CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will take an 18-player roster to the U-18 International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 6-11.
While at the four-team event, the U.S. will face Norway on June 6, Portugal on June 8 and Sweden on June 10 in a round-robin style competition. The U.S. U-18s will also play a pre-tournament friendly against Primeira Liga powerhouse Benfica’s U-19 squad on June 3.
Former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Eddie Lewis will guide the squad while U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez assists with the senior Men’s National Team as it prepares for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The U.S. roster features sixteen players who are currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy Clubs, including Minnesota Thunder midfielder Mukwelle Akale, who was named the tournament MVP at the Copa del Atlantico this past February in Canary Islands, Spain.
Akale’s 23 previous Youth National Team call-ups across all age levels are second on the roster only to FC Utrecht striker Rubio Rubin’s 35 and Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Ben Swanson’s 25.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, relative new-comer Mauricio Pineda is attending just his second event and first international competition with the U.S. YNT program. Pineda and midfielders Collin Fernandez and Cameron Lindley represent the largest contingent of players from one team; all three are part of the Chicago Fire Academy.
U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team International Tournament Schedule:
Date Opponent Time (Local)
June 3 vs. Benfica U-19 4:30 p.m.
June 6 vs. Norway U-18 4 p.m.
June 8 vs. Portugal U-18 6 p.m.
June 10 vs. Sweden U-18 4 p.m.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Chase Gasper (Bethesda Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oveido, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Academy; Grove City, Ohio)
FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca, Fla.), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)
CARSON, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – Forward Coy Craft provided the cutting edge for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in a 2-1 victory against Canada in the first of two international friendlies during the team’s current training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.
The U.S. U-18s dominated the match statistically, outshooting their Canadian counterparts 15-6, peppering Canada goalkeeper Marvis Kreitling with 11 shots on goal and earning a 12-4 advantage in corner-kick opportunities.
Justen Glad, who recently signed as a homegrown player with Real Salt Lake, opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 23rd minute, heading home at the back post after Craft flicked on a corner kick from David Chavez.
Up 1-0 at halftime, the U.S. doubled its lead nearly 15 minutes after the break when LA Galaxy Academy product Jorge Ruiz sent Craft in on goal with a neat through ball. Craft, who plays his club soccer with FC Dallas Academy, coolly tucked what proved the game-winner inside the far post.
Canada pulled a late goal back through Emmanuel Zambazis to deny U.S. goalkeeper Christian Herrera, who only had to make one earlier save, the clean sheet.
The U.S. U-18 MNT next plays Mexico on Saturday to conclude its last camp before attending the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of May.
- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-18 MNT v. Canada U-18 MNT
Date: April 8, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Mooch Myernick Field, National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
CAN 0 1 1
USA – Justen Glad (Coy Craft) 23rd minute
USA – Coy Craft (Jorge Ruiz) 58
CAN – Emmanuel Zambazis (Drake Rendle) 80
USA: 22-Christian Herrera; 14-David Chavez, 18-Mauricio Pineda, 17-Justen Glad, 13-Alex Ramos; 8-Jorge Ruiz (9-Stephen Payne, 75), 10-Jackson Yueill (21-Cameron Lindley, 57), 4-Ben Swanson; 7-Mukwelle Akale (6-Collin Fernandez, 57), 11-Sebastian Saucedo (20-Pablo Pelaez, 90+3), 19-Coy Craft (16-Sebastian Elney, 75)
Subs not used: 1-JT Marcinkowski, 2-Christian Lucatero, 3-Shannon Seymour, 5-Henry Martin, 12-Jonathan Klinsmann, 15-Quentin Pearson, 23-Kyle Scott, 24-Patrick Jean-Gilles
Head Coach: Javier Perez
1-Marvis Kreitling; 13-Josh Cuthbert, 17-Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, 16-Andre Baires, 5-Eric Davies (capt.); 3-Jimmy-Shammar Sanon (10-Dario Zanatta, 71),
15-Joshue Doughty (11-Emmanuel Zambazis, 71), 14-Vana Markarian (23-Drake Rendle, 59), 8-David Choiniere; 7-Hayden Simmonds-O’Grady (6-Dayonn Harris, 59),
Subs not used: 2-Darius Ramsey, 4-Kyle Hiebert, 18-Dayne St. Clair
Head Coach: Rob Gale
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 15 / 6
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 4
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 5 / 2
CAN – 16-Andre Baires (caution) 29th minute
Assistant Referee: Kamal Malouf
Assistant Referee: Jared Taylor
Fourth Official: Cody Husan