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U-18 MNT Falls 2-0 to Portugal

MAFRA, Portugal (June 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team allowed two goals in the final 20 minutes against Portugal in dropping its second match of the 20th Lisbon International Tournament.

The U.S. (0-1-1; 1pt) will play its third and final tournament match this Tuesday against Sweden (1-0-1; 4pts), which tied Norway (0-0-2; 2pts) in the day’s other game 0-0.

Through the first 45 minutes, neither team could take advantage of the chances they created in a tight overall match. U.S. head coach for the tournament Eddie Lewis made two changes at the half, but it was Portugal slew of subs in the 63rd minute that changed the game as Hildeberto twice created both goals for fellow sub Goncalo Guedes.

The game-winner came in the 71st minute when Hilderberto’s initial shot was saved by U.S. goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, but the rebound fell right to Guedes, who tapped home from close range. Hildeberto then fed Guedes for an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time, cutting the ball back from the end line for Guedes to slot into the back of the net.

A four-goal win for the U-18 MNT against Sweden on Tuesday coupled with a 0-0 tie between Portugal and Norway would capture the tournament title for the U.S.

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Portugal U-18
Date:
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Competition:
20th Lisbon Tournament
Venue:
Eng. Ministro Santos Sports Complex; Mafra, Portugal
Kickoff:
6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET)
Attendance:
150
Weather:
68 degrees; Sunny

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

POR        Goncalo Guedes                                 71st minute
POR        Goncalo Guedes (Hildeberto)            90+1

Lineups:
USA:
12-JT Marcinkowski; 3-Malcolm Jones (10-Sebastian Elney, 77), 5-Tommy Redding (capt.)(15-Quentin Pearson, 45), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 8-Chase Gasper; 7-Ben Swanson, 14-Cameron Lindley (17-Maduabuchi Obinwa, 77), 20-Sebastian Saucedo, 4-Demakwi Yomba (13-Brooks Lennon, 59), 9-Coy Craft (2-Mukwelle Akale, 45) (11-Collin Fernandez, 63), 16-Rubio Rubin
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann

Head Coach: Eddie Lewis

POR: 12-Stojkovic; 3-Bruno Wilson, 13-Diogo Verdasca, 5-Joao Serrano, 2-Jorge Silva; 19-Joao Lima (6-Gilson Costa, 77), 14-Filipe Ferreira, 18-Clever Franca (8-Goncalo Guedes, 63); 17-Sergio Ribeiro (capt.)(20-Hildeberto, 63), 11-Macedo (7-Romario, 45), 9-Postiga (10-Gil Dias, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Joel Pereira; 4-Ricardo Carvalho; 15-Jose Gomes; 16-Andre Horta
Head Coach: Edgar Borges

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 8 / 14
Shots on Goal:  2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sebastian Saucedo                 Caution                                 67th minute
USA – Chase Gasper                          Caution                                 79
POR – Hildeberto                                Caution                                 84

Officials:
Referee – Patrick Ariksson
1st Assistant Referee – Pedro Garcia
2nd Assistant Referee – Pedro Felisberto
4th Official – Martin Lundby

U-18 MNT Ties Norway 0-0 in Opening Lisbon Tournament Match

MALVEIRA, Portugal (June 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team tied its first match of the 20th Lisbon international Tournament on Friday, 0-0 with Norway.

U.S. goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski saved all five shots he faced to record a clean sheet and help the USA earn a valuable point on the opening day of the competition.

The U.S. U-18s are in second place in the standings behind Sweden, which defeated Portugal 3-1 in the day’s other game. The U.S. faces Portugal on Sunday before closing tournament play against Sweden next Tuesday.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Norway U-18
Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Competition:
20th Lisbon Tournament
Venue:
Estadio das Seixas; Malveira, Portugal
Kickoff:
4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET)
Attendance:
30
Weather:
60 degrees/ Rainy

Scoring Summary:            1              2              F
USA                                        0              0              0
NOR                                       0              0              0                

Lineups:
USA:
12- JT Marcinkowski; 3-Malcolm Jones, 5-Tommy Redding (capt.), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 8-Chase Gasper; 7-Ben Swanson, 14-Cameron Lindley (17-Maduabuchi Obinwa, 77), 2-Mukwelle Akale (11-Collin Fernandez, 39); 20-Sebastian Saucedo, 4-Demakwi Yomba (10-Sebastian Elney, 63), 9-Coy Craft (13-Brooks Lennon, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 15-Quentin Pearson

Not dressed: 16-Rubio Rubin
Head Coach: Eddie Lewis

NOR: 12-Viljar Rosholt; 2-Julian Veen Uldal, 3-Adrian Lillebekk Ovlien, 7-Aslak Fonn Witry (capt.), 5-Sverre Bjorkkjaer; 8-Vebjorn A. Hoff, 9-Mathias Berg Gjerstrom, 10-Truls Saelevik Vagle (11-Mattias Totland, 45); 16-Elias Skogvoll (13-John Hou Saeter, 73), 14-William Venta Akre (18-Marius Wichne, 80), 15-Julian Kristoffersen
Subs not used: 1-Amund Wichne; 4-Eirik Haugan; 6-Jan Ruben Sleen; 17-Martin Hummervoll
Head Coach: Oivind Nilsen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal:  3 / 5
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 11
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
NOR – Julian Kristoffersen                                Caution                                 78th minute
USA – Ben Swanson                                           Caution                                 83

Officials:
Referee – Rui Rodrigues
1st Assistant Referee – Tiago Rocha
2nd Assistant Referee – Pedro Ribeiro
4th Official – Patrick Eriksson

U-18 MNT to Play at International Tournament in Portugal

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.)

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.)

Opportunity Knocks San Jose Earthquakes_ JT Marcinkowski

San Jose Earthquakes Academy goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, while training for the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team earlier this year, hopes to set an example for his California-based squad after gaining valuable feedback and experience on the international front.
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