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TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team pushed heavily for a second half equalizer before falling 1-0 to Panama by virtue of Leandro Ávila’s deflected effort in the 37th minute in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
The first half largely lacked opportunities for both sides until Ávila collected the ball in the area, turned inside and saw his shot deflect off Marlon Fossey before floating inside the top right corner to give Los Canaleros a 1-0 half-time advantage.
Playing up a man after Panama’s Justin Simons was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Tyler Adams in the 18th minute, the U.S. pushed things early on in the second half when Jeremy Ebobisse’s header clanged off the crossbar in the 48th minute.
With Panama content to pack the area in defense of their 1-0 lead, the U-20 MNT found it hard to break through, but came close again when a Justen Glad laser was pushed out for a corner kick in the 82nd minute before Panama ‘keeper Charles Taylor smothered Ebobisse’s 88th minute effort on the goal line to preserve the 1-0 result.
The U-20 MNT plays its second group stage match against Haiti, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose (5:30 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook Page). Haiti defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 5-1 in Saturday’s first Group B match.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba), 37th minute: Going against the run of play, Panama got on the board towards the end of the first half when Ronaldo Córdoba swung a looping ball into the box for Leandro Ávila. The Panama forward took it down with his knee before cutting back inside and curling an effort that took a slight deflection off USA defender Marlon Fossey and into the top right corner.
USA 0, PAN 1 [WATCH] FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Marlon Fossey, 15th minute: The first clear-cut opportunity came on the quarter-hour mark when Leandro Ávila broke through down the right and sent a penetrating ball into the box for Ronaldo Córdoba only to have Marlon Fossey slide through to clear the ball out for a corner kick.
USA – Tommy Redding, 25th minute: As the U.S. worked to move the ball forward, pressure from Andrés Andrade forced a turnover at the back, allowing the San Francisco FC winger a free run up the left where he centered looking for Córdoba, only to have the cross well-read by Tommy Redding who calmly cleared to safety.
PAN – Crossbar, 48th minute: Looking for the equalizer right out of halftime, Marlon Fossey quickly threw the ball in for Eric Palmer-Brown who laid off for Brooks Lennon just outside the box. Lennon then swung a cross to the six-yard box where Jeremy Ebobisse’s header beat Charles Taylor, but careened off the cross bar before being cleared.
PAN – Charles Taylor, 80th minute: Continuing to press for the equalizer, the U.S. had a sustained period of possession and moved the ball around just outside the penalty area before Justen Glad unleashed a low rocket from 22 yards that saw Taylor dive to palm it out for a corner kick.
PAN – Charles Taylor, 87th minute: Still full of steam, Fossey paraded up the right side, sending a long cross for Sebastian Saucedo at the back post where the Real Salt Lake midfielder centered for Jeremy Ebobisse whose first-time shot was smothered on the goal line by Taylor.
- With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 8-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play
- The USA U-20s moves to 3-2-0 all-time vs. Panama in U-20 World Cup Qualifying
- Panama played a man down after midfielder Justin Simons was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for a late challenge on USA midfielder Tyler Adams.
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 77 degrees; partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
PAN 1 0 1
PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba) 37th minute
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding (7-Eryk Williamson, 69), 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 17-Brooks Lennon, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 10-Luca De La Torre (19-Coy Craft, 69), 11-Sebastian Saucedo; 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 8-Tyler Adams (18-Emmanuel Sabbi, 31)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos
PAN: 12-Charles Taylor; 20-Josue Vergara (13-Jorge Gutiérrez, 90+3), 6-Javier Rivera (Capt.), 2-Jiovany Ramos, 3-Andrés Andrade; 11-Justin Simons, 5-Ricardo Ávila, 14-José Tejada, 17-Leandro Ávila (18-Isidoro Hinestroza, 79); 8-Cristian Martínez (16-Yair Jaen, 72), 9-Ronaldo Córdoba
Subs not used: 1-Aldo Ciel, 7-Chamell Asprilla, 10-Andrés Peñalba, 19-Oliver Beckles
Head coach: Nelson Gallego
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 22 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1
PAN – Justin Simons (sent off) 18th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution) 41
PAN – Cristian Martínez (caution) 45+1
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution) 74
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvin Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
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CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will take a swing through Texas to play Russia twice in April, opening the two-game set on Thursday, April 6, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1 [pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. CT]). Three days later, the teams will meet on Sunday, April 9, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (1 p.m. CT; ESPN).
These will be the final U.S. WNT matches before the National Women’s Soccer League kicks off its historic fifth season.
Russia, which is set to compete in the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro this summer in the Netherlands, was drawn into a tough Group B with Germany, Italy and Sweden. Russia qualified for the tournament by finishing second behind Germany in Group 5 of the qualifying process.
These will be the first friendly matches on U.S. soil since early November of last year and will come a month after the SheBelieves Cup, which brings Germany, France and England to the USA from March 1-7 for three high-profile doubleheaders.
Tickets for the both games against Russia will go on sale on to the public Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, including group orders of 20 tickets or more.
Tickets for the match in Frisco can also be purchased by phone at 855-492-8053 (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT) and at the Toyota Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
For the game in Houston, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 888-929-7849 and at the BBVA Compass Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.
- The USA last met Russia in two February friendlies in 2014, winning 7-0 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. and 8-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Prior to those games, the teams hadn’t met since 2002 in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup in Uniondale, N.Y.
- Russia is currently ranked 23rd in the world by FIFA.
- Nine different players scored for Russia during Euro qualifying, including two goals each from Elena Terekhova, Nadezhda Karpova, Ekaterina Pantyukhina and Elena Danilova.
- The USA played five games in Texas at the beginning of 2016, all during CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The U.S. team played three group-phase matches at Toyota Stadium, winning all by shutout, and then played the semifinal and championship game at BBVA Compass Stadium, defeating Trinidad & Tobago (5-0) and Canada (2-0), respectively.
- The U.S. Women have played six matches – all wins – at Toyota Stadium, home of the 2016 U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup and MLS Supporters Shield Winners FC Dallas; and three matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of MLS’ Houston Dynamo and the NWSL’s Houston Dash, winning all by shutout.
- These will be the 18th and 19th matches all-time for the U.S. Women in the state of Texas.