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Under-18 MNT Falls to SL Benfica in Tune Up Game for Lisbon International

LISBON, Portugal (May 19, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell to SL Benfica Reserves in a preparation match for the upcoming Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal.

After a scoreless first half, Benfica took advantage of a strong right flank, scoring two goals from crosses into the box. In the 51st minute, Real crossed in to Vinicius, who finished with his head. The second goal came in the 80th minute in similar fashion, this time with Gang sending the ball in for Magalhaes.

The U.S. will take on Norway on May 21 in their return to the Lisbon International, where they will also face  Portugal on May 22 and Sweden on May 24.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U-18 MNT vs. SL Benfica U-18
Competition: Friendly
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: May 19, 2008
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
                        1   2   Final
USA                0   0     0
SL Benfica    0   2     2

SL Benfica    3-Vinicius ( 6-Real)            51st minute
SL Benfica    11-Gang (4-Magalhaes)   80.

USA: 24-Larry Jackson (18-Long, 46), 15-Diaz, 14-Francklin Blaise (13-Quintana, 72), 6-Chad Barson, 7-Harrison Petts, 4-Eder Arreola, 5-Amobi Okugo (2-Steven Birnbaum, 64), 16-Bryan Dominguez (3-Paolo Delpiccolo, 72), 12-Nick Millington (11-Roman, 46), 8-Tristan Bowen (10-Dersu Abolfathi, 46), 9-Adam Jahn (23-Donny Toia, 61)

Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

SL Benfica: 2-Fall, 8-Oliveira, 4-Magalhaes, 10-Demel, 18-Yartey, 15-Alberto, 9-Ferreira, 1-Santos, 14-Chiriches, 5-Silva, 11-Gang, 12-Debells, 7-Figueinas, 6-Real, 17-Djalo, 3-Vinicius, Semedo

Head Coach: Joao Alves

Statistical Summary:

           USA / SL Benfica
Shots 9 / 16
Saves 7 / 4
Fouls 7 / 13
Corner Kicks 6 / 4
Offside 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary: