SKC Academy midfielder Jonathan Munoz (pictured, above wearing No. 20) featured in all three matches for the U.S. U-16 Boy’s National Team during a recent trip to Bradenton, Florida, for the IMG Cup: Boys Invitational. Led by head coach Shaun Tsakiris, the U.S. U-16 BNT finished first in the U-17 Blue Division with a 3-0-0 record and a +17 goal differential.
Munoz became the eighth member of the SKC Academy to feature for a U.S. youth national team this fall when he played the entire second half and tallied a goal during a 5-0 exhibition win over Clearwater Chargers SC prior to the IMG Cup. The crafty midfielder then featured in all three matches during the tournament, scoring a goal in the final match while adding an assist in each victory.
The U.S. U-16s opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Next Gen USA Showcase Select before defeating FC Florida Preparatory Academy 6-0. They then closed the tournament with a 5-0 win over Miramar United Elite FC with Munoz tallying the final strike.
U.S. U-16 BNT AT IMG CUP
|Next Gen USA Showcase Select||Win (6-0)||15 minutes; 1 assist|
|FC Florida Prep Academy||Win (6-0)||40 minutes; 1 assist|
|Miramar United Elite FC||Win (5-0)||20 minutes; 1 goal; 1 assist|
Munoz has started 11 of 13 matches for the Sporting KC U-16s during the 2016-17 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, scoring one goal. He also competed at the 2016 Generation adidas Cup in October, making two appearances and converting a penalty kick in a shootout win over the Chicago Fire at Swope Soccer Village.