Beating Germany twice in three days proved too big of an ask for the U.S. MNT U18 side, but the Young Yanks gave it a heck of a go, falling 3-2 to the Germans today in Spain, after prevailing 2-1 against the same opposition on Wednesday.
The U.S. were without the services of first choice goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann for this second match, after the netminder was shown the line in added time of Wednesday’s victory over Die Mannschaft.
13 of the squad that coach Javier Perez took with him to Marbella, Spain captured the Vaclav Jezek International Tournament in the Czech Republic in August, including Klinsmann, who was named Keeper of the Tournament.
The U.S. showed character in today’s loss, coming back at the Germans after falling behind 2-0 at halftime.
Philadelphia Union product Sebastian Elney got the Americans back in the game just three minutes after the restart, with Perez’ halftime talk obviously having the intended effect.
Germany re- established a two goal cushion in the 69th minute, but again the U.S. showed resilience, with a 90th minute score from Chicago Fire prospect Mauricio Pineda.
That would be all from the Americans, but despite a less than stellar 5-7-1 record in 2014, Perez’ group finished the year on an upnote.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Strikers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), Antonee Robinson (Everton; Liverpool, England)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Bloomington, Minn.), Eyrk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (4): Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.)
The U.S. MNT U20 squad defeated Honduras 2-1, Thursday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on goals from Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson. Both goalscorers are playing in Major League Soccer, Gall for Columbus, while Thompson lines out with San Jose.
Like their younger brethren, the U20’s are also closing out 2014 with some international competition, but with qualification for the U20 World Cup looming, there is a bit more at stake for this group.
The U.S. open the CONCACAF Championship/World Cup Qualifying Tournament on January 9th versus Guatemala, in Jamaica.
Four places representing CONCACAF in New Zealand will be at stake at the event, which runs from January 9th -24th. With that in mind players will be keen to impress Tab Ramos in Honduras, the final tuneup for this group before Jamaica.
This group will get one more chance on Sunday, when they face Honduras, again at the Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
HON 0 1 1
USA – Romain Gall (Shaquell Moore) 62nd minute
USA – Tommy Thompson (Shaquell Moore) 70
HON – Kevin Alvarez (Jorge Calix) 88
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore, Matt Miazga, Conor Donovan, Tyler Turner (John Requejo, 57); Kellyn Acosta (capt.) (Chase Gasper, 82), Joel Sonora (Paul Arriola, 58), Fernando Arce (Russell Canouse, 63); Tommy Thompson, Romain Gall, Bradford Jamieson IV (Amando Moreno, 66)
Subs Not Used: Jeff Caldwell, Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
HON: 12-Roberto Diaz; 2-Kevin Alvarez, 5-Dabirson Sanchez, 4-Luis Alvarado, 6-Carlos Arias; 16-Devron Garcia, 13-Jhow Banegas (11-Jorge Calix, 70), 8-Rolin Fernandez (25-Orental Dilbert, 63); 19-Junior Lacayo, 14-Jhom Caballero, 9-Alberth Elis
Subs Not Used: 1-Cristian Hernandez, 3-Bayron Garcia, 7-Michael Cortez, 10-Jose Alberto Escalante, 17-Elder Torres, 20-Christopher Alegria, 21-Rodimiro Tejada
Head Coach: Jorge Jimenez
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 16
Offside: 1 / 0