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Julian Araujo Replaces Ayo Akinola on USA's U-20 World Cup Roster

CHICAGO (May 22, 2019) — U.S. forward Ayo Akinola has been ruled out of the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup due to an ankle injury. After FIFA granted U.S. Soccer’s request to have Akinola replaced, LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo has been added to the 21-player roster for the World Cup.

Per regulations, an injured player may be replaced on the roster up to 24 hours prior to a team's opening match. The replacement must come from the 50-player provisional roster and approved by the tournament medical committee.

Araujo was a part of the U.S. squad that won the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship last November, picking up an assist in two group stage starts. Most recently, the 17-year-old played in two friendlies for the U-23 MNT against Egypt and Netherlands in March.

At the club level, Araujo has become a regular contributor for the LA Galaxy this season, logging 289 minutes in five appearances.

The USA kicks off the U-20 World Cup on Friday, May 24 against Ukraine (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Universo), faces Nigeria on Monday, May 27 (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Universo) and wraps up the group stage on Thursday, May 30 vs. Qatar (2:30 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo).  

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-20 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): CJ Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Foxchase, Pa.; 2/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.; 4/0), Brady Scott (Köln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.; 2/0), Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands; 8/1), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; Montclair, N.J.; 11/0), Aboubacar Keita (Richmond Kickers; Columbus, Ohio; 2/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.; 10/3), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 10/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Birmingham, Ala.; 8/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/0), Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.; 2/0), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; Phoenix, Ariz.; 4/0), Alex Mendez (Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.; 15/8), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas; 9/3), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas; 8/2)
FORWARDS (5): Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Miami, Fla.; 2/1), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; Lynwood, Calif.; 11/7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; South Hamilton, Mass.; 13/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.; 5/2), Tim Weah (Celtic FC/SCO; Rosedale, N.Y.; 0/0)

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U-20 MNT May 22, 2019
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MNT Announces Combined Preparation Camp Roster to Begin Summer

CHICAGO (May 22, 2019) – The U.S. will open its summer schedule with a combined preparation camp with players from the Senior and U-23 Men’s National Teams from May 26-June 2 in Annapolis, Md. The initial group will include senior National Team players who are eligible for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup along with a number of U-23 internationals who are getting ready for their own training camp to be held from June 10-16 in Salt Lake City.

The camp shifts gears the weekend of June 1, when those players not on the provisional Gold Cup roster depart and the senior team players from MLS and the remaining European-based contingent report. The complete MNT camp roster will be announced next week.

The final list of 23 players for the Gold Cup is due by midnight of June 5 and must come from the below provisional roster of 40 players that was submitted May 16 to Concacaf.

PROVISIONAL GOLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (5)Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 60/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/1), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0), Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0)

DEFENDERS (15): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 7/0), Marlon Fossey (Fulham/ENG; 0/0), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati; 10/0), Omar Gonzalez (Club Atlas/MEX; 49/3), Andrew Gutman (Charlotte Independence; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 3/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 12/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 28/1), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 6/0), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 6/2)

MIDFIELDERS (9)Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 145/17), Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 9/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 8/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 2/0), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC; 25/1), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 25/10), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 9/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 15/0) 

FORWARDS (11): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 110/41), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 1/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 3/0), Tyler Boyd (Ankaragücü/TUR; 0/0), Joe Gyau (Duisburg/GER; 2/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 27/5), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 6/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 44/7) 

“Bringing together senior team players with several of the U-23 internationals gives us a fantastic opportunity to continue to instill our culture and style of play across the National Team programs,” Berhalter said. “We expect it to be a very productive week, and then we look forward to bringing in our full group before the game against Jamaica as we narrow in on the final selections for the Gold Cup roster.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will open its final preparation phase for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup by hosting a rematch of the 2017 final against Jamaica on June 5 in Washington, D.C. Kickoff for the USA’s first visit to Audi Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

Making its first visit to Cincinnati, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Venezuela on June 9 in its final preparation match for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Kickoff at Nippert Stadium is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast on FOX and UniMás.

