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U.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

In France it has been called le lieu où naissent les étoiles, the place where stars are born. Always a gathering of the world’s top soccer powers, this year’s 43rd edition of the Toulon Tournament features regular competitors Netherlands, England and host France, as well as Costa Rica, China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Qatar and the USA.

“It’s a huge tournament,” U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog said. “I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for sure there’s the Olympic Tournament, but apart from those competitions, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. With all the teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the USA competing against each other, at this age group that’s a really, really good competition and it’s a good challenge for us to show that we have a good team together.”

In 1975, Cesar Luis Menotti coached an Argentina youth squad featuring Daniel Passarella, Americo Gallego, Alberto Tarentini, and Jose Daniel Valencia to a championship in the third Toulon Tournament. Three years later, those four players were a part of the Argentina side that won the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Following the win, Menotti recalled Toulon as being a fundamental piece of the players’ development that led to their victory, and hence, le lieu où naissent les étoiles.

In the 40 years since, many of the biggest and most renowned footballers have made their mark in Toulon, and the tournament has proven to be a foreshadower of what’s to come in international play. In 2011, Colombian striker James Rodriguez earned honors as the Toulon Player of the Tournament. Three summers later, Rodriguez burst onto the scene and won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World cup after scoring six goals in five games.

Other international footballers who have also gained experience in the Toulon Tournament include: Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Javier Mascherano, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa and many more.

The U.S. was in Toulon for the tournament in 2013, competing with its U-20 MNT and taking seventh place. Their best finish in Toulon history dates back to 1989, when the team took third place behind Bulgaria and champion France.

This year the U-23’s will try to best that finish. To do that, they will have to navigate through group play matchups with France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. 

Q&A: Andi Herzog Talks Toulon

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog spoke with ussoccer.com about the Toulon Tournament and the U-23’s continued preparation for October’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

ussoccer.com: What can you say about this group that’s been brought together for the Toulon Tournament?
Andi Herzog: “I’m happy; I think we have a good group together. It’s mostly the same players we had against Mexico and the first Bosnia and Denmark trips. I want to have a little continuity and hopefully it will work in France. Obviously it’s a situation where a lot of MLS teams have a lot of games during the same time period, so mostly the players starting for the MLS teams were not released.”

ussoccer.com: How does this renowned tournament help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Championship?
AH: “This tournament in France is huge because there are a lot of great opponents. The other thing is we play a game every second day, so we will need everyone on the field and we’ll have to make a lot of changes from game to game. I think it’s a great chance for every single player to be able to be a big part of the team who will qualify for the Olympics.”

ussoccer.com: How did the fact that the tournament schedule features games every other day go into the makeup of this roster?
AH: “It’s clear: You need to double up every position. Overall we have a good group together with some young kids playing, like Marc Pelosi coming back after a long injury, so it will be interesting to see all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Over the years a number of the world’s great international footballers have played in this tournament. What does that say about the challenge ahead for the team?
AH: “It’s a great challenge and it’s a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best. The France team is the defending World Champion at the Under-20 level from two years ago in Turkey. They were the best team in the world two years ago and they are our first opponent, so that will be a real good possibility to see how good we already are.”

“It’s a huge tournament. I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for the Olympics, but apart from those competition, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. You have all the regular teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, USA competing against each other, so at this age group that’s a really, really good competition.

 ussoccer.com: How would you describe the form of the players on the roster coming in?
AH: “We have two or three players that had injuries before, but I talked to them and they’re fine, so it’s normal. For every National Team coach it’s always the same. You don’t train on a regular basis, so it’s just from month to month you see your players. That’s why I want to keep going always with most of the same players if they do well. Hopefully we made the right decisions.  

ussoccer.com: How does a tournament like this fit into the bigger picture of preparing these players for the next level of play?
AH: “Developing players for the senior National Tam has to be our goal. I think for a youth team it’s important to compete on the highest level at World Cups and Olympics, but overall the most important thing is you get at least two or three players for the National Team as regular starters afterwards. Otherwise we did a bad job as coaches.”

U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog Names 19 players to Roster for 2015 Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 24, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has named 19 players to the roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in the south of France.

Herzog will make one addition to complete the 20-player roster, which will officially be submitted on Tuesday evening.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Cardiff City; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United; Catonsville, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Sam Strong (Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (Unattached; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool; Sunnyvale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.); Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Tex.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.).

The last time the U.S. competed in the Toulon Tournament came in 2013 when they sent the U-20 MNT. Seven players from that roster return for this edition of the tournament.

The tournament comprises two five-team groups. The United States is with Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A. Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play for third place that day.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Toulon event will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from this roster were a part of the U-20 MNT which competed in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
  • Eleven players from this roster were a part of the group that most recently defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson. Cody Cropper made seven saves to earn the shutout in the game, while Jordan Morris scored a goal, and Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill both recorded assists.
  • Five players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill.
  • Jordan Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Morris is the leading goalscorer on this roster. In two matches in 2015 he has scored two goals, and overall in his four-game career with the U-23’s he has scored three times.
  • Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Alonso Hernandez, and Benji Joya are the most experienced players at the U-23 level, having each earned five caps.
  • Six players on this roster come from European clubs, five from MLS, three are from Mexico-based clubs, three are unattached and two compete at the collegiate level.
  • Cropper, Green, Morris, O’Neill and Serna have all been part of a U.S. MNT senior camp this year.
  • Julian Green played in the U.S. MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored a goal, becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup game since 2006. 

U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational to be Streamed on ussoccer.com

CHICAGO (May 22, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is set to host the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6, with all the matches of the tournament being broadcasted on ussoccer.com.

Each of the match days - June 2, 4 and 6 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing in the second game of the day.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the U.S. roster will be released at a later date.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (NTC at StubHub Center)

Tues., June 2

MEX vs. BRA

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. JPN

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

BRA vs. JPN

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. MEX

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

JPN vs. MEX

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. BRA

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed to name 24 players on its tournament roster but will be able to suit up just 21 for each of its three matches.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

U.S. Soccer Unveils 2015 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Pairings

CHICAGO (May 21, 2014) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the potential Fourth Round pairings and hosting scenarios for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Fourth Round, scheduled for June 16-17, marks the opening stage of the tournament for the 17 domestic Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs, joining the 15 winners from the Third Round played May 27.

With an uneven amount of MLS clubs entering the competition in the Fourth Round, 15 of 17 MLS teams were paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup, while two MLS teams, Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers, were paired together to complete the bracket. Instances where a logical geographic fit didn’t exist were resolved by random selection. Teams with an ownership affiliation (Portland Timbers and Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs SLC and Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and Seattle Sounders 2) are precluded from being paired until the Final.

Home teams are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Thursday’s draw was conducted with two-time U.S. Open Cup champion and former Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause serving as the official witness as matchups for June 16-17 were determined.

Fourth Round Possibilities

Date

Game

Time

Venue

June 16

New York City FC (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, N.Y.

or

June 16

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York City FC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

June 16

Rochester Rhinos (USL)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) winner at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) winner at New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 16

Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Saint Louis FC (USL) winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 16

Louisville FC (USL)/Indy Eleven (NASL) winner at Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

June 16

Oklahoma City Energy (USL)/Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) winner at FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

TCU Soccer Stadium; Ft. Worth, Texas

TBD

Austin Aztex (USL)/San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) winner at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 16

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)/Real Monarchs SLC (USL) winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS)

7 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

June 16

Chula Vista FC (USASA)/Sacramento Republic FC (USL) winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

June 16

Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

June 17

Orlando City (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

or

June 17

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Orlando City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla.

June 17

Charlotte Independence (USL)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) winner at New England Revolution (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Soldiers Field (Harvard Univ.); Boston, Mass.

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

or

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Jacksonville Armada (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Hodges Stadium (Univ. of North Florida); Jacksonville, Fla.

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

or

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

June 17

Portland Timbers 2 (USL)/Seattle Sounders 2 (USL) winner at Real Salt Lake (MLS)

8 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

June 17

PSA Elite (USASA)/Ventura County Fusion (PDL) winner at LA Galaxy (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

Third Round Schedule – Match Center

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas.

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19    

Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18

Fifth Round Draw             June 18
Fifth Round                       June 30-July 1
Quarterfinals                     July 21-22
Semifinals                         August 11-12
Final                                  Sept. 29 or 30 

Teammate Impressions with the U.S. WNT

The U.S. WNT players spend a ton of time together on and off the field, so they’ve become very familiar with each other’s on-field Idiosyncrasies, as Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach demonstrate.

Across the Academy - May 21, 2015

Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news that highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, its clubs and players, as well as alumni and Youth National Team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

Futures Camp: U.S. Soccer announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.

Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director Course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.

A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

Academy Alumni: Aron Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth: Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.

London Woodberry (FC Dallas Academy) and Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) were both named to the MLS Team of the Week. Several other Academy alumni had notable performances around MLS last week.

Emerson Hyndman Named U-20 MNT Captain for World Cup: FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and the ussoccer Development Academy section . Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad ,Instagram and Facebook .

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 16-17):

Western Conference :

Pateadores U-17/18’s won its win fourth-straight game on Saturday with its 2-1 win over Nomads SC. Kevin Okuda led the way for Pateadores with a double and was the goalscorer for Nomads. The Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16’s upset the Northwest Divisions No. 2 team the Portland Timbers, 2-1, playing their way into the Wildcard Pool picture. The win was the third-straight for the Sounders and came off of goals from Habib Barry and Joseph Hafferty. Blake Bodily was the lone scorer for the Timbers. The Real So Cal U-15/16’s drew even with Strikers FC. Kenneth Higgins scored for the Strikers in the 52nd minute and five minutes later Jason Manning leveled for Real So Cal.

Central Conference:

The Mid-America Division No. 3-ranked Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18’s defeated the division’s No. 2-ranked Chicago Fire 3-2. Mauricio Pineda scored a brace for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of Indiana goals from Alan Aguilar, Rece Buckmaster, and Zachary Tom. In a match between two teams battling for position in the Wildcard Pool the Sockers FC U-17/18’s tied the Chicago Magic 2-2. Frank Bak and Adrian Herrera scored for the Sockers, while Emmanual Sabbi and Kendall Stok scored late goals to save the draw for the Magic. The Chicago Fire U-15/16’s picked up their first win since March, defeating Indiana Fire Academy 1-0 on a goal from Djordje Mihalovic. In a rivalry matchup, Crew SC Academy Wolves U17/18’s defeated Crew SC Academy 4-3. Dean Bloembergen’s pair of goals in the last ten minutes proved to make the difference. Alexander Lasinski and Benjamin Snider also scored goals for the Wolves. William Bayemi tallied a double for and Omar Mohamed scored for the Crew SC Academy.

East Conference:

In a battle of two of the top three teams from the Southeast Division. The Orlando City SC U-17/18’s defeated Kendall SC 3-2 on goals from Chandler Maynes, Benjamin Michel and Aidan Wixted. Andree Costa and Inigo Agarduy scored for Kendall. In the Atlantic Division, the No. 2-ranked D.C. United U-17/18’s were victorious in their match with the top-ranked New York Red Bulls.

ACADEMY HONORS: 

Player of the Week: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-15/16 left back Aedan Stanley earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance in a mid-week derby against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-15/16. Aedan received very high marks for his play on both sides of the ball, being able to play make, combine in the attack, and focus on defense throughout the game. He scored the final, game-tying goal in the 70’ to get the 2-2 tie to keep playoff hopes alive for his squad. Thanks to his exceptional performance, SLSG-Missouri now sit in the 3rd Wildcard Playoff Pool spot. They are just 0.04 Pts/GP behind Weston FC and 0.05 Pts/GP behind Solar Chelsea SC.

Academy Referee of the Week: Patrick Rosas, a 26-year old Grade 5 referee from Washington D.C., was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 match between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. Rosas has worked Academy matches since 2011, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, and Open Cup games.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

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U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup: The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-14 BNT Defeats Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubjana 2-1: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

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Handful of Upsets Highlight 2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – Division III USL clubs entered the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Second Round mostly holding serve Wednesday night with 16 of the 21 professional sides advancing to Third Round play.

However, there was a quintet of upsets, as the PDL’s Jersey Express and Ventura County Fusion, USASA’s PSA Elite and Chula Vista FC and NPSL’s Chattanooga FC defeated clubs from higher divisions to join the other professional sides in next week’s Third Round, which will take place on May 27.

The unveiling of the Fourth Round match-ups and hosting scenarios will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET on 120Sports.com. Fans can also follow all this year’s U.S. Open Cup action on Twitter @OpenCup.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18 

2015 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time/Result

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19  

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Match Recaps

Tuesday, May 19
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0, Portland Timbers 2 (USL) 2
 
Hosting their second U.S. Open Cup match in a week, the Michigan Bucks looked the better side early on in Tuesday’s Second Round kickoff, dominating in attack and possession through most of the first half. In the ninth minute, Bucks forward David Goldsmith bolted into space towards goal before unleashing a powerful blast that skimmed just wide left of Justin Luthy’s goal. Bucks midfielder Calvin Rezende came close in the 35th minute, turning his marker at the top of the box before his low left footed blast went inches wide of the left post, taking the teams into halftime scoreless. Timbers 2 hit the reset button at the break and dominated in possession from the start of the second half. Debuting midfielder Seth Casiple picked out Kharlton Belmar at the left post where the forward nodded across goal into the far side netting. Though Timbers 2 dictated play for most of the second half, the Bucks pushed forward late and got a sequence of dangerous opportunities to equalize. In the end, the PDL side got caught up field in transition and Casiple fed Ghananian forward Fatawa Safiu, who put the game on ice in second half stoppage time. Timbers 2 advance to face the winner of Wednesday’s Seattle Sounders FC 2 / Kitsap Pumas match on May 27.

Wednesday, May 20
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 3, West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 0
Making its 13th U.S. Open Cup appearance, Pittsburgh ran out to a fast lead when Kevin Kerr came away from a scramble in the box to lay off for Rob Vincent, who calmly slotted his effort in the lower left corner in the 9th minute. It took just seconds to add to the lead, as the ensuing kickoff was played toward goal and South African forward Lebo Moloto pounced in the box to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute. Firmly in the lead, the Riverhounds took the air out of the game before Kerr downed across the box to slot home in the 87th minute, to give the home side a 3-0 victory. With the win, Pittsburgh moves to 8-10-3 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play and will next host NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #3: Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) 1, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1 (3-5, PKs)
It was deja vu for Chattanooga FC as they eliminated Wilmington Hammerheads for the second year in a row to set up a rematch with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Chattanooga prevailed in a shootout after 120 minutes left both teams tied 1-1. Wilmington’s Nick Zimmerman gave his side the lead in the first half before Chris Ochieng finished a nice move from Chattanooga to level the score. There were no more goals through extra time and Jon Finlay eventually converted the decisive spot kick. Chattanooga will hope for a better time against Atlanta this time around: in 2014 they lost 5-0.

Game #4: Richmond Kickers (USL) 2, Virginia Beach City (NPSL) 0
Richmond Kickers overcame Virginia Beach City FC courtesy of two second-half headers. Neither side landed a hit in the first half but it took the hosts only two minutes after the break to strike the first blow. Nate Shiffman headed home a corner kick to set Richmond on their way. Jason Yeisley added an insurance goal when he slammed home an 89th minute diving header off an assist from Fred Owusu Sekyere. Jacksonville Armada comes to Richmond next week to face the Kickers.

Game #5: Rochester Rhinos (USL) 1, Greater Binghamton FC (NPSL) 0
Rochester Rhinos got their 2015 Open Cup off to a rolling start by beating Greater Binghamton FC 1-0. Kenardo Forbes tallied the game’s only goal when he converted on a chance in the 39th minute for the hosts. Greater Binghamton had a few chances in the second half, but couldn’t muster the tying goal as the Rhinos backline held firm to complete the shutout. Rochester travels to Harrisburg next week to meet the Islanders.

Game #6: Lansing United (PDL) 0, Louisville City FC (USL) 1
There were first-half fireworks in the Capital City with six shots for Louisville City FC and four for hosts Lansing United but neither team was able to break the deadlock. That changed two minutes into the second half when Charlie Adams blasted a shot into the net off a deflection to give Louisville a lead they would not relinquish. Lansing had a chance in the 88th minute but fired over the Louisville goal and the score would not change before the final whistle. Louisville travels across state lines to Indianapolis next week for a showdown with Indy Eleven.

Game #7: Reading United A.C. (PDL) 0, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 3
The Harrisburg City Islanders dispatched Reading United 3-0 to advance to the Third Round. Danny DiPrima and Cardel Benbow notched first half goals to provide a healthy lead after 45 minutes. Ken Tribbett scored on a header one minute into the second half to put the result out of reach. The only damper on the evening came when Neil Shaffer was red carded on 76 minutes for his second bookable offense. Shaffer will be suspended when Harrisburg hosts Rochester Rhinos on May 27.

Game # 8: Charleston Battery (USL) 1, Miami United FC (NPSL) 0
It was a scrappy game in Charleston tonight, but there had to be a winner and the hosts prevailed in a tight contest. Heviel Cordoves scored the only goal and followed it up with a red card in the second half. Charleston held on for the final six minutes with 10 men to bring the match to the end. The Black and Yellow play host to Ft. Lauderdale Strikers next Wednesday.

Game #9: Charlotte Independence (USL) 4, Upward Stars (NPSL) 1
Charlotte Independence ended Upward Stars’ tournament with an emphatic 4-1 comeback win. The Stars got things rolling with a surprise goal in the 11th minute in Charlotte but it was not long before the home side collected themselves and got control of the match. Tomasz Zahorski tied the game in the 19th minute and Enzo Martinez’ 40th header was the eventual winner. Zahorski went on to tally the first hat trick of the 2015 Open Cup with additional goals in the 44th and 90th minute. Charlotte travels to face the Carolina RailHawks next.

Game #10: Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0, Real Monarchs SLC (USL) 1
Real Monarchs celebrated a win in their Open Cup debut tonight as they defeated Long Island Rough Riders 1-0 to advance to the Third Round. The match was poised on a knife’s edge for most of the night at St. Anthony’s High School, with both teams trading chances but meeting strong resistance from Joseph Martin and Eric Osswald in the nets. The deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute when Ricardo Velazco played a delightful one-two with Max Rauhofer before slotting home the eventual winner past Martin. Osswald and the Monarchs held on for the clean sheet and club history as they can now take their first Open Cup win with them back to Salt Lake.

Game #11: Jersey Express (PDL) 1, New York Red Bulls II (USL) 0
Jersey Express punched their ticket to Queens next week to meet the New York Cosmos after they bounced New York Red Bulls II from the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night. Chris Karcz got the only goal of the game when he converted on a set piece in the second half. The Red Bulls poured on the pressure for the rest of the match. They couldn’t find a breakthrough and the Express held their nerve to pull the upset and live to fight another day.

Game #12: Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 1, Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) 0
Bond, Chad Bond had a license to goal Wednesday night in the Open Cup as his Tulsa Roughnecks advanced to the Third Round. Bond scored directly from a corner kick - an olimpico - in the 61st minute and that strike was enough to send the Seacoast United Phantoms packing in this year’s tournament. Tulsa hosts Oklahoma Energy FC next week in a mouthwatering Sooner State derby.

Game #13: Saint Louis FC (USL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1 (a.e.t.)
Saint Louis FC prevailed in an extra time victory against Des Moines Menace in front of more than 3,000 fans at St. Louis Soccer Park. Bryan Gaul opened the scoring by converting a through ball from Parker Maher in the 68th minute. Des Moines went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after a red card to Charlie Bales but managed to scrape an equalizer when Chris Hellman scored from the penalty spot five minutes later. Seven minutes into extra time Jeremie Lynch tallied the winner for St. Louis. The visitors would end up finishing with nine on the field after John Lujano was dismissed.

Game #14: Oklahoma City Energy FC 3 (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (TX; PDL) 1
Coached by 2012 U.S. Open Cup winner Jimmy Nielsen, Energy FC looked the stronger side from the start when forward Casey Townsend hit the woodwork in the 25th minute. Just before the break, Energy FC would go up 1-0 as Kyle Greig buried a feed from Peter Toth in the 42nd minute. Just after the break, Townsend would come good on his post hit, blasting a finish into the top corner, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead in the 51st. The home side would respond in the 68th minute when Andrew Fox’s centering pass was buried by Alberto Sanchez but Energy FC put the game on ice just two minutes later when a flip throw from Michael Harris found Greig’s head who nodded home for his second of the match, giving the visitors a 3-1 victory. The win sets up an all-Oklahoma matchup, as Energy FC will visit Tulsa Roughnecks on May 27. 

Game #15: Austin Aztex (USL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 1 – 8 p.m. CT
Austin Aztex defeated Laredo Heat 2-0 behind goals from Andres Cuero and Brian Fekete. Austin got on the board in the first half when Cuero converted a pass from Michael Gunderson in the 29th minute. In the 68th minute Trevin Caesar set up Fekete to put the result out of reach. Next week Austin meets San Antonio Scorpions in a Texas matchup USL vs. NASL.

Game #16: Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 2, Harpo’s FC (Colo.; USSSA) 1
The clock struck midnight on Harpo’s FC Wednesday, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks ending the club’s cinderella run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game started poorly for Harpo’s with Martin Maybin scoring on the first chance of the game with a first minute header for Switchbacks. Harpo’s regained their composure but Maybin doubled the lead in the 35th minute after an assist from Davy Armstrong. After the break Harpo’s pulled a goal back through a header and from there threw caution to the wind. They peppered the Switchbacks goal with chance after chance but time ran out on the amateur team from Boulder.

Game #17: OC Blues (USL) 1, PSA Elite (Calif; USASA) 2
PSA Elite are doing their best to match their impressive 2014 Fourth Round run, advancing to the Third Round Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over USL’s OC Blues. The USASA side took a 1-0 lead when Michael Salazar nodded home a cross in the 19th minute. On the other side of halftime, Mats Bjurman scored his second of the tournament, finishing a one-on-one opportunity in the 61st minute. OC Blues began to push and saw a glimmer of hope when PSA Elite’s Jamel Wallace was shown red for a foul in the 82nd minute. Playing up a man, the Blues would pull one back through Tyler Feeney in stoppage time, but it wasn’t enough as PSA Elite ran out 2-1 winners. The USASA side now moves on to a Third Round date at fellow giant killers Ventura County Fusion on May 27.

Game #18: Arizona United SC (USL) 0, Chula Vista FC (USASA) 3
Returning to Arizona for the second straight week, the USASA’s Chula Vista FC came out attacking for another upset. The side would find the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute when the ball squeaked through the Arizona United backline where Alberto Diaz ran on to the end, rounded ‘keeper Carl Woszczynski and buried into the empty net. Chula Vista would increase their upset bid when Angel Pinal pounced on a ball at the back post and finished from close range in the 50th minute. Diaz would bag his second and finish off the USL side when he curled home an effort from the top of the box in the 72nd minute, giving Chula Vista an emphatic 3-0 victory. With the win, the USASA side advances to a Third Round date at USL’s Sacramento Republic on May 27.

Game #19: LA Galaxy II (USL) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2
LA Galaxy II may have been the professional side playing at home, but it was Ventura County Fusion that found first blood when Matthew Lagrassa fired a shot from the top of the box over the head of LA ‘keeper Nicholas Shackelford in the 30th minute. The Galaxy applied pressure and would respond just before halftime when Adonis Amaya was tripped up by Fusion goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Ariel Lassiter finished the spot kick to equalize before the break. After trading blows in the second half, the match looked like it would head to extra time, but the Fusion found a stoppage time winner from Abu Danladi. The win means the Fusion return home to host fellow giant killers PSA Elite in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #20: Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 4, Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 2
Sacramento Republic FC and Sonoma County Sol treated a record crowd to an Open Cup thriller in California’s capital Wednesday night. 10,386 fans went home happy as Sacramento prevailed 4-2, but not without a serious threat of burn by the Sol. The hosts got the best possible start when Tommy Stewart cleaned up a rebound in the 9th minute off a shot from distance. Gabe Gonzalez doubled the lead three minutes later but Omar Nuno brought the visitors back in the game when he scored a contender for goal of the round, crushing a 20-yard drive into the top corner in the 26th minute. Stewart completed his hat trick with goals in the 43rd the 61st minutes but the sun would not set on the Sol. Nuno notched a 73rd minute goal before a penalty call gave the visitors a gleaming opportunity. But Taylor Varnadore hit the post and from there Republic was able to see out the game. The attendance of 10,386 at Bonney Field was an Open Cup Second Round record, breaking the previous record of 9,339 set by the Columbus Crew in 2001.

Game #21: Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 (USL) 4
With hopes in following in their parent club’s Open Cup successes, Sounders FC 2 made their first appearance in the competition Wednesday night, striking first blood in the 26th minute as Qudus Lawal headed for Victor Mansaray who made it 1-0. Sounders FC 2 looked to be cruising to victory as Lawal laid off a pass from Nathaniel Tongovula, allowing Pablo Rossi a wide open finish in the 45th minute. Kitsap wouldn’t lay down after the break and pulled a goal back when Mike Ramos smashed an effort of the underside of the cross bar and in to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute. The visitors continued to push for an equalizer and brought the drama when Ramos found the back of the net again in second half stoppage time, pushing the game to extra time. Just three minutes in Sounders FC 2 found their feet again when Pablo Rossi converted a direct free kick from just outside the box and Andy Craven put the game on ice just before the final whistle to finish the scoring at 4-2. The win sets up a Third Round home date with Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers FC 2 on May 27 in Tukwila, Wash.

U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 

WOMEN’S U-23 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

58-Player Roster Announced for Inaugural Futures Camp in Carson

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) - U.S. Soccer has announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore has called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.  

“We are scouting with a long term objective by focusing our evaluation and selection on the qualities needed to become a National Team player in the future,” Lepore said. “The Futures Camp recognizes that players in these younger age groups who can typically have the biggest impact and make a difference are the ones who are physically superior and more mature, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the most talented. When scouting young players among the same age group, we see big differences in performance based on birth month and maturity.”

“At this camp we can remove that element while also creating an environment that we hope will engage and inspire them to take responsibility for their own development to one day become world-class players. We also want to set an example and show how important it is that we stress that individual player development is a long term project. There are so many examples of late mature players who have become the top players because they develop better skills, awareness, and insight into the game, rather than relying on advantages like size, strength, and power. The objective is to help make sure that we are not overlooking any players and more closely following the pathway of players who have the qualities to make a bigger impact later on, by age U-20 to U-23, when there is no longer any difference between early and late developers.” 

Players taking part in this camp will be exposed to a hyper-focused curriculum formulated around highlighting each player’s unique talents while challenging them to improve decision making and speed of play, raise tactical awareness, and improve technical execution.

“The Futures Camp is an important piece to the continued development of these young National Team prospects. I look forward to working with these talented players as they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills with the top players born in 2001 and age eligible for the Under-14 Boys’ National Team.” U.S. U-14 BNT head coach Brian Johnson said.

52 players called into the Futures Camp are currently playing with Development Academy clubs.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (6): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Eric de la Cerda (San Jose Earthquakes; Gilroy, Calif.), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Mason Finnell (Placer United; Folsom, Calif.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (16): D’Anthony Brown (Orlando City SC; Lake Mary, Fla.), Jordan Carter (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), William Citron (New York Soccer Club; Eastchester, N.Y.), Jose Delgado (Chivas USA; Garden City, Calif.), Michael Edwards (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tyler Freitas (New England Revolution; North Attleboro, Mass.), Chris Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Luis Hernandez (FC Dallas; Mesquite, Texas), Ryan Lee (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Nelson Martinez (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Jose Mejia (Juventus; Novato, Calif.), Michael Pham (FC Dallas, Richardson, Texas), Jose Ruvalcaba (TFA Barcelona), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Julio Torres (Stockton Monarcas; Stockton, Calif.), Mason Visconti (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.)

MIDFIELDERS (21): Franuel Amaya (Pateadores; Santa Anna, Calif.), Ethan Bryant (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Alex Cerritos (D.C. United; Beltsville, Md.), Jonathon Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Anna, Calif.), Riley Ferch (Boca United; Margate, Fla.), Gabe Findley (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL; Cary, N.C.), Miguel Guerrero (Juventus; Redwoods City, Calif.), Roberto Hategan (San Jose; Roseville, Calif.), Jorge Hernandez (Chivas USA), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Alex Mendez (Chivas USA), Harrison Pithers (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Carson Price (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Matteo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Jaden Servania (Vestavia SC; Birmingham, Ala.), Amos Shapiro-Thompson (New England Revolution; Worthington, Mass.), Remi Smith (Georgia United; Cumming, Ga.), Kevin Wang (New England Revolution; Cranston, R.I.),Michael Vang (Minnesota Thunder; St. Paul, Minn.), Simon Vasquez (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Sean Zawadzki (Crew SC Academy; Olmsted Falls, Ohio)

FORWARDS (15): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Meford, N.J.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sebastian Berhalter (Crew SC Academy; Westerville, Ohio), Victor Bezerra (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Ferreira (New England Revolution; Ashland, Mass.), Jason Garcia (Arsenal FC; Covina, Calif.), Oscar Govea (San Jose Earthquakes; Los Banos, Calif.), Danny Jara (New York Red Bulls; Bayside, N.Y.), Jacob Muchnick (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Axel Picazo (Lonestar; Austin, Texas), William Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Travian Sousa (Ballistic United; Lathrop, Calif.), Owen Zaldivar (Chivas USA; Lawndale, Calif.), Uriel Zeitz (Bethesda-Olney; Potomac, Md.)

 

U.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

In France it has been called le lieu où naissent les étoiles, the place where stars are born. Always a gathering of the world’s top soccer powers, this year’s 43rd edition of the Toulon Tournament features regular competitors Netherlands, England and host France, as well as Costa Rica, China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Qatar and the USA.

“It’s a huge tournament,” U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog said. “I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for sure there’s the Olympic Tournament, but apart from those competitions, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. With all the teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the USA competing against each other, at this age group that’s a really, really good competition and it’s a good challenge for us to show that we have a good team together.”

In 1975, Cesar Luis Menotti coached an Argentina youth squad featuring Daniel Passarella, Americo Gallego, Alberto Tarentini, and Jose Daniel Valencia to a championship in the third Toulon Tournament. Three years later, those four players were a part of the Argentina side that won the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Following the win, Menotti recalled Toulon as being a fundamental piece of the players’ development that led to their victory, and hence, le lieu où naissent les étoiles.

In the 40 years since, many of the biggest and most renowned footballers have made their mark in Toulon, and the tournament has proven to be a foreshadower of what’s to come in international play. In 2011, Colombian striker James Rodriguez earned honors as the Toulon Player of the Tournament. Three summers later, Rodriguez burst onto the scene and won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World cup after scoring six goals in five games.

Other international footballers who have also gained experience in the Toulon Tournament include: Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Javier Mascherano, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa and many more.

The U.S. was in Toulon for the tournament in 2013, competing with its U-20 MNT and taking seventh place. Their best finish in Toulon history dates back to 1989, when the team took third place behind Bulgaria and champion France.

This year the U-23’s will try to best that finish. To do that, they will have to navigate through group play matchups with France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. 

Across the Academy - May 21, 2015

Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news that highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, its clubs and players, as well as alumni and Youth National Team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

Futures Camp: U.S. Soccer announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.

Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director Course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.

A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

Academy Alumni: Aron Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth: Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.

London Woodberry (FC Dallas Academy) and Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) were both named to the MLS Team of the Week. Several other Academy alumni had notable performances around MLS last week.

Emerson Hyndman Named U-20 MNT Captain for World Cup: FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and the ussoccer Development Academy section . Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad ,Instagram and Facebook .

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 16-17):

Western Conference :

Pateadores U-17/18’s won its win fourth-straight game on Saturday with its 2-1 win over Nomads SC. Kevin Okuda led the way for Pateadores with a double and was the goalscorer for Nomads. The Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16’s upset the Northwest Divisions No. 2 team the Portland Timbers, 2-1, playing their way into the Wildcard Pool picture. The win was the third-straight for the Sounders and came off of goals from Habib Barry and Joseph Hafferty. Blake Bodily was the lone scorer for the Timbers. The Real So Cal U-15/16’s drew even with Strikers FC. Kenneth Higgins scored for the Strikers in the 52nd minute and five minutes later Jason Manning leveled for Real So Cal.

Central Conference:

The Mid-America Division No. 3-ranked Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18’s defeated the division’s No. 2-ranked Chicago Fire 3-2. Mauricio Pineda scored a brace for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of Indiana goals from Alan Aguilar, Rece Buckmaster, and Zachary Tom. In a match between two teams battling for position in the Wildcard Pool the Sockers FC U-17/18’s tied the Chicago Magic 2-2. Frank Bak and Adrian Herrera scored for the Sockers, while Emmanual Sabbi and Kendall Stok scored late goals to save the draw for the Magic. The Chicago Fire U-15/16’s picked up their first win since March, defeating Indiana Fire Academy 1-0 on a goal from Djordje Mihalovic. In a rivalry matchup, Crew SC Academy Wolves U17/18’s defeated Crew SC Academy 4-3. Dean Bloembergen’s pair of goals in the last ten minutes proved to make the difference. Alexander Lasinski and Benjamin Snider also scored goals for the Wolves. William Bayemi tallied a double for and Omar Mohamed scored for the Crew SC Academy.

East Conference:

In a battle of two of the top three teams from the Southeast Division. The Orlando City SC U-17/18’s defeated Kendall SC 3-2 on goals from Chandler Maynes, Benjamin Michel and Aidan Wixted. Andree Costa and Inigo Agarduy scored for Kendall. In the Atlantic Division, the No. 2-ranked D.C. United U-17/18’s were victorious in their match with the top-ranked New York Red Bulls.

ACADEMY HONORS: 

Player of the Week: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-15/16 left back Aedan Stanley earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance in a mid-week derby against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-15/16. Aedan received very high marks for his play on both sides of the ball, being able to play make, combine in the attack, and focus on defense throughout the game. He scored the final, game-tying goal in the 70’ to get the 2-2 tie to keep playoff hopes alive for his squad. Thanks to his exceptional performance, SLSG-Missouri now sit in the 3rd Wildcard Playoff Pool spot. They are just 0.04 Pts/GP behind Weston FC and 0.05 Pts/GP behind Solar Chelsea SC.

Academy Referee of the Week: Patrick Rosas, a 26-year old Grade 5 referee from Washington D.C., was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 match between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. Rosas has worked Academy matches since 2011, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, and Open Cup games.

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U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup: The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-14 BNT Defeats Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubjana 2-1: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

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Brothers Clash as Sonoma County Sol visits Sacramento Republic FC in Open Cup Second Round

Throughout its history, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament has been a great opportunity for local rivals to go up against each other, but rarely has the competition between teams been as personal as Wednesday evening when Sonoma County Sol travel to Sacramento Republic FC for a key second round match (7:30 p.m. PT, LIVE on SacRepublicFC.com).

Not only are the two teams based in close proximity in Northern California, but they share a family connection as well: Chris Daly plays midfield for his hometown Sol, while younger brother Mickey is a standout defender for Republic FC.

“This game is going to be another chapter in the Daly family soccer story,” said Chris. “We are going to compete as hard as we can against each other on the field, and afterward off the field we will share that experience.”

Mickey concurred, and added that the experience will be somewhat surreal for him, given the Sol was the first club team he played for, side by side with his older brother Chris, before embarking on his professional career.

“I’m looking forward to it, especially because I’ve played with so many of the guys on the other team,” said Mickey. “There’s a lot of excitement going around with my family and friends.”


Mickey Daly celebrates scoring for Sacramento Republic against Portland Timbers 2 in USL league play this season.

Both teams enter the game having started their seasons well. Sonoma County returns to the Bay Area following two wins on the road and sits in first place in the NPSL West region. Sacramento is riding its own two-game win streak and owns top spot in the USL Western Conference. The tournament provides the perfect opportunity for each to parlay its league success into a run at the Dewar Cup (the official name of the U.S. Open Cup trophy).

 “The Open Cup, for us amateur teams, really puts us on more of a national stage,” said Chris. “To be able to go two hours away to Sacramento and show them we are a great team is going to be awesome.”

As is often the case, lower league teams look at matchups against bigger clubs as a measuring stick, while the favored big sides do what they can to avoid upsets so they can advance in the competition. 

“We want to go far,” said Mickey. “Not only do we want to win in our league, but also be the last USL team in the tournament. We want to compete against some MLS teams, maybe even upset a couple, and see where we stand against them.” 

Republic FC is no stranger to success. In 2014, the club’s first year of existence, the team captured the USL PRO championship. In last year's U.S. Open Cup, they narrowly lost to the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in the Fourth Round. The Sacramento squad gets its bite from its head coach and philosophical leader, Preki, who, as a former profession player himself, won the tournament as a member of the 2004 Kansas City Wizards. 


Former U.S. MNT and MLS star Preki, now at the helm of USL side Sacramento Republic FC, hopes to recreate the success he found as a player with his current squad.

“He doesn’t have to tell us about his accomplishments and his stats,” said Mickey. “Everyone respects him, and when he says something to us, we take it fully and learn from it and get better.” 

Preki boasts a resume that also includes the 2000 MLS Cup with the Wizards, as well as two MLS MVP and two Golden Boot awards, and he is still the league's all-time leader in points with 270 (79 goals, 112 assists). Prior to leading Republic FC, he had head coaching stints with Toronto FC and Chivas USA. Known to demand a lot of his charges, Preki brought his touted strong mentality and professionalism to this brand-new USL club. 

“We have established certain standards here from the first day,” said Preki. “Our players understand that every day in training is important, never mind every game. They understand the task we have, they understand the preparation, and the group knows what’s at stake.” 

It may only be an early round game in the tournament, but Preki expects that no matter who he calls on to take the field, they will treat the match against Sonoma County as if it was a cup final. 

“We want to have the habit of winning,” said Preki. “Every trophy is important, every game is important, and this one is no different. We will go into that game with that mentality.”

And that importance will stretch down to the Daly brothers as well, who within minutes of the Sol’s advancement in round one, were on their phones calling and texting competitive messages. In all their years playing soccer, Chris and Mickey have never faced each other on the field, something Chris described as “crazy”, but neither player expects to go easy on the other. 

“I’ve watched him come so far,” said Chris, five years older than Mickey. “Now when I see him play, I’m in awe. He’s such a complete player; I don’t see a weakness I can go after. I am so proud of him.”

“We both work so hard,” said Mickey, eager to see his brother step into the spotlight at Bonney Field, “So for him to get the experience to play in front of a big crowd, with me on the other side of the field, is going to be very special.”

And no matter the result Wednesday night, the Daly family will celebrate a winner.

Finding His Form: Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League; Ready for June MNT Friendlies

Four weeks ago, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson and his club AZ Alkmaar were seven points out of the third-place position in the Eredivisie. That third-place spot is particularly important because it guarantees the club that holds it a qualifying spot in the Europa League. With that many points to overcome, many of the AZ players were resigned to the fact that if they were going to play Europa League, they’d more than likely have to earn their place during the post-season playoffs.

“When we lost against Feyenoord six games ago we thought we were going to the playoffs,” Johannsson said. “For the rest of the games we were mentally preparing ourselves as if we were going into the playoffs.”

But that was four weeks ago.

On Sunday,  Johannsson scored two goals and added an assist to lead Alkmaar to a 4-1 win over Excelsior. The win landed AZ in third place in Eredivisie, clinching a sport in the Europa League. It was an improbable run highlighted by a hot streak of performances from the MNT forward that began three weeks ago.

Following a 3-1 win against ADO Den Haag, AZ matched up with FC Twente on April 26. Thirty-five minutes into the game, Alkmaar found itself up 2-0 after Johannsson flicked a cross into the back of the net with the outside of his left foot. Johannsson and the team held on for the remaining 65 minutes, and for the first time since February, AZ had won back-to-back games. The positive result berthed a positive thought. If AZ could keep winning, maybe they had a chance.

“We went into the game against NAC Breda realizing third place was possible.” Johannsson said.

The team knew that continuing to win was the only way that possibility could turn into reality, but after 82 minutes AZ trailed 2-1. In the 83rd, Robert Muhren leveled the score line for AZ, but at this stage a tie was not much more valuable than a loss. With two minutes to go, Johannsson kept the Europa League hopes alive, blasting in a stunning long-range goal from 35 yards out.

“I’ve never shot from that far before,” Johannsson said. “We needed to win the game obviously so we could have a chance at third place, and the whole game NAC Breda was defending. They had almost 11 in their own box in the last 30-40 minutes. I didn’t’ get any chances and I barely saw the ball. Finally I got the ball and it was a little bit far away, but I just said ‘screw it’ and decided to shoot on goal. Obviously the result was great.”

With the win AZ moved into a tie with Feyenoord for third with 59 points. Had the season ended that day, Feyenoord would have claimed the automatic Europe League bid based on goal differential. But there was still one game left to play. With Feyenoord holding a huge advantage in the tiebreaker, Johannsson and his teammates knew that they’d need a win in their last game with Excelsior and some luck with the other result.

“After the NAC Breda game, we were thinking the whole week about Excelsior and we knew we had to win to have any chance and hope for good results,” Johannsson said. “It was also tough for us because it was not in our own hands. In a situation like that you can only focus on yourself and get those three points and hope for the best.”

Five minutes into the match with Excelsior, AZ proved they were ready to take care of business. And Johannsson was ready for the spectacular.

“The ball came into the box and bounced high in the air. It was on turf and it was spinning a lot, so I was trying to read where the ball would eventually come down and I made it there before the defender,” Johannsson said.  “The ball was at a perfect height and I just decided to do a bicycle kick. I’m really happy it worked out.”

Johannsson’s goal sent the number of AZ fans that had traveled to Stadion Woudestein into a frenzy and gave his team an early 1-0 lead. It was good thing he heard the roar of the supporters, since he wasn’t quite sure it had gone in.

“I felt it when I hit it and it felt very good,” Johannsson sad. “First I heard everybody celebrating and then I just looked up in the goal and saw the ball, so I didn’t see it in exactly the same time as everybody else. It was amazing. Not only was it a beautiful goal, but we needed to score a goal early in the game to help us build confidence and this was after five minutes. From every perspective it was really nice.”

Bicycle-kick goals are rare, but for Johannsson, this one was not a fluke.

“Two days before the game I was training, we had a striker training at the club, and I was training bicycle kicks. So it was really fortunate the ball came exactly there in this game. We were training and we had the trainer play us the ball and I was kind of taking it off my chest and putting in the air and taking, I think it was five or six bicycle kicks. So it was probably in the back of my head in the game when the ball came in that position.”


First Month of Academy Director Course Comes to a Close

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.

A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

“The quality of an educational environment will always be directly proportional to the quality and ambition of participants, commented U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Development Dave Chesler. “In this case we have a diversity of technical leaders who bring a broad spectrum of skills and experiences in our Academy system.”

The first module took place from April 21-24 at the Nike Campus in Portland, Oregon, with candidates meeting for the first time to commence the course. The 16-month course is led by Dave Chesler and each module includes leading experts to teach different course components. For the first module Dr. John Cone, Vince Ganzberg and Dr. Greg Shelly lead the LTPD, Zone I methods of coaching and leadership sections, respectively. 

Vince Ganzberg partaking in one of the components comprising the First Module 

“The course is founded on the integration of three principles,” continued Chesler. 1) First class instruction from recognized domain-specific leaders; all of our supporting instructors have a doctorate degree and they are active, high-level practitioners in their respective specialty areas. 2) A stimulating environment in which collaboration, conflict and challenge are an expected part of the culture. 3) Highly relevant projects that challenge our Academy leaders to grow beyond their current comfort zone.

The first module has proceeded with every indication that we are on the pathway of an exceptional course.”

U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos also agreed that the success of the first module has offered an opportunity for collaboration and leadership.

 “The first module of the Academy Director course delivered on the goals to educate and further develop some of our best youth coaches and directors,” said Micklos. “The course provides an environment for collaboration within the group to learn best practices from each other to become better leaders and take ideas back to their club and community.

“This group shared great ideas and their work during the course will be instrumental to furthering the development of the Academy as we begin Zone 1 programming for the U-12 age group in 2016.”

The Academy Director course will be sequenced into multiple modules that focus on enhancing leadership skills, providing periodization and strategic planning tools and collaborating on staff mentoring techniques.

Two of the participating candidates are Beachside SC’s Mickey Kydes and Kendall SC’s Matias Asorey, who both spoke with ussoccer.com to share their experiences, their thoughts on the first module and what’s next in this long-term course.

ussoccer.com: What does it mean to you having been selected for this course?
Matias Asorey: It's an honor for me as well as my club, Kendall SC, to be selected and have the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best coaches and directors in the country.
Mickey Kydes: The group of people selected for this course is very impressive. I am very honored and flattered to be part of this group.  Additionally, the opportunity to exchange ideas informally with my peers is very useful.

ussoccer.com: What is the importance of the Academy Director Course?
MA: The importance of the course is to provide coaches with the resources to ensure development of world-class players.
MK: It’s only been one module, but in my opinion, leadership, organizational structure and the understanding of player development at various age groups is at the forefront of this course.   

ussoccer.com: What were your key takeaways from the first module?
MA: Specific benchmarks that need to be met in certain age groups; leadership strategies; fitness, cognitive training and speed training guidelines and age specific windows.
MK: We focused on Zone 1, and I found the physical component of Zone 1 very interesting. Most importantly, I realized that while you can lead people and work hard in building a positive and developmentally appropriate soccer culture, you cannot do everything by yourself.      

ussoccer.com How will this challenge you to further your coaching knowledge?
MA: I'm going to be pushed out of my comfort zone frequently, and I couldn't be happier because I know I'm going to be a better director/coach at the end of this course.
MK: Education is an important aspect to a person’s growth.  Especially when it may be different than what you are used to. It challenges you to ask questions about how you are doing things and to evaluate what you do, which is a healthy process. 


Kendall SC's Matias Asorey is one of the 20 candidates participating in the Academy Director course

ussoccer.com: How important is it for other Academy directors and coaches to go through this same training?
MA: Other directors and coaches need to go through this course in order for us to produce elite players as a country. Everyone has to have the tools, and we need to all have the same goals.
MK: Anytime you can surround yourself with quality people in a collaborative environment can only be beneficial.  

ussoccer.com: Have you implemented anything you learned from the first module into your club as of yet?
MA: The first module focused on how to train the youngest age groups, 6-12 years old, physically, mentally, technically and tactically. I came back to my club Kendall SC, and I was able to work with my younger teams in a completely different way and offer them a much better training experience. I have been coaching mostly Academy and older players for the last 10 years so now I have some information I can share with my coaches on how to make training enjoyable and meaningful in the Zone 1 age groups.
MK: We have started to video tape a few coaches, asking them to self-reflect and providing them with feedback, which has been a very good experiment. Going forward, clearly defining the club’s organizational structure and assigning responsibilities by the fall of 2015 is my biggest priority.  

ussoccer.com: What are your looking forward to for the next module in July which is in conjunction with the Academy Championships?
MA: I would love to see Kendall SC U-17/18's in the final but if that doesn't happen, I'm looking forward to seeing our country's top teams playing at the highest level do so by playing attacking possession oriented soccer. That would make me very happy.
MK: Watching the Academy championships will be fun. We have educators, leaders and talented individuals from all over the United States in this course. Sharing our experiences and learning from one another is what I am looking forward to. 

The full roster of candidates selected, as well as the breakdown of what the entire course entails can be found here.

Academy Alumni: Hyndman to Lead U-20's Abroad; Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth

FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season. 

Zach Pfeffer (Continental FC Delco) scored a huge stoppage-time game winner for the Philadelphia Union in its match with D.C. United on Sunday night, finishing a sliding left footed shot in the box to end the Union’s four-game losing streak.

New York Red Bulls Academy product Juan Agudelo scored the opening goal in New England Revolution’s 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. Agudelo’s goal came on a diving header that was set up by FC Dallas alum London Woodberry, who was credited with the assist. Woodberry was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Lonestar SC Academy product Khiry Shelton sent in the game-tying goal for New York City FC in its game with the Chicago Fire. NYC played much of the game with 10-men after a first-half red card, but were able to rally from a two-score deficit to save the point. The goal was Shelton’s first of his MLS career.

Pateadores alum Luis Gil assisted on Real Salt Lake’s only goal in their 4-1 defeat to Montreal Impact. Gil has been quite the all-around assist man this year, having also recorded four with the U.S. U-23 MNT.

Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri Alum) was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his double for the Houston Dynamo against the Portland Timbers. Bruin’s brace helped the team to a 2-1 victory.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Promises more Twists and Turns

After a First Round match day that saw nine games go to extra time and seven go to penalty kicks, the Second Round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off with one match on Tuesday, May 19 followed by 20 on Wednesday, May 20.

Entering in the Second Round are the 21 U.S.-based USL teams that come up against the 21 First Round winners representing the PDL, NPSL, USASA and USSSA.

Second Round coverage of the U.S. Open Cup will be available on ussoccer.com’s Match Center that will include links to available match streams around the country. Additionally, continued coverage will be available on the official Open Cup Twitter account (@OpenCup) Tuesday and Wednesday night. 

Below are notes on each Second Round competitor’s history in the tournament as well as the team’s current form in league play.

Tuesday, May 19

Game #1: Portland Timbers FC 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich.
Michigan Bucks Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 11 (2012; Fourth Round)
Michigan Bucks Overall Record: 13-10-1
Portland Timbers FC 2 Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First Appearance
Broadcast: www.buckssoccer.com

  • The Michigan Bucks downed Detroit City FC 3-0 on May 13 to advance to the Second Round, using goals from David Goldsmith, Peri Marosevic and Brad Ruhaak.
  • The Bucks began PDL play on Saturday, May 16, using goals from Tom Owens and Goldsmith to beat TFC Academy 2-0 in Pontiac, Mich.
  • The Michigan Bucks, who make their 12th tournament appearance in 2015 are the most successful amateur side during the U.S. Open Cup’s “Pro Era.” The Bucks are the only amateur side to have defeated two MLS teams in the competition, downing the New England Revolution 1-0 (2000) and Chicago Fire 3-2 in Extra Time (2012).
  • The Bucks hold the all-time tournament record for most amateur wins over professional teams (Division 3 and up) with 8.
  • Tuesday’s match marks the 25th U.S. Open Cup game in the Michigan Bucks’ 20-year history.
  • With a 3-3-2 record (11 points), Portland Timbers 2 sit seventh in the USL’s Western Conference
  • Most recently, Timbers 2 used an 87th minute equalizer from Rundell Winchester to draw 1-1 with Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday, May 16 in Sandy, Utah.

All Other Games on Wednesday, May 20

Game #2: West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. ET; Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.
West Virginia Chaos Previous Appearances/Best Finish: N/A
West Virginia Chaos Overall Record: 1-0-0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 12 (2014: Quarterfinals)
Pittsburgh RIverhounds Overall Record: 7-10-3

  • The West Virginia Chaos won their first U.S. Open Cup match in the First Round, downing Fort Pitt Regiment 1-0 behind Daniel Smee’s fifth minute goal on May 13.
  • The Chaos began PDL play on Saturday, May 16, using a hat trick from Dion Peters to down Derby City Rovers 3-0 in Charleston, W.V.
  • The Pittsburgh Riverhounds make their 13th appearance in the competition, coming off a run to the Fourth Round in 2014. Last year, the Riverhounds downed New York Red Bulls U-23 3-1 in the Second Round before needing extra time to defeat RWB Adria 3-2 in the Third Round. The run came to an end against the Chicago Fire with a 2-1 defeat in Fourth Round play.
  • With a 2-3-3 record, Pittsburgh sits seven in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
  • Most recently, the Riverhounds used a 55th minute header from Anthony Arena to earn a 1-1 home draw with the Richmond Kicks on Saturday, May 16 at Highmark Stadium.

Game #3: Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. ET; Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C.
Chattanooga FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 2 (2013; Second Round)
Chattanooga FC Overall Record: 1-2-1
Wilmington Hammerheads Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 12 (2003, 2009; Quarterfinals)
Wilmington Hammerheads Overall Record: 15-13-1

  • The game is a rematch of last year’s Second Round match where Chattanooga FC got two goals Luke Winter and an insurance strike from Chris Ochieng to pull a 3-1 home upset over Wilmington.
  • Chattanooga FC advanced to a Second Round date with Wilmington after drawing 1-1 and defeating Ocala Stampede 5-3 on penalty kicks on Wednesday, May 13.
  • In that match, Luke Winter’s 87th minute header sent the game to extra time. After 30 tense minutes, goalkeeper Greg Hartley saved two penalty kicks in the shootout and scored the clinching spot kick to send the side through.
  • On Saturday, May 16 Chattanooga FC moved to 2-0-0 in NPSL play, using Chris Ochieng’s 81st minute strike to earn a 1-0 away victory over Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves.
  • The Wilmington Hammerheads make their 13th U.S. Open Cup appearance, having previously advanced to the Quarterfinals in 2003 and 2009.
  • Wilmington enters the match with a 1-5-3 record and sits 11th in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
  • On Saturday, May 16, Ashani Fairclough’s strike in second half stoppage time to earned a 1-1 home draw for Wilmington against Rochester Rhinos.

Game #4: Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. ET; City Stadium in Richmond, Va.
Virginia Beach City FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: N/A
Virginia Beach City FC Overall Record: 1-0-0
Richmond Kickers Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (1995; Champions)
Richmond Kickers Overall Record: 26-14-2

  • Virginia Beach City FC advanced to the Second Round behind goals from Geoff Hill, Tyler Cyrus and an 87th minute winner from Pat Thompson to win a wild 3-2 match over A.C. Connecticut on Wednesday, May 20.
  • On Sunday, May 17, Virginia Beach City FC opened up NPSL play with a 3-1 win against FC Frederick.
  • 1995 U.S. Open Cup champions Richmond Kickers make their 17th appearance in the competition, coming off their run to the Fourth Round in 2014.
  • In last year’s tournament, Richmond downed RVA FC 6-1 (Second Round) and New York Greek American SC 2-1 (Third Round) before falling 3-2 to New England Revolution in Fourth Round play.
  • With a 4-1-4 record (16 points) Richmond sit third in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
  • The Kickers used a 24th minute goal from Brian Ownby to earn a 1-1 draw with the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday, May 16.

Game #5: Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)
Time/Location:
7:05 p.m. ET; Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 1 (2014; First Round)
Greater Binghamton FC Thunder Overall Record: 0-1-1
Rochester Rhinos Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
19 (1999; Champions)
Rochester Rhinos Overall Record: 32-16-5

  • Greater Binghamton FC advanced to the Second Round using Zeb Cross’s 54th minute header to draw 1-1 before defeating Western Mass Pioneers 4-3 on penalty kicks on May 13 in Ludlow, Mass.
  • The Thunder sit 0-1-1 in NPSL play, most recently drawing 2-2 with Electric City Shock SC on Saturday, May 16.
  • 1999 U.S. Open Cup Champions Rochester Rhinos are the only club to have made 20 consecutive U.S. Open Cup appearances.
  • In 2014, the Rhinos downed Western Mass Pioneers 2-1 (Second Round), Reading United 2-1 (Third Round) and D.C. United 1-0 (Fourth Round) before falling 2-1 to New England Revolution in Fifth Round play.
  • Rochester enters the match as the best side in the USL, holding a 6-0-3 record.
  • On Saturday, May 16, Rochester used an 87th minute goal from Steevan dos Santos to earn a 1-1 away draw with the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Game #6: Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. ET; East Lansing Soccer Complex in East Lansing, Mich.
Louisville City FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Louisville City FC Overall Record: N/A
Lansing United Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance
Lansing United Overall Record: 0-0-1

  • U.S. Open Cup debutants Louisville City FC enter the match sitting fourth in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 4-1-3 record (15 points).
  • On Saturday, May 16, Louisville City FC downed Toronto FC II 4-0 behind a brace from Matt Fondy and goals from Kadeem Dacres and Conor Shanosky.
  • Louisville City FC leading scorer Matt Fondy earned the game-winning penalty kick for the Chicago Fire in their 3-1 victory over Atlanta Silverbacks in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
  • Lansing United advanced to the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after defeating RWB Adria 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw on May 13 in East Lansing, Mich.

Game #7: Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. ET; Don Thomas Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Harrisburg City Islanders Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 7 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012; Quarterfinals)
Harrisburg City Islanders Overall Record: 14-7-3
Reading United A.C. Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
8 (2013-2014; Third Round)
Reading United A.C. Overall Record: 5-8-0

  • Harrisburg City Islanders make their eighth U.S. Open Cup appearance after advancing to the Fourth Round of the 2014 tournament.
  • In that competition, the City Islanders defeated FC Sonic Lehigh Valley 4-0 (Second Round), Baltimore Bohemians 4-2 (Third Round), before falling 3-1 in extra time to the Philadelphia Union (Fourth Round).
  • Harrisburg enters the match sitting fifth in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 4-2-1 record. On Saturday, May 16, Cardel Benbow and Ken Tribbett scored to give the City Islanders a 2-0 victory over the Charlotte Independence.
  • Reading United used Brett Campbell’s 19th minute strike to earn a 1-0 victory over Maryland Bays and punch their Second Round ticket on May 13.
  • Reading United opened PDL play on Saturday, May 17 with a 0-0 draw away to Lehigh Sonic Valley United.

Game #8: Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
Miami United Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Miami United Overall Record: 1-0-0
Charleston Battery Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
15 (2008; Runner-up)
Charleston Battery Overall Record: 25-13-5

  • Playing their first U.S. Open Cup match, Miami United got goals from Diego Hurtado and a 93rd minute winner from Manuel Abirached to defeat SW Florida Adrenaline 2-1 and punch their Second Round ticket.
  • Miami United sit 2-0-0 in NPSL play after defeating Storm FC 2-1 on May 16.
  • 2008 finalists Charleston Battery enter their 16th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2015.
  • In 2014, the Battery battered the Panama City Beach Pirates 4-0 (Second Round) before falling 12-11 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw with Orlando City U-23s in the Third Round.
  • The Charleston Battery are second in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 5-1-3 record (18 points).  Charleston last played to a 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls II on May 17.

Game #9: Upward Stars (NPSL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; Eagle Field at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C.
Upward Stars Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Upward Stars Overall Record: 0-0-1
Charlotte Independence Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance

  • Appearing in their first U.S. Open Cup match on May 13, Upward Stars tallied goals Andre Carle, Tom Keen and Marvin Schmiege to play to a 3-3 draw before outshining Triangle Brigade 3-1 on penalty kicks.
  • Upward Stars opened up NPSL play on Saturday, May 16, falling 5-3 to the Carolina RailHawks U-23s.
  • Charlotte Independence are a new NPSL club. They are ninth in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 2-3-2 record (8 points).
  • Most recently in league play, Charlotte fell 2-0 away to the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 16.
  • Charlotte Independence head coach Mike Jeffries won two U.S. Open Cup titles as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and 2000.

Game #10: Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET; St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y.
Real Monarchs SLC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Long Island Rough Riders Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
6 (1997; Quarterfinals)
Long Island Rough Riders Overall Record: 5-6-0

  • New USL club Real Monarchs SLC make their first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup in 2015.
  • The Salt Lake City-based side sit 12th in the USL’s Western Conference with a 1-5-3 record (6 points).
  • Most recently, Emery Welshman’s ninth minute goal helped Real Monarchs to a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, May 16.
  • Long Island Rough Riders used a brace from Joe Holland and a goal from Benjamin Wignall to down the Brooklyn Italians 3-1 in First Round U.S. Open Cup play on May 13.
  • Long Island sit 2-0-0 in PDL play, most recently using goals from Tyler Botte and Tom Wharf to down Jersey Express 2-0 on May 16.

Game #11: New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)
Time/Location:
8 p.m. ET; NJIT Soccer Stadium in Newark, N.J.
New York Red Bulls II Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Jersey Express Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
1 (2014; First Round)
Jersey Express Overall Record: 1-1-0

  • The match marks New York Red Bulls II’s debut in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Red Bulls II enter the game sitting eighth in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 2-4-3 record. Most recently they drew 1-1 with the Charleston Battery on Sunday, May 17.
  • New York Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyniec was part of the Chicago Fire’s 2000 U.S. Open Cup championship team.
  • After a scoreless first half with New York Greek American SC, Jersey Express delivered goals through Marko Drljic (65th minute), before Christopher Karcz and Adin Kavara put the match out of reach in the 87th and 89th minutes respectively.
  • Jersey Express opened the 2015 PDL campaign with a 2-1 defeat on Saturday, May 16 at Long Island Rough Riders.

Game #12: Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)
Time/Location:
7:05 p.m. CT; Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.
Seacoast United Phantoms Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
3 (2006; Third Round )
Seacoast United Phantoms Overall Record:
3-3-0
Tulsa Roughnecks Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance

  • Despite trailing 1-0 and going down a man in the 68th minute to GPS Massachusetts, Seacoast United rallied as Anthony Grant converted a spot kick in the 70th before Sofiane Tergou found the winner in the 88th minute as Seacoast booked their Second Round ticket with a 2-1 victory on May 13.
  • Seacoast sit 1-1-0 on the USL campaign and most recently saw Anthony Grant bag a brace in a 2-1 away victory over GPS Portland Phoenix on May 16.
  • Tulsa Roughnecks make their first U.S. Open Cup appearance in 2015.
  • Tulsa comes into the match with a 2-4-2 record, sitting 10th in the USL’s Western Conference. The Roughnecks used Gibson Bardsley’s 59th minute strike to defeat OC Blues FC 1-0 on Saturday, May 16.

Game #13: Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. CT; St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.
Des Moines Menace Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
8 (2005; Fourth Round)
Des Moines Menace Overall Record: 10-8-1
Saint Louis FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance

  • Des Moines Menace mustered goals from Vince Cicciarelli and Ramone Howell to outlast Madison Fire 2-1 in First Round play on May 13.
  • Des Moines opened up PDL play on Saturday, May 16, using Mark Preston’s 50th minute strike to earn a 1-0 victory over Springfield Synergy FC.
  • Saint Louis FC is playing in the tournament for the first time
  • Saint Louis enters the match sitting sixth in the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 3-3-1 record. Most recently, the side dropped a 2-1 home result to Toronto FC II on Thursday, May 14.

Game #14: Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (TX; PDL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. CT; Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas
Oklahoma City Energy FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
1 (2014; Third Round)
Oklahoma City Energy FC Overall Record: 1-1-0
Midland/Odessa Sockers Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance
Midland/Odessa Sockers Overall Record:
1-0-0

  • Oklahoma City Energy outshined Tulsa Athletics 2-0 (Second Round) before falling 2-1 in extra time to Arizona United SC (Third Round) in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Oklahoma City Energy enters this year’s tournament sitting eighth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 2-2-3 record. The team last drew 2-2 with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on May 17.
  • Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with Sporting KC.
  • Midland/Odessa Sockers used goals from Walker Hume, Andrew Lopez and Scott Smith to defeat the Tulsa Athletics 3-1 in First Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on May 13.
  • Midland/Odessa opened PDL play with a 2-0 victory over Albuquerque Sol FC on Sunday, May 17.

Game #15: Laredo Heat SC (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)
Time/Location:
8 p.m. CT; House Park in Austin, Texas
Laredo Heat SC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
4 (2014; Fourth Round)
Laredo Heat SC Overall Record: 4-2-3
Austin Aztex Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
3 (2013, 2014; Second Round)
Austin Aztex Overall Record:
1-1-1

  • Laredo advanced to the Second Round after drawing NTX Rayados 0-0 before winning 4-2 on penalty kicks on May 13.
  • Following three seasons in the PDL, Austin Aztex are representing USL in this year’s Open Cup. The Aztex switched leagues this year.
  • The club comes into Wednesday’s match sitting fifth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 4-4-1 record (13 points). Most recently, the team fell 3-2 at Arizona United SC on Saturday, May 16.

Game #16: Harpo’s FC (Colo.; USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. MT; Sand Creek Stadium in Sand Creek, Colo.
Harpo’s FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance
Harpo’s FC Overall Record: 1-0-1
Colorado Springs Switchbacks Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance

  • Harpo’s FC punched their Second Round ticket by virtue of a 2-0 Play-In Round win over KC Athletics (April 25) and a 4-2 shootout victory following a 0-0 draw at BYU Cougars in First Round play on May 13.
  • With their 2-0 victory over KC Athletics, Harpo’s FC became the first USSSA representative to win a match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks will make their U.S. Open Cup debut Wednesday vs. Harpo’s FC.
  • Led by 1990 U.S. World Cup defender Steve Trittschuh, Colorado Springs sit ninth with a 3-4-0 record (9 points) in the USL’s Western Conference. The Switchbacks last dropped a 3-1 result away to Orange County Blues on Wednesday, May 13.

Game #17: Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (Calif; USASA)
Time/Location:
7 p.m. PT; University High School; Irvine, Calif.
Orange County Blues Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
4 (2011, 2013; Third Round)
Orange County Blues Overall Record: 3-4-0
PSA Elite Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
3 (2014; Fourth Round)
PSA Elite Overall Record: 3-3-2

  • Orange County Blues return to the U.S. Open Cup, following a 2-0 Second Round exit at the hands of Fresno Fuego in 2014.
  • Orange County comes into the match sitting third in the USL’s Western Conference with a 5-3-0 record (15 points). Most recently, the team dropped a 1-0 result at Tulsa Roughnecks on Saturday, May 16.
  • PSA Elite advanced to the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup with a 7-1 drubbing of Golden State Misioneros FC on May 13. PSA got a brace from Orejel Ochoa as well as goals from Mats Bjurman, Aaron Simmons, Andrew Hoxie, Miguel Salazar and Kyle O’Brien.

Game #18: Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. PT; Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chula Vista FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
First appearance
Chula Vista FC  Overall Record: 1-0-0
Arizona United SC Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
1 (2014; Fourth Round)
Arizona United SC Overall Record: 2-1-0

  • Chula Vista FC earned their first U.S. Open Cup win behind goals from Manuel Carillo and Mario Rubio to down FC Tucson 2-1 in extra time.
  • Arizona United returns to the competition after a Fourth Round run in 2014 which saw them defeat Portland Timbers U-23 3-2 and Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1 in extra time before falling 2-1 to the LA Galaxy.
  • Arizona United sits fourth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 4-3-1 record (13 points). Two goals from Long Tan and a goal from Brad Stisser earned a 3-2 comeback win against Austin Aztex on May 16.

Game #19: Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. PT; StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif.
Ventura County Fusion Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
5 (2012; Third Round)
Ventura County Fusion Overall Record: 5-4-2
LA Galaxy II Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
1 (2014; Third Round)
LA Galaxy II Overall Record: 1-1-0

  • Ventura County Fusion advanced to the Second Round by virtue of a 6-5 penalty shootout win against Cal FC following a back and forth 3-3 draw on May 13.
  • The Fusion are 1-2-0 in PDL play this season, coming off a 2-1 defeat at FC Tucson on May 16.
  • In 2014, LA Galaxy II downed Cal FC 6-1 in Second Round play before falling 3-1 on penalty kicks to PSA Elite in the Third Round.
  • LA Galaxy II sits sixth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 4-4-1 record. The side most recently dropped a 1-0 result to Sacramento Republic FC on May 17.

Game #20: Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. PT; Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif.
Sonoma County Sol Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
4 (2006; Second Round)
Sonoma County Sol Overall Record: 2-3-2
Sacramento Republic Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
1 (2014; Fourth Round)
Sacramento Republic Overall Record: 2-1-0

  • Sonoma County advanced to the Second Round using goals from Arnoldo Salazar and Angel Acevedo in a 2-1 extra time victory over the Burlingame Dragons on May 13.
  • Sonoma County sits 3-0-0 in NPSL playing, most recently coming off a 2-0 away victory at Spartans Futbol Club on May 17.
  • Sacramento Republic return to the Open Cup after defeating Ventura County Fusion 2-1 (Second Round) and Fresno Fuego 6-0 (Third Round) before falling 2-1 in the Fourth Round to San Jose Earthquakes.
  • Sacramento comes into the match sitting first in the USL’s Western Conference with a 6-4-0 record following a 1-0 victory away to LA Galaxy II on May 17.
  • Sacramento Republic head coach Preki won the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as a member of the Kansas City Wizards.

Game #21: Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders FC 2 (USL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. PT; Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
Kitsap Pumas Previous Appearances/Best Finish:
4 (2011; Third Round)
Kitsap Pumas Overall Record: 3-4-1
Seattle Sounders FC 2 Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance

  • Kitsap Pumas got two goals each Joe Masumiya and Carlos Patino, along with a goal from Jake Bond in a 5-2 First Round victory against FC Tacoma 253 on May 13.
  • Kitsap opened up PDL play on May 16, using goals from Justin Ortinau and Mike Ramos to earn a 2-0 away victory over Lane United.
  • Kitsap Pumas fell to Sounders FC 2’s parent team Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 in the Third Round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Seattle Sounders FC 2 make their first appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2015.
  • The side sits second in the USL’s Western Conference with a 5-3-1 record (16 points) after last using goals from Aaron Kovar, Oalex Anderson and Andy Craven in a 3-1 win over Oklahoma City Energy FC.
  • Sounders FC 2 head coach Ezra Hendrickson won the Open Cup once as a player with the LA Galaxy in 2001 and four times as an assistant coach with Seattle Sounders FC (2009-2011; 2014).

Weekend Review: MNT Players Play Big Roles in Club Success

In a weekend where Champions League and Europe League spots awaited clinching, where promotions lay for the taking, and where streaks sought to be continued, there to respond were members of the U.S. Men’s National Team who made an impact with their clubs.

Fabian Johnson and his club Borussia Monchengladbach made history this weekend. Entering just one win away from clinching a group-phase spot in next season’s Champions League, Johnson started and gave ‘Gladbach 78 strong minutes, which helped propel the Foals to capture the needed victory by a 2-0 score line against Werder Bremen. This marks the first time ‘Gladbach has punched a ticket to the Champions League group stage. The Foals have not lost a league match in which Johnson has started since the winter break, going 10-0-2 in that stretch.

Staying in Germany, Alfredo Morales and his squad FC Ingolstadt had an opportunity to secure first place in the 2. Bundesliga and promotion, needing a win against RB Leipzig. Leipzig got on the board early, scoring in the game’s fourth minute. In the 39th Morales came on, and just before the halftime whistle Ingolstadt leveled at 1-1 with a penalty kick. In the 76th minute Morales assisted on the goal that proved to be the game winner. In the end, he helped hoist the 2. Bundesliga silverware that declared Ingolstadt was headed to the top division.

Moving north, Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johannsson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.

In MLS, Clint Dempsey continued his point-scoring tear for Seattle Sounders FC. Dempsey again contributed to the Seattle attack, setting up Chad Barrett for what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In doing so, Dempsey extended his streak of recording at least a point to 10 games, which is the fourth-longest streak of its kind in MLS history and the longest since 1998. Dempsey has at least one point in 18 of Seattle’s last 19 games and is tied for the league-lead in goals (7) and assists (5).

In Mexico, Ventura Alvarado and Club America entered the second leg of the Liga MX quarterfinals trailing Pachuca, 3-2. Alvarado came on in the 59th minute of a match packed with excitement and drama that included seven goals, two red cards – both for Club America and the first leaving them a man short after 33 minutes – and last-minute strikes. Ultimately, Club America lost 4-3 at home and 7-5 on aggregate.

Michael Bradley, Chris Wondolowski and Juan Agudelo were a trio of other MNT players that made a mark last weekend, each scoring a goal. Agudelo was a difference maker for the New England Revolution scoring on a diving header to give his team the lead against Toronto FC. Michael Bradley, his MNT teammate, but opponent in this matchup, responded with a game-tying goal for Toronto. Bradley’s was an exhibition of individual dominance. The midfielder dribbled through a host of New England Revolution defenders and finished in the lower left corner of the goal. In San Jose, Chris Wondolowski directed in a header in his team’s 2-0 win over Columbus Crew SC. The goal was the 99th of his career, which ranks him ninth overall in MLS history.

Across the Academy - May 13, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

U-20 Men’s National Team Roster Named for U-20 World Cup: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The roster is updated from the 20-player group initially named by Ramos on May 7 and will be submitted by May 15 in accordance with FIFA rules. Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA to represent U.S. Soccer in international competition and will be included in the squad. Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen has joined the team in place of Ethan Horvath. 14 of the 21 players Ramos’ named to the U-20 World Cup roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo. 

Academy Alumni: For Club and Country: In addition to more than half of the U-20 USA World Cup Roster having Academy ties, the presence of the Academy was felt this past weekend in MLS and abroad as several players helped their teams in crucial moments.

U-14 BNT Opens Camp in Europe with 3-1 Over Croatia: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team defeated Croatia U14s 3-1 on May 11 to open up its training camp in Europe. The USA goals scorers were Gabe Segal, Luis Arriaga and Marcelo Palomino.

 For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and the ussoccer Development Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acadInstagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 9-10):

Western Conference: The De Anza Force U-17/18s defeated the San Juan Soccer Club 1-0 on a 74th minute goal from Brandon Magpayo. The win was De Anza’s first since April 11. The Pateadores U-17/18s defeated the LA Galaxy U-17/18s 3-2, bolstering the team’s second-place position over the third-place Galaxy in the Southwest division. Ronaldo Escudero scored the game-winning goal for Pateadores, joining fellow goalscorers Choi Ba Da and Luis Leon. Adonis Amaya and Malcolm Jones were the scorers for the Galaxy. 
Central Conference: The Texas Rush U-15/16s defeated Colorado Rapids U-15/16s 3-2 behind trio of second-half goals, two of which were scored by Adrian Martinez Israel Tristan was the other Texas Rush scorer and Desmond Cole and Aaron Martinez scored for the Rapids. The Internationals U-17/18s were defeated by Vardar’s U-17/18s 4-3. Jacob Gratzer scored and Stefanos Grazia notched a double, including one score in the 90th minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Nash Popovic hat trick and a Jimmy Todd goal from Vardar. The Crew SC Academy U-17/18s picked up the win over the Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18s by a score line of 3-2. Deihnia Samor scored once and Omar Mohamed twice for Crew which proved to be enough. Rece Buckmaster and Grant Hollkamp scored for Indiana Fire Academy.
East Conference: DC United U-15/16s and PA Classics U-15/16, two teams separated by just .04 pts/gp tied 2-2. Collin Jouan scored both D.C. United goals, while Aramis Kouzine and Sean O’Hearn were the PA Classics scorers. Oakwood Soccer Club U-17/18s tied northeast division second-place BW Gottschee Academy U-17/18s 2-2. Michael Boakye scored a pair of goals for Oakwood and Grant Burg and Sergio Abarca scored for BW Gottschee to even. In a battle of teams currently in the wildcard pool picture, Weston FC U-15/16s defeated Concorde Fire U-15/16s 2-1. Luca Defreitas-Hansen scored the game-winner in the 65th minute. Noahh Thomas was the lone scorer for Concorde Fire. Weston FC’s first goal was a Concorde own goal.

ACADEMY HONORS:

Player of the Week: 
Beachside SC U-15/16 forward John Denis earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance against the New England Revolution. Denis received high marks for his creativity on and off the ball and he scored Beachside’s only goal in the 1-1 tie to keep his side in the playoffs picture. Thanks to his standout performance, Beachside remain in 3rd place in the Northeast Division, just 0.03 Pts/GP behind the New England Revolution.

Referee of the Week: Matthew Deblois, a 23-year old Grade 6 referee from Rhode Island was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-13/14 New England Revolution and Beachside Soccer Club game on Saturday and the U-15/16s New England Revolution and BW Gottschee game on Sunday. Deblois has been working Academy games since 2011 and has also worked PDL and NPSL games. 

For all Development Academy results, standings and more visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:

U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • Tab Ramos Elaborates on U.S. U-20 World Cup Roster: After announcing the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos conducted a media conference call where he answered questions about the team and what lies ahead.   
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

Perez Recaps U-18 Men’s National Team Bosnia Camp: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team wrapped up its camp in Bosnia with a win 1-0 win against the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19 National Team. With just one more camp in this cycle, head coach Javier Perez talked with ussoccer.com about the most recent trip and the team’s continued progress.

Hackworth Reviews U-15 BNT Tournament delle Nazioni Win: Following the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team victory at the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy, last week after defeating Austria 3-2 in the final, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth spoke with ussoccer.com about the win and the continued success and progress of the team.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

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NY Greek American SC Brings Rich Open Cup History to 2015 Competition

Three clubs in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Field enter this year’s competition with their trophy cases on equal footing. The recent histories of MLS sides Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC are well known - each has won four titles since 1998 - but the two Open Cup giants again have company this year in New York Greek American SC, four-time winners themselves, and one of the few holdover amateur clubs to compete regularly in the tournament’s “Pro Era”.

Tickets for New York Greek American SC vs. Jersey Express at NJIT Stadium in Newark, N.J., are $10 at the gate. Kick-off is Scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

The History

The Greek American Soccer Club was founded in 1946 by Greek immigrants who had settled in New York City following World War II. Eventually the club joined New York’s German American Soccer League and was promoted to the First Division in 1958.

Prior to the sport’s current boom, ethnic clubs were key in building the post-war soccer history of the United States. In New York alone, the Greek Americans were joined by the likes of New York Hungaria, German Hungarians, Brooklyn Italians and Austrian club New York Hakoah, all of which were importing professional players seeking to make more money in the United States.

“Because of certain situations back in Europe, some of the different ethnic clubs in New York were able to import very good players,” said Greek American historian Nick Notaridis. “Greek players coming over at that time were making very little money and they were happy to come here, work in the fur business for instance and get paid 50 dollars to play a game. Teams at the time were very talented.”

Chief among the prominent imports to the Greek Americans was former Aris Thessaloniki and Greek international Alkis Panagoulias, who played for the Greeks from 1962-1967 before coaching them to their first three National Challenge Cup (now U.S. Open Cup) titles from 1967-1969. Panagoulias left the club in 1971 to become an assistant for the Greek National Team before taking the head job from 1973-1981. After a short stay as manager of club giants Olympiakos, he returned to become U.S. National Team head coach from 1983-1985, and led the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.




New York Greek American SC has developed a winning tradition through the years since its founding in 1941.
Some of Panagoulias’s best players included former Iraklis Thessaloniki winger Lolos Hasekidis who Notaridis describes as “the best sweeper in Greek American history” and went on to play for the New York Cosmos. Olympiakos defenders Filip Tsantakis, Nikos Kampolis and Evangelos Milisis were joined by twice-capped Greek right back Apostolos Vasiliadas and Yiorgos Garidis who joined from Argonaftis and later went on to play for Greek-American SC in San Francisco.

Then there are the goal scorers, like former Panathinaikos striker John Kosmides. With the score of the 1967 Open Cup final with Orange County tied at 2-2, Kosmides came off the bench to tally two second half goals, and lift the club to its first National Challenge Cup in front of 2,500 at the Eintracht Oval in Astoria, New York.

Bob Haztos, another former Panathinaikos striker and future American Soccer League MVP for the Greeks in 1971, tallied the decisive goal in the second leg of the 1968 final win over Chicago Olympic (2-1 on aggregate).

And then there is Dennis Nanos, a constant on the score sheet in each of the team’s finals during their-three-peat run, tallying in the first half of the 1967 win, the 1-1 first leg draw with Chicago Olympic in 1968 and then the decisive 90th minute winner in the club’s 1-0 victory over Montabello Armenian’s of Los Angeles in 1969.

Five years later, a new wave of Greek American players won the club’s historic fourth National Challenge Cup with Roberto Illenes and Tibor Vigh scoring the goals in a 2-0 victory over Croatian SC of Chicago in 1974.

Community Support and Present Day

At a time when the Greek National Team had yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European championship, the club in New York was carrying the torch for the country’s soccer exploits.

“We hadn’t won anything at that point,” said Notaridis. “But here in America, we’re winning the Challenge Cup and the club is making news back home with former Greek stars. Long before the Greeks were European champions in 2004, they were champions of America four times,” he joked.

And with their success and the waves of immigration, fan support from the Greek community in New York was ever-present in those times according to club president George Mellis.

“The winning teams, the good players and the huge immigration of Greeks to New York in the 1960s and 1970s all combined for great support of the club in those times. It would be normal to have 5,000 people for matches at the Eintracht Oval.”

As Greek immigration waned and professional clubs began to take a foothold of the American game, the highest attendance for New York Greek American matches these days is usually 500-600 when the club plays Hellenic rivals New York Pancyprian Freedoms or renews its rivalry with the Brooklyn Italians.


Recent vintages of New York Greek American SC continues to draw support from the community and keeps alive long-standing local rivalries.

Despite less folks in the stands, the Greek community in New York still lends its support. The Greek newspapers regularly cover the team’s exploits in the U.S. Open Cup and Cosmopolitan Soccer League while the community lends its support through various fundraisers held at the club house in Astoria, Queens where reminders of the club’s past exploits are there for all to see.

“Every new player that comes to us comes to the club house,” said current Greek American head coach Stavros Zomopoulos. “They see all the pictures of the teams that won the cups, there’s a big poster-size photo of the team that won the three in a row 1967-1969. Everybody’s aware of the history of the club. It’s wall-to-wall with photos from the past and all the cups and trophy cases. You can’t run away from the history – you feel part of the club. You’re aware of it, you see it and you’re told about it. It is part of everything for us.”

While he won’t have a team of former Greek pros and national team players, the side Zomopoulos will run out in Wednesday’s First Round match at Jersey Express does have some talent at its disposal.

“We try to keep a steady core of players that that play with us over the years,” said Zomopoulos. “They’re the former pros, college players or aspiring players who are about to go to college and good enough to showcase themselves. We try to build from having a very strong reserve team. If we need to, we bring up players as needed.”

Former New York Red Bulls forward and Puerto Rico international Chris Megaloudis leads the side up top while Zomopoulos will also call upon former Dayton Dutch Lions midfielders Christian Camacho and Keith Detelj to serve as leaders of his team.

The side also features forward Elliot Firth, whose coming off of winning the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Year award, as well as his former teammate and center back Tyler Botte.

It’s a long shot that the amateur club can go and win a record-tying fifth U.S. Open Cup trophy. Still, it remains the goal every year.

"That goal was passed from decade to decade to all of us,” said Mellis. “Every year when we start and even today with MLS and all the pro teams, our goal is to win the Open Cup and make more history for Greek Americans.”

Coach: Stavros Zomopoulos
NY Greek American SC
Founded: 1941
Affiliation: USASA (Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
Stadium: Met Oval
Pro Era Appearances/Record: 5th Appearance (1-4-0)
Champions: 1967-69, 1974
Runners-Up: 1989

Q&A: Andi Herzog Talks Toulon

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog spoke with ussoccer.com about the Toulon Tournament and the U-23’s continued preparation for October’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

ussoccer.com: What can you say about this group that’s been brought together for the Toulon Tournament?
Andi Herzog: “I’m happy; I think we have a good group together. It’s mostly the same players we had against Mexico and the first Bosnia and Denmark trips. I want to have a little continuity and hopefully it will work in France. Obviously it’s a situation where a lot of MLS teams have a lot of games during the same time period, so mostly the players starting for the MLS teams were not released.”

ussoccer.com: How does this renowned tournament help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Championship?
AH: “This tournament in France is huge because there are a lot of great opponents. The other thing is we play a game every second day, so we will need everyone on the field and we’ll have to make a lot of changes from game to game. I think it’s a great chance for every single player to be able to be a big part of the team who will qualify for the Olympics.”

ussoccer.com: How did the fact that the tournament schedule features games every other day go into the makeup of this roster?
AH: “It’s clear: You need to double up every position. Overall we have a good group together with some young kids playing, like Marc Pelosi coming back after a long injury, so it will be interesting to see all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Over the years a number of the world’s great international footballers have played in this tournament. What does that say about the challenge ahead for the team?
AH: “It’s a great challenge and it’s a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best. The France team is the defending World Champion at the Under-20 level from two years ago in Turkey. They were the best team in the world two years ago and they are our first opponent, so that will be a real good possibility to see how good we already are.”

“It’s a huge tournament. I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for the Olympics, but apart from those competition, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. You have all the regular teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, USA competing against each other, so at this age group that’s a really, really good competition.

 ussoccer.com: How would you describe the form of the players on the roster coming in?
AH: “We have two or three players that had injuries before, but I talked to them and they’re fine, so it’s normal. For every National Team coach it’s always the same. You don’t train on a regular basis, so it’s just from month to month you see your players. That’s why I want to keep going always with most of the same players if they do well. Hopefully we made the right decisions.  

ussoccer.com: How does a tournament like this fit into the bigger picture of preparing these players for the next level of play?
AH: “Developing players for the senior National Tam has to be our goal. I think for a youth team it’s important to compete on the highest level at World Cups and Olympics, but overall the most important thing is you get at least two or three players for the National Team as regular starters afterwards. Otherwise we did a bad job as coaches.”

U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog Names 19 players to Roster for 2015 Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 24, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has named 19 players to the roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in the south of France.

Herzog will make one addition to complete the 20-player roster, which will officially be submitted on Tuesday evening.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Cardiff City; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United; Catonsville, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Sam Strong (Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (Unattached; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool; Sunnyvale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.); Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Tex.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.).

The last time the U.S. competed in the Toulon Tournament came in 2013 when they sent the U-20 MNT. Seven players from that roster return for this edition of the tournament.

The tournament comprises two five-team groups. The United States is with Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A. Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play for third place that day.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Toulon event will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from this roster were a part of the U-20 MNT which competed in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
  • Eleven players from this roster were a part of the group that most recently defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson. Cody Cropper made seven saves to earn the shutout in the game, while Jordan Morris scored a goal, and Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill both recorded assists.
  • Five players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill.
  • Jordan Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Morris is the leading goalscorer on this roster. In two matches in 2015 he has scored two goals, and overall in his four-game career with the U-23’s he has scored three times.
  • Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Alonso Hernandez, and Benji Joya are the most experienced players at the U-23 level, having each earned five caps.
  • Six players on this roster come from European clubs, five from MLS, three are from Mexico-based clubs, three are unattached and two compete at the collegiate level.
  • Cropper, Green, Morris, O’Neill and Serna have all been part of a U.S. MNT senior camp this year.
  • Julian Green played in the U.S. MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored a goal, becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup game since 2006. 

U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational to be Streamed on ussoccer.com

CHICAGO (May 22, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is set to host the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6, with all the matches of the tournament being broadcasted on ussoccer.com.

Each of the match days - June 2, 4 and 6 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing in the second game of the day.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the U.S. roster will be released at a later date.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (NTC at StubHub Center)

Tues., June 2

MEX vs. BRA

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. JPN

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

BRA vs. JPN

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. MEX

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

JPN vs. MEX

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. BRA

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed to name 24 players on its tournament roster but will be able to suit up just 21 for each of its three matches.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

U.S. Soccer Unveils 2015 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Pairings

CHICAGO (May 21, 2014) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the potential Fourth Round pairings and hosting scenarios for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Fourth Round, scheduled for June 16-17, marks the opening stage of the tournament for the 17 domestic Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs, joining the 15 winners from the Third Round played May 27.

With an uneven amount of MLS clubs entering the competition in the Fourth Round, 15 of 17 MLS teams were paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup, while two MLS teams, Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers, were paired together to complete the bracket. Instances where a logical geographic fit didn’t exist were resolved by random selection. Teams with an ownership affiliation (Portland Timbers and Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs SLC and Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and Seattle Sounders 2) are precluded from being paired until the Final.

Home teams are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Thursday’s draw was conducted with two-time U.S. Open Cup champion and former Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause serving as the official witness as matchups for June 16-17 were determined.

Fourth Round Possibilities

Date

Game

Time

Venue

June 16

New York City FC (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, N.Y.

or

June 16

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York City FC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

June 16

Rochester Rhinos (USL)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) winner at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) winner at New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 16

Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Saint Louis FC (USL) winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 16

Louisville FC (USL)/Indy Eleven (NASL) winner at Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

June 16

Oklahoma City Energy (USL)/Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) winner at FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

TCU Soccer Stadium; Ft. Worth, Texas

TBD

Austin Aztex (USL)/San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) winner at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 16

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)/Real Monarchs SLC (USL) winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS)

7 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

June 16

Chula Vista FC (USASA)/Sacramento Republic FC (USL) winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

June 16

Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

June 17

Orlando City (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

or

June 17

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Orlando City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla.

June 17

Charlotte Independence (USL)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) winner at New England Revolution (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Soldiers Field (Harvard Univ.); Boston, Mass.

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

or

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Jacksonville Armada (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Hodges Stadium (Univ. of North Florida); Jacksonville, Fla.

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

or

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

June 17

Portland Timbers 2 (USL)/Seattle Sounders 2 (USL) winner at Real Salt Lake (MLS)

8 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

June 17

PSA Elite (USASA)/Ventura County Fusion (PDL) winner at LA Galaxy (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

Third Round Schedule – Match Center

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas.

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19    

Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18

Fifth Round Draw             June 18
Fifth Round                       June 30-July 1
Quarterfinals                     July 21-22
Semifinals                         August 11-12
Final                                  Sept. 29 or 30 

Handful of Upsets Highlight 2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – Division III USL clubs entered the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Second Round mostly holding serve Wednesday night with 16 of the 21 professional sides advancing to Third Round play.

However, there was a quintet of upsets, as the PDL’s Jersey Express and Ventura County Fusion, USASA’s PSA Elite and Chula Vista FC and NPSL’s Chattanooga FC defeated clubs from higher divisions to join the other professional sides in next week’s Third Round, which will take place on May 27.

The unveiling of the Fourth Round match-ups and hosting scenarios will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET on 120Sports.com. Fans can also follow all this year’s U.S. Open Cup action on Twitter @OpenCup.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18 

2015 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time/Result

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19  

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Match Recaps

Tuesday, May 19
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0, Portland Timbers 2 (USL) 2
 
Hosting their second U.S. Open Cup match in a week, the Michigan Bucks looked the better side early on in Tuesday’s Second Round kickoff, dominating in attack and possession through most of the first half. In the ninth minute, Bucks forward David Goldsmith bolted into space towards goal before unleashing a powerful blast that skimmed just wide left of Justin Luthy’s goal. Bucks midfielder Calvin Rezende came close in the 35th minute, turning his marker at the top of the box before his low left footed blast went inches wide of the left post, taking the teams into halftime scoreless. Timbers 2 hit the reset button at the break and dominated in possession from the start of the second half. Debuting midfielder Seth Casiple picked out Kharlton Belmar at the left post where the forward nodded across goal into the far side netting. Though Timbers 2 dictated play for most of the second half, the Bucks pushed forward late and got a sequence of dangerous opportunities to equalize. In the end, the PDL side got caught up field in transition and Casiple fed Ghananian forward Fatawa Safiu, who put the game on ice in second half stoppage time. Timbers 2 advance to face the winner of Wednesday’s Seattle Sounders FC 2 / Kitsap Pumas match on May 27.

Wednesday, May 20
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 3, West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 0
Making its 13th U.S. Open Cup appearance, Pittsburgh ran out to a fast lead when Kevin Kerr came away from a scramble in the box to lay off for Rob Vincent, who calmly slotted his effort in the lower left corner in the 9th minute. It took just seconds to add to the lead, as the ensuing kickoff was played toward goal and South African forward Lebo Moloto pounced in the box to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute. Firmly in the lead, the Riverhounds took the air out of the game before Kerr downed across the box to slot home in the 87th minute, to give the home side a 3-0 victory. With the win, Pittsburgh moves to 8-10-3 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play and will next host NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #3: Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) 1, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1 (3-5, PKs)
It was deja vu for Chattanooga FC as they eliminated Wilmington Hammerheads for the second year in a row to set up a rematch with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Chattanooga prevailed in a shootout after 120 minutes left both teams tied 1-1. Wilmington’s Nick Zimmerman gave his side the lead in the first half before Chris Ochieng finished a nice move from Chattanooga to level the score. There were no more goals through extra time and Jon Finlay eventually converted the decisive spot kick. Chattanooga will hope for a better time against Atlanta this time around: in 2014 they lost 5-0.

Game #4: Richmond Kickers (USL) 2, Virginia Beach City (NPSL) 0
Richmond Kickers overcame Virginia Beach City FC courtesy of two second-half headers. Neither side landed a hit in the first half but it took the hosts only two minutes after the break to strike the first blow. Nate Shiffman headed home a corner kick to set Richmond on their way. Jason Yeisley added an insurance goal when he slammed home an 89th minute diving header off an assist from Fred Owusu Sekyere. Jacksonville Armada comes to Richmond next week to face the Kickers.

Game #5: Rochester Rhinos (USL) 1, Greater Binghamton FC (NPSL) 0
Rochester Rhinos got their 2015 Open Cup off to a rolling start by beating Greater Binghamton FC 1-0. Kenardo Forbes tallied the game’s only goal when he converted on a chance in the 39th minute for the hosts. Greater Binghamton had a few chances in the second half, but couldn’t muster the tying goal as the Rhinos backline held firm to complete the shutout. Rochester travels to Harrisburg next week to meet the Islanders.

Game #6: Lansing United (PDL) 0, Louisville City FC (USL) 1
There were first-half fireworks in the Capital City with six shots for Louisville City FC and four for hosts Lansing United but neither team was able to break the deadlock. That changed two minutes into the second half when Charlie Adams blasted a shot into the net off a deflection to give Louisville a lead they would not relinquish. Lansing had a chance in the 88th minute but fired over the Louisville goal and the score would not change before the final whistle. Louisville travels across state lines to Indianapolis next week for a showdown with Indy Eleven.

Game #7: Reading United A.C. (PDL) 0, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 3
The Harrisburg City Islanders dispatched Reading United 3-0 to advance to the Third Round. Danny DiPrima and Cardel Benbow notched first half goals to provide a healthy lead after 45 minutes. Ken Tribbett scored on a header one minute into the second half to put the result out of reach. The only damper on the evening came when Neil Shaffer was red carded on 76 minutes for his second bookable offense. Shaffer will be suspended when Harrisburg hosts Rochester Rhinos on May 27.

Game # 8: Charleston Battery (USL) 1, Miami United FC (NPSL) 0
It was a scrappy game in Charleston tonight, but there had to be a winner and the hosts prevailed in a tight contest. Heviel Cordoves scored the only goal and followed it up with a red card in the second half. Charleston held on for the final six minutes with 10 men to bring the match to the end. The Black and Yellow play host to Ft. Lauderdale Strikers next Wednesday.

Game #9: Charlotte Independence (USL) 4, Upward Stars (NPSL) 1
Charlotte Independence ended Upward Stars’ tournament with an emphatic 4-1 comeback win. The Stars got things rolling with a surprise goal in the 11th minute in Charlotte but it was not long before the home side collected themselves and got control of the match. Tomasz Zahorski tied the game in the 19th minute and Enzo Martinez’ 40th header was the eventual winner. Zahorski went on to tally the first hat trick of the 2015 Open Cup with additional goals in the 44th and 90th minute. Charlotte travels to face the Carolina RailHawks next.

Game #10: Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0, Real Monarchs SLC (USL) 1
Real Monarchs celebrated a win in their Open Cup debut tonight as they defeated Long Island Rough Riders 1-0 to advance to the Third Round. The match was poised on a knife’s edge for most of the night at St. Anthony’s High School, with both teams trading chances but meeting strong resistance from Joseph Martin and Eric Osswald in the nets. The deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute when Ricardo Velazco played a delightful one-two with Max Rauhofer before slotting home the eventual winner past Martin. Osswald and the Monarchs held on for the clean sheet and club history as they can now take their first Open Cup win with them back to Salt Lake.

Game #11: Jersey Express (PDL) 1, New York Red Bulls II (USL) 0
Jersey Express punched their ticket to Queens next week to meet the New York Cosmos after they bounced New York Red Bulls II from the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night. Chris Karcz got the only goal of the game when he converted on a set piece in the second half. The Red Bulls poured on the pressure for the rest of the match. They couldn’t find a breakthrough and the Express held their nerve to pull the upset and live to fight another day.

Game #12: Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 1, Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) 0
Bond, Chad Bond had a license to goal Wednesday night in the Open Cup as his Tulsa Roughnecks advanced to the Third Round. Bond scored directly from a corner kick - an olimpico - in the 61st minute and that strike was enough to send the Seacoast United Phantoms packing in this year’s tournament. Tulsa hosts Oklahoma Energy FC next week in a mouthwatering Sooner State derby.

Game #13: Saint Louis FC (USL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1 (a.e.t.)
Saint Louis FC prevailed in an extra time victory against Des Moines Menace in front of more than 3,000 fans at St. Louis Soccer Park. Bryan Gaul opened the scoring by converting a through ball from Parker Maher in the 68th minute. Des Moines went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after a red card to Charlie Bales but managed to scrape an equalizer when Chris Hellman scored from the penalty spot five minutes later. Seven minutes into extra time Jeremie Lynch tallied the winner for St. Louis. The visitors would end up finishing with nine on the field after John Lujano was dismissed.

Game #14: Oklahoma City Energy FC 3 (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (TX; PDL) 1
Coached by 2012 U.S. Open Cup winner Jimmy Nielsen, Energy FC looked the stronger side from the start when forward Casey Townsend hit the woodwork in the 25th minute. Just before the break, Energy FC would go up 1-0 as Kyle Greig buried a feed from Peter Toth in the 42nd minute. Just after the break, Townsend would come good on his post hit, blasting a finish into the top corner, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead in the 51st. The home side would respond in the 68th minute when Andrew Fox’s centering pass was buried by Alberto Sanchez but Energy FC put the game on ice just two minutes later when a flip throw from Michael Harris found Greig’s head who nodded home for his second of the match, giving the visitors a 3-1 victory. The win sets up an all-Oklahoma matchup, as Energy FC will visit Tulsa Roughnecks on May 27. 

Game #15: Austin Aztex (USL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 1 – 8 p.m. CT
Austin Aztex defeated Laredo Heat 2-0 behind goals from Andres Cuero and Brian Fekete. Austin got on the board in the first half when Cuero converted a pass from Michael Gunderson in the 29th minute. In the 68th minute Trevin Caesar set up Fekete to put the result out of reach. Next week Austin meets San Antonio Scorpions in a Texas matchup USL vs. NASL.

Game #16: Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 2, Harpo’s FC (Colo.; USSSA) 1
The clock struck midnight on Harpo’s FC Wednesday, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks ending the club’s cinderella run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game started poorly for Harpo’s with Martin Maybin scoring on the first chance of the game with a first minute header for Switchbacks. Harpo’s regained their composure but Maybin doubled the lead in the 35th minute after an assist from Davy Armstrong. After the break Harpo’s pulled a goal back through a header and from there threw caution to the wind. They peppered the Switchbacks goal with chance after chance but time ran out on the amateur team from Boulder.

Game #17: OC Blues (USL) 1, PSA Elite (Calif; USASA) 2
PSA Elite are doing their best to match their impressive 2014 Fourth Round run, advancing to the Third Round Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over USL’s OC Blues. The USASA side took a 1-0 lead when Michael Salazar nodded home a cross in the 19th minute. On the other side of halftime, Mats Bjurman scored his second of the tournament, finishing a one-on-one opportunity in the 61st minute. OC Blues began to push and saw a glimmer of hope when PSA Elite’s Jamel Wallace was shown red for a foul in the 82nd minute. Playing up a man, the Blues would pull one back through Tyler Feeney in stoppage time, but it wasn’t enough as PSA Elite ran out 2-1 winners. The USASA side now moves on to a Third Round date at fellow giant killers Ventura County Fusion on May 27.

Game #18: Arizona United SC (USL) 0, Chula Vista FC (USASA) 3
Returning to Arizona for the second straight week, the USASA’s Chula Vista FC came out attacking for another upset. The side would find the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute when the ball squeaked through the Arizona United backline where Alberto Diaz ran on to the end, rounded ‘keeper Carl Woszczynski and buried into the empty net. Chula Vista would increase their upset bid when Angel Pinal pounced on a ball at the back post and finished from close range in the 50th minute. Diaz would bag his second and finish off the USL side when he curled home an effort from the top of the box in the 72nd minute, giving Chula Vista an emphatic 3-0 victory. With the win, the USASA side advances to a Third Round date at USL’s Sacramento Republic on May 27.

