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U.S. MNT vs. Bolivia - Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa. - May 28, 2018

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
GK 6-3 195 Baldwinsville, N.Y. Toronto FC (CAN) 0/0
D 6-1 200 Southend-on-Sea, England Tottenham Hotspur (England) 2/0
M 5-10 165 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico) 17/2
M 5-8 160 Santa Cruz, Calif. Sunderland (England) 3/0
M 5-7 140 Tampa, Fla. Stuttgart (Germany) 7/3
M 5-10 160 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
GK 6-3 225 Annandale, Va. Midtjylland (Denmark) 5/0
GK 6-3 185 Highland Ranch, Colo. Club Brugge (Belgium) 2/0
D 5-11 175 Downers Grove, Ill. Nottingham Forest (England) 14/1
M 6-1 185 Little Elm, Texas Schalke (Germany) 1/1
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Chelsea (England) 5/1
F 6-4 180 Muskego, Wisc. Reading (England) 1/0
D 6-1 158 Trenton, N.J. Manchester United (England)
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. Manchester City (England)
D 6-4 170 Plano, Texas Benfica
M 5-8 140 Hershey, Pa. Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 20/9
D Liverpool, England Everton (England)
F 5-10 160 Beaverton, Ore. Club Tijuana (Mexico) 5/0
F 5-11 174 O'Fallen, Mo. SV Werder Bremen (Germany) 0/0
D 5-9 150 Anaheim, Calif. Santos Laguna (Mexico) 16/0
M 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Paris Saint-Germain (France) 1/0
D 6-3 185 Lawrenceville, Ga. LAFC 2/0

U.S. MNT vs. Bolivia - Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa. - May 28, 2018

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-3

Weight:195

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Club:Toronto FC (CAN)

Position:Defender

Height:6-1

Weight:200

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Southend-on-Sea, England

Club:Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:165

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

Weight:160

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Santa Cruz, Calif.

Club:Sunderland (England)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Tampa, Fla.

Club:Stuttgart (Germany)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:160

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-3

Weight:225

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Annandale, Va.

Club:Midtjylland (Denmark)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-3

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Highland Ranch, Colo.

Club:Club Brugge (Belgium)

Position:Defender

Height:5-11

Weight:175

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Downers Grove, Ill.

Club:Nottingham Forest (England)

Position:Midfielder

Height:6-1

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Little Elm, Texas

Club:Schalke (Germany)

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Clifton, N.J.

Club:Chelsea (England)

Position:Forward

Height:6-4

Weight:180

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Muskego, Wisc.

Club:Reading (England)

Position:Defender

Height:6-1

Weight:158

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Trenton, N.J.

Club:Manchester United (England)

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:184

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:Manchester City (England)

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:170

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Plano, Texas

Club:Benfica

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Hershey, Pa.

Club:Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Position:Defender

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Liverpool, England

Club:Everton (England)

Position:Forward

Height:5-10

Weight:160

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Beaverton, Ore.

Club:Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Position:Forward

Height:5-11

Weight:174

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:O'Fallen, Mo.

Club:SV Werder Bremen (Germany)

Position:Defender

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Anaheim, Calif.

Club:Santos Laguna (Mexico)

Position:Midfielder

Height:6-0

Weight:145

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:Paris Saint-Germain (France)

Position:Defender

Height:6-3

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Lawrenceville, Ga.

Club:LAFC

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MNT Players Finish Strong in Club Campaigns

For 20 of the 22 players called to Philadelphia with the Men’s National Team, the club season came to an end last weekend. Several played an instrumental role in strong finishes for their professional homes, while others started to see the light of first-team football. As they aim to carry that club momentum into play for their country, take a look at how the current MNT crop fared down the stretch abroad.

WESTON McKENNIE, SCHALKE 

An injury limited Weston McKennie at times this past spring and kept him from full participation at the MNT’s March camp, but he rallied to play an important role as Schalke clinched second place in the Bundesliga. The runner-up finish, the Miners’ best since 2009-10, secured an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League. The 19-year-old midfielder played in all but one of Schalke’s league games after the March international break and went the full 90 in three of its last four matches.

“It was a wonderful feeling at such a young age to be able to say that I’m going to play Champions League next year,” McKennie said. “To have the season that we did have, it was very emotional and very lively. To be a part of a group like that, with a lot of people not believing that we probably would finish second in the league, it was an amazing feeling.”

CHRISTIAN PULISIC, BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund has endured an up-and-down season, but the club’s fourth-place Bundesliga finish narrowly clinched Champions League qualification for the third-straight season. Just 19 years old, Pulisic started all seven of BVB’s games since March. Though Dortmund finished the season in a three-way tie for third on points with Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, they ended up in fourth based on goal differential. 

MATT MIAZGA, VITESSE

In two seasons on loan in the Dutch Eredivisie, Matt Miazga has helped lead Vitesse to unprecedented success. Last year, the 6-4 center back figured prominently in the club’s run to the KNVB Cup title, the first trophy in its 125-year history. This year, Miazga made almost every appearance he could for Vitesse, scored four goals and led the club to the Europa League playoffs with a sixth-place league finish. 

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Vitesse entered the four-team European play-offs with a chance to clinch international competition for the second straight season. The club handled ADO Den Haag by a 7-2 aggregate score in the semifinals before a series against fifth-place Utrecht with a Europa League qualifying spot on the line. Vitesse came away with a 5-3 aggregate triumph, and the 22-year-old defender provided the exclamation point in the final’s second leg with a 38th-minute header.

“We were fighting for something important. For me, it was great getting the game-winning goal,” Miazga said. “It was a good end to the season. We qualified for the Europa League; that’s important for the club. It was an important chapter for me at Vitesse where I was an important player for the club.”

JORGE VILLAFAÑA, SANTOS LAGUNA 

As his MNT teammates arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jorge Villafaña picked up some hardware. A 1-1 draw with Toluca gave Villafaña’s Santos Laguna a 3-1 aggregate victory in the Liga MX final. With the championship, he becomes just the third American ever to take home both the M.L.S. and Liga MX titles, alongside Herculez Gomez and Omar Gonzalez. 

Los Guerreros qualified for the Liguilla with a fourth-place regular season finish. After a strong showing in the MNT’s 1-0 March victory against Paraguay, Villafaña played a key role for Santos down the stretch. He appeared in all three rounds of the club’s Liguilla triumph.

ANDRIJA NOVAKOVICH, TELSTAR

On loan with Telstar from English Championship side Reading, Andrija Novakovich lit up the Dutch second division with 19 goals, good for second in the Eerste Divisie. The 21-year-old’s scoring efforts led the White Lions to their best finish since 1994 and clinched a spot in the second round of the promotion playoffs.

A Novakovich goal helped Telstar take down De Graafschap 3-2 in the first leg of its playoff. Behind on aggregate in the second leg on the road, the MNT forward equalized the series with a critical goal in the 75th minute, but De Graafschap answered in the 80th to edge Telstar 6-5 and win the series. 

ETHAN HORVATH, CLUB BRUGGE 

After a spell outside the starting lineup, MNT goalkeeper Ethan Horvath went back into action for Club Brugge at a crucial juncture. The Blauw-Zwart finished the Belgian First Division A regular season as the top seed for the six-team championship playoff, and Horvath was drafted back into the starting XI at a crucial stage. The 21-year-old backstopped Brugge to a 3-1 win against Sporting Charleroi on May 10 before another admirable performance in a 1-1 draw at Standard Liege three days later, to clinch the Belgian league title. 

ANTONEE ROBINSON, BOLTON WANDERERS

Bolton stood in danger of relegation on the final matchday in the English League Championship. The club needed a victory against Nottingham Forest coupled with help from other results to secure another season in the second division.

The 20-year-old Robinson played the full 90 minutes in a thrilling 3-2 victory. Down 2-1, Bolton scored in the 86th minute to equalize and took the lead in the 88th. Favorable results elsewhere ensured another season in the Championship after the club won promotion from League One in 2016-17. 

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JULIAN GREEN, GREUTHER FÜRTH

Greuther Fürth entered the final matchday of the 2.Bundesliga season with a clear task at hand: escape relegation. Fürth hadn’t fallen below the second division since 1997, and on the road against Heidenheim the club needed a result. In his first full season as a professional starter, MNT midfielder Julian Green ensured that it wouldn’t happen this year. He found the back of the net in the 54th minute with a well-placed rocket of a shot from beyond the top of the box. 

“It was a tough season for the whole group there, but at the end we made it. I’m happy to score that goal,” Green said. “I could feel that my personal game was getting better and better from game to game, so it was an important season for me. I always want to win, and I give my best for the team. Nobody wants to have a relegation stand behind his name. That’s normal. At the end, I’m glad that it didn’t happen.”

In the final table, Fürth finished one spot above a trip to the promotion/relegation playoff. Tied with Erzgebirge at 40 points, it came down to goal differential. The 21-year-old’s goal secured the side its 22nd straight season in one of Germany’s top two divisions.

ERIC LICHAJ, NOTTINGHAM FOREST

First, Eric Lichaj’s screamer of a goal eliminated Arsenal from the FA Cup. Then, his brace in the match convinced his wife to let the Lichaj family get a dog. Now, the BBC has named the goal as the best of the entire FA Cup, based on fan votes. 

BILL HAMID, FC MIDTJYLLAND 

After a fall move from M.L.S. to the Danish Superliga, Hamid made three April appearances as the Wolves took home the league title for the first time since 2014-15. 

KEATON PARKS, BENFICA

While Keaton Parks spent most of the season with Benfica’s B team, the 20-year-old made a cameo appearance in the Aguias’ final game for the first team. The club battled to the finish for second place in the Primeira Liga, Portugal’s final Champions League qualification spot.

TIM WEAH, PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 

Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fifth Ligue 1 title in six years last month with a 7-1 victory against Monaco and completed “the double” with the Coupe de France championship following a 2-0 win over Les Herbiers earlier this month. The 18-year-old Weah made three appearances for Les Parisens this season, and earned his first start last week against Caen.

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MNT May 23, 2018
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After Stellar Season, Novakovich Returns to MNT

As the fourth official raised the substitution board, the tears began to fall for Zorka Novakovich. Her son Andrija stepped onto the field in the 77th minute of March’s friendly against Paraguay to pick up his first cap as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. A full-fledged family reunion stood on hand for the moment as 14 members of the Novakovich clan made the 16-hour drive from Wisconsin to Cary, N.C.


Two months later, the Muskego, Wisc., product has wrapped up a standout season with SC Telstar in the Netherlands and returned for his second senior team call-up. As the MNT prepares to take on Bolivia next week, his MNT invite to Philadelphia warrants another Novakovich family road trip. This time around, the journey should only last 14 hours each way.

“I think they’re looking forward to it just as much as I am,” Novakovich said as camp opened on Monday. “They’ll be in full force. It’s a massive honor. It’s a proud moment for myself and for them.”

Novakovich caught fire this season in the Dutch Erstedivisie to catch the attention of the MNT. On loan from English Championship side Reading, his 19 goals made him the second-leading scorer in the Dutch second division. The loan presented Novakovich with the first opportunity at extended first-team football in his young career. He seized every chance to impress.

“When you get opportunities, show what you can do,” Novakovich said. “To get consistent minutes, that’s exactly why I went there on loan from Reading. It was a great experience, I enjoyed every minute. It’s just about developing and getting better. It’s a massive confidence boost.”

After several years near the bottom of the Eerstedvisie table, Telstar earned its best finish since 1994, two years before Novakovich was born. He also led the White Lions to the promotion playoffs for the first time in almost ten years. While the club narrowly fell 6-5 to De Graafschap on aggregate, he scored in both of the team’s second round matches and even tallied a crucial equalizer in the second leg before the eventual series-winner came five minutes later from the opposition.

Raised in a tight-knit Serbian community outside Milwaukee, Novakovich passed up a scholarship to local Marquette University to sign with Reading in 2014. After a spell in the club’s youth set-up, he led the U-23 reserve team in scoring last season to prove himself ready for first team football. While the environment changed this season, Novakovich’s knack for finding the back of the net has endured.

“He’s coming off the back end of a very successful campaign,” said MNT head coach Dave Sarachan. “We had a good opportunity to get to know Andrija in our last preparation for Paraguay. He showed that he belonged in the group during that camp and in that match. This is just another opportunity to continue to see him and have a guy that has shown to be a capable goal scorer and effective as a striker. He comes in with a lot of confidence.”

Novakovich made sporadic appearances for several Youth National Team squads, but March provided his first-ever senior team call-up. A towering presence at the forward position, his six-four frame has turned heads at every level.  In Philadelphia, Novakovich has been reunited with several former YNT teammates like Lynden Gooch, Erik Palmer-Brown and Rubio Rubin. At 21 years old, he checks in a dash below the average roster age and stands tall as part of the MNT’s next generation.

In Novakovich’s brief appearance against Paraguay, he nearly picked up his first international goal alongside his first cap. His play in North Carolina made enough of an impression to earn a return camp invite as one of 11 holdovers from March. Only two out-and-out forwards have made the trip to Philadelphia, a vote of confidence for Novakovich.  

