LISBON, Portugal (May 26, 2011) -- The U.S. U-18 MNT dropped a close 1-0 decision to host Portugal this afternoon in their second game at the Lisbon International Tournament. An 83rd minute goal was enough to secure the win for the home side.
The game's only goal came after a poor clearance out of the U.S. half, which Ricardo Alves was able to bring down. He carried the ball from just across the midfield line toward the box and hit a hard, curling shot that went around American 'keeper Jon Kempin and into the top corner of the goal.
The U.S. will wrap up its trip to Lisbon with a match against Finland on Saturday morning, May 28. Mike Matkovich's team played to a 1-1 draw on May 25 against the Netherlands.
U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Portugal U-18 MNT
Date: May 26, 2011
Competition: 17th International Tournament of Lisbon
Venue: Estadio Pina Manique
Kickoff: 6:15 p.m. ET (1:15 p.m. ET)
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
POR 0 1 1
POR – Ricardo Alves 83rd minute
USA: Jon Kempin; Boyd Okwuonu, Walker Zimmerman (capt.), Bryan Gallego Juan Ocegueda; Victor Pineda (Alex Shinsky, 75), William Packwood (Jack Coleman, 58), Daniel Metzger (Villyan Bijev, 84), Michael Ambrose; Wil Trapp, Luis Rendon (Jonathan Top, 46)
Subs not used: Brandon Allen, Jeff Gal Luis Gil, Tim Parker, Khiry Shelton.
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich
POR: Bruno Varela; Daniel Martins, Tiago Ferreira, Tiago Llori, Andre Teixeira; Sancidino Silva (Michael Pinto, 81), Ricardo Alves (Paulo Jorge, 89), Carlos Dias, Buomesca Bangna (Fabio Martins, 81); Miguel Herlein (Joaquim Lupeta, 60), Joao Mario (Helder Costa, 60)
Subs not used: Rafael Veloso, Pedro Almeida, Andre Gomes, Gil Dias.
Head Coach: Vitor Peralta
Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 0 / 6
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 1 / 2
POR – Miguel Herlein (caution) 54th minute
USA – Boyd Okwuonu (caution) 63
USA – Bryan Gallego (caution) 71
USA – Alex Shinsky (caution) 77
POR – Joaquim Lupeta (caution) 90
POR – Fabio Martins (caution) 90 + 2
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Mira
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baixinho
Fourth Official: Jari Jarvinen