Soccer Recap: U-18 USMNT draw Norway, lose to Portugal in International Tournament

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Sebastian Saucedo strikes a free kick for Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 at Grande Sports World

MAFRA, Portugal – Following a 1-1 draw against Benfica U-19 last Tuesday, the U-18 USMNT featured Grande Sports Academy players Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon in their 0-0 draw with Norway and 2-0 loss to Portugal in their first two matches of the 20th Lisbon International Tournament.

Against Norway, Sebastian Saucedo played the full 90 minutes while Brooks Lennon was a 77th minute substitute for Coy Craft. The loss to Portugal featured more of the same when Saucedo once again started and played 90 minutes while Lennon came on as a substitute in the 59th minute, this time for Demakwi Yomba.

After 160 minutes of scoreless soccer on both ends for the USA, Portugal ended the drought with a goal from substitute Goncalo Guedes in the 71st minute to take a 1-0 lead. Guedes scored again in the first minute of stoppage time to secure a 2-0 lead and all three points for the Portuguese.

With one point through two games, the USMNT currently sit in last place in the tournament. Sweden leads with four points, followed by Portugal with three and Norway with two. The US can win the tournament with a four-goal win against Sweden on Tuesday and some help from a 0-0 draw between Portugal and Norway.

U-18 USMNT v. Norway

Scoring Summary

U-18 USMNT

None

Norway

None

Lineups

U-18 USMNT

JT Marcinkowski
Malcolm Jones
Tommy Redding
Mauricio Pineda
Chase Gasper
Ben Swanson
Cameron Lindley (Maduabuchi Obinwa, 77’)
Mukwelle Akale (Collin Fernandez, 39’)
Sebastian Saucedo
Demakwi Yomba (Sebastian Elney, 63’)
Coy Craft (Brooks Lennon, 77’)

Unused Substitutes: Jonathan Klinsmann, Quentin Pearson

Norway

Viljar Rosholt
Julian Uldal
Adrian Ovlien
Aslak Witry
Sverre Bjorkkjaer
Vebjorn Hoff
Mathias Gjerstrom
Truls Vagle (Mattias Totland, 45’)
Elias Skogvoll (John Saeter, 73’)
William Akre (Marius Wichne, 80’)
Julian Kristoffersen

Unused Substitutes: Amund Wichne, Eirik Haugan, Jan Sleen, Martin Hummervoll

Discipline

U-18 USMNT

83’ – Ben Swanson (Yellow)

Norway

78’ – Julian Kristoffersen (Yellow)

U-18 USMNT v. Portugal

Scoring Summary

U-18 USMNT

None

Portugal

71’ – Goncalo Guedes
91’ – Goncalo Guedes

Lineups

U-18 USMNT

JT Marcinkowski
Malcolm Jones (Sebastian Elney, 77’)
Tommy Redding (Quentin Pearson, 45’)
Mauricio Pineda
Chase Gasper
Ben Swanson
Cameron Lindley (Maduabuchi Obinwa, 77’)
Sebastian Saucedo
Demakwi Yomba (Brooks Lennon, 59’)
Coy Craft (Mukwelle Akale, 45’) (Collin Fernandez, 63’)
Rubio Rubin

Unused Substitutes: Jonathan Klinsmann

Portugal

Stojkovic
Bruno Wilson
Diogo Verdasca
Joao Serrano
Jorge Silva
Joao Lima (Gilson Costa, 77’)
Filipe Ferreira
Clever Franca (Goncalo Guedes, 63’)
Sergio Ribeiro (Hildeberto, 63’)
Macedo (Romario, 45’)
Postiga (Gil Dias, 63’)

Unused Substitutes: Joel Pereira, Ricardo Carvalho, Jose Gomes, Andre Horta

Discipline

U-18 USMNT

67’ – Sebastian Saucedo (Yellow)
79’ – Chase Gasper (Yellow)

Portugal

84’ – Hildeberto

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