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2014 Dallas Cup

Dallas, Texas
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US Soccer

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

CHICAGO (April 18, 2019) –U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer today announced a three-year partnership with Headspace, one of the world’s leading meditation and mindfulness apps.

Headspace will annually provide thousands of app subscriptions to ensure all U.S. Soccer and MLS athletes, coaches, and league and club staff have access to strengthen their mindfulness and meditation skills. This partnership illustrates U.S. Soccer and MLS’ commitment to being at the forefront of total wellness by providing athletes with the best mental skills training resources.

As part of the deal, Headspace will conduct in-person introductory training sessions with U.S. Soccer and MLS athletes and coaches, led by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, and the company’s Head of Sports and Fitness, Lindsay Shaffer. Training sessions will take place during U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team training camps and at various MLS events.

“MLS is committed to leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance the overall total wellness of our athletes, coaches and staff members,” said Dr. Margot Putukian, MLS Chief Medical Officer. “The Headspace app provides top-line meditation training and is a wonderful supplement to the preexisting health and wellness resources the league and our clubs already provide. We look forward to members of the soccer community utilizing the Headspace app to advance their mindfulness skills to help them achieve their goals both on and off the field.”

Headspace is also creating a personalized training program for each individual athlete on the U.S. Women’s National Team to support their preparation on the journey to this summer’s tournament in France. The U.S. Women’s National Team is the defending World Champion and is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Headspace, the world leader in mindfulness and meditation,” said James Bunce, U.S. Soccer Director of High Performance. “Not only will this partnership help all of our players’ performance on-the-field, but it will also have significant impact on their wellness off-the-field. While the importance of soccer’s physical components are well-known and well-trained, the power of mental conditioning in soccer has often been underutilized. Through this partnership with Headspace, we now have the expertise and technology to ensure that all of our players’ needs are being supported as they work towards their goals.

“We are also extremely excited to work closely with the Headspace development team and the U.S. Women’s National Team to individually support every player on the road to France. With this project, each player will be provided an individually-tailored mindfulness and meditation program to help make sure that no stone is left unturned in these players’ preparation for this summer’s tournament.”

U.S. Soccer’s partnership with Headspace further demonstrates the Federation’s commitment to making soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, using innovation, science and technology to provide the best possible training environment for its athletes. In addition to partnering with Headspace, U.S. Soccer created the High Performance Department and hired full-time staff dedicated to the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The organization also partnered with StatSports for comprehensive physical data collection, and has implemented initiatives such as bio-banding to support long term player development.

“We know that mental preparation is as important as physical preparation for elite athletes,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, “We are excited that Headspace has partnered with U.S. Soccer to provide the players another tool to help them perform at their highest levels heading into, and through the tournament this summer.”

MLS, U.S. Soccer and Headspace will also explore scientific research opportunities around the benefits of meditation and mindfulness related to key aspects of performance. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to co-create mental training content specific to soccer with leading physical and mental performance experts.

“While athletes go to great lengths to physically train their bodies, the mind is often neglected. Mental training is the future of sport, and meditation and mindfulness are proven techniques to improve mental fitness. We are thrilled to provide Headspace as the mental training tool to some of the world’s greatest athletes, helping them to achieve their performance goals, support their overall health and happiness, and work with U.S. Soccer and the MLS to create a future of sport in which athletes focus as much on training their minds as they do their bodies,” said Lindsay Shaffer, Head of Sports and Fitness at Headspace.

MLS and U.S. Soccer athletes and coaching staff will have access to Headspace’s comprehensive library of meditation content, including “Headspace for Sport,” which is designed to strengthen their mindfulness and meditation skills through a variety of 10-session “packs,” including Motivation, Concentration, Training, Competition, Communication, Analysis and Recovery.

Meditation and mindfulness are scientifically proven to support key aspects of preparation, performance, and recovery. When it comes to performance, mindfulness helps athletes stay focused, free from distraction, and ensure they are in the optimal flow state. In recovery, mindfulness can be used to induce the relaxation response, lowering the heart rate, relaxing the muscles, and counteracting the harmful effects of stress on the body. This ensures athletes have the ability to recover that much quicker, and often has the added benefit of improving sleep quality. Meditation also increases the grey matter in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for focus, and decreases grey matter in the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for stress and fear.

Mindfulness training is an additional resource to a person’s overall total wellness regimen. For assessment and management of psychological issues, treatment from a licensed healthcare professional is advised. For more information on the Headspace app, visit www.headspace.com.

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MNT WNT Apr 18, 2019

Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium to Host USA-Venezuela on June 9

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

TRIVIA: U.S. MNT History vs. Venezuela

The U.S. Men's National Team will meet Venezuela in its final warmup for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday, June 9 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Test your knowledge around the MNT's history against La Vinotinto with this 20-question Sporcle quiz!  DIRECTIONS: 1) Click "Play" below 2) Fill in as many answers as you can in the 10-minute time limit 3) Comment with your scores Read more
MNT Apr 18, 2019
US Soccer

2019 U.S. Open Cup Second Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Released

CHICAGO (April 17, 2019) – The Second Round pairings and host scenarios have been set for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. On May 14 & 15, 25 professional teams from the USL Championship (Division II) will enter the tournament, with 19 of these clubs playing against winners from the First Round of games scheduled for May 7 & 8, while the remaini Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 17, 2019

BTC: 99ers Honored in Los Angeles

Twenty years ago, the Women’s National Team won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup title in front of sold out crowd of 90,000+ at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The victory was a defining moment for not only women’s soccer, but for women’s sports in general and for soccer as a whole in the United States. On April 7, 2019, we brought the entire 1999 team together to honor them for their contributions to our game and lives. In this episode of Behind the Crest, we take a look as WNT players from past and present, celebrities, guests, and fans converge in Los Angeles to thank this incredible group of women. Read more
WNT Apr 16, 2019
US Soccer

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

LA MANGA, Spain (April 5, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in its opening game of the 2019 Women’s International U-23 La Manga Tournament as forward Hailie Mace scored the lone goal of the match in the 32nd minute. It was Mace’s first international goal at the U-23 level. The USA will also face the U-23 squads from France on April 7 and Read more
U-23 WNT Apr 12, 2019
US Soccer

Berhalter Discusses U.S. MNT's "Challenging" Gold Cup Group

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s path towards a potential record-tying seventh Concacaf Gold Cup championship became clearer on Wednesday as the groups for this summer’s tournament were unveiled at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Set for its first competitive matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup cycle, the USA will have a challenging slate against two fellow teams that t Read more
MNT Apr 11, 2019

U.S. Men’s National Team to Face Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (April 10, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin its quest for a record-tying seventh confederation title when they face Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, taking place June 15-July 7 in the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica.  The MNT opens the 15th edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup with its first trip to Minnes Read more
MNT Apr 10, 2019

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. Most recently, Morgan scored goal No. 100  to become the seventh player in WNT history to join the exclusive century mark club. The club also features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd.  READ: 100: Alex Morgan Joins Exclusive WNT Club In h Read more
WNT Apr 10, 2019

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Pairings Unveiled

CHICAGO (April 10, 2019) – The pairings for the First Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship, have been determined by U.S. Soccer. The First Round will commence May 7-8 and consist of six Division III (USL League One) pro clubs and 32 Open Division teams (USL League Two, National Premier Soccer League [NPSL], local qualifiers) in head-to-head, single Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 10, 2019

Five Things to Know About the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

The countdown to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is well underway, and things are shaping up nicely for the 15th confederation championship this summer. Here are Five Things to Know about the tournament: Why It’s Important Not only is the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup the MNT’s initial competition of the 2022 FIFA World Cup cycle, it will also be the team’s first under new MNT head coach Read more
MNT Apr 9, 2019

USA Schedule Set for 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship

CHICAGO (April 8, 2019)—The USA will face Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda and Bonaire in Group C play at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship from May 13-19 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The top two teams at the tournament will advance to represent Concacaf at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Asunscion, Paraguay this fall. The USA is seeking its first Beach Soccer World Cup berth Read more
Beach Apr 8, 2019

