FOUR PENALTIES IN 6-1 LOSS TO URUGUAY
• Loss ends six-match winning streak against international opponents
• Three penalties awarded in final 15 minutes
• U.S. next travels to Argentina in advance of match on Oct. 10 against Peru in San Luis
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (October 5, 2006) — Forced to play two men down, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team were handed a 6-1 defeat tonight by Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario, site of the inaugural World Cup final in 1930. The loss snaps a six-match winning streak for the United States against international opponents.
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Uruguayan referee Fernando Falce whistled the U.S. for two red cards and four penalty kicks, including three penalties in the final 15 minutes. Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Pastorini converted twice from the spot, while four different scorers completed the effort for the hosts. Team captain Jared Jeffries recorded the lone goal for the U.S., converting a free kick to keep the U.S. in the match in the first half.
“Although the end result seemed rather lopsided, we were very much in the game until the second red card,” said U.S. coach John Hackworth. “There’s nothing we can do about the penalty kicks that were called. Having said that, I was disappointed in the way the team performed. We did not execute anywhere close to our ability. We’ve played some very good soccer in recent months, and at the same time we’ve had some crazy results. Inconsistency happens at this level; the important thing is to learn from your mistakes. It’s a vital part of the process. You have to learn from your experiences no matter what.”
The U.S. began the match tentatively, and the aggressive Uruguayans immediately took advantage. Jonathan Urretavizcaya found himself unmarked on the left side when he received a 40-yard pass from across the field, and barreled in one-on-one against U.S. goalkeeper Josh Lambo. Urretavizcaya slid a low shot underneath the charging ‘keeper to give Uruguay a 1-0 advantage after only three minutes.
Continuing to press the attack, Uruguay made it 2-0 in the 16th minute when Pastorino scored from penalty spot. It was Urretavizcaya who created the opportunity, receiving a ball with his back to the goal 15 yards inside the area. Attempting to spin towards goal, he was surrounded by a trio of defenders and toppled to the ground.
The U.S. settled in around the 30-minute mark, finding a rhythm that led to the opportunity for the first goal. A string of passes found the U.S. earning a free kick 28 yards from goal, with Jared Jeffrey lining up solo over the ball. He made no mistake, sharply bending the ball over the wall and into the lower left side netting to cut the lead in half two minutes from the halftime whistle.
The U.S. appeared to have strengthened their resolve in the beginning of the second stanza, but a red card 13 minutes in changed the tone of the match. After Lambo made a series of saves to keep the U.S. in the contest, a lunging tackle by Jeffrey was adjudged to be a sending off offense by the referee and the USA were forced to alter their alignment.
The U.S. held their ground until the 75th minute, when once again Falce awarded a spot kick to Uruguay. This time there was no question, as Lambo was forced to yank down Urretavizcaya when the forward drove past him on a clear one-on-one challenge after shaking free from Sheanon Williams 25 yards from goal.
Despite the two-goal deficit, the U.S. remained in the hunt until Danny Wenzel received his walking papers in the 83rd minute for a wild two-footed challenge. The floodgates opened shortly thereafter, with Uruguay scoring three goals in the final five minutes, two of them penalties.
The team travels to Argentina on Friday, Oct. 6 in preparation for a series of matches against international opponents as well as club teams. The next match pits the U.S. against Peru on Oct. 10 in San Luis as part of a four-nation tournament that also includes Argentina and New Zealand.
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report
Match-up: Uruguay vs. USA
Date: October 5, 2006
Venue: Estadio Centenario – Montevideo, Uruguay
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Weather: Sunny, mild
1 2 F
Uruguay 2 4 6
USA 1 0 1
URU – Jonathan Urretavizcaya (Mauricio Pereira) 3rd minute
URU - Rodrigo Pastorini (pen) 16.
USA – Jared Jeffrey 42.
URU - Rodrigo Pastorini (pen) 75.
URU –Nicolas Diaz (pen) 85.
URU – Juan Miguel Gomez (Nicolas Diaz) 86.
URU – Pablo Lavandeira (pen) 90.
USA: 1-Josh Lambo; 2-Sheanon Williams (12-Jose Altimorano,75), 3-Mykell Bates, 4-Howard Turk (21-Lonnie Carter, 64), 5-Matthew Uy; 6-Danny Wenzel, 8-Jared Jeffrey (capt.), 10-Danny Barrera; 9-Ellis McLoughlin, 11-Ryan Finley (19-Brendan King, 46), 15-Greg Garza (7-Axel Levy, 46)
Subs not used: 13-Jesse Paredes, 14-Amobi Okugo, 16-Kirk Urso, 18-Zac MacMath, 22-Kofi Sarkodie
Head Coach: John Hackworth
URU: 1-Alison Perez; 2-Alvaro Marquez (13-Nicolas Cabezas, 59), 3-Martin Gonzalez, 4-Jonathan Leites
5-Marcelo Lacerda (15-Santiago Mastrangelo, 75), 6-Matias Avero, 7-Luis Martinez (16-Pablo Lavandeira, 70), 8-Mathias Guzman (capt.), 10-Mauricio Pereira (17-Nicolas Diaz, 66); 9-Rodrigo Pastorini (19-Juan Miguel Gomez, 78), 11-Jonathan Urretavizcaya (20-Santiago Silva, 82)
Subs not used:12- Darwin Nievas, 14-Diego Laurencena, 18-Mazamiliano Callorda, 21-Renzo Perez,
Head Coach: Roland Marcenaro
Shots 6 24
Saves 6 0
Corner Kicks 9 5
Fouls 23 15
Offside 2 3
USA – Howard Turk (caution) 24th minute.
USA – Jared Jeffrey (ejection) 58.
URU – Jonathan Leites (caution) 71.
URU – Santiago Mastrangelo (caution) 80.
USA – Danny Wenzel (ejection) 83.
Referee: Fernando Falce
1st Asst.: Robert Muniz
2nd Asst.: Laura Geymonat
Fourth Official: Miguel Pineiro