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U-16 BNT Finishes Trip to England

CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2016) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team finished its trip to the United Kingdom after a two-match set with the U-16 England BNT, where the USA drew 1-1 in the first match and fell to England 4-2 two days later.

In the first match, England got on the board first with an unfortunate USA own goal in the eighth minute. The U.S. rallied back and forward Gabe Segal equalized in the 13th minute, leading the USA to a draw.

The second match began the same with England snatching the first goal in the ninth minute. Just before half, England doubled its lead, sending the USA into halftime down 2-0. Minutes after the second half started, Segal grabbed his second goal of the trip. England countered and scored just two minutes later. USA midfielder Marcelo Palomino added to the American’s score with a goal in the 65th minute. In the 80th minute, England sealed the deal with a last second goal to secure the final score line.

This was the first competition for Shuan Tsakiris since being named U-16 BNT head coach in early January.

Tsakiris and the U-16’s will look ahead to their next challenge, the 2016 Delle Nazioni, set to run April 20-May 1 in Gradisca, Italy, where the U.S. U-15 BNT came away tournament champions in 2015. 

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- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team vs. England
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: St. George’s Park; United Kingdom
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. Local Time
Weather: 45 degrees

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

ENG – Daniel Neill                     9th minute
ENG – Daniel Neill                     37
USA – Gabe Segal                    42
ENG – Bukayo Saka                  44
USA – Marcelo Palomino           65
ENG – Bobby Duncan               80

USA: 1-Cole McNally; 2-Cameron Duke (3-Luke Hansen, 41), 4-Michael Pellegrino, 5-Dominic DeAlmeida, 21-John Hilton (13-Sebastian Serpa, 70); 6-Taylor Booth (capt.) (20-Timothy Bielic, 70), 8-Nick Fernandez (16-Indiana Vassilev, 33), 10-Marcelo Palomino; 11-Ulysses Llanez (14-Jose Rivas, 68), 7-Gabe Findley (17-Konrad DelaFuente, 41), 9-Gabe Segal (24-Bryan Reynolds, 68)
Subs not used: 23-Luis Arriaga, 12-Nico Defreitas-Hansen
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

England: 1-Lucas Ashby Hammond; 2-Dylan Crowe, 20-Tomiwa Solanke, 4-Faustino Anjorin (capt.), 3-Bukayo Saka (5-Nathaniel Ogbeta, 48); 18-Jamie Bowden, 7-Fabio Sole, 6-Zico Asare (8-Thomas Doyle, 70); 15-Curtis Jones, 11-Xavier Amaechi (19-Louis Watson, 70), 9-Bobby Duncan (17-Sylvester Jasper, 70)
Subs not used: 12-Bali Mumba, 13-Leighton Fanshawe, 16-Ethan Dekel
Head Coach: Geraint Twose

Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots: 7/8
Shots on Goal: 5/6
Saves: 2/3
Corner Kicks: 1/3
Fouls: 8/3
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:

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Holders Sporting KC & Philadelphia Union Book Spots in Open Cup Last Eight

The two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 games on Saturday, June 16 were tense affairs that went right down to the wire. Philadelphia Union, playing in a second straight game at their Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. Over in Kansas, defending champions and four-time toppers Sporting Kansas City fought back from a goal down and needed a last-gasp beauty of a winner from Yohan Croizet to seal a 3-2 victory and send FC Dallas packing for a second year on the bounce.

Union Get the Better of Red Bulls (2-1)
The first half from Chester, PA was a wide-open affair that, somehow and against the logic of play, failed to produce a goal. After just five minutes, USA international Alejandro Bedoya sent the speedy Cory Burke away through the right-hand channel and in alone on the Red Bulls goal. Luis Robles – in for injured NYRB Cup keeper Ryan Meara – got down just in time to keep the ball from ending up in the back of his net. Burke remained the danger-man for the home team throughout the opening period, with his speed and good running making him a sharp tip for the Union’s attacking spear.

(Cory Burke was in fine form for the Philadelphia Union in their win over New York Red Bulls)

Up the other end, Carlos Rivas caused trouble in attack for the men from New Jersey. The Colombian speed-merchant forced Union keeper Andre Blake into some unorthodox work in the 25th minute with his physical play. Shortly after, Bedoya sent Ilsinho in behind the defense again at the other end, but the Brazilian winger could only hit over the bar in a half of many chances and wayward finishing. The best chance of the first 45 minutes came on the half-hour mark when Fafa Picault crossed dangerously into the area, but Burke could only put his header wide of the Red Bulls goal from close-up and unmarked. In a half that saw the Union take 11 shots on goal to the visitors six, there was time for one more attack before the whistle went. Rivas, however, could only blaze over the bar for the visitors after chasing a hopeful ball in deep behind the Union backline.

The second half began with a flourish of energy and attack from the visitors. Kemar Lawrence hit the woodwork in the 48th minute from close-range and, seconds later, Derrick Etienne failed to take advantage of a break-away for the Red Bulls as he dallied and allowed Auston Trusty the time he needed to swoop in and tackle the ball away. And as so often happens when you miss your chances, the Jersey boys were made to pay in the 52nd minute. Haris Medunjanin, the veteran Bosnian singled out for praise by coach Jim Curtin after a 5-0 win over the Richmond Kickers in the last round, teased Tyler Adams near the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a left-footed shot that took a slight deflection before hitting the net. 

(It wasn't the largest crowd of the 2018 finals, but the Union faithful were spirited)

Needing a goal to force extra-time, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsh – a former Open Cup winner as a player – brought on Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer. But before the fresh men could get the oil warmed through their engines, Burke went and snatched a goal at the other end. Pouncing on a good piece of service from Bedoya, the Jamaican striker kept his cool to slot home and make it 2-0 for the Union in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, Royer hit the post and Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute with a calm finish from just inside the penalty area to set up a nervy end to the contest. But despite some jittery moments, the Union held firm and rode their 2-1 win over their old Northeast rivals into the Quarterfinals.

Five-Goal Thriller Sees SKC Through (3-2)
The second game of the night was a rematch of the enthralling Open Cup Quarterfinal from last year between defending champions Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas. The home side had to fight back from a goal down at their Children’s Mercy Park to keep their dream of a repeat – and a fifth overall title – alive. Talented striker Daniel Salloi, still just 21 years old, scored a pair of goals in the 3-2 victory that was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament.

(Not subtle - FC Dallas walk past SKC's four Open Cup trophies on their way to the pitch)

FC Dallas, looking for vengeance after last year’s 0-3 loss in extra-time at the very same stadium, were on the front foot early. And after only 19 minutes, Michael Barrios' shot at the back post was well saved by Adrian Zendejas in the SKC goal. But unfortunately for the stand-in keeper – on for usual number-one Tim Melia – the ball bounced back out to Barrios who crossed it high and over toward goal. There, Carlos Gruezo had the easiest of jobs tapping in from close range.

The game, played in 90-degree heat, turned testy after the opening goal. No quarter was asked for or given in a midfield that became increasingly dominated by rangy SKC captain Roger Espinoza. The Honduran international saw his fine flicked header saved by Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez in the 40th minute. But three minutes after that, the home side got the equalizer their good play deserved. They were twice denied by the woodwork before Graham Zusi laid in an inch-perfect ball from the left that Ike Opara headed toward the FC Dallas goal. Young Salloi made sure with a finish from close range to send the sides into the break balanced at 1-1.

(Daniel Salloi stretches to score his first goal in the 3-2 win for SKC over FC Dallas)

The second half was jam-packed with incident (and goals). Salloi struck first with his second of the night after 66 minutes. He was the beneficiary of a botched clearance by the FC Dallas backline and a series of fine touches from his own teammates. The finish was a thing of subtle beauty as the Hungarian turned and hit just inside the box for his sixth goal in all competitions this year and his fifth goal overall in the Open Cup (2017 and 2018). But Dallas refused to go away, and Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute with a scrappy goal that took a series of deflections en route to the net. And just when it looked like the game was destined for extra-time, Frenchman Croizet settled the affair at 3-2 with a goal worthy of winning any game anywhere in the world. His stunning volley swerved into the top corner from 25 yards out, won the game for his team and will live on long in the lore of the U.S. Open Cup.

With their impressive wins on the night, Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia Union both move through to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, joining last night’s winners Portland Timbers in the Last Eight. SKC will meet the winner of Wednesday, June 20’s Round of 16 meeting between Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United while Philadelphia take on the winner of DC United and Orlando City (also to be played next Wednesday).


Game (home team listed first)



June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) 1-0 LA Galaxy (MLS)

8 p.m. PT

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2-1 New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3-2 FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

D.C. United (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Nashville SC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

June 20

Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.


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