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Magee's Four Goals Lead U.S. U-20s Past Ukraine 5-2; Team Advances to Tournament Semifinals in Spain

L'ALCUDIA, Spain (Tuesday, August 27, 2002) — The United States Under-20 Men's National Team used four goals from Mike Magee to defeat Ukraine 5-2 and advance to tomorrow's semifinal round of the C.O.T.I.F XIX Torneig Internacional in L'Alcunia, Spain. The five goals are the most a team has scored in a single game at this year's tournament, and Magee's four goals make him the tournament's leading scorer after the group phase.

The win pushed the U.S. to the semifinals, where they will meet Group A winner Uruguay – impressive 3-0 winners over Costa Rica tonight – at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).  Brazil faces Group A runner-up Costa Rica tomorrow at 11 p.m. in the other semifinal.

“This was great preparation for the qualifying tournament in November.  We knew the result that we needed, and we went out and played hard and got a great win against a strong Ukrainian team,” said U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen. “We put in some fresh legs tonight, and they responded very well.  Mike (Magee) was sensational, and I though Knox Cameron did a fine job of partnering with him up top.”

Playing their third game in four days, and with the semifinals and classification games looming on Wednesday and Thursday, Rongen leaned on his reserves and made nine changes to the starting side he sent out against Brazil (Aug. 24) and Italy (Aug. 26).

The fresh legs wasted no time jumping on Ukraine, scoring twice in the opening five minutes.  In just the second minute, Mike Magee latched onto what seemed to be a harmless Jordan Harvey clearance from the U.S. penalty box.  Magee won the footrace to the ball and held a Ukraine defender off for 30 yards before using his left foot to blast the ball into the far left corner of the goal.

Less than three minutes later Craig Capano doubled the U.S. lead after the Ukraine goalkeeper struggled to save a well-hit shot by U.S. midfielder Mike Ambersley.  Ambersley’s swerving shot from 20 yards out sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, and Yeugen Shyryayev did well to keep it out of the net.  A charging Capano was first to the rebound, and the Chicago Fire midfielder had no problem poking it home.

Ukraine pulled a goal back as the first half wound down, taking advantage of the foul field conditions and pouncing on a ball that squirted free in the penalty area.  Ford Williams, making his first start in an international at the Under-20 level, did all he could diving across the goalmouth, but Ukraine’s Dmytro Vorobey scored from short range.

Knox Cameron set Magee up for two goals just 11 minutes apart to break the game open midway through the second half. A quick restart got Magee behind the defense and he had no trouble beating the goalkeeper to the right side of the net in the 57th minute.  Magee’s third goal, coming in the 68th minute, came after halftime substitute David Johnson was fouled in the midfield.  Johnson took the restart and played a ball deep in the box that Cameron won and headed toward Magee.  Magee controlled the ball and then volleyed across his body from ten yards out to get his hat trick.

One minute later, Ukraine notched their second of the night, as their captain Oleg Karamushka hit a sizzling left-footed blast from just outside the penalty area.

Appropriately, it was Magee who finished the scoring in the game, tallying his fourth of the night in added-time.  Magee had broken into the left side of the penalty area when he was pushed from behind by Andriy Khanas.  The hat-trick hero stepped up to take the penalty kick, and from the penalty spot Magee shot into the left side of the net as Shyryayev dove to the right.

As it did yesterday, the condition of the field dictated a direct approach to the game.  The U.S. defense dealt well with the shape of the field and the physical nature of the Ukrainians, allowing only six shots and repelling the long balls that Ukraine continually launched into the U.S. half.

U.S. defenders C.J. Klaas and Chefik Simo were the only players who were kept in the starting line-up from the previous two tournament games. With the changes in the starting line-up for today’s match, all 20 U.S. players have now played in the tournament.

The C.O.T.I.F. tournament will be the Under-20s final international games before World Youth Championship qualifying at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., from November 13-17. The top two teams from the four-team qualifying tournament in Charleston will qualify for the 2003 World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates from March 25-April 16, 2003.

Notes: Ukraine kicked off to start the game … The U.S. now has a 3-3-2 record in 2002 internationals … Magee has scored the game-winner in two of the team’s three international wins this year … The U.S. wore blue tops with white shorts and white socks … Eddie Johnson and Ricardo Clark have two cautions and will miss the USA’s final game if they receive another caution in the semifinals ...  U.S. Under-20 assistant coach Fernando Clavijo is originally from Uruguay, the country the U.S. plays tomorrow … The U.S. and Ukraine battled to a 1-1 draw in the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina.

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

Participants: United States Under-20 Men’s National Team (‘83s) vs. Ukraine (‘83s)
Competition:  C.O.T.I.F XIX Torneig Internacional
Location: L’Alcudia, Spain
Date: August 27, 2002; 10 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET)
Weather: 68 degrees, clear
Attendance: 2,250

** Match Played With 40-minute Halves**
Scoring Summary: 1st - 2nd - Final
United States 2 - 3 - 5
Ukraine 1 - 1 - 2

USA – Mike Magee (Jordan Harvey), 2.
USA – Craig Capano (Mike Ambersley), 5.
UKR – Dmytro Vorobey, 38.
USA – Mike Magee (Knox Cameron), 57.
USA – Mike Magee (Knox Cameron), 68.
UKR – Oleg Karamushka, 69.
USA – Mike Magee (penalty), 93+.

USA - 18-Ford Williams; 4-Chefik Simo (14-Chad Marshall, 41), 6-Jordan Harvey, 12-Chris Lancos, 8-C.J. Klaas (15-David Johnson, 41);  21-Craig Capano, 2-Jordan Stone, 17-Raul Palomares (captain), 19-Mike Ambersley, 20-Mike Magee, 16-Knox Cameron.
Subs not used: 1-Steve Cronin, 3-Justin Mapp, 5-Ryan Cochrane, 7-Ed Johnson, 10-Ned Grabavoy, 11-Ricardo Clark, 13-Devin Barclay.

UKR - 12-Yeugen Shyryayev; 5-Tara Petrivskyy, 13-Andriy Khanas, 15-Serhiy Radevych; 4-Mykola Hibalyuk, 8-Oleg Karamushka (captain), 9-Ivan Kryvosheyenko (7-Andriy Oberemko,, 52), 10-Vitaliy Nesin; 3-Mykola Vlayev,11-Maksym Gorbkov (14-Dmytro Brovkin, 62 ),17-Dmytro Vorobey.
Subs not used: 1- Dmytro Zhdankov, 2-Artem Pidgaynyy, 6-Yevhen Honcharenko, 16-Oleksandr Sytnik.

Statistical Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 12 / 6
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 23
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Lancos (caution), 31.
USA – Ford Williams (caution), 69.
UKR - Oleg Karamushka (caution), 77.
UKR - Andriy Khanas (caution), 93+.