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U-20 MNT Edged 1-0 by Panama in 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Opener

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team pushed heavily for a second half equalizer before falling 1-0 to Panama by virtue of Leandro Ávila’s deflected effort in the 37th minute in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  

The first half largely lacked opportunities for both sides until Ávila collected the ball in the area, turned inside and saw his shot deflect off Marlon Fossey before floating inside the top right corner to give Los Canaleros a 1-0 half-time advantage.

Playing up a man after Panama’s Justin Simons was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Tyler Adams in the 18th minute, the U.S. pushed things early on in the second half when Jeremy Ebobisse’s header clanged off the crossbar in the 48th minute.

With Panama content to pack the area in defense of their 1-0 lead, the U-20 MNT found it hard to break through, but came close again when a Justen Glad laser was pushed out for a corner kick in the 82nd minute before Panama ‘keeper Charles Taylor smothered Ebobisse’s 88th minute effort on the goal line to preserve the 1-0 result.

The U-20 MNT plays its second group stage match against Haiti, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose (5:30 p.m. ET; UDN, CONCACAF Facebook Page). Haiti defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 5-1 in Saturday’s first Group B match.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba), 37th minute:
Going against the run of play, Panama got on the board towards the end of the first half when Ronaldo Córdoba swung a looping ball into the box for Leandro Ávila. The Panama forward took it down with his knee before cutting back inside and curling an effort that took a slight deflection off USA defender Marlon Fossey and into the top right corner.
USA 0, PAN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Marlon Fossey, 15th minute:
The first clear-cut opportunity came on the quarter-hour mark when Leandro Ávila broke through down the right and sent a penetrating ball into the box for Ronaldo Córdoba only to have Marlon Fossey slide through to clear the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Tommy Redding, 25th minute: As the U.S. worked to move the ball forward, pressure from Andrés Andrade forced a turnover at the back, allowing the San Francisco FC winger a free run up the left where he centered looking for Córdoba, only to have the cross well-read by Tommy Redding who calmly cleared to safety.

PAN – Crossbar, 48th minute: Looking for the equalizer right out of halftime, Marlon Fossey quickly threw the ball in for Eric Palmer-Brown who laid off for Brooks Lennon just outside the box. Lennon then swung a cross to the six-yard box where Jeremy Ebobisse’s header beat Charles Taylor, but careened off the cross bar before being cleared.

PAN – Charles Taylor, 80th minute: Continuing to press for the equalizer, the U.S. had a sustained period of possession and moved the ball around just outside the penalty area before Justen Glad unleashed a low rocket from 22 yards that saw Taylor dive to palm it out for a corner kick.

PAN – Charles Taylor, 87th minute: Still full of steam, Fossey paraded up the right side, sending a long cross for Sebastian Saucedo at the back post where the Real Salt Lake midfielder centered for Jeremy Ebobisse whose first-time shot was smothered on the goal line by Taylor.

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 8-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play
  • The USA U-20s moves to 3-2-0 all-time vs. Panama in U-20 World Cup Qualifying
  • Panama played a man down after midfielder Justin Simons was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for a late challenge on USA midfielder Tyler Adams.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 77 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             0               0               0
PAN                                             1               0               1

PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba)                    37th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding (7-Eryk Williamson, 69), 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams (18-Emmanuel Sabbi, 31), 
5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 11-Sebastian Saucedo; 10-Luca De La Torre (19-Coy Craft, 69), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 17-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 12-Charles Taylor; 20-Josue Vergara (13-Jorge Gutiérrez, 90+3), 6-Javier Rivera (Capt.), 2-Jiovany Ramos, 3-Andrés Andrade; 11-Justin Simons, 5-Ricardo Ávila, 14-José Tejada, 17-Leandro Ávila (18-Isidoro Hinestroza, 79); 8-Cristian Martínez (16-Yair Jaen, 72), 9-Ronaldo Córdoba
Subs not used: 1-Aldo Ciel, 7-Chamell Asprilla, 10-Andrés Peñalba, 19-Oliver Beckles
Head coach: Nelson Gallego

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 22 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Justin Simons (sent off)                         18th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)                    41
PAN – Cristian Martínez (caution)                45+1
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              74

Officials:
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvin Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Justen Glad

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- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 77 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             0               0               0
PAN                                             1               0               1

PAN – Leandro Ávila (Ronaldo Córdoba)                    37th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding (7-Eryk Williamson, 69), 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams (18-Emmanuel Sabbi, 31), 
5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 11-Sebastian Saucedo; 10-Luca De La Torre (19-Coy Craft, 69), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 17-Brooks Lennon
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 20-Jonathan Lewis
Head coach: Tab Ramos

PAN: 12-Charles Taylor; 20-Josue Vergara (13-Jorge Gutiérrez, 90+3), 6-Javier Rivera (Capt.), 2-Jiovany Ramos, 3-Andrés Andrade; 11-Justin Simons, 5-Ricardo Ávila, 14-José Tejada, 17-Leandro Ávila (18-Isidoro Hinestroza, 79); 8-Cristian Martínez (16-Yair Jaen, 72), 9-Ronaldo Córdoba
Subs not used: 1-Aldo Ciel, 7-Chamell Asprilla, 10-Andrés Peñalba, 19-Oliver Beckles
Head coach: Nelson Gallego

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 22 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Justin Simons (sent off)                         18th minute
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution)                    41
PAN – Cristian Martínez (caution)                45+1
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (caution)              74 

Officials:
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvin Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Justen Glad

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History of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship
From 1962 to 1996, the qualifying tournament was known as the CONCACAF Youth Tournament. During this era, 16 tournaments took place. The first four occurred in 1962, 1964, 1970 and 1973, and the rest followed a consistent, two-year pattern from 1974 to 1996. In 1976, the event first began to serve as qualification for the FIFA World Youth Championship, which later came to be known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup. It wasn’t until 1983 that an official Under-17 CONCACAF tournament was established, and as such many players 17 and younger participated in the U-20 qualifying tournament before that time.

From 1998 to 2007, CONCACAF held five tournaments without a decisive champion. The top two finishers from two four-team final round groups simply earned a spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Since 2009, the CONCACAF region has returned to a championship-style tournament where each semifinalist qualifies for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the two finalists compete for the tournament championship.

Mexico owns the most CONCACAF Championship titles with 13, and is tied with the U.S. for the most appearances at the final tournament with 14 total.

Guatemala has been the most frequent tournament host, holding the event six times and most recently in 2011.

2017 Tournament Format
The tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the U-20 World Cup, and the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title.

When and How to Watch the USA
In 2017, each of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship games can be watched live on Facebook via the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Univision Deportes Network will also broadcast all of the USA games in Spanish.

The USA opens Group B play against Panama on Feb. 18 (3:30 p.m. ET), followed by Haiti on Feb. 21 (5:30 p.m. ET) and Saint Kitts and Nevis on Feb. 24 (5:30 p.m. ET). Should the USA finish in the top two of the group, they’ll advance to the classification stage to play two more matches on Feb. 27 and March 3, respectively. If the USA finishes atop its classification group, they’ll advance to the final, set to be played on March 5 (4 p.m. ET).

For those who travel to Costa Rica to watch the games in person, the USA’s first and third group matches will be played at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, with the second match slated for Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose.

The USA Roster
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Past World Cup roster experience includes De la Torre, Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union) and Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) from the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile, and team captain Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City) from the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Redding and Glad were also participants in the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship.

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MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)
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