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U.S. Under-20 MNT Advance to 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland With 2-0 Victory Over Panama

  • Adu Converts Second PK of Tournament; Peterson Adds Insurance Tally in 90th Minute
  • Schmid Moves to 6-0-0 in International Play Since Taking Over U-20s
  • U.S. Will Face Costa Rica on Sunday, June 16 With Chance to Win Group for First Time Ever

CARSON, Calif. (January 14, 2005) — The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team solidified a spot in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Panama this evening in their second match of Group A of the U-20 Final Round CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship will take place in Holland from June 10-July 2.

This is the fifth straight time the U.S. has qualified for the world championship and their tenth overall. The U.S. qualifying streak ties Mexico’s five straight (1977, ’79, ’81, ’83, ’85).
The U.S. will have the chance to win the group with a victory or tie over Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16, which would be the first time ever the U.S. Under-20s have finished in sole possession of first place in CONCACAF qualifying. The U.S. sits atop Group A with six points, with Costa Rica in second with four points, Panama with one and Trinidad & Tobago at the bottom with zero. 
After a uneventful first half, a quick Chad Barrett throw-in led to the USA’s first goal as Will John was taken down in the box and Freddy Adu put home the resulting penalty kick in the 55th minute. Continuing to put pressure on the Panama goal, the U.S. assured their trip to Holland in the 90th minute when Jacob Peterson flicked a shot over goalkeeper Jose Calderon after receiving a nice through ball from Eddie Gaven.
“We did what we set out to do, qualify for Holland,” said U.S. Under-20 head coach Sigi Schmid. “We came out a bit sluggish in the first half, but the guys responded in the second half and showed their true game. I’m extremely pleased with their performance and look forward to a tough challenge against Costa Rica on Sunday. If we win that, we win the group and that is another goal for this team. ”
The U.S. came out with less firepower in the first half against Panama compared to their five-goal output in the first 25 minutes against Trinidad & Tobago, only getting three shots at the Panama goal before the break. The quiet first half was replaced by an explosive second as the U.S. quickly began to take control of the match, peppering Panama’s goal often.
Early in the half, the U.S. found its first opportunity when a Panama defender misplayed a ball along the right sideline near the midfield stripe and Chad Barrett was able to run onto the loose ball. He dribbled toward the endline before putting in a cross that was deflected, and fell to the feet of Gaven, who hit a left-footed shot from the top of the box. Calderon made a kick save, before Raul Loo cleared out for a corner.
After three consecutive corners and a blocked attempt from captain Patrick Ianni near the right post, Barrett made a heads-up play, tossing in a quick throw-in from the left sideline for John. Streaking onto the toss, John got into the box before being whacked down by defender Jose Venegas, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Freddy Adu stepped up and buried home his fourth penalty in five international matches into the upper-right corner in the 55th minute, leaving no chance for Calderon.
In the 59th minute, it appeared the U.S. was going to have another penalty kick when Adu was tackled from behind by Roman Torres after just getting inside the box on the top-left corner, but no call was made.
A minute later, Adu was involved in another chance but was called offside. The U.S. quickly found Barrett on the right and crossed in a low ball for Adu that he finished past Calderon, but the assistant’s flag rose as Adu was just a split second behind the line when he received the ball.
It was Adu getting things started again in the 65th minute when he played in a ball from the left flank and Gaven dummied it to give John a great look just inside the top of the penalty area, but he didn’t put enough on his shot as Calderon easily made the save.
Two minutes later, Adu decided to test Calderon from deep. After taking a corner on the right that was cleared out, Adu was able to get the ball back and ripped a 30-yard shot that whizzed past the left post, missing by a few feet.
Between John’s and Adu’s attempt, Panama looked dangerous a few moments later when Armando Gun found space atop the penalty area, but the captain put his shot right in the path of Westberg.
That attempt would be Gun’s last of the match as in the 84th minute as he was given a straight red card for a dirty foul after a tough challenge near the Panama endline on Feilhaber. After sliding in from behind for a tackle and tumbling on top of Feilhaber, Gun quickly got up, stepped over him and intentionally kicked his heel into the UCLA midfielder’s back.
In the final minute, Peterson punched the USA’s ticket to Holland when Gaven found him with a through ball and he flicked the ball over the sliding Calderon. It was Peterson’s second goal in two straight games at The Home Depot Center, the first coming on a similar goal for Indiana University in the NCAA Championship against UC-Santa Barbara.
Despite being down a man, Panama came close to getting one back in extra time, but the U.S. defense was able to hold. Celse Polo pushed a ball through for Alvaro Salazar in the right side of the penalty area, but with Patrick Phelan closing in he put his shot well over the bar. Salazar had another chance a minute later, bringing the ball along the endline to the right of the goal and trying to put in a low cross, but Westberg did well to make a kick save and then collect the ball.
The backline of Ianni, Phelan, Hunter Freeman and Marvell Wynne were outstanding for the second straight game as they held Panama to just four shots on goal and eight overall and made life relatively easy for Westberg. Freeman and Wynne were also confident in the attack, sprinting up the wings and serving in well-placed crosses into the box.
In Holland, the U.S. will look to improve on its impressive fifth place finish in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, when they reached the quarterfinals before falling to Argentina in overtime. The 24-team tournament will take place at six venues in Holland with games in Doetinchem, Emmen, Enschede, Tilburg and Utrecht.
Along with the U.S. and the host, ten other teams have already booked a place at the world championship. Korea Republic, China PR, Japan and Syria are the Asia qualifiers and Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland, Italy and Germany are in from Europe.
In the first match, Costa Rica beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 with goals in each half from Franklin Chacon and Alonso Salazar. Down by two goals, T&T was able to get one back in the 85th minute when Kendall Jagdeosingh headed home from close range, but wasn’t able to find the equalizer.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants: USA vs. Panama
Competition: CONCACAF Group A Qualifying Tournament (Final Round) – Game 4
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: January 14, 2005
Weather: Cool, clear; 60 degrees

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

USA – Freddy Adu (PK)                                55th minute.
USA – Jacob Peterson (Eddie Gaven)        90.

USA: 1-Quentin Westberg; 2-Hunter Freeman, 3-Marvell Wynne, 4-Patrick Phelan, 5-Patrick Ianni (Capt.); 6-Greg Dalby, 12-Will John (10-Arturo Alvarez, 77), 15-Eddie Gaven, 8-Benny Feilhaber (16-Tim Ward, 86); 11-Freddy Adu, 9-Chad Barrett (13-Jacob Peterson, 62).
Subs not used: 7-Sacha Kljestan, 14-Charlie Davies,17-Danny Szetela, 18-Andrew Kartunen.
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid.

PAN: 1-Jose Calderon; 2-Tomas Dunn, 3-Armando Gun (Capt.), 4-Roman Torres, 5-Jose Venegas, 6-Celse Polo, 7-Reggie Arosemena (10-Miguel Castillo, 82), 9-Edwin Aguilar (8-Cristian Vega, 76), 11-David Arrue, 13-Raul Loo (17-Alvaro Salazar, 61), 16-Luis Gallardo.
Subs not used: 12-Leopoldo Perez, 14-Eduardo Ponce, 15-Hanamel Hill, 18-Ricardo Buitrago.
Head Coach: Victor Rene Mendieta.

Statistical Summary:
                                 USA    PAN
Shots                         14        8
Shots on goal            9         4
Saves                         4         7
Fouls                         14        15
Corner Kicks             6         2
Offside                       4         1

Misconduct Summary:
PAN – Raul Loo (caution)                  16th minute.
USA – Greg Dalby (caution)              30.
USA – Marvell Wynne (caution)         48.
PAN – Celse Polo (caution)              48.
PAN – Jose Venegas (caution)        55.
USA – Hunter Freeman (caution)     58.
PAN – Tomas Dunn (caution)           83.
PAN – Armando Gun (ejection)        84.

Referee: Ruben Castellanos (GUA)
1st Assistant: Ludwin Yat Ponce (GUA)
2nd Assistant: Simon Fearn (CAN)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)

Chevrolet Man of the Match: Marvell Wynne

2005 Final Round CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament

Team    GP    W    L     T    GF    GA     GD    Pts.
USA       2      2     0     0      8        1      +7       6
CRC      2      1      0    1      3        2       +1      4
PAN      2       0     1     1      1       3        -2       1
TRI         2      0      2     0      2       8        -6       0

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Costa Rica 1, Panama 1
USA 6, Trinidad & Tobago 1

Friday, Jan. 14
Costa Rica 2, Trinidad & Tobago 1
USA 2, Panama 0

Sunday, Jan. 16                                   Kickoff (PT)
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago        12 p.m.
USA vs. Costa Rica                            2:30 p.m.

Player                                    Goals
Eddie Gaven (USA)             3
Freddy Adu (USA)               2
Franklin Chacon (CRC)      1
Jose Luis Cordero (CRC)   1
Kevin Crooks (TRI)              1
Armando Gun (PAN)           1
Kendall Jagdeosingh (TRI)  1
Will John (USA)                    1
Jacob Peterson (USA)        1
Alonso Salazar (CRC)        1
Own Goal (Radhanfah Abu Bakr – TRI)    1

CRC: Greivin Arce (Y, R*), Mauricio Mora (Y), Cesar Carillo (Y), Alonso Salazar (Y)
PAN: Reggie Arosemena (Y), Luis Gallardo (Y), Raul Loo (Y), 6-Celse Polo (Y), Jose Venegas (Y), Tomas Dunn (Y), Armando Gun (R**)
TRI: Radhanfah Abu Bakr (Y), Keon Daniel (Y, Y**), Makan Hislop (Y), Kendall Jagdeosingh (Y, Y**), Karlon Murray
USA: Sacha Kljestan (Y), Greg Dalby (Y), 3-Marvell Wynne (Y), Hunter Freeman (Y)

 * suspended for the Jan. 14 CRC vs. TRI match
** suspended for the Jan. 16 PAN vs. TRI match