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U-17 '89 MNT Defeat Slovakia 2-0 in Opening Match of Ballymena International Tournament


BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (April 25, 2005) - The U.S. Under-17 '89 Men's National Team got two goals within five minutes of each other in the first half for a 2-0 victory over Slovakia in their opening match of the 2005 Ballymena International Tournament in Ballymena, Nothern Ireland. 

Cesar Nunez broke the game open in the 12th minute with his second international goal with the U-17s. The goal started with goalkeeper Brian Perk knocking the ball into Slovakia's defensive half where Josmer Altidore was able to head the ball forward for Nunez, who made a streaking run up the left flank. Nunez collected the ball and cut inside past a defender before unleasing a 20-yard shot that was beyond the reach of Slovakia's 'keeper and inside the right post.

Five minutes later, Perica Marosevic doubled the U.S. lead. Bryan Arguez found Marosevic making a through run near the left elbow of the penalty area and slipped a ball behind the defense for the midfielder. Slovakia's 'keeper came off his line to cut off Marosevic's angle, but he deftly curled the ball into the upper right corner.

The U.S. will next face Israel in Group A on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. local time.

- U.S. Under-17 '89 Men's National Team Match Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘89s Men’s National Team vs. Slovakia
Competition:     Ballymena International Tournament
Location:    Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Date:    April 25, 2005
Weather:    Cool, 60 degrees
Attendance:    300

Scoring Summary:   
               1st    2nd    Final
USA        2        0         2
SVK        0        0         0

USA – Cesar Nunez (Josmer Altidore)            12th minute
USA – Perica Marosevic (Bryan Arguez)        17.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brian Perk; 8-Michael Stephens, 5-Greg Eckhardt, 3-Anthony Wallace, 14-Victor Cortez; 16-Perica Marosevic (17-Demitrius Omphroy, 69), 7-Andrew Giallombardo (12-Andrew Duran, 66), 6-Bryan Arguez, 11-Joseph Sorrentino (15-Daniel Kelly, 54); 10-Josmer Altidore, 13-Cesar Nunez (9-Eber Martinez, 57).

SVK:  Atilla Petrik; Michal Jakubjak, Tomas Hanzel, Patrik Vajda, Mario Krizan (Tomas Mrbva, 46); Roman Zikavsky, Milos Supak, Dominik Drotar (Jakub Sylvester, 61), Jan Vician; Miroslav Stoch, Robert Ujcik (Vladimir Weiss, 46).

Statistical Summary:
                              USA      SVK
Shots                      10          6
Saves                       3          4
Fouls                       11         12
Corner Kicks           4          5
Offside                     2          0   

Misconduct Summary:
SVK – Thomas Hanzard (caution)    33rd minute

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