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Perry Kitchen

U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team

Post-Match Quotes: U.S. U-23 MNT 3, El Salvador 3

Post-Match Quote Sheet:
U.S. 3, El Salvador 3
2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
March 26, 2012
U.S. U-23 Head Coach CALEB PORTER

Overall thoughts on the match:
“It’s a painful moment. The players are devastated. To put in as much as they put in that game, the amount of heart they put in, to play the way they played in that second half to come from behind and score two goals, to be seconds away from getting the No. 1 seed, it’s unimaginable. I told them in the locker room is that this won’t define their careers. As low as this moment is for them and as painful as it is, they’ve got big days ahead – a lot of those guys that were out on that field. That’s the future of our country. It’s sad that I’m not going to get a chance to be in the trenches with those guys anymore. They did everything I asked. They made some mistakes that cost us the game. The guys have long careers ahead of them. I’m proud of those guys and I know they’re going to do great things in the future. I’m sorry for our fans, sorry for U.S. Soccer that we didn’t get the job done. But there’s nothing to be ashamed about.”

On what he said to goalkeeper Sean Johnson:
“I just hugged him. Cried with him. What do you do? He’s feeling like he’s let everybody down, let his teammates down – he feels that way, and I told him he didn’t [let them down]. The kid’s got a big future, and he was very good in the game, and he’ll move forward from this. It’s going to be hard for some time, but these guys are young players, talented players. Are they perfect? No. They’re still learning, still growing, still maturing. But there will be some bright moments in these players’ careers. A good majority of them will be wearing the crest. And in some ways this will shape their character in a way that will help them achieve greater things in the future.”

On whether he has experienced an emotional swing like Monday:
“No. I’ve never felt anything like this in my life. That’s honest. I can tell you something different but as attached as I’ve gotten to those guys in four months, to see them not achieve – it’s not about me, and I’ve said that all along. I’ve told them that all along. It’s about them. I’m here to help them continue to evolve as professionals and help them achieve successful results and get to London. For me it’s painful that they have to suffer like this given what they gave in the second half. It’s unbearable. I’ll move on from this, as well. It’s going to take some time. In some ways I’m still in complete, utter shock. It was seconds away.”

On the team’s preparation for El Salvador:
“Our team was ready to play. You saw that from the opening whistle. It’s a good El Salvador team, though. They’ve got very talented young players on that team. I credit them, as well. They battled back. They wanted this bad, too.”

On the U-23 MNT as a whole:
“This was a tight team. Ask any of them. Very tight team, great spirit and chemistry in this group, and that showed in that second half. Were we perfect? Were they perfect? No. We all made mistakes. But they also played some pretty darn good football. They also showed a lot of the things that we’re known for in this country – the heart they showed, the passion they showed, the grit. They did everything that they needed to win the game. In my opinion they deserved better.”

U.S. captain FREDDY ADU
On mising a chance of qualifying for the London Olympics:
“I’m real disappointed. This is the lowest I’ve ever felt as a pro athlete. This is going to be hard to get over, but at the end of the day, things like this happen. You know, sometimes they make you stronger. For me, I never want to feel this way, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to never feel this way again.”

On the team’s play following the loss to El Salvador:
“For us, it’s a nightmare right now because we’re the team that had the most quality in CONCACAF, in my opinion. It’s just a bad day for us, but we have to keep going. I’m proud of my team, and for the first time I really felt what it’s like to fight for your country.”

“It was an amazing game for the fans, I think. Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify for the Olympics. Life goes on, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of these guys at the World Cup in Brazil.”

On El Salvador’s last goal:
“This is soccer. At the end, it’s just a game, but it hurts. Sometimes it’s the best thing you can do, and sometimes it’s the worst sport ever. It just hurts. For us, it’s like the world just ended. We lost as a team, and it’s just sad really. Life goes on.”

On the final moments of the match:
“We knew what we had to do. We needed three points, and we had it. It was there. And in 90 seconds, we lost it, so it’s tough to swallow. It’s a cruel game, and the coaches told us to keep our heads up because we’re a really strong team. We were a family, and it hurts. But all of us have bright futures. We’re trying to keep our heads up. It’s going to hurt for a while.”

On the U.S. U-23 MNT team:
“We became a family over the four months. He loves all of his players, and it’s tough for him to see us go down like this. He knows how hard we’ve worked and how hard we’ll continue to work. He told us to stay in touch and that he appreciates all the work that we’ve put in for him.”

Behind the Crest Back to Work

The U-23 MNT prepares for its all-important game with El Salvador in the second episode of Behind the Crest from Nashville, Tenn. After a bright start against Cuba in the first game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, the team reacts to an injury to forward Juan Agudelo and a loss against Canada. With everything to play for in the final group game, the USA moves forward knowing they need to beat El Salvador to keep their Olympic dreams alive.

Studio 90 Extra Time Perry Kitchen Pt 2

Studio 90 Extra Time brings back a classic segment: The Back 4 Quiz. U-23 MNT defender Perry Kitchen is the contestant, with Country Music the theme for each questions.

Studio 90 Extra Time Perry Kitchen Pt 1

Perry Kitchen is a guest on Studio 90 Extra Time in Nashville. The U-23 MNT defender talks about the team's preparations for Cuba, the rigors of a qualifying tournament and whether or not he's secretly a Navy Seal.

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


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

Referee: Dave Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Phil Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA) Man of the Match: Juan Agudelo

Perry Kitchen spent three years with the U.S. Under-17 MNT before working his way up to the U-23s, making appearances with the U-18 and U-20 teams along the way. He made his U-23 debut on Feb. 29, 2012, playing the full 90 minutes as a center back in the 2-0 win against Mexico. Kitchen was selected in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft after one year at Akron under head coach Caleb Porter. After becoming an integral part of D.C. United’s backline in 2011, he was nominated for MLS Rookie of the Year.

  • Was a captain for the U-17s through Residency and was a member of the squad that competed in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup
  • Made 30 starts in his 31 appearances for D.C. United in 2011, registering one goal
  • Selected by D.C. United third overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft