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U.S. U-20 MNT Draws Guatemala 1-1 in Opening Match of 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jan. 9, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was stunned by a 90th-minute equalizer from Andy Ruiz that handed Guatemala a 1-1 draw with the USA in the teams’ opening match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park on Friday evening. 

Tottenham center back Cameron Carter-Vickers’ first goal for the U.S. Under-20s in the 58th minute highlighted a dominant display from the USA, which was unlucky not to pierce the Guatemalan defense on more than one occasion. 

The USA pushed forward early, winning a handful of free kicks and corners with attacks down the flanks through Tommy Thompson and Romain Gall. Thompson nearly gave the U.S. an early lead with a hard shot from a tight angle that was saved by Guatemala goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen.   

The U.S. dominated the run of play throughout the first half, even when playing with 10 men after defender Matt Miazga was sidelined for an extended period to close a gash over his right eye suffered in an aerial challenge with a Guatemalan forward.  Despite its dominance of possession, the U.S. wasn’t able to craft many quality scoring chances aside from Thompson’s until late in the first 45 minutes when Vickers nearly turned home a Paul Arriola cross at the back post and Gall volleyed a Shaq Moore feed just wide of the Guatemala net. 

The second half saw more of the same from the U.S. Under-20s. Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman barley missed on a long range effort that had Hagen beaten and Sunderland forward Lynden Gooch saw a partially blocked shot scooped up as well by the Guatemalan ‘keeper. 

The USA next plays Panama, which beat Aruba 4-0 in the day’s opening match, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and fans can also follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (Emerson Hyndman), 58th minute: Defender Shaq Moore’s powerful run to the end line won the U.S. a corner that second-half sub Emerson Hyndman curled to the back post. Carter-Vickers leapt above the fray to loft a well-place header back across the face of goal and into the right-hand side netting. USA 1, GUA 0 

GUA – Andy Ruiz, 90th minute: A final Guatemala surge down the right led to a corner kick that was initially cleared by the USA’s Kellyn Acosta. But, before the ball hit the turf, Ruiz volleyed it from 25 yards away from goal into the left-hand upper 90 of U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s net. USA 1, GUA 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 12th minute: The USA won a turnover in midfield and Junior Flores sent the ball wide left to John Requejo, who whipped in a cross that Tommy Thompson did well to bring down to his feet before blasting a wide-angled shot from close range right at Guatemala goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen. Thompson had another crack when the rebound came to him but was unable to keep his second effort on frame. 

GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 31st minute: The U.S. sent a long ball forward out of the back for Jamieson to chase. As he neared the ball and the edge of the Guatemala box in a one-v-one race with a defender, Hagen charged off his line to claim the rolling ball at the top of the box just before Jamieson could get a touch. 

GUA – Nicholas Hagen, 78th minute: The U.S. broke through the Guatemala midfield and worked the ball onto the foot of Lynden Gooch at the top center of the box, where he was able to get off a partially deflected shot. Despite leaning the opposite way, Hagen was able to recover and collected the arcing deflection. 

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is 7-2-2 all-time against Guatemala in CONCACAF U-20 qualifying.
  • U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos sent out a starting defense of Zack Steffen in goal, John Requejo at left back, Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers in the center and Shaq Moore at right back.
  • Kellyn Acosta captained the USA from midfield where Paul Arriola and Junior Flores, who departed at halftime for Emerson Hyndman were also stationed.
  • Up top, Bradford Jamieson IV occupied the center with Tommy Thompson split off to his right and Romain Gall to his left.
  • Lynden Gooch eventually replaced Jamieson midway through the second half and Russell Canouse came on for Gall in the 84th minute.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala U-20 National Team
Date: Jan. 9, 2015 
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (Group Play) 
Venue: Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 2,500 
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (Emerson Hyndman)         58th minute
GUA – Andy Ruiz                                                                  90 

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 3-John Requejo; 7-Paul Arriola, 10-Junior Flores (8-Emerson Hyndman, 46), 6-Kellyn Acosta (capt.); 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV (18-Lynden Gooch, 65), 9-Romain Gall (16-Russell Canouse, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno, 20-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos 

