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U.S. Under-20 MNT Split Squads Each Come Away With Victories Against Canada and Necaxa

* Head coach Sigi Schmid Remains Undefeated With Fourth Straight Victory Since Taking Over U-20s
* Chad Barrett Scores Lone Goal in 1-0 Victory Over Canada
* Sacha Kljestan and Jacob Peterson Notch Goals as U.S. Topples Necaxa 2-1
* Under-20s Will Two More Games on Monday, Dec. 20 Against Canada and Local All-Star Team

CARSON, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2004) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked off the first of two days of games during their 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, splitting into two teams (Grey and Blue), both of which came away with one-goal victories. The Grey team used an early goal by Chad Barrett to cruise to a 1-0 victory over the Canadian Under-20 Men's National Team in the morning, while the Blue team got goals from Sacha Kljestan and Jacob Peterson to topple a tough Necaxa team.

The players will have the day off on Sunday before playing two more games, once again facing off against Canada at 10 a.m. and then a collection of local college and professional players at 3 p.m.

Head coach Sigi Schmid stayed unbeaten, snagging his third and fourth straight victory in his second camp since taking over the team in late October. Schmid’s previous victories were against Honduras (2-0) and Mexico (2-1) during the coach’s first camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in November.

The 12 day camp, which kicked off on Dec. 12, will be crucial as Schmid prepares to whittle the 30 players invited in this camp down to 18 for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament from Jan. 12-16, which will also be at The Home Depot Center. The U.S. U-20s, who are attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship, play the second match on each day and open against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005.

“The camp has gone well so far,” said Schmid after the two matches on Saturday. “It is difficult as we are attempting to identify players this week to make a final decision on our qualifying roster as I haven’t had much time to work with, but overall I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen.”

The U.S. Grey team set the tone for the day with a solid performance against Canada. There were a limited number of chances for either squad in the first half, with each team only putting one shot on target. The U.S. was able to do better with their chance though as Barrett buried his shot in the sixth minute.

On the goal, midfielder Robbie Rogers got free inside the penalty area on the right side and dribbled to the endline before knocking the ball back for Barrett, who buried his one-timer into the upper-right corner.

Canada’s only chance of the first half was in the 24th minute when central defender Andrew Hainault flick header off a free kick went over the crossbar.

The U.S. was able to create a number of quality chances in the first twenty minutes, but couldn’t widen their lead before fatigue set in for a number of players and the game turned a bit sloppy in the final third of the half.

Two minutes after the break, UNC-Greensboro product Randi Patterson came inches from scoring from his right midfield position. Canada defender Tyler Hemming attempted to clear a cross from the right wing by Nathan Sturgis, but his header fell directly to the feet of Patterson, who took a touch to control before unleashing a blast that nicked the top of the crossbar.

Adam Cristman, who usually plays as a forward at Virginia, had the next chance for the U.S. from his central back position in the 12th minute. Pushing forward on a corner kick, Cristman crashed the penalty area and got his head to Nico Colaluca’s service, but goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was able to parry the shot over the bar.
Four minutes later, Patterson got free once again on the right side behind the defense and hit a low burner that narrowly missed the left post.

Patterson also set up his teammates for opportunities, serving in a ball from the right flank after a give-and-go with Danny Szetela, but Begovic got a piece of Barrett’s header at the back post to keep the U.S. from doubling their lead.

Second half substitute David Guzman put together the best two chances for Canada. In the 30th minute, Guzman got free on the left wing and put in a low cross for Will Johnson from 10 yards out that deflected off people before being cleared away by Sturgis. Minutes from the final whistle, Guzman got free once again and this time pulled the trigger himself, sending a 25 yard shot dipping a fraction too late as it fell behind the U.S. goal.

The Blue team followed suit in the afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Mexican first division club team Necaxa, who is training in the area during their preseason. Despite being outshot 13-5, the U.S. was able to pull out the win by capitalizing on their chances and getting a number of world class saves from goalkeeper Quentin Westberg.

The U.S. took the lead a minute from the halftime whistle as Kljestan scored on a creative pass from Peterson. Freddy Adu started the attack on the right flank, pushing the ball a bit to his left for Kljestan, who quickly knocked it forward to Peterson near the top of the box. Instead of stopping the ball, Peterson rolled the ball straight behind him with his cleats and Kljestan blew past the Necaxa defenders, burying the ball past the ‘keeper.

Necaxa found the equalizer in the 70th minute as Da Costa Fabiano got free behind the U.S. defense and placed his shot into the lower right corner past Quentin Westberg.

The U.S. bounced back five minutes later after another nice buildup by the U.S. Kljestan played a give-and-go with Charlie Davies getting the ball on the right side of the penalty area. Kljestan dribbled past one defender before crossing the ball in front of the goal. The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but it went over his head and a defender tried to head it out for danger. Peterson was there to knock it home from six feet out. 

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

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Competition: Friendly
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: Dec. 18, 2004
Weather: Warm; 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                  1st     2nd     Final
United States                            1        0          1
Canada                                      0        0          0
 USA – Chad Barrett (Robbie Rogers)        6th minute

USA – 24-Justin Hughes; 2-Ely Allen, 5-Patrick Phelan (4-Kiel McClung, 46), 6-Nathan Sturgis, 16-Marvell Wynne (11-Adam Cristman, 46); 12-Benny Fielhaber, 10-Nico Colaluca, 9-Arturo Alvarezb (capt.) (13-Randi Patterson, 46), 8-Danny Szetela, 14-Robbie Rogers; 7-Chad Barrett.

CAN – 1-Asmir Begovic; 2-Simon Kassaye, 5-Brad Peetoom (12-Myles Davis, 59), 4-Andrew Hainault (capt.), 3-Partrick Kelly (14-Tyler Hemming, 46); 7-Jaime Peters (13-David Guzman, 46), 8-Tyler Rosenlund, 6-Ryan Gyaki (14-Tristan Murray, 62), 11-Nikolas Ledgerwood (15-Murphy Wiredu, 75); 10-Will Johnson, 9-Riley O’Neill (16-Dylan Hughes, 46).

Statistical Summary:
                               USA        CAN
Shots                        9               3                                                                                                   
Shots on goal          5               2
Saves                       2               3                                               
Corner Kick             5               2                                 
Fouls                        15            13                              
Offside                      1              3                  
 - U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Necaxa
Competition: Friendly
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Date: Dec. 18, 2004
Weather: Warm; 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:
                                                  1st     2nd     Final
United States                             1        1         2
Necaxa                                       0        1          1
USA – Sacha Kljestan (Jacob Peterson)            44th minute
NEX – Da Costa Fabiano                                     70th
USA – Jacob Peterson                                          75th

USA – 1-Quentin Westberg; 2-Hunter Freeman, 3-Patrick Ianni, 4-Greg Dalby, 5-Michael Ordonez (7-Karl Schilling, 58); 8-Craig Capano (12-Charlie Davies, 46), 15-Michael Vidiera (20-Tim Ward, 46), 11-Freddy Adu, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 9-Will John; 16-Jacob Peterson.

NEX – 33-Aldo Diaz; 5-David Mendoza, 4-Israel Velazquez, 3-Miguel Acosta, 15-Joahan Rodriguez; 21-Rodeo Espinoza, 24-Daniel Hernandez (17-Da Costa Fabiano, 10), 31-Elias Dos Reis, 16-Rafael Mejias; 10-Alfredo Moreno, 9-Sandro Sotilli.

Statistical Summary:
                               USA        NEX
Shots                        5              13                                                                                                   
Shots on goal          2               6
Saves                       5               0                                               
Corner Kick             1               6                                 
Fouls                       18             16                              
Offside                     0               4