U.S. Under-20 National Team

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Keaton Parks renews contract with Benfica

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Keaton Parks has extended his contract with Portuguese giant Benfica an additional year, keeping the Texas-born midfielder in Lisbon until 2022.

Parks, 20, first put pen to paper with the Aguias back in July, but has flourished with Benfica B since, earning him a senior-team debut.

Keaton Parks renova até 2022!

U.S. U-20s Wright, McKennie, Taitague train with Schalke first team

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A trio of United States Youth National Team players are getting some serious looks in Germany.

Haji Wright, Weston McKennie, and Nick Taitague all trained with the Schalke 04 first team on Wednesday as they got some serious work and looks from the coaching staff. The three young Americans abroad all play for Schalke's U-19 team as they try and further their hopes of playing for their European club.

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Levante coach full of praise after Shaq Moore's La Liga debut

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American defender Shaq Moore received some praise from his manager at Levante after his first league start.

Moore made his first La Liga start on Sunday when Levante defeated Las Palmas, 2-0. The right back went all 90 minutes and was credited with a blocked shot and an intercepted pass throughout what proved to be a composed performance.

Weston McKennie ready to get back in action for Schalke

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After missing a week of action with a thigh strain, Weston McKennie is back and ready to go for Schalke 04 when they face Mainz on Friday.

#Tedesco on @nabilbentaleb42 and @WMckennie: "Both are fit and ready for first team action." #S04M05 #s04 pic.

Jonathan Klinsmann named to Hertha Berlin bench for Europa League match

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A young American goalkeeper is getting his first taste of Europe this evening.

Jonathan Klinsmann, son of former U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, was named to the bench for the first time as Hertha Berlin takes on Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in Europa League action.

Unsere 1️⃣1️⃣ Mann für den 1️⃣.

After strong run with U.S. U-20s, Danny Acosta using confidence gained to aid RSL's playoff push

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Danny Acosta has never been short on confidence. At age 12, he walked into Rio Tinto Stadium for the first time and told his father that he would call it home someday. In the years that followed, he rose through the Real Salt Lake academy, facing off with some of the brightest prospects in American soccer.

Jones, Trusty ready to make impact with Union after U-20 World Cup

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Derrick Jones' 2017 has been all about seizing the opportunity, and it's a theme his Philadelphia Union and U.S. U20 Men's National Team teammate Auston Trusty followed over the last few weeks as well.

Jones started the Major League Soccer campaign in the Union starting lineup due to Alejandro Bedoya's positioning further up the field.

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team: The SBI Breakdown

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At the end of the day, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team simply came up against a better team. There are few ways to spin it. Venezuela is and was, by all measures, the superior team for 90 minutes and beyond in Sunday's quarterfinal clash.

Sometimes, you just run into better teams. It happens, but all you can do in those scenarios is give yourself a chance to win.

U.S. U-20s see World Cup dream end with loss to 'tough' Venezuela team

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team entered Sunday's match feeling confident. Set for the toughest test of their U-20 World Cup, the U.S. truly felt like they were nearing something special. They would be tested, sure, but the young group of Americans had belief.

That test, a quarterfinal match with Venezuela proved too great, too tall.

U.S. U-20s eliminated from U-20 World Cup in extra time loss to Venezuela

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team held on for as long as they could but, in the end, they couldn't hold on long enough to advance past Sunday's World Cup quarterfinal.

Following a 90 minute period where they faces wave after wave of attack, the U.S. eventually fell, 2-1, to Venezuela thanks to aAdalberto Peñaranda in extra time.

U.S. U-20s 6, New Zealand 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Tab Ramos couldn't have asked for much more. He entered Thursday's match shorthanded as three vital members of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team served suspensions while another remained away with a tournament-ending injury. He needed to reshuffle, rethink, ahead of a vital knockout round match.

Highlight: U.S. U-20s 6, New Zealand 0

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Barrage of second half goals lead U.S. U-20s past New Zealand, into quarterfinals

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Despite the absence of three starters, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team didn't miss a beat on Thursday morning en route to a knockout round win.

Following a first half goal credited to Josh Sargent, the U.S. blitzed New Zealand for two rapid-fire second half finishes in an eventual 6-0 win.

