The U.S. under-20 men’s national team won its first game under
new head coach Anthony Hudson, beating Mexico, 2-0, in the first of two friendlies to be played in Bradenton, Florida.
Midfielder Cole Bassett, who played for Hudson when he coached the Colorado Rapids, scored two first-half goals for the USA, both set up by forward Cameron Harper, a member of Celtic's youth system.
Most of the top U.S. U-20 prospects were unavailable due to other commitments. They included Uly Llanez and Julian Araujo, both members of the 2019 U-20 World Cup team, who are in Bradenton with the senior national team and were in the stands for the U-20 game.
The USA faces Mexico again on Saturday.
Jan. 16 in Bradenton, Fla.
USA 2 Mexico 0. Goals: Bassett 20, 37.
USA -- Ochoa (Odunze 46); Hoffmann (Harriel, 73), Akanyirige, Sepulvdea, Flach (Benalcazar, 73); Morris (Palomino, 62), Bassett, Roberts (Malone, 78); Harper (Bender, 78), Milijevic (Stojanovic, 62), Busio (Sealy, 62)
Mexico -- Mendoza; Juarez, Guzman (Castillo, 73), Roman (Villa, 46), Torres, Naveda (Andrade, 73), Garcia (Gomez, 80), Monreal (Ayon, 46), G.Vazquez (J.Vazquez, 46), Banda (Montejano, 46), Medina (Gamboa, 73).
Red Card: USA -- Harriel 74.