Steffen blunder helps quad-chasing Liverpool reach cup final
The tame back pass from John Stones trickled toward Zack Steffen. Just a simple clearance was needed by Manchester City’s backup goalkeeper with Liverpool already leading. Before the ball could be hoofed clear, Sadio Mane raced into the penalty area and slid in to nudge the ball over the line.news.yahoo.com
Ferreira, Arriola among 4 changes to US lineup vs Panama
ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Forward Jesús Ferreira, winger Paul Arriola, midfielder Luca de la Torre and right back Shaq Moore entered the United States' starting lineup for Sunday night's World Cup qualifier against Panama as coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes. Moore, summoned from Spain on short notice, replaced DeAndre Yedlin and Arriola took over from Tim Weah. Yedlin and Arriola served one-game suspensions after getting their second yellow cards of qualifying during Thursday night's 0-0 draw at Mexico. De la Torre replaced Kellyn Acosta and Ferreira entered in place of Ricardo Pepi, with Berhalter looking for goals from crosses. Adams, Miles Robinson, Steffen and Jordan Pefok entered with yellow cards and with another yellow would be suspended for Wednesday’s finale at Costa Rica.wftv.com
US gains 0-0 draw at Mexico, in strong position to qualify
Christian Pulisic had the best U.S. chances but was twice denied by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Zack Steffen got the start over Ethan Hovath and came away with his second shutout against Mexico in qualifying. The draw, the third straight in qualifying for the U.S. in the thin air of 7,200-foot elevation Azteca, was costly. The U.S. maintained second place in North and Central America and the Caribbean with 22 points, four behind Canada, and ahead of Mexico on goal difference. Yedlin received his second yellow for an unecessary slide tackle in midfield in the 26th minute, leaving the U.S. short at right back for Sunday.wftv.com
Steffen starts for US vs Mexico as Berhalter uses top lineup
US Wcup Soccer United States´ goalie Zack Steffen goes for a ball during a training session ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying soccer match against Mexico, at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Zack Steffen was in goal as U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter used an “A” team lineup and changed five starters Thursday night for a World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca. Steffen, bothered by back spasms, had been supplanted by Matt Turner, who started eight of the first 11 qualifiers. Pulisic, Acosta and Yedlin also started the 1-1 draw at Mexico in a 2017 qualifier. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Coach's quandry: Horvath or Steffen in goal for US?
(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Invisible for much of World Cup qualifying, either Ethan Horvath or Zack Steffen is likely to have a key role in the final stretch. Steffen was viewed as the top American goalkeeper going into qualifying, but was sidelined by back spasms last September. When back spasms sidelined Steffen again, Turner took over for the three winter matches and then finalized a high-profile transfer to Arsenal this summer. After not getting into a game for five months, Horvath has started seven straight club matches. With about 20 family and friends at the match, Horvath saved Andrés Guardado’s penalty kick in the 124th minute, and the U.S. won 3-2.wftv.com
West Ham, Chelsea come from behind to oust lowly opponents
(AP Photo/Rui Vieira) (Rui Vieira)LONDON — (AP) — When the FA Cup fourth-round game entered stoppage time, West Ham was facing a humiliating loss to sixth-tier side Kidderminster. Even after Marcos Alonso scored at the end of the first half of extra time, Plymouth still had a chance to level. LAMPARD'S DEBUT JOYFired by Chelsea a year ago, Frank Lampard began his return to management at Everton with a 4-1 win over Premier League rival Brentford. After Richarlison had doubled Everton's advantage shortly after halftime, Ivan Toney pulled one back for the west London club with a penalty. CITY RALLIESManchester City was stunned by Fabio Carvalho putting Fulham ahead after four minutes but the Premier League champions quickly leveled through Ilkay Gundogan and went on to eliminate the second-tier side.wftv.com
Weah's goal gains US bumpy 1-1 draw at Jamaica in qualifier
Jamaica US Wcup Soccer United States' Tim Weah celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Jamaica during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The Americans started the second half of World Cup qualifying with a bumpy 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday night. On the disallowed goal, Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore didn't have a good view from the sideline. CONCACAF does not use video review in World Cup qualifiers. With Jamaica playing on the 24th anniversary of clinching its only World Cup appearance, Antonio scored the longest-distance goal in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.wftv.com
Richards, Busio enter US lineup for Cup qualifier at Jamaica
Jamaica U.S. WCup Soccer United States' players warm up during a training session ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifying soccer match against Jamaica in Kingston, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Fernando Llano)KINGSTON, Jamaica — (AP) — Defender Chris Richards and midfielder Gianluca Busio entered the U.S. lineup for Tuesday night’s match at Jamaica as the Americans started their second-youngest lineup ever in a World Cup qualifier. The pair replaced defender Miles Robinson, suspended for a red card, and midfielder Weston McKennie, suspended for yellow card accumulation. Right back Javain Brown, central defender Liam Moore and midfielder Lamar Walker also entered the lineup. Holdovers included goalkeeper Andre Blake, central defender Damion Lowe, left back Kemar Lawrence, midfielders Je-Vaughn Watson and Damion Lowe, and wingers Bobby Decordova-Reid and Leon Bailey.wftv.com
Steffen displaces Turner as top US keeper, starts at Jamaica
Zack Steffen is in quite an unusual position: The No. 2 goalkeeper with Manchester City is No. 1 with the United States. New England's Matt Turner started the first five U.S. qualifiers, and Steffen took over for the 2-1 win over Costa Rica last month.news.yahoo.com
Miles Robinson, Zimmerman paired in defense for US vs Mexico
CINCINNATI — (AP) — Miles Robinson and Walker Zimmerman were paired in central defense in front of goalkeeper Zack Steffen for the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Friday night. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter changed just two starters from last month’s 2-1 win over Costa Rica, inserting DeAndre Yedlin at right back for injured Sergiño Dest and Zimmerman for Chris Richards. The American front six remained unchanged, with Tyler Adams in defensive midfield, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah in advanced midfield, Tim Weah and Brenden Aaronson on the wings and Ricardo Pepi up front. Eight U.S. starters are 24 and younger, all but Steffen, Yedlin and Zimmerman. Miles Robinson was the only holdover from the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Las Vegas on Aug. 1, when he scored in the 117th minute for a 1-0 victory.wftv.com
Weah, Dest spark US to 2-1 win over Costa Rica in qualifier
He tied it when Weston McKennie passed to Dest, who dished to Weah. Costa Rica, an aged team with a starting lineup that averaged more then 30 years old, has seven points. The Ticos scored after Steffen, the backup to Ederson at Manchester City, headed the ball to the right flank but over Dest. Weah switched the ball to Musah on the right flank, and he passed to Dest. Dest curled the ball around Mattarita with a left-foot shot just beyond the right hand of Navas for his second international goal.wftv.com
Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1
Antonee Robinson and Ricardo Pepi scored their first international goals after a halftime change in formation, Brenden Aaronson and Sebastian Lletget added late goals and the United States revived its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 win over Honduras.
Pulisic uncertain for World Cup qualifier vs Canada
US Men's National Team Soccer Christian Pulisic, right, works out during a soccer practice for the U.S. Men's National Team Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Christian Pulisic is uncertain for the United States' World Cup qualifier against Canada on Sunday night, and goalkeeper Zack Steffen remains sidelined by back spasms. Pulisic is regaining fitness after testing positive for COVID-19 and missed Thursday's qualifying opener at El Salvador, a 0-0 draw. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said Pulisic had made progress and was to be evaluated again later Saturday to determine whether he will be on Sunday's game-day roster. Pulisic, a 22-year-old attacker, missed Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Arsenal on Aug. 22 and a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Aug. 28. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
New-look US opens World Cup qualifying, 4 years after flop
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — (AP) — They landed on a charter flight, just three veterans of the devastating defeat four years earlier along with 20 fresh faces and a new coaching staff. Rebuilding over, the U.S. opens 2022 World Cup qualifying at El Salvador’s Estadio Cuscatlán on Thursday night missing two of its top starters, one because of COVID-19 and the other back spasms. El Salvador is led by coach Hugo Pérez, who had 73 appearances for the U.S. from 1984-94 and scored in a 1-0 qualifying win over El Salvador in 1989. He recruited nephew Joshua Pérez, a teammate of Pulisic and Adams at 2015 Under-17 World Cup who had three goals in the first two rounds of qualifying. Also on El Salvador is Álex Roldan, a brother and Seattle Sounders teammate of U.S. midfielder Cristian Roldan.wftv.com
Pulisic, Steffen to miss US qualifying opener at El Salvador
Pulisic, the top American player and a regular with European champion Chelsea, is regaining fitness after testing positive for COVID-19. Berhalter said it is too early to determine whether Pulisic, who is fully vaccinated, will be available for Sunday's match. Brenden Aaronson or Konrad de la Fuente are the most likely replacements for Pulisic in the U.S. starting lineup. In his first season with second-tier Nottingham Forest, the 26-year-old Horvath has played two matches, in the League Cup on Aug. 11 and 24. Pulisic is the first American to play in and win a European Champions League final, helping Chelsea win the title last season.wftv.com
Pulisic scores in extra time, US beats Mexico 3-2
CONCACAF Mexico United States Soccer Mexico's Diego Lainez (14) celebrates a goal against the United States during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League championship soccer match, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Denver. Panamanian referee John Pitti did not initially signal a penalty but consulted a video review and then pointed to the spot. Pulisic sent the ball to the upper corner past the left arm of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his 16th international goal. The U.S. had to survive an extended 11 minutes of stoppage time following the second extra period. He followed his father, who scored against Mexico in a 4-0 exhibition win at Washington, D.C., in June 1995.wftv.com
Pulisic scores in extra time, US beats Mexico 3-2
Christian Pulisic converted a penalty kick in the 114th minute, backup goalkeeper Ethan Horvath stopped Andrés Guardado’s penalty kick in the 124th minute and the United States overcame an early defensive blunder to beat Mexico 3-2 in a final of the first CONCACAF Nations League that turned on three video reviews.
Siebatcheu scores to lift US over Honduras in Nations League
CONCACAF US Honduras Soccer United States' Christian Pulisic (10) moves the ball as Honduras' Kevin Álvarez defends during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer semifinal Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey)DENVER — (AP) — Jordan Siebatcheu scored his first international goal in the 89th minute, and the United States beat Honduras 1-0 on Thursday night to reach the final of the first CONCACAF Nations League. John Brooks lofted a pass to Weston McKennie, who cushioned a one-hop headed pass ahead of Siebatcheu’s pass. Siebatcheu was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in France and was eligible to play for both those nations and Cameroon. The U.S. will play the championship match of the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League on Sunday, the last time the full American player pool will gather before their pandemic-delayed World Cup qualifying opener on Sept. 2.wftv.com
Reynolds, Odunze receive US call-ups but not Hoppe
(Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)CHICAGO – Defender Bryan Reynolds received his first call-up to the U.S. national team after the 19-year-old made his debut for Roma last weekend. Chituru Odunze, an 18-year-old goalkeeper with Leicester, also could debut in exhibitions against Jamaica on March 25 at Wiener Neustadt, Austria, or three days later at Northern Ireland. Forward Matthew Hoppe, who has scored five goals for Schalke this season, was not called in for a possible debut. Germany), Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton, England). Forwards: Daryl Dike (Barnsley, England), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen, France), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Tim Weah (Lille, France).
Reyna follows dad, mom, among 6 debuts as US ties Wales 0-0
United States' Giovanni Reyna instructs his teammates during the international friendly soccer match between Wales and USA at Liberty stadium in Swansea, Wales, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Gio Reyna walked onto the field for his U.S. national team debut, just like mom Danielle in 1993, just like dad Claudio in 1994. Reyna played 78 minutes Thursday night and was among six debuts for the Americans in a 0-0 tie against Wales in an exhibition at Swansea. And overall, a 17-year-old debuting and he didn’t look like that.”Claudio Reyna made 112 international appearances from 1994 to 2006, playing in three World Cups. Reyna was in a mobile and dynamic midfield, combining with 21-year-old Tyler Adams of Leipzig and 22-year-old Weston McKennie of Juventus.
Gio Reyna makes US soccer debut, a day before 18th birthday
Gio Reyna made his U.S. national soccer team debut against Wales at Swansea on Thursday night on the day before his 18th birthday, joining his father and mother as the first three-member family in American history to make international soccer appearances. Reyna and Musah became just the 12th and 13th players to make an appearance before turning 18. Claudio Reyna was a U.S. captain and played in three World Cups. He was 20 years, 5 months, 26 days when he made the first of 112 national team appearances as a 61st-minute substitute in an exhibition against Norway at Tempe, Arizona, on Jan. 15, 1994. Adams makes his first appearance since March 21, 2019, against Ecuador, and Robinson makes his first since June 5, 2019, against Jamaica.
Steffen US No 1 keeper despite lack of Man City playing time
Manchester City's goalkeeper Zack Steffen warms up ahead of the English League Cup third round soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. “I’m really happy with where I’m at right now,” Steffen said Tuesday. 1 over 36-year-old Brad Guzan, 29-year-old Bill Hamid and 31-year-old Sean Johnson heading into the start of 2022 World Cup qualifying next September. Xabier Mancisidor is the goalkeeper coach after following Manuel Pellegrini from Real Madrid and staying on. Their goalie coach is really detailed and is very eager to make me a better goalkeeper,” Steffen said.
US could open WCup qualifying in Trinidad, site of '17 loss
NEW YORK The United States will open qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on the road next June, possibly back in Trinidad and Tobago where it was eliminated from reaching the 2018 tournament. The Americans will close their 14-match round in March 2022 at Costa Rica, where they have lost seven straight qualifiers. The Americans are among five nations with direct berths in the final round of qualifying known as the octagonal joined by Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica. CONCACAF had used the hexagonal for the final round of qualifying for the World Cups of 1998 through 2018. Canada headed six teams seeded into first-round groups that play a single round robin, with two games each in October and November.