U.S. WNT Cruise Past Mexico
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The U.S. WNT cruised their way to victory in Sandy, Utah, defeating Mexico 8-0 in the first of a two-match series.

The dynamic duo are back to their best and were unstoppable. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

The dynamic duo are back to their best and were unstoppable. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

The first half belonged to dynamic duo Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, who stretched the U.S. lead to 4-0 in just 45 minutes.

Both players would score braces, while Whitney Engen, Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux added goals as well. Goalkeeper Hope Solo reached 72 shutouts, the magic number needed to break the all-time shut out record.

Mexico was not much of a threat throughout, and the U.S. was able to keep the ball in their possession easily. In the 12th minute they got on the board first, but it was by means of an own goal scored by Alina Garciamendez.

Alex Morgan was back to her best. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Alex Morgan was ruthless on the night. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Shortly after, Morgan attacked. In the 23rd minute she received the ball and raced towards the box. It looked like a goal was imminent, but at the last minute the ball was knocked away from her. No matter though, because Wambach was there to finish the job, firing a solid shot in to put the U.S. up 2-0.

Morgan continued to make her presence known, intimidating the Mexican back line with numerous breakaways that saw the U.S. forward inch closer to a goal, but she was unable to put the ball away.

Then, in the 36th minute, her golden chance came. Morgan grabbed the ball in the box, going head on with the Mexican goalkeeper and lobbing her shot over and into the net to score the goal she had been looking for.

The final goal before the halftime whistle was put away just four minutes later, and of course, Morgan had a part in orchestrating the play. It came off another one of her speedy breakaways, blasting her shot across the box. The ball flew past the goalkeeper and a defender, and Wambach was there once more to knock it in and set the score 4-0.

The U.S. were just too strong for Mexico. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

The U.S. were just too strong for Mexico. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

The U.S. continued to crush the Mexicans in the second half, thwarting any chances for their North American neighbors. Morgan nabbed a brace in the 55th minute off a Lauren Holiday cross. Just three minutes later, Engen added yet another off a corner to set the score at 6-0.

The goals continued to rain down. In the 69th minute Sydney Leroux made it 7-0 following a corner form Holiday. Five minutes later, Morgan found herself in the box once more with the ball. She struck, but her deadly shot was deflected. O’Reilly was at the edge of the box to send a left footed shot to the back of the net to seal the win 8-0.

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

 

 

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U.S. WNT Prepare to Take on Mexico
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The U.S. WNT will face Mexico tomorrow in Sandy, Utah before traveling to Rochester, NY to play them again Sept. 18.

The pair of friendlies will serve as a nice warm up before the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, where the U.S. will battle for a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Sydney Leroux scoring one of her goals against Mexico. (Getty Images)

Sydney Leroux scoring one of her goals against Mexico. (Getty Images)

Head coach Jill Ellis called up 28 players for a week of training in Salt Lake City before tomorrow’s match, and 18 will be chosen to suit up. Even more importantly, 20 players will also be chosen to play in the qualifiers.

This will be the first meeting between the teams since Sept. 3, 2013 in Washington D.C. where the U.S. took the Mexicans by storm 7-0.  They are 27-1-1 against them overall.

Mexico is ranked third in the CONCACAF and 25th in the world.  They are a favorite in the tournament to qualify for the World Cup. The U.S. is ranked at No.1, with an impressive 85 game unbeaten streak.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo is still on the hunt for one more shut out to break the all-time shutout record, which she shares with goalkeeper great Briana Scurry with 71 shut outs.

Lloyd has been lethal from the midfield.(ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Lloyd has been lethal from the midfield.(ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Abby Wambach leads the team with most career goals (168), followed by midfielder Carli Lloyd (51), Alex Morgan (46) and Heather O’Reilly (40). Not far behind is Sydney Leroux. She has 31 career goals under her belt and has been a scoring machine this year, leading the team with most goals scored thus far.

 

 

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Shea Loaned to Birmingham
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Brek Shea is on the move again, this time the winger is headed to Birmingham City on a three month loan from Stoke City.

