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U-23 MNT to Make 2015 Home Bow vs. Archrival Mexico

U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico U-23 Men’s National Team
International Friendly
StubHub Center; Carson, California

April 22, 2015  U-23’s to Take 2015 Home Bow against Archrival Mexico
For the first time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play on American soil, this time facing off with archrival Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be broadcast live on UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.   Tickets for the match can be purchased at ussoccer.com [TICKETS], by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog has assembled 20 players in California. The roster is charged with experience, as nine players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team, and 11 participated in the U.S. U-23 camp in Europe this past March, which was highlighted by a 5-2 victory over Bosnia in Herzog’s first victory as head coach of the U-23 program. In six matches between the U.S. U-23’s and Mexico since 1992 (when Olympic soccer was first designated as an Under-23-tournament), the USA has gone 5-2-0, including a victory during the squads last matchup on Feb. 29, 2012 by a score line that has become familiar for these two rivals: 2-0. Mexico, the defending Olympic champion, went an undefeated 10-0-1 in its 11 matches in 2012 on the way to the gold medal and will look to continue that success with the 20-man roster it has brought to Carson for this match. The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct.1-13. 

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)  USA U-23’s vs. Mexico:

  • The United States is 5-2-0 against Mexico since 1992.
  • The last time the U-23’s faced Mexico, the U.S. came away with a 2-0 victory in Frisco, Texas. The two goal-scorers in that game for the U.S. were forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Mix Diskerud. Both Agudelo and Diskerud played in the U.S. senior side’s match last week against Mexico, where Agudelo scored the second goal of the team’s 2-0 victory.
  • Since 1992, the U-23’s are 3-0 against Mexico when playing on U.S. soil.
  • Alejandro Guido and Mexico’s Jose Alberto Garcia, Pedro Hernandez, and Gibran Lajud are Liga MX club teammates at Club Tijuana, while Alonzo Hernandez is teammates with Luis Cardenas, Jorge Caballero and Bernardo Hernandez at Monterrey.
U.S. Roster Notes
  • Nine players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal.
  • Jordan Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Eleven players from this roster were on the squad that defeated Bosnia’s U-23 team 5-2 on March 27, including all five U.S. goal scorers from that game: Fatai Alashe, Morris, Rodriguez, Joya and Hernandez. Other players returning from that roster are Christian Dean, Ocegueda, O’Neill, Sorto, Gil, and Alfred Koroma Shams.
  • In addition to Gil captaining the USA during the win against Bosnia, he also assisted on three of the five tallies.
  • Cropper, Dean, Gil, Kempin, Morris, O’Neill, Serna and Sorto have all been part of a USMNT senior camp this year.
  • Gil and Morris are the only two players from the roster to have earned a cap with the senior team in 2015.
  • MLS has sent nine players for this roster with two players each from the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
  • Four players on the roster play for Mexican-based clubs (three from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX).
Mexico Roster Notes
  • Fourteen of the 20 players play in Liga MX.
  • Forward Marco Bueno was part of the Mexico senior team roster that played against the U.S. MNT on April 15. Bueno earned a cap after entering in the game’s 83rd minute.
  • Uvaldo Luna Martinez was born in Houston, Texas, and spent time with the U.S. U-20 MNT.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Luis Cárdenas (Monterrey), Gibran Lajud (Club Tijuana)       
DEFENDERS (6): Gil Burón (Querétaro), Jorge Caballero (Monterrey), Luis Guzmán (Atlas), Bernardo Hernández (Monterrey), Louis Alfonso Solorio (Coras), Pedro Terán (Atlas)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Carlos Ernesto Cisneros (Coras), Rosario Enrique Cota Carrazco (Cruz Azul), Kevin Escamilla (UNAM) Jonathan Espericueta (Tigres), Pedro Hernández (Club Tijuana), Michael Pérez Ortiz (Coras), Daniel Hernández Trejo (Atlante)
FORWARDS (5): Marco Bueno (Toluca), Jose Alberto Garcia (Club Tijuana), Ulises Jamies Huerta (Monarcas), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (Tigres), Ángel Zaldivar (Coras) 

2012 U-23 MNT
The U.S. U-23 MNT last met Mexico's U-23 in an international friendly on Feb. 29, 2012 in Frisco, Texas and prevailed 2-0.

U-23’s Last Time On the field against Mexico:

Feb. 29, 2012 – FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas – International Friendly 

Scoring Summary:    1    2    F 
USA                             2    0    2
MEX                             0    0    0 

USA - Juan Agudelo (Mix Diskerud)    35th minute 
USA - Mix Diskerud (Freddy Adu)        36 

Lineups:
 
USA: 1-Bill Hamid (18-Sean Johnson, 46); 3-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Ike Opara (capt.), 4-Perry Kitchen, 5-Zarek Valentin; 6-Alfredo Morales (19-Amobi Okugo, 90), 8-Mix Diskerud, 10-Joe Corona; 7-Freddy Adu (17-Tony Taylor, 67), 9-Juan Agudelo (12-Teal Bunbury, 61), 11-Joe Gyau (14-Dilly Duka, 78) 
Subs not used: 13-Jorge Villafana, 15-Jack McInerney, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 20-Michael Stephens 
Head Coach: Caleb Porter 

MEX: 1-Liborio Sanchez, 2-Israel Jimenez, 4-Nestor Araujo, 5-Darvin Chávez, 6-Ricardo Bocanegra (17-Javier Aquino, 46), 7-Javier Cortés, 9-Jeronimo Amione (19-Alan Pulido, 64), 10-Marco Fabian, 14-Jorge Enriquez (8-David Cabrera, 78), 16-Miguel Ponce (18-Hector Herrera, 46), 21-Ricardo Mier (capt.) 
Subs not used: 11-Nestor Calderon, 12-Antonio Rodriguez, 13-Diego Reyes, 15-Jair Barraza, 20-Hugo Rodriguez
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena 

U-15 BNT Set To Play June Friendlies in Argentina

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will play a trio of friendly matches against South American National Teams during its second training camp of the year to be held from June 4-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roster details for the nine-day camp will be announced at a later date.

The U-15’s will play Uruguay on June 8, matchup against host Argentina on June 10 and round out the trip against Paraguay on June 12.

"It is always an important experience for our young players to compete against the South America soccer powers of Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth said. “Perhaps just as important is also the valuable learning experience of playing in such an amazing soccer culture as Argentina. The history, passion and environment will undoubtedly provide our team a unique opportunity."

Additionally, Hackworth’s group will also be traveling to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, this week to compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. The USA’s 20-player roster has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia and is set to open play on April 25. 

U-20 MNT Equalizes Late for 2-2 Draw against Qatar in Austria

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team found the back of the net late in the second half to come out with a 2-2 draw against fellow World Cup side Qatar earlier today at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Slazburg in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria.

Amando Moreno put the U.S. ahead early in the game with a tally in the 22nd minute after side stepping a defender and taking a hard shot right to the goal from the top of the box.

Qatar wasted no time coming from the half and converted on a penalty kick in the 46th minute to equalize the match. A second goal came in the 75th, giving the team a 2-1 lead over the USA.

Defender Conor Donovan saw an opportunity following a U.S. corner kick in the 84th minute and found the ball after it was put into play to send it to the back of the net for the 2-2 and the eventual final score.

Following this game, the U-20’s will resume training in Austria and then face Croatia on April 25, also at Red Bull Arena.

The camp is serving as the USA’s continued preparations for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.

Coaching Department Launches First Academy Director Course

CHICAGO (April 21, 2015) – The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department has announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches.

The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

The candidates will meet from April 21-24 at the Nike Campus in Portland, Oregon, where they will partake in the first in-person meeting, marking the beginning of the course. The first module will focus on the following key areas: Zone I (grassroots) methods of coaching, leadership and Long Term Player Development (LTPD).

The 16-month course will be led by Director of Coaching Development, Dave Chesler. In addition, each module will include leading experts to teach different course components. For the first module Dr. John Cone, Vince Ganzberg and Dr. Greg Shelly will lead the LTPD, Zone I methods of coaching and leadership sections, respectively. 

The Academy Director course will be sequenced into multiple modules that focus on enhancing leadership skills, providing periodization and strategic planning tools and staff mentoring techniques.

The modules the candidates will complete throughout the span of the course include: attending a U.S. Youth National Team camp; an international trip; attendance at U.S. Soccer Development Academy events, leadership, LTAD, practical coaching in Zones I, II and III, sport science and technology.

This will be U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department first Academy Director course offered. The April course launch follows a successful pilot program in 2013-14.

Roster of Candidates Selected:
Tony Annan (Dunwoody, Ga. /Georgia United); Matias Asorey (Miami, Fla./Kendall SC); John Bradford (Raleigh, N.C./Capital Area Railhawks CASL); Erik Bushey (Denver, Colo./Colorado Rush); Tim Carter (Northfield, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary’s); James Clarkson (Missouri City, Texas/Houston Dynamo); Jonathon Colton (Potomac, Md./Bethesda Soccer Club); Scott Donnelly (Exeter, N.H./U.S. Soccer); Don Gemmell (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas Rush Soccer Club); Mickey Kydes (Norwalk, Conn./Beachside of CT Soccer Club); Paul McGlynn (Middle Village, N.Y./BW Gottschee); Michael Milazzo (Richmond, VA /Richmond United); Samuel Nellins (Denville, N.J./Player Development Academy); Marc Nicholls (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Sounders); Jon Parry (Overland Park, Kan./Sporting Kansas City); Darren Powell (Lake Mary, Fla./Orlando City); Todd Saldana (El Segundo, Calif./U.S. Soccer); Nolan Sheldon (Washington, D.C./D.C. United); Larry Sunderland (Brookfield, Ill./Chicago Fire Soccer Club); Martin Vazquez (Casa Grande, Ariz./Real Salt Lake-AZ)

Gallery: U-20 MNT Final Training Camp before World Cup

Photos from the first two days of training for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in Linz, Austria, where the squad will play a pair of friendly matches against Qatar and Croatia during its final training camp ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which kicks of on May 30. The USA faces Myanmar (May 30), New Zealnd (June 2) and Ukraine (June 5) in Group A play at this summer's tournament. All three group matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo. 

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