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Stuart Sharp Names U.S. Paralympic Roster for 2014 America Cup in Canada

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team is traveling to Canada for the 2014 America Cup, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp named a 14-player roster for this event as the team flies into Toronto today.

“It’s exciting after six months of focused preparation to be finally taking the USPNT into a major championship,” Sharp said. “It’s going to be a tough group to get out of with the world’s on-form side Brazil, and the unpredictable but talented Mexico side in there with us, but we are confident we can get the results that matter and move on to the next stage of the competition.”

The USA will open against Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then face Brazil on Monday, Sept. 22, in Group B play. Group A includes host side Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.

Following the group stage, the group winners will face the opposite group runner-up in the semifinals on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event concludes with three placement games on Friday, Sept. 26 – a fifth-place game, consolation final (third-place game) and the final.

All 14 players were part of Sharp’s domestic training camp in mid-August in Chula Vista, California. Earlier this year, the PNT took second place at the ninth International Trophy of 7-A-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain.

“There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months,” Sharp said. “However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas Region has to offer. It is an absolute privilege to be leading the squad as its head coach into this competition and I am confident that the players who will be wearing the U.S. jersey will give everything possible to do their nation proud.”

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shea Cassidy (Buena Park, Calif.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2): Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)

Players who have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury yet are ambulatory may be eligible to play for the U.S. Paralympic National Team. Interested players should contact U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp ( or team manager Pam Perkins (

U.S. Paralympic National Team

U.S. Open Cup Scoring Leaders Put Entire Focus on Title Opportunity

It is only fitting that the finalists for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup also have the top two scorers in the tournament’s modern history.

Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux, the top scorer with 14 goals, will go up against Seattle Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper who is tied for second with 13 tallies, when both teams face each other on Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup Final at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV).

Tuesday’s game, however, is entirely focused on the trophy and far less about who is leading that scoring race.

“I want him to score two goals, but we win 3-2,” Le Toux said. “So he passes in front of me and we win the Cup.

“The fact that we are both leading scorers is a nice thing, but it’s not what we want. We are both looking at the trophy right now and we want to get it no matter what.”

For both forwards, their professional paths crossed once before when they were New York Red Bulls teammates in 2012. Cooper was the team’s leading scorer that year with 18 goals in MLS play. Le Toux had a down season with five goals between Vancouver and New York that year, but he has found his scoring touch again this season with the Union.

“Seba’s been doing great this year,” Cooper said. “We met each other a long time ago in Dallas and had the opportunity to play with each other in New York a couple years ago. He’s a great guy and a great player. I’m happy for his success and the great form he’s in right now.”

Cooper is in search of his first U.S. Open Cup crown while Le Toux is in search for his second. The French forward assisted Roger Levesque’s game-winning goal in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final as the Major League Soccer expansion side Seattle Sounders FC defeated host D.C. United 2-1 at RFK Stadium.

“It’s a competition that I’ve won one time before, so it’s very important,” Le Toux said. “I feel lucky to have won a final five years ago and I just hope to win again. It’ll be difficult, but we’ll try to be ready.”

Sigi Schmid

Along with the title, the U.S. Open Cup winner also will be rewarded with a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, a familiar competition for Seattle after participating in 2012-13.

“Champions League is a competition that we’ve been in in the past. We enjoy that competition and look forward to it,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. “Getting knocked out in the semis [against Santos Laguna] the last time around gave us a taste of how close we can get to the final game. Being able to eliminate a team from Mexico (Tigres UANL) was something that was special at the time. But that’s far in the future.”

For Philadelphia-area native and Union interim head coach Jim Curtin, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open Cup, this year’s tournament carries more significance in his eyes.

“It’s something that means a lot to me, being from this city,” Curtin said. “To do it here would be special. It’s different than a player. I’ve won this competition twice as a player and I lost it once as a player, but as a coach it carries a little more weight. As a player you’re a little more selfish in your thinking and that it’s the team and the individuals. Sure, it’s for the city as well. But being from here, I feel more of the weight, not to let the city down. We want to win.”

Academy Alumni: Crew’s Trapp Tallies First MLS Goal

Crew Soccer Academy alum Wil Trapp started off a Columbus Crew rally with his first Major League Soccer goal to lead his side to a 2-2 road draw against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Following the weekend, the Crew sits at the fifth MLS Playoff spot with 37 points and a 9-9-10 record.

The second-year midfielder Trapp, formerly of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year, cut Houston’s lead to 2-1 in the 48th minute with a 25-yard strike off of a throw-in. Trapp’s shot, which is up for MLS Goal of the Week, snuck just inside the inside of the right post, and Columbus maintained its momentum with an Ethan Finlay header six minutes later.

Yedlin Assists Twice for Sounders: Seattle Sounders FC Academy alum and 2014 FIFA World Cup member DeAndre Yedlin assisted two goals, including Andy Rose’s stoppage-time game-winner, to lead Seattle to a 3-2 win against Real Salt Lake on Friday. Yedlin’s other assist was on Lamar Neagle’s 38th-minute tally. Yedlin recorded multiple assists in a game for the first time in his young career.

DeAndre Yedlin

Zardes Scores No. 15 for Galaxy: LA Galaxy Academy product Gyasi Zardes added to his banner season with his 15th goal of the season during the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact last Wednesday. Zardes’ 59th-minute score cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1 before Alan Gordon notched the equalizer in the 64th minute. Zardes recently set the record for most goals by an MLS homegrown player, breaking the previous mark of 13 held by New England Revolution Academy alum Diego Fagundez.

Rowe Rallies Revs: Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe helped rally the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday in Foxborough. Just 10 minutes after Montreal gained a 1-0 lead, Rowe responded with a long-range strike past Troy Perkins for the equalizer, followed by Lee Nguyen’s winner. Rowe has been in top form with two goals and three assists over his past five matches.

Elsewhere, former Andromeda Academy midfielder Dillon Powers scored his fifth goal of the season during the Colorado Rapids’ 2-2 road draw against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and Concorde Fire product Chris Duvall earned his first MLS assist, setting up a Thierry Henry goal during the New York Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphia Union Hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 16 to Decide U.S. Open Cup Crown

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union hosting Seattle Sounders FC (TICKETS). The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on GolTV and live on

The match will also be broadcast locally in Philadelphia by the Comcast Network, the cable home of the Philadelphia Union. Seattle Sounders FC is providing a live radio broadcast on Fans can follow the championship of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup on Twitter @ussoccer.

Seattle won the event three consecutive times from 2009-11 and was the runner-up to Sporting Kansas City in 2012. This is the Union’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final.

Two of the tournament’s top goal scorers will go head-to-head in this year’s title match. Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time goal scoring leader in the modern era with 14 tallies. Seattle’s Kenny Cooper is tied for second with 13 goals, and he is 2014’s leading tournament scorer with five goals.


Each team will have 18 players available for Tuesday’s game:
Philadelphia Union
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Andre Blake, 18-Zac MacMath, 92-Rais Mbolhi
DEFENDERS: 2-Carlos Valdes, 4-Austin Berry, 14-Amobi Okugo, 15-Ethan White, 16-Richie Marquez, 25-Sheanon Williams, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 33-Fabio Alves
MIDFIELDERS: 5-Vincent Nogueira, 7-Brian Carroll, 8-Fred Da Silva, 10-Cristian Maidana, 13-Michael Lahoud, 21-Maurice Edu, 22-Leo Fernandes, 27-Zach Pfeffer, 30-Pedro Ribeiro, 44-Danny Cruz
FORWARDS: 6-Conor Casey, 9-Andrew Wenger, 11-Sebastien Le Toux, 12-Aaron Wheeler, 17-Brian Brown, 29-Antoine Hoppenot

Seattle Sounders FC
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Stefan Frei, 29-Josh Ford
DEFENDERS: 4-Jalil Anibaba, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 14-Chad Marshall, 15-Dylan Remick, 17-DeAndre Yedlin, 18-Djimi Traore, 20-Zach Scott, 31-Damion Lowe
MIDFIELDERS: 3-Brad Evans, 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 10-Marco Pappa, 11-Aaron Kovar, 25-Aaron Long, 27-Lamar Neagle, 42-Micheal Azira
FORWARDS: 2-Clint Dempsey, 7-Tristan Bowen, 9-Obafemi Martins, 13-Sean Okoli, 19-Chad Barrett, 23-Cam Weaver, 33-Kenny Cooper, 77-Kevin Parsemain


  • Union forward Sebastien Le Toux has scored three goals in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is tied with 10 other players for fifth in this year’s tournament, and his free kick tally in the quarterfinals gave him 14th all-time to surpass the previous record of 13 he shared with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno.
  • Le Toux was a member of Seattle Sounders FC’s 2009 U.S. Open Cup-winning team, assisting Roger Levesque’s 86th-minute goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winner as D.C. United’s Clyde Simms scored in the waning moments during Seattle’s 2-1 victory.
  • Rookie Pedro Ribeiro and Le Toux each scored a goal this past weekend to rally the Union to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in MLS play on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.


  • With his brace during Seattle’s 6-0 semifinal victory against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 13, Kenny Cooper moved into a tie for second place on the all-time goal scoring list in the modern era with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno. Cooper only trails the Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux (14 goals).
  • Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Zach Scott were rostered members of the Sounders’ 2009 championship team. Alonso played the full 90 minutes and Evans was a second-half sub as Seattle defeated D.C. United 2-1 on Sept. 2, 2009, at RFK Stadium. The Sounders became the second MLS expansion side to win the Open Cup title (the other expansion team being the 1998 Chicago Fire).
  • In 2010, Alonso once again logged 90 minutes and Scott was an unused sub as the Sounders earned their second straight U.S. Open Cup, overcoming a first-half deficit en route to a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5, in front of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (Sounders vs. Columbus Crew Highlights – Oct. 5, 2010)
  • Alonso scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final to cap off Seattle’s 2-0 win on Oct. 4, 2011, against the Chicago Fire for the Sounders’ third-straight title. A total of 35,615 fans were in attendance at CenturyLink Field. Outside back Leonardo Gonzalez and midfielders Evans and Lamar Neagle started and played the full 90 in that game as Seattle’s defense allowed only six shots, four on goal.


  • Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le Toux (3), Andrew Wenger (2), Conor Casey (1), Maurice Edu (1), Amobi Okugo (1)
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Kenny Cooper (5), Andy Rose (2), Osvaldo Alonso (1), Chad Barrett (1), Brad Evans (1), Aaron Kovar (1), Obafemi Martins (1), Sean Okoli (1), Marco Pappa (1), Zach Scott (1)

Philadelphia Union

  • Fourth Round (June 17): Philadelphia Union 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 1 (OT): The Union had an ominous start to this year’s tournament, trailing 1-0 late in the first half to the USL PRO side. Maurice Edu scored a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger carried the Union with two goals in overtime for the two-goal victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 (OT): Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the winner in the 115rth minute, to escape an upset bid against the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos led early in the second half from Alessandro Noselli, but Le Toux responded immediately to force overtime. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 8): Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 0: Sebastien Le Toux broke the all-time goal scoring record in tournament history with his 14rth tally (and third in this year’s tournament) and Conor Casey scored the early game-winner at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. ( recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 12): Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-3 in shootout): Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with two saves during a penalty kick shootout to lead Philadelphia to the victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in Open Cup play early in the first half, only to see FC Dallas respond with Fabian Castillo’s equalizer the closing minutes of regulation. After overtime, the match went to PKs, where MacMath turned away shots by Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa. The Union’s Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu each converted their attempts for the win. ( recap)

Seattle Sounders FC

  • Fourth Round (June 18): Seattle Sounders FC 5, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Sounders homegrown player Aaron Kovar drew the penalty that led to Brad Evans’ opening goal in the 22nd minute and assisted a Zach Scott goal as Seattle rolled past PSA Elite, out-shooting the USASA side 21-1. Kenny Cooper recorded a brace and Sean Okoli capped off the scoring in the 84th minute. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Seattle wins 4-1 in shootout): After San Jose’s Steven Lenhart gave his side a lead in the 24rth minute, Kenny Cooper equalized just two minutes later. Both sides stayed even through regulation and overtime, and it was all Seattle with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle each converted their penalty kicks. San Jose’s Alan Gordon missed his attempt and Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved JJ Koval’s attempt. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 9): Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers FC (MLS) 1 (OT): Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa added an insurance goal five minutes later at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute, but Portland forced overtime when Darlington Nagbe equalized late in second-half stoppage time. (recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 13): Seattle Sounders FC 6, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0: Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as Seattle coasted past the Fire, a four-time champion of the U.S. Open Cup, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Chad Barrett scored a sixth-minute goal against his former Chicago team for the early lead and the game-winning tally. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins also added a goal in the 79th minute before Cooper put the match well out of reach with back-to-back scores in the final 10 minutes. (recap)

PENNSYLVANIA OPEN CUP ROOTS: Only the states of New York (26) and California (15) have fielded more U.S. Open Cup champions than Pennsylvania in the tournament’s 101-year history. The Philadelphia Union is one victory away from changing the top-two picture. Pennsylvania has been the home of 14 previous Open Cup title winners, led by the storied Bethlehem Steel teams that racked up five titles in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1926. Other Pennsylvania-based champions included four-time winner Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966), two-time champion Pittsburgh Harmarville (1952 and 1956), Gallatin (1942), Philadelphia German-American SC (1936) and Pittsburgh Morgan (1949).

ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. Open Cup Championship Results (1914-present)




Brooklyn Field Club 2, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 16, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 1; Taylor Field; Bethlehem, Pa.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 1, Fall River Rovers 0 (May 16; Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Fall River Rovers of Mass. 1, Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 0 (May 5, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Fall River Rovers 0 – replay (May 19; Harrison, N.J.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 2, Paterson FC (April 19; Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)


St. Louis Ben Miller FC 2, Fore River Rovers 1 (May 8; Handlan's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)


Brooklyn Robbins Dry Dock 4, Scullin Steel 2 (April 19; Fall River Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)


St. Louis Scullin Steel 3, Todd Shipyards 2 (March 19; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)


Paterson FC of N.J. title v. Scullin Steel, which could not field team for replay (injuries; baseball)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 4, Vesper Buick 2 (March 30; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)


Shawsheen FC of Andover, Mass. 3, Canadian Club 0 (April 19; Mark's Stadium; Tiverton, R.I.)


Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 7, Ben Miller SC (April 11; Ebbets Field; Brooklyn, N.Y.)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 7, Holley Carburetor (May 1; Univ. of Detroit Stadium; Detroit)


New York Nationals 4, Bricklayers 1 – aggregate score (April 9 in New York; April 15 in Chicago)


New York Hakoah SC 5, Madison Kennels 0 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 7 in Brooklyn)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bruell Insurance 3 – agg. (3/30 in New York; 4/6 in Cleveland)


Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bricklayer FC 3 – agg. (4/5 in New York; 4/12 and 4/19 in Chicago)


New Bedford Whalers of Mass. 8, Stix, Baer & Fuller 5 – agg. (3/26 and 4/2; Sportsman's Park; St.L)


St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 3, N.Y. Americans 1 – aggregate (April 16 in St. Louis; April 23 in Bronx, N.Y.)


St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 11, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/1 in St.L; 4/8 in Pawtucket; 4/16 in St.L)


St.L Central Breweries 7, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/28 in St.L; 5/6 in Paw.; 5/12 in Newark)


Phila. German-American SC 5, Shamrocks SC 2 – aggregate (April 26 in St. Louis; May 3 in Phila.)


New York Americans 4, Shamrocks SC 3 – aggregate (April 11 in St. Louis; April 18 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Chicago Sparta ABA 6, St. Mary's Celtic 2 – aggregate (April 17 in Chicago; April 24 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 5, Manhattan Beer 2 – agg. (April 30 in Chicago; May 7 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Baltimore SC and Chicago Sparta named co-champs (2-2 in aggregate; 3rd game not agreed upon)


Pawtucket Rangers of R.I. 8, Chrysler FC 5 – agg. (May 4 in Pawtucket, R.I.; May 11 in Detroit)


Gallatin SC 6, Pawtucket Rangers 3 – aggregate (May 17 in Dora, Pa.; May 31 in Pawtucket, R.I.)


Brooklyn Hispano 5, Morgan Strasser 4 – aggregate (May 24 and 30; Starlight Park; Bronx, N.Y.)


Brooklyn Hispano 4, Morgan Strasser 0 (May 14; The Polo Grounds, New York, N.Y.)


N.Y. Brookhattan 6, Cleveland Americans 2 – agg. (June 10 in Bronx, N.Y.; Jun 16 in Cleveland)


Chicago Vikings 3, Fall River Ponta Delgada 2 – agg. (July 7 in Tiverton, R.I.; July 14 in Chicago, Ill.)


Fall River Ponta Delgada SC 9, Sparta 3 – agg. (Aug. 31 in Fall River, Mass.; Sept. 7 in Chicago, Ill.)


St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Brookhattan-Galicia 2 (Oct. 17; Sportsman's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)


Pittsburgh Morgan SC 4, Philadelphia Nationals 3 – aggregate (May 15 in Phila.; May 29 in Pitt.)


St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Ponta Delgada 1 – agg. (April 22 in St. Louis; May 7 in Tiverton, R.I.)


N.Y. German Hungarian SC 8, Heidelberg SC 6 – agg. (June 10 in Pitt.; June 17 in Queens, N.Y.)


Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 7, Phila. Nationals 5 – aggregate (June 1 in Harmarville; June 8 in Phila.)


Chicago Falcons 3, Pittsburgh Harmarville – agg. (April 19 in Harmarville, Pa.; April 26 in Chicago)


New York Americans 3, St. Louis Kutis SC 1 – aggregate (April 18 in St. Louis; May 16 in N.Y.)


SC Eintracht of N.Y. 2, Danish American SC 0 (April 24; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)


Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 3, Schwaben SC of Ill. 2 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in Pa.)


St. Louis Kutis SC 6, New York Hakoah 1 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 14 in Bronx, N.Y.)


Los Angeles Kickers 2, Baltimore Pompei SC 1 (July 21; Baltimore, Md.)


San Pedro McIlvaine Canvasbacks of Calif. 4, Fall River 3 (June 8; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; L.A.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5, Los Angeles Kickers 3 (May 29; Edison Field; Philadelphia, Pa.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 7, United Scots 4 – aggregate (June 11 in L.A.; June 25 in Phila.)


New York Hungaria 3, San Francisco Scots 2 (June 17; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)


Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 1, Armenian SC 0 (June 2; Philadelphia, Pa.)


Los Angeles Kickers 4, Ukrainian Nationals 2 – aggregate (June 1 in Phila.; June 21 in L.A.)


New York Ukrainians 5, Hansa of Ill. 2 – aggregate score (June 27 in N.Y.; July 7 in Chicago)


Phila. Ukrainian Nationals 4, Orange County SC 0 – aggregate (May 22 in L.A.; June 5 in Phila.)


