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Perez Calls in 37 Players for U-15 BNT Domestic Training Camp

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.)

U.S. U-15 BNT Concludes Trip to Italy with 2-0 Loss to Zambia U-17 MNT

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)
Attendance:
30
Weather:
 66 degrees; Sunny 

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

ZAM - Enock Mwepu                                      11th minute
ZAM - Enock Mwepu                                      43                                         

Lineups:
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 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Drops Friendly to Japan U-16 MNT 3-0

SAVOGNA D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost 3-0 in an international friendly to the Japan U-16 Men’s National Team two days after both teams concluded play at the Torneo delle Nazioni in northern Italy.

Japan midfielder Sato Sota scored once in each half, sandwiching a strike by teammate Suga Daiki in a rain soaked match against the U.S.

The U-15 BNT went 1-2-0 in tournament play, finishing third in Group C – the group that ultimately produced both tournament finalists in Slovenia and Mexico – while Japan went 0-2-1 and finished bottom of Group B.

The young Americans have a second friendly scheduled against fellow tournament participants Zambia on Thursday. Zambia recorded a 0-2-1 record at the Torneo delle Nazioni and finished bottom of Group A.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Japan U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo; Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff:
7 p.m. CEST (1 p.m. EST)
Attendance:
25
Weather:
 54 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

JPN - Sato Sota                                                    16th minute
JPN - Suga Daiki                                                  17
JPN - Sato Sota                                                    42

Lineups:
USA:
12-Eric Lopez; 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 2-Angel Uribe, 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr. (16-Sam Vines, 30, (2-Gabe Kash, 40)); 7-Juan Torres (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 51), 11-Leo Marquez (6-Adolfo Trujillo, 26), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 20-JP Marin (21-Hanif Wright, 26); 9-Lucas Del Rosario (25-Marty Raygoza, 54)
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez

Head Coach: Hugo Perez
 

JPN: 18-Osako Keiruke; 5-Onozawa Tosuiki, 12-Asada Shogo, 11-Nishimoto Takanobu, 4-Kajiyama Kanta; 14-Sato Sota, 16-Suga Daiki, 3-Abe Masashi, 9-Sasaki Takumi (capt.); 17-Hanya Yosuke
Subs not used: 1-Tanii Kiroki, 2-Kato Jun, 6-Iyoha Osamu Hanty, 7-Watanabe Kouya, 10-Ito Ryoya, 13-Ikeda Taisei, 15-Kanda Ryotaro
Head Coach: Yoshitake Hirofumi

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 1 / 6
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None               

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Defeats China PR to Finish Torneo delle Nazioni

MIREN, Slovenia (April 27, 2014) - The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team finished the Torneo delle Nazioni on a high note, defeating the China PR Under-16 Men's National Team 3-2 thanks to Lucas Del Rosario's match-winning goal in the 56th minute.

The U-15 BNT (1-2-0; 3pts) also received goals from Hanif Wright and Marty Raygoza in the winning effort.

Playing against older competition throughout the first international tournament for this current crop of U-15s, the U.S. finished in third place of Group C behind U-16 Men’s teams from Slovenia and Mexico and ahead of China. 

The team will next gather for a domestic training camp in July at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, California.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. China PR U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2014
Competition: Torneo delle Nazioni
Venue: Field Municipal Miren – Miren, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CEST (11:30 a.m. EST)
Attendance: 40
Weather:  59 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

USA - Hanif Wright                                             3rd minute
USA - Marty Raygoza                                        45
CHN - Liu Yu Duan                                            51
USA - Lucas Del Rosario                                   56
CHN - Liu Yu Duan                                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez; 2-Gabe Kash, 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 16-Sam Vines; 17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (10-Jose Carranza, 30), 11-Leo Marquez (7-Juan Torres, 40), 6-Adolfo Trujillo (20-Jeanpaul Marin, 30); 21-Hanif Wright (3-Jose Alfaro Jr., 61), 25-Marty Raygoza (9-Lucas Del Rosario, 47)
Subs not used: 12-Eric Lopez, 15-Angel Uribe
Head Coach: Hugo Perez

CHN: 1-Zi Rong Chen; 3-Xiao Fan Xie, 5-Jian Fei Zhao, 8-Chun Jie Gong, 17-Ze Yu Zhao (16-Yu Miao Qian, 30); 19-Ze Feng Lin, 11-Meng Nie (18-Chang Qi Liu, 43), 7-Hua Chen Zhang, 4-Zi Ran Yan (6-Xin He, 30); 10-Ruo Fan Liu, 20-Liu Yu Duan (capt.)
Subs not used: 2-Hao Chen Zhang, 12-Zi Xiang Wang, 9-Sheng Zhi Zhou, 15-Li Ming Zang
Head Coach: Su Maozhen

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 4 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 3
Offside: 8 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Falls to Mexico 2-1 at Torneo delle Nazioni

SAVOGNA D'ISONZO, Italy (April 26, 2014) - The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team lost its second game of the Torneo delle Nazioni on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the Mexico U-16 Men’s National Team in Group C play.

The U-15 BNT (0-2-0; 0pts) will finish tournament play against China PR (0-2-0; 0pts) on Sunday.

Mexico grabbed an early advantage as Joaquin Esquivel Martinez was left unmarked on a corner kick in the third minute and headed the ball home to make it 1-0.

The U.S. replied just before the break. Center back Kyle Gruno lofted a long ball over the Mexico back line for striker Lucas Del Rosario to run onto. The Capital Area RailHawks Academy product raced onto the ball and chipped it over Mexico goalkeeper Isai Romero Abraham from outside the box to knot the match at 1-1.

Mexico struck again early in the second half, and Kevin Raul Lara Herrera’s 54th-minute goal after a missed U.S. clearance was enough to earn his side the win.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Mexico U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Competition: Delle Nazioni Tournament
Venue: Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo – Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CEST (11:30 a.m. EST)
Attendance: 70
Weather:  64 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

MEX - Joaquin Esquivel Martinez                   3rd minute
USA - Lucas Del Rosario                                   40
MEX - Kevin Raul Lara Herrera                      54                                    

Lineups:
USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 2-Angel Uribe, 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr.; 7-Juan Torres, 6-Adolfo Trujillo (25-Marty Raygoza, 51), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 22), 10-Jose Carranza; 20-Jeanpaul Marin, 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez, 2-Gabe Kash, 1-Leo Marquez, 15-Sam Vines, 21-Hanif Wright
Head Coach: Hugo Perez

MEX: 1-Isai Romero Abraham; 3-Joaquin Esquivel Martinez, 4-Francisco Eduardo Venegas Moreno, 5-Ulises Torres Mendez, 11-Kevin Uriel Magana Araujo (17-Kevin Raul Lara Herrera, 45); 2-Diego Cortes Padilla (13-Cristian Osvaldo Gonzalez Bautista, 42), 15-Alejandro Zamudio Galindo (7-Fernando Beltran Cruz, 53), 8-Nahum Gomez Del Rosal, 6-Alan Cervantes Martin del Campo; 9-Claudio Zamudio Godinez (16-Brandon Vazquez Toledo, 59), 10-Ricardo Marin Sanchez (18-Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro, 30)
Subs not used: 12-Fernando Daniel Hernandez Mata, 14-Daniel Alejandro Zamora Hernandez
Head Coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 2 / 16
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Nahum Gomez Del Rosal (caution)                                   24th minute
MEX – Diego Cortes Padilla (caution)                                            39
MEX – Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro (caution)                              57

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Drop Opening Torneo delle Nazioni Match to Slovenia

BILJE, Slovenia (April 25, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost its first game of the Torneo delle Nazioni 4-0 to the Slovenia U-16 Men’s National Team.

The international tournament based in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, is the first attended by this edition of the U.S. U-15 BNT, which is made up entirely of players born in 1999. The team did play two international friendlies in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, tying and then beating the United Arab Emirates U-16 Men’s National Team 2-2 and 3-2, respectively.

The U-15 BNT next plays Mexico, which beat China PR 2-1, tomorrow before finishing Group C play against China on Sunday.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia U-16 MNT
Date:
Friday, April 25, 2014
Competition:
Delle Nazioni Tournament
Venue:
Field Municipal Bilje – Bilje, Slovenia
Kickoff:
5:30pm CEST (11:30am EST)
Attendance:
125
Weather:
 60 degrees; Rainy, overcast 

Scoring Summary:            1              2              F
USA                                        0              0              0
SLO                                        1              3              4                

SLO - Timotej Elsnik                          10th minute
SLO - Jan Mlakar                                35
SLO - Dejan Petrovic                          55
SLO - Kevin Zizek                              58 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez; 2-Gabe Kash (25-Marty Raygoza, 46), 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves (13-Angel Uribe, 38), 3-Jose Alfaro, Jr.; 7-Juan Torres, 6-Adolfo Trujillo (21-Hanif Wright, 44), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 11-Leo Marquez (20-JP Marin, 30), 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 12-Eric Lopez, 15-Sam Vines, 17-Raul Aguilera, Jr.
Head Coach: Hugo Perez
 

SLO: 1-Rok Vodisek (12-Igor Vekic, 58); 2-Matija Rom; 5-Janez Pisek; 6-Oskar Cvjeticanin; 17-Sandi Coralic (3-Sven Sostaric Karic, 46); 13-Vitja Valencic (16-Dejan Petrovic, 49); 14-Sandi Ogrinec; 9-Jan Mlakar – capt.(4-Urban Janjic, 55); 8-Jakob Novak (15-Gasper Hrovat, 40); 18-Timotej Elsnik; 7-Igor Kondic (10-Kevin Zizek, 37)
Subs not used: 11-Rok Buzinel
Head Coach: Igor Benedjcic
 

Stats Summary: USA / SLO
Shots: 3 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 14
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SLO – Sandi Coralic (caution)                          30th minute
USA – Kyle Gruno (caution)                             30 

Officials:
n/a

Scoring Summary:
SLO – Ball given away in box by USA on pass back to keeper; Timotej Elsnik scores.
SLO – Ball given away in box; Jan Mlakar scores on turnover.
SLO – Cross headed back into box, missed clearance by USA. Ball falls to Dejan Petrovic who scores.
SLO – Through ball from mid-field, USA misses slide tackle; Kevin Zizek finishes.

