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U-15 BNT Finishes Four-Team Tournament In Zagreb, Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia (June 6, 2016) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team finished the four-team tournament in Zagreb, Croatia, where Giovanni Reyna and Gilbert Fuentes scored for the USA.

The first match kicked off against Montenegro on June 2, and the U.S. took control from the opening whistle. Forward Reyna tallied for the U.S. in just the first minute of the match, being the only goal to secure the U.S. victory.

On June 3, the U.S. faced Croatia, where the host country took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal from Josko Gvardiol, ending the first half with a 1-0 scoreline. Minutes into the second half, Croatia tallied again as Karlo Miljanic put a ball past U.S. goalkeeper Alex Bobocea in the 38th minute. Minutes later, U.S. sub Fuentes narrowed the lead with a goal in the 41st minute, but it wouldn’t be enough as the U.S. fell 2-1.

In its last match on June 5, the USA fell to Serbia 2-0 with two first half goals by Andrej Blagojevic and Edvin Eleven in the 13th and 26 minute, respectively.

This was the second tournament of the year for the U-15s as they finished their first tournament in April as the 2016 International Festival of Futbol champions in Argentina, defeating Club Atletico (5-1), drawing Newell’s Old Boys (2-2) and defeating Uruguay (2-0) in the title game.

- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Montenegro
Date:
June 2, 2016         
Competition:
Four Team International Tournament
Venue:
NK Spansko Field; Zagreb, Croatia
Kickoff:
12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local)
Weather:
72 degrees

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

USA – Giovanni Reyna (Malik Tillman)                                    1st minute                                               

Lineups:
USA:
1-Damian Las; 4-Axel Alejandre (capt.), 15-Kenny Nielsen, 17-Sebastian Anderson (6-Mikey Maunsell, 56), 19-Skyler Smith; 2-Peter Stroud, 13-Gianluca Busio, 20-Gilbert Fuentes; 16-Julian Gaines (11-Joshua Pynadath, 65), 9-Giovanni Reyna, 14-Malik Tillman (18-Max Goeggel, 14)
Subs not used:
3-George Bello, 5-Jake O’Connor, 7-Jack Imperato, 8-Cade Hagan, 10-Efrain Alvarez, 22-Alex Bobocea
Head coach: Dave van den Bergh

MNE: 1-Petar Radulovic; 2-Matija Drincic, 3-Andrej Pupovic, 4-Vaid Eminovic (16-Ilija Tripunovic, 51), 6-Balsa Brkovic (capt.) (5-Lazar Radulovic, 35); 7-Egson Dinosa (13-Luza Todorovic, 45), 8-Petar Vukcevic, 9-Danilo Sofranac; 10-Veljko Rodenovic (11-Ilija Vujovic, 35), 15- Aldin Catovic, 18- Niksa Vujanovic
Subs not used: 12-Lazar Zivanovic, 14-Levan Nikocevic, 17-Balza Dubljevic
Head coach: Boris Milickovic
 

Statistics: USA / MNE
Shots: 9 / 4
SOG: 6 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MNE – Niksa Vujanovic                 29th minute
MNE – Danilo Sofranac                  31
MNE – Andrej Pupovic                  57           

Officials:
Referee: Ante Culjak
1st Assistant: Drazen Mandir
2nd Assistant: Luka Pusic
4th Official: Zeljko Frkovic 

* Match was 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

Match: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Croatia
Date:
June 3, 2016         
Competition:
Four-Team International Tournament
Venue:
NK Spansko Field; Zagreb, Croatia
Kickoff:
10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local)
Weather:
79 degrees

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

CRO – Josko Gvardiol                                      16th minute
CRO – Karlo Miljanic                                        38
USA – Gilbert Fuentes                                   41                                               

Lineups:
USA:
22-Alex Bobocea; 4-Axel Alejandre (capt.), 15-Kenny Nielsen, 3-George Bello, 6-Mikey Maunsell (17-Sebastian Anderson, 36); 2-Peter Stroud (19-Skyler Smith, 40), 11-Joshua Pynadath (9-Giovanni Reyna, 36), 14-Malik Tillman (13-Gianluca Busio, 36); 18-Max Goeggel, 7-Jack Imperato (20-Gilbert Fuentes, 36) 8-Cade Hagan (16-Julian Gaines, 40)
Subs not used:
1-Damian Las, 5-Jake O’Connor, 10-Efrain Alvarez
Head coach: Dave van den Bergh

CRO: 1-Nikola Cavlina; 2-Matej Mamic (15-Gabriel Groznica, 36), 3-Josko Gvardiol, 5-Tino Agic (capt.), 6-Fran Tomek;  7-Boris Galusic, 10-Ivica Vidovic (17-Mateo Beganovic, 36), 11-Filip Braut, 13-Stipe Duspara; 20-Marko Domancic, 22-Karlo Sencar (Karlo Miljanic, 36)
Subs not used: 4-Luka Skarcic, 8-Luka Floridan, 9-Nikola Pavlovic, 12-Mihovil Franetovic, 14-Luka Cajo, 16-Edi Ajanovic, 18-Noz Kristaj, 21-Stipe Biuk
Head coach: Mladen Ivancic

Statistics: USA / CRO
Shots: 9 / 7
SOG: 6 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 14
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Stipe Duspara (caution)                   32nd minute            

Officials:
Referee: Ivan Vuckovic
1st Assistant: Ivan Batusic
2nd Assistant: Ivan Mihalj
4th Official: Goran Pecaric

* Match was 70 minutes with two 35 minute halves.

Match: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Serbia
Date:
June 5, 2016         
Competition:
Four Team International Tournament
Venue:
NK Spansko Field; Zagreb, Croatia
Kickoff:
7 a.m. ET (1 p.m. local)
Weather:
70 degrees

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

SRB – Andrej Blagojevic                                13th minute
SRB – Edvin Eleven                                          26                                          

Lineups:
USA:
1-Damian Las; 4-Axel Alejandre (capt.) (18-Max Goeggel, 52), 3-George Bello, 5-Jake O’Connor (15-Kenny Nielsen, 46), 17- Sebastian Anderson; 2-Peter Stroud, 10-Efrain Alvarez (7-Jack Imperato, 52), 20-Gilbert Fuentes; 9-Giovanni Reyna, 16-Julian Gaines (19-Skyler Smith, 46), 13-Gianluca Busio
Subs not used:
6-Mikey Maunsell, 8-Cade Hagan, 11-Joshua Pynadath, 14-Malik Tillman, 22-Alex Bobocea
Head coach: Dave van den Bergh

SRB: 1-Lazar Slavkovic; 2-Srdan Radojkovic (13-Nikola Miric, 64), 3-Dusan Radovanovic (15-Milan Gvozdenovic, 64), 4-Luka Durovic (capt.), 5-Aleksa Matic; 6-Uros Knezevic, 7-Nikola Colic (20-Luka Veljovic, 47), 8-Aleksandar Ilic (21-Milos Pantovic, 35); 9-Edvin Eleven (18-Aleksandar Isailovic, 47), 10-Andrej Blagojevic (16-Pavle Toskovic, 64), 11-Filip Stevanovic (19-Denis Stojkovic, 52)
Subs Not Used: 12- Nikola Cetkovic, 14- Milomir Cvoric, 17- Mitar Ergelas,
Head Coach: Aleksandar Stevanovic

Statistics: USA / SRB
Shots: 12 / 6
SOG: 5 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 13
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
SRB – Uros Knezevic (caution)                    6th minute
SRB – Andrej Blagojevic (caution)             13               

Officials:
Referee: Tino Krecak
1st Assistant: Vedran Durak
2nd Assistant: Davor Kozarec
4th Official: Igor Pajac

* Match was 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

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- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team vs. Serbia
Date:
June 5, 2016         
Competition:
Four Team International Tournament
Venue:
NK Spansko Field; Zagreb, Croatia
Kickoff:
7 a.m. ET (1 p.m. local)
Weather:
70 degrees

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

SRB – Andrej Blagojevic                                13th minute
SRB – Edvin Eleven                                          26                                          

Lineups:
USA:
1-Damian Las; 4-Axel Alejandre (capt.) (18-Max Goeggel, 52), 3-George Bello, 5-Jake O’Connor (15-Kenny Nielsen, 46), 17- Sebastian Anderson; 2-Peter Stroud, 10-Efrain Alvarez (7-Jack Imperato, 52), 20-Gilbert Fuentes; 9-Giovanni Reyna, 16-Julian Gaines (19-Skyler Smith, 46), 13-Gianluca Busio
Subs not used:
6-Mikey Maunsell, 8-Cade Hagan, 11-Joshua Pynadath, 14-Malik Tillman, 22-Alex Bobocea
Head coach: Dave Van Den Bergh
 

SRB: 1-Lazar Slavkovic; 2-Srdan Radojkovic (13-Nikola Miric, 64), 3-Dusan Radovanovic (15-Milan Gvozdenovic, 64), 4-Luka Durovic (capt.), 5-Aleksa Matic; 6-Uros Knezevic, 7-Nikola Colic (20-Luka Veljovic, 47), 8-Aleksandar Ilic (21-Milos Pantovic, 35); 9-Edvin Eleven (18-Aleksandar Isailovic, 47), 10-Andrej Blagojevic (16-Pavle Toskovic, 64), 11-Filip Stevanovic (19-Denis Stojkovic, 52)
Subs Not Used: 12- Nikola Cetkovic, 14- Milomir Cvoric, 17- Mitar Ergelas,
Head Coach: Aleksandar Stevanovic

Statistics: USA / SRB
Shots: 12 / 6
SOG: 5 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 13
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
SRB – Uros Knezevic (caution)                    6th minute
SRB – Andrej Blagojevic (caution)             13               

Officials:
Referee: Tino Krecak
1st Assistant: Vedran Durak
2nd Assistant: Davor Kozarec
4th Official: Igor Pajac

* Match was 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

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U-18 WNT Ends 2017 With Camp in San Diego

CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will finish up its 2017 programming with a training camp at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3.

