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U-18s Battle Portadown FC First Team in Warm Up for Northern Ireland Milk Cup


PORTADOWN, Northern Ireland (July 24, 2009) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team battled the first team of Portadown FC as a warm up for the upcoming Milk Cup. Despite falling 1-0, the U.S. was able to use the friendly as a good test before the prestigious tournament kicks off on Monday, July 27, when the team takes on Denmark U-18s.

The U.S. will play in the Elite Division of the competition against Denmark on July 27, and Germany on July 29, before a placement game on Friday, July 31. During the team’s last international trip to Lisbon, Portugal, they fought for a 0-0 draw against Germany, and with the European side added as a late replacement for Sudan, the U.S. are anxious for a rematch.

Included in the roster are a mix of college and youth players, with one player, Gregory Garza, who is already a professional playing at Sporting CP in Portugal.

Match: United States U-118 Men’s National Team vs. Portadown FC
Date: July 24, 2009
Competition: Northern Ireland Milk Cup (pre-tournament match)
Venue: Shamrock Park; Portadown, Northern Ireland
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. GMT (2:30 p.m. ET) 
Weather: 63 degrees, scattered showers

Scoring Summary:  1      2      F
USA                              0     0      0
Portadown FC            0     1      1

Portadown – FC 77th minute


Lineups:
USA: 24-Zachary MacMath (1-Justin Luthy, 41); 8-Kofi Sarkodie, 4-Chad Barson, 15-Zarek Valentin, 2-Paolo Del Piccolo; 13-Jose Altamirano (20-Jossimar Sanchez, 41), 16-Nicholas Millington (23-Harrrison Petts, 41), 5-Amobi Okugo (6-Scott Prozeller, 41), 7-Greg Garza (14-Miles Byass, 41); 11-Dion Acoff (19-Ryan Finley, 41), 9-Will Bates (10-Hasani Sinclair)
Subs not used:
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich

Portadown FC: David Miskelly; Keith O'Hara, Ross Redman, Darren Kelly, John Convery; Wesley Boyle, Ryan McCluskey, Richard Clarke, Gary McCutcheon; Neil Teggart, Tim Mouncey
Subs not used:
Head Coach:


Stats Summary: USA / Portadown FC
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 5 / 1

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