Recent Men’s National Team call-up and IMG Academy alum Aron Johannsson netted his first goal for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on Sunday. Scoring a penalty kick in the 39th minute, Johannsson helped his side to a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The American forward, who has made three appearances for Werder Bremen this season, will meet up with fellow Development Academy alums Joe Corona (Nomads SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) in Washington D.C. when the U.S. MNT takes on Peru on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium.
Youth National Teams
- U-23 MNT Set for England, Qatar Friendlies: Thirteen players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Luis Gil (Pateadores), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy & Pateadores), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).
- U-20 MNT Heads to Czech Republic Tournament: Twenty-two players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Christian Hererra (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire & Indiana Fire Academy), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC), Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG), Christian Onalfo (LA Galaxy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Pablo Palaez (San Diego Surf), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Nash Popovic (Vardar), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic PSG), Martin Salas (FC Dallas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Ben Swanson (Crew SC Academy), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal)
Across Major League Soccer
- Tim Parker (Albertson SC) helped the Vancouver Whitecaps earn a new piece of silverware with with a goal in the 53rd minute of a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship final last Wednesday.
- Conor Doyle (Dallas Texans) scored a 90th minute goal to punctuate a 3-0 victory for D.C. United over Montego Bay and all but secure passage to the knockout rounds of the 2016 CONCACAF Champions League last Tuesday.
- Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids) assisted Kevin Doyle’s game-winning goal in the 79th minute for the Colorado Rapids’ 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.
- Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) scored the game-winning goal against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The 20-year-old Fagundez became the youngest player in MLS history to score 25 career goals.
- Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy) assisted Federico Higuain in the 10th minute off a corner kick in Columbus Crew SC’s 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.
- Sheanon Williams (FC Bolts Celtic) assisted Ricardo Clark in the 34th minute to help Houston Dynamo in a 2-0 league win over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.
Earlier this weekÂ Porter named a 31-man squad as the team begins preparations for Olympic qualifying in 2012.
Agudelo joins the U-23s in their first camp following New York Red Bulls' elimination last night from the MLS Playoffs. McInerney, Okugo and Williams all hail from the Philadelphia Union, also ousted from MLS Cup contention Thursday evening.
All four players have significant Youth National Team experience and were graduates of U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Agudelo, who hails from the New York Red Bulls Development Academy program, has 15 caps and two goals with the senior national team.
The U-23 camp is taking place at the same time the full Menâ€™s National Team will be gathered in France and Slovenia. U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann worked with Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing.
“Games like this are the best way to evaluate players,” said head coach Thomas Rongen. “I thought we took our chances well and that’s important. Another very positive thing for us is that we really didn’t give Mexico any good looks at the goal. I’m very happy with the way we played defensively and maybe we could be a little better with the ball, but we want to continue to do well on set pieces. That was obviously one of our strengths tonight.”
Two corner kicks from midfielder Brandon Manzonelli, who was making his first appearance with the U-20s, led directly to two U.S. goals. The first, in the 25th minute, was driven in from the right, and deflected off a couple of players in front of the goal. The ball found its way to Williams’ feet, and the defender powered it in for what would prove to be the game-winner.
Less than two minutes later, hometown star Felix Garcia streaked upfield, out-pacing several Mexican defenders with the ball at his feet. Once he got into the box, he struck a low shot at a tough angle that Mexican goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez did well to get a hand on, but the ball caromed right to Marosevic, who was making a hard run to the far post. The deflected shot went right into Marosevic’s path, and he hammered it home from close range to double the USA lead.
The teams exchanged possessions throughout the majority of the half, but there was a shortage of many quality chances for either side. The best chance for Mexico came from Alberto Soto, who was Mexico’s most dangerous attacker. In the 22nd minute, he received the ball 20 yards from goal, looked up and saw an opening before ripping a shot that went just over the crossbar.
Seconds before the halftime whistle, the U.S. put a dagger in Mexico’s chance for a comeback. Manzonelli whipped in another corner that skidded past a defender to Marosevic, who once again scored from close range. This time he slotted into the side netting of the far post to round out the scoring on the night.
The second half, despite being scoreless, was just as action packed as Mexico battled for every inch, and the U.S. refused to go down without a fight. Some chippy play from both sides led to three ejections in the half, including a player from each team in the 66th minute. By the 72nd minute, the game was nine against 10, as Mexico’s Daniel Montes was also ejected.
Despite the open field, neither team was able to string together an attack, as Mexico relied mostly on counter-attacks that were broken up by the U.S. back line. The Americans were content to possess the ball by passing it around Mexico’s high-pressure defense.
Participants: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Laredo, Texas
Date: July 11, 2008
Weather: Hot, Humid
1st 2nd Final
USA 3 0 3
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Sheanon Williams (Brandon Manzonelli) 25th minute
USA - Peri Marosevic (Felix Garcia) 27.
USA – Peri Marosevic (Brandon Manzonelli) 45+
USA: 18-Brian Perk; 14-Anthony Wallace, 6-Sheanon Williams, 4-Ike Opara, 3-Richard Balchan; 8-Daniel Cruz (10-Jose Altamirano, 79), 20-Amobi Okugo, 7-Brandon Manzonelli, 12-Brek Shea (19-Eder Arreola, 79); 17-Felix Garcia (5-Zarek Valentin, 60), 9-Peri Marosevic (16-Frank Lara, 86)
Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
MEx: 1-Hugo Gonzalez; 6-Antonio de Leon, 2-Daniel Montes, 3-Oswaldo Alanis, 18-Cesar Martinez, 16-Homero Guajardo, 17-Alberto Soto (11-Ulises Davila, 54), 15-Francisco Dorame, 8-Moises Velazco, 14-Axel Caballero (10-Americo Rodriguez, 46), 7-Arnold Rivas (13-Israel Sabdio, 86)
Subs Not Used: 12-Alejandro Vela, 5-Antonio Ocampo, 19-Ivan Islas, 4-Christian Rodriguez
USA / MEX
Shots 8 / 5
Saves 3 / 1
Fouls 16 / 19
Corner Kicks 7 / 5
Offside 1 / 2
MEX – Americo Rodriguez (caution) 50th minute
USA – Danny Cruz (caution) 54.
MEX – Cesar Martinez (caution) 59.
MEX – Francisco Dorame (caution) 64.
USA – Brandon Manzonelli (caution) 66.
USA – Brandon Manzonelli (ejection) 66.
MEX – Moises Velazco (ejection) 66.
MEX – Daniel Montes (ejection) 72.
USA – Brek Shea (caution) 75.
MEX – Arnold Rivas (caution) 76.
Scotland opened the scoring early, putting away a goal in the eighth minute. But just 15 minutes later, the U.S. answered back when Bryan Dominguez fired in a direct kick to even the score, and the 1-1 draw would stand up.
The U.S. finished the Limoges Tournament with a 0-2-1 record.
Participants: USA U18 MNT vs. Scotland
Competition: Limoges Tournament
Location: Beaublanc Stadium, Limoges, France
Date: November 3rd, 2007
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SCO 1 0 1
SCO - Sludden (Russell) 8th minute
USA - Dominguez(unassisted) 23
USA: Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Brek Shea, Nic Milington, Omar Elmasri (Alex Nimo, 46), Shane Cooke (Jared Jeffrey, 46), Bryan Dominguez, Mario Ledezma, Daniel Wenzel (Mykell Bates, 46), Chris Agorsor(Brandon Zimmerman, 63), Chris Hegngi (Greg Garza, 46)
Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo, Billy Schuler
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
SCO: Jonathan Brown, Nicholas Gallagher, David Wotherspoon, Michael Tidser, Carlo Monti (Scott M’Manus, 85), Stephen Coutts, Oliver Russell (Alistair Park, 85), Stephen Hendry (Craig Connell, 78), Liam Kelly, Paul Sludden (Sean Kerr, 64), Ryan Strachan
Subs not used: Michael Andrews, Andrew Milne, Michael Graham
Head Coach: Ross Mathie
Shots 7 / 5
Saves 2 / 1
Fouls 12 / 17
Corner Kicks 3 / 7
Offside 2 / 2
USA - Alex Nimo Yellow 83
Sheanon Williams is a product of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program, and he has played in two youth World Cups for the USA: the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea and the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He has played for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union since 2010.
- Made 32 regular-season starts and netted his first MLS goal in 2011
- Played for one season at North Carolina in 2008, then had tryouts with VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) and FC Twente (Netherlands) before returning to the U.S. to play for the Carolina Dynamo
- Brought into the 2012 Olympic Qualifying team when defender Joshua Gatt was recalled by Norwegian club Molde
Date of Birth
Mar 17, 1990