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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Defeats Norway

CAMACHA, PORTUGAL (March 5, 2003) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team earned a solid 2-0 victory against Norway today in their second match of the 7th Annual Madeira International Tournament. Arturo Alvarez and Ned Grabavoy scored for the U.S., giving the side four points after two matches and the lead in the four-team tournament.  The U.S. will face a Madeira Regional Select Team in its final round-robin match on March 7 at 10 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).

Alvarez scored the first goal for the U.S. off a long volley from midfielder David Johnson in the 19th minute. Alvarez collected the ball in the 18-yard box, dribbled to his left and ripped a shot that caromed off the right post into the goal.
Late in the second half, Grabavoy sealed the victory, finding the far right post on a free kick from the left side in the 82nd minute.

With the win, the U.S. has earned four points and a plus-1 goal differential after drawing with Portugal 1-1 in the opening contest.  The Portuguese defeated the Madeira Select team 1-0 earlier in the day on a goal in the 90th minute.

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is in final prepartion for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates.  The U.S. opens against Paraguay on March 27, then faces Germany on March 30 and concludes group play on April 2 against Korea, with all three of their first round games at Abu Dhabi’s Al-Nahyam Stadium. The top two teams from each group and the top four (of six) third-place teams advance to the Round of 16.  The U.S. is one of only five teams to qualify for the last four World Youth Championships, and one of only two teams (Brazil is the other) to finish in the top 15 in each of the last four.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-20 MNT vs. Norway
Competition:  Madeira Tournament
Venue: Complexo Desportivo Da Camacha - Portugal
Date: March 5, 2003
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:
USA    1    1    2
NOR   0    0    0

USA - Alvarez (Johnson)       19th minute
USA - Grabavoy                     82’


USA: 5-Ryan Cochrane (4-Chad Marshall, 45); 6-Jordan Stone, 7-Arturo Alvarez, 13-Devin Barclay (9-Mike Magee, 45), 14-Frank Simek; 15-David Johnson, 16-Heath Pearce, 18-Ford Williams, 19-Ned Grabavoy; 20-Drew Moor, 21-Justin Moose.
Subs not used: 1-Steve Cronin, 2-Jordan Harvey, 3-Justin Mapp, 8-C.J. Klass, 10-Bobby Convey, 11-Ricardo Clark, 17-Knox Cameron.

1-Jan Kjell Larsen (12-Magnus Hjulstad 45); 2-Dag Tverrborgvik, 3-Lars Martin Engedal, 4-Morten Skjonsberg, 6-Joakim Austnes; 7-Jone Samuelsen, 8-Kristoffer Haestad (15-Espen Minde 77), 9-Erlend Holm (10-Tor Erik Moen 45), 14-Trond Erik Bertelsen; 16-Mahmod Hejazi (17-Tarjei Dale 70), 18-Christian Grindheim.
Subs not used: n/a

Statistical Summary:
             USA    NOR
Shots     5  /  3
Saves     1  /  2
Corner Kicks     5  /  6
Fouls     6  /  12
Offside     1  /  2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee:    Lucillo Batista
Assistant:    Sergio Lacroix
Assistant:    Rotillo Rodrigues
4th Official:    Nello Mendonca