U.S. Soccer

U-17 MNT Makes 2016 AIFF Youth Cup Final

GOA, India (May 23, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew South Korea 0-0 and defeated Malaysia 2-1, to advance to the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup final on May 25.

In the first match, the U.S. was able to outshoot South Korea 12 to nine, but neither team could manage to put the ball in the back of the net.

The second match proved a little tougher, as the U.S. took on Malaysia, the then first place team in the tournament table. The USA’s Josh Sargent converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute to take the lead. Seconds before halftime, Sargent tallied again to earn a 2-0 scoreline going into the second half.

In the second half, the USA’s Kevin Negrete was charged with a red card, leaving the U.S. with 10 men on the field for most of the second half. Malaysia countered in the 86th minute as Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad scored, but the effort was too late as that would be the final goal of the match.

The U.S. placed first in the standings heading into the Final and will take on South Korea, who tied with India to earn second place and take the other spot in the final. The final match will take place on May 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. South Korea
May 21, 2016        
AIFF Youth Cup 2016
Tilak Maidan; Goa, India
5:30 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
110 degrees

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

12-Alex Budnik; 3-Christopher Gloster, 13-Rayshaun McGann, 5-Tyler Shaver, 2-Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (18-Arturo Vasquez, 46); 4-Christopher Durkin (capt.), 6-Christopher Goslin (23-Kevin Negrete, 60), 8-Blaine Ferri (10-George Acosta, 60); 11-Andrew Carleton, 9-Joshua Sargent, 7-Ayomide Akinola
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces, 14-Jaylin Lindsay, 15-Jake Arteaga, 16-James Sands, 17-Niccolo Lemoine, 19-William Sands, 20-Adrian Villegas, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 22-Quantrell Jones
Head coach: John Hackworth

KOR: 23-Park Jimin; 3-Kim Minhyeok, 5-Kim Jusung, 15-Ko Junhee, 2-Kim Taehwan (capt.); 6-Lee Soobin (11-Joung Sungjune, 46), 20-Yong Donghyun, 10-Shin Sangwhi (14-Jeon Seungmin, 76); 7-Park Chanbin (9-Park Jeongin, 64), 18-Cheon Seonghoon, 8-Son Jaehyeok
Subs not used: 1-Baek Jongbum, 12-Jeon Wooram, 13-Seo Woomin, 16-Kang Eui Chan, 19-Cheon Hyun Byong, 21-Lee Hak Yoon’, 22-Kim Chaewoon, 25-Lee Hakseon
Head coach: Seo Hyowon

Statistics: USA / KOR
Shots: 12 / 9
SOG: 6 / 5
Fouls: 16 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
KOR - Kim Jusung (caution)                       15th minute
KOR - Ko Junhee (caution)                         50
USA - Alex Budnik (caution)                       54         
USA - Rayshaun McGann (caution)           55
KOR - Ko Junhee (caution)                          79
KOR - Ko Junhee (ejected)                          79
KOR - Kim Taehwan (caution)                    90+3

Referee: Tejas Visvasrao Nagvenkar
Assistant Referee: Melwin Rosario Dcosta
Assistant Referee: R. Manojkumar
Fourth Official: Akash Jackson Routh

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Malaysia
Date: May 23, 2016         
Competition: AIFF Youth Cup 2016
Venue: Tilak Maidan; Goa, India
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather: 100 degrees

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

USA - Joshua Sargent (Penalty Kick)                        19th minute
USA - Joshua Sargent (Niccolo Lemoine)                               45+2
MAS - Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad                                    86                                          

USA: 23-Quantrell Jones; 21-Chandler Vaughn, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver (3-Christopher Gloster, 46), 14-Jaylin Lindsey; 16-James Sands, 20-Adrian Villegas (4-Christopher Durkin, 90), 23-Kevin Negrete; 19-William Sands, 9-Joshua Sargent (capt.) (8-Blaine Ferri, 46), 17-Niccolo Lemoine
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces, 2-Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus, 6-Christopher Goslin,7- Ayomide Akinola, 10-George Acosta, 11-Andrew Carleton, 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Rayshaun McGann, 18-Arturo Vasquez
Head coach: John Hackworth

