USA Captures Group A with 1-0 Win Over Uruguay; Will Battle Mexico in Quarterfinals on Friday Night
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Tuesday, November 16, 1999) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team stunned Uruguay with a dominating performance and a 90th minute game-winner off the head of Oguchi Onyewu to defeat the perennial youth powerhouse 1-0 and claim first place in Group A. The U.S. will now face Mexico in the quarterfinals on Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET live on the DISH Network (800-333-DISH).
In extending their record unbeaten streak to an amazing 23 games, the U.S. dominated play, especially in the second half. In the 51st minute forward Jordan Cila carried the ball across the top of the penalty area and hit a shot back across the goal that just skated wide of the right post. The U.S. continued to attack the Uruguyan goal with one of the prettiest exchanges of the tournament resulting in a near miss by Cila from 12 yards in the 62nd minute.
Cila began the play attacking the Uruguyan third and playing a ball to Donovan, who flicked a ball to the edge of the area to Kyle Beckerman, who one-timed a ball back out to an on-rushing Cila who missed with only the goalkeeper to beat.
In the 75th minute, Donovan continued his impressive play with a rocket free-kick from 28 yards that thundered off the underside of the crossbar and ricochet squarely off the goalkeepers back and out for a corner kick. An amazing strike by the 17-year-old star, but not enough to break the scoreless deadlock.
It wasn't until the 90th minute that the U.S. was able to get on the board, with DaMarcus Beasley swinging a perfect corner kick into the box for Onyewu to outleap everyone and nod home.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team actually qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament prior to kickoff after New Zealand shocked Poland with a 2-1 victory in Group A action.
The U.S. wins the group with a 2-0-1 record and seven points, ahead of Uruguay with a 1-1-1 mark and four points. DaMarcus Beasley was named Man of the Match, but the only sour note came when defender Alexander Yi received a late yellow card and will now be forced to miss the quarterfinal encounter with Mexico.
USA LINE-UP: 1-D.J. Countess, 4-Nelson Akwari, 14-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Alexander Yi, 17-Seth Trembly, 7-Kenneth Cutler (captain), 3-DaMarcus Beasley, 15-Kyle Beckerman (11-Bobby Convey, 73), 8-Bryan Jackson, 10-Landon Donovan, 16-Jordan Cila (13-Abe Thompson, 59).
URUGUAY LINE-UP: 1-Martin Silva, 2-William Martinez, 3-Alvaro Meneses, 5-Carlos Jacques, 6-Miguel Latolla, 8-Javier Garcia, 9-Mario Leguizamon, 10-Ruben Olivera, 11-Horacio Peralta (captain) (16-Pablo Munoz, 49), 13-Gonzalo Nobegil, 14-Washington Alonso.