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U-18 MNT Draws Mexico, Will Face Georgia for Third Place at Milk Cup

COLERAINE, Northern Ireland (July 27, 2011) -- After surrendering an early lead, the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team battled back to earn a 1-1 draw against rival Mexico in the second group game at the 2011 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Jesus Ruiz put Mexico on the board in the 12th minute, but Jalen Robinson scored for the U.S. in added time of the first half.

Ulicez Perez began the scoring sequence for Mexico, taking a hard shot on a free kick about 25 yards from goal. U.S. 'keeper Cody Cropper made the initial diving save, but the rebound bounced to the corner of the box. Ruiz was in the right spot and took a high shot over Cropper and into the net.

The U.S. goal came with just seconds remaining in the first half. Victor Pineda took a corner kick from the left side. The ball floated into the center of the box and fell perfectly to Robinson, who finished a low shot from eight yards out.

The result gives the U.S. four points from its two group matches following a 2-0 win against Israel on Monday. Denmark and Northern Ireland also finished with four points, and based on the goals scored tiebreaker, those two teams will meet in the championship game on Friday evening. The U.S. will face Georgia in the third-place game.


U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Mexico
Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Competition: 2011 Milk Cup
Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds; Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Kickoff: 8:00pm (3:00pm ET)
Attendance: 700
Weather: 58 degrees, light rain

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

MEX – Jesus Ruiz                                 12 minute
USA – Jalen Robinson (Victor Pineda)    45+1

USA: 18-Cody Cropper; 6-Jordan McCrary, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 2-Bryan Gallego, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Jalen Robinson, 10-Luis Gil, 9-William Packwood; 15 Jerome Kiesewetter (12-Jose Villarreal, 68), 17-Omar Salgado, 11-Victor Pineda (Marcus Salandy-Defour, 54)
Subs not used:1- Jon Kempin 4-Boyd Okwuonu, 7-Mike Ambrose, 14- Luis Rendon, 16-Javan Torre
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich

MEX: 12-Aleberto Castro; 14-Kenyl Garcia, 3-Oscar Carmona, 13-Jose Galland, 7-Raul Gomez; 8-Emmanuel Nes (2-Carlos Gamboa, 60), 18-Manuel Ruis, 15-Carlos Luque, 10-Jesus Ruiz; 11-Ulices Perez (17-Alfonso Sanchez, 70), 16-Alejandro Espinoza (19-Guillermo Gutierrez, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Hector Treuno, 4-Bernardo de Leon, 5-Mauricio Rizo, 6-Martin Romo

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Manuel Ruiz (caution)         20 minute
MEX – Raul Gomez (caution)         24
USA – Victor Pineda (caution)       29
USA – Luis Gil (caution)                41
MEX – Kenyl Garcia (caution)         53
MEX – Alfonso Sanchez (caution)   90+1