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Herzog Names 24-Player Roster for Final Camp Ahead of Olympic Qualifying

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 24 players to England for a final preparation camp before the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October.

The camp will run in Manchester, England, from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 and will feature friendlies against England on Sept. 3 at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, and Qatar on Sept. 8 at Gigg Lane in Bury. Fans can follow the action live via Twitter through @ussoccer.

"These are two important games here because they are our last before the Olympic Qualifying tournament,” Herzog said. “We have a strong group of players that we believe in, and now we are able to look as some of the guys who did very well with our U-20 team. This is really the last chance for all of the players to make an impression before we select the final roster for qualifying.”

The U-23’s were last in Europe in June, where they competed in the prestigious Toulon Tournament. With group stage wins against Netherlands and Qatar, the team advanced to the tournament’s third-place playoff, where it defeated England and matched its best ever finish in the tournament. The U-23’s are 5-3-0 in 2015, having also logged wins against Bosnia in March and Mexico in April.

The 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played across the United States from Oct. 1-13. The U.S. was drawn into Group A and opens with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT. [TICKETS]

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Apollon Limassol; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Tex.), Benji Joya (Club Necaxa; San Jose, Calif.), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Scion; Washington, D.C.).

Roster Notes:

  • Seven players from the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals in New Zealand now join the U-23 group: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, Rubio Rubin, Zack Steffen, Maki Tall and Gedion Zelalem.
  • Five players from this roster have scored goals for the U-23’s in 2015: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Jerome Kiesewetter, William Packwood and Mario Rodriguez.
  • Three from this roster scored goals with the U-20’s in 2015: Hyndman, Rubin and Tall.
  • Shane O’Neill was a force for the squad on the backline in the Toulon Tournament, and earned honors as the Third-Best player in the tournament.
  • Hernandez and Joya both scored penalties in the third-place playoff of the Toulon Tournament. Hernandez’s strike was the first score of the game and Joya’s proved to be the game-winner.
  • Rodriguez returns to the mix after missing the Toulon Tournament. The strong striker plays at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the same club as Men’s National Team defender Fabian Johnson. The North Hollywood-native has scored twice in as many games in 2015.
  • Luis Gil also returns to the U-23’s after missing the Toulon Tournament. Gil wore the captain’s armband in each of the first three games of 2015, where he leads the team with four assists.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Cropper (MK Dons), defender Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) and midfielder Hyndman (Fulham) won’t have far to travel for this camp, coming over from their nearby English club teams.
  • Eighteen-year-old Gedion Zelalem, who recently completed a loan move from Arsenal to Rangers, made his U.S. debut for the U-20’s in this summer’s World Cup.
  • The roster is a diverse mix with the players coming from club teams of various leagues around the world. Nine players from this roster represent MLS clubs, three come from German club teams, four from English teams, two from Mexico, and a single player each from leagues in Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and Switzerland.
  • Twelve players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy & Pateadores), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).

U-23 MNT Defeats England 2-1 to Take Third at Toulon Tournament

TOULON, France (June 7, 2015)  – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team converted a pair of penalty-kick goals to defeat England 2-1 and earn third place at the historic Toulon Tournament in France.

The USA got out to an early lead when Alonso Hernandez netted a penalty kick in the sixth minute, but it didn’t take long for England to respond leveling on a close-range strike in the 10th.

In the 65th minute an England handball in the box gave the USA another penalty kick, which Benji Joya coverted for the U.S. lead. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper came up with a pair of timely saves in the match’s final minutes.

The third-place finish matched the best finish for the USA in the renowned tournament. The other time was in 1989 when it similarly defeated England, 2-0. Following the match, defender Shane O’Neill earned honors as the tournament’s third-best player was presented a trophy for his efforts.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alonso Hernandez (penalty kick), 7th minute: 
Jerome Kiesewetter ran on to a lofted ball and attacked with pace down the right side. England defender Kortney Hause was losing ground on Kiesewetter and attempted to shoulder his way in for a tackle. Kieswetter went down and the referee signaled for a penalty kick. Alonso Hernandez hit it low and hard into the right corner for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, ENG 0

ENG – Kortney Hause, 10th minute: Shortly after conceding the opening goal, the English side pressed back with an attack of its own. A foul set up a free kick for England on the left side, which it quickly played forward catching the U.S. off guard. The ball was sent in on a cross and bounced around in front of the box. Hause’s was the first foot to it, tapping it in from close range. USA 1, ENG 1

USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick), 65th minute: The USA was pressuring on an attack and Jerome Kiesewetter fired a shot toward the goal from outside of the box. The ball rebounded off one of the English defenders’ foot and off the hand of another, which set up the penalty. U.S. captain Benji Joya stepped up and blasted it into the upper right corner for the lead. USA 2, ENG 1. (FINAL)

Additional Notes:

  • Benji Joya scored in his second Toulon Tournament after also scoring a goal when he  played with the U.S. U-20 MNT that participated in 2013.
  • The match was the first between England and the USA at the U-23 age level. The two teams are scheduled to meet again for a friendly in September.
  • This is the second straight year that England has finished fourth at the Toulon Tournament.
  • Marc Pelosi was suspended and was not eligible to play in the match today due to yellow card accumulation, while Sam Strong was unavailable due to a concussion he sustained in the game against Qatar.

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: June 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament – Third Place Match
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 910
Weather: 80 degrees, Sunny 

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

USA – Alonso Hernandez (penalty kick)      7th minute
ENG – Kortney Hause                                   10
USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick)                   65 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Tyler Turner, 55), 5-William Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 7-Dillon Serna, 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya (capt.), 16-Julian Green; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez (17-Alfred Koroma Shams, 63)
Subs Not Used: 22-Tyler Miller
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog 

ENG: 1-Christian Walton (13-Jordan Pickford, 41); 2-Iorfa Dominc, 5-Jack Stephens, 6-Bailey Cargill, 15-Kortney Hause; 17-John Swift, 7-Matthew Grimes (capt.), 20-Duncan Watmore, 18-Jamie Hanson; 19-Kwame Thomas (10-Chuba Akpom, 49), 11-Rolando Aarons (16-Callum Robinson, 49)
Subs Not Used: 8-Lewis Baker, 9-James Wilson, 12-Isaac Hayden, 14-Demarai Gray
Head Coach: Aidy Boothroyd 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 9 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offsides: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
ENG – Kortney Hause (caution)                      6th minute
ENG – Matthew Grimes (caution)                   8
USA – Benji Joya (caution)                             53 

Officials:
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee: Paulo Santos Soares and Pedro Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Adil Zourak (MAR) 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Shane O’Neill


U-23 MNT Advances to Third Place Match at 2015 Toulon Tournament

The U-23 #USMNT made it through group play and advanced to the 3rd place match at the 2015 Toulon Tournament, providing head coach Andi Herzog and the players another chance to tune up for Olympic Qualifying later this year.

U-23 MNT Rebounds with Big 3-1 Win over Netherlands

HYERES, France (May 29, 2015) – Goals from Jerome Kiesewetter, Alonso Hernandez and William Packwood spurred the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team to a 3-1 win over the Netherlands in the second group stage game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament in Hyeres, France.

After opening the tournament with 3-1 loss to France on May 27, the U.S. responded in its second match, coming from behind and earning a convincing win.

The win leveled the U.S. and Netherlands in the Group A pool, where both hold three points on 1-1-0 records. The U.S. is now in second place in the standings, behind group leader France (2-0-0). Next, the U-23 MNT will face Costa Rica on Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. ET on beIN Sport to wrap up group play.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Brahim Darri, 10th minute: 
Darri dribbled the ball through the center of the field and elected to send a shot at goal from thirty yards out. The ball drifted and Cody Cropper reached it on a dive, but it slipped through his hands and into the back of the net. USA 0, NED 1

USA – Jerome Kiesewetter, 19th minute: 
Benji Joya brought the ball up from midfield and jetted through a pair of Dutch defenders. Near the edge of the box, Joya trickled a ball across to Julian Green, who had room on the left-hand side. Green made a move to the center and blasted a shot that ricocheted off of a group of Netherlands defenders. Kiesewetter was first to the rebound and he kicked it in to level the score. USA 1, NED 1

USA – Alonso Hernandez (Jordan Morris), 24th minute: The U.S. was positioned with a free kick from 25 yards out and Julian Green took it and sent it off the top of the wall of Netherlands defenders. The ball bounced high into the air and Jordan Morris out-jumped a defender near the goal and headed it back to Alonso Hernandez, who promptly smashed it into the back of the net from close range. USA 2, NED 1

USA – William Packwood (Julian Green), 42nd minute: The USA came out on the attack in the second half and earned a corner in the first minute. Julian Green played a beautiful curling ball in and Will Packwood headed it in to give the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, NED 1. FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NED – Jesse Bertrams (Save), 21st minute:
Fatai Alashe intercepted a Netherlands pass and took off toward the goal. With a man coming in from the left Alashe ripped a shot at the upper right corner, but Bertrams dove high and wide to deflect it over the bar to set up a U.S. corner.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 48th minute: Netherlands broke away on a counter and got the ball across to Brahim Darri, who had already scored in the first half. Darri from the left side tried to slide a shot into the lower right corner of the goal, but Cropper dove and pushed it away.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 62nd minute: Anwar El-Ghazi stole the ball for the Netherlands and bore down on the U.S. goal with strength. El-Ghazi held off a defender and tried to curl a left-footed shot into the upper left corner of the goal but Cropper was there and made another diving save.

Next: USA vs. Costa Rica on Sunday, May 31
Broadcast information: Live at 11 a.m. ET on beIN Sport 
Social: Twitter @ussoccer

Additional Notes:

  • With his assist Jordan Morris has now tallied a point in three-straight games, with goals in the two previous matches against France on May 27 and Mexico on April 22. He has recorded at least a point in five of his six games with the U-23 MNT.
  • Jalen Robinson earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT.
  • Jerome Kiesewetter tallied his first goal of 2015 for the U-23 MNT.
  • Benji Joya made the start as the team’s captain for the second-straight game. When Marc Pelosi came on for him in the 55th minute, Shane O’Neill finished the match with the captain’s armband.
  • O’Neill made the start at center back. He has started and played 90 minutes in all five matches for the U-23s this year.
  • Joya and O’Neill are the only players on the roster that have started all five games for the U-23’s this year.
  • Julian Green’s assist was his first as a member of the U-23 MNT.
  • William Packwood’s goal was his first in 2015 of his career with the U-23’s.
  • This match was the first between Netherlands and the USA at the U-23 age level. 

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: May 29, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament; Group A
Venue: Stade Perruc; Hyères, France
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                            2          1          3
NED                            1          0          1 

NED- Brahim Darri                                         10th minute
USA- Jerome Kiesewetter                              19
USA- Alonso Hernandez (Jordan Morris)      24
USA- William Packwood (Julian Green)        42

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Boyd Okwuonu (18-Jalen Robinson, 72), 5-Will Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 7-Dillon Serna; 8-Benji Joya (capt.) (10-Marc Pelosi, 55); 13-Fatai Alashe; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 16-Julian Green (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 67), 9-Jordan Morris, 11-Alonso Hernandez (16-Daniel Metzger, 64)
Subs Not Used: 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 6-Sam Strong; 12-Charlie Horton, 20-Tyler Turner, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

NED: 16- Jesse Bertrams; 15-Sean Klaiber; 12-Peet Bijen; 13-Jordy De Wijs (6-Clint Leemans, 46); 14-Django Warmerdam; 10-Joris Van Overeem; 17-Jelle Vander Hyden (9-Rai Vloet, 46); 4-Danny Bakker; 7-Mohamed Rayhi; 19-Vincent Janssen; 20-Brahim Darri (11-Anwar El-Ghazi, 53)
Subs Not Used: 1-Timo Plattel; 2-Hans Hateboer; 3-Derrick Luckassen; 5-Bas Kuipers;; 8-Thom Haye; 18-Elvio Van Overbeek

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 8 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA– Marc Pelosi (caution)                           69th minute
NED – Rai Vloet (caution)                              80 

Officials
Referee: Coulibaly (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Kangah (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Bi Gouho (CIV)
4th Official: Zourak 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Jerome Kiesewetter

U-23 MNT Head Coach Andi Herzog Finalizes 20-Player Roster for Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 24, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has finalized the 20-player roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in the south of France.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Unattached; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Unattached; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United; Catonsville, Md.), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Tyler Turner, (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.); Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Tex.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.)

The last time the U.S. competed in the Toulon Tournament was in 2013 when they sent the U-20 MNT. Seven players from that roster return for this edition of the tournament.

The tournament comprises two five-team groups. The United States is with Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A. Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play for third place that day as well.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Toulon event will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

Roster Notes:

  • Seventeen players arrived in France on May 24. Fatai Alashe and Cody Cropper arrived on May 25 and Tyler Turner arrived on May 27.
  • Seven players from this roster were a part of the U-20 MNT that competed in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
  • Eleven players from this roster were a part of the group that most recently defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson. Cody Cropper made seven saves to earn the shutout in the game, while Jordan Morris scored a goal, and Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill both recorded assists.
  • Five players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cropper, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda and O’Neill.
  • 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.
  • Morris is the leading goalscorer on this roster. In two matches in 2015 he has scored two goals, and overall in his four-game career with the U-23’s he has scored three times.
  • Ocegueda, Hernandez, and Joya are the most experienced players at the U-23 level, having each earned five caps.
  • Six players on this roster come from MLS, four from European clubs, three are from Mexico-based clubs, one plays in the USL, three are unattached and two compete at the collegiate level.
  • Cropper, Green, Morris, O’Neill and Serna have all been part of a U.S. MNT senior camp this year.
  • Green played in the U.S. MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored a goal, becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup game since 2006. 
  • Twelve players have ties to the Development Academy: Fatai Alashe (Vardar), Christian Dean (De Anza Force), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Alfred Koroma Shams (Solar Chelsea SC), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids Academy), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Sam Strong (Real So Cal), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy)
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Under-23s: In 2011, Cropper was invited to a November training camp in Germany and notched a shutout in a scrimmage against Azerbaijan on Nov. 11 … Under-20s: Heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Cropper has posted two shutouts and a 5-3-0 record ... Bothe clean sheets came during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship - a 1-0 victory against Coasta Rica on Feb. 22 and a 2-0 semifinal win against Cuba on March 1. Cropper also had a noteworthy eight save performace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 victory against host Portugal on June 14, 2013, in the final primer match heading into the World Cup. In 2012, Cropper played in six matches and posted a shutout. He made his debut with the U-20s in 2010, earning two starts and his first U-20 MNT victory … Under-17s: Cropper is a former member of the U-17 Residency Program.

In August of 2012, Cropper signed with Premier club Southampton after having a successful trial. Cropper signed with Ipswich Town FC in 2010 at the age of 17. Because he was under 18 years old, the first year of his two-year deal was a scholar contract and the second year was a professional contract.

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