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US U-23 Team; Preparing for Rio 2016
Topic Started: Oct 4 2014, 08:04 PM (1,772 Views)
raconteur
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The U-23 team is preparing for Rio 2016 qualifying by using the international break to play Brazil's U-23s in Brasilia. here is the US roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Charlie Horton (Cardiff City/WAL), Cody Cropper (Southampton/ENG).

DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca/MEX), Will Packwood (Birmingham City/ENG), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy).

MIDFIELDERS (5): Dennis Flores (Leon/MEX), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG), Benji Joya (Chicago Fire), Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa/MEX).

FORWARDS (6): Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey/MEX), Jordan Morris (Stanford Univ.), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Moenchengladbach II/GER), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven)


The roster includes several players who were on the senior team roster to play the Czech Republic last month: Hyndman, Cropper, Rubio and Morris. A lot of unfamiliar names too including several dual national newcomers, US-English players: defender Carter-Vickers, a 16 year old with Tottenham and Cardiff's 19 year old goalie Horton. Plus you see several Mexican based players such as Ocegueda, Flores, Roriguez and Hernandez.

Some names to watch in the next few years.
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Thanks for providing that roster and yes there are many unfamiliar names who I will now be keeping an eye out for.

So who will be coaching this team?
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Tab Ramos was the coach and the US lost 3-0 to Brazil.

Cropper; Sorto, Carter-Vickers (Miazga, 61), O'Neill, Ocegueda; Rubin, Joya (Hairston, 83), Hyndman (Flores, 61), Serna; Rodriguez (Spencer, 71), Morris (Hernandez, 83)
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Sounds like the type of thumping you would hope the 23's could avoid, even from Brasil. Article doesn't comment on whether the US had many chances, but it did sound like the beat down started early so the game was never in doubt.
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Klinsmann's top assistant Andreas Herzog the Austrian former international who played for, among others Bayern Munich and the LA Galaxy, will be the US' U23 coach for 2016 Olympic qualifying.
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And here is Herzog's first roster for the US U23 team which will use the international break to play in Europe against Bosnia and Denmark's U23 teams:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Charlie Horton (Cardiff City; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (5): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Chicago Fire; San Jose, Calif.), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II; Temecula, Calif.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; Leander, Texas)


A mixture of players who have been around the US scene for awhile and some newcomers both from Europe and the US. one of those newcomers is Roy Lassiter's son Ariel now with the LA Galaxy's reserve team.
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The U23 team defeated Bosnia's U23 team 5-2. Next up is a chance for revenge for the senior team's defeat vs Denmark as they face the Danish U23 team.

The US lineup:

Charlie Horton (Cardiff City), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Shane OfNeill (Colorado Rapids), Pablo Ocegueda (Oaxaca), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart), Benji Joya (Unattachd), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Mario Rodriguez (Monchengladbach)

I did not find a list of subs but San Jose's Fatai Alashe and Monterrey's Alonso Hernandez were two of them as they each scored. The US' goalscorers: Morris (8Œ), Rodriguez (14Œ), Joya (66Œ), Hernandez (78Œ), Alashe (86Œ)
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How many times was Roy's son offsides?
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vince stravino,Mar 29 2015
10:38 AM
How many times was Roy's son offsides?

...two count to think, then laughing out loud Vince! :lol:
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More importantly is there a Valderrama clone passing him the ball on the U-23s?
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The US lost 1-0 to Denmark's U23. Soccer America's brief synopsis of the game, and the US lineup and subs:

Horton (Miller 46), Ocegueda (Dean 59), O'Neill, Packwood, Okwuonu (Sorto 75); Alashe, Joya (Metzger 75), Gil; Shelton, Kiesewetter (Lassiter 79), Hernandez (Pfeffer 59).

I'm not sure when Olympic qualifying will take place and whether foreign based players will be available but watching the senior team play it is clear some younger members who were with Klinsmann's group, especially Green and Rubin just are not ready for the senior team and probably would be better off playing with this age group.
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vince stravino,Mar 29 2015
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How many times was Roy's son offsides?

This takes me back to the turn of the century and one of my favorite moments in the history of this board and its predecessors. Someone wrote a post asking about the feasibility of "an offside machine" (presumably to help refs call the infraction).

The first response mentioning Roy Lassiter came milliseconds later, I think.
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Winslow,Apr 14 2015
06:33 AM
vince stravino,Mar 29 2015
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How many times was Roy's son offsides?

This takes me back to the turn of the century and one of my favorite moments in the history of this board and its predecessors. Someone wrote a post asking about the feasibility of "an offside machine" (presumably to call the infraction).

The first response mentioning Roy Lassiter came milliseconds later, I think.

:lol: So maybe that is why Roy's son plays midfield? He knows he is genetically predisposed to be offside so why not play in a position where you are less likely to go into an offside position! ;)
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He could have become a keeper.
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Back "in the day," (as Winslow refers)...Lassiter was a true character. He was a decent MNT player when we really were hurting outside of Wynalda to come up with scoring from our forwards. Lassiter made a name for himself at NC State with his play and his legal run-in's and, later, actually, had a very good professional career both in MLS and in other countries (including one of a very few Yanks to play in Italy).

If my memory is not too far off, he was one of the first US players with 100 professional goals. Maybe the first?

He may have been the fastest US player in the past fifty years as well.

Hope his kid entertains us as well. Roy was enjoyed by his mates as well.
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