Friday, June 5, 2015

USMNT U-20 & U-23 Updates


Playing in the Toulon Tournament, the U.S. find themselves getting ready to play in the third place game against England after finishing in second place in Group A behind France, but ahead of the Netherlands, Costa Rica and Qatar. The U.S. is 2-2 in the tourney, but advanced ahead of the Netherlands on goal differential thanks to France's 4-0 win over the Oranje on Thursday. France will face Morocco for the title. Both the consolation match and the finals are set for Sunday. The U.S. has placed in the tournament just one other time when they finished third back in 1989. Here's a look at how the U.S. has fared so far:

L 3-1 vs France - Jordan Morris (1)
W 3-1 vs Netherlands - Jerome Kiesewetter (1), Alonso Hernández (1), Will Packwood (1)
L 2-1 vs Costa Rica - Fatai Alashe (1)
W 1-0 vs Qatar - Julian Green (1)


After opening the U-20 World Cup with wins over Myanmar and New Zealand, the U.S. had a chance to win their group with a win or draw against the Ukraine. Unfortunately, they didn't have an answer for Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) as he scored three times in a 3-0 win. Kovalenko now has five goals in the tournament. The U.S. now settles for second place in Group A, but is still on track to advance to the Round of 16. Around the tournament, there have been several surprises as big name countries Argentina and Mexico have already been eliminated from the competition. The U.S. will now face Colombia on June 10th. The Colombians finished second in Group C with a record of 1-1-1 defeating Qatar 1-0 before drawing 1-1 with Senegal and losing 3-1 to Portugal. Here's a look at how the U.S. has fared:

W 2-1 vs Myanmar - Maki Tall (1), Emerson Hyndman (1)
W 4-0 vs New Zealand - Bradford Jamieson (1), Hyndman (2), Paul Arriola (1), Rubio Rubin (1)
L 3-0 vs Ukraine

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