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Young MNT Earns Impressive 1-1 Result vs. World Cup Bound France in Lyon

LYON, France (June 9, 2018)—A 44th-minute goal from Julian Green boosted the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against world No. 7 France 1-1 on Saturday night in Lyon. The USA took the field with a starting lineup that averaged just 22 years old, but held strong in difficult conditions to earn a result against one of the world’s top teams. The goal and the result mark firsts for the United States in its all-time series vs. France, which now stands at 0-3-1.

Heading into a summer break, the MNT has compiled a 2-1-3 record since last October, including a 1-1 draw on the road against then third-ranked Portugal. Tonight’s starting XI included seven players who have made their MNT senior team debut in that span, while a total of 17 players earned their first caps in that time frame, making the result all the more impressive when considering that France's team had seven starters who had won a Champions League title, domestic league title, Cup title, or combination thereof this season in England, France, Spain or Italy.

While France dominated possession for most of the first half, the USA threatened on runs up the wings by outside backs Antonee Robinson and Shaq Moore. Just before the end of the opening frame, Bobby Wood dished to Moore on the right side. He took a touch and sped past his marker before launching a through ball into the box. French defender Djibril Sidibe got to it first, but Julian Green pounced on his lose touch and first-timed a shot between Sidibe’s legs and past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris inside the near post for his first goal since Oct. 11, 2016 against New Zealand.

Budweiser Man of the Match Zack Steffen made yet another star turn, making seven saves to thwart the vaunted French front line, and a physical defense helped the USA keep a lid on France’s attack. Robinson was a standout on the left side, while center backs Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Parker and Matt Miazga made numerous key tackles to halt French scoring opportunities.

The stout defensive effort kept Les Bleus scoreless well into the second half. Miazga had anchored the center of the five-man back line in the opening 45, but a nasty head to head challenge with Olivier Giroud on an early second-half corner forced Erik Palmer-Brown into replacement duty for the Vitesse man. The former U-20 MNT captain performed admirably in Miazga’s stead as the USA hung tough.

Les Bleus finally broke through in the 78th minute. After a series of close calls in the box, France intercepted a USA clearance. Some patient passing broke Nabil Fekir free on a run towards the corner of the box. He dished to Benjamin Pavard on the right wing, who slotted a cross to Mbappé in front of the net. The Paris Saint-Germain forward one-touched it to the far post for the equalizer.

Buoyed by the home crowd, France pressed for a game-winner until the final whistle, but the young Americans, bolstered by veteran subs DeAndre Yedlin and Jorge Villafaña, battened down the hatches and got a phenomenal double save from Steffen on the last kicks of the ball to secure the quality result.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Julian Green, 44th minute
After some patient build-up, Shaq Moore passed inside to Bobby Wood. Wood beat a defender one-on-one, but when another came to pressure, he slipped it back out to Moore on the wing. The right back took a touch, wheeled down the sideline and sent a cross into the box. Djibril Sidibe was there to meet it, but his touch got away, and Green jumped on the opportunity. The 23-year-old one-timed a bouncing ball between Sidibe’s legs and past a diving Lloris to give the USA the lead. USA 1, FRA 0

FRA – Kylian Mbappé, 78th minute
After a frenetic series of French chances inside the USA box, Antonee Robinson cleared the ball to midfield. France’s center backs took control, and an offensive interchange sprung Nabil Fekir free on a run towards the net. He sent a ball to Benjamin Pavard on the wing, who slotted a cross through the box to Mbappé . The PSG striker made no mistake, slotting to the far post. USA 1, FRA 1 FINAL

Key Defensive Plays:

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 8th minute
A hard tackle from Cameron Carter-Vickers prevented a surefire early goal for Les Bleus. After an offensive interchange at the top left corner of the box, the ball ended up outside at the feet of Paul Pogba. Olivier Giroud made a cutting run to the net, and the well-played pass would’ve met him charging towards goal if not for a well-timed interception by Carter-Vickers.

USA – Tim Parker, 26th minute
After a long French build-up out of the back, Pogba made a dangerous attacking run through the middle of the field. He dished it to Kylian Mbappé at the top of the box, who found a nearby Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann quickly cut it back to Mbappé and the young forward launched a rocket toward the goal. Tim Parker got a touch to the shot to deflect it just over the crossbar.

USA – Zack Steffen, 33rd minute
On a run to the end line, Mbappé sent a cross all the way across the field to Benjamin Mendy. Mendy worked it towards the middle via Blaise Matuidi, who found Pogba at the top of the box. Pogba shook his mark before launching a hard-hit shot on goal. Despite the crowd in the box, Steffen was able to step forward and make the save.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 61st minute
Corentin Tolisso found Mbappé on the edge of the American final third, and the young forward was off to the races. He dribbled past two defenders as he went from one corner of the box to the other, but Carter-Vickers recovered. As Mbappé riffled a shot, Carter-Vickers made a magnificent slide to deflect the ball and keep France scoreless.

USA – Zack Steffen, 90 + 3’
After a dangerous spell of possession in the box, Fekir made a last gasp effort from nearly 40 yards out. He ripped a ball towards the net, but Steffen made a diving save to deflect it. Ousmane Dembele pounced on the rebound, and Steffen scrambled to his feet to push the ball wide to deny a sure goal on the last kick of the ball.

Additional Notes:

  • Forward Julian Green earned his first start since scoring the lone goal in the MNT’s 1-1 draw on Oct. 11, 2016 vs. New Zealand.
  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Bobby Wood (39), Julian Green (10), Matt Miazga (7), Tyler Adams (6), Wil Trapp (5), Cameron Carter-Vickers (5), Weston McKennie (4), Zack Steffen (3), Shaq Moore (2), Tim Parker (2), Antonee Robinson (2)
  • The MNT Starting XI’s total average cap number (including this match): 7.6 caps
  • Tonight’s Starting XI had an average age of 22 years, 183 days. It is the second-youngest MNT starting lineup in the modern era (1990-present), coming in behind the team that began the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28 in Philadelphia (22 years, 160 days).  
  • U.S. head coach Dave Sarachan made five changes to the Starting XI that faced Ireland a week ago, inserting Zack Steffen in goal, fielding Shaq Moore, Tim Parker and Antonee Robinson on the back line and partnering Julian Green up top with Bobby Wood. 
  • All 11 players were 25 or younger, while six starters were 23 and under: Green, Steffen (23); Miazga (22); Moore (21), Carter-Vickers, Robinson (20); Adams, McKennie (19)
  • As was the case in last week’s match against Ireland, the MNT wore rainbow numbers as part of U.S. Soccer’s celebration of Pride Month. The WNT is doing the same for its two-game set against China PR this month. 
  • Making his sixth MNT appearance, Wil Trapp captained the side for the fourth time tonight. Trapp wore the armband in the USA’s 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina (January 28), 1-0 win against Paraguay (March 27) and 2-1 defeat to Ireland (June 2).
  • Six players represented the USA at a Youth World Cup: Adams (2015 U-17, 2017 U-20), Carter-Vickers (2015, 2017 U-20), Miazga (2015 U-20), Moore (2015 U-20), Steffen (2013, 2015 U-20), Trapp (2013 U-20) 
  • Six of the starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (IMG Academy/FC Dallas), Zack Steffen (FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
  • Having earned their first caps off the bench last week against Ireland, defenders Shaq Moore and Tim Parker got their first international starts tonight against France.

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MNT Jun 9, 2018

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 9, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Groupama Stadium; Lyon, France
Attendance: 58,241
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees; partly cloudy

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

USA – Julian Green                                        44th minute
FRA – Kylian Mbappé (Benjamin Pavard)     78

Lineups:
USA: 12-Zack Steffen; 18-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga (14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 57), 21-Tim Parker, 17-Antonee Robinson (19-Jorge Villafaña, 82); 4-Tyler Adams, 20-Wil Trapp (capt.), 6-Weston McKennie; 16-Julian Green (8-Joe Corona, 70), 7-Bobby Wood (13-Josh Sargent, 74)
Substitutes: 1-Bill Hamid, 11-Tim Weah, 15-Eric Lichaj, 23-Rubio Rubin
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

FRA: 1-Hugo Lloris (capt.); 22-Benjamin Mendy (21-Lucas Hernández, 66), 19-Djibril Sidibé (2-Benjamin Pavard, 74), 5-Samuel Umtiti, 4-Raphaël Varane; 13-N’Golo Kante, 14-Blaise Matuidi (12-Corentin Tolisso,58), 6-Paul Pogba; 9-Olivier Giroud (11-Ousmane Dembélé, 58), 7-Antoine Griezmann (18-Nabil Fekir, 69), 10-Kylian Mbappé (8-Thomas Lemar, 87)
Substitutes: 23-Alphonse Areola, 16-Steve Mandanda, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 15-Steve Nzozi, 17-Adil Rami, 20-Florian Thauvin
Head coach: Didier Deschamps

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 2 / 19
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 14
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shaq Moore (caution)                         68th minute
USA – Weston McKennie (caution)                79

Officials:
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Mcgeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Don Robertson (SCO)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Zack Steffen

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Bid on Autographed WNT & MNT Rainbow-Numbered Jerseys

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued jerseys from their matches in June are now available via an online auction with all net proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

Both teams donned rainbow-numbered jerseys in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month for their respective pairs of matches. In cooperation with the Women’s National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, U.S. Soccer is offering one jersey per player at auction to support The You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction has begun and will conclude at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, June 29. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey.

The U.S. WNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys against China PR on June 7 in Sandy, Utah, and on June 12 in Cleveland. The U.S. MNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys on June 2 vs. Ireland in Dublin and on June 9 vs. France in Lyon. The jerseys from the first game of each U.S. team's two-match set are available through the auction.

Last year's jersey auction to benefit the You Can Play Project raised more than $65,000 combined between the WNT and MNT jerseys.

In addition this year, fans can purchase jerseys customized with their choice of rainbow numbers through store.ussoccer.com, as well as a scarf or hat featuring a rainbow “ONE NATION.” One-hundred percent of net proceeds on the sale of these limited-edition items will also be donated to The You Can Play Project.

The “ONE NATION.” design was inspired by U.S. Soccer’s commonly used “ONE NATION. ONE TEAM.” mantra and draws from U.S. Soccer’s belief in promoting a culture of diversity, inclusivity and global connectivity as a country and fanbase.


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US Soccer

GALLERY: MNT Celebrates Pride Month with Rainbow Numbers

In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, the U.S. Men's National Team wore pride-inspired rainbow numbers during its June friendlies against Ireland and France. 

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MNT Jun 13, 2018

By The Numbers: Experience Gained for Transitional MNT Under Sarachan

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s next generation completed the first half of its 2018 schedule with a hard-earned 1-1 draw against No. 7-ranked France on Saturday in Lyon. Youth has been the theme for the MNT squad since last November, and as a result head coach Dave Sarachan continuously utilized the opportunity to give an impressive number of debuts to rising young players.

In six matches guiding the MNT, Sarachan awarded 18 players with their first senior appearances. During the five matches in 2018 alone, that number stands at an eye-opening 15 players, already the third most in a calendar year and not far off from the two leading years of 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).

MNT Debuts By Year

Year

Debuts

Future World Cup Players That Debuted

1992

21

Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel, Cobi Jones, Mike Lapper, Joe-Max Moore, Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerle

2007

20

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley

2018

15

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1996

14

Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Preki

Showing a clear eye towards building the MNT for the future, Sarachan trotted out the two youngest lineups in the program’s Modern Era (1990-present) this past month against Bolivia (22 years, 160 days) and France (22 years, 183 days).

Seventeen of the 18 players getting debuts since November came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 of them will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. 

Olympic Eligible MNT Debuts (November 2017-present)

Player

Debut

Debut Age

2020 Age*

Tyler Adams

Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal

18

21

Cameron Carter-Vickers

19

22

Weston McKennie

19

21

Tim Weah

March 28, 2018 vs. Paraguay

18

20

Erik Palmer-Brown

May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia

21

23

Antonee Robinson

20

22

Keaton Parks

20

22

Matt Olosunde

20

22

Josh Sargent

18

20

Luca de la Torre

June 2, 2018 at Ireland

20

22

*2020 age reflects age at start of the Summer Olympics -- July 22, 2020

While the last eight months have served as a transitional period for the MNT program, the numbers indicate a great foundation has been built for the team as it continues with what will be a challenging schedule this fall. 

See the full figures below:

MNT Player Pool Breakdown (November 2017-present)

Called to Camp

Appeared

First Camps

First Caps

First Starts

63

47

22

18

15

The six-game set – in which the MNT posted a 2-1-3 record - included draws on the road against two teams ranked in the top 10 in the world (Portugal and France), and home wins against a pair of South American opponents. Over the course of approximately 540 minutes, the MNT trailed for just three -- second-half stoppage time in the 2-1 defeat to Ireland on June 2. 

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MNT Jun 11, 2018

U.S. MNT's 1-1 Draw With France Puts Exclamation Point on 2018 Summer Camp

Not many gave the U.S. Men’s National Team a chance on Saturday against France. Head coach Dave Sarachan named a starting XI that carried an average age of 22 years and just seven caps to take on a prohibitive World Cup favorite. In its final game before Russia, France trotted out a star-studded line-up, stacked with some of the world’s best players who were fresh off European and domestic titles aplenty.

The sold-out crowd of more than 58,000 roared and feverishly waved French flags as Les Bleus took the field. They stood ready to see their team cruise through one last send-off match before a projected deep run through Russia. In the opening minutes of the game, the MNT showed nerves that were to be expected on such a massive stage. 

On a trip designed to provide the USA’s young players experience against elite opposition in raucous environments, France provided a fitting final exam. As the game progressed, the USA settled down and hung tough. The 1-1 draw put an exclamation point on this month’s camp, and earned the youthful MNT a passing grade.

