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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (May 18, 2019) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team clinched a berth at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a dramatic, penalty kick win over El Salvador after the teams drew 3-3 through three periods and added extra time. The win also advanced the USA to the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship title match on Sunday, May 19 against Mexico, which defeated Panama 3-0 in the other semifinal. This is the fifth time the USA has qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and first since 2013.
For the second consecutive game, the USA conceded the opening goal when El Salvador’s Exon Perdomo put away a hard shot after picking up a loose ball some 15 yards from goal. El Salvador nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes in when a shot hit the crossbar but landed and stuck on the goal line. With the opening period clock running out, Nick Perera drew a foul some twelve yards out and put away the shot in the upper 90 to draw even.
USA goalkeeper Chris Toth was put under heavy pressure in the second but time again he came through, including diving saves on two bikes and a point-blank scissors attempt. El Salvador finally broke through in the last minute of the second period when Perdomo ripped a shot past Toth.
WATCH: Highlights of the USA's World Cup Clinching Win vs. El Salvador
And there was little Toth could do when Perdomo hit a fantastic bike off a long pass to put El Salvador up by two goals midway through the third period. However, the USA reacted quickly, with Toth ripping a 25-yard shot at goal that Alessandro Canale redirected in front of the ‘keeper to cut the deficit back to one.
With one minute and twenty seconds remaining, David Mondragon caught El Salvador napping with a quick throw-in from the far sideline, finding Adriano dos Santos inside the box. Dos Santos deftly headed the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper and the stadium watched as the ball seemed to slowly trickle in to tie the match.
After a scoreless overtime the USA scored on all five penalty kick attempts before El Salvador’s Elmer Robles hit his kick over, setting the stage for the USA to celebrate the return to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Up Next: The USA will play Mexico for the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship on Sunday, May 19 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on UDN, Concacaf’s Facebook page and the ConcacafGo app, and follow on Twitter at @ussoccer or Instagram at @ussoccer_beach.
- The USA has now qualified for five of the soon to be 10 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2019, trailing only Mexico which has qualified for six including 2019.
- The last time both the USA and Mexico qualified from Concacaf was in 2007.
- Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay (host), Nigeria, Senegal, Japan, Oman, and United Arab Emirates have also qualified for the 16-nation World Cup field. Oceania’s lone berth will be known in June and Europe will round out the field by determining the final five entries from a tournament in July in Russia.
- Nick Perera, Jason Leopoldo, Ryan Futagaki and Chris Toth were also on the 2013 Concacaf Championship team that last qualified.
- This was the fifth meeting between the USA and El Salvador in this competition, and the first in the elimination round since the USA defeated El Salvador 5-4 in added extra time on a goal by Nick Perera to claim its last Concacaf Beach Soccer title. The teams also split group round matches and El Salvador won the third-place game in 2017.
- Nick Parera scored his 11th goal of the tournament, tying his personal and USA single-cycle World Cup Qualifying record set in 2013. He is tied with teammate Tanner Akol for most goals in this tournament.
- With 34 goals the USA is the top scoring team at this tournament, and the nine goals conceded in five games is the fewest.
- Alessandro Canale scored his third goal and Adriano dos Santos his second in this tournament.
- The USA and Mexico meet for the first time in this tournament since the 2015 semifinals, when Mexico edged the USA 4-3 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
- The USA defeated Mexico in the group stage of the first three World Cup Qualifying tournaments – 2005 (7-2), 2006 (7-6) and 2007 (5-4) – before losing in 2008 (1-2). Mexico also defeated the USA in the 2009 third-place match and 2010 semifinals.
USA Defeats New Zealand 5-0 In Front Of 35,761 Fans In Second Game Of Send-Off Series, Presented By Volpi Foods
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 16, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team played the second match of its three-game Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods, recording a 5-0 win against New Zealand in front of 35,761 fans on a balmy spring night at Busch Stadium.
The USA dominated the flow of game, out-shooting New Zealand 25-1, and similar to the previous Send-Off Series match vs. South Africa, took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Tobin Heath touched home a Megan Rapinoe cross. Five minutes later, Rose Lavelle converted a Lindsay Horan cross with a fantastic finish to give the USWNT a 2-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw more of the same from the USA, which poured it on in the final half hour as substitute Carli Lloyd bagged a brace, the first after being on the pitch for a mere 44 seconds. Lloyd’s second in the 83rd minute was followed less than a minute later by Samantha Mewis’ third goal and fourth this year.
Up Next: The WNT travels to Harrison, N.J. for a showdown with Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena (11:30 a.m. ET; ESPN, UDN) in the finale of the Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Megan Rapinoe), 35th minute: A long ball out of the back by Abby Dahlkemper was settled by Alex Morgan for Megan Rapinoe to collect and drive toward the left end line. Picking her head up, Rapinoe spotted Heath steaming toward the right post and delivered a low cross through the goal mouth for the Portland Thorns attacker to tap in at the back post for her fourth of 2019 and ninth in her last 12 matches. USA 1, NZL 0 WATCH
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsay Horan), 40th minute: Five minutes after the USA’s opener, Horan and Lavelle produced a near carbon copy of Heath’s goal. Horan was played into space down New Zealand’s right flank and hit a well-placed cross to the into the middle where Lavelle, through an impressive ballet of body control, connected with the ball while sliding to the ground and volleyed her shot into the roof of the net for her seventh career WNT goal. USA 2, NZL 0 WATCH
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 61st minute: Foty-four seconds after entering the match as a substitute, Carli Lloyd finished of a transition opportunity at the left post by tapping in a Tobin Heath pass that cut diagonally through the box to the unmarked captain. USA 3, NZL 0 WATCH
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 83rd minute: With time ticking down, Lloyd capitalized on another quick strike attack by the USA. The ball was played out of the center of midfield to Press on the left and after driving forward with pace, she centered a low cross for Lloyd to tap home as her direct run into the heart of the box took her inside her trailing defender for the gritty conversion in front of a sliding defender. USA 4, NZL 0 WATCH
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press), 84th minute: The U.S. worked down New Zealand’s right flank through Press again, but this time she laid the ball to Mewis who dribbled toward the top of the box, beat a defender and unleashed low drive from distance that a screened Erin Nayler in the Ferns goal couldn’t react to in time as deflected off a defender and stuck into the lower left corner of the net. USA 5, NZL 0 FINAL
- Ali Krieger earned her 100th career cap tonight, becoming the 38th WNT player in history to reach the century mark.
- Heath scored her fourth goal of 2019. She now has 11 goals in her last 17 matches and nine in her last 12. The strike was the 29th of her career.
- Megan Rapinoe recorded her first assist of 2019 on Heath’s opening goal.
- Rose Lavelle’s goal was the seventh of her international career.
- Carli Lloyd’s brace in the second half raised her career total to 110 goals. She recently moved past Michelle Akers into fourth place on the WNT’s all-time goals scored list. She leads the team with five goals in 2019. It was her fourth goal in her last three games.
- Samantha Mewis scored her third goal in her last two games. She now has four goals in 2019 and 12 in her career. Tonight was her 49th international appearance.
- The game marked Alyssa Naeher’s 24th career shutout.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: May 16, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
Weather: 88 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 3 5
NZL 0 0 0
USA – Tobin Heath (Megan Rapinoe) 35th minute
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan) 40
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath) 61
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press) 83
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press) 84
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 60), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 16-Rose Lavelle, 8-Julie Ertz (20-Allie Long, 73), 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46); 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 72), 13-Alex Morgan (2-Mallory Pugh, 73), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 60)
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 22-Jessica McDonald
Head coach: Jill Ellis
NZL: 1-Erin Nayler; 14-Katie Bowen, 5-Meikayla Moore, 8-Abby Erceg, 3-Anna Green (19-Paige Satchell, 69); 16-Katie Duncan (22-Olivia Chance, 60), 10-Annalie Longo, 2-Ria Percival; 13-Rosie White, 11-Sarah Gregorius (17-Hannah Wilkinson, 75), 7-Ali Riley (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 23-Nadia Olla, 9-Emma Kete, 15-Sarah Morton, 18-Stephanie Skilton, 20-Daisy Cleverley
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 25 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 4
Offside: 7 / 1
NZL – Anna Green (caution) 33rd minute
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)
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BRADENTON, Fla. (May 16, 2019)—The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team went the distance, but ultimately fell to Mexico 2-1 in extra time of the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Final. With the result, the USA finishes as runner-up at the tournament, but comes away having qualified for a record 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, which it will contest later this year in Brazil.
A frenetic first half played out from the opening whistle in front of a fervent pro-Mexico crowd at a near-capacity IMG Academy Soccer Stadium. The teams flew back and forth in the early-going, with both sides finding opportunities. Captain Gio Reyna and Gianluca Busio, the USA’s leading scorers at the tournament, catalyzed a number of dangerous attacks up the left wing and frequently threatened Mexico goalkeeper Eduardo Garcia.
Creating a number of goals directly from or in the aftermath of restarts throughout the tournament, the USA’s opening goal came in the mayhem following a corner kick. After Mexico’s initial attempted clearance, Reyna put another ball into the box, which found the head of Busio and bounced to the outstretched foot of center back Tayvon Gray. He flicked it to Griffin Yow at the near post, who tucked his header home for the game’s first goal in the ninth minute.
Mexico responded just eight minutes later, as Efrain Alvarez chipped a pass just over the top of the USA defense to find Santiago Muñoz streaking into the box. His header to the far post got past U.S. ‘keeper Damian Las to equalize for Mexico.
