BRADENTON, Fla. (March 9, 2006) - The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team drew 2-2 with the U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The U-18s got off to a stellar beginning against their younger counterparts when former U-17 midfielder Micheal Stephens found Eber Martinez inside the box and the forward finished past Josh Lambo in the 2nd minute.
The U-17s were able to bounce back, finding the equalizer when Alex Dixon scored an unassisted strike in the 36th minute.
Four minutes before halftime, the U-18s retook the lead as Stephens once again set up a teammate, this time finding Casey Townsend, who finished past Lambo.
The U-17s were outshot 13-5 during the match, but still managed to pull even once again. Brek Shea tallied past Warren Gross in the 63rd minute.
U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. U.S. Under-18 MNT
Location: Bradenton, Fla.
Date: March 9, 2006
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
1st 2nd Final
U17 1 1 2
U18 2 0 2
U18 – Eber Martinez (Michael Stephens) 2nd minute
U17 – Alex Dixon 36.
U18 – Casey Townsend (Michael Stephens) 41.
U17 – Brek Shea 63.
U17: 18-Josh Lambo (40-Larry Jackson, 46); 2-Brandon Lee (27-TJ Nelson, 58), 21-Mykell Bates, 5-Ian Kalis; 37-Brek Shea, 7-Danny Wenzel, 14-Jared Jeffrey, 35-Abdus Ibrahim (19-Kirk Urso, 74); 38-Jesse Paredes (23-Ellis McLoughlin, 63), 39-Bryan Dominguez (20-Brandon Tarr, 80), 31-Alex Dixon (32-Temi Molinar, 74)
U18: Warren Gross; Cam Lamming, Greg Eckhardt, Kyle Davies, Ryan Thomas (Jose Gonzalez, 28); Blair Gaven, Peri Marosevic, Kaoru Forbess (Corben Bone, 25), Kemo Djedovic (Edgar Barajas, 80); Michael Stephens, Eber Martinez (Casey Townsend, 26)
Shots 5 13
Saves 7 0
Fouls 7 9
Corner Kicks 5 7
Offside 3 1
U17 – Jesse Paredes (caution) 11th minute
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