U.S. Soccer

Landon Donovan Caps Off Memorable International Career as U.S. MNT Draws Ecuador 1-1

Donovan Plays 40 Minutes in 157th Match before 36,265 Fans at Rentschler Field;
Diskerud Nets Fifth-Minute Goal, but Ecuador Equalizes in Closing Minutes

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MNT LD Oct 10, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: October 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 36,265
Weather: 54 degrees, clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          0          1
ECU                            0          1          1           

USA – Mix Diskerud (DeAndre Yedlin)          5th minute
ECU – Enner Valencia (Cristhian Noboa)      88

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco (3-Omar Gonzalez, 62), 6-John Brooks (5-Tim Ream, 62), 14-Greg Garza; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Alfredo Morales, 62), 8-Mix Diskerud, 7-Joe Gyau (23-Bobby Wood, 22); 10-Landon Donovan (capt.) (15-Joe Corona, 41), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 76)
Subs Not Used: 9-Miguel Ibarra, 20-Luis Gil, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

ECU: 1-Maximo Banguera; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes (16-Mario Pineida, 90+3), 20-Luis Canga, 3-Frickson Erazo (19-Luis Fernando Leon, 86), 10-Walter Ayovi (capt.); 6-Cristhian Noboa, 14-Segundo Castillo (8-Carlos Gruezo, 86), 5-Renato Ibarra (18-Jonathan Gonzalez, 44), 11-Juan Cazares (17-Junior Sornoza, 85), 9-Cristian Penilla (7-Joao Plata, 46), 13-Enner Valencia
Subs Not Used: 2-Arturo Mina, 12-Hamilton Piedra, 15-Cristian Ramirez, 21-Johnny Uchuari, 22-Alexander Dominguez
Head Coach: Sixto Vizuete Toapanta 

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)       32nd minute
ECU – Frickson Erazo (caution)        54
USA – Joe Corona (caution)              61 

Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Keyzell Corrales (NCA)
4th Official: Ricardo Cerdas (CRC) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

Kuhlmann Scores Hat Trick as USA Dominates Paraguay 6-1 in Opening Match of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

AL ZARQA, Jordan (October 1, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Paraguay 6-1, scoring twice in the first half and four times in the second to open the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored the first hat trick by a U.S. player in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which included a crucial score just four minutes into the second half. Midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri, right back Kiara Pickett and forward Ashley Sanchez added single goals in a dominating performance from the United States.

The crowd of 2,078 saw an entertaining match from the young Americans, who moved the ball with pace and sophistication throughout the 90 minutes. Once the USA settled into the game after a nervy first few minutes, Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell led a U.S. midfield that controlled most of the possession and the rhythm of the game.

The only goal given up by the USA came off a set play as Paraguay headed home a corner kick in the 54th minute.

In the first game of Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 5-0 and the reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champions currently sit just behind the USA in the group standings based on goals scored, as both the USA and Japan won by a five-goal margin.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto), 11th minute: 
After some early game jitters were run out by the young U.S. team, the Americans got on the board off a nice build up that saw Pinto thread a pass to Tagliaferri inside the penalty area. She took a perfect touch to her right to lose a defender and blasted her shot past the onrushing ‘keeper into the left side of the net. It was the USA’s first shot on goal of the game. USA 1, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett), 14th minute: The USA struck again quickly as right back Kiara Pickett ran onto a long ball down the right flank from Pinto and then nutmegged her challenging defender with a first touch towards the goal. She played a perfect cross on the ground from the edge of the penalty area to Kuhlmann near the top of the six-yard. The U.S. striker took a perfect settling touch before shooting low and just inside the left post. USA 2, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner), 49th minute: The USA started the second half strong, winning three corner kicks in quick succession. Paraguay managed to clear them, but could not get the ball completely out of danger after the third and left back Wisener ran onto a loose ball with a great touch to sweep the ball into the attacking third. She then slipped a pass to Kuhlmann who took another deft touch to make space for a shot, this one at the top of the penalty box, before striking a left-footer through the legs of a defender and into the right side of the net. USA 3, PAR 0

PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda), 54th minute: Paraguay took a corner kick from the left that flew to the top of the six-yard box and the U.S. defense could not get to it before Fretes sent a solid header high into the left side of the net to pull one back. USA 3, PAR 1

USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez), 69th minute: Sanchez made a dazzling dribbling run down the left side, bringing a roar from the crowd as she beat two players before driving toward the box. She cut a pass back into the seam for Pickett, and as was the theme of the night, she took an excellent first touch to settle before driving her shot under the ‘keeper from seven years out for her first international goal. USA 4, PAR 1

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Katie Wiesner), 81st minute: As Paraguay began to lose some steam, the USA created numerous chances toward the end of the game and Sanchez bagged a well-deserved goal. She took a pass from Wiesner on the left side and cut inside towards the middle of the penalty area before spinning her right-footed shot into the lower right corner. USA 5, PAR 1

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey), 87th minute: Kuhlmann completed her hat trick in tremendous fashion with a blast from outside the box after Godfrey had done some hard work on the dribble to wriggle herself free. The 14-year-old played a square pass to Kuhlmann who turned to goal and hit a laser into the upper right corner for the final margin. USA 6, PAR 1. FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
PAR – Heidi Salas, 35th minute: 
After Ashley Sanchez beat three defenders inside the box to earn a point blank shot from about 10 yards out, Salas cut down the angle and knocked down the blast to keep the score at 2-0.

PAR – Heidi Salas, 78th minute: After a quick U.S. counter-attack put Civana Kuhlmann through, Salas was able to smother the ball at the feet of the onrushing U.S. forward before she could poke in a fifth U.S. goal. She would eventually get the sixth.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Ghana in its second Group D match of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 4 (8:55 a.m. ET; FS2) at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman, Jordan. The U.S. will wrap up group play against Japan on Oct. 8 at Amman International Stadium (11:55 a.m. ET; FS2). Click here for the full tournament schedule.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 13-0-2 in 2016, having scored 47 goals while allowing 11.
  • This was the USA’s first victory in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since Sept. 25, 2012, in a 6-0 win against Gambia in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • The scores were Civana Kuhlmann’s 13th, 14th, and 15th international goals in 18 caps with the U-17 WNT. She also leads the team with 13 goals in 2016.
  • Frankie Tagliaferri scored her 10th goal in 25 U-17 caps.
  • Ashley Sanchez kept up her goal per game average, scoring her 19th international goal in her 19th U-17 cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s hat trick was the first by a U.S. player in a U-17 WWC, but the fourth by a U.S. player in a youth Women’s World Cup. Sydney Leroux scored three times against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany; Maya Hayes had a hat trick against Ghana at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan; and Kelly Wilson scored three goals against Denmark at the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Championship.
  • The match marks the second time the USA and Paraguay have met in the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The teams met in group play in 2008 in Hamilton, New Zealand, a 3-1 U.S. victory.
  • This was the first World Cup match in the international careers of all the U.S. players that played.
  • The USA made all three allowed subs in the game as Sophie Smith came on for Frankie Tagliaferri in the 67th minute and 14-year-old Lia Godfrey became the youngest player to play in a youth Women’s World Cup for the USA, coming on for Jaelin Howell in the 84th minute. Adrienne Richardson replaced Kuhlmann, who got a rousing ovation as she left the field with a few minutes left in the game.
  • The match was played on an artificial turf surface at Prince Mohammed International Stadium. The USA’s next two group games will be on natural grass.
  • The USA got a goal and three assists from its outside backs with Kiara Pickett scoring her first international goal while setting up Kuhlmann’s first of the game, and Kate Wiesner assisting on Kuhlmann’s second and Ashley Sanchez’ score.

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- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Paraguay U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Oct. 1, 2016
Competition: 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Prince Mohammed International Stadium; Al Zarqa, Jordan
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,078
Weather: 75 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                             2          4          6

PAR                             0          1          1

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto)                              11th minute
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett)                                14
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner)                               49
PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda)                                       54
USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez)                                  69
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kate Wiesner)                                 81
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey)                                  87


USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 4-Naomi Girma, 5-Karina Rodriguez, 9-Kiara Pickett, 11-Kate Wiesner; 7-Alex Spaanstra, 8-Briana Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell (17-Lia Godfrey, 84), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (3-Sophia Smith, 67); 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Adrienne Richardson, 88)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jordan Canniff, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Meagan McClelland, 13-Isabel Rodriguez, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Sydney Zandi, 21-Hillary Beall
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

PAR: 1-Heidi Salas; 3-Maria Vecca, 4-Daysy Bareiro, 5-Limpia Fretes, 14-Yessica Cabanas; 6-Cinthia Arevalo (20-Katia Martinez, 46), 7-Fabiola Sandoval, 8-Rosa Mino (15-Jennifer Gonzalez, 67), 13-Deisy Ojeda (16-Vanessa Arce, 46); 10-Jessica Martinez (capt.), 11-Dahiana Bogarin
Subs Not Used: 2-Dirse Tande, 9-Maria Segovia, 12-Andrea Benkenstein, 17-Graciela Martinez, 18-Natalia Villasanti, 19-Lourdes Oliveira, 21-Natasha Martinez
Head Coach: Nelson Basualdo

Stats Summary: USA / PAR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Karina Rodriguez         (caution)         59th minute

Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
4th Official: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Ashley Sanchez

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U-17 WNT Oct 1, 2016

MNT on TV: Final Club Matches Before October Friendlies

It’s one more weekend of club duty before the U.S. Men’s National Team reconvenes for October friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand. Here’s how to follow MNT players before they arrive in Miami and use the next two matches to fight for spots in the highly anticipated showdown with Mexico and Costa Rica to open the Hex in November.

The weekend gets underway Friday night when Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana work to increase their one-point advantage at the top of the Liga MX table when they welcome Club Atlas to Estadio Caliente (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

On Saturday, Bobby Wood and Hamburg will try to move past last week’s late 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich when they take on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin (9:30 a.m. ET – FoxSoccer2Go). Hertha Berlin currently sit fourth in the table, equal on points with Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Following a late assist to help Borussia Dortmund earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League play at midweek, Christian Pulisic and BVB keep up their pursuit of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen (12:30 p.m. – FS2).

Back in MLS, a number of MNT players have a chance to push their clubs onto the doorstep of the postseason, and with a little help in other matches this weekend clinch MLS Cup Playoff berths. Such is the case for Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union, who could go a long way towards locking down their first postseason berth since 2011 with a win against Sacha Kljestan and New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. – MLS Live). Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United could also book their third-straight playoff ticket with a win against Toronto FC along with other results, but Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will try to keep the Reds in contention for top spot in the Eastern Conference and the MLS Supporters Shield (7:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live)

Meanwhile, things are much more straightforward for Tim Howard and Colorado Rapids, who need just a victory against Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013 (9 p.m. – MLS Live).

Sunday’s action kicks off early when Geoff Cameron and Stoke City head to the Theater of Dreams in search of their first victory of the season when they take on Manchester United (7 a.m. ET – NBCSN). Later on, Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach hope to bounce back from their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Barcelona with a visit to Schalke (11:30 a.m. ET – FS2).

On this side of the Atlantic, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca work to keep the pressure on Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL at the top of Liga MX with a match at Puebla (7 p.m. ET – UDN) before the weekend closes with Jordan Morris and high-flying Seattle Sounders attempting to provide cushion for themselves above the red line in the Western Conference with a Cascadia Cup clash at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8 p.m. ET – FS1).

A full rundown of this weekend’s matches involving MNT players is below.

All times Eastern

Friday, Sept. 30

Paul Arriola, Michael Orozco

Club Tijuana vs. Atlas

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, Oct. 1

John Brooks, Bobby Wood

Hertha Berlin vs. Hamburg

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Julian Green

Bayern Munich vs. Koln

9:30 a.m.


Alfredo Morales

Ingolstadt vs. Hoffenheim

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Aron Johannsson

Darmstadt vs. Werder Bremen

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer 2 Go

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion

10 a.m.


Brad Guzan

West Ham United vs. Middlesbrough

10 a.m.


Christian Pulisic

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:30 p.m.


Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Lee Nguyen, Matt Besler

New England Revolution vs. Sporting KC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Steve Birnbaum

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

William Yarbrough

Club Leon vs. Tigres UANL

8 p.m.


Kellyn Acosta

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Darlington Nagbe

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers

9 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham, Kyle Beckerman

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Oct. 2

Geoff Cameron

Manchester United vs. Stoke City

7 a.m.


Fabian Johnson

Schalke vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

11:30 a.m.


Omar Gonzalez

Puebla vs. Pachuca

7 p.m.


Jordan Morris

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

8 p.m.


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MNT Sep 30, 2016

Match Preview: U-17 WNT Faces Paraguay in U-17 WWC Opener in Jordan

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 1 against Paraguay at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, Jordan, in what will be one of the final games of the second match day of the tournament. The match will air live on FOX Soccer Plus starting at 11:55 a.m. ET and fans can also watch on FOX Sports GO app, FOXSportsGo.com and FOXSoccer2GO.com.

The U.S. team spent almost a week in Paphos, Cyprus during a highly productive pre-Women’s World Cup training camp before arriving in Jordan on Sept. 25 to make final preparations for the tournament. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position - DETAILED                                             
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), 1-Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), 12-Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

4-Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), 9-Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), 13-Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), 5-Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) 6-Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), 15-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), 11-Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

2-Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), 17-Lia Godfrey (Jacksonville Armada; Fleming Island, Fla.), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), 8-Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), 16-Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

14-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), 19-Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), 10-Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), 3-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.). MEET THE TEAM.                     


U-17 WNT vs. Paraguay: The USA and Paraguay have met once before, during group play at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Hamilton, New Zealand with the USA coming away with a 3-1 win after going a goal down in the 32nd minute. Needing a win to advance, the USA forced Paraguay into an own goal as current Sky Blue FC player Elizabeth Eddy hit a cross that was bundled into the net followed by a game-winner from Vicki DiMartino in the 77th minute. Courtney Verloo added a clinching goal in the 83rd minute. The USA out-shot Paraguay 19-9 in that match.

Paraguay at U-17 WWC: Jordan 2016 will be the third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for Paraguay. La Albirroja made their debut in the inaugural tournament in New Zealand 2008 and also qualified for the 2014 tournament in Costa Rica. Paraguay qualified for Jordan 2016 thanks to their third-place finish in the South American Championships in Venezuela. Victorious in their opening three games in Group A against Chile (3-0), Peru (4-1) and Argentina (5-1), the Paraguayans then lost to the hosts (3-1), advancing to the final phase as section runners-up. Following two losses, at the hands of Brazil (1-0) and the hosts once again (6-2), Paraguay took on Colombia for the third and final qualification slot at stake, coming from a goal down to win 2-1. Paraguay was the second-highest scorer in the competition behind Venezuela with 17 goals in all. Paraguay also had the second-most leading scoring in the qualifying tournament in forward Jessica Martinez, whose 10-goal haul included two hat-tricks.

U-17 U.S. WNT in 2016: The U.S. U-17s have compiled a record of 12-0-2 in 2016 as 27 players have taken part in international matches, while 12 players have scored in an international match for the USA this year. Forward Civana Kuhlmann leads the USA in goals this year with 10, while Ashley Sanchez and Frankie Tagliaferri have seven each. Two players on the roster – Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri – are in their second U-17 cycle and were a part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for this tournament two years ago in Jamaica despite out-scoring the opposition 24-1 in the tournament. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Mexico in the semifinal after drawing 1-1 in regulation during a cycle in which just two CONCACAF teams qualified due to the tournament being held in Costa Rica.

U.S. Roster Breakdown: Lia Godfrey is the youngest player with a November of 2001 birthday while Tagliaferri is the oldest, having been born on Jan. 18, 1999. Fifteen different youth clubs from nine states are represented on the roster with the So Cal Blues out of Southern California having four players on the roster. Real Colorado, the Michigan Hawks and PDA out of New Jersey have two players each. The roster includes eight players from California (six from Southern, two from Northern), three players from Colorado and two each from Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.

Every player on the roster has been capped at least once at the U-17 level, with 16 players having 11 or more caps. Tagliaferri has the most experience with 24 caps, followed by Alexa Spaanstra with 19, Sanchez and Jaelin Howell with 18 each and Brianna Pinto and Kuhlmann with 17 each. Sophia Smith has 16. U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow selected two high school freshman (Canniff and Godfrey), two sophomores (Wiesner and Wesley), six juniors (Ivory, Sophie Smith, Girma, Pinto, McClelland and Howell), and 10 seniors (Karina Rodriguez, Emily Smith, Pickett, Sanchez, Isabel Rodriguez, Kuhlmann, Zandi, Richardson, Tagliaferri and Beall).


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U-17 WNT Sep 30, 2016

Friedel Names 24 Player Roster for Chula Vista Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2016) – U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team head coach Brad Friedel has named a 24-player roster for a domestic training camp set to take place from Oct. 3-10 in Chula Vista, Calif.

During the training camp, the U-19s will face Liga MX side Xolos’ reserve squad at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 7, and will then play another match at 4 p.m. PT on Oct. 9, with the opponent still to be determined. This camp is the U-19 MNT’s return to action after its appearance in the Stevan Vilotic Tournament in Subotica, Serbia last month.

The U.S. roster includes seven players who participated in the 2016 Stevan Vilotic Tournament, including goal scorers Djordje Mihailovic and Ethan Zubak. Out of the 24-player roster, 10 compete in the MLS, seven play for Development Academy clubs, three play at the collegiate level, two compete in the NASL and two play in the USL. Additionally, 22 out of the 24 players called up have Academy ties.

The U-19 MNT enters its first training camp of the year with a 6-8-0 overall record in 2016, a record that includes winning the Slovakia Cup back in April. 

Roster by Position:
Matias Reynares (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers; Weston, Fla.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Kevin Silva (UCLA; Bethlehem, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Edwin Figueroa (Atlanta United; Norcross, Ga.), Sam Golan (Loudoun Soccer Club; Great Falls, Va.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Sean O'Hearn (PA Classics; Mountville, Pa.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Wildwood, Mo.), Grant Robinson (George Mason; Columbia, Md.), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Alexis Velela (NY Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Matias Barraza (Weston FC; Doral, Fla.), Habib Barry (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle Wash.), Alexis Dionicio (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), David Loera (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Jacob Montes (Portland Timbers; Lake Worth, Fla.)
FORWARDS (5): Milo Barton (Seattle Sounders FC; Kent, Wash.), Danny Griffin (Providence College; Wethersfield, Conn.), Alex Rose (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Devin Vega (FC Dallas; San Antonio, Texas), Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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U-19 MNT Sep 30, 2016

U-20 Head Coach Ramos Looking to Simulate World Cup Environment in 2016 Four Nations Tournament

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will be participating in the 2016 Four Nations Tournament from Oct. 2-11 in Manchester, England. Throughout the tournament they will face high-caliber opponents in Germany, Netherlands, and England. For the U-20’s head coach Tab Ramos, this is a perfect opportunity to continue to prepare for the U-20 World Cup next summer.

“Germany and England have already qualified for the U-20 World Cup,” Ramos told ussoccer.com. “We’re looking forward to playing those teams since they are opponents that, if we were to qualify, we could potentially see down the road in late May of next year. We know the way Germany plays, and they’ve also invited players who are playing professionally so they will be a very difficult opponent. Playing against them will provide a great experience for our guys.”

The U-20 MNT takes on Germany on Oct. 5 to kick off the Four Nations tournament in Manchester, England. They will then face Netherlands on Oct. 7 and later close out the tournament on Oct. 10 against the hosts England.

Ramos also emphasized the importance for the U-20’s to have a variety of camps throughout the year. Given the difficulty of getting the best, strongest team available together for every camp, he has shifted his focus to evaluating different players at different times. He achieves this by strategically selecting his rosters. Some of this year’s camps alone have featured a mostly domestic roster, a roster combining college and professional players, and a strictly college player roster. Thanks to location of the Four Nations tournament in Manchester, Ramos is seizing the opportunity to call up mostly professional players, including MLS and European clubs.

Regarding the European based players, Ramos notes, “It’s difficult for them to travel and I normally don’t want to interrupt their club performance, so I don’t call as many European-based players into domestic camps. When we go to Europe it’s easier because it doesn’t interrupt as much and they don’t have to travel as far, so I try to call them in. For me it’s an opportunity to see them in meaningful games and evaluate how far they’re coming along, because the plays that they make in this particular environment really matter looking into the future.”

The Four Nations tournament will also mark the return of Gedion Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers to a U-20 National Team camp for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. Ramos trusts that the experience and leadership of these two players will carry over to this camp and that they are able to emerge as mentors to the rest of the U-20 squad. Additionally, Ramos expects these two call ups to send a message to the rest of the players.

“It shows the rest of the team that whoever gets selected for this camp is part of an elite group of players that we decided to invite for this tournament.”

Therefore, the roster for the Four Nations tournament will be a lot more comparable to a World Cup roster than a camp or Qualifying roster. However, Ramos believes that consistency of play is key to the U-20 MNT’s future success.

“We find it very difficult to go from one good result to the next, although the U-20’s have done pretty well this year. If we are able to be consistent in these next three games, it will be a huge step for us. That’s the number one thing that I think will be important going into these games.”

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U-20 MNT Sep 30, 2016