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U-15 BNT and England Tie 3-3 at St. Georges Park

STAFFORDSHIRE, England (Aug. 19, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team tied England 3-3 at St. Georges Park in Staffordshire, England. The draw was the second between the two teams during the BNT’s 10-day camp across the pond.

England and the U.S. both scored goals in the first half. The U.S. found the net first. Kelee Cornfield-Saunders won the ball off of an England goal kick and quickly played it over to Josh Sargent at the top of the 18-yard box. Sargent made a nifty move to beat his defender and then ripped a shot into the upper right corner for the first goal of the game.  In the 20th minute England responded with an equalizer.

The U.S. then posted two goals in the second half: a long-range strike from Chris Durkin and a rebound tap-in from Ayo Akinola.

The match officially ended in a 3-3 draw, but both team’s decided to do friendly penalty shootout. The U.S. triumphed 4-3.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. England
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Venue: St. Georges Park; England
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local)
Attendance: 200
Weather:  61 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                     
USA                             1          2          3                                 
ENG                             1          2          3         

USA-Josh Sargent (Kelee Cornfield-Saunders)    2nd minute
ENG-Danny Loader (Alex Cochrane)                   20
USA-Chris Durkin (Will Sands)                           43
ENG-Danny Loader                                           61
ENG-Ryan Sessegnon (George McEachran)       70
USA-Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)                     72

Lineups:

USA: 22-Hunter Pinho, 13-Nykolas Sessock, 18-Tyler Shaver, 15-Rayshaun McGann, 5-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 8-Chris Durkin, 25-Brenden Aaronson (10-George Acosta, 47), 20-Blaine Ferri (11-Adrian Villegas, 73), 17-Nico Lemoine (16-Ayo Akinola, 63), 9-Josh Sargent, 21-William Sands (7-Tim Weah, 63)
Subs not used: 4-Jake Arteaga, 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 6-James Sands, 3-Carlos Asensio
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ENG: 2-Marc Guehi (5-Kane Wilson, 63), 8-Angel Gomes (20-Ian Carlo Poveda, 63), 16-Johnathan Panzo (3-Ryan Sessegnon, 41), 13-Adam Pryzbek, 7-Theo Hudson, 10-Danny Loader (9-Austin Samuels, 63), 11-Alex Cochrane, 12-Marcel Lavinier, 14-Callum Hudson Odoi, 15-Adao Manuel (6-Zech Medley, 56), 18-Ethan Ampadu (4-George McEachran, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Harrison Male
Head Coach: Dan Micciche

Stats Summary: USA / England
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 8
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
Caution–Chris Durkin, 25 minute

Officials:
Head – Anthony Coggins
Referee 1 – Nicholas Mackenzie
Referee 2 – Robbie Dadley

 

U-15 BNT Ties England 2-2 in Staffordshire

CHICAGO (Aug. 16, 2015) – The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team drew with England 2-2 in Staffordshire in its first friendly of a 10-day training camp in England.

The U.S. found the back of the net early in the game, building on an attack through the middle. It all started with George Acosta, who knifed his way through and quickly switched it to Tim Weah on the right hand side of the box. From there Weah took a chance, firing at goal and though his shot was stopped by the England keeper, Adrian Villegas followed and finished on the rebound to put the U.S. up 1-0 in the fifth minute.

England was able to level in the final stretch of the first half when the U-15’s lost possession in the middle third and England countered with a tying goal. 

In the second half, the U.S. again came out firing, with George Acosta scoring the team’s second goal on an assist from Tim Weah in the 43rd minute of the 80-minute match, though in the 70th, England responded with another tying score. 

The BNT will get another shot against England when the two teams matchup again on Aug. 19. 

-U.S. U-15 Men’s National Team Match Report- 

Match: U.S. U15 Boy’s National Team vs. England
Date: Aug. 16, 2015
Venue: St. Georges Park; Staffordshire, England
Kickoff: 11 a.m. CT (4 p.m. local)
Attendance: 250
Weather:  67 degrees 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                     
USA                            1          1          2                                
ENG                            1          1          2          

USA                Adrian Villegas (Tim Weah)                            5th minute
ENG                Austin Samuels                                               41
USA                George Acosta (Tim Weah)                           43
ENG                Marc Guehi                                                     70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 5-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 3-Charlie Asensio (18-Tyler Shaver, 55), 6-James Sands (2-Blaine Ferri, 55), 8-Chris Durkin, 10-George Acosta (25-Brenden Aaronson, 79), 7-Tim Weah (17-Nico Lemoine, 64), 16-Ayo Akinola (9-Josh Sargent, 55), 11-Adrian Villegas
Subs not used: 15-Rayshaun McGann, 22-Hunter Pinho, 21-William Sands, 13-Nykolas Sessock
Head Coach: John Hackworth 

ENG: 1-Harrison Male, 2-Marc Guehi, 3-Ryan Sessegnon, 4-George McEachran (18-Ethan Ampadu, 60), 5-Kane Wilson, 6-Zech Medley (15-Adao Manuel, 68), 8-Angel Gomes (14-Callum Hudson Odoi, 76), 9-Austin Samuels, 16-Johnathan Panzo, 17-Emile Smith-Rowe (10-Danny Loader, 41), 20-Ian Carlo Poveda
Subs not used: 13-Adam Pryzbek, 7-Theo Hudson, 11-Alex Cochrane, 12-Marcel Lavinier, 19-Jamie Soule
Head Coach: Dan Micciche 

Stats Summary: USA / England
Shots: 8 / 19
Shots on Goal: 7 / 11
Saves: 9 / 5
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee – Joe Hull
Assistant No. 1 – Peter Sporne
Assistant No. 2 – Samuel Barrot

20-Player Roster Named for U-15 BNT Training Camp in England

CHICAGO (August 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 20-player squad for the U-15’s third international trip of 2015, to be held from Aug. 11-20 in England.

While in camp, the team will play a pair of friendly matches against England on Aug. 16 and 19. Sixteen players from this group have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

"At the moment England is trying to do a lot of the same things that we are," Hackworth said. “Now we’ll go there and there will be a buzz about soccer and the new season starting and at the same time we’ll be at [the FA’s] national training center, and I think both coaching staffs are very much of the mindset that these friendlies are an opportunity to build on the player development principles while doing it against a similar opponent.”

The U-15’s were in Argentina their last time out, where they narrowly lost matches to South American powers Uruguay, 1-0, Argentina, 1-2, and Paraguay, 3-1. Prior to that trip south of the equator, the U-15s were the victors of the prestigious Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, which was played April 25-May 1, where the team defeated Austria 3-2 in the championship match to claim the tournament title for the first time in U.S. YNT program history.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Georgia United, Roswell, Ga.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (LA Premier FC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Holland, Pa.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Riverside, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Will Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

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

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.”

Q&A: U.S. U-15 BNT Head Coach John Hackworth

Newly appointed U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth took some time to chat with ussoccer.com about his full-time role, the progression he has seen in player development and the integration of the youth system mirroring the philosophy at all age levels.

ussoccer.com: What interested you the most in taking on this position as the U.S. U-15 BNT head coach?
John Hackworth: “When I heard about this position becoming full-time, I was excited not just for myself but for U.S. Soccer. I think it’s a position that will truly advance our player development in this country. The U-15 coach’s job is to prepare a large pool of players early in the developmental cycle of youth national teams, and expanding our focus in this area is significant. One key component is taking the messages from the Senior National Team and keeping them consistent throughout all the programs, so that players know what is expected at the highest level and we are properly preparing them to advance through our national teams.”

ussoccer.com: How do you see your role in the big picture of development among the youth national teams?
JH: “I feel this is a small part of a much bigger project but an important one. We’re trying to raise the level of all our national teams. This age group is a critical step in the process, one I’ve spent a great number of years in my career doing. I’m excited to work with this age group on a full-time basis.”

ussoccer.com: Why is this age group critical in your mind?
JH: “At this age, there is definitely a lot of maturity that happens, both from a soccer-specific standpoint and a personal growth standpoint. Players are introduced and brought through the developmental learning process, and there needs to be continuity to establish fundamentals that are so important for their growth much later in their career.”

ussoccer.com: How do you think your previous experience in MLS, college and the youth national team system will help you with the U-15 BNT?
JH: “I feel fortunate to have had those experiences and know I am better prepared than ever before. I’ve seen it from the full spectrum. I’ve obviously experienced it at a senior professional level, first with the Men’s National Team when I was an assistant with Bob Bradley, all the way to MLS, knowing the developmental ladder all the way from the youth entry level to the senior professional level. Those experiences will continue to serve me well as I continue to help improve the player development environment in this country.”

ussoccer.com: In addition to being the full-time U-15 coach, what are some of the other responsibilities that you’ll have?
JH: “I’ll be assisting the other youth national teams, working closely with Tab Ramos, and part of that will be scouting and trying to bring along and further the Development Academy. I’m going to try to be helpful in all ways to both the youth national teams and the Development Academy. But most importantly, it will be my responsibility to develop a large pool of players who fit philosophically with what Richie Williams is doing with our U-17s. The idea is that when he gets this group of players, he won’t have to teach them a lot of new things. It will be a continuum from one group of players to the next. Having this group for two years and then handing them off to the U-17 program is going to be the key in establishing the right fundamentals and principles so that these players can continue to develop.”

