BRADENTON, Fla. (Monday, Feb. 14, 2005) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team got a goal from Lee Nguyen in the 70th minute to secure a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
After a scoreless first half, the Earthquakes took the lead five minutes into the second half (the match was only 80 minutes) when Chris Ronger beat U.S. 'keeper Andrew Kartunen. Nguyen was able to find the equalizer ten minutes from time on a rebound off the goalkeeper.
The U.S. will play three more games this week, taking on the USASA National Select Team (Feb. 16), U.S. Under-17 MNT (Feb. 17) and the Chicago Fire (Feb. 19).
U-20 MNT head coach Sigi Schmid did not call in any MLS players to allow them the chance to practice with their clubs in the preseason.
U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Game Report
Participants: U-20 MNT vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Competition: MLS Preseason
Location: IMG Academy
Date: February 14, 2005
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
1st 2nd Final
United States 0 1 1
San Jose 0 1 1
(40 minute halves)
SJ – Chris Roner (Wade Barrett) 45th minute
USA – Lee Nguyen 70th
USA – Andrew Kartunen; Corey Ashe (Teddy Niziolek, 30); Rob Valentino; Sean Franklin; Steve Purdy; Brandon MacDonald; Michael Harrington (Robbie Rogers, 46); Brad Evans; Nico Colaluca (Jay Denny, 47); Kamani Hill; Lee Nguyen (Darren Yeagle, 46)
SJ – First Half: GK Pat Onstad, D Wes Hart, D Ryan Cochrane, D Pablo Paz, D Chris Aloisi, M Brian Mullan, M Tighe Dombrowski, M Ricardo Clark, M Ian Russell, F Alejandro Moreno, F Brian Ching. Second Half: GK Jon Conway, D Craig Waibel, D Eddie Robinson, D Troy Dayak, D Kevin Goldthwaite, M Chris Roner, M Danny O'Rourke, M Brad Davis, M Wade Barrett, F Ronald Cerritos, F Johnny Menyongar.
Shots 3 6
Saves 2 1
Corners 4 1
Fouls 7 8
Offside 0 2
USA – Teddy Niziolek (caution) 43rd minute
SJ – n/a (caution) 45th