U.S. Soccer

2015 Toulon Tournament

Toulon, France

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


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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W Stade Mayol; Toulon, France 910 Hernandez, Joya
1-0 W Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny; Aubagne, France 680 Green
1-2 L Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphaël, France 550 Alashe
3-1 W Stade Perruc; Hyères, France 550 Kiesewetter, Hernandez, Packwood
1-3 L Stade Léo Lagrange; Toulon, France 812 Morris

2015 Toulon Tournament

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 6-0 175 Northville, Mich. San Jose Earthquakes
GK 6-4 200 Maple Grove, Minn. MK Dons (England)
M 5-7 140 Tampa, Fla. Bayern Munich (Germany) 7/3
F 5-10 150 El Paso, Texas C.D. Juarez (Mexico)
GK 6-5 210 Cleveland, Ohio Leeds United (England)
M 5-8 145 San Jose, Calif. Club Necaxa (Mexico)
F 6-0 165 Berlin, Germany VfB Stuttgart (Germany) 2/0
F 6-0 160 Southlake Carrol, Texas Unattached
M 5-8 155 Holmdel, N.J. New York Red Bulls II
GK 6-4 195 Woodbury, N.J. Seattle Sounders FC
F 5-11 185 Mercer Island, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC 14/2
D 5-9 165 Edmund, Okla. Real Salt Lake
D 6-2 190 Boulder, Colo. Cambridge United (England)
D 5-11 150 Riverside, Calif. Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Mexico)
M 6-2 165 Concord, Mass. Unnattached
D 6-0 170 Sunnyvale, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
D 5-10 155 Cantonsville, Md. D.C. United
M 5-7 145 Brighton, Colo. Colorado Rapids
D 6-2 195 Santa Barbara, Calif. UC Santa Barbra
D 5-11 165 West Haven, Conn. Orlando City SC

2015 Toulon Tournament

Fatai Alashe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northville, Mich.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Cody Cropper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Maple Grove, Minn.

Club:
MK Dons (England)

Julian Green

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Bayern Munich (Germany)

Alonso Hernandez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
El Paso, Texas

Club:
C.D. Juarez (Mexico)

Charlie Horton

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-5

Weight:
210

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

Club:
Leeds United (England)

Benji Joya

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

Club:
Club Necaxa (Mexico)

Jerome Kiesewetter

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
VfB Stuttgart (Germany)

Alfred Koroma Shams

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Southlake Carrol, Texas

Club:
Unattached

Daniel Metzger

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Holmdel, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls II

Tyler Miller

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
195

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Woodbury, N.J.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Jordan Morris

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Boyd Okwuonu

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Edmund, Okla.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Shane O'Neill

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

Club:
Cambridge United (England)

Juan Pablo Ocegueda

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Riverside, Calif.

Club:
Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Mexico)

Will Packwood

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Concord, Mass.

Club:
Unnattached

Marc Pelosi

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Sunnyvale, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Jalen Robinson

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cantonsville, Md.

Club:
D.C. United

Dillon Serna

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Brighton, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Sam Strong

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
195

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Club:
UC Santa Barbra

Tyler Turner

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Haven, Conn.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
France
4 4 0 0 11 2 9 12
 United States 4 2 2 0  6 6 0 6
Netherlands
4 2 2 0 8 10 -2 6
Costa Rica
4 1 2 1 6 7 -1 4
Qatar
4 0 3 1 2 8 -6 1

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Morocco 4 2 0 2 8 4 4 8
England 4 2 1 1 9 7 2 7
Mexico 4 2 1 1 6 4 2 7
Ivory Coast 4 1 2 1 5 3 2 5
China
4 0 4 0 1 11 -10 0

Group A

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 27 Netherlands vs. Costa Rica 3-2 Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
May 27 United States vs. France 1-3 Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
May 29 United States vs. Netherlands 3-1
Stade Perruc, Hyères
May 29 Qatar vs. France 0-2
Stade Perruc, Hyères
May 31 Costa Rica vs. United States 2-1 Stade Louis Hon, Saint-Raphaël
May 31 Netherlands vs. Qatar 4-1
Stade Louis Hon, Saint-Raphaël
June 2 Qatar vs. United States 0-1
Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
June 2 France vs. Costa Rica 2-1 Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
June 4 Costa Rica vs. Qatar 1-1
Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
June 4 France vs. Netherlands 4-0 SStade Léo Lagrange, Toulon

Group B

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
May 28 Ivory Coast vs. Mexico 1-1
Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
May 28 England vs. Morocco 3-3
Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
May 30 England vs. Ivory Coast 2-1 Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
May 30 China vs. Morocco 0-3 Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
June 1 Morocco vs. Ivory Coast 0-0 Stade Stade Marcel Roustan, Salon de Provence
June 1 China vs. Mexico 0-2 Stade Stade Marcel Roustan, Salon de Provence
June 3 Ivory Coast vs. China 3-0 Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
June 3 Mexico vs. England 2-1 Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
June 5 Morocco vs. Mexico 2-1
Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon
June 5 China vs. England 1-3
Stade Léo Lagrange, Toulon

Placement Matches 

Opponent and time information will be released at a later date.
Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
June 7 United States vs. England 2-1 Stade Mayol, Toulon
June 7
France vs. Morocco 3-1 Stade Mayol, Toulon
Format: 

U.S. U-23 Men's National Team - 2015 Toulon Tournament Stats

Record: 3-2-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Fatai Alashe M 4 3 285 1 0 2 0/0
Cody Cropper GK 3 3 240 0 0 0 0/0
Julian Green M 5 5 312 1 1 3 0/0
Alonso Hernandez F 5 4 293 2 1 5 1/0
Charlie Horton GK 1 1 80 0 0 0 0/0
Benji Joya M 4 4 320 1 0 2 2/0
Jerome Kiesewetter
F 5 4 357 1 0 2 1/0
Alfred Koroma Shams F 5 1 118 0 0 0 0/0
Dan Metzger M 4 3 177 0 0 0 0/0
Tyler Miller GK 1 1 80 0 0 0 0/0
Jordan Morris F 4 3 263 1 1 3 0/0
Boyd Okwuonu D 5 4 313 0 0 0 0/0
Shane O'Neill D 4 4 320 0 0 0 1/0
Juan Pablo Ocegueda D 4 3 180 0 0 0 1/0
Will Packwood D 5 4 320 1 0 2 0/0
Marc Pelosi M 3 3 240 0 1 1 2/0
Jalen Robinson D 1 1 81 0 0 0 0/0
Dillon Serna M 5 3 320 0 0 0 0/0
Sam Strong D 2 1 48 0 0 0 0/0
Tyler Turner D 2 1 84 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
5 5 400 8 4 20 7/0
Opponent Totals
5 5 400 7 0 14 11/0

2015 Toulon Tournament Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Cody Cropper 3 3 240 6 5 0 1.67 2-1-0
Charlie Horton 1 1 80 1 2 0 2.00 0-1-0
Tyler Miller 1 1 80 1 0 1 0.00 1-0-0
Totals 5 5 400 8 7 1 1.40 3-2-0
Opponent Totals 5 5 400 7 8 0 1.60 2-3-0

Updated through June 7, 2015

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