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Local Qualifying for 2018 U.S. Open Cup Starts This Weekend

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2017) - In the afterglow of a memorable 2017 Final, which ended with MLS’s Sporting Kansas City winning their fourth title on Wednesday, the opening round of Open Division Local Qualifying kicks off this weekend for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. Ninety-eight teams will take the field from coast to coast in the history-filled annual tournament, now entering its 105th year.

Some notable matchups include 2017 Cinderella story Christos FC (Md.) taking on local power Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) on Sept. 24 (1 p.m. ET at Troy Park - Field 4 in Elkridge, Md.); FC Boulder (Colo.) hosting Harpos FC (Colo.) at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. MDT); and 2016 Open Cup amateur standard bearer La Máquina FC (Calif.) visiting Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT (John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, Calif.)

Schedule Changes
The Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) game has been postponed due to the original venue (Tropical Park in Miami) no longer being available, the result of scheduling adjustments in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The game is being rescheduled for another date and location still to be determined.

Carpathia FC (Mich.) and Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) have both proactively withdrawn from the competition due to their inability to field enough players. Their respective opponents, Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) and Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.), thus automatically advance to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 21-22.

A number of other schedule changes have been made since the original list of matchups was announced on Aug. 29. Fans are encouraged to review the updated schedule below to confirm the date, time and location of games.

Second Qualifying Round Draw to be Live-Tweeted Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET
U.S. Soccer will live-Tweet the draw for the second qualifying round on Monday, Sept. 25, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action through the official Open Cup Twitter feed @opencup. Exact dates, times and locations for the matches, scheduled for Oct. 21-22, will be announced later that same day.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Entering its 105th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Pro teams enter the competition once the tournament progresses further. The winner receives $250,000 in prize money and a place in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round: Sept. 23-24

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

None Carpathia FC (Mich.) vs. Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Carpathia FC withdrew Sept. 12)
None Santa Fe Wanderers KC (Kan.) vs. Stegman's Soccer Club (Minn.) 0-1 (forfeit) None (Santa Fe Wanders KC withdrew Sept. 19)
Sept. 23 Unations FC (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) 10 a.m. ET Burncoat High School; Worcester, Mass.
Sept. 23* Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege FC (Mass.) 2 p.m. ET Danehy Park; Cambridge, Mass.
Sept. 23* Lynn United (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) 3 p.m. ET Manning Stadium; Lynn, Mass.
Sept. 23 Southie FC (Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.) 4 p.m. ET Medford High School; Medford, Mass.
Sept. 23# Salone FC (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star U23s (Pa.) 4:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23+ West Chester United (Pa.) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET West Chester United Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.
Sept. 23 Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. United Serbian Soccer Club (Wis.) 7:30 p.m. CT Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.
Sept. 24 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) 12 p.m. ET Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Sept. 24 NLS Graduates (Md.) vs. Izee Auto FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Banner Field at Latrobe Park; Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 24 Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) 1 p.m. ET Troy Park - Field 4; Elkridge, Md.
Sept. 24+ Phoenix Soccer Club (Pa.) vs. Upper Darby FC (Pa.) 2:30 p.m. ET Phoenix Sports Club; Trevose, Pa.
Sept. 24* Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.) 4 p.m. ET Vereinigung Erzgebirge Clubhouse; Warminster, Pa.
Sept. 24 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) 4 p.m. ET Rooney Field (Duquesne Univ.); Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sept. 24 Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (N.Y.) 7:30 p.m. ET Jackson Justice Complex; Jackson, N.J.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23*^# Majestic Soccer Club (Ga.) vs. Lowcountry United (S.C.) 3:30 p.m. ET Atlanta United Training Ground; Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 23 Central Texas Lobos (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 5 p.m. CT Gregg-Clarke Park; Kyle, Texas
Sept. 23 Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (Texas) vs. Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 6 p.m. CT McMasters Athletic Complex; Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 23# Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) 7:30 p.m. ET Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.
Sept. 24 FC Ginga (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.) 10 a.m. ET Barry University; Miami Shores, Fla.
Sept. 24* South Florida FC (Fla.) vs. Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) 5 p.m. ET Brian Piccolo Park; Cooper City, Fla.
Sept. 24 Orlando Storm (Fla.) vs. InterUnited AC (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET UCF Soccer & Track Complex; Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 24 Gaffa FC (Miss.) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.) 6 p.m. CT Freedom Ridge Stadium; Ridgeland, Miss.
Sept. 24 Miami Wolves FC (Fla.) vs. Miami Nacional SC (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 6, Hialeah, Fla.
Sept. 24 Leu Blacks FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) 8 p.m. ET Amelia Earhart Park Field 5, Hialeah, Fla.

First Round Bye: Cajun Soccer Club (La.), Nashville United (Tenn.)

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Azteca FC (Colo.) vs. Denver Metro FC (Colo.) 7 p.m. MDT Aurora Public Schools Stadium; Aurora, Colo.
Sept. 23 Chiapas FC (Ariz.) vs. Inter EmpireWorks FC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Field 1; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 23 Ojuelos Jalisco (Ariz.) vs. ALLSTARS SC (Ariz.) 8 p.m. MST Desert West Sports Complex - Synthetic Field; Phoenix, Ariz.
Sept. 24 FC Boulder (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.) 3 p.m. MDT Fairview High School; Boulder, Colo.
Sept. 24 Indios Denver FC (Colo.) vs. FC Union Jerez (Colo.) 3:45 p.m. MDT Englewood High School Stadium; Englewood, Colo.
Sept. 24* Colorado Springs FC (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers (Colo.) 4:30 p.m. MDT Grace Center for Athletics; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 24 Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.) 5 p.m. MDT Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Sept. 24* Fort Collins United (Colo.) vs. FC Greeley (Colo.) 7:30 p.m. MDT Loveland Sports Park; Loveland, Colo.

First Round Bye: Galati FC (Ariz.), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.)

Pacific Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 23 Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) vs. Western Nevada Futbol Club (Nev.) 5 p.m. PT Davis Legacy Soccer Complex; Davis, Calif.
Sept. 23 Valley United SC (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles SC (Calif.) 1-0 Forfeit Heritage High School; North Hills, Calif.
Sept. 23 Academica Soccer Club (Calif.) vs. Oakland Pamperos (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.
Sept. 23 Dynamos FC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, Calif.
Sept. 23 Las Vegas Mobsters FC (Nev.) vs. Pacific Side FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Kellogg-Zaher Soccer Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 23 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 23 IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Boise FC Cutthroats (Idaho) 7 p.m. PT Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.
Sept. 23 Bell Gardens FC (Calif.) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.
Sept. 23 Real San Jose (Calif.) vs. Cal Victory FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT PAL Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Sept. 23 Vanquish FC (Calif.) vs. C.F. Cachorros USA (Calif.) 8 p.m. PT Great Park, Main Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 24 UFA Hawks L.A. (Calif.) vs. Santa Clarita Storm (Calif.) 5:10 p.m PT Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 24 Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Newport FC (Calif.) 3 p.m. PT John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.
Sept. 24^ SFV Scorpions (Calif.) vs. AC Brea Steaua United (Calif.) 4 p.m. PT Alemany High School; Mission Hills, Calif.
Sept. 24 Newcastle United FC (Calif.) vs. Del Rey City SC (Calif.) 6 p.m. PT SilverLakes Sports Complex; Norco, Calif.
Sept. 24*^ San Pedro Monsters FC (Calif.) vs. Fontana International SC (Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT Banning H.S. Soccer Stadium; Wilmington, Calif.
Sept. 24 Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sept. 24 L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.

* Time changed     ^ Date changed     # Venue changed     + Home team switched

Second Qualifying Round: Oct. 21-22

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 18-19

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 22, 2017

Sporting Kansas City Brings It All Back Home

Home is a practicality in the world of sports. An advantage. A better option than playing away. But when Sporting Kansas City’s players talk about home, about Children’s Mercy Park and the fans that make it bounce and sing, you get the sense it means a little more than that.

“I don’t even have the words to express what it means to me to win a trophy with this atmosphere and these amazing fans,” said Tim Melia, SKC’s outstanding goalkeeper who conceded just two goals in five games of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. He forced back tears amid a swirl of blue confetti and that warm feeling of being with people who care about the same things you do. “The feeling is something I want to feel every night of my life. The closeness of the fans and the players here, and what they do for us, it’s just amazing. They’re so much a part of us.”

You can’t blame Melia for getting emotional. Home is a heavy notion. It matters, maybe more than anything. And he had a hard road to the rarefied air of Cup Finals and being ranked among the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. It wasn’t too many years ago that he didn’t have a club, that he was willing to entertain whatever offers came his way. But at Children’s Mercy Park on the night he and SKC beat the Red Bulls 2-1 to win a fourth Open Cup, he got a standing ovation just for coming out to warm up.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Champions - Sporting Kansas City

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 21, 2017

Hackworth Names USA Roster for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 21-player roster for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, which runs from Oct. 6-28.

“This cycle of players is unique in terms of the quality, depth and work ethic of the group,” Hackworth said. “The biggest challenge in selecting this roster was the competition for spots at almost every position. Our team is looking forward to this opportunity to compete for the U-17 World Cup and are motivated to prove themselves on the world stage.”

The group departs Sept. 24 for training in Dubai, where the remaining players will join the camp prior to arrival in India.

The USA was drawn into Group A with Colombia, Ghana and India. The team opens group play vs. India on Oct. 6 (10:30 a.m. ET), followed by matches against Ghana on Oct. 9 (7:30 a.m. ET) and Colombia on Oct. 12 (10:30 a.m. ET). The first two games will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, while the final group game will be played at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. All of the U.S.’s group matches will be broadcast live on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

The World Cup will be played in six cities across India: Kochi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati, and Kolkata. A total of 24 countries participate in the tournament with the top two teams from each of the six groups, as well as the four best third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 16, 17, and 18. The championship and third-place matches take place Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 66,600-capacity Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata.

U.S. 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)

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U-17 MNT Sep 21, 2017

Sporting KC Defeat NY Red Bulls 2-1, Win 2017 U.S. Open Cup Crown

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Sporting Kansas City kept alive their perfect record in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Finals, beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 to claim their fourth crown in this the 104th installment of U.S. Soccer’s club championship. In front of a huge home crowd of 21,523 (third-largest in the history of Children’s Mercy Park), Peter Vermes’ SKC were in control from the start, and goals from Latif Blessing and substitute Daniel Salloi were enough to give the home team, and their boisterous fans, yet another night to savor. 

The first-half proved that the pre-game promises of a wide-open Final that came from both sides were more than just empty advertising. Inside the 3rd minute, Gerso Fernandes latched onto a clever diagonal pass from Roger Espinoza and snuck in behind a flat Red Bull defense. Only a last-ditch tackle from Aaron Long kept the home side from carving out an early lead.

The pattern repeated itself on the ten-minute mark, with the speedy Gerso racing in from the right side and collecting the ball again from the foraging Espinoza. This time, though, the live-wire attacker made the wrong choice. Instead of pulling the trigger from a tight angle, he tried to lay the ball back across the box for the onrushing Benny Feilhaber. The noisy section behind the goal, the one they call the Claudron, responded with a groan before promptly getting back to drumming, chanting and general merry-making. 

Bradley Wright-Phillips plowed a lone furrow for himself in attack at the other end. But even all on his own, the English-born striker was a threat not to be underestimated. His first effort to get on the end of a long ball saw him stray into an offside position. The next time, Matt Besler bundled him over. But the time after that, in the 13th minute, BWP forced SKC keeper Tim Melia to stretch to his limits and punch clear at the last possible second. The goalkeeper, who only allowed one goal in four games leading up to the Final, wasn’t off the hook yet. Sacha Kljestan, Red Bulls captain, got hold of the clearance and fired low with his right foot, forcing Melia into another fingertip save.


U.S. Youth International Tyler Adams of New York shadows U.S. MNT and Sporting KC defender Graham Zusi.

It was the Red Bulls turn to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Shortly after their captain made Melia work, U.S. youth international and native New Yorker Tyler Adams tried his luck from the edge of the box too. Melia, again, was equal to the task with a fine low save.

But all that good work proved a false dawn for the New Yorkers. In the 25th minute, the roof flew off Children’s Mercy Park when Latif Blessing – the shortest and slightest player on the pitch – rose highest to meet Graham Zusi’s inch-perfect cross from the right to make it 1-0 for the home team. Ryan Meara got a glove to the shot, but the effort only had eyes for the net.


Sporting KC's 5'5" forward Latif Blessing leaps in front of his marker to provide the opening salvo in his team's 2017 U.S. Open Cup triumph.

In the venerable tradition of the best cup finals, the game developed a physical edge. It straddled the line between tough and nasty. Every loose ball was challenged and every player on the pitch, even the darlings like SKC schemer Benny Feilhaber and New York’s elegant Kljestan, went hell for leather into tackles and 50-50 balls.

