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U.S. Under-18 MNT Fall to CA Paranaense 0-2 in Opening Match of Dallas Cup

The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to CA Paranaense this afternoon in their opening match in the U-19 Super Group at the 25th Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. The Under-18s next match will be against Deportivo Saprissa, a club team from San Jose, Costa Rica.

The first half of the match was fast-paced as both teams had chances on goal, but neither could find the back of the net. The U.S. had the best chance in the 20th minute when midfielder Danny Szetela ripped a 20-yard rocket that found the crossbar. The Brazilian club team also had a couple opportunities, but Stephen Sandbo was able to keep a 0-0 tie into halftime.

In the second half, Bob Jenkins’ squad should have put points on the scoreboard a couple of times, but in the end it was Paranaense that notched two goals. The first goal came in the 55th minute when Evandro Goebel played a nice give-and-go with a teammate at the top of the box, pushing him through on goal against Sandbo for an easy finish.

The second goal came with five minutes remaining, the Brazilian side doubled their lead when Anderson Aquino got behind the U.S. defense and raced onto a long ball from midfield. Sandbo came out to cut off his angle, but was Aquino was able to slip it by him, ending any chance the U.S. had of finding an equalizer.

- U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Match Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. CA Paranaense
Location:     Dallas, Texas 
Date:    April 4, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final 
CAP                                 0       2         2
USA                                 0       0         0

CAP - Evandro Goebel                                                 55th minute
CAP - Anderson Aquino                                                85th   
USA: 18-Stephen Sandbo; 13-Greg Folk, 8-Nathan Sturgis, 5-Tim Ward, 2-Karl Schilling; 16-Christian Jimenez (15-Dax McCarty, 87), 10-Danny Szetela, 20-Mike Videira (22-Mike Orozco, 40), 12-Nico Colaluca (11-Jamie Watson, 60); 3-Mike Grella, 9-Rodrigo Hidalgo (7-Michael Bradley, 46).

CAP: n/a

Statistical Summary:           CAP    USA
Shots                                            5          6       
Saves                                           4          2
Corner Kick                                 3          6
Fouls                                           19        21  
Offside                                          5          1

Misconduct Summary: