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U.S. U-20 MNT Closes out 2012 With 4-0 Win Against Venezuela

MIAMI (Dec. 21, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team closed out 2012 with a 4-0 victory against Venezuela in a closed-door match at FIU Soccer Complex in Miami.

Four different players scored for the U.S. as Jose Villarreal, Luis Gil, Mario Rodriguez and Daniel Metzger all tallied their last goal of the year.

Wil Trapp initiated the play that resulted in the first U.S. goal in the 13th minute, recovering the ball after a Venezuela turnover and playing it through the center circle to Gil. Gil quickly played the ball onto the path of Villarreal, who was crashing into the left corner of the box. Villarreal slammed a hard shot into the left corner. The ball deflected off the goalkeeper before heading into the goal.

After setting up Villarreal’s goal, Gil tallied one of his own in the 47th minute, converting a penalty kick after Rodriguez was taken down in the box.

Rodriguez tallied in the 57th minute in the culmination of a series of quick passes around the box. Gil played the ball in the air to Daniel Cuevas, who trapped the ball and lofted it into the six-yard box. Rodriguez came streaking in and taking a hard, quick shot into the right side of the net.

The last goal of the game fell in the 85th minute when Trapp played a through ball to Metzger from just outside the center circle. Metzger fired his shot into the right side of the goal from 10 yards out.

The U.S. U-20 MNT will reconvene in January as preparations begin in earnest for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which takes place in Panama from Feb. 18-March 3.

- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT v. Venezuela U-20 MNT
Date: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FIU Soccer Complex; Miami, Fla.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 30
Weather: 68 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 3 4
VEN                        0 0 0

USA – Jose Villarreal (Luis Gil) 13th minute
USA – Luis Gil 47
USA – Mario Rodriguez (Daniel Cuevas) 57
USA – Daniel Metzger (Wil Trapp) 85

USA: Cody Cropper; Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Javan Torre, Caleb Stanko (capt.), Boyd Okwuonu; Wil Trapp, Benji Joya (Dan Metzger, 83), Luis Gil (Mikey Lopez, 75); Daniel Cuevas (Darius Madison, 68), Mario Rodriguez (Brandon Allen, 75), Jose Villarreal (Daniel Garcia, 83)
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 5
Saves: 5 / 6
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 0