Tonight’s U-23 MNT starting XI vs. Colombia (4-4-2): 1-Ethan Horvath; 15-Desevio Payne, 3- Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 2-Kellyn Acosta; 11- Paul Arriola, 6-Wil Trapp, 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman; 16-Mario Rodriguez, 9-Jordan Morris
Available subs: 12-Cody Cropper, 18-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 7-Dillon Serna, 10-Luis Gil, 14-Fatai Alashe, 17-Jerome Kieswetter, 19-Khiry Shelton, 20-Eric Miller
- Head coach Andi Herzog made two changes to the starting XI from the first leg: left back Eric Miller is replaced by Desevio Payne. Payne will start at right back with Kellyn Acosta switching to the left side. Also, Luis Gil, who started as an attacking midfielder in Barranquilla, is replaced by Paul Arriola who will shift to the right side.
- There is one change to the 20-man gameday roster, as Julian Green is replaced by Dillon Serna. Green fell ill over the weekend and is unavailable.
- Wil Trapp continues his role as team captain.
- Acosta, Arriola, Payne and Matt Miazga also started for the U-20 MNT against Colombia in 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The U.S. won that Round of 16 match 1-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals.
- This is the first-ever appearance with a U.S. youth team at a level above the U-20s for Arriola and Payne.
- Acosta made his debut with the U-23 MNT in the first leg. Earlier this year he made his senior MNT debut when he started in wins over Canada and Iceland.
- Tim Parker is also making his second consecutive start for the U-23 MNT. Prior to the first leg, his last appearance for any USA team was five years ago with the U-18 MNT.
- Ethan Horvath starts in goal for the second straight match. Horvath was replaced by Cody Cropper in the 42nd minute of the first leg as a precaution after a collision with Colombia’s Andres Renteria.
- Acosta (20), Horvath (20), Hyndman (19), Miazga (20) and Payne (20) are the five youngest players on the 23-man roster. All but Hyndman were born in 1995. Hyndman is a 96. The next youngest are Green (20) and Arriola (21), who are also 95s.
- Jordan Morris and Mario Rodriguez are starting at forward together for the second straight game, and fourth time in the current cycle. The duo combined for four goals and two assists in the first three games: wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina (5-2) and Mexico (3-0) and the draw in Colombia (1-1) last Friday.
- Horvath, Miazga, Morris, Matt Polster and Trapp all started in the third place game of the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, in which the U.S. defeated Canada to advance to this Playoff versus Colombia. Hyndman, Serna, Jerome Kiesewetter and Luis Gil also saw action in that win.
- Polster extends his team-high streak of consecutive starts with the U-23 MNT to ten straight games. Polster, who made his debut on Sept. 2, 2015 in a 1-0 loss to England when he replaced Emerson Hyndman in the 63rd minute, has appeared in 11 straight games
- Jerome Kiesewetter, who is available, enters the game with the longest active appearances streak. He has played in each of the last 15 U-23 MNT games and 17 of the last 18.
- There were four jersey number changes from the first leg: Kellyn Acosta switches to #2, Dillon Serna will wear #7, Mario Rodriguez switches to #16 and Tyler Miller will be #18.
- The team is wearing the new white kit for the first time.
Game Notes: USA Resumes Quest for Olympic Spot vs. Colombia in 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 1st Leg
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (March 25, 2016) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team fought to a well-earned 1-1 draw away to Colombia in the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 1st Leg thanks to an early Luis Gil goal and a determined defensive effort under scorching heat and humidity at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez.
Gil scored his third goal of this Olympic Qualifying cycle in just the fifth minute, finishing off a cross from Mario Rodriguez to stake the USA to an early lead. Colombia struck back from the penalty spot in the second half, but could not breach the U.S. defense from the run of play despite ample possession and stoppage time at the end of each half.
The Olympic Qualifying Playoff series between the USA and Colombia now shifts back to the United States for the 2nd Leg. The series will be decided by aggregate goals scored across the two-games.
The 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff 2nd Leg between the USA and Colombia will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, March 29 (8:30 p.m. CT; ESPN2) [TICKETS]. It is part of a U.S. Soccer double-header on ESPN2 that begins earlier that day when the senior U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Guatemala at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus Ohio (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Luis Gil (Mario Rodriguez), 5th minute: On a flowing counterattack, Mario Rodriguez beat his defender to the endline and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot for the trailing Luis Gil, who was unmarked. Gil picked out the lower left-hand corner of Colombia goalkeeper Christian Bonila’s goal with a one-time shot through the legs of a closing defender. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)
COL – Juan Fernando Quintero (penalty kick), 68th minute: USA right back Kellyn Acosta brought down Colombia’s Rafael Santos Borre in the U.S. box as the forward broke in on goal. On the resulting penalty kick, Quintero sent a low shot to the right of U.S. substitute goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who guessed correctly but was just unable to get a hand to the shot. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 37th minute – Colombia played a long, cross-field ball over top of the U.S. defense, aiming for Andreas Renteria. Horvath was wise to the move and dashed off his line to head the ball clear as Renteria clattered into him. The hit shook Horvath up but he played on for a handful of minutes before being substituted for Cody Cropper before halftime.
Next on the Schedule: The USA resumes it 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff at home against Colombia. The 2nd Leg kicks off on Tuesday, March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (8:30 p.m. CT; ESPN 2). The match is part of a U.S. Soccer double-header on ESPN2 that begins earlier in the day with the U.S. Men’s National Team taking on Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).
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- The team with the most goals after the two games will advance. If the teams are tied on goals after the two matches, the team with the most away goals will advance. If the away goals are equal at the conclusion of the second match, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played at the end of the 2nd Leg. If no goals are scored in extra time, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks. If both teams score the same number of goals in the extra-time period, the visiting team is declared winner on the basis of away goals counting double.
- Kellyn Acosta made his first start with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team.
- Tim Parker made his first appearance for the USA since playing for the U-18 Men’s National Team in 2011.
- Both Acosta and Emerson Hyndman started in the USA’s 1-0 win Round of 16 win against Colombia at last summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- Wil Trapp continued as captain of the U.S. U-23 side after guiding the team through the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in the same capacity.
- Four players scored for the U.S. during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying championship: Jordan Morris and Luis Gil (two goals each), Matt Miazga and Hyndman (one each).
- Four players in the starting XI were not on the Olympic Qualifying Championship roster: Acosta, Parker, Eric Miller and Mario Rodriguez.
- The United States has competed in the Men’s Olympic finals 13 times, including five straight tournaments from 1984 to 2000. In addition, the U.S. qualified for – but did not compete in – the 1980 Moscow Games following a boycott by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
- The U.S. hopes to return to the Olympics for the first time since the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where it posted a 1-1-1 record but did not advance past the group stage. The USA’s best showing in the Olympics came during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, when the team defeated Japan in the quarterfinals and finished fourth in the event.
- U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: March 25, 2016
Competition: 2016 Olympic Qualifying - Playoff
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez; Barranquilla, Colombia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
COL 0 1 1
USA – Luis Gil (Mario Rodriguez) 5th minute
COL – Juan Fernando Quintero (penalty kick) 68
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Cody Cropper, 45); 7-Kellyn Acosta, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 20-Eric Miller; 6-Will Trapp (capt.), 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman, 10-Luis Gil (14-Fatai Alashe, 66); 18-Mario Rodriguez (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 72), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs: 2-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 11-Paul Arriola, 15-Desevio Payne, 16-Julian Green, 19-Khiry Shelton
Not available: Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Brandon Vincent
Head Coach: Andres Herzog
COL: 1-Cristian Bonila; 13-Helibelton Palacios, 3-Yerry Mina, 5-Davinson Sanchez, 16-Cristian Borja; 14-Wilmar Barrios, 6-Jose Leudo (11-Jarlan Barrera, 33), 18-Andres Felipe Roa (15-Juan Pablo Nieto, 73), 10-Juan Fernando Quintero; 7-Andres Renteria (19-Rafael Santos Borre, 62), 9-Harold Preciado
Subs: 4-Deiver Machado, 8-Yony Gonzalez, 12-Luis Hurtado, 17-Roger Martinez, 20-Alvaro Montero
Head coach: Carlos Restrepo
Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 5 /18
Shots on goal: 1/ 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 2 / 1
USA – Matt Miazga (caution) 52nd minute
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 67
COL – Rafael Santos Borre (caution) 67
USA – Cody Cropper (caution) 83
COL – Cristian Borja 90+1
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Staman (TUR)
Fourth Official: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
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