Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header

Jun 12, 2019
Sweet Science Saturday: Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header

 IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington defends his belt against unbeaten challenger Kid Galahad – 3pm ET from England

·     Twin Rising Stars Jason and Andrew Moloney Both Take the Ring at home in Australia – 6am ET

·     10 bouts scheduled on ESPN+ as part of 11 hours of live boxing across ESPN platforms 


This Saturday, June 15, ESPN+ will bring boxing fans an exclusive Top Rank Boxing triple-header, culminating with unbeaten lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury against top contender Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas.
 
The action starts on ESPN+ bright and early, at 6am ET when Australian twin brothers Andrew Moloney (19-0, 12 KOs) and Jason Moloney (18-1, 15 KOs) are both in action from Seagulls Stadium, Tweeds Head, Australia. The 28-year-old twin rising stars, will both take the ring, as Jason (no. 6 in ESPN.com’s Bantamweight rankings) will defend his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title against Tanzania’s challenger Goodluck Mrema (23-4, 13 KO), while brother Andrew (ESPN.com’s no. 10 ranked Junior Bantamweight) faces off against former Tanzanian Champion Selemani Bangaiza (15-5, 5 KO). Andrew is coming off a significant victory in March, having demolished the highly rated Chilean Miguel Gonzalez on Gonzalez’ home turf in San Francisco de Mostazal.
 
At 3pm ET the action moves to England for a battle of unbeatens squaring off for the IBF Featherweight Championship, as defending champion Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Kid Galahad(26-0, 15 KOs) meet in Leeds.  Warrington (ranked no. 2 in ESPN.com’s Featherweight rankings) will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd and defending his title for the second time, having taken the title from Lee Selby in May 2018 and defended it in December in an intense clash with Carl Frampton. He faces Galahad (ranked no. 8 by ESPN.com), the mandatory challenger following an October defeat of Toka Kahn Clary in Boston. Born in Qatar, Galahad has lived most of his life in Sheffield, England, making this a Yorkshire Derby.
 
The big day of boxing culminates with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” and one of boxing’s most compelling fighters, meeting Schwarz at the MGM in Grand Las Vegas.  The fight marks the first in a multi-fight agreement announced in February, in which Fury’s fights are co-promoted by Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. Fury captured the lineal heavyweight title on Nov. 28, 2015, with a unanimous decision over longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko. That win catapulted him to worldwide fame, but a host of personal demons threatened to end his career before he could defend his title. He blew up to 400-plus pounds, only to author a 2018 comeback that ranks among the great redemption stories in sporting history. In the third fight of his comeback, Fury fought WBC champion Deontay Wilder to a disputed draw in a sensational fight of the year candidate.
 
The co-feature for the evening’s fight card will see a light heavyweight clash between former world title challengers Jesse Hart (25-2, 21 KOs) and Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs). A full seven-bout undercard for the Fury-Schwarz fight will be carried live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 7p.m. ET.
 
In just over a year since its launch, ESPN+ has already become a must-have destination for boxing fans, having already carried 21 exclusive world title fights, across 12 different weight classes and the four major sanctioning bodies (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO).  ESPN+ also has thousands of hours of the greatest boxing matches of all time, on-demand, from the ESPN Big Fights Library and Top Rank Boxing Library.
 
TOP RANK ON ESPN+:  JUNE 15 BOXING SCHEDULE (all times ET)
  6 a.m.
Jason Moloney vs. Goodluck Mrema
Seagulls Rugby League Club
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Reagan Dessaix vs. Mitchell Whitlaw
Andrew Moloney vs. Selemani Bangaiza
Kerry Foley vs. Mose Auimatagi Jr.
 
