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U17 WNT draws 1-1 with England U19

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 1:43de la mañana
The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team battled to a 1-1 draw with England in its second of three matches at the La Manga Women's Under-19 Ten Nations Tournament.

The U.S. team is playing up in age against teams that feature players one and two years older in this exhibition competition, where each country will play three matches. The USA defeated France 2-0 on March 4 in its first match.

Both goals came in the first half and the English tallied first when the aptly named Bethany England received the ball off a throw-in near the right sideline about 25 yards out. She dribbled just inside the 18-yard box and shot from the top right corner low to the far post to put her side ahead in the 29th minute.

The Americans equalized just before halftime when Mandy Freeman played a ball out of the back to Gabby Miranda, who was on the left flank near midfield. Miranda played a pass down the left sideline to Summer Green, who ran onto the ball and crossed on the ground into the center of the penalty area. Morgan Andrews was making a dynamic run up the middle and finished from 10 yards out.

"I thought it was a very good performance by our team today," said U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya. "We played a very organized and physical English team and I thought we actually played much better than we did against France, even though unfortunately we didn't get the result today. We put them under a lot of pressure right from the start, which is something we wanted to do. We hit the post twice in the first half and we kept up the pressure in the second half, hitting the post again, and we definitely created a lot more opportunities than we did against France."

The two teams took penalty kicks after the match as part of the developmental nature of the tournament, with the USA falling 4-3 after missing its first and fifth attempts.

The U.S. team will finish its competition on March 8 against the Netherlands.

"Overall, I thought we were solid defensively, except for the one goal we gave up," said Montoya. "We showed a lot of heart and determination against a very strong English team. I am pleased with our performance and I think we're moving in the right direction. I think this game was better than our first game, so hopefully we can finish the tournament off with a strong win against the Dutch."

The U.S. team is currently preparing for CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying that will be held from May 2-12 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as the Americans will try to earn a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.

-- U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report --

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. England
Competition: La Manga Women's Under-19 Ten Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club (La Manga, Spain)

Scoring Summary:             1              2              F             

USA                                       1              0              1
ENG                                       1              0              1

ENG - Bethany England                                                    29th minute
USA - Morgan Andrews (Summer Green)                     44

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 19-Morgan Reid (2-Brittany Basinger, 58), 3-Maddie Bauer, 4-Mandy Freeman, 16-Gabbi Miranda; 9-Morgan Stanton (17-Maggie Purce, 63), 10-Morgan Andrews, 13-Sarah Robinson; 11-Summer Green (14-Lauren Kaskie, 79), 6-Andi Sullivan (12-Amber Munerlyn, 46), 15-Emily Bruder
Subs Not Used: 7-Lizzy Raben, 18-Cassie Miller, 20-Toni Payne
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya
Categorías: Youth Articles

US Soccer, MLS Create Pro Refreee Organization

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 12:07de la mañana
The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer announced today the formation of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) , an organization that will be responsible for managing the referee program in professional soccer leagues in the United States and Canada.

The creation of PRO is designed to increase the quality of officiating in U.S. and Canadian professional leagues, develop more professional quality officials at a younger age and develop officials who will represent the United States and Canada in FIFA competitions.

Veteran English referee Peter Walton has been named General Manager of PRO. All current U.S. Soccer professional referee staff positions will transition to PRO and report to Walton, who begins full-time on April 2 and will be based in New York City through the conclusion of the MLS season.

U.S. Soccer and MLS will govern and fund the organization, with ongoing collaborative support from the Canadian Soccer Association and other professional leagues. Beginning this year, PRO will manage officials in the MLS and MLS Reserve games, the North American Soccer League, USL PRO and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

"We've always understood that the development of referees is an important aspect to the growth of the game in the United States," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "PRO is another step towards the improvement and professionalization of our top referees. With the additional resources and funding provided by the formation of PRO, we will continue to build upon the progress we've already made."

"Thanks to collaborative work with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association, officiating in MLS made significant strides forward in the past year," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "The overall level of MLS refereeing is good, and the creation of the Professional Referee Organization is the logical next stage of development. MLS and U.S. Soccer proudly welcome PRO General Manager Peter Walton, who will utilize his exceptional experience as a referee and as an administrator, along with substantial resources, to help MLS achieve its vision of setting the worldwide standard in officiating."
 
Walton has been involved with professional football since he joined the Football League as an assistant referee in 1993. Walton, 52, advanced to the FIFA panel of Assistants in 1996 and then onto the Referees panel of the Football League in 1998. Walton accepted a full-time position as a referee on the English Premier League in 2003. He has refereed close to 200 EPL matches, including the 2008 Community Shield between Manchester United and Portsmouth. In 2007, Walton completed the Advanced Course for Referee Instructors hosted by CONMEBOL and FIFA in Ecuador.

"I'm looking forward to the next stage of my career as the general manager of the Professional Referee Organization," said Walton. "The formation of PRO by U.S. Soccer and MLS provides a great opportunity to increase the development of referees and improve the overall quality of refereeing in the U.S. professional leagues. It's a worthy challenge and I'm excited to get started."

The PRO model allows for more funding toward the referee program, hiring of more experienced technical staff, increased training opportunities for officials, additional identification and training opportunities for up-and-coming officials and increased investment toward sports science.

The number of full-time referees is expected to increase as a result of this transition. With a more robust training program and full-time duties in place, the referee program's professionalization will increase, whereas in previous years some officials have had to juggle their referee duties with an additional full-time occupation.

U.S. Soccer and MLS took significant steps in 2011 to create a U.S. Soccer professional referee department and relocate to New York. Seven new rookie referees were introduced to MLS last year, participating in almost 20 percent of the league's regular season games.

The use of quantitative analysis and video also were substantial last year as referees were evaluated in real time at the newly constructed command center in New York. Former players and coaches served as in-stadium professional match evaluators, providing a more complete evaluation of the referees.

U.S. Soccer recently transitioned Herb Silva to the new role of Director of Referee Identification and Training in December of 2011. Silva, who had served as U.S. Soccer's Director of Professional Referees, will work with a panel of former FIFA and professional officials to attend events around the country to identify and train the most promising young officials and provide them with additional training to accelerate their development. Silva will work closely with PRO to look for similar types of officials and make sure the training reinforces the officiating philosophy.

Approximately 45,000 new referees enter the officiating ranks every year, and U.S. Soccer will continue its efforts to put more online educational resources at their disposal. A PRO Advisory Board also will be established as Walton, Silva and other members will meet regularly to make sure satisfactory progress is being achieved.
Categorías: Youth Articles

U15 national team splits Tuesday's scrimmages

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 11:46de la tarde

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - Only three days into the March camp and the U15 boys national team already faced its first test.

On Tuesday night, the U15 Boys National Team scrimmaged against local MLS U16 Academy teams, Chivas USA and LA Galaxy. U15 national team head coach Tony LePore divided his group of 36 players into two teams for the friendlies, which ended with a win over Galaxy and a loss to Chivas USA.

The Goats took their chances well in a 4-2 victory in the first game, but in the latter contest, LePore's second squad battled to a 2-1 victory in a physical matchup.

Henry Martin"A lot of this week is about evaluation," LePore told TopDrawerSoccer.com after the games. "Tonight we got two good games from Chivas USA and LA Galaxy, and it was really valuable for our guys."

Even though training has been limited for this team so far at the Home Depot Center, LePore felt like the group is just picking up where it left off when it last ended camp in December.

"We have a core of returning players, and seven new players this week," LePore said. "With the core, we are trying to go from where we left off. I think what has been nice is that we don't feel like we are starting over with every camp."

Throughout both games, the U15 national team did enjoy lengthy spells of possession, which came to the delight of the coaching staff that had focused on retaining control of the ball in recent practices.

"I thought it was a good start to camp," LePore added.


Chivas USA 4-2 U.S. U15 National Team

Chivas USA forward Caleb Calvert played like a man amongst boys in the first friendly of the night. The tall striker who goes by the nickname Rooney scored a first-class goal to give Chivas USA the lead early in the second half, which they would not relinquish after trailing for much of the first half.

Sebastian Saucedo grabbed the first goal of the game in the fifth minute when he stole the ball in the midfield and caught the Chivas USA keeper cheating off his line. The well-placed shot from 30 yards out to give the U15 national team a 1-0 lead early.

"For his first time into camp, we thought Sebastian Saucedo had a really great night," LePore said. "He is off to a really good start."

Saucedo played the attacking midfield position in a 4-3-3 formation, and appeared to fit in very easily with the dynamic of the team.

Chivas USA responded with a goal right before half time after a careless give away was neatly finished by a Chivas USA forward.

In the second half, Calvert took control of the show. His deft chest trap to a spinning volley was a touch of class to give Chivas USA the 2-1 lead.

Ryo Fujii added another goal 16 minutes later when he dribbled through multiple defenders and ripped an effort into the upper corner that keeper Miguel Martin could not keep out.

The U15 national team closed the gap four minutes later though when Orestis Sousonis dribbled past a few would-be challengers and lofted the ball over the defense into the path of Collin Fernandez.

Fernandez calmly finished the shot to bring LePore's group back within one goal, but no one could stop Calvert.

Billy Abdullah delivered a perfect corner kick to Calvert's head for the striker's second goal of the game to cap the opening match. 

"The possession was good in the first game," LePore said. "I also felt [center back] Sean Wilson was solid and Benny Swanson was good an the no. 8."

U15 national team lineup:

First half: JT Marcinowski; Chris Gomez, Quentin Pearson, Sean Wilson, Malcolm Jones; Max Stiegwardt , Benny Swanson, Sebastian Saucedo; Alejandro Vergara, Michele Bottari, Coy Craft

Second half: Miguel Martin; Chris Gomez, Quentin Pearson, Sean Wilson, John Antunes; Orestis Sousonis, Benny Swanson, Sebastian Saucedo; Collin Fernandez, Steven Elias, Andy Alvarez

 

U15 National team 2-1 LA Galaxy

Amir Bashti contributed to both goals in the second half, as the other U15 team overturned a first half goal by LA's Martin Arrieta to grab one win on the night.

Arrieta found the back of the net in the 30th minute when he hit a one-time effort from 25 yards out into the bottom corner of the goal.

LePore's group rallied in the second half behind Bashti, who was denied in the 55th minute when his shot from 20 yards out clanged off the crossbar.

A dozen minutes later, Bashti was fouled 19 yards from goal following a clumsy challenge from a Galaxy defender. The San Jose Earthquakes Academy midfielder quickly took the ensuing free kick and found a wide-open Peter Schropp.

Schropp's header went off the post to Abulkadir Haji who put it away to level the score at one a piece.

Five minutes later, Bashti combined with left back Marc Calderon down the sideline to send the defender in behind the defense. Calderon cut his cross back to the top of the box and Bashti hammered it home for the winner.

"Amir [Bashti] had a great game," LePore said.

The coach also highlighted the play of Schropp, who wore the captain's armband in the second contest, and Malcolm Dixon.

U15 national team lineup:
First half: Cameron Keys; Pablo Paleaz, Peter Schropp, Henry Martin, David Chavez; Martin Salas, Abuchi Obinwa, Amir Bashti; Jorge Ruiz, Amadu Kanuteh, Malcolm Dixon

Second half: Justin Vom Steeg, Marc Calderon, Schropp, Memo Bermudez, Juan Martinez; Said Haji, Amirgy Pineda, DJ Villegas, Abuchi Obinwa, Amir Bashti, Malcolm Dixon

Categorías: Youth Articles

U.S. U23 hopefuls await their fate

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 11:34de la tarde

The U.S. U23 men's national team wrapped up its latest camp a week ago, and as qualifying looms, players wait to learn if they've made the qualifying roster. 

The camp wrapped up with a 2-0 win over Mexico's U23s, a successful result no matter the friendly nature of the match. And as March 22 - the opening date of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament - draws closer, head coach Caleb Porter has some tough decisions to make. A U.S. Soccer spokesman says the roster is likely to be announced early next week.

But despite the stakes of the last camp, players thoroughly enjoyed the experience in Frisco, Texas.

"It's been great," Sporting KC forward Teal Bunbury said. "Getting a lot of the guys together, building chemistry on and off the field, it's been a lot of fun."

Bunbury is a well-known commodity to coach Porter, having played for him at Akron. The fast forward appeared in most of the previous U23 camps over the past few months, but the late February camp featured new call ups as well, like Hertha Berlin's defender/midfielder Alfredo Morales and San Jose Earthquakes center back Ike Opara.

Caleb PorterThe hulking defender was a member of the U20 World Cup squad, and quickly felt at home within the group.

"I think it went really well," he said. "It's been a breath of fresh air, being in preseason with San Jose and coming to this camp, I'm trying to do well."

With the qualifying tournament so close, this particular camp took on a unique nature. As hinted at by Porter earlier in the year, many of the players called in are on the cusp of making the roster, allowing for the team to start building chemistry.



However, with only 18 players selected on the roster, there was still the need to impress the coaching staff, which kept training sessions very intense.

"You only get a short amount of time, it's not like a club team where you have a nine month season or anything like that, so coming into these camps there's a lot of competition and I feel like it brings out the best of everybody," Bunbury said.

In the camp finale against Mexico, the players appeared to have fully embraced and understood Porter's desired style of play. Utilizing an attack-minded 4-3-3, the U.S. outplayed and out-possessed Mexico for long stretches of the game, and could have scored more than just the two goals.

From all indications, the players are adapting extremely well, and Opara reflected as such.

"It's a very good system to play, it's very enjoyable," he said. "I think all the guys and the coaches have made it easy because there's been a lot of continuity with the guys being in camp and they've made it easier for new guys like myself."

And for Bunbury, the U23 experience was particularly enjoyable, giving him a chance to work closely with his college coach once again.

"It's been great to work with him again," Bunbury said. "He's carrying a lot of his philosophies from Akron over to this team, so a lot of these things I know well, but he's bringing some new things as well, it's good to just have that open communication and be working with him again."

Categorías: Youth Articles

New training academy gives players a leg up

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 3:00de la mañana

Grande Sports Academy is one of the finest soccer training facilities in the country and allows athletes to "maximize their potential and achieve their individual goals." Located in Casa Grande, Arizona, this relatively new program focuses on training student-athletes by combining college-preparatory academics and rigorous soccer athletic training. It's a live-in facility that provides housing, food, and training over the course of the academic school year, during which students attend one of two off-site high schools. The academy itself is part of the recently completed Grande Sports World, a $20 million multi-sport training facility, and sets itself apart from other academies by being the "only full-time residential academy affiliated with a Major League team - Real Salt Lake."  Even though Grande Sports Academy is only in its second year, it has much to offer prospective athletes in terms of training facilities and beneficial opportunities for athletes. Grande Sports Academy provides an elite coaching staff, customized meal plans, and structured training programs for athletes in order to help them reach their optimal performance level. The academy boasts a 58,000 square foot training center with brand new equipment as well as nine professional grade soccer fields. All resident athletes have complete access to these facilities while living in the dormitories. Attending Grande Sports Academy also offers other unique benefits to players, such as being able train in the same soccer facility as 15 Major League Soccer teams that include the Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Chivas USA, Vancouver Whitecaps, Colorado Rapids, Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact and NASL's FC Edmonton, the Canadian U23 National Olympic team and U17 World Cup teams for Rwanda and New Zealand, Players have the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the Real Salt Lake coaching staff and gain exposure from the staff of the entire organization. Last year, six academy players played in the MLS Reserve League for Real Salt Lake. This top notch institution has proven itself with a number of successes. Last season, the academy's U16 team finished third in the National Finals tournament and is ranked as one of the top teams in the country again this year.  The U18 team also did well, finishing in the top 16 among 78 Development Academy squads. In addition, all 2010-2011 seniors graduated with a college scholarship while two seniors signed First Division professional contracts with Real Salt Lake. Only in its second year, Grande Sports Academy has already established itself as one of the premier athletic training academies around in the world. Grande Sports Academy is conducting two separate tryout sessions for the academy's soccer team. Tryouts will offer a chance to be evaluated by Martin Vasquez, US Men's National Team Assistant Coach and nationally recognized coaching staff - they all played and coached at the highest levels - international, national teams, MLS and collegiate. The tryout also allows the student athlete to experience the Grande Sports Academy life and facilities. Each session will extend over a two-day period. The tryouts are scheduled for the following dates: Friday, March 9th to Saturday, March 10th Friday, May 4th to Saturday, May 5th To participate in tryouts, fill out the form on the Grande Sports Academy web page at http://www.grandesportsacademy.com/academy/tryouts/. This page can also link you to the Grande Sports Academy homepage in order to provide more information about the academy and all the amazing opportunities made available.
Categorías: Youth Articles

ECNL Weekend Recap: March 3-4

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 1:18de la mañana
The ECNL weekend schedule may have been light, but there wasn't a shortage of exciting action over the weekend.

Ohio Premier Eagles U17s hosted one of the more pulsating encounters of the weekend, coming erasing a 2-0 deficit to earn a draw against Penn Fusion on Sunday.

It was an unbeaten weekend for the Eagles, as they also won 2-1 on Saturday against FC Bucks, two decent results over two tough opponents.

"I thought both teams were certainly very good teams, they did a good jobs battling and competing - they made things difficult for us," Ohio Premier head coach Chris King told TopDrawerSoccer.com."

Sunday's encounter was particularly difficult, as the Eagles missed a few opportunities to take the lead early in the first half,

But the Eagles found a way to battle back, pulling a goal back when Emily Byorth scored from a Lindsay Agnew's corner, before Agnew scored the equalizer with around 12 minutes left.

The result was a stark reminder of just how competitive every ECNL match is.

"Like I told the girls after the game, this is why we're in this league," King said. "You can't look at anyone's record and take them for granted. You can't take any games off, in this league with the quality from top to bottom, you've got to take advantage of your opportunities."

Penn Fusion U17 was also involved in a second frenetic game on Saturday, defeating Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 5-4 to finish unbeaten on a trip to Ohio.

U15


Penn Fusion's U15s also made the trip to Ohio, and triumphed in impressive fashion - defeating Ohio Elite by a 2-1 score, before winning against Ohio Premier 3-1...one of the most lopsided results of the weekend came in McLean's 5-0 win over Freestate Alliance...Dallas Sting defeated the Dallas Texans by a 4-0 score.

U16


Freestate Alliance picked up a valuable win against McLean Youth Soccer thanks to a 4-1 win on Saturday...Ohio Premier managed to go unbeaten versus FC Bucks and Penn Fusion, drawing 0-0 and winning 2-1...The Dallas Sting tied in-state counterparts Dallas Texans 1-1.

U18

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy's U18s bossed the weekend, defeating Penn Fusion 4-1, before romping 5-0 against FC Bucks. The two wins pushed Ohio Elite's record to 4-2-0 and into third place in the Midatlantic Conference standings...the Dallas Texans defeated the Sting 3-1 on Sunday.
Categorías: Youth Articles

Washington clubs make up lost ground in ECNL

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:35de la mañana

With elite club soccer, there is always a balancing act with the schedule when clubs from two states are put in the same conference.

For the ECNL Northwestern U15 Conference, that delicate equilibrium starts next week when Washington clubs, Crossfire Premier and Washington Premier, start a run of 16 games in four months to catch-up with the Northern California clubs that have already played at least seven games.

"The biggest disadvantage is we haven't played ECNL teams week in and week out," Washington Premier U15 head coach Seth Spidahl told TopDrawerSoccer.com. The coach went on to say that his team played up an age in a local league during the fall to prepare for the ECNL competition.

As a new team to the league, Washington Premier was placed in Flight B for its inaugural season in the ECNL.

"We are brand new to this competition," Spidahl said. "The goal we are looking for is promotion. We want to be in a spot where we are playing for promotion at the end of the year."

Last Month, Spidahl's group went down to San Antonio for the ECNL National Showcase Event, which is the major component for National Standings determined for promotion. Spidahl's team was undefeated at the event with a win and two draws, and currently sits midtable in Flight B.

Local rival, Crossfire Premier, was also at the event and had a good showing with two wins and a draw among the Flight A teams.

"It was the first event for my girls and I was pleased with how they did," Crossfire Premier U15 head coach Justi Baumgardt told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "It was a good event, and we had a handful of players who stepped up and contributed."

The coach said her team went into the Showcase "not knowing what to expect" and hoped her group could stay in the top 16 spots in Flight A by the end of the event. Crossfire Premier finished the event with a spot in the top four.

Both Washington clubs are looking forward to the rest of the season, especially getting a big test against the California clubs.

"It is a tough conference," Baumgardt said. "The California teams are always tough."

"I am excited to see how we match up against the big name clubs from California," Spidahl said.

Although the two Washington clubs were in action last month with the ECNL event, the Northern California clubs remained on hiatus due to high school soccer.

Despite the three-month break, Mustangs SC ECNL U15 head coach Mike Descombaz was not expecting much rust for his players given the majority of his team played for one high school in the area, which captured the CIF title last week.

"We start training this week, and then our first game is March 17," Descombaz said. "It is a quick turnaround."

The Mustangs did already play seven games prior to breaking for high school.

"It is pretty unique," Descombaz said about the schedule in the conference. "Highlights how important this three-month stretch is for qualifying for the National Championship in Chicago."

The coach did not say there was any team goal in terms of postseason finish, but rather he wanted to see the team's style of play evolve over the coming months.

"We are trying to play a certain way," Descombaz said. "We want to play attractive soccer and play well consistently."

Descombaz also said he had a group of talented players that work hard and manufacture goals without any star player shining above the rest.

Players to watch:

Jessica Udovich, Washington Premier, defense. Udovich is a talented center back and an important piece for Washington Premier. She has been invited to the ODP Regional camps in the past.

Karlene White, Crossfire Premier, forward. White is the leading scorer for the Crossfire Premier, and key contributor to the success of the team. She had a very good showing at the National Showcase Event in San Antonio last month with a couple goals and a few assists.  

Categorías: Youth Articles

Hoyas' trip highlights Big East spring schedule

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:05de la mañana
From time to time, a program gets the unique opportunity to depart from the confines of its campus and head abroad during its spring season.

In the Big East, the Georgetown men's program is abroad this week for a trip to Barcelona, getting a chance to play against two third-division Spanish teams and catch two Barcelona matches at the fabled Camp Nou.

"The value of the trip you can't measure easily, because you get the unique cultural experience," Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "Just from a team chemistry and bonding and immersing yourself in soccer, you can't put a price tag or value on that. These trips happen once every four years, and when they happen you want to take full advantage of that."

The Hoyas can use this time to improve as a unit, as they are likely to enter the fall as one of the favorites in the Big East, only losing three players from last year, With key players like Tyler Rudy, Ian Christianson, Steve Neumann and Tommy Muller returning, Georgetown is looking strong.

That gives Georgetown a clearer focus during this spring schedule.

"With having the majority of your team back, [the spring] is really fine-tuning a lot of things and getting everybody on the same page and getting it so the first preseason game that we play we are firing on all cylinders, and be ahead of the opposition," Wiese said.

Brian WieseWhile Georgetown's preparations hit the Iberian Peninsula, back in the United States, other programs' preparations are in full swing. Notre Dame, which lost its fair share of talent to the pro ranks in Greg Klazura and Aaron Maund, is working feverishly to fill those holes in the back.

"This is the busiest time of the year, actually much busier than the season for us," Irish head coach Bobby Clark told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "This is a time when we work hard, go six days a week, and this is where I think kids get better, and also you try and have a look at what you've got."

Of course, the established powers in the Big East are going to be no pushovers. Louisville lost a strong crop of seniors, including Colin Rolfe, Austin Berry, Kenney Walker and Nick DeLeon, and is in the process of reshuffling its deck.

But the team will get a boost with the return of Dylan Mares, who was felled by a torn ACL last fall - he'll be ready to go in the fall. However, the high rate of turnover could be a positive, as it has served as a motivation for those players waiting in the wings.

"It's been interesting because it's a much different group just from an experience stand point, having lost the guys we did," Louisville head coach Ken Lolla told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "It was a lot of experience over the years, and yet it's been one of these things where the graduation of certain guys have allowed the growth of other guys which has been really refreshing and beneficial for this group."

And then there's the rest of a tough group, with South Florida a program on the rise, Connecticut a steady ship, along with St. John's, Marquette, and Providence all looking to build off positive 2011s.

There will be a slightly different look to the group come the fall because of the departure of West Virginia, but it's going to be a tough battle once the season begins again, with the spring preparations going a long way in determining who can put it together in the fall.

Big East Players to Watch

MF Dylan Mares, Louisville: "From an attacking standpoint, he's very dynamic. Very good on the ball, off the dribble, can score goals," Lolla said. Mares' return to the Cardinals lineup will likely help shape how Louisville can cope with the talent drain.

GK Tomas Gomez, Georgetown: The freshman goalkeeper earned a call-up into the recent U.S. U20 camp after a strong first year where Gomez started all but two games for the Hoyas.

MF Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut: Entering his senior year, Alvarez's outstanding technical ability will once again make him a key player in the Huskies offense, especially with the departure of Tony Cascio.
Categorías: Youth Articles

U23 WNT Defeats Norway 5-0 to win Four Nations

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 11:19de la tarde
The U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team defeated Norway 5-0 in its final match of the 2012 Four Nations Tournament. The victory clinched the tournament title for the U.S. team that also defeated Sweden 2-0 and fell to England 2-1. U.S. midfielder Amber Brooks was named MVP of the competition.

The USA scored just 13 minutes into the game when forward Morgan Marlborough was played a ball wide on the flank. She was able to beat a Norwegian defender and get to the end line before cutting the ball back to a driving Sinead Farrelly who finished the play off by tucking her shot low into the net from six yards out.

The USA's second goal came in the 31st minute off a corner kick that eventually found the feet of Farrelly. She laid the ball back to Brooks for her to slam into the net.

The final goal of the first half came in the 40th minute when Farrelly finished a cross from defender Camille Levin. Levin made an overlapping run that got her free to play a beautiful cross to the on-rushing Farrelly.

With the match well in hand by halftime, the U.S. added two more after the break. The fourth goal came from Marlborough, who lost several defenders on the turn and fired a shot past the Norwegian goalkeeper in the 61st minute.

The final goal came in the 76th minute and was the work of two of U.S.'s substitutes. Midfielder Zakiya Bywaters slipped a ball to forward Taylor Lytle, who then created separation from her defender and curled a shot into the corner of the goal from 18 yards out.

U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch kept a clean sheet, finishing the match with five saves.

Categorías: Youth Articles

Philadelphia Union Sign Cristhian Hernandez

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 10:06de la tarde
Philadelphia Union today announced the signing of Cristhian Hernandez as the club's third Homegrown Player. A member of the Union Academy, the 18-year old Hernandez has made appearances in Reserve League matches, as well as a first-team friendly against Everton, in which he scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win on July 21, 2011. Born in Mexico, Hernandez will occupy an international roster spot and is eligible to play in the Union's season opener against the Portland Timbers on March 12.  Per MLS and Club policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
 
The 2011 US Soccer U-17/U-18 Development Academy Player of the Year, Hernandez netted 16 goals in 26 appearances for his club team, Players Development Academy (PDA), a Youth Development Affiliate of the Union. In helping PDA to a 7-2-1 divisional record and the top spot in the Liberty Division, Hernandez also earned U-17/U-18 Development Academy Starting XI and Eastern Conference Starting XI honors.
 
Hernandez attended St. Benedict's Prep, where he helped lead the squad to a 24-0 record, a number one ranking and the school's seventh national championship in 2011.  Named to the NJ Star Ledger's All-Prep First Team, Hernandez was also honored as an ESPN High School All-New Jersey State selection as well as one of ESPN's Top 10 soccer recruits in the country.
 
Following the "Path to PPL Park" model created by the Union and YSC Sports, Hernandez is the third Home Grown Player to come out of the Union Academy after Jimmy McLaughlin, who signed on December 12, 2011, and Zach Pfeffer, who signed on December 22, 2010.
 
The Union begin the 2012 MLS regular season in Portland on March 12 before heading home to re-open PPL Park on March 18 against the Colorado Rapids.
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U15 and U14 national team camps convene at HDC

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 7:59de la tarde

The U.S. Under-14 and Under-15 Boys' National Teams will both convene for training camps from March 3-10 in Carson, Calif.

U-14 head coach Hugo Perez has called in 36 players to the camp, including 20 Development Academy players. Nomads SC sends three players: Luca De la Torre, Joe Gallardo and Alexis Velela. FC Dallas also has three players on the roster: Damien Hernandez, Weston McKennie and Alejandro Zendejas. Kyle Gurrieri and Daniel Laranetto both hail from the New York Red Bulls. All 36 players were born in 1998.

U-15 head coach Tony Lepore has also called in 36 players, with each of the U-15s born in 1997. Twenty-one of Lepore's players are from Development Academy clubs, including four from New York Red Bulls: John Antunes, Malcolm Dixon, Henry Martin and Orestis Sousonis. San Jose Earthquakes, Players Development Academy and Chivas USA all sent two players.

During the camp, each team will play four scrimmages. The U-15 BNT will play two games on Tuesday, March 6, with the team facing Chivas USA at 5:30 p.m. PT and the LA Galaxy at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, March 7, the U-14 BNT will play the LA Galaxy at 5 p.m. PT and will face the ODP 97s at 6:30 p.m.

The camp will conclude with two matches between the U.S. teams. On Friday, March 9, the U-14 and U-15 BNTs will meet twice, with one game at 5 p.m. PT and the second at 6:30 p.m.

U.S. Under-14 BNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Anthony Garduno (Pateadores; Tustin, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.), Andrew Romig (Richmond Kickers; Mildothian, Va.)

DEFENDERS (11): Hugo Arellano (South Bay Gunners; Norwalk, Calif.), Edwin Gomez (Morelia Mexico; Morelia, Michoacán), Damien Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Tommy McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Luka Prpa (North Shore United; Wind Lake, Wis.), Cameron Reaves (Norcross Soccer Academy; Duluth, Ga.), Juan Riley (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Joe Schmidt (Ohio Premier North; Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Alexis Velela (Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Trey Vinson (PWSI Courage 97 Red; Manassas, Va.)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca De la Torre (Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (New York Red Bull; Totowa, N.J.), Julian Hall (Brandon FC; Tampa, Fla.), Daniel Laranetto (New York Red Bull; Bridgewater, Conn.), Dawson McCartney (NJSA; Voorhees, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; St. Louis, Mo.), Emmanuel Perez (Sunrise Elite SC; Wellington, Fla.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; Allen, Texas)

FORWARDS (10): Joe Gallardo (Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas Golden (HBC Titans; Westbury, N.Y.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Roswell, Ga.), Jonathan Navarro (P.A.C.; San Jose, Calif.), Joshua Perez (Chivas USA; La Habra, Calif.), Ignacio Poplawski (Sunrise Elite SC; Boca Raton, Fla.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic; Highland Park, Ill.), Raheem Taylor-Parkes (Brandon FC; Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Sean Teixera (New York Soccer Club; Trumbull, Conn.), Haji Wright (Galaxy Alliance; Los Angeles, Calif.)



U.S. Under-15 BNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Cameron Keys (Philadelphia Union; Whitehill, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif), Miguel Martin (Oregon Rush; Redmond, Ore.), Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara Soccer Club; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Guillermo Bermudez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), David Chavez (Juventus Forza; Redwood City, Calif.), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Henry Martin (NY Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Storm; Longmont, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder; Maple Grove, Minn.)

MIDFIELDERS (10): John Antunes (NY Red Bulls; Fairfield, N.J.), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.),  Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Juan Martinez (Houston Dynamol Dayton, Texas), Abulkadir Haji (NHPSA Classics; Manchester, N.H.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (FC America SA Orlando; Windermere, Fla.), Martin Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Orestis Sousonis (NY Red Bulls; Dover, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew; Grove City, Ohio), David Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)

FORWARDS (11): Andy Alvarez (Kendall, SC;), Michele Bottari (South Carolina Battery; Greenville, S.C.), Marc Calderon (South Bay Gunners; Huntington Park, Calif.), Coy Craft (Fusion FC; Glade Springs, Va.), Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls; Glenridge, N.J.), Stephen Elias (FC Westchester; Rye, N.Y.), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Gove, Ill.), Amadu Kunateh (N.E. Revolution; Lynn, Ma.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Jorge Ruiz (Chivas USA; Mission Hills, Calif.), Sebastian Saucedo (La Roca FC; Park city, Utah), Alejandro Vergara (LA Galaxy; Long Beach, Calif.)

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U.S. U20 WNT Rolls Past Cuba 6-0

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 6:45de la mañana

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team clinched a semifinal spot with Sunday's 6-0 victory against Cuba in the team's second Group B match of the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

The U.S. U-20s have scored 12 goals in two group matches so far after also scoring six times in the victory against Guatemala last Friday. Katie Stengel and Maya Hayes led the way for the U.S. with each posting two first-half goals.

The victory assured the USA of a spot in the semifinals position, but the young Americans will go for the group title against host Panama at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 6. The match will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com and fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Should the USA take the top spot in Group B, they would play the second place team from Group A in the semifinal for a berth to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The top three finishers in the tournament all will qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Japan this fall.

"It was a good result for us, I thought we started off well," said U.S. U-20 Women's National Team head coach Steve Swanson. "We got a goal pretty quickly there that was a great goal by Katie Stengel that set the tone. It was a tough game. Cuba was well organized and they did a good job of bottling up the middle in the first half. I thought we did much better in the second half and we were able to use some of our depth today, which was nice."

Cuba had an energetic start, but the USA quickly turned the tide as Stengel put the U.S. on the board just five minutes into the game. Chioma Ubogagu set her up with a pass from the left side and Stengel's left-footed shot crisply found the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead.

It was all U.S. from then on as the team wove together a possession-heavy, creative game that was also on display during the opening win against Guatemala.

Hayes made it 2-0 in the 25th minute when she scored a bullet on a header off a fantastic service from Crystal Dunn, who raced down the right side before crossing into the middle. It was Dunn's third assist in two games.

Hayes notched her second goal of the match in the 29th minute when Cuba goalkeeper Dainelis Moreno misjudged Mollie Pathman's cross from the left. Hayes challenged hard for the cross and when the goalkeeper and the defender failed to get a piece of the ball, she rushed in and out-hustled Cuba's Odette Bayeaux to finish from close range for a three-goal edge.

Stengel upped the lead to 4-0 with some strong footwork past Cuba's Regla de la Caridad Ponce into the left side of the penalty area and placed a shot underneath Moreno's glove and into the near post in the 37th minute.

Second-half substitute Vanessa DiBernardo got her first goal of the tournament when Cuba's defense could not clear the ball in 52nd minute. DiBernardo blocked the clearance and then struck a sizzling volley over the goalkeeper and into the net from the top of the penalty area. Moreno was too far off her line to make a play on the shot.

U.S. forward Lindsey Horan, who had a hat trick in the opening win against Guatemala, also came on for the start of the second half and assisted Ubogagu's goal in the 84th minute for the final 6-0 advantage. Ubogagu used her speed to race into the left side of the penalty box while running onto the Horan pass and then struck a left-footed shot past the slipping Moreno's outstretched arms and into the right side of the net.

Swanson utilized the depth on his roster following the first group win against Guatemala, resting several players and taking midfielder Samantha Mewis and Stengel off at halftime. Julie Johnston, who had the USA's second goal against Guatemala on Friday, did not see action against Cuba. Swanson also switched up his goalkeepers, inserting Abby Smith in place of Bryane Heaberlin. Smith had very little to do, especially in the second half, and was not forced to make a save in picking up the shutout.

READ PLAYER RATINGS FROM THE WIN OVER CUBA

- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. Cuba
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship; Group B
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        4 2 6
CUB                        0 0 0

USA - Katie Stengel (Chioma Ubogagu)   4th minute
USA - Maya Hayes (Crystal Dunn)           25
USA - Maya Hayes (Mollie Pathman)       29
USA - Katie Stengel                                 36
USA - Vanessa DiBernardo                      51
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Lindsey Horan) 84

Lineups: USA: 18-Abby Smith, ; 4-Crystal Dunn, 17- Olivia Brannon, 5-Kassey Kallman, 2-Mollie Pathman (capt.); 15-Samantha Mewis (12-Vanessa DiBernardo, 46), 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Mandy Laddish (16-Sarah Killion, 70); 20-Maya Hayes, 14-Katie Stengel (11-Lindsey Horan, 46), 9-Chioma Ubogagu
Subs not used: 1-Bryane Heaberlin, 3-Cari Roccaro, 8-Julie Johnston; 7-Kealia Ohai
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CUB: 1-Dainelis Moreno; 3-Indira Manzano (capt.), 4-Milagro Ramirez, 5-Yarisleidy Mena, 9-Maria Perez, 11-Rachel Pelaez, 14-Maidoni Goitizolo, 15-Odette Bayeaux (6-Esmeralda Marcos, 50), 16-Roxana Galan (2-Tayde Bacallao, 52), 17-Regla de la Caridad Ponce, 18-Yoana Calderon (7-Solayne Gutierrez, 78)
Subs not used: 8-Yanet Tamayo, 12-Maysu LeonHead Coach: Jose Luis Elejalde

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 15 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offside: 4 / 1

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U.S. U20 WNT Rolls Past Cuba 6-0

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 6:45de la mañana

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team clinched a semifinal spot with Sunday's 6-0 victory against Cuba in the team's second Group B match of the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

The U.S. U-20s have scored 12 goals in two group matches so far after also scoring six times in the victory against Guatemala last Friday. Katie Stengel and Maya Hayes led the way for the U.S. with each posting two first-half goals.

The victory assured the USA of a spot in the semifinals position, but the young Americans will go for the group title against host Panama at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 6. The match will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com and fans can follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Should the USA take the top spot in Group B, they would play the second place team from Group A in the semifinal for a berth to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The top three finishers in the tournament all will qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Japan this fall.

"It was a good result for us, I thought we started off well," said U.S. U-20 Women's National Team head coach Steve Swanson. "We got a goal pretty quickly there that was a great goal by Katie Stengel that set the tone. It was a tough game. Cuba was well organized and they did a good job of bottling up the middle in the first half. I thought we did much better in the second half and we were able to use some of our depth today, which was nice."

Cuba had an energetic start, but the USA quickly turned the tide as Stengel put the U.S. on the board just five minutes into the game. Chioma Ubogagu set her up with a pass from the left side and Stengel's left-footed shot crisply found the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead.

It was all U.S. from then on as the team wove together a possession-heavy, creative game that was also on display during the opening win against Guatemala.

Hayes made it 2-0 in the 25th minute when she scored a bullet on a header off a fantastic service from Crystal Dunn, who raced down the right side before crossing into the middle. It was Dunn's third assist in two games.

Hayes notched her second goal of the match in the 29th minute when Cuba goalkeeper Dainelis Moreno misjudged Mollie Pathman's cross from the left. Hayes challenged hard for the cross and when the goalkeeper and the defender failed to get a piece of the ball, she rushed in and out-hustled Cuba's Odette Bayeaux to finish from close range for a three-goal edge.

Stengel upped the lead to 4-0 with some strong footwork past Cuba's Regla de la Caridad Ponce into the left side of the penalty area and placed a shot underneath Moreno's glove and into the near post in the 37th minute.

Second-half substitute Vanessa DiBernardo got her first goal of the tournament when Cuba's defense could not clear the ball in 52nd minute. DiBernardo blocked the clearance and then struck a sizzling volley over the goalkeeper and into the net from the top of the penalty area. Moreno was too far off her line to make a play on the shot.

U.S. forward Lindsey Horan, who had a hat trick in the opening win against Guatemala, also came on for the start of the second half and assisted Ubogagu's goal in the 84th minute for the final 6-0 advantage. Ubogagu used her speed to race into the left side of the penalty box while running onto the Horan pass and then struck a left-footed shot past the slipping Moreno's outstretched arms and into the right side of the net.

Swanson utilized the depth on his roster following the first group win against Guatemala, resting several players and taking midfielder Samantha Mewis and Stengel off at halftime. Julie Johnston, who had the USA's second goal against Guatemala on Friday, did not see action against Cuba. Swanson also switched up his goalkeepers, inserting Abby Smith in place of Bryane Heaberlin. Smith had very little to do, especially in the second half, and was not forced to make a save in picking up the shutout.

READ PLAYER RATINGS FROM THE WIN OVER CUBA

- U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. Cuba
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship; Group B
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        4 2 6
CUB                        0 0 0

USA - Katie Stengel (Chioma Ubogagu)   4th minute
USA - Maya Hayes (Crystal Dunn)           25
USA - Maya Hayes (Mollie Pathman)       29
USA - Katie Stengel                                 36
USA - Vanessa DiBernardo                      51
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Lindsey Horan) 84

Lineups: USA: 18-Abby Smith, ; 4-Crystal Dunn, 17- Olivia Brannon, 5-Kassey Kallman, 2-Mollie Pathman (capt.); 15-Samantha Mewis (12-Vanessa DiBernardo, 46), 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Mandy Laddish (16-Sarah Killion, 70); 20-Maya Hayes, 14-Katie Stengel (11-Lindsey Horan, 46), 9-Chioma Ubogagu
Subs not used: 1-Bryane Heaberlin, 3-Cari Roccaro, 8-Julie Johnston; 7-Kealia Ohai
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CUB: 1-Dainelis Moreno; 3-Indira Manzano (capt.), 4-Milagro Ramirez, 5-Yarisleidy Mena, 9-Maria Perez, 11-Rachel Pelaez, 14-Maidoni Goitizolo, 15-Odette Bayeaux (6-Esmeralda Marcos, 50), 16-Roxana Galan (2-Tayde Bacallao, 52), 17-Regla de la Caridad Ponce, 18-Yoana Calderon (7-Solayne Gutierrez, 78)
Subs not used: 8-Yanet Tamayo, 12-Maysu LeonHead Coach: Jose Luis Elejalde

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 15 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offside: 4 / 1

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Development Academy Recap: March 2-4

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 5:20de la mañana

Real Salt Lake-Arizona's U18 team is absolutely destroying opponents recently. On Saturday, RSL-AZ beat Crossfire Premier 5-0 for the third win in a row by that score. The lone difference this week was Maikon Orrellana decided to hog all the goals.

The El Salvador U23 international netted four of the five goals against Crossfire to bring his season tally up to 10. Ricardo Velasco grabbed the other goal, and RSL-AZ U18 improved to 7-6-4 on the season overall.

The RSL-AZ U16 also trounced the visitors with a 4-0 victory behind a hat trick from Andrew Brody, who now leads the team with eight goals on the season.

Central Conference:

FC Dallas U18 won the opener of the weekend with a 3-0 shutout victory over Sporting KC on Friday night. Jose de la Tejera, Nicholas Rochowski, and Flavio Guzman all scored in the win.

In the U16 game, FC Dallas' Abdulraham Yassine scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Sporting KC. Darby Cronin and Cole Stevenson found the back of the net for the home side.

Columbus Crew returned to Development Academy action with resounding success over the weekend.

On Saturday, Crew U18 beat Andromeda 5-0 behind two goals from Zachary Mason and a goal a piece from Zachary Leedom, Gavin Craig, and Nicholas Parianos. In the U16 game, Crew won 2-0 via tallies from Nathan Kohl and Darien Giordano. Both games on Sunday against Solar ended in scoreless draws.

In Texas, Texas Rush U18 and Houston Dynamo played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Texas Rush U16 won the afternoon game 1-0.

Unceremoniously, the Dallas Texans U16 undefeated run came to an end over the weekend. Texans SC Houston ended the streak at 19 games with a 2-0 win on Sunday.

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West Conference:

Vancouver Whitecaps topped San Jose Earthquakes in both games on Saturday. The Whitecaps won the U18 contest 3-0 thanks to goals form Spencer DeBoice, Carlos Marquez, and Yassin Essa. The U16 game ended with the same score. Jordan Haynes, Mitch Piraux, and Carlos Pation scored for the home team.

Pateadores claimed two victories against California Development Academy in Northern California over the weekend. TJ Casner scored the lone goal in the U18 clash. Kevin Delatorre and John Baron recorded tallies in the U16 game.

In Southern California, Chivas USA U18 stormed out to a 3-0 lead before Arsenal mounted a furious comeback late in the second. Ricardo Hernandez and Miguel Gonzalez both scored for Arsenal in the last 20 minutes, but the road team could not find the tying-goal. Jose Dheming provided two great assists for the winning team, which was shorthanded due to Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer traveling to Portland with the full professional team.

Arsenal U16 won the later game 4-3 thanks to the return of Paul Arriola to the roster. Arriola, who had a goal and two assists in the win, was playing high school soccer for the last few months. He fit in seamlessly in his return, but did leave the game early due to an apparent hamstring injury.

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Player ratings from U20's easy win over Cuba

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 5:09de la mañana

Maya Hayes and Katie Stengel each scored twice in the first half, and the U.S. U20 women's national team coasted to an easy 6-0 victory over Cuba. Vanessa DiBernardo and Chi Ubogagu added goals in the second half on the second day of Group B play from Panama.

The win seals the U20's spot in the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Championship with the game against the host on Tuesday to determine the seeding.

READ GAME REPORT

Player ratings (1-10):

Abby Smith, 5. It was an easy day for Smith, no saves required. Did not even see the ball at all in the second half.

Crystal Dunn, 6. Dunn provided another solid performance on Sunday. She raced down the right side all game, and contributed a great assist on the second goal.

Olivia Brannon, 5. She made a couple of tackles, completed some passes, but really there was not much for the defense to do in this game.

Kassey Kallman, 5. See Brannon.

Mollie PathmanMollie Pathman, 6. The captain had her normal strong outing from the right back spot - good set pieces, nice assist, and incisive passing.

Sam Mewis, 7. It was a masterful 45-minute showing from Mewis. She was strong on the tackle, charged through defenders with ease, and allowed Brian to play high up the field.

Morgan Brian, 6. The center midfielder pushed the lines forward for much of the first half, which spread the confused Cuba defense. She showed for the ball well and cut up the competition.

Mandy Laddish, 5. With Brian pushing the line so high, Laddish was lost in space at times. When she did receive the ball, she was a touch too quick trying to force it into the forwards. Seemed more comfortable and confident in the second half when DiBernardo replaced Mewis.

MORE WNT NEWS: U20 women's national team cruises in opener | U17 begins play at La Manga event

Maya Hayes, 6. Hayes found the back of the net twice in the opening 30 minutes, and then disappeared from the game.

Katie Stengel, 7. Stengel only had 45 minutes on the field, but she made the most of it with two great goals in the first half. Her second goal was a touch of class with a splendid turn and composed finish.

Chi Ubogagu, 6. With her combination of skill and speed, Ubogagu should be dominating games. Today, she had a great assist in the opening five minutes, but it was another 80 minutes before she contributed to the stat sheet again.  

Substitutes:

Lindsey Horan, 5. Horan dropped back too deep into the midfield to receive the ball, which allowed the defense to shepherd her away from the goal.

Vanessa DiBernardo, 6. Beyond her well-taken goal, which was stylishly done, it was a quiet half for DiBernardo.

Sarah Killion, 6. Her twenty-minute cameo did not provide much time to influence the proceedings, but she did well connecting passes and seeing the game out.

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Player ratings from U20's easy win over Cuba

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 5:09de la mañana

Maya Hayes and Katie Stengel each scored twice in the first half, and the U.S. U20 women's national team coasted to an easy 6-0 victory over Cuba. Vanessa DiBernardo and Chi Ubogagu added goals in the second half on the second day of Group B play from Panama.

The win seals the U20's spot in the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Championship with the game against the host on Tuesday to determine the seeding.

READ GAME REPORT

Player ratings (1-10):

Abby Smith, 5. It was an easy day for Smith, no saves required. Did not even see the ball at all in the second half.

Crystal Dunn, 6. Dunn provided another solid performance on Sunday. She raced down the right side all game, and contributed a great assist on the second goal.

Olivia Brannon, 5. She made a couple of tackles, completed some passes, but really there was not much for the defense to do in this game.

Kassey Kallman, 5. See Brannon.

Mollie PathmanMollie Pathman, 6. The captain had her normal strong outing from the right back spot - good set pieces, nice assist, and incisive passing.

Sam Mewis, 7. It was a masterful 45-minute showing from Mewis. She was strong on the tackle, charged through defenders with ease, and allowed Brian to play high up the field.

Morgan Brian, 6. The center midfielder pushed the lines forward for much of the first half, which spread the confused Cuba defense. She showed for the ball well and cut up the competition.

Mandy Laddish, 5. With Brian pushing the line so high, Laddish was lost in space at times. When she did receive the ball, she was a touch too quick trying to force it into the forwards. Seemed more comfortable and confident in the second half when DiBernardo replaced Mewis.

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Maya Hayes, 6. Hayes found the back of the net twice in the opening 30 minutes, and then disappeared from the game.

Katie Stengel, 7. Stengel only had 45 minutes on the field, but she made the most of it with two great goals in the first half. Her second goal was a touch of class with a splendid turn and composed finish.

Chi Ubogagu, 6. With her combination of skill and speed, Ubogagu should be dominating games. Today, she had a great assist in the opening five minutes, but it was another 80 minutes before she contributed to the stat sheet again.  

Substitutes:

Lindsey Horan, 5. Horan dropped back too deep into the midfield to receive the ball, which allowed the defense to shepherd her away from the goal.

Vanessa DiBernardo, 6. Beyond her well-taken goal, which was stylishly done, it was a quiet half for DiBernardo.

Sarah Killion, 6. Her twenty-minute cameo did not provide much time to influence the proceedings, but she did well connecting passes and seeing the game out.

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Handicapping 2012 Rookie of the Year race

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 4:59de la mañana

Making the adjustment from college soccer to MLS is no small task.
And over the past two months, pro hopefuls have been battling and working hard in order to impress coaching staff. For some, it's a matter of earning a contract, while others are hoping to earn playing time in their new home.
With the season set to kick off on March 10, TopDrawerSoccer.com is here to breakdown how we think some of the college stars of last fall will do in the pro ranks, setting the odds for the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year race:
MF Luis Silva, Toronto FC - 5/2
Silva looks pretty comfortable in his attacking role with the Reds so far this preseason. Picking up goals in a few games already, Silva has shown the ability to flourish outside the UCSB style of play. 
Kelyn RoweDespite the charming smile you see on the field, Silva showed he is a ruthless finisher in college and should challenge for top goals scored among rookies, if he continues to find time in the TFC midfield. 
If he leads TFC anywhere close to the playoffs, he deserves Rookie of the Year honors and a statue outside BMO Field. 
F Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC - 14/1
After battling for a year as USF's lone striker in the Big East, Dwyer showed he could handle the physical play that any defense threw his way. The 21-year-old netted 16 goals, and led the Bulls to the Elite Eight. 
Sporting KC does not institute a lone striker role though, and Dwyer will have to adjust to combining with other forwards in head coach Peter Vermes' 4-3-3 formation. 
Also, given the depth on the Sporting roster, Dwyer may need to adjust to a reserve role as well. With Soony Saad, Teal Bunbury, and CJ Sapong already headlining a young, talented crop of forwards, minutes may be hard to come by from Dwyer. 
D Tommy Meyer, LA Galaxy - 15/1
The last pick in the first round, Meyer could be pegged as the starting center back with Omar Gonzalez gone for the year with his ACL injury -- barring a major comeback. 
Meyer certainly has the tools to be a starter in MLS one day, but would this be too soon for the Hoosier? He's definitely a sleeper on a good LA team, and could enjoy a smooth transition to a starting role.
MF Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution - 4/1
Before Rowe has even stepped onto the field for the Revolution, questions exist about whether he has the pace, power and physicality to succeed in MLS.
So far, in preseason, Rowe has shown the ability to fit right in with the New England midfield, scoring pretty goals in bunches. And while he'll have his ups and downs, Rowe could be poised to contend for the end of year honors, as he'll get plenty of chances to play and can make his mark in the final third.
F Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps - 6/1
Mattocks made news in preseason when he scored against the Impact, the club who decided not to take him with the first overall pick. And while the Jamaican has the tools to take the league by storm, he'll face an uphill battle for minutes in Vancouver, who boast a number of established MLS forwards. Mattocks will still be able to make an impact (pun intended) but probably not the sort of numbers to standout as the best rookie.
MF/D/F Andrew Wenger, Montreal Impact - 8/1
Three things are working against Wenger's Rookie of the Year hopes. First of all, the first overall pick has never won the award. Second, Wenger will be jetting back and forth from Montreal and Durham as he finishes his degree. And thirdly, it's still unclear where he'll play -- possibly as a forward -- that leaves his Rookie of the Year hopes at steeper odds. 
MF Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew - 5/1
There are plenty of reasons to believe Finlay can succeed in MLS. He's got plenty of talent to spare, and is the sort of hard-working, no-nonsense, versatile player who can make a seamless transition to the pros. Add into that the Crew's lack of depth on the wings, and there's plenty of reason to believe that Finlay could have a great year.
F Casey Townsend, Chivas USA - 12/1
After his excellent season for Maryland, Townsend solidified himself as a poacher extraordinare, able to finish with both feet and his head. The question is how much time he'll see with Chivas, and if he'll be able to convert enough opportunities in order to stake a claim at the accolades.
D Matt Hedges, FC Dallas - 20/1
Already long odds on Hedges getting the playing time in year one took an even bigger hit with news on Friday that FC Dallas center back George John is returning to the club for the immediate future.
In the long run, this is probably a good thing for Hedges' pro future, as he won't be thrown into the fire right away, and will have time to adjust to a new challenge. However, it means that he's a huge long shot to finish this year as the top rookie.
F Chandler Hoffman, Philadelphia Union - 10/1
There is a lot to like about Hoffman's game - he is smart, fast, and great anywhere near goal. 
The problem for Hoffman is playing time. 
Will he carve out enough in his debut campaign to make a significant contribution to the Union? Questionable at this point; but if Hoffman does find a role immediately with the first team, he could help fill the void left by Sebastian Le Toux's exit. The goals are there for someone to score.
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Ramos keeps options open for U20 talent

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 3:06de la mañana

There's a common misperception that when a young talent moves overseas, he's an automatic shoo-in for a youth national team call up.
And while players moving to prominent clubs outside the shores of the United States may always attract attention and headlines, with the recent improvement of the U.S. youth development, it's not necessarily a given.
U.S. U20 coach Tab Ramos communicated as much to his players during the recently concluded U20 camp how the youth technical staff regards the quickly improving Development Academy system.
Tab Ramos"I make it clear to all of them that we really value Academy soccer here and just because someone has signed overseas, it doesn't necessarily mean an automatic ticket to the national team," he told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "We will do our due diligence in terms of finding out what [players abroad] are doing, how much they're playing, what their club thinks about them and how their development is coming along."
This was reflected in Ramos' last roster, as the former U.S. men's national team midfielder continues to evaluate the U20 player pool. Of the 26 players, 10 came after a strong freshmen year in college, 10 from a professional background, and six still involved with Development Academy teams this spring.
And at this stage in the evaluation process it makes sense. But many of the current college players could end up as pros within the next year, be it through an MLS contract or a decision to head overseas.
That kind of a decision could end up increasing the chances of the particular player to standout at the U20 level, provided it's the right destination that fosters development, a player on a pro team could be further along and more ready to contribute than his college-based counterpart.
"There's no secret if we have a player at this point at a professional team, whether that's MLS or overseas, and they're training everyday with professional players and they're getting to play games every weekend, and they're in that type of environment, they're much better off than the college guys who are not really training all the time and not always playing competitive games and that type of stuff," Ramos said.
But playing in college isn't going to rule a player out of the youth national team setup.
"What I like about the college players is that they're used to structure, and they're used to fighting all the time, and there are guys who know how to succeed," Ramos said. "All the guys we've brought in here have done well as freshmen in college, and for them it has been a big jump from playing U-17/U-18 Academy to play as freshmen and actually contributing to good teams."
And similar to his predecessor Thomas Rongen before, Ramos won't rule out looking at American-eligible talent playing abroad either, as he keeps his ears open through contacts in Mexico and Europe.  
"Sometimes we just hear about players, and sometimes it could start as easy as emails I get from agents and then we follow through with our scouts overseas," Ramos said. "We have scouts in Germany, we have people we know in England and obviously people I know in Spain."
U.S. U20 Men's National Team Roster At Recent Camp:
GOALKEEPERS: Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.), Jesus Guzman (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Kamil Kaminski (Legia Warszawa; Berlin, Conn.)
DEFENDERS: AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Christian Dean (California; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Mobi Fehr (Unattached; Tokyo, Japan), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Javan Torre (LA Galaxy Academy; Santa Monica, Calif.) Walker Zimmerman (Furman; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS: Seth Casiple (California; Rocklin, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Matt Dunn (OFK Beograd; Dallas, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Unattached; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (D.C. United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Staten Island, N.Y.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.)
FORWARDS: Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Düsseldorf; Fresno, Calif.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Sean Okoli (Wake Forest; Federal Way, Wash.), Andrew Oliver (Chicago Fire Academy; Indianapolis, Ind.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas)  
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U.S. women's national team defeats Norway 2-1

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 6:04de la mañana
The U.S. Women's National Team scored two second-half goals to defeat Norway 2-1 in its second group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup. After a scoreless first half, Abby Wambach broke through in the 51st minute with her 133rd career international goal and then 21-year-old Sydney Leroux tallied what turned out to be the game-winner in the 81st.

The USA will next meet Japan on March 5 at Estadio Algarve in Faro with a kickoff of 9:10 a.m. ET. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final on July 17 last summer.

The USA heads into the match against the Japanese needing a victory or a tie to win the group and qualify for the championship game, which will be played on March 7.

Japan defeated Denmark 2-0 in the other Group B match, giving both the USA and Japan the full six points from two group matches. The USA holds the advantage in the first tiebreaker - goal difference - having scored seven and allowed just one for a plus-six, while the Japanese have scored four and allowed one for a plus-three.

The USA once again played in 4-4-2 formation but U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made three changes from the starting lineup that faced Denmark on Feb. 29. Sundhage inserted Becky Sauerbrunn in the center of the defense to pair with Christie Rampone and started Stephanie Cox at left back with Tobin Heath at left midfield. Heath played with a light cast on her left arm after breaking a small bone in her wrist during a fall against Denmark.

While neither team could find the net in the first half - Norway had just one shot and it wasn't on goal - the Americans could have scored several goals early. In just the 8th minute, Morgan picked off a Norway pass in the midfield, touched the ball around a defender and raced toward the goal down the left side. She had Wambach making a run up the middle but chose to shoot, and Norwegian goalkeeper Caroline Knutsen was able to dive to parry the near-post drive away for a corner kick.

About five minutes later, Morgan burst through the center of the Norway defense on a breakaway. She ran 40 yards with three players chasing but then cut her left-footed shot wide right of the goal from the top of the penalty area.

Morgan played distributor in the 23rd minute after a nice combination of passes down the right wing got her free to chip a cross into the middle. The ball was headed up in the air by a Norwegian defender and it fell to the leaping Heath at the far post, but her sharp header was pushed away by Knutsen.

Norway played in a 4-5-1 formation that made the midfield quite crowded and possessing the ball in the center of the field difficult, but U.S. center midfielders Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd did a fine job of keeping the U.S. team linked together while helping keep the attacking rhythm going.

On the other end, Norway did create some danger during the game, mostly through quick counter-attacks and set plays but put together its most effective sequences early in the second half.

Besides the goal, Norway's two most dangerous chances came just after the break. In the 48th minute, Lindy Melissa Wiik got free into the right side of the U.S. penalty area and she fired at Hope Solo, but Solo held her ground and pushed the shot away. Just a few minutes later, Solo had to make a similar save at the left post on Elise Thorsnes, but this one she caught.

With those bullets dodged, it was Wambach who put the USA ahead on the next U.S. attack. Wambach started it with a cross from the left side. The ball skipped through the penalty area and out to the right, where Heather O'Reilly ran it down. She played it back into Boxx, who was dispossessed, but the ball rolled right to second half substitute Heather Mitts on the right side. Wambach's former teammate at the University of Florida spun a perfect cross over the pack of players to the left side of the penalty box. Wambach's first touch settled the ball and then she laced a 16-yard shot across the face of the goal, off the right post and in.

It was Wambach's 133rd career international goal and second of the tournament. Mitts became the second U.S. outside back to record an assist in the tournament after Cox got one in the victory against Denmark.

Norway pushed hard for an equalizer, but the U.S. back line in the second half - Cox, Sauerbrunn, Rachel Buehler (who replaced Rampone at halftime) and Mitts did a stellar job of breaking up one Norway counter-attack after another.

Sundhage sent on Amy Rodriguez for O'Reilly in the 58th minute and Sydney Leroux for Morgan in the 77th minute, and the two would combine for the winning goal.

It started when Buehler struck a fantastic weak-side pass from the center to the left wing, covering about 50 yards in the air. Rodriguez collected and ran at her defender down the line before cutting the ball back inside and hitting a cross to the far post. The crashing Leroux jumped over a Norway defender to pound a header into the net from three yards out as both went down in a heap.

It was Leroux's seventh international goal in just seven career games and her second of the tournament.

Norway got on the board with just seconds left after the U.S. let Thorsnes get free in the left side of the penalty area. She did well to keep her composure and power a shot past Solo from close range. The USA didn't even have time to kick off before the final whistle blew. It was the first goal Solo has allowed in 2012 and only the second the U.S. has allowed in its first eight games of the year.
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Broadcast info for all U.S. Olympic Qualifiers

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 9:28de la mañana
Universal Sports Network and NBC Sports Network are set to broadcast every U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team match during the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Universal Sports Network will broadcast all three of the USA's first round matches against Cuba, Canada and El Salvador in Group A from LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The USA's first match at LP Field kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on March 22 against Cuba. The team then takes on Canada at 7 p.m. on March 24, with Group A play wrapping up at 9 p.m. on March 26 against El Salvador.

Should the U.S. advance, it will play the second of two semifinal matches on Saturday, March 31. The all-important match to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics will be played at 9 p.m. ET at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network. The match will re-air at 12 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 1, on Universal Sports Network.

The winner from each semifinal will face each other in the championship game, both having earned a berth to London. The tournament final will also be played in Kansas City and will air live on Universal Sports at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 2.

Every match during the qualifying tournament will also be streamed live on CONCACAF.com.

Group B consists of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago and all matches will be played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Doubleheader events involving these four teams will be held March 23, 25 and 27.
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