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- U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U-16 BNT vs Brazil U-16 BNT
Date: Monday, April 17, 2017
Competition: 45th International Tournament of Montaigu
Venue: FEC, La Chaize-le-Vicomte, France
Kickoff: 10 a.m. CEST
Weather: 65; sunny

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

BRA – Rodrygo Sylva de Goes                            42nd minute
BRA – Joao Oliveira                                               80+2

Lineups:
USA: 12-David Ochoa, 2-Ian Hoffmann, 3-Julian Araujo, 15-Victor Rangel, 24-Abraham Gonzalez, 13-Nelson Martinez (6-Mario Anaya, 62), 8-Aidan O’Toole (7-Aidan Morris, 55), 14-Jordan Bender (20-Gabe Segal, 62), 11-Jose Rivas (17-Matko Miljevic, 73), 9-Konrad De La Fuente, 19-Stefan Stojanovic (10-Mitch Cruz, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Nico Defreitas-Hansen, 4-Kevin Peraza, 18-Armando Haro, 21-Jalen Anderson
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

BRA: 1-Lucas Galdino de Azevedo, 2-Lucas Lima, 5-Jonathan Flores, 13-Kaique Lima, 16-Luan Candido de Almeida, 15-Bruno Tatavitto (3-Fabio Bogler, 78), 8-Victor Santos, 20-Lucas Andrade (7-Victor Arantes, 63), 10-Yuri de Oliveira (17-Wallace Almeida 73), 11-Rodrygo Sylva de Goes (19-Joao Oliveira, 78), 9-Yuri Monteiro da Silva
Subs not used: 4-Lucas dos Santos, 6-Lucas Sylva, 12-Yuri Batista, 14-Sandro Perpetuo, 18-Ruan dos Santos
Head Coach: Guilherme Dalla Dea Carlos

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Victor Arantes (caution)                             70th minute  
BRA – Lucas Galdino de Azevedo (caution)     71
BRA – Fabio Bogler (caution)                               80+1

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Get to Know the Three First-Time MNT Call-Ups in Philadelphia

Carrying an average age of just under 23, the U.S. Men’s National Team roster that has convened in Philadelphia is one of the youngest in recent memory. As some of the USA’s most exciting young prospects earn invitations to try and prove themselves with the senior team, three new players have been called for their first camp and will look to earn their first caps against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. on May 28 (6:30 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMás and UDN).

Meet the three newbies:

ALEJANDRO GUIDO | MIDFIELDER | TIJUANA (MEX)

Founded in 2007, Tijuana is a young club and Alejandro Guido currently stands as its longest-tenured player. At just 24, he’s also one of its youngest. Guido joined Los Xolos in 2012 when he turned 18. Tijuana took home its first title that season, and across Guido’s six years with the club he’s crossed paths with fellow MNT players like Paul Arriola, Joe Corona, Michael Orozco and Rubio Rubin.

A San Diego native, Guido grew up on both sides of the border. He played a key role for the

U-17 Men’s National Team in 2011 through Concacaf World Cup qualifying in Jamaica and the ensuing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. After an extended trial at Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse, Guido signed with Tijuana over offers from college and Major League Soccer. He spent a brief spell with the Xolos U-20s upon signing, but made his first-team debut early that season on August 22, 2012. While he’s struggled with injury during the course of his time in Tijuana, this season Guido logged the most minutes of his professional career as he helped Los Xolos to the Clausura championship semifinals.

“Alejandro is a guy that has also been in our youth system and played some prominent minutes for Tijuana in a season where they did very well,” said head coach Dave Sarachan. “He’s primarily a holding midfielder and another young player that has endured quite well under pressure in an environment like Tijuana.”

KEATON PARKS | MIDFIELDER | BENFICA (POR) 

Keaton Parks spent the 2017-18 season trying to ingrain himself into the future plans for one of Portugal’s biggest clubs. Taking an untraditional pathway to Europe, Parks and his towering 6-4 frame starred for Benfica’s B squad this season while making several appearances for the first team.

Parks hails from the Dallas suburbs, where he participated in high school soccer for three years. He played youth club soccer for a local Liverpool affiliate before making appearances for the club’s NPSL team. A coach there helped Parks earn trials with several Portuguese squads, and he caught the eye of second division side Varzim when his club played at a tournament hosted in the Portuguese city.

