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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.”

U-18 MNT Closes Out Camp with 1-0 win over Bosnia U19s

CITLUK, Bosnia (April 30, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team bounced back from an April 28 loss to the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team, concluding its April camp with a 1-0 win over the team.

Mukwelle Akale was the game’s lone goal-scorer. In the closing minutes of the first half Emannuel Sabbi chested down a deflected ball and made a move into the box, where he was dragged down by a Bosnian defender to set up a penalty kick. From there Akale buried the PK, scoring what proved to be the game winning goal. The goal was Akale’s second in as many games. The forward also scored in the U-18’s first match against Bosnia.

Goalkeepers Jonathan Klinsmann and Mason Stajduhar each played a half with Klinsmann starting and holding Bosnia scoreless in the first segment and Stajduhar making some crucial saves to preserve the shutout in the second.

 

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Bare
Kickoff: 4 p.m. Local
Weather: 60 Degrees 

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

USA – Mukwelle Akale               45th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (capt.) (12-Mason Stajduhar, 46); 14-Kyle Duncan, 6-Mauricio Pineda, 18-Justen Glad, 21-Pablo Pelaez; 17-James Murphy (15-Ben Swanson, 46),
10-Jackson Yueill (11-Christian Lucatero, 75), 2-Mukwelle Akale (5-Victor Mansaray, 65); 9-Eryk Williamson, 8-Emmanuel Sabi (3-Cameron Lindley, 46), 7-Brooks Lennon
Head Coach: Javier Perez

BIH: 1-Goran Karacic (GK); 13-Adel Halilovic, 5-Marko Mihojevic, 6-Vladimir Orsolic, 3-Eldar Civic; 21-Cazim Suljic, 8-Amer Gojak (20-Luka Menalo, 65), 10-Andrej Modic (Capt); 7-Amar Burovic, 11-Mico Kuzmanovic (19-Nemanja Andusic, 46), 9-Dzenis Beganovic

Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 2 / 5
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offsides: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
BIH – Marko Mihojevic   (caution)             45th minute 

Official:
Goran Paradzik

 

U-18 MNT Falls 3-1 to Bosnia in First of Two Friendlies

MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia (April 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s surrendered a pair of second-half goals to fall to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s U-19 National Team 3-1 on Tuesday, April 28 in Bosnia.

Twenty-one minutes into the match, U.S. forward Brooks Lennon took down a long ball and beat his defender into the box where he was brought down to set up a USA penalty kick.

Mukwelle Akale lined up and finished to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead. Five minutes later however, Bosnia would strike. Andrej Modic scored on free kick that deflected and left no chance for U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. The scored evened the game 1-1, a score line that held through the first half.

In the second frame Bosnia did its damage scoring in the 57th minute on a back-post cross that Amer Gojak headed in, and again in the 63rd minute on a Kerim Memija goal.

The U-18s will get another chance at Bosnia when the teams meet again on April 30.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sport Centar Circle International Stadium; Medjugorje, Bosnia
Kickoff: 4 p.m. Local Time
Weather: 60

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

USA – Mukwelle Akale           22 minute
BIH – Andrej Modic                 27
BIH – Amer Gojak                   57
BIH – Kerim Memija                63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (Capt); 14-Kyle Duncan, 23-Tommy Redding (18-Justen Glad, 39), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 21-Pablo Pelaez (16-Marcello Borges, 57); 3-Cameron Lindley, 15-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (8-Emmanuel Sabbi, 57), 2-Mukwelle Akale (11-Christian Lucatero, 73); 5-Victor Mansaray (9-Eryk Williamson, 73), 7-Brooks Lennon;
Head Coach: Javier Perez

BIH: 1-Goran Karacic (GK); 2-Kerim Memija (15-Stipe Loncar, 65), 5-Marko Mihojevic, 6-Vladimir Orsolic, 3-Eldar Civic; 4-Ismar Hairlahovic (18-Amir Hadziahmetovic, 65), 8-Amer Gojak (20-Luka Menalo, 65), 10-Andrej Modic (Capt) (21-Cazim Suljic, 65); 7-Amar Burovic (13-Adel Halilovic, 46), 11-Mico Kuzmanovic (19-Nemanja Andusic, 46), 9-Dzenis Beganovic;

Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 8 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 17
Offsides: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:        
BIH– Marko Mihojevic (caution)         21 minute
USA – Pablo Palaez (caution)            26
USA – Justen Glad (caution)              45
USA – Jackson Yueill (caution)         49
BIH – Eldar Civic (caution)                 61
BIH – Luka Menalo (caution)              87

Official:
Goran Paradzik

 


Familiar and Fresh Faces Gather in Bosnia for U-18 MNT Camp

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team is currently in Bosnia for its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster already squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. Next, the team is poised for a pair of friendly matches with Bosnia’s U-19 National Team on April 28, followed by a second on April 30.

“This is a really important trip for us because it’s the before-last camp and we are doing it in a foreign camp,” Perez said. “We are going to play against Bosnia’s U-19 team which is one year older than us and for them, it’s a really important moment because they are close to the UEFA European U-19 Championship, so we expect very tough competition.”

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played against Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica. Ten players who competed at Copa Chivas are back for this camp in Bosnia, with a few fresh faces joining them this time around.

“We have a good combination of players with a lot of experience with the National Team and we have some new players doing very well with club teams like with the case of Marcello Borges with New York Red Bulls. It’s his first time with any National Team. Mason Stajduhar, he’s with Orlando City SC - it’s his first international trip with us. Also, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) is in his first cycle with the international team.

“Then on the other side we have players like Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF) or Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC) or Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire) or Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) who have been around the team for a long time and they are core-group players.”

For Marcello Borges this call to camp has been nearly 18 years in the making. He said that now that he is here he is going to give it everything he has.

“I’ve been wanting to get a call since I was a young boy so getting a call for the first time, I was very excited to prove what I had and to show that I deserve to be here,” Borges said. “It’s going well. The players here are all top quality too. It moves quicker than back at home, but I’ll adjust to it and I’ll play well. You always have to play to their level and try to improve. Every day playing against the best players, you improve yourself, so I’m just trying to do my best.”

Borges said that he hopes to learn as much as he can at this camp both on and off the field, taking advice from guys that have been around the system for a while and hoping to use what he learns when he’s back home. Players like Akale are helping lead the way for newer players like Borges.

“I think in Villareal we’re always going 100 percent all the time and that’s the goal for us here. If we bring that here we’ll be a lot better,” Akale said. “I hope to show that here and be a leader.”

As the team continues to progress, it will also be put to the test when it takes on a Bosnian team that Perez expects to be very physical. Nonetheless, it is a challenge that the team is eager to take on.

“I’m looking forward to playing a physical side,” Akale said. “[It will be] a physical and tough match and set pieces are going to be important for us.”

Perez says the match will be a good opportunity for the players to work on their feet and to operate technically to move the ball around quickly, thus creating another occasion and possible moment of experience for the young team that is always looking to improve.

Two Players Join U-18 MNT Camp in Bosnia

CHICAGO (April 22, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has brought in James Murphy (Scotch Plains, N.J./Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Bloomington, Ind./Indiana Fire) to replace Coy Craft and Sebastian Saucedo, who will be returning home as they are sidelined with injuries. 

The U-18's are currently in Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Roster by Position (Detailed Roster):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire; Bloomington, Ind.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

 

 


U-18 MNT Headed to Bosnia for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, finishing with a record of 1-2-1 in the competition.

The U.S. roster features nine players who competed at Copa Chivas, including goal scorers Mauricio Pineda and Eryk Williamson.

Thirteen of the players are with current Development Academy clubs while all 20 have Academy ties.

For all the latest information on the U-18 MNT, follow the team on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), 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.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

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

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.”

Familiar and Fresh Faces Gather in Bosnia for U-18 MNT Camp

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team is currently in Bosnia for its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster already squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. Next, the team is poised for a pair of friendly matches with Bosnia’s U-19 National Team on April 28, followed by a second on April 30.

“This is a really important trip for us because it’s the before-last camp and we are doing it in a foreign camp,” Perez said. “We are going to play against Bosnia’s U-19 team which is one year older than us and for them, it’s a really important moment because they are close to the UEFA European U-19 Championship, so we expect very tough competition.”

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played against Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica. Ten players who competed at Copa Chivas are back for this camp in Bosnia, with a few fresh faces joining them this time around.

“We have a good combination of players with a lot of experience with the National Team and we have some new players doing very well with club teams like with the case of Marcello Borges with New York Red Bulls. It’s his first time with any National Team. Mason Stajduhar, he’s with Orlando City SC - it’s his first international trip with us. Also, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) is in his first cycle with the international team.

“Then on the other side we have players like Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF) or Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC) or Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire) or Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) who have been around the team for a long time and they are core-group players.”

For Marcello Borges this call to camp has been nearly 18 years in the making. He said that now that he is here he is going to give it everything he has.

