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U-17 MNT Wins 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament After 3-2 Victory Against France

MONTAIGU, France (March 28, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament, defeating France 3-2 in the final seconds of the match.

The USA took the lead in the sixth minute after defender Tyler Shaver assisted Timothy Weah on the first goal of the match. In the 29th minute, France equalized with Matthias Phaeton’s strike, assisted by Yacine Adli. France took charge after Alan Keroudan scored in the 40th minute, leading the match 2-1 at halftime.

Three minutes into the second half, U.S. midfielder George Acosta notched a goal, equalizing the match, 2-2. Acosta then brought the U.S. to victory, scoring in the 80th minute, just seconds before the final whistle.

The championship win marks the second time the USA has won this tournament; first doing so in 1992.

This is the fourth international win for the U-17s this year, having defeated Greece (2-1) and Belgium (2-0) in January at the 2016 Aegean Cup and dominating Russia (4-0) to get to the final match against France.

The U-17 will look to take on Canada in a pair of friendlies on April 15 and 17 as part of its training camp.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 28, 2016    
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Stade Maxime Bossis; Montaigu, France
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
FRA                              2          0          2         

USA - Timothy Weah (Tyler Shaver)                    6th minute
FRA - Matthias Phaeton (Yacine Adli)                 29
FRA - Alan Keroudan                                         40
USA - George Acosta                                        43
USA - George Acosta                                        80                                   

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver, 3-Rayshaun McGann (14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders, 55); 8-Christopher Goslin (capt.) (6-James Sands, 55),10-Blaine Ferri (13-Arturo Vasquez, 65), 20-George Acosta; 9-Joshua Sargent, 17-Timothy Weah (18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo, 65) 11-Andrew Carleton.
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 16-Adrian Villegas, 19-Niccolo Lemoine,
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

FRA: 1-Yahia Fofana; 2-Vincent Collet (17-Tom Flamant, 78), 12-Till Cissokho, 4-Batista Mendy (5-Yohan Junger, 78), 20-Thanawat Suengchitthawon (14-Mathis Picouleau, 65); 10-Maxence Caqueret (capt.), 8-Aurelien Tchouameni (6-Claudio Gomes, 55), 11-Alan Kerouedan (7-Charles Abi, 65); 15-Yacine Adli, 19-Matthias Phaeton (9-Amine Gouiri, 55), 13-Leroy Abanda Mfomo.
Subs Not Used: 16-Sonny Laiton
Head Coach: Eouel Rouvel

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (caution)           45th minute           

Officials:
Referee: Romain Galibert                      
Assistant Referee: Steven Bretand
Assistant Referee: Fabrice Valero        
4th official: Philippe Vinche      

Player of the Match: George Acosta

* Match was 80 minutes on natural grass.

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- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 28, 2016    
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Stade Maxime Bossis; Montaigu, France
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
FRA                              2          0          2         

USA - Timothy Weah (Tyler Shaver)                    6th minute
FRA - Matthias Phaeton (Yacine Adli)                 29
FRA - Alan Keroudan                                         40
USA - George Acosta                                        43
USA - George Acosta                                        80                                   

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus, 15-Jake Arteaga, 5-Tyler Shaver, 3-Rayshaun McGann (14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders, 55); 8-Christopher Goslin (capt.) (6-James Sands, 55),10-Blaine Ferri (13-Arturo Vasquez, 65), 20-George Acosta; 9-Joshua Sargent, 17-Timothy Weah (18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo, 65) 11-Andrew Carleton.
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 16-Adrian Villegas, 19-Niccolo Lemoine,
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

FRA: 2-Vincent Collet (17-Tom Flamant, 78), 12-Till Cissokho, 4-Batista Mendy (5-Yohan Junger, 78), 20-Thanawat Suengchitthawon (14-Mathis Picouleau, 65); 10-Maxence Caqueret (capt.), 8-Aurelien Tchouameni (6-Claudio Gomes, 55), 11-Alan Kerouedan (7-Charles Abi, 65); 15-Yacine Adli, 19-Matthias Phaeton (9-Amine Gouiri, 55), 13-Leroy Abanda Mfomo.
Subs Not Used: 16-Sonny Laiton
Head Coach: Eouel Rouvel

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (caution)           45th minute           

Officials:
Referee: Romain Galibert                      
Assistant Referee: Steven Bretand
Assistant Referee: Fabrice Valero        
4th official: Philippe Vinche      

Player of the Match: George Acosta

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Nineteen Players Called to U-15 Boys' National Team for 2019 Torneo delle Nazioni

CHICAGO (April 23, 2019)—The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will head to the 2019 Torneo delle Nazioni in Gradisca, Italy from April 23 to May 5. The tournament marks the first international games of the year for the U-15s, who are preparing for this summer’s 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship.

