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Registration for October “A” & “B” Coaching Courses Opens Aug. 3

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) — The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools for “A” and “B” License Courses from October 17-25 in Casa Grande, Arizona. Registration for these course options will begin on Monday, August 3. Interested applicants should review the FAQ’s (listed below) and confirm their eligibility prior to registering.

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.

In a typical course, coaches interact with the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former U.S. National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course, visit the Coaching Education page on




National “A” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

National “B” License Course

October 17 – 25

Casa Grande, AZ

Upcoming Performance Centers will be held at various locations. Registration information and additional 2016 course details will be available on at a later date.

For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at

Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to Finish International Careers at End of 2015

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – The 10-game fall tour to celebrate the USA’s championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the final matches in a U.S. uniform for midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday. 

Holiday, 27, made public her decision to retire for club and country in early July, two days after the Women’s World Cup Final. Boxx, 38, recently confirmed her plans to finish her international career at the end of the year as well, but will also immediately retire from professional club soccer and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the season. 

Both players have been vitally important contributors to the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team team over their careers and both finish with multiple Olympic gold medals, a Women’s World Cup title and a professional club championship. 

Boxx, who grew up in Torrance, California, and attended Notre Dame, played in all three incarnations of U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She was drafted by the San Diego Spirit into the WUSA and also played for the New York Power. In the WPS, she played for the Los Angeles Sol, the St. Louis Athletica, magicJack and FC Gold Pride, with whom she won a league title in 2010. She ends her career with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. 

“I’ve been blessed to play soccer professionally for 15 years,” said Boxx. “Much of my success at the international level — three gold medals and a World Cup victory — is owed to the professional women’s soccer leagues in which I’ve played. I’m excited to see the NWSL grow and inspire a new generation of girls who may, one day, have their dreams come true just as mine did.” 

Boxx was famously named to the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team before ever earning a cap. She scored in her first three WNT matches, including the opening game of that tournament, and grew into a fixture at center midfield for years. Known for her tremendous ball-winning in the air and on the ground, as well as sophistication with the ball at her feet in the attack, she currently has 191 caps and 27 goals. 

Boxx was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2008, 2005 (when she finished third) and 2004, and captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May of 2005. She was named MVP of the prestigious Algarve Cup in 2004 and 2006. Boxx has struggled with injuries and illness over the past few years, and gave birth to her first daughter, Zoe, in February of 2014. She embarked on a remarkable comeback to make her final Women’s World Cup Team. 

Even more impressive, Boxx has been dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus for years and been outspoken about her struggles to cope with the diseases while becoming a role model for many who are similarly afflicted. 

“This is the right decision for me right now,” said Boxx. “And though I’ll continue on with the U.S. team and our victory tour, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. Having the time to focus more on my family, whose support has made everything possible, is something I will cherish as much as the game.” 

Holiday grew up in Indianapolis and attended UCLA (where she finished as the Bruins all-time leading scorer). She played for the USA at the 2006 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia and debuted for the full team in January of 2007 against Germany. 

She displayed tremendous versatility throughout her career, playing forward, flank midfield and several roles in the center of the midfield as well. One of the team’s smoothest passers and the USA’s best players with her back to the net, she has scored a bushel of world-class goals during her time in a U.S. jersey. 

The former Lauren Cheney was one of the youngest players on the 2008 Olympic Team. She currently has 130 caps and 24 goals, including her epic volley in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final that would turn out to be the game-winner. 

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family.” 

Holiday played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in WPS and will finish her professional career at the end of this NWSL season with FC Kansas City, with whom she was the league MVP in 2013, leading the league in goals and assists. Last year she helped the Blues to the league title in 2014 and was MVP of the championship game. 

“I have so much respect for FC Kansas City and when I made my decision to retire, I knew I wanted to come back and finish out the season, not only for the club, but for the fans,” said Holiday. “Hopefully we can win another title and really go out on top.” 

Four games of the 10-game tour have been confirmed with the first match coming on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit followed by a second match against the Matildas on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to play so many games for the National Team, but I’m at peace with my decision,” added Holiday. “The tour will be a lot of fun over the next few months to celebrate not only a great World Cup win, but also my career and spending time with my teammates.”

La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Jugará Partido de Eliminatoria Para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en St. Louis el 13 de noviembre

CHICAGO (27 de julio, 2015) - La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos jugará su primer partido local de la eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Busch Stadium en St. Louis, Missouri. The match will be played on Nov. 13 against the winner of the Third Round Qualifying match between St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Aruba.

Los boletos salen a la venta al público el viernes, 22 de agosto, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de, o llamando por teléfono al 314-345-9000 y en las taquillas de 8th Street de Busch Stadium (abiertas de lunes a viernes, 10 a.m. a 4 p.m.). Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de

La hora de inicio e información de transmisión será anunciada próximamente. La serie de ida y vuelta entre San Vicente y las Granadinas y Aruba está programada para el 4 y 8 de septiembre.

El pasado fin de semana, EE.UU. fue sorteado al Grupo C para la Ronda Semifinal de la Eliminatoria de la CONCACAF para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Durante la Ronda Semifinal, la Selección Masculina jugará cada uno de sus rivales del Grupo C dos veces, una de local y una de visitante. Las fechas de los partidos son el 13 y 17 de noviembre, 25 y 29 de marzo, 2016, y  2 y 6 de septiembre, 2016; los rivales para cada fecha serán determinados después de la Tercera Ronda de la Eliminatoria. El Grupo C incluye a Trinidad y Tobago, y los ganadores de los partidos de Tercera Ronda entre San Vicente y las Granadinas y Aruba, y Antigua y Barbuda y Guatemala. El ganador del Grupo C y segundo lugar avanzarán a la Ronda Final de la Eliminatoria Mundialista conocida en CONCACAF como la Hexagonal.

"Estamos absolutamente emocionados por jugar nuestro primer partido de eliminatoria de la Copa Mundial de Rusia 2018 en St. Louis," dijo el director técnico de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann. "No hay un lugar más apropiado para empezar esta campaña que en una ciudad que ha contribuido tanto a la historia y la tradición del fútbol en Estados Unidos. Algunos de los mejores jugadores que hemos producido tienen enlaces con la ciudad, y ahora esperamos traer a la Selección de regreso a casa a St. Louis dónde sabemos que el apoyo será increíble."

El partido marca el primer partido de local en la alguna vez capital del fútbol de Estados Unidos en casi 20 años. El último partido de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en St. Louis fue un empate de 0-0 contra Paraguay en Busch Conference & Sports Center (ahora St. Louis Soccer Park) el 4 de junio, 1997. Será el primer partido de eliminatoria mundialista en el área de St. Louis desde el empate de 0-0 con El Salvador en 1989, el cual también fue jugado en Busch Conference & Sports Center.

"Es una histórica oportunidad para St. Louis en lo que la Selección Masculina inicia su intento de clasificar a la Copa Mundial 2018 en Busch Stadium," dijo Bill DeWitt III, Presidente de los St. Louis Cardinals. "Estamos increíblemente emocionados por ser sede de este partido y esperamos demostrar que tenemos algunos de los mejores aficionados de fútbol en el país."

La Selección Masculina tiene un registro de 5-2-1 en la ciudad de St. Louis (4-1-1 en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista) y 7-2-2 en el estado de Missouri.

En abril, la Selección Femenina jugó un partido de preparación mundialista en St. Louis en Busch Stadium frente a 35,817 aficionados, lo cual es la mayor multitud para un partido amistoso exclusivamente de la Selección Femenina.

Fechas de Partidos de la Eliminatoria Mundialista


Partido A

Partido B

13 de noviembre, 2015

USA v ganador VIN-ARU

ganador ATG-GUA v TRI

17 de noviembre, 2015


ganador VIN-ARU v ganador ATG-GUA

25 de marzo, 2016

ganador ATG-GUA v USA

ganador VIN-ARU v TRI

29 de marzo, 2016

USA v ganador ATG-GUA

TRI v VIN-ARU ganador

2 de septiembre, 2016

USA v ganador VIN-ARU

TRI v ganador ATG-GUA

6 de septiembre, 2016


ganador ATG-GUA v ganador VIN-ARU

U.S. MNT to play 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in St. Louis on Nov. 13

The U.S. Men’s National team will play its first home match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will be played Nov. 13 against the winner of the Third Round Qualifying match between St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Aruba.

Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. CT through, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). 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

The kickoff time and broadcast information will be provided in the near future. The two-legged playoff between St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Aruba is scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.

This past weekend, the U.S. was drawn into Group C for the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. During the Semifinal Round, the MNT will play each of its Group C opponents twice, once at home and once away. The dates of the games are Nov. 13 and 17, March 25 and 29, 2016 and Sept. 2 and 6, 2016; the opponents for those match days will be determined after the completion of the Third Round of Qualifying (Schedule below). Group C includes Trinidad & Tobago, and the winners of Third Round Qualifying matches between St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba or Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala. The Group C winner and runner-up advance to the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying known in CONCACAF countries as the Hexagonal.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first World Cup qualifier towards Russia 2018 in St. Louis,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “There is no more appropriate place to start this campaign than a city that has contributed so much to the history and tradition of soccer in the United States. Some of the best players we have ever produced have ties there, and now we look forward to bringing the National Team back home to St. Louis where we know the support will be incredible.”

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ one-time soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last playing to a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997. It will be the first World Cup qualifier played in the St. Louis area since the USA’s 0-0 tie with El Salvador in 1989, which was also played at Busch Conference & Sports Center.

“This is a historic opportunity for St. Louis as the U.S. Men’s Team kicks off its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We’re incredibly excited to be the host for this match and are looking forward to showing that we have some of the best soccer fans in the country.”

The MNT is 5-2-1 all time in the city of St. Louis (4-1-1 in World Cup Qualifiers) and is 7-2-2 in the state of Missouri.

In April, the U.S. Women’s team played a World Cup tune-up in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, drawing a crowd of 35,817, which ranks as the largest crowd in U.S. history for a standalone Women’s National Team friendly match.

World Cup Qualifying Match Dates


Match A

Match B

Nov. 13, 2015

USA v VIN-ARU winner

ATG-GUA winner v TRI

Nov. 17, 2015


VIN-ARU winner v ATG-GUA winner

March 25, 2016

ATG-GUA winner v USA

VIN-ARU winner v TRI

March 29, 2016

USA v ATG-GUA winner

TRI v VIN-ARU winner

Sept. 2, 2016

VIN-ARU winner v USA

TRI v ATG-GUA winner

Sept. 6, 2016


ATG-GUA v VIN-ARU winner

St. Louis - A History of the USMNT in the Gateway to the West

The U.S. MNT returns to one of the country’s soccer hot beds when it opens 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against either St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Aruba on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

The match marks the MNT’s first game in the United States’ historic soccer capital in nearly 20 years, with the side last paying to a 0-0 draw against Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997.

What made St. Louis such a bastion for soccer in the United States?

Clubs from the city made an early mark on the U.S. Open Cup (then known as the National Challenge Cup), with Ben Millers first lifting the Dewar Trophy in 1920. Scullin Steel followed up two years later before Stix, Baer and Fuller (later known as St. Louis Central Breweries) went to four straight finals from 1932-1935, winning all but the first.

Much of St. Louis’ continuing soccer strength came from the city’s representation on the U.S. team that went to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five of the 11 players that appeared in the USA’s historic 1-0 victory against England hailed from St. Louis: goalkeeper Frank Borghi, defenders Charlie Colombo and Harry Keough and midfielders Gino Pariani and Frank Wallace.

In 1948, Borghi, Colombo and Pariani all won National Challenge Cup titles with Simpkins Ford, while Wallace joined them to win the title in 1950. Keough would taste domestic cup glory of his own, winning with St. Louis Kutis in 1957.

Upon retirement as a player, Keough wrote another chapter in the city’s soccer history when he became the head coach of St. Louis University. With five NCAA tournament championships already in the trophy case, Keough guided the Billikens to another championship in his first season in 1967. He’d go on to lead the school to four more tournament titles in five years from 1969-1973.

One of the top players in U.S. MNT history, Brian McBride attended the school from 1990-1993, before going on to play in three World Cups and build a famous club career, most notably with Fulham FC in the English Premier League. Other World Cup participants that hail from St. Louis include Mike Sorber (1994) and Brad Davis (2014).

Current U.S. MNT defender Tim Ream, as well as former U.S. internationals Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston, Chris Klein and Pat Noonan also earned their soccer stripes coming up in the Gateway to the West.

Though it’s been a while since the MNT’s last appearance in St. Louis, the team has been successful in the Mound City, going 5-1-2 all-time with the only defeat being a World Cup qualifying loss to Canada on July 6, 1957. Six of the eight matches played in St. Louis have been World Cup qualifiers, with the MNT earning two wins (against Jamaica and Costa Rica) and a draw (against El Salvador) in the team’s successful campaign to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 

MNT to Face Mexico in Playoff for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Berth

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face archrival Mexico in a playoff game for a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup that will be played on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

Kickoff time and television information are still to be determined. Participating member associations and supporter groups will have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale. Tickets will be available to the general public in September. 

The USA’s place in the playoff was secured when it won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico won the 2015 edition of the tournament and in so doing qualified for the playoff. The Oct. 9 playoff game will be played during a FIFA international match window.

The loss to Jamaica in the semifinal ended a nine-match unbeaten run for the United States in 2015 that included consecutive victories against Mexico in San Antonio, and away wins against then sixth-ranked Netherlands and 2014 FIFA World Cup winners Germany. Overall, the U.S. has a 3-1-1 record this year against teams ranked in the top 20 in the world.

In April of 2013, CONCACAF announced the split of the region’s berth to the Confederations Cup between two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, assuring that both editions of the Gold Cup in each four-year cycle have the same competitive importance.

The Confederations Cup is the prestigious dress rehearsal that takes place in the host country a year before the World Cup. In 2017, the Confederations Cup will be played in the same stadiums the teams will use during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the 2009 edition in South Africa, the USA beat then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals and advanced to the final, finishing as runner-up to Brazil.

Dempsey Wins Golden Boot, Guzan Wins Golden Glove at 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot and goalkeeper Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament. Dempsey tallied seven for the U.S., the most scored by an American player in a single Gold Cup in the 13 editions of the tournament. Dempsey has scored 12 Gold Cup goals in his career, tying him for the second most on the regional tournament’s all-time list with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alvarez. The pair trail only Landon Donovan’s 18 Gold Cup goals.

The Golden Glove award is given to the tournament's top goalkeeper. Guzan marshaled the USA backline to a pair of clean sheets, against Haiti in the group stage and Cuba in the quarterfinal. In six Gold Cup matches with Guzan between the posts, the U.S. surrendered only five goals. The only previous USA goalkeeper to win a Gold Glove award at a senior international tournament is Tim Howard, who claimed the honor at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. 

#USAvPAN Post Game Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup – Third Place Game
July 25, 2015


His thoughts on the match:
“Overall, obviously it was a game that was pretty much overshadowed with what happened a couple days ago. A game that basically Panama and us didn’t really want to play in terms of how do you pump the players up after what happened on Wednesday night. Both teams deserve a huge compliment. They went all the way through, they went 120 minutes and into the penalty shootout. They were both extremely tired and gave what was left in them. I give credit to Panama for how they went through that tournament and stayed on course. For us it’s clear that we look towards September – two friendly games to build things in order to be prepared for the playoff in October.”

On the differences for the team between the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups:
“I think all the teams were really competitive. All the teams were into the competition and wanted to win it. There was just a lot of stuff going on outside the field. There was always a sense of being uncertain of what happens next. When I talk to the players this morning, I told them we didn’t know what would happen because every time you go on the field you don’t know what happens with the refs with either way they go. You feel really sorry for the refs, because if they make a mistake one side or another goes at them. This feeling was there from the beginning of the tournament where you always wonder what will happen. It kind of overshadowed everything that went on really. Going through it from our end, we started fine. We got two wins and qualified for the quarterfinals. We took care of the quarters and then Wednesday night happened. It took the wind out – that’s just normal, that’s fine. It shows you also how competitive this region is. Nations that maybe weren’t regarded as high before the tournament earned a lot of respect, earned a lot of compliments, like Haiti for example, or especially Jamaica being in the final. You have to give them credit as well.”

On improvements since he took over the team in 2011:
“This is year one after we went to Brazil. The goal is always to go further in the next World Cup than we did in Brazil. This is a working process right now that here and there will give us some setbacks, some situations where you make a step back maybe and hopefully make two forward. That process is ongoing. We had the discussion on Wednesday night after Jamaica. This team will grow, this team will get better. The youngsters will learn out of mistakes that they make on the field. They will become more responsible, more accountable, gain more personality. I can’t blame anybody for the last four weeks, because they really showed great character. The spirit was good throughout the entire tournament, they kept going and going. Our goal is to move things forward, to become a little more proactive and not too reactive – that discussion we had over the last couple of years. That process will keep on going.”

On balancing the growth for the future with the need to win:
“You always have an eye on the growth of the team and the program, and at the same time you also zoom in and when a tournament is happening, you want to win the tournament. The goal was to win this Gold Cup with the best team available. That’s what we had – we had the best team in the tournament. The only bummer was that DaMarcus Beasley got injured on his first day of training, otherwise he probably would have been on the field the other two games. We keep building in the background. We build an Olympic team that goes into the qualifiers in October. We build the next cycle of the U-20s that did extremely well in New Zealand, just losing against the World Champions in the quarterfinals, so that goes parallel. When it’s tournament time, it’s tournament time and you want to win it, and we didn’t win it.”

On the status of DaMarcus Beasley’s international career:
“Beas is a guy that whenever he’s needed, he just wants to help. As I said the other day, he’s a giver and I said right after the game in the locker room, ‘Beas I don’t know if you can walk out like that. We might have to get you back in.’ The guys were clapping because they love him. The locker room loves Beas. We’ll see – it depends on him. He made that decision a year ago. He came back for the team – the plan was for the knockout stage. It didn’t work out that way because of this little strain, but from my end I’m always open and maybe that’s a question for him when he walks out of the locker room.”

On handling the goalkeeper situation with Brad Guzan and Tim Howard:
“I will have a phone call with Tim probably next week and also with Brad and see how we want to move forward. Brad kept us in the game with some tremendous saves. Defensively we allowed too many chances, there’s no doubt about it. Again, this game today was under a very weird feeling for both sides. We wanted to make sure nothing bad happened, let’s just get it done. I’m not blaming any of the players if there were a couple too many mistakes.”

On the pressure of going into October’s Confederations Cup playoff:
“There’s constant expectations, constant pressure for everybody. That’s just normal – it’s part of our job. We didn’t use that opportunity to finish things off in this tournament so we have to finish it off in October. If there’s a rise in expectations, that’s totally cool.”

On what he learned about the group and what he might have done differently:
“We’ll watch the games again and see more detailed stuff.  There’s always something you find that you think afterwards you could have done things differently. I think overall when you look through it, we started well in the tournament and in a three-day rhythm in that group, which was the most difficult group, we got out right away with two wins, already qualified for the quarterfinals and then Wednesday night happened. Overall I think we could have won this tournament, but at the end of the day we didn’t. We’ll take our lessons from there, analyze it and then talk to the players.”


On what it was like to be back:
“It was great to be back after the injury to my calf. It’s tough to lose like that, and I’m not just saying that because it could be my last game. We didn’t get the result that we wanted. It wasn’t anything about me playing in what could be my last game, it was about getting the result and getting the win. We wanted to end on a good note. It didn’t happen, but we have to pick ourselves up and move forward and obviously take the criticism after losing two games to our neighbors, Jamaica and Panama, but this is just going to make us a stronger team. It’s only a year after the World Cup. There’s a lot of young guys that will grow in this team and we look forward to seeing how to develop them.”

On the positives of this trip:
“Playing. You can’t get away from experience. This is what qualifying is going to be about - playing at home with these teams. Some guys have never been through a qualifying cycle. This is what it’s going to be, hard games, tough games. There won’t be any easy games whether you’re at home or on the road. This is giving them a taste of what it’s going to be like come qualifying time. I’m 100 percent sure we’ll be ready for it.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On tonight’s game:
“It wasn’t the result we wanted. We’ll be able to look at these games and analyze them and know where we need to improve and where we need to get better in terms of going forward to the friendlies in September and the [Confederations Cup] playoff in October.”

On the how the September friendlies will help the team:
“They’re huge. They’re against Brazil and Peru. They’ll be two difficult games that will definitely get us ready. Every time we come together as a country we want to use that time wisely.”

Highlights: MNT Falls to Panama in Gold Cup Third Place Match PKs

The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

Selección Masculina Termina en Cuarto Lugar de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015

CHESTER, Pensilvania (25 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos terminó en cuarto lugar de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 al caer en penales contra Panamá en PPL Park. El tiempo reglamentario terminó con las selecciones empatadas 1-1 y ninguno de los dos equipos pudo tomar la ventaja durante el tiempo extra.

La última vez en la que EE.UU. llegó hasta los tiros del punto penal fue en la final de la Copa Oro 2005, también contra Panamá, pero en esa ocasión Estados Unidos levantó la copa.

Clint Dempsey entró de cambio en el segundo tiempo y anotó su séptimo gol de la Copa Oro, manteniéndolo en la cima de la tabla de goleadores con un partido por jugarse en el torneo.

Estados Unidos jugará contra dos rivales importantes en partidos amistosos en septiembre, enfrentando a Perú el 4 de septiembre en RFK Stadium en Washington, D.C., y a Brasil el 8 de septiembre en Gillette Stadium en Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Información de transmisión: 4 de septiembre vs. Perú (7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) | 8 de septiembre vs. Brasil (8 p.m. ET; Red de ESPN, UniMás, UDN)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
PAN – Roberto Nurse (Rolando Blackburn), minuto 55: Panamá filtró un balón para Roberto Nurse, quien se quitó la marca de dos defensas con un hábil recorte. Nurse se enfrentó a Brad Guzan completamente desmarcado y con precisión envió el balón a la equina inferior izquierda justo fuera del alcance de Guzan. USA 0, PAN 1. (VER GOL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Clint Dempsey), minuto 70: El balón fue filtrado a DeAndre Yedlin quien la bajó con el pecho en una carrera adentro del área grande. Tres jugadores panameños lo rodearon y el portero Luis Mejía dejó su línea, dejando a Yedlin la opción de dar la espalda al gol y tocar el balón hacia atrás para Clint Dempsey en el borde del área grande. Dempsey le pegó de primer toque, enviando el balón a la portería abierta e igualando el marcador. USA 1, PAN 1. (VER GOL).

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:

USA – Tim Ream, minuto 37: Armando Cooper se llevó el balón sólo desde casi el medio campo hasta adentro del área grande. Brad Guzan salió a acortar el ángulo pero Cooper también lo rodeó, disparando a una portería abierta. Sin embargo, el defensa Tim Ream estaba atento y regresó a tiempo para interceptar el balón antes de que cruzara la línea de gol, evitando el primer gol del partido.

USA – Fabian Johnson, minuto 54: Panamá envió un tiro de esquina de la derecha al área en donde Rolando Blackburn la encontró con la cabeza. El disparo estaba dirigido a la portería, pero el defensa Fabian Johnson sacó la pierna a tiempo para interrumpir la trayectoria del balón y despejar fuera de peligro.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 81: Panamá tuvo un tiro libre por el lado izquierdo entre la banda y el área grande. Rolando Blackburn saltó para encontrar al balón con la cabeza y envió balón con fuerza a la portería. Brad Guzan demostró sus reflejos y se aventó a tiempo, deteniendo el balón sobre la línea de gol con la mano izquierda.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 108: Alberto Quintero filtró un balón detrás de la defensa estadounidense para Roberto Nurse. El panameño corrió hacia la portería y disparó justo antes de que DeAndre Yedlin pudiera llegar para defender, pero Brad Guzan reaccionó bien y alcanzó a desviar levemente el balón fuera del campo.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 111: Roberto Nurse siguió un balón adentro del área y se lo llevó hacia la portería. Nurse disparó al primer poste, pero Brad Guzan tapó el intento con el cuerpo.

Notas adicionales:

  • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 12-1-4 contra Panamá, y de 2-0-1 en partidos por el tercer lugar en la Copa Oro.
  • EE.UU. ahora tiene un registro de 52-8-7 en todos sus partidos de la Copa Oro.
  • Diez jugadores diferentes de la nómina han anotado gol para EE.UU. en lo que va del 2015—Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Omar González, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski y Gyasi Zardes.
  • Clint Dempsey anotó siete goles en la Copa Oro 2015 y 12 en Copas Oro, con los cuales sobrepasó a Eric Wynalda en el segundo lugar de la lista histórica de goleadores de EE.UU. en la Copa Oro. Landon Donovan (18) está en el primer lugar.
  • Bradley es el único jugador que ha jugado todos los minutos de los 14 partidos que ha disputado la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2015.

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Panamá
Fecha: 25 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Tercer Lugar
Sede: PPL Park; Chester, Pensilvania
Inicio: 4 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 12,598
Clima: 88 grados, parcialmente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          TE1     TE2     F
USA                                        0          1          0          0          1
PAN                                        0          1          0          0          1

PAN – Roberto Nurse (Rolando Blackburn)              minuto 55
USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin)                 70 

Resumen de penales:
USA – Aron Johannsson (gol), Clint Dempsey (gol), Fabian Johnson (fallado), Michael Bradley (atajado), DaMarcus Beasley (atajado)
PAN – Román Torres (gol), Abdiel Arroyo (gol), Armando Cooper (atajado), Harold Cummings (gol)

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar González (25-DaMarcus Beasley,  91), 6-John Brooks, 15-Tim Ream; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 60), 24-Joe Corona, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson; 9-Aron Johannsson, 18-Chris Wondolowski (8-Clint Dempsey, 60)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 16-Brad Evans, 20-Gyasi Zardes, 26-Alan Gordon
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 12-Luis Mejía; 13-Adolfo Machado, 3-Harold Cummings, 5-Román Torres (capt.), 15-Erick Davis; 11-Armando Cooper, 14-Miguel Camargo (4-Alfredo Stephens, 46), 18-Darwin Pinzón, 91), 20-Anibal Godoy, 19-Alberto Quintero; 16-Rolando Blackburn (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 88), 9-Roberto Nurse
Suplentes no utilizados: 6-Gabriel Gómez, 7-Blas Pérez, 8-Gabriel Torres, 17-Luis Henríquez, 21-José Calderón, 23-Ángel Patrick
Director Técnico: Hernán Gómez

Resumen estadístico: USA / PAN
Tiros: 7 / 23
Tiros a Gol: 2 / 13
Atajadas: 1 / 12
Tiros de Esquina: 3 / 8
Faltas: 18 / 17
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Fabian Johnson (amonestación)          minuto 29
PAN – Armando Cooper (amonestación)       87
USA – Timmy Chandler (amonestación)        97
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (amonestación)        99
PAN – Anibal Godoy (amonestación)            99
PAN – Román Torres (amonestación)            115

Árbitro: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Christián Ramírez (HON)
Cuarto Oficial: David Gantar (CAN) 

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: por determinarse


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