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Road to the Roster, Featuring Jurgen Klinsmann: Episode 6

ussoccer.com's "Road to the Roster" returns for Episode 6, with U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discussing the significance of strikers scoring goals, the upcoming World Cup preparation camp in Northern California, and the importance of staying connected with the Youth National Teams. In addition, Jurgen answers your questions from Twitter. We also hear from Chris Wondolowski about his recent form and competing for a spot on the roster at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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21 Players Called into Camp for U.S. Under-21 Men's National Team Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 18, 2014) – Twenty-one players received a call-up to the U.S. Under-21 Men’s National Team training camp, which will take place from April 20-24 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

The U-21 MNT camp was set up to form a core group of players that will make up the majority of the Under-23 Men’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U-23 MNT will begin programming in 2015.

“We’re excited to bring some of our best young players together for this initial U-21 camp,” said current U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, who will oversee the five-day camp. “We’re hoping that we can have another two or three camps between now and the end of the year. This camp is purely to have the team together so that we begin moving in the right direction. When the time is right, we can put a group that has kept playing together and is familiar with each other in front of the permanent coach.”

The camp roster is composed entirely of North American-based players, 19 of whom play professionally. Major League Soccer leads the way among professional leagues represented with 13 players from nine different clubs receiving a call-up. Liga MX (four players form three clubs), Ascenso MX (one player) and USL PRO (one player) supply the remaining six professional players.

Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh of Santa Clara and Jordan Morris of Stanford are the only two non-professional players to receive a call-up.

Despite the wide range of locales from which the players are coming to join the camp, all have represented the U.S. on previous occasions, with 20 of the 21 players having received a call-up to the U-20 National Team in their Youth National Team career. Eleven of those 20 players were teammates on the U.S. team that qualified for last summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The camp will consist of three days of training before culminating with a friendly against Club Tijuana on Wednesday evening.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Kempin (Oklahoma City Energy; Leawood, Kan.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Tigres UANL; Riverside, Calif.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Chicago Fire; San Jose, Calif.), Collin Martin (D.C. United; Chevy Chase, Md.), Esteban Rodriguez (Club Tijuana; Bell Gardens, Calif.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Daniel Cuevas (CF Lobos BUAP; Sacramento, Calif.), Danny Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Jose Villarreal (Cruz Azul; Inglewood, Calif.)

National Team Staff
Technical Director:                 Juergen Klinsmann     Newport Beach, Calif.
Youth Technical Director:       Tab Ramos                 Colts Neck, N.J.

Assistant Coach:                     Andreas Herzog          Vienna, Austria          
Goalkeeper Coach:                Kasey Keller                Seattle, Wash.

Fitness Coach:                        Brian O’Donnell           Scottsdale, Ariz.
Athletic Trainer:                       Rick Guter                  Los Angeles, Calif.

Press Officer:                         Michael Kammarman Los Angeles, Calif.
Videographer:                         Troy Bardy                  Los Angeles, Calif.

Equipment Coordinator:          Mike Zawlocki             Sacramento, Calif.
Team Coordinator:                  Zach Crusse               Los Angeles, Calif.

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WNT vs. China PR: Field Level Highlights - April 10, 2014

Carli Lloyd became the ninth U.S. Women’s National Team player to reach the 50-goal milestone, scoring twice as the USA defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Across the Academy – April 16, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
PDA U-17/18s, LA Galaxy U-15/16s and RSL AZ U-15/16s Clinch Playoff Spots: The Development Academy Playoffs are a little more than two months away, and three clubs have clinched the first Playoff spots in this 2013-14 season. The Players Development Academy U-17/18, LA Galaxy U-15/16 and Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16 teams have all qualified for the 2013-14 Academy Playoffs, which take place from June 23-27 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.

Opportunity Knocks: PDA’s Hunter Pinho and LAFA’s Jake Arteaga: At a recent U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team camp, ussoccer.com chatted with Players Development Academy U-13/14 goalkeeper Hunter Pinho and Los Angeles Futbol Academy U-13/14 defensive midfielder Jake Arteaga for the Opportunity Knocks series. Pinho reflected on the intensity of the U-14 BNT camp and his greater responsibility and leadership from the back. Arteaga talked about how he tries to be a strong distributor of the ball in his game.

U.S. U-20 MNT Opens Dallas Cup with Two Victories: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team took control of Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 35th Dallas Cup this week, opening with a pair of victories. The U-20 MNT started the event with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Club Athletico River Plate of Argentina on Sunday. Chivas USA Academy alum Ben Spencer tallied two goals, including the game-winner in the 79th minute. The U-20s followed that up with a 3-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, led by FC DELCO alum Zac Pfeffer, who had a goal and an assist. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos also sat down with U.S. Soccer to discuss the opportunity to compete against international teams as the staff continues to identify the top talent for this current U-20 cycle.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of April 12-13):

  • West Conference: The San Diego Surf U-15/16s of the Southwest Division played a pair of crossover matches over the weekend. San Diego earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, followed by a 2-0 victory against Crossfire Premier on Sunday. Against Vancouver, which is second in the Northwest Division, San Diego’s Guillermo Bermudez scored his team’s only goal in the 58th minute. Against Crossfire Premier, which is fourth in the Northwest Division, the Surf’s Jacob Cintas and William Blackburn each scored first-half goals. It marked the fifth win of the season for the San Diego Surf.
  • Central Conference: The FC Wisconsin Nationals U-15/16 team has had a strong April with a 4-0-0 record, earning two big victories this past weekend. FC Wisconsin earned a 4-1 win against Mid-American Division leader Vardar on Saturday and edge third-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves by a 2-1 margin. Blake Carr had three goals during this stretch – two tallies against Vardar and the game-winner against CSA Wolves.
  • East Conference: Bethesda-Olney’s U-17/18s continued their banner first season in the Academy with a 2-0 victory against Baltimore Bays Chelsea on Sunday. Georgetown-bound Matthew Ledder provided all the scoring Bethesda-Olney needed with both goals in the 51st and 75th minutes. Ledder now has 14 goals in 17 games, and Bethesda-Olney leads the Atlantic Division at 15-2-0 (2.65 points per game).

Academy Honors:

  • Player of the Week: Chicago Fire U-17/18 midfielder Shannon Seymour was named Academy Player of the Week during the April 5-6 weekend. Seymour, who is eligible for the U-15/16s, has played up an age level for the Fire and has put in a solid 2013-14 campaign. He has currently started in 16 of 18 games played this season with four goals, including a brace during the Fire U-17/18 team’s 4-0 victory against Sockers FC on March 29.
  • Referee of the Week: Luis Guardia, a 28-year-old Grade 4 referee from southern Texas, was named Academy Referee of the Week for his work during the U-17/18 match between Lonestar SC and FC Dallas on April 5. In addition to Academy matches and the Academy Winter Showcase, Guardia has worked MLS Reserve and preseason games, international matches, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, NASL, PDL and USL PRO.

For all Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

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U.S. U-18 MNT Tops Canada, Falls Late to Mexico: It was a mixed bag for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team during its two international friendlies at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The USA defeated Canada 2-1 on April 8, with FC Dallas Academy forward Coy Craft scoring the game-winner and assisting the USA’s first tally by recent Real Salt Lake homegrown signing Justen Glad. Against Mexico, the U.S. held a 3-2 lead heading into stoppage time, but gave up two late tallies and dropped a 4-3 decision. The USA’s goal scorers included Jorge Ruiz of the LA Galaxy Academy, Sebastian Elney and Real Salt Lake Arizona’s Sebastian Saucedo.

U-18s Value Klinsmann’s Tutelage: The U-18 MNT recently had the privilege of U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann helping coach one of the team’s sessions during its April camp in Carson, Calif. Klinsmann, U-18 head coach Javier Perez and Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Ben Swanson spoke to U.S. Soccer about this valuable experience.

Academy Alumni: Agudelo Tallies winner for FC Utrecht: Former New York Red Bulls Academy forward Juan Agudelo scored the game-winning goal to lead FC Utrecht to a 2-1 victory against Heracles this past Sunday for his second goal with the Dutch club. In Major League Soccer action, former PA Classics forward Andrew Wenger scored a goal during his debut with the Philadelphia Union.

UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:

  • 2013-14 Academy Schedule
  • Development Academy Regular Season: A lighter schedule is on the docket, with 15 games over the April 18-19 stretch and no games on Sunday, April 20. A combined 10 games are scheduled at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups and five fixtures at the U-13/14 level.

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Academy Alumni: Agudelo Tallies Winner for FC Utrecht

Former New York Red Bulls Academy forward Juan Agudelo scored the game-winning goal to lead FC Utrecht to a 2-1 victory against Heracles on Sunday. Agudelo was brought into the match in the 36th minute and tallied four minutes later.

It marked Agudelo’s second goal for the Dutch club. His first goal came on Feb. 6 during a 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle.

Wenger Tallies in Union Debut: In his first match since being traded from the Montreal Impact, former PA Classics forward Andrew Wenger scored a goal during the Union’s 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The No. 1 overall selection of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft wasted no time contributing for his home state team, tallying a 55th-minute goal to tie the score at 1-1. Wenger’s goal was up for MLS Goal of the Week.

Dillon Duo Sets Up Rapids Winner: Colorado Rapids Academy alumni Dillon Serna and Dillon Powers helped set up an Edson Buddle goal and Colorado held on for a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC on Saturday. Powers, who was the mlssoccer.com Man of the Match for his efforts, dished near the end line to Buddle just above the six-yard box for the game-winner, which was Buddle’s 99th career MLS goal.

Elsewhere, a pair of alumni had assists during the 1-1 draw between the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA. Internationals SC alum Darlington Nagbe assisted Will Johnson’s seventh-minute goal for Portland, and Albertson SC product Andrew Jean-Baptiste helped set up Erick Torres’ equalizer in the 79th minute for Chivas.

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U-18 MNT Drops Last-Minute Decision to Mexico in Friendly

CARSON, Calif. (April 12, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team suffered a last-minute defeat to Mexico, which scored two goals in second half stoppage time to win the teams’ international friendly 4-3 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

The U.S. led on three occasions thanks to a first-half Jorge Ruiz penalty kick, and a pair of second-half strikes from Sebastian Elney and Sebastian Saucedo. However, Mexico answered on each occasion with Erick Germain Aguirre notching the tying and winning goals in the 92nd and 95th minutes, respectively.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Mexico U-18 MNT
Date:
April 12, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Mooch Myernick Field, National Training Center
Kickoff:
3 p.m. PT
Attendance:
250
Weather:
61 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          2          3
MEX                            0          4          4            

USA                Jorge Ruiz                                                        41st  minute
MEX                Luis Fernando Cruz                                        54
USA                Sebastian Elney (Kyle Scott)                           62
MEX                Ian de Jesus Arellano (Luis Fernando Cruz)  69
USA                Sebastian Saucedo                                           76
MEX                Erick Germain Aguirre                                   92
MEX                Erick Germain Aguirre                                   95

Lineups:
USA:
1-JT Marcinkowski (12-Jonathan Klinsmann, 61); 14-David Chavez, 18-Mauricio Pineda, 17-Justen Glad, 20-Pablo Pelaez; 8-Jorge Ruiz,10-Jackson Yueill (23-Kyle Scott, 61), 4-Ben Swanson(capt.), 7-Mukwelle Akale (16-Sebastian Elney, 61); 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 19-Coy Craft (6-Collin Fernandez, 88)
Subs not used: 2-Christian Lucatero, 3-Shannon Seymour, 5-Henry Martin, 9-Stephen Payne, 13-Alex Ramos, 15-Quentin Pearson, 21-Cameron Lindley, 22-Christian Herrera, 24-Patrick Jean-Gilles
Head Coach: Javier Perez
 

