Joya’s Brace Leads U.S. U-21 MNT Past Tijuana
CARSON, Calif. (April 23, 2014) – The U.S. Under-21 Men’s National Team capped off its training camp with a 2-1 victory against Tijuana at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.
Benji Joya scored two second-half goals to lead the USA to the victory. Joya, who is in the midst of his rookie season with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, captained the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team during the final two matches of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship en route to last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Amando Moreno, who recently featured for the U.S. U-20 MNT during the USA’s runner-up run at the 2014 Dallas Cup, scored the lone goal for Tijuana.
The U.S. U-21 MNT camp served as the initial preparations for forming the U.S. U-23 MNT that will compete during Olympic Qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
- U.S. Under-21 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-21 MNT v. Club Tijuana Reserves
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Venue: US Soccer National Training Center; Carson, CA
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET)
Weather: 72 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
TIJ 0 1 1
USA - Benji Joya (Stevie Rodriguez) 56
TIJ - Amando Moreno 81
USA - Benji Joya 90 + 2
Stats Summary: USA / TIJ
Shots: 11 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 17
Offside: 3 / 0
USA – Stevie Rodriguez plays the ball back to Benji Joya who is crashing in from the center. At about 20 yards out, he takes a shot from just outside the box that curls low just beyond the goalkeeper’s reach.
TIJ – Moreno chests the cross down, side steps a defender and shoots high above McIntosh’s hands.
USA – Joya dribbles from just outside center of the box, buries a shot high right side.