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  • DateWednesday, August 13, 2008
  • VenueBeijing Workers Stadium; Beijing, China
  • Attendance0

Altidore Double Highlights MNT Contributions to Club Success

Now just over two months out, the U.S. MNT players have their eyes set on making an impact for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For now, their work is with their club teams, where last weekend a number of U.S. players made a difference.

Jozy Altidore, F, Toronto FC

Altidore collected his third and fourth goals of the season after notching a double in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over Orlando City SC. In the 50th minute, Altidore quickly played a free kick from inside of the center circle to teammate Sebastain Giovinco, who in-turn touched it right back to Altidore. From there Altidore did the rest, zipping past the defense and ripping a shot that just tipped off Orlando City GK Donovan Ricketts’ hands and bounced in off the far post. In the 83rd minute, he got around the defense again. His second score came when he took down a long pass and fooled both a defender and the goalkeeper with a cut in the box that he followed with a left-footed finish.

Watch: Altidore goals

Fabian Johnson, D, Borussia Mönchengladbach

Fabian Johnson played a key part in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. Johnson completed 29 of 34 passes one of which set up the game-winning goal. The win was huge for ‘Gladbach as it clinched at least a qualifying spot in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.

Watch: Match Highlights

Clint Dempsey, F, Seattle Sounders FC

Clint Dempsey led the Seattle Sounders to a victory over rival Portland Timbers by scoring the game-winning goal in the 77th minute of the match. In front of a crowd of 41,541 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Dempsey tapped in a rebound from close range after Andy Rose’s initial shot was saved by the Portland GK Adam Kwarasey. The goal was Dempsey’s second through Kwarasey in the last year. He put one past him in just 30 seconds into the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana last June.

Watch: Dempsey Goal

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Nantes

Alejandro Bedoya headed home the game-tying goal for Nantes in its Ligue 1 road match versus Toulouse. With two minutes left in regulation, Nantes trailed by a goal and was given a corner kick. Bedoya made his move to the back post and buried a header to save a point for Nantes.

Watch: Bedoya goal

Aron Johannsson, F, AZ Alkmaar

Aron Johannsson tallied his sixth goal of the season for AZ, flicking in a cross with the outside of his left foot for a goal in the game’s 35th minute. AZ would go on to win 2-0 over FC Twente. The win was important for AZ as the team continues to work for a Europa League spot. Johannsson’s team now trails the third-place position by three points with two more matches to play this season.

Watch: Johannsson goal

Academy Alumni: Caldwell and Jamieson Score First MLS Goals

This past weekend was a big one for the Development Academy as it was the first time since the Academy was founded in 2007, that 30 alumni appeared in MLS matches in one weekend. This feat is particularly impressive because a few regulars of the MLS circuit were away on National Team duty with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.

In addition, two alumni tallied their first MLS goal, as Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution Academy) and Bradford Jamieson IV (Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Academy) got on the board to help their teams in yet another exciting weekend in Major League Soccer.

For Caldwell, his goal and assist came in a 4-0 New England Revolution victory over Real Salt Lake. Two other alumni made a significant impact in the game; with Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bull Academy) also adding a score and an assist, and Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier) recording an assist. The Revs are now in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2-2 record and 14 points. (WATCH: Match Highlights

Jamieson notched his first MLS goal early in the game with a ninth-minute strike that saw the forward give the Galaxy the 1-0 lead before New York Red Bulls found the tying score in the second half.

In a high-scoring game between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City that saw both teams combine to score eight goals, Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) did his part in the attacking third for Houston, adding a goal in first half stoppage time to send the Dynamo into the locker room with a 2-1 lead. 

Dillon Powers (Andromeda FC) provided an assist on teammate Nick LaBrocca’s goal over the weekend to help Colorado Rapids find the equalizer against FC Dallas late in the second half.

Finally, in the weekend action that took place oversees, Aron Johannsson (IMG Academy) got the start for AZ Alkmaar and scored the team’s second goal in its 2-0 win over Twente on Sunday.

Familiar and Fresh Faces Gather in Bosnia for U-18 MNT Camp

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team is currently in Bosnia for its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster already squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. Next, the team is poised for a pair of friendly matches with Bosnia’s U-19 National Team on April 28, followed by a second on April 30.

“This is a really important trip for us because it’s the before-last camp and we are doing it in a foreign camp,” Perez said. “We are going to play against Bosnia’s U-19 team which is one year older than us and for them, it’s a really important moment because they are close to the UEFA European U-19 Championship, so we expect very tough competition.”

Earlier this year, the U-18’s competed in the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they played against Monarcas Morelia, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Club Tijuana and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica. Ten players who competed at Copa Chivas are back for this camp in Bosnia, with a few fresh faces joining them this time around.

“We have a good combination of players with a lot of experience with the National Team and we have some new players doing very well with club teams like with the case of Marcello Borges with New York Red Bulls. It’s his first time with any National Team. Mason Stajduhar, he’s with Orlando City SC - it’s his first international trip with us. Also, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) is in his first cycle with the international team.

