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U.S. U-20 MNT Set to Face Cameroon Tuesday at 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup


U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Game Notes
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Suez, Egypt

GAME DAY APPROACHES: The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team looks to rebound from a 3-0 loss to Germany when they take on Cameroon on Sept. 29, in their second Group C match of the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. Both of the USA’s final two group games will kick off at 6:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow both games live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. U-20 MNT Group C Schedule

Date Opponent Time/Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s)/TV Venue
Sept. 26 Germany 0-3 L --  Mubarak Stadium; Suez 
Sept. 29 Cameroon 12:45 p.m. ESPN2/Galavision Mubarak Stadium; Suez
Oct. 2 Korea Republic 12:45 p.m. ESPN2/Galavision Mubarak Stadium; Suez

For a full tournament schedule, click here.

A GLIMPSE AT GROUP C: With Cameroon and Germany both taking three points from their openers, gaining ground has become key for the U.S. and Korea Republic, who both lost their respective first games. With 16 of 24 teams moving on to the knock out stage, the U.S. is looking to finish in the top two (or possibly three) in Group C to secure advancement to the Round of 16.

Group C Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
GER 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 
CAM 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
KOR 1 0 1 0 0 2 -2 0 
USA 1 0 1 0 0 3 -3 0

ACROSS EGYPT: The first round of matches across the six groups had a variety of different results. There was an 8-0 game (Spain against Tahiti), a stoppage time comeback from a two-goal deficit (UAE against South Africa), at least one upset, with Venezuela topping Ghana, and the hosts putting on an impressive show, both before and during the official opening game of the tournament on Thursday night in front of 80,000 crazed fans in Alexandria. Fellow CONCACAF side Honduras grabbed an impressive win on Sunday, beating Hungary 3-0 to go top of Group F after one game played. For complete results from the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, click here.

USING HIS DEPTH: Rongen has reiterated that depth is the biggest strength of his current team, and it may be on display against Cameroon on Tuesday. After his maximum of three substitutions, albeit one for a first-half injury, Rongen has a plethora of options both from Saturday’s starting 11 and off the bench. Sheanon Williams, who missed Saturday’s match with an ankle injury after failing a late fitness test, will be available against Cameroon.

QUICK HITS:

  • With no red cards in the first game, all 21 U.S. players are eligible for Tuesday’s match against Cameroon.
  • Brian Ownby was the only U.S. player to see a caution against Germany and is one additional caution away from missing the next match.
  • Cameroon has two players in a similar situation with Enow Tabot and Charley Fomen earning cautions against Korea Republic.
  • Cameroon is participating in their first U-20 World Cup since 1999.
  • The U.S. also played Cameroon in the group stage of that tournament, earning a 3-1 win en route to the quarterfinals.
  • Current U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra scored in that match, with Taylor Twellman netting twice.
  • The last time the U.S. faced an African team was at the 2005 event, where a game against Egypt in the Netherlands resulted in a 0-0 draw in group play.
  • Two years earlier, with Rongen at the helm in UAE, the U.S. topped Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 in the Round of 16 behind goals from Justin Mapp and Eddie Johnson.
  • Only Brazil (16), Australia (13) and Spain (13) have participated in more FIFA U-20 World Cups than the United States (12).
  • Nine different players on this roster have scored an international goal at this level: Danny Cruz, Mikkel Diskerud, Dilly Duka, Jorge Flores, Jared Jeffrey, Peri Marosevic, Brek Shea, Michael Stephens, and Tony Taylor.
  • The match against Germany was the first time the U.S. team has been shut out at this event in seven games, dating back the first round of the 2005 event, which was also against Germany.
  • The U.S. roster boasts two players who were also part of the team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the event in 2007 in Canada, Bryan Arguez and Brian Perk. There are only four other players in Egypt who were also in Canada.
  • Perk is making his second appearance in U-20 World Cup, having played one game during the 2007 event. Perk got the start in the Round of 16 win against Uruguay where he filed in for an injured Chris Seitz.
  • Arguez made his first U-20 World Cup appearance in a game at the event when he came into the match against Germany at halftime.
  • Six players played for the American squad at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea Republic while one other player, Aaron Maund, also played in that event for Trinidad & Tobago.
  • A total of 10 players participated in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., including midfielder Jeffrey, who was the leading cap winner of that team.
  • Midfielder Cruz, who is participating in his second FIFA event, had never even seen a soccer game until he was recruited to play for his high school team as a freshman. The Glendale, Ariz. native grew up playing ice hockey and American football.
  • Shea is the only player on the roster that has been called in to the full Men’s National Team. He traveled to Barbados ahead of the USA’s first round World Cup qualifier in 2008.
  • Rutgers University midfielder Dilly Duka scored in his first-ever international game, the opener of the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March against Jamaica.
  • Forty-four different leagues from around the world are represented on the 24 national teams in Egypt.

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team World Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin, Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Miami FC; Jacksonville, Fla.)

HOW WE GOT HERE: The U.S. U-20 MNT qualified for its CONCACAF record seventh-straight and 12th overall FIFA U-20 World Cup by clinching second place in the regional championship held in Trinidad & Tobago in March. Five different goal scorers netted for the U.S. side during group play in Tobago, as a 3-0 win against Jamaica, a 0-0 draw with Honduras and a 2-0 win against El Salvador paved the way to a place in the semifinals and a berth to Egypt.In the first CONCACAF U-20 championship game since 1996, head coach Thomas Rongen made several changes to his lineup for the championship match and the U.S. eventually fell 3-0 to Costa Rica.

2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
March 6 Jamaica 3-0 W Marosevic, Duka, Schuler Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 8 Honduras 0-0 T -- Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 10 El Salvador 2-0 W Shea, Taylor Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 13 T & T 0-0 T (4-3 PKs) -- Marvin Lee Stadiunm; Macoya, Trinidad
March 15 Costa Rica 0-3 L -- Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad

CAMEROON FACT FILE
Fédération Camerounaise de Football
Founded: 1959 (Joined FIFA in 1962)
Best U-20 World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1995)
Head Coach: Alain Wabo

CHECKING IN WITH CAMEROON: Cameroon is making its first appearance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup since 1999 and its fifth overall in the competition. The Young Lions qualified for the tournament in Egypt by virtue of a runner-up finish at the 2009 African Youth Championship. Cameroon opened the group with a 2-0 victory against Korea Republic and will look to secure passage to the next round with a similar result against the USA. The two sides last met at the World Cup in 1999, when the U.S. earned a 3-1 victory during group play.

CAMEROON ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Francois Beyokol (Canon Yaounde), 11-Thierry Tangouantio (Elig Edzoa), 16-Joseph Asong (Espanyol)
DEFENDERS (4): 3-Sylvain Abad (Elid Edzoa), 4-Banana Yaya (Esperance), 6-Charley Fomen (Marseille), 8-Etienne Soppo (Casale Calcio)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 2-Olivier Mvondo (Wil), 5-Enow Tabot (Interblock Ljubljana), 7-Olivier Boumale (Albacete), 13-Parfait Essengue (Piacenza), 18-Jean Bapidi (Esperance), 20-Ghislain Mvom (Fortuna Yaounde), 21-Andre Akono Effa (Canon Yaounde)
FORWARDS (7): 9-Brice Owona (Coton Sport), 10-Jacques Zoua (Basel), 12-Adolphe Teikeu (Metalurh Zaporizhshja), 14-Patrick Ekeng (Le Mans), 15-Etienne Eto’o (Mallorca), 17-Germain Tiko (Mallorca), 19-Donald Djousse (Dinamo Tbilisi)

KELLER REMEMBERS: Former Men’s National Team goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, spoke with ussoccer.com about the USA’s fourth place finish at the 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia. In the podcast, he recounts his experiences from the tournament and also discusses what the tournament in Egypt means for the current U-20 team.

TURNING IT AROUND: After a disappointing start to open their World Cup campaign, the U.S. U-20 players are finding a way to turn themselves around both physically and mentally in just two days. ussoccer.com has video of the team’s split regeneration session and training from Sunday. Hear players and coaches talk about the ups and downs of the group phase by clicking here.

FOLLOW THE TEAM: You can always keep up with the U.S. U-20 MNT’s daily activities, travel, training and off the field happenings by keeping up with the new YNT Blog on ussoccer.com. The YNT Blog is also your top source for videos, features, and photos from Egypt that you won’t find anywhere else.

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LAST TIME OUT:
… On the field for the U.S.
Sept. 26 , 2009 | Mubarak Stadium – Suez, Egypt | 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, First Round

USA           0    
Germany   3     Semih Aydilek (penalty) 30, Florian Jungwirth 32, Manuel Schaffler 72

USA: 24-Brian Perk; 14-Gerson Mayen, 2-Gale Agbossoumonde, 16-Ike Opara, 2-Kyle Davies (capt.) (19-Jorge Flores, 36); 3-Dillon Powers (17-Bryan Arguez, 46), 8-Jared Jeffrey, 11-Mikkel Diskerud (10-Dilly Duka, 78); 7-Tony Taylor, 15-Brian Ownby, 20-Brek Shea
Subs not used: 1-Sean Johnson, 18-Josh Lambo, 4-Sheanon Williams, 5-Danny Cruz, 9-Peri Marosevic, 12-Aaron Maund, 21-Michael Stephens
Head coach: Thomas Rongen

GER: 1-Ron-Robert Zieler; 2-Sebastian Jung,  4-Florian Jungwirth (capt.), 5-Lars Bender, 8-Mario Vrancic, 9-Richard Sukuta-Pasu, 10-Lewis Holtby (16-Cihan Kaptan, 71), 13-Bjorn Kopplin, 15-Semih Aydilek (3-David Vrzogic, 81), 17-Patrick Funk, 18-Tobias Kempe (11-Manuel Schaffler, 64)
Subs not used: 12-Tom Mickel, 21-Sebastian Mielitz; 3-David Vrzogic, 6-Lars Bender, 7-Timo Perthel, 14-Dani Schahin, 19-Kai-Fabian Schulz, 20-Maik Rodenberg
Head Coach: Horst Hrubesch

… On the field for Cameroon

Sept. 26 , 2009 | Mubarak Stadium – Suez, Egypt | 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, First Round

Cameroon            2      Andre Akono Effa 19, Germain Tiko 64
Korea Republic    0

CMR: 1-Francois Beyokol (capt.); 4-Banana Yaya, 5-Enow Tabot (19-Donald Djousse, 63), 6-Charley Fomen, 7-Olivier Boumale, 9-Brice Owona, 10-Jacques Zoua (13-Parfait Essengue, 59), 12-Adolphe Teikeu, 14-Patrick Ekeng (17-Germain Tiko, 45+1), 18-Jean Bapidi, 21-Andre Akono Effa
Subs not used: 2-Olivier Mvondo, 3-Sylvain Abad, 8-Etienne Soppo, 11-Thierry Tangouantio, 15-Etienne Etoo, 16-Joseph Asong, 20-Ghislain Mvom
Head Coach: Alain Wabo

KOR: 1-Lee Bum-Young; 2-Oh Jae-Suk, 5-Kim Young-Gwon, 6-Hong Jeong-Ho, 7-Koo Ja-Cheoi (capt.), 9-Kim Dong-Sub (20-Park Hee Seong, 51), 10-Cho Young-Cheol (11-Seo Jung Jin, 70), 15-Choi Sung-Guen (8-Seo Yong-Duk, 65), 17-Yun Suk-Young, 18-Lee Seung-Yeoul, 19-Kim Bo-Kyung
Subs Not Used: 3-Kim Min-Woo, 4-Lim Jong-Eun, 13-Jeong Dong-Ho, 14-Moon Ki-Han, 16-Jang Suk-Won, 21-Kim Da-Sol
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo

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