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U.S. U-18 Men Defeat Romania in Second Match of Lisbon International Tournament

LISBON, Portugal (May 28, 2010) — The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team continued their run in the Lisbon International Tournament, defeating Romania 1-0 on a late goal by Victor Chavez. Excellent passing was the hallmark of the finish, as the goal started on the left with Daniel Garcia who dropped it back to midfielder Perry Kitchen. Luis Gil then received the pass in the center and sent it to Stefan Jerome at the top of the box. Seeing Chavez running through, Jerome found the striker who only had Romanian goalkeeper Sergiu Dani to beat. Chavez placed it low and to the left to earn the victory.

The win puts the U.S. at 1-1 for the weekend, with one match left to go against the host nation on Sunday, May 30.

Match Report

Match: United States U-18 Men’s National Team vs. Romania
Date: May 28, 2010
Competition: 16th Annual Lisbon Tournament
Venue: Stadium Pina Manique, Lisbon, Portugal
Kickoff: 4:00 PM GMT
Weather: Sunny and Warm

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

USA-Victor Chavez (Stefan Jerome) 74th minute

USA: Andrew Wolverton (GK), Bryan Gallego (Capt.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Eriq Zavaleta, Jordan McCrary (Victor Chavez, 68), Sean Davis (Jared Watts, 68 Boyd Okwuonu, 92), Perry Kitchen, Amadou Dia (Miguel Lopez, 46), Daniel Metzger (Luis Gil, 46) Riley Wolfe (Daniel Garcia, 58), Sean Okoli (Stefan Jerome, 58)
Subs not used: Earl Edwards (GK), Michael Ambrose
Head Coach: Michael Matkovich

Romania: Sergiu Dani (GK), Lucian Mugoci, Albert Aldea, Alexandru Cretu, Lonut Peteleu, Iulian Negoescu (Claudiu Rogozan, 70), Sebastian Chitoşcă, Enghin Amet, Patrick Walleth (Andrei Grosu, 84), Ionut Serban (Florin Plamada, 55), Dorin Burlacu (Sergiu Hanca, 55)
Subs not used: Alexandru Greab (GK), Sergiu Bus, Bogdan Gavrilă, Constantin Stoica
Head Coach: Lucian-Ovidiu

Stats Summary: USA / Romania
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 /2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 17
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
ROM Sebastian Chitoşcă     Caution         18th minute
ROM Ionut Serban             Caution         43
ROM Lucian Mugoci            Ejection        47
ROM Sebastian Chitoşcă     Caution         53
ROM Sebastian Chitoşcă     Sent Off        53
USA Sean Davis                Caution         61
USA Jared Watts               Caution         78
ROM Claudiu Stoica           Caution         90

Officials: Joāo Capela (POR), Paulo Luis (POR), Luis Campos (POR), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Goal Summary:
USA – Daniel Garcia received the ball on the left wing, played back to Perry Kitchen who played it to Luis Gil in the center, Luis played it to Stefan Jerome at the top of the box, Jerome flicked it onto Victor Chavez making a run into the box, Chavez was 1 v 1 with GK, shot low to GK’s right side.