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

WNT Rewind: Dramatics in New Jersey; Morgan, Horan, Leroux and Ertz Score


North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit (2-0: Hatch, own goal)
Saturday marked the fourth consecutive win for the North Carolina Courage and its 13th of the season. The Courage have only conceded one goal in their last four games. The win allows the NWSL-leading side to stay comfortably atop the standings with 39 points, five ahead of second place Portland Thorns.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride (2-1; Morgan (2); DaCosta)
For the second consecutive week, Alex Morgan helped lead the way for the Orlando Pride, scoring a brace to secure the team’s 2-1 win against Boston and continue her team’s late push into playoff contention. In front of a sold-out crowd of 4,321 fans in Boston, the Pride earned their third win in a row and now sit in fourth place in the standings with 29 points. Orlando has scored 10 goals in its last three games. Ali Krieger had an assist on one of Morgan's goal.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign (5-4: Kerr (4), Hayes; Johnson, Fishlock, Kawasumi, Dallstream)
In the last two meetings between Sky Blue and the Reign, the teams have combined to score 18 goals, with both games ending with identical 5-4 score lines. Back on July 22, Seattle hosted New Jersey at Memorial Stadium and was holding a 4-0 lead late in the second half before SBFC miraculously scored four in a row in a 16-minute span to tie the game. The game took another twist when Megan Rapinoe crushed a shot from outside the penalty box for the game-winner in the 87th minute, completing her hat trick and earning Seattle the victory. 

This time around, with Rapinoe was not on the field as she continues her rehab from knee surgery, but Australian international Sam Kerr was the scoring star, doing Rapinoe one better with a NWSL single-game record four goals to up her league-leading total to 15 in what has been a spectacular season for the native of Fremantle, Australia.

Down 3-0 at the half, Sam Kerr wasted no time bringing her team back into the match, scoring a hat trick with goals in the 48th, 68th and 71st minutes. Seattle then scored what seemed to be the game-winner in the 85th through Kiersten Dallstream to make it 4-3, but Sky Blue’s Maya Hayes equalized in the first minute of stoppage time to set the stage for Kerr’s heroics. Kerr then put an exclamation mark on her night, scoring her fourth goal and the match-winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time for a 5-4 Sky Blue victory. Kerr not only became the first player in the NWSL history to score four goals in one match, but the three points put New Jersey in sixth place and only three outside of the fourth and final playoff spot. Kerr is now firmly in the lead for the Golden Boot with 15 goals and 3 assists this season.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash (2-0: Horan, Henry)
Following a midweek loss to FCKC, Portland bounced back on Saturday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 19,762 fans with a 2-0 win against Houston Dash to remain in second place in the NWSL standings with 34 points, five behind No. 1 North Carolina. Lindsey Horan scored her fourth goal of the season and the game-winner on a header that was assisted by Meghan Klingenberg. France international Amandine Henry scored the second goal for the Thorns. The match marked the 11th time Portland has drawn a crowd of more than 18,000.

Portland has won five straight home games, a new team record, improving to 8-1-1 at Providence Park this season, which ties their single-season record for most home wins in a season (2016). Additionally, Portland earned its eighth shutout of the season, which is a new single-season record for the club.

Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City (1-3: Ertz; Leroux, Bowen, Kelly)
A rough stretch continued for Chicago on Sunday with the home team dropping its third consecutive game, a 3-1 loss to FC Kansas City. FC Kansas City took the lead in the first half with a goal from Sydney Leroux and never gave it up. Julie Ertz pulled one back with a nifty finish to make it 2-1 before the visitors scored the third goal to secure its road win. Despite their third home loss in a row, Chicago remains in third place in the NWSL standings, tied at 29 points with fourth-place Orlando Pride. The Red Stars hold the edge in the tie-breaker due to their head-to-head record.

WNT Players in NWSL Action
Midfielder Julie Ertz – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (capt.) – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh –  90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes, GOAL (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Forward Lynn Williams – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Defender Abby Dahlkemper – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Midfielder Allie Long – 36 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)

Did Not Play
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – Unused substitute (Sky Blue FC)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Morgan Brian –  Groin injury (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – Left knee surgery (Seattle Reign FC)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – Ankle injury (Houston Dash)

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WNT Aug 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo Selected to Serve at FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

U.S. Soccer FIFA Referee Jair Marrufo has been selected as a match official for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. FIFA announced 21 groups of match officials from all six confederations for the competition, which begins October 6 in New Delhi. Fellow U.S. Soccer FIFA Assistant Referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell will serve on Marrufo’s crew.

Marrufo’s selection comes after a busy summer officiating matches at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and at June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A top American referee, Marrufo has been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2007, working his first international match that October between Fiji and New Zealand. This will be his third U-17 World Cup and his international experience also includes the Olympic Games, Copa America and every Gold Cup since 2009.

Working in the MLS since May 2000, Marrufo has officiated two MLS Cup Finals (2006, 2015), an MLS All-Star Game (2014) and was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2008. He comes from a lineage of officiating, as his father Antonio was also a referee and served on the Mexican Referee Commission.

Anderson and Rockwell, Marrufo’s assistant referees, are also established international match officials. The two have been on the FIFA International Panel of Officials since 2012 and 2007, respectively. Both referees have won MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, Anderson last year and Rockwell in 2011. They’ve both worked MLS Cup Playoff matches, Anderson has officiated for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, the Pan-American Games and CONCACAF U-20 Championship while Rockwell has seen action at the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final and last summer’s Copa America Centenario.

Referees from Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras will also represent CONCACAF at the U-17 World Cup. FIFA selects its best match officials from around the world for FIFA competitions, and some of the selected officials will referee the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The tournament will also mark the first time that female referees will officiate a FIFA men’s tournament. Seven female support referees will join the 21 selected crews.

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Aug 22, 2017