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Arreola Scores Four Goals and an Assist to Lead U-17 MNT '92s Over Chicago Fire U-17/18

CHICAGO (April 7, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-17 MNT wrapped up a Development Academy weekend in the Chicago area, with the ‘92s picking up a 5-0 win on Sunday against the Chicago Fire U-17/18 team at Toyota Park behind four goals and an assist from substitute Eder Arreola.

"It was an important day for us," said U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera. "We've been having great games, good competition, and that's what we're looking for with our kids. It's a great experience for them to play at Toyota Park."

With the game scoreless in the 64th minute, Arreola came on as a substitute and a minute later gave the U.S. the lead. Rob Derschang took a corner kick for the U.S. that went across the goal mouth, where it was touched by Shaquille Phillips to Joe Gyau. Gyau played the ball back across the goal mouth through traffic, and Arreola fired home a shot from close range.

The goal opened the game up, and with the Fire pressing, the U.S. attack, led by Arreola, took advantage of their newfound time and space. In the 79th minute, the U.S. built up an attack that led to Stefan Jerome playing a cross into the box. Luis Gil received the ball at the near post and played a cheeky back heel to Arreola, who was unmarked and able to finish and double the U.S. lead.

Six minutes later, midfielder Korey Veeder got in on the action, playing a cross in for Arreola that the Chino Hills, Calif. simply had to touch into the goal as he was virtually unmarked. Less than a minute later, Arreola intercepted a pass from a Fire defender and found himself virtually in alone on goal. Jerome caught up to his fellow forward, and with the goalkeeper coming off his line, Arreola touched the ball over for Jerome to place into the empty net.

Just before the final whistle, Derschang received the ball in the middle of the field, turned and played it over the top. With a weak side defender keeping him onside, Arreola found himself one-on-one and placed the ball perfectly around the sprawling ‘keeper into the side netting with his left foot.

"It's a good feeling," said Arreola after the game. "Every kid wants to play on a field like this in this kind of environment like the professionals do, and my favorite player plays on this field. It was a good experience."

"The level of the Development Academy games has been very high, especially with the professional clubs," said Cabrera. "We're very pleased with that, and the way that the teams and players have been improving."

On Saturday, the ‘92s played to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Magic at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. It was the second time the teams tied in their two meetings. The Magic got on the board first, but it was Arreola who leveled the score after coming on as a substitute.

The ‘92s remain undefeated in Development Academy action, with the Magic scoring just the third goal scored against them in nine games. The U.S. Under-17s host another pair of Academy opponents at IMG Academy, facing Scott Gallagher on Saturday, April 12, and Metro United on Sunday, April 13.

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

Participants: USA U18 YNT v. U18 Chicago Fire
Competition: Development Academy
Location: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Date: April 6th, 2008
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:
          1  2  F
USA  0  5  5
FIRE 0  0  0

USA - Eder Arreola (Joseph Gyau)                65th minute
USA - Eder Arreola (Luis Gil)                        79.
USA - Eder Arreola (Korey Veeder)               84.
USA - Stefan Jerome (Eder Arreola)            86.
USA - Eder Arreola (Robert Derschang)     91+

USA: 1-Earl Edwards; 2-Perry Kitchen, 3-Tyler Polak, 4-Alex Shinsky (15-Korey Veeder, 70), 6-Shaquille Phillips; 5-Marlon Duran, 8-Robert Derschang, 10-Luis Gil, 11-Carlos Martinez (12-Stefan Jerome, 73); 9-Jack McInerney (7-Eder Arreola, 64), 13-Joseph Gyau;

Subs Not Used: 18-Brian Sylveste, 17-Christian Alvarez, 16-Aubrey Perry
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

FIRE: GK-Steven Purdy; 5-Bart Boguszewski, 10-Jarret Kerr, 11-Tim Liden (17-Mark Roos, 67), 19-Eric Marofske; 14-Keith Mach (6-Aaron Brynteson, 90), 16-Al Palar (7-Cody Culver, 80), 26-Ian Christian (4-Kamil Bober, 83), 39-Kyle McCrudden (18-Jordan Stanley, 61); 9-Andy Huftlain (3-Evan Bartzis, 54), 15-NA (2-Austin Andrekus, 90);

Subs Not Used: None

Head coach: Louis Mateus

Statistical Summary:
        USA / CHI
Shots 12 / 10
Shots on goal 8 / 4
Saves 4 / 3
Corner Kicks 8 / 3
Fouls 12 / 13
Offside 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary: