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U.S. U-20s Down China in Final International Before World Youth Championship


WEGBERG, Germany (June 5, 2005) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played their final international match before kicking off the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in a slight rain this evening, defeating China PR 2-0 just over the Holland border in Wegberg, Germany. The U.S. got two first-half goals from Chad Barrett and Patrick Ianni, and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg picked up the shutout to provide the U.S. with the victory.

The U.S. leaves Mierlo tomorrow and travels two hours northeast to Enschede, their venue for the first round of the tournament, and will have four days before kicking off World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local (11:30 p.m. ET). Fans can follow the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura, or follow online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

Against China, the early stages were mostly marred by rough tackling by the Chinese players and the U.S. started a bit slow, but eventually took control and netted two goals in a seven-minute span midway through the first half.

Barrett broke the scoreless draw in the 22nd minute with a impressive individual effort. The Chicago Fire forward stepped in front of a poor pass by a Chinese defender, dribbled in on goal and finished past the goalkeeper into the lower left corner of the goal.

The U.S. scored on its next opportunity as Ianni buried home a loose ball in the box off a corner kick. Midfielder Freddy Adu curled in the corner to the back post where Barrett headed it on goal, but it was deflected by a Chinese defender. The ball fell to Ianni, who’s first shot was blocked off the line before his second attempt went over the goal line before it was again cleared out, forcing the linesman to raise his flag to indicate a goal.

“This was a good test for us today as it was the first time we’ve had players like Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector and Sammy Ochoa all together at the same time,” said U.S. Under-20 head coach Sigi Schmid, who bumped his international record to 11-1-0. “It’s always good to get a win, but more importantly this game gets the cobwebs out and helps us figure out what we still need to work on as we get closer to our opening match against Argentina.”

The U.S. could have had a couple other goals in the first half, including Barrett who had his first attempt on goal, a header off a Benny Feilhaber corner kick, get cleared off the line in the eighth minute. Ten minutes later, Adu barely missed the top right corner on a free kick, putting a foot high. In the final moments of the half, Barrett flicked a Hunter Freeman throw-in to Eddie Gaven to the left of the goal inside the penalty area, but the MetroStars midfielder’s shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

China only had two shots on goal in the entire game, both attempts coming off a free kicks that Westberg had no trouble handling. 

The second half was a bit slower as both teams made a number of substitutions.

China will also be playing in the FIFA World Youth Championship, playing in Group B with Turkey, Ukraine and Panama and will play their games in Utrecht.


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

Participants: USA vs. China PR
Competition: Friendly
Location: Wegberg, Germany
Date: June 5, 2005
Weather: Cool, light rain; 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                         1    2      F
USA                  2   0       2
China PR          0   0       0

USA – Chad Barrett (unassisted)     22nd minute.
USA – Patrick Ianni             29.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Quentin Westberg; 2-Marvell Wynne (20-Brad Evans, 72), 3-Jonathan Spector (16-Michael Harrington, 63), 5-Patrick Ianni, 15-Hunter Freeman (4-Nathan Sturgis, 46); 11-Freddy Adu (19-Danny Szetela, 68), 6-Greg Dalby (Capt.), 15-Eddie Gaven (7-Sacha Kljestan, 71), 8-Benny Feilhaber (12-Will John, 46); 9-Chad Barrett (13-Jacob Peterson, 68), 18-Sammy Ochoa (14-Lee Nguyen, 68).
Subs not used: 18-Andrew Kartunen, 21-Justin Hughes.

CHN: 12-Yu Ziqian; 17-Liu Yu, 5-Feng Xiaoting, 15-Mao Biao (3-Tan Wangsong, 46), 4-Zhao Ming; 16-Zhao Xuri, (20-Yang Cheng, 46) 8-Shen Longyman (7-Wang Shoutlong, 73), 10-Gao Bingyan (24-Hao Junmin, 63), 11-Zhu Ting (9-Dong Fangzhuo, 66), 27-Gao Lin (30-Yuan Weiwei, 63), 25-Lu Lin (21-Cui Peng, 70).

Statistical Summary:
                               USA           CHN
Shots                       10               5
Shots on goal           6                2
Saves                       2                3
Fouls                       21               21
Corner Kicks            5                4
Offside                     4                2

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Lu Lin (caution)                        35th minute
USA – Jonathan Spector (caution)    52.
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