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U.S. Paralympic National Team Drops 2-1 Decision to Argentina

Chicago (March 26, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team dropped at 2-1 decision to Argentina in the third day of competition at the FOOTIE 7-Provoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

The USA took an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute thanks to a tally from Seth Jahn, heading into the locker room with the advantage. However, a very physical second half resulted in two Argentinian goals that sealed the victory over the U.S.

U.S. PNT captain and the only other goal scorer for the USA in the tournament, Kevin Hensley, had to be taken off in a stretcher early in the second half after being injured during the game.

"This was a disappointing result especially after going into halftime winning 1-0," said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Unfortunately we picked up a bad injury to our captain that resulted in him being stretchered off early into the second half. The players stood up well to the physical nature of the opposition but in the end we were unable to convert our chances into goals.”

The U.S. PNT currently sits in fourth place in the five-team tournament with three points. It will wrap up the tournament by facing host-nation Portugal on March 27.  A win against Portugal and a loss by the Netherlands, who faces Ukraine on the same day, would give the U.S. PNT a third-place finish.

“The tight schedule means we now need to flush this tough loss from our system very quickly in order to be ready to take on the host nation in 24 hours,” said Sharp.

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

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: March 26, 2015

Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 54 degrees, raining

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             1          0          1
ARG                             0          2          2            

USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   17th minute
ARG                 10-Rodrigo Lugrin          36
ARG                 11-Matias Fernandez      60

Lineups:
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 41), 18-Alex Hendricks 7

Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5,15- Mason Abbiate 8, 17-Michael Moore 7

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

ARG: 2-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 4-Cláudio Figuera 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8, 6-Pablo Molina 7, 10-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 6, 14-Mariano Cortes 7 (8-Alberto Alabarce 7, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Matias Salvat 5, 7-Martin Barquilla 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 13-Lautaro Marzolini 6

Head Coach:  Osvaldo Hernandez

Stats Summary:
USA / ARG
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 10
Saves: 11 / 3
Corners: 12 / 5
Fouls: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Augusto Mendes

U.S. Soccer to Hold Fan Headquarters April 14-15 Prior to USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is planning an exciting series of activities to energize fans and display the passion for the sport of soccer in San Antonio, Texas, beginning on April 14, as the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15.

U.S. Soccer’s Fan Headquarters in San Antonio is the official pregame party for fans attending the USA vs. Mexico match. FanHQ San Antonio will kick off on April 14, the night before the game, at Sunset Station to celebrate one of the biggest matchups of the year. Space is limited and an RSVP is required for admission to this free event.

FanHQ at Sunset Station
Date: April 14
Time: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. CT
Location: Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Space is Limited, Tickets Required - RSVP Below

Fan HQ San Antonio will continue on April 15, outside the Alamodome in the North Plaza, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT, prior to kickoff of the sold-out USA-Mexico game at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The event will include a wide array of activities, ranging from exhibitions to giveaways and contests, for fans to enjoy and experience ahead of one of the biggest rivalries in soccer. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, and an on-site official U.S. Soccer store.

Several of the exhibitions that will take place will connect art, fashion and culture to the game of soccer, as well as to the USA-Mexico match itself. 

Kicks to the Pitch, an online magazine and live event production company, will bring three exhibitions that together aim to showcase the game in a fresh, unique and cutting edge way to attract the tastemakers and trendsetters to the sport. These will include: Stash (a graffiti pioneer); Transhoeformers (turning old sneakers into collectible works of art); and Sneaker Summit alongside SNKSUP (a display of collectible sneakers aiming to unite America through its sneaker culture).

These three innovative exhibitions will each bring something unique and fresh into the event as each aims to tie in their own one-of-a-kind talents with the game of soccer and the match between the CONCACAF foes.

Furthermore, U.S. Soccer sponsors will also be on hand for fans to enjoy the festivities while playing games, taking photos and winning prizes.

Finally, TV broadcasters will host their pregame shows outside the Alamodome, as both FOX Sports 1 and Univision will be on-site to prepare the crowd and TV audiences ahead of one of the best games of the year.

More detailed information of the events taking place can be found below. You can also find detailed information in the USA-MEX match page.

Art and Culture Exhibitions: 

  • Stash: Stash will paint two wall-sized canvasses inspired by the USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T, live at FanHQ. He has also created a custom name and number set available for customization on the new U.S. Men’s Nike Away Jersey. The customized jersey is extremely limited and can only be purchased at ussoccerstore.com or on-site at FanHQ. 
  • Transhoeformers: At FanHQ, Transhoeformers will display art created from the back of U.S. Soccer’s equipment room. Old boots and balls intended for National Team players that were never used will be given a new life. He has created model robots, vehicles and animals entirely from sneakers and other recycled materials. Transhoeformers’ work is truly one of a kind. His intricate and creative pieces are a masterfully examples of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and sustainability.
  • Sneaker Summit and SNKSUP: will exhibit a display of unique and collectable sneakers that connects sneaker culture to soccer in America. Sneaker Summit provides a platform for sneaker enthusiast to celebrate sneaker culture and to buy, sell, trade and discuss rare, vintage, and collectible shoes and apparel, and has grown to be one of the biggest sneaker conventions in the country. SNKSUP provides a showcase for sneaker aficionados and collectors to talk shop and come together to celebrate the thriving sneaker culture in Texas. This event is held annually in San Antonio, TX and attracts sneakerheads from all across the country.

Contests, Displays and Giveaways:

  • AT&T: Visit AT&T for the Slo-Mo Photo Op, where fans have the opportunity to showcase their best group goal celebrations and have them turned into a slo-mo video which can then be shared via email/social media. Also, check out the Digital Free Kick game, a fast-pace phone game where fans try to score as many goals as possible in 60 seconds through flicking a ball from a handset into a goal on a monitor. The top scorers are rewarded with great prizes. Fans can also win prizes by taking the “It Can Wait Pledge” to not text and drive and sharing the message on their social channels as well as winning the Speed Kick Challenge, where fans test how hard they can strike a ball on goal.
  • Bud Light: Visit Bud Light’s mobile bar, where you can audition for your chance to be a part of the “Up For Whatever” campaign and play FIFA 15 with other fans.
  • Chevy: Check out Chevy’s display to see new Chevy vehicles, get your face painted in support of the USA, have your image included into the Men’s National Team Starting XI photo, and take home prizes and giveaway items.
  • Liberty Mutual: Come pick up your crown at the Liberty Mutual Insurance tent where fans will be given the chance to share their passion in a fun, memorable way by posing for a vintage soccer poster (while supplies last). Posters will be printed on-site and also provided digitally to allow fans the ability to share on their social media.
  • Continental Tire: The Continental Tire Cornering Performance Challenge allows fans to complete a product information “Challenge” and receive a free Continental Tire scarf (while supplies last). Participants will also be entered to win a U.S. National Team Jersey. Fans can also participate in the Corner Kick Pic; to take a picture against a soccer themed backdrop and retrieve the picture online. Also at Continental Tire’s section, Tic-Tac-Tire, where fans will kick or throw a plush soccer ball into tires to play tic-tac-toe.

Former World Cup Champion Berti Vogts Appointed U.S. MNT Technical Advisor

CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A member of the German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the Men’s National Team. Additionally, he coached the German squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was team captain – and is one of only three coaches to lead Germany to a trophy in the last 25 years.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

In his role as Technical Advisor, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe, working with Herzog and Matthias Hamann on scouting, building and improving club relationships and identifying talent. Vogts will serve as a resource for technical development initiatives and coaching education. 

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches in three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77) and two UEFA Cups (1974–75, 1978–79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led the Germans to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he served as the manager for Azerbaijan from April of 2008 to the end of 2014.

Across the Academy - March 26, 2015

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

Building the U.S. Men's National Team Pyramid : U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Men's National Team

U-23 Men's National Team

U-20 Men's National Team

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 21-22):

  • West Conference: Damian German led the way for Real Salt Lake U-17/18s this past Saturday with two goals in the 3-0 victory over Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps.German scored in the 46th and 65th minute to up his season total to 17 goals. Team-leading scorer Brooks Lennon (19) added a third tally to the game in the 70th minute to guarantee the victory. RSL's 2.44 points per game as well its Academy-leading 101 goals has it with a strong hold of first place in the playoffs pool. Vancouver is currently still very much in playoff contention as they sit in the eighth spot. 
  • Central Conference: Two late goals by the Chicago Fire U-17/18s lifted the team past Crew SC Academy in a matchup of division rivals. Crew's Omar Mohamed opened up the score sheet with a goal in the 55th minute to give his team the lead. Despite holding onto the 1-0 advantage for most of the game, Chicago's leading-scorer Ryan Sierakowski stormed back in the 70th minute and nabbed the equalizer for his team, making it his 14th goal this season. His efforts were aided minutes later when Peter Schropp who tallied the second goal for the Fire in the 83rd minute and sealed the victory for the team currently sitting atop the Mid-America division. The Fire is in the middle of the playoffs pool standings, while Crew SC is still trying to fight its way into a wildcard spot.
    In another Mid-America Division game, Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18s scored a late-game winner to soar past FC Wisconsin Nationals in a tight game that saw four second half goals being scored. Academy Player of the Week Jackson Yueill was the hero for Minnesota as he notched the game-winner in the 84th minute, to record his 12th goal this season. Luis Castanon struck first with a goal in the first half to take Minnesota to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. FC Wisconsin's Abdul Kooistra however, came out strong and found the back of the net in the 47th minute for the tie. Castanon scored again in the 63rd to give Minnesota the lead, but Sal Gloria once more equalized for Wisconsin a minute later. Finally, it was Yueill who closed out the match with his late-game heroics and gave his team the victory to keep them amongst the mix in the wildcard pool.
  • East Conference: The two highest performing teams in the East Conference met this past weekend for a highly competitive match. New York Red Bulls U-17/18's defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 behind a brace from leading scorer Juan Sebastian Sanchez. Sanchez got his team on the board quickly scoring in the 21st minute and again on the 44th. Kyle Zajec added one in the 27th and Ethan Lochner finished it off with the fourth score in the 57th minute to keep the Red Bulls in complete control of the Atlantic Division, in second place in the playoffs pool, and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite the loss, Montreal still has the best points per game average in the Northeast Division and is sitting in the third spot in the playoff pool. Montreal's leading scorer Alexander Kulic tallied his 10th goal of the year.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18 and U-18 MNT midfielder Jackson Yueill earned Academy Player of the Week during his three-goal performance at home against Sockers FC. Yueill has played and started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, amassing 12 goals.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kelly Ruckstuhl, a 19-year old Grade 8-CAN referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between San Juan Soccer and LA Galaxy. Ruckstuhl has been working Academy matches since 2014.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team. 

U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup : The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.

  • U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream : U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
  • Rejuvenated Gallardo : ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish .

OTHER LINKS:

Quote Sheet: Klinsmann, Johannsson, Altidore, Bradley and Alvarado on Denmark

MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:

On tonight’s game:
“I think overall this was a very even and entertaining game. I think we gave them an eye-to-eye game and we could have won it, but we didn’t. We saw a lot of good things that we wanted to see on our end. Obviously, we’ve got to correct a couple things because we conceded three goals, and overall it’s just a little bit frustrating when you lose in the last minute.”

On what he liked and disliked from tonight’s game:
“Obviously, what you don’t like is late goals. Maybe it’s just losing focus for a second, losing your mark or because of heavy legs getting tired a little bit. You never want to give a game away that you’re up 2-1. I think a tie probably would have been a fair result, but as I said a lot of positives. I think the backline overall did a very good job. From the left to the right, they were all on top of things as much as they could be. I think Michael Bradley was present in the midfield trying to organize a lot. You’re always happy for your strikers when they score. You hope then for a third one if there’s an opportunity and we had it with John Brooks’ header in the last second. There’s a lot of good stuff taken away from this game, definitely. We have to step it up in terms of managing the game all 90 minutes. You lead in Denmark 2-1? Get the job done and go home with three points. At least tie it. That’s all the stuff to improve, but overall we did a lot of good stuff.”

On the struggle to maintain possession in the first half and how they planned to fix it at half:
“We knew that Denmark is a very good possession-oriented team. That’s part of their style that Morten Olsen developed over many, many years here, and they do it really well with their technical capabilities. They move off of the ball really well. So what we had problems with the first half was to get pressure on the ball, to get closer to them in midfield and shut them down in terms of their passing lanes and the space that they find. I think it was a little bit better in the second half. We got closer to them. We denied them those little passes between the lines and that’s stuff we’re going to have to deal with and do better.”

On bringing in Ventura Alvarado for his first cap in place of Michael Orozco:
Michael Orozco was giving us a signal that he was just simply exhausted and that led to Ventura’s first cap, which was something special for him.”

On Denmark’s captain and playmaker Christian Eriksen:
“I said yesterday to the media here that he obviously is a huge talent. He’s fun to watch and at a young age already taking over so much responsibility on the field, leading his team and keeping the rhythm going. It’s really fun to watch him, so it will be interesting to see how he continues his career.”

On Nicklas Bendtner’s performance:
If you make three goals then you get all the compliments in the world, and he deserves them for that performance absolutely.”

MNT forward ARON JOHANNSSON

On his goal:
“Michael Bradley played Jozy [Altidore] a fantastic ball in the box, and Jozy showed he’s a very good team player; he played it to me, and I was the one against an open goal.”

On his return to Aarhus, where he played professionally for AGF Aarhus:
“It was amazing. It was a great experience to come back to the stadium where my career kicked off. It was good to be back, but on the other hand we lost the game, so I’m pretty disappointed right now. I felt like we could’ve gotten something from the game so this is pretty disappointing.”

On what to take moving forward to the Switzerland game next Tuesday:
“Obviously today we had a lot of positives, and now we have to look at those positives and learn from them and make sure that we’re winning games in the final period of the game and make sure that we don’t lose games in the last couple of minutes.”

On the warm reception he received from the Denmark crowd:
“Obviously it’s great for me that they still know my name back here and they still cheer for me. It’s a great city and I’m very happy to be back, but on the other hand, the result kind of killed it.”

MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE

On scoring his goal:
“It was a great ball from Timmy [Chandler]. It looked like the defenders were confused a little bit, and I just tried to kind of stay with the play. Then, I tried to hit it first time and get it on target and it went in.”

On losing a game where the team twice had the lead:
“Yeah it’s annoying because it seems to be a trend over the last five or six games and it’s just not good enough at this level. Too many lapses at critical points in the game, and maybe it’s a little bit of lack of experience as well, but it’s something we’ll have to cut out getting closer now to a competition in the Gold Cup. We need to get better.”

On the cold, damp playing conditions:
“Yeah it was weird, it was a cold one. It was a typical spring day; it was cold and wet. But look, everybody at this level has experienced extreme temperature, so it’s no excuse.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“Switzerland’s another tough game.  It’s another good opponent. It’s another opportunity for us to work on things, but we have to take these chances seriously now, because there’s not many left until we start a competition and that’s where it counts.”

MNT midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY

On playing his first game as captain:
“It was a tremendous honor. Obviously Clint’s [Dempsey] the captain and he’s done an incredible job, but for me to have the opportunity to be captain on the night that he’s not here was very special and not something that I’ll soon forget. Growing up you dream for these kind of nights, so it was very special.”

On the frustration of losing another game late:
“It’s very frustrating. We knew it was going to be a difficult night with the conditions; the field’s not great, it’s wet, windy, and we knew it was going to be a game where more balls were going to get played forward and  it was going to be about moving our lines and getting to second balls. I thought we handled things for the most part pretty well, but if you don’t see the game out, if you don’t take care of things in the last few minutes then you’re not going to ever get what you deserve. I think the frustrating thing is that it’s not the first time that that’s happened to us, where we’ve not been able to see a game out and we’ve got to start to learn our lesson.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ll get back to Zurich tomorrow and physically start to recover and get ourselves mentally right. Obviously it’s another big chance to step on the field against a good team.”

MNT defender VENTURA ALVARADO

On earning his first cap:
“I’m real happy and proud to be here and motivated to keep working and getting more minutes. I’m going to remember this, and it’s going to be a good memory. We lost, but it’s alright, we just need to keep working.”

Highlights: 91st-Minute Strike Beats MNT in Denmark

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark.

MNT Upended by Nicklas Bendtner Hat Trick in 3-2 Loss to Denmark

AARHUS, Denmark (March 25, 2015) – Jozy Altidore tallied his 27th goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team and added an assist on Aron Johannsson’s third career tally, but it was not enough to offset Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick in a 3-2 loss to Denmark on Wednesday at NRGi Park.

The USA now returns to Zurich, where it will continue training camp ahead of next week’s match against Switzerland. The U.S. MNT will play its second consecutive road match in Europe on March 31 at 12 p.m. ET live on Fox Sports 1, UniMás and UDN.

The USA twice took the lead in each half first through Altidore and then Johannsson. Denmark responded on each occasion through Bendtner, who eventually scored the game winner in the 91st minute.

The USA had a chance to equalize in the game’s final moments when midfielder Michael Bradley whipped a beautiful cross into the box, but John Brooks guided his header just wide in the last action of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), 19th minute:
Timmy Chandler played a one-two passing combination with Altidore, launching the ball to the far post from the right side. Altidore outmuscled his defender and blasted in a half-volley at the near post with his left foot. It was Chandler’s first assist for the USA. USA 1, DEN 0 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), 33rd minute: After a long build up, the ball ended up with Denmark’s Daniel Wass. He flashed a cross toward Rimando, where it was backheeled by Lass Vibe into the path of Bendtner, who easily tapped it home from close range. USA 1, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), 66th minute: Michael Bradley dropped an exquisite long ball into the Denmark box to a streaking Altidore. The U.S. striker took a beautiful first touch to cushion the pass and draw the attention of Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen before, poking the ball to Johannsson, who tapped home into the vacated goal well with smart first touch and a defender on his back. USA 2, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, 83rd minute: A chip from Martin Braithwaite on the left side was deflected and looped toward the far post of the U.S. goal. Denmark’s Lasse Schöne and the USA’s Timmy Chandler challenged for the deflected ball, which ultimately fell to Bendtner, who lashed a first-time volley low past screened U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. USA 2 DEN 2 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), 90+1 minute: A Nick Rimando goal kick was allowed to bounce around the midfield stripe and Denmark won the second ball, moving it to Eriksen wide in the left channel. The Denmark captain directed a long ball over the top to Bendtner, who cradled the pass with a fluid first touch before smacking a low shot past Rimando into the far side netting from 16 yards out. USA 2, DEN 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando (Save) 16th minute:
Denmark curled in a cross from the left channel to the far post which just skipped by striker Nicklas Bendtner, before Rimando turned it around the post with a diving save.

USA – Nick Rimando & Michael Orozco (Save), 48th minute: A defensive mix-up led to an opening for Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who snapped a wide open shot from the right side, which Rimando expertly beat away. However, the ball continued to roll toward the U.S. goal before Michael Orozco was able to clear it to safety.

Milestone Watch:

  • Timmy Chandler scored his first career point for the U.S. MNT with his assist in the first half.
  • Jozy Altidore’s first-half goal was the 27th of his career and his second this year. He is three goals behind Brian McBride for fourth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
  • Ventura Alvarado earned his first cap for the U.S. MNT, entering in the 80th minute to replace Michael Orozco.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Switzerland at 12 p.m. ET on March 31 in Zurich.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Additional Notes:

  • Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, making his first start as captain for the USA, were the only two players to feature for the MNT during the last time it faced Denmark in this stadium in 2009.
  • Nick Rimando made his first appearance and start in Europe for the USA.
  • Greg Garza has now started four of the last six matches for which he was available.
  • The two at the top of the USA’s 4-4-2 were Altidore and Johannsson, who were previously teammates at AZ Alkmaar. Altidore assisted on Johannsson’s goal in the 68th minute.
  • Before the match, the Denmark crowd gave Aron Johannsson, who had played at NRGi park before as a member of the Danish club AGF Aarhus, a warm reception when his name was called. It was his first start since 2013, and his first appearance since entering for Jozy Altidore in the 2-1 win against Ghana in the USA’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: March 25, 2015
Tournament: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,505
Weather: 41 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
DEN                            1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)         19th minute
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)           33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)        66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen) 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67) 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubin, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-Williams Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53); 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin Braithwaite, 74), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.); 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 11-Nicklas Bendtner
Subs not used: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Head Coach: Morten Olsen
 

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 4 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
DEN – William Kvist (caution)                    25th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                     78       
USA – Ventura Alvarado (caution)              89

Officials:
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Estados Unidos Cae 3-2 Contra Dinamarca

AARHUS, Dinamarca (25 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cayó 3-2 contra Dinamarca por medio de un triplete de Nicklas Bendtner en NRGi Park en Aarhus, Dinamarca.

Jozy Altidore y Aron Johannsson le dieron la ventaja a Estados Unidos en dos ocasiones, pero el último gol de Bendtner le dio la victoria a Dinamarca en el primer minuto de tiempo adicional. El partido marcó el debut del defensa Ventura Alvarado, quien milita en el Club América de la Liga MX.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene un registro de 1-3-3 contra Dinamarca. Ambos equipos han anotado 23 goles en conjunto en seis partidos, 10 de EE.UU. y 13 de Dinamarca.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrenta a Suiza el martes, 31 de marzo, a las 12 p.m. ET en Stadion Letzigrund en Zurich.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univisión Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), minuto 19: Estados Unidos recuperó el balón por la banda derecha y Timmy Chandler envió un pase largo hacia el frente. Jozy Altidore titubeó para quitarse a los dos jugadores que lo defendían y vio como el balón rebotó a un lado de ellos, precisamente a su paso. Altidore remató con fuerza, por un lado de Stephan Andersen en lo que fue su segundo gol del año, y el primer pase a gol de Chandler. USA 1, DEN 0 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), minuto 33: Dinamarca atacó rápida y lateralmente, con Daniel Wass pasando para Lasse Vibe en frente de la portería. Vibe la tocó con el talón para Nicklas Bendtner quien estaba completamente desmarcado frente a la portería. Bendtner solamente tuvo que acariciar el balón hacia la línea de gol para igualar. USA 1, DEN 1 (VER GOL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), minuto 66: El segundo gol de Estados Unidos empezó con un pase de Michael Bradley para Jozy Altidore en el lado izquierdo del área grande. Altidore bajó el balón frente a la portería y se pasó hacia su derecha para Aaron Johannsson, quien se deslizaba hacia la portería entre dos defensas. Johannsson llegó a tiempo para dirigir el balón adentro de la red para su tercer gol internacional. USA 2, DEN 1 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, minuto 83: El ataque danés envió un balón por la banda derecha que Thomas Delaney mandó desde justo afuera del área hacia el centro del área chica. Timmy Chandler alcanzó a cabecear el balón pero le cayó directamente a Nicklas Bendtner en el segundo poste. El delantero le pegó de primer toque, mandando el balón al fondo de la red. USA 2, DEN 2 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), minuto 90+1: Nicklas Bendtner completó su triplete con el gol de la victoria en el primer minuto de tiempo adicional. El capitán Christian Eriksen envió un balón perfectamente por arriba de la defensa de EE.UU. para Bendtner, quien lo recibió con calma y lo tocó una vez antes de deslizar un cañón que cruzó el gol y entró a la portería por abajo del brazo estirado de Rimando. USA 2, DEN 3 (VER GOL) FINAL

Atajadas Claves:

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 18: El defensa estadounidense Timmy Chandler le regaló el balón a Nicolai Boilesen, quien se abalanzó sobre el esférico. Boilesen se enfrentó a Nick Rimando, quien se mantuvo firme y recibió el disparo del danés en el pecho. El remate le cayó al capitán Christian Eriksen, quien estaba a corta distancia de la portería. El delantero mandó su disparo a las gradas por arriba de la portería.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 48: La defensa de EE.UU. se equivocó en el despeje y el balón le cayó a un delantero de Dinamarca, quien disparó de corta distancia pero Nick Rimando se aventó a tiempo para atajar. El balón rodó peligrosamente cerca de la línea de gol pero Michael Orozco se recuperó a tiempo para sacar el balón del terreno de juego.

Notas adicionales:

  • El partido fue un regreso a casa para Aron Johannsson, quien jugó en Aarhus del 2010-2012, y anotó 23 goles en 65 partidos.
  • El gol de Jozy Altidore fue el No. 27 de su carrera y segundo del año.
  • Fue el primer pase a gol para de Timmy Chandler.
  • Michael Bradley encabezó la nómina en partidos con la Selección, jugando en su partido No. 94 contra Dinamarca.
  • Nick Rimando ahora tiene un récord de 11-2-2.

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Dinamarca
Fecha: 25 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Dinamarca
Inicio: 3 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 10,505
Clima: 41 grados Fahrenheit, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        1          1          2
DEN                                        1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)                    minuto 19
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)                      33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)                   66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                           83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen)            90+1

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubín, 67)
Suplentes no utilizados: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-William Yarbrough
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53), 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.), 11-Nicklas Bendtner, 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin C. Braithwaite, 74)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Director Técnico: Morten Olsen

Resumen estadístico: USA / DEN
Tiros: 4 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 2 / 5
Atajadas: 2 / 0
Tiros de Esquina: 3 / 4
Faltas: 17 / 13
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:
DEN – William Kvist (amonestación)              minuto 25
USA – Jozy Altidore (amonestación)               78
USA – Ventura Alvarado (amonestación)        89

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN) 
Árbitro Asistente 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Cuarto Oficial: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Jozy Altidore

GOAL - Aron Johannsson Bags USA's Second of the Game

Aron Johannsson's goal gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead against Denmark. Watch live on ESPN and Univision.

GOAL - Altidore Blast Gives U.S. Early Lead against Denmark

Jozy Altidore scored to make it 1-0 vs. Denmark.

Across the Academy - March 26, 2015

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

Building the U.S. Men's National Team Pyramid : U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Men's National Team

U-23 Men's National Team

U-20 Men's National Team

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 21-22):

  • West Conference: Damian German led the way for Real Salt Lake U-17/18s this past Saturday with two goals in the 3-0 victory over Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps.German scored in the 46th and 65th minute to up his season total to 17 goals. Team-leading scorer Brooks Lennon (19) added a third tally to the game in the 70th minute to guarantee the victory. RSL's 2.44 points per game as well its Academy-leading 101 goals has it with a strong hold of first place in the playoffs pool. Vancouver is currently still very much in playoff contention as they sit in the eighth spot. 
  • Central Conference: Two late goals by the Chicago Fire U-17/18s lifted the team past Crew SC Academy in a matchup of division rivals. Crew's Omar Mohamed opened up the score sheet with a goal in the 55th minute to give his team the lead. Despite holding onto the 1-0 advantage for most of the game, Chicago's leading-scorer Ryan Sierakowski stormed back in the 70th minute and nabbed the equalizer for his team, making it his 14th goal this season. His efforts were aided minutes later when Peter Schropp who tallied the second goal for the Fire in the 83rd minute and sealed the victory for the team currently sitting atop the Mid-America division. The Fire is in the middle of the playoffs pool standings, while Crew SC is still trying to fight its way into a wildcard spot.
    In another Mid-America Division game, Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18s scored a late-game winner to soar past FC Wisconsin Nationals in a tight game that saw four second half goals being scored. Academy Player of the Week Jackson Yueill was the hero for Minnesota as he notched the game-winner in the 84th minute, to record his 12th goal this season. Luis Castanon struck first with a goal in the first half to take Minnesota to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. FC Wisconsin's Abdul Kooistra however, came out strong and found the back of the net in the 47th minute for the tie. Castanon scored again in the 63rd to give Minnesota the lead, but Sal Gloria once more equalized for Wisconsin a minute later. Finally, it was Yueill who closed out the match with his late-game heroics and gave his team the victory to keep them amongst the mix in the wildcard pool.
  • East Conference: The two highest performing teams in the East Conference met this past weekend for a highly competitive match. New York Red Bulls U-17/18's defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 behind a brace from leading scorer Juan Sebastian Sanchez. Sanchez got his team on the board quickly scoring in the 21st minute and again on the 44th. Kyle Zajec added one in the 27th and Ethan Lochner finished it off with the fourth score in the 57th minute to keep the Red Bulls in complete control of the Atlantic Division, in second place in the playoffs pool, and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite the loss, Montreal still has the best points per game average in the Northeast Division and is sitting in the third spot in the playoff pool. Montreal's leading scorer Alexander Kulic tallied his 10th goal of the year.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18 and U-18 MNT midfielder Jackson Yueill earned Academy Player of the Week during his three-goal performance at home against Sockers FC. Yueill has played and started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, amassing 12 goals.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kelly Ruckstuhl, a 19-year old Grade 8-CAN referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between San Juan Soccer and LA Galaxy. Ruckstuhl has been working Academy matches since 2014.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team. 

U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup : The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.

  • U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream : U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
  • Rejuvenated Gallardo : ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish .

OTHER LINKS:

Teammates Last Week, Opponents Today

When the U.S. MNT and Denmark face off on Wednesday, it will be a matchup of a USA squad coming off a 2-0 win against Panama in February, and a Danish team that leads its 2016 European Cup qualification group.

It will also be a collision of club teammates. DeAndre Yedlin and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen both play for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur; Aron Johannsson is teammates with defender Simon Busk Pouslen at AZ Alkmaar; and Alejandro Bedoya and Kian Hansen play together at Nantes.

For the players, bragging rights are on the line.

 “It’s definitely a lot of mind games.” Bedoya said of playing against his Nantes teammate Hansen. “We’ve been talking since before we came here about who the better team is. It’s fun getting to play against a teammate of yours. He’s a good guy. I hang around with him a lot on the field, but as we all know, once the game starts and the whistle blows, we’re enemies. We’re all going to try and do whatever it takes to win. Denmark’s a good team.”

Yedlin also spoke highly of his Spurs teammate and (temporary) opponent.

“He’s (Eriksen) a great player and I’ve learned a lot from getting to play alongside him.” Yedlin said. He also added however, that he’d love to be able to go home and have a USA win of which to remind Eriksen when they’re training in Tottenham.

Johansson echoed similar words for his teammate Pouslen, whom he called one of the best. 

“It’s always great going up against a teammate. Hopefully we’ll walk away with the win.” 

North Star: Miguel Ibarra's Journey to the USMNT

When Minnesota United FC midfielder Miguel Ibarra received his first U.S. Men’s National Team call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann last fall, it turned some heads, including his own.

“I was caught off-guard. I didn't know if it was a prank or not,” he told media last October.

Given history, the reaction is understandable.

Selected late in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers, Ibarra was cut before the season began, only to be picked up later by Minnesota in the North American Soccer League.

Though his Portland turn served an early blow, United head coach Manny Lagos showed faith in his abilities early during his tenure with the club. The Lancaster, California product repaid it in droves, going on to amass 14 goals and 13 assists in 81 appearances during his first three seasons in the Twin Cities.

Of those, his four goals and an assist last September won him the league’s Player of the Month award and was likely determining factor when Klinsmann named him to the U.S. squad for friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras the following month.

Miguel Ibarra training
Miguel Ibarra prepares a running volley while in training with the MNT in Zurich, Switzerland.

“While it was surprising, the call-up was well-earned,” Lagos told ussoccer.com. “There was a lot of pride from this organization, a lot of pride that he deserved this because he’s a good guy, a good person and he worked so hard.”

Preparing to enter U.S. camp, Ibarra leaned on Lagos, who had his own run with the U.S. team leading up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, for advice.

“Since the first time I went to Minnesota, Manny’s given me confidence,” Ibarra said. “He knew I could play. He’s always telling me do what I do best. When I got called up he said, ‘just do what you do in Minnesota, you’ll be fine.’ Him giving me confidence and telling me to take advice from players, listen to Jurgen - I’ve taken every piece that he’s given me.”

With the summons, Ibarra became the first U.S. second division player to earn a look with the MNT since Clyde Simms, then with the Richmond Kickers, took part in two camps and earned a single cap in a friendly with England in May 2005.

Like Simms that day in Chicago, Ibarra made a stoppage time cameo in the USA’s 1-1 draw with Honduras last October 14 in Boca Raton. Having achieved his first cap before ever playing in the American top-flight, Ibarra returned to Minnesota where he was named to his second straight NASL Best XI and also won the league’s Golden Ball as Most Valuable Player.

While Simms did utilize his U.S. soiree to earn an MLS contract with D.C. United, the appearance against England was the end of his international career. Conversely, the 24-year-old Ibarra was called into his fourth-straight National Team camp on Sunday after earning his first start in the team’s 2-0 victory against Panama last month.

Miguel Ibarra vs. Panama
Miguel Ibarra takes on Panama's Leonel Parris in the USA's 2-0 win at StubHub Center on Feb. 8, 2015.

“He has a lot of cards in his pockets,” Klinsmann told reporters in the lead-up to that match. “He's an endless runner, he can tie up [defenders], he's technically very gifted, he has a great vision, he sees through people to play the killer balls, he's not afraid in front of the goal to finish things himself. There's a huge amount of talent there, and while he's in the middle of that process, he's developing a personality.”

As Ibarra has adjusted to being a big fish in the smaller NASL pond, Lagos said he’s handled the extra attention and responsibility that comes with it like a true pro.

“You try to get them to be able to look short-term and long-term and stay focused on what a soccer career is. It’s both National Team and club, and both are going really well for Miguel right now. He’s had to absorb new stresses from an expectation standpoint and from a leadership standpoint, and he’s done very well.”

“It’s important for him to stay focused to always try to get better. There are times when you get accolades and you can become complacent. The biggest thing for him is to use these call ups and the growth of our team to continue to get better.”

While the new-found attention brought with it offseason rumors that Ibarra may be off to an MLS club this season, nothing came of it. Instead, he’ll kick off his fourth season with Minnesota United once he returns from the pair of friendlies in Europe this week.

Ibarra remains under contract with the NASL side through the 2016 season and Lagos acknowledges that having a U.S. international player on his roster is special. But if Ibarra continues to earn calls from Klinsmann, it may be difficult to keep him from an MLS debut.

“It’s an exciting time for him and for our club,” Lagos said. “The reality is, this is how a lot of players in different leagues get noticed by working really hard and doing well. Ultimately for us as a club, and along with Miguel, we’re going to be open and honest and try to navigate the growth of soccer with the umbrella of the global game in mind and hopefully whatever transpires in the future, it’s a win-win for the club and player.” 

Q&A: Michael Bradley "Everybody Realizes What a Big Year It Is"

Michael Bradley is the most experienced player on the roster going into Wednesday’s game in Aarhus, and along with Jozy Altidore played with the U.S. MNT the last time it matched up with Denmark in 2009. He discusses the importance of this camp as the team builds toward the Gold Cup this summer.

ussoccer.com: Where does this camp fit in the building process towards the Gold Cup this summer?

Michael Bradley: I think it’s a good opportunity for us to have more of our full group together. Obviously January camp was a good period for the MLS-based players, and I think the work that got put in, certainly the two games, were really helpful for us as we got going into our seasons and as we started to build into an important year with the National Team. I think the opportunity to have 10 days together in Europe, with two more good games, means that process can continue. It’s an exciting time because I think everybody realizes what a big year it is.

ussoccer.com: It’s a quick turnaround from arrival to the first game in Denmark. What are the things players need to do mentally and physically to be ready?

MB: It’s getting here and getting yourself settled as quickly as possible. Getting good rest, making sure you’re doing the right things off of the field in terms of treatment, eating, drinking and obviously using the few training sessions we have to make sure that the group is ready to go.

ussoccer.com: Denmark is an opponent that many people in the U.S. may not understand as a very competitive team. What does Denmark bring to the table?

MB: It’s a very, very good team. Maybe not the biggest name in Europe, but a team that has big players who play at really good clubs across Europe. It’s a team that on their day has always been able to not only play with, but also beat some of the best teams. So I think for us it’s a great test. Going to play in Denmark certainly will make it even more difficult and like I said, it’s an exciting game for us.

ussoccer.com: The U.S. has several big friendlies in Europe before the Gold Cup this summer. Are there different things to be gained playing in Europe as opposed to at home?

MB: Absolutely. I think the experiences gained playing in these types of games in Europe are really important ones. I can remember for myself as a young player, as a guy trying to find my way in the National Team, that these friendlies at the beginning of a cycle where you’re playing against good teams in their home stadiums and their country, I think they provide big tests. And I think the guys that are able to use them in the right way, push themselves, and know that every play isn’t going to be perfect, every game isn’t going to be perfect, but kind of understand that you need to have a strong mentality and a commitment to keep going, they are able to really us these as helpful games along the way. It means that a few years down the line when we get to a Confederations Cup, when we get to a World Cup, and that spotlight comes on even brighter, we have a group of guys that are used to playing in these types of games. You have a group of guys that are battle-hardened in a way. These are important steps.

Michael Bradley is tracked by SUI Gokhan Inler and Hakan Yakin during a 1-0 U.S. win in Basel in 2007
A young Michael Bradley evades Switzerland's Gokhan Inler (left) and Hakan Yakin (right) during a 1-0 U.S. win in Basel in 2007.

ussoccer.com: After a post-World Cup period where there has been a lot of transition going on and results weren’t exactly what you were looking for, does it add importance to these games?

MB: You always want to win. We step on the field every time to get a result, to play well and push ourselves to improve and to ultimately win the game. Obviously depending on the timing of a game, depending on where you are in a cycle, there can be a little more or less emphasis placed on some of those things. For us this is a period where now some new guys have been brought in, some new guys have been given opportunities and shown confidence to play and play big roles, and we have to understand that we have to be patient with that. Obviously it’s up to the older players, the leaders, the coaches, to make sure the right balance is found, to make sure that we are holding everybody to as high a standard as we normally do, and to make sure that the level doesn’t drop. We have to make sure that we’re still coming away with the results that we need, but there also has to be an understanding this is still a part of it and the biggest games are still to come.

Aron Johannsson: Going back to Aarhus

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Aron Johannsson when the USA takes the field against Denmark. The 2014 FIFA World Cup veteran spent four years (2010-2013) with Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus, which plays its home matches at NRGi Park, the site of Wednesday’s match. The forward said that playing there was instrumental in his development as a soccer player. 

“That was my first club as a professional soccer player and it had a huge influence on my career. Maybe if I hadn’t gone there, who would know where I would be today?” 

In 65 games with AGF, Johannsson scored 23 goals, and in 2011 he played a big part in the team’s promotion to the Danish Superliga. The 24-year old views this as a return to his roots and is excited to take the field in a familiar setting, and share the city and the experience with his teammates. 

“For me personally it’s a really nice city. I hope [my teammates] are going to enjoy it. Obviously it’s not a 10 million-person city, but it’s just a nice small city and it was very nice to live there. I can’t wait to be back.” 

It will not be the first time Aarhus will welcome in a familiar American face. Former U.S. MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber also played for AGF (2008-11) and started in his own Danish homecoming match the last time the USA played at NRGi Park in 2009.

Sept. 5, 2009 - Benny Feilhaber - Gold Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador
USMNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber earned 41 caps during his USA tenure.

MNT Begins Road to Gold Cup against Denmark

The U.S. Men’s National Team visits Denmark for the first of four challenging road friendlies in advance of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Kickoff at NRGi Park in Aarhus is set for Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp.

Six days later, the USA meets No. 12-ranked Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN). In June, the United States will take on two top-five ranked teams, meeting fifth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam before facing 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne. 

Klinsmann has 22 players training in Europe for the March friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland, including 10 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster. U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain in training Monday and has been ruled out for both matches.

Wednesday’s game marks the USA’s first international friendly in Denmark since the team’s 3-1 defeat on Nov. 18, 2009. The U.S. is 1-2-3 all-time against Denmark, with its win and two of the draws coming on U.S. soil. Denmark currently sits atop Group I in 2016 European Championship qualifying.

Meantime, the U-23 Men’s National Team will play Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 27) and Denmark’s U-23’s (March 31) in preparation for Olympic qualifying this October, while the U-20 MNT has games against Tottenham (March 27) and England’s U-21 side (March 29) as it gears up for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup beginning May 30 in New Zealand.

Kenny Cooper vs. Denmark - Jan. 20, 2007 - Carson, Calif.
Former USMNT forward Kenny Cooper helped the U.S. record a 3-1 win against Denmark in 2007.

USA vs. DENMARK:

  • The United States is 1-2-3 all-time against Denmark and has earned a win or draw in two of the last three matches. The two teams have combined to score 19 goals in six matches, with the USA scoring eight and surrendering 11.
  • The most recent encounter between the two was the USA’s 3-1 defeat on Nov. 18, 2009, at NRGi Park in Aarhus. Despite having played Denmark five times heading into the game, this was the first played in Denmark. The U.S. found the net early when Jeff Cunningham scored his first international goal 26 minutes into the game to give the USA a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Denmark came out hot, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes to notch the final 3-1 scoreline. Both Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley appeared in that game and are the only players active in the current squad to have played against Denmark.
  • In 2007, the game between the two nations played out as an opposite of what occurred in 2009. In Carson, California, the USA played to an efficient 3-1 victory. The Danes struck first in the 37th minute, but the U.S. followed with goals from Landon Donovan, Jonathan Bornstein and Kenny Cooper to pick up a 3-1 victory and its first win against Denmark.
  • The match represents a homecoming for Aron Johannsson, who played at Aarhus from 2010-12, amassing 23 goals in 65 appearances.
  • DeAndre Yedlin and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen both play for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, while Johannsson is teammates with defender Simon Busk Pouslen at AZ Alkmaar. Alejandro Bedoya and Kian Hansen also play together at Nantes.

U.S. Men’s National Team by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • A total of 10 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including two goalscorers (John Brooks and Julian Green).
  • Michael Bradley was the only player who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Bradley is the leading cap winner on the roster and is in line to soon reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States.
  • Jozy Altidore, Bradley and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015. At club level, Altidore netted a pair of goals in his debut match for Toronto FC to start the 2015 MLS season.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando boasts an impressive 11-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
  • Greg Garza played in the last five games of 2014 starting three following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.
  • Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance for the USA since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ Alkmaar.
  • Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he appeared against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin and Green are the only MNT players on the roster age-eligible for this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Rubin, who scored over the weekend for Utrecht, earned his first MNT cap and start on Nov. 14, 2014, against No. 3-ranked Colombia.
  • William Yarbrough was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. This is Yarbrough’s first call up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL. 


Players gather around USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the close of training in Zurich, Switzerland.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Jozy Altidore is fifth on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 26 goals, adding his first goal of the year against Chile in January. Altidore is now four goals behind fourth-place Brian McBride (30 goals from 1993-2006).
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 93 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list, two appearances behind McBride.
  • Bradley is ranked 13th on the all-time goals scored list with 13 goals, and is tied with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez.
  • Nick Rimando ranks fifth on the all-time wins list with 11. The Real Salt Lake man is 11-1-2 all-time with the USA, his only loss coming against Chile in January.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (34-16-11) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:
4                Players on the U.S. MNT roster playing in Mexico’s Liga MX
5                Players on seeking their first international cap
26              Career goals by Altidore, who is fifth on the USA’s all-time scoring list
28              Denmark’s current FIFA ranking
32              USA’s current FIFA ranking
34              Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

2-3 L

Shea, Altidore

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

2-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

3 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

NRGi Park; Århus, Denmark

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 10

Germany

2:45 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

July 7

Honduras OR French Guiana

9:30

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

July 10

Haiti

8:30

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

July 13

Panama

9:30

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th head coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 34-16-11 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include: Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (34), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013 to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 17-0-3 in its past 20 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament-record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named Germany’s National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club, Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981-98 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

Gallery: MNT Hits the Training Pitch in Zurich

The U.S. MNT has gathered in Zurich for a pair of international friendlies against Denmark (March 25) and Switzerland (March 31). The team got right out on the training pitch ahead of the game against Denmark, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark. The match will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN. Fans can catch all the latest from the USA's trip to Europe on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer

Q&A: Tab Ramos Outlines Road to 2015 U-20 World Cup

ussoccer.com sat down with U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos to discuss the upcoming trip to England and the team’s overall preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer.

On the team’s preparation and schedule leading into the U-20 World Cup:
"Right now we have our entire plan set leading up to the World Cup. We’ve got this trip to England first from March 23-30, which will include a game against England’s U-21s, which will be a good measuring stick for us to see where we are. England always has good players, and to play them there will be a good competitive game for us.

"From there we are going to Austria from April 18-26, which will include a couple games against Qatar and another against Croatia. Those are two different types of teams, but I think are teams that will prepare us well for the World Cup. They are both high caliber teams, and I think they’re both gearing up as well.

"And then after that we head out to Australia in the middle of May for training in advance of going to New Zealand. So we have a pretty busy schedule.”

On his goals for the camps in England and Austria:
“Now that we’ve qualified to the World Cup, I obviously have a good gauge in terms of where our players are, and how most players respond because we had them in a very tough competition, in difficult fields, in must-win games. But also, it’s an opportunity to bring in one or two new players over the next couple months and see who’s doing well in their league.

"Desevio Payne has been doing well in Holland. He’s a player we’ve never seen before. He’s a starter now for Groningen in the first division. He’s going to be a new player on this roster. So as players pop up over the next couple months, we have to take a look because who is in good form is going to be really important for us.”

On if other new players apart from Desevio Payne may be brought in to the upcoming camps:
“There are some potential names that I’ve been following, but I would rather not give names because at this point they’re just prospects. I like following new guys because it keeps the group fresh and it keeps everybody on their toes. I’m excited about bringing Desevio along and seeing how he can do. I know he’s excited to come.”

On the status of midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Emerson Hyndman who were injured in Jamaica:
“Kellyn is not ready to come with us yet. He’s been running and starting to practice, but he’s not ready for us yet. Emerson is ready to come which is great, especially since he’s in England.”

On keeping track of everyone in the player pool:
“There are always challenges for us at the U-20 level in terms of keeping up with players because not all of them play on a consistent basis. It’s easy sometimes when all players are playing in a first division and you can track them on weekends and see how many minutes they played and see their highlights. When you have our players, and most of them do not play on their club's first team, you have to find them playing on second teams, reserve teams or under-20 teams, so it’s a little bit more difficult. But, I've been doing this now for quite a few years so I've figured out a way to keep track of the guys.”

On if there are differences in selecting a roster for the CONCACAF Championships compared to the FIFA U-20 World Cup:
“There are some differences in terms of picking the team, because for the World Cup you know that all of the players will be available. For qualifying, you have to build a team that you know 100 percent is going to be available because you can’t take a chance on preparing a team for months and then not being able to count on a player at the last minute. I thought as a staff we did a good job with that. It was a nice surprise for us to get Emerson Hyndman to come with us, which we didn’t expect. So if you get a surprise like that, that’s a good thing. You want to be surprised in a good way and not a bad way. So if anything, we went with a player that made a big difference for us that we didn’t expect; that made us even better. Going into the World Cup we expect everyone to be there, and so our preparation will gear towards that.”

On getting the players early in advance of the World Cup:
“With player releases, it depends on how much the club can allow their player to come on board with us for some of the preparation. As we know, we never have them for too long, so basically we’ll be going to the World Cup maybe with seven to ten days of having a full team together, which will be difficult. But overall we have a good relationship with the clubs and work with them to figure out the best situation.”

On his conversations with U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann about what players will be available for the U-20 World Cup:
“The plan is to mix and match players for the upcoming camps, but we do know that going into the summer, the U-20 World Cup becomes a priority. So going into June, the U-20 eligible players – even if they were to be called to the senior team – Jurgen has assured me that the U-20 World Cup is a priority until that’s over. From then on we’ll be moving players to the 23s and to the senior team.”

THREE'S CAMPANY

March 2015 is the curtain raiser on a busy cycle for the men’s side of the U.S. National Team program.

And USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. U-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Beginning preparations for CONCACAF Olympic qualification in October, USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog convenes his first camp in charge of the U-23 side ahead of games at Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 27) and Denmark (March 31). Meanwhile, having recently qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos will bring his team to England for a pair of matches against the England U-21s and Tottenham Hotspur U-21s.

“For the youngsters to look towards the U-20 World Cup is huge,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the U-23s, we have to get them going in order to prepare for the qualifiers later this year towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Andi Herzog has his hands full with that group. For me and the Senior Team perspective, I’m looking at all these youngsters and thinking who can come through these periods and develop the fastest possible in order to make himself a strong competitor for the senior group. So this is a great time now, and we can’t wait to get these games going at the end of the month.”

BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTERS

 The balance has a telling diversity among the 62 players that have been summoned.

  • Twenty players representing 12 different MLS clubs have been called across the three rosters, while another 30 players from clubs in Germany (11), England (10) and Mexico (9) add to the bulk of the call-ups.
  • Nine of the 18 players called for U-23 camp were part of Tab Ramos’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad: Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Eric Miller, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto, and Wil Trapp.
  • U-23 call-ups Luis Gil, Jordan Morris and Wil Trapp have also already played for the Senior National Team.
  • Five of the U-20 call-ups were part of the U.S. U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign in 2013: Jeff Caldwell, Conor Donovan, Junior Flores, Shaquell Moore and John Requejo.
 

With all three camps taking place at the same time, the understanding between the three coaches, all of whom worked together at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has been key as Klinsmann has continued to develop a structure that works not only for the senior team but helps develop players that will one day play for it.

“In terms of style of play, it’s the same approach that Jurgen has and what Tab Ramos has done with the U-20s,” Herzog said in regards to coaching the U-23s. “We all work together with the senior team. For this group, I want to have a team where there are a lot of variations. We want to be attack-minded, keep possession, and have the whole team proactively working to win the ball back as soon as possible.”

Though just beginning the U-23 cycle, with the previous team missing out on qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Herzog said the task of getting the team to Rio next year begins with his new side understanding the playing philosophy being handed down this initial camp.

“It’s a big goal, and I think it will be really important to start from the first session to get the players into this philosophy.”

Beyond ensuring a similar playing style, the understanding has perhaps been most important when figuring out how to balance three different rosters with players that could go between two different teams.

 “It’s all very clear,” Ramos told ussoccer.com. “Jurgen and I have had a conversation to make sure that we put all things in the right places as we’re moving forward. Obviously having three National Teams go to camp at the same time is not easy.  We don’t all get the players we need at times, and it’s not easy on the clubs because MLS doesn’t stop for the FIFA dates and we’re at times asking for a bunch of players from the same team. We try not to deplete any one club at one time so the conversations between Jurgen, Andi and me as he passes down the information have to be very clear. We’ve done that, we’re all on the same page and I think it’s going to go smoothly.”

A past member of U.S. U-17 and U-20 World Championship squads as well as the 2008 Olympic team, U.S. senior international Jozy Altidore spoke to the value of these experiences for players who are beginning to develop international careers.

“It’s great to be involved at these levels because you get exposed to different types of teams,” said Altidore. “You see early how competitive it is, and how good the up and coming players are. Even getting used to things like travel is valuable. Dealing with all the elements of being an international player helps you get used to it and it becomes less of an issue as you progress, because it doesn’t get any easier. All these things prepare you for what’s to come.”

Altidore joins Beijing 2008 teammates Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco for USMNT camp this month, while another six of the senior players called in have represented the U.S. at various youth World Cups or in qualifying.

“These are important experiences,” continued Altidore. “A lot of the things you see at that level can prepare you for when you make the jump to the senior team, so these guys should take it seriously and get the most of out of it.”

Q&A: U-23 MNT Head Coach Andi Herzog Gears Up for First Training Camp of 2015

Recently appointed U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog sat down with ussoccer.com to speak about the team's upcoming training camp in Europe that will feature matches against Boznia and Denmark.

ussoccer.com: As you get this group together for the first time as head coach, the scheduling comes at an interesting moment with both the Senior Team and the U-20 team also playing. How did you work through putting together the roster?

Andi Herzog: “This was a bit of a puzzle. There are players from our pool that also fit in with the Senior Team, and also with the U-20 team. Overall I’m really happy that most of the players were released from the clubs in MLS, Europe and Mexico, so I think that we have a great group together and we can look forward to having two great games in Europe.

ussoccer.com: You have two very different and challenging opponents with Bosnia and Denmark. What do you like about these games?

AH: “It’s two different mentalities because Denmark is one of the best seven teams in Europe right now. They qualified for the European U-21 Championship that is coming up in May and June in the Czech Republic, so I think it will be a real tough game for us and I think a great, great challenge for our players. Bosnia is more like most of the teams from the Balkans, a more a technical team.”

ussoccer.com: This is your first camp as head coach with this group. What are some of the messages that you want to give to this team?

AH: “We are about six months away from the Olympic qualifying tournament, but I think it’s for every single player, a great chance, and for every one of us on the staff, a great opportunity, and it starts right now with the first game in Bosnia. Every player has to show me that he wants to be part of this group, and that they understand how special it is to represent your country. We have an opportunity to build something special, and I hope everyone is as excited as I am.”

ussoccer.com:  You previously coached the Austrian U-21 National Team. How will that experience help you in this role?

AH: “I think it’s great for me. It’s an advantage because I already know the strengths and weaknesses of this age group. It’s really fun for me and makes me really proud to get the opportunity to lead our team to the qualification and then to the Olympics. I think we are all convinced that we will get to Brazil, and like I said, it starts already in Bosnia. Hopefully we can improve from game to game as the team gets used to my philosophy.”

ussoccer.com: Your philosophy is obviously similar to that of Jurgen Klinsmann and Tab Ramos. How would you describe the approach to style of play?

AH: “In terms of style of play, it’s the same approach that Jurgen has and what Tab Ramos has done with the U-20s. We all work together with the Senior Team. I want to have a team where there are a lot of variations. We want to be attack-minded, keep possession, and have the whole team proactively working to win the ball back as soon as possible. It’s a big goal, and I think it will be really important to start from the first session to get the players into this philosophy.”

 ussoccer.com: As you examine the pool, can you already identify potential leaders?

AH: “We’ll see. For this camp, there are two or three players who were already playing for the first team like Luis Gil and Wil Trapp. Obviously there are players who played in the World Cup in Brazil that will have an important role. There will be times when they are with Jurgen, and other guys, who will be with Tab in the U-20 World Cup. When you add in the Gold Cup, which is important for the senior team, it’s a lot of activity. The good thing is that those are all great experiences. I think that we have a great group together and the main goal is to play the qualification at home in a really, really good way.”

ussoccer.com: Your assistant coaches include John Hackworth, who knows the U.S. players and system incredibly well, and Matthias Hamann who scouts Europe.  It seems like you have a lot of good support in scouting and identifying players.

AH: “We have a great coaching staff together. John knows everyone in MLS and the college ranks and the other leagues around North America. Matthias knows a lot of the young players in Europe from Germany and from England. It’s a big support for me, and I look forward to working with these guys and having success.”

ussoccer.com: What have been your priorities since you took over this role?

AH: “I’ve been traveling a lot through Europe and watching all of the players from my team and also from the first team, so it’s a lot of scouting and a lot of good games.  Our staff has been looking at the player pool closely and trying to map the different opportunities we will have to get guys together. As I said before, with all the games for Jurgen and the U-20 World Cup this summer, it’s going to be a puzzle. On the positive side, we will get the chance to look at a variety of players. We’ve been working on getting quality games, and we have some fantastic opportunities coming up this spring and summer. We’re definitely on the right track.”

U.S. Paralympic National Team Drops 2-1 Decision to Argentina

Chicago (March 26, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team dropped at 2-1 decision to Argentina in the third day of competition at the FOOTIE 7-Provoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

The USA took an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute thanks to a tally from Seth Jahn, heading into the locker room with the advantage. However, a very physical second half resulted in two Argentinian goals that sealed the victory over the U.S.

U.S. PNT captain and the only other goal scorer for the USA in the tournament, Kevin Hensley, had to be taken off in a stretcher early in the second half after being injured during the game.

"This was a disappointing result especially after going into halftime winning 1-0," said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Unfortunately we picked up a bad injury to our captain that resulted in him being stretchered off early into the second half. The players stood up well to the physical nature of the opposition but in the end we were unable to convert our chances into goals.”

The U.S. PNT currently sits in fourth place in the five-team tournament with three points. It will wrap up the tournament by facing host-nation Portugal on March 27.  A win against Portugal and a loss by the Netherlands, who faces Ukraine on the same day, would give the U.S. PNT a third-place finish.

“The tight schedule means we now need to flush this tough loss from our system very quickly in order to be ready to take on the host nation in 24 hours,” said Sharp.

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

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- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: March 26, 2015

Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 54 degrees, raining

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             1          0          1
ARG                             0          2          2            

USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   17th minute
ARG                 10-Rodrigo Lugrin          36
ARG                 11-Matias Fernandez      60

Lineups:
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 41), 18-Alex Hendricks 7

Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5,15- Mason Abbiate 8, 17-Michael Moore 7

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

ARG: 2-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 4-Cláudio Figuera 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8, 6-Pablo Molina 7, 10-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 6, 14-Mariano Cortes 7 (8-Alberto Alabarce 7, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Matias Salvat 5, 7-Martin Barquilla 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 13-Lautaro Marzolini 6

Head Coach:  Osvaldo Hernandez

Stats Summary:
USA / ARG
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 10
Saves: 11 / 3
Corners: 12 / 5
Fouls: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Augusto Mendes

U.S. Soccer to Hold Fan Headquarters April 14-15 Prior to USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is planning an exciting series of activities to energize fans and display the passion for the sport of soccer in San Antonio, Texas, beginning on April 14, as the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15.

U.S. Soccer’s Fan Headquarters in San Antonio is the official pregame party for fans attending the USA vs. Mexico match. FanHQ San Antonio will kick off on April 14, the night before the game, at Sunset Station to celebrate one of the biggest matchups of the year. Space is limited and an RSVP is required for admission to this free event.

FanHQ at Sunset Station
Date: April 14
Time: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. CT
Location: Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Space is Limited, Tickets Required - RSVP Below

Fan HQ San Antonio will continue on April 15, outside the Alamodome in the North Plaza, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT, prior to kickoff of the sold-out USA-Mexico game at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The event will include a wide array of activities, ranging from exhibitions to giveaways and contests, for fans to enjoy and experience ahead of one of the biggest rivalries in soccer. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, and an on-site official U.S. Soccer store.

Several of the exhibitions that will take place will connect art, fashion and culture to the game of soccer, as well as to the USA-Mexico match itself. 

Kicks to the Pitch, an online magazine and live event production company, will bring three exhibitions that together aim to showcase the game in a fresh, unique and cutting edge way to attract the tastemakers and trendsetters to the sport. These will include: Stash (a graffiti pioneer); Transhoeformers (turning old sneakers into collectible works of art); and Sneaker Summit alongside SNKSUP (a display of collectible sneakers aiming to unite America through its sneaker culture).

These three innovative exhibitions will each bring something unique and fresh into the event as each aims to tie in their own one-of-a-kind talents with the game of soccer and the match between the CONCACAF foes.

Furthermore, U.S. Soccer sponsors will also be on hand for fans to enjoy the festivities while playing games, taking photos and winning prizes.

Finally, TV broadcasters will host their pregame shows outside the Alamodome, as both FOX Sports 1 and Univision will be on-site to prepare the crowd and TV audiences ahead of one of the best games of the year.

More detailed information of the events taking place can be found below. You can also find detailed information in the USA-MEX match page.

Art and Culture Exhibitions: 

  • Stash: Stash will paint two wall-sized canvasses inspired by the USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T, live at FanHQ. He has also created a custom name and number set available for customization on the new U.S. Men’s Nike Away Jersey. The customized jersey is extremely limited and can only be purchased at ussoccerstore.com or on-site at FanHQ. 
  • Transhoeformers: At FanHQ, Transhoeformers will display art created from the back of U.S. Soccer’s equipment room. Old boots and balls intended for National Team players that were never used will be given a new life. He has created model robots, vehicles and animals entirely from sneakers and other recycled materials. Transhoeformers’ work is truly one of a kind. His intricate and creative pieces are a masterfully examples of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and sustainability.
  • Sneaker Summit and SNKSUP: will exhibit a display of unique and collectable sneakers that connects sneaker culture to soccer in America. Sneaker Summit provides a platform for sneaker enthusiast to celebrate sneaker culture and to buy, sell, trade and discuss rare, vintage, and collectible shoes and apparel, and has grown to be one of the biggest sneaker conventions in the country. SNKSUP provides a showcase for sneaker aficionados and collectors to talk shop and come together to celebrate the thriving sneaker culture in Texas. This event is held annually in San Antonio, TX and attracts sneakerheads from all across the country.

Contests, Displays and Giveaways:

  • AT&T: Visit AT&T for the Slo-Mo Photo Op, where fans have the opportunity to showcase their best group goal celebrations and have them turned into a slo-mo video which can then be shared via email/social media. Also, check out the Digital Free Kick game, a fast-pace phone game where fans try to score as many goals as possible in 60 seconds through flicking a ball from a handset into a goal on a monitor. The top scorers are rewarded with great prizes. Fans can also win prizes by taking the “It Can Wait Pledge” to not text and drive and sharing the message on their social channels as well as winning the Speed Kick Challenge, where fans test how hard they can strike a ball on goal.
  • Bud Light: Visit Bud Light’s mobile bar, where you can audition for your chance to be a part of the “Up For Whatever” campaign and play FIFA 15 with other fans.
  • Chevy: Check out Chevy’s display to see new Chevy vehicles, get your face painted in support of the USA, have your image included into the Men’s National Team Starting XI photo, and take home prizes and giveaway items.
  • Liberty Mutual: Come pick up your crown at the Liberty Mutual Insurance tent where fans will be given the chance to share their passion in a fun, memorable way by posing for a vintage soccer poster (while supplies last). Posters will be printed on-site and also provided digitally to allow fans the ability to share on their social media.
  • Continental Tire: The Continental Tire Cornering Performance Challenge allows fans to complete a product information “Challenge” and receive a free Continental Tire scarf (while supplies last). Participants will also be entered to win a U.S. National Team Jersey. Fans can also participate in the Corner Kick Pic; to take a picture against a soccer themed backdrop and retrieve the picture online. Also at Continental Tire’s section, Tic-Tac-Tire, where fans will kick or throw a plush soccer ball into tires to play tic-tac-toe.

Former World Cup Champion Berti Vogts Appointed U.S. MNT Technical Advisor

CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A member of the German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the Men’s National Team. Additionally, he coached the German squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was team captain – and is one of only three coaches to lead Germany to a trophy in the last 25 years.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

In his role as Technical Advisor, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe, working with Herzog and Matthias Hamann on scouting, building and improving club relationships and identifying talent. Vogts will serve as a resource for technical development initiatives and coaching education. 

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches in three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77) and two UEFA Cups (1974–75, 1978–79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led the Germans to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he served as the manager for Azerbaijan from April of 2008 to the end of 2014.

Quote Sheet: Klinsmann, Johannsson, Altidore, Bradley and Alvarado on Denmark

MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:

On tonight’s game:
“I think overall this was a very even and entertaining game. I think we gave them an eye-to-eye game and we could have won it, but we didn’t. We saw a lot of good things that we wanted to see on our end. Obviously, we’ve got to correct a couple things because we conceded three goals, and overall it’s just a little bit frustrating when you lose in the last minute.”

On what he liked and disliked from tonight’s game:
“Obviously, what you don’t like is late goals. Maybe it’s just losing focus for a second, losing your mark or because of heavy legs getting tired a little bit. You never want to give a game away that you’re up 2-1. I think a tie probably would have been a fair result, but as I said a lot of positives. I think the backline overall did a very good job. From the left to the right, they were all on top of things as much as they could be. I think Michael Bradley was present in the midfield trying to organize a lot. You’re always happy for your strikers when they score. You hope then for a third one if there’s an opportunity and we had it with John Brooks’ header in the last second. There’s a lot of good stuff taken away from this game, definitely. We have to step it up in terms of managing the game all 90 minutes. You lead in Denmark 2-1? Get the job done and go home with three points. At least tie it. That’s all the stuff to improve, but overall we did a lot of good stuff.”

On the struggle to maintain possession in the first half and how they planned to fix it at half:
“We knew that Denmark is a very good possession-oriented team. That’s part of their style that Morten Olsen developed over many, many years here, and they do it really well with their technical capabilities. They move off of the ball really well. So what we had problems with the first half was to get pressure on the ball, to get closer to them in midfield and shut them down in terms of their passing lanes and the space that they find. I think it was a little bit better in the second half. We got closer to them. We denied them those little passes between the lines and that’s stuff we’re going to have to deal with and do better.”

On bringing in Ventura Alvarado for his first cap in place of Michael Orozco:
Michael Orozco was giving us a signal that he was just simply exhausted and that led to Ventura’s first cap, which was something special for him.”

On Denmark’s captain and playmaker Christian Eriksen:
“I said yesterday to the media here that he obviously is a huge talent. He’s fun to watch and at a young age already taking over so much responsibility on the field, leading his team and keeping the rhythm going. It’s really fun to watch him, so it will be interesting to see how he continues his career.”

On Nicklas Bendtner’s performance:
If you make three goals then you get all the compliments in the world, and he deserves them for that performance absolutely.”

MNT forward ARON JOHANNSSON

On his goal:
“Michael Bradley played Jozy [Altidore] a fantastic ball in the box, and Jozy showed he’s a very good team player; he played it to me, and I was the one against an open goal.”

On his return to Aarhus, where he played professionally for AGF Aarhus:
“It was amazing. It was a great experience to come back to the stadium where my career kicked off. It was good to be back, but on the other hand we lost the game, so I’m pretty disappointed right now. I felt like we could’ve gotten something from the game so this is pretty disappointing.”

On what to take moving forward to the Switzerland game next Tuesday:
“Obviously today we had a lot of positives, and now we have to look at those positives and learn from them and make sure that we’re winning games in the final period of the game and make sure that we don’t lose games in the last couple of minutes.”

On the warm reception he received from the Denmark crowd:
“Obviously it’s great for me that they still know my name back here and they still cheer for me. It’s a great city and I’m very happy to be back, but on the other hand, the result kind of killed it.”

MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE

On scoring his goal:
“It was a great ball from Timmy [Chandler]. It looked like the defenders were confused a little bit, and I just tried to kind of stay with the play. Then, I tried to hit it first time and get it on target and it went in.”

On losing a game where the team twice had the lead:
“Yeah it’s annoying because it seems to be a trend over the last five or six games and it’s just not good enough at this level. Too many lapses at critical points in the game, and maybe it’s a little bit of lack of experience as well, but it’s something we’ll have to cut out getting closer now to a competition in the Gold Cup. We need to get better.”

On the cold, damp playing conditions:
“Yeah it was weird, it was a cold one. It was a typical spring day; it was cold and wet. But look, everybody at this level has experienced extreme temperature, so it’s no excuse.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“Switzerland’s another tough game.  It’s another good opponent. It’s another opportunity for us to work on things, but we have to take these chances seriously now, because there’s not many left until we start a competition and that’s where it counts.”

MNT midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY

On playing his first game as captain:
“It was a tremendous honor. Obviously Clint’s [Dempsey] the captain and he’s done an incredible job, but for me to have the opportunity to be captain on the night that he’s not here was very special and not something that I’ll soon forget. Growing up you dream for these kind of nights, so it was very special.”

On the frustration of losing another game late:
“It’s very frustrating. We knew it was going to be a difficult night with the conditions; the field’s not great, it’s wet, windy, and we knew it was going to be a game where more balls were going to get played forward and  it was going to be about moving our lines and getting to second balls. I thought we handled things for the most part pretty well, but if you don’t see the game out, if you don’t take care of things in the last few minutes then you’re not going to ever get what you deserve. I think the frustrating thing is that it’s not the first time that that’s happened to us, where we’ve not been able to see a game out and we’ve got to start to learn our lesson.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ll get back to Zurich tomorrow and physically start to recover and get ourselves mentally right. Obviously it’s another big chance to step on the field against a good team.”

MNT defender VENTURA ALVARADO

On earning his first cap:
“I’m real happy and proud to be here and motivated to keep working and getting more minutes. I’m going to remember this, and it’s going to be a good memory. We lost, but it’s alright, we just need to keep working.”

MNT Upended by Nicklas Bendtner Hat Trick in 3-2 Loss to Denmark

AARHUS, Denmark (March 25, 2015) – Jozy Altidore tallied his 27th goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team and added an assist on Aron Johannsson’s third career tally, but it was not enough to offset Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick in a 3-2 loss to Denmark on Wednesday at NRGi Park.

The USA now returns to Zurich, where it will continue training camp ahead of next week’s match against Switzerland. The U.S. MNT will play its second consecutive road match in Europe on March 31 at 12 p.m. ET live on Fox Sports 1, UniMás and UDN.

The USA twice took the lead in each half first through Altidore and then Johannsson. Denmark responded on each occasion through Bendtner, who eventually scored the game winner in the 91st minute.

The USA had a chance to equalize in the game’s final moments when midfielder Michael Bradley whipped a beautiful cross into the box, but John Brooks guided his header just wide in the last action of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), 19th minute:
Timmy Chandler played a one-two passing combination with Altidore, launching the ball to the far post from the right side. Altidore outmuscled his defender and blasted in a half-volley at the near post with his left foot. It was Chandler’s first assist for the USA. USA 1, DEN 0 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), 33rd minute: After a long build up, the ball ended up with Denmark’s Daniel Wass. He flashed a cross toward Rimando, where it was backheeled by Lass Vibe into the path of Bendtner, who easily tapped it home from close range. USA 1, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), 66th minute: Michael Bradley dropped an exquisite long ball into the Denmark box to a streaking Altidore. The U.S. striker took a beautiful first touch to cushion the pass and draw the attention of Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen before, poking the ball to Johannsson, who tapped home into the vacated goal well with smart first touch and a defender on his back. USA 2, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, 83rd minute: A chip from Martin Braithwaite on the left side was deflected and looped toward the far post of the U.S. goal. Denmark’s Lasse Schöne and the USA’s Timmy Chandler challenged for the deflected ball, which ultimately fell to Bendtner, who lashed a first-time volley low past screened U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. USA 2 DEN 2 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), 90+1 minute: A Nick Rimando goal kick was allowed to bounce around the midfield stripe and Denmark won the second ball, moving it to Eriksen wide in the left channel. The Denmark captain directed a long ball over the top to Bendtner, who cradled the pass with a fluid first touch before smacking a low shot past Rimando into the far side netting from 16 yards out. USA 2, DEN 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando (Save) 16th minute:
Denmark curled in a cross from the left channel to the far post which just skipped by striker Nicklas Bendtner, before Rimando turned it around the post with a diving save.

USA – Nick Rimando & Michael Orozco (Save), 48th minute: A defensive mix-up led to an opening for Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who snapped a wide open shot from the right side, which Rimando expertly beat away. However, the ball continued to roll toward the U.S. goal before Michael Orozco was able to clear it to safety.

Milestone Watch:

  • Timmy Chandler scored his first career point for the U.S. MNT with his assist in the first half.
  • Jozy Altidore’s first-half goal was the 27th of his career and his second this year. He is three goals behind Brian McBride for fourth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
  • Ventura Alvarado earned his first cap for the U.S. MNT, entering in the 80th minute to replace Michael Orozco.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Switzerland at 12 p.m. ET on March 31 in Zurich.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Additional Notes:

  • Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, making his first start as captain for the USA, were the only two players to feature for the MNT during the last time it faced Denmark in this stadium in 2009.
  • Nick Rimando made his first appearance and start in Europe for the USA.
  • Greg Garza has now started four of the last six matches for which he was available.
  • The two at the top of the USA’s 4-4-2 were Altidore and Johannsson, who were previously teammates at AZ Alkmaar. Altidore assisted on Johannsson’s goal in the 68th minute.
  • Before the match, the Denmark crowd gave Aron Johannsson, who had played at NRGi park before as a member of the Danish club AGF Aarhus, a warm reception when his name was called. It was his first start since 2013, and his first appearance since entering for Jozy Altidore in the 2-1 win against Ghana in the USA’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: March 25, 2015
Tournament: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,505
Weather: 41 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
DEN                            1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)         19th minute
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)           33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)        66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen) 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67) 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubin, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-Williams Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53); 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin Braithwaite, 74), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.); 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 11-Nicklas Bendtner
Subs not used: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Head Coach: Morten Olsen
 

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 4 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
DEN – William Kvist (caution)                    25th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                     78       
USA – Ventura Alvarado (caution)              89

Officials:
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Estados Unidos Cae 3-2 Contra Dinamarca

AARHUS, Dinamarca (25 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cayó 3-2 contra Dinamarca por medio de un triplete de Nicklas Bendtner en NRGi Park en Aarhus, Dinamarca.

Jozy Altidore y Aron Johannsson le dieron la ventaja a Estados Unidos en dos ocasiones, pero el último gol de Bendtner le dio la victoria a Dinamarca en el primer minuto de tiempo adicional. El partido marcó el debut del defensa Ventura Alvarado, quien milita en el Club América de la Liga MX.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene un registro de 1-3-3 contra Dinamarca. Ambos equipos han anotado 23 goles en conjunto en seis partidos, 10 de EE.UU. y 13 de Dinamarca.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrenta a Suiza el martes, 31 de marzo, a las 12 p.m. ET en Stadion Letzigrund en Zurich.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univisión Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), minuto 19: Estados Unidos recuperó el balón por la banda derecha y Timmy Chandler envió un pase largo hacia el frente. Jozy Altidore titubeó para quitarse a los dos jugadores que lo defendían y vio como el balón rebotó a un lado de ellos, precisamente a su paso. Altidore remató con fuerza, por un lado de Stephan Andersen en lo que fue su segundo gol del año, y el primer pase a gol de Chandler. USA 1, DEN 0 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), minuto 33: Dinamarca atacó rápida y lateralmente, con Daniel Wass pasando para Lasse Vibe en frente de la portería. Vibe la tocó con el talón para Nicklas Bendtner quien estaba completamente desmarcado frente a la portería. Bendtner solamente tuvo que acariciar el balón hacia la línea de gol para igualar. USA 1, DEN 1 (VER GOL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), minuto 66: El segundo gol de Estados Unidos empezó con un pase de Michael Bradley para Jozy Altidore en el lado izquierdo del área grande. Altidore bajó el balón frente a la portería y se pasó hacia su derecha para Aaron Johannsson, quien se deslizaba hacia la portería entre dos defensas. Johannsson llegó a tiempo para dirigir el balón adentro de la red para su tercer gol internacional. USA 2, DEN 1 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, minuto 83: El ataque danés envió un balón por la banda derecha que Thomas Delaney mandó desde justo afuera del área hacia el centro del área chica. Timmy Chandler alcanzó a cabecear el balón pero le cayó directamente a Nicklas Bendtner en el segundo poste. El delantero le pegó de primer toque, mandando el balón al fondo de la red. USA 2, DEN 2 (VER GOL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), minuto 90+1: Nicklas Bendtner completó su triplete con el gol de la victoria en el primer minuto de tiempo adicional. El capitán Christian Eriksen envió un balón perfectamente por arriba de la defensa de EE.UU. para Bendtner, quien lo recibió con calma y lo tocó una vez antes de deslizar un cañón que cruzó el gol y entró a la portería por abajo del brazo estirado de Rimando. USA 2, DEN 3 (VER GOL) FINAL

Atajadas Claves:

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 18: El defensa estadounidense Timmy Chandler le regaló el balón a Nicolai Boilesen, quien se abalanzó sobre el esférico. Boilesen se enfrentó a Nick Rimando, quien se mantuvo firme y recibió el disparo del danés en el pecho. El remate le cayó al capitán Christian Eriksen, quien estaba a corta distancia de la portería. El delantero mandó su disparo a las gradas por arriba de la portería.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 48: La defensa de EE.UU. se equivocó en el despeje y el balón le cayó a un delantero de Dinamarca, quien disparó de corta distancia pero Nick Rimando se aventó a tiempo para atajar. El balón rodó peligrosamente cerca de la línea de gol pero Michael Orozco se recuperó a tiempo para sacar el balón del terreno de juego.

Notas adicionales:

  • El partido fue un regreso a casa para Aron Johannsson, quien jugó en Aarhus del 2010-2012, y anotó 23 goles en 65 partidos.
  • El gol de Jozy Altidore fue el No. 27 de su carrera y segundo del año.
  • Fue el primer pase a gol para de Timmy Chandler.
  • Michael Bradley encabezó la nómina en partidos con la Selección, jugando en su partido No. 94 contra Dinamarca.
  • Nick Rimando ahora tiene un récord de 11-2-2.

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Dinamarca
Fecha: 25 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Dinamarca
Inicio: 3 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 10,505
Clima: 41 grados Fahrenheit, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        1          1          2
DEN                                        1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)                    minuto 19
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)                      33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)                   66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                           83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen)            90+1

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubín, 67)
Suplentes no utilizados: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-William Yarbrough
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53), 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.), 11-Nicklas Bendtner, 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin C. Braithwaite, 74)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Director Técnico: Morten Olsen

Resumen estadístico: USA / DEN
Tiros: 4 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 2 / 5
Atajadas: 2 / 0
Tiros de Esquina: 3 / 4
Faltas: 17 / 13
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:
DEN – William Kvist (amonestación)              minuto 25
USA – Jozy Altidore (amonestación)               78
USA – Ventura Alvarado (amonestación)        89

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN) 
Árbitro Asistente 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Cuarto Oficial: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Jozy Altidore

U.S. Paralympic National Team Falls 2-0 to No. 2-Ranked Ukraine

CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team fell 2-0 to No. 2-ranked Ukraine in its second match of the FOOTIE 7-Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Playing against the second-ranked team in the world, the U.S. PNT was unable to overcome an early attack from the Ukrainians who jumped to a two-goal advantage in a span of four minutes.

Romanchul Vitalii notched both tallies for Ukraine, scoring in the 9th minute and then again in the 13th minute.

"It was a great test for the team today against the No. 2-ranked team in the world,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Although we gave up two soft goals in the first half due to lapses of concentration, I felt the team recovered well and demonstrated some good character as the game went on. The staff is learning a great deal about the players during this competition and it’s been an excellent exercise ahead of the World Championships.”

Next on the five-team tournament, the U.S. PNT will play Argentina on March 26 and wrap-up play against Portugal on March 27.

“With a quick turnaround we take on Argentina tomorrow,” continued Sharp. “We are looking forward to seeing how we cope with this challenge against another top-ranked team in the world"

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

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Ukraine
Date: March 25, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local 
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Attendance: ---
Weather: 52 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
 

USA                            0          0          0  
DEN                             2          0          0

UKR                 7-Romanchuk Vitalii       9th minute
UKR                 7-Romanchuk Vitalii       13

Lineups:
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5 (7-Marthell Vazquez 5, 31), 6-Jordan Weise 7 (17-Michael Moore 7, 41), 9-Seth Jahn 6 (capt.), 15- Mason Abbiate 8 (11-Rene Renteria 8, 31), 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 10-Kevin Hensley 8

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

UKR: 1-Symashko Konstyantyn (capt.) 7, 2-Trushev Vitaliy 7, 3-Zinoviev Yevhen 5, 4-Dutkoko Taras 8 (8-Ponomarov Denys 8, 31), 7-Romanchuk Vitalii 7 (13-Krasylnykov Artem 7, 41), 9-Dotsenko Ivan 7 (6-Hetun Oleksiy 7, 31), 14-Hetman Dmytro 7 (10-Podolskyi Stanislav 8, 54)
Subs not used: ---

Head Coach:  Ovcharenko Sergei

Stats Summary: 
USA / UKR
Shots: 16 / 20
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 8 / 0
Corners: 2/ 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Pedro Maia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias

Herzog Adds Two Players to U-23 MNT Roster in Bosnia

CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s Under-23 National Team head coach Andi Herzog has added two players to the 18-man roster currently in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina for the team’s first training camp of the year.

Defender Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmond, Okla.) and midfielder Dan Metzger (Unattached; Holmdel, N.Y.) will join the U-23 MNT for training in Bosnia, upping the group to 20 players, as the team continues to get ready to face Bosnia’s U-23 National Team on Friday, March 27 in Tuzla, before traveling to face Denmark on Tuesday, March 31.

Both Okwuonu and Metzger have experience playing with U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams. Okwuonu was a member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program in the fall of 2008 and competed with the team at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. He also played with the U-20 MNT in 2012 alongside Metzger, who scored the last goal of the year for the U-20’s during a friendly against Venezuela on Dec. 21, 2012.

In addition, Okwuonu was a member of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship team that qualified the U.S. for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The foreign training camp serves as the U-23’s initial step in preparation for qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Hamstring Strain Sidelines U.S. captain Clint Dempsey for Europe Friendlies

CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. 

No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The match at NRGi Park in Aarhus will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, and UDN. Fans can follow all the action from the USA’s Zurich-based training camp on Twitter @ussoccer

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) 
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht) 

Six days after the Denmark match, the USA meets No. 12-ranked Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (FOXSports 1, UniMás, UDN). In June, the United States takes on two top-five ranked teams, meeting fifth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam before facing 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne.  

U.S. Paralympic National Team Downs Netherlands 1-0 in Opening Game of Footie 7–Povoa 2015 Tournament

CHICAGO (March 23, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the opening game of the Footie 7 – Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

An early goal by defender Kevin Hensley in the eighth minute proved to be the game winner as the USA began the five-team tournament with a strong performance against the European side.

“I was delighted with the attitude of the players today in a game that required a great deal of concentration and physical commitment,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp.  

“It goes without saying, kicking off this competition with a victory against the 4th-ranked team in the world is an excellent start, but now we must focus on the next three games which will be against some very tough opposition. The squad has been working hard over the past year, and gradually we are starting to see the benefits of this in our games. Our next match is against Ukraine, who is second in the world, and we may require to shuffle the team a little to allow for some injuries from today’s game, but I am confident no matter who enters the field wearing our jersey will give their all for the team.”

The U.S. PNT will play Ukraine on March 25, face against Argentina on March 26 and meet Portugal on March 27.

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

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter

 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: March 23, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Attendance: ---
Weather: 54 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                            1          0          1
NED                            0          0          0            

USA: Kevin Hensley   8th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (17-Michael Moore 7, 50), 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7 (7-Marthell Vazquez 5, 26), 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (5-Bryce Boarman 5, 38), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 53)
Subs not used: 15- Mason Abbiate 8, 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

NED: 1-Stefan Boersma 6, 2-Jeroen Saedt 5, 3-Jeroen Schuitert 7 (13-Kasper Stroes 5, 52), 8-Lars Conijn 7,12-Harm Panneman 8 (6-Peter Kooij 8, 31), 14-Daniël Dikken 7, 15-Joey Mense 7,
Subs not used: 4-Myron Gebbink 5, 5-Teddy Witjes 7, 9-Jeroen Duin 7, 11-Iljas Saäban Visker 8, 16-George van Altena 6
Head Coach:  Marcel Geestman 

Stats Summary:
USA
Shots: 8
Shots on Goal: 1
Saves: 11
Corners: 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Pedro Maia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Gustavo Correia

Highlights: 91st-Minute Strike Beats MNT in Denmark

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark.

GOAL - Aron Johannsson Bags USA's Second of the Game

Aron Johannsson's goal gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead against Denmark. Watch live on ESPN and Univision.

GOAL - Altidore Blast Gives U.S. Early Lead against Denmark

Jozy Altidore scored to make it 1-0 vs. Denmark.

Klinsmann and MNT Face European Test against Denmark

The U.S. MNT gathered in Zurich for a few days of training before traveling to Aarhus to face Denmark. Aron Johannsson and Danny Williams, who return to the squad after long absences, look to restore their spot in the squad and mainstays Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley look forward to facing tough European opposition.

Highlights: U-17 MNT Outlast Jamaica in PKs to Claim World Cup Berth

U-17s qualified for the World Cup with a dramatic shootout victory against Jamaica.

World Cup Berth at Stake in U-17 MNT-Jamaica Rematch

The U-17 MNT prepares for the final game in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Jamaica for a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Luca de la Torre Making his Way at Fulham

ussoccer.com speaks to Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.

Highlights: WNT Claims 10th Algarve Cup with 2-0 Defeat of France

The WNT played in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in a rematch game against France.

U-17 MNT vs. Jamaica: Highlights - March 11, 2015

The U.S. U-17 MNT fell to Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

GOAL: Press Extends WNT Lead vs. France

Christen Press ran through the French defense and doubled the U.S. lead.
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