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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.

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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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Road to the Roster, Featuring Jurgen Klinsmann: Episode 5

ussoccer.com's "Road to the Roster" returns for Episode 5, with U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann who discusses the draw vs. Mexico, potential formations, key player performances from the weekend, concerns about Jozy Altidore and what players need to work on ahead of the World Cup preparation Camp beginning on May 14.

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WNT vs. China: Highlights - April 10, 2014

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

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Lloyd Hits for Two, Leroux Adds the Third: U.S. WNT vs. China - April 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO (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.

Sydney Leroux added a goal – her 29th career tally – moments after halftime when she found the net 13 seconds into second half. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made one world-class save to earn her 70th career clean sheet and move within one of Briana Scurry’s USA record of 71.

Interim head coach Jill Ellis began her second stint as interim head coach after Tom Sermanni was relieved of his duties as on Sunday. Ellis is now 6-0-2 all-time after compiling a record of 5-0-2 as the interim coach in 2012 following Pia Sundhage’s departure.

The USA almost got on the board just seconds into the match captain Becky Sauerbrunn launched a long ball over the defense on the right side. Megan Rapinoe ran it down and crossed that ball into the middle where it was deflected to Lloyd. The midfielder had a brief look at an open net, but her shot was deflected wide left off the toe of a China defender.

The USA lost San Diego native Rachel Van Hollebeke early in the game as she suffered a left ankle injury, which forced Ellis to bring in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.

In the 12th minute, Solo came up with her huge save on Zhang Rui’s right-footed blast, flying to her left to parry the ball away despite being screened by goal mouth traffic.

That was the best effort from China on the night and the USA was the aggressor the rest of the way, led by Lloyd’s finishing prowess. In the 20th minute, the U.S. broke the deadlock when Rapinoe dished to Leroux down the left sideline. Leroux dribbled past her defender to the end line and crossed the ball to Lauren Holiday at the far post. Holiday, who was on the right side of the six-yard box, redirected the ball back to Lloyd, who finished from 12 yards out with a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.

In the 23rd minute, it was Rapinoe again who sparked the initial attack with a shot from the right side that was deflected by China’s Zeng Ying. Wang Shanshan attempted to clear the ball out of harm’s way, but it went to Lloyd, who controlled it from 24 yards out and then smashed another left-footer that flew just inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was the 50th of Lloyd’s WNT career and made her the ninth U.S. player to reach that milestone.

The U.S. came out of the halftime break and padded its lead after just 13 seconds. Off the kickoff, the USA sent a long ball into the penalty area, and China was burned by a botched clearance when Wang Shanshan only partly made contact with the ball at the edge of the box. Rapinoe pounced with a short pass to Leroux, who slid from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box to sneak the ball underneath goalkeeper Zhang Yue and into the lower right corner. Leroux now has 29 goals for her WNT career and a team-leading five tallies for the USA in 2014.

The USA pushed for more goals, and only several quality saves from Zhang kept the score down. Among the chances created was a Rapinoe attempt from about 30 yards out in the 55th minute that forced the Chinese goalkeeper to make a tip save over the crossbar. Second-half sub Christen Press had a strong scoring chance nearly two minutes after she entered the game, but her 59th-minute shot was blocked by Wang in the right side in the box.

The U.S. had two chances in the 60th minute when a Leroux header hit the crossbar and then Zhang dove to save an Abby Wambach header off the ensuing corner kick.

The majority of the WNT players will have approximately a month away from international duty as they start the National Women’s Soccer League season this weekend.

Next up for the U.S. WNT is a match against Canada on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).

Milestone Watch:

  • The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak which is now at 82 games. The U.S. WNT is 72-0-10 during its current streak, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
  • Carli Lloyd, who increased her career goals total to 50, is now three tallies behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra on the WNT all-time list.
  • Heather O’Reilly passed longtime defender Kate Markgraf to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time caps list with 202 appearances. Markgraf earned 201 caps from 1998-2010. O’Reilly is inching closer to seventh-place Tiffeny Milbrett, who played in 204 games from 1991-2005.
  • Hope Solo earned her 150th career cap and is the 18th WNT player to reach that milestone. Among USA goalkeepers, Solo is second only to Briana Scurry (173 caps from 1994-2008).
  • Lauren Holiday played in her 99th career game, and with her next appearance she would be the 30th player in WNT history to reach the century mark.
  • Sydney Leroux made her 50th appearance since debuting for the USA in 2011. She is the 47th WNT player to reach 50 games in her career.
  • With her 30th assist, Holiday becomes the 12th WNT player to reach that career mark.
  • With her 109th appearance, Amy Rodriguez tied with Angela Hucles for 28th all-time.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 6-2-1 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is now 32-8-12 all-time against China PR.
  • The U.S. WNT moved to 6-0-2 all-time under interim head coach Jill Ellis.
  • Thursday’s starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line that included right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Rachel Van Hollebeke and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn wore the captain’s armband, while Van Hollebeke enjoyed a homecoming as she hails from northern San Diego suburb Del Mar, Calif.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Morgan Brian on the right and Carli Lloyd centrally.
  • Lauren Holiday pushed up from her typical midfield role to center forward, flanked beside Heather O’Reilly on the right and Sydney Leroux on the left.
  • Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all nine USA matches this year.
  • Van Hollebeke picked up an ankle injury just two minutes into the match. After trying to fight through the pain on the sidelines, Ellis decided to sub out Van Hollebeke, bringing in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.
  • Abby Wambach was brought into the match to open the second half as she entered for Brian. It marked Wambach’s 220th career appearance.
  • In the 57th minute, Tobin Heath and Christen Press replaced Rapinoe and O’Reilly, respectively.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Holiday in the 64th minute. O’Hara moved to left back and Klingenberg pushed into the midfield.
  • Amy Rodriguez was the USA’s sixth and final sub, entering for Leroux in the 76th minute.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: April 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 12,857
Weather: 62 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
USA                                  2      1      3
CHN                                 0      0      0                                                              

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)                  20th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted)                        23
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)         46

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling  (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots:  18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                     59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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