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U.S. Under-20 MNT Drops Opening Game of Campos Verde International in Portugal

BEJA, Portugal (April 15, 2008) --The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team lost its opening game of the Campos Verde International Tournament to the Cape Verde Islands by a final score of 3-1. Brek Shea scored the lone goal for the U.S. in the 77th minute, but Cape Verde's lead was unsurmountable.

Heldon Ramos opened the game's scoring in the seventh minute, finding the end of a long ball in the box and taking two touches before blasting a shot into the far upper corner of the goal.

In the second half, Valter Borges doubled Cape Verde's lead. He got on the end of a free kick inside the box, and flicked the header just enough to redirect the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Zac MacMath and into the far side netting. In the 73rd, a loose ball in the U.S. box led to a Fredson Rodrigues goal that put the underdogs on top 3-0.

Four minutes later, the U.S. finally broke through. A long ball from Abdus Ibrahim was run onto by Shea, and the FC Dallas rookie blasted the half-volley into the net from the corner of the penalty area. That was as close as the Americans would come, finishing with a 3-1 loss.

The U.S. will next face Northern Ireland on Wednesday, April 16, in the second game of the Campos Verdes Tournament before rounding out their trip with a match against Italy on Friday, April 18.

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

Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Cape Verde U-20 MNT
Competition: Campos Verde International Tournament
Location: Beja, Portugal
Date: April 15, 2008
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
           1   2   Final
USA   0   1     1
CPV   2   2     3

CPV      Heldon Ramos                              7th minute
CPV      Valter Borges                                  59.
CPV      Fredson Rodrigues                       73.
USA      Brek Shea  (Abdus Ibrahim)         77.

USA: 18-Zac MacMath, 19-Gerson Mayen, 15-Daniel Wenzel, 17-Tommy Meyer, 6-Brek Shea, 7-Abdusalam Ibrahim, 3-Anthony Wallace(C), 20-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Jorge Flores, 8-Alex Nimo, 13-Ellis McLoughlin

Subs Not Used: 1-Bill Hamid, Victor Cortez, 4-Gale Agbosmounde, 5-Alfredo Morales, 9-Peri Marosevic, 11-Vincenzo Bernardo, 14-Andrew Wenger, 16-Brendan King, 21-Mikkel Diskerud

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

CPV: 12-Helio Costa, 3-Admilson Barros, 4-Devon Almeida, 6-Carlos Graca(C), 11-Ianique Tavares, 5-Edson Cruz, 8-Fredson Rodrigues, 10-Heldon Ramos (20-Josi Duarte, 21), 13-Valter Borges, 15-Anthonio Correia (16-Stenio Santos, 55), 7-Dany Ribeiro (17-Nivaldo Santos, 75)

Subs Not Used: 1-Salif Duarte, 2-Norton Santos, 9-Daniel Xavier, 14-Aramison Santos, 18-Edson Baessa, 19-Jose Andrade

Head Coach: Lucio Antunes

Statistical Summary:

Shots 8 / 10
Saves 4 / 6
Fouls 11 / 9
Corner Kicks 10 / 8
Offside 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary: