All Tommy Redding could do was smile and laugh. There he was, seated at his locker deep in the bowels of Yankee Stadium. He was just moments removed from another standout performance, another win anchored by the Orlando City defense.
Suddenly, from the neighboring locker, Giles Barnes butted in, and he had a point to make.
Rookies inevitably feel pressure to begin their professional career. There's pressure to perform, pressure to acclimate themselves to a new environment. The game stays the same but the stakes are immeasurably higher as the sport suddenly becomes so much more than it once was.
Like any professional newcomer, Jonathan Lewis is experiencing that level of pressure for the first time as he sets himself up for what should be a big year for club and country.
After sealing the title of CONCACAF champions,U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is bound for South Korea and the Under-20 World Cup. On Wednesday, their road through that World Cup became a bit clearer as they learned their group opponents.
In Wednesday's World Cup draw, the U.S. was paired with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia in Group F of this summer's tournament.
Erik Palmer-Brown has captained the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team throughout CONCACAF's U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament, and the Sporting KC defender led his country to the precipice of a World Cup with a strong performance on both sides of the ball in Monday's crucial win.
The United States' rivalry with Mexico resumes on Monday, and a World Cup berth is on the line.
After advaincing from the group stage, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team takes on El Tri on Monday in the first match of th second round of World Cup qualifying. Mexico enters with a perfect record of three clean sheets, while the U.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team simply didn't show up to the first match of World Cup qualifying, but Tab Ramos' side certainly stepped up in a big way on Tuesday with their World Cup hopes on the line.
After conceding an early goal, the U.S. rattled off four unanswered finishes of their own to cruise past Haiti, 4-1, in the second match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship group stage.
Tab Ramos knows the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team started World Cup qualifying on the wrong foot. They were up a man early, in control, and they conceded what turned out to be the game's only goal. It was a disappointing tournament-opening defeat, one which makes the road to the World Cup that much tougher.
The road to South Korea starts on Saturday for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.
Saturday brings the beginning of the CONCACAF U-20 Championships as the U.S. U-20s collide with Panama to open their push towards the World Cup. The competition begins with a group stage with the U.S. needing to finish in the top two of a group featuring Panama, Haiti and Saint Kitts & Nevis to reach the second round.
For Tab Ramos, each and every experience with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is just a bit different. Sure, he's been through the process in two previous cycles and, sure, he's found success while working with some of the brightest prospects in the U.S. Soccer pool.
Still, Ramos feels the nerves, the uneasiness, just like all of his players, as the team embarks on their quest towards this summer's Under-20 World Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann may have departed the U.S. Soccer program, but his son will have a vital part to play in an upcoming push to a World Cup.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is just days away from the start of their World Cup qualifying push, and head coach Tab Ramos has named Jonathan Klinsmann as thestarting goalkeeper for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
A spot in the Under-20 World Cup is on the line for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National team, and head coach Tab Ramos has called in a series of experienced professionals and highly-touted rookies to help lift his side to this summer's tournament.
Portland Timbers rookie Jeremy Ebobisse, Sporting KC centerback Erik Palmer-Brown and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann headline the 20-player roster bound for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which runs from Feb.
The U.S. Under-20 National Team's run in the 2016 Dallas Cup has come to an end.
The Americans tied Hoffenheim, 3-3, in their final group match of the Dallas Cup on Thursday, eliminating the U.S. from the competition before the knockout stage. Seattle Sounders draftee Victor Mansaray scored in the game, while Jeremy Ebobisse and Aaron Herrera added the two other U.
Luis Felipe has spent most of his life growing up in Brazil, but has always felt very American.
Born in New York to Brazilian parents, Felipe leftthe country at just three years old due to health issues caused by the local weather. Felipe settled in his parents' native country of Brazil, working his way up through the youth ranks at Brazilian club Cruzeiro while in pursuit of a pro career.
Former Sacramento Republic FC loanee Tommy Thompson was named to the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's World Cup roster earlier this month, and his first inclusion with the U-20s was a hectic experience.
U.S. U-20 MNT defender and recent Club Tijuana signing John Requejo chatted with me during the 2014 National Training Center Invitational to talk about his role at left back, while Tab Ramos also praised his attacking prowess from the back.