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Porter Adds Four Players to U-23 Men's National Team Camp Roster

CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2011) – U-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter has added four players to the roster for the upcoming camp in Duisburg, Germany beginning on Nov. 7. Juan Agudelo, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams have been named to the squad and will join up with the team when it convenes in Europe next week.

Earlier this week 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 Men’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.

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Mexico, 3-0, as Marosevic Nets Two Goals in Rivalry Match

LAREDO, Texas (July 11, 2008) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated rival Mexico in front of a raucous pro-Mexico crowd in the Laredo, Texas. Defender Sheanon Williams scored the game-winning goal in the 25th minute and forward Peri Marosevic added a brace in the first half in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,000.

“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.

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

Participants: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Laredo, Texas
Date: July 11, 2008
Attendance: 4,000
Weather: Hot, Humid

Scoring Summary:
            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

Head Coach:

Statistical Summary:

Shots 8 / 5
Saves 3 / 1
Fouls 16 / 19
Corner Kicks 7 / 5
Offside 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
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.

U-18 MNT Draws with Scotland at Limoges Tournament

LIMOGES, France (Nov. 3, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team played Scotland to a 1-1 draw in their final game of the Limoges Tournament in France.

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.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA U18 MNT vs. Scotland
Competition: Limoges Tournament
Location: Beaublanc Stadium, Limoges, France
Date: November 3rd, 2007
Weather: Cold/Overcast

Scoring Summary:
               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

Statistical Summary:
Shots       7 / 5
Saves       2 / 1
Fouls     12 / 17
Corner Kicks 3 / 7
Offside 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Alex Nimo Yellow 83

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Falls to France, 3-1, at Limoges Tournament

LIMOGES, France (Oct. 30, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell, 3-1, to France in their opening match of the Limoges Tournament. Emmanuel Rivière got France on the board first in the 15th minute, but Billy Schuler evened the score just two minutes later.

In the 90th minute, Damien Le Tallec put France back on top, and he then converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to make the final score 3-1.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA U18 MNT vs. France
Competition: Limoges Tournament
Location: Beaublanc Stadium, Limoges, France
Date: October, 30th, 2007
Weather: Cold

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

FRA - Riviere                                           14th minute
USA - Billy Schuler (Gregory Garza)   16.
FRA - Le Tallec                                       90.
FRA - Le Tallec                                       94+

USA: 1-Josh Lambo, 4-Sheanon Williams, 3-Mykell Bates, 16-Brandon Zimmerman (14- Nick
Millington, 78), 15-Brek Shea, 6-Daniel Wenzel, 7-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Bryan Dominguez,
19-Alex Nimo, 21- Billy Schuler(11-Mario Ledezma, 83), 17-Greg Garza(12-Chris
Agorsor, 78)

Subs Not Used: 18- Zac MacMath, 8-Shane Cooke, 20-Omar Elmasri, 9-Chris Hegngi

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

FRA: 1-Keita, 2-Duplus, 3-El Kaoutari, 4-Lebbihi, 5-Nelson, 6-Benzerga(8-Riff,
81), 7-Bazile(11-Partouche, 69), 9-Le Tallec, 10-M’Vila, 17-Camara(12-H’Sakala, 72),
18-Riviere(13-Monrose, 78)

Subs not used: 14-Ndiaye, 15-Villard, 16-Delle

Head Coach: F. Blaquart

Statistical Summary:
Shots      6 / 9
Saves     9 / 4
Fouls    21  / 18
Corner Kicks 2 / 6
Offside 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Brek Shea (caution)                  21st Minute
FRA - El Kaoutari (caution)                  54.
USA  - Sheanon Williams (caution)  72.
FRA - Le Tallec (caution)                     76.
USA - Sheanon Williams (caution)   93+
USA - Sheanon Williams (ejection)  93+

U-17 MNT Draws 0-0 With Peru

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA U17 MNT vs. Peru U17MNT
Competition: Friendly
Location: Duluth, Ga.
Date: June 11, 2007
Weather: 81 degrees

Scoring Summary:
             1   2    F
USA     0   0    0
PER     0   0    0

USA: 18-Zac MacMath; 2- Sheanon Williams (15-Brek Shea, 52); 3-Mykell Bates; 5-Tommy Meyer; 6-Dan Wenzel; 16-Brandon Zimmerman (Howard Turk, 56); 19-Alex Nimo (20-Alex Dixon, 70); 8-Jared Jeffrey; 13-Billy Schuler; 9-Ellis McLoughlin (10-Bryan Dominguez, 58); 11-Abdus Ibrahim;
Subs not used:1-Josh Lambo; 7-Axel Levry; 12-Kirk Urso; 14-Jesse Paredes; 17-Greg Garza; 21-Chris Klute; 22-Brendan King; 23-Nick Millington; 25-Ryan Gracia;
Head Coach: John Hackworth

PER: 1-Eder Hermoza; 2-Jersi Socola; 5-Nestor Duarte; 15-Jairo Hernandez; 22-Juan Arce; 6-Bryan Salazar; 8-Carlos Bazalar; 10-Daniel Sanchez (3-Anthony Molina, 68); 11-Luis Trujillo (20-Gary Correa, 46); 9-Jruen Avila (7-Reimond Manco, 46); 19-Christian La Torre (18-Cesar Ruiz, 84);
Subs not used:4-Joseph Munoz; 12-Pedro Gallese; 13-Miguel Calderon; 16-Yovic De La Cruz; 17-Juan Zevallos; 21- Ernesto Salazar
Head Coach: Juan Jose Ore

Statistical Summary:
                          USA    PER
Shots                12        2
Shots on goal   5         0
Saves                 0        4
Fouls                13       20
Corner Kicks    3         3
Offside               3          2

Misconduct Summary:
USA    Alex Nimo (caution)             17th minute
PER    La Torre (caution)                43.
PER    Manco (caution)                   46.
USA    Wenzel (caution)                  51.
PER    Manco (ejection)                  63.
PER    Salazar (caution)                 69.
USA    Shea (caution)                      71.
PER    Correa (ejection)                 75.
PER    Salazar (ejection)                79.

U-20 MNT Fall, 4-0, to Canada

KINGSTON, Ontario (June 6, 2007) – After the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s dominating victory three days ago against their northern neighbors, the tables were turned this evening when Canada cruised to a 4-0 victory in the rematch in Kingston, Ontario.

The 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second minute, and kept the U.S. defense under constant pressure for the rest of the match. Canada forward Tousaint Ricketts was the star of the show on the night, scoring two first half goals and adding another in the second half to complete his hat trick. Ricketts scored in the second, 29th and 65th minutes, and Jonathon Beaulieu-Bourgault added a goal in the 19th minute.

Tonight’s match was one of the final games the U.S. will play before heading to Canada for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be held from June 30-July 22 in six venues. Rongen will announce his World Cup roster next week and the full team will regroup in New Jersey on June 17 to begin their final preparations. The U.S. will have an opportunity to rebound when they take on Chile on June 23 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"This was definitely not the outcome we expected tonight, but it's a game we can learn from," said U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen. "Canada learned from the match a few days ago, and we will do the same and try to learn what went wrong for us tonight and get better. We came here on this trip to do just that, while also getting a chance to see our venues and give some guys a chance to battle for some final spots on the roster. In the end, I think we've accomplished what we needed and look forward to coming back to Canada in a few weeks to kick off the World Cup."

The U.S. possessed the ball well during the match, but without a large majority of their eventual starters in this summer’s World Cup, they struggled to be creative in the final third and only put two shots on goal the entire match. Starting in a 4-3-3 formation, the U.S. changed back to a 4-4-2 in the second half, but the switch didn’t help improve their chances on target. The U.S., seemingly hindered by the long, bumpy grass after training on turf almost exclusively in the buildup to the World Cup, didn’t have an answer for Rickett’s constant pressure and Canada’s direct style of play.

