VIPOLZE, Slovenia (April 26, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team continued its strong run at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 6-2 win over Croatia on Sunday, April 26 in Vipolze, Slovenia.
Ayo Akinola scored four goals and Andrew Carleton added a brace - he also had one a day before against Costa Rica - to help the U.S. to six points in Group C. All six goals for the USA came with an assist, as Adrian Villegas recorded three, George Acosta two and Akinola added a final one. The U.S. U-15 BNT has now scored 10 goals in the tournament while only allowing three.
The USA will play its last group stage match against Slovenia on April 27 and will advance in the tournament based on seeding following play from all three groups competing.
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta), 31 minute: Acosta won a challenge at the half way line and played a ball immediately in behind to Akinola. Akinola was able to get a step on the final defender and finished for the USA’s first goal of the game. USA 1, CRO 0
CRO – Leon Pretovic (David Colina), 34 minute: The USA turned the ball over the middle third of the field and Croatia played it wide to Colina who served the ball into the back post and found Pretovic, who was left unmarked and equalized the match. USA 1, CRO 1
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta), 42 minute: The USA played a deep ball from its defending half down the right side to Acosta who was able to get in behind the Croatian defense. Acosta proceeded towards the goal and served a ball back across to Akinola, who tapped it in for the USA’s second goal. USA 2, CRO 1
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas), 45 minute: The U.S. built its attack through a combination into the final third and Villegas slipped the ball into Akinola, who was able to beat the Croatian defender to the ball scored for the hat trick in the match. USA 3, CRO 1
CRO – Bartol Franjic, 57 minute: Croatia was able to notch its second goal in the game from a free kick from 20 yards out. USA 3, CRO 2
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas), 60 minute: Chris Durkin won a challenge at the halfway line and found Villegas right away in the attacking third; he then immediately turned to find Akinola slipping through a seam, allowing him to knock-in his fourth tally of the match. USA 4, CRO 2
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola), 63 minute: The U.S. built again through the middle third and after a couple different combinations, Villegas finds Akinola once again. Akinola received the ball and ran at the defense where Carleton is making a run from the left side. Akinola then slipped him the ball, allowing Carleton to send it to the back post. USA 5, CRO 2
USA – Andrew Carleton (Adrian Villegas), 65 minute: Carleton picked off a ball in Croatia’s defensive third and then played a combination with Villegas, who gives the ball back to Carleton and finished within 6-8 yards. USA 6, CRO 2. FINAL
- U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Croatia
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play
Venue: Renje, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Weather: 69 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 5 6
Costa Rica 1 0 1
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta) 31 minute
CRO – Leon Pretovic (David Colina) 34
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta) 42
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas) 45
CRO – Bartol Franjic 57
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas) 60
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola) 63
USA – Andrew Carleton (Adrian Villegas) 65
USA: 22-Alex Budnik, 19-Jaylin Lindsey (2-Bryan Perez, 53), 5-Rayshaun McGann, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn (8-Chris Durkin, 53), 18-Chris Goslin, 6-Blaine Ferri (15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 60), 20-Adrian Villegas, 13-George Acosta (11-Andrew Carleton, 60), 16-Ayo Akinola, 17-Zico Bailey
Subs not used: 1-Eric Lopez, 7-Tim Weah, 9-Lucas Del Rosario, 10-Nicholas Taitague, 4-Jake Arteaga
Not dressed: none
Head Coach: John Hackworth
CRO: 12-Ivor Pandur, 11-Dino Kapitanovic, 5-Luka Jelenic (6-Ante Palaversa, 36), 4, Stipe Radic, 3-David Colina (2-Martin Krizmanic, 36), 14-Tomislav Dumlijan, 13-Di Mateo Lovric (10-Bartol Franjic, 36), 8-Luka Pavlak, 16-Leon Petrovic (7-Leon-Habib Ernst, 36), 19-Roko Baturina, 15-Matej Vuk (20-Antonio Marin, 18)
Subs not used: 9-Michele Sego, 17-Jozef Kuqi, Josip Sutalo
Not dressed: 1-Dominik Kotarski
Head Coach: Mladen Ivancic
Stats Summary: USA / CRO
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 2
Offside: 3 / 2
USA – Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (caution) 46 minute
USA – Bryan Perez (caution) 56 minute
Referee – Dzvzdanovic Jasmin
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Primoz Stoken
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Iztok Lozar
VIPOLZE, Slovenia (April 25, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team opened up group play at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, April 25 in Vipolze, Slovenia.