New York Greek-American 4, Orange County SC 2 (July 23; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)


New York Greek-American 2, Olympic SC of Ill. 1 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in N.Y.)


New York Greek-American 1, Montebello Armenians 0 (June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.)


SC Elizabeth of N.J. 2, Los Angeles Croatia 1 (May 3; New York)


New York Hota SC 6, San Pedro Yugoslavs 4 (May 16; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.)


SC Elizabeth of N.J. 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (May 21; Union, N.J.)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Cle. Inter-Italian 3 (June 10; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)


New York Greek-American 2, Chicago Croatian SC 0 (June 2; New York)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (June 15; El Camino College; Torrance, Calif.)


San Francisco AC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (May 23)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, United German Hungarians 1 (June 19)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 2, Vasco Da Gama 0 (July 30)


Brooklyn Dodgers SC 2, Chicago Croatian SC 1 (June 17)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 3, Maccabee AC 2 (June 15)


Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Brooklyn Dodgers SC 1 (June 28)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, Maccabee AC 3 (June 6)


New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, St. Louis Kutis SC 3 (July 3)


New York A.O. Krete 4, San Pedro Yugoslavs 2 (June 24; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


San Francisco Greek-American AC 2, St. Louis Kutis 1 (June 30)


St. Louis Kutis SC 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (July 13; Long Beach, Calif.)


Club España of Wash. D.C. 3-2 in penalties; 0-0 in reg. (June 21; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


St. Louis Busch SC 2, Greek-American AC 1 (June 25; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


St. Petersburg Kickers of Fla. 2, N.Y. Greek AA 1 (July 8; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)


Chicago A.A.C. Eagles 2, Brooklyn Italians 1 (July 28; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


Brooklyn Italians SC 1, Richardson Rockets 0 (Aug. 10; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, N.Y.)


San Jose Oaks of Calif. 2, Bridgeport Vasco da Gama 1 (July 11; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


San Fran. C.D. Mexico 5, United German-Hungarians 0 (July 17; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


San Francisco Greek-American AC 3, Bavarian Leinenkugel 0 (July 30; UGH Field; Oakford, Pa.)


Richmond Kickers 4-2 in penalties v. El Paso Patriots; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 27; El Paso, Texas)


D.C. United 3, Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 (Oct. 30; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Dallas Burn 5-3 in penalties v. D.C. United; 0-0 in reg. (Oct. 29; Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)


Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 30; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)


Rochester Raging Rhinos 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (Sept. 13; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)


Chicago Fire 2, Miami Fusion 1 (Oct. 21; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)


LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1 (Oct. 27; Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.)


Columbus Crew 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Oct. 24; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)


Chicago Fire 1, N.Y./N.J. MetroStars 0 (Oct. 15; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)


Kansas City Wizards 1, Chicago Fire 0 (Sept. 22; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.)


LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 (Sept. 28; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.)


Chicago Fire 3, LA Galaxy 1 (Sept. 27; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.)


New England Revolution 3, FC Dallas 2 (Oct. 3; Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas)


D.C. United 2, Charleston Battery 1 (Sept. 3; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 1 (Sept. 2; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 5; Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.)


Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 0 (Oct. 4; CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.)


Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in penalties vs. Seattle Sounders FC; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 9; Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.)


D.C. United 1, Real Salt Lake 0 (Oct. 1; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah)

U.S. Open Cup Press Conference

The Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders FC meet in the championship match tomorrow at PPL Park to decide the winner of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Today's final press conference in advance of the game begins at 2 p.m. ET and will feature Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin and midfielder Sebastian LeToux as well as Seattle Sounders FC manager Sigi Schmid and forward Kenny Cooper.

WNT vs. Mexico: Reaction – Sept. 14, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico 8-0 while scoring four goals in each half in the first of a two-game set between the countries. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, Alex Morgan, who scored twice with three assists, Abby Wambach, who also had a brace, and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who set the all-time U.S. record for shutouts with her 72nd clean sheet, react to the match.

Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

Photos from the U.S. WNT first of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Sounders in Familiar Territory with U.S. Open Cup Title on the Line

Kenny Cooper has a personal incentive to extend Seattle Sounders FC’s dominance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Lamar Hunt’s name is on [the trophy],” Cooper said. “Lamar’s name is special to my family. My dad played for the Dallas Tornado, which he owned then, and when I first came to league, he was the owner of FC Dallas, where I started.

“I would love to win with this.”

He will get his opportunity Tuesday in Chester, Pennsylvania, at PPL Park when Seattle plays the Philadelphia Union in the Cup final (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV), the fifth time in six years it has reached the championship match and chance at a fourth title.

Beside the family pride, a win also would put Cooper on par with his father, Ken Cooper Sr., in bragging rights at holiday family dinners. The British-born elder Cooper, who began his goalkeeping career with the Blackburn Rovers, won the 1971 North American Soccer League title with the Tornado.

“He has an NASL ring,” the younger Cooper said. “He’s one up on me at the moment. I’d love to win an MLS Cup ring one day, be part of a team that wins all three things. We’re fighting for all three trophies: the Supporters’ Shield, MLS and the Open Cup. I’d love to wear a ring like my father.”

Kenny Cooper

Cooper has played in the Open Cup final before, in 2007, when he came on late in the second half but could not rally FC Dallas from a one-goal deficit and the New England Revolution claimed the title with a 3-2 victory.

This season, Cooper  seems to be determined to claim a title. While he has three goals in 20 MLS games, Cooper has scored a tournament-leading six in four games in the Open Cup.

It is a determination that fits well with Seattle’s approach to the U.S. Open Cup, and the team’s seemingly ownership of it.

“We take a lot of pride in the competition,” said Sounders technical director Chris Henderson. “Even when we played as USL challengers, we went pretty deep into the tournament. That has continued on.

“If you have one night off, you’re out. It’s a knockout. I think we’re 21-3, including PKs. There’s a lot pride in the club in this. To be able to go as far we have, it’s one of hardest competitions to win.”

As a player with six different MLS clubs, Henderson only remembers reaching the semifinals, and most of the teams he played on treated the Open Cup as an afterthought.

“It’s certainly not like that here,” Henderson said.

Seattle won the Open Cup over the first three years the club played in Major League Soccer: 2009, 2010 and 2011. It reached the final in 2012 but lost to Sporting Kansas City.

Last year, Seattle lost its opening game in the tournament to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, a 1-0 defeat that eliminated the team in the third round. It was a harbinger of a disappointing season that saw the team go winless in its last seven and get eliminated from the MLS Playoffs at the conference semifinal stage.

It was an experience Seattle did not want to repeat. It may seem commonplace for Seattle to win the Cup, but not to the Sounders.

“It never gets routine,” said manager Sigi Schmid, who in addition to the three Open Cups he’s won with Seattle also won one with Columbus, as well as two MLS Cups, a CONCACAF Champions Cup and three College Cups. “To win a fourth Open Cup in six years of existence, I think, is a pretty good statement.

“It’s one of two trophies you can win, maybe although you could count the Supporters’ Shield as a third. I’ve said that if you’re going to enter something, you try to win it. If you’re not trying to win, don’t enter.”

WNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - Sept. 13, 2014

The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 18, 2012 U-15 BNT vs Spain Under-15 Men 0-1 L Centro de Capacitacion; Mexico City 0 --
June 19, 2012 U-15 BNT vs Costa Rica Under-15 Men 3-1 W Centro de Capacitacion; Mexico City 0 Elney, Villegas 2
June 20, 2012 U-15 BNT vs Colombia Under-15 Men 0-0 D Centro de Capacitacion; Mexico City 0 --