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Selección Masculina Sub-20 Clasifica a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015 con victoria de 2-0 contra El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (24 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos clasificó a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015 con una victoria de 2-0 contra El Salvador en el partido del Campeonato Sub-20 de CONCACAF 2015 en Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer anotó en el primer tiempo y Paul Arriola anotó en el segundo tiempo para ayudar a Estados Unidos avanzar por décimo cuarta ocasión a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA, que se lleva a cabo el 30 de mayo al 20 de junio en Nueva Zelanda. El sorteo para el torneo se llevará a cabo el 10 de febrero.

La Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. terminó el torneo con cuatro victorias consecutivas para conseguir su puesto en la Copa Mundial. El portero Zack Steffen atajó un penal clave temprano en el segundo tiempo contra El Salvador para mantener la ventaja de uno a cero de Estados Unidos.

Honduras derrotó a Guatemala 2-1 en el primer partido del día en el otro partido del playoff para clasificar al Mundial. En el otro partido del día, el ganador del Grupo A Panamá y el ganador del Grupo B México competirán por el título del Campeonato Sub-20 de CONCACAF. Ambos equipos clasificaron a la Copa Mundial Sub-20 al ganar sus respectivos grupos.

Dieciséis de los 24 puestos ya están determinados para la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2015:

  • CONCACAF (4): México, Panamá, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): RDP Corea, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistán
  • CAF (4): Los equipos clasifican del Campeonato Sub-20 Africano 2015
  • CONMEBOL (4): Los equipos clasifican del Campeonato Juvenil Sudamericano 2015
  • OFC (2): Fiji, Nueva Zelanda (anfitrión)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Alemania, Hungría, Portugal, Serbia, Ucrania

Resumen de Goles:
USA - Ben Spencer, minuto 37:
Después de un primer tiempo lento que vio a EE.UU. con un sólo tiro hasta ése punto, EE.UU. concretó en una oportunidad a balón parado. Emerson Hyndman envió un tiro libre del lado derecho y encontró a Spencer en el centro del área. El disparo de Spencer rebotó en el travesaño. El delantero siguió su propio rebote, cabeceando la pelota a la esquina superior izquierda para su segundo gol del torneo. USA 1, SLV 0

USA - Paul Arriola, minuto 68: El suplente del segundo tiempo Junior Flores tuvo un impacto inmediato en el ataque por el lado derecho del área, llevándose el balón cerca de la linea de fondo y cruzándolo para Bradford Jamieson IV quien disparó de primer intento. Carlos Cañas reaccionó para atajar y el balón rebotó para Arriola afuera del área. Arriola remató de zurda y el balón se fue por un lado de dos defensas de El Salvador y de Cañas, cruzando la línea para su primer gol del torneo. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
SLV - Carlos Cañas, minuto 13:
La defensa de El Salvador tuvo que regresar en un contraataque de EE.UU. que empezó con un pase de Emerson Hyndman para Romain Gall. El toque de Gall fue un poco fuerte y Cañas leyó bien la secuencia, dejándo su línea e interrumpiendo el ataque de EE.UU. cerca del borde del área, despejando antes de que Gall pudiera disparar.

USA - Zack Steffen, minuto 52: El Salvador no tuvo ni un sólo disparo en el primer tiempo, pero el equipo consiguió un tiro penal cuando Estados Unidos cometió una infracción con la mano en el área. José Villavicencio se perfiló y Steffen se aventó a su derecha para su atajada más grande del torneo. El Salvador tuvo un tiro de esquina pero Estados Unidos lo despejó.

SLV - Carlos Cañas, minuto 62: Emerson Hyndman envió un tiro libre del lado derecho para Matt Miazga, quien la cabeceó de a 10 yardas. Cañas desvió el disparo lo justo para que el balón rebotará en el travesaño.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-20 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. vs. El Salvador
Fecha: 24 de enero, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-20 de la CONCACAF 2015; Playoff
Sede: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Inicio: 5 p.m. ET
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: 81 grados, lluvia

Resumen de anotaciones:                1 2 F
USA                                                 1 1 2
SLV                                                  0 0 0

USA - Ben Spencer                 minuto 37
USA - Paul Arriola                   68

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Director Técnico: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Suplentes No Utilizados: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Director Técnico: Mauricio Alfaro

Resumen estadístico: USA / SLV
Tiros: 9 / 5
Tiros al arco: 3 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 1
Tiros de esquina: 6 / 2
Faltas: 25 / 17
Fueras de lugar: 2 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Ben Spencer (amonestación) minuto 38
SLV - Narciso Orellana (amonestación) 38
SLV - Eduardo Merino (amonestación) 71
USA - Tommy Thompson (amonestación) 73
USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (amonestación) 76
SLV - Andrés Flores (expulsión) 79

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Cuarto Oficial: John Pitti (PAN)

Jugador del Partido ussoccer.com: Emerson Hyndman 

U-20 MNT Earns FIFA U-20 World Cup Berth with 2-0 Victory against El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in its playoff match at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola added a tally in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.

The U.S. U-20 MNT capped off the tournament with four straight shutout victories to clinch its World Cup berth. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USA’s one-goal lead at the time.

Earlier today, Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. Later today, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the title match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Both teams clinched a berth to the U-20 World Cup by winning their respective groups.

Sixteen of the 24 spots are now set for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup:

  • CONCACAF (4): Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): Korea DPR, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistan
  • CAF (4): Teams qualify from the 2015 African U-20 Championship
  • CONMEBOL (4): Teams will qualify from the 2015 South American Youth Championship
  • OFC (2): Fiji, New Zealand (host)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ben Spencer, 37th minute: After a slow first half that featured just one USA shot up to that point, the USA capitalized on a set piece. Emerson Hyndman took his free kick from the right side and found Spencer in the middle of the box, Spencer’s header struck off of the crossbar. The U.S. striker followed his own rebound, heading the ball back in from eight yards out into the upper left corner of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, SLV 0

USA – Paul Arriola, 68th minute: Second-half sub Junior Flores had an immediate impact with the attack down the right side of the box, dribbling near the end line and crossing in for Bradford Jamieson IV who one-timed his shot. Carlos Cañas reacted to make the save, and the ball bounced to Arriola above the box. Arriola followed with a left-footed shot that trickled past two El Salvador defenders and Cañas and into the net for his first goal of the tournament. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Carlos Cañas, 13th minute: El Salvador’s defense had to back track on a USA counter attack, led by Emerson Hyndman’s through ball to Romain Gall. Gall’s touch was a tad too heavy and Cañas read the sequence well, rushing up from his line and disrupting the U.S. offense near the top of the box to clear before Gall could get a shot off.

USA – Zack Steffen, 52nd minute: El Salvador did not have a single shot through the first half, but the team earned a penalty kick chance when the USA committed a hand ball in the box. Jose Villavicencio went to the spot, and Steffen dove to his right for his biggest save of the tournament. El Salvador did have a corner kick chance afterward, but the U.S. eventually cleared.

SLV – Carlos Cañas, 62nd minute: Off of Emerson Hyndman’s free kick from the right, he drove the ball over to a lunging Matt Miazga who headed the ball from 10 yards out. Cañas deflected the shot just enough as the ball clanked off of the crossbar.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 4-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in this tournament. Saturday’s win also marked the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. directly clinched a FIFA U-20 World Cup spot by virtue of a victory against El Salvador. The previous meetings clinched berths to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup .
  • For a third straight game, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical lineup as the USA’s Group A wins against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband for the fourth time in the tournament.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a fourth-straight match.
  • During a 42nd-minute attacking sequence, Spencer collided with El Salvador goalkeeper Carlos Cañas, forcing medical staff to take a look at his leg. Spencer was able to trudge through the remainder of the half, but Ramos utilized his team’s first substitution to open the second half, bringing in Paul Arriola.
  • Junior Flores entered the match in the 62nd minute for Gall, the USA’s leading goal scorer with five tallies in the tournament.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Lynden Gooch for Hyndman, who was receiving attention from the medical staff shortly after the U-20 MNT’s second goal.
  • El Salvador played the final 12 minutes and stoppage time down a man when Andres Flores was called for an intentional foul from behind against the USA’s Junior Flores in the 79th minute.
  • The USA outscored its opponents 14-2 during the qualifying stage.
  • Hyndman led the team with three assists.
  • Carter-Vickers and Requejo played in all 540 minutes of six games at the tournament.
  • Heading into Saturday night’s final of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gall is tied with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano for the tournament goal-scoring lead with his five goals.
  • Gall has nine-career goals with the U-20s in 14 international matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Playoff
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 81 degrees, light rain

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

USA – Ben Spencer   37th minute
USA – Paul Arriola    68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Subs Not Used: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Head coach: Mauricio Alfaro

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 25 / 17
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ben Spencer (caution)                    38th minute
SLV – Narciso Orellana (caution)              38
SLV – Eduardo Merino (caution)               71
USA – Tommy Thompson (caution)          73
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)  76
SLV – Andres Flores (sent off)                   79

Officials:
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emerson Hyndman

Klinsmann convoca a 23 Jugadores para partidos contra Chile y Panamá

CHICAGO (24 de enero, 2015) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann convocó a 23 jugadores para los partidos contra Chile y Panamá, incluyendo a nueve jugadores de la nómina de la selección en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014. El grupo viajará a Santiago el sábado por la mañana antes del primer partido de EE.UU. en el 2015, en el cual enfrentarán a Chile el 28 de enero en Rancagua. El inicio en el Estadio El Teniente está programado para las 6 p.m. ET, y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 1, UniMás y Univisión Deportes Network.

"Estos muchachos han trabajado duro estas dos semanas de entrenamiento durante lo que viene siendo como su pretemporada, y ya es hora de concentrarse en obtener un resultado contra un rival difícil que es Chile," dijo Klinsmann. "Sabemos que va a ser una situación dificil pero éstas son el tipo de oportunidades que necesitamos para seguir creciendo." 

La concentración que empezó el 12 de enero en el Centro Nacional de Entrenamiento en Carson, California, incluyó a 28 jugadores. Jozy Altidore y Matt Hedges fueron agregados al grupo mientras que Brad Evans tuvo que dejar la concentración debido a tendinitis en su rodilla izquierda. El defensa de Tottenham Hotspur DeAndre Yedlin se unirá al equipo en Chile.

Siete jugadores regresarán a su club: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club León), Julio Morales (Tepic) y Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy). El mediocampista de Liverpool Marc Pelosi seguirá en el área y se reunirá al conjunto cuando regrese a Los Ángeles. 

"Ésta fue una experiencia muy importante para estos jugadores Sub-23," dijo Klinsmann. "Fueron presentados al programa de la selección y tuvieron la oportunidad de trabajar con Andi Herzog y nuestro cuerpo técnico en lo que trabajamos hacia la eliminatoria Olímpica en el otoño. Trabajaron muy duro y aprendimos mucho de ellos. Agradecemos su esfuerzo y continuaremos a monitorearlos con sus clubes."

El campamento culmina con un partido amistoso contra Panamá el 8 de febrero en Carson. El inicio en el StubHub Center está programado para la 1 p.m. PT y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN, UniMás y Univision Deportes Network. Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

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NÓMINA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS POR POSICIÓN:

ARQUEROS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENSAS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) 

DELANTEROS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Klinsmann Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for Friendlies against Chile and Panama

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The group will travel to Santiago on Saturday morning in advance of the USA’s opening match of 2015 when it takes on Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua. Kickoff at Estadio El Teniente is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

“These guys have put in a lot of work these past two weeks of training for what is essentially their preseason, and now it’s time to focus on getting a result against a difficult opponent in Chile,” said Klinsmann. “We know it’s going to be a challenging situation, but these are the types of opportunities we need to keep growing.”

The camp that began on Jan. 12 at the National Training Center in Carson, California, included 28 players. Jozy Altidore and Matt Hedges were brought into the group, while Brad Evans was forced to depart with tendinitis in his left knee. Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin will meet the team in Chile.

Meanwhile, six players have been released back to their clubs: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club Leon) Julio Morales (Tepic) and Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), and Liverpool midfielder Marc Pelosi will remain in the area and rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

“This was a really important experience for these U-23 players,” Klinsmann said. “They got a great introduction into the senior National Team program, and had the opportunity to work with Andi Herzog and our staff as we build toward Olympic qualifying in the fall. They put in a tremendous amount of work and we learned a lot about them. We appreciate the effort and will continue to monitor them in their club situations.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Carson. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow U.S. MNT matches live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

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U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine players on the camp were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • After Dempsey (110 caps/39 goals), Bradley is the most experienced member of the camp with 91 career caps and 12 goals. Conversely, eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team.
  • Rimando, who is participating in his seventh January camp, has 16 caps in his career and boasts a 10-0-2 record with four shutouts.
  • Gyasi Zardes is making his first camp appearance for the USA.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Luis Gil and Shane O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Wil Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Jon Kempin, O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Sorto, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players have ties to the Development Academy: Steve Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting KC), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Andi Herzog Nombrado Director Técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-23

CHICAGO (23 de enero, 2015) -- El asistente técnico de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Andreas "Andi" Herzog fue nombrado director técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 de EE.UU. Herzog guiará el grupo que empezará el proceso de eliminatoria en octubre para los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 en Rio de Janeiro.

“Andy trae una multitud de experiencia a nivel internacional como jugador y técnico,” dijo el Presidente de U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati. “En sus años con la Selección ha desarrollado un conocimiento completo de nuestro sistema y confiamos que es la persona indicada para cumplir nuestra meta de llegar a y tener éxito en los Juegos Olímpicos.”

Herzog ya ha jugado un papel importante en las preparaciones de EE.UU. para los Juegos Olímpicos al estar al frente de varias concentraciones de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 el año pasado en Brasil y Bahamas, al igual que un campamento de la Sub-21 en abril del 2014.

“Es un honor tener la oportunidad de dirigir la Selección Sub-23 de Estados Unidos,” dijo Herzog. “Reconocemos el lugar especial que los Juegos Olímpicos tienen en este país y estamos comprometidos en clasificar a Rio 2016. Anticipamos formar un equipo que enorgullecerá a todos los estadounidenses. También sabemos que es parte de nuestra responsabilidad desarrollar jugadores que podrán contribuir a la selección mayor y ése proceso ya empezó.”

Herzog jugó profesionalmente por 18 años y en más de 100 partidos con la Selección de Austria antes de entrar al mundo de directores técnicos en el 2005.

En diciembre del 2011, el director técnico de la Selección Masculina Jurgen Klinsmann nombró a Herzog como asistente con la Selección. Herzog fue director técnico de la Selección Sub-23 de Austria de 2009-11, y también fue auxiliar con la selección mayor de Austria.

“Andi tiene mucha experiencia y conocimiento para preparar este grupo para el nivel internacional,” dijo Klinsmann. “Como ex director técnico de la Selección Sub-21 de Austria, tiene mucha experiencia conectando con los jóvenes. Ha estado con la Selección Mayor estos últimos años, y comprende las dificultades de formar un equipo con jugadores que vienen de todos lados. Andi está absolutamente listo para asumir este papel, y merece esta oportunidad.”

Como jugador, Herzog fue compañero de Klinsmann en el Bayern Munich de la Bundesliga alemana, en donde ambos ganaron la Copa UEFA en 1996. Herzog terminó su carrera profesional con el LA Galaxy de la Major League Soccer en el 2004.

Con la Selección de Austria, Herzog se convirtió en el máximo goleador con 26 goles en 103 partidos de 1988-2003. Es veterano de dos Copas Mundiales de la FIFA (1990 y 1998).

Andreas Herzog Named Head Coach for U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team assistant coach Andreas “Andi” Herzog has been named the head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team. Herzog will lead the group that will begin the qualification process this fall for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Andi brings a wealth of experience at the international level as a player and a coach,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “In his years with the National Team he has developed a thorough understanding of our system, and we are confident that he is the right coach to accomplish our goal of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic Games.”

Herzog has already played an integral role in the USA’s early Olympic preparations by helping head multiple U-23 MNT camps last year in Brazil and the Bahamas, as well as a U-21 camp in April of 2014.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to coach the U.S. Under-23 National Team,” said Herzog. “We recognize the special place that the Olympic Games have in this country and we are committed as a group to qualifying for Rio in 2016. We look forward to putting together a team that will make all Americans proud. We also know it’s a part of our responsibility to develop players who will be able to contribute to the senior National Team, and that process has already begun.”

Herzog played professionally for 18 years and earned more than 100 caps with Austria’s national team. The two-time FIFA World Cup veteran (1990 and 1998) transitioned to the coaching realm in 2005. He served as Austria’s U-21 coach from 2009-11, and was also an assistant coach for Austria’s senior national team.

In December of 2011, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named Herzog his assistant coach with the MNT. The 46-year-old becomes the third senior team assistant coach in four cycles to take charge of the U-23s, following Glenn “Mooch” Myernick in 2004 and Peter Nowak in 2008.

“Andi has plenty of experience and knowledge in order to prepare this group for the international level,” said Klinsmann, who is also U.S. Soccer’s Technical Director. “As a former coach of the U-21 Austria team, he has a lot of experience connecting to the younger generation of players. Having been with the senior National Team these past years, he understands the challenges of putting together a team with players coming from all over. Andi is absolutely ready to step into this role, and he deserves this opportunity.”

As a player, Herzog was a former teammate of Klinsmann at German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, where the two celebrated winning a UEFA Cup championship in 1996. Herzog capped off his professional career with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy in 2004.

On the international front, Herzog is Austria’s leading capwinner, having made 103 appearances and scoring 26 goals for Austria from 1988-2003.

Tickets go on Sale Jan. 30 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play longtime rival Mexico, presented by AT&T, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets for the match go on sale to the public next Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (TICKETS)

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer’s Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found on ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The previous friendly between the U.S. and Mexico was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The U.S. begins its 2015 campaign Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a match against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN). Following the game in South America, the U.S. returns to host Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in a 1 p.m. PT kickoff at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS).

Boletos salen a la venta el 30 de enero para USA-MEX, Presentado por At&T

CHICAGO (23 de enero, 2015) -- La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos jugará contra México, presentado por AT&T, en el Alamodome de San Antonio, Texas, el miércoles, 15 de abril, a las 7:30 p.m. CT. El partido será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 1, UniMás y Univision Deportes Network. Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.

Los boletos para el partido salen a la venta al público el viernes, 30 de enero, a las 10 a.m. CT por medio de ussoccer.com, llamando por teléfono al 1-800-745-3000 y en todas las sucursales de Ticketmaster en el área de San Antonio al igual que en la taquilla del Alamodome (abierta de lunes a viernes, de 10 a.m. a 5 p.m.). (TICKETS)

Socios del Supporters Club y seguidores de U.S. Soccer en Facebook y Twitter tendrán acceso a comprar boletos antes de la venta al público. Más información sobre cómo unirse al Supporters Club y sus diferentes niveles de membrecía, al igual que enlaces a las páginas de Facebook y Twitter de U.S. Soccer, se encuentra en ussoccer.com. Otras preguntas pueden ser dirigidas a supporters@ussoccer.org.

Grupos de 30 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

El partido en San Antonio será el primer encuentro entres los rivales en la ciudad de San Antonio. El último amistoso internacional entre los equipos fue un empate de 2-2 frente a 59,066 aficionados el 2 de abril, 2014, en University of Phoenix Stadium en Glendale, Ariz.

EE.UU. comienza su campaña del 2015 el miércoles, 28 de enero, con un partido contra Chile en el Estadio El Teniente en Rancagua, Chile (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN). Después del partido en Sudamérica, EE.UU. regresa a recibir a Panamá el domingo, 8 de febrero, a las 1 p.m. PT en StubHub Center en Carson, Calif. (TICKETS)

U-20 MNT Faces El Salvador with World Cup Berth on Line

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, which earned a top seed in the playoff stage of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, will face fourth-seeded El Salvador on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica (5 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer Plus and FOXSoccer2Go). The winner earns a berth to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Should the USA secure a berth, it would also mark the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. would directly clinch a spot by virtue of a win against El Salvador. In the past two meetings at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament between these sides, the U.S. defeated El Salvador and clinched a berth in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In addition to FOX Soccer Plus and FOXSoccer2Go, the USA-El Salvador playoff match will be available on the FOX Sports Go app on phones, tablets and computers. Anyone authenticated as a FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 subscriber and has a provider that has FOX Sports Go can watch the game for free.

The U.S. finished in second place in Group A with a 3-1-1 record and claimed the top spot among the four playoff seeded teams. El Salvador finished third in Group B with a 2-1-2 record and was seeded fourth. The U.S. enters Saturday’s match having won three straight and outscoring its opponents by a combined 11-0 during this stretch. For the tournament, the U.S. has scored 12 goals and conceded two.

In group play, El Salvador drew Honduras (2-2) and Haiti (1-1), defeated Canada (3-1), lost to Mexico (3-1) and closed with a win against Cuba (2-0).

Group B winner Mexico and Group A winner Panama have already clinched berths to the World Cup and will play Saturday night to decide the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title. Before the USA-El Salvador match, Guatemala faces Honduras in the other playoff to determine the other berth from CONCACAF for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

USA vs. El Salvador (5 p.m. ET, Jan. 24; Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica; FOX Soccer Plus):

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT is 3-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in U-20 qualifying.
  • The first meeting between the two was in the 2nd CONCACAF Youth Championship in Guatemala on April 10, 1964, where the U.S. lost 4-2.
  • The U.S. defeated El Salvador 2-0 in its next match in the eighth edition of the tournament on Aug. 7, 1980, in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Four years later, the teams met twice at the 10th CONCACAF Youth Championship held at the National Stadium in Trinidad. Following a 1-1 draw in group play on Aug. 27, 1984, El Salvador then defeated the USA in the third-place match with a 3-0 win on Sept. 8, 1984.
  • The U.S. lost to El Salvador in group play on Aug. 20, 1994. Chad Barrett scored the lone goal in the 3-1 loss in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
  • The U.S. has won its past two encounters with El Salvador – and with each win advanced to that year’s U-20 Youth Championship / World Cup. On Nov. 15, 2002, the U.S. – playing with 10 men for 71 minutes – needed an 85th-minute own goal to defeat El Salvador 1-0 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The victory was the second for the U.S., following a 2-0 win against Haiti, and guaranteed the team at least a second-place finish in the four-team group, and therefore, one of the tournament’s two automatic berths for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
  • On March 10, 2009, the U.S. secured a place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 win against El Salvador in its final Group A match of the 22nd CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Bacolet, Tobago. First-half goals from Brek Shea and Tony Taylor secured the win as the U.S. finished with nine men after two ejections.

U.S. PNT Opens First Camp of 2015 in California

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp has brought in 22 players for the squad’s first camp of 2015, running Jan. 25-Feb. 1 in Chula Vista, California.

“It is a privilege to gather the players together for the first camp of 2015, which will be an important year for the squad with both the World Cup and the Parapan American Games taking place in the summer,” Sharp said. “In addition to the Senior Squad, I have called in eight younger members of our roster to create a Future Squad, therefore to allow these players to experience the national team environment and hopefully help to smooth their transition to full international honors.”

The 22-player group is the largest during Sharp’s tenure with the Paralympic National Team and includes four new players: midfielders Mason Abbiate, Mike Bush, Alan Peña and Ryan Rodrigues.

“This camp, although we are missing a few key individuals, is the strongest we have managed to gather since I took over as head coach,” Sharp said. “The players have been fantastic over the past 12 months with them all being focused on continuous improvement, but we now need to step this up again and show this on the world stage in six months’ time.”

Before the focus turns toward the World Cup and Parapan American Games, the USA is scheduled to participate in the 2015 Football 7-a-Side Povoa Tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, in late March.

The U.S. Paralympic National Team is coming off a 2014 campaign that included a third-place performance at the Copa America in Canada and a runner-up finish at the 9th International 7-a-Side Football Tournament in Spain.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.)
DEFENDERS (3): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Mason Abbiate (San Diego, Calif.), Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Mike Bush (Parker, Colo.), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Davon Hardeman (Houston, Texas), Alan Peña (Chula Vista, Calif.), Jarrett Razon (Niceville, Fla.), Ryan Rodrigues (South Jordan, Utah), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Sam Baker (Cleveland, Ohio), Jackson McCabe (Boulder, Colo.), Robert McChrystal (Boise, Idaho), Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.), Arman Sagart (San Diego, Calif.)

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 4, 2009 U-23 WNT vs Norway Under-23 Women 1-0 W La Manga; La Manga, Spain 0 Averbuch
February 6, 2009 U-23 WNT vs England Under-23 Women 3-0 W La Manga; La Manga, Spain 0 Klein, Cinalli, Quinn
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