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U-18 MNT Fall to River Plate 3-2 in Final Match of Argentina Tour

CHICAGO (May 31, 2004) - The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team took a two-goal lead after the first 45 minutes, but U-20 River Plate was able to mount a come-from-behind win, scoring three goals in the second half to take the 3-2 victory on Monday, May 31 at the River Plate training grounds.

The U.S. got off to a quick start, finding the back of the net in the 10th minute. Ely Allen was able to put home a service from midfielder Rich Costanzo to give the U.S. the early lead.

At the 29th minute, the U.S. doubled the lead when two recent U.S. Soccer Residency graduates combined on the next goal. Danny Szetela found Nathan Sturgis, who was able to beat the 'keeper with his shot and the U.S. looked to be in a good position going into halftime.

The second half was a different story though, as River Plate was able to get behind the U.S. backline and put three goals past goalkeeper Stephen Sandbo in the 50th, 62nd and 67th minute to cap off a remarkable comeback.

The match was the last for the U.S. during their Argentina tour. In earlier matches, they fell to Argentina U-18 MNT 2-1, and tied Boca Juniors U-20 1-1.


 - U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Match Report -

Participants: U-18 MNT vs. River Plate (U20)
Competition: Friendly
Location: River Plate training ground
Date: May 31, 2004
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 50s

Scoring Summary:

                                   1st    2nd   Final
United States             2       0        2
Boca Juniors              0       3        3

USA – Allen (Costanzo)                        10th minute
USA – Sturgis (Szetela)                        29th
River – n/a                                               50th
River – n/a                                               62nd
River – n/a                                               67th

USA – 18-Steve Sandbo; 3-Greg Folk; 5-Karl Schilling; 4-Jules Valentin; 2-Nathan Sturgis; 12-Mike Orozco (8-Dax McCarty, 70’); 16-Rich Costanzo (9-Rodrigo Hidalgo, 78’); 6-Drew Harrison (17-Christian Jimenez, 70’); 10-Danny Szetela; 15-Ely Allen; 13-Mike Grella

River – n/a

Statistical Summary:
                    USA   Boca
Shots             7         7
Saves            2         3
Corners         9         4
Fouls              7        9
Offside          3         5

Misconduct Summary:
Boca – n/a (caution)                          64th minute