2015 FIFA U-20 U.S. World Cup Roster Named: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named 20 players to the roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which runs from May 30-June 20. The U.S. roster includes 15 players with Development Academy ties. The USA will begin World Cup play on May 30 against Myanmar in Whangarei;
U-15 BNT Wins 12thTournament delle Nazioni: The U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team defeated Austria 3-2 to win the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni on Friday, May 1, in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy. The goal scorers for the USA were two Academy products, with Andrew Carleton (Georgia United) scoring two first-half goals and Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls and BW Gottschee) adding a score in the second half to help the team bring home the tournament title.
U.S. U-14 BNT Heads to Croatia for Training Camp: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson has called in 20 players for the team’s second foreign, and fourth overall, training camp of 2015 to be held in Zagreb, Croatia. The camp will run from May 7-17. Thirteen of the 20 players are currently registered with a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club.
Richie William Names 20-Player Roster for U-17 MNT Camp: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster on May 2, for the team’s first domestic training camp of 2015 in East Hanover, New Jersey. The camp will run from May 2-11, and the team will hold practice at New York Red Bulls’ practice facility. Nineteen of the 20 players have ties to the Development Academy.
U-18 MNT Closes Out Camp with 1-0 win over Bosnia: After falling to Bosnia in the teams’ first matchup on April 28, the U.S. U-18 MNT closed its training camp on a high note as the team bounced back to defeat Bosnia & Herzegovina U-19 National Team 1-0 on April 30. Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy) was the game’s lone goal-scorer. The goal was Akale’s second in as many games. The forward also scored in the U-18’s first match against Bosnia.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 2-3):
Western Conference: With two second-half goals from Brian Pacheco and Eddie Cabrera, Chivas USA U-17/18s continued its fight for a spot in the wildcard pool on Sunday, after defeating LA Galaxy 2-1. Rey Ortiz got the Galaxy on the board early in the 6th minute, but Chivas fought its way to a victory and to remain in post season contention. The two sides U-15/16s age groups also met over the weekend with Chivas once again taking the matchup in a 4-3 thriller. Chivas went to the half time break with a 3-1 lead over the Galaxy courtesy of Ivan Gutierrez. Right out of the locker room, Gutierrez added to his already stellar performance by tallying his fourth score of the match in the 48th. Kevin Diaz and Sam Hefter made sure to tighten things up with back-to-back goals in the 72nd and 77th minute to bring LA back into the match, but despite the effort, it wasn’t enough for the comeback. Both teams are currently inside the playoff pool, with LA in the seventh position and Chivas USA holding onto 18th.
Central Conference: A successful weekend for Sporting Kansas City U-17/18s has the team on an 11-game unbeaten streak. On Saturday, Sporting KC beat San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 with a first-minute goal from Daniel Salloi, and a 58th minute game-winner from Dakota Karns. The next day, behind a hat trick effort from Salloi again, Sporting Kansas City defeated Lonestar SC Academy 4-1 to continue in the winning column. Sporting KC is sitting in the fifth position of the wildcard pool, while Salloi, the team’s top scorer, now has 16 goals on the season.
East Conference: A highly contested matchup on Saturday between Atlantic Division rivals saw Players Development Academy U-17/18s defeat Philadelphia Union 3-2. With the game all tied up 1-1 at the half time mark, the Union’s Kevin Carvalho gave his team the lead in the 48th to put Philadelphia up 2-1. Nonetheless, Juan Rivero and James Murphy made sure to bring PDA back and scored in the 53rd and 70th to give their team the exciting win. The win is an important one for PDA as it currently sits in the 16th spot in the playoffs pool and continues to stay away from the wildcard pool. Despite the loss, the Union is still poised for postseason play as it holds the seventh position in the wildcard pool.
Player of the Week: Chivas USA U-15/16 forward Ivan Gutierrez earned Academy Player of the Week after receiving high marks for his four-goal performance against local crosstown rival LA Galaxy in their 4-3 victory on Sunday. Gutierrez has scored 9 goals in 15 games started in the 2014-15 Academy Season.
Referee of the Week: Lauren McQuiston, a 23-year old Grade 8 referee from California was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-13/14 LA Galaxy and Santa Barbara Soccer Club game on Saturday. This is McQuiston’s first season as an Academy referee.
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U-23’s To Take Part in Prestigious Toulon Tournament: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will compete in the 43rd edition of the renowned Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in southeastern France. The U.S. will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 2014 Toulon Tournament-runner up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for June 7 and will take place in Toulon.
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.
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.
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