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
USA – Giovanni Reyna 6th minute
USA – Julian Gaines 35
USA – Gianluca Busio 37
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 on Goal: 6/3
Corner Kicks: 2/2
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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After competing in last summer’s Paralympics, the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team (PNT) is set to begin a new competition cycle at the IFPC CP Football World Championships in San Luis, Argentina, in September.
The tournament features a total of 16 teams, eight of which competed in Rio de Janeiro, dividing them into groups of four for the opening round. This month’s draw placed the PNT in Group D alongside Ukraine, the strongest side in 7-a-side Paralympic soccer, Northern Ireland and Australia.
The Ukrainians enter as reigning champions of the sport’s biggest competition (Paralympics) and current No. 1 team in the world. The European powerhouse has won or finished as runner-up in every Paralympics that they have entered. Its lowest recorded world ranking is No. 2.
Last year’s squad rolled through the Paralympics, winning every match with a plus-13 goal differential, never allowing more than one goal in a game, nor trailing. The Yellow-Blue was similarly dominant in a silver medal finish at the last World Championships in 2015, a stretch that featured a 16-0 rout of Japan and only two goals against over the course of the tournament. Ukraine was the first country in the world to sponsor full-time residency for its CP soccer team, a key catalyst for the team’s incredible success.
The U.S. PNT saw the Ukrainians at a pre-Paralympic tournament last June in the Netherlands, falling 9-0 and 5-0 in the two matches. With a new-look U.S. team at its highest ranking yet, the PNT will look to battle for a result in Argentina.
Northern Ireland is a team on the brink of a breakout. Currently ranked No. 13 in the world, the Green and White Army seems poised to crack the top 10. Playing a physical style that’s complimented with technical ability, the team was the strongest No. 3 seed in the tournament draw and is coached by an experienced staff, including former Manchester United and Northern Ireland captain Mal Donaghy.
The team clinched its spot in the World Championships with a fifth-place finish at last summer’s Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark. Northern Ireland finished 14th at the 2015 World Championships and eighth at the last European Championships in 2014.
While the team doesn’t have a full-time residency, nearly the whole roster is located near Belfast, allowing for frequent training sessions with the entire squad. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp is very familiar with the Norn Iron, having served as head coach of the Scottish National CP Team from 2005-2011. He garnered results against Northern Ireland in his time in the United Kingdom, and he’ll look to continue that success in September.
The Pararoos are flying high thanks to a brand-new sponsorship deal that will allow the team to train together full-time. Australian health company Zest Care announced a partnership with the squad last March, signaling an influx of resources to help the team better compete on the international stage. They’ve also instituted a nationwide regional structure to facilitate the program’s organization and reach.
Head coach Kai Lammert has been with the team since 2006 and in the top job since 2011. Hailing from Germany, Lammert has instilled an unpredictable style of play with a vicious counterattack. The Aussies qualified for the World Championships with a sixth-place finish at the Qualification Tournament. They are currently ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 3 in the Asia-Oceania region.
The USA is currently ranked No. 6 in the world, its highest-ever ranking after an undefeated mark in four challenge matches this year. In a June series, the PNT took down Chile 6-0 and 10-0 in South America. Last month, the team played its first home matches since 2014 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida against Canada, a potential knockout round opponent at the World Championships, recording a hard-fought 2-2 draw and impressive 3-1 win.
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CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 22-player roster that will head to Prague, Czech Republic for the 2017 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament from Aug. 21-27.
“Following our two recent domestic training camps, this tournament will challenge our team with four tough international matches in five days,” Hackworth said. “We were able to get almost all of the players we requested released for this trip, so that will help us as we continue to prepare for the World Cup in India.”
The U-17’s will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they face Hungary. The team will play again the following day against Russia and will conclude Group B play on Aug. 24 against Japan. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.
The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, defeating host Czech Republic 4-2 in the final to win the championship.
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.
Of the 22 players called up for the tournament, a total of 21 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Seven have competed in four seasons in the Academy: Carlos Asensio, Chris Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, Ulysses Llanez, Alejandro Pereira, Josh Sargent and Tyler Shaver. A total of 19 players were born in 2000, making 2001-born players Taylor Booth, Llanez and Indiana Vassilev the youngest in the group.
Seventeen of the players on the roster were part of the team that finished second at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the U-17’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
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This group of players is nearing the end of its two-year cycle and will move up to the U-19 age group upon the conclusion of the U-17 World Cup.
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.)