Commentary

USA suffers major rout against Germany at U-19 men's tourney

By Mike Woitalla

While seven of the graduates of the last cycle of the U.S. U-20 men's national team, which reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup in June, have helped the U.S. U-23 national team to within a win of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the new cycle of U-20s has had an inauspicious start.

During their first gathering, in September, the new U-20s -- comprised of 1997-born 17- and 18-year-olds -- finished sixth place at the Serbia-hosted Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament with a 2-0 win over Israel after losses to France (6-1) and host Serbia (3-1).

The second trip, competition in the U-19 division of the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup in Stuttgart, began on Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to host Germany, which also fielded all 1997-borns. The Americans were down 2-0 at halftime and trailed 7-0 before Eryk Williamson scored their lone goal. Germany scored two of its goals while playing a man-down following the 74th minute ejection of Lukas Boeder.

Jonathan Klinsmann started in goal for the USA at the game in Stuttgarter Gazi-Stadium, home of the Stuttgart Kickers where his father, Jurgen Klinsmann, began his professional career before moving on to VfB Stuttgart.

The USA, coached by U-20 head coach Tab Ramos' assistant Omid Namazi, faces Scotland on Friday and Mexico on Monday. Scotland beat Mexico, 3-1, on Tuesday.

These are early days, of course, for the current cycle, which aims to qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup.

Oct. 6 in Stuttgart
Germany 8 USA 1. Goals: Besuschkow 38, Ochs 41, Bunjaki 63, Putaro  66, Bunjaki 68, Mehlem 73, Endres 79, Bitter 87; Williamson 85.
Germany -- Königsmann, Schad (Bitter, 46), Horn (Torunarigha, 70), Boeder, Gimber, Fechner, Henrichs, Ferati (Mehlem, 46), Ochs, Besuschkow (Serdar, 46), Osei Owusu (Putaro, 22).
USA  -- Klinsmann, Murphy (Pineda, 69), Hinds, Wilson (Williamson, 46), Martin, Lindley, Waldrep (Fernandez, 69), Mansary (Akale, 46), Elney (Sabbi, 64), Craft, Jones.
Att.: 1,056.

U.S. roster for U-19 Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City academy; Lithia, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, N.M.), Nick Hinds (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.), Malcolm Jones (UCLA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Henry Martin (Princeton; New York, N.Y.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal/Spain; Minneapolis, Minn.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire academy; Carmel, Ind.), Amirgy Pineda (LA Galaxy academy; Santa Ana, Calif.), Kyle Scott (Chelsea/England; Bristol, England), Evan Waldrep (Creighton; Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Sean Wilson (North Carolina; West Chester, Penn.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.).
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Maryland; Boca Raton, Fla.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.).

* The 2015 U-20 World Cup players currently playing for the U.S. U-23s, who can clinch an Olympic spot with a win in the Concacaf Championship semifinals on Saturday, are goakeeper Zack Steffen, defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga, and midfielders Emerson Hyndman and Gedion Zelalem, and forward Maki Tall. Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath would have been Steffen's backup at the U-20 World Cup but wasn't released by his Norwegian club, Molde.

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6 comments about "USA suffers major rout against Germany at U-19 men's tourney".
  1. David Mont, October 7, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

    Time for the "ha-ha Klinsmann" tweet?

  2. Raymond Weigand, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

    Don O'Van posted that Tab Ramos should be fired.

  3. Raymond Weigand, October 7, 2015 at 6:36 p.m.

    "...number of children playing team sports is falling, with experts blaming a parent-driven focus on elite travel clubs..." I guess Rosenwalt had career driven parents, hence, missed the obvious that kids like playing video games. The games are well designed with positive reinforcement and realistic challenges - bringing the kids back for more.

  4. BJ Genovese, October 7, 2015 at 8:48 p.m.

    Its quite obvious that this coach has been compromised from the simple fact that he chooses (out of all the options in this country) Klinsman JR to be on his roster. This man clearly is not in charge of his team, and like the rest of all the people in charge of soccer at a high level in this country... rely on the good ole boys network to keep screwing it up!

  5. Ric Fonseca, October 7, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.

    Oh-oh! Where are the Tab Ramos "haters?"
    As for the "good ole boys network..." here's a challenge to see how many young players are on the various national teams, whatever age bracket, and so see who their parents are and if they formed part of that "good ole boys network?" Anyone up for this "challenge?"

  6. Soccer Madness, October 8, 2015 at 10:13 p.m.

    The 97's and 99's have abismal records in last 1-2 years. ISnt this pool of players as important to season for our eventual National Senior team? Are they the best we have?? Accountability for scouting and coaching??

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