U-15 Boys' National Team Headed to Tournament Delle Nazioni

CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named an 18-player roster for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, that runs from April 25-May 1.

The U.S., which will play a friendly match against a to-be-determined opponent on April 23, is in Group C and opens tournament play against Slovenia on Friday, April 25. The team then plays Mexico on Saturday before concluding group play against China PR on Sunday.

The tournament fields two other four-team groups consisting of Brazil, Israel, Italy and Zambia in Group A, and Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia and Japan in Group B. The three group winners and best second-placed team of the three groups advance to the tournament semifinals where the Group A winner meets the Group B winner, and the Group C winner faces the best second-placed qualifier on April 29. The tournament final will be played on May 1.

The roster is comprised of a familiar group of players as 14 of the 18 have participated in both the U-15 BNT’s trip to the United Arab Emirates in January and its domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., in March. Club Tijuana defender Angel Uribe is the only player on the roster not to have taken part in either 2014 event; however, he did participate in the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the current cycle back in October of 2013.

Twelve of the players on the roster are currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, while a further two, Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia) and Kyle Gruno (Leicester City) formerly played with Development Academy teams.

Additionally, former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will accompany the U-15 BNT to Italy to serve as the team’s Goalkeeper Coach. The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee previously served in a similar capacity for the team’s March training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.

U.S. U-15 BNT SCHEDULE:
April 23 – U-15 BNT vs. TBD
April 25; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia; Bilje, Slovenia
April 26; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Mexico; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 27; 11:30 a.m. ET
– U-15 BNT vs. China PR; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 29
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Semifinals
May 1
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Final

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jose Alfaro, Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; Tijuana, Mexico), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; 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.)

Academy and YNT Benefit from Head-to-Head Duels

A unique element of the 2013-14 Development Academy season has been the opportunity to reward some of the top Academy programs with matchups against the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and players discussed the twofold benefits from this experience – the YNT squads having the chance to play against older U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy players, and the Academy clubs earning the chance to face top Youth National Team talent during the 2013 Academy Winter Showcase.

U-15 BNT Head Coach Hugo Perez Calls 32 Players to March Training Camp

CHICAGO (March 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named a 32-player roster to take part in a domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., from March 22-30.

Ten of the 32 players are receiving their first call-up to the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program at any level, including: Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union), Luis Carrillo (Dallas Texans), Jonathan Filipe (BSC CT Academy), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro), Giuseppe Margiottiello (New York Red Bulls), David Portugal (Chicago Fire), Seth Stiebel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Oscar Zepeda (Seattle Sounders FC) and Alec Zimmerman (Seattle Sounders FC).

Fifteen players return who took part in the team’s recent international training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this past February, including Nicholas Taitague, who has seen increased time with the U-17 Men’s National Team of late.

Of the 24 players currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy Clubs, 13 play for eight different MLS club Academies. FC Dallas leads all Academies with three players on the roster: goalkeepers David Abonce and Carlos Avilez and defender Mark Salas.

Three players called to the camp currently train overseas: Jose Alfaro Jr. with Monarcas Morelia in Mexico, Kyle Gruno with Leicester City in England and Vincent Borden with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4)
: David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Seth Stiebel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (11):
Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union; Malvern, Penn.), Vincent Borden (Dinamo Zagreb; Ithaca, N.Y.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester FC; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Mark Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Oscar Zepeda (Seattle Sounders FC; Tacoma, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (10):
Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Luis Carrillo (Dallas Texans; Tyler, Texas), Jonathan Filipe (BSC CT Academy; Danbury, Conn.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.) Giuseppe Margiottiello (New York Red Bulls; Iselin, N.J.), David Portugal (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers Academy; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.), Alec Zimmerman (Seattle Sounders FC; Olympia, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7):
Luis Arreola (FC Athletico; Wheeling, Ill.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; 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.)

U15 BNT vs United Arab Emirates Highlights Feb 8 2014

The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team wrapped up its first overseas training camp with this second game against the United Arab Emirates U-16 national team. Nicholas Taitague, Lucas Del Rosario and Edwin Lara scored to give the U.S. a 3-2 win.

Perez Calls in 37 Players for U-15 BNT Domestic Training Camp

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.)

U.S. U-15 BNT Concludes Trip to Italy with 2-0 Loss to Zambia U-17 MNT

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)
Attendance:
30
Weather:
 66 degrees; Sunny 

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

ZAM - Enock Mwepu                                      11th minute
ZAM - Enock Mwepu                                      43                                         

Lineups:
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 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Drops Friendly to Japan U-16 MNT 3-0

SAVOGNA D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost 3-0 in an international friendly to the Japan U-16 Men’s National Team two days after both teams concluded play at the Torneo delle Nazioni in northern Italy.

Japan midfielder Sato Sota scored once in each half, sandwiching a strike by teammate Suga Daiki in a rain soaked match against the U.S.

The U-15 BNT went 1-2-0 in tournament play, finishing third in Group C – the group that ultimately produced both tournament finalists in Slovenia and Mexico – while Japan went 0-2-1 and finished bottom of Group B.

The young Americans have a second friendly scheduled against fellow tournament participants Zambia on Thursday. Zambia recorded a 0-2-1 record at the Torneo delle Nazioni and finished bottom of Group A.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Japan U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo; Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff:
7 p.m. CEST (1 p.m. EST)
Attendance:
25
Weather:
 54 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

JPN - Sato Sota                                                    16th minute
JPN - Suga Daiki                                                  17
JPN - Sato Sota                                                    42

Lineups:
USA:
12-Eric Lopez; 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 2-Angel Uribe, 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr. (16-Sam Vines, 30, (2-Gabe Kash, 40)); 7-Juan Torres (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 51), 11-Leo Marquez (6-Adolfo Trujillo, 26), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 20-JP Marin (21-Hanif Wright, 26); 9-Lucas Del Rosario (25-Marty Raygoza, 54)
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez

Head Coach: Hugo Perez
 

JPN: 18-Osako Keiruke; 5-Onozawa Tosuiki, 12-Asada Shogo, 11-Nishimoto Takanobu, 4-Kajiyama Kanta; 14-Sato Sota, 16-Suga Daiki, 3-Abe Masashi, 9-Sasaki Takumi (capt.); 17-Hanya Yosuke
Subs not used: 1-Tanii Kiroki, 2-Kato Jun, 6-Iyoha Osamu Hanty, 7-Watanabe Kouya, 10-Ito Ryoya, 13-Ikeda Taisei, 15-Kanda Ryotaro
Head Coach: Yoshitake Hirofumi

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 1 / 6
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None               

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Defeats China PR to Finish Torneo delle Nazioni

MIREN, Slovenia (April 27, 2014) - The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team finished the Torneo delle Nazioni on a high note, defeating the China PR Under-16 Men's National Team 3-2 thanks to Lucas Del Rosario's match-winning goal in the 56th minute.

The U-15 BNT (1-2-0; 3pts) also received goals from Hanif Wright and Marty Raygoza in the winning effort.

Playing against older competition throughout the first international tournament for this current crop of U-15s, the U.S. finished in third place of Group C behind U-16 Men’s teams from Slovenia and Mexico and ahead of China. 

The team will next gather for a domestic training camp in July at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, California.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. China PR U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2014
Competition: Torneo delle Nazioni
Venue: Field Municipal Miren – Miren, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CEST (11:30 a.m. EST)
Attendance: 40
Weather:  59 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

USA - Hanif Wright                                             3rd minute
USA - Marty Raygoza                                        45
CHN - Liu Yu Duan                                            51
USA - Lucas Del Rosario                                   56
CHN - Liu Yu Duan                                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez; 2-Gabe Kash, 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 16-Sam Vines; 17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (10-Jose Carranza, 30), 11-Leo Marquez (7-Juan Torres, 40), 6-Adolfo Trujillo (20-Jeanpaul Marin, 30); 21-Hanif Wright (3-Jose Alfaro Jr., 61), 25-Marty Raygoza (9-Lucas Del Rosario, 47)
Subs not used: 12-Eric Lopez, 15-Angel Uribe
Head Coach: Hugo Perez

CHN: 1-Zi Rong Chen; 3-Xiao Fan Xie, 5-Jian Fei Zhao, 8-Chun Jie Gong, 17-Ze Yu Zhao (16-Yu Miao Qian, 30); 19-Ze Feng Lin, 11-Meng Nie (18-Chang Qi Liu, 43), 7-Hua Chen Zhang, 4-Zi Ran Yan (6-Xin He, 30); 10-Ruo Fan Liu, 20-Liu Yu Duan (capt.)
Subs not used: 2-Hao Chen Zhang, 12-Zi Xiang Wang, 9-Sheng Zhi Zhou, 15-Li Ming Zang
Head Coach: Su Maozhen

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 4 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 3
Offside: 8 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Falls to Mexico 2-1 at Torneo delle Nazioni

SAVOGNA D'ISONZO, Italy (April 26, 2014) - The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team lost its second game of the Torneo delle Nazioni on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the Mexico U-16 Men’s National Team in Group C play.

The U-15 BNT (0-2-0; 0pts) will finish tournament play against China PR (0-2-0; 0pts) on Sunday.

Mexico grabbed an early advantage as Joaquin Esquivel Martinez was left unmarked on a corner kick in the third minute and headed the ball home to make it 1-0.

The U.S. replied just before the break. Center back Kyle Gruno lofted a long ball over the Mexico back line for striker Lucas Del Rosario to run onto. The Capital Area RailHawks Academy product raced onto the ball and chipped it over Mexico goalkeeper Isai Romero Abraham from outside the box to knot the match at 1-1.

Mexico struck again early in the second half, and Kevin Raul Lara Herrera’s 54th-minute goal after a missed U.S. clearance was enough to earn his side the win.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Mexico U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Competition: Delle Nazioni Tournament
Venue: Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo – Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CEST (11:30 a.m. EST)
Attendance: 70
Weather:  64 degrees; Rainy, overcast

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

MEX - Joaquin Esquivel Martinez                   3rd minute
USA - Lucas Del Rosario                                   40
MEX - Kevin Raul Lara Herrera                      54                                    

Lineups:
USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 2-Angel Uribe, 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr.; 7-Juan Torres, 6-Adolfo Trujillo (25-Marty Raygoza, 51), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 22), 10-Jose Carranza; 20-Jeanpaul Marin, 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez, 2-Gabe Kash, 1-Leo Marquez, 15-Sam Vines, 21-Hanif Wright
Head Coach: Hugo Perez

MEX: 1-Isai Romero Abraham; 3-Joaquin Esquivel Martinez, 4-Francisco Eduardo Venegas Moreno, 5-Ulises Torres Mendez, 11-Kevin Uriel Magana Araujo (17-Kevin Raul Lara Herrera, 45); 2-Diego Cortes Padilla (13-Cristian Osvaldo Gonzalez Bautista, 42), 15-Alejandro Zamudio Galindo (7-Fernando Beltran Cruz, 53), 8-Nahum Gomez Del Rosal, 6-Alan Cervantes Martin del Campo; 9-Claudio Zamudio Godinez (16-Brandon Vazquez Toledo, 59), 10-Ricardo Marin Sanchez (18-Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro, 30)
Subs not used: 12-Fernando Daniel Hernandez Mata, 14-Daniel Alejandro Zamora Hernandez
Head Coach: Mario Alberto Arteaga Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 2 / 16
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Nahum Gomez Del Rosal (caution)                                   24th minute
MEX – Diego Cortes Padilla (caution)                                            39
MEX – Jose de Jesus Gurrola Castro (caution)                              57

Officials:
n/a

U-15 BNT Drop Opening Torneo delle Nazioni Match to Slovenia

BILJE, Slovenia (April 25, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost its first game of the Torneo delle Nazioni 4-0 to the Slovenia U-16 Men’s National Team.

The international tournament based in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, is the first attended by this edition of the U.S. U-15 BNT, which is made up entirely of players born in 1999. The team did play two international friendlies in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, tying and then beating the United Arab Emirates U-16 Men’s National Team 2-2 and 3-2, respectively.

The U-15 BNT next plays Mexico, which beat China PR 2-1, tomorrow before finishing Group C play against China on Sunday.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia U-16 MNT
Date:
Friday, April 25, 2014
Competition:
Delle Nazioni Tournament
Venue:
Field Municipal Bilje – Bilje, Slovenia
Kickoff:
5:30pm CEST (11:30am EST)
Attendance:
125
Weather:
 60 degrees; Rainy, overcast 

Scoring Summary:            1              2              F
USA                                        0              0              0
SLO                                        1              3              4                

SLO - Timotej Elsnik                          10th minute
SLO - Jan Mlakar                                35
SLO - Dejan Petrovic                          55
SLO - Kevin Zizek                              58 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez; 2-Gabe Kash (25-Marty Raygoza, 46), 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 5-McKay Eves (13-Angel Uribe, 38), 3-Jose Alfaro, Jr.; 7-Juan Torres, 6-Adolfo Trujillo (21-Hanif Wright, 44), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 11-Leo Marquez (20-JP Marin, 30), 9-Lucas Del Rosario
Subs not used: 12-Eric Lopez, 15-Sam Vines, 17-Raul Aguilera, Jr.
Head Coach: Hugo Perez
 

SLO: 1-Rok Vodisek (12-Igor Vekic, 58); 2-Matija Rom; 5-Janez Pisek; 6-Oskar Cvjeticanin; 17-Sandi Coralic (3-Sven Sostaric Karic, 46); 13-Vitja Valencic (16-Dejan Petrovic, 49); 14-Sandi Ogrinec; 9-Jan Mlakar – capt.(4-Urban Janjic, 55); 8-Jakob Novak (15-Gasper Hrovat, 40); 18-Timotej Elsnik; 7-Igor Kondic (10-Kevin Zizek, 37)
Subs not used: 11-Rok Buzinel
Head Coach: Igor Benedjcic
 

Stats Summary: USA / SLO
Shots: 3 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 14
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SLO – Sandi Coralic (caution)                          30th minute
USA – Kyle Gruno (caution)                             30 

Officials:
n/a

Scoring Summary:
SLO – Ball given away in box by USA on pass back to keeper; Timotej Elsnik scores.
SLO – Ball given away in box; Jan Mlakar scores on turnover.
SLO – Cross headed back into box, missed clearance by USA. Ball falls to Dejan Petrovic who scores.
SLO – Through ball from mid-field, USA misses slide tackle; Kevin Zizek finishes.

U-15 Boys' National Team Headed to Tournament Delle Nazioni

CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named an 18-player roster for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, that runs from April 25-May 1.

The U.S., which will play a friendly match against a to-be-determined opponent on April 23, is in Group C and opens tournament play against Slovenia on Friday, April 25. The team then plays Mexico on Saturday before concluding group play against China PR on Sunday.

The tournament fields two other four-team groups consisting of Brazil, Israel, Italy and Zambia in Group A, and Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia and Japan in Group B. The three group winners and best second-placed team of the three groups advance to the tournament semifinals where the Group A winner meets the Group B winner, and the Group C winner faces the best second-placed qualifier on April 29. The tournament final will be played on May 1.

The roster is comprised of a familiar group of players as 14 of the 18 have participated in both the U-15 BNT’s trip to the United Arab Emirates in January and its domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., in March. Club Tijuana defender Angel Uribe is the only player on the roster not to have taken part in either 2014 event; however, he did participate in the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the current cycle back in October of 2013.

Twelve of the players on the roster are currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, while a further two, Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia) and Kyle Gruno (Leicester City) formerly played with Development Academy teams.

Additionally, former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will accompany the U-15 BNT to Italy to serve as the team’s Goalkeeper Coach. The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee previously served in a similar capacity for the team’s March training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.

U.S. U-15 BNT SCHEDULE:
April 23 – U-15 BNT vs. TBD
April 25; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia; Bilje, Slovenia
April 26; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Mexico; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 27; 11:30 a.m. ET
– U-15 BNT vs. China PR; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 29
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Semifinals
May 1
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Final

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jose Alfaro, Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; Tijuana, Mexico), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; 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.)

U-15 BNT Head Coach Hugo Perez Calls 32 Players to March Training Camp

CHICAGO (March 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named a 32-player roster to take part in a domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., from March 22-30.

Ten of the 32 players are receiving their first call-up to the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program at any level, including: Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union), Luis Carrillo (Dallas Texans), Jonathan Filipe (BSC CT Academy), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro), Giuseppe Margiottiello (New York Red Bulls), David Portugal (Chicago Fire), Seth Stiebel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Oscar Zepeda (Seattle Sounders FC) and Alec Zimmerman (Seattle Sounders FC).

Fifteen players return who took part in the team’s recent international training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this past February, including Nicholas Taitague, who has seen increased time with the U-17 Men’s National Team of late.

Of the 24 players currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy Clubs, 13 play for eight different MLS club Academies. FC Dallas leads all Academies with three players on the roster: goalkeepers David Abonce and Carlos Avilez and defender Mark Salas.

Three players called to the camp currently train overseas: Jose Alfaro Jr. with Monarcas Morelia in Mexico, Kyle Gruno with Leicester City in England and Vincent Borden with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4)
: David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Seth Stiebel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (11):
Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union; Malvern, Penn.), Vincent Borden (Dinamo Zagreb; Ithaca, N.Y.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester FC; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Mark Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Oscar Zepeda (Seattle Sounders FC; Tacoma, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (10):
Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Luis Carrillo (Dallas Texans; Tyler, Texas), Jonathan Filipe (BSC CT Academy; Danbury, Conn.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.) Giuseppe Margiottiello (New York Red Bulls; Iselin, N.J.), David Portugal (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers Academy; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.), Alec Zimmerman (Seattle Sounders FC; Olympia, Wash.)
FORWARDS (7):
Luis Arreola (FC Athletico; Wheeling, Ill.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; 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.)

U.S. U-15 BNT Goes Unbeaten in Two-Game Set with United Arab Emirates

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Feb. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team wrapped up its first overseas training camp with a 2-2 draw on Thursday and a 3-2 win on Saturday against the United Arab Emirates U-16 national team.

Capital Area Railhawks Academy product Lucas Del Rosario tallied in both matches for the U.S., which needed a pair of second-half strikes from Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic) and Edwin Lara – his first international goal for the U.S. – to secure the 3-2 comeback victory in Saturday’s game. Santa Rosa, Calif., native Jonathan Gonzalez scored the USA’s second goal in Thursday’s draw.

All 20 players on the roster saw game action over the course of the training camp, with 12 players including: Tyler Adams, Jose Carranza, Lucas Del Rosario, McKay Ward Eves, Gonzalez, Kyle Gruno, Lara, Ben Lederman, Jeanpaul Marin, Marquez, Marty Raygoza, and Wright, featuring in all three matches. Only two players, Adams and Gruno, played the full game in all three matches.