MEX: 12-Angel Francisco Rascon; 4-Cesar Guillermo Jimenez, 3-Diego Rangel (14-Edson Omar Alvarez, 44), 5-Bryan Gael Castrejon, 16-Frnacisco Cordova; 13-Erik Germain Aguirre (capt.), 7-Ian de Jesus Arellano (17-Jose Luis Chavez, 94), 8-Miguel Angel Tapias, 9-Ricardo Javier Cruz; 11-Diego de Jesus Aguilar (18-Luis Enrique Gonzalez, 82), 10-Luis Fernando Cruz (19-Jose de Jesus Godinez, 81)
Subs not used: 1-Jose Santiago Hernandez, 2-Carlos Alan Ortega, 6-Jonatan Becerrill,15-Manuel Alejandro Mayorga, 20-Gerardo Perez
Head Coach: Marco Antonio Sanchez Yacuta
 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 15 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 11-Sebastian Saucedo             (caution)          26th minute
MEX – 9-Ricardo Javier Cruz            (caution)          32
USA – 19-Coy Craft                           (caution)          47
MEX – 7-Ian de Jesus Arellano          (caution)          67
USA – 14-David Chavez                    (ejection)         94

Officials:
Head Referee – Ashbir Singh
Assistant Referee 1 – Brandon Chapman
Assistant Referee 2 – Adrian Gonzalez
4th Official – Shaine Danbeli           

Scoring Summary:
USA – Mukwelle Akale fouled inside the penalty area. Jorge Ruiz scores the ensuing penalty kick. (1-0)
MEX – Luis Fernando Cruz turns into the box from the right side and converts a shot inside the far post. (1-1)
USA – Kyle Scott passes to Sebastian Elney who swivels in the box and pings a shot off the left post into the net. (2-1)
MEX – Luis Fernando Cruz passes to Ian de Jesus Arellano outside the box. Arellano takes a touch and scores a drive from near the top of the 18. (2-2)
USA – Sebastian Saucedo takes the ball from midfield through the middle and unleashes a shot into the left upper 90. (3-2)
MEX – Erick Germain Aguirre scores from close range. (3-3)
MEX – Erick Germain Aguirre scores on penalty kick after David Chavez received red card for a handball on the goal line. (3-4)

Michael Bradley Making Toronto Home

ussoccer.com recently visited Michael Bradley in Toronto, where the U.S. MNT midfielder has made his home following a summer move to Toronto FC. Bradley took a moment during filming for “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” to speak about moving with his family to Canada.

ussoccer.com: What drew you to Toronto? The soccer part is obvious, but can you talk about what was enticing for you about the city itself? 
Michael Bradley: “I’ve been lucky enough over the years to play with some different Canadian players and, more than anything, have really close relationships with some of them. I played with Paul Stalteri in Germany at Borussia Moenchengladbach and he and his wife are very close friends of ours. Will Johnson is a guy I grew up with. Rob Friend is a guy I played with in Holland and in Germany. He and his wife are great friends.

“You always hear them talking about Toronto and what a great city it is. Obviously I had experiences being there different times – in 2007 for the Under-20 World Cup, with the National Team in the summer of 2012, and this past summer for a couple of days with Roma.

“What you can see right away is that it’s a diverse city with people from all different backgrounds. It’s not altogether different than the area I grew up in around New Jersey. You realize right away when you get here, it’s a sports city and the people here love their teams. They’re passionate, love watching their teams play and want so badly to have winning teams. They are excited watching teams they can be proud of.”

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