SANDY, Utah (Oct. 13, 2015) - The U.S. U-23 Men's National Team got two two second half goals from Marc Pelosi and Jerome Kiesewetter to beat Canada 2-0 in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Qualifying Championship third place match and keep alive its quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The USA now advances to a March playoff against Colombia for the right to attend the 2016 Olympics.
The match was dominated by the U.S. from the first whistle. The U-23s immediately broke on the attack and Canada was challenged defensively throughout the first half. Despite producing a number of chances, the USA could not convert on any, but in its repeated attacks did draw a pair of yellow cards from Giuliano Frano, which resulted in his being sent of in the the 44th minute and gave the U.S. a one man advantage in the second half.
Canada shifted its defense adjustment in the second half, playing with 10 men and loaded up the box with defenders as the USA piled on attack after attack. Finally in the 69th minute off a corner kick the ball bounced out to the top of the box, where Marc Pelosi blasted a shot that went into the right corner of goal and gave the U.S. the lead. With the score advantage Canada was forced to pull defenders up and the U.S. capitalized with Jerome Kiesewetter attacking to earn a penalty kick and then stepping up to take and bury it in the 84th minute to ice the game. The goal was Kiesewetter's fourth of the tournament, which earned him the golden boot.
The playoff with Colombia will be a home and away series that will be played in March for the right to attend the 2016 Olympics.
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Canada
Date: Oct. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Third Place
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Weather: 74 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
CAN 0 0 0
USA – Marc Pelosi 69th minute
USA – Jerome Kiesewetter (penalty) 84
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 13-Matt Polster, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 15-Marc Pelosi; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter (2-Boyd Okwuonu, 90+1), 14-Fatai Alashe, 6-Wil Trapp (capt.), 7-Dillon Serna (10-Luis Gil, 73); 11-Alonso Hernandez (8-Emerson Hyndman, 63), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs not used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Will Packwood, 18-Charlie Horton, 19-Maki Tall, 20-Gboly Ariyibi
Head coach: John Hackworth
CAN: 1-Maxime Crepeau; 3-Giuliano Frano, 5-Lucas Gasparotto, 6-Christopher Mennella (8-Jay Chapman, 62), 9-Anthony Jackson-Hamel (16-Mo Babouli, 87), 10-Caleb Clarke, 11-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, 13- Michael Petrasso, 14-Sam Piette (capt.), 19-Skylar Thomas, 20-Dylan Carreiro (2-Jonathan Grant, 45)
Subs not used: 4-Jackson Farmer, 7-Mauro Eustaquio, 12-Quillan Roberts, 15-Ben Fisk, 17-Hanson Boakai, 18-Ricky Gomes
Head coach: Roberto Floro
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 28 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 3
Saves: 3 / 10
Corner Kicks: 10 / 4
Offside: 1 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 12
USA – Marc Pelosi (caution) 16th minute
CAN – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (caution) 24
CAN – Giuliano Frano (caution) 32
CAN – Giuliano Frano (caution) 44
CAN – Giuliano Frano (ejection) 44
Referee: Luis Santander (MEX)
1st Referee: Israel Valenciano (MEX)
2nd Referee: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
4th Official: Karl Tyrell (JAM)
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team moved on to the semifinal round of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament as the top seed out of Group A after a 4-0 win against Panama at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Panama gamely held the USA scoreless through the first half, but the Yanks' depth told in the second half as Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris entered at halftime to spur the U.S. attack. An own goal by Panama defender Fidel Escobar in the 50th minute opened the floodgates as Kiesewetter and Morris both bagged a goal a piece in the ensuing six minutes to give the U.S. a quick 3-0 lead before Luis Gil capped the scoring from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.
The match was also the first of the tournament for goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who had been with his club Molde FK during the USA's first two games, but entered the lineup seamlessly to deliver the team's first shutout of the competition.
The USA will face the loser of Group B's Mexico-Honduras clash (if the teams tie, the U.S. will play Honduras) in the first semifinal which kicks off from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on Oct. 10. The second semifinal will follow immediately after from the same stadium and both matches will be broadcast on Telemundo.
Goal Scoring Summary:
USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal) 50th minute: Gboly Ariyibi did the work on the left side, cutting past one defender and speeding by another to free himself to send a cross into the box. Ariyibi hit a low hard ball in towards a breaking Jordan Morris; Escobar cut in front and attempted to clear it away, but his clearance ended up in the back of the net. USA 1, PAN 0
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 71st minute: Kiesewetter set up the penalty, making a number of nifty moves to get into the box, before being brought down. Luis Gil stepped up to take the penalty, his second of the tournament, and confidently tucked it in. USA 4, PAN 0 (FINAL)
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Group A
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Weather: 55 degrees; Light rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 4 4
PAN 0 0 0
USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal) 50th minute
USA-Jerome Kiesewetter (Jordan Morris) 53
USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter) 56
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 71
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Will Packwood, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster (8-Emerson Hyndman, 59), 10-Luis Gil (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 19-Maki Tall (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 11-Alonso Hernandez, 20-Gboly Ariyibi
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-Wil Trapp, 14-Fatai Alashe, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton
Head Coach: Andi Herzog
PAN: 1-Elieser Powell; 3-Kevin Galvan, 4-Michael Murillo, 6-Fidel Escobar, 14-Roberto Chen; 5-Pedro Jeanine (capt.), 10-Miguel Camargo (8-Jhamal Rodriguez, 55), 11-Edgar Barcenas, 18-Josiel Nunez (15-Francisco Narbon, 73); 9-Abdiel Arroyo, 19-Jorman Aguilar (16-Justin Simons, 85)
Subs Not Used: 2-Chin Hormechea, 7-Jesus Gonzalez, 12-Jamie de Garcia, 13-Jesus Araya, 20-Orlando Mosquera
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12
PAN-Kevin Galvan (caution) 65th minute
PAN-Abdiel Aroyo (caution) 70
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
1st Referee: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
2nd Referee: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th official: Javier Santos (PUR)
Under-20s: Heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gil has two goals and an assist in five games. Both goals came during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. He tallied a penalty kick during the USA's opening 2-1 win against Haiti on feb. 18, 2013, adn scored the first goal of the tea's 4-2 victory against Canada on Feb. 26 in the all-important quarterfinals to clinch a spot in the U-20 World Cup. Gil was named to the 2013 CONCACAF Championship All-Tournament Team. In 2012, Gil tallied a goal and an assist in three games with two starts. He became part of the U-20 picture in 2011, scoring a goal in two matches. Earlier in 2013, Gil played the full 90 minutes in a match against Panama. He debuted with the U-20s on Jan. 22, 2010, with a 90-minute effort in the first game of the Copa Chivas tournament against Pachuca in Guadalajara, scoring the USA’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss … Under-18s: In 2010, Gil played for the U-18s at the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal from May 21-31 and captained the team during a May 27 loss to Norway. Also at the tournament, Gil set up the game’s lone goal during a 1-0 win against Romania on May 28 … Under-17s: Gil scored five goals in 32 appearances for the U.S. U-17 MNT after joining the Residency Program for the spring of 2008. In 2009, Gil tallied four goals and an assist in 18 games and was named U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year. Gil had an assist and played in the USA’s four games at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and was the youngest member of the U.S. squad at the tournament. His four goals ranked second-best on the U-17 MNT in 2009. During the group stage, Gil played the full 90 minutes in wins against Malawi and United Arab Emirates and a 2-1 loss to Spain, and his performance in Nigeria garnered attention from European clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid.
Gil is in the midst of his fourth season with Major League Soccer's real Salt Lake in 2013. Before joining the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team, Gil had logged 13 starts and 14 games, 1,016 minutes, two goals and an assist. In 2012, his third season with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, Gil set career highs in games started (19), games played (19) and assists (3) while also contributed a goal. In 2011, Gil started in 14 of his 25 regular-season games and scored two goals. He made his RSL debut on March 26, 2011, against the LA Galaxy as a second half sub during a 4-1 win. Though Gil did not play in a regular-season match for RSL in 2010, he did play in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match and in CONCACAF Champions League action. Salt Lake acquired Gil from the Kansas City Wizards in February of 2010.
Date of Birth
Nov 14, 1993
Garden Grove, Calif.
Real Salt Lake