U.S. Soccer

MNT Rewind: Pulisic Comes Close to First Champions League Goal

The U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff was out in Europe this week, taking in matches as Bruce Arena works towards filling out his roster for the MNT’s crucial World Cup Qualifying matches at the end of March.

At midweek, Danny Williams’ 77th minute equalizer helped spur Reading’s 3-2 comeback win vs. Brentford. Trailing 2-1, a combination up the right unleashed Jamaica international Garath McCleary, who drove to the end line before turning in a cross for Williams, who slid through to poke past Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley. The goal was Williams’ fourth of the season and helped fourth-place Reading stay in the race for the English Championship’s automatic promotion places. 

In UEFA Champions League play, Christian Pulisic played the final eight minutes for a Borussia Dortmund side that had plenty of chances, but couldn’t convert in a 1-0 defeat at Benfica. Moments after entering the match, Pulisic’s volley from the top of the area deflected through traffic before forcing an impressive reaction stop out of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes. Dortmund will look to overturn to the 1-0 deficit when they return to Signal Iduna Park for the second leg on March 8. 

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach will also have to turn around a 1-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League tie with Fiorentina. Johnson played 77 minutes on the left wing for ‘Gladbach, and will travel to Stadio Artemio Franchi for leg two this Thursday.

In Scotland, Perry Kitchen’s cross from the left picked out Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum for the 64th minute equalizer in Heart’s 1-1 draw with Inverness. The result keeps the Jam Tarts firmly in fourth place in the Scottish Premier League table. 

WATCH: Perry Kitchen Dishes Second Assist of the Season

Back in Germany, John Brooks put in one of his best performances of the season, nearly leading Hertha Berlin to 1-0 victory against league leaders Bayern Munich only to have the German giants equalize through Robert Lewandowski on the last play of the game.

In Holland, Matt Miazga got the start for Vitesse and was active on two different set pieces as the club fell 1-0 to second-place Ajax. Eighth place Vitesse sits one place out of the Eredivisie’s final Europa League qualifying spot with 11 matches to play.

In Mexico, Edgar Castillo returned to the Monterrey starting XI, helping Los Rayados keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win vs. Pachuca. On Sunday, Paul Arriola went the distance for Club Tijuana, while Joe Corona played 73 minutes in a wild 3-3 draw away to Pumas UNAM.

A complete look at how the MNT’s foreign-based contingent performed during the past week:

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Jonathan Bornstein (Queretaro) – 90 minutes in 4-1 win at Necaxa (Feb. 18)
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt) – 57 minutes in 2-0 loss at Hoffenhein (Feb. 18)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Bayern Munich (Feb. 18)
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Pachuca (Feb. 18)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Ingolstadt (Feb. 18)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 73 minutes in 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Julian Green (Stuttgart) – 62 minutes in 2-1 win at Heidenheim (Feb. 17)
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – 90 minutes in 3-2 FA Cup win vs. Oxford United (Feb. 18)
Emerson Hyndman (Rangers) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss in 2-1 loss a Dundee (Feb. 19)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – 77 minutes in 1-0 UEFA Europa League loss vs. Fiorentina (Feb. 16); 80 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. RB Leipzig (Feb. 19)
Perry Kitchen (Hearts) –  77 minutes, ASSIST in 1-1 draw vs. Inverness (Feb. 18)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday (Feb. 18)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Ajax (Feb. 19)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt (Feb. 18)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 8 substitute minutes in 1-0 UEFA Champions League loss at Benfica (Feb. 14); 23 substitute minutes in 3-0 win vs. Wolfsburg (Feb. 18)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Nottingham Forest (Feb. 14); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Feb. 19)
Danny Williams (Reading) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 3-2 win vs. Brentford (Feb. 14)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Santos Laguna (Feb. 18)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Norwich City (Feb. 14); Plays Monday, Feb. 20 vs. Aston Villa (3 p.m. ET)

DNP/Injured

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – In 18, DNP in 3-0 FA Cup win at Fulham (Feb. 19)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Monterrey (Feb. 18)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 win vs. Westerlo (Feb. 17)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win at Mainz (Feb. 18)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Injured (meniscus injury); Not in 18 for 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – In 18, DNP in 2-2 draw at Club León (Feb. 18)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – Injured in warmups, Not in 18 for 2-2 draw vs. Freiburg (Feb. 18)

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MNT Feb 20, 2017

GALLERY: U-20 MNT Falls 1-0 to Panama in First Match of 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 1-0 loss against Panama at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica, in the opening group stage game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. A 37th minute goal from Panama’s Leandro Ávila assisted by Ronaldo Córdoba marked the difference in the game. The U-20 MNT plays its second match against Haiti, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Es Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Germany SheBelieves Cup Roster

Germany has announced its 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster while France and England will soon follow suit. The USA announced a 25-player pre-tournament training camp roster on Feb. 8 and head coach Jill Ellis will name the final 23-woman roster closer to the start of the tournament. 5 Things to Know About the SheBelieves Cup As Germany was first out of the gate, here are five things to know ab Read more
WNT Feb 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About 2017 SheBelieves Cup

From March 1-7, 2017, U.S. Soccer will host the second annual SheBelieves Cup, the most elite four-team international women’s soccer tournament of the year. Three doubleheaders will be staged in the northeast region of the United States as we welcome back three of the best teams in the world: Germany, France and England. Here are five things to know about this year’s SheBelieves Cup. Read more
WNT Feb 19, 2017

Steve Cherundolo Celebrates Half a Lifetime in Hannover

If you’re sitting back on Steve Cherundolo’s birthday and asking yourself, “I wonder where that guy is?”, rest assured he’s spending his birthday in the exact same place he’s been the past 19 years. Dubbed the “Mayor of Hannover” thanks to playing the entirety of his 15-year career with German side Hannover 96, the three-time World Cup veteran MNT de Read more
MNT Feb 19, 2017

U-20 MNT Edged 1-0 by Panama in 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Opener

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team pushed heavily for a second half equalizer before falling 1-0 to Panama by virtue of Leandro Ávila’s deflected effort in the 37th minute in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.   The first half largely lacked opportunities for both sides until Ávila collected Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 18, 2017

PREVIEW: U-20 MNT Opens World Cup Qualifying vs. Panama

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Feb. 18 against Panama at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The match will air live on Univision Deportes Network and via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. With the exception Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 18, 2017

Five Things to Know About Panama U-20s

The Under-20 U.S. Men’s National Team opens the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Panama on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The game can be seen live at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Here’s what you should know about Saturday’s opponents: Panama Roster The three club Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 18, 2017

MATCH PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Russia on April 6 and April 9 in Texas

In the first matches after the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will jump back into action with a pair of friendlies against Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; FS1) and on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas (1 p.m. CT; ESPN). The USA has faced Russia on eight different occasions – all friendlies – since their fi Read more
WNT Feb 17, 2017

La U.S. WNT Viajará a Texas para Partidos Amistosos Contra Rusia en abril

CHICAGO (17 de febrero, 2017) – La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos pasará por Texas para jugar contra Rusia dos veces en abril, primero el jueves, 6 de abril, en Toyota Stadium en Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1 [transmisión empezando a las 7 p.m. CT.]), y luego el domingo, 9 de abril en BBVA Compass Stadium en Houston (1 p.m. CT; ESPN). Estos serán los &uac Read more
Espanol Feb 17, 2017

WNT Will Head to Texas for Two April Friendlies vs. Russia

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will take a swing through Texas to play Russia twice in April, opening the two-game set on Thursday, April 6, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1 [pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. CT]). Three days later, the teams will meet on Sunday, April 9, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (1 p.m. CT; ESPN). These will be Read more
WNT Feb 17, 2017

