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U-18s Draw 2-2 Against U-17 '90 MNT

BRADENTON, Fla. (March 9, 2006) - The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team drew 2-2 with the U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The U-18s got off to a stellar beginning against their younger counterparts when former U-17 midfielder Micheal Stephens found Eber Martinez inside the box and the forward finished past Josh Lambo in the 2nd minute.

The U-17s were able to bounce back, finding the equalizer when Alex Dixon scored an unassisted strike in the 36th minute.

Four minutes before halftime, the U-18s retook the lead as Stephens once again set up a teammate, this time finding Casey Townsend, who finished past Lambo.

The U-17s were outshot 13-5 during the match, but still managed to pull even once again. Brek Shea tallied past Warren Gross in the 63rd minute.

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

Participants:  U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. U.S. Under-17 ‘90 MNT
Competition:  Friendly
Location: Bradenton, Fla.
Date: March 9, 2006
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary: 
                 1st   2nd    Final
U17            1       1        2
U18            2       0        2

U18 – Eber Martinez (Michael Stephens)  2nd minute
U17 – Alex Dixon       36.
U18 – Casey Townsend (Michael Stephens)  41.
U17 – Brek Shea      63.

U17: 18-Josh Lambo (40-Larry Jackson, 46); 2-Brandon Lee (27-TJ Nelson, 58), 21-Mykell Bates, 5-Ian Kalis; 37-Brek Shea, 7-Danny Wenzel, 14-Jared Jeffrey, 35-Abdus Ibrahim (19-Kirk Urso, 74); 38-Jesse Paredes (23-Ellis McLoughlin, 63), 39-Bryan Dominguez (20-Brandon Tarr, 80), 31-Alex Dixon (32-Temi Molinar, 74)

U18: Warren Gross; Cam Lamming, Greg Eckhardt, Kyle Davies, Ryan Thomas (Jose Gonzalez, 28); Blair Gaven, Peri Marosevic, Kaoru Forbess (Corben Bone, 25), Kemo Djedovic (Edgar Barajas, 80); Michael Stephens, Eber Martinez (Casey Townsend, 26)

Statistical Summary:
                              U17    U18
Shots                      5        13
Saves                      7         0
Fouls                       7         9
Corner Kicks         5          7
Offside                    3          1

Misconduct Summary:
U17 – Jesse Paredes (caution)  11th minute is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States