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U.S. U-23 MNT Falls to Denmark 1-0 to Wrap Up European Camp

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (March 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team fell to Denmark's U-21 side 1-0 on Tuesday night at Lingby Stadion in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Andreas Cornelius gave the home side the lead in the 52nd minute after entering the pitch as a second-half substitute. Despite a strong final 40 minutes from the U.S., the team was unable to find the equalizer.

Denmark was the most dangerous side early on, but USA goalkeeper Charlie Horton and left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda were up to the task and kept the Danish at bay.

The USA's best chance came in the 51st minute when Luis Gil, wearing the captain's armband for the second straight match, displayed some nice moves to get past two defenders in the box before lifting a cross to the back post. Will Packwood jumped high and headed the ball down but Denmark’s goalkeeper, Frederik Ronnow, reacted quickly and was able to stop the shot right at the line.

On the next possession, Denmark’s Yussuf Yurary Poulsen made a nice pass from the right to just inside the top of the box, where Cornelius trapped it with his back to the goal, turned left, and shot past a diving Tyler Miller, who replaced Horton in the second half.

Miller, making his USA debut, came up with numerous saves to keep the USA within reach. In the 54th minute he stretched out fully to his right to bat a shot out of bounds. Later, he was able to stay on a free kick that changed direction after hitting the wall to make another save.

The U.S. began threatening with Zach Pfeffer, who twice combined with Khiry Shelton for good opportunities, but Denmark’s goalkeeper did his job; first with a fantastic diving save on a shot from 16 yards out, and then with a header from 12 yards out that went just wide.

A final chance to equalize came late in the game but Pfeffer’s attempt inside the six was cleared, and a rebound shot taken by Ariel Lassiter was saved by the goalkeeper.

  

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Denmark U-21 Men’s National Team
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Lyngby Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. Local)
Attendance: 1,322
Weather: 38 degrees, rain

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F

USA                               0      0      0
DEN                               0      1      1

DEN – Andreas Cornelius (Yussuf Yurary Poulsen)             52nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Charlie Horton (22-Tyler Miller, 46), 2- Juan Pablo Ocegueda (6-Christian Dean, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 5- William Packwood, 8-Benji Joya (16-Daniel Metzger, 74), 14-Fatai Alashe, 13-Khiry Shelton, 17-Jerome Kiesewetter (7-Ariel Lassiter, 74), 10-Luis Gil, 11-Alonso Hernandez (21-Zach Pfeffer, 59)
Substitutions Not Used:  15-Alfred Koroma Shams

Head coach: Andreas Herzog

DEN: 16-David Jenson (1-Frederik Ronnow, 46), 2-Alexander Scholz (13-Ryan Laursen, 66), 3-Frederik Sorensen (12-Patrick Banggaard, 46), 4-Jannik Vestergaard, 5-Patrick Da Silva, 6-Christian Norgaard (19-Jens Jonsson, 46), 7-Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, 8-Nicolaj Thomsen, 10-Rasmus Falk (15-Nicolai  Poulsen, 79), 14-Lucas Andersen (18-Emil Berggren, 70), 20-Nicolai Brock-Madsen (9-Andreas Cornelius, 46)

Head coach: Jess Thorup

Stats Summary: USA / DEN

Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks:  10 / 11
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Alonso Hernandez (caution)          38th minute
DEN –Nicolai Brock-Madsen (caution)    43
DEN – Andreas Cornelius (caution)          52
USA – Oscar Sorto (caution)                        88
USA – Luis Gil (caution)                              90+3

Officials:
Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Regin Egholm (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan a Lioarenda (FRO)
Fourth Official: Kjaersgaard-Andersen (DEN)

Zach Pfeffer Joins U.S. U-23 MNT in Copenhagen

CHICAGO (March 30, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called  in Philadelphia Union forward Zach Pfeffer to join the team for its upcoming match against Denmark on Tuesday, March 31 in Copenhagen.

Pfeffer’s most recent participation with U.S. Soccer was with the U-20 MNT in 2014. He appeared in three international games for the USA, recording one assist and three goals on the year. He has also spent time with the U-17 and U-18 Men’s National Teams.

The U-23 MNT played its first friendly of the year on March 27, defeating Bosnia U-21's 5-2 in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Five different players scored for the U.S. in the match including, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe, with Luis Gil assisting on three of the tallies.

