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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WNT Feb 21, 2016

- 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

WNT on TV: NWSL Hits Halfway Mark

The NWSL 2017 season will hit Week 10 this weekend, officially marking the halfway point of the 20-week 2017 season. With four games set for Saturday and one on Sunday, the contenders are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack, but the teams sitting third through seventh in the standings are separated by just four points, meaning playoff spots are surely still up for grabs. Here are this weekend’s matchups as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:

NWSL

Saturday, June 24

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After a big win again in Houston last week, Ali Krieger and the Orlando Pride return home this weekend to host Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and the Dash in this week’s Lifetime Game of the Week. Orlando’s 4-2 win last Saturday in Houston pushed the Pride up to the sixth in the standings, while the Dash dropped to 10th. Orlando’s Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris will miss the game due to injuries.

Orlando has won four of five all-time meetings against the Dash, including the 4-2 win last week in Houston. Orlando is unbeaten at home this season (2W-1D). Houston has won only two of their last 13 away games (9L-2D). The Dash has been outscored 22-9 over that time.

Boston Breakers vs. North Carolina Courage – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After losing at North Carolina last weekend, the Boston Breakers will host Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper and the top of the table North Carolina Courage at Jordan Field on Saturday, hoping to regain some of the momentum they had earlier in the season. Lynn Williams (Courage; ankle) is a game-time decision, while Rose Lavelle (Breakers; hamstring) will miss the game due to injury.

North Carolina has won both of its meetings against Boston this season. Boston started the season winning their first two home games and keeping clean sheets in both. After allowing no goals in their first two road games this season, the Courage have allowed six goals in their last two away games, both losses.

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg and the Portland Thorns dropped their first home game of the season on Saturday but will look to turn things around quickly as they travel to face the Washington Spirit this weekend. Mallory Pugh (Spirit; ankle) is likely to miss the game.

Washington has won just one of their 10 all-time meetings against Portland (5L-4D). Portland won the most recent meeting 4-1 in Portland. After a slow start at home in which the Spirit scored no goals in their first two home games, Washington has won two of their last three games at home (1L), scoring six goals.

Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Last weekend in Kansas City, these two teams drew 2-2, but this time Becky Sauerbrunn and Sydney Leroux travel to Seattle to face Megan Rapinoe and the Reign. Seattle and Kansas City have drawn two of their last three games (Seattle won the other meeting). Seattle has gone unbeaten in their last 10 home games (7W-3D). The Reign has outscored visitors 27-9 over that span.

Sunday, June 25

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)

The Chicago Red Stars, currently second in the standings, host the third-place Sky Blue FC in the only game set for Sunday. Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short welcome Kelley O’Hara to Toyota Park for what promises to be a highly competitive match between two sides aiming for to solidify their spots in playoff position.

Chicago has never lost to Sky Blue in 10 all-time meetings (4W-6D). Chicago has scored in every game against Sky Blue, outscoring them 18-10 all-time. The Red Stars are on a seven-game home unbeaten streak (5W-2D), tied for the third longest home unbeaten streak in franchise history.

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.

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 Jun 23, 2017

MNT on TV: One Last Chance for Gold Cup Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena will announce the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster Sunday at 1:20 p.m. ET during FOX’s coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

While the roster is close to set, here’s what to watch for in the final weekend before the U.S. MNT convenes in Nashville:

  • On Friday, a heavy dose of Gold Cup-eligible players will square off as the Toronto FC trio of Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Justin Morrow welcomes Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe and New England Revolution to BMO Field (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • An hour later, FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges will make their final cases for roster inclusion in their Texas Derby visit to Houston Dynamo (9 p.m. ET – UniMas, Facebook Live).
  • On Saturday, Gyasi Zardes and LA Galaxy look to extend their nine-match unbeaten streak when they welcome Sporting KC Gold Cup hopefuls Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer to StubHub Center (10:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • The weekend closes with a prime Cascadia Cup rivalry clash as Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers entertain Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan (10 p.m. ET – ESPN2).

Friday, June 23

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution

8 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas

9 p.m.

UniMas; Facebook Live

Saturday, June 24

Sean Johnson, Tommy McNamara

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC

1:30 p.m.

