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U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

Further details from Thursday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

U-20 MNT Gathers for Final Foreign Camp Before Qualifying

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has reached its final stretch of international friendlies before the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Head coach Tab Ramos and his U-20 side is less than a month away from kicking off the qualifying tournament in Jamaica.

The USA originally was set to hold its final international camp in Jamaica. But with both countries in the same qualifying group, Ramos said it made most sense to find a different locale. Honduras fit the bill for the U-20 MNT’s preparation purposes.

“When we drew Jamaica in our group, we didn’t want to be playing Jamaica right before the qualifiers and then play them at qualifiers, as well,” Ramos said. “That’s not good for either team. So we decided to pull out of that match. … I think going to Honduras, we’re taking the players to a very difficult environment in San Pedro Sula, which we all know from World Cup Qualifying with our senior team. I think this is a good place for us to prepare our team and make them mentally ready to confront the qualifying in January.”

The December camp will feature two games against Honduras and will be the U-20 MNT’s final international games of 2014. The USA last played international competition in Marbella, Spain, where the team earned two victories in three games. The U-20s defeated Russia’s U-21 national team 4-3 on Nov. 12, followed by a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15 and a 1-0 loss against Canada on Nov. 18.

Tab Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for Dec. 15-22 Camp in Honduras

CHICAGO (Dec. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a roster for the USA’s final foreign training camp of the year from Dec. 15-22 in Honduras.

Nineteen players are headed to the camp, which will feature matches against the Honduras U-20s on Dec. 18 and 21 at Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula. The Dec. 18 game kicks off at 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET) and the Dec. 21 match at 2 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET). (Note: Multiple changes have been made to the roster since the initial release.)

This is the U-20 MNT’s final foreign training camp of the year before turning its focus on the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship starting Jan. 9 in Jamaica.

The USA roster for Honduras features nine of the 10 players who took part in the U-20 MNT’s recent domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group also includes midfielders Russell Canouse and Romain Gall, who are the only two players to feature in all seven of the U-20 MNT’s international matches this year. Canouse leads the team with six starts and Gall is tied for third on the U-20s with two goals, both of which came during the USA’s 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21 national team on Nov. 12 in Marbella, Spain.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who officially signed with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on Friday, has posted shutouts in both of his matches this year – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia en route to the NTC Invitational title.

The USA roster includes 17 players with ties to the Development Academy.

The U-20 MNT is 4-1-2 in international competition and 10-2-2 overall in 2014.

Following the Honduras camp, the U-20s will hold a pre-World Cup qualifying camp in Florida before departing for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens Group A play at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Guatemala on Jan. 9 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica (5:30 p.m. ET kickoff).

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.) Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.),Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Tab Ramos Calls in 10 Players for U.S. U-20 MNT Fitness Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet for a domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group features 10 field players, most who play for Major League Soccer clubs. With a little more than a month before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, head coach Tab Ramos sees this stretch as a valuable time to keep his side playing at a high rate with the MLS season nearly in the books.

“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup qualifying,” Ramos said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe.

Following the fitness camp, the U.S. U-20 MNT will conduct a foreign training camp in Honduras later this month starting on Dec. 15, followed by a domestic preparation camp before the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (0): None
DEFENDERS (4): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

U-20 MNT Falls 1-0 to Canada in Marbella Tournament Finale

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team dropped a 1-0 decision to Canada’s U-20s at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament at the Marbella Football Center.

Canada’s Carreiro scored a fifth-minute goal and that held up the rest of the way.

One of the USA’s best scoring chances came in the 42nd minute, when Dembakwi Yomba’s header struck the crossbar after he was set up by Russell Canouse. Yomba had scored once in each of the previous two matches at the Marbella Tournament.

The U-20 MNT went 2-1-0 at the event, posting a 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21s on Nov. 12 and a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15.

The tournament served as the USA’s continued preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which runs Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica. The USA opens the tournament against Guatemala on Jan. 9 and looks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Canada U-20 MNT
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 200
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

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

CAN – Dylan Carreiro (Manny Aparicio)       5th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castano; 3-Tyler Turner, 5-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 2-Shaq Moore; 6-Russell Canouse (13-Lynden Gooch, 71), 8-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 11-Junior Flores (17-Joel Sonora, 82); 7-Tommy Thompson (15-Andrija Novakovich, 82), 9-Dembakwi Yomba (20-Amando Moreno, 58), 10-Romain Gall
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 14-Luis Martir, 16-Tommy Redding, 21-John Requejo, Emerson Hyndman
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CAN: 1-Nolan Wirth; 3-Sam Adekugbe, 14-Alexander Comsia, 12-Chris Serban, 6-Luca Gasparatto; 8-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (19-Jordan Hamilton, 46), 7-Louis Beland-Goyette, 2-Marco Bustos (16-Kianz Froese, 68), 10-Dylan Carreiro (9-Sadi Jalali, 88); 15-Manny Aparicio, 4-Hanson Boakai (13-Jordan Haynes, 68)
Subs Not Used: 11-Michael Petrasso, 17-Marko Aleksic, 18-Marco Carducci
Head Coach: Rob Gale

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Dylan Carreiro (caution)                  56th minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                    61
CAN – Louis Beland-Goyette (caution)       75
CAN – Kianz Froese (caution)                     85

Photo Gallery: U-20 MNT at the 2014 Marbella Cup

Photos from the U-20 MNT's first week of training and games against Russia and Ireland at the 2014 U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain.

U.S. U-20 MNT Blanks Ireland 1-0 at Marbella Tournament

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Ireland 1-0 at Estadio San Pedro, posting its second victory in as many games at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament.

Dembakwi Yomba scored his second goal of the tournament and USA goalkeeper Santiago Castaño made four saves for the clean sheet.

The U-20 MNT wraps up the Marbella Tournament against Canada on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Marbella Football Center. Kickoff is at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Yomba scored his second goal in as many games, intercepting the ball against Ireland’s central defense and burying his shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

That proved to be enough for the USA as Castaño earned his first U-20 shutout and improved to 2-0-1 on the year.

As a team, the U-20 MNT posted its third international shutout of the year. The USA’s other clean sheets occurred at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational against Bermuda (4-0) and Australia (0-0) in July.

The U-20s are 4-0-2 in international play and 10-1-2 overall in 2014.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Ireland U-21 MNT
Date: Nov. 15, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio San Pedro; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 200
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

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

USA – Dembakwi Yomba                13th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-Tyler Turner, 4-Tommy Redding, 5-Matt Miazga, 2-John Requejo; 6-Russell Canouse (16-Lynden Gooch, 46), 8-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 10-Emerson Hyndman; 7-Tommy Thompson (14-Junior Flores, 74), 9-Dembakwi Yomba (17-Romain Gall, 56), 11-Amando Moreno (18-Andrija Novakovich, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Shaq Moore, 15-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 20-Joel Soñora, 21-Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

IRL: 1-Daniel Rogers; 12-Shane Griffin, 4-Mason Watkins-Clark, 5-Thomas Hoban (capt.), 2-Sean Long (6-Brian Lenihan, 46); 10-Jack Byrne (14-Dylan Connolly, 90), 19-Glen Rea, 11-Liam Kelly (17-Matthew Hamilton, 46); 3-Jack Connors (7-William Hayhurst, 46), 9-Conor Wilkinson, 13-Kenneth McEvoy (18-Sam Byrne, 46)
Subs Not Used: 8-Kieran Sadlier, 15-Lee Desmond, 16-Eric Grimes, 20-Sean Hoare, 21-Pierce Sweeney, 22-Eoghan O’Connell, 23-Alan Browne
Head Coach: Noel King

Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 19 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Romain Gall (caution)            61st minute
IRL – Matthew Hamilton (caution)    76

U.S. U-20 MNT Wins Thriller Over Russia U-21s in Marbella Tournament

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Romain Gall scored two goals, including a shorthanded, game-winning penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, and the USA defeated Russia’s U-21 national team 4-3 in the opener of the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament at the Marbella Football Center.

For the final 10 minutes, the USA played down a man because of a second yellow card issued to Emerson Hyndman. Nevertheless, the U.S. stepped up in the moment with the score tied at 3-3. Second-half sub Tommy Thompson took a shot in the box that deflected off of a Russia defender’s hand, and the U.S. was awarded the PK.

Gall, making his fourth international appearance with the U-20s, converted the winner in the dying moments of the match. The game featured four lead changes, with both teams having the upper hand on two occasions.

After Russia’s Vyacheslav Karavayev put his side on the score sheet in the 13th minute, the USA responded with an equalizer in the 19th minute. Joel Soñora had the initial attack and shot, which was saved, but Gall was there for the rebound to tie the score at 1-1.

Andrija Novakovich gave the U.S. U-20 MNT a 2-1 lead just before halftime, a floating 45th-minute shot that was placed toward the upper left of the frame. Junior Flores had the assist on that play. It was Novakovich’s third international goal with the U-20s this year, tying him for the team lead with Zach Pfeffer.

Russia responded with back-to-back goals from Aleksandr Morgunov and Arshak Koryan in the 55th and 71st minutes, respectively. The latter, USA goalkeeper Ethan Horvath saved Koryan’s penalty kick, but Koryan was able to follow up to give his side a 3-2 lead.

In the 77th minute, U.S. second-half sub Dembakwi Yomba made his U-20 international debut and converted a penalty kick to tie the score at 3-3.

Gall would later follow with the winner, and the U.S. U-20 MNT improved to 3-0-2 in international play this year (9-1-2 overall).

