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U-20 MNT Earns FIFA U-20 World Cup Berth with 2-0 Victory against El Salvador

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in its playoff match at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Ben Spencer scored a first-half goal and Paul Arriola added a tally in the second half to help the USA advance to its 14th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place May 30-June 20 in New Zealand. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 10.

The U.S. U-20 MNT capped off the tournament with four straight shutout victories to clinch its World Cup berth. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half against El Salvador to maintain the USA’s one-goal lead at the time.

Earlier today, Honduras defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the other playoff match to clinch a World Cup berth. Later today, Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico will compete in the title match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Both teams clinched a berth to the U-20 World Cup by winning their respective groups.

Sixteen of the 24 spots are now set for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup:

  • CONCACAF (4): Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA
  • AFC (4): Korea DPR, Myanmar, Qatar, Uzbekistan
  • CAF (4): Teams qualify from the 2015 African U-20 Championship
  • CONMEBOL (4): Teams will qualify from the 2015 South American Youth Championship
  • OFC (2): Fiji, New Zealand (host)
  • UEFA (6): Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ben Spencer, 37th minute: After a slow first half that featured just one USA shot up to that point, the USA capitalized on a set piece. Emerson Hyndman took his free kick from the right side and found Spencer in the middle of the box, Spencer’s header struck off of the crossbar. The U.S. striker followed his own rebound, heading the ball back in from eight yards out into the upper left corner of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, SLV 0

USA – Paul Arriola, 68th minute: Second-half sub Junior Flores had an immediate impact with the attack down the right side of the box, dribbling near the end line and crossing in for Bradford Jamieson IV who one-timed his shot. Carlos Cañas reacted to make the save, and the ball bounced to Arriola above the box. Arriola followed with a left-footed shot that trickled past two El Salvador defenders and Cañas and into the net for his first goal of the tournament. USA 2, SLV 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SLV – Carlos Cañas, 13th minute: El Salvador’s defense had to back track on a USA counter attack, led by Emerson Hyndman’s through ball to Romain Gall. Gall’s touch was a tad too heavy and Cañas read the sequence well, rushing up from his line and disrupting the U.S. offense near the top of the box to clear before Gall could get a shot off.

USA – Zack Steffen, 52nd minute: El Salvador did not have a single shot through the first half, but the team earned a penalty kick chance when the USA committed a hand ball in the box. Jose Villavicencio went to the spot, and Steffen dove to his right for his biggest save of the tournament. El Salvador did have a corner kick chance afterward, but the U.S. eventually cleared.

SLV – Carlos Cañas, 62nd minute: Off of Emerson Hyndman’s free kick from the right, he drove the ball over to a lunging Matt Miazga who headed the ball from 10 yards out. Cañas deflected the shot just enough as the ball clanked off of the crossbar.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 4-3-1 all-time against El Salvador in this tournament. Saturday’s win also marked the third time in the past seven CONCACAF U-20 Championships that the U.S. directly clinched a FIFA U-20 World Cup spot by virtue of a victory against El Salvador. The previous meetings clinched berths to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup .
  • For a third straight game, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical lineup as the USA’s Group A wins against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband for the fourth time in the tournament.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a fourth-straight match.
  • During a 42nd-minute attacking sequence, Spencer collided with El Salvador goalkeeper Carlos Cañas, forcing medical staff to take a look at his leg. Spencer was able to trudge through the remainder of the half, but Ramos utilized his team’s first substitution to open the second half, bringing in Paul Arriola.
  • Junior Flores entered the match in the 62nd minute for Gall, the USA’s leading goal scorer with five tallies in the tournament.
  • The USA’s final substitution was Lynden Gooch for Hyndman, who was receiving attention from the medical staff shortly after the U-20 MNT’s second goal.
  • El Salvador played the final 12 minutes and stoppage time down a man when Andres Flores was called for an intentional foul from behind against the USA’s Junior Flores in the 79th minute.
  • The USA outscored its opponents 14-2 during the qualifying stage.
  • Hyndman led the team with three assists.
  • Carter-Vickers and Requejo played in all 540 minutes of six games at the tournament.
  • Heading into Saturday night’s final of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gall is tied with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano for the tournament goal-scoring lead with his five goals.
  • Gall has nine-career goals with the U-20s in 14 international matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Playoff
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 81 degrees, light rain

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 1 2
SLV                         0 0 0

