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U-17 '90 MNT Battle to Scoreless Draw with Japan

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Aug. 12, 2006) - The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team drew, 0-0, with Japan in their second match of the Toyota International Championship in Toyota, Japan.

With the scoreless draw against the hosts, the U.S. finshed in second place in their group and does not advance to the championship match. Despite finishing tied with Japan with four points, the hosts finished ahead of the U.S. due to a better goal differential, plus-4 to plus-1 (the U.S. had defeated the Czech Republic 1-0, while Japan defeated the Czechs 4-0).

The U.S. had the better of chances in the match, outshooting Japan 12 to 6. During the entire 90 minutes, Japan only forced U.S. goalkeeper Josh Lambo in to one save. Similar to their first match against the Czech Republic, after dominating the first half the U.S. lost control of the match during the first 25 minutes of the second half before reagaining control.

The fall semester of U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program will kick off on Aug. 22. A roster for the semester will be released on in the upcoming weeks.

A week after the semester kicks off, the U.S. '90s will travel to England to participate in the Pepsi International Tournament on Aug. 27. The U.S. will play three games in the round-robin tournament, going up against Portugal (Aug. 30), England (Sept. 1) and Turkey (Sept. 3).

U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report

    U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Japan
Competition:     Toyota International Championship
Location:    Toyota Ball Game Grounds; Toyota, Japan
Date:    August 12, 2006
Weather:    Humid, 95 degrees
Attendance:    1,500

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

USA: 18-Josh Lambo; 2-Matt Uy, 4-Brandon Lee, 5-Howard Turk, 12-Bryan Dominguez (3-Brendan King, 72); 7-Danny Wenzel, 8-Jared Jeffrey (16-Brandon Zimmerman, 73), 9-Sheanon Williams, 10-Ellis McLoughlin; 11-Kirk Urso (6-Brek Shea, 55); 13-Danny Barerra (14-Evan Raynr, 55)
Subs not used: 3-Lonnie Carter, 15-Greg Garza, 18-Zac MacMath

JPN: 1-Hironaga Ryotaro; 2-Kanai Takashi, 3-Yamaji Sho, 5-Takahashi Shunki, 7-Kai Kimihiro; 8-Kakitani Yoichiro (14-Yonemoto Takuji, 74), 10-Mizunama Kota (11-Saito Manabu, 41), 12-Okamoto Tomotaka, 13-Yamada Naoki; 15-Ostuka Shohei, 17-Hanato Jin (16-Higa Kohei, 41).

Statistical Summary:
                               USA    JPN
Shots                      12        6
Saves                       1        6
Fouls                      15        2
Corner Kicks           7        7
Offside                      1       2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Howard Turk (caution)                    52nd minute
USA – Bryan Dominguez (caution)           57.
USA – Jared Jeffrey (caution)                    62.
USA – Brek Shea (caution)                        70.
USA – Brandon Zimmerman (caution)    76.