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U-17 MNT Draws Qatar 1-1 in Chile

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Qatar 1-1 at Estadio Fiscal de Talca to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

U.S. U-17 MNT goal scoring leader Haji Wright notched a 61st-minute equalizer for his 18th goal of the year in international competition.

The USA went 0-1-2 at the event, with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Nov. 18 and a 4-3 loss to Brazil on Nov. 20. The U-17s are 15-7-2 in international play and 16-7-6 overall in 2014.

The U.S. U-17 MNT had the brunt of scoring chances throughout the match against Qatar. Both teams came up empty in the first half, but Qatar broke the stalemate early in the second half. Khalid Mazeed had a strong individual effort to work the ball into the middle and blast a right-footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.

Wright and the USA responded four minutes later with a right-footed shot from about 10 yards out that sneaked past Qatar’s goalkeeper at the near right post.

The U.S. U-17s will now put their focus toward the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The defending champion USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2), with all games kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and available live on ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, featuring Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

More information from the USA-Chile match will be available on ussoccer.com.

Several Derby Matchups on Docket for Academy Week 12

In the final set of regular-season games before the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, some interesting derby matchups are on the horizon among each region this Nov. 22-23 weekend.

In the Central Conference, the biggest derby clash is between St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and SLSG Metro on Sunday at the U-16 age group. SLSG Missouri is second in the Mid-America Division (7-2-2, 2.09 points per game) and SLSG Metro is fourth (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game). Clayton Pearson leads Metro with eight goals in 10 games, most notably posting a hat trick during the team’s 3-0 victory against Vardar on Nov. 1. He will go up against SLSG Missouri’s defense, which has allowed only 10 goals in 11 games, which is tied for the best ratio in the division with first-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.

In the West, a good Los Angeles-area matchup is on tap at both of the older age groups with the LA Galaxy hosting Real So Cal on Saturday at StubHub Center. At the U-18s, the LA Galaxy is atop the Southwest Division at 7-1-2 (2.30 points per game) and Real So Cal is in third at 7-4-2 (1.77 points per game). Adrian Vera leads the Galaxy with 12 goals, tied for third in the Academy at the U-18 age group. Real So Cal’s Spencer Held is coming off a two-goal game against FC Golden State to up his season total to nine goals. The picture is eerily similar at the U-16 age group with the Galaxy atop the division (6-1-3, 2.10 points per game) and Real So Cal in third (7-4-2, 1.77 points per game).

In the East, a North Carolina derby this Sunday features a pair of U-18 sides currently duking it out in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. The North Carolina Fusion, which is sixth with a 5-6-2 record and 1.31 points per game, hosts seventh-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-4, 1.18 points per game). The Fusion had a strong October with four wins, but November has been a tough month with two one-goal losses, two draws and a win. Charlotte Soccer Academy, on the other hand, has had a good November with back-to-back shutout victories over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

For the latest Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com.

2014 Academy Winter Showcase Schedule Set for Nov. 29-Dec. 3

CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2014) – The schedule for the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase has been finalized for the upcoming event that takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Academy teams at the U-16 and U-18 age groups will take part in three competitive matches over this stretch against out-of-conference opponents and in an environment that includes the U.S. Scouting Network’s presence and evaluations at every match.

The U-18 games take place Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, and U-16 games kick off Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Thursday, Dec. 1, showcasing players handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff.

The Academy Winter Showcase runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, which features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. All six games at the Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The USA matchups are preceded by a 3 p.m. ET game that includes Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

For the latest Development Academy results and information, visit academy.demosphere.com.

2013 Development Academy Winter Showcase

U.S. U-17 MNT Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Brazil

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.

However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.

Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.

The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (’98-99) vs. Brazil
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: Copa Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Estadio Fiscal de Talca Stadium
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
BRA                         2 2 4

BRA – Lincoln Henrique Oliverira dos Santos    13th minute
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            44
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)                   53
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            73
USA – Haji Wright (Danny Barbir)                      78
USA – Christian Pulisic                                        85
BRA – Eronildo dos Santos Rocha                      90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-William Pulisic, 46); 3-John Nelson (14-Danny Barbir, 46), 5-Hugo Arellano (13-Logan Panchot, 83), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (Tommy McCabe, 90); 11- Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 46), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Pierre Da Silva (Keegan Kelly, 60)
Subs not used: 9-Kai Koreniuk , 15-Tanner Dieterich, 19-George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira Bertinato (capt.); 6-Caique da Silva Maria, 14-Thiago Nascimento Parmigiani, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza, 2-Kleber Augusto Caetano Leite Filho; 8-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 15-Renan Carvalho Areias; 17-Lincoln Henrique Oliveira dos Santos (20-Loran Romualdo dos Santos da Silva, 84), 7-Andrey Ramos do Nascimento (5-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 61); 19-Evander da Silva Ferreira, 10-Leandro Henrique do Nascimento (9-Eronildo dos Santos Rocha, 77)
Subs not used: 4-Leonardo Rodriques dos Santos, 11-Ramon de Araujo Siqueira, 12-Carlinhos Carlos Vinicius Pinto, 13-Alan Cardoso de Andrade, 16-Mauro Junior F. dos Santos, 18-Jean Pyerre C. Silveira Correa
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution)                           58th minute
BRA – Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza (caution)    60
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                              75
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution/ejection)                84

U.S. U-16 BNT Falls to Host France to Cap off International Trip

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team concluded its weeklong camp with a 3-0 loss to France’s U-16s.

The USA played France tight most of the way, with France clinging to a 1-0 lead on a Yassin Fortune goal. But in the final minute of regulation and three minutes into stoppage time, France’s Thomas Berthelot and Aurelien Nguiamaba put the match away with back-to-back goals during that stretch.

It was the second game in two days for the USA after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 5-4 on Wednesday.

The U.S. U-16 BNT roster was comprised of mostly 1999-born players and was formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s the opportunity for additional competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Clint Peay oversaw the camp.

- U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (’98-99) vs. France
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Clairefontaine, France
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local
Weather: 35 degrees

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

FRA – Yassin Fortune            26th minute
FRA – Thomas Berthelot       80
FRA – Aurelien Nguiamaba  80+3

Lineups:
USA: 3-Matthew Real, 5-McKay Eves, 6-Lucas Del Rosario, 7-Nicholas Taitague, 9-Juan Pablo Torres,11-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Chris Goslin, 73), 12-Eric Lopez, 13-Daniel Villegas, 16-Jeanpaul Marin (2-Jose Carranza, 41), 23-Hanif Wright (20-Andrew Carleton, 41), 25-Jose Alfaro (19-Daniel Jones, 78)
Subs not used:1-Alex Budnik, 4-Kyle Gruno, 8-Jordi Avila, 10-Andrew Aprahamian, 15-Adolfo Trujillo, 18-Marty Raygoza, 21-Raul Aguilera

FRA:
First Half: 1-Gaetan Poussin, 2-Marvin Louisius, 4-Thomas Basila, 5-Malang Sarr, 8-Mickael Cuisance, 9-Nabil Alioui , 10-Yassine Benrahou, 14-Ewan N’Dicka, 17-Florian Gonzales, 18-Paul Devarrewaere, 21-Yassin Fortune
Second Half: 3-Gregoire Chetaneau, 6-Aurelien Nguiamaba, 7-Calvin Tshilumba, 11-Hicha Mahou, 12-Justin Taite, 13-Enzo Ebosse, 15-Ibrahim Konate, 16-Didier Desprez, 19-Thomas Berthelot, 20-Emile Rzepecki, 22-Milan Robin

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Ewan N’Dicka (caution)         28th minute
USA – Lucas Del Rosario (caution)   83

Officials:
Referee: Vincent Dubourdieu
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Bchir
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremi Vanier
Fourth Official: Ahmed Bouslimi

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

Tim Howard Voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2014) – Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. This is Howard’s second time winning AOTY, previously earning the honor in 2008.

The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran becomes the fifth player to win Male Athlete of the Year on multiple occasions, joining defender Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 and 2005), forward Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012).

“It’s an honor. I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there,” Howard said on SportsCenter. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Men’s National Team players earned a cap in 2014, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.

Howard received 64 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Jermaine Jones (19 percent) and Kyle Beckerman (11 percent).

This year, Howard became the USA’s all-time leader in career wins with 55 (breaking Keller’s record of 53) and goalkeeper appearances with 104 (breaking Keller’s record of 102). Howard also had a memorable 2014 FIFA World Cup that included a tournament-record 15 saves during the USA’s 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium in the first knockout round on July 1.

The U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the first Athlete of the Year honor.

Also on Thursday, U.S. Soccer unveiled its nominees for 2014 Young Male Athlete of the Year, Young Female Athlete of the Year and Disabled Athlete of the Year. The nominees in each category are:

  • Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees: Mukwelle Akale, midfielder; Emerson Hyndman, midfielder; Christian Pulisic, midfielder; Haji Wright, forward; DeAndre Yedlin, defender (A Look at the Nominees)
  • Young Female Athlete of the Year Nominees: Morgan Brian, midfielder; Rose Lavelle, midfielder; Samantha Mewis, midfielder; Mallory Pugh, midfielder; Katelyn Rowland, goalkeeper (A Look at the Nominees)
  • Disabled Athlete of the Year Nominees: Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer; Natalie Russo, Power Soccer; Gavin Sibayan, Paralympic Soccer (A Look at the Nominees)

The nominees for U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year will be unveiled in the coming days.

Photo Gallery: Tim Howard - U.S. Soccer 2014 Male Athlete of the Year

Photos from Tim Howard's 2014 season with the U.S. Men's National Team. Howard was voted U.S. Soccer's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year, the second time he has earned U.S. Soccer's most prestigious player award in his international career; he also earned the honor in 2008. 

2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Nominees

Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer
Meghan Maiwald is the starting goalkeeper, co-captain and an eight-year veteran with the U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team. In addition, Maiwald just recently completed her fourth season with the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s California Storm and is currently in her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She previously served as an undergraduate assistant for San Jose State University’s women’s soccer team in 2013. The 24-year-old also is the current women’s representative for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and was a 2013 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year finalist and Deaflympics gold medalist. In 2012, Maiwald helped the USA to a Deaf World Cup title, contributing seven shutouts, one assist and only two goals allowed in nine appearances. A two-year Division I student-athlete at SJSU, Maiwald left a mark in the Spartans’ record books, placing second all-time in goals against average, third in solo shutouts and fifth in saves.

Natalie Russo, Power Soccer
An 11-year veteran in soccer, Natalie Russo has most recently continued her U.S. Power Soccer National Team success by being named to the 2015 Team USA roster. A native of Carmel, Indiana, Russo has represented the USA on various occasions internationally, including as part of the U.S. National Team that competed at the first COPA Americas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this past May and brought home the gold medal. She earned the golden boot award, scoring 19 goals in the competition. She also scored 48 goals for her club team, the Circle City Rollers last season over a span of 21 games. 

Gavin Sibayan, Paralympic Soccer
Gavin Sibayan, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served in Iraq, played in every game of the 2014 Americas Cup in Canada this past September to help the U.S. Paralympic National Team earn the bronze medal in the tournament. In the third-place match against Canada at the University of Toronto, Sibayan led the USA with two goals as the team went on to win 3-0 and claim its spot on the medal stand. He also helped lead the U.S. PNT to the silver medal at the Barcelona Invitational International this year. A dual-threat at defense or in the midfield, Sibayan has been a part of the National Team since 2012 and represented the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games, helping the Red, White and Blue to an eighth-place finish. 

2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

U-18 MNT Midfielder, Mukwelle Akale - Bio
In a rare feat for any player, Akale earned a pair of MVP honors at two international tournaments with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in 2014. The former U.S. U-17 Residency player and Minnesota Thunder Academy product was named MVP during the 2014 Copa del Atlantico in February, becoming just the second player from outside Spain or the Canary Islands to receive the award since its inception in 2009. Akale followed up with top player honors at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic. In the latter tournament, the 17-year-old Akale scored the lone goal during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Ukraine in the championship match on Aug. 23.

U-20, U-23 & MNT Midfielder, Emerson Hyndman - Bio
The 18-year-old Dallas native had a groundbreaking year. He was called in by Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for multiple camps and made his MNT debut during the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. Hyndman has represented both the U-23 and U-20 Men’s National Teams this are, helping both squads in their preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and 2016 Summer Olympics, respectively. He started for the U-23 MNT in its Oct. 14 match against Brazil in Brasilia and earned his first two U-20 MNT caps during the USA’s November trip to Spain for the 2014 U-21 Marbella Tournament, starting against Russia’s U-21s and the Republic of Ireland’s U-20 national team. Hyndman made his English Championship debut with Fulham in mid-August and has earned regular starts as a central midfielder for the club. Hyndman is a former member of the FC Dallas Academy and the grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.

