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Photo Gallery: U-20 MNT at the 2014 Marbella Cup

Photos from the U-20 MNT's first week of training and games against Russia and Ireland at the 2014 U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain.

U.S. U-20 MNT Blanks Ireland 1-0 at Marbella Tournament

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Ireland 1-0 at Estadio San Pedro, posting its second victory in as many games at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament.

Dembakwi Yomba scored his second goal of the tournament and USA goalkeeper Santiago Castaño made four saves for the clean sheet.

The U-20 MNT wraps up the Marbella Tournament against Canada on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Marbella Football Center. Kickoff is at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Yomba scored his second goal in as many games, intercepting the ball against Ireland’s central defense and burying his shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

That proved to be enough for the USA as Castaño earned his first U-20 shutout and improved to 2-0-1 on the year.

As a team, the U-20 MNT posted its third international shutout of the year. The USA’s other clean sheets occurred at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational against Bermuda (4-0) and Australia (0-0) in July.

The U-20s are 4-0-2 in international play and 10-1-2 overall in 2014.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Ireland U-21 MNT
Date: Nov. 15, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio San Pedro; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 200
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

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

USA – Dembakwi Yomba                13th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-Tyler Turner, 4-Tommy Redding, 5-Matt Miazga, 2-John Requejo; 6-Russell Canouse (16-Lynden Gooch, 46), 8-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 10-Emerson Hyndman; 7-Tommy Thompson (14-Junior Flores, 74), 9-Dembakwi Yomba (17-Romain Gall, 56), 11-Amando Moreno (18-Andrija Novakovich, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Shaq Moore, 15-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 20-Joel Soñora, 21-Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

IRL: 1-Daniel Rogers; 12-Shane Griffin, 4-Mason Watkins-Clark, 5-Thomas Hoban (capt.), 2-Sean Long (6-Brian Lenihan, 46); 10-Jack Byrne (14-Dylan Connolly, 90), 19-Glen Rea, 11-Liam Kelly (17-Matthew Hamilton, 46); 3-Jack Connors (7-William Hayhurst, 46), 9-Conor Wilkinson, 13-Kenneth McEvoy (18-Sam Byrne, 46)
Subs Not Used: 8-Kieran Sadlier, 15-Lee Desmond, 16-Eric Grimes, 20-Sean Hoare, 21-Pierce Sweeney, 22-Eoghan O’Connell, 23-Alan Browne
Head Coach: Noel King

Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 19 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Romain Gall (caution)            61st minute
IRL – Matthew Hamilton (caution)    76

U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Names Roster for International Trip to Spain

CHICAGO (Nov. 7, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster that will compete in three matches at the U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain. (Note: roster changes have been made since the initial release)

The USA opens with a match against Russia’s U-21 national team on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Marbella Football Center. The U.S. then takes on the Republic of Ireland’s U-20s on Nov. 15 at San Pedro Stadium and Canada’s U-20 national team on Nov. 18 at the Marbella Football Center.

The majority of this roster has featured for the U-20 MNT over the past two years, with 17 players being brought into previous camps.

Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman joins a U-20 camp for the first time this year. He made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut on Sept. 3, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann calling him in for the final 24 minutes of the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic in Prague. Hyndman also played for the U.S. U-23 MNT during its Oct. 14 match against Brazil’s U-23s.

Three players have earned their first U-20 call-ups in Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers, Orlando City’s Tommy Redding and Atlético Madrid’s Dembakwi Yomba. Redding joins his Orlando City teammate Tyler Turner, who was called into camp earlier this year but is still in search of his first international cap at this level. Carter-Vickers recently got the start for the U.S. U-23 MNT against Brazil.

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta was a member of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in Turkey.

The roster also features 18 players who have previous ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-20s have a 2-0-2 international record this year, highlighted by their championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July. Overall, the U-20 MNT is 8-1-2, with a runner-up showing at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse and Tijuana defender John Requejo are the only two players on this U-20 roster who have featured in all four international games this year.

This is the USA’s second-to-last international trip of the year. The U-20s will hold a foreign training camp in mid-December in Jamaica, the location of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The U.S. will then take part in a domestic camp in late December and early January before the Jan. 9-24 World Cup qualifying tournament in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The U.S. U-20 MNT was drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens the tournament against Guatemala on Jan. 9 and looks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.), Dembakwi Yomba (Atlético Madrid; Lithonia, Ga.)

2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Russia vs. USA, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Saturday, Nov. 15
USA vs. Ireland, 3 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET), San Pedro Stadium
Russia vs. Canada, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Stadium

Monday, Nov. 17
Russia vs. Ireland, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Canada vs. USA, 4:30 p.m. local (10:30 a.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Two First-Half Goals Propel U-20s to Win Against Racing Club Reserves

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 4, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Racing Club Reserves 2-0.

Zach Pfeffer and Romain Gall each tallied a goal in the first half and the defense maintained the clean sheet the rest of the way. Goalkeeper Santiago Castaño needed to make only one save for the shutout.

Pfeffer drew a penalty in the opening minutes with a low cross that hit a Racing defender’s hand. Pfeffer converted the subsequent penalty kick for a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

In the 27th minute, Paul Arriola intercepted the ball in the center circle and slotted the ball ahead to Gall. Gall, on the quick break, shouldered his way past the Racing defense and hit a hard, low shot that found the left corner of the frame for a 2-0 lead.

The USA is in the midst of a 10-day training camp in Buenos Aires. Next up for U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos’ side is a game against the Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Saturday, Sept. 6, followed by a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Racing FC Reserves
Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Racing FC Academy; Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 100
Weather: Cloudy and windy, 62 degrees

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

USA – Zach Pfeffer (penalty)             11th minute
USA – Romain Gall (Paul Arriola)      27

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-John Requejo Jr. (18-Chase Gasper, 46), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (19-Conor Donovan, 62), 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Shaquell Moore (16-Luis Martir, 46); 6-Russell Canouse, 8-Fernando Arce (14-Junior Flores, 46), 10-Joel Soñora (15-Luis Felipe, 67); 11-Zach Pfeffer, 9-Romain Gall, 7-Paul Arriola (13-Bradford Jamieson, 46)
Subs Not Used: 22-Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

Stats Summary: USA / RFC
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1

Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament that will take place at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, from July 14-18.

The U-20 MNT will gather for training camp in Carson beginning July 10 before playing its first games of the NTC Invitational against Chile on July 14 (6 p.m. PT) and Bermuda on July 16 (4 p.m. PT). The U.S. concludes tournament play against Australia on July 18, a match that will be broadcast on ussoccer.com at 7 p.m. PT. The day’s other match between Bermuda and Chile will also be broadcast on ussoccer.com beginning at 4 p.m. PT.

The U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of a solid group of players with extensive experience in the U.S. Youth National Team Program as 11 players have reached a minimum of 10 YNT call-ups already in their young international careers. Six of those 11, including Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana) and Zack Steffen (Maryland) all have over 20 career YNT events under their belts, with Requejo Jr. leading the way with 33 to his name.

Dating back to last November’s international training camp in Verona, Italy, when this current iteration of the U-20 MNT was assembled, seven players have been included in a roster-high four U-20 MNT events: goalkeeper Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), defenders Donovan, Moore and Requejo Jr., midfielder Marco Delgado (Chivas USA) and forwards Pfeffer and Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC). Steffen, who was part of Ramos’ squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, is also be making his fourth appearance on a U.S. U-20 roster.

The roster blends a good mix of foreign- and domestic-based talents with eight players plying their trade outside the U.S., including Club Tijuana trio Fernando Arce – receiving his first call-up to a U.S. YNT event – Paul Arriola and Requejo Jr., who represent the most players named to the squad from one club.

Arriola, Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Moore, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., and Steffen are among 12 players on the roster who helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup earlier this year in its last international competition.

After the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.

U.S. U-20 MNT NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date                Teams             Time [PT]                 Location                                        Broadcast
July 14                        AUS v BER     3 p.m.*             Mooch Myernick Field                        none
                                    USA v CHI      6 p.m.*            Mooch Myernick Field                        none
July 16                        AUS v CHI      1 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                        none
                                    USA v BER     4 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                        none
July 18                        BER v CHI      4 p.m.              StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com
                                    USA v AUS     7 p.m.               StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com

*Changed from original kickoff time

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG  Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)

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