• U.S. Men’s Team in 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup features 4 Cal South alumni
  • U.S. Women’s Team at Tokyo Olympics features 3 Cal South alumni

(June 30, 2021) – With both the Women’s and Men’s U.S. National Teams finding great success in the past couple of weeks at the 2020 Olympic Games and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup respectively, it comes as little surprise that both squads find several alumni of Cal South clubs and the Cal South Pro+ ODP program amongst their ranks. Seven players in all appear on the current rosters of the teams playing in these competitions; four on the Men’s team – Paul Arriola, Matthew Hoppe, Cristian Roldan and Gyasi Zardes – and three on the Women’s – Catarina Macario, Alex Morgan and Christen Press.

At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo today, the U.S. Women’s National Team secured a spot in next Monday’s Semi-Finals by defeating Netherlands on penalty kicks 4-2 after extra time in their Quarterfinals match. The game was knotted at 2-2 when the PK round began, with Cal South alums Christen Press and Alex Morgan knocking in the U.S.’s second and third successful attempts respectively. The U.S. Women next meet Canada in an Olympic Semi-Final on Monday, August 2nd at Kashima Stadium.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, June 29, the U.S. Men’s National Team continued their march toward the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final by slipping past a normally high-scoring Qatar squad, 1-0 in a hotly contested, back-and-forth Semi-Final match at Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX. After numerous chances for both sides proved fruitless – including a missed penalty kick by Qatar that shot high over the crossbar – Cal South alumnus Gyasi Zardes finally cracked the goal in the 86th minute after he came in as a substitute in the second half. The U.S. Men now face off against longtime rival Mexico in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, August 1st at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

Cal South Alumni on the 2020 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

Catarina Macario | #19
Position: Midfielder Height: 5′ 5″
Born: 10/04/1999 Hometown: San Diego, CA
Cal South Club: San Diego Surf  |  Cal South ODP
Current Club: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 8  |  Goals: 1  |  Assists: 0
Bio: Catarina won NCAA Championships in both 2017 and 2019 for Stanford, as well as being named a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Via her success in Cal South’s ODP program, she started her U.S. Women’s connection attending U-14 and U-15 National Training Camps, and has also played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s team. A dual citizen with both the United States and Brazil, she turned down offers from Brazil in order to play with the U.S. squad. Earlier, this year, she left Stanford before her senior year to sign a professional contract with Lyon in France.

Alex Morgan | #13
Position: Forward Height: 5′ 7″
Born: 07/02/1989 Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Cal South Club: West Coast FC  |  Cal South ODP
Current Club: Orlando Pride
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 183  |  Goals: 111  |  Assists: 44 
U.S. Soccer bio: At the 2011 World Cup, 22-year-old Alex Morgan—the youngest player on that U.S. World Cup roster—scored in the semi-final against France and scored again in the final against Japan. This was the spectacular introduction to one of the most prolific goal scorers in U.S. soccer history. On April 4, 2019, Morgan scored her 100th goal, and it was trademark Morgan: out-muscling a defender and crashing toward goal with incredible force and speed. Headed into her third World Cup, watch for Morgan to put on her most electrifying display yet.

Christen Press | #11
Position: Forward Height: 5′ 6″
Born: 12/29/1988 Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA
Cal South Club: Slammers FC  |  Cal South ODP
Current Club: Unaffiliated
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 152  |  Goals: 63  |  Assists: 43 
U.S. Soccer Bio: Christen has the power to wow defenders and audiences alike. The 2010 Hermann Trophy winner and all-time-leading goal-scorer at Stanford with 71 goals, she possesses speed, creativity and nuance. In her first season playing professionally, she was the 2011 WPS rookie of the year. When the league folded in 2012, Press took her talents to Sweden, where she became the 2013 leading goal-scorer of the Swedish league. In 2014, she returned to the NWSL. Now a forward for the Utah Royals, she has never been more at ease or confident in what she has to offer—on the field and off.

Cal South Alumni on the U.S. Men’s National Team 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

Paul Arriola | #7
Position: Forward Height: 5′ 6″
Born: 02/05/1995 Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Cal South Club: Arsenal FC  |  Cal South ODP
Current Club: D.C. United
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 37  |  Goals: 8  |  Assists: 4
U.S. Soccer Bio: Always active on the wing,  Arriola’s combination of speed and flair have made him one of the MNT’s most dangerous wide players in recent years. A product of the U.S. Youth National Teams and LA Galaxy Academy setup, the Chula Vista native began his professional career just south of the border with Club Tijuana in 2013, where he worked his way up the pecking order to a regular place in the side. Three years after signing in Mexico, Arriola made his MNT debut and went on to help the USA to a Gold Cup title in 2017. Now a key member of D.C. United, his international experience will prove valuable for the MNT leading towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Matthew Hoppe | #13
Position: Forward Height: 6′ 3″
Born: 03/13/2001 Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Cal South Clubs: Strikers FC, FC Golden State
Current Club: Schalke 04 (GER)
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 4  |  Goals: 1  |  Assists: 1
Bio: Just out of his teens, Hoppe played with various Cal South clubs including FC Golden State and Strikers FC, before landing at Barça Residency Academy in Arizona. His high-scoring success there gained him professional attention and he signed a deal with Germany’s Schalke 04 of the Bundesliga in June 2019. On November 28, 2020, he made his professional debut for Schalke. On January 9, 2021, he made international headlines by scoring a hat-trick (also his first senior goals for Schalke) in a league match against Hoffenheim. He became the first American to ever score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. The resulting win from his 3-goal effort also meant that Schalke ended their 30-game winless streak in the league. He is signed with the club through 2023. He received his first call-up to the U.S. National squad for a friendly against Switzerland on May 20, 2021 and then secured his first official international cap in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B match against Martinique on July 15, 2021.

Cristian Roldan | #10
Position: Midfielder Height: 5′ 8″
Born: 06/03/1995 Hometown: Pico Rivera, CA
Cal South Club: Union Independente (UIFC)
Current Club: Seattle Sounders FC
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 23  |  Goals: 0  |  Assists: 2
U.S. Soccer Bio: Cristian Roldan has used his superior ball-handling skills and ability to read the game to earn looks for the MNT. The high school standout was recruited by the University of Washington where he made 42 appearances and was critical in helping to lead the team to a PAC-10 title in 2013 earning him Soccer America National Freshman of the Year honors. At the 2015 MLS SuperDraft he was selected 16th overall by the Seattle Sounders where he has been a regular starter. Roldan made his debut at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting in a group stage match against Martinique and has gone on to become a solid contributor to the MNT at the start of the 2022 World Cup cycle.

Gyasi Zardes | #9
Position: Forward Height: 6′ 2″
Born: 09/02/1991 Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Cal South Club: LA Galaxy Academy
Current Club: Columbus Crew SC
U.S. Team Stats – Caps: 60  |  Goals: 13  |  Assists: 10
U.S. Soccer Bio: With plenty of pace, Gyasi Zardes has proven his ability both as a forward and a wide midfielder. Zardes was first called up in January of 2015 and quickly earned his first start the next month. He had a breakout year with MNT that year and went on to play an important role in the USA’s fourth-place finish at the 2016 Copa America Centenario and the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. At CSU Bakersfield, Zardes led the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. He was signed as a Homegrown Player by the LA Galaxy in 2012 and distinguished himself scoring 34 goals in 131 appearances with the club. In 2018, he was transferred to the Columbus Crew SC where he experienced a renaissance, registering a career-high 19 goals as the club’s lead target forward.

Some bios and all player photos courtesy of https://www.ussoccer.com/players/.