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2015 Tournament delle Nazioni

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
George Acosta M 5-6 1/9/00 Miami, Florida Weston FC
Ayo Akinola F 5-7 1/20/00 Brampton, Ontario Toronto FC
Jake Arteaga M 5-11 2/2/00 Glendora, California Los Angeles Futbol Academy
Zico Bailey D 5-2 8/27/00 Las Vegas, Nevada LA Galaxy
Alexander Budnik GK 6-0 2/4/00 Arlington Heights, Illinois Sockers FC
Andrew Carleton F 5-5 128 6/22/00 Powder Springs, Georgia Georgia United
Carlos Anguiano Dias M 5-3 9/28/00 Los Angeles, California Chivas USA
Christopher Durkin M Glen Allen, Va. Richmond United
Blaine Ferri M Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
Christopher Goslin M 5-7 5/12/00 Locus Grove, Georgia Georgia United
Jaylin Lindsey D 5-5 3/27/00 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte SA
Eric Lopez GK 6-1 165 3/5/99 Westminster, Calif. LA Galaxy
Rayshaun McGann D 5-10 143 2/19/00 Palm Beach, Fla. Philadelphia Union
Bryan Perez D 5-5 4/11/00 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Futbol Academy
Lucas del Rosario F 5-8 122 4/30/99 Durham, N.C. Capital Area RailHawks Academy
Kelee Cornfield-Saunders D San Marcos, Calif. Chivas USA
Nick Taitague M 5-8 138 2/17/99 Midlothian, Va. Richmond United
Chandler Vaughn D 5-6 2/25/00 Woodbridge, Virginia D.C. United
Adrian Villegas M 5-2 115 5/19/00 Hood River, Ore. Portland Timbers
Timothy Weah F 5-8 2/22/00 Rosedale, New York New York Red Bulls

2015 Tournament delle Nazioni

George Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
1/9/0200

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Miami, Florida

Club:
Weston FC

Ayo Akinola

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
1/20/2000

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Brampton, Ontario

Club:
Toronto FC

Jake Arteaga

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:
2/2/2000

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, California

Club:
Los Angeles Futbol Academy

Zico Bailey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:
8/27/2000

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

Club:
LA Galaxy

Alexander Budnik

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:
2/4/2000

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Club:
Sockers FC

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Weight:
128

Birthdate:
6/22/2000

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Georgia

Club:
Georgia United

Carlos Anguiano Dias

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:
9/28/2000

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California

Club:
Chivas USA

Christopher Durkin

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glen Allen, Va.

Club:
Richmond United

Blaine Ferri

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Southlake, Texas

Club:
Solar Chelsea SC

Christopher Goslin

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:
5/12/2000

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Locus Grove, Georgia

Club:
Georgia United

Jaylin Lindsey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
3/27/2000

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Club:
Charlotte SA

Eric Lopez

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
3/5/1999

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Westminster, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Rayshaun McGann

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
143

Birthdate:
2/19/2000

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Bryan Perez

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
4/11/2000

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California

Club:
Los Angeles Futbol Academy

Lucas del Rosario

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
122

Birthdate:
4/30/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Durham, N.C.

Club:
Capital Area RailHawks Academy

Kelee Cornfield-Saunders

Position:
Defender

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Marcos, Calif.

Club:
Chivas USA

Nick Taitague

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
138

Birthdate:
2/17/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Midlothian, Va.

Club:
Richmond United

Chandler Vaughn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
2/25/2000

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Woodbridge, Virginia

Club:
D.C. United

Adrian Villegas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Weight:
115

Birthdate:
5/19/2000

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hood River, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Timothy Weah

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
2/22/2000

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rosedale, New York

Club:
New York Red Bulls

U-15 BNT Wraps Up Camp with 3-1 Loss to Paraguay

CHICAGO (June 12, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team closed out its foreign training camp with a 3-1 loss to Paraguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Paraguay began its attack early in the match with two goals in the first half after tallies from Martin Sanchez in the 34th minute and Jesus Rolon in the 37th.

George Acosta brought the USA back in the game with a goal in the 69th minute to cut down the deficit to one goal. Three minutes later however, Roberto Fernandez added the additional tally for Paraguay to secure the South Americans’ victory and shut down the United States’ rally attempt.

- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Paraguay
Date: June 12, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Argentino Juniors Training Facility
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local time
Weather: 60 degrees 

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

PAR – Martin Sanchez               34th minute
PAR – Jesus Rolon                   37
USA – George Acosta                69
PAR – Roberto Fernandez          72 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Carlos dos Santos (GK); 9-Zico Bailey (25-Mario Licor, 61), 3-Jaylin Lindsey (4-Jake Arteaga, 41), 16-Tyler Shaver, 2-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (13-Bryan Perez, 41); 6-Christopher Durkin (Capt), 23-Blaine Ferri (11-George Acosta, 52), 17-Carlos Anguiano (10-Christopher Goslin, 20); 21-Adrian Villegas, 15-Andrew Carleton, 8-Kevin Negrete (18-Nicolas Garcia-Morillo, 52)
Subs not used: 1-Alexander Budnik, 20-Misael Becerra, 7-Chandler Vaughn
Head Coach: John Hackworth

PAR: 1-Julio Chamorro (GK); 2-Victor Villasanti, 3-Alex Lopez (Capt), 5-Alexis Duarte, 4-Yair Mendez; 6-Rolando Dure, 8-Sebastian Benitez, 15-Jesus Rolon, 13-Roberto Fernandez; 9-Angel Boveda, 18-Martin Sanchez
Head Coach: Gerardo Gonzalez 

Stats Summary: USA / PAR
Shots: 5 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 6|
Offsides: 0 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Carlos dos Santos (caution)        46th minute 

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

U.S. U-15 BNT Falls Short 2-1 Against Argentina

CHICAGO (June 10, 2015) – Despite a goal by Mario Licor to put the U.S. on the lead early in the second half, the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team fell short 2-1 against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

A brace by Argentina’s Facundo Colidio erased the USA lead that Licor had created in the 45th, after Colidio equalized in the 52nd minute of the 80-minute match. 

The U-15s fought hard to preserve the draw, but a second goal from Colidio in stoppage time was the difference, giving the hosts the win.

Next, the U-15 BNT will face Paraguay on June 12 as it looks to wrap up its foreign training camp.

- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Argentina
Date: June 10, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Predio de Ezeiza (Argentina National Training Center)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. local time
Weather: 60 degrees 

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

USA – Mario Licor                     45th minute
ARG – Facundo Colidio             52
ARG – Facundo Colidio             80 +1 

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alexander Budnik (GK); 13-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga (George Acosta, 71), 16-Tyler Shaver, 2-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Capt); 17-Carlos Anguiano, 21-Adrian Villegas (Christopher Durkin, 66), 23-Blaine Ferri, (10-Christopher Goslin, 74); 25-Mario Licor (15-Andrew Carleton, 52), 18-Nicolas Garcia-Morillo, 20 Misael Becerra (8-Kevin Negrete, 54)
Subs not used: 22-Carlos Dos Santos, 9-Zico Bailey, 3-Jaylin Lindsey, 7-Chandler Vaughn
Head Coach: John Hackworth 

ARG: 1-Alvaro Maslovski (GK); 4-Marcelo Weingandt, 13-Alvaro Brandan, 6-Lucas Passarini, 3-Nazareno Romero; 5-Tomas Lupi, 24-Rodrigo Sequeira, 23-Santiago Ibanez, 21-Tomas Magnano; 22-Cristian Bazan, 9-Facundo Colidio
Head Coach: Walter Coyette

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 6 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offsides: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:

None               

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

U-15 BNT Drops First of Three Friendlies in Argentina

CHICAGO (June 8, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team dropped its first of three friendlies in Buenos Aires , Argentina, on Monday, after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay at the Racing Club Youth Facility.

The USA fought hard during the first half of the 80-minute game, but was caught off guard at the start of the second period, allowing Uruguay to take advantage and capitalize in the 41st to take the lead and score the eventual game-winning goal.

Next, the U-15s will face Argentina on June 10, and wrap up its camp with a third friendly against the host nation Argentina on June 12 in Buenos Aires.

Previously to this camp, the U-15 BNT most recently competed at the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 25-May 1, where they defeated Austria 3-2 in the championship match to claim the tournament title for the USA for the first time in its history.

- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Uruguay
Date: June 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Racing Club Youth Facility
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Local Time
Weather: 60 degrees 

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

URU – Gustavo Viera     41st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alexander Budnik (GK); 13-Bryan Perez, 3-Jaylin Lindsey, 2-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 7-Chandler Vaughn (4-Jake Arteaga, 63); 6-Christopher Durkin, 10-Christopher Goslin (17-Carlos Anguiano, 59), 11-George Acosta (21-Adrian Villegas, 75); 15-Andrew Carleton, 9-Zico Bailey (25-Mario Licor, 51), 8-Kevin Negrete (18-Nicolas Garcilla-Morillo, 51)
Subs not used: 20-Misael Becerra, 22-Carlos dos Santos, 23-Blaine Ferri
Head Coach: John Hackworth 

URU: 1-Rodolfo Rodriguez (GK); 2-Jonathan Gonzalez, 5-Gaston Medina, 4-Edgar Elizalde, 3-Christian Luna; 6-Matias Alfonso, 8-Juan Sanabria, 10-Santiaga Rodriguez, 11-Facundo Parada; 9-Gustavo Viera, 7-Jose Neris
Head Coach: Alejandro Garay 

Stats Summary: USA / URU
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 5 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offsides: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None                

* Game was 80 minutes 

20-Player Roster Named For U-15 BNT Training Camp in Argentina

CHICAGO (June 2, 2015) – U.S. Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has named 20 players for the U-15’s second training camp of 2015, to be held from June 4-14 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

While in camp, U-15 BNT will play a trio of friendly matches against South American National Teams. The U-15’s will face Uruguay on June 8, matchup against 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," 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."

Hackworth’s group most recently competed at the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 25-May 1, where they defeated Austria 3-2 in the championship match to claim the tournament title for the USA for the first time in its history.

Fifteen players from the championship-winning Italy roster are a part of the current 20-player group who will be making the trip to Argentina. Additionally, 16 players have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Riverside, Conn.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 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; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Mario Licor (Orlando City SC; Titusville, Fla.), Nicolas Morillo-Garcia (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.)

Q&A: John Hackworth Reviews delle Nazioni Tournament

The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team won the Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy last week after defeating Austria 3-2 in the final. The tournament was hosted by Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Overall, the team went 3-1-1 in the tournament, reaching the final after defeating Italy in penalty kicks 5-4 in the semifinal round following a 0-0 draw in regulation. It was the first-ever delle Nazioni title for the U.S. The event included a host of traditionally strong international teams including Brazil, Italy and England.   

U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth spoke with ussoccer.com to talk about the win and the continued progress of the team.

ussoccer.com: What are you overall thoughts on the team’s performance in Italy and how special was it to win the Tournament delle Nazioni for the first time with the USA?

John Hackworth: “Obviously when you win a tournament, especially the way we did, it’s incredibly rewarding and pleasing, but it wasn’t without some difficulties. In the end I’m really proud of this young group of men because they grew throughout the tournament and did it against some older and stronger international opponents and beat two host nations and faced the other host nation on their home field, so quite an accomplishment by this group.”

ussoccer.com: What does a win do for the confidence of these young players?

JH: “I think that winning, and especially winning in the way that we did, is really important for development because it teaches players about the importance of preparation and the process, and also that winning is not something that is done without some practice. To go there and to play with our principles in mind and at the same time get the results that we needed in order to be successful, that component of the player development was really important for this group.”

ussoccer.com: What experiences can these young players gain from playing in international tournaments overseas?

JH: “There are a lot of basic experiences that you gain from seeing international competition and being in a foreign environment and having to face different challenges both from a tactical nature and an environmental and cultural standpoint. When you put all of those together and are successful on the field where you do get results, I think that puts a reward on the training and preparation that a group does. Now there’s a belief that you can be successful, and while the things that we experienced on our home soil are a little different than the things we experienced abroad, we can still be really successful. That’s really important for those young players that they have the belief that they can do that.”

