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USA Earns Hard Fought 1-1 Away Draw vs. Colombia in 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 1st Leg

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia  (March 25, 2016) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team fought to a well-earned 1-1 draw away to Colombia in the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 1st Leg thanks to an early Luis Gil goal and a determined defensive effort under scorching heat and humidity at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez.

Gil scored his third goal of this Olympic Qualifying cycle in just the fifth minute, finishing off a cross from Mario Rodriguez to stake the USA to an early lead. Colombia struck back from the penalty spot in the second half, but could not breach the U.S. defense from the run of play despite ample possession and stoppage time at the end of each half.

The Olympic Qualifying Playoff series between the USA and Colombia now shifts back to the United States for the 2nd Leg. The series will be decided by aggregate goals scored across the two-games.

The 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 2nd Leg between the USA and Colombia will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, March 29 (8:30 p.m. CT; ESPN2) [TICKETS]. It is part of a U.S. Soccer double-header on ESPN2 that begins earlier that day when the senior U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Guatemala at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus Ohio (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Luis Gil (Mario Rodriguez), 5th minute: On a flowing counterattack, Mario Rodriguez beat his defender to the endline and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot for the trailing Luis Gil, who was unmarked. Gil picked out the lower left-hand corner of Colombia goalkeeper Christian Bonila’s goal with a one-time shot through the legs of a closing defender. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

COL – Juan Fernando Quintero (penalty kick), 68th minute: USA right back Kellyn Acosta brought down Colombia’s Rafael Santos Borre in the U.S. box as the forward broke in on goal. On the resulting penalty kick, Quintero sent a low shot to the right of U.S. substitute goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who guessed correctly but was just unable to get a hand to the shot. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 37th minute –
Colombia played a long, cross-field ball over top of the U.S. defense, aiming for Andreas Renteria. Horvath was wise to the move and dashed off his line to head the ball clear as Renteria clattered into him. The hit shook Horvath up but he played on for a handful of minutes before being substituted for Cody Cropper before halftime.

Next on the Schedule: The USA resumes it 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff at home against Colombia. The 2nd Leg kicks off on Tuesday, March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (8:30 p.m. CT; ESPN 2). The match is part of a U.S. Soccer double-header on ESPN2 that begins earlier in the day with the U.S. Men’s National Team taking on Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).
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Additional Notes:

  • The team with the most goals after the two games will advance. If the teams are tied on goals after the two matches, the team with the most away goals will advance. If the away goals are equal at the conclusion of the second match, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played at the end of the 2nd Leg. If no goals are scored in extra time, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks. If both teams score the same number of goals in the extra-time period, the visiting team is declared winner on the basis of away goals counting double.
  • Kellyn Acosta made his first start with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team.
  • Tim Parker made his first appearance for the USA since playing for the U-18 Men’s National Team in 2011.
  • Both Acosta and Emerson Hyndman started in the USA’s 1-0 win Round of 16 win against Colombia at last summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Wil Trapp continued as captain of the U.S. U-23 side after guiding the team through the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in the same capacity.
  • Four players scored for the U.S. during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying championship: Jordan Morris and Luis Gil (two goals each), Matt Miazga and Hyndman (one each).
  • Four players in the starting XI were not on the Olympic Qualifying Championship roster: Acosta, Parker, Eric Miller and Mario Rodriguez.
  • The United States has competed in the Men’s Olympic finals 13 times, including five straight tournaments from 1984 to 2000. In addition, the U.S. qualified for – but did not compete in – the 1980 Moscow Games following a boycott by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
  • The U.S. hopes to return to the Olympics for the first time since the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where it posted a 1-1-1 record but did not advance past the group stage. The USA’s best showing in the Olympics came during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, when the team defeated Japan in the quarterfinals and finished fourth in the event.

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

Match: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: March 25, 2016
Competition: 2016 Olympic Qualifying - Playoff
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez; Barranquilla, Colombia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Luis Gil (Mario Rodriguez)                                               5th minute
COL – Juan Fernando Quintero (penalty kick)                      68

USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Cody Cropper, 45); 7-Kellyn Acosta, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 20-Eric Miller; 6-Will Trapp (capt.), 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman, 10-Luis Gil (14-Fatai Alashe, 66); 18-Mario Rodriguez (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 72), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs: 2-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 11-Paul Arriola, 15-Desevio Payne, 16-Julian Green, 19-Khiry Shelton
Not available: Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Brandon Vincent
Head Coach: Andres Herzog

