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Across the Academy – Oct. 1, 2014

U.S. U-17 MNT Opens Panama Tournament: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team begins play in the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament, starting today with its opening match against Costa Rica. That will be followed by a game against Canada on Friday, Oct. 3, and host Panama on Sunday, Oct. 5. U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster for this tournament. Fourteen players have current ties to the Development Academy. Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic lead the U-17s with 11 goals apiece in international competition this year.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Sept. 27-28):

  • West Conference: Real Salt Lake AZ’s Edgar Duran scored three goals in a 15-minute stretch and his U-17/18 side held off Chivas USA for a 4-3 victory on Saturday in Southwest Division play. Chivas USA was in the driver’s seat through the first half with Jonathan Hernandez and Michael Flores each tallying a goal in the first 45 minutes. Duran led Real Salt Lake AZ in the comeback with goals in the 52nd, 56th and 67th minutes, and Diego Silva scored in the 59th minute during that stretch to take a 4-2 lead heading into the game’s final 20 minutes. RSL leads the division with a 3-0-1 record and 2.50 points per game.
  • Central Conference: The Academy’s Houston derby at the U-15/16s had a flair for the dramatic. Alexander Acton-Petronotis broke a scoreless stalemate in the final minute to lift Texans SC Houston to a 1-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo. Texans SC Houston earned its first win in three games in Frontier Division play, and Acton-Petronotis’ 80th-minute goal was the squad’s first of the season.
  • East Conference: Oakwood Soccer Club’s U-17/18 team extended its unbeaten streak to three games with a 3-1 win against FC Bolts Celtic on Sunday. DeAndre Brown recorded a second-half brace, netting the game-tying and game-winning goals in the 76th and 81st minutes, respectively. Ramon Evans also scored for Oakwood, which improved to 2-1-1 and is tied for second place in the Northeast Division with 1.75 points per game, trailing only the Montreal Impact (3-0-1, 2.50 points per game). Oakwood’s U-15/16s also earned a 3-1 win against FC Bolts Celtic, led by a two-goal effort from Brock Hassett.

Stat of the Week: The Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18s and the PA Classics U-15/16s are the only two teams that have played at least four games and have earned shutouts in every match this season. Indiana Fire Academy (2-0-2, 2.00 points per game) is tied for second in the Mid-America Division with Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, and PA Classics is actually fourth in the Atlantic Division at 3-0-1 and 2.50 points per game. The Philadelphia Union (5-0-0, 3.00), New York Red Bulls (4-0-0, 3.00) and Bethesda-Olney (4-0-1, 2.60) make up the top of the Atlantic Division based on points per game.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Portland Timbers U-15/16 midfielder Adrian Villegas was named the Academy Player of the Week for the Sept. 27-28 weekend. Villegas set up a pair of Jose Perez goals during the Timbers’ match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Jaelin Rainey, a Grade 8 referee from Georgia, was named Referee of the Week for his work during Saturday’s U-13/14 match between the Concorde Fire and Carolina Elite Soccer Academy. The 16-year-old received high evaluation marks across the board last weekend and has worked several other Academy matches so far this season. Rainey has also worked various local and state-level games in the Georgia area.

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Kelyn Rowe

Academy Alumni: Revs’ Rowe Tallies Goal in Thrilling Win: Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City last Friday. Over the past two months, Rowe has four goals and four assists during that 11-game stretch. Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid earned his career-high ninth shutout during a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Union, and LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season to help the Galaxy defeat the New York Red Bulls.

U.S. U-23 MNT to Face Brazil on Oct. 13: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in Brasilia for a mid-October camp that includes a match against Brazil’s U-23s on Oct. 13. The roster for this camp will be announced shortly as the USA continues its early preparations for the qualification process toward the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


  • The Oct. 4-5 Academy weekend, the fifth of the 2014-15 season, features 119 games – 42 at the U-13/14 age group and a combined 77 games at the U-15/16 and U-17 age groups.
  • 2014-15 Academy Schedule page


U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nation December Tournament in Brazil

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Brazil in December for a four-team international tournament featuring host Brazil, China PR and Argentina. Brazil and China have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The International Tournament of Brasilia will be staged entirely at National Stadium Mane Garrincha – which hosted seven matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup – and will run from Dec. 10-21. The USA will open the tournament Dec. 10 against China PR, face Brazil on Dec. 14 and finish group play on Dec. 17 against Argentina. The final match day on Dec. 21 will feature the top two teams after round-robin play squaring off for the tournament championship while the two countries that finished third and fourth will battle for third place.

Kickoff times and additional tournament information will be announced at a later date. With two or three days between matches, the USA will get plenty of training days along with games against two teams in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Historically, we’ve had a two-week December training camp to finish the year, but getting the opportunity to get four international matches, as well as some excellent training at facilities that hosted teams in the World Cup this past summer, was too good to pass up,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis.

The U.S. Women have not played in Brazil since 1997 when they played two matches against the host, a 2-1 win in Taubaté and a 1-0 loss in São Paulo.

The matches mark the end of the USA’s 2014 campaign of 24 scheduled games, the most of any year in which the U.S. players have competed in a domestic league. The current high is 2003, the third year of the WUSA and also a World Cup year, when the U.S. WNT played 23 games.

International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule




Dec. 10

USA vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 14

Argentina vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. USA

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 17

USA vs. Argentina

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil vs. China PR

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Dec. 21

Third-Place Match

National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil


National Stadium Mane Garrincha; Brasilia, Brazil

Additional Notes:

  • Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina’s 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
  • The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England’s Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
  • In its history, the U.S. WNT has played six total matches in Brazil, four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia) and two against Brazil in 1997.
  • The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
  • The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of those six games in Brazil.
  • The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women’s National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O’Hara.
  • The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the team teams.
  • China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings, most recently in April – a 2-0 U.S. victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.
  • The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.

U-23 MNT to Face Brazil U-23s on Oct. 13 in Brasilia

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will convene in Brasilia for a mid-October camp from Oct. 10-12, highlighted by a match against Brazil’s U-23 national team on Monday, Oct. 13.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the invitation from the Brazilian Federation to play against their U-23 National Team,” said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. “We have emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible, and to play against one of the best teams in the world will be a great benchmark for our players. They also get a chance to play in Brasilia, which is one of the host venues for the 2016 Olympics, and for many it will be a first taste of what the environment would be like for the tournament. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”

The U-23 MNT roster for this international camp will be named in the coming days. The coaching staff for this trip, which coincides with the Senior National Team matches against Ecuador and Honduras, will include U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez and MNT scout Matthias Hamann. Rob Vartughian will be the goalkeeper coach during the trip.

The camp serves as part of the preparation process for Olympic qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The USA last held a U-23 camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas that included a 5-1 victory against the Bahamas first team on Aug. 6.

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

Academy Alumni: Revs’ Rowe Tallies Goal in Thrilling Win Against Sporting

Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. Jermaine Jones’ 85th-minute winner grabbed the headlines, but Rowe got New England off and running as the Revs built a 2-0 cushion early on.

In the 22nd minute, Rowe got New England on the score sheet first when the ball was crossed in from the right side and Rowe redirected with his left to the far right post for a 1-0 lead.

Rowe has posted four goals and four assists over the past 11 games spanning a two-month stretch.

New England (14-13-3) and Sporting (13-11-6) are tied with 45 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, six points behind first-place D.C. United.

Bill Hamid

Hamid Earns Career-High Ninth Shutout: D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid made four saves and earned his ninth shutout this season as D.C. blanked the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday. Hamid broke his previous career-high of eight shutouts in 2012, and he is now one win away from matching his personal-best of 13 during that 2012 campaign.

For the season, Hamid is 12-9-5 with 99 saves, which ranks third among MLS goalkeepers. D.C. United is atop the East at 15-9-6 with 51 points.

Galaxy’s Zardes Nets 16th Goal: LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season during the Galaxy’s 4-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at StubHub Center. Zardes’ 69th-minute goal gave the Galaxy a 3-0 lead as the team shoots for the Supporters’ Shield. Both LA and Seattle Sounders FC have 57 points through 30 games.

Elsewhere, former Texas Rush and Lonestar SC forward Kekuta Manneh assisted Pedro Morales’ 78th-minute, game-winning goal as Vancouver Whitecaps FC topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday. Crew Soccer Academy product Wil Trapp assisted Ethan Finlay’s goal during a 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday with a second-minute through ball to open up the scoring. Colorado Rapids homegrown Dillon Serna contributed his fourth assist of the season when he helped create Gabriel Torres’ 84th-minute goal as Colorado and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Dillon Serna

U.S. PNT Earns Third Place at 2014 America Cup

TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 26, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team scored three first-half goals and defeated host Canada 3-0 to capture third place at the 2014 America Cup at the University of Toronto.

“We knew if we played to our abilities that we would walk away with the medal,” U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp said. “We made the most of our chances in the first half, and after that we looked fairly comfortable. The team was focused.”

Gavin Sibayan scored a pair of goals in the sixth and 22nd minutes and Kevin Hensley contributed a goal in the 15th minute.

The defense held Canada in check the full way through, anchored by goalkeeper Alex Hendricks who made three saves for the clean sheet.

“It’s been a year of transition with the squad, and we feel we have gelled well as a unit,” Sharp said. “We have seen the rewards with our effort in this tournament. It’s always disappointing to not win the overall competition, but things are progressing nicely. I believe we have a solid base to allow us to push on to bigger and better things.”

U.S. Paralympic National Team

-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Paralympic NT vs. Canada
Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Competition: 2014 America Cup
Venue: University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET)
Weather: 73 degrees

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

USA – Gavin Sibayan      6th minute
USA – Kevin Hensley      15
USA – Gavin Sibayan      22

USA: 18-Alex Hendricks 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (5-Bryce Boarman 5, 56), 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Chris Ahrens 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5 (17-Michael Moore 7, 50), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 46), 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson, 15 Daniel Hoffman
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

CAN: 1-Derek Whitson 5, 2-Liam Stanley 7, 5-Sam Charron 7, 7-Dustin Hodgson 7, 9-Trevor Stiles 5, 11-Matt Brown 7, 13-Kyle Payne 7
Subs not used: 4-John Phillips 7, 12-Vito Proietti 5
Head Coach: Drew Ferguson

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 7 / 4
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 5

U.S. Paralympic National Team

Ticket Sales for #USAvECU on Oct. 10 Surpass 26,000

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – Ticket sales have surpassed 20,000 for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s high-profile friendly against Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

The match will be the final opportunity for fans to see USA forward Landon Donovan in international competition. Among those planning to see Donovan off in style will be more than 3,000 fans from organized supporter groups, led by the American Outlaws. The USA’s all-time scoring leader will retire from soccer at the end of the current Major League Soccer season.

“The game in East Hartford with the farewell to Landon Donovan is very special, so we want to give him the most exciting event possible,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Looking towards the October games against Ecuador and Honduras, we definitely look at the strongest squad possible. It’s exciting for the fans and for us. We look at bringing the players back that won in the Czech Republic, and also to mix them with the players here in MLS.”

Tickets are on sale through, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office in downtown East Hartford (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.] (TICKETS)

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at 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

Rentschler Field has previously hosted big-time MNT matches, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. In the USA’s initial visit, Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005, against Trinidad & Tobago in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the team’s most recent stop, Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 6-3-2 record this year, and is coming off a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague.

Immediately following the match in Connecticut, the U.S. Men will travel to South Florida to take on CONCACAF rival Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (TICKETS).

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster Named for Panama International Tournament

CHICAGO (Sept. 26, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster for the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament from Oct. 1-5.

The USA will face Costa Rica on Wednesday, Oct. 1, followed by Canada on Oct. 3 and host Panama on Oct. 5, with all games played at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City.

The U-17s most recently played in the Nordic Open Cup Tournament in Denmark and the third Copa Mexico in Mexico City, with the two events overlapping each other from late July to early August. The USA took sixth place in the Nordic Open Cup and earned fourth place at the Copa Mexico.

In international competition, Haji Wright and Christian Pulisic lead this group with 11 goals apiece this year. Six of Pulisic’s goals came during the Copa Mexico. Wright is the top goal scorer for the U-17s dating back to last year with a combined 17 goals over this stretch in 17 games.

The goalkeeping duo of William Pulisic (6-3-0) and Kevin Silva (5-0-1) has handled the majority of international play in 2014. Silva leads the team with three shutouts and a 0.87 goals against average.

The USA roster includes 15 players who are in the midst of their fall semester in the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. Fourteen players have current ties to the Development Academy.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 12-5-1 in international competition and 13-5-5 overall in 2014.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7):  Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6):  Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

Academy Sides Jockey for Position as First Month Comes to a Close

The first month of the Development Academy season will be in the books following this upcoming weekend. Here are some intriguing matchups on the horizon:

In the East Conference, the Orlando City and Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL U-15/16 teams have a big matchup this Saturday as they jockey for position in the Southeast Division. Orlando City is off to a 3-0-0 start and CASL is close behind with a 3-0-1 record. All three CASL wins this season have been shutouts, but the defense will face its stiffest test of the season against an Orlando City team that has 14 goals this year. Orlando City leading scorer David Loera has tallied a goal in all three games this season and has four this season.

In the Central Conference, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves’ U-15/16s look to maintain their first-place start to the season. CSA Wolves hosts the Minnesota Thunder Academy on Saturday and Shattuck-Saint Mary’s on Sunday and heads into the weekend with a 3-0-0 record atop the Mid-America Division. Two of the three games were shutout victories, and most of the scoring has come from Daniel Wright who has four goals this season – three last Saturday against Sockers FC.

Also in the Central, there is one club in the Academy that has not played yet, but that all changes this weekend. The Frontier Division’s Lonestar SC Academy U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams travel to Plano, Texas, to face Andromeda FC.

Out West, Crossfire Premier is near the top of the Northwest Division in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups and wraps up September with a Sunday matchup against Seattle Sounders FC. Crossfire’s U-15/16s are second in the division with a 2-1-0 record, trailing Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-0-1). The Crossfire U-17/18 team is third with a 2-0-1 mark, behind the second-place San Jose Earthquakes (3-0-0) and frontrunner Vancouver (4-0-0).

U.S. PNT Edged by Argentina at America Cup, Faces Canada in Tournament’s Third-Place Game

TORONTO, Canada (Sept. 24, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team fell a little short against Argentina, dropping a 2-1 decision in the semifinals of the 2014 America Cup at the University of Toronto.

David Garza scored the USA’s lone goal in the 43rd minute to tie the score at 1-1, but Argentina’s Matias Fernandez responded 11 minutes later for the game-winner.

The U.S. PNT now turns to the tournament’s third-place game against host Canada. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be live on the Ontario Soccer Association's livestream.

“The level of effort given by each player in the game was there for all to see,” U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp said following the semifinal match. “Things are moving in the right direction and there is more to come. In this moment, we must regroup and focus on the bronze medal match against the host nation in two days’ time.”

Brazil and Argentina will meet in Friday’s final.

-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Paralympic NT vs. Argentina
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Competition: America Cup 2014
Venue: University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET)
Weather: 70 degrees

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

ARG – Mariano Morana    7th minute
USA – David Garza           43
ARG – Matias Fernandez  54

USA: 1-Keith Johnson, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Chris Ahrens 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5 (17-Michael Moore 7), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8 54), 14-David Garza 6
Subs not used: 5-Bryce Boarman 5 , 15 Daniel Hoffman 15, 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

ARG: 6-Claudio Figuera 7, 2-Pablo Molina 7, 3-Maximiliano Fernandez 7, 5-Brian Vivot 7, 8- Mariano Morana 8, 9-Matias Fernandez 6, 10-Rodrigo Eloy Lugrin 7
Subs not used: 4-Ezequiel Anibal Jaime 7, 7-Mariano Cortes 7, 11-Duncan Thomas Coronel 7, 12-Matias Salvat 5, 13-Lautaro Marzolini 6, 14-Alberto Alabarce 7
Head Coach: Osvaldo Hernandez

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 4 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 0 / 1
Corner Kicks: 8 / 5
Fouls 8 / 9

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kevin Hensley (caution)                 21st minute
ARG – Brian Vivot (caution)                     27
ARG – Maximiliano Fernandez (caution)  51


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
April 30, 2013 U-15 BNT vs Italy Under-15 Boys 0-0 D 0 --
May 2, 2013 U-15 BNT vs Chile Under-15 Men 1-1 D 0 Zendejas
May 3, 2013 U-15 BNT vs Slovenia Under-15 Boys 2-0 W 0 Pulisic, Perez
May 4, 2013 U-15 BNT vs Croatia Under-15 Boys National Team 1-2 L 0 Perez