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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Draws America, 2-2, at Copa Chivas Tournament

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 26, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team opened its campaign at the Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara with a 2-2 draw against America.

America opened the scoring in the 15th minute, when Jose Ayala redirected a free kick with his head past U.S. 'keeper Josh Lambo. Just five minutes later, Felix Garcia pressured the center back, stole the ball at the top of the box, went in one v. one with the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home.

Just a few minutes into the second half, Garcia's pressure resulted in another U.S. goal. The XX native beat his man down the left and cut across the endline before finding Alex Nimo in front of the goal. Nimo finished a one-timer to put the U.S. ahead.

In the 50th minute, America's Andres Ademar ran onto the end of a long through ball, and went in alone on Lambo, putting away the game-tying goal for the 2-2 final.

The U.S. is back in action on Sunday, Jan. 27 against Tecos.

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

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. America
Competition: Copa Chivas (35 minute halves)b
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: January 26, 2008
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
                1st     2nd       Final
USA        1         1             2
America 1          1             2

America    Ayala                    15th minute
USA           Garcia                  20.
USA           Nimo (Garcia)    40.
America    Ademar                50.

USA: 1-Josh Lambo, 5-Gale Agbosoumonde, 16-Steven Birnbaum, 10-Francklin Blaise, 15-Paolo DelPiccolo, 7-Jorge Flores, 3-Felix Garcia(8-Ahkeel Rodney, 65), 19-Alex Nimo(13-Jose Altamirano, 59), 2-Amobi Okugo, 14-Pablo Punyed(11-Cristian Gonzalez, 67), 6-Sheanon Williams

Subs Not Used: 18-Abdul Hamid, 20-Andrew Lubahn, 17-Nic Millington, 4-Matthew Uy, 12-Zarek Valentin

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

America: 95-Alejandro Vences, 72-George Corral, 73-Gabriel DeLavega, 106-Jorge Leon(112-Luis Sotelo, 57), 116-Isaac Martinez, 102-Omar Garduno, 110 Andres Ademar, 107-Luis Nava(101-Jorge Reyes,45), 108-Jose Ayala(115-Octavio Mora, 55), 84-Antonio Lopez, 98-Erick Pimentel

Subs Not Used:112-Diego Reyes, 97-Alfredo Duran, 111-Oliver Jimenez, 117-Joan Camacho

Head Coach: Pedro Vega

Statistical Summary:

               USA America
Shots 8 / 10
Saves 6 / 4
Fouls 21 / 7
Corner Kicks 1 / 4
Offside 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA             DelPiccolo (Caution)              31st minute
USA             Agbossoumonde (Caution)  38.
America      Leon (Caution)                         55.
USA             Okugo (Caution)                      68.