Morris, who scored the opening goal in the victory, is now with the senior MNT as U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added the forward to the roster on March 29.

The U.S. U-23 MNT’s two friendlies are part of the team’s first training camp of 2015 currently taking place in Europe. The camp marks the beginning of the team’s qualifying preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

For more updates, follow the U-23's on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U-20 MNT Prepares for Pre-Qualifying Training Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (Dec. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has submitted its 35-player provisional roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and has gathered a group of players for one final camp before heading to Jamaica for the qualifying tournament.

The final camp will take place in Sunrise, Florida, located near Fort Lauderdale, and begins on Sunday, Dec. 28. Ramos will name the final 20-player roster on Monday, Jan. 5.

While there are 21 players in the final camp, all 35 players are available for selection to the final roster.

“I am looking forward to our last camp leading into U-20 World Cup qualifying, and there will be some very difficult selections in what we think is a very competitive, deep and united pool of players,” said Ramos. “They have performed well together over the past 18 months.”

The final camp, which will last until Monday, Jan. 5, when the U.S. leaves for Jamaica, will also set the groundwork for the team’s opening match for U-20 World Cup Qualifying against Guatemala on Friday, Jan. 9, at Independence Park in Kingston.

That match will be followed by Group A games against Panama (Jan. 11) and Aruba (Jan. 14) in Kingston, followed by games against host Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21) at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The tournament will qualify four teams to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Here is the roster breakdown:

U.S. U-20 MNT’s 35-Player Provisional Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Amick (UCLA), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Chase Gasper (UCLA), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Corey Baird (Stanford), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors)
FORWARDS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Alex Muyl (Georgetown), Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)

The following 21 players are currently set to join the USA in Sunrise, Florida:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Chase Gasper (UCLA), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)

The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams. Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

This year marks the 25th occasion in which the U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

Tab Ramos Calls in 10 Players for U.S. U-20 MNT Fitness Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet for a domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group features 10 field players, most who play for Major League Soccer clubs. With a little more than a month before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, head coach Tab Ramos sees this stretch as a valuable time to keep his side playing at a high rate with the MLS season nearly in the books.

“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup qualifying,” Ramos said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe.

Following the fitness camp, the U.S. U-20 MNT will conduct a foreign training camp in Honduras later this month starting on Dec. 15, followed by a domestic preparation camp before the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (0): None
DEFENDERS (4): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

U.S. U-20 MNT Earns 1-1 Draw Against Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Sept. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played Argentina to a 1-1 draw to cap off its international trip. Zach Pfeffer scored the lone USA goal in the 61st minute.

Following a scoreless first half, Argentina took a 1-0 lead with a 48th-minute goal from Giovanni Simeone. The U.S. responded 13 minutes later when Gboly Ariyibi dribbled down the right side, crossed to Romain Gall whose shot was saved by Argentina second-half goalkeeper Gaston Gomez. Pfeffer was there for the rebound to tie the score at 1-1.

Argentina out-shot the USA 10-7 and both teams had two shots on goal.

The USA wrapped up its trip with a 2-0-1 record, having posting a 2-0 win against Racing Club Reserves on Sept. 4 and a 3-2 victory against Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Sept. 6.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Argentina U-20 MNT
Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: AFA; Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: Closed door
Weather: Overcast and windy, 60 degrees

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

ARG – Giovanni Simeone (Juan Kaprof)   48th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer                                     61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Santiago Castaño; 3-John Requejo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (18-Conor Donovan, 46), 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Shaq Moore; 6-Russell Canouse, 8-Joel Soñora (16-Luis Felipe, 59), 10-Junior Flores; 11-Bradford Jamieson IV, 9-Romain Gall (13-Gboly Ariyibi, 71), 7-Paul Arriola
Subs Not Used: 17-Chase Gasper, 19-Fernando Arce, 22-Jeff Caldwell
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

ARG: 1-Augusto Batalla (12-Gaston Gomez, 56); 11-Nicolas Tripichio, 15-Rodrgio Moreira, 10-Emanuel Mammana , 9-Pablo Carreras; 16-German Ferreyra, 5-Juan Kaprof, 6-Leondardo Suarez; 2-Ivan Leszczuk, 14-Giovanni Simeone, 7-Manas Tripichio
Head Coach: Humberto Grondona

Stats Summary: USA / ARG
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Rodrigo Moreira (caution)   30th minute
USA – Zach Pfeffer (caution)          63

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