Young Socceroo coach Paul Okon has lauded his young team's efforts at the 2014 NTC Invitational in California after remaining unbeaten throughout the round robin tournament.Australia thrashed Bermuda 4-1 in their opening game before coming back from two goals down to beat Chile 5-4 in one of the team's greatest ever results. The Young Socceroos needed to beat the USA in their final game to win the tournament but were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with the hosts claiming the title on goal differential. "The match tonight was a very tough match against a top class opponent," Okon said. "I am very proud of the way our team have played in this tournament and we came across a difficult opponent tonight that were well organised and are a good team. "Our players are in pre-season at the moment and the USA team players are in the middle of the MLS season and we were able to match them which is a positive sign." The tournament was intended to give Australian-based players international experience and Okon said he was pleased with the team's performances in California. "The purpose of this tournament was to come here and play 3 quality opponents that will assist in preparing the team for the AFC U-19 Championships in October," Okon said. "The trip has been a great success and I couldn't be happier with our the team performed and applied themselves throughout the 10 days. "We now look forward to continuing our preparation with a training camp in Sydney in two weeks time." Australian National Team Manager Simon Roberts hailed the tournament as a huge success and lauded US Soccer for running and organising the event. "We would like to thank US Soccer and Jim Moorhouse and his team for a great run tournament, the logistics around the team operations and the tournament have been first class and it is a credit to US Soccer to put on such a successful tournament," he said. "The Australian U-20 National team is privileged to be part of such a great tournament and look forward to strengthening our relationship in the future."
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