SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team repeated its performance against Honduras, earning another 2-1 victory against the host country at Estadio Morazan. The USA defeated Honduras by the same score line just three days earlier in the final international match preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in early January.
Romain Gall scored a first-half goal and Lynden Gooch supplied the game-winner in the second half for the U-20 MNT, which is 6-1-2 in international competition and 12-2-2 overall this year.
Gall gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute after receiving the ball above the box. He side-stepped a defender to his right and fired a hard shot to the upper right corner. Devron Garcia answered with a 36th-minute equalizer, but the USA would respond in the second half.
In the 71st minute, Kellyn Acosta played a free kick into the corner of the box where Matt Miazga headed the ball in a scramble among several players. Ultimately, the ball popped out to Gooch, who back-heeled the ball into the net for the 2-1 lead.
Gall leads the U-20s with four goals in 2014. Gooch tallied his first-career goal with this age group.
-U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Honduras U-20 MNT
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, 82 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
HON 1 0 1
USA – Romain Gall 26th minute
HON – Devron Garcia 36
USA – Lynden Gooch 71
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore (John Requejo, 52), Conor Donovan, Matt Miazga, Tyler Turner (Luis Martir, 71); Kellyn Acosta (capt.), Lynden Gooch (Amando Moreno, 71), Tommy Thompson (Chase Gasper, 88); Paul Arriola, Bradford Jamieson IV (Russell Canouse, 46), Romain Gall (Fernando Arce, 76)
Subs Not Used: Jeff Caldwell, Joel Sonora
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
1-Cristian Hernandez; 2-Kevin Alvarez (15-Orental Dilbert, 64), 5-Dabirson Sanchez, 4-Luis Alvarado, 6-Carlos Arias; 16-Devron Garcia, 13-Jhow Banegas,
17-Elder Torres (20-Christopher Alegria, 82); 19-Junior Lacayo, 10-Jose Alberto Escalante (11-Jorge Calix, 59), 9-Alberth Elis (14-Jhom Caballero, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Bayron Garcia, 7-Michael Cortez, 8-Rolin Fernandez, 12-Roberto Diaz, 21-Rodimiro Tejada
Head Coach: Jorge Jimenez
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 10 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 16 / 22
Offside: 1 / 1
HON – Carlos Arias (caution) 61st minute
USA – Conor Donovan (caution) 63
HON – Orental Dilbert (caution) 81