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U-17 MNT Downs Municipal 6-1 in First Match of Guatemala Tour

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (Feb. 22, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team defeated the Municipal reserves (Under-20) 6-1 this afternoon at Trebol Stadium in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The match was the U-17s first of their weeklong Guatemala tour. 

The U.S. dominated the match from the opening whistle, finding the back of the net three times in each half before Municipal was ever able to pull one back. The U.S. outshot Municipal 13-5 and midfielder Ryan Soroka led all scorers with two goals.

"We were fortunate to be up 3-0 at the half as Municipal made some mental mistakes that opened the door for us to take advantage, but overall we played quite well," said U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth. "We put them under pressure and they really didn't have any answers for us in the second half as we were able to put away three more."

Soroka put away two of the first three goals for the U.S., knocking home the opening strike in the 19th minute on an assist from Ofori Sarkodie before finishing his next opportunity in the 37th minute after receiving a pass from Quavas Kirk, who was recently drafted by the L.A. Galaxy. In between Soroka's goals, the U.S. got a gift from Municipal as an own goal provided the eventual game-winner.

In the second half, the U.S. stayed on the attack and Kirk buried a service from Kyle Nakazawa three minutes after the whistle and then two minutes later Neven Subotic provided the fifth goal off a pass from Blake Wagner.

In the 80th minute, Amaechi Igwe closed out the scoring for the U.S. when he finished a ball from Jeremy Hall.

Two minutes later, Jean Howell pulled one back for Municipal, but moments after the goal a Municipal defender was cautioned for the second time in the match and the Guatemalan squad was reduced to 10 men for the final seven minutes.  

- U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Municipal
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    Trebol Stadium; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Date:    Feb. 22, 2005
Weather:    Warm, 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
               1st    2nd    Final
USA        3        3         6
MUN        0        1        1

USA – Ryan Soroka (Ofori Sarkodie)            19th minute
USA – Own goal                                                28th
USA – Ryan Soroka (Quavas Kirk)                 37th
USA – Quavas Kirk (Kyle Nakazawa)             48th
USA – Neven Subotic (Blake Wagner)           50th
USA – Amaechi Igwe (Jeremy Hall)                80th
MUN – Jean Howell                                           82nd

USA: 40-Brian Perk; 13-Blake Wagner, 3-Kevin Alston, 5-Ofori Sarkodie, 4-Eric Lichaj; 10-David Arvizu (26-Richard Edgar, 74), 8-Kyle Nakazawa, 21-Neven Subotic (33-Omar Gonzalez, 66); 6-Quavas Kirk (17-Jeremy Hall, 76), 9-Preston Zimmerman (14-Amaechi Igwe, 46), 11-Ryan Soroka.

MUN: n/a

Statistical Summary:
                              USA    MUN
Shots                      13         5
Saves                      2          3
Fouls                       4           3
Corner Kicks         20         24
Offside                     7          2

Misconduct Summary:
MUN - #7 (caution)                             26th minute
USA – Neven Subotic (caution)        42nd 
MUN - #7 (caution)                             83rd
MUN - #7 (ejection)                            83rd