U-17 MNT Go Undefeated in England with Victory Over Rovers
LIVERPOOL, England (April 22, 2006) - The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team finished their England training camp this afternoon, staying unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over the Tranmere Rovers.
In their fourth and final match during their 10-day camp in England, the U.S. got goals from Kirk Urso and Temi Molinar to finish 3-0-1. The U.S. will now travel across the Irish Sea to participate in the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.
The U.S. will kick off Group A of the Ballymena International Tournament on April 24 against Switzerland before facing Finland on April 25 and Northern Ireland on April 26. The U-17s will then play a placement match on April 28 against one of the four teams from Group B – Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic and Scotland.
The U.S. was scheduled to play Wigan Athletic, but the English Premier League club was unable play the friendly, requiring the Rovers, an English First Division club, to fill in.
The U.S. took the lead in the 26th minute on a deep free kick that snuck past everyone to find the back of the net. Urso took the 40-yard free kick along the sideline, serving it into the six-yard box where it skipped over and past everyone before bouncing over the goal line.
Molinar gave the U.S. a two-goal lead in the 46th minute with some good individual skill that eventually saw him get taken down in the box. Molinar took the penalty kick and easily converted past the Rovers' 'keeper.
Tranmere pulled one back in the 50th minute when their forward intercepted a poor pass in the U.S. backfield and beat U.S. goalkeeper Larry Jackson.
U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Tranmere Rovers
Location: Liverpool, England
Date: April 22, 2006
Weather: Cool, 65 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 1 1 2
ROV 0 1 1
USA – Kirk Urso 26th minute
USA – Temi Molinar (penalty kick) 46.
ROV – n/a 50.
USA: 24-Larry Jackson; 2-Brandon Lee, 4-TJ Nelson, 6-Brek Shea, 16-Brandon Zimmerman; 8-Danny Barerra, 15-Temi Molinar, 19-Kirk Urso (7-Danny Wenzel, 58), 21-Dersu Abolfathi; 11-Jesse Paredes, 20-Brandon Tarr.
Shots 9 5
Saves 1 4
Fouls 12 14
Corner Kicks 6 1
Offside 4 1
ROV – n/a (caution) 80th minute