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U-18 MNT vs. Germany - International Friendlies - Dec. 17 & 19

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Amir Bashti M 5-0 90 3/21/97 Cupertino, Calif.
Michael Boakye M 1/1/01 Glastonbury, Conn. Oakwood SC
Kyle Duncan D 1/1/01 Brooklyn, N.Y. New York Red Bulls
Sebastian Elney F 6-0 167 6/26/97 Lake Worth, Fla.
Collin Fernandez M 5-8 140 2/13/97 Downers Grove, Ill.
Malcom Jones D 1/1/01 Chino Hills, California LA Galaxy Academy
Jonathan Klinsmann GK 5-11 140 4/8/97 Newport Beach, Calif.
Brooks Lennon F 5-7 122 9/22/97 Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Cameron Lindley M 5-9 164 7/18/97 Carmel, Ind.
Victor Mansaray M 1/1/01 Des Moines, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC
JT Marcinkowski GK 5-11 164 5/9/97 Alamo, Calif.
James Murphy M 1/1/01 Scotch Plains, N.J. Players Development Academy
Pablo Pelaez D 5-8 115 7/26/97 San Diego, Calif.
Mauricio Pineda D 1/1/01 Bolingbrook, Illinois Chicago Fire Academy
Tommy Redding D 5-11 160 1/24/97 Oviedo, Fla.
Antonee Robinson D 1/1/01 Liverpool, England Everton
Sebastian Saucedo M 5-7 145 1/22/97 Casa Grande, Arizona Real Salt Lake AZ
Ben Swanson M 5-6 130 7/18/97 Grove City, Ohio
Eyrk Williamson M 1/1/01 Alexandria, Va. D.C. United
Jackson Yueill M 1/1/01 Bloomington, Minn. Minnesota Thunder Academy

Perez Impressed with U-18 MNT Performance against Germany

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team capped off the 2014 campaign with a two-game split and an even aggregate score against a strong Germany side in Marbella, Spain. Head coach Javier Perez thought the players’ performance was a fitting end to the year, showing that many of them are ready for the next level in the Youth National Team system and beyond.

The U-18s program has brought in 83 players during this cycle, so Perez and the YNT coaches have had an opportunity to survey an extensive talent pool.

“This camp was great to see new players respond against a big nation like Germany,” Perez said. “Five players were with us for the first time in this cycle, including two with their first national team ever. We had about nine players out with commitments who were a big part of the team this year, and the new players were ready for the challenge.”

The USA opened with a 2-1 victory on Dec. 17 and dropped a 3-2 decision in the rematch against Germany on Dec. 19. Though the U-18s fell in the second game, the USA fought back from a 2-0 first-half deficit and had multiple moments in the second half to cash in with a late equalizer.

“The second half, we were focused mentally, and scoring in the first two minutes of the second half really pushed us,” Perez said. “Germany was asking for the final whistle at the end, and we created some chances. Overall, it was positive because it’s always difficult competing against big nations. They were not fazed and showed they can compete at any level. It was a good benchmark for us and a good reference point.”

Perez was impressed with the performances of wide array of players among this particular trip, from the back with the likes of goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann to the front line and Brooks Lennon, who scored the winning goal in the opener against Germany.

“Jonathan Klinsmann was really strong in goal in the first game and made a couple key saves in the first half. He has a good frame and is very talented,” Perez said. “Our outside backs did very well. Pablo Pelaez was consistent, and Kyle Duncan made his international debut and his second camp and we’re intrigued with how he will do. It’s also important to highlight Brooks Lennon because he has matured so much as a player. He had not been with the national team for a while, but he came back and showed the type of player we need up front.”

U.S. U-18 MNT Falls to Germany 3-2 in Marbella, Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 19, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 3-2 to Germany’s U-18s at Marbella Stadium. The USA split its two-game set, having previously earned a 2-1 victory against Germany on Dec. 17.

On Friday, the USA's Sebastian Elney and Maurico Pineda each scored a goal. For Pineda, it was his second goal in back-to-back games.

Germany built a 2-0 lead heading into halftime with goals from Erik Wekesser and Tim Galleski in the 19th and 35th minutes, respectively. Elney quickly cut into that lead after the break with a 48th-minute goal.

However, Galleski recorded his second goal in the 69th minute, which proved to be the game-winner.

Pineda's 90th-minute goal tightened up the match, but Germany held for the victory.

The U-18 MNT finishes off its 2014 campaign with a 5-7-1 international record.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Germany U-18 MNT
Date: Dec. 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Stadium; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 35
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 2 2
GER                          2 1 3

GER – Erik Wekesser           19th minute
GER – Tim Galleski             35
USA – Sebastian Elney        48
GER – Tim Galleski             69
USA – Mauricio Pineda        90

Lineups:
USA: 1-JT Marcinkowski; 20-Kyle Duncan, 3-Mauricio Pineda, 6-Antonee Robinson (21-Malcolm Jones, 52), 2-Pablo Pelaez; 10-Jackson Yueill (15-Amir Bashti, 88), 8-Ben Swanson (capt.), 24-Cameron Lindley (14-Collin Fernandez, 67); 23-Victor Mansaray (7-Sebastian Saucedo, 52), 9-Sebastian Elney (17-Eryk Williamson, 67), 11-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 12-Jonathan Klinsmann, 13-Michael Boakye, 16-James Murphy
Not Dressed: 4-Tommy Redding
Head Coach: Javier Perez

GER: 12-Florian Kastenmaier; 2-Matthias Bader, 4-David Putz, 21-Jordan Torunarigha (5-Nicolas Clasen, 17), 15-Till Schumacher; 13-Erik Wekesser (22-Nathaniel Amamoo, 86), 18-Suat Serdar (16-Johannes Buhler, 46) (6-Gino Fechner, 86), 8-Fridolin Wagner; 7-Michael Strein (17-Tim Galleski, 17), 10-Marvin Mehlem (19-Cagatay Kader, 76); 9-Osei P. Owsusu (capt.) (20-Heinz Morschel, 67)
Subs not used: 1-Dominik Reimann, 3-Maximillian Mittelstadt, 11-Enis Bytyqi, 14-Ole Pfaffigen
Head Coach: Guido Streichsbier

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pablo Pelaez (caution)        78th minute
GER – Heinz Morschel (caution)   90+2

Officials:
Head Referee – Dominguez Cervantes

U.S. U-18 MNT Defeats Germany 2-1 in Spain

MARBELLA, Spain (Dec. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Germany’s U-18s 2-1 in the first of two international friendlies. Mauricio Pineda scored a first-half goal and Brooks Lennon pushed the lead to two goals late in the second half.

Germany did get one goal back, converting on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, but it was too little, too late as the USA held on for the win. The U.S. and Germany meet again on Friday, Dec. 19.

Pineda opened the scoring with a 19th-minute, right-footed volley from 25 yards out that clipped the inside of the right post and crossed the goal line for a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the 76th minute. Sebastian Saucedo had the initial shot during the USA’s attacking sequence, and Lennon followed with the tap-in rebound for a two-goal cushion. Lennon’s tally proved to be the winner.

U.S. U-18 Men's National Team

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Germany U-18 MNT
Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Stadium; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 45
Weather: 65 degrees

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

USA – Mauricio Pineda                                  19th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (Sebastian Saucedo)  76
GER – Osei Owsusu (penalty)                        90+3

Lineups:
USA: 12-Jonathan Klinsmann; 20-Kyle Duncan (21-Malcolm Jones, 78), 4-Tommy Redding, 3-Mauricio Pineda, 2-Pablo Pelaez; 24-Cameron Lindley, 8-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (14-Collin Fernandez, 64); 7-Sebastian Saucedo (17-Eryk Williamson, 78), 9-Sebastian Elney (1-JT Marcinkowski, 90+2), 23-Victor Mansaray (11-Brooks Lennon, 64)
Subs not used: 6-Antonee Robinson, 13-Michael Boakye, 15-Amir Bashti, 16-James Murphy
Head Coach: Javier Perez

