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MNT Falls to Star-Studded Brazil 4-1 in Foxborough

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Sept. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team was defeated by Brazil, 4-1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Tuesday. 

Brazil got off to a quick start, with Hulk converting the game’s first goal in the ninth minute. In the second half, a pair of Brazilian subs pushed the Selecao into another gear. First it was Neymar, who buried a penalty kick minutes after coming on, and moments later Rafinha did the same, burying a goal soon after entering. Neymar, would tally again to extend the Brazil lead to 4-0. 

In the game’s waning minutes, Danny Williams buried a rocket from long-range, and the MNT was finally rewarded for its persistence.

The next time the MNT takes the field it will clash with archrival Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The match pits the champions of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups in a winner-take-all showdown for the right to represent the region at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

While the MNT match was being played, St. Vincent & The Grenadines advanced to the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by a 3-2 aggregate score against Aruba and will face the United States in Group C. The USA opens its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign against the Caribbean nation on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
BRA– Hulk, 9th minute: Willian got past a pair of defenders and into the USA box on the right side. He lofted a cross towards a breaking striker on the left, but the ball bounced off the cross bar. The deflection rolled in front of the goal where it settled at the feet of Hulk, who evaded a tackle and promptly tapped in to give Brazil the early lead. USA 0, BRA 1

BRA- Neymar (penalty kick) 51st minute: David Luiz played a beautiful ball nearly 65 yards ahead to Neymar, who controlled it with a simple touch and moved in on the left-hand side of the USA box. Geoff Cameron hustled to catch up from behind as Neymar cut back, and the result was a foul that set that set Brazil up with a penalty kick. Neymar took it himself and buried his into the left corner of the goal off of the fingertips of a diving Guzan. USA 0, BRA 2

BRA– Rafinha (Lucas), 64th minute: After the U.S. threatened with an attack, Brazil responded with a counter of its own. The Selecao quickly advanced the ball up field and eventually found Rafinha on the left-hand side of the box. The Barcelona midfielder, who had just come on as a sub, took a nifty touch bouncing the ball behind his back and buried it to give Brazil a three-goal lead. USA 0, BRA 3

BRA- Neymar (Lucas), 67th minute: Just mutes after scoring the game’s third goal, Brazil rattled off another. Midfielder Lucas cut a diagonal ball through the USA box to Neymar, who dribbled through a group of defenders and then shot into the upper right corner. USA 0, BRA 4

USA- Danny Williams (Tim Ream) 91st minute: The U.S. found the net on a 28-yard blast from Danny Williams. U.S. defender Tim Ream played the ball out of the back to Williams who ran onto it and hammered home a picture-perfect shot. USA 1, BRA 4 FINAL (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: #USAvMEX in the CONCACAF CUP
Location: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
Date: October 10, 2015
Opponent: Mexico (Winner advances to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Prior to the match, captain Michael Bradley was honored on the field in celebration of having earned 100 caps with the MNT. The captain earned No. 100 in the opening match of the Gold Cup, a game the MNT won 2-1 against Honduras.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. now holds a 1-17-0 record all-time against Brazil.
  • The U.S. has proven that it wants to compete against the world’s top teams, with tonight’s matchup against Brazil being the MNT’s sixth against an opponent ranked in the top 20 of FIFA’s world rankings this year. The meeting was also the third in 2015 against a team ranked in the top six in the World.
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines has advanced to the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by a 3-2 aggregate score against Aruba and will face the United States in Group C. The USA opens its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign against St. Vincent on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Jordan Morris returned for his first match since he was a part of the MNT’s win against Germany in June.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 29,308
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
BRA                            1          3          4 

BRA – Hulk                                         9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick)              51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas)                         64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas)                        67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream)      90+1 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution)           55 

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV) 

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. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 29,308
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
BRA                            1          3          4 

BRA – Hulk                                         9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick)              51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas)                         64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas)                        67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream)      90+1 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution)           55 

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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Beach Soccer National Team Gathers for Second Camp of 2019 in California

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2019)—The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will return to Huntington Beach, Calif. for its second camp of the year from Feb. 21-24.

After kicking off the year in California, this camp will see the Beach NT continue preparations for this spring’s 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship. There, the team will look to qualify for the biennial FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time since 2013 with a top-two finish.

U.S. Beach NT head coach Eddie Soto has called 14 players for the February camp. Eleven players return from the Jan. camp roster, while five return from the USA’s 2017 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship squad.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aldo Balsano (Miami, Fla.), Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), William Morlock (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tanner Akol (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Christian Blandon (Hollywood, Fla.), Fredo Dilbert (Miami, Fla.), Ryan Futagaki (Gahanna, Ohio), Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Nicolas Perea (Hallandale Beach, Fla.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2):  Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)



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Five Things to Know about the 2019 SheBelieves Cup

From Feb. 27 to March 5, U.S. Soccer will host the fourth annual SheBelieves Cup, one of the most elite four-team international women’s soccer tournaments in the world. The top-ranked USA will welcome women’s soccer powers Brazil (No. 10 in the FIFA Rankings), England (No. 4) and Japan (No. 8). Here are five things to know about the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.

France Bound: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Participants
This year, the SheBelieves Cup includes Brazil and Japan, two teams who have been part of the Tournament of Nations the past two years. They join England and the USA to make up an incredibly competitive field, as all four participants are not only among the top women’s soccer countries in the world, but more importantly, are all headed to France this summer for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Brazil, Japan and the USA are three of the seven teams that have participated in each of the seven previous Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Schedule Format and How to Watch
The U.S. team begins its schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on FS1). England will kick off the competition against Brazil (4p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) in the early game that day. All the teams will then travel to Nashville, Tenn. and Nissan Stadium where the USA will play England on Saturday, March 2 (3:30 p.m.CT on FOX), which will be preceded by Brazil vs. Japan (1p.m. CT on ussoccer.com). The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 5, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. as Japan takes on England (5:15p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) followed by the tournament finale, featuring the USA against Brazil (8p.m. ET on FS1).

Date

Match-Up

Kickoff

Venue

TV

Feb. 27

England vs. Brazil

4 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

ussoccer.com

Feb. 27

USA vs. Japan

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

FS1, Fox Sports App

March 2

Brazil vs. Japan

1 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

ussoccer.com

March 2

USA vs. England

3:30 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

FOX, Fox Sports App

March 5

Japan vs. England

5:15 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

ussoccer.com

March 5

USA vs. Brazil

8 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

FS1 , Fox Sports App

SheBelieves: Inspiring the Next Generation
Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation. 

As one of the most popular women’s teams in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

SheBelieves Cup History
In the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated England and France by 1-0 scores and downed Germany, 2-1, in the de facto championship game to take the inaugural tournament title. Germany finished second, England was third and France was fourth. In fact, none of the games were decided by more than one goal with the results coming down to three 1-0 victories, two 2-1 victories and one 0-0 draw.

At the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated Germany 1-0 in the opening match on a goal from Lynn Williams, but fell to England 1-0 and France 3-0. France won the tournament, Germany was second, England third and the USA finished fourth. France defeated England 2-1, drew 0-0 with Germany and downed the USA, 3-0.

Last year, the USA took back the trophy, finishing ahead of England, France and Germany. This time, the teams scored 16 total goals and two games featured larger than one-goal margins with England beating France, 4-1, and France beating Germany, 3-0. The USA, in 2016, was the only team to win all three games in any of the previous SheBelieves Cups. 

 In the previous three editions, no individual player has scored more than two goals in a tournament. Four players have scored twice: Alex Morgan in 2016, Camille Abily of France in 2017, and Ellen White of England and Eugénie Le Sommer in 2018.

The Best Players in the World
Probably one of the most exciting things about the SheBelieves Cup, not only for teams and players but also for fans in the United States, is that the tournament provides the opportunity to watch some of the most talented women’s players on the planet.

WNT - Tobin Heath

This includes not only the U.S. players like prolific goal scorer Alex Morgan, or creative attackers like Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, but also forward Eugenie Le Sommer and towering defender Wendy Renard of France; six-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta of Brazil and her strike partner Cristiane, veteran Japan players Rumi Utsugi of Reign FC and Saki Kumagai of two-time reigning UEFA Champions League winners Olympique Lyon, or England players like team leader Steph Houghton, veteran midfielder Jill Scott and Barcelona forward Toni Duggan.

