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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Corey Baird F 5-10 154 1/30/96 Escondido, Calif.
Andrew Brody M 5-10 140 5/3/95 Orlando, Fla.
Jonathan Campbell D 6-2 190 6/27/93 Greensboro, N.C.
Mael Corboz M 5-11 165 9/6/94 Green Brook, N.J.
Alex Crognale D 6-5 195 8/27/94 Gahanna, Ohio
Michael Gamble F 5-7 150 1/5/94 Columbia, Md.
Chase Gasper D 6-0 170 1/25/96 Alexandria, Va. Bethesda-Olney
Wade Hamilton GK 6-2 160 9/15/94 Murrieta, Calif. Arsenal FC
Niko Hansen M 5-10 160 9/14/94 Sacramento, Calif.
Ian Harkes M 5-11 165 3/30/95 Fairfax, Virginia
Tomas Hilliard-Arce D 6-1 170 11/22/95 Matthews, N.C.
Patrick Hodan M 5-9 155 10/19/93 Brookfield, Wisc.
Jonathan Klinsmann GK 6-4 180 4/8/97 Newport Beach, Calif. Irvine Strikers
Grant Lillard D 6-4 195 12/5/95 Hinsdale, Ill.
Connor Maloney F 5-6 145 5/18/95 Harrisburg, Pa.
Kendall McIntosh GK 5-11 160 1/24/94 Santa Rosa, Calif. Santa Clara
James Moberg M 6-2 170 4/16/94 Windsor, Calif.
Alexander Muyl F 5-8 180 9/30/95 New York, N.Y.
Adam Najem M 5-8 140 1/19/95 Clifton, N.J.
Jakob Nerwinski D 6-0 175 10/17/94 Lawrenceville, N.J.
Chris Odoi Atsem D 5-10 155 5/28/95 Mitchellville, Maryland
Keegan Rosenberry M 5-8 160 12/11/93 Ronks, Pa.
Jake Rozhansky M 5-9 136 7/4/96 Tahoma Park, Maryland Bathesda-Olney
Paul Salcedo F 5-10 155 10/4/95 Inglewood, Calif.
Mac Steeves F 6-3 200 7/31/94 Needham, Mass.
Sam Strong D 6-2 195 8/23/96 Santa Barbara, Calif. UC Santa Barbra
Andrew Tarbell GK 6-3 195 10/7/93 Mandeville, La.
Brandon Vincent D 5-11 175 5/1/94 Valencia, Calif.

2015 College ID Camp

Corey Baird

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
154

Birthdate:
1/30/1996

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Escondido, Calif.

Andrew Brody

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
5/3/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Orlando, Fla.

Jonathan Campbell

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:
6/27/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greensboro, N.C.

Mael Corboz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
9/6/1994

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Green Brook, N.J.

Alex Crognale

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-5

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
8/27/1994

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gahanna, Ohio

Michael Gamble

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
1/5/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Columbia, Md.

Chase Gasper

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
1/25/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Alexandria, Va.

Club:
Bethesda-Olney

Wade Hamilton

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-2

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
9/15/1994

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Murrieta, Calif.

Club:
Arsenal FC

Niko Hansen

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
9/14/1994

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Sacramento, Calif.

Ian Harkes

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
3/30/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Fairfax, Virginia

Tomas Hilliard-Arce

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
11/22/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Matthews, N.C.

Patrick Hodan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
10/19/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Brookfield, Wisc.

Jonathan Klinsmann

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
4/8/1997

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:
Irvine Strikers

Grant Lillard

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
12/5/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Hinsdale, Ill.

Connor Maloney

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
5/18/1995

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Harrisburg, Pa.

Kendall McIntosh

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
1/24/1994

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Santa Rosa, Calif.

Club:
Santa Clara

James Moberg

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
4/16/1994

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Windsor, Calif.

Alexander Muyl

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
9/30/1995

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
New York, N.Y.

Adam Najem

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
1/19/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Jakob Nerwinski

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
10/17/1994

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lawrenceville, N.J.

Chris Odoi Atsem

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
5/28/1995

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Mitchellville, Maryland

Keegan Rosenberry

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
12/11/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ronks, Pa.

Jake Rozhansky

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
136

Birthdate:
7/4/1996

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tahoma Park, Maryland

Club:
Bathesda-Olney

Paul Salcedo

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
10/4/1995

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Inglewood, Calif.

Mac Steeves

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-3

Weight:
200

Birthdate:
7/31/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Needham, Mass.

Sam Strong

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
8/23/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Club:
UC Santa Barbra

Andrew Tarbell

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
10/7/1993

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Mandeville, La.

Brandon Vincent

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
5/1/1994

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Valencia, Calif.

All-Important October Matches Loom Large for MNT and U-23s

At the start of the year, the clearest goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team was to lock up a spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The road to Russia now has one final hurdle, and it’s a mouth-watering matchup with its biggest rival.

On Oct. 10, the United States and Mexico will meet in a do-or-die, one-match playoff at the legendary Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with the winner taking CONCACAF’s spot at the World Cup warm-up competition.

While the U.S. has largely been successful against Mexico on home soil in the last 20 years, the task of facing a charged Mexican side at a giant venue like The Rose Bowl will serve up a new challenge. Four of the six largest crowds ever to watch the MNT play have watched a USA-Mexico match in southern California, and often with a heavy pro-Mexico tilt. That tide has turned in other venues – most notably Columbus Crew Stadium – and now the opportunity exists to make the Rose Bowl another example of the growing legion of U.S. supporters. After experiencing strong fan turnout during domestic matches throughout 2015, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann stressed the importance of making sure American fans turn up for the team at the imperative playoff match.

USA to Face Canada, Cuba and Panama in Men’s Olympic Qualifying

CHICAGO (Aug. 18, 2015) – The U.S .Under-23 Men’s National Team was drawn into Group A with Canada, Cuba and Panama for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played from Oct. 1-13 in the United States.

The USA opens with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT.

“Now we know what’s ahead of us,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “It’s an interesting group and strong group and we want to win and advance. Canada we’ve looked at and we know they have some strong players in MLS. Panama is also strong and Cuba, we saw this summer in the Gold Cup, has some young players we expect to face in this tournament. In the end it’s an interesting group and we’re excited.”

Each of the host venues opens ticket sales separately. For full ticketing information click here. Television information will be announced at a later date.

Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, and the winner of the UNCAF playoff between Costa Rica and Guatemala, will make up Group B. The top two finishers from Group A and Group B will advance to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, for the all-important semifinals on Oct. 10.

Winners of the semifinal match-ups will advance to the Oct. 13 final  and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, while the losers will meet in a third place match, also on Oct. 13. The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Summer Olympics.

USA Group A Schedule:
Oct. 1 – USA vs. Canada, 8 p.m. CT, Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 3 – USA vs. Cuba, 4 p.m. CT, Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 6 – USA vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m. MT, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 10 Semi-Finals, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Oct. 13 Third Place Game, 5 p.m. MT, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Oct. Final, 5 p.m. MT, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Groups
Group A: United States, Panama, Cuba, Canada
Group B: Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Costa Rica/Guatemala winner

Tickets for 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Go on Sale Later this Month

CHICAGO (Aug.  13, 2015) – Tickets for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13, will go on sale later this month. Venues in four different cities will each host two doubleheader events.

Each venue will open ticket sales separately.  The United States heads Group A, where the first two matches of the group will be played Oct. 1 and Oct. 3 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Fans can purchase tickets for the two events in Kansas City starting Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 12 p.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the Kansas City area (including many Hen House Markets). [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the Sporting Park ticket office.] Availability is limited.

2012 Olympic Gold medalists Mexico headline Group B and will play their first two matches on Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  Tickets for the two events in the Los Angeles area go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 14, 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.).

All teams in both Group A and Group B will then travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., for the final matches of the first round, with Group A playing on Oct. 6 and Group B on Oct. 7. Tickets for the two events near Denver go on sale to the general public Thursday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-866-461-6556 or 303-534-6119 (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT), at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the Pepsi Center box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, will host the all-important semifinals on Oct. 10 and the third place match and final on Oct. 13. The availability of series tickets for the two doubleheader events that determine the two automatic CONCACAF representatives at the 2016 Olympic Games and the tournament champion will be announced at a later date.

A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America and two from the Caribbean. The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A.  Mexico, the defending Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was seeded in Group B. The rest of the teams will be placed into the groups at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw, which is set to take place Aug. 18 in Los Angeles.

Winners of the semifinal match-ups will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in a third place match. The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF – CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

Date

Event

Start Times

Location

Oct. 1

Group A Doubleheader*

5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan

Oct. 2

Group B Doubleheader**

6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 3

Group A Doubleheader*

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan

Oct. 4

Group B Doubleheader**

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 6

Group A Doubleheader*

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 7

Group B Doubleheader**

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 10

Semifinal Doubleheader

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

Oct. 13

Third Place & Final

5 p.m. and 8 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

* USA to play in second match
** Mexico to play in second match

U-23 MNT Wraps up First College ID Camp

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team gathered for its first College Identification Camp last week at the National Training Center in Carson, California, concluding the event with a 3-1 win against Club Tijuana’s Segunda Premier Team.

Paul Salcedo (California) Mac Steeves (Providence) and Brandon Vincent (Stanford) scored goals to lead the U-23s.

U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog spent three days working with the group of 28 collegiate players, which allowed the coaching staff to scout a new crop of talent as they continue preparations ahead of October’s qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“It was the first time that U.S. Soccer has had college camp like this,” Herzog said. “I got the chance to learn more about all of these players. After an intra-squad scrimmage and especially after the game against Tijuana, I was really pleased because I saw a lot of talent. We will certainly be watching.”

The camp took place across three days in Carson, run by Herzog and assistant coaches John Hackworth and Matthias Hamann.

“It’s something I would want to do again. It was great and fun to work with these kids,” Herzog said. “They were really, really ambitious. After the camp I told them it was really nice to work with them and they were very interesting and maybe next time we’ll do it a bit longer and it will be even better. There’s a chance that we’ll see some of these players again.”

The 28 players from the group now return to their colleges where they will prepare for the start of the NCAA soccer season.

“It was great that the college coaches helped us out a lot, both me and Jurgen [Klinsmann] to make the roster. We asked them to suggest the three or four of the best players at each position and then selected from there. It was interesting because there were a few different age groups. There were players from the ’93 age group and the youngest were ’96 and ’97. These players are about to start preseason at their colleges and it was important to take this opportunity.”

The U-23’s will be back in action in September when they travel to England for friendlies against England and Qatar. 

Herzog Calls 28 Players for College Identification Training Camp

CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 28 players to Carson, California, for a College Identification training camp that will allow the coaching staff to scout a new crop of collegiate players as the team continues preparations ahead of October qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The group will train from August 5-8 at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson.

"It will be great to work with this group and have a look at them,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “We have brought college players in and have seen them go on to have success with the senior team. Jordan Morris was an example of that this year. This camp is another chance to build our pool of talented players.”

Eleven of the 28 players have experience playing in the U.S. Men’s National Team youth system.

Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).
DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).

 

U-23 MNT Defeats England 2-1 to Take Third at Toulon Tournament

TOULON, France (June 7, 2015)  – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team converted a pair of penalty-kick goals to defeat England 2-1 and earn third place at the historic Toulon Tournament in France.

The USA got out to an early lead when Alonso Hernandez netted a penalty kick in the sixth minute, but it didn’t take long for England to respond leveling on a close-range strike in the 10th.

In the 65th minute an England handball in the box gave the USA another penalty kick, which Benji Joya coverted for the U.S. lead. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper came up with a pair of timely saves in the match’s final minutes.

The third-place finish matched the best finish for the USA in the renowned tournament. The other time was in 1989 when it similarly defeated England, 2-0. Following the match, defender Shane O’Neill earned honors as the tournament’s third-best player was presented a trophy for his efforts.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alonso Hernandez (penalty kick), 7th minute: 
Jerome Kiesewetter ran on to a lofted ball and attacked with pace down the right side. England defender Kortney Hause was losing ground on Kiesewetter and attempted to shoulder his way in for a tackle. Kieswetter went down and the referee signaled for a penalty kick. Alonso Hernandez hit it low and hard into the right corner for his second goal of the tournament. USA 1, ENG 0

ENG – Kortney Hause, 10th minute: Shortly after conceding the opening goal, the English side pressed back with an attack of its own. A foul set up a free kick for England on the left side, which it quickly played forward catching the U.S. off guard. The ball was sent in on a cross and bounced around in front of the box. Hause’s was the first foot to it, tapping it in from close range. USA 1, ENG 1

USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick), 65th minute: The USA was pressuring on an attack and Jerome Kiesewetter fired a shot toward the goal from outside of the box. The ball rebounded off one of the English defenders’ foot and off the hand of another, which set up the penalty. U.S. captain Benji Joya stepped up and blasted it into the upper right corner for the lead. USA 2, ENG 1. (FINAL)

Additional Notes:

  • Benji Joya scored in his second Toulon Tournament after also scoring a goal when he  played with the U.S. U-20 MNT that participated in 2013.
  • The match was the first between England and the USA at the U-23 age level. The two teams are scheduled to meet again for a friendly in September.
  • This is the second straight year that England has finished fourth at the Toulon Tournament.
  • Marc Pelosi was suspended and was not eligible to play in the match today due to yellow card accumulation, while Sam Strong was unavailable due to a concussion he sustained in the game against Qatar.

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: June 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament – Third Place Match
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 910
Weather: 80 degrees, Sunny 

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

USA – Alonso Hernandez (penalty kick)      7th minute
ENG – Kortney Hause                                   10
USA – Benji Joya (penalty kick)                   65 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Tyler Turner, 55), 5-William Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 7-Dillon Serna, 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya (capt.), 16-Julian Green; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez (17-Alfred Koroma Shams, 63)
Subs Not Used: 22-Tyler Miller
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog 

ENG: 1-Christian Walton (13-Jordan Pickford, 41); 2-Iorfa Dominc, 5-Jack Stephens, 6-Bailey Cargill, 15-Kortney Hause; 17-John Swift, 7-Matthew Grimes (capt.), 20-Duncan Watmore, 18-Jamie Hanson; 19-Kwame Thomas (10-Chuba Akpom, 49), 11-Rolando Aarons (16-Callum Robinson, 49)
Subs Not Used: 8-Lewis Baker, 9-James Wilson, 12-Isaac Hayden, 14-Demarai Gray
Head Coach: Aidy Boothroyd 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 9 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offsides: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
ENG – Kortney Hause (caution)                      6th minute
ENG – Matthew Grimes (caution)                   8
USA – Benji Joya (caution)                             53 

Officials:
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee: Paulo Santos Soares and Pedro Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Adil Zourak (MAR) 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Shane O’Neill


U-23 MNT Advances to Third Place Match at 2015 Toulon Tournament

The U-23 #USMNT made it through group play and advanced to the 3rd place match at the 2015 Toulon Tournament, providing head coach Andi Herzog and the players another chance to tune up for Olympic Qualifying later this year.

U-23 MNT Advancement Scenarios in Final Day at Toulon

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team was the first team in the Toulon Tournament to complete group play. Going into Thursday, the last night of Group A pool play matches, the standings are as follows:

Group A

National Team

Games Played

W

L

D

Pts.

Total Goals Scored

Total Goals Allowed

France

3

3

0

0

9

7

2

Netherlands

3

2

1

0

6

9

6

USA

4

2

2

0

6

6

6

Costa Rica

3

1

2

0

3

5

6

Qatar

3

0

3

0

0

1

8

The top two teams advance in the tournament, with the No. 1 team moving on to play the No. 1 from Group B in the final and the No. 2 team from Group A meeting its counterpart from Group B in the third place game. Both games will be played on June 7. 

The U.S. will need help if it is to gain sole-possession of to the number two spot. The Tournament tie-breaker rules are:

  1. Goal Differential
  2. Total Goals Scored
  3. Head-to-head result 

At this point the U.S. is even on goal differential, Netherlands is +3 and Costa Rica is -1. That being the case the U.S. needs help on the final night of matches. To advance the U-23’s require France to defeat Netherlands by a margin of four goals (Netherlands would beat the U.S. out on goal differential or total goals scored tie-break with a loss of three goals or less) and a Costa Rica draw or loss in its match with Qatar (A Costa Rica one-goal win would level it with the U.S. and Costa would advance on the head-to-head tiebreaker, having defeated the U.S. on May 31 2-1). 

Costa Rica and Qatar square off at 11 a.m. ET followed by the match between France and Netherlands at 1 p.m. ET.

Quote Sheet: Herzog, Metzger, Green and Morris Reflect on Qatar Win, Tournament Overall

U-23 MNT head coach ANDI HERZOG

On the game and the win:
I knew that we were the better team, but you could see that we were really tired today. When you’re tired you have to make the right decisions on the field, especially in possession you have to keep the ball, but I’m happy that we won the game. I’m not that happy with our performance, but when you have four games in seven days, and it was really hot. We had some injuries and some players with muscle problems at the end. It was great that we didn’t concede any goals, we had a shutout and that’s the most important thing for me, even though we didn’t play well at least we won, 1-0 and it’s a good result for us, it’s just that in the second half I was expecting us to get more counter breaks.”

On if he expects more out of the team in the future:
“We have to do better, but as a coach you have to think about all the positives as well. We had a very tough schedule. We had to play every other day and my players are not used to playing this way and today we rested some of our key players in the first half and in the second half I thought they would make the difference, but they were not on the level that they were against Netherlands.”

On the best teams remaining in this tournament:
“France I think is the best team. We helped them a lot with the mistakes that we made in the first 15 minutes of our game and for us the game was already over, but again I think France is a great team. I don’t know exactly the other group, maybe Morocco, England and Mexico have some good players and good quality. For us we’ll have to wait and watch France and see if they win to get us through to the next round.”

U-23 MNT midfielder DAN METZGER

On going ahead early:
It was definitely the way we needed to start this game. It was the first game we’d started out with the first goal so it gave us a lot of momentum in this game to give ourselves a chance to move forward in the tournament. It was good to just get out and get the win and get the first goal and put together 80 minutes.”

On the mentality of the team going into the next few days of waiting to see what happens:
It’s unfortunate that we put ourselves in this situation, where we have to rely on some teams. We’re hoping for the best from France to put up some good results, so it’s just a waiting game right now.”

On what the team takes away from this tournament:
That every international game is going to be a battle no matter what the team is and no matter what the circumstance is, we’ve just got to stick with what we know best.”

U-23 MNT midfielder JULIAN GREEN

On his goal:
It was a good feeling to score a goal of course and it was important for us to have the first goal in this game and after that it was a little bit easier, but I think we could have scored more goals.”

On where this win leaves the team:
I think we can do nothing. We just have to look at the other teams playing and hope for the best.”

On how the team has performed over the course of the tournament:
It’s always a good experience to play against team’s like Netherlands and France and I think it was a hard tournament because we played every other day and it’s very hard for bodies, but I think we made the best out of the situation and it was a good experience for us.”

On what the team takes away from this tournament:
“We know we have a lot of work to do. We saw from the first game against France that every little mistake can change the game and that’s what we can learn from these games.”

U-23 MNT forward JORDAN MORRIS

On the rigorous tournament:
Yeah it was pretty tough. The schedule for us was definitely grueling and some of the other teams had three or four days in between games and we never had that. We had to rebound have a day off and play again and I think definitely in this fourth game you saw some fatigue, but I thought the team did really well to fight through that and we got the win today, which wasn’t the prettiest, but we got the result.”

On what the team takes away from this tournament:
I think we learn that we have to approach every game in the way that we approached the game against Netherlands. We saw that we came out flat against France and they punished us for it and when you play really good teams they’ll punish you for it, but I think we rebounded really well in the second half of that game and in all other games I don’t think that our work rate was the issue. I think that in all games it’s important to learn that mentality that we’re just going to outwork the other team and I think we did that this tournament and it’s something we’ll take to qualifying.”

On the game today:
I think we were a little bit frustrated because we knew we could do a little bit better and put some more in the back of the net, but that starts with me, you’ve got to finish your chances there. I think that coming into this game we knew that you’ve got to get at least a result and hopefully goals, so we were a little bit frustrated and obviously the second half was the prettiest of halves either. We just know that we can do better and I think that the guys were a little bit frustrated because of that.”

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