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PREVIEW: USA vs. Japan Face Off to Kickstart 2018 Tournament of Nations

The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its 2018 Tournament of Nations on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1) against long-time rival Japan. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 25 players to the training camp roster and chose a final 23-player roster for this event after several days of training.

These games are providing valuable preparation for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship which will send three nations to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. After the Tournament of Nations, the USA will have two friendly matches against Chile (Aug. 31 in Los Angeles and Sept. 4 in San Jose) before entering World Cup qualifying. The USA’s 2018 has so far featured wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice) and China PR (twice), along with a tie against France.

Follow all the #USWNT and tournament action on Twitter using #ToN2018 on @ussoccer_wntand @ussoccer_esp, and also on Facebook, Instagramand Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 29/0)

DEFENDERS (6): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 19/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 8/0), 11- Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign FC; 1/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 139/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), 22- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 17/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 75/6), 2- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 61/15); 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 51/5), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 8/2), 10- Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 254/100); 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 36/7); 20- Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 39/6), 5- McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 2/0)

FORWARDS (6): 19- Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 64/23), 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 133/19), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 142/86), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 100/44), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 137/37), 8- Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)

STORYLINES

#ToN2018 Schedule: The competition tournament format is same as the SheBelieves Cup and last year’s Tournament of Nations with the four teams each participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period. The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

July 26

Brazil vs. Australia

Children’s Mercy Park

Kansas City, Kansas

3:15 p.m. CT

July 26

USA vs. Japan

Children’s Mercy Park

Kansas City, Kansas

6 p.m. CT

FS1

July 29

Japan vs. Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Stadium

East Hartford, Conn.

4:15 p.m. ET

July 29

USA vs. Australia

Pratt & Whitney Stadium

East Hartford, Conn.

7 p.m. ET

FS1

Aug. 2

Australia vs. Japan

Toyota Park

Bridgeville, Ill.

4:45 p.m. CT

Aug. 2

USA vs. Brazil

Toyota Park

Bridgeville, Ill.

7:30 p.m. CT

FS1

USA vs. Japan: The USA and Japan have a rich history dating back to 1986, the second year of the U.S. WNT program, but it’s the more recent meetings which have linked these two countries together in women’s soccer history. The USA holds an all-time record of 27-1-7 against Japan and has scored 100 goals while allowing 25. The teams met in the three world finals, with the USA losing the 2011 Women’s World Cup in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie over regulation and overtime, then winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal game 2-1, and the historic 2015 Women’s World Cup Final 5-2.

The first meetings between the two countries after the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final came in June of 2016 with the teams playing to a wild 3-3 draw in Commerce City, Colo., as hometown hero Lindsey Horan scored late to make it 3-2, but Japan equalized in stoppage time. The USA then won 2-0 in three days later in Cleveland, getting goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan, in a match that was called in the 76th minute due to weather. Since falling in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA has gone 5-1-3 against Japan, outscoring them 21-10.

At #ToN2017: The most recent meeting between the USA and Japan came at least year’s Tournament of Nations with the USA winning 3-0. Megan Rapinoe scored what was one of the best goals of the year in the 12th minute and the USA then broke open a tight game with goals from Mallory Pugh in the 60th and Alex Morgan in the 80th.

Make it Four in Kansas : This will be just the fourth visit to Children’s Mercy Park for the U.S. WNT. The first two matches were low-scoring, on Sept. 17, 2011, a 1-1 draw with Canada, and a 1-0 victory against T&T on Oct. 15, 2015 in World Cup qualifying. The USA also downed Costa Rica 4-0 at Children’s Mercy Park on July 22, 2016. The U.S. Women have also played four matches in Kansas City, Missouri, all at Arrowhead Stadium between 1999 and 2004.

Morgan Climbs the Multi-Goal Lists: With two goals in both April matches against Mexico, Alex Morgan is now third all-time in two-goal games for the USA and fourth all-time in multi-goal games.


 U.S. WNT All-Time Two-Goal Games Leaders
Abby Wambach  37
Mia Hamm 28
Alex Morgan 19
Michelle Akers 18
Kristine Lilly 16
Tiffeny Milbrett 10
Cindy Parlow 9
Carli Lloyd 8

 U.S. WNT All-Time Multi-Goal Games Leaders
   
Player 2G 3G 4G 5G Total
Abby Wambach
37 5 2 1 45
Mia Hamm
28 8 2 0 38
Michelle Akers
18 6 0 1 25
Alex Morgan 19 3 0 0 22
Kristine Lilly 16 1 0 0 17
Cindy Parlow 9 7 1 0 17
Carli Lloyd 8 7 0 0 15
Tiffeny Milbrett 10 2 1 1 14

Scorers Galore
Since the start of 2017, four players have been involved (goals or assists) in more than seven goals. Alex Morgan (17), Megan Rapinoe (13), Mallory Pugh (11) and Lindsey Horan (eight). Since the start of 2016, five players have at least 20 goals+assists for the U.S. in international play, four of whom were called in for the Tournament of Nations:

Player

G+A

Goals

Assists

Alex Morgan

37

30

7

Carli Lloyd

31

21

10

Crystal Dunn

27

19

8

Christen Press

26

15

11

Mallory Pugh

22

11

11

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WNT Jul 24, 2018
US Soccer

Philadelphia and Houston Drawn to Host 2018 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

CHICAGO (July 23, 2018) – The Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts and hosting priority for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final took place Monday at Soccer House in Chicago. The Philadelphia Union will host the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Semifinal on Aug. 8, while the Houston Dynamo will open their doors for Los Angeles Football Club in the Western Semifinal that same day.

