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Second Half Outburst Powers U-20 MNT to 4-1 World Cup Qualifying Win vs. Haiti

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (Feb. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rode a strong second half performance and a hat trick from Brooks Lennon to a 4-1 victory against Haiti at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. With the result, the U.S. sits second heading into Friday’s Group B finale vs. St. Kitts and Nevis.

The U-20 MNT went down early, surrendering a goal against the run of play when Kenley Dede expertly finished from inside the area in the 15th minute. The USA responded 13 minutes later when Jonathan Lewis drew a penalty kick, setting up Lennon’s first goal that sent the teams into the locker rooms knotted at 1-1.

The U.S. sought out the go-ahead goal early in the latter stanza and broke through in the 52nd minute when Luca de la Torre pounced on a loose ball in the box. A Haiti turnover on the left side led to Lennon’s second goal a minute later, when he cleanly finished from the right to give the USA a 3-1 lead. The Real Salt Lake attacker completed his hat trick when he followed up de la Torre’s effort from outside the area in the 58th minute.

Following Panama’s 4-0 win against St. Kitts and Nevis earlier Tuesday, the result pushes the U.S. into second place in Group B thanks to a +2 goal differential.  

Up Next: The U-20 MNT closes out the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Feb. 24 when they take on St. Kitts and Nevis. Kickoff from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica is set for 5:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF Facebook Page. The match follows the Panama-Haiti contest, which will dictate the result the USA needs against St. Kitts and Nevis in order to advance to the Classification Stage.
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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Panama

2

2

0

0

6

5

0

+5

USA

2

1

1

0

3

4

2

+2

Haiti

2

1

1

0

3

6

5

+1

St. Kitts and Nevis

2

0

2

0

0

1

9

-8

Goal Scoring Rundown:
HAI – Kenley Dede (Jonel Desire), 15th minute:
Haiti caught the U.S. in transition as Alessandro Campoy played a quick ball up the right for Jonel Desire. The winger drove towards the end line before cutting in a cross that bounced in the box to Kenley Dede, who volleyed inside the right post.
USA 0, HAI 1 [
WATCH]

USA – Brooks Lennon (penalty kick), 28th minute: The U.S. responded with sustained possession and broke through just before the half hour mark. Erik Palmer-Brown played a clever through ball for Jonathan Lewis who was chopped down by Stevenson Guillaume just as he entered the box. Referee Vladin Legister pointed to the spot, where Brooks Lennon stepped up and buried his penalty kick inside the lower left post. USA 1, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Luca de la Torre, 52nd minute: The U.S. took the lead just after half time when Lennon’s corner kick from the left was palmed down by Haiti goalkeeper Isaac Rouaud. The ball fell for Luca de la Torre at the top of the area and he fired into the unoccupied net to push the U.S. ahead. USA 2, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse), 53rd minute: One minute later, Jonathan Lewis forced a turnover on the left and quickly centered for Jeremy Ebobisse just outside the area. The Portland Timbers attacker slid the ball into the path for Lennon who calmly slotted past Rouaud. USA 3, HAI 1 [WATCH]  

USA – Brooks Lennon, 58th minute: Lennon grabbed his hat trick just before the hour mark when Ebobisse broke into the penalty area on the right before cutting back and sliding the ball to de la Torre just outside the area. The Fulham midfielder drove a blistering low effort that forced a diving stop out of Rouaud, but the rebound fell right for Lennon who followed up with his third tally of the match. USA 4, HAI 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Justen Glad, 33rd minute
: Jonel Desire ran on to a diagonal ball over the top and again cut inside, sending a low ball for Richelor Sprangers before Justen Glad swept through to clear the ball out for a corner kick.

HAI – Stevenson Guillaume, 51st minute: The U.S. began looking for the go-ahead goal when Ebobisse’s trailing ball from the right found Lewis on the left side of the box. The New York City FC forward cut back for Lennon whose quick shot was denied by Guillaume who slid through to put the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 76th minute: Substitute striker Ronaldo Damus stayed active up top and received an early pass that led him into the area where he hit a left-footed bullet that saw Klinsmann stretch to his right, pushing the ball over the end line.

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 9-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play
  • The USA U-20s moves to 4-0-0 all-time vs. Haiti in U-20 World Cup Qualifying

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 170
Weather: 70 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
HAI                              1          0          1 

HAI – Kenley Dede (Jonel Desire)                      15th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (penalty kick)                  28
USA – Luca De La Torre                                   52
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)          53
USA – Brooks Lennon                                       58

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 10-Luca De La Torre, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 68), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 81), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 71)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

HAI: 1-Isaac Rouaud; 19-Stevenson Guillaume, 5-Emerson Georges, 3-Odilon Jerome (Capt.), 13-Francy Pierre; 8-Jonel Desire, 14-Ivenet Noel (10-Roberto Badgio Louima, 61), 15-Alessandro Campoy, 6-Brian Chevreuil (4-Fardyson Pierre, 85), 11-Kenley Dede; 20-Richelor Sprangers (9-Ronaldo Damus, 61)
Subs not used: 12-Josue Duverger, 7-Jimmy Shammar Sanon, 16-Abraham Duverger, 18-Dutherson Clerveaux
Head coach: Wilfrid Montillas
 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 16 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 21 / 23
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)          39th minute
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)           82
HAI – Emerson Georges (ejection)         82
HAI – Fardyson Pierre (caution)             90+1 

Officials:
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
4th Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 170
Weather: 70 degrees; mostly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
HAI                              1          0          1

