Men's Youth Squads Split Results on Friday

Men's Youth Squads Split Results on Friday
by Tom Hindle
September 23, 2022
Players featured in this article:
MF | Austin FC
Andre Gitau |  2025
MF | N/A
D | Seattle Sounders
Sawyer Jura |  2024
D | Portland Timbers
GK | FC Barcelona
Cruz Medina |  2024
F | San Jose
MF | Charlotte FC
MF | Feyenoord
Pedro Soma |  2024
MF | U.E. Cornella
D | San Jose

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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