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U.S. U-20s Draw 1-1 With Canada in Kingston

KINGSTON, Ontario (July 9, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team drew 1-1 with Canada this evening in front of a boisterous crowd of 5,320 at Richardson Stadium on the campus of Queens University in Kinston, Ontario. The match was the second of a two-game series between the CONCACAF rivals, with the U.S. winning the first match, 2-1, two days ago in Toronto.

After a scoreless first half, Amaechi Igwe gave the U.S. a lead after nearly an hour of play, but Canada’s Alex Elliot hit a long-range blast a short time later for the equalizer.

“The two-game series was a success,” said U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen. “We came away with a win and a draw against a tough Canadian squad that was playing at home in front of their fans. Our guys played well and I’m happy with their performance during the entire week of training.”

The next event for the U.S. Under-20s is the Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The U.S. will leave for the tournament on July 27 and play Wales on Monday, July 31 and Denmark on Wednesday, Aug. 2, before playing a placement match on Friday, Aug. 4. The other group consists of Northern Ireland, Paraguay and Turkey. A roster for the tournament will be announced in the near future.

Canada almost scored in the third minute when Olivier Babineau swung a corner into the box that ricocheted down to Ibrahim Balde, but his attempt was blocked.

U.S. forward Corben Bone looked to have a chance on goal fifteen minutes later when he was sent through on a great ball from midfield, but Canadian goalkeeper David Monsalve did well to come off his line and smother the pass away from Bone’s feet.

Just before the end of the half, Bone had another opportunity dashed by Monsalve as the ‘keeper stretched out to make an impressive save.

With both teams pushing for a goal, Igwe gave the U.S. the lead when his glancing header got past Monsalve and slipped into the left corner. Robbie Rogers had the assist on the goal.

Canada tied things up 10 minutes later when Elliot hit a thundering strike from 30 yards out. The University of Portland striker spun quickly in the middle of the U.S. half and hammered a right-footed shot that Marcus Rein scrambled to get to, but could only watch as and it ended up in the goal.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Canada
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Kingston, Ontario; Canada
Date: July 9, 2006
Weather: Warm, 60 degrees
Attendance: 5,320

Scoring Summary:
                     1    2    F
USA             0    1    1
CAN             0    1    1

USA – Amaechi Igwe (Robbie Rogers)         65th minute
CAN – Alex Elliot                                                 74.
USA: 1-Marcus Rein; 19-Tony Beltran, 4-Julian Valentin (2-Kyle Davies, 46), 17-Omar Gonzalez, 13-Blake Wagner (3-Amaechi Igwe, 46); 16-Cameron Brown, 15-Brad Ring (capt.), 7-Corben Bone; 11-Robbie Rogers, 14-Josmer Altidore, 9-Estuardo Sanchez (8-Rodrigo Lopez, 46).
Subs not used: 22-Bryan Arguez, 24-Mike Gustavson
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

CAN: 1-David Monsalve; 2-Kennedy Owusu-Ansah; 3-AJ Gray (16-Stefan Leslie, 64); 4-Ibrahim Balde (7-Masumi Turnbull, 54); 5-Stephen Lumley, 6-Nana Attakora-Gyan; 9-Massimo Di Ioia (8-Alex Elliot, 58); 11-Olivier Babineau; 13-Shane Lammie; 14-Gabe Gala (12-Pierre-Rudolph Maynard, 54); 15-Mike D’Agostino.
Head Coach: Dale Mitchell

Statistical Summary:
                              USA    CAN
Shots                     16         6      
Saves                      1          5
Fouls                     17          6
Corner Kicks         5           9
Offside                    0           5

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Ibrahim Balde (caution)            30th minute
USA – Robbie Rogers (caution)          72.