U-16 BNT Takes Third Place in Val-de-Marne Tournament

VAL DE MARNE, France (Nov. 1, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team finished third out of four teams in the Val-de-Marne Tournament, after falling 3-0 to Russia and 2-0 to France.

The U-16s were coming off a strong 2-1 victory vs. England in their first matchup, but Russia proved to be a tough opponent to face in the U-16 BNT’s second fixture of the tournament. They found the back of the net early, taking a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute of the game. The USA was able to keep Russia’s attack at bay, but were not able to finish in the final third. Maksim Kutovoi’s second half brace in the 57th and 68th minutes sealed a 3-0 victory for Russia.

The U.S. then faced host France in their third and final match of the tournament. The entirety of the match was hard-fought, but France was able to get past U-16 BNT goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen in the 34th minute and once again in the 58th. The USA finished the tournament with a 1-2-0 overall record.

Next on the schedule for the BNT is the IMG Cup, set to take place from Dec. 11-19 in Bradenton, Fla.

-U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team vs. Russia
Date: Oct. 27, 2016
Competition: 2016 Val-de-Marne Tournament
Venue:  Complexe Sportif Leo Lagrange; Bonneuil-sur-Marne, France
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          0          0
RUS                             1          2          3

RUS – Edgar Sevikyan                         9th minute
RUS – Maksim Kutovoi                         57
RUS – Maksim Kutovoi                         68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen; 2-John Hilton (16-Ian Hoffmann, 63), 18-Eben Noverr (4-Eduardo Blancas, 41), 5-Leonardo Sepulveda (capt.), 3-Alexsi Morel; 14-Nico Benalcazar (6-Cameron Duke, 41), 10-Marcelo Palomino, 8-Indiana Vassilev; 20-Luis Arriaga (11-Ulysses Llanez, 41), 9-Stefan Stojanovic (19-Jackson Conway, 63), 17-Konrad de la Fuente (7-Jose Rivas, 72)
Subs not used: 13-Julian Hinojosa, 15-Azriel Gonzalez, 22-Michael Collodi
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

RUS: 1-Sergei Eshchenko; 2-Leonid Gerchikov, 13-Danil Pelikh, 14-Nikita Sharkov, 3- Daniil Fedorov; 5-Aleksei Nikitenkov, 6-Fanil Sungatulin; 7-Edgar Sevikyan, 9-Aleksei Usanov, 10-Igor Shkolik (8-Dmitry Markitesov, 52); 15-Maksim Kutovoi (4-Danil Savinykh, 80)
Subs not used: 11-Kirill Klimov, 12-Vladislav Iarukov, 16-Danil Benedyk, 17-Valentin Zekhov, 18-Dmitrii Sukharev
Head Coach: M. Mitin

Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 3 / 9
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 3 / 11
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Leonardo Sepulveda (caution)             45th minute

Notes: Game was played with two 40 minute halves.

-U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team vs. France
Date: Oct. 29, 2016
Competition: 2016 Val-de-Marne Tournament
Venue:  Complexe Sportif Philippe Dieuleveult; Le Plessis-Trévise, France
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees

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

FRA – Yann Gboho                              34th minute
FRA – Adil Taoui                                   58

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nico Defreitas-Hansen; 16-Ian Hoffmann (3-Alexsi Morel, 36), 4-Eduardo Blancas, 5-Leonardo Sepulveda (capt.), 2-John Hilton (20-Luis Arriaga, 63); 6-Cameron Duke, 8-Indiana Vassilev (14-Nico Benalcazar, 63), 10-Marcelo Palomino (9-Stefan Stojanovic, 73); 7-Jose Rivas (19-Jackson Conway, 41), 17-Konrad De la Fuente, 11-Ulysses Llanez
Subs not used: 13-Julian Hinojosa, 15-Azriel Gonzalez, 18-Eben Noverr, 22-Michael Collodi
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

FRA: 1-Guillaume Dietsch; 2-Yann Godart, 15-Anzo Lesage, 4-Loic Mbe Soh, 3-Gabin Danicourt Giraud; 6-Kephren Thuram, 8-Abdoulaye Dabo, 10-Yann Gboho; 11-Bilel Hassaini (9-Franck Rivollier, 59), 17-Willem Geubbels (18-Yacine Ressa, 59), 14-Adil Taoui (7-Sacha Semaoun, 70)
Subs not used: 5-Benoit Badiashile, 12-Yohan Baret, 13-Bafode Diakite, 16-Stefan Bajic
Head Coach: Patrick Gonfalone

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 6 / 11
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 12
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Indiana Vassilev (caution)          22nd minute
USA – Eduardo Blancas (caution)        26
FRA – Adil Taoui (caution)                     63
FRA – Yacine Ressa (caution)             65
FRA – Kephren Thuram (caution)         80

Notes: Game was played with two 40 minute halves.