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Personal 'Dos A Cero': General Bradley Bags a Brace vs. Mexico in 2009

A self-admitted fan of the U.S. Men’s National Team long before he ever wore the red, white and blue, Michael Bradley fondly recalls the feeling he had ahead of his first World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus in 2009.

“I remember sitting on the bus, driving to the stadium and letting it all sink in,” said Bradley. “Obviously, games against Mexico need no introduction, especially the qualifier in Columbus and what that has become.” 

A match that has occurred every four years since 2001 has become a rite of passage of sorts for U.S. players, balancing the very pro-American atmosphere in the intimate venue with the chance of challenging weather and the common, “Dos A Cero” score line.

As a heavy down pour gave way to strong winds and cool temperatures, Bradley broke the tension of a back and forth first half in the 43rd minute.

“A corner kick got headed back across the goal by Landon Donovan and then on goal by Gooch (Onyewu),” Bradley said. “The keeper made a save and I think I had run early and drifted back towards the goal. When the goalkeeper saved it, it sat up perfectly for me and I was able to smash it in.”

Having gone into halftime up 1-0, the U.S. gained a man advantage midway through the second half when Mexico defender Rafa Marquez was sent off for a vicious aerial challenge on Tim Howard.

The ejection put the U.S. in the driver’s seat for the rest of the match, but the elusive second goal didn’t come until second half stoppage time.

“They were obviously pushing to see if they could get it to 1-1 and we won a ball and played it forward,” said Bradley. “Jozy did really well to move with it and he ended up getting fouled pretty good. The play kind of kept going because I think the ball rolled to Landon’s path. Without running too hard I was able to move myself forward with the play, he played a pass back to me, I took a good first touch and on a wet night I thought if I could hit a good shot on target it might have a chance. I caught it well, got it moving a bit and that was it.”

Shortly thereafter, the final whistle blew and the third “Dos A Cero” result in Columbus was complete, building the psychological advantage the U.S. holds over Mexico in that special fixture.

“These games against Mexico in Columbus – the way things have played out on certain types of nights – 2001 when it was real cold, 2009 when it was cold, windy and rainy – it adds to it all in a special way,” said Bradley. “By now, when that schedule comes out for the Hex and they know they have to come to Columbus, mentally there’s an edge for us already.”

U-23 MNT Faces Honduras with Olympic Berth on the Line

SANDY, Utah (Oct. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is a win away from qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. After topping Group A of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with a perfect 3-0-0 record, with wins against Canada, Cuba and Panama, the U-23s now face the second-ranked team from Group B, Honduras, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match will kick off on Saturday Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on Telemundo. Fans can also follow the action on twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. cruised through group play of the tournament by defeating Canada 3-1 in game one, following with a 6-1 win against Cuba on Oct. 3 and concluding with a 4-0 win against Panama.  The group will look to carry that momentum into this all-important semifinal, which grants the victor a berth in next summer’s Olympic Games.

Honduras earned six points in its group to qualify for the game, notching wins against Haiti and Costa Rica, before dropping its final group game to Mexico after playing most of the game with 10 men following a second-minute red card.

The losing team will not fully be out of the Olympic running, but would need two more wins to qualify. The winner of the tournament’s third-place game will move onto a one-game playoff against Colombia in the final opportunity to claim an Olympic bid.

The U.S. hopes to return to the Olympics for the first time since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when it posted a 1-1-1 record but did not advance past the group stage. The USA’s best showing in the Olympics came during the 2000 Games in Sydney, when the team defeated Japan in the quarterfinals and finished fourth in the event.

U.S. Roster By Position: 
  Charlie Horton (Leeds; Cleveland Ohio), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (5): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wis.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (4): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Maki Tall (FC Sion; Washington, D.C.).

Roster Notes:

  • Through three games, the team has scored 13 goals coming from seven different scorers (Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Gil (2), Hernandez, Morris (3), Kiesewetter (3), Hyndman)
  • Morris and Kiesewetter have each scored a tournament-leading three goals each.
  • The U23s’ goal differential in group play was +11.
  • Jordan Morris has scored six goals with the U-23’s this year.
  • Luis Gil tallied another assist in the match against Panama. Gil has recorded three assists in the tournament and has pushed his 2015 total to seven assists.
  • Wil Trapp has captained the team for each of the first two tournament games.
  • Ethan Horvath joined up with the team on Oct. 5 after earning Europa League Player of the Week honors last week and earned a shutout against Panama.
  • Six players from this roster were a part of the U.S. U-20 World Cup squad that advanced to the quarterfinals in New Zealand: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, Zack Steffen, Maki Tall and Gedion Zelalem.
  • Eight players from this roster were a part of the U-23 team that finished in third place in the renowned Toulon Tournament in France in June, matching the best finish for the USA at the event.
  • Eleven players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Fatai Alashe (Vardar), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Hyndman (FC Dallas), Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy), Steffen (Continental FC DELCO) and Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).
  • Two from the roster scored goals with the U-20’s in 2015: Hyndman and Tall
  • At just 17-years-old, Carter-Vickers is the youngest player on the roster.
  • Eighteen-year-old Zelalem, who recently completed a loan move from Arsenal to Rangers, made his U.S. debut for the U-20’s in this summer’s U-20 World Cup.
  • The roster is a diverse mix with players coming from club teams of various leagues around the world. Eight players from this roster represent MLS clubs, four come from English teams, two from German clubs, a single player each from Mexico, Norway, Switzerland and Scotland, and one is unattached, while one plays in college.
  • Alashe has scored a pair of goals in 23 starts with the San Jose Earthquakes this season, including his most recent on Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • Ariyibi scored on a stunning volley in the 86th minute of the last game for the U-23’s, a 2-0 win against Qatar, and was responsible for the run of play that led to the first goal in the game against Panama (own goal).
  • Miazga made his U-23 debut with the team in its match against England in September, starting and playing 90 minutes.
  • Morris has also had a big role with the senior Men’s National Team in 2015. He scored for the MNT in its 2-0 win against Mexico in April, assisted on the game-winning goal against Netherlands and was a part of the play that led to the game winning goal against Germany in June.

Honduras Roster By Position: 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Harold Fonseca (CD Juticalpa/HON); Luis Lopez (CD Real España/HON); Roberto Lopez (CD Real España/HON)
DEFENDERS (7): Kevin Alvarez (CD Olimpia/HON); Jose Barralaga (CD Real Sociedad/HON); Klifox Bernardez (CD Motagua/HON); Brayan García (CD Vida/HON); Emerson Lalín (CD Victoria/HON); Jhonatan Paz (CD Real Sociedad/HON); Allans Vargas (CD Real España/HON)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Acosta (CD Real España/HON); Jhow Benavidez (CD Real España/HON); Darwin Espinal (CD Rowdies/USA); Rodolfo Espinal (CD Vida/HON); Joshua Nieto (CD Motagua/HON); Oscar Salas (CD Olimpia/HON)
FORWARDS (4): Alberth Elis (CD Olimpia/HON); Kevin Lopez (CD Motagua/HON); Antony Lozano (CD Tenerife/ESP); Bryan Rochez (CD Orlando City/USA)

Roster Notes:

  • Honduras was the champion of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2000 and 2008 and has qualified for the Olympics three times (2000, 2008, 2012)
  • The team is 5-0-3 in its last 8 CMOQ games with all three losses coming against Mexico.
  • Alberth Josué Elis Martínez and Antony Lozano have each scored two goals for Honduras.
  • Lozano ranks second in the tournament with 10 shots on goal.

#RoadtoRio Part 3: 'Win and We're In'

The journey continues… After going a perfect 3-0-0 in group play and finishing atop Group A, the U-23 #USMNT shifts its focus to the all-important Olympic Qualifying tournament semifinal, where it will matchup with Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The stakes couldn’t be higher. With a win, the USA would qualify directly for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

Agent of History: Michael Orozco and the MNT's First Win in Mexico

Leading up to the U.S. friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15, 2012, Michael Orozco told himself he wanted to make history.

“If I get five minutes or 90, I was going to give it my all,” he told

Orozco would get around 13 minutes, entering the match with the score locked 0-0 and around the time ESPN commentator Ian Darke mentioned that the U.S. would be pleased to get a draw out of the friendly fixture.

Stormy skies gather over Estadio Azteca ahead of the USMNT's first win on Mexican soil.

A result wouldn’t have been bad. It was something that had only occurred once before, coming in a 0-0 draw during 1997 World Cup Qualifying.

Shortly after Darke’s declaration, Brek Shea nutmegged a Mexican defender, got to the end line and centered for Terrence Boyd. A clever back heel from the U.S. forward put the ball on the doorstep for Orozco, who sneaked in to poke home some U.S. history.

The U.S. would play out the final 10 minutes and stoppage time to earn the 1-0 win, its first victory on Mexican soil in 25 tries (11 of which came at the vaunted Estadio Azteca).

2015 WWC Champs to Hold Public Training Oct. 24 Ahead of Brazil Match

CHICAGO (Oct. 9, 2015) – U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl at 11 a.m. ET.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. ET and fans must enter through Gates D and E. Parking is free in the Tinker Lot, Lot G and Lot H.

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at Memberships must be purchased and RSVPs made by 12 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 23.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will play Brazil at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Sunday, Oct. 25 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO) in the sixth game of the Victory Tour.

The Victory Tour kicked off to huge crowds in August with two convincing wins against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh and Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by two big wins against Haiti in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama. The USA and Brazil will meet in the first match of this two-game set on Oct. 21 in Seattle.

The USA has faced Brazil at the Orlando Citrus Bowl twice before, winning 3-0 in 1999, in a match that featured the 108th goal for Mia Hamm, which at the time set the world scoring record for international soccer, and most recently in Nov. 2013, a 4-1 win in the final game of that year, which featured two goals from Sydney Leroux and a handful of spectacular saves from Hope Solo.

Tickets are on sale through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. In Central Florida, tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Walmart locations) as well as the Amway Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at the Orlando Citrus Bowl except on the day of the event.]

The Confederations Cup: Its Past and Future Importance to the USMNT

Beyond the joys a U.S. win against Mexico brings or the chance to lift a trophy, the biggest prize in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup match is claiming the region’s berth at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Having morphed over the years from a four-team competition to one that moved around the world, since 2005 the Confederations Cup has found its home as a World Cup curtain raiser played the year before in the host nation. It has become an important piece of the international soccer calendar, with the nations that play in it getting a better all-around view towards the country they’re hoping to return to the following year.

“It’s a dry run for the World Cup,” said MNT captain Michael Bradley. “You get to spend time in the country a year before, you play in the stadiums, you stay in the hotels, you get a feel for what the weather is like and the way things work.”

Bradley’s experience came with the MNT at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the team’s mettle was put to the test after opening losses to Italy and Brazil. Looking like they’d head home early, the U.S. defeated Egypt 3-0 in their final group match and Brazil did the same to Italy; an unlikely combination of results that advanced the United States to the semifinals. From there, the team pulled off a stunning 2-0 upset against world No. 1-ranked and defending European champions Spain in the semifinal, and even went up 2-0 on Brazil before losing 3-2 in the final.

USMNT striker Clint Dempsey scores the opening goal against Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup final.

“The biggest thing about the Confederations Cup is the competition you get to play against,” said forward Jozy Altidore, who scored the game-winning goal against Spain. “Those teams you play against are usually the ones in the World Cup.”

“I think it gives you confidence,” said Dempsey, who scored in the semifinal and final. “You get used to the facilities, you get used to the environment, the atmosphere. We were able to advance from our group that year, and we were in a tough group.”

In fact, during the tournament’s three-week span, the MNT played five matches – four of which came against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world – all in a competitive environment.

“Given the region we play in, the opportunity to play games against the best teams in the world typically only comes in the form of friendlies,” added Bradley. “Obviously they are important moments for us, but friendlies aren’t the same as real games. They’re not the same as tournament games where teams are trying to advance and win. For us, the chance to play in a mini-World Cup against the best teams in the world is a huge thing for us to keep pushing ourselves forward.”

Jozy Altidore and strike partner Charlie Davies celebrate Altidore's game winning goal against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal.

Ultimately, 15 of the 23 players that were on the 2009 Confederations Cup roster were part of the 2010 World Cup team which won its group for the first time since 1930.

“In South Africa we arrived for the World Cup feeling like we had been there before and we knew what to expect,” added Bradley. “You can’t understate how important that feeling is.”

#USMNT Builds Up to CONCACAF Cup

Go behind the scenes with the U.S. Men's National Team as they prepare for the CONCACAF Cup clash with Mexico. Watch #USAvMEX on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1, Univision and Univision Deportes Network.

2015 WWC Champs to Hold Public Training Oct. 20 Ahead of Brazil Match

CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 5 p.m. PT.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. PT and fans may enter through the Southwest Gate or the Northwest Gate. Parking is $7 in the CenturyLink Field Event Center Garage, accessed from Royal Brougham Way. Limited parking is also available in the stadium’s north parking lot accessed from King Street.

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members in the Star Club and above receive field level access at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Star Club or upgrade their membership at Memberships must be purchased and RSVPs made by 12 p.m. PT on Monday, Oct 19.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will play Brazil at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) in the fifth game of the Victory Tour.

The Victory Tour kicked off to huge crowds in August with two convincing wins against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh and Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by two big wins against Haiti in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama.

Tickets for the match in Seattle are on sale through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Fred Meyer and Walmart locations) and the CenturyLink Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

U-17 WNT Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC as World Cup Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from Oct. 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Snow has called up 24 players for the event and will add two more goalkeepers before it begins.

Fifteen of the players called for the camp were born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. The other nine players were born in 2000. The camp will be held concurrently with an Under-16 Girls’ National Team camp and the teams will scrimmage once during the week.

The U.S. U-17s are still five months away from qualifying for the next Women’s World Cup. The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship will be held on the Caribbean island of Grenada next March. The tournament will send three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be played in Jordan in September of 2016. 

The Under-17 Women's Championship will feature eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. 

Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatically qualified from North America, while the qualifying processes in CFU and UNCAF will take place in the coming months. As the host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three representatives of CFU. 

The eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each and after the group stage, the winner and second-place team from each group will cross-over for the semifinals. The winner of each semifinal match qualifies directly to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup while the two losing semifinalists will play a third-place match with the winner also advancing to the World Cup. 

U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Sunrise; Surfside, Fla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Claire Constant (McLean; Alexandria, Ga.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (Eclipse; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.)

FORWARDS (7): Kayla Duran (FC Stars of Massachusetts; Woburn, Mass.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Sophie Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U-16 GNT Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC for Final 2015 Training Camp

CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from Oct. 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson California that will feature 24 players and run concurrently with a U-17 Women’s National Team camp.

This will be the fifth and final camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 23 players born in 2000 and one in 2001. The U-16s will scrimmage once against the U-17s during the week.

The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.

This age group is in a two-year cycle that will transition to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (TopHat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hensley Hancuff (OFC; Edmond, Okla.), Danielle Hansen (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.)

DEFENDERS (7): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Wichita, Kans.), Chai Cortez (Hawaii Surf; Kahului, Hawaii), Madelyn Desiano (SoCal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Kennedy Wesley (SoCal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Mililani, Hawaii), Angela Morales (Legends FC; Montclair, Calif.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)

FORWARDS (6): Sophie Hirst (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Gabi Juarez (Slammers FC; Tustin, Calif.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Trinity Watson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
May 30, 2009 U-18 MNT vs Portugal Under-18 Men 0-1 L 0 --
May 28, 2009 U-18 MNT vs Germany Under-18 Men 0-0 D 0 --
May 27, 2009 U-18 MNT vs Finland Under-18 Men 1-0 W 0 Agbossoumonde