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Schedule Set for 2015 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015 Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from Dec. 2-7.

During the competition, the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team (’00) will take on teams from Brazil, England and the Netherlands. The U-15 BNT and its opponents consist of players born in the year 2000 or after, who will aim to represent their countries at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Led by head coach John Hackworth, the USA’s roster for the tournament will be released in the coming days. 

The tournament will feature three doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the later game of each match day. The U.S. is set to play England on Dec. 2, the Netherlands on Dec. 4 and will round out the competition against Brazil on Dec. 6.

All matches will be streamed on and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page with Mike Pepper again providing commentary for a third year running. The first game of each match day will kick-off at 3 p.m. ET with the USA game following at 6 p.m. ET.

The Academy Winter Showcase will again simultaneously take place alongside the Nike Friendlies. The U-17/18 teams of BW Gottschee and Chargers Soccer Club will compete on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. ET, and the Philadelphia Union U-15/16 will play against LA Galaxy U-15/16 on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

The Nike Friendlies began in 2001 to provide top-level competition for men’s Youth National Teams, and has become a premier annual event for youth soccer. In 2008, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy joined for the Winter Showcase, allowing the U.S. Scouting Network to evaluate players from across the country at different age levels.

2015 Nike International Friendlies and DA Winter Showcase Viewing Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Netherlands vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 3
BW Gottschee U-17/18 vs. Chargers Soccer Club U-17/18, 3 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 4
Brazil vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA s. Netherlands, 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 5
Philadelphia Union U-15/16 vs. LA Galaxy U-15/16, 3 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 6
England vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. ET

WNT Brings 28-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2015 Victory Tour

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will conclude their Victory Tour with four matches in December. The WNT will take on Trinidad &Tobago on Dec. 6 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu (3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO) and Dec. 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), before finishing one of the most successful years in program history with matches against China PR on Dec. 13 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (5 p.m. MT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), and Dec. 16 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO).

The match in New Orleans will be the final game for retiring U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who is the world’s all-time leading international scorer with 184 career goals in 252 caps.

“It has been a fantastic and thrilling year and we are looking forward to ending it on a high note, and especially honoring Abby and her legendary career in New Orleans,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “T&T and China are very competitive teams and once again we’ll look to these games to continue the process of preparing for Olympic Qualifying, especially now that we know our path during the qualifying tournament in February.”

With the retirements of Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny, who all played their final WNT matches in October, twenty players from the Women’s World Cup roster will be at all the venues. Ellis has once again added 2015 NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn to the roster. Dunn has scored three goals and added three assists for the USA while starting the last four matches of the Victory Tour.

Ellis has also called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches.

Tickets for all of the December matches are on sale at

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • Of the eight players named to the roster who were not members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team, two are getting their first call-ups: Danielle Colaprico, the NWSL Rookie of the Year and a midfielder from the Chicago Red Stars, and Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder at Wisconsin, who was one of the top players for the USA at the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Colaprico is 22 years-old and Lavelle is 20.
  • In addition, Ellis gave second call-ups to defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett, as well as forward Stephanie McCaffrey, all of whom are 22 years old and earned their first caps in October in matches against Brazil. McCaffrey also scored her first international goal, bagging the fourth and final score in stoppage time of the 4-1 win against the Brazilians on Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Should the University of Virginia advance to the NCAA College Cup, Sonnett, who is a senior for the Cavaliers, would not join the U.S. squad until the match in San Antonio.
  • Rounding out the younger players on the roster are forward Lindsey Horan, who is currently playing in France for Paris Saint-Germain and earned her third cap on October 25 vs. Brazil, and Western New York midfielder Samantha Mewis, who earned her fourth cap against Brazil on Oct. 21. The 21-year-old Horan will not be with the team in Hawaii due to club commitments, but will join the squad for the final three games.
  • The match in Honolulu on the island of Oahu marks the first trip for the U.S. Women to the 50th state and the first international match hosted by U.S. Soccer in Hawaii.
  • It will also be only the second soccer match between national teams staged at Aloha Stadium. The Philippines defeated Chinese Taipei 1-0 at the venue in 1976 in a match that was a part of a triple-header that also featured the Hawaii All-Stars against the San Diego Jaws (which played one season in the NASL) and the New York Cosmos against Team Honda from Japan, a match that featured four goals from Pelé.
  • Hawaii will be the 32nd U.S. state (not including the District of Columbia) in which the American women have played since the program’s inception in 1985.
  • The U.S. WNT has played T&T eight times in its history, most recently a 1-0 victory during group play of the qualifying tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Abby Wambach’s goal in the 54th minute was the difference. Five of the eight games have been in CONCACAF qualifying competitions.
  • The U.S. Women have played 12 matches all-time in the state of Texas, including two visits to San Antonio. The USA played at the Alamodome in October of 2013, a 4-0 victory against Australia. The USA also played a pre-Olympic warm-up match in San Antonio in 1996 at Blossom Field, a 3-0 win vs. Sweden.
  • The USA will be making its third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, after playing there in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland).
  • The match in Glendale marks a homecoming for U.S. defender Julie Johnston, who was named to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. She hails from nearby Mesa, Ariz.
  • China has been one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 54 times, more than any country besides Canada.
  • Since 1991 - a span of 24 years - the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only five times.
  • The USA is 33-8-13 all-time vs. China.
  • The USA’s most recent meeting with China came in the quarterfinal at the 2015 Women’s World Cup – a 1-0 win by the USA in Ottawa, Canada, on a goal from Carli Lloyd.
  • The U.S. Women have played in New Orleans just once before. That match took place in 2003 at Tad Gormley Stadium. This one will be the first for the U.S. Women at the famed Superdome, home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.




MNT to Play FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Columbus Against Guatemala in March

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, to play its second home match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on March 29 against Guatemala. 

The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and UniMas. Ticketing information will be provided at a later date.

Home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC, few venues have provided as much of a home-field advantage as MAPFRE Stadium. Since first opening in 1999, the MNT has gone 7-0-3 all-time and 6-0-2 in eight World Cup Qualifying matches at the venue. Most notably, the site has played host to four straight World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico, each finishing with the famous “Dos a Cero” score line.

The match will occur four days after the U.S. plays their third game of the Semifinal Round against Guatemala at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. The U.S. is 15-4-6 all-time against Guatemala, with a 13-0-1 record on home soil and 7-0-5 mark against the Chapines in World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. will enter the match with a 25-game unbeaten streak against Guatemala dating back to 1988, which is the longest run the MNT currently has against any opponent worldwide.

The U.S. began the six-match Semifinal Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a 6-1 victory against St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Nov. 13 in St. Louis, followed by a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain on Nov. 17. 

Schedule Set for 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The schedule for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship has been set after the Final Draw held in Miami today and the U.S. Women’s National Team will open its Group A play against Costa Rica on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The two venues for the competition are BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the Houston Dash of the NWSL and the Houston Dynamo of MLS, and Toyota Stadium, located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco and home to FC Dallas of MLS.

The round-robin stage of the tournament will be conducted with three doubleheaders in each group. Group A will play doubleheaders at Toyota Stadium on Feb. 10, 13 and 15 and Group B – which features Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana – will play doubleheaders at BBVA Compass Stadium on Feb. 11, 14 and 16. The all-important semifinal matches will be on Feb. 19 in Houston, with the winners qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The championship game on Feb. 21 will also be in Houston.

After opening against Costa Rica, the USA will then face Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 13 (3 p.m. CT) and finish group play against Puerto Rico on Monday, Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m. CT).

“It’s great for CONCACAF that we’ve got new participants in the qualifying and it bodes well for our region that other countries are developing the women’s game,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “In our group, we’ve got two very familiar opponents in Costa Rica and Mexico and we’ll have to be well-prepared as they are both coming off World Cup runs and have experienced teams.”

Ticket and TV information will be released at a later date.

The U.S. will attempt to qualify for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games and win the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying event for the fourth consecutive time. In 2012, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, B.C. (on the same field where it would win the Women’s World Cup three years later) and then went on to win the gold medal in London.

In 2008, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and went on to win gold in Beijing. In 2004, the U.S. won the tournament in Costa Rica and went on to win gold in Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Four teams have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: Brazil and Colombia from South America, and France and Germany from Europe by virtue of their finish at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Two teams will qualify from CONCACAF, Africa and Asia and one more will qualify from Europe after a mini-tournament in March featuring Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. New Zealand is the likely qualifier from Oceania.

The USA has played Costa Rica 10 times in its history, seven of those meetings coming in CONCACAF Qualifying competitions and three in Olympic qualifiers. The most recent meeting in Olympic qualifying came in January of 2012 as the USA defeated Costa Rica, 3-0, in the semifinal of the tournament to qualify for the London Olympics. The USA has never lost to Costa Rica.

The USA and Mexico have met 33 times, four of those coming in Olympic qualifying tournaments. At 2012 Olympic qualifying the USA prevailed 4-0 during group play as Carli Lloyd scored her first career hat trick. The USA is 31-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The U.S. Women have never before faced Puerto Rico, which will be participating in its first women’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament at the senior level.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will hold a training camp in January at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from which she will pick her 20-player Olympic qualifying roster. 

2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
Frisco, Texas – Toyota Stadium
Houston, Texas – BBVA Compass Stadium
Times U.S. Central (U.S. Eastern in parentheses) 

Group A: USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica
Group B: Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 (Frisco)
Puerto Rico vs. Mexico                                   5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Costa Rica                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.) 

Thursday, Feb. 11 (Houston)
Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago                  5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guyana                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 13 (Frisco)
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico                              12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
USA vs. Mexico                                                  3 p.m. (4 p.m.) 

Sunday, Feb. 14 (Houston)
Guyana vs. Guatemala                                     12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
Trinidad vs. Canada                                          3 p.m. (4 p.m.)

Monday, Feb. 15 (Frisco)
Mexico vs. Costa Rica                                       5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Puerto Rico                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Feb. 16 (Houston)
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana                         5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guatemala                                      7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)


Friday, Feb. 19 (Houston)
Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up          4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.)
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up          7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)


Sunday, Feb. 21 (Houston)
Semifinal winners                                            4 p.m. (5 p.m.)


Eight Teams Advance in 2016 Open Cup Second Round Qualifying

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The Second Qualifying Round for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup concluded with eight matches this past weekend. Harpo’s FC (Colo.) and San Francisco City Football Club – both participants in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – took one more step towards the 2016 tournament, while past giant-killers Cal FC and Chula Vista FC fell at the second hurdle.

In one of three matches played on Saturday, Nov. 21, renowned amateur side Cal FC, who defeated Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, fell 2-1 to LA Wolves FC at Toyota Sports Complex in Torrance, California. Alberto Anguiano’s 63rd minute strike wasn’t enough to erase 15th and 25th minute goals from Wolves’ Samuel Higgins.

Chula Vista FC, who went on a Cinderella run of their own in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, were also dispatched from the tournament, falling 4-0 to La Maquina (Calif.) Saturday at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. Edwin Borboa’s brace (28th and 67th minutes) along with goals from Rodolofo Godinez Jr. (58th) and Jose Castro Perez (78th) pushed La Maquina into April’s Third Qualifying Round.

On Sunday, despite trailing 2-1 at halftime of their match with Davis Legacy (Calif.), San Francisco City FC ran out 4-3 winners at historic Kezar Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Davis Legacy received an own goal in the eighth minute, which City FC responded to with a goal from Reed Williams in the 14th. Davis restored their lead through Kevin Schulte in the 26th, taking the side into the locker room up 2-1. A 68th minute penalty-kick conversion from City FC’s Daniel Kirkland brought things level again. Legacy’s Andisheh Bagheri pulled the side ahead with a 79th minute strike, only for City FC’s Marc Tonkel to erase the lead one minute later. The goal would spur City FC on to victory as Johannes Demarzi found the game-winner five minutes later, putting the club on the doorstep of its second straight qualification to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Harpo’s FC used an early, sixth minute goal from Kyle Luetkehans to ride to a 3-1 victory against Colorado Rush at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Daniel Campbell would make it 2-0 for Harpo’s in the 36th minute, before Owen Darby pulled one back for the Rush in the 55th. Harpo’s Sawyer Frank put the game on ice with his finish in the 82nd.

The Third Qualifying Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is set for April 2-3. Twelve of the 14 Second Qualifying Round winners in closest proximity to each other will compete. The remaining two winners will be awarded the first two slots into the 2016 U.S. Open Cup from the Open Division local qualifying track and will be joined by the six victors from the Third Qualifying Round. The exact matchups for this round will be determined on Jan. 7, 2016.

The 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 annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. 

Second Qualifying Round                                                                                                                                                                  





Nov. 14

Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) at Worcester FC (Mass.)


Foley Stadium; Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 14

Jersey Shore Boca (N.J.) at New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)


Randall’s Island Wards Meadow Fields # 75; New York, N.Y.

Nov. 15

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) at Aromas Café FC (Va.)


Charlottesville High School; Charlotttesville, Va.

Nov. 15

Global Premier Soccer Omens (Mass.) at Southie FC (Mass.)


Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium; Lawrence, Mass.

Nov. 15

Salone FC (Pa.) at West Chester United (Pa.)


West Chester United SC Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.

Nov. 21

La Maquina (Calif.)  at Chula Vista FC (Calif.)


Eastlake High; Chula Vista, Calif.

Nov. 21

Queen City United FC (N.C.) at. CD Motagua of New Orleans (La.)


Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

Nov. 21

Cal FC (Calif.) at LA Wolves FC (Calif.)


