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U.S. Youth National Team Results - March 12, 2004

U-18 MNT 0, U-17 '88 MNT 0
The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team battled the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team to a 0-0 draw in a hotly contested match as usual teammates were pitted against each other at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The majority of the players making up the U-18 roster are players in Residency with the U-17 ‘87s and train daily with the ‘88s, but during the game any friendships were put on hold as each team wanted the bragging rights that would have come along with a victory.

The first half was a seesaw affair as both teams created chances, but neither could get anything to cross the goal line.

In the first 15 minutes of the match it was evident that the younger ‘88s weren’t intimidated by their older opponents as they pressured the ‘87s backline. In the third minute, U-17 ’88 forward Quavas Kirk made a diagonal run onto a through ball from midfield, but was unable to get control of the pass as central defender Tim Ward stepped in front to gain possession, before getting fouled by Kirk. The tough play was a constant theme throughout the match as Kirk and Ward’s scrap was one of the many battles as the two continually muscled for balls in the 87’s defensive third.

In the 22nd minute it looked as if Kirk was going to get the upper hand as his shot from 20 yards out missed the crossbar by inches. Richard Edgar lobbed a 40-yard free kick into the box, forcing ’87 ‘keeper Marcus Rein to come off his line to punch the service out, but his clearance fell to the feet of Michael Stephens. Reacting quickly, Stephens ripped a shot that deflected off the chest of Ward and bounced to Kirk, who just missed on his attempt.

Two minutes later, the ‘87s had their first good look on goal when defender Nathan Sturgis fed midfielder Christian Jimenez near the endline on the left flank. Jimenez beat his defender and blasted a shot on goal from a tough angle that was bobbled by Bryant Rueckner, but he was able to collect the ball before forward Mike Grella was able to get a foot to it.

The younger squad was able to come right back in the 28th minute as Edgar sent in another long ball from his defensive position that Kirk headed down to Ryan Soroka at the top of the box. Soroka hit a one-timer that went straight to Rein.

The ‘87s swung the momentum back the other way as they had most of the chances during the next 10 minutes. In the 31st minute, Szetela slipped a pass in stride to Grella, who touched it to his right into space and took a shot from beyond the penalty area that Rueckner easily corralled. Three minutes later, Jimenez got free and sprinted up the left flank before crossing the ball in near the six-yard box for an onrushing Rodrigo Hidalgo, but with Edgar on his back he couldn’t get a foot to the ball.

Jimenez served up another stellar pass moments later, this time off a free kick from the right side of the penalty area, but Ward’s header dipped over the crossbar.

The best chance for either squad came in the 38th minute as Mike Vidiera nodded a Szetela cross towards the goal line, but Rueckner came up with a brilliant save, barely getting his left hand down to stop the ball in its tracks.

The first 10 minutes of the second half was dominated by the ‘87s as they fired shot after shot, but struggled with their accuracy and only managed to put one on target. Rueckner was key in keeping the game tied as he was dominant in his goal mouth, snagging crosses out of the air, cutting off shooter’s angles and forcing the ’87 forwards into poor decisions.

To offset the ‘87s attack, Ellinger switched from three to four on the defensive line. After the switch, the ‘88s were able to settle down and handle most of the ‘87s pressure.

Under five minutes left, each team got a final opportunity on goal. In the 86th minute, second half substitute Robbie Rogers dribble into space in midfield before pushing the ball off to his right for Szetela. Continuing his run, Rogers got the ball back from Szetela near the top of the penalty area and hit a one-timer that screamed just wide of the right post.

U-17 ’87 defender Julian Valentin came up with a huge defensive stop a minute later when Kirk momentarily slipped behind the backline. In just a few strides, Valentin closed the gap between him and Kirk and tackled the ball off the lanky forward’s feet before he even got the top of the 18-yard box.

U-17 WNT 2, Germany 1
The Under-17 Women’s National Team kept their winning streak against international competition alive as Ashley Myers scored in the 70th minute for a 2-1 victory over Germany this afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The U-17s are now 5-0-0 against international competition since 2003.

It looked as if the U.S. was going to run away with the match in the early stages as they found their first tally in just the seventh minute of play. Kasey Moore served in a free kick from the left sideline to Lauren Cheney at the far post, who nodded the ball back across the goalmouth for an open-net header for Amy Rodriguez. The goal was the third of the camp for Rodriguez as the Lake Forest, Calif., native score two goals in the U-17s first game against the U-18 IMG.

Germany was able to settle down after giving up the goal and began to push into the attack. Just three minutes after the U.S. goal, Germany equalized after being awarded a penalty kick. A German forward had slipped behind the U.S. defense and was taken down from behind as she raced in on goal.

The match stayed even through most of the second half, with the U.S. getting the better chances on goal.

The U.S. got the winning strike in the 70th minute as Ashley Myers collected a header from Kelly Quinn, turned towards goal and beat two defenders on the left side of the box before slotting her shot into the lower right corner. 

U-16 GNT 4,  Canada 0 
The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team was able to once again defeat older international competition as they defeated the Canada U-17 national team 4-0 this afternoon in Bradenton, Fla.

It was a game of quick starts for the U-16s as they scored in the first five minutes of the game and then sealed the win with two goals in the first two minutes of the second half.

Directly after the opening whistle the U.S. was demanding a goal as they kept the ball in Canada’s defensive third for the majority of the first five minutes. Forwards Katya Hessel, Jessica McDonald and Ashley Moore put the Canadian defensive backs on their heels and the U.S. won five corner kicks before finally finding the back of the net.

That came in the fifth minute when Moore stole the ball 35-yards from goal and fed McDonald up the middle of the field. McDonald fought off her defender and just slipped her shot into the net as the ‘keeper got a hand to it, but couldn’t stop it from trickling into the goal.

The U-16s came out blazing in the second half, scoring on their first two shots of the half. The first came before a minute had even been played when defender Lauren Wilmoth send in a perfect cross to McDonald at the far post and 5’10” forward nodded it home. Moments later, McDonald was again involved this time getting her shot deflected back out by the ‘keeper to a waiting Olivia West for her first goal of the camp.

The U.S. finished off the scoring in the 74th minute when Ali Hawkins set up Carolyn Blank for an easy finish off a free kick. Hawkins curled in the ball from the right side to Blank, who crushed the ball into the back of the net.

U-15 MNT 2, U-16 Clearwater Chargers 1 
The U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team got its second win of their week long training camp in Bradenton, Fla., getting past a gutsy U-16 Clearwater Chargers team 2-1, behind two goals from Joseph Sorrentino. The U-15s will play their final match on Saturday against the Boca Juniors, a local Florida club.

The U.S. held most of the possession during the game and outshot the Chargers 7-3. The U-15s pressure also allowed them to win 10 corner kicks.

Sorrentino’s first goal came in the 34th minute off a service from Andrew Giallombardo, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead into halftime.

In the 62nd minute, the Chargers found the equalizer, but the U.S. didn’t let up and Sorrentino got his second of the day just six minutes later.

It was the second straight win for the U-15s as they defeated the U-17 IMG 3-1 on Thursday. In their first match of the week, the U-15s fell 2-1 to the U-17 ‘88s.

    U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team vs. U.S. Under-17 ’88 MNT
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 12, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
U-18 MNT                        0       0        0
U-17 MNT                        0       0        0         
U-18: 1-Marcus Rein; 76-Nathan Sturgis (78-Anthony Beltran, 84), 119-Tim Ward, 92-Julian Valentin, 66-Greg Folk; 101-Christian Jimenez (71-Eric Avila, 84), 36-Danny Szetela, 102-Mike Videira (50-Charlie Davies, 46),; 73-Nico Colalluca (58-Robbie Rogers, 61), 59-Mike Grella, 88-Rodrigo Hidalgo (110-Dane Murphy, 46).

U-17: 28-Bryant Rueckner; 26-Eric Lichaj, 21-Richard Edgar, 29-Ofori Sarkodie (22-Kevin Alston, 64); 35-Gabriel Farfan (24-Jeremy Hall, 87), 37-Jonathan Villanueva, 31-Carlos Borja, 13-Blake Wagner (23-Michael Balogun, 59); 27-Ryan Soroka, 6-Quavas Kirk, 30-Michael Stephens.  

Statistical Summary:           U-17      U-18
Shots                                           2             3                   
Saves                                          3             1
Corner Kick                                0             7
Fouls                                          18           16   
Offside                                        0              2

Misconduct Summary:
U-17 – Ryan Soroka (caution)        34th minute
U-18 – Robbie Rogers (caution)        76th 

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 12, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

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

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Lauren Cheney)         7th minute
GER – n/a                                                           10th
USA – Ashley Myers (Kelly Quinn)                   70th
USA: 1-Kelsey Davis (18-Meagan McCray, 50); 13-Allison Fries, 4-Kasey Moore, 6-Tobin Heath, 16-Ashley Nick (21-Stefani Rocco, 46); 3-Amanda Lebo (7-Brittany Bock, 46), 14-Hayley Siegel 20-Courtney Rosen (17-Kylee Rossi, 33 ; 9-Elisabeth Redmond, 68); 23-Lauren Cheney (22-Ashley Myers, 46 ; 8-Kiara Bosio, 73), 12-Amy Rodriguez (19-Kelly Quinn, 64), 11-Marihelen Tomer (2-Cydne Currie, 46).

GER: n/a

Statistical Summary:          USA      GER
Shots                                          7            4   
Saves                                         2            1
Corner Kick                                 3          5
Fouls                                          6           10   
Offside                                        2           1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Hayley Siegel (expulsion)        64th minute

Participants:     U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17
Competition:     Friendly
Location:    IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 12, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final
CAN                                 0       0        0               
USA                                  1      3        4

USA – Jessica McDonald (Ashley Moore)        5th minute
USA – Jessica McDonald (Lauren Wilmoth)    45th
USA – Olivia West                                               46th
USA – Carolyn Blank                                           74th      
USA: 18-Lauren Robertson; 7-Nicole Moore, 22-Amber Gnatzig, 15-Lindsey Johnson, 8-Lauren Switzer; 16-C.J. Ludeman, 10-Ali Hawkins, 6-Melissa Hayes; 9-Katya Hessel, 12-Jessica McDonald, 11-Ashley Moore.

CAN: n/a

Statistical Summary:        CAN    USA
Shots                                        4          5   
Saves                                       3          2
Corner Kick                             2          4
Fouls                                         11       5   
Offside                                     1          0

Misconduct Summary:

Participants:     U.S. Under-15 Men’s National Team vs. U-16 Clearwater Chargers
Location:     IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Date:    March 12, 2004
Weather:    Warm, 70 degrees

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

USA – Joseph Sorrentino (Andrew Giallombardo)    34th minute
CHG – n/a                                                                       62nd
USA – Joseph Sorrentino                                             68th      
USA: Brian Perk (Matthew Walker, 46); Cameron Lamming, Douglas Ferner, Steven Morales; John Tardy (Justin True, 54), Giuseppe Carotenuto, Anthony Wallace (Jonathan Kluz, 60), Koaru Forbess (Peri Mesosevic, 46 ; Victor Cortez, 80), Cameron Brown (Jose Gonzales, 54); Andrew Giallambardo (Lucas Swertloff, 60), Joseph Sorrentino.

Victor Cortez, Raphael Martinez (Jonathan Kluz, 55), Bryan Arguez, Darryl Tom; John Tardy (Jose Gonzales, 11 ; Cameron Brown, 46)), Andrew Duran (Anthony Wallace, 46), Lucas Swertloff (Guiseppe Carotenuto, 46), Peri Mesosevic; Justin True, Andrew Giallambardo (Joseph Sorrentino, 55).

CHG: n/a

Statistical Summary:           CHG    USA
Shots                                            3          7       
Saves                                           3          2
Corner Kick                                 1        10
Fouls                                            2        14   
Offside                                        1           8

Misconduct Summary: