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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. The win broke Mexico's 20-match unbeaten streak at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, a run that dates back to the 2009 edition of the tournament. 

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.
U.S. U-20 MNT Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

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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- 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

GALLERY: U-20 MNT Earns 1-0 Victory vs. Mexico in Classification Stage of 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 1-0 victory against Mexico at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica. A corner kick header from Erik Palmer-Brown was the only goal needed for the USA. The win, in the first game of Classification Stage Group D play of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, gives the USA an early advantage in their quest to qualify for the 2017 World Cup Korea Republic and make it to the CONCACAF tournament championship game. The U-20 MNT will face El Salvador on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

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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. The win broke Mexico's 20-match unbeaten streak at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, a run that dates back to the 2009 edition of the tournament. 

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.
U.S. U-20 MNT Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

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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Five Things to Know: Mexico U-20s at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Mexico in its fourth match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday, Feb. 27 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. The match will be the first of the classification stage, which consists of two groups of three teams each. The top two teams in each three-team group will qualify for the

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, with the first-place teams playing for the tournament championship. The game can be seen live at 5 p.m. ET on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here are five things you should know about the USA’s upcoming opponent:

Roster:
All 20 players on the U-20 Mexico roster play for a professional club in Mexico. A total of 19 players represent eight clubs from Liga MX, Mexico’s top league: CD Guadalajara (5), Santos Laguna (4), Club America (3), CF Pachuca (2), Club Atlas (2), Queretaro FC (1), Monarcas Morelia (1), CF Monterrey (1). Only one player, midfielder Diego Aguilar, plays for a club currently sitting in Ascenso MX, Mexico’s second division.

Goalkeepers (2): Fernando Hernandez (CF Monterrey/MEX), Jose Hernandez (Club Atlas/MEX)

Defenders (7): Juan Aguayo (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Edson Alvarez (Club America/MEX), Diego Cortes (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Joaquin Esquivel (CF Pachuca/MEX), Alejandro Mayorga (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Ulises Torres (Club America/MEX), Brayton Vazquez (Club Atlas/MEX)

Midfielders (7): Diego Aguilar (Lobos BUAP/MEX), Uriel Antuna (Santos Laguna/MEX), Alan Cervantes (CD Guadalajara/MEX), Sebastian Cordova (Club America/MEX), Kevin Lara (Santos Laguna/MEX), Pablo Lopez (CF Pachuca/MEX), Kevin Magaña (CD Guadalajara/MEX)

Forwards (4): Eduardo Aguirre (Santos Laguna/MEX), Ronaldo Cisneros (Santos Laguna/MEX), Paolo Yrizar (Queretaro FC/MEX), Claudio Zamudio (Monarcas Morelia/MEX)

2017 Tournament Dominance
So far in the 2017 CONCACAF Championship, Mexico looks to be the favorite going into the classification stage. El Trí went undefeated in the group stage, scoring nine goals while conceding none in their victories against Antigua and Barbuda (3-0), Canada (5-0) and Honduras (1-0).

In Mexico’s first game against Antigua and Barbuda, the team dominated across the stat sheet, tallying massive advantages in shots (17-2), corner kicks (12-1) and possession (63%). In just the second minute of play, El Trí’s Ronaldo Cisneros took in a cross from Diego Aguilar, popped it up to serve himself a volley, and finished with his left to beat the ‘keeper. After Antigua and Barbuda conceded an own goal in the 15th minute, El Trí sealed the victory in the first minute of first half stoppage time, a header from Cisneros.

In the second game, Mexico continued more of the same against Canada. Sebastian Cordova got the scoring started in the 36th minute, with a run-on diving header. Four minutes later, El Trí perfectly executed a three-on-two breakaway opportunity with Cisneros side-footing a targeted cross to the back post. In the 65th minute, Cisneros would find the better end of a rebound and record his second brace in a row. Goals in the 82’ and 90’+2 from Claudio Zamudio and Eduardo Aguirre, respectively, capped off a one-sided win for El Trí that included 64% of ball possession and a 12-4 shot advantage.

Mexico’s only test of the group stage came in their finale against Honduras, who also came into the match with victories against Canada and Antigua and Barbuda. Playing for positioning in the group after both teams had already clinched their advancement to the classification stage, it wasn’t until the 67th minute the either team was able to break the goalless draw. A Mexico corner kick, that appeared to be cleared of any real threat, was directed back into the dangerous area only to find Cisneros lurking near the back post in anticipation. Cisneros headed the ball down into the ground, creating an acute angle for the ball to sneak past the goal line and kiss the overhead netting. The goal marked the fifth and tournament leading goal for Cisneros.

Minor lineup movement for Mexico
Under the 4-4-2 formation Mexico has deployed in their three group stage games, the midfield line of Diego Aguilar, Uriel Antuna, Alan Cervantes (captain) and Sebastian Cordova have each started and played the entire first half of each contest. Defensively, El Trí has also maintained a core group for most the tournament. Edson Alvarez, Diego Cortes and Ulises Torres started and went the distance in all three of Mexico’s group stage matches, while Juan Aguayo played 90 in the first two games.

Ronaldo Cisneros Chasing the Golden Boot
Followed closely by United States forward Brooks Lennon and Panama midfielder Ricardo Avila, Mexico’s Ronaldo Cisneros has proven to be a deadly and clinical finisher that the U.S. will have to keep a watchful eye on. On the all-time tournament goal scoring list, Cisneros only trails El Salvador’s José Alvarado and Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell, who each scored six goals in the 1994 and 2011 CONCACAF tournaments, respectively.

Mexico U-20 History
Since 1962, Mexico has participated in 24 of the possible 25 CONCACAF U-20 tournaments. During the tournaments before 2017, Mexico posted a 86-19-11 record and qualified for 14 World Cups. Their CONCACAF dominance includes 13 titles and two runner-up finishes. Mexico has won the last three CONCACAF U-20 Championships: 2011, 2013, and 2015. At the World Cup level, El Tri’s best finish came in 1977, where they finished as runners up to the

Soviet Union. Their most recent success came in 2011, where the team finished third.

Scoring 297 goals while conceding only 68, Mexico has remained atop the CONCACAF statistics charts, distancing themselves from the next closest nation, the United States, by 50 points.

Mexico’s dominance does not come unblemished, however. In 1988, Mexican news journalist Antonio Moreno wrote an article during the final games of the CONCACAF U-20 Tournament that disclosed an age discrepancy of four U-20 Mexican national team players. Mexico placed second overall in the CONCACAF U-20 Tournament and initially qualified for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. Known as the cachirules scandal, the four players in question were ruled ineligible by CONCACAF. As a result, the team was disqualified from the World Youth Championship, with the third place finishing United States taking their place. The consequences would prove enormous to the senior team of the Mexican Football Federation, with FIFA ruling that sanctioned international competitions would be off limits for Mexico for two years, including the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

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