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U-18 Men's National Team Splits Games in Flores, Uruguay; Continues Tour of South America by Travelling to Argentina

TRINIDAD, Uruguay (Aug. 4, 2008) - The U-18 Men's National Team defeated Paraguay on August 2, 1-0, but fell to Uruguay, 3-1, on August 3. The two games were part of a busy weekend for Dave Sarachan's team, which was competing in an Under-20 tournament in the city of Trinidad, Uruguay - part of the Flores department in the southern region of the country.

In Saturday's victory over Paraguay, the U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 first half lead, courtesy of a goal from midfielder Anthony Arena. After the break, Paraguay went searching for an equalizer, but resilient defending from the U.S. preserved the narrow victory.

Sunday's game brought a different result for the U.S., who succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay. Three first half goals from the hosts proved to be too much for the U.S. to overcome, and though Latif Alashe converted a rebound in the 32nd minute, his goal proved only to be a consolation.

The U.S. continues it's trip in South America by heading south to Argentina. The U-18 MNT will play club side Estudiantes on Aug. 6 in Buenos Aires.

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Match Reports

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. Paraguay U-20
Date: August 2rd, 2008
Competition: Torneo Internacional Sub 20 Ciudad de Trinidad
Venue: Estadio Juan Antonio La Valleja - Trinidad, Uruguay
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Attendance: 400
Weather: cloudy high 50s

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

USA- Anthony Arena     39th minue

USA: 1-Abdul Bilal Hamid; 7-Harrison Petts, 16-Aubrey Perry, 23-Jossimar Sanchez, 14-Kofi Sarkodie; 11-Richard Menjivar (4-Richard Menjivar, 46), 2-Latif Alashe (15-Kevin Mejia, 71), 3-Anthony Arena, 12-Taylor Kemp (10-Taylor Kemp, 75); 13-Kelyn Rowe (8-Erik Hurtado, 69), 5-Will Bates (9-Adam Jahn, 90)
Subs Not Used: 24 Zac MacMath
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

PAR: 1-Jorge Ortiz; 8-Hernan Perez, 2-Cesar Benitez (14-Rris Ivan, 84), 3-Jhonatan Cabrera, 5-Francisco Silva, 6-Fredy Coronel, 7-Carlos Martinez, 4-Juan Nunez (15-Diego Ayala, 69), 10-Lorenzo Frutos (19- Adriano Duerte, 71); 11-Juan Maldonado (18-Gustavo Cristaldo, 57), 9-Hugo Santa Cruz (20-Robin Ramirez, 61)
Head Coach: Adrian Coria

Stats Summary:
                            USA     PAR
Shots                    16         18
Saves                     4           5
Corner Kicks         2           2
Fouls                    14         16
Offsides                 1            2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Harrison Petts (caution)     82nd minute

Match-Up U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay U-20
Date: August 3rd, 2008
Competition: Torneo Internacional Sub 20 Ciudad de Trinidad
Venue: Estadio Juan Antonio La Valleja - Trinidad, Uruguay
Kickoff: 3 p.m.
Attendance: 1500 people
Weather: Sunny and cold. 45 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                    1    2     F
USA            1    0    1
URU           3    0     3

URU – Santiago Damián Garcia Correa (Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benitez)     7th minute
URU -  Abel Mathías Hernandez Platero (Matías Aguirregaray Guruceaga)     24th minute
URU – Abel Mathías Hernandez Platero (Matías Aguirregaray Guruceaga)     28th minute
USA - Latif Alashe                                                                                                           32nd minute

USA: 24 –Zach MacMath; 7-Harrison Petts (5-Will Bates, 73), 16-Aubrey Perry, 23-Jossimar Sanchez (10-Paul Islas, 87), 14-Kofi Sarkodie; 4-Kevin Bick (6-Brian Dominguez, 46), 2-Latif Alashe (11-Richard Menjivar, 65), 3-Anthony Arena, 12-Taylor Kemp (1-Abdul Bilal Hamid, 77); 9-Adam Jahn (13- Kelyn Rowe, 46), 8-Erik Hurtado
Subs Not Used: 15-Kevin Mejia
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

URU: 1-Alison Nicola Perez Barone; 4-Luis Alberto Torrecilla Michelle, 2-Marcelo Andrés Silva Fernandez (13-Rodrigo Gastón Mieres Perez, 76), 3-Leandro Cabrera Sasia, 6-Adrián Javier Gunino Duque; 7-Matías Aguirregaray Guruceaga (20-Jonathan Rápale Ramis Persincula, 77), 5-Facundo Julián Piriz Gonzalez (15-Hugo Soria, 63), 8-Maximiliano Matías Clazada Fuentes, 10-Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benitez (17-Henry Matías Mier Codina, 82); 9-Santiago Damían Garcia Correa (19-Maximiano Jonathan Cordoba Borgues, 73), 11-Abel Mathías Hernandez Platero (22-Jonathan Charqiuero Lopez, 73)
Head Coach: Diego Aguirre

Statistical Summary:
                            USA     URU
Shots                     9         31
Saves                  10         3
Fouls                   13         11
Corner Kicks       3           7
Offsides                0          1

Misconduct Summary:
URU – Maximiliano Matías Clazada Fuentes (caution)         58th minute
USA – Anthony Arena (caution)                                                  70th minute
USA – Zach MacMath (ejection)                                                  77th minute