Los Angeles Soccer: U.S. under-20 national team

Rogers concussed in Leeds debut

February, 21, 2012
U.S. national-teamer Robbie Rogers' Leeds United debut couldn't have gone much worse.

The winger from Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach (and Mater Dei High School), who darted to England after five seasons with the Columbus Crew, was taken off the field on a stretcher after knocking heads with Doncaster Rovers defender Tommy Spurr in second-half stoppage of Leeds' 3-2 English Championship victory Saturday.

He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.

Rogers, on his Twitter account, posted Sunday that he was “happy to have made my debut! Didn't know Mike Tyson was out on the field yesterday, out for a good few minutes.” Shortly after, he tweeted: “Concussions are no joke... Laying low for a few days. Thanks for everyone's concern and comments much appreciated!”

On Tuesday, Rogers tweeted that he was “feeling a lot better 2day... .. Lil walk around the city to get some fresh air is much needed.”

Rogers, who joined the second-tier club during the winter transfer window, made his debut in the 79th minute. It was the second time he'd been on the 18-man game roster since signing with the club on Jan. 10.

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Luis Gil scores for U-20s in France

May, 17, 2011

Garden Grove's Luis Gil netted the third goal for the U.S. under-20 national team in a 3-3 draw Tuesday with France, part of a six-day training camp in Vichy with interim head coach Tab Ramos, the former U.S. national team star.

Gil, 17, who plays for Real Salt Lake, scored in the 54th minute to give the Americans a 3-1 lead in Carquefou, France. UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe also was in the starting lineup.

The teams will meet again Thursday.

U-17 DRAW: The U.S. under-17 national team was drawn into Group D with the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan and New Zealand for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

The U.S. will play the Czechs on June 19 and Uzbeks on June 22, both in Torreon, and New Zealand on June 25 in Pachuca.

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Bruins' babe carries U.S. U-20s

April, 3, 2011

UCLA freshman Kelyn Rowe scored both goals to send the U.S. into the all-important quarterfinals at CONCACAF's under-20 championship with a 2-0 victory over Panama.

Rowe scored in the 13th and 18th minutes, his second and third goals of the tournament, to give the U.S. (2-0-0) the Group B title and a final-eight matchup Wednesday with host Guatemala. The quarterfinal victors qualify for the July 29-Aug. 20 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

UCLA junior Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) played key roles in the sequences leading to both goals, but he departed in the 84th minute after injuring his right hamstring, and the U.S., which had already used all three of its substitutions, played with 10 men the rest of the way.

Irvine's Bobby Wood, a forward for 1860 Munich, and Chivas USA defender Zarek Valentin also were in the U.S. lineup, and Oxnard's Moises Orozco (Oxnard HS), from Mexico's UANL Tigres, was a second-half substitute.

The U.S.-Guatemala winner will face Costa Rica or Cuba in Friday's semifinals; the other quarterfinal matches pit Mexico against Canada and Honduras against Panama.

U.S. WOMEN: The women's national team suffered a rare loss Saturday, falling, 2-1, to England in a World Cup prep at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road stadium in London. It was the Yanks' first defeat in a friendly since 2004.

Megan Rapinoe scored the U.S. goal, on an assist from Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx. Jess Clark and Rachel Yankey sent England to a 2-0 lead by the 26th minute.

Boxx (South Torrance HS) was joined in the starting lineup by Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) and Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach, who made her first start since last year after returning from a heel injury. Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS) and former UCLA star Lauren Cheney, both pivotal in the Americans' second-half dominance, came off the bench.

Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley (Ayala HS/Cal State Fullerton) was in the nets for England.

Chivas defender, UCLA stars off to U-20 qualifying

March, 17, 2011

Chivas USA's top draft pick, three current or former UCLA stars and rising prospects from Irvine and Oxnard are part of U.S. under-20 national team coach Thomas Rongen's roster for the region's qualifiers for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Rookie Zarek Valentin, Chivas' top pick (at No. 4 overall) in January's draft and an projected backline starter, is one of seven Major League Soccer players headed to Guatemala for the March 28-April 10 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which will send 12 nations to the July 29-Aug. 20 World Cup in Colombia.

The team gathers Sunday in Dallas, so Valentin will depart after Chivas' opener Saturday night at Home Depot Center against Sporting Club Kansas City and likely will be unavailable for three games: March 26 at home against MLS champ Colorado, April 2 at Toronto FC and April 9 at home vs. Columbus.

UCLA's contingent: All-American Kelyn Rowe, a freshman midfielder, and junior forward Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS), plus former Bruins standout Amobi Okugo, a Philadelphia Union midfielder.

Also chosen: Oxnard's Moises Orozco (Oxnard HS), a playmaking midfielder in UANL Tigres' system in Mexico, and Irvine's Bobby Wood, a forward promoted to German second-division club 1860 Munich's top team this winter.

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