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U.S. U-23 MNT Hosts Mexico on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas


U.S. U-23 MEN TUNE UP AGAINST MEXICO: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team gets set for a final tune-up match heading into the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The U-23s host Mexico at 9 p.m. CT Wednesday, Feb. 29, at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live on TeleFutura. Fans can also follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. U-23 MNT 2012 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

Venue

TV

Feb. 29

Mexico

10 p.m.

FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas

TeleFutura

Mar. 22*

Cuba

9 p.m.

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 24*

Canada

7 p.m.

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 26*

El Salvador

9 p.m.

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

*CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

U.S. U-23 ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7): Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (7): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Juan Agudelo had a team-high 14 appearances and six starts while logging 683 minutes for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011. Agudelo injured his ankle at the start of 2012 during a scrimmage against the U-23 National Team on Jan. 13. Though he missed out on the MNT’s January wins against Venezuela and Panama, Agudelo is back at full strength heading into the match with Mexico.
  • FC Dallas forward Brek Shea, who was training with the U-23s in preparation for Wednesday’s match against Mexico, received a senior team call-up. With several key players out with injuries on the U.S. Men’s National Team, Shea was called in to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad . Shea currently has played in all nine matches that Klinsmann has coached, seven of those games earning the start. Shea looks to extend that streak to 10 when the U.S. faces four-time World Cup champion Italy in Genoa.
  • Bill Hamid became the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to record a clean sheet in his first game with the U.S. Men’s National Team, making a save as the U.S. defeated Venezuela 1-0 on Jan. 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
  • The U-23s topped the expansion San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League 3-0 on Friday. Shea, Dilly Duka and Jack McInerney each tallied goals in the victory.
  • Caleb Porter’s U-23 team defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on Feb. 22, with Ike Opara and Shea tallying the goals and Freddy Adu assisting both scores.
  • Adu has played at nearly every tier for the U.S. National Teams, netting 16 goals for the U.S. U-17s, 16 goals for the U-20s, four goals for the U-23s and two goals for the senior team.
  • Adu scored all four of his goals for the U-23s during Olympic Qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Two of his goals came in the 3-0 semifinal win against Canada to qualify for the Games, and he was named to the tournament’s Best XI.
  • U.S. U-23 defender Perry Kitchen was born on a Leap Year – Feb. 29, 1992. Kitchen will be turning 20 years old for Wednesday’s game against Mexico, but based on his actual date of birth, he will be turning 6.

COMMENTING ON THE USA-MEXICO RIVALRY: Studio 90 spoke with several U.S. U-23 players this week about Wednesday’s anticipated matchup against Mexico’s U-23 squad:

  • Midfielder Sebastian Lletget: “I think the rivalry is what really spices it up. It’s really exciting and it’s a lot of fun, especially with a crowd there. The last time I played them was with the U-20s in Atlanta and I had a blast. The rivalry is the best part about it.”
  • Forward Joe Gyau: “I think everybody’s going to come out flying. We’re going to be hyped up for the game, so I think it should be good. This will be a real test for the team right now. We’re supposed to be playing one of the stronger teams in the CONCACAF, so it’s going to be a really good challenge.”
  • Defender Perry Kitchen: “It’s a battle and nobody wants to lose. They call it a friendly, but it’s far from that, so it’ll be a good match.”

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 14: Players competing on MLS teams
  • 15: Senior team caps earned by forward Juan Agudelo, 14 games in 2011
  • 53: Younger-level appearances by Freddy Adu (15 U-17 games, 33 U-20 games and 5 U-23 games)

PORTER FACT FILE: U.S. Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter is in his first full calendar year in charge of the U-23 Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Porter was named the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team head coach in October of 2011.
  • Porter is the head coach of the University of Akron men’s soccer team, where in 2010 he led the Zips to their first national championship in any sport.
  • Porter is 100-15-12 with Akron in six seasons, and he reached the century mark in fewer games (126) than Hall of Fame coaches Bruce Arena (140) of Virginia and Sigi Schmid (131) of UCLA.
  • Porter has recruited and developed 12 players who have been drafted into Major League Soccer in the past five years at Akron alone, including No. 1 overall selection Steve Zakuani (2009), No. 4 pick Teal Bunbury (2010) and No. 2 selection Darlington Nagbe (2011). Akron set an MLS record with five of the first eight selections in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and seven draftees overall.
  • Porter was an assistant coach at his alma mater Indiana for six years, beginning in 2000. The Hoosiers won five Big Ten Conference championships during that six-year stretch.
  • As a player, Porter won four Big Ten titles with Indiana and became only the second junior in Hoosiers history to captain the men’s soccer team. As a senior, Porter was the runner-up for the 1997 Hermann Trophy. Porter graduated from IU in 1997 with a degree in sports management.

IN FOCUS: MEXICO U-23 MNT

Mexican Football Federation
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1930)

MEXICO U-23 UPDATE

  • Ten players on Mexico’s current roster earned gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games from Oct. 18-28 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Forward Jorge Enriquez, who played for Club Deportivo Guadalajara, won the bronze ball at last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Mexico finished in third at the U-20 World Cup, topping France 3-1 in the final match.

MEXICO U-23 ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Liborio Sanchez (Queretaro), Antonio Rodriguez (Veracruz)
DEFENDERS (7): Nestor Araujo (Cruz Azul), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey), Israel Jimenez (UANL Tigres), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Miguel Ponce (Chivas), Diego Reyes (Club America), Hugo Rodriguez (Atlas)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Ricardo Bocanegra (Atlas), David Cabrera (UNAM Pumas), Jorge Enriquez (Chivas), Hector Herrera (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (7): Jeronimo Amione (Atlante) Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Jair Barraza (Jaguares), Nestor Calderon (Toluca), Javier Cortes (UNAM Pumas), Marco Fabian (Chivas), Alan Pulido (UANL Tigres)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Aug. 13, 2008 – Beijing Workers Stadium – Beijing, China – 2008 Olympic Games
USA 2 Altidore, Kljestan
Nigeria 2
The U.S. was knocked out of the 2008 Olympic Games, while Nigeria earned first place in Group B.

USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 2-Marvell Wynne, 6-Maurice Edu, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 3-Michael Orozco; 14-Robbie Rogers, 7-Stuart Holden (9-Charlie Davies, 77), 16-Sacha Kljestan, 8-Danny Szetela (5-Dax McCarty, 69); 17-Brian McBride, 12-Jozy Altidore (10-Benny Feilhaber, 46)
Subs: 1-Chris Seitz, 13-Patrick Ianni
Head Coach: Peter Nowak

NGA: 1-Ambruse Vanzekin; 2-Chibuzor Okonkwo, 5-Dele Adeleye, 15-Efe Ambrose; 6-Monday James, 8-Sani Kaita, 10-Promise Isaac (capt.) (16-Victor Anichebe, 72), 12-Ebenezer Ajilore (17-Emmanuel Ekpo, 85); 7-Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, 9-Victor Obinna, 11-Solomon Okoronkwo (14-Peter Odemwingie, 68)
Subs: 18-Ikechukwu Ezenwa, 19-Oladapo Olufemi
Head Coach: Samson Siasia

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