U.S. Soccer

2015 Tournament delle Nazioni

Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy

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.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-2 W Vipolze, Slovenia Carleton(2), Weah
0-0 D 5-4 Vipolze, Slovenia 450 Carleton, Acosta, Villegas, Durkin, Weah
2-3 L Vipolze, Slovenia 100 Goslin, Acosta
6-2 W Vipolze, Slovenia 65 Akinola(4), Carleton(2)
4-1 W Vipolze, Slovenia 55 Carleton(2), del Rosario(2)

2015 Tournament delle Nazioni

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 131 Hollywood, Florida Weston FC
F 5-9 182 Brampton, Ontario Toronto FC
M 5-11 Glendora, California Los Angeles Futbol Academy
D 5-2 Las Vegas, Nevada LA Galaxy
GK 6-0 Arlington Heights, Illinois Sockers FC
F 5-8 138 Powder Springs, Georgia Atlanta United FC
M 5-3 Los Angeles, California LA Galaxy Academy
M 5-11 169 Glen Allen, Va. D.C. United
M 5-8 171 Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
M 5-8 154 Locust Grove, Ga. Atlanta United FC
D 5-9 156 Charlotte, N.C. Sporting KC Academy
GK 6-1 165 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 5-10 143 Palm Beach, Fla. Philadelphia Union
D 5-5 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Futbol Academy
F 5-8 122 Durham, N.C. CASL
D San Marcos, Calif. Chivas USA
M 5-8 138 Midlothian, Va. FC Richmond
D 5-6 Woodbridge, Virginia D.C. United
M 5-5 131 Hood River, Ore. Portland Timbers
F 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (France)

2015 Tournament delle Nazioni

George Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
131

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hollywood, Florida

Club:
Weston FC

Ayo Akinola

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
182

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Brampton, Ontario

Club:
Toronto FC

Jake Arteaga

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, California

Club:
Los Angeles Futbol Academy

Zico Bailey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

Club:
LA Galaxy

Alexander Budnik

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Club:
Sockers FC

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
138

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Georgia

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Carlos Anguiano Diaz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California

Club:
LA Galaxy Academy

Christopher Durkin

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
169

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glen Allen, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Blaine Ferri

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
171

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Southlake, Texas

Club:
Solar Chelsea SC

Christopher Goslin

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Locust Grove, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Jaylin Lindsey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
156

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

Club:
Sporting KC Academy

Eric Lopez

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Rayshaun McGann

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
143

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Bryan Perez

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California

Club:
Los Angeles Futbol Academy

Lucas del Rosario

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
122

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Durham, N.C.

Club:
CASL

Kelee Cornfield-Saunders

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Marcos, Calif.

Club:
Chivas USA

Nick Taitague

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
138

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Midlothian, Va.

Club:
FC Richmond

Chandler Vaughn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Woodbridge, Virginia

Club:
D.C. United

Adrian Villegas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Weight:
131

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hood River, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Timothy Weah

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (France)

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
 Italy 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 7
 Japan 3 1 0 2 3 2 1 5
England 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Saudi Arabia 3 0 3 0 1 6 -5 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Austria 3 2 0 1 4 1 3 7
Mexico 3 1 0 2 2 1 1 5
Albania 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 2
Brazil 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 0

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Slovenia 3 3 0 0 9 2 7 9
United States 3 2 1 0 12 6 6 6
Croatia 3 1 2  0 4 9 -5 3
Costa Rica 3 0 3 0 1 9 -8 0

Group A

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 24 Italy vs. England 3-1 Campo Comunale Gradisca d'Isonzo
April 25 Saudi Arabia vs. Japan 1-2 Campo Comunale Fiumicello
April 26 Italy vs. Saudi Arabia 2-0 Campo Comunale Cervignano
April 26 England vs. Japan 1-1 Campo Comunale Lignano
April 27 Italy vs. Japan 0-0 Campo Comunale Monfalcone
April 27 England vs. Saudi Arabia 2-0 Campo Comunale Torviscosa

Group B

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 24 Austria vs. Brazil 1-0 Campo Comunale Klagenfurt
April 25 Albania vs. Mexico 0-0 Campo Comunale Kotschach-Mauthen
April 26 Austria vs. Albania 2-0 Campo Comunale Hermagor
April 26 Brazil vs. Mexico 0-1 Campo Comunale Hermagor
April 27 Austria vs. Mexico 1-1 Campo Comunale Arnoldstein
April 27 Brazil vs. Albania 1-1 Campo Comunale Kotschach-Mauthen

Group C

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 24 Slovenia vs. Croatia 3-0 Campo Comunale Bilje
April 25 Costa Rica vs. United States 1-4 Campo Comunale Vipolze
April 26 Slovenia vs. Costa Rica 3-0 Campo Comunale Ajdovcina
April 26 Croatia vs. United States 2-6 Campo Comunale Rence
April 27 Slovenia vs. United States 3-2 Campo Comunale N. Gorica
April 27 Croatia vs. Costa Rica 2-0 Campo Comunale Tolmin

Semifinal 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 29 Austria vs. Slovenia 10 a.m. Campo Comunale
April 29 United States vs. Italy 0-0 (5-4) PKs Romans d'Isonzo

Third Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 Slovenia vs. Italy 4:30 a.m. Campo Comunale Mossa - Gorizia

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 United States vs. Austria 3-2 Campo Comunale Gradisca d'Isonzo

Format:
The 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams. After the group stage the first three and best second-place team will qualify for the semifinals and final.

U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team - 2015 Tournament delle Nazioni Stats

Record: 3-1-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R



0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0


0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Opponent Totals
0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0

2015 Tournament delle Nazioni Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T


0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Opponent Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0

Updated through April 27, 2015

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