U.S. Soccer

U-18 MNT Wins 2016 Václav Ježek Tournament in Czech Republic

PILZEN, Czech Republic (Aug. 20, 2016) – Two goals from Nebiyou Perry paced the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team to a 4-2 win against hosts Czech Republic and the 2016 Václav Ježek Tournament title.

“It’s credit to all the boys,” said U.S. U-18 head coach Omid Namazi. “We were facing a tough opponent in the Czech Republic. I think out of the other group they were the strongest team and at the end they were able to get to the finals. It’s a testament to the character of the group that they are learning as they go on, and also learning to win.”

The U.S. reeled off four straight wins to capture the title, collecting a pair of 3-1 victories against Slovakia and Hungary before downing Russia, 5-3, to reach the final. The U-18s are undefeated against international opponents in 2016, winning 11 straight matches.

“The biggest thing for me was that we faced four very good opponents and each game we had to change our tactics and how we would go about playing that game, whether it was pressing or the way we wanted to attack,” Namazi said. “We threw some wrinkles in each game and the boys were able to execute them. That is a testament to their adaptability, being able to play in different systems and being able to adjust on the go. If these players can progress and further their development and get better and better, I think they have a bright future for our future National Teams.”

With four goals in four games, striker Nick Taitague earned Most Valuable Player honors. Meantime, goalkeeper Brady Scott was recognized as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. Seven different goalscorers found the back of the net for the United States.

“Nick is a talent. Wherever we play, I think people are in awe of his technical ability and his ability to pass defenders. Brady is a great presence in goal and has a calming influence on the whole team. He doesn’t ever seem rattled. They both deserved to get the recognition they did, but at the same time the whole team deserved recognition because everybody stepped up and had a good performance throughout the tournament.”


Nick Taitague receives the Most Valuable Player award at the 2016 Vaclav Jezek Tournament.


Brady Scott receives the Golden Glove award at the 2016 Vaclav Jezek Tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: August 20, 2016
Competition: 2016 Václav Ježek Tournament
Venue:  Viktoria Plzen Stadion
Kickoff: (2 p.m. local)
Weather: 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F                                                         
CZE                                    1             1             2
USA                                    1             3             4

CZE – Marco Lauricella                                 7th minute
USA – Paxton Pomykal                                 39
USA – Nick Taitague                                      62
CZE – Marco Lauricella                                 75
USA – Nebiyou Perry                                     79
USA – Nebiyou Perry                                     90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 2-Aristotle Zarris, 15-Carson Vom Steeg (capt), 16-Aedan Stanley, 3-Daniel Jones; 6-Jonathan Gonzalez, 13-Paxton Pomykal, 11-Jose Carranza, 7-Griffin Dorsey (17-Nebiyou Perry, 70), 10-Justin Rennicks (20-Shaft Brewer, 70), 9-Nick Taitague
Subs not used: 4-Jack Maher, 5-Kyle Gruno, 8-Brandon Servania, 14-Ernesto Espinoza, 21-Andrew Paoli, 22-Cameron Douglas, 23-Matt Real
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

CZE: 16-Denis Groger (GK); 22-Jakub Kadar, 5-Filip Cihak, 21-Jan Kral (3-Dominik Plechaty, 46), 13-Tomas Lauko; 6-David Moucka, 9-Ladislav Krejci, 18-Lukas Pihrt, 19-Jan Fortelny; 12-Marco Lauricella, 15-Patrik Hellebrand (14-David Beno, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Frantisek Kotek, 2-Ondrej Dolba, 7-Antonin Rusek, 8-Vaclav Dudl, 10-Martin Graiciar, 11-Richard Sedlacek, 17-Patrik Zitny
Head Coach: Lobos Kozel

Stats Summary: USA/Czech Republic
Shots: 9/10
Shots on Goal: 5/6
Saves: 4/1
Corner Kicks: 4/3
Fouls: 10/17
Offsides: 2/4

Misconduct Summary:
CZE – Ladislav Krejci (caution)                    54th minute
CZE – David Moucka (caution)                    58
CZE – David Beno (caution)                         87
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U-18 MNT Aug 20, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date:
August 20, 2016
Competition:
2016 Václav Ježek Tournament
Venue:
 Viktoria Plzen Stadion
Kickoff:
6 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local)
Weather:
70 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          3          4
CZE                             1          1          2

CZE – Marco Lauricella                          7th minute
USA – Paxton Pomykal                                     39               
USA – Nick Taitague                              62
CZE – Marco Lauricella                          75               
USA – Nebiyou Perry                             79
USA – Nebiyou Perry                             90                

Lineups:
USA:
1-Brady Scott; 2-Aristotle Zarris, 15-Carson Vom Steeg (capt), 16-Aedan Stanley, 3-Daniel Jones; 6-Jonathan Gonzalez, 13-Paxton Pomykal, 11-Jose Carranza, 7-Griffin Dorsey (17-Nebiyou Perry, 70), 10-Justin Rennicks (20-Shaft Brewer, 70), 9-Nick Taitague
Subs not used:
4-Jack Maher, 5-Kyle Gruno, 8-Brandon Servania, 14-Ernesto Espinoza, 21-Andrew Paoli, 22-Cameron Douglas, 23-Matt Real
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

CZE: 16-Denis Groger; 22-Jakub Kadar, 5-Filip Cihak, 21-Jan Kral (3-Dominik Plechaty, 46), 13-Tomas Lauko; 6-David Moucka, 9-Ladislav Krejci, 18-Lukas Pihrt, 19-Jan Fortelny; 12-Marco Lauricella, 15-Patrik Hellebrand (14-David Beno, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Frantisek Kotek, 2-Ondrej Dolba, 7-Antonin Rusek, 8-Vaclav Dudl, 10-Martin Graiciar, 11-Richard Sedlacek, 17-Patrik Zitny
Head Coach: Lobos Kozel
 

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 17
Offside: 2 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
CZE – Ladislav Krejci (caution)               54th minute
CZE – David Moucka (caution)               58
CZE – David Beno (caution)                   87        

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USA Defeats Russia 5-3 to Advance to 2016 Vaclav Jezek Tournament Final

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

Lineups:
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 

Misconduct Summary:
RUS – Aleksandr Zakharov (caution)      43rd minute
USA – Jose Carranza (caution)                    83
RUS – Stanislav Latcevich (caution)       90        

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U-18 MNT Heads to Pilsen, Czech Republic for Vaclav Jezek Tournament

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.)

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U-18 MNT vs. Russia

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U-18 MNT 2016 23rd International Vaclav Jezek Tournament
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