U.S. Best on Display as U.S. Men Scrimmage Under-20s
CHULA VISTA (Thursday, January 11, 2001) - After a stuttering performance by the senior side in the first half, the U.S. Men came from behind to post a 3-1 victory over the future stars of U.S. Soccer. Playing with confidence and composure, the U-20's pressed the attack in the opening half, and took the lead at the 25 minute mark after a thundering shot by Phillip Salyer sailed past goalkeeper Adin Brown. Brown was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half, as the U-20 squad outshot the Men's Team by a 7-1 margin.
As was the case on Tuesday when the Men's Team faced the Los Angeles Galaxy, head coach Bruce Arena fielded a different team in each half of the scrimmage, using all but three of the 23 field players in camp. Three Chicago Fire players, Carlos Bocanegra, C.J. Brown and Josh Wolff, were the only inactive field players on the afternoon. Goalkeepers Tony Meola and Zach Thornton, who both played against the Galaxy, worked out with goalkeeper coach Milutin Soskic and did not appear in the match.
The Men's Team was energized by fresh legs in the second half, and the team scored three unanswered goals to claim the victory on the chilly afternoon. Midfielder Chris Klein, who easily controlled the right flank with an especially impressive performance, had a hand in all three goals for the USA. His strong runs and accurate crosses resulted in a pair of goals by Jason Kreis, while a third set-up targeted for a wide-open DaMarcus Beasley was inadvertently knocked into the net by Nelson Akwari for an own goal.
With six days of training and two 90-minute scrimmages already under their belts, the mostly-MLS squad of players in camp are nearly half way through the first training camp of 2001. The coaching staff has run the team through a vigorous practice schedule that has featured a heavy load of conditioning drills in addition to the tactical work. The team's first challenge from an international opponent in 2001 will come on January 27, when the U.S. Men's National Team will meet China at the Network Associates Coliseum. That match, which will feature the U.S. team against their former head coach Bora Milutinovic, will be shown to a national television audience on ESPN2.
U.S. Men's National Team (first half): Adin Brown; Joe Franchino, Mike Petke, Nick Garcia; Kerry Zavagnin, Chad Deering, Chris Henderson, John Harkes, Jay Heaps; Landon Donovan, Roy Lassiter.
U.S. Men's National Team (second half): Matt Jordan; Diego Gutierrez, Gregg Berhalter, Steve Jolley, Pablo Mastroeni; Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley, Clint Mathis, Chris Klein; Jason Kreis, Jeff Cunningham.
U.S. Under-20 National Team: D.J. Countess (Curtis Spiteri), Phillip Salyer (Jose Burciaga), Edson Buddle, Oguchi Onyewu, Alecko Eskandarian, Brian Carroll (Kenny Arena), Kenny Cutler (Raul Palomares), Trevor Perea (Kyle Beckerman), Ricky Lewis, Kelly Gray, Devin Barclay.