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Beach Soccer Takes Fourth Place at Mundialito

The U.S. Beach Soccer Team finished in fourth place at the three-day Mundialito from July 25-27 at Espinho in Portugal. Host Portugal won its fifth Mundialito, followed by Japan, Hungary and the USA.

The USA’s best opportunity for a victory came in the opener, a 5-4 loss in extra time to Japan on Friday, July 25. U.S. captain Nick Perera had two tallies, and after back-to-back goals from Michael Zaher and Andrew Feld, the USA held a 4-3 lead in the final period. Japan responded, however, with one goal in regulation and then scored in the second minute of extra time for the 5-4 victory.

On Saturday, July 26, the USA fell 14-1 to host Portugal, as Alessandro Canale had the lone goal for the U.S. in that match.

The U.S. Beach Soccer squad capped off the tournament with a 5-2 loss on Sunday, July 27, to Hungary, which had a 4-0 lead early in the third period. Canale and Chris Cummings each tallied a goal for the USA down the stretch to make it 4-2, but Hungary responded late to take third place in the tournament.

Open Cup ‘Game of the Round’ Features Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders on Aug. 13

CHICAGO (July 28, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will broadcast the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC as its “Game of the Round” coverage resumes on ussoccer.com on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. PT. The two teams last faced each other in the tournament in the 2011 Final in which Seattle defeated Chicago 2-0 and earned its third Open Cup title.  

One day earlier, the first finalist will be decided when the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas meet at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Aug. 12. 

The Chicago Fire has enjoyed the most U.S. Open Cup success among MLS franchises with four titles (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and two runner-up finishes (2004, 2011).

Semifinal Round Schedule

 Date

Game

Time

Venue

Aug. 12

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

8 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Aug. 13

Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC

7 p.m. PT

Starfire Soccer Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup - Group B Capsules

GERMANY
(Tuesday, Aug. 5; 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU, WatchESPN)

U-20 Women’s World Cup history: Germany has had tremendous success in this tournament, winning it twice (2004 and 2010) and finishing second once and third twice. In fact, the only time the Germans did not finish in the top three was in Russia in 2006 when they fell to the USA 4-1 in the quarterfinal round. Germany has been in the last two U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals, winning at home in 2010 while scoring 20 goals in six games and defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the title game. Numerous players who have played for Germany at the U-20 level have gone on to star for the senior side.

How they got here: Germany fell in the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship by a 2-1 score to eventual champion France, but the semifinal berth was good enough to book tickets to Canada. In group play, Germany demolished Norway 5-0, defeated Sweden 2-0 and drew with eventual fellow qualifier Finland 1-1. In the semifinal France’s Kadidiatou Diani scored twice in three minutes (62nd and 64th) and the Germans could only muster a stoppage time penalty kick from Pauline Bremer.

Head coach: Maren Meinert

Did you know: Head coach Maren Meinert played on Germany’s 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team and was the MVP of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003 with the Boston Breakers under former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. This will be her fifth U-20 Women’s World Cup at the helm of Germany.

BRAZIL
(Friday, Aug. 8; 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU, WatchESPN)

U-20 World Cup history: Brazil has qualified for every edition of the tournament, finishing fourth in 2002 and 2004 (when they were led by two of the world’s best strikers in Marta and Cristiane) before coming third in 2006 (then they defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout after the match ended 0-0). In 2008, Brazil lost 3-2 in the quarterfinal to a German side that went on to finish third, and were knocked out in the first phase in 2010, losing 1-0 to Korea DPR in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Sweden. A 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the team’s last match was not enough to avoid elimination. In the most recent World Cup in 2012 in Japan, Brazil did not make it out of the group after drawing with Italy and Nigeria and losing to Korea Republic.

How they got here: Brazil arrives to Canada as South American champions for the sixth time. Brazil defeated fellow qualifier Paraguay 2-0 in the final, meaning that Brazil have now won every edition of the continental tournament at this age level. A penalty from Andressa opened the scoring 35 minutes into the first half after Ludmila was brought down in the area. In the second half, it was Ludmila’s turn to score when the striker received the ball from Andressa, dribbled past two defenders and slipped a shot past the keeper. Brazil finished the tournament with six wins and a draw, also defeating Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, while drawing with Colombia, in group play, and took down Bolivia (3-0), Colombia (6-0) and Paraguay (2-0) in the final phase.

Head coach: Doriva Bueno

Did you know: Marta won the Silver Ball at this tournament in 2002 and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player in 2004.

CHINA PR
(Tuesday, Aug. 12; 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN)

U-20 World Cup history: While Chinese women’s soccer has been down a bit of late, China does have a strong history in this tournament, having finished as runner-up in two consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups in 2004 and 2006. The Chinese, however, have since failed to progress beyond the group phase. The Steel Rosebuds suffered an early exit in a difficult group also featuring eventual champions USA and semifinalists France at Chile 2008 and, after missing qualification for Germany 2010, they were eliminated during the group stage in Japan in 2012.

How they got here: China PR finished in third place in Asian qualifying tournament which they hosted to earn its berth to Canada. They opened with a 2-2 draw against the Korea Republic, fell 1-0 to Korea DPR and then earned a hard-fought and crucial 2-1 win over Australia, before drawing 2-2 against Japan. China wrapped up the tournament with a resounding 8-0 demolition of Myanmar to seal third place and qualification.

Head coach: Wang Jun

Did you know: China defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout in the U-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal 2004 after the match had ended 0-0. It was the first game during the entire cycle that the USA had failed to score at least one goal.

WNT Qualifying Quest Begins

The U.S. Women’s National Team will barnstorm the Midwest and East Coast during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be held from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities: Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

At stake: three automatic berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. After a successful second season of the National Women’s Soccer League, many of the U.S. players will get the chance to play in front of the same fans that cheered them on for the clubs as all the group matches will be played in NWSL cities. With a tremendous 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil setting a new standard for support of the U.S. National Team, the focus now turns to the U.S. Women as they begin their quest to qualify for a seventh consecutive Women’s World Cup.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

CONCACAF Announces Jamaica as Host of U-20 Championships in January

MIAMI (July 23, 2014) – CONCACAF has announced that Jamaica will host the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Championships in January of 2015, a tournament that will yield four qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The National Stadium in Kingston as well as the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay will host group matches as the tournament switches to a new format. The final round will also be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The new format will feature 12 teams divided into groups of six that will play a round-robin format kicking off on January 9, with the top finisher in each group receiving an automatic bid to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and a spot in the championship match on January 24.

The second and third-place finishers in each of the two groups will then be re-seeded into a four-team table. The top seed will play the fourth seed and the second and third seeds will face off on January 24. The winners of each of those matches will also qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

In total, the tournament will have a record 33 matches over 11 match days with a triple-header on each match day. The new tournament structure is to enhance competition for the championship and increase development with more matches.

Of the 12 teams, five will come from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. Mexico is the two-time defending U-20 CONCACAF champion, winning the title in Mexico in 2013 and in Guatemala in 2011.

CONCACAF U-20 Championships Jamaica 2015
 
Dates: January 9 – January 24, 2015
 
Location: Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica
 
Stadiums: National Stadium (Kingston) and Montego Bay Sports Complex
 
Participating Teams: 12
               
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
 
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup: 4
 
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. The second- and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Rosters for Nordic Tournament and Copa Mexico

CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named two rosters for the upcoming Open Nordic Tournament starting July 28 in Kolding, Denmark, and the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Aug. 2 in Mexico City.

An 18-player group will represent the United States in Denmark, with the tournament kicking off July 28 against host Denmark. A 20-player roster has been named for the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, with the USA opening against China PR on Aug. 2.

The tournaments overlap, but there are four players who have been rostered for both tournaments: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

The USA’s U-17 pool has had an unbeaten 2014 in international competition with a 7-0-2 record. The U-17s went 3-0-1 and defeated Turkey 2-1 in the Aegean Cup championship in January. In early April, the USA defeated Bosnia 4-1 in the Katalinski Memorial Tournament title match in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to cap off a 2-0-1 performance at the event. The U.S. U-17 MNT then posted back-to-back wins against Croatia on April 8 and 10.

Among the combined 34 players involved in this two-tournament stretch, there are 23 who are currently registered with Development Academy clubs.

Two players advanced to the recently-completed 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. On the USA’s Nordic roster, defender Miles Stray was on Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16 national runner-up team. Rice, who is on both U.S. U-17 MNT rosters, had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Magic PSG’s U-15/16s in their third-place victory against Strikers FC.

The two rosters are mostly composed of players born in 1998, with the exception of defender Tyler Adams, midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, defender Lara and goalkeeper Eric Lopez who were born in 1999.

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Open Nordic Tournament Schedule:
Monday, July 28: USA vs. Denmark
Tuesday, July 29: USA vs. Norway
Thursday, July 31: USA vs. Faroe Islands
Saturday, Aug. 2: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Copa Mexico de Naciones Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 2: USA vs. China PR
Sunday, Aug. 3: USA vs. Argentina
Monday, Aug. 4: USA vs. Paraguay
Wednesday, Aug. 6: TBD
Friday, Aug. 8: TBD
Sunday, Aug. 10: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT Rosters by Position:
Open Nordic Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJCSA; Totowa, N.J.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

Copa Mexico de Naciones:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Unattached; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Development Academy Players and Coaches Earn End-of-Year Honors for 2013-14 Season

CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has named its conference award winners for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Additional accolades include a Starting XI for each conference at each age group, as well as team- and club-focused awards.

Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney) was named Player of the Year in the East Conference for the Under-15/16s (1997-98 birth years). Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire) won the award in the Central and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ) in the West. For Coach of the Year, Matias Asorey (Kendall SC) was the winner in the East Conference. Lars Richters (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves) won in the Central and Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores) took the honors in the West.

For the Under-17/18s (1995-96 birth years), the Players of the Year were Brian White (Players Development Academy) in the East, Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC) in the Central and Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy) in the West. Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney) was the Coach of the Year in the East, with Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy) and Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC) winning the award in the Central and West, respectively.

For the overall awards, the Philadelphia Union was named the Best Overall Club in the East Conference. FC Dallas earned the same distinction in the Central and the award went to the LA Galaxy in the West. To be considered for this award, a club must have a U-12 through Pro Development pathway.

In the Under-13/14 age group (1990-00 birth years), the Development Academy does not award individual players but does recognize Coaches of the Year, along with team and club awards. Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC) took home Coach of the Year honors in the East Conference, with Dave Richardson (Sockers FC) and Shaun Tsakaris (De Anza Force) garnering the honors in the Central and West Conferences, respectively.

A list of all the award winners, including the Starting XI for each conference and age division, can be found below.

Under-13/14 (1999-00)
East
COACH OF THE YEAR: Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC)
Central
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Richardson (Sockers FC)
West
COACH OF THE YEAR: Shaun Tsakiris (De Anza Force)

Under-15/16 (1997-98)
East
GOALKEEPER: Austin Aviza (New England Revolution)
DEFENDERS: Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), DJ Mason (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic), Juan Riley (Weston FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Alex Soto (NJSA 04), Patrick Jean-Gilles (D.C. United), Juan Gamino (Kendall SC)
FORWARDS: Austin Maloney (PA Classics), Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney), Owen Marshall (D.C. United)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matias Asorey (Kendall SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Konrad Dziedzic (Chicago Magic PSG)
DEFENDERS: AJ Pallazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids), Willie Maddox (Vardar), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Nash Popovic (Vardar), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lars Richter (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)

West
GOALKEEPER: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
DEFENDERS: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Shinya Kadono (Strikers FC), Rey Ortiz (LA Galaxy), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS: Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC), Ivan Gutierrez (Chivas USA), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ)

Under-17/18 (1995-96)
East
GOALKEEPER: Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS: Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney), Caleb Duvernay (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls), Carter Manley (Bethesda-Olney)
MIDFIELDERS: Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney), Chris Lema (New York Red Bulls), Declan McCabe (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS: Cameron Moseley (Concorde Fire), Brian White (Players Development Academy), Tanner Roberts (Carolina Rapids)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brian White (Players Development Academy)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Joseph Melong (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
DEFENDERS: Frankie Moore (Chicago Magic PSG), Francisco Narbon (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS: Eduardo Reza (Colorado Rush), Rece Buckmaster (Indiana Fire Academy), Martin Alba (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC), Sam Forsgren (Minnesota Thunder), Ricky Lopez (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC)

West
GOALKEEPER: Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal)
DEFENDERS: John Requejo (Real So Cal), Jacob Hauser (Seattle Sounders FC), Sam Junqua (De Anza Force), David Chavez (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Roberto Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS: Carlos Delgadillo (De Anza Force), Saul Aquino (Nomads SC), Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)

Team Awards
Under-13/14 (1999-00) Style of Play
East: Georgia United
Central: Solar Chelsea SC
West: De Anza Force

Under-15/16 (1997-98) Style of Play
East: Kendall SC
Central: Chicago Magic PSG
West: Real Salt Lake AZ

Under-17/18 (1995-96) Style of Play
East: Bethesda-Olney
Central: Chicago Fire
West: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Overall
East
BEST OVERALL CLUB: Philadelphia Union
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: BSC CT
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: IMG Academy
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Philadelphia Union
RESPECT AWARD: PA Classics
COMMUNITY AWARD: Philadelphia Union

Central
BEST OVERALL CLUB: FC Dallas
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Minnesota Thunder Academy
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: FC Dallas
RESPECT AWARD: Solar Chelsea SC
COMMUNITY AWARD: Sporting Kansas City

West
BEST OVERALL CLUB: LA Galaxy
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Real Salt Lake AZ
RESPECT AWARD: De Anza Force
COMMUNITY AWARD: Real So Cal

PDA U-17/18s Earn First Development Academy National Title

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – Brian White recorded a goal and an assist and the Players Development Academy defense held Bethesda-Olney in check to earn a 2-0 victory and win the 2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

This marked the first time PDA has earned a national championship in the Development Academy. PDA also caps off the season with a 24-3-4 overall record and an unbeaten postseason stretch with a 5-0-1 record.

PDA immediately increased the pressure on the Bethesda-Olney defense in the second half with two shots on frame in the first two minutes, then broke through with the game’s first tally about five minutes later.

White scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute. After a shot by Jared Stroud, Bethesda-Olney keeper Joe Bogan and Bethesda-Olney defender Ismael Lapp-Kamara came together to clear the rebound, causing a loose ball that fell to White in front of the net. He took one dribble to his right and shot to give PDA a 1-0 lead.

PDA pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute when White tapped a pass to Ryan Peterson alone in the middle of box. The darting Peterson took one touch to fire a shot to the upper right corner of the net and pad the PDA lead.

Both teams had chances in a spirited first half of a game that featured two of the most prolific scorers in the Development Academy this season in White and Bethesda-Olney’s Jeremy Ebobisse.

Ebobisse was responsible for Bethesda Olney’s first chance of the game in the ninth minute, when his diving header in front of the goal was astutely deflected by PDA goalkeeper Joe Ohaus wide of the goal.

Jake Rozhansky nearly put Bethesda-Olney on the score sheet in the 22nd minute. His running, right-footed shot from just outside the box was tipped wide by a diving Ohaus.

PDA created a quality scoring opportunity in the 42nd minute as Daniel Mooney attempted a half-volley that was just out of the reach of Bethesda-Olney goalkeeper Bogan, but the shot hit the left upright and caromed back out to the middle of the box.

Bethesda-Olney responded in the 44th minute with a shot of its own from Sam Schmidt, who found himself with space along the left side. He dribbled toward the goal and tried a right-footed bender that ended up just wide of the right post. 

While trailing 2-0 in the closing 10 minutes, an urgent Bethesda-Olney side generated one of its best chances of the game in the 81st minute when Ebobisse dribbled through the middle of the PDA defense and forced Ohaus off his line. Ohaus dove at Ebobisse’s feet and tipped the ball just enough to allow the defense to recover and clear the ball.

-U-17/18 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Bethesda-Olney vs. Players Development Academy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
Bethesda-Olney         0   0   0
PDA                          0   2   2

PDA – Brian White 54th minute
PDA – Ryan Peterson (Brian White) 70

Lineups:
BTO: 24-Joe Bogan; 8-Carter Manley, 6-Ismail Lapp-Kamara, 5-Karl Brown, 3-Chase Gasper; 4-Matt Danilack, 15-Jorge Quintanilla (16-Nolan Axenfeld, 61), 10-Jake Rozhansky; 11-Sam Schmidt (21-Ibrahima Kouyate, 74), 7-Matthew Ledder (14-Daniel Kaiser, 74), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse
Head Coach: Matthew Pilkington

PDA: 41-Joe Ohaus; 5-Tyler Pinho, 6-Niel Guzman, 33-Franky Martinez, 20-Kevin Kappock; 2-Matthew Mangini, 11-Anderson Asiedu, 4-Jake Areman (3-Brett Giuliana, 86); 28-Juan Rivero (7-Ryan Peterson, 46), 9-Jared Stroud (14-James Murphy, 67), 10-Brian White
Head Coach: Sam Nellins

Stats Summary: BTO / PDA
Shots: 12 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
PDA – Jared Stroud (caution) 19
BTO – Chase Gasper (caution) 76

Officials:
Referee: Denis Vargas
Assistant Referee: Ryan Cook
Assistant Referee: Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: David Breckner

WNT Qualifying Quest Begins

The U.S. Women’s National Team will barnstorm the Midwest and East Coast during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be held from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities: Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

At stake: three automatic berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. After a successful second season of the National Women’s Soccer League, many of the U.S. players will get the chance to play in front of the same fans that cheered them on for the clubs as all the group matches will be played in NWSL cities. With a tremendous 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil setting a new standard for support of the U.S. National Team, the focus now turns to the U.S. Women as they begin their quest to qualify for a seventh consecutive Women’s World Cup.

2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship: PDA vs. Bethesda-Olney

Welcome to U.S. Soccer’s live broadcast of the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. The U-17/18 title game features Players Development Academy and first-season Academy club Bethesda-Olney.

Kickoff for the game between PDA and Bethesda-Olney is set for 7 p.m. PT from StubHub Center in Carson, California.

2013-14 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. LA Galaxy

Welcome to U.S. Soccer’s live broadcast of the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. The U-15/16 title game features defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ against the LA Galaxy.

Kickoff for the game between RSL AZ and the LA Galaxy is set for 4 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-20 MNT’s Zach Pfeffer Benefits from ‘Unorthodox Path’ Abroad

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Zach Pfeffer has quite the resume at a young age. From signing with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union at age 15 to spending a year with Hoffenheim in Germany, the 19-year-old Pfeffer has already had a busy professional career.

Pfeffer, like many other athletes, played multiple sports as a youth. But since he was 3 years old, he naturally gravitated toward soccer and has dedicated his time to following the dream of playing the sport at the highest level.

“For whatever reason – I don’t know the exact reason – but soccer was my favorite sport to play,” said Pfeffer, who recently scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. U-20 MNT during a 2-1 victory against Chile at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational. “It was my passion. I took that, ran with it, trained as much as possible, watched and studied the game as much as possible, and just tried to be the best player that I could be. I’ve always had that goal, that mindset to be a professional player since I was very young. I’ve tried to focus in on that goal and work hard for it.”

The goal to become a professional player came to fruition just before his 16th birthday when he signed a professional contract with the Union. Pfeffer has played with the first team on numerous occasions, appearing in eight MLS games to date and multiple friendlies.

“I’ve been in that professional environment now for about four years,” said Pfeffer, who also has ties to the Development Academy’s FC DELCO. “It’s a little bit unorthodox of a path for a typical American player. I’ve been able to grow and mature and be a part of the Union for the last four years and I think that’s helped me to grow and progress as a player.”

Pfeffer was away from the Union organization for one year as he was loaned to German club Hoffenheim, where he played mostly with the U-19s. He also made appearances with the U-23s (the reserve team) and took part in multiple training sessions with the first team. U.S. U-20 MNT teammate Russell Canouse was is part of the Hoffenheim club, providing Pfeffer with some familiarity.

It was a valuable time for Pfeffer as both a player and a person.

“It was a great experience,” Pfeffer said. “I was by myself in a foreign country for the first time for an extended period of time; it wasn’t just a few weeks, it was for a whole year. I was forced to learn the language as well. All of those things really make you grow up and make you learn more about yourself. You have to become independent and really mature quickly.”

Being exposed to the German style has contributed to his improvement as a player. It has helped to round out his game and apply it as he plays for the U.S. U-20 MNT and in MLS.

“I think as a soccer player it’s always good to be exposed to different styles of play and different cultures,” Pfeffer said. “You want to be as well-rounded of a player as you can be. I’m just trying to mix everything that I’ve learned from the German style of play with what I’ve learned growing up here in the U.S. and what I’m learning now playing in MLS.”

Playing in the Youth National Team system since his early teenage years, Pfeffer sees familiar faces every time he comes to camp with the U-20s. He has played with or against keeper Zack Steffen and Canouse since he was 13 in a club setting or within the U.S. National Team system.

With his long history with the U.S. MNT and impressive club and professional career thus far, Pfeffer is hoping to add the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup to his list.

“I’m very excited,” Pfeffer said. “I’ve been representing the National Team since U-14. This is just the next step and the next part of the progression through the National Team system . It’s obviously very exciting to be able to represent your country. Hopefully I’ll be able to be a part of that and qualify for the World Cup.”

Coaching Q&A: Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department continues a new series of articles to introduce coaches to its National Instructional Staff. Each month, the department will feature a Q&A with a member of the staff that will delve into his or her background and coaching experience.

The National Instructional Staff consists of top coaches from across the country, leading the sport in coaching education. We aim to share with coaches a small glimpse of our instructors' history, knowledge and expertise that they provide at U.S. Soccer educational events.

Conference Call Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

On the attention he has received and how he is dealing with it:
“I think when you get in the public eye, you just try and figure out a way to deal with it. I’m old, so I’ve been dealing with it for a while. I keep my feet on the ground and just figure out a way to deal with it. Like I said, it’s nothing new when you’re in the public eye. It’s nice that America knows about soccer. I think that’s what’s most important.”

On being the subject of social media praise and photos:
“In today’s day and age with social media and all the rest of it, nothing surprises me. There are some very creative and funny individuals out there. If it makes them happy, I think it’s quite funny.”

On if he prepared differently or knew the game against Belgium would be different:
“That’s a good question. I’ve been asked that a couple times today. I always try and do the same things every day. I eat the same way, I train the same way, and I’ve found success doing that. I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for those types of performances. You just hope that if you work hard enough for long enough, you’ll get a little bit of luck.”

On his future with the U.S. Men’s National Team:
“I signed an extension which is a four-year contract with Everton. That excites me, all the good things that are going on at that club, which obviously is a club that I love. What happens going forward with the National Team? I don’t know. The emotions are too raw at the moment so I’ll let everything die down. I’ll speak to people who are close to me and the manager and decide what my future looks like. I don’t think it’s very black and white to be honest, so I need to figure all that out.”

On the attention the U.S. MNT gets and competing with the other sports in the U.S.:
“I tell you what, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Every four years, America gets behind this team, obviously we have a good following anyway, but gets behind this team and really drives us forward. I live in Europe and there are a lot of European countries that don’t. They’re very cynical. Their team goes to the World Cup and they don’t do very well and everyone says ‘I told you so.’ I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that all the attention is on us every four years and that people take notice. It’s hard to sustain that every day. Around the world in Europe and Africa and Asia and South America, soccer is either the No. 1 sport or the only sport. In America, we’re competing with football, basketball, baseball, hockey. It’s not as easy a question as that, but the support has been immense.”