HAI – Kenley Dede (Jonel Desire)                      15th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (penalty kick)                  28
USA – Luca De La Torre                                   52
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)          53
USA – Brooks Lennon                                       58 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 10-Luca De La Torre, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 68), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 81), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 71)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

HAI: 1-Isaac Rouaud; 19-Stevenson Guillaume, 5-Emerson Georges, 3-Odilon Jerome (Capt.), 13-Francy Pierre; 8-Jonel Desire, 14-Ivenet Noel (10-Roberto Badgio Louima, 61), 15-Alessandro Campoy, 6-Brian Chevreuil (4-Fardyson Pierre, 85), 11-Kenley Dede; 20-Richelor Sprangers (9-Ronaldo Damus, 61)
Subs not used: 12-Josue Duverger, 7-Jimmy Shammar Sanon, 16-Abraham Duverger, 18-Dutherson Clerveaux
Head coach: Wilfrid Montillas
 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 16 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 21 / 23
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)          39th minute
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)           82
HAI – Emerson Georges (ejection)         82
HAI – Fardyson Pierre (caution)             90+1

Officials:
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
4th Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Haiti in its crucial second match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose. The game can be seen live at 5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.

Here’s what you should know about the USA’s Tuesday opponent:

Haiti Roster
The two clubs with the largest representation of players on Haiti’s roster are Real Hope Football Academy (4) and Aigle Noir Athlétic Club (2). Seven other clubs from Haiti’s Championnat National D1 make it the most well represented league on the team, accounting for 65 percent of the roster.

GOALKEEPERS (2): John Wodney Paris (Roulado), Isaac Rouaud (Le Mans)
DEFENDERS (6): Ulysse Denso (Real Hope Academy), Emerson Georges (Baltimore), Odilon Jerome (ANAC), Yvenet Noel (Ouanaminthe FC), Wilmond Oracius (Viva Rio/BRA), Fardyson Pierre (Real Hope Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Alessandro Campoy (Unattached), Brian Chevreuil (Chateauroux/FRA), Clerveau Dutherson (Valencia), Abraham Duverger (Unattached), Wendy St Felix (ANAC)
FORWARDS (7):
Ronaldo Damus (Real Hope Academy), Kenley Dede (Don Bosco), Jonel Desire (ASC/HAI), Stevenson Guillaume (Racing FC), Roberto Badgio Louima (Real Hope Academy), Jimmy Shammar Sanon (Montreal Impact/CAN), Richelor Sprangers (NAC Breda/NED) 

M.L.S. and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Connection
One standout from Haiti’s roster is forward Jimmy-Shammar Sanon, who played for M.L.S. club Montreal Impact’s USL team, FC Montreal, in 2016 when his rocket of a goal vs. Charleston Battery was chosen as the league’s Goal of the Year. In his five games with FC Montreal, Sanon recorded one goal and one assist in 150 minutes played. Sanon joined Montreal Impact’s Development Academy in August 2012 and most recently appeared in 22 games and tallied nine goals during the 2015-16 Academy season. 

Sanon took part in camps with Canada’s U-16 and U-18 National Teams before deciding to play for the nation of his parents’ birth, Haiti.

What’s in a (nick)name?
The Haiti national teams have two nicknames – Les Grenadiers, which means “The Soldiers” and Le Rouge et Bleu, “The Red & Blue”, referring to their red and blue uniforms. 

2016 CFU Champions
Haiti comes into the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the winner of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 tournament; the first time Les Grenadiers won the competition in the country’s history. In the championship game, Haiti defeated Antigua and Barbuda 4-0 with braces from Roberto Louima and Ronaldo Damus. 

Haiti also took home three pieces of individual hardware: goalkeeper Jhon Paris was awarded the Golden Glove, allowing only two goals, while Ronalso Damus’s six goals saw him earn the Golden Boot and teammate Roberto Louima was given the Golden Ball as tournament MVP.

A Hot Start
Haiti’s 5-1 victory vs. St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday marked their best start and largest margin of victory in the CONCACAF tournament since 1984 when they opened group play with a 5-0 victory against Puerto Rico. Saturday’s win also saw Haiti end their seven-game winless streak in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship play, with the team finding the back of the net through Sanon in the fourth minute. Demonstrating a balanced attack, four more players scored, with Brian Chevreuil, Alessandro Campoy, Jonel Desire and Damus all converting. Depending on the outcome of the Panama-St. Kitts and Nevis match, a victory against the United States would almost certainly punch Haiti’s ticket to the next round.

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Five Things to Know: U-20 World Cup Qualifying

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
Featured on the 20-player U.S. roster are center backs Tommy Redding and Justen Glad, who each had breakout years with Major League Soccer clubs Orlando City and Real Salt Lake, respectively. The squad of U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos includes four players with ties to foreign clubs in Luca de la Torre and Marlon Fossey (both of Fulham FC), while Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake) is on loan from Liverpool and Jonathan Gonzalez features for Liga MX side Monterrey’s U-20 team. The roster is rounded out by nine more players from M.L.S and five from the collegiate ranks.

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.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)
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.)
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.)

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A member of the U.S. squad at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship as a 16-year-old, Ramos first led the team to qualification for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and finished as runner-up after falling 3-1 to Mexico in the final of the qualifying tournament.

In 2015, Ramos led the USA to the World Cup in New Zealand after finishing tied for third in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship before going on to a quarterfinal finish at the tournament proper that June. 

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