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HACKWORTH NAMES PRELIMINARY U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER FOR 2017 MENS NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

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November 22, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 24-player preliminary roster for the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. that runs from Nov. 29-Dec. 3. From Nov. 24-Nov. 28 the team will participate in a pre-tournament training camp, giving Hackworth additional opportunities to evaluate players before narrowing the roster down to 20. The four players not selected to the final roster will likely play for their Academy club during the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, taking place simultaneously at the Premier Sports Campus, from Nov. 30-Dec. 10.

“To begin the new U-17 cycle with the Nike International Friendlies competing against traditional world powers is a big challenge,” Hackworth said. “However, our staff has evaluated these young men, most recently at the CONCACAF U-15 Championship, and we are all looking forward to the chance to work with this talented group.”

U.S. U-17 MNT 2017 Nike International Friendlies Preliminary Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Khamari Culcleasure (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), John Tyler Harms (Shattuck- Saint Mary’s; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.)

DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Co.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Ga.), Mitchell Eise (Sporting Kansas City; Springfield, Mo.), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club; Tampa, Fla.), Kenneth Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greenboro, NC), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Maximillian Goeggel (VFB Stuttgart; San Francisco, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, NJ)

FORWARDS (7): Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Tex.), Cade Hagan (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Diego Lopez (FC Golden State; Chino, Calif.), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United FC; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Fresno, Calif.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.)

The USA’s schedule of international opponents for the 2017 rendition of the tournament opens vs. England on Nov. 29 (7 p.m. ET) followed by matches against Netherlands on Dec. 1 (7 p.m. ET) and Brazil on Dec. 3 (5 p.m. ET). All the tournament games will be played at Premier Sports Campus and can be seen live on ussoccer.com.

2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3:30 p.m. ET

USA vs. England, 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 1

England vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. ET

USA vs. Netherlands, 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 3

Netherlands vs. England, 1:30 p.m. ET

USA vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. ET

The players who will make up the new U-17 MNT player pool (birth year 2002 or later) competed as U-15 Boys’ National Team during 2016 and all of 2017 until this tournament. Like any U-17 Men’s National Team at the beginning of their cycle, the players and staff now set their focus on the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where the top four teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In total, the 2002 Boy’s National Team player pool has already gathered a total of four times in 2017, including two domestic camps earlier in the year as well as two major international tournaments: the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni and the 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship.

At the Torneo delle Nazioni, held in Gradisca, Italy, the U.S. defeated Slovenia (4-0) and Russia (2-1) before falling to England (3-2) but, advancing to the semifinals. After bouncing back with a 4-2 victory over Portugal in the semifinals, the U-15 BNT set up a rematch against the Three Lions in the tournament final. A goal from forward Giovanni Reyna in the final minute of regulation ultimately broke a 1-1 deadlock and earned the USA the tournament title.

At the 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship, the USA found a similar stride, defeating Canada (2-0), Trinidad and Tobago (6-0) and Costa Rica (4-1) in the group stage to advance to the semifinals vs. Panama.

READ: U-15 BNT Advances to CONCACAF U-15 Championship Semifinals

Against Panama, the USA took care of business, defeating La Marea Roja 3-0 to earn another title shot; this time against regional rival Mexico. However, the outcome against El Tri went against the U.S. 2-0.

READ: All Systems Go: Men’s Youth National Teams Thriving in 2017

At last year’s Nike Friendlies, Josh Sargent, Andrew Carleton and Ayo Akinola led the way for the Red, White and Blue, securing victories against Portugal (7-1), Turkey (5-1) and Brazil (3-0) to finish as tournament champs.

Two years before the recent U-17 World Cup Quarterfinalists captured the title, Christian Pulisic, Luca de la Torre, Haji Wright and Josh Perez lead the 1998 birth year to a 4-1 win over Brazil to win the 2013 tournament.

Marking the 17th edition of the Men’s Nike International Friendlies, 2017’s tournament will once again feature three nations from a rotating field that includes Australia, Brazil, England, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Turkey. Brazil has attended the tournament every year since 2006, in addition to a 2003 appearance.

International players such as Brazil’s Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, the Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, and many others have also taken the main stage in the well-regarded international tournament.

Development Academy Ties:

All 24 players on the preliminary roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.The preliminary roster includes two players who have signed professional contracts as MLS Homegrown Players: George Bello (Atlanta United FC) and Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City)Bello and Daniel Mangarov are the two DA Champions on the preliminary roster, helping lead Atlanta United FC to the 2017 U-15/16 Development Academy national title.Forward Alfonso Ocampo Chavez paces the preliminary roster with four seasons spent with a Development Academy club; Ocampo Chavez spent three seasons with Merced Atlas Soccer Academy before moving up to Seattle Sounders FC, where he is currently in the midst of his second season.At the end of the 2016-17 Academy season, five players were named an Academy U-15/16 Best XI selection to their respective conference: Axel Alejandre (Central), George Bello (East), Mason Judge (East), Gianluca Busio (Central) and Damian Las (Central).Along with the Sounders trio, a total of 14 players on the USA preliminary roster represent Development Academy clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids), George Bello (Atlanta United FC), Mitchell Eise (Sporting Kansas City) and Joseph Scally (New York City FC), midfielders Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes) and Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls), and forwards Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United FC), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC) and Dante Sealy (FC Dallas).

Preliminary Roster Notes:

Sixteen of the 24 players were part of the team that finished runner up to Mexico at the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Championship in August, while fifteen were part of the team that took home the Torneo delle Nazioni championship trophy.Maximillian Goeggel is currently the only player plying his trade internationally, playing in VFB Stuttgart’s youth system.MLS club Seattle Sounders FC has the largest representation of players with three: Joshua Atencio, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez and Ray Serrano.Forward Dante Sealy is the only 2003 birth year players on the preliminary roster.

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Houston Dash Re-Sign Forward Rachel Daly

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November 21, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Houston Dash

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NEED TO KNOW:

– Rachel Daly has scored nine goals for Houston over two seasons

– The forward was selected with the sixth-overall selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft

HOUSTON (Monday, Nov. 20, 2017) – The Houston Dash and forward Rachel Daly have agreed to a new contract, the club announced today.

The 25-year-old finished with a career-high five goals and two assists last season. Daly scored two NWSL Goals of the Week in 2017, both against the Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium. Her first goal, on Saturday, April 15, earned a spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays.

Daly scored four goals and tallied three assists in her rookie year. The Harrogate, England native was selected as the NWSL Player of the Week after her professional debut in the home opener where she scored the equalizer in Houston’s 3-1 victory over the Red Stars.

The forward was selected with the sixth overall selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

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Deadline to Apply for Media Credentials Through U.S. Soccer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Is

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November 21, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – The deadline for U.S.-based media to apply for media credentials for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is Friday, Nov. 24.

The media credential process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will remain the same as in years past. U.S. Soccer will work with FIFA to process credential requests on behalf of U.S.-based media looking to cover the tournament. Factors that will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, size and reach of outlet and consistency of coverage of the sport in the United States.

U.S. Soccer will review applications through our online system and inform media if they have been approved, declined or waitlisted for a credential shortly after the FIFA World Cup Draw on Dec. 1.

U.S. Soccer is allocated a very limited amount of accreditations and is authorized to process media credential applications for the following:

U.S.-based written press and photographers Internet journalists and photographers for local and national websites Freelance media

More detailed information on the various accreditation categories for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is below.

Media can access the online application via the link below. The deadline to apply for credentials is Friday Nov. 24, 2017. Please be advised the deadline will be strictly enforced.

http://www.ussoccer.com/about/us-soccer-media-services/credentials

In order to be taken into consideration, all media must provide accurate information on their assigning editor or producer. Applications that do not provide a valid website, valid email address and a valid phone number will not be considered.

TIMELINE

Nov. 2: Media credential application opens Nov. 24: Deadline for media credential applications Dec. 1-8: Media will be informed if their application was approved, declined or waitlisted

FIFA MEDIA CHANNEL

All media approved for credentials by U.S. Soccer will need a valid FIFA Media Channel account in order to submit a media credential application for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. U.S. Soccer strongly suggests opening an account at FIFA.com at your earliest opportunity. Media who have not yet registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so here: http://media.fifa.com/registration

Please note that receiving approval for a FIFA Media Account DOES NOT indicate approval for a World Cup credential.

Please note that due to a high volume of applications to the FIFA Media Channel it could take several weeks for you to receive status notification.

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NWSL ANNOUNCES FC KANSAS CITY TO CEASE OPERATIONS

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November 21, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it has re-acquired FC Kansas City LLC’s membership interest in the league and will be ceasing operations of the club, effective immediately.

“First, we’d like to recognize and thank Elam Baer and FC Kansas City LLC for their efforts this past year. We appreciate his commitment in helping the NWSL move forward,” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. “As the league moves on, and as difficult as it is to share this news about FC Kansas City, we feel it is in the best interest of the league and the players at this time. Most importantly, we would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all the fans and the city of Kansas City for their support of this club, the league and the sport over the past five years.”

FC Kansas City was one of eight founding members of the NWSL and hosted Portland Thorns FC in the inaugural match in league history on April 13, 2013. The club reached the playoffs in each of the first three years of the league and became the first team to win back-to-back championships, topping Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Championship Game in both 2014 and 2015.

“This is the best and necessary decision for the future of the league and the players who have impressively represented NWSL and Kansas City over the past five years,” said Elam Baer, former owner of FC Kansas City. “I will always be a fan of the game, the league, our players and, above all, our fans. I wish the NWSL a bright future and our former FC Kansas City players continued success in their careers on and off the field. I am sure the players will add another championship to the two they already brought to Kansas City.”

The rights to the former Kansas City players will be assigned by the NWSL to the new Utah based club. In addition, Kansas City’s picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and their spots in the Discovery and Waiver Tie-Breakers as well as the Distribution Ranking Order have been transferred to the new club. The club will also be provided the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 College Draft.

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NWSL ANNOUNCES FC KANSAS CITY TO CEASE OPERATIONS

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November 21, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)FC Kansas City

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CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it has re-acquired FC Kansas City LLC’s membership interest in the league and will be ceasing operations of the club, effective immediately.

“First, we’d like to recognize and thank Elam Baer and FC Kansas City LLC for their efforts this past year. We appreciate his commitment in helping the NWSL move forward,” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. “As the league moves on, and as difficult as it is to share this news about FC Kansas City, we feel it is in the best interest of the league and the players at this time. Most importantly, we would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all the fans and the city of Kansas City for their support of this club, the league and the sport over the past five years.”

FC Kansas City was one of eight founding members of the NWSL and hosted Portland Thorns FC in the inaugural match in league history on April 13, 2013. The club reached the playoffs in each of the first three years of the league and became the first team to win back-to-back championships, topping Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Championship Game in both 2014 and 2015.

“This is the best and necessary decision for the future of the league and the players who have impressively represented NWSL and Kansas City over the past five years,” said Elam Baer, former owner of FC Kansas City. “I will always be a fan of the game, the league, our players and, above all, our fans. I wish the NWSL a bright future and our former FC Kansas City players continued success in their careers on and off the field. I am sure the players will add another championship to the two they already brought to Kansas City.”

The rights to the former Kansas City players will be assigned by the NWSL to the new Utah based club. In addition, Kansas City’s picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and their spots in the Discovery and Waiver Tie-Breakers as well as the Distribution Ranking Order have been transferred to the new club. The club will also be provided the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 College Draft.

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Sam Kerr, Raquel Rodriguez Called into National Team Duty

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November 17, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Tinton Falls, N.J. – A pair of Sky Blue FC players have officially been called into their respective national team camps. Australia Women’s National Team head coach Alen Stajcic has selected Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr to the Matildas roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against China PR, while Costa Rica Women’s National Team head coach Amelia Valverde has named midfielder Raquel Rodriguez to the Ticas roster for a friendly against Mexico.

The first Australia vs. China PR contest will take place at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, with kickoff set for 3:30 a.m. ET on November 22. Kerr and the Matildas will then travel to GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Australia, for a second pairing against China PR on November 26 at 12:30 a.m. ET.

