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Strong Second Half Guides MNT Past Peru 2-1 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 4, 2015) – Led by a pair of goals from the night’s captain Jozy Altidore, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Peru 2-1 in front of a crowd of 28,896 at RFK Stadium. 

Trailing 1-0 after the first half, the U.S. came out strong on the attack in the second. After a series of chances Altidore earned a terrific equalizing opportunity when he was tripped up in the box. The captain stepped up to take the PK, and while his shot was blocked, Altidore collected and buried the rebound. Nine minutes later, and after a brilliant series of saves by goalkeeper Brad Guzan that kept the game level, Altidore broke the tie with another goal that proved to be the game-winner.

As the clock ticked away, the MNT defense stood stout against the Peru attack to preserve the 2-1 score line through to the final whistle. With the victory the USA improved to 3-2-1 all-time against Peru.

The match was the first of two tune-up games for the MNT ahead of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico on Oct. 10. The USA will be back on the field in four days when it takes on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PER– Daniel Chavez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute: Andre Carrillo pushed towards the USA box, before he suddenly turned on the jets and cut inside, centering the ball in to Daniel Chavez. Chavez was able to turn and from just outside the box took a shot that glanced off MNT defender Omar Gonzalez. The deflection spun wickedly and dipped just over U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s outstretched arm and into the goal. USA 0, PER 1

USA– Jozy Altidore (penalty kick) 59th minute: Geoff Cameron made a long throw-in to the box where Jozy Altidore backed down his defender and flicked the ball over the top. As he muscled past his defender, Altidore’s trailing leg was clipped, setting up the penalty. Altidore took the PK and blasted it to the right, where the Peru ‘keeper made a diving block. Altidore followed his shot and jumped to kick in the rebound to level the game.  USA 1, PER 1

USA– Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68th minute: DeAndre Yedlin rocketed down the right hand side to catch up with a long through ball. The fleetfooted attacker evaded his marker and squared the ball in the Peru box for an arriving Altidore, who was beaten to it by a defender. However, the ball ended up at the feet of Gyasi Zardes on the opposite side of the pitch. Zardes cut in and powered a low cross through the six yard box. A deflection through the legs of a Peru defenseman saw the ball find an unmarked Altidore, who volleyed home the game winner. USA 2, PER 1 FINAL (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
PER– Diego Penny (save) 39th minute: Jermaine Jones broke for the USA’s first big chance of the game. He dribbled from midfield aggressively to the left, shielding off his defender with his right arm. From 25 yards out, he blasted a left-footed shot that brought back memories of his goal against Portugal in the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, for Jones and the U.S., Peru’s ‘keeper Diego Penny reached it, coming out to cut down the angle and narrowly tip the strike over the bar. 

USA- Brad Guzan (save) 67th minute: A well bent free kick found a jumping Carlos Zambrono, who sent a sharp header at goal that was saved by a diving Guzan. The ball bounced off the ‘keepers hands and to the crashing Renato Tapia, who’s shot was saved again by Guzan as he trapped it tightly between his outstretched legs. (SEE SAVE) 

Coming up Next: #USAvBRA
Location: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
Date: September 8, 2015
Opponent: Brazil 

Milestone Watch:

  • Jozy Altidore scored the 28th and 29th goals of his career. It was Altidore’s first multi-goal game since he tallied a double in the MNT’s match against Nigeria in the USA’s 2014 Send-Off Series. Altidore is now one goal behind Brain McBride (30), who ranks fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal-scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • Jermaine Jones returned to the USA starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 8 when he played as a center back in a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
  • Jozy Altidore made the start as the team’s captain. It was his first time wearing the armband since he captained the squad on Nov. 18, 2014, when the team dropped a 4-1 result to Ireland in Dublin. The MNT is now 3-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s arm band.
  • Geoff Cameron came on at the start of the second half, earning his first cap of 2015 with his first appearance since the USA’s match against Ireland on Nov. 14, 2014.
  • Matt Besler, who came on as a sub in the second half , made his first USMNT appearance since Feb. 8 when he helped the team to a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
  • Omar Gonzalez and John Brooks paired in central defense for the third time in 2015. In the three matches the duo has started in the center of the defense together, the MNT has allowed only two goals while scoring seven.
  • Bobby Wood made just his second international start of his career in tonight’s game. His first came against Chile in the MNT’s opening match of 2015.
  • Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin each made their 14th appearances of the year in tonight’s match. That total ties the young attacking pair with Michael Bradley for the most MNT caps so far in 2015.
  • The U.S. now holds a 3-2-1 record all-time against Peru.
  • This matchup was the first between the teams in more than 15 years. The U.S. defeated Peru 1-0 in Miami in the group stage of the 2000 Gold Cup, with Cobi Jones scoring the game-winner in the previous matchup.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 28,896
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy, humid 