Lucas del Rosario and Andrew Carleton each scored a brace for the U-15 BNT to lift the team past its Group C opponent. In addition, Tim Weath recorded two assists for the U.S., and del Rosario added one more.
Costa Rica struck early in the match with a tally in the second minute, but the USA stormed back to score four unanswered goals and take a comfortable lead into the half that they would maintain the remainder of the game.
Next, the USA takes on Croatia on April 26 and concludes the group stage against Slovenia on April 27.
CRC – Josue Valverde, 2 minute: Throw-infor Costa Rica in USA’s defensive third. Ball is thrown-in and Jake Arteaga from the USA steps out, but is beat on the run and Valverde finds a way to finish on the far post. USA 0, CRC 1
USA – Andrew Carleton, 10 minute: The U.S. began pressing inside Costa Rica’s defensive half. That’s where Carleton picked off a ball that Costa Rica tried to play wide to the outside back and finished from 20 yards out. USA 1, CRC 1
USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 17 minute: The USA was once again pressing Costa Rica, this time in its defensive third, when Weath picked off the pass wide and played it back across to del Rosario who finished finding the back of the net. USA 2, CRC 1
USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 23 minute: The USA won the ball at midfield, where Weath played a deep ball in behind to del Rosario, who was running off the ball and created a 1v1 with the goalkeeper. Del Rosario was able to beat the goalkeeper and score his second goal of the match. USA 3, CRC 1
USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario), 28 minute: The U.S. was combining through the middle third into the final third, when del Rosario found a gap between the Costa Rican defense to pass it to Carleton, who ran with the ball, beat the goalkeeper and sent one to the near post to finish for the USA’s final goal. USA 4, CRC 1. FINAL
- U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Costa Rica
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play
Venue: Vipolze, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Weather: 60 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 0 4
CRC 1 0 1
CRC – Josue Valverde 2 minute
USA – Andrew Carleton 10
USA– Lucas de Rosario (Tim Weah) 17
USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath) 23
USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario) 28
USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 21-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 56), 8-Chris Durkin, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (6-Blaine Ferri, 56), 10-Nicholas Taitague (13-George Acosta, 28), 7-Tim Weah (20-Adrian Villegas, 50), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 50), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Zico Bailey, 50)
Subs not used: 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 18-Chris Goslin
Head Coach: John Hackworth
CRC: 1-Patrick Mejas, 2-Dennis Loasiga, 5-Kaylor Morales, 6-JurgenGuzman, 19-Danny Bolivar Garcia, 12-Christian Salazar (8-Emmanuel Quesada, 43rd), 7-Johan Bustamante (13-Daniel Fonseca, 36), 15-Ronnier Guiles (16-Jose Vargas, 36), 11-Daniel Roldan (17-Jose Guzman, 54), 9-Andy Vado (4-Fernan Tristan, 66), 10-Josue Valverde
Subs not used: 18-Kevin Rodriguez, 14-Estaban Sanchez, 3-Pablo Badilla
Not dressed: None
Head Coach: Cristian Salomon
Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 3
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution) 58 minute
Referee – Hajdic Osman
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Bozie Alen
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Rustja Matej
CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will play a trio of friendly matches against South American National Teams during its second training camp of the year to be held from June 4-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roster details for the nine-day camp will be announced at a later date.
