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U.S. U-18 MNT Draws Sweden, 2-2, in First Match of Lisbon Tournament

  • Villanueva and Altidore Score for the U.S.
  • U.S. Faces Norway on Friday
LISBON, Portugal (June 8, 2006) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team kicked off the 2006 Lisbon International Tournament with a 2-2 draw against Sweden in Lisbon, Portugal. Goals from Josmer Altidore and Jonathan. Villanueva put the U.S. ahead two times, but the U-18 Men were unable to keep the lead.

Altidore, who recently spent time with the U.S. Under-20 MNT on a trip to Argentina, put in the first goal when the U.S. earned a free kick five yards wide of the 18-yard box. Villanueva played the ball in, bending it with his left foot to Altidore, who slotted the ball past the keeper into the lower corner.

After playing in a corner kick, Sweden came back to tie the game in the 33rd minute when they were awarded a penalty as the referee deemed that the U.S. defense handled the ball when attempting to clear it. Martin Olsson stepped up for the Swedes, deceiving U.S. goalkeeper Brian Perk by sliding the ball into the lower left corner while Perk dove to the right.

Villanueva converted the team’s second goal on a penalty kick after dribbling past the Swedish defense and getting fouled in the box. He stepped up to take the kick, putting it past a diving Zlatan Azinovic, to make the score 2-1.

But the U.S. team was unable to hold on to the lead as Sweden came back to tie the game for a second time. Sweden hit a free kick that was deflected off the wall of defenders to an open Linus Hellman. Hellman volleyed a low ball into the corner that hit the post before going into the goal.

The U.S., who controlled the tempo of the match, almost went ahead for good three minutes into injury time when Bryan Arguez chipped a ball into Cameron Brown at the top of the 18-yard box. Brown, who was in line with the last defender, hit a bicycle kick that ricocheted off the left post, the cross bar and the right post before going in the net. However, the referee recalled the goal citing dangerous play and the game ended in a draw.

The U.S. next faces Norway on Friday, June 9, followed by a day off before taking on host Portugal on Sunday, June 11.

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

Participants: USA vs. Sweden
Competition: Lisbon International Tournament
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: June 8, 2006
Weather: Warm, 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1      2      F
USA                                1      1      2
Sweden                         1      1      2

USA – Josmer Altidore (Jonathan Villanueva) 21st minute.
SWE – Martin Olsson 33.
USA – J. Villanueva 55.
SWE – Linus Hellman 82.

USA: 1-Brian Perk; 23-Anthony Wallace, 4-Greg Eckhardt (20-Cameron Brown, 86), 12-Colin Givens, 16-Kyle Davies; 11-Michael Stephens, 15-Daniel Kelly, 3-Bryan Arguez, 17-Corben Bone (5-Blair Gavin, 82); 22-Josmer Altidore (9-Perica Marosevic, 72), 8-Jonathan Villanueva.
Subs not used: 18-Joe Bendik, 2-Cameron Lamming, 13-Daniel Rodriguez, 7-Casey Townsend
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

SWE: 1-Zlatan Azinovic; 2-Michael Almeback, 3-David Blomkist, 5-Marcus Nilsson, 6-Martin Olsson; 7-Emir Bajrami (18-Daniel Jovanovic, 71), 8-Johan Bertilsson (14-Christoffer Karlsson, 67), 9-Rasmus Elm (4-Linus Hellman, 46), 11-Fredrik Holster; 15-Denni Avdic (17-Tobias Holmqvist, 71), 16-Jetullah Bahtiri.

Statistical Summary:     USA      SWE
Shots                                    7            7
Shots on Goal                    5             6
Saves                                   6            2
Corner Kicks                       4            7
Fouls                                    11         13
Offside                                   2           2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – K. Davies (caution) 32nd minute.
SWE – David Blomkist (caution) 34.
USA – A. Wallace (caution) 38.

Referee: Pedro Henriques
Asst. Referee: Gabinio Evaristo
Asst. Referee: Arlindo Santos
4th Official: Svein Oddvar Moen