RSL Internationals Update: Borchers & Findley Capped in USA Win


MF Jean Alexandre and Haitian National Team See Friendly at Qatar Postponed to Thursday;

MF Luis Gil Named to U.S. Under-18 Men National Team’s 36-man Camp at The Home Depot Center


SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, November 17, 2010)Real Salt Lake’s Nat Borchers and Robbie Findley saw time with the U.S. Men’s National Team in the squad’s 1-0 victory over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge today in Cape Town, South Africa. Findley earned his 11th “cap” for the United States’ senior side as a member of the first XI and played 45 minutes up top in the USA’s 4-5-1 formation, the starting nod representing his ninth appearance for the squad in 2010. Meanwhile, Borchers would make his first U.S. MNT appearance since 2005 – and third overall – off the bench, the RSL Defender of the Year recipient playing the final 23 minutes of the contest in central defense in place of Tim Ream.


The United States posted the victory in the 15th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge courtesy of FW Juan Agudelo, the 17-year-old New York Red Bulls striker scoring in the 85th minute in his senior international debut and becoming the youngest player to score a goal in the modern era for the U.S. MNT in the process.


MF Jean Alexandre and Haitian National Team See Friendly at Qatar Postponed to Thursday

Borchers and Findley are not the only Real Salt Lake players seeking a “cap” for their country this week, but MF Jean Alexandre will have to wait one more day in his search for more minutes with the Haitian National Team, as the team’s friendly at Qatar in Doha was postponed a day until Thursday. The 24-year-old Alexandre has represented les Grenadiers five times on the senior level, the last occasion coming back on May 4, when he started in Haiti’s 1-4 defeat to global power Argentina in a friendly in Buenos Aires.


MF Luis Gil Named to U.S. Under-18 Men National Team’s 36-man Camp at The Home Depot Center

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team coach Mike Matkovich has included Real Salt Lake MF Luis Gil to the 36-man roster that will take part in a training camp from November 20-28 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. During the nine-day camp, the U.S. U-18’s will use exhibitions against four Southern California clubs – Ventura County Fusion, FC Hasental, Hollywood United, and Orange County Blue Star – to prepare for the team’s upcoming trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, in December.


The 17-year-old Gil joins the Chicago Fire’s Victor Pineda as the only two professional players on the 36-man camp roster. Gil made one first-team appearance for Real Salt Lake during his rookie campaign in Major League Soccer, putting in a sturdy 45 minutes of work as a starter in RSL’s 3-1 victory over Cruz Azul in the teams’ Group A finale in CONCACAF Champions League play on October 19. Gil saw more playing time during a loan stint with the USSF D-2 Pro League’s AC St. Louis, appearing in each of the squad’s final nine contests after joining the team in mid-August. The young midfielder started in five of those matches while compiling 445 minutes of action and scored his first professional goal, notching the game-winner in stoppage time of AC St. Louis’ 2-1 victory over the Austin Aztex on Sept. 18.

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