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Lloyd Hits for Two, Leroux Adds the Third: U.S. WNT vs. China - April 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2014) – Carli Lloyd became the ninth U.S. Women’s National Team player to reach the 50-goal milestone, scoring twice as the USA defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

Sydney Leroux added a goal – her 29th career tally – moments after halftime when she found the net 13 seconds into second half. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made one world-class save to earn her 70th career clean sheet and move within one of Briana Scurry’s USA record of 71.

Interim head coach Jill Ellis began her second stint as interim head coach after Tom Sermanni was relieved of his duties as on Sunday. Ellis is now 6-0-2 all-time after compiling a record of 5-0-2 as the interim coach in 2012 following Pia Sundhage’s departure.

The USA almost got on the board just seconds into the match captain Becky Sauerbrunn launched a long ball over the defense on the right side. Megan Rapinoe ran it down and crossed that ball into the middle where it was deflected to Lloyd. The midfielder had a brief look at an open net, but her shot was deflected wide left off the toe of a China defender.

The USA lost San Diego native Rachel Van Hollebeke early in the game as she suffered a left ankle injury, which forced Ellis to bring in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.

In the 12th minute, Solo came up with her huge save on Zhang Rui’s right-footed blast, flying to her left to parry the ball away despite being screened by goal mouth traffic.

That was the best effort from China on the night and the USA was the aggressor the rest of the way, led by Lloyd’s finishing prowess. In the 20th minute, the U.S. broke the deadlock when Rapinoe dished to Leroux down the left sideline. Leroux dribbled past her defender to the end line and crossed the ball to Lauren Holiday at the far post. Holiday, who was on the right side of the six-yard box, redirected the ball back to Lloyd, who finished from 12 yards out with a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.

In the 23rd minute, it was Rapinoe again who sparked the initial attack with a shot from the right side that was deflected by China’s Zeng Ying. Wang Shanshan attempted to clear the ball out of harm’s way, but it went to Lloyd, who controlled it from 24 yards out and then smashed another left-footer that flew just inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was the 50th of Lloyd’s WNT career and made her the ninth U.S. player to reach that milestone.

The U.S. came out of the halftime break and padded its lead after just 13 seconds. Off the kickoff, the USA sent a long ball into the penalty area, and China was burned by a botched clearance when Wang Shanshan only partly made contact with the ball at the edge of the box. Rapinoe pounced with a short pass to Leroux, who slid from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box to sneak the ball underneath goalkeeper Zhang Yue and into the lower right corner. Leroux now has 29 goals for her WNT career and a team-leading five tallies for the USA in 2014.

The USA pushed for more goals, and only several quality saves from Zhang kept the score down. Among the chances created was a Rapinoe attempt from about 30 yards out in the 55th minute that forced the Chinese goalkeeper to make a tip save over the crossbar. Second-half sub Christen Press had a strong scoring chance nearly two minutes after she entered the game, but her 59th-minute shot was blocked by Wang in the right side in the box.

The U.S. had two chances in the 60th minute when a Leroux header hit the crossbar and then Zhang dove to save an Abby Wambach header off the ensuing corner kick.

The majority of the WNT players will have approximately a month away from international duty as they start the National Women’s Soccer League season this weekend.

Next up for the U.S. WNT is a match against Canada on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).

Milestone Watch:

  • The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak which is now at 82 games. The U.S. WNT is 72-0-10 during its current streak, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
  • Carli Lloyd, who increased her career goals total to 50, is now three tallies behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra on the WNT all-time list.
  • Heather O’Reilly passed longtime defender Kate Markgraf to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time caps list with 202 appearances. Markgraf earned 201 caps from 1998-2010. O’Reilly is inching closer to seventh-place Tiffeny Milbrett, who played in 204 games from 1991-2005.
  • Hope Solo earned her 150th career cap and is the 18th WNT player to reach that milestone. Among USA goalkeepers, Solo is second only to Briana Scurry (173 caps from 1994-2008).
  • Lauren Holiday played in her 99th career game, and with her next appearance she would be the 30th player in WNT history to reach the century mark.
  • Sydney Leroux made her 50th appearance since debuting for the USA in 2011. She is the 47th WNT player to reach 50 games in her career.
  • With her 30th assist, Holiday becomes the 12th WNT player to reach that career mark.
  • With her 109th appearance, Amy Rodriguez tied with Angela Hucles for 28th all-time.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 6-2-1 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is now 32-8-12 all-time against China PR.
  • The U.S. WNT moved to 6-0-2 all-time under interim head coach Jill Ellis.
  • Thursday’s starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line that included right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Rachel Van Hollebeke and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn wore the captain’s armband, while Van Hollebeke enjoyed a homecoming as she hails from northern San Diego suburb Del Mar, Calif.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Morgan Brian on the right and Carli Lloyd centrally.
  • Lauren Holiday pushed up from her typical midfield role to center forward, flanked beside Heather O’Reilly on the right and Sydney Leroux on the left.
  • Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all nine USA matches this year.
  • Van Hollebeke picked up an ankle injury just two minutes into the match. After trying to fight through the pain on the sidelines, Ellis decided to sub out Van Hollebeke, bringing in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.
  • Abby Wambach was brought into the match to open the second half as she entered for Brian. It marked Wambach’s 220th career appearance.
  • In the 57th minute, Tobin Heath and Christen Press replaced Rapinoe and O’Reilly, respectively.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Holiday in the 64th minute. O’Hara moved to left back and Klingenberg pushed into the midfield.
  • Amy Rodriguez was the USA’s sixth and final sub, entering for Leroux in the 76th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: April 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 12,857
Weather: 62 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)                  20th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted)                        23
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)         46

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling  (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots:  18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                     59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: April 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 12,857
Weather: 62 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)                  20th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted)                        23
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)         46

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling  (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots:  18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                     59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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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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U-20 MNT Mar 14, 2019
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