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U-18 MNT Earns Comeback Draw against Benfica U-19s

Collin Fernandez’s 65th-minute Goal Gave the U.S. a 1-1 Tie in its Lone Warm-up Match before the Lisbon International Tournament

LISBON, Portugal (June 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team earned a 1-1 draw with Primeira Liga powerhouse Benfica’s U-19 team on the strength of a Collin Fernandez strike midway through the second half of the USA’s lone warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Lisbon International Tournament.

Benfica striker Oliveira tucked home the game’s opening goal just before the stroke of halftime, prompting Eddie Lewis, the USA’s head coach for the trip, to make five substitutions at the break, including bringing on Ben Swanson, who supplied the final ball on Fernandez’s equalizer.

A long-time member of the U.S. Youth National Team Program, Swanson measured a long through-ball beyond the Benfica backline for Fernandez, who’s shot from the top of the penalty area found the back of the net to give the U.S. a positive result ahead of its first game at the Lisbon International Tournament.

The U.S. U-18s open tournament play on Friday when they face Norway’s U-18s in the first of three matches at the competition. The U.S. will also play Portugal on Sunday and Sweden next Tuesday.   

- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Benfica U-19
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
International Friendly
Benfica – Caixa Futeball Campus; Lisbon, Portugal
4:30pm (11:30am ET)
71 degrees 

Scoring Summary:            1              2              F
USA                                        0              1              1
BEN                                       1              0              1                

BEN-Kevin Oliveira                                                            43rd minute
USA-Collin Fernandez                                                        65

12-JT Marcinkowski (1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 66); 3-Malcolm Jones, 6-Mauricio Pineda, 15-Quentin Pearson (5-Tommy Redding, 45), 8-Chase Gasper; Maduabuchi Obinwa (7-Ben Swanson, 45), 13-Brooks Lennon (9-Coy Craft, 45), 14-Cameron Lindley (11-Collin Fernandez, 45), 2-Mukwelle Akale; 4-Dembakwi Yomba (20-Sebastian Saucedo, 45), 16-Rubio Rubin (capt.) (10-Sebastian Elney, 66)
Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: Eddie Lewis

BEN: 12-Andre Ferreira (2-Romario, 45 (1-Thieri, 76)); 2-Rafael Ramos (17-Fonseca, 63), 13-Ronk (6-Loao Gamboa, 63), 17-Kike (2-Ever Peralta,  63), 4-Alexandrea Faiate (3-Roniualdo, 45); 5-Valdomiro (16-Joao Gamboa, 45), 7-Jusuc, 8-Filipe Naseimento (capt.) (11-Robert, 54), 9-Kevin Oliveira (10-Pedro Alves, 45 (17-Fonseca, 76)); 11-Gonealo Maria (8-Diogo David, 54), 1-Rafael Perreira (15-Bongo Nathanael, 60)
Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: Joao Tralhao

Stats Summary: USA / BEN
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal:  6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 18 / 11
Offside: 9 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mauricio Pineda      Caution                                 29th minute
BEN – Joao Gamboa         Caution                                 91