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2014 NTC Invitational

U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, California
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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 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.S. U-20 MNT Bench Sparks Comeback Victory Against Chile at NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (July 14, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team overcame a 1-0 first-half deficit to beat Chile 2-1 in each team’s first game of the 2014 National Training Center Invitational. Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer, both second-half subs, contributed the equalizer and game winning goals, respectively. Pfeffer also assisted Novakovich’s game-tying goal.

Novakovich and Pfeffer combined to tie the score at 1-1 in 65th minute, just two minutes after subbing on together. Pfeffer lofted a free kick from the left side toward the far right post, and Novakovich jumped among a pack and headed the ball past Chile goalkeeper Brayan Cortes and into the right corner of the net.

The U.S. took the 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute when Pfeffer finished a cross by Paul Arriola from the right side into the lower left corner of the goal. Holding onto the lead, the USA staved off an aggressive Chile squad in the last portion of the game as it tried to net an equalizer of its own.

Chile opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when U.S. keeper Santiago Castano came out past the edge of the box to try and clear a ball played over the top by Chile. Castano did not get a clean clearance and the ball got by him. Chile’s Cristian Cuevas got behind the defense and found the back of the net for a 1-0 Chile lead.

The first half was full of opportunities for both teams, and the USA had a couple early chances off of set piece chances in the third and 11th minutes. Romain Gall took the free-kick chances following fouls just outside the box, but Chile’s Cortes was on top of each attempt for the saves.

Gall tested Cortes again in the 33rd minute, receiving a pass from the left side and putting a shot on frame from just inside the 18-yard box, which Cortes handled for the save. Then, in the 43rd minute, Fernando Arce curled in a free kick in the 43rd minute that went just wide of the right corner as the USA entered halftime down a goal.

Following the Novakovich and Pfeffer goals in the second half, one of the USA’s other strong scoring chances down the stretch came from a Lynden Gooch header in the 77th minute that sailed just over the crossbar. Gooch was set up by a cross from the right side by Marco Delgado, who entered the match just three minutes earlier.

The U-20 MNT continues play in the 2014 NTC Invitational on Wednesday, July 16, against Bermuda at 4 p.m. PT at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center. Chile takes on Australia at 1 p.m. in the first match of the day.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Chile
Date: July 14, 2014
Competition: 2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational
Venue: U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center, “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 125
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees

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

CHI – Cristian Cuevas                                                      22nd minute
USA – Andrija Novakovich (Zach Pfeffer)                       65
USA – Zach Pfeffer (Paul Arriola)                                    73

Lineups:

USA: 12-Santiago Castano; 2-John Requejo Jr., 5-Michael Amick, 4-Conor Donovan, 3-Shaquell Moore; 10-Romain Gall (11-Zach Pfeffer, 63), 6-Russell Canouse, 16-Fernando Arce, 7-Paul Arriola (capt.) (15-Marco Delgado, 74); 8-Lynden Gooch (14-Jacori Hayes, 83), 9-Benji Lopez (19-Andrija Novakovich, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zach Steffen, 13-Chris Odoi-Atsem, 17-Jesus Vasquez, 20-Caleb Smith
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CHI: 12-Brayan Cortes; 2-Camilo Rodriguez, 3-Sebeastian Vegas (capt.), 5-Benjamin Kuscevic (20-Rodrigo Echeverria, 46), 9-Ignacio Jeraldino, 10-Cristian Cuevas (17-Gonzalo Reyes, 79), 11-Luis Pavez, 14-Bryan Carvallo (6-Kevin Medel, 63), 15-Christopher Dias (7-Ivan Pardo, 63), 18-Juan Fuentes (8-Bernardo Cerezo, 79), 19-Diaz Sebastian
Subs Not Used: 1-Miguel Vargas, 4-Raul Osorio, 13-Matias Bizama, 16-Joaquin Montecinos

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 14 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 23
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Conor Donovan (caution)                30th minute
CHI – Ivan Pardo (caution)                           68
USA – Zach Pfeffer (caution)                      75

Officials:
Referee: Nima Saghafi (USA)
Assistant Referee: Eduardo Marisca (USA)
Assistant Referee: Andrew Bigelow (USA)
Fourth Official: Victor Rivas (USA)

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.

2014 NTC Invitational Kicks Off Tonight

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – The 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament consisting of four teams from the United States, Australia, Bermuda and Chile kicks off today at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.The tournament will run from July 14-18.

The round-robin style tournament is predominantly for players born prior to Jan. 1, 1995, who will be age eligible for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Matches will be played on July 14, 16 and 18, with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team taking on Chile, Bermuda and Australia in that order.

The final two tournament matches – USA vs. Australia and Chile vs. Bermuda – on July 18 will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. Additionally, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship matches for the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups, which are also taking place at the National Training Center in Carson, will be streamed live on ussoccer.com on July 19.

Teams can bring up to 20 players for the NTC Invitational, which will decide a champion using a group table format wherein the team with the most points (three points for a win, one point for a tie, zero for a loss) at the end of the three match days is declared the winner. Should two or more teams be tied on points in the final standings, goal differential, then greatest number of goals scored in all matches will be used as the first two tiebreakers.

