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U-17 MNT Posts 2-0 Win vs. El Salvador to Open Doubleheader in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2007) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team earned a 2-0 win vs. El Salvador in the opening match of a doubleheader at Raymond James Stadium. Goal-scorers Greg Garza and Tommy Meyer tallied in the first half with goals in the 17th and 24th minutes, respectively.

At the other end of the field, Zach McMath got the start in goal, while Josh Lambo held El Salvador scoreless in the second half to combine for the shutout. It marks the eighth clean sheet in 2007 for the U-17s.

Head coach John Hackworth’s squad continues to prepare for Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The five-team, round-robin tournament will take place from April 28 to May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica, with all the matches being played at National Stadium. Along with the host, the U.S. will face Canada, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago (full schedule). The top three teams will advance to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9.

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

Participants: USA vs. El Salvador
Competition: Friendly
Location: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Date: March 25, 2007
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees

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

USA - Greg Garza (Alex Nimo)                 16th minute
USA - Tommy Meyer (Greg Garza)           24.

USA: 18-Zac MacMath (1-Josh Lambo, 46); 2-Sheanon Williams, 3-Mykell Bates (capt.), 7-Tommy Meyer, 20-Chris Klute; 5-Nick Millington, 8-Jared Jeffrey, 6-Daniel Wenzel, 17-Greg Garza (14-Eder Arreola, 80); 19-Alex Nimo (10-Bryan Dominguez, 71), 13-Billy Schuler (9-Ellis McLoughlin, 65)
Subs not used: 4-Howard Turk, 11-Alex Dixon, 12-Aubrey Perry, 15-Dane Shea, 16-Brandon Zimmerman
Head Coach: John Hackworth

SLV: 1-Diego Cuellar; 3-Andres Menendez (capt.), 4-Xavi Garcia, 6-Cristian Valencia, 7-Henry Escobar (5-Alex Mendoza, 77), 8-Diego Chavarria, 9-Andres Flores (12-Armando Quintanilla, 87), 10-William Maldonado (16-William Aguirre, 46), 11-Ricardo Orellana (17-Gilberto Baires, 46), 14-Herbert Sosa, 15-Fabricio Alfaro.

Statistical Summary:
                                    USA    SLV
Shots                           20        3  
Shots on goal              5        2
Saves                            2        7
Fouls                           18        25
Corner Kicks                5        3
Offside                           2        3

Misconduct Summary:
SLV - Diego Chavarria (caution)            33rd minute
USA - Greg Garza (caution)                     57.
SLV - Fabricio Alfaro (caution)               63.
SLV - William Aguirre (caution)             79.