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“You want to hear a story about Kelley O’Hara? Here’s one that tells you everything you need to know,” says Paul Ratcliffe, coach of Stanford University’s women’s soccer team.

Before O’Hara’s senior year at Stanford, the women’s soccer team traveled to the University of Hawaii for preseason matches. On their off morning, they went sightseeing at Kailua Beach Park. Ratcliffe left the team on one side of the beach and took a walk with his family to the other.

“When I get back, all the girls are sitting down, kind of laughing and looking uneasy. I was like, ‘Uh, what’s up?’ That’s when they pointed out two tiny flecks swimming out in the water, en route to an island that is far away –I’m talking like far, far out,” says Ratcliffe. “And I’m responsible for these girls, and I’m panicked. When I told the Hawaii coach about it, he says, ‘Yeah, people die doing that.’”

O’Hara and teammate Ali Riley (who plays for the New Zealand national team) had been sitting in the sand, idly wondering whether it was possible to swim out to that island in the distance. The daydreaming prompted reactions from their teammates: “Not possible,” “No way,” “You guys are out of you mind if you think you could swim all the way there!”

U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-20 Women’s Tournament at the NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (May 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will stage a four-team Under-20 women’s international tournament from June 2-6 as the USA will host Brazil, Japan and Mexico in the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

Each of the match days – June 2, 4 and 6 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game that evening at the StubHub Center. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Tues., June 2

Mexico vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. Japan

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

Brazil vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

Japan vs. Mexico

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papau New Guinea. Like the USA, Brazil has participated in all seven of the FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested thus far. Japan has participated in four tournaments and Mexico has played in all but the 2004 tournament in Thailand that was a U-19 event.

U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called in 20 players for the tournament, seven of whom are already in college (two players enrolled early and have yet to play a college season in forward Kelcie Hedge (University of Washington and defender Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State) with seven more graduating this summer and heading off for their freshman seasons this fall.

Seven players on the roster were born in 1996, which is the age cut-off for next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Nine were born in 1997 with midfielder Jordan Harr, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward Mallory Pugh (all 1998s) and forward Ashley Sanchez (1999), the youngest players on the roster. Pugh was a starter for the U.S. team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while Sanchez was recently called up from the U-17 WNT and is age-eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Jordan.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (4): Hana Kerner (Match Fit FC; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Additional Notes:

  • The CONCACAF qualifying tournament 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in December in Honduras.
  • Each team is allowed to name 20 players on its tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • After goal difference and goals scored, the next tie-breakers will be the head-to-head result.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

Russell Canouse Pulls Out of U-20 MNT World Cup Squad with Injury; Replaced by Conor Donovan

CHICAGO (May 25, 2015) – U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos has replaced midfielder Russell Canouse, who was injured in training earlier in the week, on the USA’s FIFA U-20 World Cup roster by Conor Donovan. Canouse sustained a right ankle injury while the team was training in Australia and will require additional time to recover. Donovan was named as an alternate and has been with the team since the pre-World Cup camp began on May 11 in Carson, California.

“Today was a very tough decision to make,” said Ramos. “Obviously Russell led our team to qualification in the last four matches in Jamaica, so I think that we lose a player that’s very important on the field, but also off the field. So it’s a big loss for us.

“At the same time, we were prepared by having Conor be here the whole time. Conor has been working hard with us, he’s adapted and he has been with the team for a while. So we were ready with a replacement and we’re excited to have Conor on board, who also brings a lot on the field and off the field.”

Canouse, who plays at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany, captained the USA in the final four matches of the 2015 U-20 CONCACAF Championship in January in Jamaica, helping the team post four consecutive shutouts en route to earning a berth at the World Cup in New Zealand.

Donovan was also a member of the U-20 World Cup qualifying team in January, appearing in two matches, including a start in the team’s 8-0 victory over Aruba. The 19-year-old was selected by Orlando City SC with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after one season at North Carolina State.

Donovan joined the U.S. Residency Program in 2011 and was a member of the U-17 team that participated at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. He played in the Development Academy in 2013-14, competing for Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL’s U-18 squad. He previously played for North Carolina Alliance.

Since the U-20 Championship, Donovan has appeared in friendlies against England, Qatar and Croatia. He scored the tying goal against Qatar on April 21 in Salzburg, Austria.

The U.S. arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday and will make its way to Whangarei on Tuesday. The team opens Group A play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.’s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

U.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

In France it has been called le lieu où naissent les étoiles, the place where stars are born. Always a gathering of the world’s top soccer powers, this year’s 43rd edition of the Toulon Tournament features regular competitors Netherlands, England and host France, as well as Costa Rica, China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Qatar and the USA.

“It’s a huge tournament,” U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog said. “I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for sure there’s the Olympic Tournament, but apart from those competitions, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. With all the teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the USA competing against each other, at this age group that’s a really, really good competition and it’s a good challenge for us to show that we have a good team together.”

In 1975, Cesar Luis Menotti coached an Argentina youth squad featuring Daniel Passarella, Americo Gallego, Alberto Tarentini, and Jose Daniel Valencia to a championship in the third Toulon Tournament. Three years later, those four players were a part of the Argentina side that won the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Following the win, Menotti recalled Toulon as being a fundamental piece of the players’ development that led to their victory, and hence, le lieu où naissent les étoiles.

In the 40 years since, many of the biggest and most renowned footballers have made their mark in Toulon, and the tournament has proven to be a foreshadower of what’s to come in international play. In 2011, Colombian striker James Rodriguez earned honors as the Toulon Player of the Tournament. Three summers later, Rodriguez burst onto the scene and won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World cup after scoring six goals in five games.

Other international footballers who have also gained experience in the Toulon Tournament include: Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Javier Mascherano, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa and many more.

The U.S. was in Toulon for the tournament in 2013, competing with its U-20 MNT and taking seventh place. Their best finish in Toulon history dates back to 1989, when the team took third place behind Bulgaria and champion France.

This year the U-23’s will try to best that finish. To do that, they will have to navigate through group play matchups with France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. 

Q&A: Andi Herzog Talks Toulon

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog spoke with ussoccer.com about the Toulon Tournament and the U-23’s continued preparation for October’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

ussoccer.com: What can you say about this group that’s been brought together for the Toulon Tournament?
Andi Herzog: “I’m happy; I think we have a good group together. It’s mostly the same players we had against Mexico and the first Bosnia and Denmark trips. I want to have a little continuity and hopefully it will work in France. Obviously it’s a situation where a lot of MLS teams have a lot of games during the same time period, so mostly the players starting for the MLS teams were not released.”

ussoccer.com: How does this renowned tournament help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Championship?
AH: “This tournament in France is huge because there are a lot of great opponents. The other thing is we play a game every second day, so we will need everyone on the field and we’ll have to make a lot of changes from game to game. I think it’s a great chance for every single player to be able to be a big part of the team who will qualify for the Olympics.”

ussoccer.com: How did the fact that the tournament schedule features games every other day go into the makeup of this roster?
AH: “It’s clear: You need to double up every position. Overall we have a good group together with some young kids playing, like Marc Pelosi coming back after a long injury, so it will be interesting to see all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Over the years a number of the world’s great international footballers have played in this tournament. What does that say about the challenge ahead for the team?
AH: “It’s a great challenge and it’s a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best. The France team is the defending World Champion at the Under-20 level from two years ago in Turkey. They were the best team in the world two years ago and they are our first opponent, so that will be a real good possibility to see how good we already are.”

“It’s a huge tournament. I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for the Olympics, but apart from those competition, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. You have all the regular teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, USA competing against each other, so at this age group that’s a really, really good competition.

 ussoccer.com: How would you describe the form of the players on the roster coming in?
AH: “We have two or three players that had injuries before, but I talked to them and they’re fine, so it’s normal. For every National Team coach it’s always the same. You don’t train on a regular basis, so it’s just from month to month you see your players. That’s why I want to keep going always with most of the same players if they do well. Hopefully we made the right decisions.  

ussoccer.com: How does a tournament like this fit into the bigger picture of preparing these players for the next level of play?
AH: “Developing players for the senior National Tam has to be our goal. I think for a youth team it’s important to compete on the highest level at World Cups and Olympics, but overall the most important thing is you get at least two or three players for the National Team as regular starters afterwards. Otherwise we did a bad job as coaches.”

U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog Names 19 players to Roster for 2015 Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 24, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has named 19 players to the roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in the south of France.

Herzog will make one addition to complete the 20-player roster, which will officially be submitted on Tuesday evening.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Unattached; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United; Catonsville, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Sam Strong (Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool; Sunnyvale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.); Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Tex.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.).

The last time the U.S. competed in the Toulon Tournament was in 2013 when they sent the U-20 MNT. Seven players from that roster return for this edition of the tournament.

The tournament comprises two five-team groups. The United States is with Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A. Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play for third place that day as well.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Toulon event will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from this roster were a part of the U-20 MNT that competed in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
  • Eleven players from this roster were a part of the group that most recently defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson. Cody Cropper made seven saves to earn the shutout in the game, while Jordan Morris scored a goal, and Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill both recorded assists.
  • Five players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cropper, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda and O’Neill.
  • Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Morris is the leading goalscorer on this roster. In two matches in 2015 he has scored two goals, and overall in his four-game career with the U-23’s he has scored three times.
  • Ocegueda, Hernandez, and Joya are the most experienced players at the U-23 level, having each earned five caps.
  • Six players on this roster come from MLS, five from European clubs, three are from Mexico-based clubs, one plays in the USL, two are unattached and two compete at the collegiate level.
  • Cropper, Green, Morris, O’Neill and Serna have all been part of a U.S. MNT senior camp this year.
  • Green played in the U.S. MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored a goal, becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup game since 2006. 

U.S. Soccer Unveils 2015 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Pairings

CHICAGO (May 21, 2014) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the potential Fourth Round pairings and hosting scenarios for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Fourth Round, scheduled for June 16-17, marks the opening stage of the tournament for the 17 domestic Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs, joining the 15 winners from the Third Round played May 27.

With an uneven amount of MLS clubs entering the competition in the Fourth Round, 15 of 17 MLS teams were paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup, while two MLS teams, Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers, were paired together to complete the bracket. Instances where a logical geographic fit didn’t exist were resolved by random selection. Teams with an ownership affiliation (Portland Timbers and Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs SLC and Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and Seattle Sounders 2) are precluded from being paired until the Final.

Home teams are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Thursday’s draw was conducted with two-time U.S. Open Cup champion and former Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause serving as the official witness as matchups for June 16-17 were determined.

Fourth Round Possibilities

Date

Game

Time

Venue

June 16

New York City FC (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, N.Y.

or

June 16

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York City FC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

June 16

Rochester Rhinos (USL)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) winner at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) winner at New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 16

Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Saint Louis FC (USL) winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 16

Louisville FC (USL)/Indy Eleven (NASL) winner at Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

June 16

Oklahoma City Energy (USL)/Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) winner at FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

TCU Soccer Stadium; Ft. Worth, Texas

TBD

Austin Aztex (USL)/San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) winner at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 16

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)/Real Monarchs SLC (USL) winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS)

7 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

June 16

Chula Vista FC (USASA)/Sacramento Republic FC (USL) winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

June 16

Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

June 17

Orlando City (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

or

June 17

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Orlando City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Fla.

June 17

Charlotte Independence (USL)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) winner at New England Revolution (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Soldiers Field (Harvard Univ.); Boston, Mass.

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

or

June 17

Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Jacksonville Armada (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Hodges Stadium (Univ. of North Florida); Jacksonville, Fla.

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

or

June 17

D.C. United (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

June 17

Portland Timbers 2 (USL)/Seattle Sounders 2 (USL) winner at Real Salt Lake (MLS)

8 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

June 17

PSA Elite (USASA)/Ventura County Fusion (PDL) winner at LA Galaxy (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

Third Round Schedule – Match Center

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas.

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19    

Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18

Fifth Round Draw             June 18
Fifth Round                       June 30-July 1
Quarterfinals                     July 21-22
Semifinals                         August 11-12
Final                                  Sept. 29 or 30 

Teammate Impressions with the U.S. WNT

The U.S. WNT players spend a ton of time together on and off the field, so they’ve become very familiar with each other’s on-field Idiosyncrasies, as Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach demonstrate.

Across the Academy - May 21, 2015

Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news that highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, its clubs and players, as well as alumni and Youth National Team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

Futures Camp: U.S. Soccer announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.

Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director Course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.

A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

Academy Alumni: Aron Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth: Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.

London Woodberry (FC Dallas Academy) and Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) were both named to the MLS Team of the Week. Several other Academy alumni had notable performances around MLS last week.

Emerson Hyndman Named U-20 MNT Captain for World Cup: FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 16-17):

Western Conference :

Pateadores U-17/18’s won its win fourth-straight game on Saturday with its 2-1 win over Nomads SC. Kevin Okuda led the way for Pateadores with a double and was the goalscorer for Nomads. The Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16’s upset the Northwest Divisions No. 2 team the Portland Timbers, 2-1, playing their way into the Wildcard Pool picture. The win was the third-straight for the Sounders and came off of goals from Habib Barry and Joseph Hafferty. Blake Bodily was the lone scorer for the Timbers. The Real So Cal U-15/16’s drew even with Strikers FC. Kenneth Higgins scored for the Strikers in the 52nd minute and five minutes later Jason Manning leveled for Real So Cal.

Central Conference:

The Mid-America Division No. 3-ranked Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18’s defeated the division’s No. 2-ranked Chicago Fire 3-2. Mauricio Pineda scored a brace for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of Indiana goals from Alan Aguilar, Rece Buckmaster, and Zachary Tom. In a match between two teams battling for position in the Wildcard Pool the Sockers FC U-17/18’s tied the Chicago Magic 2-2. Frank Bak and Adrian Herrera scored for the Sockers, while Emmanual Sabbi and Kendall Stok scored late goals to save the draw for the Magic. The Chicago Fire U-15/16’s picked up their first win since March, defeating Indiana Fire Academy 1-0 on a goal from Djordje Mihalovic. In a rivalry matchup, Crew SC Academy Wolves U17/18’s defeated Crew SC Academy 4-3. Dean Bloembergen’s pair of goals in the last ten minutes proved to make the difference. Alexander Lasinski and Benjamin Snider also scored goals for the Wolves. William Bayemi tallied a double for and Omar Mohamed scored for the Crew SC Academy.

East Conference:

In a battle of two of the top three teams from the Southeast Division. The Orlando City SC U-17/18’s defeated Kendall SC 3-2 on goals from Chandler Maynes, Benjamin Michel and Aidan Wixted. Andree Costa and Inigo Agarduy scored for Kendall. In the Atlantic Division, the No. 2-ranked D.C. United U-17/18’s were victorious in their match with the top-ranked New York Red Bulls.

ACADEMY HONORS: 

Player of the Week: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-15/16 left back Aedan Stanley earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance in a mid-week derby against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-15/16. Aedan received very high marks for his play on both sides of the ball, being able to play make, combine in the attack, and focus on defense throughout the game. He scored the final, game-tying goal in the 70’ to get the 2-2 tie to keep playoff hopes alive for his squad. Thanks to his exceptional performance, SLSG-Missouri now sit in the 3rd Wildcard Playoff Pool spot. They are just 0.04 Pts/GP behind Weston FC and 0.05 Pts/GP behind Solar Chelsea SC.

Academy Referee of the Week: Patrick Rosas, a 26-year old Grade 5 referee from Washington D.C., was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 match between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. Rosas has worked Academy matches since 2011, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, and Open Cup games.

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U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup: The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-14 BNT Defeats Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubjana 2-1: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

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Handful of Upsets Highlight 2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – Division III USL clubs entered the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Second Round mostly holding serve Wednesday night with 16 of the 21 professional sides advancing to Third Round play.

However, there was a quintet of upsets, as the PDL’s Jersey Express and Ventura County Fusion, USASA’s PSA Elite and Chula Vista FC and NPSL’s Chattanooga FC defeated clubs from higher divisions to join the other professional sides in next week’s Third Round, which will take place on May 27.

The unveiling of the Fourth Round match-ups and hosting scenarios will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET on 120Sports.com. Fans can also follow all this year’s U.S. Open Cup action on Twitter @OpenCup.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results - Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 20

West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

0-3

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 20

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)

1-1 (5-3 PK’s)

Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.

May 20

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

0-2

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 20

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)

0-1

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 20

Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)

1-0

East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.

May 20

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

3-0

Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 20

Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

0-1

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 20^

Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)

1-4

Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.

May 19#

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

2-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 20

Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)

1-0

St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.

May 20

New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

0-1

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 20

Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

0-1

Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 20

Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

1-1, 1-2 AET

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 20

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)

3-1

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

May 20

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)

0-2

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 20

Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)

1-2

Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 20*

Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-2

University High School; Irvine, Calif.

May 20

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)

3-0

Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 20

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)

2-1

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

May 20

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

2-4

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 20

Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

2-2, 2-4 AET

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

#Date Change April 17     ^Venue Change April 27     *Venue Change May 18 

2015 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time/Result

Venue

May 27

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 27

Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 27

Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

May 27

Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.

May 27

Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

May 27

Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

May 27^

Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)

1 p.m. PT

Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

May 27

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 27

Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 27

Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

May 27

Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

May 27

Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)

7:05 p.m. CT

ONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.

May 27

Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.

May 27

PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.

^Time Change May 19  

2015 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Match Recaps

Tuesday, May 19
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0, Portland Timbers 2 (USL) 2
 
Hosting their second U.S. Open Cup match in a week, the Michigan Bucks looked the better side early on in Tuesday’s Second Round kickoff, dominating in attack and possession through most of the first half. In the ninth minute, Bucks forward David Goldsmith bolted into space towards goal before unleashing a powerful blast that skimmed just wide left of Justin Luthy’s goal. Bucks midfielder Calvin Rezende came close in the 35th minute, turning his marker at the top of the box before his low left footed blast went inches wide of the left post, taking the teams into halftime scoreless. Timbers 2 hit the reset button at the break and dominated in possession from the start of the second half. Debuting midfielder Seth Casiple picked out Kharlton Belmar at the left post where the forward nodded across goal into the far side netting. Though Timbers 2 dictated play for most of the second half, the Bucks pushed forward late and got a sequence of dangerous opportunities to equalize. In the end, the PDL side got caught up field in transition and Casiple fed Ghananian forward Fatawa Safiu, who put the game on ice in second half stoppage time. Timbers 2 advance to face the winner of Wednesday’s Seattle Sounders FC 2 / Kitsap Pumas match on May 27.

Wednesday, May 20
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 3, West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 0
Making its 13th U.S. Open Cup appearance, Pittsburgh ran out to a fast lead when Kevin Kerr came away from a scramble in the box to lay off for Rob Vincent, who calmly slotted his effort in the lower left corner in the 9th minute. It took just seconds to add to the lead, as the ensuing kickoff was played toward goal and South African forward Lebo Moloto pounced in the box to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute. Firmly in the lead, the Riverhounds took the air out of the game before Kerr downed across the box to slot home in the 87th minute, to give the home side a 3-0 victory. With the win, Pittsburgh moves to 8-10-3 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play and will next host NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #3: Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) 1, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1 (3-5, PKs)
It was deja vu for Chattanooga FC as they eliminated Wilmington Hammerheads for the second year in a row to set up a rematch with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Chattanooga prevailed in a shootout after 120 minutes left both teams tied 1-1. Wilmington’s Nick Zimmerman gave his side the lead in the first half before Chris Ochieng finished a nice move from Chattanooga to level the score. There were no more goals through extra time and Jon Finlay eventually converted the decisive spot kick. Chattanooga will hope for a better time against Atlanta this time around: in 2014 they lost 5-0.

Game #4: Richmond Kickers (USL) 2, Virginia Beach City (NPSL) 0
Richmond Kickers overcame Virginia Beach City FC courtesy of two second-half headers. Neither side landed a hit in the first half but it took the hosts only two minutes after the break to strike the first blow. Nate Shiffman headed home a corner kick to set Richmond on their way. Jason Yeisley added an insurance goal when he slammed home an 89th minute diving header off an assist from Fred Owusu Sekyere. Jacksonville Armada comes to Richmond next week to face the Kickers.

Game #5: Rochester Rhinos (USL) 1, Greater Binghamton FC (NPSL) 0
Rochester Rhinos got their 2015 Open Cup off to a rolling start by beating Greater Binghamton FC 1-0. Kenardo Forbes tallied the game’s only goal when he converted on a chance in the 39th minute for the hosts. Greater Binghamton had a few chances in the second half, but couldn’t muster the tying goal as the Rhinos backline held firm to complete the shutout. Rochester travels to Harrisburg next week to meet the Islanders.

Game #6: Lansing United (PDL) 0, Louisville City FC (USL) 1
There were first-half fireworks in the Capital City with six shots for Louisville City FC and four for hosts Lansing United but neither team was able to break the deadlock. That changed two minutes into the second half when Charlie Adams blasted a shot into the net off a deflection to give Louisville a lead they would not relinquish. Lansing had a chance in the 88th minute but fired over the Louisville goal and the score would not change before the final whistle. Louisville travels across state lines to Indianapolis next week for a showdown with Indy Eleven.

Game #7: Reading United A.C. (PDL) 0, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 3
The Harrisburg City Islanders dispatched Reading United 3-0 to advance to the Third Round. Danny DiPrima and Cardel Benbow notched first half goals to provide a healthy lead after 45 minutes. Ken Tribbett scored on a header one minute into the second half to put the result out of reach. The only damper on the evening came when Neil Shaffer was red carded on 76 minutes for his second bookable offense. Shaffer will be suspended when Harrisburg hosts Rochester Rhinos on May 27.

Game # 8: Charleston Battery (USL) 1, Miami United FC (NPSL) 0
It was a scrappy game in Charleston tonight, but there had to be a winner and the hosts prevailed in a tight contest. Heviel Cordoves scored the only goal and followed it up with a red card in the second half. Charleston held on for the final six minutes with 10 men to bring the match to the end. The Black and Yellow play host to Ft. Lauderdale Strikers next Wednesday.

Game #9: Charlotte Independence (USL) 4, Upward Stars (NPSL) 1
Charlotte Independence ended Upward Stars’ tournament with an emphatic 4-1 comeback win. The Stars got things rolling with a surprise goal in the 11th minute in Charlotte but it was not long before the home side collected themselves and got control of the match. Tomasz Zahorski tied the game in the 19th minute and Enzo Martinez’ 40th header was the eventual winner. Zahorski went on to tally the first hat trick of the 2015 Open Cup with additional goals in the 44th and 90th minute. Charlotte travels to face the Carolina RailHawks next.

Game #10: Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0, Real Monarchs SLC (USL) 1
Real Monarchs celebrated a win in their Open Cup debut tonight as they defeated Long Island Rough Riders 1-0 to advance to the Third Round. The match was poised on a knife’s edge for most of the night at St. Anthony’s High School, with both teams trading chances but meeting strong resistance from Joseph Martin and Eric Osswald in the nets. The deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute when Ricardo Velazco played a delightful one-two with Max Rauhofer before slotting home the eventual winner past Martin. Osswald and the Monarchs held on for the clean sheet and club history as they can now take their first Open Cup win with them back to Salt Lake.

Game #11: Jersey Express (PDL) 1, New York Red Bulls II (USL) 0
Jersey Express punched their ticket to Queens next week to meet the New York Cosmos after they bounced New York Red Bulls II from the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night. Chris Karcz got the only goal of the game when he converted on a set piece in the second half. The Red Bulls poured on the pressure for the rest of the match. They couldn’t find a breakthrough and the Express held their nerve to pull the upset and live to fight another day.

Game #12: Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 1, Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) 0
Bond, Chad Bond had a license to goal Wednesday night in the Open Cup as his Tulsa Roughnecks advanced to the Third Round. Bond scored directly from a corner kick - an olimpico - in the 61st minute and that strike was enough to send the Seacoast United Phantoms packing in this year’s tournament. Tulsa hosts Oklahoma Energy FC next week in a mouthwatering Sooner State derby.

Game #13: Saint Louis FC (USL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1 (a.e.t.)
Saint Louis FC prevailed in an extra time victory against Des Moines Menace in front of more than 3,000 fans at St. Louis Soccer Park. Bryan Gaul opened the scoring by converting a through ball from Parker Maher in the 68th minute. Des Moines went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after a red card to Charlie Bales but managed to scrape an equalizer when Chris Hellman scored from the penalty spot five minutes later. Seven minutes into extra time Jeremie Lynch tallied the winner for St. Louis. The visitors would end up finishing with nine on the field after John Lujano was dismissed.

Game #14: Oklahoma City Energy FC 3 (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (TX; PDL) 1
Coached by 2012 U.S. Open Cup winner Jimmy Nielsen, Energy FC looked the stronger side from the start when forward Casey Townsend hit the woodwork in the 25th minute. Just before the break, Energy FC would go up 1-0 as Kyle Greig buried a feed from Peter Toth in the 42nd minute. Just after the break, Townsend would come good on his post hit, blasting a finish into the top corner, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead in the 51st. The home side would respond in the 68th minute when Andrew Fox’s centering pass was buried by Alberto Sanchez but Energy FC put the game on ice just two minutes later when a flip throw from Michael Harris found Greig’s head who nodded home for his second of the match, giving the visitors a 3-1 victory. The win sets up an all-Oklahoma matchup, as Energy FC will visit Tulsa Roughnecks on May 27. 

Game #15: Austin Aztex (USL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 1 – 8 p.m. CT
Austin Aztex defeated Laredo Heat 2-0 behind goals from Andres Cuero and Brian Fekete. Austin got on the board in the first half when Cuero converted a pass from Michael Gunderson in the 29th minute. In the 68th minute Trevin Caesar set up Fekete to put the result out of reach. Next week Austin meets San Antonio Scorpions in a Texas matchup USL vs. NASL.

Game #16: Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 2, Harpo’s FC (Colo.; USSSA) 1
The clock struck midnight on Harpo’s FC Wednesday, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks ending the club’s cinderella run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game started poorly for Harpo’s with Martin Maybin scoring on the first chance of the game with a first minute header for Switchbacks. Harpo’s regained their composure but Maybin doubled the lead in the 35th minute after an assist from Davy Armstrong. After the break Harpo’s pulled a goal back through a header and from there threw caution to the wind. They peppered the Switchbacks goal with chance after chance but time ran out on the amateur team from Boulder.

Game #17: OC Blues (USL) 1, PSA Elite (Calif; USASA) 2
PSA Elite are doing their best to match their impressive 2014 Fourth Round run, advancing to the Third Round Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over USL’s OC Blues. The USASA side took a 1-0 lead when Michael Salazar nodded home a cross in the 19th minute. On the other side of halftime, Mats Bjurman scored his second of the tournament, finishing a one-on-one opportunity in the 61st minute. OC Blues began to push and saw a glimmer of hope when PSA Elite’s Jamel Wallace was shown red for a foul in the 82nd minute. Playing up a man, the Blues would pull one back through Tyler Feeney in stoppage time, but it wasn’t enough as PSA Elite ran out 2-1 winners. The USASA side now moves on to a Third Round date at fellow giant killers Ventura County Fusion on May 27.

Game #18: Arizona United SC (USL) 0, Chula Vista FC (USASA) 3
Returning to Arizona for the second straight week, the USASA’s Chula Vista FC came out attacking for another upset. The side would find the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute when the ball squeaked through the Arizona United backline where Alberto Diaz ran on to the end, rounded ‘keeper Carl Woszczynski and buried into the empty net. Chula Vista would increase their upset bid when Angel Pinal pounced on a ball at the back post and finished from close range in the 50th minute. Diaz would bag his second and finish off the USL side when he curled home an effort from the top of the box in the 72nd minute, giving Chula Vista an emphatic 3-0 victory. With the win, the USASA side advances to a Third Round date at USL’s Sacramento Republic on May 27.

Game #19: LA Galaxy II (USL) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2
LA Galaxy II may have been the professional side playing at home, but it was Ventura County Fusion that found first blood when Matthew Lagrassa fired a shot from the top of the box over the head of LA ‘keeper Nicholas Shackelford in the 30th minute. The Galaxy applied pressure and would respond just before halftime when Adonis Amaya was tripped up by Fusion goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Ariel Lassiter finished the spot kick to equalize before the break. After trading blows in the second half, the match looked like it would head to extra time, but the Fusion found a stoppage time winner from Abu Danladi. The win means the Fusion return home to host fellow giant killers PSA Elite in Third Round play on May 27.

Game #20: Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 4, Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 2
Sacramento Republic FC and Sonoma County Sol treated a record crowd to an Open Cup thriller in California’s capital Wednesday night. 10,386 fans went home happy as Sacramento prevailed 4-2, but not without a serious threat of burn by the Sol. The hosts got the best possible start when Tommy Stewart cleaned up a rebound in the 9th minute off a shot from distance. Gabe Gonzalez doubled the lead three minutes later but Omar Nuno brought the visitors back in the game when he scored a contender for goal of the round, crushing a 20-yard drive into the top corner in the 26th minute. Stewart completed his hat trick with goals in the 43rd the 61st minutes but the sun would not set on the Sol. Nuno notched a 73rd minute goal before a penalty call gave the visitors a gleaming opportunity. But Taylor Varnadore hit the post and from there Republic was able to see out the game. The attendance of 10,386 at Bonney Field was an Open Cup Second Round record, breaking the previous record of 9,339 set by the Columbus Crew in 2001.

Game #21: Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 (USL) 4
With hopes in following in their parent club’s Open Cup successes, Sounders FC 2 made their first appearance in the competition Wednesday night, striking first blood in the 26th minute as Qudus Lawal headed for Victor Mansaray who made it 1-0. Sounders FC 2 looked to be cruising to victory as Lawal laid off a pass from Nathaniel Tongovula, allowing Pablo Rossi a wide open finish in the 45th minute. Kitsap wouldn’t lay down after the break and pulled a goal back when Mike Ramos smashed an effort of the underside of the cross bar and in to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute. The visitors continued to push for an equalizer and brought the drama when Ramos found the back of the net again in second half stoppage time, pushing the game to extra time. Just three minutes in Sounders FC 2 found their feet again when Pablo Rossi converted a direct free kick from just outside the box and Andy Craven put the game on ice just before the final whistle to finish the scoring at 4-2. The win sets up a Third Round home date with Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers FC 2 on May 27 in Tukwila, Wash.

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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