Shorthanded U.S. U-20s ready to battle through knockout round match against New Zealand

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team has already faced plenty of adversity at the U-20 World Cup. In their first group stage match, the Americans were down two before they could blink while their No. 10 was carted off with a tournament-ending injury. Their second match was fairly straight-forward but their third, a draw with Saudi Arabia, saw a star defender dubiously dismissed before a nervy second half.

Who Should the U.S. U-20s start against New Zealand?

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's draw with Saudi Arabia was enough to push the group into the knockout round, but the result didn't come without consequence as the Round of 16 looms.

Due to a controversial red card, Cameron Carter-Vickers is set to serve a one-game suspension for Thursday's Round of 16 clash with New Zealand, depriving the U.

U.S. U-20s overcome red card to tie Saudi Arabia, win World Cup group

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team didn't exactly get the result itwas looking for, but Sunday's effort proved just enough to finish atop their World Cup group. However, it didn't come without a major loss along the way.

Despite Cameron Carter-Vickers' dismissal, the 10-man U.S. U-20s held on to earn a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia in Sunday's group stage finale.

U.S. U-20s looking to take care of business against Saudi Arabia in group finale

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team knows the stakes. Their fates are in their hands. A spot on the knockout stage awaits, but they'll have to go out and take it.

On Sunday, the U.S. returns to action for one final group stage game as the young Americans take on Saudi Arabia. Entering the match, the U.

U.S. U-20s pass major test with shutout win over Senegal

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Tab Ramos knew that his team would be challenged once again on Thursday. Facing off with group leaders Senegal, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team was set to have their mettle tested in their second group stage match against a team that had the ability and the speed to batter them.

Ramos was right.

U.S. U-20s 1, Senegal 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Following an up-and-down draw with Ecuador in their opener, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took care of business on Thursday. It was a game that featured nervy moments, albeit much fewer than in Monday's draw, but it was also a game that demonstrated just how good the Americans can be when healthy.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

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The U.S. U20 Men's National Team put together a comprehensive team performance in their 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday morning. Among all the standout showings from front to back, one player stood out the most.

New York Red Bulls product Tyler Adams commanded the middle of the park for 90 minutes as the U.

Sargent goal leads U.S. to top of group with win over Senegal

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After scoring two goals in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup opener, Josh Sargent scored yet another on Thursday, and it ended up being a game-winner.

Sargent fired the game's lone goal on Thursday, leading the U.S. to a 1-0 win over Senegal in the Americans' second match of the competition's group stage.

U.S. U-20s prepared for physical World Cup match vs. group leader Senegal

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup opener was quite a ride. There were goals, six of them in fact. There were blunders, plenty of them. But in the end, there was also a point, one which could be vital as the group stage continues.

Tab Ramos is hoping for something a bit less up-and-down when the United Statestakes the field for their second group stage match, but the head coach is also prepared for another tough challenge against another difficult opponent.

Report: Sargent agrees to deal with Werder Bremen

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Josh Sargent has caught plenty of eyes during his run with the U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 Men's National Teams, and it appears the young forward has finally settled on a club to sign with when he turns 18.

According to Goal USA, Sargent has agreed in principle to sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in a deal that will take effect on Sargent's 18th birthday next February.

Report: U.S. U-20 midfielder Zelalem to miss nine months after rupturing ACL

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Gedion Zelalem's Under-20 World Cup is reportedly over, and it appears the injury sustained in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's opener is much, much worse than originally feared.

According to Football.London, Zelalemruptured hisanterior cruciate ligament in the Americans' 3-3 draw with Ecuador on Monday.

Sargent continues impressive run with two goals in U-20 World Cup opener

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From the moment Josh Sargent was announced as a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup roster, his inclusion raised several questions. Was he, at just 17 years old, ready for the U-20 level after a grueling U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign? Would Tab Ramos be bold enough to even use him and, if he was, could heprovide answers at a position that was previously a weakness for this age group?

U.S. U-20s looking at up-and-down WC opener as 'learning experience'

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For the first 10 minutes of itsUnder-20 World Cup opener, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked shellshocked. After recovering from a series of blunders, though, the U.S. should have plenty to takeaway from what turned out to be a match full of lessons.

Tuesday's draw with Ecuador certainly wasn't pretty, and it certainly wasn't the best case scenario.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Luca de la Torre

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With just seconds remaining and his side in need of a goal, Luca de la Torre fired the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to a must-needed point to start the Under-20 World Cup.

The U.S. midfielder provided the equalizing goal in stoppage time, leading the U.S. to a come-from-behind 3-3 draw with Ecuador in their group stage opener.

De La Torre's late equalizer helps U.S. U-20s tie Ecuador

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked to be on the way to an opening-match loss at the Under-20 World Cup, but Luca De La Torre had other ideas.

The Fulham midfielder raced onto a failed headed clearance and volleyed home an equalizer in the final minute of second-half stoppage time to help the U.

Trusty replaces Fossey on U.S. U-20 roster

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Shortly after announcing his roster, U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos said Auston Trusty would serve as an insurance policy. Due to a key injury, Ramos will use that insurance policy ahead of Monday's Under-20 World Cup opener.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Trusty will replace fellow defender Marlon Fossey on the U.

Schalke 'surprised' by Ramos criticism

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Following the release of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster for the upcoming World Cup, many were left surprised by the absence of Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague. The two Schalke stars figured to be key members of the squad, but neither was on the roster.

On Tuesday, head coach Tab Ramos let his feelings be known, revealing that Schalke refused to let the two join their national team.

Despite key absences, Ramos happy with U.S. squad bound for U-20 World Cup

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Tab Ramos understands the frustration better than anybody. He knows there are several players, several big names, missing from his U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster. He's fought the usual battles, made the usual concessions but, even still, the U.S. is missing some potential contributors.

But, make no mistake: Ramos is as confident as ever in the group he has been able to assemble for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup.

Carter-Vickers, Zelalem, Sargent headline U.S. roster for U-20 World Cup

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Several big names have joined the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team ahead of the upcoming U-20 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Gedion Zelalem and Josh Sargent headline the crop of new faces joining the U.S. U-20s for the upcoming World Cup, which runs fromMay 20-June 11 in South Korea.

Report: Union midfielder Jones cleared to represent U.S. U-20s

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Tab Ramos has the option to call in one more midfield weapon for the Under-20 World Cup.

Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that Philadelphia Union midfielder Derrick Jones has been cleared to feature for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.

A look at several potential World Cup call-ups for the U.S. U-20s

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With the Under-20 World Cup around the corner, Tab Ramos faces some tough decisions when it comes to selecting a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster. His team ran through qualifying back in March, winning the first CONCACAF crown in the age group's history.

Still, there were some heavy-hitters left off of the qualifying roster, and several of them are suddenly available with the World Cup looming.

Gedion Zelalem departs VVV Venlo to join up with U.S. U-20s

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took care of business in CONCACAF play without several big-name stars, and at least one of those stars is set to join the team for the upcoming World Cup.

VVV Venlo announced that Gedion Zelalem has departed for training camp with the U.S. U-20s with the World Cup looming.

Redding stepping into bigger role with Orlando City as U-20 World Cup looms

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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.

Report: Jonathan Klinsmann to join Everton for trial

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U.S. U-20 Men's National Team goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann continues to train with some major clubs ahead of this summer's Under-20 World Cup.

The Daily Mailis reporting that Klinsmannwill begin a trial with Evertonfollowing next week's training camp with the U-20 team in London.

The Rest

Sargent, Adams, Weah, up for U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year

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American soccer has a lot of exciting young prospects coming down the pipeline. Several of them are playing at high levels in Europe, as well as coming through American youth clubs and MLS academy systems. Several are already plying their trade at the professional ranks.

U.S. Soccer released its finalists for it's Young Male Player of the Year on Tuesday, and the list is highlighted by 17-year-old forward Josh Sargent.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Justen Glad

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In a high-scoring beatdown of New Zealand by the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team, it was a defender who stood head and shoulders above the rest.

During the 6-0 victory, defender Justen Glad put on a show both in the attacking and defensive ends of the field. With injuries and suspensions across the field for the U.

Klinsmann, Barbir, Akale headline 25-player squad for U.S. U-20 camp

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The preparations for the U-20 World Cup in May continue this week as 25 players assemble in London for a week-long training camp led by head coach Tab Ramos.

European-based players Danny Barbir, Sebastian Des Pres, Emmanuel Sabbi, James Murphy, Mukwelle Akale, Stephen Paybe and Justin Vom Steeg join a group of players based in the United States to complete the 25-man squad that will all have a chance to impress Ramos.