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USA Beats Panama 4-0 at 2016 U20 Mens NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (July 1, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team topped Panama 4-0 in its second match of the 2016 Under-20 NTC Invitational at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

The U.S. grew into the game slowly after Panama had the better of the possession in the opening half hour. Just before the half, Sebastian Saucedo picked up a loose ball in the attacking third and passed to Luca De La Torre, who made an athletic move to spin on the ball and play in Isaiah Young, who did well to beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

The goal bolstered the USA, who found more space in the Panama defense as the game opened up in the second half. Young was involved in the creation of the second goal as his darting run into the penalty was only cleared to Danny Acosta at the top of the box, who smashed in a half volley to double the lead. Young’s terrific night continued in the 58th minute when he took on three defenders and got a shot off that deflected right to Jeremy Ebobisse, who tapped in a goal. Substitutes Brandon Vazquez and Coy Craft teamed up in the 82nd minute for the fourth U.S. goal when Vazquez broke free to goal and unselfishly passed to Craft for an easy tap-in at the back post.

The win gave USA the full six points out if its first two matches in the tournament. Japan defeated Costa Rica 3-0 earlier in the day and Japan now sits on four points. The results set up a de facto final as the USA takes on Japan at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 3 at Field 1 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. A win or draw will earn the USA the title. Panama and Costa Rica will play at 12 p.m. PT.

All matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page.

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U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: United States U-20 MNT vs Panama U-20 MNT
Friday, July 1, 2016
U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
7:00 p.m. PT
72 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4                                
PAN                             0          0          0 

USA – Isaiah Young (Luca de la Torre)          43rd minute
USA – Danny Acosta                                      56
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse                                 58
USA – Coy Craft (Brandon Vazquez)            82       

12-JT Marcinkowski; 17-Marlon Fossey, 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty (Andrew Lombard, 68), 14-Hugo Arellano; 6-Danny Acosta, 8-Luca De La Torre (9-Mukwelle Akale, 68), 15-Isaiah Young (21-Brandon Vazquez, 79); 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jackson Yueill, 79), 11-Sebastian Saucedo (16-Coy Craft, 60), 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Victor Mansaray, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 2-Aaron Herrera, 3-Marcello Borges, 10-Weston McKinnie

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 21-Juan Iguala; 4-Cesar Blackman Camarena, 2-Jiovany Diaz, 6-Andres Cedeno (Javier Rivera Castillo, 63), 3-Jorge Conejo; 5-Ricardo Avila, 8-Adalberto Alcazar (16-John Del Busto Gutierrez, 54), 10-Justin Samaniego (17-Milciades Molina Arias, 63), 11-Chamell Alarcon; 13-Moises Gil Rios (9-Luis Zuniga Andrade, 46), 19-Leandro Avila Santamaria
Subs not used: 1-Samuel Baptista Herrera, 7-Robledo Quinones, 12-Marcos Melendez Perez, Isidoro Hinestroza Hernandez
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 15
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                       10th minute
PAN – Javier Rivera Castillo (caution)           71
PAN – Ricardo Avila (ejection)                       90
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              89       

Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Ehrhardt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)


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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PREVIEW: MNT Closes Out 2018 Home Schedule Against Peru

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 14, 2018) – Following Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues to challenge itself against strong international opponents when it takes on 2018 FIFA World Cup participants Peru on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Coverage of the MNT’s fourth Kickoff Series match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.

Here is a preview of USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods.


GOALKEEPERS (2)1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), 22-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (8)6-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), 18-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), 21-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), 3-Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), 17-Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 5/0), 19-Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 1/0), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 55/0)

MIDFIELDERS (9)23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 20/2), 24-Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 141/17), 8-Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 4/0), 16-Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 13/4), 14-Fafa Picault (Philadelphia Union; 2/0) 15-Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), 20-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), 11-Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 6/1)

FORWARDS (3)9-Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 3/0), 13-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 4/1), 7-Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 42/13)



The highlight reel got plenty of use and an MNT side growing together gained lots of experience in Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia. Following James Rodriguez’s first-half golazo, the MNT utilized opportunistic strikes from Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood to take an early second-half advantage. Led by its powerful attack, Colombia rebounded via goals from Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and a bicycle kick Miguel Angel Borja to see the match out. While disappointed with the defeat, MNT players recognized there were plenty of lessons to learn from the experience.


After playing the full 90 minutes against Peru, goalkeeper Zack Steffen experienced tightness in his right hamstring and the decision was made for him to depart camp, allowing the 23-year-old to return to Columbus Crew SC as a precaution. Steffen was not replaced on the roster, leaving the squad at 22 players going into the Peru match. Earning his sixth cap against Colombia, Steffen tied Kasey Keller (1990) and Troy Perkins (2009) for most appearances by an MNT goalkeeper during his debut year and can break the record with an appearance next month against either England or Italy.


Tim Weah registered his first career assist when he threaded a clever ball to Bobby Wood in the 56th minute of Tuesday’s match against Colombia. With that, Weah (18 years, 232 days) became the third youngest player to register an assist for the MNT, coming in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days). See below for the full list of MNT players that achieved the feat during their teenage years.


First Assist



Christian Pulisic

Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W at St. Vincent and the Grenadines

17 years, 349 days

Juan Agudelo

June 7, 2011

2-0 W vs. Canada

18 years, 197 days

Tim Weah

Oct. 11, 2018

2-4 L vs. Colombia

18 years, 232 days

Landon Donovan

Oct. 25, 2000

2-0 W vs. Mexico

18 years, 236 days

Jozy Altidore

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L at Trinidad & Tobago

18 years, 344 days

Freddy Adu

June 22, 2008

1-0 W at Barbados

19 years, 20 days

DaMarcus Beasley

Jan. 27, 2002

4-0 W vs. El Salvador

19 years, 149 days

Already with a goal to his name, it is also true that Weah is the third youngest player to register a goal and assist for the MNT, also behind Pulisic and Agudelo.


While the emphasis from the past year has been placed on bringing along the MNT’s next generation, the master plan has always included the return of key veteran players into the mix. As a result, the October matches presented the right time to begin the reintegration process, with MNT head coach Dave Sarachan tapping midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan to return to the squad for this month’s matches against Colombia and Peru.

“When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience,” Sarachan told ussoccer.com last week. “As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier. Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time.”

Bradley wore the captain’s armband once again and went the full 90 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Colombia, while Guzan is expected to start against Peru on Tuesday.

Playing in their first World Cup since 1982, La Blanquirroja captured hearts with their enthusiastic play and incredible fan support this summer in Russia.

Manager Ricardo Gareca has largely stuck with the team he took to the World Cup, calling up 16 players from the squad for Peru’s matches against Chile and the USA this month. Along attacking midfielder Christian Cueva, the Peru roster is notable for having four players based in Major League Soccer, with forwards Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC) and Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) joining midfielders Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) and Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC) on the squad.


With the 2022 cycle officially underway, the process of elevating a rising crop of internationals is already in motion. Since November of last year, a total of 19 players have debuted for the senior MNT. Seventeen of them came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. ussoccer.com has profiled 11 of these hopefuls at the start of the new video series RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which chronicle the route of players on their quest to become a part of the National Team by going behind the scenes with family, youth, coaches, teammates and professional club managers from across the world. [WATCH SERIES]


  • Having first met in 1989, the MNT leads the series with a 3-2-1 record.
  • In the last meeting, the USA used a brace from Jozy Altidore to earn a 2-1 comeback victory on Sept. 4, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday’s match comes 22 years to the day of Peru’s first win in the series, a 4-1 victory  on Oct. 16, 1996 in Lima.  


  • As of Oct. 16, 2018, the 22-player roster carries an average age of 24 years, 62 days, while 15 players are 23 years and under.
  • Six players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (born 1997 or later): Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah
  • Following the Colombia match, the roster averages 18.9 caps, with 16 players holding 10 or less appearances.
  • The MNT’s October camp has been highlighted by the return of long-time veterans, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
  • With his next appearance, midfielder Michael Bradley will move into sole possession of third place on the MNT’s all-time caps list. Bradley currently sits tied with Clint Dempsey (141 caps) and sits behind only Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
  • Coming on in the 75th minute of Thursday’s match against Colombia, Ben Sweat became the 16th player to earn their MNT debut this year – third most in the modern era behind 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).
  • Three more players have the chance to make their debuts on Tuesday: midfielder Jonathan Amon and defenders Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.
  • Bradley (141) and Guzan (58) lead the way in caps, followed by DeAndre Yedlin (55), Bobby Wood (42) and John Brooks (35).
  • The roster features players that ply their trade in nine different countries: USA (7), Germany (4), Belgium, Canada, England and France (2 each); Denmark, Netherlands and Wales (one each)
  • Bobby Wood’s 53rd minute strike against Colombia was his team-leading third of the year and fourth career goal against Top-20 ranked opponents.
  • Tim Weah’s assist on Wood’s goal made him the third youngest MNT player to record a goal and assist at 18 years, 232 days. He comes in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days).
  • One of 16 players to make their senior-team debuts this year, Antonee Robinson leads the MNT with two assists, providing helpers to Tim Weah (May 28 vs. Bolivia) and Tyler Adams (Sept. 11 vs. Mexico).
  • Last seen during the MNT’s 1-1 draw with France back in June, 18-year-old Josh Sargent has had a strong start to his competitive tenure at Werder Bremen, leading the club’s reserve side with six goals in 10 matches.    
  • Andrija Novakovich joins Amon in leading the MNT’s European contingent with four goals scored this season with Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Eredivisie.
  • A right back in the midst of his second MLS season, Reggie Cannon has appeared in each of FC Dallas’ 30 matches, adding a goal and three assists for the Western Conference leaders.
  • Left back Ben Sweat has been a stalwart for New York City FC in 2018, appearing in 27 of 32 matches to help the club clinch a third-consecutive postseason berth.
  • Also in his second season with Nordsjælland, 19-year-old winger Jonathan Amon has recorded four goals in eight matches across all competitions for the Danish side this campaign.
  • Four players took part in the MNT’s last meeting with Peru, a 2-1 win on Sept. 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.: John Brooks, Brad Guzan, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Ten players have been part of a final U.S. roster at a youth World Cup: Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marky Delgado Ethan Horvath, Matt Miazga, Josh Sargent, Wil Trapp, Tim Weah and DeAndre Yedlin.

PERU ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals): *Updated through 10/12/2018

GOALKEEPERS (3): Patricio Álvarez (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca; 6/0), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX; 45/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Luis Advíncula (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Alexander Callens (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz/MEX; 4/0), Nilson Loyola (Melgar; 5/0), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr/KSA; 73/3), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX; 11/0), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA; 33/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Pedro Aquino (Club León/MEX; 18/3), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal; 3/0), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar/RUS; 52/8), Edison Flores (Morelia/MEX; 35/9), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor/TUR; 35/3), Sergio Peña (C.D. Tondela/POR; 5/0), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord/NED; 35/3), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC/USA; 79/2)

FORWARDS (4): André Carillo (Al-Hilal/KSA; 52/6), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers/USA; 18/1), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 19/2), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 33/4)


  • Peru began the new World Cup cycle last month with matching 2-1 defeats to Netherlands and Germany.
  • Most recently, they used a brace from Pedro Aquino to defeat Chile 3-0 on Oct. 12 in Miami Gardens, Fla.    
  • Sixteen players on the roster were part of Peru’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
  • Forward André Carillo scored what would stand as the game-winning goal in Peru’s 2-0 defeat of Australia – their first World Cup win since 1978.
  • Peru has been managed by Ricardo Gareca since 2015. He led the country to a fourth-place finish at that year’s Copa America as well as qualification to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1982.
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Lineup Notes: USA Faces Jamaica with 2019 World Cup Berth on the Line

USA vs. JAMAICA Date: Oct. 14, 2018 Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas Broadcast: FS1 & UDN Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT Starting XI vs. Jamaica: 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, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) Substitutes Available: 2-Emily Sonnett, 3- Read more
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U.S. WNT Travels to Texas Ahead of World Cup Qualifying Semifinal

The U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up Group A play in North Carolina with three dominant performances to qualify for the crucial knockout round. In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, the team gets on the road and looks ahead to the upcoming semifinal match vs. Jamaica in Frisco, Texas on Oct. 14, where the winner of the game will earn an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Read more
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With the World Cup Within Reach, It’s Business as Usual for the WNT

Finally, it’s come to this. The U.S. Women’s National Team is set to play Jamaica on Sunday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m. CT; FS1, UDN) in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the line. The biggest game of the last two years looms, and 90 minutes separate the U.S. Women’s National Team from earning a spot on Read more
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Five Things to Know About Jamaica

The U.S. Women’s National Team topped Group A at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship after outscoring opponents 18-0 to book a spot in the crucial semifinal round. Now, the team is set to face Group B runner-up, Jamaica on Oct. 14 (7 p.m. CT; FS1, UDN), with the winner advancing to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Here are five things to know about Jamaica: JAMAICA WOMEN& Read more
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Five Things to Know About Peru MNT

The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its Kickoff Series against Peru on Oct. 16 in East Hartford, Conn. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). Before the USA takes on another strong South American squad, here are five things to know about La Blanquirroja.


Peru’s national team history is defined by its two most successful periods: the 1930s and 1970s. The country also stakes a contested claim to the invention of the bicycle kick in the late 1900s. Formed in 1927, the national team competed in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930 and took home the 1939 South American Championship.