Drama Abounds as Seven Amateur Teams Qualify for 2019 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (April 8, 2019) – After an enthralling final weekend of qualifying the field is finally set for the 106th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s national championship. The seven fourth qualifying round winners complete the field of 84 clubs that will compete in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, which will begin on May 7-8 with all matches available to watch on ESPN+. Of t Read more
U.S. Open Cup Apr 8, 2019

U.S. U-23 WNT Falls to France 3-1 at La Manga Tournament in Spain

LA MANGA, Spain (April 7, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team fell to France 3-1 in its second match of the 2019 Women’s International U-23 La Manga Tournament. Defender Tara McKeown scored the USA’s goal in the 90th minute. The USA defeated Sweden 1-0 on April 5 and will finish the competition on April 9 against Italy. England and Norway are the other two tea Read more
U-23 WNT Apr 7, 2019
US Soccer

U.S. Women’s National Team to Honor Young Female Athletes They Have Inspired with Names on Their Jerseys

CHICAGO (April 7, 2019) – The U.S. Women's National Team continues to build on the theme of women inspiring women as the players will wear a Nike uniform during pre-game festivities today against Belgium that features the name of a young player who they have inspired on the back. The young athletes will walk onto the field with the U.S. WNT and stand with the team during the National Anthem Read more
WNT Apr 7, 2019

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-2 L Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas --
3-2 W OT Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas Rubin (2), Spencer
1-0 W Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas Rubin
3-0 W Richland College (field 10); Dallas, Texas Lopez, Pfeffer, Gall
3-2 W Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas Spencer (2), Rubin

2014 Dallas Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5-11 165 Sunnyvale, Calif.
M 5-10 150 Plano, Texas Colorado Rapids
F 5-11 160 Rochester, N.Y. Real Salt Lake
GK 5-10 155 Union City, N.J. New York Red Bulls Academy
D 5-11 165 Reston, Va.
M 5-9 150 Glendora, Calif. Toronto FC (CAN)
M 6-2 181 Ouro Branco, Brazil Cruzeiro
M 5-9 140 Herndon, Va. Malmö (Sweden)
M 5-8 160 Santa Cruz, Calif. Sunderland (England)
D 6-1 165 Keller, Texas
F 5-11 145 San Diego, Calif.
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Reading (England)
D 5-11 155 Powder Springs, Ga. Reus Deportiu (Spain)
F 5-6 145 Morganville, N.J. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. NAC Breda (Netherlands)
M 5-8 143 Dresher, Pa. Philadelphia Union
D 5-8 146 Carpinteria, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
F 5-10 160 Beaverton, Ore. Dorados Sinaloa (Mexico)
F 6-5 180 Albuquerque, N.M. Molde FK (Norway)
GK 6-3 190 Downingtown, Pa. Columbus Crew SC
D 6-1 180 San Luis Obispo, California UANL Tigres

2014 Dallas Cup

Michael Amick

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Sunnyvale, Calif.

Kellyn Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Jordan Allen

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rochester, N.Y.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Santiago Castano

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Union City, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls Academy

Suliaman Dainkeh

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Reston, Va.

Marky Delgado

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, Calif.

Club:
Toronto FC (CAN)

Luis Felipe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
181

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ouro Branco, Brazil

Club:
Cruzeiro

Romain Gall

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Herndon, Va.

Club:
Malmö (Sweden)

Lynden Gooch

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Club:
Sunderland (England)

Trevor Haberkorn

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Keller, Texas

Benjamin Lopez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Matt Miazga

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Reading (England)

Shaq Moore

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Reus Deportiu (Spain)

Amando Moreno

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Morganville, N.J.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Erik Palmer-Brown

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
184

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:
NAC Breda (Netherlands)

Zachary Pfeffer

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
143

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dresher, Pa.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

John Requejo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
146

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Carpinteria, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Rubio Rubin

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Beaverton, Ore.

Club:
Dorados Sinaloa (Mexico)

Ben Spencer

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-5

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Albuquerque, N.M.

Club:
Molde FK (Norway)

Zack Steffen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pa.

Club:
Columbus Crew SC

Jesus Vazquez

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Luis Obispo, California

Club:
UANL Tigres

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