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U.S. Men Win Pan American Games Opener


RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (July 15, 2007) – The United States Men’s Pan American Team topped Venezuela, 2-1, at their tournament opener on a last-second goal from Bobby Warshaw, and sits on top of Group B with three points.

After a scoreless first half, Stephen McCarthy put the U.S. ahead in the 50th minute. In a match that saw a total of eight yellow cards and an ejection, Venezuela was awarded a penalty kick in the 76th minute, and Francisco Flores evened the score.

Late-game substitute Bobby Warshaw scored the game-winning goal in the third and final minute of stoppage time in the second half to lift the U.S. to victory. The U.S. plays Bolivia, who tied Mexico in their opener, on July 18. 
    

                      -U.S. Men’s Pan American Team Match Report-


Participants: USA vs. Venezuela
Competition: Pan American Games
Location: Zico Football Center – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: July 15, 2007


Scoring Summary:
              1     2        F
USA      0     2       2
VEN      0     1       1

USA – Stephen McCarthy 50th min.
VEN – Francisco Flores (penalty) 76.
USA – Bobby Warshaw 93.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Warren Gross; 3-Kevin Alston, 4-Greg Eckhardt, 5-Omar Gonzales, 7-Michael Stephens; 8-Stephen McCarthy (6-Bobby Warshaw, 77), 10-Peri Marosevic (9-Jeremy Hall, 64), 13-Greg Folk (c) (12-Daniel Cruz, 86), 14-Chance Meyers, 15-Daniel Kelly, 16-Jalil Anibaba
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Klasila, 2-Shawn Barry, 11-Danny Barrera, 17-Tyler Cyrus
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

VEN: 1-Rafael Romo (12-Jean Carlos Issa, 44); 2-Jonny Mirabal, 4-Jose Velasquez, 5-Francisco Flores (c), 6-Carlos Fernandez; 8-Richard Lopez, 11-Yonatan Valle, 13-Gustavo Pererz (15-Daniel Alejandro Blanco, 57), 14-Pablo Camacho, 16-Angel Rivera (18-Francos Fasciana, 70), 17-Franco Signorelli
Subs not used: 3-Henry Pernia, 7-Jose Parra, 9-Jose Paez, 10-Roberto Alterio
Head Coach: Vicente Arruda

Statistical Summary:
                            USA    VEN
Shots                   7          8
Shots on goal    3          4
Saves                  3          2
Fouls                  15       14
Corner Kicks      4         5
Offside                4          4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Greg Folk (caution) 19th minute
VEN – Jonny Mirabal (caution) 20.
USA – Kevin Alston (caution) 28.
VEN – Angel Rivera (caution) 30.
USA – Michael Stephens (caution) 64.
VEN – Jonny Mirabal (sent off) 68.
USA – Jalil Anibaba (caution) 75.
USA – Daniel Cruz (caution) 93.


Officials:
Referee: H Lopes (BRA)
1st Assistant: Hilton Rodriguez (BRA)
2nd Assistant: Milton Dos Santos (BRA)
Fourth Official: Djalma Beltrame (BRA)

2007 Pan American Men’s Soccer Group Standings

                                W            L              T              Pts.         GD
Group B
USA                        1              0              0              3              +1
Mexico                    0              0              1              1              E
Bolivia                    0              0              1              1              E
Venezuela             0              1              0              0              -1

Group A

Brazil                      1              0              0              3              +3
Ecuador                 0              0              1              1              E
Costa Rica            0              0              1              1              E
Honduras              0              1              0              0              -3

Group C
Jamaica                1              0              0              3              +1
Argentina               0              0              1              1              E
Haiti                        0              0              1              1              E
Colombia              0              1              0              0              -1

 

2007 Pan American Men’s Soccer Schedule/Results

July 15, 2007
Costa Rica 0, Ecuador 0
Bolivia 0, Mexico 0
Brazil 3, Honduras 0
Jamaica
1, Colombia 0
USA 2, Venezuela 1
Haiti 1, Argentina 1

July 18, 2007
Jamaica vs. Argentina                        12:30 p.m.
Bolivia vs. USA                                    3 p.m.
Brazil vs. Costa Rica                           3:30 p.m.
Haiti vs. Colombia                               3:30 p.m.
Honduras vs. Ecuador                       6:15 p.m.
Mexico vs. Venezuela                          6:15 p.m.

July 21, 2007

USA vs. Mexico                                   10 a.m.
Venezuela vs. Bolivia                          10 a.m.
Jamaica vs. Haiti                                 12:30 p.m.
Argentina vs. Colombia                      12:30 p.m.
Brazil vs. Ecuador                                3 p.m.
Costa Rica vs. Honduras                   3 p.m.

July 24, 2007
Semifinal #1                                         3:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2                                         7 p.m.

July 27, 2007
Bronze Medal Match                            12 p.m.
Gold Medal Match                                3 p.m.


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