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 

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

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

U-15 BNT Advances to CONCACAF U-15 Championship Semifinals

The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team has finished first in Group B at the CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Check out more on the team’s undefeated three-match run to the knockout round:


The U.S. U-15 BNT used a brace from Gianluca Busio to top Canada in its first match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship.
Busio scored in back-to-back minutes to give the U.S. the victory over the Canucks, scoring in the 34th and 35th minute. The Sporting KC forward also notched three goals for the U-15’s earlier this year at the Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy.

2017 marks the second-ever CONCACAF U-15 Championship and the first time that the U.S. has participated. If the USA finishes first or second in Group B, the team will advance to the tournament semifinals next week.

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Canada
Date: August 13, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy
Kickoff: 11:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:  













USA – Gianluca Busio                         34th minute
USA – Gianluca Busio                         35

USA: 1-Damian Las (GK); 18-Joseph Scally (14-Sebastian Anderson, 67), 5-Mason Judge, 4-Axel Alejandre, 3-George Bello (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 62); 2-Peter Stroud, 10-Josh Atencio (13-Kenny Nielsen, 62), 17-Gilbert Fuentes (15-Cesar Garica, 55); 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt), (7-Daniel Mangarov, 55), 11-Gianluca Busio, 16-Julian Gaines (6-Adam Saldana, 62)
Subs not used: 12-JT Harms
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh

CAN: 1-Ivan Phelps; 12-Trivine Esprit, 4-Maxime Bourgeois, 15-Cameron Da Silva, 3-Deandre Kerr (2-Bradnon Phelps, 36); 8-Ralph Priso-Mbongue (17-Thomas Riviero, 51), 10-Sean Rea (9-Rafael Pinzon, 36), 14-Julian Accettola, 11-Jayden Nelson, 7-Jeremie Omeonga (13-Nicolas Desjardins, 58), 16-Malik Henry
Subs not used: 5-Nathan Demian, 6-Matthew Radivojsa, 18-Marc Kouadio
Head Coach: Paul Stalteri

Stats Summary: USA / Canada
Shots: 17/4
Shots on Goal: 10/1
Saves: 1/8
Corner Kicks: 5/0
Fouls: 4/6
Offsides: 1/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Axel Alejandre (caution) – 47th minute
Canada – Trivine Esprit (caution) – 70

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.


The U.S. U-15 BNT turned in a dominating performance to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 in its second group game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship. Gianluca Busio turned in his second brace, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez added two goals, and Giovanni Reyna and Cesar Garcia also netted for the USA.

The U.S. opened up the scoring in a fast and furious manner, as Reyna scored in the third minute and Ocampo Chavez earned his brace with goals in the fourth and eighth minute marks, giving the U.S. a 3-0 lead before the ten-minute mark. Busio added a goal before halftime to put the BNT up 4-0. A score from Garcia and another from Busio in the final minute, his fourth of the tournament, closed out the scoring for the U.S.

With the victory, the U.S. is firmly in place for a top-2 finish in the group, which would secure a berth in the semifinals on Thursday.

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: August 14, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy
Kickoff: 9:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:    





Trinidad & Tobago








USA – Giovanni Reyna                        3rd minute
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez          4
USA – Alfonso Ocampo Chavez          8
USA – Gianluca Busio                         39
USA – Cesar Garcia                             69
USA – Gianluca Busio                         70

USA: 1-Damian Las (GK) (12-JT Harms, 36); 14-Sebastian Anderson, 5-Mason Judge (4-Axel Alejandre, 36), 13-Kenny Nielsen, 3-George Bello (18-Joseph Scally, 42); 6-Adam Saldana (10-Josh Atencio, 60), 15-Cesar Garcia, 17-Gilbert Fuentes (16-Julian Gaines, 36); 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt) (11-Gianluca Busio, 36), 9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 7-Daniel Mangarov (2-Peter Stroud, 55)
Subs not used: None
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh

Trinidad & Tobago: 1-Jahiem Wickham; 9-Ezekiel Kesar (15-Adriel George, 42), 4-Antonio Chee Ting (5-Cephas ST Rose, 36, 3-Darian Bradshaw, 16-Marc Wharfe; 6-Jabari Lee (2-Randy Antoine, 50), 13-Zachary Welch, 11-Jayie Sheppard, 8-Josiah Allen; 10-Josiah Edwards (7-Jean-Heim MC Fee, 12), 17-Justin Araujo-Wilson
Subs not used: 12-Rhowen-Ewart-Williams, 14-Amaal Julien, 18-Kernel LA Fon
Head Coach: Russell Latapy

Stats Summary: USA/Trinidad & Tobago
Shots: 15/1
Shots on Goal: 9/1
Saves: 1/3
Corner Kicks: 2/0
Fouls: 3/9
Offsides: 6/1

Misconduct Summary:
Trinidad & Tobago – Cephas ST Rose (caution) – 38th minute

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.


The U.S. U-15 BNT secured first place in Group B of the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship with a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica. The USA suffered its first deficit of the tournament, but roared back with four straight goals to finish atop the group.

Costa Rica opened up the scoring as Geancarlo Castro netted in the eighth minute. Playing behind for the first time in the competition, the U.S. responded as Joseph Scally scored in the 20th minute to tie it up.

After the half, Julian Gaines netted the eventual game-winner in the 44th minute and Mason Judge added an insurance goal in the 51st. A Costa Rica own goal provided the fourth U.S. goal and a strong, +11, goal differential through the tournamant’s group stage.

After finishing the group stage with an undefeated record, the U.S. advances to Thursday’s semifinal, where the team will face Group A runner-up Panama at 11 a.m. on Univision Deportes.

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: August 16, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy
Kickoff: 11:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:  





Costa Rica








Costa Rica – Geancarlo Castro           8th minute
USA – Joseph Scally                           20
USA – Julian Gaines                              44
USA – Mason Judge                               51
USA – Own Goal                                   62

USA: 1-Damian Las (GK); 18-Joseph Scally (14-Sebastian Anderson, 55), 5-Mason Judge, 4-Axel Alejandre, 3-George Bello (13-Kenny Nielsen, 55); 10-Josh Atencio (2-Peter Stroud, 45), 15-Cesar Garcia (6-Adam Saldana, 45), 17-Gilbert Fuentes; 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt) (7-Daniel Mangarov, 55), 9-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (16-Julian Gaines, 36), 11-Gianluca Busio,
Subs not used: 12-JT Harms
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh

Costa Rica: 1-George Barrett; 2-Sergio Cespedes, 5-Fabian Alvarez, 4-Jose Tello (6-Mattew Bolanos, 47), 3-Emanuel Coronado (13-Carlos Navarro, 52); 12-Roan Wilson (9-Isaac Montero, 36), 11-Jordy Hernandez, 15-Kane Ujueta, 7-Geancarlo Castro (17-Bryan Morales, 52); 16-Dereck Valentine (10-Manfred Ugalde, 45), 14-Maikel Gonzalez (8-Tommy Munoz, 52)
Subs not used: 18-Kendall Chaves
Head Coach: Cristian Salomon

Stats Summary: USA/Costa Rica
Shots: 8/6
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Saves: 2/3
Corner Kicks: 6/3
Fouls: 8/6
Offsides: 6/1

Misconduct Summary:
Costa Rica – Fabian Alvarez (caution) – 26th minute
Costa Rica – George Barrett (caution) – 61
USA – Adam Saldana (caution) – 63
USA – Julian Gaines (caution) – 70
Costa Rica – Manfred Ugalde (red card) – 70

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.

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U-15 BNT Aug 16, 2017

PNT Draws Paralympic Champ Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Australia in World Championships

After competing in last summer’s Paralympics, the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team (PNT) is set to begin a new competition cycle at the IFPC CP Football World Championships in San Luis, Argentina, in September.

The tournament features a total of 16 teams, eight of which competed in Rio de Janeiro, dividing them into groups of four for the opening round. This month’s draw placed the PNT in Group D alongside Ukraine, the strongest side in 7-a-side Paralympic soccer, Northern Ireland and Australia.


The Ukrainians enter as reigning champions of the sport’s biggest competition (Paralympics) and current No. 1 team in the world. The European powerhouse has won or finished as runner-up in every Paralympics that they have entered. Its lowest recorded world ranking is No. 2.

Last year’s squad rolled through the Paralympics, winning every match with a plus-13 goal differential, never allowing more than one goal in a game, nor trailing. The Yellow-Blue was similarly dominant in a silver medal finish at the last World Championships in 2015, a stretch that featured a 16-0 rout of Japan and only two goals against over the course of the tournament.  Ukraine was the first country in the world to sponsor full-time residency for its CP soccer team, a key catalyst for the team’s incredible success.

The U.S. PNT saw the Ukrainians at a pre-Paralympic tournament last June in the Netherlands, falling 9-0 and 5-0 in the two matches. With a new-look U.S. team at its highest ranking yet, the PNT will look to battle for a result in Argentina.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a team on the brink of a breakout. Currently ranked No. 13 in the world, the Green and White Army seems poised to crack the top 10. Playing a physical style that’s complimented with technical ability, the team was the strongest No. 3 seed in the tournament draw and is coached by an experienced staff, including former Manchester United and Northern Ireland captain Mal Donaghy.

The team clinched its spot in the World Championships with a fifth-place finish at last summer’s Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark. Northern Ireland finished 14th at the 2015 World Championships and eighth at the last European Championships in 2014.

While the team doesn’t have a full-time residency, nearly the whole roster is located near Belfast, allowing for frequent training sessions with the entire squad. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp is very familiar with the Norn Iron, having served as head coach of the Scottish National CP Team from 2005-2011. He garnered results against Northern Ireland in his time in the United Kingdom, and he’ll look to continue that success in September. 


The Pararoos are flying high thanks to a brand-new sponsorship deal that will allow the team to train together full-time. Australian health company Zest Care announced a partnership with the squad last March, signaling an influx of resources to help the team better compete on the international stage. They’ve also instituted a nationwide regional structure to facilitate the program’s organization and reach.

Head coach Kai Lammert has been with the team since 2006 and in the top job since 2011. Hailing from Germany, Lammert has instilled an unpredictable style of play with a vicious counterattack. The Aussies qualified for the World Championships with a sixth-place finish at the Qualification Tournament. They are currently ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 3 in the Asia-Oceania region.

United States

The USA is currently ranked No. 6 in the world, its highest-ever ranking after an undefeated mark in four challenge matches this year. In a June series, the PNT took down Chile 6-0 and 10-0 in South America. Last month, the team played its first home matches since 2014 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida against Canada, a potential knockout round opponent at the World Championships, recording a hard-fought 2-2 draw and impressive 3-1 win.

After a seventh-place finish at the Paralympics, the U.S. has several fresh faces that have made a huge impact in this summer’s challenge matches. Leading the way looks to be Nick Mayhugh, a Division I college player who has notched two multi-goal games in his first four international contests.

While a number of injuries mean that the Americans will enter the tournament at less than full strength, a primary goal is advancement from the group stage, guaranteeing a top-eight finish and a spot in the 2019 IFCPF World Cup in Pinto, Spain. 

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PNT Aug 16, 2017

Elm City Express Wins 2017 NPSL Championship

The Elm City Express of New Haven, Conn. claimed the 2017 NPSL Championship over the weekend with a 5-0 rout of Midland-Odessa FC (Midland, Texas) at Yale University’s Reese Stadium. In the team’s inaugural season, Elm City rode a dominant run through the Regional and National Playoffs to take home the NPSL title. The Express are the 15th team to win the league in its 15 years of existence.

The final was played before a crowd of over 3,000 – Elm City’s biggest of the season – and the Express gave the New Haven faithful a satisfying conclusion to the team’s remarkable postseason run. Elm City allowed only one goal in its four playoff victories, finishing with a goal differential of plus-13. The Express dropped just one match of its full 17-game 2017 campaign.

“It’s massive for us…We talked about going on a run and doing something special,” Elm City head coach and 2017 NPSL Coach of the Year, Teddy Haley said. “It started with the ownership group and the management group doing it the right way from the beginning, putting together a collection of players that bought into what we wanted to do and the vision of it. The team worked really hard to get better every week and stay together, grow together.”

Tavoy “The Bull” Morgan opened up the scoring for the Express, evading four Midland-Odessa defenders on a run before slotting one in towards the far post. Morgan added another score just before halftime to put the Express up 2-0. The game-winning brace earned him Man of the Match honors, another accolade on the season that saw him named to the Northeast Region Best XI and the All-NPSL third team.

The rout was on late in the second half, as Elm City scored three goals in 15 minutes to close out the game. Quenton Swift one-timed a beautiful through ball in the 75th minute, Daniel Oliveira launched a rocket in the 80th, and Swift added one more in the 90th for the exclamation point on the victory.

The National Premier Soccer League was founded in 2003 and now includes over 90 teams across the entire country. The NPSL Championship marks the end of a banner year for the league, as 30 teams joined its ranks for 2017. Both of this season’s finalists were new additions to the NPSL, as Elm City completed its inaugural season and Midland-Odessa FC joined the league from the USL Premier Development League. 

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Aug 16, 2017

Margaret "Peg" Brown: Ensuring the History of American Soccer

Nearly 300 individuals have been recognized as inductees to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. But the work of one woman is largely responsible for allowing the Hall’s stories – and by extension, the story of soccer in the United States – to be told. Margaret “Peg” Brown served as the Hall of Fame’s archive manager and her overhaul of the Hall’s inventory and archival practices secured the history of American soccer. The wife of Hall of Famer George Brown, Peg and her husband spent several years as essential parts of the Hall’s administration. Mrs. Brown passed away this weekend, but her legacy will endure as an indispensable protector who helped preserve United States soccer history.

According to her husband, Peg knew nothing about soccer until their marriage in 1962. From then on, her life would be forever linked to the sport. Both George and his father, Jim Brown, are Hall of Famers and capped National Team players. After a spell running cabins in Nova Scotia, the Browns headed south in 1999 to be involved at the then-new Hall of Fame building in Oneonta, New York.

“We thought it would give us a focus late in our life,” George said. “It was terrific while it lasted… It filled a need for the Federation and the Hall, and for us.”

Early in their involvement with the Hall of Fame, it was clear that new archival processes were necessary. Peg and George were asked to do a show-and-tell presentation at a local school with pieces from the Hall of Fame collections. Weeks after returning the items, the couple found the memorabilia in the middle of the floor in a plastic bag and boxes strewn about. There was no standard for signing out or refiling the objects. Peg knew that wasn’t good enough. Not only for family memorabilia, such as Jim’s gear from the 1930 World Cup that resided in the Hall, but for all of the objects that composed the history of American soccer.

George said that there was never too big a task for Peg, and she was undaunted by the monumental job of organizing the Hall’s archives. Its collection of over 80,000 objects represents one of the largest collections of soccer memorabilia and records in the world. Nine hundred boxes contained these artifacts (physical memorabilia, photos, memos and more) organized by era, but without any information on their contents. Peg went through each of the 900 boxes and meticulously inventoried each item, writing out the details of every object, down to the smallest pin. She spent her career as a nurse all over the world, and she brought that same care to her organization efforts.

Her transformation of the Hall’s archives became a full-time job from 2003-2008. In the course of it, she inventoried the entirety of the archives, hundreds of boxes from the 1994 World Cup organizing committee and artifacts from the Hall of Fame museum. Not only was Peg meticulous in her archiving, but she and George also collected memorabilia, heading out to the boonies to pick up scrapbooks and artifacts.

Peg collaborated with authors and historians to access materials, previously a nigh-impossible task, and in the process earned thanks in several books on the sport’s history. She made research in the archives possible. With Peg in charge, nothing was withdrawn without a sign-out and nothing entered without a sign-in. Every piece was accounted for in her care.  

As the Hall of Fame prepares to move to a new location at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the new establishment will owe a great deal to Peg. Her work with the collection secured the history of American soccer and U.S. Soccer thanks her for her contributions to the sport. 

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Aug 16, 2017