The U.S. Men’s Under-23 National Team completed its first camp of the year this week, and looking beyond the two results achieved in the friendly matches played, things went as expected for U-23 MNT head coach Andreas Herzog.
"It was my first camp; the players had to get an idea of the new coaching staff, the philosophy and style of play," Herzog said following the second match of the camp against Denmark. "Every single one showed great effort, but that's normal. First of all, it’s the national team and it's a new coach. Everyone wants to make a good impression, so that's nothing that I wasn't expecting."
On March 22, Herzog called-in 18 players to participate in training camp, as the group began preparing for October's tournament that will qualify two CONCACAF teams to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. He later added two more players on March 24, and later added one more player when Jordan Morris was called into the senior MNT camp, thus rounding out the U-23 roster to 20. The camp, which ran from March 23-26, started in Bosnia. There, the U-23’s played the host nation on March 27, earning a 5-2 victory. They later traveled to Denmark, facing the Danes on March 31 in Copenhagen, falling 1-0 in the wrap-up match of the team’s European camp.
"We had a great result in Bosnia," Herzog said. "We made some mistakes too, but Bosnia didn’t punish us for our mistakes. I think we played against a real good Danish team with a lot of power. You could see right from the beginning they had a different power; the passing, the speed."
Midfielder Luis Gil, who captained the side in both matches, offered his viewpoint on the group from a players' perspective.
"It's our first camp together, so we're still getting used to all the players," said Gil. "It's great to have a group like this out here. Obviously we have some work to do. It's going to take some time, but the future is looking positive. We just have to take it step-by-step and I feel like we'll get there. We have a great coaching staff and great players. We just have to work."
Gil had three assists out of the five goals scored against Bosnia. While also active throughout the match in Copenhagen, the opponent proved too strong to break down.
"We played two completely different teams," he said in regards to the team’s friendlies. "It's difficult playing against a great team from Europe in Europe. I feel like we learned a lot from this, especially in the game against Denmark."
Herzog was not pleased with the team's overall performance in the loss to Denmark, singling out a few things.
"I think we had 60 minutes that we didn't play really well," Herzog said of the match in Copenhagen. "We didn't keep the ball and we were not confident enough. It was just a matter of time when they scored. And when we regained possession of the ball, we did not keep it for a while, so we didn't create anything. It was not a 50-50 game; it was more like 75 to 25 with a much better Danish team.
"And then, the game changed in the opposite direction because we were the better team the final 30 minutes. We created four great chances. If you have a bad game but you still have four clear chances, you have to score. Overall, I have to give the players credit and compliment them. After a bad 60 minutes, we showed good character and fought our way back into the game and we should have tied the game."
One of the players Herzog is clearly counting on to play an important role moving forward on the year is Gil.
"He has to be a difference maker. With his quality I expect more, of course," Herzog said. "He had some good situations, like against Bosnia when he made some great passes which led to goals. He's an experienced guy. He's played a couple of years in MLS, so I expect from him to lead the team. He has to change the rhythm of the game with a lot of dynamic runs and sometimes with his great technique. He has to be confident in the number 10 position. Overall, all of us have to do an even better job in order to get to Rio."
Gil, who was a member of the U-20 MNT World Cup squad in 2013, is eager to show that he can help steer the team to the Olympics.
"This is the first time where I really get to be the leader of a team," he said. "I have to show more on the field and pick them up off the field. I have to be a leader for these guys. I have to push them harder and I feel that we'll be successful."
With the first camp in the books, Herzog won't have to wait long to see the group again. The team will face Mexico U-23’s at StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22.
For the Herzog, it's another opportunity to continue working with the core players he expects to play come October.
"We already have our next game on April 22 against Mexico in LA, where hopefully we'll get most of the players together again so that we can develop our style," he said. "Hopefully, we get a good group together and we can beat Mexico."
