U.S. Soccer

U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals

DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s first-half goal helped the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team top Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 1-0 win against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl.

The U-20 MNT (3-0-0, 9pts) moves on to play Brazilian club Fluminense (2-0-1, 7pts), which won Bracket B, in one Dallas Cup semifinal, while Bracket A winners Coritiba (3-0-0, 9pts), also from Brazil, face Bracket C runners-up River Plate (2-1-0, 6pts) of Argentina in the other. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday at the Cotton Bowl with Coritiba-River Plate kicking off at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the evening’s marquee match between the U-20 MNT and Fluminense at 7 p.m.

The only goal of the U-20 MNT-Tigres game came just before the break when U.S. defender Shaquell Moore slipped a pass to Rubin, who dribbled past multiple Tigres defenders before finding the back of the net with a well-driven strike to the lower left corner.

Fielding a speedy, technical line-up, the U-20 MNT went close on two other occasions only to be denied by the woodwork. In the 27th minute, Ben Spencer glanced a header off the crossbar from a Paul Arriola corner kick. Arriola, handed the captain’s armband for the match, then went close himself in the second half, striking a thunderous volley from 25 yards out that also met the crossbar.

Already eliminated from semifinal contention, Tigres gave the U-20 MNT a stiff contest throughout, but the American’s defense held firm under later pressure with help from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to preserve the shutout victory.

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

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. UANL Tigres
April 16, 2014
Dallas Cup
Cotton Bowl
7:30 p.m. CT
65 degrees

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

USA - Rubio Rubin (Shaqell Moore)        45th minute

USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr (21-Jesus Vazquez, 70); 16-Lynden Gooch (17-Luis Felipe, 63), 7-Paul Arriola (13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 88), 23-Jordan Allen (10-Romain Gall, 64); 20-Benji Lopez (24-Zach Pfeffer, 46), 11-Ben Spencer (14-Amando Moreno, 79), 9-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

UANL: 110-Jossue Garza; 85-David Navarro, 42-Jose Lara, 38-Jose Juan Garcia, 26-Jair Zacarias (11-Julian Aldair Carmona, 50); 115-Victor Hugo Alvarado, 122-Ramon Garcia, 47-Luis Martinez, 120-Oscar Cardona (86-Julio Ibarra, 60); 89-Fernando Cruz (52-Edgar Hernandez, 75), 123-Omar Ramos
Subs Not Used: 106-Marco Benitez, 76-Emanuel Estrada, 46-Baldemar Moreno, 125-Aldo Quintanilla
Head Coach: Angel Martinez

Stats Summary: USA / UANL
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 18 / 12
Offside:  1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
UANL - Jair Zacarias (caution)                49
UANL - Luis Martinez (caution)                65
UANL - Jose Juan Garcia (caution)         86
USA - Paul Arriola (caution)                    86

Referee: Mario Escobar
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Fourth Official: Riccardo Montero

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Five Things to Know About the England U-17 MNT

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Group F winners England in the Quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa is set for 10:30 a.m. ET, and the game will be televised on FS2 and Telemundo. 

Here are five things to know about England:


Having won 11 straight matches before falling in penalties to Spain in the UEFA U-17 Championship, England stormed through the opening stage of the tournament, racking up 11 goals – good for second most of any team – while only surrendering two as they went undefeated in Group F. 

Two 4-0 shutouts of Chile and Iraq bookended a 3-2 win against Mexico, putting the Three Lions into the knockout rounds with a meeting against Japan. There, both sides created good looks at goal with no joy at the end, sending the 0-0 draw straight into penalties following regulation. England persevered, winning 5-3 in the shootout and setting the stage for Saturday’s tilt against the USA.

England U-17 MNT’s World Cup Results

Group Stage

Oct. 8

4-0 W vs. Chile

Oct. 11

3-2 W vs. Mexico

Oct. 14

4-0 W vs. Iraq

Knockout Stage

Oct. 17

0-0 D vs. Japan (5-3 in penalties)


The England squad is competing in its fourth U-17 World Cup, with all their appearances taking place in the last decade. They have now reached the quarterfinals in three of those events, which is the farthest they have ever advanced. They only missed out on the knockout stage in 2015 in Chile. Current senior team luminaries Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) cut their teeth internationally in this tournament.


England’s 21-man roster remains largely intact from their runner up finish in the qualifying tournament. The squad is littered with players from the top teams in the Premier League. Current league leaders Manchester City sent a trio of players, led by goalkeeper Curtis Anderson, who was the hero of the penalty shootout against Japan, and U-17 captain Joel Latibeaudiere. Defending champion Chelsea contributed the most of any team, delivering four to India including former England U-16 captain Jonathan Panzo. Seven different goal scorers have put their name on the scoresheet during the tournament, but winger Jadon Sancho, who leads the team with three goals in India was recalled to Borussia Dortmund following the group stage. 

England U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club, Club Country)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crellin (Fleetwood Town)
DEFENDERS (6): Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guéhi (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (10): George McEachran (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER)*, Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)
FORWARDS (2): Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Danny Loader (Reading)

* Jadon Sancho recalled to Borussia Dortmund following Group Stage


The Three Lions are managed by Steve Cooper, who has held the role since 2015. Having managed the Liverpool Academy, he became the England U-16 coach in 2014. A native of Wales, Cooper’s team has proven adept in the attack, netting 33 times through 12 matches in qualifying en route to advancing to this year’s U-17 World Cup.

“We’ve qualified for the World Cup in India, which was one of the objectives of the tournament,” Cooper said after his side’s U-17 UEFA EURO final defeat to Spain. “We’ll continue with our work, everything that we do with the national teams is with the long term in mind.” 


England qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup after finishing second at the 2017 UEFA Under-17 Championship to claim one of four spots from the region. Held in Croatia in May of this year, England were drawn into Group D where they went on a rampage, winning all three matches by a combined score of 10-1. Officially booking their place in India with a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland in the quarterfinals, the Three Lions defeated Turkey 2-1 in the semifinals before falling to Spain in penalties in the championship match.

England U-17 MNT’s UEFA Qualifying Results

Group Stage

May 4

3-0 W vs. Norway

May 7

4-0 W vs. Ukraine

May 10

3-0 W vs. Netherlands

Knockout Stage

May 13

1-0 W vs. Rep. of Ireland

May 16

2-1 W vs. Turkey

May 19

1-1 D vs. Spain (1-4 in penalties)

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MNT Oct 19, 2017

Venue Change Announced For MNT's Nov. 14 Friendly at Portugal

The Portuguese Football Federation has informed U.S. Soccer of a venue change for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendly at Portugal on Nov. 14.

Originally set to be played at Estádio Algarve in Faro, the host federation has elected to move the match to Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa in Leiria, which is near the area that has been affected by wildfires earlier this year that claimed the lives of 37 people. All proceeds from the match, as well as Portugal’s friendly against Saudi Arabia on Nov. 10, will go to benefit those affected.

The match will kick off at 7:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET) and can be seen live on FS1 and Univision Networks.

The U.S. will face the 2016 European champions for the seventh time, the teams having split the lifetime series 2-2-2 dating back to 1978, and this marks the USA’s first visit to Portugal since 1990.

They have met twice in the World Cup, with the United States famously collecting a 3-2 win in the opening group match that sparked its run to the quarterfinal of the 2002 tournament in Korea/Japan. Most recently, the teams split the spoils in 2014 in Brazil in the 2-2 draw in Manaus.

Led by 2016 FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese advanced to the 2018 FIFA World Cup by finishing atop Group B in UEFA qualifying. Ronaldo (15) and Andres Silva (9) accounted for 24 of the 32 goals scored by Portugal in the campaign, the fourth-highest total in Europe.

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MNT Oct 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About the U-17s' Run at the World Cup

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team played its way into the Quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after a rousing 5-0 victory against Paraguay in the Round of 16. Here are five things you should know about the U-17s successful run in India.


The FIFA U-17 World Cup is contested every two years and represents the first major international competition for top youth players worldwide. It’s the culmination of a 23-month journey for the U.S. U-17s and the squad earned its place in India with a runner-up finish at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship last spring.

Drawn into Group A, the USA opened the tournament vs. host India, which was playing in its first-ever match in a FIFA tournament. Before a packed house of more than 46,000 fans, the USA claimed a 3-0 victory with goals from U-20 World Cup Silver Boot winner Josh Sargent and MLS Homegrown signings Chris Durkin (D.C. United) and Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC). 

As has become something of a World Cup tradition, the USA then took on perennial power Ghana. In its second match of the group stage, a tense, toe-to-toe encounter, the Americans broke through in the 75th minute, as Ayo Akinola beat the goalkeeper for the game-winner. The U.S. closed out the group stage against Colombia, falling 3-1 and dropping to third place in Group A.

Group B winner Paraguay awaited the red, white and blue in the knockout round. Los Guaraníes entered the match after three straight victories in pool play, trailing for only 41 minutes, but the U.S. was ready for the challenge. In a tense first half, Tim Weah opened the scoring in the 19th minute. The floodgates opened after halftime, as three of the team’s brightest young stars added four goals – Weah earned a hat trick with two more strikes, one a highlight reel rocket, while Carleton and Sargent also found the back of the net.


The U-17s have already made a mark on the history books through four games at the World Cup. After the U-20s reached the Quarterfinals at last May’s U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, the U-17s’ qualification made 2017 the third time that the USA has seen both teams make it to the final eight.

Playing in the U-17 World Cup makes Sargent just the second American ever to play in both the U-17 and U-20 World Cup in the same year. Not only has he competed in both, but he has been a key contributor, scoring four goals at the U-20 level and twice already in the U-17 competition. His efforts have put him second all-time in youth World Cup scoring for the USA, just one behind Freddy Adu’s seven goals.

Weah’s hat trick against Paraguay was also historic. He became the first U.S. player at any level to score a hat trick in the knockout stage of a World Cup and the third American to score a hat trick at the U-17 World Cup (Judah Cooks, 1993 and Freddy Adu, 2003).

On the defensive end, goalkeeper Justin Garces is the first U.S. ‘keeper to record three clean sheets at a U-17 World Cup.


The USA looked to have a dangerous attack heading into India, and the offense has lived up to the hype. The headlining trio of Sargent, Carleton and Weah have scored seven of the team’s 10 goals in the tournament so far, with Carleton also contributing an assist on George Acosta’s strike against Colombia.

Josh Sargent opened the scoring for the U.S. in India with a penalty kick against the hosts. Sargent starred at the U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, scoring four goals in five games just days after captaining the U-17 squad to second place at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. After a youth career with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s St. Louis Scott Gallagher, earlier this year, Sargent declared his intent to join German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen when he turns 18 next February.

Andrew Carleton has contributed on half of the team’s 10 World Cup goals. Atlanta United FC’s first-ever MLS Homegrown signing, Carleton helped the Five Stripes’ U-15/16s take home the Development Academy Championship last summer, scoring two goals in the Final.

Tim Weah’s historic hat trick against Paraguay earned him Man of the Match honors. The son of Liberian legend and 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, Tim has been busy building his own legacy in India. This summer, he signed a professional contract with French giants Paris Saint-Germain after previously playing in New York Red Bulls’s Academy team before crossing the pond.


While the American attack has made a splash, a stalwart back line has also been key to the USA’s success in India. The U.S. has allowed just three goals in four games. Entering the Paraguay match, Los Guaraníes were averaging more than three goals a game, but were held scoreless by the USA.

Anchoring the defense is goalkeeper Justin Garces, who has kept a clean sheet in all three of the U-17s’ World Cup victories. The backstop took home Golden Glove honors at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship as the tournament’s top ‘keeper. Thanks to strong play from the field, Garces has only been forced to make eight saves in his four outings.

James Sands has been a stand-out on defense and has logged more minutes than any other defender in this U-17 cycle. He’s one of four players, and the sole back-liner, to play every minute of the U-17s’ World Cup campaign.

A variety of talented allies have joined Sands in the U.S. defense: New York Red Bulls’ Chris Gloster and recent MLS Homegrown signing Jaylin Lindsey of Sporting Kansas City have seen the most minutes, while Ajax’s Sergino Dest has started the last three matches. Defensive midfielder Chris Durkin also took a spin at center back in the team’s knockout round match vs. Paraguay.


With eight teams remaining, the U.S. will take on England, who eliminated Japan 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in the Round of 16.

England is in the midst of an outstanding run for its youth teams. The Three Lions took home the U-20 World Cup title and the U-17 squad reached the Final at the U-17 European Championships in May.

A win against England would match the USA’s best-ever finish at the U-17 World Cup. The U-17s made the semi-finals at the 1999 tournament in New Zealand.


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U-17 MNT Oct 19, 2017

Beach Soccer National Team Names Roster for the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017

CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team has named a 10-player roster for the upcoming Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The players will train in Orange County, Calif. before the tournament takes place from Oct. 22-24. Francis Farberoff will serve as the team’s head coach for the competition as regular head coach Eddie Soto is in the midst of coaching the collegiate season with the University of San Francisco.

The USA will face off against Colombia, France and host Mexico in the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017. The tournament marks the return of the beach soccer world tour to Puerto Vallarta after a seven-year absence. It’s a strong field of competition: Mexico has won the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship more than any other nation, France won the first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005 and Colombia represents an up-and-coming squad that climbed to sixth-place in the hotly-contested CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship earlier this year.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Toth (San Marcos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Christian Blandon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), Jonathan Greenfield (Cedarburg, Wisc.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Lucas Roque (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

The roster includes five players who took part in the team’s last major competition, the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in February. The team finished fifth in Nassau, Bahamas, winning its group at the tournament. Seven of the players headed to Puerto Vallarta were called into the BNT’s last camp in September.

Two members of the roster, goalkeeper Christopher Toth and forward Nicolas Perera, have been nominated for Beach Soccer Worldwide’s Best Player of the Year Award. Toth’s nomination also puts him in the running for Best Goalkeeper of the Year.

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Beach Oct 19, 2017

U.S. Under-17 Menโ€™s National Team vs. England: Quarterfinal Kickoff Time, TV Channels and 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Rosters

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on England in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to tune in to coverage on FS2 and Telemundo.  

The U-17 MNT reached the Quarterfinal with a memorable 5-0 victory against Paraguay on Monday, Oct. 16 in New Delhi. Against England, the USA will look to advance to the U-17 World Cup Semifinals for the second time and first instance since 1999. The Three Lions advanced to the Quarterfinals by virtue of a 5-3 win on penalty kicks, following a 0-0 draw with Japan on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Kickoff Time: 10:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India
TV info: FS2 and Telemundo

Social media accounts to follow: U.S. Soccer’s Facebook, and the YNT’s Twitter and Instagram

Important links:

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)

England U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club, Club Country):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

DEFENDERS (6): Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guéhi (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (10): George McEachran (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER)*, Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

FORWARDS (2): Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Danny Loader (Reading)

* Jadon Sancho recalled to Borussia Dortmund following Group Stage

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U-17 MNT Oct 19, 2017