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U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals

DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s first-half goal helped the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team top Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 1-0 win against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl.

The U-20 MNT (3-0-0, 9pts) moves on to play Brazilian club Fluminense (2-0-1, 7pts), which won Bracket B, in one Dallas Cup semifinal, while Bracket A winners Coritiba (3-0-0, 9pts), also from Brazil, face Bracket C runners-up River Plate (2-1-0, 6pts) of Argentina in the other. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday at the Cotton Bowl with Coritiba-River Plate kicking off at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the evening’s marquee match between the U-20 MNT and Fluminense at 7 p.m.

The only goal of the U-20 MNT-Tigres game came just before the break when U.S. defender Shaquell Moore slipped a pass to Rubin, who dribbled past multiple Tigres defenders before finding the back of the net with a well-driven strike to the lower left corner.

Fielding a speedy, technical line-up, the U-20 MNT went close on two other occasions only to be denied by the woodwork. In the 27th minute, Ben Spencer glanced a header off the crossbar from a Paul Arriola corner kick. Arriola, handed the captain’s armband for the match, then went close himself in the second half, striking a thunderous volley from 25 yards out that also met the crossbar.

Already eliminated from semifinal contention, Tigres gave the U-20 MNT a stiff contest throughout, but the American’s defense held firm under later pressure with help from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to preserve the shutout victory.

The Match Report for U.S. U-20 MNT vs. UANL Tigres will be available shortly.

U-20 MNT Opens Dallas Cup with Comeback Win

DALLAS, Texas (April 13, 2014) – Two goals from Ben Spencer, including the game-winner, plus a third from Rubio Rubin lifted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to a 3-2 comeback win against Argentina’s Club Athletico River Plate in the teams’ opening Gordon Jago Super Group match at the 2014 Dallas Cup on Sunday.

The U-20 MNT (1-0-0, 3pts) leads Bracket C of the Super Group followed by Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt (0-0-1, 1pt) and Mexico’s UANL Tigres (0-0-1, 1pt), after the two sides tied 2-2 earlier in the day.

Spencer opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a nice interchange with Jordan Allen set him up to fake an initial shot before curling the ball into the upper right corner from the top of the River Plate box.

The South American side responded quickly with Alan Arario leveling the match at 1-1 three minutes later.

Brajan Molina then gave River Plate the lead 10 minutes before the break when a back-post cross was headed across the face of goal by Juan Kaprof for Molina to nod home.

Down 2-1 to begin the second half, the U-20 MNT was patient in finding an equalizer, which came in the 74th minute. Rubin brought down a long pass from Allen with his chest at the top of River Plate’s penalty area and took one touch to settle the ball before lofting it over the goalkeeper.

Sensing the opportunity to seize the win, the U.S. pressed the issue, and when Kellyn Acosta was felled in the box just five minutes later, Spencer stepped up to bury the ensuing penalty kick into the lower left corner.

The U-20 MNT next plays Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday at 4 p.m. CT at Richland College before finishing Bracket C play with UANL Tigres on Wednesday (time and location to be determined).

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
Date:
April 13, 2014
Competition:
Dallas Cup
Venue:
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
Kickoff:
6:30 p.m. CT
Weather:
75 degrees

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

USA – Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen)         15th minute
CARP – Alan Arario                                   18
CARP – Brajan Molina (Juan Kaprof)     34
USA – Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen)           74
USA – Ben Spencer                                   79 

Lineups:
USA:
1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr., 77); 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85); 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico; 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80); 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente

Stats Summary: USA / CARP
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside:  2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
CARP – Lucas Martinez          Caution            27
USA – Jesus Vazquez              Caution            33
CARP – Leandro Vega             Caution            78
USA – John Requejo                Caution            85
CARP – Nicolas Fittaioli          Caution            86
USA – Lynden Gooch               Caution             90+2
CARP – Claudio Salto              Caution             90+3
CARP – Pablo Carrera             Ejection            90+4
CARP – Barga Batalla             Caution             90+5 

Officials:
Referee: Nick Klaldron
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
Assistant Referee: Sean T. Palmer
Fourth Official: Wilson DaCosta

Ramos Names 21-Player Squad for Dallas Cup

CHICAGO (April 9, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 21-player roster for the 35th edition of the Dallas Cup, which takes place April 13-20 in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. is in Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group along with U-19 sides from Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, River Plate of Argentina and UANL Tigres of Mexico.

Making its fifth all-time appearance at the competition and first since 2010, the U-20 MNT’s first match will be the marquee game of the opening day of the tournament. Following a pair of Super Group matches and the Welcome World Opening Ceremonies, the U.S. will play River Plate at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Cotton Bowl on April 13. The U.S. then plays its second match less than 24 hours later against Eintracht Frankfurt on the campus of Richland College at 4 p.m. CT.

The U.S. concludes Bracket C play against UANL Tigres on April 16. The location and time of the match will be determined by results in the first two rounds across Super Group Brackets A, B and C with the purpose being to hold the two most potentially dramatic games of bracket play in the Cotton Bowl.

The roster relies heavily on players who have previously been involved in the U.S. Youth National Team program or received a call-up to the current edition of the U.S. U-20 MNT. Nineteen players either took part in the team’s foreign training camp in Verona, Italy last November or its domestic training camp held in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., this past January.

Of the two players receiving their first call-up to the U-20 National Team, only Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City) has previously represented the U.S. at the Youth National Team level; Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres) is receiving his first call-up at any level for the U.S.

Also a relative newcomer to the Youth National Team program, Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro) is receiving his second call-up to a U.S. roster; his only previous experience with the U.S. came during the U-20 MNT’s recent January camp.

The next event for the U.S. U-20 MNT after the Dallas Cup will be a domestic training camp held at North Carolina State University in May.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Santiago Castano (NewYork Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8):
Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Sullaiman Dainkeh (Maryland; Reston, Va.), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro; Ouro Branco, Brazil), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6):
Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven; Albuquerque, N.M.)

Additional Notes:

  • The U-20 MNT roster is made up of players primarily born in 1995, with the exceptions being Luis Felipe, Shaquell Moore, John Requejo Jr. and Rubio Rubin, who were all born in 1996, as well as the only 1997-born player, Erik Palmer-Brown.
  • Sixteen players have ties to U.S. Soccer Delevopment academy clubs including: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Jordan Allen (Revolution Empire/Real Salt Lake AZ), Michael Amick (De Anza Force), Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA), Romain Gall (Real Salt Lake AZ), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Moore (IMG Academy), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls), Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Zach Pfeffer (FC DELCO), Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal), Ben Spencer (Real Salt Lake AZ/Chivas USA) and Zack Steffen (FC DELCO)
  • Acosta and Steffen were teammates on the USA’s 2013 U-20 World Cup team.
  • Thirteen players on the team began their time with the U.S. Youth National Team program at the U-14/15 Boys’ National Team level, including: Acosta, Allen, Castano, Delgado, Gooch, Haberkorn, Miazga, Palmer-Brown, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., Rubin, Spencer and Steffen.
  • Nine players are signed with professional clubs in the U.S. at either the MLS or NASL level: Acosta (FC Dallas), Allen (Real Salt Lake), Castano (New York Red Bulls), Delgado (Chivas USA), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake), Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union) and Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven).
  • Eight players took part in both of the U-20 MNT’s first two training camps of the current cycle that began last fall, including: Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Miazga, Moore, Moreno, Pfeffer and Requejo Jr.
  • Four players only participated in the team’s foreign training camp Verona, Italy, last November, including: Acosta, Gall, Gooch and Spencer, while a further seven only attended the January camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., including: Allen, Amick, Dainkeh, Felipe, Haberkorn and Rubin.

U.S. U-18 MNT Loses Final Copa del Atlantico Match to Canary Islands 3-2 on Last-Minute Goal

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 -

Match: 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

Lineups:
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

GCI: 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

Misconduct Summary:
Ben Swanson Caution 35 minute

Officials:

U.S. U-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez Calls 18 Players for International Tournament in Spain

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.)

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Concludes International Camp with 4-1 Victory against Atalanta Primavera

BERGAMO, Italy (Nov. 19, 2013) – The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team scored an impressive 4-1 victory against Atalanta Primavera to wrap up its international training camp in Verona, Italy.

Albuquerque, N.M., native Ben Spencer, who scored the USA’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Hellas Verona Primavera six days prior, led the way for the U.S. with two goals and an assist. Romain Gall was the beneficiary of Spencer’s assist and set up a goal himself, assisting on a Rubio Rubin goal.

The U.S. scored four consecutive goals in a 33-minute span in the first half to open an insurmountable lead. Quick strikes from Spencer in the 3 rd minute and Rubin in the 8th got the U.S. off to a flying start. Spencer added his second off an assist from Marco Delgado in the 24th minute before setting up Gall in the 36th to round out the scoring for the U.S.

The hosts grabbed a consolation through Parigi shortly after the U.S. made a goalkeeper change in the 41st minute, bringing on Ethan Horvath for starter Santiago Castano.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Atalanta Primavera
Date:
November 19, 2013
Competition:
Friendly
Venue:
Atalanta Training Center, Bergamo, Italy
Kickoff:
3 p.m. CET
Weather:
50 degrees

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

USA – Ben Spencer 3rd minute
USA – Rubio Rubin (Romain Gall) 8
USA – Ben Spencer (Marco Delgado) 24
USA – Romain Gall (Ben Spencer) 36
ATL – Parigi 43

Lineups:
USA:
12-Santiago Castano (1-Ethan Horvath, 41); 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 5-Conor Donovan, 15-John Requejo Jr., 8-Lynden Gooch (24-Junior Flores, 30), 6-Marco Delgado (capt.), 10-Romain Gall (16-Kristian Scott, 74), 11-Amando Moreno (21-Kainoa Bailey, 54), 19-Ben Spencer (9-Benji Lopez, 71), 7-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 14-Mattia Fracchia, 18-Omar Thompson

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

ATL: N/A
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Paolo Giarola

Stats Summary: USA / ATL
Shots: 15 / 13
Shots on Goal: 8 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 17 / 15
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

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