In preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in Australia coming in January, Justin Meram and Iraq drew Kuwait, 1-1, in an international friendly in Dubai on Tuesday. Striker Younis Mahmoud scored the lone goal for the Lions of Mesopotamia.
Iraq continues its Asian Cup preparation on Thursday with the first of two friendlies against Uzbekistan.
Crew SC's Romain Gall scored in his third consecutive match as the United States U-20 Men's National Team earned a 2-1 win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Sunday. Sunderland's Lynden Gooch scored the winner for the Americans.
The U.S. U-20 MNT finished 2014 6-1-2 in international play as Gall led the side with four goals on the year.
Photo: U.S. Soccer
Crew SC midfielder Ben Swanson once again served as captain for the United States U-18 Men's National Team on its trip to Marbella, Spain. After beating Germany 2-1 on December 17, the U.S. fell to the Germans 3-2 on Friday.
The loss rounds out the U-18s 2014, finishing with a 5-7-1 record in international play.
Photo: U.S. Soccer
Crew SC midfielder Romain Gall's hot streak for the United States U-20 Men's National Team continued on Thursday as the 19-year-old attacker scored in the Americans' 2-1 victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula. The San Jose Earthquakes' Tommy Thompson also found the net in USA win.
Gall's strike moved his tally to three in 2014 for a share of the team lead in international play. The Crew SC midfielder is just one of two players to feature in all eight international matches for the U-20s this year, joining TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Russell Canouse.
The U.S. U-20s face Honduras once again on Sunday in San Pedro Sula.
Crew SC players Michael Parkhurst, Ben Speas, Chad Barson and Tyson Wahl, along with Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, pitched in at The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer event, helping families find the perfect gifts for their kids and food for the holidays. Members of the Crew SC Front Office staff also donated their time and labor to help make local families' holiday a little brighter.
Crew SC midfielder and Homegrown product Ben Swanson served as captain and played the full 90 minutes in the United States U-18 Men's National Team's 2-1 win over Germany in Marbella, Spain on Wednesday afternoon. Mauricio Pineda and Brooks Lennon found the net for the Americans before Germany got one back via penalty kick in stoppage time.
The U.S. U-18s face Germany again on Friday in Marbella.
Photo: U.S. Soccer
Crew SC forward Kei Kamara paid a visit to Medina Middle School today to speak to the students about the importance of pursing their dreams and focusing on academics. Kamara shared his personal story about how sports helped him adjust to life in America after emigrating from his native Sierra Leone and achieve his goals.
The four-team field for the 2014 College Cup is set, and the CSA has one remaining alumnus as the UMBC Retrievers continued their run to the Semifinals.
UMBC, with alum and Westerville native Michael DiCesare, defeated Creighton on penalties to qualify for the final four. DiCesare made a substitute appearance in the match. The Retrievers are the lone unseeded team still alive in the tournament.
Georgetown, featuring David Witkoff, lost to Virginia in penalties in the Quarterfinals. Witkoff made a substitute appearance in the match, playing five minutes. Meanwhile, Michigan State, featuring Jimmy Fiscus and Ken Krolicki, fell to Providence by a 3-2 final. Fiscus started the match, while Krolicki came in off the bench and recorded one shot.
The Semifinal matches feature Virginia taking on UMBC on one side of the bracket, with Providence meeting UCLA on the other side.
Photo Credit: UMBC Athletics
by Kevin Noonan
Importance: The Crew looked to close its road portion of the schedule with consecutive wins. Following the prior week’s huge 3-2 comeback, it was important to make sure the team did not have a letdown.
Aaron Schoenfeld opened the scoring in the 17th minute giving the Black & Gold a 1-0 advantage. Looking to equalize a few minutes later, Thierry Henry curled a shot, which a diving Steve Clark was able to stop.
The Crew went on to score two more goals and beat a New York Red Bulls team that was known for its success at home over the course of the 2014 season.
Difficulty: Henry is always a threat whenever he possesses the ball near the penalty area. Whether he is looking to create or shoot, the goalkeeper must always be focused on his available options.
Henry initially looks to setup Lloyd Sam who is threatening from the right hand side. Sam, however, passes back to Henry who is ready to shoot the second the ball arrives. Henry curls the ball and tries to get it just inside the post, but Clark’s diving save thwarts the effort.
Crew SC forward Kei Kamara recently joined world soccer players such as Yaya Toure and the retired Patrick Vieira in an awareness campaign about the Ebola disease.
Kamara, a native of Sierra Leone, joined the #WeAreAfricaUnited campaign and starred in the above video to help shine the light on healthcare workers on the front lines fighting Ebola in West Africa.
For more information, visit www.WeAreAfricaUnited.org.