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U-20 WNT Preps for World Cup with Round-Robin Tournament in France

CHICAGO (May 25, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to France to participate in the Tournoi Maurice Revello Sud Ladies Cup that will feature the U-20 WNTs of Germany, France and Haiti.

All four teams in the round-robin tournament have qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, making this competition a valuable dress rehearsal for group play at the World Cup, which will be held in four venues in the Brittany region of France from Aug. 5-24.

The USA will face Germany to open the Sud Ladies Cup on Tuesday, June 5. The U.S. team will then take on fellow CONCACAF qualifier Haiti on Thursday, June 7, and finish against host France on Sunday, June 10.

The USA and Haiti met in the semifinal of the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship with the USA prevailing in penalty kicks (3-0) after a 1-1 tie during regulation to earn its berth to the World Cup. Haiti then upset Canada in the Third-Place match to earn its first-ever spot in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level.

All three games will take place at the Stade D'honneur D'athletisme in Salon-de-Provence, which is about 30 miles north of Marseille.

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova has called up 22 players, all vying for one of the 21 roster spots on the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team. Klimkova’s roster is once again is a mix of three birth years, with seven players born in 1998 (the age cut-off year for the upcoming World Cup), 11 born in 1999 and four born in 2000.

Seventeen of the 22 players are in college with five still playing youth club, all for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. Defender Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), midfielders Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat) and forwards Sophia Smith (Real Colorado) and Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues) are the players on the roster who have not yet enrolled in college. All five will be head to college next fall at Stanford, Florida State, UNC, Stanford and USC, respectively.

The roster features four players from UCLA (D Karina Rodriguez, F Ashley Sanchez, M Delanie Sheehan and M Viviana Villacorta), three from Virginia (G Laurel Ivory, F Alexa Spaanstra and F Taryn Torres) and two from Stanford (D Samantha Hiatt and D Kiara Pickett) and USC (D Tara McKeown and M Savannah DeMelo).

The U.S. U-20 WNT has gone 6-0-4 this year in international matches with nine different players having scored, led by Smith, the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, who has seven goals and 15 in her U-20 career. DeMelo, Howell and forward Abigail Kim from UC Berkeley and Stanford striker Civanna Kuhlmann (who is injured) have each scored twice.

The USA was drawn into Group C at the upcoming World Cup and opens the tournament on Monday, Aug. 6 against Japan (1:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local), faces Paraguay on Thursday, Aug. 9 (1:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local) and finishes the group against Spain on Monday, Aug. 13 (7:30 a.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. local). The USA will play its first two group games at Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau and its third group game at Stade du Clos Gastel in Dinan/Léhon.

The 16-team field for the tournament is a strong one, featuring Mexico, the USA, Haiti, host France, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Paraguay, China PR, Japan, Korea PRK and New Zealand. The USA has won the tournament three times (2002, 2008, 2012), as has Germany (2004, 2010, 2014), while Korea DPR has won it twice, in 2006 and most recently in 2016.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)        

DEFENDERS (7): Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)                                                  

MIDFIELDERS (6): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.)                                                       

FORWARDS (7): Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas)

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U-20 WNT May 25, 2018
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His Way: Keaton Parks' Long and Winding Road from High School to the USMNT

As he prepared for graduation day at Liberty High School, Keaton Parks had two vastly different routes available for the future. After three standout seasons with Liberty, Parks had verbally committed to a soccer scholarship at nearby Southern Methodist University. Born in the Dallas suburb of Plano, he’d go to school in his backyard and play for the Mustang team that he grew up watching.

Parks had spent his whole life in Dallas, but he ventured overseas for the first time after his sophomore year in 2013. That trip planted the seeds of his second thoughts. He had followed his club coach from team to team since age eight, and that summer, he followed Armando Pelaez to Portugal, where Peleaz had played professionally. Between that summer and the next, Parks trained with several Portuguese clubs. Now, they wanted to bring him to Europe full-time.

Parks took the leap, an ocean away from his comfort zone. He hasn’t looked back. His upward trajectory since has brought him to his first-ever camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“It was a big jump for me, but I definitely made the right decision,” Parks said. “The options were there. SMU would have been a great option. Portugal was a whole new country. Since I was a kid, I wanted to play in Europe. Just following my dream and everything was definitely the right decision to make, especially looking back at it now. This is what I wanted to do.”

A former pro in Portugal and Venezuelan national team member, Peleaz preached possession as Parks came up through the ranks. It’s molded him into a player who, even at 6-4, can glide with the ball at his feet.

