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U.S. Under-20s Top Canada, 1-0, Rongen Earns First International Win

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Thursday, January 10, 2002) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continued to ride a rock-solid defense and the scorching play of Mike Magee, topping Canada 1-0 in Thomas Rongen’s first international match as the coach of the U.S. Under-20. The match was also the first international for the newest group of Under-20s and ends the team’s first training camp, which saw them post four consecutive shutout wins.

The U.S. got the only goal of the game in the 3rd minute when Mike Magee received a Ned Grabavoy pass near the penalty spot, and Magee’s shot beat Canadian ‘keeper Simon Rayner.  The goal was Magee’s fifth in his first four Under-20 games.

U.S. goalkeeper Steve Cronin made his only save of the game in the 65th minute, after Canadian striker Gordon Chin was brought down in the penalty area. Chin stepped up to the penalty spot and sidefooted his shot to Cronin’s right, but the former Under-17 and Under-18 MNT ‘keeper produced a great save to preserve the shutout.  Cronin and Adam Schuerman, who replaced Cronin in the 90th minute, have not allowed a goal in 2002.

Twenty-one players played for the U.S. in the win, and each earned his first Under-20 cap.

The U.S. Under-20s won all three games in their first training camp of the year.  Using four goals from Magee, the U.S. topped three Regional teams earlier in the week.  Mike Ambersley added two goals and Dallas Burn striker Ed Johnson also scored his first Under-20 goal.

The U.S. Under-20s will regroup in late February for a foreign tournament.  Details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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

Participants: U.S. Under-20 Men?s National Team vs. Canada
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue: ARCO Olympic Training Center (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Date: January 9, 2002; 3 pm PT
Weather: Cloudy, cool

Scoring Summary: 1st - 2nd - Final
USA                      1  -  0  -  1
Canada                 0  -  0  -  0

USA - Mike Magee (Ned Grabavoy), 3.
USA - 1-Steve Cronin (18-Adam Schuerman, 90); 5-John Hartman (6-Jordan Harvey, 62), 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Ryan Cochrane, 9-C.J. Klaas (2-Kirk Dinnal, 46)(8-David Chun, 88); 12-Ricardo Clark, 15-Jordan Stone (14-Miguel Saavedra, 46)(23-Clint Dempsey, 88), 19-Ned Grabavoy, 22-Mike Magee (13-Mike Enfield, 62); 16-Eddie Johnson (17-Brett Wiesner, 62)(10-Craig Capano, 88), 20-Mike Ambersley (11-Justin Mapp, 76).

CAN - Simon Rayner, Devin Matthews, Bode Akingbohungbe (Peters Eustache, 80), Andres Arango, Atiba Hutchinson, Sita-Taty Matondo (Frank Bruno, 80); Jason Di Tullio, Josh Simpson, Gordon Chin, Nicola Perugini, Chris Lemire (Paul-Anthony Perez, 85).

Statistical Summary:  USA - CAN
Shots                                  5 -  2
Saves                                 1 -  2
Corner Kicks                     4 -  4
Fouls                                14 - 10
Offside                               1 -  1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Ryan Cochrane (caution)  54.
CAN - Jason Di Tullio  (caution)  55.
USA - Ed Johnson (caution)  58.
CAN - Gordon Chin (caution)   65.
CAN - Brett Wiesner (caution)  65.
CAN - Jason Di Tullio (caution)  68.
CAN - Jason Di Tullio (ejection)  68.
CAN - Bode Akingbohungbe (caution) 72.
USA - Justin Mapp (caution)   78.

Referee: Ryan Keck
Assistant Referees:  Arnold Baldeaux, Kia Dehpaneh