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Schmid Now 6-0 Since Taking Over U.S. Under-20 MNT as Split Squads Snag Two More Victories at HDC

* Head Coach Sigi Schmid Remains Undefeated With Fifth and Sixth Straight Victory
* Jacob Peterson Scores Winning Goal For 1-0 Victory Against Canada
* Randi Patterson Notches Goal and Two Assists in 4-1 Victory over California All-Stars
* Under-20s Conduct Two More Days of Training Before Heading Home

CARSON, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2004) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team won their final two games during their final training camp of 2004 at The Home Depot Center on Monday, splitting into two teams (Grey and Blue) and coming away with a 1-0 victory over Canada and a 4-1 victory over a California All-Star team. The victory was head coach Sigi Schmid’s sixth straight as he stays unbeaten since taking over the U-20 MNT in late October.

Jacob Peterson had the winning goal against Canada off a free kick from Hunter Freeman for the Grey team in the morning match. In the afternoon, Charlie Davies and Randi Patterson led the way for the Blue team, combining for three goals and two assists against the California All-Stars, a mix of local college or former college players.

The 12-day camp will end on Thursday, as he players will all fly home for the holidays. Over the next two days, Schmid will hold training sessions as he determines his final roster (including alternates) that he’ll bring in early January when the U.S. gets back together for training before the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament from Jan. 12-16, which will also be at The Home Depot Center.

The U.S. U-20s, who are attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship, play the second match on each day and open against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005.

“I think we’ve progressed somewhat from the beginning of this camp and I was happy with the games today,” said Schmid after the two matches on Saturday. “We had moments in the game where I thought the movement of the ball was very good. It’s going to get better and as I’ve told the team we’re undefeated in all the games we’ve played and our best soccer is still ahead of us. That’s a good sign.”

The U.S. Grey team was the dominant side against Canada, holding possession for the majority of the match and clamping down on defense to hold their northern neighbors to only six shots on goal total. U.S. goalkeeper Quentin Westberg was never really tested by Canada, only needing to come up with one save on the night.

The fantastic defensive effort was lead by central backs Patrick Ianni and Patrick Phelan. Ianni was solid in the air and on tackles winning the majority of the long balls played in from midfield, while Phelan was able to put the U.S. on the attack quickly with a number of precise long balls out of the back to his outside midfielders and forwards.

The U.S. got the winning goal in the 22nd minute on a free kick won when Freddy Adu was tripped up deep on the right sideline. Defender Hunter Freeman curled in a cross to the huddled penalty area where Phelan let the ball pass him by and Jacobsen was bury it first-time into the right side of the net.

Second half substitutes Danny Szetela and Chad Barrett almost doubled the lead for the U.S. just four minutes after the break. Barrett got free on the left side of the goal, beating a defender along the endline before dropping the ball back for Szetela. With the ‘keeper out of position, Szetela put his shot on the open net, but defender Andrew Hainault was there to clear it off the line.

During the rest of the half, Szetela, Barrett and Greg Dalby all unleashed shots, but none were able to find the back of the net. Barrett’s attempt in the 73rd minute was the most dangerous as he beat Hainault to a long ball and went free in on goal, but his breakaway attempt went wide left.

The Blue team easily took care of the California All-Star team, which was comprised of a number of local players from the area.

Patterson, playing upfront with Davies, was the most impressive player in the match, as he was involved in all three goals. The UNC-Greensboro standout drew the foul that led to a penalty kick early, before assisting on both of Davies’ goals and knocking one home himself.

“Randi is doing well,” said Schmid. “It’s the first time in for him, so he gets more comfortable each time he gets out there. I think he showed some good things, which were positives for us.”

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead when Szetela stole the ball in midfield and quickly pushed the ball ahead to Patterson, knifing his way into the penalty area. Patterson moved in on goal, but was brought down from behind and the referee pointed to the spot. Capano calmly placed the ball into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

In the 16th minute, Patterson stepped in front of a poor pass out of the California back and found Davies cutting in on goal to his right. Davies took a few touches before slipping the ball past the ‘keeper into the lower-left corner of the goal.

A minute later, California was able to strike back as their two forwards combined for the goal, as a nice dribbling run in the box drew out Andrew Kartunen and he couldn’t get to the pass across the middle for the wide-open finish.

Patterson kept up his pressure in the second half, ripping a shot that just missed in the 52nd minute. He got loose in midfield and dribbled to his left along the 18-yard box looking for some room to shoot before unleashing a bullet that nicked the top of the crossbar.

Eight minutes later, Patterson broke free down the right side and put in a cross for Davies, who was crashing into the six-yard box at the back post. Davies was just able to get a touch to it and direct it inside the left post.

Patterson then finished off the scoring with his own strike in the 80th minute. After a good combination play between Robbie Rogers and Szetela, Rogers lifted the ball over the backline for a streaking Arturo Alvarez toward the endline. Alvarez was able to run it down and flicked the ball over the ‘keeper to Patterson at the back post for the easy finish.

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

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Competition: Friendly
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: Dec. 20, 2004
Weather: Warm; 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                  1st     2nd     Final
United States                            1        0          0
Canada                                      0        0          0
 USA – Jacob Peterson (Hunter Freeman)          22nd minute

USA – 1-Quentin Westberg; 9-Hunter Freeman, 5-Patrick Phelan, 5-Patrick Ianni, 6-Nathan Sturgis (3-Marvell Wynee, 46); 12-Benny Fielhaber, 4-Greg Dalby, 12-Will John, 16-Sacha Kljestan (10-Danny Szetela, 46); 11-Freddy Adu (7-Chad Barrett, 46), 15-Jacob Peterson (20-Robbie Rogers, 46).
CAN – 1-Joshua Wagenaar; 2-Simon Kassaye, 5-David Edgar, 4-Andrew Hainault (capt.), 3-Nikolas Ledgerwood; 7-Jaime Peters (15-Will Johnson, 71), 8-Tyler Rosenlund, 6-Ryan Gyaki 9-Jeremy Shepherd (13-David Guzman, 46); 10-Franco Lalli (16-Riley O’Neill, 53), 11-Dylan Hughes (16-Murphy Wiredu, 46).

Statistical Summary:
                               USA        CAN
Shots                       12             6                                                                                                    
Shots on goal          4              1
Saves                       1             2                                                
Corner Kick             5              2                                 
Fouls                       11            10                            
Offside                     0              1                    
 - U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. California All-Stars
Competition: Friendly
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: Dec. 20, 2004
Weather: Warm; 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                 1st     2nd     Final
United States                            2        2          4
California All-Stars                   1        0          1
USA – Craig Capano (penalty kick)     3rd minute
USA – Charlie Davies (Randi Patterson)    16th
CAS – n/a                                                        17th
USA – Charlie Davies (Randi Patterson)    60th
USA – Randi Patterson (Arturo Alvarez)    80th

USA – 24-Justin Hughes (18-Andrew Kartunen, 46); 12-Tim Ward, Kiel McClung (6-Karl Schilling, 46), 3-Adam Cristman (2-Ely Allen, 46), 5-Micheal Ordonez; 10-Danny Szetela (20-Robbie Rogers, 46), 15-Mike Vidiera, Craig Capano, Arturo Alvarez; Randi Patterson, Charlie Davies.

CAS – n/a

Statistical Summary:
                               USA        CAS
Shots                       11             9                                                                                                                  
Shots on goal          6              5
Saves                       4              2                                                                  
Corner Kick             4              2                                               
Fouls                       11             7                                        
Offside                     2              4