U-20 Men’s National Team Roster Named for U-20 World Cup: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The roster is updated from the 20-player group initially named by Ramos on May 7 and will be submitted by May 15 in accordance with FIFA rules. Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA to represent U.S. Soccer in international competition and will be included in the squad. Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen has joined the team in place of Ethan Horvath. 14 of the 21 players Ramos’ named to the U-20 World Cup roster have ties to the Development Academy.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.
Academy Alumni: For Club and Country: In addition to more than half of the U-20 USA World Cup Roster having Academy ties, the presence of the Academy was felt this past weekend in MLS and abroad as several players helped their teams in crucial moments.
U-14 BNT Opens Camp in Europe with 3-1 Over Croatia: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team defeated Croatia U14s 3-1 on May 11 to open up its training camp in Europe. The USA goals scorers were Gabe Segal, Luis Arriaga and Marcelo Palomino.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 9-10):
Western Conference: The De Anza Force U-17/18s defeated the San Juan Soccer Club 1-0 on a 74th minute goal from Brandon Magpayo. The win was De Anza’s first since April 11. The Pateadores U-17/18s defeated the LA Galaxy U-17/18s 3-2, bolstering the team’s second-place position over the third-place Galaxy in the Southwest division. Ronaldo Escudero scored the game-winning goal for Pateadores, joining fellow goalscorers Choi Ba Da and Luis Leon. Adonis Amaya and Malcolm Jones were the scorers for the Galaxy.
Central Conference: The Texas Rush U-15/16s defeated Colorado Rapids U-15/16s 3-2 behind trio of second-half goals, two of which were scored by Adrian Martinez Israel Tristan was the other Texas Rush scorer and Desmond Cole and Aaron Martinez scored for the Rapids. The Internationals U-17/18s were defeated by Vardar’s U-17/18s 4-3. Jacob Gratzer scored and Stefanos Grazia notched a double, including one score in the 90th minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Nash Popovic hat trick and a Jimmy Todd goal from Vardar. The Crew SC Academy U-17/18s picked up the win over the Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18s by a score line of 3-2. Deihnia Samor scored once and Omar Mohamed twice for Crew which proved to be enough. Rece Buckmaster and Grant Hollkamp scored for Indiana Fire Academy.
East Conference: DC United U-15/16s and PA Classics U-15/16, two teams separated by just .04 pts/gp tied 2-2. Collin Jouan scored both D.C. United goals, while Aramis Kouzine and Sean O’Hearn were the PA Classics scorers. Oakwood Soccer Club U-17/18s tied northeast division second-place BW Gottschee Academy U-17/18s 2-2. Michael Boakye scored a pair of goals for Oakwood and Grant Burg and Sergio Abarca scored for BW Gottschee to even. In a battle of teams currently in the wildcard pool picture, Weston FC U-15/16s defeated Concorde Fire U-15/16s 2-1. Luca Defreitas-Hansen scored the game-winner in the 65th minute. Noahh Thomas was the lone scorer for Concorde Fire. Weston FC’s first goal was a Concorde own goal.
Player of the Week: Beachside SC U-15/16 forward John Denis earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance against the New England Revolution. Denis received high marks for his creativity on and off the ball and he scored Beachside’s only goal in the 1-1 tie to keep his side in the playoffs picture. Thanks to his standout performance, Beachside remain in 3rd place in the Northeast Division, just 0.03 Pts/GP behind the New England Revolution.
Referee of the Week: Matthew Deblois, a 23-year old Grade 6 referee from Rhode Island was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-13/14 New England Revolution and Beachside Soccer Club game on Saturday and the U-15/16s New England Revolution and BW Gottschee game on Sunday. Deblois has been working Academy games since 2011 and has also worked PDL and NPSL games.
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U-20 Men’s National Team:
- Tab Ramos Elaborates on U.S. U-20 World Cup Roster: After announcing the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos conducted a media conference call where he answered questions about the team and what lies ahead.
- Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Perez Recaps U-18 Men’s National Team Bosnia Camp: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team wrapped up its camp in Bosnia with a win 1-0 win against the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19 National Team. With just one more camp in this cycle, head coach Javier Perez talked with ussoccer.com about the most recent trip and the team’s continued progress.
Hackworth Reviews U-15 BNT Tournament delle Nazioni Win: Following the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team victory at the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy, last week after defeating Austria 3-2 in the final, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth spoke with ussoccer.com about the win and the continued success and progress of the team.
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.
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