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Youth National Team Update: March 8-15

U-18 MEN DUMP VIRGINIA 4-1, GO 1-1-1 IN BRADENTON: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished up its camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Friday, going 1-1-1 during the week. The U-18s struggled in their first match against the University of Notre Dame on March 9, falling 3-0 to one of the nation’s top collegiate programs. The U.S. had its chances to score and actually outshot Notre Dame, but the Irish did a better job of finishing its opportunities to snag the victory. Bob Jenkins’ squad bounced back two days later when they beat the University of Virginia 4-1, getting goals from Christian Jimenez, Mike Grella, Danny Szetela and Charlie Davies. In their final and most anticipated match of the week, the U-18s battled the U-17 ’88 MNT to a 0-0 draw. The Under-18 MNT will get together next for the 25th Dallas Cup, where they will play in the Super Group bracket from April 4-11.
U-18 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                     Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9       Univ. of Notre Dame     0-3 L     ---
March 11     Univ. of Virginia            4-1 W    Jimenez, Grella, Szetela, Davies
March 12     U-17 ’88 MNT             0-0 T     ---

YOUNGER U-17s POST UNDEFEATED MARK IN FOUR MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team went undefeated during their four matches this week, while the U-17 ’87 MNT got a victory in their only match yesterday (March 14). The ‘88s played their first of two games against other youth national teams as they beat the U-15 MNT 2-1 on March 9 behind goals from Michael Stephens and Jeremy Hall. Three days later, the ‘88s played one of their best matches since coming together last fall, getting a 0-0 draw in a hotly contested match against the U-18 MNT, compiled of players mainly of ‘87s in Residency. The ‘88s finished the week with two matches against the U-18 Renegades in two days, snagging shutout wins in both games. On March 13, Brett King scored two goals and Cesar Nunez and Taylor Waspi each tallied one in a 4-0 victory. Yesterday in the rematch, goals by Carlos Borja and Hall gave the ‘88s a 2-0 win. In their only match of the week, the ‘87s downed Virginia Tech 3-0 behind two goals from Freddy Adu, both off services from Danny Szetela, and one from Rodrigo Hidalgo, giving him a team-leading seven goals on the year.
U-17 ’88 MNT Results
Date             Opponent               Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9       U-15 MNT             2-1 W     Stephens, Hall
March 12     U-18 MNT             0-0 T      ---
March 13     U-18 Renegades     4-0 W     King (2), Nunez, Waspi
March 14     U-18 Renegades     2-0 W     Borja, Hall
U-17 ’87 MNT Results
Date             Opponent               Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 14     Virginia Tech          3-0 W     Adu (2), Hidalgo

U-15 BOYS END BRADENTON CAMP WITH TRIO OF WINS AGAINST OLDER TEAMS: The Under-15 Boys National Team finished up their week-long training camp in Bradenton, Fla., with three victories over older teams after starting off with a tough 2-1 loss to the U-17 MNT on March 9. After falling behind by a goal, Andrew Gillambardo notched the equalizer in the 39th minute, but the U-17s got the game winner in the second half. The U-15s started their winning streak on March 11, beating the IMG U-17 3-1 behind two goals from Peri Mesosevic and one from Joseph Sorrentino. The next two days, the U-15s beat two local club teams by identical 2-1 scores. Sorrentino scored both goals against the U-16 Clearwater Chargers on Friday (Mach 12), while Guissepe Carotenuto and John Tardy provided the goals against the Boca Juniors.
U-15 BNT Results
Date            Opponent                Result       U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9       U-17 MNT             1-2 L       Gillambardo
March 11     IMG U-17s             3-1 W     Mesosevic (2), Sorrentino
March 12     U-16 Clearwater     2-1 W     Sorrentino (2)
March 13     Boca Juniors            2-1 W     Carotenuto, Tardy

U-17 WOMEN CRUISE TO 4-0 RECORD IN FLORIDA: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won all four games during their camp this past week in Bradenton, Fla., and increased their unbeaten streak against international competition to 5-0-0 with victories over Canada and Germany. The U-17s opened the week on March 7 with a dominating performance over the IMG U-18s, winning 5-0 behind goals by Hayley Siegel, Lauren Cheney, Kylee Rossi and a pair from Amy Rodriguez. Two days later, the U.S. scored five goals again in a 5-2 victory over Canada. Cydne Currie led the way with a hat trick sandwhiched between goals by Kasey Moore and Kiara Bosio. On March 11, midfielder Courtney Lewis scored the winning goal moments into the second half to give the U-17s a 1-0 win over the U-16 GNT. In their last game against Germany the following day, Ashley Myers and Rodriguez each scored for a 2-1 victory.
U-17 WNT Results
Date             Opponent         Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
March 7       IMG U-18        5-0 W     Siegel, Cheney, Rossi, Rodriguez (2)
March 9       Canada             5-2 W     Moore, Currie (3), Bosio
March 11     U-16 GNT       1-0 W     Lewis
March 12     Germany           2-1 W     Rodriguez, Myers

U-16 GIRLS GRAB WINS OVER CANADA, GERMANY U-17s: The U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team notched two victories against older international competition this past week in Bradenton, Fla., as they beat both Germany and Canada’s U-17 squads. Jessica McDonald and Nikki Washington led the way for the U-16s on March 9 in a 2-0 shutout win over Germany. Two days later, the U-16s pushed the U-17 WNT until the final whistle and had two shots cleared off the line in the closing minutes, but eventual fell 1-0. They bounced back on March 12, beating Canada in a dominating performance to close out their week-long camp. McDonald scored her second and third goals of the week, while Olivia West and Carolyn Blank each notched a goal.
U-16 GNT Results
Date             Opponent             Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
March 9       Germany U-17      2-0 W     McDonald, Washington
March 11     U-17 WNT           0-1 L      ---
March 12     Canada U-17        4-0 W     McDonald (2), West, Blank

U-19 WNT SPLIT TO DEFEAT PAIR OF COLLEGE TEAMS IN CARSON: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team split into two teams and played games against the University of Colorado and Loyola Marymount University on March 13 to cap off their week long camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Against Colorado, Angie Woznuk and Bristyn Davis each notched two goals and Jennifer Redmond added one as the U.S. dominated the Buffs 5-1. In the other match, Rebecca Moros, Kerri Hanks and Stacy Lindstrom all scored to lead the U.S. to a 3-0 victory over Loyola Marymount. The U-19s will be back in Carson from April 2-11, for an international tournament against Holland, Japan and China.
U-19 WNT Results
Date             Opponent                  Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
March 13     Univ. of Colorado      5-1 W     Woznuk (2), Davis (2), Redmond
March 13     Loyola Marymount     3-0 W     Moros, Hanks, Lindstrom