The U.S. U-20 MNT roster for the NTC Invitational will be announced at a later date.

U.S. Soccer previously hosted the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational this past February and plans to host more Youth Men’s and Women’s National Team tournaments in addition to the marquee Nike International Friendlies that have provided top level international competition for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team every year since 2001.

U.S. Soccer NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date                Teams             Time [PT]        Location                                                    Broadcast
July 14                        AUS v BER     3 p.m.*            Mooch Myernick Field                         none
                                    USA v CHI      6 p.m.*            Mooch Myernick Field                         none
July 16                        AUS v CHI      1 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                         none
                                    USA v BER     4 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                         none
July 18                        BER v CHI      4 p.m.              StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com
                                    USA v AUS      7 p.m.              StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com
July 19                        DA U-15/16     4 p.m.              StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com
                                    DA U-17/18      7 p.m.              StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com

*Times changed from original schedule due to weather conditions.

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.

Schedule

Date Time Matchup Venue Watch
July 14, 2014 4 PM PT U-20 MNT vs Chile Glen "Mooch" Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center
July 16, 2014 4 PM PT U-20 MNT vs Bermuda Glen "Mooch" Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center
July 18, 2014 7 PM PT U-20 MNT vs Australia Glen "Mooch" Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center ussoccer.com

2014 NTC Invitational

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Michael Amick D 5-11 165 4/3/95 Sunnyvale, Calif.
Fernando Arce M 6-0 160 11/27/96 Chula Vista, California Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Paul Arriola M 5-8 145 2/5/95 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Russell Canouse M 5-10 175 6/11/95 Lancaster, Pa. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)
Santiago Castano GK 5-10 155 4/14/95 Union City, N.J. New York Red Bulls Academy
Marco Delgado M 5-8 145 5/16/95 Glendora, Calif. Toronto FC
Conor Donovan D 6-2 175 1/8/96 Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Orlando City SC
Romain Gall M 5-9 140 1/31/95 Herndon, Va. Columbus Crew
Lynden Gooch M 5-8 160 12/24/95 Santa Cruz, Calif. Sunderland (England)
Jacori Hayes M 5-8 140 6/29/95 Bowie, Maryland
Bradford Jamieson IV F 6-1 165 10/18/96 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
Benjamin Lopez F 5-11 145 2/16/95 San Diego, Calif.
Shaquell Moore D 5-11 155 11/2/96 Powder Springs, Ga. Huracan Valencia (Spain)
Andrija Novakovich F 6-3 180 9/21/96 Muskegon, Wisc. Reading (England)
Chris Odoi Atsem D 5-10 155 5/28/95 Mitchellville, Maryland
Zachary Pfeffer M 5-8 143 1/6/95 Dresher, Pa. Philadelphia Union
John Requejo D 5-8 146 5/23/96 Carpinteria, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Caleb Smith D 5-9 135 10/15/96 Arlington, Texas
Zack Steffen GK 6-3 190 4/2/95 Downingtown, Pa. SC Freiburg (Germany)
Jesus Vazquez D 6-1 180 3/22/95 San Luis Obispo, California UANL Tigres

2014 NTC Invitational

Michael Amick

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
4/3/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Sunnyvale, Calif.

Fernando Arce

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
11/27/1996

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, California

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Paul Arriola

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
2/5/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Russell Canouse

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
6/11/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lancaster, Pa.

Club:
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)

Santiago Castano

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
4/14/1995

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Union City, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls Academy

Marco Delgado

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
5/16/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Glendora, Calif.

Club:
Toronto FC

Conor Donovan

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
1/8/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Romain Gall

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
1/31/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Herndon, Va.

Club:
Columbus Crew

Lynden Gooch

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
12/24/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Club:
Sunderland (England)

Jacori Hayes

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
6/29/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bowie, Maryland

Bradford Jamieson IV

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
10/18/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Benjamin Lopez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
2/16/1995

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Shaquell Moore

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
11/2/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Huracan Valencia (Spain)

Andrija Novakovich

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-3

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
9/21/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Muskegon, Wisc.

Club:
Reading (England)

Chris Odoi Atsem

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
5/28/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Mitchellville, Maryland

Zachary Pfeffer

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
143

Birthdate:
1/6/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dresher, Pa.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

John Requejo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
146

Birthdate:
5/23/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Carpinteria, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Caleb Smith

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
135

Birthdate:
10/15/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Arlington, Texas

Zack Steffen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:
4/2/1995

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pa.

Club:
SC Freiburg (Germany)

Jesus Vazquez

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
3/22/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Luis Obispo, California

Club:
UANL Tigres

U.S. U-20 MNT NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date                Teams               Time [PT]       Location                                 Broadcast
July 14            AUS v BER      1 p.m.             Mooch Myernick Field                        none
                        USA v CHI      4 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                        none

July 16            AUS v CHI      1 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                        none
                        USA v BER     4 p.m.              Mooch Myernick Field                        none

July 18            BER v CHI       4 p.m.             StubHub Center                      ussoccer.com
                        USA v AUS     7 p.m.             StubHub Center                       ussoccer.com
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