U-23's Defeat Mexico; Announce September Camp in England: The U-23s are coming off a 3-0 win over archrival Mexico on April 22. Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean (De Anza Force) and Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) all tallied goals to give the U-23's their second-straight win over Mexico, which brought the U-23's all-time record to 6-2-0 (4-0-0 on U.S. soil) against their rival.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will convene in England for camp in early September, highlighted by matches with England's U-23 National Team on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Qatar's U-23 National Team on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The camp serves as part of the preparation process for qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.
U-20s Close out April Camp with 1-0 Win over Croatia: The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Croatia's Under-20's 1-0 on April 24 behind a Romain Gall (D.C. United Academy) second-half goal at the Red Bull Salzburg Academy, in Salzburg, Austria. The match capped off a weeklong camp as the U-20 MNT continues preparation for this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which will run from May 30-June 20.
Familiar and Fresh Faces at U-18 MNT Camp: James Murphy (Players Development Academy) and Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire) joined the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team in Bosnia, where the team is holding its first training camp of 2015. Head coach Javier Perez and his 20-player roster squared off with Bosnian premier league club Siroki Brijeg in a scrimmage on April 25, where they won with a convincing 6-0 final score line. The team followed up with a 3-1 loss to Bosnia's U-19 National Team on April 28, but will get a chance at redemption when they play again on April 30
U-15's Play Their Way into the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni Final: In thrilling fashion, the U-15 BNT took down Italy 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to advance to the championship match of the Tournament Delle Nazioni. The team had gone 2-1-0 in group play defeating Costa Rica 4-1 on April 25, Croatia 6-2 on April 27 and losing to semifinalist Slovenia 3-2 on April 28. The U-15's will go head-to-head with Austria on May 1 for the tournament crown.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 25-26):
Western Conference: Vancouver Whitecaps U-15/16s defeated Seattle Sounders 3-1 on a double from Cole Morokhovich and a goal from Georges Mukumbilva, while the Vancouver Whitecaps U-17/18 drew even 0-0 with Seattle Sounders as the pair continue to push towards the playoffs. Seattle's U-17/18s currently sit atop the Northwest Division table with 2.16 pts/gp, while Vancouver is close behind and in a tie with Crossfire Premier at the No. 3-spot, with 2.04 pts/gp. Pateadores U-17/18s pushed into the playoff picture as it edged out Chivas USA 3-2. Choi Ba da, Luis Leon and Cesar Murilo scored for Pateadores, while Michael Florse and Jonathan Hernandez scored for Chivas USA.
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Full Circle: In addition, while the U-23s have been in camp, the U-14s have also been in Carson, running camps simultaneously. Early this week, both teams were able to come together for a lunch break and share experiences, anecdotes, and a few laughs, as the oldest group and the youngest group in the Youth National Teams system discussed the journey to make it for the USA.
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.