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (March 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team fell to Denmark's U-21 side 1-0 on Tuesday night at Lingby Stadion in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Andreas Cornelius gave the home side the lead in the 52nd minute after entering the pitch as a second-half substitute. Despite a strong final 40 minutes from the U.S., the team was unable to find the equalizer.
Denmark was the most dangerous side early on, but USA goalkeeper Charlie Horton and left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda were up to the task and kept the Danish at bay.
The USA's best chance came in the 51st minute when Luis Gil, wearing the captain's armband for the second straight match, displayed some nice moves to get past two defenders in the box before lifting a cross to the back post. Will Packwood jumped high and headed the ball down but Denmark’s goalkeeper, Frederik Ronnow, reacted quickly and was able to stop the shot right at the line.
On the next possession, Denmark’s Yussuf Yurary Poulsen made a nice pass from the right to just inside the top of the box, where Cornelius trapped it with his back to the goal, turned left, and shot past a diving Tyler Miller, who replaced Horton in the second half.
Miller, making his USA debut, came up with numerous saves to keep the USA within reach. In the 54th minute he stretched out fully to his right to bat a shot out of bounds. Later, he was able to stay on a free kick that changed direction after hitting the wall to make another save.
The U.S. began threatening with Zach Pfeffer, who twice combined with Khiry Shelton for good opportunities, but Denmark’s goalkeeper did his job; first with a fantastic diving save on a shot from 16 yards out, and then with a header from 12 yards out that went just wide.
A final chance to equalize came late in the game but Pfeffer’s attempt inside the six was cleared, and a rebound shot taken by Ariel Lassiter was saved by the goalkeeper.
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Denmark U-21 Men’s National Team
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Lyngby Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. Local)
Weather: 38 degrees, rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
DEN 0 1 1
DEN – Andreas Cornelius (Yussuf Yurary Poulsen) 52nd minute
USA: 12-Charlie Horton (22-Tyler Miller, 46), 2- Juan Pablo Ocegueda (6-Christian Dean, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 5- William Packwood, 8-Benji Joya (16-Daniel Metzger, 74), 14-Fatai Alashe, 13-Khiry Shelton, 17-Jerome Kiesewetter (7-Ariel Lassiter, 74), 10-Luis Gil, 11-Alonso Hernandez (21-Zach Pfeffer, 59)
Substitutions Not Used: 15-Alfred Koroma Shams
Head coach: Andreas Herzog
DEN: 16-David Jenson (1-Frederik Ronnow, 46), 2-Alexander Scholz (13-Ryan Laursen, 66), 3-Frederik Sorensen (12-Patrick Banggaard, 46), 4-Jannik Vestergaard, 5-Patrick Da Silva, 6-Christian Norgaard (19-Jens Jonsson, 46), 7-Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, 8-Nicolaj Thomsen, 10-Rasmus Falk (15-Nicolai Poulsen, 79), 14-Lucas Andersen (18-Emil Berggren, 70), 20-Nicolai Brock-Madsen (9-Andreas Cornelius, 46)
Head coach: Jess Thorup
Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 11
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 0 / 0
USA – Alonso Hernandez (caution) 38th minute
DEN –Nicolai Brock-Madsen (caution) 43
DEN – Andreas Cornelius (caution) 52
USA – Oscar Sorto (caution) 88
USA – Luis Gil (caution) 90+3
Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Regin Egholm (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan a Lioarenda (FRO)
Fourth Official: Kjaersgaard-Andersen (DEN)
CHICAGO (March 30, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called in Philadelphia Union forward Zach Pfeffer to join the team for its upcoming match against Denmark on Tuesday, March 31 in Copenhagen.
Pfeffer’s most recent participation with U.S. Soccer was with the U-20 MNT in 2014. He appeared in three international games for the USA, recording one assist and three goals on the year. He has also spent time with the U-17 and U-18 Men’s National Teams.
The U-23 MNT played its first friendly of the year on March 27, defeating Bosnia U-21's 5-2 in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Five different players scored for the U.S. in the match including, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe, with Luis Gil assisting on three of the tallies.
Morris, who scored the opening goal in the victory, is now with the senior MNT as U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added the forward to the roster on March 29.
The U.S. U-23 MNT’s two friendlies are part of the team’s first training camp of 2015 currently taking place in Europe. The camp marks the beginning of the team’s qualifying preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
For more updates, follow the U-23's on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
The U-23 Men's National Team is holding its first training camp of 2015 ahead of Olympic qualifying this fall. The U-23's trip included a 5-2 win against Bosnia's U-21 side in Tuzla where the team has been based for a majority of the camp. Next up for the U-23's is a friendly against Denmark on March 31. Keep up with the U-23 MNT's camp and match against Denmark on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.
Los boletos para el partido entre la Sub-23 de EE.UU. y la de México saldrán a la venta al público el jueves, 2 de abril, a las 10 a.m. PT por medio de ussoccer.com, llamando al 1-888-929-7849, y en la taquilla del StubHub Center (abierta de lunes a viernes, 12 p.m. a 6 p.m.). Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden obtener un formulario de solicitud grupal en ussoccer.com o llamando al 312-528-1290.
La Selección Masculina Sub-23 de EE.UU. actualmente está en su primer campo de entrenamiento del 2015 en Europa. La concentración marca el inicio de las preparaciones del equipo para la eliminatoria para los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2016 en Rio de Janeiro.
Después de entrenar del 23-26 de marzo en Tuzla, Bosnia y Herzegovina, EE.UU. jugó su primer partido amistoso del año el 27 de marzo, derrotando a Bosnia 5-2 con goles de Jordan Morris, Mario Rodríguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernández y Fatai Alashe. El equipo de enfrentará a Dinamarca el martes, 31 de marzo, en Copenhagen, Dinamarca.
El director técnico de la Sub-23 de EE.UU. es Andi Herzog, quien ha sido auxiliar técnico de la Selección Mayor desde el 2011. Los asistentes de Herzog incluyen a John Hackworth, quien es director técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-15 de EE.UU., el buscador de talentos de la Selección Mayor Matthias Hamman y el entrenador de porteros Memo Valencia. Manténgase al tanto con la más reciente información de la Selección Masculina Sub-23 en Twitter @ussoccer_ynt y @ussoccer_esp.
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CHICAGO (March 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will face its counterpart Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game against its CONCACAF rival will serve as preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, to be held Oct. 1-13 in the USA.
Tickets for the U.S. U-23 MNT-Mexico match-up go sale to the public Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
The U.S. U-23 MNT is currently in the midst of its first training camp of 2015 in Europe. The camp marks the beginning of the team’s qualifying preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
After training from March 23-26 in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the U.S. played its first friendly of the year on March 27, defeating Bosnia 5-2,
behind goals from Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. The team next faces Denmark on Tuesday, March 31, in
The U-23 MNT is led by head coach Andi Herzog, who has served as a Senior Men’s National Team assistant coach since 2011. Herzog’s assistants include John Hackworth, who serves as head coach of the U-15 Boys’ National Team, MNT scout Matthias Hamann and goalkeeper coach Memo Valencia.
Stay up-to-date with all the latest information on the U-23 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.
TUZLA, Bosnia & Herzegovina (March 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Bosnia U-21's 5-2 in its first friendly of the year in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Five different players scored for the U.S. including, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe, with Luis Gil assisting on three of the tallies.
The U.S. jumped to a 2-0 advantage early in the game after Morris converted from the top of the box following a pass form Gil in the eighth minute. Rodriguez notched the second thanks to an assist from Morris in the 14th.
Bosnia got into the score sheet with a goal in the 64th, but a foul in the box to Jerome Kiesewetter two minutes later, gave the U.S. a penalty kick that Benji Joya had no trouble converting for the 3-1 USA lead. Shortly after, Bosnia got its own call in the box and scored on a penalty kick to make it a 3-2 game.
The USA once again was able to distance itself as Hernandez received a missed shot from Gil that rebounded straight back to him to send it to the back of the net in the 78th. Finally, the U.S. sealed the deal when a perfectly placed corner from Gil went to the middle of the box and Alashe headed it home to secure the 5-2 victory.
Next, the U-23 MNT will travel to Denmark to face Denmark U-23’s on Tuesday, March 31. The U.S. U-23 MNT is currently in its first training camp of 2015 in Europe. The camp marks the beginning of the team’s qualifying preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
For more updates, follow the U-23's on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
- U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-23 MNT v. Bosnia Herzegovina U-21 MNT
Date: March 27, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Tusanj; Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kickoff: 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET)
Weather: 49 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 3 5
BIH 0 2 2
USA – Jordan Morris (Luis Gil) 8th minute
USA – Mario Rodriguez (Jordan Morris) 14
BIH – Nikola Jelisic 64
USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick) 66
BIH – Armin Hodzic (penalty kick) 72
USA – Alonso Hernandez (Luis Gil) 78
USA – Fatai Alashe (Luis Gil) 86
USA: 12-Charlie Horton; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Will Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (6-Christian Dean, 81); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 8-Benji Joya (16-Dan Metzger, 83), 10-Luis Gil (capt.), 7-Ariel Lassiter (13-Khiry Shelton, 61); 9-Jordan Morris (11-Alonso Hernandez, 74), 18-Mario Rodriguez (14-Fatai Alashe, 61)
Subs not used: 22-Tyler Miller
Not Dressed: 15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 20-Oscar Sorto
Head Coach: Andi Herzog
BIH: 1-Kenan Piric; 11-Adis Omerbasic, 6-Luka Miletic, 5-Renato Goikovic (17-Marko Mihoievic, 45), 4-Alem Merlaic; 14-Damir Sadikovic, 16-Nikola Jelisic, 10-Samir Radovac (23-Smail Prevljak, 74); 2-Kerim Memiia, 15-Fedor Predragovic (19-Amar Rahmanovic, 45), 9-Armin Hodzic (capt.) (8-Milos Satara, 81)
Subs not used: 7-Dzenan Burekovic, 12-Vedran Kiosevski, 13-Milos Acimovic, 18-Omar Markovic, 20-Semir Music, 21-Branimir Odak, 22-Nemanja Trkulja
Head Coach: Darko Nestorovic
Stats Summary: USA / BIH
Shots: 8 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 18 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1
USA – Boyd Okwuonu (caution) 55th minute
USA – Fatai Alashe (caution) 63
BIH – Samir Radovac (caution) 65
USA –Benji Joya (caution) 71
BIH – Kerim Memiia (caution) 73
Referee – Edin Jakupovic
Assistant 1 – Sreten Udovicic
Assistant 2 – Senad Ibrisimbegovic
Fourth Official – Elvedin Topuzovic
CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s Under-23 National Team head coach Andi Herzog has added two players to the 18-man roster currently in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina for the team’s first training camp of the year.
Defender Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmond, Okla.) and midfielder Dan Metzger (Unattached; Holmdel, N.Y.) will join the U-23 MNT for training in Bosnia, upping the group to 20 players, as the team continues to get ready to face Bosnia’s U-23 National Team on Friday, March 27 in Tuzla, before traveling to face Denmark on Tuesday, March 31.
Both Okwuonu and Metzger have experience playing with U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams. Okwuonu was a member of the U-17 MNT Residency Program in the fall of 2008 and competed with the team at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. He also played with the U-20 MNT in 2012 alongside Metzger, who scored the last goal of the year for the U-20’s during a friendly against Venezuela on Dec. 21, 2012.
In addition, Okwuonu was a member of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship team that qualified the U.S. for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The foreign training camp serves as the U-23’s initial step in preparation for qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.