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U.S. U-20 MNT Falls 4-1 to Hellas Verona Primavera in First Friendly of International Camp

VERONA, Italy (Nov. 13, 2013) – The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team lost 4-1 to Hellas Verona Primavera in the first of three friendlies it is scheduled to play in Italy over the course of a 10-day training camp.

With one full day of training before the match, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos used all 22 players that were called in for the international training camp in the friendly against Italian Serie A club Hellas Verona’s U-21 side. The U.S. roster primarily is made up of recent graduates from the U.S. U-17 MNT coached by Richie Williams and the U.S. U-18 MNT coached by Javier Perez.

The U.S. U-20s took the initial lead in the 18th minute through Albuquerque, N.M., native Ben Spencer off a nice feed from FC Dallas Academy product Kellyn Acosta. Alberto Ronconi leveled for Hellas Verona Primavera four minutes later and the two sides went into the half tied at one.

Three goals late in the second half, two by Alessandro Gatto in the 62nd and 85th minutes and a pk by Ghorgie Alim Birlea in the 89th, provided the final score line.

The U.S. will have four days of training before its next match against Iran’s U-20 National Team on Monday, Nov. 18. The U.S. U-20s finish camp with a final friendly on Nov. 19.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Hellas Verona Primavera Men’s National Team
Date: November 13, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Vigasio Stadium, Vigasio, Italy
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CET
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
HV 1 3 4
USA 1 0 1

USA Ben Spencer (Kellyn Acosta) 18
HV Alberto Ronconi 22
HV Alessandro Gatto 62
HV Alessandro Gatto 85
HV Gheorgie Alim Birlea (PK) 89

USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Santiago Castano, 46); Marco Delgado (2-Shaq Moore, 46), Matt Miazga (14-Mattias Fracchia, 46), Conor Donovan, Kellyn Acosta (13-John Requejo, 46), Lynden Gooch (20-Amando Moreno, 46),, Russell Canouse (Kristian Scott, 46), 10-Romain Gall (24-Junior Flores, 46), 7-Rubio Rubin (18-Omar Thompson, 46), 19-Ben Spencer (9-Benji Lopez, 46), 11-Zach Pfeffer (21-Kainoa Bailey, 46)
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

HV: 1-Jonathan Nervo; 2-Gino Ballarini, 6-Francesco Contri, 5-Francis Boateng, 3-Alex Manolache, 7-Alberto Ronconi, 4-Jacopo Menolli, 8-Mame Fily Sall, 11-Gheorghe Alim Birlea, 10-Alessandro Speri, 9-Mohamed Salim Fares
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Paolo Giarola

Stats Summary: USA / HV
Shots: 8 /6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 24 / 9
Offside: 4 / 4

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