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U.S. Under-20s Fall to Egypt, 2-0; Eliminated from World Youth Championship


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Wednesday, June 27, 2001) - The United States Under-20 Men's National Team dominated play for the majority of the second half, but were unable to score and gave up a penalty kick goal and a late tally to fall 2-0 to Egypt at the Esatdio Jose Amalfitani in Beunos Aires, Argentina. With the loss, the United States is eliminated from the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

D.J. Countess shined in goal again for the United States and kept the match tied at the half with six first-half saves, including a 20th-minute save of a Gamal Hamza penalty kick. But the United States were unable capitalize on Countess' fine play, and the Americans failed to convert after creating several fine scoring chances in the second half.

Brad Davis was whistled for a hand ball in the box in the 76th minute, and Wael Reyad squeezed the ensuing penalty kick just past a diving Countess. After being reduced to ten men when Kelly Gray was shown his second yellow card in the 84th minute, Mohamed El Yamany beat the offside trap and scored all alone on Countess in the 88th minute to seal the victory.

"I am not at all disappointed with our performance," U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said after the match. "But I am very disappointed with the result. I thought we were all over them for most of the second half, and then a silly mistake changes the whole game."

Landon Donovan played much more of an offensive role for the U.S. in the loss, and his sublime passing split the Egypt defense and put his teammates and himself in dangerous spaces in the second half. But the U.S. was snakebit on the afternoon and were not able to punch one in.

The U.S. created two good chances late in the first half, but Convey's volley was cleared by a sliding defender at the back post. The best chance of the half for the U.S. came in extra time, when Donovan found Oguchi Onyewu with a free kick, and Onyewu headed the ball across the goal to DaMarcus Beasley. The Chicago Fire midfielder's shot went high over the bar.

Beasley created a chance for Casey in the second half with a pair of deft moves on the goalline, but Casey's shot from 11 yards out was blocked high by a sliding defender. Alecko Eskandarian also had a chance to put the U.S. ahead in the second half, but his shot after a set up from Casey whistled wide right of the goal.

The USA was unlucky on the offensive end, and their bad luck carried to the other end of the field in the 76th minute, when Sorin Copodean whistled Davis for a hand ball in the box. A long Egypt cross came across the box, and Davis tracking back on the left side attempted to trap the abll with his chest, but his arm caught the ball. Reyad stepped to the penalty spot and hit a well-struck shot to the right side of the net and just past a diving Countess.

As the United States pressed forward for an equalizer, the Egypt defense bent, but would not break. The USA's fortunes turned took a turn for the worse in the 84th minute when Kelly Gray was shown his second caution of the match. With Gray gone and the U.S. reduced to 10 men, Egypt took advantage of the pressing Americans, and Mohamed El Yamany latched on to a through ball and walked in on D.J. Countess and finished the scoring in the match.

The United States would not have been in the match in the first half without the heroics of Countess. After he was whistled for a yellow card and Egypt awarded a penalty kick in the 19thminute, Countess stepped to the challenge and saved Hamza's shot that was headed into the bottom left corner of the net.

Countess came back to make three superb saves in a two-minute span. He made two difficult saves inside of nine yards in the 42nd minute, before stopping Hamza from inside the six- yard box one minute later.

The health of Edson Buddle, Convey and Beasley were questions marks Wednesday morning. Buddle (left quad contusion) was unable to play and was sorely missed in the afternoon. Convey (right groin) was subbed off after playing the first 45 minutes in pain. Beasley (right hip pointer) played the entire 90 minutes, but was playing at less than full speed.

Angola and Holland face off tomorrow in Rosario, with Egypt facing the winner on July 1 in Rosario with a berth in the semifinals at stake. In other action on Wednesday, France beat Germany 3-2, thanks to two goals from Djibril Cisse. Argentina survived a scare from China, scoring a late goal to win 2-1, and Brazil downed Australia 4-0 behind two goals from Adriano.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Notes: The U.S. team wore their all-white jerseys, shorts and socks ... Egypt wore red tops with white shorts and black socks ... The U.S. kicked off to start the game ... Egypt qualified for the World Youth Championship with a third-place finish at the 2001 African Youth Cup ... The United States opened the match with only seven corner kicks through their first three matches ... Egypt's defender Hussein Amin was ineligible for the match after receiving his second caution of the tournament in the first half of Egypt's 2-1 win against Finland ... Amin was one of eight Egyptians to have played the entire three first-round games ... Edson Buddle did not play for the first time this tournament and is still feeling the effects of a slight injury he picked up in Monday's training session ... The playing status of DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey was not decided until Wednesday morning ... The United States will return to the United States on Friday, after catching a Thursday evening flight out of Buenos Aires ... The U.S. match was followed by the China - Argentina match ... The doubleheader was sold out in anticipation of the hosts' game.

2001 U.S. UNDER-20 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Participants:U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team vs. Egypt
Competition:XIth World Youth Championship, Round of 16
Venue:Estadio Jose Amalfitani (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Date:June 27, 2001 - Kickoff 1:00 p.m. ET
Weather:78 degrees (Sunny, Clear)

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
United States
000
Egypt
022

EGY - Wael Reyad (penalty kick), 76.
EGY - Mohamed El Yamany, 88.

Lineups:
USA - 1-D.J. Countess; 12-Ricky Lewis (2-Philip Salyer, 92+), 5- Alex Yi, 4-Nelson Akwari - capt., 3-Oguchi Onyewu; 11-Bobby Convey (9-Brad Davis, 46 ), 15-Brian Carroll, 6-Kelly Gray, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 10-Landon Donovan; 16-Conor Casey (8-Alecko Eskandarian, 77).

EGY - 1-Mohamed Sobhi, 14-Hossam Ghali, 5-Mahmoud, 6-Mohamed El Atrawy; 3-Abou El Magd, 7-Mohamed Shawky, 8-Wael Reyad (13-Azmy Amir, 92+), 9-Reda Shehata - capt. (12- Mohamed Abdelwahed, 74), 15-Ahmed Abou Moslem; 11- Mohamed El Yamany, 16-Gamal Hamza.

Statistical Summary:USAEGY
Shots . . . . . . . . . .
914
Saves . . . . . . . . . .
71
Corner Kicks . . . . . .
44
Fouls . . . . . . . . . .
1515
Offside . . . . . . . . .
13

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:
EGY - Wael Reyad (caution), 11.
USA - Kelly Gray (caution), 16.
USA - D.J. Countess (caution), 19.
EGY - Hossam Ghali (caution), 39.
USA - Conor Casey (caution), 57.
EGY - Abou El Magd (caution), 79.
USA - Kelly Gray (caution), 84.
USA - Kelly Gray (ejection), 84.
USA - Alex Yi (caution), 86.

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