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U23 MNT vs Canada Reaction March 25 2012

U-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter and players react to the 2-0 loss to Canada during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Nashville, Tenn.

U23 MNT vs Canada Highlights March 24 2012

The U-23 U.S. Men's National Team lost 2-0 to Canada during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. Two second half goals gave Canada their first win against the USA U-23s in twenty years.

Studio 90 U23 MNT Set for Canada at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Nashville

Studio 90 talks to U-23 MNT players Joe Gyau and Teal Bunbury about Saturday's game against Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gyau addresses the different preparations by certain groups of players and Bunbury speaks about his personal connections to Canada.

U.S. Under-23 MNT Defeats Mexico 2-0

  • Diskerud Nets Goal, Assists Agudelo Tally in First Half
  • U.S. Goalkeepers Hamid, Johnson Combine for Clean Sheet
  • U-23s Prepare for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Starting March 22 against Cuba at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 29, 2012) – Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud scored back-to-back first-half goals in a span of a little more than one minute as the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Mexico’s U-23 National Team 2-0 during Wednesday’s international friendly at FC Dallas Stadium.

It was the U.S. U-23 squad’s first international match since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and U-23 head coach Caleb Porter’s team had an assertive effort against Mexico as it prepares for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in late March.

“We knew this match would be a challenge and we have much respect for Mexico as a soccer playing country,” said Porter. “One of the reasons we wanted to play this game prior to qualifying was to get some questions answered and measure ourselves. I’m very proud of the guys and looking forward to qualifying.”

Agudelo started the scoring with a header off of a set piece in the 35th minute as Diskerud delivered the corner kick from the left side. Agudelo headed the ball toward the left side of the goal frame as Mexico goalkeeper Liborio Sanchez and a defender were in the area. The shot squeezed in between both Mexico players and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Diskerud then gave the U.S. a 2-0 cushion in the 36th minute as he slightly redirected Freddy Adu’s strike from distance and the ball found the inside of the right post. It appeared the goal was Adu’s from 26 yards out, but closer inspection showed that it was Diskerud who stuck his right foot backwards and put a slight touch on the ball before it found the net.

Porter’s side went with a 4-3-3 formation, and the U-23s demonstrated some good attacking moments and spells of strong possession. There was a two-minute stretch from the 14th to 16th minutes when Mexico could not get a touch on the ball.

Even when the U.S. was not getting shots on goal, the team was hovering inside the box. In the 49th minute alone, Agudelo and Joe Corona both had strong opportunities for a shot on net but both players took one too many touches as Mexico’s defense cleared on both occasions.

Mexico had a difficult time creating scoring chances in the early going, but in the 22nd minute Ricardo Bocanegra hit a deep volley from more than 20 yards out that was bound for the left side of the goal frame. U.S. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who earned a shutout earlier this year with the U.S. Men’s National Team against Venezuela, was up to the task as he dove to his right to make the clutch save.

Porter took the opportunity to give some of his second-half subs significant playing time. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who played in the second half of the senior team’s 1-0 victory against Panama earlier this year, played the second 45 minutes on Wednesday night. Johnson was tested in the 62nd minute, reacting well for a save against Mexico’s Ricardo Mier, who headed the ball toward the net off of a Javier Aquino corner kick.

The U.S. defense caught a break in the 72nd minute when USA defender Zarek Valentin came into contact with Mexico’s Marco Fabian in the box. Fabian went down to the ground, and referee Dave Gantar rushed in to show Fabian a yellow card for diving.

Porter switched up his three-man front line in the second half. U.S. starters Agudelo, Adu and Joe Gyau were substituted out in place of Teal Bunbury, Tony Taylor and Dilly Duka.

With the U.S. U-23 team’s win, it completed a Leap Day tripleheader sweep for U.S. Soccer. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Women’s National Team blanked Denmark 5-0 to open the Algarve Cup, followed by the U.S. Men’s National Team that earned its first victory against Italy with a 1-0 decision in Genoa.

The U.S. U-23 MNT now looks forward to 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, with the group stages taking place March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The U-23s face Cuba at 9 p.m. ET on March 22, and the match will be broadcast live on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.

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

Match: U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium – Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Attendance: 7,432
Weather: 70 degrees, balmy

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

USA - Juan Agudelo (Mix Diskerud) 35th minute
USA - Mix Diskerud (Freddy Adu)    36

Lineups:

USA: 1-Bill Hamid (18-Sean Johnson, 46); 3-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Ike Opara (capt.), 4-Perry Kitchen, 5-Zarek Valentin; 6-Alfredo Morales (19-Amobi Okugo, 90), 8-Mix Diskerud, 10-Joe Corona; 7-Freddy Adu (17-Tony Taylor, 67), 9-Juan Agudelo (12-Teal Bunbury, 61), 11-Joe Gyau (14-Dilly Duka, 78)
Subs not used: 13-Jorge Villafana, 15-Jack McInerney, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 20-Michael Stephens
Head Coach: Caleb Porter

MEX: 1-Liborio Sanchez, 2-Israel Jimenez, 4-Nestor Araujo, 5-Darvin Chávez, 6-Ricardo Bocanegra (17-Javier Aquino, 46), 7-Javier Cortés, 9-Jeronimo Amione (19-Alan Pulido, 64), 10-Marco Fabian, 14-Jorge Enriquez (8-David Cabrera, 78), 16-Miguel Ponce (18-Hector Herrera, 46), 21-Ricardo Mier (capt.)
Subs not used: 11-Nestor Calderon, 12-Antonio Rodriguez, 13-Diego Reyes, 15-Jair Barraza, 20-Hugo Rodriguez
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena

Stats Summary: USA / MEX                                           
Shots: 16 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 8 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 15 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Freddy Adu (caution)            38th minute
MEX – Marco Fabian (caution)          73

Officials:
Referee: Dave Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Phil Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Juan Agudelo

A promising forward with speed and strength, Teal Bunbury earned his first call-up to the U.S. National Team after a solid rookie season in 2010 with Sporting Kansas City. Age-eligible for the 2012 Olympic Games, he continues to build his young career heading into his third season as a professional. He has transitioned his successful rookie year at Kansas City into an even more successful second year, becoming a regular starter and setting career highs across the board.

  • Scored his first international goal in the 1-1 tie with Chile on Jan. 22, 2011
  • Made his first appearance for any U.S. National team when he came on as a sub in the USA's 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge
  • Appeared in 26 games for Sporting Kansas City, scoring five goals and grabbing two assists in his first season as a professional; notched nine goals and three assists in 29 games in his second season
  • Won the Hermann Trophy award in 2009 as the nation’s top college soccer player while at Akron
2011: Called into camp ahead of the matches against Mexico in August and Honduras and Ecuador in October but did not dress … Scored a goal in his only cap of the year, a penalty-kick equalizer in the 1-1 tie against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011 … 2010: Earned his first cap for the United States on November 17, 2010 against South Africa, coming on as a substitute at halftime in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2010, vs. South Africa … First Goal: Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Chile.
2011: Recorded career highs for games played (29), games started (20), goals (9) and assists (3) … Scored a brace against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 2 in the 3-3 tie and twice against the Houston Dynamo in the 3-0 win on Sept. 10 … 2010: In December 2010, spent time training with English Premier League side Stoke City and scored in a reserve match against Wigan Athletic … Finished the season with 26 appearances, five goals and two assists ... Scored his first professional goal on April 13, 2010, in a U.S. Open Cup game against the Colorado Rapids … Made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in Kansas City's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against D.C. United … Drafted fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

Holds both Canadian and American passports … Son of former Wizards forward and Canada international Alex Bunbury.

Gathered nearly every conceivable accolade as a senior in 2009, including the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the nation's top college player … Also earned First Team All-America honors by the NSCAA … Named 2009 Player of the Year by the Missouri Athletic Club and Soccer America magazine … Played two years for the University of Akron under coach Caleb Porter, scoring 23 goals and 8 assists … Was the NCAA's top scorer as a sophomore in 2009 with 17 goals.
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