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U.S. Paralympic Team Kicks off Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH (June 22, 2018) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team gathered for a week-long training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Head coach Stuart Sharp called in 14 players for the domestic camp, which kicks off today and runs through June 28.

Seven players return from the team’s recent trip to Barcelona, where there placed second in the 13th International Trophy CP Football tournament.

The U.S. PNT is gearing up for the 2018 IFCPF Copa América in October.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Carter Alvey (Mount Washington, Ky.), Sean Boyle (Minneapolis, Minn.), Marc Estrella (Bakersfield, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Andrew Bremer (Clemson, S.C.), Greg Brigman (Harrisburg, N.C.), Joshua Brunais (Stafford, Va.), Jacob Crumbley (Fortson, Ga.), David Garza (San Diego, Calif.), Jacob Kaplan (Morganville, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (2): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Benjamin Lindau (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
FORWARDS (3): Cameron DeLillo (Blandon, Pa.), Shea Hammond (Upper Montclaire, N.J.), Nicholas Mayhugh (Radford, Va.)

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Tickets for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Go on Sale Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. CT

CHICAGO (June 21, 2018) – Tickets for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on Sept. 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, will go on sale Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. CT.

Tickets can be purchased through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will be available for purchase at Nissan Stadium at a later date. Tickets for this event will be mobile only.

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with your name and preferred number, VIP access, and other unique benefits) are available starting Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. CT exclusively through ussoccer.com. Group tickets (30-ticket minimum) will be available through ussoccer.com starting Wednesday, June 27, at 10 a.m. CT.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

North America’s biggest soccer spectacle will write its latest chapter beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT, with coverage on ESPN, UniMas and UDN. The meeting will take place during the first FIFA international window following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the marquee match continuing the MNT’s aggressive campaign of competing against the top teams in the world. 

Though a heated rivalry on the field, this match also brings together two of the nations that will host the FIFA World Cup in North America in 2026 in one of the USA’s 17 candidate host cities. Currently home to United Soccer League side Nashville SC, the Music City is set to join Major League Soccer in 2020 and has shown a rich history of supporting the MNT, with attendance rising across each of the team’s five visits since 2006. Most recently, the USA began its march to the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup title by playing to a 1-1 draw with Panama in front of 47,622 fans.

Having won the first meeting that took place in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, the USA has faced off with El Tri 67 times – far more than any other international opponent. Though Mexico showed considerable dominance through the rivalry’s first 50 years, a new generation of U.S. players began to turn the tide during the 1990s, leading to the MNT’s own supremacy in the series, going 13-7-6 since the turn of the century.

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MNT Jun 21, 2018
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Division II Louisville City FC Joins All-MLS Cast in 2018 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – On the final night of the Round of 16, Division II club Louisville City FC defeated fellow United Soccer League (USL) aspirants Nashville SC 2-1 to join an all-MLS cast in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

Division I Major League Soccer outfits Orlando City SC, four-time Open Cup champs Chicago Fire and first-year club Los Angeles FC also won tightly contested Round of 16 games on Wednesday night to claim the remaining berths in the tournament Quarterfinals. Earlier in the Round of 16, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers and reigning champion Sporting Kansas City advanced to the tournament’s Quarterfinal Round, which is currently scheduled to be played on Wednesday, July 18.

Quarterfinal Schedule

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

July 18

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs.Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

July 18

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

July 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

July 18

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

By dint of being the sole remaining lower division club in the tournament, Louisville City wins the $25,000 prize awarded to each lower division side to advance furthest in the competition. Previously, FC Golden State Force won $25,000 as the amateur club to advance farthest in the tournament, defeating two higher division opponents before bowing out in a Fourth Round contest with LA Galaxy.

After the completion of the Quarterfinal Round on July 18, the Final Draw, which determines hosting priority for the tournament Semifinals and Final, will be held the morning of July 19.

Just as the four games earlier in the Round of 16 had been, Wednesday’s games were all tight affairs decided by a single goal or in the case of Orlando and D.C. United, a penalty shootout that the Lions won 4-2 after the sides drew 1-1 through 120 minutes of regulation and overtime. In the night’s other all-MLS encounter, Chicago Fire grabbed an impressive 1-0 win on the road against Atlanta United, who were cheered on by an all-time record crowd for a stand-alone Open Cup game as 41,012 packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In the nightcap, LAFC needed a last-minute strike from Latif Blessing, who helped Sporting Kansas City claim the 2017 U.S. Open Cup crown with a goal in the Final, to escape high-flying USL club Sacramento Republic FC 3-2 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Round of 16’s previous matchdays featured all-MLS match-ups that saw Portland beat LA Galaxy 1-0, Philadelphia defeat New York Red Bulls 2-1, Kansas City down FC Dallas 3-2 and Houston see off Minnesota United FC 1-0.

Round of 16 Results

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)

1-0

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)

2-1

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)

3-2

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

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

1-0

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

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

1-1 (2-4 PKs)

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

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

2-1

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

June 20

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

0-1

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

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

3-2

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
D.C. United (MLS) 1, Orlando City SC (MLS) 1 (2-4 PKs)
Persistent rain showers forced a lengthy delay at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night, but as the show must go on, so does the U.S. Open Cup. And the two MLS clubs delivered a drama-packed Round of 16 clash with Orlando City SC outlasting D.C. United in penalties following a 1-1 stalemate through 120 minutes of play. Luciano Acosta found the opener for the home side in the ninth minute when he smashed home a quick pass into the box from Darren Mattocks. Less than 10 minutes later, Justin Meram got the equalizer for Orlando City, sneaking a water-logged ball through the wickets of D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Clark. After a scoreless second half and thirty minutes of extra time, Earl Edwards Jr. made two penalty saves to set up Josue Colman’s clincher for Orlando City SC. The Lions from Central Florida advance to face Philadelphia Union in the Quarterfinals.

Louisville City FC (USL) 2, Nashville SC (USL) 1
In their third meeting of the year, Louisville City bested Nashville SC 2-1 at that cozy confines of Lynn Stadium on the University of Louisville campus. Paco Craig and Paolo DelPiccolo provided the firepower for the hosts whose hot league form carried over to the U.S. Open Cup and sees the club through to a July 18 Quarterfinal against MLS' Chicago Fire. In a see-saw affair, it was the Kentuckians who seized the early advantage through consistent possession and a well-played corner kick routine that was finished off by Craig in the 24th minute. While Nashville was able to carve out opportunities on the counter, Louisville looked comfortable taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room.

In the second frame, things got even better for the hosts as their captain, DelPiccolo, converted another smart corner kick in the 58th minute. But the home side were made to sweat as Nashville found some urgency and then a goal from Matt LaGrassa in the 68th minute to make for a wild ending in which both goalkeepers stood on their heads to keep their teams’ hopes of advancement alive. In the end, it was Tim Dobrowolski who was able to infuse his Lou City defense with a little bit of the grit and magic his Alma Mater Loyola University – Chicago displayed earlier this year in a similar knockout tournament to claim the 2-1 victory and a visit to the Windy City for a Last Eight showdown.

Atlanta United FC (MLS) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 1
This Round of 16 match was tense and tight from the opening whistle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where 41,012 fans turned out to cheer on the home team and break the all-time attendance record for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game. Early on it seemed like the record crowd would be rewarded as Atlanta United took firm control of the contest in the opening stages. It was an ominous sign, however, when the first real chance of note came from the Fire in the 17th minute. Diego Campos sent in a dangerous corner-kick that was struck on the volley by former Champions League and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger. Atlanta goalkeeper Alec Kann was up to the task, making the save, and the German schemer’s appeals that the ball had crossed the line were half-hearted at best. Five minutes later Sal Zizzo fired his effort just inches from the top corner for the home side and both teams had a handful more half-chances before the whistle went for the interval with the score the same as it was at the start.

The crucial moment came in the 53rd minute via a silky, flowing move from the visitors, themselves four-time U.S. Open Cup winners. A brilliant through ball into the box from Schweinsteiger picked out the racing Argentine Luis Solignac, who squared the ball across the face of goal to be poked home by Nemanja Nikolic. It was the Hungarian international’s third goal in 2018 Open Cup play after he bagged a brace in the previous round against Columbus Crew. Current Atlanta (former Barcelona) coach Tata Martino threw on a pair of attack-minded subs as the game clock wound toward 90, and the home team threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the Fire. The best Atlanta could manage, though, was a strike against the woodwork from Tito Villalba as the game finished 1-0 to the visitors, who now face Louisville City of the United Soccer League (USL) in the Quarterfinal.

Los Angeles FC (MLS) 3, Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 2
It seemed at times as though Sacramento Republic FC would will itself past Los Angeles FC in the teams’ 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 showdown, but LAFC’s quality ultimately shown through as the SoCal side escaped their northern neighbors with a 3-2 win at Banc of California Stadium in LA.

It was late heartbreak for a Sacramento side that twice took the lead while also defending gallantly in the face of LAFC’s swift and talented attack that hit the woodwork as often as it found the back of the net. Latif Blessing’s 89th minute winner completed the comeback for the home side as he converted a goalmouth cross from perhaps the player of the game Diego Rossi.

It was Rossi who knotted the game at 2-2 in the 67th minute, pegging back Sacramento after Villyan Bijev’s top-corner dart finished a beautifully worked give-and-go with a pair of teammates to put the visitors up 2-1 on the hour mark. Only three minutes before that, LAFC captain Benny Feilhaber had drawn the sides level at 1-1, making amends for putting a first half PK attempt right into the arms of Sacramento goalkeeper, Josh Cohen, who was immense on the night and one of the main reasons the Republic put a heart-stopping scare into their Division I opponents. Elliot Hord scored the game’s opening goal late in the first half, helping Sacramento gain a toe-hold in a game it looked as though they would not have been so competitive in early on.

LAFC moves on to host MLS rivals Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in the tournament Quarterfinals on July 18.

MONDAY, JUNE 18
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1, Minnesota United FC (MLS) 0
A lone goal from Colombian Mauro Manotas just after the interval was enough to see Houston Dynamo win their second straight 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at BBVA Compass Stadium at the expense of Minnesota United. The home team took the lead with only two minutes gone in the second half. Mauro Manotas was first to the near post and got on the end of a corner-kick to head the Houstonians into the lead. It was the Colombian’s fifth goal in the tournament, making him the top scorer in the Dynamo’s Open Cup history. The slim 1-0 win sets a date for the Texans, twice MLS champions, against Open Cup holders Sporting Kansas City in next month’s Quarterfinals.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1

Philadelphia Union, playing in a second straight 2018 Open Cup game at Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 Open Cup runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. In the 52nd minute, Philly’s Haris Medunjanin evaded 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. Then a good piece of service from captain Alejandro Bedoya set up Cory Burke, who kept his cool to slot home and make it 2-0 for the Union in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, New York’s Daniel Royer hit the post before Bradley Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute. Despite some jittery moments, the Union held firm to advance and host the winner between D.C. United and Orlando City.

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, FC Dallas (MLS) 2
In 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 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 Sporting KC’s 3-2 victory that was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Yohan Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament. After 19 minutes, Michael Barrios crossed to Carlos Gruezo, who had the easiest of jobs tapping in from close range. Salloi then struck two in a row on either side of the interval to put the hosts up 2-1. But Dallas refused to go away, and Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute before Croizet’s magnificent winner just minutes before the final whistle.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Portland Timbers (MLS) 1, LA Galaxy (MLS) 0

A lone goal from diminutive Argentine Sebastian Blanco on the half-hour mark was enough to see the Portland Timbers past LA Galaxy, 1-0, and through to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the lead-up to the goal, Portland ball moved through midfield from left to right before sending it up front for Fanendo Adi, who back-heeled into the penalty area and the path of Blanco. The Argentine livewire wriggled by his marker and slotted coolly past the ‘keeper for the game winner. The Timbers move on to meet the winner of Wednesday’s Round of 16 game between Los Angeles FC (MLS) and Sacramento Republic (USL). 
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U-20 WNT Gathers in Portland for Final pre-World Cup Training Camp

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will gather in Portland, Oregon, from June 25-July 12 for the final training camp before U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova chooses a 21-player roster for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Klimkova has called up 24 players for this event which will include two matches against the Brazil U-20 WNT and a game against Portland Thorns FC. Brazil handed the USA one of just four losses during this cycle during a 2-0 result at the Women’s Nike Friendlies in December of 2017.

Nineteen of the 24 players on this roster are in college with five still playing youth club (all for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams). Defender Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), midfielders Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat) and forwards Sophia Smith (Real Colorado) and Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues) are the players on the roster who have not yet enrolled in college. All five will be head to college next fall, at Stanford, Florida State, UNC, Stanford and USC, respectively.

The roster features four players from UCLA (D Karina Rodriguez, F Ashley Sanchez, M Delanie Sheehan and M Viviana Villacorta), four from Virginia (G Laurel Ivory, D Zoe Morse, F Alexa Spaanstra and F Taryn Torres) and two from Stanford (D Samantha Hiatt and D Kiara Pickett) and USC (D Tara McKeown and M Savannah DeMelo).

The USA is coming off a tournament title at the Sud Ladies Cup in France in early June at which they beat Germany (3-0), Haiti (7-0) and the hosts (3-1). Hocking scored her first two international goals during the tournament, as did forward Erin Gilroy, who plays at Tennessee.

The U.S. U-20 WNT has gone 10-0-3 this year in international matches with 12 different players having scored, led by Smith, the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, who has 11 goals in 2018 and 19 in her U-20 career. Smith is now tied with current WNT forward with Mallory Pugh for fourth all-time in U-20 international goals for the USA behind Sydney Leroux (29), Kelley O’Hara (24) and Lindsey Horan (24). Smith has scored in seven consecutive international matches.

The USA was drawn into Group C at the upcoming World Cup in France and opens the tournament on Monday, Aug. 6 against Japan (1:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local), faces Paraguay on Thursday, Aug. 9 (1:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. local) and finishes the group against Spain on Monday, Aug. 13 (7:30 a.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. local). The USA will play its first two group games at Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau and its third group game at Stade du Clos Gastel in Dinan/Léhon.

The 16-team field for the tournament is a strong one, featuring Mexico, the USA, Haiti, host France, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Paraguay, China PR, Japan, Korea PRK and New Zealand. The USA has won the tournament three times (2002, 2008, 2012), as has Germany (2004, 2010, 2014), while Korea DPR has won it twice, in 2006 and most recently in 2016.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (Michigan; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)  

DEFENDERS (9): Emily Fox (North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Taylor Mitchell (Duke; Tarzana, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)                                                         

MIDFIELDERS (5): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, NC), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.)                                                  

FORWARDS (7): Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas)           

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Bid on Autographed WNT & MNT Rainbow-Numbered Jerseys

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued jerseys from their matches in June are now available via an online auction with all net proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

Both teams donned rainbow-numbered jerseys in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month for their respective pairs of matches. In cooperation with the Women’s National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, U.S. Soccer is offering one jersey per player at auction to support The You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction has begun and will conclude at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, June 29. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey.

The U.S. WNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys against China PR on June 7 in Sandy, Utah, and on June 12 in Cleveland. The U.S. MNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys on June 2 vs. Ireland in Dublin and on June 9 vs. France in Lyon. The jerseys from the first game of each U.S. team's two-match set are available through the auction.

Last year's jersey auction to benefit the You Can Play Project raised more than $65,000 combined between the WNT and MNT jerseys.

In addition this year, fans can purchase jerseys customized with their choice of rainbow numbers through store.ussoccer.com, as well as a scarf or hat featuring a rainbow “ONE NATION.” One-hundred percent of net proceeds on the sale of these limited-edition items will also be donated to The You Can Play Project.

The “ONE NATION.” design was inspired by U.S. Soccer’s commonly used “ONE NATION. ONE TEAM.” mantra and draws from U.S. Soccer’s belief in promoting a culture of diversity, inclusivity and global connectivity as a country and fanbase.


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