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Tickets for Men’s Olympic Qualifying Semifinals and Final in Sandy, Utah Go On Sale Sept. 11

CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2015) – Tickets for the semifinal and final rounds of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, will go on sale on Sept. 11.

The semifinal round will kick off on Oct. 10, while the final and third-place games will be played on Oct. 13.

Tickets for the doubleheader events in Utah go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

The winners of the semifinal matches at Rio Tinto Stadium will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in the third-place match. The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

A total of eight teams will compete in the Olympic Qualifying Championship: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America (Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica) and two from the Caribbean (Haiti, Cuba). The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A where it will be joined by Canada, Panama and Cuba. The U.S. opens group play against Canada on Oct. 1, then faces Cuba on Oct. 3 and Panama on Oct. 10. The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to the semifinals.

Tickets for the group stage matches are already available and can be purchased through ussoccer.com.

2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Schedule

Date

Event

Start Times

Location [Click for Tickets]

Oct. 1

Group A Doubleheader*

5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 2

Group B Doubleheader**

6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 3

Group A Doubleheader*

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 4

Group B Doubleheader**

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 6

Group A Doubleheader*

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 7

Group B Doubleheader**

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 10

Semifinal Doubleheader

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

Oct. 13

Third Place & Final

5 p.m. and 8 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

* USA to play in second match
** Mexico to play in second match

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RFK Stadium History

Though originally built in 1961 to house Washington, D.C.’s National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, RFK Stadium has become a cathedral of sorts for soccer in the United States.

Having served as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, RFK has been a center piece of international soccer in the United States for more than two decades.

Outside those competitions, the U.S. MNT has its own storied history at the venue that dates back to a 1-1 draw with China on Oct. 6, 1977. The 22 Men’s National Team matches hosted at the old ground are more than any other stadium, and along the way some very memorable MNT moments have been made.

Here’s a few:

Check out some of the best moments throughout the years at RFK Stadium.

U-23 MNT Falls to England 1-0 in Olympic Qualifying Warmup

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team began its camp in England with a narrow 1-0 defeat against England at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, England. 

A hard fought defensive effort was spoiled when England’s winning goal came after the Young Lions played a quick free kick and beat the recovering U.S. defense down the left side.

England a strong attack, bolstered by a number of Premier League regulars, but for most of the match the U.S. defenders proved equal to their counterparts.

The U.S. offense responded with a handful of strong attacks, with its best chance coming on a blast from Mario Rodriguez that England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford finger-tip saved on a dive.

The U-23’s will conclude their final camp before the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament when they play Qatar at Gigg Lane in Bury, England on sept. 8. 

Game Notes:

  • Emerson Hyndman, Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Rubio Rubin and Matt Miazga, who each participated in the 2015 U-20 World Cup for the U.S., made appearances for the U-23’s in tonight’s match.
  • Shane O’Neill made the start as captain.
  • Gboly Ariyibi, Matt Polster, Eric Miller, Steffen, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Hyndman and Wil Trapp made their first appearances with the U-23’s in 2015.

-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: United States U-23 vs. England U-21
Date: September 3, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Deepdale Stadium; Preston, England
Kickoff: 2:40 p.m. ET (7:40 p.m. Local)
Weather: 55 degrees cloudy

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

ENG-James Wilson                72nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper (12-Zack Steffen, 46); 3-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Oscar Sorto, 61), 19-Matt Miazga, 4-Shane O’Neill (capt.) (2-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 62), 15-Eric Miller (7-Dillon Serna, 86); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 8-Emerson Hyndman (21-Matt Polster, 63), 6-Wil Trapp, 13-Marc Pelosi (9-Gboly Ariyibi, 86) 18-Mario Rodriguez (23-Rubio Rubin, 63), 11-Alonso Hernandez (10-Luis Gil, 61)
Subs Not Used: 14-Benji Joya, 5-Will Packwood, 24-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

ENG: 1-Jordan Pickford (13-Angus Gunn, 61); 2-Joe Gomez (12-Dominic Iorfa, 61), 5-Calum Chambers, 6-Eric Dier (15-Jack Stephens, 61), 3-Matt Targett (14-Kortney Hause, 61), 4-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 8-James Ward Prowse (16-Nathaniel Chalobah, 61), 7-Jordon Ibe (19-Duncan Watmore, 61), 10-Dele Alli (10-Jake Foster-Caskey); 11-Nathan Redmond (Solly March, 61), 9-Cauley Woodrow (20-James Wilson, 61)
Subs Not Used: None
Head Coach: Gareth Southgate

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 3 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 16 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
Mario Rodriguez (caution)      18th minute           

Officials:
Referee                       Alan Mario San (MLT
Referee 2                    Roberto Vella (MLT)
Referee 3                    Luke Portelli (MLT)
4th official                   Steve Martin (ENG)

MNT Players Settle in with New Clubs Across Europe

While the prime focus among players in Men’s National Team camp is preparing for next month’s CONCACAF Cup, four players in the group have recently settled their club situations for the newly started European campaign.

Winger DeAndre Yedlin was the latest player to clarify his club situation after finalizing a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur to fellow Barclays Premier League side Sunderland on Monday morning. After a month of uncertainty about where he’d be spending the season, the 22-year-old admitted relief at finding a landing spot.

This last month has been tough,” he said Tuesday. “It’s been pretty stressful. There have been so many different teams that have come up and then gone. A lot of it is out of my control, that was tough, but I’m relieved it’s over.”

After seeing the young American attacking talent fail to get first team minutes during his initial time with Spurs, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsman told reporters he was pleased with the loan move.

“Hopefully it gives him more playing time,” Klinsmann, himself a former Tottenham striker, said. “It looked pretty much that he didn’t get that playing time with Spurs because of their roster situation. With that move to Sunderland, things open up for him and hopefully they give him more opportunities to be on the field, to play Premier League minutes and that’s why we’re happy for him.”


DeAndre Yedlin will look to get a long run of games when he returns to English club Sunderland after the USMNT's friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

While there were rumors of suitors for Yedlin outside of the Premiership, the player agreed with Klinsmann about the opportunity to get Premier League minutes this season.

“I think it’s a league that you really have to get used to,” Yedlin said. “I think getting the experience playing in a Premier League team and hopefully getting consistent games is huge for me.”

Elsewhere in England, defender Tim Ream recently transferred from Bolton Wanderers to fellow English Championship side Fulham FC, despite being closely courted by the Cottagers’ cross-London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

“The move to Fulham came about pretty quick,” Ream told ussoccer.com. “QPR was interested and then Fulham kind of jumped in at the very last minute.”

What made the difference in Ream’s choice of destination? He admitted the past exploits of players like Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra at the club went a long way.

“Comparing the two clubs and knowing the American guys that have played there before and seeing the success they’ve had, it kind of pushed it over the top for me. It just seemed like a good fit not only for me personally and professionally, but it felt like a family club and that was something that was important to me.”

Despite going to a club that seems to have an affinity for American players, Ream admitted that it was difficult to leave Bolton.

“It was hard. There’s no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years there. Had some lows, had some highs, got relegated and struggled in my first year in the Championship, but all of a sudden things change and you have two really good seasons, the fans vote you Player of the Year two years in a row.

“My last day there, I was the very last one to leave the training ground that Thursday before the transfer went through. I choked up. It was home for me for three-and-a-half years and we met some really great people along the way.”

Having only secured his move a few weeks ago, Ream admitted he hasn’t fully settled at his new locale, but it didn’t take him long at all to make his way into the team.

“I’ve only been there 10 days now, but off the field stuff takes a bit. On the field, I feel good. I’ve trained four or five days and was thrown right into a Cup game, played 80 minutes and we won 3-0 against Sheffield United and then 90 minutes a few days later when we won 3-1 at Rotherham on Saturday. I’m right back to where I want to be and once camp is done here, I’m looking forward to getting back to Fulham.”


Tim Ream is the next MNT player to follow the well-trodden path of U.S. internationals at Fulham.

Perhaps the highest profile of the MNT moves this summer saw striker Aron Johannsson, whose late season goals helped AZ Aklmaar qualify for the UEFA Europa League, move from the Dutch side to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Because of Gold Cup duty, Johannsson didn’t get a full preseason with his new club, but has begun to find his way of late after starting the team’s last two matches and scoring his first goal – a 39th minute penalty kick – in Bremen’s 2-1 victory over Monchengladbach on Sunday.

“It was difficult not to get a full preseason with the team and sort of get thrown in with my teammates rather than get to play with them more and show them,” Johannsson told ussoccer.com. “This is football, this is life. It’s more challenging now and it’s been nice. Of course I need some more time to adjust 100 percent with the team, but with every game and every training session things get better and better.”

U.S. forward Bobby Wood returned to camp this week, hoping to replicate the strong showings he put in with game-winning goals in the early summer friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany.

Rather than continue with the team at July’s Gold Cup, Wood and Klinsmann agreed it would be best for him to stabilize his club situation over the offseason, with the 22-year-old forward eventually signing for 2.Bundesliga side Union Berlin.

“I think it’s really important that I got my move,” Wood told ussoccer.com. “It was a chaotic last season and it was good to be able to start fresh. It was important for me mentally to set myself up for a new beginning and I was thankful for the chance to do so.”

The decision to focus on his club situation over the summer seems to have worked out so far, with Wood starting each of the club’s five league matches thus far and scoring his first goal two weeks ago in a 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern.

“Everything is going good, I’m settled in and I’m trying to make my way and hopefully that translates here with the National Team.”

MNT's Alfredo Morales Excited for Meaningful Match against Peru

Like many of his teammates on the U.S. Men’s National Team, Alfredo Morales had eligibility to represent more than one country.

Born in Berlin to a German mother (Ruth) and Peruvian father (Galo), who gained American citizenship through his service in the U.S. Army, Morales chose to play for the United States in 2013.

Two years later, things have come full circle with his international career.

In June, Morales appeared as a substitute in the MNT’s 2-1 win against Germany in Cologne. Just over a month later, he was officially cap-tied to the United States after playing in the team’s 1-1 draw with Panama during the Gold Cup group stage.

Alfredo Morales March 31 Match Denmark

On Friday, Morales will have the opportunity to face the nation of his father’s birth as the MNT faces Peru for the first time in 15 years.

“Obviously it’s a very special game for me,” Morales told ussoccer.com. “My dad is from Peru and my whole family is Peruvian. Most of them live in the U.S., but it’s very special to me. I’m very excited and I want to beat them on Friday. It’s a big thing.”

Many of Morales’ uncles, aunts and cousins that live Stateside are based in Virginia. While he’s acquainted with them, it’s been 12 or 13 years since he’s seen his extended family, which makes Friday’s match at RFK Stadium even more special for the 25-year-old midfielder. Although he’s not quite sure which side they’ll be cheering for.

“I think I need about 15-20 tickets for the game,” he joked. “I hope they’re supporting me, but I think they just want to see a good game. They live in the U.S. and they’re very happy to be here. Of course they’re Peruvians, but I think they just want to enjoy the game and I hope they want to see me win.”

Along with seeing his extended family, Morales will also have the support of his father, who is flying in from Berlin on Thursday. Galo Morales kept Alfredo and his sister Rosa culturally connected to the nation of his birth, often cooking traditional Peruvian dishes of fish, beans and rice at the family’s home in Berlin.

“For him it’s also a very special game,” said Morales. “It’s a very big game for me and my family, but I think he’s just proud he can be in the stadium and watch a USA vs. Peru game with his son playing. It’s very special, and I hope I can do a good job and make everyone happy.”

While he takes pride in keeping his son connected to Peru, as a former U.S. serviceman, his father understood Alfredo’s ultimate desire to represent the United States. 

“He’s very proud,” Morales said of his father. “He was very happy for me. From the beginning he said it was the right decision, and I think it’s the right decision for me. The USA is a great country and I’m very proud to play here. For me it’s the right thing.”

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