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U-17 '90 MNT Defeat Liverpool '90s 4-2

LIVERPOOL, England (April 18, 2006) - The U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team defeated the Liverpool '90 youth squad, 4-2, this afternoon at Liverpool Academy in their second match of their training camp in England.

After an unfortunate start provided Liverpool with a penalty early in the mach, Ellis McLoughlin and Jesse Paredes scored on the USA’s first two shots on goal to give them a lead they would never relinquish. McLoughlin scored his second goal of the game in the second half, but Liverpool struck back to remain within a goal. Alex Dixon added two his two assists on the day and solidified the U.S. victory by burying a strike in the final minute.

“It was a solid performance for us,” said U.S. U-17 ’90 MNT head coach John Hackworth. “We should have pulled away earlier and then Liverpool struck back to make it a close game in the final 10 minutes, but our goal before injury time provided us with some breathing room.”

The U.S. fell behind when Ian Kalis accidentally handled the ball in the box, providing Liverpool with a penalty shot in the 10th minute.

Just three minutes later, McLoughlin pulled the U.S. even with a shot from 25 yards out. The Liverpool goalkeeper got a hand on the low drive towards the right corner but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

In the 23rd minute, the U.S. took the lead for good when Dixon darted into the box and unleashed a shot on goal that was saved by the ‘keeper and Paredes pounced on the rebound and finished from point blank range.

Dixon set up McLoughlin for his second goal of the day as the U.S. stretched their lead in the 56th minute. The ball was knocked out wide to Dixon and he cut in towards the penalty box before playing the ball across for McLoughlin, who buried a well-placed shot from the penalty spot.

“Ellis had a great game today,” said Hackworth. “He was the best player on the field for us.”

Liverpool pulled back within a goal in the 63rd minute with a lucky bounce on a corner kick. A Liverpool player’s header hit the underside of the goalpost and it rebounded off Miller and into the goal before the ‘keeper could react.

The last 10 minutes were hairy as Liverpool pushed for the equalizer, but central midfielder Tommy Meyer helped compose the U.S. backline until Dixon put the game out of reach in the 80th minute. On the goal, Sheanon Williams hit a spectacular 45-yard long ball over the Liverpool defense for Dixon, who slipped his shot inside the left post on the breakaway.

The U.S. will next face Wales on Thursday, April 20, in their fourth international match of the year. The match will be played in Ryhl, Wales.

“We’re trying to play better soccer as we move forward,” said Hackworth. “We played much better today then we did Saturday (against an England regional team), but we will need to play even better to beat Wales. Anytime you play a team on their home turf it’s tough, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Liverpool
Competition: Friendly
Location: Liverpool, England
Date: April 18, 2006
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
                1st    2nd    Final
USA          2       2          4
LIV            1       1          2
**80-minute match

LIV – n/a (penalty kick)                                10th minute
USA – Ellis McLoughlin                              13.
USA – Jesse Paredes (Alex Dixon)          23.
USA – Ellis McLoughlin (Alex Dixon)        56.
LIV – n/a                                                         63.
USA – Alex Dixon (Sheanon Williams)    80.

USA: 18-Chris Miller; 13-Matt Uy, 2-Brandon Lee, 3-Tommy Meyer, 5-Ian Kalis; 11-Jesse Paredes (9-Sheanon Williams, 52), 14-Jared Jeffrey, 19-Kirk Urso; 10-Ellis McLoughlin, 12-Alex Dixon, 17-Bryan Dominguez.

LIV: n/a

Statistical Summary:
                              USA    LIV
Shots                     10      11
Saves                      2        3
Fouls                     13      15
Corner Kicks          5        4
Offside                    5         1

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