Daily Media Update for 7 July

Jul 7, 2019

And then there were two. #LaGrandeFinale promises to be a historic occasion with a number of intriguing, interweaving storylines. USA are back for their third consecutive final, with a number of players remaining from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ squad. The 2015 title-winning coach Jill Ellis will no doubt be calling on the experience of four years ago to drive her fresh team forward.

Standing in the way of the ‘fourth star’ for the US are the Netherlands, who have reached their maiden Women’s World Cup final in only their second appearance at the global finals. Their meteoric rise has been fuelled by a golden generation, spearheaded by the attacking flair of Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden.

Both sides’ outstanding attacking talents should make for a mouthwatering final, with the race for the adidas Golden Boot another interesting subplot. For the Stars and Stripes, Alex Morgan (6 goals) and Megan Rapinoe (5) are jostling for position at the top of the standings, while Miedema (3) is perhaps a bit too far back to catch the dynamic duo – or England’s Ellen White – atop the list of sharp shooters.

A record-extending fourth title for the US, or a maiden crown for the Dutch – who will be the history-makers on Sunday?

Stats of the Day
The USA and the Netherlands have met in eight previous encounters with six wins for USA, two for the Netherlands and no draws. The Dutch were victorious in the first two meetings in 1991 and 1996 but the Americans prevailed in the remaining six, most recently winning 3-1 in September 2016.

Current Oranje coach Sarina Wiegman played in four of those past duels between 1996 and 1999, collecting one win and three defeats.

This is the fifth Final in eight editions for USA, who are also the first side to contest three consecutive world title deciders. The Netherlands have reached the Final for the first time, in their second Women’s World Cup participation.

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Stéphanie Frappart: “Final role a huge source of pride”

Jul 7, 2019
Stéphanie Frappart was appointed as match referee for the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, which will be contested between USA and the Netherlands at 17.00 CET on Sunday in Lyon.Stéphanie Frappart will referee the final of France 2019She has already officiated games in Ligue 1Frappart: “VAR has had a positive impact on this World Cup”The French official has already officiated three games so far at the tournament: the 0-0 group stage draw between Argentina and Japan, the Netherlands’ 2-1 defeat of Canada in the same round, and Sweden’s 2-1 quarter-final win against Germany.Frappart is widely known in France for having become the first woman to referee a professional men’s game, in Ligue 2, before subsequently taking charge of matches at Ligue 1 level.She spoke about her pride at having been selected, and gave her thoughts on the tournament as a whole.Stephanie, what does it mean to you to have been appointed referee for the final of France 2019?It’s a huge source of pride to be appointed for this match because I represent all of the referees at this World Cup. It’s a major recognition. It’s impossible to describe my emotions because we’ve all been working for several years to get here, a bit like the players.What is your take on the groundbreaking use of video assistant referees at this Women’s World Cup?VAR has had a positive impact on this World Cup. We’ve been working for the past year on how to apply the system. It’s a great tool for us. We’re here to referee and make decisions on the pitch, and VAR is like a parachute for us in case we’re unsure or get something wrong, because it allows us to make the right decision in the end.What are your general thoughts on the tournament so far?This World Cup has been a huge success for women’s football. The stadiums are full, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and everyone has been following the competition as closely as a men’s World Cup, so it’s a real success for us.How did you prepare for this tournament?Our preparations began just after Canada 2015. We had seminars, training courses and a preparation programme focusing on fitness, tactics and technique. In terms of fitness, we had trainers working with us throughout the year and even during the tournament. We also went through all the preparations for the use of VAR.You have already refereed men’s top-flight matches in France. What did that mean to you?I started refereeing in Ligue 1 last season, taking charge of two games. It was a huge recognition of my abilities and hard work. It was also a way of showing every young girl that it’s possible to reach that level if you work hard and give yourself the means to get there.
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U.S. Soccer to Host Women’s World Cup Final Viewing Party & Fan HQ at Lincoln Park in Chicago

