The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team bounced back from a 4-0 drubbing against the three-year older U-19 Irvine Strikers and was able to register a 1-0 victory on Saturday against the same team at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The U.S. was well organized on defense and creative up top as they were able to generate a number of chances on goal, but struggled to get it past goalkeeper Jason Del Valle and after the first 45 minutes of play the teams were in a scoreless tie.
The second half saw a complete new line-up for the U.S. as head coach John Ellinger inserted seven of the players he is taking a look at this week to possibly bolster the U-17 roster as he prepares for world championship qualfying next year.
In the 77th minute, David Arvizu was able to snap the tie and get the game-winner for the U.S. as he made a nifty run to get behind Irvine’s defense and Ryan Soroka put him through. He collected the ball, cut to his right and ripped a shot into the upper-right of the goal.
In the final ten minutes, Irvine had some opportunities on goal, but goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner was able to keep a clean sheet and pick up the shutout.
- U-17 '88 Men's National Team Match Report -
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. U-19 Irvine Strikers
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: June 1, 2004
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
USA 0 1 1
IVS 0 0 0
USA – David Arvizu (Ryan Soroka) 77th minute
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner, 5-Ofori Sarkodie, 2-Michael Balogun (26-Ernesto Mariscal, 46), 4-Erik Lichaj (23-Joel Smith, 46); 21-Richard Edgar (Matt Armstrong, 46), 11-Ryan Soroka (17-Danny Ortega, 46), 22-Kevin Alston (15-Jeremy Hall, 46), 0-Carlos Borja (12-Michale Dal Pra, 46), 13-Nik Besagno (Patrick Rickerds, 46); 29-Preston Zimmerman (16-David Arvizu, 46), 6-Quavas Kirk (20-Eder Robles, 46).
IVS: 14-Jason Del Valle; 3-Ianni Partrick, 2-Kevin Long (13-Douglas Franco, 31), 10-Amir Shafii; 4-Eric Ebert, 6-Taylor Canel, 9-Matthew Languis (15-Jesse Luna, 31), 17-Benny Feilhaber, 5-Ryan Oakes (16-Matt Basin, 31); 18-Jamen Amato, 7-Jonathan Bornstein.
Statistical Summary: USA IVS
Shots 7 10
Saves 4 4
Corner Kick 1 9
Fouls 12 11
Offside 3 1
USA – Carlos Borja (caution) 39th minute
IVS – Patrick Ianni (caution) 51st
IVS – Taylor Canel (caution) 76th