USA U-23s defeat Mexico 3-0 in Olympic qualifiers tune-up

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By Rafael

Behind goals from Mario Rodriguez, Christian Dean, and Jordan Morris, the United States U-23 team defeated Mexico 3-0 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Wednesday.

The game served as a tune-up for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic qualifying tournament that will take place in October of this year.

The first-half was a chippy one, but with Mexico having the bulk of possession.

Mexico’s best first-half chance came through Toluca forward, Marco Bueno. Bueno snatched the ball from a United States defender before hitting the post from a short-range shot.

The U.S. failed to trouble Mexico much in the opening 45 minutes, but Luis Gil gave a warning when he chested a down a cross and forced Mexico goalkeeper, Luis Cardenas, to a save.

In the second-half, the U.S. started the stronger side, and capitalized early on their dominance.

Luis Gil dribbled past the left-wing and sent a diagonal cross into the box. Monchengladbach striker Mario Rodriguez was there to get the breakthrough and put the U.S. in front.

The U.S. came close again when Luis Gil’s long-distance rocket was denied from Luis Cardenas.

In the 57th minute, Christian Dean doubled the lead from a set-piece. The defender found himself unmarked inside the box from a Dillon Serna free-kick and put things at 2-0.

Less than 10 minutes later, Jordan Morris, who scored for the U.S. senior side against Mexico last week in San Antonio, made the lead safe for the young Americans.

At the final whistle, the U.S. earned a dominant 3-0 victory over their regional rivals for a second week in a row.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.