U-18 WNT head coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, 20 born in 2000, the current age group for the U-18s, three born in 1999 and one born in 1998. Twenty-two players are currently playing youth club soccer while two are in college. Sixteen of the twenty-two youth club players are currently participating in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy.

The pair of NCAA players are Texas A&M midfielder Addison McCain, named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last month, and UC Berkeley defender Emily Smith, who played in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and recently earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors.

The camp will complete a 2017 slate for this age group that included international trips to England and Australia as well as four domestic training camps.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (NTH Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), MacKenna Carmichael (San Diego Surf; Mission Viego, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire Academy; Granger, Ind.)                                                                                            
DEFENDERS (9): Cassandra Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Anastasia Kravitz (California Thorns FC; Hillsborough, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Emily Smith (UC Berkeley; Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.), Isabelle Verdugo (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.)                                                                           
MIDFIELDERS (6): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Erin Hohnstein (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Addison McCain (Texas A&M; Lavon, Texas), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)                                                                                    
FORWARDS (6): Aleigh Gambone (McLean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sydny Nasello (Tampa Bay United; Land o Lakes, Fla.), Anna Podojil (Ohio Elite Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC: Medina, Ohio), Brooke Wilson (San Diego Surf; Vista, Calif.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Adams, Carter-Vickers and McKennie Earn First Caps Vs. Portugal

While last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against reigning European champion Portugal marked the U.S. Men’s National Team’s final match of 2017, for a trio of young players earning their first caps it represented the first steps of what they hope will be a long journey with the MNT.

“We want to turn the page and look into the future,” said Weston McKennie, one of the three freshly-capped players. “This game was closing out 2017, but we have a bunch of new guys that came in, fresh faces and guys that want to prove that they could play at this level and represent the country well. I think tonight was a good starting point for that. “

With 12 of the 21-player roster coming in at 24 years old and under, the friendly signified an accelerated future for the MNT. Three of those young players - McKennie, Tyler Adams and Cameron Carter-Vickers - made their first appearances with the team and shone in the 1-1 draw, highlighted by McKennie’s 21st minute goal.

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“The quality is here,” Adams said. “A lot of young guys put in a lot of solid performances and there’s even more guys that aren’t in this group right now. Going forward, we have to be patient, but the future is bright.”

While it was these players’ first time wearing the crest at the senior level, they immediately showed promise. In addition to earning consistent minutes for their clubs, they’ve grown up playing with the roster’s other young players as part of the Youth National Team programs and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. McKennie, now plying his trade at Bundesliga-side Schalke 04, paired in the midfield with Kellyn Acosta, who he’s known and played with since he was 11-years-old at the FC Dallas Academy.

“I feel like I fit right in,” McKennie said. “I didn’t feel like I wasn’t prepared for it. I’ve played in the Bundesliga and it’s a high level there also. I could hold my own against Portugal and take chances.”

Adams and McKennie played together on Youth National Teams, building even more chemistry in the midfield. When Carter-Vickers entered the match after halftime, it represented a reunion on the back-line with Matt Miazga, his partner in anchoring the USA’s defense at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The pair’s return for the red, white and blue smoothed the path for Carter-Vickers’ dream night.

“It’s quite hard when you come on in the middle of the game, but to come on playing with someone that you’ve played with so many times, it definitely helps,” Carter-Vickers said. “It’s a dream come true, it’s what every young player wants to do growing up. You always want to represent your country at full level.”

An away draw against the defending European champions was a solid return for a group seeking to test themselves against high-quality competition. The on-field product showed a glimpse of what’s to come from the MNT moving forward.

“This group is full of energy,” McKennie said. “We went out there from the very first whistle and fought to the end. There’s a lot of opportunities for guys. We want to show the U.S. what the future holds.”

While it’s a promising start, it’s just the beginning. The trio of newly-capped players, as well as the rest of a young, exciting player pool, now heads into 2018 continuing to forge ahead in defining the future of the MNT.

“We haven’t done anything yet,” Carter-Vickers said. “All the players that are in there, they’re all hungry. We all want to achieve. A lot of us are young. We all want to push on, try and do things and try and win.”

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