Shea has not lived up to the expectations.(Getty Images)

Shea has not lived up to the expectations.(Getty Images)

Shea will drop down a division to the English Championship from the English Premier League, where the former FC Dallas star has been unable to establish himself for the Potters.

Shea has made just three appearances since making the move from Major League Soccer in January 2013 to England, and was reportedly told that he was free to leave Stoke City this summer.

Shea’s tenure at Stoke got off to a poor start when he was injured early on. Shea failed to make his mark when healthy, and his situation hardly improved when the manager who brought him in, Tony Pulis got the sack.

New boss Mark Hughes sent Shea on loan to Championship side Barnsley last season, where the biggest impression the winger made was in making an obscene gesture at the clubs supporters.

Despite his recent struggles, U.S. MNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann has kept Shea in the national team picture, giving the speedy winger every chance to earn a spot on the U.S. World Cup team, a chance Shea spurned.
Klinsmann saw some return on his confidence when Shea scored the winning goal at the 2013 Gold Cup, but lack of playing time with Stoke, and indifferent performances in the national team jersey doomed Shea to spectator status in Brazil.

Shea has been given countless opportunities to prove himself at international level.(Getty Images)

Shea has been given countless opportunities to prove himself at international level.(Getty Images)

Klinsmann is not to first coach to be enamored of Shea’s combination of size, speed and strength, Shea has been a top prospect for years, and had been linked with numerous European suitors before his move to Stoke.

His physical tools have allowed managers to try Shea at a variety of position, from central defense all the way up to striker. Eventually Shea has settled in as a wide left midfielder, but one has to think that time for the 24 year old to make good on all that potential is running out.

A failure with the Brummies would be a huge blow to Shea’s European ambitions, on the other hand Birmingham could be the right spot for Shea to turn things around.

The club has struggled out of the gate to start the new season, so playing time could be available if Shea can impress.

Shea will be hoping to prove himself at Birmingham,ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Shea will be hoping to prove himself at Birmingham,ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Shea’s transition to his temporary club may be helped by the presence of two Americans in the squad, veteran handyman Jonathan Spector and young center back Will Packwood.

In the end it all comes down to how well the flashy attacker performs on the pitch. Promise can get a player only so far, at some point he has to produce. This would seem to be the ideal time for Brek Shea to deliver.

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Special Olympics Vermont Seeks Volunteers
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Special Olympics Vermont is in need of volunteer referees to lend a helping hand at upcoming soccer games!

If you are a referee who is able to volunteer 2-3 hours of time on one or both of the following days, please reach out:

Saturday, October 18th, 9:15am-3:30pm in Northfield



Monday, October 20th, 9:30am-2:00pm in West Rutland



All volunteer referees who can commit before 9/29 (to at least 2-3 hours on the dates below) will have their names entered for a drawing to win one of the following prizes:

-       4 tickets to either a Dartmouth or UVM soccer game this fall

-       4 tickets to either a Dartmouth or UVM hockey game this winter

-       One of three $25 dollar gas gift cards

If you are interested in volunteering for either event or would like further information please contact Terry Boone, Volunteer Coordinator for VSOA/Special Olympics VT at tboonevt@gmail.com or 802-238-9393.

Original post can be found on the Vermont Soccer Association website.

 

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MLS – Big 5
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1) Luca DeLaGarza Passes

The Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS in general, rallied around Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and his wife Megan over the past two weeks, supporting the couple through the tragic loss of their week old son Luca.

DeLaGarza teammates rallied round him during this difficult period. (ISI Photos/David Bernal)

DeLaGarza teammates rallied round him during this difficult period. (ISI Photos/David Bernal)

DeLaGarza’s teammates kept the youngster in their thoughts wearing tee-shirts that read Luca knows heart, while the baby boy battled a congential heart disease. When Luca lost that battle, the Galaxy donned black armbands bearing Luca’s name.

Many players, coaches and teams followed suit, supporting one of their own through a difficult time.

2) Galaxy Beat Colorado 6-0

Although DeLaGarza could not be with his team Friday night at the SubHub Center, he was in his teammates thoughts as they overran the Colorado Rapids 6-0 in a match dedicated to Luca.

