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U-20 MNT Closes Out Camp with 1-0 Win over Croatia

SALZBURG, Austria (April 25, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Croatia’s Under-20’s 1-0 on Saturday behind a Romain Gall second-half goal at the Red Bull Salzburg Academy, in Salzburg, Austria. The matched capped off a weeklong camp as the U-20 MNT continues preparation for this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.    

The game was physical from the start, with three cautions being issued in the first 20 minutes. When the whistle blew at halftime the score was even at 0-0.

In the second half things started to shift and the U.S. came out with intensity, pushing the ball forward. In the 64th minute U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos brought on a trio of subs and within two minutes, one of the subs, Gall, came through with a goal. Zach Pfeffer, who had brought the ball down the left side and played it in to Gall, was awarded the assist. Gall brought it in at the top of the box, took a turn and sidestepped a defender before sending home what proved to be the game-winning score.

The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will take place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.

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

 

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Croatia U-20 MNT
Date: April 25, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Salzburg Academy; Salzburg, Austria
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1      2      F

USA                                             0      1      1
CRO                                             0      0      0

USA – Romain Gall (Zach Pfeffer)                                   66 minute           

Lineups:

USA: Zack Steffen; Shaq Moore, Erik Palmer-Brown, Cameron Carter-Vickers, John Requejo; Cristian Roldan (Joel Sonora, 64), Marco Delgado, Tommy Thompson (Junior Flores, 64); Zach Pfeffer (Conor Donovan, 87), Jordan Allen (Amando Moreno, 81), Maki Tall (Romain Gall, 64).
Subs Not Used: Ethan Sonis, Jeff Caldwell

Head Coach: Tab Ramos 

CRO:  Ivusic Ivica (Miskic Dario, 85); Stolnik Marko (Grabovac Ivan, 77), Ikic Frane (Lovric Dragan, 85), Bagadur Ricardo, Muzek Matej; Faletar Filip (Mance Antonio, 85), Cvek Lovro (Slunjski Maks, 77), Klapan Jeronim (Ceraj Denis, 46); Dangubic Filip (Algahoul Muhamed, 42), Dzoni Jakov, Rebrenik Michael.
Subs Not Used: Rebrenik Michael

Head Coach: Danijel Saric

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 16 / 24
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (Caution) 15 minute
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (Caution) 17
CRO - Cvek Lovro (Caution) 22
CRO - Klapan Jeronim (Caution) 74
USA - John Requejo (Caution) 90

                 

 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Croatia U-20 MNT
Date: April 25, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Salzburg Academy; Salzburg, Austria
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: 64 degrees; Cloudy

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

USA – Romain Gall (Zach Pfeffer)                                   66 minute           

Lineups:
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaq Moore, Erik Palmer-Brown, Cameron Carter-Vickers, John Requejo; Cristian Roldan (Joel Sonora, 64), Marco Delgado, Tommy Thompson (Junior Flores, 64); Zach Pfeffer (Conor Donovan, 87), Jordan Allen (Amando Moreno, 81), Maki Tall (Romain Gall, 64).
Subs Not Used: Ethan Sonis, Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos 

CRO:  Ivusic Ivica (Miskic Dario, 85); Stolnik Marko (Grabovac Ivan, 77), Ikic Frane (Lovric Dragan, 85), Bagadur Ricardo, Muzek Matej; Faletar Filip (Mance Antonio, 85), Cvek Lovro (Slunjski Maks, 77), Klapan Jeronim (Ceraj Denis, 46); Dangubic Filip (Algahoul Muhamed, 42), Dzoni Jakov, Rebrenik Michael.
Subs Not Used: Rebrenik Michael
Head Coach: Danijel Saric

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Cameron Carter-Vickers (Caution) 15 minute
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (Caution) 17
CRO - Cvek Lovro (Caution) 22
CRO - Klapan Jeronim (Caution) 74
USA - John Requejo (Caution) 90 

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Brad Friedel: "I Enjoyed Every Minute"

Brad Friedel’s international career was launched in a low-profile location at King George V Park in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1992. But Friedel considers that match, a 2-0 U.S. victory over Canada before a crowd of 3,500, a high point of a career that included 82 National Team caps, victories in the English League Cup and Turkish Cup, and an English Premier League record: 310 consecutive appearances.

“The first time you put on the shirt for the senior [National] Team, it was not a luxurious game, it was away from home against Canada,” Friedel recalled. “But I was still in college at the time and to get a senior cap was a special moment.”

Friedel early in his MNT career.

For Friedel, a member of the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction class, that match was the first of 21 shutouts in goal for the U.S. Fittingly, Friedel concluded his international career with another clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Poland at Kazimierza Gorskiego Stadion in Plock on March 31, 2004.

2002, the Highpoint
Then, there was the 2002 World Cup, the best U.S. finish since 1930, on the globe’s biggest stage. “The run we had in the 2002 World Cup,” Friedel said. “You look back and I think that was – I know there have been some fantastic players since then – but that was arguably the best U.S. squad that’s been assembled top to bottom. A lot of players played in Europe, big roles at their clubs at the time. Incredible competition for places. And I think being disappointed going out in the quarterfinals instead of just being happy reaching the quarterfinals says a lot about where soccer in the United States had come. That whole run was probably the most special moment in the U.S. shirt.”

Friedel saved penalty kicks against Korea Republic and Poland, then blanked Mexico 2-0 in the second round as the Americans advanced to a quarterfinal date with Germany (1-0 loss) in the 2002 World Cup, joint-hosted by Korea Republic and Japan.


Friedel celebrates defeating arch rival Mexico 2-0 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Friedel’s first exposure to international soccer had been as a youngster, when he accompanied his father to a Charity Shield match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in 1980. But Friedel’s professional career aspirations did not begin to take shape until he was selected for the U.S. Olympic team while still a student-athlete at UCLA.

College Pathway to Stardom
“When I got out to UCLA, Sigi [Schmid] brought in a lot of talented players,” Friedel recalled. “College soccer was a lot different then. It was the place where all the best young players went, so the level was much higher back then than it is today. But he, along with a few of the other universities in the country, put on really good programs, and it was the first time I had been looked at by a National Team coach. It was Lothar Osiander with the Olympic team, and that was when we started traveling overseas and to South America. And after each game that you play and training sessions, and agents are coming up to you, and you start thinking this could be the career path. “I didn’t really think about it until then. I was just a Midwest kid in Cleveland playing every sport and soccer didn’t really have a much of a future to it back then. So, looking back on it, it was really fortunate stuff.”

Before making his debut with the full U.S. team, Friedel played in the 1992 Olympic Games (he also helped the team finish fourth in the 2000 Olympics) and later that year won the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate player in the country.

Friedel combined athletic versatility – he played basketball, soccer and tennis in high school – with anticipation, a powerful presence and tactical savvy to attract offers from Europe. He had trials with Nottingham Forest, then coached by Brian Clough, and Liverpool before signing with Newcastle United in 1995. Friedel returned home to play for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1996 and ’97, then spent the next 18 years in Europe, where he played for seven clubs in three countries.

Cup Success for Friedel
Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness brought Friedel to Galatasaray and Blackburn Rovers, the teams winning the Turkish Cup (1996) and English League Cup (2002).




Meanwhile, Friedel was competing with Kasey Keller and Tony Meola for the starting goalkeeper position with the U.S. National Team. Friedel played in a 1-0 loss to Serbia in the final U.S. game of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, then became the undisputed starter in 2002. Friedel credited a healthy diet and yoga workouts to helping extend his career. In Friedel’s last season with Tottenham Hotspur, he weighed about 200 pounds, less than his playing weight at UCLA.

“I never started playing this sport for the personal accolade,” said Friedel, who currently coaches the New England Revolution of MLS. “It’s a team sport. But when you can be recognized by the country you were born in and represented, it truly is an honor and I accept it humbly. It’s not something that ever really crosses your mind when you’re playing, getting into a Hall of Fame. But it’s a very nice feeling when I found out, and the way I did find out was really good. Over the last few years I’ve become pretty close with Tab Ramos, and when he turned up [at New England Revolution practice] I had no idea. It was a nice touch. But it truly is an honor and I enjoyed every minute playing and representing the United States.”

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2019 U.S. Open Cup Qualifying: Local Derbies from Boston to Miami & Denver to Oakland

Local Qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, continues this weekend with 28 second round games across the country on October 20 and 21. Christos, Baltimore-based darlings from the 2017 edition, are in action alongside three-time Open Cup champions NY Pancyprian Freedoms. Harpos and FC Denver, the cream of the Colorado amateur scene, cross swords in Denver, while Cal FC – who beat MLS side Portland Timbers in the 2012 Open Cup proper – look to keep on track out west.

The Northeast Region is always chock-a-block with high-power amateur teams from the men’s leagues around Boston and New York City. This year is no different, with the Pancyprians Freedoms, of NY’s famed Cosmopolitan League, traveling to Jackson, New Jersey to take on Jackson Lions FC after eliminating 2018 amateur national champions Lansdowne Bhoys in the First Round. 

Old Rivals Meet in Cambridge
Outside of Boston, at Danehy Park in Cambridge, Mass., Kendall Wanderers and GPS Omens meet for the third time in the space of ten days. Perennial contenders in the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), Kendall got the edge on their long-time rivals with a 2-0 victory in the Ucal McKenzie League Cup Final last Wednesday before GPS turned around to win a regular season encounter between the two on Saturday by the same scoreline. “There’s really not a lot between these two teams,” said Phil Keane, the Kendall Wanderers’ manager who led the side to a shootout victory over Boston Siege in the First Round. “Obviously we’re pretty familiar with each other at this point and a lot of times games between us will turn on the small things. We’ll need to keep our shape and stay organized.”


(Boston City FC 2 take on Safira in a tasty Round Two encounter)

Elsewhere in the Northeast region, reigning Massachusetts state champions Safira FC meet Boston City FC (II) in what is bound to be a full-blooded affair. In the opening qualifying round, Safira – with local step-over wizard Junior Alencar still in the side – made easy meat of Mass United, while Boston City edged a tight 1-0 result over Juve-Pro Soccer.

The Final game of the Northeast section sees Ukrainian Nationals of Pennsylvania – descendants of the side that won four Open Cups and bossed the American Soccer scene in the 1960s – host West Chester Predators at their 42-acre club home on the Horsham/North Wales line. 

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20

Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

12 p.m. ET

Danehy Park - Field 3; Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 20

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. Boston City FC II (Mass.)

7 p.m. ET

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Oct. 20

Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Jackson Justice Complex - Soccer Turf Field; Jackson, N.J.

Oct. 21

Ukrainian Nationals (Pa.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

2:30 p.m. ET

Ukrainian American Sports Center-Field 1; North Wales, Pa.

Christos & the Chasing Pack
There’s no talking about the Mid-Atlantic Region without mention of Christos FC, who beat United Soccer League (USL) pros Richmond Kickers in 2017 to reach the Fourth Round of that year’s Open Cup proper. This time out they face familiar foes in fellow Marylanders Aegean Hawks after ripping apart Rockville Soccer Club in the First Qualifying Round. “The intensity and fire comes out when you play the teams you know. There’s just that extra edge,” said Christos’ midfield dynamo Daniel Baxter – a sentiment echoed by University of Maryland Baltimore County assistant coach and ace striker Pete Caringi III, who scored all four goals in Christos’ First-Round win: “We’ve had success in the last few years and that means teams want to knock us off around the Maryland/D.C. area. The talent around here keeps growing and the games get tighter every year.”


(Daniel Baxter of Christos against DC United in the 2017 Open Cup)

There will also be a pair of Maryland-Virginia cross-border contests in the region, with Cville Alliance (Va.) hosting World Class Premier Elite (Md.), and Virginia United welcoming Super Delegates Football Club of Maryland.

The last game of the Mid-Atlantic section comes farther north, at Roberts Wesleyan College, where Rochester Lancers 2 – formerly the Rochester River Dogz – open their doors to Tartan Devils Oak Avalon of Pennsylvania, the pub team that acquitted themselves credibly in the 2017 Open Cup proper before coming up against full-time USL pros Louisville City, who never took their foot off the gas in a 9-0 throttling. 

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Cville Alliance FC - Reserves (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

6 p.m. ET

St. Anne's-Belfield School; Charlottesville, Va.

Oct. 21

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks (Md.)

3 p.m. ET

Troy Park - Field 2; Elkridge, Md.

Oct. 21^#

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

3 p.m. ET

Roberts Wesleyan College; Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 21~

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Super Delegates Football Club (Md.)

7 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

* Venue changed 9/29
^ Time and venue changed 10/8
# Rochester River Dogz changed name to Rochester Lancers 2
~ Time changed 10/17

Florida & Texas Reign Southeast & Central
The Southeast Region is dominated by Florida clubs, with six of the eight teams in action hailing from the Sunshine State. Miami-based Red Force FC – regular contenders in the early stages of the Open Cup in recent years – take on fellow city side Florida Soccer Soldiers on Sunday, while Soda City FC Sorinex of South Carolina host Shahin Atlanta of Georgia earlier in the day. 


(Red Force are a power in the SoFla area)
 

On Saturday, Sporting Orlando Soccer Club – who won a nail-biter in the First Round against Deportivo lake Mary – play host to Hurricane FC (who received a bye through to the Second Round) in Kissimmee while, later that night, America Soccer Club meet Central Florida FC Spartans (who also got a bye through the First Round) in Winter Garden, Fla. 

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

Sporting Orlando Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Hurricane FC (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Celebration High School Stadium; Kissimmee, Fla.

Oct. 20

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Central Florida FC Spartans (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Oct. 21

Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) vs. Shahin Atlanta FC (Ga.)

7:15 p.m. ET

Lexington County Soccer Complex - Field 10; Columbia S.C.

Oct. 21*

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

* Date and venue changed 10/5
^ Date and time changed 10/8

The Central Region is spread out with several teams facing long road trips to play their Second Round qualifiers. NTX Rayados, comprised of local schoolteachers, administrators and young Community College graduates, will have to get past Leon FC in Balch Springs if they want to keep alive their quest to qualify for their eighth straight Open Cup. The other game in the Lone Star State sees Celtic Cowboys Premier host Motagua New Orleans of Louisiana at the Onion Creek Soccer Complex in Austin.


(NTX Rayados are aiming for an eighth straight berth in the U.S. Open Cup proper)

The other two Central Region games pit FC Maritsa of Missouri against FC Minnesota in St. Louis (both teams received byes through to the Second Round), while Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (also a bye through to the current stage) open their doors to Livonia City FC of Michigan in Mooseheart, Illinois.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Leon FC (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

11 a.m. CT

Premier Park - Field 1; Balch Springs, Texas

Oct. 20*

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)

3 p.m. CT

Onion Creek Soccer Complex - Field 4; Austin, Texas

Oct. 20

FC Maritsa (Mo.) vs. FC Minnesota (Minn.)

7 p.m. CT

Parkway North High School - Varsity Field; St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 21

Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.)

4 p.m. CT

Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

* Match determined 10/9

Rocky Mountain High
The marquis match in the Mountain Region pits league mates and long-time rivals FC Denver against Harpos FC at the Aurora Sports Park in Colorado. Both sides are recent qualifiers for the Open Cup proper and both represent all the good things happening in the amateur adult scene in and around the Rockies. “Both of our squads view this as a Colorado showcase match,” said FC Denver coach and founder Eric Fulton. “It’s an opportunity to display the elite level of top amateur ball in our state. The fierce battles we’ve had over the years have been some of the best I’ve been a part of and nothing less than that will be expected as we face off for the first time in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying.”


(FC Denver take on Harpos in a clash of the Rocky Mountin titans)

Sporting Arizona FC made a big impact on last year’s Open Cup early stages, beating Phoenix Rising of the all-pro USL before losing out 2-1 to Fresno FC (also of USL). They’ll host Southwest FC of Texas at South Mountain Community College in hopes of a win that will take them to the Third and final Round of Qualifying. Elsewhere, Colorado Rovers meet Gam United Football Club (also of Colorado), while Boise Cutthroats host San Juan FC of Utah at home in Idaho.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21*

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Southwest FC (Texas)

1 p.m. MST

South Mountain Community College; Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 21

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MDT

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

Colorado Rovers (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

3 p.m. MDT

Broomfield Commons - Championship Turf; Broomfield, Colo.

Oct. 21

Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3 p.m. MDT

Boise State Recreational Field; Boise, Idaho

All the Action Out West
A full 14 of the 16 competitors in the two Regions west of the Rockies hail from the great state of California, drawing an X on a map indicating where the best soccer is being played in the western states.

Cal FC, who set the 2012 Open Cup alight with their Cinderella run and have announced ambitious plans to join the USL in the near future, travel to Outbreak FC in Irvine in one of four encounters comprising the Southern California Region. Buena Park FC meet Real Sociedad Royals – who hammered Quickening 4-0 in the previous round – in La Palma, and California United FC II meet Chula Vista FC in Irvine.


(Kramer Runager and Justin Gorman are the two attacking threats in Santa Ana Winds)

Santa Ana Winds, who reached the Open Cup proper in 2018, take on Lionside FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park after a decisive 4-0 win in the First Round against local rivals L.A. Wolves. “We're very excited to participate in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and we're looking forward to matching up against Lionside FC,” said Winds’ head coach Jose Lopez. “We're very prepared because we've been in this situation before and we're trying to learn from every U.S. Open Cup experience and trying to get better." 

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Lionside FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Oct. 20^

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

7:15 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 18; Irvine, Calif. 

Oct. 21

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)

3 p.m. PT

Kennedy High School - Varsity Field; La Palma, Calif.

Oct. 21

California United FC II (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 2; Irvine, Calif.

* Date and time changed 9/30
^ Time and venue changed 10/15

Rounding out the action in the West Region, Napa Sporting SC travel to Redwood City to take on JASA RWC – 7-0 victors in the First Round over San Ramon Dynamos FC –while the city of Oakland plays host to the Oakland Stompers vs. Real San Jose clash. In Turlock, California, Academica SC host Contra Costa FC and, finally, in the one game not in the Golden State, IPS/Marathon Taverna of Oregon welcome Nevada Coyotes to their Rob Strasser Memorial Field in Portland.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

JASA RWC (Calif.) vs. Napa Sporting SC (Calif.)

6 p.m. PT

Sequoia High School - Stadium Field; Redwood City, Calif.

Oct. 20

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Real San Jose (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Oct. 20

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Contra Costa FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

Oct. 21*

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Nevada Coyotes FC (Nev.)

7 p.m. PT

Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.

* Venue changed 9/8
^ Date and time changed 9/30

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Lineup Notes: USA vs. Canada for the Concacaf Championship

USA vs. CANADA
Date:
Oct. 17, 2018
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Broadcast: FS2 & UDN
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT

Starting XI vs. Canada: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe

Substitutes Available: 2-Emily Sonnett, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Mallory Pugh, 12-Hailie Mace, 14-Casey Short, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Christen Press

U.S. Team

  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis is starting the same lineup she put out against Mexico in the opening game of the tournament on Oct. 4, against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10 and in the semifinal against Jamaica on Oct. 14. She made nine changes on Oct. 7 against Panama, and Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe did not see minutes in that second game.
  • All 20 players on the U.S. roster have seen minutes through the first two matches of the tournament. No player has played the total of 360 minutes, but defender Abby Dahlkemper has been on the field the most (347 minutes).
  • Ten different players have scored the 24 goals in this tournament thus far: Morgan (6), Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis. Nine players have assists, with Lindsey Horan leading the way with four.
  • Four players have seen action in all four games of the tournament so far: Abby Dahlkemper, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle. They are all starting tonight.
  • The USA is 15-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica; and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 89-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 25 games.
  • The USA is 31-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 17-0-0 at home.
  • The U.S. WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 10 straight WCQ games (963 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010. Under Jill Ellis in World Cup qualifying the USA has a record of 9-0-0 with 45 goals scored and 0 against.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 614 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
  • The U.S. women have won five of six of WCQ tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA finished third in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had to go through a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for Germany 2011. The USA played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999).
  • The USA has scored 182 goals in WWC qualifying (an average of 5.7 per game) while allowing five.

Starting Lineup

  • Alyssa Naeher has 19 career shutouts and will earn cap No. 37 tonight and her 14th in 2018.
  • Kelley O’Hara will earn her 112th cap tonight in her eighth start and appearance of 2018.
  • Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 28th cap tonight. It will be her 15th appearance and 14th start of 2018.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 147th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 20th place on the all-time caps list.
  • Crystal Dunn came off the bench to play outside back against France on March 4 and has been playing in that position ever since. Dunn will earn cap No. 73 tonight and make her 13th start of 2018.
  • Julie Ertz will earn her 71st cap and has scored 18 international goals, most recently against Jamaica on Oct. 14.
  • Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She will make her 15th start tonight and has scored three goals with seven assists in 2018, second most on the team.
  • Rose Lavelle will earn her 18th career cap tonight and makes her seventh start this year. She has scored five international goals, most recently her first career brace vs. T&T on Oct. 10.
  • Tobin Heath will make her eighth start for the U.S. WNT tonight. She has scored 25 career goals, the most recent with her second career brace vs. Jamaica on Oct. 14. Heath will earn cap No. 142 and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list. She has six assists in 2018.
  • Alex Morgan, who comes into the match with 96 goals after scoring her 22nd career brace against Jamaica on Oct. 14. She will earn her 151st cap tonight. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list and is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Abby Wambach (37) and Mia Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She’s scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 16 goals in 2018.
  • Megan Rapinoe has scored 41 international goals and is 15th on the all-time goals list. Rapinoe leads the USA with 12 assists on the year and now has 56 for her career, good for sixth place in the U.S. all-time assists list. Seven of Rapinoe's 12 assist this year have come on Alex Morgan goals.She will earn cap No. 144 tonight and make her 15th start of 2018. She has scored seven goals in 2018.
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WNT Oct 17, 2018

Teenage Goals: Josh Sargent Has Two Before 19th Birthday

For Josh Sargent, the year 2017 was about performing at Youth World Cups. At 17 years old, the O’Fallon, Mo. product picked up the Silver Boot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic before captaining the U-17 side later that year in India.

Now a professional with Werder Bremen, Sargent has continued his goal-scoring form by bagging six goals in 10 matches for the club’s reserve side. While he waits for his first-team debut, the 18-year-old has taken his opportunities with the U.S. Men’s National Team this year, tallying two goals in two starts.

The latest came in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Peru in East Hartford, Conn., when a free kick delivery from Kellyn Acosta found the clinical striker at the top of the area. Having recorded his first goal in his international debut this past May against Bolivia, Sargent became just the fourth MNT player to tally two goals before his 19th birthday and third-youngest to do so (see table below).

MNT Players to Score Before 19th Birthday

Player

Date of Second Goal

Result

Age

Christian Pulisic

Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

17 years, 349 days

Juan Agudelo

March 27, 2011

1-1 D vs. Argentina

18 years, 123 days

Josh Sargent

Oct. 16, 2018

1-1 D vs. Peru

18 years, 238 days

Jozy Altidore

Oct. 11, 2008

6-1 W vs. Cuba

18 years, 339 days

 


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MNT Oct 17, 2018
US Soccer

Five Things to Know About Canada

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the MLB Playoff game. The game will also be broadcast on UDN.

Ranked fifth in the world, Canada has an 8-3-0 record in 2018 with the only losses coming to world powers Sweden (3-1), France (1-0) and Germany (3-2). In 2018, Canada has defeated the Korea Republic (3-0), Japan (2-0) and Brazil (1-0). The win vs. Japan was in the fifth-place match at the 2018 Algarve Cup.

