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MNT Earns First Win of 2015, Shuts Out Panama 2-0 at StubHub Center

CARSON, California (Feb. 8, 2015) – Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored first-half goals and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 2-0 in the USA’s 2015 home opener in front of 20,271 spectators at StubHub Center. 

Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only MNT players to score 40 international goals. Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson split time in net for the clean sheet. 

It was the MNT’s first victory of the year, as well as the first win since a 1-0 decision against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, 2014, in Prague. 

Perry Kitchen and Matt Hedges made their MNT debuts as second-half subs, and 10 players have now earned their first caps under Jurgen Klinsmann in the seven matches following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Miguel Ibarra and Gyasi Zardes each earned their first starts. Zardes assisted the Dempsey goal. 

The USA had other goal scoring chances throughout the match to add to its lead. The best second-half opportunity came in the 60th minute when Bradley’s free kick found an unmarked Jermaine Jones in the middle of the box. Jones whipped a header toward the goal, but directly to Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. 

Five of the USA’s six shots were placed on goal, while two of Panama’s five shots were put on frame. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Michael Bradley, 27th minute: Just four minutes after a corner kick threatened the Panama net, Bradley delivered another one that found its way into the net. Bradley drove the corner from the left side toward the far right of the goal frame. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo leapt to try and get a glove on it, but instead the ball went directly into the far right side of the frame, where Jozy Altidore also was close by. USA 1, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes), 37th minute: Zardes did the setup work, intercepting Panama’s Luis Ovalle in midfield and dribbling centrally before sending a well-placed through ball that split two Panama defenders. Dempsey timed his run perfectly, took a touch and a leap to elude Jaime Penedo and shot right-footed before Harold Cummings could converge. USA 2, PAN 0 (SEE GOAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 14th minute: Panama threatened with a cross from the right side to the left of the box, and without a USA defender in the vicinity of Panama midfielder Eric Davis, Rimando was forced to rush off of his line and block the shot. 

PAN – Anibal Godoy, 23rd minute: Michael Bradley took the corner kick from the left side, a bending ball into the six-yard box that likely was headed for goal. Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo had a difficult time getting to the ball, but Godoy headed it out of harm’s way at the near post. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Michael Bradley scored his 13th-career goal. He is now tied for 13th on the all-time MNT goal scoring list with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez. Next up on the list is 12th-place Carlos Bocanegra, who scored 14 goals from 2001-12.
  • Clint Dempsey joins Landon Donovan as the only U.S. MNT players to score 40 international goals. Donovan scored 57 times in 157 games and Dempsey has 40 goals in 112 matches.
  • Dempsey is now tied for sixth all-time in career appearances with Claudio Reyna, who earned 112 caps from 1994-2006. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Denmark at 3 p.m. ET on March 25 in Arhus.
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Additional Notes:

  • Before the match, a moment of remembrance was held for former 1950 FIFA World Cup goalkeeper Frank Borghi, who passed away last week. The National Soccer Hall of Famer manned the net in the USA’s famous 1-0 victory against England in Brazil.
  • The USA is now 12-1-2 all-time against Panama and has won the past six meetings.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup included Nick Rimando returning to goal and a defensive back four with Brek Shea on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler at center back. Jones earned his 50th-career cap.
  • In the midfield of the USA’s 4-2-3-1, Mix Diskerud and Michael Bradley played in the holding role, with Miguel Ibarra, captain Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes above them, left to right. Ibarra and Zardes each earned their first MNT starts in just their second appearances. It was a familiar setting for Zardes who plies his professional trade with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy at StubHub Center.
  • Striker Jozy Altidore played up front.
  • Goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaced Rimando to open the second half. It was Johnson’s first appearance since a 1-0 shutout victory against Costa Rica on July 16, 2013, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Also to open the second half, Chris Wondolowski entered for Altidore who was held out for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons (right hamstring soreness).
  • Two players made their MNT debuts in the 72nd minute. Perry Kitchen replaced Diskerud and Matt Hedges replaced Yedlin, who had to leave the match with a right knee sprain in the 68th minute
  • Lee Nguyen took the place of Ibarra in the 79th minute.
  • Luis Gil joined the action in the 81st minute for Dempsey. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,271
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Michael Bradley                                  27th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)           37 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (14-Luis Gil, 81), 19-Miguel Ibarra (7-Lee Nguyen, 79); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Wil Trapp, 16-Shane O'Neill, 21-Dillon Serna
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo (capt.); 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Fidel Escobar (23-Chin Hormechea, 46), 3-Harold Cummings, 17-Luis Ovalle (11-Hécgar Murillo, 46); 8-Marcos Sánchez (16-Yairo Glaize Yau, 46), 13-Alfredo Stephens (22-Ismael Díaz, 55), 20-Aníbal Godoy, 15-Éric Davis; 7-Blas Pérez (21-Ricardo Buitrago, 56), 9-Rolando Blackburn (4-Luis Pereira, 63)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Amir Murillo, 10-Gabriel Torres, 12-José Calderón, 19-Jhamal Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez 

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 15
Offside: 0 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       38th minute
PAN – Luis Ovalle (caution)               40
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           59
USA – Chris Wondolowski (caution)  65

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)                                          
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)                                      
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)                                            
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,271
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Michael Bradley                                  27th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)           37 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (14-Luis Gil, 81), 19-Miguel Ibarra (7-Lee Nguyen, 79); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Wil Trapp, 16-Shane O'Neill, 21-Dillon Serna
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo (capt.); 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Fidel Escobar (23-Chin Hormechea, 46), 3-Harold Cummings, 17-Luis Ovalle (11-Hécgar Murillo, 46); 8-Marcos Sánchez (16-Yairo Glaize Yau, 46), 13-Alfredo Stephens (22-Ismael Díaz, 55), 20-Aníbal Godoy, 15-Éric Davis; 7-Blas Pérez (21-Ricardo Buitrago, 56), 9-Rolando Blackburn (4-Luis Pereira, 63)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Amir Murillo, 10-Gabriel Torres, 12-José Calderón, 19-Jhamal Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez 

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 15
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       38th minute
PAN – Luis Ovalle (caution)               40
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           59
USA – Chris Wondolowski (caution)  65 

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)                                          
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)                                      
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)                                            
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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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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