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

PER – Daniel Chávez (Andre Carrillo)           20th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore                                       59
USA – Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes)              68 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 15-Michael Orozco (20-Geoff Cameron, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (5-Matt Besler, 63), 23-Tim Ream; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 46), 21-Gyasi Zardes; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 18-Bobby Wood (9-Aron Johannsson, 71)
Subs Not Used: 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 26-Andrew Wooten
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PER: 1-Pedro Gallese; 5-Carlos Zambrano, 6-Juan Manuel Vargas, 8-Christian Cueva (13-Edison Flores, 82), 10-Jefferson Farfan, 16-Carlos Lobaton (capt.) (19-Victor Yotun, 72), 17-Luis Advincula, 18-Andre Carrillo (7-Paolo Hurtado, 64), 21-Josepmir Ballon (24-Renato Tapia, 64), 22-Carlos Ascues, 23-Daniel Chavez (14-Ivan Bulos Guerrero, 82)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jair Cespedes, 3-Hansell Riojas, 4-Pedro Requena, 9-Jose Paolo Guerrero, 12-Diego Penny, 15-Christian Ramos, 20-Joel Sanchez
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca 

Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 16 / 15
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)                         48th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                        86 

Officials:
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Angel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Rangel (MEX)
4th Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 28,896
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy, humid 

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

PER – Daniel Chávez (Andre Carrillo)              20th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore                                          59
USA – Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes)                 68 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 15-Michael Orozco (20-Geoff Cameron, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (5-Matt Besler, 63), 23-Tim Ream; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 46), 21-Gyasi Zardes; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 18-Bobby Wood (9-Aron Johannsson, 71)
Subs Not Used: 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 26-Andrew Wooten
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

PER: 1-Pedro Gallese; 5-Carlos Zambrano, 6-Juan Manuel Vargas, 8-Christian Cueva (13-Edison Flores, 82), 10-Jefferson Farfan, 16-Carlos Lobaton (capt.) (19-Victor Yotun, 72), 17-Luis Advincula, 18-Andre Carrillo (7-Paolo Hurtado, 64), 21-Josepmir Ballon (24-Renato Tapia, 64), 22-Carlos Ascues, 23-Daniel Chavez (14-Ivan Bulos Guerrero, 82)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jair Cespedes, 3-Hansell Riojas, 4-Pedro Requena, 9-Jose Paolo Guerrero, 12-Diego Penny, 15-Christian Ramos, 20-Joel Sanchez
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca 

Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 16 / 15
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)                           48th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                          86 

Officials:
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Angel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Rangel (MEX)
4th Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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In His Words: Zack Steffen on Taking the Next Step for Club and Country in 2018

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, U.S. Men's National Team and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen was named the 2018 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, becoming just the second player in the award’s 35 year history to earn the honor in his debut year with the senior team.

The award caps a year in which Steffen tied an MNT record for appearances by a goalkeeper in their inaugural campaign, earned his first MLS All-Star selection, won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and was named to the MLS Best XI team. Last week, Steffen was transferred to defending Premier League champions Manchester City, which he will join during the summer window in July 2019. 

In his own words, Steffen describes the importance of family, the thrills of the National Team experience and the wild ride in Columbus this year, and how it all adds up to him being ready to take the next steps …

My family is a big part of my life. I was 19 when I went to Germany, and it was tough not having them around. It just didn’t feel right. So when I joined the Columbus Crew, it felt like home right away. Over the last two years, they’ve made it to just about every home game, and that’s exactly how I wanted it to be – to have a career that I could share with my family and have them next to me while I began this ride.

One of the best life lessons my parents instilled in me is that there will always be ups and downs…both in life, and in soccer. But you have to learn from them, and when you’re going through them, you have to stay humble and stay grounded - no matter what.

And that’s the thing about me – when there are downs, I get over those quickly. You have to as a goalkeeper. You keep playing and you make the next play. I believe that mentality has helped me have some success early on, which has humbly led to a few accolades this year. What an honor it’s been to receive these.

Coming into this year I wanted to build off 2017. I gained a lot of confidence in my first full year in MLS, having a good season with the Crew. I wanted to come in and not take a step back, to start playing well right off the bat, and to work and grow from there.

