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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Michael Boakye M 5-8 160 5/20/97 Glastonbury, Conn. Oakwood SC
David Burns D 6-2 165 8/22/97 El Dorado Hills, California San Juan SC
Kyle Duncan D 5-10 139 8/8/97 Brooklyn, N.Y. New York Red Bulls
Sebastian Elney F 6-0 167 6/26/97 Lake Worth, Fla. Philadelphia Union
Malcom Jones D 5-10 153 4/18/97 Chino Hills, California LA Galaxy Academy
Jonathan Klinsmann GK 5-11 140 4/8/97 Newport Beach, Calif. Irvine Strikers
Brooks Lennon F 5-7 122 9/22/97 Paradise Valley, Ariz. RSL Arizona
Victor Mansaray M 6-0 170 2/22/97 Des Moines, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC
DJ Mason D 5-7 155 8/26/97 Morrisville, N.C. Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL
James Murphy M 5-11 160 9/17/97 Scotch Plains, N.J. Players Development Academy
Pablo Pelaez D 5-8 115 7/26/97 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Surf
Amirgy Pineda F 5-1 102 1/3/97 Santa Ana, Calif. Fullerton SC
Mauricio Pineda D 6-0 165 10/17/97 Bolingbrook, Illinois Chicago Fire Academy
Emmanuel Sabbi M 5-9 150 12/24/97 Libertyville, Ill. Chicago Magic PSG
Sebastian Saucedo M 5-7 145 1/22/97 Casa Grande, Arizona Real Salt Lake AZ
Justin Vom Steeg GK 6-0 150 4/5/97 Santa Barbara, Calif. Real So Cal
Evan Waldrep M 5-11 165 5/8/97 Peoria, Arizona Creighton
Eryk Williamson M 5-10 150 6/11/97 Alexandria, Virginia D.C. United
Sean Wilson M 5-0 130 2/2/97 Bethlehem, Pa. Philadelphia Union
Jackson Yueill M 5-10 140 3/19/97 Bloomington, Minn. Minnesota Thunder Academy

2015 Copa Chivas

Michael Boakye

Height:
5-8

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
5/20/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glastonbury, Conn.

Club:
Oakwood SC

David Burns

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
8/22/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
El Dorado Hills, California

Club:
San Juan SC

Kyle Duncan

Height:
5-10

Weight:
139

Birthdate:
8/8/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Club:
New York Red Bulls

Sebastian Elney

Height:
6-0

Weight:
167

Birthdate:
6/26/1997

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lake Worth, Fla.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Malcom Jones

Height:
5-10

Weight:
153

Birthdate:
4/18/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Chino Hills, California

Club:
LA Galaxy Academy

Jonathan Klinsmann

Height:
5-11

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
4/8/1997

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:
Irvine Strikers

Brooks Lennon

Height:
5-7

Weight:
122

Birthdate:
9/22/1997

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Club:
RSL Arizona

Victor Mansaray

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
2/22/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Des Moines, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

DJ Mason

Height:
5-7

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
8/26/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Morrisville, N.C.

Club:
Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL

James Murphy

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
9/17/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Scotch Plains, N.J.

Club:
Players Development Academy

Pablo Pelaez

Height:
5-8

Weight:
115

Birthdate:
7/26/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Amirgy Pineda

Height:
5-1

Weight:
102

Birthdate:
1/3/1997

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Santa Ana, Calif.

Club:
Fullerton SC

Mauricio Pineda

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
10/17/1997

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Bolingbrook, Illinois

Club:
Chicago Fire Academy

Emmanuel Sabbi

Height:
5-9

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
12/24/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Libertyville, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Magic PSG

Sebastian Saucedo

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
1/22/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Casa Grande, Arizona

Club:
Real Salt Lake AZ

Justin Vom Steeg

Height:
6-0

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
4/5/1997

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Evan Waldrep

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
5/8/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Peoria, Arizona

Club:
Creighton

Eryk Williamson

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
6/11/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Alexandria, Virginia

Club:
D.C. United

Sean Wilson

Height:
5-0

Weight:
130

Birthdate:
2/2/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bethlehem, Pa.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Jackson Yueill

Height:
5-10

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
3/19/1997

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bloomington, Minn.

Club:
Minnesota Thunder Academy

Four Second-Half Goals Pace U-18 MNT Past Urawa 5-1

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Feb. 5, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team scored four second-half goals and defeated the Urawa Red Diamonds 5-1.

The USA held onto a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to a Victor Mansaray penalty kick goal in the 14th minute. The U-18 MNT followed that up with an explosive second half on goals by DJ Mason, Eryk Williamson, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Elney.

Both teams fell short of the knockout round stage of the 2015 Copa Chivas and met for this match, which consisted of 40-minute halves.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Urawa
Date: Feb. 5, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: San Rafael; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 30
Weather: 70 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 4 5
UWA                        0 1 1

USA – Victor Mansaray                                      14th minute
USA – DJ Mason (Sebastian Elney)                  42
USA – Eryk Williamson (James Murphy)          49
USA – Brooks Lennon (Sebastian Saucedo)   59
UWA – You Watanabe                                         74
USA – Sebastian Elney (Eryk Williamson)        77

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Vom Steeg; 16-Pablo Pelaez (capt.), 3-David Burns, 11-Malcolm Jones, 14-DJ Mason; 10-Evan Waldrep (17-Sebastian Saucedo, 53), 2-Michael Boakye (23-Jackson Yueill, 39), 6-James Murphy; 20-Amirgy Pineda (21-Eryk Williamson, 40), 9-Emmanuel Sabbi (13-Brooks Lennon, 53), 15-Victor Mansaray (4-Sebastian Elney, 40)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 7-Kyle Duncan, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 24-Sean Wilson
Head Coach: Javier Perez

UWA: 1-Kei Okawa (18-Koji Yanada, 60); 5-Koki Ishii (3-Nobuyuki Higashi, 58), 20-Shinnosake Seki, 7-Satoshi Takahashi (17-Kaito Suzuki, 65), 10-Chihiro Horiuchi (22-Ryo Endo, 65); 24-Ryo Matsutaka (4-Daiki Nakashio, 60), 14-You Watanabe, 15-Asaki Ito (9-Akira Matsuzawa, 69); 21-Motoki Tokisato (12-Kaito Kawakami, 40), 6-Ukyo Kagemori (8-Takahito Makatsuka, 62), 13-Misuki Arai (11-Yusuke Matsuo, 58)

Stats Summary: USA / UWA
Shots: 8 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 7
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
n/a

U-18 MNT Wraps up Copa Chivas with 1-0 Loss to Universidad Católica

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Feb. 3, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell in its final Group A match of the 2015 Copa Chivas, dropping a 1-0 decision against Club Deportivo Universidad Católica de Chile.

The U.S. allowed a first-half goal and was unable to mount a response. The USA posted a 1-2-1 record in the tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Universidad Catolica (’97)
Date: Feb. 3, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 9 a.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 70
Weather: 60 degrees 

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

CAT – Kevin Medel            25th minute                                                             

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 7-Kyle Duncan (3-David Burns, 72), 8-Mauricio Pineda, 11-Malcolm Jones, 16-Pablo Pelaez; 2-Michael Boakye (9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 35), 24-Sean Wilson (23-Jackson Yueill, 59), 17-Sebastian Saucedo; 13-Brooks Lennon, 15-Victor Mansaray (21-Eryk Williamson, 35), 4-Sebastian Elney (capt.)
Subs not used: 6-James Murphy, 12-Justin Vom Steeg, 20-Amirgy Pineda
Not dressed: 10-Evan Waldrep, 14-DJ Mason
Head Coach: Javier Perez

CAT: 1-Alvaro Ogalde; 2-Raimundo Rebolledo, 3-Francisco Sierralta (capt.), 4-Bastian Compos, 5-Dino Agote; 8-Kevin Medel (9-Gonzalo Jara, 54), 6-Carlos Lobs, 17-Matias Cavalleri (11-Xabier Santos, 63); 15-Manuel Reyes, 7-Felipe Barrientos (16-Benjamin Figueroa, 48), 14-Jaime Carreno (10-Luis Oyarzo, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Eduardo Figueroa, 13-Andres Tapia, 18-Ignocio Saavedra
Head Coach: Andres Romero 

Stats Summary: USA / CAT
Shots: 13 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 7 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 8
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)                25th minute
USA – Michael Boakye (caution)                    28
USA – Sebastian Elney (caution)                     44
USA – Malcolm Jones (ejection)                      70+4 

Officials:
Referee: Alejandro Agustin Martinez Macias
Assistant Referee 1: Abraham de Jesus Quirarte Contreras
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Padillo Aguirre
Fourth Official: Aldo Cano Martinez

U-18 MNT Earns 1-1 Draw against Club Tijuana at Copa Chivas

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Feb. 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team overcame a one-goal deficit at halftime and played Club Tijuana to a 1-1 draw in Group A play at the 2015 Copa Chivas.

Halftime sub Eryk Williamson tallied the game-tying goal in the 62nd minute. Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves.

