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U.S. Paralympic National Team Bounces Back to Defeat Portugal 5-3 at Footie 7-Povoa 2015 Tournament

CHICAGO (March 27, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat host-nation Portugal 5-3 behind a hat trick effort from U.S. captain Seth Jahn in its final match of the FOOTIE 7-Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Portugal struck quick and early as Tiago Ramos found the back of the net in the third minute. Adam Ballou however, did not let the U.S. stay behind for long, scoring the equalizer in the fourth minute. Ramos, who scored all three goals for Portugal, notched his second tally in the seventh minute and his third in the 11th, to give Portugal a 3-1 advantage midway through the first half.

Jahn made sure the U.S. would stay close, tallying his first goal of the match also in the 11th minute to keep Portugal within reach and head into the locker room with a 2-3 deficit.  

In the second half, Jahn turned it on and scored back-to-back goals in the 60th and 61st minute to give the U.S. its first lead of the game. Rene Renteria added a fifth goal on the 64th that sealed the deal for the stars and stripes.

“I am delighted that we managed to finish the competition with a hard fought, but well-deserved victory against the host-nation Portugal,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “The competition as a whole has been excellent preparation ahead of the World Championships. There is still plenty of work to do, but we are certainly heading in the right direction.”

With the win, the USA finished the tournament in third place with six points, earning the bronze medal. Ukraine finished first and Argentina took home second.

“It's important that the players enjoy the fact that they are heading home with a medal,” continued Sharp. “But at the same time I will be looking for them to push on and aim to achieve more as time progresses. We have an excellent group of players and staff who I know will continue to work hard to do their nation proud.”

For the USA, the tournament served as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Portugal
Date: March 27, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 62 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             2          3          5
POR                             3          0          3            

POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            3rd minute
USA                 3-Adam Ballou              4
POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            7
POR                 10-Tiago Ramos            11
USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   11
USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   60
USA                 9-Seth Jan                    61
USA                 11-Rene Renteria           63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 15- Mason Abbiate 8 (11-Rene Renteria 8, 46), 3-Adam Ballou 7, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5 (17-Michael Moore 7, 56), 9-Seth Jahn 6 (capt.), 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7 (4-Tyler Bennett 7, 46)
Subs not used: 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 18-Alex Hendricks 7, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

POR: 14-Telmo Baptista 7 (1-Rui Rocha 7, 46), 8-Pedro Santos 7, 5-Ruben Olivera (capt.) 7, 10-Tiago Ramos 6 (9-Tiago Carneiro 7, 53), 2-Ricardo Franca 6, 3-Hugo Pinheiro 7 (13-Lucas Pinheiro 7, 26), 6-Claudio Novoa 5 (11-Andre Ferreira 7, 58)
Subs not used: 12-Sergio Barros 7, 7-Gabriel Martinho 8, 4-Vasco Santos 7

Head Coach:  Vasco Ferreira

Stats Summary:
USA / POR
Shots: 16 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 3 / 5
Corners: 8 / 3
Fouls: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
POR – Pedro Santos (caution)               44th minute
USA – Adam Ballou (caution)                 61
USA – Rene Renteria (caution)               64

Officials:
Referee: Gustavo Correia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras 

Q&A: Klinsmann Plans for Switzerland and Discusses MNT Player Pool

ussoccer.com: You had a chance to review the game against Denmark. What were your impressions on the second look?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “It’s frustrating because you put so much work into it. We don’t want to lose. We want to win, but these are also important experiences. We want to make progress in managing the game and taking the game to the opponent and winning away from home and not being in our comfort zone. We were out of our comfort zone [in Denmark], and were pretty much in the game until the last couple of minutes before the end. After Michael’s beautiful pass and Aron’s goal, we looked in control. We controlled the next 10-15 minutes completely, but then with the equalizer, it became a little bit shaky. Still, we had a good opportunity with John Brooks to level the game. At the World Cup he put it in the net, this time he put it just a little bit wide.”

ussoccer.com: What does it mean in a game like that, where we don’t necessarily have more possession, but are still playing well?

JK: “I think it’s an interesting learning curve for us playing a team like Denmark, which is known for having a high amount of possession. They’re really good without necessarily putting too much pressure in the final third. They want to move the ball around. They make it hard for you to get the ball back, and then they are pretty smart to quickly regain the ball because that’s what they’ve done for years under Morten Olsen, who’s one of the longest serving national team managers in the world. So for us, the challenge was how do you manage the game once we get the ball? Here and there we did really well, and here and there we gave the ball away too early.

ussoccer.com: So you planned for the fact that Denmark would have a lot of the possession?

JK: “We knew that Denmark with its style would kind of move us into a style where we would try to get them in transition, because that’s where they’re vulnerable; that’s where they leave space behind its fullbacks. We needed to get a way to find those spaces and feed into our strikers. We prepared that tactical approach, and for most of the time it was good.”

ussoccer.com: With the issue of the late goals, how do you correct that?

JK: “Part of the transition is developing chemistry and gaining experience, and over time this will happen. You build that strength to grind it out, and for younger players they learn the little things you need to do in order to finish off a game. To be up 2-1 on the road to Denmark said a lot, and even if we came away with a tie it would have been an accomplishment. But when you lose the game at the end like this, it’s a disappointment for everyone. So that’s the process that we’ve got to go through. We’ve got to grind through it and also build chemistry. Still, we are not satisfied not getting a result.

ussoccer.com: Three of the four starters on the back line were 24 years old and under. Are you trying to give those guys an opportunity to grow?

JK: “Right now, these games are to see if players can break into the inner circle and into the starting lineup. Are they consistent? That’s why we want to have players showing us where they are at, a couple of months away from the Gold Cup, when we have to make the decisions. At times, it looked good. At times, they looked composed; they looked confident, they stayed calm on the ball and they combined well into midfield. However, at the end of the day when you have a couple of individual mistakes against an experienced team like Denmark, you pay the price for it, and we did, even if we could have equalized the game still in the last minute.”

WNT Send-Off Series Tickets On Sale Now

CHICAGO (March 27, 2015) – Tickets go on sale in the month of March for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s three Send-Off Series Games prior to departing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The U.S. will play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT, at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. ET, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

USA vs. Mexico
Tickets on Sale: March 13 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]

Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

USA vs. Korea Republic
Tickets on Sale: March 20 at 10 a.m. ET [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Republic of Ireland
Tickets on Sale: March 27 at 10 a.m. PT [TICKETS]
Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

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) will be available for all three Send-Off Series matches exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The game in New Jersey will be broadcast on ESPN and Watch ESPN, as well as Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Prior to the Send-Off Series, the U.S. WNT will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11, opening up Group B play today against Norway at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio. It then faces Switzerland on March 6 at 12 p.m. ET, and finishes group play against Iceland on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET. A placement match will be played on March 11.

Following the Algarve Cup, the WNT returns home to play New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold, the most for a stand-alone WNT home game in the program’s 30-year history. (TICKETS)

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.

Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT has come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Drops 2-1 Decision to Argentina

Chicago (March 26, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team dropped at 2-1 decision to Argentina in the third day of competition at the FOOTIE 7-Provoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

The USA took an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute thanks to a tally from Seth Jahn, heading into the locker room with the advantage. However, a very physical second half resulted in two Argentinian goals that sealed the victory over the U.S.

U.S. PNT captain and the only other goal scorer for the USA in the tournament, Kevin Hensley, had to be taken off in a stretcher early in the second half after being injured during the game.

"This was a disappointing result especially after going into halftime winning 1-0," said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Unfortunately we picked up a bad injury to our captain that resulted in him being stretchered off early into the second half. The players stood up well to the physical nature of the opposition but in the end we were unable to convert our chances into goals.”

The U.S. PNT currently sits in fourth place in the five-team tournament with three points. It will wrap up the tournament by facing host-nation Portugal on March 27.  A win against Portugal and a loss by the Netherlands, who faces Ukraine on the same day, would give the U.S. PNT a third-place finish.

“The tight schedule means we now need to flush this tough loss from our system very quickly in order to be ready to take on the host nation in 24 hours,” said Sharp.

For the USA, the tournament continues to serve as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.

For game updates and more insight on the U.S. PNT, like them on Facebook or follow @ussoccer_PNT on Twitter 

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Argentina
Date: March 26, 2015

Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Attendance: ---
Weather: 54 degrees, raining

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F

USA                             1          0          1
ARG                             0          2          2            

USA                 9-Seth Jahn                   17th minute
ARG                 10-Rodrigo Lugrin          36
ARG                 11-Matias Fernandez      60

Lineups:
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6, 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 41), 18-Alex Hendricks 7

Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5, 7-Marthell Vazquez 5,15- Mason Abbiate 8, 17-Michael Moore 7

Head Coach: Stuart Sharp

ARG: 2-Ezequiel Jaime 7, 4-Cláudio Figuera 7, 5-Matias Bassi 8, 6-Pablo Molina 7, 10-Rodrigo Lugrin (capt.) 7, 11-Matias Fernandez 6, 14-Mariano Cortes 7 (8-Alberto Alabarce 7, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Matias Salvat 5, 7-Martin Barquilla 7, 9-Duncan Coronel 7, 12-Gustavo Nahuelquin 5, 13-Lautaro Marzolini 6

Head Coach:  Osvaldo Hernandez

Stats Summary:
USA / ARG
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 10
Saves: 11 / 3
Corners: 12 / 5
Fouls: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Augusto Mendes

U.S. Soccer to Hold Fan Headquarters April 14-15 Prior to USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is planning an exciting series of activities to energize fans and display the passion for the sport of soccer in San Antonio, Texas, beginning on April 14, as the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15.

U.S. Soccer’s Fan Headquarters in San Antonio is the official pregame party for fans attending the USA vs. Mexico match. FanHQ San Antonio will kick off on April 14, the night before the game, at Sunset Station to celebrate one of the biggest matchups of the year. Space is limited and an RSVP is required for admission to this free event.

FanHQ at Sunset Station
Date: April 14
Time: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. CT
Location: Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Space is Limited, Tickets Required - RSVP Below

Fan HQ San Antonio will continue on April 15, outside the Alamodome in the North Plaza, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT, prior to kickoff of the sold-out USA-Mexico game at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The event will include a wide array of activities, ranging from exhibitions to giveaways and contests, for fans to enjoy and experience ahead of one of the biggest rivalries in soccer. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, and an on-site official U.S. Soccer store.

Several of the exhibitions that will take place will connect art, fashion and culture to the game of soccer, as well as to the USA-Mexico match itself. 

Kicks to the Pitch, an online magazine and live event production company, will bring three exhibitions that together aim to showcase the game in a fresh, unique and cutting edge way to attract tastemakers and trendsetters to the sport. These will include: Stash (a graffiti pioneer); Transhoeformers (turning old sneakers into collectible works of art); and Sneaker Summit alongside SNKSUP (a display of collectible sneakers aiming to unite America through its sneaker culture).

These three innovative exhibitions will each bring something unique and fresh into the event as each aims to tie in their own one-of-a-kind talents with the game of soccer and the match between CONCACAF heavyweights.

Furthermore, U.S. Soccer sponsors will also be on hand for fans to enjoy the festivities while playing games, taking photos and winning prizes.

Finally, TV broadcasters will host their pregame shows outside the Alamodome, as both FOX Sports 1 and Univision will be on-site to prepare the crowd and TV audiences ahead of one of the most anticipated games of the year.

More detailed information of the events taking place can be found below. You can also find detailed information in the USA-MEX match page.

Art and Culture Exhibitions: 

  • Stash: Stash will paint two wall-sized canvasses inspired by the USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T, live at FanHQ. He has also created a custom name and number set available for customization on the new U.S. Men’s Nike Away Jersey. The customized jersey is extremely limited and can only be purchased at ussoccerstore.com or on-site at FanHQ. 
  • Transhoeformers: At FanHQ, Transhoeformers will display art created from the back of U.S. Soccer’s equipment room. Old boots and balls intended for National Team players that were never used will be given a new life. He has created model robots, vehicles and animals entirely from sneakers and other recycled materials. Transhoeformers’ work is truly one of a kind. His intricate and creative pieces are a masterfully examples of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and sustainability.
  • Sneaker Summit and SNKSUP: will exhibit a display of unique and collectable sneakers that connects sneaker culture to soccer in America. Sneaker Summit provides a platform for sneaker enthusiast to celebrate sneaker culture and to buy, sell, trade and discuss rare, vintage, and collectible shoes and apparel, and has grown to be one of the biggest sneaker conventions in the country. SNKSUP provides a showcase for sneaker aficionados and collectors to talk shop and come together to celebrate the thriving sneaker culture in Texas. This event is held annually in San Antonio, TX and attracts sneakerheads from all across the country.

Contests, Displays and Giveaways:

  • AT&T: Visit AT&T for the Slo-Mo Photo Op, where fans have the opportunity to showcase their best group goal celebrations and have them turned into a slo-mo video which can then be shared via email/social media. Also, check out the Digital Free Kick game, a fast-pace phone game where fans try to score as many goals as possible in 60 seconds through flicking a ball from a handset into a goal on a monitor. The top scorers are rewarded with great prizes. Fans can also win prizes by taking the “It Can Wait Pledge” to not text and drive and sharing the message on their social channels as well as winning the Speed Kick Challenge, where fans test how hard they can strike a ball on goal.
  • Bud Light: Visit Bud Light’s mobile bar to audition for your chance to be a part of the “Up For Whatever” campaign and play FIFA 15 with other fans.
  • Chevy: Check out Chevy’s display to see new Chevy vehicles, get your face painted in support of the USA, have your image included into the Men’s National Team Starting XI photo, and take home prizes and giveaway items.
  • Continental Tire: The Continental Tire Cornering Performance Challenge allows fans to complete a product information “Challenge” and receive a free Continental Tire scarf (while supplies last). Participants will also be entered to win a U.S. National Team Jersey. Fans can also participate in the Corner Kick Pic; to take a picture against a soccer themed backdrop and retrieve the picture online. Also at Continental Tire’s section, Tic-Tac-Tire, where fans will kick or throw a plush soccer ball into tires to play tic-tac-toe.
  • Coppertone: At Coppertone’s tent, fans will be encouraged to demonstrate their soccer skills by kicking a ball through a target. Prizes awarded while supplies last.
  • Liberty Mutual: Come pick up your crown at the Liberty Mutual Insurance tent where fans will be given the chance to share their passion in a fun, memorable way by posing for a vintage soccer poster (while supplies last). Posters will be printed on-site and also provided digitally to allow fans the ability to share on their social media.

Former World Cup Champion Berti Vogts Appointed U.S. MNT Technical Advisor

CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A member of the German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the Men’s National Team. Additionally, he coached the German squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was team captain – and is one of only three coaches to lead Germany to a trophy in the last 25 years.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

In his role as Technical Advisor, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe, working with Herzog and Matthias Hamann on scouting, building and improving club relationships and identifying talent. Vogts will serve as a resource for technical development initiatives and coaching education. 

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches in three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77) and two UEFA Cups (1974–75, 1978–79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led the Germans to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he served as the manager for Azerbaijan from April of 2008 to the end of 2014.

Across the Academy - March 26, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season : Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

Building the U.S. Men's National Team Pyramid : U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Men's National Team

U-23 Men's National Team

U-20 Men's National Team

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 21-22):

  • West Conference: Damian German led the way for Real Salt Lake U-17/18s this past Saturday with two goals in the 3-0 victory over Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps.German scored in the 46th and 65th minute to up his season total to 17 goals. Team-leading scorer Brooks Lennon (19) added a third tally to the game in the 70th minute to guarantee the victory. RSL's 2.44 points per game as well its Academy-leading 101 goals has it with a strong hold of first place in the playoffs pool. Vancouver is currently still very much in playoff contention as they sit in the eighth spot. 
  • Central Conference: Two late goals by the Chicago Fire U-17/18s lifted the team past Crew SC Academy in a matchup of division rivals. Crew's Omar Mohamed opened up the score sheet with a goal in the 55th minute to give his team the lead. Despite holding onto the 1-0 advantage for most of the game, Chicago's leading-scorer Ryan Sierakowski stormed back in the 70th minute and nabbed the equalizer for his team, making it his 14th goal this season. His efforts were aided minutes later when Peter Schropp who tallied the second goal for the Fire in the 83rd minute and sealed the victory for the team currently sitting atop the Mid-America division. The Fire is in the middle of the playoffs pool standings, while Crew SC is still trying to fight its way into a wildcard spot.
    In another Mid-America Division game, Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18s scored a late-game winner to soar past FC Wisconsin Nationals in a tight game that saw four second half goals being scored. Academy Player of the Week Jackson Yueill was the hero for Minnesota as he notched the game-winner in the 84th minute, to record his 12th goal this season. Luis Castanon struck first with a goal in the first half to take Minnesota to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. FC Wisconsin's Abdul Kooistra however, came out strong and found the back of the net in the 47th minute for the tie. Castanon scored again in the 63rd to give Minnesota the lead, but Sal Gloria once more equalized for Wisconsin a minute later. Finally, it was Yueill who closed out the match with his late-game heroics and gave his team the victory to keep them amongst the mix in the wildcard pool.
  • East Conference: The two highest performing teams in the East Conference met this past weekend for a highly competitive match. New York Red Bulls U-17/18's defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 behind a brace from leading scorer Juan Sebastian Sanchez. Sanchez got his team on the board quickly scoring in the 21st minute and again on the 44th. Kyle Zajec added one in the 27th and Ethan Lochner finished it off with the fourth score in the 57th minute to keep the Red Bulls in complete control of the Atlantic Division, in second place in the playoffs pool, and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite the loss, Montreal still has the best points per game average in the Northeast Division and is sitting in the third spot in the playoff pool. Montreal's leading scorer Alexander Kulic tallied his 10th goal of the year.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18 and U-18 MNT midfielder Jackson Yueill earned Academy Player of the Week during his three-goal performance at home against Sockers FC. Yueill has played and started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, amassing 12 goals.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kelly Ruckstuhl, a 19-year old Grade 8-CAN referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between San Juan Soccer and LA Galaxy. Ruckstuhl has been working Academy matches since 2014.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team. 

U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup : The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.

  • U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream : U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
  • Rejuvenated Gallardo : ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish .

OTHER LINKS:

Quote Sheet: Klinsmann, Johannsson, Altidore, Bradley and Alvarado on Denmark

MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:

On tonight’s game:
“I think overall this was a very even and entertaining game. I think we gave them an eye-to-eye game and we could have won it, but we didn’t. We saw a lot of good things that we wanted to see on our end. Obviously, we’ve got to correct a couple things because we conceded three goals, and overall it’s just a little bit frustrating when you lose in the last minute.”

On what he liked and disliked from tonight’s game:
“Obviously, what you don’t like is late goals. Maybe it’s just losing focus for a second, losing your mark or because of heavy legs getting tired a little bit. You never want to give a game away that you’re up 2-1. I think a tie probably would have been a fair result, but as I said a lot of positives. I think the backline overall did a very good job. From the left to the right, they were all on top of things as much as they could be. I think Michael Bradley was present in the midfield trying to organize a lot. You’re always happy for your strikers when they score. You hope then for a third one if there’s an opportunity and we had it with John Brooks’ header in the last second. There’s a lot of good stuff taken away from this game, definitely. We have to step it up in terms of managing the game all 90 minutes. You lead in Denmark 2-1? Get the job done and go home with three points. At least tie it. That’s all the stuff to improve, but overall we did a lot of good stuff.”

On the struggle to maintain possession in the first half and how they planned to fix it at half:
“We knew that Denmark is a very good possession-oriented team. That’s part of their style that Morten Olsen developed over many, many years here, and they do it really well with their technical capabilities. They move off of the ball really well. So what we had problems with the first half was to get pressure on the ball, to get closer to them in midfield and shut them down in terms of their passing lanes and the space that they find. I think it was a little bit better in the second half. We got closer to them. We denied them those little passes between the lines and that’s stuff we’re going to have to deal with and do better.”

On bringing in Ventura Alvarado for his first cap in place of Michael Orozco:
Michael Orozco was giving us a signal that he was just simply exhausted and that led to Ventura’s first cap, which was something special for him.”

On Denmark’s captain and playmaker Christian Eriksen:
“I said yesterday to the media here that he obviously is a huge talent. He’s fun to watch and at a young age already taking over so much responsibility on the field, leading his team and keeping the rhythm going. It’s really fun to watch him, so it will be interesting to see how he continues his career.”

On Nicklas Bendtner’s performance:
If you make three goals then you get all the compliments in the world, and he deserves them for that performance absolutely.”

MNT forward ARON JOHANNSSON

On his goal:
“Michael Bradley played Jozy [Altidore] a fantastic ball in the box, and Jozy showed he’s a very good team player; he played it to me, and I was the one against an open goal.”

On his return to Aarhus, where he played professionally for AGF Aarhus:
“It was amazing. It was a great experience to come back to the stadium where my career kicked off. It was good to be back, but on the other hand we lost the game, so I’m pretty disappointed right now. I felt like we could’ve gotten something from the game so this is pretty disappointing.”

On what to take moving forward to the Switzerland game next Tuesday:
“Obviously today we had a lot of positives, and now we have to look at those positives and learn from them and make sure that we’re winning games in the final period of the game and make sure that we don’t lose games in the last couple of minutes.”

On the warm reception he received from the Denmark crowd:
“Obviously it’s great for me that they still know my name back here and they still cheer for me. It’s a great city and I’m very happy to be back, but on the other hand, the result kind of killed it.”

MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE

On scoring his goal:
“It was a great ball from Timmy [Chandler]. It looked like the defenders were confused a little bit, and I just tried to kind of stay with the play. Then, I tried to hit it first time and get it on target and it went in.”

On losing a game where the team twice had the lead:
“Yeah it’s annoying because it seems to be a trend over the last five or six games and it’s just not good enough at this level. Too many lapses at critical points in the game, and maybe it’s a little bit of lack of experience as well, but it’s something we’ll have to cut out getting closer now to a competition in the Gold Cup. We need to get better.”

On the cold, damp playing conditions:
“Yeah it was weird, it was a cold one. It was a typical spring day; it was cold and wet. But look, everybody at this level has experienced extreme temperature, so it’s no excuse.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“Switzerland’s another tough game.  It’s another good opponent. It’s another opportunity for us to work on things, but we have to take these chances seriously now, because there’s not many left until we start a competition and that’s where it counts.”

MNT midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY

On playing his first game as captain:
“It was a tremendous honor. Obviously Clint’s [Dempsey] the captain and he’s done an incredible job, but for me to have the opportunity to be captain on the night that he’s not here was very special and not something that I’ll soon forget. Growing up you dream for these kind of nights, so it was very special.”

On the frustration of losing another game late:
“It’s very frustrating. We knew it was going to be a difficult night with the conditions; the field’s not great, it’s wet, windy, and we knew it was going to be a game where more balls were going to get played forward and  it was going to be about moving our lines and getting to second balls. I thought we handled things for the most part pretty well, but if you don’t see the game out, if you don’t take care of things in the last few minutes then you’re not going to ever get what you deserve. I think the frustrating thing is that it’s not the first time that that’s happened to us, where we’ve not been able to see a game out and we’ve got to start to learn our lesson.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ll get back to Zurich tomorrow and physically start to recover and get ourselves mentally right. Obviously it’s another big chance to step on the field against a good team.”

MNT defender VENTURA ALVARADO

On earning his first cap:
“I’m real happy and proud to be here and motivated to keep working and getting more minutes. I’m going to remember this, and it’s going to be a good memory. We lost, but it’s alright, we just need to keep working.”

Highlights: 91st-Minute Strike Beats MNT in Denmark

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
October 26, 2009 U-17 MNT vs Spain Under-17 Men 1-2 L Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria 0 McInerney
October 29, 2009 U-17 MNT vs Malawi Under-17 Men 1-0 W Sani Abacha Stadium; Kano, Nigeria 0 Shinsky
November 1, 2009 U-17 MNT vs United Arab Emirates Under-17 Men 1-0 W Gateway International Stadium; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria 0
November 4, 2009 U-17 MNT vs Italy Under-17 Men 1-2 L Ahmadu Bello Stadium; Kaduna, Nigeria 0 Palodichuk
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