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2016 Mondial Football de Montaigu

Montaigu, France
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MNT Fostering Competition During January Camp

When U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter unveiled his January Camp roster last month, he outlined the three pillars that would form the foundation of this first camp: building a team culture, instilling a style of play and competing in everything.

That last piece has manifested itself in daily training competitions during the month-long camp in Chula Vista, Calif. At the beginning of every session, Berhalter and his staff lay out the plan and point out which exercise will count for “competition points”.

Those exercises – chosen with the purpose of the players continuing to learn a new style of play - have ranged from 8v8 full-field matches, possession games and finishing drills, among others. Players are divided up differently every session and those on the winning team during the exercise gain points in the overall camp standings.

“We want an element of training every single day where you can win,” Berhalter explained to ussoccer.com. “We divide the teams up and let them compete for victory on that given day. It’s a balance between having the tactical objectives of the training session but also letting them compete.”

A month-long camp that features multiple two-a-days is understandably tiring for players. While being a part of the National Team is incentive enough, the prevailing sentiment among the group is that the competition adds a little bit more motivation throughout the month.

“It keeps things a little more interesting and makes us want to compete and win more,” said MNT defender Reggie Cannon. “It’s more fun and enjoyable and I think that’s something that’s going to help not only with Gregg’s style of play, but training in general. We’re getting after it and training is more lively.”

On January 9, reigning MLS Defender of the Year Aaron Long was on the winning team for the “three-gate” exercise, which tasked teams with connecting 15 passes to gain a point, or eight before passing through one of three gates set up on the field to score a goal.

“Points are being posted on the board every day. You want to be on the top of that board to prove it to yourself and to your teammates that you’re the player they want to play with,” Long said. “When teams get made every session, you want to be the guy who others want on their side.”

Updated standings get set around to the team every night, allowing players to keep track. While the ultimate purpose of the camp is to build the team for matches at the end of the month and going forward, Cannon thinks the competition component plays hand-in-hand with instilling the new style of play.

“Gregg’s style is one where you’re really playing – getting guys touches on the ball and pinging it around,” Cannon said. “The way it’s setting up, the competition aspect is going to help guys be more composed on the ball and give us more confidence when it comes to game situations.”

“It sets a certain mentality in that everything we do -- that there’s a result at the end of it,” Berhalter added. “We want to have a clear identity on the field and we want to have a great culture amongst the team, but in the end ultimately we need to compete. Getting that mindset right early is important.”

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US Soccer

Ten Coaches from MLS, USL and U.S. National Teams Set to Begin Fourth U.S. Soccer Pro License Course

CHICAGO (Jan. 14, 2019) – Ten coaches working across Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League Championship and U.S. Soccer kick off the fourth U.S. Soccer Pro License Course this week at the National Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The first meeting begins a year-long journey for the 10 candidates towards earning the highest soccer license recognized in North America. The Pro License completes the U.S. Soccer coaching education pathway that begins at the grassroots level.

2019 Pro Course Participants

  • Dave van den Bergh – (U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team head coach)
  • Simon Elliott – (Head coach, Sacramento Republic FC, USL Championship)
  • Cameron Knowles – (Head coach, Portland Timbers 2, USL Championship)
  • Mike Petke (Head coach, Real Salt Lake, MLS)
  • Ante Razov – (Assistant coach, Los Angeles Football Club, MLS)
  • Martin Rennie – (Head coach, Indy Eleven, USL Championship)
  • Giovanni Savarese – (Head coach, Portland Timbers, MLS)
  • Marcelo Serrano (Head coach, Austin Bold FC, USL Championship)
  • Nolan Sheldon – (Assistant coach, D.C. United, MLS)
  • Mark Watson – (Assistant coach, Minnesota United, MLS)

This year marks the fourth edition of the Pro License course, designed for coaches to further develop the skills and competencies necessary to work as a professional coach in a professional environment. Based on their individual needs, each candidate will go through a tailored program designed to bolster their efforts to create a winning culture/team, develop a style of play, implement sport science initiatives at their clubs, reflect on their growth as a coach and serve as leaders in their organizations.

The course combines theoretical and practical components to help coaches reach their full potential. A year-long journey, it features in-person instruction, visits by coach educators to candidates’ home club environments, expert guest speakers, webinars and a final assessment. U.S. Soccer coach educator Wim Van Zwam and U.S. Soccer Director of Coach Education Barry Pauwels will serve as instructors for the course.

All applicants for the Pro License course must hold a U.S. Soccer A License and currently coach with an MLS, NWSL, USL or U.S. National Team. Five of this year’s candidates come from MLS, four from the USL Championship and one from the U.S. National Teams: U-19 MNT head coach Dave van den Bergh.

The current class of 10 candidates will seek to join the 42 coaches who have earned the Pro License over the first three editions of the course. Last month, 12 coaches completed the 2018 Pro License course in Chicago.

The 2019 Pro License course begins with a week-long meeting at the National Development Center from Jan. 14-18. In the following months, U.S. Soccer coach educators will visit each candidate in his home club environment to observe how they begin to apply the course’s theoretical components as they coach games, lead training sessions and analyze performance. All 10 candidates will gather again in Kansas City in June for the second meeting, followed by another visit to each candidates’ home environment before the final course meeting in November in Chicago.

Meetings will also include visits from guest speakers that are experts in coaching, leadership, teaching and more. At the course’s first meeting this week, the candidates will hear from Arne Barez (former Budnesliga player, UEFA Pro License), James Bunce (U.S. Soccer Director of High Performance), Yannick Ferrara (former manager, Belgian First Division A), Wade Gilbert (Professor of Kinesiology, Fresno State University), Doug Lemov (managing director, Uncommon Schools), Gautam Mukunda (Professor, Harvard University Kennedy School) and James O’Connor (head coach, Orlando City SC) as well as presenters from U.S. Soccer’s analytics department.

The formal meetings and individual visits will be complemented by individual assignments and research, self-reflection as well as a series of webinars. The curriculum is customized to each candidate to best fit the course to their specific needs.

U.S. Soccer stands as the only organization able to license coaches domestically under FIFA standards. The Pro License seeks to raise the minimum standard for an individual seeking to become a professional coach in MLS, the NWSL or USL. U.S. Soccer strives to develop world class players, coaches and referees.

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US Soccer

New Partnership Between U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen Is Major Step in Continuing to Drive the Game Forward

Today marks a momentous day in the history of the U.S. Soccer Federation on the road to fulfilling its mission of making soccer the preeminent sport in the United States.

The announcement at the Detroit Auto Show that Volkswagen and U.S. Soccer have agreed to a unique multi-year presenting partnership – the iconic Volkswagen logo will be seen on the front of every training jersey worn by all the Senior National Teams, Youth National Teams and Extended National Teams – gives the Federation new platforms to continue to weave soccer deeply into the American culture.

Several key aspects of accomplishing these lofty goals are partnering with organizations that can reach a wide range of Americans while providing the financial resources to institute programs that continue to push the game forward.

A significant part of the new resources afforded to U.S. Soccer by Volkswagen will go towards helping to educate coaches, especially female coaches, at various levels of the coaching certification process. With more programs and more resources, U.S. Soccer can accelerate implementation and impact more people who can make positive contributions to the overall development of the game.

In addition, the promotional partnerships and dealer network that Volkswagen brings will allow U.S. Soccer to expand its overall reach and continue to be a driver for the sport, increasing the ability to assist in the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators, as more and more fans become engaged in the world’s sport. Reaching more devoted fans and stirring the passion of new ones while growing the game together are all important aspects of what this partnership will help provide.

Volkswagen will be one of the most active – and visible – partners U.S. Soccer has ever had, increasing the ability to reach the grassroots customer directly while fostering excitement of what’s to come for soccer in the USA.

“We are extremely excited to work together with Volkswagen to help us continue to grow soccer in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Dan Flynn. “Volkswagen will be one of the most active and visible partners U.S. Soccer has ever had, providing us with additional resources for more programs that can impact and help develop the sport, while also allowing us to reach more fans of the game across the country. We look forward to the next four years together as we drive towards our mission of becoming the preeminent sport in the United States.”

The Volkswagen logo appearing on the front of the training jerseys provides a unique asset that will be especially conspicuous over the next few years with the U.S. Women embarking on the 10-game “Countdown to the Cup” before participating in the World Cup this summer and then attempting to qualify for the Olympics in 2020. The U.S. Men will be racing towards another Concacaf Gold Cup crown in June before entering its first Concacaf Nations League competition in the fall, and then of course, there will be the quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The historic eight-figure deal, the largest for U.S. Soccer aside from its partnership with Nike, will also feature Volkswagen becoming the title sponsor for the Tournament of Nations, the elite four-team summer tournament for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will return in 2021 and 2022.

The journey of soccer in the United States has been a long one, but with the new presenting partnership with Volkswagen, U.S. Soccer is now better equipped to shift into high gear on a road to soccer preeminence that just became smoother and certainly more fun to navigate.

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U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen of America Announce Landmark Multi-Year Presenting Partnership

DETROIT (Monday, Jan. 14, 2019) – U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced a landmark, integrated partnership today making Volkswagen the presenting automotive partner to the Federation through 2022.

The agreement was facilitated by Soccer United Marketing (SUM), U.S. Soccer’s partner for the past 15 years, and was officially unveiled today at a press conference during the Detroit Auto Show that featured Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh and U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Dan Flynn.

As part of Volkswagen’s long-term commitment, the automobile maker will help U.S. Soccer with its mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States by increasing participation, developing world class players, coaches and referees, and increasing fan engagement around the sport.

“We are extremely excited to work together with Volkswagen to help us continue to grow soccer in the United States,” said Flynn. “Volkswagen will be one of the most active and visible partners U.S. Soccer has ever had, providing us with additional resources for more programs that can impact and help develop the sport, while also allowing us to reach more fans of the game across the country. We look forward to the next four years together as we drive towards our mission of becoming the preeminent sport in the United States.”

As part of the historic partnership, Volkswagen will have branding on training tops for all U.S. Soccer National Teams, including the Men’s and Women’s National Teams, all Youth National Teams and the Para 7-a-side, Beach and Futsal National Teams, and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

U.S. Soccer presenting partner Volkswagen training kits

“We are absolutely thrilled about this partnership with U.S. Soccer,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Our program is about helping to grow this great sport in the U.S. The first step is making it easier for women to stay with the sport and pass on their wisdom and passion and love to the next generation of players. Soccer is the People’s Sport and Volkswagen is the People’s Car.”

During the press conference, U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis shared via video from the team’s camp in Portugal that Volkswagen’s support will fund programs and provide assistance to develop more female coaches in the United States. While 47 percent of youth soccer players are women, only 15 percent of coaches are female.

“We need more women in coaching,” said Ellis, who led the USWNT to an unbeaten record in 2018 to finish as the No. 1-ranked team for the fourth consecutive year. “Female athletes can relate to female coaches and provide them the aspiration to get into coaching themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing results of this partnership and seeing the impact it will have on providing more opportunities to develop female coaches in the near future.”

With the deal announced in advance of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, Volkswagen will be activating during U.S. Soccer’s Countdown to the Cup from January to May, which includes the USA playing a total of 10 games before departing for France in pursuit of another World Cup title. The schedule – which features eight teams that will be participating in France – includes the fourth edition of the SheBelieves Cup, with games in Philadelphia, Nashville and Tampa, and the final three Send-Off Series matches in Santa Clara, Calif., St. Louis, Mo., and Harrison, N.J. Find the full schedule and purchase tickets HERE.

As part of the partnerships, Volkswagen also becomes the presenting partner of Tournament of Nations – a prestigious, round-robin, international women’s tournament that takes place in the United States every year there is not a Women’s World Cup or Summer Olympic Games. The next edition of one of the world’s most competitive women’s soccer events will take place in 2021.

“Soccer United Marketing is proud to facilitate this multi-year partnership between U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director of MLS Business Ventures. “We are always looking to establish partnerships with iconic brands who are committed to advancing the game in innovative ways and joining us in being leaders in the community. This robust relationship between an industry leader like Volkswagen and U.S. Soccer will elevate soccer’s popularity to even higher levels in North America, especially in advance of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

As Volkswagen plans a major shift towards automotive electrification, the automobile partner will have prominent in-stadium and training camp placements on U.S. Soccer creative materials for National Teams matches, along with a significant presence in the organization’s social media and digital efforts.

The comprehensive deal comes at an exciting time as the U.S. Men’s National Team embarks on their own new four-year journey to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup under the helm of two-time World Cup veteran Gregg Berhalter, who was named head coach in December. Berhalter will command the next generation of highly talented prospects blended with experienced veterans with a singular focus – to implement a potent combination of style of play, pride and commitment that will make all the team’s supporters proud.

As Berhalter prepares for the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer, Volkswagen will work with U.S. Soccer to provide fans fun and engaging opportunities to connect with the new-look team.

For more information regarding Volkswagen’s presenting partnership of U.S. Soccer, visit ussoccer.com.

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About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

About U.S. Soccer
Founded in 1913, the U.S. Soccer Federation has been the official governing body of the sport in the United States for more than 100 years. During that time, the growth of the sport has grown tremendously at all levels. As U.S. Soccer looks towards the future, its mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. With a long-term and strategic approach, U.S. Soccer aims to accomplish its mission by supporting its members to increase participation at the youth and adult levels, develop world class players, coaches and referees to consistently win at the highest levels on the international stage and serve the fans by engaging with them in deeper and more meaningful ways. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.

About SUM
Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the commercial arm of MLS, is the preeminent commercial soccer enterprise in North America, overseeing the commercialization and marketing execution of the region’s soccer entities. SUM holds the exclusive rights to MLS, the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Mexican National Team (U.S. market), and Concacaf Properties (Gold Cup).

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-2 W Montaigu, France Weah, Acosta (2)
4-0 W Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France Acosta (2), Akinola (2)
2-2 D Poire-Sur-Vie, France Acosta(2)
1-1 D Poire-Sur-Vie, France Akinola

44th International Tournament of Montaigu

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 131 Miami, Fla. North Carolina FC
F 5-10 183 Detroit, Mich. Toronto FC
M 5-11 Glendora, California Los Angeles Futbol Academy
GK 6-1 180 Arlington Heights, Ill. Sockers FC
F 5-8 145 Powder Springs, Ga. Atlanta United FC
F 5-8 145 Powder Springs, Ga. Atlanta United FC
D San Marcos, Calif. Chivas USA
D 5-11 170 Glen Allen, Va. D.C. United
M 5-8 171 Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
M 5-6 San Jose, California San Jose Earthquakes
GK 6-1 162 Miami, Fla. Atlanta United FC
F 5-11 160 Miami, Fla. Weston FC
M 5-8 154 Locus Grove, Ga. Atlanta United FC
F 5-3 Pleasonton, California Ballistic United SC
D 5-10 143 Palm Beach, Fla. Philadelphia Union
D 5-11 162 Rye, N.Y. New York City FC
F 6-1 175 O'Fallon, Mo. Werder Bremen (Germany) 5/2
D 6-1 164 Greenwich, Conn. New York City FC
M Mira Loma, Calif. FC Golden State
M 5-2 115 Hood River, Ore. Portland Timbers
M 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Celtic (Scotland) 8/1

44th International Tournament of Montaigu

George Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
131

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
North Carolina FC

Ayo Akinola

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
183

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Detroit, Mich.

Club:
Toronto FC

Jake Arteaga

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, California

Club:
Los Angeles Futbol Academy

Alexander Budnik

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Club:
Sockers FC

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Kelee Cornfield-Saunders

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Marcos, Calif.

Club:
Chivas USA

Christopher Durkin

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Glen Allen, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Blaine Ferri

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
171

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Southlake, Texas

Club:
Solar Chelsea SC

Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Jose, California

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Justin Garces

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Nicolas Morillo Garcia

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
Weston FC

Christopher Goslin

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Locus Grove, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Niccolo Lemoine

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Pleasonton, California

Club:
Ballistic United SC

Rayshaun McGann

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
143

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

James Sands

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rye, N.Y.

Club:
New York City FC

Josh Sargent

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
O'Fallon, Mo.

Club:
Werder Bremen (Germany)

Tyler Shaver

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
164

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greenwich, Conn.

Club:
New York City FC

Arturo Vasquez

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mira Loma, Calif.

Club:
FC Golden State

Adrian Villegas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Weight:
115

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hood River, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Tim Weah

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:
Celtic (Scotland)

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 2 0 2 7 3 4 5
Brazil  3 1 0 2 7 5 2 5
England 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
Russia
3 0
2 1
3 8
-5
1

USA Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 22 USA vs. Brazil
1-1 T Poire-Sur-Vie, France
March 24
USA vs. England
2-2 T
Poire-Sur-Vie, France
March 26
USA vs. Russia
4-0 W
Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France
March 28
USA vs. France
3-2 W
Montaigu, France

U-17 Men's National Team Stats - 2016 Mondial Football de Montaigu

Record: 2-0-2  

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Acosta, George
M
3 3 235 6
0
12
0/0
Akinola, Ayo
F
3 2 170 3 1 7 1/0
Arteaga, Jake
M
2 2 160 0 0 0 1/0
Budnik, Alex
GK
1 1 80 0 0 0 0/0
Carleton, Andrew
F
3 2 220 0 0 0 0/0
Cornfield-Saunders, Kelee
D
3 1 118 0 0 0 0/0
Durkin, Chris
M
3 3 240 0 0 0 1/0
Ferri, Blaine
M
4 4 259 0 2 2 0/0
Foe Nuphaus, J.J. D 4 3 250 0 0 0 2/0
Garces, Justin
GK
3 3 240 0 0 0 0/0
Garcia, Nicolas
F
1 0 12 0 0 0 0/0
Goslin, Christopher
M
4 3 204 0 1 1 1/0
Lemoine, Niccolo
F 3 1 34 0 0 0 1/0

McGann, Rayshaun

D
4 3 229 0 0 0 0/0
Sands, James
M
4 2 164 0 0 0 1/0
Sargent, Josh
F
4 2 280 1 1 0/0 
Shaver, Tyler
D
3 3 240 0
1 1
0/0
Vasquez, Arturo
M
3 1 117 0 0 0 1/0

Villegas, Adrian

M 1 1 40 0 0 0 0/0
Weah, Tim F 3 3 184 1 1 3 0/0

Own Goal





0


Totals


4 4 320 10 7 27 9/0

Opponent Totals


4 4 320 5 5 15 4/0

2016 Mondial Football de Montaigu Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Budnik, Alex 1 1 80 1 1 0 1.00 0-0-1
Garces, Justin 3 3 240 9 4 1 1.33 2-0-1

Totals

4 4 320 10 5 1 1.25 2-0-2

Opponent Totals

4
4
320
5
10
0
2.50 0-2-2

Updated through March 31, 2016

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