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U-18 MNT Starts Open Nordic Cup with 2-0 Win Against Faroe Islands

SUNNE, Sweden (August 4, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team started its run at the 2015 Open Nordic Cup in Sweden with a 2-0 win against Faroe Islands. 

The game kicked off a new cycle for the U-18 age group, with a new team of 20 players - all born in 1999 - competing for the U.S. In their first game with the U-18’s, Danny Joes and Nick Taitague punched in goals to lead the USA to a tournament opening win. 

The team gets right back on the field again tomorrow for a game against Iceland. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on twitter @ussoccer_ynt.   

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Faroe Islands U-17 MNT
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup; Group play
Venue: Strandvallen; Mallbaken, Sweden
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 215
Weather: 67 degrees 

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

USA                16-Danny Jones (11-Lucas Del Rosario)       52nd minute
USA                10-Nick Taitague (3-Aedan Stanley)              70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 4-Jordi Avila (2-Callum Stretch, 77), 17-Carson Vom Steeg, 3-Aedan Stanley; 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (capt.) (13-Gabriel Paniagua, 77), 6-Juan Torres (Raul Aguilera Jr., 76), 23-Jose Carranza (10-Nick Taitague, 53), 16-Danny Jones; 20-Andrew Carleton (7-Aristotle Zarris, 68), 11-Lucas Del Rosario (14-Griffin Dorsey, 53), 15-Wilson Harris (9-Justin Rennicks, 53)
Subs not used: 5-Calvin Aroh, 22-Brady Scott
Head Coach: Javier Perez

FRO: 1-Barour a Reynatroo; 2-Sjurour Pauli Nielsen (18-Kristian Michelsen, 5-Mikal a Reynatroo, 4-Petur i Tuni Petersen, 17-Frooi Paetursson Rasmussen; 15-Magnus Holm Jacobsen (11-Niklas Kruse, 58), 6-Svein Knut Magnussen (capt.), 8-Morits Heini Mortensen (13-Aksel Danielsen, 83), 3-Aron Knudsen (14-Lukas Grenaa Giessing, 77); 10-Arnbjorn Sevnsson (16-Roi Mork Hentze, 57), 7-Hannes Agnarsson (9-Hans Jakup Annfinsson, 77)
Subs not used: 12-Albert Teis Nielsen
Head Coach: Aki Johansen 

Stats Summary: USA / FRO
Shots: 17 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 2 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 14-Griffin Dorsey                    Caution                                    60th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Per-Erik Haugen
First Assistant: Morten Jensen
Second Assistant: Krzytof Stepien
Fourth Official: Lukasz Szczech           

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

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U-18 MNT Aug 4, 2015

- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Faroe Islands U-17 MNT
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Open Nordic Cup; Group play
Venue: Strandvallen; Mallbaken, Sweden
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 215
Weather: 67 degrees 

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

USA                16-Danny Jones (11-Lucas Del Rosario)       52nd minute
USA                10-Nick Taitague (3-Aedan Stanley)              70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Eric Lopez; 4-Jordi Avila (2-Callum Stretch, 77), 17-Carson Vom Steeg, 3-Aedan Stanley; 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (capt.) (13-Gabriel Paniagua, 77), 6-Juan Torres (Raul Aguilera Jr., 76), 23-Jose Carranza (10-Nick Taitague, 53), 16-Danny Jones; 20-Andrew Carleton (7-Aristotle Zarris, 68), 11-Lucas Del Rosario (14-Griffin Dorsey, 53), 15-Wilson Harris (9-Justin Rennicks, 53)
Subs not used: 5-Calvin Aroh, 22-Brady Scott
Head Coach: Javier Perez

FRO: 1-Barour a Reynatroo; 2-Sjurour Pauli Nielsen (18-Kristian Michelsen, 5-Mikal a Reynatroo, 4-Petur i Tuni Petersen, 17-Frooi Paetursson Rasmussen; 15-Magnus Holm Jacobsen (11-Niklas Kruse, 58), 6-Svein Knut Magnussen (capt.), 8-Morits Heini Mortensen (13-Aksel Danielsen, 83), 3-Aron Knudsen (14-Lukas Grenaa Giessing, 77); 10-Arnbjorn Sevnsson (16-Roi Mork Hentze, 57), 7-Hannes Agnarsson (9-Hans Jakup Annfinsson, 77)
Subs not used: 12-Albert Teis Nielsen
Head Coach: Aki Johansen 

Stats Summary: USA / FRO
Shots: 17 / 1
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 2 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – 14-Griffin Dorsey                    Caution                                    60th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Per-Erik Haugen
First Assistant: Morten Jensen
Second Assistant: Krzytof Stepien
Fourth Official: Lukasz Szczech           

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

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U-18 MNT Starts Open Nordic Cup with 2-0 Win Against Faroe Islands

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U-18 MNT Roster Named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 20-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament from July 30-Aug. 10. 

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches. 

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams. 

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. Eighteen of the 19 players  have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif; Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Callum Stretch (Unattached; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

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2015 Nordic Cup Championship

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