With the game tied, the USA started to take control of the tempo and possession, enjoying a number of extended spells in El Trí territory. While Mexico put together a few spurts of attack, by and large it was the USA working the ball around the attacking half and threatening inside the final third, as a number of shots from Busio and Reyna went off the woodwork and Garcia was forced into action. At the halftime whistle, the USA held over 60 percent of possession and outshot Mexico 15-3 as the U.S. front line -- Reyna, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and Yow - continued to spark chances.
A renewed Mexico side came out after the break, buoyed by two halftime substitutions, and put Las and the U.S. back line a bit more to work while making life more difficult for the U.S. attack. El Tri threatened on a number of close-range free kick opportunities and streaking headers in the box, coming close to a winner in the 89th minute. A free kick from the right deflected in the area and rose to find Israel Luna who nodded it past Las and off the cross bar, before Victor Guzman’s follow-up header went over the goal.
That missed chance brought about extra time, where both teams found good spells of possession through the first frame, though couldn’t break through.
With a shootout looming, Mexico’s decisive goal would come in the 108th minute when Bryan Gonzalez received a pass up the left, broke towards the box and centered for Luna, whose one-time effort beat Las from close range.
Four U.S. players were named to the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Best XI: Gianluca Busio, Kobe Hernandez, Daniel Leyva and Gio Reyna. The USA also received the tournament’s Fair Play Award.
Having qualified for a record 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, Raphael Wicky’s side finished as runner-up at the tournament, going 6-1-0, while outscoring opponents 28-5 and keeping clean sheets in four of seven matches. The team next sets its sights on competing at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil later this year.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Griffin Yow (Tayvon Gray), 9th minute: After Mexico made an initial clearance off of a corner kick, Gio Reyna collected the ball just outside the box, and served another ball in. A leaping effort from Gianluca Busio saw him get a head on the ball at the near post, and it flew across goal, where Gray stretched out to get a toe on it. He poked it up to Yow at the opposite side of the net, where his header tucked the ball inside the post for the game’s opening goal. USA 1, MEX 0
MEX – Santiago Muñoz (Efrain Alvarez), 17th minute: Finding space on the move upfield, Efrain Alvarez chipped a pass just over a jumping U.S. defender to Santiago Muñoz on the run down the left wing. The forward met the ball with a header to the far post to equalize for Mexico. USA 1, MEX 1.
MEX – Israel Luna (Bryan Gonzalez), 108th minute: With penalties looming, Mexico broke through. Gonzalez received a ball up the left and broke towards the box before centering a low ball for Luna at the back post. Las got a piece of the attacker’s one-time effort, but it crept over the line. USA 1, MEX 2 FINAL.
Key Defensive Stops
MEX – Eduardo Garcia, 37th minute: After a misplayed clearance by Mexico fell to Busio at the top of the box, he fired a shot on goal, but Garcia was well-positioned to make the save. The deflection fell right to Reyna, who hit another shot on target, but the Mexican goalkeeper Eduardo Garcia recovered well to make another save.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: May 16, 2019
Competition: 2019 U-17 Concacaf Championship - Final
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 78 degrees; partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 OT1 OT2 F
USA 1 0 0 0 1
MEX 1 0 0 1 2
USA – Griffin Yow 9th minute
MEX – Santiago Muñoz (Efrain Álvarez) 17
MEX – Israel Luna (Bryan Gonz’alez) 108
USA: 1-Damian Las; 2-Joseph Scally,14-Tayvon Gray, 5-Kobe Hernandez-Foster, 3-Adam Armour (15-John Tolkin, 105); 6-Daniel Ulises Leyva, 16-Adam Saldana (20-Gilbert Fuentes, 116), 7-Gianluca Busio; 11-Griffin Yow (9-Ricardo Daniel Pepi, 70), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (17-Tyler Freeman, 86), 10-Giovanni Reyna (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 12-Chituru Odunze, 4-Axel Alejandre, 8-Bryang Kayo, 13-Mauricio Cuevas, 18-Jack De Vries
Head Coach: Raphael Wicky
MEX: 1-Eduardo Garcia, 13-Emilio Lara, 5-Rafael Martinez, 2-Jose Ruiz, 3-Victor Guzman, 11-Bryan Gonzalez, 6-Eugenio Pizzuto (capt.) (15-Edgar Martinez, 51), 10-Israel Luna, 16-Kevin Mariscal (8-Kevin Ortega, 109), 18-Efrain Alvarez (7-Luis Gustavo Martinez, 46), 19-Santiago Muñoz (9-Leonardo Correa, 81)
Subs Not Used: 14-Abraham Flores, 17-Luis Carlos Martinez, 12-Arturo Delgado, 20-Bruce El Mesmari
Head Coach: Marco Antonio Ruiz
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 29 / 18
Shots on Goal: 8 / 5
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 11 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2
MEX – Luis Gustavo Martínez (caution) 60th minute
USA – Adam Armour (caution) 87
MEX – Israel Luna (caution) 119
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kedlee Powell (CAY)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)