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U.S. U-17 '88 MNT Fall 4-0 to Irvine Strikers at HDC

CHICAGO (May 29, 2004) -  The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team fell 4-0 to the older U-19 Irvine Strikers this afternoon at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Despite a number of early chances on goal, including two strikes by forward Quavas Kirk and a one-on-one for Preston Zimmerman, the U.S. couldn’t get on the scoreboard during the 90 minutes as Irvine’s ‘keeper came up with some world-class saves to keep a clean sheet.

The game settled down 15 minutes into the match as both teams fought for possession without creating to many opportunities to take the lead. The Strikers were finally able to break the stalemate, scoring three minutes from the halftime whistle. 

To start the second half, U-17 ’88 head coach John Ellinger made overhauled the starting lineup, making seven substitutions. The new lineup wasn’t able to inject any new energy into the match though as the Strikers found the net three more times before the final whistle, scoring in the 53rd, 81st and 90th minutes.


- U-17 '88 Men's National Team Match Report - 

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. U-19 Irvine Strikers
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date:    May 29, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
USA                                  0       0         0
IVS                                    1       3         4

IVS – n/a    42nd minute
IVS – n/a    53rd
IVS – n/a    81st
IVS – n/a    90th
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner (40-Evan Newton, 46), 5-Ofori Sarkodie (8-Michael Farfan, 46), 2-Michael Balogun (19-Cameron Jordan, 46), 32-Erik Lichaj; 21-Richard Edgar, 11-Ryan Soroka (7-Gabriel Farfan, 46), 22-Kevin Alston (23-Ameachi Igwe, 46), 20-Carlos Borja (36-Kyle Nakazawa, 46), 4-Nik Besagno; 29-Preston Zimmerman, 6-Quavas Kirk (30-Michael Stephens, 46).

IVS: n/a

Statistical Summary:        USA        IVS
Shots                                       11           12   
Saves                                       2              4
Corner Kick                             3             10
Fouls                                         7              6   
Offside                                      2              2

Misconduct Summary:
IVS – n/a (caution)             16th minute