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U-17 WNT Head to Training Camp as World Cup Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow will hold a training camp from Aug. 9-16, at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, California. Snow has called up 24 players for the event, with 16 born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. The remaining eight players were born in 2000.

The U.S. U-17s are still seven months away from qualifying for the next Women’s World Cup. The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be held on the Caribbean island of Grenada next March. The tournament will send three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be played in Jordan in September of 2016. 

The Under-17 Women's Championship will feature eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. 

Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatically qualified from North America, while the qualifying processes in CFU and UNCAF will take place in coming months. As host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three representatives of CFU. 

The eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each and after the group stage, the winner and second-place team from each group will cross-over for the semifinals. The winner of each semifinal match qualifies directly to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup while the two losing semifinalists will play a third-place match with the winner also advancing to the World Cup. 

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, IL.), Chyanne Dennis (Lauderhill Lions; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, NJ.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

More than 20,000 Tickets Sold for WNT Matches Against Australia in Detroit and Birmingham

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – On the first day that tickets went on sale to the public for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s September matches in Detroit and Birmingham, Ala., more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for each venue. 

The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2). 

The games are part of a 10-match Victory Tour to celebrate the USA’s third World Cup title. 

Tickets for the September games are available at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.] 

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

The USA’s tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 38,500 tickets have been sold for that match. [TICKETS] The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend. 

The dates, venues and opponents for the USA’s final six matches of the Victory Tour will be announced when they are confirmed. 

2015 U.S. WNT VICTORY TOUR SCHEDULE (six more matches to be confirmed):

Date

Opponent

TV

Venue

Aug. 16

Costa Rica

FOX Sports 1

Heinz Field; Pittsburgh

Aug. 19

Costa Rica

ESPN2

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sept. 17

Australia

FOX Sports 1

Ford Field; Detroit

Sept. 20

Australia

ESPN 2

Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

D.C. United U-13 Ready to Represent U.S. Soccer at CONCACAF Champions League

In 1998, D.C. United made history as they became the first American club to be crowned champions of CONCACAF after beating Mexican side Toluca in that year’s Champions Cup Final.

Nearly 20 years later, a younger crop of players will represent the Black and Red as the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s representatives to the inaugural U-13 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Mexico City-based Academy facilities of Liga MX club Cruz Azul.

“It’s a great honor for our club to be selected and represent U.S. Soccer in this tournament,” said D.C. United U-13 Academy head coach John Bello. “Our players were all very excited when they got the news that they were going to go down. They’re really proud of it and want to put their best foot forward in this tournament.”

When CONCACAF approached U.S. Soccer about who should represent the Development Academy at the tournament, they went in search of a club whose first team had some history in the regional championship. Along with winning the 1998 title, United’s 10 appearances in either the CONCACAF Champions Cup or Champions League, is an MLS record.

Beyond first team history, CONCACAF also looked for a club that had developed a good track record of developing players and the D.C. United Academy was a perfect fit according to U.S. Soccer’s Director of Scouting Tony Lepore.

“United has a strong history of player production,” he told ussoccer.com. “The D.C. area is a hotbed for developing talent for youth and senior national teams.”

The numbers back it up. Since 2007, the club has placed 38 players on U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams from the U-14 to U-23 age groups and has helped develop many notable professional players, including Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, Romain Gall, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton and Conor Shanosky. Still just 24 years old, Hamid has also played twice for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Clint Peay, the Development Academy’s Technical Advisor for the Mid Atlantic region and a former D.C. United player, was familiar with the club’s player pool and with a tight timetable, pushed quickly to get the side involved in the tournament.

“Clint had worked together with the D.C. United Academy on a number of initiatives and felt good about what they had,” continued Lepore. “We immediately contacted Academy Director Nolan Sheldon and with the support of the club, Nolan immediately jumped at it because they value international competition and knew what an experience like this could mean for their young players as they continue with an eye towards developing more professionals.”

The tournament schedule is tight, with clubs playing three group matches in three days from Tuesday to Thursday. D.C. United will face fellow MLS Academy, the Montreal Impact, Jamaican club Harbor View FC and a club TBA from Liga MX. Should they finish in the top two in their group, they’ll play a semifinal on Friday with the final and third place matches coming on Saturday.

Bello admits that the trip to Mexico City will be the first time many of his U-13 side will play outside of the country. Now in his third year with the United Academy, he hopes the experience will keep his players focused on continuing to improve as they prepare for the fall Development Academy season.

“For them it’ll be a real eye-opener,” Bello said. “I remember back to when I was growing up playing and went on an international trip, it was really eye-opening to see where the level was in other countries. Sometimes because these guys play for an MLS Academy, they’ll think they’ve already achieved everything, when the reality is they need to keep working really hard on their development in order to compete at an international standard, which is what their overall objective is.”

“Seeing where they stack up internationally should give them a good gauge of where they stand and what they need to build on.”

 

U-18 WNT Travels to Mexico City for Matches Against Mexico U-20 WNT

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to Mexico City from Aug. 8-16 for a training camp that features two matches against the Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team.

The games will take place on August 13 and 15 at Mexico’s National Training Center in Mexico City. U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth Technical Director April Heinrichs will run the camp that features 20 players, all born 1998.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but the goal for this age group is ultimately the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Gabrielle Kouzelos (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Ohio.)
DEFENDERS (6): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist SC; Liberty Township, Ohio.), Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Taylor Hallmon (Concorde Fire; Panama City, Fla.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire Premier; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Broadview Heights, Ohio), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse SC; St. Charles, Ill.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Daria Petredes (Beach FC; Yorba Linda, Calif.), Haley Schueppert (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)

U-16 GNT Heads to San Diego for Training Camp

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from Aug. 1-9 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, that will feature 24 players.

This will be the third camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 21 players born in 2000 and three born in 2001.

The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro, who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.

This age group is in a two-year cycle that will graduate the players to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maycee Bell (Sporting FC Blue Valley; Wichita, Kans.), Emily Crocco (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Margot Ridgeway (Match Fit Academy; Fair Haven, N.J.), Skylar Smith (SoCal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Kennedy Wesley (SoCal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Corianna Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Mililani, Hawaii), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Lia Godfrey (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Sophie Hirst (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Allison Schlegel (Colorado Storm; Parker, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Brooke Wilson (San Diego Surf; Vista, Calif.)

