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May 18 - U20 Friendly - USA vs. Canada [R]


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From the matchtracker before the game:

"The players are out on the field and getting introduced. The weather is so chilly, the U.S. players are still wearing their warm-up jerseys, while the Canadians must be used to the cold, as they are just in their short sleeve jerseys." :D

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quote:Originally posted by El Hombre

Hmmm...Johnson took one of our corners. I thought he had some height and would've been played in the box for the set plays.


Nah, Will's not that tall.

So did it end up 2-1 then? Not too bad a result given the number of our regular players missing from this camp, IIRC.

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A US perspective...espn


Adu and Nguyen impress

U.S. Soccer Communications Center

BLAINE, Minn. -- The U.S. Under-20 men's national team fell behind early, but bounced back with two goals in a five-minute span late in the first half to defeat Canada 2-1 this evening in cold and rainy conditions at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

The U.S. fell behind halfway through the first half as forward Will Johnson was able to blast a shot high into the net from close range, but was able to bounce back with a strike from Eddie Gaven and a penalty kick from Freddy Adu. Gaven, the catalyst for the U.S. in his attacking midfield role, scored the equalizer in the 34th minute and then helped set-up Adu's game-winning penalty kick a few minutes later with a great individual effort.

The victory served as the final preparation match for the U.S. before the team departs for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will take place from June 10-July 2 in Holland. The 15 college players will travel back to Carson, Calif., to continue their camp at The Home Depot Center, while the seven Major League Soccer professionals will return to their respective club. The college players will remain in camp until May 28, at which time Schmid will announce his final 21-man roster for the World Youth Championship.

The U.S. is tentatively set to leave for Holland on June 1 and will have about a week-and-a-half of training before the tournament begins. The U.S. will play all three of its group matches in Enschede, opening the tournament against Argentina on June 11, before facing Germany on June 14 and finishing Group D play on June 18 against Egypt.

"This was an important game for us and I think we showed some character by coming back after giving up a goal and having to play from behind," said U.S. Under-20 head coach Sigi Schmid. "A number of players really played well tonight and this was a big step in finalizing our selection process in terms of the roster we will be taking to Holland for the World Youth Championship."

The U.S. was the dominant team during most of the game, but Canada struck first when Johnson finished from inside the box in the 27th minute. Midfielder Tyler Rosendlund had the ball near the top of the area and was able to find Johnson inside the box near the right post. The Chicago Fire forward received the ball and quickly turned on his defender before blasting a shot from ten yards out high past U.S. goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen.

Along with Gaven, forwards Chad Barrett and Lee Nguyen, who was starting his first-ever international match for the Under-20s, were impressive up front and were able to create a number of chances for the U.S. including the equalizer in the 34th minute.

On the goal, Nguyen had the ball on the left flank, just over the halfway line and found Barrett in the midfield, who quickly turned and looked up field to see Gaven streaking toward the penalty area. Barrett slipped the ball past defender Brad Peetoom where Gaven was able to run onto the pass and get just enough of a touch on the ball to push it past Wagenaar as it slowly rolled over the goal line before any tracking defenders could clear it away.

A few minutes later, Gaven challenged a poor back pass to Wagenaar and was able to deflect the 'keeper's clearance. Gaven collected the deflection on the left side of the penalty area and played a ball into the box for Nguyen making a run in the box. After his initial touch, a Canadian defender took down Nguyen and the referee pointed to the spot.

Adu, who was playing with the U-20s for the first time since the qualifying tournament in January, stepped up to take the penalty kick in the 38th minute, finishing it to the left side of the goal as the 'keeper dove the opposite direction. It was Adu's third goal on the year (all penalties), good enough for second place on the team behind Gaven in first with four strikes.

Nguyen, who is the only high school player on the roster, was one of the most impressive players on the night in his first appearance. The 17-year-old was a last minute replacement as a sore back kept Jacob Peterson out of the starting linuep. During the match, he was a force up front, finding spaces in the Canada defense and creating chances on goal. After being part of both of the team's goals in the first half, Nguyen almost scored his own goal in the second half on a fantastic move in the box where he cut back leaving two defenders in his wake, but he didn't get enough on his shot and it was saved by Wagenaar.

The U.S. team was absolutely dominate in the second half on both ends of the field, forcing Wagenaar into seven saves and only allowing Canada to get one shot off, which wasn't even on goal. Despite the numerous attempts the U.S. created, they were unable to find the back of the net to add some breathing room. Along with Nguyen, Adu, Patrick Ianni, and Will John all were stoned by Wagenaar, as he was able to allow Canada the chance to possibly find a late equalizer.

The match was also preparation for Canada as the northern neighbor will also compete at the FIFA World Youth Championship in June. Canada is in Group E and will face Syria, Italy and Columbia.


USA: 18-Andrew Kartunen; 2-Marvell Wynne (4-Hunter Freeman, 79), 5-Patrick Ianni (Capt.), 3-Nathan Sturgis, 16-Tim Ward; 11-Freddy Adu, 6-Greg Dalby, 10-Eddie Gaven (7-Sacha Kljestan, 84), 8-Benny Feilhaber (19-Danny Szetela, 68), 9-Chad Barrett (17-Charlie Davies, 87), 14-Lee Nguyen (20-Will John, 71).

Subs not used: 1-Justin Hughes, 12-Brad Evans, 13-Jacob Peterson, 15-Patrick Phelan, 22-Sean Franklin, 25-Michael Harrington.

Head Coach: Sigi Schmid.

CAN: 1-Josh Wagenaar; 2-Graham Ramalho, 3-Vince Stewart (13-Simon Kassaye, 46), 4-Andrew Hainault, 5-Brad Peetoom, 6-Carlo Schiavoni (14-Matthew Britner, 46), 7-Jamie Peters, 8-Tyler Rosendlund, 9-Ryan Gyaki (Capt.); 10-Will Johnson, 11-Franco Lalli (15-Cam Wilson, 66.

Subs not used: 12-Tomek Charowski, 22-Asmir Begovic.

Head Coach: Dale Mitchell

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