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U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Falls to Australia in Rosario, Argentina


The U-20 Men’s National Team wrapped up its final training camp before the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a second-place finish at the Copa Cuidad de Rosario in Argentina. With a 3-1 loss to close out the round-robin tournament, Thomas Rongen’s side finished in second place behind local club CA Tiro Federal and ahead of third-place Australia and fourth-place finisher Uruguay.

The U.S. returned to the United States with a 1-1-1 record in the four-team tournament after a win against Tiro Federal and a draw with Uruguay, which led to a shootout win for the Americans.

The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group C of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will match up against Germany on Sept. 26, Cameroon on Sept. 29 and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 in the first round. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.

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

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Australia U-20 MNT
Competition: Copa Ciudad de Rosario
Location: Rosario, Argentina
Date: July 29, 2009
Weather: Cold

Scoring Summary:     1        2          F
USA                                1        0          1
AUS                                0        3          3

USA - Fuad brahim (Tony Taylor)    28th minute
AUS - Naidovski                                  86
AUS - Cernak                                      90
AUS - Mooy                                          93 


Lineups:
USA: 18-Josh Lambo; 4-Sheanon Williams, 2-Gale Agbossoumonde, 6-Ike Opara, 3-Anthony Wallace; 11-Jorge Flores (10-Dilly Duka, 81), 7-Cesar Zamora, 5-Gerson Mayen (19-Dillon Powers, 76), 8-Michael Stephens; 9-Fuad Ibrahim, 12-Tony Taylor (14-Sam Garza, 46)
Subs Not Used: 24-Brian Perk
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

Australia: 1-Andrew Redmayne; 17-Nikola Stanojevic, 3-Luke Devere, 4-Matthew Jurman, 2-Peter Cvetanovski; 7-Tahj Minniecon(16-Isaka Cernak, 66), 6-Sam Munro, 8-Aaron Mooy, 12-Mathan Elasi(13-Chris Payne, 66); 11-Kofi Danning(20-Rocco Visconte, 66), 9-Jason Hoffman(14-Jason Naidovski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 5-Antony Golec, 10-Mitch Nichols, 15-Nikolas Tsattaligs, 18-Alex Cisak, 19-Osama Malik
Head Coach: Jan Versleijen

Statistical SummaryUSA / AUS
Shots: 10 / 9
Saves: 4 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 12
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1


Misconduct Summary:
USA - Michael Stephens (caution)     28th minute
USA - Gerson Mayen (caution)           32
AUS - Munro (caution)                          79
USA - Sheanon Williams (caution)    86

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