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U.S. U-18 MNT Draws, 1-1, Against Norway in Second Match of Lisbon Tournament

Altidore Scores Lone Goal for the U.S.
U.S. Faces Host Portugal on Sunday

LISBON, Portugal (June 9, 2006) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team tied Norway, 1-1, in their second game of the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday (June 9). The lone U.S. goal came courtesy of Josmer Altidore off a free kick in the eighth minute.

The U.S. U-18 Men now have two draws as they head into their final match of the tournament against host country Portugal on Sunday, June 11.

Altidore took his shot when a combination play by Daniel Kelly and Cameron Brown earned the free kick. Kelly passed the ball to Brown, who took a touch, turned and was tackled in the box. Altidore stepped up to slot the ball in the lower right corner.

But the U.S. was unable to hold off the Norwegian attack as they came back to tie in the 68th minute. A Norwegian shot was blocked by Cameron Lamming but rebounded to Ruban Jenssen, who took a shot from the penalty spot. The shot deflected off Lamming and into the goal.

The game was a back-and-forth affair, with the U.S. having their best chance to get ahead in the 75th minute off of a free kick. Johnathan Villanueva crossed in a ball that Kyle Davis was able to get a head on. The attempt was parried by the Norwegian ‘keeper before rebounding out. Greg Eckhardt was able to get a foot on it but mis-hit the ball in front of the goal.

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants: USA vs. Norway
Competition: Lisbon International Tournament
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: June 9, 2006
Weather: Warm, 80 degrees

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

USA – Josmer Altidore 8th minute. 
NOR – Ruben Jenssen 68. 

USA: 18-Joe Bendik; 13-Daniel Rodriguez (23-Anthony Wallace, 39), 6-Colin Givens, 4-Greg Eckhardt, 2-Cameron Lamming (16-Kyle Davies, 46); 5-Blair Gavin, 15-Daniel Kelly (11-Michael Stephens, 77), 3-Bryan Arguez (17-Corben Bone, 46), 22-Josmer Altidore; 20-Cameron Brown (8-Jonathan Villanueva, 70), 9-Perica Marosevic.
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

NOR: 12-Frode Larson; 3-Hakon Skogseid, 5-Fredrik Nilsen (8-Magnus Lekven, 46), 11-Abni Pepa, 18-Hendrik Ommundsen; 6-Ole Marius Gunderson (7-Magne Simonsen, 66), 9-Mohammed Fellay, 13-Oyvind Patterson (14-Christer Kleiven, 46); 10-Jalal El Gharbi (16-Nikolai Hagan, 66), 15-Rubemn Jenssen, 17-Mostapha Abdellaoui.

Statistical Summary:       USA       NOR
Shots                                     11          11 
Shots on Goal                       7             4 
Saves                                      1             4 
Corner Kicks                         2              6 
Fouls                                     14          17 
Offside                                    1             0

Misconduct Summary:
Greg Eckhardt (caution)                    11th minute.
Hendrik Ommundsen (caution)      49.
Cameron Lamming (caution)          54.
Blair Gavin (caution)                           63.
Josmer Alitdore (caution)                  72.
Blair Gavin (cuation)                           85.
Blair Gavin (sent off)                           85. 

Referee: Sven-Martin Akesson
Asst. Referee: Peter Vesterholm
Asst. Referee: Jose Lima
4th Official: Pedro Henriques

Tournament Summary:

June 8, 2006
USA 2, Sweden 2
Portugal 2, Norway 0

June 9, 2006
USA 1, Norway 1
Portugal 2, Sweden 2