U.S. Soccer

USA Beats Panama 4-0 at 2016 U20 Mens NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (July 1, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team topped Panama 4-0 in its second match of the 2016 Under-20 NTC Invitational at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

The U.S. grew into the game slowly after Panama had the better of the possession in the opening half hour. Just before the half, Sebastian Saucedo picked up a loose ball in the attacking third and passed to Luca De La Torre, who made an athletic move to spin on the ball and play in Isaiah Young, who did well to beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

The goal bolstered the USA, who found more space in the Panama defense as the game opened up in the second half. Young was involved in the creation of the second goal as his darting run into the penalty was only cleared to Danny Acosta at the top of the box, who smashed in a half volley to double the lead. Young’s terrific night continued in the 58th minute when he took on three defenders and got a shot off that deflected right to Jeremy Ebobisse, who tapped in a goal. Substitutes Brandon Vazquez and Coy Craft teamed up in the 82nd minute for the fourth U.S. goal when Vazquez broke free to goal and unselfishly passed to Craft for an easy tap-in at the back post.

The win gave USA the full six points out if its first two matches in the tournament. Japan defeated Costa Rica 3-0 earlier in the day and Japan now sits on four points. The results set up a de facto final as the USA takes on Japan at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 3 at Field 1 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. A win or draw will earn the USA the title. Panama and Costa Rica will play at 12 p.m. PT.

All matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page.

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U-20 MNT Jul 1, 2016

U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: United States U-20 MNT vs Panama U-20 MNT
Friday, July 1, 2016
U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
7:00 p.m. PT
72 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4                                
PAN                             0          0          0 

USA – Isaiah Young (Luca de la Torre)          43rd minute
USA – Danny Acosta                                      56
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse                                 58
USA – Coy Craft (Brandon Vazquez)            82       

12-JT Marcinkowski; 17-Marlon Fossey, 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty (Andrew Lombard, 68), 14-Hugo Arellano; 6-Danny Acosta, 8-Luca De La Torre (9-Mukwelle Akale, 68), 15-Isaiah Young (21-Brandon Vazquez, 79); 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jackson Yueill, 79), 11-Sebastian Saucedo (16-Coy Craft, 60), 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Victor Mansaray, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 2-Aaron Herrera, 3-Marcello Borges, 10-Weston McKinnie

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 21-Juan Iguala; 4-Cesar Blackman Camarena, 2-Jiovany Diaz, 6-Andres Cedeno (Javier Rivera Castillo, 63), 3-Jorge Conejo; 5-Ricardo Avila, 8-Adalberto Alcazar (16-John Del Busto Gutierrez, 54), 10-Justin Samaniego (17-Milciades Molina Arias, 63), 11-Chamell Alarcon; 13-Moises Gil Rios (9-Luis Zuniga Andrade, 46), 19-Leandro Avila Santamaria
Subs not used: 1-Samuel Baptista Herrera, 7-Robledo Quinones, 12-Marcos Melendez Perez, Isidoro Hinestroza Hernandez
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 15
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                       10th minute
PAN – Javier Rivera Castillo (caution)           71
PAN – Ricardo Avila (ejection)                       90
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              89       

Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Ehrhardt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)

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WNT Jan 21, 2017

Jordan Morris One Year Later: "I made the right choice"

Perspective is a powerful thing.

A year ago, forward Jordan Morris was coming off an NCAA College Cup title with Stanford and found himself in January Camp weighing his professional future.

Having already earned seven caps and scoring a goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team, the highest touted collegiate prospect in some time had the option of signing with his hometown club Seattle Sounders FC or making the jump to Europe with German side Werder Bremen.

Taking both under serious consideration, Morris actually left MNT training camp to check out the Bundesliga club. Eventually he made the decision to start his career at home in Seattle.

A Rookie of the Year award and M.L.S. Cup trophy followed, and as he finds himself back in MNT camp one year later, Morris thinks he took the right path.

“I’m 100 percent happy with the choice I made,” he told ussoccer.com. “I have no regrets -- it was an awesome season playing in Seattle. Obviously it went well for us, but it’s just so good being around family and being able to play in my hometown. It’s been awesome.”

Morris was a clutch performer for Sounders FC, helping the club rebound from being Western Conference cellar dwellers last July to earning a spot in the M.L.S. Cup Playoffs. Once there, Morris put the club on his back, scoring in both legs of the Western Conference Final against Colorado Rapids before Seattle defeated Toronto FC on penalty kicks in the M.L.S. Cup Final.

In total, Morris tallied 18 goals and five assists through 40 matches for the Sounders last year and credited his early National Team experience with preparing him for his rookie campaign.

“It helps getting your first games, and then towards the end of the season when the stakes are high it definitely helps to have that experience. I was very fortunate and lucky to have played in some of those games before entering my professional career.”

With 12 total caps to his name, the 22-year-old striker has more international experience than 17 players on the January Camp roster, including club teammate Chad Marshall. Currently taking part in his first MNT camp since 2010, Marshall has collected 11 caps. Morris thinks it’s an opportunity well deserved.

“That can be a little funny,” Morris said of his 32-year-old teammate. “I think Chad is such a great player and I think he deserved to be in the pool. Obviously he was before, but he’s been out for a little bit. He’s such a great player and 100 percent deserves to be here.”

Though injuries and time spent with the U-23 MNT limited him to just five senior caps last year, Morris has his sights set one firming up his role with the full team in 2017.

“The goal is to keep working and continue to have that confidence. Being in camps before definitely helps me come in and feel more comfortable. It’s just having that confidence to go out and prove that I can play and hopefully get more minutes on the field.”

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MNT Jan 20, 2017