U.S. Youth National Teams

U.S. U-18s draw Netherlands in Portugal

U.S. Soccer Federation

Chicago Fire Homegrown Player Victor Pineda scored in the first half for the United States Under-18 national team, but the Netherlands pulled even in the second half, and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal on Wednesday.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, who captained the U.S. side, initiated a counterattack, and reigning Gatorade National High School Player of the Year Luis Rendon found Pineda, who put the United States ahead in the 37th minute. The Netherlands equalized in the 52nd minute on a goal by Cas Peters.

The U.S. U-18s will play host Portugal on Thursday followed by facing Finland on Saturday. Here's the lineup U.S. coach Mike Matkovich trotted out on Wednesday:

Jon Kempin, Bryan Gallego, Juan Ocegueda, Boyd Okwuonu, Walker Zimmerman, William Packwood (Villyan Bijev 87), Luis Gil, Victor Pineda (Daniel Metzger 72), Alex Shinsky (Michael Ambrose 35), Luis Rendon (Will Trapp 62), Jack Coleman (Jonathan Top 62).

  • ChrisTheLSUTiger

    Any more info on the Luis Rendon guy? Top drawer soccer has him listed as being the 52nd best player in his year, yet he somehow Gatorade HS player of the year? I know a lot of the people below him on that list are probably academy players, but still, it seems a bit high.


  • Cyrus

    I’m not sure how much you should read into TDS rankings, but Rendon seems to be very, very good. He scored the lone goal against Sporting Lisbon in a scrimmage on Monday, with the U18s winning 1-0.


  • Commando Lando

    I thought Freddy Adu was on this team? Oh, never mind, he’s 32 years old. What was I thinking.

    Good job boys, a tie against the Dutch is usually a good result.


  • Sonicdeathmonkey

    Good to see Walker Zimmerman playing (and starting) for the Yutes. He’s developed quite a rep here in Georgia over the last few years. Hope he continues to develop at Furman and as a pro.


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