COL: 1-Cristian Bonila; 13-Helibelton Palacios, 3-Yerry Mina, 5-Davinson Sanchez, 16-Cristian Borja; 14-Wilmar Barrios, 6-Jose Leudo (11-Jarlan Barrera, 33), 18-Andres Felipe Roa (15-Juan Pablo Nieto, 73), 10-Juan Fernando Quintero; 7-Andres Renteria (19-Rafael Santos Borre, 62), 9-Harold Preciado
Subs: 4-Deiver Machado, 8-Yony Gonzalez, 12-Luis Hurtado, 17-Roger Martinez, 20-Alvaro Montero
Head coach: Carlos Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots:  5 /18
Shots on goal:  1/ 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                      52nd minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                    67
COL – Rafael Santos Borre (caution)        67
USA – Cody Cropper (caution)                   83
COL – Cristian Borja                                         90+1

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Staman (TUR)
Fourth Official: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBD

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

Match: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: March 25, 2016
Competition: 2016 Olympic Qualifying - Playoff
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez; Barranquilla, Colombia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Luis Gil (Mario Rodriguez)                                               5th minute
COL – Juan Fernando Quintero (penalty kick)                      68

USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Cody Cropper, 45); 7-Kellyn Acosta, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 20-Eric Miller; 6-Will Trapp (capt.), 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman, 10-Luis Gil (14-Fatai Alashe, 66); 18-Mario Rodriguez (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 72), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs: 2-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 11-Paul Arriola, 15-Desevio Payne, 16-Julian Green, 19-Khiry Shelton
Not available: Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Brandon Vincent
Head Coach: Andres Herzog

COL: 1-Cristian Bonila; 13-Helibelton Palacios, 3-Yerry Mina, 5-Davinson Sanchez, 16-Cristian Borja; 14-Wilmar Barrios, 6-Jose Leudo (11-Jarlan Barrera, 33), 18-Andres Felipe Roa (15-Juan Pablo Nieto, 73), 10-Juan Fernando Quintero; 7-Andres Renteria (19-Rafael Santos Borre, 62), 9-Harold Preciado
Subs: 4-Deiver Machado, 8-Yony Gonzalez, 12-Luis Hurtado, 17-Roger Martinez, 20-Alvaro Montero
Head coach: Carlos Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots:  5 /18
Shots on goal:  1/ 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                      52nd minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                    67
COL – Rafael Santos Borre (caution)        67
USA – Cody Cropper (caution)                   83
COL – Cristian Borja                                         90+1

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Staman (TUR)
Fourth Official: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBD

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Young Midfield Trio of Pulisic, McKennie and Adams Reunited in MNT Camp

At different points throughout their young careers, midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic would find themselves together at Youth National Team camps, playing with and against each other as they began to carve out the individual paths that lay ahead.

While all three were promising prospects, it was Pulisic who rose to acclaim first, making his debuts with Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. Men’s National Team as a 17-year-old in 2016. Having grabbed attention with their respective clubs New York Red Bulls and Schalke, Adams and McKennie followed suit, arriving on the MNT scene this time last year during the team’s 1-1 draw against Portugal.

All three are now firmly in the senior team picture, but due to a variety of circumstances this week’s camp in England is the first time the trio is together in camp with the MNT. With that, the much-anticipated prospect of seeing all three on the field at the same time is a possibility for the matches ahead against England and Italy.

It’s something the players themselves are eager for as well.

“I think it’ll be interesting,” 20-year-old McKennie told ussoccer.com this week. “You can have all the hype, but to have the moment where we could possibly play together finally here, that’s exciting for me. I think it’s exciting for all of us.”

“It’s going to feel like picking up where we left off,” Pulisic, also 20, said. “I’m really excited to work with them at the senior level.”

“It’s a pretty special moment,” the 19-year-old Adams added. “I look at it as more of an opportunity because when you have such good friends off the field, it can correlate to playing well on the field.”

The Roles

Most familiar with each other from their time spent at U.S. Soccer’s U-17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., the three say similar things when talking about each other’s traits.

When speaking about Pulisic, Adams and McKennie can’t go far without dropping some form of the words “Creative, clinical and confident.”

Pulisic returns that praise by calling Adams and McKennie, “Two of the grittiest players I’ve ever seen.”

The way they see each other’s qualities seems likely to translate to how they could line up with the MNT: Pulisic as the creative attacking force, with Adams and McKennie grinding, winning balls and connecting in behind him.

Still, it’s been a few years since they played together, and with that there’s an admission that there may be a learning curve.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like,” McKennie said, “but that’s what these games are about. Hopefully it looks good and helps out the team a lot if we happen to be on the same field at the same time.”

“We’ve all gone on to do our own things and it’s worked out well in respective ways,” added Adams. “I think a lot of the traits that we have will be able to complement each other well. Now it’s about learning the tactics and seeing how we all fit into it. In the end, you have people you want to play with, people you like being around and I think it will help us progress forward with a lot of the young guys we have around us as well.”

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Fontes' Double, Fishel Goal Lift USA to 3-0 Opening Win vs. Cameroon at 2018 U-17 Women's World Cup

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, Uruguay (Nov. 14, 2018) – The USA opened its 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup campaign with a solid 3-0 win against a physical Cameroon team in the first Group C match for both teams. In a rollicking contest that featured numerous memorable moments, midfielder Mia Fishel opened the scoring and forward Sunshine Fontes added two more goals while goalkeeper Angelina Anderson was stellar.

The U.S. defense kept a clean sheet – defender Mckenna Morris cleared back-to-back shots out of the goal mouth in the first half – against a Cameroon side that finished the game with nine players after having its goalkeeper and a defender sent off.

A wild first half saw end-to-end play, but the USA had trouble getting forward against a physical Cameroon defense. The U.S. did threaten on set pieces, which proved to be their avenue to the opening goal.

In the aftermath of a 22nd minute set-piece, Cameroon cleared the ball up the field, but a Cameroon player was injured and stayed down near the top of the penalty box. While the Africans lobbied the referee, the USA kept playing, and defender Natalia Staude played short pass to Fishel up the middle. Fishel would have been offside had it not been for the prone Cameroonian defender, but she played the whistle, and raced in on goal. Fishel’s first shot was saved by the goalkeeper, who pushed it squarely of the post. The rebound bounced right back to Fishel and she finished her second chance with composure, pounding her own rebound into the net to make it 1-0.

The goal spurred Cameroon to attack in greater numbers, but the U.S. defense held strong, highlighted by strong play from center backs Staude and Michela Agresti, as well as the goal-saving clearances from Morris.  

Tensions continued to rise late in the first half as rough tackles resulted in two yellow cards for Cameroon. The increasingly physical play culminated in a straight red card being shown to Cameroon’s goalkeeper Christemilie Onomo, who flew in the air to cleat midfielder Maya Doms directly in the midsection as she chased a bouncing ball at the top of the penalty box. Referee Casey Reibelt brandished the red card and the USA was fortunate that she also ruled the foul had taken place inside the penalty area. Fontes stepped up and sent the spot kick home to double the U.S advantage to 2-0 just before the half.

While Cameroon created several dangerous chances in the second half, the U.S. defense continued to make nice stops and Anderson made stellar saves in the 69th and 73rd minutes, first tipping a long-range effort over the bar and then parrying away a well-struck shot at the right post.

Fontes clinched the match in the 81st minute with a spectacular 32-yard chip shot that caught substitute goalkeeper Olga Ngo Esse far off her line and billowed the back of the net in the air.

Next up, Group C continues as the USA takes on reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR in Colonia on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FS2 and Universo as well as streamed on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes App.

Goal Scoring Rundown
USA – Mia Fishel (Natalia Staude), 22nd minute
After a dangerous ball was played into the penalty box by Sunshine Fontes on a corner kick from the left side, Cameroon cleared it away. As they tried to clear the ball further upfield, a Cameroon player collided in the air with an American and fell to the ground. As Cameroon looked for a whistle from the referee, Natalia Staude played it up the middle to Fishel who found herself against the Cameroon goalkeeper one-on-one. Onomo deflected her first attempt and it hit off the right post before landing back at Fishel’s feet and she buried the follow-up shot into the lower left corner. USA 1, CMR 0

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Penalty Kick), 45+5
Mia Fishel stole a Cameroon pass in midfield and lofted the ball forward to Maya Doms, who was making a run behind the defense. She went up for the 50/50 ball at the edge of the penalty area and Cameroon goalkeeper, who missed her clearance attempt, instead cleated Doms in the midsection. The referee showed Onomo a red card for the challenge and conferred with her Assistant Referee before pointing to the penalty spot. It took the referee a few minutes to sort out the call and by the time Fontes cooly dispatched the spot kick, beating substitute ‘keeper Olga Ngo Esse, it was in the fifth minute of first half stoppage time. USA 2, CMR 0

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Trinity Rodman), 81st minute
The U.S. repelled a Cameroon attack and transitioned up field quickly. Substitute forward Trinity Rodman collected a pass out of the back, carried the ball through midfield and played a leading pass for Fontes to chase into the Cameroon half. After running onto the ball, Fontes spotted Ngo Esse off her line and lifted a beautiful shot over the ‘keeper from 32 yards out that nestled into the back of the net for the final margin. USA 3, CMR 0. FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The two goals for Sunshine Fontes, the first player from Hawaii to make a Youth Women’s World Cup roster, upped her U.S. YNT career record for U-17 WNT goals to 24 and gave her 22 for the year. She is this cycle’s most-capped player with 30 U-17 international games under her belt.
  • The only female U.S. Youth National Team player to score more goals in a calendar year was Kelly Wilson in 2002 when she scored 23 on the way to helping lead the USA to the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup title. Lindsay Tarpley scored 21 international goals that year.
  • Mia Fishel’s goal was the sixth international score of her U-17 career in her 27th cap.
  • The match marked the first Women’s World Cup match for all of the U.S. players except for forward Jordan Canniff who played in one match at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan two years ago.
  • Canniff made an inspirational comeback from an ACL injury suffered in the spring to make this roster and get the start today.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three of his allowed substitutes. He sent on forwards Trinity Rodman for Jordan Canniff in the 60th and Isabella D’Aquila for Sunshine Fontes in the 82nd. Midfielder Hannah Bebar replaced Maya Doms in the 74th.
  • The victory marked just the second time the USA has won its opening match at the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The USA lost its opening match to Japan (3-2) in 2008 in New Zealand, but advanced to the championship game where it fell in overtime to North Korea. In 2012 in Azerbaijan, the USA drew its opening game 0-0 with eventual champion France. In 2016 in Jordan, the USA defeated Paraguay, 6-1, but then fell to Ghana and eventual runner-up Japan.
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Christos, Freedoms & Cal FC Highlight 2019 Open Cup Third Round Qualifiers

The third round of local amateur qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup takes center stage this weekend with 14 games on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18) from Massachusetts to Southern California. In action are familiar names like Christos FC, the top men’s league team out of the Mid-Atlantic region, NY’s Pancyprian Freedoms, who claimed the Open Cup title three times in the old semi-pro days of the late 1970s and 80s, and Cal FC, of Ventura County, who shocked the tournament as recently as 2012 when they beat Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Scorchers set for Mass & NY
As winter begins to close its fist around the Northeast, two tantalizing contests out of New York and Massachusetts look likely to raise the temperature a few degrees. GPS Omens are powers in the Bay State Soccer League – the top amateur league in and around Boston, MA – and recently claimed their second straight BSSL title (winning nine league games in a row this fall) ahead of a clash with Safira FC, the state’s ultra-talented reigning amateur champions based in Lowell.

Omens missed out on last year’s Open Cup proper, but they played all the way to the Third Round in 2017 when 1999 champions Rochester Rhinos edged them to a Fourth Round date with MLS side New England Revolution. Loaded with talent like Keith Caldwell, brother of the Revolution’s Scott, Pat Murray and Harris Smriko, GPS will have their work cut out against a fully loaded Safira taking aim at their first-ever berth in a U.S. Open Cup. The red-clad men from Boston like to keep the ball, move it around, and can break out like lightning on the flanks with veteran local star Junior Alencar. 

(Reigning Mass State Champions Safira FC - photo by Burt Granofsky)

Just down I-95 in Jamaica, Queens, the NY Pancyprian Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) take on Pennsylvania-based visitors West Chester Predators, who were pipped to an automatic berth in the 2019 Open Cup after losing the National Amateur Cup final to the Milwaukee Bavarians. The Freedoms are previous heroes of the Open Cup, having won the tournament three times (1979, 1980 & 1982), when it was largely amateur and semipro in its make-up. While their past is outstanding, their present isn’t bad either – the Freedoms beat 2017 Amateur National champions Lansdowne Bhoys en route to the third qualifying round and are eager for a return to the competition’s final field. The Predators, for their part, have proven no pushover with a big win over Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals (3-0) to reach this stage. 

“We know the [Pancyprian] Freedoms are a storied club and this will be our first meeting against them,” said West Chester Predators head coach and director of coaching Blaise Santangelo ahead of the two-and-a-half-hour bus trip to Queens. “We’re a younger team than they are but we’re hoping we can show them what we can do with that youth.”

Christos Favored in Mid-Atlantic
It’s hard to think of Baltimore County’s outstanding amateurs Christos FC without the mind turning back to 2017 when they beat USL pros Richmond Kickers and briefly led D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the Open Cup’s Fourth Round. The former Cinderellas boast many of the same players who orchestrated that dream run, like tireless midfielder Daniel Baxter, Cody Albrecht and Pete Caringi III, the former University of Maryland Baltimore County Retriever (and current assistant coach) who’s scored an astonishing eight goals in two games to reach this third stage of 2019 qualifying. On Sunday, the Maryland Major Soccer League leaders travel to Manassas to take on Virginia United, who’ve scored four goals and conceded just one en route to this stage in the competition.

“No Open Cup qualifier is easy,” said Caringi III, a former collegiate All-American and as dangerous an aerial threat as you’ll find in the U.S. amateur ranks. “We aren’t going to sneak up on anyone anymore, so we will have to earn everything we get on the field.” 

(The moment Christos FC scored against DC United in the 2017 Fourth Round)

The other game in the region sees Rochester Lancers 2 – who took part in last year’s Open Cup as the Rochester River Dogz and are coached by former Open Cup winner and Rochester Rhino ‘Deadly’ Doug Miller – host World Class Premier Elite FC out of the Maryland Major Soccer League. While they might not boast the pedigree of their league mates Christos, WCPEFC are making a hard charge in amateur qualifying this year. 

