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La Selección Femenina derrota a Argentina 7-0 en Brasilia para cerrar Fase de Grupo

BRASILIA, Brasil (18 de diciembre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos tenía que ganar en grande para ponerse en posición para avanzar a la final del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014, y la ofensiva respondió. Cuatro goles de Christen Press y tres de Carli Lloyd impulsaron a EE.UU. a una victoria de 7-0 en su tercer y último partido de grupo en el Estadio Mané Garrincha.

Press anotó tres goles en el primer tiempo y el séptimo del partido mientras que Lloyd registró el segundo triplete de su carrera (el primero fue contra México el 24 de enero, 2012).

En el segundo partido del día, Brasil derrotó a RP China 4-1. Este resultado significa que Estados Unidos avanza a la final del torneo a enfrentarse nuevamente a Brasil el domingo 21 de diciembre. EE.UU. y Brasil jugaron el 14 de diciembre, con las brasileras llevándose la victoria 3-2 tras un triplete de Marta. RP China y Argentina jugarán por el tercer lugar también el domingo.

La portera Alyssa Naeher debutó con la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. e hizo una atajada, convirtiéndose en la séptima portera estadounidense en no conceder gol en su debut.

El partido de EE.UU. contra Argentina originalmente estaba programado para el miércoles pero fue postergado por lluvias fuertes en la ciudad y malas condiciones de campo.

Resumen de Goles:

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian), minuto 7: Estados Unidos empezó rápidamente cuando Brian se llevó la pelota por la banda derecha y forzó a la portera de Argentina Elisabeth Minnin a hacer la atajada, empujando el balón hacia su derecha. Press estaba puesta para rematar el balón a casa. USA 1, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach), minuto 23: En una combinación en el lado derecho del área, Wambach jugó el balón para Press quien lo tocó unas veces y disparó desde los nueve metros de distancia. Elisabeth Minnin tocó el balón pero no lo pudo desviar completamente. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), minuto 30: Desde el lado izquierdo, Brian mandó un balón cruzado perfecto para Lloyd quien lo mandó a la red con la cabeza. Con ese gol, Lloyd ha ahora marcado gol en todos los partidos del torneo. USA 3, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger), minuto 41: La zaguera derecha Ali Krieger cruzó el balón para Press quien hábilmente tocó su disparo hacia la red en el primer poste para un triplete en el primer tiempo. Fue el primer triplete de Press en su carrera internacional. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), minuto 44: Las defensas continuaron a impactar el ataque y Chalupny se llevó la pelota al lado izquierdo del área, ganándole la posición a su defensa y cruzando el balón para Lloyd, quien terminó de corto rango para marcar su segundo gol del primer tiempo. USA 5, ARG 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Heather O'Reilly), minuto 47: Para abrir el segundo tiempo, Megan Rapinoe cruzó el balón desde el lado izquierdo. La suplente O'Reilly mantuvo vivo el ataque con un toque alto cerca de la línea de gol y Lloyd deslizó el disparó de primera a la esquina izquierda para anotar así su tercer gol del partido. USA 6, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), minuto 78: Megan Rapinoe se llevó la pelota al área grande y estalló un disparo que la portera de Argentina no pudo controlar. Eso abrió la puerta para Press, quien tocó el balón hacia la red para su cuarto gol del partido y su 11vo del año. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL)

En la Mira:

  • Con por lo menos un gol en siete partidos consecutivos, Carli Lloyd ahora está a dos partidos de empatar el récord de nueve impuesto por Michelle Akers del 5 de abril al 25 de mayo, 1991. Lloyd ahora tiene 10 goles durante esa racha de siete partidos.
  • Lloyd sobrepasó a Shannon MacMillan y está en séptimo lugar en la lista de la selección con mas goles anotados. Lloyd ahora tiene 61 goles en 184 partidos. MacMillan anotó 60 goles in 176 partidos.
  • Alyssa Naeher se convirtió en la séptima portera de EE.UU. en no conceder gol en su debut. Las otras fueron Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) y Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach ahora tiene registrados 69 pases a gol.

 Próximamente:

La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará su último partido del torneo el domingo, 21 de diciembre contra Brasil a las 4 p.m. ET. El partido por el tercer lugar será a las 1 p.m. ET.

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

 

Encuentro: La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Argentina

Fecha: 18 de diciembre, 2014

Torneo: Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014; Fase de Grupos

Sede: Estadio Mané Garrincha; Brasilia, Brasil

Inicio: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET

Asistencia: 750

Clima: 71 grados, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:            1          2          F

USA                                         5          2          7

ARG                                        0          0          0

 

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian)             minuto 7

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach)        23

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                    30

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                 41

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny)                   44

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               47

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe)         78

Alineaciones:

USA:  18-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 84), 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd; 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (2-Sydney Leroux, 81), 23-Christen Press

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 1-Hope Solo, 3-Christie Rampone, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis, 25-Meghan Klingenberg

Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

ARG: 1-Elisabeth Minnin; 4-Agustina Barroso (capt.), 16-Cecilia Ghigo, 5-Laura Sampedro,  17-Aldana Cometti (2-Florencia Quinones, 46); 7-Debora Molina, 18-Karen Venica, 11-Florencia Bonsegundo (6-Adriana Sachs, 86), 3-Noelia Espindola; 9-Florencia Jaimes (14-Daniela Kippes, 59), 15-Yael Oviedo

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 8-Mariana Larroquette, 10-Fabiana Vallejos, 12-Laurina Oliveros, 13-Camila Gomez Ares, 19-Luana Munoz, 20-Cecilia Lopez

Director Técnico: Jorge Olarticoechea

Resumen estadístico: USA / ARG

Tiros: 28 / 1

Tiros al arco: 13 / 1

Atajadas: 1 / 6

Tiros de esquina: 11 / 1

Faltas: 12 / 10

Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:

ARG - Laura Sampedro (amonestación)        minuto 1

USA - Lauren Holiday (amonestación)           51
USA - Sydney Leroux (expulsión)                  90+1

 

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Christen Press

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

Further details from Thursday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

WNT Defeats Argentina 7-0 in Group Finale of International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through. Led by four goals from Christen Press and a Carli Lloyd hat trick, the USA defeated Argentina 7-0 in its third group match at Mane Garrincha Stadium. 

Press scored three goals in the first half and the seventh of the game while Lloyd notched her second-career hat trick (the other came against Mexico on Jan. 24, 2012) and also moved into seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 61. 

The USA must await the result of the second game of the evening between Brazil (2-0-0, 6 points, plus-5 goal differential) and China PR (1-0-1, 4 points, plus-6). 

Should Brazil defeat China, the USA (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-6) would advance to the tournament’s title game on Sunday, Dec. 21. If China earns a draw or victory against Brazil, then those two teams would face one another in the final, while the USA plays for third place against Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points, minus-17). 

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her full WNT debut and made one save to earn the clean sheet, becoming the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap. 

Thursday’s USA-Argentina game originally was scheduled for Wednesday and was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Morgan Brian), 7th minute: The U.S. struck quickly when Brian dribbled down the right side and forced Argentina goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnin to make the save, pushing the ball to her right. Press was on the spot to slam home the rebound. USA 1, ARG 0

USA – Christen Press (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: In a combination on the right side of the box, Wambach played the ball to Press who took a couple dribbles and shot from 10 yards out. Elisabeth Minnin got a piece of the ball but was unable to parry it away. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 30th minute: From the left side, Brian chipped in a perfect cross to Lloyd who headed it home for the three-goal cushion. The goal gave Lloyd a score in every match of the tournament. USA 3, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 41st minute: Right back Ali Krieger crossed the ball in to Press who flicked her shot into the net at the near post for a first-half hat trick. It was Press’ first hat trick of her WNT career. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), 44th minute: The outside backs continued to make an offensive impact as Chalupny dribbled up the left side of the box, beat her defender and crossed the ball in to Lloyd, who finished from close range for her second tally of the opening half. USA 5, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly), 47th minute: To open the second half, Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball in from the left side. Halftime substitute O’Reilly kept the attack alive with a high touch near the goal line and Lloyd hit a full volley into the lower left corner for her third goal of the match. USA 6, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), 78th minute: Megan Rapinoe dribbled into the penalty area and smashed a shot that the Argentina goalkeeper could not handle cleanly. That opened the door for Press, who tapped her shot in for her fourth goal of the match and her 11th of the year. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL) 

Milestone Watch:

  • With at least one goal in seven consecutive games, Carli Lloyd is now two games away from matching the U.S. WNT record of nine set by Michelle Akers from April 5 to May 25, 1991. Lloyd has 10 goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach now has 69-career assists (third all-time). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will look ahead to a placement game on Sunday, Dec. 21, to cap off the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. The championship game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and is preceded by the third-place game at 1 p.m. ET. Brazil has already clinched a spot for the title game and Argentina is in the third-place match.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • With three goals, Carli Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties her career high in a calendar year when she also scored 15 in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-2 loss to Brazil.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut. She became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, earning her second consecutive start, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn has started in four straight games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Carli Lloyd at attacking midfielder with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian behind her.
  • The front three feature Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Christen Press from left to right. Wambach wore the captain’s armband.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe entered for Heath to open the second half.
  • The USA switched to a 3-5-2 for the latter part of the game.
  • In the closing minutes, Sydney Leroux subbed for Wambach in the 81st minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Lauren Holiday in the 84th minute.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Leroux picked up a red card in second-half stoppage time and will be unavailable for the USA’s placement match on Sunday.

Dunn Preps Brian and Mewis for NWSL

With young U.S. WNT players Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis having completed their college eligibility and set to be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who played her rookie season in 2014, sits down with the up-and-coming midfielders to discuss turning pro.

U-20 and U-17 WNT Goalkeepers Gather for Special Camp

YNT Goalkeepers get together for a camp in California.

Exclusive Look at Academy Select Game

The Development Academy Select Game has served as a springboard for Academy players to showcase their skills and progress their play through the Youth National Team system. ussoccer.com takes an exclusive look at the event, which has become a staple at the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Unexpected Soccer Tennis

A heavy storm in Brasilia, Brazil, the night before the U.S. WNT’s scheduled match with Argentina on Dec. 17 forced the postponement of the game just hours before kickoff. Undeterred, the U.S. team got in a few highly competitive games of soccer tennis just to get the legs moving.

Across the Academy – Dec. 17, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals Return in January and February: As part of the Development Academy’s mandatory futsal period from December through February, the Academy U-14 age group will look forward to a series of regional showcases from Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. Eight regional showcases will include a guaranteed four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions: SoCal and Texas (Jan. 24-25); Florida, Mid-America and NorCal (Jan. 31-Feb. 1); and New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey (Feb. 7-8). Several Academy players have recently had the experience of representing the U.S. Futsal National Team in 2014: Sporting Kansas City’s Nic Jaimes and John Leisman and Players Development Academy’s James Murphy. (2014-15 Development Academy Calendar)

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 13-14):

  • West Conference: In a crossover match, Southwest Division-leading Real Salt Lake AZ defeated the Northwest Division’s De Anza Force 5-1 at the U-18 age group. Jose Hernandez led the way with three goals for RSL, which is 12-1-3 this season and has won nine straight games.
  • East Conference: South Carolina United Battery Academy wrapped up its 2014 portion of the season with victories against the Charlotte Soccer Academy. After trailing in the opening seven minutes, South Carolina United Batter Academy scored three unanswered, with Wyatt Millard’s 60th-minute goal serving as the game-winner. The U-18s posted a 3-0 win, with Rex Epps, Barrett Stevens and Cole Gaston each tallying a goal.

Academy Referee of the Week: Kaili Terry, a Grade 8 referee from northern Texas, was named Academy of the Week for her work during the U-14 match between Solar Chelsea and the Dallas Texans. Terry has been working Academy matches since 2013.

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

USA-Argentina Match Rescheduled for Dec. 18

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s game against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions at Mane Garrincha Stadium. The match will now be played on Thursday, Dec. 18, with kickoff set for 4:20 p.m. ET. 

In addition to the cancellation of Wednesday’s USA-Argentina game, the match between China PR and host Brazil was also postponed to Thursday. The two group leaders will kick off at 7 p.m. ET. 

The USA’s game against Argentina will be the team’s third group match before the placement stage on Sunday, Dec. 21. Brazil leads the four-team field with a 2-0-0 record, followed by China (1-1-0) and the USA (0-1-1). China holds a seven-goal advantage over the U.S. WNT on goal difference (China is plus-6, compared to the USA’s minus-1). Argentina is 0-2-0 at the International Tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT Defeats Germany 2-1 in Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Germany’s U-18s 2-1 in the first of two international friendlies. Mauricio Pineda scored a first-half goal and Brooks Lennon pushed the lead to two goals late in the second half.

Germany did get one goal back, converting on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, but it was too little, too late as the USA held on for the win. The U.S. and Germany meet again on Friday, Dec. 19.

Pineda opened the scoring with a 19th-minute, right-footed volley from 25 yards out that clipped the inside of the right post and crossed the goal line for a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the 76th minute. Sebastian Saucedo had the initial shot during the USA’s attacking sequence, and Lennon followed with the tap-in rebound for a two-goal cushion. Lennon’s tally proved to be the winner.

U.S. U-18 Men's National Team

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Germany U-18 MNT
Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Stadium; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 45
Weather: 65 degrees

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

USA – Mauricio Pineda                                  19th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (Sebastian Saucedo)  76
GER – Osei Owsusu (penalty)                        90+3

Lineups:
USA: 12-Jonathan Klinsmann; 20-Kyle Duncan (21-Malcolm Jones, 78), 4-Tommy Redding, 3-Mauricio Pineda, 2-Pablo Pelaez; 24-Cameron Lindley, 8-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (14-Collin Fernandez, 64); 7-Sebastian Saucedo (17-Eryk Williamson, 78), 9-Sebastian Elney (1-JT Marcinkowski, 90+2), 23-Victor Mansaray (11-Brooks Lennon, 64)
Subs not used: 6-Antonee Robinson, 13-Michael Boakye, 15-Amir Bashti, 16-James Murphy
Head Coach: Javier Perez

GER: 1-Dominik Reimann; 2-Matthias Bader (16-Johannes Buhler, 46), 14-Ole Pfaffigen, 5-Nicolas Clasen, 10-Marvin Mehlem (8-Fridolin Wagner, 46); 6-Gino Fechner (19-Cagatay Kader, 73), 3-Maximillian Mittelstadt, 7-Michael Strein (22-Nathaniel Amamoo, 61); 13-Erik Wekesser (20-Heinz Morschel, 80), 9-Osei P. Owsusu, 11-Enis Bytyqi (17-Tim Galleski, 61)
Subs not used: 4-David Putz, 12-Florian Kastenmaier, 15-Till Schumacher, 18-Suat Serder, 21- Jordan Torunarigha
Head Coach: Guido Streichsbier

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 11
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
GER – 5-Nicolas Clasen (caution)                35th minute
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     79
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     90+2
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (ejection)    90+2

Officials:
Referee – Raul Chavet Garcia

Across the Academy – Dec. 17, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals Return in January and February: As part of the Development Academy’s mandatory futsal period from December through February, the Academy U-14 age group will look forward to a series of regional showcases from Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. Eight regional showcases will include a guaranteed four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions: SoCal and Texas (Jan. 24-25); Florida, Mid-America and NorCal (Jan. 31-Feb. 1); and New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey (Feb. 7-8). Several Academy players have recently had the experience of representing the U.S. Futsal National Team in 2014: Sporting Kansas City’s Nic Jaimes and John Leisman and Players Development Academy’s James Murphy. (2014-15 Development Academy Calendar)

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 13-14):

  • West Conference: In a crossover match, Southwest Division-leading Real Salt Lake AZ defeated the Northwest Division’s De Anza Force 5-1 at the U-18 age group. Jose Hernandez led the way with three goals for RSL, which is 12-1-3 this season and has won nine straight games.
  • East Conference: South Carolina United Battery Academy wrapped up its 2014 portion of the season with victories against the Charlotte Soccer Academy. After trailing in the opening seven minutes, South Carolina United Batter Academy scored three unanswered, with Wyatt Millard’s 60th-minute goal serving as the game-winner. The U-18s posted a 3-0 win, with Rex Epps, Barrett Stevens and Cole Gaston each tallying a goal.

Academy Referee of the Week: Kaili Terry, a Grade 8 referee from northern Texas, was named Academy of the Week for her work during the U-14 match between Solar Chelsea and the Dallas Texans. Terry has been working Academy matches since 2013.

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

Sneak a Peek Inside Tim Howard's New Book "The Keeper"

I will never forget our bus ride to the Loftus Versfeld, the Pretoria stadium where we’d play our win-or-go-home match against Algeria. All along the route, American fans stood on the road, waving and cheering. By the time Loftus came into view, the bus had to roll to a stop. A sea of supporters stretched out in all directions. Some wrapped themselves in American flags, others had painted stars and stripes on their faces, and everyone rocked the national colors—red, white, and blue. They held up scarves like one might see at a Premier League match except these said LAND OF THE FREE. They held up signs proclaiming ONE NATION. ONE TEAM, and DIVERSE. HUNGRY. UNITED. AMERICA. Fans were rapping on the windows screaming “USA!” They also held up our bus—not that anyone minded. We were so far from home, and yet all these fans made us feel like were home. “Holy crap,” said Carlos. “This is awesome.” 

The game was scoreless for 90 minutes. A draw wouldn’t be good enough for us; to advance we had to win. At a certain point, tactics went out the window. Defensive principles? Gone. The notion that a soccer game might be a chess match? Forget about it. With the clock ticking down and the prospect of our World Cup ending, there was no time for rhyme or reason. If we had a strategy, it was this: throw everything we have at them and hope they break. 

We attacked with three strikers and a midfield that marauded forward with only one thing on its mind: putting the ball in the back of their net. Algeria massed as many as nine players in front of their goal. Still we had chance after chance. We hit the post. We had a goal called back for offsides. We did everything but score. I watched on full alert, thinking, All we need is one play, one moment of inspiration where we catch them on their heels. And then, a minute into stoppage time, it arrived.

Algeria’s Rafik Saïfi had a clear header at goal but it was weak and straight at me. The ball bounced and I caught it. I had to move fast. There was no time to survey the field and pick out a safe outlet. There wasn’t time to even look up. I had to operate on instinct. My instincts were formed on the fields of New Jersey with my goalkeeping coach Tim “Mulch” Mulqueen hammering certain lessons into my brain. When the ball comes in from the left, look to the right. A split second after catching that ball, I knew—I just knew—that Landon would be tearing down the right flank. And because the game had been stretched wide open in those final frantic minutes, all those players abandoning their positions in their desperation to score, I also knew there’d be acres of green grass in front of him. So I hurled that ball as far as I could to where Landon would be by the time it landed. It came to rest at his feet, like Mulch always insisted it would.

Landon set off toward the Algeria goal, 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, chewing up the space as he searched for an open teammate. He pushed the ball ahead to Jozy, who picked out Clint across the box. I thought Clint would finish it but at the exact moment that he reached Jozy’s pass, the Algerian goalkeeper Raïs M’Bolhi threw himself bravely at Dempsey’s feet. The ball ricocheted off their keeper and away from goal. For a moment, it looked to most of the world like we were going home.

But my eyes were on Landon. He was still running, accelerating as he moved closer to the ball. I’m not even sure the Algerian defenders knew he was there. That’s the thing about Landon. He doesn’t broadcast his presence like some of the flashier players. He glides in, cool-as-you-like, and no matter how high the stakes, no matter how pressurized the situation is, he does what Landon always does—executes the finish with flawless precision.

There were 92 minutes on the clock. The ball had traveled from goal line to goal line in a few historic seconds before Landon buried it in the back of their net.

Landon raced toward the corner flag. He stretched out his arms and dove, bodysurfing along the grass. Benny Feilhaber slid behind him. Then everyone got in on it. All the guys on the field. All the guys on the bench. The coaches. The staff. Everyone. They ran toward Landon and threw themselves on top of him, one after another. Jozy flew onto the pileup like he was Superman. Jay DeMerit finished it off with a rolling somersault over the whole delirious gang. I watched the jubilation from the far end of the field. I kneeled down and touched the grass, five precise touches. I stood. I kissed my goalkeeper’s gloves, and raised my arms toward the sky.

“Thank you,” I said, looking up. “Thank you.”

U-20 MNT Gathers for Final Foreign Camp Before Qualifying

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has reached its final stretch of international friendlies before the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Head coach Tab Ramos and his U-20 side is less than a month away from kicking off the qualifying tournament in Jamaica.

The USA originally was set to hold its final international camp in Jamaica. But with both countries in the same qualifying group, Ramos said it made most sense to find a different locale. Honduras fit the bill for the U-20 MNT’s preparation purposes.

“When we drew Jamaica in our group, we didn’t want to be playing Jamaica right before the qualifiers and then play them at qualifiers, as well,” Ramos said. “That’s not good for either team. So we decided to pull out of that match. … I think going to Honduras, we’re taking the players to a very difficult environment in San Pedro Sula, which we all know from World Cup Qualifying with our senior team. I think this is a good place for us to prepare our team and make them mentally ready to confront the qualifying in January.”

The December camp will feature two games against Honduras and will be the U-20 MNT’s final international games of 2014. The USA last played international competition in Marbella, Spain, where the team earned two victories in three games. The U-20s defeated Russia’s U-21 national team 4-3 on Nov. 12, followed by a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15 and a 1-0 loss against Canada on Nov. 18.

Academy U-16 Teams Change Season Picture at Winter Showcase

The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase proved to be a springboard for various U-16 teams that entered around the middle of the pack. Following three competitive matches at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the season’s picture has changed a bit.

Several Academy teams that entered the Showcase with a .500 record or lower gained some momentum heading into the second half of the 2014-15 season. Crossfire Premier doubled its wins total with a perfect 3-0-0 event, with wins against FC Bolts Celtic, the Texas Rush and Chargers Soccer Club. Simon Lekressner scored four goals over the three-game stretch, and with 16 goals, he is tied for first place in the Academy’s U-16 age division with Concorde Fire’s Michael Ille and the LA Galaxy’s Ethan Zubak. Crossfire Premier is now 6-8-2 and in the middle of the Northwest Division standings in fifth place.

The San Diego Surf’s U-16s outscored its opponents 6-0 in a perfect 3-0-0 performance at the Winter Showcase. The Surf earned shutout wins against Richmond United, Internationals and FC Wisconsin Nationals. San Diego is now above the .500 mark with a 7-5-3 record.

FC Golden State, in the midst of its first Academy season at the two older age groups, entered the event with a .500 record. Thanks to three wins, FC Golden State is now 8-5-2 and in third place in the Southwest Division. FC Golden State earned victories against FC Wisconsin Nationals, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s and Solar Chelsea, outscoring its opponents by a 10-2 margin.

Among the other 3-0-0 teams, the Portland Timbers U-16s earned wins against Sporting Kansas City, the Chicago Fire and Weston FC and moved to 8-3-2 this season. The Timbers are second in the Northwest Division behind only Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U-16s went 3-0-0, opening with a 3-2 win against Bethesda-Olney, a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact and then rallying for a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rush. Farai Mutatu scored three goals, including a brace against Bethesda-Olney as CSA Wolves moved to 11-1-2 (first in the Mid-America Division).

The New York Red Bulls U-16s are the remaining unbeaten team in the Academy with an 11-0-2 record. The Red Bulls went 2-0-1 at the Showcase, with wins against the San Jose Earthquakes and Georgia United and a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Six different players accounted for their nine goals, including braces from Jared Gilbey and Brian Saramago in the final match against Georgia United.

In-State Orlando City U-18s Rise to Occasion at Winter Showcase

Playing close to home for the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, several Florida-based sides had a good showing in the U-18 age division.

With three highly competitive games at the Winter Showcase, Orlando City stepped up with a 3-0-0 record to improve to 6-5-2 on the season. Orlando City earned wins against the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA and Sockers FC. The opening win against the Colorado Rapids included a rally from two deficits, with Jaiden Fortune scoring the winner in the closing minutes.

Nearby IMG Academy was in need of a jumpstart entering the Winter Showcase with one victory. IMG took a step in the right direction with a 2-0-1 showing. IMG earned 1-0 victories against the Minnesota Thunder Academy and San Juan Soccer Club and ended the event with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal FC.

Southern Florida side Kendall SC, the frontrunner in the Southeast Division, won two of its three games at the Winter Showcase, defeating Real So Cal and Oakwood Soccer Club.

Elsewhere, Real Salt Lake AZ improved to 11-1-3 on the season, thanks to a three-win stretch. Real Salt Lake opened with a victory against FC Dallas, followed by shutout wins against the Philadelphia Union and Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL.

The Houston Dynamo U-18s had three big victories, earning shutout wins against the LA Galaxy and Carolina Rapids, followed by a 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls. In the latter match, Christian Lucatero scored the go-ahead goal in the 56th minute, and the defense held strong for the next 34 minutes. The Dynamo is 8-1-1 this season, in first place in the Frontier Division. The Red Bulls dropped their first match of the season.

Development Academy Winter Showcase

Bem-Vindo A Brazil

While South America has produced nine Men’s World Cup champions since 1934, the women’s game has lagged far behind. Sure, the Brazilian women – led by five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta – has had some great success, but the rest of the continent is just recently starting to throw more support behind its Women’s National Teams.

It’s for that reason that the trips to South America for the U.S. WNT have been rare. In fact, in its 29-year history, the USA has visited South America just twice – both to Brazil – in 1996 and 1997. The USA’s trip to the International Tournament of Brasilia, a four-team competition played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha (a 2014 World Cup venue) is a bit of a novelty.

The WNT has played six matches in Brazil, which is also its total games played in South America, and hasn’t been to Brazil in 17 years. The last time was for a pair of games against Brazil in December of 1997, a 2-1 win in Taubaté and a 1-0 loss in São Paulo.

The only player still active from that trip is U.S. captain Christie Rampone who was then competing in her first year of international soccer. As Christie Pearce, she played 90 minutes in both games.


U.S. WNT captain Christie Rampone helps the USA collect a 2-0 win against Brazil on June 23, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J.

As the USA winds down 2014 and gets ready for an exciting 2015, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis wants to play as many top teams as possible, and it remains a given that a game against Brazil in Brazil is one of the toughest challenges a team can face. The USA will get one match against Brazil, and possibly two, as this tournament pits the top two teams after group play in the championship game.

“We are looking forward to playing against the different styles that each of the three teams present,” said Ellis. “China and Brazil are also preparing for the World Cup, and to get games against World Cup teams prior to the tournament is one of our goals. Knowing the history with Brazil, games against them are always exciting for the players and fans.”

The USA will open the tournament Dec. 10 against China PR (4:20 p.m. ET), face Brazil on Dec. 14 (3:45 p.m.) and finish group play on Dec. 17 against Argentina (4:20 p.m.). The final match day on Dec. 21 will feature the top two teams after round-robin play squaring off for the tournament championship while the two countries that finished third and fourth will battle for third place. The USA, Brazil and China PR will be participating in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer in Canada.

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is also one of five venues for the 2016 Olympics. With qualifying for that tournament beginning shortly, this trip will be valuable on multiple levels.

“It’s a chance to travel to a new environment and play international matches in unfamiliar territory, which is always valuable when getting ready for a World Cup,” said Ellis. “It’s pretty exciting to get to play in a World Cup stadium and many of our players have never played or even been to Brazil before. It’s a unique opportunity to go to a fantastic soccer country, have a great cultural experience and get four competitive games to end the year on a high note.”

Women’s World Cup Rewind: The Game Reaches New Heights in 2011

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the best-ever by numerous measurements: fan support, atmosphere, media attention, TV ratings and of course the quality of play on the field. Germany put on a fantastic event in world class stadiums that showcased competitive, entertaining matches, which impressed fans around the globe.

The USA rebounded from a loss to Sweden in its final game of the opening round to defeat Brazil in an epic quarterfinal match that some say was the most exciting match in the history of the Women’s World Cup. The USA played more than an hour with just 10 players, equalized in the 122nd minute of overtime on Abby Wambach’s now famous header off a Megan Rapinoe cross before winning the ensuing penalty kick shootout.



“I launched it with all my might. There wasn’t a lot of technique behind it; I just put all I had into that cross,” said Rapinoe. “I didn’t see Abby when I first kicked it. I just knew she was going to be there. She’s always in the box.

“It happened so quickly and it was in the back of the net. I was running over there, but then I was so far away, that I stopped halfway because I just had to start celebrating. I was 50 yards away by the time she got all the way to the corner. So I had to stop and do these crazy fist pumps. I was yelling so loud and aggressively that I literally got light-headed. Then I ran over to Abby and nearly knocked her over because I jumped on her without decelerating at all. It was just one of those amazing sports moments. I don’t think I’ll have another moment like that in my career.”

Wambach’s equalizer still stands as the latest recorded goal in Women’s World Cup history.

“I just started making a run and put my hand up. [Rapinoe] just put this ball literally on my head. It took forever for the ball to get from her to me,” said Wambach. ‘Get over the defender’s head, get over the goalkeeper’s hands;’ that’s what I was thinking. It did and I was wide open and then I was thinking, ‘don’t miss this.’ It was close. Anything at that moment is possible. I didn’t see it hit the back of the net, but I knew it went in when I heard the crowd.”

The USA went on to defeat France 3-1 in a hard-fought semifinal and agonizingly fell to Japan in a shootout in the World Cup Final. Yet, the impact the tournament had on fans in the USA and around the world continues to produce positive effects on the game’s development in the lead up to the 2015 tournament in Canada.

Q&A with 2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Gavin Sibayan

ussoccer.com: Gavin, congratulations on the award! This is the first time you’ve won it and the second year in a row the Disabled Athlete of the Year award has gone to a member of the Paralympic National Team.

Gavin Sibayan: It was an honor to just be nominated. My buddy Rene Renteria won it last year and it was an honor to just be nominated.

ussoccer.com: The USA earned third place at the 2014 America Cup in Canada - with you scoring twice to help the USA win the third-place match against Canada. Tell us a bit about playing under head coach Stuart Sharp?

GS: Coach Stuart expects a lot of hard work from everybody. He draws a line and says: if you work hard, you’re going to stay. People want to be here and he makes the environment so you want to come back and want to play for him. He’s got confidence in us and we take pride in that.

ussoccer.com: You’ve been with the team since 2011, but 2014 has been your best year with the PNT. Tell us a bit about your background and joining the team.

GS: I have a lot of pride for the U.S. It’s one thing fighting for the country and it’s another thing playing for it. I was in the army for six years, did one tour in Iraq from 2006-2008. I got injured in Iraq with three IEDs and got out as a Staff Sergeant. I started to get in contact with the team in 2011 and was still in the military at the time. I had a stroke when the team went to Holland that year and eventually when things got better for me, I came back on the team. I’ve tried to make myself better as a player since then.

ussoccer.com: You guys are in camp right now down in Chula Vista, Calif. Can you update us on how the team is doing?

GS: The progress our team is making right now is great. Coming from January to right now has been a big improvement. We’re getting fitter, improving our tactics and overall just getting better. The group we have assembled is a great bunch of guys. It’s easy on the field because we know each other so well, and off the field we have a lot of fun. It’s a great experience all around. We know the colors, the flag and what they mean. When we put all that together and take it onto the field, it’s all about pride for the USA.

Women’s World Cup Rewind: USA Captivates the World in 1999

For the first time, the tournament was expanded to 16 teams and was staged in huge stadiums across the United States, raising expectations for attendance, media coverage and television audiences; expectations that were reached, surpassed and then crushed.

The U.S. captured its second Women’s World Cup championship while winning the hearts and minds of a nation and becoming the sports story of the year. The Women’s National Team played in front of packed houses across the country, and advanced to the final after five straight victories, which included a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Germany in the quarterfinals and a nail-biting 2-0 victory against Brazil in the semifinals. 

“We battled through every match and it just got bigger and bigger,” said Tony DiCicco, head coach of the 1999 Women’s World Cup team. “The final match in Pasadena, unfortunately it was 0-0, but it was one of those incredibly exciting, tense nil-nil matches. The penalty kicks only added to the excitement.”

In the final, the U.S. battled China PR for a grueling 120 minutes before pulling out a breathtaking 5-4 penalty kick victory in front of a sellout crowd of 90,185 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on July 10. The winning penalty kick goal for the U.S. has become a pop culture moment in American history, with Brandi Chastain scoring and celebrating waving her jersey above her head before sinking to her knees and being mobbed by her teammates.

Chastain’s heroics were made possible by U.S. goalkeeper Brianna Scurry, who stepped up to make a crucial save on China’s third penalty kick taker Liu Ying.

“It was bizarre,” said Scurry. “I didn’t look at any of the other kickers, but for some reason, when I was walking into the goal, I looked at (Liu) and I heard something in my head, ‘this is the one.’  It was just a feeling.  Something just came over me, a sort of calmness.  It was an instinctual thing, an intuitive thing.  It was very, very strange. Quite honestly, I think no matter where that ball was going to go, I was going to get it.”

With the championship, the U.S. became the first nation to win the Women’s World Cup on its home soil.

“There was a lot of pressure on us as a team because as big as it was, if we lost, the momentum [of women’s soccer] would have petered out,” said DiCicco when remembering the USA’s most memorable soccer achievement. “I think our 1999 team set the stage for women’s athletics, women’s soccer and the next generation to have something to aspire to.” 

Women’s World Cup Rewind: USA Claims Inaugural Crown in 1991

The first FIFA Women’s World Cup, held in 1991 in China, was a tremendous success. Large crowds flocked to the stadiums to see some of the pioneers of the women’s game as the United States announced its presence on the world’s stage.

The USA won all six of its games in the tournament, beginning with its first-ever Women’s World Cup match, a 3-2 victory against a Sweden side that featured future U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. The USA would go on to defeat Norway, 2-1, in the World Cup Final in Guangzhou. The great Michelle Akers scored both goals in the championship game and 10 goals overall in the tournament, a record that still stands ahead of the 2015 tournament. Future stars Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly won their first of several world titles that they collected throughout their illustrious careers.

Hamm scored twice in the tournament while Jennings had six goals (including a hat trick in the somewhat surprising 5-2 semifinal victory against Germany) and Heinrichs scored four times (including the other two goals in the semifinal). Wendy Gebauer, Joy Biefeld and Julie Foudy also scored their first World Cup goals.

After accomplishing such a remarkable achievement, the U.S. players returned to the U.S. to relative anonymity, but the roots were set for what would grow into the most successful international women’s soccer program in history.

La Selección Femenina derrota a Argentina 7-0 en Brasilia para cerrar Fase de Grupo

BRASILIA, Brasil (18 de diciembre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos tenía que ganar en grande para ponerse en posición para avanzar a la final del Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014, y la ofensiva respondió. Cuatro goles de Christen Press y tres de Carli Lloyd impulsaron a EE.UU. a una victoria de 7-0 en su tercer y último partido de grupo en el Estadio Mané Garrincha.

Press anotó tres goles en el primer tiempo y el séptimo del partido mientras que Lloyd registró el segundo triplete de su carrera (el primero fue contra México el 24 de enero, 2012).

En el segundo partido del día, Brasil derrotó a RP China 4-1. Este resultado significa que Estados Unidos avanza a la final del torneo a enfrentarse nuevamente a Brasil el domingo 21 de diciembre. EE.UU. y Brasil jugaron el 14 de diciembre, con las brasileras llevándose la victoria 3-2 tras un triplete de Marta. RP China y Argentina jugarán por el tercer lugar también el domingo.

La portera Alyssa Naeher debutó con la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. e hizo una atajada, convirtiéndose en la séptima portera estadounidense en no conceder gol en su debut.

El partido de EE.UU. contra Argentina originalmente estaba programado para el miércoles pero fue postergado por lluvias fuertes en la ciudad y malas condiciones de campo.

Resumen de Goles:

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian), minuto 7: Estados Unidos empezó rápidamente cuando Brian se llevó la pelota por la banda derecha y forzó a la portera de Argentina Elisabeth Minnin a hacer la atajada, empujando el balón hacia su derecha. Press estaba puesta para rematar el balón a casa. USA 1, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach), minuto 23: En una combinación en el lado derecho del área, Wambach jugó el balón para Press quien lo tocó unas veces y disparó desde los nueve metros de distancia. Elisabeth Minnin tocó el balón pero no lo pudo desviar completamente. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), minuto 30: Desde el lado izquierdo, Brian mandó un balón cruzado perfecto para Lloyd quien lo mandó a la red con la cabeza. Con ese gol, Lloyd ha ahora marcado gol en todos los partidos del torneo. USA 3, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger), minuto 41: La zaguera derecha Ali Krieger cruzó el balón para Press quien hábilmente tocó su disparo hacia la red en el primer poste para un triplete en el primer tiempo. Fue el primer triplete de Press en su carrera internacional. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), minuto 44: Las defensas continuaron a impactar el ataque y Chalupny se llevó la pelota al lado izquierdo del área, ganándole la posición a su defensa y cruzando el balón para Lloyd, quien terminó de corto rango para marcar su segundo gol del primer tiempo. USA 5, ARG 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Heather O'Reilly), minuto 47: Para abrir el segundo tiempo, Megan Rapinoe cruzó el balón desde el lado izquierdo. La suplente O'Reilly mantuvo vivo el ataque con un toque alto cerca de la línea de gol y Lloyd deslizó el disparó de primera a la esquina izquierda para anotar así su tercer gol del partido. USA 6, ARG 0

USA - Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), minuto 78: Megan Rapinoe se llevó la pelota al área grande y estalló un disparo que la portera de Argentina no pudo controlar. Eso abrió la puerta para Press, quien tocó el balón hacia la red para su cuarto gol del partido y su 11vo del año. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL)

En la Mira:

  • Con por lo menos un gol en siete partidos consecutivos, Carli Lloyd ahora está a dos partidos de empatar el récord de nueve impuesto por Michelle Akers del 5 de abril al 25 de mayo, 1991. Lloyd ahora tiene 10 goles durante esa racha de siete partidos.
  • Lloyd sobrepasó a Shannon MacMillan y está en séptimo lugar en la lista de la selección con mas goles anotados. Lloyd ahora tiene 61 goles en 184 partidos. MacMillan anotó 60 goles in 176 partidos.
  • Alyssa Naeher se convirtió en la séptima portera de EE.UU. en no conceder gol en su debut. Las otras fueron Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) y Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach ahora tiene registrados 69 pases a gol.

 Próximamente:

La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará su último partido del torneo el domingo, 21 de diciembre contra Brasil a las 4 p.m. ET. El partido por el tercer lugar será a las 1 p.m. ET.

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

 

Encuentro: La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Argentina

Fecha: 18 de diciembre, 2014

Torneo: Torneo Internacional de Brasilia 2014; Fase de Grupos

Sede: Estadio Mané Garrincha; Brasilia, Brasil

Inicio: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET

Asistencia: 750

Clima: 71 grados, nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:            1          2          F

USA                                         5          2          7

ARG                                        0          0          0

 

USA - Christen Press (Morgan Brian)             minuto 7

USA - Christen Press (Abby Wambach)        23

USA - Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                    30

USA - Christen Press (Ali Krieger)                 41

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny)                   44

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly)               47

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe)         78

Alineaciones:

USA:  18-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Lori Chalupny (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 84), 7-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd; 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (2-Sydney Leroux, 81), 23-Christen Press

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 1-Hope Solo, 3-Christie Rampone, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis, 25-Meghan Klingenberg

Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

ARG: 1-Elisabeth Minnin; 4-Agustina Barroso (capt.), 16-Cecilia Ghigo, 5-Laura Sampedro,  17-Aldana Cometti (2-Florencia Quinones, 46); 7-Debora Molina, 18-Karen Venica, 11-Florencia Bonsegundo (6-Adriana Sachs, 86), 3-Noelia Espindola; 9-Florencia Jaimes (14-Daniela Kippes, 59), 15-Yael Oviedo

Suplentes No Utilizadas: 8-Mariana Larroquette, 10-Fabiana Vallejos, 12-Laurina Oliveros, 13-Camila Gomez Ares, 19-Luana Munoz, 20-Cecilia Lopez

Director Técnico: Jorge Olarticoechea

Resumen estadístico: USA / ARG

Tiros: 28 / 1

Tiros al arco: 13 / 1

Atajadas: 1 / 6

Tiros de esquina: 11 / 1

Faltas: 12 / 10

Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:

ARG - Laura Sampedro (amonestación)        minuto 1

USA - Lauren Holiday (amonestación)           51
USA - Sydney Leroux (expulsión)                  90+1

 

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Christen Press

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

Further details from Thursday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

WNT Defeats Argentina 7-0 in Group Finale of International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through. Led by four goals from Christen Press and a Carli Lloyd hat trick, the USA defeated Argentina 7-0 in its third group match at Mane Garrincha Stadium. 

Press scored three goals in the first half and the seventh of the game while Lloyd notched her second-career hat trick (the other came against Mexico on Jan. 24, 2012) and also moved into seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 61. 

The USA must await the result of the second game of the evening between Brazil (2-0-0, 6 points, plus-5 goal differential) and China PR (1-0-1, 4 points, plus-6). 

Should Brazil defeat China, the USA (1-1-1, 4 points, plus-6) would advance to the tournament’s title game on Sunday, Dec. 21. If China earns a draw or victory against Brazil, then those two teams would face one another in the final, while the USA plays for third place against Argentina (0-3-0, 0 points, minus-17). 

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her full WNT debut and made one save to earn the clean sheet, becoming the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first cap. 

Thursday’s USA-Argentina game originally was scheduled for Wednesday and was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christen Press (Morgan Brian), 7th minute: The U.S. struck quickly when Brian dribbled down the right side and forced Argentina goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnin to make the save, pushing the ball to her right. Press was on the spot to slam home the rebound. USA 1, ARG 0

USA – Christen Press (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: In a combination on the right side of the box, Wambach played the ball to Press who took a couple dribbles and shot from 10 yards out. Elisabeth Minnin got a piece of the ball but was unable to parry it away. USA 2, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 30th minute: From the left side, Brian chipped in a perfect cross to Lloyd who headed it home for the three-goal cushion. The goal gave Lloyd a score in every match of the tournament. USA 3, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Ali Krieger), 41st minute: Right back Ali Krieger crossed the ball in to Press who flicked her shot into the net at the near post for a first-half hat trick. It was Press’ first hat trick of her WNT career. USA 4, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lori Chalupny), 44th minute: The outside backs continued to make an offensive impact as Chalupny dribbled up the left side of the box, beat her defender and crossed the ball in to Lloyd, who finished from close range for her second tally of the opening half. USA 5, ARG 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly), 47th minute: To open the second half, Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball in from the left side. Halftime substitute O’Reilly kept the attack alive with a high touch near the goal line and Lloyd hit a full volley into the lower left corner for her third goal of the match. USA 6, ARG 0 

USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe), 78th minute: Megan Rapinoe dribbled into the penalty area and smashed a shot that the Argentina goalkeeper could not handle cleanly. That opened the door for Press, who tapped her shot in for her fourth goal of the match and her 11th of the year. USA 7, ARG 0 (FINAL) 

Milestone Watch:

  • With at least one goal in seven consecutive games, Carli Lloyd is now two games away from matching the U.S. WNT record of nine set by Michelle Akers from April 5 to May 25, 1991. Lloyd has 10 goals during that seven-game stretch.
  • Lloyd moves ahead of Shannon MacMillan for seventh place on the WNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd has 61 goals in 184 matches. MacMillan scored 60 goals in 176 games.
  • Alyssa Naeher became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Hope Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Abby Wambach now has 69-career assists (third all-time). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will look ahead to a placement game on Sunday, Dec. 21, to cap off the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. The championship game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and is preceded by the third-place game at 1 p.m. ET. Brazil has already clinched a spot for the title game and Argentina is in the third-place match.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 16-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 16-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.
  • With three goals, Carli Lloyd takes over the team lead in scoring this year from Abby Wambach with 15 goals. That ties her career high in a calendar year when she also scored 15 in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made five starting lineup changes following the team’s 3-2 loss to Brazil.
  • Alyssa Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut. She became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, earning her second consecutive start, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Whitney Engen and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn has started in four straight games.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Carli Lloyd at attacking midfielder with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian behind her.
  • The front three feature Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Christen Press from left to right. Wambach wore the captain’s armband.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe entered for Heath to open the second half.
  • The USA switched to a 3-5-2 for the latter part of the game.
  • In the closing minutes, Sydney Leroux subbed for Wambach in the 81st minute and Kelley O’Hara replaced Lauren Holiday in the 84th minute.
  • Press is the only WNT player to appear in all 23 games this year.
  • Leroux picked up a red card in second-half stoppage time and will be unavailable for the USA’s placement match on Sunday.

USA-Argentina Match Rescheduled for Dec. 18

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s game against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia was postponed because of inclement weather and poor field conditions at Mane Garrincha Stadium. The match will now be played on Thursday, Dec. 18, with kickoff set for 4:20 p.m. ET. 

In addition to the cancellation of Wednesday’s USA-Argentina game, the match between China PR and host Brazil was also postponed to Thursday. The two group leaders will kick off at 7 p.m. ET. 

The USA’s game against Argentina will be the team’s third group match before the placement stage on Sunday, Dec. 21. Brazil leads the four-team field with a 2-0-0 record, followed by China (1-1-0) and the USA (0-1-1). China holds a seven-goal advantage over the U.S. WNT on goal difference (China is plus-6, compared to the USA’s minus-1). Argentina is 0-2-0 at the International Tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT Defeats Germany 2-1 in Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Germany’s U-18s 2-1 in the first of two international friendlies. Mauricio Pineda scored a first-half goal and Brooks Lennon pushed the lead to two goals late in the second half.

Germany did get one goal back, converting on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, but it was too little, too late as the USA held on for the win. The U.S. and Germany meet again on Friday, Dec. 19.

Pineda opened the scoring with a 19th-minute, right-footed volley from 25 yards out that clipped the inside of the right post and crossed the goal line for a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the 76th minute. Sebastian Saucedo had the initial shot during the USA’s attacking sequence, and Lennon followed with the tap-in rebound for a two-goal cushion. Lennon’s tally proved to be the winner.

U.S. U-18 Men's National Team

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Germany U-18 MNT
Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Stadium; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 45
Weather: 65 degrees

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

USA – Mauricio Pineda                                  19th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (Sebastian Saucedo)  76
GER – Osei Owsusu (penalty)                        90+3

Lineups:
USA: 12-Jonathan Klinsmann; 20-Kyle Duncan (21-Malcolm Jones, 78), 4-Tommy Redding, 3-Mauricio Pineda, 2-Pablo Pelaez; 24-Cameron Lindley, 8-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (14-Collin Fernandez, 64); 7-Sebastian Saucedo (17-Eryk Williamson, 78), 9-Sebastian Elney (1-JT Marcinkowski, 90+2), 23-Victor Mansaray (11-Brooks Lennon, 64)
Subs not used: 6-Antonee Robinson, 13-Michael Boakye, 15-Amir Bashti, 16-James Murphy
Head Coach: Javier Perez

GER: 1-Dominik Reimann; 2-Matthias Bader (16-Johannes Buhler, 46), 14-Ole Pfaffigen, 5-Nicolas Clasen, 10-Marvin Mehlem (8-Fridolin Wagner, 46); 6-Gino Fechner (19-Cagatay Kader, 73), 3-Maximillian Mittelstadt, 7-Michael Strein (22-Nathaniel Amamoo, 61); 13-Erik Wekesser (20-Heinz Morschel, 80), 9-Osei P. Owsusu, 11-Enis Bytyqi (17-Tim Galleski, 61)
Subs not used: 4-David Putz, 12-Florian Kastenmaier, 15-Till Schumacher, 18-Suat Serder, 21- Jordan Torunarigha
Head Coach: Guido Streichsbier

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 11
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
GER – 5-Nicolas Clasen (caution)                35th minute
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     79
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     90+2
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (ejection)    90+2

Officials:
Referee – Raul Chavet Garcia

Defending Champion U.S. MNT Placed Atop Group A for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (Dec. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team has been placed atop Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it seeks to defend its Gold Cup title and qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. 

The U.S. will play the tournament’s opening match on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, followed by a July 10 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three days later, the USA will complete the group phase at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the final, will be announced in early 2015. Fans interested in learning about a special, holiday season gift package and exclusive presale ticket offer can find more information at www.concacaf.com

CONCACAF's top-ranked teams – the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico – will headline the 12-nation tournament from July 7-26, along with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba. Honduras and French Guiana will meet in March with the playoff winner securing the final berth in the 2015 Gold Cup. 

A total of 13 North American cities will host matches throughout the event – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Toronto. 

As defending champion from the 2013 competition, a Gold Cup championship this summer would guarantee the United States as the CONCACAF representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. If the USA is unable to defend its title, it would then face the 2015 champion in a playoff. 

The team’s opening match will be the USA’s first Gold Cup match in Frisco. Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-1 record at the home of FC Dallas, last appearing in the venue in 2007. 

Foxborough has a storied history hosting the USA in the confederation championship, with the United States boasting an unbeaten 6-0-2 record dating back to 2003. Ten different U.S. goal scorers are on the books in games from Gillette Stadium, which has welcomed the MNT for five group games and three quarterfinal matchups. 

The MNT holds a perfect 3-0-0 record at Sporting Park, with all three matches coming in official competition against CONCACAF opponents. The U.S. made its debut appearance there in 2011 with a Jozy Altidore goal securing a 1-0 win against Guadeloupe and a first-place finish in Group C of the 2011 Gold Cup.

Four-Time FIFA World Cup Defender DaMarcus Beasley Retires from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from international soccer. Beasley caps off a stellar career that spanned 14 years and included 121 appearances.

This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). He joined Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be a part of four World Cup teams.

Beasley’s 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in U.S. MNT history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list since debuting in 2001.

In 2014, Beasley started in six of seven games while logging 530 minutes. He was one of seven MNT players to start in all four games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Beasley was one of only four players to play in every minute during the tournament.

Beasley tallied 17 international goals, which ties for ninth on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart. Beasley’s 13-career assists tie for eighth on the all-time list with Clint Dempsey.

During his tenure, Beasley won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the latter serving as the team captain. His 2013 campaign included a career-high 17 appearances and 1,469 minutes.

Beasley first made his name known among the U.S. Under-17 and U-20 Men’s National Teams, playing in FIFA World Cups at both age levels. He won the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament’s second-best player as the USA advanced to the semifinal stage of that event. Beasley also played in every minute of the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was named the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2001.

Professionally, Beasley became the first American to score in the Champions League for two teams – Rangers and PSV Eindhoven – and holds the MNT record with 22 Champions League appearances overall. Beasley won two Dutch league championships with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers.

Beasley has had two stints in Major League Soccer, first with the Chicago Fire and then most recently with the Houston Dynamo. Beasley won the 2000 and 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the Fire.

WNT Edged 3-2 by Brazil in Second Match at International Tournament of Brasilia

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 14, 2014) – Despite taking an early two-goal lead, the U.S. Women’s National Team lost 3-2 to Marta and  Brazil in the USA’s second match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe scored early goals for the USA in an action packed game, but Brazilian ace Marta replied with a hat trick for the hosts. 

Brazil sits atop the tournament table with six points, followed by China PR – which beat Argentina 6-0 earlier in the day – with four. The USA is third with one point and faces last-place Argentina on Wednesday on the final day of round-robin play. The top two teams at the end of group play will meet for the championship while the third- and fourth-place teams will meet for third place. Both placement games will be on Dec. 21. The USA can still reach the championship match, but it must hope that China loses to Brazil and then make up the gap in goal difference; China is currently at +6 while the USA is at -1. 

In sharp contrast to the USA’s opening game against China, the match between the USA and Brazil was a wide open, flowing affair that featured end-to-end attacking throughout the game. Both teams carved out chances that had the crowd at Mané Garrincha Stadium regularly rising to its feet. The Americans had the better of the scoring chances, but Brazil had Marta, who made her three shots on goal count. 

The USA was unlucky to twice hit the woodwork on shots by Rapinoe and second-half sub Christen Press in the final minutes of each half, and were also thwarted on multiple occasions during the second stanza by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana, whose performance was outshone only by that of Marta. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 6th minute: End-to-end action in the opening five minutes led to a USA corner that Megan Rapinoe whipped into the heart of the Brazil penalty area. Tobin Heath was on hand to knock down an attempted Brazil clearance right to the feet of Lloyd, who controlled the ball in the middle of the six-yard box, swiveled her hips towards goal and snapped a shot into the left hand side of the frame. USA 1, BRA 0  

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach), 9th minute: Rapinoe collected the ball from Abby Wambach wide on the right flank and beat her defender with a burst of pace. As she cut toward goal, Rapinoe unleashed a stinging shot from near the top of the box that caught Brazil goalkeeper Luciana off her line and dipped into the far left side netting. USA 2, BRA 0

BRA – Marta, 19th minute: The Brazilian ace got loose in midfield and put the USA center backs under pressure with a weaving run up the middle and then across the top of the USA box. With a defender and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo closing in, Marta blasted a shot from near the penalty spot into the right side of the goal. USA 2, BRA 1 

BRA – Marta, 55th minute: Against the run of play, Marta scored a spectacular solo goal. Picking the ball up just inside her own half, the Brazil forward drove toward the top of the USA penalty area. Cutting behind a diverting run from Debinah, Marta touched the ball wide left of the net and angled a hard, low shot back across the face of goal and into the far right hand netting. USA 2, BRA 2 

BRA – Marta (Beatriz), 65th minute: Beatriz seized on a USA turnover in its own half and slipped a pass to Marta in the right channel. Marta once again carried through a crowd of players before unleashing a dipping drive from distance that squeezed past Solo at her near right post. USA 2, BRA 3 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Meghan Klingenberg, 24th minute: With Brazil growing in confidence after scoring in the 19th minute, Klingenberg was alert to the run of Marta, tracking the Brazil attacker across the box and getting in a leaping block to deny the five-time World Player of the Year’s overhead kick attempt. 

USA – Hope Solo, 57th minute: Christie Rampone tried to guide the ball back to Solo in the USA box, but Debinha was able to slip around the veteran center back and send a strong toe poke toward goal that Solo did well to smother. 

BRA – Luciana, 75th minute: Forward Christen Press worked herself some room  to shoot from outside the top of the box and let fly with a hard shot but it was not far enough outside Luciana’s range as she dived to her left to gather the shot. 

BRA – Luciana, 86th minute: The USA had numbers up on a counter attack as Press carried the ball in from the left flank. Press smacked a dipping drive while in full stride that was headed for the left upper-90, but Luciana was able to recover her momentum and made a soaring stop to keep Press from equalizing. 

BRA – Luciana, 90th minute: The USA won a free kick just outside the top middle of Brazil’s penalty area after Tobin Heath was taken down and Carli Lloyd stepped up to send a well-placed free kick toward the right-hand roof of the net, but Luciana got in a strong leaping parry to send the shot over the crossbar. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 303rd cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 58th goal put her just two shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd is also just three goals shy of her career best 15 goals she scored in a calendar year for the USA in 2012.
  • Lloyd moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 148 (58 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will close out group play at the International Tournament of Brasilia against Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET) before playing a final placement match on Dec. 21.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT falls to 25-3-3 all-time against Brazil.
  • Outside back Lori Chalupny made her first appearance for the U.S. WNT since October of 2009, playing 31 minutes and then as planned, exited the match and was replaced by Ali Krieger.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made all of her allowed four substitutes in the match, beginning with Krieger. In the second half, Christen Press came on for Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian entered for Lauren Holiday and Samantha Mewis made her first appearance for the WNT since March 10 against Denmark in the Algarve Cup when she subbed on for Sydney Leroux with 10 minutes to play.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-9-14 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The match marked the first loss under head coach Jill Ellis. The U.S. is 15-1-4 under head coach Jill Ellis. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Competition: 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia; Group Play
Venue: Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,421
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy 

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)                                6th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach)                   9                    
BRA – Marta                                                               19
BRA – Marta                                                               55
BRA – Marta (Beatriz)                                                65        

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 31);  12-Lauren Holiday (7-Morgan Brian, 65), 10-Carli Lloyd, 20-Abby Wambach; 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (22-Samantha Mewis, 79), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

BRA: 12-Luciana; 2-Poliana,  3-Bruna (capt.),  4-Tayla,  11- Andressa Alves, 7-Maurine (21-Beatriz, 59), 5-Thaisa, 20-Formiga, 8-Rosana (6-Tamires, 71), 9-Debinha, 10-Marta (17-Andressinha, 88)
Subs Not Used: 1-Andreia Suntaque, 13-Camila, 14-Monica,  15-Erika, 16-Rafaelle, 18-Fernandes, 19-Darlene,  22-Gabi, 23-Barbara
Head Coach: Oswaldo Alvarez 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 11 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 20 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (caution)                   31st minute
USA – Hope Solo (caution)                            41
USA – Abby Wambach (caution)                   68
BRA – Tayla (caution)                                                89 

Officials:
Referee: n/a
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:   Meghan Klingenberg

U.S. WNT Faces Host Brazil in Brasilia on Dec. 14

2014 International Tournament of Brasilia
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 14, 2014

U.S. WNT FACES HOST BRAZIL IN SECOND GAME OF TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for host Brazil in its second match of the four-game International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday, Dec. 14. Kickoff against Brazil is set for 4 p.m. ET. The USA is coming off a 1-1 draw against China PR on Dec. 10 that featured Carli Lloyd’s 11th goal of the year and 57th of her career. After Brazil, the USA then faces Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET). Following round-robin play, the four teams will compete in either the championship (the top two teams in group play) or third-place (third- and fourth-place teams in group play) matches on Dec. 21. All the games are played at Mane Garrincha Stadium, which hosted seven matches during last summer’s World Cup. Fans can follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp and full highlights will be available on ussoccer.com.

BRAZIL TOPS GROUP: Brazil enters the match coming off a dominant 4-0 victory against Argentina, highlighted by a brace from veteran midfielder Formiga. Debinha opened up the scoring with a first-half header and Formiga pushed the lead to 2-0 just before halftime with a header off of a set piece. In the second half, Argentina’s defense broke down and allowed an own goal, and Formiga capped off the scoring with a 20-yard strike, placing her shot in the lower left of the frame.

International Tournament of Brasilia Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Brazil

1

1

0

0

4

0

4

3

USA

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

China PR

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

Argentina

1

0

1

0

0

4

-4

0

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff/Result

Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

1-1

Brazil vs. Argentina

4-0

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

1 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. USA

4 p.m. ET

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

4:20 p.m. ET

Brazil vs. China PR

7 p.m. ET

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

1 p.m. ET

Championship

4 p.m. ET

24 TO BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia. Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead-up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny. The official tournament roster is 23 players so one player per game will not suit up for the matches.

TOURNAMENT RULES: Should teams be even on points after the complete of group play, the tiebreakers are as follows: goal differential, goals scored, lowest number of red cards, lowest number of yellow cards and a drawing of lots. A player can only be suspended for the championship or third-place match if they received a yellow card in each of the three group matches or a red card in the third group match. Teams are allowed four field player substitutions per match, and a fifth if the team needs to change a goalkeeper.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After the Final Draw was conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, Canada, the U.S. Women's National Team learned it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open Group D play against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium. The USA then faces Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, followed by Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

U.S. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Schedule
Date; Opponent; Venue; Local; Kickoff / ET
June 8; Australia; Winnipeg Stadium; 6:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
June 12; Sweden; Winnipeg Stadium; 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
June 16; Nigeria; BC Place; Vancouver 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.

TOURNAMENT NOTES:

  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.
  • The USA, China PR and Brazil have qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina's 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played seven total matches in Brazil – four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia), two against Brazil in 1997 and Wednesday’s opening 1-1 draw against China PR at the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of Brazil.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women's National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the two teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 53 meetings.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Midfielder Morgan Brian arrived in Brazil a few days after the rest of the team on Dec. 8 after playing in the NCAA Championship Game with the University of Virginia, where her team fell 1-0 to Florida State.
  • The USA is coming off a highly successful run at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA won all five games by shutout, including a 3-0 win against Mexico in the semifinal that earned the team a berth to the Women’s World Cup, and a 6-0 win in the championship game against Costa Rica.
  • Abby Wambach was the top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals and holds a world record with 177 goals in her career.
  • Carli Lloyd won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship tournament MVP after notching five goals and four assists. Hope Solo was named the top goalkeeper in the tournament.
  • Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Dec. 6, and was also voted the Young U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 as Lauren Cheney. The 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 111 caps.
  • Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 57 career international goals. Alex Morgan has 49 and Heather O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 33.
  • Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Lloyd’s eight assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Megan Rapinoe with six and Leroux and Christen Press with five apiece.
  • Lloyd’s 57th goal puts her just three shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. Lloyd also moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 146 (57 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists).
  • Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 302nd cap on Dec. 10. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Kelley O’Hara earned her 50th cap against China PR, making her the 48th player to reach that number for the U.S. WNT.

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Video and Features
Dec. 10 - WNT vs. China PR: Highlights – Dec. 10, 2014
Dec. 9 - WNT Sights and Sounds: Brasilia
Dec. 7 - WNT Watches World Cup Draw from Brazil
Dec. 7 - Lauren Holiday - 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 6 - Holiday, Leroux, Press and Rampone React to Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis Gives Thoughts on U.S. Group Opponents at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis' Message to the Fans after Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 5 - Bem-Vindo A Brazil

Releases
Dec. 10 - U.S. WNT Opens International Tournament of Brasilia with 1-1 Tie against China PR
Dec. 6 - U.S. WNT to Face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Dec. 6 - Lauren Holiday Voted 2014 U.S. Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 5 - Ellis Names WNT Roster for International Tournament of Brasilia
Dec. 4 - DeAndre Yedlin, Morgan Brian and Gavin Sibayan Earn 2014 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Honors
Oct. 1 - U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nations December Tournament in Brazil

Tab Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for Dec. 15-22 Camp in Honduras

CHICAGO (Dec. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a roster for the USA’s final foreign training camp of the year from Dec. 15-22 in Honduras.

Nineteen players are headed to the camp, which will feature matches against the Honduras U-20s on Dec. 18 and 21 at Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula. The Dec. 18 game kicks off at 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET) and the Dec. 21 match at 2 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET). (Note: Multiple changes have been made to the roster since the initial release.)

This is the U-20 MNT’s final foreign training camp of the year before turning its focus on the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship starting Jan. 9 in Jamaica.

The USA roster for Honduras features nine of the 10 players who took part in the U-20 MNT’s recent domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group also includes midfielders Russell Canouse and Romain Gall, who are the only two players to feature in all seven of the U-20 MNT’s international matches this year. Canouse leads the team with six starts and Gall is tied for third on the U-20s with two goals, both of which came during the USA’s 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21 national team on Nov. 12 in Marbella, Spain.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who officially signed with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on Friday, has posted shutouts in both of his matches this year – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia en route to the NTC Invitational title.

The USA roster includes 17 players with ties to the Development Academy.

The U-20 MNT is 4-1-2 in international competition and 10-2-2 overall in 2014.

Following the Honduras camp, the U-20s will hold a pre-World Cup qualifying camp in Florida before departing for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens Group A play at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Guatemala on Jan. 9 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica (5:30 p.m. ET kickoff).

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.) Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.),Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Dunn Preps Brian and Mewis for NWSL

With young U.S. WNT players Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis having completed their college eligibility and set to be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who played her rookie season in 2014, sits down with the up-and-coming midfielders to discuss turning pro.

U-20 and U-17 WNT Goalkeepers Gather for Special Camp

YNT Goalkeepers get together for a camp in California.

Exclusive Look at Academy Select Game

The Development Academy Select Game has served as a springboard for Academy players to showcase their skills and progress their play through the Youth National Team system. ussoccer.com takes an exclusive look at the event, which has become a staple at the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Unexpected Soccer Tennis

A heavy storm in Brasilia, Brazil, the night before the U.S. WNT’s scheduled match with Argentina on Dec. 17 forced the postponement of the game just hours before kickoff. Undeterred, the U.S. team got in a few highly competitive games of soccer tennis just to get the legs moving.

DaMarcus Beasley's U.S. Men's National Team Moments

ussoccer.com remembers some of former Men's National Team player DaMarcus Beasley's best moments with the USA!

WNT vs. Brazil: Highlights - Dec. 14, 2014

The U.S. WNT was edged out 3-2 by Brazil in its second match at the International Tournament of Brasilia. After early goals by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, Marta responded with a hat trick to give the hosts the win.

WNT Takes On Brazil

A match against Brazil in Brazil is one of the most difficult in women's soccer. Coming off a 1-1 draw with China, the USA will take on the hosts of the International Tournament of Brasilia on Dec. 14 on the second match day of this four-team competition.

WNT vs. China PR: Highlights - Dec. 10, 2014

The U.S. WNT drew with China PR, 1-1, in the opening game of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia as midfielder Carli Lloyd scored the USA’s lone goal midway through the first half.

Lepore Recaps Productive Week at Academy Winter Showcase

Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore recaps a successful 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase that included high-quality matches and the full participation of the Academy, Youth National Team system and senior National Team staff.

WNT Visits Mané Garrincha

The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its 2014 campaign at the International Tournament of Brasilia against China PR, Brazil and Argentina. All the matches will be played at Mané Garrincha Stadium in the Brazilian capital, a 70,000-seat venue that hosted seven matches of the 2014 World Cup.
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