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First half goals from Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud paced the U.S. to an assertive 2-0 win over El Tri's U-23s.

The U.S. U-23 side geared up for Olympic qualifying with a 2-0 win over Mexico's U-23 squad in Dallas on Wednesday night. Two goals within a minute in the first half decided the match.

Mix Diskerud was involved in both tallies. He assisted from a corner for Juan Agudelo in the 35th minute. The New York Red Bulls striker, sporting a Neymar-esque mane, squeezed a header between the goalkeeper and a defender.

Just a minute later, a Fredy Adu shot skimmed the leg of Diskerud on its way in.

"We knew this match would be a challenge and we have much respect for Mexico as a soccer playing country," said U.S. U-23 head coach Caleb Porter. "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 looking forward to qualifying."

The U.S. held the ascendency throughout the first half, controlling play, but some nervy moments littered the second. In the 72nd minute Marco Fabian went down in the box after Zarek Valentin laid a hand on his shoulder. However, the referee cautioned Fabian for diving rather than awarding a penalty.

CONCACAF Olympic qualifying begins March 22.

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