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Internationals Draw 0-0 With Baltimore Bays Chelsea

CARSON, Calif. (July 10) — A physical game between Cleveland side Internationals and Baltimore Bays Chelsea saw both teams earn a point with a 0-0 draw in their first matches of group play at Finals Week. The best chance for either team came in the form of a penalty kick awarded to Baltimore, but Internationals’ goalkeeper Brendan Cash made the save to deny Michael Gamble.

Baltimore began the match with the more promising attacks, as their strikers were able to latch onto long diagonal balls from the back in space between Internationals’ backline. In the first minute, Joseph Glos was able to receive such a ball along the right sideline, but his cross to the middle found only Internationals goalkeeper Brendan Cash. Three minutes later Malcolm Harris had a similar attempt but sent his cross over the goal.

In the sixth minute, a foul on Yianni Sarris gave Chelsea a free kick near the top left corner of the goal box. Sending the cross to the back post, an attempt to head it back across the goal was all the Bays could muster and the defense cleared the loose ball.

A turnover by Internationals at midfield gave Glos the best early chance for Chelsea as the striker took the ball straight towards goal into the right side of the box. Aiming for the far post, Glos beat the keeper but put his shot just wide to keep the score level in the 11th minute.

Internationals earned the first corner of the game in the 17th minute with some passing of their own, and Sarris’ cross was misjudged by Baltimore goalkeeper Andrew Harris but cleared out by the defense. This was the start of a good attacking period for the Ohio side, who mustered a few more crosses over the ensuing minutes that were all ably handled by Baltimore’s backline.

In the 35th minute, Baltimore attacked with a pass out to the left side to Elliott Andelman. His cross found Logan McHugh near the top of the box, but, after controlling, McHugh’s shot was a low grounder straight to Cash.

The second half began tentatively with both teams still attempting to unlock the opposing defense. Chelsea’s Seth Moses struck a low shot in the 48th minute from the right side of the box, but a deflection pushed it wide. The ensuing corner was cleared out by Internationals to avert any danger. Feeling the momentum, Baltimore pushed the attack, at one point sending eight players into the final third.

Their pressure seemed to pay off in the 53rd minute, when a high ball towards Michael Gamble was left to bounce by the Internationals defense and goalkeeper Cash. Going up for the fifty-fifty challenge against Gamble, Cash misjudged the ball and missed, but heavily took down the striker in the box to prevent any chance on goal.

After the referee’s quick whistle and a point to the spot, Gamble stepped up to take the penalty. Firing hard to his left, Cash made amends on his mistake and parried the shot to the right where it was cleared out for a corner.

After continued split possession by both teams, the game headed toward the final minutes with no real chances on goal. Two later corners by the Bays in the 69th and 78th minutes were well-struck balls that were destined for a Baltimore head, but the soft hands of Cash prevented any attempts on goal.

With only a minute left in the match, Sarris went in for a hard tackle but due to previous warnings, drew a red card from referee Reed Christy, forcing Internationals to forge ahead without him in their next match. 

                                           Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Internationals U-15/16 vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 
Date: July 10, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:        1     2     F
Internationals                  0     0     0
Baltimore Bays Chelsea     0     0     0

INT: 0-Brendan Cash; 11-Zach Martin, 10-Vlad Lekarev, 19-Christopher Singleton, 3-Luke Blades; 12-David Murrow (4-Michael Chips, 84), 6-Matt Foldesy, 20-Jeremy Viny (17-Scott Scaperato, 75), 16-Yianni Sarris, 18-Russell Tattersall (8-Ryan Ivancic, 41, 15-Dane Rimko, 81); 13-Nicholas Parianos (21-Sachem Wilson, 81)
Subs not used: 1-Jacob Russell, 2-Matthew Bahnij, 5-Michael Cook, 7-Tom Granot, 9-Jay Jackson, 14-Kendall Pleasant
Head Coach: Jared Embick

BBC: 1-Andrew Harris; 10-Justin Breidenstein (15-Christian Wulff, 69), 22-Michael Greene, 14-Matthew Shinsky, 19-Elliott Andelman; 21-Malcolm Harris, 18-Seth Moses, 3-Logan McHugh (12-Zachery Wenger, 59), 17-Ryan Kennedy (11-Kyle DeVinney, 41); 20-Joseph Glos (Michael Kovach, 32), 13-Michael Gamble
Subs not used: 0-Matthew Sanchez, 2-Derek Chan, 5-Steven Anderson, 7-Ishmaiah Calwrie, 8-Richard Greensfelder 16-Joel Carter,, 23-Ossy Onumonu, 24-Nick Voyton, 25-Kyle Fowler
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

Stats Summary: INT / BBC
Shots: 4 / 11
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BBC – Matthew Shinsky         (caution)     64th minute
INT – Yianni Sarris               (sent off)     79

Referee: Reed Christy
Assistant Referee 1: Justin Mack
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Christina Ibanez