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Peri Marosevic

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Post Game Quote Sheet: USA vs. El Salvador

U.S. head coach THOMAS RONGEN

On tonight’s game:
“Even though we only needed a tie tonight, we wanted to be aggressive. We did a very good job in the first half of playing together and scoring the two goals. We built some momentum and the red cards put us in a position to defend at the end of the game. We played three tough games put ourselves in a position to get to Egypt, which we did. We were able to determine our own fate in this game and I couldn’t be happier with this team as they showed a lot of character through some adversity tonight.”

On wanting to win the championship:
“Our first goal was to get to Egypt and we’ve accomplished that. Now we’re going to focus on finishing this tournament well.”

On whether the suspensions will hurt his team:
“I haven’t really thought about that quite frankly. We have a team that’s 20 deep and we feel that our reserves, like Tony Taylor today, are perfectly capable.”

On whether his team only created two good chances during the game:
“I’m not sure to be honest, but if that’s true than we’re shooting at 100 percent and that’s not bad. In the end, I think the game was fairly evenly played and we played a good opponent. We didn’t give up many chances to El Salvador so, however many chances we had we came out with the win.”

U.S. goalkeeper BRIAN PERK
On the game:
“It was a total team performance. I can’t say enough about my defense, I have to give them all the credit. We got through it together and I’m just really proud of all the guys. We’re ecstatic about going to Egypt.”

On the game:
“It was a pretty hectic game but I thought it was an amazing performance by everyone. Everybody put in the work, played with heart and represented our country well. This is just the beginning for us but it’s a good start.”

U.S. defender KYLE DAVIES
On defending with nine men:
“We worked really hard. We were down to nine men but everybody fought hard and we did well. It’s a good day and the bottom line is that we’re going to Egypt.”

On how the team played:
“I thought we played well as a team, and I have to give a lot of credit to Kyle Davies who just did so well in the back tonight, as did Gale [Agbossoumonde]. We came out, worked hard and got two goals. Everyone put their heart into it and now we’re going to Egypt.”

U.S. midfielder JARED JEFFREY
On how the team came together:
“The game was really tough but it really was just all of us working together. We’re going to Egypt now and we got there by playing as a team.”

U.S. Under-20 MNT Finish Third at Northern Ireland Milk Cup

BALLYMONEY, Northern Ireland (Aug. 1, 2008) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team finished third at the 2008 Milk Cup with a 2-0 victory against Belgium this evening at Riada Stadium in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.

The U.S. got goals from Peri Marosevic and Casey Townsend, both in the second half, on a sunny day in Northern Ireland.

Marosevic put the U.S. in the lead in the 56th minute when he finished a penalty kick. Townsend put the game away a little less than 20 minutes later by capitalizing on a mistake by a Belgium defender who lost control of a long punt from the U.S. goalkeeper, allowing Townsend to steal the ball and finish.

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

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Belgium U-20 MNT
Competition: Milk Cup
Location: Riada Stadium, Ballymoney
Date: August 1, 2008
Weather: Warm & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
                        1st     2nd     Final
USA                  0        2          2
Belgium           0        0          0

USA - Marosevic (penalty kick)        56th minute
USA - Townsend                                74.

USA: 18-Brian Perk, 14-Anthony Wallace, 5-Zarek Valentin, 2-Kyle Davies, 6-Sheanon Williams(4-Ike Opara, 84), 12-Brek Shea(17-Amobi Okugo, 63), 15-Mike Green(9-Peri Marosevic, 52), 8-Danny Cruz, 16-Kirk Urso, 3-Richard Balchan(10-Vincenzo Bernardo, 52), 13-Casey Townsend(7-Brandon Manzonelli, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo, 11-Jorge Flores
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

Belgium: 2-Dimitri Daeseleire, 4-Maxim Geurden, 5-Nick Simons, 6-Sebastien Phiri(8-Thomas Hovine, 73), 9-Christian Benteke Liolo, 11-Guillaum Francois(7-Tcho Tcho Nzuzi, 73), 12-Jo Coppens, 14-Steve Otte(10-Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo, half), 15-Niels Ringoot, 16-Cedric Ciza, 18-Richard D. Maciel Sousa Campos(17-Kerem Zevine, half)
Subs Not Used: 1-Stefan Deloose, 3-Koen Hustinx, 13-Rudy NgomboMansoni
Head Coach: N/A

Statistical Summary:
                          USA        Belgium
Shots                 11            6      
Saves                  3            4
Fouls                 13           10
Corner Kicks      4           0
Offside                0           6

Misconduct Summary:

Shea Brace Leads to 4-0 Win for U.S. U-20 MNT at Milk Cup in Northern Ireland

BALLYMONEY, Northern Ireland (July 30, 3008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team picked up a 4-0 win over Wales at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland behind a brace from FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea.

The game was scoreless until the 38th minute, when Ike Opara sent a direct ball out of the back up to New England Revolution midfielder Brandon Manzonelli. Manzonelli brought the ball down into the path of Shea, who took a shot from outside the box that sailed past the Welsh 'keeper.

Ten minutes into the second half, Shea doubled the U.S. lead. He ran onto a through ball from Casey Townsend and hit the ball in stride, blasting it tin o the near post.

Late in the game the U.S. was pressuring, and Peri Marosevic took advantage of a loose ball in the box, hitting it in from close range. Just two minutes later, there was more confusion in front of the Welsh net and this time Danny Cruz was there to put it away and round out the scoring just two minutes from full time.

The U.S. next takes the field against Belgium on Friday in the Third Place match of the tournament. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m. locally (7:00 a.m. ET).

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

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Wales U-20 MNT
Competition: Milk Cup
Location: Riada Stadium, Ballymoney
Date: July 30, 2008
Weather: Rainy

Scoring Summary:
          1  2    F
USA  1   3   4
WAL  0   0   0

USA Brek Shea(Brandon Manzonelli)  38th minute
USA Brek Shea(Casey Townsend)      55.
USA Peri Marosevic                                  86.
USA Danny Cruz                                       88.

USA: 1-Josh Lambo, 14-Anthony Wallace, 4-Ike Opara(2-Kyle Davies, 65), 5-Zarek Valentin, 6-Sheanon Williams(17-Amobi Okugo, 80), 12-Brek Shea(10-Vincenzo Bernardo, 68), 15-Mike Green, 16-Kirk Urso, 9-Peri Marosevic, 7-Brandon Manzonelli(3-Richard Balchan, 75), 13-Casey Townsend(8-Danny Cruz, 70)

Subs Not Used: 18-Brian Perk, 11-Jorge Flores

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

WAL: 2-Kai Edwards, 3-James Bloom, 4-Kieran Howard(5-Zak Evans, half), 6-Thomas Evans(15-Ashton Taylor, 4), 9-Joshua Klein Davis, 10-Kayne McLaggon(8-Christopher Jones, 66), 14-Troy Brown, 16-Ashley Richards, 17-Shane Williams(11-Matthew De Cae, half), 18-Stephen Davey(7-Joshua Dawkin, half), 21-Christopher Maxwell

Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan North, 12-Adam Matthews

Head Coach: N/A

Statistical Summary:

         USA / WAL
Shots 12 / 3
Saves 3 / 2
Fouls 15 / 9
Corner Kicks 0 / 0
Offside 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Mexico, 3-0, as Marosevic Nets Two Goals in Rivalry Match

LAREDO, Texas (July 11, 2008) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated rival Mexico in front of a raucous pro-Mexico crowd in the Laredo, Texas. Defender Sheanon Williams scored the game-winning goal in the 25th minute and forward Peri Marosevic added a brace in the first half in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,000.

“Games like this are the best way to evaluate players,” said head coach Thomas Rongen. “I thought we took our chances well and that’s important. Another very positive thing for us is that we really didn’t give Mexico any good looks at the goal. I’m very happy with the way we played defensively and maybe we could be a little better with the ball, but we want to continue to do well on set pieces. That was obviously one of our strengths tonight.”

