U.S. Soccer

WNT Punches Ticket to Rio With 5-0 Win Against Trinidad & Tobago

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 19, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a berth to its sixth consecutive Olympic Games with a 5-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Canada earned CONCACAF’s other spot with a 3-1 victory against Costa Rica in the other semifinal and will meet the United States in the tournament’s championship game on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT live on NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

Alex Morgan’s third career hat trick led the way for the USA as she scored once in the first half and twice in the second while Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd also tallied. Lloyd increased her goals in Olympic Qualifying to 12 and is two goals away from tying Abby Wambach’s record of 14 goals career goals in this tournament.

Hope Solo earned her 94th shutout and recorded her 143rd win, further extending her U.S. records.

On the other end, T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes made more than a few excellent saves to keep the score down.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 12th minute:
Mallory Pugh sprinted past a defender down the left flank and cut a pass on the ground back into the middle. Heath made a hard run into the box and beat her defender to the ball to send a powerful spinning left-footed strike into the right side of the net. The goal was Heath’s first since the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final against Japan, USA1, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 30th minute: Kelley O’Hara sent a fantastic cross from the right side that Lindsey Horan got under near the far post and headed the ball back into the middle where Alex Morgan was waiting. Morgan used the inside of her left foot to tap it home for her 60th international goal. USA 2, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 43rd minute: Morgan Brian took a USA corner kick from the right and Carli Lloyd met the cross in the middle of the box to send a powerful header that slipped through the arms and legs of kneeling T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, who up until then had a fantastic game. USA 3, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL).

USA – Alex Morgan, 71st minute: Samantha Mewis headed the ball on goal but T&T defender Jennelle Cunningham was able to clear the ball off the goal line. Alex Morgan jumped on the clearance inside the six-yard box and again headed it on goal but Cunningham once again cleared it out, this time with her head. Morgan then pounced on the second rebound and this time to blasted home a left-footed shot for her second goal of the match. USA 4, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian), 72nd minute: Julie Johnston passed the ball to Morgan Brian who was just outside the penalty area. Brian the crossed it to the middle of the area where Alex Morgan volleyed it inside of the right post to complete her third career hat trick. USA 5, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 3rd minute:
Meghan Klingenberg slipped a pass into the penalty area for Alex Morgan on the left side. Morgan fired hard and low, but Kimika Forbes did a great job to put her body in front of the ball and blocked the attempt with her legs to keep the game scoreless early on.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 22nd minute: Carli Lloyd outran a pair of defenders into the box and blasted a powerful attempt to the middle of the net but Kimika Forbes was once again alert batted the ball away.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 29th minute: Carli Lloyd fed Alex Morgan into the left side of the penalty area, but Forbes once again used her body well to block the shot with her legs.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Canada in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. has qualified for its sixth consecutive Olympics and will attempt to win the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship for the fourth consecutive time. The championship final will match can be viewed live NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to nine consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
  • The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. It remains unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a 17-0-1 record.
  • Tonight’s match was the second consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It was also Pugh’s second career start.
    • Johnston and Horan played in their third Olympic qualifier. They both made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. Samantha Mewis played in her second Olympic Qualifying match when she came in for Horan in the 60th minute.
    • With tonight’s start, five players in the lineup have now seen action in every game so far in the tournament: Lloyd, Morgan, Brian, Klingenberg and Pugh. Lloyd is the only one to have started every match so far in the tournament. Dunn and Press, who came in as subs in the second half in the 66th and 59th, have also played in all four matches.
    • Lloyd and Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home venue, BBVA Compass Stadium and combined for the USA’s third goal.
    • Lloyd is the only player at this year’s Olympic Qualifying tournament to have scored in all four games.
    • Morgan’s hat trick was her first since Nov. 28, 2012, against Ireland.
    • Seven players on the roster have scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Morgan (9), Dunn (6), Heath (4), Press (3), O’Hara (1) and Mewis (1).
    • Heath’s goal marked her 13th international score.
    • Dunn, Morgan and Lloyd lead the scoring in this year’s tournament with six, five and four goals, respectively.
    • Sauerbrunn made her 99th appearance for the WNT, and could hit the century mark if she plays on Sunday’s championship match.
    • Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. She recorded her first career assist against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. She assisted on another goal in tonight’s match.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd leads the team with 13 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals scored, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine tallies and Crystal Dunn has six.
  • Lloyd earned her 216th cap tonight while Hope Solo recorded her 189th, extending her own record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Lloyd has now scored 86 international goals and remains in sixth place on the WNT’s all-time scoring list. Lloyd has scored 23 goals in the USA’s last 18 matches starting with the Round of 16 game vs. Colombia at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute, Morgan tied Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She then scored two more and with 62 goals now has sole possession of eighth place.
  • Solo played in her 11th Olympic Qualifying match, earning her 94th shutout tonight and 143rd wins.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            3          2          5
TRI                              0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                         30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                              43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                    71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                          73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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WNT Feb 19, 2016

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             3          2          5
TRI                               0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                                  12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                                30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                                    43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                       71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                                 73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                     27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

U.S. WNT vs. Canada: Familiar Foes Highlight North American Strength

Though it’s true that the U.S. Women’s National Team has built powerful rivalries and has a long-standing history with countries such as Japan, China PR, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, France and Norway, few produce the intensity seen in a USA-Canada match. While every international match is important, USA vs. Canada brings with it a few factors that make this one of the most interesting matchups in women’s soccer. There’s the proximity between countries, the familiarity between players, many of whom are or have been club teammates, the shared language (not the French part), and the honor of always reaching for the title of best in CONCACAF.

Canada is currently ranked fourth in the world – its highest ever ranking – and most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games (to go along with its bronze from 2012). Canada has steadily been climbing up the rankings, while the USA, a three-time World Cup Champion and four-time Olympic Gold medalist sits atop the FIFA rankings.

While the USA has only lost to Canada on three occasions (1986, 2000 and 2001), Canada has come very close a couple of times since – most notably during the 2012 Olympics – but the USA has found ways to triumph, sometimes in dramatic fashion.

The U.S. WNT and Canada have played each other 56 times, tying for the most common opponent in U.S. history along with China PR. The two teams have played each other often and in all types of the international games. There’s been USA vs. Canada in friendlies, in World Cup and Olympic Qualifying, and in Olympic Games and World Cups. Overall, the USA and Canada have played each other nine times in official competitions. The U.S. has gone 9-0-0 in these, outscoring Canada 27-6, but it’s the last five years that have brought some of the best games in the series for these two sides.

Of course, the most memorable match came during the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics when Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute to earn a 4-3 U.S. win in what still stands as the latest goal scored in FIFA history. Canada superstar Christine Sinclair played one of the greatest matches in women’s soccer history that day, scoring all three goals for her country.


Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal vs. Canada in the 123rd minute at the 2012 Olympics, the latest goal scored in FIFA history.

The teams played two friendlies in 2014, the first on Jan. 31, a 1-0 USA win, and again on May 8 in Winnipeg – about a year before the 2015 Women’s World Cup – in a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw. The most recent meeting came on Feb. 21, in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship.

The USA won the game 2-0 and claimed the regional title with goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, both players with the Portland Thorns, where they are captained by Sinclair, Canada’s all-time leading scorer and the second-leading scorer in world history behind U.S. legend Abby Wambach.

The U.S. now heads to Vancouver to play the first of a two-game home-and-away series against Canada in November. The first match will be played on November 9 at BC Place and will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT and be broadcast on ESPN2 and UDN. The teams will then travel to the USA and meet again on November 12 (6 p.m. PT; FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.  The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and her legendary long-range goal.

