U.S. U-20s down New York Cosmos and Red Bulls II

By Mike Woitalla

The U.S. U-20 men's national team, during a 10-day training camp in New Jersey, beat the NASL's New York Cosmos, 2-0, and the USL's New York Red Bulls II, 4-3.

Against the Red Bulls, Coach Tab Ramos' team overcame an early two-goal deficit after Anatole Abang scored in the 10th minute and Dan Metzger in the 14th minute. Two goals within two minutes by Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic) and Jonathan Lewis (Kendall SC) sent the teams into halftime tied, 2-2.

Stefano Bonomo regained the lead for the Cosmos in the 46th minute before Sebastian Elney (University of Maryland) equalized and Jeremy Kelly (UNC) scored the stoppage-time winner, set up by Philadelphia Union academy player Yosef Samuel.

In the 2-0 win over the Cosmos, the U.S. U-20s got goals from Jeremiah Gutjahr and Jonathan Suarez. Gutjahr, a sophomore at Indiana University in his hometown of Bloomington, was assisted on his 46th-minute goal by Jonathan Suarez, a Southern California product with Mexico's Queretaro who scored Coach Tab Ramos' team's second goal in the 67th minute.

Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer

Aug. 7 in Whippany, N.J.
U.S. U-20s 4 New York Red Bulls II 3. Goals: Sabbi 36, Lewis (JT Marcinkowski) 37, Elney (Lewis) 67, Kelly (Samuel) 91+; Abang (Bilyeu) 10, Metzger 14, Bonomo 46.
USA -- Marcinkowski; Herrera (Poarch, 78), Robinson, Castellanos, Borges; Williamson (Lindley, 70), Acosta (Gutjahr, 55), Suarez (Yueill, 83); Craft (Elney, 45), Sabbi (Samuel, 66), Lewis (Kelly, 78).
NYRB -- Diaz (Kennedy, 81); Carroll; Trial Player (Schmoll, 45); Long, Bilyeu (Flemmings, 63); Williams, Metzger (Bonomo, 45), Bezecourt; Trial Player, Abang (Allen, 45), Trial Player (Simpara, 45).

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Aug. 3 in Uniondale, N.Y.
U.S. U-20s 2 New York Cosmos 0. Goals: Gutjahr (Suarez) 46, Suarez 67.
USA -- Marcinkowski; Herrera (Poarch, 69), Robinson, Gutjahr, Borges; Williamson (Castellanos, 64), Lindley (Acosta, 44), Yueill (Suarez, 45); Craft (Samuel, 69), Elney ( Kelly, 72), Lewis (Sabbi, 64).
Cosmos -- Maurer (Holt, 33, Zobeck, 61)); Mulligan (Duk, 61), Ockford, Mendes (Ochieng, 45), Garcia Perez (Velala, 33); Szetela (Bover, 61); Moffat (Guenzatti, 45), Mkosana (na, 45), Diosa (Flores, 45), Arango (Calvillo, 33), Arrieta (na, 61)

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U.S. U-18 boys head to Czech tourney

Coach Omid Namazi has named a roster of 20 players, born in 1999, for the U.S. U-18 men's national team's trip to the Czech Republic for the Vaclav Jezek Tournament at which it will play Slovakia (Aug. 16), Hungary (Aug. 17) and Russia (Aug. 19) in group play.

The U-18s last international trip came in June when in Mexico it beat Chivas (4-0), Universidad de Guadalajara (4-1) and Atlas (1-0).

U.S. U-18 men's national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cameron Douglas (Sacramento Republic; Granite Bay, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Gruno (Leicester City/ENG; Saddle River, N.J.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Jack Maher (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Caseyville, Ill.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Aedan Stanley (Saint Louis FC; Columbia, Ill.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Paoli (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Nick Taitague (Unattached; Midlothian, Va.).
FORWARDS (6): Shaft Brewer (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Colo.), Ernesto Espinoza (Tijuana/MEX; San Diego, Calif.), Nebiyou Perry (AIK Fotboll/SWE; New York, N.Y.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (Unattached; Sarasota, Fla.)

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MLS clubs struggle in Mexico U-16 tourney

MLS clubs competing at the U-16 Liga Bancomer tournament lost seven of their first encounters against Liga MX clubs, with FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Pumas the only MLS team victory. Mexican clubs outscored MLS clubs 24-5 in the eight games through Day 4.

The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union (1-0), FC Dallas (2-0) and the San Jose Earthquakes (3-0) before falling, 3-0 to Pachuca, which has beaten FC Dallas (4-0), the Earthquakes (5-0) and Tijuana (2-0).

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U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships -- MVPs and top keepers
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U.S. Abroad: Zendejas makes Chivas debut in Liga MX
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