CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has called in 20 players for a Dec. 11-20 camp in Marbella, Spain. The USA’s international trip also includes two matches against Germany’s U-18s on Dec. 17 and 19.
This is the U-18 MNT’s fourth international trip of the year and seventh camp overall.
Thirteen players among this group were part of the U-18 MNT’s championship group at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in August. Some of the returning players from that perfect 3-0-0 showing include Jonathan Klinsmann who was named the tournament’s top goalkeeper, forward Sebastian Elney who recorded a brace against Hungary, and midfielder Collin Fernandez who led the team with two assists and added a goal.
Four players who had taken part in their first U-18 MNT camp in late October have returned for this trip to Spain. They include midfielder James Murphy, who earned a national Academy title with Players Development Academy’s U-18s this past summer, D.C. United Academy midfielder Eryk Williamson, Oakwood SC midfielder Michael Boakye and San Jose Earthquakes Academy midfielder Amir Bashti.
Eighteen of the 20 players are currently with Development Academy clubs, and 19 have Academy ties.
The U-18 MNT is 4-6-1 in international competition in 2014.
U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Strikers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), Antonee Robinson (Everton; Liverpool, England)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Bloomington, Minn.), Eyrk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.)
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)
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
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
USA – Sebastian Saucedo Caution 67th minute
USA – Chase Gasper Caution 79
POR – Hildeberto Caution 84
Referee – Patrick Ariksson
1st Assistant Referee – Pedro Garcia
2nd Assistant Referee – Pedro Felisberto
4th Official – Martin Lundby
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)
Weather: 60 degrees/ Rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
NOR 0 0 0
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
NOR – Julian Kristoffersen Caution 78th minute
USA – Ben Swanson Caution 83
Referee – Rui Rodrigues
1st Assistant Referee – Tiago Rocha
2nd Assistant Referee – Pedro Ribeiro
4th Official – Patrick Eriksson
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.)
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.)
Date of Birth
May 9, 1997