ORLANDO (March 21, 2019) — The U.S. Men’s National Team used an 81st minute strike from Gyasi Zardes to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in front of 17,442 fans at Orlando City Stadium. With the win, Gregg Berhalter became the second MNT head coach to begin his tenure with three straight victories.
After controlling the flow of much of the match, the USA found the game-winner through Zardes, who collected a pass from Tim Ream about 25 yards from goal. Zardes unleashed an effort that took a wicked deflection off Ecuador defender Robert Arboleda and looped over ‘keeper Alexander Domínguez. The goal was the seventh of Zardes’ international career and first since scoring the game-winner in a 2-1 victory against Ecuador in the Copa America Centernario quarterfinals on June 16, 2016 in Seattle.
Controlling much of the first half possession, the USA came close to scoring in the 25th minute. Receiving a ball in the penalty area, Christian Pulisic laid off a pass for Paul Arriola on the left, but the winger’s first-time effort was turned away well by Ecuador ‘keeper Alexander Domínguez.
The USA looked to have gone ahead five minutes later when Weston McKennie made a line-breaking pass for Jordan Morris on the right. He centered for Zardes, who touched the ball into the path off Arriola to finish from close range, but linesman Philippe Briere ruled that Morris was just offside on the original pass.
In a match where USA goalkeeper Sean Johnson was left with little to do – Ecuador was limited by the U.S. defense to a single shot on goal – the MNT continued to control the flow of play in the second half, connecting well on passes, but coming up short with the final product. Defensively, Weston McKennie and Aaron Long combined well to thwart a dangerous counter attack from Renato Ibarra in the 52nd minute to help keep the team’s third-straight clean sheet.
The MNT continues its march towards the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup against another South American foe, taking on Chile on Tuesday, March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Kickoff is set for 7:55 p.m. ET with ESPN2, UniMas and UDN covering the action.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Tim Ream), 81st minute:
After collecting a pass from Tim Ream about 25 yards from goal, Zardes turned with space and dribbled towards goal before unleashing a shot that deflected off Ecuador defender Robert Arboleda and looped over ‘keeper Alexander Domínguez. USA 1, ECU 0 [WATCH] FINAL
Key Save and Defensive Plays:
ECU – Beder Caicedo, 6th minute: After a number of connected passes in midfield, Christian Pulisic collected the ball at the top of the area and threaded a pass to Tyler Adams on the right. The full back alertly sent in a low cross, but Caicedo slid through at the end line to put it out for a corner kick.
ECU – Alexander Domínguez, 26th minute: Gyasi Zardes and Weston McKennie connected well on a combination at the top of the box before the latter slipped a ball through to Pulisic at the penalty spot. The MNT attacker slid it to Paul Arriola in stride on the left, but his effort was thwarted as Domínguez came bravely off his line to thwart the effort.
USA – Aaron Long and Weston McKennie, 52nd minute: Ecuador forced a turnover and quickly transitioned into attack with Jhegson Méndez sending Romario Ibarra into space with only Long in his way. Long worked to slow down the run and McKennie made an 80-yard jaunt to track back before the duo forced Ibarra outside and cleared the ball for a throw in.
- Along with remaining unbeaten (3-0-0), the USA has not conceded a goal in the three matches under head coach Gregg Berhalter. The record for most consecutive shutouts at the beginning of an MNT coaching tenure is held by Alkis Panagoulias, who guided the team to four straight clean sheets from 1983-84.
- With tonight’s win Gregg Berhalter follows Bob Bradley as just the second MNT head coach to win each of his first three matches.
- The MNT Starting XI had an average age of 25 years, 268 days and 20 caps.
- Seven players earned their first caps of 2019: Starters Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Weston McKennie, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream and substitute DeAndre Yedlin
- Making his 27th appearance, veteran defender Tim Ream captained the MNT for the first time.
- Midfielders Wil Trapp and Weston McKennie departed the match due to injury.
- Forward Jordan Morris made his first MNT appearance since recovering from a torn right ACL suffered with Seattle Sounders FC last February. The 24-year-old last played for the USA in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28, 2018 in Carson, Calif.
- A product of the nearby University of Central Florida, goalkeeper Sean Johnson kept his third career clean sheet in his seventh cap for the MNT.
- Having come through U.S. Soccer’s U-17 MNT Residency Program together, the match marked the first time the 20-year-old trio of Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic started a match together.
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Omar Gonzalez, Jesse Gonzalez, Nick Lima and Christian Ramirez are healthy scratches from the gameday roster. Teams were allowed six substitutions tonight.
- The USA improves to 5-5-5 all-time against Ecuador and 2-0-0 at Orlando City Stadium.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: March 21, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 66 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
ECU 0 0 0
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Tim Ream) 81st minute
USA: 1-Sean Johnson; 14-Tyler Adams, 23-Aaron Long, 5-John Brooks, 13-Tim Ream; 6-Wil Trapp (4-Michael Bradley, 59’), 8-Weston McKennie (15-Cristian Roldan, 68’), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-Sebastian Lletget, 62’); 11-Jordan Morris (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 68’), 9-Gyasi Zardes, 7-Paul Arriola (18-Jonathan Lewis, 77’)
Substitutes not used: 22-Ethan Horvath, 16-Daniel Lovitz, 19-Matt Miazga, 20-Corey Baird
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter
ECU: 22-Alexander Domínguez; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 21-Gabriel Achiller (capt.), 3-Robert Arboleda, 13-Beder Caicedo; 8-Carlos Gruezo, 20-Jhegson Méndez, 18-Jefferson Orejuela, 16-Antonio Valencia, 5-Renato Ibarra (9-Leonardo Campana, 46’); 7-Romario Ibarra (19-Jhohan Jullo, 71’)
Substitutes not used: 1-Maximo Banguera, 12-Pedro Ortiz, 2-Cristian Ramirez, 6-Cristhian Noboa, 10-Ángel Mena, 14-Xavier Arreaga, 15-Jefferson Intriago, 17-Ángelo Preciado, 23- Jackson Porozo
Head coach: Hernan Dario Gomez
Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 5 / 1
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 1 / 1
USA – Paul Arriola (caution) 56th minute
ECU – Jhohan Jullo (caution) 90+3
Referee: David Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
4th Official: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: John BrooksRead more
USA vs. Ecuador
March 21, 2019
Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Live Broadcast: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN
Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Ecuador: 1-Sean Johnson, 5-John Brooks, 6-Wil Trapp, 7-Paul Arriola, 8-Weston McKennie, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 10-Christian Pulisic, 11-Jordan Morris, 13-Tim Ream (capt.), 14-Tyler Adams, 23-Aaron Long
Substitutes: 22-Ethan Horvath, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 15-Cristian Roldan, 16-Daniel Lovitz, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 18-Jonathan Lewis, 19-Matt Miazga, 20-Corey Baird
- U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Gyasi Zardes (43), John Brooks (37), Tim Ream (27), Jordan Morris (26), Christian Pulisic (24), Paul Arriola (20), Wil Trapp (14), Tyler Adams (10), Weston McKennie (8), Sean Johnson (7), Aaron Long (5)
- Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola featured in the USA’s only previous visit to Orlando City Stadium, a 4-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Panama on Oct. 6, 2017. Pulisic scored the first goal and provided an assist to Jozy Altidore on the second, before Arriola dished a helper of his own to Bobby Wood to close the scoring in the 63rd minute.
- Today’s Starting XI has an average age of 25 years, 268 days and 20 caps.
- Six players earn their first caps of 2019: Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Weston McKennie, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic and Tim Ream
- Four players return from the starting lineup that defeated Costa Rica 2-0 on Feb. 2 in San Jose, Calif.: Paul Arriola, Aaron Long, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes
- Making his 27th appearance, veteran defender Tim Ream captains the MNT for the first time tonight.
- Forward Jordan Morris makes his first MNT appearance since recovering from a torn right ACL suffered with Seattle Sounders FC last February. The 24-year-old last played for the USA in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28, 2018 in Carson, Calif.
- A product of the nearby University of Central Florida, goalkeeper Sean Johnson makes his third career start and first since a 1-0 win against Costa Rica during the Gold Cup group stage on July 13, 2013 in East Hartford, Conn.
- Having come through U.S. Soccer’s U-17 MNT Residency Program together, tonight marks the first time the 20-year-old trio of Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic will start an MNT match together.
- Gyasi Zardes scored the game-winning goal, while John Brooks when the full 90 minutes in the USA’s last meeting with Ecuador, a 2-1 win in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal on June 16, 2016 in Seattle, Wash.
- Panama’s coach that night was Hernan Dario Gomez, currently the manager of Ecuador.
- Six players in the Starting XI play for MLS clubs: Arriola (D.C. United), Johnson (New York City FC), Long (New York Red Bulls), Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Trapp and Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)
- Five starters feature for clubs abroad: Adams (RB Leipzig), Brooks (Wolfsburg), McKennie (Schalke), Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) and Ream (Fulham).
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Omar Gonzalez, Jesse Gonzalez, Nick Lima and Christian Ramirez are healthy scratches from the gameday roster. Teams are allowed six substitutions tonight.
- The USA trails Ecuador in the all-time series by a 4-5-5 mark.
- With a victory tonight, Gregg Berhalter would follow Bob Bradley (2007) as just the second MNT head coach to win each of his first three matches.
In advance of the USA’s two April friendlies matches – on April 4 against Australia in Commerce City, Colo., and on April 7 against Belgium in Los Angeles – U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis spoke with ussoccer.com about the opponents, roster selections and the games.
On her goals for the April friendlies and their potential
impact on World Cup roster selection:
“Right now, everything is about preparing for June. Recognizing that these are our last friendlies before the “Send-Off Series” and that we’re playing two quality teams provides a positive sense of urgency to get the most out of these two matches. Australia is a top-6 team, and Belgium came within a goal of qualifying for the World Cup, so these opponents will provide us a level of competition that we’ll be experiencing in France. Our time together will be important to keep forging team chemistry and build on the connectivity on the pitch so we can bring out the best from each other in our team play.”
On facing a familiar opponent in Australia:
“We’ve had some highly competitive games with them over the past few years and we love playing Australia as they push us to be better on both ends of the field. There aren’t very many unknowns between our teams and they have quite a few players playing in the NWSL, but while there is a familiarity, they will also have new leadership, and that may or may not influence a change in personnel or style. What remains important is our preparedness for being able to read and manage any situations our opponents will present.”
On facing Belgium for the first time:
“The growth of many Women’s National Teams around the world has been remarkable to watch, but this is especially true of these European countries outside of the teams who have had the most recent success like Germany, England, Sweden, Norway and France. When you look at teams like Spain, Scotland and Portugal, and the countries that competed in the UEFA World Cup playoffs – Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark – you see teams that have made remarkable strides over the past four or five years and that only helps grow the game worldwide. Belgium is a country with a rich soccer culture – I believe their men’s team is ranked #1 in the world – so I can only see the Belgian women’s team continuing to improve and we’re really excited about the opportunity to play them for the first time.”
On calling up defender Ali Krieger:
“I spoke with Ali and she’s excited to come into camp and help this team in any way she can. Opportunities, however they transpire, are exactly that, and Ali has been a great pro and will no doubt lean on her experience and strengths when she comes back into this environment. Recently, she has been training with her club in the outside back position and with the potential to add depth on the right side, it was good timing to bring Ali into this camp to join the other six defenders.”
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 24-player training camp roster for the USA’s two April friendlies, against Australia on April 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT on FS1) and against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles (6 p.m. PT on ESPN2).
Following these two matches, the USA will have only its three-game “Send-Off Series” in May remaining before departing for France.
WNT April Roster (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 20/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 35/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 17/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 80/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 153/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 30/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 77/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 64/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), Allie Long (Reign FC; 40/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 45/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 146/27), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 269/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 6/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 158/99), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 111/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 48/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 149/43)
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- Forward Alex Morgan comes into the match with 99 career goals, just one shy from becoming the seventh player in U.S. history to score 100 or more.
- Defender Ali Krieger, a member of the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship squad, returns to the roster for the first time since the 2017 Tournament of Nations. She last played for the USA against Russia in April of 2017.
- Veteran defender Kelley O’Hara was not available for selection for this roster due to an ankle issue.
- Megan Rapinoe’s next cap will be her 150th, making her the 21st American female player to hit that mark.
- Horan returns to the roster after missing the 2019 SheBelieves Cup due to a quadriceps injury, but she started the first two matches of the year in Europe against France and Spain.
