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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

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- 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

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

U-23 MNT head coach ANDI HERZOG

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

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

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

U-23 MNT midfielder DAN METZGER

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

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

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

U-23 MNT midfielder JULIAN GREEN

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

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

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

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

U-23 MNT forward JORDAN MORRIS

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

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

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

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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

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Herzog Adds Orlando City SC Defender Tyler Turner to U-23 MNT Roster for Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 26, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog has added Tyler Turner to the roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament. The Orlando City SC defender will arrive in France on Wednesday, completing the 20-player squad.

The former U.S. U-18 captain and residency product had 20 appearances for the U-17 MNT. The 19-year-old right back has appeared in four matches for Orlando this season.

The United States will open play in the 43rd edition of the tournament against host France on May 27 (1 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).

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U-23 MNT May 26, 2015

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. 

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U-23 MNT May 24, 2015

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.”
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U-23 MNT May 24, 2015
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