In a five-day camp designed to build the core of the Under-18 Men's National Team pool, U.S. Soccer, in association with Nike, has called together a 64-player national combine of players aged 15-17 and six FC Dallas players have been included, most of any team in the nation.
Fresh off winning the Frontier Division of the 2012-2013 US Soccer Development Academy, defenders Wilifred Williams and Jordan Cano have been called into the camp. Williams, a dynamic left back, has started the last two MLS Reserve League games for FC Dallas while Cano started all three USSDA Playoff games playing up with the U-18's.
Also called into the combine were midfielders Coy Craft, Alex Radilla and Martin Salas as well as Christian Ramirez. All four were major parts of the U-16 team with Craft, Salas and Ramirez as '97's who have three years left with the FC Dallas Academy.
In all, the six players are the most of any team in the nation, two more than the next-closest team, Real Salt Lake-AZ.
CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2013) – U.S. Soccer has invited 64 of the country’s elite 15- to 17-year-old players to participate in a National Combine from Aug. 9-13 at Nike’s World Headquarters in Portland, Ore. The event is part of U.S. Soccer’s expanded Training Center program launched in partnership with Nike in 2013.
This five-day camp is designed to evaluate and build the core for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team pool. Led by U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, men’s Youth National Team staff will run the sessions.
The player pool was selected by U.S. Soccer scouts through assessment at Training Centers and Local Combines, Development Academy events and other youth soccer programs over the past year. This National Combine is a premier opportunity for the nation’s top high school-aged boys to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from around the country.
Many players were selected for the National Combine through a series of seven Local Combines in the following locations: Los Angeles (June 7-9), Chicago (June 10-11), Dallas (June 14-16), Philadelphia (June 14-16), New York/New Jersey (July 5-7), Washington, D.C. (July 8-10), and most recently San Francisco (July 26-28). The Combines targeted key markets to evaluate players in youth national team-caliber training sessions held over three days.
Each year, U.S. Soccer holds more than 200 Training Center sessions, which are a one-day National Team player identification program that connects the top local players with Youth National Team scouts. The Training Centers are free and invitation-only, featuring the best local players and competing in a quality YNT environment to open the door toward U.S. Soccer’s youth national squads, college and the professional level.
The National Combine in August features players who were born in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The following players have been invited:
West Region (6):
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Avery Miller (Crossfire; Selah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (2): Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Joshua Doughty (Real Salt Lake AZ; Phoenix, Ariz.)
FORWARDS (2): Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Park City, Utah)
Northern California Region (6):
San Francisco Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (1): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (2): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Luis Urias (SCC Breakers; Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): DJ Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.)
FORWARDS (1): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Sam Junqua (De Anza Force; Saratoga, Calif.)
Southern California Region (10):
Los Angeles Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dakota Havlick (Irvine Strikers; Murrieta, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (3): Felipe Liborio (Strikers FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Alex Ramos (LA Galaxy; Reseda, Calif.), Juan Reyna (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Joab Santoyo (Arsenal; Fontana, Calif.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (2): Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.)
FORWARDS (1): Alejandro Vergara (Chivas USA; Long Beach, Calif.)
Southeast Region (6):
Chicago Combine participant:
MIDFIELDERS (1): Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Gotha, Fla.)
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Marius Heislitz (Georgia United (Cumming, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Tommy Redding (FC America; Ovieda, Fla.)
FORWARDS (3): Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Miramar, Fla.), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithonia, Ga.)
Midwest Region (13):
Chicago Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Parker Siegfried (Crew Soccer Academy; Granville, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (2): Shannon Seymour (Chicago Fire; Bourbonnais, Ill.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Kosti Moni (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Brad Dunwell (Vardar; Grand Rapids, Mich.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Mark Segbers (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.)
Northeast Region (10):
Philadelphia Combine participant:
DEFENDERS (1): Brian White (PDA; Flemington, N.J.)
N.Y./N.J. Combine participants:
DEFENDERS (3): Brandon Tetro (New York Red Bulls; Freehold, N.J.), Henry Martin (New York Red Bulls (New York, N.Y.), David Manzinares (Albertson SC; Hempstead, N.Y.)
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Austin Aviza (New England Revolution; Medway, Mass.)
DEFENDERS (1): Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Declan McCabe (New England Revolution; Weston, Mass.)
FORWARDS (3): Matt Vasquenza (Oakwood SC; East Hampton, Conn.), Brendan Constantine (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Mohamed Kenawy (FC Bolts Celtic; Boston, Mass.)
Mid-Atlantic Region (6)
Philadelphia Combine participant:
DEFENDERS (1): Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.)
Washington, D.C., Combine participants:
MIDFIELDERS (1): Connor Smith (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.)
FORWARDS (2): Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Umar Bangura (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Sykesville, Md.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Chase Gaspar (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (1): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Glade Springs, Va.)
Texas Region (7):
Dallas Combine participants:
DEFENDERS (1): Wilfred Williams (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Martin Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas)
FORWARDS (1): Christian Ramirez (FC Dallas; Farmer’s Branch, Texas)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (3): Alex Radilla (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sergio Ruvalcaba (Alianza Houston; Austin, Texas)
FORWARDS (1): Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas)
While on summer break from US Soccer Development Academy play, Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has stayed busy joining up with the Mexico Youth National team to play in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Playing in a four-team division with the US, Denmark and Northern Ireland, Mexico needed a win on the last day of the tournament over Northern Ireland to take home the Milk Cup and that's exactly what they did.
Goals from Kevin Gutierrez & Hirving Lozano gave Mexico a 2-1 win over the hosts to win their second Milk Cup in a row. It's tough to find any lineup information, though it does seem as if Gonzalez did not feature in the final match against Northern Ireland. Click here to see highlights from the match including Gutierrez's stunning free kick.
In addition, click here to view a Facebook photo album from the event featuring more of the awesome celebration photos.
Another FC Dallas Academy player has been named to a national team, but this one is a first. Eric Davies, an outside back for the FC Dallas Under-15 pre-academy squad that advanced all the way to the US Youth Soccer national championship game has been called up to Canadian Under-17 National Team camp.
The 24-player roster will meet up in Sunrise, Florida from August 2-12 as Canada continues their preparation for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup that takes place in UAE in October and November.
Davies, who will become an integral part of the FCD Under-16 USSDA squad next season, has a Canadian father and will be appearing in the Canada youth side for the first time.
“This camp is a great opportunity for the players who are already in the team to show that they deserve to keep their places – and it is also a great chance for the new players to stake their claim to being part of this team heading towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” Head Coach Sean Fleming told the Canada Soccer website.
“We are definitely looking to create competition for spots on this team. That is important to us.
CANADA's Men's U-17 Team Roster for training camp in Sunrise, FL (August 2013):
GK- Marco Carducci | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
GK- Daniel Milton | ENG / Blackpool FC
D- Kevon Black | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Alex Comsia | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Eric Davies | USA / FC Dallas Academy
D- Ian Fernandes | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Mathieu Laurent | CAN / Mississauga Falcons
D- Aron Mkungilwa | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
D- Elias Roubos | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Rida Abdoulhamid | CAN / Braves d’Ahuntsic
M- Adam Bouchard | Unattached
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Mikaël Cantave | FRA / Orvault Sport Football
M- Matthew Chow | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Marco-Leonel Dominguez | CAN / Braves d'Ahuntsic
M- Jordan Haynes | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- José Lopez | CAN / FC Edmonton Academy
M- Ali Musse | CAN / WSA Winnipeg
M- Nevello Yoseke | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M/F- Hanson Boakai | CAN / FC Edmonton
F- Andrew Gordon | CAN / Woodbridge Strikers SC
F- Matt Greer | USA / Philadelphia Union Academy
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- El Mehdi Ibn Brahim | CAN / Braves d'Ahuntsic
The FC Dallas under-16 academy headed into the final game of the USSDA playoffs needing a draw against RSL-AZ to advance to Finals Week. In a wild, back-and-forth battle, FC Dallas fell to their MLS rivals 6-3, ending the FC Dallas run in this year's playoffs.
In an indication of what was to come throughout the match, the goalfest started with RSL jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. A pair of uncharacteristic defensive mistakes from FC Dallas resulted in Sebastian Saucedo sneaking in for two huge goals to open the match.
Real Salt Lake grabbed a third goal through a long-range shot in the 36th minute to stunningly take a 3-0 lead. Needing a spark before halftime, FC Dallas got it on a well worked corner that eventually found its way into the net through a scrum of players to send the teams to halftime with RSL up 3-1.
In the second half, RSL seemed to put the game out of reach finishing a rebound off a fantastic save from goalkeeper Estevan Vasquez to restore their three-goal lead.
The fightback from FCD began, however, with Patrick Khouri bundling in another set piece opportunity from FC Dallas with 20 minutes to play. Soon after Santi Agudelo headed in his fifth goal of playoffs week to pull FCD within a goal sparking wild celebrations.
As FC Dallas pushed for the goal that would take them through the group, Real Salt Lake hit the U-16s on the counter restoring their two-goal advantage. They would soon grab another as Sebastian Gordillo took down an RSL attacker in the box and as the last man back, Gordillo was shown a red card. The penalty kick was converted and FC Dallas fell to RSL 6-3 ending the season for both academy teams.
Despite falling at the final hurdle before Finals Week, both the U-18 & U-16 teams can hold their heads high as they finished at the top of the Frontier Division. They'll return to action for the 2013-2014 season with a new U-14 division in late September.
By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Under-18s fall just short in comeback attempt, finish USSDA Playoffs 1-1-1
FRISCO, Texas - The FC Dallas under-18s needed to win by two goals to advance to finals week, but the home team only managed a 1-1 draw against Albertson SC.
The game was mainly a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to score for most of the match. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but a combination of defense in front of the goal and strong performances from both goalkeepers made it a low-scoring affair.
Albertson had a couple of opportunities in the first, but two went wide and Dallas keeper Caleb Underwood saved another two. FCD also missed a chance in the closing minutes of the half when a shot hit the post, sending the game into halftime scoreless.
Needing to win by two goals to advance, FCD was forced to push forward leaving them exposed at the back. Albertson finally opened the scoring on a counterattack, giving them a 1-0 advantage with 30 minutes left in the game.
FC Dallas never quit and finally got a goal of their own, but with just seconds left in the match it wasn't enough and the 1-1 draw means the under-18s won't be advancing to Finals Week for a fourth straight year as they finished 1-1-1 in the group.
Under-16's lead group with one game remaining
As FC Dallas battled the Portland Timbers inside the stadium last night, the under-16s continued their solid playoffs run beating FC Delco 4-0 in their second USSDA playoff game.
Santiago Agudelo was the star again for FC Dallas scoring goals in the 15th and 28th minute to put FCD out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Coy Craft and Christian Ramirez added goals in the second half to give FCD the emphatic 4-0 win.
That win, coupled with RSL-AZ's 0-0 draw with Sockers FC, means that FC Dallas under-16s can advance to Finals Week for the first time since 2009 with a win or a draw against RSL-AZ on Friday. That game will be played at 11:00AM on field 7.
By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Agudelo Double Propels Under-16s to 4-2 Win Over Sockers FC
FRISCO, Texas -- The FC Dallas under-16's kicked off group play in the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs with a bang, recording a 4-2 win over Chicago's Sockers FC.
Neither team was able to get much going in the opening minutes of the game. Each team had a few shots on goal, including a freekick for FC Dallas, but were unable to finish. Santi Agudelo finally opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a header to put FC Dallas up 1-0.
The Sockers wouldn't give up that easily, though. The visitors had multiple shots on goal in the closing minutes, as well as missed chances on a freekick and a corner kick within a couple minutes of each other. The Sockers managed to find the back of the net late in the half, but the goal was called back due to offsides, giving FC Dallas the one-goal advantage going into halftime.
The second half got off to a much quicker start than the first, with FC Dallas getting their second goal of the game just minutes into the half through a Miguel Ojeda strike. This time the Sockers had an answer, scoring a minute later to bring the score to 2-1. The Sockers had several more chances to tie the game, but could never quite finish, thanks in large part to a series of fantastic saves by FC Dallas keeper Estevan Vasquez.
After the score remained the same for most of the second half, Santi Agudelo got his second goal of the night, firing into an open night after drawing the keeper out of the goal. Agudelo's score put the home team up by two late in the game, but FC Dallas weren't finished yet. Alex Radilla added to the scoring with a shot across the goal to put the score at 4-1. A last minute penalty kick for Sockers FC cut the lead to two, but it was all FC Dallas with a final score of 4-2, leaving them with a great start to the playoffs week.
The U16s will have a quick turnaround with a game tomorrow night at 9:00 PM against FC Delco on Field 8.
U-18's take back control of their destiny with 3-0 win
FRISCO, Texas - After yesterday's 1-0 loss to Columbus, FC Dallas needed a better performance on Tuesday plus some help from elsewhere to remain alive in the USSDA Playoffs.
They got both.
While Dallas struggled to find the net yesterday, it took them just 30 minutes to take the lead a night later. Diego de la Tejera found some space 25 yards from goal and let fly, curling an incredible strike around the keeper and into the upper 90 to put FCD in front. Ten minutes later, Luchi Gonzalez's men doubled the lead as Marco Carrizales scored a similar goal to Tejera's strike smacking one low and hard past the keeper from 20 yards out to give Dallas a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Dallas, knowing goal differential could play a huge part in who advances to Finals Week, pressed hard for a third goal and found it in the 68th minute as Yomeri Reyes rose to head home a corner from Carrizales. FCD pushed for a fourth, but couldn't find it, though they'll surely be thrilled with the 3-0 victory over Concorde Fire.
That win, coupled with Albertson SC's 4-1 victory over Columbus Crew, means FCD, on three points with a +2 goal differential, can advance to Finals Week if they can manage a two-goal victory over Albertson SC on Thursday morning. While it's certainly a tall task, after Monday's loss it's one they'll gladly accept.
FC Dallas will look to advance to yet another Finals Week on Thursday against Albertson SC at 9:00 AM on Field 11.
FRISCO, Texas - In the opening match of the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the FC Dallas under-18's were unable to recover from a first half goal by Columbus' Noah Hutchins and fell to the Crew 1-0.
FCD started the match brightly with Bobby Edet leading the way up front, but an early chance went just wide and, playing against the wind, Luchi Gonzalez's men were unable to muster up much else in attack. The Crew hit Dallas on the break mid-way through the first half and a deep cross flashed across the box to Hutchins. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was able to get a hand on the low, hard shot, but was unable to keep it out of the net and the Crew took a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Dallas pushed hard for the equalizer with Gonzalez bringing on Diego de la Tejera to inject some punch into the FCD attack. The hard-working Crew side kept Dallas at bay, however, and despite holding the majority of possession, Dallas couldn't convert that into meaningful scoring chances.
FCD mustered one final attack late in the second half and a cross from Kris Reaves found Yomeri Reyes, but his hard shot was right at the Crew goalkeeper who did well to hold the shot. A couple late set pieces went begging for Dallas and FCD dropped a disappointing 1-0 result to Columbus.
Dallas must regroup quickly as they'll face the Concorde Fire tomorrow night at 9:30PM on FC Dallas Complex Field 5. FCD is still alive to finish top of their group, but they must win their final two games and hope for some help elsewhere. The under-16's begin their quest for Finals Week tomorrow night against Sockers FC at 7:15PM on Field 11.
The United States Under-20 National Team continued their quest in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup today earning a point against European powerhouse France in a 1-1 draw at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Instanbul.
Heading into the match, the US needed a point to keep any realistic hopes of a spot in the knockout round alive and things were looking bleak for the United States when France forward Yaya Sanogo smashed home a controversial 48th minute penalty kick.
It looked like the United States' bad luck would continue when Luis Gil had a penalty kick saved with about 20 minutes to play, but second-half substitute Daniel Cuevas eventually finished a free kick in the 85th minute to steal a priceless point for the US.
Given that the four highest-placed third place teams in the group stage will advance to the round of 16, today's point means a win over Ghana on Thursday would almost certainly put the United States into the knockout stage.
From an FC Dallas perspective, Danny Garcia, a starter in the first match, did not feature in today's as he was out with an unspecified injury suffered in Friday's game against Spain. Kellyn Acosta has appeared on the bench for both matches, but has yet to play.
The United States will look to advance to the round of 16 in an all-important game against Ghana on Thursday, June 27 at 12:45PM on ESPNU.
This week on FCDallas.com you're going to be getting a healthy dose of what we call the USSDA Playoffs, so I thought it'd be effective to give everyone a primer on the event that will be filling up the FC Dallas Complex fields for the next five days.
The US Soccer Development Academy is the national league that consists of an under-18 and under-16 league including all the MLS academies as dozens of others, with 80 teams in total. The top 32 teams out of those 80 have qualified for the playoffs which take on the form of eight groups with four teams in each group drawn by national seeding(I.E. seeds 1-8, 8-16,17-24, 25-32). The winners of each group move on to the Development Academy Finals Week played in Houston in mid-July.
In all, a staggering 125 games will be played at the stadium complex in the next five days as every playoff game plus a number of showcase games featuring non-playoff teams will be played. The games start at 5PM on Monday and will be in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while morning games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
For FC Dallas, this week is a huge one as both the U-18 and U-16 teams have real chances to advance to Finals Week. The U-18's just missed out on a top seed finishing 10th overall and their draw includes the Columbus Crew, Concorde Fire and Albertson SC. The U-16's finished as the #2 overall national seed and will play Sockers FC, FC Delco and Real Salt Lake-AZ during playoffs week.
Admission is completely free to every game and even if you can only make it out for an hour, you really should come up to the complex at some point this week to see the USSDA playoff juggernaut in action while cheering on the future FC Dallas first team stars.
As two FC Dallas Academy alumni on the boys side get ready to represent their country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, one of FCD's most talented young female players is just starting out her youth national team career.
Midfielder Abby-Grace Cooper, a member of Matt Grubb's under-15 FC Dallas ECNL squad, recently wrapped up a week with head coach April Kater's US Under-14 Girls National Team. Cooper was called up for the eight-day camp, the first for this youngest group of youth national teamers, and she couldn't have been more excited to make the squad/
"I was surprised but in an excited way," said Cooper. "I have worked very hard and I think I deserved the chance. I just didn't expect it to be in the early part of the year."
Just at the start of her budding youth national team career, Cooper says these camps show her exactly the level she needs to attain to represent her country.
"It raises my game, because it gives me a look into the top level of play in the country," said Cooper. "It gives me bench marks to work at and bring back to my club. I learned that if you have the skill that's great, but if you don't have the passion and drive you will not go very far. I do know that I have the passion and the desire to work hard toward the goal of the US National Team."