U.S. Soccer

USA Beats Senegal 1-0 Thanks to Sargent Strike, Goes Top of Group F

INCHEON, Korea Republic (May 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used a powerful 34th minute strike from Josh Sargent to earn a 1-0 victory against Senegal in its second game at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The win puts the USA atop Group F with four points and means Tab Ramos’ side can clinch the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Already guaranteed at least a third-place finish, the U.S. can also assure advancement to the Knockout Round with a draw in Sunday’s group finale to clinch at least second place. 

The first half hour was mostly devoid of chances until Eryk Williamson poked his measured effort from outside the box just wide in the 29th minute, before Tyler Adams followed up a minute later by forcing a point-blank stop out of Senegal ‘keeper Mouhamed Mbaye.

The goal would come in the 34th minute when a clever touch by Adams unlocked the Senegal back line. Luca de la Torre got on the end of Adam’s pass and found Sargent, who turned and blasted home his third goal of the tournament. The strike also placed Sargent in a tie atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin and Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova.

Ramos’ side stayed hungry in the second half and Sargent would have tallied a second if not for alert denials from Mbaye in the 48th and 62nd minutes. Despite more second-half pressure, the U.S. midfield and back line, led by Man of the Match Cameron Carter-Vickers, continued to frustrate and limit Les Lions de la Teranga to just two attempts on goal, neither of which troubled U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.

Earlier in the day, Group F opponent Saudi Arabia raced to a 2-1 victory against Ecuador to earn their first win of the tournament. The day’s results mean the U.S. is guaranteed at least a third-place finish in Group F. The U.S. can clinch top spot in the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, while a draw would also guarantee advancement. Various other scenarios could see the USA move on to the Knockout Round as well.

The U.S. closes out group play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 at Daejon World Cup Stadium in Daejon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo. Senegal will face Ecuador simultaneously at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic. That match can be seen on FS2, Fox Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Senegal

2

1

1

0

3

2

1

+1

Saudi Arabia

2

1

1

0

3

2

3

-1

Ecuador

2

0

1

1

1

4

5

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre), 34th minute: A relentless U.S. attack found the game’s first goal just after the half-hour mark. Aaron Herrera played a ball forward that Tyler Adams deftly touched through traffic with the outside of his right boot. Luca de la Torre then ran on to the ball and centered for Josh Sargent, whose touch turned him away from his defender and simultaneously set him up to fire his third goal of the tournament past Mouhamed Mbaye. USA 1, SEN 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 30th minute: A minute after poking his effort from outside the box just wide, Eryk Williamson sprung Josh Sargent up the right side. The 17-year-old attacker alertly hit a quick ball for Tyler Adams running through the middle, but the New York Red Bulls midfielder’s low effort was well held by Mbaye.

SEN – Mouhamed Mbaye, 48th minute: The U.S. nearly found its second goal just after halftime. Playing quickly in transition, Tyler Adams threaded a ball through the Senegal defense for Josh Sargent, but Mbaye came well off his line to sweep away the danger outside his box.

USA – Derrick Jones and Cameron Carter-Vickers, 55th minute: A Senegal free kick from the right fell for Waly Diouf at the back post, but Derrick Jones bravely blocked his effort. The ball was played back in on the follow-up, where Ibrahima Niane’s open look was nodded away by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 62nd minute: Sargent remained hungry and came close just after the hour mark. Driving up the right, the U.S. attacker found Adams in the box, before the midfielder flicked back for Sargent at the top of the area. The U.S. goal scorer had to reach back, but hit a left-footed effort that forced a diving stop out of Mbaye at the right post.

Additional Notes:

  • After sitting out against Ecuador, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned, anchoring the U.S. backline and earning Man of the Match honors vs. Senegal.
  • Josh Sargent’s 34th minute goal was his third of the tournament and ties him for the Golden Boot lead with Jean-Kevin Augustin (France) and Sergio Cordova (Venezuela).
  • Sargent now sits just one goal shy of matching the U.S. record for goals by one player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, a mark jointly held by Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007).
  • Luca de la Torre recorded his second assist of the tournament on Sargent’s goal. Those two assists go along with his game-tying strike from the tournament opener against Ecuador.
  • U.S. defender Aaron Herrera received a yellow card in the seventh minute. He joins Derrick Jones, who picked up a yellow card against Ecuador, on the USA’s caution watch list.
  • Tab Ramos made two changes from the starting XI that faced Ecuador, inserting Cameron Carter-Vickers for Tommy Redding in central defense and Derrick Jones for the injured Gedion Zelalem in midfield.
  • Ramos moves to 4-3-3 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The USA and Senegal faced each for the first time in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.


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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,864
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear

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

USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre)         34th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto

Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots: 8/14
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
Fouls: 18/16
Offside: 0/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)          7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution)            60
SEN - Mamadou Diarra (caution)       86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution)       88       

Officials:
Referee:                                              Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1:                           Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2:                           Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official:                                    Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee:                    Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:    Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

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

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U-20 MNT May 25, 2017

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,864
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear

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

USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre)              34th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto

Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots: 8/14
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
Fouls: 18/16
Offside: 0/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)                    7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution)                      60
SEN - Mamadou Diarra (caution)                 86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution)                 88 

Officials:
Referee:                                               Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1:                              Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2:                              Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official:                                      Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee:                       Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:         Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

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

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GALLERY: Sargent Strikes Again to Give U-20 MNT 1-0 Victory vs. Senegal

Photos from the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's 1-0 victory over Senegal in its second Group F match of the 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup Korea Republic. After a Josh Sargent strike in the 34th minute the USA did well to contain the speed and athleticism of the second place finishing team from the Confederation of African Football’s U-20 qualifying tournament. Next, the U-20 MNT face Saudi Arabia in final Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday, May 28 at 5:00 a.m. ET (FS1, Telemundo). Read more
U-20 MNT May 25, 2017

USA Beats Senegal 1-0 Thanks to Sargent Strike, Goes Top of Group F

INCHEON, Korea Republic (May 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used a powerful 34th minute strike from Josh Sargent to earn a 1-0 victory against Senegal in its second game at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The win puts the USA atop Group F with four points and means Tab Ramos’ side can clinch the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Already guaranteed at least a third-place finish, the U.S. can also assure advancement to the Knockout Round with a draw in Sunday’s group finale to clinch at least second place. 

The first half hour was mostly devoid of chances until Eryk Williamson poked his measured effort from outside the box just wide in the 29th minute, before Tyler Adams followed up a minute later by forcing a point-blank stop out of Senegal ‘keeper Mouhamed Mbaye.

The goal would come in the 34th minute when a clever touch by Adams unlocked the Senegal back line. Luca de la Torre got on the end of Adam’s pass and found Sargent, who turned and blasted home his third goal of the tournament. The strike also placed Sargent in a tie atop the tournament’s Golden Boot standings with France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin and Venezuela’s Sergio Cordova.

Ramos’ side stayed hungry in the second half and Sargent would have tallied a second if not for alert denials from Mbaye in the 48th and 62nd minutes. Despite more second-half pressure, the U.S. midfield and back line, led by Man of the Match Cameron Carter-Vickers, continued to frustrate and limit Les Lions de la Teranga to just two attempts on goal, neither of which troubled U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.

Earlier in the day, Group F opponent Saudi Arabia raced to a 2-1 victory against Ecuador to earn their first win of the tournament. The day’s results mean the U.S. is guaranteed at least a third-place finish in Group F. The U.S. can clinch top spot in the group with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, while a draw would also guarantee advancement. Various other scenarios could see the USA move on to the Knockout Round as well.

The U.S. closes out group play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 at Daejon World Cup Stadium in Daejon, Korea Republic. Kickoff is set for 5 a.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo. Senegal will face Ecuador simultaneously at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, Korea Republic. That match can be seen on FS2, Fox Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Senegal

2

1

1

0

3

2

1

+1

Saudi Arabia

2

1

1

0

3

2

3

-1

Ecuador

2

0

1

1

1

4

5

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre), 34th minute: A relentless U.S. attack found the game’s first goal just after the half-hour mark. Aaron Herrera played a ball forward that Tyler Adams deftly touched through traffic with the outside of his right boot. Luca de la Torre then ran on to the ball and centered for Josh Sargent, whose touch turned him away from his defender and simultaneously set him up to fire his third goal of the tournament past Mouhamed Mbaye. USA 1, SEN 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 30th minute: A minute after poking his effort from outside the box just wide, Eryk Williamson sprung Josh Sargent up the right side. The 17-year-old attacker alertly hit a quick ball for Tyler Adams running through the middle, but the New York Red Bulls midfielder’s low effort was well held by Mbaye.

SEN – Mouhamed Mbaye, 48th minute: The U.S. nearly found its second goal just after halftime. Playing quickly in transition, Tyler Adams threaded a ball through the Senegal defense for Josh Sargent, but Mbaye came well off his line to sweep away the danger outside his box.

USA – Derrick Jones and Cameron Carter-Vickers, 55th minute: A Senegal free kick from the right fell for Waly Diouf at the back post, but Derrick Jones bravely blocked his effort. The ball was played back in on the follow-up, where Ibrahima Niane’s open look was nodded away by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

SEN - Mouhamed Mbaye, 62nd minute: Sargent remained hungry and came close just after the hour mark. Driving up the right, the U.S. attacker found Adams in the box, before the midfielder flicked back for Sargent at the top of the area. The U.S. goal scorer had to reach back, but hit a left-footed effort that forced a diving stop out of Mbaye at the right post.

Additional Notes:

  • After sitting out against Ecuador, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned, anchoring the U.S. backline and earning Man of the Match honors vs. Senegal.
  • Josh Sargent’s 34th minute goal was his third of the tournament and ties him for the Golden Boot lead with Jean-Kevin Augustin (France) and Sergio Cordova (Venezuela).
  • Sargent now sits just one goal shy of matching the U.S. record for goals by one player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, a mark jointly held by Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007).
  • Luca de la Torre recorded his second assist of the tournament on Sargent’s goal. Those two assists go along with his game-tying strike from the tournament opener against Ecuador.
  • U.S. defender Aaron Herrera received a yellow card in the seventh minute. He joins Derrick Jones, who picked up a yellow card against Ecuador, on the USA’s caution watch list.
  • Tab Ramos made two changes from the starting XI that faced Ecuador, inserting Cameron Carter-Vickers for Tommy Redding in central defense and Derrick Jones for the injured Gedion Zelalem in midfield.
  • Ramos moves to 4-3-3 all-time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • The USA and Senegal faced each for the first time in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.


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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Senegal
Date: May 25, 2017
Competition: 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group F
Venue: Incheon Stadium; Incheon, Korea Republic
Kickoff: 7 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 5,864
Weather: 63 degrees; Windy and clear

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

USA – Josh Sargent (Luca de la Torre)         34th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 3-Danny Acosta, 16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (capt.), 14-Aaron Herrera; 7-Eryk Williamson (6-Justen Glad, 84), 8-Tyler Adams, 18-Derrick Jones; 17-Brooks Lennon, 19-Josh Sargent (15-Jeremy Ebobisse, 90+4), 20-Luca de la Torre (13-Lagos Kunga, 90)
Subs not used: 2-Auston Trusty, 4-Tommy Redding, 9-Emmanuel Sabbi, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 12-James Marcinkowski, 21-Brady Scott
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SEN: 1-Mouhamed Mbaye; 3-Jean Ndecky, 2-Waly Diouf, 6-Mamadou Diarra (capt.), 4-Souleymane Aw; 5-Cavin Diagne (20-Akhibou Ly, 76), 17-Krepin Diatta, 19-Bamba Kane; 11-Ibrahima Ndiaya, 10-Aliou Badji (12-Habib Gueye, 79), 7-Ibrahima Niane
Subs not used: 8-Moussa Ba, 9-Mouhamed Pouye, 13-Alioune Gueye, 14-Ousseynou Niang, 15-Mamadou Mbaye, 16-Lamine Sarr, 18-Souleye Sarr, 21- Idrissa Ndiaye
Head coach: Joseph Koto

Stats Summary: USA / SEN
Shots: 8/14
Shots on Goal: 3/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 6/8
Fouls: 18/16
Offside: 0/3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution)          7th minute
SEN – Bamba Kane (caution)            60
SEN - Mamadou Diarra (caution)       86
SEN – Ibrahima Ndiaya (caution)       88       

Officials:
Referee:                                              Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1:                           Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2:                           Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official:                                    Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee:                    Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:    Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

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

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U-20 MNT May 25, 2017

USA Looks to Continue 2017 U-20 World Cup Momentum vs. Senegal | 7am ET | FS1, Telemundo En Vivo

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with its second Group F game against Senegal on Thursday, May 25. The match kicks off at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic at 7 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS1 and telemundodeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. comes in on the heels of a thrilling 3-3 draw against Ecuador on Monday. Later that day, Senegal held on for a solid 2-0 start against Saudi Arabia and now sits atop Group F with three points. The U.S. faces a quick turnaround in its effort to get a favorable result against Senegal that would keep the team on course to advance to the Round of 16.

After its match against Senegal, the USA will close out Group F play against Saudi Arabia on Sunday May, 28 at 5 a.m. ET. That game can also be seen on FS1 and Telemundo.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group F Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Senegal

1

1

0

1

3

2

0

+2

USA

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Ecuador

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Saudi Arabia

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group Pairings:
Group A: Korea Republic (host), Guinea, Argentina, England
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Vanuatu, Mexico
Group C: Zambia, Portugal, Iran, Costa Rica
Group D: South Africa, Japan, Italy, Uruguay
Group E: France, Honduras, Vietnam, New Zealand
Group F: Ecuador, USA, Saudi Arabia, Senegal

U.S. U-20 MNT’s Group F Schedule:
May 22, 4 a.m. ET: Ecuador 3, USA 3; Incheon Stadium, Incheon
May 25, 7 a.m. ET: Senegal vs. USA; Incheon Stadium, Incheon
May 28, 5 a.m. ET: USA vs. Saudi Arabia; Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon

Hot Starts to Group F Play

For the USA, momentum came at the end of their tournament opener vs. Ecuador. After going down 2-0 inside the first seven minutes, the USA fought back to level the score via the foot and head of forward Josh Sargent. An even game then tilted back towards Ecuador with La Trí retaking a 3-2 lead early in the second half.

Just as it looked like Ecuador would escape with all three points, USA midfielder Luca de la Torre pounced on a short clearance at the top of the Ecuador area and coolly finished inside the right post in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage to rescue a massive point for the USA and keep the team in contention for a top spot in Group F.

Senegal got to business early in their 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia, tallying both goals inside the first 17 minutes of play. Ibrahim Niane powered home the opening goal in the 15th minute, before Ouseynnoue Diagne sent home an athletic half volley two minutes later. Senegal would continue to pressure Saudi Arabia throughout the match and perhaps should have increased the lead before the final whistle.

USA Setting Records

Two records were set during the U.S. U-20’s come-from-behind draw vs. Ecuador. The first was a matter of age, as Sargent became the youngest U.S. player to score a FIFA U-20 World Cup goal, at 17 years, 91 days old. The record was previously held by current MNT striker Jozy Altidore, who was 17 years, 239 days when he scored against Poland at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

The second record set was a matter of minutes. Luca de la Torre’s equalizer in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time was the latest regulation time goal scored by a U.S. player at a FIFA U-20 World Cup. The record was previously held by Brian Ownby, who notched a goal in the first minute of stoppage time during the USA’s 4-1 win vs. Cameroon at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Sea of Red

After wearing white jerseys in their World Cup opener, the USA will don its all-red kit against Senegal. The newer look was first revealed at midnight on Valentine’s Day earlier this year and debuted by the senior U.S. Women’s National Team when they defeated Germany 1-0 in the opening match of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 1. The U.S. Men’s National Team first wore red in a 6-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Honduras on May 24.

The U-20 MNT will become the first U.S. Youth National Team, men or women, to wear the red jerseys.

MNT - Jozy Altidore
MNT striker Jozy Altidore represented the USA at the 2007 FIFA U-20 Word Cup in Canada.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)

FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)

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U-20 MNT May 24, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Senegal U-20 MNT

Coming of a riveting 3-3 draw in their tournament opener against Ecuador, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday, May 25 as it meets Group F leaders Senegal, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their first match, at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The middle match of group play will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo at 7 a.m. ET.

Here are five things you should know about Senegal:

How They Qualified

Senegal qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup by finishing as the runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Zambia. Drawn into Group B, Senegal topped the four-team group to advance to the Semifinals and clinch its spot in the U-20 World Cup. Following a 1-1 draw with Sudan, Les Lions de la Teranga recorded a 4-3 victory against South Africa and a 2-0 win vs. Cameroon to win the group.

In the Semifinals, Senegal collected a 1-0 shutout against Guinea before falling 2-0 to host Zambia in the tournament Final.

U-20 World Cup History

Senegal is making just its second all-time appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and second consecutive following its participation in the most recent edition two years ago.

At the 2015 tournament in New Zealand, the Senegalese slipped through the group stage as a third-place qualifier before making a run in the Knockout Round to finish fourth. In the Round of 16, Senegal advanced past Ukraine on penalty kicks, 3-1. After a 1-0 Quarterfinal win against Uzbekistan, Senegal fell 5-0 to Brazil in the semifinals. The Senegalese finished the tournament with a 3-1 loss to regional rival Mali in the Third-Place Match. 

The Manager

A player for the Senegal National Team between 1980-86, Joseph Koto takes charge of the Senegal

U-20 team again after guiding them to its fourth-place finish in 2015. Under Koto’s guidance, Senegal has twice finished as runner-up at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. In 2012, Koto had a brief four-month stint as the head coach of the Senegal Men’s National Team. When describing his coaching style to FIFA.com, Koto described himself as “more as a doting father than a strict disciplinarian. To get results, I start a dialogue and I cajole the players rather than bashing them.”

Memories from Korea

Senegal’s biggest moment as a soccer nation occurred in 2002 when it qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the only time in its history. Like this year’s U-20 World Cup, that tournament took place in Korea Republic. In the tournament’s opening game in Seoul, Senegal stunned the soccer world when they upset defending champion France 1-0 on a first-half goal from Papa Bouba Diop.

Les Lions de la Teranga advanced out of the group and into the Round of 16 where they defeated Sweden 2-1 in extra time. Senegal’s magical World Cup run ended in the Quarterfinals when it fell to 1-0 to Turkey.

The Roster

Along with 15 players based in Senegal, the roster also features players based in Egypt, France, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Turkey.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Mouhamed Mbaye (FC Porto/POR), Idrissa Ndiaye (Diambars FC/SEN), Lamine Sarr (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN)

DEFENDERS (8): Souleymane Aw (Excellence Foot/SEN), Moussa Ba (Excellence Foot/SEN), Mamadou Diarra (Generation Foot/SEN), Waly Diouf (Valenciennes FC/FRA), Alioune Gueye (NGB Niarry Tally/SEN), Akhibou Ly (CNEPS Excellence/SEN), Mamadou Mbaye (AS Dakar Sacre Coeur/SEN), Jean Ndecky (Casa Sport/SEN)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Calvin Diagne (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Krepin Diatta (Sarpsborg FK/NOR), Bamba Kane (Diambars FC/SEN), Souleye Sarr (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

FORWARDS (6): Aliou Badji (Djurgardens IF/SWE), Habib Gueye (Darou Salam-ASMA/SEN), Ibrahima Niane (Generation Foot/SEN), Ibrahima Ndiaye (Wadi Degla FC/EGY), Ousseymou Niang (Diambars FC/SEN), Mouhamed Pouye (Mbour Petite Cote FC/SEN)

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U-20 MNT May 23, 2017

Five Things to Know About U-20 'Keeper Jonathan Klinsmann

Awarded the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Jonathan Klinsmann is back to anchor the defense for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team as it prepares to open the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic on May 22 against Ecuador.

Here are five things you should know about the U.S. goalkeeper:

Making His Own Way
The son of a legendary World Cup winning striker for Germany and former U.S. MNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, Jonathan has carved a different path as a goalkeeper. Just like his father, the younger Klinsmann started out as a forward and only casually played goalkeeper with friends, but eventually

 fell in love with the position as he joined the FC Bayern Munich youth team in 2008.

After moving back to California, Klinsmann was part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy side in Irvine, Calif. Klinsmamn made 33 appearances in his final season before moving on to college at the University of California.  

California Dreaming
Klinsmann enrolled at Berkeley in the fall of 2015, appearing in eight games while making four starts during his rookie campaign for the Golden Bears. His workload increased as a sophomore in 2016 as he appeared in 14 of Cal’s 17 games, including 12 starts. Klinsmann follows a number of other highly successful goalkeepers who have made their college home with the Golden Bears, a list that includes MLS veterans Josh Saunders (2001-02), Stefan Frei (2005-08) and U.S. MNT goalkeeper David Bingham (2008–10).

The Legacy of the American No. 1
The clear-cut starting goalkeeper for the U.S. U-20 team during qualifying, Klinsmann has appeared for U.S. Youth National Teams in a variety of age groups, including a U-23 camp in 2015 while just 18 years old. In 2016, he appeared in six of eight U-20 international matches for the U.S. Klinsmann has been between the posts for six of the team’s seven matches this year, with the U.S. recording a 4-1-1 mark in those games.

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Klinsmann looks to follow in a long line of highly-decorated U.S. goalkeepers who have gone to the U-20 World Cup, a list that includes Tony Meola, Kasey Keller, Nick Rimando and Tim Howard.

The Man with the Golden Glove
At the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Klinsmann won the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, appearing in five of six matches at the competition as the U.S. claim its first U-20 regional crown. Klinsmann recorded a pair of clean sheets during the tournament, including one in the final against Honduras, a match the U.S. would go on to win on penalty kicks, 5-3.  

A Busy Spring
Following the successful CONCACAF U-20 Championship in early March, Klinsmann kept himself sharp with a pair of training stints with European professional clubs. The first of the two stops was with one of his father’s former clubs in Germany, VfB Stuttgart; he also spent a portion of the spring with Everton of the English Premier League.

Shortly after his time at Everton, Klinsmann rejoined the U.S. in London for its final training camp before the selection of the 21-man squad for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

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U-20 MNT May 19, 2017
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