U.S. U-20 MNT forward Daniel Cuevas, the team’s leading scorer this year with four goals, works with the foam roller following Tuesday’s training.
From a Toulon Tournament standpoint, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team is playing for pride while individual players are competing for positions to make head coach Tab Ramos’ roster for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
That is the setup for the USA when it gets ready for the fourth and final Group A match of the tournament against Korea Republic at 5 p.m. local (11 a.m. ET) on June 5 at Stade Louis Hon in Saint-Raphael, France (live broadcast on beIN SPORT).
Though the USA is coming off a 1-0 victory against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1, Monday’s other group results officially eliminated the U-20 MNT from advancing to the third-place game on June 8. Colombia (3-0-0, 9 points) clinched a spot in the championship with a 3-1 win against France (2-1-1, 7 points) while Korea Republic (1-1-1, 4 points) edged last-place Congo 2-1.
Korea Republic still has an outside chance of catching up to France for the second-place group finish and a spot in the third-place game on June 8. The USA has an opportunity to finish third in the group with a win on Wednesday.
Defender Shane O’Neill (left) tries to chase down Marlon Hairston at Tuesday’s training.
Full Strength with O’Neill: It only took the final match of the tournament, but the U.S. U-20 MNT’s full 22-player Toulon Tournament roster is finally in France. Defender Shane O’Neill joined the team on Monday after staying back in the USA with his club team Colorado Rapids. O’Neill played the full 90 minutes for Colorado, which played Major league Soccer’s top team FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, June 1. O’Neill joined the U-20 MNT for Monday’s evening training session and went a full session Tuesday morning.