3 p.m.
Josh Warrington (C) vs. Kid Galahad – IBF  World Featherweight Championship
First Direct Arena
Leeds, England, UK
 Zelfa Barrett vs. Lyon Woodstock
 J.J. Metcalf vs. Jason Welborn
Shakiel Thompson vs. Alistair Warren
 
10 p.m.
Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz*
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV
Jesse Hart vs. Sullivan Barrera
 

 
* Undercard bouts carried live on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes from 7-10 p.m. 
Fury vs. Schwarz Headlines ESPN+ Top Rank Boxing Triple-Header
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Newark Native Shakur Stevenson to face Hairon Socarras July 13 at Prudential Center Live on ESPN

Jun 12, 2019

Newark Homecoming: Brick City Native Shakur Stevenson to face Hairon Socarras July 13 at Prudential Center Live on ESPN

Stevenson-Socarras and Joshua Greer Jr.-Nikolai Potapov to be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

Entire undercard to stream live on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

 Shakur Stevenson, born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, and closing in on a world title shot, is coming home. Stevenson, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and the WBO No. 1 featherweight contender, will face fellow unbeaten Hairon Socarras in the 10-round main event Saturday, July 13 at Prudential Center, home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

In the co-feature, fast-rising bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. will face Nikolai Potapov in an IBF eliminator for the organization’s No. 2 ranking.

Stevenson-Socarras and Greer-Potapov will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

The entire undercard will stream live on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service — starting at 7 p.m. ET. 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh (10-0, 7 KOs), India’s most prominent professional boxer and the only Olympic boxing medalist in his nation’s history, will make his long-awaited return on the undercard in an eight-round super middleweight bout. Singh’s countryman, top super welterweight prospect Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan (2-0, 1 KO), will see action in a six-rounder.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25 (not including applicable fees) go on sale Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at the Prudential Center box office starting Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. ET.

“Newark, I’m coming home! I’ve wanted to fight at Prudential Center since my pro debut, and the time has finally come,” Stevenson said.  “I haven’t fought in Newark in over four years, and I promise it will be worth the wait.  On July 13, I’m going to show the ESPN audience and Hairon Socarras what Brick City is all about. Socarras is an undefeated fighter, but he has never been in the ring with anyone like me. This is my first main event, and my hometown fans are going to see the best Shakur Stevenson yet.”

“I am so excited to be on such a big stage,” Socarras said. “I am looking forward to fight night. This is what boxing is about. I will bring my ‘A’ game and give it my all. I have a surprise for Shakur. I have the utmost respect for my opponent until the bell rings. Although my mother isn’t here on earth any longer, I want to thank her for all the great years she gave me, and this one’s for her. Thank you to ESPN for this platform, and Top Rank for giving me a shot at their top prospect. I’m coming to win.”

“I’ve been ready for these types of fights. I’ve been perfecting my craft every day, and I’m ready to put on a great show,” Greer said. “I’m going to continue to be Mr. ESPN, and watch out, I have something special planned for everyone who tunes in. Potapov looks like my toughest fight on paper, but he’s an average fighter. I’m going to show that there are levels to this game. He will be exposed because I am on a different level. I’m the best fighter he ever fought.”

Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) returned from the 2016 Rio Olympics as one of the sport’s most highly touted prospects. He graduated from prospect to contender status in 2018, knocking out longtime contender Viorel Simion in one round as the ESPN-televised co-feature to the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez fight in Omaha, Nebraska. Stevenson shined on the Crawford-Amir Khan pay-per-view undercard April 20 at Madison Square Garden, dominating former world title challenger Christopher Diaz over 10 rounds.

Socarras (22-0-3, 14 KOs), who moved from Cuba to Miami at the age of 11, is an eight-year pro who is taking a massive step up in competition against Stevenson. A 5-foot-6 boxer-puncher who has competed as high as lightweight, he is 6-0 with three knockouts since the start of 2018, most recently knocking out Jesus Martinez in five rounds on May 10 in Hollywood, Florida.

Greer (20-1-1, 12 KOs) has emerged as one of the bantamweight division’s hardest punches, as he’s riding a seven-bout knockout streak dating back to early 2017. The Chicago native will be making his second consecutive ESPN appearance. Last time out, Feb. 15 in Hinckley, Minnesota, Greer got up off the deck in the third round to stop Giovanni Escaner in the eighth. Potapov (20-1-1, 11 KOs) has won three in a row since a TKO defeat to longtime flyweight and junior bantamweight world champion Omar Narvaez. Potapov was last seen on American airwaves in March 2017 when he edged Antonio Nieves by split decision. On that same card, Greer debuted his famed “Night Night” pillow celebration following his one-punch knockout over James Smith. Greer, whose pillows have become more elaborate with each passing fight, is having a special one designed for his New Jersey debut.

