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Van Den Bergh Named Full-Time U-15 BNT Head Coach; Spencer, Daniels Appointed Development Academy Technical Advisors

As part of U.S. Soccer's ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U-15 Boys' National Team head coach Dave Van den Bergh will now assume his National Team role full-time after beginning his tenure in a dual role and also serving as a Development Academy Technical Advisor for Texas. With Van den Bergh's transition to full time Youth National Team coach, Scott Spencer will now supervise Texas Academy clubs. Additionally, Austin Daniels will join the Academy as a Technical Advisor for Northern California.

The U-15 BNT serves as a developmental and identification squad for potential future National Team players. Van den Bergh has helmed the program since February 2016, working to introduce players to a culture and style of play consistent throughout all of the U.S. National Teams as well as impart the importance of character development in qualities such as attitude, discipline and commitment. Success at the U-17, U-20, U-23 and senior Men's National Team levels has come with numerous players who began their career with the U-15 BNT.


US Women beat New Zealand 3-1 in International Friendly

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated New Zealand 3-1 with a first half brace from Julie Ertz and a late goal from Alex Morgan in front of a near capacity crowd of 17,301 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Veteran defender Kelley O'Hara captained the side in her 100th cap for her country.

In a sign of the impact she would have on the game, Ertz had her first chance of the night in the 11th minute when her overhead volley flew just over the crossbar. Playing as a defensive midfielder, she went on to score in the 16th and 24th minutes to give the USA an early 2-0 lead.


Germany oust Brazil at the top of FIFA World Rankings

Germany have returned to the summit of the FIFA World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug of war with Brazil for top spot.

The reigning world champions have edged ahead of A Seleção following two impressive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying victories over the Czech Republic and Norway, and head a table much changed after the recent Russia 2018 preliminaries.


Canada to face El Salvador in International Friendly

CONCACAF rivals Canada and El Salvador will meet in October for a Men’s International Friendly match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, USA. The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The October match follows Canada’s recent 2:0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday 2 September in Toronto. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers while Junior Hoilett earned Man of the Match honours in front of 21,724 fans at BMO Field.


Legends match sets stage for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

With just one month to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, five FIFA Legends – Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke – took part in a special exhibition game at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium, and unveiled the Winner's Trophy for the Navi Mumbai leg of the FIFA Trophy Experience.

It was an unforgettable day for Indian football as the FIFA Legends took on a team containing Arjuna Award winner Oinam Bembem Devi, Indian women's national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi, two kids from Mission XI Million (the legacy programme for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017), Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Babul Supriyo and Bollywood film-maker Shoojit Sircar.


Canada defeats Jamaica 2-0 to conclude Summer of Soccer Series

Canada Soccer's National Teams are a perfect five for five at home in 2017 as the Men's National Team won 2:0 over Jamaica to close out a Summer of Soccer Series. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers as Canada thrilled a terrific crowd of 21,724 at BMO Field in Toronto. David "Junior" Hoilett was named Man of the Match.

"This was probably the best game I’ve seen Junior play," said Men’s National Team Head Coach Octavio Zambrano. "When they asked me about Man of the Match he was hands down the player chosen. He is an elite-type of player, he’s at the elite level. When he gets the ball the first thing in his mind is there is a goal, and I want to get there and that bodes well for us because that’s the kind of football we want to play"


Costa Rica stun USA 2-0 in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 2-0 to Costa Rica on Matchday 7 of the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,600 at Red Bull Arena. The U.S. will look to rebound quickly with a fast approaching Matchday 8 encounter at Honduras on Tuesday.

A tight opening to the match included a legitimate penalty shout from Jozy Altidore in the 24th minute. A good bit of possession led to Christian Pulisic finding space on the right, before he centered looking for Altidore in stride. With his body between the goal and Kendall Waston, Altidore was set to receive the pass and was hauled down from behind by the Costa Rica defender before the following appeals went begging.


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