U.S. Soccer

Rubin Winner Fires U-20 MNT Past Fluminense in Double Overtime

DALLAS, Texas (April 18, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s 102nd-minute goal lifted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to a dramatic 3-2 double-overtime win against Brazilian side Fulminense in the semifinals of the 2014 Dallas Cup.

The U-20 MNT, which has won all four of its tournament matches, will face fellow Bracket C qualifiers River Plate in Sunday’s final after the Argentine club defeated Coritiba of Brazil 2-0 in the day’s first Super Group semifinal. The final, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl, will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Deportes and on local radio via ESPN Deportes Dallas.

The winning goal was Rubin’s second strike in the match as well as his second consecutive match-winner; he delivered the game’s only goal in the U-20 MNT’s 1-0 win against UANL Tigres that secured the Americans’ advancement as winners of Bracket C. Between Rubin’s brace and Fluminense’s comeback, Ben Spencer also scored, giving him three goals in the tournament and tying him with Rubin atop the U-20 MNT’s tournament scoring chart.

The U-20 MNT began the game with a quick-fire double before 20 minutes had elapsed. First, Rubin opened the scoring in the 14th minute, tucking home an assist from Zach Pfeffer, before Spencer found the back of the net four minutes later with a headed shot from a Romain Gall free kick.

Fluminense cut into the Americans’ lead before the break, climbing within a goal at 2-1.

From there, the match quickly turned against the U.S. as center back Erik Palmer-Brown received a second yellow card just three minutes after halftime, forcing the U-20s to contend the rest of the match with only 10 men.

With regulation set to expire, Fluminense grabbed an equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

In the first 10-minute overtime period with the match poised at 2-2, U.S. forward Jordan Allen nearly grabbed the go-ahead goal, but his effort struck the post. Minutes later, the U.S. found itself back on even footing when Fluminense defender Derlan Bento was sent off after also receiving a second yellow card.

Two minutes after the overtime break, Allen won the U-20 MNT a penalty kick.  Rubin took the PK attempt and scored by collecting the rebound from his initial penalty kick attempt that was saved by Fluminense goalkeeper Matheus Phillipe Gomes and coolly depositing it in the back of the net.

The U-20 MNT wasn’t over the line just yet, and needed goalkeeper Santiago Castano to deny a River Plate breakaway with three minutes remaining to hang on for the win.

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Fluminense FC
Date: April 18, 2014
Competition: Dallas Cup
Venue: Cotton Bowl
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1        2      OT1      OT2        F
USA                                  2        0        0           1            3
FLU                                  1        1        0           0            2 

USA - Rubio Rubin (Zach Pfeffer)                                               14th minute
USA - Ben Spencer (Romain Gall)                                              18
FLU - Euller Rodrigues (Magdiel Pessata do Nasciment)             43
FLU - Euller Rodrigues                                                                90+3
USA - Rubio Rubin                                                                     101 

Lineups:
USA:
12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr., 13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 16-Lynden Gooch (capt.), 10-Romain Gall (21-Jesus Vazquez, 59), 11-Rubio Rubin, 9-Ben Spencer (20-Benji Lopez, 71; 14-Amando Moreno, 90+4), 24-Zach Pfeffer (23-Jordan Allen, 58)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 18-Trevor Haberkorn

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

FLU: 1-Matheus Phillipe Gomes; 14-Thiago Moreira, 3-Wendell Pereira, 4-Derlan Bento, 6-Ailton Silva; 5-Wallace Felix (17-Pedro Leao Polaz, 70), 8-Ikaro Mychell Maia, 16-Keven Alex da Costa (18-Danillo dos Santos, 59), 15-Magdiel Pessata do Nasciment (10-Rafael Marcos Neto, 81; 13-Walney Viera, 90+4); 7-Matheus Alessandro Pereira (2-Mirko Di Perro, 101), 11-Euller Rodrigues
Subs Not Used: 12-Lucas Andrade

Head Coach: Marcelo Veiga
                                                                                                               

Stats Summary: USA / FLU
Shots: 9 / 22
Shots on Goal: 6 / 13
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 24 / 15
Offside:  0 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution)                           23
FLU - Derlan Bento (caution)                                       40
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution)                           48
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (sent off)                          48
USA - Zach Pfeffer (caution)                                       58
USA - Benji Lopez (caution)                                         72
FLU - Derlan Bento (caution)                                       96
FLU - Derlan Bento (sent off)                                      96
USA - Jordan Allen (caution)                                       109

Officials:
Referee: Sasha Amhof
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron

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U-20 MNT YNT Apr 18, 2014

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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WNT May 25, 2017
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