U-17 MNT Down Canada 2-1 in First of Two Games
BRADENTON, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2006) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Canada, 2-1, this afternoon in the first of two games between the border rivals that will be played at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.
The U.S. fell behind when Canada forward Mohamed Sylla was score from inside the penalty box, but was able to bounce back with two goals from Adbusalam Ibrahim and Evan Raynr in back-to-back minutes before halftime. The second half was dominated by the U.S., but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
The two countries will meet for the rematch on Saturday at IMG Academies.
“We played excellent soccer today as we held the ball well and defended well,” said U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth. “We had a lapse on defense when they scored, but we came right back to regain the lead which was good to see considering we played a number of young players today. Canada is always a tough team to play and we’ll be looking forward to another test on Saturday.”
Hackworth provided six players with their first-ever international start with the U-17s: Larry Jackson, Kofi Sarkodie, Nick Millington, Amobi Okugo, Scott Caldwell and Jose Altimorano.
Canada took the lead in the 25th minute when Octavio Maginnis-Catro crossed a ball into the box for Sylla. The forward took a settling touch before turning and unleashing a blast past Jackson.
The U.S. picked up the pace with five minutes left to go in the half, coming away with two goals between 90 seconds of each other. The first strike came from the foot of Abdusalam Ibrahim who collected a through ball from Kofi Sarkodie and the Ethiopian-born midfielder slipped his shot past the outstretched hands of the Canadian ‘keeper. The international goal was the first for Ibrahim and the assist was the first for Sarkodie.
After winning the ball back after Canada’s kickoff, the U.S. quickly went on the attack again and eventually won a corner kick. The ball was sent in to Okugo at the near post and he flicked it into the six-yard box where Raynr was able to direct it into the net. The goal and assist were the first points for both Raynr and Okugo.
In the second half, the U.S. dominated possession and run of play to finish with a 19-3 shot advantage, but couldn’t increase their lead.
U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Game Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Location: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date: Sept. 21, 2006
Weather: Hot, 95 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 2 0 2
CAN 1 0 1
CAN – Mohamed Sylla (Octavio Maginnis-Catro) 25th minute
USA – Adbusalam Ibrahim (Kofi Sarkodie) 40.
USA – Evan Raynr (Amobi Okugo) 41.
USA: 1-Larry Jackson (18-David Meves, 46); 2-Kofi Sarkodie, 4-Nick Millington (5-Matt Uy, 59), 6-Lonnie Carter, 14-Mykell Bates; 7-Amobi Okugo (16-Brandon Zimmerman, 69), 10-Jesse Paredes (9-Ellis McLoughlin, 75), 13-Scott Caldwell, 11-Abdusalam Ibrahim; 15-Evan Raynr (8-Ryan Gracia, 46), 17-Jose Altimorano (19-Dersu Albolfathi, 62).
CAN: 1-Julien Latendresse-Leevesque; 2-Greg Smith, 3-Colin Parenteau-Michon (16-Garret Traversky, 80), 4-Daniel Tannous, 5-Daniel Kijowski; 6-Alex Semenets (12-Marcus Johnstone, 78), 7-Kyle Porter, 8-Octavio Maginnis-Castro, 11-Dalvir Mahli (10-William Hyde, 72), 15-Devin Gunenc (13-Erick Leal, 59); 9-Mohamed Sylla.
Shots 19 3
Shots on goal 8 1
Saves 0 6
Corner Kicks 5 1
Fouls 17 9
Offside 8 2