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Sweet Six: Oscar Valdez Decisions Jason Sanchez

Jun 12, 2019

 Sweet Six: Oscar Valdez Decisions Jason Sanchez

Valdez defeats Sanchez by unanimous decision, defends WBO featherweight title for the sixth time

Gabriel Flores Jr. defeats Salvador Briceno, improves to 14-0

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)


RENO, Nev. (June 8, 2019) — For the third time in his WBO featherweight world title reign, Oscar Valdez turned away the challenge of a previously undefeated fighter. Valdez, a two-time Olympian for his native Mexico, defeated Albuquerque product Jason Sanchez via unanimous decision to defend his world title for the sixth time.

The scores — 118-109 2x and 117-110 — were reflective of the action, but Sanchez, appearing in his first world title contest, made the longtime champion work for the victory.

Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) knocked down Sanchez with a lead left hook to open the fifth round and played the role of boxer-puncher throughout the evening.

Sanchez (14-1, 7 KOs) was game, but he did not have an answer for Valdez, who has become a less of a brawler and more of a defensive-minded, catch-and-shoot tactician under the guidance of trainer Eddy Reynoso.

“I hope {to fight at featherweight again}. I also have to listen to my body. We’re going to see what’s best,” Valdez said. “Sometimes I get tired in there, and I’m not sure if it’s because of the weight loss. We’ll talk about {my next move} as a team and will do what is best. I want to fight everybody at 126, 130. Let’s do it.”

“Sanchez lacked experience, but he showed tremendous guts. Oscar Valdez fought him back and showed his championship heart,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We’re going to look for a fight later on in the year between Valdez and Carl Frampton if Frampton is successful in his next fight.”

Flores Jr. improves to 14-0

Gabriel Flores Jr., 35 days removed from his last ESPN appearance, authored quite the encore. Flores (14-0, 6 KOs), the Stockton, California, native who packed more than 10,000 fans into the Stockton Arena on May 4 for his third-round knockout over Eduardo Pereira Reis, made the short drive to Reno and outfought Salvador Briceno to earn an eight-round unanimous decision (79-73 and 78-74 2X) in the co-feature.

Briceno (15-4, 9 KOs), from Guadalajara, Mexico, saw his two-bout winning streak come to an end, while Flores improved to 3-0 in 2019.

At 19 years of age, Flores cemented his status as one of boxing’s sublime teenage talents.

“I want to fight in the next two, three months. If they want me to fight next month, we can talk about it,” Flores said. “I am only 19, and I am only getting better. I’m staying busy and fighting better opponents. Top Rank is developing me perfectly, and it’s about fighting all different types of fighters to get me ready for the championship level.”

In other action:

— Light heavyweight contender Michel Seals (23-2, 17 KOs) took matters into his own hands, knocking out veteran Christopher Brooker (14-7, 5 KOs) with a single right hand at 2:00 of the second round. Seals has won three in a row since a controversial disqualification loss.

“He’s a tough guy. I did my homework on him,” Seals said. “I knew he was crafty, so I had to take my time. I knew I was going to walk him into something.”

— Robson Conceicao, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist for his native Brazil, improved to 13-0 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Carlos Ruiz (16-7-2, 6 KOs). Ruiz, who has fought the likes of Shakur Stevenson and former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa, has never been stopped as a pro. The judges scored the bout as followed: 80-72 (2x) and 79-73.
— Diego Elizondo (2-0-2, 0 KOs) and Sergio Vega (2-0-1, 2 KOs) fought to a four-round draw in a crowd-pleasing lightweight bout. All three judges scored the contest 38-38.

— Reno native JJ Mariano had a successful pro debut, scoring a fourth-round TKO over William Flenoy in a super lightweight bout. Flenoy (0-1) injured his shoulder and was unable to continue.

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Oscar Valdez-Jason Sanchez Headline Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN Show

Jun 12, 2019
Weigh-In Results: Reno Fight Night

Valdez vs. Sanchez
Flores Jr. vs. Briceno


Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Reno, Nevada)
LIVE on ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TOMORROW at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Undercard Streaming on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT 


(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

ESPN & ESPN Deportes (10 p.m. ET)

• 
Oscar Valdez 125.4 lbs vs. Jason Sanchez 124.8 lbs
(Valdez’s WBO Featherweight world title – 12 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Tim Cheatham, Eric Cheek and Glenn Trowbridge/Vic Drakulich

• 
Gabriel Flores Jr. 132.8 lbs vs. Salvador Briceno 132.2 lbs
(Lightweight  – 8 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Dave Moretti/Robert Byrd

ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Robson Conceicao 127.8 lbs vs. Carlos Ruiz 127.2 lbs
(Super Featherweight – 8 Rounds)


• Diego Elizondo 134.8 lbs vs. Sergio Vega 133.6 lbs

(Lightweight – 4 Rounds)


• Michael Seals 175.2 lbs vs. Christopher Brooker 174.6 lbs
(Light Heavyweight – 10 Rounds)


•  JJ Mariano 138.2 lbs vs. William Flenoy 139.4 lbs
(Super Lightweight – 4 Rounds)

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, tickets for this world championship event priced at $103, $68 and $43 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa gift shop.

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Helicóptero se desploma en Manhattan, Nueva York

Jun 10, 2019

Nueva York, NY-Hoy lunes 10 de Junio , después del mediodía en el área de Midtown de la Ciudad de Nueva York se desplomó un helicóptero , según fuentes oficiales el piloto trató de hacer un aterrizaje forzoso en un área restringida de la ciudad.

Al parecer alguna falla y lo nublado del clima fue la causante de que se desplomó en un edificio que se encuentra ubicado en la calle 51th St y la séptima Avenida.

Sólo hubo una baja, la del piloto así bomberos, ambulancias y las autoridades acudieron a la escena para investigar lo sucedido.


El Alcalde Di Blasio informó en una rueda de prensa que se descartó la posibilidad de un acto terrorista sino un accidente aéreo .


Las autoridades advirtieron al público no pasar por el área de lo ocurrido por su seguridad hasta que los diferentes departamentos de emergencia terminen sus investigaciones.

BereaVision/Nueva York
Cesar Escamilla

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Lic. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, latina que busca en las próximas votaciones postularse como Jueza de la Corte Civil de Queens New York

Jun 9, 2019

Queens, Nueva York-Junio 7, 2019 Lic. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz,  latina que busca en las  próximas votaciones para tomar el  puesto de Jueza de  la Corte Civil de Queens New York.

En su opinión dijo que de acuerdo a los reportes de la oficina del Alcalde, las estadísticas de encarcelamientos por crímenes menores se dan más en el Condado de Queens que otro condado de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Lo cual es necesario que alguien de nuestra Comunidad nos represente y revise el sistema Legal que en ocasiones puede ser injusto para nuestras Comunidades, Según la Visión de la abogada para tomar este puesto es hacer uso de su experiencia, si fuera la Jueza!!,  hacer uso de  la discreción para esta clase de casos dictaminados  a los sentenciados con  un  juicio justo, sabio que no se tomen las resoluciones de acuerdo al sistema de legal.

Tampoco  haya una discriminación racial , estatus sino  que después que el Juez revise los hechos, si es posible le designen a estos individuos otras alternativas para estos cumplan con programas que los llevan a regresar como miembros de la Comunidad y no sean marginados con record criminal que los aleja de sus comunidades de origen.

Bereavision/Nueva York.
Cesar Escamilla.

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El escenario está listo para la quinta edición anual de los partidos de la Liga MX Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX

Jun 7, 2019

El escenario está listo para la quinta edición anual de los partidos de la Liga MX Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX el 14 de julio en el Dignity Health Sports Park

Club América se enfrentará a Tigres en el partido de Campeon de Campeones mientras que Cruz Azul se enfrentará a Necaxa en el partido de SúperCopa MX para definir al campeón absoluto de la Liga MX y de la Copa MX; Se abre el proceso de acreditaciones de prensa

Los partidos se transmitirán en vivo en EE.UU. por Univision y Univision Deportes Network

LOS ÁNGELES, Calif. (viernes, 7 de junio, 2019) – Campeón de Campeones, el emblemático partido de campeonato de la Liga MX, se disputará entre Club América y Tigres, los dos campeones más recientes de la Liga MX en la quinta edición anual del evento en Los Ángeles. El partido de la SúperCopa MX, el cual decidirá al campeón de campeones entre los últimos dos ganadores de la Copa MX Necaxa y Cruz Azul, también se disputará como parte del evento.

Por cuarto año consecutivo, la doble cartelera se llevará a cabo en el Dignity Health Sports Park, casa del equipo más exitoso de Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy, en Carson, Calif., el domingo, 14 de julio a las 3 p.m. PT (SúperCopa MX) y a las 6 p.m. PT (Campeón de Campeones).

Boletos para los partidos de Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX están a la venta llamando al 877.3GALAXY (342.5299), a través de axs.com, DignityHealthSportsPark.com y en las taquillas del Dignity Health Sports Park. 

El ganador de Campeón de Campeones 2019 de la Liga MX enfrentará al campeón de la MLS del 2018 Atlanta United en la segunda edición del Campeones Cup, diseñada para aprovechar la creciente rivalidad entre la MLS y los clubes de la Liga MX.

Ambos partidos, Campeón de Campeones y SúperCopa MX serán transmitidos en vivo por Univision y Univision Deportes Network, la cadena deportiva número uno de cable en español.

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Esfuerzo y determinación, la clave del éxito

Jun 7, 2019

Cancún, Quintana Roo.- Si bien el inicio de la Pretemporada de las Chivas en el Caribe mexicano ha sido muy prometedor debido a que desde la primera sesión de entrenamiento se notó la determinación y empeño que todos los elementos del Guadalajara han dispuesto en cada ejercicio realizado, la misión del Rebaño Sagradoserá incrementar el nivel de intensidad con el paso de los días, lo cual Jesús Molinaconsideró será la clave para afrontar de la mejor manera el Apertura 2019 y librar cuanto antes el tema porcentual del próximo año futbolístico, además de que no dudó en asegurar que será la base para retomar el nivel competitivo que llevó al Chiverío a ganarlo todo en torneos recientes.

El trabajo si hace la diferencia
“El trabajo es la base del éxito, necesitamos trabajar muchísimo y ser conscientes de lo que nos vamos a jugar el próximo año futbolístico, tenemos que ir partido a partido para superar el tema porcentual, sin embargo yo considero que tenemos un gran plantel como para pensar a lo grande y creo que si nos planteamos estar en los primeros lugares, eso no va a ayudar a superar el tema del descenso”.

Con bríos renovados
“Las Pretemporadas siempre son para establecer un fondo físico que te permita estar bien en cuestiones de potencia y resistencia durante todo el semestre, obviamente será importante también trabajar el aspecto mental para poder dejar atrás el mal torneo pasado y saber que comenzamos de cero; todos venimos con la ilusión de sacar a este equipo adelante por nosotros, nuestras familias y por la afición”

La influencia del ‘Jefe’
Tomás Boy le ha impuesto al grupo una mentalidad diferente, hemos trabajado estos primeros días en acoplarnos mejor a lo que pretende tácticamente y a perfeccionar la circulación del esférico, estoy seguro de que mostraremos un futbol que gustará a la tribuna porque a nosotros nos ha convencido su idea, veo el grupo contento y comprometido, creo que todos venimos con energías renovadas y estaremos a la altura de lo que se jugará el próximo semestre”.

