USMNT Concludes Series with South Korea in Resilient Performance

April 22, 2019, 8:24 a.m. (ET)
SEOUL, South Korea - April 22, 2019 - In the final game of the series played at the Korea National Training Center in Seoul, South Korea saw a resilient, never give up U.S. Men's National Team continue to learn from a higher ranked opponent. No. 17 Korea scored first but a textbook outlet by No. 25 USA that led to a goal evened the score before the hosts tallied two more for the 1-3 win.
 
USA kept the match close throughout the game. Korea earned their first penalty corner halfway through the first quarter and executed to take the early 0-1 lead. USA's defense setup a textbook outlet, which eventually allowed for a pass to the outside right that Tom Barratt (Greensboro, N.C.) received and eliminated his defender. Barratt sent a hard ball down the line to Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.) who found a way to run the baseline briefly before sending it across the goalmouth. Eagerly waiting at the perfect spot was Christian DeAngelis (Doylestown, Pa.) who tied the game at 1-1.
 
The game remained fairly even before Korea scored a second goal off a deflection on a hard hit ball into the circle. The third goal came off another penalty corner.
 
A positive week for USA as a lot was accomplished in a short amount of time. The team will head home for a quick break and then a turn around as preparation begins for the FIH Hockey Series Final taking place June 6 to 16 in Bhubaneswar, India.
"We used this week as the start of our preparation for the Hockey Series Finals in India and Pan American Games later this summer in Peru," said Rutger Wiese, USMNT Head Coach. "Overall, we can look back on a great first week, with video meetings, intense trainings and matches. We will continue our trainings this weekend in Moorpark and The Netherlands."

For more information regarding the USMNT vs. South Korea test series including the schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking here.