CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team held the FC Dallas reserve team to a 2-2 draw on Feb. 26. The teams met at a friendly at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
The U.S. took the early lead, scoring twice within the first 24 minutes of the game. Daniel Cuevas received the ball from Mikey Lopez and scored on a fast break, beating his defender with a hard low shot to the opposite corner of the goal in the 20th minute.
Villyan Bijev doubled the USA’s lead in the 24th minute with a decisive shot after latching onto the ball when FC Dallas failed to clear from 20 yards out.
FC Dallas pulled one back just before the half, with Jonathan Top firing an 18-yard strike into the roof of the net. In the 83rd minute, Ruben Luna leveled the score. Andrew Wiedeman provided the assist as he slotted the ball across the box, and Luna finished with a quick shot into the low corner of the goal.
The U.S. looked the better technical side throughout, though FC Dallas had the physical advantage toward the end of the game.
-- U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-20 MNT v. FC Dallas
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports; Orlando, Florida
Kickoff: 4:00pm (4:00pm ET)
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy/windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
FCD 1 1 2
USA – Daniel Cuevas 20
USA – Villyan Bijev 24
FCD – Jonathon Top 44
FCD – Ruben Luna (Andrew Wiedeman) 83
USA: 1-Tomas Gomez; 2-Boyd Okwuonu (Capt.), 9-Walker Zimmerman, 5-Christian Dean, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Mikey Lopez, 6-Seth Casiple (Benji Joya, 77), 10-Daniel Cuevas; 7-Victor Pineda (21-Sean Okoli, 80), 4-Villyan Bijev (Dan Metzger, 65), 11-Daniel Garcia (Collin Martin, 46).
Subs not used:18-Jesus Guzman, 12-Eric Miller, 25-AJ Cochran, 14-Javan Torre, 17-Alex Guido.
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
FCD: not available
Stats Summary: USA / FCD
Shots: 13 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 8
Saves: 6 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 10
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 4 / 5
USA – Walker Zimmerman (Caution) 34
USA – Boyd Okwuonu (Caution) 65
FCD – Kleyner Bejarano (Caution) 69
USA – Tomas Gomez (Caution) 75
Referee: Rob Mauws
Assistant: Matthew Miscannon
Assistant: Kyle Longville
4th Referee: Michael Miscannon