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Three First-Half Goals Power U.S. to 5-0 Win, Youth Olympic Festival Title

SYDNEY (Jan. 19, 2009) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team took gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a dominating 5-0 victory against the hosts. Combined with a 1-1 draw against Chile in their tournament opener and an astounding 14-0 win over China U-17s, the U.S. won the four-team round robin tournament.

Needing a win to take the gold, the Americans responded to the pressure early, with three first half goals paving the way. In the 20th minute, Will Bates won the ball from a defender and finished the play with a shot that sailed high into the net. Dillon Powers received the ball with his back to goal 13 minutes later, and laid the ball off for Miles Byass. Byass hit a one-timer to the right of Australian goalkeeper Lucas Andreucci to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

Bates scored his second of the day minutes before halftime, this time pouncing on a poor clearance from the Australia defense and hit a volley that sailed into the net, giving the U.S. a 3-0 halftime lead.

Six minutes after the break, an individual effort from Jose Altamirano led to the Americans' fourth goal. He dribbled around the last Australian defender and struck the ball high into the net from just inside the penalty area. Hasani Sinclair rounded out the scoring by converting an 87th minute penalty kick.

Zac MacMath was called upon to make just two saves to earn the shutout. U.S. head coach Mike Matkovich is 2-0-1 in his international coaching career, winning the championship of his first international tournament.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Game Report

Match: U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Australia
Date: January 18, 2009
Competition: Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Venue: Valentine Sports Park; Sydney, Australia
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. (2:00 a.m. ET)
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                            3   2   5
AUS                            0   0   0

USA – Will Bates                                      20th minute
USA – Miles Byass (Dillon Powers)     33
USA – Will Bates                                      39
USA – Jose Altamirano                          52
USA – Hasani Sinclair (PK)                   87

USA: 1-Zachary MacMath; 6-Scott Prozeller, 15-Zarek Valentin, 2-Gale Agbossoumonde, 12-Kofi Sarkodie; 7-Jose Altamirano (13-Scott Caldwell, 86), 8-Dillon Powers (23-London Woodberry, 82), 5-Amobi Okugo (capt.), 4-Nicholas Millington, 11-Miles Byass (3-Chad Barson, 70); 25-Will Bates (9-Adam Jahn, 46; 14-Hasani Sinclair, 78)
Subs not used: 18-Alex Long
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich

AUS: 1-Lucas Andreucci; 4-Daniel Bowles (capt.), 5-Peter Franjic (3-Dylan De Montis, 86th), 6-Kearyn Baccus, 8-Cameron Edwards; 9-Joshua Groenawald (14-Tyler Thurtell, 86th), 10-Kliment Taseski, 11-Joshua Mcvey (7-Mitchell Bevan, 51st), 13-Steven Lustica (12-Jacob Borg, 56th); 15-Koh Satake (2-Liam Harvey, 86th), 17-James Virgili
Subs not used:
Head Coach:

Stats Summary: USA / AUS
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 2/ 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
AUS– Daniel Bowles (caution)                  23rd minute
AUS– Not Available (caution)                      49
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution)   49
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution)   69
USA - Gale Agbossoumonde (ejection)   69
AUS– Kliment Taseski (caution)                75

Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referee 1: Scott Edeling
Assistant Referee 2: Nick Backo
Fourth Official: Gary Vanderburet