CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Mexico on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The match will be the second of two games against Mexico as the teams will also play on Sept. 13 at a venue to be determined.
The USA’s fourth visit to Sahlen’s Stadium (and sixth overall match in Rochester) will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
The game in Rochester will be the final warm-up for both teams before the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to be held in the United States in Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in Canada, while the fourth-place team will enter a two-game playoff against a team from South America.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Starting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. ET, tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester area (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen’s Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. (TICKETS)
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
WNT Highlights at Rochester:
- The two matches against Mexico will be the 29th and 30th between the countries.
- Mexico will be attempting to qualify for its third Women’s World Cup after participating in 1999 and 2011.
- The USA holds an all-time record of 26-1-1 against Mexico, with the one loss coming famously during the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Cancun, Mexico, that forced the USA into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- The U.S. WNT has strong connections to Rochester as it is the hometown of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach and the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goal (Hamm’s came at Frontier Field before the new venue was built).
- Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the Western New York Flash.
- The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester – three at Sahlen’s Stadium and two at Frontier Field.
U.S. Soccer referees converged on the National Training Center in Carson, California, in mid-July for two highly competitive events: the 2014 NTC Invitational and the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships.
The National Training Center Invitational was a four-team event over a five-day stretch (July 14-18) that featured the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, which went on to win the tournament, runner-up Australia, Costa Rica and Bermuda.
In conjunction with this event was the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships, which included four semifinal games (two at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups) on July 17 and two championship matches on July 19 that resulted in the LA Galaxy winning at the U-15/16s and New Jersey-based Players Development Academy earning the U-17/18 national crown.
Naturally, having the opportunity to officiate high-profile internationally- and nationally-based matches proved to be a valuable platform for the referees on hand at the NTC and StubHub Center.
“The NTC Invitational and Academy Championships served as a great environment and experience for some of the best up-and-coming referees,” said Herb Silva, U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training. “Along with the matches themselves, those went hand-in-hand with the itinerary on site, where we covered everything from positioning and foul identification, to evaluation, to player and game management and many other instructional elements.”
With the events overlapping at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center fields and StubHub Center, referee trainings were combined into one group. National assessments and video breakdown occurred for all games and the group as a whole reviewed their performances.
The base of officials included four referees and five assistant referees working the U-20 matches, and they were chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events. The officials who worked the Academy Championships included eight referees and eight assistant referees. They were selected based on their performances at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs and the U-13/14 Academy Showcase, both of which took place in June at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
U.S. Soccer’s technical staff included Silva, Rick Eddy, Sandy Hunt, Craig Lowry, Joe Machnik, George Noujaim and Don Wilbur.
The busy summer slate of soccer recently included a nearly 100-referee corps working at the US Youth Soccer National Championships from July 20-28 in Germantown, Maryland, and another group of officials participating in the US Adult Soccer National Cup Finals from July 25-27 in Sandy, Utah.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships showcased 96 of the country’s top referees at the youth level. Just like teams who compete at the state and regional levels, referees compete for one of the coveted spots to officiate at the National Championships. Once there, referees’ performances are factored into the assignment for one of the 14 championship matches among the various age groups.
“The event serves as a great stepping stone for many referees who are preparing to upgrade to National Referees or National Candidates,” said Jonathan Meersman, Region II Referee Director. “Many of the games are assessed or observed by mentors or members of the US Youth Soccer Referee Committee, and the feedback is used to help in the championship game assignment process.”
This year, there were two returners from 2013 who successfully completed the requirements to upgrade to National Referee for 2014. There were also five National Candidates who officiated at the event.
The U.S. Soccer support staff at the US Youth Soccer National Championships included Holly Hollingsworth, Sandy Hunt, David McKee, Karen Pritchett, Kermit Quisenberry, Bryan Roslund, Don Torrenti and Don Wilbur.
At the USASA Men’s National Cup, the tournament has three divisions of competition – Amateur, Open and Over-30. In the Open division, regional champions advance to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Two officials from each region were selected by a USASA regional committee based on their regional performances. Assistant referees were selected by U.S. Soccer based on chosen based on their exceptional performances at various 2014 identification events.
“The technical support provided in this event was outstanding,” USASA Referee Chair Angelo Bratsis said. “Everyone worked hard and the officials showed the tools they need to get to the next level. The field exercises and classroom seasons built camaraderie and support. The confidence level of the referees and the skilled ARs allow for everyone to succeed in that setting.”
“We enjoy the continuous support of U.S. Soccer at USASA events, and the Academy events have also given us the support needed to make this the high-quality event it always strives to be,” USASA President John Motta said.
NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.
After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.
With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.
Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
Norway 2 2 4
NOR John Saeter 9th minute
NOR Andreas Helmersen 20
USA Elijah Rice 45
NOR Marcus Stensby 60
NOR John Saeter 79
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams
NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar 72nd minute (caution)
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**