CHICAGO (May 15, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will assemble for a 24-player training camp at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 17-25.
U-20 MNT assistant coach Brian Bliss will oversee the camp, which features friendly matches against the Carolina RailHawks on May 20, the RailHawks U-23s on May 22 and the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 24, while head coach Tab Ramos fulfills his duties as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the team’s World Cup preparation camp in Palo Alto, California.
The camp will be the first at the U-20 age level for 13 players, including University of Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem, who will participate in his first Youth National Team camp at any level.
Nine players on the roster took part in the U-20’s last domestic camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, last January, while just one, Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres) was involved in the team’s recent runner-up performance at the 2014 Dallas Cup. Vazquez, Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen), Eric Lickert (SC Freiburg) and Andrija Novakovich (Reading) make up a small contingent of players based overseas who will attend the camp.
In total, 21 players have U.S. Soccer Development Academy ties, with 10 of those players currently registered with Academy clubs; Lickert, Odoi-Atsem and Vazquez are the only players without a Development Academy connection.
After the camp in North Carolina, the U-20 MNT will next meet at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, for the NTC Invitational Tournament in mid-July.
Under-20 Men’s National Team Training Camp Schedule:
Date Opponent Time (ET)
May 20 vs. Carolina RailHawks 7:30 p.m.
May 22 vs. RailHawks U-23s 6 p.m.
May 24 vs. Wilmington Hammerheads 6 p.m.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): Conor Donovan (RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Caleb Duvernay (RailHawks Academy; Cary, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Miguel Polley (Temple; Woodridge, Ill.), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas; Duluth, Ga.), Robert Sagel (Temple University; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Travis Wannemuehler (N.C. State; Evansville, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ; Escondido, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Eric Lickert (SC Freiburg; Glottertal, Germany), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney; Tahoma Park, Md.)
FORWARDS (6): Kainoa Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Henderson, Nev.), Louis Bennett (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas)
- This camp will be the first at the U-20 age level for the following players: Louis Bennett, Caleb Duvernay, Christopher Lema, Evan Louro, Andrija Novakovich, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Miguel Polley, Kristoffer Reaves, Jake Rozhansky, Robert Sagel, Ahinga Selemani, Jamie Villarreal and Alan Winn.
- The nine players who took part in the team’s January camp include: Corey Baird, Jeff Caldwell, Conor Donovan, Ian Harkes, Jacori Hayes, Eric Lickert, Alex Muyl, Adam Najem and Travis Wannemuehler.
- Harkes is the son of former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder John Harkes.
- Players currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy Teams are: Baird, Donovan, Duvernay, Lema, Louro, Reaves, Rozhansky, Selemani, Villarreal and Winn.
- Additionally, Kainoa Bailey, Bennett, Caldwell, Harkes, Hayes, Muyl, Najem, Novakovich, Polley, Sagel and Wannemuehler all have past Development Academy ties.
- Earlier this year, Gasper, Novakovich, Selemani and Winn were all teammates on the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team during its trip to the Canary Islands, Spain, for the Copa del Atlantico.
- The camp is the first Youth National Team event for Bennett since attending an Under-14 ID camp in 2008.
- Similarly, Sagel has only one previous call-up that came for the U-17 MNT when it attended the Mondial Minimes International Tournament in Montaigu, France, in April of 2011.
- Two other players returning to the Youth National Team program after prolonged absences are Polley, who was last called up for a U-18 MNT camp in Carson, California in March of 2012, and Rozhansky, who last attended a U-17 Residency Minicamp in July of 2012.
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (Feb. 7, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team concluded its first trip to the Copa del Atlantico with a 3-2 defeat to
the Canary Islands. As the youngest team at the tournament, the U.S. compiled a 0-0-3 record, losing all three matches by a one-goal margin with two of the
three defeats inflicted by last minute concessions to Spain and the Canary Islands.
Despite the winless record, the U.S. matched all three of its opponents –including the Argentina U-20 national team, which was two years older than the USA – on the stat sheet and saw midfielder Mukwelle Akale of the Minnesota Thunder Academy named the tournament’s top player. Akale is only the second player from outside Spain or the Canary Islands to receive the honor since its inception in 2009.
U.S. captain Rubio Rubin sparked the USA’s climb out of a 2-0 hole midway through the second half. After conceding just before the break and in the 50 th minute, the USA cut the deficit in half as Rubin fed fellow striker Alan Winn in the 58th minute. Rubin then converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to draw the USA level, before the Canary Islands grabbed a late winner with one minute left to play.
- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
United States U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Canary Islands U-18 Men’s National Team
Date: February 7, 2014
Competition: 2014 Copa del Atlantico
Venue: “Alfonso Silva” Field, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. WET
Weather: 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
GCI 1 2 3
USA 0 2 2
GCI Nadjib Mongoud Montes 44 minute
GCI Omar Sanchez Morales (Mallick Diallo Thiao) 52
USA Alan Winn (Rubio Rubin) 60
USA Rubio Rubin 79
GCI Adan Ravelo Exposito 89
USA: 12-Christian Herrera; 8-Shaquell Moore, 16-Erik Palmer-Brown, 6-Tommy Redding, 15-Tyler Turner, 20-Ben Swanson (9-Omar Castro, 57), 5-Emerson Hyndman (3-Jackson Yueill, 57), 13-Mukwelle Akale, 17-Dembakwi Yomba (24-Sebastian Saucedo, 57), 7-Rubio Rubin, 2-Alan Winn (19-Andrija Novakovich, 75)
Subs Not Used: 1-JT Marcinkowski, 4-Ahinga Selemani, 14-Chase Gasper
Head Coach: Javier Perez
1-Samuel Perez Farina; 2-Carlos Santana Tejera, 5-Jorge Sanz de Miera, 4-Omar Vazquez Velazquez, 3-Kilian Pita Osorio, 12-Jose Luis Vallejo Martin (14-Juan
Rodriguez Alonso, 76), 6-Juan Soto Rodriguez, 15-Nadjib Mongoud Montes (10-Adan Ravelo Exposito, 76), 8-Alejandro Cruz Espinosa (11-Carlos Fernandez Tadeo,
90+2), 17-Omar Sanchez Morales (9-Jose Rincon Perez, 59), 18-Mallick Diallo Thiao
Subs Not Used: 7-Alejandro Hernandez, 13-Neftali Rocha Perez, 16-Garoe Valentin Garcia
Head Coach: Antonio Montoya
Stats Summary: USA / GCI
Shots: 9 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 8
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 4 / 3
Ben Swanson Caution 35 minute
CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez named an 18-player squad for the Copa del Atlantico that runs from Jan. 30 – Feb. 8 in Las Palmas, Spain.
Making its first appearance at the prestigious tournament, the USA will open its Copa del Atlantico schedule against Spain on Feb. 4, before facing Argentina on Feb. 5 and the Canary Islands on Feb. 7.
Seventeen players on the U.S. roster have ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, with 13 currently registered with Academy teams. Omar Castro of Eintracht Braunschweig, who has been named to his first camp or tournament roster under Perez, is the only player on the squad never to have played for an Academy team.
Four MLS Academies are represented on the roster with Real Salt Lake AZ sending two players (Christian Herrera and Sebastian Saucedo) and the Crew Soccer Academy (Ben Swanson), Sporting Kansas City (Erik Palmer-Brown) and San Jose Earthquakes (JT Marcinkowski) all sending one.
The USA will be one of the youngest teams at the tournament as it fields a mixed squad of 1996- and 1997-born players. Eight ’97-born players have been included after impressing Perez at the team’s last training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., earlier this month.
Five of the team’s ’97-born players (Mukwelle Akale, Marcinkowski, Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Swanson) were also included for the U.S. U-18 MNT’s last international tournament in Limoges, France. In total, 14 players on the current roster featured at the Limoges tournament last October, helping the team finish second to host France with an unbeaten 2-0-1 record.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy; Meriden, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Omar Castro (Eintracht Braunschweig; Plant City, Fla.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (5): Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)