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USA Beats Panama 4-0 at 2016 U20 Mens NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (July 1, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team topped Panama 4-0 in its second match of the 2016 Under-20 NTC Invitational at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

The U.S. grew into the game slowly after Panama had the better of the possession in the opening half hour. Just before the half, Sebastian Saucedo picked up a loose ball in the attacking third and passed to Luca De La Torre, who made an athletic move to spin on the ball and play in Isaiah Young, who did well to beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

The goal bolstered the USA, who found more space in the Panama defense as the game opened up in the second half. Young was involved in the creation of the second goal as his darting run into the penalty was only cleared to Danny Acosta at the top of the box, who smashed in a half volley to double the lead. Young’s terrific night continued in the 58th minute when he took on three defenders and got a shot off that deflected right to Jeremy Ebobisse, who tapped in a goal. Substitutes Brandon Vazquez and Coy Craft teamed up in the 82nd minute for the fourth U.S. goal when Vazquez broke free to goal and unselfishly passed to Craft for an easy tap-in at the back post.

The win gave USA the full six points out if its first two matches in the tournament. Japan defeated Costa Rica 3-0 earlier in the day and Japan now sits on four points. The results set up a de facto final as the USA takes on Japan at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 3 at Field 1 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. A win or draw will earn the USA the title. Panama and Costa Rica will play at 12 p.m. PT.

All matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page.

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U-20 MNT Jul 1, 2016

U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: United States U-20 MNT vs Panama U-20 MNT
Date:
Friday, July 1, 2016
Competition:
U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational
Venue:
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
Kickoff:
7:00 p.m. PT
Weather:
72 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4                                
PAN                             0          0          0 

USA – Isaiah Young (Luca de la Torre)          43rd minute
USA – Danny Acosta                                      56
USA – Jeremy Ebobisse                                 58
USA – Coy Craft (Brandon Vazquez)            82       

Lineups:
USA:
12-JT Marcinkowski; 17-Marlon Fossey, 13-Miles Robinson, 5-Auston Trusty (Andrew Lombard, 68), 14-Hugo Arellano; 6-Danny Acosta, 8-Luca De La Torre (9-Mukwelle Akale, 68), 15-Isaiah Young (21-Brandon Vazquez, 79); 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jackson Yueill, 79), 11-Sebastian Saucedo (16-Coy Craft, 60), 18-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Victor Mansaray, 60)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 2-Aaron Herrera, 3-Marcello Borges, 10-Weston McKinnie

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 21-Juan Iguala; 4-Cesar Blackman Camarena, 2-Jiovany Diaz, 6-Andres Cedeno (Javier Rivera Castillo, 63), 3-Jorge Conejo; 5-Ricardo Avila, 8-Adalberto Alcazar (16-John Del Busto Gutierrez, 54), 10-Justin Samaniego (17-Milciades Molina Arias, 63), 11-Chamell Alarcon; 13-Moises Gil Rios (9-Luis Zuniga Andrade, 46), 19-Leandro Avila Santamaria
Subs not used: 1-Samuel Baptista Herrera, 7-Robledo Quinones, 12-Marcos Melendez Perez, Isidoro Hinestroza Hernandez
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino
 

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 3
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 15
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (caution)                       10th minute
PAN – Javier Rivera Castillo (caution)           71
PAN – Ricardo Avila (ejection)                       90
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              89       

Officials:
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Ehrhardt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Elliott (USA)
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley (USA)

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USA-Ecuador: Three Tidbits of History

With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Thursday’s match against Ecuador, here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Tricolor:

A Team to Debut Against

This is a completely random and unscientific fact, but did you know that six MNT players who made their senior debut against Ecuador went on to represent the United States in at least one FIFA World Cup?


Future MNT captain Tony Meola around the time of his MNT debut vs. Ecuador in 1988

Why is it significant? Because as international opponents go, that ranks as the second most behind only Canada and Guatemala, who each had seven future U.S. World Cup players debut against them.

Who are the six, you ask? Here’s a grid to lay it all out for you…

Future USA World Cup Players to Debut vs. Ecuador

Player

Debut Date

World Cup Rosters

Total MNT Caps

Mike Windischmann

Nov. 30, 1984

1990

50

Brian Bliss

Dec. 2, 1984

1990

33

Tony Meola

June 7, 1988

1990, 1994, 2002

100

Pablo Mastroeni

June 7, 2001

2002, 2006

61

Tim Howard

March 10, 2002

2006, 2010, 2014

121

Benny Feilhaber

March 25, 2007

2010

44

The seven players on that list combine for a total of 11 World Cup rosters and 409 caps. Two players captained the USA at the World Cup (Mike Windischmann 1990; Tony Meola 1994), while Meola and Tim Howard are two of the MNT’s world-record holding 17 players to attain 100 or more caps.

Landon’s Second Hat Trick

The last MNT World Cup player to debut against Ecuador was Benny Feilhaber, but his first cap in 2007 was understandably overshadowed by the second of Landon Donovan’s MNT record three career hat tricks.

Donovan tallied one of the fastest goals in MNT history, putting back a rebound just 35 seconds into the game. He then completed the feat with goals in the 66th and 67th minutes to cap the scoring in a 3-1 victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.


Donovan made his 157th and final international appearance against Ecuador, playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. 

The Last Meeting

The highest stakes encounter with Ecuador was also the last meeting, coming in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

In a chippy match where both teams played much of the second half with 10 men, goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes and a strong defensive effort helped the USA earn a memorable 2-1 victory in front of 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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MNT Mar 17, 2019
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Jesse Gonzalez Replaces Zack Steffen on MNT Roster for Matches Against Ecuador and Chile

CHICAGO (March 17, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been forced to withdraw from the squad’s upcoming friendlies against Ecuador and Chile due to injury.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 shutout win for Columbus Crew SC against FC Dallas, the MNT ‘keeper was diagnosed with a minor right knee injury.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been added to the roster, keeping the squad at 24 players as the team begins reporting to Orlando on Sunday. Having filed a one-time change of association to represent the United States, Gonzalez was included in the knockout phase roster of the 2017 Gold Cup-winning U.S. side. Still in search of his first cap, Gonzalez appeared on the roster for the USA’s 1-1 draw against then No. 3-ranked Portugal on Nov. 17, 2017 in Leiria.  

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter will continue the evaluation process of the MNT pool this month in his second camp in charge. The team building process takes its next steps with challenges against Ecuador on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium, then five days later against two-time defending South American champion Chile on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. [TICKETS] Both matches will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

Fans can follow both matches on U.S. Soccer's official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

Detailed Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 143/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 7/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 25/5), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 42/6)

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MNT Mar 17, 2019
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Five Things to Know About Ecuador

The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its preparations for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup when it takes on Ecuador on Thursday, March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). Here are five things to know about La Tricolor: Footballing History While not a traditional power of South America, Ecuador has raised its game since the turn of the century. Previou Read more
MNT Mar 15, 2019
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2019 FIFA WWC: Five Things to Know About the USA's Group F

On December 8, 2018, at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Draw in Paris, the U.S. Women’s National Team was drawn into Group F alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden. With the World Cup less than three months away, and the USA’s first group match on June 11 coming into focus, here are five things to know about the USA’s group stage in France. Good to See You Again Read more
WNT Mar 14, 2019
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Ramos Calls 20 Players to Spain for Final Pre-U-20 World Cup Training Camp

CHICAGO (March 14, 2019) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the team’s final training camp before this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will face two fellow World Cup participants, beginning with France on Friday, March 22 (10 a.m. ET) and Japan on Monday, March 25 (7 a.m. ET). Both matches will be played at Pinata Read more
U-20 MNT Mar 14, 2019
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Eighty Players Head to Frisco, Texas for YNT U-14 TID Central Region Mini-Camp

CHICAGO (March 13, 2019)—Eighty players will gather in Frisco, Texas for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams Under-14 Talent Identification Central Region Mini-Camp from March 14-18 at the Toyota Soccer Center. The camp is the second of three such mini-camps that are part of the initial rollout of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID program. The West Region Mini-Camp was held in January Read more
U-14 NDP Mar 13, 2019

Q&A: Gregg Berhalter Discusses 24-Player Roster for March Friendlies Against Ecuador and Chile

Upon naming his 24-player roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s March friendlies against Ecuador and Chile, head coach Gregg Berhalter sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss his decisions in the team’s last camp before the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

ussoccer.com: What were the considerations in putting together the March roster? 

