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U.S. Under-20 Men’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs Japan U-20 MNT
Sunday, July 3, 2016
U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
3:00 p.m. PT
75 degrees; Sunny and breezy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             1             2                                         
JPN                                      1             0             1 

JPN – Ritsu Doan                                                                         6th minute
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jeremy Ebobisse)         20
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Isaiah Young)                    56          

1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 17-Marlon Fossey (Aaron Herrera, 58), 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty, 3-Marcello Borges; 6-Danny Acosta (20-Jackson Yueill, 31), 7-Eryk Williamson, 11-Sebastian Saucedo (9-Mukwelle Akale, 81); 15-Isaiah Young (19-Victor Mansaray, 81), 16-Coy Craft (21-Brandon Vazquez, 58), 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (14-Hugo Arellano, 89)
Subs not used: 4-Andrew Lombard, 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Weston McKinnie, 12-JT Marcinkowski
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

JPN: 12-Louis Tkaji Julien Yamaguchi, 2-Takahiro Yanagi, 5-Takehiro Tomiyasu, 4-Koki Machida (19-Takuma Ominami, 46), 6-Itsuki Urata, 15-Ritsu Doan, 7-Yuta Kamiya (8-Kouta Watanabe, 46), 17-Mizuki Ichimaru (10-Kazune Kubota, 82), 18-Keita Endo (11-Yuki Kakita, 82), 13-Takeru Kishimoto (20-Yuto Iwasaki, 66), 9-Koki Ogawa
Subs not used: 1-Ryosuke Kojima, 3-Noda Hiroki, 14-Akito Takagi, 16-Masaya Kojima, 21-Yoichi Naganuma
Head Coach: Atsushi Uchiyama

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 24
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 6
Offside: 4 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Mizuki Ishimaru (caution)                 25th minute
JPN – Koki Ogawa (caution)                         45
USA – Isaiah Young (caution)                     74
USA – Victor Mansaray (caution)                              93

Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Ehrhardt (USA)
Fourth Official: David Erbacher (USA)

Five Things to Know About Ghana

The U.S. Men’s National Team renews its rivalry with Ghana in a warmup for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday, July 1 at 4:45 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMas and UDN).

Here are five things you should know about Saturday’s opponents.

The Country

Located in West Africa, Ghana’s southern border sits prominently on the Gulf of Guinea and is touched by Ivory Coast (west), Burkina Faso (west and north) and Togo (east). Colonized by Great Britain in 1874, Ghana declared its independence on March 6, 1957 and became a republic on July 1, 1960.

Today, Ghana has a population of 27 million and is one of the more prosperous nations in Africa. Known as “The Black Stars”, the National Team derives its nickname from the single black star that is front and center on Ghana’s red, yellow and green-colored flag.

Footballing History

While Ghana didn’t qualify for a World Cup until 2006, the Black Stars have been one of the most powerful nations in Africa since the country’s Football Association was founded in 1957.

The Black Stars are four-time champions of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. More recently, Ghana has placed in the top four at each of the last six tournaments and finished as runners-up at the 2010 and 2015 editions.

One of the prime contenders in African football, Ghana has qualified for each of the past three FIFA World Cups, advancing from the Group Stage in both 2006 and 2010. In the latter tournament, the Black Stars came painstakingly close to a Semifinal appearance, but fell victim to a Luis Suarez hand ball before falling 4-2 to Uruguay on penalty kicks in the Quarterfinal.

U.S. Rivalry

Having qualified for the past three FIFA World Cups, Ghana has met the U.S. Men’s National Team each time along the way. In every game, the final scored ended 2-1.

In 2006, the nations faced off in the final Group Stage match, where Clint Dempsey’s first-half equalizer was undone by a questionable penalty call that led to a conversion by Stephen Appiah as the Black Stars advanced to the Knockout Round.

In 2010, Ghana and the U.S. met in the Round of 16. There, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s fifth minute strike was cancelled out by a penalty kick from Landon Donovan in the 62nd minute. That goal sent things to extra time where Ghana prevailed again thanks to a 93rd minute goal from Asamoah Gyan.

The sides last met in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This time, Dempsey tallied in the first minute and the U.S. led late before Andre Ayew pulled things even in the 82nd minute. Just as it looked like Ghana would once again ruin the USA’s party, MNT defender John Brooks headed home the game-winning goal off a Graham Zusi corner kick in the 86th minute, finally handing sweet revenge to the U.S. team.  

Where They’re at Now

Ghana finds itself one third of the way through the Final Round of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying process and has a lot of work to do in order to make its way to Russia. Currently third in its four-team group, the Black Stars will need to overcome Egypt (6 points) and Uganda (4 points) during its final four matches to ensure a fourth-straight FIFA World Cup appearance.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CAF Third Round














































Oct. 7, 2016 – Ghana 0-0 Uganda
Oct. 9, 2016 – Congo 1-2 Egypt
Nov. 12, 2016 – Uganda 1-0 Congo
Nov. 13, 2016 – Egypt 2-0 Ghana
Aug. 27 – Uganda vs. Egypt
Aug. 28 – Ghana vs. Congo
Sept. 2 – Egypt vs. Uganda
Sept. 2 – Congo vs. Ghana
Oct. 2 – Egypt vs. Congo
Oct. 8 – Uganda vs. Ghana
Nov. 6 – Congo vs. Uganda
Nov. 6 – Ghana vs. Egypt

Black Stars Roster

On June 25, Ghana head coach James Kwesi Appiah named a 22-player roster for the Black Stars two friendlies against Mexico (June 28) and the USA (July 1).

Six players on the roster have ties to the United States. Fresh off his hat trick in Chicago Fire’s 4-0 win against Orlando City SC, David Accam (pictured above) re-joins the Ghana squad and will look to line up against club teammate Dax McCarty in Saturday’s friendly. New England Revolution midfielder Gershon Koffie also received his first Ghana call and will hope to earn his first cap against club teammates Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe.

Columbus Crew SC has a trio of players on the Ghana roster in defenders Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah, as well midfielder Mohammed Abu, while Miami FC attacker Kwado Poku is also in the squad. 

Finally, U.S. MNT fans will remember Asamoah Gyan. The Ghana captain tallied the game-winning goal in the Black Stars 2-1 extra time defeat of the USA during the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

The full roster: 

GOALKEEPERS (2): Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars; 3/0), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew SC/USA; 77/0), Lumor Agbenyenu (1860 Munich/GER; 0/0), Jerry Akaminko (Eskiserhispor/TUR; 10/1), John Boye (Sivasspor/TUR; 59/4), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC/USA; 57/1), Nicholas Opoku (Berekum Chelsea; 0/0), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty Professionals; 0/0), Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa/QAT; 7/0),

MIDFIELDERS (8): Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew SC/USA; 4/0), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht/BEL; 18/2), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda/NED; 0/0), Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak; 0/0), Ofori Ebenezer (Stuttgart/GER; 0/0), Gershon Koffie (New England Revolution/USA; 0/0), Kwadwo Poku (Miami FC/USA; 1/0), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor/TUR; 0/0)

FORWARDS (4): David Accam (Chicago Fire/USA; 7/1), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich/SUI; 0/0), Asamoah Gyan (Al-Alhi/UAE; 102/49), Majeed Waris (Lorient/FRA; 27/4)

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MNT Jun 25, 2017

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.

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)

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.

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.

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."

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.

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).

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