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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

Porter Adds Four Players to U-23 Men's National Team Camp Roster

CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2011) – U-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter has added four players to the roster for the upcoming camp in Duisburg, Germany beginning on Nov. 7. Juan Agudelo, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams have been named to the squad and will join up with the team when it convenes in Europe next week.

Earlier this week Porter named a 31-man squad as the team begins preparations for Olympic qualifying in 2012.

Agudelo joins the U-23s in their first camp following New York Red Bulls' elimination last night from the MLS Playoffs. McInerney, Okugo and Williams all hail from the Philadelphia Union, also ousted from MLS Cup contention Thursday evening.

All four players have significant Youth National Team experience and were graduates of U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Agudelo, who hails from the New York Red Bulls Development Academy program, has 15 caps and two goals with the senior national team.

The U-23 camp is taking place at the same time the full Men’s National Team will be gathered in France and Slovenia. U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann worked with Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing.

U.S. U17 '91s Top Ukraine in Kiev

U.S. Under-17 '91s Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Ukraine
Date: June 9, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny


Scoring Summary:
               1    2    F
USA       2    1    3
UKR      0    1    1

USA: Ryan Finley (Christian Ramos) 4th minute
USA: Dersu Abolfathi (Ben Speas) 10.
USA: Finley (Speas) 47.
UKR: Kartushov (Skylar)


Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Mizell, 2-Dersu Abolfathi (10-Charles Renken), 3-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Amobi Okugo, 6-Christian Ramos (4-Andrew Quintana, 53), 7-Chad Barson, 8-Kofi Sarkodie, 9-Aubrey Perry, 14-Ben Speas, 15-Korey Veeder, 16-Ryan Finley (17-John Fitzpatrick, 65)

UKR: 1-Tetenko, 3-Prilyepov, 5-Butko, 6-Girskii, 7-Prychynecko, 8-Chaykovskii, 10-Silantiyev, 11-Pidchenko (18-Balashov, 50), 16-Zhuk (15-Kartushov, 46), 17-Zaika (9-Skylar, 46), 19-Natochii

Statistical Summary:

                         USA   UKR
Shots              6           8
Saves             8            3
Corner Kicks 1           6
Fouls              20          4
Offside           10          0

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Aubrey Perry (caution) 67th minute

Officials:
Referee: Sergii Lysenchuk
Asst.: Evgenii Petrakov
Asst.: Nikolay Krivonos
Fourth: Pavlo Chyzhevskiy

U.S. Under-17 '91s Fall to Serbia in Ukraine

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Serbia U-16 MNT
Date: June 8, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny


Scoring Summary:
                1   2   F
USA        0   0   0
Serbia    1   0   1
    
SER: Stevanovic (Mrkic) 47th min.


Lineups:
USA: 1-Mizzel, 3-Agbossoumonde, 8-Sarkodie (17-Fitzpatrick, 64), 9-Perry, 15-Veeder, 5-Okugo, 10-Renken (14-Speas, 64), 12-Cadwell (6-Ramos, 66), 2-Abolfathi, 13-Arreola (12-Altamirano, 52), 16-Finley

SER: 1-Cakovic, 2-Liscevic, 3-Sekulic (13-Bozovic, 77), 4-Stjepic, 5-Milanovic, 6-Brkic, 7-Babic (14-Smederevac, 62), 8-Ignjoski, 9-Mrkic (16-Vukosavljevic, 74), 10-Stevonovic, 11-Miladinovic (18-Milojevic, 50)

Statistical Summary:

                        USA   SER
Shots               2          2
Saves              1          2
Corner Kicks  4          2
Fouls               10        5
Offside             4          3

Misconduct Summary:
USA Sarkodie (caution) 26th min.
SER Brkic (caution) 45.

Officials:
Referee: Sergii Dankovski
Asst.: Andrii Papirovich
Asst.: Anatolli Dudchyk
Fourth: Viktor Derdo

U-17 MNT Finishes Third at Ballymena International Tournament with 5-1 Victory vs. Israel

LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 27, 2007) – As their counterparts were arriving in Jamaica for the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, the younger group from the Under-17 Men’s National Team was running away and hiding with a 5-1 victory to win third place as the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.

Ryan Finley led the way with a pair of goals as the U.S. scored three times in five minutes between the 29th and 33rd minutes. Finley’s strikes, assisted by Cooper Barham and Ben Speas, respectively, book-ended a Speas goal that was assisted by Zarek Vanentin.

The goals for the U.S. in the second half came in a bunch as well, as Amobi Okugo scored in the 59th minute and substitute Eder Arreola scored four minutes later on Valentin’s second helper of the match.

Isreal closed out the day’s scoring with a 68th minute goal by Guy Lipka.

In the championship game, Ireland upended the hosts 3-0.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Israel
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 27, 2007
Weather: Sunny, 65 Degrees

Scoring Summary:
            1 2 F
USA    3 2 5
ISR     0 1 1

USA – Ryan Finley (Cooper Barham) 29th minute
USA – Ben Speas (Zarek Valentin) 30.
USA – Ryan Finley (Ben Speas) 33.
USA – Amobi Okugo 59.
USA – Eder Arreola (Zarek Valentin) 63.
ISR – Guy Lipka 68.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Mizell (18-Rafael Diaz, 41); 12-Parker Walsh, 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 14-Ben Speas (10-Scott Caldwell, 69), 5-Amobi Okugo (15-Korey Veeder, 77); 6-Hasani Sinclair (13-Eder Arreola, 51), 16-Ryan Finley (4-Dersu Abolfathi, 51), 11-Cooper Barham (7-Ade Akinsanya, 51)
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve

ISR: 18-Idan Tuef; 7-Artur Atadjanov, 4-Osher Zeytoun, 5-Mishel Nahimias, 20-Guy Lipka; 12-Eyal Golsa, 14-Israel Goren (10-Moshe Lugassi, 41), 16-Moshe Barak (9-Isak Elihen, 54), 11-Mohammad Ghadir; 6-Philip Hbumaneh (17-Muin Khalaili, 41), 13-Saar Itzhak Segal (15-Timor Avitan, 41)
Subs not used: 1-Gaston Mizdraje, 2-Nir Mantsur, 8-Sameh Moreb

Statistical Summary: USA/ISR
Shots 14/8
Shots on goal 11/5
Saves 4/6
Fouls 9/13
Corner Kicks 6/4
Offside 2/0

U.S. U-17 MNT Drops Match, 2-1, to Ireland

LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 25, 2007) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team dropped their third match at the Ballymena International Tournament in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, falling 2-1 to Ireland after defeating the Czech Republic one day earlier.

All three goals were scored in the first half as Ireland went ahead 2-0 with goals in the 17th and 29th minutes.

The U.S. pulled one back in the 36th minute when the squad earned a free kick on the left flank. Scott Caldwell served the ball into the center, where Kofi Sarkodie got his head on it. The ball crossed the box to Gale Agbossoumonde, who headed it home.

The U.S. U-17 Men face Israel in the third-place match on Thursday, April 26. Ireland and Northern Ireland will face off for the tournament title.  The U.S. has never won the Ballymena International Tournament, coming up short four times in the championship match out of five overall appearances. In 2000, the U.S. finished fourth, but had reached the final the past four consecutive years in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 only to fall to Israel (1-2), Switzerland (3-4 in penalties), Czech Republic (0-1) and Czech Republic again (0-1).

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Ireland
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 25, 2007
Weather: Cool, 50 Degrees

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

IRE – Greg Cunningham (Conor Henderson)    17th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (penalty kick)                         29.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (Kofi Sarkodie)    36.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Rafael Diaz; 15-Korey Veeder (12-Parker Walsh, 66), 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 10-Scott Caldwell, 5-Amobi Okugo; 4-Dersu Abolfathi, 3-Gale Agbossoumonde (14-Ben Speas, 66), 7-Ade Akinsanya (16-Ryan Finley, 57)
Subs not used: 1-Cody Mizell, 6-Hasnai Sinclair, 11-Cooper Barham, 13-Eder Arreola
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve


IRE: 16-Chris Oldfield; 8- Conor Hourihane, 4-John Dunleavy, 5-Mark Connolly (2-Neil Byrne, 41), 12-Neil Harney (3-Richie Towell, 40): 14-Paul Corry, 13-Conor Henderson, 6- Conor Clifford, 7- Aaron Doran (15-Jason Hughies, 41); 11-Greg Cunningham, 18-Karl Sheppard
Subs not used: 1-Harry Lee, 10-Gerard Kinsella, 9-James Wallace, 17-David Heagney
Head Coach: Vincent Butler


Statistical Summary:  USA     IRE
Shots                                11         5
Shots on goal                   3          4
Saves                                 2          2
Fouls                                15        10
Corner Kicks                     6          3
Offside                               2           2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Scott Caldwell (caution)                    49th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (caution)                      52.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution)     60.
IRE – Conor Hourihane (caution)                80.

A Youth National Team stalwart, Amobi Okugo was a member of the U-17 Residency Program for three semesters and spent time with the U-18s and U-20s. He made his U-23 debut as a late substitute in the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 29, 2012. Okugo joined the Philadelphia Union as a first-round SuperDraft pick in 2010 and is in the midst of his third season with the club.

  • Played in both the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championships and scored two goals in three games with the U-18s at the 2009 Australian Youth Festival
  • Selected sixth overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft
  • In 2011, Okugo started 10 of his 15 games and played a total of 811 minutes in MLS while starting all seven of his reserve team games
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