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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MNT Rewind: Bedoya and Besler Provide Assists Before Gold Cup Camp

Before the U.S. Men’s National Team began arriving in Nashville on Sunday, they had some unfinished business with their club teams. Here’s how they performed coming into Gold Cup camp:

In Philadelphia, Alejandro Bedoya provided a picture-perfect cross to allow Fafa Picault a one-time finish in the 31st minute of the Union’s 1-0 victory against D.C. United.

WATCH: Bedoya Provides Game-Winning Assist vs. D.C. United

Out west, Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer and Graham Zusi were all active in Sporting KC’s 2-1 win at the LA Galaxy. Though he didn’t know much about it, Besler was credited with the assist on Ike Opara’s highlight-reel bicycle kick in the 35th minute.

WATCH: Besler Assists on Opara Golazo

Meanwhile in Chicago, Dax McCarty went the full 90 minutes in midfield to help the Fire defeat Orlando City SC 4-0, extending the club’s unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions.

In total, 15 of the 16 domestic-based players on the final Gold Cup roster were in action this past week. The one exception was goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is ineligible to play for Atlanta United FC until the summer transfer window opens next month. While he couldn’t play, Guzan did take in his first home match at Bobby Dodd Stadium:

What a great first trip to Bobby Dodd Stadium! 👏👏👏 @atlutd

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And while he’s not on the final Gold Cup roster, MNT forward Jozy Altidore continued to find the back of the net for Toronto FC, tallying a 30th minute equalizer in the Reds 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Canadian Cup Final on Wednesday. 

WATCH: Altidore Tallies in Canadian Cup Final

Here’s a look at how the MNT’s domestic player pool performed this weekend (italics denote players that are not on the Gold Cup roster): 

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo (June 23)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Toronto FC (June 23)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes, GOAL in 1-1 Canadian Cup draw at Montreal Impact (June 21); 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 1-0 win vs. D.C. United (June 24)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes, ASSIST in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 Canadian Cup draw at Montreal Impact (June 21); Suspended; Not in 18 for 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) – 89 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC; Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC) – 89 minutes in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Atlanta United FC (June 21); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Philadelphia Union (June 24)
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo (June 23)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – 90 minutes in 3-1 loss vs. LA Galaxy (June 21); 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Atlanta United FC (June 24)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC) – 90 minutes in 2-0 win at New York Red Bulls (June 24)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) – 90 minutes in 4-0 win vs. Orlando City SC (June 24)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC (June 21); Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) – CCC 6/21 ;90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution (June 23)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) – 90 minutes in 3-2 loss at Minnesota United FC (June 21); Sunday, June 25 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (June 24)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Orlando City SC (June 24); Sunday, June 25 at Portland Timbers (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2)
Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Toronto FC (June 23)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) – 90 minutes in 3-1 win at Colorado Rapids (June 21); 77 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Sporting KC (June 24)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) – 90 minutes in 2-1 win at LA Galaxy (June 24)

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Arena Convoca a 23 Jugadores Para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017

CHICAGO (25 de junio, 2017) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Bruce Arena dio la lista final de 23 jugadores para la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017. La U.S. MNT buscará su sexto título de CONCACAF con una mezcla de veteranos y talento joven. A menos de un año de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, este torneo la da la oportunidad a los jugadores de demostrar su capacidad y por qué deben ser incluidos si EE.UU. clasifica.

"Es una nómina buena con una mezcla de jugadores experimentados, veteranos, y un buen grupo de jugadores nuevos también," dijo Arena. "Hay un buen balance en cada posición. Podemos jugar de diversas formas y creo que todos estos jugadores desean jugar con Estados Unidos y estarán trabajando duro. Será una concentración competitiva. Estarán muy motivados, listos para tomar dirección y tendrán la oportunidad de marcar una diferencia."

Los jugadores se empezarán a reunir el 25 de junio en Nashville. El equipo se trasladará a East Hartford, Conn., para un partido de preparación contra Ghana el 1 de julio en Pratt & Whitney Stadium. El inicio está programado para las 4:45 p.m. ET, y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN, UniMas y UDN (con una previa en UniMas y UDN empezando a las 4 p.m. ET). Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

Según las reglas del torneo, la lista final se debe entregar a más tardar el 27 de junio. Un jugador puede ser reemplazado hasta 24 horas antes del primer partido de la fase de grupos en caso de una lesión. Adicionalmente, un total de seis cambios se pueden hacer en las 24 horas después de haberse terminado la fase de grupos antes de la segunda ronda. En ambas instancias, los jugadores nuevos deben provenir de la lista preliminar de 40 jugadores.

NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS (Club; Partidos/Goles):
ARQUEROS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENSAS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar González (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (9):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

DELANTEROS (3):Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3),Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

EL BOLETO DE ORO
Históricamente, el desempeño excepcional individual de jugadores relativamente nuevos a la Copa Oro ha resultado directamente en la inclusión del jugador en la próxima nómina mundialista. Jugadores como DaMarcus Beasley y Pablo Mastroeni (2002), Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey y Oguchi Onyewu (2005), Stuart Holden y Clarence Goodson (2009), Matt Besler y Omar González (2013), han aprovechado esta oportunidad para hacer realidad su sueño mundialista.

UN BASE CON EXPERIENCIA
La nómina de la fase de grupos cuenta con una docena de jugadores con experiencia en Eliminatorias Mundialistas y 11 que han jugado en una Copa Oro, incluyendo seis con una medalla de la Copa Oro en sus vitrinas y el ganador del Guante de Oro 2015 Brad Guzan.

LA OPORTUNIDAD TOCA LA PUERTA
También hay una docena de jugadores que estarán trabajando con Arena a nivel de selección por primera vez, y la misma cantidad de jugadores con menos de 10 partidos jugados con EE.UU. Cuatro jugadores estarán en una nómina estadounidense de la selección mayor por primera vez.

"Cuando estas en medio de la Eliminatoria Mundialista y muy cerca de no calificar, pero con la Copa Mundial el siguiente año, tienes que tener un ambiente competitivo," dijo Arena. "Estos jugadores harán el esfuerzo por ponerse en la mejor posición para ser parte del grupo de ahora en adelante."

VACACIONES EUROPEAS
El grupo regular de jugadores de la U.S. MNT basados en Europa se encuentra en medio de un merecido descanso entre ahora y la Copa Mundial el próximo verano. Al haber completado la temporada con su club en mayo, el grupo directamente se reunió para los partidos de Eliminatoria Mundialista en junio. Después de una concentración de 14 días preparando para los rigores de la altura, EE.UU. salió con cuatro puntos después de dos partidos, incluyendo un empate de visitante en México. Ahora a las dos semanas de sus vacaciones, empiezan a regresar a la pretemporada con la esperanza de jugar en la temporada que viene.

LAZOS CON LA ACADEMIA DE DESARROLLO DE U.S. SOCCER
Nueve jugadores en la nómina de 23 han estado con clubes de la Academia de Desarrollo de U.S. Soccer. Tanto la LA Galaxy Academy (Paul Arriola y Gyasi Zardes) como la New York Red Bulls Academy (Juan Agudelo y Matt Miazga) son representados por dos jugadores cada una, mientras que otros jugadores incluyen a Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) y Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier).

HISTORIA EN COPA ORO
Empezando con el torneo inaugural en 1991, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos ha ganado la Copa Oro CONCACAF en cinco ocasiones, obteniendo el título regional en el 2002, 2005, 2007 y 2013. Al haber guiado a EE.UU. al campeonato en el 2002 y el 2005, el actual director técnico Bruce Arena es uno de solamente dos técnicos en ganar el torneo dos veces -- el otro es Bora Milutinović (USA 1991, México 1996). En 13 ediciones previas, EE.UU. ha marcado un registro de 51-8-8, avanzando a la final en nueve ocasiones y a las semifinales 12 veces.

- ussoccer.com -

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Jun 25, 2017

GALLERY: USA Brings Talented Roster to 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named the final 23-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, the United States will seek its sixth confederation championship title. Less than a year out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this tournament provides a huge platform for players to demonstrate they should be included if the U.S. qualifies.

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Coach Q&A : Arena on 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup was announced on Sunday. ussoccer.com caught up with U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena to get his thoughts on the group as he looks to guide the USA to its sixth confederation championship title.

ussoccer.com: Give us your overall thoughts on the roster and the large contingent of domestic-players that are part of the U.S. squad for the tournament.

Bruce Arena: “It’s a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well. There’s good balance at every position, we can play a number of ways and I think all these players have a desire to play for the U.S. and will be working hard. It will be a competitive camp, they’re going to be highlight motivated, very coachable and they have an opportunity to make a statement.”

“We have a large number of domestic players because our European-based players need a break. They had long seasons plus the June World Cup Qualifiers, so they needed a break and then they need to start their preseasons in July. That was the appropriate move, though we do have a few European-based players on our roster, obviously in Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga and Eric Lichaj, and some players coming from Mexico in Omar Gonzalez, Jorge Villafaña, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona. There’s a little bit of a mixture there, and I think it makes a lot of sense.”

ussoccer.com: There are a number of guys on the roster that have been involved with the team since the beginning of the year, but haven’t received a lot of playing time. Do you see this as a good opportunity for them to have an extended look and make their own case?

BA: “Certainly there are some guys like Matt Besler, Dax McCarty and a little bit of the same case with Graham Zusi. They’ve been with us most of the year and haven’t had extensive minutes – Graham played a fair amount in March, but not too much in June. I think there’s a great opportunity for these guys to lock down roster positions for our games in September and October as well. It’s good to have them. As I said, the roster has a nice blend of experience and talented players with less experience. It makes for good competition, so I’m really looking forward to working with this group.”

ussoccer.com: Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief, Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe are the newcomers to the group. Could you speak to their qualities and the reason you chose to bring them in now? 

BA: “Well they’re all good players for sure. We were fortunate that Kenny just recently received his clearance from FIFA. He’s a player that we observed with Gent in Belgium. He plays on the left side of midfield, a position where we can use some help, and he’s a good left-footed player from what we’ve seen. It’ll be interesting to see him in camp to see how he fits in with our group. Dom Dwyer as we know has had a very good number of years in M.L.S. He’s a proven goal scorer, a hard worker and a left-footed striker which we’re a little short of as well. He’s a very competitive guy, and I think he has a game that may fit in very well at the international level.

“Roldan and Rowe continue to be outstanding players for their club teams. Although they’ve never been capped before, they’re very good players in Major League Soccer. Roldan is more of a No. 6 or No. 8 type of player, and Rowe can play in a number of positions. They’re good players, and it’s great to have them in camp.”

ussoccer.com: The interesting thing about the Gold Cup is that teams can make up to six roster changes following the Group Stage. How are you approaching that opportunity?

BA: “I will wait and see how the tournament develops before I make any of those decisions. We clearly have a number of players that we can consider bringing in and we will do that, but we want to see how we get through group play.”

ussoccer.com: This will be your fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup. How have you seen the tournament evolve or change since first coaching the U.S. MNT during the 2000 edition?

BA: “I think the tournament has grown. It’s much more competitive today than it was years ago, and we have a bunch of good teams here. It’s a tournament where a number of teams are capable of winning. I think that’s a real positive for CONCACAF. In our case, we know we need to be on top of our game when we start playing on July 8 because we’re playing against a very good team in Panama.”

ussoccer.com: Other than trying to win the tournament, what are you hoping to get out of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup?

BA: “We want to continue to build on what we started in January and improve the program. Hopefully we find other players that can compete for spots for the camps in September and October, and then players that will continue to move forward and can possibly envision being part of our team in Russia in 2018.”

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

Bruce Arena Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 25, 2017) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has named the final 23-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With a mix of veterans and promising young talent, the United States will seek its sixth confederation championship title. Less than a year out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this tournament provides a huge platform for players to demonstrate they should be included if the U.S. qualifies.

“It’s a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well,” Arena said. “There’s good balance at every position. We can play a number of ways, and I think all these players have a desire to play for the U.S. and will be working hard. It will be a competitive camp. They are going to be highly motivated, very coachable and they have an opportunity to make a statement.”

Players begin reporting June 25 into Nashville. The team heads to East Hartford, Conn. for a tournament tune-up against Ghana on July 1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium [TICKETS]. Kickoff is set for 4:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN (with a pregame show on UniMas and UDN starting at 4 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

Per tournament rules, the final roster must be submitted no later than June 27. A player may be replaced on the roster up to 24 hours prior a team’s first match of the group phase in the case of injury. In addition, a total of six changes may be made in the 24 hours after the end of the group phase ahead of the Knockout Round. In both instances, the replacement players must come from the 40-man preliminary roster.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

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MNT Jun 25, 2017
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