The USA closed its under-23 men's camp in Chula Vista, California, with a 2-0 win over Japan in a closed-door international friendly. Brenden Aaronson
set up Mason Toye
before halftime, and Brooks Lennon
added a second goal from the penalty spot after Sebastian Soto
was taken down in the penalty area.
Six players from the 2019 U-20 World Cup team saw action: Chris Gloster
, Mark McKenzie
and Alex Mendez
started against Japan, and Edwin Cerrillo
, Brandon Servania
and Soto, who came on in the second half.
Mendez had best chance until Toye scored, unleashing a 25-yard,
left-footed shot that forced a diving save from Japan goalkeeper Ryosuke Kojima
, one of four players who went to the Copa America in Brazil.
Eight other players eligible for the
2020 Olympics as under-23 players were with the senior national for the matches against Mexico and Uruguay. Reggie Cannon
, Sergino Dest
, Miles Robinson
and Josh Sargent
played in both games. Weston McKennie
and Christian Pulisic
started against Mexico and then returned to their clubs in Europe. Paxton Pomykal
was a late sub against Uruguay.
Concacaf qualifying for the 2020 Olympics will take place next March in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sept. 9 in Chula Vista, Calif.
USA 2 Japan 0.
Goals: Toye 45, Lennon pen. 63. USA --
Freese (Marcinkowski, 46), Herrera (Duncan, 46),
Glad (Trusty, 46), McKenzie (Pines, 61), Gloster, Dotson (Cerrillo, 46), Mendez (Vazquez, 72), Mihailovic (Servania, 61), Aaronson (Lennon, 46), Saucedo (Fernandez, 66), Toye (Soto, 46).
Kojima; Suga (Sugioka, 83), Mastumoto (Tanaka, 46), Maeda (Watanabe, 72), Ominami (Naganuma, 72), Okazaki (Tatsuta, 61), Ogawa (Ueda, 61), Endo (Abe, 61), Ko (Saito, 83), Hashioka,