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Internationals Close Out Finals Week With 1-0 Victory

CARSON, Calif. (July 16) — In the battle for 5th place in the 2009-2010 Development Academy U-15/16 season, Cleveland club Internationals defeated Chicago Sockers FC with a goal by Yianni Sarris in the 49th minute. The win leaves the Internationals at 2-1-1 at Finals Week, while Sockers FC drops to 1-2-1.

“We lost our second game and got knocked out of the running, but we wanted to finish strong and we came back with two good victories,” said Internationals head coach Jared Embick. “For us, we got better in each game which is as important as winning.”

The 3 p.m. start meant a hot afternoon for both teams, and both coaches adapted by going deep into their bench. Choosing to field five players who had not seen game time this week, the Sockers came out with very different lineup than they had in previous games. Internationals came out with much of their usual starting XI, though Internationals would use several subs later in the match.

The game began aggressively but sloppily for both teams, as the two opposing defenses had little to worry about in the opening 20 minutes. Despite offensive forays for both teams, the timing on the final pass was always just off and resulted in several stalled attacks. It wasn’t until the last minute of the first half that Internationals had the first real chance of the game, but Yianni Sarris’ hard downward header on the back right post off a cross from the left side improbably bounced up and over the goal, keeping the score level at zero heading into halftime.

Sockers FC made five substitutions during the break, bringing on much of their usual starting lineup, and the difference in team familiarity was immediately noticeable. While Chicago continued their pressing, high work-rate defense, Internationals continued to try and establish their midfield passing but could never string more than a few passes together.

A defensive lapse led to the first goal in the 49th minute, this time Sarris making up for his earlier missed opportunity. A long kick by goalkeeper Jacob Russel crossed midfield and was flicked on by Russell Tattersall towards the box, where a Sockers defender let the bouncing ball go by—seemingly thinking his goalkeeper was coming out to get it. But Sarris ran past the defender and onto the loose ball where he controlled the pass and put it coolly past Jeffery Gal from the center of the box.

“Our goalie got the ball and I started running forward, our striker Russell Tattersall just told me to keep running, he was going to flick it on,” described Yarris. “There was some miscommunication in the back, I got around their center back and just had to put it past the goalie.”

Sockers earned their best chance to tie the match just a minute later, when a counterattack saw a 3v2 develop at midfield, with Thomas Arns controlling the ball and Khaliq McKenzie and David Selvaggi running ahead. Entering the attacking half along the right side, Arns saw McKenzie head towards the corner, freeing up space in the middle for Selvaggi. Arns passed the ball towards the top of the box, and Selvaggi touched the ball to his left before firing hard with his left foot, only to see the effort go high.

In the 70th minute, Sockers continued to press the attack and at one point earned four corners in a row but were unable to make the final contact inside the box. With the clock winding down, Internationals enjoyed a final victory in their first trip to Finals Week but are already looking towards returning.

“We finished well, so I think the belief and experience we’ve gotten from this will hopefully help us carry on and continue to get better,” said coach Embick. "Hopefully the hunger will drive us back."

                                    Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Internationals U-15/16 vs. Chicago Sockers FC U-15/16
Date: July 16, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:     1     2     F
Internationals               0     1     1
Chicago Sockers FC       0     0     0

INT – Yianni Sarris (Russell Tattersall)         49th minute

INT: 1-Jacob Russell; 11-Zach Martin, 10-Vlad Lekarev (capt.), 19-Christopher Singleton, 3-Luke Blades; 20-Jeremy Viny (8-Ryan Ivancic, 67), 16-Yianni Sarris, 6-Matt Foldesy (2-Matthew Bahnij, 80); 12-David Murrow (9-Jay Jackson, 73), 13-Nicholas Parianos (17-Scott Scaperato, 49), 18-Russell Tattersall (5-Michael Cook, 82)
Subs not used: 0-Brendan Cash; 4-Michael Chips, 7-Tom Granot, 14-Kendall Pleasant, 15-Dane Rimko, , 21-Sachem Wilson
Head Coach: Jared Embick

SOCK: 53-Hugo Gonzalez (55-Jeffrey Gal, 41); 50-Charles Giovenco (11-Luke Comerouski, 67), 26-Taylor Cole (capt.), 18-Marcin Modzelewski; 17-Jason Lesch (13-Damien Sampson, 41), 31-Patrick Schulz (27-Kei Glaser, 41), 41-Alex Wetterman, 23-Zachary Radwanski (2-Andrew Chang, 41), 43-Jason Kayne (37-David Selvaggi, 41); 33-Khaliq McKenzie, 42-Arman Arami (46-Thomas Arns, 19)
Subs not used: 7-Daniel Aparicio, 8-Michael Chang, 9-Saul Mencilla, 12-Jonathan Pothast, 21-Nicholas Landsberger, 24-Adam Gatza, 35-Jeffrey Kreutz,
Head Coach: David Richardson

Stats Summary: INT / SOCK
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 0
Saves: 0 / 1
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 3
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Reed Christy
Assistant Referee 1: Justin Mack
Assistant Referee 2: Dean Fairweather
Fourth Official: Joshua Brooks