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Julian Green Strike Sees U-23 MNT Past Qatar 1-0

AUBAGNE, France (June 2, 2015) –The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Qatar in its fourth game of the 2015 Toulon Tournament, 1-0.

For the first time in the tournament, the U.S. scored first going 1-0 up in the opening 10 minutes when Julian Green blasted home a volley from an Alonso Hernandez cross.

The U.S. pressured on the attack for the rest of the game, hoping to gain goal-differential ground on competitors Netherlands and Costa Rica in Group A. Despite a number of second-half opportunities spurred by halftime subs Jordan Morris and Jerome Kiesewetter, Green’s goal ultimately stood as the lone score of the game.

The win preserved the U.S.’s hopes of advancing to a placement game on June 7, but the team’s fate will be in the hands of France, which defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in the day’s late game and now must beat the Netherlands by a three-goal margin on June 4 in order for the U.S. to advance.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Julian Green (Alonso Hernandez), 8th minute: 
Alonso Hernandez stepped in front of an errant Qatar pass on the U.S. side of the field, sidestepped a defender and turned on the jets, sprinting down the sideline across midfield on the right. As he neared the end line Hernandez drove a cross into the center of the box that Julian Green one-timed into the back of the net on a stellar volley. USA 1, QAT 0 (FINAL) 

Additional Notes:

  • Julian Green’s goal was his first his first with the U-23 MNT and his first in a USA uniform since his goal with the senior team against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He also tallied his first assist in U.S. colors in this tournament in the game against Netherlands.
  • The match was the first between the U.S. and Qatar at the U-23 age level.
  • For the first time this year, Shane O’Neill was not in the USA’s starting lineup.
  • Sam Strong made his first start with the U-23’s, but left the game at halftime with a head injury.
  • Tyler Miller made his first career start for the U-23 MNT, earning his first shutout in the process by making two saves against Qatar. 

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Qatar
Date: June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 680
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny 

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

USA - Julian Green (Alonso Hernandez)                   8th minute

Lineups:
USA: 22-Tyler Miller; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-William Packwood, 6-Sam Strong (13-Fatai Alashe, 46), 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (7-Dillon Serna, 20); 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya, 10-Marc Pelosi, 15-Alfred Koroma Shams (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 16-Julian Green (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46) 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 4-Shane O’Neill, 12-Charlie Horton ,18-Jalen Robinson, 20-Tyler Turner
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog 

QAT: 1-Sateh A. Al-Abbasi; 17-Mohaammed Alaaeldin, 2-Khidir Musaab, 6-Ali Bazmandegan, 15-Ali Alob; 11-Ahmed Fadhil (3-Huthaifa Ali Al-Salemi, 15), 8- Ahmed Fathy Abdoulla(16- Ali Awad Bujaloof, 73), 4-Mohammed Al-Saeed, 7-Ahmed Alaaeldin; 9-Othaman Alawi Alyhari (13-Yousuf Alkubaisi-62), 14-Nasser Al-Khalfan (10-Saleh Yazidi, 75)
Subs Not Used: 5-Abdulaziz Abdulla Shareef, 12-Abdulrahan Al Haziri, 18-Shaheen Al Kuwari, 19-Ali Ahmad Ghaderi, 20-Abdulrahman Alkorbi
Head Coach: Fahad Abdulla Al-Zarraa 

Stats Summary: USA / QAT
Shots: 9 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
QAT - Ali Alob (caution)                      21st minute
USA - Marc Pelosi (caution)               40
USA - Benji Joya (caution)                 68
QAT - Ahmend Fathy Abdoulla          73 

Officials:
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee: Paulo Santos Soares and Pedro Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Macias Romo (MEX 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Julian Green

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

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Qatar
Date: June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 Toulon Tournament
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 680
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny 

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

USA - Julian Green (Alonso Hernandez)                   8th minute

Lineups:
USA: 22-Tyler Miller; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-William Packwood, 6-Sam Strong (13-Fatai Alashe, 46), 2-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (7-Dillon Serna, 20); 14-Daniel Metzger, 8-Benji Joya, 10-Marc Pelosi, 15-Alfred Koroma Shams (9-Jordan Morris, 46); 16-Julian Green (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46) 11-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper, 4-Shane O’Neill, 12-Charlie Horton ,18-Jalen Robinson, 20-Tyler Turner
Head Coach: Andreas Herzog 

QAT: 1-Sateh A. Al-Abbasi; 17-Mohaammed Alaaeldin, 2-Khidir Musaab, 6-Ali Bazmandegan, 15-Ali Alob; 11-Ahmed Fadhil (3-Huthaifa Ali Al-Salemi, 15), 8- Ahmed Fathy Abdoulla(16- Ali Awad Bujaloof, 73), 4-Mohammed Al-Saeed, 7-Ahmed Alaaeldin; 9-Othaman Alawi Alyhari (13-Yousuf Alkubaisi-62), 14-Nasser Al-Khalfan (10-Saleh Yazidi, 75)
Subs Not Used: 5-Abdulaziz Abdulla Shareef, 12-Abdulrahan Al Haziri, 18-Shaheen Al Kuwari, 19-Ali Ahmad Ghaderi, 20-Abdulrahman Alkorbi
Head Coach: Fahad Abdulla Al-Zarraa 

Stats Summary: USA / QAT
Shots: 9 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
QAT - Ali Alob (caution)                      21st minute
USA - Marc Pelosi (caution)               40
USA - Benji Joya (caution)                 68
QAT - Ahmend Fathy Abdoulla          73 

Officials:
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee: Paulo Santos Soares and Pedro Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Macias Romo (MEX 

ussocer.com Man of the Match: Julian Green

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The former U.S. U-18 captain and residency product had 20 appearances for the U-17 MNT. The 19-year-old right back has appeared in four matches for Orlando this season.

The United States will open play in the 43rd edition of the tournament against host France on May 27 (1 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).

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U.S. Set for Run in Historic Toulon Tournament

In France it has been called le lieu où naissent les étoiles, the place where stars are born. Always a gathering of the world’s top soccer powers, this year’s 43rd edition of the Toulon Tournament features regular competitors Netherlands, England and host France, as well as Costa Rica, China, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Qatar and the USA.

“It’s a huge tournament,” U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog said. “I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for sure there’s the Olympic Tournament, but apart from those competitions, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. With all the teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the USA competing against each other, at this age group that’s a really, really good competition and it’s a good challenge for us to show that we have a good team together.”

In 1975, Cesar Luis Menotti coached an Argentina youth squad featuring Daniel Passarella, Americo Gallego, Alberto Tarentini, and Jose Daniel Valencia to a championship in the third Toulon Tournament. Three years later, those four players were a part of the Argentina side that won the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Following the win, Menotti recalled Toulon as being a fundamental piece of the players’ development that led to their victory, and hence, le lieu où naissent les étoiles.

In the 40 years since, many of the biggest and most renowned footballers have made their mark in Toulon, and the tournament has proven to be a foreshadower of what’s to come in international play. In 2011, Colombian striker James Rodriguez earned honors as the Toulon Player of the Tournament. Three summers later, Rodriguez burst onto the scene and won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World cup after scoring six goals in five games.

Other international footballers who have also gained experience in the Toulon Tournament include: Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Javier Mascherano, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa and many more.

The U.S. was in Toulon for the tournament in 2013, competing with its U-20 MNT and taking seventh place. Their best finish in Toulon history dates back to 1989, when the team took third place behind Bulgaria and champion France.

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ussoccer.com: What can you say about this group that’s been brought together for the Toulon Tournament?
Andi Herzog: “I’m happy; I think we have a good group together. It’s mostly the same players we had against Mexico and the first Bosnia and Denmark trips. I want to have a little continuity and hopefully it will work in France. Obviously it’s a situation where a lot of MLS teams have a lot of games during the same time period, so mostly the players starting for the MLS teams were not released.”

ussoccer.com: How does this renowned tournament help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Championship?
AH: “This tournament in France is huge because there are a lot of great opponents. The other thing is we play a game every second day, so we will need everyone on the field and we’ll have to make a lot of changes from game to game. I think it’s a great chance for every single player to be able to be a big part of the team who will qualify for the Olympics.”

ussoccer.com: How did the fact that the tournament schedule features games every other day go into the makeup of this roster?
AH: “It’s clear: You need to double up every position. Overall we have a good group together with some young kids playing, like Marc Pelosi coming back after a long injury, so it will be interesting to see all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Over the years a number of the world’s great international footballers have played in this tournament. What does that say about the challenge ahead for the team?
AH: “It’s a great challenge and it’s a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best. The France team is the defending World Champion at the Under-20 level from two years ago in Turkey. They were the best team in the world two years ago and they are our first opponent, so that will be a real good possibility to see how good we already are.”

“It’s a huge tournament. I think at this age group, there’s the World Cup and for the Olympics, but apart from those competition, this is the biggest tournament in this age group. You have all the regular teams like England, Netherlands, France, Mexico, USA competing against each other, so at this age group that’s a really, really good competition.

 ussoccer.com: How would you describe the form of the players on the roster coming in?
AH: “We have two or three players that had injuries before, but I talked to them and they’re fine, so it’s normal. For every National Team coach it’s always the same. You don’t train on a regular basis, so it’s just from month to month you see your players. That’s why I want to keep going always with most of the same players if they do well. Hopefully we made the right decisions.  

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AH: “Developing players for the senior National Tam has to be our goal. I think for a youth team it’s important to compete on the highest level at World Cups and Olympics, but overall the most important thing is you get at least two or three players for the National Team as regular starters afterwards. Otherwise we did a bad job as coaches.”
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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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