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U.S. Under-20 Men’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs Japan U-20 MNT
Date:
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Competition:
U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
Venue:
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
Kickoff:
3:00 p.m. PT
Weather:
75 degrees; Sunny and breezy

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

JPN – Ritsu Doan                                                                         6th minute
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jeremy Ebobisse)         20
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse (Isaiah Young)                    56          

Lineups:
USA:
1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 17-Marlon Fossey (Aaron Herrera, 58), 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty, 3-Marcello Borges; 6-Danny Acosta (20-Jackson Yueill, 31), 7-Eryk Williamson, 11-Sebastian Saucedo (9-Mukwelle Akale, 81); 15-Isaiah Young (19-Victor Mansaray, 81), 16-Coy Craft (21-Brandon Vazquez, 58), 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (14-Hugo Arellano, 89)
Subs not used: 4-Andrew Lombard, 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Weston McKinnie, 12-JT Marcinkowski
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
 

JPN: 12-Louis Tkaji Julien Yamaguchi, 2-Takahiro Yanagi, 5-Takehiro Tomiyasu, 4-Koki Machida (19-Takuma Ominami, 46), 6-Itsuki Urata, 15-Ritsu Doan, 7-Yuta Kamiya (8-Kouta Watanabe, 46), 17-Mizuki Ichimaru (10-Kazune Kubota, 82), 18-Keita Endo (11-Yuki Kakita, 82), 13-Takeru Kishimoto (20-Yuto Iwasaki, 66), 9-Koki Ogawa
Subs not used: 1-Ryosuke Kojima, 3-Noda Hiroki, 14-Akito Takagi, 16-Masaya Kojima, 21-Yoichi Naganuma
Head Coach: Atsushi Uchiyama
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 24
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 6
Offside: 4 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Mizuki Ishimaru (caution)                 25th minute
JPN – Koki Ogawa (caution)                         45
USA – Isaiah Young (caution)                     74
USA – Victor Mansaray (caution)                              93

Officials:
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Ehrhardt (USA)
Fourth Official: David Erbacher (USA)

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 made early plans when it came to soccer. According to his mother Liane, the future U-17 MNT forward learned how to kick a ball at age three and began telling friends and family that he was going to be a professional soccer player one day.

The soccer-rich environment of St. Louis certainly helped nurture those ambitions, but they were cultivated by his family as well. Both Liane and his father Jeff played collegiately, while his two sisters are also following in his footsteps in the game.

St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Sargent follows a long line of talent that suited up for powerhouse U.S. Soccer Development Academy Club St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri, including current MNT defender Tim Ream, assistant coach Pat Noonan and former U.S. international Taylor Twellman.

Along with having a soccer family, Sargent credits the players and staff at SLSG for helping him reach the U.S. Youth National Team setup.

“It has been great these past few years. Playing in the Development Academy has really improved my game and the coaches know what they’re talking about,” Sargent told ussoccer.com last October. “The coaches are great guys. They’ve not only taught me how to be a better soccer player but how to become a better person overall. They are the type of people that will take care of you, mentor you, and show you what to do and how to do it.”

U.S. Youth National Teams

Having first appeared at a U-14 Training Camp in 2013, Sargent progressed on to the U-15 level where he notably took part in an international training camp in England in 2015.

Towards the end of that year, Sargent played for the rising U-15 Boys National Team at the 2015 Nike International Friendlies and then joined the U-17 MNT Residency Program. Prior to the 2017 FIFA U-17 Championship in April, Sargent amassed 14 goals and seven assists in 29 international matches, including his four goals and two assists during three matches as the U.S. won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies

Sargent captained the U-17 MNT at this spring's regional World Cup Qualifying tournament, racking up five goals and two assists in five games as the U.S. finished as runners-up in the tournament. Sargent particularly impressed during the USA's 4-3 comeback win against Mexico during the Group Stage, tallying two goals, one of which made that night's SportsCenter Top 10.

WATCH: Josh Sargent's Stunning Individual Effort vs. Mexico

Making Professional Waves

Sargent’s play for the U-17 MNT has put him in the spotlight for more than a few professional clubs. Last Summer, the O’Fallen, Mo., product spent two weeks training with Sporting Kansas City, who has since been confirmed to hold his league rights should he decide to sign with M.L.S., but there could be other opportunities.

Later in October, Sargent took a week-long training spell with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven – a club where current MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley got his European start. Then after training with the U-20 MNT in January, Sargent went on another stint with German club Schalke, where fellow U.S. youth internationals Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nicholas Taitague currently reside.

U-20 MNT

Days after helping the U.S. qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Sargent was named to Tab Ramos' final roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. With the chance to become just the second player to appear in both U-17 and U-20 World Cup events during the same year, Sargent picked up where he left off, tallying two goals to lead the comeback in the USA's 3-3 draw with Ecuador to open proceedings in Korea.

At 17 years, 91 days, Sargent became the youngest player in U.S. history to score and just the sixth U.S. player to record a multi-goal game at the event. 

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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 and Amy passed the torch to the NEW New Kids: 22-year-old Julie Johnston, 21-year-old Morgan Brian and 22-year-old Crystal Dunn who were trying to make the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team and had all been teammates on the U.S. team that won the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup,

Like their mentors before them, the careers and lives of Julie, Morgan and Crystal have seemed to intertwine.

The beginning of the story for these three can be traced back to 2008, when Dunn and Brian played in the first FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand – Dunn as a starter and Brian, the youngest player on the roster, as a reserve outside back.

Four years later, Brian, Dunn and Johnston helped the USA win the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship and then memorably played key roles as the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. Brian played all but 18 minutes, Johnston played all but 32, and Dunn played every minute of every game.


Dunn, Johnston and Brian at the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup in Japan 

During the tournament, Brian pulled the strings in a talented midfield and scored a goal in the semifinal against Nigeria, while as a right back Dunn had two huge assists – in the quarterfinal and championship matches – to lead the USA to victory. Johnston captained the squad and marshaled a stout U.S. defense that allowed only one goal in the knockout stages. She won the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament, a rare feat for a defender. Their success on the youth level showed that these three had the potential for bright futures on the senior side, and they would all debut for the full WNT within a four-month span the following year.

Johnston and Dunn earned their first caps in the same week, just four days apart against Scotland. Johnston’s came on Feb. 9, 2013 while Dunn made her debut on Feb. 13, 2013. Brian quickly followed, earning her first cap on June 15, 2013 against the Korea Republic.


Brian and Dunn have played with each other since 2008, when they were teammates at the U-17 Women's World Cup

Together on the senior team, Brian and Johnston went on to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Dunn was initially named to the roster but suffered a mild MCL strain and was replaced by none other than Johnston. Brian, Johnston and Dunn were all a part of the teams that won 2015 Algarve Cup, the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. They were also all part of the 2016 Olympic Team.

Brian and Johnston were key members of the U.S. team that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Dunn was the last player cut from that roster, but she used that as motivation to have an incredible year in the NWSL, earning the 2015 MVP award and establishing herself as one of the best and most lethal attackers in the league.

Julie Johnston, Morgan Brian
Johnston and Brian won the FIFA Women's World Cup together in 2015

“I am so lucky to have this amazing soccer journey with Crystal and Morgan since our youth days, and it's even more special to have a different connection off the field,” Johnston told ussoccer.com.

Fast forward to the Spring of 2017, and all three are established contributors to the National Team. Currently, Brian has 66 caps and six goals, Johnston has 47 caps and eight goals while Dunn has 50 caps and 22 goals, including a team record-tying five in one game against Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying.

So, after seven years of playing together on the U.S. National Teams (nine for Brian and Dunn), years of personal and athletic growth, there are also some new milestones to celebrate in the lives of the NEW New Kids. It turns out that off the field, the NNKs are all grown up too, and once again, they seem to be doing it all together, almost at the same time.

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Ertz (née Johnston) recently married her college sweetheart, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

“It is so crazy to think all three of us have found the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with around the same time,” said Ertz. “Playing soccer professionally is our dream, but it takes away from our loved ones often and distance is never easy, so it’s nice to have someone who understands those challenges and is going through the same thing. It makes it a little easier. We have three lucky men! And that's three super fun weddings! They are all very supportive and huge soccer fans.”

As for 24-year-olds Dunn and Brian, they are both engaged now, and yes, though it was not planned, their engagements came within a few months of each other.

“Us NEW New Kids are growing up fast!” Brian said about her soccer and life journey with Dunn and Ertz. “It’s a really exciting time in all of our lives and it’s fun to be able to witness how we’ve changed and have been molded by the people we have met.”

“I am so happy for Julie and Crystal. We’ve helped each other through the ups and downs of the National Team, which is no easy task, and now we help each other through the process of wedding planning, which could be even more difficult, to be honest. It’s been a fun ride.” 


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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 got on the end of a pass from Luca De La Torre to fire home a clinical finish in the 36th minute.

Having tallied 19 goals and 7 assists in 34 matches during the current U-17 World Cup cycle, Sargent's strike vindicated Tab Ramos' decision to include the U-17 MNT captain on his final roster for the World Cup. The goal also came in Sargent’s debut with the U-20 MNT, and at 17 years, 91 days old, also made him the youngest U.S. player to score at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, besting current MNT striker Jozy Altidore, who was 17 years, 239 days when he tallied against Poland at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

“Coming off qualifying with the U-17s and coming here is just completely different,” Sargent said of his first competitive experience with the U-20 MNT. “All the players are a lot bigger, stronger, faster and it’s a new level. It’ll push me every time I come out on the field.”

Youngest U.S. Players to Score at the FIFA U-20 World Cup

Player

Game

Age

Josh Sargent

3-3 D vs. Ecuador (2017)

17 years, 91 days

Jozy Altidore

6-1 W vs. Poland (2007)

17 years, 239 days

Troy Dayak

2-0 W vs. East Germany (1989)

18 years, 22 days

Freddy Adu

6-1 W vs. Poland (2007)

18 years, 31 days

Jeff Hooker

2-3 L vs. Uruguay (1983)

18 years, 73 days

Chris Henderson

2-1 W vs. Iraq (1989)

18 years, 76 days

Captain of the U.S. side that just qualified for October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, Sargent continued to lead the come back on the other side of halftime. In the 54th minute, the O’Fallon, Mo., product got on the end of a pinpoint cross from Brooks Lennon to bring the game level at 2-2.

“My first goal, Luca put me in a great position to score, and I just hit a volley near post. The second goal, Brooks played an amazing ball to me, and I just did what I had to do,” Sargent continued.

Though the U.S. went back down due to Bryan Cabezas’ 64th minute strike, the team was rescued by Luca De La Torre’s precise finish four minutes into second-half stoppage time.

 “Obviously, we went down early with the two goals and had to fight back again, but the thing with this team is that we never give up and we’ll keep fighting until the whistle blows,” Sargent said.

The brace also makes Sargent just the sixth U.S. player to score multiple goals during a U-20 World Cup match. Of the five players that previously recorded a multi-goal game, three finished in the top three goal scorers at their respective tournament, while Altidore missed out on a tie-breaker.

Multi-Goal Games by U.S. Players at the FIFA U-20 World Cup

Player

Game

Goals

Chris Faklaris*

6-0 W vs. Turkey (1993)

3

Freddy Adu

6-1 W vs. Korea Republic (2007)

3

Taylor Twellman#

3-1 W vs. Cameroon (1999)

2

Taylor Twellman#

2-3 L vs. Spain (1999)

2

Eddie Johnson^

2-0 W vs. Korea Republic (2003)

2

Jozy Altidore**

2-1 W vs. Brazil (2007)

2

Josh Sargent

3-3 D vs. Ecuador (2017)

2

* With three goals, won the Bronze Boot at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship
# With four goals, won the Bronze Boot at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship
^ With four goals, won the Golden Boot at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship
** With four goals, tied for third in goal scoring, but missed out on hardware due to a tiebreaker at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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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 Boston and rescued a point as Nadia Nadim scored in the 83rd minute for the 2-2 draw. The Breakers had a 2-0 lead early in the second half but a penalty kick in favor of the Thorns in the 67th began the comeback for the Pacific Northwest squad.

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash (2-1; Goals: Killion, Rodriguez; Andressinha) 
In the second of consecutive home-and-away matches, Sky Blue FC proved victorious once again with a 2-1 win against Houston in Piscataway on Saturday night. Despite Houston finding the equalizer in the final minutes of the first half and then holding on for most of the game, SBFC’s Raquel Rodriguez found the back of the net in the 85th minute to seal her team's second win against the Dash in as many games.

After playing in the game on Saturday afternoon, Morgan Brian drove back from New Jersey to Charlottesville, Virginia for her graduation from the University of Virginia on Sunday morning.

Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City (0-1; Goal: Newfield)
A terrific crowd at Maryland SoccerPlex awaited the anticipated debut of Mallory Pugh on Saturday night, but despite the energy around the stadium, FC Kansas City earned the road win when Alexa Newfield scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute. Pugh entered the match in the 54th minute to cheers from the crowd and played well in her first NWSL minutes. At 19-years-old, she is the youngest American and third youngest player in NWSL history. 

NC Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars (1-3; Goals: Williams; Press, Huerta, DiBernardo)
Looking for its first road win of the year, Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in North Carolina and scored three goals in 15 minutes (30’, 37and 45’), including a penalty kick from Christen Press, to defeat the Courage on Sunday evening. NC’s Lynn Williamspulled one back in the 55th minute on her birthday.

Seattle Reign vs. Orlando Pride (1-1; Goals: Yanez; Marta)
Orlando earned a point on the road against Seattle on Sunday night with a late equalizing goal in front of 4,037 fans at Memorial Stadium. Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, left in the 26th minute after suffering a non-contact injury. Further details on the injury haven’t been released by Orlando.

WNT Abroad

Carli Lloyd played for 89 minutes in Manchester City’s 5-1 win against Yeovil Town before receiving a straight red card for elbowing Annie Heatherson in the final minutes of the match. Lloyd may receive a three-match suspension, which would mean she would only be available for one more of the remaining four games left in the Spring Series for ManCity.

Olympique Lyonnais defeated Paris Saint Germain 7-6 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the French Cup final on May 19. Alex Morgan did not play as she continues rehabbing a left hamstring injury suffered in the OL-PSG game on May 13, when she scored and helped Lyon to a 3-0 victory. OL’s medical staff is hopeful to have her available for the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League Final (once again against PSG) in Cardiff, Wales, on June 1.

Crystal Dunn and Chelsea FC won big against Sunderland on May 21 with a 7-0 shutout to return to winning ways in the Springs Series after a 2-2 draw against Arsenal on May 17.

WNT Players in NWSL Action – Week 6
Defender Julie Ertz – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (capt.) – 26 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – 90 minutes (Boston Breakers)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Kealia Ohai (capt.) – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 81 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Forward Mallory Pugh – 36 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Emily Sonnett – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Forward Lynn Williams – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)

WNT Players Abroad
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 89 minutes (Manchester City, ENG / Houston Dash)
Forward Crystal Dunn – 33 minutes (Chelsea FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – Did not play due to injury (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA / Orlando Pride)

Did Not Play
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Midfielder Allie Long – Unused substitute (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – Excused absence (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – Unused substitute (Houston Dash)

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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, right post.

Along with giving Tab Ramos’ side a valuable point to open the competition, De La Torre’s goal was also the latest scored by a U.S. player during regular time at a FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Since first taking part in the competition in 1981, the U.S. had only once before scored in regulation stoppage time, coming when Brian Ownby (below) capped a 4-1 victory against Cameroon with a 91st minute strike at the 2009 edition in Egypt.

Brian Ownby celebrates his goal for the USA against Cameron at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt
Prior to 2009, the USA’s latest goal during regular time came in the 90th minute, occurring on three different occasions.

In 1993, Chris Faklaris capped his hat trick with a 90th minute strike to close out the USA’s 6-0 tournament opening win against Turkey. The three goals pushed Faklaris to win the Bronze Shoe as the tournament’s third-highest scorer.

1993 U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Starting XI vs. England
Chris Falkaris pictured fourth from the left

Four years later, Brian West scored a 90th minute winner to push the U.S. to a 1-0 tournament-opening win against China PR in Malaysia. Check out an excerpt from USA Today detailing the match below.

In the 1999 tournament, future U.S. international Taylor Twellman scored his second goal in the 90th minute of a 3-2 Round of 16 defeat to Spain. The brace contributed to Twellman’s four total strikes at the tournament, which saw him win the competition’s Bronze Boot.

Taylor Twellman awarded the Bronze Shoe at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria

USA’s Latest Regular Time Goals at the FIFA U-20 World Cup

Player

Game

Competition

Minute

Luca De La Torre

3-3 D vs. Ecuador

Korea Republic 2017

90’+4

Brian Ownby

4-1 W vs. Cameroon

Egypt 2009

90’+1

Chris Faklaris

6-0 W vs. Turkey

Australia 1993

90’

Brian West

1-0 W vs. China PR

Malaysia 1997

90’

Taylor Twellman

2-3 L vs. Spain

Nigeria 1999

90’

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U-20 MNT May 22, 2017
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