BALLYMONEY, Northern Ireland (July 29, 2011) -- The U.S. U-18 MNT finished in third place at the 2011 Milk Cup after a 2-1 win against Georgia in the placement match. Jordan McCrary scored in the first half and Jerome Kiesewetter netted his second goal of the tournament in the second half to keep the U.S. undefeated with two wins and a draw in Northern Ireland.
Just six minutes before halftime, Jose Villareal struck a free kick from 25 yards out that goalkeeper Robert Imerliskuil did well to save, but his rebound fell to McCrary's feet near the right corner of the box. His low shot to the far post gave the USA a 1-0 edge.
In the 58th minute, some defensive work from Omar Salgado led to a turnover. Salgado pounced on the ball and streaked into the box before sliding a low, driven ball across the goal mouth. Kiesewetter was making his run to the far post, and got a good low shot that beat the goalkeeper and doubled the U.S. lead.
Georgia got one back just two minutes later, capitalizing on a scramble in the U.S. defensive end. Boba Rukhadze found a bouncing ball in the U.S. box and struck a hard shot that sailed high and past Kempin.
Mike Matkovich's side finished the Milk Cup with a win against Israel and a draw with Mexio before Friday's win versus Georgia. Denmark, which edged the USA by a goals scored tiebreaker to reach the final, won the tournament's championship with a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland.
U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Georgia
Date: Friday, July 29, 2011
Competition: 2011 Milk Cup – 3rd Place Match
Venue: Riada Stadium; Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Kickoff: 1:00pm (8:00am ET)
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
GEO 0 1 1
USA – Jordan McCrary 39 minute
USA – Jerome Kiesewetter (Omar Salgado) 58
GEO – Boba Rukhadze 60
USA: 1-Jon Kempin; 6-Jordan McCrary, 4-Boyd Okwuonu, 2-Bryan Gallego, 7-Mike Ambrose; 8-Jalen Robinson, 14-Luis Rendon (3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 67)(11-Victor Pineda, 86), 9-William Packwood (16-Javan Torre, 89); 15-Jerome Kiesewetter, 17-Omar Salgado(capt.), 12-Jose Villarreal.
Subs not used: 5-Walker Zimmerman, 10-Luis Gil, 13-Marcus Salandy-Defour, 18-Cody Cropper
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich
GEO: 12-Robert Imerlishurl; 5-Malthazi Gagoshidze (18-Tornik Grigalashvite, 78), 3-Nika Sandokhadze, 2-Giorgi Kalandia, 4-Archil Tuildiari (capt.); 16-Noder Kiknavelidze, 13-Tedo Kakolia (14-Varlam Kilasonia, 81), 15-Giorgi Papara, 6-Merabi Gigavri (11-Giorgi Kvilitaia, 59); 17-Boba Rukhadze, 10-Lasha Porunashulo.
Subs not used: 1-Davit Legashvili, 7-Otar Dulioze, 8-Aleksandre Rekhviashvile ,9-Lasha Shindagoridze
Stats Summary: USA / GEO
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 15
Offside: 2 / 1
USA – Jose Villarreal (caution) 49 minute
USA – Jordan McCrary (caution) 66
GEO – Nika Sandokhodze (caution) 77
USA – Omar Salgado (caution) 89