US SoccerUS Soccer
All Stories
Features
News
Videos

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile - Day 2

Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT in Santiago from London

Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago. 

“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.” 

The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field. 

“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.” 

The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world. 

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Jozy Altidore Habla con la Prensa en Chile

El delantero de la Selección Masculina Jozy Altidore habló brevemente (en español) con los medios de comunicación en Santiago de Chile y comentó acerca de la importancia del partido amistoso contra la selección Chilena este miércoles, entre otras cosas. 

¿Cuál es la importancia de los partidos amistosos como el del miércoles contra Chile?

JA: “Los amistosos son muy importantes. Nosotros tenemos que prepararnos para la Copa de Oro para poder clasificar a la Copa Confederaciones, y Chile también la Copa América. Por eso este es un partido vital para los dos equipos.”

¿Cuánto le sirve a la Selección enfrentar a Chile, en Chile?

JA: “Es algo especial, para muchos va a ser el primer partido en Chile. Para mí, es un gran país, muy lindo, me gusta mucho, es buena preparación para nosotros para nuestra temporada y también para la Copa de Oro.”

¿Qué es lo que más aprendió Estados Unidos del Mundial de la FIFA 2014?

JA: “Que todavía nos falta un poco de la calidad necesitada para las últimas rondas y también un poco de suerte. Estamos ahí de igual como con Bélgica pero todavía no con la calidad que necesitamos para avanzar. Es algo en lo que tenemos que trabajar y entrenar para ser mejor.”

Chile no le gana a Estados Unidos desde 1994, y la única otra vez que EE.UU. estuvo en Chile en el año 2000, también ganó 2-1. ¿Sirve saber esto, o sólo son estadísticas?

JA: “En este momento Chile es un país muy fuerte y nos van a dar un partido muy complicado. Son estadísticas no más. En el fútbol, los números no significan nada, es el día del partido que es el más importante.”

La mezcla de jugadores en la convocatoria de Estados Unidos es bastante interesante (mundialistas, novatos, etc.) ¿Qué tipo de partido va a jugar Estados Unidos contra Chile?

JA: “Bueno, es un poco de los dos. Tenemos jóvenes que todavía no han jugado con la selección y se están preparando para los juegos olímpicos. Y también, por otro lado tenemos jugadores que han jugado en un mundial y tienen experiencia. Vamos a ver que va a hacer el profe pero yo creo que van a poner un equipo fuerte.”

¿Qué ha ganado la Selección al tener a Jurgen Klinsmann como director técnico?

JA: “Para mí, el equipo ha cambiado mucho los últimos años. La mentalidad es algo que siempre ha estado muy fuerte en los equipos de Estados Unidos, pero en estos últimos dos, tres años, ha estado mas fuerte.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

U.S. Soccer Anuncia Calendario 2015 para la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos

CHICAGO (26 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará 10 partidos en el 2015 antes de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA, incluyendo cuatro en Estados Unidos en abril y mayo en lo que la Selección termina sus preparaciones para el torneo.

Después de seis partidos en Europa, el primer partido en casa de EE.UU. será contra Nueva Zelanda el sábado, 4 de abril, en Busch Stadium en St. Louis, Missouri. El partido inicia a las 2:30 p.m. CT y será transmitido por FOX Sports 1.

Los boletos para el partido en St. Louis salen a la venta al público el viernes, 30 de enero, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, o llamando por teléfono al 314-345-9000 y en las taquillas de 8th Street de Busch Stadium (abiertas de lunes a viernes, 10 a.m. a 4 p.m.).

Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

Socios del Supporters Club y seguidores de U.S. Soccer en Facebook y Twitter tendrán acceso a comprar boletos antes de la venta al público. Más información sobre cómo unirse al Supporters Club y sus diferentes niveles de membrecía, al igual que enlaces a las páginas de Facebook y Twitter de U.S. Soccer, se encuentran en ussoccer.com. Otras preguntas pueden ser dirigidas a supporters@ussoccer.org.

Los últimos tres partidos se jugarán en mayo y formarán la Serie de Despedida antes de partir hacia Winnipeg, Canadá, para el primer partido de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA. El primer partido de Estados Unidos será contra la República de Irlanda el 10 de mayo a las 11:30 a.m. PT en Avaya Stadium en San José, California, el nuevo hogar de los San José Earthquakes de la Major League Soccer.

De allí, Estados Unidos viajará hacia el sur para su segundo partido de la serie, el domingo, 17 de mayo, a las 6 p.m. PT en StubHub Center en Carson, California. Los dos partidos en California serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1.

Estados Unidos después atraviesa el país para concluir la Serie de Despedida en la Costa Éste contra la República de Corea el sábado, 30 de mayo, en Red Bull Arena en Harrison, New Jersey. El partido inicia a las 4:30 p.m. ET y será transmitido por ESPN y WatchESPN. Los aficionados pueden seguir todos los partidos de la Selección Femenina por Twitter @ussoccer_wnt y @ussoccer_esp.

La información sobre los boletos para la Serie de Despedida será anunciada próximamente.

Tal como se había anunciado, la Selección Femenina abre su calendario de juegos del 2015 en febrero con dos partidos internacionales en el extranjero. El equipo jugará primero contra Francia en Lorient el 8 de febrero (12 p.m. ET en ESPN2), seguido por un encuentro con Inglaterra el 13 de febrero en Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET por FOX Sports 1).

La Selección Femenina después jugará cuatro partidos en la anual Copa Algarve en Portugal del 4 al 11 de marzo. EE.UU. jugará contra Noruega, Suiza e Islandia en el grupo, además de un partido por un puesto. Información sobre la hora de inicio y las sedes para los partidos de la Copa Algarve será proporcionada en las próximas semanas. Todos los partidos de la Copa Algarve serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1 y también estarán disponibles en diversas plataformas por medio de FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Este verano, Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Australia, Suecia y Nigeria en el Grupo D de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015. EE.UU. abre contra Australia el 8 de junio en Winnipeg Stadium, seguido por Suecia el 12 de junio en Winnipeg y Nigeria el 16 de junio en BC Place en Vancouver. 

La Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015 se llevará a cabo del 6 de junio al 5 de julio y los 52 partidos se transmitirán en vivo por FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 y en tabletas y dispositivos móviles por la aplicación FOX Sports GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Calendario de Juegos de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. 2015

Fecha

Rival

Hora

TV

Sede

8 de feb.

Francia

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, Francia

13 de feb.

Inglaterra

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, Inglaterra

4 de marzo

Noruega

2 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

6 de marzo

Suiza

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

9 de marzo

Islandia

1:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

11 de marzo

Por determinarse

Por determinarse

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

4 de abril

Nueva Zelanda

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

10 de mayo

Rep. de Irlanda

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San José, Calif.

17 de mayo

México

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

30 de mayo

Rep. de Corea

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

8 de junio

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

12 de junio

Suecia

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

16 de junio

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canadá


U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule for U.S. Women's National Team

CHICAGO (Jan 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play 10 matches in 2015 prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including four across the United States in April and May as the team completes its final preparations for the tournament.

After six matches in Europe, the USA’s first domestic match will be played against New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Tickets for the game in St. Louis go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

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

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets for all matches in advance of any public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer's Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found at ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

The final three matches take place in May and make up the Send-Off Series prior to departing for Winnipeg, Canada, in advance of the team’s first match of the Women’s World Cup. The USA’s first game will be against Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. 

From there, the USA will travel down the coast for its second Send-Off Series match, facing Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

The U.S. heads to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Ticket information for the Send-Off Series matches will be announced at a later date. 

As previously announced, the U.S. WNT opens the 2015 schedule in February with a pair of international matches abroad. The team will first play France in Lorient on Feb. 8 (Noon ET on ESPN2), followed by a meeting with England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The U.S. WNT will then play four matches at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11. The U.S. will play Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play on March 4, March 6 and March 9, respectively, along with a placement match on March 11. Information on the kickoff times and venues will be provided in the coming weeks. All Algarve Cup matches will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go and FOXSportsGO.com.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.  

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

2015 U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Republic

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

From Generation to Generation

The veteran players in the MNT camp are in a position to mentor the youngsters, and also believe the new guys have something to offer in return.

