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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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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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Reign home tonight, honoring USWNT pregame

ReignFCHere’s a preview from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (5-2-3, 18 pts) returns to the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. PT for a matchup against the Western New York Flash (4-4-2, 14 pts). The match will also serve as a homecoming for Seattle’s U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) duo of forward Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Rapinoe and Solo were both instrumental members of the USWNT World Cup winning squad. Rapinoe played 462 minutes and started a total of six matches. Her two goals lifted the USA over Australia in their 3-1 opening group stage win of the tournament on June 8. The midfielder also had two assists in the tournament, including the corner kick that led to Carli Lloyd’s opening goal in the USWNT’s 5-2 win over Japan in the final.

Solo had a standout tournament as well, capturing the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She played all 630 minutes of the tournament in goal for the USWNT, recorded five clean sheets, and allowed just three goals in seven matches. During the tournament, Solo achieved many milestones, including most wins by a Women’s National Team goalkeeper at 136. She also now has 170 starts and 89 shoutouts, both leading marks.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a pre-match ceremony honoring Seattle Reign FC’s 2015 World Cup Champions. The pre-match ceremony for Rapinoe and Solo will be hosted by 1991 Women’s World Cup champion and University of Washington Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will also be in attendance for the ceremony providing remarks and congratulations on behalf of the City of Seattle.
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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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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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Rapinoe to throw first Mariners pitch Sunday

ReignFCHere’s the word from Seattle Reign FC:

Fresh off her FIFA Women’s World Cup title as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game at 1:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Rapinoe, 30, appeared in six games for the USWNT during the World Cup, scoring two goals in a 3-1 group play win against Australia on June 8. The Redding, Calif. native and Seattle resident has 108 caps, and 31 goals in her international career. Rapinoe earned her 100th cap with the USWNT on April 4 of this year and became the 31st women in USWNT history to achieve the century mark.

Prior to the start of the World Cup, Rapinoe appeared in three matches for Reign FC. During the season opener on April 13, the forward netted her first-ever career hat trick in a 5-1 victory of the Western New York Flash.
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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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25.4 million viewers tuned in to USA win — more than every game of NBA finals

WW15Here’s a report from Fox:

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

USA-Japan final highlights:

– The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.

– USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.

– The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

– Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
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