Taitague’s goal was his second international goal in the space of a month. He recently scored his first international goal at the U-17 age level after being called up to help the U-17 Men’s National Team win the Aegean Cup in Manisa, Turkey in January. Lara also was a part of the Aegean Cup winning U-17 team.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. United Arab Emirates U-16 MNT
Date:
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
UAE Training Facility
Kickoff:
5:00 p.m. (local)
Attendance:
Weather:
65 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 1 2
UAE                         1 1 2

USA    Lucas Del Rosario     15th minute
UAE    Majed Laafi              27
USA    Jonathan Gonzalez    32
UAE    Issa Mohammed       72

Lineups:
USA:
12-Eric Lopez; 14-Kyle Gruno, 17-Tyler Adams (capt.), 5-McKay Eves, 3-Edwin Lara; 6-Juan Pablo Torres (15-Ben Lederman, 67), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 11-Jose Carranza (4-Jeanpaul Marin, 48); 9-Lucas Del Rosario; 7-Adolfo Trujillo (15-Leonardo Marquez, 51); 18-Hanif Wright (21-Marty Raygoza, 59).
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez, 16-Ateno Ajeakwa, 19-Christopher Goslin, 10-Nicholas Taitague, 2-Sam Vines

Head Coach: Hugo Perez

UAE: 1-Mohamed Hussain; 5-Yousuf Abdkarim (capt.) (4-Mohamed Darwish, 49) , 3-Abduaziz Salem, 33-Mohamed Abdulla (14-Saeed Juma, 45), 10-Issa Mohammed; 13-Majed Laafi (20-Shouaib Ibrahim, 69), 16-Abdulla Faisal (21-Ahmed Amer, 48); 9-Fasial Al Matroushi; 19-Othman Mohamed (7-Khalfan Hassan, 48); 11-Abdullah Mohammed (2-Humaid Ahmed, 48); 18-Khamis Ismail (6-Ali Abdullah, 48).
Subs not used:8-Saoud Abdul Razaq,23-Ali Eid, 15-Yousif Hamad, 22-Mohamed Fadel .
Head Coach: Bader Saleh

Stats Summary: USA / UAE
Shots: 28 / 7
Shots on Goal: 10 / 6
Saves: 8 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 17 / 21
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Edwin Lara Caution 51th minute
USA – Jonathan Gonzalez Caution 59
UAE – Abduaziz Salem Caution 61
UAE – Fasial Al Matroushi Caution 65

Officials:

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

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. United Arab Emirates U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: UAE Training Facility
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. (local)
Attendance:
Weather: 69 degrees

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

UAE   Ahmed Amer          13th minute
UAE   Majed Laafi            22
USA   Nicholas Taitague   42
USA   Lucas Del Rosario   46
USA   Edwin Lara            79

Lineups:
USA:
12-Eric Lopez (1-Carlos Avilez, 27); Kyle Gruno; 17-Tyler Adams (capt.); 5-McKay Eves; 3-Sam Vines (3 -Edwin Lara, 33); 6-Juan Pablo Torres; 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (19-Chris Goslin, 80); 13-Ben Lederman (15-Leo Marquez, 40); 9-Lucas Del Rosario (11-Jose Carranza, 65); 10-Nick Taitague (18-Hanif Wright, 73); 4-Jeanpaul Marin (21-Marty Raygoza, 67)
Subs not use: 16-Ateno Ajeakwa, 7-Adolfo Trujillo

Head Coach: Hugo Perez

UAE: 22-Mohammed Fadil; 5-Yousef Abdkarim; 4-Saeed Juma; 3-Abduzaziz Salem; 8-Elsa Mohamed (16-Ali Abdulla, 79); 6-Khamis Saleh; 2-Mohammed Abdulla; 10-Majed Laafi (18-Saoud Abdul Rasak, 68); 9-Ahmed Amer (23-Ali Eid, 65); 11-Faisal Al Matroushi (20-Shouaid Ibrahim, 53); 7-Khalfan Hassan (21-Yousef Hamad, 45)
Subs not used:1-Mohamed Hassain, 15-Abdulla Faisal, 19-Othman Mohamed, 13-Mohamed Darwish, 12-Humaid Ahmed, 26-Abdulla Mohamed
Head Coach: Bader Saleh

Stats Summary: USA / UAE
Shots: 29 / 16
Shots on Goal: 8 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 17 / 15
Offside: 8 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
UAE – Khalfan Hassan Caution 11th minute
UAE – Khalfan Hassan Caution 37
UAE – Majed Laafi Caution 49

*Referee did not send player off after second yellow. USA argued player should have been taken off. Referee admitted fault at half, but player was left on field.

Officials:

U.S. U-15 BNT Open UAE Training Camp with 3-1 Loss to Al Jazeera FC

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Feb. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team opened its first international training camp with a 3-1 loss to Al Jazeera FC.

LA Galaxy Academy forward Hanif Wright opened his international scoring account in the 70th minute. After a combination of passes down the right sideline, Leonardo Marquez dribbled down the wing before cutting inside, beating two defenders and passing the ball to Ben Lederman, who sent it to Wright at the top of the box. Wright used a step over to beat his opponent into the box and placed a shot past the keeper into the far side netting.

The U-15 BNT will next face the United Arab Emirates for a two-game set on Thursday and Saturday.

- U.S. U-15 Boy’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Al Jazeera 98 Boys
Date:
Monday, February 3, 2014
Competition:
Friendly
Venue:
Al Jazeera Complex
Kickoff:
5:00pm
Attendance:
Weather:
70 Degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA                         0 1 1
ALJ                          1 2 3

ALJ             32          40th minute
ALJ             28          52
ALJ             32          53
USA            Hanif Wright 70

Lineups:
USA: Carlos Avilez, Tyler Adams, McKay Eves (Ateno Ajeakwa) Kyle Gruno, Edwin Lara, Jose Carranza (Christopher Goslin), Jonathan Gonzalez (Ben Lederman), Nicholas Taitague (Hanif Wright), Lucas Del Rosario (Marty Raygoza), JP Marin, Adolfo Trujillo (Leonardo Marquez)
Subs not used:

Head Coach: Hugo Perez

ALJ: Seef Elgabry (Said Elebeddy), Faisal Elmatroshy (Yousif Elamry), Khalida Elhammady (Khames Kharboosh), Rashed Elgeneby , Majed Elmhery (Khalifa Elbaloshy), Hamdan Elremethy (Abdullah Suliman)(Mohamed Elhammady), Ahmed Salem, Aissa Elotaiba (Said Elhenany), Abdalla Ramadan Bekheet

Stats Summary: USA / ALJ
Shots: 16/13
Shots on Goal: 3/9
Saves: 6/2
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Fouls: 21/15
Offsides: 7/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - 8 Jonathan Gonzalez Caution 19
ALJ – 14 Aissa Elotaiba Caution 41
ALJ – 12 Seef Elgabry Caution 45
USA – 17 Tyler Adams Caution 47
USA – 3 Edwin Lara Caution 56
ALJ – 88 Said Elhenany Caution 88

Officials:

Academy and YNT Benefit from Head-to-Head Duels

A unique element of the 2013-14 Development Academy season has been the opportunity to reward some of the top Academy programs with matchups against the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and players discussed the twofold benefits from this experience – the YNT squads having the chance to play against older U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy players, and the Academy clubs earning the chance to face top Youth National Team talent during the 2013 Academy Winter Showcase.

U15 BNT vs United Arab Emirates Highlights Feb 8 2014

The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team wrapped up its first overseas training camp with this second game against the United Arab Emirates U-16 national team. Nicholas Taitague, Lucas Del Rosario and Edwin Lara scored to give the U.S. a 3-2 win.

U15 BNT vs United Arab Emirates Highlights Feb 6 2014

The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team, in its first overseas training camp, played the United Arab Emirates U-16 national team to a 2-2 draw with goals by Lucas Del Rosario and Jonathan Gonzalez.

U15 BNT Gears up for Academy Winter Showcase

The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team looks forward to the challenge of playing against three older-age Academy teams at the 2013 Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. U-15 BNT head coach Hugo Perez, defender McKay Eves and midfielder Jose Carranza preview the event, which starts Thursday, Dec. 12, for this group.

U15 BNT vs Uruguay Highlights Aug 16 2013

The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team did not have the same fortune against Uruguay as it did in the group stage, falling 2-0 in the semifinals of the Copa Mexico de Naciones on Friday, Aug. 16. The USA topped Uruguay 3-1 in group play on Aug. 12. The U.S. will close out the tournament in the third-place game against Paraguay on Sunday, Aug. 18.

U15 BNT vs Costa Rica Highlights Aug 14 2013

The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, led by another Joe Gallardo Jr. goal and a clutch penalty kick save from Kevin Silva, shut out Costa Rica 1-0 in the Copa Mexico de Naciones quarterfinals on Wednesday in Mexico City. The USA faces Uruguay in the semifinals on Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

U15 BNT vs Uruguay Highlights Aug 12 2013

Needing a victory to secure advancement in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team took on Uruguay. Two goals from Joe Gallardo Jr. and another from Haji Wright put the Americans up 3-0, and U.S. held on for the 3-1 win which vaulted USA to first place in the group. The U.S. now advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday and will play Costa Rica at 10 a.m. local time.

U15 BNT vs Panama Highlights Aug 11 2013

The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team garnered its first victory at the 2013 Copa Mexico de Naciones, scoring four goals en route to a 4-0 victory against Panama on Sunday, Aug. 11.

U15 BNT vs Brazil Highlights Aug 10 2013

Highlights of the U.S. U-15 Boy's National Team taking on Brazil during the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City.

US U15s Set for Copa Mexico de Naciones

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams discusses the upcoming Copa Mexico de Naciones and the transition of leading the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team pool into the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup cycle.
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