CHICAGO – In the final international preparations for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will play in the highly touted Toulon Tournament from May 28-June 8 in France.
U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos is fielding a 22-player roster for this 10-team, Under-21 event as he finalizes his group for the U-20 World Cup from June 21-July 13 in Turkey. Ramos’ Toulon roster will be announced in the coming days.
“We’ll be playing against many competitive teams, most of which are going to the U-20 World Cup afterward,” Ramos said. “It’s a great opportunity to get some games under our belt, particularly for those who have not been playing as much. We will be giving all of the players a lot of time on the field against international competition.”
The 41st edition of the Toulon Tournament features 10 countries placed in two five-team groups. The USA is in Group A with Colombia, Congo DR, South Korea and host France. Group B includes Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Portugal.
The U.S. opens the tournament against France on Tuesday, May 28, at Stade Léo-Lagrange in Toulon. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. local (1:30 p.m. ET).
The group stage features four games, after which the group winners face each other in the championship match and the group runners-up meet in the third-place game. Both matches take place on Saturday, June 8.
This USA last participated in the Toulon Tournament in 2008, sending its U-23 MNT to the event in the months preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The roster included the likes of future Men’s National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber and forward Brek Shea.
41st Toulon Tournament: May 28-June 8
Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
USA Schedule (Group A)
|May 28||France||1:30 p.m.||Stade des Costieres, Nimes|
|May 30||Colombia||11:30 a.m.||Stade des Costieres, Nimes|
|June 1||Congo||9:30 a.m.||Stade du Ray, Nice|
|June 5||South Korea||11 a.m.||Stade L Hon, Saint-Raphael|
|June 8||Third place/Championship||TBD|