U.S. youth teams draw, lose in Spain

U.S. youth teams draw, lose in Spain
by Travis Clark
March 22, 2019

Two U.S. men's youth national teams played back-to-back on Friday at the Pinatar Arena Football Festival in Spain.

The U.S. U20s and U23s have both made the trip, getting the chance to square off against international opponents.

After going down 2-0 against France, the U.S. Under-20 MNT rallied to draw by a 2-2 score in the first game. Goals came from Konrad de La Fuente and Christian Cappis. Head coach Tab Ramos made several changes as the second half progressed, with one eye on the World Cup roster.

In the second game of the day, new U.S. U23 MNT head coach Jason Kreis got his first look in a competitive fixture. The U.S. lost 2-0, with goals for Egypt coming on either side of the half. Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic had one of the best chances to open the scoring in the first half, forcing a save from the Egypt goalkeeper from a free kick about 30 yards out.

Kreis trotted out two separate XIs, making 11 changes after the U.S. trailed 1-0, conceding a goal from a corner kick. The second half squad were unable to get back into the game, with a late Jackson Yueill chance offering the opportunity for a late consolation goal.

The Under-23s are back in action on Sunday against the Netherlands, while the Under-20s play their second and final game on Monday against Japan.

U20 lineup vs. France: C.J. Dos Santos; Sergino Dest (Jaylin Lindsey), Christopher Richards, Matthew Real (Aboubacar Keita), Chris Gloster; Chris Durkin (Juan Pablo Torres), Alex Mendez (Christian Cappis), Frankie Amaya (Andrew Carleton); Konrad De La Fuente (Ulysses Llanez), Ayo Akinola (Jonathan Amon), Justin Rennicks (Sebastian Soto)

U23 lineup vs. Egypt: J.T. Marcinkowski (Jonathan Klinsmann); Matt Olosunde (Julian Araujo); Donovan Pines (Miles Robinson) Cameron Carter-Vickers (Lucas Pos), Marco Farfan (Antonee Robinson); Derrick Jones (Cameron Lindley), Keaton Parks (Eryk Williamson), Djordje Mihailovic (Jackson Yueill); Tim Weah (Jeremy Ebobisse), Haji Wright (Josh Sargent), Emmanuel Sabbi (Josh Perez)

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