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Pro Prospects: World Cup stars in action

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: May 14, 2019

With the U.S. Under-20 Men’s World Cup roster revealed last week, this past weekend’s action in Europe marked the one of the last opportunities for call-ups to step between the lines before heading for Poland.

Most of the Americans in action jumped at the chance.

Bayern Munich defender Christopher Richards started and got 90 minutes of action under his belt, as the Under-19 side drew 0-0 against FSV Mainz. Taylor Booth also got the nod as the Bavarian side secured a point.

Midfielder Alex Mendez made the most of his stint with SC Freiburg. He setup the first goal and scored the second in a 3-2 loss against FC Augsburg.

Fellow U.S. U20 teammate Sebastian Soto rang the ball in a 4-1 win. After giving up a goal in the game’s first five minutes, Soto provided an equalizer, heading home a point-blank chance. Hannover would go on to win the game.

Wolfsburg’s strong season continued in the A-Junioren season. American center back Michael Edwards remained a key presence at the back, helping his side secure another win. This time, a 4-1 victory against 1. FC Union Berlin.

Back in the starting lineup for Eintracht Frankfurt’s A-Junioren side, U.S. Under-17 MNT defender Mason Judge played 90 minutes at right back in a 1-0 win against Ingolstadt.

Forward Max Rugova logged 11 minutes from the subs bench, as FC Nürnberg beat SV Stuttgarter Kickers by a 4-0 score.

PSV U19s draw 1-1

Expected to be a critical part of the team’s midfield in Poland, Richie Ledezma was back in the starting lineup for PSV Under-19s, which drew 1-1 against NEC/OSS.

Watts gets the nod for Mallorca B

U.S. U17 World Cup veteran Akil Watts earned his first start for Mallorca B over the weekend. They lost 1-0 to CD Son Cladera, but Watts coped well with the new level and played the duration of the match.

Elsewhere in Spain, Jude Burst started and played 87 minutes at defensive midfield in Unificacion Bellvitge’s 1-0 loss to Unio Jabac i Terrassa. 

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