U.S. Soccer

U-20 MNT Opens Dallas Cup with Comeback Win

DALLAS, Texas (April 13, 2014) – Two goals from Ben Spencer, including the game-winner, plus a third from Rubio Rubin lifted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to a 3-2 comeback win against Argentina’s Club Athletico River Plate in the teams’ opening Gordon Jago Super Group match at the 2014 Dallas Cup on Sunday.

The U-20 MNT (1-0-0, 3pts) leads Bracket C of the Super Group followed by Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt (0-0-1, 1pt) and Mexico’s UANL Tigres (0-0-1, 1pt), after the two sides tied 2-2 earlier in the day.

Spencer opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a nice interchange with Jordan Allen set him up to fake an initial shot before curling the ball into the upper right corner from the top of the River Plate box.

The South American side responded quickly with Alan Arario leveling the match at 1-1 three minutes later.

Brajan Molina then gave River Plate the lead 10 minutes before the break when a back-post cross was headed across the face of goal by Juan Kaprof for Molina to nod home.

Down 2-1 to begin the second half, the U-20 MNT was patient in finding an equalizer, which came in the 74th minute. Rubin brought down a long pass from Allen with his chest at the top of River Plate’s penalty area and took one touch to settle the ball before lofting it over the goalkeeper.

Sensing the opportunity to seize the win, the U.S. pressed the issue, and when Kellyn Acosta was felled in the box just five minutes later, Spencer stepped up to bury the ensuing penalty kick into the lower left corner.

The U-20 MNT next plays Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday at 4 p.m. CT at Richland College before finishing Bracket C play with UANL Tigres on Wednesday (time and location to be determined).

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
April 13, 2014
Dallas Cup
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
6:30 p.m. CT
75 degrees

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

USA – Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen)         15th minute
CARP – Alan Arario                                   18
CARP – Brajan Molina (Juan Kaprof)     34
USA – Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen)           74
USA – Ben Spencer                                   79 

1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr., 77); 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85); 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico; 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80); 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente

Stats Summary: USA / CARP
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside:  2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
CARP – Lucas Martinez          Caution            27
USA – Jesus Vazquez              Caution            33
CARP – Leandro Vega             Caution            78
USA – John Requejo                Caution            85
CARP – Nicolas Fittaioli          Caution            86
USA – Lynden Gooch               Caution             90+2
CARP – Claudio Salto              Caution             90+3
CARP – Pablo Carrera             Ejection            90+4
CARP – Barga Batalla             Caution             90+5 

Referee: Nick Klaldron
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
Assistant Referee: Sean T. Palmer
Fourth Official: Wilson DaCosta

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U-17 MNT Defeats Russia 3-1 at International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek

PRAGUE (Aug. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took down Russia 3-1 in its second group stage match at the International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek. MLS Homegrown players Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC) and James Sands (New York City FC) scored the first two goals for the USA and Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy) added a goal late to close out the scoring.

Goslin knocked in a scissor kick from the top of the box in the 24th minute to give the U.S. the lead. In the 37th, Sands, who captained the U-17s on the day, headed in a corner kick from Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy) for a 2-0 halftime lead. Russia got on the board late due to an own goal from the USA, but the red white and blue extended its lead back to two goals with an 88th minute score from Llanez, who slotted one into the corner from the top of the box. Last year, the U-18 USMNT also defeated Russia at this tournament with a 5-3 victory.

The U.S. will play its final Group B match on Friday against Japan at 11 a.m. ET. After an undefeated run to the tournament title last year for the U-18’s, the U-17’s are looking to repeat the feat in their final international tournament before October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. After the last round of group stage matches, the eight competing teams will be positioned into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: August 23, 2017
Competition:  24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Brozany nad Ohří; Prague
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1          2          F                                             

Russia                 0          1          1
USA                               2          1          3

USA     #18- Christopher Goslin (Booth)             24th minute
USA     #14- James Sands (Mendez)                   37
RUS     Own Goal (Asensio)                                          86
USA     #23- Ulysses Llanez (Pereira)                           88

USA: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos; 24- Indiana Vassilev (2- Jaylin Lindsey, 72’), 15- Charlie Asensio, 14- James Sands (Captain) (6- Christopher Durkin, 46’), 13- Akil Watts; 16- Taylor Booth, 18- Christopher Goslin (10- George Acosta, 65’), 20- Alex Mendez; 23- Ulysses Llanez, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 17- Jacobo Reyes
Subs Not Used: 1- Justin Garces, 3- Christopher Gloster, 4- Tyler Shaver, 5- Arturo Vasquez, 7- Timothy Weah, 8- Blaine Ferri, 9- Joshua Sargent, 11- Andrew Carleton
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Russia: 12- Artem Delinian; 5- Maksim Sazonov, 16- Ilia Skrobotov, 3- Ilis Kalachev, 7- Sviatoslav Tses; 6- Nail Umiarov (Captain) (18- Nikita Khlusov, 56’), 8- Georgy Chelidze, 20- Mikhail Ignatov (9- Danil Prutsev, 69’); 14- Vitalii Zhironkin, 13- Dmitrii Molchanov (11- Danila Proshliakov, 71’), 19- Stanislav Krokhin (10- Kirill Kolesnichenko, 77’)
Subs Not Used: 1- Nikolai Zirikov; 2- Rail Abdulin, 4- Aleksandr Mikhailov, 5- Maksim Sazonov, 17- Vladislav Karapuzov
Head Coach: Andrey Gordeev 

Stats: RUS / USA
Shots: 14/16
SOG: 6/7
Fouls: 8/14
Corners: 4/2
Offsides: 4/0

Misconduct Summary:
USA     #10- George Acosta    70th minute

Referee: Pael Franek
Assistant Referee: Petr Vit
Assistant Referee: Michal Novak

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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U.S. Soccer Donates to You Can Play After LGBT Pride Month Initiatives

CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will donate more than $65,000 to the You Can Play Project after a series of initiatives celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in June. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams wore pride-inspired jerseys with rainbow numbers during their June friendlies and the game-issued kits were autographed and auctioned online. All proceeds from the auction - which was a partnership with the respective players associations - as well as all sales of the jersey and a special commemorative hat have been donated to You Can Play. 

You Can Play is dedicated to insuring safety, inclusion and respect for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The organization believes that teams should assess athletes by their skill, hard work and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to U.S. Soccer, You Can Play has partnered with several major sports organizations, including Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. 

The MNT donned their Pride Month uniforms in a friendly against Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 3. The WNT sported the special edition kit during its summer swing through Scandinavia that garnered a pair of 1-0 wins against Sweden in Gothenburg and Norway in Sandefjord. National Team members also appeared in a video extolling the values of You Can Play: acceptance and inclusion of athletes from all backgrounds.

A long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, in 2016, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting. For the team’s first game after the tragedy, U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey to benefit the OneOrlando Fund and Equality Florida. 

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U-17 MNT Begins International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with 4-1 Win Vs. Hungary

PRAGUE  – (Aug. 22, 2017) - The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team kicked off its title defense at the 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with an emphatic 4-1 win against Hungary. Paris Saint-Germain’s Tim Weah, 2016-17 Development Academy U-15/16 Champion Andrew Carleton and U-20 World Cup phenom Josh Sargent all notched goals.
Weah opened the scoring in the 26th minute and the USA never looked back as Carleton added the second goal just six minutes later. After the break, Hungary got on the board with a goal from Norbert Szendrei, but a late brace from Sargent put the game out of reach, as he scored in the 78th and 90th minutes.

The U.S. will face Russia in its second group stage match on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. U-18 MNT also faced Russia in the group stage of last year’s competition, coming away with a high-scoring 5-3 win on their way to winning the tournament title. After three group stage matches, the eight teams from Groups A and B will be placed into classification matches to determine final placement.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Hungary
Date: Aug. 22, 2017
Competition: 24th International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Sokol Hostouň
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F
USA                                     2          2          4
HUN                                    0          1          1

USA – Timothy Weah (Josh Sargent)             26th minute 
USA – Andrew Carleton                                 32      
HUN – Norbert Szendrei (Zoltan Toth)          61
USA – Joshua Sargent (Jacob Reyes)             78
USA – Joshua Sargent                                     90

USA: 1- Justin Garces; 3- Christopher Gloster, 5- Arturo Vasquez (18- Christopher Goslin, 52’), 4- Tyler Shaver, 2- Jaylin Lindsey; 6- Christopher Durkin (14- James Sands, 80’), 8- Blaine Ferri (24- Indiana Vassilev, 74’), 10- George Acosta (17- Jacob Reyes, 74’), 7- Timothy Weah, 9- Joshua Sargent (Capt.), 11- Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12- Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 13- Akil Watts, 15- Charlie Asensio, 16- Taylor Booth, 19- Alejandro Pereira, 20- Alex Mendez, 23- Ulysses Llanez
Head Coach: John Hackworth

HUN: 1- Istvan Oroszi; 2- Daniel Farkas, 5- Gergo Bolla, 4- Balazs Opavszky , 3- Mario Zeke; 17- Tamas Kiss (16- Erik Galacs, 80’), 18- Dominik Molnar (6- Gabor Darabont, 72’), 8- Botond Nandori, 9- Norman Timari; 10- Norbert Szendrei, 19- Zoltan Toth (21- Adam Nemeth, 80’)
Subs Not Used: 7- Marton Greczi, 11- Bence Babinszky, 12- Peters Kovacs, 13- Robert Horvath, 14- Attila Temesvari, 15- Dominik Arday, 20- Adrian Szilagyi, 23- Gergo Major
Head Coach: Antal Nemeth

Stats: USA / HUN
Shots:  16 / 8
SOG:    11 / 7
Fouls:    6 / 11
Corners: 2 / 7
Offside:  3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Jiri Houdek
Assistant Referee: Jakub Simacek
Assistant Referee: Ondrej Kozar

Note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass

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