The Ticas will open camp next Monday at the FEDEFUTBOL – Plycem Sports Complex in San Rafael, Costa Rica. The preparation is being conducted for a friendly against Mexico that will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET on November 25 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in San José, Costa Rica.

Both Kerr and Rodriguez are currently playing with Perth Glory of the Westfield W-League in Australia while the National Women’s Soccer League is in its offseason.

2018 Sky Blue FC season and half-season tickets are on sale now, and fans can purchase them today by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

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Hopeful Open Division Qualifiers Aim to Escape Third Qualifying Round

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November 17, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – It’s down-to-the-wire time for amateur teams in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The 14 winners of this weekend’s Third Qualifying Round games will move through to the 105-year-old competition, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

NYC-based Lansdowne Bhoys, Baltimore’s beloved Christos FC and a host of strong sides from Florida, Colorado and California are all in action this Saturday and Sunday. Join ussoccer.com for a closer look at this thrilling clutch of do-or-die clashes in the grassroots of the American game.

READ: Full #USOC2018 Open Cup Second Qualifying Round Recap

The marquee match-up of the round comes from the Northeast Region where outstanding Amateur Cup holders Lansdowne Bhoys host Philly scrappers Junior Lone Star U23s in Yonkers. The Bhoys, stars of NYC’s historic and ultra-competitive Cosmopolitan League, are comprised of a stable of veteran players, many with professional experience on their CVs. “Most of our guys are on the other side of the professional window, where they’re coming out of that part of their careers after having had a taste of the professional ranks,” assistant coach and Bhoys’ president Willie McGrory told U.S. Soccer. The Bhoys boast former Arsenal standout Sean Kelly in the side as well as Gambian Abdoukarim Kabo Dansomakes, one of the top goalkeepers in the amateur ranks.

READ: N.Y. Ukrainians Rule America (1965 Champs) READ: Brooklyn’s International Italians (1991 Champs) READ: NYC’s Proud History in the Open Cup

While the Bhoys are aged like fine wine, the young Lone Stars are on the other side of the divide. This is the youth team of a club founded in Southwest Philadelphia by West African refugees. Many in the side are still hoping for that elusive chance at a pro contract. “Lansdowne Bhoys are a really, really good team,” said their Liberia-born captain Siafa Dempster, a recent college graduate. Barely 24, he’s the oldest player in the side. “We may be young, but we’re super excited,” said the left-back, a team leader beside co-captain Mohamed Tall. “It’s going to be a challenge. They’ll be more mature than us as players and probably won’t make the kinds of mistakes young guys like us do. But we’re built to not give up. No matter what, we’ll keep pushing until the final whistle.”

VIDEO: Philadelphia’s Refugee Lone Stars

Christos FC, darlings of last year’s Open Cup, are hoping to reach a second straight finals. Pennsylvania’s Phoenix Soccer Club visits the Baltimore-based side host with ace striker Pete Caringi III and a plethora of returning veterans from the 2017 team that reached the Open Cup Fourth Round. “We just want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and keep getting results,” said Caringi, a former scoring standout with local college power University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he now serves as assistant coach.

Kendall Wanderers are missing three starters after red cards hit hard in the last round – an epic shootout win (2-2 a.e.t) in a classic contest against fellow Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) giants GPS Omens. Mass United, out of Lynn, will be hoping to exploit the holes in the Kendall eleven when the two meet at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium under the lights. “Defensively we’re always strong and we keep our shape well,” said Kendall’s 35-year-old player-coach Phil Keane, a carpenter by trade who scored in a First Round rout of Boston Siege. “We’re disciplined and tough to break down. You can always count on that.”

The third contest in the Region sees long-traveling Stegman’s Soccer Club of Minnesota take on the Rochester River Dogz all the way in Upstate New York. The Minneapolis men are eager to keep up the form they’ve shown so far and make sure the long trip back home is a happy one.

Florida & Colorado Dominate the Middle

Three sides from Florida are in action in the Southeast Region. Miami’s Red Force FC aim to reach their second straight Open Cup with a win against South Florida FC in a local derby. “We focus on playing a short-passing game,” said Gabriel Vega, Red Force’s founder and coach who speaks of his club with an affinity usually reserved for family. “We like to keep the ball on the grass. A lot of these guys have played together since they were little kids and that’s a really important thing for a team’s chemistry.”

The third member of the Florida trio to play this weekend is Kendall FC, who travel to Tennessee to take on Nashville United. NTX Rayados are the lone remaining side from Texas and they host Motagua New Orleans, who happen to be the last remaining team from Louisiana.

Four of the six clubs in action in the Mountain Region hail from the high country of Colorado. “The level of competition and the number of teams in the Colorado area have picked up considerably in the last few years,” said Johnny Freeston, former player and current manager of Harpos FC, who meet familiar foes Azteca FC in their Third Round clash after requiring extra-time in their two previous qualifiers. “It used to be like ten teams in the area, and now all of a sudden you have something like 50.”

Two more of those Colorado clubs, FC Denver and Indios Denver, meet in an all-capital derby in Aurora. “We are hungry to make this our time – our time to make the national stage,” FC Denver said in a club statement on their website, signaling their intentions with a pre-game battle cry. “Our time to show fans and soccer supporters in our city and across the nation the pride we have in our club and our city.”

The region’s third game sets a pair of Arizona hopefuls in direct competition with bragging rights on the line when Sporting AZ FC plays host to Galati FC at John Riggs Stadium in Mesa.

All California Out West

All eight surviving teams in the Pacific Region call California home. There will be four amateur representatives from the Golden State in next year’s finals. The only question is who?

L.A. Wolves had their feet up in the Second Round of 2018 Open Cup Qualifying, a late forfeit by Vanquish FC putting them through. But neither that gap in competitive play, nor a heavy turnover from last year’s squad, has coach Yan Skwara overly worried ahead of a Third Round clash with Buena Park FC. “We’re confident, not cocky,” said the man who took over the reins from former coach Eric Wynalda, currently occupied with his run for the U.S. Soccer presidency.

Skwara has a core of standouts in defense, including Guatemala U-20 international Julio Ortiz, Carlos Figueroa, Danny Hulbert and Henry Escobar. Up front, the pair of Dmitriy Zhurazloev and Caeser Rivera (a veteran of Wynalda’s Cal FC team that upset Portland Timbers in the 2012 Open Cup) can unlock any rearguard. “We know what we need to do and we know how to go about it,” said Skwara, oozing confidence in SoCal. “Any team can be dangerous if you let them, but we’ll be ready to go and try to stamp ourselves on the game.”

El Farolito, winners of the 1993 Open Cup under the name CD Mexico, takes on Cal Victory in San Francisco while the high-flying Santa Ana Winds host the San Pedro Monsters. In the southern-most portion of Southern California, Chula Vista FC, veterans of the 2017 Open Cup finals, round out the action at home against La Máquina, who also reached the 2017 Open Cup proper and are always a tough nut to crack.

The winners of those Third Round games then move onto the big show, the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is scheduled to begin in May. Follow all the action and keep your finger on the pulse of the #USOC2018 on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and ussoccer.com.

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Seattle Reign FC Duo Called in for Australia Friendlies

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November 17, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Seattle Reign FC

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SEATTLE (November 16, 2017) – Australia women’s national team head coach Alen Stajcic has announced the roster for the team’s upcoming friendlies against China. Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Lydia Williams and forward Larissa Crummer are among the 21 players selected.

Williams returns to the roster after being called in for Australia’s previous pair of friendlies against Brazil. Winning both matches and extending their current win streak against the South American side to three games, Williams and company played in front of record home crowds. This marks Crummer’s first call up since 2016, when she made two appearances as a substitute during the Rio Olympics.

Williams joined Reign FC with four matches left in the 2017 season. The Reign FC goalkeeper made three appearances with the club, all starts, making 10 saves and earning one shutout. Crummer, who missed the beginning of the year with Reign FC due to injury, ended the 2017 season with four appearances, totaling 49 minutes, and one goal.

Both players are currently on loan with Melbourne City FC during the 2017-18 Westfield W-League season in Australia.

Australia’s first match against China will take place at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, Australia with kickoff set for 12:30am PT on November 22nd. Williams and Australia will then travel to GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Australia for their second match against China on November 25th at 9:30pm PT.

Australia Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3):Lydia Williams (Melbourne City / Seattle Reign FC), Mackenzie Arnold (Brisbane Roar), Eliza Campbell (Adelaide United)

DEFENDERS (5): Steph Catley (Melbourne City / Orlando Pride), Ellie Carpenter (Canberra United), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Alanna Kennedy (Melbourne City / Orlando Pride), Laura Alleway (Melbourne Victory)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar/ Vegalta Sendai), Elise Kellond-Knight (Turbine Potsdam), Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets), Chloe Logarzo (Sydney FC), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Kyah Simon (Melbourne City)

FORWARDS (7): Lisa De Vanna (Sydney FC), Caitlin Foord (Vegalta Sendai), Sam Kerr (Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC), Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar), Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City/Seattle Reign FC), Amy Harrison (Sydney FC), Michelle Heyman (Canberra United)

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NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE WELCOMES REAL SALT LAKE

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November 16, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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NWSL Heads to Rio Tinto Stadium with Newly-Launched Club in Historic Sixth Season

CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer (MLS) will own and operate a new NWSL team which will join the league starting in the 2018 season. The newly-launched club will play its home matches at Rio Tinto Stadium.

NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy will be joining Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen and Utah Governor Gary Herbert at an historic press conference in the Interform Club at Rio Tinto Stadium to formally introduce the deepening and broadening of the Claret-and-Cobalt pyramid in what Governor Herbert has long called “The State of Sport.”

“We are very excited to welcome Dell Loy Hansen and Real Salt Lake into the NWSL family as the newest member of our league,” said Duffy. “During our discussions in this process, Real Salt Lake has demonstrated their unquestionable desire and commitment to bring the highest level of professional women’s soccer to all fans of the game in Salt Lake City and Utah. Real Salt Lake will immediately be able to hit the ground running on the business side as well as provide the players with a top-notch training ground and one of the best game venues in the country.”

The new Salt Lake side’s official name, brand identity and ticket pricing, broadcast options and corporate opportunities, along with the coaching hires and formation of the NWSL club’s roster, will be announced in coming days and weeks.

“Our goal is build the very best women’s sports organization in America,” said Hansen, weeks before the club opens the $73 million Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah, just 15 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. “Only 15 days ago was I asked to look into this opportunity, and as we learned about the NWSL vision from the league office and met with A&E executives as well as U.S. Soccer about their aspirations on and off the field, we knew we not only wanted to join as quickly as possible and participate, but we believe that our current infrastructure as well as the development initiatives on the RSL horizon align perfectly. Our community is already passionate about women’s sports, and we believe that empowering and advancing the women’s game accelerates the change to build a better Utah.”

Fans will get to watch a league featuring the brightest stars in women’s soccer – such as Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe, all of whom helped lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to an unprecedented third World Cup title in 2015. In addition, the league also boasts Canada internationals – and reigning Olympic bronze medalists – Christine Sinclair, Allysha Chapman, Desiree Scott and Shelina Zadorsky as well as international stars such as Brazil legend Marta, Wales dynamo Jess Fishlock and Australia sharpshooter Samantha Kerr.

RSL will be part of the NWSL for what will be an historic sixth season. This past season, the NWSL celebrated the 500th game in league history – more than the combined total of the two previous women’s leagues – as it continued to push women’s professional soccer to new heights as the best league in the world.

Portland Thorns FC capped off the league’s successful fifth season with a 1-0 victory in October over the North Carolina Courage in the 2017 NWSL Championship Game as the Thorns joined FC Kansas City as the only two clubs to win the league title on two occasions. The Western New York Flash is the only other team to lift the NWSL Championship trophy when they claimed the league crown in 2016.

The 2018 season will once again feature the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime every Saturday during the regular season as well as livestreams of matches on the go90 app and website. International fans will also be able to continue to watch games on the new NWSL app and revamped NWSLsoccer.com – both of which will strengthened with additional features and improvements in 2018.

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