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FIFA Approves Change of Association Request for Midfielder Kenny Saief

U.S. Soccer confirmed Thursday that midfielder Kenny Saief has been approved by FIFA for a change of association. 

Born in Panama City, Fla., Saief represented Israel in official competition for their U-19 and U-21 National Teams, which required his application for a one-time switch. With his request granted, he can now only represent the United States at the international level. 

A member of Belgian club Gent, Saief was named to the USA's 40-player provisional roster for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The final roster of 23 players will be announced June 25 on FOX.


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MNT Jun 22, 2017

U-18 WNT Travels Down Under to play Canada, Australia U-20s

CHICAGO (June 20, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to Canberra, the capital of Australia, from June 28-July 13 for a training camp and three matches.

U.S. U-18 WNT head coach Jaime Frias has called up 20 players for the trip Down Under that will see the USA play against the Under-20 teams from Canada and Australia (twice).

Frias’ squad is made up 12 players born in 2000, which is the current age group for the U-18s. He is also bringing seven players born in 1999, the current age group for the U-19s, and one player born in 1998 (Natalie Winters of Iowa, who is the only college player), which is the age cut-off for the current group of U-20s.

The USA will face Canada on July 6 and then play Australia on July 10 and July 12. All the games will be played in Canberra.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, N.C.), Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.)         

DEFENDERS (6): Kerry Abello (Eclipse Select; Batavia, Ill.), Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Wichita, Kansas), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Shea Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush, Albuquerque, N.M.)                                                                       

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tess Boade (Real Colorado; Golden, Colo.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion, West Chester, Pa.)                                                      

FORWARDS (6): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Emina Ekic (Javanon FC; Fairdale, Ky.), Aleigh Gambone (McLean FC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.)              
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U-18 WNT Jun 20, 2017

Legendary WNT Head Coach Tony DiCicco Passes Away at 68

CHICAGO (June 20, 2017) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has passed away at age 68. 

“Today we mourn the loss of one of the most influential coaches in U.S. Soccer history,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Tony’s passion for the game as a coach, administrator and broadcaster was always evident and his relationships with everyone in the soccer community distinguished him as a compassionate and much-loved man. U.S. Soccer will forever be thankful to Tony for his vast contributions to the game and we extend thoughts and condolences to his family and to the many people who were positively impacted by him during what was a remarkable life.” 

DiCicco, one of the most popular figures and leaders in women’s soccer history in the United States, was a true pioneer of the sport. His association with U.S. Soccer dates to the late 1980s and he was the goalkeeper coach working for Anson Dorrance on the first Women’s World Cup championship team in 1991. 

In 1994, he took over from Dorrance as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team and led the USA to a third-place finish at the 1995 Women’s World Cup in Sweden. 

He then led the USA to its first Olympic gold medal for women’s soccer at the 1996 Games in Athens, Georgia, guiding the team to victory in front of massive semifinal and championship game crowds that set the stage for the hosting of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The events changed the way women’s soccer and women’s sports were viewed in the American sporting culture. 

During a magical few weeks in the summer of 1999, DiCicco deftly directed the U.S. team through a high-pressure World Cup tournament that ended in front of 90,125 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the USA defeated China PR in a dramatic penalty kick shootout that altered the course of women’s soccer in America and the world. It is still the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s sporting event. 

DiCicco was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.

“Tony is one of the true legends of women’s soccer in the United States and the game would not be where it is today without his dedication and visionary work,” said U.S. Soccer Secretary General/CEO Dan Flynn. “We’ve lost a great man, but we all know that the impact he had at the beginning of our Women’s National Team program will be felt for generations to come.” 

In 2008, DiCicco took over the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team late in the cycle and led the underdog team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in Chile with a squad that featured current U.S. WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher. 

DiCicco is the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history by percentage as well as the only coach to win more than 100 games, while losing just eight times during his tenure from 1994-1999. 

DiCicco also played a key leadership role in the start of women’s professional soccer in the United States. In 2001, he served as Chief Operating Officer for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), the inaugural women’s professional league which played from 2001-2003, and was the league’s Commissioner in 2002 and 2003. He coached the Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) from 2009-2011. 

DiCicco received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1970, where as a goalkeeper he was the captain and the most valuable player his senior year, earning All-America honors. DiCicco also has a master’s degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University, earned in 1978. 

DiCicco played five years of professional soccer in the American Soccer League with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island Oceaneers, where he was team MVP and captain. In 1973, DiCicco toured and played for the U.S. National Team.

The Wethersfield, Conn., native is survived by Diane and four sons: Anthony, Andrew, Alex, and Nicholas.

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WNT Jun 20, 2017

U.S. Soccer to Broadcast 2017 Development Academy Playoffs and Summer Showcase Feature Games

CHICAGO (June 19, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will broadcast 12 feature games, two per day across six days, during the 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs live on the Development Academy Facebook page and ussoccerda.com. The feature games will spotlight top Academy clubs from across the nation in the U-14, U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups. The final two feature games, set to take place on Monday, June 26, will highlight two games from the final day of the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs and will be announced on June 25.

The feature games were selected based on a variety of factors, including: teams that embody Academy ideals, uphold Academy standards and philosophies, and produce quality soccer in competition leading up to the event. The final two feature games will have Knockout Round contention at stake for the final day of Playoff group play.

The four known Playoff games that will be featured provide exceptionally intriguing storylines. For the U-15/16 age group, Sockers FC (Chicago, Ill.), who will face Academy powerhouse New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.), enter the Playoffs with the second-best regular season record, finishing with a 2.4 points-per-game-played average. The second U-15/16 feature game will showcase Capital Area RailHawks – CASL (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished second in the Southeast Division regular season, taking on Real So Cal (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who are 8-3-4 in their last 15 games in a consistently strong Southwest Division.

