U.S. U-23S DOWN HOLLAND IN TOULON
KENYA BROWN - Friday, May 29, 2015
After suffering a setback in their Toulon Tournament opener on Wednesday, the United States Under-23 national team bounced back in a big way with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands on Friday.
However, it would be the Dutch side that opened the scoring in the first half as Brahim Darri took a chance from from long range. U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper was ready to pounce on the opportunity, but the ball slipped through his hands and into the goal.
The U.S. were not detered and went on to level the score 10 minutes later as forward Jerome Kiesewetter found the back of the net. Midfielder Benji Joya would build up the play by dribbling the ball up from the midfield and passing the ball to Julian Green on the left. The Bayern Munich player took a shot that bounced off a few Dutch defenders, but Kiesewetter to collect the rebound and score.
The Americans would take the lead in the 24th minute when forward Alonso Hernandez smashed the ball into the Dutch goal. Green's free kick came off the wall and Jordan Morris would be out jump his challegers to head the ball over to Hernandez who wasted no time in taking his chance on goal.
The momentum was certainly in the United States' favor as they extended their lead in the second half with Will Packwood getting his name on the scoresheet. Green sent in a curling corner kick which found the head of the former Birmingham City man.
Cropper would make two key saves in the second half to prevent the Dutch from leveling the score - the first in the 48th minute on a counter attack and the second in the 62nd minute when Anwar El-Ghazi tried to curl his shot at goal only for the 6-4 netminder to make a diving save.
The win puts the U.S. level on points with the Dutch. However, they move up to second place based on goal difference.
The team will next play against CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica on Sunday.