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U-17 '88 MNT Fall to Colombia 2-0 in Peru

The U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team fell to Colombia 2-0 in their second match of the Copa Telefonica Tournament this evening in front of 2,000 people at Estadio Elias Aguirre in Chiclayo, Peru.

With the loss, the U.S. now sits in third place with one final match against Ecuador on Saturday, Aug. 14. Colombia sits atop the group with two wins and six points, while Peru, which the USA beat 2-1 on Tuesday, jumped up to second place with a 2-0 win over Ecuador, providing them with a better goal differential.

The U.S. and Colombia battled to a scoreless first half as each side struggled to create quality chances on goal. Despite starting three forwards up front with Eddie Ababio, Preston Zimmerman and Quavas Kirk, the U.S. was only able to take three attempts on goal during the entire match. Colombia on the other hand was able to muster 13 shots on goal.

In the second half, Columbia struck twice in four minutes by capitalizing on mishaps in the U.S. defense. On both goals (53rd and 56th minutes),  the U.S. gave the ball away in their defensive third and Colombia was able to quickly turn upfield and bury the ball into the back of the net.

Ababio had two of the USA’s few chances on net, but his attempts were either off target or saved by the ‘keeper.

U.S. goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner finished the night with five saves.

- U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team Game Report -

U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Competition: Copa Telefonica 2004
Location: Estadio Elias Aguirre; Chiclayo, Peru
Date: Aug. 12, 2004
Weather: Cool, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1st    2nd     Final
USA                                    0       0          0
COL                                    0       2          2

COL - n/a                                           53rd minute
COL - n/a                                           56th
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner; 4-Eric Lichaj, 7-Ofori Sarkodie; 5-Richard Edgar, 10-Kevin Alston; 3-Carlos Borja (14-Kyle Nakawzawa, 72), 11-Ryan Soroka, 16-Nik Besango; 9-Preston Zimmerman, 15-Eddie Ababio, 6-Quavas Kirk.
Subs not used: 2-Michael Balogun, 8-Michael Stephens, 12-Michael Dal Pra, 13-Blake Wagner, 17-Jeremy Hall, 18-Evan Newton, 19-Michael Farfan, 20-Gabriel Farfan.

COL: 1- David Ospina; 8-Nelson Aspirilla, 15-Jairo Fabian Palomino, 3-Oscar Murillo, 17-Gustavo Rojas; 6-Alexander Mejia (4-Alvaro Leon, 62), 14-Alejandro Bernal (19-Carlos Ramos, 68), 18-Fernando Uribe (10-Jose Manuel Najera, 57); 7-Sergio Villareal (13-Carlos Ensuncho, 79), 11-Pablo Murillo, 20-Jhon Mosquera (9-Walter Restrepo, 57). 

Statistical Summary:       USA        COL   
Shots                                       3              13
Saves                                      5              2
Corner Kick                            4              4
Fouls                                       18            23
Offside                                    1              1

Misconduct Summary:
COL - Alexander Meija (caution)                       32nd minute
USA - Preston Zimmerman (caution)                48th
COL - Jhon Mosquera (caution)                         55th
COL - Carlos Ramos (caution)                           66th

Copa Telefonica 2004
Team            GP   W    L     T     GF   GA   +/-   Pts.
Colombia      2      2     0     0      5       0      5      6
Peru               2      1     1     0      3       2      1      3
USA               2      1     1    0      2       3      -1      3
Ecuador        2       0     2     0      0       5     -5      0

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Colombia 3, Ecuador 0
USA 2, Peru 1

Thursday, Aug. 13
USA 0, Colombia 2
Ecuador 0,  Peru 2

Saturday, Aug. 15
USA vs. Ecuador
Colombia vs. Peru