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Hall of Fame Builder Milton Aimi Passes Away at Age 88

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2015) – Former U.S. Soccer Federation chairman and National Soccer Hall of Fame builder Milton Aimi passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27. He was 88.

Memorial and funeral proceedings are being arranged and will be held in Houston on Feb. 2 and 3.

The Brazilian-born Aimi became a longtime contributor toward the sport of soccer in the U.S. and was recognized for his commitment and efforts with his 1991 induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Aimi spent more than five decades involved in soccer in the U.S., primarily in southern Texas. He was the president of the Texas State Soccer Association from 1972-2000 as the association grew from two leagues to more than 20 during his tenure. Aimi also was the first chairman of the United States Senior Soccer Division Inc.

He was appointed to U.S. Soccer’s National Referee Committee and was the Region III director in 1979. In 1982, Aimi was elected vice president of the national body and chairman of the U.S. Soccer senior division, handling the administrative work for the Federation’s adult and Olympic programs for all 50 states.

In 1987, Aimi was appointed to organize the National Under-23 Player Development Program, and a year later he became a member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and vice president/chairman of the U.S. Soccer Amateur Division (now known as the United States Adult Soccer Association).

Prior to his involvement at U.S. Soccer, Aimi founded the West Texas College soccer program in 1947 and he launched the Fort Worth International Soccer Club in 1952. Aimi moved to Houston in 1967 and was appointed Youth Commissioner of the South Texas region. One year later, he was one of the primary founders of the Houston District Junior Soccer Association and would serve as its president from 1972-78.

In 1979, the Houston District Junior Soccer Association recognized Aimi as its Person of the Year.

Photo Gallery: MNT vs. Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 3-2 loss to Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua in the team's opening match of 2015. 

MNT vs. Chile: Highlights - Jan. 28, 2015

The U.S. MNT fell to Chile 3-2 in the first match of 2015.

Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Chile - Klinsmann, Altidore, Shea, Birnbaum

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

Opening comments:
“I think after minute 65 a lot of the players had very, very heavy legs, which in a certain way is logical when you are two and a half weeks into preseason and you play a team that is in a full swing and goes high tempo.  This is the tempo you go internationally. I thought it was an open game, it was entertaining, and it was full of chances for both sides. I think we could have easily scored a third or fourth goal; they could have scored also another one. Overall, I thought it was a very good test for us to see where everyone is at. But definitely the physical side of it made kind of a turn towards negative for us and it’s a bummer, but it’s understandable.”

On whether switching to a 4-4-2 in the second half led to the loss:
“The formation had nothing to do with the fact that we then conceded two goals in the second half. We wanted them to play a simple back four and had Jermaine [Jones] in midfield to get more kind of pushing it higher up the field. Maybe there was a little bit more space on the outsides then, especially on DeAndre’s (Yedlin) side, he got caught a couple of times then, but you could clearly see it after minute 65 that it was getting hard for the guys. Some are in a good shape already and some need to catch up. It’ll take them a couple of weeks to get into match fitness, and when you have three or four guys not having match fitness at all, you just struggle.”

On choosing to play in a 3-5-2 formation in the first half:
“It’s a little bit based on what we have in this camp and what players you have that you are going to hopefully see down the road being part of the senior group. That kind of also guides you into a certain system that you think OK, with these players we might be better off in a 3-5-2 than in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. Often it’s looking at your roster and saying, ‘What is the best solution now?’ With a 3-5-2, we have to change to bring Clint [Dempsey] a little bit further behind and have him feed into two strikers and have a role for Jermaine in the center of the back three line and Michael Bradley being the connector in midfield. So these are all kind of ideas floating around, and we keep on working on different ways on doing it. But the key issue is they need to build their [physical] systems, build their stamina and build the foundation for a hopefully good, long season but also to the international level. This is the biggest challenge for us. After the World Cup a lot of players dropped their levels 30-40 percent when they came back from vacation. It doesn’t matter if they are in Europe or the U.S., you can’t do that at the international level. You get exposed after minute 65 if you can’t go the speed anymore both ways. There is a lot of work ahead of us and ahead of the players, first of all.”

On the positives he took away from the game:
“I saw a lot of things that are encouraging and positive. DeAndre was going forward and connecting well. I thought Michael Bradley had overall a very strong performance. Brek Shea coming through the flanks, he’s intimidating, he can go at people, he has pace, and he has the physical presence and is going to score, so I think it’s great. We tried to break in younger players step-by-step, but it’s not going to happen overnight. They need to have more time on the field. I think Gyasi [Zardes] inspired things a little bit. He had a couple of shots and made good runs. Jozy gave everything he had until that point but he was just dead. So there was good stuff out there for over 60 minutes – very promising. Obviously if you can’t get the tempo anymore, go with them at the same tempo, you’ll give them opportunities and they’ll put them in. It was a close game, it was exciting and a good test at the beginning of the season.”

On the deciding factor in the game:
“The key moment was on the fitness side. We’ve only trained for two weeks. Our worry was that after minute 60-65 that players make mistakes because they get tired legs. You lose the focus, you lose the vision because you’re not fresh anymore, and this kind of changed the game. Chile did very well keeping the tempo, the speed, the combinations that they played through with a lot of energy … it’s nice to see this team. They did very well. They kind of caught us on two, three occasions and scored these two goals, even if I thought we could have scored one more to even it out and 3-3 would have been a nicer result for us. But the key moment was after minute 60-65 when it has to do with the fitness.”

On the team’s time in Chile:
“The people here were fantastic. We were welcomed at the hotel and at the stadium. Everyone was super friendly. We really appreciated these couple of days in Chile. We had a fantastic time in Rancagua and also in Santiago where we stayed for a couple of days. The Chileans are just wonderful people. Thanks a lot for having us.”

On whether he is seeing the consistency he feels is necessary for the team to reach the next level:
“Consistency comes from the foundation of the physical capabilities of a team when you play international football. If you don’t have that physical foundation, you can’t have consistency. After an hour we looked like the winning team. We had more chances. We could have scored maybe a third goal, and then the game changed because we couldn’t keep the speed up anymore. We saw a very good and energetic Chilean side. Before you talk about consistency you have to have the foundation fitness-wise for an international level, which we don’t have at the moment.”

On what he has seen from the work of Chile national team coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli:
“I think coaches like Bielsa obviously with his amazing experience, and now Sampaoli … we coaches look at the best teams in the world, at the speed of the game, the speed of thought going both ways.  We always want to compete with the best in the world. In order for us, the American team now, to learn to kind of deal with that speed of thought, speed of game and the tempo, and start to compete with the bigger nations, is a learning process. That’s why we need these games like coming here and seeing where we are. Today we were at 65 minutes. That process needs to continue. We need to explain to the players that it takes a lot, lot more work and dedication off the field as well in order to get that foundation to play consistently with the top teams. That’s what we coaches like to do. We like to push it that way, so hopefully down the road when the big moments come like the World Cup, Copa America and for us this summer the Gold Cup, then we want to deliver results. We look at the best teams in the world right now – Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Spain – and we want to catch up with them. Chile wants to play and beat them, and we want that too.”

U.S. MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On what the U.S. took away from the game:
“I think when you look at today the biggest thing was a lot of the guys are in preseason so we don’t have those legs yet. I thought for most part of the game we did OK; still getting the legs back, still getting the sharpness back in. At the end, I think it’s just a hard one to swallow as we did pretty well in a lot of parts of the game, but I don’t think we should hold our heads down too long, and try to pick up a win against Panama.”

On his goal:
“It was a good buildup from DeAndre [Yedlin] to get the throw-in, I remember that. Mix [Diskerud] getting in, he laid off a fantastic ball for me and I just tried to pick my spot and tried to slide it home.”

On the experience in Chile:
“It’s been good. Chile received us really well and it’s been really nice to be here. It was a great experience for a lot of us to play against a team like Chile, who has a lot of quality players in their system, so it was a good experience for us and a good way to start 2015. Obviously you want to win, but I think the base is there for a good year.”

On looking ahead to Panama:
“I’m excited to play at home, it’s always fun. It’s my first time playing in California in a long time so I look forward to it, but most important we need to win that game. I think it’s a game where everything is kind of in our favor and hopefully we can start our first game at home with a win.”

U.S. MNT midfielder BREK SHEA
On his goal:
“[Matt] Besler had the ball on the left and I kind of just checked to him and made a run behind, and he played a great ball and I just hit it first time.”

On being back with the National Team:
“Yeah I’ve been away for a long time. I’m very excited to be playing for the National Team again, start the game and get a goal. Obviously, it’s not the result we want but I think we learned a lot and it was a great experience.”

On playing the 3-5-2:
“It’s a new system we just started. There are a lot of positives with it that we need to work on, but first half we were ahead twice in that system. Obviously they had a lot of good chances, they scored a goal, but I think we learned a lot and we can use it in the future.”

U.S. MNT defender STEVE BIRNBAUM
On earning his first cap:
“It was a great feeling. Anytime you get to play for your country is awesome. I was really happy to get the start.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”

Estados Unidos Cae 2-3 Contra Chile

RANCAGUA, Chile (28 de enero, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos cayó 2-3 contra Chile en su primer partido del año en el Estadio El Teniente en Rancagua, Chile.

EE.UU. terminó el primer tiempo adelante en el marcador con goles de Brek Shea y Jozy Altidore, pero Chile respondió con doblete de Mark González. Roberto Gutiérrez anotó el primer gol de Chile.

Tres jugadores hicieron su debut con Estados Unidos: Steve Birnbaum, Wil Trapp y Gyasi Zardes.

El marcador casi terminó con un gol más a favor de Chile, quien tuvo un gol anulado en el minuto 45. El autor del gol, Roberto Gutiérrez, mandó  un cabezazo al fondo de la red pero estaba levemente fuera de lugar.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos recibe a Panamá a la 1 p.m. PT el domingo, 8 de febrero en el StubHub Center de Carson, California.
Información de transmisión: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Boletos: 8 de febrero vs. Panamá

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), minuto 6: Matt Besler controló el balón por el lado izquierdo en la mitad defensiva de Estados Unidos, enviando un balón cruzado al primer poste. Allí estaba Brek Shea para ejecutar con la zurda al lado izquierdo de la red. USA 1, CHI 0

CHI – Roberto Gutiérrez (Mark González), minuto 10: Solamente cuatro minutos después del primer gol, Chile igualó de manera casi idéntica. La selección chilena se llevó el balón por la banda izquierda, en donde Mark González lo controló. El pase de González fue perfectamente cruzado para Roberto Gutiérrez, quien estaba sólo entre Jermaine Jones y Matt Besler. El cabezazo fue hábilmente dirigido a un lado del portero estadounidense Nick Rimando. USA 1, CHI 1

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), minuto 31: La jugada empezó con un saque de banda por el lado derecho de DeAndre Yedlin. Se la dio a Mix Diskerud y ambos jugadores se la pasaron entre ellos antes de que Diskerud recortara el balón al espacio adentro del área grande, donde llegó Altidore. El delantero atravesó la portería con su disparo, mandando la pelota a la esquina inferior izquierda de la potería. USA 2, CHI 1

CHI – Mark González (Marco Medel), minuto 66: Después de dar un pase a gol, González anotó su propio tanto después de un pase de pared bien jugada con Marco Medel por la banda izquierda. El pase de Medel habilitó a González, quien entró al área con el balón y soltó un cañonazo que zumbó por un lado de Rimando. USA 2, CHI 2

CHI – Mark González, minuto 75: Después de un muy mal despeje de Estados Unidos, Marco Medel controló el balón y disparó de larga distancia con potencia. El portero de EE.UU. Nick Rimando atajó, pero no pudo controlar y el remate le cayó a González. El chileno no dudó, disparando de primera por un lado de Rimando. USA 2, CHI 3

Atajadas Claves:

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 15: Michael Bradley se perfiló para tomar un tiro de esquina del lado derecho, enviando su pase preciso al lado izquierdo del área. Steve Birnbaum leyó bien la jugada y cabeceó su disparo a la portería, pero Herrera estaba atento y atajó sin problema el intento.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 37: El defensa de EE.UU. Jermaine Jones perdió el balón en la salida contra Diego Valdés en zona de peligro. Valdés no dudo en llevarse el balón directamente hacia la portería de Rimando, quien salió a achicar el ángulo. Valdés buscaba compañeros, y al verse solo disparó hacia la portería pero Rimando hizo bien la atajada.

