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U-18 MNT Wins Three International Friendlies in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (March 17, 2016) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team swept three international friendlies in Argentina, defeating San Lorenzo (2-1), Racing Club (3-2) and Uruguay (2-1) during its March training camp.

In the first match against San Lorenzo, the USA was quick to get on the board, notching a goal within the first minute. U.S. forward Nick Taitague took a corner kick, sending the ball across the box where it was met by defender Angel Uribe’s head for the early tally. In the 42nd minute, Taitague drew a penalty kick and stepped up to slot the ball past the San Lorenzo goalkeeper for the winning goal.

The U.S. dominated early in its second match against Racing Club a s well. USA forward Griffin Dorsey scored in just the seventh minute from a pass by Jonathan Gonzalez. Minutes later, Taitague converted a penalty. In the 48th minute, the USA’s Aristole Zarris sent a cross toward goal, connecting with Justin Rennicks to collect the game-winning goal.

In the final matchup in Argentina, the U-18s took on Uruguay’s U-18 MNT. The U.S. came out of halftime down 0-1 until Daniel Jones sprinted down the left flank and crossed the ball through the box. Dorsey collected the ball low and equalized in the 48th minute. The game-winning goal came in the 60th minute when U.S. forward Lucas de Rosario picked up a deflection off the Uruguay goalkeeper, and put the ball in the back of the net to finish the game.

The U-18 MNT will next hold training camp from April 23-30 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. San Lorenzo
Date: March 12, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Instalaciones de Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
San Lorenzo                  1          0          1
USA                             2          0          2

USA – Angel Uribe (Nick Taitague)         1st minute
San Lorenzo – Julian Palacios                8
USA – Nick Taitague (penalty kick)         42

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 2-Aristotle Zarris, 4-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 5-Angel Uribe, 13- Matthew Real (24-Glademir Mendoza, 41); 6-Raul Aguilera (16-Andrew Paoli, 4), 20-Paxton Pomykal (8-Jose Alfaro, 66), 14-Jonathan Gonzalez; 9-Justin Rennicks, 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 61), 17-Griffin Dorsey (10-Arda Bulut, 66)
Subs not used: 3-Daniel Jones, 7-Kei Tomozawa, 15-Aedan Stanley, 18-Lucas Del Rosario, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

San Lorenzo: 1-Franco Carretero; 2-Rodrigo Campanell, 5-Agustin Pintos, 4-Fagundo Biondi (capt.), 3-Alexis Aburto (15-Matias Laurino, 48); 8-Aledo Dalvez, 10-Julian Palacios, 6-Ezequiel Insaurralde (18-Ariel Fantoni, 70); 7-Adolfo Gaich, 11-Acel Gomez (19-Gonzalo Rios, 70), 9-Mauro Fleitas(17-Lucas Jeron, 70)
Subs not used: 12-Angel Romero, 13-Fagundo Fatacia, 16-Lucas De La Gioudana
Head Coach: Luis Guillon

Stats Summary: USA/San Lorenzo
Shots: 9/6
Shots on Goal: 3/4
Saves: 3/1
Corner Kicks: 6/5
Fouls: 5/12
Offside: 1/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aristotle Zarris (caution)              75th minute

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Racing Club
Date: March 14, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Polideportivo de Racing Club; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
Racing Club                  0          2          2
USA                             2          1          3

USA – Griffin Dorsey (Jonathan Gonzalez)          7th minute
USA – Nick Taitague (penalty kick)                     9
USA – Justin Rennicks (Aristole Zarris)               48
Racing Club - #9                                                57
Racing Club - #16                                              67

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez (12-Carson Williams, 63); 2-Aristotle Zarris, 4-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 5-Angel Uribe (15-Aedan Stanley, 41), 13-Matthew Real (3-Daniel Jones, 41); 16-Andrew Paoli (23-Glademir Mendoza, 62), 20-Paxton Pomykal, 14-Jonathan Gonzalez (8-Jose Alfaro, 60); 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Arda Bulut, 60), 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 60), 17-Griffin Dorsey (18-Lucas Del Rosario, 57)
Subs not used: 6-Raul Aguilera, 7-Kei Tomozawa, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

