US National Team

22 January 2:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. Soccer have chosen to award their highest honor to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. 

On Thursday, the Galaxy boss was named the 2014 receipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award. The award is the highest honor that an individual can receive from the U.S. Soccer Federation and is given only to those who have "worked tirelessly on furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advaancement."

“Every year we are presented with examples of extraordinary individuals who have developed the game of soccer in this country and this year we are extremely pleased to honor Bruce Arena with the Werner Fricker Builder Award,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in a statement. “Bruce’s contribution to soccer in the United States began as a coach at Virginia 37 years ago and during that time he has guided college, professional and National Teams to national and international titles. The path he paved certainly set the bar higher and the legacy he created will last for future generations.”
 
Arena is by far the most celebrated U.S. head coach with five MLS Cups to his credit  and is the winningest all-time head coach in U.S. National Team history. The New York native led the U.S. to two FIFA World Cups including the team's best finish in team history during the 2002 tournament.
 
“I am honored to receive the Werner Fricker Builder Award from U.S. Soccer,” said Arena in a U.S. Soccer issued release. “I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to build the sport of soccer in the United States over the last 40 years. I am humbled by this honor and proud to be amongst the prestigious company of the other Werner Fricker Soccer Builder Award Winners.”

 

21 January 6:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy made a splash last week when they moved into the third spot in the MLS allocation order by dealing fan favorite Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids, but with preseason training camp scheduled to begin later this week, LA have yet to make a move to bolster their roster. 

In an interview with MLSsoccer.com's Scott French, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena was mum on the team's plans to add a new piece to the puzzle, simply stating that he is "looking to make the team better." 

“Every time we make a move, in principle it's to make our team better,” Arena told MLSsoccer.com. “Whether that means it enables us to acquire another player or a number of players remains to be seen, but we will try to make our team stronger. That's the goal.”
 
Arena told French that the club had no specific plans for what to do with the allocation order placement, but that "we have thoughts on what we need to do."
 
The Galaxy have been linked through various reports with 29-year-old U.S. international Sacha Kljestan who is a Huntington Beach native and has been with Belgian giants Anderlecht since 2010. Amid the rumors of a possible return stateside, Kljestan notched his first brace for the club on Tuesday as he scored two goals and one assist in a win over Zulte-Waregem. 
 
21 January 4:29 pm

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV played the hero with a late goal that put the U.S. Under-20 national team through to the U-20 CONCACAF Championship playoff stage. 

The young American squad struggled offensively throughout the match with Jamieson even having a chance saved off the line in the 49th minute. However, Jamieson came through in the end as he found himself on the end of a Paul Arriola cross after a U.S. breakaway that gave Tab Ramos' squad second place in Group A. The Americans finish second in Group A behind Panama. 

"I'm very excited obviously. A lot of us put our heads together and we won the game," Jamieson told Fox Sports after the match. "In the end, I think that we were rewarded for our hard work."

The U.S. will now play either Honduras or El Salvador on Jan. 24 with a spot in the this summer's U-20 World Cup on the line. 

16 January 5:04 pm

Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to call-up a heaping of Under-23 eligible players may have been the reason that LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers was not on the U.S. National Team’s January camp roster, but the USMNT boss insists that the door is open for the LA defender to return to the U.S. fold.

Following a stellar 2014 season that saw Rogers rejuvenate his career with a move to left back, the 27-year-old was considered a frontrunner to earn a call-up for the annual January camp at StubHub Center. However with Klinsmann calling 11 players who are age-eligible for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Klinsmann said that Rogers could not make the cut.

“There was a thought about Robbie,” Klinsmann told reporters on Wednesday. “He had a good season, also, obviously, a winning season. The situation is just, and this is what this kind of camp ended up with was: How can we develop the maximum amount of Olympic team players at the same time? If it was purely senior guys, Robbie would be in that camp.”

Rogers was an Olympian himself the last time U.S. qualified back in 2008 and has complied 18 appearances for the senior team, which included making the 30-man preliminary roster ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although Klinsmann did not room for Rogers this January, the U.S. head coach provided assurances that the LA Galaxy player remains on his radar -- possibly for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

“I said, 'Ah, it's a pity not to give that guy that a chance,'” Klinsmann said. “On the other side, we said, 'You know what, it is important to have 12, 13 Olympic team players in here, because we've got to build them. The sooner the better.’ And that's why some players were left out, and Robbie was one of them. But there's always definitely an open door.”

14 January 4:25 pm

The U.S. Under-20 national team finally found their attack on Thursday as they destroyed Aruba 8-0 in their third Group A match at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica. 

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson earned the start in the win and scored twice as the U.S. offense roared to life after two lackluster games against Guatemala and Panama. Columbus Crew youngster Romain Gall led all scorers with three goals while Emerson Hyndman, Tommy Thompson and Amando Moreno each added one goal in the victory. 

Their first win in the competition secured, the U.S. will now take on host nation Jamaica on Sunday before ending their group stage play against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 21. The top team from both groups qualifies automatically for this summer's U-20 World Cup in New Zealand while the second and third place teams will face off in a decisive one-game playoff for a chance to qualify for the tournament. 

14 January 2:58 pm

Marcelo Sarvas was an integral part of the LA Galaxy’s 2014 MLS Cup Championship campaign, but various reports are stating that the midfielder be on the move as part of a series of deals that could see Sacha Kljestan come to the StubHub Center.

Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep and ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reported this week that with the Galaxy interested in signing Kljestan who is currently out of contract with Belgian club Anderlecht, Sarvas could be moved as part of a deal to acquire the Huntington Beach native. If Kljestan does sign with MLS, he will be subject to the league’s allocation order which would require interested parties—reported to be LA, New York Red Bulls,Philadelphia Union, and Seattle Sounders FC—to trade up with the Montreal Impact, who currently hold the top spot.

Sources confirmed both reports by Goal and ESPN FC that the Brazilian midfielder is seeking a pay raise after his stellar 2014 season, despite Sarvas having one more year on his current contract. Carlisle reported that during the league’s draft combine that several coaches said that would be interested in Sarvas if he were to become available by the Galaxy, including San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear who’s side holds the second spot in the allocation order. 

Kinnear even addressed potential interest with a brief comment to Carlisle.

"We've had no discussions with L.A. regarding Sarvas," the San Jose boss said. "But I think he's performed very well over the years, and if he became available and they were willing to put his name out there, I think he's a player who could help many teams in this league."
 
11 January 5:05 pm

Things went from bad to worse for the U.S. Under-20's during their U-20 CONCACAF Championship campaign on Sunday. 

Panama's U-20 side defeated Tab Ramos' squad 1-0 off a 79th minute goal from Los Canaleros' Carlos Small. The U.S. Under-20's are now 0-1-1 in their first two matches in Group A play after their disappointing 1-1 draw to Guatemala earlier this week. Despite their poor start, the U.S. squad needs only to finish in the top three in group play to have a chance to qualify for this summer's U-20 World Cup. 

Galaxy Homegrown forward Bradford Jamieson IV started the match on the bench as the U.S. once again sputtered offensively against a Central American opponent. Jamieson was inserted at halftime with the U.S. struggling, but it was Panama who found the winner when Small capitalized on a ball over the top and placed it into the back of the net with a right-footed volley. 

The U.S. return to action next Wednesday against Aruba and will then take on Jamaica on Jan. 18 before finishing up group play on Jan. 20 against Trinidad and Tobago. 

 

09 January 4:51 pm

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV earned the start and went 65 minutes as the U.S. Under-20's sputtered out of the gate in their bid to qualify for the 2015 U-20 World Cup with a 1-1 draw to Guatemala in their first match of CONCACAF U-20 Championship. 

Head coach Tab Ramos gave Jamieson the start up top for the match against the Central Americans, but poor service saw the young American side fail to capitalize on several chances during the first half. The U.S. U-20's pulled ahead in the 58th minute when defender Cameron Carter-Vickers nodded home an Emerson Hyndman corner kick to give the Americans a lead. Guatemala found their equalizer late, however as FC Dallas Academy product Andy Ruiz scored off a stunning volley to give the Central American side a point in the Group A match. 

The U.S. U-20 return to action on Sunday when they face their counterparts Panama before ending their group play with matches against Aruba next Wednesday, host nation Jamaica on Jan. 18 and Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 20. The top team from Group A earns an automatic berth in the U-20 World Cup while the second through fourth place teams will compete in a playoff against their counterparts from Group B.

09 January 1:34 pm

Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes will be the LA Galaxy's representatives at the U.S. National Team's annual January camp, but there was one notable omission: USMNT defensive mainstay Omar Gonzalez. 

Although there was some initial worry from the Twitterverse about why Gonzalez had been dropped, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told U.S. Soccer's official website that a nagging injury prevented the LA Galaxy defender from being included in the squad

"When you put together the roster for January Camp, you eventually talk to the players, you talk to their club coaches and everyone is in a bit of a different situation," Klinsmann said. "The season here has a different schedule than overseas or in Mexico, and here and there you run into issues with players that you think it’s better if they maybe keep on curing some injuries, like in the case of Omar Gonzalez or Graham Zusi. They are not fully fit yet, so we decided to say ‘take it easy going into pre-season of your club team’."

UPDATE: Fox Soccer's Alexi Lalas provided an update on Gonzalez via Twitter saying that he is undergoing "proactive knee maintenance" 

Gonzalez enjoyed a strong year for the U.S. in 2014 as he appeared in his first FIFA World Cup while also making eight appearances for Klinsmann's side.

09 January 10:48 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes have officially gone from the LA Galaxy Academy all the way to the U.S. National Team. 

Galaxy Homegrown Players Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes were among the 28-man roster named by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the team's annual January camp at StubHub Center from Jan. 12 to Feb. 8. The training camp will end with a pair of matches for the U.S. against Chile in South America on Jan. 28 and against CONCACAF rivals Panama on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center.

The call-ups will be the first from the senior team for both Sorto and Zardes. While Zardes carries no tournament experience, the 20-year-old Sorto was a member of the U.S. Under-20 squad during their participation in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

The inclusions of youngsters like Sorto and Zardes are part of Klinsmann's stated goal of bringing in Olympic-eligible players as the USMNT looks ahead to not only the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, but also the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The U.S. Under-23's famously missed out on the 2012 Olympic Games in London which were won by CONCACAF archrivals Mexico.

“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” Klinsmann said. “We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

The complete U.S. roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 

FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)