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U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena. It was the USA’s first victory against the Czech Republic.

The match also represented the first of a new cycle, with the USA’s long-term sights set on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Bedoya, who played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, garnered his second goal with the U.S. MNT. Rimando and first-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan shared time in the net, with Guzan earning the 12th victory of his MNT career.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s young roster earned valuable international experience as three players made their MNT debuts: Joe Gyau with the start and Greg Garza and Emerson Hyndman as second-half subs. Gyau played the full 90 minutes. Julian Green, who scored a goal against Belgium in this year’s World Cup, earned his first U.S. MNT start.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (unassisted), 39th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida lost the ball in the midfield on Peter Cech’s distribution and Mix Diskerud pounced on it to start the U.S. attack. Diskerud worked the ball just inside the box, shot from 17 yards out and Cech made the initial save to his left. The rebound popped out to Bedoya, who slotted it past Czech Republic defender Michal Kadlec into the open net. USA 1, CZE 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CZE – Petr Cech, 17th minute: USA forward Joe Gyau, who made his MNT debut Wednesday, created the first legitimate scoring chance for either side by fending off Czech Republic midfielder Petr Jiracek and shooting with his right foot from outside the box. The rolling shot was headed to the right side of the frame, but Cech had no issues crouching over the ball for the game’s first save.

USA – John Brooks, 20th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vaclav Pilar swung the ball to the left side to teammate Ladislav Krejci. Krejci had open space to cross a dangerous ball back across the edge of the six-yard box. Brooks alertly intercepted with a sliding, left-legged stop as the USA eventually cleared.

USA – Brad Guzan, 26th minute: Vaclav Pilar shot left-footed from about 20 yards out with the intention of finding the right side of the goal, but Guzan dove to his left and secured easily for his only save as he split time in goal with Nick Rimando.

USA – Nick Rimando, 60th minute: Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky’s suave chip over the USA defense landed perfectly to Ladislav Krejci on the left side of the box, and Krejci fired toward the far left post. Rimando reacted quickly with a left-footed save.

USA – Nick Rimando, 65th minute: Shortly after a mad scramble where the ball ricocheted between a pair of USA defenders, the Czech Republic had one more solid crack at the goal as Vladimir Darida fired from close range in the middle of the box. Rimando batted away Darida’s strike at the near right post to maintain the one-goal lead.

USA – Nick Rimando, 85th and 89th minutes: The Czech Republic continued to linger around the net, but Rimando come up big twice more down the stretch. In the 85th minute, Rimando turned away a right-footed shot by Radim Reznik that he played on a short hop. Then in the 89th minute, Rimando adjusted his body to deflect a close-range shot by Daniel Pudil.

Milestone Watch:

  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th victory. He ranks fifth on the USA’s all-time wins list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a match against Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Broadcast information: Oct. 10 – ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio; Oct. 14 – ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Tickets: Oct. 10 vs. Ecuador ; Oct. 14 vs. Honduras

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-2 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 1-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic and former Czechoslovakia.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal and a defensive line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs John Brooks and Michael Orozco.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya.
  • The front line included Julian Green, Jozy Altidore and Joe Gyau from left to right.
  • To open the second half, Klinsmann brought in Tim Ream for Orozco and goalkeeper Nick Rimando replaced Guzan.
  • In the 63rd minute, Greg Garza made his MNT debut, replacing Chandler. Alfredo Morales earned his second cap and first appearance of 2014 when he entered for Diskerud. Brek Shea made his 27th appearance and second of the year, replacing Corona.
  • In the 67th minute, Emerson Hyndman earned his first cap when he replaced USA goal scorer Bedoya.
  • Altidore wore the captain’s armband. The U.S. MNT is now 2-0-0 in games with Altidore as the captain. His other match with the armband was the USA’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Gyau made his U.S. MNT debut and first start, following in the footsteps of his father Philip who earned six caps with the USA from 1989-91.
  • Green earned his first start and fourth cap.
  • Guzan made his second appearance of the year after splitting time with Tim Howard during a 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey. Guzan now has 26 caps in his career.
  • Corona and Orozco made their first appearances of 2014. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ream earned his eighth cap and made his first appearance since USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • The USA’s starting lineup featured eight players who represented the USA at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five players saw time on the pitch during the tournament – Altidore, Bedoya, Brooks, Green and Johnson, who played in all four matches.
  • Johnson earned his 27th cap and his ninth of the year. His nine caps tie for the team lead with Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
  • The USA is now 33-13-9 all-time under Klinsmann.

-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 0 1
CZE                         0 0 0

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

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-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 0 1
CZE                         0 0 0

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

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Christian Pulisic Wins 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 14, 2017) – U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic has been voted the 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on the The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FS1. The 19-year-old becomes the youngest player in the award’s 34-year history to earn the honor, besting Landon Donovan who won it for the first time at age 21 in 2003.

