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FUEL Soccer Talk: U-15 boys’ first kick; USMNT schedule; Revisiting USWNT loss to France

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U-15 Boys’ National Team kicks off 2019 with 28-player camp

The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will gather for its first training camp of the year at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. from Jan. 29-Feb. 6. U-15 BNT head coach Clint Peay has called 28 players, all born in 2004, to the camp. It’s the fifth event of the 2018-19 cycle for the U-15s as they prepare for this summer’s 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship.
Twenty-two players are currently competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while 23 have spent at least one season in the Academy. Midfielder Aethan Yohannes played for D.C. United before moving to AZ Alkmaar.
Ten players make their first appearance with the U-15 BNT this cycle: goalkeepers Chris Brady and Jeff Dewsnup, defenders Hans Leza and Angel Martinez, midfielders Alex Borsos and Juan Castilla and forwards Cameron Johnson, Luca Koleosho, Federico Oliva and Aldahir Rua.
Twenty-three players compete for 15 domestic-based clubs, with the most coming from the Chicago Fire (four), Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders FC (three each). Four play for foreign-based clubs in Spain (three) and the Netherlands.

For the complete roster, log onto https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/01/25/20/55/20190125-news-u15bnt-kicks-off-2019-with-28-player-camp-in-carson-calif

How would you prepare to be ready to play among the elite in your age group?

Clip & Save: Complete US Men’s National Team schedule for 2019

It’s a big year for the United States Men’s National Team. With new coach Gregg Berhalter leading the way, the team will play friendlies, the 2019 Gold Cup this summer and also the CONCACAF Nations League in the second half of the year. Though there are several games that have yet to be announced, here’s a look at how the United States’ schedule is shaping up for the first half of the year, with the Gold Cup draw and Nations League still to come.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES
Jan. 27
USA vs. Panama (USA wins 3-0)
Feb. 2
USA vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 p.m. ET
March 22
USA vs. Ecuador*, time TBD
*The USMNT is expected to play Ecuador on March 22, sources told CBS Sports in December, pending the signing of contracts.
March 26
USA vs. Chile, time TBD
GOLD CUP 2018
June 18
USA vs. TBD
June 22
USA vs. TBD
June 26
USA vs. TBD

Which games are you circling as must-watch (and don’t say the TBD games)?

Revisiting the U.S. Women’s National Team loss to France

Christen Press scores as U.S. rebounds against Spain. Photo courtesy of ESPN

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish – and the U.S. Women’s National Team often starts slow but more often finishes strong. Opening its 2019 schedule in Le Havre, France – where they will also play a World Cup group game against Sweden in June – the U.S. lost 3-1 to host France on Jan. 19.
The loss ended a 28-game unbeaten streak for the U.S., dating to a 2017 loss against Australia in Seattle. But the women’s team responded by starting a new streak on Jan. 22 with a 1-0 win over Spain.
The lineup the U.S. put on the field against France was hardly the team the U.S. will put on the field when the World Cup kicks off this summer. World Cup starters Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle, Kelley O’Hara and Megan Rapinoe didn’t play against France. It’s safe to say they may have made a difference. Against Spain, Coach Jill Ellis put Rapinoe, Heath and Ertz back in the lineup. Christen Press scored in the 53rd minute and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher earned her 22nd career shutout.
The match with Spain was the second of a 10-match series that the United States will play before the World Cup. The Americans are the defending world champions.
The bottom line is that a loss to France in January while you are training hard and many of the star players are watching from the sideline isn’t a cause for concern. Ellis and the USWNT know what they are doing – trust the process. They certainly do.

Watch the game with Spain here!

What did you see that you liked from the U.S. women in the game vs. Spain?

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