U.S. Soccer

U-17 MNT Wins 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament After 3-2 Victory Against France

MONTAIGU, France (March 28, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament, defeating France 3-2 in the final seconds of the match.

The USA took the lead in the sixth minute after defender Tyler Shaver assisted Timothy Weah on the first goal of the match. In the 29th minute, France equalized with Matthias Phaeton’s strike, assisted by Yacine Adli. France took charge after Alan Keroudan scored in the 40th minute, leading the match 2-1 at halftime.

Three minutes into the second half, U.S. midfielder George Acosta notched a goal, equalizing the match, 2-2. Acosta then brought the U.S. to victory, scoring in the 80th minute, just seconds before the final whistle.

The championship win marks the second time the USA has won this tournament; first doing so in 1992.

This is the fourth international win for the U-17s this year, having defeated Greece (2-1) and Belgium (2-0) in January at the 2016 Aegean Cup and dominating Russia (4-0) to get to the final match against France.

The U-17 will look to take on Canada in a pair of friendlies on April 15 and 17 as part of its training camp.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 28, 2016    
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Stade Maxime Bossis; Montaigu, France
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees, windy

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

USA - Timothy Weah (Tyler Shaver)                    6th minute
FRA - Matthias Phaeton (Yacine Adli)                 29
FRA - Alan Keroudan                                         40
USA - George Acosta                                        43
USA - George Acosta                                        80                                   

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver, 3-Rayshaun McGann (14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders, 55); 8-Christopher Goslin (capt.) (6-James Sands, 55),10-Blaine Ferri (13-Arturo Vasquez, 65), 20-George Acosta; 9-Joshua Sargent, 17-Timothy Weah (18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo, 65) 11-Andrew Carleton.
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 16-Adrian Villegas, 19-Niccolo Lemoine,
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

FRA: 1-Yahia Fofana; 2-Vincent Collet (17-Tom Flamant, 78), 12-Till Cissokho, 4-Batista Mendy (5-Yohan Junger, 78), 20-Thanawat Suengchitthawon (14-Mathis Picouleau, 65); 10-Maxence Caqueret (capt.), 8-Aurelien Tchouameni (6-Claudio Gomes, 55), 11-Alan Kerouedan (7-Charles Abi, 65); 15-Yacine Adli, 19-Matthias Phaeton (9-Amine Gouiri, 55), 13-Leroy Abanda Mfomo.
Subs Not Used: 16-Sonny Laiton
Head Coach: Eouel Rouvel

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (caution)           45th minute           

Officials:
Referee: Romain Galibert                      
Assistant Referee: Steven Bretand
Assistant Referee: Fabrice Valero        
4th official: Philippe Vinche      

Player of the Match: George Acosta

* Match was 80 minutes on natural grass.

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U-17 MNT Mar 31, 2016

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 28, 2016    
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Stade Maxime Bossis; Montaigu, France
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees, windy

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

USA - Timothy Weah (Tyler Shaver)                    6th minute
FRA - Matthias Phaeton (Yacine Adli)                 29
FRA - Alan Keroudan                                         40
USA - George Acosta                                        43
USA - George Acosta                                        80                                   

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver, 3-Rayshaun McGann (14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders, 55); 8-Christopher Goslin (capt.) (6-James Sands, 55),10-Blaine Ferri (13-Arturo Vasquez, 65), 20-George Acosta; 9-Joshua Sargent, 17-Timothy Weah (18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo, 65) 11-Andrew Carleton.
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 16-Adrian Villegas, 19-Niccolo Lemoine,
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

FRA: 2-Vincent Collet (17-Tom Flamant, 78), 12-Till Cissokho, 4-Batista Mendy (5-Yohan Junger, 78), 20-Thanawat Suengchitthawon (14-Mathis Picouleau, 65); 10-Maxence Caqueret (capt.), 8-Aurelien Tchouameni (6-Claudio Gomes, 55), 11-Alan Kerouedan (7-Charles Abi, 65); 15-Yacine Adli, 19-Matthias Phaeton (9-Amine Gouiri, 55), 13-Leroy Abanda Mfomo.
Subs Not Used: 16-Sonny Laiton
Head Coach: Eouel Rouvel

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (caution)           45th minute           

Officials:
Referee: Romain Galibert                      
Assistant Referee: Steven Bretand
Assistant Referee: Fabrice Valero        
4th official: Philippe Vinche      

Player of the Match: George Acosta

U-20 WNT Heads to Europe for Two Matches Each Against Both England and Germany

CHICAGO (June 24, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will embark on a four-game European tour from June 30 through July 13 that will take the team to England and Germany, where the USA will play their counterparts from those countries twice each.

The USA will go first to St. George’s Park, England’s National Team Training Center in Burton upon Trent, north of London, where it will face England on July 5 and July 7. The team will then travel to Rheine, Germany, where it will face the only other country besides the USA to have won three U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments. The matches against Germany will take place on July 10 and July 12.

The USA won the World Cup in 2002 (beating Germany in the semifinal), 2008 (beating Germany in the semifinal) and 2012 (beating Germany in the final) while Germany won in 2004 (beating the USA in the semifinal), 2010 (as the host) and in 2014 (beating the USA in group play). Korea DPR won in 2006 and most recently in 2016.

U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova has called up 24 players, many of them already extremely experienced at the Youth National Team level. Eleven players on the roster played in either the FIFA U-20 or U-17 Women’s World Cup tournaments last year and five players – midfielders Tierna Davidson, Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell, and forwards Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith – have spent training time with the full U.S. Women’s National Team.

“These are great opportunities for us to have more international games against strong opponents, which is exactly what we need to get better as a team and individuals,” said Klimkova. “We’re still in the beginning of the cycle so every experience we get to really test ourselves overseas is going to help the growth of the team.”

The roster is a mixture of three birth years with eleven players born in 1998 – the age cutoff year for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in France – and 10 born in 1999. Two players, Briana Pinto and Sophia Smith, were born in 2000.

The U-20 WNT is midway through the first year of a two-year cycle with the focus on qualifying for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup and the four matches in Europe add to an excellent preparation schedule that has already included matches against some of the best youth women’s programs in the world in Norway, Germany, France and Japan.

Smith leads the team in scoring so far this year with five international goals while Abigail Kim and Civanna Kuhlmann have two each.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Mandy McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)               

DEFENDERS (8): Emily Fox (UNC; Chapel Hill, N.C), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire SC; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich), Karlie Paschall (Tenessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.)                         

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Surf; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.)

FORWARDS (6):  Parker Goins (TSC Hurricane: Broken Arrow, Okla.), Abigail Kim (Pacific NW SC; Vashon, Wash.), Civiana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (SC Del Sol; Scottsdale; Ariz.)

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U-20 WNT Jun 24, 2017

WNT on TV: NWSL Hits Halfway Mark

The NWSL 2017 season will hit Week 10 this weekend, officially marking the halfway point of the 20-week 2017 season. With four games set for Saturday and one on Sunday, the contenders are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack, but the teams sitting third through seventh in the standings are separated by just four points, meaning playoff spots are surely still up for grabs. Here are this weekend’s matchups as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:

NWSL

Saturday, June 24

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After a big win again in Houston last week, Ali Krieger and the Orlando Pride return home this weekend to host Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and the Dash in this week’s Lifetime Game of the Week. Orlando’s 4-2 win last Saturday in Houston pushed the Pride up to the sixth in the standings, while the Dash dropped to 10th. Orlando’s Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris will miss the game due to injuries.

Orlando has won four of five all-time meetings against the Dash, including the 4-2 win last week in Houston. Orlando is unbeaten at home this season (2W-1D). Houston has won only two of their last 13 away games (9L-2D). The Dash has been outscored 22-9 over that time.

Boston Breakers vs. North Carolina Courage – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After losing at North Carolina last weekend, the Boston Breakers will host Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper and the top of the table North Carolina Courage at Jordan Field on Saturday, hoping to regain some of the momentum they had earlier in the season. Lynn Williams (Courage; ankle) is a game-time decision, while Rose Lavelle (Breakers; hamstring) will miss the game due to injury.

North Carolina has won both of its meetings against Boston this season. Boston started the season winning their first two home games and keeping clean sheets in both. After allowing no goals in their first two road games this season, the Courage have allowed six goals in their last two away games, both losses.

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg and the Portland Thorns dropped their first home game of the season on Saturday but will look to turn things around quickly as they travel to face the Washington Spirit this weekend. Mallory Pugh (Spirit; ankle) is likely to miss the game.

Washington has won just one of their 10 all-time meetings against Portland (5L-4D). Portland won the most recent meeting 4-1 in Portland. After a slow start at home in which the Spirit scored no goals in their first two home games, Washington has won two of their last three games at home (1L), scoring six goals.

Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Last weekend in Kansas City, these two teams drew 2-2, but this time Becky Sauerbrunn and Sydney Leroux travel to Seattle to face Megan Rapinoe and the Reign. Seattle and Kansas City have drawn two of their last three games (Seattle won the other meeting). Seattle has gone unbeaten in their last 10 home games (7W-3D). The Reign has outscored visitors 27-9 over that span.

Sunday, June 25

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)

The Chicago Red Stars, currently second in the standings, host the third-place Sky Blue FC in the only game set for Sunday. Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short welcome Kelley O’Hara to Toyota Park for what promises to be a highly competitive match between two sides aiming for to solidify their spots in playoff position.

Chicago has never lost to Sky Blue in 10 all-time meetings (4W-6D). Chicago has scored in every game against Sky Blue, outscoring them 18-10 all-time. The Red Stars are on a seven-game home unbeaten streak (5W-2D), tied for the third longest home unbeaten streak in franchise history.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.


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WNT Jun 23, 2017

MNT on TV: One Last Chance for Gold Cup Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena will announce the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster Sunday at 1:20 p.m. ET during FOX’s coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

While the roster is close to set, here’s what to watch for in the final weekend before the U.S. MNT convenes in Nashville:

  • On Friday, a heavy dose of Gold Cup-eligible players will square off as the Toronto FC trio of Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Justin Morrow welcomes Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe and New England Revolution to BMO Field (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • An hour later, FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges will make their final cases for roster inclusion in their Texas Derby visit to Houston Dynamo (9 p.m. ET – UniMas, Facebook Live).
  • On Saturday, Gyasi Zardes and LA Galaxy look to extend their nine-match unbeaten streak when they welcome Sporting KC Gold Cup hopefuls Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer to StubHub Center (10:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • The weekend closes with a prime Cascadia Cup rivalry clash as Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers entertain Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2).

Friday, June 23

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution

8 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas

9 p.m.

UniMas; Facebook Live

Saturday, June 24

Sean Johnson, Tommy McNamara

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC

1:30 p.m.

FOX

Greg Garza, Tim Howard

Atlanta United FC vs. Colorado Rapids

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius, C.J. Sapong, Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Will Trapp

Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Matt Polster, Joe Bendik

Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Gyasi Zardes, Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi

LA Galaxy vs. Sporting KC

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, June 25

Darlington Nagbe, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC

10 p.m.

ESPN2

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MNT Jun 23, 2017

All For One: Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath in the Mix During June World Cup Qualifiers

Throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle, ussoccer.com will be documenting the developing competition between the U.S. Men’s National Team’s goalkeeper pool.  Read the first installment of the series here

In naming his June World Cup Qualifying roster, U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena bolstered the goalkeeper contingent with the addition of veteran Brad Guzan and up-and-coming youngster Ethan Horvath along with Tim Howard and Nick Rimando in Denver.

Originally a part of the roster in March, Guzan had to make a judgment call and eventually withdrew from squad due to the impending birth of his second child, a decision he doesn’t regret in the least.

“My wife was expecting our second child, and being on the other side of the pond with not a lot of help it would have been very tough for her. In terms of timing and different things, it was important for me to be there for my wife and welcome our daughter into the world,” he told ussoccer.com.

Though somewhat familiar with Arena – the current MNT boss handed Guzan his first cap as a 21-year-old back in 2006 – Guzan had been looking forward to being a part of the gathering. Though home duty called, he admitted he kept close tabs on what was happening around the team during that camp.

“Whenever a new coach comes in, you want to be involved, you want to make a good first impression, but it was important for me to be there for my family,” he said. “It was always kind of one eye on the team and seeing how the games were going and obviously the results. The guys did a fantastic job to put us back on track and put the qualifying road back in a good position. It was a great two games.”

The U.S. picked up four points thanks to a 6-0 win against Honduras on March 24 and a 1-1 draw at Panama on March 28. That set the table for the June World Cup Qualifiers, where Guzan backed up Tim Howard during the MNT’s 2-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on June 8, before being called on to mind the net in the USA’s much-anticipated visit to Estadio Azteca three days later.

While he wasn’t forced into making big saves, Guzan’s distribution and control of the penalty area contributed to a complete team performance as the USA walked out of Azteca with a 1-1 draw and a rare point on the road against Mexico.

Now with a new coach at the helm and critical matches still on the horizon, the competition for playing time remains intense.

“With goalkeepers there’s an understanding that only one of us is going to play,” Guzan said.  “You understand that when you take up the position at whatever age, but when you come into a National Team environment you want to push the guys and everyone wants to play. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of this National Team for a few years now and I’ve been able to get some games and experience under my belt.

“Being able to work with someone like Tim has been good for me, and I’m able to push him just as much as he’s able to push me. That’s a good working environment. At the end of the day, you want to get the best out of the team and you need that to get the best out of each other. Whether it’s Tim, Nick, Ethan or whoever, I think we do that here. We have a good group. We like to laugh and joke, but at the same time when it’s time to work we get after it and get the job done.”

The camp also marked another return of sorts for Guzan. Having begun his career with Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA in 2005, the veteran moved to England with Aston Villa three years later. After eight seasons in Birmingham and another one with Middlesbrough, Guzan bid farewell to England last month and is set to begin playing with new M.L.S. side Atlanta United FC in July.

“It’s been a very proud achievement for me to be able to go over there and spend nine years in England, and to have that come to an end is a pretty big change. Both my kids were born there. My wife and myself enjoyed our time greatly and we’re going to miss it, but at the same time we’re excited to be coming back to Atlanta. I’ve been able to see the league grow so much in the nine years since I left. Obviously Chivas USA is no more, but to see the way the league has grown in terms of the quality and the popularity, it’s really exciting. Atlanta is doing great things and I’m excited to be a part of it."

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MNT Jun 23, 2017
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