Galaxy went on a scoring spree against (ISI Photos/Michael Jonosz)

Galaxy went on a scoring spree against Colorado.(ISI Photos/Michael Jonosz)

The Galaxy have prospered of late, during a busy stretch in which they made up several games in hand, moving up to second in the league in points.

L.A. are just two back of Western Conference, and MLS leading Seattle with 49 points, and with eight games still to play in Landon Donovan’s final season, the Galaxy should head into the playoffs on a high.

3) TFC Drop 2 to Philadelphia

Sometimes teams will receive an upwards bounce in the standings from a coaching change, sometimes not. For Toronto FC, the latter seems to be the case.

When Tim Bezbatchenko showed Ryan Nelsen the door after a 3-0 home loss to New England, TFC were still above the magical red playoff line in the Eastern Conference.

Bezbatchenko remarks were uncalled for. (Getty Images(

Bezbatchenko will have questions to answer if Toronto fail to reach the playoffs. (Getty Images(

Six days later, after being shutout by Philadelphia, away 1-0 on Wednesday, and 2-0 at home on Saturday, TFC sit in seventh place in the East, two spots below the line.

With nine games still to play, TFC can still turn it around, but time is running short for new coach Greg Vanney to get Toronto into the MLS playoffs for the first time.

4) The Jermaine Jones Effect

Alexi Lalas called it a blind draw, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Skype was involved. Either way, the Revolution may just ride the luck of the draw that awarded them, and not the Chicago Fire, Jermaine Jones straight into the MLS playoffs.

Jermaine Jones has looked sharp since joining the MLS. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Jermaine Jones has looked sharp since joining the MLS. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

After a busy summer, Jones wasted little time getting on the field, and the Revs couldn’t be happier. 3-0 since the 32 year old U.S. international’s first appearance, New England’s players have taken quickly to Jones’s rugged and adventurous play.

Jones has two assists already, and his helper on Charlie Davies’s game winner on Saturday against Skype losing Chicago must have been painful to the Fire, said to have been Jones’s first choice.

5) Ronaldinho to Mexico – Not MLS

It has been one of the longest running MLS rumors, the former best player in the world, Brazil’s Ronaldinho, coming to Major League Soccer.

Rondaldinho has played for many wonderful teams including Barcelona.(Getty Images)

Rondaldinho has played for many wonderful teams including Barcelona.(Getty Images)

The rumor took on new life this summer when Ronaldinho’s contract with Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro was terminated by mutual consent. The rumors pegged the New York Red Bulls as Ronaldinho’s likely landing spot, and the Bulls had a DP slot to use, but the move never happened. And now it seems like Ronaldinho to MLS will remain a rumor.

Maybe it’s just as well. Ronaldinho will try conjure his badly faded magic for Queretaro now, in Liga MX, but his glory days at Barcelona are a long time ago.

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U.S. WNT Draw Group A for CONCACAF Qualifiers
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The U.S. WNT will face Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti in Group A of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, yielded in the Final Draw held this morning in Miami, FL.

The U.S. should ease through the group stage. (Getty Images)

The U.S. should ease through the group stage. (Getty Images)

The ladies will open group play against Trinidad & Tobago first, on Oct. 15 in Kansas City. Next, they will face Guatemala in Chicago on Oct. 17 and close out against Haiti on Oct. 20 in Washington D.C.

The tournament features eight countries overall, with Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique competing in Group B. It will run from October 15-26 with the top two finishers advancing to semifinals following group play. The winners of the semifinal matches and the third place match will earn berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth lace team will have to compete in a two-game playoff series against the third-place South American team for the final spot.

Ellis will be looking forward getting her players back in camp. . (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Ellis will make sure her team respects each opponent – no matter what their ranking is. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

“An opponent at this point is an opponent standing between us and the World Cup,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis told USSoccer. “We will prepare for every team with the same respect, resolve and planning while making sure our focus is on our performance. We will approach every game with the intent of maximizing our points and getting to the semifinal.”

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Bocanegra Announces Retirement
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Long time U.S. MNT captain Carlos Bocanegra has announced that he will retire at the end of this MLS season.

 Bocanegra was a great leader for the U.S. (ISI Photos/Nick Turchiaro)

Bocanegra was a great leader for the U.S. (ISI Photos/Nick Turchiaro)

A versatile defender, Bocanegra quietly put together one the finest overseas careers of any American player. “Boca” bookended a 15 year career that began in Chicago in 2000 and ends after this season with Chivas USA, with a long European stint that included stops in England, France, Scotland, and Spain.

Before opting to play soccer at UCLA, the Californian turned down American football scholarships, unsurprising perhaps, given the defender’s athletic, and occasionally robust playing style.

The fourth pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, Bocanegra was an immediate hit, winning both the Rookie of the Year and MLS Defender of the Year that first season.

Bocanegra won a second Defender of the Year award before beginning his career in England with Fulham. An individual highlight of Bocanegra’s time with the Cottagers came in 2006-07 when the defender finished second on the club to fellow American Brian McBride with five goals.

Bocanegra played both center back and left fullback for Fulham, also occasionally lining out as a defensive midfielder.

That versatility would be a hallmark of Bocanegra’s career for both club and country. Bocanegra played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for the U.S., playing left fullback in his two appearances in Germany 2006. Bocanegra captained the Americans at the 2010 Cup in South Africa, where he split the four games between his two primary positions.

Bocanegra retires having scored more goals than any other United States defender, with 14 in his 110 national team caps. Boca captained the Americans in 64 of his 110 caps, but his time with the nats ended badly when U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann stunningly dropped his captain for a February 2013 World Cup qualifier in Honduras.

Bocanegra training in Honduras February 2013. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Bocanegra training in Honduras February 2013. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

The U.S. performed poorly in that 3-1 loss to the home team, but Bocanegra would not play for the U.S. again.

Bocanegra returned to Major League Soccer when he signed with Chivas USA in July, 2013. Injuries, including concussion problems, as well as continued losing, led to a frustrating time for Bocanegra on his return, and now the captain joins Landon Donovan in retirement as U.S. Soccer moves into a new era without these two all time greats.

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Alex Morgan is Coming to South Texas
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American favorite Alex Morgan stepped up tonight after a lengthy absence (Getty Images)

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U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan is heading to Texas in November, and South Texas youth Soccer members will get the chance to play soccer with one of the best!

Morgan along with STYSA are kicking off a fundraiser to benefit TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America and members will get the chance to meet, eat lunch with and even play soccer with her by raising funds.

Morgan will first be in San Marcos Nov. 1 and Houston Nov. 2 for the event. The top 64 players to raise the most money will be able to attend with a parent or guardian.

During the fundraising campaign, as players collect donations, they will receive:

▪   $150 level: A flexible wrist band engraved with Alex Morgan’s “Play Hard, Play Fair” message.

▪   $200 level: A commemorative event T-shirt.

▪   $250 level: An invitation to attend, with a parent or guardian, the Soccer Showcase featuring Alex Morgan including lunch with Alex, pictures and an autograph followed by a Q&A and then a soccer game with the top 64 fundraisers and Alex!

▪   $500 level: A copy of Alex Morgan’s new book, “Win or Lose.”

AT EACH EVENT the top 10 overall fundraisers will sit with Alex during lunch at the head table and the top 2 overall fundraisers will sit next to Alex at lunch. The top 64 overall fundraisers will play in a soccer game with Alex after lunch!

For more information and to register, please visit the STYSA Website.

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U.S. Top Czech Republic in Prague
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The United States Men’s National Team took its first step on the long road to Russia 2018, and it was a successful one, as the Americans defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 Wednesday night in Prague.

Klinsmann . (Getty Images)

Klinsmann experimented with his formation and squa . (Getty Images)

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann reverted to the 4-3-3 formation that he touted when he first took the U.S. reins in 2011, and he sprinkled that formation with a mix of veterans and unproven youngsters.

Brad Guzan took the first turn between the posts while Tim Howard enjoys his international break. Guzan had little to do in a good first half for the visitors, a first half that saw Alejandro Bedoya score the goal that would stand up to give the U.S that 1-0 win.

The home side were lethargic for much of the opening stanza, a surprise with a European qualifier against the Netherlands coming up next week.

Joe Gyau put in a good performance. (ISI Photos/Hunter Dorton)

Joe Gyau put in a good performance. (ISI Photos/Hunter Dorton)

For the young Americans, playing their first national team match since the summer’s World Cup, there was less at stake, and Klinsmann’s advice to express themselves was heeded.

Earning his first cap, Joe Gyau showed well, although his final touch, whether a pass or a shot, never quite came off.

Klinsmann turned to a back four featuring three German-Americans and Michael Orozco, a Mexican-American who plays his club soccer in Mexico. All four gave good accounts of themselves, with Johnson picking up where he left off in Brazil.

For his three man midfield, Klinsmann went with Joe Corona between Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya. All put in solid shifts, in particular Diskerud, who was keen to show a more physical side to his game. A side that Klinsmann had encouraged in the buildup to this match.

Aggressive, and intuitive defending from Diskerud punished a sloppy clearance from Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech, leading to the U.S. goal.

Anticipating the keeper’s pass Diskerud intercepted and powered his way to goal, only to see his shot saved. The rebound fell to the alert Bedoya, who coolly converted his left footed shot.

Julian Green had a good game. (Getty Images)

Julian Green had a good game. (Getty Images)

Julian Green was another young American to play well in that promising first half. Jozy Altidore wore the captain’s armband, and his passing out of some effective hold up play was excellent, although the striker never got a sniff at goal.

The second half was a much different story, in part because of a much more determined effort from the home side, and in part because of the inevitable friendlies drop off that comes from multiple substitutions.

The U.S. used all six allowed subs, with 18 year old Emerson Hyndman and Greg Garza, joining starter Gyau in making their senior debuts. Alfredo Morales earned his second cap, with Rimando, Brek Shea, and Tim Ream also seeing second half minutes.

Bedoya got the lone goal of the game, (ISI PhotosThomas Eisenhuth)

Bedoya got the lone goal of the game, (ISI PhotosThomas Eisenhuth)

With the changes loosening the U.S. grip on the game the home side took over, with only Rimando’s heroics and some shoddy finishing from the Czech’s preserving the U.S. lead. Garza and Ream also had their moments in a second half that mostly consisted of emergency defending from the visitors.

Brek Shea’s performance did little to clear up the ongoing mystery of his continued call ups, but Klinsmann will have more than a few positives to take away from this first step on that long road to Moscow.

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

 

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Donate New or Used Soccer Equipment!
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Courtesy of AYSA

Courtesy of AYSA

Dear AYSA Community,

I am writing you to inquire about the possibility of assistance from you for a charitable task I am about to embark on. Recently I went to Ensenada, Mexico with a group to provide assistance to a foundation that provides support and education to the families of migrate workers. While there I was introduced to two additional organizations:

 Lantern Hill - Lantern Hill located in Ensenada, Mexico is located 98 miles from San Diego. Lantern Hill partners with communities in need helping educate, feed and care for children and families through our various programs, educational opportunities and servant experiences.

Agua Vida Ministries - Agua Viva Ministry seeks to share the love and message of Jesus Christ with the people of Mexico while creating opportunities for American groups to explore and experience the challenges and rewards of missionary work. American groups of all ages come to serve through such activities as Vacation Bible School, medical clinics, construction projects, women’s Bible study, sports evangelism, and other ministries.

So, what do I ask of you? Having visited these organizations recently and not really speaking very much Spanish, the one language I was able to communicate with was Soccer.

I am going back to Ensenada to volunteer for these organizations from Labor Day until early December.  I am looking for any soccer equipment you may able to donate that I can take to the children of Ensenada. These children could never dream of affording even a ball, in fact the soccer ball I brought was the first real soccer ball many of the kids had ever actually played with. Another group actually had a ball, but it was missing a lot of its outer covering and was not even inflated.  Soccer balls are a very insignificant possession for most, and something we club players take for granted because we often have several lying around. However a soccer ball would mean the world to the children I met while in Ensenada. I will take whatever you may be able to offer, new or used equipment.

Sincerely,

Alexis Pierce 

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DROP OFF LOCATIONS:  AYSA Office

East Valley – Contact Kim Pierce at kimpierce75@aol.com

Original story can be found on the Arizona Youth Soccer Website.