U-17 MNT Midfielder, Christian Pulisic - Bio
Since earning MVP honors during a championship run at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies last December, the 16-year-old playmaker maintained his well-rounded game throughout 2014 with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. Prior to the U-17 MNT’s trip to Chile for the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, Pulisic tallied 12 goals and six assists in 16 international matches this year. The PA Classics product had a particularly strong performance at the third Copa Mexico de Naciones in August, leading the USA with six goals, opening with a hat trick against China PR. Pulisic is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

U-17 MNT Forward, Haji Wright - Bio
Wright has been the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s top scoring presence over the past year. Heading into the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile, Wright led the U-17s with 15 goals in 16 international matches, as well as five assists. For his U-17 MNT tenure, the former LA Galaxy Academy striker has accumulated 21 goals in 20 matches. Wright has three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. Additionally, Wright has featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT this year, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August. Wright is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

MNT Defender, DeAndre Yedlin - Bio
Yedlin’s star has risen for the past two years, but it was his performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took his game and career to another level. Yedlin earned three caps and provided 115 effective minutes off the bench in both an outside back and midfield role as the U.S. Men’s National Team advanced out of the “Group of Death” in Brazil. Yedlin was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the MNT this year, earning his first start during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10. Additionally, the Seattle Sounders FC Academy product earned a transfer to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur through his play for club and country this year.

2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Nominees

U-23 & WNT Midfielder, Morgan Brian - Bio
Morgan Brian had an excellent year for college and country as she was the youngest player on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014. She earned 13 of her 16 career caps this year while making nine starts. She also scored twice for the National Team (upping her career total to three goals), finding the net against Russia and against Haiti during the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Morgan, who also played for the U.S. Under-23s this year, missed eight games for the University of Virginia due to her WNT commitments, but still managed to score seven goals with 10 assists to help lead the Cavaliers to a No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, where in the first round she tied an NCAA single-game record with five assists.

U-20 WNT Midfielder, Rose Lavelle - Bio
One of the top players for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, the two-way midfielder was the MVP of the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands, where she helped the USA qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She played every minute of all four World Cup matches for the U.S. and scored her first World Cup goal against China PR during group play. After returning to the University of Wisconsin, she helped the Badgers to an 18-2-2 overall regular-season record and a No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. She played in all 22 games for Wisconsin, scoring three goals with nine assists, and was named First-Team All-Big Ten. 

U-20 & WNT Midfielder, Samantha Mewis - Bio
The six-foot center midfielder had a spectacular senior season at UCLA, scoring 15 goals with 12 assists during the regular season while leading the Bruins to an 18-0-2 record and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year while ranking first in all conference scoring categories. She picked up another goal and an assist in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. For the USA, after playing in three youth Women’s World Cups over the years, she made her senior team debut at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, playing in two matches with one start while becoming one half of just the second sister tandem (along with Kristie Mewis) in U.S. history to play for the WNT. 

U-17 & U-20 WNT Midfielder, Mallory Pugh - Bio
The 16-year-old Pugh had a busy year, representing both the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, for which she scored four international goals (and finished her U-17 career with 15 goals in 12 U-17 caps) and the U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. As the USA’s youngest player, she started in all four World Cup matches despite suffering a bad ankle injury in the second match against Brazil. The Real Colorado product is age-eligible for the next two U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments. 

U-20 WNT Goalkeeper, Katelyn Rowland - Bio
The starting goalkeeper at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Rowland allowed just three goals over the four matches, one from the penalty spot, and established herself as one of the top young goalkeepers in the world. She did not allow a goal as the USA rampaged to the title at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands and finished the year with an 8-1-1 international record and a 0.37 GAA. In her senior season at UCLA, she broke the NCAA record for career shutouts, earning her 53rd in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. Rowland also broke her own school records for single-season shutouts (16), consecutive shutouts in a season (7) and consecutive shutout minutes in a season (667). She played all 1,840 minutes and led the Bruins to the best team goals against average (0.196), shutout percentage (0.800) and save percentage (0.913) marks in the nation. She finished the regular season with just four goals allowed and was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.

Several Derby Matchups on Docket for Academy Week 12

In the final set of regular-season games before the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, some interesting derby matchups are on the horizon among each region this Nov. 22-23 weekend.

In the Central Conference, the biggest derby clash is between St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and SLSG Metro on Sunday at the U-16 age group. SLSG Missouri is second in the Mid-America Division (7-2-2, 2.09 points per game) and SLSG Metro is fourth (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game). Clayton Pearson leads Metro with eight goals in 10 games, most notably posting a hat trick during the team’s 3-0 victory against Vardar on Nov. 1. He will go up against SLSG Missouri’s defense, which has allowed only 10 goals in 11 games, which is tied for the best ratio in the division with first-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.

In the West, a good Los Angeles-area matchup is on tap at both of the older age groups with the LA Galaxy hosting Real So Cal on Saturday at StubHub Center. At the U-18s, the LA Galaxy is atop the Southwest Division at 7-1-2 (2.30 points per game) and Real So Cal is in third at 7-4-2 (1.77 points per game). Adrian Vera leads the Galaxy with 12 goals, tied for third in the Academy at the U-18 age group. Real So Cal’s Spencer Held is coming off a two-goal game against FC Golden State to up his season total to nine goals. The picture is eerily similar at the U-16 age group with the Galaxy atop the division (6-1-3, 2.10 points per game) and Real So Cal in third (7-4-2, 1.77 points per game).

In the East, a North Carolina derby this Sunday features a pair of U-18 sides currently duking it out in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. The North Carolina Fusion, which is sixth with a 5-6-2 record and 1.31 points per game, hosts seventh-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-4, 1.18 points per game). The Fusion had a strong October with four wins, but November has been a tough month with two one-goal losses, two draws and a win. Charlotte Soccer Academy, on the other hand, has had a good November with back-to-back shutout victories over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

For the latest Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com.

Photo Gallery: Tim Howard - U.S. Soccer 2014 Male Athlete of the Year

Photos from Tim Howard's 2014 season with the U.S. Men's National Team. Howard was voted U.S. Soccer's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year, the second time he has earned U.S. Soccer's most prestigious player award in his international career; he also earned the honor in 2008. 

Academy Product Morris Makes National Team Leap

The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped its final game of the year against the Republic of Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Yet, with every negative comes a positive, and in the case of Development Academy alum and current Stanford University striker Jordan Morris, the game versus Ireland represented a truly special night.

Morris came in the game during the second-half as a substitution in the 76th minute. The moment marked his debut with the MNT.

“Obviously it wasn't the result we wanted,” Morris said of the game. “But it's something I've been dreaming of since I was a little kid, so it was an unbelievable honor and a great experience.”

Morris, who scored a game-winner for the U.S. U-23 MNT against the Bahamas in August, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under Klinsmann.

“I was super excited,” Morris said of being called into the MNT roster. “Talking to Jurgen, he stresses patience, and I think that that's a thing you've got to learn, especially moving up in the ranks, that there are such good players all over the place, so it's going to be tough to get on the field. I was definitely itching to get on and was going to make the most of it when I did get on. I'm happy it happened. It was really exciting.”

Morris’ Academy ties and his incredible success at Stanford, the 2014 Pac-12 Champions, have allowed him to become one of the new youngsters that Klinsmann is excited to keep challenging on the path toward the next World Cup.  

“We’re happy for some that made kind of their starts today,” said Klinsmann of the fresh faces that played against Ireland. “Whether it’s Jordan Morris or Bill Hamid from the start in goal, those are the experiences they need, the younger ones, so we’ll take it.”

Also excited to see new faces get their first taste of what it means to play in the National Team is veteran forward Jozy Altidore, who despite only being 25 years old, is one of the players Klinsmann hopes can share some advice and help this new group be successful.

”I remember my first cap and how special it was for me, what I took with it, along in my career. I'm honored that I get to see now a lot of these guys come through and have that same experience.”

Across the Academy – Nov. 19, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Academy U-14 West Regional Wraps Up at NTC: The Development Academy’s final regional event for the U-14 age group took place over the Nov. 15-16 weekend at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. The event included three competitive games for the respective clubs over that stretch. Additionally, ussoccer.com spoke with Academy midfielders Roberto Hategan of the San Juan Soccer Club and Carlos Anguiano of Chivas USA to chat about the event, training with the U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team and more.

Also on ussoccer.com:

Academy Winter Showcase Schedule to be Released Friday: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The schedule featuring all U-16 and U-18 Academy teams will be released on Friday. The Winter Showcase runs Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 2 for U-18 teams and Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 3 for U-16 teams. An Academy Select U-16 match (1998- and 1999-born players) will be held Monday, Dec. 1. This event runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, when the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team faces England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2).

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Nov. 15-16):

  • West Conference: The LA Galaxy U-15s edged Arsenal FC 3-2 on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Southwest Division. Sam Hefter scored two goals and Ethan Zubak also chipped in a goal for the Galaxy, who improved to 6-1-3 (2.10 points per game). Christian Gutierrez and Alejandro Lara each scored a goal for Arsenal, which is second in the division at 8-3-2 (2.00 points per game).
  • Central Conference: In the upper table of the Mid-America Division, Sockers FC’s U-18s earned a wild 3-2 victory against the Chicago Fire in a match that featured three goals in the final six minutes. Sockers FC appeared to be on its way to a victory carrying a 2-0 lead with goals from Jelani Pieters and Frank Bak. But the Fire’s Ryan Sierakowski and Collin Fernandez tallied back-to-back in the 85th and 86th minutes to tie the score at 2-2. In the 89th minute, Pieters scored his second goal of the match to help Sockers FC retake the lead and earn a much-needed three points, improving to 4-2-3 (1.67 points per game) this season. Sockers FC is even in points per game with the fourth-place Fire (5-2-5; 1.67 points per game) in the division.
  • East Conference: The New England Revolution U-16 team traveled to Montreal on Sunday and earned a 1-0 victory. Alex Clarke, making his debut, came off the bench to score the game’s only goal in the 78th minute. The Revolution is in second place in the Northeast Division at 6-1-3 (2.10 points per game). The New England Revolution U-18s also played the Montreal Impact to a scoreless draw. Montreal is atop the Northeast Division at 8-0-2, and the Revolution U-18s moved to 3-5-2.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Juventus Sport Club’s Marc Joshua was named Academy Player of the Week after scoring two goals to lead the U-16 team to a 3-2 victory against Crossfire Premier on Sunday, Nov. 16. Joshua leads Juventus with nine goals in 11 games this season as the team moved to 4-3-4 on the season in fourth place in the Northwest Division.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Samantha Martinez, a Grade 8 referee from southern California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for her work during the U-14 match between Merced Atlas and the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. This is Martinez’s first season in the Academy. She has also worked as an assistant referee for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team this year.

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

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U-20 MNT Goes 2-1-0 at Marbella Tournament: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team capped off its three-game trip, posting a 2-1-0 record at the 2014 U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain. The USA dropped a 1-0 decision to Canada in Tuesday’s finale. Prior to that game, former Concorde Fire forward Dembakwi Yomba scored the lone goal as the U.S. shut out Ireland 1-0 on Saturday and preceded by a thrilling 4-3 win against Russia’s U-21s on Nov. 12.

U-17 MNT Opens Three-Game Tournament in Chile: The U.S. U-17 MNT is in the midst of a three-game Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins tournament in Chile, opening with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Tuesday. PA Classics product Christian Pulisic had a goal and an assist. Richie Williams’ 20-player roster features 13 current Academy players and 19 who have ties to the Academy. The U-17 MNT faces Brazil on Thursday and Qatar on Saturday before focusing on the 2014 Nike International Friendlies one week later.

UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:

  • The Nov. 22-23 Academy weekend, the 12th of the 2014-15 season, features 48 games – 22 at the U-14 age group and a combined 26 games at the U-16 and U-18 age groups.
  • 2014-15 Academy Schedule page

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So That's What You've Been Doing: Former MNT Defender Paul Caligiuri

On November 19, 1989, Paul Caligiuri was keeping track of the time left in the game against Trinidad and Tobago after scoring in the 30th minute. Each time the clocked counted down one minute, the United States was one minute closer to attending the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, the first World Cup in 40 years for the American squad.

A different U.S. team than the one Caligiuri was on will be starting a similar countdown in that same city on Feb. 9, working their way towards a fifth consecutive World Cup.

Just over 15 years later, Coach Caligiuri, head of the men’s and women’s soccer programs at California Polytechnic University at Pomona, is keeping track of a lot more than game-time, although he certainly hasn’t been counting the years.

“When you asked me the question, I almost freaked,” said Caligiuri about the 15 years that have passed since ‘the goal heard around the world.’ “It’s been a long time but it seems like yesterday. I can literally still see the play and still feel the moment. I’m fortunate enough to still keep in touch with the guys on that team on a regular basis. It’s been a fun ride.”

These days, Caligiuri isn’t as focused on his own goals as much as those of the 53 men’s and women’s soccer players at Cal Poly Pomona, where he has coached both programs for three years. Since his now famous goal in 1989 led the U.S. into Italia ‘90, opening the floodgates for the development of the sport in the United States, Caligiuri’s role has changed from imposing defender to coach.

After his third season as coach of Division II school Cal Poly Pomona, Caligiuri has the chance to teach another generation of players. Players who may be too young to remember watching his famous goal, but who have certainly been influenced by it. He has also had a chance to learn from his job, everything from how to budget for two programs, schedule games and make travel arrangements, to how to control his emotions going from one practice or game with guys to another one with girls. He has also mastered the art of tracking players’ grades and make sure the team is bonding well and playing well.

“When you’re dealing with two programs, it’s really challenging,” Caligiuri said. “Time management has been the biggest area of challenge to maximize in providing the best quality to the student athletes.”

Time management during the season includes showing up to work at 9 a.m. after dropping his two daughters, Ashley and Kayley, off at school, preparing for the day’s practices and upcoming games, arranging travel, actually going to the two teams’ practices and then going home to his daughters. It also includes double headers at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on game days as well as time he sets aside to make himself available to whoever would like to learn a little bit from his experience.

“I played youth soccer here and in Germany (and) professionally here and in Germany,” Caligiuri said. “I spent 15 years in the national team program, and I like people to know that I am accessible. The world of soccer is small and we’re all very much in tune with what’s going on. As part of the soccer family, I’m here to help in any way I can.”

The past three seasons have been challenging, but rewarding as well. Caligiuri’s women’s team is an Academic All-American and went from having the eighth highest grade point average among Pomona athletics to having the highest. The men’s team is ranked third among Cal Poly Pomona Men’s athletics, one thousandth of a point behind the second place team. Both teams boast GPAs over 3.0. There’s also the personal growth he has experienced.

“I think it is (rewarding), particularly in the areas I’ve had to improve on,” Caligiuri said. “It’s a matter of enjoying learning and I’ve enjoyed the process. I have to hire assistant coaches and graduate assistants. There’s a lot of delegating and I’ve learned a lot of those professional skills I didn’t need as a soccer player. Now I feel I’m more rounded and capable of running a corporation if I had to. If I was ever to go to a different level or stage in my career, I’d be up for the challenge.”

Caligiuri, who played for 15 years with the U.S. Men’s National Team, as well as playing professionally in Germany and in the U.S., was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. last summer, along with Michelle Akers and Eric Wynalda. Some would argue that Caligiuri’s goal launched the rebirth of American soccer. It sent the U.S. to its first World Cup in 40 years, giving a number of young players valuable experience for the 1994 World Cup at home in the U.S. as well.

After 1994 came the 1996 launch of Major League Soccer, a domestic league that has showcased the likes of Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Ed Johnson, and helped many of them move on to Europe. Others, such as Claudio Reyna and Steve Cherundolo, established themselves overseas, where Caligiuri was the first American-born player to play in the German Bundesliga. Now, well more than 100 American players earn their keep among the different ranks in countries such as England, Germany, Holland, France and Norway.

But the floodgates didn’t just open for the players. Caligiuri’s goal had an impact on soccer fans in the U.S. as well. According to Caligiuri, today there is a growing fan base and a lot more games available on TV due to changes in how the sport is perceived in the U.S. since 1990, after four consecutive World Cup appearances. More people are watching, more people are playing and more people in general have accepted the sport as “American” versus “European” or “South-of-the-Border.”

While some credit those changes to the growth of the sport in general, there are those who can count back 15 years to one particular goal and one particular win.

“The relevance of that victory (against Trinidad and Tobago) seems to grow every day,” said Caligiuri, who is frequently asked about his Nov. 19, 1989 goal. “It’s kind of cool to leave my imprint.”

Vanole 'Neck Save' Paves Path Toward ’90 World Cup

For all the deserved glamour that Paul Caligiuri’s historic 1989 strike against Trinidad & Tobago has attracted over the years, it should not be lost in the shuffle that his former UCLA teammate was responsible for that scenario existing in the first place.

About eight months before Caligiuri catapulted the U.S. into its first FIFA World Cup in 40 years, 26-year-old goalkeeper David “Dino” Vanole made the most important save of his international career when he stopped a lethal penalty kick strike against Costa Rica’s Mauricio Montero.

Vanole was an energetic, aggressive and flamboyant personality both on and off the field. Former UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid coined him “Dino” in reference to Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who displayed a similar fierceness.

Heading into the second leg of a pair of World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica on April 30, 1989, anything less than a win would have put the U.S. in a serious hole among the CONCACAF field, but Tab Ramos did his part in supplying a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute. With Vanole and the U.S. defense clinging to the one-goal lead in the waning minutes, Costa Rica’s Alvaro Solano had an open net and U.S. defender Steve Trittschuh had to stop the ball with his hands at the goal line to sacrifice a penalty kick.

That set the stage for Vanole against Costa Rica’s brawny defender Montero.

Before the kick, Vanole stared Montero down, attempting to get into the Ticos’ head. Rather than commit to diving in one direction, Vanole held his ground and Montero’s shot went straight at Vanole’s neck “at about 100 mph,” Vanole recalled. Although Costa Rica had a rebound opportunity, it sailed over the goal and the U.S. held on through a nervy handful of extra time minutes for a win that set the team on its way to a successful World Cup qualifying run that culminated with Caliguir’s ‘shot heard ‘round the world.’

The ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’

It’s rare that the course of history is changed in a moment. But with one swing of Paul Caligiuri's left leg, that’s what happened on a bumpy field one steamy afternoon in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Nov. 19, 1989.

It was the final game of a grueling 10-game qualifying march to the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and the Americans had scored just nine goals in the previous nine matches. More than half of those came in one game, a 5-1 victory against Jamaica in the second game of qualifying. The USA was coming off consecutive 0-0 ties, against Guatemala at home and El Salvador on the road, and needed a win to qualify for a World Cup tournament for the first time in 40 years.

The stadium was jammed to the brim – a full six hours before the match – with Trinidadians who were swathed in red and poised for a celebration the likes of which the island had never seen. The match was played on a Sunday and the government had even declared the following Monday a national holiday in preemptive celebration of qualifying for the nation’s first-ever World Cup.

But it was the Americans on whom fortune smiled. In the 30th minute, Caligiuri, who was playing midfield in that match, took a simple square pass from Tab Ramos, controlled the bouncing ball with his midsection and ran toward goal. He took a big windup with his right leg, freezing a defender, cut the ball to the inside and struck a left-footed half-volley from about 30 yards that looped and dipped forcefully into the lower right corner for a goal.

 

The goal was one of just five Caligiuri scored in his National Team career and, although he would also score in the first match of the 1990 World Cup, it was surely his most important.

Now known as the “shot heard ‘round the world,” Caliguiri’s goal has reverberated through the generations in U.S. Soccer history. It’s not a stretch to say it is one of the most important goals in U.S. history as it started a run of seven consecutive World Cup appearances and counting. A run, perhaps unthinkable 30 years ago, that has spurred the exponential growth of the game in the United States.

“It was a stunning goal,” said long-time soccer broadcast J.P. Dellacamera, who called the game from Port-of-Spain for ESPN. “To me, it’s the goal that defined soccer in this country. If he doesn’t score there, if they don’t win there, I don’t think everything else that’s happened would have happened quite the same way.”

Photo Gallery: U-14 Academy Regional in California - Nov. 15-16

Photos from the Development Academy's U-14 West Regional event from Nov. 15-16 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, California.

Academy’s U-14 West Regional Wraps Up at NTC

The Development Academy capped off its U-14 regional slate for 2014, with the West teams convening at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

Each participating team played in three competitive matches during the two-day stretch, and several clubs had a flawless run at the event. Five Academy sides posted a 3-0-0 record: the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles United Futbol Academy, Arsenal FC, the Central California Aztecs and Chivas USA. The Galaxy’s Angelo Deloso-Flocco notched a hat trick in one match, scoring all three goals in a span of 16 minutes.

San Juan Soccer Club’s Roberto Hategan scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the 78th and 80th minutes, respectively, to lead his side to a 4-3 victory against Albion SC on Sunday.

Strikers FC had a solid run with three shutouts and a 2-0-1 record, outscoring its opposition 13-0. Strikers FC defeated Seattle Sounders FC and De Anza Force and played San Juan Soccer Club to a scoreless draw. It was a well-rounded offensive effort with nine different players scoring a goal, led by Ian Smith’s three tallies.

During the regional, ussoccer.com caught up with Hategan and Chivas USA U-14 midfielder Carlos Anguiano. Hategan spoke about his defensive focus and involvement with his Academy team, and Anguiano chats about the importance of playing out of the back and the competitive Academy environment.

Photo Gallery: MNT Training & Travel to Dublin

Photos from the U.S. MNT's final training session in London before departing for Dublin to face Ireland on Nov. 18.

U-17 MNT Draws Qatar 1-1 in Chile

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Qatar 1-1 at Estadio Fiscal de Talca to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

U.S. U-17 MNT goal scoring leader Haji Wright notched a 61st-minute equalizer for his 18th goal of the year in international competition.

The USA went 0-1-2 at the event, with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Nov. 18 and a 4-3 loss to Brazil on Nov. 20. The U-17s are 15-7-2 in international play and 16-7-6 overall in 2014.

The U.S. U-17 MNT had the brunt of scoring chances throughout the match against Qatar. Both teams came up empty in the first half, but Qatar broke the stalemate early in the second half. Khalid Mazeed had a strong individual effort to work the ball into the middle and blast a right-footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.

Wright and the USA responded four minutes later with a right-footed shot from about 10 yards out that sneaked past Qatar’s goalkeeper at the near right post.

The U.S. U-17s will now put their focus toward the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The defending champion USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2), with all games kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and available live on ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, featuring Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

More information from the USA-Chile match will be available on ussoccer.com.

2014 Academy Winter Showcase Schedule Set for Nov. 29-Dec. 3

CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2014) – The schedule for the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase has been finalized for the upcoming event that takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Academy teams at the U-16 and U-18 age groups will take part in three competitive matches over this stretch against out-of-conference opponents and in an environment that includes the U.S. Scouting Network’s presence and evaluations at every match.

The U-18 games take place Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, and U-16 games kick off Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. The event also features a Development Academy Select match on Thursday, Dec. 1, showcasing players handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff.

The Academy Winter Showcase runs in conjunction with the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, which features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. All six games at the Nike International Friendlies will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. The USA matchups are preceded by a 3 p.m. ET game that includes Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

For the latest Development Academy results and information, visit academy.demosphere.com.

2013 Development Academy Winter Showcase

U.S. U-17 MNT Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Brazil

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.

However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.

Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.

The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (’98-99) vs. Brazil
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: Copa Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Estadio Fiscal de Talca Stadium
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
BRA                         2 2 4

BRA – Lincoln Henrique Oliverira dos Santos    13th minute
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            44
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)                   53
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            73
USA – Haji Wright (Danny Barbir)                      78
USA – Christian Pulisic                                        85
BRA – Eronildo dos Santos Rocha                      90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-William Pulisic, 46); 3-John Nelson (14-Danny Barbir, 46), 5-Hugo Arellano (13-Logan Panchot, 83), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (Tommy McCabe, 90); 11- Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 46), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Pierre Da Silva (Keegan Kelly, 60)
Subs not used: 9-Kai Koreniuk , 15-Tanner Dieterich, 19-George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira Bertinato (capt.); 6-Caique da Silva Maria, 14-Thiago Nascimento Parmigiani, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza, 2-Kleber Augusto Caetano Leite Filho; 8-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 15-Renan Carvalho Areias; 17-Lincoln Henrique Oliveira dos Santos (20-Loran Romualdo dos Santos da Silva, 84), 7-Andrey Ramos do Nascimento (5-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 61); 19-Evander da Silva Ferreira, 10-Leandro Henrique do Nascimento (9-Eronildo dos Santos Rocha, 77)
Subs not used: 4-Leonardo Rodriques dos Santos, 11-Ramon de Araujo Siqueira, 12-Carlinhos Carlos Vinicius Pinto, 13-Alan Cardoso de Andrade, 16-Mauro Junior F. dos Santos, 18-Jean Pyerre C. Silveira Correa
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution)                           58th minute
BRA – Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza (caution)    60
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                              75
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution/ejection)                84

U.S. U-16 BNT Falls to Host France to Cap off International Trip

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team concluded its weeklong camp with a 3-0 loss to France’s U-16s.

The USA played France tight most of the way, with France clinging to a 1-0 lead on a Yassin Fortune goal. But in the final minute of regulation and three minutes into stoppage time, France’s Thomas Berthelot and Aurelien Nguiamaba put the match away with back-to-back goals during that stretch.

It was the second game in two days for the USA after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 5-4 on Wednesday.

The U.S. U-16 BNT roster was comprised of mostly 1999-born players and was formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s the opportunity for additional competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Clint Peay oversaw the camp.

- U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (’98-99) vs. France
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Clairefontaine, France
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local
Weather: 35 degrees

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

FRA – Yassin Fortune            26th minute
FRA – Thomas Berthelot       80
FRA – Aurelien Nguiamaba  80+3

Lineups:
USA: 3-Matthew Real, 5-McKay Eves, 6-Lucas Del Rosario, 7-Nicholas Taitague, 9-Juan Pablo Torres,11-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Chris Goslin, 73), 12-Eric Lopez, 13-Daniel Villegas, 16-Jeanpaul Marin (2-Jose Carranza, 41), 23-Hanif Wright (20-Andrew Carleton, 41), 25-Jose Alfaro (19-Daniel Jones, 78)
Subs not used:1-Alex Budnik, 4-Kyle Gruno, 8-Jordi Avila, 10-Andrew Aprahamian, 15-Adolfo Trujillo, 18-Marty Raygoza, 21-Raul Aguilera

FRA:
First Half: 1-Gaetan Poussin, 2-Marvin Louisius, 4-Thomas Basila, 5-Malang Sarr, 8-Mickael Cuisance, 9-Nabil Alioui , 10-Yassine Benrahou, 14-Ewan N’Dicka, 17-Florian Gonzales, 18-Paul Devarrewaere, 21-Yassin Fortune
Second Half: 3-Gregoire Chetaneau, 6-Aurelien Nguiamaba, 7-Calvin Tshilumba, 11-Hicha Mahou, 12-Justin Taite, 13-Enzo Ebosse, 15-Ibrahim Konate, 16-Didier Desprez, 19-Thomas Berthelot, 20-Emile Rzepecki, 22-Milan Robin

Misconduct Summary:
FRA – Ewan N’Dicka (caution)         28th minute
USA – Lucas Del Rosario (caution)   83

Officials:
Referee: Vincent Dubourdieu
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Bchir
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremi Vanier
Fourth Official: Ahmed Bouslimi

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

Tim Howard Voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2014) – Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. This is Howard’s second time winning AOTY, previously earning the honor in 2008.

The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran becomes the fifth player to win Male Athlete of the Year on multiple occasions, joining defender Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 and 2005), forward Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012).

“It’s an honor. I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there,” Howard said on SportsCenter. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Men’s National Team players earned a cap in 2014, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.

Howard received 64 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Jermaine Jones (19 percent) and Kyle Beckerman (11 percent).

This year, Howard became the USA’s all-time leader in career wins with 55 (breaking Keller’s record of 53) and goalkeeper appearances with 104 (breaking Keller’s record of 102). Howard also had a memorable 2014 FIFA World Cup that included a tournament-record 15 saves during the USA’s 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium in the first knockout round on July 1.

The U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the first Athlete of the Year honor.

Also on Thursday, U.S. Soccer unveiled its nominees for 2014 Young Male Athlete of the Year, Young Female Athlete of the Year and Disabled Athlete of the Year. The nominees in each category are:

  • Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees: Mukwelle Akale, midfielder; Emerson Hyndman, midfielder; Christian Pulisic, midfielder; Haji Wright, forward; DeAndre Yedlin, defender (A Look at the Nominees)
  • Young Female Athlete of the Year Nominees: Morgan Brian, midfielder; Rose Lavelle, midfielder; Samantha Mewis, midfielder; Mallory Pugh, midfielder; Katelyn Rowland, goalkeeper (A Look at the Nominees)
  • Disabled Athlete of the Year Nominees: Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer; Natalie Russo, Power Soccer; Gavin Sibayan, Paralympic Soccer (A Look at the Nominees)

The nominees for U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year will be unveiled in the coming days.

2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Nominees

Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer
Meghan Maiwald is the starting goalkeeper, co-captain and an eight-year veteran with the U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team. In addition, Maiwald just recently completed her fourth season with the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s California Storm and is currently in her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She previously served as an undergraduate assistant for San Jose State University’s women’s soccer team in 2013. The 24-year-old also is the current women’s representative for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and was a 2013 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year finalist and Deaflympics gold medalist. In 2012, Maiwald helped the USA to a Deaf World Cup title, contributing seven shutouts, one assist and only two goals allowed in nine appearances. A two-year Division I student-athlete at SJSU, Maiwald left a mark in the Spartans’ record books, placing second all-time in goals against average, third in solo shutouts and fifth in saves.

Natalie Russo, Power Soccer
An 11-year veteran in soccer, Natalie Russo has most recently continued her U.S. Power Soccer National Team success by being named to the 2015 Team USA roster. A native of Carmel, Indiana, Russo has represented the USA on various occasions internationally, including as part of the U.S. National Team that competed at the first COPA Americas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this past May and brought home the gold medal. She earned the golden boot award, scoring 19 goals in the competition. She also scored 48 goals for her club team, the Circle City Rollers last season over a span of 21 games. 

Gavin Sibayan, Paralympic Soccer
Gavin Sibayan, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served in Iraq, played in every game of the 2014 Americas Cup in Canada this past September to help the U.S. Paralympic National Team earn the bronze medal in the tournament. In the third-place match against Canada at the University of Toronto, Sibayan led the USA with two goals as the team went on to win 3-0 and claim its spot on the medal stand. He also helped lead the U.S. PNT to the silver medal at the Barcelona Invitational International this year. A dual-threat at defense or in the midfield, Sibayan has been a part of the National Team since 2012 and represented the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games, helping the Red, White and Blue to an eighth-place finish. 

2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

U-18 MNT Midfielder, Mukwelle Akale - Bio
In a rare feat for any player, Akale earned a pair of MVP honors at two international tournaments with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in 2014. The former U.S. U-17 Residency player and Minnesota Thunder Academy product was named MVP during the 2014 Copa del Atlantico in February, becoming just the second player from outside Spain or the Canary Islands to receive the award since its inception in 2009. Akale followed up with top player honors at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic. In the latter tournament, the 17-year-old Akale scored the lone goal during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Ukraine in the championship match on Aug. 23.

U-20, U-23 & MNT Midfielder, Emerson Hyndman - Bio
The 18-year-old Dallas native had a groundbreaking year. He was called in by Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for multiple camps and made his MNT debut during the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3. Hyndman has represented both the U-23 and U-20 Men’s National Teams this are, helping both squads in their preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and 2016 Summer Olympics, respectively. He started for the U-23 MNT in its Oct. 14 match against Brazil in Brasilia and earned his first two U-20 MNT caps during the USA’s November trip to Spain for the 2014 U-21 Marbella Tournament, starting against Russia’s U-21s and the Republic of Ireland’s U-20 national team. Hyndman made his English Championship debut with Fulham in mid-August and has earned regular starts as a central midfielder for the club. Hyndman is a former member of the FC Dallas Academy and the grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.

U-17 MNT Midfielder, Christian Pulisic - Bio
Since earning MVP honors during a championship run at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies last December, the 16-year-old playmaker maintained his well-rounded game throughout 2014 with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. Prior to the U-17 MNT’s trip to Chile for the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, Pulisic tallied 12 goals and six assists in 16 international matches this year. The PA Classics product had a particularly strong performance at the third Copa Mexico de Naciones in August, leading the USA with six goals, opening with a hat trick against China PR. Pulisic is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

U-17 MNT Forward, Haji Wright - Bio
Wright has been the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s top scoring presence over the past year. Heading into the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile, Wright led the U-17s with 15 goals in 16 international matches, as well as five assists. For his U-17 MNT tenure, the former LA Galaxy Academy striker has accumulated 21 goals in 20 matches. Wright has three hat tricks this year, including a four-goal game against Montenegro. Additionally, Wright has featured for the U.S. U-18 MNT this year, winning a championship title at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in mid-August. Wright is a former member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program.

MNT Defender, DeAndre Yedlin - Bio
Yedlin’s star has risen for the past two years, but it was his performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took his game and career to another level. Yedlin earned three caps and provided 115 effective minutes off the bench in both an outside back and midfield role as the U.S. Men’s National Team advanced out of the “Group of Death” in Brazil. Yedlin was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the MNT this year, earning his first start during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10. Additionally, the Seattle Sounders FC Academy product earned a transfer to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur through his play for club and country this year.

2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Nominees

U-23 & WNT Midfielder, Morgan Brian - Bio
Morgan Brian had an excellent year for college and country as she was the youngest player on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014. She earned 13 of her 16 career caps this year while making nine starts. She also scored twice for the National Team (upping her career total to three goals), finding the net against Russia and against Haiti during the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Morgan, who also played for the U.S. Under-23s this year, missed eight games for the University of Virginia due to her WNT commitments, but still managed to score seven goals with 10 assists to help lead the Cavaliers to a No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, where in the first round she tied an NCAA single-game record with five assists.

U-20 WNT Midfielder, Rose Lavelle - Bio
One of the top players for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, the two-way midfielder was the MVP of the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands, where she helped the USA qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She played every minute of all four World Cup matches for the U.S. and scored her first World Cup goal against China PR during group play. After returning to the University of Wisconsin, she helped the Badgers to an 18-2-2 overall regular-season record and a No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. She played in all 22 games for Wisconsin, scoring three goals with nine assists, and was named First-Team All-Big Ten. 

U-20 & WNT Midfielder, Samantha Mewis - Bio
The six-foot center midfielder had a spectacular senior season at UCLA, scoring 15 goals with 12 assists during the regular season while leading the Bruins to an 18-0-2 record and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year while ranking first in all conference scoring categories. She picked up another goal and an assist in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. For the USA, after playing in three youth Women’s World Cups over the years, she made her senior team debut at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, playing in two matches with one start while becoming one half of just the second sister tandem (along with Kristie Mewis) in U.S. history to play for the WNT. 

U-17 & U-20 WNT Midfielder, Mallory Pugh - Bio
The 16-year-old Pugh had a busy year, representing both the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, for which she scored four international goals (and finished her U-17 career with 15 goals in 12 U-17 caps) and the U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. As the USA’s youngest player, she started in all four World Cup matches despite suffering a bad ankle injury in the second match against Brazil. The Real Colorado product is age-eligible for the next two U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments. 

U-20 WNT Goalkeeper, Katelyn Rowland - Bio
The starting goalkeeper at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Rowland allowed just three goals over the four matches, one from the penalty spot, and established herself as one of the top young goalkeepers in the world. She did not allow a goal as the USA rampaged to the title at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands and finished the year with an 8-1-1 international record and a 0.37 GAA. In her senior season at UCLA, she broke the NCAA record for career shutouts, earning her 53rd in UCLA’s NCAA first-round victory. Rowland also broke her own school records for single-season shutouts (16), consecutive shutouts in a season (7) and consecutive shutout minutes in a season (667). She played all 1,840 minutes and led the Bruins to the best team goals against average (0.196), shutout percentage (0.800) and save percentage (0.913) marks in the nation. She finished the regular season with just four goals allowed and was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.

U.S. U-16 BNT Earns 5-4 Victory against Paris Saint-Germain

CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Nov. 19, 2014) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team, in the midst of its weeklong camp in France, defeated Paris Saint-Germain 5-4. Midfielder Nicholas Taitague scored two goals in the final three minutes, including the 90th-minute game-winner.

In the final minute, Jeanpaul Marin stole the ball from PSG in the midfield and slipped the ball through PSG’s defense to Taitague. With PSG’s goalkeeper rushing off of his line, Taitague took one touch to the right to elude him and finished with a low shot that found the back of the net.

USA forwards Marty Raygoza and Andrew Carleton added a goal each, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the 53rd minute.

The U.S. U-16 BNT faces France’s U-16 national team on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The U-16 BNT roster is comprised of mostly 1999-born players and was formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s with an opportunity for additional competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Clint Peay is overseeing the camp.

U.S. U-17 MNT Draws Chile in Opener of Copa Libertador O’Higgins

PEDRO AGUIRRE CERDA, Chile (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played Chile to a 2-2 draw in the opener of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins at Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium.

Christian Pulisic scored a goal and assisted Pierre Da Silva’s go-ahead score in the 81st minute. The latter gave the USA a 2-1 lead after trailing in the first half. However, Chile’s Rodrigo Agurto tallied an 86th-minute equalizer to manage a draw.

Pulisic scored off of an Alejandro Zendejas assist in the 62nd minute. It was Pulisic’s 13th international goal of the year, which is second among this age group behind only Haji Wright’s 15 tallies. Da Silva’s goal was his first of the year and his second-career with the U-17s.

The USA next faces Brazil on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a match against Qatar on Saturday, Nov. 22. Both matches take place in Talca.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is now 15-5-2 in international competition this year and 16-5-6 overall.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (98-99) vs. Chile U-17 MNT
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

CHI – Diego Gonzalez                                       31st minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)  62
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Christian Pulisic)         81
CHI – Rodrigo Agurto                                       86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 72), 9-Kai Koreniuk (17-McKinze Gaines, 62), 7-Haji Wright
Subs not used:12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 14-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-George Braima, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CHI: 1-Zacarias Lopez; 3-Alonso Rodriguez (19-Juan Araya, 71), 4-Kevin Madariaga, 5-Diego Gonzalez (capt.), 2-Lukas Soza; 14-Yerko Leiva, 10-Branco Provoste (20-Rodrigo Agurto, 46), 6-Diego Fernadez (13-Maximiliano Riveros, 75); 7-Matias Rosas (15-Mathias Galdames, 46), 9- Mathias Pinto (16-Ivan Morales, 60), 8-Marcelo Sandoval (11 Rene Melendez, 60)
Subs not used: 12-Javier Cerruti, 17-Gabriel Mazuela, 18-Antonio Ramirez
Head Coach: Alfredo Grelak

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pierre Da Silva (caution)              78th minute

MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights - Nov. 19, 1989

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100 Moments: Paul Caligiuri's Goal Ends World Cup Drought

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Development Academy U-14 West Regional Showcase Highlights

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Development Academy U-14 East Regional Showcase Highlights

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Academy Coaching Spotlight: Growth Through Experience

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