“For this group of players it’s really important because no U.S. team has ever gone there and won it before. You look at the Italian team that’s won this tournament several times. For us to play them in the semifinals and really play a very good game where we were deserving of winning in regulation, and yet we had to win it in penalty kicks, was significant. We had to overcome being down to the last Italian shooter and they could’ve won it if they were successful. There’s a lot there that’s important. Now I think that group of young men can look around and say ‘look we faced some really good competition, and it’s one thing for the coaching staff and people to tell us that we have the ability to be successful, it’s another to actually do it, especially in the fashion in which we did.’ We stuck to a lot of really good principles and we played a little tactically different against Italy, but in my opinion we were the better team.”

ussoccer.com: What were the principles and keys in the games against Italy and Austria?

JH: “You go into this tournament and it’s not like you’ve scouted these opponents. Against Costa Rica, Slovenia and Austria we were playing older 99s, and while we started a couple of 99s the majority of their group was older. Against Croatia we played our 2000s and they played their 2000s. Against Italy, while they were 2000s, there was a pretty noticeable physical difference between our side and theirs. My point is we stuck to what we wanted to do in terms of our style and our preparation and implemented the principles that we want our players to both attack and defend in. We talk about the importance of transition and all the things we believe are going to make our group play better far down the road from what they are doing right now. That being said, we did have to adjust tactically to play both Italy and Austria when it counted and the discipline and the tactical ability of our young guys to execute it was really impressive.”

“I’ve been to a lot of international tournaments, and when you have the success that we did and when you do it against the types of opponents that we did, you definitely have now reinforced that belief that we are making really positive steps forward in our playing development. In competing against some of the best teams in the world, we are on that same level. I think this is a really good sign for this particular age group. If you look at the current U-20s and the current U-17s and this pool of players, this becomes exciting, because it looks like our young teams are playing at a level that some of the best teams around the world are doing and we’re being successful with our results as well.”

ussoccer.com: How can this team’s success spur further successes down the road?

JH: “Having these 20 young men be successful can only push the pool. I’ve said it before: it’s a very deep pool and there were some really tough choices in that roster selection. I think it drives the level higher and higher. I know guys that were in camps with us earlier in the year and sent me text messages or emails that said, ‘Hey, congratulations to the boys. I can’t wait until I get called into the next camp or event.’  This result is going to push those guys that weren’t there that much harder to get their spot and hopefully when they are called upon they will rise to the challenge as well.”

ussoccer.com: How do these camps and tournaments propel these players to the next level?

JH: “Our training and our preparation is to ultimately go up the pyramid to the U-17s. That’s the next stop for this age group. Hopefully we have reinforced a lot of those ideas that Richie Williams wants to see out of his team, and like his team we have now been successful in winning a tournament that had the likes of Brazil and Mexico and England and Italy and teams that have won it in the past. For the first time we can say that we are champions.”

U-15 BNT Wins Tournament delle Nazioni with 3-2 Victory over Austria

GRADISCA D’ISONZO, Italy (May 1, 2015) --The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Austria 3-2 to win the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni today in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy. Andrew Carleton scored two first-half goals and Tim Weah added a score in the second half, as the team was able to hold off Austria to take home the tournament title.

The U.S. struck first in the 12th minute when George Acosta sent a pass up to Carleton, who got past the last Austrian defender, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored. Ten minutes later Carleton added to his tally by running onto the ball after a U.S. shot had rebounded off the post and firing it into the bottom right corner of the goal, doubling the U.S. lead.

In the second half the U.S. scored first again when Tim Weah received a pass, took a turn and fired from the top of the box to put the U.S. up 3-0. Austria got on the board a minute later and made things interesting by adding another score in the 77th minute.

While Austria threatened in the game’s final minutes, the U.S. defense stood firm and held on for the 3-2 win.

