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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 Earns FIFA U-20 World Cup Berth with 2-0 Victory against El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in its playoff match at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola added a tally in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.

The U.S. U-20 MNT capped off the tournament with four straight shutout victories to clinch its World Cup berth. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USA’s one-goal lead at the time.

Earlier today, Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. Later today, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the title match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Both teams clinched a berth to the U-20 World Cup by winning their respective groups.

Sixteen of the 24 spots are now set for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup:

  • CONCACAF (4): Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): Korea DPR, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistan
  • CAF (4): Teams qualify from the 2015 African U-20 Championship
  • CONMEBOL (4): Teams will qualify from the 2015 South American Youth Championship
  • OFC (2): Fiji, New Zealand (host)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ben Spencer, 37th minute: After a slow first half that featured just one USA shot up to that point, the USA capitalized on a set piece. Emerson Hyndman took his free kick from the right side and found Spencer in the middle of the box, Spencer’s header struck off of the crossbar. The U.S. striker followed his own rebound, heading the ball back in from eight yards out into the upper left corner of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, SLV 0

USA – Paul Arriola, 68th minute: Second-half sub Junior Flores had an immediate impact with the attack down the right side of the box, dribbling near the end line and crossing in for Bradford Jamieson IV who one-timed his shot. Carlos Cañas reacted to make the save, and the ball bounced to Arriola above the box. Arriola followed with a left-footed shot that trickled past two El Salvador defenders and Cañas and into the net for his first goal of the tournament. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Carlos Cañas, 13th minute: El Salvador’s defense had to back track on a USA counter attack, led by Emerson Hyndman’s through ball to Romain Gall. Gall’s touch was a tad too heavy and Cañas read the sequence well, rushing up from his line and disrupting the U.S. offense near the top of the box to clear before Gall could get a shot off.

USA – Zack Steffen, 52nd minute: El Salvador did not have a single shot through the first half, but the team earned a penalty kick chance when the USA committed a hand ball in the box. Jose Villavicencio went to the spot, and Steffen dove to his right for his biggest save of the tournament. El Salvador did have a corner kick chance afterward, but the U.S. eventually cleared.

SLV – Carlos Cañas, 62nd minute: Off of Emerson Hyndman’s free kick from the right, he drove the ball over to a lunging Matt Miazga who headed the ball from 10 yards out. Cañas deflected the shot just enough as the ball clanked off of the crossbar.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 4-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in this tournament. Saturday’s win also marked the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. directly clinched a FIFA U-20 World Cup spot by virtue of a victory against El Salvador. The previous meetings clinched berths to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup .
  • For a third straight game, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical lineup as the USA’s Group A wins against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband for the fourth time in the tournament.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a fourth-straight match.
  • During a 42nd-minute attacking sequence, Spencer collided with El Salvador goalkeeper Carlos Cañas, forcing medical staff to take a look at his leg. Spencer was able to trudge through the remainder of the half, but Ramos utilized his team’s first substitution to open the second half, bringing in Paul Arriola.
  • Junior Flores entered the match in the 62nd minute for Gall, the USA’s leading goal scorer with five tallies in the tournament.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Lynden Gooch for Hyndman, who was receiving attention from the medical staff shortly after the U-20 MNT’s second goal.
  • El Salvador played the final 12 minutes and stoppage time down a man when Andres Flores was called for an intentional foul from behind against the USA’s Junior Flores in the 79th minute.
  • The USA outscored its opponents 14-2 during the qualifying stage.
  • Hyndman led the team with three assists.
  • Carter-Vickers and Requejo played in all 540 minutes of six games at the tournament.
  • Heading into Saturday night’s final of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gall is tied with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano for the tournament goal-scoring lead with his five goals.
  • Gall has nine-career goals with the U-20s in 14 international matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Playoff
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 81 degrees, light rain

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

USA – Ben Spencer   37th minute
USA – Paul Arriola    68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Subs Not Used: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Head coach: Mauricio Alfaro

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 25 / 17
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ben Spencer (caution)                    38th minute
SLV – Narciso Orellana (caution)              38
SLV – Eduardo Merino (caution)               71
USA – Tommy Thompson (caution)          73
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)  76
SLV – Andres Flores (sent off)                   79

Officials:
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emerson Hyndman

U-20 MNT Faces El Salvador with World Cup Berth on Line

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, which earned a top seed in the playoff stage of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, will face fourth-seeded El Salvador on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica (5 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer Plus and FOXSoccer2Go). The winner earns a berth to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Should the USA secure a berth, it would also mark the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. would directly clinch a spot by virtue of a win against El Salvador. In the past two meetings at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament between these sides, the U.S. defeated El Salvador and clinched a berth in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In addition to FOX Soccer Plus and FOXSoccer2Go, the USA-El Salvador playoff match will be available on the FOX Sports Go app on phones, tablets and computers. Anyone authenticated as a FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 subscriber and has a provider that has FOX Sports Go can watch the game for free.

The U.S. finished in second place in Group A with a 3-1-1 record and claimed the top spot among the four playoff seeded teams. El Salvador finished third in Group B with a 2-1-2 record and was seeded fourth. The U.S. enters Saturday’s match having won three straight and outscoring its opponents by a combined 11-0 during this stretch. For the tournament, the U.S. has scored 12 goals and conceded two.

In group play, El Salvador drew Honduras (2-2) and Haiti (1-1), defeated Canada (3-1), lost to Mexico (3-1) and closed with a win against Cuba (2-0).

Group B winner Mexico and Group A winner Panama have already clinched berths to the World Cup and will play Saturday night to decide the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title. Before the USA-El Salvador match, Guatemala faces Honduras in the other playoff to determine the other berth from CONCACAF for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

USA vs. El Salvador (5 p.m. ET, Jan. 24; Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica; FOX Soccer Plus):

  • The U.S. U-20 MNT is 3-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in U-20 qualifying.
  • The first meeting between the two was in the 2nd CONCACAF Youth Championship in Guatemala on April 10, 1964, where the U.S. lost 4-2.
  • The U.S. defeated El Salvador 2-0 in its next match in the eighth edition of the tournament on Aug. 7, 1980, in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Four years later, the teams met twice at the 10th CONCACAF Youth Championship held at the National Stadium in Trinidad. Following a 1-1 draw in group play on Aug. 27, 1984, El Salvador then defeated the USA in the third-place match with a 3-0 win on Sept. 8, 1984.
  • The U.S. lost to El Salvador in group play on Aug. 20, 1994. Chad Barrett scored the lone goal in the 3-1 loss in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
  • The U.S. has won its past two encounters with El Salvador – and with each win advanced to that year’s U-20 Youth Championship / World Cup. On Nov. 15, 2002, the U.S. – playing with 10 men for 71 minutes – needed an 85th-minute own goal to defeat El Salvador 1-0 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The victory was the second for the U.S., following a 2-0 win against Haiti, and guaranteed the team at least a second-place finish in the four-team group, and therefore, one of the tournament’s two automatic berths for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
  • On March 10, 2009, the U.S. secured a place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 win against El Salvador in its final Group A match of the 22nd CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Bacolet, Tobago. First-half goals from Brek Shea and Tony Taylor secured the win as the U.S. finished with nine men after two ejections.

U-20 MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights - Jan. 21, 2015

The U-20 MNT got a crucial win to qualify for a playoff match for the 2015 U-20 World Cup. Bradford Jamieson IV scored late in the second half to give the USA a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago.

Quote Sheet: U-20 MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago - 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 1, TRI 0
Jan. 21, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On his assessment of the match:
"It was a very difficult match. We knew Trinidad had quite a few good players that we had to be careful with, and they played like it was their last game. We’re happy to get the three points. I know in general terms we played poorly compared to the way we’ve been playing. Having said that we took 19 shots which is very positive for us. Unfortunately we just couldn’t cash in. That’s kind of been the story for us in this tournament. We’ve taken a lot of shots – I think we’re leading the tournament in shots and yet we’re not getting the goals. We’ve got to do better for the next game if we’re going to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure.”

On the play of Bradford Jamieson and his goal:
"I think he made a good effort. I’m not disappointed with the effort of the team in general. Bradford made a good effort, and I think the whole team made a good effort. I just think in general we didn’t play well today. I thought it was a poor game on our side. Obviously some of it has to do with the fact that Trinidad played really hard and didn’t give us an opportunity to get forward too much. But like I said, we did create a lot of chances and Bradford was responsible for a lot of them. I’m happy with his work.”

