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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Fatai Alashe M 6-0 175 10/21/93 Northville, Mich. San Jose Earthquakes
Cody Cropper GK 6-4 200 2/16/93 Maple Grove, Minn. Southampton (England)
Julian Green M 5-7 140 6/6/95 Tampa, Fla. Hamburg (Germany)
Alonso Hernandez F 5-10 150 3/1/94 El Paso, Texas C.F. Monterrey (Mexico)
Charlie Horton GK 6-5 210 9/14/94 Cleveland, Ohio Unattached
Benji Joya M 5-8 145 9/22/93 San Jose, Calif. Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Jerome Kiesewetter F 6-0 165 2/9/93 Berlin, Germany VfB Stuttgart (Germany)
Alfred Koroma Shams F 6-0 160 4/19/94 Southlake Carrol, Texas Unattached
Daniel Metzger M 5-8 155 8/6/93 Holmdel, N.J. New York Red Bulls II
Tyler Miller GK 6-4 195 3/12/93 Woodbury, N.J. Zweibrücken (Germany)
Jordan Morris F 5-11 185 10/26/94 Mercer Island, Wash. Stanford 4/1
Boyd Okwuonu D 5-9 165 2/24/93 Edmund, Okla. Real Salt Lake
Shane O'Neill D 6-2 190 9/2/93 Boulder, Colo. Colorado Rapids
Juan Pablo Ocegueda D 5-11 150 7/13/93 Riverside, Calif. Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Mexico)
Will Packwood M 6-2 165 5/21/93 Concord, Mass. Unnattached
Marc Pelosi M 6-0 170 6/17/94 Sunnyvale, Calif. Liverpool (England)
Jalen Robinson D 5-10 155 5/8/94 Cantonsville, Md. D.C. United
Dillon Serna M 5-7 145 3/25/94 Brighton, Colo. Colorado Rapids
Sam Strong D 6-2 195 8/23/96 Santa Barbara, Calif. UC Santa Barbra
Tyler Turner D 5-11 165 3/4/96 West Haven, Conn. Orlando City SC

2015 Toulon Tournament

Fatai Alashe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
10/21/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northville, Mich.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Cody Cropper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
200

Birthdate:
2/16/1993

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Maple Grove, Minn.

Club:
Southampton (England)

Julian Green

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
6/6/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Hamburg (Germany)

Alonso Hernandez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
3/1/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
El Paso, Texas

Club:
C.F. Monterrey (Mexico)

Charlie Horton

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-5

Weight:
210

Birthdate:
9/14/1994

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

Club:
Unattached

Benji Joya

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
9/22/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

Club:
Santos Laguna (Mexico)

Jerome Kiesewetter

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
2/9/1993

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
VfB Stuttgart (Germany)

Alfred Koroma Shams

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
4/19/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Southlake Carrol, Texas

Club:
Unattached

Daniel Metzger

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
8/6/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Holmdel, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls II

Tyler Miller

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
3/12/1993

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Woodbury, N.J.

Club:
Zweibrücken (Germany)

Jordan Morris

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
185

Birthdate:
10/26/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

Club:
Stanford

Boyd Okwuonu

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
2/24/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Edmund, Okla.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Shane O'Neill

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:
9/2/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Juan Pablo Ocegueda

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
7/13/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Riverside, Calif.

Club:
Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Mexico)

Will Packwood

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
5/21/1993

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Concord, Mass.

Club:
Unnattached

Marc Pelosi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
6/17/1994

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Sunnyvale, Calif.

Club:
Liverpool (England)

Jalen Robinson

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
5/8/1994

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cantonsville, Md.

Club:
D.C. United

Dillon Serna

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:
3/25/1994

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Brighton, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Sam Strong

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
195

Birthdate:
8/23/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Club:
UC Santa Barbra

Tyler Turner

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
3/4/1996

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Haven, Conn.

Club:
Orlando City SC

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.”

Julian Green Strike Sees U-23 MNT Past Qatar 1-0

AUBAGNE, France (June 2, 2015) –The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Qatar in its fourth game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament, 1-0.

For the first time in the tournament, the U.S. scored first going 1-0 up in the opening 10 minutes when Julian Green blasted home a volley from an Alonso Hernandez cross.

The U.S. pressured on the attack for the rest of the game, hoping to gain goal-differential ground on competitors Netherlands and Costa Rica in Group A. Despite a number of second-half opportunities spurred by halftime subs Jordan Morris and Jerome Kiesewetter, Green’s goal ultimately stood as the lone score of the game.

The win preserved the U.S.’s hopes of advancing to a placement game on June 7, but the team’s fate will be in the hands of France, which defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in the day’s late game and now must beat the Netherlands by a three-goal margin on June 4 in order for the U.S. to advance.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Julian Green (Alonso Hernandez), 8th minute: 
Alonso Hernandez stepped in front of an errant Qatar pass on the U.S. side of the field, sidestepped a defender and turned on the jets, sprinting down the sideline across midfield on the right. As he neared the end line Hernandez drove a cross into the center of the box that Julian Green one-timed into the back of the net on a stellar volley. USA 1, QAT 0 (FINAL) 

Additional Notes:

  • Julian Green’s goal was his first his first with the U-23 MNT and his first in a USA uniform since his goal with the senior team against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He also tallied his first assist in U.S. colors in this tournament in the game against Netherlands.
  • The match was the first between the U.S. and Qatar at the U-23 age level.
  • For the first time this year, Shane O’Neill was not in the USA’s starting lineup.
  • Sam Strong made his first start with the U-23’s, but left the game at halftime with a head injury.
  • Tyler Miller made his first career start for the U-23 MNT, earning his first shutout in the process by making two saves against Qatar. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Qatar
Date: June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 680
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny 

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

USA - Julian Green (Alonso Hernandez)                   8th minute

Lineups:
USA: 22-Tyler Miller; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-William Packwood, 6-Sam Strong (13-Fatai Alashe, 46), 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (7-Dillon Serna, 20); 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya, 10-Marc Pelosi, 15-Alfred Koroma Shams (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 16-Julian Green (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46) 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 4-Shane O’Neill, 12-Charlie Horton ,18-Jalen Robinson, 20-Tyler Turner
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog 

QAT: 1-Sateh A. Al-Abbasi; 17-Mohaammed Alaaeldin, 2-Khidir Musaab, 6-Ali Bazmandegan, 15-Ali Alob; 11-Ahmed Fadhil (3-Huthaifa Ali Al-Salemi, 15), 8- Ahmed Fathy Abdoulla(16- Ali Awad Bujaloof, 73), 4-Mohammed Al-Saeed, 7-Ahmed Alaaeldin; 9-Othaman Alawi Alyhari (13-Yousuf Alkubaisi-62), 14-Nasser Al-Khalfan (10-Saleh Yazidi, 75)
Subs Not Used: 5-Abdulaziz Abdulla Shareef, 12-Abdulrahan Al Haziri, 18-Shaheen Al Kuwari, 19-Ali Ahmad Ghaderi, 20-Abdulrahman Alkorbi
Head Coach: Fahad Abdulla Al-Zarraa 

Stats Summary: USA / QAT
Shots: 9 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
QAT - Ali Alob (caution)                      21st minute
USA - Marc Pelosi (caution)               40
USA - Benji Joya (caution)                 68
QAT - Ahmend Fathy Abdoulla          73 

Officials:
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee: Paulo Santos Soares and Pedro Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Macias Romo (MEX 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Julian Green

U-23 MNT Downed 2-1 by Costa Rica at Toulon Tournament

SAINT RAPHAEL, France (May 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team fell to Costa Rica in its third game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament, 2-1.

For the third-straight game the U.S. surrendered the first goal of the game, this time on a 23rd minute free-kick from Costa Rica’s Ronald Matarrita. The U-23’s responded seven minutes later when Fatai Alashe smashed in an equalizer to send the teams in to halftime knotted up at 1-1.

In the second half, a U.S. miscue off a goal kick resulted in a quick counter and goal from David Ramirez, the Tournament’s leading goalscorer with three tallies. As the clock ticked away the U.S did everything it could to put in a tying goal, including subbing in center back Will Packwood as a striker, looking to turn his size and strength into a scoring opportunity, but could not find the back of the net despite creating a number of chances.

The U.S. now sits in the No. 4 slot of Group A trailing France, the Netherlands and Costa Rica in the hunt for a pivotal top two spot that grants teams a trip to the June 7 placement matches. France currently tops the group, followed by the Netherlands, who defeated Qatar 4-1 in the day’s other match. The U.S. U-23’s are not out of the running yet, but are no longer in the driver’s seat. They will need a win in the June 2 match against Qatar and some help from France, which will play both Costa Rica and Netherlands in its final two games.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC - Ronald Matarrita, 23rd minute: 
A U.S. foul set Costa Rica up with a free kick from just outside the box on the upper right side. Matarrita took a strike at goal and bent in a perfectly placed ball that just cleared the wall and curled inside the left post and past diving U.S. goalkeeper Charlie Horton. USA 0, CRC 1

USA - Fatai Alashe, 30th minute: Julian Green took the ball past the midfield line and lofted a terrific spinning ball into the box to an open Jordan Morris, who headed it down and lightly touched it past the keeper at the goal. The ball slowly rolled toward the corner, where it bounced off the post, but Fatai Alashe was there to smash in the rebound to level the game. USA 1, CRC 1

CRC - David Ramirez 54th minute: U.S. ‘keeper Charlie Horton passed a goal kick in the direction of center back Shane O’Neill, who had to quickly turn to get it away to safety. On the ensuing quick throw-in, Costa Rica worked the ball to David Ramirez, who broke free from the U.S. defense and finessed a shot over Horton and into the goal. USA 1, CRC 2 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA - Charlie Horton (Save), 21st minute:
Costa Rica intercepted a USA pass and broke on a quick counter, laying the ball forward to Ronald Matarrita. Matarrita was free for a shot on goal from just inside the box, but didn’t get all of it with his left foot. The resulting goal-bound shot was scooped up by Horton.

Next on the Schedule:
The U-23 MNT will play its final Group Stage match of the Toulon Tournament against Qatar on Tuesday, June 2 at Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny in Aubagne, France

Broadcast information: 12 p.m. ET BeIN SPORT
Social: Twitter @ussoccer

Additional Notes:

  • Jalen Robinson, who earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT in the game against the Netherlands, earned his first start today against Costa Rica.
  • Shane O’Neill made the start at center back and captained the team. He is the only player to have started and played the full game in all six of the U-23s game’s this year.
  • Fatai Alashe’s goal was his second of 2015. He last scored in the U.S.’s 5-2 win over Bosnia in March. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament (Group play)
Venue: Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphael, France
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 79 degrees, Sunny 

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

CRC - Ronald Matarrita           23rd minute
USA - Fatai Alashe                  30
CRC - David Ramirez             54 

Lineups:
USA: 12-Charlie Horton; 20-Tyler Turner (3-Boyd Okwuownu, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 18-Jalen Robinson (Will Packwood, 73),Dillion Serna;16- Julian Green (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 61), 10-Marc Pelosi, 13-Fatai Alashe, 9-Jordan Morris (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 59); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 6-Sam Strong, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Dan Metzger, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

CRC: 1-Carlos Martinez; 11-John Jairo Ruiz (12-Ulises Segura, 53), 6-William Quiros, 13-Steve Garita, 3-Julio Cascante (14-Bryan Espinoza, 77); 15-Joseph Mora, 10-Dylan Flores, 20-Cristian Martinez, 8-Luis Sequira; 7-David Ramirez (5-Willian Fernandez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Francisco Rodriguez, 16-Randy Yormein Chirino, 17-Ariel Lassiter, 18-Darryl Jared Parker, 19-Mauricio Ayales
Head coach: Luis Fernando Fallas Arias 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Shane O’Neill (caution)                      12th Minute
CRC - Julio Cascante (caution)                      57
CRC - Steve Garita (caution)                          62
CRC - Carlos Andres Martinez (caution)        79
USA - Alonso Hernandez (caution)                 83

Officials:
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo (Mex)
Assistant Referee: Lopez Carillio (Mex
Assistant Referee 2: Valenciano Torres 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Fatai Alashe

U-23 MNT Finding Their Feet on International Stage

The U-23 Men’s National Team are in Toulon. After a tough match against France the team bounced back with a 3-1 victory against Netheerlands.

2015 Toulon Tournament Quote Sheet: U.S. U-23 MNT 3, Netherlands 1

U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog
On conceding an early goal, but rebounding with a goal:
I think it was a little bit similar to what happened in the game with France. We gave up an easy goal but I think my team came back really well because our striking players are really fast and that’s our biggest strength. We were able to use it today and overall I thought it was a great team performance. The second half after the 60th minute the Netherlands did everything to come back into the game, so we were maybe a little too deep. We took a few plays and we were maybe waiting for a counter-break to bring, and Jordan Morris was in the right position, but we were not able to execute a final pass or maybe we would have had a chance to score the fourth goal. There was always danger because Netherlands were much better in the second half and it brought in some other players that had a little bit more quality than its starters today. It was a very important win for us today.”

On what the difference was today, versus the last game:
“Against France we nearly scored two own-goals in one minute so the team needed at least 30 minutes to shake it off. Today Netherlands scored an easy goal, but it’s important that you always create chances and that the team has confidence. We knew even against a good team like Netherlands we would be able to create chances if we stuck to our game plan. It was really good. The only thing I was hoping for was one better counter-break in the second half to score a fourth goal, and then it would have been even better for us.”

On moving onto the next game versus Costa Rica:
“First of all, a couple of players are really tired because they’ve now played two games in three days and we have to be smart for the third game to find the right balance, but right now we’re just happy and I have to give the team huge compliments. Today it was hot, it was a good opponent and it was a really good game. After the loss against France, I’ve been waiting for my team to show character and they went back to their strengths and I think it was a really good game for us.”

U-23 MNT midfielder Fatai Alashe
On the team’s resiliency:
That’s something we talked about after the last game. Obviously, what happened last game is not acceptable. We gave up an early goal and kind of lost our heads and it just got worse from there. So we were focused today, even if we went ahead, even if we gave up an early goal and things didn’t go our way, we’ve just got to stick together and stay tough and stick to the game plan. That’s what we did today and we were grateful to get a result.”

On the importance of the win for the stake of the U.S. in the tournament:
At this point it was a game we had to win. If we didn’t win we were likely going to be out. It was definitely a big win. Now we have a chance if we win out, to at least play in the third-place game if not the final depending on what happens with France. We knew that going in and we definitely wanted to play for something.”

U-23 MNT forward Jerome Kiesewetter
On his goal:
It was great to score. That’s just what strikers do and it was awesome. It’s just a good feeling.”

On the importance of the win:
We didn’t start well in the France game, but we showed that we are a good team and that we have spirit and that is what soccer’s about. We did well in this game; 3-1 against Netherlands, that’s a great result.”

On the resiliency of the team:
We showed that we have character. That we’ll keep fighting back. That we’re one team, and we have spirit, and that’s so important for us. We didn’t start well today. We gave up a goal in the first 10 minutes and we were down, but we showed that we can come back. We have a good team.”

On the next match against Costa Rica:
“We are very ready for the next game. We want to win this game, same as the game against Qatar, but we have to focus now on Costa Rica and do everything we have to win.”

U-23 MNT forward Alonso Hernandez
On his goal:
I think it was free kick and it bounced up, and Jordan [Morris] fought for it and he put it back to me and I scored. I thought it was a great opportunity for the team to as we moved to 2-1 and it was a great team effort.”

On how important the win is for the team:
It’s a great win. It’s a great opportunity for the team to keep moving forward and to continue to prepare for the Olympics and everything. We’re gaining confidence and we’re getting better and better, and that’s the important part of the win.”

U-23 MNT Rebounds with Big 3-1 Win over Netherlands

HYERES, France (May 29, 2015) – Goals from Jerome Kiesewetter, Alonso Hernandez and William Packwood spurred the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team to a 3-1 win over the Netherlands in the second group stage game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament in Hyeres, France.

After opening the tournament with 3-1 loss to France on May 27, the U.S. responded in its second match, coming from behind and earning a convincing win.

The win leveled the U.S. and Netherlands in the Group A pool, where both hold three points on 1-1-0 records. The U.S. is now in second place in the standings, behind group leader France (2-0-0). Next, the U-23 MNT will face Costa Rica on Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. ET on beIN Sport to wrap up group play.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Brahim Darri, 10th minute: 
Darri dribbled the ball through the center of the field and elected to send a shot at goal from thirty yards out. The ball drifted and Cody Cropper reached it on a dive, but it slipped through his hands and into the back of the net. USA 0, NED 1

USA – Jerome Kiesewetter, 19th minute: 
Benji Joya brought the ball up from midfield and jetted through a pair of Dutch defenders. Near the edge of the box, Joya trickled a ball across to Julian Green, who had room on the left-hand side. Green made a move to the center and blasted a shot that ricocheted off of a group of Netherlands defenders. Kiesewetter was first to the rebound and he kicked it in to level the score. USA 1, NED 1

USA – Alonso Hernandez (Jordan Morris), 24th minute: The U.S. was positioned with a free kick from 25 yards out and Julian Green took it and sent it off the top of the wall of Netherlands defenders. The ball bounced high into the air and Jordan Morris out-jumped a defender near the goal and headed it back to Alonso Hernandez, who promptly smashed it into the back of the net from close range. USA 2, NED 1

USA – William Packwood (Julian Green), 42nd minute: The USA came out on the attack in the second half and earned a corner in the first minute. Julian Green played a beautiful curling ball in and Will Packwood headed it in to give the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, NED 1. FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NED – Jesse Bertrams (Save), 21st minute:
Fatai Alashe intercepted a Netherlands pass and took off toward the goal. With a man coming in from the left Alashe ripped a shot at the upper right corner, but Bertrams dove high and wide to deflect it over the bar to set up a U.S. corner.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 48th minute: Netherlands broke away on a counter and got the ball across to Brahim Darri, who had already scored in the first half. Darri from the left side tried to slide a shot into the lower right corner of the goal, but Cropper dove and pushed it away.

USA – Cody Cropper (Save), 62nd minute: Anwar El-Ghazi stole the ball for the Netherlands and bore down on the U.S. goal with strength. El-Ghazi held off a defender and tried to curl a left-footed shot into the upper left corner of the goal but Cropper was there and made another diving save.

Next: USA vs. Costa Rica on Sunday, May 31
Broadcast information: Live at 11 a.m. ET on beIN Sport 
Social: Twitter @ussoccer

Additional Notes:

  • With his assist Jordan Morris has now tallied a point in three-straight games, with goals in the two previous matches against France on May 27 and Mexico on April 22. He has recorded at least a point in five of his six games with the U-23 MNT.
  • Jalen Robinson earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT.
  • Jerome Kiesewetter tallied his first goal of 2015 for the U-23 MNT.
  • Benji Joya made the start as the team’s captain for the second-straight game. When Marc Pelosi came on for him in the 55th minute, Shane O’Neill finished the match with the captain’s armband.
  • O’Neill made the start at center back. He has started and played 90 minutes in all five matches for the U-23s this year.
  • Joya and O’Neill are the only players on the roster that have started all five games for the U-23’s this year.
  • Julian Green’s assist was his first as a member of the U-23 MNT.
  • William Packwood’s goal was his first in 2015 of his career with the U-23’s.
  • This match was the first between Netherlands and the USA at the U-23 age level. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: May 29, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament; Group A
Venue: Stade Perruc; Hyères, France
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                            2          1          3
NED                            1          0          1 

NED- Brahim Darri                                         10th minute
USA- Jerome Kiesewetter                              19
USA- Alonso Hernandez (Jordan Morris)      24
USA- William Packwood (Julian Green)        42

