CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will play a trio of friendly matches against South American National Teams during its second training camp of the year to be held from June 4-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roster details for the nine-day camp will be announced at a later date.
The U-15’s will play Uruguay on June 8, matchup against host Argentina on June 10 and round out the trip against Paraguay on June 12.
"It is always an important experience for our young players to compete against the South America soccer powers of Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth said. “Perhaps just as important is also the valuable learning experience of playing in such an amazing soccer culture as Argentina. The history, passion and environment will undoubtedly provide our team a unique opportunity."
Additionally, Hackworth’s group will also be traveling to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, this week to compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. The USA’s 20-player roster has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia and is set to open play on April 25.
CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team found the back of the net late in the second half to come out with a 2-2 draw against fellow World Cup side Qatar earlier today at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Slazburg in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria.
Amando Moreno put the U.S. ahead early in the game with a tally in the 22nd minute after side stepping a defender and taking a hard shot right to the goal from the top of the box.
Qatar wasted no time coming from the half and converted on a penalty kick in the 46th minute to equalize the match. A second goal came in the 75th, giving the team a 2-1 lead over the USA.
Defender Conor Donovan saw an opportunity following a U.S. corner kick in the 84th minute and found the ball after it was put into play to send it to the back of the net for the 2-2 and the eventual final score.
Following this game, the U-20’s will resume training in Austria and then face Croatia on April 25, also at Red Bull Arena.
The camp is serving as the USA’s continued preparations for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.
CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department has announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches.
The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.
The candidates will meet from April 21-24 at the Nike Campus in Portland, Oregon, where they will partake in the first in-person meeting, marking the beginning of the course. The first module will focus on the following key areas: Zone I (grassroots) methods of coaching, leadership and Long Term Player Development (LTPD).
The 16-month course will be led by Director of Coaching Development, Dave Chesler. In addition, each module will include leading experts to teach different course components. For the first module Dr. John Cone, Vince Ganzberg and Dr. Greg Shelly will lead the LTPD, Zone I methods of coaching and leadership sections, respectively.
The Academy Director course will be sequenced into multiple modules that focus on enhancing leadership skills, providing periodization and strategic planning tools and staff mentoring techniques.
The modules the candidates will complete throughout the span of the course include: attending a U.S. Youth National Team camp; an international trip; attendance at U.S. Soccer Development Academy events, leadership, LTAD, practical coaching in Zones I, II and III, sport science and technology.
This will be U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department first Academy Director course offered. The April course launch follows a successful pilot program in 2013-14.
Roster of Candidates Selected:
Tony Annan (Dunwoody, Ga. /Georgia United); Matias Asorey (Miami, Fla./Kendall SC); John Bradford (Raleigh, N.C./Capital Area Railhawks CASL); Erik Bushey (Denver, Colo./Colorado Rush); Tim Carter (Northfield, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary’s); James Clarkson (Missouri City, Texas/Houston Dynamo); Jonathon Colton (Potomac, Md./Bethesda Soccer Club); Scott Donnelly (Exeter, N.H./U.S. Soccer); Don Gemmell (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas Rush Soccer Club); Mickey Kydes (Norwalk, Conn./Beachside of CT Soccer Club); Paul McGlynn (Middle Village, N.Y./BW Gottschee); Michael Milazzo (Richmond, VA /Richmond United); Samuel Nellins (Denville, N.J./Player Development Academy); Marc Nicholls (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Sounders); Jon Parry (Overland Park, Kan./Sporting Kansas City); Darren Powell (Lake Mary, Fla./Orlando City); Todd Saldana (El Segundo, Calif./U.S. Soccer); Nolan Sheldon (Washington, D.C./D.C. United); Larry Sunderland (Brookfield, Ill./Chicago Fire Soccer Club); Martin Vazquez (Casa Grande, Ariz./Real Salt Lake-AZ)
Photos from the first two days of training for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in Linz, Austria, where the squad will play a pair of friendly matches against Qatar and Croatia during its final training camp ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which kicks of on May 30. The USA faces Myanmar (May 30), New Zealnd (June 2) and Ukraine (June 5) in Group A play at this summer's tournament. All three group matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy reached two milestones last week in the U.S. Men’s National Team matchup against archrival Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas. For the very first time since the Development Academy was established back in 2007, four of its alumni (Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounder Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier and Seattle Sounders Academy), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) were all part of the starting lineup for the senior team. Later, Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy) entered the match in the 65th minute coming on for Stanford University sophomore Morris.
In addition, this was also the first time two Development Academy alumni scored in the same game at the senior level. Morris and Agudelo were the heroes of the infamous Dos a Cero score line that gave the United States another victory over its CONCACAF foe. They both tallied for the USA in the second half to make it the eighth time since the year 2000 that the U.S. defeated Mexico by the 2-0 margin. USA-Mexico Highlights.
Furthermore, Internationals product Darlington Nagbe earned spot in MLS Team of the Week after helping the Portland Timbers to an important victory over New York City FC. Despite not scoring, he played a big role in the eventual game-winning goal for the Timbers and was a strong presence throughout the match.
Lonestar SC alum Khiry Shelton was credited with his first MLS assist in New York City FC’s 1-1 draw against Philadelphia on Thursday.
U-20 U.S. MNT defender and New York Red Bull Academy product Matt Miazga earned his 4th consecutive MLS start for the Red Bulls senior team in its 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes. This was the second time the Red Bulls defense has shutout an opponent with Miazga playing the full 90 minutes. Miazga is currently in Austria with the U-20’s and was part of Tab Ramos’ starting lineup for the team’s friendly against Qatar on April 21. Also of note, Sean Davis earned his MLS debut in the 86th minute of that match.
FC Dallas Academy product Moises Hernandez was an important asset during the 3-2 victory over Toronto FC providing the assist to Fabian Castillo’s first goal of the evening, which came 29 seconds into the game.
Andromeda FC alum Dillon Powers assisted on Colorado Rapids’ only goal of the match against Seattle Sounders. Powers now has one goal and two assists in the past two matches for the Rapids.
New England Revolution Academy product Diego Fagundez provided Teal Bunbury with the assist that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Revolution against the Philadelphia Union in the 76th minute for a 2-1 final score line in favor of the Revs. The clutch assist was Fagundez’s first of the 2015 MLS campaign.
PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic scored two goals and recorded an assist for Borussia Dortmund’s U-17’s this past weekend. This marked his 4th goal in two games for the German side (SEE GOALS).
IMG Academy alum and recent U.S. MNT call-up Aron Johannsson assisted in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag on Saturday.
Nomads SC alum and recent U.S. MNT call-up Joe Corona assisted in Club Tijuana’s lone goal during the team’s 1-1 draw against Chivas de Guadalajara.