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2016 Dallas Cup

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Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Attacker Luca de la Torre

After providing the USA with a critical, late equalizer to earn a 3-3 draw against Ecuador in the opening game of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, midfielder Luca de la Torre continues to prove his ability to prove to be a dependable playmaker for the United States.

Here are five things you should know about the U-20 MNT and Fulham midfielder:

SAN DIEGO ROOTS

Before arriving at Craven Cottage, de la Torre was born and raised in San Diego. Growing up, he enjoyed going to the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Westfield UTC mall, and getting his dose of Mexican food at Roberto’s in La Jolla. His favorite San Diego restaurant, however, is Urban Plates, also in La Jolla, a place he most enjoys going with his mother.

SCIENTIST PARENTS

An only child to Juan de la Torre and Anne Bang, de la Torre’s parents are smart, to say the least.

Anne, who received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California-San Diego, is currently the Director of Stem Cell Biology at the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In her role, Dr. Bang leads efforts to develop patient cell-specific and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-based disease models for drug screening and target identification.

Juan, who received his Ph.D. from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, is currently a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. The institute is a nonprofit medical research facility that focuses on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

WATCH: De la Torre Strike Rescues U.S. Point in World Cup Opener vs. Ecuador

ICE IN HIS VEINS

Before setting a new record for the latest goal scored by a U.S. player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, de la Torre also found the back of the net in a few other critical Youth National Team moments while donning the red, white and blue.

After the U-20 MNT suffered 1-0 loss to Panama to open the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the U.S. found itself tied 1-1 with Haiti in their following group game, desperately needing a go-ahead goal to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Just after halftime, de la Torre put the U.S. ahead for good by smashing a deflected corner kick into the back of the net.

Faced with another high-pressure situation in the penalty shootout of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final 12 days later, de la Torre nestled his fourth-round attempt home on the way to a 5-3 shootout victory against Honduras and the first U-20 CONCACAF crown in U.S. Soccer history.

BEFORE FULHAM

Including his two seasons spent playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for Nomads Youth Soccer Club (2011-12) and San Diego Surf (2012-2013), de la Torre also grew up playing for Carmel Valley Sharks and the Carmel Valley Manchester Soccer Club.

When he wasn’t at soccer practice, he spent any extra time he had training with his dad, who hails from the Spanish Canary Islands. Growing up in a border city like San Diego, de la Torre also acknowledged the influence his Mexican friends and teammates had on developing his style of play.

CLIMBING THE FULHAM RANKS

Shortly after his freshmen year at Torrey Pines High School, de la Torre made the move to become a professional soccer player, taking his talents to London. By signing with Fulham, de la Torre joined a long lineage of U.S. Men’s National Team players that made their way at Craven Cottage, including Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride.

In his three seasons in London, de la Torre has passed through the club’s youth ranks, moving from U-18’s to U-23’s. The 2016-17 season provided him with a professional breakthrough, when he made his first-team debut in an early round EFL Cup match on Aug. 9, 2016.

His journey has been closely watched by his Fulham and U-20 U.S. MNT teammate, defender Marlon Fossey, who had to pull out of the U-20 World Cup due to injury.

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U-20 MNT May 24, 2017

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 elections and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. The results of the voting and induction ceremony details for the Class of 2017 will be announced at a later date. Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: 2006 FI Read more
May 24, 2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame Construction Timeline Updated

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas have released details of an updated construction timeline for the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. This new timeline includes updated image renderings that showcases features such as the Main Street elevation, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Club and FC Dallas’ gameday locker room. National Read more
May 24, 2017

U-20 WNT Falls to Japan 2-1 on Late Goal at U.S. Soccer National Training Center

CARSON, Calif. (May 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell 2-1 to the Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team in a match played at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. The teams will meet again on Wednesday, May 24 (5 p.m. PT) on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field (Field #1). The USA fell behind in the 12th minute when Fuka Kono hit a driven shot f Read more
U-20 WNT May 24, 2017

Gedion Zelalem Ruled Out of FIFA U-20 World Cup With Knee Injury

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been ruled out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left knee and was subbed out in the 34th minute of the USA’s opening Group F game against Ecuador. Zelalem will consult with the medical teams of U.S. Soccer and Arsenal to formulate a treatment plan. “For Ged Read more
U-20 MNT May 24, 2017

Agent of History: Michael Orozco and the MNT's First Win in Mexico

Originally published on October 9, 2015 Leading up to the U.S. friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15, 2012, Michael Orozco told himself he wanted to make history. “If I get five minutes or 90, I was going to give it my all,” he told ussoccer.com. Orozco would get around 13 minutes, entering the match with the score locked 0-0 and around the time ESPN commentator Ian Dar Read more
MNT May 24, 2017

Soccer 101: The History of USA vs. Mexico

Despite being North American neighbors, the first meeting between the United States and Mexico actually took place on the other side of the Atlantic. Played on May 24, 1934 in Rome, the game was a one-off match – essentially the USA’s first World Cup qualifier – for the right to play in the second FIFA World Cup, which was set to kick off days later in venues across Italy. Playi Read more
MNT May 24, 2017

USA Looks to Continue 2017 U-20 World Cup Momentum vs. Senegal | 7am ET | FS1, Telemundo En Vivo

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with its second Group F game against Senegal on Thursday, May 25. The match kicks off at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic at 7 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS1 and telemundodeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. The U.S. comes in on the heels of a thrilling 3-3 draw Read more
U-20 MNT May 24, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Senegal U-20 MNT

Coming of a riveting 3-3 draw in their tournament opener against Ecuador, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday, May 25 as it meets Group F leaders Senegal, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their first match, at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The middle match of group play will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sp Read more
U-20 MNT May 23, 2017

RECAP: Luca De La Torre and Erik Palmer-Brown Chat With Fans on Facebook Live

Following the U-20 MNT's dramatic 3-3 draw with Ecuador on Monday, goal scorer Luca De La Torre and captain Erik Palmer-Brown took to Facebook Live to discuss how things are going with the team in Korea Republic.  Watch the full session below and make sure to catch the USA's second match at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup vs. Senegal on Thursday, May 27 at 7 a.m. ET on FS1 and Telemundo.  Read more
U-20 MNT May 23, 2017

U.S. Soccer Appoints First Group of Girls' Development Academy Technical Advisors

CHICAGO (May 22, 2017) – As part of its ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the U.S. by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer has appointed the first group of Technical Advisors for the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. This collection of coaches brings a wealth and variety of experience to the Academy environment. “This is Read more
ACADEMY U-14 NDP May 22, 2017

Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Forward Josh Sargent

One of the U.S. Youth National Team's brightest prospects, forward Josh Sargent has made waves of late not only for the U-17 Men's National Team, but as part of the U.S. selection at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.  Here are five things you should know about the O'Fallon, Mo., product.  St. Louis Bred Hailing from the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Josh Sargent Read more
U-17 MNT U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

Brian, Dunn & Ertz: The "NEW" New Kids Are All Grown Up

In 2008, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath and Amy Rodriguez, all 20-years-old or younger and teammates on the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, were working to establish themselves on the U.S. WNT. They were the subject of a ussoccer.com video highlighting the talented youngsters and dubbing them, The New Kids. Six years later, a new generation came into the fold, and in 2014, Lauren, Tobin a Read more
WNT May 22, 2017

Seventeen Year Old Josh Sargent Becomes Youngest U.S. Player to Score at FIFA U-20 World Cup

Things could have gotten out of hand for the U.S. in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup against Ecuador. A high press deployed throughout Monday’s match helped La Tricolor break through twice in the first seven minutes, forcing Tab Ramos’ side to chase the game. Methodically, the U.S. pulled themselves back into contention, cutting the lead in half when Josh Sargent go Read more
U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

WNT Rewind: Chicago Earns First Road Win; Pugh Debuts for Spirit

Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored for their respective teams this past weekend, while Mallory Pugh made her much anticipated NWSL debut on Saturday for the Washington Spirit. Here’s a quick recap of what went down for U.S. WNT players over the weekend: NWSL Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns (2-2; Goals: Dowie, White; Nadim 2x) In the first Friday game of the year, Portland went into Read more
WNT May 22, 2017

De La Torre Equalizer vs. Ecuador Sets U.S. Record for Latest Goal at FIFA U-20 World Cup

Trailing Ecuador 3-2 late in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Monday, the USA needed some magic to ensure it didn’t start off the tournament with a difficult defeat. The breakthrough would come at the death, when Fulham FC forward Luca De La Torre opportunistically pounced on an Ecuador clearance, one-timing his effort from the top of the area inside the lower, ri Read more
U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-3 D Richland College; Dallas, Texas 600 Herrera, Ebobisse, Mansaray
1-2 L Richland College; Dallas, Texas Sabbi
1-0 W Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas Ebobisse

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Fulham FC 3 1 0 2 6 5 1 5
CF Monterrey Rayados 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 4
USA 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3 0 1 2 6 9 -3 2

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Everton FC 2 1 0 5 3 2 6
Real Salt Lake 3 2 1 0 4 4 0 6
Sinergia Deportiva Tigres 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Kyoto Sanga FC 3 0 2 1 5 7 -2 1

Boys U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group - Bracket C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Fluminense FC  3 3 0 0 5 0 5 9
FC Dallas U-18 Academy
3 2 1 0 2 1 1 6
Middlesbrough FC 3 1 2 0 4 5 -1 3
Queretaro FC
3 0 3 0 2 7 -5 0

                                                                                

Bracket A

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20 Fulham FC vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-3 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 USA vs. CF Monterrey Rayados 1-0 W
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 USA vs. Fulham FC 1-2 L Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 21 CF Monterrey Rayados vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-0 Richland College #09; Dallas, Texas
March 23 USA vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-3 T Richland College #08; Dallas, Texas
March 23 CF Monterrey Rayados vs. Fulham FC 1-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

Bracket B

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20 Kyoto Sanga FC vs. Real Salt Lake
1-2 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 Sinergia Deportiva Tigres vs. Everton FC
1-0 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Real Salt Lake vs. Sinergia Deportiva Tigres 1-0 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Everton FC vs. Kyoto Sanga FC 2-1 Richland College #09; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Everton FC vs. Real Salt Lake 3-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Sinergia Deportiva Tigres vs. Kyoto Sanga FC 3-3 Richland College #08; Dallas, Texas

Bracket C

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 20  Queretara FC vs. Middlesbrough FC 2-4 Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 20 Fluminense FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 Academy 1-0 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
March 21 Middlesbrough FC vs. Fluminense FC 0-2 Richland College #10; Dallas Texas
March 21 FC Dallas U-18 Academy vs. Queretaro FC 1-0
Richland College #10; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Fluminense FC vs. Quesetaro FC 2-0 Richland College #07; Dallas, Texas
March 23 Middlesbrough FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 0-1 Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

Semifinals
Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 25 Fulham FC vs. Fluminense FC 6 p.m.
Toyota Stadium
March 25 Everton FC vs. FC Dallas U-18 Academy 8 p.m. Toyota Stadium

Final

Date Match Time (CT) / Result Venue
March 27 Semifinals A Winner vs. Semifinals B Winner 6 p.m. Toyota Stadium
2016 Dallas Cup Statistics

Record: 1-1-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Acosta, Danny M 3 2
152
0
0
0
0/0
Bashti, Amir M 2 1
92
0
0
0
0/0
Borges, Marcello D 2 2
172
0
0
0
0/0
Ebobisse, Jeremy F 3 2
198
2
1
5
0/0
Elney, Sebastian F 1
1
69
0
0
0
0/0
Herrera, Aaron D 3 2
181
1
0
2
0/0
Klinsmann, Jonathan GK 2
2
180
0
0
0
0/0
Lennon, Brooks M 2
2
171
0
1
1
0/0
Lindley, Cameron M 1
1
90
0
1 1
1/0
Lombard, Andrew D 1
1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Mansaray, Victor F 2 1
111
1
0
2
0/0
Marcinkowski, JT GK 1 1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Nelson, John D 3 1 107 0 0 0 0/0
Olosunde, Matt D 1
1
90
0
0
0
0/0
Perez, Josh M 2 1
72
0
0
0
0/0
Redding, Tommy D 2 2
180
0
0
0
0/0
Robinson, Miles D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Sabbi, Emmanuel F 3 1
145
1
0
2
0/0
Saucedo, Sebastian M 2 2
123
0
0
0
0/0
Trusty, Auston D 2 2
180
0
1
1
1/0
Williamson, Eryk M 1
1
90
0
0
0
1/0
Yueill, Jackson M 3 1
138
0
0
0
0/0

Own Goal

0

Totals


3 3
270
5
4
14
3/0

Opponent Totals


3
3
270
5
4 14
10/0

2016 Dallas Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Klinsmann, Jonathan 2 2
180
4
3
1
1.00
1-0-1
Marcinkowski, JT 1 1
90
1
2
0
2.00
0-0-1

Totals

3 3
270
5
5
1
1.67
1-1-1

Opponent Totals

3 3
270
5
5
0
1.67 1-1-1

Updated through March 24, 2016


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