Men's Youth Squads Split Results on Friday

Men's Youth Squads Split Results on Friday
by Tom Hindle
September 23, 2022

US YNT sides enjoyed mixed fortunes Friday in their second round of European friendlies this fall. The U17s played a year up against a strong Germany side, while the U19s squared off with a resilient Croatian setup.

Here’s a look at how things went for both squads Friday.

U17s Fall Short to Germany

The U17 MNT enjoyed some good moments, but couldn’t keep up with a dominant Germany team in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament. After staying in the game early, Gonzalo Segares' squad fell victim to a well worked Germany counterattack in the 40th minute. It created an overload down the left side, and a German player fired home from close range.

Diego Kochen kept the deficit at 1-0 with a series of neat saves and timely stops. But with 15 minutes remaining, the lead doubled, with Germany lashing a penalty into the top corner.

The US created a few chances, with Cruz Medina and Andre Gitau looking lively. Still, no clear looks materialized, and the US — despite a resolute showing — fell, 2-0.

Lineup: Diego Kochen; Sawyer Jura, Tyler Hall, Stuart Hawkins, Oscar Verhoeven; Pedro Soma, Paulo Rudisill, Cruz Medina; Brian Carmona Romero, Micah Burton, Andre Gitau

U19s Hold On Against Croatia

10 minutes into its Slovenia Nations Cup match against Croatia, the U19 MNT seemed to be cruising. A well worked opening goal, finished by Benjamin Cremeschi, followed by an emphatic second from Nolan Norris, appeared to have set up a simple 90 minutes. And when the third went in — a tap in from Owen Wolff — the game looked won.

But Croatia regrouped at half time, and scored right out of the break — a neat finish into the bottom corner. It added a second in the 58th minute, the Croatia forward lifting a shot over US goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa. Things got even more tense for the US in the 61st minute, when Wolff was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

Cremenschi eased nerves by netting his second of the day — and dutifully celebrating wildly. Croatia refused to fold, though, curling in a smooth shot from outside the box to pull back within one in the 82nd minute. But it wouldn’t get any closer. Ochoa made a couple of saves, while the US defense held off late pressure, securing a 4-3 win.

Lineup: Emmanuel Ochoa; Nolan Norris, Joshua Wynder, Kobi Henry, Alex Freeman; Bryan Moyado, Benjamin Cremaschi, Owen Wolff; Favian Loyola, Marcos Zambrano, Oluwakorede Osundina

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