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U-18 MNT Headed to Bosnia for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, finishing with a record of 1-2-1 in the competition.

The U.S. roster features nine players who competed at Copa Chivas, including goal scorers Mauricio Pineda and Eryk Williamson.

Thirteen of the players are with current Development Academy clubs while all 20 have Academy ties.

For all the latest information on the U-18 MNT, follow the team on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

U-23 WNT Camp in Florida Features All College Players

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from April 26-May 3, featuring 24 current collegiate players. 

The majority of the roster has extensive experience with the USA’s Youth National Teams, including nine players who have played for the USA at FIFA U-17 or U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments.

The camp will be used as a final evaluation to pick a 20-player roster that will travel to Norway in May to play the U-23 teams from Sweden, Norway and England. 

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Jacqueline Simpson (USF; Lithia, Fla.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (Florida State; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Gabbi Miranda (UCLA; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.), Danielle Weatherholt (Santa Clara; Capistrano Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Hayley Dowd (Boston College; Peabody, Mass.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; North Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U.S. Soccer to Offer Premium Hospitality for WNT Send-Off Series Matches in San Jose and Carson

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – U.S. Soccer invites fans to enjoy pre-game Premium Hospitality ahead of the U.S. Women’s National Team Send-Off Series matches in California this May.

Premium Hospitality will be available on Sunday, May 10, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, and on Sunday, May 17, at StubHub Center in Carson.

Premium Hospitality is an official U.S. Soccer fundraiser and includes:

  • Premium match ticket
  • Meet and greet, autographs and photos with former Women’s National Team players
  • Access to U.S. Soccer leadership at this private event
  • Superb cuisine and complimentary bar
  • Game-day parking pass
  • Commemorative U.S. Soccer gift

U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds from these events will support important soccer development initiatives, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance National Team programming and coaching education.

Premium Hospitality is available for individuals and corporate groups. Fans can purchase Premium Hospitality for $400 per person or $1,500 for a group of four (4). Part of your pass is tax-deductible and will be formally recognized by U.S. Soccer after the event.

Fans already holding game tickets may purchase their hospitality pass for $300 per person.

Space is limited for these special VIP events. Contact vip@ussoccer.org to learn more and reserve your spot today. 

Herzog Calls 20 Players for Next Edition of USA-Mexico Rivalry

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 20 players to Carson, California, for the U-23’s first domestic training camp of 2015 as the team continues its preparations for qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The team will train from April 19-21 and then face Mexico’s U-23 National Team on Wed., April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson. The match will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. PT on UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. (TICKETS)

“It’s a beautiful stadium and this is a huge rivalry,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “We had this experience with the senior team last week and it was a great atmosphere. For these players, it’s a huge opportunity and we want to see them make the most of it.”

This roster is charged with experience as nine of its players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup Team and 11 participated in the U.S. U-23 camp in Europe this past March.

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

Roster Notes:

  • Nine players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal.
  • Jordan Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Eleven players from this roster were on the squad that defeated Bosnia’s U-23 team 5-2 on March 27, including all five U.S. goal scorers from that game: Fatai Alashe, Morris, Rodriguez, Joya and Hernandez. Other players returning from that roster are Christian Dean, Ocegueda, O’Neill, Sorto, Gil, and Alfred Koroma Shams.
  • In addition to Gil captaining the USA during the win against Bosnia, he also assisted on three of the five tallies.
  • Cropper, Dean, Gil, Kempin, Morris, O’Neill, Serna and Sorto have all been part of a USMNT senior camp this year.
  • Gil and Morris are the only two players from the roster to have earned a cap with the senior team in 2015.
  • MLS has sent nine players for this roster with two players each from the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
  • Four players on the roster play for Mexican-based clubs (Three from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX).
  • The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct.1-13
  • Fourteen players on the roster have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy: Kempin (Sporting KC Academy), Dean (De Anza Force), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids Academy), Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy), Sorto (LA Galaxy Academy), Sam Strong (Real So Cal), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas Academy), Alashe (Vardar), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Joya (De Anza Force), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy), Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy Academy).

Q&A: Klinsmann Discusses Takeaways from Mexico Game, Looks to Build for Gold Cup

ussoccer.com: What were your overall thoughts on the performance?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “I think the overall performance was really positive. I think it was a great team effort. We showed a lot of spirit and we showed a lot of character in that game. They were working hard for each other. Everybody tried to follow our tactical principles, playing in a 4-4-2 diamond means there’s a lot of shifting. Obviously you need to have the fullbacks come out and attack the wingers, which we did really well, and we stayed really compact in midfield. We kept the distance between our center backs and our forwards in a good way in order to always be compact and work everybody together in a defensive mode, then once we had the ball we spread it out and went into attack. I think therefore, it was a very good performance with great energy, good spirit and a lot of positives to take from the game.”

ussoccer.com: What did you think the keys were to getting this result?

JK:
“I think keys for winning against a squad as good as Mexico are that you need to be prepared for their way of going at you. They usually come in a 3-5-2 and with the wingers going forward, you need to be prepared to deal with them. They have individually very good technical players so they need to get pressured; they need to get their toes stepped on. We did this; we kept their back three very busy with Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes in the first half, and also with the guys coming in in the second half. Overall, everybody tried to implement his personal job in this game and those 90 minutes, and I think we deserved the result.”

ussoccer.com: Clearly the conditions were difficult. Are you able to learn things about players in terms of how they deal with a challenging pitch, an intense atmosphere ant the pressure of a USA-Mexico match?

JK: “I think those games are really crucial and very important to us even if you don’t maybe have your top roster at your disposal, because playing with difficult field conditions is something that we’ll always face in CONCACAF when we go away from home. We always have different environments, and in a game like that where the expectations are very high because you’re playing your main rival Mexico, you have an opportunity to prove to the coaches that you’re able to deal with that. I think after the initial hectic 10-15 minutes, the players started to settle into the game and they started to combine here and there with good passing sequences on a very difficult surface, and they felt more and more comfortable. I think the crowd was exciting. There was a lot of energy in the stadium and the players kind of started to take that energy in a positive way.”

ussoccer.com: You gave a college player the first start for the Senior Team in more than 20 years. How did Jordan Morris fare, and what message does that send to other players who may not be obvious choices?

JK: “When you develop players coming through the youth system going into the U-18’s and the U-20’s, then in the Olympic team at under-23 years of age, you always kind of see the talent and the potential of a player. If he’s playing in that moment with an MLS club, in Mexico, in Europe or for a college team, that’s not the key; the key is that he really gets ‘what is the demand for me going forward,’ and I think that Jordan Morris has the talent and the potential. I think what he needs to learn now is to pick up a higher rhythm to go to the highest level possible and become consistent. He has the talent to break through, but it’s easier to do that in one game than it is to do in 40, 50, 60 games in one year. So when we talk about the development of players, we always talk about the consistency that they need to continue to have to become really good players. I think it’s a great signal to everyone out there that no matter where he plays, that it’s one thing having the talent, which Jordan Morris has, and the other thing is to prove that talent on a consistent basis in whatever environment you are in. The national team program has a little more freedom to do that and to give you a chance, and also calculate the minutes that you’re on the field. Then in your club team, you have to provide week-in and week-out at your highest level.”

JK: I think what everyone felt for Jordan Morris the moment he scored that goal was, ‘Yes!’ He proved a point because it’s always difficult to imagine being on the stage for a game like USA-Mexico, with 65,000 people and a very loud crowd, and how to handle something like that psychologically. So he then ended up scoring that goal and you just kind of go, ‘Yes!’ He showed and proved that he can do it. Now for him going forward, it’s about staying consistent at Stanford and calculating his path and his jump into the professional world sooner or later to become a consistent element in our Olympic team that strives toward Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Obviously, when you don’t know all the answers before a game on how a player like him deals with all those things and then all of a sudden he scores a goal that is very special. I think everybody on the bench felt for him, all the players, all the coaches, and certainly his coaches at Stanford.

ussoccer.com: Also getting his first start was Ventura Alvarado, who has now said he is fully committed to the United States. How did you assess his performance?

JK: “We are very lucky that we have a lot of very center backs on our roster. Ventura Alvarado is now making that step to us and he’s another very strong player into our center back player pool. The way he came into Denmark and Switzerland was very impressive, and the way he played for Club America all season now being in the CONCACAF Champions League Final is very impressive, so we are really happy to have Ventura. We’re really happy because he’s the type of player that a coach looks at that’s almost complete. He’s technically very gifted and he’s obviously physically strong because you need to be that in that center back role. He’s strong in the air and he stays very precise and he’s very grounded, so having him in our pool means a lot to us and we’re thrilled.”

ussoccer.com: A lot of people expected the crowd to be almost exclusively pro-Mexico, but there was a significant number of people supporting the U.S. Do you see us making progress in converting fans with our performances?

JK: I think definitely that our crowd is getting unbelievably exciting no matter where we play. You saw that in Brazil. We had the biggest following of all of the nations that were a part of the World Cup, and now also in all of our home games, the following of the American Outlaws and all the fans streaming to our games. With Mexico, it will always be a mixture because of their fan base here in the United States, but for us it’s huge and it means a lot to us. We feel like no matter what stadium we go into, we have our fans and they’re giving us so much support and it’s adding so much fun to it and adding so much energy to everything we do. We know there are a big amount of fans behind us and they want us to do well.”

ussoccer.com: Did you get any answers from this game that will help you in the building of the roster for the Gold Cup?

JK: “Definitely we got a lot of answers to many, many little questions that we always have. This game gave us a lot of good stuff towards individual performances, players that knock at the door and are pushing to get in. It’s going to be a very, very difficult situation at the Gold Cup because European-based players are already done with their seasons at the end of May, so how do we bridge them into the Gold Cup which is in July and is not following up their season right away? We have MLS in full swing and Mexican-based players have a different schedule as well, so it was important for us to see how eager everybody is to get into that Gold Cup roster, and they are all hungry. It will start with the weeks before the Gold Cup with our 35-man preliminary roster, which we are very comfortable with already, and then obviously to bring in a group of 23 players. We also have a chance to switch six players after the group stage, which is a lot of work for us coaches but exciting work because we can kind of schedule things maybe a bit differently and we can bring players in at a later stage, or we can also bring the European-based players from the beginning of the tournament right away into it. It gives us more options, and with that performance for many players against Mexico, it’s going to be exciting for us to calculate everything in hopefully the right way.”

ussoccer.com: What are the messages to the players in the pool between now and the summer?

JK: We had a transition phase from the World Cup into 2015 and a lot of friendly games where we tried different stuff within our player pool and we found new players that we’re excited about, but now it goes into to the real deal and the real deal is winning the Gold Cup. The message to the players has become consistent: prove your point week-in and week-out within your club environment. For the European players, finish the season on the highest note possible and you might have a shorter vacation because we need you to be a part of that Gold Cup team as well, so we’re asking now from them that they be spot on, that they be sharp, that they be leaders in their club environments and that they stand out and not take things easy and make sure that they keep their performance going into July and show it most excitingly in the Gold Cup itself.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve said there are significant challenges in putting together the roster for the games in June as well as the Gold Cup, and we also have the FIFA U-20 World Cup and Olympic Qualifying. How do you now go about piecing that puzzle together?

JK: “It’s a very, very busy year for all of us. We had the U-17’s qualify for the World Cup and the U-20’s qualified for the World Cup and they are right now in Austria playing friendly games. We are building a U-23 pool to go ahead to the Olympic Qualifiers later on this year. It is very, very important that these players, especially the U-20’s right now in camp, know that we’re watching them and we talk to each other. All the coaches are connected. We talk about every talent coming through the ranks and we try to find even more talent. They need to understand that in this very early stage of their career that they are the drivers and that they are the decision makers. They have to make the right decisions on the field, but also especially off the field. This is something that we tell our youth teams more and more, that they become personalities and that they take things into their own hands and they become accountable for what they’re doing. So it’s a huge year for U.S. Soccer with all the teams in their different tournaments and their goals. It’s always important that as coaches we send the same messages over and over again.”

ussoccer.com: How helpful is it to have the U-23’s also face of with Mexico this week?

JK: “It’s very helpful that the U-23s have that game against Mexico coming up at StubHub Center on Wednesday because we urgently need to try and build this pool and try to build a team that is getting together on every possible occasion; trying to find a chemistry, trying to find a spirit within the group and hooking them up with each other. So you try that with the opportunity against Mexico with the U-23s, and it’s a clear message to take that opportunity because there are not many before we have to play the qualifiers, and if you want to go to Rio De Janeiro in 2016, you’ve got to show that to us right away.”

On the Lookout

On April 1, the 18 players that were a part of the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team March camp in Europe headed home after a week of intense training and friendlies with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark. For head coach Andi Herzog and assistant coach Matthias Hamann that camp may have been over, but the process of continuing preparation for the Olympic qualifications with the U-23 squad, and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the U.S. MNT, was just beginning. The ensuing scouting phase would see them travel more than 7,000 miles in the course of the three weeks that followed.

In addition to being coaches for the U-23s, Herzog and Hamann are also the European-based eyes of the senior National Team, constantly tracking players and evaluating talent for MNT head coach and U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. However, the pair crossed the pond for this round of scouting, traveling across North America to see games and players in the United States and Mexico.

“We came straight to Texas on April 10 from our March camp in Europe to watch FC Dallas play Colorado Rapids and to see our players,” Herzog said. “Dillon Serna came in 15 minutes from the end and scored a great goal. The next day we went to see the Houston Dynamo against the Montreal Impact. Then after that we came back to Dallas and drove our cars from Dallas to Houston and then from Houston to San Antonio to join the Senior Team for the match against Mexico.”

And that wasn’t all. Next the duo flew to Los Angeles and drove 150 miles to the border before parking and walking through the world’s busiest border crossing.  “We went to Los Angeles and then from LA to Tijuana to watch the U-20’s from Club Tijuana, and Greg Garza and Joe Corona for their first team. We also saw a few of the Mexican players that we will face in the Gold Cup or in World Cup qualifications, so it was an interesting game,” Herzog said.

From Tijuana it was back to Los Angeles to view the LA Galaxy and U.S. MNT players Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes, as well as U-23 MNT members Jose Villareal and Oscar Sorto.

And that wasn’t all.

“It was nice. It was a lot of games, and in the meantime because of the time difference we were watching the European games on TV,” Herzog said.

Dillon Serna, Shane O'Neill, Wil Trapp, Luis Gil
U-23 MNT members Dillon Serna (No. 21), Shane O'Neill (No. 16) and Luis Gil (No. 14) have all spent time with the spent time with the Senior MNT as well.

Herzog and Matthias take in game after game from Europe to the U.S. to Mexico. Really anywhere there is a game going on that has ties to U.S. Soccer – be that U.S. players or players that the USA will face down the line – there’s a good chance Herzog or Hamann are watching.

“Most of the time because we live in Europe we are scouting all the European-based players for the U.S. MNT and the youth teams, and for our Olympic team as well.” Herzog said. “It’s also critical that we see as many of the players based here as possible. When there’s a game in the U.S., we always try to come a little bit early to watch as many games as we can.”

That is precisely what they did again this time around, going from city-to-city and match-to-match. Seeing the games up close lets the coaches keep tabs on current players, while at the same time giving them the opportunity to scout for new talent.

“The most important thing is to scout our players,” Herzog said. “Even when the U-23 guys aren’t playing, because of my job as an assistant coach for Jurgen Klinsmann, I have to look at all of the players. It’s always good to get a lot of new impressions. You may have already had an opinion and you think, okay this guy is good, and then you get to confirm the level of play.”

It’s safe to say that when this camp is over Herzog and Hamann will be back on the grind. 