In the 41st minute, the diminutive Blessing was at it again. This time he hustled and harried to win the ball deep in his own half before sending a curling ball 60 yards up the field to pick out the flying Gerso. The man from Guinea-Bissau was all alone and bearing down on goal. A tug of the shirt from Adams and a charge from Meara, who stood in for regular No.1 Luis Robles for every minute of the Red Bulls’ 2017 Open Cup campaign, was enough to throw off Gerso’s shot and keep the game alive. 

Having turned the contest on its ear with a goal and no shortage of lively play, it was a sad sight to see Blessing limp off two minutes from the interval with an injury. There was the sense he had more to offer the game with his guile and pace. Tempers flared on the stroke of half-time with both sets of player agitated over tight calls and even tighter no-calls.

The second-half picked up right where the first let off, with both sides fighting for every ball. Sporting Kansas City, with a 1-0 lead to comfort them, didn’t need to take any chances. Vermes strengthened the midfield by bringing on Jimmy Medranda for Gerso, almost daring the Red Bulls to push into attack.

Sporting KC - Daniel Salloi
Sporting KC forward Daniel Salloi revs up 'Blue Hell' after putting the home team ahead 2-0 midway through the second half of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final.

But before the visitors even had a chance to mount a charge, Sporting KC doubled their lead in the 66th minute. Feilhaber collected the ball out wide on the left and used his fly’s-eye vision to curl a pass in for Salloi, the substitute from Hungary who came on to replace opening goal-scorer Blessing. Meara hesitated before racing off his line and found himself in no-man’s land by the time the wispy Salloi stretched to poke the ball home to a roar of delight from the elated Kansas City crowd. They could sense a fourth Open Cup crown was on the cards for their heroes.

And so it was to be. Despite a late Wright-Phillips consolation goal in injury time, the 2-1 result earns Sporting Kansas City $250,000 dollars in prize money and a place in the CONCACAF Champions League, the competition which sends CONCACAF’s representative to the annual FIFA Club World Cup. But all of that is gravy for later, as the night and its celebrations, both in the stands and down on the pitch, were what it was all about. It was a fitting end to another unforgettable Open Cup. 

2017 U.S. Open Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 20, 2017

Estados Unidos Vence a Nueva Zelanda 5-0

CINCINNATI, Ohio (19 de septiembre, 2017) – La U.S. WNT volvió a vencer a Nueva Zelanda en su segundo partido amistoso entre ambas selecciones programado en este mes, pero esta vez lo hizo con un contundente 5-0 en Nippert Stadium.

Aunque solo jugó en el segundo tiempo, la figura fue la veterana Alex Morgan, quien portó el gafete de capitana en la parte complementaria y anotó un doblete. Morgan continúa en racha goleadora con la selección, ya que ha marcado por lo menos un gol en los últimos tres compromisos. Con sus dos goles, Morgan llegó a 77 goles internacionales.

Muy similar al partido del viernes pasado, U.S. WNT navegó tranquila en la primera parte y cómodamente superó a Nueva Zelanda con los goles de Lindsey Horan y Mallory Pugh. Pero a diferencia de aquel partido que se complicó en los segundos 45 minutos y que resolvió al final, esta vez no le permitieron a las neozelandeses respirar y apretaron el acelerador para terminar goleándolas.

Cabe destacar, que de las anotadoras, solo Pugh estuvo de arranque, ya que tanto Horan, Morgan, al igual que Lynn Williams, vinieron desde el banquillo de suplentes para hacerse presentes en el marcador.

El 2017 ha sido un año en el que la selección femenina dirigida por Jill Ellis ha estado trabajando con el cambio generacional y conjuntando a las experimentadas jugadoras con las jóvenes promesas pensando en el ciclo mundialista y olímpico. Y ante Nueva Zelanda, los frutos de ese trabajo se vieron reflejados principalmente en las futbolistas de ataque y el entendimiento entre jugadoras como Pugh y Morgan.

La actuación de Morgan dejó en papeles secundarios a otras destacadas, particularmente a Pugh y Horan, pero en realidad también dieron un partidazo, y además estuvieron involucradas activamente en varios de los goles.

Próximamente: La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos volverá a la acción hasta el mes de octubre para enfrentar en una serie de dos partidos amistosos a la selección de la República de Corea. El primero está programado para jugarse en el Superdome de Nueva Orleans el 19 de octubre, y el segundo en el Sahlen Stadium en Cary, Carolina del Norte el 22 de octubre.

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Lindsey Horan, minuto 36: Servicio largo, desde tres cuartos  de cancha por parte de Samantha Mewis, a los linderos del área grande. Horan le ganó la posición a Ria Percival y remató de palomita, techando a la arquera neozelandesa.

