U-18 MNT Wins Three International Friendlies in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (March 17, 2016) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team swept three international friendlies in Argentina, defeating San Lorenzo (2-1), Racing Club (3-2) and Uruguay (2-1) during its March training camp.

In the first match against San Lorenzo, the USA was quick to get on the board, notching a goal within the first minute. U.S. forward Nick Taitague took a corner kick, sending the ball across the box where it was met by defender Angel Uribe’s head for the early tally. In the 42nd minute, Taitague drew a penalty kick and stepped up to slot the ball past the San Lorenzo goalkeeper for the winning goal.

The U.S. dominated early in its second match against Racing Club a s well. USA forward Griffin Dorsey scored in just the seventh minute from a pass by Jonathan Gonzalez. Minutes later, Taitague converted a penalty. In the 48th minute, the USA’s Aristole Zarris sent a cross toward goal, connecting with Justin Rennicks to collect the game-winning goal.

In the final matchup in Argentina, the U-18s took on Uruguay’s U-18 MNT. The U.S. came out of halftime down 0-1 until Daniel Jones sprinted down the left flank and crossed the ball through the box. Dorsey collected the ball low and equalized in the 48th minute. The game-winning goal came in the 60th minute when U.S. forward Lucas de Rosario picked up a deflection off the Uruguay goalkeeper, and put the ball in the back of the net to finish the game.

The U-18 MNT will next hold training camp from April 23-30 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. San Lorenzo
Date: March 12, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Instalaciones de Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
San Lorenzo                  1          0          1
USA                             2          0          2

USA – Angel Uribe (Nick Taitague)         1st minute
San Lorenzo – Julian Palacios                8
USA – Nick Taitague (penalty kick)         42

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 2-Aristotle Zarris, 4-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 5-Angel Uribe, 13- Matthew Real (24-Glademir Mendoza, 41); 6-Raul Aguilera (16-Andrew Paoli, 4), 20-Paxton Pomykal (8-Jose Alfaro, 66), 14-Jonathan Gonzalez; 9-Justin Rennicks, 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 61), 17-Griffin Dorsey (10-Arda Bulut, 66)
Subs not used: 3-Daniel Jones, 7-Kei Tomozawa, 15-Aedan Stanley, 18-Lucas Del Rosario, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

San Lorenzo: 1-Franco Carretero; 2-Rodrigo Campanell, 5-Agustin Pintos, 4-Fagundo Biondi (capt.), 3-Alexis Aburto (15-Matias Laurino, 48); 8-Aledo Dalvez, 10-Julian Palacios, 6-Ezequiel Insaurralde (18-Ariel Fantoni, 70); 7-Adolfo Gaich, 11-Acel Gomez (19-Gonzalo Rios, 70), 9-Mauro Fleitas(17-Lucas Jeron, 70)
Subs not used: 12-Angel Romero, 13-Fagundo Fatacia, 16-Lucas De La Gioudana
Head Coach: Luis Guillon

Stats Summary: USA/San Lorenzo
Shots: 9/6
Shots on Goal: 3/4
Saves: 3/1
Corner Kicks: 6/5
Fouls: 5/12
Offside: 1/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aristotle Zarris (caution)              75th minute

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Racing Club
Date: March 14, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Polideportivo de Racing Club; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
Racing Club                  0          2          2
USA                             2          1          3

USA – Griffin Dorsey (Jonathan Gonzalez)          7th minute
USA – Nick Taitague (penalty kick)                     9
USA – Justin Rennicks (Aristole Zarris)               48
Racing Club - #9                                                57
Racing Club - #16                                              67

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez (12-Carson Williams, 63); 2-Aristotle Zarris, 4-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 5-Angel Uribe (15-Aedan Stanley, 41), 13-Matthew Real (3-Daniel Jones, 41); 16-Andrew Paoli (23-Glademir Mendoza, 62), 20-Paxton Pomykal, 14-Jonathan Gonzalez (8-Jose Alfaro, 60); 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Arda Bulut, 60), 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 60), 17-Griffin Dorsey (18-Lucas Del Rosario, 57)
Subs not used: 6-Raul Aguilera, 7-Kei Tomozawa, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

Racing Club: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA/Racing Club
Shots: 8/9
Shots on Goal: 5/4
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 10/2
Fouls: 7/7
Offside: 1/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matthew Real (caution)                11th minute

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay U-18 Men’s National Team
Date: March 16, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Polideportivo de Racing Club; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
URU                             1          0          1
USA                             0          2          2

URU – Facundo Torres                          35th minute
USA – Griffin Dorsey (Daniel Jones)      48
USA – Lucas del Rosario                       60

Lineups:
USA: 12-Carson Williams; 2-Aristotle Zarris (13-Matthew Real, 41), 5-Angel Uribe (4-Carson Vom Steeg, 49), 15-Aedan Stanley, 3-Daniel Jones; 16-Andrew Paoli (24-Glademir Mendoza, 41), 14-Jonathan Gonzalez (7-Kei Tomozawa), 8-Jose Alfaro (20-Paxton Pomykal); 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Arda Bulut, 36), 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 49), 17-Griffin Dorsey (18-Lucas Del Rosario, 50)
Subs not used: 1-Eric Lopez, 6-Raul Aguilera, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

URU: 1-Mauro Silveira; Jonathan Gonzalez, 2-Mateo Sena, 4-Facundo Parada, 8-Edgar Elizalde (14-Facundo Santellan); 5-Gonzalo Napoli, 7-Gaston Medina, 6-Matias Alfonso, 10-Ezequiel Mechoso; 11-Facundo Torres, 9-Owen Falconis (13-Bruno Suarez)
Subs not used: 15-Alvaro Garcia, 16-Jose Neris, 17-Santiago Rodriguez, 18-Facundo Delgado, 19-Bruno Suarez
Head Coach: Alejandro Garay

Stats Summary: USA/URU
Shots: 9/4
Shots on Goal: 4/2
Saves: 1/2
Corner Kicks: 2/4
Fouls: 5/3
Offside: 1/2

Misconduct Summary:
URU – Facundo Parada (caution)           50th minute