Gregg Berhalter: “We wanted to continue to develop our group and continue to evaluate players. That was the most important thing in this March camp. As we move towards the Gold Cup, we want to have a large pool of players evaluated.”

ussoccer.com: What are the main objectives of this camp? 

GB: “Our goal is to keep making progress. Building on the themes of last camp, building on the style of play of last camp, but also now evaluating a new group of players. We made progress in the first camp and it’s now asking if we can take it to another level. When we are done with this camp, it’s important that we have a good idea of our strongest group of players heading into the Gold Cup.”

ussoccer.com: What have you and your staff done between camps to help get players up to speed?

GB: “We have laid a lot of ground work in preparation for this camp. It entailed meeting with the players, video conferences with the players, conversations with the players, evaluating their games … it’s a very important time period to keep working and be productive. We’ve used that time to meet the players and communicate what we’re looking to do in the next camp.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve brought 14 players from January Camp back for these games. What role did the short week have in that decision?

GB: “That was one of the reasons. We thought it was important to tie some of the themes of last camp into this next camp and to have some consistency in the personnel made a lot of sense. Again, we still think we’re able to evaluate a new group of players, and we think that is going to be valuable as we move into the Gold Cup.”

ussoccer.com: Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream return to the squad for the first time since 2017. Why did you feel now was the right time for the two veteran defenders to come back into the fold?

GB: “We have been saying all along that we thought it was important to have a veteran presence in the National Team. I think it’s really important when you talk about the history, the heritage and culture of what it means to play for the National Team. In Omar and Tim’s case, they’re both playing at a high level, they’re both playing every week and we thought this would be a good camp to evaluate their performance.”

ussoccer.com: After a year away recovering from an ACL injury, Jordan Morris is also back in camp. Could you speak about the road the 24-year-old has taken to get back on the field for Seattle Sounders FC and the MNT?

GB: “On the club stage is when you have small victories, when you see guys returning after long-term injury. On the National Team, it’s equally as gratifying to be able to call a player up after he has had a good preseason and a great start to this season. We’re excited for Jordan. He’s a player that we had contact with in January Camp and it will be great to see him live and in person on the field.”

ussoccer.com: While some players are returning, you also had to make some decisions on those that won’t join the team this camp. Could you talk about the difficulty and the thought process that went into it?

GB: “We had to make decisions for this camp and we looked at the players in a number of different buckets. For example, we have some younger guys that aren’t getting the game time that they would have expected and they’re still age-eligible for the Olympics, so we think it’s a great opportunity for them to play two international games with the U-23 team. We have other players that we have evaluated thoroughly in the January Camp and we’re going to bring back in the future, but not in this camp. That’s another group. Then we have some guys that are returning from injury and we thought now is not the right time to subject them to the intensity of international soccer and the National Team.

“Having to select a 23 or 24-man roster for a camp isn’t easy. All it does is reflect a slice of time. I’ve had a lot of conversations with players not included in the camp and the message is ‘Keep working hard. Keep playing. Keep trying to get on the field for your club and good things will happen.’ Overall, it’s not an easy decision and we were focused on how we get a strong group for this camp, knowing we have a short window and we wanted continuity.”

ussoccer.com: What do you expect from Ecuador and Chile?

GB: “We have been watching a lot of film on both those teams. They are very good, athletic and skillful teams. Chile has a very good high press which is going to be great for our group. Ecuador is very athletic and has a top group of players that are excellent. In the back, they’re very strong in the tackle and also have some man orientation to them that will make it interesting against us. Overall, we think they’re great challenges.”

ussoccer.com: What about playing in Orlando and Houston are you looking forward to?

GB: “Orlando is a special atmosphere. I was just over in Germany at Dortmund and you see the wall behind the goal. Orlando has the mini wall, which is great. It produces an amazing atmosphere in the stadium, so we’re hoping to have a packed stadium, have really good speed in our game and play attractive soccer.”

“I was in Houston last week as well where they had a really great crowd at midweek for their Champions League game. It’s another great soccer stadium. I think when the stadium is filled up, it will be a great atmosphere to play against a tough South American opponent.”

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