“Then on the other side we have players like Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF) or Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC) or Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire) or Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC) who have been around the team for a long time and they are core-group players.”

For Marcello Borges this call to camp has been nearly 18 years in the making. He said that now that he is here he is going to give it everything he has.

“I’ve been wanting to get a call since I was a young boy so getting a call for the first time, I was very excited to prove what I had and to show that I deserve to be here,” Borges said. “It’s going well. The players here are all top quality too. It moves quicker than back at home, but I’ll adjust to it and I’ll play well. You always have to play to their level and try to improve. Every day playing against the best players, you improve yourself, so I’m just trying to do my best.”

Borges said that he hopes to learn as much as he can at this camp both on and off the field, taking advice from guys that have been around the system for a while and hoping to use what he learns when he’s back home. Players like Akale are helping lead the way for newer players like Borges.

“I think in Villareal we’re always going 100 percent all the time and that’s the goal for us here. If we bring that here we’ll be a lot better,” Akale said. “I hope to show that here and be a leader.”

As the team continues to progress, it will also be put to the test when it takes on a Bosnian team that Perez expects to be very physical. Nonetheless, it is a challenge that the team is eager to take on.

“I’m looking forward to playing a physical side,” Akale said. “[It will be] a physical and tough match and set pieces are going to be important for us.”

Perez says the match will be a good opportunity for the players to work on their feet and to operate technically to move the ball around quickly, thus creating another occasion and possible moment of experience for the young team that is always looking to improve.

U-15 BNT Downs Croatia 6-2 at Tournament Delle Nazioni

VIPOLZE, Slovenia (April 26, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team continued its strong run at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 6-2 win over Croatia on Sunday, April 26 in Vipolze, Slovenia.

Ayo Akinola scored four goals and Andrew Carleton added a brace - he also had one a day before against Costa Rica - to help the U.S. to six points in Group C. All six goals for the USA came with an assist, as Adrian Villegas recorded three, George Acosta two and Akinola added a final one. The U.S. U-15 BNT has now scored 10 goals in the tournament while only allowing three.

The USA will play its last group stage match against Slovenia on April 27 and will advance in the tournament based on seeding following play from all three groups competing.

Scoring Summary:

USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta), 31 minute:
Acosta won a challenge at the half way line and played a ball immediately in behind to Akinola. Akinola was able to get a step on the final defender and finished for the USA’s first goal of the game. USA 1, CRO 0 

CRO – Leon Pretovic (David Colina), 34 minute: The USA turned the ball over the middle third of the field and Croatia played it wide to Colina who served the ball into the back post and found Pretovic, who was left unmarked and equalized the match. USA 1, CRO 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta), 42 minute: The USA played a deep ball from its defending half down the right side to Acosta who was able to get in behind the Croatian defense. Acosta proceeded towards the goal and served a ball back across to Akinola, who tapped it in for the USA’s second goal. USA 2, CRO 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas), 45 minute: The U.S. built its attack through a combination into the final third and Villegas slipped the ball into Akinola, who was able to beat the Croatian defender to the ball scored for the hat trick in the match. USA 3, CRO 1

CRO – Bartol Franjic, 57 minute: Croatia was able to notch its second goal in the game from a free kick from 20 yards out. USA 3, CRO 2

USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas), 60 minute: Chris Durkin won a challenge at the halfway line and found Villegas right away in the attacking third; he then immediately turned to find Akinola slipping through a seam, allowing him to knock-in his fourth tally of the match. USA 4, CRO 2

USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola), 63 minute: The U.S. built again through the middle third and after a couple different combinations, Villegas finds Akinola once again. Akinola received the ball and ran at the defense where Carleton is making a run from the left side. Akinola then slipped him the ball, allowing Carleton to send it to the back post. USA 5, CRO 2

USA – Andrew Carleton (Adrian Villegas), 65 minute: Carleton picked off a ball in Croatia’s defensive third and then played a combination with Villegas, who gives the ball back to Carleton and finished within 6-8 yards. USA 6, CRO 2. FINAL

- U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Croatia
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play
Venue: Renje, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Attendance: 65
Weather: 69 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1 2 F
USA                             1 5 6
Costa Rica                    1 0 1

USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)                  31 minute
CRO – Leon Pretovic (David Colina)                   34
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)                  42
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas)                  45
CRO – Bartol Franjic                                          57
USA – Ayo Akinola (Adrian Villegas)                  60
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)                63
USA – Andrew Carleton (Adrian Villegas)            65

USA: 22-Alex Budnik, 19-Jaylin Lindsey (2-Bryan Perez, 53), 5-Rayshaun McGann, 3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 21-Chandler Vaughn (8-Chris Durkin, 53), 18-Chris Goslin, 6-Blaine Ferri (15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz, 60), 20-Adrian Villegas, 13-George Acosta (11-Andrew Carleton, 60), 16-Ayo Akinola, 17-Zico Bailey
Subs not used: 1-Eric Lopez, 7-Tim Weah, 9-Lucas Del Rosario, 10-Nicholas Taitague, 4-Jake Arteaga
Not dressed: none 
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRO: 12-Ivor Pandur, 11-Dino Kapitanovic, 5-Luka Jelenic (6-Ante Palaversa, 36), 4, Stipe Radic, 3-David Colina (2-Martin Krizmanic, 36), 14-Tomislav Dumlijan, 13-Di Mateo Lovric (10-Bartol Franjic, 36), 8-Luka Pavlak, 16-Leon Petrovic (7-Leon-Habib Ernst, 36), 19-Roko Baturina, 15-Matej Vuk (20-Antonio Marin, 18)
Subs not used: 9-Michele Sego, 17-Jozef Kuqi, Josip Sutalo
Not dressed: 1-Dominik Kotarski 
Head Coach: Mladen Ivancic

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 2
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (caution)          46 minute
USA – Bryan Perez (caution)                              56 minute

Referee – Dzvzdanovic Jasmin
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Primoz Stoken
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Iztok Lozar

U-15 BNT Opens Tournament Delle Nazioni with 4-1 Win over Costa Rica

VIPOLZE, Slovenia (April 25, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team opened up group play at the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, April 25 in Vipolze, Slovenia.

Lucas del Rosario and Andrew Carleton each scored a brace for the U-15 BNT to lift the team past its Group C opponent. In addition, Tim Weath recorded two assists for the U.S., and del Rosario added one more.

Costa Rica struck early in the match with a tally in the second minute, but the USA stormed back to score four unanswered goals and take a comfortable lead into the half that they would maintain the remainder of the game.

Next, the USA takes on Croatia on April 26 and concludes the group stage against Slovenia on April 27.

Scoring Summary:

CRC – Josue Valverde, 2 minute: Throw-infor Costa Rica in USA’s defensive third. Ball is thrown-in and Jake Arteaga from the USA steps out, but is beat on the run and Valverde finds a way to finish on the far post. USA 0, CRC 1

USA – Andrew Carleton, 10 minute:
The U.S. began pressing inside Costa Rica’s defensive half. That’s where Carleton picked off a ball that Costa Rica tried to play wide to the outside back and finished from 20 yards out. USA 1, CRC 1 

USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 17 minute: The USA was once again pressing Costa Rica, this time in its defensive third, when Weath picked off the pass wide and played it back across to del Rosario who finished finding the back of the net. USA 2, CRC 1

USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath), 23 minute: The USA won the ball at midfield, where Weath played a deep ball in behind to del Rosario, who was running off the ball and created a 1v1 with the goalkeeper. Del Rosario was able to beat the goalkeeper and score his second goal of the match. USA 3, CRC 1

USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario), 28 minute: The U.S. was combining through the middle third into the final third, when del Rosario found a gap between the Costa Rican defense to pass it to Carleton, who ran with the ball, beat the goalkeeper and sent one to the near post to finish for the USA’s final goal. USA 4, CRC 1. FINAL

- U.S. U-15 Boys' National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Costa Rica
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Competition: Tournament Delle Nazioni, Group Play
Venue: Vipolze, Slovenia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local
Attendance: 55
Weather: 60 degrees

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

CRC – Josue Valverde                                       2 minute
USA – Andrew Carleton                                     10
USA– Lucas de Rosario (Tim Weah)                   17
USA – Lucas del Rosario (Tim Weath)                23
USA – Andrew Carleton (Lucas del Rosario)       28

USA: 1-Eric Lopez, 2-Bryan Perez, 4-Jake Arteaga, 19-Jaylin Lindsey, 21-Chandler Vaughn (3-Kelee Cornfield-Saunders, 56), 8-Chris Durkin, 15-Carlos Anguiano Diaz (6-Blaine Ferri, 56), 10-Nicholas Taitague (13-George Acosta, 28), 7-Tim Weah (20-Adrian Villegas, 50), 9-Lucas Del Rosario (16-Ayo Akinola, 50), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Zico Bailey, 50)
Subs not used: 22-Alex Budnik
Not dressed: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 18-Chris Goslin
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Patrick Mejas, 2-Dennis Loasiga, 5-Kaylor Morales, 6-JurgenGuzman, 19-Danny Bolivar Garcia, 12-Christian Salazar (8-Emmanuel Quesada, 43rd), 7-Johan Bustamante (13-Daniel Fonseca, 36), 15-Ronnier Guiles (16-Jose Vargas, 36), 11-Daniel Roldan (17-Jose Guzman, 54), 9-Andy Vado (4-Fernan Tristan, 66), 10-Josue Valverde
Subs not used: 18-Kevin Rodriguez, 14-Estaban Sanchez, 3-Pablo Badilla
Not dressed: None
Head Coach: Cristian Salomon

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ayo Akinola (caution)      58 minute

Referee – Hajdic Osman
Referee Assistant No. 1 – Bozie Alen
Referee Assistant No. 2 – Rustja Matej