MAS: 30-Muhammad Rafiq Bin Kamaruddin; 41-Abdul Hadi Bin Hasbollah, 35-Muhammad Feroz Bin Baharuddin, 3-Muhammad Faris Bin Mohd Zabri, 6-Harzan Hafiz Hazlizanizan B Ahwal; 36-Muhammad Najmi Idham Bin Johan, 4-Zainul Arifin Bin Ahmad, 28-Xsevier Xcico Felex (10-Aliff Haiqal Bin Lokman Hakim Lau, 61), 12-Muhammad Hafikri Bin Abdullah (26-Noramirul Bin Awang, 50); 9-Arif Shaqirin Bin Suhaimi (capt.), 23-Muhamad Iqbal Hakem B Mohd Zabri (11-Muhammad Nizarruddin Bin Jazi, 71)
Subs not used: 7-Muhammad Alif Safwan Bin Sallahuddin, 13-Muhamad Aiman Bin Mohd Zaidi, 19-Azrin Aduka Bin Asahari, 20-Muhammad Asif Bin Maszarry, 33-Aidil Mirza Darwisy Bin Mazhisam, 42-Muhammad Firdaus Irman Bin Mohd Fadhil
Head coach: Somasudram Periasamy

Statistics: USA / MAS
Shots: 6 / 6
SOG: 2 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
MAS - Abdul Hadi Bin Hasbollah (caution)                             18th minute
MAS - Harzan Hafiz Hazlizanizan B Ahwal (caution)            32
USA - Kevin Negrete (ejection)                                                 51

Referee: Tejas Visvasrao Nagvenkar
Assistant Referee: Melwin Rosario Dcosta
Assistant Referee: Suman Majumdar
Fourth Official: Marx Johndonbok Nongsiej

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U-17 MNT May 24, 2016

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. South Korea
May 25, 2016        
AIFF Youth Cup 2016
Tilak Maidan; Goa, India
10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
95 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1              2              1ET         2ET         F
USA                                       1              0              0              0              1
KOR                                        1              0              0              1              2

KOR - Lee Hakseon                          15th minute
USA - Andrew Carleton                 32
KOR - Jeon Seugmin                        114

12-Alex Budnik; 3-Christopher Gloster (17-Niccolo Lemoine, 116), 13-Rayshaun McGann, 5-Tyler Shaver, 18-Arturo Vasquez; 4-Christopher Durkin (capt.), 6-Christopher Goslin (16-James Sands, 102), 10-George Acosta; 11-Andrew Carleton, 9-Joshua Sargent (8-Blaine Ferri, 46), 7-Ayomide Akinola
Subs not used: 1-Justin Garces, 2-Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus, 14-Jaylin Lindsay, 15-Jake Arteaga, 19-William Sands, 20-Adrian Villegas, 21-Chandler Vaughn, 22-Quantrell Jones, 23-Kevin Negrete

Head coach: John Hackworth

KOR: 23-Park Jimin; 3-Kim Minhyeok, 5-Kim Jusung, 15-Ko Junhee, 2-Kim Taehwan (capt.); 8-Son Jaehyeok, 20-Yong Donghyun (22-Kim Chaewoon, 97), 9-Park Jeongin (14-Jeon Seungmin, 41); 25-Lee Hakseon (10-Shin Sangwhi, 90), 18-Cheon Seonghoon, 7-Park Chanbin
Subs not used: 1-Baek Jongbum, 6-Lee Soobin, 11-Joung Sungjune 12-Jeon Wooram, 13-Seo Woomin, 16-Kang Eui Chan, 19-Cheon Hyun Byong, 21-Lee Hak Yoon
Head coach:
Seo Hyowon

Statistics: USA / KOR
Shots: 11 / 10
SOG: 8 / 6
Fouls: 18 / 14
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – George Acosta (ejected)                 55th minute
KOR – Lee Hakseon (caution)                      88
KOR – Ko Junhee (caution)                          106
USA – Rayshaun McGann (caution)         113
USA – Tyler Shaver (caution)                       118

Referee: Tejas Visvasrao Nagvenkar
Assistant Referee: Melwin Rosario Dcosta
Assistant Referee: Suman Majumdar
Fourth Official: Priyobarta Singh Langpoklakpam

WNT on TV: North Carolina Takes on Washington on Lifetime’s Game of the Week

The first-place North Carolina Courage welcomes bottom of the table Washington Spirit on Saturday afternoon while Sky Blue FC will try to bounce back against Seattle after failing to gain ground over the last two weeks. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:


Saturday, Aug. 19
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
Sitting in last place in the league standings, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will embrace the difficult task visitors against the red-hot No. 1 North Carolina Courage in Saturday’s televised Lifetime Game of the Week. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith are coming off back-to-back wins in the last eight days and have helped the Courage take a firm grasp of the top playoff seed.

North Carolina won the earlier meeting this year 1-0 in Washington. A win against the Spirit would give the Courage three straight home wins, tying their season-high for consecutive home victories.

Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Orlando is making ground in the race for the playoffs, jumping to a fourth after a big 5-0 win against New Jersey, before dropping to its current fifth place after the three midweek games. Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris now travel north to take on Boston in search of a vitally important three points that could once again catapult the Pride into one of those four coveted playoff spots. Rose Lavelle has been listed out for this weekend’s match as she continues the tail end of her rehab from her hamstring injury.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the clubs in league play. The home team has won each of the first three games in the series, giving Orlando the slight 2W-1L edge. Orlando’s five goals last weekend were the most scored in a single game in team history.

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a few weeks of climbing up the standings, Sky Blue FC found itself on the losing end of a 5-0 match against Orlando last weekend, prompting a drop in the standings. Currently in sixth place, Kelley O’Hara’s team is four points behind fourth-place Seattle, making this weekend’s game vital for both teams if they want to remain solidly in playoff contention. It also will be the first meeting for the two teams since that epic nine-goal game back on July 22 at Memorial Stadium. Megan Rapinoe will not play in the game as she continues rehab from knee surgery.

Seattle is unbeaten in its last three games against Sky Blue (1W-2D), including a 5-4 win in July that saw eight goals scored in the second half.

Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Despite losing its match on Wednesday to FC Kansas City, Portland remains in second place in the standings, five points behind the NWSL-leading North Carolina. Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Lindsey Horan will now take on the Houston Dash at home with hopes of continuing to secure its spot in the postseason. Carli Lloyd is out as she continues her rehab from her ankle injury. Morgan Brian is listed as questionable.

Portland is unbeaten in its last three games against Houston (2W-1D), outscoring the Dash 6-2 over that span. Portland has won their last four home games, posting two clean sheets over that time.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Currently in third place in the league, Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars are coming off back-to-back home losses and will play their second game this week on Sunday evening when they welcome Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to Toyota Park.

Chicago has lost just one of their last eight regular season games against Kansas City (4W-3D). Chicago has never lost three straight home games.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app, now available for both iOS and Android users.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff, M.L.S. Clashes Highlight the Weekend

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his September World Cup Qualifying roster in a little more than a week's time, for many players this weekend’s matches present one final chance to state their case for inclusion for the massive games against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Here's a sample of things to watch for:

  • The German Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend with U.S. MNT players Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Julian Green, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson and their clubs all featured across the FOX family of networks  Saturday and Sunday.
  • MNT center back Geoff Cameron and Stoke City take center stage Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to Bet365 Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET – NBC, UNIVERSO).
  • On Saturday night, a big M.L.S. showdown is on tap in suburban Chicago as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC visit Dax McCarty and third-place Chicago Fire (8 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • A similarly tantalizing clash takes place out west as Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez and FC Dallas try to make up their two-point deficit on Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC (8:30 p.m. ET – MLS Live).
  • Cap the weekend Sunday night when Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and Seattle Sounders FC aim to keep up the pressure at the top of the Western Conference when they welcome Minnesota United FC to CenturyLink Field (10 p.m. ET – FS1, FOX Deportes).

Here’s a full rundown of how to watch U.S. MNT players with their clubs this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, Aug. 18

Darlington Nagbe, Sacha Kljestan, Luis Robles

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Jorge Villafaña

Club Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna

10 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 19

Julian Green

Hertha Berlin vs. Stuttgart

9:30 a.m.

FOX Deportes

Christian Pulisic

Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m.


Bobby Wood

Hamburg vs. Augsburg

9:30 a.m.

FOX Soccer Plus

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland vs. Leeds United

11:30 a.m.


