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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Raul Aguilera Jr. M 5-6 125 8/2/99 Sanford, Fla. Orlando City
Calvin Aroh D 6-2 173 2/21/99 Glastonbury, Conn. New England Revolution Academy
Jordi Avila D 5-8 165 2/7/99 Haileah Gardens, Fla. Kendall SC
Andrew Carleton F 5-5 128 6/22/00 Powder Springs, Georgia Georgia United
Jose Carranza M 5-3 120 1/18/99 Manassas, Va. D.C. United
Lucas del Rosario F 5-8 122 4/30/99 Durham, N.C. Capital Area RailHawks Academy
Griffin Dorsey F 6-0 150 3/5/99 Evergreen, Colo. Colorado Rush
Jonathan Gonzalez F 5-5 120 4/13/99 Santa Rosa, Calif. Monterrey (Mexico)
Wilson Harris F 5-10 146 11/28/99 Encino, Calif. Real So Cal
Daniel Jones D 5-6 145 1/6/99 West Hartford, Conn. New England Revolution
Eric Lopez GK 6-1 165 3/5/99 Westminster, Calif. LA Galaxy
Gabriel Paniagua M 5-11 150 3/3/99 Miami, Fl. Kendall SC
Justin Rennicks F 5-8 158 3/20/99 Boston, Mass. New England Revolution
Brady Scott GK 5-11 150 6/30/99 Petaluma, Calif. De Anza Force
Aedan Stanley D 5-11 170 12/13/99 Columbia, Ill. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
Callum Stretch D 6-2 170 9/19/99 Encino, Calif. Unattached
Nick Taitague M 5-8 138 2/17/99 Midlothian, Va. Richmond United
Juan Torres M 5-4 115 7/26/99 Lilburn, Ga. Georgia United
Carson Vom Steeg D 6-0 170 2/1/99 Santa Barbra, Calif. Real So Cal
Aristotle Zarris F 5-8 145 10/6/99 Casa Grande, Ariz. Real Salt Lake AZ

2015 Open Nordic Cup

Raul Aguilera Jr.

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Weight:
125

Birthdate:
8/2/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Sanford, Fla.

Club:
Orlando City

Calvin Aroh

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
173

Birthdate:
2/21/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Glastonbury, Conn.

Club:
New England Revolution Academy

Jordi Avila

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
2/7/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Haileah Gardens, Fla.

Club:
Kendall SC

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Weight:
128

Birthdate:
6/22/2000

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Georgia

Club:
Georgia United

Jose Carranza

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Weight:
120

Birthdate:
1/18/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Manassas, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Lucas del Rosario

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
122

Birthdate:
4/30/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Durham, N.C.

Club:
Capital Area RailHawks Academy

Griffin Dorsey

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
3/5/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Evergreen, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rush

Jonathan Gonzalez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Weight:
120

Birthdate:
4/13/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Santa Rosa, Calif.

Club:
Monterrey (Mexico)

Wilson Harris

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
146

Birthdate:
11/28/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Encino, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Daniel Jones

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
1/6/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Hartford, Conn.

Club:
New England Revolution

Eric Lopez

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
3/5/1999

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Westminster, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Gabriel Paniagua

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
3/3/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Miami, Fl.

Club:
Kendall SC

Justin Rennicks

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
158

Birthdate:
3/20/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Boston, Mass.

Club:
New England Revolution

Brady Scott

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
6/30/1999

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Petaluma, Calif.

Club:
De Anza Force

Aedan Stanley

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
12/13/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Columbia, Ill.

Club:
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri

Callum Stretch

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
9/19/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Encino, Calif.

Club:
Unattached

Nick Taitague

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
138

Birthdate:
2/17/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Midlothian, Va.

Club:
Richmond United

Juan Torres

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Weight:
115

Birthdate:
7/26/1999

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lilburn, Ga.

Club:
Georgia United

Carson Vom Steeg

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
2/1/1999

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Santa Barbra, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Aristotle Zarris

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
10/6/1999

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:
Real Salt Lake AZ

U-18 MNT Claims Fifth at Open Nordic Cup with 2-1 Win against Finland

ANGEVI, Sweden (Aug. 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Finland, 2-1, to clinch fifth place at the 2015 Open Nordic Cup in Sweden. 

Griffin Dorsey gave the MNT the lead in the first half, heading home a cross sent in from the left by Jonathan Gonzalez. In the second half, Nick Taitague pushed the lead to two, banging in an assist from Justin Rennicks. 

Finland just managed to get on the board, scoring in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, but the final whistle rang out shortly after. 

The U-18’s finished the tournament with a 2-2-0 record, posting wins against Faroe Islands and Finland.

-U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report- 

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Finland U-17 MNT
Date: Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup – Placement Game
Venue: Angevi; Forshaga, Sweden
Kickoff: 12 p.m. (6 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 250
Weather: 68 degrees 

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

USA-Griffin Dorsey (Jonathan Gonzalez)                 33rd minute
USA-Nick Taitague (Justin Rennicks)                       56
FIN-Paavo Voutilainen (Sergei Eremenko)                80+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 4-Jordi Avila (2-Callum Stretch, 72), 17-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 3-Aedan Stanley; 7-Aristotle Zarris (10-Nick Taitague, 40), 13-Gabriel Paniagua (23-Jose Carranza, 73), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-Danny Jones; 14-Griffin Dorsey (9-Justin Rennicks, 52), 11-Lucas Del Rosario (6-Juan Torres, 60), 20-Andrew Carleton (15-Wilson Harris, 73)
Subs not used: 5-Calvin Aroh, 22-Brady Scott
Did not dress: 21-Raul Aguilera, Jr.
Head Coach: Javier Perez

FIN: 12-Miika Toyras; 17-Pekka Mattila, 4-Joona Rahikka (14-Sergei Eremenko, 40), 19-Samuli Leppala (16-Paavo Voutilainen, 72), 2-Tuure Mantynen (3-Kristian Heinolainen, 28); 5-Juho Montola (capt.), 15-Nikolas Saira (18-Abukar Mohamed, 59), 8-Eero Hyokyvirta, 6-Valtteri Vesiaho; 13-Henry Louko (9-Niklas Jokelainen, 48), 11-Timo Stavitski
Subs not used: 1-Johannes Luukkanen, 7-Albion Ademi, 10-Saku Ylatupa
Head Coach: Kimmo Lipponen 

Stats Summary: USA / FIN
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 4 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
USA –Carson Vom Steeg (Caution)                          57th minute
FIN –Eero Hyokyvirta (Caution)                                 70 

Officials:
Referee: Mikael Jonasson
Referee 1: Porour Arnar Arnason
Referee 2: Dan Hojgaard
Fourth Official: Alex Troleis           

**PLEASE NOTE- Game was 80 minutes**

U-18 MNT Falls to Host Sweden in Final Open Nordic Cup Group Game

KARLSTAD, Sweden (Aug. 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team dropped its third and final group game in the Open Nordic Cup, 2-1, to host Sweden.

The U.S. struck for the first goal of the game when Andrew Carleton converted a penalty kick in the 35th minute, giving the MNT the lead.

In the second frame, Sweden came out on the attack and earned a corner kick in the 50th minute. Henrik Bellman reached the set-piece cross with a header, which he put off the crossbar. Swedish defenseman Hugo Andersson was the first to the rebound and promptly finished to level the game. Two minutes later Sweden would take the lead, with Teddy Bergqvist scoring a counter attack, a goal which proved to be the game-winner.

The U-18’s pressured for the match’s remaining 28 minutes, looking for an equalizer, but the tying goal never came. The MNT finished group play with a 1-2-0 record and will play Finland in a fifth place playoff on Sunday, Aug. 9.


-U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report-
 

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Sweden U-17 MNT
Date: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup; Group Play
Venue: Tingsvalla; Karlstad, Sweden
Kickoff: 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 500
Weather: 69 degrees 

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

USA - Andrew Carleton (Penalty Kick)                      35th minute
SWE - Hugo Anderson                                               50
SWE - Teddy Bergqvist (Joel Joshoghene Asoro)    52

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 4-Jordi Avila, 17-Carson Vom Steeg, 3-Aedan Stanley (capt.); 16-Danny Jones, 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 6-Juan Torres (21-Raul Aguilera, Jr., 63), 14-Griffin Dorsey (10-Nick Taitague, 63); 20-Andrew Carleton, 7-Aristotle Zarris (23-Jose Carranza, 76), 9-Justin Rennicks (11-Lucas Del Rosario, 63)
Subs not used: 2-Callum Stretch, 5-Calvin Aroh, 13-Gabriel Paniagua, 15-Wilson Harris, 22-Brady Scott
Head Coach: Javier Perez

SWE: 12-Maite Pahlsson; 2-Johan Stenmark (3-Emre Erdogdu, 64), 14-Filip Ornblom, 5-Hugo Andersson, 19-York Rafael (4-Oscar Krusnell, 36); 11-Mattias Svanberg (20-Alexander Isak, 60), 9-Mirad Garza (6-Lukas Browning Lagerfeldt, 40), 7-Joseph Colley (capt.) (13-Anel Ahmedhodzic, 74), 8-Henrik Bellman (17-Oscar Petersson, 59); 10-Max Olsson (15-Joel Joshoghene Asoro, 40), 16-Teddy Bergqvist
Subs not used: 1-Pontus Dahlberg
Head Coach: Magnus Wikman 

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 7 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 9
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Caution)                             70th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Mikael Jonasson
Referee 1: Porour Arnar Arnason
Referee 2: Dan Hojgaard
Fourth Official: Alex Troleis           

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

U-18 MNT Falls to Iceland 2-0 in Second Game of Open Nordic Cup

SUNNE, Sweden (Aug. 5, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team put in a pair of own goals to fall 2-0 to Iceland in the second game of the Open Nordic Cup.

 Each of the two goals came from MNT clearances that were mistakenly hit into the back of the net.

 The loss comes just a day after the U-18’s 2-0 win against Faroe Islands. The team will be back on the field on Aug. 7 for the final group matchup against host Sweden.

-U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Iceland U-17 MNT
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup; Group Play
Venue: Kolsvik; Sunne, Sweden
Kickoff: 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 200
Weather: 64 degrees

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

ISL                         Own Goal                                              27th minute
ISL                         Own Goal                                              80

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brady Scott; 2-Callum Stretch (4-Jordi Avila, 40), 5-Calvin Aroh (17-Carson Vom Steeg, 49), 3-Aedan Stanley (capt.); 21-Raul Aguilera, Jr., 13-Gabriel Paniagua (8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 49), 16-Danny Jones (20-Andrew Carleton, 40), 10-Nick Taitague (23-Jose Carranza, 77); 14-Griffin Dorsey (15-Wilson Harris, 56), 7-Aristotle Zarris, 9-Justin Rennicks (11-Lucas Del Rosario, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Eric Lopez, 6-Juan Torres
Head Coach: Javier Perez

ISL: 12-Aron Birkir Stefansson; 2-Kristinn Petursson, 5-Isak Atli Kristjansson, 15-Torfi T. Gunnarsson, 6-Kristofer Ingi Kristinsson; 4-Alex Por Hauksson (capt.), 16-Aron Kari Aoalsteinsson, 13-Djorde Panic (17-Arnor Sigurosson, 63), 8-Kolbeinn Birgir Finnsson (14-Magnus Snar Dagbjartsson, 80); 11-Guomundur Andri Tryggvason (9-Helgi Guojonsson, 56), 7-Atli Hrafn Andrason (18-Birkir Heimisson, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Aron Dagur Birnusson, 3-Felix Orn Frioriksson, 10-jonatan Ingi Jonsson
Head Coach: Halldor Bjornsson 

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 2 / 4
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 17
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
ISL- Alex Por Hauksson (caution)   40th minute
USA- Calvin Aroh (caution)              44
USA- Aedan Stanley (caution)         55
USA - Raul Aguilera, Jr. (caution)    69
ISL - Birkir Heimisson (caution)       75 

Officials:
Referee: Jorgen Daugbjerg Burchard
Referee 1: Paul Knudsen
Referee 2: Morten Jensen
Fourth Official: Per-Erik Haugen

**PLEASE NOTE – GAME WAS 80 minutes**

U-18 MNT Starts Open Nordic Cup with 2-0 Win Against Faroe Islands

SUNNE, Sweden (August 4, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team started its run at the 2015 Open Nordic Cup in Sweden with a 2-0 win against Faroe Islands. 

The game kicked off a new cycle for the U-18 age group, with a new team of 20 players - all born in 1999 - competing for the U.S. In their first game with the U-18’s, Danny Joes and Nick Taitague punched in goals to lead the USA to a tournament opening win. 

The team gets right back on the field again tomorrow for a game against Iceland. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on twitter @ussoccer_ynt.   

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Faroe Islands U-17 MNT
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup; Group play
Venue: Strandvallen; Mallbaken, Sweden
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 215
Weather: 67 degrees 

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

USA                16-Danny Jones (11-Lucas Del Rosario)       52nd minute
USA                10-Nick Taitague (3-Aedan Stanley)              70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 4-Jordi Avila (2-Callum Stretch, 77), 17-Carson Vom Steeg, 3-Aedan Stanley; 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (capt.) (13-Gabriel Paniagua, 77), 6-Juan Torres (Raul Aguilera Jr., 76), 23-Jose Carranza (10-Nick Taitague, 53), 16-Danny Jones; 20-Andrew Carleton (7-Aristotle Zarris, 68), 11-Lucas Del Rosario (14-Griffin Dorsey, 53), 15-Wilson Harris (9-Justin Rennicks, 53)
Subs not used: 5-Calvin Aroh, 22-Brady Scott
Head Coach: Javier Perez

FRO: 1-Barour a Reynatroo; 2-Sjurour Pauli Nielsen (18-Kristian Michelsen, 5-Mikal a Reynatroo, 4-Petur i Tuni Petersen, 17-Frooi Paetursson Rasmussen; 15-Magnus Holm Jacobsen (11-Niklas Kruse, 58), 6-Svein Knut Magnussen (capt.), 8-Morits Heini Mortensen (13-Aksel Danielsen, 83), 3-Aron Knudsen (14-Lukas Grenaa Giessing, 77); 10-Arnbjorn Sevnsson (16-Roi Mork Hentze, 57), 7-Hannes Agnarsson (9-Hans Jakup Annfinsson, 77)
Subs not used: 12-Albert Teis Nielsen
Head Coach: Aki Johansen 

Stats Summary: USA / FRO
Shots: 17 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 2 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 14-Griffin Dorsey                    Caution                                    60th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Per-Erik Haugen
First Assistant: Morten Jensen
Second Assistant: Krzytof Stepien
Fourth Official: Lukasz Szczech           

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

Q&A: Javier Perez Discusses Open Nordic Cup and New U-18 MNT Cycle

The U-18 Men’s National Team and head coach Javier Perez are in Sweden for the Open Nordic Cup. Perez talked with ussoccer.com to discuss the team and the new players which open a new cycle with this tournament.

ussoccer.com: What’s it like to be back at it with a new group of players for a brand new U-18 MNT cycle?
Javier Perez: “Every time we start a new cycle it’s very exciting. Especially for us coaches. We just finished two years of work with the ’97 group and we feel that’s a very strong pool for coach Tab Ramos and the new U-20 Men’s National Team. We have 87 players in that pool, from all over the world, from Europe and from MLS, and many of them, which is different than previous cycles, are already professionals and many have already logged minutes with their first teams, which is great. I think that pool is really strong. As we start with this new group, the ‘99’s, this is a very good group because we can start all over again and we have two years ahead of us. 

“We’ll start in a different way than we have in the previous cycles. [In the past], we started with a domestic camp where we invite 36 players and we take a look at them.  In this case, I’ve had the chance to attend different events and I’ve already been looking at these players for six months now. In April, I was with the U-16 National Team, which is a part of this group, for a tournament that they played in Holland. After that, I was at the DA Cup in Dallas, and after that I was at the Showcase and finally I was at the Academy Finals; so, I’ve had a good six months to make a proper evaluation and prepare this team for the first camp, which is going to be a little different because we are going to a tournament. We want to throw players into the cold water right away and see how they respond to the competition.

ussoccer.com: This is a young group, but an experienced one that has played in the Academy and at the U-15, and U-16 levels. What will they bring to the table?
“We are in a country where we have a lot of resources and we are a country in progress in soccer. We are hungry. We’re hungry to know more about the game, we’re hungry to be one of the leading nations in soccer and all the changes that have been made in the last three or four years have been changes that have gone in the direction of creating a leading program.
JP: “One of the things, for instance, in the Academy was a goal of making the Academy bigger to add more players and reach more age groups. That was accomplished with the Academy extending its age group to U-14’s, which is really good for us because it gives us an opportunity to see players at a younger age and make a proper identification. Then we bring them into the program with the U-14 National Team and the U-15 National Team with John Hackworth and then on to the U-16 and U-18 groups.

“Right now we are making an earlier identification of the players and we provide them with more experience at an earlier age, which is beneficial for them to build the knowledge and the background that they need to compete against the top players in the world.”

ussocccer.com: What do you hope to accomplish at the upcoming Open Nordic Cup in Sweden?
JP: “This is the first camp for us, so I think the most important aspect for us as a coaching staff is to get to know the group and to provide experience to the players and then go there like we always go with the mentality to just compete, with a mentality to play with our style of play and with a mentality of course to win games. Every game we go on the field we go with the mentality that we are going to win. We want to do things right.

“I want to give opportunity not only to players that have lots of experience but also to some new ones that did well in the Academy and in the Showcase in Indianapolis. Right now they have the opportunity to show that they belong at the next level.”

U-18 MNT Roster Named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament from July 30-Aug. 10. 

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches. 

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams. 

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. Eighteen of the 19 players  have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif; Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Callum Stretch (Unattached; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

U-18 MNT Draws Czech Republic at NTC Invitational in Carson

CHICAGO (July 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished competition at the 2015 NTC Men’s U-18 Invitational Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Czech Republic at StubHub Center.

The USA took an early lead in the game thanks to some nifty moves from Sebastian Elney in the sixth minute. Elney saw a bad pass made at midfield and took advantage, stealing the ball, sliding past a Czech defender and running towards the Czech box. From the left flank, Elney tried to cross it to the center but the ball hit the goalkeeper’s heel instead and bounced inside for an own goal and the USA’s lead.

Despite strong efforts from the U.S. defense, the Czech Republic continued pushing forward, trying to find the back of the net. On the 65th minute, January Kutcha found some space off a corner and headed home the equalizer. Coy Craft had the best chance to score a game-winner for the USA with a shot in stoppage time, but his attempt hit the crossbar and kept the draw between the two sides.

U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic U-18 National Team
Date:
Monday, July 13, 2015
Competition:
2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center
Kickoff: 5:00 PM Local Time
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             1          0          1
CZE                                0        1          1

USA – Sebastian Elney              6th minute
CZE – January Kuchta                             65

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (Capt); 7-Malcolm Jones, 11-Mauricio Pineda, 17-Hugo Arellano, 15-Pablo Pelaez; 23-James Murphy (14-Ben Swanson, 46), 20-Jackson Yueill (10-Cameron Lindley, 64), 2-Mukwelle Akale; 6-Sebastian Elney (24-Christian Lucatero, 87), 13-Emmanuel Sabbi (8-Victor Mansaray, 90), 16-Haji Wright (3-Coy Craft, 64)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinokwski, 4-Kyle Duncan, 21-Alexis Velela, 9-Sebastian Saucedo
Head Coach: Javier Perez

CZE: 1-January Stejska (GK); 2-January Zarsky (3-Matej Helebrand, 46), 20-David Brezina (4-Martin Chlumecky, 87), 21-David Lischka, 13-Vojtech Cmelik; 15-Petr Prucha, 22-Daniel Trubac, 8-Jiri Januska (18-Tomas Wiesner, 64), 10-Matej Pulkrab (7-Jiri Klima, 46); 11-Denis Lanka (6-January Kuchta, 46), 17-Ondrej Mihalik (Capt) (19-Tomas Ladra, 84)
Subs not used: 16-Dominik Svaceck, 9-Ondrej Badocha, 14-Jakub Kucera
Head Coach: Pavel Malura

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 10 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 12 / 7
Fouls: 7 / 12
Offsides: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CZE – January Zarsky (caution)                       43rd minute
CZE – David Brezenia (caution)                       62
USA – Ben Swanson (caution)                        71
CZE – Jiri Klima (caution)                               90

Officials:
Referee: Adam Finney
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Hutchinson
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner
4th Official: Joe Dickerson

 

 

U-18 MNT Comes Up Short Against Uruguay in NTC Invitational Opener

CHICAGO (July 11, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team began the 2015 NTC Men’s U-18 Invitational Tournament against Uruguay, dropping a tight opening match 2-1 to the South American nation at StubHub Center.

