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USA Opens Olympic Qualifying with Confident 3-1 Win against Canada

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Oct. 1, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, led by a pair of goals from Jordan Morris and a late penalty kick conversion by Luis Gil, started its run in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 3-1 win against Canada at Sporting Park.

Morris found the net before Canada could even touch the ball, punching in the opening goal before a minute of soccer had even been played.

The U.S. was dominant offensively and defensively and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. It was more of the same when the team came out in the second frame, with Morris cashing in another goal in the 73rd minute.

The U.S. defense was finally beat in the 81st minute when Canada scored off a corner kick to pull within one, but the U.S closed the game out on a high note with Luis Gil slotting home a penalty to ice the match in stoppage time.

It will be a quick turnaround for the team, which plays its second game against Cuba, at Sporting Park on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Telemundo and fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA– Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter), 1st minute: 
Matt Polster laid a ball forward to Kiesewetter, who picked it up and accelerated down the right side. As the defense closed in he looked up and found Morris breaking for the goal. Kiesewetter bent in a firm cross that flew just past the 'keeper and found Morris who headed it in to give the U.S. the lead. USA 1, CAN 0 SEE GOAL

USA– Jordan Morris (Wil Trapp), 73rd minute: Morris' second goal started at the feet of the captain, Wil Trapp. Trapp intercepted a pass in midfield and launched a high, arching ball from the back to Morris, who muscled past his defender and beat the charging ‘keeper with a tidy shot that found the lower right corner. USA 2, CAN 0 SEE GOAL

CAN– Michael Petrasso (Christopher Mannella), 81st minute: Canada finally beat the U.S. defense for a goal, which came from a Mannella corner kick. He bent a sharp, curling ball into the box near the front post of goal. An unmarked Petrasso jumped and skimmed it with his head which deflected the shot in at the far post for Canada's lone goal of the game. USA 2, CAN 1 SEE GOAL

USA– Luis Gil (penalty kick), 90+2 minute: While he wouldn't earn an assist, it was Kiesewetter that set up the third goal for the USA. The striker made a quick move to get into the box and added another quick cut that cause his defender to foul him. Gil then confidently stepped up and sent a low powerful strike from the spot into the right corner. USA 3, CAN 1 SEE GOAL

Additional Notes:

  • Jordan Morris has now scored five goals with the U-23’s this year.
  • Luis Gil, who has recorded four assists with the U-23’s this year, scored his first goal of 2015 tonight.
  • The assist was Jerome Kiesewetter’s first with the U-23’s.
  • Wil Trapp earned the start as the team’s captain and tallied his first assist of the year.

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U-23 MNT Oct 1, 2015

-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Canada
Date: Oct. 1, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Group A
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,827
Weather: 61 Degrees; Clear

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F                                   
USA                                     1          2          3
CAN                                     0          1          1  

USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter)           1st minute
USA-Jordan Morris (Wil Trapp)                           73
CAN-Michael Petrasso (Chris Mannella)             81
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick)                                 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 13-Matt Polster, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 14-Fatai Alashe (2-Boyd Okwuonu, 87), 6-Wil Trapp (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (15-Marc Pelosi, 57), 8-Emerson Hyndman (10-Luis Gil, 72); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 9-Jordan Morris
Subs Not Used: 20-Gboly Ariyibi, 11-Alonso Hernandez, 18-Charlie Horton, 5-Will Packwood, 19-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

CAN: 1-Max Crepeau; 2-Johnny Grant, 19-Skylar Thomas, 5-Luca Gasparotto, 11-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare; 10-Caleb Clarke (17-Hanson Boakai, 81), 6-Chris Mannella (16-Mo Babouli, 88), 14-Sam Piette (capt.), 7-Mauro Eustaquio (8-Jay Chapman, 66), 13-Michael Petrasso; 9-Anthony Jackson-Hamel
Subs Not Used: 12-Quillan Roberts, 18-Ricky Gomes, 4-Jackson Farmer, 3-Giuliano Frano, 15-Ben Fisk, 20-Dylan Carreiro
Head Coach: Benito Floro

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2        
Offside: 6 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
USA-Matt Polster (caution)                         40th minute
USA-Wil Trapp (caution)                            84
CAN-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (caution)       87

Officials:
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
1st Referee: Oscar Velazquez (HON)
2nd Referee: Graeme Brown (SKN)
4th official: Adrian Skeete (BRB)

Man of the Match: Jordan Morris

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Tickets for Men’s Olympic Qualifying Semifinals and Final in Sandy, Utah Go On Sale Sept. 11

CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2015) – Tickets for the semifinal and final rounds of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, will go on sale on Sept. 11.

The semifinal round will kick off on Oct. 10, while the final and third-place games will be played on Oct. 13.

Tickets for the doubleheader events in Utah go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

The winners of the semifinal matches at Rio Tinto Stadium will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in the third-place match. The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.

A total of eight teams will compete in the Olympic Qualifying Championship: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America (Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica) and two from the Caribbean (Haiti, Cuba). The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A where it will be joined by Canada, Panama and Cuba. The U.S. opens group play against Canada on Oct. 1, then faces Cuba on Oct. 3 and Panama on Oct. 10. The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to the semifinals.

Tickets for the group stage matches are already available and can be purchased through ussoccer.com.

2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Schedule

Date

Event

Start Times

Location [Click for Tickets]

Oct. 1

Group A Doubleheader*

5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 2

Group B Doubleheader**

6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 3

Group A Doubleheader*

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT

Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 4

Group B Doubleheader**

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT

Carson, Calif.

Oct. 6

Group A Doubleheader*

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 7

Group B Doubleheader**

5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT

Commerce City, Colo.

Oct. 10

Semifinal Doubleheader

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

Oct. 13

Third Place & Final

5 p.m. and 8 p.m. MT

Sandy, Utah

* USA to play in second match
** Mexico to play in second match

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