Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
US U-20 WNT
WOOOOOOOOOO!!! U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Saturday in Tokyo the US U-20 WNT beat Germany 1-0 to win the Cup. It was the only goal Germany allowed in the whole tournament (record shutout streak of 610 minutes). Just before the half right back Crystal Dunn had a great run up the right side, beating a defender and sending a cross into the box, and F Kealia Ohai put it home. G Bryane Heaberlin and the team did a great job of keeping the Germans from scoring. (They had scored at least 3 goals in 4 of their 6 games, including a 3-0 win over the US.)
Captain defender Julie Johnston won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player.
Prior to the final, Japan won 3rd place by beating Nigeria 2-1.
Great job by our young women, and how sweet to get payback on Germany in the final!
Other US Soccer games:
Tu 9/11 @ 8PM ET on ESPN2 & 3 - MNT needs to get payback against Jamaica in Columbus.
Su 9/16 @ 3:30 PM ET on NBC - WNT has first friendly againt Australia in Carson, CA.
W 9/19 @ 10 PM ET on EPSN2 & 3 - WNT second friendly against Australia in Commerce City, CO. Pia Sundhage's last game as US coach.
Sundhage talks to USSoccer.com about coaching the WNT in the Olympics:
The US U-20 WNT beat Nigeria 2-0 and will face defending champ Germany in the final on Sat morning (6:10 ET on ESPNU).
Nigeria had a great chance early when Francisca Ordega got behind the D on a long ball. Bryane Haeberlin came out to challenge at the top of the box and got nutmegged, but the shot was just wide.
Morgan Brian was left unmarked at 22' and scored on a header off a cross from Mollie Pathman.
At 52' Desire Oparanozie almost equalized, but was called offside.
Kealia Ohai got the insurance at 70' after a nice pass from Samantha Mewis.
Germany was rude to host Japan, scoring the first goal at 57s, on the way to a 3-0 win. So far they haven't given up a goal. They beat the US 3-0 in group play. Hopefully the final will be a good game and a better result for us. Go USA!!!
US reactions vid
US Soccer vid: MNT begins training in S. Florida
Saturday afternoon the USWNT started their fan tribute tour by snacking on Costa Rica 8-0 in Rochester, NY. More on that in a bit.
Before the game coach Pia Sundhage told the team that she's stepping down as coach (after the games against Australia) to go home to Sweden, where they need a coach. Good luck to her in her pursuit of that job (just not against us, if and when we meet). In her five years as US coach, the team got two Olympic golds and a World Cup silver inbetween. (USSoccer link.) She will be missed. Hopefully the next coach can get the team to win a world cup, which the US hasn't done since 1999.
Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring at 13', and Abby Wambach got the next two (24', 32'), getting her career international total to 145. Alex Morgan scored at 38', and Rapinoe got her 2nd goal at 45'. Sub Sydney Leroux scored at 77', Carli Lloyd at 84', and sub Heather O'Reilly at 89'.
It could have been worse: Costa Rica's keeper had 6 saves in the first 20-25 min, finishing with 12.
The USWNT plays Australia in Carson, CA on Sun Sep 16 (3:30 PM ET on NBC), then again in Commerce City, CO on Wed Sep 19 (10 PM ET ON ESPN2 & 3).
The U-20 WNT made the semis of the U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan by beating N Korea 2-1 in extra time. (Recap link.) They face Nigeria on Tu 9/4 @ 3 AM ET on ESPNU (& -3). Japan plays Germany at 6:30 AM ET. Third place and final games are on Sat 9/8 at 2:30 AM ET and 6:20 AM ET.
On topic: U-M had three players involved, but none for the US. Sophomore Christina Murillo played with Mexico, which got eliminated by Nigeria in the quarters. Juniors Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky played for Canada, which did not make it out of group play.
/OT - The MNT plays Jamaica twice in World Cup qualifiers: Fri 9/7 in Kingston, Jamaica at 8 PM ET (on beIN SPORT, whatever that is - I'm sure there will be a stream somewhere) and again on Tu 9/11 in Columbus, OH at 8 PM ET (on ESPN2 & 3).
Goalies: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Sean Johnson & Nick Rimando
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, Steve Cherundolo, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, & Jonathan Spector
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Joe Corona, Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea, Jose Torres, Danny Williams, & Graham Zusi
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, & Herculez Gomez