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U.S. Under-23 MNT Tops Creighton in a Scrimmage in Bradenton, Fla.

BRADENTON, Fla. (March 4, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team topped Creighton University, 4-0, in a scrimmage in Bradenton, Fla., behind a first-half brace from Jozy Altidore, and second half goals from Eddie Gaven and Chad Barrett.

The Under-23s dominated a majority of the game, taking 11 shots to Creighton's one and earning seven corner kicks to none.

Altidore's first goal in the 20th minute came as a result of a challenge by Maurice Edu on a 50/50 ball with Creighton goalkeeper Ryan Holt. Edu kept the ball alive, and Altidore fired the bouncing ball high into the goal.

Fifteen minutes later, Findley received a ball with his back to goal, turned on his defender and layed it off to Altidore, who was running into the box unmarked. Altidore took a touch, and placed a shot into the lower left corner.

In the second half, with a mostly fresh squad on the field, the U.S. added to their lead. In the 53rd minute, Kamani Hill played a ball into the box for Eddie Gaven, who brought the ball down with his chest and hit a half volley into the near post.

Late in the second half, Kamani Hill ran onto a ball in the corner and played it into the box. The ball fell inside the six, and Chad Barrett was there to power it home.

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Creighton University
Competition: Scrimmage
Location: IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Date: March 4, 2008
Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                       1   2   F
USA               2   2   4
Creighton     0   0   0

USA – Josmer Altidore                                      20th minute
USA – Josmer Altidore (Robbie Findley)       35.
USA – Eddie Gaven (Kamani Hill)                   53.
USA – Chad Barrett (Kamani Hill)                   83.

First Half: GK-Chris Seitz (Tally Hall, 30); D-Marvell Wynne, D-Maurice Edu, D-Michael Orozco, D-Mike Randolph; M-Stuart Holden, M-Benny Feilhaber, M-Sacha Kljestan, M-Arturo Alvarez; F-Josmer Altidore (Charlie Davies, 38), F-Robbie Findley

Second Half: GK-Tally Hall (Dominic Cervi, 60); D-Kamani Hill, D-Patrick Ianni, D-Nathan Sturgis, D-Hunter Freeman; M-Sal Zizzo, M-Dax McCarty, M-Benny Feilhaber (Freddy Adu, 60), M-Eddie Gaven; F-Chad Barrett, F-Charlie Davies

Subs not used: Robbie Rogers

Head Coach: Peter Nowak

Creighton: 00-Ryan Holt, 14-Tim Krueger, 4-Chris Schuler, 8-Andrew Duran, 12-Seth Sinovic; 23-Akin Akinirade, 11-Greg Jordan, 2-Sergio Castillo, 9-Jeff Thayer, 7-Andrei Gotsminov, 6-Tim Walters

Subs not used: N/A

Head Coach: Allan Pusch

Statistical Summary:
                USA / CU
Shots 11 / 1
Shots on Goal 10 / 1
Saves 0 / 6
Fouls 10 / 6
Corner Kicks 7 / 6
Offside 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Josmer Altidore (caution) 25th minute