The U-15’s will play Uruguay on June 8, matchup against host Argentina on June 10 and round out the trip against Paraguay on June 12.
"It is always an important experience for our young players to compete against the South America soccer powers of Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth said. “Perhaps just as important is also the valuable learning experience of playing in such an amazing soccer culture as Argentina. The history, passion and environment will undoubtedly provide our team a unique opportunity."
Additionally, Hackworth’s group will also be traveling to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, this week to compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. The USA’s 20-player roster has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia and is set to open play on April 25.
CHICAGO (April 13, 2015) – U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni.
The group will first depart to Italy, one of the three host nations for the tournament, where it will prepare for a few days before heading to Slovenia for its opening-round match on April 25 against Costa Rica.
The USA has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia, and will play all of its group matches in various cities across Slovenia.
Group A will play its group matches in Italy and is formed by England, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Italy. Group B will face against each other in Austria, and is made up of Brazil, Albania, Mexico and Austria.
The roster features 17 players that were born in the year 2000 and three born in 1999. Twelve of the 20 players participated in the U-15 BNT March domestic training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Half of the roster is comprised of players that participated in the U-15 BNT’s first domestic training camp of the year in Florida from March 7-15.
The group has strong ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with 18 of the 20 having had some involvement with Academy Clubs.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 36-player group to compete at a domestic camp from March 7-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This is the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the year. The camp features 35 players who were born in 2000 and one born in 2001.
The camp includes a heavy presence of Development Academy players, with 32 of the 36 currently registered with Academy clubs. Seventeen players are affiliated with Major League Soccer Academy teams, with four players from the LA Galaxy.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC Chicago; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (Players Development Academy; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (11): Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Cameron Duke (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Connor Haskell (New England Revolution; Medfield, Mass.), Julian Kraidelman (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), John Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Wolfgang Prentice (Pateadores; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Julian Shapiro-Lopez (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), Pablo Arias (New York Red Bulls; Ledgewood, N.J.), Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Eric Valentine Calvillo (PWSI; Manassas, Va.), Ashish Chattha (Juventus; Fremont, Calif.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Nicholas Gallo (Juventus; Atherton, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Jose Peralta (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (9): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Canada), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Arturo Chavez (Strikers FC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Jonathan Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Ana, Calif.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Mario Licor (Orlando City; Titusville, Fla.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.)
CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth will lead a 36-player domestic camp from Dec. 13-20 in Bradenton, Florida.
This is Hackworth’s first U-15 BNT camp since being named the age group’s head coach of this group in early November. All but one player among this camp roster was born in 2000 and will eventually represent the next corps of U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams’ class.
This is the U-15 BNT’s fifth and final camp of 2014 and third domestic camp.
“It’s exciting for me and my staff to work with 36 very talented young men and spend the next week with them,” Hackworth said. “We want to try to relay some fundamental ideas about how they can progress as players. We have some clear objectives to share tactically with the group, and we want to build on what they did in their previous camp for future events.”
The week will also consist of intrasquad competition, as well as a full training session with the U-17 MNT.
“Richie and I have talked about making sure that there is continuity with how we are doing things,” Hackworth said. “With this group of 2000s, which will be the incoming class for Richie and his staff, this will make the transition smoother while also raising their level of play. It should be a good environment to push them.”
The roster features 29 players who are currently in the Development Academy and 32 who have Academy ties.
U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtics; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (Players Development Academy; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (14): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Charlie Asensio (Georgia United; Rosewell, Ga.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Chris Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), John Hilton (Unattached; Long Beach, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Boca United; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Dorian Morrison (FC Golden State; Chino Hills, Calif.), Ian Murphy (FC Golden State; Redlands, Calif.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Riverside, Conn.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution, Providence, R.I.), Carlos Anguiano Dias (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Jacob Garzon (Orlando City SC; Winter Park, Fla.), Christopher Goslin (George United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (9): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Canada), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Mario Licor (Orlando City SC; Titusville, Fla.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.), Jack Valderrabano (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.), Tristan Weber (LA Galaxy; San Clemente, Calif.)
CHICAGO (Nov. 6, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed John Hackworth as head coach of the Under-15 Boys’ National Team.
In this full-time role, Hackworth will guide the even birth-year players as they enter the Youth National Team program. These players in every two-year cycle eventually make up the core group that will attempt to qualify for the biennial FIFA U-17 World Cup. He also will work closely with U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Development Academy clubs in a variety of capacities, including scouting and evaluation.
“When I heard about this position becoming full-time, I was excited not just for myself but for U.S. Soccer,” Hackworth said. “I think it’s a position that will truly advance our player development in this country. The U-15 coach’s job is to prepare a large pool of players early in the developmental cycle of the Youth National Teams, and expanding our focus in this area is significant. One key component is taking the messages from the Senior National Team and keeping them consistent throughout all the programs, so that players know what is expected at the highest level and we are properly preparing them to advance through our National Teams.”
“It’s great that we have John on board,” said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. “He has a clear understanding of the development process, and his experience will be hugely beneficial to the U-15 Boys’ National Team. He has coached at all levels in the sport and will be a great resource for young players on their developmental path. This is another important step in connecting all the dots throughout our National Team programs and the Development Academy.”
A veteran with U.S. Soccer, Hackworth began his involvement with the organization in 2002 when he first became an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team under former head coach John Ellinger. Hackworth went on to become the U-17 head coach two years later and in the following year took the USA to the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals. In his last year as head coach of the U-17’s, he once again led the Red, White and Blue to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with the USA bowing out in the Round of 16.
Following his stint at the U-17 level, Hackworth became an assistant coach with the senior Men’s National Team and continued to be on the sidelines until 2009. He also served as the inaugural Technical Director of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Outside of his participation with U.S. Soccer, Hackworth also had prominent roles at the collegiate and professional levels. He became an assistant coach for Wake Forest University women’s and men’s teams in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Furthermore, he was named head coach at the University of South Florida in 1998, where he led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances. Most recently, Hackworth spent five years with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, serving as the organization’s Youth Development Coordinator from 2009-12, and later on as head coach from 2012-14.
Hackworth’s first camp with the U-15 BNT will include 36 players and will take place from Dec. 13-20, at a location to be finalized shortly. After the initial camp, focus will shift to a domestic camp in March of 2015, followed by a tournament in Gradisca, Italy, from April 22-May 2.
Hackworth will coach the 2000-born U-15 BNT players through most of 2015 before they enter the new U-17 Men’s National Team pool that will focus on qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In the fall of 2015, Hackworth will transition from coaching the 2000s to the 2002-born U.S. U-15 BNT players for a two-year cycle.
Newly appointed U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth took some time to chat with ussoccer.com about his full-time role, the progression he has seen in player development and the integration of the youth system mirroring the philosophy at all age levels.
ussoccer.com: What interested you the most in taking on this position as the U.S. U-15 BNT head coach?
John Hackworth: “When I heard about this position becoming full-time, I was excited not just for myself but for U.S. Soccer. I think it’s a position that will truly advance our player development in this country. The U-15 coach’s job is to prepare a large pool of players early in the developmental cycle of youth national teams, and expanding our focus in this area is significant. One key component is taking the messages from the Senior National Team and keeping them consistent throughout all the programs, so that players know what is expected at the highest level and we are properly preparing them to advance through our national teams.”
ussoccer.com: How do you see your role in the big picture of development among the youth national teams?
JH: “I feel this is a small part of a much bigger project but an important one. We’re trying to raise the level of all our national teams. This age group is a critical step in the process, one I’ve spent a great number of years in my career doing. I’m excited to work with this age group on a full-time basis.”
ussoccer.com: Why is this age group critical in your mind?
