CARSON, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – Forward Coy Craft provided the cutting edge for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team in a 2-1 victory against Canada in the first of two international friendlies during the team’s current training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.
The U.S. U-18s dominated the match statistically, outshooting their Canadian counterparts 15-6, peppering Canada goalkeeper Marvis Kreitling with 11 shots on goal and earning a 12-4 advantage in corner-kick opportunities.
Justen Glad, who recently signed as a homegrown player with Real Salt Lake, opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 23rd minute, heading home at the back post after Craft flicked on a corner kick from David Chavez.
Up 1-0 at halftime, the U.S. doubled its lead nearly 15 minutes after the break when LA Galaxy Academy product Jorge Ruiz sent Craft in on goal with a neat through ball. Craft, who plays his club soccer with FC Dallas Academy, coolly tucked what proved the game-winner inside the far post.
Canada pulled a late goal back through Emmanuel Zambazis to deny U.S. goalkeeper Christian Herrera, who only had to make one earlier save, the clean sheet.
The U.S. U-18 MNT next plays Mexico on Saturday to conclude its last camp before attending the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of May.
- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-18 MNT v. Canada U-18 MNT
Date: April 8, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Mooch Myernick Field, National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
CAN 0 1 1
USA – Justen Glad (Coy Craft) 23rd minute
USA – Coy Craft (Jorge Ruiz) 58
CAN – Emmanuel Zambazis (Drake Rendle) 80
USA: 22-Christian Herrera; 14-David Chavez, 18-Mauricio Pineda, 17-Justen Glad, 13-Alex Ramos; 8-Jorge Ruiz (9-Stephen Payne, 75), 10-Jackson Yueill (21-Cameron Lindley, 57), 4-Ben Swanson; 7-Mukwelle Akale (6-Collin Fernandez, 57), 11-Sebastian Saucedo (20-Pablo Pelaez, 90+3), 19-Coy Craft (16-Sebastian Elney, 75)
Subs not used: 1-JT Marcinkowski, 2-Christian Lucatero, 3-Shannon Seymour, 5-Henry Martin, 12-Jonathan Klinsmann, 15-Quentin Pearson, 23-Kyle Scott, 24-Patrick Jean-Gilles
Head Coach: Javier Perez
1-Marvis Kreitling; 13-Josh Cuthbert, 17-Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, 16-Andre Baires, 5-Eric Davies (capt.); 3-Jimmy-Shammar Sanon (10-Dario Zanatta, 71),
15-Joshue Doughty (11-Emmanuel Zambazis, 71), 14-Vana Markarian (23-Drake Rendle, 59), 8-David Choiniere; 7-Hayden Simmonds-O’Grady (6-Dayonn Harris, 59),
Subs not used: 2-Darius Ramsey, 4-Kyle Hiebert, 18-Dayne St. Clair
Head Coach: Rob Gale
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 15 / 6
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 4
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 5 / 2
CAN – 16-Andre Baires (caution) 29th minute
Assistant Referee: Kamal Malouf
Assistant Referee: Jared Taylor
Fourth Official: Cody Husan