 

 

 

 

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Mia Hamm is Coming to Missouri
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Courtesy of MYSA

Courtesy of MYSA

World Soccer legend Mia Hamm is heading to Missouri in October, and Missouri Youth Soccer members will get the chance to play with one of the best!

Hamm along with MYSA are kicking off a fundraiser for the MYSA Passback Program and DASA (Disabled Athletes Sports Association), and MYSA members will get the chance to meet, eat lunch with and even play soccer with her by raising funds.

Each player raising $250 will attend lunch with Mia Hamm on October 26th, with a parent or guardian.  Lunch includes any one item autographed, a picture with Mia, followed by lunch with Mia, a Q&A, and finally a soccer game with Mia and the top 64 fundraisers broken into 4 separate age based games. Each game is 10 minutes and Mia will play 5 minutes for both teams.

The top 10 overall fundraisers sit with Mia at lunch.  The top 2 overall fundraisers sit next to Mia!

For more information and to register, please visit the MYSA website.

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Swope Soccer Village to Host Missouri & Kansas Fall Tournaments
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Courtesy of MYSA

Courtesy of MYSA

Sporting Club announced on Tuesday that Swope Soccer Village will host the top Under-15 thru Under-18 girls soccer teams in the states of Missouri and Kansas during the fall 2014 editions of the following four tournaments:

  • Missouri State Cup
  • Missouri Presidents Cup
  • Kansas State Cup
  • Kansas Presidents Cup

The semifinals of each competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 and will determine the championship matches, to be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the lead-up to the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship on the Swope Soccer Village championship field.

The State Cup tournaments are considered the highest level of youth competition in the states. The winners will represent their respective state at the Region II Championships in Appleton, Wisconsin (June 2015) on the road to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 2015).

The Presidents Cup tournaments also provide a path to regional and national competition through U.S. Youth Soccer. The winners will advance to the Region II Presidents Cup Championships in St. Louis, Missouri (June 2015) with the opportunity to earn a berth in the National Presidents Cup Championships in Overland Park, Kansas (July 2015).

“Missouri Youth Soccer is extremely excited to bring the Fall Missouri State Cup and Presidents Cup tournaments to Swope Soccer Village along with Kansas Youth Soccer,” said Jake Griesenauer, Missouri Youth Soccer Association’s Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity for our participating teams to not only enjoy a tremendous soccer atmosphere with the Big 12 women’s tournament being played at the same time, but to also be seen in front of many college coaches. We could not have brought these events together without the help of numerous groups, including Raytown SC, the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association and the Sunflower Soccer Association.”

Please visit the Missouri Youth Soccer Association website for the full story and more information.

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Alex Morgan is Coming to Florida
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U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan is heading to Florida in November, and FYSA will get the chance to play soccer with one of the best!

Morgan along with Florida Youth Soccer are kicking off a fundraiser to benefit Florida TOPSoccer, and FYSA members will get the chance to meet, eat lunch with and even play soccer with her by raising funds.

Morgan will first be in Tampa on Nov. 15 and then Boca Raton on Nov. 16. The top 64 players to raise the most money will be able to attend with a parent or guardian.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Florida Youth Soccer to raise both money and awareness for Florida TOPSoccer program,” she said. “I can’t wait to meet all the young soccer players of Florida on November 15th and 16th!”

During the fundraising campaign, as players collect donations, they will receive:

  • $150 level: A flexible wrist band engraved with Alex Morgan’s “Play Hard, Play Fair” message.
  • $200 level: A commemorative event T-shirt.
  • $250 level: An invitation to attend, with a parent or guardian, the Soccer Showcase featuring Alex Morgan including lunch with Alex, pictures and an autograph followed by a Q&A and then a soccer game with the top 64 fundraisers and Alex!
  • $500 level: A copy of Alex Morgan’s new book, “Win or Lose.”

AT EACH EVENT the top 10 overall fundraisers will sit with Alex during lunch at the head table and the top 2 overall fundraisers will sit next to Alex at lunch. The top 64 overall fundraisers will play in a soccer game with Alex after lunch!

For more information and to register, please visit the FYSA website.

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MLS – Big 5
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Toronto FC dominated the Labor Day weekend/transfer deadline news in MLS to such a degree that this week we feature a first. Our MLS Big 5 will be dedicated to one club, so here it is, our TFC – Big 5.

1) Nelsen Out

Ryan Nelsen was shown the door less than two full seasons after retiring as an active player from EPL club Queens Park Rangers to take the Toronto job in a much ballyhooed move.

QPR's Ryan Nelsen (L) cut his playing career short  to go and manage Toronto F.C. - many felt he still had the quality to continue his playing career(Getty Images)

QPR’s Ryan Nelsen (L) cut his playing career short to go and manage Toronto F.C. – many felt he still had the quality to continue his playing career(Getty Images)

But Nelsen compiled a 15-26-17 record and this weekend lost out in a power struggle with GM Tim Bezbatchenko. The GM has become the top man at TFC with the impending departure of Tim Leiweke as the head of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), TFC’s owners.

You may remember that Leiweke ran AEG, and was given a big share of the credit when David Beckham came to MLS and AEG club, the L.A. Galaxy.

Now, despite the glamor signings of Defoe and Michael Bradley, Leiweke leaves TFC alongside Nelsen, abruptly and seemingly in a bit of a mess.

2) Defoe Stays Put in Toronto

There was said to be heavy English interest in Jermain Defoe, including what Bezbatchenko called a “record” transfer offer. The GM who sparked a war of words with Nelsen that led the New Zealander to respond, was strangely coy with his account of this record offer.

Defoe will not be going back to play in the EPL this season.Getty Images)

Defoe will not be going back to play in the EPL this season.Getty Images)

Bezbatchenko said the offer was a record for TFC, and “may have exceeded” the league high.

Why not just give a number?

3) He Said, He Said.

Nelsen was none too happy with his now ex-GM’s remarks following Saturday’s blowout home loss to New England, reacting like a man who knew the writing was on the wall.

Bezbatchenko remarks were uncalled for. (Getty Images(

Bezbatchenko knew what he was saying with his comments.. (Getty Images(

Bezbatchenko said before the match that Toronto’s players needed to “step it up.” A harmless enough cliche, but Nelsen wasn’t having it.

Nelsen responded angrily, saying “I won this league (as a DC United player), I’ve played in the World Cup.” Nelsen added, “one thing I know, this was not a pressure game.”

Nelsen felt that the GM’s remarks, “absolutely,” put unnecessary pressure on his players before the New England game.

4) Greg Vanney Takes Over

Oh, yeah Greg Vanney takes the TFC job, becoming the ninth coach in the franchise’s eighth season. Only two of the previous coach’s were interim.

Greg Vanney (Getty Images)

Greg Vanney takes over. (Getty Images)

As for Vanney, he is a former U.S. MNT defender and original MLS player. Vanney also played in France, and earned 36 national team caps between 1996 and 2006.

Vanney has served as an assistant coach with Chivas USA, and was Toronto’s Assistant GM and Academy Director at the time of his hiring.

5) What about the Playoffs?

Toronto, of course, has never qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs, so understandably that is a priority. The Defoe and Michael Bradley acquisitions coming into the 2014 season looked good when TFC started the year well, but a recent swoon has the club battling for a playoff spot.

Vanney will have precious little time to learn on the job, and he won’t have Nelsen’s assistants to lean on. Bezbatchenko also fired virtually all of the previous support staff.

Vanney also, like Nelsen, will have to wait on Defoe. The striker has missed several games of late, and Toronto are unsure of his return date.

Can Vanney get TFC to the promised land? Well, five teams qualify from each conference, and the new coach inherits a fourth place team with 10 games still to play. Toronto are level on points with third place New England, and fifth place Columbus, two ahead of New York, and three up on Philadelphia.

TFC has more games remaining than any of their Eastern Conference competitors, a potential advantage. The countdown starts this week for TFC with a home and home series against Philadelphia.

TFC visit PPL Park on Wednesday, before hosting the Union on Saturday. Six big points are at stake as coach number nine tries to get Toronto to the playoffs for the first time.

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