Fans can follow both matches via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

SUMMER TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; MNT Caps/Goals)
May 26-June 2; Players eligible for the Gold Cup roster are BOLDED

GOALKEEPERS (3): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Andrew Thomas (Stanford; 0/0), Justin Vom Steeg (LA Galaxy; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 7/0), Marlon Fossey (Fulham/ENG; 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX; 49/3), Andrew Gutman (Charlotte independence; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 12/1), Tim Ream (Fulham; 28/1), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 6/0)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG; 0/0), Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth/ENG; 2/0), Keaton Parks (New York City FC; 1/0), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; 0/0)

FORWARDS (6): Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 1/0), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), Joe Gyau (Duisburg/GER; 2/0), Josh Perez (LAFC; 0/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 6/2); Haji Wright (Schalke/GER; 0/0)

SUMMER TRAINING CAMP ROSTER NOTES

  • Part of the 40-player provisional Gold Cup roster, Marlon Fossey, Andrew Gutman and Duane Holmes will look to earn their first caps in the June 5 friendly against Jamaica.
  • Defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga and Antonee Robinson each come to camp after successful loan stints in the English League Championship.
  • Having joined Reading on loan from Chelsea in January, Miazga helped the Royals to a 5-4-9 record and 24 points across their final 18 matches, one point more than what the club had achieved in its previous 26 games as they staved off relegation.
  • Carter-Vickers made 33 appearances across all competitions while on loan with Swansea City, helping the Welsh-based club to a 10th place league finish.
  • After suffering an ankle injury during the MNT’s November camp, Robinson returned strong in the second half of the season for Wigan Athletic, finishing the campaign with 26 appearances across all competitions.
  • Set to appear in his first U.S. National Team camp, Holmes has collected two goals in 27 appearances for Derby County, while helping the Rams to the English League Championship’s Promotion Playoff Final on Monday against Aston Villa.
  • Having returned to the MNT in March, Tim Ream finished the 2018-19 English Premier League season with 29 appearances for Fulham.
  • Omar Gonzalez closed the 2019 Liga MX Clausura having played in 16 of a possible 21 matches for Atlas.
  • Having debuted in the MNT’s 1-1 draw with Peru last October, winger Jonathan Amon has registered five goals and two assists in 25 matches this season for Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland.
  • Winger Joe Gyau returns to MNT camp for the first time since 2014, coming off a campaign that saw him play in 24 matches and score two goals for 2.Bundesliga side Duisburg.
  • Thirteen players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: Jonathan Amon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luca de la Torre, Kyle Duncan, Marlon Fossey, JT Marcinkowski, Keaton Parks, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent, Andrew Thomas, Justin Vom Steeg, Eryk Williamson and Haji Wright.
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MNT May 22, 2019
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U.S. MNT Learns Schedule for Concacaf Nations League Group Stage

CHICAGO (May 21, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National Team has learned its group stage schedule for the inaugural 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League after the region’s governing body unveiled the full fixture list on Tuesday.

Drawn into Group A of League A alongside Cuba and Canada back in March, the USA will open the competition with a home match against Cuba on Friday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m. ET), before visiting Canada on Tuesday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m. ET).

The next month, the USA will open the window with at home against Canada on Friday, Nov. 15 (7:15 p.m. ET), before closing out the group stage at Cuba on Tuesday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m. ET).

Canada and Cuba will kick off Group A play with a home-and-away series to take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Canada (8 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Cuba (7:15 p.m. ET).

Since the USA will not take part in Concacaf Nations League play during the September window, the team will play two friendlies during this time.

Venues for all League A, Group A matches are still to be confirmed.

The full schedule is below:

Date

Home

Away

Kickoff Time (ET)

Saturday, Sept. 7

Canada

Cuba

8 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Cuba

Canada

7:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11

USA

Cuba

7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Canada

USA

7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15

USA

Canada

7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 19

Cuba

USA

7:30 p.m.


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MNT May 21, 2019
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U-20 MNT Defender Mark McKenzie Named Captain for 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

CHICAGO (May 21, 2019)—U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos named defender Mark McKenzie as the team’s captain for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. The USA kicks off the tournament on Friday, May 24 against Ukraine (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Universo).

“Mark is a natural leader,” Ramos said. “First of all, he’s a hard player on the field and he’s a good player. Secondly, he has that charisma off the field that allows for him to have a voice and for people to follow that voice. I think the important part is that he’s a good representative of U.S. Soccer and what we stand for, for doing the right thing all the time, for working hard and for being someone that the younger guys can look up to.”

“I pulled together all the leaders of this group and we made the decision together,” Ramos said. “Everybody agreed that Mark is the guy to lead the way.”

McKenzie is one of two players from the Philadelphia Union on the 21-man roster that enters the World Cup as Concacaf champions. The USA is one of five countries to qualify for the last four FIFA U-20 World Cups, and one of two to make the quarterfinals in the previous two editions.

“It’s an honor to be named captain,” McKenzie said. “I hold myself to a high standard. I try and do the little things, try and push the other guys to do those little things because ultimately it adds up and it boils over on to the field. We have a lot of leaders on this team, so I’m extremely humbled to be named captain of this group.”

The 20-year-old was nominated for 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year after standout showings for club and country last year. McKenzie led a stout back line that helped the U-20s secure their second-straight Concacaf championship in November. The leader in minutes played for the U-20 MNT in 2018, McKenzie starred for a unit that allowed just two goals during the tournament’s eight games, keeping clean sheets in 1-0 and 4-0 qualification stage victories against Costa Rica and Honduras as well as the tightly-contested 2-0 championship victory against Mexico. The center back also contributed on the offensive end, bagging a brace against the U.S. Virgin Islands and adding two more goals in the group stage.

McKenzie also enjoyed a breakout season at the club level with the Philadelphia Union last year, playing a key part for the team’s back-line alongside 2017 U-20 World Cup alum Auston Trusty. McKenzie played 20 league games and logged 1,719 minutes for the Union in 2018, helping the team clinch the Eastern Conference’s sixth and final playoff spot and starting the team’s lone postseason match. The Delaware native was also crucial in the Union’s run to the U.S. Open Cup Final, going the full 90 in three games, including the final against Houston. For his efforts, McKenzie earned a spot in the MLS Homegrown Game as one of the league’s top young talents.

The USA was drawn into Group D for the World Cup in Poland against Ukraine, Nigeria and Qatar.

Date

Match-up

Venue

Broadcast

Friday, May 24

Ukraine`

Bielsko-Biiala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala

FS1, Universo

Monday, May 27

Nigeria

Bielsko-Biala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala

FS1, Universo

Thursday, May 30

Qatar

Tychy Stadium; Tychy, Poland

FS2, Universo


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U-20 MNT May 21, 2019
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RSVP for U.S. Soccer's Women's World Cup Viewing Event at Gallagher Way Outside Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (May 20, 2019) – U.S. Soccer will host a viewing event for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group F match against Chile on Sunday, June 16, at Gallagher Way, located adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., near the intersection of N. Clark St. and W. Addison St.

The viewing event will feature FOX’s broadcast of the match displayed on a giant outdoor video board along with food and beverages available for purchase. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT. It is the second match of the group phase for the U.S. WNT, who will open the tournament against Thailand at 2 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 11 (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App). The USA will also face Sweden at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 20, in its Group F finale (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App).

Gallagher Way
Fans turn out at Gallagher Way to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The event at Gallagher Way is free and open to the public, however, fans are encouraged to RSVP in advance [REGISTER]. Walk-ups are welcome, but space is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are reminded to review the rules of Gallagher Way along with the prohibited items list.

Founded in 1913, the U.S. Soccer Federation has been the official governing body of soccer in the United States for more than 100 years. During that time, and especially over the past 30 years, soccer has grown tremendously at all levels. As U.S. Soccer looks towards the future, its mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. With a long-term and strategic approach, U.S. Soccer is working to accomplish its mission by supporting its members to increase participation at the youth and adult levels and assist in developing world class players, coaches and referees while consistently winning at the highest levels on the international stage. In addition, U.S. Soccer is always striving to serve fans by engaging with them in deeper and more meaningful ways.

ABOUT GALLAGHER WAY 

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville and adjacent to Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way is an entertainment destination where family, friends, neighbors and visitors get together. Gallagher Way is brought to you by — and named after — Gallagher. As part of the Ricketts family’s commitment to be a good neighbor and Gallagher’s desire to contribute to the community, Gallagher Way offers year-round community programming including movie nights, an outdoor fitness series, live music, open-air markets and more. Gallagher Way offers a host of chef-driven restaurants, beautiful Hotel Zachary and is a much sought-after destination for private events. For more information about Gallagher Way, visit www.gallagherway.com.
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