“I’ve been wanting to get a call since I was a young boy so getting a call for the first time, I was very excited to prove what I had and to show that I deserve to be here,” Borges said. “It’s going well. The players here are all top quality too. It moves quicker than back at home, but I’ll adjust to it and I’ll play well. You always have to play to their level and try to improve. Every day playing against the best players, you improve yourself, so I’m just trying to do my best.”

Borges said that he hopes to learn as much as he can at this camp both on and off the field, taking advice from guys that have been around the system for a while and hoping to use what he learns when he’s back home. Players like Akale are helping lead the way for newer players like Borges.

“I think in Villareal we’re always going 100 percent all the time and that’s the goal for us here. If we bring that here we’ll be a lot better,” Akale said. “I hope to show that here and be a leader.”

As the team continues to progress, it will also be put to the test when it takes on a Bosnian team that Perez expects to be very physical. Nonetheless, it is a challenge that the team is eager to take on.

“I’m looking forward to playing a physical side,” Akale said. “[It will be] a physical and tough match and set pieces are going to be important for us.”

Perez says the match will be a good opportunity for the players to work on their feet and to operate technically to move the ball around quickly, thus creating another occasion and possible moment of experience for the young team that is always looking to improve.

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.”

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. 

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 Closes Out Camp with 1-0 win over Bosnia U19s

CITLUK, Bosnia (April 30, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team bounced back from an April 28 loss to the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team, concluding its April camp with a 1-0 win over the team.

Mukwelle Akale was the game’s lone goal-scorer. In the closing minutes of the first half Emannuel Sabbi chested down a deflected ball and made a move into the box, where he was dragged down by a Bosnian defender to set up a penalty kick. From there Akale buried the PK, scoring what proved to be the game winning goal. The goal was Akale’s second in as many games. The forward also scored in the U-18’s first match against Bosnia.

Goalkeepers Jonathan Klinsmann and Mason Stajduhar each played a half with Klinsmann starting and holding Bosnia scoreless in the first segment and Stajduhar making some crucial saves to preserve the shutout in the second.

 

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Bare
Kickoff: 4 p.m. Local
Weather: 60 Degrees 

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

USA – Mukwelle Akale               45th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (capt.) (12-Mason Stajduhar, 46); 14-Kyle Duncan, 6-Mauricio Pineda, 18-Justen Glad, 21-Pablo Pelaez; 17-James Murphy (15-Ben Swanson, 46),
10-Jackson Yueill (11-Christian Lucatero, 75), 2-Mukwelle Akale (5-Victor Mansaray, 65); 9-Eryk Williamson, 8-Emmanuel Sabi (3-Cameron Lindley, 46), 7-Brooks Lennon
Head Coach: Javier Perez

BIH: 1-Goran Karacic (GK); 13-Adel Halilovic, 5-Marko Mihojevic, 6-Vladimir Orsolic, 3-Eldar Civic; 21-Cazim Suljic, 8-Amer Gojak (20-Luka Menalo, 65), 10-Andrej Modic (Capt); 7-Amar Burovic, 11-Mico Kuzmanovic (19-Nemanja Andusic, 46), 9-Dzenis Beganovic

Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 2 / 5
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offsides: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
BIH – Marko Mihojevic   (caution)             45th minute 

Official:
Goran Paradzik

 

U-18 MNT Falls 3-1 to Bosnia in First of Two Friendlies

MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia (April 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s surrendered a pair of second-half goals to fall to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s U-19 National Team 3-1 on Tuesday, April 28 in Bosnia.

Twenty-one minutes into the match, U.S. forward Brooks Lennon took down a long ball and beat his defender into the box where he was brought down to set up a USA penalty kick.

Mukwelle Akale lined up and finished to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead. Five minutes later however, Bosnia would strike. Andrej Modic scored on free kick that deflected and left no chance for U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. The scored evened the game 1-1, a score line that held through the first half.

In the second frame Bosnia did its damage scoring in the 57th minute on a back-post cross that Amer Gojak headed in, and again in the 63rd minute on a Kerim Memija goal.

The U-18s will get another chance at Bosnia when the teams meet again on April 30.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sport Centar Circle International Stadium; Medjugorje, Bosnia
Kickoff: 4 p.m. Local Time
Weather: 60

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

USA – Mukwelle Akale           22 minute
BIH – Andrej Modic                 27
BIH – Amer Gojak                   57
BIH – Kerim Memija                63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann (GK) (Capt); 14-Kyle Duncan, 23-Tommy Redding (18-Justen Glad, 39), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 21-Pablo Pelaez (16-Marcello Borges, 57); 3-Cameron Lindley, 15-Ben Swanson, 10-Jackson Yueill (8-Emmanuel Sabbi, 57), 2-Mukwelle Akale (11-Christian Lucatero, 73); 5-Victor Mansaray (9-Eryk Williamson, 73), 7-Brooks Lennon;
Head Coach: Javier Perez

BIH: 1-Goran Karacic (GK); 2-Kerim Memija (15-Stipe Loncar, 65), 5-Marko Mihojevic, 6-Vladimir Orsolic, 3-Eldar Civic; 4-Ismar Hairlahovic (18-Amir Hadziahmetovic, 65), 8-Amer Gojak (20-Luka Menalo, 65), 10-Andrej Modic (Capt) (21-Cazim Suljic, 65); 7-Amar Burovic (13-Adel Halilovic, 46), 11-Mico Kuzmanovic (19-Nemanja Andusic, 46), 9-Dzenis Beganovic;

Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 8 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 17
Offsides: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:        
BIH– Marko Mihojevic (caution)         21 minute
USA – Pablo Palaez (caution)            26
USA – Justen Glad (caution)              45
USA – Jackson Yueill (caution)         49
BIH – Eldar Civic (caution)                 61
BIH – Luka Menalo (caution)              87

Official:
Goran Paradzik

 


Two Players Join U-18 MNT Camp in Bosnia

CHICAGO (April 22, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has brought in James Murphy (Scotch Plains, N.J./Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Bloomington, Ind./Indiana Fire) to replace Coy Craft and Sebastian Saucedo, who will be returning home as they are sidelined with injuries. 

The U-18's are currently in Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Roster by Position (Detailed Roster):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire; Bloomington, Ind.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

 

 


U-18 MNT Headed to Bosnia for Training Camp

CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

During camp, the U-18 MNT will play three friendlies. First, it will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, finishing with a record of 1-2-1 in the competition.

The U.S. roster features nine players who competed at Copa Chivas, including goal scorers Mauricio Pineda and Eryk Williamson.

Thirteen of the players are with current Development Academy clubs while all 20 have Academy ties.

For all the latest information on the U-18 MNT, follow the team on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), 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.), Eryk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Brooks Lennon (RSL Arizona; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.)

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.)

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.

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 vs. Hungary: Highlights - Aug. 20, 2014

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, led by Sebastian Elney and Haji Wright, rallied for a 3-1 victory against Hungary to open the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic.

U.S. U-18 MNT Values Jurgen Klinsmann's Tutelage

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took some time to help coach the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team during its April camp in Carson, Calif. Klinsmann, U-18 head coach Javier Perez and midfielder Ben Swanson chat about this valuable experience.

U-18 MNT Prepares for Mexico Friendly

U-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez and players Sebastian Saucedo, Mukwelle Akale, and Coy Craft look ahead to playing rival Mexico in the final match of April camp.

U-18 MNT vs. Canada: Highlights - April 8, 2014

The U-18 Men's National Team took on their Canadian counterparts on April 8th on Mooch Myernick Field at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The American attack, led by Coy Craft, proved too much for the Canadians as they were defeated 2-1.

Opportunity Knocks: Real Salt Lake’s Justen Glad

Defender Justen Glad of Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-17/18 Academy team recently signed a homegrown contract with his MLS side. Glad takes some time during U.S. U-18 MNT camp to discuss his decision to sign with Real Salt Lake and the opportunity to compete during RSL’s preseason, and he looks back at the Academy national title with Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16s last year.

Academy and YNT Benefit from Head-to-Head Duels

A unique element of the 2013-14 Development Academy season has been the opportunity to reward some of the top Academy programs with matchups against the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and players discussed the twofold benefits from this experience – the YNT squads having the chance to play against older U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy players, and the Academy clubs earning the chance to face top Youth National Team talent during the 2013 Academy Winter Showcase.

U-18 MNT Gears Up for Domestic Camp at NTC

Head coach Javier Perez and the U.S. U-18 MNT are in the midst of an April domestic camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Following a successful Copa del Atlantico in February, Perez discusses the U-18 group competing in the April camp and looks ahead to the Lisbon tournament in May.

U18 MNT vs Canary Islands Highlights Feb 7 2014

The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team falls short to the Canary Islands 3-2 in the finale of the 2013 Copa del Atlantico on Feb. 7 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
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