USA – Nick Rimando, minuto 39: Chile tomó un tiro de esquina del lado derecho hacia el lado izquierdo del área grande. Un jugador chileno se elevó, cabeceando el balón al primer poste, en donde Erick Pulgar estaba completamente solo. El chileno se elevó para la media tijera, enviando el disparo a la red, pero por afuera del lado derecho.

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 80: El portero de Chile mantuvo la ventaja de su selección en el minuto 80 cuando Birnbaum envió el balón a Michael Bradley. Bradley hábilmente tocó el balón para el suplente Chris Wondolowski, cuyo disparo de cabeza estaba dirigido a la red, pero Herrera reaccionó bien para hacer la atajada.

CHI – Johnny Herrera, minuto 90+2: Herrera de nuevo fue llamado a la acción en el tiempo adicional cuando Estados Unidos envió un balón filtrado por el centro del campo. El debutante Gyasi Zardes lo leyó bien, pero también estaba bien marcado. Zardes alcanzó a disparar, pero Herrera estaba listo para prevenir el gol. 

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

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Chile
Fecha: 28 de enero, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia:
Clima: 88 grados Fahrenheit, despejado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        2          0          2
CHI                                         1          3          3

 

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                                 minuto 9
CHI – Roberto Gutiérrez (Mark González)                11

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)                        31

CHI – Mark González (Marco Medel)                       66

CHI – Mark González                                                75

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Suplentes no utilizados: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo González, 13-José Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza  (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Díaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdés (9-Juan Delgado, 59); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutiérrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark González (8-Angelo Sagal, 90+1)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Paulo Garcés, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Director Técnico: Jorge Sampaoli

Resumen estadístico: USA / CHI
Tiros: 10 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 5 / 5
Atajadas: 2 / 3
Tiros de Esquina: 1 / 9
Faltas: 20 / 19
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 6

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Michael Bradley (amonestación)          minuto 36
CHI – José Rojas (amonestación)                    43
USA – Bobby Wood (amonestación)               45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (amonestación)                 50
USA – Jermaine Jones (amonestación)            52
USA – Matt Besler (amonestación)                  71
USA – Brek Shea (amonestación)                    88

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Patricio Loustau (ARG)

Árbitro Asistente 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)

Cuarto Oficial: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Por determinarse

U.S. MNT Opens 2015 with 3-2 Road Loss against Chile

RANCAGUA, Chile (Jan. 28, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the new year with a 3-2 loss against No. 14 FIFA-ranked Chile at Estadio El Teniente. 

Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the USA, but Chile’s Mark Gonzalez countered with two of his own, including the game-winner in the 75th minute. Roberto Gutierrez scored Chile’s other goal. 

The match included the MNT debut for three players: Steve Birnbaum who started in defense, midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes.

The USA will now prepare for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network (TICKETS). 

Chile out-shot the USA 12-10 and both teams were even with five shots on goal. 

Chile had an opportunity late in the first half to find the equalizer in the opening 45 minutes, but Roberto Gutierrez was just offside when Marco Medel crossed the ball in from the left side. Gutierrez headed the ball into the net, but the chance was nullified. 

Five minutes before Chile scored its game-winning goal, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley unleashed a blistering shot from nearly 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and would have given the USA a two-goal lead at the time.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), 6th minute: Left back Besler looped his left-footed pass in between a pair of Chile defenders to Shea on the left side of the box. Shea one-timed his left-footed shot from a difficult angle past Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera and just inside the right post for the USA’s first goal of the year. Shea now has three goals in his MNT career. USA 1, CHI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez), 10th minute: Chile was quick to respond, working the ball to the left side where Gonzalez had some space near the sideline for the long cross. Gutierrez snuck between USA defenders Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler and headed the ball into the right side of the frame to tie the score. USA 1, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), 31st minute: The USA attack began with DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in to Diskerud, who passed back and forth with Yedlin on the right side. Diskerud then dribbled to just outside the six-yard box and cut a pass back to the left toward Altidore. Altidore, with ample space, carved his right-footed shot inside the left post and the U.S. regained the lead. USA 2, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel), 66th minute: Medel pushed the attack down the left side with a well-timed leading ball to Gonzalez who got behind the USA defense and unleashed his high-paced shot past U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Rimando had leaned a little to his left in anticipation of the shot, but Gonzalez shot over Rimando’s right shoulder. USA 2, CHI 2 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez, 75th minute: Chile’s attack originated with a well-struck, left-footed shot from Marco Medel from approximately 25 yards out. Nick Rimando stretched to his right for the save, but Gonzalez followed up the rebound from the left side. Gonzalez drove his left-footed attempt inside the right of the frame as Rimando could not do anything to prevent Chile’s go-ahead score. USA 2, CHI 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 37th minute: Chile had a golden opportunity after intercepting the ball from the USA’s back line. Diego Valdes dribbled uncontested inside the left side of the box, one-on-one against Rimando. Rimando ultimately came up trumps with a left-armed save as Valdes was attempting to find the far right side of the frame. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 80th minute: The USA worked the ball quickly from right to left, with Wil Trapp and Michael Bradley setting up Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski attempted to find the right side of the frame, but Herrera reacted quickly with the save to his left to maintain the Chile lead. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 90+2 minute: Lee Nguyen set up USA second-half sub Gyasi Zardes down the right side. Zardes tried to sneak his shot inside the near right post past Herrera, but the Chile goalkeeper had the space covered to deny the LA Galaxy product. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey played in his 111th game, moving into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list, and moving ahead of Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110). Dempsey is now one cap behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 games from 1994-2006).
  • Wednesday’s game marked Dempsey’s 100th-career start.
  • Jozy Altidore scored his 26th-career goal in his 77th cap. Altidore ranks fifth on the MNT all-time goal scoring list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT prepares for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT. (TICKETS)
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 3-5-2 all-time against Chile.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann rolled out a 3-5-2 formation against Chile. Anchored by goalkeeper Nick Rimando, the three-man defensive line included Matt Besler at left back, Steve Birnbaum’s senior team debut at right back and Jermaine Jones at center back.
  • In the midfield, Brek Shea and DeAndre Yedlin were featured on the left and right side, respectively. Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey played centrally, with Dempsey in the attacking role and serving as the team captain.
  • Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore were paired up front. The game marked Wood’s first MNT started and his sixth cap.
  • The USA opened the first half with Lee Nguyen entering for Wood. Dempsey pushed up to play alongside Altidore in the attack.
  • Wil Trapp made his senior team debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 60tht minute. Trapp was the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and a former member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • In the 68th minute, Gyasi Zardes made his MNT debut, replacing Dempsey, who passed along the captain’s armband to Jones.
  • In the second half, the USA changed its formation to a 4-4-2 with Shea on the left side, Yedlin on the right and Birnbaum and Besler in central defence.
  • Rimando previously had been unbeaten throughout his MNT tenure. Wednesday marked his first loss as he is now 10-1-2 all-time. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,420
Weather: 88 degrees; clear 

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

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                     6th minute
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez)    10
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)             31
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel)            66
CHI – Mark Gonzalez                                     75 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Head coach:
Jorge Sampaoli 

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 /9
Fouls: 20 / 19
Offside: 0 / 6 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)      36th minute
CHI – Jose Rojas (caution)                 43
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)           45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (caution)             50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)        52
USA – Matt Besler (caution)              71 
USA – Brek Shea (caution)                88 

Officials:
Referee: Patricio Loustau  (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

Across the Academy – Jan. 28, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals in Full Swing: The first two regional futsal showcases for the Development Academy’s U-13/14 age group took place in the SoCal and Texas regions over the Jan. 24-25 weekend. The upcoming Jan. 31-Feb. 1 weekend includes regionals in Florida, Mid-America and NorCal, followed by regionals in New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania-New Jersey over the Feb. 7-8 stretch. The showcases, which are part of the Academy’s futsal period that started in December and runs through February, feature a minimum of four futsal matches over the two-day stretch.

Futsal Top Performers:

  • Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy): Negrete, a U-14 BNT pool player, scored 13 goals in four games for an average of 3.25 goals per game. Negrete found the back of the net seven times in a dominant role in the LA Galaxy attack, demonstrating a strong finishing ability while working well in tight spaces.
  • Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea): Ferri, a U-14 BNT pool player, showed technical superiority in high pressure situations. He was heavily involved in the attack, creating a smooth transition from defense to attack. His 1-vs.-1 abilities and vision allowed him to be the most effective player on the court, while also showing comfort on the ball, high speed of play and overall awareness.

Planning Your Soccer Pathway: Development Academy clubs attended an informational session hosted by Nelson Rodriguez, Managing Director of National Team Advisory Services, and other U.S. Soccer staff on Saturday, Jan. 24. Nelson spoke to players and their families about planning their future soccer career. Topics of discussion included education on FIFA regulations and eligibility, discuss college soccer and NCAA eligibility/rules and requirements to become a professional.

U-20 MNT Advances to World Cup in New Zealand: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 2-0 on Saturday in its playoff at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA earned third place in the tournament and qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Ben Spencer, formerly of Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake AZ, scored the opening goal and former Arsenal FC and LA Galaxy Academy midfielder Paul Arriola tallied in the second half for the USA. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, previously of FC DELCO, came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half. Romain Gall, who previously played for Real Salt Lake AZ, shared tournament golden boot honors with five goals and was also named to the all-tournament team.

Window Closing for Full-Time Player Adds: A reminder to all Academy clubs: This Saturday, Jan. 31, is the last day to add any full-time players before this second window ends. Please send all requests to Nery Amaya at namaya@ussoccer.org.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Jan. 24-25):

  • West Conference: In a matchup of the top two Northwest Division teams at the U-18 age group, second-place Seattle Sounders FC tightened the gap in the standings with a 2-1 victory against first-place Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Sean Bowman scored the game-winner in the 84th minute and MacArthur Clarke contributed the game’s opening goal for Seattle in the 10th minute. Bowman leads the Sounders with 14 goals in 16 games this season.
  • Central Conference: The Colorado Rapids U-18s garnered one of its strongest victories of the season, going on the road to defeat the Frontier Division-leading Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Saturday. Nathan Braaten and JT Grover each tallied a first-half goal and the Rapids defense shut out a Houston offense that had scored a combined 16 goals in its previous four matches. The win was the Colorado’s third of the season, and Houston continues to hold onto first place in the division at 10-2-1 (2.38 points per game).
  • East Conference: Weston FC enjoyed an unbeaten weekend for both age groups. The U-16s posted a scoreless draw against Charlotte Soccer Academy and a 1-1 draw against the Carolina Rapids. At the U-18s, Weston’s Andres Cepeda scored an 80th-minute game-winner to lead his side to a 2-1 victory against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Weston followed that up with a 4-1 win against the Carolina Rapids as Tomas Garcia-Morillo and Maximiliano Stiegwardt each scored two goals.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Christian Lucatero of the Houston Dynamo U-18s received high scout ratings for his performance during the team’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Lucatero leads the Frontier Division-leading Dynamo with seven goals in 12 games.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kevin Broadley, a 27-year-old Grade 7 referee from North Carolina, was named the Academy Referee of the Week for his work during the U-16 and U-18 games between Weston FC and Charlotte Soccer Academy on Saturday. Broadley has been working Academy matches since 2012 and was part of the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase and the U-14 regional showcase in Winston-Salem. He also has worked matches in USL PRO, the NPSL and W-League.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:

MNT Faces Chile to Kick off 2015 Campaign: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins its 2015 campaign against Chile at 6 p.m. ET today (FOX Sports 1, UniMas) at Estadio El Teniente. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster features nine players with Academy ties.

Roster Named for U-17 Residency’s Spring Semester: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 28-player roster for the U-17 Residency Program this spring semester, with 25 of the players currently registered with Academy clubs. The U-17s are gearing up for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in late February and early March.

U-18s Open Year at Copa Mexico: A group of 20 players – 18 with current Academy ties – will represent the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team at the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. The USA opens its Group A stage against Monarcas Morelia on Friday. The U.S. then faces Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Jan. 31), Club Tijuana (Feb. 2) and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica (Feb. 3). The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team also will be in the competition in Group C against Atlas, Atlético Paranaense, Chivas Guadalajara and Urawa Red Diamonds.

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French Talks Talent in New U-20 WNT Cycle

At the first U.S. U-20 WNT camp of the year taking place in Sanford, Fla., U.S. head coach Michelle French talks about the process of integrating youth club and college players at the beginning of this cycle. While the roster is full of fresh faces, it is not short of talent or experience as many players participated in the most recent U-17 qualifiers and the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Klinsmann and Dempsey Preview Chile

Description: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and captain Clint Dempsey talk about facing a talented Chilean team Wednesday night at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.

U-20 WNT Falls 4-0 to German Women's Bundesliga Side Bayern Munich

SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell 4-0 to German Women’s Bundesliga side FC Bayern Munich in an exhibition during the team’s training camp in Florida. 

The U-20s, who are in their first camp of the new cycle that includes both high school-aged and college players, held Bayern scoreless until halftime. Eunice Beckmann broke the deadlock with a goal in the 52nd minute and then the Germans found the net three times in a span of six minutes over the final quarter hour of the match. 

Swiss National Team striker Vanessa Burki added an 83rd-minute goal and long-time German Women’s National Team starter Melanie Behringer scored goals in the 78th and 84th. Bayern also defeated the University of Florida by a 4-0 score during their visit to Florida. 

The U-20 WNT will face the University of Florida on Jan. 30 to finish up the camp. 

- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Bayern Munich
Date: January 27, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Orlando City Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla. 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             0          4          4
FCB                              0          0          0

FCB - Eunice Backmann                        52nd minute
FCB - Melanie Behringer                        78
FCB - Vanessa Burki                              83
FCB - Melanie Behringer                        84 

Lineups:
USA: Ally Watt (Jennifer Westendorf, 46), Jessie Scarpa (Mikaela Harvey, 46), Mallory Pugh, Emily Ogle (capt.), Taylor Racioppi (Savannah McCaskill, 59), Megan Buckingham (Sabrina Flores, 73), Courtney Petersen, Natalie Jacobs, Allyson Swaby, Maddie Elliston, Casey Murphy
Subs not used: Hannah Loppiccolo Dorian Bailey, Parker Roberts, Kaleigh Riehl, Samantha Leshnak
Head Coach: Michelle French 

Bayern Munich: Schroffenegger, Lewandowski, Schnaderbeck, Manieri, Feiersinger, Maier, Behringer, Leupolz, Stengel, Iwabuchi, Beckmann
Subs not used: Eunice Beckmann, Jenny Gaugigl, Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Katharina Baunach, Karina Wenninger, Vanessa Bürki
Head coach: Thomas Wörle 

Stats Summary: USA / FCB
Shots: 2 / 20
Shots on Goal: 1 / 13
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside:  1 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Patrick O’Brian
Assistant Referee 1: Matt Miscannon
Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Belmmahin
4th Official: Daniel Gutierrez

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
May 23, 2012 U-18 MNT vs Poland Under-18 Men 1-1 D Estadio Nacional; Lisbon, Portugal 0 Spencer
May 24, 2012 U-18 MNT vs Slovakia Under-18 Men 0-0 D Estadio Nacional; Lisbon, Portugal 0
May 26, 2012 U-18 MNT vs Portugal Under-18 Men 0-1 L Estadio Nacional; Lisbon, Portugal 0
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