Spicy Matchups in Southeast and Central Regions
Three of the four teams in action in the Southeast Region hail from the Sunshine State of Florida. America Soccer Club, having won a pair of tight one-goals affairs so far, host Soda City Sorinex FC in Winter Garden on Saturday. The men from South Carolina (Soda City) are riding a wave of impressive results (5-1 over FC Cardinals of North Carolina and 4-2 against Shahin Atlanta). On Sunday, Hurricane FC and Florida Soccer Soldiers meet in an all-Florida affair in Delray Beach.

Over in the Central Region, NTX Rayados – aiming for their eighth straight appearance in the Open Cup proper – travel to New Orleans to take on familiar opponents Motagua New Orleans. The Louisiana men had to be patient to make sure of their place in the third round, with multiple weather delays postponing their second-round contest with Celtic Cowboys; Motagua eventually won last weekend 3-2. They’ll be up against a tough opponent on Saturday in the Rayados, who, despite being made up primarily of schoolteachers and local junior college standouts from in and around Dallas, are one of the most consistent and impressive amateur teams in the country. In the 2018 Open Cup, led by player-coach Tito Salas and Victor Pinal, they beat pros OKC Energy before losing to eventual champions Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. [Since publishing, this game has been postponed to allow Motagua equal preparation time after several weather delays in the previous round. New date to be decided]

(Tito Salas - center - and NTX Rayados, who are aiming for an eighth straight USOC berth)

The other game in the Central Region sees ambitious Livonia City – out of suburban Detroit – host Maritsa of Missouri, who edged FC Minnesota in a 4-3 thriller in the previous round.

FC Denver Stand Tall in Mountain Region
Formed via a Craigslist ad in 2005, FC Denver quickly became a power in the fast-growing amateur scene in Colorado. Led by founder Eric Fulton, the side beat local rivals Harpos in a shootout and Indios Denver (1-0) so far and will be bolstered by a handful of new talent to compliment the veterans in the side. They’ll need to muster all of their grit and talent this time however, up against Gam United Football Club who have been outstanding so far with a pair of wins over Northern Colorado FC and Colorado Rovers.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting this match of the final two Colorado teams left standing,” said Fulton, aware of snow in the forecast – fitting for the game’s venue across the street from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park where the U.S. and Costa Rica played the now-famous ‘Snow-classico’ in 2013. “GAM is a terrific team with some great player acquisitions this year. They’re predicting snow and we expect it to be an exciting day for Colorado soccer.”

(Kramer Runager - right - of Santa Ana Winds)

The other game in the zone sees Southwest FC of Texas welcome Utah’s San Juan FC in a match at Pebble Hills High School in El Paso between two teams that had contrasting results in the previous round. Southwest strolled to a 4-1 win over Sporting AZ FC and San Juan needed extra time to edge the Boise Cutthroats of Idaho 4-3.

California Dreams of Open Cup
North or South, the Golden State is a hub of some of the best amateur soccer the country has to offer – and three of the four teams in action in the West section of Open Cup third round qualifying are based in Cali. First up in the Bay Area, the Oakland Stompers will host Academica SC in a contest bound to be full of tension. Both sides have been impressive in their two previous contests to reach this point. On Sunday, up north in Portland, Oregon, the local side IPS/Marathon Taverna take on JASA RWC of Redwood City, California.

Farther south in the SoCal section, Santa Ana Winds – who reached the 2018 Open Cup proper for the first time thanks to the goals of Kramer Runager and Jordan Gorman – are at home against Buena Park FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park. And last but not least, Keith Costigan’s Cal FC – who set the 2012 Open Cup alight under the tutelage of then-coach Eric Wynalda – take on California United FC II in Thousand Oaks, a place that could use a good distraction, and something to cheer about, after troubling recent events.  

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PREVIEW: USA Hunts 2019 U-20 World Cup Berth vs. Costa Rica on Friday | 7:30pm ET | Concacaf GO, UDN

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship
IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Nov. 1-21, 2018 

For the first time, the U.S. U-20 MNT returns to the Concacaf U-20 Championship as defending champion, claiming its first confederation title in 2017 en route to a second straight run to the FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals.

The USA began its defense of the trophy – and quest to advance to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup – at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. with Group Stage victories against Puerto Rico 7-1, U.S. Virgin Islands 13-0, Trinidad & Tobago 6-1, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines 6-0 and Suriname 7-0 to win Group A. 

Now in the Classification Stage, which features two groups of three teams in round-robin play, the U.S. can qualify for the 2019 U-20 World Cup with a win vs. Costa Rica on Nov. 16. The Ticos tied Honduras 1-1 in the Group G opener on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Group H is comprised of Mexico, Panama and El Salvador. Panama defeated El Salvador 1-0 on Tuesday to put one foot in next summer's U-20 World Cup.  

The USA match vs. Costa Rica will be broadcast on the Concacaf GO app, concacafgo.com and Univision Deportes. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt) accounts.