The USA is 1-1-1 in the group and wraps up that stage of the tournament against Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Copa Chivas matches are shown live on chivasdecorazon.com.mx.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Club Tijuana (’97)
Date: Feb. 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 9 a.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 100
Weather: 57 degrees

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

TIJ – Mathews Gomes Da Silva Julio                  10th minute
USA – Eryk Williamson                                       62

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 7-Kyle Duncan, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 3-David Burns, 16-Pablo Pelaez; 24-Sean Wilson, 6-James Murphy (21-Eryk Williamson, 36), 23-Jackson Yueill (9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 61); 17-Sebastian Saucedo, 13-Brooks Lennon (15-Victor Mansaray, 65), 4-Sebastian Elney (capt.)
Subs not used: 2-Michael Boakye, 10-Evan Waldrep, 12-Justin Vom Steeg
Not dressed: 14-DJ Mason, 20-Amirgy Pineda
Head Coach: Javier Perez

TIJ: 71-Homar Goethe Gonzalez Ja; 155-Alfredo Daniel Camacho Hernandez, 136-Jose Angel Castillo Guerrero, 138-Aaron Sicairos Rochin, 147-Jonathan Alonzo Esparza; 83-David Godinez Chavez (160-Ruben Gonzalez Fernandez, 43), 104-Mathews Gomes Da Silva Julio (97-Juan Manuel Rodriguez Gonzalez, 54), 324-Julian Francisco Barajas Robles (141-Jesus Enrique Lopez Bueno, 40), 139-Carlo Ivan Chavez Badillo (capt.); 162-Brandon Vazquez Toledo, 159-Edgar Ivan Lopez Rodriguez (93-Jose Eduardo Almaraz Bringas, 35)
Subs not used: 133-Bryan Sarabia Marquez, 144-Jesus Ricardo Angulo Uriarte, 154-Ricardo Rubio Benitez
Not dressed: 142-Cesar Alexis Crespo Aguilar
Head Coach: Marlo Maraquin

Stats Summary: USA / TIJ
Shots: 20 / 10
Shots on Goal: 11 / 4
Saves: 3 / 10
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 4
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – David Burns (caution)                          46th minute
TIJ – Jose Angel Castillo Guerrero (caution)   67

Officials:
Referee: Sergio Omar Ruvallaba Amezrua
Assistant Referee 1: Ivan De Jesus Velasco Villegas
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Elizabeth Ramirez Aleman
Fourth Official: Alejandro Agustin Martinez Macias

U-18 MNT Falls 1-0 to Cruzeiro at Copa Chivas

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team dropped a 1-0 decision to Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in Group A action at the 2015 Copa Chivas. After a scoreless first half, Cruzeiro broke the stalemate with a 58th-minute goal.

The USA is now 1-1-0 in the group stage. Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves.

The U-18 MNT next faces Club Tijuana on Monday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica on Feb. 3. Copa Chivas matches are shown live on chivasdecorazon.com.mx.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Cruzeiro (’97)
Date: Jan. 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 9 a.m. local (10 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 70
Weather: 70 degrees

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

CRU – Victor Alexander Da Silva             57th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Vom Steeg; 14-DJ Mason, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 3-David Burns, 11-Malcolm Jones; 2-Michael Boakye (6-James Murphy, 60), 10-Evan Waldrep (24-Sean Wilson, 60), 20-Amirgy Pineda (23-Jackson Yueill, 47); 9-Emmanuel Sabbi (21-Eryk Williamson, 50), 17-Sebastian Saucedo (15-Victor Mansaray, 47), 13-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 16-Pablo Pelaez
Not dressed: 4-Sebastian Elney, 7-Kyle Duncan
Head Coach: Javier Perez

MOR: 1-Lucas Emanoel Leite Romao; 2-Victor Alexander Da Silva, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues De Souza, 4-Gustavo Martini Rissi, 5-Lucas De Souza Ventura (13-Leonardo Da Costa Bolgado, 64); 6-Joao G. Machado Da Silva; 8-Vander Tavares Silva (17-Thiago Mequias Gonvalves, 70); 10-Matheus H. Da Silva Petrulio (15-Higor Felippe Borges Felix, 58); 7-Gabriel H. Mendes Da Silva (14-Murillo Pulino Menetti, 68), 9-Marcelo De Souza Dos Santos, 11-Joao Luiz Silva Sodre Lopes (18-Cesar Luiz Dos Santos, 45)
Subs not used: 12-Joao Victor Dona Bravim
Not dressed: 16-Guilerme W. Dos Santos Dias, 18-Cesar Luiz Dos Santos
Head Coach: Emerson Rodrigues De Avila

Stats Summary: USA / CRU
Shots: 1 / 14
Shots on Goal: 1 / 10
Saves: 9 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRU – Victor Alexander Da Silva (caution)   24th minute
USA – Mauricio Pineda (caution)                    53

Officials:
Referee: Juan Jose Gutierrez Leon
Assistant Referee: Mario Rivas
Assistant Referee: Alejandro Nuno
Fourth Official: Alejandro Martinez Malias

*Note: Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves

U-18s Open Copa Chivas with 1-0 Win against Monarcas Morelia

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 30, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team scored an early goal and shut down Monarcas Morelia 1-0 to open Group A play at the 2015 Copa Chivas at Verde Velle.

Mauricio Pineda scored the USA’s lone goal in the sixth minute, off of a free kick rebound. Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann made a save and the U.S. defense maintained the clean sheet.

The U-18 MNT next faces Cruzeiro Esporte Clube on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. ET. Copa Chivas matches are shown live on chivasdecorazon.com.mx.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT v. Monarcas Morelia (’97)
Date: Jan. 30, 2015
Competition: 2015 Copa Chivas
Venue: Verde Valle; Guadalajara, Mexico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local (1 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 100
Weather: 73 degrees

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

USA – 8-Mauricio Pineda     6th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 7-Kyle Duncan, 8-Mauricio Pineda, 3-David Burns, 16-Pablo Pelaez; 6-James Murphy (20-Amirgy Pineda, 46), 24-Sean Wilson, 21-Eryk Williamson; 23-Jackson Yueill, 15-Victor Mansaray (17-Sebastian Saucedo, 35), 4-Sebastian Elney (capt.) (13-Brooks Lennon, 35)
Subs not used: 2-Michael Boakye, 11-Malcolm Jones, 12-Justin Vom Steeg, 14-DJ Mason
Not dressed: 9-Emmanuel Sabbi; 10-Evan Waldrep
Head Coach: Javier Perez

MOR: 181-Juan Pablo Chavez; 186-Jonathan Alberto Diaz Rodriguez, 189-Jose Tomas Peraza Palazuelos, 183-Luis Fernando Cruz Jiminez, 185-Giovani Dominguez Morales; 182-Jorge Alfredo Valadez Callente, 193-Santiago Casazza Del Prado (190-Emiliano Garcia Preciado, 59), 191-Oliver Norato Martinez, 187-Arturo Carrillo Contreras (195-Armando Alexis Barajas Herrera, 35); 194-Jesus Daniel Mendoza Quijano (198-Gustavo Hernandez Soto, 66), 197-Jose Lorenzo Hernandez Avalos
Subs not used: 184-Mario Alejandro Trejo Castro, 188-Luis Gerardo Garcia Manzano, 192-Carlos Uriel Merancio Valdez, 196-Teodoro Gomez Mercado
Head Coach: Ricardo Omar Sosa

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

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 8-Mauricio Pineda (caution)                                48th minute
USA – 17-Sebastian Saucedo (caution)                           65
MOR – 182-Jorge Alfredo Valadez Callente (caution)   65
USA – 21-Eryk Williamson (caution)                              71
MOR – 197-Jose Lorenzo Hernandez Avalos (caution)  73

Officials:
Referee: Abraham de Jesus Quirante Contreras
Assistant Referee: Christian Lorrel Avalong Del Rio
Assistant Referee: Luis Eduardo Ramirez Tejada
Fourth Official: Luis Adrian Vielhaus Valdez

*Note: Copa Chivas matches include 35-minute halves

U-18 MNT Headed to Mexico for 2015 Copa Chivas Internacional

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-player roster for the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is the U-18 MNT’s first competition of the new year and first competition since the two-game international set against Germany in mid-December in Marbella, Spain.

The USA opens its Group A stage of Copa Chivas against Monarcas Morelia on Friday, Jan. 30 (1 p.m. ET). The U-18 MNT then faces Cruzeiro Esporte Clube on Jan. 31 (10 a.m.), Club Tijuana on Feb. 2 (10 a.m.) and Club Deportivo Universidad Católica on Feb. 3 (10 a.m.).

The top eight seeds advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal stage, which begins Feb. 5. That is followed by the semifinals on Feb. 6 and the title game on Feb. 7.

This is the 19th edition of Copa Chivas Internacional. The tournament features three groups of five teams. Group B includes Mexico’s U-17 national team, Boca Juniors, Monterrey, River Plate and Tigres. Group C features FC Dallas, Atlas, Atlético Paranaense, Chivas Guadalajara and Urawa Red Diamonds.

The U.S. roster features 14 players who took part in the two matches against Germany to wrap up the 2014 campaign, including goal scorers Mauricio Pineda (2), Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Elney. The USA split its two-game set, defeating Germany 2-1 on Dec. 17 and falling 3-2 in the rematch two days later. (Perez Impressed with U-18 MNT Performance )

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

After Copa Chivas, the U-18s will compete in the 2015 Slovakia Cup in late April.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Strikers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): David Burns (San Juan SC; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), DJ Mason (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Morrisville, N.C.); Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Boakye (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton SC; Santa Ana, Calif.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic PSG; Libertyville, Ill.), Evan Waldrep (Creighton; Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), Sean Wilson (Philadelphia Union; West Chester, Pa.), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
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.)

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.)

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