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U-17 MNT Takes Down Costa Rica with 3-1, 4-0 Victories in Florida Friendlies

BRADENTON, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team hosted Costa Rica in their Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy home base for two international friendlies on Oct. 22 and 24. The U.S. delivered two convincing victories, winning both matchups 3-1 and 4-0, respectively.

The first match on Oct. 22 started off slow, with both opponents getting a feel for each other, until Bryan Reynolds Jr. took matters into his own hands and put the USA on the scoreboard in the 30th minute. Blaine Ferri kicked off the second half with a 47th minute goal assisted by Christopher Gloster to extend the U-17’s lead. Andres Gómez gave life to Costa Rica with a 52nd minute goal, but Josh Sargent found the back of the net and silenced all doubts in the 63rd minute to secure a 3-1 USA victory.

The U.S. came storming out of the gates in the second matchup on Oct. 24, with Blaine Ferri only needing two minutes to connect with Andrew Carleton for the first goal of the match. Josh Sargent added another tally for the U-17 MNT in the 34th minute assisted by Christopher Durkin, bringing the striker’s record to two goals and one assist in two matches vs. Costa Rica.

The second half was a continuation of the USA show, with George Acosta pushing up the scoreline to 3-0 in the 65th minute and Ayo Akinola delivering the finishing blow in the 85th minute. Isaac Angking and Zyen Jones assisted the third and fourth goals, respectively, while goalkeeper Justin Garces recorded a shutout in the U-17 MNT’s dominant 4-0 victory against Costa Rica.  

Next on the schedule for the U-17 MNT is a training camp in Kingston, Jamaica, where the team will face the Jamaica U-17 Men’s National Team on Nov. 2 and 6 in preparation for the 2016 Nike International Friendlies in December. 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
CRC                             0          1          1

USA – Bryan Reynolds Jr. (Joshua Sargent)                 30th minute
USA – Blaine Ferri (Christopher Gloster)                                   47
CRC – Andres Gómez                                                  52
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Goslin)                 63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 73); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Isaac Angking, 83), 10-George Acosta (18-Christopher Goslin, 59); 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (23-Tonny Temple, 73), 9-Joshua Sargent (21-Zyen Jones, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Carlo Ritaccio, 17-Will Sands, 19-Alejandro Pereira, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 24-Chandler Vaughn, 25-Akil Watts
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 18-Kevin Chamorro; 17-Walter Cortez, 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon, 13-Byron Suarez; 6-Felipe Flores (11-Jose Rodolfo, 46), 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (14-Ronier Bustamante, 68), 16-Jurgen Seguiera, 7-Josue Abarca; 9-Mario Mora (15-Josue Serrano, 73), 10-Andres Gómez (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 78)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brandon Calvo, 2-Andres Hernandez, 3-Orlando Galo, 12-Esteban Mata, 20-Alexander Roman
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7/ 4
Fouls: 8 / 8
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Offside: 9 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Kevin Chamorro (caution)                       29th minute
USA – Christopher Goslin (caution)                   72
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                       79

Officials:
Referee: Matthew Miscannon
Assistant Referee: Alexander Derostaing
Assistant Referee: Stephen Richardson Jr.
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Field 11; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             2          2          4
CRC                             0          0          0

USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton)               2nd minute
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Durkin)     34
USA – George Acosta (Isaac Angking)              65
USA – Ayo Akinola (Zyen Jones)                          85

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 32); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-George Acosta, 62), 10-Isaac Angking; 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (21-Zyen Jones, 78), 9-Joshua Sargent (19-Ayo Akinola, 69), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Will Sands, 78)
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Chandler Vaughn, 18-Christopher Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 23-Matthew Hundley, 24-Tristan Weber, 25-Jose Bencomo
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Brandon Calvo, 17-Walter Cortez, 2-Andres Hernandez (3-Orlando Galo, 46), 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon; 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (20-Alexander Roman, 46),14-Ronier Bustamante (9-Mario Mora, 46), 16-Jurgen Seguiera; 11-Jose Rodolfo, 10-Andres Gómez (7-Josue Abarca, 69) 12-Esteban Mata (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Felipe Flores, 13-Byron Suarez, 18-Kevin Chamorro, 15-Josue Serrano
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 3
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 20
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Offside: 12 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Jurgen Seguiera (caution)            45th minute
CRC – Yecsi Jarquin (caution)                          54
USA – Christopher Gloster (caution)                 77
CRC – Alexander Roman (caution)                   90

Officials:
Referee: Elvis Osmanovic
Assistant Referee: Hassan Belmnahia
Assistant Referee: Frank Villaizan
Fourth Official: Stephan Richardson Jr.

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Field 11; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             2          2          4
CRC                             0          0          0

USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton)               2nd minute
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Durkin)     34
USA – George Acosta (Isaac Angking)              65
USA – Ayo Akinola (Zyen Jones)                                   85

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 32); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-George Acosta, 62), 10-Isaac Angking; 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (21-Zyen Jones, 78), 9-Joshua Sargent (19-Ayo Akinola, 69), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Will Sands, 78)
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Chandler Vaughn, 18-Christopher Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 23-Matthew Hundley, 24-Tristan Weber, 25-Jose Bencomo
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Brandon Calvo, 17-Walter Cortez, 2-Andres Hernandez (3-Orlando Galo, 46), 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon; 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (20-Alexander Roman, 46),14-Ronier Bustamante (9-Mario Mora, 46), 16-Jurgen Seguiera; 11-Jose Rodolfo, 10-Andres Gómez (7-Josue Abarca, 69) 12-Esteban Mata (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Felipe Flores, 13-Byron Suarez, 18-Kevin Chamorro, 15-Josue Serrano
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 3
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 20
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Offside: 12 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Jurgen Seguiera (caution)                       45th minute
CRC – Yecsi Jarquin (caution)                          54
USA – Christopher Gloster (caution)                 77
CRC – Alexander Roman (caution)                   90

Officials:
Referee: Elvis Osmanovic
Assistant Referee: Hassan Belmnahia
Assistant Referee: Frank Villaizan
Fourth Official: Stephan Richardson Jr.

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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GK Jane Campbell Added to WNT Roster for April Friendlies vs. Australia and Belgium

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – Goalkeeper Jane Campbell has been added to the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp roster for the USA’s April friendlies, against Australia on April 4 in Commerce City, Colo., and on April 7 against Belgium in Los Angeles.

Campbell was added to the roster after goalkeeper Adrianna Franch suffered a minor knee injury during training with Portland Thorns FC. Franch will still come into camp to be evaluated by the U.S. WNT medical staff.

With the addition of Campbell, who has three caps for the U.S. WNT, the training camp roster stands at 25 players.

U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position – April Friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

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One Week Left to Vote for National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – Eligible voters have one week left to vote for the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class. Candidates were announced last week, and voting runs through Monday, April 1 for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Results of the voting will be announced at a later date.

Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available at ussoccer.com.

The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the National Soccer Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Players in their first year of eligibility include Shannon Boxx, Edson Buddle, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Lori Chalupny, Lauren Holiday, Kenny Cooper, Todd Dunivant, Karina LeBlanc, Stephanie Cox, Heath Pearce, Troy Perkins, Cat Whitehill, Donovan Ricketts, Leigh Ann Robinson Brown, Homare Sawa, Bakary Soumare and Abby Wambach.

The voting committee includes all past and present Men's and Women's full National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest professional level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS Commissioner and NWSL President, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members and all Hall of Famers.

Each voter can select up to ten (10) candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.

Of the individuals on the Player ballot, 2002 FIFA World Cup defender Tony Sanneh, 2006 FIFA World Cup defender Ben Olsen and 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup champion Taylor Twellman are in their final year of eligibility.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
David Beckham | Gregg Berhalter | Carlos Bocanegra | Shannon Boxx* | Edson Buddle* | Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke* | Lori Chalupny* | Lauren Cheney Holiday* | Steve Cherundolo | Brian Ching | Kenny Cooper* | Jeff Cunningham | Todd Dunivant* | Kevin Hartman | Frankie Hejduk | Thierry Henry | Stuart Holden | Eddie Johnson | Chris Klein | Karina LeBlanc* | Amy LePeilbet | Eddie Lewis | Lori Lindsey | Stephanie Lopez Cox* | Pablo Mastroeni | Clint Mathis | Heather Mitts | Jaime Moreno | Ben Olsen | Pat Onstad | Heath Pearce* | Troy Perkins* | Steve Ralston | Cat Reddick Whitehill* | Donovan Ricketts* | Leigh Ann Robinson Brown* | Tony Sanneh** | Homare Sawa* | Kate Sobrero | Markgraf | Bakary Soumare* | Taylor Twellman** | Aly Wagner | Abby Wambach* | Josh Wolff

*First year of eligibility
**Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2020

In addition to voting for Player candidates, voting will also open for the Veteran and Builder candidates. fourteen (14) veteran players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which has been narrowed down by a screening committee, and will be voted on by current Hall of Famers.

Voters can select up to ten (10) Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2019 Class. More than one (1) candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

  1. Through his/her play on the United States National Team (senior teams).
    1. Player must have played at least TWENTY (20) full international games for the United States.
    2. This TWENTY (20) game requirement is reduced to TEN (10) games if those games were prior to 1990 and to FIVE (5) games if games were prior to 1960.
  1. Through his/her play in Major League Soccer, Women’s United Soccer Association, original North American Soccer League prior to 1968, in one of various regional leagues that include the American Soccer League, North American Soccer Football League, German-American Soccer League of New York, National Soccer League of Chicago, St. Louis Soccer League, Keystone League of Western Pennsylvania, Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, San Francisco Soccer League and National Association Football League.
    1. He/she must have played at least FIVE (5) seasons in above mentioned leagues
    2. Been a post season league All Star at least ONE (1) time.
  1. Through play in the Major Indoor Soccer League (1984 - 1992).  There was no first division outdoor league in the United States.
    1. Must have played at least FIVE (5) seasons in the MISL
    2. Been a post season league All Star at least ONE (1) time.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
Chris Armas | Mike Burns | John Doyle | Lorrie Fair | Linda Hamilton | Mary Harvey | Chris Henderson | Lori Henry | Dominic Kinnear | Shep Messing | Tiffany Roberts | Mike Sorber | Greg Vanney | Tisha Venturini – Hoch

The 2018 Builder ballot includes eight (8) individuals selected by a screening committee and those who can vote U.S. Soccer Director of Officials; MLS and NWSL management representatives; MLS Commissioner; NWSL Executive Director; U.S. Soccer Secretary General; U.S. Soccer President; all Hall of Famers.

  • Candidates must be at least 50 years old or deceased
    • Eligibility for 2018 election - living candidates born no later than Dec. 31, 1968
  • Must have made a positive impact on American soccer at the national federation or first-division level lasting at least TEN (10) years.
    • An exception to this TEN (10) year rule applies to International Referees. Per FIFA requirements International Referees are retried at age 45; therefore, International Referee criteria for a positive impact is SEVEN (7) years.  Please note International Referees with less than the required SEVEN (7) years, can still be eligible IF they have completed TEN (10) or more years as a United States first-division referee.
  • Candidate cannot be a current elected official and/or current full-time employee of the United States Soccer Federation or the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
  • Any person who has been officially suspended by FIFA, CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, the IOC or the USOC are ineligible to appear on this list.

2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Joe Cummings | Sunil Gulati | Sandra Hunt | Tim Leiweke | Francisco Marcos | Thom Meredith | Lothar Osiander | Kevin Payne | George Strawbridge

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.  

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U.S. U-20 MNT Takes Down Japan 2-1 in Spain

SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, Spain (March 25, 2019)—The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Japan 2-1 in its final international match before this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup. Andrew Carleton scored just after the half and Christian Cappis netted the game-winner in the 75th minute.

Earlier this week, the USA came from behind to draw France 2-2, with Cappis scoring the equalizer in stoppage time. Cappis’ two goals in Spain are his first at the U-20 level, and both came at critical junctures.

The U-20 MNT will next gather for the 2019 U-20 World Cup, kicking off against Ukraine on May 24 before facing Nigeria on May 27 and Qatar on May 30 to round out Group D play.

Japan did well in possession in the game’s early-going and was quick up the field in transition. While Japan strung together some nice offensive sequences, the U.S. back line did well to clear away a number of dangerous crosses into the box and held Japan scoreless heading into the break.

On the other end, Konrad de la Fuente provided an attacking spark for the USA on the right wing, beating defenders one-on-one, but Japan cleared away his attempted crosses. While the USA attack created some moments of danger, no clear cut chances came to fruition in the first half.   

Buoyed by a wave of substitutions, the U.S. came out of the break more aggressively. Its efforts on the press were rewarded in the 50th minute, when Andrew Carleton netted the game’s opening goal. High pressure forced a Japanese turnover and the USA struck quickly in transition. The ball fell to Jonathan Amon on the right wing, and he hit Carleton in stride near the top of the box, where the Atlanta United midfielder rolled a hard shot past goalkeeper Shu Mogi.

Japan pushed for an equalizer following the goal and after some dangerous periods of possession in the USA’s defensive third, scored a tying goal from of a set piece in the 63rd. Awarded a free kick near the corner, Japan put a ball into the box and Rei Hirakawa stuck it in the back of the net at the near post.

The U.S. dictated the tempo following the goal and made a number of dangerous forays into the final third. During an extended spell in Japan’s end, Sebastian Soto got the ball in the box and did well to maintain possession before dishing to Cappis near the top corner. There, the Denmark-based midfielder ripped a shot to the left side for the game-winning goal.

The U-20s produced a number of additional opportunities down the final stretch while holding stout against Japan’s last gasp effort for an equalizer in the game’s final minutes.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: March 25, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pinatar Arena; San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
Kick-off: 7 a.m. ET (12 p.m. local)
Weather: 67 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (Jonathan Amon)                 50th minute
JPN – Rei Hirakawa                                                     63
USA – Christian Cappis (Sebastian Soto)                    75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Trey Muse, 2-Jaylin Lindsey (23-Sergino Dest, 79), 5-Aboubacar Keita (13-Chris Gloster, 46), 4-Chris Richards, 3-Matthew Real, 10-Juan Pablo Torres (14-Chris Durkin, 46), 6-Christian Cappis, 8-Alex Mendez (15-Frankie Amaya, 70), 7-Konrad de la Fuente (17-Jonathan Amon, 46), 9-Ayo Akinola (capt.) (16-Sebastian Soto, 46), 11-Ulysses Llanez (20-Andrew Carleton, 46)
Subs not used: 12-CJ Dos Santos
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

JPN: 12-Shu Mogi, 16-Ryotarro Tsunoda, 17-Takuya Ogiiwara, 3-Yuki Kobayashi, 21-Takumi Nakamuua, 13-Yuta Taki, 19-Reii Hiriakawa, 6-Hinata Kida, 18-Kok Saito, 9-Taichi Hara, 22-Soromon Sakuragawa
Subs: 1-Keisuke Osako, 4-Toichi Suzuki, 5-Yukinari Suguwara, 7-Hirokii Ito, 8-Kanya Fujimoto, 10-Hirroki Abe, 11-Taisei Miysashiro, 15-Ayumu Seko, 20-Jun Nishikawa
Head Coach: Masanaga Kageyama

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 3 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 13 / 13

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jaylin Lindsey (caution)                                    38th minute
USA – Christian Cappis (caution)                                60

Officials:
Referee: Kevin Javier Morreno Munoz


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PREVIEW: MNT Closes Camp Against Defending Copa America Champions Chile

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – After earning a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in Orlando, the U.S. Men’s National Team closes the spring international window when it faces two-time defending Copa América champions Chile on Tuesday, March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Coverage of USA-Chile begins at 7:55 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMás and UDN. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

USA DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3)12-Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), 22-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 3/0), 1-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0)

DEFENDERS (8): 5-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 37/3), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX; 48/3), 
24-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 27/1), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 58/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5)4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 144/17), 17-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 8/2), 10-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 24/9), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 8/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 14/0)

FORWARDS (6): 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 20/3), 20-Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), 18-Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 3/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 26/5), 21-Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 43/7)

ZARDES POWERS MNT PAST ECUADOR
The U.S. Men’s National Team won its third straight match since MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter took the reins, using a Gyasi Zardes 81st-minute strike to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on Thursday, March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The MNT controlled possession through much of the match, while the back line of Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Aaron Long and Tim Ream limited La Tricolor to just one shot during the course of the 90 minutes.

After coming close to a goal a few times during the first half, the MNT found the lone marker through Zardes, whose shot from 22 yards out took a wicked deflection off Ecuador defender Robert Arboleda and looped over ‘keeper Alexander Domínguez. The goal was the seventh of Zardes’ international career and first since scoring the game-winner against Ecuador in a 2-1 victory during the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal on June 16, 2016 in Seattle.

CHANGES EXPECTED FOR CHILE
Utilizing the March camp to make evaluations for this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup roster, MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said post-game on Thursday that he would make several changes to the starting XI that will face Chile on Tuesday in Houston.

Twenty-four players have appeared for the MNT during the three matches this year, with 20 starting.

MILESTONE WATCH: GREGG BERHALTER
With Thursday’s result against Ecuador, Gregg Berhalter followed Bob Bradley as just the second MNT head coach to win each of his first three matches. Along with remaining unbeaten (3-0-0), the USA has not conceded a goal in the three matches under Berhalter. The record for most consecutive shutouts at the beginning of an MNT coaching tenure is held by Alkis Panagoulias, who guided the team to four straight clean sheets from 1983-84.

With a win Tuesday against Chile, Berhalter would set a new mark for most wins at the beginning of an MNT coaching tenure, while a clean sheet would tie him with the milestone set by Panagoulias in the 1980s.

ADAMS, McKENNIE RETURN TO BUNDESLIGA CLUBS
On Friday, midfielder Tyler Adams was released back to RB Leipzig in an arrangement that was made prior to the opening of the international window.  

After exiting Thursday’s match with an injury, midfielder Weston McKennie remained with the MNT through the weekend for further evaluation and was diagnosed with a moderate to high degree left ankle sprain. He returned to Schalke on Monday where he will continue to his care and is expected to miss several weeks.

Neither player will be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 22 players heading into Tuesday’s match against Chile.

PREPARING TO PREPARE
One of the challenges for any National Team coach is impacting their players during the long periods between matches. Now add in a new coach and a new game model, and addressing that gap becomes more important. The coaching staff has spent the last six weeks attempting to do just that.

“We have laid a lot of ground work in preparation for this camp,” Berhalter said. “It entailed meeting with the players, video conferences with the players, conversations with the players, evaluating their games … it’s a very important time period to keep working and be productive. We’ve used that time to meet the players and communicate what we’re looking to do in the next camp.”

USA-CHILE NOTES

  • Since first meeting at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the teams have met 10 times with the USA trailing the all-time series by a mark of 3-5-2.
  • In the last meeting, the USA received goals from Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea, but ultimately fell 3-2 to La Roja on Jan. 28, 2015 in Rancagua, Chile.
  • The now-Columbus Crew SC duo of Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes both entered the 2015 match as second-half substitutes to make their international debuts.
  • USA goalkeeper Sean Johnson also made his debut against Chile, playing the second half of a 1-1 draw on Jan. 22, 2011 in Carson, Calif.
  • The MNT has played once before at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, drawing 0-0 with Canada on Jan. 29, 2013.

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • Fifteen players play domestically in Major League Soccer, while eight feature for clubs abroad in Germany (2), England (3), Belgium and Mexico (1 each).
  • Based on appearances, the senior-most players on the roster are Michael Bradley (144), DeAndre Yedlin (58), Omar Gonzalez (48), Gyasi Zardes (43) and John Brooks (37).
  • On the flip side, 12 players hold nine or fewer caps.
  • Gyasi Zardes recorded his seventh international goal in Thursday’s 1-0 victory against Ecuador and first since finding the back of the net against La Tricolor in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario on June 16, 2016 in Seattle.
  • Having successfully recovered from a torn right ACL suffered last February with Seattle Sounders FC, forward Jordan Morris made his first MNT appearance since January 2018 against Ecuador, going 68 minutes in the 1-0 win Thursday in Orlando.
  • Veteran defender Tim Ream made his first MNT appearance since 2017, captained the side for the first time against Ecuador and was credited with the assist on Zardes’ goal.

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Gabriel Arias (Racing/ARG; 3/0), Brayan Cortés (Colo-Colo; 2/0), Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town/ENG; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Paulo Díaz (Al-Ahli/KSA; 16/0), Mauricio Isla (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 105/4), Gonzalo Jara (Estudiantes La Plata/ARG; 110/3), Igor Lichnovsky (Cruz Azul/MEX; 5/0), Guillermo Maripán (Deportivo Alavés/ESP; 13/2), Gary Medel (Besiktas/TUR; 116/7), Eugenio Mena (Racing/ARG; 55/3),  Óscar Opazo (Colo-Colo; 4/0), Sebastián Vegas (Morelia/MEX; 4/1)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen/GER; 67/7), Pablo Hernández (Independiente/ARG; 25/3), Jimmy Martínez (Universidad de Chile; 3/0), Jean Meneses (Club León/MEX; 0/0), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo; 3/0), Erick Pulgar (Bologna/ITA; 13/0), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna/MEX; 9/1), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona/ESP; 105/26)