USA – Ben Spencer   37th minute
USA – Paul Arriola    68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (18-Lynden Gooch, 70), 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 62), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SLV: 1-Carlos Cañas; 2-Nelson Moreno, 4-Bryan Tamacas, 12-Cesar Flores (20-Romilio Hernandez, 46), 17-Juan Barahona; 6-Narciso Orellana (capt.), 8-Alvaro Guardado (16-Eduardo Merino, 65), 9-Byan Perez, 11-Jose Villavicencio (19-Julio Amaya, 85), 14-Andres Flores; 15-William Canales
Subs Not Used: 5-Edwin Cuellar, 10-Josue Martinez, 13-Jonathan Miranda, 18-Nicolas Pacheco
Head coach: Mauricio Alfaro

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 25 / 17
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ben Spencer (caution)                    38th minute
SLV – Narciso Orellana (caution)              38
SLV – Eduardo Merino (caution)               71
USA – Tommy Thompson (caution)          73
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (caution)  76
SLV – Andres Flores (sent off)                   79

Officials:
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Emerson Hyndman

U-20 MNT Earns Playoff Berth with 1-0 Win against Trinidad & Tobago at 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 21, 2015) – Bradford Jamieson IV scored his second goal of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. 

With the victory, the USA earned second place in Group A to advance to the playoff stage of the tournament. The U.S. (3-1-1, 10 points) and Guatemala tied with 10 points apiece, but the USA earned the tiebreaker advantage by virtue of scoring more goals in the tournament (12) than Guatemala (6). Both sides have earned playoff spots and will be joined by two playoff qualifiers out of Group B. CONCACAF will then reseed the four tournament playoff teams based on group-stage results to determine Saturday’s matchups. The two playoff winners will earn the remaining berths to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. 

Earlier Wednesday, Panama (5-0-0, 15 points) clinched first place in Group A and earned an automatic berth to the FIFA U-20 World Cup following its 1-0 victory against Guatemala (3-1-1, 10 points). Panama and Group B winner Mexico will play in Saturday’s final of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Group B wraps up play Thursday, after which the second- and third-place teams from that group will advance to the playoff stage. 

The USA’s playoff game will take place either at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and will be live on FOX Sports 2. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

After the reseeding process takes place for the four playoff teams, the second-seeded team will face the third-seeded team in the 2 p.m. match and the top-seeded and fourth-seeded teams square off in the 5 p.m. game. Those matches will be followed by the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship final between Group A winner Panama and Group B winner Mexico at 8 p.m. 

The USA is in strong position for the top seed among the playoff teams. With one final day of Group B matches on the docket, the other potential playoff teams are Honduras (2-1-1, 7 points), El Salvador (1-1-2, 5 points) and Cuba (1-2-1, 4 points). Honduras is the only team that can mathematically overtake the U.S. for the top seed but would need a win and make up a significant goal differential when it plays Cuba.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Paul Arriola), 78th minute: The USA sustained a couple offensive sequences by Trinidad and countered with the fresh legs of Junior Flores down the middle of the pitch. He worked the ball out wide right to Arriola, who cut the ball into the box to Jamieson at the edge of the six-yard box. Jamieson tapped the ball past Johan Welch and between the legs of a defender into the left side of the frame for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, TRI 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Zack Steffen, 30th minute: Though Trinidad & Tobago did not threaten with a shot on goal through much of the first half, a potential opportunity presented itself with a free kick from the right side. Matthew Woo Ling’s left-footed kick was dangerously placed in the middle of the box, and Steffen fought through for the interception as Trinidad tried to make a run toward the far left post. 

TRI – Johan Welch, 42nd minute: USA midfielder Emerson Hyndman eluded multiple defenders near the top of the box, particularly getting past Neveal Hackshaw, to get the ball to his right foot. Hyndman then shot right-footed and Welch leapt straight up for the save, batting the ball up in the air and collecting safely. 

TRI – Jesus Perez, 43rd minute: Right back Shaquell Moore pushed up toward the edge of the box and had a good look at goal only to have Trinidad defender Perez block the attempt and surrender a U.S. corner kick.

TRI – Neveal Hackshaw, 49th minute: The most clear cut scoring opportunity for either team led to a clutch block at the goal line. From an Emerson Hyndman free kick, Ben Spencer headed the ball inbounds from the end line toward Bradford Jamieson IV in the middle of the box. Jamieson shot with Trinidad goalkeeper Johan Welch out of position, but it was cleared off of the line by Hackshaw.

USA – Zack Steffen, 54th minute: Shortly after a Matthew Woo Ling free kick, the ball bounced out to Trinidad’s Duane Muckette well outside of the box. Muckette’s dangerous strike eluded USA center back Cameron Carter-Vickers, but Steffen lined himself up for the save.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 10-2-2 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament.
  • For the first time in this year’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship, USA head coach Tab Ramos went with the identical starting lineup in back-to-back games.
  • Zack Steffen earned his fourth cap of the event with the start in goal.
  • The defense featured John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back combination of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga. Requejo and Carter-Vickers have played every minute of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The midfield group in the USA’s 4-4-2 formation included Tommy Thompson on the right, Romain Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband, and Thompson earned his fifth start in qualifying. He is the only USA midfielder to start in every match.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a third straight match.
  • The USA brought in Paul Arriola for Spencer in the 60th minute, earning his fifth cap off the tournament and third appearance in a reserve role.
  • Junior Flores replaced Gall in the 69th minute.
  • U.S. defender Conor Donovan made his second appearance of the tournament, replacing Thompson in the 84th minute for the USA’s final sub. 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: January 21, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Group A
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 750
Weather: 82 degrees, clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
TRI                              0          0          0

USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Paul Arriola) 79th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse, 8-Emerson Hyndman, 9-Romain Gall (10-Junior Flores, 69), 11-Tommy Thompson (14-Conor Donovan, 84), 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (7-Paul Arriola, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno, 18-Lynden Gooch
Head coach: Tab Ramos 

TRI: 1-Yohan Welch; 2-Shannon Gomez, 3-Martieon Watson, 4-Jesus Perez, 5-Leland Archer; 6-Duane Muckette (10-Jabari Mitchell, 76), 7-Akeem Garcia, 8-Neveal Hackshaw, 12-Kishun Seecharan; 14-Matthew Woo Ling (11-Levi Garcia, 65) 15-Aikim Andrews (16-Ricardo John, 70)
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Javon Sample, 13-Brendon Creed, 18-Kevon Goddard, 19-Maurice Ford
Head coach: Derek King

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 19 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Russell Canouse (caution) 1st minute
TRI – Aikim Andrews (caution) 39
TRI - Kishun Seecharan (caution) 84 

Officials:
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo De La Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Bradford Jamieson IV

Touchline Tommy

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Tommy Thompson has soccer in his DNA.

Along with their father, Gregg, who played for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 1980s, brothers Tyler, Tanner and Tommy Thompson – all one year apart – could never get enough of the sport.

As youngsters, Dad didn’t just support the brothers from the sidelines – he was also on the field. The four would go early to practices and play 2-vs.-2 and then each of the boys would participate in the other team’s practices. Oftentimes, they’d train three times a day.

Now 19, Tommy is walking much the same path his father took some 30 years ago.

In 1982, Gregg co-captained Indiana University to its first NCAA title. He went on to have a seven-year professional career and also represent the United States at the 1984 Olympics and in a number of World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. U-20 MNT Blanks Jamaica 2-0 at 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 18, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team earned its second straight win in Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, defeating host side Jamaica 2-0 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. 

Romain Gall scored two penalty-kick goals to lead the way for the USA, which is 2-1-1 (7 points) in the tournament and in third place. With one group game remaining, the U.S. is currently in position to earn a playoff spot. The tournament’s two group winners and two playoff winners advance directly to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. 

The U.S. wraps up Group A play against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Montego Bay. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. ET at FOX Sports 2. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp. A victory or draw would assure the U.S. advances to the playoff stage. However, a Trinidad & Tobago win against the USA would equal the overall point totals, and Trinidad would earn the tiebreaker against the U.S. by virtue of head-to-head competition. 

Earlier Sunday in Group A action, Panama (4-0-0) defeated Trinidad & Tobago (1-2-1) by a 1-0 margin, while Guatemala (3-0-1) topped Aruba (0-4-0) by a 2-0 score line. Panama is in strong position to win the group and can clinch with a draw or win against Guatemala, or even a loss if it maintains its advantage in goal differential (currently three goals ahead of Guatemala). 

With his two goals, Gall now has five for the tournament to lead all scorers. He is one goal ahead of Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, who has four goals through three games. 

Jamaica played the final five minutes and change down a man as Daniel Roberts was issued a red card in the 84th minute. Roberts will miss Jamaica’s remaining Group A game against Aruba on Jan. 21. Jamaica fell to 0-3-1 in the tournament. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Romain Gall, 34th minute: The effective play of Tommy Thompson and his strong runs in the first half created the USA’s scoring chance as he drew a foul against Jamaica defender Allando Brown in the box. Brown was shown a yellow card on the play, with an argument to be made that Brown was the final defender. Nevertheless, Gall stutter-stepped with his approach on the PK to freeze Jamaica goalkeeper Nicholas Nelson. Gall slotted to the right side of the net as Nelson guessed the opposite direction. USA 1, JAM 0 

USA – Romain Gall, 70th minute: Bradford Jamieson IV intercepted a poor back pass from Jamaica’s defense and found himself one-on-one against Jamaica goalkeeper Nelson. Jamieson flicked the ball up during his run and was tripped by Nelson in the box. Similar to the play that led to the USA’s first-half score, a red card was a distinct possibility, but Nelson was issued a yellow. Gall took the subsequent penalty kick and switched up the direction, shooting to the left side while Nelson anticipated the shot going the opposite way. USA 2, JAM 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Malcolm Stewart, 7th minute: The USA created a couple of chances from the right flank, and the ball eventually found its way to Emerson Hyndman in the middle of the box. Stewart was in a good position in front of the six-yard box and blocked the attempt. 

JAM – Nicholas Nelson, 14th minute: U.S. midfielder Emerson Hyndman shot above the 18-yard box, looking to drive his attempt into the left of the frame, but Nelson dove to his right for the save. Nelson also did a strong job securing the ball so the USA could not pounce on a rebound. 

JAM – Nicholas Nelson, 40th and 43rd minutes: Jamaica’s goalkeeper was called upon twice more in the final five minutes of the opening half. Nelson’s foot save thwarted a Romain Gall attack from the left side. Then three minutes later, after Tommy Thompson’s run to set up Bradford Jamieson IV, the USA forward tried to shoot over Nelson. Nelson stuffed Jamieson’s attempt with his right glove to minimize the damage to one goal allowed in the first half. 

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 48th minute: Jamaica stepped up its attack to open the second half, and defender Malcolm Stewart pushed up in the final third. Stewart briefly had an opening toward the right side of the box, but Carter-Vickers halted the run with the deflection for a Jamaica corner kick. 

JAM – Nicholas Nelson, 51st minute: Romain Gall eluded a couple of Jamaica defenders and shot right-footed from about 20 yards out, looking for the right side of the goal. Nelson once again made a key save, and though the ball trickled away, he was able to collect with ease. 

JAM – Malcolm Stewart, 88th minute: On a corner kick chance, the ball was whipped in to second-half sub Junior Flores, whose header was destined for the upper left corner of the goal. Stewart leapt to deflect the shot away for another U.S. corner kick. 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA improved to 6-0-2 against Jamaica in this tournament.
  • Zack Steffen returned for the start in goal, making his third appearance in four games in this tournament.
  • The defense was anchored by John Requejo at left back, Shaquell Moore at right back and the center back duo of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga. Requejo and Carter-Vickers have started all four matches in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The midfield group in the USA’s 4-4-2 formation featured the same four players from the Aruba win: Tommy Thompson on the right, Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse wore the captain’s armband. Thompson is the only midfield player to have started in all four games in the qualifying tournament.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front together for a second straight match.
  • Lynden Gooch, who did not feature for the USA in the previous game against Aruba, replaced Spencer in the 64th minute to earn his third appearance in the tournament.
  • Paul Arriola subbed in for Gall in the 79th minute.
  • The USA used its final sub in the 85th minute with Junior Flores replacing Hyndman.
  • Midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who captained the first two games and injured his knee late in the game against Panama, returned to Dallas for further evaluation by the FC Dallas staff. 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica U-20 Men’s National Team
Date: Jan. 18, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Group A
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,670
Weather: 81 degrees, clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                           1          1          2
JAM                           0          0          0 

USA – Romain Gall (penalty kick)     34th minute
USA – Romain Gall (penalty kick)     70 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaquell Moore, 3-John Requejo Jr., 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga; 16-Russell Canouse, 8-Emerson Hyndman (10-Junior Flores, 85), 9-Romain Gall (7-Paul Arriola, 78), 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (18-Lynden Gooch, 64)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno
Head coach: Tab Ramos 

JAM: 1-Nicholas Nelson, 12-Roberto Johnson (6-Martin Davis, 65), 7-Malcolm Stewart, 17-Shaquille Dyer, 5-Allando Brown, 15-Donja Smith (20-Isamnia Cohen, 74), 14-John Levee (8-Daniel Roberts, 58), 4-Rennico Clarke, 11-I'ishmale Currie, 19-Cardel Benbow, 2-Khallil Stewart
Substitutions Not Used: 13-Dane Chambers, 16-Shamar Nicholson, 18-Joel Cunningham.
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore 

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 14
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
JAM – Allando Brown (caution)          33rd minute
JAM – Nicholas Nelson (caution)       68
JAM – Daniel Roberts (sent off)         84
JAM – Shaquille Dyer (caution)         90+2
USA – Tommy Thompson (caution) 90+2 

Officials:
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers

U-20 MNT Earns 8-0 Victory against Aruba at 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jan. 14, 2015) – Romain Gall scored three goals, all in the first half, and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Aruba 8-0 in Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park. 

Five other players contributed a goal apiece: Ben Spencer, Tommy Thompson, Emerson Hyndman, Bradford Jamieson IV and Amando Moreno. The U.S. built itself a 6-0 lead through the first 45 minutes. 

With the victory, the USA is now 1-1-1 (4 points) in the tournament while Aruba falls to 0-3-0 (0 points). The U.S. moved into third place with one remaining Group A game to be played between Jamaica and Panama later Wednesday night. 

The USA’s eight goals were the second-most in a match in this competition, trailing only a 9-0 victory against the Dominican Republic on Sept. 26, 1976, in the second round of the sixth CONCACAF Youth Tournament. 

The USA had other ample chances to add to the score, but was hit with back-to-back offside calls in the 58th and 59th minutes while carrying a seven-goal cushion. 

Wednesday’s game was the USA’s final match at Independence Park in Kingston. The U.S. now heads to Montego Bay for its two remaining group games against Jamaica on Jan. 18 and Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 21. The upcoming USA-Jamaica match kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Romain Gall (Bradford Jamieson IV), 16th minute: Tommy Thompson’s finesse with the ball shone with an acrobatic flick to himself near the end line and he then dished to Jamieson. Jamieson crossed to the middle of the box at the penalty spot for Gall who shot right-footed, inside the right post to start off the U-20 MNT’s high-octane offensive performance. USA 1, ARU 0 

USA – Ben Spencer, 18th minute: Emerson Hyndman delivered a corner kick to Conor Donovan, whose header struck the crossbar. The rebound fell to Spencer who poked the ball over the goal line. Bradford Jamieson IV shot the ball after it had crossed the line and was originally awarded the goal, but Spencer ultimately was awarded the effort. USA 2, ARU 0 

USA – Romain Gall (penalty), 23rd minute: Defender Tyler Turner drew a foul from Jeanpierre Van der Linden in the box and a penalty kick was issued. Gall hesitated with his approach and shot the ball into the left side of the frame. Jean Marc Antersijn was leaning the correct direction but was unable to block the shot. USA 3, ARU 0 

USA – Tommy Thompson (Emerson Hyndman), 26th minute: Hyndman whipped in a corner kick from the left side toward the top of the six-yard box. Jean Marc Antersijn and the Aruba defense could not clear the cross, leaving Thompson to drive a header into the middle of the frame for his first goal of the tournament. USA 4, ARU 0 

USA – Emerson Hyndman, 30th minute: Hyndman had a good individual effort, calmly pushing forward after intercepting the ball in midfield and looking at his options. Hyndman decisively eluded his defender at the edge of the box and shot left-footed inside the far right post to continue the offensive onslaught. USA 5, ARU 0 

USA – Romain Gall (Emerson Hyndman), 32nd minute: Hyndman dribbled from midfield and slotted a perfect pass to lead Gall. Jean Marc Antersijn committed well off his line to try and intercept, but Gall got to the ball first, took a touch and shot into the open net for the first-half hat trick. USA 6, ARU 0 

USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Ben Spencer), 48th minute: Jamieson had some crossing options after receiving the ball from Spencer, but he elected to keep the ball and shot from a difficult angle at the right side of the box, slotting the ball near post past Jean Marc Antersijn. USA 7, ARU 0 

USA – Amando Moreno, 84th minute: Aruba’s defense made a poor clearance and the USA capitalized on the chance. Bradford Jamieson IV shot left-footed from outside the box and Jean Marc Antersijn dove to his left for the save. Moreno rushed on for the rebound, shouldering off a nearby defender for the goal. USA 8, ARU 0 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
ARU – Niels Ridderstap, 5th minute: USA forward Bradford Jamieson IV had an early scoring chance with the ball in the right side of the box. He tried to get the shot off before the defense collapsed on him, but Aruba’s Ridderstap lunged in from the left and deflected Jamieson’s attempt to surrender a corner kick. 

USA – Ethan Horvath, 12th minute: After being on the back foot for much of the opening 10 minutes, Aruba pulled off a scoring chance with a deep ball to a darting Duncan Homoet, who got behind the USA defense. Homoet shot toward the right side of the frame and Horvath dove to his left to deny the opportunity. 

ARU – Jean Marc Antersijn, 24th minute: U.S. forward Ben Spencer was unfortunate not to see his chance find the back of the net as his volley from the left side of the box was batted away by Antersijn. Antersijn was sprawled on the ground and reached up with his arm to deflect the ball. 

ARU – Jean Marc Antersijn, 60th minute: Emerson Hyndman split two Aruba defenders and shot right-footed toward the inside of the right post. However, Antersijn deflected the shot just enough that it caromed away off of the crossbar. 

Additional Notes:

  • Romain Gall, who was the U-20 MNT’s goal scoring leader with four in 2014, now has seven goals during his U-20 tenure. Gall leads the USA with three goals to start off 2015.
  • U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos made seven starting lineup changes following the USA’s Jan. 11 game against Panama.
  • Ethan Horvath got the start in goal. It was his first appearance in the tournament and his second U-20 MNT international cap.
  • Two of the four defenders returned on the back line with John Requejo at left back and Cameron Carter-Vickers at center back. Tyler Turner got the call at right back after Shaq Moore had started in that capacity in the previous match, while Conor Donovan earned his first start at center back.
  • The midfield group in the USA’s 4-4-2 formation featured Tommy Thompson on the right, Gall on the left, Russell Canouse at defensive midfield and Emerson Hyndman in the attacking role. Canouse, who did not feature against Panama, wore the captain’s armband.
  • Ben Spencer and Bradford Jamieson IV were paired up front.
  • Fernando Arce entered for Thompson to open the second half.
  • Amando Moreno substituted for Spencer in the 68th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Paul Arriola replaced Hyndman for the USA’s final sub.
  • Midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who captained the first two games and injured his knee late in the game against Panama, did not dress against Aruba and was deemed unfit for Wednesday’s match. Acosta is day-to-day, and the U-20 MNT is working closely with FC Dallas to assist in his recovery process.
  • Aruba forward Duncan Homoet was issued two yellow cards and he will miss the team’s next match against Guatemala on Jan. 18. 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Aruba U-20 National Team
Date: Jan. 14, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (Group A) 
Venue: Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 2,000 
Weather: 86 degrees, mostly clear

Scoring Summary:   1 2 F 
USA                            6 2 8 
ARU                            0 0 0  

USA – Romain Gall (Bradford Jamieson IV)             16th minute
USA – Ben Spencer                                                   18
USA – Romain Gall (penalty kick)                             23
USA – Tommy Thompson (Emerson Hyndman)      26
USA – Emerson Hyndman                                         30
USA – Romain Gall (Emerson Hyndman)                 32
USA – Bradford Jamieson IV (Ben Spencer)             48
USA – Amando Moreno                                             84 

Lineups: 
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 13-Tyler Turner, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 14-Conor Donovan, 3-John Requejo; 11-Tommy Thompson (15-Fernando Arce, 46), 16-Russell Canouse (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman (7-Paul Arriola, 79), 9-Romain Gall, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV, 20-Ben Spencer (17-Amando Moreno, 68)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaq Moore, 5-Matt Miazga, 10-Junior Flores, 18-Lynden Gooch
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

ARU: 1-Jean Marc Antersijn; 2-Niels Ridderstap (13-Carl Geerman, 68), 3-Jefferson Vegas, 19-David Dubero, 4-Nickenson Paul; 6-Jonathan Ruiz (capt.), 10-Walter Bennett (15-Aidan Martha, 78), 8-Gregorio Van der Biezen; 9-Duncan Homoet, 12-Jean-Pierre Van der Linden (18-Kevin Tromp, 64), 11-Ricky Marte-Hodge
Subs Not Used: 14-Marcel Kock, 16-Franklin Ortiz Cabarcas, 17-Andrew Valois-Smith, 20-Brandon Malmaceda
Head Coach: Arent Bekhof
 

Stats Summary: USA / ARU
Shots: 33 / 4
Shots on Goal: 16 / 2
Saves: 2 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 6 / 0 

Misconduct Summary: 
ARU – Duncan Homoet (caution)      36th minute
ARU – Duncan Homoet (caution)      84
ARU – Duncan Homoet (sent off)      84 

Officials: 
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Lopez (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Romain Gall

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