The Uruguayans took the lead in the first half with a goal from Martin Amuz in the 36th minute that just sneaked in the far post. Uruguay had a chance to double its lead before the half, but a huge one-on-one save from Jonathan Klinsmann kept the USA with a one-goal deficit.

Shortly after the start of the second half however, Martin Pereira made it 2-0 in the 60th minute with a nice shot from just inside the box on the right side after leaving his defenders behind and shooting to the left of Klinsmann.

Later in the half, la Celeste got called for a foul inside the area, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot in favor of the USA. Jackson Yueill stepped up to take the PK and confidently shot the left of the goalkeeper, who guessed incorrectly, thus putting the U.S. on the board.

Despite a strong performance in the final minutes to find the equalizer, the U-18s came up short and dropped their first match of the tournament.

U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay U-18 National Team
Date:
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Competition:
2015 NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center
Kickoff: 4:00 PM Local Time
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

URU                               1        1          2
USA                             0          1          1

URU – Martin Amuz                              36th minute
URU – Martin Pereira                               60
USA – Jackson Yueill (penalty)              83

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (Capt); 4-Kyle Duncan, 11-Mauricio Pineda, 17-Hugo Arellano, 15-Pablo Pelaez; 14-Ben Swanson, 10-Cameron Lindley (24-Christian Lucatero, 68), 2-Mukwelle Akale (20-Jackson Yueill, 46); 8-Victor Mansaray (6-Sebastian Elney, 46), 3-Coy Craft (16-Haji Wright, 68), 9-Sebastian Saucedo (13-Emmanuel Sabbi, 68);
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinokwski, 7-Malcolm Jones, 21-Alexis Velela, 23-James Murphy
Head Coach: Javier Perez

URU: 12-Agustin Lopez (GK); 4-Ariel Sant’anna, 13-Nicolas Rodriguez, 3-Martin Amuz, 15-Gonzalo Canti; 17-Wiston Fernandez, 8-Diego De la Cruz, 10-Damian Waller (15-Gonzalo Canti, 68), 14-Federico Valverde (Capt); 9-Martin Pereira (18-Franco Gentile, 81), 7-Diego Rossi (16-Juan Ramirez, 68);
Subs not used: 1-Santiago Mele, 2-Emanuel Gularte, 5-Roberto Fernandez, 6-Santiago Perez, 11-Mathias Rodriguez, 12-Agustin Lopez,
Head Coach: Alejandro Garay

Stats Summary: USA / URU
Shots: 9 / 17
Shots on Goal: 3 / 11
Saves: 9 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 11
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offsides: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pablo Pelaez (caution)                10th minute
URU – Ariel Sant’anna (caution) 30
USA – Kyle Duncan (caution)                 88

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt

U-18 MNT in Carson for Camp and NTC Invitational Tournament

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team’s first domestic training camp of the year is underway in Carson, California. The camp, which runs from July 6-14, will also see the team participate in the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Invitational Tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster currently in camp that will represent the USA at the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Tournament.

U.S. Soccer will stage the three-team international tournament from July 11-15, with the USA, Uruguay and the Czech Republic competing for the title. Additionally, there will be a pair of friendly matches for Uruguay and the Czech Republic against Xolos of Tijuana’s U-18 side.

The U.S. will play a preparation game during camp on July 7 against PSA Elite before kicking off the NTC Invitational against Uruguay on July 11 at 4 p.m. PT, followed by the match against Czech Republic on July 13 at 5 p.m.

All the NTC Invitational matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored.