“We’ve done a good job each game against Bolivia, Ireland and now in France, improving and adjusting to the speed of the game,” captain Wil Trapp said following the result in Lyon. “It’s really about us continuing to grow from the experiences and meld as a team. I think tonight was a huge step in the right direction.”

One week after the USA allowed a last-minute game-winner against Ireland, the young Americans proved themselves quick studies. In Dublin, the Irish rode momentum from their 57th minute equalizer to the winner in the 90th minute. Despite a strong first-half showing, the MNT found itself unable to close out the game.

With Kylian Mbappé’s 78th minute equalizer, the USA conceded another second-half goal against France, but this time, the team weathered the storm that followed.

“It was a learning experience last week,” Trapp said. “I thought we did a good job of taking on those mistakes and applying some good effort and some excellent work tonight. To concede was disappointing, but in the end we did a great job.”

A Man of the Match performance from goalkeeper Zack Steffen ensured that Mbappé’s strike remained Les Bleus’ one and only goal. The French dominated possession in Lyon and outshot the U.S. 19-2 margin19 to two. Called upon early and often, Steffen held down the fort, making seven saves against the vaunted French attack for 90 minutes plus. One of his finest efforts came in the final moments of the match, when he stopped a screamer from Nebil Fekir and the rebound attempt from Ousmane Dembele in the 93rd minute.

“It was a pretty surreal game,” Steffen said. “The guys grinded in front of me, and when it came down to it ,I had to step up and do my part. I’m proud that we were able to keep our mentality strong at the end. It’s a big result and a good performance by us.”

The scenario at Groupama Stadium upped the ante from many of the challenges faced in Dublin. With France’s fearsome front line, communication stood key for the defense, made all the more difficult by a boisterous home crowd. The veteran Ireland squad provided a physical test for the USA’s young midfield with some rough-and-tumble play at Aviva Stadium, and France provided a similar battle as the USA fought to find space in the middle.

“It was very, very physical, especially in the midfield,” midfielder Tyler Adams said. “They have guys that are very scrappy in there and want to get after the game, and we want to do the same thing - make them uncomfortable with the ball and then try to set up little plays. It’s definitely a physical one, but anytime you play a team like France, they’re going to give you their best.”

“It’s an intimidating game, it’s an intimidating environment, but we have to be able to step up to the plate when our names are called,” defender Tim Parker said. “I think we did a really good job. Moving forward, obviously we want to take this and continue to go with it.”



While physical duels ruled the midfield and the back line made some hard tackles to slow down the French, the U.S. found some room to run up the wings. Outside backs Shaq Moore and Antonee Robinson, both in their second appearance for the MNT, created some of the team’s best chances. In the 44th minute, Moore launched a through ball from the wing and French defender Dijbril Sidibe misplayed it. Julian Green pounced and slotted home a hard roller. It stood as the USA’s only attempt on goal, but the 23-year-old made it count.

“I’m always happy if I could score, if I could help the team,” Green said. “The defender made a mistake and I just turned and shot on goal. They have a really good team, it was a lot of running, but I think we did a good job.”

With 10 caps, Green, served as the second-most experienced member of the starting XI in Lyon. Since November, head coach Dave Sarachan has strived to provide opportunities for the MNT’s young player pool to gain valuable experience. The result of his efforts: seven of the 11 starters against France were uncapped prior to November. Of the four that had previously appeared for the USA, Matt Miazga had earned just three caps, while captain Wil Trapp had only played in the team’s annual January camp.

This inexperienced  MNT has learned a lot since November, and they are just getting started. Since its matchup with then-No. 3 Portugal, the team has collected a 2-1-3 record. In a serious test against World Cup contenders in France, the group showed some serious resolve. With this camp’s final exam in the books, the future looks brighter than ever.

“For me, taking it all in when I was walking out, I was trying to hold back a smile,” Adams said. “We put our hearts behind the game. A lot of guys with their first caps, these experiences are going to help going forward now. Whenever the next matches come up and whoever gets called in, I think the exposure that we’ve had now in hostile environments against good teams is something we’re going to take with us.”

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MNT Jun 10, 2018

Young MNT Earns Impressive 1-1 Result vs. World Cup Bound France in Lyon

LYON, France (June 9, 2018)—A 44th-minute goal from Julian Green boosted the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against world No. 7 France 1-1 on Saturday night in Lyon. The USA took the field with a starting lineup that averaged just 22 years old, but held strong in difficult conditions to earn a result against one of the world’s top teams. The goal and the result mark first Read more
MNT Jun 9, 2018
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