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U.S. U-18 MNT Sinks Finland at Lisbon International

LISBON, Portugal (May 27, 2009) -- The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team topped Finland 1-0 to open its campaign at the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal behind a shutout from goalkeeper Zachary MacMath and a 67th minute game winning goal from Gale Agbossoumonde.

Agbossoumonde, a defender who was also part of the U.S. U-20 squad that successfully qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in March, was up in the box for a corner kick. Sporting CP's Gregory Garza perfectly placed his corner right to the head of Agbossoumonde, who fired it into the near post.

The U.S. U-18 MNT, led by head coach Mike Matkovich, in undefeated in internationals on the year and boasts a 3-0-1 record. The continue play at the Lisbon International on May 28, taking on Germany. The U.S. rounds out group play against host Portugal on May 30.

Match: U-18 United States Men's National Team vs. U-18 Finland Men’s National Team
Date: May 27, 2009
Competition: U-18 Lisbon International Tournament
Venue: Estadio 1 De Maio - Inatel; Lisbon, Portugal
Kickoff: 4:00 PM (11:00 AM ET)
Attendance: 75
Weather: Sunny and Hot

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                            0   1   1
FIN                              0    0   0

USA - Gale Agbossoumonde (Gregory Garza) 67th minute

USA: 24-Zachary MacMath; 12-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Gale Agbossoumonde, 15- Zarek Valentin, 3-Paolo Del Piccolo; 13-Jose Altamirano (4-Chad Barson, 90) 8-Dillon Powers (16-Nicholas Millington, 63), 17-Amobi Okugo, 7-Gregory Garza (10-Hasani Sinclair, 78) 14-Miles Byass (11-Dion Acoff, 63); 9-Will Bates (6-Ryan finley
Subs not used: 1-Justin Luthy
Head Coach: Michael Matkovich

FIN: 12-Saku-Pekka Sahigren; 8-Casey Odey, 7-Joni Nissinen, 2-Valtteri Moren, 3-Juuso Salonen; 11-Juuso Simpanen, 15-Patrik Poutiainen, 6-Juho Lahde (10-Jesse Kuusisto), 17-Tuomas Tyystala; 13-Roope Riski, 14-Santeri Makinen (9-Alexander Ring)
Subs not used: 1-Aku-Teppo Kelo, 4-Matias Koskimaki, 5-Niko Hoikkala, 16-Juho Lehtonen, 18-Kalle Kauppi
Head Coach: Kimmo Lipponen

Stats Summary: USA / FIN
Shots: 15 / 3
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 13
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Pedro Garcia (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Afonso (POR)