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U.S. U-20 MNT Opens Toulon Tournament on May 28 Against Host France

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. France
2013 Toulon Tournament

Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon, France
May 28, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT OPENS IMPORTANT TOULON TOURNAMENT AGAINST HOST FRANCE: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team begins Group A play of the Under-21 Toulon Tournament on Tuesday, May 28, against host France. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local (1:30 p.m. ET) at Stade Léo Lagrange and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos and his squad are utilizing this tournament as the final stage toward preparing for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, as well as solidifying the 21-player roster for that event, which kicks off June 21 against Spain.

“The Toulon Tournament has been around for about 40 years, so it’s a very prestigious tournament and we’re going to respect that part of the tournament,” Ramos said. “The fact that the games are televised at home, that’s important for the players because obviously they want to be seen by their families and friends, and fans as well. It’s a great opportunity for the fans to see the next batch of young players that are coming through our system. At the same time, we have to continue to focus on what we do and we have to continue to focus on the fact that this is a tournament of preparation for us. Our main goal is to have the team 100 percent for June 21 when we play Spain.” (Q & A with Tab Ramos)

Toulon Tournament Format: The tournament features 10 countries separated into two five-team groups. The USA is in Group A with Colombia, Congo DR, France and Korea Republic. Group B features Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Portugal. The group stage features four games, after which the group winners face each other in the championship match and the group runners-up meet in the third-place game. Both matches take place on Saturday, June 8.

Following Tuesday’s match, the U-20 MNT faces Colombia at 5:30 p.m. local (11:30 a.m. ET) on Thursday, May 30, at Stade des Costieres in Nimes.

U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cody Cropper, 12-Kendall McIntosh
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Eric Miller, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 17-Shane O’Neill, 18-Jeffrey Payeras, 14-Oscar Sorto, 4-Caleb Stanko, 21-Javan Torre
MIDFIELDERS (7): 15-Kellyn Acosta, 24-Marlon Hairston, 8-Benji Joya, 5-Mikey Lopez, 10-Collin Martin, 13-Dillon Serna, 6-Wil Trapp
FORWARDS (6): 11-Daniel Cuevas, 20-Daniel Garcia, 9-Alonso Hernandez, 19-Alfred Koroma, 16-Jordan Morris, 7-Victor Pineda

41st Toulon Tournament: May 28-June 8
Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
USA Schedule (Group A)



Time (ET)



May 28


1:30 p.m.


Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon

May 30


11:30 a.m.


Stade des Costieres, Nimes

June 1

Congo DR

9:30 a.m.


Stade du Ray, Nice

June 5

Korea Republic

11 a.m.


Stade Louis Hon, Saint-Raphael

June 8

3rd place/Championship




U.S. U-20 MNT 2013 RESULTS



Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers


Jan. 19


2-2 T

Cuevas, Allen

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Jan. 21


1-2 L

Villarreal (PK)

La Noria FC; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 18


2-1 W

Gil, Cuevas

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 22

Costa Rica

1-0 W


Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26


4-2 W

Gil, Villarreal (2), Trapp

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

March 1


2-0 W

Rodriguez, Cuevas

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

March 3


1-3 L (ot)


Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico


  • The U-20s are 4-2-1 overall in international play this year and posted a 4-1-0 record in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Before the qualifying tournament, the U.S. played Panama twice to start the year, opening with a 2-2 draw on Jan. 19 and a 2-1 loss on Jan. 21.
  • Daniel Cuevas is the leading scorer among the Toulon roster with three goals in 2013. Two came during the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and he scored the first goal during the Jan. 19 international friendly against Panama.
  • The U-20 MNT roster features four players who are looking for their first international cap at this level: Kellyn Acosta, Marlon Hairston, Alonso Hernandez and Jordan Morris.
  • The 17-year-old Acosta is the youngest player on the U-20 MNT roster and is the only player among the group who was born in 1995.
  • Acosta and Danny Garcia played on the FC Dallas U-17/18 Academy squad that won the 2011-12 Academy Finals Week title game against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Both players started and Garcia had a goal and assisted the game-winner.
  • Defender Javan Torre was a member of the 2010-11 Academy Finals Week champion Pateadores U-17/18 squad and defender Caleb Stanko played for the 2009-10 Academy champion Vardar U-17/18 side.
  • Defender Shane O’Neill, who is playing for Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, is scheduled to join the U.S. U-20 MNT after the club’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.
  • Seven players on the roster are signed by MLS clubs: Acosta (FC Dallas), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy) and Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew).
  • Trapp was named to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship All-Tournament Team this year.
  • Cuevas and Benji Joya are teammates at Santos Laguna.

French Football Federation
(Fédération Française de Football)
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Pierre Mankowski
Best FIFA U-20 World Cup Finish: Semifinals (2011)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Zacharie Boucher, Abdoulaye Diallo
DEFENDERS (8): Alexandre Coeff, Layvin Kurzawa, Loick Landre, Gregoire Puel, Lindsay Rose, Djibril Sidibe, Makan Traore, Gael Vena
MIDFIELDERS (7): Valentin Eysseric, Jordan Ferri, Rachid Ghezzal, Gianelli Imbula Wanga, Neeskens Kebano, Nampalys Mendy, Remi Mulumba
FORWARDS (4): Stephane Bahoken, Benjamin Jeannot, Kevin Mayi, Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba

On the field for USA:
March 3, 2013 – Estadio Cuauhtémoc – Puebla, Mexico
2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Final

         1    2 1OT2OT  F
USA  1    0    0    0    1 Benji Joya 10
MEX  1    0    1    1    3 Jesus Corona 4, Julio Gomez 99, Jorge Espericueta 113

USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 16-Dillon Serna, 5-Shane O’Neill, 14-Javan Torre (19-Brandon Allen, 107), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 15-Mikey Lopez, 6-Wil Trapp; 9-Mario Rodriguez, 8-Benji Joya (capt.), 17-Danny Garcia; 7-Jose Villarreal
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 12-Kendall McIntosh, 20-Daniel Cuevas, 22-Zack Steffen
Head coach: Tab Ramos

MEX: 1-Richard Sanchez; 2-Francisco Flores, 3-Hedgardo Marin (14-Abel Fuentes, 59), 4-Antonio Briseño (capt.), 5-Bernardo Hernandez, 6-Armando Zamorano (7-Jorge Espericueta, 46), 9-Marco Bueno, 10-Jesus Corona, 15-Jose Van Rankin, 18-Uvaldo Luna (8-Julio Gomez, 75), 20-Jesus Escoboza
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Emmanuel Hernandez, 12-Manuel Lajud, 13-Jose Abella, 16-Carlos Treviño, 17-Carlos Fierro, 19-Luis Madrigal
Head coach: Sergio Almaguer