ST. PAUL, Minnesota (July 11, 2003) - The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got goals from Corey Ashe and Brian Grazier to snag a 2-0 victory in a exhibition match against Canada today at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The U.S. will play Canada again on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
After several good chances on the Canadian goal by the U.S. in the fist 10 minutes of the second half, midfielder John DiRaimondo was able to set-up Ashe’s game winner in the 56th minute. DiRaimondo crossed in a dangerous ball from the right flank, which Guillermo Gonzalez was able to get a foot on at the near post and send it across the goalmouth. Ashe was waiting at the back post and pounced on the loose ball inside the six-yard box and buried it past Canadian goalkeeper Dan Pelc into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Canada came close to getting the equalizing goal four minutes later, when David Edgar’s header off of a free kick by Marcel DeJong from the right sideline went just over the crossbar. It was the closest shot Canada got all game as it never was able to register a shot on goal during the entire match.
Midfielder Brian Grazier then slammed the door on any chance Canada had on sneaking out with a tie during extra time of the second half by ripping a left-footed bullet free kick over a five-man wall and into the upper left-hand corner of the goal past a lunging Pelc. The referee blew the final whistle seconds after Canada’s kickoff. The goal was Grazier’s first goal of his career with the U-17 MNT.
As in previous matches with Canada, the U.S. was able to get a number of good looks on goal, but couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net. In the first half, Ashe, Gonzalez, Eddie Gaven and Freddy Adu all had opportunities on goal, but were either off-target or Pelc was able to come up with the save. The best chance was in the 32nd minute when DiRaimondo swirled in a cross from the right side of the penalty area, finding Ashe who’s header went just over the crossbar.
Canada’s best opportunity of the first half came in the 24th minute when a long ball was sent over the U.S. defense to forward Andrea Lombardo along the right flank. Lombardo pushed the ball into the penalty area and then dropped the ball back into the middle to Michael Luk. Luk’s one-timer from about 15-yards out went over the crossbar.
Players from both teams had trouble with a number of their passes as the long grass on the field continually slowed the ball down.
U.S. goalkeeper Phil Marfuggi started the game and played the first half. Quentin Westberg replaced him at halftime and played the entire second half.
Defender Chris Germani was replaced by Steve Curfman to start the second half after he collided heads with a Canadian defender while going up for a header late in the first half. Germani said he was feeling fine after the game and his condition will be monitored over the next couple days.
- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report -
Participants: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Macalester College; St. Paul, Minn.
Date: July 11, 2003
Weather: Warm; 80 degrees
1st 2nd Final
United States 0 2 2
Canada 0 0 0
USA – Corey Ashe 56th minute
USA – Brian Grazier 90th
USA – 1-Phil Marfuggi; 3-Jonathan Spector, 5-Brandon Owens, 6-Chris Germani (12-Steve Curfman, 46), 2-Kyle Helton;, 8-John DiRaimondo, 15-Corey Ashe, 7-Brian Grazier, 10-Guillermo Gonzalez (13-Jamie Watson, 70);11-Freddy Adu (Jose Gomez, 70), 4-Eddie Gaven
Subs not used: 6-Jacob Peterson, 16-Adrian Chevannes, 9-Michael Harrington
CAN – 22-Dan Pelc; 6-Myles Davis, 4-Andrew Hainault, 5-David Edgar, 2-Trevor Delpippo; 11-Marcel DeJong, 7-Tyler Rosenlund (10-Cam Wilson, 89), 13-Gabriel Seguin-Gauthner, 17-Vince Stewart; 16-Michael Luk (9-Derek Rios, 65), 12-Andrea Lombardo (14-Dan Nielson, 81).
Shots 6 0
Saves 0 4
Corner Kick 5 2
Fouls 9 17
Offside 0 1
CAN – Trevor Delpippo (caution) 41st
CAN – Vince Stewart (caution) 54th