On whether or not he might retire:
“There’s a lot that goes into the decision and right now emotions are high so I want to let things settle. There’s no doubt, barring injury, that I’ll be fit and willing to keep going, but there are a lot more things that go into that decision than just my physical health. It’s something that, in time, I’ll decide.”

On whether he was more tired after making a record-setting 16 saves than after a normal game:
“No, physically I was fine. Physically, I was great. I think when you’re active and you’re in the match a lot, you just go into a zone, your body goes into autopilot. I mean, those guys in front of me are incredible. How they run that long and that hard is beyond me. I’m driving them on, I’m cracking the whip and I can see they don’t want to do it but they keep pushing themselves and their performance was absolutely miraculous. It’s very tough to do what they did for 120 minutes.”

On the influence of Roberto Martinez on his goalkeeping and playing the ball out of the ball back with his feet more:
“That’s a great observation. I think it’s laughable that I find myself in the games sometimes thinking, ‘I’m only doing this because Roberto wants it done, you know?’ He’s just been incredible. He has given me the confidence to not only play out of the back but to control the rhythm and to see how the build-up works from a goalkeeping standpoint. He’s been fabulous. He and I were introduced to each other at 34 and I thought that was it, I thought I had learned everything I needed to learn. He’s been a breath of fresh air in his style and the way he has encouraged me to play.”

On his thoughts regarding the young talent coming into the Men’s National Team:
“The talent pool is rich. This was a very young team and even if guys didn’t play serious minutes, they were a part of this experience and they’ll be so much better for it in the coming years whether that be Copa America, Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifying and on to the next World Cup. As we saw with Julian Green last night who came on with a goal that we desperately needed, but I think more so DeAndre Yedlin has just put a big smile on my face. He comes into the game and faces Eden Hazard and he never looked back, and Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, or was one of them last year, and he’s a threat to anyone and DeAndre got his head down and dared him to come at him. I think it’s very exciting for U.S. Soccer.”

Altidore on Alert

SALVADOR, Brazil – In the mid-day heat, the U.S. Men’s National Team began its training session as it normally does: with a huddle around head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

On Monday, though, the crowd gathered around another old friend. Greeted with hoops and hollers from his teammates, Jozy Altidore stepped into the middle of the circle as his teammates jumped around him. A round of applause followed. Officially speaking, Altidore is available for selection after a hamstring injury suffered in the team's opening game of the World Cup.

Beach Soccer Takes Fourth Place at Mundialito

The U.S. Beach Soccer Team finished in fourth place at the three-day Mundialito from July 25-27 at Espinho in Portugal. Host Portugal won its fifth Mundialito, followed by Japan, Hungary and the USA.

The USA’s best opportunity for a victory came in the opener, a 5-4 loss in extra time to Japan on Friday, July 25. U.S. captain Nick Perera had two tallies, and after back-to-back goals from Michael Zaher and Andrew Feld, the USA held a 4-3 lead in the final period. Japan responded, however, with one goal in regulation and then scored in the second minute of extra time for the 5-4 victory.

On Saturday, July 26, the USA fell 14-1 to host Portugal, as Alessandro Canale had the lone goal for the U.S. in that match.

The U.S. Beach Soccer squad capped off the tournament with a 5-2 loss on Sunday, July 27, to Hungary, which had a 4-0 lead early in the third period. Canale and Chris Cummings each tallied a goal for the USA down the stretch to make it 4-2, but Hungary responded late to take third place in the tournament.

Open Cup ‘Game of the Round’ Features Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders on Aug. 13

CHICAGO (July 28, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will broadcast the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC as its “Game of the Round” coverage resumes on ussoccer.com on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. PT. The two teams last faced each other in the tournament in the 2011 Final in which Seattle defeated Chicago 2-0 and earned its third Open Cup title.  

One day earlier, the first finalist will be decided when the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas meet at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Aug. 12. 

The Chicago Fire has enjoyed the most U.S. Open Cup success among MLS franchises with four titles (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006) and two runner-up finishes (2004, 2011).

Semifinal Round Schedule

 Date

Game

Time

Venue

Aug. 12

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas

8 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Aug. 13

Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC

7 p.m. PT

Starfire Soccer Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. WNT Match Against Switzerland in Cary, North Carolina, is Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 25, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team match against Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, is sold out. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA’s first match at WakeMed Soccer Park since the expansion to its current 10,000 capacity and the first sellout for the U.S. Women at this venue will also be the first meeting between the countries at the women’s senior level. This is a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.

Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.

2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup - Group B Capsules

GERMANY
(Tuesday, Aug. 5; 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU, WatchESPN)

U-20 Women’s World Cup history: Germany has had tremendous success in this tournament, winning it twice (2004 and 2010) and finishing second once and third twice. In fact, the only time the Germans did not finish in the top three was in Russia in 2006 when they fell to the USA 4-1 in the quarterfinal round. Germany has been in the last two U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals, winning at home in 2010 while scoring 20 goals in six games and defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the title game. Numerous players who have played for Germany at the U-20 level have gone on to star for the senior side.

How they got here: Germany fell in the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship by a 2-1 score to eventual champion France, but the semifinal berth was good enough to book tickets to Canada. In group play, Germany demolished Norway 5-0, defeated Sweden 2-0 and drew with eventual fellow qualifier Finland 1-1. In the semifinal France’s Kadidiatou Diani scored twice in three minutes (62nd and 64th) and the Germans could only muster a stoppage time penalty kick from Pauline Bremer.

Head coach: Maren Meinert

Did you know: Head coach Maren Meinert played on Germany’s 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team and was the MVP of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003 with the Boston Breakers under former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. This will be her fifth U-20 Women’s World Cup at the helm of Germany.

BRAZIL
(Friday, Aug. 8; 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU, WatchESPN)

U-20 World Cup history: Brazil has qualified for every edition of the tournament, finishing fourth in 2002 and 2004 (when they were led by two of the world’s best strikers in Marta and Cristiane) before coming third in 2006 (then they defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout after the match ended 0-0). In 2008, Brazil lost 3-2 in the quarterfinal to a German side that went on to finish third, and were knocked out in the first phase in 2010, losing 1-0 to Korea DPR in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Sweden. A 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the team’s last match was not enough to avoid elimination. In the most recent World Cup in 2012 in Japan, Brazil did not make it out of the group after drawing with Italy and Nigeria and losing to Korea Republic.

