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Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament that will take place at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, from July 14-18.

The U-20 MNT will gather for training camp in Carson beginning July 10 before playing its first games of the NTC Invitational against Chile on July 14 (6 p.m. PT) and Bermuda on July 16 (4 p.m. PT). The U.S. concludes tournament play against Australia on July 18, a match that will be broadcast on ussoccer.com at 7 p.m. PT. The day’s other match between Bermuda and Chile will also be broadcast on ussoccer.com beginning at 4 p.m. PT.

The U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of a solid group of players with extensive experience in the U.S. Youth National Team Program as 11 players have reached a minimum of 10 YNT call-ups already in their young international careers. Six of those 11, including Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana) and Zack Steffen (Maryland) all have over 20 career YNT events under their belts, with Requejo Jr. leading the way with 33 to his name.

Dating back to last November’s international training camp in Verona, Italy, when this current iteration of the U-20 MNT was assembled, seven players have been included in a roster-high four U-20 MNT events: goalkeeper Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), defenders Donovan, Moore and Requejo Jr., midfielder Marco Delgado (Chivas USA) and forwards Pfeffer and Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC). Steffen, who was part of Ramos’ squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, is also be making his fourth appearance on a U.S. U-20 roster.

The roster blends a good mix of foreign- and domestic-based talents with eight players plying their trade outside the U.S., including Club Tijuana trio Fernando Arce – receiving his first call-up to a U.S. YNT event – Paul Arriola and Requejo Jr., who represent the most players named to the squad from one club.

Arriola, Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Moore, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., and Steffen are among 12 players on the roster who helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup earlier this year in its last international competition.

After the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.

U.S. U-20 MNT 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

*Changed from original kickoff time

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG  Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)

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 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.

More information from this match will be available on ussoccer.com.

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 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.

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.”

Schedule

Date Time Matchup Venue Info
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
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Robert Michael Amick D 5-11 165 4/3/95 Sunnyvale, Calif.
Fernando Arce M 5-11 160 11/27/96 Chula Vista, California Club Tijuana
Paul Arriola F 5-7 134 2/5/95 Chula Vista, Calif.
Russell Canouse D 5-9 175 6/11/95 Lancaster, Pa. 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.
Conor Donovan D 6-1 169 1/8/96 Fuquay Varina, N.C.
Romain Gall M 5-9 140 1/31/95 Herndon, Va. FC Lorient (France)
Lynden Gooch F 5-5 125 12/24/95 Santa Cruz, Calif. Santa Cruz County Breakers
Jacori Hayes M 5-8 140 6/29/95 Bowie, Maryland
Bradford Jamieson F 5-11 145 10/18/96 Los Angeles, Calif.
Benjamin Lopez F 5-11 145 2/16/95 San Diego, Calif.
Shaquell Moore D 5-9 146 11/2/96 Powder Springs, Ga.
Andrija Novakovich F 6-3 180 9/21/96 Muskegon, Wisconsin Reading
Chris Odoi Atsem D 5-10 155 5/28/95 Mitchellville, Maryland
Zachary Pfeffer F 5-8 143 1/6/95 Dresher, Pa. Philadelphia Union
John Requejo Jr. D 5-7 146 5/23/96 Carpinteria, Calif.
Caleb Smith D 5-9 135 10/15/96 Arlington, Texas
Zackary Steffan GK 6-3 190 4/2/95 Downingtown, Pa. FC DELCO
Jesus Vazquez D 6-1 180 3/22/95 San Luis Obispo, California 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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