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First Half Penalty Sinks US U20 MNT in Final Match of Copa Chivas

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team rounded out its trip to Guadalajara with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rican club side Saprissa, dropping their record at the Copa Chivas to 0-3-2. An first-half penalty was enough to sink the Americans, who finished the game with just nine men after a pair of second-half send offs.

The highlight for the U.S. in Mexico came during a 1-1 draw with Brazil, the only other international team in the group. The other draw for the Americans came against Atlas, a 1-1 affair on Jan. 26 in which goalkeeper Zac MacMath picked up his second assist of the tournament. The U.S. U-20 MNT is in preliminary stages of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup cycle.

U-20 MNT Schedule/Results

Date                Match/Result                         U.S. Goalscorer(s)   
Jan. 22             Pachuca 3, USA 1                    Gil
Jan. 23             USA 1, Brazil 1                         Agudelo
Jan. 24             Tigres 1, USA 0                       --
Jan. 26             USA 1, Atlas 1                         Chavez
Jan. 27             Saprissa 1, USA 0                   --         

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Saprissa
Competition: Copa Chivas 2010
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: Jan. 27, 2010
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
               1    2     Final
USA         0    0       0
Saprissa    0    1       1

Saprissa - Johel Cambell (penalty)       39th minute

USA: 18-Zac MacMath, 14-Bryan Gallego(20-Jack McInerney, 51), 5-Perry Kitchen, 6-Emilio Orozco, 3-Moises Hernandez,12-Amobi Okugo, 8-Carlos Martinez, 19-Fuad Ibrahim(25-Michael Ambrose, 62), 15-Ryan Dodson(10-Marlon Duran, 41), 17-Juan Agudelo, 16-Victor Chavez
Subs Not Used: 24-Earl Edwards, 13-Luis Gil, 4-Zach Herold, 7-Stefan Jerome, 21-Nick Palodichuk, 22-Eriq Zavaleta
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

Saprissa: 22-Douglas Fonbis, 4-Diego Anoulo(14-Rosmy Vega, 50), 3-Ariel Contreras, 2-Jordan Smith, 7-David Ramirez, 5-Felipe Chaves(15-Sergio Condoba, 65), 11-De Vega(16-Carlos Rojas, 44), 9-Jonathan Mora(13-Ricardo Valle, 57), 17-Dilan Flures(12-John Ruiz, 45), 10-Johel Cambell, 8-Juan Busios
Subs Not Used: None
Head Coach: Kenneth Barrantes

Statistical Summary:

    USA / Saprissa
Shots 9 / 8
Saves 5 / 4
Fouls 11 / 7
Corner Kicks 3 / 3
Offside 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Amobi Okugo (caution)               50th minute
USA - Jack McInerney (ejection)             69
USA - Marlon Duran (ejection)                72