The US U-23 nationwide workforce emerges from the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying group stage one win from the specified consequence regardless of three substandard showings together with Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Mexico.
Former Man Metropolis and LA Galaxy property Uriel Antuna scored the lone aim and gave the U.S. suits to maneuver Mexico to 3-0 with eight objectives scored and only one conceded over 270 minutes.
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The match acquired feisty late, and Mexico and U.S. followers alike could wish to see their rivals win the semifinal stage simply to get an opportunity to go all-in on a rematch (not to mention to offer the prospect of a knockout spherical match-up in Tokyo).
Mexico will face the second-place workforce from Group B, possible Canada or Honduras, whereas the Yanks positively get a type of groups within the Group A winner.
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1. Kreis does his finest Mourinho, however USMNT ship Spurs-like errors: The US’ threw away recreation plan and an excellent stable first half simply earlier than the clock struck 45. Jason Kreis clearly wasn’t about to danger his Olympic remit simply because he was dealing with a rival, however he knew he’d go for it if the match was within the stability over the ultimate half-hour (which it was).
Kreis accepted that the Yanks may cede possession however nonetheless managed 50% of the ball. And he additionally saved a watch on Sunday by maintaining Jackson Yueill, Justen Glad, Jesus Ferreira, and Sam Vines on the bench earlier than deploying Yueill and Ferreira — the latter sitting a yellow card shy of a semifinal ban — late within the match.
It may’ve simply been 0-0 into the ultimate half-hour have been it not for a serious American error.
The Yanks have been bailed out of a primary mistake by an unimaginable sliding sort out by Mauricio Pineda when Julian Araujo slipped, however the heart again couldn’t save the zero on the sheet within the forty fifth minute. That’s when U.S. heart ahead Sebastian Soto dropped very deep into the midfield and minimize the ball proper to Mexico’s Uriel Antuna, who made the a lot of the error and Soto’s aggressive run to make amends for the error. An awesome shot later, it was 1-0 Mexico.
Earlier than we go any additional, let’s be clear that we aren’t saying the Yanks have been superb within the first half. However Kreis did design a recreation plan that might’ve delivered the group. There was a five-minute spell in and across the Mexico field, however the U.S. totaled one shot try. But whereas Mexico threatened it wasn’t a lot to placed on a spotlight reel. Like Jose Mourinho so many occasions towards a proficient opponent, there was simply an amazing feeling of, “Yeah, certain you are feeling such as you have been higher, however was that actually harmful?”
2. Antuna and Aguirre Present: We will’t say for certain that Mexico focused Julian Araujo on the appropriate facet of the U.S. protection, however they actually needed to get the ball to captain Erick Aguirre after which Uriel Antuna on the left.
Aguirre tried the sport’s most passes for Mexico and his consolation on the stage shone brilliant; The 24-year-old was Finest XI on the 2015 Olympic Qualifying Event and has gained the CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and the CONCACAF U-17 Championship whereas ending 2017 U-17 World Cup runner-up.
Antuna is already a Gold Cup winner with a CONCACAF U-20 Championship Finest XI and Liga MX Finest XI beneath his belt. Oh, and eight senior objectives for Mexico in 16 caps, together with objectives towards the USMNT and Costa Rica.
3. Dotson damage a priority: If there are three standout gamers from america this group stage, you’d choose Jackson Yueill, Djordje Mihailovic, and Hassani Dotson.
The final title on the record, 23-year-old Dotson, has appeared a lot better than his 5-goal, 4-assist profession at Minnesota United would point out by way of conventional numbers. He’s been explosive, bruising, sensible, and industrious.
Dotson limping off the pitch late means extra minutes for somebody who hasn’t proven a to throughout the match, whoever will get that job.
Man of the Match: Uriel Antuna
U.S. U-23 Participant Rankings versus Mexico
David Ochoa: 7 – Practically acquired a hand on Antuna’s aim however was calm and picked up over 90 minutes.
Aaron Herrera: 5
Henry Kessler: 6 – Most passes of any participant on the pitch.
Mauricio Pineda: 7 – Actually stable in possession and, in fact, that unimaginable sliding sort out.
Julian Araujo: 4 – Struggled mightily and gave up a number of massive possibilities in a efficiency not like what we’ve come to count on from the LA Galaxy man.
Johnny Cardoso (Off 61′): 5 – Surprisingly quiet, particularly so given his hyper-aggressive mentality.
Andres Perea (Off 61′): 5
Hassani Dotson (On 75′): 7 — Once more was the workforce’s finest participant and his late damage is an actual fear for Sunday’s enormous semifinal.
Sebastian Saucedo (On 71′): 5
Djordje Mihailovic: 7 – The captain for the evening was busy and artistic regardless of little time on the ball however set piece service left a lot to be desired.
Sebastian Soto (Off 61′): 4 – Horrible error to reward Antuna the prospect that grew to become the lone aim. What was he doing dropped so deep from heart ahead into the U.S. third?
Jackson Yueill (On 61′): 7 – The workforce’s finest participant, as he must be given his expertise.
Jonathan Lewis (On 61′): 5 – Nothing exceptional.
Jesus Ferreira (On 61′): 6 – Full marks for not taking a yellow card.
Benji Michel (On 71′):6 – Ran onerous however couldn’t get service into the field.
Tanner Tessmann (On 75′): N/A
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