U.S. U-18 boys beat Costa Rica twice in Florida friendlies

The USA beat Costa Rica, 2-1 and 3-0, in a pair of friendlies in Orlando, Florida. Indiana Vassilev, a Georgia state product who joined Aston Villa's youth program via the IMG Academy, and Barcelona academy player Konrad De la Fuente, scored for the USA in the 2-1 win in which Coach Omid Namazi's team outshot the Ticos 21-6.

In the 3-0 win two days later, the USA had a 11-5 edge in shots and got its goals from Roberto Hategan (Sacramento Republic), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC of Illinois) and Los Angeles Galaxy Academy's Ulysses Llanez.

Feb. 11 in Orlando, Fla.
USA 3 Costa Rica 0.
Goals: Roberto Hategan (Nelson Martinez) 35, Stefan Stojanovic (Nelson Martinez) 39, Ulysses Llanez (Taylor Booth) 89.
USA -- Kris Shakes; Nelson Martinez, Owen Otasowie, Leonardo Sepulveda, David Mendoza; Aidan Morris (Taylor Booth, 64), Marcelo Palomino (Indiana Vassilev, 58), Thomas Roberts (Cameron Duke, 64); Roberto Hategan (Konrad De La Fuente,46), Stefan Stojanovic (Ulysses Llanez, 64), Bryan Reynolds (Jalen Hawkins, 58).
Costa Rica -- Anthony Walker Cruz; Alexander Roman Bermudez, Felipe Rojas Vargas, Dylan Davila Brenes, Emmanuel Coronado Salas (Sergio Cespedes Davy,46); Rashir Parkins Harris, Daniel Chacon Salas, Daniel Gutierrez Montero(Freed Cedeno Alvarado, 67); Geancarlo Castro Gonzalez (Roan Wilson Gordon, 46), Julen Cordero Gonzalez (Aaron Suarez Zuniga, 85),Jose Rodriguezz Santamaria.


Feb. 9 in Orlando, Fla.
USA 2 Costa Rica 1
Goals: Indiana Vassilev (Nico Benalcazar) 46+, Konrad De La Fuente 59; Cordero Gonzalez (Rodriguez Santamaria) 40.
USA -- David Ochoa; Ian Hoffmann, Julian Araujo, Nico Benalcazar (Owen Otasowie, 72), Stuart Ritchie (David Mendoza, 56); Taylor Booth (Aidan Morris, 87), Cameron Duke, Indiana Vassilev (Bryan Reynolds, 72); Jalen Hawkins (Roberto Hategan, 46), Konrad De La Fuente, Ulysses Llanez.
Costa Rica -- Anthony Walker Cruz; Alexander Roman Bermudez (Maikel Gonzales Chaves, 78), Daniel Chacon Salas, Matthew Bolanos Garcia, Emmanuel Coronado Salas; Rashir Parkins Harris (Sergio Cespedes Davy, 78), Roan Wilson Gordon (Aaron Suarez Zuniga, 67), Jose Rodriguez Santamaria; Geancarlo Castro Gonzalez, Julen Cordero Gonzalez, Freed Cedeno Alvarado (Daniel Gutierrez Montero, 67).

U.S. U-18 men's national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake academy; Oxnard, Calif.), Jacob Schick (Chargers SC; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Kris Shakes (Philadelphia Union academy; Austin, Texas).
DEFENDERS (6): Julian Araujo (Barca Academy; Lompoc, Calif.), Nico Benalcazar (New York City FC academy; Wilton, Conn.), Ian Hoffmann (Karlsuhe/GER; Karlsruhe, Germany), Nelson Martinez (D.C. United academy; Woodbridge, Va.), David Mendoza (Chicago Fire academy; Gage Park, Ill.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy academy; Corona, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Taylor Booth (Unattached; Eden, Utah), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC academy; Overland Park, Kan.) Roberto Hategan (Sac Republic FC; Rosevill, Calif.), Aidan Morris (Crew SC Academy; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Owen Otasowie (Wolves/ENG.; New York, N.Y.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Stuart Ritchie (FC Groningen/NED; Pleasanton, Calif.) Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas academy; Little Rock, Ark.), Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa/ENG; Savannah, Ga.).
FORWARDS (6): Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Barcelona, Spain), Jalen Hawkins (Bayern Munich/GER; Regensburg, Germany), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy academy; Lynwood, Calif.), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jose Rivas (Crew SC Academy; Weston, Fla.), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC; Chicago, Ill.).

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