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Gallery: Abby Wambach Says Goodbye in Final Game

U.S. Soccer legend and all-time leading goalscorer Abby Wambach played her final game for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in the final game of its Victory Tour, which finished in a 1-0 defeat to China in front of a record crowd of 32,950 in New Orleans. Read more
WNT Dec 17, 2015

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 16, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: 32,950
Weather: Indoor

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

CHN – Wang Shuang (Wang Shanshan)                          59th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston (27-Emily Sonnett, 46), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 78); 9-Heather O’Reilly (25-Crystal Dunn, 60), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 72), 13-Alex Morgan (31-Lindsey Horan, 44)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Ali Krieger, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 5-Wu Haiyan, 6-Li Dongna, 9-Wang Shanshan, 10-Li Ying (20-Zhang Rui, 85), 11-Wang Shuang, 19-Tan Ruyin, 23-Ren Guixin (35-Yang Man, 6), 24-Xue Jiao, 31-Ma Xiaoxu (17-Gu Yasha, 90+2)
Subs Not Used: 7-Xu Yanlu, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 14-Zhao Rong, 15-Lei Jiahui, 16-Lou Jiahui, 18-Han Peng, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 14 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves:  1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 12
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CHN –
Li Ying (caution)                                76th minute
CHN – Wang Shuang (caution)                     89

Officials:
Referee: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Opens Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018 With Win Against Japan

SIOFOK, Hungary (Aug. 17, 2018) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team defeated Japan 5-3 to kick off the Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018 in Siofok, Hungary. The four-team tournament also features host Hungary and the Czech Republic, who tied 4-4 later in the day (with the Czech Republic edging out Hungary 3-2 in penalties).

The scoring opened for the U.S. with a Japanese own goal, followed by goals from Alessandro Canale, Christopher Albiston, David Mondragon and Jason Leopoldo.

The U.S. next faces Hungary on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. ET, before playing against the Czech Republic on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 8:45 a.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on Tv8 Sports’s Facebook Page.

U.S. Beach Soccer Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Chris Toth (San Marcos, Calif.), 12-Daniel Waltman (Tacoma, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (3): 5-Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), 6-Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), 10-Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): 4-Christopher Albiston (Virginia Beach, Calif.), 9-Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), 2-Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 3-David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 7-Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.)

Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018 Standings
Pos. Team  GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
1       USA    1    1  0  0    5    3    +2    3
2       CZE    1    0  0  1    4    4      0    1
3       HUN   1    0  0  1    4    4      0    0
4       JPN     1    0  1  0    3    5     -2    0

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Beach Aug 17, 2018

Neymar Headlines Roster for USA-Brazil, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, on Sept. 7 in New Jersey

Set to jumpstart a new cycle, the next generation of the U.S. Men’s National Team will begin this fall’s Kickoff Series with a stern challenge as it faces Neymar and a star-studded Brazil side on Sept. 7, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (TICKETS).

The Paris Saint-Germain attacker is one of 13 players from Brazil’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, headlining a roster that also includes attackers Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), midfielders Casemiro (Real Madrid) and Willian (Chelsea), defenders Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) and Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), and goalkeeper Alisson (Liverpool).

Additionally, 11 players on the roster combined for a total of 21 trophies won across domestic and European club competitions this past season. Members of the squad lifted league and cup hardware in England, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, while Casemiro helped Real Madrid to a third-straight UEFA Champions League title and Filipe Luís was part of Atlético Madrid’s UEFA Europa League-winning squad.  

Coming in at No. 3 on August’s edition of the FIFA World Rankings, Brazil will arrive at MetLife Stadium as the MNT’s first of six opponents during the fall Kickoff Series, a slate of matches that will see the USA face one its strongest schedules in a calendar year.

Four days after the Brazil clash, the USA will renew a regional rivalry in USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The next month, the MNT will take on another South American powerhouse, Colombia, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before facing a still-to-be announced opponents on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the United States.

The MNT will then complete its 2018 schedule with a trip to Europe where it will face 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinalists England on Nov. 15 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium before a clash with Italy on Nov. 20 at a site to be determined in Europe.

Detailed Brazil roster (2018 FIFA World Cup players noted in bold):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Hugo (Flamengo), Neto (Valencia)

DEFENDERS (8): Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Dedé (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto/POR), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Andreas Pereira (Manchester United/ENG), Arthur (Barcelona/ESP), Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Lucas Paquetá (Flamengo), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP), Renato Augusto (Beijing Gouan/CHN), Willian (Chelsea/ENG)

FORWARDS (5): Douglas Costa (Juventus/ITA), Éverton (Grêmio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Pedro (Fluminense)

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MNT Aug 17, 2018

Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.

In her last 18 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 17 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, and against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career. 

She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.

It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.

This 18-game run – in which the USA has not lost -- began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into the first 11 games of 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now almost a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and has a team-leading 10 goals in 11 games in 2018.

In a span of a few months, Morgan has put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 90, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 143 after the Japan game on July 26) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.

Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.

The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.

She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.

Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.

There’s still a lot of 2018 left to play, including the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October where the USA will look to book its trip to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.

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WNT Aug 14, 2018
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Making Moves: Running Down U.S. MNT Offseason Transfers and Loans

It’s been a busy summer of moves for many in the U.S. Men’s National Team player pool. In fact, barely a week has gone by without someone associated with the MNT finding a different home for the new season.

Whether a transfer or loan, a change of clubs is often part of player’s progression. It can be a step up in to a bigger challenge or one to get more playing time. With leagues in Mexico and Europe already or about to get underway, here’s a recap of where MNT players have landed the last few months.

Loans on Loans on Loans

Coming off two very successful seasons on loan with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse, rising MNT center back Matt Miazga is embarking on a new challenge going on loan from Chelsea to French Ligue 1 side Nantes, who finished in the top half of the Ligue 1 table. The 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of Alejandro Bedoya, who became a fan-favorite with Les Canaris during the course of three seasons at Stade de la Beaujoire, with the club playing on the U.S. connection when they announced the signing on Aug. 6, 2018 (see below).

In Germany, Bobby Wood will remain in the Bundesliga this season after Hamburg agreed to send the MNT striker on loan to Hannover 96 last month. Die Roten have a long history of signing U.S. players, with the lineage including the “Mayor of Hannover” Steve Cherundolo, Clint Mathis, DaMarcus Beasley and Conor Casey. After a tough season with a relegated Hamburg side, Wood will hope to rediscover his scoring touch at the HDI-Arena.

In England, left back Antonee Robinson recently secured his short and long-term future, signing a new three-year contract with Everton before the Premier League club sent him on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic. Despite only having one training session under his belt, Robinson was thrust into the starting XI this past weekend, earning high marks and even helping set up a goal as Wigan defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the club’s season opener.

After signing with Manchester City and immediately going on loan for the second half of last season with Kortrijk in Belgium, center back Erik Palmer-Brown (pictured above) will spend this campaign with Dutch Eredivisie side NAC Breda. The U.S. captain at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Palmer-Brown takes up residence at the same club where current MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart spent some of his best years as a professional, and will look for his first full season of consistent playing time.

Joining EPB in the Dutch top-flight is Andrija Novakovich. A product of Muskego, Wisc., Novakovich burst onto the MNT scene in March thanks to a campaign in which he scored 22 goals in 38 matches while on loan with Dutch Erstedivisie side Telstar. Similar to Robinson, Novakovich signed a new two-year deal with the English League Championship club Reading, before returning to Holland on loan with newly promoted Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard.

Having gained his initial first-team minutes with La Liga side Levante last season, right back Shaq Moore has arrived at Catalan side Reus Deportiu on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old got off to a good start over the weekend, tallying in a 2-0 preseason victory against Cambrils Unió.

More Permanent Moves

While many MNT players are out loan this season, some are also staying with their parent clubs.

In Germany, Josh Sargent is now eligible to play in official competition with Werder Bremen and has started well, scoring goals for the first team during preseason while also tallying in his first official match for the club’s U-23 side.

WATCH: Behind the Scenes with RISING MNT Striker Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen

A week after scoring in the MNT’s 1-1 draw with France, Julian Green signed a permanent deal with 2.Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth, who in part re-paid the MNT attacker for the goal that helped them avoid relegation on the final day of last season. It’s been a similar case for Kenny Saief. Sent on loan from Gent to Anderlecht during the second half of last season, the MNT winger made his move to the Belgian giants permanent in May.

After five seasons with English Championship side Nottingham Forest, veteran MNT right back Eric Lichaj signed a two-year deal with English Championship side Hull City.

Following a number of successful seasons with Pachuca, MNT center back Omar Gonzalez has taken his talents to Guadalajara with Atlas, while Michael Orozco joined Lobos BUAP earlier this summer.

Check out a full rundown of this summer’s MNT player moves:

Player

New Club

Date

Notes

Jorge Villafaña

Portland Timbers

Aug. 8, 2018

Transfer from Santos Laguna (MEX)

Bill Hamid

D.C. United

Aug. 8, 2018

Loan from Midtjylland (DEN)

Emerson Hyndman

Hibernian (SCO)

Aug. 8, 2018

Loan from Bournemouth (ENG)

Matt Miazga

Nantes (FRA)

Aug. 6, 2018

Loan from Chelsea (ENG)

Antonee Robinson

Wigan Athletic (ENG)

Aug. 3, 2018

Loan from Everton (ENG)

Kellyn Acosta

Colorado Rapids (USA)

July 23, 2018

Trade from FC Dallas (USA)

Shaq Moore

Reus Deportiu (ESP)

July 13, 2018

Loan from Levante (ESP)

Bobby Wood

Hannover 96 (GER)

July 9, 2018

Loan from Hamburg (GER)

Erik Palmer-Brown

NAC Breda (NED)

July 7, 2018

Loan from Manchester City (ENG)

Kekuta Manneh

St. Gallen (SUI)

June 24, 2018

Free transfer

Andrija Novakovich

Fortuna Sittard (NED)

June 22, 2018

Loan from Reading (ENG)

Omar Gonzalez

Atlas (MEX)

June 22, 2018

Free agent signing

Eric Lichaj

Hull City (ENG)

June 22, 2018

Transfer from Nottingham Forest (ENG)

Julian Green

Greuther Fürth (GER)

June 17, 2018

Signed permanent deal after spending last season on loan

Michael Orozco

Lobos BUAP (MEX)

June 7, 2018

Free transfer

Josh Sargent

Werder Bremen (GER)

June 1, 2018

Eligible to play

Kenny Saief

Anderlecht (BEL)

May 23, 2018

Signed permanent deal after spending last season on loan

Alfredo Morales

Fortuna Düsseldorf (GER)

May 15, 2018

Free transfer

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USA Wins 2018 Concacaf Girls' U-15 Championship 3-0 vs. Mexico

BRADENTON, Fla. (August 13, 2018) – The USA took first place at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship with a 3-0 victory against Mexico as forward Jaedyn Shaw scored twice and forward Alyssa Thompson scored once.

The teams battled to a 0-0 draw through regulation in the 70-minute match, necessitating two 10-minute overtime periods to decide the champion, which would have been followed by penalty kicks had the USA not tallied three times. Shaw scored in the 77th and 80+2nd minutes and Thompson tallied the 90th to earn a well-deserved victory.

The win was even more impressive considering the USA brought a younger team to this competition which mostly features players born in 2003. The USA roster included 14 players born in 2004 and four in 2005.

It was Shaw who finally broke the deadlock six minutes into the first overtime period, but it was Thompson who created the goal, dribbling centrally from the right wing into the middle before slipping a perfect pass behind the defense to Shaw inside the penalty area. She then deftly chipped the ball over the onrushing Mexico goalkeeper Azul Alvarez from eight yards out.

At the very end of the first overtime period, Alyssa Thompson (her sister Gisele also played the entire match) burst free into the penalty area off a phenomenal over-the-top pass from Katherine Raeder and then was taken down from behind by a Mexican defender Jana Gutierrez. Shaw stepped up and buried the spot kick herself to stake the young Americans to a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes left to play.

Thompson added an exclamation point to victory with a nifty goal in the final minute of the second overtime period, racing behind the Mexican defense off a perfect through ball from Juliauna Hayward before rounding the ‘keeper to her right and slotting home into the empty net.

The match would not have gotten to overtime without two great saves from U.S. goalkeeper Teagan Wy in first half, or one from Alvarez on a blast from Olivia Moultrie that was headed into upper right corner before she flew to push it away.

Wy played a fantastic match but did make have one stumble in the 51st minute when she came out of her goal and slid to corral a ball far outside the left post. The ball got away from her and was stripped by a Mexican player who dribble down the line at an open net with Wy giving chase. Fortunately for the USA, her angle was tight and defender Maggie Taitano used her entire 5-foot-3 frame to make herself big, blocking the shot on the goal line with her thigh. It was Taitano’s second goal line clearance of the tournament after also making a game-saving play against Portugal.

In the 56th minute, Alvarez came up big again on a blistering free kick from Shaw, pushing it off the crossbar with a full-out dive to her right.

Mexico made a push at the end of regulation time but Wy, showing calmness beyond her years, made a great diving save on well-struck 16-yard shot from Karla Rodriguez in first minute of stoppage time to keep game scoreless. Wy was forced into action in the 2nd minute of stoppage time as well, standing her ground to snag another dangerous wide-open shot from the middle of the penalty spot, and the match went to overtime.

The USA allowed just two goals over the five games in the tournament, neither from the run of play, as Portugal scored two penalty kicks in a group play win that the USA avenged with a 3-0 result in the semifinal.

This was the second Concacaf U-15 title for the USA after also winning in 2016. The USA did not participate in the first edition of the tournament in 2014.

With 28 nations competing in two divisions, this was the largest Concacaf tournament ever for female participants and features a record number of Concacaf Member Associations as well as two invited teams from UEFA. 

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-15 GNT vs Mexico U-15 GNT
Date: August 12, 2018
Competition: 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship – Final
Venue: IMG Academy Soccer Stadium, Bradenton, Fla.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          ET1     ET2     F                     
USA                             0          0          2          1          3         
MEX                            0          0          0          0          0

USA - Jaedyn Shaw (Alyssa Thompson)                  76th minute
USA - Jaedyn Shaw (Penalty Kick)                           80
USA - Alyssa Thompson (Juliauna Hayward)           90       

Lineups:
USA: 1-Teagan Wy, 2-Gisele Thompson, 4-Elise Evans (15-Amelia Van Zanten, 36), 5-Maggie Taitano, 3-Evelyn Shores (13-Maia Tabion, 36), 6-Yuna McCormack (16-Maggie Cagle, 46), 10-Olivia Moultrie (8-Sofia Cook, 36 (7-Allison Montoya, 71)), 18-Juliauna Hayward, 9-Alyssa Thompson, 11-Jaedyn Shaw, 14-America Frias (17-Katherine Rader, 36)
Subs not used: 12-Nona Reason
Head Coach: April Kater

MEX: 12-Azul Alvarez, 2-Alexandra Godinez (14-Wendy Jimenez, 77), 4-Jana Gutierrez, 6-Andrea Balcazar, 7-Aylin Avilez, 8-Martha Enciso (16-Dalia Vidrio, 46), 9-Karla Rodriguez, 10-Denise Castro, 11-Jimena Hermenegildo (17-Maryan Reyes, 46), 13-Karol Bernal, 15-Nailea Arrambide (18-Layla Garcia, 81)
Subs not used: 1-Isabela Equivias, 3-Litzy Morales, 5-Havi Ibarra
Head Coach: Maribel Dominguez

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 11 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 1 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Denise Castro (caution)                                  78th minute
MEX – Jana Gutierrez (caution)                                 80

Officials:
Referee: Jelena Cvetkovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Danijela Stojanovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivana Jovanovic (SRB)
4th Official: Zulema Gonzalez (ESP)

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