HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (Aug. 3, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team fell to Heerenveen reserves 3-1 this evening in their second match of their Netherlands tour.
The U.S. held their own against the older and more experienced reserve squad, which included a number of players who are fighting for some of the final spots on the first team. Despite the loss, the U-17s were impressive as they created a number of good opportunities in front of the net. The U.S. put 10 shots on goal, while Heerenveen had 12 opportunities on frame.
The U.S. took the early lead in the sixth minute as Quavas Kirk finished off a unassisted goal, but Heerenveen was able to find the equalizer 11 minutes later and then took the lead three minutes from the halftime whistle.
The second half was an even affair and the U-17s were able to pressure Heerenveen's backline to win a number of corner kicks (eight overall in the match), but couldn't find the back of the net.
Heerenveen broke through one more time in the 88th minute to seal their victory.
The U.S. will next face KRC Genk on Saturday, Aug. 6, which will be their third of four matches they will play while in the Netherlands. The team's final match will be against Ajax, which is scheduled for Aug. 8.
The U.S. is a little over a month away from competing in the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, which will take place from Sept. 16-Oct. 2 in Peru. The U.S. was drawn in to Group C with North Korea, Italy and Ivory Coast.
The U.S. opens against North Korea (Korea DPR) on Sept. 17 at 12:45 p.m. CT, before facing Italy on Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m. CT) and concludes group play on Sept. 23 (3:30 p.m. CT) against Ivory Coast. The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast in their third and final group match at Nacional Stadium. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics.
The majority of the matches during the FIFA U-17 World Championship will be played on artificial turf, similar to the tournament two years ago in Finland.
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Heerenveen Reserves
Location: Heerenvenn, Netherlands
Date: Aug. 3, 2005
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 1 0 1
HER 2 1 3
USA – Quavas Kirk 6th minute
HER – n/a 17.
HER – n/a 42.
HER – n/a 88.
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner; 14-Amaechi Igwe (16-Neven Subotic, 72), 5-Ofori Sarkodie, 4-Eric Lichaj, 3-Kevin Alston; 15-Dan Kelly (17-Jeremy Hall, 66), 8-Kyle Nakazawa, 19-Michael Farfan, 6-Quavas Kirk; 10-David Arvizu, 9-Preston Zimmerman.
Shots 10 12
Saves 3 6
Fouls 10 21
Corner Kicks 8 5
Offside 5 1
USA – Eric Lichaj (caution) 66th minute