“It’s a good feeling,” Novakovich said. “You just want more, you want to keep going. It’s an honor to come here and try to showcase as much as possible. You’re just trying to be ready as soon as you’re called upon.”

Fourteen family members watched Novakovich earn his first cap in Cary. His nose for the net defined his season in the Netherlands. A first international goal, in front of another packed personal supporters’ section, would put an exclamation point on an incredible season.

“It’s a different step playing at an international stage,” Novakovich said. ”It’s a big difference from club level. I’m just going to try to do my best at whatever I do, work hard and show the coaches what I can do.”

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MNT May 22, 2018

Get to Know the Three First-Time MNT Call-Ups in Philadelphia

Carrying an average age of just under 23, the U.S. Men’s National Team roster that has convened in Philadelphia is one of the youngest in recent memory. As some of the USA’s most exciting young prospects earn invitations to try and prove themselves with the senior team, three new players have been called for their first camp and will look to earn their first caps against Bolivia at T Read more
MNT May 21, 2018

Q&A: Sarachan Discusses USMNT Roster for Bolivia Friendly

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan named a youthful 22-player roster for the for the May 28 clash with Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.  ussoccer.com spoke with Sarachan to gain more insight into the roster that will begin gathering Sunday in Philadelphia. ussoccer.com: Give us insight into how you went about constructing the roster for the match against Read more
MNT May 20, 2018

GALLERY: Young 22-Player Roster Called to Take On Bolivia in Philadelphia

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan will once again put the prospects of the next generation of the MNT on display, calling 22 players to Philadelphia in advance of the team’s upcoming Memorial Day clash against Bolivia on May 28 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.   Along with serving as the first of match of the team’s three-stop summer tour, the ga Read more
MNT May 20, 2018

Dave Sarachan Calls Youthful 22-Player Roster to Philadelphia for USA-Bolivia on May 28

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MNT May 20, 2018

MNT Rewind: Gyasi Zardes Bags Three Goals in Big Week for Columbus Crew SC

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MNT May 13, 2018

MNT Rewind: Matt Miazga Scores, Captains Vitesse Ahead of Europa League Playoff

The MNT Rewind kicks things off in Holland where Matt Miazga ended the league season on a high note. The 22-year-old center back was handed the captain’s armband and scored a 63rd minute equalizer in Vitesse’s 2-2 draw at Willem II, earning him a spot on the Eredivisie Team of the Week. ⚽ | Vitesse komt weer op gelijke hoogte. Miazga kopt de Arnhemmers weer naast Willem II: 1-1.#wilvi Read more
MNT May 7, 2018
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MNT Rewind: Bobby Wood Penalty Kick Lifts Hamburg in Push to Avoid Relegation

As leagues in Europe begin to wind down, MNT forward Bobby Wood and Hamburg continued their last-gasp push to stay up in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday. Earning his first start since Feb. 10, Wood buried a 43rd minute penalty kick to give the visitors a lead and then helped set up Lewis Holtby’s strike in first-half stoppage time en route to the win at Volkswagen A Read more
MNT Apr 30, 2018
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MNT Rewind: Shot? Cross? Christian Pulisic Leads Dortmund to 3-0 Win vs. Stuttgart

Kicking things off in Germany, following a 6-0 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich last weekend, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways on Sunday morning thanks to a 3-0 home win against Stuttgart. Active throughout the match, Pulisic opened the scoring in the 38th minute, though he probably didn’t mean to. Taking a pass from Lukasz Piszczek, the MNT midfielder Read more
MNT Apr 8, 2018
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Five Things to Know: Goalkeeper Zack Steffen

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MNT Apr 2, 2018

Short, Short, Long: Adams & Delgado Passing Sequence Sets Up 1-0 Win vs. Paraguay

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MNT Mar 29, 2018

Grab Your Cap: Delgado, Novakovich and Weah Talk MNT Debuts

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MNT Mar 28, 2018

GALLERY: Young MNT Takes Down Paraguay 1-0 in North Carolina

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MNT Mar 27, 2018

Bobby Wood Penalty Kick Lifts MNT to Spirited 1-0 Win vs. Paraguay

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MNT Mar 27, 2018

Weah Becomes First Player Born in 2000 to Earn MNT Cap

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MNT Mar 27, 2018
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