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U.S. U-20 MNT Draws Panama 2-2 in First of Two Friendlies

PUEBLA, Mexico (Jan. 19, 2013) – Daniel Cuevas and Brandon Allen each scored a goal in a span of three minutes and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played Panama to a 2-2 draw at Estadio Olympico.

Panama opened the scoring with a third-minute goal to take the early 1-0 lead in the closed-door international friendly match.

The USA responded in the second half with a Cuevas goal in the 52nd minute to tie the score at 1-1. Second-half sub Jonathan Top played the ball quickly on a free kick to Cuevas, who cut to his left to elude a Panama defender and took a hard low shot that found the back of the net.

Allen gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute as defender Boyd Okuonu played the ball to Allen who made a run along the right flank. Allen spun past the Panama defense and struck from six yards out.

Panama salvaged a draw with a game-tying goal in the 78th minute.

The U-20 MNT is preparing for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which takes place from Feb. 18-March 3 in Puebla.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 MNT v. Panama U-20 MNT
Date: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Olympico; Puebla, Mexico
Kickoff: 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET)
Attendance: --
Weather: 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 2 2
PAN                        1 1 2

PAN                                             3rd minute
USA Daniel Cuevas (Daniel Garcia)  52
USA Brandon Allen (Boyd Okuonu) 55
PAN                                             78

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 21 / 13
Offside: 2 / 5

USA: Kendall McIntosh; Boyd Okwuonu, Shane O’Neill, Javan Torre, Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Mikey Ambrose, 63); Wil Trapp, Mikey Lopez (Daniel Garcia, 46), Alejandro Guido (Jonathan Top, 46); Jose Villarreal, Darius Madison (Brandon Allen, 46), Daniel Cuevas