U-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez and players Sebastian Saucedo, Mukwelle Akale, and Coy Craft look ahead to playing rival Mexico in the final match of April camp.
The U-18 Men's National Team took on their Canadian counterparts on April 8th on Mooch Myernick Field at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The American attack, led by Coy Craft, proved too much for the Canadians as they were defeated 2-1.
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
Date of Birth
May 23, 1997
Glade Spring, Va.