U.S. U-16s fall to Turkey at Aegean Cup

The USA exited the Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup for under-16 national teams with its second loss in a row, dropping a 1-0 decision to host Turkey on Thursday. The USA was the defending champion.

Jan. 22 in Manisa
Turkey 1 USA 0. Goal: Gorkem 26.
USA -- Lopez, Aguilera (Villegas, 67), Alfaro (Real, 67), Eves, Torres, Rennicks (Trujillo, 62), Del Rosario, Carranza, Gonzalez, Gruno (Raygoza, 78), Marquez.

The USA won the tournament in 2014 with a team of '98 players, the core of whom form the U-17 team that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

The current team consists of '99 players. It beat Romania, 2-0, on goals by Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution academy) and Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers academy) and lost to Norway, 2-0.

Turkey will meet France in the final.

4 comments about "U.S. U-16s fall to Turkey at Aegean Cup".
  1. BJ Genovese, January 23, 2015 at 7:41 p.m.

    Long way to go... Honestly, its time to bring in some new faces. Just because the core of this team needs to see some fresh faces for a camp or two. Some of these boys have been with the BNT for years now. They all have a huge resume. Now lets get some others in there and give them a chance. US soccer has a Data base of players already that they have not revisited in years. Break out the data base and invite kids back to the TC sessions for another look, and dont not screen for USSDA. Matter of fact if you want to succeed you will take that of the evaluation altogether. It muddies the waters.

  2. DEXTER LEWIS, January 24, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.

    There are so many more talented kids in the US pool of players that are not given the opportunity to showcase their talent and abilities, it's about time for some new faces, it's critical to the future of US soccer.

  3. James Harte, January 25, 2015 at 6:19 a.m.

    I agree with Dexter and BJ

  4. Futsal nation, January 26, 2015 at 12:05 a.m.

    I thought they did tryout some new faces. USSDA Faces. Not sure what they took into account in picking them over others though.

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