Two corner kicks from midfielder Brandon Manzonelli, who was making his first appearance with the U-20s, led directly to two U.S. goals. The first, in the 25th minute, was driven in from the right, and deflected off a couple of players in front of the goal. The ball found its way to Williams’ feet, and the defender powered it in for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Less than two minutes later, hometown star Felix Garcia streaked upfield, out-pacing several Mexican defenders with the ball at his feet. Once he got into the box, he struck a low shot at a tough angle that Mexican goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez did well to get a hand on, but the ball caromed right to Marosevic, who was making a hard run to the far post. The deflected shot went right into Marosevic’s path, and he hammered it home from close range to double the USA lead.

The teams exchanged possessions throughout the majority of the half, but there was a shortage of many quality chances for either side. The best chance for Mexico came from Alberto Soto, who was Mexico’s most dangerous attacker. In the 22nd minute, he received the ball 20 yards from goal, looked up and saw an opening before ripping a shot that went just over the crossbar.

Seconds before the halftime whistle, the U.S. put a dagger in Mexico’s chance for a comeback. Manzonelli whipped in another corner that skidded past a defender to Marosevic, who once again scored from close range. This time he slotted into the side netting of the far post to round out the scoring on the night.

The second half, despite being scoreless, was just as action packed as Mexico battled for every inch, and the U.S. refused to go down without a fight. Some chippy play from both sides led to three ejections in the half, including a player from each team in the 66th minute. By the 72nd minute, the game was nine against 10, as Mexico’s Daniel Montes was also ejected.

Despite the open field, neither team was able to string together an attack, as Mexico relied mostly on counter-attacks that were broken up by the U.S. back line. The Americans were content to possess the ball by passing it around Mexico’s high-pressure defense.

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

Participants: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Laredo, Texas
Date: July 11, 2008
Attendance: 4,000
Weather: Hot, Humid

Scoring Summary:
            1st   2nd  Final
USA    3        0      3
MEX    0        0      0

USA – Sheanon Williams (Brandon Manzonelli) 25th minute
USA - Peri Marosevic (Felix Garcia) 27.
USA – Peri Marosevic (Brandon Manzonelli) 45+

USA: 18-Brian Perk; 14-Anthony Wallace, 6-Sheanon Williams, 4-Ike Opara, 3-Richard Balchan; 8-Daniel Cruz (10-Jose Altamirano, 79), 20-Amobi Okugo, 7-Brandon Manzonelli, 12-Brek Shea (19-Eder Arreola, 79); 17-Felix Garcia (5-Zarek Valentin, 60), 9-Peri Marosevic (16-Frank Lara, 86)

Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

MEx: 1-Hugo Gonzalez; 6-Antonio de Leon, 2-Daniel Montes, 3-Oswaldo Alanis, 18-Cesar Martinez, 16-Homero Guajardo, 17-Alberto Soto (11-Ulises Davila, 54), 15-Francisco Dorame, 8-Moises Velazco, 14-Axel Caballero (10-Americo Rodriguez, 46), 7-Arnold Rivas (13-Israel Sabdio, 86)

Subs Not Used: 12-Alejandro Vela, 5-Antonio Ocampo, 19-Ivan Islas, 4-Christian Rodriguez

Head Coach:

Statistical Summary:

Shots 8 / 5
Saves 3 / 1
Fouls 16 / 19
Corner Kicks 7 / 5
Offside 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Americo Rodriguez (caution) 50th minute
USA – Danny Cruz (caution) 54.
MEX – Cesar Martinez (caution) 59.
MEX – Francisco Dorame (caution) 64.
USA – Brandon Manzonelli (caution) 66.
USA – Brandon Manzonelli (ejection) 66.
MEX – Moises Velazco (ejection) 66.
MEX – Daniel Montes (ejection) 72.
USA – Brek Shea (caution) 75.
MEX – Arnold Rivas (caution) 76.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Evens Record at Campos Verde International With 3-0 Win Over Northern Ireland

BEJA, Portugal (April 16, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team evened their record at the Campos Verde International Tournament with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland in Beja, Portugal. Vincenzo Bernardo, Peri Marosevic and Ellis McLoughlin each scored a goal while Mikkel Diskerud tallied three assists in the win.

With the exception of defenders Tommy Meyer and Brek Shea, head coach Thomas Rongen used a completely different lineup than he did against the Cape Verde Islands a day ago, including goalkeeper Bill Hamid who earned the shutout with three saves.

The first U.S. goal came in the 17th minute, when Diskerud played a quick restart through the Northern Island defense, where Vincenzo Bernardo took two touches and gave the U.S. the early lead.

Northern Ireland stayed within a goal until late in the game, when Diskerud, playing in his first match with any U.S. National Team, again sprung a teammate on a through ball. This time it was Marosevic who found the end of it and went in alone on goal. The Michigan junior beat the goalkeeper and doubled the Americans' lead in the 82nd minute.

Just five minutes later, the Norwegian-based midfielder carried the ball along the endline and slotted it back for an onrushing Ellis McLoughlin, who finished with a one-time shot.

The U.S. will finish up the round-robin tournament against hosts Portugal on Friday, April 18.The U.S. needs a win to take the top spot in the tournament. Portugal, which has not allowed a goal through its first two games, can claim the top position with a win or a tie. The U.S. also boasts the youngest team in the tournament, with a team made up of players who are eligible for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, while their opponents are preparing for the European Under-21 Championship with rosters made up mostly of players born in 1988.

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

Participants: USA vs. Northern Ireland
Competition: Campos Verde International Tournament
Location: Beja, Portugal
Date: April 16, 2008
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
           1  2  Final
USA   1  2   3
NIR    0  0   0

USA   - Vincenzo Bernardo (Mikkel Diskerud)           17th minute
USA   - Peri Marosevic (Mikkel Diskerud)                   82.
USA   - Ellis McLoughlin (Mikkel Diskerud)                86.

USA: 1-Bill Hamid, 2-Victor Cortez, 4-Gale Agbossmounde, 17-Tommy Meyer, 6-Brek Shea-capt. (10-Jorge Flores, 46); 14-Andrew Wenger (15-Daniel Wenzel, 67), 5-Alfredo Morales, 21-Mikkel Diskerud, 16-Brendan King; 9-Peri Marosevic, 11-Vincenzo Bernardo (13-Ellis McLoughlin)

Subs Not Used: 18-Zac MacMath, 3-Anthony Wallace, 7-Abdusalam Ibrahim, 8-Alex Nimo, 19-Gerson Mayen, 20-Jared Jeffrey

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

NIR: 1-Trevor Carson-capt., 3-Brendan McMenamin (11-Martin Donnelly), 5-Craig Cathcart (4-Chris Casement, 46), 13-Ryan Mullan, 15-Jonathan Flynn, 8-Robert Weir, 16-Philip Carson (6-Robert Garrett, 46), 17-Michael McKerr, 10-Billy McKay (9-Curtis Allen, 46), 18-Mark McAllister, 20-Ian Curran

Subs Not Used: 12-Aaron Hogg, 2-Adam Chapman, 7-Robin Shroot, 14-Scott Gibb, 19-Michael Carvill

Head Coach: Roy Millar

Statistical Summary:

Shots 10 / 5
Saves 3 / 2
Fouls 12 / 6
Corner Kicks 5 / 5
Offside 7 / 5

Misconduct Summary:

Campos Verde International Schedule/Results

Date Match-up/Results
April 15 CPV 3, USA 1
April 15 POR 1, NIR 0
April 16 USA 3, NIR 0
April 16 POR 3, CPV 0
April 18 CPV vs. NIR
April 18 USA vs. POR

Campos Verde International Tournament Standings