Jul 5, 2019

Free Event Opens to Fans at 8 a.m. CT; 
U.S. Women’s National Team Match Kicks Off at 10 a.m. CT
CHICAGO (July 5, 2019) -U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party and Fan HQ for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. Women’s National Team will face the Netherlands in a battle for a historic fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title.Fans can begin entering at 8 a.m. near the Benjamin Franklin statue near 72 W. LaSalle Drive.The viewing event will feature FOX’s broadcast of the match displayed on a giant outdoor video board along with food and beverages available for purchase. The game kicks off at 10 a.m. CT and will determine the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion.The event at Lincoln Park is free and open to the public, however, fans are encouraged to [REGISTER] in advance. Walk-ups are welcome, but space is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.Featuring special guest host NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars player Sarah Gorden and local city favorite DJ King Marie, fans can enjoy pre-match activities, interactive games and giveaways at FanHQ, food trucks, official U.S. Soccer merchandise and of course the match itself!Founded in 1913, the U.S. Soccer Federation has been the official governing body of soccer in the United States for more than 100 years. During that time, and especially over the past 30 years, soccer has grown tremendously at all levels. As U.S. Soccer looks towards the future, its mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. With a long-term and strategic approach, U.S. Soccer is working to accomplish its mission by supporting its members to increase participation at the youth and adult levels and assist in developing world class players, coaches and referees while consistently winning at the highest levels on the international stage. In addition, U.S. Soccer is always striving to serve fans by engaging with them in deeper and more meaningful ways.– ussoccer.com –
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Jul 5, 2019

En un partido en el que Diego Alonso tuvo la oportunidad de probar a jugadores jóvenes, los Rayados empataron a un gol con el Club Santos Laguna en el HEB Park de Edinburg, Texas.

Un punto a destacar es que Alfonso González salió de titular y demostró que peleará por un lugar en la Liga BBVA MX.

El primer tiempo presentó opciones para ambas escuadra. Sin embargo, fueron los torreonenses quienes pudieron capitalizar.

Marcelo Barovero demostró gran técnica al desviar un par de disparos potentes de los delanteros santistas.

Por su parte, los Rayados generaron opciones con Avilés HurtadoDorlan Pabon y Rogelio Funes Mori. Además, cuando Leonel Vangioni se sumó al ataque logró causar peligro en el área rival.

39′ RAYADOS 0 – 1 SANTOS | Brian Lozano

Al minuto 39, Brian Lozano logró abrir el marcador luego de realizar una jugada de pared y definir con precisión desde fuera del área, imposible para Barovero.

En el complemento, Diego Alonso llamó al terreno de juego a Ángel Zaldivar yEdson Gutiérrez.

55′ RAYADOS 1 – 1 SANTOS | Maxi Meza

Al 55′, Dorlan Pabon cobró tiro de esquina. Maxi Meza bajó el balón con el pecho y con pierna derecha fusiló a Carlos Acevedo para hacer un golazo.

Nuestro entrenador pidió el ingreso al campo de Luis CárdenasSergio VillarrealDaniel ParraGustavo SánchezEric Cantú y William Mejía.

Minutos más tarde, Jaziel MartínezJonathan UrretaviscayaMichell Rodríguez y Eduardo Banda entraron al terreno de juego.

A pesar de estar formado mayormente por jugadores jóvenes, el equipo no desentonó y peleó de tú a tú con un Santos que mantuvo hasta el final a sus jugadores más peligrosos.

En tiempo de compensación, Luis Cárdenas se vistió de héroe cuando fue encarado por Julio Furch. El delantero argentino definió a un costado, pero nuestro portero se lanzó a ras del césped de manera espectacular para desviar el esférico.

Al finalizar el encuentro, se llevó a cabo tanda de penales que los santistas lograron inclinar a su favor.

El domingo 7 a las 16:30 horas se enfrentarán al Club León en el Toyota Field de San Antonio. ¡Vamos, Rayados!

Alineación Rayados: Marcelo Barovero, Miguel Layún, Nicolás Sánchez, Johan Vásquez, Leonel Vangioni, Jonathan González, Maxi Meza, Alfonso González, Dorlan Pabon, Avilés Hurtado, Rogelio Funes Mori. DT Diego Alonso.

39′ | Rayados 0 – 1 Santos | Brian Lozano
55′ | Rayados 1 – 1 Santos | Maxi Meza

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Jul 5, 2019


Con el día 14 de Pretemporada Rayada cerramos el trabajo en la Riviera Maya y estamos listos para disputar nuestros próximos juegos de preparación.

Trabajos de fuerza y resistencia fue lo que imperó en la primera parte de la sesión matutina de este día, en donde los Rayados nos preparamos para los próximos partidos que tendremos en nuestra gira por Estados Unidos.

Para la segunda parte del trabajo matutino, los albiazules trabajamos la puntería y el disparo a portería, mientras que los defensas realizaron transiciones y trabajo defensivo.

En la segunda sesión del día, los dirigidos por Diego Alonso realizamos un torito como dinámica para aflojar los músculos y cerramos el día de trabajo y nuestra Pretemporada Rayada en el Caribe Mexicano con trabajo de futbol y disparos a portería.

La ya clásica foto grupal de cierre de Pretemporada se tomó en las instalaciones del Moon Palace de la Riviera Maya y nos preparamos para viajar a Edinburg, Texas para nuestro próximo enfrentamiento ante Santos Laguna.

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Jul 1, 2019


Rapinoe’s Two Goals Give Her Five in the Tournament, Four in Her Last Two Games; 
England Awaits USA in Lyon for World Cup Semifinal on Tuesday, July 2 at 3 p.m. ET (FOX, Telemundo)

PARIS, France (June 28, 2019) – Inside a packed and sweltering Parc des Princes, the U.S. Women’s National Team battled past 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup host France and into the tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory in front of 45,595 fans. Megan Rapinoe scored both goals for the Americans, one in each half, as the USA withstood a late France surge to keep their World Cup title hopes on track. The crowd was one of the most electric in Women’s World Cup history with the American fans coming out in droves to help push the USA to victory.

The U.S. Women became the only nation to advance to the semifinals of all eight Word Cups that have been contested. Rapinoe’s two goals gave her five during the World Cup, tying her for most in the tournament with Alex Morgan.

The U.S. will next take on an impressive England team that defeated Norway 3-0 in the opening game of the quarterfinal round on Thursday. Kickoff for the USA-England semifinal at Stade de Lyon is set for 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 2, and the game will be broadcast on FOX and Telemundo.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis fielded the same starting XI that defeated Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16 with the continuity paying off in midfield as Rose Lavelle (and later Lindsey Horan), Julie Ertz and Samantha Mewis put in an epic shift while consistently helping stymie the France attack before it could get in dangerous areas.

When France did advance into the final third, outside backs Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara, and center backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper were in the right places at the right times to shut down Les Bleues talented attackers, with Dunn in particular limiting Kadidiatou Diani’s influence on the game. France had 20 shots but put just five on goal while the USA put eight of it’s 10 shots on frame.

The match opened with a bang as Ertz sent an early missile straight at France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi inside the first minute. The opening salvo was a sign of things to come as the USA’s furious start led the opening goal when Morgan was brought down by Griedge Mbock Bathy, earning the France defender a yellow card and the U.S. a free kick deep on the left wing just outside the penalty area.

From the set piece, Rapinoe whipped in a low cross on frame that ripped through traffic, through the legs of France captain Amandine Henry and past a screened Bouhaddi for a fifth minute lead. It was the third time in its last three games the U.S. took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

The U.S. carried the lead into half time after ceding the majority of possession to France, which was unable to put any of its six shots on target during the first half. Immediately after the restart, Mewis, on a shot from distance, and then Tobin Heath on the rebound, tested Bouhaddi who had to concede a corner kick from which Morgan saw a goal-bound shot blocked.

The U.S. continued to absorb pressure through the hour mark before Ellis turned to her bench, bringing on Horan in the 63rd minute. Two minutes later Rapinoe scored what would stand as the game winner when Morgan and Heath combined down the right touchline leading to a Heath cross that rolled to a solitary Rapinoe on the back post where she calmly slotted home her fifth goal of the tournament from close range.

Ten minutes later, a dubious offside call on Dunn denied Heath a goal that would have put the USA up 3-0.

Given a reprieve by the assistant referee’s flag, France also went to its bench looking for fresh legs to galvanize an attack the U.S. had largely stifled through the first 70 minutes. France, which likely deserved a goal on the night, got it in 81st minute off a free kick that landed on the head of the always dangerous Wendie Renard in the middle of the box and the 6-foot-1 towering defender finished well to pull the home side to within one.

With the end of the match in sight, the U.S. defense stood tall and the attackers salted away the remaining time. Alyssa Naeher had a stellar game in goal while ultimately making four saves as the USA took the sting out of the game in added time by winning a series of free kicks and driving the ball into the corners to haul themselves over the finish line and into the World Cup semifinals.

Next on the Schedule: The USA faces 2019 SheBelieves Cup winners England in the semifinals on Tuesday, July 2 at 3 p.m. ET at Stade de Lyon in Lyon. 
Broadcast information: FOX, Telemundo 
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Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Megan Rapinoe, 5th minute: 
Off a long throw-in down the left wing, Alex Morgan got a step on France right back Griedge Mbock Bathy, who pulled the fleet footed U.S. attacker down near the left sideline, earning a yellow card. From the ensuing free kick, Rapinoe sent a low ball into the danger area, past the crashing Julie Ertz, through the legs of France captain Amandine Henry and past a screened Bouhaddi. The ball skipped unimpeded through goal mouth traffic into the back of the next to give the USA the lead. USA 1, FRA 0 [WATCH]

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Tobin Heath), 65th minute: The U.S. hit the French on the break with a fantastic passing sequence that Morgan initiated by sending Heath free down the right sideline. With a defender closing in, Heath cut the ball back toward the top of the six and it rolled to an unmarked Rapinoe who one-timed it into the lower left corner to double the lead. USA 2, FRA 0 [WATCH]

FRA – Wendie Renard (Gaëtane Thiney), 81st minute: France won a free kick that Thiney lofted into the center of the box where it was met by Renard, who sliced in between two defenders and only needed to direct her header on goal to bulge the back of the net. USA 2, FRA 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is an unbeaten 4-0-0 vs. France in world championship competitions, including a win in the 2011 Women’s World cup semifinals and a pair of victories in Olympic competition.
  • The USA is 18-3-3 all-time against France, but the last 10 games following the meeting at the 2012 Olympics have produced a 5-3-2 record for the USA as France has risen into the world’s elite. The USA has now played France five times in France, compiling a 3-2-0 record.
  • The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 15 Women’s World Cup matches (12W-3D), winning the last ten in a row. They are now only the second team to win 10 consecutive WWC matches, matching Norway’s run from 95 to 99.
  • After the win vs. France, the USWNT is now 38-4-6 all-time in World Cup play, outscoring opponents 134-37 in 48 games. The 38 wins, 48 games-played and 134 goals scored are all FIFA Women’s World Cup records.
  • With France’s defeat, the United States remains the only nation to make it past the quarterfinal stage as host of the World Cup, winning the competition in 1999 and finishing third in 2003.
  • The opening goal was the USA’s fourth goal in the opening 15 minutes of this WWC. France, with three, was the only other country with more than one goal in the opening 15 minutes of matches.
  • Megan Rapinoe has been directly involved in 14 goals in her 16 appearances at the Women’s World Cup (eight goals, six assists). Since the start of the 2011 tournament, only Carli Lloyd (13) has had a hand in nearly as many WWC goals for the USWNT.
  • The USWNT has not lost a game in which Rapinoe has scored since a 3-2 loss to Brazil in 2014, 15 games (13W-2D).
  • The quarterfinal match against France was U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ 125th in charge of the USA, giving her the record of most games coached in U.S. history, breaking a tie with April Heinrichs (124).
  • The victory was also the 100th of Ellis’ career at the helm of the U.S. WNT. Only the late Tony DiCicco (105) has more.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France 
Date: June 28, 2019 
Competition: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup; Quarterfinals 
Venue: Parc des Princes; Paris, France 
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local) 
Attendance: 45,595 
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 
USA                          1 1 2 
FRA                          0 1 1

USA – Megan Rapinoe                                    5th minute 
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Tobin Heath)             65 
FRA – Wendie Renard (Gaëtane Thiney)        81

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis (10-Carli Lloyd, 82), 16-Rose Lavelle (9-Lindsey Horan, 63); 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe (23-Christen Press, 87) 
Substitutes not used: 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald 
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 4-Marion Torrent, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 3-Wendie Renard, 10-Amel Majri; 6-Amandine Henry, 17-Gaëtane Thiney, 15-Elise Bussaglia; 11-Kadidiatou Diani, 13-Valerie Gauvin (20-Delphine Cascarino, 76), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (18-Viviane Asseyi, 82) 
Substitutes not used: 1-Solene Durand, 21-Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, 2-Eve Perisset, 5-Aissatou Tounkara, 7-Sakina Karchaoui, 8-Grace Geyoro, 12-Emelyne Laurent, 14-Charlotte Bilbault, 22-Julie Debever, 23-Maeva Clemaron 
Head Coach: Corinne Diacre

Stats Summary: USA / FRA 
Shots: 10 / 20 
Shots on goal: 8 / 5 
Saves: 4 / 6 
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7 
Fouls: 11 / 8 
Offside: 3 / 6

Misconduct Summary: 
FRA – Griedge Mbock Bathy (caution) 4th minute 
FRA – Elise Bussaglia (caution) 94

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR) 
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

– ussoccer.com 

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Jul 1, 2019


En el Club de Futbol Monterrey nos reportamos en gran nivel de cara al inicio del Torneo Apertura 2019 y lo demostramos día a día en cada sesión Entrenamiento de nuestra Pretemporada Rayada.

Los dirigidos por Diego Alonso dejan el alma en cada jugada y cada balón, demostrando el compromiso con los colores del Monterrey.

Este día, en la primer sesión de la jornada, los albiazules realizamos ejercicios de coordinación y resistencia bajo las órdenes de Mauricio Marchetto, Preparador Físico de los del Cerro de la Silla.

Para la segunda parte de la práctica, futbol de alta intensidad y remates a portería fue lo que se pudo ver, en donde los Rayados dejamos todo en cada jugada y nuestras mejores habilidades en el remate a portería.

En la segunda sesión del día, volvimos a nuestros Torneos de Tenis-Balón, en donde la magia, las jugadas de fantasía y la Actitud Rayada se dejó ver entre los jugadores albiazules.

Para cerrar el día de Trabajo, los de Diego Alonso realizamos un interescuadras de alta intensidad en donde se peleó cada balón al máximo y con gran entrega para estar en el más alto nivel futbolístico en este arranque de Temporada.

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Jul 1, 2019


Jozy Altidore’s 66th-Minute Strike Is Fifth of His Career in Gold Cup Play; 
USA Keeps Clean Sheets in All Three Group Matches for Second Time in Its History; 
USA Moves on to Quarterfinal Matchup vs. Curaçao in Philadelphia on June 30 at 8 p.m. ET (FS1, Univision, UDN)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 26, 2019) – Before17,037 boisterous fans at Children’s Mercy Park, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 1-0 to win Group D of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup thanks to Jozy Altidore’s 66 th-minute strike. The victory completes a perfect group stage run for the USA, which kept clean sheets in all three matches for just the second time in its history while also finishing with a +11 goal differential, the team’s best ever mark in a Gold Cup group stage.

The USA (3-0-0; 9pts) and Panama (2-1-0; 6pts) advance from Group D to take on the second and first place teams from Group C, respectively. In Group C, Curaçao (1-1-1; 4pts) grabbed a second place finish thanks to a last-second goal from Jurien Gaari that earned the island nation a 1-1 tie with group winners Jamaica (1-0-2; 5pts) on the final match day and a date with the USA in the tournament quarterfinals. Kickoff for USA-Curaçao is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on FS1, Univision and UDN.

2019 Gold Cup – Group D Standings

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Both sides fielded revamped lineups compared to their first two group games with U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter making wholesale changes to the USA’s starting XI, which had remained unchanged through the opening pair of matches. The U.S. was not without experience on the field however as Altidore (113 caps), captain for the match Omar Gonzalez (51) and Jordan Morris (30) bolstered a lineup that included Gold Cup debutants Daniel Lovitz and Jonathan Lewis.

The USA amassed two-thirds of the possession and played a majority of the game in midfield and their offensive third, while limiting Panama to the odd counter attack and a solitary shot on target. With more than 20 touches in the Panama penalty area, the U.S. attack needed the first half to find its cutting edge as Altidore sent the Americans’ two best chances of the opening 45 minutes wide of the left post and directly at José Calderón in the Panama goal.

On the half hour mark, Djordje Mihailovic put Lewis in on goal but the pass forced the speedy winger to slow up entering the box, and his shot was blocked by recovering Panama defender Fidel Escobar.

While the game got stretched in the final 10 minutes of the opening half, resulting in U.S. goalkeeper Sean Johnson making the one save he was called upon to make in the match, he and the USA defense hunkered down after the break to provide the U.S. the stability it needed to attack at will.

The U.S. defense also played a role in the game winning goal as center back Matt Miazga got on the end of Mihailovic’s corner kick and headed it toward goal, causing a poor clearance from Kevin Galván that Altidore capitalized on in the 66th minute to score the game winner.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Jozy Altidore, 66th minute: A corner kick from the right flag was lifted to the far side of the penalty area for Matt Miazga to head toward goal. An attempted clearance by Panama sent the ball further into danger near the right post where Altidore tracked the flight of the ball and spun with it in order to set up a bicycle kick that bulged the back of the net. USA 1, PAN 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • With the win, the USA clinched the top spot in its Gold Cup group for the 14th time in 15 tournaments.
  • Jozy Altidore earned his first start and collected his first goal since his brace in the USA’s 4-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Panama on Oct. 6, 2017. Altidore’s goal was the 42nd of his international career and fifth all-time in the Gold Cup.
  • The strike was Altidore’s fourth all-time against Panama and third international goal at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park.
  • Gregg Berhalter made 11 changes to the starting XI that began the first two group stage matches. With the swaps, 22 have played for the USA during the group stage with only goalkeeper Tyler Miller yet to appear.
  • Veteran defender Omar Gonzalez captained the USMNT for the first time. Gonzalez is the eighth different player to wear the armband in the team’s nine matches under Gregg Berhalter in 2019. The others: Aaron Long (2 games), Michael Bradley, Matt Miazga, Tim Ream, Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Defender Daniel Lovitz and winger Jonathan Lewis made their Gold Cup debuts.
  • Goalkeeper Sean Johnson made one save to keep his fourth career clean sheet.
  • The 2019 tournament marks the second time the USA has kept clean sheets in three group stage matches when the Gold Cup has featured four-team groups. The first instance occurred in 2007.
  • The +11 goal differential is the USA’s best in the Gold Cup group stage. The previous best mark came in 2013 when the team went +9 in matches against Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica.
  • The USMNT is 14-1-6 all-time against Panama, 12-1-4 on home soil and 6-1-4 in Concacaf Gold Cup play.
  • The USMNT is 35-1-4 all-time in the Gold Cup Group Stage.
  • The 2019 January Camp friendly vs. Panama is the only friendly match the teams have played in their last 10 encounters. It was only the second friendly the teams have ever played, with all 19 other matches, including tonight’s win coming in official competition (Gold Cup or World Cup qualifying).
  • Before tonight’s match, the U.S. and Panama had tied their three most recent Gold Cup matches – one of which was the 2015 tournament’s third place game that Los Canaleros eventually won on PKs 3-2. The USA’s last Gold Cup victory against Panama was a 1-0 win to claim the 2013 tournament title.

– U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama 
Date: June 26, 2019 
Competition: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup – Group D 
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas 
Attendance: 17,037 
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time) 
Weather: 82 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   
USA                          0   1   1 
PAN                          0   0   1

USA – Jozy Altidore               66th minute

USA: 12-Sean Johnson; 14-Reggie Cannon, 19-Matt Miazga, 3-Omar Gonzalez (capt.), 16-Daniel Lovitz; 15-Cristian Roldan, 6-Wil Trapp, 20-Djordje Mihailovic; 11-Jordan Morris (21-Tyler Boyd, 70), 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Gyasi Zardes, 83), 18-Jonathan Lewis (10-Christian Pulisic, 65) 
Substitutes not used: 1-Zack Steffen, 22-Tyler Miller, 2-Nick Lima, 4-Michael Bradley, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 7-Paul Arriola, 8-Weston McKennie, 13-Tim Ream, 23-Aaron Long 
Head Coach: Gregg Berhalter

PAN: 12-Jose Calderon; 2-Francisco Palacios, 13-Adolfo Machado (capt.), 3-Harold Cummings, 6-Kevin Galvan (23-Michael Murillo, 76); 21-Omar Browne, 4-Fidel Escobar, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 7-Jose Luis Rodriguez; 17-Jose Fajardo (18-Abdiel Arroyo, 46), 9-Gabriel Torres (10-Edgar Barcenas, 68) 
Substitutes not used: 1-Luis Mejia, 22-Orlando Mosquera, 5-Roman Torres, 11-Armando Cooper, 14-Valentín Pimental, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Rolando Blackburn, 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Ernesto Walker
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA / PAN 
Shots: 7 / 7 
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1 
Saves: 1 / 1 
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0 
Fouls: 17 / 12 
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary: 
PAN – Kevin Galvan (caution)            74th minute

Referee: Abdulrahman Al-jassim (QAT) 
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Mari (QAT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al Maqaleh (QAT) 
4th Official: Reon Radix (GRN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

– ussoccer.com 

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Jul 1, 2019


En este octavo día de Pretemporada Rayada, tercero en el Caribe Mexicano, los albiazules trabajamos a la más alta intensidad de cara al inicio del Apertura 2019.

Por la mañana sostuvimos nuestra primer sesión de trabajo en donde después de un par de dinámicas por Equipo, para acrecentar el ánimo y la intensidad en el Plantel, realizamos ejercicios con el balón.

Centros, remate a portería y tiro de media distancia fue lo que se pudo observar en la práctica de esta mañana en la Riviera Maya.

Para el mediodía, los dirigidos por Diego Alonso pasamos a la segunda sesión de entrenamiento en el Gimnasio del Hotel Moon Palace, en donde trabajamos fuerza e intensidad para mejorar el rendimiento físico del grupo.

Para la última sesión del día, bajo las órdenes del Preparador Físico, Mauricio Marchetti, los del Cerro de la Silla realizaron ejercicios de toque de balón y coordinación.

En el cierre del día de trabajo, tiros a portería con ambos perfiles fue lo que dió por finalizado el entrenamiento de esta jornada.

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Jun 25, 2019


Win or Draw vs. Los Canaleros Would Clinch Top Spot in Group D; 
Kickoff From Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City is set for 9 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas, UDN and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network

CHICAGO (June 25, 2019) – Following a dominant 6-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago to clinch a place in the quarterfinals, the U.S. Men’s National Team now sets its sights on Wednesday’s match against Panama, with a win or draw securing the top spot in Concacaf Gold Cup Group D. Coverage of USA-Panama begins at 9 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas, UDN and the Futbol de Primera Radio Networks. Fans can follow all the matches on the official U.S. Soccer app, as well asFacebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals): 
GOALKEEPERS (3) : 12-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 12/0)

DEFENDERS (8) :14-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 3/0), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC/CAN; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 8/20), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 5/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 14/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 32/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 9/2)

MIDFIELDERS (6) : 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 147/17), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 11/1), 20-Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 4/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 27/11), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 12/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 18/0)

FORWARDS (6) :17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 112/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 25/5), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres/POR; 3/2), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 29/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 47/10)

Facing Trinidad & Tobago for the first time since October 2017, the USMNT made a statement with a 6-0 victory against the Soca Warriors to clinch a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals. Aaron Long and Gyasi Zardes each registered two goals, marking the first time since 2008 that a double brace occurred in a USMNT match, while Long also became the first defender in team history to record two goals in a single game. Christian Pulisic admitted he played with a chip on his shoulder , providing two assists to go along with a goal, while Paul Arriola added his second goal in as many games and third of the year.

Every time the USMNT has won a Concacaf Gold Cup, it’s leaned on contributions throughout the team, and so far this year’s edition is no different. Through two matches, 17 players have seen the field, with nine contributing to the USA’s 10 goals thus far. On the defensive end, the team has achieved two straight clean sheets, marking the first time since 2009 that the USA has begun the Gold Cup with two shutouts.

With the USA’s 6-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago and Panama’s 4-2 victory against Guyana on Saturday, both sides clinched berths to the Knockout Round, meaning Wednesday’s match in Kansas City will decide who finishes top of the group. With a superior goal differential, the USA needs just a draw to clinch first in the group for the 14th time in 15 Gold Cups, while Panama’s only route would be to defeat the United States.

2019 Gold Cup Group D Table
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The USA and Panama will cross over with the top two teams from Group C, where Jamaica (1-0-1; 4 pts.), El Salvador (1-0-1; 4pts.) and Curaçao (1-1-0; 3pts.) are all still alive. Group C wraps up on Tuesday night, meaning the USA and Panama will know their opponent possibilities heading into their match the following day.

Per tournament regulations, accumulating two yellow cards will result in an automatic one-game suspension. Players that only have one yellow card following the quarterfinal round will have the slate wiped clean for the rest of the tournament. Through the first two group matches, midfielder Weston McKennie is the only USMNT player to have a caution to his name, picking it up in the 58thminute of Saturday’s match against Trinidad & Tobago.

Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for Concacaf, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. Just like in the European Championships and Copa America, lifting the trophy brings prestige and regional supremacy. Over the course of 14 previous Gold Cup tournaments, the United States has lifted the trophy six times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017), just one behind all-time leaders Mexico with seven (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015). Canada is the only other tournament champion, coming away with the title in 2000.

Placed in Group D, the U.S. opens the tournament against Guyana on June 18 in St. Paul, takes on Trinidad & Tobago on June 22 in Cleveland and closes the group stage against regular tournament nemesis Panama on June 26 in Kansas City. The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals (June 29-30 in Houston, Philadelphia). The semifinals are set for July 2-3 in Phoenix and Nashville, respectively, before the champion is crowned on July 7 in Chicago.


  • With his brace against Trinidad & Tobago, Gyasi Zardes became the team’s leading scorer with four goals in 2019 – already a career high in a calendar year. The two goals also took Zardes’ career tally to 10, making him the 25th USMNT player to achieve double-digit goals.
  • The only USMNT player to appear in all eight matches in 2019, Paul Arriola continued his fine form against Trinidad & Tobago, recording his third career goal in the 78th minute.
  • With a goal and two assists, Christian Pulisic continued to be a thorn in the side of Trinidad & Tobago, with the 20-year-old registering four goals and three assists in four matches against the Soca Warriors. The attacker now also has 11 goals and eight assists in 27 career appearances for the USMNT.
  • Playing his first minutes of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Jordan Morris made a positive impact off the bench, providing two assists in the 6-0 win against T&T.
  • Through two matches, 17 of the 23-player roster have made a tournament appearance. Nine of them have been Gold Cup debuts.
  • Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made three saves, combining with the back line to keep his second-consecutive shutout of Gold Cup 2019.
  • In the USMNT’s last visit to Children’s Mercy Park, Gyasi Zardes recorded his first career brace, while 17-year-old Christian Pulisic also scored his first international goal in a 4-0 win against Bolivia on May 28, 2016.
  • Jozy Altidore has twice scored at Children’s Mercy Park, registering the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 defeat of Guadeloupe in the 2011 Gold Cup Group Stage, as well as a 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Jamaica on Oct. 11, 2013.
  • Should either Arriola or Zardes score in Wednesday’s match against Panama, they would become the first USMNT player to score in all three group stage matches at a Concacaf Gold Cup.
  • With his next appearance, veteran midfielder Michael Bradley (22 GP) would move into a tie with Kasey Keller (23 GP) for third on the USMNT’s all-time Gold Cup caps list.


