U-18 USMNT defeats Czech Republic to move to tournament final

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The Under-18 U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing for some hardware this weekend.

A day after rallying to pick up a 3-1 win over Hungary, the Americans reached the final of the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with a 3-2 victory against the Czech Republic.

Collin Fernandez, Sebastian Saucedo and Haji Wright each found the back of the net for the U.S., but it was Wright’s strike that stood as the game-winner after the tournament hosts scored their second on the final kick of the match.

Finishing atop Group A, Javier Perez’s side will now play in the tournament final on Saturday. The U.S. will take on the winner of Group B, which includes Ukraine, Slovakia and Japan.

What do you think of the U-18 USMNT defeating Czech Republic? Do you see them winning the tournament final this weekend?

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24 Responses to U-18 USMNT defeats Czech Republic to move to tournament final

  1. Is this televised? Anyone got the channel and time?

    • ConradB says:

      The Czech Republic game was live streamed on youtube. I’m assuming they will do the same with the final.

  2. DCGooner says:

    Go on Haji!

  3. argh says:

    what is the key to success for our young guns?

    A national training manual so that we can legitimately prepare them for a European career? or

    loaning them/sending them to European clubs when they’re 15/16 to prepare?

    • kevino says:

      (1) If you were familiar with the UEFA rules, no player without a EURO passport can go to Europe before 18 years of age.

      (2) Euro teams don’t have the best record (as of yet) of developing native born Americans. MLS has done a much better job thus far.

      • Del Griffin says:

        Yes thats why the non native americans are so much better than the natives and we dont need dual nationals for the MNT.

        • travis says:

          @ Del
          Either I’m not understanding what you’re saying or you misunderstood Kevino’s point. On the whole, young Americans that have gone over to Europe in their early teens have typically not developed into quality players. I think Bedoya is the only player from the WC to grow up in the US and not get his start in MLS. We’re not talking about Germericans.

      • Josh D says:

        Disagree with number 2.

        The sample pool of young American going to European academies is far too small to determine anything.

        Secondly, those who have go on to European academies and failed tend to be the players who get there in their late teens. Not the guys who are there when they’re pre-teens and able to truly develop with their group.

        We finally have young kids developing in proper academies (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Dortmund) who’ll be the real testing grounds. And if those players fail, I’d blame the players more than the environment. Those European clubs have 100 years of training the best players in the world. It’s not their fault our players can’t compete – yet.

        Finally, one day we need our academies to offer the same level of training and competitiveness as European academies. You rarely see very young Brazilians moving to Europe because even if their leagues are weaker, their academies still produce some of the best. That’s the model we need.

        • travis says:

          Reall hard to disgaree with #2 outside of down the road potential. So as Kevino said “as of yet” it hasn’t worked outside of a very small number of examples. Bedoya. Spector? More might be coming and no one is denying that but MLS has done more to this point.

  4. mike says:

    wow. Congrats! great to see US boys in a hardware game.

  5. bryan says:

    good for them!

  6. Benjamin C. says:

    U-18s taking those Habsburg lands by storm! Nice job, guys, some well taken goals from what I saw today.