ORDU, Turkey (Jan. 22, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team fell to host Turkey in the USA’s final group match at the 2015 Aegean Cup at Eylul Stadium. The U.S. posted a 1-2-0 record in group play at the tournament.
Gorkem Celik scored the game’s lone goal in the 26th minute as Turkey capitalized on a defensive mishap.
The USA put two shots on frame, but Turkey goalkeeper Mustafa Talha Ozbay saved both of them for the clean sheet.
-U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team (99-00) vs. Turkey
Date: Jan. 22, 2015
Competition: 2015 Aegean Cup Under-16 Tournament
Venue: Eylül Stadium
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
TUR 1 0 1
USA 0 0 0
TUR – Gorkem Celik (Cafer Tosun) 26th minute
USA: 1-Carlos Avilez; 2-Raul Aguilera (15-Adrian Villegas, 67), 4-McKay Eves (capt.), 16-Kyle Gruno (17-Marty Raygoza, 78), 3-Jose Alfaro (20-Matthew Real, 67); 6-Juan Pablo Torres, 13-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 19-Leo Marquez, 7-Justin Rennicks (11-Adolfo Trujillo, 61), 9-Lucas del Rosario
Subs not used: 5-Rayshaun McGann, 12-Carlos Avilez, 18-Roger Batse
Coaches: Luchi Gonzalez and Shaun Tsakiris
12-Mustafa Talha Ozbay; 10-Ufukcan Engin, 5-Hapsuno Yildiz, 4-Recep Yemisci, 3-Sefa Topcu; 6-Baris Zeren, 8-Abdulkadir Omur (14-Yunus Genc, 41),
11-Alperen Kilic, 20-Cafer Tosun (capt.) (18-Mustafa Ethem Erboga, 76); 9-Gorkem Celik (7-Mahsun Capkan, 51)
Subs not used: 1-Batuhan Ahmet Sen, 13-Gorkem Ozgur, 16-Omer Faruk Canbirdi, 19-Hamza Tosun
Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 4 / 4
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 6
Offsides: 1 / 1
USA – Raul Aguilera (caution) 21st minute
TUR – Cafer Tosun (caution) 48 minute
Referee: Sefa Can Meral
**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.)