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U.S. U-20 MNT Caps off Toulon Tournament Against Korea Republic on June 5


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Toulon Tournament

Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphael, France
June 5, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT CAPS OFF TOULON TOURNAMENT AGAINST KOREA REPUBLIC: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team wraps up its fourth and final Group A match at the 2013 Toulon Tournament when it faces Korea Republic at 5 p.m. local (11 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, June 5, at Stade Louis Hon in Saint-Raphael, France (live broadcast on beIN SPORT). On Monday, the USA was officially eliminated from advancing to the third-place game, but U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos and this group has been focused on using this tournament in preparation for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

June 1 Group A Roundup: The U.S. U-20 MNT won its first match of the tournament as Daniel Cuevas scored a 75th-minute goal off of an Alonso Hernandez assist and shut out the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 at Stade du Ray in Nice, France. The goalkeeping tandem of Cody Cropper and Kendall McIntosh combined for five saves, with Cropper coming up with four in the first half – two key stops in the 18th and 19th minutes. In Saturday’s other group match, France and Korea Republic played to a scoreless draw.

Monday’s Group A Roundup: Colombia (3-0-0, 9 points) advanced to the championship with a 3-1 victory against France (2-1-1, 7 points) on Monday. Jherson Vergara, Cristian Palomeque and Julian Figueroa Renteria scored a goal for Colombia. Palomeque’s free kick, which deflected off of France’s wall and into the net in the 56th minute, was the game-winner. It was France’s final Group A game as it awaits Wednesday’s USA-Korea Republic result. Korea Republic (1-1-1, 4 points) is three points behind France and trails the host in goal differential by two. In Monday’s other group match, Korea Republic edged the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 with goals from Cho Suk Jae and Kang Yun Koo.

Toulon Tournament Format: The tournament features 10 countries separated into two five-team groups. Each half is 40 minutes in length instead of the standard 45 minutes. 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.

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)

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

TV

Venue

May 28

France

1-4 L

beIN SPORT

Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon

May 30

Colombia

1-2 L

beIN SPORT

Stade des Costieres, Nimes

June 1

Congo DR

1-0 W

beIN SPORT

Stade du Ray, Nice

June 5

Korea Republic

11 a.m.

beIN SPORT

Stade Louis Hon, Saint-Raphael


GROUP A STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Colombia

3

3

0

0

6

2

+4

9

France

4

2

1

1

6

4

+2

7

Korea Republic

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

USA

3

1

2

0

3

6

-3

3

Congo DR

3

0

3

0

1

4

-4

0

May 28
Colombia 1, Korea Republic 0
France 4, USA 1

May 30
Colombia 2, USA 1
France 1, Congo DR 0

June 1
USA 1, Congo DR 0
France 0, Korea Republic 0

June 3
Korea Republic 2, Congo DR 1
Colombia 3, France 1

June 5
Korea Republic vs. USA
Colombia vs. Congo DR


U.S. U-20 MNT 2013 RESULTS

Date

Opponent

Result/
Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers

Venue

Jan. 19

Panama

2-2 T

Cuevas, Allen

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Jan. 21

Panama

1-2 L

Villarreal (PK)

La Noria FC; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 18

Haiti

2-1 W

Gil, Cuevas

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 22

Costa Rica

1-0 W

Villarreal

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

Feb. 26

Canada

4-2 W

Gil, Villarreal (2), Trapp

Estadio Olímpico; Puebla, Mexico

March 1

Cuba

2-0 W

Rodriguez, Cuevas

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

March 3

Mexico

1-3 L (ot)

Joya

Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla, Mexico

May 28

France

1-4 L

Joya

Stade Léo Lagrange; Toulon, France

May 30

Colombia

1-2 L

Garcia

Stade des Costieres, Nimes, France

June 1

Congo DR

1-0 W

Cuevas

Stade du Ray; Nice, France


ROSTER NOTES

  • The U-20s are 5-4-1 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.
  • Defender Shane O’Neill has joined the U-20 MNT roster after helping his club team Colorado Rapids play to a 2-2 draw against Major League Soccer’s top team FC Dallas on Saturday, June 1. O’Neill played the full 90 minutes for Colorado and joined the U-20 MNT for Monday’s evening training session. He trained in full Tuesday morning.
  • With his goal against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1, Daniel Cuevas upped his team scoring lead to four goals. He scored two goals during the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and opened the year with the team’s first goal during a 2-2 draw against Panama on Jan. 19.
  • Danny Garcia scored his first goal of the year during the USA’s 2-1 loss to Colombia in the Toulon Tournament, tallying directly off of his corner kick from the right side. Garcia scored two goals in four games in 2012.
  • Kellyn Acosta made his U-20 MNT debut during the Colombia game. The 17-year-old is the youngest player on the U-20 roster and is the only player among the group who was born in 1995.
  • Acosta and 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.
  • Benji Joya scored the USA’s lone goal during its 4-1 loss to France’s U-21s at the Toulon Tournament on May 28.
  • Alonso Hernandez and Jordan Morris made their U-20 MNT debuts on May 28 against France. Hernandez started and played the full 80 minutes and Morris was a second-half sub for Alfred Koroma in the 61st minute.
  • On the USA’s Toulon Tournament roster, Marlon Hairston is looking to make his first international appearance at this level.
  • 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.
  • 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 Joya are teammates at Santos Laguna.


IN FOCUS: KOREA REPUBLIC
Korea Football Association
Founded: 1928 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head coach: Lee Kwang Jong
Best FIFA U-20 World Cup Finish: Fourth place (1983)

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kim Dong Jun, 21-Ham Seokmin
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Sim Sangmin, 3-Kim Yong Hwan, 4-Yeon Jeimin, 5-Woo Jusung, 10-Lee Myung Jae, 13-Park Jongjun, 14-Song Juhun, 15-Jung Hyuncheol, 16-Jang Hyunsoo
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Kim Sunwoo, 8-Lee Changmin, 11-Kang Sangwoo, 12-Kang Yun Koo, 20-Han Sung Gyu, 22-Heo Yongjoon
FORWARDS (4): 7-Ryu Seungwoo, 9-Kim Hyun, 17-Kim Seungjun, 19-Cho Suk Jae


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
June 1, 2013 – Stade du Ray – Nice, France
Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon (Toulon Tournament) – Group A

USA  0  1  1  Daniel Cuevas 75
CGO  0  0  0

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper (12-Kendall McIntosh, 41); 15-Kellyn Acosta, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 21-Javan Torre, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Benji Joya, 5-Mikey Lopez; 7-Victor Pineda (13-Dillon Serna, 59), 20-Danny Garcia (6-Wil Trapp, 57), 11-Daniel Cuevas; 16-Jordan Morris (9-Alonso Hernandez, 41)
Subs Not Used: 2-Eric Miller, 10-Collin Martin, 14-Oscar Sorto, 18-Jeffrey Payeras, 19-Alfred Koroma, 24-Marlon Hairston
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

CGO: 1-Riffi Mandanda; 2-Marcel Tisserand, 4-Anthony Walongwa, 19-Chancel Mbemba, 3-Mike Cestor; 20-Jonathan Bijimine (18-Aristote Nsiala, 70), 21-Omenuke Mfulu (11-Olivier Lusamba, 57), 8-Patrick Nzuzi; 12-Clarck Nsikulu (7-Bidje Manzia, 70), 9-Hermann Kabasele, 10-Harrison Manzala
Subs Not Used: 5-Thierry Kasereka, 6-Lema Mabidi, 13, Heritier Luvumbu, 14-Ndombe Mubele, 15-Herve Ndonga, 16-Lorhim Diafuka, 17-Merveille Bope, 22-Grace Katshimuka
Head Coach: Sebastien Migne

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