U.S. Under-20s tie Mexico, fall in penalties

U.S. Under-20s tie Mexico, fall in penalties

U.S. Youth National Teams

U.S. Under-20s tie Mexico, fall in penalties

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For the second straight match, the U.S. Under-20 men's national team earned a tie in the Torneo de las Americas, and for the second match the Americans fell in penalty kicks.

Gale Agbossoumonde converted a rebound of his own saved header in the 70th minute to give the U.S. Under-20s a 1-1 tie against Mexico. The tournament format calls for all ties to be decided in penalty kicks, which Mexico won on Sunday, 4-2. Agbossoumonde and Alex Zahavi converted their penalties for the United States.

Here is the lineup that faced Mexico:

U.S. Under-20s: 18-Jonathan Kempin, 3-Korey Veeder, 19-Sebastien Ibeagha, 22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Greg Garza, 21-Dillon Powers, 2-Amobi Okugo, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 17-Juan Agudelo, 10-Alex Zahavi, 9-Omar Salgado 
Subs Not Used: 13-Tristan Bowen, 15-Bryan De La Fuente, 24-Eduardo Fernandez, 14-Fuad Ibrahim, 7-Alex Molano, 8-Moises Orozco, 23-Conor Shanosky, 4-Parker Walsh, 4-Cesar Zamora 


The Americans also tied their first match of the tournament, a 1-1 draw against Colombia on Friday. Zahavi scored the lone goal for the United States, which lost in penalties, 3-1. Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers scored the only converted penalty.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin started his second straight match for the U.S. Under-20s, as did New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo, Duke University freshman Sebastien Ibeagha and Philadelphia Union midfielder Amobi Okugo.

The U.S. Under-20 national team doesn' return to official action until CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying in April in Guatemala. The Under-20 World Cup is set for July and August in Colombia.

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