U.S. Soccer

U-20 MNT Downs Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 at Dallas Cup

DALLAS, Texas (April 14, 2014) – Forward Zach Pfeffer sparked the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team to its second win in as many days at the 35th Dallas Cup by scoring one goal and assisting another in the American’s 3-0 win against German side Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday at Richland College.

The U-20 MNT (2-0-0, 6pts) heads Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group, followed by Club Athletico River Plate (1-1-0, 3pts), UANL Tigres (0-1-1, 1pt) and Eintrach Frankfurt (0-1-1, 1pt). The three Bracket winners advance to the tournament semi-finals and will be joined by a second-placed wild card team with the most points after round robin play. In the event of a tie, the team with the greater amount of goals scored advances.

Pfeffer put the U-20 MNT in the driver’s seat by setting up and scoring a goal in a five-minute window that overlapped the halftime break. He first set up the opening goal for Benji Lopez by dribbling into the Frankfurt box and cutting a pass back for his fellow forward to lash home in the 43rd minute.

Lopez was then integral to the build-up of Pfeffer’s strike in the 48th minute, crossing the ball in for Lynden Gooch to put a shot on goal that was blocked by Frankfurt goalkeeper Julian Bibleka, and Pfeffer was on site to stab the rebound into the net for a 2-0 U.S. lead.

The U-20 MNT grabbed a final late tally in the 87th minute through substitute Romain Gall, who headed in a Paul Arriola cross after he picked the pocket of a Frankfurt defender deep in the German club’s defensive half.

The U-20 MNT finishes Bracket C play against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Date:
April 14, 2014
Competition:
Dallas Cup
Venue:
Richland College Field #10
Kickoff:
4:00 p.m. CT
Weather:
60 degrees, windy

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

USA – Benji Lopez (Zach Pfeffer)           43rd minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer                                  48
USA – Romain Gall (Paul Arriola)          87

Lineups:
USA:
12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaquell Moore (6-Kellyn Acosta, 46), 13-Erik Palmer Brown, 18-Trevor Haberkorn, 15-John Requejo Jr., 16-Lynden Gooch (11-Rubio Rubin, 56), 17-Luis Felipe (23-Jordan Allen, 76), 14-Amando Moreno, (10-Romain Gall), 7-Paul Arriola, 20-Benji Lopez, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 9-Ben Spencer

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

EIN: 22-Julian Bibleka; 2-Marco Meyerhoefer, 5-Ozgur Ozdemir, 13-Moussa Ouattara, 3-Niclas Mohr, 6-Hermann Dorner, 7-Eray Eren, 8-Illia Azouaghi, 10-Joel Gerezgiher, 18-Raffael Grigorian (20-Clay Verkaj, 17), 11-Marvin Helm
Subs Not Used: 1-Yannick Zummack, 4-Viktor Talevski, 9-Noah Michel, 12-Yannick Wolf, 14-Miklas Kunzel, 15-David Roesler, 16-Manuel Konate Lueken, 17-Loris Weiss, 19-Fabian Lifka, 21-Dominik Reining
Head Coach: Daniyel Cimen

Stats Summary: USA / EIN
Shots: 12 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside:  2 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
EIN – Clay Verkaj                       Caution             57th minute
USA – Benji Lopez                     Caution             77
USA – Amando Moreno             Caution             70
EIN – Julian Bibleka                   Caution             84
USA – Erik Palmer-Brown         Caution             90+4

Officials:
n/a

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Ellis Convoca a 21 Jugadoras para Partidos en Suecia y Noruega

CHICAGO (25 mayo, 2017) – La directora técnica de Estados Unidos Jill Ellis convocó a 21 jugadoras para el viaje a Escandinavia que incluye un partido contra Suecia el 8 de junio en Gamla Ullevi Stadium en Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET en ESPN2 y UDN) y contra Noruega el 11 de junio en Komplett Arena en Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET en FOX), ubicado en la costa sureste a unas 75 millas al sur de Oslo. Ellis nombrará una nómina de 18 jugadoras para cada partido.

VIEJOS CONOCIDOS
El partido contra Suecia será el primer encuentro entre los dos equipos desde los cuartos de final de los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 en un partido que vio a Suecia avanzar en tiros penales después de un empate de 1-1 en tiempo reglamentario y tiempos extra. Gamla Ullevi alberga a más de 18,000 aficionados y es considerado el estadio nacional de la Selección Femenina de Suecia.

El partido contra Noruega marcará el 50vo encuentro entre las históricas rivales quienes combinaron para ganar los primeros cinco campeonatos femeninos de la FIFA. Komplett Arena tiene una capacidad de 6,500 espectadores.

DIJO ELLIS
"He disfrutado ver los partidos de la liga, pero será magnífico reunir a las jugadoras," dijo Ellis. "Será un viaje corto contra dos equipos muy buenos en su última etapa de preparación para la Euro Copa, así que me emociona ver como respondemos a estos dos rivales de calidad."

USA vs. SUECIA
Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Suecia 37 veces desde 1987 y tiene un registro de 20-6-11 contra las suecas. Solamente RP China (13 empates) ha empatado contra EE.UU. la misma cantidad de veces que Suecia. En los últimos 12 partidos contra Suecia desde 2010, EE.UU. tiene un registro de 4-3-5, haciendo de la rivalidad una de las más competitivas.

USA vs. NORUEGA
Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Noruega en 49 ocasiones – datando desde 1987 – más que ningún otro rival además de Canadá y RP China. EE.UU. tiene un registro de 28-19-2 contra Noruega. Las 19 victorias para Noruega son la mayor cantidad para un rival de EE.UU.; sin embargo, la U.S. WNT tiene una racha de cinco partidos sin perder contra Noruega. La victoria más reciente para Noruega fue en el primer partido de los Juegos Olímpicos 2008, una victoria de 2-0 en Qinhuangdao, China.

AMISTOSOS EN EUROPA
Estos serán los primeros partidos amistosos en Europa para EE.UU. desde febrero del 2015 (EE.UU. ganó la Copa Algarve en marzo de ese año en Portugal), cuando enfrentó a Francia el Lorient (una derrota de 2-0) y a Inglaterra en Milton Keynes (una victoria de 1-0). Anteriormente, EE.UU. había jugado partidos amistosos en Europa contra Alemania (un empate de 3-3) y Países Bajos (una victoria de 3-1) en abril del 2013. La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. hizo una gira similar en el verano del 2008, pero jugó primero contra Noruega, una victoria de 4-0 en Fredrikstad, antes de ir a Skelleftea para la victoria de 1-0.

Nómina de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. Por Posición - Gira de Escandinavia 2017
ARQUERAS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)
DEFENSAS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
DELANTERAS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

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Espanol May 25, 2017

GALLERY: Jill Ellis Calls 21 Players for WNT June Friendlies in Scandinavia

Photos of the 21 U.S. Women's National Team players called to travel to Scandinavia for matches against Sweden on June 8 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN) and against Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX), which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. Head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster for each of the matches.

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WNT May 25, 2017

Ellis Ready for Top Competition in Adverse Conditions

In two weeks, the U.S. Women’s National Team will come together for the first time since early April when its two-game tour of Scandinavia gets underway. The USA will square off against two of the best teams in the world when it takes on Sweden on June 8 in Gothenburg and Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord. Today, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 21 players for the trip.

In the last six weeks, Ellis has had time to evaluate and observe players both home and abroad and has brought together a group that is performing well and ready to take on the test of playing overseas.

“These are going to be some really good games that will challenge us this year,” Ellis said. “Our goal is to continuously play top-10 teams and the games against Sweden and Norway are just that. It’ll be exciting to see what we face on the road, and for some players this will be their first time going to Europe or going on the road in tough conditions. It will be different but it’s important, and it’s just what we need to face to get better.”

The domestically-based WNT players have all been with their clubs since the start of the NWSL season. The league will enter the seventh of its 20-week schedule this weekend and a few players have already stood out for Ellis, including Samantha Mewis, who has played every minute of every game for North Carolina so far while adding a goal, and Rose Lavelle, who has added an assist and scored two goals while starting every game in her rookie NWSL season.

“Right now, I’m really happy with our young players in the league. Sam [Mewis] and Rose [Lavelle] are looking good. They have scored goals and are playing well. Mallory [Pugh] has obviously just made her NWSL debut which is exciting. Seeing these young players compete every weekend is crucial and now to take them into a hostile environment, it will be invaluable.”

The last time the U.S. women played a pair of friendlies abroad was in 2015 when they faced France (a 2-0 loss) on Feb. 8 in Lorient and England (a 1-0 win) on Feb. 13. Of the 21 players named to Ellis’ roster for this year’s games, 10 were part of the roster for the 2015 matches. Those not part of the squad were Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, Abby Dahlkemper, Casey Short, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Abby Smith, Allie Long and Jaelene Hinkle. For Dahlkemper, Short, Lavelle, Smith and Hinkle, this will be their first trip abroad with the senior WNT.

Returning to the roster for the Europe friendlies is Leroux, who was last in with the team in January Camp of 2016 but then missed the entire year due to pregnancy and the birth of her son. She has been back on the field as a starter for FC Kansas City since Week 1 of the 2017 NWSL season. Leroux has 75 caps with the WNT and 35 goals.

Also, back for the first time since 2016 are North Carolina Courage teammates Abby Dahlkemper and Jaelene Hinkle. Dahlkemper and Hinkle have helped the Courage to a 4-2-0 record so far this season, allowing only one goal through the first four weeks of the year. The only other newcomer is Boston Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith who erns her first call-up to the National Team. Smith currently ranks fifth in the NWSL with 22 saves, helping Boston to a 2-2-2 record.

The U.S. will face Sweden on June 8 (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN), followed by Norway on June 11 (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

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WNT May 25, 2017

Ellis Names 21-Player Roster for Matches in Sweden and Norway

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 21 players to travel to Scandinavia for matches against Sweden on June 8 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN) and against Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX), which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster for each of the matches.

OLD RIVALS
The match against Sweden will mark the first meeting between the teams since the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics, which saw Sweden triumph in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime. Gamla Ullevi seats just over 18,000 fans and is known as the national stadium for the Sweden Women’s National Team. 

The match against Norway will be the 50th meeting between the historic rivals who combined to win the first five FIFA world championships for women. Komplett Arena seats about 6,500 fans.

SAID ELLIS:
"I have enjoyed watching the league games, but it will be great to get the players back together," Ellis said. "This will be a quick trip against two very good teams in final preparations for the Euros, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond to these two quality opponents." 

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position – Scandinavia Tour 2017
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) 

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