ussoccer.com: How much of a mission is it for you to see the completion in the pyramid, where the U-15s work their way through the other youth national teams and eventually the senior team?
JH: “I’ve always put the priority on player development, and I think if you look at my record as a coach with the U.S. youth teams, we’ve been able to push guys from that level as a youth player all the way through to the senior team. We need to do more of that, and we need to make sure that we have a larger pool at some of these younger age groups. I think that’s going to be one of my most important jobs. At the end of the day, it’s a long process, and you’re not going to see the results of that for many years. For instance, this last World Cup, I was watching some of the guys that came through our youth national teams and I personally had the opportunity to work with them. I’m very thankful that I had that opportunity to see them make that rise and compete at the biggest stage.”

ussoccer.com: Having been the first Development Academy Technical Director, in what ways has the development landscape changed and grown from U.S. Soccer’s perspective?
JH: “As a starting point, with Tab being the youth technical director, having an integration from the senior team under Jurgen Klinsmann all the way down to our U-14 program and integrating the Development Academy technical advisors and scouts, we have a huge network of professional coaches where their main responsibility is player development. Tony Lepore and his staff have done a tremendous job, in terms of evaluating, teaching and coaching within the Development Academy over the past five years. It’s exciting because that investment, both in personnel and in financial resources stretching all the way to the club level, is part of a formula for player development used around the world. I just think we are at a point now where we are allocating a lot of those resources in the right direction. That’s a long process, but that’s going to turn out to be really important to us overall.”

ussoccer.com: What is the rundown of the groups you are focusing on starting with the 2000s, and how the process works for future classes?
JH: “In the big picture as a Federation, we are addressing each age group from U-14 through the U-23 cycles so that we’re not skipping years. I’ll be responsible for working with the even-year birth years. This first group will be 2000s. I’ll have them through 2015, at which time I will go back and start working with the 2002s. The cycle will occur where I’ll have this age group and get them when they’re 14, take them through when they’re 15 and pass them off to the U-17 program. That even-year age group will form the team that competes in CONCACAF qualifying and hopefully the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”

ussoccer.com: This is the second season with the Academy’s U-14 age division. What have been your impressions of this setup, and how significant is that pool’s readiness as it translates to the youth national teams?
JH: “I think it’s fantastic that we now have a U-14 Development Academy program and we get to see the young players in their local and home club environments. They’re scouted, evaluated, and obviously brought into national team camps based on what they’re doing with their clubs. That alone is different from how we’ve previously done it, and I think it’s going to make a big difference in how we find the talented players in the country and how we develop them.”

U-15 BNT and England Tie 3-3 at St. Georges Park

STAFFORDSHIRE, England (Aug. 19, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team tied England 3-3 at St. Georges Park in Staffordshire, England. The draw was the second between the two teams during the BNT’s 10-day camp across the pond.

England and the U.S. both scored goals in the first half. The U.S. found the net first. Kelee Cornfield-Saunders won the ball off of an England goal kick and quickly played it over to Josh Sargent at the top of the 18-yard box. Sargent made a nifty move to beat his defender and then ripped a shot into the upper right corner for the first goal of the game.  In the 20th minute England responded with an equalizer.

The U.S. then posted two goals in the second half: a long-range strike from Chris Durkin and a rebound tap-in from Ayo Akinola.

The match officially ended in a 3-3 draw, but both team’s decided to do friendly penalty shootout. The U.S. triumphed 4-3.

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

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. England
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Venue: St. Georges Park; England
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local)
Attendance: 200
Weather:  61 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                     
USA                             1          2          3                                 
ENG                             1          2          3         

USA-Josh Sargent (Kelee Cornfield-Saunders)    2nd minute
ENG-Danny Loader (Alex Cochrane)                   20
USA-Chris Durkin (Will Sands)                           43
ENG-Danny Loader                                           61
ENG-Ryan Sessegnon (George McEachran)       70
USA-Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)                     72

Lineups:

USA: 22-Hunter Pinho, 13-Nykolas Sessock, 18-Tyler Shaver, 15-Rayshaun McGann, 5-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 8-Chris Durkin, 25-Brenden Aaronson (10-George Acosta, 47), 20-Blaine Ferri (11-Adrian Villegas, 73), 17-Nico Lemoine (16-Ayo Akinola, 63), 9-Josh Sargent, 21-William Sands (7-Tim Weah, 63)
Subs not used: 4-Jake Arteaga, 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 6-James Sands, 3-Carlos Asensio
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ENG: 2-Marc Guehi (5-Kane Wilson, 63), 8-Angel Gomes (20-Ian Carlo Poveda, 63), 16-Johnathan Panzo (3-Ryan Sessegnon, 41), 13-Adam Pryzbek, 7-Theo Hudson, 10-Danny Loader (9-Austin Samuels, 63), 11-Alex Cochrane, 12-Marcel Lavinier, 14-Callum Hudson Odoi, 15-Adao Manuel (6-Zech Medley, 56), 18-Ethan Ampadu (4-George McEachran, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Harrison Male
Head Coach: Dan Micciche