The USA will face India on April 28, Slovenia on April 29 and Mexico on April 30 in the tournament’s group stage. Steve Klein, Academy Director at U.S. Soccer Development Academy club PA Classics will serve as the U-15s’ head coach for the camp. The 19-player roster is made up of 18 players born in 2004 and one born in 2005.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Alguera (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.)
DEFNDERS (6): John Carlos Cortez (New York Red Bulls; Ridgewood, N.J.), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Antonio Leone (Los Angeles Football Club; Long Beach, Calif.), Hans Leza (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Angel Martinez (Seattle Sounders FC; Everett, Wash.), Devan Tanton (UE Cornella/ESP; Barcelona, Spain)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kenan Hot (New York Red Bulls; Lincroft, N.J.), Nicolas Perez Guillen (Deportivo Toluca FC/MEX; Guadalajara, Mexico), Allan Rodriguez (Chicago Fire; Elkhart, Ind.), Evan Rotundo (San Diego Surf; La Mesa, Calif.), Leonardo Torres (San Antonio FC; San Antonio, Texas), Aethan Yohannes (AZ Alkmaar/NED; Springfield, Va.)FORWARDS (5): Austin Brummett (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Osvaldo Cisneros (Sporting Kansas City; Omaha, Neb.), Cesar Cordova (Houston Dynamo; Humble, Texas), Luca Koleosho (CF Reus Deportiu/ESP; Trumbull, Conn.), Federico Oliva (Atletico Madrid/ESP; Madrid, Spain)

Following the group stage, the USA will play placement games. The rest of the tournament field is listed below:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Italy

Japan

Slovenia

Austria

England

Tukey

Mexico

Norway

Czech Republic

Russia

USA

Macedonia

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

India

Portugal

The USA has participated at the last two editions of the Torneo delle Nazioni. Last year, the U.S. U-16 BNT finished third overall after going undefeated in the group stage. Three of the 2003-born players at last year’s tournament – defender Mauricio Cuevas, midfielder Daniel Leyva and forward Tyler Freeman – were recently named to the U-17 MNT roster for the Concacaf U-17 Championship.

The core of the current U-17 MNT took home the Torneo delle Nazioni title in 2017, coming from behind to defeat England 2-1 in the tournament final with goals from Giovanni Reyna and Joseph Scally.

Roster Notes:

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2004 are eligible for the 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship.
  • Fourteen players compete for 11 domestic-based clubs, with the most, two each, coming from the Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders FC. Five play for foreign-based clubs in Spain (three), Mexico and Netherlands.
  • Fourteen players (all U.S.-based players) are currently competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while fifteen have spent at least one season in the Academy. Midfielder Aethan Yohannes played for D.C. United before moving to AZ Alkmaar.
  • The tournament will mark Federico Oliva’s first appearance with the U-15 BNT. He was called to the team’s year-opening camp in Carson, Calif., but had to withdraw due to injury.
  • Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, defenders Brandon Craig and Antonio Leone as well as midfielders Kenan Hot and Evan Rotundo have appeared in all six events of the 2018-19 U-15 cycle.
  • Forward Austin Brummett made his professional debut for Tacoma Defiance on April 20 against Phoenix Rising FC, becoming the youngest player to ever play in the USL Championship.
  • Slonina signed a MLS Homegrown contract with the Fire in March, making him the youngest Homegrown signing in MLS history.
  • Midfielder Leonardo Torres inked a professional contract with San Antonio FC in February, becoming the youngest pro signing in USL Championship history.
  • The U-15 BNT went 1-2-0 in its first set of international games in May 2018 against Bosnia and Herzegovinia U-16 (L 1-3, L 1-2) and Serbia (W 5-0).
  • Eight players on this roster made their international debuts in that trio of games: Craig, Hot, Leone, Rotundo and Slonina as well as defender Devan Tanton, midfielder Allan Rodriguez and forward Austin Brummett. Rotundo scored two goals in the U-15s’ win over Serbia.

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U-17 MNT Head Coach Raphael Wicky Names 20-Player Roster for 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (April 22, 2019) — U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has called a 20-player roster to represent the USA at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, set for May 1-16 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

This year’s tournament brings a new format, as 20 nations participate in the competition. The four semi-finalists will qualify for this fall’s 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil as representatives of Concacaf.

The USA was drawn into Group F and kicks off its tournament against Canada on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. ET. The U.S. then faces Barbados on Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m. ET and finishes group play against Guatemala on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. ET.

All three of the USA’s group stage games will be broadcast on Univision Deportes Network and the Concacaf GO app, available on iTunes, Google Play and online.

