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U-20 MNT Opens Dallas Cup with Comeback Win

DALLAS, Texas (April 13, 2014) – Two goals from Ben Spencer, including the game-winner, plus a third from Rubio Rubin lifted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to a 3-2 comeback win against Argentina’s Club Athletico River Plate in the teams’ opening Gordon Jago Super Group match at the 2014 Dallas Cup on Sunday.

The U-20 MNT (1-0-0, 3pts) leads Bracket C of the Super Group followed by Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt (0-0-1, 1pt) and Mexico’s UANL Tigres (0-0-1, 1pt), after the two sides tied 2-2 earlier in the day.

Spencer opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a nice interchange with Jordan Allen set him up to fake an initial shot before curling the ball into the upper right corner from the top of the River Plate box.

The South American side responded quickly with Alan Arario leveling the match at 1-1 three minutes later.

Brajan Molina then gave River Plate the lead 10 minutes before the break when a back-post cross was headed across the face of goal by Juan Kaprof for Molina to nod home.

Down 2-1 to begin the second half, the U-20 MNT was patient in finding an equalizer, which came in the 74th minute. Rubin brought down a long pass from Allen with his chest at the top of River Plate’s penalty area and took one touch to settle the ball before lofting it over the goalkeeper.

Sensing the opportunity to seize the win, the U.S. pressed the issue, and when Kellyn Acosta was felled in the box just five minutes later, Spencer stepped up to bury the ensuing penalty kick into the lower left corner.

The U-20 MNT next plays Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday at 4 p.m. CT at Richland College before finishing Bracket C play with UANL Tigres on Wednesday (time and location to be determined).

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
April 13, 2014
Dallas Cup
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
6:30 p.m. CT
75 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F        
CARP                               2          0          2
USA                                  1          2          3

USA – Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen)         15th minute
CARP – Alan Arario                                   18
CARP – Brajan Molina (Juan Kaprof)     34
USA – Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen)           74
USA – Ben Spencer                                   79 

1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr., 77); 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85); 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico; 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80); 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente

Stats Summary: USA / CARP
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside:  2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
CARP – Lucas Martinez          Caution            27
USA – Jesus Vazquez              Caution            33
CARP – Leandro Vega             Caution            78
USA – John Requejo                Caution            85
CARP – Nicolas Fittaioli          Caution            86
USA – Lynden Gooch               Caution             90+2
CARP – Claudio Salto              Caution             90+3
CARP – Pablo Carrera             Ejection            90+4
CARP – Barga Batalla             Caution             90+5 

Referee: Nick Klaldron
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
Assistant Referee: Sean T. Palmer
Fourth Official: Wilson DaCosta

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:
: Santiago Castano (NewYork Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
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.)
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.)
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.

Academy Alumni: McNamara, Joya Tally During MLS Opening Weekend Debuts

The 2014 Major League Soccer season kicked off over the March 8-9 weekend, and among the former Development Academy players, it was a memorable debut for two who squared off against each other on Sunday.

Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara, formerly of FC Westchester, scored a goal in his first MLS match as the host team defeated the Chicago Fire 3-2 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. He slotted a cross at the near left post to give Chivas USA a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute. McNamara was the 20th overall selection (first pick in the second round) by Chivas at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

“It was a dream come true, especially getting the win, as well, in a dramatic fashion like that,” McNamara said. “It was just an awesome experience – something that I’ll never forget.”

On the other side in that match, De Anza Force product and Chicago Fire rookie midfielder Benji Joya scored a goal off the bench on his very first touch. The former U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team player was a 63rd-minute sub, and within the first minute of his debut, tapped in the Fire’s first goal of the season to cut Chivas’ lead to 2-1. Joya captained two games at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the USA advanced to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

“All I put in my mind was to get the debut, get a goal and get my name on the score sheet, and luckily the first touch I had turned into a goal,” Joya said after the match. “I’m really proud of that.”

SLSG Alum Bruin Records Brace: Houston Dynamo forward and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri product Will Bruin scored two goals and assisted a Boniek Garcia tally during Houston’s 4-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.

Bruin’s brace and assist all came in the game’s first 23 minutes. It was Bruin’s fifth multi-goal game of his MLS career, and he now has 27 goals in 88 regular-season games.

Alumni Honored by MLS: Bruin and former Seattle Sounders FC Academy defender DeAndre Yedlin were each named to the MLS Team of the Week following the opening week of the season. Former Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew also was recognized as one of seven players named to the bench in this weekly honor.

Miller Earns Early Call: Montreal Impact right back Eric Miller, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and former Minnesota Thunder Academy player, made his professional debut with the start and 90 minutes during the Impact’s 3-2 loss to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Also in that match, PA Classics product Andrew Wenger scored a 65th-minute goal for Montreal to cut FC Dallas’ lead to one, but the Impact was held in check the rest of the way.

Miller’s counterpart, 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup teammate Kellyn Acosta, began his second season in MLS with the start at right back for FC Dallas. Acosta enters his second MLS season, coming off a 2013 rookie campaign where he started in 11 of 13 games and logged 1,004 minutes.

U.S. U-20 MNT Falls 4-1 to Hellas Verona Primavera in First Friendly of International Camp

VERONA, Italy (Nov. 13, 2013) – The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team lost 4-1 to Hellas Verona Primavera in the first of three friendlies it is scheduled to play in Italy over the course of a 10-day training camp.

With one full day of training before the match, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos used all 22 players that were called in for the international training camp in the friendly against Italian Serie A club Hellas Verona’s U-21 side. The U.S. roster primarily is made up of recent graduates from the U.S. U-17 MNT coached by Richie Williams and the U.S. U-18 MNT coached by Javier Perez.

The U.S. U-20s took the initial lead in the 18th minute through Albuquerque, N.M., native Ben Spencer off a nice feed from FC Dallas Academy product Kellyn Acosta. Alberto Ronconi leveled for Hellas Verona Primavera four minutes later and the two sides went into the half tied at one.

Three goals late in the second half, two by Alessandro Gatto in the 62nd and 85th minutes and a pk by Ghorgie Alim Birlea in the 89th, provided the final score line.

The U.S. will have four days of training before its next match against Iran’s U-20 National Team on Monday, Nov. 18. The U.S. U-20s finish camp with a final friendly on Nov. 19.

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Hellas Verona Primavera Men’s National Team
Date: November 13, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Vigasio Stadium, Vigasio, Italy
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CET
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
HV 1 3 4
USA 1 0 1

USA Ben Spencer (Kellyn Acosta) 18
HV Alberto Ronconi 22
HV Alessandro Gatto 62
HV Alessandro Gatto 85
HV Gheorgie Alim Birlea (PK) 89

USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Santiago Castano, 46); Marco Delgado (2-Shaq Moore, 46), Matt Miazga (14-Mattias Fracchia, 46), Conor Donovan, Kellyn Acosta (13-John Requejo, 46), Lynden Gooch (20-Amando Moreno, 46),, Russell Canouse (Kristian Scott, 46), 10-Romain Gall (24-Junior Flores, 46), 7-Rubio Rubin (18-Omar Thompson, 46), 19-Ben Spencer (9-Benji Lopez, 46), 11-Zach Pfeffer (21-Kainoa Bailey, 46)
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

HV: 1-Jonathan Nervo; 2-Gino Ballarini, 6-Francesco Contri, 5-Francis Boateng, 3-Alex Manolache, 7-Alberto Ronconi, 4-Jacopo Menolli, 8-Mame Fily Sall, 11-Gheorghe Alim Birlea, 10-Alessandro Speri, 9-Mohamed Salim Fares
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Paolo Giarola

Stats Summary: USA / HV
Shots: 8 /6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 24 / 9
Offside: 4 / 4

Misconduct Summary:


2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: Started and went the distance against Cuba and Panama … Started and played 113 minutes in the World Cup-clinching quarterfinal overtime victory against El Salvador ... 2011: Has started six of the USA’s 10 games leading into the World Cup … The youngest player in the Residency Program and on the U.S. U-17 World Cup team … 2010: Started all seven international matches in which he appeared … Before Residency: A member of the U-14 NDP and U-15 BNT … Member of the FC Dallas Academy … Personal: Dad is Japanese and Mom is American … Maicon is his favorite player … Barcelona is his favorite team … Despite being born and raised in Texas, the Los Angeles Lakers are his favorite team and Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete

Campeonato Sub-17 de la CONCACAF 2011: Inició y jugó el partido entero contra Cuba y Panamá ... Inició y jugó 113 minutos en la victoria contra El Salvador en cuartos de final, que selló el puesto de EE.UU. en la Copa Mundial ... 2011: Ha iniciado seis de los 10 partidos de EE.UU. antes de la Copa Mundial ... El jugador más joven en el programa de residentes y en la Selección Sub-17 de EE.UU. de la Copa Mundial ... 2010: Inició los siete partidos internacionales en los que jugó ... Antes del programa de residentes: Un miembro del Programa Nacional de Desarrollo Masculino Sub-14 y Selección Sub-15 de EE.UU. ... Miembro de la Academia de FC Dallas ... Personal: Papá es japonés y mamá es estadounidense ... Su jugador favorito es Maico ... Su equipo favorito es Barcelona ... A pesar de haber nacido y crecido en Texas, su equipo favorito es Los Ángeles Lakers y su atleta favorito es Kobe Bryant

Under-20s: As one of the youngest players on the USA's 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad, Acosta has already been a regular fixture in teh Youth National Team system. Acosta made his U-20 MNT debut during the 2013 Toulon Tournament in France, appearing in three games while starting twices. Heading into the World Cup , Acosta has four caps and 188 minutes under his belt ... Under-18s:  In 2012 and earlier in 2013, Acosta has regularly played for the U-18 MNT. He logged 135 minutes in the 2012 Lisbon International Tournament ... Under17s: Acosta was part of teh U-17 Residency Program in 2010 and 2011 ... Under-15s: Acosta formerly was a part of the U-15 Boys' National Team pool.