SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Dec. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated host Honduras 2-1 at Estadio Morazan in the first of two international friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Romain Gall and Tommy Thompson each scored a goal. For Gall, it is his third of the year, tying him with Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer for the team lead in international play in 2014. Thompson scored his second goal of the year.
USA defender Shaquell Moore set up both USA tallies, crossing the ball in from the right side on both occasions. Moore connected with Gall in the 62nd minute as Gall slotted the ball in past Honduras goalkeeper Roberto Diaz for the 1-0 lead. Then in the 70th minute, Moore found Thompson, who headed the ball into the upper right corner of the frame.
The two-goal cushion proved vital as Honduras defender Kevin Alvarez cut the U.S. lead to one goal in the 88th minute.
The U-20 MNT moves to 5-1-2 in international play and 11-2-2 overall this year.
The USA and Honduras meet once more on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Estadio Morazan. This will mark the U-20 MNT’s final international game before the U-20 World Cup qualifying, with the USA facing Guatemala in Group A play on Friday, Jan. 9.
- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Honduras U-20 MNT
Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, 76 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
HON 0 1 1
USA – Romain Gall (Shaquell Moore) 62nd minute
USA – Tommy Thompson (Shaquell Moore) 70
HON – Kevin Alvarez (Jorge Calix) 88
USA: Zack Steffen; Shaquell Moore, Matt Miazga, Conor Donovan, Tyler Turner (John Requejo, 57); Kellyn Acosta (capt.) (Chase Gasper, 82), Joel Sonora (Paul Arriola, 58), Fernando Arce (Russell Canouse, 63); Tommy Thompson, Romain Gall, Bradford Jamieson IV (Amando Moreno, 66)
Subs Not Used: Jeff Caldwell, Luis Martir
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
12-Roberto Diaz; 2-Kevin Alvarez, 5-Dabirson Sanchez, 4-Luis Alvarado, 6-Carlos Arias; 16-Devron Garcia, 13-Jhow Banegas (11-Jorge Calix, 70), 8-Rolin
Fernandez (25-Orental Dilbert, 63); 19-Junior Lacayo, 14-Jhom Caballero, 9-Alberth Elis
Subs Not Used: 1-Cristian Hernandez, 3-Bayron Garcia, 7-Michael Cortez, 10-Jose Alberto Escalante, 17-Elder Torres, 20-Christopher Alegria, 21-Rodimiro Tejada
Head Coach: Jorge Jimenez
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 16
Offside: 1 / 0