“I’m very excited about the team we’ve put together for this World Cup qualifying tournament,” Wicky said. “There’s a lot of very good quality in this group. We brought together a strong roster for the mini-camp earlier this month, and now we’ve added a few more pieces with a lot of good characteristics. The players have brought a great mentality and we’re excited and ready for a number of interesting games ahead.”

2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.; 13/0), 12-Chituru Odunze (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; Calgary, Alta.; 4/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 4-Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.; 14/0), 3-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 11/0), 13-Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 2/0), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.; 10/0), 5-Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 14/1), 2-Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 14/1), 15-John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.; 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.; 7/2), 20-Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.; 13/0), 8-Bryang Kayo (D.C. United; Poolesville, Md.; 0/0), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.; 0/0), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.; 17/1)
FORWARDS (6): 18-Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.; 0/0), 17-Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.; 3/1), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Tacoma Defiance; Kent, Wash.; 14/5), 9-Ricardo Pepi (North Texas SC; McKinney, Texas; 6/1), 10-Giovanni Reyna (Unattached; Bedford, N.Y.; 8/1), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 6/3)                                                                                     

The new Concacaf U-17 Championship format featured four qualifying groups and four main groups drawn directly into the tournament proper. The qualifying groups played in round-robin competition from March 16-25 and April 1-7 with the four group winners (Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico) advancing directly to the Round of 16. The top three finishers from each of the main groups will also advance to the Round of 16. From there, it’s a single-elimination bracket that will qualify four semifinalists to the U-17 World Cup as well as crown a confederation champion.

This year’s tournament marks the USA’s 18th appearance in the Concacaf U-17 Championship, which began in 1983. The USA last took home the title in 2011, its third championship (1983, 1992). The U.S. has qualified for a record 16 FIFA U-17 World Cups, tied with Brazil for the most in the tournament’s history. The U.S. has qualified for a record 16 FIFA U-17 World Cups, tied with Brazil for the most in the tournament’s history. Brazil will also participate in this year's competition, gaining entry as the host nation.

At the 2017 Concacaf Championship, the USA lost the title game to Mexico in heartbreaking fashion, falling in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. The team went on to reach the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where it lost to eventual champion England.

Roster Notes:

  • Wicky has called in 16 players born in 2002 and four born in 2003 – defender Mauricio Cuevas, midfielder Daniel Leyva and forwards Tyler Freeman and Ricardo Pepi.
  • The USA’s 20-player roster comes from 14 clubs: 13 U.S.-based clubs and one based in Canada. The LA Galaxy have the most representatives with three, while two each come from D.C. United, New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City.
  • Every player has appeared in at least one U-17 MNT camp during the 2018-19 cycle.
  • Defender Axel Alejandre, goalkeeper Damian Las and midfielder Adam Saldana have appeared in all 12 training camps during the cycle.  
  • Forward Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez enters the tournament as the leading scorer for the U-17s this cycle with five goals.
  • Saldana is the roster’s most capped player at the U-17 level, appearing in all but three international games this cycle.
  • Eight players were part of the USA’s runner-up finish at the 2017 Concacaf U-15 Championship: Alejandre, midfielders Gianluca Busio and Gilbert Fuentes, Las, Ocampo-Chavez, forward Giovanni Reyna, Saldana and defender Joseph Scally.
  • Ten players have logged professional minutes in 2019. Six are signed to MLS Homegrown contracts.
  • Busio is on a hot streak with Sporting KC, scoring goals in three straight MLS games from March 30 to April 14. He’s the youngest player in league history to score in three consecutive regular season games.
  • Pepi followed up on his debut hat trick as a pro by scoring a game-winning penalty for North Texas SC in the final minutes of injury time against Forward Madison FC on April 13.
  • Forward Griffin Yow made his MLS debut on April 21 in the final minutes of D.C. United’s 2-0 loss to New York City FC.
  • Midfielder Bryang Kayo made his professional debut on April 13, coming on as a sub for Loudon United FC against Ottawa.
  • Seattle Sounders FC’s U-17 squad took home the prestigious GA Cup title last week in Frisco, Texas. Leyva earned tournament MVP honors, while Ocampo-Chavez won the Golden Boot with six goals in six games.

Academy Ties:

  • All 20 players have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
  • Eighteen have logged minutes in the Development Academy this season.
  • Seven players earned Academy Best XI honors at the end of the 2017-18 season: defender Kobe Hernandez and Saldana in the West Conference, Alejandre and Las in the Central, plus Reyna, Scally and Yow in the East.
  • Reyna also took home U-16/17 East Conference Player of the Year honors in 2017-18.
  • Four players won Academy national championships last season: Reyna and Scally with New York City FC U-18/19, while Leyva and Ocampo-Chavez took home the U-16/17 title with Seattle Sounders FC.

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