RECAP: USA U-23 2 - 0 MEXICO U-23
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JAMIE HILL - Thursday, March 1, 2012
The US U-23 team defeated its Mexican counterpart by a familiar scoreline on Wednesday night in FC Dallas Stadium, two to zero.

The match was the last of three friendlies in the final U-23 camp prior to the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. US U-23 coach Caleb Porter assembled the strongest squad he could, although Timmy Chandler, Danny Williams, Jozy Altidore, Brek Shea, Terrence Boyd, and Josh Gatt were unavailable due to senior national team duty or injury.

The US dominated the run of play for much of the match, but scored both goals in quick succession late in the first half.

In the 34th minute, Juan Agudelo opened the scoring by heading home a Mix Diskerud corner after making a good near post run.

The US doubled their lead only moments later when Freddy Adu cut in from the right flank and smashed a low, driven shot from outside the 18. The shot was subtly deflected by Diskerud and beat the Mexican goalkeeper to the near post.

The Americans nearly extended their lead off another Diskerud corner when Ike Opara beat his marker to the ball, but his header was saved at close range.

In the opening stages of the second half, the Mexican team found itself utterly under siege, but the US failed to find a third goal.

As the half progressed, Mexico found more of the ball and enjoyed their strongest portion of the match. In the 72nd minute, Marco Fabian was controversially denied a penalty after he went down in the box following contact from Zarek Valentin. The referee instead issued Fabian a yellow card for simulation.

The US successfully staved off last-minute Mexican pressure as the team tired and adopted a more defensive stance in the final 10 minutes of the match.

The US will begin its CONCACAF Olympic qualifying campaign in Nashville on March 22 against Cuba.
G. Smith
Wednesday March 7, 2012 5:24 pm
The future look at the national team:

Tim Howard ???
Joel Anthony Brooks Tim Ream
Timmy Chandler Fabian Johnson
Michael Bradley Mix Diskerud
Josh Gatt Freddy Adu Brek Shea
Terrence Boyd
I know that there can be some valid arguments for other players in certain positions, but that is what is exciting. The National Team will have options and descent depth. Now if some of our boys can be regulars on major club teams and the MLS can really improve and keep American talent so it is a top 5-7 league in the world.
Foul Free Kick
Sunday March 4, 2012 12:41 pm
Fantastic win for this group. Really enjoyed their style of play. We're on the cusp of something here!
EastTexas
Sunday March 4, 2012 11:56 am
I was at the game and I have to say how disappointed I was at the turn-out to support the usa olympic team. Of course the mexican fans were out in force. You have to admit they know how to support their team with their flags, jerseys, wrestling masks (not sure what that's all about) and their chants, "Mexico, Mexico!" The only satisfaction I had was in the second half, yelling between their chants, "PERDIO, PERDIO!" which means "Looses, Looses". USA ALL THE WAY! LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!
minoman78
Saturday March 3, 2012 1:27 am
I really enjoyed watching this game. The U.S. really looked like a proactive rather than a reactive team. It starts with these younger guys and the even younger ones below them. I believe Klinsmann's philosophies of attacking and being more aggressive will come out of these younger guys and hopefully sets the standard for soccer in the U.S.
GO USA!
Tom
Friday March 2, 2012 4:40 pm
The spanish/Mexican channel showed the game and it's free, lol.
Hoppy in ATL
Friday March 2, 2012 1:19 pm
"I would have loved to have watched this game. Why aren't these games offered on iTunes?" Brian

Or anywhere on DirecTV, for that matter.... You would think that, for what I pay for soccer coverage (Between Fox Soccer/GOL TV and Fox Soccer Plus), you would be able to see your home country's Olympic side playing against their regional rivals... It's quite amazing that the Beautiful Game is still this starved for legitimate coverage here in the states.... I'm sure there were 12 "sports" channels covering poker, billiards, and bowling, but apparently there are not enough people living in America who want to see their Olympic footy team to warrant any televised coverage.....

We still have a long way to go, I guess....
Gary Page
Friday March 2, 2012 12:50 am
The US ball possession and movement were very impressive. They are showing much more skill than in the past. Klinsman's influence is showing up positively already. This team has the potential to go far in the Olympics.
Andy
Thursday March 1, 2012 7:10 pm
Gyau was very unlucky not to get a goal or an assist out of this game. He was amazing on the wing. He or Mix was the Man of the Match.
Julian Ybarra
Thursday March 1, 2012 3:26 pm
I think it's hiliarious that Freddy Adu is still eligible for U-23 teams.
James J
Thursday March 1, 2012 2:58 pm
The US style is changing and it's starting with the players in the U23 pool. This pool of players is capable of holding the ball. We saw it last night, we also saw it with the U17s this winter vs. France, Turkey and Brazil, and if you check out the younger Acccademy clubs you see the same thing, more possession and what's more the younger kids are playing even faster. Great things to come for the US !
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