The U.S. under-20 national team passed its first international test of the year, defeating Mexico 1-0 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Jan. 30. Kyle Martino's 34th minute goal provided the margin of victory. U.S. defender Phillip Salyer recorded the assist on the goal, Martino's second of the year.
The Mexicans outshot the U.S. 13-6, but U.S. goalkeeper D.J. Countess made five saves to preserve the shutout and the win. The match was a physical one, as is typical for the CONCACAF rivals, and the teams committed a combined 35 fouls.
The match was Wolfgang Sunholz's team's second in Mexico this week. On Jan. 28, the U.S. drew with Mexican club side Chivas, 0-0. The U.S. and Mexico will square off one more time on Thursday, Feb. 1, before the team returns to the United States.
The U.S. will regroup for a training camp in mid-February and then regroup one more time in March for a training camp immediately before heading to Trinidad & Tobago for CONCACAF U-17 World Championship qualifying March 18-22.
The Americans are grouped with Guatemala, Costa Rica and the hosts in the qualifying tournament. The top two in the group advance to the World Youth Championship that will be held in Argentina June 17-July 8.
Mexico 0, United States 1. Goal: Martino (Salyer) 34.
United States -- Countess, Salyer, Akwari, Gray, Onyewu, Burciaga (Eskandarian, 46), Arena (Carroll, 16), Martino, Cutler, Barclay (Trembly, 75), Buddle (Beckerman, 55).
Mexico -- Gutierrez, Lopez, Sanchez, Galindo, Hernandez, Cervantes, Castro, Garcia, Duran, Lozano, Espinoza. Subs Used: Saucedo, Monjaraz, Vera, Rojas, Calvillo, Hernandez, Gomez.
U.S. U-20 roster for Mexico trip:
Goalkeepers: D.J. Countess (UCLA), Curtis Spiteri (Portland).
Defenders: Nelson Akwari (UCLA), Jose Burciaga (Pro-40), Kelly Gray (Portland), Ricky Lewis (Clemson), Oguchi Onyewu (Clemson), Phillip Salyer (Maryland), Seth Trembly (Colorado Rapids).
Midfielders: Kenny Arena (Virginia), Kyle Beckerman (Miami Fusion), Brian Carroll (Wake Forest), Kenny Cutler (Clemson), Alecko Eskandarian (Virginia), Kyle Martino (Virginia).
Forwards: Devin Barclay (Pro-40), Edson Buddle (Pro-40).
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