USA Prepares for Third Game in Five Days when it Faces Congo DR on June 1 at Stade du Ray in Nice, France; Match will be Broadcast Live on beIN SPORT
NIMES, France (May 30, 2013) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has made no secret that he is frequently changing his lineup during the buildup toward the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
With six starting lineup changes from its previous game, the U-20s fell 2-1 to Colombia’s U-21 national team in the 41st edition of the Toulon Tournament at Stade des Costieres.
U.S. forward Danny Garcia got his first start of the tournament and scored directly off a corner kick to give the team its first lead in the event in the seventh minute. But Garcia’s early effort did not hold up as Colombia rallied with a pair of goals early in the second half.
The U-20 MNT once again will have a quick turnaround with its third game in five days when it faces Congo DR at 3:30 p.m. local (9:30 a.m. ET) on Saturday, June 1, at Stade du Ray in Nice. The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.
Garcia gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes when his left-footed corner kick from the right side curled into the six-yard box. With Colombia’s defense unable to clear the ball at the near right post, the ball bounced and crossed the goal line.
The U.S. held onto its one-goal lead through the first half (Toulon Tournament games are 40 minutes per half), but Colombia went heavy on the attack in the early moments of the second half. Jherson Vergara tied the score at 1-1 in the 44th minute when he headed a Colombia free kick from Harrison Mojica to the upper left corner of the goal.
Mojica played setup again in the 49th minute for Felipe Aguilar, whose right-footed shot found the frame to give a Colombia a 2-1 advantage it would not relinquish.
The U.S. had some chances down the stretch to equalize, with the best opportunity coming in the 75th minute. Alonso Hernandez took a shot from outside the box that ricocheted off the left post and bounced toward Cuevas. Cuevas tried to sneak his shot past Colombia goalkeeper Christian Bonilla at the near left post, but Bonilla made the clutch save to preserve the win for his side.
- Head coach Tab Ramos made six changes to his starting lineup from the May 28 game against France, opening the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
- Kendall McIntosh got the start in goal for Cody Cropper, who was the No. 1 goalkeeper throughout the runner-up showing at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico.
- Captain Caleb Stanko and Dillon Serna started defensively ahead of Jeffrey Payeras and Juan Pablo Ocegueda.
- Midfielder Kellyn Acosta made his U-20 MNT debut in the midfield for Benji Joya.
- Jordan Morris and Danny Garcia started after both were 61st-minute subs for Alfred Koroma and Collin Martin in the tournament opener.
- The U-20 MNT’s starting 11 featured 10 players with Development Academy ties – eight former players and two current Academy players in Acosta and Morris for FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders, respectively.
- The U.S. lineup also included four players who started against Mexico in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on March 3: Serna, Torre, Trapp and Garcia.
- The U-20s moved to 4-4-1 overall in international play this year.
-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: May 30, 2013
Competition: Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon (Toulon Tournament); Group A
Venue: Stade des Costieres; Nimes, France
Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. ET
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
COL 0 2 2
USA – Danny Garcia 7th minute
COL – Jherson Vergara (Harrison Mojica) 44
COL – Felipe Aguilar (Harrison Mojica) 49
USA: 12-Kendall McIntosh; 2-Eric Miller, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 21-Javan Torre (18-Jeffrey Payeras, 41), 13-Dillon Serna; 15-Kellyn Acosta, 6-Wil Trapp (10-Collin Martin, 67); 16-Jordan Morris, 20-Danny Garcia, 19-Alfred Koroma (11-Daniel Cuevas, 53); 9-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 5-Mikey Lopez, 7-Victor Pineda, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Oscar Sorto, 24-Marlon Hairston
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
1-Christian Bonilla (capt.); 17-Ronal Herrera, 5-Felipe Aguilar, 2-Jherson Vergara, 4-Andres Correa; 6-Jose Leudo, 8-Cristian Higuita (14-Sebastian Perez,
41), 16-Luis Mena; 10-Brayan Angulo (7-Harrison Mojica, 41), 22-Andres Renteria, 9-Jhon Cordoba (19-Miguel Borja, 41)
Subs Not Used: 3-Deivy Balanta, 11-Cristian Palomeque, 12-Luis Hurtado, 13-Helibelton Palacios, 15-Guillermo Celis, 18-Julian Figueroa, 20-Yair Ibarguen, 21-Jair Mosquera,
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo Isaza
Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 6
Fouls: 20 / 10
Offside: 2 / 4
COL – Ronal Herrera (caution) 62nd minute
COL – Luis Mena (caution) 71
USA – Alonso Hernandez 73