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USA Tops Olympic Qualifying Group with 4-0 Win against Panama

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team moved on to the semifinal round of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament as the top seed out of Group A after a 4-0 win against Panama at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Panama gamely held the USA scoreless through the first half, but the Yanks' depth told in the second half as Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris entered at halftime to spur the U.S. attack. An own goal by Panama defender Fidel Escobar in the 50th minute opened the floodgates as Kiesewetter and Morris both bagged a goal a piece in the ensuing six minutes to give the U.S. a quick 3-0 lead before Luis Gil capped the scoring from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. 

The match was also the first of the tournament for goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who had been with his club Molde FK during the USA's first two games, but entered the lineup seamlessly to deliver the team's first shutout of the competition.  

The USA will face the loser of Group B's Mexico-Honduras clash (if the teams tie, the U.S. will play Honduras) in the first semifinal which kicks off from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on Oct. 10. The second semifinal will follow immediately after from the same stadium and both matches will be broadcast on Telemundo.

Goal Scoring Summary:
USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal) 50th minute: 
Gboly Ariyibi did the work on the left side, cutting past one defender and speeding by another to free himself to send a cross into the box. Ariyibi hit a low hard ball in towards a breaking Jordan Morris; Escobar cut in front and attempted to clear it away, but his clearance ended up in the back of the net.  USA 1, PAN 0 

USA-Jerome Kiesewetter (Luis Gil) 53rd minute: Just three minutes after the first goal, Kiesewetter found the net to double the U.S. lead. A series of passes put the ball at the feet of Luis Gil, who took a turn at the top of the box and threaded a pass to Kiesewetter, who ripped a shot from the right side to bag his third goal of the tournament. USA 2, PAN 0 

USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter) 56th minute: Again three minutes later and the USA had another goal.  Kiesewetter and Morris, the pair that had already combined for multiple goals in the tournament, were at it again. Kiesewetter drew the defense as he jetted down the right side, which freed Morris centrally. Kiesewetter found him with a pass and Morris converted with a glancing touch for his third goal of the tournament. USA 3, PAN 0 

USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 71st minute: Kiesewetter set up the penalty, making a number of nifty moves to get into the box, before being brought down. Luis Gil stepped up to take the penalty, his second of the tournament, and confidently tucked it in. USA 4, PAN 0 (FINAL)

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

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Group A
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 3,313
Weather: 55 degrees; Light rain

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F                                   
USA                                      0          4          4
PAN                                      0          0          0 

USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal)                            50th minute
USA-Jerome Kiesewetter (Jordan Morris)           53
USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter)           56
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick)                                71

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Will Packwood, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster (8-Emerson Hyndman, 59), 10-Luis Gil (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 19-Maki Tall (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 11-Alonso Hernandez, 20-Gboly Ariyibi
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-Wil Trapp, 14-Fatai Alashe, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

PAN: 1-Elieser Powell; 3-Kevin Galvan, 4-Michael Murillo, 6-Fidel Escobar, 14-Roberto Chen; 5-Pedro Jeanine (capt.), 10-Miguel Camargo (8-Jhamal Rodriguez, 55), 11-Edgar Barcenas, 18-Josiel Nunez (15-Francisco Narbon, 73); 9-Abdiel Arroyo, 19-Jorman Aguilar (16-Justin Simons, 85)
Subs Not Used: 2-Chin Hormechea, 7-Jesus Gonzalez, 12-Jamie de Garcia, 13-Jesus Araya, 20-Orlando Mosquera
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4        
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
PAN-Kevin Galvan (caution)         65th minute
PAN-Abdiel Aroyo (caution)          70

Officials:
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
1st Referee: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
2nd Referee: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th official: Javier Santos (PUR)




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

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Group A
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 3,313
Weather: 55 degrees; Light rain

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F                                   
USA                                     0          4          4
PAN                                     0          0          0 

USA-Fidel Escobar (own goal)                            50th minute
USA-Jerome Kiesewetter (Jordan Morris)           53
USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter)           56
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick)                                71

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Will Packwood, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster (8-Emerson Hyndman, 59), 10-Luis Gil (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 19-Maki Tall (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 11-Alonso Hernandez, 20-Gboly Ariyibi
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-Wil Trapp, 14-Fatai Alashe, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

PAN: 1-Elieser Powell; 3-Kevin Galvan, 4-Michael Murillo, 6-Fidel Escobar, 14-Roberto Chen; 5-Pedro Jeanine (capt.), 10-Miguel Camargo (8-Jhamal Rodriguez, 55), 11-Edgar Barcenas, 18-Josiel Nunez (15-Francisco Narbon, 73); 9-Abdiel Arroyo, 19-Jorman Aguilar (16-Justin Simons, 85)
Subs Not Used: 2-Chin Hormechea, 7-Jesus Gonzalez, 12-Jamie de Garcia, 13-Jesus Araya, 20-Orlando Mosquera
Head Coach: Leonardo Pipino

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4        
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
PAN-Kevin Galvan (caution)         65th minute
PAN-Abdiel Aroyo (caution)          70

Officials:
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
1st Referee: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
2nd Referee: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th official: Javier Santos (PUR)

Man of the Match: TBA

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Olympic Qualifying Championship Semifinals Kickoff Times Changed

CHICAGO (Monday, Aug. 31, 2015) – The Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that the two Oct. 10 semifinal matches of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship have been shifted forward by one hour, and are now set to kickoff at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. MT (3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET) in Sandy, Utah.

The tournament finalists qualify directly to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. The third-place finisher advances to a playoff against Colombia to determine an additional representative of the Americas in Brazil.

The USA opens qualifying with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT [TICKETS] and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT [TICKETS].

2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship

Group A:              Group B:
Canada                 Mexico
United States       Honduras          
Panama                Haiti
Cuba                    Costa Rica

2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Schedule (Local time/ET)

Thursday, October 1 (Sporting Park)
5:30 pm (6:30 pm ET) Panama vs. Cuba
8:00 pm (9:00 pm ET) United States vs. Canada

Friday, October 2 (StubHub Center)
6:00 pm (9:00 pm ET) Honduras vs. Haiti
8:30 pm (11:30 pm ET) Mexico vs. Costa Rica  

Saturday, October 3 (Sporting Park)
1:30 pm (2:30 pm ET) Canada vs. Panama
4:00 pm (5:00 pm ET) Cuba vs. United States

Sunday, October 4 (StubHub Center)
1:30 pm (4:30 pm ET) Honduras vs. Costa Rica
4:00 pm (7:00 pm ET) Haiti vs. Mexico 

Tuesday, October 6 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
5:00 pm (7:00 pm ET) Canada vs. Cuba
7:30 pm (9:30 pm ET) United States vs. Panama

Wednesday, October 7 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
5:00 pm (7:00 pm ET) Costa Rica vs. Haiti
7:30 pm (9:30 pm ET) Mexico vs. Honduras 

Saturday, October 10 (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Semifinals (Winners advance to the 2016 Olympic games)
1:00 pm (3:00 pm ET) 1A vs. 2B
4:00 pm (6:00 pm ET) 2A vs. 1B 

Tuesday, October 13, (Rio Tinto Stadium)
3rd Place (Winner advances to Olympic Games play-in against Colombia)
5:00 pm (7:00 pm ET) Loser Semifinal 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2

Final
8:00 pm (10:00 pm ET) Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 

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