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WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 2-0 on second half goals from Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath to win the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The win marks the fourth consecutive title in this tournament for the USA which has the longest unbeaten streak in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history and an overall 18-0-1 record. The USA earned its berth to the 2016 Olympics by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal on Feb. 19.

Horan opened the scoring on a header in the 53rd minute off an assist from Becky Sauerbrunn, who was celebrating her 100th appearance with the U.S. WNT. Tobin Heath added the second and final goal of the match in the 61st minute with a nifty finish after a weaving dribble and assist from Mallory Pugh. Pugh and Heath had combined for the winning goal against T&T two days earlier on a remarkably similar play.

In addition to winning the tournament title, the U.S. women also swept the individual awards. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper, Crystal Dunn took the Golden Boot as top scorer with six and Morgan Brian won the Golden Ball as best player. The USA also took home the Fair Play Award and had eight players named to the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Best XI: Solo, Kelley O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Horan, Brian, Heath, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Solo earned her 95th shutout and recorded her 144th win, further extending her U.S. records.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 53rd minute:
In her 100th cap, Becky Sauerbrunn brought down a clearance inside Canada’s half and lofted a ball back over the defense and deep into the penalty box. Horan beat her defender and the charging goalkeeper to the ball to flick home a header into the open net for her second international score and her first of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 61st minute: In a similar combination of players and events as the USA’s first goal in the competition’s semifinal match two days prior, Mallory Pugh made a dynamic run down the left flank. She beat her defender with a brilliant nutmeg and then raced into the box before playing a square ball on the ground through the penalty area. Tobin Heath made a hard run to the middle of the box and smashed a left- footer inside the near post for her 14th international score. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute:
Canada’s only shot on goal came in the 71st minute when Melissa Tancredi sent a menacing header towards the near post on the left side, but Solo was up to the task, reacting well to make the save and send the ball out of play for a corner kick. She then grabbed the ensuring cross to maintain the clean sheet and earn her 95th shutout.

CAN – Allysha Chapman, 88th minute: Tobin Heath once again had a fantastic opportunity to score from short range but Chapman’s quick reaction to block the shot near the goal line that was headed into the lower right corner kept the score down.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face England in the opening match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on March 3 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The She Believes Cup will run from March 3-9 and will take place in Tampa and Boca Raton, Florida, and Nashville, Tenn. The other two nations participating in the four-nation tournament that features a quartet of the world’s top five teams are France and Germany. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to 10 consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
  • The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. The team remains unbeaten all-time in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with an 18-0-1 record.
  • This marks the 11th overall CONCACAF title for the WNT, including four Olympic Qualifying tournaments and five Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her first goal in an Olympic qualifying match. It was her second international goal and first of 2016. The assist on that goal was the third of Becky Sauerbrunn’s career.
  • Tonight’s match was the third consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It was also Pugh’s third career start.
  • Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home club venue – BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Tobin Heath’s goal marked her 14th international score, fifth overall in Olympic Qualifying and second in 2016.
  • Eight players on the roster have now scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (9), Crystal Dunn (6), Heath (5), Christen Press (3), Horan (1), Kelley O’Hara (1) and Samantha Mewis (1).
  • Horan and Heath became the sixth and seventh U.S. WNT players to score in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament title match. Lindsay Tarpley, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, Lloyd and Morgan are the others. Wambach leads the group with three goals scored in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying title games. Morgan has two and the rest, one apiece.
  • Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. She recorded her first career assist against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. She assisted on another goal in against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19.
  • U.S. head coach used her three subs on Press, who came on for Morgan in the 72nd minute, Dunn, who replaced Horan in the 82nd and Emily Sonnett, who came on for Pugh in stoppage time.

Milestone Watch:

  • Becky Sauerbrunn made her 100th appearance for the WNT, becoming the 35th U.S. woman to do so. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game. 
  • Carli Lloyd has 14 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances and Hope Solo is next with 12. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine, Crystal Dunn has six and Tobin Heath has five.
  • Lloyd earned her 217th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 190th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19, Morgan tied Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She then scored two more and with 62 goals now has sole possession of eighth place.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report --

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report --

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final 
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher 
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute 
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials: 
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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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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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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Squad Goals: Women's & Girls' YNTs Rack Up Successes

The United States Youth Women’s and Girls’ National Teams have several primary responsibilities.

First and foremost, to provide educational, competitive, fun and nurturing environments that will accelerate the development of talented players to their maximum potential, while setting them on a path to one day potentially represent the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Watching players grow through the YNT programs to represent the USA in World Cups and Olympic games – a path that almost every current U.S. WNT player has followed – is extremely satisfying for all the coaches and staff members who are involved in the process.

Along the way, winning games and tournaments is also a ton of fun.

And even though the USA’s Youth National Teams have been wildly successful during their long history, the past two years have been especially fruitful. Of course, the youth club teams of all the players in the YNT pools play a critical and invaluable role in developing players away from the National Team environment, which leads to another responsibility of the YNTs: liaising with the clubs to make sure they have a concrete understanding of what it takes for players to play internationally.

Over the past two years, when those players assemble and put on the U.S. Soccer crest, the results have been especially stellar.

From the start of 2017 to date, the USA’s six youngest Women’s and Girls’ Youth National Teams – the U-15s, U-16s, U-17s, U-18s, U-19s and U-20s – have played 84 international matches and have a lot to show for it. The entire program has gone 59-11-14 during that period while winning eight different tournaments. That’s a 78 percent win percentage and eight trophy lifts. Some of these competitions have come while “playing up” against older competition, especially for the U-18s and U-19s.

Combined 2017 & 2018 U.S. Women’s and Girls YNT Records

Team

Record (W-L-T)

GF

GA

U-15 GNT

3-0-1

13

6

U-16 GNT

11-1-0

44

8

U-17 WNT

21-1-4

96

18

U-18 WNT

5-2-4

22

18

U-19 WNT

3-3-0

11

9

U-20 WNT

16-4-5

66

26

“Our coaches are extremely focused on coaching age-appropriately, teaching our style of play in attacking and defending, and playing older opponents as often as possible,” U.S. Women’s Youth National Team Director April Heinrichs said. “Quite honestly, we’re less focused on results than in the past and more focused on selecting good soccer players and how to teach how we want to play.” 

Quality players playing against strong teams is a formula that helps breed success. Those 84 matches have come against 30 different countries, from women’s soccer powers France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, England, Australia, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and China, to developing women’s soccer nations such as Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Haiti, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Venezuela.

The U-17 WNT, whose only loss of this cycle came in a wild 5-4 contest away to China in July of 2017, beat Japan three times this year, and recently downed Mexico to win the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. The U-20 WNT has yet to lose in 2018, and even picked up wins against the U-23 sides of Sweden and Italy. Although the U-20s were edged by Mexico in penalty kicks in its Concacaf championship game, they’ve beaten the U-20s from France, England and Germany over the past four months which shows that both the U-17s and the U-20s are rounding into fine form ahead of their respective World Cups later this year.

A sign of the health of the USA’s Youth WNT programs, which is even more important than wins and losses, is the number of Under-20 aged players who have already seen time with the full National Team.

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