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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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Forward Alex Morgan Wins CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2017) –The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan is the 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year.

The award was announced tonight at the fourth addition of the Premios Univision Deportes which was held at the Univision Studios in Miami.

In an equally-weighted vote among Men’s and Women’s National Team coaches and captains of all the Member Association, media and fans, Morgan captured the award for the third time. She also won last year and in 2013 when it was given out for the first time. A U.S. player has won the CONCACAF Female Player of the Year award every year since its inception. Abby Wambach won it in 2014 and Carli Lloyd won in 2015.

Morgan spent the first part of 2017 in France playing with European power Olympique Lyon and helped the club to an historic treble, winning the League, French Cup and Champions League titles. She became just the third American to win a UEFA Champions League. Morgan played in 15 matches during her stint in France, seven in the league (5 goals), three in the Cup (7 goals) and five in Champions League. She started the Champions League Final against rival Paris Saint-Germain but was forced to leave in the 23rd minute when she aggravated a hamstring injury.

That injury kept her out of the USA’s June friendlies in Europe, but she returned for the Tournament of Nations and scored in the finale against Japan, starting a streak of seven goals in her final seven WNT games of the year. She scored in both year-ending games against Canada. Those seven scores led the team in 2017 and moved her into sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goals list with 80 career goals.

She also ended her 2017 NWSL season on a hot streak, scoring nine goals in her last 12 games for the Orlando Pride and finished tied for fifth in the league in goals while helping the Pride to its first playoff berth. She also had four assists in her 13 regular season games and was named to the NWSL Second XI.

The CONCACAF Male Player of the Year winner was goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Costa Rica. The other CONCACAF Awards will be announced next week.

The CONCACAF Awards are designed to honor the year’s outstanding performers and achievements in confederation-sanctioned competitions involving national teams at all levels and age categories, including FIFA World Cup matches and qualifying for both genders. Performances eligible for recognition also included those achieved in professional club leagues within the CONCACAF Member Associations.

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