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U-15 BNT Draw with Dallas Inter Black in Opening Game of Dallas Cup

Giuseppe Carotenuto converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to give the U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team a 1-1 draw against Dallas Inter Black this afternoon in their first match of the Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. will next play Ruckus, a club team from Redwood City, Calif., on Monday, April 5.

Playing in the older Under-16 Bracket, the Under-15 MNT came out flat in the first 20 minutes and fell behind early in the match as David Reed got in on goal and finished past ‘keeper Matt Walker in the 5th minute.

Andrew Giallombardo came inches from tying the game in the 35th minute when his curling shot beat the Inter Black 'keeper, but hit the left post and rolled along the goal line before it was cleared out by a defender.  

In the second half, head coach Jim Barlow switched from a four-back defensive line to three in hopes of adding some firepower. The U.S. began to play better, but finding an equalizer was made tougher when Walker was sent off after pulling down an Inter Black striker who gotten a breakaway when defender Douglas Ferner, who had a terrific game in the back, slipped and fell. Down to 10 men for most of the second, substitute ‘keeper Brian Perk came up with some huge save as the U.S. was able to keep it just a one-goal game.

After a number of chances, the U.S. found finally found the elusive equalizer in the 71st minute, when second half substitute Cesar Nunez was fouled in the penalty area. Nunez had beaten three players in the box and was near the endline when he was whacked from behind. Carotenuto scored on the penalty to give the U.S. the draw and kept them in position to advance to the quarterfinals.

 - U.S. Under-15 Match Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team vs. Dallas Inter Black
Location:     Dallas, Texas
Date:    April 4, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final 
DIB                                   0       1         1
USA                                 1       1         1

DIB – David Reed                                                       5th minute
USA - Giuseppe Carotenuto (penalty kick)              71st
USA: 1-Matthew Walker (18-Brian Perk, 54); 2-Cameron Lamming (20-Cesar Nunez, 46), 5-Douglas Ferner, 19-Steven Morales, 11-Victor Cortez; 17-Anthony Wallace (23-Brett King, 67), 15-Perica Marosevic (13-Justin True, 46), 10-Giuseppe Carotenuto, 7-Andrew Giallombardo; 8-Joseph Sorrentino, 9-John Tardy (12-Cameron Brown, 48).

DIB: n/a

Statistical Summary:           DIB    USA
Shots                                           4          5       
Saves                                          1          3
Corner Kick                                2          3
Fouls                                           14        7   
Offside                                         2         1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Matt Walker (ejection)                             54th minute
USA - Douglas Ferner (caution)                        77th