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2016 Slovakia Cup

Trnava, Slovakia
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Holders Sporting KC & Philadelphia Union Book Spots in Open Cup Last Eight

The two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 games on Saturday, June 16 were tense affairs that went right down to the wire. Philadelphia Union, playing in a second straight game at their Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. Over in Kansas, defending champions and four-time toppers Sporting Kansas City fought back from a goal down and needed a last-gasp beauty of a winner from Yohan Croizet to seal a 3-2 victory and send FC Dallas packing for a second year on the bounce.

Union Get the Better of Red Bulls (2-1)
The first half from Chester, PA was a wide-open affair that, somehow and against the logic of play, failed to produce a goal. After just five minutes, USA international Alejandro Bedoya sent the speedy Cory Burke away through the right-hand channel and in alone on the Red Bulls goal. Luis Robles – in for injured NYRB Cup keeper Ryan Meara – got down just in time to keep the ball from ending up in the back of his net. Burke remained the danger-man for the home team throughout the opening period, with his speed and good running making him a sharp tip for the Union’s attacking spear.


(Cory Burke was in fine form for the Philadelphia Union in their win over New York Red Bulls)

Up the other end, Carlos Rivas caused trouble in attack for the men from New Jersey. The Colombian speed-merchant forced Union keeper Andre Blake into some unorthodox work in the 25th minute with his physical play. Shortly after, Bedoya sent Ilsinho in behind the defense again at the other end, but the Brazilian winger could only hit over the bar in a half of many chances and wayward finishing. The best chance of the first 45 minutes came on the half-hour mark when Fafa Picault crossed dangerously into the area, but Burke could only put his header wide of the Red Bulls goal from close-up and unmarked. In a half that saw the Union take 11 shots on goal to the visitors six, there was time for one more attack before the whistle went. Rivas, however, could only blaze over the bar for the visitors after chasing a hopeful ball in deep behind the Union backline.

The second half began with a flourish of energy and attack from the visitors. Kemar Lawrence hit the woodwork in the 48th minute from close-range and, seconds later, Derrick Etienne failed to take advantage of a break-away for the Red Bulls as he dallied and allowed Auston Trusty the time he needed to swoop in and tackle the ball away. And as so often happens when you miss your chances, the Jersey boys were made to pay in the 52nd minute. Haris Medunjanin, the veteran Bosnian singled out for praise by coach Jim Curtin after a 5-0 win over the Richmond Kickers in the last round, teased Tyler Adams near the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a left-footed shot that took a slight deflection before hitting the net. 


(It wasn't the largest crowd of the 2018 finals, but the Union faithful were spirited)

Needing a goal to force extra-time, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsh – a former Open Cup winner as a player – brought on Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer. But before the fresh men could get the oil warmed through their engines, Burke went and snatched a goal at the other end. Pouncing on a good piece of service from Bedoya, the Jamaican striker kept his cool to slot home and make it 2-0 for the Union in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, Royer hit the post and Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute with a calm finish from just inside the penalty area to set up a nervy end to the contest. But despite some jittery moments, the Union held firm and rode their 2-1 win over their old Northeast rivals into the Quarterfinals.

Five-Goal Thriller Sees SKC Through (3-2)
The second game of the night was a rematch of the enthralling Open Cup Quarterfinal from last year between defending champions Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas. The home side had to fight back from a goal down at their Children’s Mercy Park to keep their dream of a repeat – and a fifth overall title – alive. Talented striker Daniel Salloi, still just 21 years old, scored a pair of goals in the 3-2 victory that was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament.


(Not subtle - FC Dallas walk past SKC's four Open Cup trophies on their way to the pitch)

FC Dallas, looking for vengeance after last year’s 0-3 loss in extra-time at the very same stadium, were on the front foot early. And after only 19 minutes, Michael Barrios' shot at the back post was well saved by Adrian Zendejas in the SKC goal. But unfortunately for the stand-in keeper – on for usual number-one Tim Melia – the ball bounced back out to Barrios who crossed it high and over toward goal. There, Carlos Gruezo had the easiest of jobs tapping in from close range.

The game, played in 90-degree heat, turned testy after the opening goal. No quarter was asked for or given in a midfield that became increasingly dominated by rangy SKC captain Roger Espinoza. The Honduran international saw his fine flicked header saved by Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez in the 40th minute. But three minutes after that, the home side got the equalizer their good play deserved. They were twice denied by the woodwork before Graham Zusi laid in an inch-perfect ball from the left that Ike Opara headed toward the FC Dallas goal. Young Salloi made sure with a finish from close range to send the sides into the break balanced at 1-1.


(Daniel Salloi stretches to score his first goal in the 3-2 win for SKC over FC Dallas)

The second half was jam-packed with incident (and goals). Salloi struck first with his second of the night after 66 minutes. He was the beneficiary of a botched clearance by the FC Dallas backline and a series of fine touches from his own teammates. The finish was a thing of subtle beauty as the Hungarian turned and hit just inside the box for his sixth goal in all competitions this year and his fifth goal overall in the Open Cup (2017 and 2018). But Dallas refused to go away, and Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute with a scrappy goal that took a series of deflections en route to the net. And just when it looked like the game was destined for extra-time, Frenchman Croizet settled the affair at 3-2 with a goal worthy of winning any game anywhere in the world. His stunning volley swerved into the top corner from 25 yards out, won the game for his team and will live on long in the lore of the U.S. Open Cup.

With their impressive wins on the night, Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia Union both move through to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, joining last night’s winners Portland Timbers in the Last Eight. SKC will meet the winner of Wednesday, June 20’s Round of 16 meeting between Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United while Philadelphia take on the winner of DC United and Orlando City (also to be played next Wednesday).

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) 1-0 LA Galaxy (MLS)

8 p.m. PT

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2-1 New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3-2 FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

D.C. United (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Nashville SC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

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

June 20

Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

 

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United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

NEW YORK (June 13, 2018) – The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup™. They did so by a vote of 134 to 65.

Today’s vote, which occurred a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, also marks the first time three nations have been selected to co-host a FIFA World Cup™ and the first time the FIFA World Cup™ will be played in North America in 32 years. The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history, which will be expanded to a 48-team format.

“Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege,” said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. “Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history. Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate Host Cities and for the global football community.”

“We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA’s new vision for the future of football,” said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid. “Together—in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA—we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups™.”

“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. ‘We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”

With the FIFA Congress decision to award the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, to the football federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the three nations will jointly manage preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ until FIFA establishes their operations to manage the competition. Among other decisions, FIFA will make the final selection of host cities for the 2026 competition from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid.

Each of the United Bid’s 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long-term use following the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. In addition, the United Bid has 150 existing world-class training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure.

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

2026 FIFA World Cup Facts and Figures:

  • Number of Teams: 48
  • Number of Matches: 80
  • Number of Players: +1,100
  • Candidate Host Cites: 23
  • Proposed Training Sites: 150
  • Projected Revenue: $14 billion
  • Projected Profit: $11 billion
  • Projected Economic Impact: $5 billion
  • Projected Ticket Sales: 5.8 million

About the United Bid Committee
The United Bid Committee was created by the football federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States to manage the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

Contact
Sandra Gage
Canada Soccer
sgage@canadasoccer.com

Iñigo Riestra
Mexican Football Federation
inigo.riestra@unitedbid2026.com

Neil Buethe
U.S. Soccer
nbuethe@ussoccer.org

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W Myjava; Slovakia Hunsinger, Da Silva
1-3 L Senica; Slovakia Agu
2-1 W Bernolákovo; Slovakia McKennie, own goal
5-1 W Modranka; Slovakia Barbir, Hunsinger, Vazquez, McKennie, Espinoza

2016 Slovakia Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
F 6-2 165 Cary, N.C. Capital Area Railhawks
D 6-0 162 Norwalk, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 6-3 175 Allentown, Pa. West Bromwich Albion (England)
M 5-7 138 Palmdale, Calif. Real So Cal
F 5-9 145 Port Chester, N.Y. Orlando City SC Academy
M 5-9 140 San Diego, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
M San Diego, Calif. RSL Arizona
GK Los Angeles, Calif. Queretaro
M Getxo, Spain Athletic Bilbao
F 5-6 138 San Diego, Calif. Club Tijuana
D 5'9 154 Surbiton, England Fulham FC (England)
F 5-8 140 San Diego, Calif. Monterrey (Mexico)
GK Frisco, Texas FC Dallas
M 5-10 140 Mary Esther, Fla. Leg A-Z
D Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento Republic
M 6-1 185 Little Elm, Texas Schalke (Germany)
D 6-2 180 Frisco, Texas FC Dallas
F 6-3 175 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana
D 5-8 155 San Diego, Calif. New York Cosmos
F 5'8 148 Berlin, N.J. PDA

2016 Slovakia Cup

Colby Agu

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Cary, N.C.

Club:
Capital Area Railhawks

Hugo Arellano

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Norwalk, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Daniel Barbir

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-3

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Allentown, Pa.

Club:
West Bromwich Albion (England)

Eric Calvillo

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
138

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Palmdale, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Pierre Da Silva

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Port Chester, N.Y.

Club:
Orlando City SC Academy

Luca De La Torre

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Sebastien Des Pres

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
RSL Arizona

Benn Diaz

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
Queretaro

Ander

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Getxo, Spain

Club:
Athletic Bilbao

Ernesto Espinoza

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
138

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana

Marlon Fossey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'9

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Surbiton, England

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Joe Gallardo

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Monterrey (Mexico)

Benjamin Hale

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Frisco, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Nelson Hunsinger

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mary Esther, Fla.

Club:
Leg A-Z

Nabilai Kibunguchy

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Sacramento, Calif.

Club:
Sacramento Republic

Weston McKennie

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-1

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Little Elm, Texas

Club:
Schalke (Germany)

Hector Montalvo

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Frisco, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Brandon Vazquez

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-3

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana

Alexis Velela

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
New York Cosmos

Isaiah Young

Position:
Forward

Height:
5'8

Weight:
148

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, N.J.

Club:
PDA

USA Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 25 USA vs. Georgia 5-1 W Modranka; Slovakia
April 26 USA vs. Ukraine 2-1 W Bernolákovo; Slovakia
April 28 USA vs. Slovakia 3-1 L Senica; Slovakia

2016 Slovakia Cup Statistics


Record: 2-1-0

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Agu, Colby F 2
1 105 1 0 2 0/0
Arellano, Hugo D 2 1 122 0 1 1 1/0
Barbir, Danny D 3 2 200 1 0 2 0/0
Calvillo, Eric M 1 0 23 0 0 0 0/0
Da Silva, Pierre M 3 2 138 0 1 1 1/0
De La Torre, Luca M 3 2 140 0 0 0 1/0
Des Pres, Sebastien M 2 1 77 0 0 0 1/0
Egiluz, Ander M 2
2 120 0 0 0 1/0
Espinoza, Ernesto F 3 2 140 1 0 2 0/0
Fossey, Marlon D 3 2 200 0 1 1 0/0
Gallardo, Joe F 3 1 121 0 0 0 0/0
Hale, Ben GK 1 1 80 0 0 0 0/0
Hunsinger, Nelson M 3 2 140 1 0 2 0/0
Kibunguchy, Nabilai M 2 1 110 0 0 0 1/0
McKennie, Weston M 2 2 160 2 0 4 0/0
Montalvo, Hector D 3
3 170 0 0 0 0/0
Pulisic, Will GK 1 1 80 0 0 0 0/0
Vazquez, Brandon F 3
2 139 1 1 3 0/0
Velela, Alexis D 2
2 78 0 0 0 0/0
Young, Isaiah F 3
1 137 0 1 1 1/0









Own Goal

1

Totals


3/3
3/3 240 8 5 21 7/0

Opponent Totals


3/3
3/3 240 3 3 9 7/0

2016 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Diaz, Benny 1 1 80 1
3
0 3.00 0-1-0
Hale, Ben 1 1 80 5 1 0 1.00 1-0-0
Pulisic, Will 1 1 80 2 1 0 1.00 1-0-0

Totals

3
3 240 8 5 0 1.67 2-1-0

Opponent Totals

3 3 240 5 8 0 2.67
1-2-0

Updated through April  28, 2016


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