Youth: Ulysses Llanez shines as U.S. U-19s win Florida invitational

The 17-year-old Ulysses Llanez  made case for being part of U-20 World Cup qualifying by helping the U.S. U-19s win the 2018 U.S. Soccer U-20 Men's Invitational.

The LA Galaxy USL and Development Academy player scored and assisted in a 4-1 win over Jamaica's U-20s after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over the U.S. U-20s, who in November play in the Concacaf U-20 Championship that serves as U-20 World Cup qualifying.

U-20 coach Tab Ramos is working closely with U-19 coach Dave Van den Bergh and the U.S. U-18s ahead of the 2019 U-20 World Cup quest.

In August, Ramos, with Van den Bergh as an assistant, guided the U.S. U-18s to the Vaclav Jezek Tournament title in the Czech Republic at which Llanez starred with a goal and four assists in four games. In March, Ramos included Llanez on a U-20 trip to Spain, where he started in a 1-0 win over France.

Llanez, who was an unused alternate for the USA at the 2017 U-17 World Cup, briefly joined the Mexican youth national team program in 2016 for a U-16 national team camp.

U.S. SOCCER U-20 INVITATIONAL
Sept. 11
U.S. U-19s 4 Jamaica U-20s 1.
Goals: Angking (pen.) 24, McGlynn (Llanez) 47, Llanez (Araujo) 74, Penn (Terrazas) 77; Magee 50+.

U.S. U-20s 3 Venezuela U-20s 1.
Goals: Dest (Lindsey) 2, Carleton (Mendez) 63, Akinola (Mendez) 64; Makoun (pen.) 33.
Red card: Venezuela -- Makoun 84.

Sept. 9
U.S. U-19s 1 U.S. U-20s 0.
Goal: Llanez (Terrazas) 69.
Red card: U.S. U-20s -- Dos Santos 70.

Venezuela U-20s 1 Jamaica U-20s 0
Goal: n/a

Sept. 7
USA U-20s 3 Jamaica U-20s 1.
Goals: Soto 8, 27, Akinola 50; Daley 90+2.

U.S. U-19s 2 Venezuela U-20s 2.
Goals: Booth 62, Ferri 71; Ramos 87, Makoun pen. 90+3.

U.S. U-19 men's national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sam Fowler (Seattle Sounders academy; Issaquah, Wash.), Johan Penaranda (Univ. of Pittsburgh; Long Beach, N.Y.).
DEFENDERS (6): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy academy; Lompoc, Calif.), Khai Brisco (Seattle Sounders academy; Renton, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Univ. of California, Berkeley; San Jose, Calif.), Nathan Harriel (Chargers SC; Oldsmar, Fla.), Carlo Ritaccio (Univ. of Akron; Westbury, N.Y.), Akil Watts (Unattached; Fort Wayne, Ind.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Taylor Booth (Unattached; Eden, Utah), Blaine Ferri (Unattached; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United; Atlanta, Ga.), Declan McGlynn (Seattle Univ.; Kirkland, Wash.).
FORWARDS (6): George Acosta (Boca Juniors/ARG; Miami, Fla.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy academy; Lynwood, Calif.), Joshua Penn (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Jacobo Reyes (Monterrey/MEX; Monterrey, Mexico), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Manuel Terrazas (Santos Laguna/MEX; El Paso, Texas).

U.S. U-20 men's national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): CJ Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa.),  Brady Scott (FC Köln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (8): Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsay (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin/GER; Berlin, Germany), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Manny Perez (N.C. State Univ.; Garner, N.C.), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC II; Seattle, Wash.), Sam Vines (Charlotte Independence, Charlotte, N.C.).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), Christian Cappis (Unattached; Katy, Texas), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Andres Jimenez (Envigado/COL; Miami, Fla.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy academy; Los Angeles, Calif. ), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Juan Torres (Lokeren/BEL; Lilburn, Ga.).
FORWARDS (4): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Detroit, Mich.), Shaft Brewer Jr. (LAFC; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana Univ.; Evergreen, Col.), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.)

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