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U.S. MNT Opens 2015 Campaign in Chile on Jan. 28 at Rancagua

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
International Friendly
Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Jan. 28, 2015

U.S. MNT OPENS 2015 CAMPAIGN IN CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Chile to open its 2015 schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on FOX Sports 2, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

This marks the USA’s first international friendly in South America since the team’s 2-1 victory against Chile on Jan. 29, 2000. The U.S. is 1-4-1 all-time in South American-based friendlies, with the USA also playing Bolivia to a scoreless draw on Jan. 24, 1999.

KLINSMANN NAMES 23 FOR TWO FRIENDLIES: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 23-player roster for the team’s international friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster. After the Jan. 28 match against Chile, the USA returns to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, in preparation for the Feb. 8 home opener against Panama. Kickoff at StubHub Center is at 1 p.m. PT and will be live on ESPN, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PT).

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
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)

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

4 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

3 p.m.

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

TBD

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

June 10

Germany

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

USA VS. CHILE:

  • The United States is 3-4-2 all-time against Chile in a series that dates back to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Chile won the first meeting between the two sides, posting a 5-2 victory on July 2, 1950, knocking the USA out of the World Cup, just three days after the U.S. posted its historic 1-0 win against England on June 29.
  • Chile had the upper hand in the series, going 4-0-1 in the first five meetings and outscoring the U.S. by a 14-4 margin.
  • Since then, the U.S. is in the midst of a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against Chile that started with a 2-1 victory on July 8, 1995, in the teams’ opener of the 1995 Copa America in Paysandu, Uruguay. Eric Wynalda scored both goals for the USA. The U.S. would reach the tournament semifinals and Wynalda would earn all-tournament team recognition.
  • After the Copa America, the USA earned two more 2-1 wins against Chile in international friendlies. The first came on Feb. 21, 1999, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as midfielders Ben Olsen and Eddie Lewis each scored their first international goals . Lewis played a significant role one year later, scoring the opening goal and assisting Cobi Jones’ game-winner in the 88th minute for a 2-1 victory on Jan. 29, 2000, in Coquimbo, Chile.
  • In the most recent matchup, the USA and Chile played to a 1-1 draw on Jan. 22, 2011, in Carson, California. After falling behind early in the second half, Teal Bunbury tallied a game-tying penalty kick in the 75th minute.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players 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.
  • Eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team: Steve Birnbaum, Matt Hedges, Jon Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes.
  • 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 Gil and 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, 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, Kempin, O’Neill, Serna, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy: Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Clint Dempsey is currently tied with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri for seventh all-time in career appearances with 110.
  • Dempsey is the second-leading goal scorer in MNT history with 39 goals, and he is tied for second all-time in assists (13) with DaMarcus Beasley.
  • Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick goal against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014, boosted his career total to 25, good for sole possession of fifth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Altidore passed Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore has 25 goals in 76 games.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 91 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley is ranked 10th all-time in career assists with 12, one behind Beasley and Dempsey. Bradley’s 12 goals tie him for 15th all-time with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
  • Nick Rimando ranks sixth on the all-time wins list with 10. He has never lost a game for the National Team (10-0-2).
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied for 21st on the all-time list with nine goals in 25 games, sharing that place with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. Wondolowski is one goal behind 20th-place Eddie Lewis (10 goals from 1996-2008).
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (33-15-11) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Team-leading goals from Jozy Altidore in 2014
  • 8: Players on U.S. MNT roster seeking first international cap
  • 14: Chile’s current FIFA ranking
  • 25: Career goals by Altidore, who is fifth on the USA’s all-time list
  • 27: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 33: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 39: Career goals by Clint Dempsey, who is second on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 110: Career caps for Dempsey, who is tied for seventh all-time in USA history

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-15-11 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (33), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 18, 2014 – Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Ireland – International Friendly

USA  1  Mix Diskerud 39
IRL  4  Anthony Pilkington 7, Robbie Brady 55, James McClean 82, Robbie Brady 86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Bill Hamid; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 21-Timmy Chandler (24-Jordan Morris, 76); 15-Kyle Beckerman (2-Tim Ream, 87); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Rubio Rubin, 77), 4-Alfredo Morales (3-Greg Garza, 65); 18-Chris Wondolowski (19-Bobby Wood, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 25-Sean Johnson 
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

IRL: 23-Shay Given (22-Rob Elliot, 85); 6-Cyrus Christie, 20-Alex Pearce, 5-Ciaran Clark, 17-Robbie Brady; 13-Anthony Pilkington (11-James McClean, 64), 18-Stephen Quinn, 12-David Meyler (capt.); 14-Anthony Stokes (7-Aiden McGeady, 60); 21-David McGoldrick (9-Shane Long, 77), 10-Daryl Murphy (8-Jeff Hendrick, 77)
Subs Not Used: 2-Seamus Coleman, 4-John O’Shea, 15-Richard Keogh, 16-Darren Randolph, 19-Jon Walters
Head Coach: Martin O’Neill

On the field against Chile:
Jan. 22, 2011 – Home Depot Center; Carson, California – International Friendly

USA   1   Teal Bunbury (penalty) 75
CHI   1   Esteban Paredes 53

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nick Rimando (1-Sean Johnson, 46); 15-Sean Franklin, 5-Tim Ream, 4-Omar Gonzalez (2-Marvell Wynne, 46), 12-Zach Loyd (3-Anthony Wallace, 73); 8-Jeff Larentowicz, 10-Dax McCarty (capt.); 7-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Eric Alexander, 83) 16-Mix Diskerud, 21-Brek Shea (17-Juan Agudelo, 60); 11-Chris Wondolowski (9-Teal Bunbury, 60)
Subs not used: 6-A.J. DeLaGarza
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CHI: 1-Paulo Garces, 16-Paulo Maglhaes, 5-Sebastian Toro, 2-Eugenio Mena, 3-Juan Abarca, 8-Fernando Meneses (capt.), 6-Francisco Silva, 20-Luis Pedro Figueroa (14-Felipe Seymour, 46), 9-Esteban Paredes, 18-Edson Puch, 10-Daude Gazele (4-Lucas Dominguez, 71)
Subs not used: 7-Franco Ragusa, 11-Felipe Gutierrez, 12-Raul Olivares, 13-Santiago Dittborn, 15-Nicolas Mancilla
Head Coach: Marcelo Bielsa

In Focus: Chile

The U.S. Men's National Team faces 14th-ranked Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).

IN FOCUS: CHILE
Football Federation of Chile (Federación de Fútbol de Chile)
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1913
Head Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
FIFA World Ranking: 14
Best World Cup Finish: 1962 (third place)

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paulo Garcés (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Cornejo (Audax Italiano), Paulo Díaz (Palestino), Gonzalo Fierro (Colo-Colo), Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile), Erick Pulgar (Universidad Católica), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Cristián Suárez (Universidad de Chile)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Carrasco (Audax Italiano), Gonzalo Espinoza (Universidad de Chile), Marco Medel (Santiago Wanderers), Diego Valdés (Audax Italiano), Jaime Valdés (Colo-Colo), César Valenzuela (Palestino)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Delgado (Colo-Colo), Mark González (Universidad Católica), Roberto Gutiérrez (Universidad Católica), Ángelo Sagal (Huachipato), Andrés Vilches (Huachipato)

CHILE ROSTER NOTES:

  • Chile’s roster features two members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad: defender José Rojas and goalkeeper Johnny Herrera.
  • Rojas played in seven World Cup qualifying matches and also featured once in the FIFA World Cup, coming off the bench during Chile’s shootout loss in the Round of 16 against Brazil on June 28.
  • Herrera served as a backup goalkeeper during the FIFA World Cup. He featured in two matches at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, including a 4-1 loss in Group C play against the U.S. U-20 MNT on June 20.
  • Chile advanced out of a difficult Group B at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that featured group winner and eventual third-place tournament finisher the Netherlands, defending champion Spain (won the 2010 FIFA World Cup) and Australia. Chile earned a 3-1 win against Australia and a 2-0 victory against Spain and fell to the Netherlands 2-0.
  • Playing in just his second game and first start with Chile’s senior team, 21-year-old forward Juan Delgado scored a goal to lead his side to a 1-0 victory against Haiti on Sept. 9, 2014, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Defender Cristián Suárez was a member of Chile’s U-20 squad at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting on the back line during the team’s 1-0 victory in the third-place match against Austria on July 22 at National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.
  • Defender Paulo Díaz is the son of former Chile center back Ítalo Díaz, who featured twice for the national team in 2001.

Richie Williams Names 28 Players to U-17 MNT 2015 Spring Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew SC Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew SC Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

U-17s Hope Depth, International Success Translate in Qualifying

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is coming off a 2014 campaign that had many highs and also a couple key learning moments as the group forges ahead for 2015.

The U-17s enter an important stretch that starts with the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in late February and early March, opening Group A play against Cuba on Feb. 27. Head coach Richie Williams feels there is a solid base heading into the qualifying stage, with the hopes of advancing to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

“Over the past year and a half to two years, we’ve definitely been making sure we have a team that has some depth,” Williams said from the team’s January camp in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. “We feel confident in our pool, and we approach tournaments by giving them the opportunities, start in games and gain international experience. When we form our 20-player roster, we know we can rely on having a confident group of players, with anybody we put on the field.”

The U-17s recently named their Residency Program roster for the spring semester. A large contingent is returning to Bradenton, Florida, with 24 of the 28 players being a part of this group this past fall.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17s had a 17-7-3 international performance in 2014, including a 13-game unbeaten streak to open the year. Williams’ group wrapped up its international schedule with the Nike International Friendlies in late November and early December. The USA opened with victories against England and Australia, but the defending champion fell short of retaining its crown with a loss to Brazil in the finale on Dec. 2.

“The first two games went very well against England and Australia, and the Brazil game just didn’t go the way that we wanted it to,” Williams said. “Certain parts of the game we played well and other parts we made mistakes. We didn’t have a consistent enough performance to compete with Brazil that day. In the past, we have had games against them where we’ve competed well, winning the previous Nike Friendlies against them. But it was a good learning experience. When you compete in an international game, you have to show up for 90 minutes, and it is a constant reminder when we go into qualifying.”

The U-20 MNT is coming off a third-place performance at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and for some players who were part of the U-17 group that fell short in 2013 qualifying, it served as a good stepping stone to accomplish this task at the older age group two years later. Among this group, former U-17 captain Shaquell Moore was named to the all-tournament team.

“That is the goal of our youth national teams, to see the U-17s advance to the U-18s, U-20s and senior team,” Williams said. “It was great to see Shaq Moore, John Requejo, Conor Donovan, Tyler Turner, Junior Flores, Bradford Jamieson who wasn’t at U-17 qualifying but was a part of Residency, to be a part of this U-20 qualifying group. I’m happy for them. They worked extremely hard and they deserved it.”

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Drawn into Group C at 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Jan. 27, 2015) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will face the Bahamas, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda in Group C at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, from March 28-April 4 in El Salvador. The Official Draw took place today at the Intercontinental Real San Salvador Hotel.

The U.S. will open Group C play against Antigua and Barbuda on March 28, face Barbados on March 30, and the Bahamas on March 31 to wrap up group matches.

"We are eager and looking forward to defend our championship," said U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto. "These next few weeks are key for us in preparing for the tournament. Although we are familiar with Bahamas and Barbados, Antigua has a bit of an unknown. With 16 nations fighting for two World Cup spots this will be the most difficult qualification yet. CONCACAF and the LOC in El Salvador have worked hard to host a first class event."

A record of 16 participating nations were separated into four groups of four, all of which will engage in round-robin play over the tournament’s first four match days, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the next round. All eight teams will then play on the remaining match dates. Quarterfinals will then take place on April 2, semifinals on April 3 and finals on April 4.

The two finalists will then compete for the regional crown and also automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal, July 9-19.

The defending CONCACAF champions, the USA has won the event twice, once in 2006 and most recently in 2013. Its latest title came after an undefeated championship run that culminated with a 5-4 victory over El Salvador in the tournament final. Alongside Mexico, the USA is the only other nation in the Confederation with two titles in the event.

Group A will consist of El Salvador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Belize. Group B is made up of Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe and Turks and Caicos. Group D is headed by Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All tournament matches will be held at Estadio de Futbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, capital city of El Salvador. The complete tournament schedule will be released at a later date.


First Round Groups

Group A

  1. El Salvador
  2. Jamaica
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. Belize

Group B

  1. Mexico
  2. Trinidad & Tobago
  3. Guadeloupe
  4. Turks and Caicos

Group C

  1. USA
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Antigua & Barbuda

Group D

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Guatemala
  3. Panama
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands

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