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U.S. Youth Teams Post Disappointing 0-2-1 Record on Day Two at U.S. Soccer Festival '99 in Portland


PORTLAND, Oregon (Wednesday, August 4, 1999) - After a promising opening day that saw the three U.S. youth national teams - the Under-18 Men, Under-17 Men and Under-16 Women - impress the field of teams at the fourth annual U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival with a 2-0-1 record, neither of the three teams could earn a win on Day Two at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Portland, Oregon. The U.S. Under-17s earned a tough 1-1 draw with the USASA East Region squad, but the U.S. Under-18s were shut out 3-0 to the group favorite USASA South Region team and the Under-16 Women's team dropped a 2-1 decision to the USASA South Region team. The next round of games for the three teams will be Friday. The following are summaries of the three U.S. games.

U.S. Under-17 National Team 1, USASA East 1

In a game reminiscent of the U.S. Under-16 Women's comeback to earn a draw against the East two nights before, the U.S. Under-17 Men's Team did just when forward Jordan Cila scored a late goal in the 85th minute that tied the game at one. After letting in a goal in the 70th minute, the U-17s stormed back into an offensive mode and equalized when Cila dribbled through two East defenders in the penalty box, drew goalkeeper Rob Vartughian out and slotted the ball inside the far post from six yards out.

"This group is a tough team to beat," said U-17 head coach John Ellinger, referring to the team's international unbeaten streak of 15 games and its current 13-4-9 record in 1999. "We didn't have too many tactical mistakes, but technically, they made us turn the ball over too often. They have some very good players."

Dominating much of the game, the East finally got on the board in the 70th minute when a corner kick was gathered by Ebbie Kodiat, who bicycle-kicked the ball toward the far post, where second-half substitute Chris Villamil headed it diagonally across the goalmouth and inside the near post.

Both teams had numerous scoring chances in the first half, with the U.S. coming close to a goal in the 19th minute when a series of passes led to a bending shot by midfielder Bryan Jackson, which curved toward the goal only to clank off the far post. The U.S. had another golden opportunity in the 59th minute, when a Seth Trembly free kick to the far post was headed back across the goal and sent just over the crossbar on a mid-air volley by forward Abe Thompson.

The East had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 81st minute when a shot on an open goal was cleared off the line by defender Oguchi Onyewu.

U.S. forward Bobby Convey had to leave the game in the 66th minute with a sprained ankle.

USASA Midwest 2, U.S. Under-16 Women's National Team 1

After getting off to a relatively quick start with a goal in the 19th minute, the U.S. Under-16 Women's National Team succumbed to the USASA Midwest team on a late goal in the 85th minute that left the score 2-1.

The U.S. goal was set up by speedy midfielder Kayla Lockaby, who beat her defender on the right side and unleashed a quick cross that forward Kelly McDonald easily headed past Midwest 'keeper Katie Carson. Lockaby was the hero of Monday night's game, coming off the bench to provide the equalizer in the 86th minute versus the East.

The Midwest squad struck back in the 28th minute on a goal by midfielder Dianne Tajak, and got the game-winner from defender Vanessa Touset with five minutes to play.

The U.S. outshot the Midwest by a 15-6 margin, while registering 10 corner kicks (to their two) and suffering 22 fouls during the match.

USASA South 3, U.S. Under-18 National Team 0

Just two nights after looking impressive in a 2-0 win over the USASA West Region team, the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team was outgunned by the strong USASA South team, 3-0. The South squad, the same team that crushed Canada's Under-18 team 4-0 on Monday, was led by midfielder Nozamu Yamauchi, who scored the opening goal and assisted on the other two to earn "Man of the Match" honors.

Yamauchi opened the scoring in the 26th minute and later set up forward Scottie Estrada in the 44th minute to put the South up 2-0 at halftime.

Despite being a man up for the last 17 minutes after Matt Elliott received his second yellow card, the U-18s failed to capitalize and conceded a third goal by substitute Vincent Castillo in the 85th minute.

The next round of games will be Friday, with the U.S. Under-18s taking on the Canadian Under- 18 team and the U.S. Under-17s taking on the Oregon State Select team. The U.S. Under-16s will try to regroup against the USASA South team.

In other festival action tonight, the USASA West team downed Canada's Under-18 National Team, 2-1, and the USASA Midwest team mauled the Oregon State Select Team, 4-1. On the women's side, the West edged the East, 1-0, and the Sacramento Storm and USASA South played to a 0-0 draw.

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