2018 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals bracket

Immediately after the Semifinal hosts were confirmed, the Draw to determine the hosting priority for the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Final was held. All four potential Finalists were drawn at random to set the priority ranking. Chicago has first priority to host the Final on Oct. 3 should the Fire advance. Second Priority went to Houston, followed by Los Angeles and, in last spot, Philadelphia, who will not be eligible to host the Final but would require the match to be played on Sept. 26 were they to reach the title game.

Of the four teams still in contention, only Chicago has previously won the competition, doing so in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006 – the first two times happened to come with current LAFC head coach Bob Bradley at the helm. Bradley has brought that same focus on the Cup to his new team in their maiden season, while Philadelphia manager Jim Curtin, who won the Open Cup as a player with the Fire in 2003 and 2006, similarly has his charges aiming for yet another Final after he guided them to the title game in 2014 and 2015. The Dynamo has now reached the Semifinal Round for the third time in club history, having done so in the team’s inaugural year of 2006 before doing so again in 2009; Houston has never reached the tournament Final. 

2018 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Aug. 8

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

Aug. 8

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Los Angeles FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

2018 U.S. Open Cup Final

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Sept. 26

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)

TBD

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

 

   -or-

 

 

Sept. 26

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)

TBD

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

 

   -or-

 

 

Oct. 3

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)/Los Angeles FC (MLS) winner

TBD

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 105th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer and has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. There you can stream all the games of the 2018 competition in addition to enjoying comprehensive video and written coverage of the tournament. You can follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.
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U.S. Open Cup Jul 23, 2018

Ellis Names Final USA Roster for 2018 Tournament of Nations

CHICAGO (July 23, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the final 23-player roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. The USA opens the four-team tournament against Japan on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1). The USA will also face Australia on July 29 in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and finish against Brazil on Aug. 2 in Bridgeview, Ill. (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1). Japan, Australia and Brazil have all qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Five Things About the 2018 ToN, Presented by Thorne

2018 Tournament of Nations
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 29/0)

DEFENDERS (6): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 19/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 8/0), 11-Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 139/0), 14-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), 22-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 17/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 75/6), 2-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 61/15), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 51/5), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 8/2), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 254/100), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 36/7), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), 5-McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 2/0)

FORWARDS (6): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 64/23), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 133/19), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 142/86), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 100/44), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 137/37), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)

The two players released from the training camp roster are Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai and defender Jaelene Hinkle, who will join her North Carolina Courage club to play in the International Champions Cup Women’s Tournament, taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami from July 26-29. The Courage join three other top teams in the world, including five-time UEFA Champions League winner Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE

Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

July 26

Brazil vs. Australia

Children’s Mercy Park

Kansas City, Kansas

3:15 p.m. CT

July 26

USA vs. Japan

Children’s Mercy Park

Kansas City, Kansas

6 p.m. CT

FS1

July 29

Japan vs. Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Stadium

East Hartford, Conn.

4:15 p.m. ET

 

July 29

USA vs. Australia

Pratt & Whitney Stadium

East Hartford, Conn.

7 p.m. ET 

FS1

Aug. 2

Australia vs. Japan

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

4:45 p.m. CT 

Aug. 2

USA vs. Brazil

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Ill.

7:30 p.m. CT

FS1

Tickets
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com. For the games in Kansas City and Chicago, tickets are also available via phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the games in Hartford, tickets are available via phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at any of the three stadium ticket offices except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.

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WNT Jul 23, 2018
US Soccer

U.S. Soccer Statement Regarding 2018 Open Cup Quarterfinal Round

Earlier today, the Portland Timbers officially informed the U.S. Open Cup Commissioner it has withdrawn its protest in relation to the number of foreign players fielded by Los Angeles Football Club during Wednesday night’s Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Here is a statement from U.S. Soccer on the situation:

“After a thorough review of the Portland Timbers’ official protest, it has been determined that the inclusion of additional foreign players was a result of a good faith misunderstanding among U.S. Soccer, Major League Soccer and Los Angeles Football Club. Each organization involved has agreed to determine an improved process to ensure this will not happen again. In recognition of this fact, the Timbers have gracefully withdrawn their protest.”
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U.S. Open Cup Jul 20, 2018
US Soccer

2018 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal and Final Draw Postponed

CHICAGO (July 19, 2018) – U.S. Soccer has announced the Draw to determine hosts for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals and hosting priority for the Final has been postponed.

The decision comes as a result of a protest filed by the Portland Timbers in relation to the number of foreign players fielded by Los Angeles Football Club during Wednesday night’s Quarterfinal at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel will review the matter as soon as possible. The timing for the Draw will be determined in the near future.


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U.S. Open Cup Jul 19, 2018
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