How they got here: Brazil arrives to Canada as South American champions for the sixth time. Brazil defeated fellow qualifier Paraguay 2-0 in the final, meaning that Brazil have now won every edition of the continental tournament at this age level. A penalty from Andressa opened the scoring 35 minutes into the first half after Ludmila was brought down in the area. In the second half, it was Ludmila’s turn to score when the striker received the ball from Andressa, dribbled past two defenders and slipped a shot past the keeper. Brazil finished the tournament with six wins and a draw, also defeating Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, while drawing with Colombia, in group play, and took down Bolivia (3-0), Colombia (6-0) and Paraguay (2-0) in the final phase.

Head coach: Doriva Bueno

Did you know: Marta won the Silver Ball at this tournament in 2002 and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player in 2004.

CHINA PR
(Tuesday, Aug. 12; 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN)

U-20 World Cup history: While Chinese women’s soccer has been down a bit of late, China does have a strong history in this tournament, having finished as runner-up in two consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups in 2004 and 2006. The Chinese, however, have since failed to progress beyond the group phase. The Steel Rosebuds suffered an early exit in a difficult group also featuring eventual champions USA and semifinalists France at Chile 2008 and, after missing qualification for Germany 2010, they were eliminated during the group stage in Japan in 2012.

How they got here: China PR finished in third place in Asian qualifying tournament which they hosted to earn its berth to Canada. They opened with a 2-2 draw against the Korea Republic, fell 1-0 to Korea DPR and then earned a hard-fought and crucial 2-1 win over Australia, before drawing 2-2 against Japan. China wrapped up the tournament with a resounding 8-0 demolition of Myanmar to seal third place and qualification.

Head coach: Wang Jun

Did you know: China defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout in the U-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal 2004 after the match had ended 0-0. It was the first game during the entire cycle that the USA had failed to score at least one goal.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be Held in K.C., Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia

CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”

The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.

The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.

CONCACAF Announces Jamaica as Host of U-20 Championships in January

MIAMI (July 23, 2014) – CONCACAF has announced that Jamaica will host the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Championships in January of 2015, a tournament that will yield four qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The National Stadium in Kingston as well as the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay will host group matches as the tournament switches to a new format. The final round will also be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The new format will feature 12 teams divided into groups of six that will play a round-robin format kicking off on January 9, with the top finisher in each group receiving an automatic bid to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and a spot in the championship match on January 24.

The second and third-place finishers in each of the two groups will then be re-seeded into a four-team table. The top seed will play the fourth seed and the second and third seeds will face off on January 24. The winners of each of those matches will also qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

In total, the tournament will have a record 33 matches over 11 match days with a triple-header on each match day. The new tournament structure is to enhance competition for the championship and increase development with more matches.

Of the 12 teams, five will come from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. Mexico is the two-time defending U-20 CONCACAF champion, winning the title in Mexico in 2013 and in Guatemala in 2011.

CONCACAF U-20 Championships Jamaica 2015
 
Dates: January 9 – January 24, 2015
 
Location: Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica
 
Stadiums: National Stadium (Kingston) and Montego Bay Sports Complex
 
Participating Teams: 12
               
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
 
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup: 4
 
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. The second- and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Rosters for Nordic Tournament and Copa Mexico

CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named two rosters for the upcoming Open Nordic Tournament starting July 28 in Kolding, Denmark, and the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Aug. 2 in Mexico City.

An 18-player group will represent the United States in Denmark, with the tournament kicking off July 28 against host Denmark. A 20-player roster has been named for the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, with the USA opening against China PR on Aug. 2.

The tournaments overlap, but there are four players who have been rostered for both tournaments: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

The USA’s U-17 pool has had an unbeaten 2014 in international competition with a 7-0-2 record. The U-17s went 3-0-1 and defeated Turkey 2-1 in the Aegean Cup championship in January. In early April, the USA defeated Bosnia 4-1 in the Katalinski Memorial Tournament title match in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to cap off a 2-0-1 performance at the event. The U.S. U-17 MNT then posted back-to-back wins against Croatia on April 8 and 10.

Among the combined 34 players involved in this two-tournament stretch, there are 23 who are currently registered with Development Academy clubs.

Two players advanced to the recently-completed 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. On the USA’s Nordic roster, defender Miles Stray was on Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16 national runner-up team. Rice, who is on both U.S. U-17 MNT rosters, had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Magic PSG’s U-15/16s in their third-place victory against Strikers FC.

The two rosters are mostly composed of players born in 1998, with the exception of defender Tyler Adams, midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, defender Lara and goalkeeper Eric Lopez who were born in 1999.

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Open Nordic Tournament Schedule:
Monday, July 28: USA vs. Denmark
Tuesday, July 29: USA vs. Norway
Thursday, July 31: USA vs. Faroe Islands
Saturday, Aug. 2: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Copa Mexico de Naciones Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 2: USA vs. China PR
Sunday, Aug. 3: USA vs. Argentina
Monday, Aug. 4: USA vs. Paraguay
Wednesday, Aug. 6: TBD
Friday, Aug. 8: TBD
Sunday, Aug. 10: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT Rosters by Position:
Open Nordic Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJCSA; Totowa, N.J.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

Copa Mexico de Naciones:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Unattached; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Development Academy Players and Coaches Earn End-of-Year Honors for 2013-14 Season

CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has named its conference award winners for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Additional accolades include a Starting XI for each conference at each age group, as well as team- and club-focused awards.

Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney) was named Player of the Year in the East Conference for the Under-15/16s (1997-98 birth years). Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire) won the award in the Central and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ) in the West. For Coach of the Year, Matias Asorey (Kendall SC) was the winner in the East Conference. Lars Richters (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves) won in the Central and Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores) took the honors in the West.

For the Under-17/18s (1995-96 birth years), the Players of the Year were Brian White (Players Development Academy) in the East, Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC) in the Central and Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy) in the West. Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney) was the Coach of the Year in the East, with Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy) and Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC) winning the award in the Central and West, respectively.

For the overall awards, the Philadelphia Union was named the Best Overall Club in the East Conference. FC Dallas earned the same distinction in the Central and the award went to the LA Galaxy in the West. To be considered for this award, a club must have a U-12 through Pro Development pathway.

In the Under-13/14 age group (1990-00 birth years), the Development Academy does not award individual players but does recognize Coaches of the Year, along with team and club awards. Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC) took home Coach of the Year honors in the East Conference, with Dave Richardson (Sockers FC) and Shaun Tsakaris (De Anza Force) garnering the honors in the Central and West Conferences, respectively.

A list of all the award winners, including the Starting XI for each conference and age division, can be found below.

Under-13/14 (1999-00)
East
COACH OF THE YEAR: Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC)
Central
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Richardson (Sockers FC)
West
COACH OF THE YEAR: Shaun Tsakiris (De Anza Force)

Under-15/16 (1997-98)
East
GOALKEEPER: Austin Aviza (New England Revolution)
DEFENDERS: Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), DJ Mason (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic), Juan Riley (Weston FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Alex Soto (NJSA 04), Patrick Jean-Gilles (D.C. United), Juan Gamino (Kendall SC)
FORWARDS: Austin Maloney (PA Classics), Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney), Owen Marshall (D.C. United)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matias Asorey (Kendall SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Konrad Dziedzic (Chicago Magic PSG)
DEFENDERS: AJ Pallazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids), Willie Maddox (Vardar), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Nash Popovic (Vardar), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lars Richter (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)

West
GOALKEEPER: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
DEFENDERS: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Shinya Kadono (Strikers FC), Rey Ortiz (LA Galaxy), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS: Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC), Ivan Gutierrez (Chivas USA), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ)

Under-17/18 (1995-96)
East
GOALKEEPER: Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS: Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney), Caleb Duvernay (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls), Carter Manley (Bethesda-Olney)
MIDFIELDERS: Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney), Chris Lema (New York Red Bulls), Declan McCabe (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS: Cameron Moseley (Concorde Fire), Brian White (Players Development Academy), Tanner Roberts (Carolina Rapids)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brian White (Players Development Academy)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Joseph Melong (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
DEFENDERS: Frankie Moore (Chicago Magic PSG), Francisco Narbon (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS: Eduardo Reza (Colorado Rush), Rece Buckmaster (Indiana Fire Academy), Martin Alba (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC), Sam Forsgren (Minnesota Thunder), Ricky Lopez (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC)

West
GOALKEEPER: Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal)
DEFENDERS: John Requejo (Real So Cal), Jacob Hauser (Seattle Sounders FC), Sam Junqua (De Anza Force), David Chavez (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Roberto Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS: Carlos Delgadillo (De Anza Force), Saul Aquino (Nomads SC), Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)

Team Awards
Under-13/14 (1999-00) Style of Play
East: Georgia United
Central: Solar Chelsea SC
West: De Anza Force

Under-15/16 (1997-98) Style of Play
East: Kendall SC
Central: Chicago Magic PSG
West: Real Salt Lake AZ

Under-17/18 (1995-96) Style of Play
East: Bethesda-Olney
Central: Chicago Fire
West: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Overall
East
BEST OVERALL CLUB: Philadelphia Union
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: BSC CT
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: IMG Academy
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Philadelphia Union
RESPECT AWARD: PA Classics
COMMUNITY AWARD: Philadelphia Union

Central
BEST OVERALL CLUB: FC Dallas
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Minnesota Thunder Academy
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: FC Dallas
RESPECT AWARD: Solar Chelsea SC
COMMUNITY AWARD: Sporting Kansas City

West
BEST OVERALL CLUB: LA Galaxy
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Real Salt Lake AZ
RESPECT AWARD: De Anza Force
COMMUNITY AWARD: Real So Cal

PDA U-17/18s Earn First Development Academy National Title

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – Brian White recorded a goal and an assist and the Players Development Academy defense held Bethesda-Olney in check to earn a 2-0 victory and win the 2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

This marked the first time PDA has earned a national championship in the Development Academy. PDA also caps off the season with a 24-3-4 overall record and an unbeaten postseason stretch with a 5-0-1 record.

PDA immediately increased the pressure on the Bethesda-Olney defense in the second half with two shots on frame in the first two minutes, then broke through with the game’s first tally about five minutes later.

White scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute. After a shot by Jared Stroud, Bethesda-Olney keeper Joe Bogan and Bethesda-Olney defender Ismael Lapp-Kamara came together to clear the rebound, causing a loose ball that fell to White in front of the net. He took one dribble to his right and shot to give PDA a 1-0 lead.

PDA pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute when White tapped a pass to Ryan Peterson alone in the middle of box. The darting Peterson took one touch to fire a shot to the upper right corner of the net and pad the PDA lead.

Both teams had chances in a spirited first half of a game that featured two of the most prolific scorers in the Development Academy this season in White and Bethesda-Olney’s Jeremy Ebobisse.

Ebobisse was responsible for Bethesda Olney’s first chance of the game in the ninth minute, when his diving header in front of the goal was astutely deflected by PDA goalkeeper Joe Ohaus wide of the goal.

Jake Rozhansky nearly put Bethesda-Olney on the score sheet in the 22nd minute. His running, right-footed shot from just outside the box was tipped wide by a diving Ohaus.

PDA created a quality scoring opportunity in the 42nd minute as Daniel Mooney attempted a half-volley that was just out of the reach of Bethesda-Olney goalkeeper Bogan, but the shot hit the left upright and caromed back out to the middle of the box.

Bethesda-Olney responded in the 44th minute with a shot of its own from Sam Schmidt, who found himself with space along the left side. He dribbled toward the goal and tried a right-footed bender that ended up just wide of the right post. 

While trailing 2-0 in the closing 10 minutes, an urgent Bethesda-Olney side generated one of its best chances of the game in the 81st minute when Ebobisse dribbled through the middle of the PDA defense and forced Ohaus off his line. Ohaus dove at Ebobisse’s feet and tipped the ball just enough to allow the defense to recover and clear the ball.

-U-17/18 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Bethesda-Olney vs. Players Development Academy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
Bethesda-Olney         0   0   0
PDA                          0   2   2

PDA – Brian White 54th minute
PDA – Ryan Peterson (Brian White) 70

Lineups:
BTO: 24-Joe Bogan; 8-Carter Manley, 6-Ismail Lapp-Kamara, 5-Karl Brown, 3-Chase Gasper; 4-Matt Danilack, 15-Jorge Quintanilla (16-Nolan Axenfeld, 61), 10-Jake Rozhansky; 11-Sam Schmidt (21-Ibrahima Kouyate, 74), 7-Matthew Ledder (14-Daniel Kaiser, 74), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse
Head Coach: Matthew Pilkington

PDA: 41-Joe Ohaus; 5-Tyler Pinho, 6-Niel Guzman, 33-Franky Martinez, 20-Kevin Kappock; 2-Matthew Mangini, 11-Anderson Asiedu, 4-Jake Areman (3-Brett Giuliana, 86); 28-Juan Rivero (7-Ryan Peterson, 46), 9-Jared Stroud (14-James Murphy, 67), 10-Brian White
Head Coach: Sam Nellins

Stats Summary: BTO / PDA
Shots: 12 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
PDA – Jared Stroud (caution) 19
BTO – Chase Gasper (caution) 76

Officials:
Referee: Denis Vargas
Assistant Referee: Ryan Cook
Assistant Referee: Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: David Breckner

LA Galaxy Shuts Out Real Salt Lake AZ to Win U-15/16 Development Academy Championship

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – The LA Galaxy had the opportunity to celebrate on its home field Saturday afternoon after beating defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ 2-0 in the 2013-14 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship at StubHub Center.

The team’s leading scorer, Dylan Smith, tallied his 19th goal of the season in the 28th minute to open the scoring for the Galaxy, a goal that would end up being the game-winner.

With the victory, the LA Galaxy won its second national title at this U-15/16 age group. The other national crown came during the 2010-11 Development Academy Finals when the Galaxy defeated PA Classics.

On Saturday, the Galaxy got on the score sheet in the first half when Alex Ramos took an initial shot that hit the left upright and ricocheted directly to Smith’s feet right in front of the goal. Smith took just one touch to hammer it home and give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.

After multiple chances by both teams, the Galaxy added an insurance goal in the 52nd minute. Forward Ethan Zubak took a shot that forced a diving save by Real Salt Lake AZ keeper Christian Herrera, deflecting the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, BJ O’Hara got the initial touch after Rey Ortiz’s cross, heading the ball to Juan Orozco who corralled and shot from just right of the penalty area to extend the lead to 2-0.

Real Salt Lake AZ pushed to get back into the game, but the Galaxy defense was up to the task and thwarted every chance RSL AZ had. Goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon ended the game with six saves to earn the clean sheet.

From the onset, both teams had quality looks. The Galaxy put pressure on RSL AZ in the 11th minute when Adrian Vera got loose up the seam with a head of steam. Defender Miles Stray cut him off just in time, leading to a corner kick for the Galaxy.

Danilo Acosta forced the issue for RSL AZ in the 16th minute, playing a cross into traffic in front of the Galaxy goal and leading to a corner for RSL AZ. A couple of chances materialized, but the Galaxy defense cleared the ball to end the threat.

RSL AZ pressured again in the 25th minute with a free kick into the box and then a corner kick, but the Galaxy defense won each of those set piece opportunities.

Down 1-0, RSL continued to pressure, producing a quality look in the 34th minute as Evan Waldrep found Josh Doughty on the left side just inside the box. His left-footed shot was handled by Sneddon.

The Galaxy almost extended the lead in the 50th minute, as Ethan Zubak shot from the left side and forced a diving save to RSL goalkeeper’s right. The Galaxy threatened again in the 56th minute, as Zubak put a header on frame from a Galaxy corner.

RSL AZ had another chance in the 72nd minute when Sebastian Saucedo found himself open on the left flank. He passed to the middle and connected with Doughty. He shot to his left, forcing a diving save from Sneddon and leading to a corner kick. Tate Schmitt had a chance on the corner, heading the ball just over the crossbar.

-U-15/16 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. LA Galaxy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: 300
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1      2      F
Real Salt Lake AZ                   0      0      0
LA Galaxy                                 1      1      2 

LAG – Dylan Smith                                           28th minute
LAG – Juan Orozco (BJ O’Hara)                      52 

Lineups:
RSL: 79-Christian Herrera; 31-Christian Hererra, 15-Miles Stray, 35-Justen Glad, 11-Diego Silva; 8-Adolfo Ovalle (Tate Schmitt, 52), 17-Danilo Acosta, 7-Evan Waldrep (Alexander Knox, 61), 12-Gavino Carranza; 9-Josh Doughty, 10-Sebastian Saucedo
Head Coach: Martin Vazquez

LAG: 12-Bennett Sneddon; 2-Michael Lopez, 17-BJ O’Hara, 3-Malcolm Jones, 6-Christian Segovia; 31-Rey Ortiz, 8-Juan Orozco (25-Andrew Perez, 69), 6-Christian Segovia, 7-Adrian Vera; 10-Ethan Zubak (22-Jorge Ruiz, 69), 27-Dylan Smith
Head Coach: Michael Munoz

Stats Summary: RSL / LAG
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
LAG – Juan Orozco (caution)                       32nd minute
LAG – Dylan Smith (caution)                        50
RSL – Josh Doughty (caution)                      58

Officials:
Referee: Randall Kelley
Assistant Referee: Koffi Agbossou
Assistant Referee: Alicia Messer
Fourth Official: Joseph Brice

LA Galaxy U-15/16

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