U.S. Soccer

WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 2-0 on second half goals from Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath to win the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The win marks the fourth consecutive title in this tournament for the USA which has the longest unbeaten streak in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history and an overall 18-0-1 record. The USA earned its berth to the 2016 Olympics by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal on Feb. 19.

Horan opened the scoring on a header in the 53rd minute off an assist from Becky Sauerbrunn, who was celebrating her 100th appearance with the U.S. WNT. Tobin Heath added the second and final goal of the match in the 61st minute with a nifty finish after a weaving dribble and assist from Mallory Pugh. Pugh and Heath had combined for the winning goal against T&T two days earlier on a remarkably similar play.

In addition to winning the tournament title, the U.S. women also swept the individual awards. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper, Crystal Dunn took the Golden Boot as top scorer with six and Morgan Brian won the Golden Ball as best player. The USA also took home the Fair Play Award and had eight players named to the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Best XI: Solo, Kelley O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Horan, Brian, Heath, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Solo earned her 95th shutout and recorded her 144th win, further extending her U.S. records.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 53rd minute:
In her 100th cap, Becky Sauerbrunn brought down a clearance inside Canada’s half and lofted a ball back over the defense and deep into the penalty box. Horan beat her defender and the charging goalkeeper to the ball to flick home a header into the open net for her second international score and her first of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 61st minute: In a similar combination of players and events as the USA’s first goal in the competition’s semifinal match two days prior, Mallory Pugh made a dynamic run down the left flank. She beat her defender with a brilliant nutmeg and then raced into the box before playing a square ball on the ground through the penalty area. Tobin Heath made a hard run to the middle of the box and smashed a left- footer inside the near post for her 14th international score. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute:
Canada’s only shot on goal came in the 71st minute when Melissa Tancredi sent a menacing header towards the near post on the left side, but Solo was up to the task, reacting well to make the save and send the ball out of play for a corner kick. She then grabbed the ensuring cross to maintain the clean sheet and earn her 95th shutout.

CAN – Allysha Chapman, 88th minute: Tobin Heath once again had a fantastic opportunity to score from short range but Chapman’s quick reaction to block the shot near the goal line that was headed into the lower right corner kept the score down.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face England in the opening match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on March 3 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The She Believes Cup will run from March 3-9 and will take place in Tampa and Boca Raton, Florida, and Nashville, Tenn. The other two nations participating in the four-nation tournament that features a quartet of the world’s top five teams are France and Germany. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to 10 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. The team remains unbeaten all-time in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with an 18-0-1 record.
  • This marks the 11th overall CONCACAF title for the WNT, including four Olympic Qualifying tournaments and five Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her first goal in an Olympic qualifying match. It was her second international goal and first of 2016. The assist on that goal was the third of Becky Sauerbrunn’s career.
  • Tonight’s match was the third 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 third career start.
  • Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home club venue – BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Tobin Heath’s goal marked her 14th international score, fifth overall in Olympic Qualifying and second in 2016.
  • Eight players on the roster have now scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (9), Crystal Dunn (6), Heath (5), Christen Press (3), Horan (1), Kelley O’Hara (1) and Samantha Mewis (1).
  • Horan and Heath became the sixth and seventh U.S. WNT players to score in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament title match. Lindsay Tarpley, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, Lloyd and Morgan are the others. Wambach leads the group with three goals scored in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying title games. Morgan has two and the rest, one apiece.
  • 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 against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19.
  • U.S. head coach used her three subs on Press, who came on for Morgan in the 72nd minute, Dunn, who replaced Horan in the 82nd and Emily Sonnett, who came on for Pugh in stoppage time.

Milestone Watch:

  • Becky Sauerbrunn made her 100th appearance for the WNT, becoming the 35th U.S. woman to do so. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game. 
  • Carli Lloyd has 14 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances and Hope Solo is next with 12. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine, Crystal Dunn has six and Tobin Heath has five.
  • Lloyd earned her 217th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 190th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19, 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.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final 
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher 
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute 
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials: 
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

U-17 MNT Defeats Russia 3-1 at International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

PRAGUE (Aug. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down Russia 3-1 in its second group stage match at the International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek. MLS Homegrown players Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and James Sands (New York City FC) scored the first two goals for the USA and Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy) added a goal late to close out the scoring.

Goslin knocked in a scissor kick from the top of the box in the 24th minute to give the U.S. the lead. In the 37th, Sands, who captained the U-17s on the day, headed in a corner kick from Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy) for a 2-0 halftime lead. Russia got on the board late due to an own goal from the USA, but the red white and blue extended its lead back to two goals with an 88th minute score from Llanez, who slotted one into the corner from the top of the box. Last year, the U-18 USMNT also defeated Russia at this tournament with a 5-3 victory.

The U.S. will play its final Group B match on Friday against Japan at 11 a.m. ET. After an undefeated run to the tournament title last year for the U-18’s, the U-17’s are looking to repeat the feat in their final international tournament before October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. After the last round of group stage matches, the eight competing teams will be positioned into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: August 23, 2017
Competition:  24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Brozany nad Ohří; Prague
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F                                             

Russia                 0          1          1
USA                               2          1          3

Goals:
USA     #18- Christopher Goslin (Booth)             24th minute
USA     #14- James Sands (Mendez)                   37
RUS     Own Goal (Asensio)                                          86
USA     #23- Ulysses Llanez (Pereira)                           88