In the U-17/18 age group, the first feature game will see Indiana Fire (Westfield, Ind.) on their home turf against perennial power Players Development Academy (Somerset, N.J.). An all-MLS Academy showdown is set to take place when FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas) looks to continue their quest for back-to-back Academy Championships against U.S. Men’s National Team player Jordan Morris’ former Academy club, Seattle Sounders (Tukwila, Wash.).

Feature Game Schedule (all times ET):

DATE

TIME

AGE GROUP

HOME

AWAY

6/20

2 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

LA Galaxy U-14

Georgia United U-14

6/20

4 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Oakwood Soccer Club U-14

Sacramento Republic FC U-14

6/21

2 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Colorado Rapids U-14

Atlanta United FC U-14

6/21

4 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Virginia Development Academy U-14

Solar Chelsea SC U-14

6/22

2:30 p.m.

U-15/16 Playoffs

Sockers FC U-15/16

New York Red Bulls U-15/16

6/22

6:30 p.m.

U-17/18 Playoffs

Indiana Fire U-17/18

Players Development Academy U-17/18

6/23

11 a.m.

U-14 Showcase

Pateadores U-14

D.C. United U-14

6/23

1 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Orlando City SC U-14

Real Colorado U-14

6/24

3:30 p.m.

U-15/16 Playoffs

Capital Area RailHawks - CASL U-15/16

Real So Cal U-15/16

6/24

6 p.m

U-17/18 Playoffs

FC Dallas U-17/18

Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18

6/26

TBD

U-15/16 Playoffs

TBD

TBD

6/26

TBD

U-17/18 Playoffs

TBD

TBD

Find the entire 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs schedule of games and field locations here.

In total, the Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs will feature 309 games at Westfield Indiana’s Grand Park from June 20-26. The venue is home to the Chicago Fire’s affiliate Academy club, Indiana Fire, which plays all its home games at Grand Park. This complex encompasses a 400-acre Sports Campus with 32 soccer fields, 24 Kentucky Bluegrass soccer fields, seven turf fields and a championship stadium with a top class grass field. Follow all the action live on Twitter (@ussoccer_acad) and Instagram (@ussoccer_acad).

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ACADEMY Jun 19, 2017

Tracey Kevins Named U-15 GNT Head Coach

CHICAGO (June 16, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the hiring of Tracey Kevins as full-time head coach of the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team.

Kevins comes to U.S. Soccer from the Seattle Reign in the NWSL where she served as an assistant coach for just over a year before taking this current post. With the Reign, in addition to her coaching and scouting duties for the NWSL squad, she was also the Technical Director for the Seattle Reign Academy where she was responsible for overseeing five head coaches and their teams. 

Kevins will work closely with U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth National Teams Director April Heinrichs and the age group coaches for the younger teams in the Youth National Team programs. 

“U.S. Soccer’s continuing commitment to hiring full-time Youth National Team coaches allows us to have a team of highly motivated and talented people working in partnership with clubs and colleges to prepare players for the international level,” said Heinrichs. “The centerpiece of our new model is the hiring of age-appropriate experts for every age group and bringing on Tracey now gives us a dedicated coach from the U-20s on down.” 

Since 2013, Kevins has been coaching at the U.S. Soccer Training Centers in the northwest, helping to identify and assess players for potential call-ups to the USA’s Youth National Teams. 

Kevins also coached two teams in the USL W-League, guiding the L.A. Blues to a 15-0-0 record and a national championship in 2014. Eight players on the team were taken in the 2015 NWSL Draft. Kevins also has worked in the Southern California youth soccer club circuit with LA Premier. 

“Tracey has a wealth of domestic and international experience that identified her as the best candidate to lead our U-15 Girls’ National Team,” said Heinrichs. “She has a great understanding of how to teach 13, 14, and 15 years-olds and how to send them home with doses of inspiration so they are improving every day, not just when we have them in National Team camp.” 

A native of London, from 2004-2013, Kevins worked for the England Football Association as an assistant coach with the U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-20 national teams. On occasion, she served as head coach for the U-17 and U-19 England Women’s National Teams during tournaments and training camps.

She was an assistant coach for the England team that finished second at the 2007 U-19 Women’s Euros and with the team that finished in the top four in 2008. She was also an assistant coach at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Kevins also has extensive experience working with young players at several Centres of Excellence in England. On the boys’ side, she worked as an assistant coach with Wealdstone FC U-19s from 2004-2005 and 2008-2009.

As a player, she captained Barnet FC from 1989-2003 before retiring and immediately started managing the reserve team. Kevins attended St. Mary’s University in Twickenham where she earned a B.A. with honors in Sports Science and Physical Education. She holds an UEFA “A” coaching license.

With the recent hiring of Jitka Klimkova as the new U-20 Women’s National Team head coach, Mark Carr as new head coach of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, Keri Sarver as head coach of the U-19 WNT and Kacey White as head coach of the U-16 GNT, U.S. Soccer has filled full-time head coaching positions for seven of its National Team age groups.

Kevins will take the reins of her first training camp in September at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. 

2017 Head Coaches – U.S. Youth Girls’ and Women’s National Teams

Youth WNT Director: April Heinrichs
Under-20 WNT: Jitka Klimkova
Under-19 WNT: Keri Sarver
Under-18 WNT: Jaime Frias
Under-17 WNT: Mark Carr
Under-16 GNT: Kacey White
Under-15 GNT: Tracey Kevins
Under-14 GNT: April Kater     

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U-15 GNT Jun 16, 2017
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