PILSEN, Czech Republic (Aug. 19, 2016) - The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team defeated Russia 2-0 to advance to the 2016 Vaclav Jezek Tournament final on Aug. 20 against Czech Republic.
The USA started the game off well with two first half goals coming from Griffin Dorsey in the 10th minute and Paxton Pomykal in the 31st minute to lead Russia 2-0 at halftime.
The U.S. tallied early in the second half as Jose Carranza found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Just six minutes later, Ivan Ignatev netted Russia’s first goal of the match, but a mere three minutes later, the USA earned an own goal to give them the 4-1 lead.
Russia narrowed the scoreline after earning two goals in three minutes from Danill Utkin and Ilya Mazurovm in the 78th and 81st minutes, trailing the U.S. 4-3. The USA’s Nebiyou Perry sealed the game with a goal in the 88th minute, earning the U.S. the 5-3 victory.
The USA will face host nation Czech Republic in the title match on Aug. 20.
- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: August 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 Václav Ježek Tournament
Venue: Stribro Stadion; Pilsen, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 3 5
RUS 0 3 3
USA – Griffin Dorsey 10th minute
USA – Paxton Pomykal 31
USA – Jose Carranza 52
RUS – Ivan Ignatev 58
USA – Aleksandr Zakharov (own goal) 61
RUS – Danill Utkin 78
RUS – Ilya Mazurov 81
USA – Nebiyou Perry 88
USA: 1-Cameron Douglas; 23-Matt Real, 5-Kyle Gruno, 4-Jack Maher, 3-Daniel Jones (15-Carson Vom Steeg, 82); 21-Andrew Paoli, 13-Paxton Pomykal (11-Jose Carranza, 46), 8-Brandon Servania; 17-Nebiyou Perry (9-Nick Taitague, 89), 7-Griffin Dorsey (14-Ernesto Espinoza, 65), 20-Shaft Brewer
Subs not used: 1-Brady Scott, 2-Aristotle Zarris, 6-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Justin Rennicks, 16-Aedan Stanley
Head Coach: Omid Namazi
RUS: 1-Matvey Safonov; 3-Artem Golubev, 2-Aleksandr Zakharov, 16-Roman Evgenyev, 22-Nikita Sergeev; 17-Roman Denisov (19-Dimitri Veber, 70), 7-Danill Utkin, 13-Vlacheslav Grulev (20-Nikita Matskharashvili, 63), 9-Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov (14-Ilya Mazurov, 66); 10-Aleksander Rudenko (8-Ivan Ignatev, 46), 11-Stanislav Latcevich
Subs not used: 4-Sergei Borodin, 6-Kirill Lukianchikov, 18-Artem Gorbulin, 21-Osman Isaev, 23-Ivan Lomaev
Head Coach: Sergey Matveev
Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 1 / 1
RUS – Aleksandr Zakharov (caution) 43rd minute
USA – Jose Carranza (caution) 83
RUS – Stanislav Latcevich (caution) 90
CHICAGO (Aug. 8, 2016) - The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will compete in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic from Aug. 10-21.
The USA will open the tournament against Slovakia on Aug. 16, then play Hungary on Aug. 17, and finish group play against Russia on Aug. 19.
U-20 MNT head coach Omid Namazi named 20 players to the roster, all of who were born in 1999.
The USA will look to continue its winning streak after defeating Chivas (4-0), Universidad de Guadalajara (4-1) and Atlas (1-0) during a training camp in Mexico in early June.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cameron Douglas (Sacramento Republic; Granite Bay, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Jack Maher (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Caseyville, Ill.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Aedan Stanley (Saint Louis FC; Columbia, Ill.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Paoli (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Nick Taitague (Unattached; Midlothian, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Shaft Brewer (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Colo.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Nebiyou Perry (AIK Fotboll; New York, N.Y.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (Unattached; Sarasota, Fla.)