Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: June 3, 2013
|Clint Dempsey, #8, brings the ball down the field in the first half against Stefan Reinartz, #3, of Germany in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on June 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C.|
Clint Dempsey scored two goals Sunday when the U.S. Men’s National Team celebrated its 100th anniversary with a 4-3 victory over Germany before a crowd of 47,359 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Germany is currently second in FIFA’s world rankings, while the USA is 29th.
Dempsey moved into second place on the national team’s all-time scoring list with 35 goals. He passed Eric Wynalda’s 34 goals and trails only Landon Donovan with 49.
Jozy Altidore also scored and the United States took advantage of an own goal.
The win was the third time then United States defeated a team ranked first or second in the world by FIFA.
The United States returns to World Cup qualifying June 7 at Jamaica. The U.S. men then have home qualifiers against Panama June 11 in Seattle, and against Honduras June 18 in Sandy, Utah.
Elsewhere, Alex Morgan scored twice when the U.S. women defeated Canada, 3-0, Sunday in Toronto. Sydney Leroux, who was born in Canada but plays for Team USA, added a third goal in stoppage time in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,453 at BMO Field.
The U.S. women come together again on June 10 for a friendly against Korea in Foxborough, Mass. Forward Abby Wambach remains three goals short of tying Mia Hamm as the world’s all-time international goals leader.
Ryan Lochte won four races in Santa Clara, Calif., to finish as the men’s champion of USA Swimming’s 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series. The Olympic gold medalist finished with 68 points, the highest men’s total in the six-event series.
Olympic champion Missy Franklin won two events Saturday and had a pair of second-place finishes Sunday to finish as women’s champion with 103 points.
Lochte won the 200-meter individual medley by more than two seconds Sunday with a time of 1:58.07. He won the 400 IM and 200 backstroke Saturday after winning the 100 butterfly and finishing second in the 100 freestyle Friday. Lochte’s 400 IM victory came in a meet record of 4:11.36.
The meet was the final preparation for many swimmers before the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials on June 25-29 in Indianapolis. The 15th FINA World Championships begin July 19 in Barcelona.
“It was good getting up on the blocks and racing,” Lochte said. “Now, I have a month left of training to get ready, and we’ll see what happens.”
Franklin won the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke just 10 minutes apart Saturday.
“It’s a tough double to have because I really would like to qualify for both those events for Barcelona, but it’s so fun,” said Franklin, who faces the same schedule at nationals. “It’s so great to have this practice beforehand to really get the hang of it, see what works best and race against the same competitors that I’ll be racing when we are at Trials, too.”
Elizabeth Pelton beat Franklin in the 100 backstroke, and Caitlin Leverenz won the 200 IM, finishing ahead of Franklin Sunday. Leverenz also won the 400 IM Saturday.
Connor Jaeger had three wins, in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle. Justin Wright, a 16-year-old, won the men’s 200 butterfly. Nathan Adrian won both the 50 and the 100 free.
TRACK AND FIELD
Many of the world’s top track and field athletes gathered for the Prefontaine Classic Friday and Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The meet is part of the IAAF Diamond League series.
LaShawn Merritt had the best time of the year in the 400, beating Olympic gold medalist Kirani James of Grenada with a time of 44.32 seconds.
Justin Gatlin led an American sweep of the top three spots in the 100-meter dash in 9.88 seconds. Michael Rodgers was second and Ryan Bradley was third.
Sanya Richards-Ross, who last summer won the Olympic gold medal in the 400, raced for the first time since London. She finished eighth (53.77). Francena McCorory was the top American in the event in second (50.37).
The women’s 100 was won by Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.71). American Allyson Felix was seventh (11:07).
Mary Cain, a 17-year-old high school junior, became the first American junior girl to break the two-minute barrier in the 800-meter run while finishing fifth in 1:59.51. Cain broke Kim Gallagher’s 31-year-old American junior record of 2:00.07.
The women’s 800 included the two fastest times in the world this year. Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba finished first in 1:56.72 while American Brenda Martinez was second in 1:58.18.
Jamie Hampton reached the fourth round of a major for the first time in her career Saturday, making her one of four American women in the round-of-16 at the French Open.
The 23-year-old knocked off seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-6.
Sloane Stephens, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and top-seeded Serena Williams also advanced, putting four U.S. women among the final 16 at a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2004 U.S. Open.
“Got a unique group, I think, between Serena — obviously the best player in the world — and Bethanie, Sloane and myself,” Hampton said. “Three different players with every unique games; it’s cool.”
The last U.S. men’s singles player was eliminated Saturday when John Isner lost to 12th-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany in five sets. Isner had pulled out a five-set victory over Ryan Harrison in an all-American, second-round match Friday.
In men’s doubles, Olympic champions Bob and Mike Bryan will face Christopher Kas and Oliver Marach in the third round.
The United States earned both silver medals at the FIVB World Cup Final in Campinas, Brazil.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson finished second in the men’s tournament Sunday after April Ross and Jennifer Kessy took second in the women’s tournament Saturday.
Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego defeated Gibb and Patterson, 13-21, 21-19, 15-11.
“We served real well and got them out of their system,” Patterson said of the first set.
Brazil’s Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes defeated Ross and Kessy, 23-21, 21-12.
U.S. Olympian Gwen Jorgensen finished fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Madrid to maintain her points lead at the halfway point of the eight-race ITU World Series. Jorgensen finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2:05:44. Fellow Olympian Sarah Groff finished seventh.
Jorgensen had the second-fastest running split of the day to climb to fourth place.
“When I have a race like today, it shows me that I do have a lot of work to do on the swim and the bike, and those girls are really good, so that’s what I’m focused on,” said Jorgensen, who has two wins this season.
Elsewhere, Dave Slavinski won the men’s 40-44 title and was the only U.S. medalist Saturday at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Belfort, France. Cold weather led to the swimming being eliminated and the event being shortened to a 9.5k run, 87k bike and 20k run.
Greg Billington won the ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup in Dallas. Erin Jones led U.S. women with a second-place finish.
ARCHERY: Reo Wilde won a tiebreaker from Braden Gellenthien to win the men’s compound title Sunday at the Easton Foundations Gator Cup in Newberry, Fla. Brady Ellison won the men’s recurve title while Khatuna Lorig won the women’s recurve and Erika Jones won the women’s compound. The World Archery Championship Team Trials will be held today at the same site.
MODERN PENTATHLON: Olympian Margaux Isaksen finished sixth at the UIPM World Cup Final in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, while her sister, Isabella Isaksen, placed 24th. The event featured the top 36 pentathletes in the world.
WRESTLING: Brittany Roberts pulled out a 5-4 victory at 72 kg in the final bout to give the United States a 16-13 victory over Ukraine Friday night in the Battle at the Falls women’s freestyle duals at Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. Katherine Fulp-Allen, Alli Ragan and Elena Pirozhkova had the other wins against Ukraine. In the second dual meet, Carlene Sluberski and Veronica Carlson had the only wins for the United States in an 18-10 loss to Canada, which went 2-0 at the event.
BOXING: The United States won the team trophy and picked up four gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Leroy Davila, Jamontay Clark and Cam F. Awesome won men’s titles while Virginia Fuchs won a women’s title in the tournament that featured boxers from the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Barbados.
WATER POLO: The United States defeated Russia, 13-9, Sunday to recover from a shootout loss to China in Saturday’s FINA World League Super Final women’s opener. Courtney Mathewson had three goals in the win. The United States opened a 9-4 halftime lead and stretched it to 12-5. In front of 4,000 fans in Belgrade, Serbia, Crvena Zvezda won the LEN Water Polo Champions League title by beating JUG Co Water Polo Club, 8-7. Olympian Tony Azevedo, a member of the JUG club, was trying to become the first American to win the coveted Champions title.
CANOE/KAYAK: Tim Hornsby finished sixth in the Men’s K1 200-meter A Final Sunday at the ICF Sprint World Cup event in Poznan, Poland.
TEAM HANDBALL: The United States lost to Brazil, 44-10, Saturday in its first match at the Pan American Women’s Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
INLINE HOCKEY: Travis Noe scored four goals and Matt White had three Sunday when the United States opened play in the IIHF World Championships with a 13-3 rout of Slovenia in Dresden, Germany.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.