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CHICAGO (April 24, 2017) – Due to high demand, U.S. Soccer is adding additional seating for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Bleacher seats are being added at the North Endline and other feasible spaces at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which will host the match on June 8 at 5:50 p.m. MT (FS1, Univision Networks). Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis through ussoccer.com starting Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. MT. Individuals can purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets. [TICKETS]
As was the case for previous matches this year, U.S. Soccer will be utilizing mobile tickets for the event.
Beyond the newly-added seats, a small number of tickets remain available currently for the Midfield & Sideline Tables, as well as some limited-view seating. In addition, 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 available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown will serve as the official FanHQ Hotel and is designated as the premier accommodation spot for fans looking to get the most out of the USA-Trinidad & Tobago experience. The hotel is the hub for activities, including a hotel bar takeover, merchandise sales and game day shuttle pick-up location. To make a reservation at the Official FanHQ Hotel, click here.
Enjoy pregame at the U.S. Soccer Fan Hospitality Tailgate in FanHQ for USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8. Located in the VIP East Lot, across from Gate D, the Fan Hospitality Tailgate will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and include food, drinks and music! Click here to purchase your Fan Hospitality Tailgate pass.
DSG Park is hosting a World Cup Qualifier for the third-consecutive qualifying cycle. The U.S. has posted two shutout victories, including the famous Snowclasico in 2013 against Costa Rica. Overall, the United States is 4-1-0 all-time in the state of Colorado.
Now sitting in fourth place after four matches, the home game against T&T presents a huge opportunity to #Get3 points and maintain momentum at the halfway point of the six-team Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, also known as the Hexagonal. Three days later, the MNT will seek to win a Qualifier in Mexico City for the first time when they take on regional rival Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca. [HEX STANDINGS]Read more
The U.S. Soccer Patrons Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to experience USA v. Mexico in Mexico City on June 11 as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation. The program includes:
- Match tickets as part of the official U.S. Soccer Delegation
- Accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer Hotel
- Exclusive behind-the-scenes access and opportunities
- Honorary one-year membership in the Captains Circle of the Development Fund
- Ground transportation to official events and airport transfers
- U.S. Soccer gifts, apparel and more
U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Part of the donation to participate is a special tax-deductible gift to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund that will help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams that inspire a nation.
Donation to participate:
- Individual Patron: $4,950
- Couple (2 Patrons): $7,950
- A limited number of “at-cost” spots are available for U.S. Soccer Development Fund Coaches and Presidents Circle Members ($2,950 per person; $4,450 per couple). Click here to join an elite Circle and receive select at-cost pricing and other benefits for this and future matches.
Space is very limited for the Patrons Program, which is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact email@example.com.Read more
PANAMA CITY, Panama (April 23, 2017) – Battling scorching conditions under the afternoon sun, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team used a barrage of second half goals from Chris Durkin, Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and a late brace from Ayo Akinola to earn a 5-0 victory against Jamaica in the teams’ opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
Despite 90-degree heat and high humidity at kickoff, the U.S. came out with heavy pressure early on but was thwarted at every turn in the first half thanks to stellar play from Jamaica goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths. The Reggae Boyz captain turned away two great chances from Blaine Ferri and Akinola inside the first 11 minutes before pouncing on Andrew Carleton’s 22nd minute penalty kick.
A minute later, he got help from center back Jamoi Topey, who blocked George Acosta’s shot, before Griffiths came up with another impressive save on Josh Sargent’s well-placed free kick in the 27th minute as Jamaica mostly locked down the U.S. attack for the remainder of the half.
The U.S. continued its forward pressure early in the second half and after a series of corner kicks, unlocked the lead in the 53rd minute when Acosta’s take from the left was headed home by Durkin. The U-17 MNT pressed looking for the insurance goal, but again saw Griffiths impressively deny another effort from Ferri in the 58th minute before an Akinola chance was turned away in the 61st.
The second goal came in the 77th minute when a great piece of work between Akinola and Weah, who had come on for Andrew Carleton, saw the substitute striker tap home from inside the six-yard box. The U.S. then took advantage of a tiring Jamaica side, with Sargent adding an opportunistic strike in the 87th minute and assisting on Akinola’s near-post effort one minute later. Deep into second-half stoppage time, Akinola alertly smashed home his second of the match to cap the scoring at 5-0.
Sunday’s win against Jamaica preceded the second Group C clash between Mexico and El Salvador, also to be played at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City.
Up Next: The U-17 MNT faces rival Mexico in its second group stage match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Wednesday, April 26. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and CONCACAF YouTube.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Chris Durkin (George Acosta), 53rd minute: The U.S. breakthrough came eight minutes after halftime when George Acosta’s in-swinging corner kick from the left picked out Chris Durkin whose glancing header from the six-yard box crept inside the right post.USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Timothy Weah (Ayo Akinola) 77th minute: After peppering the Jamaica goal with more chances, the insurance marker came through substitute Timothy Weah. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker started the play when he swung a diagonal ball to Akinola on the left, who beat his defender to gain entry into the box before providing an easy tap-in for Weah. USA 2, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Josh Sargent (Jaylin Lindsey), 87th minute: The U.S. added a third goal when Lindsey’s long ball from the right was chased down by Sargent, who alertly worked around Kendall Edwards and poked his shot past the onrushing Griffiths. USA 3, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent), 88th minute: The U.S. continued to take advantage of a fatigued Jamaica side as Josh Sargent slid a through ball to Akinola in space. The U.S. forward powered to his right before firing a low drive that tucked inside the lower right post. USA 4, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Ayo Akinola, 90+2 minute: The USA added a fifth goal in second half stoppage time when Sargent forced a turnover and tried to slip a through ball into the box for Weah. The attempt was turned away by a Jamaica defender, but went straight to Akinola, who alertly fired a first-time laser from distance past Griffiths. USA 5, JAM 0 [WATCH] FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 7th minute: Chris Gloster forced a turnover in midfield and immediately began a combination up the left with George Acosta. Gloster’s cross looking for Josh Sargent was a little long, but the U.S. captain chased the ball down and laid back for Ayo Akinola before the Toronto FC Academy product squared for Blaine Ferri whose first-time effort was well held by Griffiths.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 11th minute: The U.S. continued its early pressure, building out of the back before Jaylin Lindsey carried up the right flank and cut inside. The right back then utilized a combination of passes between Acosta and Ferri that allowed him to slip through the Jamaica midfield and provide a final pass into the box for Akinola whose quick effort was thwarted as Griffiths came far off his line to make the stop.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 22nd minute: A cross from Lindsey on the right fell for Andrew Carleton who settled and attempted to get off a shot before Jamaica defender Shane Ricketts fouled the U.S. forward in the area. Carleton’s ensuing penalty kick was hit with a lot of pace, but Griffith read it well, dropping to his right to keep the match scoreless.
JAM – Jamoi Topey, 23rd minute: Just a minute later, Sargent broke up the left and cut inside the area before centering for Acosta at the top of the area. The midfielder cut back to get the ball on his right foot, but saw his shot blocked by Jamaica center back Jamoi Topey.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 27th minute: After Carleton earned a free kick about 25 yards from goal, Sargent stepped up and hit a curling right-footed effort around the wall, but Griffiths came through with a diving stop at the right post, putting the ball out for a corner kick in the process.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 58th minute: The U.S. worked to build on their lead as Sargent won the ball deep in Jamaica’s half. The U.S. captain cut into the box unchallenged on the left before centering for Blaine Ferri whose first-time effort was turned away as Griffiths dove to his right to put the ball out for a corner kick.
JAM – Tajay Griffiths, 61st minute: A nice build-up on the left saw Acosta play a quick combination with Akinola at the top of the area before the forward split two Jamaica defenders and rip a low blast that Griffiths parried out for a corner kick at the right post.
- With the result, John Hackworth moves to 6-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.
- The U-17 MNT moves to 4-2-2 all-time vs. Jamaica in U-17 World Cup Qualifiers.
- Due to high heat and humidity, the teams took hydration breaks at the mid-way point of both halves.
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on April 23 against Jamaica at Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City, Panama. The match can be seen via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): 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.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)Read more
The topic of head injuries is a complex one, even for the top professionals and leaders in the medical field. Progress has been made in recent years with regards to identifying concussions and other head injuries, but everyone agrees there is still work to be done.
This weekend, US Soccer, Major League Soccer, and the National Women’s Soccer League officially joined forces in an attempt to accelerate that work. The three entities opened the Head Injury in Soccer: From Science to the Field summit on Friday in New York, bringing together coaches, players, medical experts, and other officials from all levels of soccer in North America.
Concussions are the focal point of the conference, including how to identify when a player has one, how to treat the injury, and how to limit the risk of suffering one.
“MLS, U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have brought together some of the leading professionals on head injury management and prevention to share their research and take a proactive approach at this issue,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “But this is not just about sport. This is about society, this is about the health of athletes and those who deal with head injuries in everyday life.”
The recent increase in research into head injuries in sports has clearly raised awareness and instigated new, proactive initiatives, including the establishment of MLS’s concussion protocol in 2011 and the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative in 2016. Now the sport’s leadership in the US hopes to drive the discussion forward.
However, fully understanding such a complex injury will require patience, medical experts caution.
“There’s still so much to learn about the injury,” U.S. Soccer Chief medical officer Dr. George Chiampas told MLSsoccer.com. “Applying one way or one mechanism of managing it, for example, in the professional [ranks], may not necessarily be applicable across the board for the youth.
“Regardless, we still have to find ways to make sure that at the end, any player who plays the game who has a concussion or a suspected concussion is managed appropriately. If that management is handled appropriately and the individual is taken care of, obviously, their ability to return to sport and the game they love is going to be a positive outcome.”
For Garber, finding answers to the litany of questions about head injuries in soccer will be an ongoing quest.
“As the leader of the men’s first division league, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions in soccer, along with the education of players, stakeholders and the community, has always been a mandate for us,” he said. “But also as a citizen of the world and as somebody that thinks about how we try to use sport to improve the lives of people that live in our society, I believe we can use all of our connections, with sponsors and broadcasters, and the influence that we have on society to raise awareness of these issues that go way beyond sport.
“This summit is just the beginning.”