  • As of June 18, 2019, the U.S. roster has an average age of 25 years, 251 days and 24 caps.
  • Ten players on the roster have previous Gold Cup experience, led by Michael Bradley (4 tournaments), Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez and Sean Johnson (3), Tim Ream and Gyasi Zardes (2), and Paul Arriola, Matt Miazga Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan (1).
  • Of the 10 players above, only Tim Ream was not part of the 2017 Gold Cup championship squad.
  • A majority of the roster comes from Major League Soccer, with 17 players representing 12 clubs.
  • Six players come from clubs outside of MLS, with four from England, and one each from Germany and Portugal.
  • Along with most tournament’s played, Bradley leads all players on the roster with 22 Gold Cup appearances, followed by Zardes (12), Altidore (10), Gonzalez (9), Jordan Morris and Paul Arriola (7 each).
  • Eight players on the roster have registered goals in the Gold Cup: Altidore and Zardes (4 each), Bradley, Gonzalez and Morris (3 each), Arriola, Boyd and Long (2 each), Miazga and Pulisic (1 each).
  • LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller is the only player on the Gold Cup roster looking for his USMNT debut.
  •  Only five players were born when the USA won the inaugural Gold Cup title in 1991: Altidore, Bradley, Gonzalez Johnson and Ream.


  • Beginning with the inaugural title in 1991, the U.S. has lifted the Gold Cup on six occasions. The USA returned the trophy home in 2002 and won again in 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2017.
  • The USA has more wins in the CONCACAF Gold Cup than any other nation, going 58-8-9 all-time.
  • The U.S. has gone an impressive 35-1-4 during the Group Stage.
  • The MNT has advanced to the final on 10 occasions: 1991, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017.
  • The USA has made it to the semifinals in 13 out of 14 tournaments, missing out only in 2000.


  • The USA and Panama will meet for the eighth consecutive Gold Cup on Wednesday, and 10th time overall in the competition.
  • The USA holds a 13-1-6 overall advantage against Panama and are 5-1-3 in Gold Cup play.
  • Panama handed the USA its only loss in the Gold Cup group stage, coming in a 2-1 defeat on June 11, 2011 in Tampa.
  • The USA and Panama have faced off in two different Gold Cup Finals. In 2005, the teams played to a 0-0 draw before the USA took the title 3-1 on penalty kicks at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In 2013, Brek Shea scored to give the USA a 1-0 victory at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • Michael Bradley scored in the last USA-Panama match at Children’s Mercy Park, providing the USA goal in a 1-1 draw in the 2015 Gold Cup Group finale.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Luis Mejía (Nacional/URU; 21/0), José Calderón (Comunicaciones/GUA; 36/0), Orlando Mosquera (Tauro; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes/USA; 60/1), Erick Davis (Dunajská Streda/SLO; 48/0), Fidel Escobar (Correcaminos/MEX; 37/1), Kevin Galván (Sporting San Miguelito; 4/0), Adolfo Machado (The Strongest/BOL; 83/2), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls/USA; 32/3), Francisco Palacios (San Francisco; 5/0), Román Torres (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 112/10)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Édgar Bárcenas (Oviedo/ESP; 34/1), Omar Browne (Montreal Impact/CAN; 5/0), Armando Cooper (Maccabi Petah Tikva/ISR; 107/8), Alberto Quintero (Universitario/PER; 97/4), José Luis Rodríguez (Alaves B/ESP; 14/0), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro; 40/2) 

FORWARDS (4): Abdiel Arroyo (Arabe Unido; 45/6), Rolando Blackburn (The Strongest/BOL; 34/5), José Fajarado (Al-Kawkab/KSA; 7/0), Gabriel Torres (Universidad de Chile/CHI; 80/15)


  • Panama is coached by former striker Julio Dely Valdes, who registered 18 goals in 44 appearances from 1991-2005. Dely Valdes previously managed Panama in 2006 and again from 2010-13, leading los Canaleros to the 2013 Gold Cup Final.
  • Four players are current MLS teammates with players on the USMNT. Harold Cummings lines up with Nick Lima at the San Jose Earthquakes, Michael Murillo plays with Aaron Long at the New York Red Bulls, Román Torres teams with Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan at Seattle Sounders FC, and Omar Browne works with Daniel Lovitz at the Montreal Impact.
  • Three other players have previously played in MLS: Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo; 2017-18), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls; 2017-18), and Armando Cooper (Toronto FC; 2016-17).

– ussoccer.com –

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