“It’s always fun to watch. It’s our profession and our passion. We’re both crazy and every weekend we’re in a different soccer stadium.”

Ramos Names 20-Player Roster for Austria Camp Ahead of U-20 World Cup

CHICAGO (April 17, 2015) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called in 20 players for the U-20’s second foreign training camp of the year to be held from April 18-26 in Linz, Austria.

During camp, the U-20 MNT will play friendly matches against fellow U-20 World Cup side Qatar on April 21, followed by a matchup against Croatia on April 25. Both games will be played at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Slazburg in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria.

This will be the second camp of the year for Ramos’ group, who recently returned from a seven-day camp in England where it faced England’s U-21’s on March 29. This Austria camp will continue the USA’s preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.

Eleven of the 20 players on the roster were part of the U.S. team that competed in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and qualified the USA for the U-20 World Cup, while 12 players from the March camp in England return to be part of this squad.

All 20 players in the group have been previously called up to a camp or competed with the U-20 MNT since the 2014 cycle began.

Only three players will be joining the U-20’s for the first time in 2015: midfielders Jordan Allen and Cristian Roldan and forward Zach Pfeffer. Pfeffer has seen time with the U-23’s this year, and was called up to join the team during its training camp in Copenhagen on March 30.

Nine players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City); midfielders Allen (Real Salt Lake), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC) and Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC); and forwards Pfeffer (Philadephia Union) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).

The USA was drawn into Group A of the U-20 World Cup alongside host New Zealand, Ukraine and first-time participant Myanmar. The U.S. opens the tournament May 30 against Myanmar, continues play on June 2 against New Zealand, and wraps up the group stage against Ukraine on June 5.

Roster By Position (Detailed Roster):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (Clifton, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; Pico Rivera, Calif.), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg; Coral Springs, Fla.), Joel Sonora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

For more information about the U-20 MNT, find all the latest news on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Additional Notes:

  • Midfielder Romain Gall is the lead goal scorer of the group with five tallies in 2015, all coming at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • Forward Maki Tall scored the U.S. goal in the 2-1 defeat against England. It was Tall’s first cap, start and career goal with the USA.
  • Defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and John Requejo are the only two players to have featured in all seven matches for the U-20’s this year, playing every minute.
  • Requejo, Gall and Tommy Thompson are the most capped players in the group, all with 14 apiece in their U-20 careers.
  • Requejo and Amando Moreno are teammates at Liga MX side Club Tijuana, while Ethan Sonis and Zack Steffen team up for SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
  • Eleven of the 20 players on the roster competed at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. They include: Gall, Steffen, Carter-Vickers, Conor Donovan, Matthew Miazga, Shaquell Moore,  Requejo, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Moreno and Thompson
  • The 12 returning players from the March camp in England include: Jeff Caldwell, Carter-Vickers, Donovan, Moore, Erik Palmer-Brown, Requejo, Marco Delgado, Gooch, Sonis, Joel Sonora, Tall and Thompson.
  • Sixteen players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Caldwell (NC Fusion), Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy- CASL), Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Moore (FC Dallas), Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Requejo (Real So Cal), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake AZ and Empire Revolution), Delgado (Chivas USA and Cosmos Academy West), Flores (McLean Youth Soccer), Gall (D.C. United), Gooch (Santa Cruz Breakers Academy), Sonis (FC Dallas and Kendall SC), Moreno (New York Red Bulls), Pfeffer (Continental FC DELCO) and Thompson (California Development Academy)

Across the Academy - April 16, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT
USA-Mexico:
The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico on April 15 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This game marked the very first time the senior team included four Development Academy alumni in the starting lineup. The USA’s goal scorers were none other than a pair of Academy alumni, as Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy) each tallied in the second half to give the U.S. the infamous #DosACero score line. It was Morris’ first start and first goal with the MNT senior team, while Agudelo notched his third career goal and his first since he last found the back of the net against Argentina on March 26, 2011.

Men's National Team

Academy Alumni: Making Big Waves in the Pros and National Team: The journey from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to the National Team was once again on display when U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up six Development Academy alumni to be a part of the roster for the USA match against Mexico, presented by AT&T in San Antonio, Texas.

U-15 BNT to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament: U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. 18 players on this roster have ties to the Development Academy.

Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for Training Camp in California: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015.Twenty-five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs. 

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 11-12):

  • Western Conference: It was a record-breaking weekend for Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s, as the team broke the season-scoring record with 108 goals in 29 games. The record was previously held by New York Red Bulls Academy, who had tallied 103 goals in 32 games during the 2012-13 Development Academy Season.
    RSL AZ’s weekend began with a 5-0 win over Pateadores on Saturday. After a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room courtesy of Jose Hernandez, RSL AZ came back on fire on the second half to tally goals in the 52nd, 60th, 65th and 85th minute to secure the victory. Damian German finished with a hat trick, while Erik Holt added one more to the total.
    Both RSL AZ and Pateadores have a hold on a playoffs spot, currently sitting in the second and 16th position, respectively. On Sunday, RSL AZ played a second game against Strikers FC, with the matchup proving to be a very competitive one as the teams finished in a 2-2 draw.
  • Central Conference: Despite a late goal effort from Jared Sparacino for Sockers FC U-15/16s, SLSG Metro took home the 2-1 win after a brace from Hunter Mudd. Both teams seem to be in a solid position to partake in post-season play. Sockers FC sits fourth in the wildcard pool while SLSG Metro remains in the 18th position in the playoffs pool.
    Also in the Central Conference, Colorado Rush U-15/16s remained in playoff contention with a 3-2 victory over Dallas Texans. Thomas deFaria opened up the scoring for Colorado in the 9th minute. Jesus Varela then found the equalizer for Dallas on the 26th, but Noah Bushey put Colorado up once more scoring in the 27th minute for the 2-1 lead heading into the break. Omar Beltran got things going again for Dallas, tying the match up 2-2 in the 65th, but Ryan Crowley sealed the match for Colorado with a third tally in the 80th minute.
  • East Conference: On a rematch of last year’s U-17/18s Championship, Players Development Academy U-17/18s drew Bethesda Olney 1-1 on Saturday afternoon in a tight contest between Atlantic Division rivals. Despite the tie, PDA still stands in the 19th position of the playoffs pool, two spots ahead of the cut out margin of 21 teams. For its part, Bethesda-Olney still remains nine spots out from breaking into the wildcard pool.

ACADEMY HONORS:

Player of the Week: Charlotte Soccer Academy U-15/16 goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg received high marks in his play-up performance with the CSA U-17/18s against Orlando City. Pannenburg played a crucial role in CSA’s 2-1 victory on Saturday making several outstanding saves to keep CSA in the match. As a result of his high performance over this season, Pannenberg has been invited to train with the U-17 MNT Residency Program at the end of the month.  

Referee of the Week: Academy Referee of the Week: Jared Simons, a 30-year old Grade 6-ENY referee from New York was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between BW Gottschee and Empire Revolution. Simons has been working Academy matches since 2013 and has also worked W-League, PDL, Super-20 and NPSL games.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:

U-23 MNT Set To Play Mexico in California: Andi Herzog's team will play Mexico U-23's in Carson, California, on Wednesday, April 22 as it continues preparations for Olympic qualifiers later this year. Tickets for the match available at ussoccer.com

U-20 MNT Travels to Austria: Tab Ramos' group will hold a training camp from April 18-26 in Linz, Austria, where it will be playing a pair of friendlies.

Academy Coaching Spotlight: Inspiring the Next Generation: PA Classics Director of Coaching Steve Klein spoke with ussoccer.com about how he uses his Youth National Team coaching experience and the success of its alumni to inspire the next generation of Academy players.

Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

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Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for U-14 BNT Camp in California

CHICAGO (April 16, 2015) – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015.

The U-14’s are coming off a camp in February where they played a trio of matches in Madrid, Spain, going 2-1-0 with wins over Real Madrid’s U-14’s and Rayo Vallecano. Eighteen of the players on this group made the trip to Spain in February.

Twenty five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs. Additionally, all 36 players comprising this camp were born in 2001. The camp will run from April 18-26.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): David Ochoa (Oxnard PAL; Oxnard, Calif.), John Pulskamp (Central CA Aztecs; Bakersfield, Calif.), Alexander Rando (NY Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Noah Thomas (Washington Premier FC; Lakewood, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (11): D’Anthony Brown (Orlando City; Lake Mary, Fla.), Dominic DeAlmeida (PDA; Lincoln Park, N.J.), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC, Olathe, Kan.), Paul Eliot (Colorado Rapids; Denver Colo.), Abraham Gonzalez (FC Golden State; Riverside, Calif.), Luke Hansen (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Julian Hinojsa (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas), Togo Nakmura (LA Galaxy; Torrance, Calif.), Matthew Rios (Georgia United; Atlanta, Ga.), Sebastian Serpa (Weston FC; Miami Beach, Fla.), Joey Zarra (Oakwood SC; Cheshire, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Timothy Bielic (Sockers FC Chicago; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Taylor Booth (La Roca Utah; Eden, Utah), Nicholas Fernandez (Unattached; Downers Grove, Ill.),Nicholas Hategan (San Juan; Roseville, Calif.), Oliver Larraz (Colorado Rapids; Denver, Colo.), David Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Michael Pellegrino (Philadelphia Union; Wenonah, N.J.), Cameron Phillips (Texas Rush; Tomball, Texas), Jahon Rad (Carolina Railhawks; Raleigh, N.C.), Matteo Ritaccio (BW Gott; Westbury, N.Y.),Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (10): Luis Arriaga (Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, Calif.), Angel Flores (Carlsbad FC; Carsbad, Calif.), David Hernandez (Sporting Santa Clara; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Ulysses Llanez (Chivas USA; Lynwood, Calif.), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; The Colony, Teas), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Gabriel Segal (Bethesda-Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Marlon Vargas (Central CA Aztecs; Bakersfield, Calif.), Grant Vernon (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kejiel Watt (NY Red Bulls; Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) 

U-18 WNT Continues 2015 Programming with OTC Camp in Chula Vista

CHICAGO (April 16, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, that will run from April 19-26.  U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players, all born in 1998.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but the goal for this group is ultimately the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. U-18s will play the San Diego Sea Lions of the WPSL on April 26 at 3 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Olivia Ausmus (Challenge SC; Spring, Texas), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Gabby Kouzelos (Internationals SC; Wadsworth, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (8): Malia Berkely (Fairfield Optimist SC; Liberty Township, Ohio), Brooke Bingham (NC Fusion; West Jefferson, N.C.), Julia Bingham (Slammers FC; Ontario, Calif.), Samantha Bruder (Real So Cal; Bell Canyon, Calif.), Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Taylor Hallmon (Concorde Fire; Panama City, Fla.), Sam Hiatt (Crossfire CD; Newcastle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Grace Bahr (Internationals SC; Broadview Heights, Ohio), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse SC; St. Charles, Ill.), Angeline Daly (JFC Storm; Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Taylor Kornieck (Las Vegas Premier; Henderson, Nev.), Jessica Miclat (Arsenal FC; Chino Hills, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Daria Petredes (Beach FC; Yorba Linda, Calif.), Emily Strouphauer (Lonestar SC; Cedar Ridge HS)
FORWARDS (5): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 4, 2009 MNT vs Grenada 4-0 W CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash. 15,387 Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies
July 8, 2009 MNT vs Honduras 2-0 W RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 26,079 Quaranta, Ching
July 11, 2009 MNT vs Haiti 2-2 D Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 24,137 Arnaud, Holden
July 18, 2009 MNT vs Panama 2-1 W Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 31,087 Beckerman, Cooper
July 23, 2009 MNT vs Honduras 2-0 W Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. 55,173 Goodson, Cooper
July 26, 2009 MNT vs Mexico 0-5 L Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 79,156 --
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