USA – Mallory Pugh, minuto 44: Jugada tejida recargada por derecha, en la cual una triangulación entre Christen Press, Horan y Pugh, dejó a la delantera del Washington Spirit en un mano a mano con Erin Nayler. Pugh definió con parte interna a primer poste.

USA – Alex Morgan, minuto 46: Portando el gafete de capitana, Morgan inició un ataque en propia cancha. Julie Ertz metió un pase milimétrico a la proyección de Pugh por izquierda, quien retuvo el balón esperando la llegada de Morgan. El pase de Pugh pudo ser cortado por una defensora, pero su intento fue defectuoso y la dorsal 13 de la U.S. WNT sacó un letal zurdazo a primer poste.

USA – Lynn Williams, minuto 55: Williams desbordó por izquierda y sacó una diagonal retrasada que nadie pudo rematar. Pero en una segunda jugada, llegó un centro por línea final desde el costado derecho, el cual Lynn conectó de cabeza para firmar su gol. 

USA – Alex Morgan, minuto 69: Desborde de Pugh por derecha, nuevamente le deja el esférico a Morgan, que por el costado derecho del área controló de derecha y sacó un cañonazo de zurda que de campanazo se fue a la red.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

USA – Rose Lavelle, minuto 1: Centro de Casey Short por izquierda directo al área, Pugh jugando de poste le dejó el esférico a Lavelle, quien metió un zurdazo desviado del arco.

USA – Kelly O’Hara, minuto 5: Tras los rechaces defensivos, O’Hara sacó un potente remate de afuera del área que se fue apenas por arriba del travesaño.

USA – Mallory Pugh, minuto 25: La joven delantera estadounidense robó el balón en la salida de Nueva Zelanda, se enfiló de frente a la portería rival y metió un tiro raso que se fue muy cerca del poste.

USA – Christen Press, minuto 38: Se metió al área rival por el costado izquierdo recortando rivales de forma horizontal. Cuando el espacio se abrió, le pegó a pierna cambiada pero directo a la ubicación de Nayler, quien se quedó con la redonda.  

USA – Mallory Pugh, minuto 63: Nuevamente la combinación entre Horan y Pugh causaron estragos en la defensa de la selección de Oceanía. Pugh buscó definir con un disparo que paso muy cerca del ángulo superior.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Nueva Zelanda
Fecha: 19 de septiembre, 2017
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Nippert Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio
Inicio: 8 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 30,596
Clima: 73 grados, despejado

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                            2          3          5
NZL                                            0          0          0                     

USA - Lindsay Horan (Samantha Mewis)                        minuto 36
USA – Mallory Pugh (Lindsey Horan)                              44
USA - Alex Morgan                                                        46
USA – Lynn Williams (Kelley O’Hara)                              55
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)                                69

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 14-Casey Short, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) (22-Taylor Smith, 46), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 3-Samantha Mewis (6-Morgan Brian, 57), 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle (9-Lindsey Horan, 33); 15-Megan Rapinoe (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 23-Christen Press (12-Lynn Williams, 46), 2-Mallory Pugh (17-Tobin Heath, 72)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

NZL:  1-Erin Nayler; 7-Ali Riley (capt.), 5-Meikayla Moore, 6-Rebekah Stott, 2-Ria Percival (4-CJ Bott, 86); 11-Kirsty Yallop (16-Olivia Chance, 58), 14-Katie Bowen, 12-Betsy Hassett (22-Katie Rood, 90+3), 10-Annalie Longo (8-Daisy Cleverley, 80); 13-Rosie White (18-Aimee Phillips, 76), 17-Hannah Wilkinson (15-Martine Puketapu, 89)
Suplentes no utilizadas: 3-Anna Green, 20-Malia Steinmetz, 21-Anna Leat, 23-Victoria Esson, 25-Liz Anton, 26-Jane Barnett
Director Técnico: Tony Readings

Resumen estadístico: USA / NZL
Tiros: 19 / 5
Tiros al arco: 9 / 0
Atajadas: 0 / 4
Tiros de esquina: 9 / 4
Faltas: 2 / 10
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 2

Resumen de penalidades:
NZL - Hannah Wilkinson (amonestación) minuto 35

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Christina Unkel (USA)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Cuarto Oficial: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Jugadora del Partido Budweiser: Alex Morgan

 

 

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