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Schedule Set for 2015 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015 Nike International Friendlies and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from Dec. 2-7.

During the competition, the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team (’00) will take on teams from Brazil, England and the Netherlands. The U-15 BNT and its opponents consist of players born in the year 2000 or after, who will aim to represent their countries at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Led by head coach John Hackworth, the USA’s roster for the tournament will be released in the coming days. 

The tournament will feature three doubleheaders, with the USA playing in the later game of each match day. The U.S. is set to play England on Dec. 2, the Netherlands on Dec. 4 and will round out the competition against Brazil on Dec. 6.

All matches will be streamed on and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page with Mike Pepper again providing commentary for a third year running. The first game of each match day will kick-off at 3 p.m. ET with the USA game following at 6 p.m. ET.

The Academy Winter Showcase will again simultaneously take place alongside the Nike Friendlies. The U-17/18 teams of BW Gottschee and Chargers Soccer Club will compete on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. ET, and the Philadelphia Union U-15/16 will play against LA Galaxy U-15/16 on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

The Nike Friendlies began in 2001 to provide top-level competition for men’s Youth National Teams, and has become a premier annual event for youth soccer. In 2008, U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy joined for the Winter Showcase, allowing the U.S. Scouting Network to evaluate players from across the country at different age levels.

2015 Nike International Friendlies and DA Winter Showcase Viewing Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Netherlands vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 3
BW Gottschee U-17/18 vs. Chargers Soccer Club U-17/18, 3 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 4
Brazil vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA s. Netherlands, 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 5
Philadelphia Union U-15/16 vs. LA Galaxy U-15/16, 3 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 6
England vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. ET

WNT Brings 28-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2015 Victory Tour

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will conclude their Victory Tour with four matches in December. The WNT will take on Trinidad &Tobago on Dec. 6 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu (3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO) and Dec. 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), before finishing one of the most successful years in program history with matches against China PR on Dec. 13 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (5 p.m. MT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), and Dec. 16 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO).

The match in New Orleans will be the final game for retiring U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who is the world’s all-time leading international scorer with 184 career goals in 252 caps.

“It has been a fantastic and thrilling year and we are looking forward to ending it on a high note, and especially honoring Abby and her legendary career in New Orleans,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “T&T and China are very competitive teams and once again we’ll look to these games to continue the process of preparing for Olympic Qualifying, especially now that we know our path during the qualifying tournament in February.”

With the retirements of Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny, who all played their final WNT matches in October, twenty players from the Women’s World Cup roster will be at all the venues. Ellis has once again added 2015 NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn to the roster. Dunn has scored three goals and added three assists for the USA while starting the last four matches of the Victory Tour.

Ellis has also called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches.

Tickets for all of the December matches are on sale at

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • Of the eight players named to the roster who were not members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team, two are getting their first call-ups: Danielle Colaprico, the NWSL Rookie of the Year and a midfielder from the Chicago Red Stars, and Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder at Wisconsin, who was one of the top players for the USA at the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Colaprico is 22 years-old and Lavelle is 20.
  • In addition, Ellis gave second call-ups to defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett, as well as forward Stephanie McCaffrey, all of whom are 22 years old and earned their first caps in October in matches against Brazil. McCaffrey also scored her first international goal, bagging the fourth and final score in stoppage time of the 4-1 win against the Brazilians on Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Should the University of Virginia advance to the NCAA College Cup, Sonnett, who is a senior for the Cavaliers, would not join the U.S. squad until the match in San Antonio.
  • Rounding out the younger players on the roster are forward Lindsey Horan, who is currently playing in France for Paris Saint-Germain and earned her third cap on October 25 vs. Brazil, and Western New York midfielder Samantha Mewis, who earned her fourth cap against Brazil on Oct. 21. The 21-year-old Horan will not be with the team in Hawaii due to club commitments, but will join the squad for the final three games.
  • The match in Honolulu on the island of Oahu marks the first trip for the U.S. Women to the 50th state and the first international match hosted by U.S. Soccer in Hawaii.
  • It will also be only the second soccer match between national teams staged at Aloha Stadium. The Philippines defeated Chinese Taipei 1-0 at the venue in 1976 in a match that was a part of a triple-header that also featured the Hawaii All-Stars against the San Diego Jaws (which played one season in the NASL) and the New York Cosmos against Team Honda from Japan, a match that featured four goals from Pelé.
  • Hawaii will be the 32nd U.S. state (not including the District of Columbia) in which the American women have played since the program’s inception in 1985.
  • The U.S. WNT has played T&T eight times in its history, most recently a 1-0 victory during group play of the qualifying tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Abby Wambach’s goal in the 54th minute was the difference. Five of the eight games have been in CONCACAF qualifying competitions.
  • The U.S. Women have played 12 matches all-time in the state of Texas, including two visits to San Antonio. The USA played at the Alamodome in October of 2013, a 4-0 victory against Australia. The USA also played a pre-Olympic warm-up match in San Antonio in 1996 at Blossom Field, a 3-0 win vs. Sweden.
  • The USA will be making its third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, after playing there in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland).
  • The match in Glendale marks a homecoming for U.S. defender Julie Johnston, who was named to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. She hails from nearby Mesa, Ariz.
  • China has been one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 54 times, more than any country besides Canada.
  • Since 1991 - a span of 24 years - the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only five times.
  • The USA is 33-8-13 all-time vs. China.
  • The USA’s most recent meeting with China came in the quarterfinal at the 2015 Women’s World Cup – a 1-0 win by the USA in Ottawa, Canada, on a goal from Carli Lloyd.
  • The U.S. Women have played in New Orleans just once before. That match took place in 2003 at Tad Gormley Stadium. This one will be the first for the U.S. Women at the famed Superdome, home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.




MNT to Play FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Columbus Against Guatemala in March

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, to play its second home match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on March 29 against Guatemala. 

The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and UniMas. Ticketing information will be provided at a later date.

Home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC, few venues have provided as much of a home-field advantage as MAPFRE Stadium. Since first opening in 1999, the MNT has gone 7-0-3 all-time and 6-0-2 in eight World Cup Qualifying matches at the venue. Most notably, the site has played host to four straight World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico, each finishing with the famous “Dos a Cero” score line.

The match will occur four days after the U.S. plays their third game of the Semifinal Round against Guatemala at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. The U.S. is 15-4-6 all-time against Guatemala, with a 13-0-1 record on home soil and 7-0-5 mark against the Chapines in World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. will enter the match with a 25-game unbeaten streak against Guatemala dating back to 1988, which is the longest run the MNT currently has against any opponent worldwide.

The U.S. began the six-match Semifinal Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a 6-1 victory against St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Nov. 13 in St. Louis, followed by a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain on Nov. 17. 

Schedule Set for 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The schedule for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship has been set after the Final Draw held in Miami today and the U.S. Women’s National Team will open its Group A play against Costa Rica on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The two venues for the competition are BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the Houston Dash of the NWSL and the Houston Dynamo of MLS, and Toyota Stadium, located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco and home to FC Dallas of MLS.

The round-robin stage of the tournament will be conducted with three doubleheaders in each group. Group A will play doubleheaders at Toyota Stadium on Feb. 10, 13 and 15 and Group B – which features Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana – will play doubleheaders at BBVA Compass Stadium on Feb. 11, 14 and 16. The all-important semifinal matches will be on Feb. 19 in Houston, with the winners qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The championship game on Feb. 21 will also be in Houston.

After opening against Costa Rica, the USA will then face Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 13 (3 p.m. CT) and finish group play against Puerto Rico on Monday, Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m. CT).

“It’s great for CONCACAF that we’ve got new participants in the qualifying and it bodes well for our region that other countries are developing the women’s game,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “In our group, we’ve got two very familiar opponents in Costa Rica and Mexico and we’ll have to be well-prepared as they are both coming off World Cup runs and have experienced teams.”

Ticket and TV information will be released at a later date.

The U.S. will attempt to qualify for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games and win the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying event for the fourth consecutive time. In 2012, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, B.C. (on the same field where it would win the Women’s World Cup three years later) and then went on to win the gold medal in London.

In 2008, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and went on to win gold in Beijing. In 2004, the U.S. won the tournament in Costa Rica and went on to win gold in Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Four teams have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: Brazil and Colombia from South America, and France and Germany from Europe by virtue of their finish at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Two teams will qualify from CONCACAF, Africa and Asia and one more will qualify from Europe after a mini-tournament in March featuring Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. New Zealand is the likely qualifier from Oceania.

The USA has played Costa Rica 10 times in its history, seven of those meetings coming in CONCACAF Qualifying competitions and three in Olympic qualifiers. The most recent meeting in Olympic qualifying came in January of 2012 as the USA defeated Costa Rica, 3-0, in the semifinal of the tournament to qualify for the London Olympics. The USA has never lost to Costa Rica.

The USA and Mexico have met 33 times, four of those coming in Olympic qualifying tournaments. At 2012 Olympic qualifying the USA prevailed 4-0 during group play as Carli Lloyd scored her first career hat trick. The USA is 31-1-1 all-time against Mexico. The U.S. Women have never before faced Puerto Rico, which will be participating in its first women’s CONCACAF qualifying tournament at the senior level.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will hold a training camp in January at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from which she will pick her 20-player Olympic qualifying roster. 

2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
Frisco, Texas – Toyota Stadium
Houston, Texas – BBVA Compass Stadium
Times U.S. Central (U.S. Eastern in parentheses) 

Group A: USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica
Group B: Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 (Frisco)
Puerto Rico vs. Mexico                                   5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Costa Rica                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.) 

Thursday, Feb. 11 (Houston)
Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago                  5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guyana                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 13 (Frisco)
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico                              12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
USA vs. Mexico                                                  3 p.m. (4 p.m.) 

Sunday, Feb. 14 (Houston)
Guyana vs. Guatemala                                     12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
Trinidad vs. Canada                                          3 p.m. (4 p.m.)

Monday, Feb. 15 (Frisco)
Mexico vs. Costa Rica                                       5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Puerto Rico                                           7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Feb. 16 (Houston)
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana                         5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guatemala                                      7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)


Friday, Feb. 19 (Houston)
Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up          4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.)
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up          7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)


Sunday, Feb. 21 (Houston)
Semifinal winners                                            4 p.m. (5 p.m.)


Eight Teams Advance in 2016 Open Cup Second Round Qualifying

CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – The Second Qualifying Round for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup concluded with eight matches this past weekend. Harpo’s FC (Colo.) and San Francisco City Football Club – both participants in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – took one more step towards the 2016 tournament, while past giant-killers Cal FC and Chula Vista FC fell at the second hurdle.

In one of three matches played on Saturday, Nov. 21, renowned amateur side Cal FC, who defeated Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, fell 2-1 to LA Wolves FC at Toyota Sports Complex in Torrance, California. Alberto Anguiano’s 63rd minute strike wasn’t enough to erase 15th and 25th minute goals from Wolves’ Samuel Higgins.

Chula Vista FC, who went on a Cinderella run of their own in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, were also dispatched from the tournament, falling 4-0 to La Maquina (Calif.) Saturday at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. Edwin Borboa’s brace (28th and 67th minutes) along with goals from Rodolofo Godinez Jr. (58th) and Jose Castro Perez (78th) pushed La Maquina into April’s Third Qualifying Round.

On Sunday, despite trailing 2-1 at halftime of their match with Davis Legacy (Calif.), San Francisco City FC ran out 4-3 winners at historic Kezar Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Davis Legacy received an own goal in the eighth minute, which City FC responded to with a goal from Reed Williams in the 14th. Davis restored their lead through Kevin Schulte in the 26th, taking the side into the locker room up 2-1. A 68th minute penalty-kick conversion from City FC’s Daniel Kirkland brought things level again. Legacy’s Andisheh Bagheri pulled the side ahead with a 79th minute strike, only for City FC’s Marc Tonkel to erase the lead one minute later. The goal would spur City FC on to victory as Johannes Demarzi found the game-winner five minutes later, putting the club on the doorstep of its second straight qualification to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Harpo’s FC used an early, sixth minute goal from Kyle Luetkehans to ride to a 3-1 victory against Colorado Rush at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Daniel Campbell would make it 2-0 for Harpo’s in the 36th minute, before Owen Darby pulled one back for the Rush in the 55th. Harpo’s Sawyer Frank put the game on ice with his finish in the 82nd.

The Third Qualifying Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is set for April 2-3. Twelve of the 14 Second Qualifying Round winners in closest proximity to each other will compete. The remaining two winners will be awarded the first two slots into the 2016 U.S. Open Cup from the Open Division local qualifying track and will be joined by the six victors from the Third Qualifying Round. The exact matchups for this round will be determined on Jan. 7, 2016.

The U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's national club championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. 

Second Qualifying Round                                                                                                                                                                  





Nov. 14

Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) at Worcester FC (Mass.)


Foley Stadium; Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 14

Jersey Shore Boca (N.J.) at New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)


Randall’s Island Wards Meadow Fields # 75; New York, N.Y.

Nov. 15

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) at Aromas Café FC (Va.)


Charlottesville High School; Charlotttesville, Va.

Nov. 15

Global Premier Soccer Omens (Mass.) at Southie FC (Mass.)


Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium; Lawrence, Mass.

Nov. 15

Salone FC (Pa.) at West Chester United (Pa.)


West Chester United SC Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.

Nov. 21

La Maquina (Calif.)  at Chula Vista FC (Calif.)


Eastlake High; Chula Vista, Calif.

Nov. 21

Queen City United FC (N.C.) at. CD Motagua of New Orleans (La.)


Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

Nov. 21

Cal FC (Calif.) at LA Wolves FC (Calif.)


Toyota Sports Complex Field 1; Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 22

Davis Legacy (Calif.) at San Francisco City Football Club (Calif.)


Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Nov. 22

Outbreak FC  (Calif.) at San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.)

2-2, 4-3 AET

Toyota Sports Complex Field 2; Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 22

Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) at Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.)

1-1 (5-4 PKs)

Broward College-South Campus; Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Nov. 22

Colorado Rush (Colo.) at Harpo’s FC (Colo.)


Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Field 8; Commerce City, Colo.

Nov. 22

San Nicolas FC (Calif.) at Real Sociedad (Calif.)


St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Bellflower, Calif.


International Portland Select (Ore.) at NTX Rayados (Texas)

0-1 (forfeit)

None (International Portland Select withdrew Nov. 10)

Third Qualifying Round: April 2-3, 2016

First Round: May 11, 2016