Fuel Soccer Talk: U-20 roster set; Indoor cup in ND; Ole Gunnar’s brilliant message

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Coach announces U-20 team for games in Spain

Trey Muse / photo courtesy of the Sounders

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the team’s final training camp before this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The USA will face two fellow World Cup participants, beginning with France on Friday, March 22 (10 a.m. ET) and Japan on Monday, March 25 (7 a.m. ET). Both matches will be played at Pinatar Arena in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain. The games against France and Japan will serve as the U-20 MNT’s final official international matches before they kick off Group D play at the World Cup in Poland. The USA will open against Ukraine on May 24, take on Nigeria on May 27 and finish the group stage on May 30 versus Qatar.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position (Club or College; Hometown; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (2): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa.; 1/0), Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders FC; Louisville, Ky.; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands; 6/1), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.; 9/0), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC; Columbus, Ohio; 0/0), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.; 5/0), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 8/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.; 6/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati; Santa Ana, Calif.; 11/1), Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; Katy, Texas; 2/0); Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.; 5/2), , Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.; 0/0), Alex Mendez (Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.; 13/8), Juan Pablo Torres (New York City FC; Lilburn, Ga.; 10/4)

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.; 10/9), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland/DEN; Summerville, S.C.; 0/0), Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Barcelona, Spain; 0/0), Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.; 9/7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.; 12/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.; 3/2)

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What are the strengths of this U-20 roster?

Minot (ND) Indoor Cup is a huge success

Photos by Jeremiah Siembida

As the first day of spring is rapidly approaching, Minot (ND) Soccer Association had a fun-filled weekend of indoor soccer adventure earlier this month.  Teams from around North Dakota and part of Manitoba, Canada were kicking it out for the top titles in their division.

With snow on the ground, people in the North were not afraid to travel 200-plus miles to see friends and rivals from all walks of life.  The event was held on March 8-10 and Minot State University provided the venue.

Even when the competition was completed, it wasn’t unusual for players from rival teams and fans to go onto the field for a friendly scrimmage. Soccer breaks boundaries of gender, bias and even rivalry; it was great to see the kids just have fun.  From new soccer teams like Williston, to established ones, fun was had by all.  Players of all ages from U8 Co-Ed to U19 fought for the bragging rights and glory of the “Minot Magic Indoor Cup.”

What are the best parts of these big tournaments”

Attention coaches: United’s Ole Gunnar sends right message after tough loss

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There are different ways to deal with a tough loss. The best or most effective way is to be miserable for 24 hours and then move on. That was basically the message Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Manchester United players after they were booted from the FA Cup over the weekend.
It’s not only a great message to his team but for all coaches at all levels. What he said was brilliant:
“‘Whatever you are doing, if you have days off or play with the national team, come back with a big smile, loads of energy and be ready for the league and Champions League,” the caretaker manager said.
Bringing energy and playing with a smile shows your passion for the game. Soccer can kick you down but the great players get right back up and play with the love of the game that makes them great players.
United has suffered successive defeats after last weekend’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal, their first in the top flight under Solskjaer, who is facing his first pitch of adversity. He’s handling it well – at least from what he’s saying.

What do you think is the right message to send after a loss? 


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