Foxborough, Mass was a blaze this evening as the U.S. WNT defeated Korea Republic 4-1 in a thrilling game with goals scored by Kristie Mewis, Lauren Cheney, Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach.
Kristie Mewis in action against Korea. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)
Boston local Kristie Mewis and Lauren Cheney opened up scoring with two back-to-back goals early on. But the second half was what really got fans jumping with Hope Solo returning to the net for her first time with the US WNT since her operation, replacing Nicole Barnhart in the 46th minute and finishing the remainder with a clean sheet.
University of Virginia Morgan Brian stepped onto the field in the last 20 minutes, a huge smile on the 20-year-old’s face as she scooped up her very first U.S. cap.
And to round out the evening, Abby Wambach delighted fans scoring the final U.S. goal and inching one step closer to Mia Hamm’s record of 158. It was Wambach’s 156th goal.
Mewis acknowledged her homecoming with a goal within the first three minutes of the first half! Sydney Leroux crossed the ball into the box and the Korean goalkeeper just managed to get a finger on it, but not before Mewis finished it off in the net.
Then, Cheney got the ball from a cheeky backheel pass from Tobin Heath in the left side of the box. She neatly placed it past the keeper to the near post, making it 2-0 for the Americans with with just seven minutes on the clock.
The Koreans were not deterred and gave the U.S. a physical and unpredictable end to the first half. The U.S. back line let their guard down for a brief second, and midfielder Cho Sohyun was left wide open and scored from 15 yards out in the 25th minute.
The halftime whistle sounded and the score stood at 2-1.
The second half got under way with the U.S. continuing to dominate the play, this was only a prelude of things to come.
Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal with the team. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)
Carli Lloyd broke through in the 56th minute the best way she knew how, throwing the opposition off guard with a powerful straight shot goal from 30 yards out! The Korean goalkeeper was left sitting stunned inside the net and the U.S. cushioned their lead 3-1.
The Koreans refused to back down and pushed the U.S. to the brink. They created a few chances to score, including a wide open shot at the box in the 82nd minute, but were not able to capitalize with Solo on guard.
Abby came on the second half with determination to get on the scoresheet. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)
Wambach came in for the second half and was itching for a goal, her mission to reach Mia Hamm’s golden 158 record apparently on her mind. She tried several times to score, including some signature headers, but Korean defense was impeccable, shutting down every chance.
Finally, in stoppage time, a penalty kick was awarded to the U.S. and Wambach found herself face to face with the Korean goalkeeper. It happened in slow motion, the set up, the kick, the goalkeeper scrambling for the save, and the ball hitting the net for the 4-1 finish and the U.S. win.
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic Date: June 15, 2013 Competition: International Friendly Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET Attendance: 13,035 Weather: 71 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F USA 2 2 4
KOR 1 0 1
USA – Kristie Mewis (Sydney Leroux) 3rd minute
USA – Lauren Cheney (Tobin Heath) 7
KOR – Cho Sohyun (Jeoun Eunha) 26
USA – Carli Lloyd (Heather O’Reilly) 57
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick) 90+3
The 2012-2013 season is officially over and we at GotSoccer takes a look at some of the best goals scored from around the globe during the season. The list below is by no means definitive, rather some of our favorite goals for all manners of reasons — skill, teamwork, outrageousness and of course sneakiness.
With the 20th FIFA World Cup due to take place in less than a year, all eyes will be on Brazil over the next two-weeks as they stage the Confederations Cup, which many view as a ‘dry run’ for summers’s big event.
The competition is contested by the champions of the six FIFA confederations (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the World Cup holders and the host nation, meaning in all eight teams compete.
The atmosphere should be amazing and we should see some pretty impressive soccer too. (Getty Images)
This year’s Confederations Cup will see minnows Tahiti pit their wits against more established soccer nations like Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, Nigeria, and Japan.
The tournament will be the first time FIFA have employed goal-line technology at any senior international tournament. German-based manufacturer GoalControl will be used in Brazil and will continue at the World Cup a year later, provided the performance reaches the requirements.
The tournament started life out as the King Fahd Cup (Confederations Winners Cup or Intercontinental Championship) in 1992 and was organized by and held in Saudi Arabia contesting the Saudi national side and some continental champions.
In 1997, FIFA took over the organization of the tournament and named it the FIFA Confederations Cup. Originally the competition took place every two-years, but since 2005 it has been held every four years.
This year’s Confederations Cup, as with prior tournaments, will be held in the country poised to host the following year’s World Cup, which in this is Brazil. The tournament will provide Brazil with an opportunity to hold a ‘dress rehearsal’ ahead of next summer’s main event.
Nevertheless, with some of the world’s biggest players on show, this year’s competition promises to be as competitive and exciting as ever.
Brazil, who qualified as hosts, won the Confederations Cup in 2005 and 2009. The record five time winners of the World Cup are currently ranked at an all-time low of 22 in the FIFA rankings. However, their fall from grace has more to do with the fact they have only played friendly games in the last two years—by virtue of qualifying for the World Cup through being the host nation—and have thus earned fewer points than they would have under normal circumstances through FIFA’s complex ranking system.
The Brazilian fans will have high expectations for their team. (Getty Images)
But Brazil have struggled for form during the last two years and there is no denying they are not the formidable side they once were. Nevertheless, they are still a top team and will be chomping at the bit to play their first competitive soccer in a long time.
All eyes will be fixed on Neymar who joined Spanish giants Barcelona for a whopping $74m.
The 21-year-old has been dubbed the ‘next Pelé’ and has lived up to the tag by leading Santos to their greatest run since the Pele stopped playing for the club in the 1970s.
Neymar will be the face of the tournament. (Getty Images)
Despite scoring 20 goals in 33 appearances for his country, Neymar has yet to shine on the international stage, but with such raw talent at his disposal it really is only a matter of time.
Concacaf’s representative at this year’s Confederations Cup, Mexico qualified for the competition after defeating the U.S. 4-2 in last year’s Gold Cup final. La Verde are competing in the tournament for the fourth time and will be hoping to emulate the Mexico squad of 1999 who won the competition on home soil.
Mexico will hope they can the same success they had at the London Olympics. (Getty Images)
Big things were expected of Mexico after they achieved gold at last summer’s Olympics, but they have struggled during the World Cup qualifiers, winning only one of their six games, and currently sit third in the group on eight points.
Nicknamed Chicharito (little pea), the forward played an integral part in Mexico’s qualification for the competition, scoring seven goals to help Mexico win the 2011 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Chicharito will definitely be a player to watch. (Getty Images)
The Manchester United player may have seen his playing time restricted this season by the arrival of Robin van Persie, but Chicharito did have the best minutes-to-goals ratio of all regular players in the EPL last season—one goal every 97-minutes— and managed to bag an impressive 18 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.
The Italians are not champions of their confederation but qualified by being runners-up at Euro 2012, as Spain who won last year’s competition are also world champions.
Italy’s playmaker Andrea Pirlo (C) with teammates infront of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio. (Getty Images)
The Italians are making only their second appearance at the Confederations Cup and will be hoping to give a better showing than their last appearance in 2009 when as world champions they crashed out at the group stage.
Love him or hate him, there is no denying the ability and potential of Italian forward Mario Balotelli. The former Manchester City player struggled during his time in the EPL, but has blossomed since moving back to Italy in January with 12 goals in 13 appearances for AC Milan.
There is no doubt the Italian striker can make a huge difference to any game. (Getty Images)
However, the Italian is still somewhat of a loose canon who can explode into life at any given time during a game with a moment brilliance or madness.
The 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners may not be one of the biggest draws of the tournament, but are a solid and technical team who should prove to be tough opposition for the rest of the sides in Group A.
Japan have already qualified for Brazil 2014 and will use this as trial run. (Getty Images)
The 2001 Confederations Cup runners-up recently became the first team, after hosts Brazil, to qualify for next year’s World Cup and have a fantastic record under coach Alberto Zaccheroni (W23 D9 L5).
The Japanese attacking midfielder has yet to set the EPL alight, but has shown glimpses of the form that persuaded Manchester United to purchase him from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
Kagawa has gained wonderful experience with playing in Europe. (Getty Images)
Known for his vision, technique, movement and deft passing, the 24-year-old also possesses an eye for goal having scored 13 times in 39 appearances for Japan.
Number one ranked team Spain are definitely the team to beat in this year’s competition. La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) are the reigning World Cup and European Champions.
Spain will be hoping they can prove they still are the team to beat.(Getty Images)
Barcelona’s indifferent form in this season’s Champions League suggests that the core of the Spanish side may be past their best. Nevertheless, Spain are top and unbeaten in their qualifying group for the World Cup thus far and will start the Confederations Cup as favorites.
Most of the Spanish creative play will go through Iniesta. (Getty Images)
Spain are blessed with a pool of talented players, but their key performer over the last few years has more often or not been Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta. The 29-year-old, who was named the player of last year’s Euros in Poland and Ukraine, has a knack for playing well and scoring in big games, and along with teammate Xavi will be central to most of Spain’s attacking play.
The 2011 Copa America champions were expected to breeze through World Cup qualification after finishing fourth at the last World Cup. But despite an impressive start to qualification Uruguay have struggled with their form, winning just one of their last seven qualification games, and now look unlikely to finish in an automatic qualifying spot for Brazil 2014.
Uruguay always perform on the big stages.(Getty images)
Nevertheless, the two-time World Champions are not a team to be trifled with and the thought of facing their attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani will no doubt have opposing defenses shaking in their cleats.
The Liverpool forward may seem to always be in the headlines for the wrong reasons, but he has been one of the best strikers in the world this year.
Luis Suarez always seems to carry controversy wherever he plays. (Getty Images)
Suarez scored an impressive 30 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, and his record for Uruguay is also impressive with 32 goals in 64 games. But the Uruguayan is more than just a goal scorer, blending skill and trickery with passion and tenacity.
The small nation with a population of only 178,000 qualified for the Confederations Cup by beating New Caledonia 1-0 in the 2012 Oceania Nations Cup, to become the first side other than Australia or New Zealand to win the tournament since it began back in 1973.
This will be the biggest stage that these players will ever play on. (Getty Images)
Tahiti’s squad has only one professional player, Marama Vahirua, 33, a former French Under-21s international who has yet to play a senior international. The rest of the squad is comprised of entirely amateur players including office workers, laborers, school teachers and salesmen.
Steevy Chong Hue
The 23-year-old striker scored the goal that helped Tahiti win their historic Oceania Nations Cup last year and book their place at this year’s Confederations Cup.
Steevy Chong Hue will be hoping that he can make an impression at this tournament. (Getty Images)
Chong Hue, who plays his soccer for Tahiti first division side AS Dragon, has scored an impressive nine goals in only 17 games for Tahiti.
Nigeria celebrating their African Cups of Nations. (Getty Images)
The 2013 African Cup of Nations winners are rumored to have almost not flown to Brazil amidst internal politics regarding to pay. In fact, the Super Eagles are sending a relatively inexperienced squad to Brazil with key names like Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, IK Uche, Kalu Uche and Obafemi Martins all missing.
The Chelsea midfielder is the biggest and most experienced name in the Nigerian squad. The performance of the Super Eagles in Brazil is likely to depend on how well Mikel plays—his performance at 2013 nations Cup played a key role in Nigeria winning the tournament.
Mikel (L) will have to step up and lead this inexperienced team. (Getty Images)
Mikel’s leadership and ability to anchor the midfield will be crucial to this fairly inexperienced Super Eagles team.
Last year’s U.S. Open Cup winners Sporting Kansas City, were shockingly eliminated from the tournament by Orlando FC, SKC’s U.S.L. affiliate, with a 1-0 loss Wednesday night in Kansas City.
Tan was the hero on the evening. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)
Sporting, who were minus six players due to international commitments, had sought to mitigate those losses when they forbade four of their players on loan to Orlando from playing against them in this match, avoiding Dom Dwyer, Orlando’s top scorer. That left it up to Long Tan, the ex Vancouver Whitecap and DC United man, to pick up the slack and score the game’s only goal in the game’s first minute. Despite having 89 minutes to erase Orlando’s lead, Sporting couldn’t get the job done and Orlando move on to the the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals against the Chicago Fire.
Another MLS team bit the dust Wednesday night, but it was only Chivas USA, who fell 3-1 to the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, North Carolina. The RailHawks win on Wednesday night completed their sweep of Los Angeles area MLS clubs, the Hawks knocked off the Galaxy 2-0 on May 30th.
In other U.S. Open Cup results from this week, FC Dallas hammered Houston 3-0, Real Salt Salt Lake scored three times in overtime to stun the Charlotte Battery, after the Battery had jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Salt Lake rookie Deval Sandoval was the hero, scoring two goals and earning a penalty that Joao Plata converted.
Kelyn Rowe (L) got a brace for New England. (ISI Photos?Andrew Katsampes)
Portland eliminated the Tampa Bay Rowdies on a 2-0 shutout and Chicago defeated Columbus 2-1 on Thursday afternoon after bad weather had postponed the match on Wednesday. With two goals Kelyn Rowe was the man as New England doubled up the New York Red Bulls 4-2 in front of a sold out crowd at Harvard’s Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
DC United bested the Philadelphia Union 3-1 behind a hat trick from captain Dwayne De Rosario. Coming on the heels of a 0-0 tie at red hot New England on Saturday, this could be the first signs of a turnaround for United, who have struggled mightily this season.
Here are the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal matchups:
New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. MT
Portland Timbers (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. CT
It’s not Pele, but the New York Cosmos have signed veteran Marcos Senna from La Liga side Villarreal. By signing the former Spanish international the revived Cosmos, who have not played an official game since 1984, continue to make news ahead of their return to the field this August in the North American Soccer League.
Senna won his first cap for Spain in 2006 after being granted citizenship and went onto earn 28 caps. (Getty Images)
In the wake of word that Major League Soccer had awarded the league’s 20th franchise to the Manchester City/New York Yankee group, to be called New York City FC, the Cosmos have fought against charges of irrelevance with a series of announcements.
In the last couple of weeks the club signed a sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines, announced a television deal with One World Sports, opened their training facility at Mitchell Field on Long Island, signed a young Japanese player on loan, and now the signing of the 37 year old Senna.
Senna will take some time off to recover from Villarreal’s just completed Segunda 2 season, a season that concluded with a promotion securing win for the Yellow Submarine, who will be back in La Liga next season. Senna played 33 games this campaign and his wealth of experience he should be a boon to the Cosmos, who start their season August 8th against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Cosmos home field of Hofstra University, in Hempstead Long Island.
The Bronx Takes ON Queens For NYC FC
Taking advantage of the recent opposition in Queens to the proposed MLS stadium, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has invited Commissioner Don Garber to consider the Bronx for New York City FC’s new home.
Irish and Spanish friendly recently played at the Yankee Stadium. (Getty Images)
In an open letter to Garber, Diaz Jr. points out that the borough’s Yankee Stadium recently hosted the Spain vs. Ireland game, attended by close to 40,000. Naturally the politician mentioned the Yankees, part owners of NYC FC, as well as a tennis center and ice skating venue that are coming to his borough.
But Diaz Jr.’s best jibe came in reference to stadium opposition in Queens, when the Borough President said, “it appears there’s little enthusiasm for world class soccer in Queens.” No location for a Bronx stadium was given by Diaz Jr. and it is election season in New York City, so this may simply be a publicity grab from a savvy political operator
Construction in Tucson, AZ began April 12 to build two new soccer fields, one at Doolen Middle School and another at Grant Country Club.
Proceeds were collected from the Tucson Association of REALTORS and Fort Lowell Soccer Club Shootout along with contributions from the soccer community and private donors
Curt Cannon, who serves as the volunteer Director of Operations with Fort Lowell Soccer Club explained how the Doolen project is being put together. “With seed money from the Shootout, we have been able to create a community effort that will address the needs of the soccer community for more lit fields,” said Cannon. “While Fort Lowell Soccer Club did the ground work and will fund the majority of the project with proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout, Pima County Junior Soccer League, Tucson Mountain Soccer Football Club, TUSD, the City of Tucson, and private donors have all contributed to make this project a reality.”
Read the full story on the AYSA website: Click here
The 2013 Arizona State Cup Championship held at the Grande Sports World Complex in Casa Grande, AZ concluded May 5 and over 165 teams participated.
Congratulations to all of the teams for their hard work and dedication! The following teams will represent AYSA in the Far West Regionals this month in Honolulu, HI. For more information please visit the AYSA website: Click Here
Now fans around the country will be able to sit back and enjoy the NWSL. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)
It’s official- NWSL fans can finally watch their favorite teams tear up the pitch on TV.
Today the NWSL announced the 2013 National Television Schedule with FOX Sports Media Group to broadcast live matches for the remainder of the season.
FOX Soccer channel will air the first game on July 14 at 8:30 PM ET when Seattle Reign FC will take on Washington Spirit in an east and west coast showdown.
Nine matches in all will be featured, with six regular season matches consisting of one televised game per week with each team appearing at least one time before playoffs. The remaining two semifinal matches on Aug 24, and the Championship on Aug 31 will also be televised.
Indy Eleven Professional Soccer announced Juergen Sommer as the club’s new Director of Soccer Operations and head coach this week in Indianapolis.
Former Indiana University standout and U.S. international goalkeeper legend, Sommer is the man for the job and has been an integral part of soccer in Indiana, retiring there after a 12-year pro career. He will build the club’s roster and technical staff before leading Indy Eleven during the inaugural season in 2014.
“I’m thrilled we were able to hire our top choice and maintain our commitment to do so with an Indiana-connected coach,” Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven said in a press release. “Juergen’s knowledge, leadership, experience, connections and vision all are superb and in line with the qualities needed to make Indy Eleven successful. I look forward to working with Juergen to help build a team Indiana soccer fans will be proud to support.”
Read the full story, visit the ISA Facebook page: Click Here
We Are Going to Brazil! We are Going to Brazil! The chant rang out from the Seattle crowd of 40,847 with over 30 minutes still to play in the United States 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday night.
The U.S. fans had much too cheer about. (Getty Images)
The crowd’s confidence was justified as the U.S. moved to the top of the Hex standings with the most impressive win of the Jurgen Klinsmann era to date. The Americans were sharp from the opening whistle, immediately running at the Panamanian defense, who may be questioning their decision to sit back and absorb U.S. pressure in a defensive posture.
With the Yanks pressing early Michael Bradley was unlucky to have his shot kept out of Panama’s net by the foot of Clint Dempsey with the game being played almost entirely in the Canaleros end of the field. Jozy Altidore should have been awarded a penalty, after powering past his marker in a play reminiscent of his Confederations Cup goal versus Spain in 2010.
Jozy Altidore has been absolutely fantastic for the U.S.(ISI Photos/John Todd)
All that pressure finally paid off for the U.S. in the 35th minute when Altidore finished a wonderful move with a deft finish. Geoff Cameron started the play with a good steal, springing midfield partner Michael Bradley. Bradley pushed hard up the pitch, feeding Fabian Johnson out wide. Johnson’s cross was perfect, beating the defense and finding Altidore at the back post where the red hot striker took his chance.
With Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi unavailable in Seattle, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann turned to Geoff Cameron and Eddie Johnson as their replacements. Both would more than justify Klinsmann’s faith in them on what would be a very good night for both players and an even better one for their coach.
