Article Written by Erik Erlendsson
Published: September 11, 2018
BRADENTON, Fla. – With a bit more hunger, and maybe a little bit to prove, the U.S. Under-19 National Team got the better of their Under-20 counterparts, 1-0, at the U-20 Invitational when the two teams met at IGM Academy on Sept. 9.
The lone goal of the game came in the 69 minute courtesy of Ulysses Llanez
, a rising member of the national program who was named the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U16/17 West Conference Player of the Year for 2017-18. Llanez found himself alone in the box after taking a Manuel Terrazas pass.
That play was typical of the afternoon for the U19s, who were quick to the ball, transitioned swiftly on the attack and put the U20s back line under constant pressure, including late in the game when U20 goalkeeper CJ Dos Santos was issued a red card after coming out on a challenge before cutting down Terrazas. That left the U20s down a man for the final quarter of action.
Here’s some players who made an impression during the game.