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U.S. U-20 MNT Faces Colombia on May 30 in Second Match of Toulon Tournament


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia – Toulon Tournament
Stade des Costieres; Nimes, France
May 29, 2013

U.S. U-20 MNT FACES COLOMBIA IN SECOND MATCH OF TOULON TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has a quick turnaround with its second match in three days when it faces Colombia in Group A play of the Under-21 Toulon Tournament on Thursday, May 30, against Colombia. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. local (11:30 a.m. ET) at Stade des Costieres in Nimes 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.

Group A Roundup: The U.S. is coming off a 4-1 loss to France’s U-21s on Tuesday at Stade Léo Lagrange in Toulon. Benji Joya scored the USA’s lone goal on a second-half free kick that cut France’s lead to 2-1 in the 72nd minute. France’s Gianelli Imbula Wanga had the game-winning goal in the 40th minute. Earlier in the day, Colombia shut out Korea Republic 1-0 in Toulon. Miguel Angel Borja scored the game’s only goal in the 63rd minute.

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.

Following Thursday’s match, the U-20 MNT faces Congo DR at 3:30 p.m. local (9:30 a.m. ET) on Saturday, June 1, at Stade du Ray in Nice.

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

11:30 a.m.

beIN SPORT

Stade des Costieres, Nimes

June 1

Congo DR

9:30 a.m.

beIN SPORT

Stade du Ray, Nice

June 5

Korea Republic

11 a.m.

beIN SPORT

Stade Louis Hon, Saint-Raphael

June 8

3rd place/Championship

TBD

beIN SPORT

TBD


GROUP A STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

France

1

1

0

0

4

1

+3

3

Colombia

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

Korea Republic

1

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

Congo DR

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

USA

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

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

May 30
Colombia vs. USA
France vs. Congo DR

June 1
Congo DR vs. USA
France vs. Korea Republic

June 3
Congo DR vs. Korea Republic
France vs. Colombia

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


ROSTER NOTES

  • The U-20s are 4-3-1 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.
  • 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. He has scored in back-to-back games, dating back to his penalty kick in the title game of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Mexico on March 3.
  • 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.
  • Alonso Hernandez and Jordan Morris made their U-20 MNT debuts on May 28 against France. Hernandez started and played the full 80 minutes (Toulon Tournament matches are 10 minutes shorter than regulation games) and Morris was a second-half sub for Alfred Koroma in the 61st minute.
  • On the USA’s Toulon Tournament roster, two other players are looking to make their first international appearance at this level: Kellyn Acosta and Marlon Hairston.
  • 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.


IN FOCUS: COLOMBIA
Colombian Football Federation
(Federación Colombiana de Fútbol)
Founded: 1924 (Joined FIFA in 1936)
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo Isaza
Best FIFA U-20 World Cup Finish: Third place (2003)

COLOMBIA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Christian Bonilla, 12-Luis Hurtado, 21-Jair Mosquera
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Jherson Vergara, 3-Deivy Balanta, 4-Andres Correa, 5-Felipe Aguilar, 13-Helibelton Palacios, 17-Ronal Herrera, 18-Julian Figueroa, 20-Yair Ibarguen
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Jose Leudo, 8-Cristian Higuita, 10-Brayan Angulo, 11-Cristian Palomeque, 14 Sebastian Perez, 15-Guillermo Celis, 16-Luis Mena
FORWARDS (4): 7-Harrison Mojica, 9-Jhon Cordoba, 19-Miguel Borja, 22-Andres Renteria


COLOMBIA NOTES

  • Colombia has won the Toulon Tournament three times – 1999, 2000 and 2011, tying with Portugal for the fourth-most tournament titles.
  • In the most recent 2011 title match, Colombia and host France played to a 1-1 score through regulation, and Colombia won 3-1 in the shootout.
  • Colombia hosted the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning Group A but eventually falling 3-1 to Mexico in the quarterfinals.


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
May 28, 2013 – Stade Léo Lagrange – Toulon, France
Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon (Toulon Tournament) – Group A

USA  0  1  1   Benji Joya 72
FRA  2  2  4   Coeff 38, Imbula Wanga 40, Bahoken 77, Ghezzal 90+3

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 2-Eric Miller, 18-Jeffrey Payeras, 21-Javan Torre, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Benji Joya (capt.), 6-Wil Trapp; 19-Alfred Koroma (16-Jordan Morris, 61), 10-Collin Martin (20-Danny Garcia, 61), 11-Daniel Cuevas (13-Dillon Serna, 70); 9-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 4-Caleb Stanko, 7-Victor Pineda, 12-Kendall McIntosh, 15-Kellyn Acosta, 24-Marlon Hairston
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

FRA: 1-Zacharie Boucher; 6-Alexandre Coeff (capt.), 2-Djibril Sidibe, 18-Makan Traore, 21-Gael Viena; 10-Nampalys Mendy, 12-Gianelli Imbula Wanga (4-Remi Mulumba, 65), 11-Neeskens Kebano (8-Jordan Ferri, 56), 13-Valentin Eysseric (14-Rachid Ghezzal, 47); 7-Paul-Georges Ntep de Madiba (19-Stephane Bahoken, 76), 17-Kevin Mayi
Subs Not Used: 3-Layvin Kurzawa, 5-Loick Landre, 9-Benjamin Jeannot, 15-Gregoire Puel, 16-Abdoulaye Diallo, 19-Stephane Bahoken, 20-Lindsay Rose
Head Coach: Willy Sagnol

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