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NCAA Tournament field set: Jordan Morris, other U.S. prospects on display

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Wake Forest enters the 2015 NCAA Tournament as the side with the bull’s-eye, with the Demon Deacons the No. 1 overall seed when the dancing starts on Thursday.

And while there’s a USMNT connection to the Deacs — All-ACC midfielder Ian Harkes is a U-23 College ID Camp call-up and is the son of John — plenty of youth internationals, some from the US U-20 World Cup quarterfinalists, will be on display at the tournament.

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Jordan Morris may be with the U.S. men’s national team right now, but come Sunday he’ll be No. 8 seed Stanford when they host the winner of CSU Fullerton and Santa Clara.

UCSB keeper Justin Vom Steeg was with the U.S. U-20s for September’s Stevan Vilotic Tournament, and 22 of 28 players from the U-23 College ID Camp are on teams in the tournament.

It’s honestly a very entertaining tournament with good international flair in places as well. College soccer is now deep enough that opening round matches like Charlotte vs. Radford and Virginia vs. Rider aren’t afterthoughts; The winners are legit threats to the seeded sides they play in the second round.

See the full bracket here, or read below:

1-16
Charlotte vs. Radford – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 1 Wake Forest – Sunday

UConn vs. Boston – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 16 Indiana – Sunday

8-9

Dayton vs. Oakland – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 9 Ohio State – Sunday

CSU Fullerton vs. Santa Clara – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 8 Stanford

5-12

Coastal Carolina vs. North Florida – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 5 North Carolina – Sunday

Kentucky vs. Drake – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 12 Creighton – Sunday

4-13

SMU vs. Utah Valley – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 13 Denver – Sunday

Rutgers vs. LIU Brooklyn – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 4 Akron – Sunday

3-14

Hofstra vs. Lehigh – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 3 Georgetown – Sunday

Boston College vs. Vermont – Thursday
Winner vs. South Florida – Sunday

6-11

UCLA vs. Cal Poly – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 11 Seattle – Sunday

Dartmouth vs. Hartwick – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 6 Syracuse – Sunday

7-10

Tulsa vs. FIU – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 7 Notre Dame – Sunday

Virginia vs. Rider – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 10 Maryland – Sunday

2-15

South Carolina vs. Furman – Thursday
Winner vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara – Sunday

Elon vs. Winthrop – Thursday
Winner vs. No. Clemson – Sunday

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.