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U.S. U-17 '89 MNT Defeat Gifu in PKs

GIFU, Japan (August 9, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 '89 Men's National Team defeated Gifu HS Select 5-4 in penalties this afternoon in their first match since arriving in Japan. The game was played at Nagaragawa Kyugi Medou in Gifu and ended tied 1-1 in regulation before the game was decided from the spot.

The U.S. scored first as Josmer Altidore buried a pass from Michael Stephens in the 35th minute, but Gifu was able to score the equalizer in the 51st minute as Shunsuke Sagara slipped his shot past Brandyn Bumpas.

In the shootout, the U.S. and Gifu missed their opening penalties, but then the U-17s made their next five straight attempts while Gifu missed their sixth penalty to give the U.S. the victory.

Later today, the U.S. will depart for Toyota to participate in the 6th Toyota International Youth Football Championship later this week. The U.S. is in Group B with Nagoya Grampus (J-League) and South Korea, while Group A consists of Japan, Mexico and Russia.

The U.S. will face Nagoya Grampus on Thursday, Aug. 11, before facing South Korea on Saturday, Aug. 13. Depending on how they finish in Group B, the U.S. will play a placement match against the team that finishes in the same position in Group A. The championship, third-place and fifth-place matches will be played in Toyota Stadium, the home stadium for Nagoya Grampus.

As head coach John Hackworth will be working with the U-17 ‘88s as they continue their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Championship, assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve will handle the head coaching duties for the trip. Maisonneuve is taking 18 players on the trip, a mix of players born in 1989 and 1990, seven of which are already in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program. The other 11 players are possible additions to Residency this fall semester.

U.S. Under-17 '89 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants:  U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Gifu HS Select U-16
Competition:  Friendly
Location:  Nagaragawa Kyugi Medou; Gifu, Japan
Date: Aug. 9, 2005
Weather: Humid, 95 degrees
Attendance: 1,000

Scoring Summary: 
               1st   2nd    Final
USA         1      0         1
GIF           0      1         1

USA – Josmer Altidore (Michael Stephens)  35th minute
GIF – Shunsuke Sagara     51.

Penalty Summary:
USA – Wallace (miss), McLoughlin (goal), Kalis (goal), Marosevic (goal), Altidore (goal), Eckhardt (goal)
GIF – n/a (miss), n/a (goal), n/a (goal), n/a (goal), n/a (goal), n/a (miss)

USA: 18-Brian Perk (1-Brandyn Bumpas, 36); 8-Michael Stephens, 5-Greg Eckhardt, 2-Mykell Bates (17-Kyle Davies, 36), 3-Anthony Wallace; 16-Peri Marosevic (12-Jared Jeffrey, 55), 7-Andrew Giallombardo (14-Kirk Urso, 36), 13-Cameron Brown (4-Danny Wenzel, 36), 11-Joseph Sorrentino (6-Ian Kalis, 36); 15-Josmer Altidore, 10-Edgar Barajas (9-Ellis McLoughlin, 36).

GIF: 12-Takuya Sumi (1-Syoya Koura, 36); 2-Hiroaki Nakamura (14-Taichi Matsuno, 69), 3-Hidernori Ozeki, 4-Tukasa Sugiyama, 5-Takaaki Sugiyama; 6-Koji Natsuhara (8-Masahiro Sato, 64), 7-Yuki Kato (15-Tomoya Nagano, 69), 9-Shunsuke Miyake, 13-Yuta Kitano (16-Syoya Kodera, 36); 10-Naosaki Kushida (18-Yoshichinka Kudo, 49), 11-Takeru Bito (17-Shunsuke Sagara, 49).

Statistical Summary:
                              USA     GIF
Shots                      15        7
Saves                      4         5
Fouls                      14        7
Corner Kicks          6         3
Offside                    1         2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Cameron Brown (caution)        24th minute
GIF – Shunsuke Miyake (caution)        62.
USA – Danny Wenzel (caution)            65. is the official site of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.