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U-20 WNT Kicks Off 2019 with Three-Game Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2019) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 24-March 6 to play its first three international matches of the year at the Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament. It’s the U-20s’ second tournament after December’s Nike International Friendlies as the team continues in the early stages of the 2019-20 cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The USA will face the Under-19 sides from Germany on March 1, France on March 3 and Sweden on March 7 in La Manga but the opponents will feature players from the same birth years as the U.S. team as it embarks on the first year of the new two-year cycle.

The 20-player U.S. roster is made up of 11 players born in 2000 (the age cut-off year for the next U-20 WWC), eight players born in 2001 and one in 2002. Nine players on the roster were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC Team and three – defender Naomi Girma, midfielder Brianna Pinto and forward Alexa Spaanstra – were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup roster and return for their second U-20 cycle.

The roster is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players, with seven already enrolled in college. Eight of the 13 youth club players on the roster currently play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including 2017-18 West Conference U-16/17 Player of the Year Sophia Jones. The team will be coached by Mark Carr, who helmed the USA through the last U-17 Women’s World Cup cycle.

The friendly competition will feature 14 countries. In addition to the USA and its three opponents, China, Denmark, England, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland will also participate.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position – Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2019:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Hensley Hancuff (Villanova; Edmond, Okla.)    
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass.), Maycee Bell (NC Courage; Wichita, Kan.), Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, N.M.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Virginia Tech; Sewell, N.J.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina; Durham, N.C.). Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy - Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Hannah Richardson (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Summer Yates (Washington; Pasco, Wash.)


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USA Schedule Set for 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2019) — The USA will face Canada, Barbados and Guatemala in Group F play at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship from May 1-16 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Four teams from the tournament will advance to represent Concacaf at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) conducted the final draw for the upcoming tournament today at its headquarters in Miami, Fla.

The U.S. will begin the tournament against Canada on May 2, take on Barbados on May 4 and finish group play versus Guatemala on May 6. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each group will advance to the 16-team knockout round from May 8-16, joined by four group winners from a preliminary qualifying round which will be played in March and April. The tournament’s four semifinalists will advance to October’s 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

USA - Group F Schedule

Date

Match-up

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

May 2

USA vs. Canada

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

May 4

USA vs. Barbados

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

May 6

USA vs. Guatemala

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

The top four teams in the Concacaf U-17 rankings, Mexico, the USA, Honduras and Costa Rica were seeded for the draw. The full results of the championship draw are listed below:

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H

Mexico

USA

Honduras

Costa Rica

Jamaica

Canada

Haiti

Panama

Trinidad and Tobago

Guatemala

El Salvador

Suriname

Bermuda

Barbados

Guyana

Curaçao 

Groups A, B, C and D will be contested as qualifying groups before the tournament proper begins on May 1, with each group winner advancing directly to the knockout round. Groups A and C will play March 16-25 and Groups B and D will follow from April 1-10, with all matches at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Nicaragua

Dominican Republic

Guadeloupe

St. Kitts and Nevis

Grenada

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Puerto RIco

Cayman Islands

Belieze

Aruba

Martinique

U.S. Virgin Islands

Dominica

St. Martin

Anguilla

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Montserrat

Bonaire

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IMG Academy is familiar territory for the U-17 MNT, who competes annually at the Nike International Friendlies in nearby Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and gathered in the area for a training camp last month.  IMG Academy was also home of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program from 1999 to 2017, an initiative that brought together the country’s best young players for full-time daily training with the U-17 MNT staff.

Six teams have already qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup thus far: host Peru, along with Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Tajikistan, who qualified via the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship in Malaysia, as well as New Zealand from the 2018 OFC U-16 Championship in the Solomon Islands. The remaining 18 nations will qualify over the course of this year.  


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Four Finalists Selected in 2019 SheBelieves Hero Contest

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2018) – A panel of former U.S. WNT players has narrowed down the 2019 SheBelieves Hero contest to four finalists whose inspiring stories and determination made them stand out from the impressive field.

A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and actively works to make a difference.

We now need YOU to pick your favorite! Watch all four videos and vote for who you believe should be a SheBelieves Hero. The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 25.

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