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U.S. Under-17 Go 1-1-1 Against MLS Teams in 2004


CHICAGO (Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004) - U.S. Under-17 ’87 Men’s National Team defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 behind goals from Rodrigo Hidalgo and Ryan Soroka this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., increasing their record to 1-1-1 against MLS teams this year.  

The Crew took an early 1-0 lead in the 27th minute with a goal by Michael Ritch, but Hidalgo struck back five minutes later for the equalizer. The Under-17s got the game winner as Soroka, a second half substitute (64th minute), found the back of the net in the 76th minute. Midfielder Adam Sloustcher provided both assists for the U.S.

The Crew is currently training down in Bradenton along with four other MLS teams (D.C. United, Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire, and MetroStars). The Kansas City Wizards are just north conducing camp in Tampa.

This was just the third time the U.S. U-17 MNT has beaten a MLS team since the Residency program began in 1999. The first win was in 1999 as the U-17s defeated the Tampa Bay Mutiny 2-0, while the second was in 2003 when Freddy Adu scored both goals to down the Chicago Fire 2-1. Overall the Under-17s are 3-13-2, with 18 goals scored and 44 goals allowed, against MLS clubs.

So far this year, the U.S. has played two other matches against MLS clubs, losing to the Galaxy 3-1 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Feb. 6 to close out the team's week-long training camp last week, and tying the Chicago Fire 2-2 upon returning to Bradenton on Feb. 8. 

Midfielder Adam Sloustcher found the equalizer for the U.S. in the 29th minute to make it 1-1, but L.A.'s 2004 SuperDraft first round pick, Joseph Ngwenya, was able to find the back of the net twice before the end of the first half for the victory.

The Galaxy struck first in the 27th minute when Arturo Torres ripped a strike from the corner of the 18-yard box past a lunging Stephen Sandbo. The Under-17s were not detterred though, as two minutes later midfielder Dax McCarty forced two Galaxy defenders to slip before serving Sloustcher at the top of the penalty area. Sloustcher was able to knock a one-timer that trickled past 'keeper Kevin Hartman.   

A minute later, L.A.’s 2004 SuperDraft first round pick Joseph Ngwenya scored his first goal in a Galaxy jersey for the game-winner. Right before the half, Ngwenya gave the Galaxy a two-goal lead and closed out the scoring with his second goal in the 44th minute.

U.S. Soccer Residency graduate Guillermo “Memo” Gonzalez, who was drafted in the first round by the Galaxy in 2003, played for L.A. in the second half. Also suiting up for the Galaxy in second half was 2004 SuperDraft second round draft pick Ned Grabavoy, who started four matches for the U.S. Under-20 MNT at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship last December.
 
The U-17s match against the Fire started well for the U.S. as McCarty scored in just the second minute off a pass from defender Julian Valentin. After a foul about 30 yards from goal, Freddy Adu played a ball to the far post, where Valentin headed it back across the net to McCarty, who took the ball out of the air and rocketed it just under the crossbar.  

The Under-17s struck again in the 18th minute as Hidalgo received a nice through ball from defender Nathan Sturgis and slipped it past the 'keeper for a 2-0 lead.

The Fire was able to strike back in the shortened 60-minute match, getting two goals in the final three minutes for the draw. Their first goal came on a penalty, which was awarded after Valentin and the Fire's Nate Jacqua got tangled up in the box and the referee deemed the contact a foul by the young defender. Ryan Futagaki finished from the spot. Just seconds from the final whistle, the Fire found the equalizer as Justin Magner knocked home a cross from Scott Buete.   

- U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Game Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Men’s National Team vs. Columbus Crew
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    February 19, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
Columbus Crew              1       0         1
USA                                  1       1         2

CLB – Michael Ritch                                             27th minute
USA – Rodrigo Hidalgo (Adam Sloustcher)      32nd
USA – Ryan Soroka (Adam Sloustcher)            76th      
 
Lineups:
USA: 18-Marcus Rein (1-Stephen Sandbo, 46); 2-Nathan Sturgis, 5-Tim Ward, 4-Julian Valentin, 3-Greg Folk; 12-Adam Sloustcher, 10-Danny Szetela, 17-Christian Jimenez, 8-Dax McCarty (29-Ofori Sarkodie, 79); 15-Eric Avila, 9-Rodrigo Hidalgo (27-Ryan Soroka, 64).

CLB: n/a

Statistical Summary:           CLB     USA
Shots                                           6           3               
Saves                                          0           4
Corner Kick                                5           3
Fouls                                          11          6   
Offside                                        1           3

Misconduct Summary:
CLB – n/a (caution)                         63rd minute
CLB – Kyle Martino (caution)        75th


- U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Game Report -


Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Men’s National Team vs. Chicago Fire
Competition:     Friendly ** 30-minute halves **
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    February 8, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
Chicago Fire                   0       2         2
USA                                  2       0         2

USA – Dax McCarty (Julian Valentin)     2nd minute
USA – Rodrigo Hidalgo (Nathan Sturgis)    18th
Fire – Ryan Futagaki (penalty)    57th
Fire – Justin Magner (Scott Buete)    59th      
 
Lineups:
USA: 18-Marcus Rein (1-Stephen Sandbo, 31); 2-Nathan Sturgis, 5-Tim Ward, 4-Julian Valentin (14-Taylor Waspi, 57), 3-Greg Folk; 12-Adam Sloustcher, 10-Danny Szetela, 17-Christian Jimenez, 8-Dax McCarty; 11-Freddy Adu (6-Quavas Kirk, 53), 9-Rodrigo Hidalgo (30-Michael Stephens, 53). 

CHI: Troy Perkins (Matt Pickens, 31); Ryan Futagaki, Phil Hucles, Denny Clanton, Tony McManus (Carco Valez, 31); Justin Mapp (Justin Magner, 31), Scott Buete, Ryan McGowan, Ian Pilarski; Dipsy Selolwane (Nate Jaqua, 31), Sumed Ibrahim.

Statistical Summary:           Fire     USA
Shots                                           2         3
Saves                                          1         0
Corner Kick                                0         1
Fouls                                           8         4
Offside                                        2         3

Misconduct Summary:

- U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report -

Participants: U.S. Under-17 (87s) Men's National Team vs. L.A. Galaxy
Competition: Friendly
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: February 6, 2004
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees


Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
L.A. Galaxy                      3        0        3
USA                                 1        0        1

Galaxy - Arturo Torres                                     27th minute.
USA - Adam Sloustcher (Dax McCarty)        29
Galaxy - Joseph Ngwenya                              30
Galaxy - Joseph Ngwenya                              44

Lineups:
USA: Stephen Sandbo; Greg Folk, Julian Valentin, Tim Ward, Nathan Sturgis; Adam Sloustcher (Carlos Borja, 80), Dax McCarty (Gabriel Farfan, 74), Danny Szetela, Michael Bradley (Michael Stephens, 74); Rod Hidalgo (Brett King, 74), Christian Jimenez (Eric Avila, 80).

L.A.: n/a

Statistical Summary:        L.A.      USA
Shots                                    8           2
Saves                                   0           4
Corner Kick                         2           0
Fouls                                    3           4
Offside                                 6           2

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