GUA: 1-Nicholas Hagen, 2-Kevin Grijalva, 6-Cristian Jimenez, 15-Salvador Estrada, 20-Mauricio Maltes, 13-Sthiven Robles (17-Pablo Aguilar, 62), 14-Andy Ruiz, 16-Julio Ortiz (capt.), 7-Paolo Ortiz (10-Diego Alvarez, 81), 9-Mauro Portillo, 11-Mario Hernandez (8-Kevin Bordon, 66)
Subs Not Used: 12-Julio Daniel Ochoa, 3-Allen Yanes, 4-Nicolas Samayora, 5-Luis de Leon, 18-Benedicto Aldana, 19-Jose Morales
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Ruiz 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 18
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary: 
GUA – Mauricio Maltes (caution)                      19th minute
USA – Romain Gall (caution)                             52 
GUA – Andy Ruiz (caution)                               52 

Officials: 
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CRC)
Fourth Official: Yedel Martinez. (CUB)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala U-20 National Team
Date: Jan. 9, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (Group Play)
Venue: Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 200 
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers (Emerson Hyndman)         58th minute
GUA – Andy Ruiz                                                                  90 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaq Moore, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 5-Matt Miazga, 3-John Requejo; 7-Paul Arriola, 10-Junior Flores (8-Emerson Hyndman, 46), 6-Kellyn Acosta (capt.); 11-Tommy Thompson, 19-Bradford Jamieson IV (18-Lynden Gooch, 65), 9-Romain Gall (16-Russell Canouse, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Tyler Turner, 14-Conor Donovan, 15-Fernando Arce, 17-Amando Moreno, 20-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos 

GUA: 1-Nicholas Hagen, 2-Kevin Grijalva, 6-Cristian Jimenez, 15-Salvador Estrada, 20-Mauricio Maltes, 13-Sthiven Robles (17-Pablo Aguilar, 62), 14-Andy Ruiz, 16-Julio Ortiz (capt.), 7-Paolo Ortiz (10-Diego Alvarez, 81), 9-Mauro Portillo, 11-Mario Hernandez (8-Kevin Bordon, 66)
Subs Not Used: 12-Julio Daniel Ochoa, 3-Allen Yanes, 4-Nicolas Samayora, 5-Luis de Leon, 18-Benedicto Aldana, 19-Jose Morales
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Ruiz 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 18
Offside: 1 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
GUA – Mauricio Maltes (caution)                      19th minute
USA – Romain Gall (caution)                             52 
GUA – Andy Ruiz (caution)                               52 

Officials:
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CRC)
Fourth Official: Yedel Martinez. (CUB)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Cameron Carter-Vickers

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U-20 MNT Squares Off with Guatemala in 2015 CONCACAF Championship Opener

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 9, 2015

U-20 MNT OPENS 2015 CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP VS. GUATEMALA – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team begins the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with its first Group A game against Guatemala on Friday, Jan. 9. The match kicks off at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica, at 5:30 p.m. ET. The tournament will qualify four teams to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

In addition to facing Guatemala, the USA will also play Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21) in Group A competition. All five of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2, while the matches against Guatemala, Aruba and Jamaica will also air on Univision Deportes. Fans can also follow all the action on twitter at @ussoccer_ynt.

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group A Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

JAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TRI

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ARU

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

PAN

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GUA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Qualifying Format Change: The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 with two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments had featured four groups of three teams. Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Molde FK), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes) 

USA ROSTER BREAKDOWN:
On Jan. 2, U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The roster includes two members of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in midfielder Kellyn Acosta and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Ramos has named Acosta the team captain during the qualifying tournament.

Six players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Matt Miazga and Tyler Turner, midfielders Acosta and Romain Gall, and forwards Bradford Jamieson IV and Tommy Thompson. Four players are teammates on Liga MX side Club Tijuana: forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, midfielder Fernando Arce and defender John Requejo.

EYES ON NEW ZEALAND 2015: The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 14 in 2015. The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand is being held from May 30-June 20 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. The final draw will be held on Feb. 10. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

USA VS. GUATEMALA HISTORY:

  • The USA is 7-2-1 in the all-time series against Guatemala in U-20 qualifying.
  • The USA first faced Guatemala in the second CONCACAF Youth Tournament on April 6, 1964, dropping a 3-1 decision in Guatemala.
  • The U.S. earned its first qualifying victory against Guatemala in the opener of the fifth CONCACAF Youth Tournament, winning 2-1 on Aug. 18, 1974, in Canada.
  • The USA won the third-place match against Guatemala in the sixth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in 1976. Rick Davis scored the USA’s lone goal for a 1-0 win in Puerto Rico.
  • In 1982, the USA faced Guatemala twice in the ninth CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Guatemala City. In the opening round, Hugo Perez scored two goals and Dale Ervine added another for a 3-1 win on Aug. 22, 1982. In the tournament’s second round, John Isikli, Tab Ramos and Chance Fry each scored a goal during a 3-1 overtime win on Sept. 1, 1982, to advance to the tournament final. The USA would finish runner-up to Honduras.
  • Steve Snow scored a goal during the USA’s 1-0 win against Guatemala during the 12th CONCACAF Youth Tournament on April 17, 1988.
  • The USA’s most lopsided victory against Guatemala came in the Group B opener of the 18th CONCACAF Youth Championship. The USA earned a 5-0 victory on March 18, 2001, in Tunapuna, Trinidad. Bobby Convey scored two goals, while DaMarcus Beasley, Conor Casey and Brad Davis each contributed a goal.
  • The U.S. most recently faced Guatemala in the 24th edition of the tournament, dropping the quarterfinal match 2-1 on April 6, 2011, in Guatemala City. Conor Doyle had the lone goal for the USA.
  • Among other meetings, the USA and Guatemala played to a scoreless draw on Jan. 19, 2007, in Panama City. The USA also earned a 4-1 win against Guatemala in the 13th CONCACAF Youth Tournament on May 5, 1990.

2014 U.S. U-20 MNT RESULTS

International record: 6-1-2; overall: 12-2-2

Date

Opponent

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

April 13

River Plate

3-2 W

Spencer (2), Rubin

Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

April 14

Eintracht Frankfurt

3-0 W

Lopez, Pfeffer, Gall

Richland College Field; Dallas, Texas

April 16

UANL Tigres

1-0 W

Rubin

Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

April 18

Fluminense

3-2 W (ot)

Rubin (2), Spencer

Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

April 20

River Plate

0-2 L

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Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

July 14

Chile

2-1 W

Novakovich, Pfeffer

NTC – Mooch Field; Carson, Calif.

July 16

Bermuda

4-0 W

Novakovich, Pfeffer, Thompson, Own Goal

NTC – Mooch Field; Carson, Calif.

July 18

Australia

0-0 T

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StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

Sept. 4

Racing FC

2-0 W

Pfeffer, Gall

Racing FC Academy; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sept. 6

Defensa y Justicia

3-2 W

Jamieson (2), Arriola

Defensa y Justicia Academy; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sept. 9

Argentina

1-1 T

Pfeffer

AFA; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nov. 12

Russia

4-3 W

Gall (2), Novakovich, Yomba

Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain

Nov. 15

Ireland

1-0 W

Yomba

Estadio San Pedro; Marbella, Spain

Nov. 18

Canada

0-1 L

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Marbella Football Center; Marbella, Spain

Dec. 18

Honduras

2-1 W

Gall, Thompson

Morazan Stadium; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Dec. 21

Honduras

2-1 W

Gall, Gooch

Morazan Stadium; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Building a Tradition of Success

Two years ago, when head coach Tab Ramos led the U.S. U-20 MNT to the 2013 CONCACAF Championship in Mexico, he wanted to give his players a little extra motivation, a little more inspiration. 

Before the team checked into its hotel room in Puebla, the staff placed a U.S. flag and placard featuring the name of a former U.S. player who had been part of both a FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup above each player’s bed. 

That team proceeded to qualify for the 2013 U-20 World Cup. With that background, Ramos is keeping the tradition going this time around in Jamaica, hoping for the same result. 

On Monday as the U-20 MNT arrived in Kingston ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Championship, the new batch of youngsters walked into their hotel rooms to also find the names of current and former USMNT stars above their beds. 

“It’s very important for us to know the tradition of U.S. Soccer and the past players that these players this time represent,” Ramos said. “Because we do represent the Michael Bradley’s and the Clint Dempsey’s and Landon Donovan’s who have been here before in their shoes. So I’m hoping that they are as excited as I am because we truly feel fortunate to be here.”

The names are familiar to long-time U.S. soccer fans: Chris Henderson, Landon Donovan, Jeff Agoos, Kasey Keller, Tony Meola, Damarcus Beasley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and so forth; players who were once in the sames roles as the current group, trying to qualify for a U-20 World Cup, before eventually playing in one and later at the biggest soccer event in the world. 

Emerson Hyndman, rooming with Lynden Gooch, said they each claimed a bed once they walked in their room. When Emerson looked up, he noticed Clint Dempsey’s name above his bed. Dempsey played at the 2003 U-20 World Cup before competing at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. 

“It’s kind of funny ‘cause I actually know Clint, from his time at Fulham,” Hyndman said. “To see all the World Cups he’s been to, and what he’s achieved with the U.S., it can’t help but inspire me.” 

Forward Paul Arriola wound up with Michael Bradley, who played at the 2007 U-20 World Cup and the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. And like others, Arriola is familiar with the recent success of Bradley on the senior National Team. 

“I was in residency with the Under-17 team, and we all knew that Michael Bradley was one of those guys who had been there a couple years but he was one of those guys that didn’t get picked for his World Cup cycle,” Arriola said. “So for us, it’s a big deal, because it’s kind of saying that we shouldn’t give up hope. There’s going to be times when maybe we’re not the best player at the right time…but it doesn’t mean that we have to get discouraged or stop believing in ourselves. I think he’s a perfect example.” 

Center back Matt Miazga walked in and saw Marcelo Balboa’s name on his wall. While it’s been more than 10 years since Balboa retired, Miazga passed his test of knowing the former star defender who made over 100 appearances at the senior level. Balboa also represented the U.S. at the 1997 U-20 World Cup and the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups. 

“He was obviously a center back, like I am, and a year ago, he was one of the assistants at our January camp,” Miazga said. “He worked with the center backs intensively and gave us a lot of pointers on what to do better in certain situations, and how to better defend and play that position.” 

Hyndman and Dempsey have more in common than having played for Fulham, where Emerson currently plies his trade and Dempsey starred from 2007-12. The two also grew up playing club soccer in Texas. 

“All of us, our goal is to be a part of the senior National Team at some point and to go to an actual senior World Cup,” Hyndman said. “To see a player like him achieve it – especially from my area – it really just motivates me to be that much better.” 

Ramos is hoping this team can replicate the successes of previous U-20 teams at the CONCACAF Championship and qualify for the 2015 U-20 World Cup, which will be held this June in New Zealand. 

“I’m very excited. I get excited every time we go, whether it was when I was playing or when I came as assistant coach or now as head coach for the last couple cycles,” said Ramos. “I’m excited to go to the tournament. I can’t wait for it. I hope I’ve been passing that down to the players.” 

Current U-20 players (left) and the former players (right) picked to inspire them: 

Kellyn Acosta - Landon Donovan
Fernando Arce – Bobby Convey
Paul Arriola - Michael Bradley
Russell Canouse - DeAndre Yedlin
Cameron Carter-Vickers - Chris Henderson
Conor Donovan – Carlos Bocanegra
Junior Flores – Bobby Convey
Romain Gall – Oguchi Onyewu
Lynden Gooch – Benny Feilhaber
Ethan Horvath – Kasey Keller
Emerson Hyndman – Clint Dempsey
Bradford Jamieson IV – Eddie Johnson
Matt Miazga - Marcelo Balboa
Amando Moreno – Ben Olsen
Shaquell Moore – Jozy Altidore
John Requejo – DaMarcus Beasley
Ben Spencer – Gregg Berhalter
Tommy Thompson – Jeff Agoos
Tyler Turner – Tony Meola
Zack Steffen – Tim Howard

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