On how the team adjusted to Trinidad attacking from the left side:
“Actually Trinidad is a stronger right-sided team than they are a left-sided team.  So we actually wanted them to play out of the left side, so that was part of the plan to have them come out of their left side. We just didn’t think they’d have as much success. They did have some success down that line, but we rathered that the game was played down that side.”

On how to prepare for the playoff game against a team still to be determined:
“We know that whoever we play against is going to obviously be a good opponent, an opponent that’s going to be looking to go to the World Cup. But I think after the game we played today, especially because I’m thinking that we played poorly, we have to play a lot better on Saturday. And I think this gives us a little bit more motivation going towards that game. We came to this tournament to try to be champions of CONCACAF. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us; we started slow. But we want to end on a high note and see if we can take third place.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On his thoughts on the game:
"I think we played well, battled hard. [Trinidad & Tobago] played well, they pressed us, they’re physical and fast, but I thought all and all we did well. We got the result which was the most important thing and it’s on to the next one.”

On being more involved in this game compared to previous ones:
“Yea, I had more crosses and touched the ball with my feet a little more. It’s nicer – to stay in the game and get more action. Mentally you’re more focused and can be off your line. You’re more awake and ready for other plays than when you don’t have as much action.”

On keeping a shutout in close games:
“It’s obviously what we aim to do, get shutouts. I know the goals are coming – we have a lot of confidence in our forwards and attacking players. They’ll come when we need them, really. But shutouts are our goal regardless.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward PAUL ARRIOLA

On his thoughts on the game:
"It definitely wasn’t easy. I give a lot of credit to Trinidad – they were a good team and they definitely gave us a run for our money. But from the beginning we knew what we had to do. We knew that a tie would get us through, but we wouldn’t’ be through how wanted to be.  So we went out with a winning mentality that we had to win. In the second half we were able to put a little more pressure on them and got more chances to score, and we were able to get one.”

On his instructions coming in off the bench:
"The coaches made it clear from the beginning of the game to be ready, to be loose. The way the game kind of ended up being back-and-forth, not how we really wanted it to be. I went out to warm up at halftime. Anytime you’re a substitute you have to go out – no matter how many minutes you get – you have to make the most of it. Today I was able to make the most of it, and get down the line and get an assist which provided the game-winner.”

On how the goal came about and his assist:
“Junior (Flores) had the ball in our own half and he started dribbling. I noticed there were two defenders only, and so I knew I had to make that run since I was kind of fresh, and I knew that out of everyone on the team that I’d be able to get to that. We had a pretty good chemistry in that moment and he was able to leave it off to me. I knew I had wait for the defender to catch up to me a little bit so I could play it backwards. Junior went in front and took the first defender which left BJ (Jamieson) wide open in the middle to tap it to the other side. Anytime I get an assist, it’s like I scored the goal. It’s an amazing feeling, I was celebrating just as much as BJ was.”

On if there’s relief when a goal comes late:
“I think specifically in this game, where it was kind of back and forth, we knew that if we made one mistake and they were able to get a goal and win the game that we would be out completely. So I would say there was a big sigh of relief after the goal. We felt a lot more comfortable.”

U-20 MNT Earns Playoff Berth with 1-0 Win against Trinidad & Tobago at 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 21, 2015) – Bradford Jamieson IV scored his second goal of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. 

With the victory, the USA earned second place in Group A to advance to the playoff stage of the tournament. The U.S. (3-1-1, 10 points) and Guatemala tied with 10 points apiece, but the USA earned the tiebreaker advantage by virtue of scoring more goals in the tournament (12) than Guatemala (6). Both sides have earned playoff spots and will be joined by two playoff qualifiers out of Group B. CONCACAF will then reseed the four tournament playoff teams based on group-stage results to determine Saturday’s matchups. The two playoff winners will earn the remaining berths to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. 

Earlier Wednesday, Panama (5-0-0, 15 points) clinched first place in Group A and earned an automatic berth to the FIFA U-20 World Cup following its 1-0 victory against Guatemala (3-1-1, 10 points). Panama and Group B winner Mexico will play in Saturday’s final of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Group B wraps up play Thursday, after which the second- and third-place teams from that group will advance to the playoff stage. 

The USA’s playoff game will take place either at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and will be live on FOX Sports 2. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

After the reseeding process takes place for the four playoff teams, the second-seeded team will face the third-seeded team in the 2 p.m. match and the top-seeded and fourth-seeded teams square off in the 5 p.m. game. Those matches will be followed by the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship final between Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico at 8 p.m. 

The USA is in strong position for the top seed among the playoff teams. With one final day of Group B matches on the docket, the other potential playoff teams are Honduras (2-1-1, 7 points), El Salvador (1-1-2, 5 points) and Cuba (1-2-1, 4 points). Honduras is the only team that can mathematically overtake the U.S. for the top seed but would need a win and make up a significant goal differential when it plays Cuba.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Paul Arriola), 78th minute: The USA sustained a couple offensive sequences by Trinidad and countered with the fresh legs of Junior Flores down the middle of the pitch. He worked the ball out wide right to Arriola, who cut the ball into the box to Jamieson at the edge of the six-yard box. Jamieson tapped the ball past Johan Welch and between the legs of a defender into the left side of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, TRI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 30th minute: Though Trinidad & Tobago did not threaten with a shot on goal through much of the first half, a potential opportunity presented itself with a free kick from the right side. Matthew Woo Ling’s left-footed kick was dangerously placed in the middle of the box, and Steffen fought through for the interception as Trinidad tried to make a run toward the far left post. 

TRI – Johan Welch, 42nd minute: USA midfielder Emerson Hyndman eluded multiple defenders near the top of the box, particularly getting past Neveal Hackshaw, to get the ball to his right foot. Hyndman then shot right-footed and Welch leapt straight up for the save, batting the ball up in the air and collecting safely. 

TRI – Jesus Perez, 43rd minute: Right back Shaquell Moore pushed up toward the edge of the box and had a good look at goal only to have Trinidad defender Perez block the attempt and surrender a U.S. corner kick.

TRI – Neveal Hackshaw, 49th minute: The most clear cut scoring opportunity for either team led to a clutch block at the goal line. From an Emerson Hyndman free kick, Ben Spencer headed the ball inbounds from the end line toward Bradford Jamieson IV in the middle of the box. Jamieson shot with Trinidad goalkeeper Johan Welch out of position, but it was cleared off of the line by Hackshaw.

USA – Zack Steffen, 54th minute: Shortly after a Matthew Woo Ling free kick, the ball bounced out to Trinidad’s Duane Muckette well outside of the box. Muckette’s dangerous strike eluded USA center back Cameron Carter-Vickers, but Steffen lined himself up for the save.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 10-2-2 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament.
  • For the first time in this year’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship, USA head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical starting lineup in back-to-back games.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga. Requejo and Carter-Vickers have played every minute of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The midfield group in the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband, and Thompson earned his fifth start in qualifying. He is the only USA midfielder to start in every match.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a third straight match.
  • The USA brought in Paul Arriola for Spencer in the 60th minute, earning his fifth cap off the tournament and third appearance in a reserve role.
  • Junior Flores replaced Gall in the 69th minute.
  • U.S. defender Conor Donovan made his second appearance of the tournament, replacing Thompson in the 84th minute for the USA’s final sub. 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: January 21, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Group A
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 750
Weather: 82 degrees, clear 

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

USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Paul Arriola) 79th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse, 8-Emerson Hyndman, 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 69), 11-Tommy Thompson (14-Conor Donovan, 84), 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno, 18-Lynden Gooch
Head coach: Tab Ramos 

TRI: 1-Yohan Welch; 2-Shannon Gomez, 3-Martieon Watson, 4-Jesus Perez, 5-Leland Archer; 6-Duane Muckette (10-Jabari Mitchell, 76), 7-Akeem Garcia, 8-Neveal Hackshaw, 12-Kishun Seecharan; 14-Matthew Woo Ling (11-Levi Garcia, 65) 15-Aikim Andrews (16-Ricardo John, 70)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Javon Sample, 13-Brendon Creed, 18-Kevon Goddard, 19-Maurice Ford
Head coach: Derek King

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 19 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Russell Canouse (caution) 1st minute
TRI – Aikim Andrews (caution) 39
TRI - Kishun Seecharan (caution) 84 

Officials:
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo De La Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Bradford Jamieson IV

Touchline Tommy

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Tommy Thompson has soccer in his DNA.

Along with their father, Gregg, who played for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 1980s, brothers Tyler, Tanner and Tommy Thompson – all one year apart – could never get enough of the sport.

