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2-0 Victory in Colorado: U.S. WNT vs. China PR

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (April 6, 2014) – Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off of direct free kick as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The winning margin could have been much higher as the USA created a bevy of scoring chances throughout the match. The U.S. finished with a 25-1 advantage in shots and put 12 goal, several of which were cleared out of the goal mouth by defenders.

Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jill Loyden combined for the clean sheet with Loyden making one save in the second half.

Against China, the USA had the ball at its feet in the offensive third for the entirety of the first half and could have gained the upper hand early on multiple occasions.

Sydney Leroux had two promising chances in the 14th and 16th minutes, only to see China goalkeeper Zhang Yue lunge to her right for the first save and tip Leroux’s second attempt over the crossbar. Christen Press also threatened the net with regularity – a 25th-minute strike that hit the outside right netting, followed by two shots on goal over the next eight minutes that Yue turned away.

Yue had six saves to keep the USA off the score sheet for the majority of the first half, but the U.S. finally was rewarded for its heavy attack.

In the 39th minute, Leroux’s pressure against Yue forced the China goalkeeper to scramble on a clearance out of the six-yard box. China’s defense was on its heels, managing to block a couple USA shot attempts, until Holiday was there for a crisp rebound from 19 yards out that found the left side of the frame for her 23rd career goal and a 1-0 lead.

The USA switched goalkeepers to open the second half, bringing in Loyden after the break. Loyden was immediately tested, making a clutch stop in the 48th minute on a header attempt that bounced in the six-yard box before she deflected it away. That was the closest China could get to the net on Sunday.

Holiday nearly had a brace in the 55th minute, but her shot at the near left post was cleared off the goal line by China’s defense.

Still clinging to a one-goal lead, second-half sub Rapinoe provided a bit of a cushion. From approximately 28 yards out, Rapinoe’s free kick from the left side eluded everyone in the box, bounced on the edge of the six-yard box and snuck into the right side of the frame to give the USA a 2-0 lead. It was Rapinoe’s second goal of the year and 25th of her career.

In addition to the victory, the USA also took a moment to pay tribute to Heather O’Reilly’s recent accomplishment of reaching 200 international caps. O’Reilly became the ninth WNT player to reach that mark, and Sunday’s game was career cap No. 201.

  • Highlights and Post-Game Comments: All goal scoring, highlights and post-game comments from the team and players will be available at ussoccer.com.
  • Milestone Watch:

    • The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak, which is now 81 games. The U.S. WNT is 71-0-10 during its current stretch, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
    • Midfielder Heather O’Reilly, who was honored before the match for reaching 200 career caps, played in game No. 201 on Sunday to tie longtime defender Kate Markgraf (201 caps from 1998-2010). O’Reilly became the ninth WNT player to reach the 200-game milestone.
    • With her 169th career cap, midfielder Carli Lloyd passed Carla Overbeck for 14th on the WNT all-time appearances list.
    • Lauren Holiday now has 23 career goals to go along with her 29 assists for 75 points. She ranks 18th on the all-time WNT points list, just one point behind Joy Fawcett (76 points from 1987-2004).

    Next on the Schedule:

    • The U.S. WNT faces China PR again at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET) on Thursday, April 10, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
    • Broadcast information: NBC Sports Network
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    Additional Notes:

    • The USA is 5-2-1 in 2014.
    • The U.S. is now 31-8-12 all-time against China PR.
    • The WNT is 3-0-0 all-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
    • The USA is now 18-2-4 all-time under head coach Tom Sermanni.
    • Sermanni’s lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line featuring left back Meghan Klingenberg, right back Ali Krieger and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen.
    • The starting midfield in Sermanni’s 4-3-3 formation included Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian. Up front, Heather O’Reilly wore the captain’s armband and joined Sydney Leroux and Christen Press in the attacking group.
    • Jill Loyden split goalkeeping duties with Solo, who did not see a shot attempt from China during the first 45 minutes. Solo made her 149th career appearance and Loyden earned her 10th career cap and third appearance of 2014.
    • Abby Wambach replaced Press in the 57th minute to make her 219th career appearance. Wambach has played in seven games this year, coming off the bench on three occasions.
    • Megan Rapinoe earned her 83rd cap when she took over for Holiday in the 67th minute.
    • Forward Amy Rodriguez saw some minutes as she replaced O’Reilly in the 83rd minute.
    • Tobin Heath was the USA’s final sub, replacing Lloyd in the 84th minute.
    • Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all eight USA matches this year.
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    -U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
    Date: April 6, 2014
    Competition: International Friendly
    Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
    Kickoff: 3 p.m. MT
    Attendance: 14,903
    Weather: 53 degrees, clear

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

    USA – Lauren Holiday                         39th minute
    USA – Megan Rapinoe                        78       

    Lineups:
    USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 7-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 67), 10-Carli Lloyd (17-Tobin Heath, 84); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 83); 2-Sydney Leroux, 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 57)
    Substitutions Not Used: 14-Stephanie Cox, 16-Rachel Van Hollebeke
    Head coach: Tom Sermanni

    CHN: 1-Zhang Yue, 3-Wang Lingling (14-Wang Shanshan, 45+1), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 16-Wan Chen 10-Li Ying, 39), 18-Han Peng, 23-Ren Guixin, 25-Zhang Rui (11-Huang Yini, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (19-Zhou Feifei, 64, 7-Xu Yanlu, 83); 9-Lou Jiahui (29-Yang Li, 22)
    Substitutions Not Used: 13-Gao Qi, 17-Li Xiangli, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun  
    Head coach: Hao Wei

    Stats Summary: USA / CHN
    Shots: 23 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 12 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 9
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 4 / 10
    Offside: 1 / 0

    Misconduct Summary:
    CHN – Wang Shanshan (caution)                   90th minute

    Officials:
    Referee: Christina Unkel (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Marlene Duffy (USA)
    Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger (USA)

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly

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    USA-Ecuador: Three Tidbits of History

    With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

    Ahead of Thursday’s match against Ecuador, here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Tricolor:

    A Team to Debut Against

    This is a completely random and unscientific fact, but did you know that six MNT players who made their senior debut against Ecuador went on to represent the United States in at least one FIFA World Cup?


    Future MNT captain Tony Meola around the time of his MNT debut vs. Ecuador in 1988

    Why is it significant? Because as international opponents go, that ranks as the second most behind only Canada and Guatemala, who each had seven future U.S. World Cup players debut against them.

    Who are the six, you ask? Here’s a grid to lay it all out for you…

    Future USA World Cup Players to Debut vs. Ecuador

    Player

    Debut Date

    World Cup Rosters

    Total MNT Caps

    Mike Windischmann

    Nov. 30, 1984

    1990

    50

    Brian Bliss

    Dec. 2, 1984

    1990

    33

    Tony Meola

    June 7, 1988

    1990, 1994, 2002

    100

    Pablo Mastroeni

    June 7, 2001

    2002, 2006

    61

    Tim Howard

    March 10, 2002

    2006, 2010, 2014

    121

    Benny Feilhaber

    March 25, 2007

    2010

    44

    The seven players on that list combine for a total of 11 World Cup rosters and 409 caps. Two players captained the USA at the World Cup (Mike Windischmann 1990; Tony Meola 1994), while Meola and Tim Howard are two of the MNT’s world-record holding 17 players to attain 100 or more caps.

    Landon’s Second Hat Trick

    The last MNT World Cup player to debut against Ecuador was Benny Feilhaber, but his first cap in 2007 was understandably overshadowed by the second of Landon Donovan’s MNT record three career hat tricks.

    Donovan tallied one of the fastest goals in MNT history, putting back a rebound just 35 seconds into the game. He then completed the feat with goals in the 66th and 67th minutes to cap the scoring in a 3-1 victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.


    Donovan made his 157th and final international appearance against Ecuador, playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. 

    The Last Meeting

    The highest stakes encounter with Ecuador was also the last meeting, coming in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

    In a chippy match where both teams played much of the second half with 10 men, goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes and a strong defensive effort helped the USA earn a memorable 2-1 victory in front of 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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    Jesse Gonzalez Replaces Zack Steffen on MNT Roster for Matches Against Ecuador and Chile

    CHICAGO (March 17, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been forced to withdraw from the squad’s upcoming friendlies against Ecuador and Chile due to injury.

    Following Saturday’s 1-0 shutout win for Columbus Crew SC against FC Dallas, the MNT ‘keeper was diagnosed with a minor right knee injury.

    FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been added to the roster, keeping the squad at 24 players as the team begins reporting to Orlando on Sunday. Having filed a one-time change of association to represent the United States, Gonzalez was included in the knockout phase roster of the 2017 Gold Cup-winning U.S. side. Still in search of his first cap, Gonzalez appeared on the roster for the USA’s 1-1 draw against then No. 3-ranked Portugal on Nov. 17, 2017 in Leiria.  

    U.S. Men's National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter will continue the evaluation process of the MNT pool this month in his second camp in charge. The team building process takes its next steps with challenges against Ecuador on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium, then five days later against two-time defending South American champion Chile on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. [TICKETS] Both matches will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

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

    Detailed Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals)

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0)

    DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)

    MIDFIELDERS (7): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 143/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 7/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)

    FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 25/5), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 42/6)

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    Five Things to Know About Ecuador

    The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its preparations for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup when it takes on Ecuador on Thursday, March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).

    Here are five things to know about La Tricolor:

    Footballing History
    While not a traditional power of South America, Ecuador has raised its game since the turn of the century. Previously, fourth-place finishes in the 1959 and 1993 Copa America tournaments were the country’s most notable feats until La Tricolor qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 2002. Since that first appearance, Ecuador has been at three of the last five FIFA World Cups, and memorably advanced from the group stage during the 2006 edition in Germany.

    The nation’s all-time cap leader is former defender Iván Hurtado, whose 168 appearances also place him sixth worldwide. With 31 career goals, former striker Agustín Delgado is Ecuador’s all-time leading scorer. Both players were part of the team’s pinnacle success in 2006, with Hurtado serving as captain, while Delgado found the back of the net twice in the tournament. 

    Here and Now
    Ecuador stayed alive throughout qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but faltered in its last few matches and finished seventh in the unforgiving CONMEBOL qualifying format. Ecuador began a new era last fall, as Hernan Dario Gomez returned to take the reins of La Tricolor after previously guiding Ecuador to its first FIFA World Cup in 2002.

    The early returns for Ecuador under “El Bolillo” have been positive, with the team going 4-1-1 in its six matches since last fall. Just like MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter, Gomez will use his team’s March matches against the USA and Honduras (March 26 in Harrison, N.J.) as final preparation for their own regional tournament, Copa America 2019, to be held this summer in Brazil. 

    All-Time Series: USA vs. Ecuador
    The USA trails Ecuador ever so slightly, with a 4-5-5 all-time record. However, the MNT has been dominant since the turn of the century, going 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings.

    U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter earned two of his 44 caps against Ecuador, helping keep clean sheets in a 0-0 draw on June 7, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio and a 1-0 win on March 10, 2002 in Birmingham, Ala (photo above). Hernan Dario Gomez also coached Ecuador in this match. 

    Ecuador Roster
    Ecuador manager Hernan Dario Gomez summoned a 23-player roster whose average age of 26 years, 184 days emphasizes a good mix of youth and experience. Highlighting the squad are Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia and Tigres UANL attacker Enner Valencia.

    With 93 caps, Antonio Valencia is the most experienced played on the roster, while Enner Valencia’s 27 international goals places him just four behind Agustin Delgado’s all-time scoring lead for La Tricolor. Two players from Major League Soccer also feature on the roster – FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo and Orlando City SC midfielder Jhegson Méndez, who will have the chance of facing the USA in his club’s home stadium on March 21.


    John Brooks and Ecuador's Enner Valencia during the Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal on June 21, 2016 in Seattle (ISI Photos)

    Check out the full roster below:

    Goalkeepers (3): Maximo Banguera (Barcelona; 35/0), Alexander Domínguez (Velez Sarsfield, ARG; 47/0), Pedro Ortiz (Delfín; 0/0)

    Defenders (8): Gabriel Achilier (Morelia, MEX; 38/1), Xavier Arreaga (Barcelona; 1/0), Beder Caicedo (Barcelona; 2/0), John Narváez (Melgar, PER; 2/0), Juan Carlos Paredes (Emelec; 73/0), Ángelo Preciado (Independiente del Valle; 4/0), Jackson Porozo (Santos, BRA; 0/0), Cristian Ramirez (Krasnodar, RUS; 18/1)

    Midfielders (8): Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas, USA; 20/0), Renato Ibarra (Club América, MEX; 37/1), Romario Ibarra (Minnesota United FC; 6/3), Jefferson Intriago (LDU Quito; 4/0), Jhegson Méndez (Orlando City SC, USA; 5/0), Jefferson Orejuela (LDU Quito; 12/0), Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna, MEX; 9/0), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United, ENG; 93/11)

    Forwards (4): Leonardo Campana (Barcelona; 0/0), Ángel Mena (Club León, MEX; 9/3), Jhohan Julio (LDU Quito; 0/0), Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL, MEX; 46/27)

    Ecuador: The Country
    Located in the northwest corner of South America, Ecuador is bordered by Colombia (northeast), Peru (south) and the Pacific Ocean (west).

    With 16.3 million people, Ecuador is the seventh-most populous country in South America and interestingly, uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.

    The capital of Quito sits 9,350 feet above sea level, making for a significant home-field advantage in World Cup qualifying.

    Finally, the national team is referred to as La Tricolor in recognition of the three colors featured on the Flag of Ecuador: yellow, blue and red.

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    2019 FIFA WWC: Five Things to Know About the USA's Group F

    On December 8, 2018, at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Draw in Paris, the U.S. Women’s National Team was drawn into Group F alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

    With the World Cup less than three months away, and the USA’s first group match on June 11 coming into focus, here are five things to know about the USA’s group stage in France.

    Good to See You Again

    Familiarity will be on the USA’s side in France as the Americans have played all three of its group opponents within the last three years. It faced Thailand in 2016, Sweden in 2017 and Chile (twice) in 2018.

    Against Thailand, the U.S. won their only match to date by a score of 9-0 on Sept. 15, 2016. The game was U.S. legend Heather O’Reilly’s final international game. It was also the first game for the U.S. Women following the 2016 Olympics Games.


    The USA dominated the game vs. Thailand in 2016.

    In the summer of 2017, the U.S. traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to face the home side abroad on June 8, winning 1-0 on a goal from Rose Lavelle. Before that matchup, the teams met in Brazil at the Olympics, where the USA fell on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime.

    The two matches against Chile were the first matches between the teams. The USA won both games, 3-0 on Aug. 31 in Carson, Calif. and 4-0 on Sept. 4 in San Jose, Calif.

    Thailand (vs. USA on June 11 in Reims)

    Thailand will feature at a second consecutive World Cup tournament after making its Women’s World Cup debut in 2015, putting in a respectable performance. Thailand qualified for France with some solid play during their regional tournament.

    At the 2018 AFC Women’s Cup, Thailand almost pulled off a massive upset when it faced top-ranked Australia in the semifinal as the teams battled to a 2-2 draw, but only after Alanna Kennedy tied it for Australia in second-half stoppage time. Australia then defeated Thailand in a penalty shootout to advance to the championship match while Thailand went to the Third-Place match, where it fell to China PR, 3-1.

    Chile (vs. USA on June 16 in Paris)

    This summer, Chile will participate in its first Women’s World Cup at the senior level. Chile was a surprise qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. La Roja Femenina finished second behind Brazil at the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted last April, to earn its first World Cup berth.

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    Chile's Endler (above) made several spectacular saves vs. the USA when the teams met in 2018.

    One of the main reasons for Chile’s success at the Copa America was the play of their captain, 27-year-old goalkeeper Christiane Endler. The six-foot Endler, whose father is from Germany and whose mother is from Chile, holds both Chilean and German passports. She played college soccer in the USA at South Florida and currently plays for one of the world’s top clubs in Paris Saint-Germain.

    Sweden (vs. USA on June 20 in Le Havre)

    The USA and Sweden are two of only seven countries to have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria and Norway are the others.

    Currently ranked ninth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Sweden, a U.S. opponent during the past four FIFA Women’s World Cup group stages, was also the USA’s first Women’s World Cup opponent when FIFA’s premier women’s competition began with the 1991 event in China. While the teams have never met in a Knockout Round match, the USA holds a 3-1-1 record vs. Sweden in the teams’ five previous World Cup games.

    Bonjour, Northern France

    All three cities the U.S. will play its group games in are located across the north of France with Reims located just a 90-minute drive northeast of Paris and Le Havre a little more than a two-hour drive northwest of the French capital.

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    The USA will conclude Group F play vs. Sweden on June 20.

    The USA opens its 2019 World Cup campaign vs. Thailand in Reims on June 11 (3 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo), then continues on to Paris to face Chile on June 16 (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo), and wraps up group play on June 20 (3 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Telemundo) in Le Havre vs. Sweden.

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    Ramos Calls 20 Players to Spain for Final Pre-U-20 World Cup Training Camp

    CHICAGO (March 14, 2019) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the team’s final training camp before this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will face two fellow World Cup participants, beginning with France on Friday, March 22 (10 a.m. ET) and Japan on Monday, March 25 (7 a.m. ET). Both matches will be played at Pinatar Arena in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain.

    “I’m looking forward to our last camp before the U-20 World Cup,” Ramos said. “With competition against two quality opponents, it’s one more opportunity for us to build a strong core and one more chance for the players to leave a good impression in order to be considered for the final 21-player roster. Japan always has highly skilled youth teams and France is always a World Cup contender.”

    The games against France and Japan will serve as the U-20 MNT’s final official international matches before they kick off Group D play at the World Cup in Poland. The USA will open against Ukraine on May 24, take on Nigeria on May 27 and finish the group stage on May 30 versus Qatar.

    Eighteen of 20 players on the roster - every player born in the U.S. - have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

    Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999 are age-eligible for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. For this camp, Ramos has called in six players born in 1999, 12 born in 2000 and two born in 2001.

    U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position (Club or College; Hometown; Caps/Goals)
    GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa.; 1/0), Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders FC; Louisville, Ky.; 0/0)

    DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands; 6/1), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.; 9/0), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC; Columbus, Ohio; 0/0), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.; 5/0), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 8/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.; 6/0)

    MIDFIELDERS (6): Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati; Santa Ana, Calif.; 11/1), Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; Katy, Texas; 2/0); Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.; 5/2), , Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.; 0/0), Alex Mendez (Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.; 13/8), Juan Pablo Torres (New York City FC; Lilburn, Ga.; 10/4)
    FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.; 10/9), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland/DEN; Summerville, S.C.; 0/0), Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Barcelona, Spain; 0/0), Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.; 9/7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.; 12/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.; 3/2)                                                          

    Match Schedule

    Date

    Match-up

    Time (ET)

    Friday, March 22

    U-20 MNT vs. France

    10 a.m.

    Monday, March 25

    U-20 MNT vs. Japan

    7 a.m.

    The U-20 MNT previously held its second training camp of the 2018-19 cycle in San Pedro del Pinatar, splitting two games with France’s U-21 squad in March 2018. This year’s two matches will serve as part of the Pinatar Arena Football Festival, an event that will feature 14 international friendlies between 14 U-20, U-21 and U-23 national teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The U.S. U-23 MNT will play Egypt on Friday, March 22 and the Netherlands on Sunday, March 24 as part of the event.

    Twelve players return from the U-20 MNT’s title run at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, including U.S. captain Matthew Real and tournament Golden Ball winner Alex Mendez. Mendez also went on to win 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year, largely based on his stellar performance at the World Cup qualifying tournament. With 13 U-20 caps, the midfielder enters this training camp as the squad’s most experienced player.

    ROSTER NOTES:

    • Eighteen different clubs are represented on the roster, with nine players coming from domestic teams and 10 based internationally in Germany (4), Denmark (2), Canada, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain (1 each).
    • FC Barcelona forward Konrad de la Fuente is the lone player to make his first U-20 MNT camp appearance.
    • The two players born in 2001- de la Fuente and forward Ulysses Llanez- are also age-eligible for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
    • Forward Justin Rennicks has appeared in seven of eight U-20 training camps this cycle, the most of any player.
    • Ayo Akinola enters this camp as the team’s leading scorer with nine international goals. The Toronto FC forward scored seven of those goals at the Concacaf U-20 Championship.
    • Seven of 20 players have seen minutes with their clubs’ first teams in 2019.
    • Goalkeeper Trey Muse recorded a shutout in his first professional start last weekend, manning the net for Seattle Sounders FC’s USL Championship affiliate Tacoma Defiance in a 1-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley.
    • Chris Gloster and Sebastian Soto were recently called up to begin training with the Hannover 96 first team.
    • Soto has been on a tear since the winter break with Hannover’s U-19 squad, scoring four goals in five games.
    • This week, de la Fuente helped FC Barcelona U-19 reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Youth Champions League, starting and going the full 90 against Hertha BSC.

    ACADMEY TIES:

    • The roster includes two former Academy Players of the Year: midfielder Christian Cappis and Muse took home the honor in 2017 at the U-16/17 level for the Central and West Conferences, respectively.
    • Seven players were named to 2017-18 Academy Best XIs for their respective conferences- midfielder Frankie Amaya, Llanez, Mendez and Soto in the West plus Cappis, defender Aboubacar Keita and defender Chris Richards in the West.
    • Three players have won Academy national championships, both in 2017- Cappis and Richards with Texans SC Houston U-17/18 and midfielder Andrew Carleton with Atlanta United FC U-15/16.
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