USA ROSTER: Teams that advanced to the Qualification Stage of the tournament were permitted to amend the 20-player roster and replace up to six players within 24 hours following completion of their final group stage match. U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos made three changes to the team’s roster ahead of the Qualification Stage of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship, bringing in defenders Sergiño Dest and Chris Richards as well as forward Sebastian Soto to replace Isaac Angking, Griffin Dorsey and Anthony Fontana.

GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.), 1-Brady Scott (FC Koln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): 22-Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands),16-Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), 3-Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.), 2-Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), 4-Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), 14-Manny Perez (N.C. State; Garner, N.C.), 5-Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), 26-Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.), 19-Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Alex Mendez (SC Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.), 10-Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Tex.), 6-Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), 7-Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen/BEL; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): 17-Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.), 20-Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), 11-Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.), 9-Justin Rennicks (Indiana Univ.; Hamilton, Mass.), 23-Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.)

Prior to the start of the tournament, the USA made one change from the initial 20-player team. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa has replaced CJ Dos Santos, who was recalled by his club, Benfica. 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship marks the confederation’s largest U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament ever, with 34 participating member associations. The format features four groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. 

Following round-robin group play, the top team in each of the six groups will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three. After a second edition of round-robin play, the two group winners plus the runners-up will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Additionally, the two group winners will advance to the tournament final on Nov. 21 to determine the regional champion.

THE DRAW: Based on the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Ranking, the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador enter as the tournament’s top six seeds and head each of the six groups. The draw was held in September and groups were drawn as follows:  

Group A: USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S. Virgin Islands
Group B: Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Grenada, Saint Martin
Group C: Honduras, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Belize, Sint Maarten
Group D: Panama, Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique
Group E: Costa Rica, Haiti, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Barbados
Group F: El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao, Guyana, Cayman Islands


Group A
Nov. 1 – USA vs. Puerto Rico | 7-1 W
Nov. 3 – USA vs. U.S. Virgin Islands | 13-0 W
Nov. 5 – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago | 6-1 W
Nov. 7 – USA vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | 6-0 W
Nov. 9 – USA vs. Suriname | 7-0

Group G
Nov. 16 – USA vs. Costa Rica | 7:30 p.m. ET | IMG Academy Stadium
Nov. 19 – USA vs. Honduras | 8 p.m. ET | IMG Academy Stadium

The tournament final is set for Wed., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

HOW TO WATCH: Tournament matches will be streamed live on Concacaf GO, available at www.concacafGO.com or the Concacaf GO app, available on iTunes and Google Play. A free trial of Concacaf GO is available through Dec. 1. Univision Deportes will broadcast the matches in Spanish.  

A SHORT RUNWAY: The past few U-20 cycles has seen this tournament staged early in the same year as the U-20 World Cup. This time, Concacaf announced in June that the new, expanded competition would be held a few months earlier than in the past.

The U.S. U-20 MNT has played six international matches this year, splitting a pair versus France’s U-21s in March, splitting two again versus Honduras in May, and defeating Jamaica and Venezuela in September. They’ve also played a match against the U.S. U-19 MNT.

A total of 45 players have appeared in these matches, led by Frankie Amaya and Alex Mendez, who each logged minutes in six. Four players scored two goals each, including Justin Rennicks and Ayo Akinola.

CONCACAF U-20 RANKINGS: In August, Concacaf announced a new ranking system for men’s and women’s U-17 and U-20 national teams based on match results, with bonus points awarded to the performance of teams at FIFA World Cup tournaments. 

The USA enters the tournament atop the list, with Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica rounding out the top five.


  • The USA returns to the Concacaf U-20 Championship as the title-holder after capturing its first U-20 regional title in March 2017, defeating Honduras in penalty kicks in the final in Costa Rica.
  • Prior to last year, the USA’s best finish was second place, accomplished six times (most recently in 2013).
  • The USA is tied with Mexico for most appearances by a Concacaf nation at the U-20 World Cup with 15 each (out of 21 total), and the U.S. has qualified for 10 of the last 11 tournaments.
  • After missing out in 2011, Tab Ramos was brought on as head coach and the MNT legend has led the U-20s to three consecutive World Cups.
  • Before this year, the USA previously hosted the 1980 competition and was co-host in 2002 and 2005. Guatemala has been the most frequent host with six tournaments.
  • The USA’s first participation was in 1964, and it has competed in every tournament since 1974 (did not participate in 1962, 1970, and 1973). 


  • Known as the Concacaf Youth Tournament when it debuted in 1962 in Panama, the first six editions were simply regional championship events.
  • In 1976 the tournament began to serve as qualification for the inaugural FIFA World Youth Championship in 1977 (now known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup), which has been held biannually ever since.
  • Played under various formats throughout its 56-year history, the tourney determined two U-20 World Cup berths for Concacaf from 1976 to 1994. Since 1996, four nations have qualified from Concacaf.
  • 2018 marks the 27th edition of the tournament, and a champion was determined in 21 of the first 26 competitions.
  • No champion was crowned in the five tournaments held from 1998-2007, when the final round was split into two groups of four and played in two different countries.


