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U.S. U-18 MNT Falls to UConn 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (March 11, 2006) - The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team took an early lead when Perica Marosevic finished off a feed from Michael Stephens in the 20th minute, but two tallies before the end of the first half provided the University of Connecticut with a 2-1 victory this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The U.S. and UConn played a full 90-minute match, plus an extra 30 minutes as almost every player in the U-18 camp got on the field in their final match of the week. Despite the loss, the U-18s finished with a 2-1-1 record during their weeklong camp in Bradenton.

On March 7, the U-18s defeated the U-17 ’89 MNT, 2-0, behind goals from Casey Townsend and Eber Martinez. Two days later, the U-18s played two matches, drawing 2-2 with the U-17 ’90 MNT as Michael Stephens assisted on both goals by Townsend and Martinez, and defeating IMG U-18, 1-0, behind a goal from Edgar Barajas.  The U-18s will next get together for the Slovakia Cup 2006 in late April.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants:  U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. University of Connecticut
Competition:  Friendly
Location: Bradenton, Fla.
Date: March 11, 2006
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
Attendance: n/a

Scoring Summary:       1st    2nd     3rd     Final
USA                                   1        0         0          1  
UConn                              2        0         0          2  
** Three periods – Two 45 minutes, and one 30 minute **

USA – Perica Marosevic (Michael Stephens)     20th minute
UC – n/a                                                                     27.
UC – n/a                                                                     42.

USA:  Brandyn Bumpas (Warren Gross, 46 ;  Matt Brutto, 90); R. Thomas (Kemo Djedovic, 46 ; John Tardy, 90), K. Davies (Vincent O’Campo, 90), Colin Givens (Doug Ferner, 68), Cam Lamming (Greg Eckhardt, 24 ; Jeff Leach, 90); Jose Gonzalez (Kaoru Forbess, 73), Blair Gavin (Brian Arguez, 63), Michael Stephens (Brandon Busch, 90), Corben Bone (Edgar Barajas, 73); Eber Martinez (Casey Townsend, 46), Perica Marosevic (Wilber Bonilla, 90).

UC: n/a

Statistical Summary:
                              USA      UC
Shots                     15         6
Saves                      2          1
Fouls                      13       18
Corner Kicks         10        6
Offside                    7          2 

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