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Academy Preview: Playoffs Race Continues to Heat Up

D.C. United will host rival Bethesda-Olney U-15/16s in a battle for the D.C. area on Saturday. Bethesda-Olney has won two of its last three games and D.C United is coming off of a 5-0 victory over Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16. Donovan Pines scored a goal in the 78th minute to lead D.C. to a 1-0 win over Bethesda-Olney the last time these teams met on October 5, 2014.

Bethesda-Olney will go head-to-head with D.C. United U-17/18s on Saturday April 25 at 9 a.m. Bethesda-Olney is coming off a win over Everton FC Westchester last week, while D.C. United is unbeaten in April and in second place in the Atlantic Division.

On Saturday April 25, Chicago Magic PSG will travel to New Lenox, Illinois, for a matchup with the Mid-American division’s top-ranked team, Shattuck St. Mary’s U-17/18s. Chicago Magic PSG is fourth in the Mid-American division and Shattuck St. Mary’s is riding a six-game winning streak.

On Sunday April 26, Shattuck-St. Mary’s will take on Chicago Fire U-17/18s in a battle for the top spot in the Mid-American Division. Shattuck-St. Mary’s is currently first in the division with 2.05 pts/gp, but the Fire is not far behind with 1.94 pts/gp.

A highly competitive New Jersey Rivalry is set to take place this weekend as New York Red Bulls U-15/16s and U-17/18s face in-state and Atlantic Division rival Players Development Academy. The U-17/18s Red Bulls continue their control atop the Academy, currently claiming the top spot in the East Division and in the playoffs pool. PDA for its part is in the 18th spot of the playoff pool sitting with 1.81 pts/gp, trailing 17th-place Concorde Fire by only a 0.01 point per game differential.

In the U-15/16s age group, an even tighter race is brewing between the two sides, as NYRB are second in the Division standings and PDA is in third place. Both teams are also in a good direction to continue with post season play, with NYRB in the second spot and PDA in the 17th positon of the playoffs pool.

Finally, things are heating up in LA, as Pateadores and Chivas USA go head -to-head in both the U-15/16s and U-17/18s age group. For Chivas USA U-15/16s, the game will represent a chance to bounce back from a loss to Arsenal FC last weekend that saw the team drop its first decision since January. Currently, 19th in the playoffs pool, Chivas will need to perform well to hold on to its spot.

Pateadores U-17/18s hopes to continue riding its high following a 5-1 victory over Real So Cal last weekend, by facing Chivas on Sunday. Pateadores, who is currently in the playoffs pool sitting at number 18.

U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” Round Set To Kick Off Saturday

2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” Round – Notes

Cal FC
Founded:
2011
Coach:
Ross Greaney
Affiliation:
USASA Region IV
Previous Appearances:
2012 (Fourth Round), 2014 (Second Round)
All-Time Record: 3-2-0

  • The Cal FC vs. San Francisco City FC match will be streamed live at baosn.tv, on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PT.
  • Cal FC’s 2012 U.S. Open Cup run was one of the better Cinderella stories in recent memory. Led by former U.S. international Eric Wynalda, the team made up of former pros and players on the cusp of contracts defeated Kitsap Pumas (3-1), USL-PRO’s Wilmington Hammerheads (4-0) and upset Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers (1-0 AET) before bowing out to Seattle Sounders FC in the fourth round.
  • A majority of the players on the 2012 Cal FC side went on to sign professional contracts later that year or next. Two players, Richard Menvijar and Derby Carillo have become regulars for the Salvadorian Men’s National Team.
  • Danny Barrera, a former U.S. youth international who scored four of eight goals in the team’s 2012 run to the Fourth Round of the Open Cup returns after stints with the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks and San Antonio Scorpions.  
  • Jesus Gonzalez, the only other returning player from the 2012 Cal FC side, is suspended for Saturday’s match after picking up a red card while playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks in a 3-1 quarterfinal defeat to the Chicago Fire on July 9, 2014.
  • The 2015 Cal FC squad features a number of other former professional players including: defenders Jake Hustedt (San Jose Earthquakes), Edgar Espinoza (Atlanta Silverbacks), Conor Hearn (Orange County Blues), midfielder Abraham Villon (Oklahoma City Energy) and forward Luis Hernandez (Orange County Blues).
  • Cal FC head coach Ross Greaney returns to the Bay Area where he finished his collegiate career with the University of San Francisco in 1997.

San Francisco City FC
Founded:
2001
Coach:
Andrew Gardner
Affiliation: U.S. Club Soccer (NorCal Premier League)
Previous Appearances: First appearance
All-Time Record: N/A

  • The Cal FC vs. San Francisco City FC match will be streamed live at baosn.tv, on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PT.
  • Qualified by defeating Stanislaus United Academica 3-0 on February 2 at San Francisco State University’s Cox Field.
  • San Francisco City FC has a supporter-ownership structure, with nearly 300 members paying $50 annual dues or a $350 lifetime stake in the club.
  • The club plays home matches at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, former home to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
  • Key players include former UCLA forward and 2010 California High School Player of the year Reed Williams, former University of San Francisco midfielder Mauricio Diaz De Leon, former Georgetown left back Gabriel Padilla and ex-Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms.
  • Head coach Andrew Gardner is a former kicker for the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Harpo’s FC
Founded:
1997
Coach:
Johnny Freeston
Affiliation: U.S. Specialty Sports Association
Previous Appearances: First appearance
All-Time Record: N/A

  • Evolved out of Colorado University’s successful club soccer team, which won the Club National Championship in 2010.
  • Team is named after Harpo’s Bar and Grille in Boulder, Colorado, where club trophies are housed and post-game celebrations take place.
  • Though they didn’t win the USSSA Championship, they advanced as the organization’s representative as opponents KC Athletics had already qualified for the Open Cup via USASA Region II.
  • In that competition, Harpo’s FC beat KC Athletics 4-1 on March 13 in group play before falling to them 3-1 in the final on March 15. Both matches were played in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Because of the above, Harpo’s FC actually clinched qualification by virtue of a 3-2 win vs. Colorado Rovers on March 14. Twenty three year old forward Shane Wheeler scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute.
  • Wheeler has trialed in the past with Rochester Rhinos, Wilmington Hammerheads and Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

KC Athletics
Founded: 2001
Player/Manager:
Kyle Perkins
Affiliation: USASA Region II
Previous Appearances: 2010 (First Round), 2012 (Second Round)
All-Time Record: 1-2-0

  • Founded via the merger of Kansas City Football Club and Kansas Legends Soccer Club in 2001.
  • KC Athletics make its third tournament appearance after qualifying as a USASA Region II representative. The team is also the defending USSSA national champion.
  • KC Athletics initially won its USASA Region II match to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, but a protest by Dearborn Stars was upheld because the field the match was played on was deemed too narrow. Unable to make it to the replay in Chicago, KC Athletics withdrew from the match, missing out on the 2013 Open Cup.
  • Features former professional players Steven Emory (Colorado Rapids), Ryan Kowaluk (Portland Timbers), Bobby Reese (Atlanta Silverbacks) and Peter Kariotis (Niki Voulo; Greece).

KC Athletics Looks to Leave Controversy Behind, Earn its Third Open Cup Berth

When asked what sets his club apart from others in the United States, Kyle Perkins, the manager of Saturday’s U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” participants KC Athletics can’t help but chuckle.

“We’re really not a club, necessarily,” he says. “We’re just one team that’s done alright for ourselves over the years.”

Before describing his side as “the most amateur team in the tournament”, Perkins explains that the team came into existence back in 2001 through a merger between the Kansas City Football Club and Kansas Legends Soccer Club.

“It was a mix of guys that were decent, some of who went to college and played and others that didn’t,” he said. “After school, guys came back and still had some desire to keep playing competitively – it’s sort of grown from there.”

On Saturday, KC Athletics will visit Harpo’s FC in Commerce City, Colorado, kicking off its third U.S. Open Cup tournament appearance since first qualifying in 2010. As they do, they’ll hope to put to bed the controversy that saw them miss out on the 2013 edition.

The side appeared to have earned its third Open Cup berth that year after downing Michigan-based Dearborn Stars 1-0 in a USASA Region II qualifying match, but the visitors from metro-Detroit protested the match, citing the size of the field KC arranged for the teams to play on. Indeed, the width was three yards short of the minimum required 65 yards and a replay was ordered shortly after to be played at a neutral site in Chicago.

With only a few days to coordinate travel for his players to go 500 miles to Chicago, KC instead withdrew from the replay and missed out on the tournament.

“Our team is all nine-to-five types with kids and families,” said Perkins. “Getting away isn’t easy for us in general, getting away weekend after weekend right after we’d already played it wasn’t something we could pull together. It was disappointing, but I think we knew we’d be back here and we’ve put it behind us.”

As they go up against Harpo’s on Saturday, they’ll do it with the experience of former Colorado Rapids midfielder Steven Emory, former Portland Timbers defender Ryan Kowaluk, ex-Atlanta Silverbacks defender Bobby Reese and the return of Peter Kariotis, who played professionally in Greece with Niki Voulo FC and Aetos Skydra.

They’ll also have a familiarity with their hosts. With KC already earning one of USASA’s Region II’s qualifying berths, the side also entered in the USSSA qualifying tournament, held in nearby Overland Park, Kansas last month.

The two teams met twice in the tournament. Harpo’s won the group stage match 4-1, went on to the tournament final and since KC was the other finalist and had already qualified, Harpo’s earned their berth without having to play the USSSA championship match. The Colorado-based side took that match lightly and fell 3-1 as KC Athletics ended up USSSA champs, even though it’s not how they qualified for the Open Cup.

“It’s sort of weird playing the same team three times so close together,” Perkins said. “We know a little bit about them. We know they have a huge roster to choose from, they might have a few guys we don’t know about, but we go there now with some experience in this tournament and ultimately knowing what’s on the line.”

Sharp Calls in 16 Players for PNT Camp at NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (April 24, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has called in 16 players for the team’s second domestic training camp of 2015. The camp will run from April 29-May 6 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

“This camp is extremely important as it will serve as the final opportunity for players to make an impression before we select our squad for the World Championships which are taking place in June,” Sharp said. “The squad is carrying a few injuries into camp and some key players are missing due to college finals but this will provide an excellent opportunity for our trialists and peripheral players to step up and claim a place in the final squad.”

The USPNT returns to the NTC for the first time since Sharp first held training camp with the team back in January 2014.

The PNT is coming off a third-place finish at the FOOTIE 7-Povoa Tournament, which took place in late March in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal. Nine players from that roster are a part of the group for this training camp.

“It has been a quick year with the World Championships taking place so early”, Sharp continued. “But I am confident off the back of some good results during last month’s competition in Portugal, that the team will be ready to perform when the whistle goes to begin our first group stage match against Venezuela. “

The 16-player roster includes two new players for 2015: defender Pablo Duque and forward Joshua Brunais. It also includes a first time participant with the PNT under Sharp’s tenure in defender Vincent Juarez.  

For the USA, the camp will continue to serve as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

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Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Pablo Duque (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.), Vincent Juarez (San Jose, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Jarrett Razon (Niceville, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (2): Joshua Brunais (Washington, D.C.), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas)

New Players, Same Goal for Cal FC in 2015 Open Cup Return

As Cal FC returns to U.S. Open Cup play on Saturday at San Francisco City FC, they do so with a bigger target on their backs than any of the other 43 amateur sides entering this year’s tournament.

Such is the burden for a team that wrote one of the competition’s best Cinderella stories in 2012 as they downed two professional sides, including a 1-0 victory over Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers to advance to the tournament’s fourth round.

Gallery: WNT Reps its New Nike Home Kit

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team photo shoot in its new Nike designed home kit the players will wear at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. 

Gallery: U-23 MNT Win Completes Two-Game Double for USA Over Mexico

Photos from the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team 3-0 victory over its counterpart from Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2015. Los Angeles-area native Mario Rodriguez started the scoring for the U.S. in the second half. Fellow California Christian Dean followed up with his first international goal for the USA before Stanford University sophomore Jordan Morris capped off the night with his second goal against Mexico in as many games. Morris also scored the winning goal for the senior MNT in its 2-0 win against Mexico the week before. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper turned in a fine performance, stopping all seven shots on goal he faced to earn his first shutout of the year for the U-23s. 

The U-23 MNT will next be in action come the end of May when the team travels to France for the international Toulon Tournament. The USA will face France (May 27), the Netherlands (May 29), Costa Rica (May 31) and Qatar (June 2) during group play of the competition as it continues preparation for Olympic Qualifying, which kicks off this fall and will take place throughout the United States.

MNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Highlights: Morris Strikes Again, Rodriguez and Dean Add Gloss to U-23 MNT Win Over Mexico

The U.S. U-23 MNT defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson, California.

Academy Preview: Playoffs Race Continues to Heat Up

D.C. United will host rival Bethesda-Olney U-15/16s in a battle for the D.C. area on Saturday. Bethesda-Olney has won two of its last three games and D.C United is coming off of a 5-0 victory over Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16. Donovan Pines scored a goal in the 78th minute to lead D.C. to a 1-0 win over Bethesda-Olney the last time these teams met on October 5, 2014.

Bethesda-Olney will go head-to-head with D.C. United U-17/18s on Saturday April 25 at 9 a.m. Bethesda-Olney is coming off a win over Everton FC Westchester last week, while D.C. United is unbeaten in April and in second place in the Atlantic Division.

On Saturday April 25, Chicago Magic PSG will travel to New Lenox, Illinois, for a matchup with the Mid-American division’s top-ranked team, Shattuck St. Mary’s U-17/18s. Chicago Magic PSG is fourth in the Mid-American division and Shattuck St. Mary’s is riding a six-game winning streak.

On Sunday April 26, Shattuck-St. Mary’s will take on Chicago Fire U-17/18s in a battle for the top spot in the Mid-American Division. Shattuck-St. Mary’s is currently first in the division with 2.05 pts/gp, but the Fire is not far behind with 1.94 pts/gp.

A highly competitive New Jersey Rivalry is set to take place this weekend as New York Red Bulls U-15/16s and U-17/18s face in-state and Atlantic Division rival Players Development Academy. The U-17/18s Red Bulls continue their control atop the Academy, currently claiming the top spot in the East Division and in the playoffs pool. PDA for its part is in the 18th spot of the playoff pool sitting with 1.81 pts/gp, trailing 17th-place Concorde Fire by only a 0.01 point per game differential.

In the U-15/16s age group, an even tighter race is brewing between the two sides, as NYRB are second in the Division standings and PDA is in third place. Both teams are also in a good direction to continue with post season play, with NYRB in the second spot and PDA in the 17th positon of the playoffs pool.

Finally, things are heating up in LA, as Pateadores and Chivas USA go head -to-head in both the U-15/16s and U-17/18s age group. For Chivas USA U-15/16s, the game will represent a chance to bounce back from a loss to Arsenal FC last weekend that saw the team drop its first decision since January. Currently, 19th in the playoffs pool, Chivas will need to perform well to hold on to its spot.

Pateadores U-17/18s hopes to continue riding its high following a 5-1 victory over Real So Cal last weekend, by facing Chivas on Sunday. Pateadores, who is currently in the playoffs pool sitting at number 18.

KC Athletics Looks to Leave Controversy Behind, Earn its Third Open Cup Berth

When asked what sets his club apart from others in the United States, Kyle Perkins, the manager of Saturday’s U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” participants KC Athletics can’t help but chuckle.

“We’re really not a club, necessarily,” he says. “We’re just one team that’s done alright for ourselves over the years.”

Before describing his side as “the most amateur team in the tournament”, Perkins explains that the team came into existence back in 2001 through a merger between the Kansas City Football Club and Kansas Legends Soccer Club.

“It was a mix of guys that were decent, some of who went to college and played and others that didn’t,” he said. “After school, guys came back and still had some desire to keep playing competitively – it’s sort of grown from there.”

On Saturday, KC Athletics will visit Harpo’s FC in Commerce City, Colorado, kicking off its third U.S. Open Cup tournament appearance since first qualifying in 2010. As they do, they’ll hope to put to bed the controversy that saw them miss out on the 2013 edition.

The side appeared to have earned its third Open Cup berth that year after downing Michigan-based Dearborn Stars 1-0 in a USASA Region II qualifying match, but the visitors from metro-Detroit protested the match, citing the size of the field KC arranged for the teams to play on. Indeed, the width was three yards short of the minimum required 65 yards and a replay was ordered shortly after to be played at a neutral site in Chicago.

With only a few days to coordinate travel for his players to go 500 miles to Chicago, KC instead withdrew from the replay and missed out on the tournament.

“Our team is all nine-to-five types with kids and families,” said Perkins. “Getting away isn’t easy for us in general, getting away weekend after weekend right after we’d already played it wasn’t something we could pull together. It was disappointing, but I think we knew we’d be back here and we’ve put it behind us.”

As they go up against Harpo’s on Saturday, they’ll do it with the experience of former Colorado Rapids midfielder Steven Emory, former Portland Timbers defender Ryan Kowaluk, ex-Atlanta Silverbacks defender Bobby Reese and the return of Peter Kariotis, who played professionally in Greece with Niki Voulo FC and Aetos Skydra.

They’ll also have a familiarity with their hosts. With KC already earning one of USASA’s Region II’s qualifying berths, the side also entered in the USSSA qualifying tournament, held in nearby Overland Park, Kansas last month.

The two teams met twice in the tournament. Harpo’s won the group stage match 4-1, went on to the tournament final and since KC was the other finalist and had already qualified, Harpo’s earned their berth without having to play the USSSA championship match. The Colorado-based side took that match lightly and fell 3-1 as KC Athletics ended up USSSA champs, even though it’s not how they qualified for the Open Cup.

“It’s sort of weird playing the same team three times so close together,” Perkins said. “We know a little bit about them. We know they have a huge roster to choose from, they might have a few guys we don’t know about, but we go there now with some experience in this tournament and ultimately knowing what’s on the line.”

New Players, Same Goal for Cal FC in 2015 Open Cup Return

As Cal FC returns to U.S. Open Cup play on Saturday at San Francisco City FC, they do so with a bigger target on their backs than any of the other 43 amateur sides entering this year’s tournament.

Such is the burden for a team that wrote one of the competition’s best Cinderella stories in 2012 as they downed two professional sides, including a 1-0 victory over Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers to advance to the tournament’s fourth round.

Gallery: WNT Reps its New Nike Home Kit

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team photo shoot in its new Nike designed home kit the players will wear at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. 

Gallery: U-23 MNT Win Completes Two-Game Double for USA Over Mexico

Photos from the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team 3-0 victory over its counterpart from Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2015. Los Angeles-area native Mario Rodriguez started the scoring for the U.S. in the second half. Fellow California Christian Dean followed up with his first international goal for the USA before Stanford University sophomore Jordan Morris capped off the night with his second goal against Mexico in as many games. Morris also scored the winning goal for the senior MNT in its 2-0 win against Mexico the week before. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper turned in a fine performance, stopping all seven shots on goal he faced to earn his first shutout of the year for the U-23s. 

The U-23 MNT will next be in action come the end of May when the team travels to France for the international Toulon Tournament. The USA will face France (May 27), the Netherlands (May 29), Costa Rica (May 31) and Qatar (June 2) during group play of the competition as it continues preparation for Olympic Qualifying, which kicks off this fall and will take place throughout the United States.

Across the Academy - April 22, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT

Academy Alumni: Setting New Milestones: 
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy reached two milestones last week in the U.S. Men’s National Team matchup against archrival Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas. For the very first time since the Development Academy was established back in 2007, four of its alumni (Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounder Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier and Seattle Sounders Academy), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) were all part of the starting lineup for the senior team. In addition, this was also the first time two Development Academy alumni scored in the same game at the senior level. Morris and Agudelo were the heroes of the infamous Dos a Cero score line that gave the United States another victory over its CONCACAF foe.

Continuing the Rivalry: U-23 MNT vs. Mexico: For the first time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play on American soil, this time facing off with archrival Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The team has been in Carson since Sunday preparing for the matchup, one the team hopes can serve as strong preparation for Olympic qualifiers beginning in October in the United States.

Full Circle: In addition, while the U-23s have been in camp, the U-14s have also been in Carson, running camps simultaneously. Early this week, both teams were able to come together for a lunch break and share experiences, anecdotes, and a few laughs, as the oldest group and the youngest group in the Youth National Teams system discussed the journey to make it for the USA.  

As World Cup Approaches, U-20 MNT is in Austria: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is currently in Austria in its second foreign training camp of the year. On Tuesday, the team faced fellow World Cup side Qatar in a friendly that resulted in a 2-2 draw after the USA was able to find the late equalizer.

U-18 MNT in Bosnia: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1. During camp, the U-18 MNT will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

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 (April 18-19):

Western Conference: Portland Timbers U-15/16s took down Real Salt Lake AZ 2-1 on Saturday to continue vying for a playoffs pool spot. Eric Diaz scored the game-winner for the Timbers in the second half, after both teams had been able to tally in the first 45 minutes of play. It was Diaz’s fourth goal of the season.
Central Conference: Malik Shaheed scored a hat trick, Dwight Williams Jr. had a brace and Javier Leija added a tally for Solar Chelsea SC U-15/16s as the team defeated FC Dallas 6-3 over the weekend to own the number one position in the wildcard pool and remain in strong contention to break into the playoffs pool. Even with the loss, FC Dallas’ 2.4 points per game average remains the fourth best in Academy and has the team in the fourth spot of the playoffs pool.
East Conference: New York Red Bulls U-15/16s saw the end of the team’s unbeaten streak when they fell to the New England Revolution 3-1 in an important matchup in the East Conference on Sunday. The Revs got a 1-0 lead early in the game thanks to Justin Rennicks. Despite a 60th minute goal by Red Bulls' Omir Fernandez, the Revolution got two more in the 51st and then on the 67th to end its East Conference opponent’s perfect season. Both teams are still in great shape heading into post season play however, as the Red Bulls sit comfortably in the second spot and the Revolution has the 16th place in the playoffs pool.

ACADEMY HONORS:

Player of the Week: 
Georgia United U-15/16 and U-16 BNT midfielder Juan Torres received high marks for his standout performance in Georgia United’s 2-0 victory over South Carolina United Battery on Sunday. Torres controlled the rhythm and tempo of the game distributing the ball from a supportive role in the midfield and proved to be the essential link between the defensive line and the attacking forwards.
Referee of the Week: Philip Guthrie, a 25-year old Grade 6 referee from Maryland was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Bethesda Olney and Everton FC Westchester match. Guthrie has been working Academy games since 2011.

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

2014-15 Schedule: Combined U-13/14 through U-17/18

2014-15 Standings: U-15/16 | U-17/18

ON USSOCCER.COM:
U.S. Soccer Coaching Department Launches Academy Director Course:
The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches. The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.


U-15 BNT to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament
: U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. 18 players on this roster have ties to the Development Academy. In addition, U.S. Soccer announced that the U-15 BNT will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June for a series of three friendlies against South American nations.

Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for Training Camp in California
: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015. Twenty-five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs. 

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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From Germany to California: A Rodriguez Homecoming

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team forward Mario Rodriguez made the longest journey of the 20 players on the roster to get to this week’s camp after traveling 5,600 miles from his Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany to Los Angeles, a place he knows well.

“I’m from North Hollywood,” Rodriguez said. “Coming back here is good, but it’s different because this time it’s strictly business, and it’s a good feeling playing against Mexico in my home. It’s really something else and it really feels good.”

Rodriguez has his eyes focused closely on the prize of another U.S. victory over Mexico, hoping to follow up on the senior team’s 2-0 win last week. He got off the plane at LAX after a 13-hour flight with one thing in mind.

“It’s a big rivalry,” he said. “Mexico and the U.S. have been at this battle for a very long time and it’s our turn now.”

Rodriguez was one of the last players to arrive at camp, getting in just shortly after the week’s first training session had begun. Eager to get to work, he texted the team coordinator who he had thought would be waiting for him at the airport.

“I said, ‘What’s up, are you going to come pick me up?’” Rodriguez said. “He was like, ‘No, not right now,’ and I said ‘What?’, and then out of nowhere my parents were there.”

Rodriguez’s mother and father still live in his hometown of North Hollywood, just north of LAX, and were there to surprise him at the airport. Living so far away from home, Rodriguez said it was an amazing surprise and it was wonderful to get the chance to see them.

“They really surprised me,” Rodriguez said. “It was just so nice to see them because I wasn’t expecting it and I haven’t seen them in so long.”

Rodriguez rode alongside mom and dad to the team hotel where they were able to meet the rest of his teammates as they pulled in from training. They wished them all well and told them they would be watching on Wednesday.

Growing up in the Los Angeles area, Rodriguez spent the early part of his career playing through the LA Galaxy youth system. From there he moved on to play for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2012 and in 2013 he moved around Germany to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach, the same club as fellow American and U.S. MNT defender Fabian Johnson.

After being on the other side of the world for the last few years, Rodriguez said it will be a great experience to play back home in LA in the stadium of the club where it all began for him.

“It’s always a privilege to put on the red, white and blue and to play for the National Team.”

As an added bonus this time around, he will have his family cheering him on when he does so on Wednesday.


USOC Play-In Game Pits Harpo's FC against KC Athletics in High Stakes Rubber Match

Contrary to popular belief, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup debutants Harpo’s FC didn’t get their name from Oprah Winfrey’s production company.

Rather, the side, which began in 1997 and evolved out of the University of Colorado’s successful club soccer team, has long used the Boulder-based bar of the same name as home base for meetings and post-match celebrations.  
Club: Harpo’s FC (Colorado)
Founded: 1997
Manager: Johnny Freeston
Affiliation: United States Specialty Sports Association
Stadium: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Field #20; Commerce City, CO
Tournament Appearances: First (2015) 
Harpo's FC 2015 Open Cup

“They’ve been very good to us,” said club manager Johnny Freeston.”They house our trophies and are a base for a lot of memories for some of our players. We’ve had a lot of good times up there.”

With the core of players made up of graduate students that have collegiate playing experience, Freeston says his side transitioned from a “pub-league team” to one with more competitive aspirations in 2010, following the club team’s National Championship that year.

TICKETS: $10 Tickets Available for Saturday's Play-In Match in Commerce City.

In 2012, the team started to make a name for itself outside of Boulder, winning some local tournaments. The following year, the club began to dominate in the Colorado Amateur Soccer League, winning titles three out of the last four seasons and eventually winning the 2014 State Cup which qualified the side for the United States Specialty Sports Association’s National Tournament this past March.

With a spot in this year’s Open Cup on the line, it was at that USSSA tournament held in Kansas that Harpo’s became acquainted with Saturday’s “Play-In” Round opponents, KC Athletics. Having already qualified for the 2015 Open Cup, the Kansas City-based side had a little less to play for: Harpo’s thrashed KC 4-1 in group play.

“We played them on a Friday night in Overland Park, Kansas. We got there early to warm up, and I don’t think they rolled in until about 30 minutes before kickoff,” Freeston remembered. “We pushed the kickoff a bit later and they didn’t have a lot of subs. In hindsight we thought they were doing it as an exercise. They took it lightly and it showed.”

Despite winning only one of their group matches, through some quirks in the tournament schedule, KC Athletics found themselves in the tournament final, meaning Harpo’s final group match against local rivals Colorado Rovers would be the deciding match for the USSSA’s remaining Open Cup berth.

A back-and-forth match saw Shane Wheeler’s 25-yard blast clinch a spot in the Open Cup as Harpo’s won 3-2.


2014 Colorado Amateur Soccer League State Champions Harpo's FC hope to continue the club's rise up the amateur American soccer ranks with a run in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup.

With its first Open Cup appearance in hand, Freeston said his team went out and celebrated the victory that night in Kansas.

“When we played against KC Athletics the next day, we looked like we’d just come from spring break,” Freeston joked.

It showed in the result as the Athletics won the USSSA title game 3-1.

With neither team putting their best foot forward earlier this year, Freeston said Saturday’s “Play-In” game in Commerce City, Colorado, is the ultimate rubber match between the two sides.

“There’s mutual respect there. We know they’re not a pushover, and they know we’re a quality team. This time though they’re coming to play in our back yard, at altitude, where we’ve been playing a lot of games.

“We’re going to go at them. It’s a chess match, we get that, but we’re not here to make up the numbers. We want to win and we want to dominate.”

Like most amateur teams in the tournament, Harpo’s players have regular day jobs. Captain and center back Dan Campbell was a four-year letterman at University of California-Davis who moved to Boulder for grad school and now works in real estate development with Denver-based company UDR.

Gallery: U-18 WNT Hits the Training Ground in Chula Vista

Photos from the first few days of the U-18 WNT's second training camp of 2015 taking place at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Under the guidance of head coach April Heinrichs the team has worked on set-piece plays and held a round-robin soccer-tennis tournament won by Julia and Brooke Bingham (pictured together in the gallery). 

The U-18s will play the San Diego Sea Lions of the WPSL on April 26 at 3 p.m. PT to finish up the camp. The team's next training camp will be held this August.

Full Circle: Youngest and Oldest U.S. Soccer YNT Programs Share Lunch During Training

This week, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team and the Under-14 Boys' National Team are both training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Having camps just one field apart gave the squads an opportunity to gather together after training and meet for a group lunch. For the U-14's, it was an opportunity to see where continued hard work might lead. For the U-23's, it was a reminder of how far they have come, and an opportunity to share with the youngsters what they have learned along the way.

“Getting together is really important,” U-14 BNT head coach Brian Johnson said. “I think it’s important for both age groups actually. For the U-14's, it’s an opportunity to see older players, who have come through, as most of [the U-23's] have come through the system. It’s important for them to be able to talk to the [U-23’s] and eat lunch with them and ask questions and just engage in community.”

With the U-14's being the youngest of U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams and the U-23's being the last stop before the Senior National Team, the boys were able to tap into the older players' full range of U.S. Soccer experiences.

U-23 MNT U-14 BNT
U-23 MNT midfielder Luis Gil laughs with members of the U-14 Boys' National Team. Players from both teams shared lunch while simultaneously training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

“It feels very good and I feel very blessed that I got chosen to be with this talented group of players,” U-14 forward Jose Rivas said. “I asked how it feels to score in an international game. I asked where they played as youngsters and where they grew up and where they plan to play in the next few years.”

The U-14's and the U-23's were spread out amongst the tables and had the chance to sit with players that play the same positions. Rivas had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow forward.

“I talked to Jordan Morris, the man who scored against Mexico,” Rivas said grinning. “So happy. He said he doesn’t really know how it felt, it was a blur for him.”

In the coming years, Rivas hopes to have an experience like that of his own, but in the meantime, he will continue to work towards that goal. This week he gets to watch from only steps away, an experience he said is very special.

“It’s important that the U-14's see that connection and that they have these guys to look up to.” Johnson said. “They kind of find out some of the things that they’ve done well, and also maybe some of the things that have been tough for them and the different obstacles to overcome.

“When you play for the National Team it gets harder and harder as you get older, so it’s important for them to know, even specifically with their own positions, some of the stuff they do well, and maybe some of the things that they work on their own outside of training, so that they can do better and ultimately help the team.”

U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” Round Set To Kick Off Saturday

2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “Play-In” Round – Notes

Cal FC
Founded:
2011
Coach:
Ross Greaney
Affiliation:
USASA Region IV
Previous Appearances:
2012 (Fourth Round), 2014 (Second Round)
All-Time Record: 3-2-0

  • The Cal FC vs. San Francisco City FC match will be streamed live at baosn.tv, on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PT.
  • Cal FC’s 2012 U.S. Open Cup run was one of the better Cinderella stories in recent memory. Led by former U.S. international Eric Wynalda, the team made up of former pros and players on the cusp of contracts defeated Kitsap Pumas (3-1), USL-PRO’s Wilmington Hammerheads (4-0) and upset Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers (1-0 AET) before bowing out to Seattle Sounders FC in the fourth round.
  • A majority of the players on the 2012 Cal FC side went on to sign professional contracts later that year or next. Two players, Richard Menvijar and Derby Carillo have become regulars for the Salvadorian Men’s National Team.
  • Danny Barrera, a former U.S. youth international who scored four of eight goals in the team’s 2012 run to the Fourth Round of the Open Cup returns after stints with the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks and San Antonio Scorpions.  
  • Jesus Gonzalez, the only other returning player from the 2012 Cal FC side, is suspended for Saturday’s match after picking up a red card while playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks in a 3-1 quarterfinal defeat to the Chicago Fire on July 9, 2014.
  • The 2015 Cal FC squad features a number of other former professional players including: defenders Jake Hustedt (San Jose Earthquakes), Edgar Espinoza (Atlanta Silverbacks), Conor Hearn (Orange County Blues), midfielder Abraham Villon (Oklahoma City Energy) and forward Luis Hernandez (Orange County Blues).
  • Cal FC head coach Ross Greaney returns to the Bay Area where he finished his collegiate career with the University of San Francisco in 1997.

San Francisco City FC
Founded:
2001
Coach:
Andrew Gardner
Affiliation: U.S. Club Soccer (NorCal Premier League)
Previous Appearances: First appearance
All-Time Record: N/A

  • The Cal FC vs. San Francisco City FC match will be streamed live at baosn.tv, on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PT.
  • Qualified by defeating Stanislaus United Academica 3-0 on February 2 at San Francisco State University’s Cox Field.
  • San Francisco City FC has a supporter-ownership structure, with nearly 300 members paying $50 annual dues or a $350 lifetime stake in the club.
  • The club plays home matches at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, former home to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
  • Key players include former UCLA forward and 2010 California High School Player of the year Reed Williams, former University of San Francisco midfielder Mauricio Diaz De Leon, former Georgetown left back Gabriel Padilla and ex-Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms.
  • Head coach Andrew Gardner is a former kicker for the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Harpo’s FC
Founded:
1997
Coach:
Johnny Freeston
Affiliation: U.S. Specialty Sports Association
Previous Appearances: First appearance
All-Time Record: N/A

  • Evolved out of Colorado University’s successful club soccer team, which won the Club National Championship in 2010.
  • Team is named after Harpo’s Bar and Grille in Boulder, Colorado, where club trophies are housed and post-game celebrations take place.
  • Though they didn’t win the USSSA Championship, they advanced as the organization’s representative as opponents KC Athletics had already qualified for the Open Cup via USASA Region II.
  • In that competition, Harpo’s FC beat KC Athletics 4-1 on March 13 in group play before falling to them 3-1 in the final on March 15. Both matches were played in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Because of the above, Harpo’s FC actually clinched qualification by virtue of a 3-2 win vs. Colorado Rovers on March 14. Twenty three year old forward Shane Wheeler scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute.
  • Wheeler has trialed in the past with Rochester Rhinos, Wilmington Hammerheads and Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

KC Athletics
Founded: 2001
Player/Manager:
Kyle Perkins
Affiliation: USASA Region II
Previous Appearances: 2010 (First Round), 2012 (Second Round)
All-Time Record: 1-2-0

  • Founded via the merger of Kansas City Football Club and Kansas Legends Soccer Club in 2001.
  • KC Athletics make its third tournament appearance after qualifying as a USASA Region II representative. The team is also the defending USSSA national champion.
  • KC Athletics initially won its USASA Region II match to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, but a protest by Dearborn Stars was upheld because the field the match was played on was deemed too narrow. Unable to make it to the replay in Chicago, KC Athletics withdrew from the match, missing out on the 2013 Open Cup.
  • Features former professional players Steven Emory (Colorado Rapids), Ryan Kowaluk (Portland Timbers), Bobby Reese (Atlanta Silverbacks) and Peter Kariotis (Niki Voulo; Greece).

Sharp Calls in 16 Players for PNT Camp at NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (April 24, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has called in 16 players for the team’s second domestic training camp of 2015. The camp will run from April 29-May 6 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

“This camp is extremely important as it will serve as the final opportunity for players to make an impression before we select our squad for the World Championships which are taking place in June,” Sharp said. “The squad is carrying a few injuries into camp and some key players are missing due to college finals but this will provide an excellent opportunity for our trialists and peripheral players to step up and claim a place in the final squad.”

The USPNT returns to the NTC for the first time since Sharp first held training camp with the team back in January 2014.

The PNT is coming off a third-place finish at the FOOTIE 7-Povoa Tournament, which took place in late March in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal. Nine players from that roster are a part of the group for this training camp.

“It has been a quick year with the World Championships taking place so early”, Sharp continued. “But I am confident off the back of some good results during last month’s competition in Portugal, that the team will be ready to perform when the whistle goes to begin our first group stage match against Venezuela. “

The 16-player roster includes two new players for 2015: defender Pablo Duque and forward Joshua Brunais. It also includes a first time participant with the PNT under Sharp’s tenure in defender Vincent Juarez.  

For the USA, the camp will continue to serve as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

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Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (5): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Pablo Duque (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.), Vincent Juarez (San Jose, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Jarrett Razon (Niceville, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (2): Joshua Brunais (Washington, D.C.), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas)

U-23 MNT Earns 3-0 Win against Mexico

CARSON, Calif. (April 22, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico 3-0, behind goals from Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean and Jordan Morris at StubHub Center. The win was the second-straight for the U-23 MNT over its Mexico counterpart, after the USA won 2-0 in the last matchup between the two nations on Feb. 29, 2012.

In eight matches between the U.S. U-23 MNT and Mexico since 1992 (when Olympic soccer was first designated as an Under-23 tournament), the USA has gone 6-2-0, (4-0-0 on U.S. soil) including tonight’s win.

U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who saved all seven shots on goal he faced, earned his first shutout of 2015 and the first for any U.S. U-23 MNT goalkeeper this year.

The U-23 MNT next comes together for the Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in Toulon, France. The USA will face France (May 27), Netherlands (May 29), Costa Rica (May 31) and Qatar (June 2).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Mario Rodriguez (Luis Gil), 48th Minute:
Starting from the center, U.S. midfielder Fatai Alashe played a ball out to the left where Luis Gil ran onto it and continued with pace down the left side. Gil angled a pinpoint cross past a closing defender into the box where a sliding Rodriguez volleyed it into the lower right-hand side of the net for the first goal of the game. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Christian Dean (Dillon Serna), 58th minute: Mexico’s Bernardo Hernandez was called for a foul on Mario Rodriguez on the left side of the field, earning the U.S. a free kick. Dillon Serna sent the left-footed free kick into the box where an unmarked Christian Dean headed his shot past helpless Mexico goalkeeper Luis Cardenas into the left side of the frame for his first goal with the U.S. USA 2, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jordan Morris (Shane O’Neill), 68th minute: From a corner kick, Luis Gil sent a high looping ball to the far side of the six yard box. Shane O’Neill ripped in a hard, one-time cross as the ball bounced to him and Morris met the pass with a leaping, left-footed volley that Cardenas got a hand to but was unable to keep from powering into the goal for the final margin. USA 3, MEX 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 1st minute:
Before the game was a minute old, Mexico played a ball through the middle and ripped a shot that forced Cody Cropper into a diving save, which he barely reached and pushed out of play.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 33rd minute: Mexico’s Angel Saldivar pushed at top speed from the right side and flicked a last chance effort at goal before reaching the endline, which Cropper brought in with two hands to keep the game level.

MEX – Luis Cardenas (Save), 41st minute: Luis Gil brought down a deflected ball in the box from 15 yards out, took a touch and a turn, and fired on goal. The shot went straight at Cardenas, who dropped to a knee and collected.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 45th minute: Mexico whipped in a dangerous cross from a corner kick, and Cropper dove out to snag a flick-on right in front of goal, preserving the scoreless the first half.

MEX – Luis Cardenas (Save), 54th minute: Daniel Metzger was first to a deflected ball just outside of the Mexico box, collecting it and sending a hard shot at goal from distance. Cardenas dove and just reached the ball to knock it out of play.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 64th minute: Angel Saldivar shrugged off his defender at the top of the box and sent a curling shot to the far post, which Cropper leaped for and tipped out of play.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 73rd minute: A long bouncing ball was played into the box which a streaking Mexico player met with a tricky header. Cropper was equal to the task, diving and deflecting the ball to safety to keep the shutout.

Additional Notes:

  • The U-23s began the game in a diamond 4-4-2 formation, the same formation used by the senior U.S. team in its match against Mexico on April 15.
  • Mario Rodriguez scored the game’s first goal; it was his second of the year.
  • Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-area native from North Hollywood, made the start at forward. The Borussia Mönchengladbach forward spent time playing in the LA Galaxy’s youth system.
  • Jordan Morris has now scored twice against Mexico in as many games, recording a goal with the senior MNT last week against Mexico in San Antonio, and again tonight. Morris also scored for the U.S. U-23 MNT in the team’s win over Bosnia earlier this year.
  • Luis Gil now leads the team with four assists in 2015.
  • Gil wore the captain’s armband for the third straight game.
  • Oscar Sorto, a Los Angeles native who plays for the LA Galaxy, made the start for the U-23s, playing in his club’s home stadium, StubHub Center.
  • It was also a homecoming for Jose Villarreal, who plays for the LA Galaxy and entered in for Alejandro Guido in the game’s 24th Minute.
  • Christian Dean’s goal was his first at any level of his Youth National Team career with the USA.

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico U-23
Date: April 22, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 3,782
Weather: 61 degrees; Cloudy  

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          3          3
MEX                            0          0          0 

USA – Mario Rodriguez (Luis Gil)               48th minute
USA – Christian Dean (Dillon Serna)           58
USA – Jordan Morris (Shane O’Neill)          68 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 20-Oscar Sorto (3-Boyd Okwuonu, 68), 5-Walker Zimmerman (6-Christian Dean, 46), 4-Shane O’Neill, 7-Dillon Serna (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 81); 14-Fatai Alashe, 13-Alejandro Guido (17-Jose Villareal, 24; 16-Daniel Metzger, 40), 8-Benji Joya, 10-Luis Gil (capt.); 9-Jordan Morris, 18-Mario Rodriguez (11-Alonso Hernandez, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Jon Kempin, 15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 19-Sam Strong
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

MEX: 1-Luis Cardenas;  2-Gil Buron, 4-Luis Guzman, 3-Luis Solorio, 5-Jorge Caballero (15-Bernardo Hernandez, 46); 7-Jorge Espericueta (14-Michael Perez, 59), 11-Daniel Hernandez, 16-Rafael Escamilla (6-Pedro Hernandez, 46); 8-Uvaldo Luna (17-Carlos Cisneros, 74), 9-Angel Zaldivar, 10-Marco Bueno (capt.) (18-Rosario Cota, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Manuel Lajud, 13-Pedro Teran, 19-Jose Alberto Garcia, 20-Ulises Jaimes
Head coach: Raul Gutierrez

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 7 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 10
Fouls: 15 / 10
Offside: 0 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mario Rodriguez (caution)                  21st minute
USA – Fatai Alashe (caution)                         38
USA – Shane O’Neill (caution)                       43
USA –Boyd Okwuonu (caution)                     90+1 

Officials
Referee: David Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Briere (CAN)
4th Official: Mathieu Bourdeau (CAN) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Mario Rodriguez

Selección Masculina Sub-23 de Estados Unidos Derrota a México 3-0 en California

CARSON, California (23 de abril, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-23 de Estados Unidos derrotó a su rival de la CONCACAF, México, 3-0 el miércoles, 22 de abril en la noche en el StubHub Center en Carson, California.

El delantero y nativo del área de Los Ángeles, Mario Rodríguez abrió el marcador para los estadounidenses en el minuto 48 tras recibir un pase por el lado izquierdo del capitán Luis Gil quien marcó su cuarto pase a gol del año. Christian Dean procedió a añadir un tanto diez minutos después tras cabecear un tiro libre directo al arco, dándole así el famoso 2-0 a EE.UU.

Morris, quien hace exactamente un semana atrás anotó su primer gol con la Selección mayor, fue el autor del tercer gol del partido hoy el minuto 68, y así se encargó de marcar su segundo gol contra una Selección mexicana en su carrera.  

Próximamente:
Las Sub-23 continúa preparaciones para el campeonato preolímpico que se llevará a cabo en octubre en Estados Unidos. La selección se juntará nuevamente para el Torneo Toulon en Toulon, Francia, desde el 27 de mayo hasta el 7 de junio. La Sub-23 jugará contra Francia el 27 de mayo, Holanda el 29 de mayo y Qatar el 2 de junio.
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Resumen de Goles:

USA – Mario Rodriguez (Luis Gil), minuto 48:
 Luis Gil le ganó a su defensa por el lado de izquierdo de afuera del área grande y mandó un cruce hacia el medio del área chica en donde Rodríguez se encargó de mandar el balón dentro del arco con la punta del pie derecho. USA 1, MEX 0 (VER GOL)

USA – Christian Dean (Dillon Serna), minuto 58:
Una falta contra Estados Unidos resultó en un tiro libre para los estadounidenses. Dillon Serna cobró el disparo y lo envió hacia el área chica donde sus compañeros esperaban el remate. Christian Dean brincó sobre todos y cabeceó el balón hacia el fondo de la red para el famoso dos a cero. USA 2, MEX 0 (VER GOL)

USA – Jordan Morris (Shane O’Neill), minuto 68:
El defensa Shane O’Neill le envió un pase a Jordan Morris quien con un deslizamiento desde seis yardas del arco dirigió el balón hacia el fondo para abrir el marcador a favor de las barras y las estrellas. USA 3, MEX 0, FINAL

En la Mira y Notas Adicionales:

  • La victoria fue la segunda seguida contra México, ya que el último partido entre ambas selecciones Sub-23’s ocurrió el 29 de febrero del 2012, y también resultó en una victoria estadounidense.
  • En ocho partidos entre la Sub-23 y México desde 1992 (cuando la edad del fútbol masculino olímpico se designó como un torneo de Sub-23), EE.UU. ha registrado un récord de 6-2-0 (4-0 en casa), incluyendo el partido de hoy.
  • Mario Rodríguez y Jordan Morris anotaron su segundo gol del año con los Sub-23. Ambos marcaron tantos durante la victoria de 5-2 en el amistoso de la Sub-23 contra Bosnia el 27 de marzo.
  • Al asistir en el gol de Rodríguez, el capitán Luis Gil marcó su cuarto pase a gol del año; el máximo número en el equipo.
  • Seis jugadores ex alumnos de la Academia de Desarrollo de U.S. Soccer fueron titulares en el partido do hoy: Shane O’Neill, Fatai Alashe, Benji Joya, Gil y Morris.
  • El arquero Cody Cropper jugó en su primer partido del año sin conceder gol. Asimismo, este fue el primer partido del año para la Sub-23 en el cual la selección no concedió gol.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 de Estados Unidos -  

Encuentro: Selección Sub-23 Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. México
Fecha: 22 de abril, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Inicio: 8:30 p.m. PT
Asistencia: 3,782
Clima: 61 grados Fahrenheit; nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:      1          2          F
USA                                                     0          3          3
MEX                                                    0          0          0

USA – Mario Rodríguez (Luis Gil)                    minuto 48
USA – Christian Dean (Dillon Serna)               58
USA – Jordan Morris (Shane O’Neill)               68

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper, 20-Oscar Sorto (3-Boyd Okwuonu, 68), 5-Walker Zimmerman (6-Christian Dean, 46), 4-Shane O’Neill, 7-Dillon Serna (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 81); 14-Fatai Alashe, 13-Alejandro Guido (17-Jose Villarreal, 24; 16-Daniel Metzger, 40), 8-Benji Joya, 10-Luis Gil (capt.); 9-Jordan Morris, 18-Mario Rodríguez (11-Alonso Hernández, 72)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Jon Kempin, 15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 19-Sam Strong
Director Técnico: Andreas Herzog

MEX: 1-Luis Cárdenas;  2-Gil Burón, 4-Luis Guzmán, 3-Luis Solorio, 5-Jorge Caballero (15-Bernardo Hernández, 46); 7-Jorge Espericueta (14-Michael Pérez, 59), 11-Daniel Hernández, 16-Rafael Escamilla (6-Pedro Hernández, 46); 8-Uvaldo Luna (17-Carlos Cisneros, 74), 9-Angel Zaldivar, 10-Marco Bueno (capt.) (18-Rosario Cota, 46)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Manuel Lajud, 13-Pedro Terán, 19-Jose Alberto García, 20-Ulises Jaimes
Director Técnico: Raúl Gutiérrez

Resumen estadístico: USA / MEX
Tiros: 12 / 14
Tiros a Gol: 5 / 7
Atajadas: 7 / 2
Tiros de Esquina: 6 / 10
Faltas: 15 / 10
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 1

Resumen de Faltas:
USA – Mario Rodríguez (amonestación)          minuto 21
USA – Fatai Alashe (amonestación)                            38
USA – Shane O’Neill (amonestación)                          43
USA – Boyd Okwuonu (amonestación)                        90+1

Oficiales: 
Árbitro: David Gantar (CAN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Philippe Briere (CAN)
4th Oficial: Mathieu Bourdeau (CAN)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Mario Rodríguez

U.S. Women's National Team Unveils New 2015 Nike Home Kit

CHICAGO (April 22, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has unveiled a new Nike home kit the team will wear throughout the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The USA kits are available in women’s, men’s, and youth sizes and will be available for sale on ussoccerstore.com starting today at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also purchase the jerseys starting today through the Nike Soccer App (gonike.me/SoccerApp), Nike stores and Nike.com. 

Two Players Join U-18 MNT Camp in Bosnia

CHICAGO (April 22, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has brought in James Murphy (Scotch Plains, N.J./Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Bloomington, Ind./Indiana Fire) to replace Coy Craft and Sebastian Saucedo, who will be returning home as they are sidelined with injuries. 

The U-18's are currently in Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Roster by Position (Detailed Roster):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire; Bloomington, Ind.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

 

 


U-23 MNT to Make 2015 Home Bow vs. Archrival Mexico

U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico U-23 Men’s National Team
International Friendly
StubHub Center; Carson, California

April 22, 2015  U-23’s to Take 2015 Home Bow against Archrival Mexico
For the first time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play on American soil, this time facing off with archrival Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be broadcast live on UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.   Tickets for the match can be purchased at ussoccer.com [TICKETS], by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog has assembled 20 players in California. The roster is charged with experience, as nine players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team, and 11 participated in the U.S. U-23 camp in Europe this past March, which was highlighted by a 5-2 victory over Bosnia in Herzog’s first victory as head coach of the U-23 program. In six matches between the U.S. U-23’s and Mexico since 1992 (when Olympic soccer was first designated as an Under-23-tournament), the USA has gone 5-2-0, including a victory during the squads last matchup on Feb. 29, 2012 by a score line that has become familiar for these two rivals: 2-0. Mexico, the defending Olympic champion, went an undefeated 10-0-1 in its 11 matches in 2012 on the way to the gold medal and will look to continue that success with the 20-man roster it has brought to Carson for this match. The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct.1-13. 

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)  USA U-23’s vs. Mexico:

  • The United States is 5-2-0 against Mexico since 1992.
  • The last time the U-23’s faced Mexico, the U.S. came away with a 2-0 victory in Frisco, Texas. The two goal-scorers in that game for the U.S. were forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Mix Diskerud. Both Agudelo and Diskerud played in the U.S. senior side’s match last week against Mexico, where Agudelo scored the second goal of the team’s 2-0 victory.
  • Since 1992, the U-23’s are 3-0 against Mexico when playing on U.S. soil.
  • Alejandro Guido and Mexico’s Jose Alberto Garcia, Pedro Hernandez, and Gibran Lajud are Liga MX club teammates at Club Tijuana, while Alonzo Hernandez is teammates with Luis Cardenas, Jorge Caballero and Bernardo Hernandez at Monterrey.
U.S. Roster Notes
  • Nine players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal.
  • 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.
  • Eleven players from this roster were on the squad that defeated Bosnia’s U-23 team 5-2 on March 27, including all five U.S. goal scorers from that game: Fatai Alashe, Morris, Rodriguez, Joya and Hernandez. Other players returning from that roster are Christian Dean, Ocegueda, O’Neill, Sorto, Gil, and Alfred Koroma Shams.
  • In addition to Gil captaining the USA during the win against Bosnia, he also assisted on three of the five tallies.
  • Cropper, Dean, Gil, Kempin, Morris, O’Neill, Serna and Sorto have all been part of a USMNT senior camp this year.
  • Gil and Morris are the only two players from the roster to have earned a cap with the senior team in 2015.
  • MLS has sent nine players for this roster with two players each from the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
  • Four players on the roster play for Mexican-based clubs (three from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX).
Mexico Roster Notes
  • Fourteen of the 20 players play in Liga MX.
  • Forward Marco Bueno was part of the Mexico senior team roster that played against the U.S. MNT on April 15. Bueno earned a cap after entering in the game’s 83rd minute.
  • Uvaldo Luna Martinez was born in Houston, Texas, and spent time with the U.S. U-20 MNT.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Luis Cárdenas (Monterrey), Gibran Lajud (Club Tijuana)       
DEFENDERS (6): Gil Burón (Querétaro), Jorge Caballero (Monterrey), Luis Guzmán (Atlas), Bernardo Hernández (Monterrey), Louis Alfonso Solorio (Coras), Pedro Terán (Atlas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Carlos Ernesto Cisneros (Coras), Rosario Enrique Cota Carrazco (Cruz Azul), Kevin Escamilla (UNAM) Jonathan Espericueta (Tigres), Pedro Hernández (Club Tijuana), Michael Pérez Ortiz (Coras), Daniel Hernández Trejo (Atlante)
FORWARDS (5): Marco Bueno (Toluca), Jose Alberto Garcia (Club Tijuana), Ulises Jamies Huerta (Monarcas), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (Tigres), Ángel Zaldivar (Coras) 

2012 U-23 MNT
The U.S. U-23 MNT last met Mexico's U-23 in an international friendly on Feb. 29, 2012 in Frisco, Texas and prevailed 2-0.

U-23’s Last Time On the field against Mexico:

Feb. 29, 2012 – FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly 

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

USA - Juan Agudelo (Mix Diskerud)    35th minute 
USA - Mix Diskerud (Freddy Adu)        36 

Lineups:
 
USA: 1-Bill Hamid (18-Sean Johnson, 46); 3-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Ike Opara (capt.), 4-Perry Kitchen, 5-Zarek Valentin; 6-Alfredo Morales (19-Amobi Okugo, 90), 8-Mix Diskerud, 10-Joe Corona; 7-Freddy Adu (17-Tony Taylor, 67), 9-Juan Agudelo (12-Teal Bunbury, 61), 11-Joe Gyau (14-Dilly Duka, 78) 
Subs not used: 13-Jorge Villafana, 15-Jack McInerney, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 20-Michael Stephens 
Head Coach: Caleb Porter 

MEX: 1-Liborio Sanchez, 2-Israel Jimenez, 4-Nestor Araujo, 5-Darvin Chávez, 6-Ricardo Bocanegra (17-Javier Aquino, 46), 7-Javier Cortés, 9-Jeronimo Amione (19-Alan Pulido, 64), 10-Marco Fabian, 14-Jorge Enriquez (8-David Cabrera, 78), 16-Miguel Ponce (18-Hector Herrera, 46), 21-Ricardo Mier (capt.) 
Subs not used: 11-Nestor Calderon, 12-Antonio Rodriguez, 13-Diego Reyes, 15-Jair Barraza, 20-Hugo Rodriguez
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena 

U-15 BNT Set To Play June Friendlies in Argentina

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will play a trio of friendly matches against South American National Teams during its second training camp of the year to be held from June 4-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roster details for the nine-day camp will be announced at a later date.

The U-15’s will play Uruguay on June 8, matchup against host Argentina on June 10 and round out the trip against Paraguay on June 12.

"It is always an important experience for our young players to compete against the South America soccer powers of Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth said. “Perhaps just as important is also the valuable learning experience of playing in such an amazing soccer culture as Argentina. The history, passion and environment will undoubtedly provide our team a unique opportunity."

Additionally, Hackworth’s group will also be traveling to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, this week to compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. The USA’s 20-player roster has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia and is set to open play on April 25. 

U-20 MNT Equalizes Late for 2-2 Draw against Qatar in Austria

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team found the back of the net late in the second half to come out with a 2-2 draw against fellow World Cup side Qatar earlier today at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Slazburg in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria.

Amando Moreno put the U.S. ahead early in the game with a tally in the 22nd minute after side stepping a defender and taking a hard shot right to the goal from the top of the box.

Qatar wasted no time coming from the half and converted on a penalty kick in the 46th minute to equalize the match. A second goal came in the 75th, giving the team a 2-1 lead over the USA.

Defender Conor Donovan saw an opportunity following a U.S. corner kick in the 84th minute and found the ball after it was put into play to send it to the back of the net for the 2-2 and the eventual final score.

Following this game, the U-20’s will resume training in Austria and then face Croatia on April 25, also at Red Bull Arena.

The camp is serving as the USA’s continued preparations for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.

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

 

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Qatar U-20 MNT
Date: April 21, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Salzburg Academy; Salzburg, Austria
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1      2      F

USA                                       1      1      2
QAT                                       0      2      2

USA                       Amando Moreno                                             22nd minute                    
QAT                       Ahmad Al Saadi                                             46
QAT                       Tareq Sulaiman (Akram Afif)                       75
USA                       Conor Donovan (Maki Tall)                          84

Lineups:
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaq Moore, Cameron Carter-Vickers (Conor Donovan, 75), Matt Miazga, John Requejo; Ethan Sonis (Marco Delgado, 46), Joel Sonora (Cristian Roldan, 76), Junior Flores (Romain Gall, 76); Amando Moreno (Jordan Allen, 46), Lynden Gooch (Tommy Thompson, 76), Maki Tall.
Subs Not Used: Zach Pfeffer, Jeff Caldwell, Erik Palmer-Brown
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

QAT: Mohammed Al Bakri; Abdulaziz Al-Khalosi, Tameem Al-Muhaza, Ahmad Doozandeh (capt.) (Ali Bojaloof, 63), Fahad Al Abdulrahman; Abdou Serigne (Tareq Sulaiman, 63), Abdulrahman Anad (Muaz Al Abdien, 46), Nasser Al Nasr (Ayoub Alleimon, 63); Said Sayeed (Akram Afif, 32), Ahmad Al Saadi (Sai Brahmi), Abdulrahman Fhami.
Head Coach: Felix Sanchez

Stats Summary: USA / QAT

Shots: 15 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 17
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

QAT       Husam Hassunin (caution)           63rd minute                       
USA       Cristian Roldan (caution)               77                                          


Coaching Department Launches First Academy Director Course

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department has announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches.

The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

The candidates will meet from April 21-24 at the Nike Campus in Portland, Oregon, where they will partake in the first in-person meeting, marking the beginning of the course. The first module will focus on the following key areas: Zone I (grassroots) methods of coaching, leadership and Long Term Player Development (LTPD).

The 16-month course will be led by Director of Coaching Development, Dave Chesler. In addition, each module will include leading experts to teach different course components. For the first module Dr. John Cone, Vince Ganzberg and Dr. Greg Shelly will lead the LTPD, Zone I methods of coaching and leadership sections, respectively. 

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

The modules the candidates will complete throughout the span of the course include: attending a U.S. Youth National Team camp; an international trip; attendance at U.S. Soccer Development Academy events, leadership, LTAD, practical coaching in Zones I, II and III, sport science and technology.

This will be U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department first Academy Director course offered. The April course launch follows a successful pilot program in 2013-14.

Roster of Candidates Selected:
Tony Annan (Dunwoody, Ga. /Georgia United); Matias Asorey (Miami, Fla./Kendall SC); John Bradford (Raleigh, N.C./Capital Area Railhawks CASL); Erik Bushey (Denver, Colo./Colorado Rush); Tim Carter (Northfield, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary’s); James Clarkson (Missouri City, Texas/Houston Dynamo); Jonathon Colton (Potomac, Md./Bethesda Soccer Club); Scott Donnelly (Exeter, N.H./U.S. Soccer); Don Gemmell (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas Rush Soccer Club); Mickey Kydes (Norwalk, Conn./Beachside of CT Soccer Club); Paul McGlynn (Middle Village, N.Y./BW Gottschee); Michael Milazzo (Richmond, VA /Richmond United); Samuel Nellins (Denville, N.J./Player Development Academy); Marc Nicholls (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Sounders); Jon Parry (Overland Park, Kan./Sporting Kansas City); Darren Powell (Lake Mary, Fla./Orlando City); Todd Saldana (El Segundo, Calif./U.S. Soccer); Nolan Sheldon (Washington, D.C./D.C. United); Larry Sunderland (Brookfield, Ill./Chicago Fire Soccer Club); Martin Vazquez (Casa Grande, Ariz./Real Salt Lake-AZ)

MNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Highlights: Morris Strikes Again, Rodriguez and Dean Add Gloss to U-23 MNT Win Over Mexico

The U.S. U-23 MNT defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson, California.

GOAL: Jordan Morris Caps Off U-23 MNT's 3-0 Win vs. Mexico

For the second time in a week, Jordan Morris scored against Mexico - this time with the U-23 MNT to close out a 3-0 win.

GOAL: Christian Dean Extends U-23 MNT Lead Over Mexico to 2-0

Christian Dean's headed goal from a second half set piece doubled the U.S. U-23 MNT's lead. #dosacero

GOAL: Mario Rodriguez Lands Opening Blow for U.S. U-23s vs. Mexico

Mario Rodriguez smartly finished from a Luis Gil cross to give the U-23 #USMNT a 1-0 lead over Mexico.

U-23s Continue Rivalry with Mexico in Carson

The U-23 MNT is preparing for Olympic Qualifying later this year and their first home match of 2015 is against Mexico in Carson. Watch as the USA prepares for a match against their archrival with an eye towards qualifying and Rio de Janeiro next year.

Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up another #DosACero vs. Mexico

The USA beat Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,369 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored for the U.S.

GOAL: Juan Agudelo Rings Up another #DosACero for USA

Juan Agudelo scored to make the U.S. lead #dosacero as the U.S. MNT took on Mexico presented by AT&T. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.

GOAL: Jordan Morris Opens His MNT Account on Big Stage

Jordan Morris scored his first international goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in #USAvMEX presented by AT&T. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.
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