BRADENTON, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2018) – The U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team opened the 2018 U.S. Soccer U-20 Men's Invitational with a 2-2 draw against South American U-20 power Venezuela. Next up in the round-robin tournament, the U-19s will face the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, while Venezuela takes on Jamaica earlier in the day at 11 a.m. ET.
In the first of its three tournament games, the U-19 MNT took the lead 26 minutes into the second half after goals from Taylor Booth (62nd minute) and Blaine Ferri (71st minute) put the Red, White and Blue up 2-0.
Booth’s strike came after the midfielder received a throw-in near the left corner of the penalty box, turned, took a touch toward goal and sent a screamer past the goalkeeper into the far side netting.
Nine minutes later, Booth’s 2017 U-17 World Cup teammate and fellow midfielder Blaine Ferri doubled the USA’s lead. On the attack at the top of the penalty box, El Paso native and current Club Santos Laguna forward Manuel Terrazas looped a pass over the Venezuela defense and onto the run of Ferri, who volleyed his strike into the bottom right corner of the net.
La Vinotinto got back into the game in the 87th minute with a goal from Carlos Ramos and went on to keep the USA from earning three points with a penalty kick conversion three minutes into extra time, off the foot of Christian Makoun to know the final score line at 2-2.
- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-19 Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela U-20 National Team
Date: Aug. 21, 2018
Competition: 2018 U.S. Soccer U-20 Men's Invitational
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
VEN 0 2 2
USA 0 2 2
USA – Taylor Booth 62nd minute
USA – Blaine Ferri (Manuel Terrazas) 71
VEN – Carlos Ramos 87
VEN – Christian Makoun (penalty kick) 90+3
USA: 1-Sam Fowler; 2-Akil Watts, 4-Julian Araujo, 5-JJ Foe Nuphaus, 3-Nathan Harriel (15-Khai Brisco, 76); 8-Chris Goslin (6-Taylor Booth, 46), 14-Blaine Ferri (21-Carlo Ritaccio, 84), 10-George Acosta (16-Isaac Angking, 46); 7-Jacobo Reyes (18-Joshua Penn, 76), 11-Ulysses Llanez (17-Declan McGlynn, 76), 9-Manuel Terrazas
Subs not used: 12-Johan Penaranda
Head coach: Dave Van den Bergh
VEN: 1-Miguel Silva; 2-Pablo Bonila, 16-Roberto Chacon, 5-Christian Makoun, 6-Miguel Navarro; 13-Jorge Yriarte, 18-Cristian Casseres (8-Carlos Ramos, 70), 10-Brayan Palmezano; 7-Jesus Vargas, 15-Diosbert Rivero (14-Jose Rondon, 70), 17-Jorge Echeverria (11-Brayan Hurtado, 76)
Subs not used: 3-Ignacio Anzola, 4-Alfonzo Crespo, 12-Claudio Fraga
Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 14 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 5
Saves: 3 / 8
Fouls: 7 / 10
Corners: 3 / 4
Offside: 4 / 3
USA – Julian Araujo (caution) 47th minute
USA – Khai Brisco (caution) 92
Referee: Esteban Rosano
Assistant Referee: Andres Vidales
Assistant Referee: Stephen Richardson
4th Official: Madzid Coric
Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.