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U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team claims pair of wins to kick off Vaclav Jezek Tournament


The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team kicked off their play at the Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in fine fashion.

Beginning their action on Monday, the U.S. edged the United Arab Emirates 2-1 behind a brace from Sacramento Republic striker Roberto Hategan.

After an opening win yesterday, the U.S. had a much easier time Tuesday as they trounced Bulgaria 5-0. Gabe Segal scored a pair of goals for Tab Ramos’ side while Thomas Roberts, Indiana Vassilev, and Arsenal product Folarin Balogun all chipped in goals as well. Ulysses Llanez assisted twice in the triumph.

The U.S. will conclude group play on Aug. 24 against the host Czech Republic before a possible final on Aug. 25th against the top side in Group B. Japan, Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine are all in Group B.

Success for the U.S. has occurred in this tournament after bringing home titles in both 2014 and 2016.


  1. Does anyone know what Ulysses Llanez’ situation is? He went to Europe for a trial a while back, and has not appeared for LAG2 since. Is he signing in Europe somewhere?

    • Llanez is still an LAG academy player and as such, his games in the USL are limited, so if you do not see him suiting up for LAG2, he has not gone anywhere. He cannot sign a pro contract outside the US until he is 18 (he’s 17) But he can go on trials or even join another amateur academy or amateur side in another country, but to my knowledge, that has not happened.


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