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Men's National Team

vs. England (London) & Italy (Genk, Belgium) - Nov. 15 & 20, 2018

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-10 150 Plano, Texas Colorado Rapids 22/2
M 5-9 150 Wappingers Falls, N.Y. New York Red Bulls 8/1
D 6-4 175 Berlin, Germany Wolfsburg (Germany) 36/3
D 5-11 165 Grapevine, Texas FC Dallas 1/0
D 6-1 200 Southend-on-Sea, England Swansea City (Wales) 6/0
M 5-9 150 Glendora, Calif. Toronto FC (CAN) 5/0
M 5-9 140 Herndon, Va. Malmö (Sweden)
M 5-7 140 Tampa, Fla. Greuther Fürth (Germany) 15/4
GK 6-4 210 Homer Glen, Ill. Atlanta United FC 60/0
GK 6-3 185 Highland Ranch, Colo. Club Brugge (Belgium) 2/0
GK 6-4 180 Newport Beach, Calif. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
M 5-10 165 San Francisco, Calif. LA Galaxy 4/1
D 6-2 170 Oak Hills, Calif. New York Red Bulls 1/0
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Nantes (France) 11/1
D 5-11 155 Powder Springs, Ga. Reus Deportiu (Spain) 4/0
M 5-8 140 Hershey, Pa. Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 22/9
D 6-0 155 Liverpool, England Wigan Athletic (England) 6/0
F 6-1 175 O'Fallon, Mo. Werder Bremen (Germany) 5/2
M 5-10 150 Gahanna, Ohio Columbus Crew SC 10/0
D 5-9 150 Anaheim, Calif. Portland Timbers 20/0
M 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Paris Saint-Germain (France) 8/1
F 5-10 165 Irvine, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany) 44/13
D 5-8 150 Seattle, Wash. Newcastle United (England) 57/0
D 6-3 185 Lawrenceville, Ga. LAFC 3/1

vs. England (London) & Italy (Genk, Belgium) - Nov. 15 & 20, 2018

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Plano, Texas

Club:Colorado Rapids

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Club:New York Red Bulls

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:175

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Berlin, Germany

Club:Wolfsburg (Germany)

Position:Defender

Height:5-11

Weight:165

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Grapevine, Texas

Club:FC Dallas

Position:Defender

Height:6-1

Weight:200

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Southend-on-Sea, England

Club:Swansea City (Wales)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Glendora, Calif.

Club:Toronto FC (CAN)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Herndon, Va.

Club:Malmö (Sweden)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Tampa, Fla.

Club:Greuther Fürth (Germany)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-4

Weight:210

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Homer Glen, Ill.

Club:Atlanta United FC

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-3

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Highland Ranch, Colo.

Club:Club Brugge (Belgium)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-4

Weight:180

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:Hertha Berlin (Germany)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:165

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:San Francisco, Calif.

Club:LA Galaxy

Position:Defender

Height:6-2

Weight:170

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Oak Hills, Calif.

Club:New York Red Bulls

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Clifton, N.J.

Club:Nantes (France)

Position:Defender

Height:5-11

Weight:155

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:Reus Deportiu (Spain)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Hershey, Pa.

Club:Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Position:Defender

Height:6-0

Weight:155

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Liverpool, England

Club:Wigan Athletic (England)

Position:Forward

Height:6-1

Weight:175

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:O'Fallon, Mo.

Club:Werder Bremen (Germany)

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Gahanna, Ohio

Club:Columbus Crew SC

Position:Defender

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Anaheim, Calif.

Club:Portland Timbers

Position:Midfielder

Height:6-0

Weight:145

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:Paris Saint-Germain (France)

Position:Forward

Height:5-10

Weight:165

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Irvine, Calif.

Club:Hannover 96 (Germany)

Position:Defender

Height:5-8

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Seattle, Wash.

Club:Newcastle United (England)

Position:Defender

Height:6-3

Weight:185

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Lawrenceville, Ga.

Club:LAFC

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US Soccer

Thank You Dave: Sarachan Tenure Lays Groundwork for Future MNT Success

The past year has been one of transition for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Forging ahead after just missing out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the last 12 months have seen the MNT guided by the experienced hand of veteran coach Dave Sarachan.

Chosen to lead the program forward while the search for a General Manager and permanent head coach took place, Sarachan largely elected to use his time at the helm to give the next generation of U.S. Men’s National Team players their first taste of the international stage.

“I think he’s done a really good job of getting this group to understand what it means to be a U.S. Men’s National Team player,” said MNT midfielder Wil Trapp, who served as captain for much of the year. “Within that, you have so many young players that have gotten their feet wet and begun to step into roles on the team where the experience has grown, but I think the chemistry and comfort within this group has also gotten there.”

Knowing the experiences provided to young players early in the cycle were more important than results, the Rochester, N.Y. native’s tenure has largely been defined by laying the early groundwork for the Men’s National Team program as it approaches the rest of the cycle. In 12 matches guiding the MNT, Sarachan gave 23 players debuts – by far the most of any manager during the modern era in the same time span.

MNT Debuts in First 12 Games of Tenure

Head Coach

First Caps Awarded

Time Frame

Dave Sarachan

23

Nov 14, 2017-Nov. 20, 2018

Bruce Arena

16

Nov. 6, 1998-Sept. 8, 1999

Bob Bradley

15

Jan. 20, 2007-June 28, 2007

Jurgen Klinsmann

9

Aug. 10, 2011-May 30, 2012

Bruce Arena

8

Jan. 29, 2017-July 19, 2017

Bora Milutinovic

8

May 5, 1991-Oct. 19, 1991

Steve Sampson

1

April 22, 1995-July 22, 1995

Twenty of the debuts that occurred under Sarachan came during 2018, a figure that ties with 2007 for second-most during the MNT’s modern era, just behind the 21 attained in 1992. Those years also saw the MNT play a much higher number of games, presenting Bora Milutinovic and Bob Bradley more opportunities to offer up first-time opportunities.

MNT Debuts by Year (Modern Era)

Year

GP

Debuts

Future World Cup Players That Debuted

1992

21

21

Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel, 
Cobi Jones, Mike Lapper, Joe-Max Moore, 
Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerle

2007

18

20

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, 
Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley

2018

11

20

--

1996

16

14

Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Eddie Pope, Preki

Beyond the raw numbers, most valuable is the age at which MNT debuts have come under Sarachan. Of the 23 debutants, 13 have been age 22 or under, while 11 of those are players who will be age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

As time goes by, that group would project to be in the prime years of their career when the USA co-hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2026. 

“Dave has done an incredible job of giving us the experiences we need now for the future,” said Tyler Adams, one of Sarachan’s 23 debutants. “When we look forward, whether it’s in the Olympics which a lot of us can play in or towards 2022 and 2026 World Cups, we’re going to be in our prime ages to go out and perform.”

Olympic Eligible MNT Debuts (November 2017-November 2018)

Player

Debut

Debut Age

2020 Age*

2026 Age**

Tyler Adams

Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal

18

21

27

Cameron Carter-Vickers

19

22

28

Weston McKennie

19

21

27

Tim Weah

March 28, 2018 vs. Paraguay

18

20

26

Erik Palmer-Brown

May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia

21

23

29

Antonee Robinson

20

22

28

Keaton Parks

20

22

28

Josh Sargent

18

20

26

Luca de la Torre

June 2, 2018 at Ireland

20

22

28

Jonathan Amon

Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Peru

19

21

27

Reggie Cannon

20

22

27

*2020 age reflects age at start of the Summer Olympics -- July 22, 2020

**2026 age reflects age as of June 1, 2026

And while minutes on the field are one thing, Sarachan’s tutelage has also helped set a number of players up for milestone career moments. Five players each have recorded their first goal or assist during Sarachan’s tenure, while two goalkeepers have earned their first win and kept their first clean sheet in the same time span. 

Individual Firsts Since November 2017

First Goals

First Assists

First Win/Clean Sheet

Tyler Adams

Joe Corona

Alex Bono

Weston McKennie

Matt Miazga

Zack Steffen

Josh Sargent

Antonee Robinson

-

Tim Weah

CJ Sapong

-

Walker Zimmerman

Tim Weah

-

Then there are the team moments, and while results haven’t been the most important factor during the past year, a young and rebuilding MNT group has come together to pull off some impressive performances.

The notable highlights began with Sarachan’s first match in charge, when an MNT side reeling from the World Cup disappointment a month earlier played to a 1-1 draw with reigning European Champions Portugal last November in Leiria.

Taking on Bolivia in May, Sarachan selected a lineup that averaged 22 years, 160 days – at the time, the youngest of the modern era – which had little difficulty in a 3-0 win against La Verde.

Facing a tougher task a couple weeks later, he boldly trotted out what was then the second youngest MNT lineup (22 years, 183 days) to face France in the host’s last match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A first-half goal from Julian Green put the MNT in front in Lyon and saw the team ultimately settle for a 1-1 draw against the soon-to-be crowned World Cup champs.

Adams added, “It’s not easy to throw teenagers out on the field and there could have been guys that came in and already had a bunch of caps, but he’s trusted us and given the confidence to go in and be fearless to do our jobs.

“The experiences of playing France, Brazil, Portugal, England and Italy this past year will go a long way to help us be confident in our abilities.”

MNT Player Pool Breakdown (November 2017-November 2018)

Called to Camp

Appeared

First Camps

First Caps

First Starts

72

55

29

23

21

In September, Sarachan oversaw the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico in Nashville. The win was the MNT’s first against its regional rival since 2015, and memorably came on September 11, days after the team toured Ground Zero in New York.

In his final match as MNT head coach, Sarachan put out a group averaging 22 years, 71 days against Italy, besting the average age record set during May’s 3-0 win against Bolivia and setting a new mark that may never be broken.

The mission of guiding the MNT through the past year has been no easy task, but one the long-time coach has done with grace, class and the overriding goal of setting up the program for future success.

The path ahead is promising and Sarachan has played a big role in laying it.

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