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WNT Aug 21, 2017

WNT to End 2017 Schedule vs. Canada in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 12

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., in the second of a two-game, home-and-away series of friendlies to end the USA’s 2017 schedule. The game will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1.

The first match, which was announced on June 29, will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on Nov. 9 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) before the teams travel south to meet again three days later in Northern California.

“The overall quality of our schedule in 2017 has been excellent and these games will be a great way to end the year,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis said. “From March until November, we’ll have played top teams from every Confederation except Africa and these games against Canada continue that trend while matching up two teams that are very familiar with each other. We want to continue to put our players in those challenging situations while asking them to excel. That’s how we get answers and how we get better as individuals and as a group.”

TICKETS FOR SAN JOSE
Tickets for the match in San Jose go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Avaya Stadium except on the day of the event.]

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 the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.

TICKETS FOR VANCOUVER
Individual tickets for the match in Vancouver are on sale via Ticketmaster.ca. Discounted group tickets for parties of 10 or more are also on sale (U.S. fans ordering group tickets can indicate that they would like to sit in U.S. supporter sections when they complete the order form).

Additional Notes:

  • The match in San Jose will be the final game of 2017 for the U.S. WNT.
  • The USA is 47-3-6 all-time against Canada, which is ranked fourth in the world.
  • While the USA and Canada have played each other 56 times (tied with China PR for the most common opponent in U.S. WNT history), only twice before have the neighbors played back-to-back games in a home-and-away format.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, where the USA won 2-0 to take the regional title after both teams had already qualified for Brazil by winning semifinal matches.
  • While the USA has a long history of success against Canada, the nine meetings since the turn of the decade have featured two ties and three one-goal wins for the USA.
  • The match in Northern California will mark the USA’s ninth visit to San Jose, but just the third visit to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. The USA played at Avaya on Mother’s Day 2015, defeating the Republic of Ireland 3-0, and again last November in an 8-1 victory against Romania.
  • The USA’s first six matches in San Jose were all at historic Spartan Stadium.
  • The U.S. Women have never lost in San Jose, going 8-0-0 while scoring 39 goals and allowing just two.
  • The U.S. WNT has numerous players with Bay Area connections. Defender Kelley O’Hara, forward Christen Press and goalkeeper Jane Campbell all attended Stanford. Forward Alex Morgan attended UC Berkeley, while defender Julie Ertz attended Santa Clara University, which is very close to Avaya Stadium, and forward Lynn Williams is from Fresno, Calif., about 150 miles southeast of Avaya Stadium.
  • The matches against Canada will feature numerous club teammates squaring off as the Canadians have 11 players in the NWSL, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair of the Portland Thorns and three goalkeepers in Stephanie Labbe of the Washington Spirit, Sabrina D’Angelo of North Carolina FC and Kailen Sheridan of Sky Blue FC.
  • The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and epic long-range goal.
  • The first came in 1995 when the USA defeated Canada 9-1 in Dallas on May 19 and then traveled to Edmonton and won 2-1 in what were the final matches before the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In 2001, the teams tied 2-2 in Toronto on June 30 and then traveled to Blaine, Minn., where the USA earned a 1-0 victory on July 3.
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WNT Aug 21, 2017

WNT on TV: North Carolina Takes on Washington on Lifetime’s Game of the Week

The first-place North Carolina Courage welcomes bottom of the table Washington Spirit on Saturday afternoon while Sky Blue FC will try to bounce back against Seattle after failing to gain ground over the last two weeks. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:

NWSL

Saturday, Aug. 19
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
Sitting in last place in the league standings, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will embrace the difficult task visitors against the red-hot No. 1 North Carolina Courage in Saturday’s televised Lifetime Game of the Week. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith are coming off back-to-back wins in the last eight days and have helped the Courage take a firm grasp of the top playoff seed.

