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Win pair over Canada

Posted on 22 July 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won both games against the Canadian U-20s during a training camp held at the University of Colorado in Boulder, routing their northern neighbors 8-0 on July 14 and adding a 2-1 win on July 16. In the first match, the USA scored six first half goals, including three in the first 10 minutes. Forwards Sydney Leroux and Toni Pressley each scored twice while Zakiya Bywaters, Charney Burke, Maya Hayes and Samantha Mewis added single scores. Taylor Vancil picked up the shutout in goal for the USA. Two days later, the USA got goals from Elizabeth Eddy and Leroux to sweep the two-game series. Eddy tallied in the 25th minute before Canada’s Rachel Lamarre equalized just four minutes later. Leroux bagged the winner in the 63rd minute on a nice individual effort after running down a long ball from Vicki DiMartino. The Golden Ball winner at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup nailed her shot from just inside the penalty area into the left side netting. Bianca Henninger picked up the win in goal for the USA. The U.S. team finished the camp with a 3-0 loss to a select team of top players from the area. With almost all the U.S. players heading to their colleges soon for pre-season, the squad likely will not get back together until December to prepare for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in January in Guatemala, at which the USA will attempt to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

U.S. U-20 WNT Results

July 14 Canada U-20 WNT 8-0 W Pressley (2), Bywaters, Leroux (2), Burke, Hayes, S. Mewis Boulder, Colo.
July 16 Canada U-20 WNT 2-1 W Eddy, Leroux Boulder, Colo.
July 18 Colorado Select 0-3 L — Boulder, Colo.

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Posted on 22 July 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was set to travel to Argentina on Tuesday, July 21, for a 10-day foreign training camp that will include two international games as part of the Copa Cuidad de Rosario. The U.S. will face Uruguay on July 27 and Australia on July 29 before departing Rosario on July 30. The 17-player roster includes 11 players who were part of the team that took second at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March. Thomas Rongen has also invited newcomer Cesar Zamora, a defender for Chivas USA who was signed to a professional contract in March from the Chivas USA U-17/18 Development Academy team. Also joining the team for the second straight international trip is U-17/18 Development Academy Player of the Year, Dillon Powers of Andromeda. The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group C of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will match up against Germany on Sept. 26, Cameroon on Sept. 29 and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 in the first round. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.

U.S. U-20 MNT Copa Cuidad de Rosario Schedule

July 27 Uruguay Rosario, Argentina
July 29 Australia Rosario, Argentina

U.S. U-20 MNT Training Camp Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Sam Garza (University of Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville University; Jacksonville, Fla.)

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Rally to tie Germany, 2-2

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of its match against Germany before scratching back into the game with two goals of its own, the equalizer coming with just five minutes left from forward Sydney Leroux. The match concluded a nine-day training camp in Germany as the U.S. played both England and Germany as their opponents prepare for the UEFA Under-19 Championship in July.

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 22 England 4-1 W Leroux, McCarty, Hayes (2) Flensburg, Germany
June 26 Germany 2-2 T McCarty, Leroux Hamburg, Germany

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Beat Egypt on Diskerud goal

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Egypt 1-0 behind a Mikkel Diskerud goal and a Brian Perk shutout in the first of two friendlies against the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts. The team is also getting accustomed to the climate, weather and atmosphere of the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct 16. Diskerud – who joined the team on Thursday – started the play that led to a goal by taking a restart to Tony Taylor. Taylor slipped the ball back to the Stabak midfilder and he was in alone on goal, finishing low past Mohamed Abou Gabal for the game’s only goal. Taylor also made his presence felt on Monday, netting the game-tying goal by converting a 52nd minute penalty kick.

Under-20 Men’s National Team Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 27 Egypt 1-0 W Diskerud Alexandria, Egypt
June 29 Egypt 1-1 T Taylor Cairo, Egypt

U-20 Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.) Matt Weit (Columbus Crew Juniors; Columbus, Ohio), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Gerardo Saavedra (Mequon SC; Milwaukee, Wis.), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Andrew Wenger (PA Classics; Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.) Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

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Home Depot Center training camp on tap

Posted on 18 May 2009 by ASN Staff

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will hold a training camp for 24 players at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from May 24-31 as early preparations for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continue. Thirteen of the players participated in the USA’s training camp at The HDC in late April, but Ellis will get a chance to see some new players as well as bringing back a few players that traveled to Spain for the La Manga tournament earlier this year. That group includes forward Sydney Leroux, the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner as the top player and top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup where she helped the USA to the world title by scoring five times. Ellis called up five members of the USA’s 2008 U-17 team that finished second in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, including Golden Glove winning goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, defender Crystal Dunn, midfielder Samantha Mewis, midfielder Elizabeth Eddy, and forward Courtney Verloo, who saw some action at defender during the last training camp.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Bailey Powell (Georgia; Fayetteville), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Kelly D’Ambrisi (Georgetown; Turnbull, Conn.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Alev Kelter (Alaska Rush; Eagle River), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Caif.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Beth West (Texas A & M; Centennial, Colo.)
FORWARDS (8): Lauren Alwine (Virginia; Elizabethtown, Pa.), Kim Castleberry (Dallas Texans; McKinney, Texas), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues; Costa Mesa, Calif.), Courtney Jones (North Carolina; Danville, Calif.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.; Florida State), Courtney Verloo (South Side Strikers, Tualatin, Ore.)

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Tough draw at Egypt Worlds

Posted on 06 April 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group C alongside Germany, Cameroon and Korea Republic for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct. 16.

The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29 at 6:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET) and rounding out group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET). All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez. Every U.S. match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup can be followed live via’s MatchTracker.

“We have definitely been drawn into a strong group, perhaps the strongest of the tournament, but that poses a great opportunity,” said U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen. “Anytime you have the chance to play against teams like Germany, Cameroon and Korea Republic, it is a chance to showcase American football.”

The field of 24 teams is broken up into six groups of four teams each, with the top two finishers in each group, plus the four best third-place finishers, advancing to the Round of 16. The 52-match tournament will take place across seven venues in five cities in northwestern Egypt: Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia, Port Said and Suez. The 74,000-seat Cairo International Stadium will host both semifinals on October 13, and the third-place game and final on October 16.

The U.S. will face a tough road in their attempt to win their group at the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the fourth straight time, starting with their opening match against Germany, the reigning European champion and one of only three teams seeded for the draw. Germany opened its continental campaign with a surprising 2-1 win against Spain before dismantling Bulgaria and Hungary to seal their place in Egypt. A semifinal victory against hosts Czech Republic sent the Germans to the final, where they defeated Italy 2-1 to seal their first-ever European championship at this level.

Though eliminated in the semifinals of the 2008 U-19 Asian championships after booking their spot to Egypt, Korea Republic will be looking to advance out of the group after struggling to get to the Round of 16 as of late. The 11-time qualifiers went all the way to the semifinals of the U-20 World Cup in 1983, but have not advanced past the group stage since reaching the quarterfinals in 1991.

Germany and Korea Republic are two familiar foes for the U.S. at this age level, having faced each country twice in the group phase of the past three FIFA U-20 World Cups. At the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the Americans played both, falling 3-1 to the Germans in their second match, but bouncing back for a 2-0 victory against Korea Republic to secure the top spot in the group and eventually go on to finish in fifth place overall.

The U.S. also faced Germany in 2005 in the Netherlands, playing to a scoreless draw, and then opened the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada with a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic behind a goal from Danny Szetela and an impressive performance in the nets from Chris Seitz. The Koreans were the only team to earn a point against the U.S. in that tournament as the team went on to beat Poland and Brazil to win Group D.

Cameroon, which fell to Ghana in the final of the African Youth Championship to finish in second place, will be appearing in their fifth FIFA U-20 World Cup and their first since 1999. The U.S. faced the Young Lions in group play during their last appearance in 1999, coming away with a 3-1 victory behind a brace from Taylor Twellman and a single tally from Carlos Bocanegra.

“It’s going to be a challenge for sure, but we had the same mentality heading into the 2007 World Cup,” said U.S. goalkeeper Brian Perk, who also played in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. “We didn’t have too much pressure on us in that tournament because of the difficult draw and I think we’re in a similar situation this time. It’s definitely a tough group, but I’m excited and I think my teammates will be as well.”

The U.S. will be competing in its seventh-consecutive and 12th overall FIFA U-20 World Cup, previously known as the FIFA World Youth Championship. They will be looking to build upon a successful campaign under Rongen in 2007, where the Americans took the top place in what was widely considered to be the tournament’s “group of death” that included Brazil, Poland and Korea Republic before falling in overtime in the quarterfinals to Austria.

The U.S. qualified by posting a 2-1-2 record at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March, collecting four straight shutouts before being downed by Costa Rica in the final. Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago will all join the U.S. to represent the region in Egypt.

Out of the 11 appearances in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the USA’s best finish came during the tournament in 1989 in Saudi Arabia. With goalkeeper Kasey Keller leading the way, the U.S. advanced to the semifinals and finished in fourth place.

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Group C Schedule
Sept. 26 USA vs. Germany Mubarak Stadium; Suez 4 p.m. / 10 a.m.
Sept. 26 Korea Republic vs. Cameroon Mubarak Stadium; Suez 6:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.
Sept. 29 Germany vs. Korea Republic Mubarak Stadium; Suez 4 p.m. / 10 a.m.
Sept. 29 USA vs. Cameroon Mubarak Stadium; Suez 6:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 2 USA vs. Korea Republic Mubarak Stadium; Suez 6:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 2 Germany vs. Cameroon Ismailia Stadium; Ismailia 6:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.

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Ellis takes back head coaching reins from DiCiccio

Posted on 24 March 2009 by ASN Staff

U.S. Women’s National Team assistant coach and UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis has been named head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, resuming a position she held through January 2008. The UCLA head women’s soccer coach replaces Tony DiCicco, who held the job in her absence. DiCicco took over the U-20s and led the team to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship in Chile, the USA’s second title at this age level.

Ellis served as the U-20 coach during the previous cycle, leading the team during 2007 before moving to the full Women’s National Team staff under Pia Sundhage last January. Ellis will continue to serve on U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage’s staff for selected events and training camps.

The U-20s recently completed its first international event with in this cycle, facing the U-20 teams of Norway, France and Germany in La Manga, Spain. Players born on or after January 1, 1990, are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The team took silver at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the young Americans beat Canada’s full women’s national team in the semifinal before falling to Brazil’s senior team in the championship game.

Ellis takes over a program that has historically had a significant impact on the future Women’s National Team players. Numerous players who have made a major impact on the full national team have represented the USA at past FIFA U-19 and U-20 tournaments, including Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O’Reilly, Leslie Osborne, Lori Chalupny, Amy Rodriguez, Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Cheney and Tobin Heath, to name a few.

Working closely with Ellis will be Dave Chesler, who takes over as the head coach of the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, a program that was designed to give international competition to players who have just finished a cycle with the U.S. U-17s, but are perhaps a year away from making an impact on the next U-20 cycle.

Chesler is currently the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Boise Capital Soccer Club in Meridian, Idaho. He was Idaho Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching and Player Development from 2004-2006 and has also served as an assistant coach for various U.S. youth national teams, most notably working with Ellis as an assistant at the 2007 Pan Am Games. Chesler, who has a U.S. Soccer “A” license, was the head men’s soccer coach at Fresno State from 1997-2004.

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U.S. fall to Costa Rica 3-0 in CONCACAF final

Posted on 16 March 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fell to Costa Rica 3-0 in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final in front of a capacity crowd at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad.

After already securing their place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by winning CONCACAF’s Group A, the U.S. fell short of winning what would have been its first-ever regional title. It was the third time the Americans advanced to the tournament’s championship, also appearing in 1980 and 1982. Tonight marked the first CONCACAF Under-20 championship game since 1996.

The U.S. entered the game with a 10-game unbeaten streak in CONCACAF qualifying, with its last defeat coming at the hands of Canada in 2002. Before Estrada’s 41st minute goal, the U.S. hadn’t conceded a goal in 628 minutes of CONCACAF qualifying, dating back to a 4-1 victory over Haiti in the opening match of Group B in 2007. Their streak of 628 minutes was just two shy of Mexico’s CONCACAF record 630 scoreless minutes in 1973-74.

Goalkeeper Brian Perk kept four clean sheets in Trinidad & Tobago, including 120 scoreless minutes against the hosts, before giving way to Josh Lambo and Sean Johnson, who each played a half in the final.

Including the goalkeeper switch, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen made eight changes from the starting lineup that won Friday night’s semifinal game in a penalty shootout against Costa Rica. Aaron Maund, Amobi Okugo and Billy Schuler all made their first starts of the tournament in the final. Anthony Wallace moved up from his left back position into the midfield, and Brek Shea moved from the midfield to forward. For Okugo, Schuler, Maund and Lambo, it was their first start of the tournament.

“We made a lot of changes tonight to try to put ourselves in a situation to be successful, but also to look at some players under pressure,” said Rongen. “I’m disappointed in the loss but overall satisfied with the way we’ve played throughout the finals. Getting to Egypt was our primary goal here, we reached that and to reach a final is a very good accomplishment for a team that came together in a very short amount of time. We did some very good things, and I think this team will represent us well in Egypt.”

Costa Rica came at the U.S. defense early and often, with their first chance coming in just the third minute. Bryan Ovied received a throw in, carried it to the end line and slotted the ball across for Allen Guevara. Guevara was just a few feet away from Lambo’s goal, but his shot sailed high from close range.

Wallace led the charge at the other end of the field, starting the attack and continuing his run to get the ball back at the top of the box, but his ensuing shot was stopped by Esteban Alvarado.

The two teams continued to exchange possession and attack at a high pace throughout the half, and in the 41st minute, Costa Rica finally broke through. Diego Estrada pounced on a loose ball in the U.S. defensive end. He took a couple of touches before hitting a low shot that got past Lambo at the near post.

Costa Rica took control of the game in the second half as the U.S. pressed forward. Minutes after coming into the game, Johnson was called on to make two key saves. Marcos Urena played the ball over the defense for a rushing Estrada, but Estrada could not beat Johnson from the tough angle. Less than two minutes later, Johnson denied Josue Varela Martinez from point-blank range after a through ball from Urena got him one-on-one with the 6 foot 4 inch ‘keeper.

Costa Rica doubled their lead in the 69th minute, with Urena setting up another dangerous chance and Martinez converting. On the dribble, Urena spotted Martinez streaking down the left wing and slipped the ball just out of reach of Wallace. Martinez did the rest, taking a touch and placing the ball past Johnson and inside the far post.

In the 80th minute, a long ball from the foot of Alvarado, the Costa Rican goalkeeper, would set up the Ticos’ third goal. Guevara chased the ball down, beating the U.S. back line and was able to chip the ball over Johnson’s head to round out the score at 3-0.

The United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago are the final four countries that will participate in the 24-team 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Asia will send four representatives in Australia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Africa will have five teams in the tournament, including the hosts, as Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have qualified. The 2008 U-19 European Championship served as the qualifying tournament that saw the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain advance. Oceania sends Tahiti to their first ever world championship, while Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela will represent South America.


U.S. U-20s vs. Costa Rica, March 15, 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final
Venue: Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET)
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 70 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:

CRC – Diego Alonso Estrada (unassisted) 41st minute
CRC – Josue Martinez (David Alberto Guzman) 68
CRC – Allen Guevara (Esteban Alvarado) 77

USA: 18-Joshua Lambo (1-Sean Johnson, 46); 6-Amobi Okugo (15-Brian Ownby, 58, 5-Aaron Maund, 2-Kyle Davies (capt.), 11-Jorge Flores; 12-Bryan Arguez, 8-Jared Jeffrey, 3-Anthony Wallace; 14-Sam Garza (7-Daniel Cruz, 66), 16-Billy Schuler, 23-Brek Shea
Subs not used: 4-Sheanon Williams, 9-Peri Marosevic, 10-Dilly Duka, 13-Tony Taylor,
Subs not available: 22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 24-Brian Perk
Head coach: Thomas Rongen

CRC: 1-Esteban Alvarado; 2-Jose Antonio Mena, 5-Derrick Alberto Johnson (capt.), 6-Ricardo Jose Blanco, 7-Marcos Danilo Urena (11-Diego Josue Madrigal, 85), 8-David Alberto Guzman, 13-Allen Guevara, 14-Brian Jose Oviedo, 16-Diego Alonso Estrada (10-Carlos Hernandez, 90+), 17-Josue Martinez (9-Jorge Castro, 90+), 19-Jose Daniel Varela
Subs not used: 3-Kenner Gutierrez, 15-Javier Mynor Esoce, 18-Minor Jesus Alvarez
Subs not available: 4-Juan Andres Monge, 12-Cristian Gamboa
Head Coach: Ronald Gonzalez

Stats Summary:
Shots: 6 / 20
Shots on Goal: 2 / 12
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 4
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – David Alberto Guzman 89th minute

Referee: Geoffrey Hospedales (TRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Venton Mars (GUY)
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON)

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Beat Trinidad on penalties to reach CONCACAF final

Posted on 14 March 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team booked a place in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship final on Sunday, March 15, with a penalty shootout win against Trinidad & Tobago in Macoya, Trinidad Friday.

After 120 scoreless minutes of regulation and extra time, Jared Jeffrey, Dilly Duka, Kyle Davies and Anthony Wallace each converted penalty shots while goalkeeper Brian Perk came up with huge saves on Trinidad & Tobago’s fourth and fifth shooters to win 5-4 in the shootout.

After already securing their place at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by winning Group A, the U.S. squad will now look to win its first-ever CONCACAF U-20 title. Kickoff for Sunday’s final is set for 7 p.m. local/ET.

It was the fourth straight shutout for the U.S. as Perk and the U.S. defense have yet to allow a goal in the tournament.

“The host country made it very hard for us in a game that could have gone either way but in the end our goalkeeper made the difference for us tonight,” said U.S. Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen. “He came up with two excellent saves on two penalties for us to win it. I have to give Trinidad & Tobago a lot of credit for playing us straight up and trying to win the game just like we did over 120 minutes.”

The first semifinal game between Costa Rica and Honduras also went into a shootout after a scoreless draw. Costa Rica, which won Group B, advanced to the final with a 4-2 shootout win. That match was the first CONCACAF U-20 match to go into extra time since December 2000, when Honduras beat Panama 2-1, and the first to go to penalties since August 1980, when both semifinals were settled in the shootout.


U.S. U-20s vs. Trinidad & Tobago, March 13, 2009, Competition: 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Semifinal
Venue: Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad
Kickoff: 8 p.m. local (8 p.m. ET)
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 75 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:

Penalty Summary:
USA: Jeffrey (goal), Duka (goal), Marosevic (miss – high), Davies (goal), Wallace (goal)
TRI: Rochford (goal), Joseph (goal), Bentick (goal), Bateau (saved), Paul (saved)

USA: 24-Brian Perk; 4-Sheanon Williams (5-Aaron Maund, 90+), 22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 2-Kyle Davies (capt.), 3-Anthony Wallace; 15-Brian Ownby, 8-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Dilly Duka, 7-Danny Cruz (16-Billy Schuler, 77); 9-Peri Marosevic, 13-Tony Taylor (6-Amobi Okugo, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Sean Johnson, 18-Josh Lambo, 12-Bryan Arguez, 14-Sam Garza
Subs not available: 11-Jorge Flores, 23-Brek Shea
Head coach: Thomas Rongen

TRI: 1-Glenroy Samuel, 3-Curtis Gonzales (15-Uriah Bentic, 90+), 4-Sheldon Bateu, 5-Akeem Davis, 6-Leston Paul, 8-Sean de Silva, 9-Juma Clarence (10-Daniel Joseph, 69), 11-Trent Lougheed (19-Qian Grosvenor, 50), 12-Robert Primus, 14-Jean Luc Rochford,17-Nicholas Walker
Subs not used: 2-Aubrey David, 13-Marvin Manswell, 20-Andres Marchan
Subs not available: 7-Kebin Molino, 18-Daniel Cyrus
Head Coach: Zoran Vranes

Stats Summary:
Shots: 9/6
Shots on Goal: 3/1
Saves: 1/3
Corner Kicks: 4/2
Fouls: 7/8
Offside: 3/0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Sean De Silva (caution) 67th minute
TRI –Juma Clarence (caution) 76
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution) 90+

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Venton Mars (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Taylor (BRB)
Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)

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Clinch world cup berth, face T&T in CONCACAF semis

Posted on 13 March 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team clinched a berth to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and will now move on to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship semifinals. The U.S. took the top place in Group A by earning seven points with two wins and a draw and will face host Trinidad & Tobago in a semifinal match on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. local/ET.

U.S. U-20 MNT CONCACAF Championship

March 6 Jamaica 3-0 W Marosevic, Duka, Schuler Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 8 Honduras 0-0 T — Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 10 El Salvador 2-0 W Shea, Taylor Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
March 13 Trinidad & Tobago 8 p.m. local/ET Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad
March 15 Final/Third Place TBD Marvin Lee Stadium; Macoya, Trinidad


Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 2 0 1 5 0 +5 7
HON 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4 4
JAM 3 1 2 0 2 8 -6 3
SLV 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 1

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