JH: “At this age, there is definitely a lot of maturity that happens, both from a soccer-specific standpoint and a personal growth standpoint. Players are introduced and brought through the developmental learning process, and there needs to be continuity to establish fundamentals that are so important for their growth much later in their career.”
ussoccer.com: How do you think your previous experience in MLS, college and the youth national team system will help you with the U-15 BNT?
JH: “I feel fortunate to have had those experiences and know I am better prepared than ever before. I’ve seen it from the full spectrum. I’ve obviously experienced it at a senior professional level, first with the Men’s National Team when I was an assistant with Bob Bradley, all the way to MLS, knowing the developmental ladder all the way from the youth entry level to the senior professional level. Those experiences will continue to serve me well as I continue to help improve the player development environment in this country.”
ussoccer.com: In addition to being the full-time U-15 coach, what are some of the other responsibilities that you’ll have?
JH: “I’ll be assisting the other youth national teams, working closely with Tab Ramos, and part of that will be scouting and trying to bring along and further the Development Academy. I’m going to try to be helpful in all ways to both the youth national teams and the Development Academy. But most importantly, it will be my responsibility to develop a large pool of players who fit philosophically with what Richie Williams is doing with our U-17s. The idea is that when he gets this group of players, he won’t have to teach them a lot of new things. It will be a continuum from one group of players to the next. Having this group for two years and then handing them off to the U-17 program is going to be the key in establishing the right fundamentals and principles so that these players can continue to develop.”
How much of a mission is it for you to see the completion in the pyramid, where the U-15s work their way through the other youth national teams and
eventually the senior team?
JH: “I’ve always put the priority on player development, and I think if you look at my record as a coach with the U.S. youth teams, we’ve been able to push guys from that level as a youth player all the way through to the senior team. We need to do more of that, and we need to make sure that we have a larger pool at some of these younger age groups. I think that’s going to be one of my most important jobs. At the end of the day, it’s a long process, and you’re not going to see the results of that for many years. For instance, this last World Cup, I was watching some of the guys that came through our youth national teams and I personally had the opportunity to work with them. I’m very thankful that I had that opportunity to see them make that rise and compete at the biggest stage.”
ussoccer.com: Having been the first Development Academy Technical Director, in what ways has the development landscape changed and grown from U.S.
JH: “As a starting point, with Tab being the youth technical director, having an integration from the senior team under Jurgen Klinsmann all the way down to our U-14 program and integrating the Development Academy technical advisors and scouts, we have a huge network of professional coaches where their main responsibility is player development. Tony Lepore and his staff have done a tremendous job, in terms of evaluating, teaching and coaching within the Development Academy over the past five years. It’s exciting because that investment, both in personnel and in financial resources stretching all the way to the club level, is part of a formula for player development used around the world. I just think we are at a point now where we are allocating a lot of those resources in the right direction. That’s a long process, but that’s going to turn out to be really important to us overall.”
ussoccer.com: What is the rundown of the groups you are focusing on starting with the 2000s, and how the process works for future classes?
JH: “In the big picture as a Federation, we are addressing each age group from U-14 through the U-23 cycles so that we’re not skipping years. I’ll be responsible for working with the even-year birth years. This first group will be 2000s. I’ll have them through 2015, at which time I will go back and start working with the 2002s. The cycle will occur where I’ll have this age group and get them when they’re 14, take them through when they’re 15 and pass them off to the U-17 program. That even-year age group will form the team that competes in CONCACAF qualifying and hopefully the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”
ussoccer.com: This is the second season with the Academy’s U-14 age division. What have been your impressions of this setup, and how significant is
that pool’s readiness as it translates to the youth national teams?
JH: “I think it’s fantastic that we now have a U-14 Development Academy program and we get to see the young players in their local and home club environments. They’re scouted, evaluated, and obviously brought into national team camps based on what they’re doing with their clubs. That alone is different from how we’ve previously done it, and I think it’s going to make a big difference in how we find the talented players in the country and how we develop them.”
CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team roster has been named by head coach Hugo Perez for the upcoming training camp Aug. 16-24 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.
