Commentary

France routs USA at U-19 tourney

By Mike Woitalla

After opening the Copa del Atlantico tournament in the Canary Islands with a 1-0 loss to Spain, the U.S. U-19 men’s national team (1998s) fell, 5-0, to France.

The tournament is the first for the U.S. U-19s (1998-born) with Coach Brad Friedel at the helm. Ten of the 23 members of the roster are newcomers to the youth national team program. On Friday, the USA faces the Canary Islands, which lost 2-0 to France and 3-1 to Spain.

Feb. 3 in Las Palmas, Spain
USA 0 France 5. Goals: Pelican (pen.) 7, Pelican 20, Edouard 67, Edouard 72, Javier 80.
USA -- Silva; Munjoma, Dieterich, Trusty, Robinson (Loera, 79); Lowe, Calvillo (Nelson, 45); Zubak (Saramago, 60), McKinnie (Mihailovic, 79), Da Silva (Gaines, 26); Lekressner.
France -- Badiashile, Sissako (Upamecano, 71), Souici (Samba, 84), Ouaneh (Doucoure, 84), Danger (Masoussa, 45); Callegari, Cognat (Ruiz, 45), Bassouamina (Nordin, 45); Chabrol (Claude-Maurice, 45), Haddad (Janvier, 78), Pelican (Edouard, 45)
Att.: 300


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Roster: U.S. U-16 girls convene for first 2016 camp

Coach Tricia Taliaferro will train a squad of 26 players in the first U.S. U-16 national team camp of the year, Feb. 20-27 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Twenty-three of the players are born in 2000, two in 2001 and one in 2002. All are eligible for 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.

U.S. U-16 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire; Granger, Ind.).
DEFENDERS (11): Maycee Bell (Sporting Kansas City; Wichita, Kan.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Madison Ellsworth (Crossfire United Oregon; Hillsboro, Ore.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Miliani, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda; Germantown, Md.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.).
MIDFIELDERS (4): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.).
FORWARDS (8): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Macy Schultz (Colorado Storm; Timnath, Colo.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier; Wadsworth, Ohio), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Trinity Watson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)


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Ref Watch: Toronto academy players get whistles

• Toronto FC, partnering with the Ontario Soccer Association, has put all of its Academy players U-14 to U-19 through referee training to become certified officials. Some have already served as ARs for TFC exhibition games.

“The benefits and importance of our Toronto FC Academy athletes becoming certified referees is multifaceted," said Laurent Guyot, the Toronto FC Academy director. "Becoming a referee will further enhance our athletes understanding of the rules and their ability to analyze the game. The experience which our athletes will gain while referring games will help them develop into assertive, confident individuals. And with the empathy our athletes will develop for the role of being a referee, so too will come respect for the official, and help create a link between our athletes and officials."

• The U.S. Soccer Federation's first video of what will be a monthly rules of the game series covers Fouls & Misconduct and an example of a red-card foul:

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Around the Net: Fullerton Rangers treasurer accused of stealing $174,000

Orange County Register: Laura Zellerbach, 41, a treasurer for the Fullerton Rangers Soccer League from 2012 to 2014, was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $174,000 from the nonprofit. The Long Beach resident is accused of money laundering, forgery of records, grand theft, misappropriation of property, and embezzlement, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel said.

The Register's Scott Reid and Lou Ponsi reported that Zellerbach’s arrest comes as city officials investigate whether Rangers’ coaches and officials used the club’s nonprofit status to receive reduced rates and gain access to city fields that might otherwise not be available for camps and academies. (A for-profit company set up by Rangers coaches and officials is tied to the non-profit league.)

The city is also investigating whether the Rangers continue to meet a requirement that at least 80 percent of the club’s players are Fullerton residents -- a threshold gives them a better status for field rental fees and access.

Empire of Soccer: New Jersey Youth Soccer has hired former New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke as its new Director of Coaching for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Player Development. “As a father of two young soccer players, I understand the importance of growth, on and off of the field, and am looking forward to working with the great staff at NJ Youth Soccer to build upon that strong foundation,” said Petke.

9 comments about "France routs USA at U-19 tourney".
  1. Goal Goal, February 5, 2016 at 10:41 a.m.

    Lose 1-0 you could call competitive. Lose 5-0 is a blowout by any measure. I guess my next question would be is how is France rated in this tourney? This is scary.

  2. R2 Dad, February 5, 2016 at 11:55 a.m.

    Would like to hear Brad Friedel's frank assessment of what's going on--it's hard to see how they're playing just from the highlights.
    RE: whistles--that should be mandatory for all players at the academy level and up. So few actually know the details of the LOTG.

  3. Ric Fonseca replied, February 5, 2016 at 5:04 p.m.

    I've been preaching that players get a good dose on the nuances of the LOTG, and I even went so far as to incorporate this aspect of our game during my stint as college coach at both a DII program ('79-82) and community college -'86-'03). In fact, since the players also received two academic credit hours, and had to complete the semester after the season, I used the time to have lectures on the LOTG, and even had luck in getting some players become officials in the local leagues as well as some high schools (the sport is played in the winter months in the SoCal/LA area)And this went for my assistants, one who continues to be an active official.

  4. Goal Goal, February 5, 2016 at 2:25 p.m.

    I don't think this is Friedel's problem per say. It is what came before him. Coaching, training, state of mind and many other things that are part of any athletic encounter.

    Another thing. These other countries train their teams for weeks, months before they participate in tourneys such as these and anybody knows that this game is a game of familiarity with the players you are playing with not only off the field but in their tactics on the field. Teams that play together for longer time play a better game than the system where hey you are good come on to camp and we will put you together with 10 other good players and we will be competitive.

  5. Ric Fonseca replied, February 5, 2016 at 5:10 p.m.

    Fanfor: I disagree, IT IS Friedel's problem as he's THE head coach, and I am not convinced that the team performed poorly since he didn't coach or rain the players before his being named. Also, I am sure that he probably spoke to the previous coach and was given a fairly inclusive report and assessment on the players, so it isn't as if he went at it blindly.

  6. Goal Goal, February 5, 2016 at 3:05 p.m.

    I didn't watch what film there was before I made my above comments but my goodness. No way to be nice about it the defense stinks. Period. I didn't see anything that France did scoring their goals other than just waltz by the backs. Sure its hard to tell from the little bit of film there is but that was just pitiful. I would like to see the entire game or at least some qualified commentary on our play as a whole. Wow.

  7. Ric Fonseca, February 5, 2016 at 5:13 p.m.

    And, I almost chocked on my morning coffee and toast when I read the score! Yes it was a very poor showing, but wait, will there be the usual "dump the coach" as there was for another coach?

  8. VIC Aguilera, February 6, 2016 at 1:07 a.m.

    This is the so-called future of US soccer? All I can say is 'PURA MIERDA'!!!!!

  9. M L, February 18, 2016 at 1:10 p.m.

    Most of these habitual posters are the same people who scream that development isn't about Wins and Losses.

    All over the road.

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