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U-17 MNT Draw With Turkey in Final Match of FA Tournament


STAINES TOWN, England (Sept. 3, 2006) - The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team finished the FA Under-17 Friendly International Tournament with a 2-2 draw against Turkey at Staines Town FC in Staines Town, England. The U.S. came from behind twice in the match, getting goals from Sheanon Williams and Howard Turk.

With the draw, the U.S. finished the four-team tournament in third place behind England and Turkey. The U.S. went 0-1-2, drawing Portugal in their first game and falling to the hosts. England won the tournament with a 2-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents 12-2.

The U.S. will travel straight to Portland, Ore., where they will take part in the Nike National Team Friendlies with Brazil, Portugal and Mexico. The four-team event will take place with two games a day on Sept. 7, 8 and 10.

Turkey took the lead in the 26th minute when Eren Bayrak settled Umut Sozen cross from the right flank and buried his shot into the right corner.

Seven minutes after the break, the U.S. found the first of two equalizers when Williams converted a bicycle kick in traffic, driving it into the upper left corner. The ball was crossed into the penalty area and was knocked around in the air until Williams pulled off the dramatic shot.

Turkey regained the lead in the 64th minute when Sozen got free down the right flank and passed the ball to Batuhan Karadeniz for the easy finish past goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Four minutes later, the U.S. pulled even for good when Turk headed home a Danny Barerra corner.

U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Competition:     FA Under-17 Friendly International Tournament
Location:    Staines Town FC; Staines Town, England
Date:    Sept. 3, 2006
Weather:    Cloudy, 68 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
              1st    2nd    Final
USA        0        2         2
TUR        1        1         2
    
TUR – Eren Bayrak (Umut Sozen)                26th minute
USA – Sheanon Williams                               47.
TUR – Batuhan Karadeniz (Umut Sozen)    64.
USA – Howard Turk (Danny Barerra)           68.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Zac MacMath; 2-Sheanon Williams, 4-Howard Turk, 5-Matt Uy, 14-Mykell Bates; 8-Jared Jeffrey, 11-Brendan King (7-Axel Levry, 41), 12-Ryan Gracia (6-Daniel Wenzel, 61), 15-Greg Garza (13-Danny Barerra, 57); 9-Ellis McLoughlin, 17-Ryan Finley
Subs not used: 1-Josh Lambo, 3-Brandon Lee, 10-Bryan Dominguez, 16-Brandon Zimmerman

TUR: 1-Ersel Cetinkaya (12-Erdem Kose, 41); 2-Semih Kaya (17-Kadir Erciyes, 41), 13-Emrah Yollu, 4-Taner Taktak, 5-Savas Yilmaz; 6-Gokhan Ozturk, 8-Sercan Yildrim, 10-Omut Sozen, 18-Eren Bayrak (3-Murat Akca, 71); 11-Batuhan Karadeniz, 9-Umut Sozen.

Statistical Summary:
                                USA    TUR
Shots                       18       20
Shots on goal           4       12
Saves                         8         2
Corner Kicks             5         2
Fouls                          9       11
Offside                       2          3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jared Jeffrey (caution)          58th minute
TUR – Gokhan Ozturk (caution)      66.

FA Under-17 Friendly International Tournament
RESULTS / STANDINGS
Team     GP    W     L     T     GF    GA    GD    Pts.
ENG        3       2      0      1     12     2    +10     7
TUR        3       1      0      2     6       5       +1       5
USA         3       0      1     2     3        9       -6       2
POR        3       0      1      2     2       7       -5       1

Wednesday, Aug. 30
USA 1, Portugal 1
England 2,  Turkey 2

Friday, Sept. 1
USA 0, England 6
Portugal 1, Turkey 2

Sunday, Sept. 3
USA 2, Turkey 2
England 4, Portugal 0

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