FOX

Greg Garza, Tim Howard

Atlanta United FC vs. Colorado Rapids

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius, C.J. Sapong, Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Will Trapp

Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Matt Polster, Joe Bendik

Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Gyasi Zardes, Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi

LA Galaxy vs. Sporting KC

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, June 25

Darlington Nagbe, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC

10 p.m.

ESPN2

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MNT Jun 23, 2017

All For One: Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath in the Mix During June World Cup Qualifiers

Throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle, ussoccer.com will be documenting the developing competition between the U.S. Men’s National Team’s goalkeeper pool.  Read the first installment of the series here

In naming his June World Cup Qualifying roster, U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena bolstered the goalkeeper contingent with the addition of veteran Brad Guzan and up-and-coming youngster Ethan Horvath along with Tim Howard and Nick Rimando in Denver.

Originally a part of the roster in March, Guzan had to make a judgment call and eventually withdrew from squad due to the impending birth of his second child, a decision he doesn’t regret in the least.

“My wife was expecting our second child, and being on the other side of the pond with not a lot of help it would have been very tough for her. In terms of timing and different things, it was important for me to be there for my wife and welcome our daughter into the world,” he told ussoccer.com.

Though somewhat familiar with Arena – the current MNT boss handed Guzan his first cap as a 21-year-old back in 2006 – Guzan had been looking forward to being a part of the gathering. Though home duty called, he admitted he kept close tabs on what was happening around the team during that camp.

“Whenever a new coach comes in, you want to be involved, you want to make a good first impression, but it was important for me to be there for my family,” he said. “It was always kind of one eye on the team and seeing how the games were going and obviously the results. The guys did a fantastic job to put us back on track and put the qualifying road back in a good position. It was a great two games.”

The U.S. picked up four points thanks to a 6-0 win against Honduras on March 24 and a 1-1 draw at Panama on March 28. That set the table for the June World Cup Qualifiers, where Guzan backed up Tim Howard during the MNT’s 2-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on June 8, before being called on to mind the net in the USA’s much-anticipated visit to Estadio Azteca three days later.

While he wasn’t forced into making big saves, Guzan’s distribution and control of the penalty area contributed to a complete team performance as the USA walked out of Azteca with a 1-1 draw and a rare point on the road against Mexico.

Now with a new coach at the helm and critical matches still on the horizon, the competition for playing time remains intense.

“With goalkeepers there’s an understanding that only one of us is going to play,” Guzan said.  “You understand that when you take up the position at whatever age, but when you come into a National Team environment you want to push the guys and everyone wants to play. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of this National Team for a few years now and I’ve been able to get some games and experience under my belt.

“Being able to work with someone like Tim has been good for me, and I’m able to push him just as much as he’s able to push me. That’s a good working environment. At the end of the day, you want to get the best out of the team and you need that to get the best out of each other. Whether it’s Tim, Nick, Ethan or whoever, I think we do that here. We have a good group. We like to laugh and joke, but at the same time when it’s time to work we get after it and get the job done.”

The camp also marked another return of sorts for Guzan. Having begun his career with Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA in 2005, the veteran moved to England with Aston Villa three years later. After eight seasons in Birmingham and another one with Middlesbrough, Guzan bid farewell to England last month and is set to begin playing with new M.L.S. side Atlanta United FC in July.

“It’s been a very proud achievement for me to be able to go over there and spend nine years in England, and to have that come to an end is a pretty big change. Both my kids were born there. My wife and myself enjoyed our time greatly and we’re going to miss it, but at the same time we’re excited to be coming back to Atlanta. I’ve been able to see the league grow so much in the nine years since I left. Obviously Chivas USA is no more, but to see the way the league has grown in terms of the quality and the popularity, it’s really exciting. Atlanta is doing great things and I’m excited to be a part of it."

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MNT Jun 23, 2017

U.S. MNT Has Plenty of History at 2017 Gold Cup Venues

The U.S. Men's National Team's road to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup title will go through Nashville, Tampa and Cleveland as the U.S. MNT plays its Group Stage matches in the trio of cities between July 8-15. All three venues are familiar to the U.S. MNT, so let's have a look at how the side has fared over the years. 

July 8 vs. Panama at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

The U.S. has played four previous matches at the home of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, going 2-2-0 all-time since 2006. 

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MNT Jun 23, 2017
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