- The U.S. will conduct a six-day training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., prior to traveling to Denver to face Australia. It will be the first training camp for the U.S. Women in Santa Barbara since 1991, when the team trained there several weeks before departing for the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.
Australia and Belgium:
- After the USA went unbeaten in its first 26 matches against Australia, the last three games between the teams have produced a 3-1 win for the USA in the opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 1-0 loss at the 2017 Tournament of Nations and a 1-1 draw on a late goal by Lindsey Horan at the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
- Australia qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by defeating Thailand in penalty kicks in the semifinal of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, before falling to Japan, 1-0, in the championship game.
- Australia was drawn into Group C in France and will face Italy, Brazil and Jamaica, in that order, at the World Cup.
- The meeting with Belgium, another fast-improving European nation, will be the first between the teams and will mark the 54th opponent for the USA in its history. Belgium finished second in UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group 6, two points behind Italy, and earned a playoff berth but fell to Switzerland in the two-leg semifinal playoff. The series was tied 3-3 on aggregate, but Switzerland went through on away goals.
- Australia is ranked sixth in the world. Belgium is ranked 21st.
CHICAGO (March 19, 2019) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named a 24-player roster for the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational where the USA will face Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC and the Chicago Red Stars in the four-team NWSL pre-season competition.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster – 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (NC Courage Academy; Wichita, Kan.), Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague, CZE; Fair Haven, N.J.), Emily Fox (UNC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Meaghan Nally (Georgetown; Herndon, Va.), Kirsten Pavlisko (Florida State; Middleburg, Fla.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Emina Ekic (Louisville; Fairdale, Ky.), Channing Foster (Mississippi; Murray, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; Windsor, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (UNC; Durham, NC)
FORWARDS (8): Paula Germino-Watnick (Georgetown; Chevy Chase, Md.), Penelope Hocking (USC; Anaheim, Calif.), Haley Hopkins (Vanderbilt; Newport Beach, Calif.), Catarina Macario (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Martha Thomas (Le Havre, FRA); Weston, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; University Place, Wash.)
Snow named a roster that features 21 collegiate players, two players current playing professionally in Europe – Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic) and Martha Thomas (Le Havre in France) -- and one U.S. Soccer Development Academy player in Maycee Bell, who is a member of the USA’s current Under-20 WNT player pool.
The roster includes two players from the 2018 NCAA Champion Florida State Seminoles in midfielder Jaelin Howell and defender Kirsten Pavlisko. The roster also features two players from runner-up University of North Carolina in midfielder Brianna Pinto and defender Emily Fox, who has recently seen significant training time with senior U.S. WNT and has earned three caps, two at the end of 2018 and one this year.
Three players from Stanford University were also called up, including 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario, who scored all four of the USA’s goals at this tournament last year.
Two players from USC were called up in forward Penelope Hocking and midfielder Savannah DeMelo, who scored four times at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to lead the team.
Pinto, Howell, and UCLA forward Ashley Sanchez have also trained with the full National Team, but none are capped.
Ten players from the USA’s 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Team are on the roster and forward Ally Watt played in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea where she scored twice off the bench.
Howell, Pinto, Sanchez and Penn State defender Kaleigh Riehl (Sanchez and Riehl also played in PNG) are the only members of the roster with previous U-23 international caps. Reihl has three with one goal, that scored against Norway in 2017, and Howell has three with two goals, having scored against Norway and Sweden in 2017. Pinto has two U-23 caps and Sanchez has three.
The U.S. Under-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row and all the matches will take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. The competition will take place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that will be a ticketed event. Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets are on sale to the public online at www.thornsfc.com.
The USA opens against Reign FC on Sunday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. PT, while Portland will face Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. The second matchday on Wednesday, March 27, features Chicago vs. Reign FC at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA taking on Portland at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT and Portland wraps things up with rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.
2019 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule – Merlo Field, University of Portland
Sunday, March 24
Reign FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT 11:30 a.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT
Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC 1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT 7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 30
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC 7:30 p.m. PT
At last year’s Thorns Spring Invitational, Snow called in a roster of 23 collegiate players and one professional. The USA fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash, drew the Thorns 2-2 and took down the Red Stars 1-0.Read more