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Under-20 Men Draw, 1-1, Against South Korea in Their Opening Match of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup

MONTREAL (June 30, 2007) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National team opened their FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against South Korea in Group D play at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Midfielder Danny Szetela opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 16th minute, but South Korea was the more active team on the night and eventually tallied the equalizing goal in the 38th minute.

The U.S. is tied for second place with one point, while Poland sits atop the group with three points after a surprising victory over group favorite Brazil. Poland scored in the 23rd minute and then went down to 10 men a few minute later, but were still able to hold off the four-time champions.

The United States will play its second game in Group D against Poland at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, July 3 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ESPNU, Galavision and’s MatchTracker.

“We are happy with tonight’s result, but we’re not happy with the way we played,” said U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen. “Quite frankly, we are lucky to have come away with a draw against a very good Korean squad. They were strong and fast and to be honest we didn’t do our part to match up with them tonight.”

Despite having just one shot on goal to South Korea’s six, the U.S. took advantage of their first quality chance of the game in the 16th minute, when Sal Zizzo advanced the ball to the end line and played a ball in the air towards goal. At the near post Freddy Adu flicked the ball in front of the net where the onrushing Szetela dove forward to beat goalkeeper Jin Hyeon Kim to put the U.S. on top.

The goal came against the run of play in the first half as Korea controlled much of the possession early on. The U.S. goal opened the game up a bit as the Koreans began a more direct attack. Several long balls over the top looking for Chung Yong Lee put the U.S. under a lot of pressure, but the backline did well to bend and not break for most of the first half.

U.S. goalkeeper Chris Seitz came up big for the U.S. throughout the match, and made his first big save of the game in the 25th minute when Chung Yong Lee got behind Tim Ward and slotted the ball across the goal for Young Sung Shim. The Real Salt Lake goalkeeper came up big with a full extension save to keep the U.S. in the lead. In the 35th minute, Shim slotted a ball across for Young Rok Shin in the box, and Seitz came all the way off his line to dive and intercept the ball.

In the 38th minute, the South Korean attack finally broke through the U.S. backline. Shim played a perfect through ball to a Shin, who collected the ball just inside the box and found himself one-on-one with Seitz. Shin was able to beat Seitz and even the score.

The second half was more of the same as South Korea kept the U.S. defense under attack, but, led by Seitz, the U.S. were able to repel the majority of the pressure. The most nerve-racking moment came in the 50th minute when Seitz got beat for only the second time, but Shin’s long-range shot hit the far post and was then cleared out of danger.

In the 70th minute, Adu played a ball into the box that bounced to defender Julian Valentin who was finishing a long offensive run. Valentin’s first touch allowed goalkeeper Jin Hyeon Kim to recover after coming out to play the cross, and the pending shot was blocked away.

The best chance for the U.S. in the second half came in stoppage time. Defender Nathan Sturgis played a long ball out of the back and over the South Korean’s backline for Josmer Altidore to run onto. Altidore seemed to have his defender beaten in the footrace, but he was surprisingly called for a foul as he collected the ball and sprinted towards goal.

The United States will play its second game of Group D on Tuesday, July 3 at 5 p.m. ET against Poland, who upset Brazil earlier in the day by a final 1-0 score. The Americans will then conclude group play on July 6 against Brazil in Ottawa’s Frank-Clair Stadium with a kickoff time of 7:45 p.m. ET.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants: USA vs. South Korea
Competition: 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Date: June 30, 2007
Weather: 64 degrees, mostly cloudy

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

USA – Danny Szetela (Freddy Adu)                    16th min.
KOR – Young Rok Shin (Young Sung Shim)    38.

USA: 1 – Chris Seitz; 2-Tim Ward, 5- Nathan Sturgis, 16-Julian Valentin, 19-Tony Beltran; 7-Danny Szetela (10-Dax McCarty, 52), 8-Robbie Rogers, 11-Freddy Adu (capt.), 6-Michael Bradley; 12-Josmer Altidore, 15-Sal Zizzo
Subs not used: 18-Brian Perk, 21-Stephen Sandbo; 3-Bryan Arguez, 4-Amaechi Igwe, 9-Preston Zimmerman, 13-Ofori Sarkodie, 14-Anthony Wallace, 17-Gabe Ferrari, 20-Andre Akpan
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

KOR: 21-Jin Hyeon Kim; 2-Chul Soon Choi, 3-Kwang Hoon Shin, 5-Sung Yueng Ki, 8-Dong Suk Kim (17- Jin Hyung Song, 70), 9-Sang Ho Lee, 10-Young Sung Shim (16-Hyun Seung Lee, 84), 11-Joo Ho Park (capt.), 14-Chung Yong Lee, 18-Young Rok Shin (19-Tae Goon Ha, 59), 20-Seung Jin Bae
Subs not used: 1-Su Huk Jo, 12-Jin Hyung Lee, 4-Hyun Bem Park, 7-Jong Jin Park, 13-Sung Jae Lee, 15-Kyung Ho Jeong
Head Coach: Dong Hyun Cho

Statistical Summary: USA / KOR
Shots                                    7 / 13
Saves                                    5 / 0
Fouls                                   26 / 12
Corner Kicks                        2 / 4
Offside                                   1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Robbie Rogers (caution)     18th minute.
USA – Danny Szetela (caution)       27.
KOR – Sang Ho Lee (caution)        56.
KOR – Chul Soon Choi                    78.

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
AR1: Roberto Giron (HON)
AR2: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Fourth Officials: Steven DePiero (CAN)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Chris Seitz


Group D Standings
                        W     L     T     Pts.     Diff.
Poland            1      0     0      3        +1
United States 0      0    1     1          E
South Korea   0     0     1    1          E
Brazil                0    1      0    0        -1

Group D Schedule/Results
Date           Match-up                         Venue        Kickoff (ET)
June 30     Poland 1, Brazil 0            Montreal
June 30    USA 1, South Korea 1     Montreal
July 3        USA vs. Poland                 Montreal    5:00 p.m.
July 3        Brazil vs. South Korea     Montreal    7:45 p.m.
July 6        Poland vs. South Korea  Montreal    7:45 p.m.
July 6       USA vs. Brazil                     Ottawa       7:45 p.m

Group A Schedule/Results
Date        Match-up                         Venue           Kickoff (ET)
July 1      Canada vs. Chile            Toronto         7:45 p.m.
July 2      Congo vs. Austria           Edmonton    7:45 p.m.
July 5      Chile vs. Congo              Edmonton     7:45 p.m.
July 5      Austria vs. Canada         Edmonton    10:30 p.m.
July 8      Canada vs. Congo         Edmonton     8:00 p.m.
July 8      Chile vs. Austria             Toronto          8:00 p.m.

Group B Schedule/Results
Date      Match-up                          Venue           Kickoff (ET)
July 1    Jordan vs. Zambia           Burnaby        5:15 p.m.
July 1    Spain vs. Uruguay           Burnaby        8:00 p.m.
July 4    Uruguay vs. Jordan         Burnaby        8:00 p.m.
July 4    Zambia vs. Spain            Burnaby         9:45 p.m.
July 7    Spain vs. Jordan             Burnaby         4:15 p.m.
July 7    Uruguay vs. Zambia        Victoria         5:15 p.m.

Group C Schedule/Results
Date      Match-up                                 Venue       Kickoff (ET)
July 2    Gambia vs. Mexico                 Toronto      2:15 p.m.
July 2    Portugal vs. New Zealand    Toronto      5:00 p.m.
July 5    New Zealand vs. Gambia     Toronto      5:00 p.m.
July 5    Mexico vs. Portugal                Toronto      7:45 p.m.
July 8    Portugal vs. Gambia              Montreal     5:15 p.m.
July 8    New Zealand vs. Mexico      Edmonton   5:15 p.m.

Group E Schedule/Results
Date         Match-up                                           Venue     Kickoff (ET)
June 30   North Korea 0, Panama 0               Ottawa
June 30   Argentina 0, Czech Republic 0      Ottawa
July 3       Czech Republic vs. North Korea    Ottawa     5:00 p.m.
July 3       Panama vs. Argentina                     Ottawa     7:45 p.m.
July 6       Argentina vs. Korea                         Ottawa      5:00 p.m.
July 6       Czech Republic vs. Panama         Montreal    5:00 p.m.

Group F Schedule/Results
Date      Match-up                              Venue        Kickoff (ET)
July 1    Nigeria vs. Costa Rica        Victoria       5:15 p.m.
July 1    Japan vs. Scotland               Victoria      8:00 p.m.
July 4    Scotland vs. Nigeria             Victoria      8:00 p.m.
July 4    Costa Rica vs. Japan          Victoria      10:45 p.m.
July 7    Japan vs. Nigeria                 Victoria       8:00 p.m.
July 7    Scotland vs. Costa Rica      Burnaby     8:00 p.m.