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USA Defeats England in Penalty Shootout to Advance to Fifth Place Match

FIUMICELLO, Italy (April 30, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team defeated England 6-5 in a penalty shootout to advance to the fifth place match at the 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni.

The game went back and forth between the U.S. and England with the U.S. tallying the first two goals just minutes apart. John Hilton opened the scoring in the seventh minute off a Marcelo Palomino pass. In the 10th minute, Konrad De la Fuente tallied thanks to Palomino again. England countered in the 18th minute when Rayhaan Tulloch scored. Just two minutes later, the U.S. increased its lead to two when De la Fuente assisted Jose Rivas, sending the young Yanks into halftime with a 3-1 advantage.

England started the second half strong when Arvin Appiah scored in the 37th minute. The U.S. increased its lead in the 43rd minute after Alexsi Morel assisted Gabriel Segal to put the USA up 4-2.

In the final 10 minutes, England’s Tulloch scored his second goal in the 60th minute and Appiah equalized in the 67th to send the match directly to penalty kicks.

After five rounds, both teams were tied with five goals apiece, when England forward Zico Asare missed his penalty, giving the U.S. the advantage. Captain Taylor Booth kept his nerve to slot the ball just past the keeper for the U.S. victory.

- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report – 

Match: United States U-16 Boys' National Team vs. England U-16 Boys’ National Team
Date:
April 29, 2016
Competition:
13th Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue:
Fiumicello, Italy
Kickoff:
11 a.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather:
70 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F
USA                                       3              1              4
ENG                                       1              3              4

USA – John Hilton (Marcelo Palomino)                                   7th minute
USA – Konrad De la Fuente (Marcelo Palomino)                                10
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch                                                                  18
USA – Jose Rivas (Konrad De la Fuente)                                 20
ENG – Arvin Appiah                                                                        37
USA – Gabriel Segal (Alexsi Morel)                                           43
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch                                                                  60
ENG – Arvin Appiah                                                                        67

Penalty Summary:
USA – Indiana Vassilev (goal), Nicholas Mendonca (goal), Ulysses Llanez (goal), Roberto Hategan (save), Leo Sepulveda (goal), John Hilton (goal), Taylor Booth (goal)

ENG – Arvin Appiah (goal), Xavier Amaechi (goal), Curtis Jones (goal), Rayhaan Tulloch (save), Thomas Doyle (goal), Nathanael Ogbeta (goal), Zico Asare (miss)                    

Lineups:
USA:
  1-Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen; 17-Alexsi Morel, 14-Eduardo Blancas, 5-Leonardo Sepulveda, 2-John Hilton; 6-Taylor Booth, 7-Jose Rivas (20-Nicholas Mendonca, 50), 19-Konrad De la Fuente (11-Ulysses Llanez, 50), 21-Indiana Vassilev; 10-Luis Arriaga (17-Dominic De Almeida, 65), Marcelo Palomino (9-Gabriel Segal, 36 (15-Roberto Hategan, 68))
Subs Not Used:
12-Alex Rando, 13-Sebastian Serpa, 3-Luke Hansen
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

ENG:  13-Joshua Oluwayemi; 2-Dylan Crowe, 5-Nathanael Ogbeta, 9-Rayhaan Tulloch, 11-Xavier Amaechi; 12-Bali Mumba, 14-Curtis Jones, 15-Tareq Shihab, 16-Zico Asare; 17-Arvin Appiah, 18-Fabio Sole (8-Thomas Doyle, 27)
Subs Not Used: 1-Luca Ashby-Hammond, 3-Bukayo Saka, 4-Elijah Dixon-Bonner, 6-Faustino Anjorin, 7-Luis Longstaff, 10-Danny Cashman, 19-Bobby Duncan, 20-Trae Coyle
Head Coach: Kevin Betsy

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Marcelo Palomino (caution)           2nd minute
USA – Taylor Booth (caution)                      23

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U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-16 Boys' National Team vs. England U-16 Boys’ National Team
Date:
April 29, 2016
Competition:
13th Tournament Delle Nazioni
Venue:
Fiumicello, Italy
Kickoff:
11 a.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather:
70 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:            1              2              F
USA                                       3              1              4
BRA                                        1              3              4

USA – John Hilton (Marcelo Palomino)                                   7th minute
USA – Konrad De la Fuente (Marcelo Palomino)                                10
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch                                                                  18
USA – Jose Rivas (Konrad De la Fuente)                                 20
ENG – Arvin Appiah                                                                        37
USA – Gabriel Segal (Alexsi Morel)                                           43
ENG – Rayhaan Tulloch                                                                  60
ENG – Arvin Appiah                                                                        67

