The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team bounced back with three goals from the forward tandem of David Arvizu and Preston Zimmerman after falling behind early to snag a 3-1 victory over Canada this morning in Sunrise, Fla. Zimmerman assisted on both of Arvizu's goals (22nd and 46th), while Arvizu returned the favor by setting up Zimmerman for his game-winning strike in the 41st minute.
"We were a little careless in giving up the early goal, but the guys did well to respond and after that we dominated posession for the rest of the game," said U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team interim head coach John Hackworth. "We put the game away with the quick goal by Arvizu in the first minute of the second half and didn't really give Canada any opportunities on goal until the final few minutes. We played well and hopefully we can continue to improve against international competition."
While the U.S. was the dominant team on the day, it was Canada that was able to snag an early lead, scoring in the fifth minute on their first shot on goal. Midfielder A.J. Gray got free down the right flank and served in a cross to Shane Lammie, who collected the ball about 14 yards from goal before quickly turning and burying his shot past U.S. ‘keeper Bryant Rueckner.
After allowing the early strike, the U.S. dominated the rest of the match as Arvizu and Zimmerman teamed up twice, snagging a goal and an assist each to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead at halftime. Arvizu scored first as Zimmerman’s flick-on released him one-on-one with the ‘keeper and the forward coolly finished into the lower-right corner in the 22nd minute. Arvizu returned the favor in the 41st minute as he fed Zimmerman, who buried his shot into the net.
While the U.S. was unlucky not to get another goal in the first half as two strikes off of free kicks were cleared off the line, Rueckner, who played in the first half before being substituted for Brian Perk, also did well to keep Canada to just one goal with two good saves.
Arvizu slammed the door on Canada when he finished a Zimmerman cross less than a minute after the start of the second half. The U.S. quickly collected possession after the kickoff and Zimmerman got free down the right wing where he was able to drive in a low cross for Arvizu to finish from close range.
- U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report -
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Location: Sunrise, Fla.
Date: Oct. 25, 2004
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
USA 2 1 3
CAN 1 0 1
CAN - Shane Lammie (A.J. Gray) 5th minute
USA – David Arvizu (Preston Zimmerman) 22nd
USA - Preston Zimmerman (David Arvizu) 41st
USA - David Arvizu (Preston Zimmerman) 46th
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner (40-Brian Perk, 46); 4-Eric Lichaj, 7-Ofori Sarkodie, 2-Michael Balogun (29-Ernesto Mariscal, 81), 25-Anthony Wallace; 11-Ryan Soroka (3-Amaechi Igwe, 77), 6-Quavas Kirk, 14-Kyle Nakazawa, 16-Nik Besango (34-Matt Armstrong, 75); 9-Preston Zimmerman, 33-David Arvizu (38-Perica Marosevic, 85).
CAN: 1-Zach Katloff; 2-Joe Awalkye, 6-Kyle Oliviera, 3-Herman Braich (13-Alex Marello, 46), 4-Curtis Ridley; 5-David Monslave (12-Johnsan Akuoke, 59), 9-Rudolf Mayard, 8-Jonathan Beaulit, 7-Keegan Ayre (17-Christian Nurey, 65); 10-Shane Lammie, 11-A.J. Gray.
Statistical Summary: USA CAN
Shots 19 6
Saves 4 6
Corner Kick 5 2
Fouls 17 19
Offside 1 4
CAN - Jonathan Beaulit (caution) 9th minute
USA - Ryan Soroka (caution) 27th
CAN - Shane Lammie (caution) 48th
CAN - Alex Marello (caution) 57th
USA - Anthony Wallace (caution) 70th