After a 40-year absence (and entering the inaugural tournament by invitation), Peru fought to return to the World Cup in 1970. In dramatic fashion, Peru drew Argentina in Buenos Aires on the final matchday to secure its place and bar Argentina from the tournament for the first and only time. Two days before Peru’s first group stage game, a deadly earthquake hit the nation. Still shaken by the events at home, La Blanquirroja quickly fell behind Bulgaria 2-0, but an impassioned second half comeback saw Peru score three goals in 25 minutes to win its first match. The team qualified to the quarterfinals, marking its best-ever finish. Peru followed its World Cup success by winning the 1975 Copa America.

Following another long wait, Peru qualified for the 2018 World Cup after one of the most competitive South American qualifying processes in recent memory. Seven teams entered the final international match window vying for three direct berths and an intercontinental playoff spot. Peru ended up tied with rivals Chile for the playoff spot, but La Blanquirroja advanced on via goal difference to face New Zealand in the playoff. After earning a hard-fought scoreless draw on the road, the Peruvians scored an emphatic 2-0 win at home to earn their place at the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.


The USA’s history against Peru goes back only to 1989, a 3-0 win at the Meadowlands a few months before the U.S. qualified for the 1990 World Cup. All-time, the MNT is 3-2-1 against La Blanquirroja.

The nations have met just once in official competition- the 2000 Gold Cup, where Peru competed as a guest. A Cobi Jones goal boosted the U.S. past Peru in its first group stage game, but Peru would advance all the way to the tournament semifinals.

Their last clash came at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium in 2015, when a brace from Jozy Altidore led the USA to a 2-1 comeback victory. Eight current Peruvian players faced the U.S. in that match, while John Brooks, Brad Guzan, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin return from that MNT squad.


Peru’s 36-year World Cup drought was the longest among the tournament field this summer. Drawn into a difficult group, the Peruvians dropped their first two group stage matches against Denmark and eventual champion France.

Buoyed by an energetic fan base for its entire stay in Russia, Peru finally gave its supporters something to cheer about in its final match against Australia, a 2-0 win. Andre Carillo and captain Paolo Guerrero scored goals that whipped the crowd into a frenzy, despite Peru’s elimination.

Peru followed up its World Cup campaign with two friendlies in Europe during the Sept. international window. La Blanquirroja took early leads against the Netherlands and Germany, but dropped both matches 2-1 to the home countries.


Manager Ricardo Gareca has brought back most of his World Cup squad to face the USA in Connecticut, as 16 current call-ups were part of the World Cup team. Forward Jefferson Farfan leads the roster with 88 caps and 25 goals.

Peru’s 22 players ply their trade in 12 different countries, led by five playing domestically. Four currently compete in Major League Soccer: forwards Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC) and Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) as well as midfielders Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) and Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC).

During their first match of the international window on Friday, Oct. 12, Peru defeated Chile 3-0 in Miami. Following a scoreless first half, a Chilean own goal opened the scoring before Pedro Aquino tallied twice to give Peru its first win of the new cycle. La Blanquirroja fell my matching 2-1 score lines away to Netherlands and Germany to begin the cycle last month. 

Peru Roster (Club; Caps/Goals) - Updated through Oct. 12, 2018
: Patricio Álvarez (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca; 6/0), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX; 45/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Luis Abram (Vélez Sarsfield/ARG; 5/0), Luis Advíncula (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Miguel Araujo (Talleres/ARG; 9/0), Nilson Loyola (Melgar; 5/0), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr/KSA; 73/3), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX; 11/0), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA; 33/0)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Pedro Aquino (Club León/MEX; 18/3), Cristian Benevente (Royal Charleroi/BEL; 16/2), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal; 3/0), André Carillo (Al-Hilal/KSA; 52/6), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar/RUS; 52/8), Edison Flores (Morelia/MEX; 35/9), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor/TUR; 35/3), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers/USA; 18/1), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord/NED; 35/3), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC/USA; 79/2)

FORWARDS (3): Jefferson Farfán (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 88/25), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 19/2), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 33/4)


Located in western South America, Peru possesses a rich cultural history, as well as a diverse ecology. Peru was home to the ancient Inca Empire, a kingdom that controlled most of the Andean region and a territory larger than the Romans. The Incas developed the world’s first census system and their indigenous language, Quechua, is still spoken by 13 percent of the population. But the Incas’ most striking legacy today is the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Located high in the Andes, the well-preserved site went undiscovered for 400 years until 1911.

Peru is defined by three distinct regions: coastal plains, Andean peaks and the Amazon Rainforest. The country is home to the world’s highest sand dune, as well as its deepest canyon, Colca Canyon, nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. It’s also the habitat for a number of rare animals, like jaguars, pumas, and the 14-foot-wingspanned Giant Andean condor. More than half of the world’s alpaca population lives in Peru.

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MNT Oct 13, 2018