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U-20s Finish Second Camp of 2004, Go 0-2-1 Against MLS Clubs


The U.S. Under-20s fell 1-0 to the Columbus Crew this morning at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to cap off their week-long training camp. During the second camp of the year for the U-20s, Thomas Rongen’s team played two other matches, falling to the Colorado Rapids 6-1 (Feb. 24) and tying the Crew 2-2 in an earlier match (Feb. 22).

After Columbus took the lead on a goal by Jeff Cunningham, the U.S. had its chances to tie, but couldn't find the back of the net. George Weah, Jr., who scored the tying goal against the Crew in their first match of the week, almost scored his second goal with the U-20s a few minutes after coming on for Jamie Watson. Chad Barrett served in a perfect cross to Weah who had gotten free from his marker, but he shot was off target.

Against the Crew earlier in the week, the Under-20s took the lead in the 3rd minute after receiving a through ball from Christian Jimenez after getting behind the Columbus defense and slotted home his shot past the a diving Matt Haefner. Columbus bounced back to take the lead with two goals in four minutes, getting one right before the half from Ross Paule in the 44th minute and the other two minutes into the second half from Jamal Sutton. The U.S. forced the draw in the 74th minute when Jamie Watson’s cross found George Weah, Jr, who beat Haefner, who was out of position after attempting to clear the service.

Two days later, the U-20s struggled against a superior Colorado Rapids squad that played extremely well and scored four goals in the first half en route to a 6-1 victory. Jordan Cila paced the Rapids with two goals, while David Castellanos, Chris Henderson, John Spencer and Zach Kingsley all added one.

The lone goal for the U.S. came from midfielder Mariano Arrua in the 63rd minute after the Rapids had taken a 5-0 lead. The goal started as Danny Szetela dribbled down the right wing and found Jamie Watson near the six-yard box, who hit a one-timer on goal that ‘keeper Scott Vallow got a piece of. Vallow’s save deflected off the post and landed to the feet of Arrua, who easily knocked the ball into the net.


U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants: U-20 MNT vs. Columbus Crew
Competition: MLS Pre-Season
Location: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Florida
Date: February 26, 2004
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                                 1st    2nd   Final
United States           0        0        0
Columbus                 1        0        1

CLB - Jeff Cunningham

Lineups:
USA – Justin Hughes; Nathan Sturgis, Karl Schilling (Aaron Hohlbein, 46), Jonathan Spector, Tim Ward (Steve Curfman, 46); Jay Denny (Adam Sloustcher, 46), Mariano Arrua (Christian Jimenez, 46), John DiRaimondo (Greg Folk, 56), Danny Szetela; Jamie Watson (George Weah, Jr.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Chad Barrett, 46).

CREW – Busch; Oughton (Barclay); Marshall; Fraser (Akwari); Wingert; Elliott (Tregor); Martino (Sutton); Drumlak; Vercollone (Paule); Ritch; Cunningham (Buddle)

Statistical Summary:
                   USA   CREW
Shots            3           3
Saves           2           2
Corners        3           7
Fouls            1           4
Offside         0           0

Misconduct Summary:
none


U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants: U-20 MNT vs. Colorado Rapids
Competition: MLS Pre-Season
Location: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Florida
Date: February 24, 2004
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                                    1st    2nd   Final
United States              0       1         1
Colorado Rapids        4       2         6

COL – David Castellanos                             5th minute
COL – Chris Henderson                               15th
COL – John Spencer (Kyle Beckerman)     25th
COL – Zach Kingsley                                    43rd
COL – Jordan Cila (De La Torre)                54th
USA – Mariano Arrua                                    63rd
COL – Jordan Cila                                         68th

Lineups:
USA – Justin Papadakis; Karl Schilling (Adam Sloustcher), Aaron Hohlbein (Greg Folk, 46), Nathan Sturgis, Tim Ward (Steve Curfman, 46); Jamie Watson, Dane Murphy (Jay Denny, 46), Danny Szetela, Christian Jimenez (Mariano Arrua, 46); Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett (George Weah, Jr).

COL – Vallow; Crawford (Cole), Mastroeni (Sullivan), Borchers (Taylor), Kotschau (Erush); Henderson (Kingsley), Powell (De La Torre), Beckerman (Cann), Chung (Cila); Spencer (Carrieri), Castellanos.

Statistical Summary:
                        USA   CREW
Shots           
Saves           
Corners       
Fouls            
Offside       

Misconduct Summary:
none


U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants: U-20 MNT vs. Columbus Crew
Competition: MLS Pre-Season
Location: IMG Academy – Bradenton, Florida
Date: February 22, 2004
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                                1st    2nd   Final
United States          1        1        2
Columbus                1        1        2

USA – Chad Barrett                                                  3rd minute
CREW – Paule (Cunningham)                                 44th
CREW – Sutton                                                         47th
USA – George Weah, Jr.    (Jamie Watson)          74th

Lineups:
USA – Quentin Westberg; John DiRaimondo (Karl Schilling, Half); Jonathan Spector (Aaron Hohlbein, 68’; Nathan Sturgis (Greg Folk, 71’); Tim Ward (Steve Curfman, 60’); Jay Denny (Adam Sloustcher, 65’); Danny Szetela; Christian Jimenez; Mariano Arrua (Rodrigo Hidalgo, 68’; George Weah, Jr, 71’); Jamie Watson (John Diraimondo, 84’); Chad Barrett (Dane Murphy, Half)

CREW – Busch; Oughton (Barclay); Marshall; Fraser (Akwari); Wingert; Elliott (Tregor); Martino (Sutton); Drumlak; Vercollone (Paule); Ritch; Cunningham (Buddle)

Statistical Summary:
                    USA   CREW
Shots             4           8
Saves            4           0
Corners         2           4
Fouls             5           4
Offside          0           2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Szetela, caution        26th minute
CREW – Cunningham, caution    45th minute

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