- U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT vs. Austria
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Competition: Torneo Delle Nazioni, FINAL
Venue: Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 3:30pm
Attendance: 500
Weather:  63 degrees; cloudy /light rain 

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

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)                                       11 minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)                                          23
USA – Tim Weah (Ayo Akinola)                                                      61
AUT – Nicolas Meister                                                                       63
AUT – Nicolas Meiser                                                                         76

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 17-Zico Bailey, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 8-Chris Durkin, 18-Chris Goslin (4-Jake Arteaga, 67), 13-George Acosta (15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 55), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (7-Tim Weah, 55), 16-Ayo Akinola (20-Adrian Villegas, 67), 11-Andrew Carleton (2-Bryan Perez, 83)
Subs not used: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 6-Blaine Ferri, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague

Head Coach: John Hackworth 

AUT: 1-Semir Karalic, 12-Benedikt Donnerer (20-Philipp Riegler, 41), 4-Dario Maresic, 5-Luca Meisl, 3-Alexander Burgstaller, 6-Valentino Muller, 18-Jorg Wagnes, 8-Florian Fischerauer, 7-Philipp Sittsam (11-Kenan Kirim, 35), 9-Nicolas Meister, 10-Christoph Baumgartner (17-Philipp Sturm, 49)
Subs not used: 21- Mario Schragl, 14-Maurice Mathis, 16-Elvedin Buljubasic, 2-Leonardo Zottele, 15-Hannes Wolf, 13-Patrick Obermuller
Not dressed: none

Head Coach: Andreas Heraf

Stats Summary: USA / AUT
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Chiffi Daniece
Assistant Referee 1: Savorgnani Stefano
Assistant Referee 2:  Masini Giovani

U-15 BNT Earns Spot in Tournament delle Nazioni Final

ROMANS D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni championship match on Wednesday in Romans D’Isonzo, Italy. The team will go head-to-head with Austria for the tournament title on Friday, May 1 in Gradisca d’ Isonzo.

After a quiet first half, the intensity turned up in the second half when Italy’s Sdaigui Zakaria was issued a double caution and sent off. The U.S. pushed, but could not score in regulation or in extra time and the match went to penalties.

The U.S. and Italy both scored on their first three attempts. The U.S. went down a goal in the fourth frame after a missed shot and an Italian conversion, but leveled in round five after a Chris Durkin goal and an Eric Lopez save. The sixth round of PKs proved to be the last as Italy missed and Tim Leah scored to send the U.S. to the final.

U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Italy
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Competition: Tournament delle Nazioni, Semi-Finals
Venue: Romans D’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.
Attendance: 450
Weather:  68 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F          PK’s                            
USA                             0          0          0          5                                
ITA                               0          0          0          4

*See Scoring Summary

Lineups:

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 17-Zico Bailey, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 8-Chris Durkin, 18-Chris Goslin, 13-George Acosta, 9-Lucas Del Rosario (7-Tim Weah, 58), 16-Ayo Akinola (20-Adrian Villegas, 75), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 5-Rayshaun McGann, 6-Blaine Ferri, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ITA: 1-Plizzari Alessandro, 2-Bellanova Raoul, 13-Almeida Pedro Gomes, 5-Bettella Davide, 15-Ermacora Federico (14-Ambrogio Simone, 65), 6-Sdaigui Zakaria, 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, 16-Pelliccia Salvatore (18-Adorante Andrea, 41), 11-Meli Marco (19-D’orazio Ludovico, 41), 10-Merola Davide (17-Capanna Federico, 59, 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, 84), 9-Kean Bioty Moise
Subs not used: 3-Grassini Davide, 4-Matteucci Emanuele, 7-Pellegri Pietro, 12-Bulgarelli Alessandro
Not dressed: none
Head Coach: Antonio Rocca

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - George Acosta (caution)              26 minute
ITA - Sdaigui Zakaria (caution)                56
ITA-Sdaigui Zakaria (expulsion)              56
ITA - Almeida Pedro Gomes (caution)     73
ITA - Ambrogio Simone (caution)            84        

Officials:
Referee – Ret Lorenzo
Assistant Referee No. 1 – Bellono Marco
Assistant Referee No. 2 – Bernaroi Francesco

Scoring Summary:
PK Shootout
USA:
1 – Andrew Carleton, Goal
2 – George Acosta, Goal
3 – Adrian Villegas, Goal
4 – Chris Goslin, Missed
5 – Chris Durkin, Goal
6 – Tim Weah, Goal

Italy:
1 – 20-Bianchi Flavio Junior, Goal
2 – 5-Bettella Davide, Goal
3 – 18-Adorante Andrea, Goal
4 – 19-D’orazio Ludovico, Goal
5 – 9-Kean Bioty Moise, Saved
6 – 8-Gavioli Lorenzo, Missed

Slovenia Deals U-15 BNT First Tournament Delle Nazioni Loss

NOVA GORICA, Slovenia (April 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team dropped its first game at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni, falling to Slovenia 2-3 on Monday, April 27 in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

The loss pushed the U.S.’s tournament record to 2-1-0 to finish group play with six points, behind group winner Slovenia. The wins over Costa Rica and Croatia however, proved enough points to qualify the USA for the semifinals where it will meet Italy on Wednesday, April 29.

Slovenia struck first in the game’s 23rd minute. From a corner, Slovenia played a ball in that the U.S. cleared out to a Slovenian player, who in-turn received it and served it back into Jaka Bijol, who then took a turn inside the box and finished to put Slovenia up 1-0.

The momentum continued to go the way of Slovenia in the early minutes of the second half and the team tallied two more scores in the half’s first five minutes. The first came in the 37th minute when Slovenia played a ball into Medved Zan, who found a seam between the U.S. center backs and sent in the game’s second goal. In the 40th minute Slovenia scored in a similar fashion when the ball got through to Kerin Luka at the top of the box and he hit a shot over the keeper to increase the lead to three.

The U.S. wouldn’t go down without a fight. Chris Goslin would bury a 22-yard strike in the 66th minute and George Acosta would follow with a free kick goal from 24 yards out in the 70th minute, but time ran out and the USA was dealt its first loss of the tournament.

On Wednesday, the USA and Italy will compete for the chance to take on the winner of the other semifinal game between Slovenia and Austria, with the winners of each game advancing to the Tournament’s final.

-  U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report  -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Slovenia
Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play Game 3
Venue: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Attendance: 100
Weather: 57 degrees; Cloudy with light rain

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

SVN – Jaka Bijol                       23rd minute
SVN – Medved Zan                   37
SVN – Luka Kerin                      40
USA – Chris Goslin                    66
USA – George Acosta               70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga (21-Chandler Vaughn, 42), 5-Rayshaun McGann (19-Jaylin Lindsey, 12), 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (18-Chris Goslin, 46), 8-Chris Durkin, 20-Adrian Villegas (13-George Acosta), 7-Tim Weah (17-Zico Bailey, 54), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 46), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs not used: 6-Blaine Ferri, 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 10-Nicholas Taitague
Head Coach: John Hackworth

SVN: 1-Nick Bicic, 2-Adis Hodzic, 5-Vanja Drkusic, 4-Blaz Urh, 15-Jakob Mesaric (3-Jurij Spanja, 50), 6-Jaka Bijol, 18-Zan Medved (9-Teo Milic, 48), 19-Domen Bozic (8-Zan Rogelj, 36), 14-Tomi Horvat (20-David Kovacic, 58), 11-Luka Kerin (16-Anis Jasaragic, 60), 10-Zan Celarn (13-Lan Piskule, 65)
Subs not used: 17-Aleksnder Bodiroza, 12-Matevz Vidovsek, 7-Aleksander Palamar
Head Coach: Dusan Kosic

Stats Summary: USA / SVN
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
SVN – Bozic Domen (caution)    33 minute
SVN – Milic Teo (caution)           52 

Officials:
Referee – Bubek Alen

U-15 BNT Downs Croatia 6-2 at Tournament Delle Nazioni

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.

Scoring Summary:

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
Attendance: 65
Weather: 69 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1 2 F
USA                             1 5 6
Costa Rica                    1 1 2

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

Lineups:
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

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (caution)          46 minute
USA – Bryan Perez (caution)                              56 minute

Officials:
Referee – Dzvzdanovic Jasmin
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Primoz Stoken
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Iztok Lozar

U-15 BNT Opens Tournament Delle Nazioni with 4-1 Win over Costa Rica

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.

Scoring Summary:

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
Attendance: 55
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

Lineups:
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

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution)      58 minute

Officials:
Referee – Hajdic Osman
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Bozie Alen
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Rustja Matej

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