MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 19, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team scored two second-half goals and defeated Romania 2-0 to kick off the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament at Kirkagac Ilce Stadium.
The USA took first place in the tournament thanks to a 48th-minute goal from Justin Rennicks and an insurance goal by Adrian Villegas in the 69th minute. Juan Pablo Torres set up the Rennicks goal with a through ball from midfield that rolled through the middle of the Romania defense. Rennicks got behind the final defender and tapped inside the right of the frame for a 1-0 lead. Raul Aguilera earned the assist on the Villegas tally with a cross from the right side of the box.
Eric Lopez and the U.S. defense earned the clean sheet.
With Turkey and Norway playing to a scoreless draw on Monday, the USA grabs the early first-place lead in its group.
-U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (99-00) vs. Romania
Date: Jan. 19, 2015
Competition: 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament
Venue: Kirkagac Ilce Stadium
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local
Weather: 60 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
ROU 0 0 0
USA – Justin Rennicks (Juan Pablo Torres) 48th minute
USA – Adrian Villegas (Raul Aguilera) 69
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 2-Raul Aguilera, 4-McKay Eves (capt.), 5-Rayshaun McGann, 3-Jose Alfaro; 6-Juan Pablo Torres, 13-Jonathan Gonzalez (17-Marty Raygoza, 78), 10-Jose Carranza, 7-Justin Rennicks (16-Kyle Gruno, 78); 11-Adolfo Trujillo (15- Adrian Villegas, 63), 9-Lucas del Rosario (19-Leo Marquez-Ramirez, 63)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Avilez, 18-Roger Batse, 20-Matthew Real
Coaches: Luchi Gonzalez and Shaun Tsakiris
1-Adelin Ioan Iliescu; 2-Constantin Girjoaba, 4-Cristian Vasile Podina (14-Dan Mihai Berci, 72), 6-Radu Stefanita Boboc (15- Raul Florentin Cochinju, 79),
3-Constantin Cristian Dima (19- Denis Andrei Craciun); 7-Vlad Mihai Dragomir, 8-Rares Stefan Lazar (10-Mihai Ene, 56), 5-Alexandru Emanuel Petrus (18-Liviu
Cosmin Gheorghe, 72), 11-Claudiu Valentin Micovschi; 9- Andrei Mezin (17-Alexandru Emanuel Petrus, 56), 13-George Danuj Ganea
Subs not used: 12-Andrei Daniel Vlad
Head Coach: Adrian Boingiu
USA – Eric Lopez (caution) 41st minute
Referee: Emre Kargin
**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**Read more
CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is headed to Manisa, Turkey, to take part in the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament from Jan. 19-24.
An 18-player roster will represent the USA and open Group A play against Romania on Monday, Jan. 19. The U-16 BNT then faces Norway on Jan. 20 and Turkey on Jan. 22. Following group play in the eight-team tournament, the top group teams will face each other in the championship on Jan. 24. A third-place match also will be held on that day.
Group B includes the Czech Republic, France, Greece and Ukraine.
Luchi Gonzalez, the head coach of the FC Dallas U-16 Development Academy team and Shaun Tsakiris, De Anza Force’s U-14 and U-16 head coach, are overseeing the USA squad.
Nine players among this group were part of the U-16 BNT’s November camp in France to cap off 2014. Sixteen of the 18 players on this roster were born in 1999 and two in 2000.
There are 14 current Development Academy players and 17 overall who have had ties to the Academy.
U.S. U-16 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Roger Batse (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Palm Beach, Fla.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Liburn, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Lucas del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Leo Marquez-Ramirez (Leon; Visalia, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)