Lineups:
USA: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos; 24- Indiana Vassilev (2- Jaylin Lindsey, 72’), 15- Charlie Asensio, 14- James Sands (Captain) (6- Christopher Durkin, 46’), 13- Akil Watts; 16- Taylor Booth, 18- Christopher Goslin (10- George Acosta, 65’), 20- Alex Mendez; 23- Ulysses Llanez, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 17- Jacobo Reyes
Subs Not Used: 1- Justin Garces, 3- Christopher Gloster, 4- Tyler Shaver, 5- Arturo Vasquez, 7- Timothy Weah, 8- Blaine Ferri, 9- Joshua Sargent, 11- Andrew Carleton
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Russia: 12- Artem Delinian; 5- Maksim Sazonov, 16- Ilia Skrobotov, 3- Ilis Kalachev, 7- Sviatoslav Tses; 6- Nail Umiarov (Captain) (18- Nikita Khlusov, 56’), 8- Georgy Chelidze, 20- Mikhail Ignatov (9- Danil Prutsev, 69’); 14- Vitalii Zhironkin, 13- Dmitrii Molchanov (11- Danila Proshliakov, 71’), 19- Stanislav Krokhin (10- Kirill Kolesnichenko, 77’)
Subs Not Used: 1- Nikolai Zirikov; 2- Rail Abdulin, 4- Aleksandr Mikhailov, 5- Maksim Sazonov, 17- Vladislav Karapuzov
Head Coach: Andrey Gordeev 

Stats: RUS / USA
Shots: 14/16
SOG: 6/7
Fouls: 8/14
Corners: 4/2
Offsides: 4/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA     #10- George Acosta    70th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pael Franek
Assistant Referee: Petr Vit
Assistant Referee: Michal Novak

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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U.S. Soccer Donates to You Can Play After LGBT Pride Month Initiatives

CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will donate more than $65,000 to the You Can Play Project after a series of initiatives celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in June. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams wore pride-inspired jerseys with rainbow numbers during their June friendlies and the game-issued kits were autographed and auctioned online. All proceeds from the auction - which was a partnership with the respective players associations - as well as all sales of the jersey and a special commemorative hat have been donated to You Can Play. 

You Can Play is dedicated to insuring safety, inclusion and respect for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The organization believes that teams should assess athletes by their skill, hard work and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to U.S. Soccer, You Can Play has partnered with several major sports organizations, including Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. 

The MNT donned their Pride Month uniforms in a friendly against Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 3. The WNT sported the special edition kit during its summer swing through Scandinavia that garnered a pair of 1-0 wins against Sweden in Gothenburg and Norway in Sandefjord. National Team members also appeared in a video extolling the values of You Can Play: acceptance and inclusion of athletes from all backgrounds.

A long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, in 2016, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting. For the team’s first game after the tragedy, U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey to benefit the OneOrlando Fund and Equality Florida. 


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U-17 MNT Begins International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with 4-1 Win Vs. Hungary

PRAGUE  – (Aug. 22, 2017) - The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team kicked off its title defense at the 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with an emphatic 4-1 win against Hungary. Paris Saint-Germain’s Tim Weah, 2016-17 Development Academy U-15/16 Champion Andrew Carleton and U-20 World Cup phenom Josh Sargent all notched goals.
Weah opened the scoring in the 26th minute and the USA never looked back as Carleton added the second goal just six minutes later. After the break, Hungary got on the board with a goal from Norbert Szendrei, but a late brace from Sargent put the game out of reach, as he scored in the 78th and 90th minutes.

The U.S. will face Russia in its second group stage match on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. U-18 MNT also faced Russia in the group stage of last year’s competition, coming away with a high-scoring 5-3 win on their way to winning the tournament title. After three group stage matches, the eight teams from Groups A and B will be placed into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Hungary
Date: Aug. 22, 2017
Competition: 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Sokol Hostouň
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F
USA                                     2          2          4
HUN                                    0          1          1

USA – Timothy Weah (Josh Sargent)             26th minute 
USA – Andrew Carleton                                 32      
HUN – Norbert Szendrei (Zoltan Toth)          61
USA – Joshua Sargent (Jacob Reyes)             78
USA – Joshua Sargent                                     90

Lineups:
USA: 1- Justin Garces; 3- Christopher Gloster, 5- Arturo Vasquez (18- Christopher Goslin, 52’), 4- Tyler Shaver, 2- Jaylin Lindsey; 6- Christopher Durkin (14- James Sands, 80’), 8- Blaine Ferri (24- Indiana Vassilev, 74’), 10- George Acosta (17- Jacob Reyes, 74’), 7- Timothy Weah, 9- Joshua Sargent (Capt.), 11- Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 13- Akil Watts, 15- Charlie Asensio, 16- Taylor Booth, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 20- Alex Mendez, 23- Ulysses Llanez
Head Coach: John Hackworth

HUN: 1- Istvan Oroszi; 2- Daniel Farkas, 5- Gergo Bolla, 4- Balazs Opavszky , 3- Mario Zeke; 17- Tamas Kiss (16- Erik Galacs, 80’), 18- Dominik Molnar (6- Gabor Darabont, 72’), 8- Botond Nandori, 9- Norman Timari; 10- Norbert Szendrei, 19- Zoltan Toth (21- Adam Nemeth, 80’)
Subs Not Used: 7- Marton Greczi, 11- Bence Babinszky, 12- Peters Kovacs, 13- Robert Horvath, 14- Attila Temesvari, 15- Dominik Arday, 20- Adrian Szilagyi, 23- Gergo Major
Head Coach: Antal Nemeth

Stats: USA / HUN
Shots:  16 / 8
SOG:    11 / 7
Fouls:    6 / 11
Corners: 2 / 7
Offside:  3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Jiri Houdek
Assistant Referee: Jakub Simacek
Assistant Referee: Ondrej Kozar

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass


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