A total of 24 teams will compete in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland next May. Aside from the hosts, the other 23 nations will qualify through confederation tournaments. To date, Poland, Italy, Ukraine, France and Norway will represent Europe, New Zealand and Tahiti booked their spots through Oceana, and Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have come through out of Asia.

England, winner of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, became the sixth consecutive champion to fail to qualify for the following U-20 World Cup. 


  • The USA roster consists of 14 players representing pro clubs from four different countries: Belgium, Canada, Germany and the USA.
  • Four players are collegiate athletes: Griffin Dorsey and Justin Rennicks (Indiana), Manny Perez (N.C. State), and Frankie Amaya (UCLA).
  • Eleven players represent eight MLS clubs: Philadelphia Union (3), FC Dallas (2), LA Galaxy (1), New England Revolution (1), Real Salt Lake (1), Seattle Sounders (1), Sporting KC (1), and Toronto FC (1).
  • Ten players are 19 years old, eight are 18, and two are 17 (Araujo and Llanez). The two 17-year-olds are age-eligible for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Goalkeeper Brady Scott is the only returning player from the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup team after serving as the team’s third ‘keeper in Korea Republic.
  • Three players were part of the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup team that fell to eventual champion England in the quarterfinals in India: defenders Chris Gloster and Jaylin Lindsey and forward Ayo Akinola.
  • Lindsey was named to the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship Best XI after helping the USA to a second-place finish and a World Cup berth.
  • Nineteen of 20 players have spent time playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
  • In addition to ten players from U.S.-based MLS teams that came up through their respective academies, the remaining 10 players last played for the following DA sides: Amaya (Pateadores), Dorsey (Colorado Rush), Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Llanez (LA Galaxy), Mendez (LA Galaxy), Perez (Capital Area Railhawks Academy), Rennicks (New England Revolution), Scott (De Anza Force), Torres (Georgia United).
  • Ulysses Llanez was named 2018 U-16/17 Development Academy West Conference Player of the Year.
  • Griffin Dorsey won the 2015/16 U15/16 Central Conference Player of the Year and Manny Perez was that year’s East Conference Player of the Year.
  • Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania were part of the FC Dallas U-15/16 team that won the 2016 Development Academy Championship. Pomykal was also part of the club’s U17/18 team that also won the championship that year. 


Puerto Rico:

  • The USA has squared off with Puerto Rico twice previously in this competition, though this meeting marks the first in 36 years.
  • The teams first met in the seventh edition of the tournament on Nov. 28, 1978 in Tegulcigalpa, Honduras, with the USA defeating Puerto Rico 2-0, in its first group match.
  • Their last meeting came at the Concacaf Youth Tournament, claiming a 5-0 victory on Aug. 28, 1982 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The USA’s last goal was scored by none other than current head coach Tab Ramos, who scored the first of his four goals over two U-20 regional tournaments.
  • Two players on the USA roster have ties to Puerto Rico: Brandon Servania’s  younger brother Jaden is on the Puerto Rico squad and Isaac Angking’s father is from the island.
  • Puerto Rico is coached by former MLS MVP Amado Guevara. The former Honduran international was named head coach of Puerto Rico’s senior and U-20 teams in June.
  • Puerto Rico’s roster with club / colleges can be found here.

U.S. Virgin Islands:

  • The USA and the U.S. Virgin Islands have never met at the U-20 or the senior level.
  • The team is led by former U.S. U-17 MNT assistant coach Marcelo Serrano, who also coaches the Dashing Eagles’ senior team.
  • The Brazilian Serrano was also named head coach of the newly announced Austin Bold FC team that will begin play in the USL in 2019.
  • The team includes five players born in 2002, two in 2001, six in 2000 and seven in 1999. The youngest player is midfielder Jimson St. Louis, who turns 16 on Dec. 2.

Trinidad & Tobago:

  • The USA has faced Trinidad & Tobago a tournament-high 14 times, posting a 10-2-2 record all-time with a 37-6 goal advantage in the competition.
  • All-Time Results: 1974 (1-1, 4-5 PKs), 1978 (W 4-0, W 3-0), 1984 (W1-0), 1986 (L 0-1), 1988 (W 4-0), 1990 (L 0-1), 1992 (W 2-0), 1994 (W 4-0), 1998 (W 6-1), 2001 (W 5-1), 2005 (W 6-1), 2009 (0-0, 4-3 PKs), 2015 (W 1-0).
  • Trinidad & Tobago has twice qualified for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup: as runner-up in 1990 and as the fourth-place team in the 2009 tournament.
  • The team is led by head coach Russell Latapy.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:

  • The USA has never faced Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Concacaf U-20 Championship. The nations have met twice at the senior level, with the USA claiming World Cup qualifying wins in 2015 (6-1) and 2016 (6-0).
  • The team is led by coach Wayde Jackson, who has also coached the senior side and U-23 teams for the last several years.


  • The two countries have met twice at the competition, with each team winning once.
  • The first meeting came on Aug. 25, 1986 in Trinidad with Suriname edging the USA 1-0 in the final match of the first round.
  • The teams’ last encounter was on March 29, 2011, with the USA claiming a 4-0 win off goals by Bobby Wood, Joey Gyau, Conor Doyle and Kelyn Rowe.
  • Though 16 players are born in 1999 or 2000, the team also features three 16-year-olds in Ferando Hoepel, Damelcio Fer and Zerguinho Deira. 

TOURNAMENT RULES: The Concacaf Under-20 Championship tournament determines the regional champion for North America, Central America and the Caribbean at this age group. It also serves as the confederation’s qualifying tournament for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, with four teams qualifying. Click here for the complete tournament regulations:

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999 are eligible for this tournament.
  • The 20 players on each roster are required to utilize jersey numbers from 1-20.
  • Teams qualifying for the Qualification Stage of the tournament will be permitted to amend the 20-player roster and replace up to six players.
  • New players may only use jersey numbers from 21-26.
  • Single yellow cards will be eliminated at the end of the Group Stage
  • Two (2) cautions received in different games during the tournament shall result in automatic suspension for the next game.
  • Red card (direct or indirect) suspensions shall be served regardless of the stage.
  • Should teams be tied on points at the end of the round-robin group stage, the tiebreakers to determine the group winner are as follows:
    • Greatest number of points obtained in all matches
    • Goal difference in all group matches
    • Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
    • If two or more teams are tied on those counts, the tiebreakers are as follows:
      • Greater number of points scored in matches between the tied teams
      • Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
      • Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
      • The lowest number of points based on the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches is considered according to the following additions:
        • first yellow card: plus 1 point
        • second yellow card/indirect red card: plus 3 points
        • direct red card: plus 4 points
        • yellow card and direct red card: plus 5 points;
  • Drawing of lots by Concacaf
  • The six group winners advance to the Qualification Stage, which consists of two groups of three teams.
  • After another round-robin stage, the top four teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Poland, and the two group winners will face in for the Concacaf Championship final.
    • The same tie-breakers apply as for the group stage

HEAD COACH TAB RAMOS: U.S. Men’s National Team legend Tab Ramos has served as U.S. U-20 MNT head coach since Oct. 2011 and as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director since Nov. 2013.

  • Ramos became U-20 MNT coach after the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2011 U-20 World Cup, and has proceeded to lead the last three U-20 teams to the World Cup, finishing second, third and first respectively in the last three Concacaf Championships.
  • In 2017, the U-20 MNT captured its first Concacaf U-20 Championship when they defeated Honduras on penalty kicks in the final.
  • Under Ramos’ guidance, the USA has advanced to the quarterfinals of the last two FIFA Under-20 World Cups. In 2015 the team fell to eventual champion Serbia on penalty kicks, and in 2017 the USA bowed out in extra time to eventual runner-up Venezuela.
  • The U-20 MNT is 12-3-2 at the Concacaf Championship under Ramos’ helm, outscoring opponents 35-12.
  • Ramos spent thirteen years as a member of the Men’s National Team from 1988 to 2000.
  • He has represented the U.S. in nine World Cups, more than anyone in U.S. Soccer history:
    • As a player in the 1983 U-20 World Cup, 1989 FIFA Futsal World Cup, 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups
    • As a coach in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 U-20 World Cups and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    • Ramos is the only player in U.S. Soccer history to score in World Cup qualifying in three different decades.
    • He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a player in 2005.
    • His assistant coaches for the 2018 Concacaf Championship are Curt Onalfo, Brian Bliss, Dave van den Bergh, Marcelo Neveleff and Mike McGinty. 
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Antonee Robinson Ruled Out of Kickoff Series Matches Against England, Italy

LONDON (Nov. 14, 2018) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Antonee Robinson has been ruled out of the team’s Kickoff Series matches against England and Italy after suffering a right ankle sprain during Tuesday’s training session.

The 21-year-old defender will remain with the MNT through Thursday’s match against England, before returning to Wigan Athletic on Friday. He is expected to miss approximately four weeks.

Robinson will not be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 26 players.

The USA faces 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalist England on Thursday, Nov. 15 at historic Wembley Stadium in London England (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas). The MNT then concludes its 2018 schedule against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas).

Fans can follow both matches on U.S. Soccer's official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0), Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER;  0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 19/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 56/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)

MIDFIELDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 14/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC; 25/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 7/1)

FORWARDS (2): Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 43/13)

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