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Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile - Day 2

Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT in Santiago from London

Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago. 

“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.” 

The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field. 

“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.” 

The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world. 

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Jozy Altidore Habla con la Prensa en Chile

El delantero de la Selección Masculina Jozy Altidore habló brevemente (en español) con los medios de comunicación en Santiago de Chile y comentó acerca de la importancia del partido amistoso contra la selección Chilena este miércoles, entre otras cosas. 

¿Cuál es la importancia de los partidos amistosos como el del miércoles contra Chile?

JA: “Los amistosos son muy importantes. Nosotros tenemos que prepararnos para la Copa de Oro para poder clasificar a la Copa Confederaciones, y Chile también la Copa América. Por eso este es un partido vital para los dos equipos.”

¿Cuánto le sirve a la Selección enfrentar a Chile, en Chile?

JA: “Es algo especial, para muchos va a ser el primer partido en Chile. Para mí, es un gran país, muy lindo, me gusta mucho, es buena preparación para nosotros para nuestra temporada y también para la Copa de Oro.”

¿Qué es lo que más aprendió Estados Unidos del Mundial de la FIFA 2014?

JA: “Que todavía nos falta un poco de la calidad necesitada para las últimas rondas y también un poco de suerte. Estamos ahí de igual como con Bélgica pero todavía no con la calidad que necesitamos para avanzar. Es algo en lo que tenemos que trabajar y entrenar para ser mejor.”

Chile no le gana a Estados Unidos desde 1994, y la única otra vez que EE.UU. estuvo en Chile en el año 2000, también ganó 2-1. ¿Sirve saber esto, o sólo son estadísticas?

JA: “En este momento Chile es un país muy fuerte y nos van a dar un partido muy complicado. Son estadísticas no más. En el fútbol, los números no significan nada, es el día del partido que es el más importante.”

La mezcla de jugadores en la convocatoria de Estados Unidos es bastante interesante (mundialistas, novatos, etc.) ¿Qué tipo de partido va a jugar Estados Unidos contra Chile?

JA: “Bueno, es un poco de los dos. Tenemos jóvenes que todavía no han jugado con la selección y se están preparando para los juegos olímpicos. Y también, por otro lado tenemos jugadores que han jugado en un mundial y tienen experiencia. Vamos a ver que va a hacer el profe pero yo creo que van a poner un equipo fuerte.”

¿Qué ha ganado la Selección al tener a Jurgen Klinsmann como director técnico?

JA: “Para mí, el equipo ha cambiado mucho los últimos años. La mentalidad es algo que siempre ha estado muy fuerte en los equipos de Estados Unidos, pero en estos últimos dos, tres años, ha estado mas fuerte.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

U.S. Soccer Anuncia Calendario 2015 para la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos

CHICAGO (26 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos jugará 10 partidos en el 2015 antes de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA, incluyendo cuatro en Estados Unidos en abril y mayo en lo que la Selección termina sus preparaciones para el torneo.

Después de seis partidos en Europa, el primer partido en casa de EE.UU. será contra Nueva Zelanda el sábado, 4 de abril, en Busch Stadium en St. Louis, Missouri. El partido inicia a las 2:30 p.m. CT y será transmitido por FOX Sports 1.

Los boletos para el partido en St. Louis salen a la venta al público el viernes, 30 de enero, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, 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.).

Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. 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 ussoccer.com.

Socios del Supporters Club y seguidores de U.S. Soccer en Facebook y Twitter tendrán acceso a comprar boletos antes de la venta al público. Más información sobre cómo unirse al Supporters Club y sus diferentes niveles de membrecía, al igual que enlaces a las páginas de Facebook y Twitter de U.S. Soccer, se encuentran en ussoccer.com. Otras preguntas pueden ser dirigidas a supporters@ussoccer.org.

Los últimos tres partidos se jugarán en mayo y formarán la Serie de Despedida antes de partir hacia Winnipeg, Canadá, para el primer partido de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA. El primer partido de Estados Unidos será contra la República de Irlanda el 10 de mayo a las 11:30 a.m. PT en Avaya Stadium en San José, California, el nuevo hogar de los San José Earthquakes de la Major League Soccer.

De allí, Estados Unidos viajará hacia el sur para su segundo partido de la serie, el domingo, 17 de mayo, a las 6 p.m. PT en StubHub Center en Carson, California. Los dos partidos en California serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1.

Estados Unidos después atraviesa el país para concluir la Serie de Despedida en la Costa Éste contra la República de Corea el sábado, 30 de mayo, en Red Bull Arena en Harrison, New Jersey. El partido inicia a las 4:30 p.m. ET y será transmitido por ESPN y WatchESPN. Los aficionados pueden seguir todos los partidos de la Selección Femenina por Twitter @ussoccer_wnt y @ussoccer_esp.

La información sobre los boletos para la Serie de Despedida será anunciada próximamente.

Tal como se había anunciado, la Selección Femenina abre su calendario de juegos del 2015 en febrero con dos partidos internacionales en el extranjero. El equipo jugará primero contra Francia en Lorient el 8 de febrero (12 p.m. ET en ESPN2), seguido por un encuentro con Inglaterra el 13 de febrero en Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET por FOX Sports 1).

La Selección Femenina después jugará cuatro partidos en la anual Copa Algarve en Portugal del 4 al 11 de marzo. EE.UU. jugará contra Noruega, Suiza e Islandia en el grupo, además de un partido por un puesto. Información sobre la hora de inicio y las sedes para los partidos de la Copa Algarve será proporcionada en las próximas semanas. Todos los partidos de la Copa Algarve serán transmitidos por FOX Sports 1 y también estarán disponibles en diversas plataformas por medio de FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Este verano, Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Australia, Suecia y Nigeria en el Grupo D de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015. EE.UU. abre contra Australia el 8 de junio en Winnipeg Stadium, seguido por Suecia el 12 de junio en Winnipeg y Nigeria el 16 de junio en BC Place en Vancouver. 

La Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015 se llevará a cabo del 6 de junio al 5 de julio y los 52 partidos se transmitirán en vivo por FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 y en tabletas y dispositivos móviles por la aplicación FOX Sports GO y FOXSportsGO.com.

Calendario de Juegos de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. 2015

Fecha

Rival

Hora

TV

Sede

8 de feb.

Francia

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, Francia

13 de feb.

Inglaterra

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, Inglaterra

4 de marzo

Noruega

2 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

6 de marzo

Suiza

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

9 de marzo

Islandia

1:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

11 de marzo

Por determinarse

Por determinarse

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

4 de abril

Nueva Zelanda

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

10 de mayo

Rep. de Irlanda

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San José, Calif.

17 de mayo

México

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

30 de mayo

Rep. de Corea

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

8 de junio

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

12 de junio

Suecia

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canadá

16 de junio

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canadá


U.S. Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule for U.S. Women's National Team

CHICAGO (Jan 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play 10 matches in 2015 prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including four across the United States in April and May as the team completes its final preparations for the tournament.

After six matches in Europe, the USA’s first domestic match will be played against New Zealand on Saturday, April 4, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

Tickets for the game in St. Louis go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. 

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets for all matches in advance of any public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer's Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found at ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

The final three matches take place in May and make up the Send-Off Series prior to departing for Winnipeg, Canada, in advance of the team’s first match of the Women’s World Cup. The USA’s first game will be against Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. 

From there, the USA will travel down the coast for its second Send-Off Series match, facing Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

The U.S. heads to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Ticket information for the Send-Off Series matches will be announced at a later date. 

As previously announced, the U.S. WNT opens the 2015 schedule in February with a pair of international matches abroad. The team will first play France in Lorient on Feb. 8 (Noon ET on ESPN2), followed by a meeting with England on Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

The U.S. WNT will then play four matches at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4-11. The U.S. will play Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play on March 4, March 6 and March 9, respectively, along with a placement match on March 11. Information on the kickoff times and venues will be provided in the coming weeks. All Algarve Cup matches will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go and FOXSportsGO.com.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.  

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.

2015 U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland

TBD

FOX Sports 1

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Republic

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

From Generation to Generation

The veteran players in the MNT camp are in a position to mentor the youngsters, and also believe the new guys have something to offer in return.

See You in Santiago

All the routes for the 23-player travel roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team led to Chile, but they took slightly different directions and presented a rare challenge for team administrator Jon Fleishman.

As a starting point, there weren’t enough seats on one plane for the nearly 12-hour flight from Los Angeles to Chile to accommodate the U.S. delegation. So the group was divided with 12 players and the backroom staff flying from LA with a layover in Lima, Peru (which required a 90-minute layover for refueling, plane cleaning and the addition/subtraction of passengers, all without the MNT de-boarding the plane). That contingent arrived around 6:30 a.m. in Santiago and took the 25-minute bus ride downtown. Meanwhile, a group of 10 players actually left earlier than the LA group, heading to Houston for a change of planes before heading south. Ironically, they would touch down nearly three hours later than the LA departees, pulling into the hotel in time for a late breakfast.

So that adds up to 22 players coming from the United States. The 23rd?  That would be DeAndre Yedlin, who was summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann late Thursday after discussions with Tottenham Hotspur management. His travel route from across the pond had him arriving in town Sunday morning from London via Paris after a flight time of 14.5 hours. Special thanks to the Chilean Federation for making this an incredibly smooth journey for the team.

Needless to say, after a light afternoon session it will be lights out early for the MNT with kickoff just over 72 hours away.

U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador: Highlights - Jan. 24, 2015

The U.S. U-20 MNT defeated El Salvador behind goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola to grab a spot in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.

Quote Sheet: U-20 MNT vs. El Salvador – 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 1, SLV 0
Jan. 24, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS
On accomplishing the goal of qualifying for the World Cup:
“Obviously the Guatemala game changed our plan a little bit for the Panama game, which put us behind the 8-ball for the rest of the tournament. I’m really happy for the boys because it was really difficult in the last four games to have to eliminate an opponent, and they did it. We pushed them hard and they did a good job. Today’s game, we knew it was going to be very difficult. I thought we were well prepared because we’ve played in particular the last two games were very difficult for us as well. The boys did a good job. Defensively we’re playing really well, very organized. And when you limit other teams to very few opportunities to score, when you do that and you have the sort of firepower that we have up front, we always feel that at some point we’re going to get the game going in our direction. And today that’s just the way it went.”

On Zack Steffen’s penalty kick save and the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“Zack made a great save at the right time for us, although I felt El Salvador really was not dangerous throughout the game. They did have some possession on our side of the field, which is not really what we wanted. But these are difficult games.”

“In general, the defense played very well. We have Cameron [Carter-Vickers] and Matt [Miazga] in the middle and I think they’re a great pair of center backs. They play well together. And with Zack in goal – we’re very fortunate in that way. The U.S., we have very good goalkeepers and Zack is definitely one of the next ones to come up. And so between the two center backs and the goalkeeper I think they did a amazing job throughout the whole tournament.”

On how you compare this team to the 2013 team that also advanced to the World Cup:
“Well, this team is better. This team is just as technical as the last group, but they’re more dynamic and we have speed on this team. And also anxious going in to the World Cup, in getting guys like possibly Rubio Rubin back, and other guys that may come in to the fold at that point that may get released and that will help us up front as well.”

On how the second-half substitutes made a difference again:
“We feel fortunate with this particular group because I’ve been speaking about the depth of this group in general. I felt as if I really had 14 starters, and the other guys also play well. I felt like there were 14 guys that really could have started tonight’s game, and last game and the game before. And when I brought them off the bench, to have that type of attitude to come in and be willing to change the game, they did an amazing job. At the end of the day, they may be the guys that made the difference for us.”

On the character of the team to bounce back after a rocky start:
“It’s definitely not easy. I think you need good leadership in the group. I thought we had that. I thought we had humble players who were willing to work hard. It’s not easy because the expectations are so high for us. We came here with no other desire than to be champions of CONCACAF, and after two games that dream was already over. It was hard to regroup, but we regrouped and we got to this game. And as everybody knows, it’s always difficult to qualify to the World Cup. So for them to have won four straight games and to go to another World Cup, I think it’s just really an amazing job, considering where we were after two games.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward BEN SPENCER
On his first-half goal:
“Emerson [Hyndman] put in a ball and I knew I had to get something on the end of it. I got on the end of the cross and it hit off the crossbar and sort of followed up and was able to put it in.”

On scoring in such an important game:
“It was a huge game for all of us, and we knew that coming into the game. So to be able to score in a game like this is definitely big. But the most important thing is that we won and we’re going to New Zealand.”

U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder RUSSELL CANOUSE
On not starting the first two games and then taking the captain’s responsibility to lead the team:
“In a couple of camps when Kellyn [Acosta] wasn’t in, I tried to take lead of the team the best I could. So when he went out injured, I just tried to step and lead the team, and try to get everyone to fight for what our goal was and it worked out well. We were able to win our last four games and made our dreams come true.”

On how all 20 players played in the tournament and were able to contribute:
“Tab said from the beginning that depth was important and we used all our guys. And offensively everyone was able to contribute. That was definitely one positive that we can take from this tournament.”

On how it feels to know the U-20 MNT is going to the World Cup:
“It’s a dream come true. That was one of my goals from the beginning of this cycle. You don’t want to think of it too far in advance, but it was definitely one of my goals and I’m glad we achieved it.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN
On saving the penalty kick:
“I knew it was a PK, so I didn’t even try to argue it. I went back, got a sip of water and relax myself. We did a little bit of scouting on No. 11 on his previous PKs, that he went to my right side. So it was kind of a little mind game to see if he would switch it up and go to the left side. But I saw him look to the left side, and players usually try to trick the goalkeeper by looking one way and going the other. So I saw him look one way and I had a strong feeling he’d go right. And I was able to save it.”

On how he prepared for penalty kicks at training the day before:
“After he took it, I was thinking about yesterday and how we practiced them and how I was feeling good. The practice helped get me in the zone. If we didn’t practice I think I would have been a lot more nervous.”

On helping the team return to the World Cup:
“It’s awesome. To be the No. 1 and be able to carry the team with Russ [Canouse] and Kellyn [Acosta] to the World Cup, it’s very exciting.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender MATT MIAZGA
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“Obviously it’s a good moment for us and U.S. Soccer. To be able to represent our country to the World Cup is a huge achievement. We’re going to work hard in the next few months and make that dream come true.”

On if there were any doubts after the first two games that the team would qualify:
“No. We’re a very confident group. We know we made our mistakes but we knew that we could correct them. And we knew that we had the chance to fix them in the upcoming games, and that’s what we did. We took each game one game at a time and we got the results. And it all came down to today against El Salvador and I thought we played a very good game and we got the result. All that matters now is that we booked our ticket to New Zealand.”

On the defense posting four straight shutouts:
“We’re a tight knit group of guys. We all get along really well, we all have each other’s backs, we all cover each other. If one guy makes a mistake, the other guy has his back. And I think we’re all very good players. So together we’ve played well and it showed in the results.”

U.S. U-20 MNT defender CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS
On qualifying for the U-20 World Cup:
“I think in the first games, we didn’t perform that well. But we improved. I think by the end, even though our performance may not have been the best, I always knew that we were going to win. I always knew that we had it in us to do what needed to be done.”

On Steffen’s PK save:
“It was excellent. I gave away the PK, so I was a bit nervous. And when he saved it I was relieved. I thought he was going to save it; I had a feeling he would and believed in his ability. We were practicing penalties yesterday in training and he saved quite a few, so I thought he had it in him.”

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 5, 2014 U-17 WNT vs China PR Under-17 Women 4-0 W National Training Center; Carson, Calif. 200 Hedge (2), Pugh (2)
February 7, 2014 U-17 WNT vs New Zealand Under-17 Women 2-0 W National Training Center; Carson, Calif. 200 Pugh, Redei
February 9, 2014 U-17 WNT vs Japan Under-17 Women 2-1 W National Training Center; Carson, Calif. 0
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