North Carolina won the earlier meeting this year 1-0 in Washington. A win against the Spirit would give the Courage three straight home wins, tying their season-high for consecutive home victories.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Orlando is making ground in the race for the playoffs, jumping to a fourth after a big 5-0 win against New Jersey, before dropping to its current fifth place after the three midweek games. Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris now travel north to take on Boston in search of a vitally important three points that could once again catapult the Pride into one of those four coveted playoff spots. Rose Lavelle has been listed out for this weekend’s match as she continues the tail end of her rehab from her hamstring injury.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the clubs in league play. The home team has won each of the first three games in the series, giving Orlando the slight 2W-1L edge. Orlando’s five goals last weekend were the most scored in a single game in team history.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a few weeks of climbing up the standings, Sky Blue FC found itself on the losing end of a 5-0 match against Orlando last weekend, prompting a drop in the standings. Currently in sixth place, Kelley O’Hara’s team is four points behind fourth-place Seattle, making this weekend’s game vital for both teams if they want to remain solidly in playoff contention. It also will be the first meeting for the two teams since that epic nine-goal game back on July 22 at Memorial Stadium. Megan Rapinoe will not play in the game as she continues rehab from knee surgery.

Seattle is unbeaten in its last three games against Sky Blue (1W-2D), including a 5-4 win in July that saw eight goals scored in the second half.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Despite losing its match on Wednesday to FC Kansas City, Portland remains in second place in the standings, five points behind the NWSL-leading North Carolina. Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Lindsey Horan will now take on the Houston Dash at home with hopes of continuing to secure its spot in the postseason. Carli Lloyd is out as she continues her rehab from her ankle injury. Morgan Brian is listed as questionable.

Portland is unbeaten in its last three games against Houston (2W-1D), outscoring the Dash 6-2 over that span. Portland has won their last four home games, posting two clean sheets over that time.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Currently in third place in the league, Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars are coming off back-to-back home losses and will play their second game this week on Sunday evening when they welcome Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to Toyota Park.

Chicago has lost just one of their last eight regular season games against Kansas City (4W-3D). Chicago has never lost three straight home games.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app, now available for both iOS and Android users.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff, M.L.S. Clashes Highlight the Weekend

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his September World Cup Qualifying roster in a little more than a week's time, for many players this weekend’s matches present one final chance to state their case for inclusion for the massive games against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Here's a sample of things to watch for:

  • The German Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend with U.S. MNT players Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Julian Green, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson and their clubs all featured across the FOX family of networks  Saturday and Sunday.
  • MNT center back Geoff Cameron and Stoke City take center stage Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to Bet365 Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET – NBC, UNIVERSO).
  • On Saturday night, a big M.L.S. showdown is on tap in suburban Chicago as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC visit Dax McCarty and third-place Chicago Fire (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • A similarly tantalizing clash takes place out west as Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez and FC Dallas try to make up their two-point deficit on Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC (8:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • Cap the weekend Sunday night when Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and Seattle Sounders FC aim to keep up the pressure at the top of the Western Conference when they welcome Minnesota United FC to CenturyLink Field (10 p.m. ET – FS1, FOX Deportes).

Here’s a full rundown of how to watch U.S. MNT players with their clubs this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, Aug. 18

Darlington Nagbe, Sacha Kljestan, Luis Robles

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Jorge Villafaña

Club Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna

10 p.m.

UDN

Saturday, Aug. 19

Julian Green

Hertha Berlin vs. Stuttgart

9:30 a.m.

FOX Deportes

Christian Pulisic

Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Bobby Wood

Hamburg vs. Augsburg

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Plus

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. Leeds United

11:30 a.m.

ESPN3

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City vs. Arsenal

12:30 p.m.

NBC, UNIVERSO

Dom Dwyer

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

8 p.m.

MLS Live

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Paul Arriola, Bill Hamid

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

9 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo

10 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Aug. 20

Danny Williams

Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

8:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Timmy Chandler

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Fabian Johnson

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Köln

12 p.m.