FORWARDS (4): Nicolás Castillo (Club América/MEX; 18/3), Felipe Mora (Pumas UNAM/MEX; 2/0), Iván Morales (Colo-Colo; 0/0), Diego Rubio (Colorado Rapids/USA; 4/0)

CHILE NOTES

  • Chile is currently 13th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings
  • La Roja is coached by Reinaldo Rueda, with the Colombian racked up a 4-4-3 record since beginning the job in March 2018.
  • Chile comes into the match off a 3-1 defeat to Mexico on Friday night in San Diego. Club América striker Nicolás Castillo scored Chile’s lone goal in the match.
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MNT Mar 25, 2019
US Soccer

U.S. U-23 MNT Battles Netherlands to Scoreless Draw in Spain

SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, Spain (March 24, 2019)—The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team drew Netherlands 0-0 to close out its first training camp of the 2020 Olympic cycle.

The USA put together a stronger performance than in its first match, a 2-0 loss to Egypt on March 22, producing some dangerous attacking chances while dictating more of the game’s rhythm. The U.S. got off to a fast start in the early-going and as the half wore on, the U-23s strung together several nice offensive sequences.

Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Paes saved a hard-hit Keaton Parks shot after some quality build-up in the 31st minute and Antonee Robinson used a nice exchange with Djordje Mihailovic to free himself on the run towards goal in the 32nd, but his shot rolled just wide. The midfield teed up a number of solid services for center forward Josh Sargent, while Jeremy Ebobisse and Tim Weah also created danger on the wings.

The U.S. defense held strong against a slew of threatening entry passes and free kicks from the Dutch. U.S. captain Cameron Carter-Vickers anchored the back line, while Robinson and Julian Araujo threatened in the attack from their outside back spots. 

The U-23s created one of their most promising opportunities off a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the 68th minute. Mihailovic launched a great ball into the box and Ebobisse put a header on goal, but Paes dove to his left to make the stop.

Nineteen of the 23 players on the roster appeared in the match, allowing new U-23 MNT head coach Jason Kreis another opportunity to evaluate players in game action. Twenty-two of 23 players appeared in the U-23 MNT’s game against Egypt on March 22.

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Netherlands
Date: March 24, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pinatar Arena; San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
Kick-off: 5 p.m. CET / 12 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-JT Marcinkowoski (22-Jonathan Klinsmann, 65), 13-Julian Araujo (14-Lucas Pos, 65), 15-Miles Robinson (4-Donovan Pines, 75), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (capt.), 3-Antonee Robinson (23-Marco Farfan, 65), 20-Cameron Lindley (6-Derrick Jones, 65), 25-Keaton Parks (10-Jackson Yueill, 84), 8-Djordje Mihailovic, 11-Tim Weah (7-Emmanuel Sabbi, 87), 9-Josh Sargent (18-Haji Wright, 75), 17-Jeremy Ebobisse
Subs not used: 2-Matt Olosunde, 16-Jack Maher, 19-Eryk Williamson, 21-Josh Perez
Head Coach: Jason Kreis

NED: 1-Maarten Paes, 2-Deyovaisio Zeefuik, 3-Danilho Doekhi, 4-Justin Hoogma, 5-Rick van Drongelen, 6-Teun Koopmeiners (capt.), 8-Dani de Wit, 10-Ferdi Kadioglu (20-Abdou Harroui, 74), 7-Calvin Stengs (17-Tahith Chong, 76), 9-Donyell Malen, 11-Justin Kluivert (22-Cody Gakpo, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Jordan Teze, 13-Perr Schuurs, 14-Armando Obispo, 15-Tyrell Malacia, 16-Jan Hoekstra, 18-Deroy Duarte, 19-Kaj Sierhuis, 21-Nathan Markelo, 23-Thumen Nijhuis
Head Coach: Erwin van de Looi

Statistical Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julian Araujo (caution)                         8th minute
USA – Miles Robinson (caution)                     55

Officials:
Referee: Jose Joaquin Gallego Gambin

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U-23 MNT Mar 24, 2019
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