Here are five things to know about Canada:

Canada Republic Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stephanie Labbe (Linköpings FC, SWE), 18-Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC, USA)

DEFENDERS (7 ): 20-Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash, USA), 2-Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash, USA), 4-Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Rebecca Quin (Washington Spirit, USA), 10-Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-German, FRA), 11-Emma Regan (Univ. of Texas, USA), 3-Kadeisha Buchanan (FCF Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 8-Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC, USA), 17-Jessie Fleming (UCLA, USA), 7-Julia Grosso (Univ. of Texas, USA), 14-Gabrielle Carle (Florida State, USA), 13-Sophie Schmidt (Unattached).

FORWARDS (6): 12-Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, USA), 16-Janine Beckie (Manchester City, ENG), 6-Deanne Rose (University of Florida, USA), 19-Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC, USA), 15-Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash, USA), 9-Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)

HISTORY VS. THE USA
The USA is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada and while the Americans have had a long history of success in this series, the 12 meetings since the turn of the decade have featured three ties and four one-goal wins for the USA. Before the Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 matches last fall, a 1-1 draw in Vancouver (Alex Morgan scored) and a 3-1 U.S. victory in San Jose, Calif. (goals by Julie Ertz, Morgan and Carli Lloyd), the most recent meeting had come in the title game of the 2016 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship on Feb. 21, 2016, in Houston, Texas, a 2-0 U.S. win on goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

The teams have met three times in world championship competition, the first coming in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup a 3-1 U.S. victory at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The USA earned a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympics as Natasha Kai scored the game-winner in Shanghai, China, and of course the teams played an epic semifinal in the 2012 Olympics, a match the USA won 4-3 in the last minute of overtime stoppage time on a header from Alex Morgan.

USA vs. CANADA IN THE WCQ FINAL
This is the seventh Concacaf Cup qualifying tournament that USA has contested, wining five of six of those tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups. The USA has played Canada in the championship game of each of the first four tournaments in which both participated (the USA did not have to qualify as host in 1999). In the 2010 Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA fell to Mexico in the semifinal and Canada defeated Mexico in the championship game. The USA returned to the top of the podium at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championships, defeating Costa Rica 6-0 in the title game in a tournament that Canada did not participate in as host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada won the tournament for the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the USA did not participate as host.

GROUP B SUCCESS & TICKET TO FRANCE 2019
Canada won Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Championship without much difficulty, defeating Jamaica 2-0, Cuba 12-0 and Costa Rica, 3-1. The Maple Leaves then qualified for the 2019 World Cup with a 7-0 victory against Panama in the semifinal. Canada tallied at the end of the first half to go into the break with a 1-0 lead, but then scored six times in a 30-minute span in the second half. Canada’s 24 goals have come from eight different players, led by Seattle Reign forward Adrianna Leon, who has six goals, four against Cuba and two in the semifinal against Panama. Jordyn Huitema and Christine Sinclair have four each, Nichelle Prince has three and Janine Beckie and Rebecca Quinn have two each. Jessie Fleming, Diana Matheson and Deanne Rose have each scored once. Both the USA and Canada have faced just 10 shots in World Cup Qualifying. No other team allowed fewer than 33.

CANADA HAS U.S. TIES THROUGH NWSL AND COLLEGE
Fifteen of the 20 players on Canada’s roster play in the NWSL or for collegiate sides in the USA. Nineteen of the 20 on Canada’s roster play or have played in the USA except for 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema. There are nine Canadian players on this roster that play for NWSL teams, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair who plays on the Portland Thorns with the USA’s Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath and Emily Sonnett. Jessie Fleming plays at UCLA and is one of the top players in the Pac-12 and in the country. She is college teammates with U.S. defender Hailie Mace. Forward Deanne Rose plays at Florida, midfielder Julie Grosso and Emma Regan play at Texas and midfielder Gabrielle Carle plays at Florida State.

CHRISTINE SINCLAIR CLOSES IN ON GOAL-SCORING RECORD
Sinclair, 35, is one of the greatest players in the history of women’s soccer. Her 177 goals in 273 matches rank second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player behind only Abby Wambach (184 goals). Sinclair surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February of 2016.

            
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