FS1

Sean Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution

6 p.m.

MLS Live

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

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MNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT in Germany Season Preview

Kicking off this weekend, the German Bundesliga campaign promises another inviting opportunity for a number of U.S. players looking to further cement places with their clubs and in the MNT setup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s an outlook for six U.S. internationals as they begin their Bundesliga seasons:

Christian Pulisic

Set to turn 19 next month, Christian Pulisic comes off an incredible first full season with Borussia Dortmund where he racked up five goals and nine assists in 43 competitive matches. Along with the personal stats, the youngster became just the second U.S. MNT player to win the DFB-Pokal when BVB dispatched reigning champions Bayern Munich on penalty kicks.

WATCH: Pulisic Opens 2017-18 Account in German Super Cup

Now under the direction of Dutch manager Peter Bosz, Pulisic has already opened his account jn the new campaign, tallying the opening goal in BVB’s German Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Aug. 5. Pulisic should help the club as it looks to challenge Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga this season, make further progress in the UEFA Champions League and defend its German Cup crown.

Fabian Johnson

The longest-tenured current U.S. MNT player in Germany, Fabian Johnson is set to remain in the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future thanks to the contract extension he signed which will keep him with Borussia Mönchengladbach through 2020. That renewal came in May on the heels of a lengthy injury layoff that saw the midfielder miss nine matches down the stretch for the Foals and also forced him out of the USA’s important World Cup Qualifiers in March.

Though Johnson returned to play as a substitute in the club’s final two matches of the season, ‘Gladbach missed him dearly and the club finished mid-table, four points out of qualification for a spot in the Europa League. Now with a clean bill of health, Johnson and ‘Gladbach aim to finish back in the top six this season.

Bobby Wood

Having moved from Second Division side Union Berlin to the storied club Hamburg SV before the start of the last campaign, Bobby Wood’s first season in the Bundesliga was a bit of a roller coaster. Individually, Wood led the Die Rothosen in scoring, tallying nine goals across all competitions. Collectively, Hamburg struggled mightily throughout the season and avoided the Bundesliga relegation playoff on the final day of the season with a dramatic win that allowed HSV to remain the only club to have been in the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.

Now set for his second season in the Germany's top division and with a new contract in hand, Wood will be expected to continue being the workhorse and bagging goals up top. If he maintains the same scoring pace as the last two seasons, Hamburg will be a good bet to finish higher up the table come May.

John Brooks

U.S. MNT defender John Brooks made a huge splash this summer when he secured a $22.5 million move from Hertha Berlin to VfL Wolfsburg, setting a new record transfer figure for a U.S. player. Unfortunately, Brooks will have to wait to make an impact with his new club after going down with a thigh injury just 37 minutes into his debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 DFB-Pokal win at Eintracht Nordstedt.

Scheduled to be out the next three months, Wolfsburg and the MNT will have to manage without services in the interim and will look forward to his return later in the year.

Timmy Chandler

U.S. MNT - Timmy ChandlerTimmy Chandler’s 32 league appearances set a personal best last season as he helped Eintracht Frankfurt to an 11th place finish. Chandler will hope to keep up that consistency for Die Adler this year and has already started on the right foot, scoring the opening goal in Frankfurt’s 3-0 DFB-Pokal win against Erndtebrück last Saturday.

More strong performances for his club will also keep Chandler in the conversation for the U.S. MNT’s right back position, along with DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi and Eric Lichaj. 

Julian Green

A long apprenticeship without much playing time at Bayern Munich led to forward Julian Green’s midseason transfer to Second Division side Stuttgart in January. Entrenched in a fight for the league title as well as promotion, Green was limited to 10 appearances with Die Roten as the club won the championship and bounced back up to the top flight.

Competing for and earning minutes will go a long way towards putting Green back in the picture for the U.S. MNT, as memories of his strike against Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup leave fans yearning for more.

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MNT Aug 18, 2017
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