SIOFOK, Hungary (Aug. 17, 2018) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team defeated Japan 5-3 to kick off the Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018 in Siofok, Hungary. The four-team tournament also features host Hungary and the Czech Republic, who tied 4-4 later in the day (with the Czech Republic edging out Hungary 3-2 in penalties).
The scoring opened for the U.S. with a Japanese own goal, followed by goals from Alessandro Canale, Christopher Albiston, David Mondragon and Jason Leopoldo.
The U.S. next faces Hungary on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. ET, before playing against the Czech Republic on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 8:45 a.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on Tv8 Sports’s Facebook Page.
U.S. Beach Soccer Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Chris Toth (San Marcos, Calif.), 12-Daniel Waltman (Tacoma, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (3): 5-Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), 6-Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), 10-Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): 4-Christopher Albiston (Virginia Beach, Calif.), 9-Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), 2-Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 3-David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 7-Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018 Standings
Pos. Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
1 USA 1 1 0 0 5 3 +2 3
2 CZE 1 0 0 1 4 4 0 1
3 HUN 1 0 0 1 4 4 0 0
4 JPN 1 0 1 0 3 5 -2 0
Neymar Headlines Roster for USA-Brazil, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, on Sept. 7 in New Jersey
Set to jumpstart a new cycle, the next generation of the U.S. Men’s National Team will begin this fall’s Kickoff Series with a stern challenge as it faces Neymar and a star-studded Brazil side on Sept. 7, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (TICKETS).
The Paris Saint-Germain attacker is one of 13 players from Brazil’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, headlining a roster that also includes attackers Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), midfielders Casemiro (Real Madrid) and Willian (Chelsea), defenders Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) and Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), and goalkeeper Alisson (Liverpool).
Additionally, 11 players on the roster combined for a total of 21 trophies won across domestic and European club competitions this past season. Members of the squad lifted league and cup hardware in England, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, while Casemiro helped Real Madrid to a third-straight UEFA Champions League title and Filipe Luís was part of Atlético Madrid’s UEFA Europa League-winning squad.
Coming in at No. 3 on August’s edition of the FIFA World Rankings, Brazil will arrive at MetLife Stadium as the MNT’s first of six opponents during the fall Kickoff Series, a slate of matches that will see the USA face one its strongest schedules in a calendar year.
Four days after the Brazil clash, the USA will renew a regional rivalry in USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The next month, the MNT will take on another South American powerhouse, Colombia, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before facing a still-to-be announced opponents on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the United States.
The MNT will then complete its 2018 schedule with a trip to Europe where it will face 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinalists England on Nov. 15 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium before a clash with Italy on Nov. 20 at a site to be determined in Europe.
Detailed Brazil roster (2018 FIFA World Cup players noted in bold):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Hugo (Flamengo), Neto (Valencia)
DEFENDERS (8): Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Dedé (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto/POR), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Andreas Pereira (Manchester United/ENG), Arthur (Barcelona/ESP), Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Lucas Paquetá (Flamengo), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP), Renato Augusto (Beijing Gouan/CHN), Willian (Chelsea/ENG)
FORWARDS (5): Douglas Costa (Juventus/ITA), Éverton (Grêmio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Pedro (Fluminense)Read more
Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.
In her last 18 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 17 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, and against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career.
She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.
It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.
This 18-game run – in which the USA has not lost -- began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into the first 11 games of 2018.
The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now almost a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and has a team-leading 10 goals in 11 games in 2018.
In a span of a few months, Morgan has put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 90, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 143 after the Japan game on July 26) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.
Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.
The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.
She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.
Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.
There’s still a lot of 2018 left to play, including the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October where the USA will look to book its trip to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.Read more