The U.S. U-18 National Team split two matches with the German U-18 National Team in Spain as the youth squad concluded the 2014 year and RSL-AZ Academy products Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon were both key contributors for the U.S.
The duo were part of a 20-man roster called in by Head Coach Javier Perez for the 10-day camp in Marbella, Spain, that started on December 11 that featured two matches against Germany’s U-18s.
In the first match on December 17, Saucedo started and played 78 minutes while Lennon subbed into the match in the 64th minute. The tandem combined for a goal in the 76th minute, Saucedo setting up Lennon for the score, putting the U.S. at a 2-0 advantage late in the match. The Americans would go on to win 2-1 after a stoppage-time penalty for Germany.
On Friday, the same two sides met again, this time with Lennon starting the match and playing 90 minutes while Saucedo came into the match in the 52nd minute. Germany took a 2-0 lead into halftime and the U.S. scored in the 48th minute to pull the score back to 2-1, only to have Germany add another to its lead in the 69th minute. The U.S. scored in the 90th minute, but could not manage an equalizer and fell 3-2.
The U.S. U-18s finished the year with a 5-7-1 record in international competition.
Saucedo signed with Real Salt Lake in July and spent the latter part of 2014 in training with the first team. Meanwhile, Lennon plays for the RSL-AZ Academy U-18s, based in Casa Grande, Arizona.
MLSsoccer.com has a new poll out asking whether or not Real Salt Lake's Chris Schuler will be the newest defender to break out on the U.S. Men's National Team. Since coming back from injury last fall, Schuler has been steadfast for the Claret-and-Cobalt, helping lead the club to MLS Cup in 2013 and starting 23 games so far this season.
RSL TV analyst Brian Dunseth made the case for Schuler in last Friday's nationally broadcast match at Seattle saying, "It's been an injury-filled couple of years. He never really got past 16 games played in a season. Right now, tonight is his 23rd game. He's stayed fit and focused and in my opinion he is a guy who should be called up to the U.S. Men's National Team in January."
So MLS asks, will Schuler be the next Besler? Or will it be one of the other up-and-comers getting a shot with Jurgen Klinsmann's national team?
You can answer MLSsoccer.com's question HERE
Alright RSL nation, MLSsoccer.com just posted a poll asking whether Brad Guzan or Nick Rimando should be the U.S. Men’s National Team’s number goalkeeper while Tim Howard is on a one-year sabbatical. Rimando just put in a fantastic second half performance for the USMNT on Wednesday, making four saves to preserve the Americans’ 1-0 win over Czech Republic. The U.S. is currently unbeaten with Rimando in net, posting a 13-0-2 with the RSL veteran between the posts.
So who do you think should be Jurgen Klinsmann's No. 1 goalkeeper in 2015? RSL fans knows the answer, so let’s show the league and vote for Nick HERE!
Check out Fox 13’s fantastic live shot from Tuesday’s friendly v. Club Tijuana that managed to capture RSL MF Luis Gil’s 88th minute golazo as it happened. The shot also offers a great angle of the goal, showing how sublime Gil’s touch was to set himself up for the half-volley. Watch below:
The latest MLS Insider chronicles the return of several U.S. World Cup players to their MLS clubs - capturing the adulation, media hype, and players' reflections on the tournament and the sport's progress at home. The Insider crew captured the return of RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman and veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando to Real Salt Lake. Watch the well-done video above.
Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando attended the 2014 ESPY’s last with U.S. Soccer, as the team took home the Best Moment award for its 2-1 win at the death over Ghana in its opening World Cup match. Check out some of the best tweets and photos of the sharp dressed duo enjoying the festivities:
— Chris Kamrani (@chriskamrani) July 17, 2014
— ESPYS 2014 (@ESPYS) July 17, 2014
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 17, 2014
— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) July 17, 2014
— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) July 17, 2014
— Kyle Beckerman (@KyleBeckerman) July 17, 2014
Get a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the return of RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando to the club last Friday. The U.S. international duo started and played the full 90 minutes in the Claret-and-Cobalt's 2-1 win over New England Revolution on July 4, just one day after returning from Brazil.
Check out the great video below:
Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman and veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to Salt Lake City last Thursday just in time to help lead the Claret-and-Cobalt to a much needed 2-1 win over New England Revolution the following day. The U.S. duo started and played a full 90 minutes just 24 hours after travelling over 6,000 miles from Brazil and spending almost two months with the U.S. preparing for and participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The return of two of RSL’s most important players was needed as the Claret-and-Cobalt finally snapped its five-game winless streak in MLS play as it heads into its final stretch of 2014.
Before Friday’s match v. New England, Beckerman and Rimando sat down with former RSL-man Brian Dunseth to share and give some insight into their World Cup experience. Check out the must-see interviews below.
Salt Lake City showed up in a big way on Tuesday, with over 6,000 Utahns packing downtown's Gallivan Center for the USA v. Belgium match. The show of support for the U.S. Men's National Team was tremendous and solidified that fact that Salt Lake City and Utah as a whole, is a hotbed for soccer. A huge thank you for all the fans that showed up to cheer on the USA and RSL.
Here's video of SLC going crazy after Julian Green scored for the U.S. in extra time:
We wrote after the U.S.’s tie against Portugal that RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman’s strong performances for the Americans were becoming routine.
Now, with the U.S. through to Round of 16, Beckerman’s solid outings are more than just routine, they’re expected.
Beckerman was steady as ever for the U.S. in its 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday, hardly putting a foot wrong in 90 minutes against Die Mannschaft. The heart-and-soul of the Claret-and-Cobalt, Beckerman was excellent defensively, tying for first on the team with two interceptions, leading all non-defenders with three clearances and tying for third on the team with a pair of tackles. His biggest defensive play probably came in the 79th minute, when he stripped forward Mario Gotze on the edge of the box to snuff out a dangerous German chance.
Beckerman was nearly as good in possession, finishing second on the team with 38 successful passes and a 93 percent passing accuracy. Importantly, Beckerman consistently looked forward while on the ball, often turning out of trouble to find Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones or another teammate higher up the field.
Kyle will have another chance to shine on Tuesday, when the U.S. takes on Belgium in the Round of 16. Kick is at 2:00 p.m. MT in Salvador. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN.