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U.S. Youth National Teams Results - March 9, 2004

This afternoon was action-packed at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as five U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams played games. The most heated matchup was between the Under-17 '88 MNT and the Under-15 MNT, as bragging rights were on the line, while the other men's national team, the Under-18s, battled a tough University of Notre Dame squad. Two women's national teams played a pair of international matches as the Under-16 WNT faced the German U-17s and the Under-17 WNT took on the Canadian U-17s.

U-17 '88s MNT 2, U-15 MNT 1
In the battle between U.S. national teams, the U-17s pulled out a 2-1 victory over the U-15s. The scorecard made the game appear closer than it actually was on the pitch as the more experienced U-17s outshot their younger opponents 7-1.

The U-17s took control early in the match and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. Michael Balogun received a ball from midfield on the right flank and dribbled toward the endline before crossing it in front of the goal. The service hit the ground and was misplayed by a U-15 defender, allowing Michael Stephens to pounce on the loose ball about 12-yards out and toe-poke it past 'keeper Matthew Walker.

The U-15's were able to bounce back for the equalizer, scoring in the 39th minute on their only shot on goal of the match. Andrew Gillambardo received a pass from Peri Mesosevic at the top of the penalty area, turned quickly and was able to touch the ball past a defender before blasting his shot into the upper right corner of the net.

Five minutes into the second half Jeremy Hall provided the game winner on a breakaway. Michael Dal Pra collected a U-15 clearance near midfield and slotted a through ball to Hall, giving the forward a one-on-one with Walker, which he coolly converted.

U-18 MNT 0, University of Notre Dame 3

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell 3-0 to the University of Notre Dame this afternoon as they struggled to finish their numerous chances on goal. The U.S. actually outshot the Irish 10-8, but Notre Dame did well to capitalize when they had the opportunity.

After the U.S. controlled the game early, it was Notre Dame that scored first, converting on their first shot on goal in the 32nd minute when an Irish midfielder brought the ball up the left side and crossed it in to a teammate who was able to punch it in from close range. Eight minutes later, the Irish went up by two on a similar play, but this time the cross in was accidentally knocked in by defender Tim Ward who was sprinting back to defend on the attack.

Notre Dame finished off the scoring in the 67th minute, after a poor ball from the back was stolen by an Irish forward providing him with a breakaway on the right side of the goal. As 'keeper Stephen Sandbo came out to cut off his angle, he slotted the ball into the far left post to make it 3-0.

In the first 30 minutes, the U.S. forced the Irish 'keeper to make five saves as they were able to find holes in the Notre Dame defense. In the 10th minute, Jamie Watson received a cross from Rodrigo Hidalgo and tried to hit a half-volley, but he couldn't get a good hit on it and it dribbled to the 'keeper. Less than a minute later, Mike Grella collected a loose ball about 30-yards from goal and ripped a shot on goal, but the goalkeeper was in the perfect position to collect.

The Under-18's best chance was in the 20th minute as Danny Szetela chipped a ball into the area off a free kick from midfield. The Irish 'keeper rose in traffic to collect the service and bobbled the ball, letting it hit the ground, but he was able to snatch it back before a closing Watson could punch it in.

U.S. U-17 WNT 5, Canada U-17 2

The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team erupted for four goals in the second half as they toppled Canada 5-2. Midfielder Cydne Currie led the U.S. with a hat trick as the U-17s continued their unbeaten streak against international competition.

Kasey Moore put the U.S. on top early, scoring on a free kick in the fourth minute. From the right side of the penalty area, Moore swerved her 20-yard shot towards to the far left post, sneaking it just into the side netting. The U-17s went up by two in the 22nd minute, as Currie registered the first of her three goals. The midfielder collected a loose ball near the top of the box and blasted it past the Canadian 'keeper.

Canada struck back in the 62nd minute, but Currie made it a two-goal lead seven minutes later when Kiara Bosio provided her with a well-timed through ball. Currie broke through on the left side of the goal and slotted her shot past the onrushing 'keeper. Just three minutes later, she found the back of the net again, this time knocking home a Moore free kick from the left flank. Bosio scored the final goal for the U.S. after the Canadian 'keeper was unable to handle a shot by Amy Rodriguez.

Canada scored in the 89th minute after the match was in hand.

U.S. U-16 WNT 2, Germany U-17 0

The U.S. Under-16 Women's National Team defeated the German U-17s 2-0, behind goals from Jessica McDonald and Nikki Washington.

After a scoreless first half, McDonald nodded in a cross from Casey Noguiera in the 60th minute to take a 1-0 lead. The U.S. took a two-goal lead just four minutes later as Nikki Washington collected a ball Melissa Hayes on the right flank and beat the German 'keeper to the far left post.

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team vs. U-15 MNT
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 9, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
U-17                                 1       1        2
U-15                                 1       0        1

U-17 – Michael Stephens (Michael Balogun)    19th minute
U-15 – Andrew Giallambardo (Peri Mesosevic)    39th
U-17 – Jeremy Hall (Michael Dal Pra)    50th      
U-17: Bryant Rueckner (Evan Newton, 46); Ofori Sarkodie (Michael Farfan, 46 ; Jeff Scannella, 74), Richard Edgar (Taylor Waspi, 46), Eric Lichaj (Neven Subotic, 46 ; Kyle Nakazawa, 74), Michael Balogun (Cameron Jordan, 46); Gabriel Farfan (Blake Wagner, 46), Carlos Borja (Michael Dal Pra, 46), Jonathan Villanueva (Cesar Nunez, 46), Ryan Soroka (Jeremy Hall, 46); Michael Stephens (Tony Ampaipitakwong, 46), Quavas Kirk (Brett King, 46 ; Alandus Brooks, 74).

U-15: Matthew Walker (Brian Perk, 61); Victor Cortez (Raphael Martinez, 77), Douglas Ferner (Bryan Arguez, 73), John Tardy (Cameron Brown, 19 ; Jonathan Kluz, 53), Anthony Wallace (Cameron Lamming, 53); Peri Mesosevic (Lucas Swertloff, 77), Guiseppe Carotenuto, Steven Morales (Darryl Tom, 73), Kaoru Forbess (Andrew Duran, 46 ; Jose Gonzales, 71); Joseph Sorrentino (Justin True, 46), Andrew Giallambardo.

Statistical Summary:           U-17    U-15
Shots                                        7        1       
Saves                                       0        5
Corner Kick                             6        0
Fouls                                      14        8   
Offside                                      0        1

Misconduct Summary:
U-15 – Andrew Giallambardo (caution)    42nd minute
U-17 – Carlos Borja (caution)        44th

Participants:     U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. Notre Dame University
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 9, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:
    1st    2nd    Final
ND                                     2      1         3
USA                                  0       0         0

ND – n/a    32nd minute
ND – Own goal    40th
ND – n/a    67th          
USA: 18-Stephen Sandbo; 77-Nathan Sturgis (65-Dax McCarty, 46), 112-Tim Ward (76-Angelo Amato, 65), 67-Julian Valentin (Adam Schuerman, 60), 58-Greg Folk (68-Anthony Beltran, 46); 90-Jamie Watson (Nico Colalluca, 46), 36-Danny Szetela (Sergio Buriano, 75), 56-Robbie Rogers (101-Christian Jimenez, 46), 102-Mike Videira (116-Dane Murphy, 67); 88-Rodrigo Hidalgo (50-Charlie Davies, 46), 59-Mike Grella (66-Eric Avila, 65).

ND: n/a

Statistical Summary:            ND      USA
Shots                                           8         10           
Saves                                          8           3
Corner Kick                                2            5
Fouls                                         12           9   
Offside                                        1           1

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Jamie Watson (caution)        18th minute
ND – n/a (caution)                         25th
USA – Danny Szetela (caution)        32nd
USA – Jamie Watson (expulsion)        40th
ND – n/a (caution)                             56th 

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 9, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:         1st    2nd    Final
CAN                                       2      3         5
USA                                       0       2        2

USA – Kasey Moore (free kick)            4th minute
USA – Cydne Currie                               22nd
CAN – n/a                                                62nd
USA – Cydne Currie (Kiara Bosio)      66th
USA – Cydne Currie (Kasey Moore)    69th
USA -  Kiara Bosio                                 84th
CAN – n/a                                                89th      
USA: Kelsey Davis; Allison Fries, Megan Holmes, Kasey Moore, Stefani Rocco; Amanda Lebo (Elisabeth Redmond, 56), Brittany Bock, Hayley Siegel; Cydne Currie, Lauren Cheney (Kiara Bosio, 46), Amy Rodriguez (Marihelen Tomer, 73).

CAN: n/a

Statistical Summary:          CAN      USA
Shots                                           3          10   
Saves                                          0           3
Corner Kick                                2           8
Fouls                                           8          11   
Offside                                        1            2

Misconduct Summary:

Participants:     U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team vs. Germany U-17
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 9, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
Germany                          0       0         0
USA                                 0        2        2

USA - Jessica McDonald (Casey Noguiera)         60th minute
USA - Nikki Washington (Melissa Hayes)              64th      
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 23-Lauren Wilmoth, 15-Lindsey Johnson, 19-Hannah Cerrone, 8-Lauren Switzer; 13-Carolyn Blank, 10-Ali Hawkins, 6-Melissa Hayes; 2-Nikki Washington, 12-Jessica McDonald, 14-Casey Noguiera.

GER: n/a

Statistical Summary:        GER    USA
Shots                                        7           9
Saves                                       6           6
Corner Kick                             2           6
Fouls                                       13         10
Offside                                      2           3

Misconduct Summary: