attendance at StubHub Center. The USA went 2-0-1 in the tournament, with Zach Pfeffer contributing the most offensively with two goals and an assist in only 107 minutes of play.

Six players are on Major League Soccer squads, including New York Red Bulls teammates Santiago Castaño and Matthew Miazga, the LA Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV, Pfeffer from the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown.

Seventeen players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The trip will be a short trek for midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. The Argentine-American made his YNT debut with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in 2012 and scored a goal in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Chicago and D.C. Available Starting Sept. 5

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Bridgeview, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., go on sale to the public Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at a specific venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 17-18 doubleheaders at Toyota Park near Chicago and the Oct. 20-21 twin-bills at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., starting at 10 a.m. local venue time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the host cities. [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the RFK Stadium ticket office except on the days of the event.]

Toyota Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, hosts four sides from Group A (including the USA) on Oct. 17 and four teams from Group B on Oct. 18. All eight teams then travel to RFK Stadium, home of D.C. United, where the Group A teams will play their final group games on Oct. 20, while Group B teams close out the first round with games on Oct. 21.

Ticket availability for the semifinals on Oct. 24 and the third-place and championship matches on Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will be announced in the near future. The tournament opens at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with first-round doubleheaders Oct. 15-16. Tickets for the Kansas City series go on sale to the public Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. CT (TICKETS).

The eight countries which will compete in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship are the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and Caribbean sides Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago. The Final Draw to place the teams in two groups of four will take place in Miami on Sept. 5.

The tournament format will see the top two teams in each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, when the winner of each group will face the runner-up of the opposite group. The third-place and championship games will be held on Oct. 26.

The top three finishers – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match -- will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, 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. 13 game will be live on ussoccer.com and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for First Match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Cycle

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into camp for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, the USA’s first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle. Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

“We look at this as the start of our project towards Russia in 2018, and in this first step we get to look at many of our talented young players based in Europe,” said Klinsmann. “We have some great youngsters coming through the ranks that are starting to break through with their clubs teams and are ready to challenge for spots on the Senior Team, and even most of our World Cup veterans from Brazil on this roster will be coming into the prime of their careers in the next four years, so this is an exciting opportunity.”

The match is the first in the new cycle, and Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to look at young talent. Of the 22 players coming to Prague, 15 are age 24 or younger. There are 11 players with 10 caps or less, and six looking to make their debut for the Senior National Team.

A total of 10 players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster. Fabian Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Alejandro Bedoya appeared in every game and started three. Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, and 19-year-old Julian Green pulled the U.S. within one goal of Belgium when he scored in the second extra time of the 2-1 defeat.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

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."

Landon Donovan

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.

Landon Donovan

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship in K.C. Available Starting Aug. 29

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.

Academy Alumni: Hamid Earns Sixth Shutout, D.C. Moves into First in East

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.

U-18 MNT Wins Title at International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

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. Under-18 Men's National Team

-U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: 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

Lineups:
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

UKR: 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 Shchebetun
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

Misconduct Summary:
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

Officials:
Referee: Franek Pavel
Assistant Referee: Vlasjuk Pavel
Assistant Referee: Kotik Radek
Fourth Official: N/A

Coy Craft and Cameron Lindley

WNT vs. Switzerland: Reaction - Aug. 20, 2014

Hear from U.S. WNT Head Coach Jill Ellis and players Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and Crystal Dunn following the USA's 4-1 win over Switzerland.

U-18 MNT vs. Hungary: Highlights - Aug. 20, 2014

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, led by Sebastian Elney and Haji Wright, rallied for a 3-1 victory against Hungary to open the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic.

U.S. WNT Stadium Training in Cary, North Carolina

Here’s an up close look at the U.S. Women’s National Team training in Cary, N.C., on Aug. 19, 2014, the day before its match against Switzerland at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Abby Wambach Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach completes the #alsicebucketchallenge from U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. She will be donating to this worthy cause and challenges the #USMNT.

Coffee Talk with Makenzy and Gibby

U.S. U-20 WNT forward Makenzy Doniak sits down for a chat with teammate and defender Christina Gibbons, a Raleigh, N.C. product who has earned her first two caps at the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup, putting in fine performances at left back against Brazil and China PR.

2014 Manchester United Premier Cup Recap

U.S. Soccer’s technical advisors and Development Academy director of scouting Tony Lepore selected Weston FC's U-13/14 Academy team to represent the USA at the 2014 Manchester United Premier Cup.

MNT vs. Republic of Ireland: Highlights - April 17, 2002

In this classic highlight, the U.S. MNT took on Ireland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin in the final match prior to the announcement of the 2002 World Cup roster. Despite a first-half goal from U.S. defender Eddie Pope and stellar play from U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, the USA fell 2-1.

U-20 #USWNT Travel to Moncton for Group B Finale

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team finishes Group B play vs. China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton, Canada, with a win guaranteeing a berth to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U-17 MNT vs. Ecuador: Highlights - Aug. 8, 2014

The U.S. U-17 MNT fell to Ecuador 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 Copa Mexico de Naciones.
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