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U.S. Under-20s Fall 1-0 to South Korea in Opening Match of Four Nations Tournament

BUSAN, South Korea (June 22, 2004) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team fell 1-0 to South Korea this evening in Busan, South Korea in the opening game of the Busan Four Nations International Tournament. Oh Jang Eun headed home the game winner for South Korea off a cross from Han Dong Won in the 62nd minute as the host collected three points.

The U.S. will face Brazil on Thursday (June 24) in their second match of the four-team round-robin tournament. It will be the second meeting in eight days between the two countries as the U.S. fell to Brazil 2-0 on June 16 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a day before leaving for the tournament in Busan.

With the backing of a festive crowd nearing 25,000, South Korea came out attacking and put the U.S. backline under pressure. In the first 10 minutes, Korea won several free kicks in the final third, enabling them to knock dangerous crosses into the penalty area.

The Under-20s first scoring chance came in the 23rd minute as forward Charlie Davies was able to find some space atop the penalty area after collecting a pass from Guillermo Gonzalez. He took a few touches to get inside the box on the right side before ripping a shot that went just wide of the left post.

The U.S. escaped disaster right before the halftime whistle after an errant Korean cross veered towards goal, getting over the head of goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, but Tim Ward was able to race back and clear the ball of the line to keep the scoreless draw.

Korea kept the pressure on in the second half and looked to take the lead in the 52nd minute after winning a penalty kick, but Westberg came away with a huge save diving to his right, but getting his feet to the shot up the middle to keep it out of the net.

In the 62nd minute Korea finally broke through as Won got free on the right side and served in a ball to the far post where Eun, sitting between two U.S. defenders, easily headed home from five yards.

The U.S. had a chance to made the game even once again in the 79th minute as Jamie Watson got free on a corner kick, but his header on John DiRaimondo's service went wide right. 


 - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Match Report -

Participants: U-20 MNT vs. U-20 Korea Rep.
Competition: Busan Four Nations International Youth Tournament
Location: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Date: June 22, 2004
Attendance: 25,000 (est.)
Weather: Humid, high 70s

Scoring Summary:

                                     1st    2nd   Final
United States               0        0        0
Korea Rep.                  0        1        1

KOR – OH Jang Eun (HAN Dong Won)        62nd minute

USA – 1-Quentin Westberg; 3-Tim Ward, 14-Kiel McClung, 4-Julian Valentin, 5-Nathan Sturgis; 12-Stuart Holden, 15-John DiRaimondo, 8-Memo Gonzalez, 13-Jamie Watson; 16-Will John (22-Steve Curfman, 84), 10-Charlie Davies (19-Nico Colaluca, 65).
Subs not used: 18-Andrew Kartunen, 6-Steve Purdy, 7-Danny Szetela, 9-Kamani Hill, 20-Will Hall.

KOR – 1-Cha Ki Seok; 4-Lee Yoo Han; 20-Lee Gang Jin (12-Kang Jin Ouk, 75); 6-Kim Jin Kyu; 3-An Tae Eun (2-Park Hee Chul, 59); 9-Oh Jang Eun; 8-Baek Ji Hoon (15-Hwang Kyu Hwan, 72); 18-Kim Seung Yong (7-Baek Seung Min, 46); 16-Kim Young Sin (24-Hong Jin Sub, 61); 11-Han Dong Won; 17-Cho Won Kwang

Statistical Summary:
                                     USA     KOR
Shots                              4         5
Saves                             3         2
Corners                          3         4
Fouls                              16       13
Offside                            3         0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julian Valentin (caution)                                         7th minute
USA – Jamie Watson  (caution)                                        8th
KOR – Baek Ji Hoon (caution)                                          15th
KOR – Han Dong Won (caution)                                       45th 
USA – John DiRaimondo (caution)                                   51st
KOR – Kim Jin Kyu (caution)                                              68th
KOR - n/a (caution)                                                              87th