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First Ever Women’s Football Convention to assemble global leaders in Paris

Jun 4, 2019
•The first-ever Women’s Football Convention takes place on 6 and 7 June 2019
•The landmark event will assemble leaders from the worlds of football, politics, business and society
•The two-day convention to define the key priorities and practical solutions to further develop women’s football
•FIFA.com to live stream Women’s Football Convention
With just over a week to go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 France™ kicks off, the agenda for the Women’s Football Convention has been published today, confirming a high-profile line-up of speakers who will discuss the latest trends and share best practice case studies from women’s football as well as emerging opportunities to further develop the women’s game for the benefit of a more inclusive and diverse society.Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer said: “The inaugural FIFA Women‘s Football Convention is a crucial stepping stone in promoting the women’s game, making football a sport for all and to use it as a platform to empower women and girls around the world.”The first day of the convention will be dedicated to women’s football practitioners and representatives of FIFA’s 211-member associations and six confederations. It will explore and debate the five strategic pillars from the Women’s Football Strategy which was launched in October 2018 with a view of concretely reaching the organisation’s objectives of growing participation, increasing commercial value and building upon the current foundations of the game.Political leaders, commercial partners, senior representatives from international organisations and high-profile players will gather on the second day of the convention to discuss the challenges, barriers and opportunities for growth and development of the women’s game. Focus will be on how sustainable strategies, programmes and partnerships can contribute to both women’s football and a more diverse and inclusive society.The Women’s Football Convention will be moderated by a number of high-profile sports broadcasters including Carol Tshabalala, Amanda Davies and Alex Scott. Amanda Vandervort, a Fan Engagement and digital innovation expert, will also be tweeting live updates from the convention with a view to engage with attendees and women’s football stakeholders online through the official hashtag #FIFAWFC2019.
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USA CLINCHES SPOT IN FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP KNOCKOUT ROUND WITH 1-0 VICTORY AGAINST QATAR

Jun 4, 2019

USA CLINCHES SPOT IN FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP KNOCKOUT ROUND WITH 1-0 VICTORY AGAINST QATAR

USA Faces Winner of Group E on Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. local time on Universo and FOX Family of Networks

TYCHY, Poland (May 30, 2019)-The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team secured a berth in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup knockout round with a 1-0 victory against Qatar. Tim Weah broke through for the USA with a late goal in the 79th minute off of an assist from Alex Mendez. With the win, the USA finishes second in Group D and will face the winner of Group E in the Round of 16 on June 4 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS

TeamWLDGDPts.
Ukraine20127
USA21026
Nigeria11124
Qatar030-60

Despite dropping its first two U-20 World Cup matches, Qatar came out undeterred in a fierce first half. A USA team that dominated possession in each of its first two games in Poland saw Qatar hold the ball for spells and threaten in transition. While Brandon Servania sounded a shot right at the Qatar goalkeeper Shebab Mamdouh in the early going, the USA had trouble establishing its rhythm and goalkeeper David Ochoa, making his first World Cup start, was called into action a number of times. Center back Chris Richards did well to steady the back line against a number of Qatari forays into the final third.

After the break, a number of stops and restarts interrupted the flow of the game. Ochoa made another set of nice saves to open the half and while the USA was awarded a number of corners and free kicks from dangerous spots, the red, white and blue wasn’t able to convert the opportunities into goals. Two direct free kicks from just above the 18-yard-box from Alex Mendez sailed just high and wide.

Ulysses Llanez came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute to provide an instant attacking spark and some opportunistic play from Mendez in the 76th minute set up the game’s lone goal. As Qatar tried to play out, Mendez rushed in to poke the ball out from a Qatari defender and play it up to Weah. He hit a shot over the sliding Shehab Mamdouh to put the U.S. on the board. In the final minutes of the game, the USA was awarded a penalty kick after Servania was taken down into the box. Alex Mendez went to the spot for the U.S., but Mamdouh made a leaping save to deny the attempt.

Up Next: The USA will learn its opponent for the Round of 16 on Friday, May 31, after the final matches of Group E. The U.S. squad will face the Group E winner, either France or Mali, at 11:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. local time) on Tuesday, June 4 at Bydgoszcz Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The game will be broadcast on Universo as well as the FOX family of networks.

Social: Follow the U-20 #USMNT on Facebook;Twitter and Instagram.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Tim Weah (Alex Mendez), 76th minute: 
Qatar regained possession of the ball deep in its own end and tried to play out of the back on the right side when Alex Mendez pounced on a soft pass. The midfielder sent the ball into the center for Tim Weah, who shrugged off his mark with a deft touch before facing the goalkeeper and sending a firm, well-placed ball into the middle of the net. USA 1, QAT 0 FINAL

Goalkeeper Saves: 
USA – David Ochoa, 37th minute: After a lapse on a pass back, Ochoa came out to make a stellar sliding save against Hashim Ali, who had snuck in behind the back line. Ochoa clipped the attempt with his heel and the rebound was sent just outside the right post.

QAT – Shehab Mamdouh, 38th minute: Mamdouh bobbled his save of a cross from Chris Gloster, teeing up Sebastian Soto from close range near the post, but the striker misfired into the side netting.

QAT – Shehab Mamdouh, 90+5th minute: Second-half sub Richard Ledezma picked off a loose ball from two defenders in the arc at the top of the 18-yard line and stepped inside to give himself space, firing off a laser that Mamdouh managed to redirect over the bar with his fingertips.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA advances to the knockout phase of the U-20 World Cup for the 11th time in its 16th appearance at the tournament.
  • Four players entered the game with a yellow card from a previous match: Chris Gloster, Chris Durkin, Alex Mendez and Konrad de la Fuente. Durkin and Mendez will not be available for the USA’s Round of 16 match after each receiving another yellow card against Qatar.
  • U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos made three changes from the previous starting line-up, adding David Ochoa, Mark McKenzie and Brandon Servania for Brady Scott, Sergiño Dest and Paxton Pomkal. McKenzie wore the captain’s armband.
  • Tim Weah’s goal represented his first at the U-20 level in his third appearance. He has one goal at the senior international level and scored nine during the 2016-17 U-17 cycle, including three at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
  • Alex Mendez picked up his team-leading 18th U-20 cap.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Qatar 
Date: May 30, 2019 
Competition: 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group D 
Venue: Tychy Stadium; Tychy, Poland 
Attendance: 3,651 
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. CET) 
Weather: 50 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 
USA 0 1 1 
QAT 0 0 0

USA – Tim Weah (Alex Mendez) 76th minute

Lineups: 
USA: 12-David Ochoa; 4-Mark McKenzie (capt.), 5-Chris Richards, 13-Aboubacar Keita, 3-Chris Gloster (15-Matthew Real, 90+2); 16-Brandon Servania (20-Richard Ledezma, 84), 6-Chris Durkin, 8-Alex Mendez; 17-Konrad de la Fuente (18-Ulysses Llanez, 63), 9-Sebastian Soto, 11-Tim Weah 
Subs not used: 1-Brady Scott, 21-CJ Dos Santos, 2-Sergiño Dest, 7-Julian Araujo, 10-Paxton Pomykal, 14-Edwin Cerrillo, 19-Justin Rennicks 
Head coach: Tab Ramos

QAT: 18-Shehab Mamdouh, 8-Andri Syahputra, 9-Yusuf Abdurisag, 10-Khaled Mohammed, 11-Abdulla Nasser (7-Abdulrasheed Umaru, 79), 12-Homam Ahmed (3-Ahmed Alminhali, 74), 13-Ali Malolah, 15-Bahaa Mamdouh, 16-Hashim Ali, 17-Mohammed Waad (6-Nasser Alyazidi, 85), 19-Ahmed Suhail (capt.) 
Subs not used: 1-Salah Zakaria, 4-Abdollah Ali, 5-Youssef Ayman, 14-Eisa Ahmad, 20-Ahmad Yasser, 21-Marwan Badreldin, 2-Nasir Peer 
Head coach: Bruno Miguel

Stats Summary: USA / QAT 
Shots: 17 / 12 
Shots on Goal: 9 / 7 
Saves: 7 / 8 
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1 
Fouls: 12 / 19 
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
USA – Mark McKenzie (caution) 14th minute 
USA – Brandon Servania (caution) 31 
QAT – Ali Malolah (caution) 44 
QAT – Homam Ahmed (caution) 48 
QAT – Mohammed Waad (caution) 66 
USA – Chris Durkin (caution) 71 
USA – Alex Mendez (caution) 78 
QAT – Ahmed Alminhali (caution) 84

Officials: 
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH) 
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TGA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL) 
4th Official: Ivan Barton (SLV)

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