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U.S. Under-20 MNT Downs Madiera Select 1-0, Finishes Tournament in Second Place

FUNCHAL, PORTUGAL (March 7, 2003) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used a goal from midfielder Mike Magee in the 87th minute to edge Madeira Select 1-0 today at Estadio Dos Barreiros and finish the 7th Annual Madeira International Tournament with an undefeated 2-0-1 record. 
The team's seven points were good for second place, as Portgual edged the U.S. on goal differential (+5 to +4) after defeating Norway 3-0 in the day's second match. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Portugal on Tuesday, before blanking Norway 2-0 on Wednesday. 
This is the second consecutive year that the U.S. has finished second in Madeira, as the Under-23 Men's National Team posted almost identical results in 2002, including a 2-0-1 record and a 1-1 draw with the host nation. 
Magee's goal, his second of the tournament, came on a very similar play to the one that led to the Arturo Alvarez goal against Norway, with forward Ed Johnson serving a long, looping ball from midfield. The Chicago Fire rookie collected the ball just outside the penalty area on the left side, outran a defender and spanked a shot to the far post past Madeira goalkeeper and second-half substitute Adriano Costa for the game winner with just three minutes remaining in regulation. 
Similarly, Portugal needed a goal in the 90th minute to defeat the all-star team from Madeira Island, the site of the tournament, when they met on Wednesday. 
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was using the Madeira International Tournament as final preparation for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, which was set to take place from March 25-April 16 in the United Arab Emirates but has now been postponed indefinitely. 
The U.S. was set to open against Paraguay on March 27, then face Germany on March 30 and conclude group play on April 2 against Korea, with all three of their first round games at Abu Dhabi’s Al-Nahyam Stadium, but now will await word on when the tournament might be rescheduled. 
The U.S. remains one of only five teams to qualify for the last four World Youth Championships, and one of only two teams (Brazil is the other) to finish in the top 15 in each of the last four. 
Below are the final standings, final results and today's official game report.


Final Standings
Team        GP    W    L    T     GF   GA    GD    Pts
Portugal     3       2     0     1      5      1       +4      7
USA           3       2     0     1      4      1      +3      7
Madeira     3       0     2     1      1      3       -2       1
Norway       3       0     2     1      1      6       -5       1

Final Results
March 4, 2003
USA 1, Portugal 1
Norway 1, Madeira Select 1

March 5, 2003
USA 2, Norway 0
Portugal 1, Madeira Select 0

March 7, 2003
USA 1, Madeira Select 0
Portugal 3, Norway 0

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

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 MNT vs. Madeira Select
Competition:  Madeira International Tournament
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros – Funchal, Portugal
Date: March 7, 2003
Weather: 75 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:
                      1       2       F
USA                0       1       1
Madeira           0       0       0

USA – Magee (E. Johnson)  87th minute.

USA: 1-Steve Cronin; 14-Frank Simek, 4-Chad Marshall, 5-Ryan Cochrane (7-Arturo Alvarez, 57), 8-C.J. Klaas (20-Drew Moor, Half); 3-Justin Mapp, 11-Ricardo Clark (19-Ned Grabavoy, 73), 10-Bobby Convey (capt.), 13-Devin Barclay (21-Justin Moose, 61), 9-Mike Magee, 17-Knox Cameron (15-David Johnson, 46).
Subs not used: 2-Jordan Harvey, 6-Jordan Stone, 16-Heath Pearce, 18-Ford Williams.

MAD: 1-Rafael Felix (12-Adriano Costa, 46); 3-Helder Moreira, 4-Ruben Rodrigues, 14-Jeronimo Pestana, 6-Joao Filipe Agrela; 7-Nivaldo Silva, 8-Vitor Teixeira, 15-Carlos Manuel Silva (11-Jose R. Quaresma, 69), 17-Miguel Patricio; 9-Nuno Viveiros, 20-Jose Sidonio.
Subs not used: 2-Helder Gouvela, 5-Pita Ferraz, 10-Paulo D. Paulinho, 13-Joao Dinarte, 16-Ricardo Jorge, 18-Nelson Pereira, 19-Marco Freitas.

Statistical Summary:
                       USA    MAD
Shots                   8    /     5
Saves                  2    /     5
Corner Kicks       3    /     0
Fouls                   15   /    13
Offside                1     /    1

Misconduct Summary:
MAD – Miguel Patricio (caution)        63rd minute.
USA – Ed Johnson (caution)               69.
MAD – Nuno Viveiros (caution)         69.
MAD – Jose Quaresma (caution)        75.
MAD – Joao Felipe Agrela (caution)   85.

Referee: Brage Sandmoen
Assistant: Joao Sousa
Assistant: Sergio Serrao
4th Official: Elmano Santos