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)
- 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)
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
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
ENG – Kortney Hause (caution) 6th minute
ENG – Matthew Grimes (caution) 8
USA – Benji Joya (caution) 53
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
CHICAGO (May 26, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog has added Tyler Turner to the roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament. The Orlando City SC defender will arrive in France on Wednesday, completing the 20-player squad.
The former U.S. U-18 captain and residency product had 20 appearances for the U-17 MNT. The 19-year-old right back has appeared in four matches for Orlando this season.
The United States will open play in the 43rd edition of the tournament against host France on May 27 (1 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jan. 14, 2015) – Romain Gall scored three goals, all in the first half, and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Aruba 8-0 in Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park.
Five other players contributed a goal apiece: Ben Spencer, Tommy Thompson, Emerson Hyndman, Bradford Jamieson IV and Amando Moreno. The U.S. built itself a 6-0 lead through the first 45 minutes.
With the victory, the USA is now 1-1-1 (4 points) in the tournament while Aruba falls to 0-3-0 (0 points). The U.S. moved into third place with one remaining Group A game to be played between Jamaica and Panama later Wednesday night.
The USA’s eight goals were the second-most in a match in this competition, trailing only a 9-0 victory against the Dominican Republic on Sept. 26, 1976, in the second round of the sixth CONCACAF Youth Tournament.
The USA had other ample chances to add to the score, but was hit with back-to-back offside calls in the 58th and 59th minutes while carrying a seven-goal cushion.
Wednesday’s game was the USA’s final match at Independence Park in Kingston. The U.S. now heads to Montego Bay for its two remaining group games against Jamaica on Jan. 18 and Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 21. The upcoming USA-Jamaica match kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Romain Gall (Bradford Jamieson IV), 16th minute: Tommy Thompson’s finesse with the ball shone with an acrobatic flick to himself near the end line and he then dished to Jamieson. Jamieson crossed to the middle of the box at the penalty spot for Gall who shot right-footed, inside the right post to start off the U-20 MNT’s high-octane offensive performance. USA 1, ARU 0
USA – Ben Spencer, 18th minute: Emerson Hyndman delivered a corner kick to Conor Donovan, whose header struck the crossbar. The rebound fell to Spencer who poked the ball over the goal line. Bradford Jamieson IV shot the ball after it had crossed the line and was originally awarded the goal, but Spencer ultimately was awarded the effort. USA 2, ARU 0
USA – Romain Gall (penalty), 23rd minute: Defender Tyler Turner drew a foul from Jeanpierre Van der Linden in the box and a penalty kick was issued. Gall hesitated with his approach and shot the ball into the left side of the frame. Jean Marc Antersijn was leaning the correct direction but was unable to block the shot. USA 3, ARU 0
USA – Tommy Thompson (Emerson Hyndman), 26th minute: Hyndman whipped in a corner kick from the left side toward the top of the six-yard box. Jean Marc Antersijn and the Aruba defense could not clear the cross, leaving Thompson to drive a header into the middle of the frame for his first goal of the tournament. USA 4, ARU 0
USA – Emerson Hyndman, 30th minute: Hyndman had a good individual effort, calmly pushing forward after intercepting the ball in midfield and looking at his options. Hyndman decisively eluded his defender at the edge of the box and shot left-footed inside the far right post to continue the offensive onslaught. USA 5, ARU 0
USA – Romain Gall (Emerson Hyndman), 32nd minute: Hyndman dribbled from midfield and slotted a perfect pass to lead Gall. Jean Marc Antersijn committed well off his line to try and intercept, but Gall got to the ball first, took a touch and shot into the open net for the first-half hat trick. USA 6, ARU 0
USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Ben Spencer), 48th minute: Jamieson had some crossing options after receiving the ball from Spencer, but he elected to keep the ball and shot from a difficult angle at the right side of the box, slotting the ball near post past Jean Marc Antersijn. USA 7, ARU 0
USA – Amando Moreno, 84th minute: Aruba’s defense made a poor clearance and the USA capitalized on the chance. Bradford Jamieson IV shot left-footed from outside the box and Jean Marc Antersijn dove to his left for the save. Moreno rushed on for the rebound, shouldering off a nearby defender for the goal. USA 8, ARU 0
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
ARU – Niels Ridderstap, 5th minute: USA forward Bradford Jamieson IV had an early scoring chance with the ball in the right side of the box. He tried to get the shot off before the defense collapsed on him, but Aruba’s Ridderstap lunged in from the left and deflected Jamieson’s attempt to surrender a corner kick.
USA – Ethan Horvath, 12th minute: After being on the back foot for much of the opening 10 minutes, Aruba pulled off a scoring chance with a deep ball to a darting Duncan Homoet, who got behind the USA defense. Homoet shot toward the right side of the frame and Horvath dove to his left to deny the opportunity.
ARU – Jean Marc Antersijn, 24th minute: U.S. forward Ben Spencer was unfortunate not to see his chance find the back of the net as his volley from the left side of the box was batted away by Antersijn. Antersijn was sprawled on the ground and reached up with his arm to deflect the ball.
ARU – Jean Marc Antersijn, 60th minute: Emerson Hyndman split two Aruba defenders and shot right-footed toward the inside of the right post. However, Antersijn deflected the shot just enough that it caromed away off of the crossbar.
- Romain Gall, who was the U-20 MNT’s goal scoring leader with four in 2014, now has seven goals during his U-20 tenure. Gall leads the USA with three goals to start off 2015.
- U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos made seven starting lineup changes following the USA’s Jan. 11 game against Panama.
- Ethan Horvath got the start in goal. It was his first appearance in the tournament and his second U-20 MNT international cap.
- Two of the four defenders returned on the back line with John Requejo at left back and Cameron Carter-Vickers at center back. Tyler Turner got the call at right back after Shaq Moore had started in that capacity in the previous match, while Conor Donovan earned his first start at center back.
- The midfield group in the USA’s 4-4-2 formation featured Tommy Thompson on the right, Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse, who did not feature against Panama, wore the captain’s armband.
- Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front.
- Fernando Arce entered for Thompson to open the second half.
- Amando Moreno substituted for Spencer in the 68th minute.
- In the 79th minute, Paul Arriola replaced Hyndman for the USA’s final sub.
- Midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who captained the first two games and injured his knee late in the game against Panama, did not dress against Aruba and was deemed unfit for Wednesday’s match. Acosta is day-to-day, and the U-20 MNT is working closely with FC Dallas to assist in his recovery process.
- Aruba forward Duncan Homoet was issued two yellow cards and he will miss the team’s next match against Guatemala on Jan. 18.
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Aruba U-20 National Team
Date: Jan. 14, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (Group A)
Venue: Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 86 degrees, mostly clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 6 2 8
ARU 0 0 0
USA – Romain Gall (Bradford Jamieson IV) 16th minute
USA – Ben Spencer 18
USA – Romain Gall (penalty kick) 23
USA – Tommy Thompson (Emerson Hyndman) 26
USA – Emerson Hyndman 30
USA – Romain Gall (Emerson Hyndman) 32
USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Ben Spencer) 48
USA – Amando Moreno 84
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 13-Tyler Turner, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 14-Conor Donovan, 3-John Requejo; 11-Tommy Thompson (15-Fernando Arce, 46), 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (7-Paul Arriola, 79), 9-Romain Gall, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (17-Amando Moreno, 68)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaq Moore, 5-Matt Miazga, 10-Junior Flores, 18-Lynden Gooch
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
ARU: 1-Jean Marc Antersijn; 2-Niels Ridderstap (13-Carl Geerman, 68), 3-Jefferson Vegas, 19-David Dubero, 4-Nickenson Paul; 6-Jonathan Ruiz (capt.), 10-Walter Bennett (15-Aidan Martha, 78), 8-Gregorio Van der Biezen; 9-Duncan Homoet, 12-Jean-Pierre Van der Linden (18-Kevin Tromp, 64), 11-Ricky Marte-Hodge
Subs Not Used: 14-Marcel Kock, 16-Franklin Ortiz Cabarcas, 17-Andrew Valois-Smith, 20-Brandon Malmaceda
Head Coach: Arent Bekhof
Stats Summary: USA / ARU
Shots: 33 / 4
Shots on Goal: 16 / 2
Saves: 2 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 6 / 0
ARU – Duncan Homoet (caution) 36th minute
ARU – Duncan Homoet (caution) 84
ARU – Duncan Homoet (sent off) 84
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Lopez (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Romain Gall
CHICAGO (Jan. 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship running Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica.
The USA has been drawn into Group A along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala. The U.S. opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21). All five of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2, and Univision Deportes will also broadcast the USA's games against Guatemala, Aruba and Jamaica. Fans can also follow the action on twitter at @ussoccer_ynt.
"Selecting the final 20 players was extremely difficult,” said Ramos. “This is a group that has a lot of depth. It's a group that has gotten good results throughout the last 12 to 14 months, regardless of the players we've had in. A lot of players have made a good case for being on the team, but in the end, unfortunately, you can only take so many (players). I am very happy with the group we've selected.
“Overall, this is a group made up mostly with professional players, and that's a strength. These are players who are completely dedicated to the sport; players who 100 percent of the time prepare to do well, to get better, and be on the National Team.”
- Tab Ramos Q&A: U-20 MNT Ready for World Cup Qualifying
Four countries will directly qualify from this tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The USA is looking to qualify for its 14th trip to a FIFA World Youth Championship or FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The U.S. roster includes two members of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in midfielder Kellyn Acosta and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Ramos has named Acosta the team captain for the qualifying tournament. Acosta was also a member of the USA’s 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup team, which advanced out of qualifying in Jamaica. Steffen posted a 3-0-1 record for the U-20s in 2014, earning a pair of shutouts during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia.
Six players on the USA roster represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC), midfielders Acosta (FC Dallas) and Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), and forwards Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes). Gall was the U-20 MNT’s leading goal scorer in 2014 with four tallies in international competition.
Four U-20 MNT players are teammates on Liga MX side Club Tijuana: forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, midfielder Fernando Arce and defender John Requejo.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), 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), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Molde FK), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
The U-20s went 6-1-2 in international competition and 12-2-2 overall in 2014.
The USA was the runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and advanced to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where the U.S. earned a draw against eventually World Cup winner France.
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.
Qualifying Format Change: The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 and is now comprises two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments 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 to form a playoff group. 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.
Eyes on New Zealand 2015: The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 14 in 2015. The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand will be held from May 30-June 20 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. The final draw will be held on Feb. 10. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Turner made his U-20 MNT debut during the USA’s 1-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15, 2014, in Marbella, Spain. Turner started in the U-20 MNT’s final four international matches of the year, including a two-game sweep against host Honduras in December … Under-18s: Turner transitioned to the U-18 MNT in September of 2013 … Under-17s: Joined the U-17 Residency Program in the Fall of 2011, captaining the USA during its championship run at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies. A former midfielder, Turner adjusted to a new defensive role with the U-17s. Turner would start in 16 of 20 international games for the U-17s, with that chapter coming to a close during the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama.
In February of 2014, Turner signed with Orlando City, which capped off its final season in USL PRO and transitions to Major League Soccer in 2015. Turner appeared in 24 games and was one of three finalists for 2014 USL PRO Rookie of the Year as Orlando City won the USL PRO regular season title.
Turner was a longtime member of South Central Premier, including its Development Academy team starting in 2010. After his tenure at the U-17 Residency Program, Turner returned to the Academy in 2013-14 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Date of Birth
Mar 4, 1996
West Haven, Conn.
Orlando City SC