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U-17 '90s Dominate Wales, But Finish in 2-2 Draw

RHYL, Wales (April 20, 2006) - Despite dominating the match, the U.S. Under-17 ’90 Men’s National Team drew 2-2 with Wales this afternoon in Rhyl, Wales.

For the second straight game, forward Ellis McLoughlin buried two goals. After falling behind early, the Seattle, Wash., native scored on either side of halftime, but Wales got a late goal off a corner kick to pull even.

Overall, the U.S. held Wales to just three shots on goal, while peppering Wales’s goalkeepers Rhys Taylor and Chris Maxwell with 14 shots.

“We played really well and dominated at times against a good side, but it’s unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win,” said U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth. “We let in two goals on just three shots, which is something we can’t allow to happen. Despite letting in those goals though, I was thinking on the bench that as long as we play this kind of soccer we will win international games this year. We looked strong and were composed while playing in an opponent’s home field.”

Wales got on the scoreboard first after defender Tommy Meyer was called for a foul while trying to shutdown a shot attempt on goal, forcing the referee to point to the spot. A Wales player had gotten past Matt Uy and slipped the ball to a teammate inside the area, who was preparing to shoot before Meyer slid in, getting the ball, but also his opponent.

Forward Sam Wade, who gave the U.S. the most fits of the Wales players, buried the penalty past U.S. goalkeeper Josh Lambo.

The U.S. scored the equalizer in the 34th minute when McLoughlin buried his first of two on the day. Alex Dixon made a nice overlapping run on the right flank to receive the ball and then whipped a cross into the box. McLoughlin had gotten free from his defender and headed the ball past Taylor to make it 1-1.

Controlling the tempo and applying the pressure for most of the second half, McLoughlin finally gave the U.S. the lead in the 73rd minute. Bryan Dominguez fed McLoughlin and he slotted his shot into the back of the net.

Just two minutes later, Wales pulled even when Kayne McLaggon’s looping header snuck inside the post. Wade sent in the corner and McLaggon was able to get his head to it, knocking what appeared to be a non-dangerous ball in the air towards the near post, but it bounced into the goal, almost as if the play was in slow-motion.

The U.S. was scheduled to play Wigan Athletic on Saturday, April 22, but the game has been cancelled. Instead, the U.S. will face the Tranmere Rovers FC at a time and location to be determined.

U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team Match Report

Participants:  U.S. Under-17 ‘90s Men’s National Team vs. Wales
Competition:  International Friendly
Location: Rhyl, Wales
Date: April 20, 2006
Weather: Overcast, 60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 
                 1st   2nd     Final
USA           1       1          2
WAL           1       1          2

WAL – Sam Wade (penalty kick)                          17th minute
USA – Ellis McLoughlin (Alex Dixon)                   34.
USA – Ellis McLoughlin (Bryan Dominguez)     73.
WAL – Kayne McLaggon (Sam Wade)               75.

USA: 18-Josh Lambo; 13-Matt Uy, 2-Brandon Lee, 3-Tommy Meyer, 5-Ian Kalis; 12-Alex Dixon, 14-Jared Jeffrey, 19-Kirk Urso (20-Brandon Tarr, 69), 17-Bryan Dominguez; 9-Sheanon Williams, 10-Ellis McLoughlin.

WAL: 1-Rhys Taylor (21-Chris Maxwell, 49); 2-David Jones, 3-Troy Brown (14-Dale Otten, 59), 5-Jamie Price, 6-Daniel Knight; 4-Ashton Taylor (16-Joe Allen, 69), 7-Joe Brown, 8-Aaron Ramsey (18-Joe Barret, 79), 11-Rhys Llwyd (17-Kayne McLaggon, 49); 9-Michael Cronshaw, 10-Sam Wade.

Statistical Summary:
                              USA    WAL
Shots                      14       3
Saves                       1        5
Fouls                        7       16
Corner Kicks         13       9
Offside                     2        5

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