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SBI U.S. U-23 MNT Man of the Match: Jerome Kiesewetter

Jerome Kiesewetter U-23 USMNT 5

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Locked in a scoreless affair at halftime, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team needed someone to ignite an attacking flame to defeat Panama.

Jerome Kiesewetter proved more than capable of helping in that regard.

The U.S. finished play in Group A of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying by dispatching Panama, 4-0, on Tuesday night, and it was Kiesewetter that came off the bench to help make the difference. Kiesewetter scored a goal eight minutes after checking into the match at the start of the second half, delivered an assist shortly thereafter, and drew a penalty kick later on to help the Americans improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

Kiesewetter’s sterling substitute performance earned him SBI’s U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Man of the Match award, and further adds to to his impressing showing in the qualifying campaign.

The VfB Stuttgart attacker, who started the match on the bench so as to get some rest, had arguably his best outing of the competition on Tuesday. He gave the Americans a 2-0 lead with a clinical finish in the 53rd minute, fed Jordan Morris for another insurance goal three minutes later, and was brought down in the box to set up Luis Gil’s 71st-minute tally.

Kiesewetter, 22, was not the only player to impress on an undefeated U.S. side that is high on confidence right now. Others who garnered consideration for the latest SBI honors were Morris, Gil, and Gboly Ariyibi.

What did you think about Kiesewetter’s performance vs. Panama? Agree that he was the Americans’ Man of the Match? Who else impressed you?

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  1. Did anyone notice Maki Tall being a bully on Defense; literal throwing players around?! He’s that player that is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Only other player with this nastiness on any of the rosters is Jermain “Jermesus” Jones.

  2. Lets say that we qualify for the Olympics in Brazil. Which players (excluding the 3 over aged) would could we possibly see added to the Squad? I can only think of the 6 listed below. Any other options out there that I’m overlooking?

    Cropper, O’Neill, Brooks, Yedlin, Rubin, Payne,

  3. Very solid game…I’m impressed with his vision and ability to combo with others, especially Morris. They play so well together…rarely selfish, always recognizing when the other is in a better position to score.

  4. Wow this kid left me awe struck in the run up that drew the penalty… from a die hard fan since 02 and i am 29 this squad has the biggest most athletic guys I have ever seen assembled for the stars and bars…

    May the tri color burn down

    Come on you yaaaanks


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