GER: 1-Dominik Reimann; 2-Matthias Bader (16-Johannes Buhler, 46), 14-Ole Pfaffigen, 5-Nicolas Clasen, 10-Marvin Mehlem (8-Fridolin Wagner, 46); 6-Gino Fechner (19-Cagatay Kader, 73), 3-Maximillian Mittelstadt, 7-Michael Strein (22-Nathaniel Amamoo, 61); 13-Erik Wekesser (20-Heinz Morschel, 80), 9-Osei P. Owsusu, 11-Enis Bytyqi (17-Tim Galleski, 61)
Subs not used: 4-David Putz, 12-Florian Kastenmaier, 15-Till Schumacher, 18-Suat Serder, 21- Jordan Torunarigha
Head Coach: Guido Streichsbier

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 11
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
GER – 5-Nicolas Clasen (caution)                35th minute
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     79
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (caution)     90+2
USA – 12-Jonathan Klinsmann (ejection)    90+2

Officials:
Referee – Raul Chavet Garcia

Javier Perez Calls in 20-Player Roster for U-18 MNT Camp in Spain

CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has called in 20 players for a Dec. 11-20 camp in Marbella, Spain. The USA’s international trip also includes two matches against Germany’s U-18s on Dec. 17 and 19.

This is the U-18 MNT’s fourth international trip of the year and seventh camp overall.

Thirteen players among this group were part of the U-18 MNT’s championship group at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in August. Some of the returning players from that perfect 3-0-0 showing include Jonathan Klinsmann who was named the tournament’s top goalkeeper, forward Sebastian Elney who recorded a brace against Hungary, and midfielder Collin Fernandez who led the team with two assists and added a goal.

Four players who had taken part in their first U-18 MNT camp in late October have returned for this trip to Spain. They include midfielder James Murphy, who earned a national Academy title with Players Development Academy’s U-18s this past summer, D.C. United Academy midfielder Eryk Williamson, Oakwood SC midfielder Michael Boakye and San Jose Earthquakes Academy midfielder Amir Bashti.

Eighteen of the 20 players are currently with Development Academy clubs, and 19 have Academy ties.

The U-18 MNT is 4-6-1 in international competition in 2014.

U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Strikers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), Antonee Robinson (Everton; Liverpool, England)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Bloomington, Minn.), Eyrk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

U-18 MNT Camp Gives Opportunity for New Players to Break into Team

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Javier Perez called 36 players into an October camp at the National Training Center in Carson, California, for a chance to integrate talented players who hadn't previously been part of the U-18 MNT. The camp featured numerous Development Academy players who hope to be part of the corps U-20 group moving forward.

Photo Gallery: U-18 MNT NTC Training Camp

Photos from the U-18 MNT's training October camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, California. 

Javier Perez Names 36-Player Roster for U-18 MNT Camp Oct. 23-31 at NTC

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 36-player roster for the team’s training camp from Oct. 23-31 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

The majority of the roster features players who are involved in their first camp at this age group. Every player is born in 1997, so this cycle is geared toward the group that would be involved in the qualification process toward the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The nine-day camp will include an intrasquad match on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Update: The U-18 MNT has also scheduled two games during the camp this Thursday. The U-18s face a pair of USL PRO sides with LA Galaxy II in the morning and Orange County Blues FC in the evening.

Among this roster, 35 of the 36 players are currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and everyone has a tie-in with an Academy club. Midfielder James Murphy was a member of Players Development Academy’s national champion U-17/18 team this past summer, as well as a member of the U.S. Futsal National Team during its trip to Argentina. Bennett Sneddon was the winning goalkeeper and defender Michael Lopez and forward Adrian Vera played the full 90 minutes during the LA Galaxy U-15/16 Academy team’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake AZ in its national title game on July 19.

Five players have youth ties with the LA Galaxy, and four with Real Salt Lake AZ and Chicago Magic PSG.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Konrad Dziedzic (Chicago Magic PSG; Schiller Park, Ill.), Parker Siegfried (Columbus Crew; Granville, Ohio), Bennett Sneddon (LA Galaxy; Encino, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Lithia, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (13): Gavin Barger (Baltimore Celtic SC; Fallston, Md.), Nigel Blackwood (Georgia United; Marietta, Ga.), Alessandro Campoy (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Sean Dedrick (BSC CT; Wilton, Conn.), Aaron Hererra (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC; Plantation, Fla.), Elan Koenig (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Michael Lopez (LA Galaxy; Cypress, Calif.), Donald Mason (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Diego Silva (Real Salt Lake AZ; Layton, Utah), Alex Vigliotti (Oakwood SC; Branford, Conn.), Aidan Wixted (Orlando City SC; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake AZ; Sandy, Utah), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood Soccer Club; East Hartford, Conn.), Juan Gamino Jr. (Kendall SC; Homestead, Fla.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire; Bloomington, Ind.), Jack Miler (Minnesota Thunder; Lakeville, Minn.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Stephen Payne (Chicago Magic PSG; Birmingham, Ala.), Jesus Perez Jr. (Chicago Magic PSG; Waukegan, Ill.), Grzegorz Solawa (Chicago Magic PSG; Niles, Ill.), Evan Waldrep (Real Salt Lake AZ; Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Robert Knights (LA Galaxy; Bristol, England), Lucas Mendes (D.C. United; Washington, D.C.), Nebojsa Popovic (Vardar SC; Loznica, Serbia), Christian Ramirez (FC Dallas; Farmers Branch, Texas), Juan Sanchez (New York Red Bulls; Ossining, N.Y.), Ryan Sierakowski (Chicago Fire; McHenry, Ill.), Adrian Vera (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.)

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

U-18 MNT Wins Vaclav Jezek Tournament in Czech Republic

The U.S. U-18 Men won the 2014 International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with victories of Czech Republic, Hungary, and Ukraine. Head Coach Javier Perez and players Mukwelle Akale, Victor Mansaray, and Cameron Carter-Vickers talk about the opportunity they took to gain international experience and bring home a trophy.

U-18 MNT Wins Title at International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

ZLIN, Czech Republic (Aug. 23, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Ukraine 1-0 in the championship match of the 21st International Tournament of Václav Ježek.

Mukwelle Akale scored the game’s only goal in the 47th minute off of a Cameron Lindley assist. Akale was named the tournament’s top player. Earlier this year, the Minnesota Thunder Academy product and former U.S. U-17 Residency midfielder was named the MVP of the 2014 Copa del Atlantico.

The USA’s Jonathan Klinsmann was named the event’s best goalkeeper for earning a clean sheet and coming up with five saves in the final. He also had three saves during the U-18 MNT’s group-opening 3-1 victory against Hungary on Aug. 20.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date: Aug. 23, 2014
Competition: 21st International Youth Tournament of Václav Ježek
Venue: Zlin, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CEST
Weather: 70 degrees

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

USA – Mukwelle Akale (Cameron Lindley)     47th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 4-Justen Glad, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 15-Mauricio Pineda, 3-Pablo Pelaez, 20-Jackson Yueill (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 62), 6-Ben Swanson, 10-Mukwelle Akale (capt.) (14-Collin Fernandez, 89), 8-Cameron Lindley, 13-Victor Mansaray (9-Coy Craft, 46), 18-Sebastian Elney (19-Haji Wright, 76)
Subs Not Used: 2-Kyle Duncan, 7-Jorge Ruiz, 16-Malcolm Jones, 17-Sean Wilson, 22-JT Marcinkowski
Head Coach: Javier Perez

UKR: 1-Dmytro Fastov; 18-Oleksandr Tymchyk, 22-Dmytro Shevchenko, 15-Sergiy Chobotenko, 3-Vasyl Kravets, 19-Yaroslav Fursov, 7-Rostyslav Taranukha (20-Volodymyr Grachov, 72), 8-Volodymyr Shepeliev (14-Oleksiy Zinkevych, 46), 21-Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, 17-Oleksii Gutsuliak (10-Artur Avagimin, 62), 9-Olekxiv Shchebetun
Subs Not Used: 4-Roman Lebed, 11-Oleksandr Pikhalonok, 12-Andril Marchuk, 16-Dmitro Sautin
Head Coach: Oleg Kuznetsov

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 11 / 21
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mauricio Pineda (caution)         39th minute
USA – Coy Craft (caution)                     49
UKR – Oleksiy Zinkevych (caution)      52
USA – Cameron Lindley (caution)        53
UKR – Yaroslav Fursov (caution)         58
UKR – Dmytro Shevchenko (caution)  69

Officials:
Referee: Franek Pavel
Assistant Referee: Vlasjuk Pavel
Assistant Referee: Kotik Radek
Fourth Official: N/A

Coy Craft and Cameron Lindley

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