As youngsters, Dad didn’t just support the brothers from the sidelines – he was also on the field. The four would go early to practices and play 2-vs.-2 and then each of the boys would participate in the other team’s practices. Oftentimes, they’d train three times a day.

Now 19, Tommy is walking much the same path his father took some 30 years ago.

In 1982, Gregg co-captained Indiana University to its first NCAA title. He went on to have a seven-year professional career and also represent the United States at the 1984 Olympics and in a number of World Cup qualifiers.

U-20 MNT Controls its Destiny Heading into Showdown against Trinidad & Tobago

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos, midfielder Romain Gall and defender John Requejo speak about the team's growth over the course of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the opportunity to move on in the tournament by getting a result against a quality Trinidad & Tobago side.

U-20 MNT Looks to Clinch Playoff Spot at CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is one step away from clinching a playoff spot at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship when it faces Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica.

The USA has won back-to-back games against Aruba and Jamaica and is third in Group A with a 2-1-1 record and seven points behind Panama (4-0-0, 12 points) and Guatemala (3-0-1, 10 points). Trinidad & Tobago is fourth in the group at 1-2-1 (4 points), Jamaica is fifth at 0-3-1 (1 point) and Aruba is sixth (0-4-0, 0 points).

If these standings hold, Panama would win the group and earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The second- and third-place teams, currently Guatemala and the USA, would advance to a playoff match on Saturday. The CONCACAF U-20 Championship’s four playoff-bound teams will be reseeded to determine the matchups, and the two playoff winners would then qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The U.S. will clinch a playoff berth with either a win or a draw against Trinidad & Tobago.

The U.S. U-20 MNT is coming off a 2-0 win against Jamaica on Sunday, Jan. 18, highlighted by two penalty kick goals from Romain Gall. Gall is tied with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with five goals in this tournament.

Trinidad & Tobago opened the qualifying stage with a 2-2 draw against Jamaica and a 5-1 victory against Aruba. Trinidad then lost 2-0 to Guatemala on Jan. 14 and group leader Panama 1-0 on Sunday, Jan. 18. Aikim Andrews and Kadeem Corbin have scored two goals apiece to lead Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago Notes:

  • The USA has faced Trinidad & Tobago more than any other Group A opponent with 13 previous meetings in either a CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship.
  • The U.S. is 9-2-2 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago and enters the Jan. 21 match with a six-game unbeaten streak head-to-head (5-0-1).
  • During the six-game unbeaten run, the USA has outscored Trinidad & Tobago 23-3. Despite the flurry of goals, the USA most recently played host Trinidad to a scoreless draw through regulation at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, advancing with a 4-3 shootout victory.
  • Other recent wins included a 6-1 victory on Jan. 12, 2005, in Carson, California. Eddie Gaven notched a hat trick while a 15-year-old Freddy Adu and Will John also scored a goal apiece. The USA also benefited from a Trinidad own goal. The U-20s built a 5-1 lead through the game’s first 25 minutes.
  • The U.S. earned a berth for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with a 5-1 win against Trinidad in qualifying on March 20, 2001. DaMarcus Beasley scored twice, and Landon Donovan, Bobby Convey and Brad Davis each contributed a goal.
  • Other memorable wins during this unbeaten streak feature a 6-1 clobbering to win its group at the 17th CONCACAF Youth Championship on Aug. 9, 1998, with Chris Albright and Nick Garcia scoring two goals apiece in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. On Aug. 22, 1994, Chad Barrett’s two goals led the way for a 4-0 USA win in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. That was preceded by a 2-0 win on May 5, 1992, that included goals from Gregg Berhalter and Chris Faklaris in the 14th CONCACAF Youth Tournament.
  • The USA’s first match against Trinidad & Tobago was at the fifth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in 1974. After winning Group C with a 2-0-1 record, the U.S. played Trinidad to a 1-1 draw through regulation but fell 4-3 in penalties on Aug. 28.
  • The U.S. took on Trinidad & Tobago twice in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Honduras in 1978, earning a 4-0 win in the first round and a 3-0 victory in the second round.
  • Additional USA triumphs included the 10th CONCACAF Youth Tournament, with a Dave Smyth goal leading the U.S. to a 1-0 victory on Sept. 3, 1984, and a convincing 4-1 win at the 12th CONCACAF Youth Tournament on April 9, 1988. Ben Crawley led the way with two goals in Guatemala City.

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
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
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 F 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.
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.
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 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
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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