Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram and Iraq kickstarted their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Jordan early Monday morning in Brisbane, Aurstralia. The winger subbed-on for the Lions of Mesopotamia at the 57-minute mark to help the Iraqi attack as Swindon Town midfielder Yaser Kasim would find the winner 22 minutes later.
Iraq sits in second place in Group D with three points, behind Japan on goal differential. The Lions of Mesopotamia square-off with the Samurai Blue Friday at 4:00 a.m. ET in Brisbane.
Crew SC midfielder Romain Gall was rested in the United States' 1-0 loss to Panama at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica on Sunday. The U.S. returns to action on Wednesday against Aruba in Kingston.
Crew SC's Romain Gall started in an attacking midfielder role for the United States as the U-20 MNT drew Guatemala 1-1 in its CONCACAF U-20 Championship-opening match in Jamaica on Friday. Gall played 85 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the action.
The U.S. next plays Panama at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on FOX Sports 2.
Justin Meram and Iraq fell to Iran, 1-0, in their final AFC Asian Cup tune-up on Sunday at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia. Meram came on as a substitute in the 71st minute.
The Lions of Mesopotamia begin their Asian Cup campaign on Monday, January 12 against Jordan. Joining Iraq and Jordan in their group are Japan and Lebanon.
Justin Meram and Iraq drew Uzbekistan, 0-0, in an international friendly on Sunday in Dubai as they prepare for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup next month. The Lions of Mesopotamia will now wrap-up their camp in Dubai before heading to Australia to face Iran on January 4. The Asian Cup kicks-off January 9.
Countinuing their preparations for the AFC Asian Cup next month, Justin Meram and Iraq fell to Uzbekistan, 1-0, on Thursday in Dubai in an international friendly. The Lions of Mesopotamia face Uzbekistan again on Sunday in Dubai.
The 2015 AFC Asian Cup begins on January 9 in Australia.
In preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in Australia coming in January, Justin Meram and Iraq drew Kuwait, 1-1, in an international friendly in Dubai on Tuesday. Striker Younis Mahmoud scored the lone goal for the Lions of Mesopotamia.
Iraq continues its Asian Cup preparation on Thursday with the first of two friendlies against Uzbekistan.
Crew SC's Romain Gall scored in his third consecutive match as the United States U-20 Men's National Team earned a 2-1 win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Sunday. Sunderland's Lynden Gooch scored the winner for the Americans.
The U.S. U-20 MNT finished 2014 6-1-2 in international play as Gall led the side with four goals on the year.
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Crew SC midfielder Ben Swanson once again served as captain for the United States U-18 Men's National Team on its trip to Marbella, Spain. After beating Germany 2-1 on December 17, the U.S. fell to the Germans 3-2 on Friday.
The loss rounds out the U-18s 2014, finishing with a 5-7-1 record in international play.
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