Toyota Sports Complex Field 1; Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 22

Davis Legacy (Calif.) at San Francisco City Football Club (Calif.)


Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Nov. 22

Outbreak FC  (Calif.) at San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.)

2-2, 4-3 AET

Toyota Sports Complex Field 2; Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 22

Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) at Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.)

1-1 (5-4 PKs)

Broward College-South Campus; Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Nov. 22

Colorado Rush (Colo.) at Harpo’s FC (Colo.)


Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Field 8; Commerce City, Colo.

Nov. 22

San Nicolas FC (Calif.) at Real Sociedad (Calif.)


St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Bellflower, Calif.


International Portland Select (Ore.) at NTX Rayados (Texas)

0-1 (forfeit)

None (International Portland Select withdrew Nov. 10)

Third Qualifying Round: April 2-3, 2016

First Round: May 11, 2016

MNT on TV: Conference Finals Edition

It all begins on Saturday. After starting in both qualifiers for the MNT and scoring on a free kick against St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Johnson is back in Germany looking to lead Borussia Monchengladbach to a victory against Hannover. ‘Gladbach is unbeaten in its last eight games and has risen to sixth on the Bundesliga table. Johnson’s club team, along with Bayern Munich, is the only team in Bundesliga without a loss in its last five matches.

Later that day the two leading goalkeepers from the MNT will go head-to-head in a Premier League matchup as Tim Howard and Everton go up against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. Each ‘keeper played as the U.S. opened qualifying, with Guzan collecting a win against St. Vincent & the Grenadines, while Howard posted a shutout in his 30th career qualifier when then U.S. drew Trinidad & Tobago. The last meeting between the netminders ended in a 3-0 win for Everton in Oct. 2014.

While that match is going on, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will go up against Southampton. Cameron has started in the last five matches for the MNT and has scored twice – against Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup and St. Vincent & The Grenadines in the qualifying opener. After helping his side shut out Chelsea in its last match, the center back will look to lead the defense to another clean sheet against Southampton

The day concludes in France with Monaco facing Nantes. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has missed the last six weeks with an illness, but is back and ready to make an impact for his Nantes, which has struggled in his absence. In four appearances in Ligue 1 this year, Bedoya has one goal and will look to add another.


Kickoff Time / TV

MNT Players

Borussia Monchengladbach v. Hannover

9:30 a.m. ET /

‘Gladbach: Fabian Johnson

Everton v. Aston Villa

10 a.m. ET / NBC Sports Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra

Everton: Tim Howard

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan

Southampton v. Stoke City

10 a.m. ET / NBC Sports Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra

Stoke City: Geoff Cameron

Monaco v. Nantes

2 p.m. ET / beIN Sports Connect

Nantes: Alejandro Bedoya

Sunday morning begins in Germany with John Brooks and Hertha Berlin facing Hoffenheim. Brooks started and played the full 90 for his team in its win against Hannover right before the winter break. Hertha is having a strong year in Bundesliga, currently sitting in fourth place in the table.

Shortly after that match, Alfredo Morales will lead FC Ingolstadt against Darmstadt. Morales is a regular starter for team, which will look to pick up its first win since Oct. 3.

The night concludes back in the States with the MLS Conference finals. The East gets the action started with the Columbus Crew taking on New York Red Bulls. Fresh off his first senior MNT camp where he earned his first cap, 20-year-old Matt Miazga will work to bolster the Red Bulls defense as the club duels with an experienced Columbus Crew attack.

Darlington Nagbe, who also took part in his first camp with the MNT and collected back-to-back appearances, leads the Portland Timbers in their semifinal against FC Dallas. From his midfield position, Nagbe buried five goals and five assists for the Timbers this year.


Kickoff Time / TV

MNT Players

Hertha Berlin v. Hoffenheim

9:30 a.m. ET / FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, GolTV,

Berlin: John Brooks

Ingolstadt v. Darmstadt

11:30 a.m. ET / FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports Go,

Ingolstadt: Alfredo Morales

Columbus Crew v. New York Red Bulls

5 p.m. ET / ESPN, ESPN Deportes, MLS Live

Red Bulls: Matt Miazga

Portland Timbers v. FC Dallas

7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, MLS Live

Timbers: Darlington Nagbe


2015 Women's World Cup Trophy on Display at Two Locations in Honolulu

CHICAGO (Nov. 19, 2015) - The FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Winner’s Trophy will be on display from Dec. 4-6, in Honolulu ahead of the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Trinidad & Tobago at Aloha Stadium on Sunday (3:00 p.m. HT on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO).

On Friday, Dec. 4, the trophy will be at the Hawaii Convention Center on the fourth floor lobby from 12-6 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 5, the trophy will be on display during the U.S. WNT public training at Aloha Stadium from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Entry to public training is free.

Fans will also be able to see the trophy at FanHQ on game day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Aloha Stadium on the south side in front of the box office and behind the John Burns statue.

Fans are encouraged to come and take their photo with the iconic trophy, which is normally located at the United States Soccer Federation's headquarters in Chicago.

The U.S. Women's National Team won their third Women's World Cup earlier this summer, defeating Japan 5-2 on July 5 in front of more than 53,000 fans at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The match was watched by a domestic TV audience of more than 25 million, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.

The FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Winner’s Trophy will be on display at the Coca-Cola Share the Celebration activation area throughout the remaining U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour. Dates and times for further display will be released prior to the matches in the specific markets.

Women's World Cup Trophy Display Schedule – Honolulu

Friday, Dec. 4
12 - 6 p.m.
Hawaii Convention Center (4th floor lobby)
1801 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Parking $10

Saturday, Dec. 5
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.            
Aloha Stadium (Concourse; near Gate 4)
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

Sunday, Dec. 6
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.              
Aloha Stadium FanHQ
(South Side; ticket office/volcano area)
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

Ten Metropolitan Areas from Across the United States Selected to Host Copa America Centenario

CHICAGO (Nov. 19, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) have determined the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas that have been selected to host matches during the historic Copa America Centenario to be played from June 3-26, 2016, in the United States.

The host metropolitan areas and respective stadiums are: Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Foxborough (Gillette Stadium), Houston (NRG Stadium), New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Pasadena (Rose Bowl), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field). Similar to the FIFA World Cup, each venue will host matches on multiple days through the tournament. Most venues will host at least three games.

To be among the first to access tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event, fans can visit Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available. More ticketing information will be released in the coming weeks.

Chosen from among 24 candidates that originally submitted bids earlier this year, the stadiums passed rigorous standards – including minimum seating capacity of 60,000 and other world-class infrastructure requirements – in order to host matches of this high-profile tournament, which is sure to draw scores of fans to venues across the country.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL.

“The 10 host cities of Copa America Centenario 2016 will provide the perfect stage to unite the American continents in a unique celebration of the football history and talent in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions,” said Alfredo Hawit, President of CONCACAF. “We are certain that the host country and the U.S. Soccer Federation, in their roles, will not only display the growing passion for the sport, but also contribute to expanding the legacy and magnitude of this tournament by providing a memorable experience for the whole footballing community.”

“Football is the most marvelous sport in the world. For us, it’s truly a source of pride to be able to bring to the United States this unparalleled event – the Copa America Centenario, the oldest national team tournament in the world,” said CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout. “This long-time, carefully planned dream would not have been possible without the fantastic efforts of the U.S. Soccer Federation, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. It’s the first time in the history of the event, since 1916, that the mythical Copa America will be played outside South America, with 16 teams from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Without a doubt, this event will provide the luxury of stars on display whose talents shine in the most competitive leagues in the world. The party in the United States is a certainty.”

“These 10 cities and venues will provide a fantastic setting for fans across the world to attend Copa America Centenario and allow them to see the amazing passion for soccer in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The participating teams and fans will be treated to a first-class environment in each city and stadium, adding to the world-class talent that will be competing on the field. We are looking forward to working closely with all of the cities and venues in hosting this prestigious event and creating an extraordinary experience for fans.”

From CONCACAF, host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be disputed Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City.  Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.

The South American field for the tournament features Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Uruguay has been crowned champion of the Copa America a record 15 times, while Chile won its first title at this past year’s edition, which it hosted.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have partnered for the historic 2016 Copa America tournament, setting a new standard for inter-confederation cooperation in the Americas and worldwide. The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee, formed by tournament host U.S. Soccer, is a separate entity responsible for certain logistical and organizational details of the competition. 

Diez sedes han sido seleccionadas para la Copa América Centenario

Miami (jueves, 19 de noviembre de 2015) - La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF), la Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) y el Comité Organizador Local de la Copa América Centenario (LOC) anunciaron hoy las diez áreas metropolitanas de Estados Unidos que han sido seleccionadas para albergar los partidos de la histórica Copa América Centenario, que se jugará en Estados Unidos del 3 al 26 de junio de 2016.

Las áreas metropolitanas y sus respectivos estadios incluyen: Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Ángeles (Rose Bowl Stadium), Nueva York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Filadelfia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) y Seattle (CenturyLink Field). De manera similar al formato de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, se jugarán partidos en varios días en cada sede. Se jugarán por lo menos tres partidos en la mayoría de las sedes.

Los aficionados que quieran estar entre los primeros en recibir acceso a boletos para este espectáculo único, pueden visitar Debido a la alta demanda para este torneo de fútbol, se les solicita a los aficionados registrarse con anticipación para tener acceso garantizado a la información a medida que esté disponible. Se anunciará más información al respecto en las próximas semanas.

Elegidos entre 24 candidatos que presentaron propuestas a principios de este año, los estadios pasaron rigurosos estándares - incluyendo una capacidad mínima para 60 mil personas y otras necesidades de infraestructura de clase mundial - para participar en este torneo de alto perfil, el cual seguramente atraerá a multitudes de aficionados a los estadios alrededor del país.

La Copa América Centenario 2016 es la edición historia de la Copa América – el campeonato sudamericano – y será llevada a cabo fuera de Sudamérica por primera vez. El torneo contará con la participación de seis equipos de CONCACAF y de los 10 equipos de CONMEBOL.

“Las 10 ciudades anfitrionas de la Copa América Centenario 2016 serán el escenario perfecto para unir al continente americano en una celebración única de la historia y el talento del fútbol en las regiones de CONCACAF y CONMEBOL”, dijo el Presidente en Funciones de CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit. “Estamos seguros de que el país anfitrión y la Federación de Fútbol de Estados Unidos (U.S. Soccer) no sólo demostrarán la creciente pasión por este deporte, sino que contribuirán a expandir el legado y la magnitud de este torneo al brindar una experiencia memorable para toda la comunidad futbolística”.

“El fútbol es el deporte más maravilloso del mundo. Para nosotros es un verdadero orgullo poder llevar a los Estados Unidos este evento inigualable, la Copa América Centenario, el torneo de selecciones más antiguo del mundo. Este sueño largamente acariciado no hubiera sido posible sin el esfuerzo fantástico de la U.S. Soccer Federation, CONCACAF y la CONMEBOL”, manifestó el Presidente de CONMEBOL, Juan Ángel Napout. “Es la primera vez desde 1916 que la mítica Copa América se disputará fuera de Sudamérica, con 16 seleccionados de todas las Américas y del Caribe. Sin dudas este evento será una cita de lujo con el talento de las estrellas que deslumbran con su buen fútbol en las ligas más competitivas del mundo. La fiesta en Estados Unidos está asegurada”.

“Estas 10 ciudades y sedes proporcionarán un ambiente fantástico para que aficionados del mundo entero puedan asistir a la Copa América Centenario y ver la pasión impresionante por el fútbol que existe en Estados Unidos,” dijo el Presidente de U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati. “Los equipos participantes y aficionados podrán disfrutar de un evento de primera categoría en cada ciudad y estadio, agregando eso al talento de nivel mundial que estará compitiendo en la cancha. Esperamos trabajar de cerca con todas las ciudades y las sedes para organizar éste prestigioso evento y crear una experiencia extraordinaria para aficionados.”

De CONCACAF, el anfitrión Estados Unidos y México están automáticamente clasificados, mientras que Costa Rica (ganador de la Copa Centroamericana 2014) y Jamaica (ganador de la Copa del Caribe CFU 2014) clasificaron al ganar los campeonatos regionales del año pasado.

Los dos últimos equipos de CONCACAF se determinarán en un juego de repechaje de doble jornada que se disputará el 8 de enero de 2016, en la Ciudad de Panamá. Trinidad y Tobago se enfrentará a Haití y Panamá se definirá contra Cuba; el ganador de cada partido clasificará a la Copa América Centenario.

El campo de América del Sur para el torneo cuenta con Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela. Uruguay ha sido coronado campeón de la Copa América en un récord de 15 veces, mientras que Chile ganó su primer título en la edición de este año, de la cual fue anfitrión.

CONCACAF y CONMEBOL se han asociado en el histórico torneo de la Copa América 2016, estableciendo un nuevo estándar para la cooperación inter-Confederación en las Américas y en todo el mundo. El Comité Organizador de la Copa América Centenario, formado por el anfitrión del torneo - la Asociación de Fútbol de los Estados Unidos- es una entidad independiente responsable de ciertos detalles logísticos y de organización de la competición.


Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT Tops WCQ Group C with Away Point against Trinidad & Tobago


“As we expected it was a very tricky game. Trinidad & Tobago started well in the first 20 minutes, and I think after 20-25 minutes we took over. There were chances on both sides – I think we had the clearer ones. We should have put one of those in, but overall a tie is alright. It’s keeping us in first place in the group and I give a compliment to the guys. It was what we expected, a very tough Trinidad team to play against. This is what you get here when you come down and at the end of the day if you take one point away that’s alright.”