Stats Summary: USA / England
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 8
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
Caution–Chris Durkin, 25 minute

Officials:
Head – Anthony Coggins
Referee 1 – Nicholas Mackenzie
Referee 2 – Robbie Dadley

 

U-15 BNT Ties England 2-2 in Staffordshire

CHICAGO (Aug. 16, 2015) – The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team drew with England 2-2 in Staffordshire in its first friendly of a 10-day training camp in England.

The U.S. found the back of the net early in the game, building on an attack through the middle. It all started with George Acosta, who knifed his way through and quickly switched it to Tim Weah on the right hand side of the box. From there Weah took a chance, firing at goal and though his shot was stopped by the England keeper, Adrian Villegas followed and finished on the rebound to put the U.S. up 1-0 in the fifth minute.

England was able to level in the final stretch of the first half when the U-15’s lost possession in the middle third and England countered with a tying goal. 

In the second half, the U.S. again came out firing, with George Acosta scoring the team’s second goal on an assist from Tim Weah in the 43rd minute of the 80-minute match, though in the 70th, England responded with another tying score. 

The BNT will get another shot against England when the two teams matchup again on Aug. 19. 

-U.S. U-15 Men’s National Team Match Report- 

Match: U.S. U15 Boy’s National Team vs. England
Date: Aug. 16, 2015
Venue: St. Georges Park; Staffordshire, England
Kickoff: 11 a.m. CT (4 p.m. local)
Attendance: 250
Weather:  67 degrees 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                     
USA                            1          1          2                                
ENG                            1          1          2          

USA                Adrian Villegas (Tim Weah)                            5th minute
ENG                Austin Samuels                                               41
USA                George Acosta (Tim Weah)                           43
ENG                Marc Guehi                                                     70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alex Budnik, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 5-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 3-Charlie Asensio (18-Tyler Shaver, 55), 6-James Sands (2-Blaine Ferri, 55), 8-Chris Durkin, 10-George Acosta (25-Brenden Aaronson, 79), 7-Tim Weah (17-Nico Lemoine, 64), 16-Ayo Akinola (9-Josh Sargent, 55), 11-Adrian Villegas
Subs not used: 15-Rayshaun McGann, 22-Hunter Pinho, 21-William Sands, 13-Nykolas Sessock
Head Coach: John Hackworth 

ENG: 1-Harrison Male, 2-Marc Guehi, 3-Ryan Sessegnon, 4-George McEachran (18-Ethan Ampadu, 60), 5-Kane Wilson, 6-Zech Medley (15-Adao Manuel, 68), 8-Angel Gomes (14-Callum Hudson Odoi, 76), 9-Austin Samuels, 16-Johnathan Panzo, 17-Emile Smith-Rowe (10-Danny Loader, 41), 20-Ian Carlo Poveda
Subs not used: 13-Adam Pryzbek, 7-Theo Hudson, 11-Alex Cochrane, 12-Marcel Lavinier, 19-Jamie Soule
Head Coach: Dan Micciche 

Stats Summary: USA / England
Shots: 8 / 19
Shots on Goal: 7 / 11
Saves: 9 / 5
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee – Joe Hull
Assistant No. 1 – Peter Sporne
Assistant No. 2 – Samuel Barrot

20-Player Roster Named for U-15 BNT Training Camp in England

CHICAGO (August 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 20-player squad for the U-15’s third international trip of 2015, to be held from Aug. 11-20 in England.

While in camp, the team will play a pair of friendly matches against England on Aug. 16 and 19. Sixteen players from this group have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

"At the moment England is trying to do a lot of the same things that we are," Hackworth said. “Now we’ll go there and there will be a buzz about soccer and the new season starting and at the same time we’ll be at [the FA’s] national training center, and I think both coaching staffs are very much of the mindset that these friendlies are an opportunity to build on the player development principles while doing it against a similar opponent.”

The U-15’s were in Argentina their last time out, where they narrowly lost matches to South American powers Uruguay, 1-0, Argentina, 1-2, and Paraguay, 3-1. Prior to that trip south of the equator, the U-15s were the victors of the prestigious Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, which was played April 25-May 1, where the team defeated Austria 3-2 in the championship match to claim the tournament title for the first time in U.S. YNT program history.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Georgia United, Roswell, Ga.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (LA Premier FC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Holland, Pa.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Riverside, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Will Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

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.)

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

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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