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U-23 MNT Downed 2-1 by Costa Rica at Toulon Tournament

SAINT RAPHAEL, France (May 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team fell to Costa Rica in its third game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament, 2-1.

For the third-straight game the U.S. surrendered the first goal of the game, this time on a 23rd minute free-kick from Costa Rica’s Ronald Matarrita. The U-23’s responded seven minutes later when Fatai Alashe smashed in an equalizer to send the teams in to halftime knotted up at 1-1.

In the second half, a U.S. miscue off a goal kick resulted in a quick counter and goal from David Ramirez, the Tournament’s leading goalscorer with three tallies. As the clock ticked away the U.S did everything it could to put in a tying goal, including subbing in center back Will Packwood as a striker, looking to turn his size and strength into a scoring opportunity, but could not find the back of the net despite creating a number of chances.

The U.S. now sits in the No. 4 slot of Group A trailing France, the Netherlands and Costa Rica in the hunt for a pivotal top two spot that grants teams a trip to the June 7 placement matches. France currently tops the group, followed by the Netherlands, who defeated Qatar 4-1 in the day’s other match. The U.S. U-23’s are not out of the running yet, but are no longer in the driver’s seat. They will need a win in the June 2 match against Qatar and some help from France, which will play both Costa Rica and Netherlands in its final two games.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC - Ronald Matarrita, 23rd minute: 
A U.S. foul set Costa Rica up with a free kick from just outside the box on the upper right side. Matarrita took a strike at goal and bent in a perfectly placed ball that just cleared the wall and curled inside the left post and past diving U.S. goalkeeper Charlie Horton. USA 0, CRC 1

USA - Fatai Alashe, 30th minute: Julian Green took the ball past the midfield line and lofted a terrific spinning ball into the box to an open Jordan Morris, who headed it down and lightly touched it past the keeper at the goal. The ball slowly rolled toward the corner, where it bounced off the post, but Fatai Alashe was there to smash in the rebound to level the game. USA 1, CRC 1

CRC - David Ramirez 54th minute: U.S. ‘keeper Charlie Horton passed a goal kick in the direction of center back Shane O’Neill, who had to quickly turn to get it away to safety. On the ensuing quick throw-in, Costa Rica worked the ball to David Ramirez, who broke free from the U.S. defense and finessed a shot over Horton and into the goal. USA 1, CRC 2 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA - Charlie Horton (Save), 21st minute:
Costa Rica intercepted a USA pass and broke on a quick counter, laying the ball forward to Ronald Matarrita. Matarrita was free for a shot on goal from just inside the box, but didn’t get all of it with his left foot. The resulting goal-bound shot was scooped up by Horton.

Next on the Schedule:
The U-23 MNT will play its final Group Stage match of the Toulon Tournament against Qatar on Tuesday, June 2 at Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny in Aubagne, France

Broadcast information: 12 p.m. ET BeIN SPORT
Social: Twitter @ussoccer

Additional Notes:

  • Jalen Robinson, who earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT in the game against the Netherlands, earned his first start today against Costa Rica.
  • Shane O’Neill made the start at center back and captained the team. He is the only player to have started and played the full game in all six of the U-23s game’s this year.
  • Fatai Alashe’s goal was his second of 2015. He last scored in the U.S.’s 5-2 win over Bosnia in March. 

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament (Group play)
Venue: Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphael, France
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 79 degrees, Sunny 

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

CRC - Ronald Matarrita           23rd minute
USA - Fatai Alashe                  30
CRC - David Ramirez             54 

Lineups:
USA: 12-Charlie Horton; 20-Tyler Turner (3-Boyd Okwuownu, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 18-Jalen Robinson (Will Packwood, 73),Dillion Serna;16- Julian Green (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 61), 10-Marc Pelosi, 13-Fatai Alashe, 9-Jordan Morris (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 59); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 6-Sam Strong, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Dan Metzger, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

CRC: 1-Carlos Martinez; 11-John Jairo Ruiz (12-Ulises Segura, 53), 6-William Quiros, 13-Steve Garita, 3-Julio Cascante (14-Bryan Espinoza, 77); 15-Joseph Mora, 10-Dylan Flores, 20-Cristian Martinez, 8-Luis Sequira; 7-David Ramirez (5-Willian Fernandez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Francisco Rodriguez, 16-Randy Yormein Chirino, 17-Ariel Lassiter, 18-Darryl Jared Parker, 19-Mauricio Ayales
Head coach: Luis Fernando Fallas Arias 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Shane O’Neill (caution)                      12th Minute
CRC - Julio Cascante (caution)                      57
CRC - Steve Garita (caution)                          62
CRC - Carlos Andres Martinez (caution)        79
USA - Alonso Hernandez (caution)                 83

Officials:
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo (Mex)
Assistant Referee: Lopez Carillio (Mex
Assistant Referee 2: Valenciano Torres 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Fatai Alashe

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U-23 MNT May 31, 2015

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament (Group play)
Venue: Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphael, France
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 79 degrees, Sunny

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

CRC - Ronald Matarrita                                   23rd minute
USA - Fatai Alashe                                            30
CRC - David Ramirez                                         54 

Lineups:
USA: 12-Charlie Horton; 20-Tyler Turner (3-Boyd Okwuownu, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 18-Jalen Robinson (Will Packwood, 73),Dillion Serna;16- Julian Green (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 61), 10-Marc Pelosi, 13-Fatai Alashe, 9-Jordan Morris (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 59); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 6-Sam Strong, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Dan Metzger, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

CRC: 1-Carlos Martinez; 11-John Jairo Ruiz (12-Ulises Segura, 53), 6-William Quiros, 13-Steve Garita, 3-Julio Cascante (14-Bryan Espinoza, 77); 15-Joseph Mora, 10-Dylan Flores, 20-Cristian Martinez, 8-Luis Sequira; 7-David Ramirez (5-Willian Fernandez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Francisco Rodriguez, 16-Randy Yormein Chirino, 17-Ariel Lassiter, 18-Darryl Jared Parker, 19-Mauricio Ayales
Head coach: Luis Fernando Fallas Arias

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA- Shane O’Neill (caution)                      12th Minute
CRC- Julio Cascante (caution)                      57
CRC- Steve Garita (caution)                         62
CRC- Carlos Andres Martinez (caution)      79
USA- Alonso Hernandez (caution)               83

Officials:
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo (Mex)
Assistant Referee: Lopez Carillio (Mex
Assistant Referee 2: Valenciano Torres

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Fatai Alashe

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U-23 MNT Downed 2-1 by Costa Rica at Toulon Tournament

SAINT RAPHAEL, France (May 31, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team fell to Costa Rica in its third game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament, 2-1.

For the third-straight game the U.S. surrendered the first goal of the game, this time on a 23rd minute free-kick from Costa Rica’s Ronald Matarrita. The U-23’s responded seven minutes later when Fatai Alashe smashed in an equalizer to send the teams in to halftime knotted up at 1-1.

In the second half, a U.S. miscue off a goal kick resulted in a quick counter and goal from David Ramirez, the Tournament’s leading goalscorer with three tallies. As the clock ticked away the U.S did everything it could to put in a tying goal, including subbing in center back Will Packwood as a striker, looking to turn his size and strength into a scoring opportunity, but could not find the back of the net despite creating a number of chances.

The U.S. now sits in the No. 4 slot of Group A trailing France, the Netherlands and Costa Rica in the hunt for a pivotal top two spot that grants teams a trip to the June 7 placement matches. France currently tops the group, followed by the Netherlands, who defeated Qatar 4-1 in the day’s other match. The U.S. U-23’s are not out of the running yet, but are no longer in the driver’s seat. They will need a win in the June 2 match against Qatar and some help from France, which will play both Costa Rica and Netherlands in its final two games.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC - Ronald Matarrita, 23rd minute: 
A U.S. foul set Costa Rica up with a free kick from just outside the box on the upper right side. Matarrita took a strike at goal and bent in a perfectly placed ball that just cleared the wall and curled inside the left post and past diving U.S. goalkeeper Charlie Horton. USA 0, CRC 1

USA - Fatai Alashe, 30th minute: Julian Green took the ball past the midfield line and lofted a terrific spinning ball into the box to an open Jordan Morris, who headed it down and lightly touched it past the keeper at the goal. The ball slowly rolled toward the corner, where it bounced off the post, but Fatai Alashe was there to smash in the rebound to level the game. USA 1, CRC 1

CRC - David Ramirez 54th minute: U.S. ‘keeper Charlie Horton passed a goal kick in the direction of center back Shane O’Neill, who had to quickly turn to get it away to safety. On the ensuing quick throw-in, Costa Rica worked the ball to David Ramirez, who broke free from the U.S. defense and finessed a shot over Horton and into the goal. USA 1, CRC 2 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA - Charlie Horton (Save), 21st minute:
Costa Rica intercepted a USA pass and broke on a quick counter, laying the ball forward to Ronald Matarrita. Matarrita was free for a shot on goal from just inside the box, but didn’t get all of it with his left foot. The resulting goal-bound shot was scooped up by Horton.

Next on the Schedule:
The U-23 MNT will play its final Group Stage match of the Toulon Tournament against Qatar on Tuesday, June 2 at Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny in Aubagne, France

Broadcast information: 12 p.m. ET BeIN SPORT
Social: Twitter @ussoccer

Additional Notes:

  • Jalen Robinson, who earned his first cap with the U-23 MNT in the game against the Netherlands, earned his first start today against Costa Rica.
  • Shane O’Neill made the start at center back and captained the team. He is the only player to have started and played the full game in all six of the U-23s game’s this year.
  • Fatai Alashe’s goal was his second of 2015. He last scored in the U.S.’s 5-2 win over Bosnia in March. 

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: May 31, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament (Group play)
Venue: Stade Louis Hon; Saint-Raphael, France
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local time
Attendance: 550 
Weather: 79 degrees, Sunny 

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

CRC - Ronald Matarrita           23rd minute
USA - Fatai Alashe                  30
CRC - David Ramirez             54 

Lineups:
USA: 12-Charlie Horton; 20-Tyler Turner (3-Boyd Okwuownu, 59), 4-Shane O’Neill, 18-Jalen Robinson (Will Packwood, 73),Dillion Serna;16- Julian Green (2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 61), 10-Marc Pelosi, 13-Fatai Alashe, 9-Jordan Morris (15-Alfred Koroma Shams, 59); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 6-Sam Strong, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Dan Metzger, 22-Tyler Miller
Head coach: Andreas Herzog

CRC: 1-Carlos Martinez; 11-John Jairo Ruiz (12-Ulises Segura, 53), 6-William Quiros, 13-Steve Garita, 3-Julio Cascante (14-Bryan Espinoza, 77); 15-Joseph Mora, 10-Dylan Flores, 20-Cristian Martinez, 8-Luis Sequira; 7-David Ramirez (5-Willian Fernandez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Francisco Rodriguez, 16-Randy Yormein Chirino, 17-Ariel Lassiter, 18-Darryl Jared Parker, 19-Mauricio Ayales
Head coach: Luis Fernando Fallas Arias 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Shane O’Neill (caution)                      12th Minute
CRC - Julio Cascante (caution)                      57
CRC - Steve Garita (caution)                          62
CRC - Carlos Andres Martinez (caution)        79
USA - Alonso Hernandez (caution)                 83

Officials:
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo (Mex)
Assistant Referee: Lopez Carillio (Mex
Assistant Referee 2: Valenciano Torres 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Fatai Alashe

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U-23 MNT May 31, 2015

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U-23 MNT May 26, 2015

U.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

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U-23 MNT May 24, 2015

Q&A: Andi Herzog Talks Toulon

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U-23 MNT May 24, 2015

U-23 MNT Head Coach Andi Herzog Finalizes 20-Player Roster for Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 24, 2015) - U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has finalized the 20-player roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in the south of France.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Unattached; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Unattached; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United; Catonsville, Md.), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Tyler Turner, (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (5): Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.); Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Tex.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.)

The last time the U.S. competed in the Toulon Tournament was in 2013 when they sent the U-20 MNT. Seven players from that roster return for this edition of the tournament.

The tournament comprises two five-team groups. The United States is with Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A. Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play for third place that day as well.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Toulon event will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

Roster Notes:

  • Seventeen players arrived in France on May 24. Fatai Alashe and Cody Cropper arrived on May 25 and Tyler Turner arrived on May 27.
  • Seven players from this roster were a part of the U-20 MNT that competed in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
  • Eleven players from this roster were a part of the group that most recently defeated Mexico 3-0 in Carson. Cody Cropper made seven saves to earn the shutout in the game, while Jordan Morris scored a goal, and Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill both recorded assists.
  • Five players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cropper, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda and O’Neill.
  • Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.
  • Morris is the leading goalscorer on this roster. In two matches in 2015 he has scored two goals, and overall in his four-game career with the U-23’s he has scored three times.
  • Ocegueda, Hernandez, and Joya are the most experienced players at the U-23 level, having each earned five caps.
  • Six players on this roster come from MLS, four from European clubs, three are from Mexico-based clubs, one plays in the USL, three are unattached and two compete at the collegiate level.
  • Cropper, Green, Morris, O’Neill and Serna have all been part of a U.S. MNT senior camp this year.
  • Green played in the U.S. MNT’s Round of 16 match against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored a goal, becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup game since 2006. 
  • Twelve players have ties to the Development Academy: Fatai Alashe (Vardar), Christian Dean (De Anza Force), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Alfred Koroma Shams (Solar Chelsea SC), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids Academy), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Sam Strong (Real So Cal), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy)
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U-23 MNT May 24, 2015

U.S. U-23 MNT to Take Part in Prestigious Toulon Tournament

CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) --The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will compete in the 43rd edition of the renowned Toulon Tournament, which runs from May 27-June 7 in southeastern France.

The U.S. will collide with some of the world’s best teams, facing off with 2014 Toulon Tournament-runner up France on May 27, Netherlands on May 29, Costa Rica on May 31 and Qatar on June 2. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for June 7 and will take place in Toulon.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Andi Herzog. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.”

The tournament is comprised of two five-team groups. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A, while Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the tournament final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play in a third-place game also set to take place on June 7.

The first Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon was played in 1967 and included club teams. Since 1974, the tournament has been limited to international teams. The USA’s best finish came in 1989, when it finished in third place, behind Bulgaria and tournament-champion France. The U.S. last appeared in the tournament in 2013, where the U-20 MNT went 1-3-0.

The U-23s have logged three matches in 2015 (2-1-0), opening with a 5-2 win over Bosnia and falling 0-1 to Denmark in March before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Mexico on April 22 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This tournament will play a part in the team’s continued preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.

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U-23 MNT May 4, 2015
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