LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 25, 2007) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team dropped their third match at the Ballymena International Tournament in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, falling 2-1 to Ireland after defeating the Czech Republic one day earlier.
All three goals were scored in the first half as Ireland went ahead 2-0 with goals in the 17th and 29th minutes.
The U.S. pulled one back in the 36th minute when the squad earned a free kick on the left flank. Scott Caldwell served the ball into the center, where Kofi Sarkodie got his head on it. The ball crossed the box to Gale Agbossoumonde, who headed it home.
The U.S. U-17 Men face Israel in the third-place match on Thursday, April 26. Ireland and Northern Ireland will face off for the tournament title. The U.S. has never won the Ballymena International Tournament, coming up short four times in the championship match out of five overall appearances. In 2000, the U.S. finished fourth, but had reached the final the past four consecutive years in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 only to fall to Israel (1-2), Switzerland (3-4 in penalties), Czech Republic (0-1) and Czech Republic again (0-1).
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report
Participants: USA vs. Ireland
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 25, 2007
Weather: Cool, 50 Degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
IRE 2 0 2
IRE – Greg Cunningham (Conor Henderson) 17th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (penalty kick) 29.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (Kofi Sarkodie) 36.
USA: 18-Rafael Diaz; 15-Korey Veeder (12-Parker Walsh, 66), 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 10-Scott Caldwell, 5-Amobi Okugo; 4-Dersu Abolfathi, 3-Gale Agbossoumonde (14-Ben Speas, 66), 7-Ade Akinsanya (16-Ryan Finley, 57)
Subs not used: 1-Cody Mizell, 6-Hasnai Sinclair, 11-Cooper Barham, 13-Eder Arreola
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve
IRE: 16-Chris Oldfield; 8- Conor Hourihane, 4-John Dunleavy, 5-Mark Connolly (2-Neil Byrne, 41), 12-Neil Harney (3-Richie Towell, 40): 14-Paul Corry, 13-Conor Henderson, 6- Conor Clifford, 7- Aaron Doran (15-Jason Hughies, 41); 11-Greg Cunningham, 18-Karl Sheppard
Subs not used: 1-Harry Lee, 10-Gerard Kinsella, 9-James Wallace, 17-David Heagney
Head Coach: Vincent Butler
Statistical Summary: USA IRE
Shots 11 5
Shots on goal 3 4
Saves 2 2
Fouls 15 10
Corner Kicks 6 3
Offside 2 2
USA – Scott Caldwell (caution) 49th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (caution) 52.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution) 60.
IRE – Conor Hourihane (caution) 80.