The camp will include matches against the LA Galaxy (’97/98s) on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. PT; FC Golden State (’97/98s) on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m.; and Club Tijuana at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The U-15s last gathered May 15-25 in Zagreb, Croatia, for a foreign training camp. The squad faced the U-15 Boys’ National Team of Croatia twice, playing to a draw on both occasions.
The roster features 32 players born in 1999 and five in 2000. There are players from 15 different states, California having the most with 14 representatives. Of the 37 players, 34 have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Seth Stiebel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (12): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Fuerza Monarca; West Chicago, Ill.), Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union; Malvern, Pa.), Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeigh Gardens, Fla.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Anthony Ruiz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Cody Sundquist (Placer United; Lincoln, Calif.), Francisco Torres (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Daniel Villegas (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): George Acosta (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Leonel Alvarenga (Real So Cal; Canoga Park, Calif.), Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga), Edson Murguia (Leon FC; Kansas City, Mo.), Alan Salmeron (Chicago Magic PSG; Cicero, Ill.), Joshua Drake (Sereno SC; Phoenix, Ariz.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.), Leonardo Zulli (LA Galaxy; Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Jonathan Amon (South Carolina United Battery Academy; Summerville, S.C.), Andrew Carleton (United Futbol Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Matthew Huerta (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Cal Odyssey; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.) Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
SAVOGNA D’ISONZO, Italy (May 1, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team finished its 12-day trip to northern Italy with a 2-0 loss in an international friendly to the Zambia U-17 Men’s National Team.
Zambia, which brought its U-17 FIFA World Cup Qualifying squad to the Torneo delle Nazioni – an international youth tournament in which both Zambia and the U.S. recently finished competing – received a pair of goals from midfielder Enock Mwepu in its friendly victory against the U.S.
The friendly against Zambia wraps up a long trip for the U-15 BNT, which went 1-2-0 against U-16 Men’s National Teams from Slovenia, Mexico and China PR at the Torneo delle Nazioni and also dropped a 3-0 decision to the Japan U-16 MNT in an international friendly two days ago.
The competition in Italy was the first overseas international tournament attended by this current crop of U.S. players, all of whom were born after Jan. 1, 1999.
The U.S. U-15 BNT, which is coached by National Soccer Hall of Famer Hugo Perez, serves as a development and identification program for potential future National Team players – primarily at the U-17 age level. The U-15 team has already sent a handful of players on to play for Richie Williams’ U-17 squad since the current cycle began last fall.
The U-15 BNT will next gather in August for a domestic training camp in Carson, California, to continue learning the culture and style of play consistent throughout all U.S. National Teams.
- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -Match: U.S. U-15 BNT vs. Zambia U-17 MNT
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo – Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local (5 a.m. ET)
Weather: 66 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ZAM 1 1 2
ZAM - Enock Mwepu 43
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez (12-Eric Lopez, 31); 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 2-Angel Uribe, 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr. (2-Gabe Kash, 52); 7-Juan Torres, 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza (20-Jeanpaul Marin, 51), 25-Marty Raygoza; 6-Adolfo Trujillo (21-Hanif Wright, 58), 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 11-Leo Marquez, 16-Sam Vines, 17-Raul Aguilera Jr.
Head Coach: Hugo Perez
ZAM: 16-Daniel Skantika; 15-Wayne Museba, 3-Prosper Chiluta, 13-Edward Chimfwembe, 18-Njavwa Shula; 20-Ben Chali, 11-Enock Mwepu, 14-Chanwe Kalale, 17-Paison Daka; 8-Dumulo Siwarwi (6-Shadrick Kambwili, 57), 19-Edwin Chipile (2-Giff Sikaonwa, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Mahibo Mwiinwa, 10-Mwape Chisesa
Head Coach: Chris Kounda
Stats Summary: USA / ZAM
Shots: 1 / 17
Shots on Goal: 0 / 8
Saves: 6 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 6
Offside: 0 / 3