U.S. U-18s suffer defeat in first two friendlies of 2016

U.S. U-18s suffer defeat in first two friendlies of 2016

U.S. Under-18 National Team

U.S. U-18s suffer defeat in first two friendlies of 2016

Omid Namazi U.S. U-18 head coach

The first U.S. Under-18 Menโ€™s National Team camp of 2016 ended in two friendly losses.

The Americans faced off against Montverde Academy and Weston FC on Jan. 20, suffering a 3-1 loss and 1-0 defeat, respectively. FC Golden State defender Harold Hanson was the only U.S. player to score during the first U-18 camp of the year.

“Obviously the goal for this camp was to identify more players at this age group and to expand our player pool,โ€ head coach Omid Namazi said in a release. โ€œI thought these games against strong opposition gave us exactly what we were looking for.”

Namazi, who was announced head coach of the U-18s earlier this month, used the camp to scout and prepare for the team’s international contests during a training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in early March.

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