On the team getting through the opening 15-20 minutes of the game:

“We told the players it’s going to be important the first 15-20 minutes to stay very focused, compact and just organized and disciplined in everything they did. They took a little bit to find the balance in midfield with Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones, especially going forward, because they were too often next to each other instead of actually staggering. We corrected that after about 25 minutes and we told Michael to go higher up so we would find better outlets there. Another problem was that we couldn’t kind of play into the feet to Jozy Altidore and Gyasi Zardes. In the first half they were too far away from each other. We told them to get closer so they could play off each other, which in the second half worked out a lot better. There were kind of little things that we corrected and I think after 20-25 minutes we settled in the game. There’s always a chance that either team scores a goal, and in the second half I think we were definitely closer to scoring that goal.”

On Jozy Altidore’s overall performance:

“It was a very, very hard and good effort. You hope that when you create chances in a game like that, that the ball will drop in front of Jozy because he’s calm in front of the goal. He finishes things off. He had good energy, he tried really hard and he always had two or three guys on top of him. That’s why we tried to explain to them that they had to play off each other – both Gyasi and Jozy – so they could make more space."

On whether it was a concern that Gyasi Zardes didn't finish his chances, and the deployment of Yedlin, Orozco and Johnson:

“I think Gyasi, as long as he gets on the end of those balls, that means he has the smell for it. He makes the right runs, he knows how to move and then gets the opportunity to score, so next time he will score those ones that didn’t go in today."

"We simply wanted to bring DeAndre Yedlin as a right winger tonight and adjusted that with Michael Orozco at right back. I think Michael Orozco played an outstanding game there -- very calm, very kind of simple and just get the job done as we always know how it is from Michael. With Fabian Johnson, we had that option on the left side going forward. After Tim Ream got that knock, we weren’t sure if he was staying in the game. We didn’t want to make a mistake there, so we subbed him out and moved Fabian back. I think with Darlington Nagbe you saw in both games now that we found a player that knows how to play, knows how to take care of the ball and is very comfortable in either direction on the ball. It’s nice to see. It gives us a bit more of a flow in the game because he simply connects the passes and that gave it a bit more life. Next time we have to score the goal and get the three points.”

On his sense of the group standings after two matches:

“The sense is that we want to go into Guatemala in March and get the three points and then beat them at home and make it clear that we finished the group as the number one team. We know that it’s not easy in any place going away here in CONCACAF, but our goal here is to make a huge step in March with six points and then go through this group. It’s important that you don’t give anybody an advantage here, and by tying this game even if you wanted to win it, a tie means you leave them behind you. This is very important.”

On the play of central midfielders Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley:

"In the middle of the park, especially in the first 20 minutes, we had some issues and I think then it got much better. With Jermaine it was crucial that he went through that game all 90 minutes. He had this little injury that he brought in, but he just stood his man and carried us through all 90 minutes. Kyle was warming up the whole second half, but we didn’t need to bring him in that role as a number six. Michael had his ups and downs. He lost some balls, but he’s also the one that makes the surprise move and the surprise pass, and all of a sudden you might get a goal out of that.”

On how he sees Darlington Nagbe and how that adds options:

“I see him similar to how Caleb Porter sees him in Portland. I think he could be very effective in the middle, but it also needs to fit our team. It also needs to fit with how we put our players together. With Jermaine and Michael we have to central midfielders that just keep on going. It depends what shape our wingers are in and how we want to play the wings. Do we want to play Fabian as a left winger or do we want to play him in behind? I think DeAndre, with his age right now, is still better as a right winger than he is as a right back because he has a lot of learning ahead of him as a defender. We all know that he’s learning that every day now in the Premier League. Having Darlington now as an option – he doesn’t have a problem with jumping in on the wings either, but I think him coming through the middle as well is nice to have.”

On the play of the center back pairing of Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler:

“I think they deserve a huge compliment, both of them. They had Kenwyne Jones pretty much under control, even if it’s a guy that could score at any moment, especially when you don’t expect it. For both it was a very good performance. They made themselves a strong case, there’s no doubt about it.”

On the play of full backs Michael Orozco and Tim Howard:

Michael had a strong game as a right back. Very solid, very focused and make any mistakes at all.  At the end, he could even go forward a little bit, which wasn’t his job. We just told him to keep his side under control. With Tim, it was very calm, very focused and with all the experience he has a very controlled 90 minutes from Tim Howard. Everything that came towards him was absolutely no issue at all. It’s just great to have him back.”


On if a tie on the road in Trinidad is a good result:

“These games are always the same. You know that they’re going to be hard games, that they’re not always going to be pretty – the conditions, the field. If you’re able on the day to take your chance, then obviously the result can look different and you can come away with three points. If you don’t take your chance, it’s vital that you’re defensively solid and at worst come away with a 0-0 draw. In those ways I thought it was a professional performance."

On what he learned about the MNT the last two games:

“We continue to move ourselves forward. The reality is that we have a pretty strong mentality and even when things aren’t going great, we’re able to look at ourselves and know that things have to be better. When we win a game or two, we don’t necessarily think we’re the best team in the world. We’ve got to keep ourselves going. Four points in these two games was important and now we know when we come back in March, home and away with Guatemala will be huge, but we’ll be excited for it.”

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD

His thoughts on the game:

“It’s exactly how we figured it would go. A tight game, a point on the road and all is well I think. We had the better chances. I thought their threat was aerial, we dealt with it really well. I thought defensively we were good and didn’t give them very much.”

On if the match was any different than previous games he played in Trinidad & Tobago:

“No. We knew it was going to be close. We were hoping it wouldn’t be, but we knew it was going to be close. Win the home game, get something on the road and I think we’re in first place, so that’s helpful.”

On the difficulty of playing qualifying matches away from home:

“It’s just tough going away from home. I think in some of these smaller countries, these games are everything. It’s such a big deal for them and it makes for a tough environment. I keep saying the competition is getting better. It’s for us and Mexico to be careful and make sure that we put them in their place.”

On having the experience of Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in front of him:

”I think aside from the goalkeeper rotation, I think the idea is to make sure we have a solidified back four, guys that are going to establish themselves and play all the time. It was good. I think both Brad and I have a lot of confidence in those guys. They’re growing as a partnership and I think that’s important. They handled a different beast tonight. It wasn’t just the ticky tacky balls in and out and through. It was more aerial battles and having to clear our lines, and they did well.”

On the play of Jermaine Jones:

“I thought he did a great job. Obviously with him and Michael, there’s always that balance depending on the opponent and what the game looks like. One has to hold, one can go forward and I thought Jermaine did a great job tonight. That was kind of the tactic. He’s so good in the air and we didn’t want to break our back four. Let him compete with the big fellow. I thought he did great. Yesterday in training he was outstanding in the air and we kind of knew he was up for it. Obviously even late on when he had no legs, he made that run to cover and he was fantastic.”

On the play of Michael Orozco:

“I like Mikey. Mikey is great because every team needs a Michael Orozco. He’s a guy that buys into the concept of the team, he’s quiet, he doesn’t ruffle any feathers, he’s always there training. You put him in a game like tonight and he’s never out of his depth. He plays in Mexico and he knows what it’s like to play in hostile environments and he just fits in really well so he’s really great to have on the team.”

On the play of Darlington Nagbe:

“I hate to overhype him, but America doesn’t really produce a lot of those shifty players that can get their foot on the ball and make people miss. It’s not always spectacular, but just a little shift here or there to unbalance the defense. I like him a lot. I think he has a lot of potential and I think he’s a good kid.”

On what getting a point on the road means:

“We’ve gone on the road and lost the first game so this is a good point. We kept it tight in the back, we created some pretty good chances. Not many, but a couple good chances and I think it sets it up really nicely for March.”


On dealing with Trinidad forward Kenwyne Jones:

“Kenwyne is a good player. He’s strong, he’s powerful, but I thought we did well tonight. We battled. I thought defensively we did good, our shape was good. I think they might have only had one really solid chance, but other than that I thought we were solid, defended well, kept it organized and it’s a good point on the road.”

On the play of Jermaine Jones:

“He did well tonight. Obviously he kind of picked up a knock in the last game, but the coach asked him to sit defensively in the midfield and not allow them to have their counter attack. Their counter attack is one of their strongest points, but Matt and I made sure that he was sitting in front of us because they thrive off of those second balls. Kenwyne is going to win his fair share, I’m going to win my fair share and Matt’s going to win his fair share. It’s a matter of picking up the second balls and I thought our shape defensively was great tonight.”

On coming away with a point:

“We got unlucky. We didn’t take our chances, we had two clear opportunities -- two cross bars. We could have done better in the final third, but that’ll come. It’s still a great point on the road. This is qualifying. This is what happens. They always make it difficult when we’re playing away and they had a great crowd tonight. For me, it was a great performance.” 


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
December 5, 2010 U-17 MNT vs Turkey 0-2 L Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz. 2,350 --
December 3, 2010 U-17 MNT vs Brazil 0-0 D Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz. 2,500
December 1, 2010 U-17 MNT vs Korea Republic 2-1 W Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz. 247 Dunn, M. Rodriguez