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U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals

DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s first-half goal helped the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team top Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 1-0 win against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl.

The U-20 MNT (3-0-0, 9pts) moves on to play Brazilian club Fluminense (2-0-1, 7pts), which won Bracket B, in one Dallas Cup semifinal, while Bracket A winners Coritiba (3-0-0, 9pts), also from Brazil, face Bracket C runners-up River Plate (2-1-0, 6pts) of Argentina in the other. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday at the Cotton Bowl with Coritiba-River Plate kicking off at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the evening’s marquee match between the U-20 MNT and Fluminense at 7 p.m.

The only goal of the U-20 MNT-Tigres game came just before the break when U.S. defender Shaquell Moore slipped a pass to Rubin, who dribbled past multiple Tigres defenders before finding the back of the net with a well-driven strike to the lower left corner.

Fielding a speedy, technical line-up, the U-20 MNT went close on two other occasions only to be denied by the woodwork. In the 27th minute, Ben Spencer glanced a header off the crossbar from a Paul Arriola corner kick. Arriola, handed the captain’s armband for the match, then went close himself in the second half, striking a thunderous volley from 25 yards out that also met the crossbar.

Already eliminated from semifinal contention, Tigres gave the U-20 MNT a stiff contest throughout, but the American’s defense held firm under later pressure with help from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to preserve the shutout victory.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. UANL Tigres
April 16, 2014
Dallas Cup
Cotton Bowl
7:30 p.m. CT
65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
UANL                            0          0          0
USA                               1          0          0

USA - Rubio Rubin (Shaqell Moore)        45th minute

USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr (21-Jesus Vazquez, 70); 16-Lynden Gooch (17-Luis Felipe, 63), 7-Paul Arriola (13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 88), 23-Jordan Allen (10-Romain Gall, 64); 20-Benji Lopez (24-Zach Pfeffer, 46), 11-Ben Spencer (14-Amando Moreno, 79), 9-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

UANL: 110-Jossue Garza; 85-David Navarro, 42-Jose Lara, 38-Jose Juan Garcia, 26-Jair Zacarias (11-Julian Aldair Carmona, 50); 115-Victor Hugo Alvarado, 122-Ramon Garcia, 47-Luis Martinez, 120-Oscar Cardona (86-Julio Ibarra, 60); 89-Fernando Cruz (52-Edgar Hernandez, 75), 123-Omar Ramos
Subs Not Used: 106-Marco Benitez, 76-Emanuel Estrada, 46-Baldemar Moreno, 125-Aldo Quintanilla
Head Coach: Angel Martinez

Stats Summary: USA / UANL
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 18 / 12
Offside:  1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
UANL - Jair Zacarias (caution)                49
UANL - Luis Martinez (caution)                65
UANL - Jose Juan Garcia (caution)         86
USA - Paul Arriola (caution)                    86

Referee: Mario Escobar
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Fourth Official: Riccardo Montero

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Five Things to Know About the National Soccer Hall of Fame

A new, state-of-the-art National Soccer Hall of Fame opens its doors at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on the weekend of Oct 20-21, before opening to the public in November. Here are five things to know before you go.

The weekend of October 20-21, 2018 will see the doors thrown open on a brand new National Soccer Hall of Fame. On the site of Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas – home to Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas – the new NSHOF offers fans a chance to sample the unique, 150-plus-year history of the game in America through high-tech, hands-on exhibits, recently unearthed artifacts and user experiences. A gala opening weekend includes the induction of the Class of 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, including U.S. National Team legends Brad Friedel and Tiffeny Milbrett, an MLS regular season contest between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City, a Legends game to mark the 50th anniversary of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) and performances by musical guests Imagine Dragons and the Revivalists. 

Historic Partnership
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was born as part of a $55 million renovation of Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas and is a public-private partnership between MLS, FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, the Frisco Independent School District and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The new NSHOF, located at the south end of Toyota Stadium, is also the first major league Hall of Fame in history to occupy the grounds of an operating stadium. The NSHOF has been without a home for the past nine years after the closing of the original Hall of Fame in Oneonta, New York – opened in 1979 and recognized by U.S. Soccer as the official National Soccer Hall of Fame – closed its doors in 209.

National Soccer Hall of Fame
National Soccer Hall of Fame

Entrance to the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas

Soccer’s History Meets the Future
The historical value of unearthed artifacts will be brought to life via a high-tech and highly interactive experience for visitors. The use of Facial Recognition will drive the visitors’ experience and make the NSHOF among the most personalized experiences in any sports setting. In all, the NSHOF Experience is a 19,350-square foot segment of the NSHOF that will honor the past while fully incorporating modern technology of the present and future, including virtual reality, gesture technology, and interactive digital video boards throughout to celebrate the players, veterans, and builders of American soccer. It will feature interactive exhibits, iconic soccer memorabilia and serve as the home for Hall of Fame induction ceremonies annually from 2018 forward.

Who’s Going In?
The 2018 NSHOF Induction Ceremony will kick off opening weekend’s festivities on Saturday. This year’s Induction class is comprised of U.S. Men’s National Team, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel, currently head coach of Major League Soccer side New England Revolution, and two legends of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Tiffeny Milbrett and Cindy Parlow Cone, who will all receive the traditional red blazers presented to Hall of Famers. MLS Commissioner Don Garber (elected for induction in 2016, but who wished to be honored this year as part of the celebrations surrounding the opening of the new NSHOF location) and Dr. Bob Contiguglia, former President of U.S. Soccer, will also be honored in the Builders category. Legendary broadcaster JP Dellacamera, winner of the 2018 Colin Jose Media Award will also be honored during the induction ceremony. In addition to the inductees themselves, previous Hall of Famers like Eric Wynalda, John Harkes, Jeff Agoos, Werner Roth and Dr. Joe Machnik and many more will also be in attendance. 

What’s Going On?
The weekend won’t just be about nostalgia and red blazers. Two-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winners FC Dallas will host four-time Open Cup toppers Sporting Kansas City on Sunday Oct. 21 at Toyota Stadium (4. p.m. CT). Both sides have already booked their place in the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs and currently occupy first (FC Dallas) and second (SKC) place in the league’s ultra-competitive Western Conference. Following the game, there’s likely to be a slower pace to the Legends match that will honor the 50th anniversary of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) which operated from 1968 to 1985. Among the legends expected to take the field are Tatu, Kyle Rote Jr. and Hall of Fame goalkeeper Arnie Mausser. And on Saturday night, cleats are swapped for street shoes as Toyota Stadium will sway to the sounds of musical guests Imagine Dragons and New Orleans roots-rock outfit the Revivalists.

Lost Treasures Revived
As any Hall of Fame worth its salt must, the new NSHOF has its share of relics to help highlight a century-and-a-half of soccer in the United States. Among these artifacts, some only recently unearthed from their decades of slumber, is the original Dewar Cup trophy. Commissioned in 1912 (two years before the first U.S. Open Cup tournament – then the National Challenge Cup) by whiskey magnate Sir Thomas Dewar, the trophy has been repaired, updated and primped to take its rightful place among the historical treasures of the American game. It will also form the focal point of the most comprehensive display of Open Cup artifacts ever gathered in one place. Also on display will be an NASL-at-50 special exhibit with vintage uniforms from those crazy days of the 1970s and original tickets. There will be gold medals from the Women’s World Cup and Olympic games and three Women’s World Cup trophies in an overall collection spanning the 19th and 20th century all the way up to 2018.

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JP Dellacamera: “Inform, Educate & Entertain”

Broadcasting isn’t shooting the breeze at your local bar. Commentary is not casual. Or passive. Just ask JP Dellacamera, an iconic voice of American soccer who’s spent the last 30 years preparing detailed gameday charts, knowing when to amp up the energy in his voice in accordance with events on the field and, crucially, when to let the game action speak for itself. “It’s about three things: to inform, educate and entertain,” he offered after winning the 2018 Colin Jose Media Award and earning a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame among many of the soccer legends he’s studied, appreciated and commented on. “If you hit all three of those, you really nailed it; but two out of three is pretty damned good.”

His first taste of the game came in the late 1960s and ‘70s. He grew up on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts at a time when his high school didn’t even have an organized soccer team. Fittingly, for a man who would go on to provide broadcast commentary for some of the most seminal moments of the American game, Dellacamera’s first flashes of soccer came through a television set. “I had a fascination with watching whatever limited soccer there was on TV at the time – Soccer Made in Germany and the explosion of the North American Soccer League [NASL] later and the arrival of Pele.”

Dellacamera went into Boston to watch the old Shamrock Rovers, who played a year (1967) in the old United Soccer Association League and the Boston Beacons who lasted about the same amount of time (1968) before the Minutemen and Tea Men went on to live slightly longer lives. But it wasn’t the sunshine and green grass of Fenway Park – transformed for soccer gamedays back then – that brought the aspiring broadcaster his earliest professional work. “My first experiences broadcasting soccer was indoor. It all started there,” said Dellacamera, who went on to call nine consecutive FIFA World Cups on TV or radio, and five Women’s World Cups. “Outdoor [soccer] wasn’t that popular in the early 80s. Indoor was the place, in those years, to satisfy the soccer urge.”

Working for the now-defunct Pittsburgh Spirit and St Louis Steamers of the old Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), Dellacamera combined his knowledge and passion for ice hockey and soccer in that peculiarly American hybrid game, complete with dasher boards and penalty boxes. “People forget that indoor soccer thrived at one point and you had 19 thousand people coming out for some of those franchises,” he said of a time when the Steamers often outdrew their local NBA and NHL counterparts.

When the indoor craze passed, outdoor soccer in America was a wave about to crest. The critical date was November 19, 1989. The venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The U.S. Men needed a win to qualify for their first World Cup in 40 years. What came next was the so-called ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ – Paul Caligiuri’s long-range dipper that sent the Americans back to the Cup after 40 years in the wilderness. “I like to think of it as the billion-dollar goal because if you track everything that’s come from that goal it was easily worth that amount,” said Dellacamera, now 66, who remembers having to go to the stadium that day hours early for fear that even those with media accreditation would have trouble getting in. “There were bogus tickets and we were told they were going to stop letting people in at some point. The day before the game, I went around the city and people had painted their houses red and their cars red. In the stadium, everything was red except for two rows of American fans in white.”

It’s as iconic a moment as exists in American soccer. It paved the way for the U.S. hosting the World Cup in 1994 and the birth of MLS in 1996. And Dellacamera’s staccato call of the goal was understated, a lesson he learned from boyhood non-soccer idols of the broadcast booth like Bob Costas, Al Michaels and, especially, Brent Musburger.

Ramos. Putting it in. To Caligiuri. Beats the first man. A left footed shot. Paul Caligiuri has scored a goal and the USA lead one nothing…

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Brad Guzan Will Return to Goal Against Peru

While MNT head coach Dave Sarachan wasn’t willing to tip his hand too much during the pre-match press conference on the USA’s starting lineup against Peru, he did confirm that a player with a wealth of experience will backstop the U.S. defense when he announced that Brad Guzan will start against La Blanquirroja.

The news didn’t come as much of a surprise, but was all but confirmed when Zack Steffen departed camp after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring following Thursday’s match against Colombia. 

Guzan debuted for the MNT all the way back in 2006 and did so with a bit more hair on his head. Tuesday’s match will mark his 59th appearance for the MNT and first in more than a year. The Atlanta United FC ‘keeper last stood between the sticks during the USA’s 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw at Honduras on Sept. 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula.

Brad Guzan debuted for the MNT in a 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb, 19, 2006 (ISI Photos)

While it’s been over a year since he suited up for the MNT, the veteran told ussoccer.com on Monday that nothing has changed in the way he’ll approach things.

“Just being involved with the group, I’ve always said it’s an honor and privilege to be with this team. To be able to get a game is always exciting. It should be a good night.”

Guzan joined Michael Bradley as the two long-time MNT veterans that returned to the side during this camp. At 34, he will be the oldest player to appear for a U.S. team that has emphasized its youth throughout 2018.

Even as the next generation of MNT players has gained great experience and earned some quality results this year, the return of veteran presence to the team was inevitable, with the experience and leadership they can provide serving as important attributes to a group that will soon tackle competitive matches in the Concacaf Gold Cup, Nations League and World Cup Qualifying.

At the start of camp, both players said they were looking forward to getting to know and helping guide their younger teammates. So coming up on the end of the international break, how has it looked?

“It’s been good,” Guzan said. “Obviously in terms of off the field things, they have different things going on their life than I do. It’s been interesting, and quite frankly it’s been fun to be able to talk to them, get to know them on a personal level and see how they’re doing. Ultimately when you step across the white line, in terms of training and games, it’s about trying to get results and moving this thing forward.”

Brad Guzan speaks to Fafa Picault ahead of training last week in Tampa (ISI Photos)

The next opportunity for a result comes against Peru. Guzan watched from the bench as the U.S. team rebounded to take the lead, but ultimately fell 4-2 to Colombia.

Asked what the youngsters in front of him could take from the experience, Guzan said, “every international, regardless of who you play, is going to be a challenge.”

“It’s important for us to learn from the Colombia game in the sense of making sure we’re able to dictate the game on our terms and not let the it get away from us. Come Tuesday night it’s going to be important that we’re able to get on the ball and keep the ball for stretches at a time, and not just try to hit a home run ball with the first or second pass, and the ball turns over and we’re defending again.”

“It’s going to be important that we get that right.”

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Teenagers Getting Their Chance with the MNT in 2018

One of the main points of emphasis for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2018 has been to offer the next generation of players a taste of the senior international level.

In doing so, MNT head coach Dave Sarachan has already given 16 players debuts in 2018, a number that could go as high as 19 should Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long take part in Tuesday night’s Kickoff Series match against Peru (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). 

The chances of at least one more debut seems high after Sarachan said Monday that he planned numerous changes to the lineup from Thursday's match against Colombia. 

For those interested, the year 2018 already comes in at third most debuts during the modern era (1990-present), ranking behind only 1992 (21) and 2007 (20). Of those that have taken their first step with the MNT this year, 11 have been age 22 or under and nine are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Perhaps most notable is the record number of teenagers that have represented the MNT in 2018. Five players – Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently turned 20-year-olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic – have run out for the MNT while teenagers this year.

That total beats out the modern era record of four set just last year, and could increase to six if Amon steps on the field Tuesday night.

MNT Most Teenage Minutes by Calendar Year (1990-present)






Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah



Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic



Julian Green, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin



Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley

2002 and 2001


DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan



Ramiro Corrales, Jorge Flores, Jovan Kirovski

All caps accounted for were earned while player was a teenager
^Number could increase to six if Jonathan Amon plays Tuesday against Peru.

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USA Qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with Big Win vs. Jamaica

FRISCO, Texas. (Oct. 14, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team booked its spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by rolling past Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. It will be the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has appeared in each of the previous seven tournaments that have been contested and winning in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

The USA scored inside the first 10 minutes in its fourth consecutive game at this tournament with Tobin Heath finding the net just 100 seconds into the game. She then added another goal later in the half for her second career multi-goal game. Megan Rapinoe scored on a beautiful finish in the 15th minute to expand the lead to 2-0. Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan also tallied to hand the USA a 5-0 advantage at halftime. By the end of a dominant first half, the USA had out-shot Jamaica 15-1.

To begin the second 45, the USA made a couple of subs and continued to control the pace of the game and maintained its shooting advantage (11-2 in the second half). The only goal of the frame came via a penalty kick awarded to Morgan, who buried the shot for her 96th international score.

In the first match of the day, Canada defeated Panama 7-0, to earn its berth at the 2019 World Cup and advanced to Wednesday’s championship game vs. the USA. Panama will face Jamaica earlier that Wednesday (5 p.m. ECT; FS2) with the winner of that game claiming the third automatic berth to the 2019 World Cup. The fourth-place finisher will head into a two-game playoff vs. Argentina in November.

The USA and Canada will then clash at 8 p.m. ET for the right to be crowned Concacaf champions. The match will be broadcast on FS1 or FS2 depending on the MLB Playoffs schedule. The game will also be available on UDN.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath, 2nd minute:
The USA scored just one minute and forty seconds into the game when a Kelley O'Hara cross from the right side was poorly cleared to the feet of Lindsey Horan. She collected, made room for her shot and fired on goal. Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider made the save with a dive to her left, but couldn't hold the ball, and Heath, who had drifted into the penalty area from the right wing was all alone to blast home the rebound with her left foot from just outside the six-yard box. USA 1, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Dahlkemper), 15th minute: The USA doubled its lead after a world class long ball from Abby Dahlkemper – that she struck from inside her own defensive half – flew from the right side all the way over to the streaking Rapinoe on the left flank. Rapinoe brought the ball down in stride wonderfully on her chest and raced into the penalty area with a defender in tow before smashing a left-footed blast into the roof of the net from the corner of the six-yard box. USA 2, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Julie Ertz (Crystal Dunn), 21st minute: The third goal came off a brilliant cross from Dunn who ran down a pass deep in the left corner. She then sent a perfect, left-footed service to the far post where Ertz hammered home a header from close range. USA 3, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Tobin Heath (Lindsey Horan), 29th minute: Heath bagged her brace on a nice piece of ball possession on the left flank that pulled the Jamaica defense to that side. Heath then snuck in behind the defense in the right side of the penalty area and Horan found her with a perfectly chipped pass. Heath's finish was clinical as she struck a left-footed volley past the onrushing Schneider and into the right side of the goal. USA 4, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe), 33rd minute: The USA scored yet another goal off a set play to go up 5-0 as Rapinoe spun a cross on the ground into the penalty area off a free kick from outside the penalty area on the left side. Morgan lost her mark struck a first-time shot through traffic and into the net from the top of the six-yard box for her 95th career goal. USA 5, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL.

USA – Alex Morgan (penalty kick), 84th minute: Alex Morgan freed herself on the right side and ran towards the goal when a Jamaica defender grabbed her by the waist, bringing her down inside the penalty box. The referee pointed to the spot, and Morgan stepped up and sent the ball into the left side of the goal for her third brace of the tournament in the three games she’s played in so far. USA 6, JAM 0. WATCH GOAL. FINAL.

Additional Player Notes:

  • Tobin Heath scored her second career brace tonight (last one was on Oct. 17, 2014, also in World Cup qualifying), and has upped her career total to 25. Heath has scored in three of the four games in this tournament, and in her last four appearances for the WNT. She did not play vs. Panama on Oct. 7. It was her seventh start this year in her 141st cap. She becomes the 23rd player in U.S. history with 25 or more goals.
  • Alex Morgan scored her 22nd career brace and upped her international goal total to 96 in her 150th cap. So far, she has scored six goals in the tournament – three braces, one in each game she has played. 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). She’s scored 23 goals over her last 23 WNT matches. She leads the WNT with 16 goals in 2018.
  • Captaining the USA for the second time in the tournament, Megan Rapinoe scored her 41st international goal tonight and her seventh of 2018. Like Heath, Rapinoe has also scored in three games so far in this tournament. She also did not play against Panama on Oct. 7. Rapinoe leads the USA with 12 assists on the year and now has 56 for her career and is now in sole possession of sixth place all-time for the U.S. WNT.
  • Julie Ertz scored her 18th career goal tonight, her second of the tournament and fourth of the year. It was the 26-year-old’s 70th cap tonight. Ertz now has scored three goals in her last five international appearances
  • Abby Dahlkemper earned her second assist of the year on a beautiful long ball to Rapinoe. It was her 27th cap tonight.
  • Lindsey Horan, who has played in every game for the USA this year, earned her seventh assist of 2018 tonight.
  • Crystal Dunn earned her second assist of 2018 on a perfect cross to Ertz. It was her 72nd international appearance and 12th start of 2018.
  • Alyssa Naeher recorded her 19th career shutout and third of the tournament tonight.

Additional Team Notes:

  • The USA is 15-0-2 in 2018, with wins against Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica; and ties against Australia and France.
  • The USA is unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 89-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 25 games.
  • The U.S. has now scored 4+ goals in six of its last seven games and in five straight.
  • Six of the USA’s 24 goals in this tournament have come via headers.
  • Ten different players have scored in the tournament thus far (24 total goals): Alex Morgan (6), Tobin Heath (4), Carli Lloyd (3), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rose Lavelle (2), Julie Ertz (2), Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ three subs tonight were: Morgan Brian for Julie Ertz and Christen Press for Megan Rapinoe, both in the 46th, and Emily Sonnett for Rose Lavelle in the 58th.

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