Originally committed to play college at Southern Methodist University, Parks signed with Varzim. After a short stint with the B squad, he earned a spot as a regular contributor during the 2016-17 season. The following summer, Parks signed with Benfica, historically the Primeira Liga’s most successful club. Across 33 appearances for the reserves and the full team, Parks has proved to be smooth on the ball and dangerous on the dribble. The 20-year-old has made a strong enough impression with the Águias that he inked a contract that will keep him at the club through 2022. 

“He saw a lot of minutes with their “B” team this season, and he’s also received opportunities with the first team,” Sarachan said. “That upped his profile to a point where we took a closer look at him. We also saw a guy that could play in a number of midfield positions. He’s a player with good size and strength who is good in the air and possesses good technical ability.”

MATTHEW OLOSUNDE | DEFENDER | MANCHESTER UNITED (ENG)

Matthew Olosunde grew up in Trenton, N.J. A few short years ago, he was the beneficiary of Mooch Soccer, a non-profit organization found in honor of former MNT assistant coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick that gives inner-city kids in the Garden State a chance to play soccer. Now, he’s wrapping up his second year in Manchester United’s youth set-up and making a lifelong dream come true as he reports for his first senior MNT camp.

After playing locally in Trenton, Olosunde joined the New York Red Bulls Academy at age 14. The club upgrade created a tough commute for Olosunde, driving an hour each way from Trenton to the Red Bulls’ facilities. As he worked his way up through the RBNY youth program, Olosunde impressed and earned an invite to the U-17 MNT Residency in Bradenton, Fla. He represented the USA at the U-17 level in both Concacaf World Cup qualifying and the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

Olosunde was signed to play soccer at Duke University when European clubs came calling after the World Cup. He seized the opportunity to sign with EPL giant Manchester United in March 2016. After a strong showing with the Red Devils’ U-18 side, he established himself as a stalwart in the U-23 starting line-up last year. His youth successes have seen him earn numerous opportunities to travel and train with the first team.  

“He’s been on our radar as a young defender for a number of years,” Sarachan said. “He’s a versatile defender that can play anywhere on the back line. He possesses good size and strength. In the case of all three players, the combination of their form along with them finishing their club seasons made this a good time to bring them into camp.”

WATCH: Olosunde Dazzles at 2017 Dallas Cup

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Q&A: Sarachan Discusses USMNT Roster for Bolivia Friendly

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan named a youthful 22-player roster for the for the May 28 clash with Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. 

ussoccer.com spoke with Sarachan to gain more insight into the roster that will begin gathering Sunday in Philadelphia.

ussoccer.com: Give us insight into how you went about constructing the roster for the match against Bolivia.

Dave Sarachan: “It has been challenging to build the roster given that we have these three matches – one domestic and two in Europe – while trying to be sensitive to the fact that MLS teams are currently in season. Having players available for all three games was a big ask. It was a challenge to try and balance that out in terms of time away from their club team and also the needs we have. Given the way the roster has come along for the Bolivia game and those who will be available for Europe, I think it’s developed well and I’m looking forward to getting started with the group that we’ve finalized for the opening of our camp in Philadelphia.”

ussoccer.com: After having a roster whose average age was just under 24 in March, this squad’s median age comes in even younger at 22 years, 286 days. Could you explain why you feel it’s important to continue giving some of the MNT’s talented prospects chances with the senior team at this time?

DS: “As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program. We’ve had first-time call-ups in every camp since November, and this is another extension of that. We’re going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches.”

ussoccer.com: This camp also marks Christian Pulisic’s return to the MNT for the first time since last October. How valuable is it to have Christian back in with the group?  

DS: “It’s no secret that Christian has a very bright future for many years to come with the U.S. Men’s National Team. The opportunity to have him a part of any group that we assemble is very important, not just for him personally, but for this group going forward. It’s very good to have Christian back in the mix. It’s been a number of months and I think when you can add the quality he provides to any team, that’s a big bonus for the program.” 

ussoccer.com: Along with Christian, a number of players are coming to camp on the back of really strong seasons abroad. Why is this a good time to get these guys in?

DS: “We’ve been really happy to see the progress of a number of our players abroad this season. Guys like Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie, Andrija Novakovich and Antonee Robinson have all received valuable minutes and experience in good environments this season. For them, the timing of this game is excellent, given that they are all coming off very solid seasons for their clubs and should be in good form. Fitness will not be a factor, so I think the timing bodes well for this particular camp and game against Bolivia.” 

ussoccer.com: Andrija Novakovich is a player who found strong scoring form in the Dutch Erstedivisie this season. Could you speak more about the opportunity that’s ahead of him in this camp?

DS: “We had a good opportunity to get to know Andrija in our last preparation for Paraguay. He showed that he belonged in the group during that camp and in that match. This is just another opportunity to continue to see him and have a guy that has shown to be a capable goal scorer and effective as a striker. He’s coming off the back end of a very successful campaign, scoring 21 goals for Telstar, he comes in with a lot of confidence and in a position where traditionally, we haven’t been very deep. To have a guy that is a proven goal scorer is good for us going into the Bolivia match.” 

ussoccer.com: The MNT is also welcoming three players to their first senior team camp. What can you tell us about Keaton Parks, Matthew Olosunde and Alejandro Guido? 

DS: “Keaton Parks is a great story. He was identified as a young player and he was able to find his way over to Portugal, where he also caught the eye of a major club in Benfica. He saw a lot of minutes with their “B” team this season, and he’s also received opportunities with the first team playing some minutes and being a part of the matchday squad a number of times. That upped his profile to a point where we took a closer look at him and also saw a guy that could play in a number of midfield positions. He’s a player with good size and strength who is good in the air and possesses good technical ability.” 

“Matt Olosunde has had a good experience developing with a high-profile club like Manchester United. He’s been on our radar as a young defender for a number of years, and obviously the club also saw something in him. He’s a versatile defender that can play anywhere on the back line. He possesses good size and strength. He was available to be a part of this camp, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to bring him in for a closer look.”

“Alejandro is a guy that has also been in our youth system and played some prominent minutes for Tijuana in a season where they did very well. He’s primarily a holding midfielder and another young player that has endured quite well under pressure in an environment like Tijuana. In the case of all three players, the combination of their form along with them finishing their club seasons made this a good time to bring them into camp.”

ussoccer.com: Josh Sargent took the next step in his career this year by signing with Werder Bremen in Germany, but hasn’t yet been able to play for the club. What was behind your decision to invite him to camp?

DS: “Given the circumstances in Germany where he turned 18 just after the closing of the transfer window, Josh was unable to play first-team minutes at Werder Bremen this season. Despite that, I’ve seen things in Josh where I felt it was a good moment to bring him into the senior team. As a striker, he’s shown great promise at the higher youth levels in World Cup play. I feel physically he has the power and strength to play at this level; now it’s a question of can he adapt to the speed of play and physicality at the senior international level? The way he stepped into the U-20 squad just before the World Cup last year showed how he’s able to handle some bigger challenges, and so we thought this was a prime opportunity to give him an extended look with our senior team.”

ussoccer.com: What are you hoping for the team to get out of the May 28 match vs. Bolivia? 

DS: “Like all of the matches we’ve played since November, the expectation is that the players respond well to the challenges they’ll face on the day against a team that will punish your mistakes. The hope is that we continue the form that we have already shown in terms of being aggressive and not allowing a lot of time and space to the opponent, all with the hope that we have the freedom to create good chances and come away with a positive result.” 

ussoccer.com: What are you expecting from Bolivia? 

DS: “Any time you play a team from South America you can expect a group of players that are technically good, and in this case Bolivia will have a squad of younger players that are eager to show well for their manager. This is going to be a group that’s out to prove themselves and I’m sure they will provide up a good challenge on the day for our team.” 

ussoccer.com: Given that Philadelphia is the first of a three-stop summer tour, what are the plans for the roster as it heads to Europe for friendlies against Republic of Ireland and France in June?

DS: “There will be numerous changes to our roster following the Bolivia game. When we put our roster together, we also took into account travel considerations for some of our players that have just finished long seasons in Europe. While not everyone in Philadelphia will travel to Ireland and France, the players that are joining us this week will be getting an important opportunity as we move our program forward.” 

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GALLERY: Young 22-Player Roster Called to Take On Bolivia in Philadelphia

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan will once again put the prospects of the next generation of the MNT on display, calling 22 players to Philadelphia in advance of the team’s upcoming Memorial Day clash against Bolivia on May 28 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.  

Along with serving as the first of match of the team’s three-stop summer tour, the game will mark Christian Pulisic’s first with the MNT since October 2017. Fresh off completing his second full season with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, the 19-year-old headlines a youthful roster whose average age will be 22 years, 286 days upon arrival to Philadelphia.

Tickets for the USA’s Memorial Day friendly are still available. Fans can also watch the match beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás and UDN or follow along U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts. 


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Dave Sarachan Calls Youthful 22-Player Roster to Philadelphia for USA-Bolivia on May 28

CHICAGO (May 20, 2018) –  U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan will once again put the prospects of the next generation of the MNT on display, calling 22 players to Philadelphia in advance of the team’s upcoming Memorial Day clash against Bolivia on May 28 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.  

Along with serving as the first of match of the team’s three-stop summer tour, the game will mark Christian Pulisic’s first with the MNT since October 2017. Fresh off completing his second full season with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, the 19-year-old headlines a youthful roster whose average age will be 22 years, 286 days upon arrival to Philadelphia.

Tickets for the USA’s Memorial Day friendly are still available. Fans can also watch the match beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás and UDN or follow along U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.

“As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program,” Sarachan said. “We’ve had first-time call-ups in every camp since November, and this is another extension of that. We’re going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches.”

Following the Bolivia match, Sarachan will make numerous changes to the roster before the MNT’s two-game set in Europe.

The USA will visit Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, June 2 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). A week later, the U.S. takes on star-studded France in Les Bleus’ final match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff for the June 9 clash at Groupama Stadium in Lyon is set for 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMás, UDN). 

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MNT May 20, 2018
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The Great Eight Rd. 2: Brothers Opposed, Swollen Scorelines & Seven Cupsets

Fans of the 105-year-old Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup live by its magic moments. And the Second Round of the 2018 competition tossed up a good few of those on May 16. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at eight moments of note from the 24 games, in which a pair of brothers squared off in Carolina, nine amateur strivers booked places in the Third Round, things got weird in Vegas and we said goodbye to a band of merry part-timers who will be missed.

The Mice that Roar
The light was strange on the outskirts of Phoenix – a burnt red like pulverized brick – when amateurs Sporting Arizona FC finished the 24-game Second Round late with a shootout win over Phoenix Rising - a pro USL club part-owned by Didier Drogba (who also lines up for the team, though not on this night). The celebrations were raucous and grateful and full of emotion – and they seemed to speak to something pure about the Open Cup. There was magic dust in the air elsewhere as well. Ocean City Nor’Easters, out of Jersey, rolled over pros Charlotte Independence. FC Wichita and NTX Rayados (both amateurs) will meet in the Third Round after beating full-timers, guaranteeing one of them a date with an MLS team in the Fourth Round. Mississippi Brilla became the first team from the Magnolia State to reach the Third Round of an Open Cup after a slim 1-0 win over Indy Eleven that sparked the kind of celebrations only the Open Cup generates. In all, seven amateur teams beat pro opposition and nine of them live to fight another day in next week’s Third Round. Stand up, boys, and take a bow.


(The sky turned red when Sporting Arizona FC knocked out full-pros Phoenix Rising - photo Christopher Viveros)

Lou City’s Tough Love
Louisville City just don’t give a damn about your Open Cup romance. The USL pros proved it for a second year straight when they beat up-by-the bootstraps amateurs Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 5-0 in the teams’ Second Round contest. They stomped on the gas early and never let up. Just like they did last year, opening their account then by beating pub club hopefuls Tartan Devils Oak Avalon – a team with a dream out of Pittsburgh – by a whopping 9-0. The coach on that day (same as now) was Irishman James O’Conner, who remembers his playing days in the FA Cup fondly. He’s no bully, and neither is his team. Far from it. “It’s important to approach a game, any game no matter who or what level – MLS or pub team – the same way,” he told ussoccer.com. “That’s how you show a team and the Cup respect.” It’s a fact, and the Rough Riders can consider themselves respected (heavily).

Brother Against Brother in Cary, N.C.
The Lansdowne Bhoys, most Irish-born with heavy accents, call their giant goalkeeper from the Gambia Kabo for short. It’s easier that way – Abdoukarim Kabo Dansomakes is more than a mouthful. North Carolina FC’s players call their burly defender Futty – again, it’s simpler. The two brothers, Abdoukarim of the double national amateur cup winners, and Mamadou – a full professional veteran with stints in MLS before landing in USL – squared off in the Open Cup’s Second Round on Wednesday. After the game, a 3-0 loss in which the Bhoys were outplayed all over the field, the big brothers who hail from Africa’s northwest corner (Futty wears No. 98 & Kabo wears No. 99) wore a pair of giant smiles and shared in an embrace. One was a winner on the day, the other a loser – as the Open Cup dictates – but they’re brothers for life.


(Kabo & Futty, brothers from the Gambia, lined up against each other in the Open Cup's Second Round - photo Rob Kinnan)

Goals, Goals, Goals & a Reno Jackpot
For the second round in a row, the tournament produced zero goalless draws (after 90 minutes or extra-time) – proof, irrefutable and notarized, that a good offense is the best defense against getting eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup. In all, there were 93 goals scored over the 24 games played (an average of nearly four per game). Ten of them came in Reno, Nevada. Portland Timbers U23, who scored five times in an opening-round rout of Kitsap Pumas, began the scoring on the night by taking a 2-0 lead over Reno 1868 – the Biggest Little City in the World’s USL pro team. The home boys woke from their slumber in the second half and didn’t stop scoring until they were 7-3 winners on the day. Yep, you heard that right. And kudos to the young Timbers who scored eight goals in two games – there’s no better way to go out of an Open Cup than riding a wave of goals.

What Happens in Vegas…is Weird

There’s something strange going on in Las Vegas – which is normal. But now it’s happening on (and around) the soccer field. Is that Flava Flav turning up to Las Vegas Lights games? Yes. Are the team’s mascots a pair of long-eye-lashed (live) Llamas named Dolly and Dotty? Yes. Does Freddy Adu play for this team in pink and yellow neon jerseys? Yes. Did their goalkeeper, Gage Rogers, take a free kick and hit the crossbar in their first-ever Open Cup game in #USOC2018’s Second Round? Why yes, he did. Las Vegas Lights – a first-year USL team from the City of Sin – lit up their first taste of American soccer’s oldest competition, beating spirited amateurs FC Tucson 4-2 in a game that swung back-and-forth like a Cirque du Soleil trapeze artist. Up next, the Lights travel to Orange County to take on FC Golden State Force. We’ll find out if the circus act works on the road or if what happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas.


(A pair of Llamas - Dotty & Dolly - line up with USL's Las Vegas Lights - nothing to see here - Photo L.E. Baskow)

FC Cincinnati v. Detroit City – On & Off the Field
They’d been going at each other all week on Twitter. Detroit City’s fans were better, their club more authentic, they insisted. FC Cincinnati’s supporters, unsurprisingly, disagreed. It wasn’t always friendly. There was irritation that the home side decided to play at a smaller venue than their usual Nippert Stadium (a pivotal character in FCC’s run to the semifinals of last year’s Open Cup). Detroit fans, unsurprisingly, were miffed at the small number of tickets made available to their traveling band of die-hards. In the end, as has been, is and will always be, the matter was settled on the field. There was nothing between the teams in the first-half. The scrappy amateurs from the Motor City held their own, taking the lead before finishing regulation tied 1-1. Extra-time proved a different story and Emery Welshman used his superior pace (and professional fitness) to send DCFC out of the Cup while collecting a hat-trick for his troubles. Their disappointment at the defeat didn’t keep the traveling Detroit City fans from helping to pick up trash left behind in the bleachers. Class – on and off the field. 

Mother Nature – Open Cup Ever-Present
It’s springtime and the weather can be tricky across the plains and mountains and swamps and deserts and coasts of this huge and at times uncooperative land. Four games in Florida had to be delayed for fast-moving storms. A derby in Nashville, Tennessee between Nashville SC and Inter Nashville FC, had to be stopped and restarted after a 45-minute break. The heat in Midland, Texas where San Antonio FC hammered the Midland-Odessa Sockers, reached 101 degrees at kick-off. And over in Phoenix, where Sporting AZ FC and their veteran goalkeeper Andrew Weber made magic, there was sand in the air and the sky glowed an ominous red. Snow was spotted in Reno, Nevada before kick-off. Penn FC were waylaid by human nature when they got caught in rush-hour traffic. This is the Open Cup: many moving parts, but much to savor amid the unforeseen frustrations.


(How's that for some weather rolling in? The sky went wild over Nashville on Wednesday)

Fond Farewell
In among the upsets and the dreams, we’d be wrong not to spare a thought for those clubs who took their leave. With every rise, a fall; this is the Open Cup after all. There’s no winner without a loser – no draws here. Nothing to share. So, let us wish all the best to Sean Kelly and all the Bhoys from Yonkers, who are back at work today, building the offices and high-rises of Manhattan, wishing they’d gone a little farther – one round more maybe. And Reading United, those plucky young men from PA, who leave the Open Cup undefeated after winning in a shootout in the First Round and losing by that same sword in the Second. We’ll have to wonder what they might have done with a few more weeks to get to know each other. And Detroit City, we’ll miss you noisy folks, too. Thanks for bringing your own brand of magic to the Open Cup – and showing us into your lovely home in Hamtramck. To you and all the other dearly departed, thanks for showing us what grassroots soccer really means to America.

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