Penalty Summary:
USA – Indiana Vassilev (goal), Nicholas Mendonca (goal), Ulysses Llanez (goal), Roberto Hategan (save), Leo Sepulveda (goal), John Hilton (goal), Taylor Booth (goal)

ENG – Arvin Appiah (goal), Xavier Amaechi (goal), Curtis Jones (goal), Rayhaan Tulloch (save), Thomas Doyle (goal), Nathanael Ogbeta (goal), Zico Asare (miss)                           

Lineups:
USA:
  1-Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen; 17-Alexsi Morel, 14-Eduardo Blancas, 5-Leonardo Sepulveda, 2-John Hilton; 6-Taylor Booth, 7-Jose Rivas (20-Nicholas Mendonca, 50), 19-Konrad De la Fuente (11-Ulysses Llanez, 50), 21-Indiana Vassilev; 10-Luis Arriaga (17-Dominic De Almeida, 65), Marcelo Palomino (9-Gabriel Segal, 36)(15-Roberto Hategan, 68)
Subs Not Used:
12-Alex Rando, 13-Sebastian Serpa, 3-Luke Hansen
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

BRA:  13-Joshua Oluwayemi; 2-Dylan Crowe, 5-Nathanael Ogbeta, 9-Rayhaan Tulloch, 11-Xavier Amaechi; 12-Bali Mumba, 14-Curtis Jones, 15-Tareq Shihab, 16-Zico Asare; 17-Arvin Appiah, 18-Fabio Sole (8-Thomas Doyle, 27)
Subs Not Used: 1-Luca Ashby-Hammond, 3-Bukayo Saka, 4-Elijah Dixon-Bonner, 6-Faustino Anjorin, 7-Luis Longstaff, 10-Danny Cashman, 19-Bobby Duncan, 20-Trae Coyle
Head Coach: Kevin Betsy

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Marcelo Palomino (caution)           2nd minute
USA – Taylor Booth (caution)                      23

* Match was played in two 35 minute halves.
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2019 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Released

CHICAGO (April 19, 2019) – The Second Round pairings and host scenarios, including confirmed dates and kickoff times, have been set for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. On May 14 & 15, 25 professional teams from the USL Championship (Division II) will enter the tournament, with 19 of these clubs playing against winners from the First Round of games scheduled for May 7 & 8, while the remaining six pro clubs will face a fellow Division II squad.

The Third Round, set for May 29, will pit the 22 Second Round winners against one another in regionally determined action, with the opportunity on the line to face a Division I club in the Fourth Round on June 12 when Major League Soccer teams enter the competition. 

Home teams for each round are determined by a random selection process among those clubs that have applied to host and whose venues meet the minimum tournament requirements.

Every game of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup from the First Round through the Final will be available for fans to watch on ESPN+.

2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

Second Round – May 14 & 15

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 14

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC)

7 p.m. ET

McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon Univ.); Erie, Pa.

   -or-

May 14

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 14

Hartford Athletic (USLC) vs. New York Cosmos B (NPSL)/Black Rock FC (USLL2) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Al-Marzook Field (Univ. of Hartford); Hartford, Conn.

May 15

Indy Eleven (USLC) vs. Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1)/AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) winner

7 p.m. ET

Sellick Bowl (Butler Univ.); Indianapolis, Ind.

May 15

North Carolina FC (USLC) vs. Richmond Kickers (USLL1)/Virginia United (Va.) winner

7 p.m. ET

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 15

Louisville City FC (USLC) vs. Reading United AC (USLL2)/Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL) winner

7 p.m. ET

Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

May 15

FC Motown (NPSL) vs. Memphis 901 FC (USLC)

7 p.m. ET

Ranger Stadium (Drew University); Madison, N.J.

   -or-

May 15

Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2)

7 p.m. CT

AutoZone Park; Memphis, Tenn.

May 15

FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. Birmingham Legion FC (USLC)

7:45 p.m. ET

Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md.

   -or-

May 15

Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Field; Birmingham, Ala.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 14

Charlotte Independence (USLC) vs. Miami FC (NPSL)/Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) winner

7 p.m. ET

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex; Matthews, N.C.

May 14

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USLC) vs. Lakeland Tropics (USLL2)/The Villages SC (USLL2) winner

7 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

May 14

Nashville SC (USLC) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2)/ Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1) winner

7:30 p.m. CT

Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium (Middle Tennessee State Univ.); Murfreesboro, Tenn.

May 15

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. Charleston Battery (USLC)

7 p.m. ET

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

   -or-

May 15

Charleston Battery (USLC) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 14

OKC Energy FC (USLC) vs. Little Rock Rangers (NPSL)/NTX Rayados (Texas) winner

7:30 p.m. CT

John Crain Field (Univ. of Oklahoma); Norman, Okla.

May 14

Austin Bold FC (USLC) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks (USLC)

7:30 p.m. CT

Bold Stadium; Del Valle, Texas

May 14

San Antonio FC (USLC) vs. Laredo Heat SC (NPSL)/Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2) winner

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

May 15

Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. CT

World Wide Technology Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.

   -or-

May 15

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Saint Louis FC (USLC)

7:30 p.m. CT

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

May 15

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) vs. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL)/FC Denver (Colo.) winner

7 p.m. MDT

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 15

El Paso Locomotive FC (USLC) vs. Bavarian SC (Wis.)/Forward Madison FC (USLL1) winner

7 p.m. MDT

Southwest University Ballpark; El Paso, Texas

May 15

Phoenix Rising FC (USLC) vs. New Mexico United (USLC)

7:30 p.m. MST

Casino Arizona Field; Tempe, Ariz.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 14

Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)/FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nev.

May 15

El Farolito (NPSL) vs. Frenso FC (USLC)

2:30 p.m. PT

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

   -or-

May 15

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Frenso FC (USLC)

7:30 p.m. PT

Academica Field; Turlock, Calif.

May 15

Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USLC)

7:30 p.m. PT

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

May 15

Orange County SC (USLC) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)/FC Golden State Force (USLL2) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

First Round – May 7 & 8

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Richmond Kickers (USLL1) vs. Virginia United (Va.)

7 p.m. ET

City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 7^

New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2) vs. FC Motown (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

New York Red Bulls Training Facility; East Hanover, N.J.

May 7^

FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:45 p.m. ET

Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md.

May 8

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon Univ.); Erie, Pa.

May 8

Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Cooley Law School Stadium; Lansing, Mich.

May 8

Reading United AC (USLL2) vs. Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Alvernia University Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 8*

New York Cosmos B (NPSL) vs. Black Rock FC (USLL2)

7:30 p.m. ET

Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (Columbia Univ.); New York, N.Y.

* Date changed 4/11
^ Time changed 4/16

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Lakeland Tropics (USLL2) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Lake Myrtle Sports Complex; Auburndale, Fla.

May 7

South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1)

8 p.m. ET

Erk Russell Park (Georgia Southern Univ.); Statesboro, Ga.

May 8

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

May 8

Miami FC (NPSL) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Buccaneer Field (Barry Univ.); Miami Shores, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Bavarian SC (Wis.) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1)

7:30 p.m. CT

Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis.

May 7*

Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2)

8:15 p.m. CT

Texas A&M International Univ.; Laredo, Texas

May 8

Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7 p.m. CT

Episcopal Collegiate School; Little Rock, Ark.

May 8

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

May 8

Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) vs. FC Denver (Colo.)

7:30 p.m. CT

Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

* Date changed 4/11

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

May 7

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Academica Field; Turlock, Calif.

May 7*

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park – Field 25; Irvine, Calif.

May 7

Orange County FC (NPSL) vs. FC Golden State Force (USLL2)

7:30 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.

* Venue changed 4/19

Third Round – May 29*

Fourth Round – June 12*

Round of 16 – June 19* (also June 18-23 if home team chooses and visiting team has at least three non-game days on each side of chosen date, with any overlap of U.S. MNT Gold Cup games on June 18 and June 22 disallowed)

Quarterfinals – July 10*

Semifinals – August 7*

Final – August 27 or 28

* Any game from the Fourth Round through to the Semifinal Round where one of the participants has a league game the following Friday will be moved up a day (exception to this occurs when the team's opponent is scheduled for a league game the preceding Sunday; in this case, the provisions in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Handbook to determine the match date will prevail). In addition, any game chosen by U.S. Soccer to be broadcast nationally in any round is subject to being moved up a day. The Commissioner has the authority to set outside of the confirmed schedule the date for any match if such a change is in the best interests of the tournament.

This year's winning team will receive $300,000, a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.

The Houston Dynamo is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having earned the club’s first tournament title with a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 26, 2018 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 105 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer Partner with Headspace in Multi-Year Deal

CHICAGO (April 18, 2019) –U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer today announced a three-year partnership with Headspace, one of the world’s leading meditation and mindfulness apps. Headspace will annually provide thousands of app subscriptions to ensure all U.S. Soccer and MLS athletes, coaches, and league and club staff have access to strengthen their mindfulness and meditation skil Read more
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Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium to Host USA-Venezuela on June 9

CHICAGO (April 18, 2019) – Making its first visit to Cincinnati, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Venezuela on June 9 in its final preparation match for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Kickoff at Nippert Stadium is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast on FOX and UniMás. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT Read more
MNT Apr 18, 2019
US Soccer

TRIVIA: U.S. MNT History vs. Venezuela

The U.S. Men's National Team will meet Venezuela in its final warmup for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday, June 9 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Test your knowledge around the MNT's history against La Vinotinto with this 20-question Sporcle quiz! 

DIRECTIONS:
1) Click "Play" below
2) Fill in as many answers as you can in the 10-minute time limit
3) Comment with your scores below. 

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MNT Apr 18, 2019

BTC: 99ers Honored in Los Angeles

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U-23 WNT Opens La Manga Tournament in Spain with 1-0 Win Against Sweden

LA MANGA, Spain (April 5, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in its opening game of the 2019 Women’s International U-23 La Manga Tournament as forward Hailie Mace scored the lone goal of the match in the 32nd minute. It was Mace’s first international goal at the U-23 level. The USA will also face the U-23 squads from France on April 7 and Read more
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Berhalter Discusses U.S. MNT's "Challenging" Gold Cup Group

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s path towards a potential record-tying seventh Concacaf Gold Cup championship became clearer on Wednesday as the groups for this summer’s tournament were unveiled at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Set for its first competitive matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup cycle, the USA will have a challenging slate against two fellow teams that took part in the final round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in Trinidad & Tobago (June 22 in Cleveland) and Panama (June 26 in Kansas City).

The MNT will open the tournament against Gold Cup debutantes Guyana at the already sold-out Allianz Field on June 18 in Saint Paul, Minn.

“I think we have a great and challenging group,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you prepare yourself to get through a difficult group like this, it sets you up for good things to come. We’re excited to get into camp at the end of May, then develop the team and be able compete in the Gold Cup, which is a fantastic tournament.”

2019 Gold Cup Group D

The most anticipated match of the group phase is likely to be the USA’s middle game against the Soca Warriors, who will meet the MNT for the first time since their 2-1 win on Oct. 10, 2017 eliminated the USA from 2018 FIFA World Cup contention on the last day of qualifying.

“I think that will always be there,” he said said when asked about the potential for extra motivation against Trinidad & Tobago. “That’s always going to be an element to that game. For us it’s about taking that emotion out of the game and then performing. We know when we play Trinidad in the second match that we’re going to have an opportunity to put ourselves in a position to advance. It’s going to be an important game -- a positional game -- and we want to win it.”

The USA’s group finale against Panama may strike a familiar tone. In a run that dates back to the 2005 final, the June 26 match will mark the eighth consecutive time the two sides will face each other in Concacaf Gold Cup play.

And just as they’ve been a common opponent, Panama is one of the teams that has given the USA difficulty in the tournament. A 2-1 victory in the 2011 edition made Los Canaleros the only side to defeat the USA in the Gold Cup group stage, while their last three Gold Cup meetings – including the opening match of the 2017 tournament -- have all ended in 1-1 draws.

Berhalter already has a feel for Panama, with the MNT defeating the Central American side 3-0 in his first game as head coach on Jan. 27 in Glendale, Ariz.

“Panama has athleticism. I think when they play in a low block, they can be difficult to break down, as we’ve seen when we played them,” Berhalter added. “…we’re going to have to be smart when we play against these opponents. We’re going to have to be balanced, and hopefully we’ll be able to circulate the ball to create goal scoring opportunities.”

One of two teams making their Gold Cup debut, Guyana punched its ticket to the tournament by finishing seventh in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League qualifying. The match will also mark the USA’s first meeting with the country on South America’s northeast coast, marking the 98th different national team the MNT will have faced.

Though less familiar with the Golden Jaguars, Berhalter did have some knowledge of the squad and felt the Gold Cup first-timers would provide a worthy challenge for the USA as it opens the tournament at sold-out Allianz Field in St. Paul on June 18. 

“I know that they have a large population of players playing in England in Leagues One and Two. I know the coach is a long-time pro in England and I know he’s going to get that team to compete. It’s going to be a team with a lot of spirit and we’re going to have to be prepared.”

2019 Gold Cup groups

Guyana are coached by former Jamaica international Michael Johnson. A long-time defender in the English game, Johnson likely crossed paths with Berhalter during the 2001-02 season when the Jamaican was playing with Birmingham City and the future U.S. manager was with Crystal Palace. Along with their English-based contingent, Guyana also features Philadelphia Union defender Warren Creavalle and former Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake forward Emery Welshman.

Should the MNT advance from Group D, it will play its quarterfinal match against a team from Group C on June 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The MNT’s semifinal is set for July 3 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, with the final to be played at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 7.

Berhalter and his staff will continue to evaluate the player pool before the May 16 deadline to provide the provisional 40-player roster to Concacaf. The MNT will have to submit its final 23-player roster by June 3.

The MNT will play two warmup friendlies on domestic soil in early June prior to the tournament opener against Guyana on June 18.

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