U.S. Soccer

2016 U20MNT NTC Invitational

Carson, Calif.

U-20 MNT Defeats Mexico 1-0 to Open Classification Stage of 2017 U-20 Championship

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 27, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rode a 29th minute header from captain Erik Palmer-Brown and a solid defensive effort to shut out Mexico 1-0 in the opening match of the Classification Stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Applying high pressure throughout the match, the U.S. frustrated Mexico from the first whistle and went ahead just before the half-hour mark when Brooks Lennon’s corner kick from the left found Palmer-Brown for his first goal of the competition. The goal was also the first conceded by El Trí in its four tournament matches.

Later chances from Lennon, Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad, Coy Craft and Jonathan Lewis were denied by Mexico goalkeeper Jose Hernández, while a swarming U.S. midfield and suffocating play from the back line limited El Trí to just three shots, none of which were on target. 

With the victory, the U.S. can advance to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic should Mexico either draw or lose against El Salvador on Wednesday. If Mexico wins, the U-20 MNT can punch their ticket to both the World Cup and Sunday’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship match with a draw or win against El Salvador when the two sides meet in the Group D Classification Stage finale on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET; UDN, Facebook Live).

Up Next: The U-20 MNT closes out the Classification Stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, March 3 against El Salvador. Kickoff from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Classification Group D Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

+1

El Salvador

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon), 29th minute:
After much of the first half was battled in and around midfield, Mexico conceded its first goal of the tournament just before the half-hour mark. Brooks Lennon’s in-swinging corner from the left picked out Erik Palmer-Brown, who rose above Jose de Dios Aguyao at the six-yard box and headed his effort to the lower left corner where Diego Cortes’ attempted clearance ended up in the back of the net. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Jose Hernández, 39th minute:  
The U.S. caught Mexico on a quick counter attack as Luca de la Torre quickly pushed up the left before swinging a ball to Eryk Williamson at the top of the penalty area. Williamson laid a quick pass into Lennon’s path, who fired a blistering, low effort that Hernández smothered.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 44th minute: After de la Torre forced a Mexico turnover at midfield, the U.S. again quickly transitioned towards goal, with Tyler Adams pushing forward for Williamson. The University of Maryland midfielder slid the ball into the stride of Jeremy Ebobisse, who entered the box on the left before firing a tight-angled effort that Hernández kept out at the near post.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 63rd minute: After a foul about 40 yards from goal on the right, Lennon looped in a dangerous free kick for Justen Glad, whose glancing header was well held by Hernández. 

MEX – Jose Hernández, 90+1 minute: With Mexico pushing numbers forward on a last-minute free kick, the U.S. turned the opportunity away and began a quick counter through Jonathan Lewis. The second-half substitute barreled forward into the box, but saw his attempt denied with a kick save by Hernández.

NOTES:

  • Collecting the victory, Tab Ramos moves to 11-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With the win, the USA improves its CONCACAF U-20 Championship record against Mexico to 2-8-0. The U-20 MNT last defeat Mexico 3-0 at the 1986 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Along with scoring his first of the tournament, Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th minute strike was also the first Mexico conceded at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The U.S. back line of Marlon Fossey, Tommy Redding, Justen Glad and Danny Costa limited Mexico to just three shots, none of which were on goal.
  • After conceding a goal in each of the team’s three group games, the U-20 MNT kept its first clean sheet of the tournament, against the competition’s highest scoring team no less.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 27, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 72 degrees; mostly sunny

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

USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon)              29th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jonathan Lewis, 80); 17-Brooks Lennon, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Coy Craft, 57), 10-Luca De La Torre (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 90+2)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 13-Auston Trusty, 15-Jonathan González, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

MEX: 12-Jose Hernández; 2-Diego Cortés, 3-Edson Álvarez, 14-Juan de Dios Aguayo, 5-Ulises Torres; 7-Uriel Antuna, 6-Alan Cervantes (Capt.), 16-Sebastian Cordova (17-Kevin Lara, 55), 11-Kevin Magaña (8-Pablo Lopez, 45); 9-Ronaldo Cisneros, 10-Eduardo Aguirre (18-Claudio Zamudio, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Fernando Hernández, 4-Joaquin Esquivel, 13-Brayton Vázquez, 15-Alejandro Mayorga, 19-Paolo Yrizar, 20-Diego Aguilar
Head coach: Marco Antonio Ruiz
 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 8 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 22 / 14
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)                    61st minute
USA – Erik Palmer Brown (caution)               90+1 

Officials:
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Erik Palmer-Brown

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
U-20 MNT vs Japan 2-1 W Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. Saucedo, Ebobisse
U-20 MNT vs Panama 4-0 W Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. Young, Acosta, Ebobisse, Craft
U-20 MNT vs Costa Rica 2-0 W Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. Ebobisse, Saucedo

2016 U-20 Men's NTC Invitational

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5'11 170 Salt Lake City, Utah Real Salt Lake
F 5-4 115 Minneapolis, Minn. Villareal CF
D 6-2 170 Norwalk, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 5-9 150 Kearny, NJ. Michigan
F 6-0 165 Frisco, Texas FC Dallas
M 5-10 165 San Diego, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
F 6'0 175 Bethesda, Md. Portland Timbers
D 5'9 154 Surbiton, England Fulham FC (England)
D 5-11 155 Casa Grande, Ariz. New Mexico
GK 6-4 180 Newport Beach, Calif. University of California
D 5'9 160 Montclair, N.J. Ohio State
F 6-0 170 Des Moines, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC
GK 6-1 175 Alamo, Calif. Georgetown
M 5-5 127 Little Elm, Texas FC Dallas
D 6'2 185 Arlington, Mass. Atlanta United
M 5-8 150 Park City, Utah Real Salt Lake
D 6-3 185 Media, Pa. Philadelphia Union
F 6-3 192 Chula Vista, Calif. Atlanta United FC
M 5-10 150 Alexandria, Va. Maryland
F 5'8 148 Berlin, N.J. PDA
M 5-10 140 Bloomington, Minn. UCLA

2016 U-20 Men's NTC Invitational

Danny Acosta

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Mukwelle Akale

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Weight:
115

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minn.

Club:
Villareal CF

Hugo Arellano

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Norwalk, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Marcello Borges

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Kearny, NJ.

Club:
Michigan

Coy Craft

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Frisco, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Luca De La Torre

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Jeremy Ebobisse

Position:
Forward

Height:
6'0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bethesda, Md.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Marlon Fossey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'9

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Surbiton, England

Club:
Fulham FC (England)

Aaron Herrera

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:
New Mexico

Jonathan Klinsmann

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:
University of California

Andrew Lombard

Position:
Defender

Height:
5'9

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Montclair, N.J.

Club:
Ohio State

Victor Mansaray

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Des Moines, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

JT Marcinkowski

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Alamo, Calif.

Club:
Georgetown

Weston McKinnie

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Weight:
127

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Little Elm, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Miles Robinson

Position:
Defender

Height:
6'2

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Arlington, Mass.

Club:
Atlanta United

Sebastian Saucedo

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Park City, Utah

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Auston Trusty

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Media, Pa.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Brandon Vazquez

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-3

Weight:
192

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Eryk Williamson

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Alexandria, Va.

Club:
Maryland

Isaiah Young

Position:
Forward

Height:
5'8

Weight:
148

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Jackson Yueill

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bloomington, Minn.

Club:
UCLA

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3
3 0 0 8 1 7 9
Japan 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 4
Panama 3
0 1 2 0 4
-4 2
Costa Rica
3 0 2 1 0 5 -5 1

USA Schedule

Date Match Time/Result Venue
June 29 Panama vs. Japan
0-0
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field
June 29
USA vs. Costa Rica
2-0
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field
July 1
Japan vs. Costa Rica
3-0
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field
July 1
USA vs. Panama
4-0
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field
July 3
Costa Rica vs. Panama
0-0
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field
July 3
USA vs. Japan
2-1
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field

2016 U-20 Men's NTC Invitational Statistics


Record: 3-0-0

Player

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Acosta, Danny
3
3
187 1 0 2 1/0
Akale, Mukwelle
3 1 111 0 0 0 0/0
Arellano, Hugo
3 1 104 0 0 0 0/0
Borges, Marcello
2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Craft, Coy 2 1 88 1 0 2 0/0
De La Torre, Luca
2 2 145 0 2 2 0/0
Ebobisse, Jeremy
3 3 230 3 2 8 0/0
Fossey, Marlon
3 2 170 0 0 0 0/0
Herrera, Aaron
2 1 100 0 0 0 1/0
Klinsmann, Jonathan
2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Lombard, Andrew 1 0 23 0 0 0 0/0
Marcinkowski, JT 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Mansaray, Victor
3 0 48 0 0 0 1/0
Robinson, Miles
3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Saucedo, Sebastian
3 3 229 2 0 4 2/0
Trusty, Auston
3 3 247 0
0 0 2/0
Vazquez, Brandon 2 0 45 0 1 1 0/0
Williamson, Eryk
3 3 258 0 0 0 1/0
Young, Isaiah
3 2 170 0 1 1 1/0
Yueill, Jackson
3 0 95 0 0 0 0/0








































Own Goal

0

Totals

3
3 270 8 6
22 9/0

Opponent Totals

3 3 270 1 0 2 8/1

2016 U-20 Men's NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Klinsmann, Jonathan 2
2 180
4 1 1 0.50 2-0-0
Marcinkowski, JT
1 1 90 4 0 1 0.00 1-0-0









Totals

3
3 270 8 1 2 0.33
3-0-0

Opponent Totals

3 3 270 1 8 0 2.67
0-3-0

Updated through July 5, 2016


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