I was honored to be called in to the Men’s National Team’s January Camp. We were playing Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even though the plan was for me to come on at halftime, it seemed to happen too fast. I had to warm up in 12 minutes and at the same time I was telling myself to go out there, play my game and enjoy it. I was nervous. My heart was racing, but I was about to make my debut for the national team, so I was also really excited. And fortunately for us, we were playing well so I did not have much to do.

Our season with the Crew began not long after. Gregg Berhalter and the coaching staff did an excellent job of keeping us focused amid the uncertainty on the team’s future in Columbus. They kept us updated on what was going on with ownership and all that, but at the same time they did a really good job of reminding us that we couldn't control any of it  and that our job was to put quality out on the field, work hard every day, and if we did that good things would come.

So that was my focus during the season – to enjoy it, to work hard, to learn, to push myself and try to stay consistent. I wanted to become a leader for the team on and off the field and try to improve my game in each area that I could.

That was also my mindset with the National Team. We knew it was a transitional era for us, but Dave Sarachan and the coaches did a great job incorporating youth and starting this process for us. A lot of us “younger guys” got time and played against quality opponents, whereas we might not have gotten the same opportunities in another World Cup year. The biggest thing we can take away was our performances and seeing the gap there is - how comfortable some of those teams were on the ball, knowing what to do with the ball and when, and learning from all of our experiences.

And personally, that game against France just before the World Cup gave me the most confidence with the national team, knowing that I could play at that level.

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Zack Steffen Voted 2018 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 18, 2018) – For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer announced goalkeeper Zack Steffen as the 2018 Male Player of the Year and midfielder Alex Mendez as the 2018 Young Male Player of the Year. The awards were unveiled Tuesday on ESPN.com.

The 25th different player to win the award, Steffen becomes just the second player in the award’s 35-year history to earn the honor in his debut year with the U.S. Men’s National Team, following Peter Vermes in 1988. Additionally, Steffen is the fourth goalkeeper to attain the honor after Kasey Keller (1997, 1999, 2005), Tim Howard (2008, 2014) and Brad Friedel (2002). At 23 years old, he is also the youngest goalkeeper to win U.S. Soccer’s Male Player of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be put with those names that have won before me and to have the respect and confidence from teammates, coaches and staff,” Steffen said. “I’m thankful for my support system. Without them I couldn’t have done any of this. It gives me motivation and confidence to keep going and do bigger and better things.” 

WATCH: Zack Steffen's Impressive 2018 Campaign with the U.S. MNT

Votes for U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who earned a cap in 2018, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, National Women’s Soccer League head coaches for the WNT and American soccer league (MLS and USL) head coaches for the MNT, select media members and former players and administrators.

The voting margins for the Male Athlete of the Year award were close, with Steffen receiving 44 percent of the tabulated votes, closely followed by Tyler Adams (38 percent). Weston McKennie rounded out the top three with 16 percent.

For Young Male Athlete of the Year, Mendez garnered 43 percent of the vote, followed by Mark McKenzie and Giovanni Reyna who each had 18 percent. 

One of 20 MNT players to debut during the MNT’s transitional 2018 campaign, Steffen stood out among his fellow first-timers. The 23-year-old led all goalkeepers with six appearances, which tied him with Kasey Keller (1990) and Troy Perkins (2009) for most caps by an MNT backstop during his debut year. Steffen kept clean sheets in the MNT’s matching 1-0 victories against Paraguay on March 27 in Cary, N.C. and Mexico on Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. His shining moment came against France on June 9 in Lyon, where the rising goalkeeper made eight saves to help the USA to a 1-1 draw in Les Bleus’ last match before their victorious title run at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Steffen continued to impress during his second full season with Columbus Crew SC, keeping 10 clean sheets in 29 matches while racking up a 12-10-7 record to earn MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors and helping the club back to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Like he did in 2017, Steffen came up huge again in the postseason, saving two penalty kicks to push Columbus past D.C. United in their shootout victory during the Knockout Round on Nov. 1. Steffen will play the first half of the 2019 MLS season with Columbus Crew SC before completing a transfer to English Premier League giants Manchester City in July.

Mendez led the U.S. U-20 MNT to the Concacaf U-20 Championship title last month, taking home the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player at just 18-years-old, as well as finishing second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race with eight goals to go along with six assists. While the U-20s had no trouble finding the back of the net in Florida, his scoring came at the team’s most crucial junctures. He scored both goals in the 2-0 Final victory against Mexico and netted the opening goal in the 4-0 win against Costa Rica to clinch a place at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On the year, Mendez appeared in 13 of 14 international matches and will serve as a key figure for the team as it prepares for next summer’s 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.

At the club level, Mendez captained LA Galaxy to the U-18/19 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship Final and was named to the Western Conference Best XI. He scored five goals during the team’s six-game playoff run, including a free kick from outside the penalty area in a deadlocked semifinal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC to send the Galaxy to the final. Mendez also made his professional debut in 2018, appearing in six games for LA Galaxy II of the USL Championship, during which he netted his first professional goal on another free kick on July 1. In October, the midfielder signed with German club SC Freiburg, where he will be eligible to begin play in January 2019. Following Christian Pulisic (2016) and Josh Sargent (2017), the 18-year-old is the third straight Young Male Player of the Year winner to sign for a club in Germany as a teenager. 

“It’s a very proud moment,” Mendez said. “First, I want to thank U.S. Soccer for the nomination. I also want to thank my family, my teammates and the U-20 squad that won the Concacaf Championship. Obviously, this is an individual award, but none of this would be possible without them pushing me to be a better player.”

WATCH: Tab Ramos Delivers the Good News to Alex Mendez

A player can only win the Young Player of the Year award once in his career.

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor. U.S. Soccer began awarding Young Player of the Year in 1998, with Josh Wolff taking the first honor.

Previous winners of both awards:

Year

Male Player of the Year

Young Male Player of the Year

2018

Zack Steffen

Alex Mendez

2017

Christian Pulisic

Josh Sargent

2016

Jozy Altidore (2)

Christian Pulisic

2015

Michael Bradley

Matt Miazga

2014

Tim Howard (2)

DeAndre Yedlin

2013

Jozy Altidore

Wil Trapp

2012

Clint Dempsey (3)

Rubio Rubin

2011

Clint Dempsey (2)

Brek Shea

2010

Landon Donovan (4)

Gale Agbossoumonde

2009

Landon Donovan (3)

Luis Gil

2008

Tim Howard

Sacha Kljestan

2007

Clint Dempsey

Michael Bradley

2006

Oguchi Onyewu

Jozy Altidore

2005

Kasey Keller (3)

Benny Feilhaber

2004

Landon Donovan (2)

Eddie Johnson

2003

Landon Donovan

Freddy Adu

2002

Brad Friedel

Bobby Convey

2001

Earnie Stewart

DaMarcus Beasley

2000

Chris Armas

Landon Donovan

1999

Kasey Keller (2)

Ben Olsen

1998

Cobi Jones

Josh Wolff

1997

Kasey Keller

-

1996

Eric Wynalda

-

1995

Alexi Lalas

-

1994

Marcelo Balboa (2)

-

1993

Thomas Dooley

-

1992

Marcelo Balboa

-

1991

Hugo Perez

-

1990

Tab Ramos

-

1989

Mike Windischmann

-

1988

Peter Vermes

-

1987

Brent Goulet

-

1986

Paul Caligiuri

-

1985

Perry Van der Beck

-

1984

Rick Davis

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Gracie Fitzgerald Wins 2018 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year with a Disability Award

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2018) – U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team defender Gracie Fitzgerald has been voted the 2018 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year with a Disability for her impressive performances at the Deaf Women’s World Cup and nationally ranked Centre College.

Fitzgerald joined the U.S. DWNT as a defender in 2015. Now 19, her stellar performances, which included a goal against Great Britain during the most dominant Deaf World Cup run in U.S. DWNT’s history, earned her a place on the Best XI All-World Cup Team. The USA’s defense, anchored by Fitzgerald, conceded only two goals in its World Cup run.

“It is an absolute honor to be recognized for playing the game I love,” Fitzgerald said. “Playing for the U.S. Deaf WNT has afforded me the opportunity to represent my country, especially those in the deaf and hard of hearing community, who overcome challenges every day to achieve their personal best. Soccer requires a significant amount of communication in order to be successful, yet I play on a team where communication is a huge disadvantage. But, that has not stopped us from being a successful team. I cannot wait for the opportunities and adventures of the 2020 Deaf World Cup!” 

Gracie Fitzgerald - U.S. Deaf Women's National Team - 2018 U.S. Player of the Year with a Disability Award winner

She also recently completed a spectacular sophomore season, starting 16 of 22 games in the back for No. 4-ranked Centre College, which made a good run to the NCAA Div. III third round where the team fell to No. 15 Wheaton College, 2-1, to finish their season with a 21-1 record.  She tallied two goals in the Southern Athletic Association playoffs with a beautiful headed goal in the Final. 

“Gracie is a mature, mindful person on every level. Her approach to soccer is equal to her approach in academics and everything in between,” U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team and University of Washington associate head coach Amy Griffin said. “She is coachable, willing to take risks and push her boundaries to be able to improve. She helps her teammates is a quiet leader by allowing her actions to speak for her, and they always match the goals she is striving to achieve. On the U.S. DWNT she was paramount to the success of the 2016 world championship team, helping the back line shut down the rest of the world’s attack.”

U.S. Soccer Player of the Year votes are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who earned a cap in 2018, American soccer league (MLS and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.

The U.S. Player of the Year with a Disability was first awarded in 2012, with Felicia Schroeder receiving the honor. A full list of award winners can be found here.

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Dec 17, 2018
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Twelve Coaches from MLS, NWSL and USL Complete Third U.S. Soccer Pro License Course

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2018) – Twelve coaches who work across Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League and the United Soccer League Championship became the third class to complete the U.S. Soccer Pro License on Friday, Dec. 14, finishing a year-long journey that began in January.

2018 Pro Course Graduates:

  • Vlatko Andonovski (Head coach, Seattle Reign, NWSL)
  • Kenny Arena (Assistant coach, Los Angeles Football Club, MLS)
  • Brian Callaghan (Assistant coach, Philadelphia Union, MLS)
  • Robin Fraser (Assistant coach, Toronto FC, MLS)
  • Junior Gonzalez (Assistant coach, LA Galaxy, MLS)
  • Ezra Hendrickson (Assistant coach, LA Galaxy, MLS)
  • Sean McAuley (Assistant coach, Orlando City SC, MLS)
  • Mike Munoz (Head coach, LA Galaxy II, USL Championship)
  • Anthony Pulis (Head coach, St. Louis FC, USL Championship)
  • Paul Riley (Head coach, NC Courage, NWSL)
  • Ian Russell (Head coach, Reno 1868, USL Championship)
  • Steve Trittschuh (Head coach, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, USL Championship)

The U.S. Soccer Pro License represents the highest soccer license recognized in North America and completes the U.S. Soccer coaching education pathway that begins at the grassroots level.

This year marks the third edition of the Pro License course, which is designed for coaches to further develop the skills and competencies necessary to work as a professional coach in a professional environment. Based on their individual needs, each candidate went through a tailored program designed to bolster their efforts to create a winning culture/team, develop a style of play, implement sport science initiatives at their clubs, reflect on their growth as a coach and serve as leaders in their organizations.

“It's an awesome experience to work with coaches every time,” said Wim Van Zwam, U.S. Soccer lead instructor for the course. “To start with a group in January, to see them develop and to see the difference in their behavior, individually and as a group at the end of the course is amazing. Learning to reflect on why you do what you do has been the central thread during this course.

“For us, that's the most important question: Why do I do the things I do every day? Why do I ask this question to my players? Why do I work this way? Why do I organize practice in this way? Is there a more efficient and effective way? Because at the end of the day, it's all about being more effective in what you do. That translates a lot of times to winning more games.”

The course combines theoretical and practical components to help coaches reach their full potential. The year-long journey featured in-person instruction, visits by coach educators to candidates’ home club environments, expert guest speakers, webinars and a final assessment. In addition to Van Zwam, U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coach Education Barry Pauwels, coach educator Vanni Sartini and Chief Sport Development Officer Nico Romeijn also served as instructors for the course.

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WNT Behind the Lens: 2018 in Photos

In 2018, the U.S. WNT played 20 matches, held over 60 training sessions and participated in a slew of photo opportunities. I was fortunate to be on board for the entire journey and captured over 250,000 images. I’m pleased to share with you my favorite 15 from a year in which the team went unbeaten and won three tournaments. These images are a selection of moments - some action, some celebrations, some artistic, some historic - that span the year, and carry us forward into 2019. As always, see you on the sidelines!

- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer


January 2018
"Why I love January training camp in California. Sunsets and wide angles abound."

January 21, 2018
"Celebration pictures are always great, but even better when you’ve just won a game and then found out your husband will be playing in the Super Bowl."


February 28, 2018
"U.S. MNT legend Frankie Hejduk cracks up his daughter while she’s trying to interview Andi Sullivan on the field in Columbus, Ohio."

  
April 8, 2018
"There’s goal celebrations, and then there’s your 100th goal celebration."


June 11, 2018
"Matchday-1 training means shooting drills."

One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
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