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U-20s Fall in Opening Match of Busan Tournament

BUSAN, South Korea (Aug. 29, 2006) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team struggled with jet lag and humid conditions as they fell, 5-0, to a strong South Korean team this evening at Busan Asiad Stadium in the opening match of the Busan International U-20 Four Nations Tournament in Busan, South Korea.

The U.S. had a number of opportunities early in the match to take the lead, but was unable to convert. After the first 30 minutes, Korea began to take control as the U.S. seemed to hit a wall after having arrived in Busan less than 36 hours earlier. The Koreans scored in the 34th minute and then buried four more goals in the second half as they ran away with the game.

The U.S. will look to rebound in their next match against Slovakia on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Busan Asiad Stadium. Slovakia also lost their opening match of the tournament, falling 2-0 to Argentina.

Midfielder Skin Kwang Hoon scored the opening goal of the game with an impressive strike from inside the box. Hoon cleanly trapped a long ball in the right side of the penalty area and cut it back to his left to lose the retreating Blake Wagner before curling a perfectly placed shot past the outstretched hands of Brian Perk and into the upper left corner of the goal.

In the second half, Lee Sang Ho doubled Korea’s lead with an easy finish in the 48th minute as the USA’s defensive marking broke down leaving Ho wide open from six yards out. Lee Chung Yong brought the ball up the right side and slipped the ball between two closing U.S. defenders for Ho, who took a settling touch before blasting it past a helpless Perk.

Twenty minutes later, Ho scored his second of the night when he was darted down the middle of the pitch and was just able to beat a charging Perk to a through pass from 15 yards out, touching it into the open net. On the play, Perk and Ho collided and the U.S. goalkeeper injured his knee (bone bruise) and was replaced by Bryan Bumpass.

U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen brought on six substitutions in the second half, but the U.S. still struggled to keep up with the incredible pace of the Koreans.

Shim Young Sung scored the fourth goal of the night when he ran past Carlos Borja and was able to beat Bumpas with a deft shot over him as he tried to down for the save. The last goal came in the 82nd minute when Lee Hyung Seung pounced on a errant pass by the U.S., hitting a pulverizing volley from 25 yards out into the upper right corner.

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

Participants: USA vs. South Korea
Competition: Busan International Youth Tournament
Location: Busan Asiad Stadium; Busan, South Korea
Date: Aug. 29, 2006
Weather: Warm, 85 degrees
Attendance: 7,500

Scoring Summary:
                    1    2    F
USA            0    0    0
KOR            1    4    5

KOR – Shin Kwnag Hoon (Park Joo Ho)         34th minute
KOR – Lee Sang Ho (Lee Chung Yong)          48.
KOR – Lee Sang Ho (Lee Hyung Seung)        68.
KOR – Shim Young Sung                                    71.
KOR – Lee Hyung Seung                                    82.

USA: 1-Brian Perk (18-Brandyn Bumpas, 69); 4-Tim Ward, 2-Kyle Davies (5-Erik Hort, 46), 16-Nik Besagno (3-Bryan Arguez, 58), 13-Blake Wagner, 6-Carlos Borja, 10-Dax McCarty (7-Corben Bone, 67), 12-Sonny Guaderrama (8-William Koss, 78); 14-Josmer Altidore, 11-David Arvizu (9-Cameron Brown, 62), 17-Preston Zimmerman.
Subs not used: 15-Miguel Gonzalez
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

KOR: 1-Jo Su Huk (21-Kim Jin Hyeon, 74); 4-Park Jung Hae, 2-Choi Chul Soon (12-Kim Hyung Ho, 81), 5-Ki Sung Yong (25-Kwon Jun, 84), 11-Park Joo Ho; 22-Skin Kwang Hoon (3-Choi Jong Hoan, 81), 16-Lee Hyung Seung, 14-Lee Chung Yong, 16-Lee Hyung Seung, 6-Park Hyun Bem (7-Park Jonh Jin, 64); 10-Shim Young Sung (15-Kim Min Kyun, 74), 9-Lee Sang Ho.

Statistical Summary:
                                USA    KOR
Shots                       10        17
Shot on goal             1          7
Saves                        4           1
Corner Kicks            0          2
Fouls                       16        13
Offside                      5           1

Misconduct Summary:
KOR – Choi Chul Soon (caution)        27th minute
USA – Blake Wagner (caution)            42.
USA – Nikolas Besagno (caution)      50.
KOR – Park Jong Jin (caution)             90.

Busan International U-20 Four Nations Tournament
Team     GP    W     L     T     GF    GA    GD    Pts.
KOR        1       1      0     0      5        0      +5      3
ARG        1       1      0     0      2        0      +2      3
SVK         1       0      1     0      0        2       -2      0
USA         1      0      1      0     0        5       -5       0

Tuesday, Aug. 29
South Korea 5, USA 0
Argentina 2, Slovakia 0

Thursday, Aug, 31
USA vs. Slovakia
South Korea vs. Argentina

Saturday, Sept. 2
USA vs. Argentina
South Korea vs. Slovakia