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Ramos Names 21-Player Squad for Dallas Cup

CHICAGO (April 9, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 21-player roster for the 35th edition of the Dallas Cup, which takes place April 13-20 in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. is in Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group along with U-19 sides from Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, River Plate of Argentina and UANL Tigres of Mexico.

Making its fifth all-time appearance at the competition and first since 2010, the U-20 MNT’s first match will be the marquee game of the opening day of the tournament. Following a pair of Super Group matches and the Welcome World Opening Ceremonies, the U.S. will play River Plate at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Cotton Bowl on April 13. The U.S. then plays its second match less than 24 hours later against Eintracht Frankfurt on the campus of Richland College at 4 p.m. CT.

The U.S. concludes Bracket C play against UANL Tigres on April 16. The location and time of the match will be determined by results in the first two rounds across Super Group Brackets A, B and C with the purpose being to hold the two most potentially dramatic games of bracket play in the Cotton Bowl.

The roster relies heavily on players who have previously been involved in the U.S. Youth National Team program or received a call-up to the current edition of the U.S. U-20 MNT. Nineteen players either took part in the team’s foreign training camp in Verona, Italy last November or its domestic training camp held in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., this past January.

Of the two players receiving their first call-up to the U-20 National Team, only Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City) has previously represented the U.S. at the Youth National Team level; Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres) is receiving his first call-up at any level for the U.S.

Also a relative newcomer to the Youth National Team program, Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro) is receiving his second call-up to a U.S. roster; his only previous experience with the U.S. came during the U-20 MNT’s recent January camp.

The next event for the U.S. U-20 MNT after the Dallas Cup will be a domestic training camp held at North Carolina State University in May.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Santiago Castano (NewYork Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8):
Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Sullaiman Dainkeh (Maryland; Reston, Va.), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Jesus Vazquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro; Ouro Branco, Brazil), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6):
Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven; Albuquerque, N.M.)

Additional Notes:

  • The U-20 MNT roster is made up of players primarily born in 1995, with the exceptions being Luis Felipe, Shaquell Moore, John Requejo Jr. and Rubio Rubin, who were all born in 1996, as well as the only 1997-born player, Erik Palmer-Brown.
  • Sixteen players have ties to U.S. Soccer Delevopment academy clubs including: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Jordan Allen (Revolution Empire/Real Salt Lake AZ), Michael Amick (De Anza Force), Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA), Romain Gall (Real Salt Lake AZ), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Moore (IMG Academy), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls), Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Zach Pfeffer (FC DELCO), Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal), Ben Spencer (Real Salt Lake AZ/Chivas USA) and Zack Steffen (FC DELCO)
  • Acosta and Steffen were teammates on the USA’s 2013 U-20 World Cup team.
  • Thirteen players on the team began their time with the U.S. Youth National Team program at the U-14/15 Boys’ National Team level, including: Acosta, Allen, Castano, Delgado, Gooch, Haberkorn, Miazga, Palmer-Brown, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., Rubin, Spencer and Steffen.
  • Nine players are signed with professional clubs in the U.S. at either the MLS or NASL level: Acosta (FC Dallas), Allen (Real Salt Lake), Castano (New York Red Bulls), Delgado (Chivas USA), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake), Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union) and Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven).
  • Eight players took part in both of the U-20 MNT’s first two training camps of the current cycle that began last fall, including: Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Miazga, Moore, Moreno, Pfeffer and Requejo Jr.
  • Four players only participated in the team’s foreign training camp Verona, Italy, last November, including: Acosta, Gall, Gooch and Spencer, while a further seven only attended the January camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., including: Allen, Amick, Dainkeh, Felipe, Haberkorn and Rubin.

U.S. U-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez Calls 18 Players for International Tournament in Spain

CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez named an 18-player squad for the Copa del Atlantico that runs from Jan. 30 – Feb. 8 in Las Palmas, Spain.

Making its first appearance at the prestigious tournament, the USA will open its Copa del Atlantico schedule against Spain on Feb. 4, before facing Argentina on Feb. 5 and the Canary Islands on Feb. 7.

Seventeen players on the U.S. roster have ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, with 13 currently registered with Academy teams. Omar Castro of Eintracht Braunschweig, who has been named to his first camp or tournament roster under Perez, is the only player on the squad never to have played for an Academy team.

Four MLS Academies are represented on the roster with Real Salt Lake AZ sending two players (Christian Herrera and Sebastian Saucedo) and the Crew Soccer Academy (Ben Swanson), Sporting Kansas City (Erik Palmer-Brown) and San Jose Earthquakes (JT Marcinkowski) all sending one.

The USA will be one of the youngest teams at the tournament as it fields a mixed squad of 1996- and 1997-born players. Eight ’97-born players have been included after impressing Perez at the team’s last training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., earlier this month.

Five of the team’s ’97-born players (Mukwelle Akale, Marcinkowski, Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Swanson) were also included for the U.S. U-18 MNT’s last international tournament in Limoges, France. In total, 14 players on the current roster featured at the Limoges tournament last October, helping the team finish second to host France with an unbeaten 2-0-1 record.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5):
Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy; Meriden, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Omar Castro (Eintracht Braunschweig; Plant City, Fla.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (5):
Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)

2013 Athlete of the Year Voting Kicks off U.S. Soccer Awards Season

CHICAGO (Nov. 19, 2013) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2013 Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for the finalists in five categories – Male, Female, Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Athletes of the Year – on ussoccer.com throughout the week. The winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The opening of the Athlete of the Year ballot kicks off a busy awards season for U.S. Soccer. In December, the Best of U.S. Soccer: #100Years Edition will ask fans to select their favorite moment from the past 100 years in a fun, bracket-style competition. U.S. Soccer will also name an All-Time Best XI for the Men’s and Women’s National Teams as the Centennial year draws to a close.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the second year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Two previous winners are included in the Male Athlete of the Year finalists: goalkeeper Tim Howard (2008) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012). This is Michael Bradley’s fifth nomination for the award and Jozy Altidore’s second. Both are former winners of the Young Male Athlete of the Year Award (Altidore in 2006, Bradley in 2007). This is the first nomination for defender DaMarcus Beasley since 2007, when he was nominated as a midfielder.

The list of Female Athlete of the Year finalists features three previous winners: midfielder Carli Lloyd (2008), forward Abby Wambach (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011) and last year’s winner Alex Morgan. These past winners are joined by first-time nominees, forwards Christen Press and Sydney Leroux, and NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday, who was also nominated in 2011.

Previous Young Female Athlete of the Year nominees Morgan Brian (2010 and 2011) and Crystal Dunn (2010 and 2012), both of whom debuted for the full WNT this year, are joined by first-time nominees Cari Roccaro, a defender for the U.S. U-20 WNT, U-20 and full WNT forward Lindsey Horan and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh.

Defender Shaquell Moore earns his second straight Young Male Athlete of the Year nomination. Midfielder Wil Trapp and defenders Kellyn Acosta, Shane O’Neill and Erik Palmer-Brown all earn their first nominations for the award. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in his career. Forward Rubio Rubin was the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.

U.S. Soccer will also name a Disabled Athlete of the Year, which honors the achievement of disabled soccer players in the United States. This is the second year for the award, which began in 2012.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Jozy Altidore, Forward
DaMarcus Beasley, Defender
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
Clint Dempsey, Forward
Tim Howard, Goalkeeper

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Lauren Holiday, Midfielder
Sydney Leroux, Forward
Carli Lloyd, Midfielder
Alex Morgan, Forward
Christen Press, Forward
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Kellyn Acosta, Defender
Shaquell Moore, Defender
Shane O’Neill, Defender
Erik Palmer-Brown, Defender
Wil Trapp, Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Morgan Brian, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Lindsey Horan, Forward
Mallory Pugh, Midfielder
Cari Roccaro, Defender

U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Finalists
Lexi Heer, Power Soccer
Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer
Rene Renteria, Paralympic Soccer

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Honduras - April 14, 2013

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Honduras
April 14, 2013

U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the game overall and missing out on the U-17 World Cup:
“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. The players have put so much into this preparation over the last 16 months with us and our goal was to get to the World Cup, and that’s not going to happen now. The game itself, I thought we came out and did a pretty good job in the first half. We had some opportunities that we did not take. Honduras was playing very direct, which gave us a little bit of problems here and there with their strength. For the most part, I thought we did OK. They had the goal and then we came back with another goal to go even at halftime. We made a couple mistakes in the second half, and at the end of the day we couldn’t take our chances. That’s soccer at times.”

On the players’ development and the big picture of their futures:
“We’re extremely proud of our players. We believe they have great futures ahead of them. One game is not going to define their career. You could see over the last 16 months working with them how they’ve developed, how they’ve become better soccer players and better people. They have great futures ahead of them. It’s unfortunate sometimes when it comes down to one game. People want to be critical. They’ve won a lot of games over the last 16 months against a lot of good teams. Coming down to one game, we can’t sit there and say that’s affected their development. We’re very disappointed. We tried our hardest. They tried their hardest to try to qualify for the World Cup. For whatever reason tonight it just didn’t work out. Honduras was the better team on the night and got the result they needed, and we didn’t, and that’s just the way it is sometimes.”

On the effectiveness of Honduras’ play:
“Honduras won the game and they did what they needed to do. At the end of the day it’s winning or losing. I thought their approach to play the game was very direct, which is fine. That’s the way they want to play. At times it was a handful for us during the game. It was effective for them. They had a couple chances from it and scored. They took their free kick well. I give them all the credit in the world for doing what they needed to do for qualifying for the World Cup, so good luck to them.”

U-17 MNT goalkeeper JEFF CALDWELL
On the team’s efforts coming up short during this process:
“We all worked really, really hard and put in 100 percent for a very long time. We all got better. At the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done tonight. It stinks. We’ll all have learned from this and it’ll make us better players and better individuals. It’s something tough and we’ll have to get stronger and get on with it.”

On rebounding from the loss in future events in the players’ young careers:
“Sometimes in a one-off game it doesn’t go your way. We were outplayed tonight. I let the team down partially. It’s tough and it hurts. We’ll just have to rebound in future World Cups and other cycles will have to be stronger and better and learn from this.”

U-17 MNT defender SHAQ MOORE
On what the team took away from the loss to Honduras:
“Tonight was a tough loss. After the game [head coach Richie Williams] just preached to keep our heads up. It’s not the last game and it’s not the end of the world. We can still bounce back from it, even though it’s a tough loss, and stay positive after everything that happened.”

On the team’s early scoring chances against Honduras:
“It was really tough because the first goal would dictate the whole game. I had one chance, Rubio had one and other people had one. That first goal is really crucial, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the first one and they took advantage of their effort, so you have to give them credit, too.”

U-17 Players Reaching High-Level Goals Through Residency and Academy

Like any of their predecessors who have worn the U.S. Soccer jersey, the players on the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team comprise a group with its own unique background. Each of those players has traveled on a different path, but all with the same goal: to reach the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Captain and starting right back Shaq Moore has spent the better part of two years at the Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., representing part of a cohesive base under U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams. Others, such as starting goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, are a bit newer to the Residency lifestyle and have spent a good portion of their young career in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system.

The players’ various experiences have converged in Panama City, where the USA opened the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-0 win against Haiti on Sunday. Next up is Guatemala on April 7 (6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer).

“When you’re here together for two years, naturally you just gel,” Moore said. “You do everything together, and that creates good chemistry that’s tied to the team.

“It’s a professional environment, and waking up to that every day helps you get a lot better,” Moore said. “Technically, we work on our touches every day and you have to be able to think about the game. At this level, you can’t just play anymore. You have to be smart, too.”

Caldwell, who hails from the Academy’s North Carolina Fusion, was hoping to be on the Residency path a bit sooner and he got his chance in the fall of 2012.

“I made the Select game last December [in the 2011 Winter Showcase] and I didn’t make Residency, so that was kind of a motivator,” Caldwell said. “I’ve been familiar with how the program works and that’s where I wanted to be for the whole year before. I think I was ready for it because that’s what I was working toward the whole time when I wasn’t there. Obviously you miss home sometimes, but there’s nothing better than playing six days a week. In the grand scheme of things, it’s something I’m getting a lot out of with this experience.”

Moore’s path included club ball in Florida before his family moved to Georgia and he played for Cobb FC. In Residency, Moore has grown into a leader.

“Before Residency, I wasn’t really noticed like I would have liked to have been,” Moore said. “I didn’t go through the U-14s or U-15s. But in Residency I got noticed, and ever since I’ve gotten here I took it in stride and tried to do my best every day.”

Caldwell is quick to credit the Academy environment and the guidance of the Fusion for preparing him for Residency and now the spotlight of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

“The Academy is the reason I’m here,” Caldwell said. “I started playing at the club when I was in the eighth grade. It’s actually a two-hour drive from where I live. We went to back-to-back Finals Weeks – first with the U-15/16s and last year with the U-17/18s. Without that team and without the coaches I have, I wouldn’t be here right now. It’s a credit to them and it’s a credit to the system. I’ll give the Academy and my mom for driving me to practice the full credit to where I am right now.”

The U-17 Residency environment brings together the best of the best, and Caldwell has spoken to his coaches Chris Little (Fusion U-15/16 team) and Mark Nichols (U-17/18) about how beneficial the Academy process has been in making an easy transition.

“One of the things I told them is that their training sessions and preparation for the game got me ready for Residency,” Caldwell said. “It wasn’t like I was shocked by how similar it was from there to Residency. Coach Anthony Latronica has helped with my technique here at the U-17s, but the Fusion really helped me understand the game and understand my role. Both of them helped get us to Finals Week in consecutive years, so from a training standpoint, I don’t think they could have done much better than what they have done.”

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