U.S. Soccer

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy
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All Systems Go: Men's Youth National Teams Thriving in 2017

The end of a cycle usually means that things are winding down and people are preparing for what’s coming next. The opposite is true for U.S. Soccer’s Men’s Youth National Team programs, which have kicked into high gear and are shining brightly as the culmination of the current cycle draws near. As the full integration of the Youth National Team setup begins to reap benefits, take a look at the recent successes on the men’s youth side, with a follow-up article to come soon on the Women’s Youth National Teams.

The Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked things off in February at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica, making history when it defeated Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks to earn the U.S. its first CONCACAF title at the U-20 level. The road to the championship was not an easy one, with the U.S. kicking off the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Panama. The defeat provided a spark to a team that would go on to beat Haiti 4-1, St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1. In the Classification Stage, Tab Ramos’ side earned an historic victory against Mexico 1-0, handing El Trí their first defeat at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship since 2009 and ending an unbeaten streak that spanned 20 matches.

With the 2-1 win vs. El Salvador, the USA qualified for this month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic where the USA will face Ecuador (May 22; 4 a.m. ET), Senegal (May 25; 7 a.m. ET and Saudi Arabia (May 28; 5 a.m. ET). All three group games can be seen live on FS1.

After witnessing the success of the U-20’s in Costa Rica, Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth and his team were eager to head down to Panama to write their own history. They did just that, opening the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a statement 5-0 win against Jamaica, followed by another historic 4-3 win against Mexico that marked the USA’s first World Cup Qualifying victory against El Trí at the U-17 level and ended the side’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play. A 1-0 victory against El Salvador launched the U-17 MNT into the Classification Stage, where it took down Honduras 3-0 and Cuba 6-2 to clinch a berth at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup taking place in India this October. The U-17 MNT’s tournament run ended on a bittersweet note, however, falling to Mexico 5-4 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in the championship match when Mexico scored the tying goal in the waning moments of second-half stoppage time.

Even though the team was not able to earn the regional crown, the tournament saw the likes of Andrew Carleton and captain Josh Sargent rise to the occasion, with the latter earning a call-up to the U-20 World Cup roster. If he plays in Korea Republic and then joins the U-17 MNT in their World Cup this fall, Sargent would become just the second U.S. player to feature at two different youth World Cups in the same year, following Freddy Adu who did the same in 2003.

“John Hackworth and I have been discussing Josh for the last six months, trying to provide better and more competitive opportunities for him from a National Team standpoint,” Ramos told reporters during a teleconference following his roster announcement. “We even discussed the possibility of him going to qualifying with the U-20’s, but at the time we thought we wanted to leave the U-17 team alone and have him go to help the team qualify for the World Cup, and he did a great job with that. So now we moved him up, and he’s already been in January Camp with us this year, so we know Josh fairly well at this level and I think he’ll do a great job.”

While the U-20 and U-17 MNT’s were busy conquering the CONCACAF region, the U-18 Men’s, U-15 and U-16 Boys’ National Team were taking care of business in Europe.

The U-18 MNT traveled to Slovakia in late April to defend their title as 2016 Slovakia Cup champions. Omid Namazi’s side tied Hungary 1-1, defeated Belarus 2-1 and later took down hosts Slovakia 4-3 in penalty kicks to reach the final against Russia. The U-18’s fell just short of capturing a second-consecutive title, falling 3-1 to Russia in the championship match while claiming a respectable second-place finish in the tournament.

Led by head coach Dave van den Bergh, the U-15 BNT took first place at the 14th edition of the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni held in Italy and Slovenia. The U-15’s beat co-hosts Slovenia 4-0 and Russia 2-1, and later fell 3-2 to England in their group finale. The team advanced to the semifinals, where they took down Portugal 4-2 and set up a rematch in the final versus England. This time the USA came out on top, with U.S. MNT legend Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni scoring the game-winner in final minute.

Over in France, the Under-16 Boys’ National Team competed in the 45th edition of the Montaigu Tournament. In 2016, the U.S. took home the championship for the second time, and first since 1992, thanks to a 3-2 victory against hosts France. This time around the U-16’s defeated Belgium by a 1-0 margin but fell to Japan 3-2 in group play. In the following placement matches, the team downed Mexico 3-0, but was defeated by Brazil to finish the tournament in sixth place out of the 12 competing nations. This competition marked the first tournament of the year and the third gathering of 2017 for the U-16 BNT player pool.

Although results are not the primary measuring stick for a program ultimately tasked with developing players for the senior National Team, it has become clear that the benefits of having a dedicated staff focused on elite youth players and sticking to a unified philosophical approach are in full effect. With both U-17 and U-20 World Cups around the corner, it is crucial to continue riding this momentum forward towards the potential success of years to come.

Youth Men’s National Team 2017 Results

Team

Opponent

Result

Competition

Location

Notes

U-20

Panama

0-1 L

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

Haiti

4-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

St. Kitts and Nevis

4-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

Mexico

1-0 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

El Salvador

2-1 W

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

*Qualified for WC

Honduras

0-0 D (5-3 PKs)

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Costa Rica

*First CONCACAF Championship at the U-20 level

U-18

Hungary

1-1 D

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Belarus

2-1 W

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Slovakia

1-1 D (4-3 PKs)

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

Russia

1-3 L

2017 Slovakia Cup

Slovakia

*Took second place in the tournament

U-17

Jamaica

5-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Mexico

4-3 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

*Beat Mexico in WCQ for first time in history

El Salvador

1-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Honduras

3-0 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

Cuba

6-2 W

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

*Qualified for WC

Mexico

1-1 D (4-5 PKs)

CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Panama

U-16

Belgium

1-0 W

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Japan

2-3 L

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Mexico

3-0 W

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

Brazil

0-2 L

45th Tournament of Montaigu

France

U-15

Slovenia

4-0 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

Russia

2-1 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

England

2-3 L

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

Portugal

4-2 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

England

2-1 W

2017 Torneo delle Nazioni

Italy

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy Scally, Reyna
4-2 W Gorizia, Italy Reyna, Ocampo Chavez, Gaines, Busio
2-3 L Precenicco, Italy Busio(2)
2-1 W Vipolze, Slovenia Lopez, Reyna
4-0 W Ajdovščina Stadium, Slovenia Ocampo Chavez, Reyna, Bello, Mangarov

2017 Torneo Delle Nazioni - Gradisca, Italy

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D Chicago, Ill. Chicago Fire North
M 5-3 Ocean, N.J. PDA
D 5-4 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Real Colorado
M 5-11 152 Seattle, Wash. Seattle Sounders
D 5-5 Douglasville, Ga. Ambush
M Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina Fusion
D 5-3 110 Denver, Colo. Colorado Rapids
M 5-3 Tracy, Calif. Ballistic United
F 5-2 Austin, Texas Lonestar S.C.
D 5-10 150 Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay United
GK 4-10 Norridge, Ill. Chicago Magic PSG
F 6-1 160 Chino, Calif. FC Golden State
F 4-11 Duluth, Ga. Georgia United
D 5-11 140 Irvine, Calif. Pateadores
F 5-7 126 Fresno, Calif. Seattle Sounders
GK Happy Valley, Ore. Portland Timbers
F 5-5 Bedford, N.Y. NYCFC Academy
M 5-7 120 Panorama City, Calif. Real So Cal
D 5-10 148 Lake Grove, N.Y. New York City FC
D 5-0 Chester, N.J. New York Red Bulls Academy

2017 Torneo Delle Nazioni - Gradisca, Italy

Axel Alejandre

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Fire North

Julian Anderson

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ocean, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Sebastian Anderson

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Real Colorado

Josh Atencio

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
152

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Seattle, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders

George Bello

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Douglasville, Ga.

Club:
Ambush

Gianluca Busio

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Greensboro, N.C.

Club:
North Carolina Fusion

Brandon Farmelo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-3

Weight:
110

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Gilbert Fuentes Perez

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tracy, Calif.

Club:
Ballistic United

Julian Gaines

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Austin, Texas

Club:
Lonestar S.C.

Mason Judge

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Tampa Bay United

Damian Las

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
4-10

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Norridge, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Magic PSG

Diego Lopez

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chino, Calif.

Club:
FC Golden State

Daniel Mangarov

Position:
Forward

Height:
4-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Duluth, Ga.

Club:
Georgia United

Kenny Nielsen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Irvine, Calif.

Club:
Pateadores

Alfonso Ocampo Chavez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
126

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Fresno, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Sounders

Kashope Oladapo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Happy Valley, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Giovanni Reyna

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bedford, N.Y.

Club:
NYCFC Academy

Adam Saldana

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
120

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Panorama City, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Joseph Scally

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
148

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lake Grove, N.Y.

Club:
New York City FC

Peter Stroud

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Chester, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls Academy

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
 Portugal 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 6
Japan 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 5
Italy 3 1 1 1 3 3  0 4
UAE 3 0 2 1 1 9 -8 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Mexico 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
Austria 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 6
Croatia 3 1 2 0 1 3 -2 3
Malaysia 3 0 3 0 0 4 -4 0

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
England 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 9
USA 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 6
Slovenia 3 1 2  0 2 9 -7 3
Russia 3 0 3 0 2 6 -4 0

Group A

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 25 Japan vs. UAE 1-1 Lignano (ITA)
April 25 Italy vs. Portugal 0-2 Gradisco d'Isonzo (ITA)
April 26 Portugal vs. UAE 6-0 Ronchi dei Legionari (ITA)
April 26 Italy vs. Japan 1-1 Gorizia (ITA)
April 27 Portugal vs. Japan 1-2 Cervignano (ITA)
April 27 Italy vs. UAE 2-0 Gradisca d'Isonzo (ITA)

Group B

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 24 Austria vs. Croatia 2-0 Klagenfurt (AUT)
April 24 Mexico vs. Malaysia 1-0 Klagenfurt (AUT)
April 26 Austria vs. Malaysia 2-0 Kotschach (AUT)
April 26 Croatia vs. Mexico 0-1 Kotschach (AUT)
April 27 Malaysia vs. Croatia 0-1 Hermagor (AUT)
April 27 Austria vs. Mexico 1-3 Hermagor (AUT)

Group C

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 25 England vs. Russia 3-1 Vipava (SLO)
April 25 Slovenia vs. USA 0-4 Ajdovscina (SLO)
April 26 Russia vs. USA 1-2 Vipolze (SLO)
April 26 Slovenia vs. England 1-5 Nova Gorica (SLO)
April 27 Slovenia vs. Russia 1-0 Bilje (SLO)
April 27 England vs. USA 3-2 Precenicco (ITA)

Semifinal 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 29 Portugal vs. USA 2-4 Gorizia (ITA)
April 29 Mexico vs. England 3-4 Gorizia (ITA)

Placement Matches

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
April 29 Italy vs. Croatia 2-0 Nogaro (ITA)
April 29 Japan vs. Austria 4-0 Arnoldstein (AUS)
April 29 UAE vs. Russia 1-2 Ajdovscina (SLO)
April 29 Slovenia vs. Malaysia 1-3 Brdih (SLO)

Eleventh Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 UAE vs. Slovenia 3-2 Miren (SLO)

Ninth Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 Russia vs. Malaysia 2-0 Tolmin (SLO)

Seventh Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 Croatia vs. Austria 6-5 Rence (SLO)

Fifth Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 Japan vs. Italy 1-0 San Valentino (ITA)

Third Place 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 Portugal vs. Mexico 5-6 Rivignano (ITA)

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 1 USA vs. England 2-1 Gradisca d'Isonzo (ITA)

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 - 2017 Tournament delle Nazioni Stats

Record: 0-0-0

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

2017 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 26, 2017

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