Admission to the matches is free to the public. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

The U-18 MNT most recently returned from its first training camp of the year in Bosnia this past April, where they split a pair of friendly matches against Bosnia’s U-19 National Team.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcincowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.),
FORWARDS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

2015 U-18 NTC Invitational Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, July 11:

 

Czech Republic vs. Xolos (friendly)

1 p.m. PT

USA  vs. Uruguay (Game 1)

4 p.m. PT

 

Monday, July 13:

 

Uruguay vs. Xolos (friendly)

2 p.m. PT

USA vs. Czech Republic (Game 2)

5 p.m. PT

 

Wednesday, July 15:

 

Czech Republic vs. Uruguay (Game 3)

5 p.m. PT

Q&A: Javier Perez Recaps U-18 MNT Bosnia Camp

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team wrapped up its camp in Bosnia with a win 1-0 win against the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19 National team. With just one more camp in this cycle, head coach Javier Perez talked with ussoccer.com about the most recent trip and the team’s continued progress.

ussoccer.com: What the overall objective of the camp and what are your thoughts on the team’s performance?

Javier Perez: “We actually entered this camp with two objectives. One was to provide the opportunity to some of the new players to join the core group and increase the player pool. Part of that was the five new players that made their international debuts for the first time ever with any national team, which is great. The second objective was to really test the teams and see how far they can go. We played the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19s and that one year difference is a big challenge at this age group. Bosnia and Herzegovina were preparing for the European qualifiers which they start on May 14. They have some of the players in Europe. The captain for instance plays for AC Milan. We thought it was a great opportunity. Those were the two objectives for us. We also had the chance to have a preparation game against the reserves of the best club team right now in Bosnia, club Siroki Brijeg.  again it was an older age group that was physical and competitive, because at the end of the day we are more on the technical side and we’re more of a technical team, but we want our players to be able to find alternatives when we are playing a big strong and physical team, which probably is the most challenging competition for us.”

ussoccer.com: What does that fact that five new players made their international debuts in this camp say about the ever-growing U.S. soccer talent pool?

JP: “The objective and one of the conversations of the scouting team and Tony Lepore and U-20 head coach Tab Ramos was about how we can increase the player pool and how we can reach out to more players and develop players through our youth national team system. We  have one camp remaining for this ‘97 cycle and we have reached 85 different players. So 85 players have had the opportunity to come in at some point with the national teams to participate, and that gives a good start to Tab Ramos in the next cycle for the U-20s. It gives him a good base of players that can be a part of that next U-20 National Team.”

ussoccer.com: Speaking of Tab Ramos, you will be joining him and his team when they head to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup. As the last team before the U-20s, what are some of the central messages that you share with your players and how are they aligned with those of Tab Ramos?

JP: “This is a bridge team in terms of preparation for the U-20 National Team. What we want to do is reach out to as many players as possible and let them know that it’s an ongoing process, that it’s not static and that we are not building the team just based on 20 or 30 players but that at any given moment, any player has a chance to break in to the player pool. That can happen even if that player has never been with the national team. Everything depends on the form that that player has at that particular moment and that’s something that we see now with coach Tab Ramos consistently. When he calls players for qualifiers or when he calls players for the World Cup, the players on the list are always those that are sharper and fitter at that particular time.”

ussoccer.com: How are these European camps helpful to the development of these young players? 

JP: “There are two places in particular in the world where soccer is played at an especially high level. It’s no secret, one is Europe, and the other is South America. Europe is a great place for us to travel because it is very organized and because there are a number of teams that you can face and get a competitive match. For instance, last week we had the opportunity to play three good competitive games in a short period of time.”

ussoccer.com: Going into the last camp of the cycle, how do you rate the overall performance of the team this year?

JP: “I think it has been very successful. Obviously we don’t have the pressure of the U-17s or the U-20s because they go to the World Cup, but I think we have been successful in many ways. One place we’ve found success is in building a great player pool with 85 players that came during this cycle to the camps. In terms of the results, I think they have been fantastic since the team won the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic last summer, which was really great for the players. Then beating teams like Germany in December in Spain. We had a chance to play against Germany and we beat them there in our first game. There are many positives that have been accomplished during this cycle. Our goal by the end of this cycle was push the teams to the limit. We entered into the tournament that we were in in January in Mexico where we knew we were competing against teams that were one year older than us.”
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