Geoff Cameron

Stoke City vs. Arsenal

12:30 p.m.


Dom Dwyer

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Dax McCarty, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

8 p.m.

MLS Live

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City

8:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Tim Howard, Paul Arriola, Bill Hamid

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

9 p.m.

MLS Live

DaMarcus Beasley

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo

10 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Sunday, Aug. 20

Danny Williams

Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

8:30 a.m.


Timmy Chandler

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

9:30 a.m.


Fabian Johnson

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Köln

12 p.m.


Sean Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution

6 p.m.

MLS Live

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC

10 p.m.

FS1, FOX Deportes

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MNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT in Germany Season Preview

Kicking off this weekend, the German Bundesliga campaign promises another inviting opportunity for a number of U.S. players looking to further cement places with their clubs and in the MNT setup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s an outlook for six U.S. internationals as they begin their Bundesliga seasons:

Christian Pulisic

Set to turn 19 next month, Christian Pulisic comes off an incredible first full season with Borussia Dortmund where he racked up five goals and nine assists in 43 competitive matches. Along with the personal stats, the youngster became just the second U.S. MNT player to win the DFB-Pokal when BVB dispatched reigning champions Bayern Munich on penalty kicks.

WATCH: Pulisic Opens 2017-18 Account in German Super Cup

Now under the direction of Dutch manager Peter Bosz, Pulisic has already opened his account jn the new campaign, tallying the opening goal in BVB’s German Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Aug. 5. Pulisic should help the club as it looks to challenge Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga this season, make further progress in the UEFA Champions League and defend its German Cup crown.

Fabian Johnson

The longest-tenured current U.S. MNT player in Germany, Fabian Johnson is set to remain in the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future thanks to the contract extension he signed which will keep him with Borussia Mönchengladbach through 2020. That renewal came in May on the heels of a lengthy injury layoff that saw the midfielder miss nine matches down the stretch for the Foals and also forced him out of the USA’s important World Cup Qualifiers in March.

Though Johnson returned to play as a substitute in the club’s final two matches of the season, ‘Gladbach missed him dearly and the club finished mid-table, four points out of qualification for a spot in the Europa League. Now with a clean bill of health, Johnson and ‘Gladbach aim to finish back in the top six this season.

Bobby Wood

Having moved from Second Division side Union Berlin to the storied club Hamburg SV before the start of the last campaign, Bobby Wood’s first season in the Bundesliga was a bit of a roller coaster. Individually, Wood led the Die Rothosen in scoring, tallying nine goals across all competitions. Collectively, Hamburg struggled mightily throughout the season and avoided the Bundesliga relegation playoff on the final day of the season with a dramatic win that allowed HSV to remain the only club to have been in the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.

Now set for his second season in the Germany's top division and with a new contract in hand, Wood will be expected to continue being the workhorse and bagging goals up top. If he maintains the same scoring pace as the last two seasons, Hamburg will be a good bet to finish higher up the table come May.

John Brooks

U.S. MNT defender John Brooks made a huge splash this summer when he secured a $22.5 million move from Hertha Berlin to VfL Wolfsburg, setting a new record transfer figure for a U.S. player. Unfortunately, Brooks will have to wait to make an impact with his new club after going down with a thigh injury just 37 minutes into his debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 DFB-Pokal win at Eintracht Nordstedt.

Scheduled to be out the next three months, Wolfsburg and the MNT will have to manage without services in the interim and will look forward to his return later in the year.

Timmy Chandler

U.S. MNT - Timmy ChandlerTimmy Chandler’s 32 league appearances set a personal best last season as he helped Eintracht Frankfurt to an 11th place finish. Chandler will hope to keep up that consistency for Die Adler this year and has already started on the right foot, scoring the opening goal in Frankfurt’s 3-0 DFB-Pokal win against Erndtebrück last Saturday.

More strong performances for his club will also keep Chandler in the conversation for the U.S. MNT’s right back position, along with DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi and Eric Lichaj. 

Julian Green

A long apprenticeship without much playing time at Bayern Munich led to forward Julian Green’s midseason transfer to Second Division side Stuttgart in January. Entrenched in a fight for the league title as well as promotion, Green was limited to 10 appearances with Die Roten as the club won the championship and bounced back up to the top flight.

Competing for and earning minutes will go a long way towards putting Green back in the picture for the U.S. MNT, as memories of his strike against Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup leave fans yearning for more.

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MNT Aug 18, 2017

U-15 BNT Defeats Panama 3-0 to Advance to First CONCACAF Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2017) - The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team advanced to its first-ever CONCACAF U-15 Championship Final with a 3-0 victory over Panama. The USA went up early and never looked back with goals from Giovanni Reyna, Julian Gaines and Gianluca Busio.

The semifinal victory continues a dominant tournament run for the U-15s. The team has only trailed for 12 total minutes in its four tournament games, allowing only one goal. Reyna opened up the scoring for the USA in the sixth minute, giving the the team a lead it would not relinquish. Just before the halftime break, Lonestar S.C.’s Gaines netted to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. Busio closed out the scoring for the U.S. with a goal in the 37th minute, his fifth of the tournament.

The U-15’s now advance to face Mexico in the CONCACAF Championship Final on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. ET Mexico has been similarly dominant in the tournament- not allowing a single goal and boasting a plus-13 goal differential heading into the final. 

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

Match: U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Panama
Date: Aug. 17, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship
Venue:  IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 11:00 am Local Time
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:      













USA – Giovanni Reyna             6th minute
USA – Julian Gaines                 35
USA – Gianluca Busio              37

USA: 1-Damian Las (GK); 18-Joseph Scally, 5-Mason Judge (13-Kenny Nielsen, 47), 4-Axel Alejandre (14-Sebastian Anderson, 53), 3-George Bello; 10-Josh Atencio (15-Cesar Garcia, 57), 6-Adam Saldana (2-Peter Stroud, 53), 17-Gilbert Fuentes; 8-Giovanni Reyna (capt) (9-Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, 57), 11-Gianluca Busio, 16-Julian Gaines (7-Daniel Mangarov, 47)
Subs not used: 12-JT Harms
Head Coach: Dave van den Bergh 

PAN: 1-Saul Espinosa; 2-Modesto Justiniani, 4-Enrique Laguna, 6-Kevin Berkeley, 13-Luis Del Mar, 17-Adrian Hernandez; 5-Abdul Knight (15-Carlos Pena, 36), 8-Edilson Carrasquilla (16-David Cordoba, 36), 3-Jose Flores (11-Juan Gonzalez, 23); 9-Jeremy Pinzon, 14-Jordy Hidalgo (7-Jean Carlo Castillo, 56)
Subs not used: 10-Juan Sagel, 12-Julio Moran, 18-Julio Wong
Head Coach: Jorge Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA/PAN
Shots: 11/3
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Saves: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 2/2
Fouls: 2/7
Offsides: 1/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Axel Alejandre (caution) – 33 minute
Panama – Luis Del Mar (caution) – 34

Notes: Game was played with two 35 minute halves.

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U-15 BNT Aug 17, 2017

Hackworth Names 22-Player Roster for Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in Czech Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 22-player roster that will head to Prague, Czech Republic for the 2017 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament from Aug. 21-27.

“Following our two recent domestic training camps, this tournament will challenge our team with four tough international matches in five days,” Hackworth said. “We were able to get almost all of the players we requested released for this trip, so that will help us as we continue to prepare for the World Cup in India.”

The U-17’s will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they face Hungary. The team will play again the following day against Russia and will conclude Group B play on Aug. 24 against Japan. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.

The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, defeating host Czech Republic 4-2 in the final to win the championship.

The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where the team has been grouped with host India, Ghana and Colombia. The USA kicks off with the first game of Group A play on Oct. 6 against India.

Of the 22 players called up for the tournament, a total of 21 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Seven have competed in four seasons in the Academy: Carlos Asensio, Chris Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, Ulysses Llanez, Alejandro Pereira, Josh Sargent and Tyler Shaver. A total of 19 players were born in 2000, making 2001-born players Taylor Booth, Llanez and Indiana Vassilev the youngest in the group.

Seventeen of the players on the roster were part of the team that finished second at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the U-17’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

This group of players is nearing the end of its two-year cycle and will move up to the U-19 age group upon the conclusion of the U-17 World Cup.

Roster by Position:                                                                                        
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)                                                               

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U-17 MNT Aug 17, 2017