SAVOGNA D’ISONZO, Italy (April 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team lost 3-0 in an international friendly to the Japan U-16 Men’s National Team two days after both teams concluded play at the Torneo delle Nazioni in northern Italy.
Japan midfielder Sato Sota scored once in each half, sandwiching a strike by teammate Suga Daiki in a rain soaked match against the U.S.
The U-15 BNT went 1-2-0 in tournament play, finishing third in Group C – the group that ultimately produced both tournament finalists in Slovenia and Mexico – while Japan went 0-2-1 and finished bottom of Group B.
The young Americans have a second friendly scheduled against fellow tournament participants Zambia on Thursday. Zambia recorded a 0-2-1 record at the Torneo delle Nazioni and finished bottom of Group A.
- U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-15 BNT v. Japan U-16 MNT
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Field Municipal Savogna d’Isonzo; Savogna d’Isonzo, Italy
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CEST (1 p.m. EST)
Weather: 54 degrees; Rainy, overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
JPN 2 1 3
JPN - Sato Sota 16th minute
JPN - Suga Daiki 17
JPN - Sato Sota 42
USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 4-Kyle Gruno (capt.), 2-Angel Uribe, 5-McKay Eves, 3-Jose Alfaro Jr. (16-Sam Vines, 30, (2-Gabe Kash, 40)); 7-Juan Torres (17-Raul Aguilera Jr., 51), 11-Leo Marquez (6-Adolfo Trujillo, 26), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez, 10-Jose Carranza; 20-JP Marin (21-Hanif Wright, 26); 9-Lucas Del Rosario (25-Marty Raygoza, 54)
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Avilez
Head Coach: Hugo Perez
JPN: 18-Osako Keiruke; 5-Onozawa Tosuiki, 12-Asada Shogo, 11-Nishimoto Takanobu, 4-Kajiyama Kanta; 14-Sato Sota, 16-Suga Daiki, 3-Abe Masashi, 9-Sasaki Takumi (capt.); 17-Hanya Yosuke
Subs not used: 1-Tanii Kiroki, 2-Kato Jun, 6-Iyoha Osamu Hanty, 7-Watanabe Kouya, 10-Ito Ryoya, 13-Ikeda Taisei, 15-Kanda Ryotaro
Head Coach: Yoshitake Hirofumi
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 1 / 6
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 5 / 1