The final match of the 2016 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup’s opening day saw the Under-20 United States Men’s National Team defeat Monterrey 1-0 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
A 31st minute goal from Jeremy Ebobisse was the deciding factor in the match, which put the United States atop Bracket A in the U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group.
Monterrey began the match stronger than the United States, displaying skill and pace with the ball while in possession. It was a defensive error though that nearly gifted them the lead after 19 minutes.
U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of senior national team coach Jurgen, passed the ball straight to a Monterrey attacker, before parrying the ensuing shot aside.
The United States then began to press higher up and were rewarded with a goal just after halftime. Ebobisse found himself with space to operate in the Monterrey half of the field, and fired past the goalkeeper from the edge of the box to put the Americans 1-0 up.
Monterrey came out of the halftime break galvanized and had their best scoring chance on 48 minutes, when a header off a corner kick hit the top of the crossbar and went out of play. Los Rayados continued to press through Angel Sandoval, who volleyed just wide of the goal on 61 minutes.
A final chance to equalize went the way of the Mexican side with five minutes to play, but their valid penalty appeal was turned down by the match official.
The United States themselves spurned two late chances to try and put the game out of reach, but nonetheless the U.S. got off to a winning start in Super Group play.