"It really is a big honor and I just want to thank everyone who voted for me to win U.S. Male Player of the Year," Pulisic said. "It’s something that I never could have imagined to be here in this position. I’m thankful for everyone who supported me and I’m excited for the future."

Votes were collected from Men’s National Team players that earned a cap in 2017, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League head coaches, as well as select former players, administrators and media members.



Receiving a comprehensive 94 percent of the tabulated votes, Pulisic turned in a remarkable performance for the MNT in 2017. The MNT’s biggest offensive contributor during the year, the 19-year-old recorded six goals and four assists in nine matches, but either directly (goal or assist) or indirectly (earning a free kick, rebound on a shot), was involved in 13 of the 17 goals scored during matches in which he played this year.

On the club front, Pulisic ended his first full season with the Borussia Dortmund first team by recording three goals and three assists in 25 matches across all competitions for the Bundesliga runners-up. Along with featuring for BVB in the UEFA Champions League, Pulisic topped the 2016-17 campaign by earning the game-winning penalty kick in Dortmund’s 2-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal Final on May 27. Pulisic has continued to be one of Dortmund’s most influential players this season.

Pulisic becomes the 24th different player to be named U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year since it was first awarded to midfielder Rick Davis in 1984. Click here for the full list of U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year winners. 

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U-17 WNT Defeats Haiti in First of Two Florida Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 13, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Haiti 5-0 in the first of two friendly matches between the teams that will conclude the USA’s programming for 2017.

The teams will meet against on Friday, Dec. 15, at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET). Admission is free.

Both the USA and Haiti are preparing for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, scheduled for April 19-29 in Nicaragua. The tournament will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

The USA scored its first three goals in a nine-minute span from the 12th to the 20th minute. The first goal came off a corner kick as Sunshine Fontes sent her service to the near post and Makenna Morris flicked it on to Tori Hansen, who finished it behind the goalkeeper.

Fontes scored the second goal two minutes later after Natalia Staude sent a diagonal ball over the top from her left back position. Fontes collected the ball outside the penalty box on the right side and finished it into the far post after three aggressive touches toward the net.

The third goal came after Smith Hunter sprinted down the left wing, beating several defenders, and sent a cross into the penalty box. Samantha Kroeger skillfully popped the ball up with her thigh and finished it with her head.

Hunter set up the fourth goal as well, taking off on a counter attack before slotting a firm pass on the ground across the middle to Maya Doms, who finished on the cusp of halftime.

The USA’s lone goal in the second half came five minutes from time. Peyton Linnehan raced down the right flank with the ball and started to penetrate towards goal before chipping a cross to the back post for Isabella D’Aquila to finish with her head.

The U-17s have been quite active this year as they prepare for qualifying. The squad has played tournaments in Slovenia/Italy and China while also defeating England in two late August games in Portland, Oregon by a 12-3 aggregate score. The team traveled to Mexico City in mid-November for two matches against the Mexico U-17 WNT, tying 1-1 and winning 4-0. The U-17s have lost just one of 12 international games this year, a wild back-and-forth 5-4 setback against China in Weifang in July.

The roster for these two matches consist of 22 players born in 2001 – the age cut off year for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup -- and four born in 2002.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Haitian U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: December 13, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Premier Sports Camps, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: 62 degrees, sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             4          1          5
HAI                              0          0          0

USA – Tori Hansen (Makenna Morris)                       12th minute
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Natalia Staude)                  14
USA – Samantha Kroeger (Smith Hunter)                  20      
USA – Maya Doms (Smith Hunter)                            45
USA – Isabella D’Aquila (Payton Linnehan)                85

Lineups:
USA: 12-Angelina Anderson (capt.), 2-Makenna Morris (4-Talia DellaPeruta, 76), 15-Natalia Staude, 5-Tori Hansen (25-Bria Schrotenboer, 72), 16-Smith Hunter, 20-Sophia Jones, 8-Maya Doms (24-Ariella Pitty, 72), 10-Mia Fishel, 21-Samantha Kroeger (13-Isabella D’Aquila, 60), 9-Jordan Canniff (11-Payton Linnehan, 76), 18-Sunshine Fontes
Subs not used: 1-Halle Mackiewicz, 3-Kate Wiesner, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 7-Samantha Meza, 14-Croix Bethune, 17-Mackenzee Vance, 19-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 22-Lindsey Romig, 23-Enzi Broussard
Head Coach: Mark Carr

HAI: 1-Madeline Fleuriot, 2-Dougenie Tabitha, 4-Ruthny Mathurin, 5-Estericove Joseph, 6-Angeline Gustave, 7-Abaina Louis (3-Nancy Lindor, 51), 10-Daelle Melchie Dumornay (capt), 13-Rachelle Caremus, 14-Bethina Petit Frere (8-Dieunica Jean Baptiste, 73), 15-Danielle Etienne (20-Flero-Dina Surpris, 70), 16-Isabelle Bernier (9-Samantha Dumont, 52)
Subs not used: 11-Elisabeth Brivil, 12-Edjenie Joseph, 17-Beurnengy Adrien, 18-Maille Jean Baptiste, 19-Milan Pierre Jerome
Head Coach: Fiorda Charles

Stats Summary: USA / HAI                         
Shots: 15 / 2
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
HAI – n/a (Caution)                              90th minute

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Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez

One of the most exciting prospects in the U.S. Men’s National Team pipeline is 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez. Long part of the U.S. Youth National Team setup, the holding midfielder was recently named a finalist for 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, thanks in large part to his breakout campaign with Liga MX side Monterrey and appears to have a bright future ahead for both club and country.

Here are five things you should know about the Rayados’ midfielder:

Early Beginnings

The son of Mexican-American parents, Jonathan Gonzalez was born on April 13, 1999, in Santa Rosa, Calif. He grew up playing for his hometown club Atletico before embarking on a professional journey down south. More on that later...

U.S. Youth National Teams

A dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Gonzalez has long been in the U.S. Youth National Team program, often as one of the youngest players in his respective teams. The talented midfielder earned his first international call-up in 2012, joining the likes of current MNT players Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie with the U-14 Boys’ National Team.

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Gonzalez has continued to represent U.S. youth teams at almost every level and tasted success in 2016 when he helped the U-18 MNT win the Václav Ježek Tournament in the Czech Republic.

He most recently represented the U-20 MNT earlier this year, when at age 17, he was included in Tab Ramos’ squad for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica.

The youngest member of the first U.S. squad to win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gonzalez made two appearances for Ramos’ side in 2017 and remains age-eligible to be part of the U-20 cycle for 2019.

Liga MX Discovery

While Gonzalez was firmly in the U.S. Youth National Team pipeline, a major turning point in his young career came during a 2013 Alianza de Futbol event held in San Francisco. Scouted heavily by clubs in both the U.S. and Mexico, the event proved to be a breakout showcase for Gonzalez, who impressed enough to reportedly receive Academy offers from 13 of the 18 Liga MX clubs in attendance.

Ultimately, he decided to accept an offer to join the Academy of storied Mexican side Monterrey. While he was taking the next step with one of the top clubs in Mexican football, the decision for him to move at such a young age didn’t come easily for his family.

"I still remember the day I left," Gonzalez told ESPNFC in August. "I was 14, about to turn 15, and my parents were really nervous. I really wanted to go and they were between should we let him go, should we not. But we sat down, had a family talk and we thought it was probably the best for me."

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Gonzalez continued the trend of “playing up” with older age groups, slotting in with the U-17 side not long after joining the club and playing plenty with the U-20 team. Pulling double-duty, he ended his time with the younger side by helping the team win the Liga MX U-17 title in May 2017. 

Jump to Monterrey First Team

Having impressed at youth level, Gonzalez was invited to the first team’s training camp ahead of the 2017 Apertura tournament. There, he found himself in a unique position while regular holding midfielder and Mexican international Jesus Molina was away at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with El Trí.

Given another opportunity to shine, the 18-year-old took full advantage in the lead-up to the new season as Monterrey boss Antonio Mohamed rewarded the effort when he made the decision to start Gonzalez in the club’s season-opener on July 21 at Morelia.

"He came and talked to me and told me I have a lot of potential, [and] that I would be starting because the starting center-mid [Jesus Molina] was with the [Mexican] national team," Gonzalez said to ESPN FC. "He told me it was my time to take the opportunity and not let it go."

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A simple yet effective player, Gonzalez has become a fixture in the Monterrey midfield ever since his mid-July debut, appearing in 24 games across all competitions. The cover in front of Los Rayados’ back line, Gonzalez’s ability to see the game combined with his composure in possession has been revelatory in helping Monterrey clinch the regular season title as well as places in the 2017 Apertura Liga MX and Copa MX Finals.

Up Next

Thanks to his involvement with the U.S. U-20 MNT and his breakout run with Monterrey, Gonzalez was nominated for U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year on Dec. 5.

The U-20 MNT midfielder took part in both legs of the Liga MX APertura 2017 Final as Monterrey fell 3-2 on aggregate to city-rivals Tigres UANL on Dec. 10. With consideration towards his breakout campaign, days later, Gonzalez was named to Diaro Récord's Liga MX Best XI.

Gonzalez and Los Rayados will try to make amends for their miss in the Liga MX  Final when they face MNT defender Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca in the Copa MX Final on Thursday, Dec. 21 in Monterrey. 

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