Paralympic National Team Prepares for Parapan American Games

A 14-man squad will represent the United States at the 2015 Parapan American games at the University of Toronto in August.

Sharp Names 14-Man Roster for 2015 Parapan American Games

CHICAGO (July 29, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has named 14 players to represent the United States at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Preliminary matches begin Sunday, Aug. 9, for the USA when it faces Canada. It will then face Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil on the following consecutive days. Elimination games will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, before the placement games and closing ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“The players and staff are looking forward to getting on the plane to Toronto to join up with the rest of Team USA at the Parapan American Games next month,” said Sharp. “It has been a busy and successful year for the USPNT program and all the U.S. Soccer National Teams in general, therefore we are keen to continue this momentum.

“We will be taking a squad with only two changes to the group that recently made the quarterfinals of the World Championships, therefore we will have a nice blend of youth and experience in Canada.”

Daniel Hoffman and Jackson McCabe join the team as the only two members who did not participate with the U.S. at the 2015 C.P. World Championships in England. The U.S. finished in 7th place at the World Championships to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“In 2015 so far, with squad qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, we have managed to achieve a number of our objectives but this season is not yet over,” said Sharp. “I am sure there will be teams in Toronto going out prove themselves against us, however we are firmly focused on finishing the competition in a podium place and representing the USA to our best.”

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (2): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (2): Jackson McCabe (Boulder, Colo.), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas)

 

U-18 MNT Roster Named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament from July 30-Aug. 10. 

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches. 

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. All 20 players on the roster were born in 1999, making this their first camp as the new U-18 MNT. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams. 

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. Eighteen of the 19 players  have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif; Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Callum Stretch (Unattached; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

Herzog Calls 28 Players for College Identification Training Camp

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 28 players to Carson, California, for a College Identification training camp that will allow the coaching staff to scout a new crop of collegiate players as the team continues preparations ahead of October qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The group will train from August 5-8 at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson.

"It will be great to work with this group and have a look at them,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “We have brought college players in and have seen them go on to have success with the senior team. Jordan Morris was an example of that this year. This camp is another chance to build our pool of talented players.”

Eleven of the 28 players have experience playing in the U.S. Men’s National Team youth system.

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).
DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).

 

Gallery: U.S. MNT Announces Return to St. Louis for World Cup Qualifier

Photos from the U.S. Soccer press conference with the St. Louis Cardinals to announce the return of the Men's National Team to St. Louis for its opening World Cup Qualifying match of the 2018 cycle. The match will be played at Busch Stadium on Nov. 13 against the winner of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines-Aruba Third Round qualifying match. 

D.C. United U-13 Ready to Represent U.S. Soccer at CONCACAF Champions League

In 1998, D.C. United made history as they became the first American club to be crowned champions of CONCACAF after beating Mexican side Toluca in that year’s Champions Cup Final.

Nearly 20 years later, a younger crop of players will represent the Black and Red as the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s representatives to the inaugural U-13 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Mexico City-based Academy facilities of Liga MX club Cruz Azul.

“It’s a great honor for our club to be selected and represent U.S. Soccer in this tournament,” said D.C. United U-13 Academy head coach John Bello. “Our players were all very excited when they got the news that they were going to go down. They’re really proud of it and want to put their best foot forward in this tournament.”

When CONCACAF approached U.S. Soccer about who should represent the Development Academy at the tournament, they went in search of a club whose first team had some history in the regional championship. Along with winning the 1998 title, United’s 10 appearances in either the CONCACAF Champions Cup or Champions League, is an MLS record.

Beyond first team history, CONCACAF also looked for a club that had developed a good track record of developing players and the D.C. United Academy was a perfect fit according to U.S. Soccer’s Director of Scouting Tony Lepore.

“United has a strong history of player production,” he told ussoccer.com. “The D.C. area is a hotbed for developing talent for youth and senior national teams.”

The numbers back it up. Since 2007, the club has placed 38 players on U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams from the U-14 to U-23 age groups and has helped develop many notable professional players, including Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, Romain Gall, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton and Conor Shanosky. Still just 24 years old, Hamid has also played twice for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Clint Peay, the Development Academy’s Technical Advisor for the Mid Atlantic region and a former D.C. United player, was familiar with the club’s player pool and with a tight timetable, pushed quickly to get the side involved in the tournament.

“Clint had worked together with the D.C. United Academy on a number of initiatives and felt good about what they had,” continued Lepore. “We immediately contacted Academy Director Nolan Sheldon and with the support of the club, Nolan immediately jumped at it because they value international competition and knew what an experience like this could mean for their young players as they continue with an eye towards developing more professionals.”

The tournament schedule is tight, with clubs playing three group matches in three days from Tuesday to Thursday. D.C. United will face fellow MLS Academy, the Montreal Impact, Jamaican club Harbor View FC and a club TBA from Liga MX. Should they finish in the top two in their group, they’ll play a semifinal on Friday with the final and third place matches coming on Saturday.

Bello admits that the trip to Mexico City will be the first time many of his U-13 side will play outside of the country. Now in his third year with the United Academy, he hopes the experience will keep his players focused on continuing to improve as they prepare for the fall Development Academy season.

“For them it’ll be a real eye-opener,” Bello said. “I remember back to when I was growing up playing and went on an international trip, it was really eye-opening to see where the level was in other countries. Sometimes because these guys play for an MLS Academy, they’ll think they’ve already achieved everything, when the reality is they need to keep working really hard on their development in order to compete at an international standard, which is what their overall objective is.”

“Seeing where they stack up internationally should give them a good gauge of where they stand and what they need to build on.”

 

Gallery: U.S. MNT Announces Return to St. Louis for World Cup Qualifier

Photos from the U.S. Soccer press conference with the St. Louis Cardinals to announce the return of the Men's National Team to St. Louis for its opening World Cup Qualifying match of the 2018 cycle. The match will be played at Busch Stadium on Nov. 13 against the winner of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines-Aruba Third Round qualifying match. 

St. Louis - A History of the USMNT in the Gateway to the West

The U.S. MNT returns to one of the country’s soccer hot beds when it opens 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against either St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Aruba on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ historic soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last paying to a 0-0 draw against Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997.

What made St. Louis such a bastion for soccer in the United States?

Clubs from the city made an early mark on the U.S. Open Cup (then known as the National Challenge Cup), with Ben Millers first lifting the Dewar Trophy in 1920. Scullin Steel followed up two years later before Stix, Baer and Fuller (later known as St. Louis Central Breweries) went to four straight finals from 1932-1935, winning all but the first.

Much of St. Louis’ continuing soccer strength came from the city’s representation on the U.S. team that went to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five of the 11 players that appeared in the USA’s historic 1-0 victory against England hailed from St. Louis: goalkeeper Frank Borghi, defenders Charlie Colombo and Harry Keough and midfielders Gino Pariani and Frank Wallace.

In 1948, Borghi, Colombo and Pariani all won National Challenge Cup titles with Simpkins Ford, while Wallace joined them to win the title in 1950. Keough would taste domestic cup glory of his own, winning with St. Louis Kutis in 1957.

Upon retirement as a player, Keough wrote another chapter in the city’s soccer history when he became the head coach of St. Louis University. With five NCAA tournament championships already in the trophy case, Keough guided the Billikens to another championship in his first season in 1967. He’d go on to lead the school to four more tournament titles in five years from 1969-1973.

One of the top players in U.S. MNT history, Brian McBride attended the school from 1990-1993, before going on to play in three World Cups and build a famous club career, most notably with Fulham FC in the English Premier League. Other World Cup participants that hail from St. Louis include Mike Sorber (1994) and Brad Davis (2014).

Current U.S. MNT defender Tim Ream, as well as former U.S. internationals Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston, Chris Klein and Pat Noonan also earned their soccer stripes coming up in the Gateway to the West.

Though it’s been a while since the MNT’s last appearance in St. Louis, the team has been successful in the Mound City, going 5-1-2 all-time with the only defeat being a World Cup qualifying loss to Canada on July 6, 1957. Six of the eight matches played in St. Louis have been World Cup qualifiers, with the MNT earning two wins (against Jamaica and Costa Rica) and a draw (against El Salvador) in the team’s successful campaign to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 

#USAvPAN Post Game Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup – Third Place Game
July 25, 2015

U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

His thoughts on the match:
“Overall, obviously it was a game that was pretty much overshadowed with what happened a couple days ago. A game that basically Panama and us didn’t really want to play in terms of how do you pump the players up after what happened on Wednesday night. Both teams deserve a huge compliment. They went all the way through, they went 120 minutes and into the penalty shootout. They were both extremely tired and gave what was left in them. I give credit to Panama for how they went through that tournament and stayed on course. For us it’s clear that we look towards September – two friendly games to build things in order to be prepared for the playoff in October.”

On the differences for the team between the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups:
“I think all the teams were really competitive. All the teams were into the competition and wanted to win it. There was just a lot of stuff going on outside the field. There was always a sense of being uncertain of what happens next. When I talk to the players this morning, I told them we didn’t know what would happen because every time you go on the field you don’t know what happens with the refs with either way they go. You feel really sorry for the refs, because if they make a mistake one side or another goes at them. This feeling was there from the beginning of the tournament where you always wonder what will happen. It kind of overshadowed everything that went on really. Going through it from our end, we started fine. We got two wins and qualified for the quarterfinals. We took care of the quarters and then Wednesday night happened. It took the wind out – that’s just normal, that’s fine. It shows you also how competitive this region is. Nations that maybe weren’t regarded as high before the tournament earned a lot of respect, earned a lot of compliments, like Haiti for example, or especially Jamaica being in the final. You have to give them credit as well.”

On improvements since he took over the team in 2011:
“This is year one after we went to Brazil. The goal is always to go further in the next World Cup than we did in Brazil. This is a working process right now that here and there will give us some setbacks, some situations where you make a step back maybe and hopefully make two forward. That process is ongoing. We had the discussion on Wednesday night after Jamaica. This team will grow, this team will get better. The youngsters will learn out of mistakes that they make on the field. They will become more responsible, more accountable, gain more personality. I can’t blame anybody for the last four weeks, because they really showed great character. The spirit was good throughout the entire tournament, they kept going and going. Our goal is to move things forward, to become a little more proactive and not too reactive – that discussion we had over the last couple of years. That process will keep on going.”

On balancing the growth for the future with the need to win:
“You always have an eye on the growth of the team and the program, and at the same time you also zoom in and when a tournament is happening, you want to win the tournament. The goal was to win this Gold Cup with the best team available. That’s what we had – we had the best team in the tournament. The only bummer was that DaMarcus Beasley got injured on his first day of training, otherwise he probably would have been on the field the other two games. We keep building in the background. We build an Olympic team that goes into the qualifiers in October. We build the next cycle of the U-20s that did extremely well in New Zealand, just losing against the World Champions in the quarterfinals, so that goes parallel. When it’s tournament time, it’s tournament time and you want to win it, and we didn’t win it.”

On the status of DaMarcus Beasley’s international career:
“Beas is a guy that whenever he’s needed, he just wants to help. As I said the other day, he’s a giver and I said right after the game in the locker room, ‘Beas I don’t know if you can walk out like that. We might have to get you back in.’ The guys were clapping because they love him. The locker room loves Beas. We’ll see – it depends on him. He made that decision a year ago. He came back for the team – the plan was for the knockout stage. It didn’t work out that way because of this little strain, but from my end I’m always open and maybe that’s a question for him when he walks out of the locker room.”

On handling the goalkeeper situation with Brad Guzan and Tim Howard:
“I will have a phone call with Tim probably next week and also with Brad and see how we want to move forward. Brad kept us in the game with some tremendous saves. Defensively we allowed too many chances, there’s no doubt about it. Again, this game today was under a very weird feeling for both sides. We wanted to make sure nothing bad happened, let’s just get it done. I’m not blaming any of the players if there were a couple too many mistakes.”

On the pressure of going into October’s Confederations Cup playoff:
“There’s constant expectations, constant pressure for everybody. That’s just normal – it’s part of our job. We didn’t use that opportunity to finish things off in this tournament so we have to finish it off in October. If there’s a rise in expectations, that’s totally cool.”

On what he learned about the group and what he might have done differently:
“We’ll watch the games again and see more detailed stuff.  There’s always something you find that you think afterwards you could have done things differently. I think overall when you look through it, we started well in the tournament and in a three-day rhythm in that group, which was the most difficult group, we got out right away with two wins, already qualified for the quarterfinals and then Wednesday night happened. Overall I think we could have won this tournament, but at the end of the day we didn’t. We’ll take our lessons from there, analyze it and then talk to the players.”

U.S. MNT defender DAMARCUS BEASLEY

On what it was like to be back:
“It was great to be back after the injury to my calf. It’s tough to lose like that, and I’m not just saying that because it could be my last game. We didn’t get the result that we wanted. It wasn’t anything about me playing in what could be my last game, it was about getting the result and getting the win. We wanted to end on a good note. It didn’t happen, but we have to pick ourselves up and move forward and obviously take the criticism after losing two games to our neighbors, Jamaica and Panama, but this is just going to make us a stronger team. It’s only a year after the World Cup. There’s a lot of young guys that will grow in this team and we look forward to seeing how to develop them.”

On the positives of this trip:
“Playing. You can’t get away from experience. This is what qualifying is going to be about - playing at home with these teams. Some guys have never been through a qualifying cycle. This is what it’s going to be, hard games, tough games. There won’t be any easy games whether you’re at home or on the road. This is giving them a taste of what it’s going to be like come qualifying time. I’m 100 percent sure we’ll be ready for it.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On tonight’s game:
“It wasn’t the result we wanted. We’ll be able to look at these games and analyze them and know where we need to improve and where we need to get better in terms of going forward to the friendlies in September and the [Confederations Cup] playoff in October.”

On the how the September friendlies will help the team:
“They’re huge. They’re against Brazil and Peru. They’ll be two difficult games that will definitely get us ready. Every time we come together as a country we want to use that time wisely.”

MNT Looks Ahead

Playing in Saturday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place match isn’t what U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann or any of his 23-man roster envisioned they’d be preparing for at this point.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley admitted that coming to terms with Wednesday’s 2-1 semifinal defeat to Jamaica will take some time.

“That part is never easy,” he told ussoccer.com. “When you have a goal and everything goes into that for a few weeks and when that ends, there’s disappointment, frustration -- there’s sadness. There’s a need for everybody to take some time and digest it and sift through it all. In some ways that’s something that’s not going to end in the next few hours or even before the game starts tomorrow.”

The U.S. now looks to October 9 and the playoff to determine CONCACAF’s representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, facing the winner of Sunday’s final. The game against Panama now becomes the first in preparation for that huge match, along with big international friendlies against Peru and Brazil scheduled for early September.

“Any time you’re with the national team, it’s a chance to continue to build on the work you’ve previously done,” Guzan told ussoccer.com. “You want to continue to push forward and there aren’t many opportunities to get together as a National Team before that playoff. Everyday we’re together, including tomorrow, it’s a chance for us to get better as a team and push forward, make sure we’re on the same page and show our appreciation for the fans. We do that by putting together a good performance and a good result.”

Winning the playoff not only crowns the de facto giant of the region, a place in the Confederations Cup provides the participants a massive opportunity to get a dry run in Russia a year before the World Cup.

“The Confederations Cup is something that means a lot to us and regardless of who that game is against, we’ll be ready to give everything we can to take care of business and find a way to get ourselves there. After that, November will come quick and World Cup qualifying begins.”

Though one of the team’s main goals wasn’t accomplished, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann still feels his team has made strides in 2015, defeating world champions Germany and World Cup semifinalists Holland, as well as bringing along a young group of players that will no doubt play a part in the team’s bid to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 “I think this year after the 2014 World Cup has been very, very useful,” said the U.S. boss. “We played highly competitive friendlies overseas. We did well in some -- others we lost. We brought younger players into the program that are already locked into the inner group of the National Team, like Ventura Alvarado, like John Brooks who seem to be growing, like Gyasi Zardes who is really impressing and getting stronger and stronger.”

Specific to 22-year-old center backs Alvarado and Brooks, the pair gained valuable experience playing together in seven matches over the course of this year already. Overall, the MNT went 4-1-2 with the pair on the field together, the lone loss coming in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Klinsmann indicated that the criticism the young defenders have faced after the defeat isn’t surprising, but the growth and adversity the two have gone through so far in 2015 will only help going forward.

“I’m absolutely not negative about certain players that maybe now have some of the heat on. If you look at our young center backs, there’s enormous talent that is growing through. We’re going to help them. If I look just at Ventura and John Brooks, I think they played together in seven games and we only lost this one just a few days ago. They were on the field against Germany and Holland. They have to go through this pain, we’re going to go through pain here and there -- do a step back here and there. It’s part of their growth and if there’s a moment to criticize, that’s fine.”

Before players go back to their clubs for regular season games or preseason preparation, they hold the additional goal of finishing on a high note for the fans that have provided tremendous support throughout the tournament.

“We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our fans, to step on the field tomorrow and give everything we have to play well, be sharp and to win and give everybody that walks into that stadium a good show,” Klinsmann said. “We’ll have a group of guys that will be ready to do that.”

MNT Gold Cup History Against Jamaica

The U.S. MNT is a perfect 3-0-0 against Wednesday’s semifinal opponents Jamaica in CONCACAF Gold Cup play. While they’re undefeated, the games haven’t always been the easiest. Here’s a look back at the three matches.

1993 - Eric Wynalda’s goal guides U.S. past Jamaica in Gold Cup opener

In the 24th minute, the U.S. team nearly took the lead when Roy Wegerle ran onto a long ball out of the back and got past goalkeeper Warren Barrett before seeing his shot cleared off the line by Reggae Boyz midfielder Anthony Corbett.

Jamaica had a close call of their own in the 40th minute. A quick one-two combination put Winston Anglin in alone on goal, where he beat the onrushing Tony Meola, but saw his effort come off the right post, before Walter Boyd fired the rebound wide of the goal.

The U.S. would take the lead in the when a punt from Meola was flicked on by Wegerle for Eric Wynalda, who chipped over Barrett in the 67th minute.

Three minutes later Thomas Dooley rattled his header off the post, but the U.S. was able to hang on for a 1-0 victory at The Cotton Bowl.

 
U.S. Lineup:
1- Tony Meola; 15-Desmond Armstrong, 4-Cle Kooiman, 5-Thomas Dooley, 21-Fernando Clavijo; 13-Cobi Jones, 6-John Harkes (22-Alexi Lalas, 71), 9-Tab Ramos, 19-Chris Henderson; 11-Eric Wynalda (8-Dominic Kinnear, 84), 17-Roy Wegerle

2005 – DaMarcus Beasley runs wild in 3-1 quarterfinal victory

Twelve years after their first Gold Cup meeting, the U.S. was matched against the Reggae Boyz in the 2005 quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Already playing in his third CONCACAF Gold Cup, DaMarcus Beasley got things started early, when his shot from the top of the area redirected off of Chicago Fire teammate Josh Wolff and past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in the sixth minute.

Almost instantly, Jamaica won a penalty kick, but Andy Williams saw it saved by Kasey Keller in the eighth minute.

Beasley would double the lead in the 42nd minute as Landon Donovan slipped him free into the box, allowing an easy finish past Ricketts.

The U.S. found its third goal when another Fire teammate, Chris Armas broke through the Jamaica back line and centered for Beasley whose first effort was saved, but slammed home the rebound in the 83rd minute.

Ricardo Fuller pulled one back for Jamaica in the 88th minute and Donovan missed a stoppage time penalty, but the result had been long assured with Beasley’s brace.

U.S. Lineup:
18-Kasey Keller; 6-Steve Cherundolo (15-Ben Olsen, 25’), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 12-Jimmy Conrad, 3-Greg Vanney; 19-Steve Ralston (9-Santino Quaranta, ,84’), 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 5-John O’Brien, 10-Landon Donovan; 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 16-Josh Wolff (14-Chris Armas, 80’)

2011 – U.S. peppers Jamaican goal in 2-0 quarterfinal victory

The U.S. pelted the Jamaican goal in the first half as ‘keeper Donovan Ricketts made five saves, including two on Clint Dempsey and one each on Juan Agudelo and Sacha Kljestan.

The deadlock didn’t last long after the break though when Jones’ shot from outside the area redirected off a Jamaican defender and wrong footed Ricketts, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.

As Jamaica began to press forward for an equalizer, the U.S. found space to catch them out and the second goal would finally come in the 79th minute when a combination between Landon Dononvan and Juan Agudelo found Dempsey alone in the area. The attacker rounded Ricketts and buried into an empty net to give the U.S. a 2-0 win.

U.S. Lineup:
1-Tim Howard; 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 21-Clarence Goodson, 14-Eric Lichaj, 6-Steve Cherundolo; 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Jermaine Jones, (7-Maurice Edu, 75’), 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 22-Alejandro Bedoya, (10-Landon Donovan, 65’), 17-Jozy Altidore, (9-Juan Agudelo, 12’)

 


Big Game Brad

No player on the current U.S. roster has had as long of a gap between CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments as defender Brad Evans. And after last summer, there was no guarantee it would ever come to pass.

In May 2014, he was one of 30 players named to the team’s preliminary World Cup roster, but was eventually edged out when the final 23 was named.

No doubt disappointed to have contributed to the qualifying efforts and come so close to a World Cup only to miss it, Evans has earned a new chance with the National Team at this summer’s Gold Cup. Along with Joe Corona, he’s one of two players on the current roster that were the final cuts for last summer’s FIFA World Cup.

“To be back in the picture is great,” Evans said. ”You never know when your time is going to be up with this team. In the grand scheme of things, it’s so short for most players. It’s maybe 20-25 games. You get the odd players that have built a career around it that get 100 caps, or 75 games, but for most players it’s really short. You have to learn to relish it so that when your chance comes again, make sure that you do whatever it takes to stay in the fold.”


Brad Evans has found plenty of success with the USMNT against Jamaica in the past and
will hope to contribute in another big game against the Reggae Boyz in the 2015 Gold Cup Semifinals.

Evans began his National Team career at age 25, already a third-year pro when he received his first call-up playing under Bob Bradley at the 2009 Gold Cup. Because of the team’s involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup weeks before, the team was more patchwork than what would normally be sent to a regional championship.

“It was different, mostly MLS guys and guys that were truly fighting for their lives to claw their way into the National Team picture,” Evans told ussoccer.com.

Evans appeared in three of the team’s six matches and came on as a substitute in a 2-1 extra time win against Panama in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Ultimately, the team made its way to the final, but was overmatched by a stronger Mexico side in the final at Giants Stadium.

“It was a team that fought hard, got a couple overtime results, and we found ourselves in a good position in the final. We make a couple errors; you don’t finish your chances – it’s something I look back on and I’d like to forget. The reality is, you learn from your mistakes.”

After gaining more experience with his club side Seattle Sounders FC, Evans started to earn more regular call-ups under U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, carving out a role with the team in key final round World Cup qualifiers in 2013.

The right back’s best moment came in a June qualifier that year against Wednesday’s opponent, Jamaica. Following a 30th minute goal from Jozy Altidore, the U.S. clung to a 1-0 lead for much of the match until Jamaica’s Jermaine Beckford headed home an equalizer in the 89th minute.

Just as it looked like the U.S. would have to settle for a 1-1 draw, Michael Bradley drove to the endline and centered for Evans in the box. The Sounders FC man turned on a dime and poked an effort inside the opposite post in the 92nd minute to give the team a 2-1 win.


Brad Evans celebrates his last-gasp winner on the road against Jamaica in 2013 World Cup Qualifying.

“I have very fond memories of that game. The whole experience was one I’ll remember forever. Certain firsts you remember. Your first cap and first goal is something you always remember. Especially playing defense, it’s a little bit unheard of, for me it’s something that is a definite highlight of my career.”

The Jamaica game was one of five appearances for Evans during the 2013 ‘Hex’ and kept him in the mix for the team’s World Cup roster the following spring.

Now as he preps for the possibility of facing Jamaica in Wednesday’s semifinal, he’ll lean on the experience gained from that qualifier in Kingston, as well as the return leg the U.S. won 2-0 in Kansas City four months later.

“Those types of performances, results in those big games and big environments against very good teams have an impact. In the back of your mind you always know you can do it,” he said. “It gives you confidence going forward that you can do it.

“I remember the game against Bosnia as well that we ended up winning. I came off the field and Jurgen said, ‘This is it, you can do it, this is the level you’re performing at.’ That’s something I’ve always remembered since then, whenever someone doubts or I start to doubt myself – just knowing past performances have put me to where I am now. Knowing I have those in the back of my mind is something I can carry forward.”

Chicago Fire and Orlando City Have Score to Settle in Open Cup Quarterfinal

When the Chicago Fire welcome Orlando City SC to Toyota Park on Wednesday night, they’ll hope to conjure up memories from their 5-1 home victory against the USL version of the Lions two years ago. The Fire were the only MLS team to meet a club from Division III in the Quarterfinals that year, albeit one that downed the Colorado Rapids and Sporting KC in back-to-back rounds to get to that point.

And though the score line did end up lopsided, the reigning USL champs stood even with the Fire as late as the 59th minute of the match when Patrick Nyarko scored what stood as the game-winner.

“I clearly remember that game,” Nyarko told ussoccer.com. “They came out firing. We scored first, but they equalized. I wasn’t surprised they scored with the way they were playing, but it woke us up. We knew this team was not to be played or toyed with and we needed to buckle it up and go from there.”

Four minutes after Nyarko scored, Fire forward Chris Rolfe made it 3-1 and soon after, Orlando saw defender Yann Songo’o sent off, allowing the flood gates to open. Mike Magee tallied in the 83rd minute before City’s Adama Mbengue also saw red. Joel Lindpere finished off the scoring late to end the route.

Still, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said he and his then lower-league side did take pride in the way they played their MLS opponent.

 “My memory is that we were excellent on the night,” Heath told ussoccer.com “I think [then Chicago Fire head coach] Frank Klopas at the time said the score line didn’t reflect anywhere near what the game was. At one point, Dom Dwyer had a great chance to make it 2-1, then we get a man sent off and kind of fall off. It was a terrific performance by the group on the night, as much as the performance looks like we took a pounding, it wasn’t like that.”

Both teams have changed dramatically since then, with Orlando City upgrading its roster with the likes of Kaka, Brek Shea and Carlos Rivas for their move to MLS this season, while the Fire have undergone a two-season makeover – Nyarko is one of just five players left on the roster from the end of the 2013 season.


Brazilian striker Kaka has helped guide Orlando City SC to an auspicious start in its first season as an MLS club.

#OTD July 21: A Victorious Day in U.S. MNT Gold Cup History

With two semifinal advancements and a quarterfinal thrashing, July 21 is a pretty historic day in U.S. MNT Gold Cup history…

#OTD 1993: U.S. MNT downs Costa Rica to advance to Gold Cup Final

In a game the U.S. largely dominated, the side saw chance after chance either well-saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Erick Lonnis or go begging just wide of goal, forcing extra time at The Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

In the golden goal period, both teams had early opportunities to advance to the tournament final in Mexico City, but the sudden death winner would come from one of the most unlikely of sources.

A quick restart on the right saw Cobi Jones lay off for Roy Wegerle, whose deflected cross fell perfectly for center back Cle Kooiman. The Cruz Azul defender one-timed the cross out of the air, smashing it past Lonnis in the 103rd minute to send the U.S. to a second consecutive Gold Cup final. 

#OTD 2005: U.S. MNT comes back with 2-1 semifinal win against Honduras

The U.S. stared semifinal elimination straight in the face in this match after Honduras midfielder Ivan Guerrero gave Los Catrachos  a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.

Things appeared to get worse when U.S. head coach Bruce Arena was sent off for complaining about a foul on Chris Armas in the 59th minute. With his assistant Glenn “Mooch” Myernick in charge, the U.S. left the equalizer late as Oguchi Onyewu’s ball over the top found Landon Donovan in the box. The young forward laid off for John O’Brien on his right, who finished from close range in the 86th minute.

Just as it looked the match would head to extra time, Donovan’s free kick from the right picked out Onyewu whose diving header beat Honduras ‘keeper Victor Coello to give the U.S. a 2-1 win in the 92nd minute.

Taking His Shot

As the U.S. progressed through three hard-fought matches to advance from a tough Gold Cup group last week, opportunity arose.

For the team, there was recognition that while they had difficult moments, nearly the entire roster had contributed to winning the group. Individually, three new additions were brought in to make their mark on the tournament, while some of those that stayed earned a bigger opportunity to play, beginning with Saturday’s Quarterfinal against Cuba.

Perhaps no one better advantage of their opportunity than forward Aron Johannsson, who stepped into the starting XI next to Clint Dempsey following Jozy Altidore’s departure. The 24-year-old combined well at times with his veteran front line partner as Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes ran the U.S. out to a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.

Then it was Johannsson’s turn to take center stage. Just after the half-hour mark, Michael Bradley hit a well-paced ball over the top as the fleet-footed attacker perfectly timed his run to get an extra step on the Cuba back line. Johannsson let the ball bounce as the defenders closed but saw Cuban goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra off his line, and rather than try to dribble through markers, cleverly chipped his effort home from the top of the penalty area.

The goal was his first in Gold Cup play, but would have been his second if his first-half strike against Haiti hadn’t been incorrectly ruled offside.

“For a striker to get his first goal of the tournament, it’s huge,” Johannsson told ussoccer.com. “Obviously I would have hoped it would come sooner, but to score in the knockout stage is always good.”

U-17 WNT Head to Training Camp as World Cup Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow will hold a training camp from Aug. 9-16, at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, California. Snow has called up 24 players for the event, with 16 born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. The remaining eight players were born in 2000.

The U.S. U-17s are still seven months away from qualifying for the next Women’s World Cup. The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be held on the Caribbean island of Grenada next March. The tournament will send three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be played in Jordan in September of 2016. 

The Under-17 Women's Championship will feature eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. 

Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatically qualified from North America, while the qualifying processes in CFU and UNCAF will take place in coming months. As host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three representatives of CFU. 

The eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each and after the group stage, the winner and second-place team from each group will cross-over for the semifinals. The winner of each semifinal match qualifies directly to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup while the two losing semifinalists will play a third-place match with the winner also advancing to the World Cup. 

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, IL.), Chyanne Dennis (Lauderhill Lions; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, NJ.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

More than 20,000 Tickets Sold for WNT Matches Against Australia in Detroit and Birmingham

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – On the first day that tickets went on sale to the public for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s September matches in Detroit and Birmingham, Ala., more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for each venue. 

The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2). 

The games are part of a 10-match Victory Tour to celebrate the USA’s third World Cup title. 

Tickets for the September games are available at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.] 

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

The USA’s tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 38,500 tickets have been sold for that match. [TICKETS] The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend. 

The dates, venues and opponents for the USA’s final six matches of the Victory Tour will be announced when they are confirmed. 

2015 U.S. WNT VICTORY TOUR SCHEDULE (six more matches to be confirmed):

Date

Opponent

TV

Venue

Aug. 16

Costa Rica

FOX Sports 1

Heinz Field; Pittsburgh

Aug. 19

Costa Rica

ESPN2

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sept. 17

Australia

FOX Sports 1

Ford Field; Detroit

Sept. 20

Australia

ESPN 2

Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

U-18 WNT Travels to Mexico City for Matches Against Mexico U-20 WNT

CHICAGO (July 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to Mexico City from Aug. 8-16 for a training camp that features two matches against the Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team.

The games will take place on August 13 and 15 at Mexico’s National Training Center in Mexico City. U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth Technical Director April Heinrichs will run the camp that features 20 players, all born 1998.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but the goal for this age group is ultimately the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Gabrielle Kouzelos (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Ohio.)
DEFENDERS (6): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist SC; Liberty Township, Ohio.), Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Taylor Hallmon (Concorde Fire; Panama City, Fla.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire Premier; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Broadview Heights, Ohio), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse SC; St. Charles, Ill.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Daria Petredes (Beach FC; Yorba Linda, Calif.), Haley Schueppert (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.)

U-16 GNT Heads to San Diego for Training Camp

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from Aug. 1-9 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, that will feature 24 players.

This will be the third camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 21 players born in 2000 and three born in 2001.

The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro, who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.

This age group is in a two-year cycle that will graduate the players to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maycee Bell (Sporting FC Blue Valley; Wichita, Kans.), Emily Crocco (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Margot Ridgeway (Match Fit Academy; Fair Haven, N.J.), Skylar Smith (SoCal Blues; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Kennedy Wesley (SoCal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Corianna Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Mililani, Hawaii), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7): Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Lia Godfrey (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Sophie Hirst (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Allison Schlegel (Colorado Storm; Parker, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Brooke Wilson (San Diego Surf; Vista, Calif.)

Sharp Names 14-Man Roster for 2015 Parapan American Games

CHICAGO (July 29, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has named 14 players to represent the United States at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Preliminary matches begin Sunday, Aug. 9, for the USA when it faces Canada. It will then face Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil on the following consecutive days. Elimination games will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, before the placement games and closing ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“The players and staff are looking forward to getting on the plane to Toronto to join up with the rest of Team USA at the Parapan American Games next month,” said Sharp. “It has been a busy and successful year for the USPNT program and all the U.S. Soccer National Teams in general, therefore we are keen to continue this momentum.

“We will be taking a squad with only two changes to the group that recently made the quarterfinals of the World Championships, therefore we will have a nice blend of youth and experience in Canada.”

Daniel Hoffman and Jackson McCabe join the team as the only two members who did not participate with the U.S. at the 2015 C.P. World Championships in England. The U.S. finished in 7th place at the World Championships to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“In 2015 so far, with squad qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, we have managed to achieve a number of our objectives but this season is not yet over,” said Sharp. “I am sure there will be teams in Toronto going out prove themselves against us, however we are firmly focused on finishing the competition in a podium place and representing the USA to our best.”

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (2): Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Weise (Jacksonville, Fla.)
FORWARDS (2): Jackson McCabe (Boulder, Colo.), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas)

 

U-18 MNT Roster Named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament from July 30-Aug. 10. 

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches. 

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. All 20 players on the roster were born in 1999, making this their first camp as the new U-18 MNT. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams. 

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. Eighteen of the 19 players  have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif; Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Callum Stretch (Unattached; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

Herzog Calls 28 Players for College Identification Training Camp

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 28 players to Carson, California, for a College Identification training camp that will allow the coaching staff to scout a new crop of collegiate players as the team continues preparations ahead of October qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The group will train from August 5-8 at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson.

"It will be great to work with this group and have a look at them,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “We have brought college players in and have seen them go on to have success with the senior team. Jordan Morris was an example of that this year. This camp is another chance to build our pool of talented players.”

Eleven of the 28 players have experience playing in the U.S. Men’s National Team youth system.

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).
DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).

 

Registration for October “A” & “B” Coaching Courses Opens Aug. 3

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) — The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for “A” and “B” License Courses from October 17-25 in Casa Grande, Arizona. Registration for these course options will begin on Monday, August 3. Interested applicants should review the FAQ’s (listed below) and confirm their eligibility prior to registering.

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.

In a typical course, coaches interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former U.S. National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course, visit the Coaching Education page on ussoccer.com.

School

Date

Location

National “A” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

National “B” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

Upcoming Performance Centers will be held at various locations. Registration information and additional 2016 course details will be available on ussoccer.com at a later date.

For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to Finish International Careers at End of 2015

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – The 10-game fall tour to celebrate the USA’s championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the final matches in a U.S. uniform for midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. 

Holiday, 27, made public her decision to retire for club and country in early July, two days after the Women’s World Cup Final. Boxx, 38, recently confirmed her plans to finish her international career at the end of the year as well, but will also immediately retire from professional club soccer and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the season. 

Both players have been vitally important contributors to the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team team over their careers and both finish with multiple Olympic gold medals, a Women’s World Cup title and a professional club championship. 

Boxx, who grew up in Torrance, California, and attended Notre Dame, played in all three incarnations of U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She was drafted by the San Diego Spirit into the WUSA and also played for the New York Power. In the WPS, she played for the Los Angeles Sol, the St. Louis Athletica, magicJack and FC Gold Pride, with whom she won a league title in 2010. She ends her career with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I’ve been blessed to play soccer professionally for 15 years,” said Boxx. “Much of my success at the international level — three gold medals and a World Cup victory — is owed to the professional women’s soccer leagues in which I’ve played. I’m excited to see the NWSL grow and inspire a new generation of girls who may, one day, have their dreams come true just as mine did.” 

Boxx was famously named to the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team before ever earning a cap. She scored in her first three WNT matches, including the opening game of that tournament, and grew into a fixture at center midfield for years. Known for her tremendous ball-winning in the air and on the ground, as well as sophistication with the ball at her feet in the attack, she currently has 191 caps and 27 goals. 

Boxx was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2008, 2005 (when she finished third) and 2004, and captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May of 2005. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2004 and 2006. Boxx has struggled with injuries and illness over the past few years, and gave birth to her first daughter, Zoe, in February of 2014. She embarked on a remarkable comeback to make her final Women’s World Cup Team. 

Even more impressive, Boxx has been dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus for years and been outspoken about her struggles to cope with the diseases while becoming a role model for many who are similarly afflicted. 

“This is the right decision for me right now,” said Boxx. “And though I’ll continue on with the U.S. team and our victory tour, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. Having the time to focus more on my family, whose support has made everything possible, is something I will cherish as much as the game.” 

Holiday grew up in Indianapolis and attended UCLA (where she finished as the Bruins all-time leading scorer). She played for the USA at the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia and debuted for the full team in January of 2007 against Germany. 

She displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, playing forward, flank midfield and several roles in the center of the midfield as well. One of the team’s smoothest passers and the USA’s best players with her back to the net, she has scored a bushel of world-class goals during her time in a U.S. jersey. 

The former Lauren Cheney was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team. She currently has 130 caps and 24 goals, including her epic volley in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final that would turn out to be the game-winner. 

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family.” 

Holiday played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in WPS and will finish her professional career at the end of this NWSL season with FC Kansas City, with whom she was the league MVP in 2013, leading the league in goals and assists. Last year she helped the Blues to the league title in 2014 and was MVP of the championship game. 

“I have so much respect for FC Kansas City and when I made my decision to retire, I knew I wanted to come back and finish out the season, not only for the club, but for the fans,” said Holiday. “Hopefully we can win another title and really go out on top.” 

Four games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the first match coming on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit followed by a second match against the Matildas on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to play so many games for the National Team, but I’m at peace with my decision,” added Holiday. “The tour will be a lot of fun over the next few months to celebrate not only a great World Cup win, but also my career and spending time with my teammates.”

U.S. MNT to play 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in St. Louis on Nov. 13

The U.S. Men’s National team will play its first home match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will be played Nov. 13 against the winner of the Third Round Qualifying match between St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Aruba.

Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The kickoff time and broadcast information will be provided in the near future. The two-legged playoff between St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Aruba is scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.

This past weekend, the U.S. was drawn into Group C for the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. During the Semifinal Round, the MNT will play each of its Group C opponents twice, once at home and once away. The dates of the games are Nov. 13 and 17, March 25 and 29, 2016 and Sept. 2 and 6, 2016; the opponents for those match days will be determined after the completion of the Third Round of Qualifying (Schedule below). Group C includes Trinidad & Tobago, and the winners of Third Round Qualifying matches between St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba or Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala. The Group C winner and runner-up advance to the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying known in CONCACAF countries as the Hexagonal.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first World Cup qualifier towards Russia 2018 in St. Louis,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “There is no more appropriate place to start this campaign than a city that has contributed so much to the history and tradition of soccer in the United States. Some of the best players we have ever produced have ties there, and now we look forward to bringing the National Team back home to St. Louis where we know the support will be incredible.”

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ one-time soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last playing to a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997. It will be the first World Cup qualifier played in the St. Louis area since the USA’s 0-0 tie with El Salvador in 1989, which was also played at Busch Conference & Sports Center.

“This is a historic opportunity for St. Louis as the U.S. Men’s Team kicks off its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We’re incredibly excited to be the host for this match and are looking forward to showing that we have some of the best soccer fans in the country.”

The MNT is 5-2-1 all time in the city of St. Louis (4-1-1 in World Cup Qualifiers) and is 7-2-2 in the state of Missouri.

In April, the U.S. Women’s team played a World Cup tune-up in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, drawing a crowd of 35,817, which ranks as the largest crowd in U.S. history for a standalone Women’s National Team friendly match.

World Cup Qualifying Match Dates

Date

Match A

Match B

Nov. 13, 2015

USA v VIN-ARU winner

ATG-GUA winner v TRI

Nov. 17, 2015

TRI v USA

VIN-ARU winner v ATG-GUA winner

March 25, 2016

ATG-GUA winner v USA

VIN-ARU winner v TRI

March 29, 2016

USA v ATG-GUA winner

TRI v VIN-ARU winner

Sept. 2, 2016

VIN-ARU winner v USA

TRI v ATG-GUA winner

Sept. 6, 2016

USA v TRI

ATG-GUA v VIN-ARU winner

Paralympic National Team Prepares for Parapan American Games

A 14-man squad will represent the United States at the 2015 Parapan American games at the University of Toronto in August.

Highlights: MNT Falls to Panama in Gold Cup Third Place Match PKs

The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 6 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After a tough loss in the semifinal, the U.S. Men’s National Team heads to Philadelphia looking to close out the Gold Cup with a positive performance in Panama. Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Bradley look ahead to the match and the next steps for the team beyond the tournament.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 5 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

The U.S. Men's National Team begins the knockout round with a comprehensive win against Cuba in Baltimore. From there the group shifts focus quickly to the semifinal where they meet Jamaica in Atlanta.

Behind The Crest. Ep. 8 - #USWNT in Canada

The U.S. WNT wins the World Cup and celebrates with fans in this final episode of Behind the Crest from Canada. After a great win against Japan in Vancouver, the team goes on set at FOX, heads back to the USA to present the trophy to fans in Los Angeles and caps it off with a historic ticker tape parade in New York City.

Highlights: FC Dallas Beats NY Red Bulls to Win 2015 U-15/16 Academy Championship

The New York Red Bulls were shutout for the first time all season by FC Dallas in the championship game of the U-15/16 Development Academy Playoffs.

Highlights: Chicago Fire Drops RSL AZ to Win 2015 U-17/18 Academy Championship

The Chicago Fire upset first seed Real Salt Lake AZ in the Development Academy U-17/18 championship game.
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