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U-17 MNT Win Second Match of Copa Cuidad de Rosario


ROSARIO, Argentina (Oct. 24, 2006) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team bounced back after losing their first match of the Copa Cuidad de Rosario Tournament to defeat Rosario Central, 3-2, this afternoon at the Estadio Coloso del Parque in Rosario, Argentina.

Mykell Bates and Jose Altamirano both gave the U.S. the lead during the match, but each effort was followed by equalizers from Rosario Central, including the second that came 20 minutes after the U.S. was reduced to 10 men when Sheanon Williams was sent off for a rough foul in the 51st minute. Despite being down a man, Danny Wenzel scored the game-winner four minutes from the final whistle when he directed in a cross from Greg Garza.

The U.S. will finish the tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 25 against Paraguay, which won their first match against Rosario Central, but fell this afternoon to Newell's Old Boys in a penalty shootout after battling to a draw in regulation.

By winning the penalty shootout, Newell's Old Boys was rewarded with an extra point and sits alone in first place with five points. The U.S. and Paraguay are tied for second with three points each.

"We needed to win to give us a chance to be in position to possibly win the tournament when we face Paraguay and that's exactly what we did," said U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth. "It was a back and forth match, but our players really pulled through despite losing Sheanon Williams and being down a man for almost the entire second half."

Bates put the U.S. in the lead in the 35th minute when he headed home a Danny Barrera corner kick. The defender isn't known for his goal-socring capabilities, but in the past five weeks has scored four goals, all headers, with the other three coming against Mexico and Portugal during the Nike National Team Friendlies in September.

Rosario pulled even in the 43rd minute when Marcos Figueroa was able to direct a cross from Diogens Urcia past U.S. goalkeeper Larry Jackson, putting the teams tied at halftime.

Just 25 seconds into the second half, Altamirano put the U.S. back in the lead when he scored off the kickoff. The ball was played back to Wenzel and he knocked the ball deep down the left flank for Garza. He collected the ball and sent a cross into Altimorano in the penalty area and he finished it past the Rosario 'keeper.

The stunning beginning of the second half was tempered five minutes later when Williams was shown the red card reducing the U.S. to just 10 men.

The U.S. was able to hold off Rosario's attack for the next 20 minutes, but in the 71st minute substitute Eric Hernandez put a second past Jackson to make it 2-2.

The game-winner came in the 86th minute when Garza served in a free kick from the center circle into the area and Wenzel was able to direct the service past the 'keeper.

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

Match-up: USA vs. Rosario Central
Date: October 24, 2006
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Estadio Coloso del Parque; Rosario, Argentina
Attendance: 250
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:   
                                    1      2         F
USA                            1      2         3
Rosario Central       1      1         2

Scoring:
USA – Mykell Bates (Danny Barrera)                35th minute
ROC – Marcos Figueroa (Diogenes Urcia)     43.
USA – Jose Altamirano (Greg Garza)             46.
ROC – Eric Hernandez                                        71.
USA – Danny Wenzel (Greg Garza)                   86.

Lineups:
USA: 24-Larry Jackson; 16-Brandon Zimmerman (22-Kofi Sarkodie, 80), 3-Mykell Bates, 4-Howard Turk, 5-Matt Uy; 6-Danny Wenzel (11-Kirk Urso, 87), 8-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Danny Barrera (15-Greg Garza, 46), 2-Sheanon Williams; 9-Ellis McLoughlin (13-Brendan King, 90), 23-Jose Altamirano (12-Ryan Finley, 67 ; 7-Axel Levry, 87).

ROC: 12-Ivan Piccioni; 2-Cristian Godoy, 4-Diego Baldessi, 14-Tomas Berra, 13-Damian Cordero (19-Leonrdo Insaurralde, 56); 5-Diego Migueles, 8-Emmanuel Garcia (11-Ezequiel Reina, 51), 15-Ricardo Ramirez (9-Santiago Cesanelli, 63), 22-Diogenes Urcia (16-Jonathan Reynoso, 74); 7-Marcos Figueroa (17-Lucas Bois, 44), 10-Gustavo Bongrad (18-Eric Hernandez, 65).

Stats Summary:     
                                USA     ROC
 Shots                      16        15
 Saves                       5          5
 Corner Kicks          5           3
 Fouls                      20        19
 Offside                     0           4

Misconduct Summary:
ROC – Cristian Godoy (caution)               25th minute
USA – Jared Jeffrey (caution)                    36.
USA – Brandon Zimmerman (caution)    43.
USA – Sheanon Williams (sent off)         51.
USA – Larry Jackson (caution)                 70.
USA – Danny Wenzel (caution)                 82.

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