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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.”

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
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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.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

In France it has been called le lieu où naissent les étoiles, the place where stars are born. Always a gathering of the world’s top soccer powers, this year’s 43rd edition of the Toulon Tournament features regular competitors Netherlands, England and host France, as well as Costa Rica, China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Qatar and the USA.

“It’s a huge tournament,” U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog said. “I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for sure there’s the Olympic Tournament, but apart from those competitions, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. With all the teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the USA competing against each other, at this age group that’s a really, really good competition and it’s a good challenge for us to show that we have a good team together.”

In 1975, Cesar Luis Menotti coached an Argentina youth squad featuring Daniel Passarella, Americo Gallego, Alberto Tarentini, and Jose Daniel Valencia to a championship in the third Toulon Tournament. Three years later, those four players were a part of the Argentina side that won the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Following the win, Menotti recalled Toulon as being a fundamental piece of the players’ development that led to their victory, and hence, le lieu où naissent les étoiles.

In the 40 years since, many of the biggest and most renowned footballers have made their mark in Toulon, and the tournament has proven to be a foreshadower of what’s to come in international play. In 2011, Colombian striker James Rodriguez earned honors as the Toulon Player of the Tournament. Three summers later, Rodriguez burst onto the scene and won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World cup after scoring six goals in five games.

Other international footballers who have also gained experience in the Toulon Tournament include: Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Javier Mascherano, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa and many more.

The U.S. was in Toulon for the tournament in 2013, competing with its U-20 MNT and taking seventh place. Their best finish in Toulon history dates back to 1989, when the team took third place behind Bulgaria and champion France.

This year the U-23’s will try to best that finish. To do that, they will have to navigate through group play matchups with France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. 

Q&A: Andi Herzog Talks Toulon

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog spoke with ussoccer.com about the Toulon Tournament and the U-23’s continued preparation for October’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

ussoccer.com: What can you say about this group that’s been brought together for the Toulon Tournament?
Andi Herzog: “I’m happy; I think we have a good group together. It’s mostly the same players we had against Mexico and the first Bosnia and Denmark trips. I want to have a little continuity and hopefully it will work in France. Obviously it’s a situation where a lot of MLS teams have a lot of games during the same time period, so mostly the players starting for the MLS teams were not released.”

ussoccer.com: How does this renowned tournament help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Championship?
AH: “This tournament in France is huge because there are a lot of great opponents. The other thing is we play a game every second day, so we will need everyone on the field and we’ll have to make a lot of changes from game to game. I think it’s a great chance for every single player to be able to be a big part of the team who will qualify for the Olympics.”

ussoccer.com: How did the fact that the tournament schedule features games every other day go into the makeup of this roster?
AH: “It’s clear: You need to double up every position. Overall we have a good group together with some young kids playing, like Marc Pelosi coming back after a long injury, so it will be interesting to see all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Over the years a number of the world’s great international footballers have played in this tournament. What does that say about the challenge ahead for the team?
AH: “It’s a great challenge and it’s a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best. The France team is the defending World Champion at the Under-20 level from two years ago in Turkey. They were the best team in the world two years ago and they are our first opponent, so that will be a real good possibility to see how good we already are.”

“It’s a huge tournament. I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for the Olympics, but apart from those competition, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. You have all the regular teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, USA competing against each other, so at this age group that’s a really, really good competition.

 ussoccer.com: How would you describe the form of the players on the roster coming in?
AH: “We have two or three players that had injuries before, but I talked to them and they’re fine, so it’s normal. For every National Team coach it’s always the same. You don’t train on a regular basis, so it’s just from month to month you see your players. That’s why I want to keep going always with most of the same players if they do well. Hopefully we made the right decisions.  

ussoccer.com: How does a tournament like this fit into the bigger picture of preparing these players for the next level of play?
AH: “Developing players for the senior National Tam has to be our goal. I think for a youth team it’s important to compete on the highest level at World Cups and Olympics, but overall the most important thing is you get at least two or three players for the National Team as regular starters afterwards. Otherwise we did a bad job as coaches.”

Gallery: U-23 MNT Win Completes Two-Game Double for USA Over Mexico

Photos from the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team 3-0 victory over its counterpart from Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2015. Los Angeles-area native Mario Rodriguez started the scoring for the U.S. in the second half. Fellow California Christian Dean followed up with his first international goal for the USA before Stanford University sophomore Jordan Morris capped off the night with his second goal against Mexico in as many games. Morris also scored the winning goal for the senior MNT in its 2-0 win against Mexico the week before. Additionally, U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper turned in a fine performance, stopping all seven shots on goal he faced to earn his first shutout of the year for the U-23s. 

The U-23 MNT will next be in action come the end of May when the team travels to France for the international Toulon Tournament. The USA will face France (May 27), the Netherlands (May 29), Costa Rica (May 31) and Qatar (June 2) during group play of the competition as it continues preparation for Olympic Qualifying, which kicks off this fall and will take place throughout the United States.

From Germany to California: A Rodriguez Homecoming

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team forward Mario Rodriguez made the longest journey of the 20 players on the roster to get to this week’s camp after traveling 5,600 miles from his Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany to Los Angeles, a place he knows well.

“I’m from North Hollywood,” Rodriguez said. “Coming back here is good, but it’s different because this time it’s strictly business, and it’s a good feeling playing against Mexico in my home. It’s really something else and it really feels good.”

Rodriguez has his eyes focused closely on the prize of another U.S. victory over Mexico, hoping to follow up on the senior team’s 2-0 win last week. He got off the plane at LAX after a 13-hour flight with one thing in mind.

“It’s a big rivalry,” he said. “Mexico and the U.S. have been at this battle for a very long time and it’s our turn now.”

Rodriguez was one of the last players to arrive at camp, getting in just shortly after the week’s first training session had begun. Eager to get to work, he texted the team coordinator who he had thought would be waiting for him at the airport.

“I said, ‘What’s up, are you going to come pick me up?’” Rodriguez said. “He was like, ‘No, not right now,’ and I said ‘What?’, and then out of nowhere my parents were there.”

Rodriguez’s mother and father still live in his hometown of North Hollywood, just north of LAX, and were there to surprise him at the airport. Living so far away from home, Rodriguez said it was an amazing surprise and it was wonderful to get the chance to see them.

“They really surprised me,” Rodriguez said. “It was just so nice to see them because I wasn’t expecting it and I haven’t seen them in so long.”

Rodriguez rode alongside mom and dad to the team hotel where they were able to meet the rest of his teammates as they pulled in from training. They wished them all well and told them they would be watching on Wednesday.

Growing up in the Los Angeles area, Rodriguez spent the early part of his career playing through the LA Galaxy youth system. From there he moved on to play for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2012 and in 2013 he moved around Germany to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach, the same club as fellow American and U.S. MNT defender Fabian Johnson.

After being on the other side of the world for the last few years, Rodriguez said it will be a great experience to play back home in LA in the stadium of the club where it all began for him.

“It’s always a privilege to put on the red, white and blue and to play for the National Team.”

As an added bonus this time around, he will have his family cheering him on when he does so on Wednesday.


Full Circle: Youngest and Oldest U.S. Soccer YNT Programs Share Lunch During Training

This week, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team and the Under-14 Boys' National Team are both training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Having camps just one field apart gave the squads an opportunity to gather together after training and meet for a group lunch. For the U-14's, it was an opportunity to see where continued hard work might lead. For the U-23's, it was a reminder of how far they have come, and an opportunity to share with the youngsters what they have learned along the way.

“Getting together is really important,” U-14 BNT head coach Brian Johnson said. “I think it’s important for both age groups actually. For the U-14's, it’s an opportunity to see older players, who have come through, as most of [the U-23's] have come through the system. It’s important for them to be able to talk to the [U-23’s] and eat lunch with them and ask questions and just engage in community.”

With the U-14's being the youngest of U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams and the U-23's being the last stop before the Senior National Team, the boys were able to tap into the older players' full range of U.S. Soccer experiences.

U-23 MNT U-14 BNT
U-23 MNT midfielder Luis Gil laughs with members of the U-14 Boys' National Team. Players from both teams shared lunch while simultaneously training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

“It feels very good and I feel very blessed that I got chosen to be with this talented group of players,” U-14 forward Jose Rivas said. “I asked how it feels to score in an international game. I asked where they played as youngsters and where they grew up and where they plan to play in the next few years.”

The U-14's and the U-23's were spread out amongst the tables and had the chance to sit with players that play the same positions. Rivas had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow forward.

“I talked to Jordan Morris, the man who scored against Mexico,” Rivas said grinning. “So happy. He said he doesn’t really know how it felt, it was a blur for him.”

In the coming years, Rivas hopes to have an experience like that of his own, but in the meantime, he will continue to work towards that goal. This week he gets to watch from only steps away, an experience he said is very special.

“It’s important that the U-14's see that connection and that they have these guys to look up to.” Johnson said. “They kind of find out some of the things that they’ve done well, and also maybe some of the things that have been tough for them and the different obstacles to overcome.

“When you play for the National Team it gets harder and harder as you get older, so it’s important for them to know, even specifically with their own positions, some of the stuff they do well, and maybe some of the things that they work on their own outside of training, so that they can do better and ultimately help the team.”

On the Lookout

On April 1, the 18 players that were a part of the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team March camp in Europe headed home after a week of intense training and friendlies with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark. For head coach Andi Herzog and assistant coach Matthias Hamann that camp may have been over, but the process of continuing preparation for the Olympic qualifications with the U-23 squad, and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the U.S. MNT, was just beginning. The ensuing scouting phase would see them travel more than 7,000 miles in the course of the three weeks that followed.

In addition to being coaches for the U-23s, Herzog and Hamann are also the European-based eyes of the senior National Team, constantly tracking players and evaluating talent for MNT head coach and U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. However, the pair crossed the pond for this round of scouting, traveling across North America to see games and players in the United States and Mexico.

“We came straight to Texas on April 10 from our March camp in Europe to watch FC Dallas play Colorado Rapids and to see our players,” Herzog said. “Dillon Serna came in 15 minutes from the end and scored a great goal. The next day we went to see the Houston Dynamo against the Montreal Impact. Then after that we came back to Dallas and drove our cars from Dallas to Houston and then from Houston to San Antonio to join the Senior Team for the match against Mexico.”

And that wasn’t all. Next the duo flew to Los Angeles and drove 150 miles to the border before parking and walking through the world’s busiest border crossing.  “We went to Los Angeles and then from LA to Tijuana to watch the U-20’s from Club Tijuana, and Greg Garza and Joe Corona for their first team. We also saw a few of the Mexican players that we will face in the Gold Cup or in World Cup qualifications, so it was an interesting game,” Herzog said.

From Tijuana it was back to Los Angeles to view the LA Galaxy and U.S. MNT players Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes, as well as U-23 MNT members Jose Villareal and Oscar Sorto.

And that wasn’t all.

“It was nice. It was a lot of games, and in the meantime because of the time difference we were watching the European games on TV,” Herzog said.

Dillon Serna, Shane O'Neill, Wil Trapp, Luis Gil
U-23 MNT members Dillon Serna (No. 21), Shane O'Neill (No. 16) and Luis Gil (No. 14) have all spent time with the spent time with the Senior MNT as well.

Herzog and Matthias take in game after game from Europe to the U.S. to Mexico. Really anywhere there is a game going on that has ties to U.S. Soccer – be that U.S. players or players that the USA will face down the line – there’s a good chance Herzog or Hamann are watching.

“Most of the time because we live in Europe we are scouting all the European-based players for the U.S. MNT and the youth teams, and for our Olympic team as well.” Herzog said. “It’s also critical that we see as many of the players based here as possible. When there’s a game in the U.S., we always try to come a little bit early to watch as many games as we can.”

That is precisely what they did again this time around, going from city-to-city and match-to-match. Seeing the games up close lets the coaches keep tabs on current players, while at the same time giving them the opportunity to scout for new talent.

“The most important thing is to scout our players,” Herzog said. “Even when the U-23 guys aren’t playing, because of my job as an assistant coach for Jurgen Klinsmann, I have to look at all of the players. It’s always good to get a lot of new impressions. You may have already had an opinion and you think, okay this guy is good, and then you get to confirm the level of play.”

It’s safe to say that when this camp is over Herzog and Hamann will be back on the grind. 

“It’s always fun to watch. It’s our profession and our passion. We’re both crazy and every weekend we’re in a different soccer stadium.”

First Step Completed on the Road to Rio for U-23 MNT

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."

Gallery: U-23 MNT Holds First Olympic Qualifying Prep Camp in Bosnia

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.  

Q&A: U-23 MNT Head Coach Andi Herzog Gears Up for First Training Camp of 2015

Recently appointed U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog sat down with ussoccer.com to speak about the team's upcoming training camp in Europe that will feature matches against Boznia and Denmark.

ussoccer.com: As you get this group together for the first time as head coach, the scheduling comes at an interesting moment with both the Senior Team and the U-20 team also playing. How did you work through putting together the roster?

Andi Herzog: “This was a bit of a puzzle. There are players from our pool that also fit in with the Senior Team, and also with the U-20 team. Overall I’m really happy that most of the players were released from the clubs in MLS, Europe and Mexico, so I think that we have a great group together and we can look forward to having two great games in Europe.

ussoccer.com: You have two very different and challenging opponents with Bosnia and Denmark. What do you like about these games?

AH: “It’s two different mentalities because Denmark is one of the best seven teams in Europe right now. They qualified for the European U-21 Championship that is coming up in May and June in the Czech Republic, so I think it will be a real tough game for us and I think a great, great challenge for our players. Bosnia is more like most of the teams from the Balkans, a more a technical team.”

ussoccer.com: This is your first camp as head coach with this group. What are some of the messages that you want to give to this team?

AH: “We are about six months away from the Olympic qualifying tournament, but I think it’s for every single player, a great chance, and for every one of us on the staff, a great opportunity, and it starts right now with the first game in Bosnia. Every player has to show me that he wants to be part of this group, and that they understand how special it is to represent your country. We have an opportunity to build something special, and I hope everyone is as excited as I am.”

ussoccer.com:  You previously coached the Austrian U-21 National Team. How will that experience help you in this role?

AH: “I think it’s great for me. It’s an advantage because I already know the strengths and weaknesses of this age group. It’s really fun for me and makes me really proud to get the opportunity to lead our team to the qualification and then to the Olympics. I think we are all convinced that we will get to Brazil, and like I said, it starts already in Bosnia. Hopefully we can improve from game to game as the team gets used to my philosophy.”

ussoccer.com: Your philosophy is obviously similar to that of Jurgen Klinsmann and Tab Ramos. How would you describe the approach to style of play?

AH: “In terms of style of play, it’s the same approach that Jurgen has and what Tab Ramos has done with the U-20s. We all work together with the Senior Team. I want to have a team where there are a lot of variations. We want to be attack-minded, keep possession, and have the whole team proactively working to win the ball back as soon as possible. It’s a big goal, and I think it will be really important to start from the first session to get the players into this philosophy.”

 ussoccer.com: As you examine the pool, can you already identify potential leaders?

AH: “We’ll see. For this camp, there are two or three players who were already playing for the first team like Luis Gil and Wil Trapp. Obviously there are players who played in the World Cup in Brazil that will have an important role. There will be times when they are with Jurgen, and other guys, who will be with Tab in the U-20 World Cup. When you add in the Gold Cup, which is important for the senior team, it’s a lot of activity. The good thing is that those are all great experiences. I think that we have a great group together and the main goal is to play the qualification at home in a really, really good way.”

ussoccer.com: Your assistant coaches include John Hackworth, who knows the U.S. players and system incredibly well, and Matthias Hamann who scouts Europe.  It seems like you have a lot of good support in scouting and identifying players.

AH: “We have a great coaching staff together. John knows everyone in MLS and the college ranks and the other leagues around North America. Matthias knows a lot of the young players in Europe from Germany and from England. It’s a big support for me, and I look forward to working with these guys and having success.”

ussoccer.com: What have been your priorities since you took over this role?

AH: “I’ve been traveling a lot through Europe and watching all of the players from my team and also from the first team, so it’s a lot of scouting and a lot of good games.  Our staff has been looking at the player pool closely and trying to map the different opportunities we will have to get guys together. As I said before, with all the games for Jurgen and the U-20 World Cup this summer, it’s going to be a puzzle. On the positive side, we will get the chance to look at a variety of players. We’ve been working on getting quality games, and we have some fantastic opportunities coming up this spring and summer. We’re definitely on the right track.”

THREE'S CAMPANY

March 2015 is the curtain raiser on a busy cycle for the men’s side of the U.S. National Team program.

And USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. U-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Beginning preparations for CONCACAF Olympic qualification in October, USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog convenes his first camp in charge of the U-23 side ahead of games at Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 27) and Denmark (March 31). Meanwhile, having recently qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos will bring his team to England for a pair of matches against the England U-21s and Tottenham Hotspur U-21s.

“For the youngsters to look towards the U-20 World Cup is huge,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the U-23s, we have to get them going in order to prepare for the qualifiers later this year towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Andi Herzog has his hands full with that group. For me and the Senior Team perspective, I’m looking at all these youngsters and thinking who can come through these periods and develop the fastest possible in order to make himself a strong competitor for the senior group. So this is a great time now, and we can’t wait to get these games going at the end of the month.”

BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTERS

 The balance has a telling diversity among the 62 players that have been summoned.

  • Twenty players representing 12 different MLS clubs have been called across the three rosters, while another 30 players from clubs in Germany (11), England (10) and Mexico (9) add to the bulk of the call-ups.
  • Nine of the 18 players called for U-23 camp were part of Tab Ramos’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad: Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Eric Miller, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto, and Wil Trapp.
  • U-23 call-ups Luis Gil, Jordan Morris and Wil Trapp have also already played for the Senior National Team.
  • Five of the U-20 call-ups were part of the U.S. U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign in 2013: Jeff Caldwell, Conor Donovan, Junior Flores, Shaquell Moore and John Requejo.
 

With all three camps taking place at the same time, the understanding between the three coaches, all of whom worked together at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has been key as Klinsmann has continued to develop a structure that works not only for the senior team but helps develop players that will one day play for it.

“In terms of style of play, it’s the same approach that Jurgen has and what Tab Ramos has done with the U-20s,” Herzog said in regards to coaching the U-23s. “We all work together with the senior team. For this group, I want to have a team where there are a lot of variations. We want to be attack-minded, keep possession, and have the whole team proactively working to win the ball back as soon as possible.”

Though just beginning the U-23 cycle, with the previous team missing out on qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Herzog said the task of getting the team to Rio next year begins with his new side understanding the playing philosophy being handed down this initial camp.

“It’s a big goal, and I think it will be really important to start from the first session to get the players into this philosophy.”

Beyond ensuring a similar playing style, the understanding has perhaps been most important when figuring out how to balance three different rosters with players that could go between two different teams.

 “It’s all very clear,” Ramos told ussoccer.com. “Jurgen and I have had a conversation to make sure that we put all things in the right places as we’re moving forward. Obviously having three National Teams go to camp at the same time is not easy.  We don’t all get the players we need at times, and it’s not easy on the clubs because MLS doesn’t stop for the FIFA dates and we’re at times asking for a bunch of players from the same team. We try not to deplete any one club at one time so the conversations between Jurgen, Andi and me as he passes down the information have to be very clear. We’ve done that, we’re all on the same page and I think it’s going to go smoothly.”

A past member of U.S. U-17 and U-20 World Championship squads as well as the 2008 Olympic team, U.S. senior international Jozy Altidore spoke to the value of these experiences for players who are beginning to develop international careers.

“It’s great to be involved at these levels because you get exposed to different types of teams,” said Altidore. “You see early how competitive it is, and how good the up and coming players are. Even getting used to things like travel is valuable. Dealing with all the elements of being an international player helps you get used to it and it becomes less of an issue as you progress, because it doesn’t get any easier. All these things prepare you for what’s to come.”

Altidore joins Beijing 2008 teammates Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco for USMNT camp this month, while another six of the senior players called in have represented the U.S. at various youth World Cups or in qualifying.

“These are important experiences,” continued Altidore. “A lot of the things you see at that level can prepare you for when you make the jump to the senior team, so these guys should take it seriously and get the most of out of it.”

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 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
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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

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.

Post-Game Quotes: Herzog, Packwood, Morris, Pelosi Talk Defeat to France

U-23 MNT head coach ANDI HERZOG

On conceding two early goals:
It was a shock for our players. They completely lost confidence. In possession we lost the confidence to connect passes. Even defensively we were not able to close the attacking players from France down and at halftime we knew it was going to be tough because my team was mentally in a tough positon and I said guys, we’ve got to correct all the stuff we did wrong in the first half. We’ve got to start again and I think the second half was okay, but when a team like France is 3-0 ahead they don’t play 100 percent any more, but I think overall after the first half it was good and my team showed character to score at least one goal and keep the game a little bit open, but with the performance we had in the first half you can’t win games in this tournament.

“We conceded two goals in one minute, but not because France created opportunities, but because we made two horrible mistakes. I know France is a very good team they have a lot of good players, but we helped them. We supported them a lot with our mistakes and that was the key of the game and that’s why we lost the game. You can see that France is a good organized team and in attacking they’re a very technical team with a lot of great attacking players and we made it too easy for them in the first half.”

On how difficult the tournament will be moving forward:
It will be difficult, but we knew it from the beginning. I was hoping that we’d have a good start into the tournament, but like I said the first half was really, really bad so it’s not getting any easier but we want to try now every game to win the next game. Of course with our schedule we play every second game, so I think most of my players aren’t used to playing that much, because they’re not even starters in our league so it will be tough and we coaches have to be smart and have a good balance between playing time and regeneration and resting some important players.”

U-23 MNT defender WILL PACKWOOD

On the game:
Obviously we’re disappointed in the result first and foremost, but that came in the first 15 minutes of the first half when we let them get two easy goals. In terms of actual play in terms of the way we played and the way they played, I thought it was a very even game. Overall, we came back a little bit and one the second half 1-0, but the damage had been done by then.”

On the team getting off to a slow start:
The first two goals are mistake. The first one we gave the ball away at the edge of our box and then the second we gave the ball away at the edge of our box again. When you do that against good teams like France, they’ll punish you and they did. Those are things that you just can’t do. But in general, we worked a lot on our shape, and tried to send them off to the edge and I thought we had some success and I think it showed in the second half.”

On what the team needs to do for the next game:
We need to tighten up a little bit, because obviously these are good teams and they’re tough to play against, and we know that we can’t give them gifts the way that we did today and when we don’t, we’re a very good match for them and we’ll play right there with them and have a good even game. We need to cut out the mistakes and play forward and keep the ball and be a little more ruthless and we’ll be right there with those teams.”

U-23 MNT forward JORDAN MORRIS

On the game:
That was the most frustrating part that we came out and gave up easy goals so quickly and a couple of them definitely could have been preventable, so I think it’s frustrating to see us come out in the second half, and I think we were the better team, so we saw that we could play with these guys, but going down 3-0 is tough to come back from.”

On moving on to the next game in the Tournament:
I definitely think we have to put this game behind us. There were some negatives for sure, but also some positives. I thought we worked really hard and showed some really good stuff in the second half, so if we can take that and translate that and instead of just doing that in the second half, doing it in the first half, I think we’ll do very well.”

On the run of play that led to his goal:
I think Marc [Pelosi] had the ball on the left and he played it to me around half-field and their center back stepped and missed it and I turned and kind of just ran at the last center back and took to my left and fortunately slotted it by the ‘keeper. I think he came out and it just kind of trickled by him”

U-23 MNT midfielder MARC PELOSI

On the game:
I think just showing against a team like France that we dominated the second half and had most of the chances and scored a goal, I think it just shows that we can compete with the top teams. In the first half to be honest I don’t think we played that bad, but obviously letting in three goals in ten minutes, you can never do that and expect to finish with a result and after one goal you’ve just got to hold together and not let one in again.”

On how it felt to be back with the MNT:
It was great. Obviously you want to start better, but being back with the National Team again and seeing the boys I haven’t seen in a long time its great and it’s just an honor to be with the U.S. team.”

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