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U.S. Under-20s Fall, 2-0, to Rising African Power Burkina Faso

WOUDENBERG, Netherlands (Thursday, May 23, 2002) - The U.S Under-20 Men's National Team lost 2-0 to Burkina Faso at the Sportspark de Grift on Wednesday in Woudenberg, Netherlands. The result was the USA's first loss of the year in an international match and topped off a trip to the Netherlands that saw the U.S. win one, lose three and draw three matches. Prior to traveling to Woudenberg to face Burkina Faso, the U.S. finished in 11th place at the Groningen International Tournament in Groningen, Holland.

The back-and-forth affair between the U.S. and Burkina Faso broke open with a goal three minutes from the end of the first half. Burkina Faso, who outshot the U.S. 8-5, secured the win with a Compaore penalty kick in the 73rd minute.  U.S. goalkeepers Steve Cronin and Ford Williams each played one half and combined to make three saves.

Four U.S. players earned their first Under-20 cap in the match.  The U.S. team was without three of their offensive stars, as MLS standouts Eddie Johnson, Bobby Convey and Santino Quaranta did not travel with the team to Europe.

The Under-20s are scheduled to regroup in mid-June for a training camp in Southern California.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Burkina Faso
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue: Sportspark de Grift (Woudenberg, Netherlands)
Date: May 22, 2002
Weather: Low 50s (cloudy)
Attendance: 36,778

Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
United States 0 - 0 - 0
Burkina Faso 1 - 1 - 2

BFA - Diallo, 42.
BFA - Compaore (pk), 73.

 1-Steve Cronin (18-Ford Williams, 46); 15-C.J. Klaas (8-David Chun, 64), 22-Aaron Shepherd, 3-Ryan Cochrane, 14-Jordan Harvey (5-John Hartman, 68), 16-Miguel Saavedra, 2-Jordan Stone (13-Ned Grabavoy, 59), 12-Ricardo Clark, 20-Mike Ambersley, 9-Devin Barclay, 10-Dimi Colon (6-Mike Magee, 59).

BFA - 1-Diakite;  5-Dabre, 20-Guattara, 12-Tassembedo, 6-Pafadnam; 2-Saybou Diallo, 14 Bamba, 4-Guedraogo (18-Kabore, 46), 9- Compaore (11-Bationo, 75); 17-Guedraogo, 21-Minoungou.

Statistical Summary: USA - BFA
Shots: 5 - 8
Saves: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Fouls: 12 - 18
Offside: 7 - 1

Misconduct Summary:
BFA – Guattara (caution), 29.
USA – Harvey (caution), 67.
USA – Chun (caution), 71.