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U-20s Fall to Slovakia in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea (Aug. 31, 2006) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team fell to Slovakia, 1-0, this evening in their second match of the Busan Four Nations International Tournament in Busan, South Korea.

In an even affair, Slovakia came out on top when substitute Peter Matia scored less than a minute after coming on in the 87th minute. Roman Tarek played the ball over the top of the U.S. backline to a streaking Matia who collected the ball before chipping it over the onrushing Brandyn Bumpass.

After two games, the U.S. is in last place with zero points and zero goals scored. The U.S. will face Argentina in their final match on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Asiad Main Stadium. Argentina is currently in second place as the reigning world champions fell to the hosts, 2-1, on Thursday after winning their opening match against Slovakia, 2-0.

The U.S. had the better of chances in the early part of the match against Slovakia and should have taken the lead but were unlucky to hit the post twice. Overall, Slovakia had 12 shots on goal compared to 10 for the U.S.

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team match Report

USA vs. Slovakia
Competition: Busan International Youth Tournament
Location: Busan Asiad Stadium; Busan, South Korea
Date: Aug. 31, 2006
Weather: Warm, 75 degrees
Attendance: 2,500

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

SVK – Peter Matia (Roman Tarek)    87th minute

USA: 18-Brandyn Bumpas; 10-Dax McCarty, 4-Tim Ward, 2-Kyle Davies, 5-Erik Hort (11-David Arvizu, 77); 8-William Koss (6-Carlos Borja, 46), 7-Corben Bone, 3-Bryan Arguez (12-Sonny Guaderrama, 83); 9-Cameron Brown (17-Preston Zimmerman, 41), 14-Josmer Altidore, 15-Miguel Gonzalez (13-Blake Wagner, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Brian Perk, 16-Nikolas Besagno
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

SVK: 12-Marek Ivanka; 7-Matel Lendvay, 4-Roman Tarek, 6-Jan Nemcek, 2-Robert Kluciar; 14-Tomas Zapotoka (19-Milos Simoncic, 90), 15-Tomas Marcek, 11-Lukas Hnilica (13-Martin Hresko, 58), 3-Peter Maslo; 17-Tomas Majtan (18-Peter Matia, 87), 10-Jakub Petovsky (9-Pavol Hustava, 58)

Statistical Summary:
                              USA    SVK
Shots                     10       12
Shot on goal           2         5
Saves                       4         2
Corner Kicks           4       11
Fouls                      17       13
Offside                      4         4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Josmer Altidore (caution)                 20th minute
USA – Preston Zimmerman (caution)        42.
USA – Dax McCarty (caution)                        81.  

Busan Four Nations International Tournament
Team     GP    W     L     T     GF    GA    GD    Pts.
KOR        2       2      0     0      7       1      +6       6
ARG        2       1      1     0      3       2       +1      3
SVK         2       1      1     0      1       2       -1       3
USA         2      0      2     0       0       6       -6       0

Tuesday, Aug. 29
South Korea 5, USA 0
Argentina 2, Slovakia 0

Thursday, Aug, 31
USA 0, Slovakia 1
South Korea 2, Argentina 1

Saturday, Sept. 2
USA vs. Argentina
South Korea vs. Slovakia