Racing Club: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA/Racing Club
Shots: 8/9
Shots on Goal: 5/4
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 10/2
Fouls: 7/7
Offside: 1/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matthew Real (caution)                11th minute

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay U-18 Men’s National Team
Date: March 16, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Polideportivo de Racing Club; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

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

URU – Facundo Torres                          35th minute
USA – Griffin Dorsey (Daniel Jones)      48
USA – Lucas del Rosario                       60

Lineups:
USA: 12-Carson Williams; 2-Aristotle Zarris (13-Matthew Real, 41), 5-Angel Uribe (4-Carson Vom Steeg, 49), 15-Aedan Stanley, 3-Daniel Jones; 16-Andrew Paoli (24-Glademir Mendoza, 41), 14-Jonathan Gonzalez (7-Kei Tomozawa), 8-Jose Alfaro (20-Paxton Pomykal); 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Arda Bulut, 36), 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 49), 17-Griffin Dorsey (18-Lucas Del Rosario, 50)
Subs not used: 1-Eric Lopez, 6-Raul Aguilera, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

URU: 1-Mauro Silveira; Jonathan Gonzalez, 2-Mateo Sena, 4-Facundo Parada, 8-Edgar Elizalde (14-Facundo Santellan); 5-Gonzalo Napoli, 7-Gaston Medina, 6-Matias Alfonso, 10-Ezequiel Mechoso; 11-Facundo Torres, 9-Owen Falconis (13-Bruno Suarez)
Subs not used: 15-Alvaro Garcia, 16-Jose Neris, 17-Santiago Rodriguez, 18-Facundo Delgado, 19-Bruno Suarez
Head Coach: Alejandro Garay

Stats Summary: USA/URU
Shots: 9/4
Shots on Goal: 4/2
Saves: 1/2
Corner Kicks: 2/4
Fouls: 5/3
Offside: 1/2

Misconduct Summary:
URU – Facundo Parada (caution)           50th minute

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- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Racing Club
Date: March 14, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Polideportivo de Racing Club; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                              
Racing Club                  0          2          2
USA                             2          1          3

USA – Griffin Dorsey (Jonathan Gonzalez)          7th minute
USA – Nick Taitague (penalty kick)                     9
USA – Justin Rennicks (Aristole Zarris)               48
Racing Club - #9                                                57
Racing Club - #16                                              67

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Eric Lopez (12-Carson Williams, 63); 2-Aristotle Zarris, 4-Carson Vom Steeg (capt.), 5-Angel Uribe (15-Aedan Stanley, 41), 13-Matthew Real (3-Daniel Jones, 41); 16-Andrew Paoli (23-Glademir Mendoza, 62), 20-Paxton Pomykal, 14-Jonathan Gonzalez (8-Jose Alfaro, 60); 9-Justin Rennicks (10-Arda Bulut, 60), 11-Nick Taitague (23-Nebiyou Perry, 60), 17-Griffin Dorsey (18-Lucas Del Rosario, 57)
Subs not used: 6-Raul Aguilera, 7-Kei Tomozawa, 22-Alex Fetterly
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

Racing Club: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA/Racing Club
Shots: 8/9
Shots on Goal: 5/4
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 10/2
Fouls: 7/7
Offside: 1/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matthew Real (caution)                11th minute

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USA-Chile: Three Tidbits of History

With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Tuesday’s match against Chile (7:55 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas and UDN), here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Roja:

Wynalda Joins Rare Company With Copa ’95 Brace

While the 3-0 win against Argentina is the signature victory of the USA’s fourth-place finish at Copa América 1995 in Uruguay, the team’s success in that tournament started with the opening 2-1 win against Chile. 



Newly equipped with a shaved head, lead MNT striker Eric Wynalda registered both goals – making a near post-run to re-direct now-MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart’s cross from the right in the 14th minute before swerving home one of his patented free kicks six minutes later.

Wynalda’s brace was historic for two reasons:

  • He is one of two MNT players to score two goals in a match on South American soil. The other was Bert Patenaude, who registered a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Paraguay during the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, also in Uruguay.

  • More impressive, the two goals, plus the one he scored days later in a 3-0 win against Argentina, played a part in the striker becoming the only player to tally for the MNT on five different continents – North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Quite a feat!

Balboa’s (Second) 100 Cap Milestone

The match was historic for another reason that wasn’t recognized as such at the time. Prior to the USA heading to South America for the tournament, long-time defender Marcelo Balboa became the first MNT player to earn 100 caps when he appeared in a 3-2 win against Nigeria on June 11, 1995 in Foxborough, Mass.

Or so he thought…

A few years later, U.S. Soccer was prompted by FIFA to revise the cap numbers of players who had represented the USA in games that were not deemed official senior team matches. This caused Balboa to lose three MNT caps, meaning his actual 100th game came in the 2-1 win against Chile on July 8, 1995.

Balboa, who finished his international career with 127 caps in 2000, remained the first MNT player to hit the century mark. 

Three Debuts Against Chile

In more recent times, current MNT players Sean Johnson, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes received their international debuts against Chile. 

On Jan. 22, 2011, Johnson entered for Nick Rimando at halftime of a 1-1 draw with Chile at the recently renamed Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. [HIGHLIGHTS]

The USA’s most recent match on South American soil saw the now-Columbus Crew duo come off the bench in the 3-2 defeat, with Trapp replacing Mix Diskerud in the 60th minute and Zardes entering for Clint Dempsey in the 68th[HIGHLIGHTS]

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MNT Rides Zardes Goal to 1-0 Win vs. Ecuador in Orlando

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In advance of the USA’s two April friendlies matches – on April 4 against Australia in Commerce City, Colo., and on April 7 against Belgium in Los Angeles – U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis spoke with ussoccer.com about the opponents, roster selections and the games.

On her goals for the April friendlies and their potential impact on World Cup roster selection:
“Right now, everything is about preparing for June. Recognizing that these are our last friendlies before the “Send-Off Series” and that we’re playing two quality teams provides a positive sense of urgency to get the most out of these two matches. Australia is a top-6 team, and Belgium came within a goal of qualifying for the World Cup, so these opponents will provide us a level of competition that we’ll be experiencing in France. Our time together will be important to keep forging team chemistry and build on the connectivity on the pitch so we can bring out the best from each other in our team play.”

On facing a familiar opponent in Australia:
“We’ve had some highly competitive games with them over the past few years and we love playing Australia as they push us to be better on both ends of the field. There aren’t very many unknowns between our teams and they have quite a few players playing in the NWSL, but while there is a familiarity, they will also have new leadership, and that may or may not influence a change in personnel or style. What remains important is our preparedness for being able to read and manage any situations our opponents will present.”

On facing Belgium for the first time:
“The growth of many Women’s National Teams around the world has been remarkable to watch, but this is especially true of these European countries outside of the teams who have had the most recent success like Germany, England, Sweden, Norway and France. When you look at teams like Spain, Scotland and Portugal, and the countries that competed in the UEFA World Cup playoffs – Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark – you see teams that have made remarkable strides over the past four or five years and that only helps grow the game worldwide. Belgium is a country with a rich soccer culture – I believe their men’s team is ranked #1 in the world – so I can only see the Belgian women’s team continuing to improve and we’re really excited about the opportunity to play them for the first time.”

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“I spoke with Ali and she’s excited to come into camp and help this team in any way she can. Opportunities, however they transpire, are exactly that, and Ali has been a great pro and will no doubt lean on her experience and strengths when she comes back into this environment. Recently, she has been training with her club in the outside back position and with the potential to add depth on the right side, it was good timing to bring Ali into this camp to join the other six defenders.”

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