U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team plays Netherlands to 0-0 draw
SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR, Spain (Via U.S. Soccer) — The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team drew Netherlands 0-0 to close out its first training camp of the 2020 Olympic cycle.
The USA put together a stronger performance than in its first match, a 2-0 loss to Egypt on March 22, producing some dangerous attacking chances while dictating more of the game’s rhythm. The U.S. got off to a fast start in the early-going and as the half wore on, the U-23s strung together several nice offensive sequences.
Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Paes saved a hard-hit Keaton Parks shot after some quality build-up in the 31st minute and Antonee Robinson used a nice exchange with Djordje Mihailovic to free himself on the run towards goal in the 32nd, but his shot rolled just wide. The midfield teed up a number of solid services for center forward Josh Sargent, while Jeremy Ebobisse and Tim Weah also created danger on the wings.
The U.S. defense held strong against a slew of threatening entry passes and free kicks from the Dutch. U.S. captain Cameron Carter-Vickers anchored the back line, while Robinson and Julian Araujo threatened in the attack from their outside back spots.
The U-23s created one of their most promising opportunities off a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the 68th minute. Mihailovic launched a great ball into the box and Ebobisse put a header on goal, but Paes dove to his left to make the stop.
Nineteen of the 23 players on the roster appeared in the match, allowing new U-23 MNT head coach Jason Kreis another opportunity to evaluate players in game action. Twenty-two of 23 players appeared in the U-23 MNT’s game against Egypt on March 22.
U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Netherlands
Date: March 24, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pinatar Arena; San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
Kick-off: 5 p.m. CET / 12 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
NED 0 0 0
USA: 1-JT Marcinkowoski (22-Jonathan Klinsmann, 65), 13-Julian Araujo (14-Lucas Pos, 65), 15-Miles Robinson (4-Donovan Pines, 75), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (capt.), 3-Antonee Robinson (23-Marco Farfan, 65), 20-Cameron Lindley (6-Derrick Jones, 65), 25-Keaton Parks (10-Jackson Yueill, 84), 8-Djordje Mihailovic, 11-Tim Weah (7-Emmanuel Sabbi, 87), 9-Josh Sargent (18-Haji Wright, 75), 17-Jeremy Ebobisse
Subs not used: 2-Matt Olosunde, 16-Jack Maher, 19-Eryk Williamson, 21-Josh Perez
Head Coach: Jason Kreis
NED: 1-Maarten Paes, 2-Deyovaisio Zeefuik, 3-Danilho Doekhi, 4-Justin Hoogma, 5-Rick van Drongelen, 6-Teun Koopmeiners (capt.), 8-Dani de Wit, 10-Ferdi Kadioglu (20-Abdou Harroui, 74), 7-Calvin Stengs (17-Tahith Chong, 76), 9-Donyell Malen, 11-Justin Kluivert (22-Cody Gakpo, 87)
Subs not used: 12-Jordan Teze, 13-Perr Schuurs, 14-Armando Obispo, 15-Tyrell Malacia, 16-Jan Hoekstra, 18-Deroy Duarte, 19-Kaj Sierhuis, 21-Nathan Markelo, 23-Thumen Nijhuis
Head Coach: Erwin van de Looi
Statistical Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 1 / 2
USA – Julian Araujo (caution) 8th minute
USA – Miles Robinson (caution) 55
Referee: Jose Joaquin Gallego Gambin