Next up, the USA resumes Marbella Tournament play on Saturday against the Republic of Ireland (9 a.m. ET kickoff) at San Pedro Stadium.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Russia U-21 MNT
Date: Nov. 12, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees

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

RUS – Vyacheslav Karavayev                       13th minute
USA – Romain Gall                                       19
USA – Andrija Novakovich (Junior Flores)  45
RUS – Aleksandr Morgunov                         55
RUS – Arshak Koryan                                   71
USA – Dembakwi Yomba (penalty)              77
USA – Romain Gall (penalty)                        90+2

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 3-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 2-Luis Martir; 6-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Joel Sonora (20-Tommy Thompson, 67), 11-Junior Flores; 7-Emerson Hyndman, 9-Andrija Novakovich (17-Dembakwi Yomba, 67), 10-Romain Gall
Subs Not Used: 1-Santiago Castano, 14-John Requejo, 15-Tyler Turner, 16-Lynden Gooch, 18-Tommy Redding, 21-Amando Moreno
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

RUS: 1-Anton Mitryushkin; 4-Vladislav Ovsiannikov, 5-Maksim Karpov, 3-Llya Zuev, 2-Vyacheslav Karavayev; 8-Vladimir Sokolov, 6-Alexey Mirantchuk (20-Nikita Salamatov, 60), 9-Aleksandr Morgunov; 14-Dmitry Efremov, 11-Denis Davydov, 13-Arshak Koryan
Subs Not Used: 7-Sergey Makarov, 10-Ramil Sheidaev, 12-Miroslav Lobantsev, 15-Nikita Chernov, 16-Vadim Manzon, 17-Evgenny Kirisov, 21-Vitalii Lystcov, 22-Konstantin Savichev
Head Coach: Nikolay Pisarev

Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 15 / 12
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                            36th minute
RUS – Denis Davydov (caution)                        43
USA – Emerson Hyndman (caution)                  63
RUS – Maksim Karpov (caution)                       76
USA – Emerson Hyndman (caution/ejection)    83
RUS – Nikita Salamativ (caution)                      83
RUS – Viacheslav Karavaev (caution)               90+2

U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Names Roster for International Trip to Spain

CHICAGO (Nov. 7, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster that will compete in three matches at the U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain. (Note: roster changes have been made since the initial release)

The USA opens with a match against Russia’s U-21 national team on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Marbella Football Center. The U.S. then takes on the Republic of Ireland’s U-20s on Nov. 15 at San Pedro Stadium and Canada’s U-20 national team on Nov. 18 at the Marbella Football Center.

The majority of this roster has featured for the U-20 MNT over the past two years, with 17 players being brought into previous camps.

Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman joins a U-20 camp for the first time this year. He made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut on Sept. 3, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann calling him in for the final 24 minutes of the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic in Prague. Hyndman also played for the U.S. U-23 MNT during its Oct. 14 match against Brazil’s U-23s.

Three players have earned their first U-20 call-ups in Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers, Orlando City’s Tommy Redding and Atlético Madrid’s Dembakwi Yomba. Redding joins his Orlando City teammate Tyler Turner, who was called into camp earlier this year but is still in search of his first international cap at this level. Carter-Vickers recently got the start for the U.S. U-23 MNT against Brazil.

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta was a member of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in Turkey.

The roster also features 18 players who have previous ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-20s have a 2-0-2 international record this year, highlighted by their championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July. Overall, the U-20 MNT is 8-1-2, with a runner-up showing at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse and Tijuana defender John Requejo are the only two players on this U-20 roster who have featured in all four international games this year.

This is the USA’s second-to-last international trip of the year. The U-20s will hold a foreign training camp in mid-December in Jamaica, the location of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The U.S. will then take part in a domestic camp in late December and early January before the Jan. 9-24 World Cup qualifying tournament in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The U.S. U-20 MNT was drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens the tournament against Guatemala on Jan. 9 and looks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.), Dembakwi Yomba (Atlético Madrid; Lithonia, Ga.)

2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Russia vs. USA, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Saturday, Nov. 15
USA vs. Ireland, 3 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET), San Pedro Stadium
Russia vs. Canada, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Stadium

Monday, Nov. 17
Russia vs. Ireland, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Canada vs. USA, 4:30 p.m. local (10:30 a.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

U-20 MNT Draws Group A for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The draw took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place Jan. 9-24 in Kingston and Montego Bay.

In the group stage, the USA opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21).

The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“It was a difficult draw for many of the teams, including Group A because we will be one of the teams that has to travel from Kingston to Montego Bay during the tournament,” U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said. “I think getting drawn with Jamaica and Panama in particular, those will be some difficult opponents. At the end of the day, if you want to advance to the World Cup, you need to beat good teams, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

  • Group A: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA, Guatemala
  • Group B: Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador

USA’s Group A Schedule:

  • Friday, Jan. 9: Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Panama, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Aruba, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Jamaica, 9 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET

Tab Ramos

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams.

Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In preparation for qualifying, the U.S. U-20 MNT is headed to Marbella, Spain, from Nov. 10-19 for three international matches. The USA will face Russia’s U-20 national team on Nov. 12, the Republic of Ireland’s U-21 national team on Nov. 15 and Canada’s U-20s on Nov. 18. The U-20 MNT roster for the Spain trip will be announced in the coming days.

“As we get into Spain, that will be a great opportunity to see some of our European-based players, so I’m excited about finally getting that camp in Europe,” Ramos said. “Come December, when we are putting things together, I believe we will have a group that will help us qualify for the World Cup. It is a deep group, so we will definitely have some difficult decisions to make.”

The U.S. finished runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. That group qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the team was drawn a difficult Group A that included France, Spain and Ghana. Though the USA did not advance out of the group, it did play eventual champion France to a 1-1 draw.

The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Draw

U-20 MNT Gathers for Final Foreign Camp Before Qualifying

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has reached its final stretch of international friendlies before the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Head coach Tab Ramos and his U-20 side is less than a month away from kicking off the qualifying tournament in Jamaica.

The USA originally was set to hold its final international camp in Jamaica. But with both countries in the same qualifying group, Ramos said it made most sense to find a different locale. Honduras fit the bill for the U-20 MNT’s preparation purposes.

“When we drew Jamaica in our group, we didn’t want to be playing Jamaica right before the qualifiers and then play them at qualifiers, as well,” Ramos said. “That’s not good for either team. So we decided to pull out of that match. … I think going to Honduras, we’re taking the players to a very difficult environment in San Pedro Sula, which we all know from World Cup Qualifying with our senior team. I think this is a good place for us to prepare our team and make them mentally ready to confront the qualifying in January.”

The December camp will feature two games against Honduras and will be the U-20 MNT’s final international games of 2014. The USA last played international competition in Marbella, Spain, where the team earned two victories in three games. The U-20s defeated Russia’s U-21 national team 4-3 on Nov. 12, followed by a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15 and a 1-0 loss against Canada on Nov. 18.

Photo Gallery: U-20 MNT at the 2014 Marbella Cup

Photos from the U-20 MNT's first week of training and games against Russia and Ireland at the 2014 U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain.

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.S. U-20 MNT’s Zach Pfeffer Benefits from ‘Unorthodox Path’ Abroad

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Zach Pfeffer has quite the resume at a young age. From signing with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union at age 15 to spending a year with Hoffenheim in Germany, the 19-year-old Pfeffer has already had a busy professional career.

Pfeffer, like many other athletes, played multiple sports as a youth. But since he was 3 years old, he naturally gravitated toward soccer and has dedicated his time to following the dream of playing the sport at the highest level.

“For whatever reason – I don’t know the exact reason – but soccer was my favorite sport to play,” said Pfeffer, who recently scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. U-20 MNT during a 2-1 victory against Chile at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational. “It was my passion. I took that, ran with it, trained as much as possible, watched and studied the game as much as possible, and just tried to be the best player that I could be. I’ve always had that goal, that mindset to be a professional player since I was very young. I’ve tried to focus in on that goal and work hard for it.”

The goal to become a professional player came to fruition just before his 16th birthday when he signed a professional contract with the Union. Pfeffer has played with the first team on numerous occasions, appearing in eight MLS games to date and multiple friendlies.

“I’ve been in that professional environment now for about four years,” said Pfeffer, who also has ties to the Development Academy’s FC DELCO. “It’s a little bit unorthodox of a path for a typical American player. I’ve been able to grow and mature and be a part of the Union for the last four years and I think that’s helped me to grow and progress as a player.”

Pfeffer was away from the Union organization for one year as he was loaned to German club Hoffenheim, where he played mostly with the U-19s. He also made appearances with the U-23s (the reserve team) and took part in multiple training sessions with the first team. U.S. U-20 MNT teammate Russell Canouse was is part of the Hoffenheim club, providing Pfeffer with some familiarity.

It was a valuable time for Pfeffer as both a player and a person.

“It was a great experience,” Pfeffer said. “I was by myself in a foreign country for the first time for an extended period of time; it wasn’t just a few weeks, it was for a whole year. I was forced to learn the language as well. All of those things really make you grow up and make you learn more about yourself. You have to become independent and really mature quickly.”

Being exposed to the German style has contributed to his improvement as a player. It has helped to round out his game and apply it as he plays for the U.S. U-20 MNT and in MLS.

“I think as a soccer player it’s always good to be exposed to different styles of play and different cultures,” Pfeffer said. “You want to be as well-rounded of a player as you can be. I’m just trying to mix everything that I’ve learned from the German style of play with what I’ve learned growing up here in the U.S. and what I’m learning now playing in MLS.”

Playing in the Youth National Team system since his early teenage years, Pfeffer sees familiar faces every time he comes to camp with the U-20s. He has played with or against keeper Zack Steffen and Canouse since he was 13 in a club setting or within the U.S. National Team system.

With his long history with the U.S. MNT and impressive club and professional career thus far, Pfeffer is hoping to add the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup to his list.

“I’m very excited,” Pfeffer said. “I’ve been representing the National Team since U-14. This is just the next step and the next part of the progression through the National Team system . It’s obviously very exciting to be able to represent your country. Hopefully I’ll be able to be a part of that and qualify for the World Cup.”

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Honduras 2-1 in First of Two-Game Set

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.

The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.

The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.

Further details from Thursday’s game will be available shortly on ussoccer.com.

Tab Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for Dec. 15-22 Camp in Honduras

CHICAGO (Dec. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a roster for the USA’s final foreign training camp of the year from Dec. 15-22 in Honduras.

Nineteen players are headed to the camp, which will feature matches against the Honduras U-20s on Dec. 18 and 21 at Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula. The Dec. 18 game kicks off at 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET) and the Dec. 21 match at 2 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET). (Note: Multiple changes have been made to the roster since the initial release.)

This is the U-20 MNT’s final foreign training camp of the year before turning its focus on the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship starting Jan. 9 in Jamaica.

The USA roster for Honduras features nine of the 10 players who took part in the U-20 MNT’s recent domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group also includes midfielders Russell Canouse and Romain Gall, who are the only two players to feature in all seven of the U-20 MNT’s international matches this year. Canouse leads the team with six starts and Gall is tied for third on the U-20s with two goals, both of which came during the USA’s 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21 national team on Nov. 12 in Marbella, Spain.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who officially signed with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on Friday, has posted shutouts in both of his matches this year – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia en route to the NTC Invitational title.

The USA roster includes 17 players with ties to the Development Academy.

The U-20 MNT is 4-1-2 in international competition and 10-2-2 overall in 2014.

Following the Honduras camp, the U-20s will hold a pre-World Cup qualifying camp in Florida before departing for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens Group A play at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Guatemala on Jan. 9 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica (5:30 p.m. ET kickoff).

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.) Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.),Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Tab Ramos Calls in 10 Players for U.S. U-20 MNT Fitness Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet for a domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group features 10 field players, most who play for Major League Soccer clubs. With a little more than a month before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, head coach Tab Ramos sees this stretch as a valuable time to keep his side playing at a high rate with the MLS season nearly in the books.

“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup qualifying,” Ramos said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe.

Following the fitness camp, the U.S. U-20 MNT will conduct a foreign training camp in Honduras later this month starting on Dec. 15, followed by a domestic preparation camp before the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (0): None
DEFENDERS (4): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

U-20 MNT Falls 1-0 to Canada in Marbella Tournament Finale

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team dropped a 1-0 decision to Canada’s U-20s at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament at the Marbella Football Center.

Canada’s Carreiro scored a fifth-minute goal and that held up the rest of the way.

One of the USA’s best scoring chances came in the 42nd minute, when Dembakwi Yomba’s header struck the crossbar after he was set up by Russell Canouse. Yomba had scored once in each of the previous two matches at the Marbella Tournament.

The U-20 MNT went 2-1-0 at the event, posting a 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21s on Nov. 12 and a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15.

The tournament served as the USA’s continued preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which runs Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica. The USA opens the tournament against Guatemala on Jan. 9 and looks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Canada U-20 MNT
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. ET
Attendance: 200
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

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

CAN – Dylan Carreiro (Manny Aparicio)       5th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castano; 3-Tyler Turner, 5-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 2-Shaq Moore; 6-Russell Canouse (13-Lynden Gooch, 71), 8-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 11-Junior Flores (17-Joel Sonora, 82); 7-Tommy Thompson (15-Andrija Novakovich, 82), 9-Dembakwi Yomba (20-Amando Moreno, 58), 10-Romain Gall
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 14-Luis Martir, 16-Tommy Redding, 21-John Requejo, Emerson Hyndman
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CAN: 1-Nolan Wirth; 3-Sam Adekugbe, 14-Alexander Comsia, 12-Chris Serban, 6-Luca Gasparatto; 8-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (19-Jordan Hamilton, 46), 7-Louis Beland-Goyette, 2-Marco Bustos (16-Kianz Froese, 68), 10-Dylan Carreiro (9-Sadi Jalali, 88); 15-Manny Aparicio, 4-Hanson Boakai (13-Jordan Haynes, 68)
Subs Not Used: 11-Michael Petrasso, 17-Marko Aleksic, 18-Marco Carducci
Head Coach: Rob Gale

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Dylan Carreiro (caution)                  56th minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                    61
CAN – Louis Beland-Goyette (caution)       75
CAN – Kianz Froese (caution)                     85

U.S. U-20 MNT Blanks Ireland 1-0 at Marbella Tournament

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 15, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Ireland 1-0 at Estadio San Pedro, posting its second victory in as many games at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament.

Dembakwi Yomba scored his second goal of the tournament and USA goalkeeper Santiago Castaño made four saves for the clean sheet.

The U-20 MNT wraps up the Marbella Tournament against Canada on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Marbella Football Center. Kickoff is at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Yomba scored his second goal in as many games, intercepting the ball against Ireland’s central defense and burying his shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

That proved to be enough for the USA as Castaño earned his first U-20 shutout and improved to 2-0-1 on the year.

As a team, the U-20 MNT posted its third international shutout of the year. The USA’s other clean sheets occurred at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational against Bermuda (4-0) and Australia (0-0) in July.

The U-20s are 4-0-2 in international play and 10-1-2 overall in 2014.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Ireland U-21 MNT
Date: Nov. 15, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio San Pedro; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 200
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees

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

USA – Dembakwi Yomba                13th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-Tyler Turner, 4-Tommy Redding, 5-Matt Miazga, 2-John Requejo; 6-Russell Canouse (16-Lynden Gooch, 46), 8-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 10-Emerson Hyndman; 7-Tommy Thompson (14-Junior Flores, 74), 9-Dembakwi Yomba (17-Romain Gall, 56), 11-Amando Moreno (18-Andrija Novakovich, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Shaq Moore, 15-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 20-Joel Soñora, 21-Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

IRL: 1-Daniel Rogers; 12-Shane Griffin, 4-Mason Watkins-Clark, 5-Thomas Hoban (capt.), 2-Sean Long (6-Brian Lenihan, 46); 10-Jack Byrne (14-Dylan Connolly, 90), 19-Glen Rea, 11-Liam Kelly (17-Matthew Hamilton, 46); 3-Jack Connors (7-William Hayhurst, 46), 9-Conor Wilkinson, 13-Kenneth McEvoy (18-Sam Byrne, 46)
Subs Not Used: 8-Kieran Sadlier, 15-Lee Desmond, 16-Eric Grimes, 20-Sean Hoare, 21-Pierce Sweeney, 22-Eoghan O’Connell, 23-Alan Browne
Head Coach: Noel King

Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 19 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Romain Gall (caution)            61st minute
IRL – Matthew Hamilton (caution)    76

U.S. U-20 MNT Wins Thriller Over Russia U-21s in Marbella Tournament

MARBELLA, Spain (Nov. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Romain Gall scored two goals, including a shorthanded, game-winning penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, and the USA defeated Russia’s U-21 national team 4-3 in the opener of the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament at the Marbella Football Center.

For the final 10 minutes, the USA played down a man because of a second yellow card issued to Emerson Hyndman. Nevertheless, the U.S. stepped up in the moment with the score tied at 3-3. Second-half sub Tommy Thompson took a shot in the box that deflected off of a Russia defender’s hand, and the U.S. was awarded the PK.

Gall, making his fourth international appearance with the U-20s, converted the winner in the dying moments of the match. The game featured four lead changes, with both teams having the upper hand on two occasions.

After Russia’s Vyacheslav Karavayev put his side on the score sheet in the 13th minute, the USA responded with an equalizer in the 19th minute. Joel Soñora had the initial attack and shot, which was saved, but Gall was there for the rebound to tie the score at 1-1.

Andrija Novakovich gave the U.S. U-20 MNT a 2-1 lead just before halftime, a floating 45th-minute shot that was placed toward the upper left of the frame. Junior Flores had the assist on that play. It was Novakovich’s third international goal with the U-20s this year, tying him for the team lead with Zach Pfeffer.

Russia responded with back-to-back goals from Aleksandr Morgunov and Arshak Koryan in the 55th and 71st minutes, respectively. The latter, USA goalkeeper Ethan Horvath saved Koryan’s penalty kick, but Koryan was able to follow up to give his side a 3-2 lead.

In the 77th minute, U.S. second-half sub Dembakwi Yomba made his U-20 international debut and converted a penalty kick to tie the score at 3-3.

Gall would later follow with the winner, and the U.S. U-20 MNT improved to 3-0-2 in international play this year (9-1-2 overall).

Next up, the USA resumes Marbella Tournament play on Saturday against the Republic of Ireland (9 a.m. ET kickoff) at San Pedro Stadium.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Russia U-21 MNT
Date: Nov. 12, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees

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

RUS – Vyacheslav Karavayev                       13th minute
USA – Romain Gall                                       19
USA – Andrija Novakovich (Junior Flores)  45
RUS – Aleksandr Morgunov                         55
RUS – Arshak Koryan                                   71
USA – Dembakwi Yomba (penalty)              77
USA – Romain Gall (penalty)                        90+2

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 3-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 2-Luis Martir; 6-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Joel Sonora (20-Tommy Thompson, 67), 11-Junior Flores; 7-Emerson Hyndman, 9-Andrija Novakovich (17-Dembakwi Yomba, 67), 10-Romain Gall
Subs Not Used: 1-Santiago Castano, 14-John Requejo, 15-Tyler Turner, 16-Lynden Gooch, 18-Tommy Redding, 21-Amando Moreno
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

RUS: 1-Anton Mitryushkin; 4-Vladislav Ovsiannikov, 5-Maksim Karpov, 3-Llya Zuev, 2-Vyacheslav Karavayev; 8-Vladimir Sokolov, 6-Alexey Mirantchuk (20-Nikita Salamatov, 60), 9-Aleksandr Morgunov; 14-Dmitry Efremov, 11-Denis Davydov, 13-Arshak Koryan
Subs Not Used: 7-Sergey Makarov, 10-Ramil Sheidaev, 12-Miroslav Lobantsev, 15-Nikita Chernov, 16-Vadim Manzon, 17-Evgenny Kirisov, 21-Vitalii Lystcov, 22-Konstantin Savichev
Head Coach: Nikolay Pisarev

Stats Summary: USA / RUS
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 15 / 12
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                            36th minute
RUS – Denis Davydov (caution)                        43
USA – Emerson Hyndman (caution)                  63
RUS – Maksim Karpov (caution)                       76
USA – Emerson Hyndman (caution/ejection)    83
RUS – Nikita Salamativ (caution)                      83
RUS – Viacheslav Karavaev (caution)               90+2

U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Names Roster for International Trip to Spain

CHICAGO (Nov. 7, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster that will compete in three matches at the U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain. (Note: roster changes have been made since the initial release)

The USA opens with a match against Russia’s U-21 national team on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Marbella Football Center. The U.S. then takes on the Republic of Ireland’s U-20s on Nov. 15 at San Pedro Stadium and Canada’s U-20 national team on Nov. 18 at the Marbella Football Center.

The majority of this roster has featured for the U-20 MNT over the past two years, with 17 players being brought into previous camps.

Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman joins a U-20 camp for the first time this year. He made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut on Sept. 3, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann calling him in for the final 24 minutes of the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic in Prague. Hyndman also played for the U.S. U-23 MNT during its Oct. 14 match against Brazil’s U-23s.

Three players have earned their first U-20 call-ups in Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers, Orlando City’s Tommy Redding and Atlético Madrid’s Dembakwi Yomba. Redding joins his Orlando City teammate Tyler Turner, who was called into camp earlier this year but is still in search of his first international cap at this level. Carter-Vickers recently got the start for the U.S. U-23 MNT against Brazil.

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta was a member of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in Turkey.

The roster also features 18 players who have previous ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-20s have a 2-0-2 international record this year, highlighted by their championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July. Overall, the U-20 MNT is 8-1-2, with a runner-up showing at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse and Tijuana defender John Requejo are the only two players on this U-20 roster who have featured in all four international games this year.

This is the USA’s second-to-last international trip of the year. The U-20s will hold a foreign training camp in mid-December in Jamaica, the location of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The U.S. will then take part in a domestic camp in late December and early January before the Jan. 9-24 World Cup qualifying tournament in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The U.S. U-20 MNT was drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens the tournament against Guatemala on Jan. 9 and looks to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (7): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.), Dembakwi Yomba (Atlético Madrid; Lithonia, Ga.)

2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Russia vs. USA, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Saturday, Nov. 15
USA vs. Ireland, 3 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET), San Pedro Stadium
Russia vs. Canada, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Stadium

Monday, Nov. 17
Russia vs. Ireland, 6 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Canada vs. USA, 4:30 p.m. local (10:30 a.m. ET), Marbella Football Center

U-20 MNT Draws Group A for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala in Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The draw took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place Jan. 9-24 in Kingston and Montego Bay.

In the group stage, the USA opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21).

The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“It was a difficult draw for many of the teams, including Group A because we will be one of the teams that has to travel from Kingston to Montego Bay during the tournament,” U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said. “I think getting drawn with Jamaica and Panama in particular, those will be some difficult opponents. At the end of the day, if you want to advance to the World Cup, you need to beat good teams, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

  • Group A: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA, Guatemala
  • Group B: Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador

USA’s Group A Schedule:

  • Friday, Jan. 9: Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Panama, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Aruba, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Jamaica, 9 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET

Tab Ramos

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams.

Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In preparation for qualifying, the U.S. U-20 MNT is headed to Marbella, Spain, from Nov. 10-19 for three international matches. The USA will face Russia’s U-20 national team on Nov. 12, the Republic of Ireland’s U-21 national team on Nov. 15 and Canada’s U-20s on Nov. 18. The U-20 MNT roster for the Spain trip will be announced in the coming days.

“As we get into Spain, that will be a great opportunity to see some of our European-based players, so I’m excited about finally getting that camp in Europe,” Ramos said. “Come December, when we are putting things together, I believe we will have a group that will help us qualify for the World Cup. It is a deep group, so we will definitely have some difficult decisions to make.”

The U.S. finished runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. That group qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the team was drawn a difficult Group A that included France, Spain and Ghana. Though the USA did not advance out of the group, it did play eventual champion France to a 1-1 draw.

The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Draw

U.S. U-20 MNT Earns 1-1 Draw Against Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played Argentina to a 1-1 draw to cap off its international trip. Zach Pfeffer scored the lone USA goal in the 61st minute.

Following a scoreless first half, Argentina took a 1-0 lead with a 48th-minute goal from Giovanni Simeone. The U.S. responded 13 minutes later when Gboly Ariyibi dribbled down the right side, crossed to Romain Gall whose shot was saved by Argentina second-half goalkeeper Gaston Gomez. Pfeffer was there for the rebound to tie the score at 1-1.

Argentina out-shot the USA 10-7 and both teams had two shots on goal.

The USA wrapped up its trip with a 2-0-1 record, having posting a 2-0 win against Racing Club Reserves on Sept. 4 and a 3-2 victory against Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Sept. 6.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Argentina U-20 MNT
Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: AFA; Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: Overcast and windy, 60 degrees

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

ARG – Giovanni Simeone (Juan Kaprof)   48th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer                                     61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-John Requejo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (18-Conor Donovan, 46), 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Shaq Moore; 6-Russell Canouse, 8-Joel Soñora (16-Luis Felipe, 59), 10-Junior Flores; 11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 9-Romain Gall (13-Gboly Ariyibi, 71), 7-Paul Arriola
Subs Not Used: 17-Chase Gasper, 19-Fernando Arce, 22-Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

ARG: 1-Augusto Batalla (12-Gaston Gomez, 56); 11-Nicolas Tripichio, 15-Rodrgio Moreira, 10-Emanuel Mammana , 9-Pablo Carreras; 16-German Ferreyra, 5-Juan Kaprof, 6-Leondardo Suarez; 2-Ivan Leszczuk, 14-Giovanni Simeone, 7-Manas Tripichio
Head Coach: Humberto Grondona

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Rodrigo Moreira (caution)   30th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer (caution)          63

Jamieson, Arriola Rally U-20s Past Defensa y Justicia Reserves

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 6, 2014) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Defensa y Justicia Reserves 3-2, rallying from a two-goal deficit. It was the USA’s second straight win during its Argentina camp after beating Racing Clubs Reserves 2-0 on Sept. 4.

Bradford Jamieson IV scored two goals and Paul Arriola added a tally to lead the way for the U-20s. The game featured two 35-minute halves.

Defensa y Justicia opened up a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes, but the USA responded with a Jamieson goal in the 17th minute. Conor Donovan recovered the ball in the midfield and played the ball to the left side where Jamieson attacked toward the top of the box and fired to the right corner of the frame.

Arriola tallied the equalizer in the 35th minute, with Gboly Ayribi assisting. Jamieson notched the game’s final score on a good build-up that included a Zach Pfeffer cross to Romain Gall, who tapped the ball to Jamieson to set up the winner.

The USA wraps up its Argentina camp with a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Defensa y Justicia Reserves
Date: Sept. 6, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Defensa y Justicia Academy; Florencia Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 50
Weather: Sunny and windy, 66 degrees

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

Goals:
Defensa y Justicia                                              6th minute
Defensa y Justicia                                             15
USA – Bradford Jamieson (Conor Donovan)   17
USA – Paul Arriola (Gboly Ariyibi)                  35
USA – Bradford Jamieson (Romain Gall)         57

*Game was 2x35 minutes

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jeff Caldwell; 3-Chase Gasper (14-John Requejo Jr., 36), 5-Erik Palmer-Brown, 4-Conor Donovan (18-Matt Miazga, 36), 2-Luis Martir (13-Shaq Moore, 36); 6-Russell Canouse (15-Joel Sonora, 36), 8-Luis Felipe, 11-Junor Flores (20-Zach Pfeffer, 52); 10-Bradford Jamieson, 9-Paul Arriola (16-Romain Gall, 36), 7-Gboly Ariyibi.
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 17-Fernando Arce
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

Stats Summary: USA / DyJ
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 0
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 4 / 3

U-20 Midfield Depth Stands Out at Argentina Camp

A few months out from the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos and his staff are defining the group that will represent the USA in Jamaica this January. The USA’s recent Argentina trip showed the depth of the U-20 midfield pool with the likes of Joel Soñora, Romain Gall, Junior Flores, Russell Canouse and Luis Felipe among this corps.

Canouse Taking Lead with U.S. U-20 MNT, Hoffenheim

As a captain for Hoffenheim's U-19s during their run to an A-Junioren Bundesliga title, midfielder Russell Canouse figures to be a key component for the U.S. U-20s as Tab Ramos prepares the USA for 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualifying in January.

U-20 MNT vs. Australia: Highlights – July 18, 2014

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team concluded the inaugural National Training Center Invitational with a draw against Australia at StubHub Center. Both Australia and the U.S. finished with seven points atop the standings, but the U.S. goal differential was greater than Australia’s and awarded the USA the title. Australia finished as the runner-up.

U-20 MNT vs. Australia: Post-Game Reaction - July 18, 2014

After the U.S. U-20 MNT won the NTC Invitational with a scoreless draw against Australia, head coach Tab Ramos and forward Paul Arriola offer their thoughts about the match and the importance of international competitions, as well as the support of the American Outlaws.

U-20 MNT's John Requejo Solidifies Craft at Left Back

U.S. U-20 MNT defender John Requejo sits down with ussoccer.com to discuss his role at left back throughout the YNT years and his recent move to Club Tijuana. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos also discusses Requejo's attacking prowess from the back.

U-20 MNT vs. Bermuda: Highlights - July 16, 2014

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team won its second game in the 2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational early Wednesday evening, defeating Bermuda 4-0 on the strength of three first-half goals and a stout defensive performance.

U-20 MNT vs. Bermuda: Reaction - July 16, 2014

U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, defender Caleb Smith and forward Tommy Thompson chat about their 4-0 victory against Bermuda on Wednesday in their second game of the 2014 NTC Invitational. The win puts the USA in first place heading into Friday, needing a draw or victory in the finale to win the tournament.

U-20 MNT vs. Chile: Reaction -- July 14, 2014

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team opened the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 comeback victory against Chile on Monday. Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer, who came off the bench to tally the equalizer and winner, respectively, and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos comment about the win.

U-20 MNT vs. Chile: Highlights - July 14, 2014

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team rallied for a 2-1 victory against Chile in the opening match of the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California.

Arriola Returns to YNT Picture with U.S. U-20 MNT

Tijuana forward Paul Arriola rejoined U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Team picture during the U.S. U-20 MNT’s runner-up performance at the 2014 Dallas Cup. The former Arsenal FC and LA Galaxy Academy player discusses the professional style in Mexico, playing for U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos and the hopes of representing the USA in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
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