U.S. U-19s lose to Venezuela in Spain

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, coached by Brad Friedel, opened the COTIF Tournament in Valencia, Spain, with a 2-0 loss to Venezuela.

The USA faces Mauritania on Thursday, Spain on Friday and Bahrain on Monday.

July 27 in Valencia, Spain
USA 0 Venezuela 2. Goals: Heber 48, Balza 53.
USA -- Silva; Arellano (Pines, 73), Montalvo (Nelson, 41), Bashti (Mihailovic, 41), Fossey, McKennie (Enríquez, 73), Young (Monjoma, 57), Da Silva (Lankford, 57), Trusty, Hunsinger (Haji, 41), Agu (Vázquez, 57).
Venezuela -- Fariñez, Quero (Hernández, 41), Fuentes, Rivas (Pinto, 74), Herrera, Chacón (Balza, 41), Soteldo (Silva, 74), Peña (Acebedo, 41), Ramírez (Heber, 30), Mejías, Hernández.
Att.: 5,000.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brady Scott (De Anza Force), Kevin Silva (PDA), Justin Vom Steeg (Unattached).
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy II), Marlon Fossey (Fulham/ENG), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas academy), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG), Donovan Pines (D.C. United academy), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (Stanford Univ.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC B), Christian Enriquez (Nomads FC), Nelson Hunsinger (Leg A-Z), Kevin Lankford (Heidenheim/GER), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas academy), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire academy), Devin Vega (FC Dallas academy).
FORWARDS (4): Colby Agu (Capital Area Railhawks), Abdulkadir Haji (Seacoast United) Brandon Vazquez (Tijuana/MEX), Isaiah Young (PDA).

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17 comments about "U.S. U-19s lose to Venezuela in Spain ".
  1. Richard Brown, July 27, 2016 at 8:26 a.m.

    Did we have a real understanding what is really a going on now in Venezuela? They have much more incentive to do well then we do.

    If we understood that they would know they really have to push ourselves to play well against that team.

  2. Richard Brown, July 27, 2016 at 3:09 p.m.

    The people in Venezuela are starving now. No one is going to do anything there except trying not to starve. That is a pretty big incentive to get out.

  3. cisco martinez, July 27, 2016 at 6:21 p.m.

    Our US-20 looked outclassed by Venezuela, the tactical and technical ability of Venezuela was superior in ever way. Our US team looked so typical of our American teams, physical, speed, athleticism, and no technical ability, no wonder our youth teams are struggling.

  4. Richard Brown, July 27, 2016 at 8:59 p.m.

    Cisco their coach is Tab Ramos. So tab can't do the job. He just wants to coach to make a living, but not because he loves helping kids with their game.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 28, 2016 at 10:23 a.m.

    First of all, the coach of the U19s is Brad Friedel, not Tab. But if kids lack technical ability when they are that age (which I don't necessarily agree with, at least no in comparison to Venezuela) then what is a youth national team coach supposed to do about it? It's too late - those skills should have been developed years ago.

    Unless you are saying there are more technically skilled players available who aren't being picked. But if that's the case, let us know who some of those players are.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 28, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.

    National team coaches don't work with players often enough. Even at 17 it's too late to start teaching technical skills. This needs to be happening at far younger levels than U17 and U19. I don't know what you think you accomplish when you write self serving things like "only the blind can see" but what you actually accomplish is making yourself like like a buffoon.

  7. BJ Genovese replied, July 31, 2016 at 3:49 p.m.

    Yes, a national team coach is not supposed to develop. He is supposed to play chess with the best players he can find. In the cast of the U.S. its also to implement a system of identification. How can we expect to compete at the youth levels u17-u23 when other country's have a system in place that starts from identification to selling of players that involves compensation? We cant.

  8. Richard Brown, July 28, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.

    I was talking about the under 20 team.

  9. Richard Brown, July 28, 2016 at 11:26 a.m.

    So the manager of the under 20 can do nothing to improve their game? If that is true get rid of him.

  10. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 28, 2016 at 1:47 p.m.

    A national team coach can improve the team but mostly through roster selections, tactics and strategy. Can he improve the individual technical skills of the players? Not much, if at all.

  11. Richard Brown, July 28, 2016 at 11:29 a.m.

    Skill work can be taught, but as they get older it is less skill work and more tactics.

    What it should be is skill work and tactics done under pressure. At every age.

  12. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 28, 2016 at 1:48 p.m.

    How do you even know what these coaches are doing in practice?

  13. Richard Brown, July 28, 2016 at 2:37 p.m.

    I can see it by the way they play individually and as a team. Just watch Klinnesman's team play.

    You see the same the same mistakes by the same players game after game. Some of these mistakes can be fixed by a minor coaching point.

    I have to believe the coaching staff is not making them.

    I will give you an example Zardes. He is good with the ball, but he is a waste when the ball is on the other side of the field. He is never close enough to the immediate opponent on his side of the field. So any cross to that player is an automatic completion. He has to be close enough to turn that pass into a 50/50 ball not an automatic completion.

    He does the same thing game after game after game. Watch for it when he plays. A small coaching point fixes that.

  14. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 28, 2016 at 5:42 p.m.

    Sure, that's the kind of thing a coach can fix. That's not what we are talking about. We're talking about our players' techniques,at least that's what AA was referring to. If Zardes's first touch is garbage, a national team coach isn't going to be able to fix it.

  15. Richard Brown, July 28, 2016 at 7:37 p.m.

    Let's talk about what I mentioned. It is the kind of thing a coach can fix. So why hasn't he fixed it?

  16. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 29, 2016 at 10:18 a.m.

    Why hasn't JK fixed it? Because he's a terrible coach. Pretty much everyone acknowledges he is no tactical genius. That's why he was run out at Bayern and why his results with the US have been so mixed. He has a better group of players to work with the Bradley but the results aren't any better. They may even be worse.

    I didn't watch the U19 game so maybe Friedel isn't any better.

    My point was that if a 19 year old is showing up to national team duty and his technique is poor, the coach can't fix that. The only thing he can do is not pick the player but that assumes there is someone better to pick.

    Sounds like we mostly agree.

  17. cisco martinez, July 29, 2016 at 10:34 a.m.

    I wouldn't place the blame solely on Friedel. Remember Klinsmann was the technical director for nearly 5-6 years so he instilled values that have not come to fruition. Klinsmann's tenure hasn't produced any youth successes, no Olympics twice, only tab Ramos U-20 made Quarter-finals appearances, and the U-17 terrible. As for coaches changing physical, speed, into technical players, it does not happen overnight, it can happen but I would argue that is the problem with our coaches that promote speed over technical and tactical ability. Spain as a National Team is proving all you need is technical ability, tactical ability, positional play, that's why Spain tries to play out of the back because they have lack a psychical presence up top.

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