LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 27, 2007) – As their counterparts were arriving in Jamaica for the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, the younger group from the Under-17 Men’s National Team was running away and hiding with a 5-1 victory to win third place as the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.
Ryan Finley led the way with a pair of goals as the U.S. scored three times in five minutes between the 29th and 33rd minutes. Finley’s strikes, assisted by Cooper Barham and Ben Speas, respectively, book-ended a Speas goal that was assisted by Zarek Vanentin.
The goals for the U.S. in the second half came in a bunch as well, as Amobi Okugo scored in the 59th minute and substitute Eder Arreola scored four minutes later on Valentin’s second helper of the match.
Isreal closed out the day’s scoring with a 68th minute goal by Guy Lipka.
In the championship game, Ireland upended the hosts 3-0.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report
Participants: USA vs. Israel
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 27, 2007
Weather: Sunny, 65 Degrees
1 2 F
USA 3 2 5
ISR 0 1 1
USA – Ryan Finley (Cooper Barham) 29th minute
USA – Ben Speas (Zarek Valentin) 30.
USA – Ryan Finley (Ben Speas) 33.
USA – Amobi Okugo 59.
USA – Eder Arreola (Zarek Valentin) 63.
ISR – Guy Lipka 68.
USA: 1-Cody Mizell (18-Rafael Diaz, 41); 12-Parker Walsh, 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 14-Ben Speas (10-Scott Caldwell, 69), 5-Amobi Okugo (15-Korey Veeder, 77); 6-Hasani Sinclair (13-Eder Arreola, 51), 16-Ryan Finley (4-Dersu Abolfathi, 51), 11-Cooper Barham (7-Ade Akinsanya, 51)
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve
ISR: 18-Idan Tuef; 7-Artur Atadjanov, 4-Osher Zeytoun, 5-Mishel Nahimias, 20-Guy Lipka; 12-Eyal Golsa, 14-Israel Goren (10-Moshe Lugassi, 41), 16-Moshe Barak (9-Isak Elihen, 54), 11-Mohammad Ghadir; 6-Philip Hbumaneh (17-Muin Khalaili, 41), 13-Saar Itzhak Segal (15-Timor Avitan, 41)
Subs not used: 1-Gaston Mizdraje, 2-Nir Mantsur, 8-Sameh Moreb
Statistical Summary: USA/ISR
Shots on goal 11/5
Corner Kicks 6/4