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
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.
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
Shots 7 8
Shots on goal 3 4
Saves 3 2
Fouls 15 14
Corner Kicks 4 5
Offside 4 4
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.
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
2007 Pan American Men’s Soccer Schedule/Results
July 15, 2007
July 18, 2007
July 21, 2007
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.