U.S. Under-20s Top Mexico in Injury Time to Sweep Two-Game Set
"It is huge to come down here and get two wins against a quality team like Mexico," U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. "These wins came at the right time. I think we are starting to play better and come together as a team, and these results proved that."
The United States went ahead in the 40th minute when Kyle Martino assisted on Edson Buddle's goal. More than fifty minutes later, Trembly scored his winner in injury time after Devin Barclay worked his way to the end-line and split two defenders with a cross into the box. Trembly took one touch and put the ball just inside the far post.
The win marked the end of a three-game Mexican tour that also saw the USA draw with Mexican club Chivas 0-0 on Jan. 28. The players in this age group (players born in 1981 and 1982) have now beaten Mexico in four straight matches. Prior to the two-game set in Mexico, the Under-18s (1981) topped Mexico 3-2 in an April 1999 international tournament in Birmingham, Ala., and the Under-17s (1982) defeated Mexico 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Championships.
"These two wins are great because these are games that really simulate (CONCACAF) qualifying," Trembly said. "We are on the road, playing in a foreign county, playing games just two days apart, and playing against quality teams."
The U.S. will regroup for a camp in mid-February and then will hold another training camp in March in the U.S. immediately before heading to Trinidad & Tobago and the CONCACAF Under-20 Final Qualifying Tournament March 18-22. The U.S. will play Guatemala on March 18, Costa Rica on March 20 and the hosts on March 22. The top two teams in the group advance to the World Youth Championship in Argentina June 17-July 8.
Professionals Landon Donovan, Bobby Convey, DaMarcus Beasley and Conor Casey are eligible for selection to this Under-20 team, but were unavailable in Mexico because of National Team and club commitments.