The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team, down to 10 men after a first-half red card to defender Chad Barson, dropped a 1-0 decision to Mexico in the opening match of Dallas Cup in Frisco, Texas.
Barson's send off also resulted in a penalty just before halftime, but U.S. goalkeeper Zac MacMath was up to the task, denying the goal with an excellent diving save to his left. Mexico eventually broke through the American defense, with Taufic Guarch heading home a corner kick for the game's lone goal.
In the 89th minute, the U.S. had their best chance of the game, as team captain Dillon Powers sent an excellent corner into the box and found Amobi Okugo. Okugo, who had made his professional debut just three days earlier, cleanly headed the ball but it smacked off the crossbar.
Thomas Rongen's side will look to regroup as it continues Dallas Cup play on Monday against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The final group match will come against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, March 31.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report
Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Mexico U-20 MNT
Competition: Dallas Cup XXXI
Location: Frisco, Texas
Date: March 28, 2010
1st 2nd Final
USA 0 0 0
MEX 0 1 1
MEX – Taufic Guarch 48th minute
USA: 18-Zac MacMatch, 6-Kofi Sarkodie, 3-Chad Barson, 4-Zarek Valentin, 11-Tyler Polak; 7-Francisco Navas Cobo, 12-Amobi Okugo, 16-Cesar Zamora, 21-Dillon Powers; 20-Bryan De La Fuente (13-Ryan Finley, 53), 8-Moises Orozco (5-Jesus Gonzalez, half)
Subs Not Used: 10-Jose Altamirano, 19-Will Bates, 25-Ruben Gonzalez, 15-Ian Hines-Ike, 24-Justin Luthy, 2-Will Packwood, 17-Jared Watts
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
MEX: 1-Carlos Lopez, 3-Nestor Araujo (2-Jorge Valencia, 61), 4-Luis Ramos, 13-Ibanez Cesar, 19-Abraham Coronado (8-Luis Rodriguez, 81), 7-Saul Villalobos, 6-Marvin Pinon, 20-Cristofer Castillo (10-Jorge Mora, 67), 15-Eduardo, Gamez (16-Diego De Buen, 78), 17-Miguez Sansores, 9-Taufic Guarch (11-Edson Rivera, 71)
Subs Not Used: 12-Diego Avila, 18-Carlos Campos, 14-David Izazola, 21-Jesus Leal, 5-Uriel Navarro, 22-Abraham Torres
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Chavez Zarate
Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots 7 / 9
Saves 3 / 4
Fouls 9 / 10
Corner Kicks 6 / 8
Offside 1 / 4
USA – Chad Barson (sent off) 40th minute
MEX – Eduardo Gomez (caution) 75
MEX – Carlos Campos (sent off) 89