US U-20s fall on penalties to Mexico in Torneo
For the second time in three days, the United States Under-20 side drew 1-1 before losing on penalty kicks in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Americans earned a tie against Mexico on Sunday in the tournament capper. In the 70th minute, defender Gale Agbossoumonde (above) pounced on his own rebound, putting it past Mexican goalkeeper Rafael. El Tri's Taufic Guarch opened the scoring seven minutes prior.
After fulltime, the game went straight to penalty kicks. Mexico prevailed 4-2 courtesy of misses by Dillon Powers and Sebastian Lletget. Agbossoumonde and Alex Zahavi scored for Thomas Rongen's squad.
New York's Juan Agudelo and Philadelphia's Amobi Okugo played the entire match as Rongen chose not to make any substitutions.
Mexico were crowned Torneo champions with the result. They defeated Colombia 4-1 on penalties on Saturday in a match that finished 2-2 in regulation. Erick Vera and Rene Zamora scored for the winners, while Juan Cabezas and Miguel Julio scored for the losing side.
USA: 18-Jonathan Kempin, 3-Korey Veeder, 19-Sebastien Ibeagha, 22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Greg Garza, 21-Dillon Powers, 2-Amobi Okugo, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 17-Juan Agudelo, 10-Alex Zahavi, 9-Omar Salgado
Subs Not Used: 13-Tristan Bowen, 15-Bryan de la Fuente, 24-Eduardo Fernandez, 14-Fuad Ibrahim, 7-Alex Molano, 8-Moises Orozco, 23-Conor Shanosky, 4-Parker Walsh, 4-Cesar Zamora
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
MEX: 12-Rafael, 13-Héctor Acosta (3-Kristian Álvarez, 14-Néstor Araujo, 2-Alexis Loera, 18-Erick Vera (8-César Ibáñez, 57), 6-Diego de Buen (7-Saul Villalobos, 57), 16-Octavio Aceves (5-René Zamora, 64), 15-Martín Ureil, 10-Jorge Mora (11-Ulises Davila, 64), 20-David Izazola (9-Taufi Guarch, 57), 19-Edson Rivera (17-Alan Pulido, 57)
Subs Not Used: 1-Antonio Rodríguez, 4-Luis Ramos
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Chávez Zárate
Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.
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