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Category: CONCACAF

July
13th

USA ends group play with draw; Dempsey goes 45, Evans sits

GoldCup15Here’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

After already winning Group A with its 1-0 win over Haiti, the U.S. Men’s National Team concluded group play in the 2015 Gold Cup with a 1-1 draw against Panama in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Panama was the first to strike with Luis Tejada working to find Blas Perez for the game’s opening goal. The U.S. responded early in the second half when Alejandro Bedoya crossed to Michael Bradley, who buried the game-tying goal, which was his second against Panama in 2015. The U.S. dominated possession following the goal and threatened with a number of opportunities, but had to settle for a share of the points.

The U.S. MNT has won its group in 12 of the 13 Gold Cups and with this draw improves its all-time record against Panama to 12-1-3 its Gold Cup record against Los Canaleros to 5-1-2.

The tournament continues for the MNT on Saturday, July 18, with the Quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, against the third place team from either Group B or C. The game will be broadcast live FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
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July
13th

U.S. aims for group play perfection vs. Panama

US Soccer Here’s an extensive preview from U.S. Soccer:


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup – Group A
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
July 13, 2015

U.S. MNT CONTINUES TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST PANAMA: After clinching the top spot in Group A with a 1-0 win against Haiti in front of a record-setting crowd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the U.S. Men’s National Team continues its title defense in the final match of group play in the 2015 Gold Cup against Panama at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The matchup will be the second between the two teams in 2015, with the first head-to-head taking place in February in Carson, Calif., where goals from Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley secured a 2-0 win for the U.S.

It was just two years ago that Los Canaleros faced the USA in the Gold Cup final. Alejandro Bedoya set up Brek Shea for the game-winning goal and the U.S. won 1-0 to earn its fifth Gold Cup trophy. That win was the fourth in the line of the MNT’s current streak of six straight wins against Panama. In October of 2013, the teams met in the final match of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup. The U.S. had already advanced, while a win for Panama would have seen them advance to an intercontinental playoff with New Zealand for a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Panama held a 2-1 lead heading into second-half stoppage time, but Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson both struck before the final whistle, eliminating the Central American team from contention for Brazil.

This game is another high-stakes matchup for Panama, which currently sits precariously in second place in Group A with two points, one ahead of both Haiti and Honduras. A win forLos Canaleros would guarantee advancement; anything less and the team would need to depend on other results to determine their advancement.
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July
10th

Dempsey does it again in USA 1-0 win

US SoccerHere’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National team clinched the top spot in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with its win 1-0 against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Clint Dempsey buried his second consecutive game winning goal to lead the team to victory.

After a scoreless first half, MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbed in Gyasi Zardes, who got right to work, assisting on Dempsey’s game winning strike in the 47th minute.
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July
10th

USA-Haiti meet in Gold Cup at 5:30 PT

GoldCup15Here’s an extensive preview from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Haiti
Gold Cup Group A Play
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Massachusetts
July 10, 2015

U.S. MNT CONTINUES TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST HAITI: The United States Men’s National Team’s title defense continues against Haiti on Friday, July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.
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July
7th

Tickets on sale for Sounders’ home CCL matches

CCLThis just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that tickets for the club’s 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) Group Stage home matches are now available to the general public. Prices start at $14 per ticket for the pair of fixtures at CenturyLink Field, which are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com for home dates on August 19 vs. CD Olimpia and September 23 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Complete information on the 2015-16 SCCL can be found via the following link: SCCL.SoundersFC.com.
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July
7th

USA opens Gold Cup tonight vs. Honduras

GoldCup15CONCACAF Gold Cup begins this evening with Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and the USA meeting Honduras at 6:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.

Here is what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say Monday: “Obviously our team and Mexico are probably the two favorites. I know this Gold Cup is important to qualify for the Confederations Cup. I think our chances are good. (Coach Jurgen Klinsmann) brought a strong team; Mexico brought a strong team as well. The competition begins. Honduras is a difficult opponent because physically they’ve got some good strength and size, but I think the U.S. is capable of winning for sure.”

Below is extensive pregame information from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
International Friendly
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
July 7, 2015

U.S. MNT’S QUEST TO KEEP THE CUP BEGINS IN DALLAS AGAINST HONDURAS: The United States Men’s National team’s journey to defend its title in the 2015 Gold Cup begins against Honduras on July 7. The game will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.
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June
29th

Sounders learn Champions League dates

CCLdates15This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today learned the dates for its 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage matches against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and CD Olimipia. The club is hosting Group Stage fixtures on August 19 against CD Olimpia of Honduras and September 23 against Vancouver on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC Full Season Ticket Members already have access to these matches via their 2015 ticket packages. Single-match ticketing information and broadcast details will be made available in the weeks ahead.

Seattle’s Group F action begins on Wednesday, August 5 with a road match at Vancouver’s BC Place before hosting CD Olimpia two weeks later in Seattle. The Rave Green then travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras a week later on Wednesday, August 26 for the reverse fixture against Olimpia. The Rave Green close out Group Stage play with a September 23 matchup against its Cascadia rival to the north. All matches are scheduled to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. PT.
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