US U-18s lose to Germany in tourney closer
The United States Under-18 squad finished out the Traditional Winter Tournament in Israel with a 2-1 lost to Germany on Friday.
CASL Chelsea's Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler opened the scoring the 62nd minute. It was the first goal for the American squad during the three-game set that saw them fall 3-0 to France before earning a 0-0 draw with Israel on Thursday
The Stars and Stripes didn't have long to savor their lead, as German forward Shawn Parker beat Sporting Kansas City's Jonthan Kempin just five minutes later.
The squads battled back and forth until German center back Antonio Rudiger broke the deadlock with only one minute remaining. The defender struck a 50-yard free kick that eluded Kempin and found the upper corner of the net.
United States: 1-Jonathan Kempin; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Jonathan Campbell, 2-Walker Zimmerman, 7-Michael Ambrose; 19-Sean Okoli (16-Connor Hallisey, 54), 11-Will Trapp (15-Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler, 38), 17-Jordan McCrary, 6-Bryan Gallego, 13-Marcus Salandy-Defour (9-Khiry Shelton, 75); 20-Jonathan Top (8-Villyan Bijev, 64)
Subs not used: 12-Daniel Metzger, 4-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 14-Victor Pineda, 10-Luis Rendon, 18-Andrew Wolverton
Head coach: Mike Matkovich
Germany: 12-Felix Ruml; 17-Johannes Geis, 5-Antonio Rudiger, 18-Andre Hoffmann, 3-Florian Hartherz; 16-Amin Younes, 2-Erik Zenga (6-Julian Draxler, 46), 10-Ozkan Yildirim (13-Sebastian Gartner), 8-Leonardo Bittencourt (15-Marino Muller, 46); 14-Partick Schmidt (9-Shawn Parker; 46), 11-Murat Bildirici
Subs not used: 1-Timo Horn, 12-Patrick Rakovsky, 4-Dominique Heintz, 13-Sebastian Gartner, 7-Markus Mendler
Head coach: Horst Hrubesch
Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.com.