Geoff Cameron stepped up to the game and had an outstanding performance(ISI Photoss/Rick Osentoski)
After a slow start to the second half those two players combined for a clinching goal that got the boisterous Seattle crowd chanting. Eight minutes into the second half Cameron picked out Eddie Johnson with a perfect ball over the top of the Panama backline. EJ held up his run perfectly, controlled the pass with a soft first touch and took his chance with aplomb. The crowd erupted as the Seattle Sounder Johnson’s shot settled into the twines.
With Panama reeling the U.S. were having fun and going for a third goal. DaMarcus Beasley hit the upright, Dempsey bounced a shot off the crossbar from an Altidore rebound and the fans were loving it. Panama tried to get back into the match and Tim Howard was forced to make a big save in the game’s dying moments.
Eddie Johnson in action against Panama. (ISI Photo/John Todd)
The Americans had good performances all over the field, particularly going forward. Altidore and Dempsey seem to be building a genuine understanding, and received great support from Bradley, Cameron, both Johnson’s and fullback Beasley.
The only negatives for the USMNT on this night were another brain freeze from Omar Gonzalez on the late play that brought Howard’s big save. Brad Evans had his hero moment on Sunday in Jamaica, but the Seattle Sounder had some troubles Tuesday in his home stadium. Panama winger Alberto Quintero had the beating of Evans much of the night, although good work from Gonzalez and Cameron kept the damage to a minimum. A late yellow card means that DaMarcus Beasley will have to miss out next Tuesday when the U.S. takes on Honduras in Sandy, Utah, the other bad news on what was a very good night for the Americans.
Tuesday’s win puts the U.S. at the top of the Hex, two points clear of second place Costa Rica, with 10 points from five games and five matches left to play. Check below for all the stats.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
PAN 0 0 0
USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson) 36th minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (Geoff Cameron) 53
OSA is hosting a week long goalkeeper boot camp July 29- Aug 1 at All Star Sports Complex in Tulsa, OK.
The camp is open to boys and girls aged 9-19 and will run 8am-12pm each day. Get ready to learn! The camp will cover everything that is important for a goalkeeper to know, including technique, basic catching to distribution and dealing with crosses and power diving.
At the end of the week, local players will join the camp for some fun games so goalkeepers can work on tactical awareness and reading the game.
Sign up for this educational boot camp now! For more information please visit the OSA website.
The United States head into tonight’s showdown in Seattle with Panama battling not just the Canaleros, but also the injury bug. The home side are just one goal behind Costa Rica, level on points with seven, at the top of the Hex. Panama are in fourth, but only a point back with six. So yeah, things are tight.
Geoff Cameron will be hoping to get the opportunity to prove himself. (ISI Photoss/Rick Osentoski)
The Yanks will miss Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi, we know that much, but who will replace them and will they fill the bill? Jurgen Klinsmann can take the safe route and turn to Geoff Cameron to take on Jones’ role. If it is Cameron, the Stoke handyman will be asked to stay at home as a defensive midfielder, with Michael Bradley playing the more advanced role. With Jones in the team, he and Bradley are inclined to switch roles. There are other options, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Joe Corona, but I am expecting Cameron to get the nod.
Graham Zusi (R) will miss the game due to a suspension. (ISI Pohots/Rick Osentoski)
Graham Zusi picked up a yellow card versus Jamaica and will miss the game. As important as the Jones/Bradley pairing is to the U.S., and it is very important, at the moment Zusi could be an even bigger loss to the U.S.
The reason being the lack of an ideal replacement and the somewhat disappointing performance by Fabian Johnson versus Jamaica. Johnson wasn’t awful and he showed signs of what he can bring in the Jamaica game; speed, passing ability and attacking verve, he just didn’t show enough of it.
The U.S. will be hoping to get another win under their belt. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)
An improved Fabian Johnson is important, but who will play on his opposite flank, and where will Johnson line out. If Eddie Johnson gets the start, Fabian could play on the right, Zusi’s side. Holden, Kljestan and Corona are all right sided players, and could see action. Edgar Castillo replaced Johnson last Sunday and may get another run. Herculez Gomez has been sent to Los Angeles for treatment, so he can’t help. My hunch here is that Eddie Johnson gets the start. The Seattle Sounders striker has the speed to stretch any defense and that could be key against a stingy Panama defense.
We know that Panama will be missing their top scorer Blas Perez from FC Dallas. Perez has 10 goals in qualifying second, surprisingly enough to Deon McCauley of Belize. Another surprise? Tied with Perez at 10, Antigua and Barbuda’s Peter Byers.
Panama are likely to pack it in on the road tonight, especially with Perez out. The playing surface, sod placed on top of FieldTurf usually plays slow. U.S. players have not been critical so far, we’ll see how they feel after the game. A slow surface could hamper the Americans who are more likely to push the pace at home, looking for the win.
Panama have tied three games in the Hex; Mexico and Costa Rica at home and at Jamaica at the Office. They also beat Honduras 2-0 at home. So they know how to play for a tie, and tonight’s game has that feel.
A slow field, a good defensive team parking the bus, and the U.S. missing a couple of key players. The win at Jamaica set the U.S. up for a nine point clean sweep of these three WCQ games. Unfortunately tonight looks like a tie.
The U.S. U20 WNT traveled to Gavle, Sweden for two friendlies against Sweden’s U23 team in preparation for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. They were victorious all around, ending the first match 3-1 on May 31 and 1-0 on June 2.
Three Consecutive Goals Seal First U.S. Victory
Margaret Purce was a standout at U-17 level. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)
The U.S. met the Swedes head on for the first match on May 31, with the striker trio of Margaret Pruce, Lindsey Horan and Makenzy Doniak dominating the scoreboard.
Pruce kicked things off in the 13th minute with Rose Lavelle on the assist. After connecting with Lavelle, Pruce blasted the ball form 12 yards out and it hit home, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
Professional player Horan, who just wrapped up her campaign with Paris Saint Germain, doubled the U.S. lead in the 59th minute with a nice header off a corner kick and then assisted Doniak 12 minutes later on the final U.S. goal that would cement the win.
Sweden’s Jessica Thorin notched a goal for her team in the 87th minute, but the U.S. lead was untouchable.
Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-20 WNT Date: May 31, 2013 Competition: International Friendly Venue: Kastvauen; Gavle, Sweden Weather: 70 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F USA 1 2 3
SWE 0 1 1
USA – Margaret Purce (Rose Lavelle) 13th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Rose Lavelle) 59
USA – Makenzy Doniak (Lindsey Horan) 71
SWE – Jessica Thorin 87
Lindsey Horan was on fire for the U-20′s(ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)
The second match on June 2 was summed up with a single goal scored by the talented Horan. Just a minute before halftime, she capitalized on a rebound that bounced off the Swedish goalkeeper’s hands, heading the ball right back into the net to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead and ultimately, the win.
U.S. goalkeeper Morgan Stearns displayed great prowess and skill in the net, with five notable saves that earned the U.S. a clean shut out.
Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 WNT
Date: June 2, 2013 Competition: International Friendly Venue: Kastvauen; Gavle, Sweden Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F USA 1 0 1
SWE 0 0 0
USA – Lindsey Horan 44th minute
Lineups: USA: 24-Morgan Stearns; 8-Laura Liedle (6-Hanna Gardner, 83), 15-Cari Roccaro, 14-Katie Naughton (4- Mandy Freeman, 46), 11-Kayla Mills (10-Karlie Mueller, 46); 9-Rose Lavelle (21-Andi Sullivan, 46), 23-Allison Wetherington, 17-Danielle Weatherholt (16-Toni Payne, 83); 20- Margaret Purce (13-Amber Munerlyn, 46), 2-Makenzy Doniak (3-Janine Beckie, 83); 5-Lindsey Horan Substitutions Not Used: 1- Jane Campbell, 7-Summer Green Head coach: Michelle French