Ricketts first goal came from a great individual effort, battling for the ball with the U.S. defense and forcing a turnover. He carried the ball down to the touchline to the left of Diego Restrepo’s goal and beat the goalkeeper, who was playing in his first career game with the Under-20 squad.

Beaulieu-Bourgault tallied the second goal after a loose ball was bouncing around the box, and he found himself alone about 12 yards from goal when the ball bounced in front of him and he was able to fire a low driven shot into the net.  Ricketts’ second goal came after Canada created a turnover in the midfield, and played the ball forward to the lone striker. Ricketts’ was initially shut down by Julian Valentin and Ofori Sarkodie, but the three collided and the Canadian came away with the ball and was in alone on Restrepo and slotted the ball home. The final tally came when Rickett’s collected a long ball and avoided a tackle from Valentin. The forward then regained control of the ball and again found himself in on goal and beats Restrepo to the far post.

The U.S. was drawn into Group D with Korea Republic, Poland and Brazil. Argentina is in Group E with the Czech Republic, Korea DPR and Panama. This is the sixth straight appearance for the U.S. in the world championship and their 11th overall. The U.S. opens against Korea Republic on June 30, then faces Poland on July 3 and concludes group play on July 6 against four-time U-20 world champions Brazil.

The U.S. will play Korea Republic and Poland at The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, before heading to Ottawa to face Brazil at Frank Clair Stadium. Every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup can be followed live via's MatchTracker. The 24-team field is divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group and the top four (of six) third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. The 52-match tournament will take place at six venues in Canada with games in Burnaby, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. The U.S. will play all their group matches in Montreal and Ottawa on artificial turf.

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

Participants: USA vs. Canada
Competition: Friendly
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Date: June 6, 2007
Weather: Cool, 50 degrees

Scoring Summary:
               1    2    F
USA        0    0    0
Canada    3    1    4

CAN – Tousaint Ricketts 2nd minute.
CAN – Jonathon Beaulieu-Bourgault 19.
CAN – Tousaint Ricketts 29.
CAN – Tousaint Ricketts 66.

USA: 18 – Diego Restrepo, 19-Tony Beltran, 14-Julian Valentin (5-Dane Brek-Shea, 69), 13-Ofori Sarkodie, 3-Amaechi Igwe, 16-Mitchell van den Beld (17-Preston Zimmerman, 46), 6-Bryan Arguez, 4-Anthony Wallace, 7-Gabriel Ferrari, 10-Sal Zizzo, 12-Andre Akpan (15-Sheanon Williams, 76)
Subs not used: 24-Steve Sandbo
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

GUA: 1-Asmir Begovic (22-David Monslave, 46), 2-Nana Attakora-Gyan, 3-Kent O’Connor, 4-Marcus Haber, 5-Steve Lumley, 6-Christian Nunez, 8-Keegan Ayre (15-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah, 46), 9-Jonathon Beaulieu-Bourgault (9-Olivier Lacoste-Lebuis, 69), 12-Michael D’Agostino (13-A.J. Gray, 82), 10-Will Johnson, 7-Toisaint Ricketts
Subs not used:
Head Coach: Dale Mitchell

Statistical Summary:
                   USA    CAN
Shots             2          8
Saves             2          1
Fouls            10         12
Corner Kicks  8           4
Offside           2          1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tony Beltran (caution) 33rd minute
CAN – Marcus Haber (caution) 53.
CAN – Kennedy Owusu-Ansah (caution) 77.

Referee: Steve DePiero (CAN)
1st Assistant:Isaac Raymond (CAN)
2nd Assistant: Amato DeLuca (CAN)
Fourth Official: Justin Tasev (CAN)

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