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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. TSG Hoffenheim 1899
March 23, 2016
Dallas Cup
Richland College; Dallas, Texas
 4:30 p.m. CT
79 degrees, clear 

Scoring Summary:       1      2      F
USA                               1      2      3
HOF                               1      2      3

HOF – Nicolas Wahling (Furkan Cevik)                     13th minute
USA – Aaron Herrera (Jeremy Ebobisse)                   37
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Cameron Lindley)              54
HOF – Adrian Beck (Nicolas Wahling)                       57
USA – Victor Mansaray                                               83
HOF – Semi Belkahia (Simon Lorenz)                       90+4

1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Aaron Herrera, 5-Tommy Redding, 14-Auston Trusty, 3-Marcello Borges; 16-Cameron Lindley, 6-Danny Acosta (18-Jackson Yueill, 62); 7-Brooks Lennon (capt.), 21-Sebastian Saucedo (10-Emmanuel Sabbi, 56), 8-Eryk Williamson (9-Victor Mansaray, 70); 20-Jeremy Ebobisse (13-John Nelson, 82)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Miles Robinson, 11-Josh Perez, 12-JT Marcinkowski

Not Dressed: 15-Andrew Lombard, 17-Amir Bashti, 19-Sebastian Elney, 23-Matt Olosunde
Head coach: Omid Namazi

HOF: 25-Luca Bieber; 15-Nico Konigsmann (16-Pasqual Pander, 54), 19-Semi Belkahia (capt.), 5-Patrick Kapp (4-Simon Lorenz, 62), 18-Timo Teufel (13-Theodoros Politakis, 13); 6-Dennis Geiger, 7-Johannes Buhler, 8-Adrian Beck; 10-Nicolas Wahling, 12-Moritz-Broni Kwarteng, 11-Furkan Cevik
Substitutions Not Used: 1- Matthias Kobbing, 2-Johannes Kolmel
Not Dressed: 3-Matthias Stuber, 9-Meris Skemderevie, 14-Lukas Hoffmann, 17-Robin Hack

Head coach: Oscar Escobar

Stats Summary: USA/HOF
Shots: 14 / 11
Shots on Goal: 9 / 8
Saves: 5 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 5 / 5 

Misconduct Summary:
HOF – Dennis Geiger (caution)                                                   33rd minute
HOF – Patrick Kapp (caution)                                                      44
HOF – Semi Belkahia (caution)                                                   61
HOF – Furkan Cevik (caution)                                                     74 

Referee: Anna Mare Keighley
Assistant Referee 1: John Dearmond
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Au
4th Official: Stephen Lebrechthausen 

Man of the Match: Aaron Herrera

GALLERY: WNT Arrives in the Emerald City

The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin play at the U.S. Soccer Tournament of Nations against Australia on July 27 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (7p.m. PT; ESPN).
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WNT Jul 24, 2017

WNT Rewind: Press Scores Brace; Rapinoe Hat Trick in Wild Game in Seattle

Christen Press scored twice and upped her season tally to eight goals in helping Chicago to a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride, while Megan Rapinoe scored a hat trick – and now leads the NWSL with 12 goals in 2017 – to pull Seattle to a 5-4 win against Sky Blue FC in the highest-scoring and perhaps wildest game of the season. With the weekend games now behind them, the U.S. WNT players will report to the camp today, July 23, in Seattle, as the USA gets set to kick off the 2017 Tournament of Nations that features Australia, Brazil and Japan. Here’s everything that took place for the U.S. WNT players on Saturday:

Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride (2-1; Press (2); Kennedy)
It’s been a strong season for Christen Press, and the Chicago Red Stars captain continued her success against the Orlando Pride on Saturday afternoon, scoring twice to lead her team to yet another home victory. Australian Alanna Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Pride in second half stoppage time. As North Carolina game vs. FC Kansas City was postponed due to inclement weather, Chicago’s win pushed them to the top of the NWSL standings.

Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers (1-0; Goal: Prince)
The Houston Dash extended its unbeaten streak to a club record six games, securing a 1-0 win against the Boston Breakers at home on Saturday. Houston’s success in the last few weeks means that with 20 points, it currently sits in sixth place, but is steadily climbing up the standings and continues to make its push into the top four playoff-bound teams.

Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue FC (5-4; Goals: Rapinoe (3), Yanez, OG; O’Hara, Galton, Corboz, Kerr)
After just one goal in the first half via a Megan Rapinoe free kick from distance, it was a wild second half at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday evening as both teams combined to score eight goals after the break, including four in a row from Sky Blue FC in a 17-minutes span. Megan Rapinoe gave Seattle the early lead but the fireworks didn’t start until the second half. Things quickly escalated, first to Seattle’s advantage and then the momentum completely to the visiting side. Rapinoe opened the second half by converting a penalty kick for a 2-0 Seattle advantage in the 46th minute. Beverly Yanez then made it 3-0 in the 48th, and an own goal from SBFC gave the home side a 4-0 lead in 56th minute.

But as the last couple of weeks have shown, SBFC is a team that knows how to make a comeback, and what a comeback it was in Seattle. First, Kelley O’Hara converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute for the 4-1 score line. That followed a series of three more goals from SBFC, with the game-tying fourth courtesy of header from Australian Sam Kerr in the 75th minute – her 11th goal of 2017. But the game wasn’t over yet, and in the 87th minute, Rapinoe completed her hat trick with her 12th of the season, smacking a shot into the upper right corner from just outside the penalty box for what would be a dramatic game-winner in an important win for the Reign.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit (2-1; Goals: Long, Weber; Solaun)
An incredible crowd of more than 18,000 fans in Portland saw the Thorns come-from-behind to defeat the Washington Spirit, 2-1 on Saturday evening. Mallory Pugh provided the assist to Havana Solaun for the 1-0 Spirit lead 56th minute but it was Thorns’ Allie Long, who scored the game-tying goal in the 62nd, that began the comeback for Portland. The Thorns scored the game-winning goal a few minutes later as Mallory Weber got her first NWSL tally.

FC Kansas City vs. North Carolina Courage – The match was stopped near the end of the first half and then postponed due to severe weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date. New date: TBD.

WNT Players in NWSL Action
Defender Julie Ertz – 45 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielder Allie Long – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes, 3 GOALS (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, 1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh –  90 minutes, ASSIST (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 60 minutes (Houston Dash)

Did Not Play
Forward Sydney Leroux – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Forward Lynn Williams – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris – Quad injury (Orlando Pride)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)

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WNT Jul 23, 2017

Ready When Called: Tim Howard Remains Reliable in Gold Cup

Tim Howard is best known to the public for his record 15-save performance in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 extra time defeat to Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The “Secretary of Defense” stunned the world with stops that ranged from routing to spectacular.

While that performance was no doubt incredible, it’s often when a goalkeeper faces only one or two key moments during 90 minutes where they demonstrate their mettle. The ability to deal with long stretches of inactivity while always staying on the ready when a big save needs to be made is what separates the good from the great.

Howard’s ability in that department has been on display at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The veteran goalkeeper may only have a combined three saves in his two matches in the tournament thus far, but all of them have been nothing short of critical to the USA’s advancement to the Final.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more patient. As a goalkeeper, I try and be ready for those moments,” Howard told ussoccer.com on Sunday.

Those chances can of course come at different times. In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal against El Salvador, Howard was called into action just three minutes in as a soft back pass allowed Rodolfo Zelaya a clear lane to goal before he alertly came off his line to make the save.

Against Costa Rica, the USA’s dominance in possession left Howard largely untested for large portions of the first half. That was until a sizzling run from Bryan Ruiz pushed Marco Ureña through on goal, but again Howard was there to make a sharp kick save on the 37th minute attempt.

With the game still at 0-0 and only 19 minutes remaining before a penalty shootout would determind the winner, Howard was called into action again when Ureña got on the end of a through ball out of the back and beat his mark, only to have the veteran netminder come off his line to make a diving stop. The save kept things level, and within a minute the U.S. MNT was down at the other end celebrating Jozy Altidore’s eventual game-winner.

The performances lifted Howard’s all-time record at the confederation championship to 10-0-2, earning him his seventh and eighth career clean sheets in the process.

Always vocal at the back, Howard said that part of the exercise is communicating with the defenders in front of him, but it’s also to keep himself alert at all times.

“When the ball isn’t nearby, I’m trying to communicate and put guys in the right position. I scream and yell a lot and people think that’s for everyone else, but sometimes that’s for me, to keep me focused and sharp and ready.”

And at the end of the day, Howard says all the routines and preparation only work if the big moments end in a save.

“Ultimately you have to make the big saves. You can do all the other stuff, and if you don’t make the saves it matters for nothing. The keys are being ready, being patient, lots of communication, talking, and understanding danger moments. The easy part, the bread and butter, is making the save.” 

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

U.S. MNT Has Goals From Nine Different Players Going Into Gold Cup Final

In advance of the Semifinal against Costa Rica, head coach Bruce Arena reminded the media that the U.S. MNT had scored the most goals in the tournament so far. While the nine goals in four games deserved mention, equally significant is the range of scorers.

With the goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey against Los Ticos, a total of nine different U.S. players have found the back of the net through five matches in the competition. For comparison’s sake, the next closest is Mexico with six ahead of Sunday night’s Semifinal against Jamaica.

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Results and Goal Scorers



Goal Scorers


July 8, 2017

1-1 D vs. Panama


Group Stage

July 12, 2017

3-2 W vs. Martinique

Morris (2), O. Gonzalez

Group Stage

July 15, 2017

3-0 W vs. Nicaragua

Corona, Rowe, Miazga

Group Stage

July 19, 2017

2-0 W vs. El Salvador

O. Gonzalez, Lichaj


July 22, 2017

2-0 W vs. Costa Rica

Altidore, Dempsey


And while the mark is impressive, it isn’t yet unprecedented. In fact, the tournament record was set by the United States during the 2009 tournament, when 10 different players registered goals. Additionally, when the U.S. last won the Gold Cup in 2013, it also had goal-scoring contributions from nine different players.

One of the keys to any team finding success in a tournament setting is receiving contributions from a number of players. During the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has made it a point to 27 of the 29 players on his roster.

As the team advanced to the Final with Saturday’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica, the obvious payoff has been fresher legs in the deep stages of the tournament.

Check out the team goal-scoring highs from each of the 13 previous CONCACAF Gold Cups below:


Team (Number of goal scorers)


USA (7)


Mexico (7)


Brazil, Mexico, USA (5)


Costa Rica (5)


Peru (6)


USA (6)


USA (7)


Mexico, USA (6)


USA (8)


USA (10)


Mexico (7)


USA (9)


Mexico (6)


USA (9)*

*Still one game to be played

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MNT Jul 23, 2017