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U.S. Under-20 MNT Closes Out Copa Chivas with a Win Over Santos

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Jan. 30, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team finished their campaign in group play at the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico with a 2-0 win over Santos.

After a scoreless first half, two late goals from Ahkeel Rodney and Felix Garcia lifted the U.S. to their first win of the tournament, while Zac MacMath picked up the shutout in goal.

The U.S. finished with a 1-1-3 record at Copa Chivas, earning draws against America, Tecos and Estudiantes de la Plata, and falling to Locomotiv Moscow.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Copa Chivas Schedule
Date         Opponent                           Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Jan. 26    America                                 2-2 T    Felix Garcia, Alex Nimo
Jan. 27    Tecos                                    1-1 T     Felix Garcia
Jan. 28    Locomotiv Moscow             0-1 L     --
Jan. 29    Estudiantes de la Plata      1-1 T    Alex Nimo
Jan. 30    Santos                                   2-0 W   Ahkeel Rodney, Felix Garcia

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Franklin Blaise (Miami, Fla.), Paolo DelPiccolo (Lakewood, Colo.), Nicholas Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Matthew Uy (Fairfield University), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Sheanon Williams (University of North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Pablo Punyed (Miami, Fla.),
FORWARDS (6): Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Christian Gonzales (Miami,

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Santos
Competition: Game 5 of group play, Copa Chivas ‘08
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: January 30, 2008
Weather: Hot & Sunny

Scoring Summary:
              1    2   Final
USA      0    2    2
Santos 0    0    0

USA    Ahkeel Rodney (Felix Garcia)                 61st minute
USA   Felix Garcia (Gale Agbossoumonde)    74.

USA: 24-Zac MacMath, 16-Steven Birnbaum(5-Gale Agbossoumonde, half), 10-Francklin Blaise, 15-Paolo DelPiccolo, 11-Cristian Gonzalez(7-Jorge Flores, 62), 20-Andrew Lubahn(13-Jose Altamirano, 62), 17-Nic Millington, 2-Amobi Okugo(12-Zarek Valentin, half), 14-Pablo Punyed, 8-Ahkeel Rodney(6-Sheanon Williams, 62), 21-Hasani Sinclair(3-Felix Garcia, 29)

Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo, 19-Alex Nimo, 4-Matthew Uy

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

Santos: N/A

Subs Not Used: N/A

Head Coach: N/A

Statistical Summary:

USA / Santos
Shots 9 / 16
Saves 8 / 3
Fouls 15 / 9
Corner Kicks 4 / 3
Offside 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

USA          Zarek Valentin Caution    38th minute
Santos     N/A                     Caution    41.
USA          Felix Garcia      Caution    64.