See You in Santiago

All the routes for the 23-player travel roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team led to Chile, but they took slightly different directions and presented a rare challenge for team administrator Jon Fleishman.

As a starting point, there weren’t enough seats on one plane for the nearly 12-hour flight from Los Angeles to Chile to accommodate the U.S. delegation. So the group was divided with 12 players and the backroom staff flying from LA with a layover in Lima, Peru (which required a 90-minute layover for refueling, plane cleaning and the addition/subtraction of passengers, all without the MNT de-boarding the plane). That contingent arrived around 6:30 a.m. in Santiago and took the 25-minute bus ride downtown. Meanwhile, a group of 10 players actually left earlier than the LA group, heading to Houston for a change of planes before heading south. Ironically, they would touch down nearly three hours later than the LA departees, pulling into the hotel in time for a late breakfast.

So that adds up to 22 players coming from the United States. The 23rd?  That would be DeAndre Yedlin, who was summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann late Thursday after discussions with Tottenham Hotspur management. His travel route from across the pond had him arriving in town Sunday morning from London via Paris after a flight time of 14.5 hours. Special thanks to the Chilean Federation for making this an incredibly smooth journey for the team.

Needless to say, after a light afternoon session it will be lights out early for the MNT with kickoff just over 72 hours away.

U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador: Highlights - Jan. 24, 2015

The U.S. U-20 MNT defeated El Salvador behind goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola to grab a spot in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.

Quote Sheet: U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador – 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 1, SLV 0
Jan. 24, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS
On accomplishing the goal of qualifying for the World Cup:
“Obviously the Guatemala game changed our plan a little bit for the Panama game, which put us behind the 8-ball for the rest of the tournament. I’m really happy for the boys because it was really difficult in the last four games to have to eliminate an opponent, and they did it. We pushed them hard and they did a good job. Today’s game, we knew it was going to be very difficult. I thought we were well prepared because we’ve played in particular the last two games were very difficult for us as well. The boys did a good job. Defensively we’re playing really well, very organized. And when you limit other teams to very few opportunities to score, when you do that and you have the sort of firepower that we have up front, we always feel that at some point we’re going to get the game going in our direction. And today that’s just the way it went.”

On Zack Steffen’s penalty kick save and the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“Zack made a great save at the right time for us, although I felt El Salvador really was not dangerous throughout the game. They did have some possession on our side of the field, which is not really what we wanted. But these are difficult games.”

“In general, the defense played very well. We have Cameron [Carter-Vickers] and Matt [Miazga] in the middle and I think they’re a great pair of center backs. They play well together. And with Zack in goal – we’re very fortunate in that way. The U.S., we have very good goalkeepers and Zack is definitely one of the next ones to come up. And so between the two center backs and the goalkeeper I think they did a amazing job throughout the whole tournament.”

On how you compare this team to the 2013 team that also advanced to the World Cup:
“Well, this team is better. This team is just as technical as the last group, but they’re more dynamic and we have speed on this team. And also anxious going in to the World Cup, in getting guys like possibly Rubio Rubin back, and other guys that may come in to the fold at that point that may get released and that will help us up front as well.”

On how the second-half substitutes made a difference again:
“We feel fortunate with this particular group because I’ve been speaking about the depth of this group in general. I felt as if I really had 14 starters, and the other guys also play well. I felt like there were 14 guys that really could have started tonight’s game, and last game and the game before. And when I brought them off the bench, to have that type of attitude to come in and be willing to change the game, they did an amazing job. At the end of the day, they may be the guys that made the difference for us.”

On the character of the team to bounce back after a rocky start:
“It’s definitely not easy. I think you need good leadership in the group. I thought we had that. I thought we had humble players who were willing to work hard. It’s not easy because the expectations are so high for us. We came here with no other desire than to be champions of CONCACAF, and after two games that dream was already over. It was hard to regroup, but we regrouped and we got to this game. And as everybody knows, it’s always difficult to qualify to the World Cup. So for them to have won four straight games and to go to another World Cup, I think it’s just really an amazing job, considering where we were after two games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward BEN SPENCER
On his first-half goal:
“Emerson [Hyndman] put in a ball and I knew I had to get something on the end of it. I got on the end of the cross and it hit off the crossbar and sort of followed up and was able to put it in.”

On scoring in such an important game:
“It was a huge game for all of us, and we knew that coming into the game. So to be able to score in a game like this is definitely big. But the most important thing is that we won and we’re going to New Zealand.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder RUSSELL CANOUSE
On not starting the first two games and then taking the captain’s responsibility to lead the team:
“In a couple of camps when Kellyn [Acosta] wasn’t in, I tried to take lead of the team the best I could. So when he went out injured, I just tried to step and lead the team, and try to get everyone to fight for what our goal was and it worked out well. We were able to win our last four games and made our dreams come true.”

On how all 20 players played in the tournament and were able to contribute:
“Tab said from the beginning that depth was important and we used all our guys. And offensively everyone was able to contribute. That was definitely one positive that we can take from this tournament.”

On how it feels to know the U-20 MNT is going to the World Cup:
“It’s a dream come true. That was one of my goals from the beginning of this cycle. You don’t want to think of it too far in advance, but it was definitely one of my goals and I’m glad we achieved it.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN
On saving the penalty kick:
“I knew it was a PK, so I didn’t even try to argue it. I went back, got a sip of water and relax myself. We did a little bit of scouting on No. 11 on his previous PKs, that he went to my right side. So it was kind of a little mind game to see if he would switch it up and go to the left side. But I saw him look to the left side, and players usually try to trick the goalkeeper by looking one way and going the other. So I saw him look one way and I had a strong feeling he’d go right. And I was able to save it.”

On how he prepared for penalty kicks at training the day before:
“After he took it, I was thinking about yesterday and how we practiced them and how I was feeling good. The practice helped get me in the zone. If we didn’t practice I think I would have been a lot more nervous.”

On helping the team return to the World Cup:
“It’s awesome. To be the No. 1 and be able to carry the team with Russ [Canouse] and Kellyn [Acosta] to the World Cup, it’s very exciting.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender MATT MIAZGA
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“Obviously it’s a good moment for us and U.S. Soccer. To be able to represent our country to the World Cup is a huge achievement. We’re going to work hard in the next few months and make that dream come true.”

On if there were any doubts after the first two games that the team would qualify:
“No. We’re a very confident group. We know we made our mistakes but we knew that we could correct them. And we knew that we had the chance to fix them in the upcoming games, and that’s what we did. We took each game one game at a time and we got the results. And it all came down to today against El Salvador and I thought we played a very good game and we got the result. All that matters now is that we booked our ticket to New Zealand.”

On the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“We’re a tight knit group of guys. We all get along really well, we all have each other’s backs, we all cover each other. If one guy makes a mistake, the other guy has his back. And I think we’re all very good players. So together we’ve played well and it showed in the results.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“I think in the first games, we didn’t perform that well. But we improved. I think by the end, even though our performance may not have been the best, I always knew that we were going to win. I always knew that we had it in us to do what needed to be done.”

On Steffen’s PK save:
“It was excellent. I gave away the PK, so I was a bit nervous. And when he saved it I was relieved. I thought he was going to save it; I had a feeling he would and believed in his ability. We were practicing penalties yesterday in training and he saved quite a few, so I thought he had it in him.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile - Day 2

Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT in Santiago from London

Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago. 

“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.” 

The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field. 

“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.” 

The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world. 

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Jozy Altidore Habla con la Prensa en Chile

El delantero de la Selección Masculina Jozy Altidore habló brevemente (en español) con los medios de comunicación en Santiago de Chile y comentó acerca de la importancia del partido amistoso contra la selección Chilena este miércoles, entre otras cosas. 

¿Cuál es la importancia de los partidos amistosos como el del miércoles contra Chile?

JA: “Los amistosos son muy importantes. Nosotros tenemos que prepararnos para la Copa de Oro para poder clasificar a la Copa Confederaciones, y Chile también la Copa América. Por eso este es un partido vital para los dos equipos.”

¿Cuánto le sirve a la Selección enfrentar a Chile, en Chile?

JA: “Es algo especial, para muchos va a ser el primer partido en Chile. Para mí, es un gran país, muy lindo, me gusta mucho, es buena preparación para nosotros para nuestra temporada y también para la Copa de Oro.”

¿Qué es lo que más aprendió Estados Unidos del Mundial de la FIFA 2014?

JA: “Que todavía nos falta un poco de la calidad necesitada para las últimas rondas y también un poco de suerte. Estamos ahí de igual como con Bélgica pero todavía no con la calidad que necesitamos para avanzar. Es algo en lo que tenemos que trabajar y entrenar para ser mejor.”

Chile no le gana a Estados Unidos desde 1994, y la única otra vez que EE.UU. estuvo en Chile en el año 2000, también ganó 2-1. ¿Sirve saber esto, o sólo son estadísticas?

JA: “En este momento Chile es un país muy fuerte y nos van a dar un partido muy complicado. Son estadísticas no más. En el fútbol, los números no significan nada, es el día del partido que es el más importante.”

La mezcla de jugadores en la convocatoria de Estados Unidos es bastante interesante (mundialistas, novatos, etc.) ¿Qué tipo de partido va a jugar Estados Unidos contra Chile?

JA: “Bueno, es un poco de los dos. Tenemos jóvenes que todavía no han jugado con la selección y se están preparando para los juegos olímpicos. Y también, por otro lado tenemos jugadores que han jugado en un mundial y tienen experiencia. Vamos a ver que va a hacer el profe pero yo creo que van a poner un equipo fuerte.”

¿Qué ha ganado la Selección al tener a Jurgen Klinsmann como director técnico?

JA: “Para mí, el equipo ha cambiado mucho los últimos años. La mentalidad es algo que siempre ha estado muy fuerte en los equipos de Estados Unidos, pero en estos últimos dos, tres años, ha estado mas fuerte.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

See You in Santiago

All the routes for the 23-player travel roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team led to Chile, but they took slightly different directions and presented a rare challenge for team administrator Jon Fleishman.

As a starting point, there weren’t enough seats on one plane for the nearly 12-hour flight from Los Angeles to Chile to accommodate the U.S. delegation. So the group was divided with 12 players and the backroom staff flying from LA with a layover in Lima, Peru (which required a 90-minute layover for refueling, plane cleaning and the addition/subtraction of passengers, all without the MNT de-boarding the plane). That contingent arrived around 6:30 a.m. in Santiago and took the 25-minute bus ride downtown. Meanwhile, a group of 10 players actually left earlier than the LA group, heading to Houston for a change of planes before heading south. Ironically, they would touch down nearly three hours later than the LA departees, pulling into the hotel in time for a late breakfast.

So that adds up to 22 players coming from the United States. The 23rd?  That would be DeAndre Yedlin, who was summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann late Thursday after discussions with Tottenham Hotspur management. His travel route from across the pond had him arriving in town Sunday morning from London via Paris after a flight time of 14.5 hours. Special thanks to the Chilean Federation for making this an incredibly smooth journey for the team.

Needless to say, after a light afternoon session it will be lights out early for the MNT with kickoff just over 72 hours away.

MNT Media Access: Bright Lights, Big City

It wouldn’t be Los Angeles without a bit of show business. While Hollywood stars and starlets enjoy the leisure of Hollywood Hills, 22 miles south, the U.S. Men’s National Team’s work on the fields in Carson, California, has been far from glamorous.

Still, in anticipation of FOX Sports broadcasting of the Jan. 28 match against Chile, the U.S. MNT opened the doors between trainings at StubHub Center to grant all-access to the national media.  With some of the most recognizable names in American soccer coverage in attendance, we overheard everything from FOX’s Rob Stone asking Jermaine Jones about house parties with Leonardo DiCaprio to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle going in-depth about tactical adjustments with Jozy Altidore.

With the players fielding the questions all day, we decided to flip the script on some of these reporters to get the scoop on what they gleaned from an afternoon of all-access with the U.S. MNT.


Striker Jozy Altidore holds court with the national media.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated and FOX:
“Because this January camp is the closest thing we’ve seen to an “A” squad in January camp – well, ever – there’s more public interest in what’s going on, and also a little bit because the U-23s are here and you never know who may come out of that. As interest grows every year in this U.S. National Team, especially after a World Cup year, it’s nice to be able to come out and get to talk to guys, catch up a little bit, and find out what might be going on that’s new like a three-man back line being experimented with. MLS is having its media day this morning, so I did a lot of stuff with that, and it’s always good if you’re having to spend a lot of money traveling around the country to kind of have a one-stop shopping type situation where we banged out a bunch of interviews this morning with MLS guys, came straight over here to talk with the National Team guys, and then I’ll even do some U.S. women’s stuff and they’re here, too. L.A. is kind of the center of the U.S. soccer universe right now.” - @GrantWahl


Fresh off of a move from Sunderland to Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore fields questions about his journey.

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN:
“I think the fact that they’re experimenting with a three-man back line, to me is really interesting. You hate to pigeonhole the U.S. National Team into a certain style, but they’ve always seemed to excel out of a 4-4-2. Guys just seem more comfortable in that starting formation. Especially Jozy seems more comfortable with a forward next to him. The other thing that kind of strikes me is I haven’t always been sure the U.S. had the depth needed defensively with guys being able to play the ball out of the back. Now they have guys like [Jermaine] Jones; [Matt] Besler is very good on the ball, [Geoff] Cameron is good on the ball.  It’s probably no accident that two of those guys have spent a lot of time in midfield in their careers, so to me that’s kind of an interesting experiment that’s going on right now.” - @JeffreyCarlisle


Clint Dempsey fielding a round-table of questions in the Champions Lounge at StubHub Center. 

Doug McIntyre of ESPN:
“To talk to so many of the key members of the National Team – I mean all these guys were starters at the World Cup – is not an opportunity you get all the time, so it’s always interesting to catch up with guys that you haven’t spoken with in a while.  Jozy just arrived in camp so it was good to talk with him about how the whole process from Sunderland to Toronto FC went down. Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are always intense guys to talk to but they always have insightful things to say. The thing from Clint I thought was interesting was how focused he is on playing in that Copa America tournament. I asked him if he had thought about maybe playing in the Olympics and he was pretty adamant that the Olympics are a nice tournament, but that he’s always watched Copa America and that’s the tournament that he wants to play in. You always get something when you’re talking with these guys.” - @DougMacESPN


FOX’s Rob Stone and Jurgen Klinsmann share a laugh off-camera.

Jennifer Pransky of FOX Sports: 
“Any chance we get to come out and shoot an interview with the U.S. Men’s National Team is a great one. FOX Sports has obviously upped the ante on all of our soccer coverage and this is one of the biggest properties. With the Women’s World Cup coming up and having some Men’s National Team events, as well, leading up to the Gold Cup coming up in July, it’s an amazing opportunity to put all of that together in front of the huge audiences that we’re going to be bringing in for it. Coming out here and being able to talk to Jurgen, the players, and today profiling Jermaine Jones, it just helps us show the audience why soccer is so great.” - @PranskyJ


FOX producer Jennifer Pransky makes sure she’s got just the right shot for the U.S. MNT shoot.

To see the full features and watch the U.S. MNT in action, tune into FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. ET.

Across the Academy – Jan. 21, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-20 MNT Nearing Playoff Spot at World Cup Qualifying: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team prepares for an important match against Trinidad & Tobago to cap off Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Wednesday. The USA needs a win or a draw to advance to the tournament’s playoff stage, where then the U.S. would be one step away from a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Four teams from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will directly qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Mexico, the Group B winner, has clinched a spot in the World Cup. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, midfielder Romain Gall and defender John Requejo speak about the team’s growth during the tournament. Gall, formerly of Real Salt Lake AZ, scored two goals during the USA’s most recent 2-0 win against Jamaica and is tied for the tournament lead with five goals in all games.

Touchline Tommy: Academy alum and U-20 MNT forward Tommy Thompson is traveling down a familiar family path in soccer, starting with his father, Gregg, who played for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 1980s. ussoccer.com spoke with Thompson and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos on the young forward’s rise.

U-14 Futsal Regionals Return in January and February: As part of the Development Academy’s futsal period from December through February, the Academy U-14 age group will look forward to a series of regional showcases from Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. Eight regional showcases will include a minimum of four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions: SoCal and Texas (Jan. 24-25); Florida, Mid-America and NorCal (Jan. 31-Feb. 1); and New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey (Feb. 7-8).

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Jan. 17-18):

  • West Conference: In a crossover matchup, the Southwest Division’s LA Galaxy defeated the Northwest Division’s Seattle Sounders FC at both the U-18 and U-16 age groups on Sunday. The Southwest-leading Galaxy U-16s built a three-goal lead en route to a 3-1 win. Brandon Torres, Colin Apel and Enrique Bustamante each scored a goal for the Galaxy. At the U-18s, Elijah Martin and Juan Orozco each tallied in the first half for a 2-0 victory against Seattle.
  • Central Conference: In Frontier Division play, the San Antonio Scorpions Youth Academy’s U-18 scored two goals in the closing minutes to rally for a 3-2 victory against Texans SC Houston on Saturday. Trailing 2-1, San Antonio’s Patrick Noriega scored an 87th-minute equalizer and Luis Espinar tallied the 88th-minute game-winner for the team’s second victory of the season.
  • East Conference: The East returns to action during the Jan. 24-25 weekend.

Academy Player of the Week: San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Amir Bashti was named Academy Player of the Week following his five-goal performance during San Jose’s U-18 victory against FC Golden State on Saturday. Bashti, who leads the Earthquakes with 11 goals in 12 games, has recently featured for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. Bashti most recently was part of the U-18 squad that traveled to Marbella, Spain, to play against Germany’s U-18s on Dec. 17 and 19.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:

Alumni Selected in 2015 MLS SuperDraft: A large contingent of former Development Academy players were selected by the 20 clubs at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft over the past week. The highest pick was No. 2 overall selection Khiry Shelton, formerly of Lonestar SC, who went to expansion side New York City FC. On Tuesday, the third and fourth rounds took place, with another 20 Academy alumni selected in the draft.

U-16 BNT Splits First Two at Aegean Cup: The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team kicked off the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament this week in Manisa, Turkey. The USA opened with a 2-0 win against Romania on Monday, with Justin Rennicks of the New England Revolution Academy and Adrian Villegas of the Portland Timbers Academy system scoring the respective goals. The U.S. then fell 2-0 to Norway on Tuesday to move to 1-1-0 in Group A. The U-16s concludes the group stage against Turkey on Thursday, followed by a placement match on Saturday.

OTHER LINKS:

Blend of Youth, Experience Elevates MNT Camp’s Competitive Culture

A quarter of the way into January camp, two goals are distinct: continue to develop experienced leaders who can conduct the team moving forward and identify new talent that can grow into bigger roles within the U.S. MNT system.

Since the start of Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure, there has been increased focus on synergy and balance across U.S. Soccer programming, seeking full-integration of messaging and system from youth sides up through the senior team. As the U-20s are in qualification for this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup and the U-23s have recently finished a training camp in Brazil, U.S. MNT head coach and technical director Jurgen Klinsmann sees the senior team as the engine driving it all.

“It’s the locomotive of development of the sport,” Klinsmann said in the midst of the team's annual January training camp. “Hopefully, we’re going to go full steam.”

The current January Camp roster is a manifestation of this design. The group strikes a balance among World Cup veterans and players on the cusp of bigger roles, gaining valuable experience. Then there are also young players eager to impress in anticipation of upcoming matches with Chile and Panama, as well as the U-23 MNT’s Olympic qualifying run.

While it would be too much to expect a group essentially just beginning its preseason to come together and fire on all cylinders, Klinsmann believes this early building phase will provide a quality foundation.  There is a measured excitement to this new beginning.

“It’s not the ultimate judgment that happens now in the January camp, but it’s great to get to know these guys, and also off the field have good conversations,” said Klinsmann. “We’ll go from there, see how the talent develops and how they drive themselves.”

The burden of preparing these new faces does not fall solely on Klinsmann’s shoulders, however. With eight players in camp from last summer’s World Cup team in Brazil, he’s able to draw upon the wisdom and experience from his established veterans.  Players such as Nick Rimando have been eager to step into roles as mentors.

“At times you’re there to mentor them, educate them and answer with any advice,” Rimando said of his leadership role. “You lead them in the right direction to show them what it’s like to play at this level. I've had mentors in the past and I’m there for them if they have any questions. It’s in my genes.”

The role of mentor is a delicate balance, and at the core of a healthy camp environment is intense competition.

“We already showed that we played a good World Cup, but now it’s over,” said Jermaine Jones, who enjoyed a strong run in Brazil and then helped the New England Revolution on a run to an MLS Cup runner-up performance. “A lot of young boys will come now and push the experienced players,so we have to show up too.  It’s nice to battle with the young boys.”

Rimando concurs with Jones' assessment of competitive culture created by the mix of less and more experienced players.

“There’s always somebody knocking at your door to take your position or to be on this team," the veteran goalkeeper said. "For me, it’s always about competition. Anybody that is in camp now is going to push the next guy in line, and that’s what’s going to make us better.”

Klinsmann feels this collective effort to integrate new players within the context of spirited competition is a great strength of this group and indicative of the culture at large.

“It’s always been a big plus for the American team that they make it easy for new players to come in, to feel welcome, and to feel a part of the group right after a couple of days,” Klinsmann said. “The younger players feel accepted, they feel respected, and they spend a lot of time together.”

The proof will be in the pudding, but beginning with a quality mix of experience, competition and team spirit bodes well for a winning recipe.  

Touchline Tommy

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Tommy Thompson has soccer in his DNA.

Along with their father, Gregg, who played for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 1980s, brothers Tyler, Tanner and Tommy Thompson – all one year apart – could never get enough of the sport.

As youngsters, Dad didn’t just support the brothers from the sidelines – he was also on the field. The four would go early to practices and play 2-vs.-2 and then each of the boys would participate in the other team’s practices. Oftentimes, they’d train three times a day.

Now 19, Tommy is walking much the same path his father took some 30 years ago.

In 1982, Gregg co-captained Indiana University to its first NCAA title. He went on to have a seven-year professional career and also represent the United States at the 1984 Olympics and in a number of World Cup qualifiers.

Soccer Community Values Two-Day Medical Symposium at NSCAA Convention

With the issue of injuries and concussions in sports becoming more prevalent at all levels of the game, U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer partnered together to conduct a trailblazing Medical Symposium, which was held Jan. 15-16 during the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia.

Medical professionals from U.S. Soccer and MLS got together to conduct the two-day event that focused on player health and safety issues related to youth, amateur and professional soccer, as well as the topic of concussions.

Those participating in the symposium were: Dr. George Chiampas, U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer; John Gallucci Jr., MLS Medical Coordinator; Dr. Larry Lemak, MLS Medical Director; Dr. Margot Putukian, U.S. Soccer and MLS Primary Care Sports Medicine; Dr. Matthew Martinez, MLS Cardiac Consultant; Holly Silvers MPT, Director of Research Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation FIFA Center of Excellence; and Dr. Ruben Echemendia, U.S. Soccer and MLS Neuropsychologist.

Chiampas, who was part of the “Emergency Action Plan – The Coaches Role” presentation and was the moderator of the final panel, said the symposium was a crucial initiative to get everyone in the soccer community on the same page.

“Overall, I would say that it was a great initiative,” said Dr. Chiampas. “Having the ability to share information with coaches across the country allowed us to provide best practices in areas such as emergency preparedness to soccer specific injuries, as well as provide some educational opportunities to the management of concussions and the coaches’ role.

“I think it’s a responsibility of all of us – players, coaches, parents, medical staff and administrators. It’s most beneficial to work together and collectively be on the same page, so that we all understand the same process and procedures in managing concussion injuries. I think with that being said, communication by awareness and education is key for all of us to understand each other’s roles more fully.”

The event provided an opportunity for the soccer community to review the latest research, identify best practices, develop additional strategies for enhancing safety and reducing injuries, and chart a course to further understand soccer-related medical issues. 

Among those in attendance was Shannon Hartinger, a soccer coach at FC United in Chicago. Hartinger works primarily with girls’ teams and has almost 10 years of coaching experience under her belt. She was tremendously impressed with the level of knowledge that was shared during the event, believing much could be gained from it, not only for coaches like herself, but for athletes and even parents.

“I thought the symposium was fantastic,” she said. “I was excited to head down there and wanted to see what it was all about. I was very impressed with the professionals that were presenting and I loved the research part of it. I’m also a physical therapist and I work with kids with developmental disabilities, so it was great to have the research that has been done and the evidence as part of the presentations. It has a lot of value so as to not over burden a lot of parents with information, but to have studies that we can refer to, and show the numbers and be able to explain why we do what we do.”

The second day of the symposium focused on the issue of concussions. Several professionals met to provide a benchmark for diagnosing them, dealing with them and eventually resuming play.  

“There was some great stuff, particularly the ‘return to play’ information,” Hartinger shared about the concussion presentations. “We as coaches can only do a certain amount of evaluation on the field, but I loved how we were encouraged to seek medical attention and how this helps us take back information for parents and show them, ‘This is the person who is the medical professional for MLS and this is how they treat athletes, so why would we look at our kids any differently?’”

A final panel wrapped up the symposium and included all of the physicians, as well as athletes sharing their experiences of injuries and how to succeed after them. Hartinger commented that this final wrap-up was particularly valuable.

“Having the athletes there made it even more real when you hear their stories,” Hartinger said. “It was great to have that aspect – not only the physicians, but also the players talking about how injuries may have shaped their careers.”

U.S. Soccer Anuncia Calendario 2015 para la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos

CHICAGO (26 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará 10 partidos en el 2015 antes de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA, incluyendo cuatro en Estados Unidos en abril y mayo en lo que la Selección termina sus preparaciones para el torneo.

Después de seis partidos en Europa, el primer partido en casa de EE.UU. será contra Nueva Zelanda el sábado, 4 de abril, en Busch Stadium en St. Louis, Missouri. El partido inicia a las 2:30 p.m. CT y será transmitido por FOX Sports 1.

Los boletos para el partido en St. Louis salen a la venta al público el viernes, 30 de enero, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, o llamando por teléfono al 314-345-9000 y en las taquillas de 8th Street de Busch Stadium (abiertas de lunes a viernes, 10 a.m. a 4 p.m.).

Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

Socios del Supporters Club y seguidores de U.S. Soccer en Facebook y Twitter tendrán acceso a comprar boletos antes de la venta al público. Más información sobre cómo unirse al Supporters Club y sus diferentes niveles de membrecía, al igual que enlaces a las páginas de Facebook y Twitter de U.S. Soccer, se encuentran en ussoccer.com. Otras preguntas pueden ser dirigidas a supporters@ussoccer.org.

Los últimos tres partidos se jugarán en mayo y formarán la Serie de Despedida antes de partir hacia Winnipeg, Canadá, para el primer partido de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA. El primer partido de Estados Unidos será contra la República de Irlanda el 10 de mayo a las 11:30 a.m. PT en Avaya Stadium en San José, California, el nuevo hogar de los San José Earthquakes de la Major League Soccer.

De allí, Estados Unidos viajará hacia el sur para su segundo partido de la serie, el domingo, 17 de mayo, a las 6 p.m. PT en StubHub Center en Carson, California. Los dos partidos en California serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1.

Estados Unidos después atraviesa el país para concluir la Serie de Despedida en la Costa Éste contra la República de Corea el sábado, 30 de mayo, en Red Bull Arena en Harrison, New Jersey. El partido inicia a las 4:30 p.m. ET y será transmitido por ESPN y WatchESPN. Los aficionados pueden seguir todos los partidos de la Selección Femenina por Twitter @ussoccer_wnt y @ussoccer_esp.

La información sobre los boletos para la Serie de Despedida será anunciada próximamente.

Tal como se había anunciado, la Selección Femenina abre su calendario de juegos del 2015 en febrero con dos partidos internacionales en el extranjero. El equipo jugará primero contra Francia en Lorient el 8 de febrero (12 p.m. ET en ESPN2), seguido por un encuentro con Inglaterra el 13 de febrero en Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET por FOX Sports 1).

La Selección Femenina después jugará cuatro partidos en la anual Copa Algarve en Portugal del 4 al 11 de marzo. EE.UU. jugará contra Noruega, Suiza e Islandia en el grupo, además de un partido por un puesto. Información sobre la hora de inicio y las sedes para los partidos de la Copa Algarve será proporcionada en las próximas semanas. Todos los partidos de la Copa Algarve serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1 y también estarán disponibles en diversas plataformas por medio de FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Este verano, Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Australia, Suecia y Nigeria en el Grupo D de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015. EE.UU. abre contra Australia el 8 de junio en Winnipeg Stadium, seguido por Suecia el 12 de junio en Winnipeg y Nigeria el 16 de junio en BC Place en Vancouver. 

La Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015 se llevará a cabo del 6 de junio al 5 de julio y los 52 partidos se transmitirán en vivo por FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 y en tabletas y dispositivos móviles por la aplicación FOX Sports GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Calendario de Juegos de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. 2015

Fecha

Rival

Hora

TV

Sede

8 de feb.

Francia

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, Francia

13 de feb.

Inglaterra

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, Inglaterra

4 de marzo

Noruega

2 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

6 de marzo

Suiza

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

9 de marzo

Islandia

1:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

11 de marzo

Por determinarse

Por determinarse

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

4 de abril

Nueva Zelanda

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

10 de mayo

Rep. de Irlanda

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San José, Calif.

17 de mayo

México

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

30 de mayo

Rep. de Corea

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

8 de junio

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

12 de junio

Suecia

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

16 de junio

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canadá


U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule for U.S. Women's National Team

CHICAGO (Jan 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play 10 matches in 2015 prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including four across the United States in April and May as the team completes its final preparations for the tournament.

After six matches in Europe, the USA’s first domestic match will be played against New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Tickets for the game in St. Louis go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

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

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets for all matches in advance of any public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer's Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found at ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

The final three matches take place in May and make up the Send-Off Series prior to departing for Winnipeg, Canada, in advance of the team’s first match of the Women’s World Cup. The USA’s first game will be against Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. 

From there, the USA will travel down the coast for its second Send-Off Series match, facing Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

The U.S. heads to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Ticket information for the Send-Off Series matches will be announced at a later date. 

As previously announced, the U.S. WNT opens the 2015 schedule in February with a pair of international matches abroad. The team will first play France in Lorient on Feb. 8 (Noon ET on ESPN2), followed by a meeting with England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The U.S. WNT will then play four matches at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11. The U.S. will play Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play on March 4, March 6 and March 9, respectively, along with a placement match on March 11. Information on the kickoff times and venues will be provided in the coming weeks. All Algarve Cup matches will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go and FOXSportsGO.com.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.  

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

2015 U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Republic

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

Quote Sheet: U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador – 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 1, SLV 0
Jan. 24, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS
On accomplishing the goal of qualifying for the World Cup:
“Obviously the Guatemala game changed our plan a little bit for the Panama game, which put us behind the 8-ball for the rest of the tournament. I’m really happy for the boys because it was really difficult in the last four games to have to eliminate an opponent, and they did it. We pushed them hard and they did a good job. Today’s game, we knew it was going to be very difficult. I thought we were well prepared because we’ve played in particular the last two games were very difficult for us as well. The boys did a good job. Defensively we’re playing really well, very organized. And when you limit other teams to very few opportunities to score, when you do that and you have the sort of firepower that we have up front, we always feel that at some point we’re going to get the game going in our direction. And today that’s just the way it went.”

On Zack Steffen’s penalty kick save and the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“Zack made a great save at the right time for us, although I felt El Salvador really was not dangerous throughout the game. They did have some possession on our side of the field, which is not really what we wanted. But these are difficult games.”

“In general, the defense played very well. We have Cameron [Carter-Vickers] and Matt [Miazga] in the middle and I think they’re a great pair of center backs. They play well together. And with Zack in goal – we’re very fortunate in that way. The U.S., we have very good goalkeepers and Zack is definitely one of the next ones to come up. And so between the two center backs and the goalkeeper I think they did a amazing job throughout the whole tournament.”

On how you compare this team to the 2013 team that also advanced to the World Cup:
“Well, this team is better. This team is just as technical as the last group, but they’re more dynamic and we have speed on this team. And also anxious going in to the World Cup, in getting guys like possibly Rubio Rubin back, and other guys that may come in to the fold at that point that may get released and that will help us up front as well.”

On how the second-half substitutes made a difference again:
“We feel fortunate with this particular group because I’ve been speaking about the depth of this group in general. I felt as if I really had 14 starters, and the other guys also play well. I felt like there were 14 guys that really could have started tonight’s game, and last game and the game before. And when I brought them off the bench, to have that type of attitude to come in and be willing to change the game, they did an amazing job. At the end of the day, they may be the guys that made the difference for us.”

On the character of the team to bounce back after a rocky start:
“It’s definitely not easy. I think you need good leadership in the group. I thought we had that. I thought we had humble players who were willing to work hard. It’s not easy because the expectations are so high for us. We came here with no other desire than to be champions of CONCACAF, and after two games that dream was already over. It was hard to regroup, but we regrouped and we got to this game. And as everybody knows, it’s always difficult to qualify to the World Cup. So for them to have won four straight games and to go to another World Cup, I think it’s just really an amazing job, considering where we were after two games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward BEN SPENCER
On his first-half goal:
“Emerson [Hyndman] put in a ball and I knew I had to get something on the end of it. I got on the end of the cross and it hit off the crossbar and sort of followed up and was able to put it in.”

On scoring in such an important game:
“It was a huge game for all of us, and we knew that coming into the game. So to be able to score in a game like this is definitely big. But the most important thing is that we won and we’re going to New Zealand.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder RUSSELL CANOUSE
On not starting the first two games and then taking the captain’s responsibility to lead the team:
“In a couple of camps when Kellyn [Acosta] wasn’t in, I tried to take lead of the team the best I could. So when he went out injured, I just tried to step and lead the team, and try to get everyone to fight for what our goal was and it worked out well. We were able to win our last four games and made our dreams come true.”

On how all 20 players played in the tournament and were able to contribute:
“Tab said from the beginning that depth was important and we used all our guys. And offensively everyone was able to contribute. That was definitely one positive that we can take from this tournament.”

On how it feels to know the U-20 MNT is going to the World Cup:
“It’s a dream come true. That was one of my goals from the beginning of this cycle. You don’t want to think of it too far in advance, but it was definitely one of my goals and I’m glad we achieved it.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN
On saving the penalty kick:
“I knew it was a PK, so I didn’t even try to argue it. I went back, got a sip of water and relax myself. We did a little bit of scouting on No. 11 on his previous PKs, that he went to my right side. So it was kind of a little mind game to see if he would switch it up and go to the left side. But I saw him look to the left side, and players usually try to trick the goalkeeper by looking one way and going the other. So I saw him look one way and I had a strong feeling he’d go right. And I was able to save it.”

On how he prepared for penalty kicks at training the day before:
“After he took it, I was thinking about yesterday and how we practiced them and how I was feeling good. The practice helped get me in the zone. If we didn’t practice I think I would have been a lot more nervous.”

On helping the team return to the World Cup:
“It’s awesome. To be the No. 1 and be able to carry the team with Russ [Canouse] and Kellyn [Acosta] to the World Cup, it’s very exciting.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender MATT MIAZGA
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“Obviously it’s a good moment for us and U.S. Soccer. To be able to represent our country to the World Cup is a huge achievement. We’re going to work hard in the next few months and make that dream come true.”

On if there were any doubts after the first two games that the team would qualify:
“No. We’re a very confident group. We know we made our mistakes but we knew that we could correct them. And we knew that we had the chance to fix them in the upcoming games, and that’s what we did. We took each game one game at a time and we got the results. And it all came down to today against El Salvador and I thought we played a very good game and we got the result. All that matters now is that we booked our ticket to New Zealand.”

On the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“We’re a tight knit group of guys. We all get along really well, we all have each other’s backs, we all cover each other. If one guy makes a mistake, the other guy has his back. And I think we’re all very good players. So together we’ve played well and it showed in the results.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“I think in the first games, we didn’t perform that well. But we improved. I think by the end, even though our performance may not have been the best, I always knew that we were going to win. I always knew that we had it in us to do what needed to be done.”

On Steffen’s PK save:
“It was excellent. I gave away the PK, so I was a bit nervous. And when he saved it I was relieved. I thought he was going to save it; I had a feeling he would and believed in his ability. We were practicing penalties yesterday in training and he saved quite a few, so I thought he had it in him.”

Selección Masculina Sub-20 Clasifica a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015 con victoria de 2-0 contra El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (24 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos clasificó a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015 con una victoria de 2-0 contra El Salvador en el partido del Campeonato Sub-20 de CONCACAF 2015 en Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer anotó en el primer tiempo y Paul Arriola anotó en el segundo tiempo para ayudar a Estados Unidos avanzar por décimo cuarta ocasión a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA, que se lleva a cabo el 30 de mayo al 20 de junio en Nueva Zelanda. El sorteo para el torneo se llevará a cabo el 10 de febrero.

La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. terminó el torneo con cuatro victorias consecutivas para conseguir su puesto en la Copa Mundial. El portero Zack Steffen atajó un penal clave temprano en el segundo tiempo contra El Salvador para mantener la ventaja de uno a cero de Estados Unidos.

Honduras derrotó a Guatemala 2-1 en el primer partido del día en el otro partido del playoff para clasificar al Mundial. En el otro partido del día, el ganador del Grupo A Panamá y el ganador del Grupo B México competirán por el título del Campeonato Sub-20 de CONCACAF. Ambos equipos clasificaron a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 al ganar sus respectivos grupos.

Dieciséis de los 24 puestos ya están determinados para la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015:

  • CONCACAF (4): México, Panamá, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): RDP Corea, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistán
  • CAF (4): Los equipos clasifican del Campeonato Sub-20 Africano 2015
  • CONMEBOL (4): Los equipos clasifican del Campeonato Juvenil Sudamericano 2015
  • OFC (2): Fiji, Nueva Zelanda (anfitrión)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Alemania, Hungría, Portugal, Serbia, Ucrania

Resumen de Goles:
USA - Ben Spencer, minuto 37:
Después de un primer tiempo lento que vio a EE.UU. con un sólo tiro hasta ése punto, EE.UU. concretó en una oportunidad a balón parado. Emerson Hyndman envió un tiro libre del lado derecho y encontró a Spencer en el centro del área. El disparo de Spencer rebotó en el travesaño. El delantero siguió su propio rebote, cabeceando la pelota a la esquina superior izquierda para su segundo gol del torneo. USA 1, SLV 0

USA - Paul Arriola, minuto 68: El suplente del segundo tiempo Junior Flores tuvo un impacto inmediato en el ataque por el lado derecho del área, llevándose el balón cerca de la linea de fondo y cruzándolo para Bradford Jamieson IV quien disparó de primer intento. Carlos Cañas reaccionó para atajar y el balón rebotó para Arriola afuera del área. Arriola remató de zurda y el balón se fue por un lado de dos defensas de El Salvador y de Cañas, cruzando la línea para su primer gol del torneo. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
SLV - Carlos Cañas, minuto 13:
La defensa de El Salvador tuvo que regresar en un contraataque de EE.UU. que empezó con un pase de Emerson Hyndman para Romain Gall. El toque de Gall fue un poco fuerte y Cañas leyó bien la secuencia, dejándo su línea e interrumpiendo el ataque de EE.UU. cerca del borde del área, despejando antes de que Gall pudiera disparar.

USA - Zack Steffen, minuto 52: El Salvador no tuvo ni un sólo disparo en el primer tiempo, pero el equipo consiguió un tiro penal cuando Estados Unidos cometió una infracción con la mano en el área. José Villavicencio se perfiló y Steffen se aventó a su derecha para su atajada más grande del torneo. El Salvador tuvo un tiro de esquina pero Estados Unidos lo despejó.

SLV - Carlos Cañas, minuto 62: Emerson Hyndman envió un tiro libre del lado derecho para Matt Miazga, quien la cabeceó de a 10 yardas. Cañas desvió el disparo lo justo para que el balón rebotará en el travesaño.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. vs. El Salvador
Fecha: 24 de enero, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-20 de la CONCACAF 2015; Playoff
Sede: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Inicio: 5 p.m. ET
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: 81 grados, lluvia

Resumen de anotaciones:                1 2 F
USA                                                 1 1 2
SLV                                                  0 0 0

USA - Ben Spencer                 minuto 37
USA - Paul Arriola                   68

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Director Técnico: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Suplentes No Utilizados: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Director Técnico: Mauricio Alfaro

Resumen estadístico: USA / SLV
Tiros: 9 / 5
Tiros al arco: 3 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 1
Tiros de esquina: 6 / 2
Faltas: 25 / 17
Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Ben Spencer (amonestación) minuto 38
SLV - Narciso Orellana (amonestación) 38
SLV - Eduardo Merino (amonestación) 71
USA - Tommy Thompson (amonestación) 73
USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (amonestación) 76
SLV - Andrés Flores (expulsión) 79

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Cuarto Oficial: John Pitti (PAN)

Jugador del Partido ussoccer.com: Emerson Hyndman 

U-20 MNT Earns FIFA U-20 World Cup Berth with 2-0 Victory against El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in its playoff match at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola added a tally in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.

The U.S. U-20 MNT capped off the tournament with four straight shutout victories to clinch its World Cup berth. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USA’s one-goal lead at the time.

Earlier today, Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. Later today, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the title match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Both teams clinched a berth to the U-20 World Cup by winning their respective groups.

Sixteen of the 24 spots are now set for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup:

  • CONCACAF (4): Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): Korea DPR, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistan
  • CAF (4): Teams qualify from the 2015 African U-20 Championship
  • CONMEBOL (4): Teams will qualify from the 2015 South American Youth Championship
  • OFC (2): Fiji, New Zealand (host)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ben Spencer, 37th minute: After a slow first half that featured just one USA shot up to that point, the USA capitalized on a set piece. Emerson Hyndman took his free kick from the right side and found Spencer in the middle of the box, Spencer’s header struck off of the crossbar. The U.S. striker followed his own rebound, heading the ball back in from eight yards out into the upper left corner of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, SLV 0

USA – Paul Arriola, 68th minute: Second-half sub Junior Flores had an immediate impact with the attack down the right side of the box, dribbling near the end line and crossing in for Bradford Jamieson IV who one-timed his shot. Carlos Cañas reacted to make the save, and the ball bounced to Arriola above the box. Arriola followed with a left-footed shot that trickled past two El Salvador defenders and Cañas and into the net for his first goal of the tournament. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Carlos Cañas, 13th minute: El Salvador’s defense had to back track on a USA counter attack, led by Emerson Hyndman’s through ball to Romain Gall. Gall’s touch was a tad too heavy and Cañas read the sequence well, rushing up from his line and disrupting the U.S. offense near the top of the box to clear before Gall could get a shot off.

USA – Zack Steffen, 52nd minute: El Salvador did not have a single shot through the first half, but the team earned a penalty kick chance when the USA committed a hand ball in the box. Jose Villavicencio went to the spot, and Steffen dove to his right for his biggest save of the tournament. El Salvador did have a corner kick chance afterward, but the U.S. eventually cleared.

SLV – Carlos Cañas, 62nd minute: Off of Emerson Hyndman’s free kick from the right, he drove the ball over to a lunging Matt Miazga who headed the ball from 10 yards out. Cañas deflected the shot just enough as the ball clanked off of the crossbar.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 4-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in this tournament. Saturday’s win also marked the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. directly clinched a FIFA U-20 World Cup spot by virtue of a victory against El Salvador. The previous meetings clinched berths to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup .
  • For a third straight game, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical lineup as the USA’s Group A wins against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband for the fourth time in the tournament.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a fourth-straight match.
  • During a 42nd-minute attacking sequence, Spencer collided with El Salvador goalkeeper Carlos Cañas, forcing medical staff to take a look at his leg. Spencer was able to trudge through the remainder of the half, but Ramos utilized his team’s first substitution to open the second half, bringing in Paul Arriola.
  • Junior Flores entered the match in the 62nd minute for Gall, the USA’s leading goal scorer with five tallies in the tournament.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Lynden Gooch for Hyndman, who was receiving attention from the medical staff shortly after the U-20 MNT’s second goal.
  • El Salvador played the final 12 minutes and stoppage time down a man when Andres Flores was called for an intentional foul from behind against the USA’s Junior Flores in the 79th minute.
  • The USA outscored its opponents 14-2 during the qualifying stage.
  • Hyndman led the team with three assists.
  • Carter-Vickers and Requejo played in all 540 minutes of six games at the tournament.
  • Heading into Saturday night’s final of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gall is tied with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano for the tournament goal-scoring lead with his five goals.
  • Gall has nine-career goals with the U-20s in 14 international matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Playoff
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 81 degrees, light rain

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

USA – Ben Spencer   37th minute
USA – Paul Arriola    68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Subs Not Used: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Head coach: Mauricio Alfaro

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 25 / 17
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ben Spencer (caution)                    38th minute
SLV – Narciso Orellana (caution)              38
SLV – Eduardo Merino (caution)               71
USA – Tommy Thompson (caution)          73
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)  76
SLV – Andres Flores (sent off)                   79

Officials:
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emerson Hyndman

Klinsmann convoca a 23 Jugadores para partidos contra Chile y Panamá

CHICAGO (24 de enero, 2015) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann convocó a 23 jugadores para los partidos contra Chile y Panamá, incluyendo a nueve jugadores de la nómina de la selección en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014. El grupo viajará a Santiago el sábado por la mañana antes del primer partido de EE.UU. en el 2015, en el cual enfrentarán a Chile el 28 de enero en Rancagua. El inicio en el Estadio El Teniente está programado para las 6 p.m. ET, y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 1, UniMás y Univisión Deportes Network.

"Estos muchachos han trabajado duro estas dos semanas de entrenamiento durante lo que viene siendo como su pretemporada, y ya es hora de concentrarse en obtener un resultado contra un rival difícil que es Chile," dijo Klinsmann. "Sabemos que va a ser una situación dificil pero éstas son el tipo de oportunidades que necesitamos para seguir creciendo." 

La concentración que empezó el 12 de enero en el Centro Nacional de Entrenamiento en Carson, California, incluyó a 28 jugadores. Jozy Altidore y Matt Hedges fueron agregados al grupo mientras que Brad Evans tuvo que dejar la concentración debido a tendinitis en su rodilla izquierda. El defensa de Tottenham Hotspur DeAndre Yedlin se unirá al equipo en Chile.

Siete jugadores regresarán a su club: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club León), Julio Morales (Tepic) y Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy). El mediocampista de Liverpool Marc Pelosi seguirá en el área y se reunirá al conjunto cuando regrese a Los Ángeles. 

"Ésta fue una experiencia muy importante para estos jugadores Sub-23," dijo Klinsmann. "Fueron presentados al programa de la selección y tuvieron la oportunidad de trabajar con Andi Herzog y nuestro cuerpo técnico en lo que trabajamos hacia la eliminatoria Olímpica en el otoño. Trabajaron muy duro y aprendimos mucho de ellos. Agradecemos su esfuerzo y continuaremos a monitorearlos con sus clubes."

El campamento culmina con un partido amistoso contra Panamá el 8 de febrero en Carson. El inicio en el StubHub Center está programado para la 1 p.m. PT y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN, UniMás y Univision Deportes Network. Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

Aficionados pueden comprar boletos por medio de ussoccer.com, llamando al 1-888-929-7849, y en la taquilla del StubHub Center (abierta de lunes a viernes, 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. PT). 

Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

NÓMINA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS POR POSICIÓN:

ARQUEROS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENSAS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) 

DELANTEROS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Klinsmann Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for Friendlies against Chile and Panama

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The group will travel to Santiago on Saturday morning in advance of the USA’s opening match of 2015 when it takes on Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua. Kickoff at Estadio El Teniente is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

“These guys have put in a lot of work these past two weeks of training for what is essentially their preseason, and now it’s time to focus on getting a result against a difficult opponent in Chile,” said Klinsmann. “We know it’s going to be a challenging situation, but these are the types of opportunities we need to keep growing.”

The camp that began on Jan. 12 at the National Training Center in Carson, California, included 28 players. Jozy Altidore and Matt Hedges were brought into the group, while Brad Evans was forced to depart with tendinitis in his left knee. Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin will meet the team in Chile.

Meanwhile, six players have been released back to their clubs: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club Leon) Julio Morales (Tepic) and Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), and Liverpool midfielder Marc Pelosi will remain in the area and rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

“This was a really important experience for these U-23 players,” Klinsmann said. “They got a great introduction into the senior National Team program, and had the opportunity to work with Andi Herzog and our staff as we build toward Olympic qualifying in the fall. They put in a tremendous amount of work and we learned a lot about them. We appreciate the effort and will continue to monitor them in their club situations.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Carson. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow U.S. MNT matches live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).

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

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine players on the camp were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • After Dempsey (110 caps/39 goals), Bradley is the most experienced member of the camp with 91 career caps and 12 goals. Conversely, eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team.
  • Rimando, who is participating in his seventh January camp, has 16 caps in his career and boasts a 10-0-2 record with four shutouts.
  • Gyasi Zardes is making his first camp appearance for the USA.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Luis Gil and Shane O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Wil Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Jon Kempin, O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Sorto, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players have ties to the Development Academy: Steve Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting KC), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Andi Herzog Nombrado Director Técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-23

CHICAGO (23 de enero, 2015) -- El asistente técnico de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Andreas "Andi" Herzog fue nombrado director técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 de EE.UU. Herzog guiará el grupo que empezará el proceso de eliminatoria en octubre para los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 en Rio de Janeiro.

“Andy trae una multitud de experiencia a nivel internacional como jugador y técnico,” dijo el Presidente de U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati. “En sus años con la Selección ha desarrollado un conocimiento completo de nuestro sistema y confiamos que es la persona indicada para cumplir nuestra meta de llegar a y tener éxito en los Juegos Olímpicos.”

Herzog ya ha jugado un papel importante en las preparaciones de EE.UU. para los Juegos Olímpicos al estar al frente de varias concentraciones de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 el año pasado en Brasil y Bahamas, al igual que un campamento de la Sub-21 en abril del 2014.

“Es un honor tener la oportunidad de dirigir la Selección Sub-23 de Estados Unidos,” dijo Herzog. “Reconocemos el lugar especial que los Juegos Olímpicos tienen en este país y estamos comprometidos en clasificar a Rio 2016. Anticipamos formar un equipo que enorgullecerá a todos los estadounidenses. También sabemos que es parte de nuestra responsabilidad desarrollar jugadores que podrán contribuir a la selección mayor y ése proceso ya empezó.”

Herzog jugó profesionalmente por 18 años y en más de 100 partidos con la Selección de Austria antes de entrar al mundo de directores técnicos en el 2005.

En diciembre del 2011, el director técnico de la Selección Masculina Jurgen Klinsmann nombró a Herzog como asistente con la Selección. Herzog fue director técnico de la Selección Sub-23 de Austria de 2009-11, y también fue auxiliar con la selección mayor de Austria.

“Andi tiene mucha experiencia y conocimiento para preparar este grupo para el nivel internacional,” dijo Klinsmann. “Como ex director técnico de la Selección Sub-21 de Austria, tiene mucha experiencia conectando con los jóvenes. Ha estado con la Selección Mayor estos últimos años, y comprende las dificultades de formar un equipo con jugadores que vienen de todos lados. Andi está absolutamente listo para asumir este papel, y merece esta oportunidad.”

Como jugador, Herzog fue compañero de Klinsmann en el Bayern Munich de la Bundesliga alemana, en donde ambos ganaron la Copa UEFA en 1996. Herzog terminó su carrera profesional con el LA Galaxy de la Major League Soccer en el 2004.

Con la Selección de Austria, Herzog se convirtió en el máximo goleador con 26 goles en 103 partidos de 1988-2003. Es veterano de dos Copas Mundiales de la FIFA (1990 y 1998).

Andreas Herzog Named Head Coach for U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Andreas “Andi” Herzog has been named the head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team. Herzog will lead the group that will begin the qualification process this fall for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Andi brings a wealth of experience at the international level as a player and a coach,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “In his years with the National Team he has developed a thorough understanding of our system, and we are confident that he is the right coach to accomplish our goal of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic Games.”

Herzog has already played an integral role in the USA’s early Olympic preparations by helping head multiple U-23 MNT camps last year in Brazil and the Bahamas, as well as a U-21 camp in April of 2014.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to coach the U.S. Under-23 National Team,” said Herzog. “We recognize the special place that the Olympic Games have in this country and we are committed as a group to qualifying for Rio in 2016. We look forward to putting together a team that will make all Americans proud. We also know it’s a part of our responsibility to develop players who will be able to contribute to the senior National Team, and that process has already begun.”

Herzog played professionally for 18 years and earned more than 100 caps with Austria’s national team. The two-time FIFA World Cup veteran (1990 and 1998) transitioned to the coaching realm in 2005. He served as Austria’s U-21 coach from 2009-11, and was also an assistant coach for Austria’s senior national team.

In December of 2011, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named Herzog his assistant coach with the MNT. The 46-year-old becomes the third senior team assistant coach in four cycles to take charge of the U-23s, following Glenn “Mooch” Myernick in 2004 and Peter Nowak in 2008.

“Andi has plenty of experience and knowledge in order to prepare this group for the international level,” said Klinsmann, who is also U.S. Soccer’s Technical Director. “As a former coach of the U-21 Austria team, he has a lot of experience connecting to the younger generation of players. Having been with the senior National Team these past years, he understands the challenges of putting together a team with players coming from all over. Andi is absolutely ready to step into this role, and he deserves this opportunity.”

As a player, Herzog was a former teammate of Klinsmann at German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, where the two celebrated winning a UEFA Cup championship in 1996. Herzog capped off his professional career with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy in 2004.

On the international front, Herzog is Austria’s leading capwinner, having made 103 appearances and scoring 26 goals for Austria from 1988-2003.

Tickets go on Sale Jan. 30 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play longtime rival Mexico, presented by AT&T, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets for the match go on sale to the public next Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (TICKETS)

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer’s Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found on ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The previous friendly between the U.S. and Mexico was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The U.S. begins its 2015 campaign Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a match against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN). Following the game in South America, the U.S. returns to host Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in a 1 p.m. PT kickoff at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS).

From Generation to Generation

The veteran players in the MNT camp are in a position to mentor the youngsters, and also believe the new guys have something to offer in return.

U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador: Highlights - Jan. 24, 2015

The U.S. U-20 MNT defeated El Salvador behind goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola to grab a spot in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.

U-20 MNT Ready for World Cup Playoff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team faces El Salvador with the winner earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Zack Steffen Takes the Next Step

ussoccer.com hears from U-20 MNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen who discusses his development as a player and his path to signing a professional contract. Teammate Russell Canouse and goalkeeper coach Russell Payne also talk about working with Zack.

Inside Draft Day with Alex Bono

Alex Bono couldn't be at the MLS Super Draft because of a surprise call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team. How he found it which team drafted him was even more surprising.

U-20 MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights - Jan. 21, 2015

The U-20 MNT got a crucial win to qualify for a playoff match for the 2015 U-20 World Cup. Bradford Jamieson IV scored late in the second half to give the USA a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago.

U-20 MNT Controls its Destiny Heading into Showdown against Trinidad & Tobago

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos, midfielder Romain Gall and defender John Requejo speak about the team's growth over the course of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the opportunity to move on in the tournament by getting a result against a quality Trinidad & Tobago side.

U-20 MNT vs. Jamaica: Highlights - Jan. 18, 2015

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team earned an important victory at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, defeating host side Jamaica 2-0 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Rachel and Kristie’s Japan Adventure

For three months in the fall of 2014, U.S. WNT players Rachel Van Hollebeke and Kristie Mewis lived in Japan while playing for the Iga FC Kunoichi club. They went to Japan to get some great training and games, but left with an off-the-field life experience they will never forget.

Carson Confidential

With January Camp in full swing out in Carson, California, we press pause and take you inside a closed U.S. MNT afternoon training session from start to finish.
×