Game #19: LA Galaxy II (USL) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2
LA Galaxy II may have been the professional side playing at home, but it was Ventura County Fusion that found first blood when Matthew Lagrassa fired a shot from the top of the box over the head of LA ‘keeper Nicholas Shackelford in the 30th minute. The Galaxy applied pressure and would respond just before halftime when Adonis Amaya was tripped up by Fusion goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Ariel Lassiter finished the spot kick to equalize before the break. After trading blows in the second half, the match looked like it would head to extra time, but the Fusion found a stoppage time winner from Abu Danladi. The win means the Fusion return home to host fellow giant killers PSA Elite in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #20: Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 4, Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 2
Sacramento Republic FC and Sonoma County Sol treated a record crowd to an Open Cup thriller in California’s capital Wednesday night. 10,386 fans went home happy as Sacramento prevailed 4-2, but not without a serious threat of burn by the Sol. The hosts got the best possible start when Tommy Stewart cleaned up a rebound in the 9th minute off a shot from distance. Gabe Gonzalez doubled the lead three minutes later but Omar Nuno brought the visitors back in the game when he scored a contender for goal of the round, crushing a 20-yard drive into the top corner in the 26th minute. Stewart completed his hat trick with goals in the 43rd the 61st minutes but the sun would not set on the Sol. Nuno notched a 73rd minute goal before a penalty call gave the visitors a gleaming opportunity. But Taylor Varnadore hit the post and from there Republic was able to see out the game. The attendance of 10,386 at Bonney Field was an Open Cup Second Round record, breaking the previous record of 9,339 set by the Columbus Crew in 2001.

Game #21: Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 (USL) 4
With hopes in following in their parent club’s Open Cup successes, Sounders FC 2 made their first appearance in the competition Wednesday night, striking first blood in the 26th minute as Qudus Lawal headed for Victor Mansaray who made it 1-0. Sounders FC 2 looked to be cruising to victory as Lawal laid off a pass from Nathaniel Tongovula, allowing Pablo Rossi a wide open finish in the 45th minute. Kitsap wouldn’t lay down after the break and pulled a goal back when Mike Ramos smashed an effort of the underside of the cross bar and in to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute. The visitors continued to push for an equalizer and brought the drama when Ramos found the back of the net again in second half stoppage time, pushing the game to extra time. Just three minutes in Sounders FC 2 found their feet again when Pablo Rossi converted a direct free kick from just outside the box and Andy Craven put the game on ice just before the final whistle to finish the scoring at 4-2. The win sets up a Third Round home date with Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers FC 2 on May 27 in Tukwila, Wash.

U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 

WOMEN’S U-23 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

58-Player Roster Announced for Inaugural Futures Camp in Carson

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) - U.S. Soccer has announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore has called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.  

“We are scouting with a long term objective by focusing our evaluation and selection on the qualities needed to become a National Team player in the future,” Lepore said. “The Futures Camp recognizes that players in these younger age groups who can typically have the biggest impact and make a difference are the ones who are physically superior and more mature, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the most talented. When scouting young players among the same age group, we see big differences in performance based on birth month and maturity.”

“At this camp we can remove that element while also creating an environment that we hope will engage and inspire them to take responsibility for their own development to one day become world-class players. We also want to set an example and show how important it is that we stress that individual player development is a long term project. There are so many examples of late mature players who have become the top players because they develop better skills, awareness, and insight into the game, rather than relying on advantages like size, strength, and power. The objective is to help make sure that we are not overlooking any players and more closely following the pathway of players who have the qualities to make a bigger impact later on, by age U-20 to U-23, when there is no longer any difference between early and late developers.” 

Players taking part in this camp will be exposed to a hyper-focused curriculum formulated around highlighting each player’s unique talents while challenging them to improve decision making and speed of play, raise tactical awareness, and improve technical execution.

“The Futures Camp is an important piece to the continued development of these young National Team prospects. I look forward to working with these talented players as they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills with the top players born in 2001 and age eligible for the Under-14 Boys’ National Team.” U.S. U-14 BNT head coach Brian Johnson said.

52 players called into the Futures Camp are currently playing with Development Academy clubs.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (6): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Eric de la Cerda (San Jose Earthquakes; Gilroy, Calif.), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Mason Finnell (Placer United; Folsom, Calif.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (16): D’Anthony Brown (Orlando City SC; Lake Mary, Fla.), Jordan Carter (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), William Citron (New York Soccer Club; Eastchester, N.Y.), Jose Delgado (Chivas USA; Garden City, Calif.), Michael Edwards (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tyler Freitas (New England Revolution; North Attleboro, Mass.), Chris Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Luis Hernandez (FC Dallas; Mesquite, Texas), Ryan Lee (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Nelson Martinez (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Jose Mejia (Juventus; Novato, Calif.), Michael Pham (FC Dallas, Richardson, Texas), Jose Ruvalcaba (TFA Barcelona), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Julio Torres (Stockton Monarcas; Stockton, Calif.), Mason Visconti (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.)

MIDFIELDERS (21): Franuel Amaya (Pateadores; Santa Anna, Calif.), Ethan Bryant (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Alex Cerritos (D.C. United; Beltsville, Md.), Jonathon Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Anna, Calif.), Riley Ferch (Boca United; Margate, Fla.), Gabe Findley (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL; Cary, N.C.), Miguel Guerrero (Juventus; Redwoods City, Calif.), Roberto Hategan (San Jose; Roseville, Calif.), Jorge Hernandez (Chivas USA), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Alex Mendez (Chivas USA), Harrison Pithers (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Carson Price (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Matteo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Jaden Servania (Vestavia SC; Birmingham, Ala.), Amos Shapiro-Thompson (New England Revolution; Worthington, Mass.), Remi Smith (Georgia United; Cumming, Ga.), Kevin Wang (New England Revolution; Cranston, R.I.),Michael Vang (Minnesota Thunder; St. Paul, Minn.), Simon Vasquez (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Sean Zawadzki (Crew SC Academy; Olmsted Falls, Ohio)

FORWARDS (15): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Meford, N.J.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sebastian Berhalter (Crew SC Academy; Westerville, Ohio), Victor Bezerra (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Ferreira (New England Revolution; Ashland, Mass.), Jason Garcia (Arsenal FC; Covina, Calif.), Oscar Govea (San Jose Earthquakes; Los Banos, Calif.), Danny Jara (New York Red Bulls; Bayside, N.Y.), Jacob Muchnick (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Axel Picazo (Lonestar; Austin, Texas), William Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Travian Sousa (Ballistic United; Lathrop, Calif.), Owen Zaldivar (Chivas USA; Lawndale, Calif.), Uriel Zeitz (Bethesda-Olney; Potomac, Md.)

 

FOX Announces U.S. WNT FIFA Women’s World Cup TV Schedule

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – FOX Sports today announced its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast schedule, which will feature two of the three U.S. Women’s National Team group-stage games live on FOX and the third live on FOX Sports 1. All 52 of the tournament’s games will be broadcast live from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5 on FOX, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2.  

An unprecedented 16 matches will be broadcast live on FOX and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S. The WNT’s group stage games against Sweden on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET, and Nigeria on Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET will both air on FOX. The USA’s opening match against Australia on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET will air on FOX Sports 1.

U.S. WNT FIFA Women's Word Cup FOX Broadcast Schedule

Date                            Time                           Matchup                                 FOX Network
June 8, 2015               7:30 p.m. ET               WNT vs. AUS                            FOX Sports 1
June 12, 2015             8 p.m. ET                    WNT vs. SWE                           FOX
June 16, 2015             8 p.m. ET                    WNT vs. NGA                           FOX

Five of the 16 matches committed to air on FOX will be broadcast in primetime, including one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5. FOX Sports 1 will carry 29 matches, including all eight in the round of 16, two quarterfinals and one semifinal. The remaining seven games are slated for FOX Sports 2.

Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of World Cup-Coverage averaging between six and seven hours a day over the month-long tournament.

Calling FOX Sports’ coverage of the 52 matches are Glenn Davis & Christine Latham; JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco; Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin; Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner; and John Strong & Danielle Slaton. Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco have been assigned to the three U.S. games in the group stage. Additionally, former USWNT player Angela Hucles will provide game analysis.

Complementing FOX Sports’ extensive live match coverage all month is studio programming originating from its specially-constructed set located at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY’ will provide pre-match, halftime, post-match and bridge show coverage, while ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT’ will offer the definitive last word on the day’s action. Most matches are to be preceded by a 60-minute edition of ‘FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY,’ though there are occasional 30- and 90-minute shows. Leading-off FOX Sports’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ coverage is FIFA Women’s World Cup Special: a live one-hour preview show airing on the eve of match play, Friday, June 5  from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Besides FOX Sports’ Women’s World Cup-specific programs, ample tournament coverage is planned for daily viewing on FOX Sports 1’s signature news programs ‘AMERICA’S PREGAME’ and ‘FOX SPORTS LIVE’. 

Kate Abdo and Rob Stone share anchor duties for FOX Sports’ studio coverage from Vancouver and are joined analysts Monica Gonzalez, Ariane Hingst, Alexi Lalas, Christine Latham, Heather Mitts, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Eric Wynalda and Dr. Joe Machnik.  In addition to her match analysis, Hucles also contributes to studio coverage.

Jenny Taft, Julie Stewart-Binks and Grant Wahl serve as reporters during the four-week event.  Taft has been assigned the major role of being embedded with the U.S. Women’s National Team, providing in-depth reports, breaking news and features on the squad throughout the tournament as she has since World Cup Qualifying.  Stewart-Binks, a native Canadian, serves as a roving reporter, and is expected to report from at least 11 different games in four different cities during the group stage.  Wahl serves as correspondent-at-large, covering the wide-array of stories that develop naturally during a month-long tournament.

On the digital front, besides all matches and studio programs being streamed live on FOX Sports GO, the critically-acclaimed mobile app also offers three alternate streams during the tournament. The first, Match 360, offers exclusive backstage access to the walk players take from locker room to field and pregame warm-ups before every game, in-progress highlights throughout matches and post-match press conferences. A second feed offers a non-stop in-game view from the tactical cameras showing all 22 players, while the third feed comes directly from cable-cam as it flies above the field during play.  The Tactical Cam feed is available for 41 of the 52 matches, while the Cable Cam feed is available for 23. Finally, FOX Sports Digital video offers extended versions of more than 60 player profiles and team features produced specifically for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA (May 19, 2015) - The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.

Australia took the lead when right-winger Awer Mabil played a ball into the area that midfielder Stefan Mauk was able to re-direct to the near post.

U.S. forward Tommy Thompson came the closest to leveling, only to have two attempts hit woodwork, once in the first half when a 20-yard shot hit the left post, and then early in the second half when his header off a Shaq Moore cross hit the right post.

The USA’s tying goal came minutes after both teams subbed in a combined five players at the hour mark. Thompson set up Joel Soñora who looked up from 25 yards and curled a shot to the far right post for his first goal with this age group.

The tie lasted all of 45 seconds as U.S. forward Maki Tall picked a ball off an Australian defender and put it away to give the USA the 2-1 lead.

The U.S. will play Serbia next week in a closed door match that will serve as the final test before the start of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.’s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Australia U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: May 19, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, Australia
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 600
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy 

Scoring Summary:      1    2    F
USA                              0    2    2
AUS                              1    0    1 

AUS - Stefan Mauk (Awer Mabil)                     15th minute
USA – Joel Soñora (Tommy Thompson)           60
USA – Maki Tall (unassisted)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore (15-Kellyn Acosta, 59), 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 6-Desavio Payne (17-John Requejo, 74), 3-Marco Delgado, 7-Joel Soñora, 8-Emerson Hyndman (capt.), 11-Paul Arriola (18-Gedion Zelalem, 59), 9-Maki Tall, 10-Tommy Thompson,
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Jeff Caldwell, 22-Thomas Olsen
Head coach: Tab Ramos

AUS: 12-Jordan Holmes, 4-Scott Galloway (c) (3-Daniel Alessi, 83), 6-Liam Rose (9-George Blackwood, 73), 8-Liam Youlley (11-Alusine Fofanah, 59), 13-Brandon Borrello (17-Steve Kuzmanovski, 73), 14-Jaushua Sotirio (15-Adam Berry, 73), 16-Awer Mabil (7-Shannon Brady, 59), 19-Stefan Mauk, 20-Thomas Deng, 22-Riley Woodcock (21-Alex Gersbach, 59), 23-Jonathan Aspropotamitis
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Tom Glover, 2-Shayne D’Cunha, 12-Jordan Holmes, 18-Tom Heward-Belle,
Head coach: Paul Okon

Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 13 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Chris Young
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: James Cleal
Fourth Official: Trent Nash

U-14’s Defeat Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1

ZAGREB, CROATIA (May 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.

After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.

Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

The U-14’s, will be back on the field on Friday, May 15 for a match with Serbia’s U-14 BNT.

-U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team vs. NK Bravo Ljubljana U-15
Date: May 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: ŠRC Špansko
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. local time
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

NK Bravo Ljubljana        0          1          1
USA                                 0          2          2

NK Bravo Ljubljana – #20                       41st minute
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            66
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            67

Lineups:

USA: 22-Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (GK); 19-Joey Zarra, 20-Dominic DeAlmeida (Capt), 25-Luke Hansen, 13-Julian Hinojosa; 8-Indiana Vassilev (10-Luis Arriaga, 46), 16-Marcelo Palomino, 15-Tim Bielic; 21-Konrad de la Fuente (17-Jose Rivas, 46), 18-Gabriel Segal (9-Taylor Booth, 46), 11-Ulysses Llanez
Subs not used: 2-Cameron Duke, 6-Nick Fernandez, 4-Abraham Gonzalez, 7-John Hilton, 1-Cole McNally, 5-Sebastian Serpa
Head Coach: Brian Johnson

NK Bravo: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA / NK Bravo Ljubljana
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offsides: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None                

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The U.S. WNT players spend a ton of time together on and off the field, so they’ve become very familiar with each other’s on-field Idiosyncrasies, as Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach demonstrate.

U-20 MNT React to Win vs. Australia

Head Coach Tab Ramos, and players Joel Soñora, Maki Tall, and Tommy Thompson react to the USA's 2-1 win over Australia.

Carli Lloyd Offers Words of Wisdom to U-20 WNT

Carli Lloyd stopped by to talk to the U-20 WNT about the obstacles and challenges she overcame to reach her dreams of playing soccer at the highest competitive level.

U-20 MNT Readies for Pre-World Cup Test vs. Australia

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HIGHLIGHTS: WNT Turns on Second-Half Style in 5-1 Romp over Mexico

Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach led the way as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 5-1 in the second of its three-game Send-Off Series matches ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

GOAL: Abby Wambach Blasts Home a Penalty Kick to Increase the U.S. Advantage

Abby Wambach scored on a penalty to kick to make the score 3-1 vs. Mexico.

GOAL: Lori Chalupny Picks Out the Corner for the Game-Winner

Lori Chalupny scored with her first touch after subbing on at halftime to give the USA a 2-1 lead.

WNT Returns to LA for Second Send-Off Series Match

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Ramos Names Emerson Hyndman U-20 World Cup Captain

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