Shea Brace Leads to 4-0 Win for U.S. U-20 MNT at Milk Cup in Northern Ireland
BALLYMONEY, Northern Ireland (July 30, 3008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team picked up a 4-0 win over Wales at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland behind a brace from FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea.
The game was scoreless until the 38th minute, when Ike Opara sent a direct ball out of the back up to New England Revolution midfielder Brandon Manzonelli. Manzonelli brought the ball down into the path of Shea, who took a shot from outside the box that sailed past the Welsh 'keeper.
Ten minutes into the second half, Shea doubled the U.S. lead. He ran onto a through ball from Casey Townsend and hit the ball in stride, blasting it tin o the near post.
Late in the game the U.S. was pressuring, and Peri Marosevic took advantage of a loose ball in the box, hitting it in from close range. Just two minutes later, there was more confusion in front of the Welsh net and this time Danny Cruz was there to put it away and round out the scoring just two minutes from full time.
The U.S. next takes the field against Belgium on Friday in the Third Place match of the tournament. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m. locally (7:00 a.m. ET).
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report
Participants: USA U-20 MNT vs. Wales U-20 MNT
Competition: Milk Cup
Location: Riada Stadium, Ballymoney
Date: July 30, 2008
1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
WAL 0 0 0
USA Brek Shea(Brandon Manzonelli) 38th minute
USA Brek Shea(Casey Townsend) 55.
USA Peri Marosevic 86.
USA Danny Cruz 88.
USA: 1-Josh Lambo, 14-Anthony Wallace, 4-Ike Opara(2-Kyle Davies, 65), 5-Zarek Valentin, 6-Sheanon Williams(17-Amobi Okugo, 80), 12-Brek Shea(10-Vincenzo Bernardo, 68), 15-Mike Green, 16-Kirk Urso, 9-Peri Marosevic, 7-Brandon Manzonelli(3-Richard Balchan, 75), 13-Casey Townsend(8-Danny Cruz, 70)
Subs Not Used: 18-Brian Perk, 11-Jorge Flores
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
WAL: 2-Kai Edwards, 3-James Bloom, 4-Kieran Howard(5-Zak Evans, half), 6-Thomas Evans(15-Ashton Taylor, 4), 9-Joshua Klein Davis, 10-Kayne McLaggon(8-Christopher Jones, 66), 14-Troy Brown, 16-Ashley Richards, 17-Shane Williams(11-Matthew De Cae, half), 18-Stephen Davey(7-Joshua Dawkin, half), 21-Christopher Maxwell
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan North, 12-Adam Matthews
Head Coach: N/A
USA / WAL
Shots 12 / 3
Saves 3 / 2
Fouls 15 / 9
Corner Kicks 0 / 0
Offside 0 / 2