BRADENTON, Fla. (December 1, 2005) – Josmer Altidore scored a second half goal as the U.S. Under-17 ’89 Men’s National Team drew U-18 Concorde Fire 1-1 in the opening match for all U.S. teams at the 2005 Nike Friendlies.
Concorde got on the board first, converting their only shot of the match just before the end of the 40 minute half. Defender Tyler Ruthven played a long, looping cross into the area to Adam Himeno who found space at the far post. Himeno calmly settled, and finished inside the far post as U.S. goalkeeper Brandon Bumpas came off his line.
The U.S. leveled six minutes into the second half on a great individual effort by Altidore. The striker took a ball in at the endline to the right of goal and fired a tight angled shot past the keeper and inside the far post from only steps away from the ball going over the endline.
A save and an outstanding defensive play in the same sequence kept the U.S. out of the back of the Concorde net in the 16th minute. Edgar Barajas’ shot was saved by Concorde’s Jay Tison, and the rebound went out to the top left side of the area where Peri Marosevic bent a goal-bound shot over the exposed keeper, only to see Concorde left back Thomas Storey recover to make an acrobatic goal line clearance.
The U.S. U-17 ’89 MNT plays their next game at the 2005 Nike Friendlies on Saturday, December 3 at noon ET vs. Brazil at the IMG Academy Park.
- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Game Report -
Match-up: U.S. U-17 MNT ’89 vs. Concord Fire U-18
Date: December 1, 2005
Competition: Nike Friendlies
Venue: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: Clear, Windy, 65 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
Concorde 1 0 1
CON – Himeno (Ruthven) 40th minute
USA – Altidore 43.
USA (4-4-2): 18-Brandon Bumpas; 5-Evan Rayner, 2-Greg Eckhardt, 4-Kyle Davies, 3-Anthony Wallace; 12-Dan Kelley, 6-Bryan Arguez, 7-Omar Gonzalez, 9-Peri Marosevic; 10-Josmer Altidore, 8 Edgar Barajas
Subs not used: 1-Brian Perk, 11-Victor Yanez, 13-Brandon Zimmerman
CON (4-4-2): 1-Jay Tison; 12-Tyler Ruthven, 3-Thomas Storey, 5-Mario Berustein, 18-Steven Kenny; 7-Corey Lewis, 9-Adam Himeno, 8-Joseph Coastaldo, 15-Brian Griffin (21-R.J. Russell, 71’); 10-Chase Nienken, 14-Michael Bonilla (2-Miguel da Silva, 51’)
Subs not used: 20-Matt Cranford, 4-Clint Colins
Stats Summary: USA CON
Shots 6 1
Saves 0 4
Corner Kicks 6 2
Fouls 10 9
Offsides 1 1
Referee: Dallas M
AR1: Kyle Borne
AR2: Michael Slayers
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josmer Altidore