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U-17 MNT Closes Trip With Win Over Germany

GIESSEN, Germany (July 20, 2007) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team closed out a foreign tour of Belgium and Germany with a 3-1 win over Germany behind first-half goals from Greg Garza, Ellis McLoughlin and Alex Nimo.

The U.S. opened scoring in the 18th minute when Ellis McLoughlin flicked the ball to Greg Garza on the left side, and Garza was able to beat German goalkeeper Fabien Giefer to the left side of the goal.

In the 24th minute, Bryan Dominguez found Ellis McLoughlin on the left side of the field, and Giefer came out to try and intercept the pass. McLoughlin was able to touch it around him and put the U.S. up by two.

Just three minute later, Sheannon Williams played a brilliant ball into the corner to Billy Schuler, who ran onto the ball and found Alex Nimo at the top of the penalty area. Nimo took a touch on the ball and fired a shot that beat Giefer to make it 3-0.

Germany's Sacha Bigalke scored in the 63rd minute to cut the lead to two, but the U.S. held on for the win. The win was the third for the Americans in three games over their tour, which is part of the preparations for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

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

Participants: USA U17 MNT vs. Germany U17 MNT
Competition:  International Friendly
Location: Waldstadion; Giessen, Germany
Date: July 20, 2007
Weather:  Partly cloudy, 20 Celsius

Scoring Summary:                 
                        1     2      F
USA                 3     0     3
GER                 0     1    1

USA     Greg Garza                   (Ellis McLoughlin)                                      18th minute
USA     Ellis McLoughlin           (Bryan Dominguez)                                 24th minute
USA     Alex Nimo                     (Sheannon Williams)                               27th minute
GER     Sacha Bigalke               (Dennis Dowidat)                                    63rd


USA:  18-Zachary Mac Math; 2-Sheannon Williams, 3-Mykell Bates, 4-Kofi Sarkodie, 6-Daniel Wenzel; 8-Jared Jeffrey, 10-Bryan Dominguez (12-Kirk Urso, 86), 17-Greg Garza (15-Dane Shea, 77), 19-Alex Nimo; 9-Ellis McLoughlin (22-Brendan King, 89), 13-Billy Schuler (11-Abdusalam Ibrahim, 60);
Subs not used:  1-Josh Lambo, 24-Larry Jackson; 21-Christopher Klute, 5-Thomas Meyer, 16-Brandon Zimmerman; 23-Nicholas Millington, 7-Amobi Okugo, 14-Jesse Paredes; 20 Jose Altamirano;
Head Coach: John Hackworth

Germany:  1-Fabien Giefer (12-Rene Voliath, 46); 2-Sebastian Rudy (16-Kai Bastian Evers, 46), 3-Konstantin Rausch (13-Fabian Gotze, 46), 4-Julian Koch (14-Matthias Haas, 46), 5-Nils Teixeira (15-Mario Erb, 46); 6-Tony Jantschke (17-Patrick Funk, 46), 7-Alexander Eßwein (3-Dennis Dowidat, 46), 8-Mehmet Ekici (18-Jonas Strifler, 46), 11-Daniel Divadi (19-Henning Sauerbier, 46); 9-Richard Sukuta-Pasu (4-Fabian Broghammer, 46), 10-Toni Kroos (20-Sascha Bigalke, 46);
Subs not used:  5-Markus Untch
Head Coach:  Heiko Herrlich

Statistical Summary:
                        USA     GER
Shots                5          10
Shots on goal    3          3
Saves               3          2
Fouls                12         4
Corner Kicks     3          3
Offside             2          3

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