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U-18 MNT Roster Named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament from July 30-Aug. 10. 

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches. 

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams. 

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. Eighteen of the 19 players  have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif; Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Callum Stretch (Unattached; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

U-15 BNT Wins Tournament delle Nazioni with 3-2 Victory over Austria

GRADISCA D’ISONZO, Italy (May 1, 2015) --The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Austria 3-2 to win the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni today in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy. Andrew Carleton scored two first-half goals and Tim Weah added a score in the second half, as the team was able to hold off Austria to take home the tournament title.

The U.S. struck first in the 12th minute when George Acosta sent a pass up to Carleton, who got past the last Austrian defender, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored. Ten minutes later Carleton added to his tally by running onto the ball after a U.S. shot had rebounded off the post and firing it into the bottom right corner of the goal, doubling the U.S. lead.

In the second half the U.S. scored first again when Tim Weah received a pass, took a turn and fired from the top of the box to put the U.S. up 3-0. Austria got on the board a minute later and made things interesting by adding another score in the 77th minute.

While Austria threatened in the game’s final minutes, the U.S. defense stood firm and held on for the 3-2 win.

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT vs. Austria
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Competition: Torneo Delle Nazioni, FINAL
Venue: Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 3:30pm
Attendance: 500
Weather:  63 degrees; cloudy /light rain 

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)                                       11 minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)                                          23
USA – Tim Weah (Ayo Akinola)                                                      61
AUT – Nicolas Meister                                                                       63
AUT – Nicolas Meiser                                                                         76

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 17-Zico Bailey, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 8-Chris Durkin, 18-Chris Goslin (4-Jake Arteaga, 67), 13-George Acosta (15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 55), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (7-Tim Weah, 55), 16-Ayo Akinola (20-Adrian Villegas, 67), 11-Andrew Carleton (2-Bryan Perez, 83)
Subs not used: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 6-Blaine Ferri, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague

Head Coach: John Hackworth 

AUT: 1-Semir Karalic, 12-Benedikt Donnerer (20-Philipp Riegler, 41), 4-Dario Maresic, 5-Luca Meisl, 3-Alexander Burgstaller, 6-Valentino Muller, 18-Jorg Wagnes, 8-Florian Fischerauer, 7-Philipp Sittsam (11-Kenan Kirim, 35), 9-Nicolas Meister, 10-Christoph Baumgartner (17-Philipp Sturm, 49)
Subs not used: 21- Mario Schragl, 14-Maurice Mathis, 16-Elvedin Buljubasic, 2-Leonardo Zottele, 15-Hannes Wolf, 13-Patrick Obermuller
Not dressed: none

Head Coach: Andreas Heraf

Stats Summary: USA / AUT
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Chiffi Daniece
Assistant Referee 1: Savorgnani Stefano
Assistant Referee 2:  Masini Giovani

U-15 BNT Earns Spot in Tournament delle Nazioni Final

ROMANS D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni championship match on Wednesday in Romans D’Isonzo, Italy. The team will go head-to-head with Austria for the tournament title on Friday, May 1 in Gradisca d’ Isonzo.

After a quiet first half, the intensity turned up in the second half when Italy’s Sdaigui Zakaria was issued a double caution and sent off. The U.S. pushed, but could not score in regulation or in extra time and the match went to penalties.

The U.S. and Italy both scored on their first three attempts. The U.S. went down a goal in the fourth frame after a missed shot and an Italian conversion, but leveled in round five after a Chris Durkin goal and an Eric Lopez save. The sixth round of PKs proved to be the last as Italy missed and Tim Leah scored to send the U.S. to the final.

U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Italy
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Competition: Tournament delle Nazioni, Semi-Finals
Venue: Romans D’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.
Attendance: 450
Weather:  68 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F          PK’s                            
USA                             0          0          0          5                                
ITA                               0          0          0          4

*See Scoring Summary


USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 17-Zico Bailey, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 8-Chris Durkin, 18-Chris Goslin, 13-George Acosta, 9-Lucas Del Rosario (7-Tim Weah, 58), 16-Ayo Akinola (20-Adrian Villegas, 75), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 5-Rayshaun McGann, 6-Blaine Ferri, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ITA: 1-Plizzari Alessandro, 2-Bellanova Raoul, 13-Almeida Pedro Gomes, 5-Bettella Davide, 15-Ermacora Federico (14-Ambrogio Simone, 65), 6-Sdaigui Zakaria, 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, 16-Pelliccia Salvatore (18-Adorante Andrea, 41), 11-Meli Marco (19-D’orazio Ludovico, 41), 10-Merola Davide (17-Capanna Federico, 59, 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, 84), 9-Kean Bioty Moise
Subs not used: 3-Grassini Davide, 4-Matteucci Emanuele, 7-Pellegri Pietro, 12-Bulgarelli Alessandro
Not dressed: none
Head Coach: Antonio Rocca

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - George Acosta (caution)              26 minute
ITA - Sdaigui Zakaria (caution)                56
ITA-Sdaigui Zakaria (expulsion)              56
ITA - Almeida Pedro Gomes (caution)     73
ITA - Ambrogio Simone (caution)            84        

Referee – Ret Lorenzo
Assistant Referee No. 1 – Bellono Marco
Assistant Referee No. 2 – Bernaroi Francesco

Scoring Summary:
PK Shootout
1 – Andrew Carleton, Goal
2 – George Acosta, Goal
3 – Adrian Villegas, Goal
4 – Chris Goslin, Missed
5 – Chris Durkin, Goal
6 – Tim Weah, Goal

1 – 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, Goal
2 – 5-Bettella Davide, Goal
3 – 18-Adorante Andrea, Goal
4 – 19-D’orazio Ludovico, Goal
5 – 9-Kean Bioty Moise, Saved
6 – 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, Missed

Slovenia Deals U-15 BNT First Tournament Delle Nazioni Loss

NOVA GORICA, Slovenia (April 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team dropped its first game at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni, falling to Slovenia 2-3 on Monday, April 27 in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

The loss pushed the U.S.’s tournament record to 2-1-0 to finish group play with six points, behind group winner Slovenia. The wins over Costa Rica and Croatia however, proved enough points to qualify the USA for the semifinals where it will meet Italy on Wednesday, April 29.

Slovenia struck first in the game’s 23rd minute. From a corner, Slovenia played a ball in that the U.S. cleared out to a Slovenian player, who in-turn received it and served it back into Jaka Bijol, who then took a turn inside the box and finished to put Slovenia up 1-0.

The momentum continued to go the way of Slovenia in the early minutes of the second half and the team tallied two more scores in the half’s first five minutes. The first came in the 37th minute when Slovenia played a ball into Medved Zan, who found a seam between the U.S. center backs and sent in the game’s second goal. In the 40th minute Slovenia scored in a similar fashion when the ball got through to Kerin Luka at the top of the box and he hit a shot over the keeper to increase the lead to three.

The U.S. wouldn’t go down without a fight. Chris Goslin would bury a 22-yard strike in the 66th minute and George Acosta would follow with a free kick goal from 24 yards out in the 70th minute, but time ran out and the USA was dealt its first loss of the tournament.

On Wednesday, the USA and Italy will compete for the chance to take on the winner of the other semifinal game between Slovenia and Austria, with the winners of each game advancing to the Tournament’s final.

-  U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report  -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Slovenia
Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play Game 3
Venue: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Attendance: 100
Weather: 57 degrees; Cloudy with light rain

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

SVN – Jaka Bijol                       23rd minute
SVN – Medved Zan                   37
SVN – Luka Kerin                      40
USA – Chris Goslin                    66
USA – George Acosta               70

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga (21-Chandler Vaughn, 42), 5-Rayshaun McGann (19-Jaylin Lindsey, 12), 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (18-Chris Goslin, 46), 8-Chris Durkin, 20-Adrian Villegas (13-George Acosta), 7-Tim Weah (17-Zico Bailey, 54), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 46), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 6-Blaine Ferri, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

SVN: 1-Nick Bicic, 2-Adis Hodzic, 5-Vanja Drkusic, 4-Blaz Urh, 15-Jakob Mesaric (3-Jurij Spanja, 50), 6-Jaka Bijol, 18-Zan Medved (9-Teo Milic, 48), 19-Domen Bozic (8-Zan Rogelj, 36), 14-Tomi Horvat (20-David Kovacic, 58), 11-Luka Kerin (16-Anis Jasaragic, 60), 10-Zan Celarn (13-Lan Piskule, 65)
Subs not used: 17-Aleksnder Bodiroza, 12-Matevz Vidovsek, 7-Aleksander Palamar
Head Coach: Dusan Kosic

Stats Summary: USA / SVN
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
SVN – Bozic Domen (caution)    33 minute
SVN – Milic Teo (caution)           52 

Referee – Bubek Alen

U-15 BNT Opens Tournament Delle Nazioni with 4-1 Win over Costa Rica

VIPOLZE, Slovenia (April 25, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team opened up group play at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, April 25 in Vipolze, Slovenia.

Lucas del Rosario and Andrew Carleton each scored a brace for the U-15 BNT to lift the team past its Group C opponent. In addition, Tim Weath recorded two assists for the U.S., and del Rosario added one more.

Costa Rica struck early in the match with a tally in the second minute, but the USA stormed back to score four unanswered goals and take a comfortable lead into the half that they would maintain the remainder of the game.

Next, the USA takes on Croatia on April 26 and concludes the group stage against Slovenia on April 27.

Scoring Summary:

CRC – Josue Valverde, 2 minute: Throw-infor Costa Rica in USA’s defensive third. Ball is thrown-in and Jake Arteaga from the USA steps out, but is beat on the run and Valverde finds a way to finish on the far post. USA 0, CRC 1

USA – Andrew Carleton, 10 minute:
The U.S. began pressing inside Costa Rica’s defensive half. That’s where Carleton picked off a ball that Costa Rica tried to play wide to the outside back and finished from 20 yards out. USA 1, CRC 1 

USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 17 minute: The USA was once again pressing Costa Rica, this time in its defensive third, when Weath picked off the pass wide and played it back across to del Rosario who finished finding the back of the net. USA 2, CRC 1

USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 23 minute: The USA won the ball at midfield, where Weath played a deep ball in behind to del Rosario, who was running off the ball and created a 1v1 with the goalkeeper. Del Rosario was able to beat the goalkeeper and score his second goal of the match. USA 3, CRC 1

USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario), 28 minute: The U.S. was combining through the middle third into the final third, when del Rosario found a gap between the Costa Rican defense to pass it to Carleton, who ran with the ball, beat the goalkeeper and sent one to the near post to finish for the USA’s final goal. USA 4, CRC 1. FINAL

- U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Costa Rica
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play
Venue: Vipolze, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Attendance: 55
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1 2 F
USA                             4 0 4
CRC                            1 0 1 

CRC – Josue Valverde                                       2 minute
USA – Andrew Carleton                                     10
USA– Lucas de Rosario (Tim Weah)                   17
USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath)                23
USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario)       28

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 21-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 56), 8-Chris Durkin, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (6-Blaine Ferri, 56), 10-Nicholas Taitague (13-George Acosta, 28), 7-Tim Weah (20-Adrian Villegas, 50), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 50), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Zico Bailey, 50)
Subs not used: 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 18-Chris Goslin
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Patrick Mejas, 2-Dennis Loasiga, 5-Kaylor Morales, 6-JurgenGuzman, 19-Danny Bolivar Garcia, 12-Christian Salazar (8-Emmanuel Quesada, 43rd), 7-Johan Bustamante (13-Daniel Fonseca, 36), 15-Ronnier Guiles (16-Jose Vargas, 36), 11-Daniel Roldan (17-Jose Guzman, 54), 9-Andy Vado (4-Fernan Tristan, 66), 10-Josue Valverde
Subs not used: 18-Kevin Rodriguez, 14-Estaban Sanchez, 3-Pablo Badilla
Not dressed: None
Head Coach: Cristian Salomon

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution)      58 minute

Referee – Hajdic Osman
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Bozie Alen
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Rustja Matej