CHORLEY, England (Thursday, August 1, 2002) - The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, playing as an Under-21 side, topped Bolton’s Under-21 team 4-1 at Bolton’s training ground in Chorley, England today. U.S. midfielder Brian Carroll scored twice to go along with goals from Edson Buddle and Alecko Eskandarian. After not scoring in 30 matches across two years with the U.S. Under-20s, Carroll has now scored three times in five games at the Under-23 level.
The U.S. dominated play, outshooting Bolton 14-3. U.S. goalkeeper Doug Warren was only called on to make two saves, while his Bolton counterpart came up with six.
Carroll provided the only scoring of the first half, putting the U.S. on the board in the 38th minute with an unassisted goal.
Alecko Eskandarian, Carroll’s teammate at the World Youth Championship in Argentina last year, doubled the U.S. lead just five minutes into the second half, finishing from a Seth Trembly pass.
Bolton wasted no time getting back into the game, scoring from the penalty spot just one minute later.
But Eskandarian set up Buddle for the USA’s third goal in the 58th minute, and Carroll sealed the win in the 76th minute with his second goal of the game.
The Under-23s next face the Under-21 side of Huddersfield on August 3. During the Under-23s tour of England, Glenn Myernick’s team will also play Under-21 sides from Crewe Alexandria (August 5) and Manchester United (August 7).
The U.S. team in England includes three MLS players, the Colombus Crew's Edson Buddle and the Colorado Rapids' duo of Kyle Beckerman and Seth Trembly. All three MLS players started for the U.S.
The U.S. Under-23s are essentially an Under-21 team preparing for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The U-23 roster features eight players who were part of the U.S. Under-20 MNT that played in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. The Under-23s have posted a 2-1-2 record this year. All five matches have taken place in Europe.
U.S. Lineup - 1-Doug Warren; 3-Ricky Lewis, 6-Alex Yi (12-Scott Thompson, 70), 4-David Stokes (17-Nelson Akwari, 46), 2-Chris Wingert; 2-Brian Carroll, 10-Ned Grabavoy (9-Logan Pause, 54), 5-Kyle Beckerman (8-Kenny Arena, 68), 13-Seth Trembly; 11-Alecko Eskandarian (15-David Testo, 62), 14-Edson Buddle (23-Jason Thompson, 58).