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U.S. U-20 MNT Draw With Turkey 0-0 in Second Game in Northern Ireland Milk Cup

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (July 19, 2004) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team battled Turkey to a 0-0 tie this afternoon for their second draw in as many games at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.  With the draw, the U.S. sits in third place in Group 2 with two points behind Turkey (four points) and Denmark, who also has two points, but is listed ahead of the U.S. with more goals scored (three to two).

The U.S. will play Wales in its third and final group match on Wednesday, July 21. The U.S. still has a chance to finish atop the group if it beats Wales by a good margin and gets some the Turkey-Denmark affair is low scoring. Depending on how they finish in Group 2, the U.S. will play for their final standing on July 23 in the placement match, going up against the team in Group 1 (Brazil, Russia, Northern Ireland and Israel) that finishes in the same position.

The U.S. defense did a remarkable job of not letting Turkey get a single shot on goal during the match. After a slow start, the match began to liven up around the 20th minute mark and the game was exciting as a scoreless tie could get. At that time, the U.S. began to pressure Turkish ‘keeper Tolaghan Acar as Craig Capano, Nico Colaluca and Stuart Holden were able to get off shots, but nothing that gave him too much trouble.

In the 32nd minute, Chad Barrett, who was placed up top with Arturo Alvarez, almost pulled off an ambitious attempt from about 40 yards out. The UCLA striker received a ball from Capano and spun off his defender before hitting his shot from deep that forced Acar to hustle back to keep the ball out of the net.

Four minutes later, Acar was once again able to keep the U.S. from scoring when he just got a piece of a Will John header from 12 yards out that looked like it was going into the upper-right corner.

Near the end of the first half, Turkey put their best attempt together as Muammer Sancakli dribbled through the midfield and ripped a bullet that went just wide right.

John had another chance for a header early in the second half, this time receiving from Holden about 15 yards from goal, but his attempt went wide.

The U.S. looked like they would be the team to take the lead 15 minutes into the second half, but then Turkey almost got on the board on a free kick from Rasit Sevindir, awarded after Sancakli was taken down 24 yards from goal. Sevindir struck the ball well, putting it over the wall, but it dipped just a bit late and hit the top of the crossbar before going out for a goal kick.

In the 67th minute, Sevindir took another free kick, this one from deep, curling it in to Bilal Cubukcu on the left end of the penalty area. In a dangerous position, Cubukcu unleashed a shot, but defender Patrick Phelan was able to get back to block it away.

Two minutes later Alvarez looked to get on the board after collecting a pass from Capano and dizzying three defenders before ripping a shot from a tough angle that Acar could only knock away for a corner.

Alvarez, along with substitutes Charlie Davies and Kamani Hill, each provided a last ditch effort to find the game-winner, but all three shots in the final minutes went wide of the frame.

In the other match in Group 2, Denmark tied Wales 1-1. In Group 1, the host Northern Ireland pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, defeating reigning Under-20 champions Brazil 2-1, and Russia snagged its second victory with a 4-2 win over Israel. 

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

Participants: U-20 MNT vs. Turkey
Competition: 2004 Milk Cup
Location: Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Date: July 19, 2004
Weather: Cool, 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:

                                      1st      2nd     Final
United States                 0         0          0
Turkey                             0         0          0

USA –1- Quentin Westberg; 6-Steve Purdy, 2-Patrick Phelan, 20-Kiel McClung, 4-Mike Ordonez; 12-Stuart Holden, 8-Craig Capano, 19-Nico Colaluca (10-Charlie Davies, 67), 16-Will John (3-Tim Ward, 60); 11-Arturo Alvarez (15-Sasha Klejstan, 90), 13-Chad Barrett (9-Kamani Hill, 60)
Subs not used: 5-Karl Schilling, 7-Jay Denny, 18-Justin Hughes

TUR: 12-Tolgahan Acar; 16-Milih Cagri Gunduz, 14-Emim Donmez, 4-Ufukhan Bayraktar, 13-Yusuf Diner; 10-Deniz Can, 3-Bilal Cubukcu, 15-Mustafa Cerahir (6-Cihen Can, 66), 8-Muammer Sancakli; 11-Gurhan Oruc (7-Rasit Sevindir, 40), 9-Emre Aktas
Subs not used: 1-Ufuk Ceylan, 2-Enis Kahraman, 17-Selcuk Basturk

Statistical Summary:
                           USA      TUR
Shots                     10          3          
Saves                     0           4
Corners                 4            3
Fouls                     13          8
Offside                  0            0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chad Barrett (caution)                  16th minute
USA – Nico Colaluca (caution)                41st
USA – Craig Capano (caution)                42nd
TUR – Muammer Sancakli (caution)        53rd
TUR – Milih Cagri Gunduz (caution)         72nd
USA – Mike Ordonez (caution)                 90th 

2004 Milk Cup Standings

Group 1
Team                      GP   W   L   T    GF   GA    +/-    Pts.

Russia                      2      2    0    0     5       2       3       6
Brazil                        2      1    1    0     3       2       1       3
Northern Ireland       2      1    1    0     2       2       0       3
Israel                        2      0    2    0     2       6      -4      0
Saturday, July 17
Russia 1, Northern Ireland 0
Brazil 2, Israel 0

Monday, July 19

Russia 4, Israel 2
Northern Ireland 2, Brazil 1

Wednesday, July 21

Russia vs. Brazil
Northern Ireland vs. Israel

Group 2
Team          GP    W   L   T    GF   GA   +/-   Pts.

Turkey          2      1    0    1     2       1      1      4
Denmark      2      0    0    2     3       3      0      2
USA             2      0    0    2     2       2      0      2
Wales          2      0    1    1     2       3     -1      1

Saturday, July 17

Turkey 2, Wales 1
USA 2, Denmark 2

Monday, July 19
Turkey 0, USA 0
Denmark 1, Wales 1

Wednesday, July 21
Turkey vs. Denmark
USA vs. Wales