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U-17 MNT Topple U-18 MNT 2-1 in Bradenton, Fla.

BRADENTON, Fla. (March 2, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took down the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team 2-1 this afternoon in a scrimmage at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Amaechi Igwe opened the scoring for the U-17s in the 18th minute, heading home a service off a free kick from Kyle Nakazawa for the only score of the half.

In the second half, the U-17s doubled their lead when Preston Zimmerman found Quavas Kirk and the recently drafted L.A. Galaxy midfielder buried his left-footed shot .

The U-18s struck back in the 80th minute when Robbie Rogers, who's also recently spent time with the U-20s, received a ball David Rodriguez and went on a nice dribbling run before finishing past goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner.

U.S. Youth National Team Match Report

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. U-18 MNT
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 3, 2005
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
               1st    2nd    Final
U-17        1        1         2
U-18        0        1         1

U-17 - Amaechi Igwe (Kyle Nakazawa)                 18th minute
U-17 - Quavas Kirk (Preston Zimmerman)            58th
U-18 - Robbie Rogers (David Rodriguez)             79th

U-17: 1-Bryant Rueckner; 3-Kevin Alston, 5-Ofori Sarkodie, 4-Eric Lichaj, Amaechi Igwe; 33-Omar Gonzalez (12-Neven Subotic, 58), 6-Quavas Kirk, 8-Kyle Nakazawa (7-Carlos Borja, 88), 11-Ryan Soroka; 10-David Arvizu (Blake Wagner, 46), 9-Preston Zimmerman.

U-18: Stephen Sandbo; Greg Folk (Sal Zizzo, 70), Chris Schuler, Pavelid Castenada, Paul Gerstenberger (David Rodriguez, 46); Robbie Rogers, Dax McCarty, Anthony Beltran, Rodrigo Lopez; Demetri Omphroy (Eric Avila, 65), Eber Martinez (Mike Pezza, 65).

Statistical Summary:
                              U-17    U-18
Shots                       8          8 
Saves                      6          4 
Fouls                       4          5
Corner Kicks          19       8     
Offside                    6          4     

Misconduct Summary: none