U.S. Soccer

U-15 BNT Defeats Panama 3-0 to Advance to First CONCACAF Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2017) - The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team advanced to its first-ever CONCACAF U-15 Championship Final with a 3-0 victory over Panama. The USA went up early and never looked back with goals from Giovanni Reyna, Julian Gaines and Gianluca Busio.

The semifinal victory continues a dominant tournament run for the U-15s. The team has only trailed for 12 total minutes in its four tournament games, allowing only one goal. Reyna opened up the scoring for the USA in the sixth minute, giving the the team a lead it would not relinquish. Just before the halftime break, Lonestar S.C.’s Gaines netted to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. Busio closed out the scoring for the U.S. with a goal in the 37th minute, his fifth of the tournament.

The U-15’s now advance to face Mexico in the CONCACAF Championship Final on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. ET Mexico has been similarly dominant in the tournament- not allowing a single goal and boasting a plus-13 goal differential heading into the final. 

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Panama
Date: Aug. 17, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 11:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:      

 

1

2

F

Panama

0

0

0

USA

2

1

3

USA – Giovanni Reyna             6th minute
USA – Julian Gaines                 35
USA – Gianluca Busio              37

Lineups:
USA: 1-Damian Las (GK); 18-Joseph Scally, 5-Mason Judge (13-Kenny Nielsen, 47), 4-Axel Alejandre (14-Sebastian Anderson, 53), 3-George Bello; 10-Josh Atencio (15-Cesar Garcia, 57), 6-Adam Saldana (2-Peter Stroud, 53), 17-Gilbert Fuentes; 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt) (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 57), 11-Gianluca Busio, 16-Julian Gaines (7-Daniel Mangarov, 47)
Subs not used: 12-JT Harms
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh 

PAN: 1-Saul Espinosa; 2-Modesto Justiniani, 4-Enrique Laguna, 6-Kevin Berkeley, 13-Luis Del Mar, 17-Adrian Hernandez; 5-Abdul Knight (15-Carlos Pena, 36), 8-Edilson Carrasquilla (16-David Cordoba, 36), 3-Jose Flores (11-Juan Gonzalez, 23); 9-Jeremy Pinzon, 14-Jordy Hidalgo (7-Jean Carlo Castillo, 56)
Subs not used: 10-Juan Sagel, 12-Julio Moran, 18-Julio Wong
Head Coach: Jorge Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA/PAN
Shots: 11/3
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Saves: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 2/2
Fouls: 2/7
Offsides: 1/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Axel Alejandre (caution) – 33 minute
Panama – Luis Del Mar (caution) – 34

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.

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Ukraine

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Northern Ireland

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Australia

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The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where the team has been grouped with host India, Ghana and Colombia. The USA kicks off with the first game of Group A play on Oct. 6 against India.

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Roster by Position:                                                                                        
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)                                                               


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U.S. Open Cup Aug 9, 2017

Matt Dacey, Rob Elliott Appointed U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Advisors

CHICAGO (Aug. 8, 2017) – As part of its ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer has appointed Matt Dacey as the Boys’ Development Academy Technical Advisor for the Pacific Northwest region and Rob Elliott as the Atlantic region Technical Advisor. In their roles, Dacey and Elliott will manage th Read more
ACADEMY Aug 8, 2017

MNT REWIND: Dempsey, Pulisic, Arriola and Morris On Target

U.S. Men’s National Team players returned for the first full week of club duty following the  triumph in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Along with the trophy winners, a handful of U.S. internationals kicked off their seasons in Europe. The week began south of the border when Paul Arriola tallied his first goal of the new campaign in Club Tijuana’s 1-0 Copa MX win against Puebla on Read more
MNT Aug 7, 2017

Van Den Bergh Names 18-Player Roster for CONCACAF U-15 Championship

CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2017) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Dave Van Den Bergh has named the 18-player roster that will compete in the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Championship, running from August 13-19 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The competition marks the second U-15 confederation championship and the first time that the USA are participating. The USA has been drawn into Read more
U-15 BNT Aug 4, 2017

Bocanegra, Foudy and Foster-Simeon Join Board of Directors for United Bid Committee

CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2017) – Legendary U.S. National Team players and former U.S. captains Carlos Bocanegra and Julie Foudy, as well as U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon, will join the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States that will oversee the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to North America. The three new boar Read more
MNT Aug 4, 2017

PNT Enjoys Photoshoot... Maybe a Little Too Much

The U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team geared up for some time in front of the camera before the 2017 CP Football World Championships. Read more
PNT Aug 16, 2017

FC Cincinnati, NY Red Bulls Prepare for Open Cup Semifinal Clash

FC Cincinnati is set to host its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal in front of a sold-out Nippert Stadium crowd while New York Red Bulls look to play spoiler. Read more
U.S. Open Cup Aug 15, 2017

Story of the Game: USA vs. Japan - Aug. 3, 2017

The U.S. WNT finished the Tournament of Nations on a high note, defeating Japan 3-0 on goals from Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan in front of an electric crowd at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Read more
WNT Aug 11, 2017

PREVIEW: Semifinal Showdown - Sporting KC vs. San Jose

Sporting Kansas City hosts San Jose Earthquakes in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. on Wednesday Aug. 9. Watch all the action on ussoccer.com starting at 7:30 p.m. CT! Read more
U.S. Open Cup Aug 9, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. WNT Finishes #ToN2017 Strong with 3-0 Win vs. Japan

The U.S. Women's National Team got an early goal from Megan Rapinoe and a pair of late strikes from Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan to seal a 3-0 win against Japan in the teams' 2017 Tournament of Nations finale before 23,616 fans at StubHub Center. Read more
WNT Aug 4, 2017

GOAL: Alex Morgan Caps the USA's Scoring vs. Japan in #ToN2017 Finale

Alex Morgan capped off the scoring for the U.S. WNT in their 3-0 win vs. Japan at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Read more
WNT Aug 3, 2017

GOAL: Mallory Pugh Doubles the USA's Lead vs. Japan in #ToN2017 Finale

Mallory Pugh notched the U.S. WNT's second goal vs. Japan in the teams' finale of the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Read more
WNT Aug 3, 2017

GOAL: Megan Rapinoe Opens Scoring for USA in #ToN2017 Finale vs. Japan

Megan Rapinoe scored in just the 12th minute for the U.S. WNT in the team's 2017 Tournament of Nations finale vs. Japan. Read more
WNT Aug 3, 2017

Lifting the Trophy as Gold Cup Champions | Milestones, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

With a 2-1 win over Jamaica at Levi's Stadium, the U.S. MNT won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship. In this episode of Milestones, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard talk about their memories of the night, and what it means to win a trophy. Read more
MNT Aug 3, 2017
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