U.S. Youth National Teams

U.S. Under-23s vs. Mexico: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's Under-23 national team will play its finaly exhibition match before Olympic Qualifying kicks off in a month in Nashville with a match agianst arch-rival Mexico in Frisco, Texas tonight (10pm, Telefutura).

 Head coach Caleb Porter will be trotting out a strong team against Mexico tonight, with Bill Hamid and Juan Agudelo leading a squad that will make up most of the team that will take part in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Nashville and Kansas City.

Tonight's match should help offer some insight into the players Porter plans on using when qualifying begins, and which players have the best chance of being part of the Olympic Team this summer in London.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight's match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight's Commentary is after the jump):

  • Murs

    If Opara plays like this for San Jose, they are going to have a very strong team.


  • fischy

    The first half was a different affair. The USA had more of the possession, but Mexico looked more skilled in their play. Aside from sending balls down the wing to Gyau, the USA struggled to look threatening. I won’t say the goals came against the run of play, but they were surprising…and a better goalie would have stopped both.


  • fischy

    By the standard of watching how comfortable they are with the ball at their feet? Some of those USA Euro players — Morales especially, looked slow and awkward.


  • 2tone

    Great day. well all I have to say is look out world because the U.S. has some damn good U-23 players. And they were still missing Shea, Agbossoumonde, Boyd, and Gatt. Morales and Diskerud were very good. I still think Adu should be the #10. Corona was decent, btu Adu is better. I think Corona should be on the wing. I bet he is happy he decided to represent the U.S. over Mexico.


  • Judging Amy

    I thought Morales was dreadful. And as someone born in Peru I wish I didn’t think that. Hopefully I got my player mixed up or something.


  • Cyrus

    This Mexican team is just as possession oriented as the senior squad, they just played a better, more skilled, more athletic, and all around more talented team. This is a new generation of national team players we saw tonight. Sit back and enjoy the show.


  • Neruda

    Great day for US Soccer. Senior team, womeans and olympic all winning!

    Sounds like Mexico was missing a few key players but so was the US. I wonder what impact Brek Shea would have had in this match? Also think of Boyd and Altidore among others on this team. The US may be stronger at this level than Mexico.


  • abc

    Teal Bunbury is crap even at the U-23 level. This guy shouldn’t be called up to the US team at any level for like five years. In the meantime maybe he can join a local AYSO team and learn how to play soccer properly.


  • abc

    He has no shot to make the team. He is now with the Carolina Railhawks. He’s still young with a lot of upside and may eventually figure things out, but right now he is a walking disaster who makes awful career decisions off the field and boneheaded mistakes on the field.


  • beachbum

    I almost always agree with you, but not here. At first I wasn’t impresses with Morales, but as the game wore on, his physicality in there was nice, and he did not seem to tire like some of the other Americans imo

    Mixx, Morales and Corona did some good things in the middle of the field as a group I thought


  • Eurosnob

    Mexico’s U23 team might draw from deeper pool of talented young players, but in terms of the individual top quality talent they are behind our U23. Gyau torched them all night even when they double and tripple teamed him, and he is only 19 years old (i.e., younger than most players in that U23 game). Did you see anyone on Mexican U23 team put together a similar performance? Mexican star players mostly did their ticki-tacka and hopeful long distance shots. And I am not even talking about goalkeepers, our U23 back up goalkeeper is significantly better than any keeper in Mexico’s youth system.


  • Eurosnob

    And that happened only after, the coach subed out his starters (Gyau, Agudelo and Adu) and put the subs in. The first 20 minutes or so of the second half, the US dominstated possession. This was not one of those victories when the team sat back and defended and was lucky to catch an opponent on the counter – they played a very attractive, attacking soccer. I am very optimistic about this team. They outplayed, outpossessed, and outscored one of the best Mexican youth teams and did it with class and flare. In additional, several first team players like Altidore, Shea, Chander are still eligible to play for this U23 team.


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