“Always possession, keep the ball, a lot of touches and stuff,” Parks said. “That’s how I learned to play football. I’m really tall but I think I have really good feet and I’m good on the ball in tight spaces. When I have the ball, just looking at the field I can find good passes all across the field. I think I have good vision in that sense. I can also complete the pass as well.”

Keaton Parks
Close Control: Keaton Parks keeps possession of the ball in training while riding a challenge from teammate Erik Palmer-Brown.

Parks’ development with Pelaez lead to that first trip abroad in the summer of 2013. While Pelaez initially brought Parks to train with his former teams, an agent took interest in the young American and opened the door for opportunities at other Portuguese clubs.

That initial European exposure came before Parks’ growth spurt. Back in Plano, he earned All-State honors and led Liberty on a deep playoff run as he sprouted up. When Parks returned to Portugal the following summer, he had gone from 5-5 to over six feet tall.  

He would spend only one more semester at Liberty. Parks graduated early and passed up a final full season of high school soccer for another trip overseas and a taste of the top-tier amateur game. After the fall term, Parks didn’t return to high school, but made his way overseas for another trip of training and trials in Portugal that confirmed his potential to sign professionally.

He returned stateside in time for the spring NPSL season. Pelaez coached the Liverpool Warriors , a local Liverpool affiliate, in the budding amateur league. Instead of a final high school campaign, Parks tested himself across Oklahoma and Texas against top amateurs and college talent in their offseason.

His time with the Liverpool Warriors also booked him a final short-term spell overseas. Parks had caught the interest of second division side Varzim in his winter trip to Portugal. When the Warriors went to play a tournament hosted in the city of Povoa de Varzim, it cemented the club’s interest. A few weeks after the trip, Parks put pen to paper with the small club.

As his friends packed their bags for college, the tall Texan picked up and moved overseas to begin life as a professional athlete in a foreign land. Far from the comforts of any dorm room in Dallas, he started life anew in a country where he could hardly speak the language. Parks had to rely on a bilingual friend to translate between him and his teammates at Varzim.

“At first, in training, I would listen to the coach but not catch anything,” Parks said. “I would just watch them do the drill and just copy what they did. I would just speak English really slowly to them and they could catch some things and try to reply.”

After a few appearances with Varzim’s B team to kick off the season, Parks spent the rest of 2015-16 with the U-19 squad. While it supplied valuable experience, his transition abroad brought its own challenges. Instead of school and soccer just 25 miles from Plano, he launched a career nearly 5000 miles from home.

Keaton Parks
Parks and fellow Plano, Texas native Weston McKennie battle for the ball during U.S. MNT training.

“There definitely were times that I’d just be in my apartment, lonely,” Parks said. “I had a couple friends, but most of the people didn’t speak English very well. I had SMU as the backup plan, so that was also enticing. I could just stay in my hometown.”

But Parks stuck it out. He got more comfortable in coastal Povoa de Varzim, started to learn the language, and a successful season with the U-19s brought him to training with Varzim’s first team by the end of the season. At the launch of the 2016 campaign, Parks immediately integrated into the first team.

He made his professional debut on Sept. 4, 2016 in Varzim’s fifth league game as a late substitute. A midseason managerial shift saw him lock down a regular spot in the starting lineup. In his final two games before the winter break, Parks scored his first two professional goals.

Just as he began to find his footing with Varzim, a contract dispute derailed the second half of his debut pro season. Parks trained, but couldn’t play in any games that spring. Despite the lack of regular action, he had shown enough the previous fall to earn his first Youth National Team call-up to a pre-World Cup Under-20 MNT camp in London.

Over the summer, Parks officially left Varzim to sign with Benfica, historically the most successful club in Portugal.

“At first, I just couldn’t really believe it, I was playing for one of the most well-known clubs in the world,” Parks said. “Especially when I started training with the A team, these guys I watch on TV and play with on FIFA, I thought it was really cool.”

MNT - Keaton Parks

After half a season in the second division, Parks found himself at one of the biggest clubs in Europe. He started out with Benfica’s B team, star-struck as the first team trained a field over. When his play with the reserves earned him full team training time, the players he idolized became peers. A chip over legendary Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar in training brought the first team down to Earth.

“I would see the A team training on the field next to us and I was like ‘Wow, those guys are so good, I know that guy!’” Parks said. “That goal was a really cool moment for me. I started feeling more comfortable in the training sessions. The guys talked to me more and they were teaching me. I started realizing, these are my teammates, I’ve got to stop admiring them so much.”

It took until his first game with the senior squad to fully see them as teammates rather than objects of admiration. That came on November 18, when Parks came on as a 71st-minute substitute in a domestic cup match. Back home, Parks would have been a college junior preparing for Thanksgiving break. An entrance in front of tens of thousands of rowdy red-clad fans in Lisbon was a world away.

“Walking out of the tunnel was really cool for me,” Parks said. “When they sent me to warm up at the beginning of the second half, I was like ‘Dang, I might go in to this game, it’s crazy. I got my chance.”

From then on, Parks trained full time with the full team. Almost two-and-a-half years after his arrival, he’s continued to fully integrate himself in Portugal, both in football and the language. Benfica put him through Portuguese lessons all year in preparation for the potential of interviews in the local tongue next season.

Parks still played primarily with Benfica’s B team in 2017-18 and starred as a regular starter, but began to make the first team bench more regularly as the season went on. He made a few more appearances, but with the club locked in a down-to-the-wire battle for Portugal’s second and final Champions League qualification spot, minutes became hard to come by.

Still, Parks showed enough in his limited minutes and in his key role with the reserves to draw the attention of the Men’s National Team. A few weeks before the start of camp, assistant coach John Hackworth gave him a call to check in. E-mails from the team administration followed, and Parks officially earned his first MNT invite.

Keaton Parks
U.S. U-17 MNT head coach and MNT assistant coach John Hackworth helped bring Parks into his first MNT camp.

“I called both my parents, my brother, my sister and Armando too,” Parks said. “He was really excited for me, he was like ‘I told you I’d get you there, thank you for trusting me!’ He was really proud of me.”

Back in the USA, Parks’ introduction to the MNT has granted a smoother transition than his move overseas. For one, he can understand when the coaches explain drills. For another, he fits right in among the freshest-faced USA roster in recent memory. Parks checks in just below the average age of 22, as he’ll turn 21 in August. Camp also reunites him with former North Texas Olympic Development Program teammate Weston McKennie as they share the field for the first time in years.

Unlike some of his youthful peers, Parks didn’t come through the YNT pipeline. The U-20s scrimmaged against English club teams last April, but Monday’s match against Bolivia will be Parks’ first-ever opportunity to represent the red, white and blue in an international match. With the opportunities now at hand, he couldn’t have made a better decision for his post-high school plans.

“I’m really excited,” Parks said. “Hopefully I’ll get my chance in the game and I can show what I’m capable of. I expect it to be the best feeling in the world, the best moment of my life so far. We’ll see what happens.”

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May 25, 2018
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The Great Eight Rd. 3: Missing Llamas, Long-Rangers & a Sweet Sixteen

Fans of the 105-year-old Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup live by its magic moments. And the Third Round of the 2018 competition tossed up a good few of those on May 22 and 23. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at eight moments of note from the 12 games, in which the llama-less Las Vegas Lights tumbled out, a whole host of long-range goals rained down and a fresh-faced 16-year-old made a debut and an impact.

Lightning Twice for Cincy?
Underdogs FC Cincinnati set last year’s Open Cup alight with a dramatic run to the threshold of an Open Cup Final. But unlike countless Cupsetters past who’ve drifted off into the sunset the subsequent year, they’re back for more – and maybe better. They handled lively amateurs Detroit City 4-1 (a.e.t) in their first game and set the bar that much higher in their second when they hammered USL mates Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 on the banks of the Monongahela in Steel City. The Hounds hadn’t conceded a goal at home all year, but the Ohioans put three past them and controlled every inch of the Third Round contest. Jimmy McLaughlin’s opening goal, a suave counter-attack with deadly intentions, will have caught the attention of Minnesota United, FCC’s MLS opponents in the Fourth Round.


(FC Cincinnati were minutes away from the Final last year - and they're back at it again)

Weber’s Late What If
Sport invites a lot of counterfactual questions. It’s fertile ground for the big what-ifs. And the Open Cup, as curious a sporting event as you’re likely to find, is no exception. What if Andrew Weber, goalkeeper for amateurs Sporting Arizona FC, hit the back of the net with his volley deep in extra-time stoppage-time against Fresno FC? He took a wide run at the back post, leaving his goal exposed and throwing all caution to the wind in a hunt for life. More life. One more chance. It was the last kick of the game. If he'd hit the target instead of shooting just wide, it would have forced a penalty shootout – and Weber – a one-time journeyman in MLS – is good at those as we saw in Sporting’s Second Round win over USL pros Phoenix Rising. But alas, that final kick of the game went agonizingly off into the dark beyond the floodlights. Instead of an Open Cup underdog’s roar, we got a gasp of relief from the pros from Fresno. Then the final whistle, its echo, and an empty silence. What if?

No Llamas, No Luck
The Las Vegas Lights, first-year club out of USL, are a colorful bunch. Former Public Enemy hype-man and reality TV icon Flava Flav turns up to home games, Freddy Adu – American soccer’s great cautionary tale – comes in off the bench. A foam rubber Elvis with a huge head stalks the touchline and the club’s uniforms are, well, one-of-a-kind. But the most endearing emblem of the Lights organization is a pair of Llamas – Dotty and Dolly – who dress in specially designed Lights uniforms and attend all the team’s home games. They stand with the players for the pre-game photos, sometimes their butts aimed at the camera, and team captain Hiqui holds their reins to keep them as still as you can keep a pair of Llamas in the middle of a stadium full of screaming fans. Dotty and Dolly travelled to UNLV for the Lights' opener, a hard-fought 4-2 seesaw over amateurs FC Tucson. But the trip to Downey, California for the Third Round was too much for the gals. And without them, the Lights went out – losing to a pair of goals from Allison Faramilio that saw amateur SoCal side FC Golden State Force through to a Fourth Round dream date with MLS royalty LA Galaxy. A small plea to the men from Sin City: Next time, bring your llamas.


(Baby-faced Ethan Bryant - right - is only 16 and he made his Open Cup & Pro debut this week for San Antonio FC)

Sweet Sixteen in San Antonio
What were you doing when you were 16? Not much? Ethan Bryant, barely old enough to drive and with the delicate features of a kid even younger, lined up in his first professional game. He drew a crucial penalty and played 120 minutes of San Antonio FC’s dramatic shootout win over Colorado Springs Switchbacks. He’s blond and slight and looks in danger of being run over by those older and larger and meaner – but he’s a talent. Bryant learned the game early in his backyard, pushing a couple of garbage cans together for goals. He dropped traditional high school and went the home-school route to focus on his dream of turning pro. And it’s all paid off. He’s one of only three players 16 years of age or younger currently on contract in the USL. Bryant is, without any confusion or debate, still a boy. But he manned up in a big way in the Open Cup and took a first step into a larger world.

OK Okeke, We See You
We noticed you wear No. 121 on your shirt. What’s that all about? We couldn’t miss your three game-winning goals so far for NTX Rayados, including the one on Wednesday that sent you and your fellow North Texas amateurs through to the rarefied air of the Fourth Round. We can’t help notice you’re helping fill our hearts with Open Cup romanticism and a belief that, with the right kind of wind, anything’s possible. You scored 30 goals a season in high school and were an All-American in college, so we maybe should have seen this coming. Still, it’s surprising somehow. Four goals in three games in the Open Cup proper is an achievement very few can muster, and we’ve got a feeling you might not be done yet. You’ve got a date in Houston with top-tier pros from Major League Soccer (MLS) next, and you can be sure we’ll be watching you closely, young man (just like the Dynamo’s defense). Count on it. 


(North Carolina FC hit their first in from close, but the Third Round was full of long-range rockets)

The Goals Keep Coming
We’re four rounds deep into the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and not one single game has ended in a goalless draw (after 90 minutes or extra-time). Still no zero-zero draws – for a third straight round – that’s 62 games of soccer, over 6000 minutes of play. That, friends, is a miracle. In the First Round, 99 goals were scored across 26 games and four time zones – nearly four goals per game. In the Second Round, there were 93 goals in 24 games (again an average near four-per-game). This time, in the Third Round, things slowed a bit (no surprise with so much on the line). But 27 goals were scored through 12 games, closer to two goals-per-game than four, but still pretty darned good as far as we’re concerned. 

The Long-Rangers Ride Again
There were all kinds of goals in the Third Round – little tika-taka types like the Richmond Kickers’ dreamy winner against Penn FC. There were scrappy and scruffy goals too, like North Carolina FC’s close-in opener against Ocean City Nor’easters. But what stands out from the Round were the thunderbolts from distance. The rockets. The top-corner arrows from way, way out. They tumbled from the air like heavy raindrops. Louisville City FC’s Sean Totsch hit a screamer from 25 yards into the top corner when the Saint Louis FC defense just begged him to have a go. It was the only goal of the game and it put the Kentucky side through. Before that, Thomas Granitto, an El Salvador youth international, turned, picked up his head, and fired in a whipping dipper for Miami United FC, the SoFla amateurs who now face MLS’ Orlando City SC in the Fourth Round. Keven Aleman’s long-distance free kick was the only goal of the contest as Sacramento Republic knocked out Reno 1868 to move on too. Lance Laing scored FC Cincinnati’s second direct from a way-out free-kick on the road in Pittsburgh. But the best of the 12-game docket, on a night with many worthy of the honor, must go to Danny Barrera of Fresno FC. He hit the ball as sweet as you could from a mile out in the warm evening air of Mesa, Arizona.


(Louisville City were one of the teams that reached the Fourth Round thanks to an effort from distance)

Fond Farewell
Let’s turn our attention now to those less fortunate - the ones leaving us, as they must, after coming up short. We’ll remember Uriel Macias of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a walk-on who joined the team after impressing in an open try-out. The rookie was the only player to miss in the shootout with San Antonio FC. The ball seemed to never stop rising after it left his foot – up, up, over the bar, over the stands and out of the stadium. We wave goodbye to FC Wichita – their talented captain Leo Sosa and the Tayou brothers. The spirited amateurs from Kansas were seconds away from penalties (and maybe a place in the next round), but stumbled at the same hurdle for a second year running. Elm City Express, rare entrants from New Haven, Conn., gave as good as they got in Charleston against the all-pro Battery, but they couldn’t find a way to goal. Mississippi Brilla, yes, and you Ocean City Nor’easters from the Jersey Shore, we salute you too. We hope, sincerely, to see you again soon.

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U.S. Open Cup May 25, 2018
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La rivalidad se reanuda en Nashville con USA-México, presentado por AT&T, el 11 de septiembre

CHICAGO (24 de mayo, 2018) – Una de las rivalidades más grandes del fútbol internacional llegará a Nashville, Tennessee, al jugarse un partido entre la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos y México, presentado por AT&T, el 11 de septiembre. El espectáculo más grande del fútbol norteamericano escribirá un nuevo capítulo en Nissan Stadium empezando a las 7:30 p.m. CT en vivo por ESPN, UniMás y UDN. El encuentro se disputará durante el primer periodo de la FIFA para partidos internacionales después de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. El partido continúa la campaña estadounidense de competir contra los mejores equipos del mundo.

Información sobre los boletos para el partido serán anunciados próximamente. Para la oportunidad de comprar entradas antes de que estén disponibles al público en general o en las redes sociales de U.S. Soccer, los aficionados deberían considerar hacerse socios con la compra de un U.S. Soccer Membership (solamente $55 por un plazo de un año en membership.ussoccer.com). Socios nuevos que se unan antes del 14 de junio, 2018 tendrán la oportunidad de comprar boletos para USA vs. México antes de los seguidores de U.S. Soccer en redes sociales, y además recibirán otros beneficios, como una bufanda exclusiva para los Miembros y un descuento de 10 por ciento en compras en el store.ussoccer.com.

A pesar de ser una rivalidad formidable en el campo, el partido reúne a dos de las naciones que conforman la Candidatura Conjunta para volver a traer la Copa Mundial de la FIFA a Norteamérica en el 2026, en una de las 18 ciudades candidatas a ser sedes de dicho torneo. Actualmente hogar de Nashville SC de la United Soccer League, la Music City está lista para unirse a la Major League Soccer en el 2020 y ha demostrado ser una fuente de apoyo para la U.S. MNT, con la cantidad de aficionados creciendo en cada una de sus cinco visitas desde el 2006. El partido más reciente en el recinto fue durante la Copa Oro Concacaf 2017, en el cual empató 1-1 contra Panamá frente a 47,622 aficionados – una multitud récord para un partido de fútbol en el estado de Tennessee.

Firmes en la meta de presentar una selección masculina considerada entre las mejores del mundo, U.S. Soccer continuará a buscar partidos contra selecciones de alta categoría y en sedes de primera calidad. Se espera la adición de más partidos de alto nivel para la otra fecha internacional en septiembre, al igual que las fechas en octubre y noviembre, lo cual representará uno de los calendarios más exigentes en la historia de la U.S. MNT que no forma parte de un torneo.

EL PRÓXIMO CAPITULO EN LA RIVALIDAD USA-MÉXICO

La primera página de la rivalidad entre Estados Unidos y México fue en una cancha neutral en Italia en un partido de eliminatoria por el derecho de representar a la región en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 1934. La victoria estadounidense de 4-2 ese día en Roma sería la última en los siguientes 46 años, ya que México dominó considerablemente la rivalidad. Durante los años 1990, una nueva generación de jugadores estadounidenses empezó a hacer que las victorias contra El Tri fueran una ocurrencia normal y mientras que México mantiene un registro de 34-18-15 a su favor en la serie, EE.UU. tiene la ventaja en partidos recientes con un registro de 13-7-6 desde el año 2000.

CIUDAD DE MÚSICA Y FÚTBOL

Nashville es una de las 18 ciudades candidatas a ser sedes en la Candidatura Conjunta para traer la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026 a Norteamérica, y actualmente es hogar de Nashville SC de la USL. Se convertirá en el vigésimo cuarto equipo de la Major League Soccer en el año 2020. El primer encuentro de la U.S. MNT en Nashville fue un partido de despedida contra Marruecos en el 2006, y desde entonces ha sido sede de varios partidos de alto perfil, incluyendo un partido de Eliminatoria Mundialista en el 2009 contra Trinidad y Tobago, y más recientemente en el primer partido de la Copa Oro Concacaf 2017 contra Panamá. La multitud fue creciendo en cada una de las cinco visitas de la U.S. MNT, con el partido de la Copa Oro reuniendo a 47,622 espectadores e imponiendo un nuevo récord para un partido de fútbol en Tennessee.

Fecha

Rival

Resultado

Torneo

Asistencia

23 de mayo, 2006

Marruecos

0-1 L

Amistoso

26,141

1 de abril, 2009

Trinidad y Tobago

3-0 W

Eliminatoria Mundialista

27,959

29 de marzo, 2011

Paraguay

0-1 L

Amistoso

29,059

3 de julio, 2015

Guatemala

4-0 W

Amistoso

44,835

8 de julio, 2017

Panamá

1-1 E

Copa Oro

47,622

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Espanol May 24, 2018
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Rivalry Renewed as USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Comes to Nashville on September 11

CHICAGO (May 24, 2018) – One of the biggest rivalries in international soccer will descend on the Music City as USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, arrives Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. North America’s biggest soccer spectacle will write its latest chapter at Nissan Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN. The meeting will take place during the first FIFA international window following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the marquee match continuing the MNT’s aggressive campaign of competing against the top teams in the world. 

Information regarding tickets for USA vs. Mexico will be announced at a later date. For the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public or those on U.S. Soccer’s social media channels, fans should consider purchasing a U.S. Soccer Membership (only $55 for a one-year term at membership.ussoccer.com). New Members who join by June 14, 2018 (Flag Day in the USA) will have the opportunity to buy tickets for USA vs. Mexico before those on U.S. Soccer’s social media channels, plus receive other benefits, like a Member-exclusive scarf and a ten-percent discount on purchases at store.ussoccer.com.

Though a heated rivalry on the field, this match also brings together two of the nations that joined the United Bid to return the FIFA World Cup to North America in 2026 in one of the Bid’s 18 candidate cities. Currently home to United Soccer League side Nashville SC, the Music City is set to join Major League Soccer in 2020 and has shown a rich history of supporting the MNT, with attendance rising across each of the team’s five visits since 2006. Most recently, the USA began its march to the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup title by playing to a 1-1 draw with Panama in front of 47,622 fans – a record attendance mark for soccer in the state of Tennessee.

Having won the first meeting that took place in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, the USA has faced off with El Tri 67 times – far more than any international opponent. Though Mexico showed considerable dominance through the rivalry’s first 50 years, a new generation of U.S. players began to turn the tide during the 1990s, leading to the MNT’s own supremacy in the series, going 13-7-6 since the turn of the century.

The first page of the USA-Mexico rivalry actually came on neutral ground in Italy in a one-game playoff for the right to represent the region at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. The USA’s 4-2 victory that day in Rome would be its last for 46 years, as Mexico showed considerable dominance in the rivalry. During the 1990s, a new generation of U.S. players began to make wins against El Tri a more normal occurrence, and while Mexico still holds a 34-18-15 all-time edge in the series, the USA has the more recent advantage with a 13-7-6 record since the turn of the century.


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MNT May 24, 2018
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