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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.)

U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals

DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s first-half goal helped the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team top Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 1-0 win against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl.

The U-20 MNT (3-0-0, 9pts) moves on to play Brazilian club Fluminense (2-0-1, 7pts), which won Bracket B, in one Dallas Cup semifinal, while Bracket A winners Coritiba (3-0-0, 9pts), also from Brazil, face Bracket C runners-up River Plate (2-1-0, 6pts) of Argentina in the other. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday at the Cotton Bowl with Coritiba-River Plate kicking off at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the evening’s marquee match between the U-20 MNT and Fluminense at 7 p.m.

The only goal of the U-20 MNT-Tigres game came just before the break when U.S. defender Shaquell Moore slipped a pass to Rubin, who dribbled past multiple Tigres defenders before finding the back of the net with a well-driven strike to the lower left corner.

Fielding a speedy, technical line-up, the U-20 MNT went close on two other occasions only to be denied by the woodwork. In the 27th minute, Ben Spencer glanced a header off the crossbar from a Paul Arriola corner kick. Arriola, handed the captain’s armband for the match, then went close himself in the second half, striking a thunderous volley from 25 yards out that also met the crossbar.

Already eliminated from semifinal contention, Tigres gave the U-20 MNT a stiff contest throughout, but the American’s defense held firm under later pressure with help from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to preserve the shutout victory.

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. UANL Tigres
Date:
April 16, 2014
Competition:
Dallas Cup
Venue:
Cotton Bowl
Kickoff:
7:30 p.m. CT
Weather:
65 degrees

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

USA - Rubio Rubin (Shaqell Moore)        45th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr (21-Jesus Vazquez, 70); 16-Lynden Gooch (17-Luis Felipe, 63), 7-Paul Arriola (13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 88), 23-Jordan Allen (10-Romain Gall, 64); 20-Benji Lopez (24-Zach Pfeffer, 46), 11-Ben Spencer (14-Amando Moreno, 79), 9-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

UANL: 110-Jossue Garza; 85-David Navarro, 42-Jose Lara, 38-Jose Juan Garcia, 26-Jair Zacarias (11-Julian Aldair Carmona, 50); 115-Victor Hugo Alvarado, 122-Ramon Garcia, 47-Luis Martinez, 120-Oscar Cardona (86-Julio Ibarra, 60); 89-Fernando Cruz (52-Edgar Hernandez, 75), 123-Omar Ramos
Subs Not Used: 106-Marco Benitez, 76-Emanuel Estrada, 46-Baldemar Moreno, 125-Aldo Quintanilla
Head Coach: Angel Martinez
                                                                                   

Stats Summary: USA / UANL
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 18 / 12
Offside:  1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
UANL - Jair Zacarias (caution)                49
UANL - Luis Martinez (caution)                65
UANL - Jose Juan Garcia (caution)         86
USA - Paul Arriola (caution)                    86

Officials:
Referee: Mario Escobar
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Fourth Official: Riccardo Montero

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.

Under-20s: Steffen has yet to earn a cap for the U-20 MNT, but he did receive his first call-up with the squad when he served as the backup to Kendall McIntosh during the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain. Steffen was the No. 3 goalkeeper during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship … Under-18s: Was the primary U-18 MNT goalkeeper in 2012, earning call-ups the Lisbon International Tournament in May, the September training camp in the Netherlands and the U-18 team’s November training camp at the Home Depot Center, starting both friendlies against Canada. He posted a shutout during a scoreless draw against Slovakia on May 24.

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