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U-18 WNT Defeats Norway U-19 WNT 1-0 in La Manga, Spain on Goal from Abigail Kim

LA MANGA, Spain (March 7, 2016) – The U.S. U-18 Women’s National won its second consecutive 1-0 match, downing the Norway U-19 WNT as Abigail Kim scored the winner for the second game in a row.

The U.S. U-18s finished up its three-game competition La Manga with a 2-0-1 record against older teams after tying Denmark 0-0 and defeating England 1-0 with Kim scoring in the 78th minute.

Against Norway, Kim tallied in the 36th minute off a corner from Cecilia Gee and the goal held up as Amanda Dennis picked up the shutout.

All the players who traveled to Spain are age-eligible for the team that will participate in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, but the goal for this age group is to ultimately qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2016
Competition: 2016 La Manga 8 Nation’s Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club Resort; La Manga, Spain
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
NOR                            0          0          0

USA – Abigail Kim (Cecilia Gee)         36th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Amanda Dennis; 3-Julie Doyle (17-Julie Mackin, 74), 7-Samantha Hiatt, 13-Taylor Mitchell (12-Marley Canales, 35), 15-Holly Daugirda (9-Malia Berkely, 46), 14-Cecilia Gee, 21-Zoe Morse (capt.), 20-Taylor Kornieck (22-Natalie Winter, 46), 16-Kennedy Goins, 8-Abigail Kim (19-Arlie Jones, 59), 11-Sunny Dunphy (2-Jenna Bike, 77)
Subs Not Used: 4-Marissa Bosco, 5-Alissa Gorzak, 6-Olivia Athens, 10-Kaiya McCullough, 18-Brooke Heinsohn
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

NOR: 1-Ida Nordstrom; 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 2-Tuva Hansen (18-Mariken Kleppe, 13), 4-Sarah Alexandra Lilleberg Suphellen, 13-Ingrid Rokke Elvebakken, 6-Maria Hiim, 15-Karoline Heimvik Haugland (10-Vilde Hasund, 79), 7-Ingrid Sysrstad Engen, 8-Nora Eide Lie (14-Andrea Wilmann, 28), 11-Vilde Anett Fjelldal, 9-Siw Dovle (16-Synnove Ronquist Hafnor, 79)
Subs Not Used: 3-Heidi Elisabeth Ellingsen, 12-Klara Sporsem, 17-Katrine Winnem Jorgensen, 23-Benedicte Haland
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod

Stats Summary: NOR / USA
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Malin Johansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Laurin (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Camilia Stendahl (SWE)

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U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-19 Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2016
Competition: 2016 La Manga 8 Nation’s Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club Resort; La Manga, Spain
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
NOR                            0          0          0

USA – Abigail Kim (Cecilia Gee)         36th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Amanda Dennis; 3-Julie Doyle (17-Julie Mackin, 74), 7-Samantha Hiatt, 13-Taylor Mitchell (12-Marley Canales, 35), 15-Holly Daugirda (9-Malia Berkely, 46), 14-Cecilia Gee, 21-Zoe Morse (capt.), 20-Taylor Kornieck (22-Natalie Winter, 46), 16-Kennedy Goins, 8-Abigail Kim (19-Arlie Jones, 59), 11-Sunny Dunphy (2-Jenna Bike, 77)
Subs Not Used: 4-Marissa Bosco, 5-Alissa Gorzak, 6-Olivia Athens, 10-Kaiya McCullough, 18-Brooke Heinsohn
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

NOR: 1-Ida Nordstrom; 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 2-Tuva Hansen (18-Mariken Kleppe, 13), 4-Sarah Alexandra Lilleberg Suphellen, 13-Ingrid Rokke Elvebakken, 6-Maria Hiim, 15-Karoline Heimvik Haugland (10-Vilde Hasund, 79), 7-Ingrid Sysrstad Engen, 8-Nora Eide Lie (14-Andrea Wilmann, 28), 11-Vilde Anett Fjelldal, 9-Siw Dovle (16-Synnove Ronquist Hafnor, 79)
Subs Not Used: 3-Heidi Elisabeth Ellingsen, 12-Klara Sporsem, 17-Katrine Winnem Jorgensen, 23-Benedicte Haland
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod

Stats Summary: NOR / USA
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Malin Johansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Laurin (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Camilia Stendahl (SWE)

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US Soccer

USA Claims 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Title with 2-0 Defeat of Regional Rival Canada

FRISCO, Texas. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team finished a perfect 5-0-0 run and defeated Canada 2-0 in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship title game on Wednesday night. It was the sixth regional title for the USA, which outscored opponents 26-0 in the tournament.

Like in its previous four games, the USA found the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes of the match when Rose Lavelle scored from the top of the box in the second minute of play to put the USA ahead. The rest of the half went scoreless but as it tends to be when these teams meet, it was a physical matchup that saw Canada’s Rebecca Quinn and Allysha Chapman earn yellow cards in the 26th and 31st minutes, and Tobin Heath pick up a caution in the 33rd. The teams also combined for 16 fouls in the first half.

The USA outshot Canada 7-3 in the first 45, with Canada only managing to get one of its own on target, which Alyssa Naeher did well to push wide.

In the second half, the USA did not allow Canada to get a shot on goal, and outshot its northern neighbor 5-1, for a final 12-4 shot advantage. The U.S. continued to push throughout the period and in the 89th minute got its second goal when Morgan finished a Lindsey Horan cross with her left foot for her tournament-leading seventh goal.

The USA earned three individual awards, with Morgan winning Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament, Julie Ertz – who was on the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship roster but did not play – winning the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, and the team won the Fair Play Award. Additionally,  Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Ertz, Horan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Morgan earned Concacaf Best XI honors for their play throughout the tournament.

Earlier in the day, in the Third-Place Match, Jamaica defeated Panama 4-2 in a penalty shootout, after the teams tied 2-2 through regulation and extra-time, to earn an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation in history to advance to a Women’s World Cup. Panama will now go into a two-leg intercontinental playoff and face Argentina for a chance to secure a spot in France.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Rose Lavelle, 2nd minute:
Lindsey Horan made a powerful run into the left side of the penalty area and crossed into the middle. Shelina Zadorsky cleared the ball, but only to the top of the box where Lavelle collected and then fired a left-footed grass-cutter that skipped into the lower right corner from 20 yards out. With the goal, the USA continued its streak of scoring inside the first 10 minutes of all five games in this tournament. USA 1, CAN 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 89th minute:
Crystal Dunn recovered a poor clearance at the top of the box and passed it to Horan, who was inside the 18-yard box on the left side. Horan looked up and saw Morgan in the middle. She crossed the ball into the six-yard box where an incoming Morgan finished with her left foot through traffic and over Stephanie Labbé for her seventh goal of the tournament. USA 2, CAN 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Player Notes:

  • Rose Lavelle scored her sixth international goal tonight in her 18th career cap. It was her third goal of the tournament.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 97th international goal. She scored seven goals throughout the tournament to up her 2018 total to 17. She’s scored 24 goals over her last 24 WNT matches. It was her 151st cap. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list and is third all-time in two-goal games (22), behind only Abby Wambach (37) and Mia Hamm (28). With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers for third all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38).
  • Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, has played in every game for the USA this year. She earned her eighth assist of 2018, second most on the team, and led the team in assists during the tournament with five.
  • Alyssa Naeher earned her 20th career shutout tonight in her 37th cap.

Additional Team Notes:

  • The USA is 16-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Canada; and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 26 matches (23-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 91-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 26 games.
  • The USA is now 32-1-0 all-time in World Cup qualifying, including 18-0-0 at home, and hasn’t conceded a goal in 11 straight WCQ games (1053 minutes) dating back to 2010. The last goal allowed came in the 27th minute against Mexico on Nov. 5, 2010.
  • Under Jill Ellis in World Cup qualifying the USA has a record of 10-0-0 with 47 goals scored and 0 against.
  • The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 704 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
  • The U.S. women have won six of seven WCQ tournaments, finishing first in the qualifying competitions for the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups.
  • The USA has scored 184 goals in WWC qualifying while allowing five.
  • Six of the USA’s 26 goals in this tournament came via headers.
  • Ten different players scored in the tournament for the USA (26 total goals): Alex Morgan (7), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (3), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis made three subs tonight: Carli Lloyd for Rose Lavelle in the 88th minute, Mallory Pugh for Tobin Heath in the 92nd minute and Casey Short for Crystal Dunn in the 23rd.
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Brad Friedel: "I Enjoyed Every Minute"

Brad Friedel’s international career was launched in a low-profile location at King George V Park in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1992. But Friedel considers that match, a 2-0 U.S. victory over Canada before a crowd of 3,500, a high point of a career that included 82 National Team caps, victories in the English League Cup and Turkish Cup, and an English Premier League record: 310 consecutive appearances.

“The first time you put on the shirt for the senior [National] Team, it was not a luxurious game, it was away from home against Canada,” Friedel recalled. “But I was still in college at the time and to get a senior cap was a special moment.”

Friedel early in his MNT career.

For Friedel, a member of the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction class, that match was the first of 21 shutouts in goal for the U.S. Fittingly, Friedel concluded his international career with another clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Poland at Kazimierza Gorskiego Stadion in Plock on March 31, 2004.

2002, the Highpoint
Then, there was the 2002 World Cup, the best U.S. finish since 1930, on the globe’s biggest stage. “The run we had in the 2002 World Cup,” Friedel said. “You look back and I think that was – I know there have been some fantastic players since then – but that was arguably the best U.S. squad that’s been assembled top to bottom. A lot of players played in Europe, big roles at their clubs at the time. Incredible competition for places. And I think being disappointed going out in the quarterfinals instead of just being happy reaching the quarterfinals says a lot about where soccer in the United States had come. That whole run was probably the most special moment in the U.S. shirt.”

Friedel saved penalty kicks against Korea Republic and Poland, then blanked Mexico 2-0 in the second round as the Americans advanced to a quarterfinal date with Germany (1-0 loss) in the 2002 World Cup, joint-hosted by Korea Republic and Japan.


Friedel celebrates defeating arch rival Mexico 2-0 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Friedel’s first exposure to international soccer had been as a youngster, when he accompanied his father to a Charity Shield match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in 1980. But Friedel’s professional career aspirations did not begin to take shape until he was selected for the U.S. Olympic team while still a student-athlete at UCLA.

College Pathway to Stardom
“When I got out to UCLA, Sigi [Schmid] brought in a lot of talented players,” Friedel recalled. “College soccer was a lot different then. It was the place where all the best young players went, so the level was much higher back then than it is today. But he, along with a few of the other universities in the country, put on really good programs, and it was the first time I had been looked at by a National Team coach. It was Lothar Osiander with the Olympic team, and that was when we started traveling overseas and to South America. And after each game that you play and training sessions, and agents are coming up to you, and you start thinking this could be the career path. “I didn’t really think about it until then. I was just a Midwest kid in Cleveland playing every sport and soccer didn’t really have a much of a future to it back then. So, looking back on it, it was really fortunate stuff.”

Before making his debut with the full U.S. team, Friedel played in the 1992 Olympic Games (he also helped the team finish fourth in the 2000 Olympics) and later that year won the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate player in the country.

Friedel combined athletic versatility – he played basketball, soccer and tennis in high school – with anticipation, a powerful presence and tactical savvy to attract offers from Europe. He had trials with Nottingham Forest, then coached by Brian Clough, and Liverpool before signing with Newcastle United in 1995. Friedel returned home to play for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1996 and ’97, then spent the next 18 years in Europe, where he played for seven clubs in three countries.

Cup Success for Friedel
Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness brought Friedel to Galatasaray and Blackburn Rovers, the teams winning the Turkish Cup (1996) and English League Cup (2002).




Meanwhile, Friedel was competing with Kasey Keller and Tony Meola for the starting goalkeeper position with the U.S. National Team. Friedel played in a 1-0 loss to Serbia in the final U.S. game of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, then became the undisputed starter in 2002. Friedel credited a healthy diet and yoga workouts to helping extend his career. In Friedel’s last season with Tottenham Hotspur, he weighed about 200 pounds, less than his playing weight at UCLA.

“I never started playing this sport for the personal accolade,” said Friedel, who currently coaches the New England Revolution of MLS. “It’s a team sport. But when you can be recognized by the country you were born in and represented, it truly is an honor and I accept it humbly. It’s not something that ever really crosses your mind when you’re playing, getting into a Hall of Fame. But it’s a very nice feeling when I found out, and the way I did find out was really good. Over the last few years I’ve become pretty close with Tab Ramos, and when he turned up [at New England Revolution practice] I had no idea. It was a nice touch. But it truly is an honor and I enjoyed every minute playing and representing the United States.”

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2019 U.S. Open Cup Qualifying: Local Derbies from Boston to Miami & Denver to Oakland

Local Qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, continues this weekend with 28 second round games across the country on October 20 and 21. Christos, Baltimore-based darlings from the 2017 edition, are in action alongside three-time Open Cup champions NY Pancyprian Freedoms. Harpos and FC Denver, the cream of the Colorado amateur scene, cross swords in Denver, while Cal FC – who beat MLS side Portland Timbers in the 2012 Open Cup proper – look to keep on track out west.

The Northeast Region is always chock-a-block with high-power amateur teams from the men’s leagues around Boston and New York City. This year is no different, with the Pancyprians Freedoms, of NY’s famed Cosmopolitan League, traveling to Jackson, New Jersey to take on Jackson Lions FC after eliminating 2018 amateur national champions Lansdowne Bhoys in the First Round. 

Old Rivals Meet in Cambridge
Outside of Boston, at Danehy Park in Cambridge, Mass., Kendall Wanderers and GPS Omens meet for the third time in the space of ten days. Perennial contenders in the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), Kendall got the edge on their long-time rivals with a 2-0 victory in the Ucal McKenzie League Cup Final last Wednesday before GPS turned around to win a regular season encounter between the two on Saturday by the same scoreline. “There’s really not a lot between these two teams,” said Phil Keane, the Kendall Wanderers’ manager who led the side to a shootout victory over Boston Siege in the First Round. “Obviously we’re pretty familiar with each other at this point and a lot of times games between us will turn on the small things. We’ll need to keep our shape and stay organized.”


(Boston City FC 2 take on Safira in a tasty Round Two encounter)

Elsewhere in the Northeast region, reigning Massachusetts state champions Safira FC meet Boston City FC (II) in what is bound to be a full-blooded affair. In the opening qualifying round, Safira – with local step-over wizard Junior Alencar still in the side – made easy meat of Mass United, while Boston City edged a tight 1-0 result over Juve-Pro Soccer.

The Final game of the Northeast section sees Ukrainian Nationals of Pennsylvania – descendants of the side that won four Open Cups and bossed the American Soccer scene in the 1960s – host West Chester Predators at their 42-acre club home on the Horsham/North Wales line. 

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20

Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

12 p.m. ET

Danehy Park - Field 3; Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 20

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. Boston City FC II (Mass.)

7 p.m. ET

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Oct. 20

Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Jackson Justice Complex - Soccer Turf Field; Jackson, N.J.

Oct. 21

Ukrainian Nationals (Pa.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

2:30 p.m. ET

Ukrainian American Sports Center-Field 1; North Wales, Pa.

Christos & the Chasing Pack
There’s no talking about the Mid-Atlantic Region without mention of Christos FC, who beat United Soccer League (USL) pros Richmond Kickers in 2017 to reach the Fourth Round of that year’s Open Cup proper. This time out they face familiar foes in fellow Marylanders Aegean Hawks after ripping apart Rockville Soccer Club in the First Qualifying Round. “The intensity and fire comes out when you play the teams you know. There’s just that extra edge,” said Christos’ midfield dynamo Daniel Baxter – a sentiment echoed by University of Maryland Baltimore County assistant coach and ace striker Pete Caringi III, who scored all four goals in Christos’ First-Round win: “We’ve had success in the last few years and that means teams want to knock us off around the Maryland/D.C. area. The talent around here keeps growing and the games get tighter every year.”


(Daniel Baxter of Christos against DC United in the 2017 Open Cup)

There will also be a pair of Maryland-Virginia cross-border contests in the region, with Cville Alliance (Va.) hosting World Class Premier Elite (Md.), and Virginia United welcoming Super Delegates Football Club of Maryland.

The last game of the Mid-Atlantic section comes farther north, at Roberts Wesleyan College, where Rochester Lancers 2 – formerly the Rochester River Dogz – open their doors to Tartan Devils Oak Avalon of Pennsylvania, the pub team that acquitted themselves credibly in the 2017 Open Cup proper before coming up against full-time USL pros Louisville City, who never took their foot off the gas in a 9-0 throttling. 

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Cville Alliance FC - Reserves (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

6 p.m. ET

St. Anne's-Belfield School; Charlottesville, Va.

Oct. 21

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks (Md.)

3 p.m. ET

Troy Park - Field 2; Elkridge, Md.

Oct. 21^#

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

3 p.m. ET

Roberts Wesleyan College; Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 21~

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Super Delegates Football Club (Md.)

7 p.m. ET

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

* Venue changed 9/29
^ Time and venue changed 10/8
# Rochester River Dogz changed name to Rochester Lancers 2
~ Time changed 10/17

Florida & Texas Reign Southeast & Central
The Southeast Region is dominated by Florida clubs, with six of the eight teams in action hailing from the Sunshine State. Miami-based Red Force FC – regular contenders in the early stages of the Open Cup in recent years – take on fellow city side Florida Soccer Soldiers on Sunday, while Soda City FC Sorinex of South Carolina host Shahin Atlanta of Georgia earlier in the day. 


(Red Force are a power in the SoFla area)
 

On Saturday, Sporting Orlando Soccer Club – who won a nail-biter in the First Round against Deportivo lake Mary – play host to Hurricane FC (who received a bye through to the Second Round) in Kissimmee while, later that night, America Soccer Club meet Central Florida FC Spartans (who also got a bye through the First Round) in Winter Garden, Fla. 

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

Sporting Orlando Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Hurricane FC (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Celebration High School Stadium; Kissimmee, Fla.

Oct. 20

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Central Florida FC Spartans (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Oct. 21

Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) vs. Shahin Atlanta FC (Ga.)

7:15 p.m. ET

Lexington County Soccer Complex - Field 10; Columbia S.C.

Oct. 21*

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

* Date and venue changed 10/5
^ Date and time changed 10/8

The Central Region is spread out with several teams facing long road trips to play their Second Round qualifiers. NTX Rayados, comprised of local schoolteachers, administrators and young Community College graduates, will have to get past Leon FC in Balch Springs if they want to keep alive their quest to qualify for their eighth straight Open Cup. The other game in the Lone Star State sees Celtic Cowboys Premier host Motagua New Orleans of Louisiana at the Onion Creek Soccer Complex in Austin.


(NTX Rayados are aiming for an eighth straight berth in the U.S. Open Cup proper)

The other two Central Region games pit FC Maritsa of Missouri against FC Minnesota in St. Louis (both teams received byes through to the Second Round), while Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (also a bye through to the current stage) open their doors to Livonia City FC of Michigan in Mooseheart, Illinois.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Leon FC (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

11 a.m. CT

Premier Park - Field 1; Balch Springs, Texas

Oct. 20*

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)

3 p.m. CT

Onion Creek Soccer Complex - Field 4; Austin, Texas

Oct. 20

FC Maritsa (Mo.) vs. FC Minnesota (Minn.)

7 p.m. CT

Parkway North High School - Varsity Field; St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 21

Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.)

4 p.m. CT

Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

* Match determined 10/9

Rocky Mountain High
The marquis match in the Mountain Region pits league mates and long-time rivals FC Denver against Harpos FC at the Aurora Sports Park in Colorado. Both sides are recent qualifiers for the Open Cup proper and both represent all the good things happening in the amateur adult scene in and around the Rockies. “Both of our squads view this as a Colorado showcase match,” said FC Denver coach and founder Eric Fulton. “It’s an opportunity to display the elite level of top amateur ball in our state. The fierce battles we’ve had over the years have been some of the best I’ve been a part of and nothing less than that will be expected as we face off for the first time in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying.”


(FC Denver take on Harpos in a clash of the Rocky Mountin titans)

Sporting Arizona FC made a big impact on last year’s Open Cup early stages, beating Phoenix Rising of the all-pro USL before losing out 2-1 to Fresno FC (also of USL). They’ll host Southwest FC of Texas at South Mountain Community College in hopes of a win that will take them to the Third and final Round of Qualifying. Elsewhere, Colorado Rovers meet Gam United Football Club (also of Colorado), while Boise Cutthroats host San Juan FC of Utah at home in Idaho.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21*

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Southwest FC (Texas)

1 p.m. MST

South Mountain Community College; Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 21

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MDT

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

Colorado Rovers (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

3 p.m. MDT

Broomfield Commons - Championship Turf; Broomfield, Colo.

Oct. 21

Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3 p.m. MDT

Boise State Recreational Field; Boise, Idaho

All the Action Out West
A full 14 of the 16 competitors in the two Regions west of the Rockies hail from the great state of California, drawing an X on a map indicating where the best soccer is being played in the western states.

Cal FC, who set the 2012 Open Cup alight with their Cinderella run and have announced ambitious plans to join the USL in the near future, travel to Outbreak FC in Irvine in one of four encounters comprising the Southern California Region. Buena Park FC meet Real Sociedad Royals – who hammered Quickening 4-0 in the previous round – in La Palma, and California United FC II meet Chula Vista FC in Irvine.


(Kramer Runager and Justin Gorman are the two attacking threats in Santa Ana Winds)

Santa Ana Winds, who reached the Open Cup proper in 2018, take on Lionside FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park after a decisive 4-0 win in the First Round against local rivals L.A. Wolves. “We're very excited to participate in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and we're looking forward to matching up against Lionside FC,” said Winds’ head coach Jose Lopez. “We're very prepared because we've been in this situation before and we're trying to learn from every U.S. Open Cup experience and trying to get better." 

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Lionside FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

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

Oct. 20^

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

7:15 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 18; Irvine, Calif. 

Oct. 21

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)

3 p.m. PT

Kennedy High School - Varsity Field; La Palma, Calif.

Oct. 21

California United FC II (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 2; Irvine, Calif.

* Date and time changed 9/30
^ Time and venue changed 10/15

Rounding out the action in the West Region, Napa Sporting SC travel to Redwood City to take on JASA RWC – 7-0 victors in the First Round over San Ramon Dynamos FC –while the city of Oakland plays host to the Oakland Stompers vs. Real San Jose clash. In Turlock, California, Academica SC host Contra Costa FC and, finally, in the one game not in the Golden State, IPS/Marathon Taverna of Oregon welcome Nevada Coyotes to their Rob Strasser Memorial Field in Portland.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

JASA RWC (Calif.) vs. Napa Sporting SC (Calif.)

6 p.m. PT

Sequoia High School - Stadium Field; Redwood City, Calif.

Oct. 20

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Real San Jose (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Oct. 20

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Contra Costa FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

Oct. 21*

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Nevada Coyotes FC (Nev.)

7 p.m. PT

Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.

* Venue changed 9/8
^ Date and time changed 9/30

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Oct 17, 2018
US Soccer

Lineup Notes: USA vs. Canada for the Concacaf Championship

USA vs. CANADA Date: Oct. 17, 2018 Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas Broadcast: FS2 & UDN Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT Starting XI vs. Canada: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 9-Lindsey Horan; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe Substitutes Available: 2-Emily Sonnett, 3-Saman Read more
WNT Oct 17, 2018

Teenage Goals: Josh Sargent Has Two Before 19th Birthday

For Josh Sargent, the year 2017 was about performing at Youth World Cups. At 17 years old, the O’Fallon, Mo. product picked up the Silver Boot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic before captaining the U-17 side later that year in India. Now a professional with Werder Bremen, Sargent has continued his goal-scoring form by bagging six goals in 10 matches for the club’s reserve Read more
MNT Oct 17, 2018
US Soccer

Five Things to Know About Canada

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to win its sixth Concacaf Women’s Championship title when it takes on Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The broadcast will likely start on FS2 and then switch to FS1 depending on the MLB Playoff game. The game will also be broadcast on UDN. Ranked fifth in the world, Canada has an 8-3-0 record in 2018 with the only losses coming to w Read more
WNT Oct 16, 2018

MNT Draws Peru 1-1 in Final Home Kickoff Series Match

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2018) — Bouyed by 18-year-old Josh Sargent’s 49th minute strike, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 1-1 draw against Peru in front of 24,959 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The result in USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods, sees the MNT move to 3-3-3 in 2018.    While the match marked the return of veteran Read more
MNT Oct 16, 2018
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