Commentary

American teens fall short in U-19 Bundesliga title quest

By Mike Woitalla

Schalke 04, with its trio of U.S. teens Haji Wright, Nick Taitague and Weston McKennie, looked well poised to reach the U-19 Bundesliga final after winning the first leg of its semifinal series with Bayern Munich, 3-1, in Munich. But on Tuesday, Bayern rebounded with a 4-2 second-leg win, sending the game to a penalty kick tiebreaker that Schalke lost, 5-4.

The Bundesliga youth championship, which is televised in Germany and whose final last year in which Borussia Dortmund beat Hoffenheim drew a crowd 14,767, is considered prestigious to the point that Schalke’s run put the Americans out of contention to join the USA’s squad for the 2017 U-20 World Cup, which kicks off in South Korea on Saturday.

In the first leg, Wright scored Schalke’s third goal and Taitague drew the penalty kick for the second goal, after a pass from McKennie. In the second leg, before a crowd of 5,804, McKennie’s long throw-in set up the opening goal, a header by Benjamin Goller that gave Schalke a 1-0 halftime lead.

Bayern evened the game on aggregate with three goals in the second half within six minutes. Schalke regained the lead in the 78th minute when Wright’s chip was headed home by Luke Hemmerich in the 78th minute, but Mario Crnicki sent the game to PKs with an 88th goal.

Wright, the only American to take a spot kick, converted his shot but Jannis Kuebler had hit the crossbar while all Bayern players converted.

The scorer of Bayern’s first goal in the second half, Timothy Tillman, has been courted by U.S. Soccer. His father was a U.S. serviceman.

Borussia Dortmund, for whom American keeper Will Pulisic was on the bench, beat VfL Wolfsburg, 2-1, for a 5-3 aggregate win that sends it to the final against Bayern. Texan McKinze Gaines started and played 61 minutes for Wolfsburg.

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U-20 World Cup: Auston Trusty added to USA squad

Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty is replacing Fulham defender Marlon Fossey on Coach Tab Ramos’ 2017 U-20 World Cup team, which opens the tournament against Ecuador May 22 in Incheon, South Korea. Fossey was unable to recover from a groin injury in time for the competition.



Auston Trusty

Trusty was a part of Ramos’ team that in March won the Concacaf U-20 Championship while qualifying for the World Cup. He also played in the 2015 U-17 World Cup.

A Pennsylvania product, Trusty signed an MLS Homegrown with the Philadelphia Union last year. He has yet to play an MLS game but has started six games this season at central defender for the Union’s USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel, for which he played 19 times in 2016.

U.S. U-20 2017 World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (Univ. of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown Univ.; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (Univ. of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (Univ. of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah).

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U.S. U-16 girls win tourney in Belgium

The U.S. U-16 girls national team won the U-16 Development Tournament in Belgium with wins over Switzerland (2-1), Belgium (1-0) and Croatia (4-0). Tuesday’s win over Switzerland, in which South Shore Select’s Allyson Sentnor  scored and assisted, clinched the title for a U.S. team that was competing mostly against older players.

The U.S. squad, coached by Jaime Frias, was comprised of born in 2002, 2003 and 2004 while opponents fielded mainly 2001s and 2002s.

Sentnor assisted on Samantha Kroeger’s 1st minute goal against Switzerland and also set up the opening goal by Trinity Rodman (daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodmanin the win over Croatia. The Michigan Hawks’ Joyelle Washington scored twice against Croatia.

May 16 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
USA 2 Switzerland 1
Goals: Kroeger (Sentnor) 1, Sentnor (Rodman) 27; Gubler (pen.) 38.
USA lineup — Sparkowski, Colbert (Hunter, 57), Guidry, Torbert, Groff (Dudley, 51), Loza (Aulicino, 57), Crowder (Rosenbaum, 41), Kroeger (Fung, 57), Rodman (Shimkin, 57), Sentnor (Washington, 51), Missimo (Cooper, 41).

May 14 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
Belgium 0 USA 1
Goal: own goal 81+.
USA lineup — Justus, Colbert, Guidry (Torbert, 41), Groff, Dudley (Hunter, 55), Crowder (Loza, 41), Rosenbaum (Aulicino, 55), Shimkin (Rodman, 41), Fung (Kroeger, 41), Cooper (Missimo, 55), Washington (Sentnor, 41)

May 12 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
USA 4 Croatia 0.
Goals: Rodman (Sentnor) 20, Washington (Colbert) 42, Washington 43, Cooper (Guidry) 56.
USA lineup — Justus (Sparkowski, 41); Hunter (Colbert, 41), Guidry, Torbert, Dudley (Groff, 41), Crowder (Loza, 41), Aulicino (Rosenbaum, 41), Rodman (Shimkin, 41), Fung (Missimo, 41), Kroeger (Cooper, 41), Sentnor (Washington, 41).

U.S. U-16 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.), Stephanie Sparkowski (East Meadow SC; East Meadow, N.Y.).
DEFENDERS (6): Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Katie Groff (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Josephine Aulicino (Michigan Hawks; Northville, Mich.), Aislyn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Isabel Loza (Arsenal FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Michaela Rosenbaum (Santa Rosa United; Rohnert Park, Calif.).
FORWARDS (6): Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Clarkston Mich.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.), Jillian Shimkin (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Joyelle Washington (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.).

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U.S. U-17 girls train with 40-player squad

A 40-player U.S. U-17 girls national team squad is training under Coach Mark Carr May 14-21 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The squad includes 16 players who were part of the U-17s' championship win of the Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni last month in Italy and Slovenia at which they beat Italy, 6-0, in the final.

Three players are in their second U-17 cycle: forward Jordan Canniff and defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner. Wesley and Wiesner captained the Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni squad. All but three of the 40 players were born in 2001, the cutoff year for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Carr’s team will scrimmage against Tampa Bay United Hellenic of the WPSL on May 20.

U.S. U-17 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (6): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Rachael Black (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Marzia Josephson (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Cayla White (McLean; Arlington, Va.).
DEFENDERS (10): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Kamryn Farro (Livermore Fusion; Livermore, Calif.), D'awncey Jones-Black (Honolulu Bulls SC; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Julianna Leskaukas (PDA; Brielle, N.J.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Astrid Wheeler (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Harper White (TSC; Franklin, Tenn.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (14): Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.), Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Ellie Glenn (Tophat SC; Avondale Estates, Ga.), Sophie Jones (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Maggie Pierce (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Leah Scarpelli (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Jadyn Shinn (De Anza Force, Manteca, Calif.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), MacKenzee Vance (Jacksonville Armada; Bluffton, S.C.).
FORWARDS (10): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Laney Carroll (Redlands, Calif.; Legends FC), Sunshine Fontes (Honolulu Bulls SC; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Savianna Gomez (Torrance, Calif.; Beach FC), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Brecken Mozingo (Celtic Storm; Sandy, Utah), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas), Gabrielle Robinson (BRYC Elite Academy; Springfield, Va.;), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC; Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Hannah White (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.).

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U.S. U-20 and U-19 women train in Carson

The U.S. U-20 and U-19 women’s national team have convened for training camps at the U.S. Soccer Training Center in Carson, California, May 18-26 and May 13-20, respectively. Each team will face Japan’s U-20s.

The U-19s will play Japan May 19. The U-20s will face Japan May 22 and May 24 (5 p.m. PT).

The 26 players called in for the U-20s include midfielder Jaelin Howell and forward Sophia Smith, who both trained with the full U.S. national team in early April. The roster also includes Brianna Pinto, who was on the U.S. roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup but did not see action. All three played for the USA at the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, as did five other players on the U-20 roster: goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, forward Civana Kuhlmann, forward Adrienne Richardson and defenders Isabel Rodriguez and Karina Rodriguez.

Three were members of the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup team: goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and defender Emily Fox.

This U-20 roster is comprised of 13 players born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and two (Pinto and Smith) born in 2000. The 24-player U-19 roster includes four 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup players: goalkeeper Hillary Beall, defenders Kiara Pickett and Naomi Girma, and midfielder Sydney Zandi. The U-19 roster is comprised of 11 players born in 1998, 12 in 1999 and one in 2000 (Girma).

Stanford defender Samantha Hiatt will attend both camps.

U.S. U-20 women’s national team:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Amanda Dennis (Penn State; Palmetto, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (8): Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.).
FORWARDS (8): Amirah Ali (PDA; Voorhees, N.J.), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Mireya Grey (Crossfire SC; Seattle, Wash.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.)

U.S. U-19 women’s national team:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.), Zoe Clevely (Irvine Strikers; Huntington Beach, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Eclipse Select; Batavia, Ill.), Malia Berkely (Florida State; Liberty Township, Ohio), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tavia Leachman (Utah; Long Beach, Calif.), Julie Mackin (Clemson; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kaiya McCullough (UCLA; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Match Fit Academy; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Kristina Fisher (Miami; Jupiter, Fla.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.).
FORWARDS (7): Theresa Boade (Real Colorado; Castle Rock, Colo.), Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Emina Ekic (Javanon FC; Fairdale, Ky.), Wrenne French (Tennessee SC; Franklin, Tenn.), Cecilia Gee (Stanford; Orinda, Calif.), Tziarra King (N.C. State; Sicklerville, N.J.), Cameron Murtha (Bethesda SC; Kensington, Md.).

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