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- U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U-16 BNT vs Mexico U-16 BNT
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Competition: 45th International Tournament of Montaigu
Venue: Salle des Ribandeaux, Talmont-Sainte-Hilaire, France
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. CEST
Weather: 65 degrees; overcast

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

USA – Stefan Stojanovic (Gabe Segal)                                      31st minute
USA – Konrad De La Fuente (Stefan Stojanovic)                     66
USA – Stefan Stojanovic (Matko Miljevic)                                  78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nico Defreitas-Hansen, 2-Ian Hoffmann, 3-Julian Araujo, 15-Victor Rangel, 14-Jordan Bender (17-Matko Miljevic, 67), 13-Nelson Martinez (8-Aidan O’Toole, 77), 7-Aidan Morris (6-Mario Anaya, 54), 20-Gabe Segal, 11-Jose Rivas (4-Kevin Peraza, 67), 19-Stefan Stojanovic, 9-Konrad De La Fuente (21-Jalen Anderson, 77)
Subs not used: 10-Mitch Cruz, 12-David Ochoa, 18-Armando Haro, 24-Abraham Gonzalez
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

MEX: 12-Carlos Rodas, 2-Sebastian Medina, 3-Rodrigo Reyes, 4-Ricardo Souza, 5-Brandon Herrera, 6-Emmanuel Haro, 8-Fernando Morales (15-Jordan Carillo, 52; 18-Sergio Trevino, 76), 7-Diego Medina (17-Ramiro Jimenez, 76), 11-Orlando Botello (20-Axel Diaz, 54), 19-Thomas Gimenez (10-Ivan Hernandez, 54), 9-Sebastian Martinez
Subs not used: 1-Hector Holguin, 13-Francisco Garcia, 14-Santiago Naveda, 16-Osnar Ruiz
Head Coach: Miguel Gomez

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 7 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 8
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Emmanuel Haro (caution)                                    53rd minute  
USA – Konrad De La Fuente (caution)               64

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WNT Will Travel to Europe in November to Play Portugal and Scotland

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will go abroad in November to finish its 2018 schedule with matches against Portugal on Nov. 8 in Lisbon (1 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and against Scotland on Nov. 13 in Glasgow (2 p.m. ET on FS1 & UDN).

These will be the first away games for the U.S. Women this year and the first trip to Europe since the summer of 2017 when the USA earned 1-0 victories against Sweden and Norway.

Between 1994 and 2015, the USA played 79 matches at twenty Algarve Cup tournaments, all held on the southern coast of Portugal, but this will be the USA’s first game in the capital of Lisbon. The match will be played at Estadio António Coimbra da Mota, the 8,000-seat home to Second Division club G.D. Estoril Praia. The venue is in Estoril, a suburb of Lisbon.

Following the match against Portugal, the USA will travel north to face first-time World Cup qualifier Scotland on Nov. 13 at The Simple Digital Arena, the 8,000-seat home of Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren FC. The stadium is in Paisley, just outside of Glasgow. It will be the USA’s first friendly match in Scotland, and first in United Kingdom outside of England, but the USA did play two games at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2012 Olympics.

SAID ELLIS

“For planning purposes, it was important to have this last FIFA window of the year be in Europe. We’ve played a competitive domestic schedule but adapting to being on the road is an important part of preparations for next year. Playing a World Cup-qualified team and a country that is on the rise will be two good matches to end our 2018 schedule.”

Scotland earned its berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning UEFA Group 2, edging Switzerland on the final day of qualifying. Scotland defeated Albania, 2-1, in Shkoder, Albania while Switzerland was held to a surprising 0-0 draw by Poland in Mielec.

U.S. Soccer had previously scheduled matches against Switzerland and the Netherlands, but both teams did not get the results they needed to win their groups on the final match day of UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying. Both teams were subsequently forced into the playoffs, the final two legs of which will take place during this FIFA window in November. Switzerland and the Netherlands will meet for the last World Cup berth for Europe.

Portugal did not qualify for the next summer’s World Cup, finishing third in UEFA Group 6 behind World Cup qualifier Italy and second-place finisher Belgium, which earned a playoff spot, but fell to Switzerland in its semifinal series. Portugal did have a highly successful 2018 Algarve Cup, defeating Australia (which is currently sixth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings) by a 2-1 score in the Third-Place Match.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 6-0-0 all-time against Portugal with four of those six meetings taking place at the Algarve Cup. The two other matches were played in Florida in January of 1999, the latter of which featured Michelle Akers’ 100th career goal.
  • The USA has only played Scotland three times and has won all three games but has never faced Scotland in Scotland. The most recent matches came in February of 2013 in the first games for then-head coach and Scotland native Tom Sermanni. The USA won 4-1 in Jacksonville, Fla. and 3-1 in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Scotland went 7-1-0 in its World Cup qualifying group with the only blemish a 1-0 loss to Switzerland in April of 2018 in Switzerland.
  • Most of the Scotland players play for top cubs in England, but defender Rachel Corsie plays in the NWSL with Utah Royals FC.
  • Scotland midfielder Kim Little was one of the top players in the NWSL with the Seattle Reign from 2014-2016 and was the top scorer in the league in 2014 when she was also named the MVP, but she will not feature in the match against the USA after recently suffering a broken fibula.
  • The USA’s two wins at Hampden Park during the 2012 Olympics were against France (4-2) and Colombia (3-0).
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WNT Oct 23, 2018
US Soccer

2019 Road to France: By the Numbers

The U.S. Women’s National Team swept all five games at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup and collect the 12th regional title in the team’s history. Here is a look at the USA’s World Cup Qualifying campaign: By the Numbers

0   Goals conceded throughout the tournament (5 games)
1   Number of U.S. hat tricks during the tournament (Lloyd)
2   Number of players who scored at least 1 goal in every game they played in (Heath & Morgan, they each played in four matches)
3   Number of individual tournament honors awarded to the USA: Golden Ball (Ertz), Golden Boot (Morgan) and Fair Play Award
3   Number of braces Alex Morgan scored during the tournament (vs. MEX, TRI & JAM)
4   Players saw action in all five games (Dahlkemper, Ertz, Horan and Lavelle)
4   Players that scored at least one brace during WCQ (Morgan, Heath, Lavelle and Rapinoe)

5   Number of assists Lindsey Horan had during WCQ, most on the team
5   Opening goals in each match (5 games) that were scored inside the 10-minute mark (Rapinoe 3rd min. vs. MEX; Mewis 5th min. vs. PAN; Morgan 9th min. vs. TRI; Heath 2nd min. vs. JAM; Lavelle 2nd min. vs. CAN)
5   Number of shutouts the USA earned during the tournament (Naeher (4), and Harris)
6   Number of Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifying Tournaments the WNT has won in its history
6   Number of braces scored by U.S. players during the tournament (Morgan (3), Lavelle, Heath and Rapinoe (one each))
7   Number of goals scored by Alex Morgan, which was the most in the tournament and earned her the Golden Boot
8   Date in December that the 2019 FIFA WWC Draw will take place. It will be in Paris

10  Number of players who scored throughout the tournament: Morgan (7 goals), Heath (4), Lloyd (3), Rapinoe (3), Lavelle (3), Ertz (2), Dunn, Horan, Press and Mewis
14  Number of total shots against the USA allowed throughout the tournament (five games)
17  The USA was the 17th country to book its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World cup in France
18  Number of WCQ appearances in Carli Lloyd’s career, a U.S. WNT record
19  Number of total assists for the USA during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players
20  Number of players that saw action during the tournament, which was the entire roster
26  Number of goals the U.S. WNT scored throughout the tournament
32  The USA has won 32 games in World Cup qualifying history out of 33 games contested. The only loss came in 2010 vs. Mexico.

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WNT Oct 22, 2018
US Soccer

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Qualifying Round Schedule Confirmed

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2018) - The Draw for the third round of Open Division Local Qualifying was conducted today and will pit 28 aspiring amateur clubs against one another on the road to the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship.

U.S. Soccer held the draw to determine the match-ups for the third qualifying round earlier today at Soccer House in Chicago.

All 14 games in the third qualifying round will be played Nov. 17-18 in venues across the country. The exact pairing for one Central Region matchup will be determined when Celtic Cowboys Premier and Motagua New Orleans face each other in a second qualifying round game, rescheduled to Nov. 11 due to saturated pitches after recent rainstorms in central Texas. The winner will host amateur power NTX Rayados.

Five of the clubs still alive reached the tournament’s First Round in 2018. They include Christos FC (Md.), FC Denver (Colo.), NTX Rayados (Texas), Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) (previously named the Rochester River Dogz), and Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.). Other notable survivors include three-time U.S. Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms (1980, 1982-83) and Cal FC (Calif.), who made a memorable run to the Round of 16 in 2012 by defeating Major League Soccer (Division I) side Portland Timbers.

Follow all the action on @OpenCup on Instagram and Twitter as well as ussoccer.com.

The available number of berths into the First Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup will be determined by the Open Cup Committee at a later date. If a fourth qualifying round is needed, it will be scheduled for either March 9-10 or April 6-7 of 2019.

2019 U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Third Round Schedule

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)

10 a.m. ET

The Fortress; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium, St. John's University; Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 18

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

5 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

Nov. 18

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

5 p.m. ET

Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

6 p.m. ET

Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

8 p.m. ET

Total Sports Complex - Old Trafford; Wixom, Mich.

Nov. 17

Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

7 p.m. CT

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

   -or-

Nov. 18

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

3 p.m. CT

Round Rock Multipurpose Complex – Field 1, Round Rock, Texas

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

7:30 p.m. MT

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Nov. 18

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MT

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Nov. 18

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Calabasas High School; Calabasas, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Nov. 18

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Entering its 106th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer's National Championship - has crowned a champion annually since 1914. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans and media will be able to stream many of the games of the 2019 competition from there in addition to enjoying comprehensive video and written coverage of the tournament. Follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest-continuously-running open soccer tournament.

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U.S. Open Cup Oct 22, 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 24 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 24 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, against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career.

Morgan then added not one, or two, but three braces during the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship, one in each group game she played in, and another against Jamaica in the crucial semifinal win that booked the U.S. a spot in France 2019. A single goal vs. Canada in the title game on Oct. 17 would give her 7 total - the most of any player - and would make her the Golden Boot winner as the tournament's leading scorer.

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 24-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 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now more than 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 17 goals in 17 games in 2018.

In a span of a few months, Morgan has put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 97, 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 151 after the Canada game on Oct. 17) 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.

With a trip booked to France and two away games left to play, the intensity of play is only increasing. 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 Oct 22, 2018
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