March 2, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud scored back-to-back first-half goals in a span of a little more than one minute as the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Mexico’s U-23 National Team, 2-0, Wednesday in an international friendly at FC Dallas Stadium.
Wisconsin head men's soccer coach John Trask was named the assistant coach for the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team in December, 2011. Trask joins U-23 head coach Caleb Porter on the sidelines as the team prepares for the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Wednesday’s match was the U.S. U-23 squad’s first international match since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“We knew this match would be a challenge, and we have much respect for Mexico as a soccer playing country,” Porter said. “One of the reasons we wanted to play this game prior to qualifying was to get some questions answered and measure ourselves. I’m very proud of the guys and am looking forward to qualifying.”
Agudelo started the scoring with a header off of a set piece in the 35th minute as Diskerud delivered the corner kick from the left side, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
Diskerud gave the U.S. a 2-0 cushion in the 36th minute when he redirected a shot from Freddy Adu and found the inside of the right post.
“It was a good overall performance,” Trask said. “To beat Mexico, one of our CONCACAF rivals, is always a great experience for the guys leading up to qualifying. I am looking forward to seeing the guys in two weeks as we enter our final stage of preparation.”
Trask and the U.S. U-23 MNT now prepare for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
The U-23 team faces Cuba at 8 p.m. CT on March 22, and the match will be broadcast live on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.