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U.S. Under-17 MNT Falls to Costa Rica in World Cup Warm Up


ATLANTA (Aug. 7, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team fell to Costa Rica in the final warm up for both teams before departing for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea. Despite a late goal from Jared Jeffrey, two first-half goals for Costa Rica were too much of a deficit for the U.S. to overcome.

In the 24th minute, a U.S. clearance deflected off of a U.S. player straight to Julio Ibarra, who fired a shot from the corner of the penalty area that beat goalkeeper Zac MacMath to the near post. Just before halftime, Marcos Urena Porras beat MacMath one-on-one, finishing a through ball from Jordan Smith to make the score 2-0.

The U.S. fought back and cut the lead in half in the 85th minute when Jeffrey fired a 20-yard shot past Costa Rican goalkeeper Leonel Moreira, but the Americans could not find the equalizer.

The game was the third and final preparation match for the U.S., having fallen to USL teams the Charlotte Eagles and the Atlanta Silverbacks last week in friendlies. The U.S. opens play at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Aug. 20 against Tajikistan, before facing Tunisia on Aug. 23 and Belgium on Aug. 26.


                                       -U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report-


Participants: USA U17 MNT vs. Costa Rica U17 MNT
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Date: August 7th, 2007
Weather: 87 degrees

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

CRC -  Julio Ibarra Acosta (unassisted)            24th minute
CRC -  Marcos Urena Porras (Jordan Smith)   44.
USA -   Jared Jeffrey (unassisted)                       85.


Lineups:
USA: 18-Zac MacMath; 2-Sheanon Williams, 3-Mykell Bates (11-Abdusalam Ibrahim, 46), 4-Tommy Meyer, 7-Kofi Sarkodie; 6-Daniel Wenzel, 8-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Bryan Dominguez (13-Billy Schuler, 54), 17- Greg Garza (15-Dane Shea, 58); 9- Ellis McLoughlin (14-Daniel Cruz, 66), 19-Alex Nimo
Subs Not Used: 1-Josh Lambo, 5-Chris Klute, 12-Kirk Urso, 16-Brandon Zimmerman, 21-Brendan King, 24-Larry Jackson
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Costa Rica: 1-Leonel Moreira; 3-Roy Smith, 4-Jordan Smith, 11-Jessy Peralta (14-Rodrigo Roman, 80), 13-Erick Rojas; 8-David Guzman (5-Estaban Luna, 62), 12-Bruno Castro (6-Francis Godinez, 91), 16-Daniel Arias (7-Diego Brenes, 70), 20-Miguel Brenes, 9-Marcos Urena (10-Jorge Alejandro, 57), 15-Julio Ibarra (17-Josue Matinez, 78);
Subs not used: 2-Seemor Johnson, 18-Guillermo Camacho, 19-Daniel Varela, 23-Stanley Jimenez
Head Coach: Manuel Gerardo Urena

Statistical Summary:
                            USA       CRC
Shots                   14           9
Shots on goal      6            3
Saves                    1            5
Fouls                   14          20
Corner Kicks       8             3
Offside                  5             5

Misconduct Summary:
USA   Ellis McLoughlin (caution)   30th minute
USA   Daniel Wenzel     (caution)   51.
CRC  Miguel Brenes     (caution )  92.

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