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Boyd Okwuonu (18-Jalen Robinson, 72), 5-Will Packwood, 4-Shane O’Neill, 7-Dillon Serna; 8-Benji Joya (capt.) (10-Marc Pelosi, 55); 13-Fatai Alashe; 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 16-Julian Green (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 67), 9-Jordan Morris, 11-Alonso Hernandez (16-Daniel Metzger, 64)
Subs Not Used: 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 6-Sam Strong; 12-Charlie Horton, 20-Tyler Turner, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

NED: 16- Jesse Bertrams; 15-Sean Klaiber; 12-Peet Bijen; 13-Jordy De Wijs (6-Clint Leemans, 46); 14-Django Warmerdam; 10-Joris Van Overeem; 17-Jelle Vander Hyden (9-Rai Vloet, 46); 4-Danny Bakker; 7-Mohamed Rayhi; 19-Vincent Janssen; 20-Brahim Darri (11-Anwar El-Ghazi, 53)
Subs Not Used: 1-Timo Plattel; 2-Hans Hateboer; 3-Derrick Luckassen; 5-Bas Kuipers;; 8-Thom Haye; 18-Elvio Van Overbeek

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 8 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA– Marc Pelosi (caution)                           69th minute
NED – Rai Vloet (caution)                              80 

Officials
Referee: Coulibaly (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Kangah (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Bi Gouho (CIV)
4th Official: Zourak 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Jerome Kiesewetter

U-23 MNT Looks to Bounce Back Against Netherlands

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will continue its run at the 2015 Toulon Tournament with a match against the Netherlands on Friday, May 29 (11 a.m. ET, BeIN Sport).

The U-23’s are coming off of a 3-1 opening-game loss to host-France. The U.S. battled in the second half and Jordan Morris scored his third goal of 2015 with the U-23’s, but the team could not overcome the 3-0 first-half deficit.

Netherlands opened with a 3-2 win over Costa Rica behind a pair of goals from Rai Vloe and a score from Anwar El Ghazi. The Dutch and Costa Rica sides played in Stadeo Le Lagrange, just before the U.S. kicked off against France.

The USA has been drawn into Group A of the 2015 Toulon Tournament alongside host France, Netherlands, Costa Rica and Qatar. The U.S. is set to play Netherlands on Friday, followed by matches with Costa Rica (May 31, 11 a.m. ET), and Qatar (June 2, 12 p.m. ET). The top team from the group will advance to the final, while the second-place finisher will move on to play for third. The advancing pair from Group A will match up with the top two finishers from Group B, which includes China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The placement matches will be played on June 7.

The game against the Netherlands, and all of the following U.S. group-stage tournament games will be broadcast on BeIN SPORTS. Fans can also follow the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. Tournament Notes:

  • With his goal against France, Jordan Morris has now scored in back-to-back games with the U-23s and three straight for the U.S. overall counting his goal with the senior team in its 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Morris is the U-23’s leading scorer, having tallied three goals in 2015. In five career games with the U-23’s, Morris has scored four goals.
  • Getting the start in the match against France, Marc Pelosi made his first appearance in a U.S. uniform in more than two years, having recovered from a series of injuries. He earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT and tallied an assist.
  • Coming on as second-half subs against France, Alfred Koroma Shams (62nd minute) and Sam Strong (73rd minute) earned their first caps with the U-23 MNT.
  • The Match between France and the USA was the first at the U-23 age level.
  • Benji Joya, who scored the lone goal for the U.S. in the match against France in the 2013 Toulon Tournament (when the teams met as U-20 opponents), captained the team in this year’s game against France. Joya and Shane O’Neill started in the match with France and are the only players on the roster to have started all four games in 2015.
  • Julian Green earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT.

USA vs. Netherlands Notes

  • The USA has faced Netherlands one time in Olympic history, when the pair faced off in Tianjin, China as a part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The teams drew 2-2 in the second group game, with goals from Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore.
  • Netherlands midfielder Thom Haye plays for Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar, where he is teammates with U.S. MNT forward Aron Johannsson.
  • 20-year-old Anwar El Ghazi scored nine goals for Dutch Eridivisie club Ajax, and earned honors as the AFC Ajax Talent of the Year for 2015.
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