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U-23 Men’s National Team Ties Azerbaijan 0-0 in Duisburg

U.S. Team Comprised of Players Born Mostly in 1993 Earns Draw; U-23 Men’s National Team Camp Continues in Duisburg until Nov. 15

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IN THE IMAGE: U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos was on the sideline for the game against Azerbaijan.

DUISBURG, Germany (Nov. 11, 2011) – A U.S. Men’s National Team comprised mostly of players born in 1993 tied Azerbaijan in a scrimmage on Friday in Duisburg, Germany. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos led the team, which featured eight players in the starting lineup who were age eligible for the 2013 U-20 FIFA World Cup cycle.

Players were part of a 36-man training camp being held in Duisburg, Germany from Nov. 7-15. Earlier in the day a team made up of only U-23 age-eligible players beat VfL Bochum 3-1 in a scrimmage.

Midfielder Sebastian Lletget had the best chance of the game for the team, curling a layoff from Bobby Wood just wide of the goal in the first half. Midfielder Luis Gil of Real Salt Lake wore the captain’s armband for the USA, and helped marshal a three-man midfield that included Lletget and Caleb Stanko.

Goalkeeper Cody Cropper of Ipswich Town was required to make five saves in the game and the U.S. defense did well to hold firm under the pressure of Azerbaijan in the second half. Azerbaijan’s team was a similarly mixed squad, with players born in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 taking part.

-U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan
Date: Nov. 11, 2011
Competition: Scrimmage
Venue: Duisburg Wedau Leichathletik Stadion; Duisburg, Germany
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 100
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny and clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 0 0
AZE                         0 0 0

USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 5-Perry Kitchen, 4-Will Packwood (12-Conor Doyle, 46), 2-Anthony Brooks, 3-Sean Cunningham; 6-Caleb Stanko, 10-Sebastian Lletget (14-Jose Villarreal, 46), 8-Luis Gil (capt.); 7-Jerome Kiesewetter (13-Charles Renken, 82), 9-Omar Salgado (15-Jack McInerney, 64), 11-Bobby Wood (20-Tyrone McCargo, 64)
Subs Not Used: 18-Jon Kempin
Head coach: Tab Ramos

AZE: 1-Salamat Aghayev; 16-Ryslan Taguizve (13-Shamid Kyrbanov, 60); 4-Badaui Buseynon; 3-Tarlan Guliyev, 2-Gara Garayev; 9-Tural Isbandarov, 11-Ali Goudemir (15-Amit Guluzane, 46), 8-Emin Mustagyov (capt.) (6-Mirnuseyn Seyidov, 60), 10-Javid Imamuerdiyev, 19-Ravman Nagiyev; 17-Jihan Ozyara
Subs not used: 7-Rizuan Ymarov, 12-Osman Umarov, 18-Asib Mirili, 20-Hagi Aummaduv

Stats Summary: USA / MRK
Shots: 3 / 9
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 19 / 8
Offside: 6 / 4

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