PORTE ALEGRE, Brazil (July 15, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team fell 4-3 to Uruguay in a spirited offensive match this afternoon in a four-team tournament in Porte Alegre, Brazil.
Uruguay created a brilliant beginning when Santiago Alvarez was able to get free behind the U.S. defense in the 4th minute and bury his shot past goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner.
The game began to settle down after the early goal and the U.S. created a number chances (20 total shots during the game), but it was Uruguay that was able to strike once again just moments before halftime. Gerardo Vonder Putten released Emiliano Alfaro with a pass into the left flank putting the forward one-on-one with Rueckner, and he finished for the 2-0 lead.
The U.S. bounced back four minutes into the second half as Blake Wagner finished off a nice give-and-go off a free kick. Wagner knocked the free kick from the top of the penalty area to Kyle Nakazawa, who quickly gave it back to Wagner and the defender unleashed a low blast just inside the right post.
Uruguay responded in the 55th minute as Damian Suarez buried a cross beyond the reach of substitute ‘keeper Diego Restrepo.
Nakazawa pulled the U.S. within a goal once again on a pretty goal in the 71st minute. Jeremy Hall crossed in a ball from the left flank looked to be headed out for a throw-in on the opposite end before David Arvizu's amazing over-the-head kick, which saved it from going out and knocked it back into the box directly to Nakazawa and he buried it first time into the back of the net.
It appeared the U.S. was going to get the equalizer as they pressured forward, but Uruguay once again was able to pull away. Restrepo was able to save Alvarez’s initial strike, but Alfaro was able to pounce on the rebound and touch it over the goal line.
Arvizu gave the U.S. hope of a comeback after finishing the rebound off a Preston Zimmerman strike in the 79th minute, but the U.S. couldn’t find the equalizer in the final 10 minutes.
Quavas Kirk, who is coming off a broken foot, was expected to play only 25 minutes, but was able to go the full 90.
The U.S. will play Selecao Gaucha in their final match on Sunday, July 17.
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay
Competition: Youth Tournament
Location: Porte Alegre, Brazil
Date: July 15, 2005
Weather: Cool, 60 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 0 3 3
URU 2 2 4
URU – Santiago Alvarez 4th minute
URU – Emiliano Alfaro (Vonder Putten) 45.
USA – Blake Wagner (Kyle Nakazawa) 49.
URU – Damian Suarez 55.
USA – Kyle Nakazawa (Jeremy Hall) 71.
URU – Emiliano Alfaro 77.
USA – David Arvizu 79.
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner (24-Diego Restrepo, 46); 3-Kevin Alston (14-Amaechi Igwe, 46), 5-Ofori Sarkodie, 7-Carlos Borja (17-Jeremy Hall, 65), 11-Ryan Soroka (2-Michael Balogun, 46); 13-Blake Wagner (19-Michael Farfan, 85), 4-Eric Lichaj, 8-Kyle Nakazawa, 15-Dan Kelly (9-Preston Zimmerman, 27), 10-David Arvizu; 6-Quavas Kirk.
URU: 1-Muaro Goicoechea; 4-Diego Arismendi, 3-Martin Diaz, 5-Alejandro Gonzales (14-Maximiliano Arias, 77), 2-Gary Kagel Macher (22-Michael Acosta, 68); 10-Gerardo Vonder Putten (21-Enzo Scorza, 70), 7-Cristian Paz, 8-Marcel Roman; 20-Santiago Alvarez, 11-Emiliano Alfaro (17-Maximiliano Flores, 85), 6-Damian Suarez.
Shots 20 18
Saves 2 6
Fouls 12 19
Corner Kicks 6 3
Offside 0 3
USA – Ryan Soroka (caution) 35th minute
USA – Michael Balogun (caution) 43.
URU – Martin Diaz (caution) 55.
URU – Damian Suarez (caution) 80.