Tab Ramos Previews CONCACAF U-20 Championship

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos held a teleconference on Thursday, Feb. 16 from Costa Rica, where the U-20’s have been for the past week conducting final preparations before kicking off the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship this weekend. Running from Feb. 17-March 5. The USA will begin its quest to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Saturday, Feb. 18. (3 Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 16, 2017

Q&A: New Director of the Girls' Development Academy, Miriam Hickey

As the new U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy gears up for its inaugural season starting this fall, U.S. Soccer has made a major hire in appointing Miriam Hickey as the new and first director for the program. She will oversee all technical aspects of Girls’ Development Academy. Hickey, who joins U.S. Soccer with 25 years of coaching experience, working as a Women's Football Instr Read more
ACADEMY Feb 16, 2017

Miriam Hickey Named Director of U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy

CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2017) — U.S. Soccer has announced the hiring of Miriam Hickey as the Director of the Girls’ Development Academy. Hickey joins U.S. Soccer after working as a Women's Football Instructor for FIFA, a National Development Officer for the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB), and most recently as the Girls’ Director of Coaching at Troy Soccer Club in Michigan. A p Read more
ACADEMY Feb 16, 2017

Photo Gallery: A History of MNT and WNT Jerseys and Kits

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams added to their iconic line of jerseys with a new red kit that debuted on Feb. 15, 2016. After admiring the new jerseys, take a chronological glance at how the MNT and WNT were outfitted going back to 1995. Read more
MNT WNT Feb 15, 2017

Clint Dempsey Cleared to Return to Game Action

The U.S. Men’s National Team and Seattle Sounders received good news Tuesday when three-time World Cup veteran forward Clint Dempsey was cleared to return to full game action after being sidelined last August with an irregular heartbeat. Giving his first public comments since receiving the diagnosis last year, Dempsey said, “I feel like I’m finally getting close: 85 percent, 9 Read more
MNT Feb 15, 2017

MNT Rewind: Pulisic Comes Close to First Champions League Goal

The U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff was out in Europe this week, taking in matches as Bruce Arena works towards filling out his roster for the MNT’s crucial World Cup Qualifying matches at the end of March.

At midweek, Danny Williams’ 77th minute equalizer helped spur Reading’s 3-2 comeback win vs. Brentford. Trailing 2-1, a combination up the right unleashed Jamaica international Garath McCleary, who drove to the end line before turning in a cross for Williams, who slid through to poke past Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley. The goal was Williams’ fourth of the season and helped fourth-place Reading stay in the race for the English Championship’s automatic promotion places. 

In UEFA Champions League play, Christian Pulisic played the final eight minutes for a Borussia Dortmund side that had plenty of chances, but couldn’t convert in a 1-0 defeat at Benfica. Moments after entering the match, Pulisic’s volley from the top of the area deflected through traffic before forcing an impressive reaction stop out of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes. Dortmund will look to overturn to the 1-0 deficit when they return to Signal Iduna Park for the second leg on March 8. 

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach will also have to turn around a 1-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League tie with Fiorentina. Johnson played 77 minutes on the left wing for ‘Gladbach, and will travel to Stadio Artemio Franchi for leg two this Thursday.

In Scotland, Perry Kitchen’s cross from the left picked out Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum for the 64th minute equalizer in Heart’s 1-1 draw with Inverness. The result keeps the Jam Tarts firmly in fourth place in the Scottish Premier League table. 

WATCH: Perry Kitchen Dishes Second Assist of the Season

Back in Germany, John Brooks put in one of his best performances of the season, nearly leading Hertha Berlin to 1-0 victory against league leaders Bayern Munich only to have the German giants equalize through Robert Lewandowski on the last play of the game.

In Holland, Matt Miazga got the start for Vitesse and was active on two different set pieces as the club fell 1-0 to second-place Ajax. Eighth place Vitesse sits one place out of the Eredivisie’s final Europa League qualifying spot with 11 matches to play.

In Mexico, Edgar Castillo returned to the Monterrey starting XI, helping Los Rayados keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win vs. Pachuca. On Sunday, Paul Arriola went the distance for Club Tijuana, while Joe Corona played 73 minutes in a wild 3-3 draw away to Pumas UNAM.

A complete look at how the MNT’s foreign-based contingent performed during the past week:

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Jonathan Bornstein (Queretaro) – 90 minutes in 4-1 win at Necaxa (Feb. 18)
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt) – 57 minutes in 2-0 loss at Hoffenhein (Feb. 18)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Bayern Munich (Feb. 18)
Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Pachuca (Feb. 18)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Ingolstadt (Feb. 18)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – 73 minutes in 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Julian Green (Stuttgart) – 62 minutes in 2-1 win at Heidenheim (Feb. 17)
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough) – 90 minutes in 3-2 FA Cup win vs. Oxford United (Feb. 18)
Emerson Hyndman (Rangers) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss in 2-1 loss a Dundee (Feb. 19)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – 77 minutes in 1-0 UEFA Europa League loss vs. Fiorentina (Feb. 16); 80 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. RB Leipzig (Feb. 19)
Perry Kitchen (Hearts) –  77 minutes, ASSIST in 1-1 draw vs. Inverness (Feb. 18)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday (Feb. 18)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Ajax (Feb. 19)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt (Feb. 18)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – 8 substitute minutes in 1-0 UEFA Champions League loss at Benfica (Feb. 14); 23 substitute minutes in 3-0 win vs. Wolfsburg (Feb. 18)
Tim Ream (Fulham) – 90 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Nottingham Forest (Feb. 14); 90 minutes in 3-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Feb. 19)
Danny Williams (Reading) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 3-2 win vs. Brentford (Feb. 14)
William Yarbrough (Club Leon) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw vs. Santos Laguna (Feb. 18)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Norwich City (Feb. 14); Plays Monday, Feb. 20 vs. Aston Villa (3 p.m. ET)

DNP/Injured

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – In 18, DNP in 3-0 FA Cup win at Fulham (Feb. 19)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca) – In 18, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Monterrey (Feb. 18)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – In 18, DNP in 2-1 win vs. Westerlo (Feb. 17)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win at Mainz (Feb. 18)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Injured (meniscus injury); Not in 18 for 3-3 draw at Pumas UNAM (Feb. 19)
Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna) – In 18, DNP in 2-2 draw at Club León (Feb. 18)
Bobby Wood (Hamburg) – Injured in warmups, Not in 18 for 2-2 draw vs. Freiburg (Feb. 18)

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MNT Feb 20, 2017

GALLERY: U-20 MNT Falls 1-0 to Panama in First Match of 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 1-0 loss against Panama at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica, in the opening group stage game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. A 37th minute goal from Panama’s Leandro Ávila assisted by Ronaldo Córdoba marked the difference in the game. The U-20 MNT plays its second match against Haiti, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Es Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Germany SheBelieves Cup Roster

Germany has announced its 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster while France and England will soon follow suit. The USA announced a 25-player pre-tournament training camp roster on Feb. 8 and head coach Jill Ellis will name the final 23-woman roster closer to the start of the tournament. 5 Things to Know About the SheBelieves Cup As Germany was first out of the gate, here are five things to know ab Read more
WNT Feb 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About 2017 SheBelieves Cup

From March 1-7, 2017, U.S. Soccer will host the second annual SheBelieves Cup, the most elite four-team international women’s soccer tournament of the year. Three doubleheaders will be staged in the northeast region of the United States as we welcome back three of the best teams in the world: Germany, France and England. Here are five things to know about this year’s SheBelieves Cup. Read more
WNT Feb 19, 2017

Steve Cherundolo Celebrates Half a Lifetime in Hannover

If you’re sitting back on Steve Cherundolo’s birthday and asking yourself, “I wonder where that guy is?”, rest assured he’s spending his birthday in the exact same place he’s been the past 19 years. Dubbed the “Mayor of Hannover” thanks to playing the entirety of his 15-year career with German side Hannover 96, the three-time World Cup veteran MNT de Read more
MNT Feb 19, 2017

PREVIEW: U-20 MNT Opens World Cup Qualifying vs. Panama

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Feb. 18 against Panama at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The match will air live on Univision Deportes Network and via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. With the exception Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 18, 2017

Five Things to Know About Panama U-20s

The Under-20 U.S. Men’s National Team opens the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Panama on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The game can be seen live at 3:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Here’s what you should know about Saturday’s opponents: Panama Roster The three club Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 18, 2017

MATCH PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Russia on April 6 and April 9 in Texas

In the first matches after the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will jump back into action with a pair of friendlies against Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; FS1) and on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas (1 p.m. CT; ESPN). The USA has faced Russia on eight different occasions – all friendlies – since their fi Read more
WNT Feb 17, 2017

Tab Ramos Previews CONCACAF U-20 Championship

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos held a teleconference on Thursday, Feb. 16 from Costa Rica, where the U-20’s have been for the past week conducting final preparations before kicking off the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship this weekend. Running from Feb. 17-March 5. The USA will begin its quest to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Saturday, Feb. 18. (3 Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 16, 2017

Photo Gallery: A History of MNT and WNT Jerseys and Kits

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams added to their iconic line of jerseys with a new red kit that debuted on Feb. 15, 2016. After admiring the new jerseys, take a chronological glance at how the MNT and WNT were outfitted going back to 1995. Read more
MNT WNT Feb 15, 2017

Clint Dempsey Cleared to Return to Game Action

The U.S. Men’s National Team and Seattle Sounders received good news Tuesday when three-time World Cup veteran forward Clint Dempsey was cleared to return to full game action after being sidelined last August with an irregular heartbeat. Giving his first public comments since receiving the diagnosis last year, Dempsey said, “I feel like I’m finally getting close: 85 percent, 9 Read more
MNT Feb 15, 2017

Five Things to Know: U-20 World Cup Qualifying

History of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship From 1962 to 1996, the qualifying tournament was known as the CONCACAF Youth Tournament. During this era, 16 tournaments took place. The first four occurred in 1962, 1964, 1970 and 1973, and the rest followed a consistent, two-year pattern from 1974 to 1996. In 1976, the event first began to serve as qualification for the FIFA World Youth Championship, w Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 14, 2017

Paul Arriola on the Rise for Club Tijuana and MNT

The past year has been a memorable one for Paul Arriola. A well-regarded U.S. youth international, the Chula Vista, Calif., product earned his first cap for the MNT last May, delivering a goal and assist in a 3-1 win at Puerto Rico. Less than four months later, he made his World Cup Qualifying debut and became just the eighth player in MNT history to score in each of his first two matches, putt Read more
MNT Feb 14, 2017

#SheBelieves Hero Contest Finalists

 Last week, the U.S. Women’s National Team announced the launch of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest aims to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit. READ: What is SheBelieves? Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire y Read more
WNT Feb 14, 2017

History of U-20 Men's National Team in World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. began participating in CONCACAF’s regional tournaments in 1962, competing in two of five until a format change in 1976. The tournament shifted to serve as a qualification for the World Youth Championship, which came to be known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Through 1996, the U.S. qualified for the World Cup in nine of their 11 CONCACAF regional tournaments opportunities. In 1982, the Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 13, 2017

GALLERY: U-20 MNT Plays Friendly Match vs. Chicago Fire Prior to CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team gathered in Orlando Fla. before traveling to Costa Rica for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. The tournament will serve as the qualifying competition for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, sending the top four finishing teams. During the Orlando domestic training camp, the team scrimmaged M.L.S. club Chicago Fire. The team now has their sights set on Panama, wi Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 13, 2017

U-20 MNT Edged 1-0 by Panama in 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Opener

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team pushed heavily for a second half equalizer before falling 1-0 to Panama by virtue of Leandro Ávila’s deflected effort in the 37th minute in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  

The first half largely lacked opportunities for both sides until Ávila collected the ball in the area, turned inside and saw his shot deflect off Marlon Fossey before floating inside the top right corner to give Los Canaleros a 1-0 half-time advantage.

Playing up a man after Panama’s Justin Simons was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Tyler Adams in the 18th minute, the U.S. pushed things early on in the second half when Jeremy Ebobisse’s header clanged off the crossbar in the 48th minute.

With Panama content to pack the area in defense of their 1-0 lead, the U-20 MNT found it hard to break through, but came close again when a Justen Glad laser was pushed out for a corner kick in the 82nd minute before Panama ‘keeper Charles Taylor smothered Ebobisse’s 88th minute effort on the goal line to preserve the 1-0 result.

The U-20 MNT plays its second group stage match against Haiti, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose (5:30 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook Page). Haiti defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 5-1 in Saturday’s first Group B match.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba), 37th minute:
Going against the run of play, Panama got on the board towards the end of the first half when Ronaldo Córdoba swung a looping ball into the box for Leandro Ávila. The Panama forward took it down with his knee before cutting back inside and curling an effort that took a slight deflection off USA defender Marlon Fossey and into the top right corner.
USA 0, PAN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Marlon Fossey, 15th minute:
The first clear-cut opportunity came on the quarter-hour mark when Leandro Ávila broke through down the right and sent a penetrating ball into the box for Ronaldo Córdoba only to have Marlon Fossey slide through to clear the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Tommy Redding, 25th minute: As the U.S. worked to move the ball forward, pressure from Andrés Andrade forced a turnover at the back, allowing the San Francisco FC winger a free run up the left where he centered looking for Córdoba, only to have the cross well-read by Tommy Redding who calmly cleared to safety.

PAN – Crossbar, 48th minute: Looking for the equalizer right out of halftime, Marlon Fossey quickly threw the ball in for Eric Palmer-Brown who laid off for Brooks Lennon just outside the box. Lennon then swung a cross to the six-yard box where Jeremy Ebobisse’s header beat Charles Taylor, but careened off the cross bar before being cleared.

PAN – Charles Taylor, 80th minute: Continuing to press for the equalizer, the U.S. had a sustained period of possession and moved the ball around just outside the penalty area before Justen Glad unleashed a low rocket from 22 yards that saw Taylor dive to palm it out for a corner kick.

PAN – Charles Taylor, 87th minute: Still full of steam, Fossey paraded up the right side, sending a long cross for Sebastian Saucedo at the back post where the Real Salt Lake midfielder centered for Jeremy Ebobisse whose first-time shot was smothered on the goal line by Taylor.

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 8-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play
  • The USA U-20s moves to 3-2-0 all-time vs. Panama in U-20 World Cup Qualifying
  • Panama played a man down after midfielder Justin Simons was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for a late challenge on USA midfielder Tyler Adams.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 77 degrees; partly cloudy

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

PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba)                    37th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding (7-Eryk Williamson, 69), 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams (18-Emmanuel Sabbi, 31), 
5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 11-Sebastian Saucedo; 10-Luca De La Torre (19-Coy Craft, 69), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 17-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 12-Charles Taylor; 20-Josue Vergara (13-Jorge Gutiérrez, 90+3), 6-Javier Rivera (Capt.), 2-Jiovany Ramos, 3-Andrés Andrade; 11-Justin Simons, 5-Ricardo Ávila, 14-José Tejada, 17-Leandro Ávila (18-Isidoro Hinestroza, 79); 8-Cristian Martínez (16-Yair Jaen, 72), 9-Ronaldo Córdoba
Subs not used: 1-Aldo Ciel, 7-Chamell Asprilla, 10-Andrés Peñalba, 19-Oliver Beckles
Head coach: Nelson Gallego

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 22 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Justin Simons (sent off)                         18th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)                    41
PAN – Cristian Martínez (caution)                45+1
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              74

Officials:
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvin Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Justen Glad

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