U.S. Pounds Chile 4-1 in World Youth Championship
June 21, 2001
Mendoza, Argentina - The United States Under-20 Men's National Team pounded Chile, 4-1, at the Stadium Malvinas Argentinas in Medoza, Argentina, and put themselves in a wonderful position to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championship. DaMarcus Beasley led the U.S. attack with two goals and an assist, and Bobby Convey added two assists, as the U.S. rebounded from Sunday's loss to China to post a commanding win reminiscent of the USA's scorching run through CONCACAF qualifying earlier this year.
The United States, who now sit third in Group C with three points after two games, will finish group play on June 23 with a 2 p.m. (local) match against Ukraine (four points). Following the USA - Ukraine match, China (four points) and Chile (zero points) square off in the final Group C match. With a win, the U.S. will clinch a spot in the round of sixteen and at least a second-place finish in the group. The top two finishers in each group advance to the next round, as do the top-four third-place group finishers. With a draw or a loss on Saturday, the U.S. will have to wait for the other groups to finish to learn if they will advance.
'We changed our formation a little bit and we brought in a couple of new players and they did very well today,' U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. 'I am very happy with the performance and am happy with the situation we are in. We are playing a very tough Ukraine team, but it is great to know that we are able to put ourselves into the next round with a win.'
Beasley scored early for the Americans in the sixth minute on the USA's first shot of the day. After Chile temporarily equalized in the 28th minute, Beasley brought back the lead for the U.S. on a goal from seven yards out.
The United States continued their offensive assault in the second half, as Brad Davis came off the bench to head in a goal at the 69th minute. A 76th minute goal from Edson Buddle finished the scoring onslaught for the U.S.
'The bottom line is that we wanted it more,' Beasley said. 'We didn't come here to lose, we didn't come here to bow down to every other team. We came here to win. We came here to get out of our group. And we played well today and hopefully we can play well against Ukraine.'
While the U.S. offense finally regained its high-octane attack, it may have been the USA's stable, steady rock in back who was most responsible for the final scoreline. U.S. and UCLA goalkeeper DJ Countess came up huge for the United States throughout the match, allowing the U.S. to run away with a tight game. Countess began the afternoon by making two saves in the first two minutes - including a one-on-one save on Mario Salgado - and he got better as the afternoon went on.
Countess made several acrobatic saves that thrilled the partisan crowd, but none more amazing than his save of a bending-Hugo Droguett blast from 20 yards that he pushed over the bar. Countess also made two huge saves in the 57th minute to secure a second-half shutout and three points for the United States. Countess finished the match with nine saves.
'I think today all-in-all was a really good game,' said Countess.'We defended well, and I just think we got a little unlucky on the goal we gave up.The defense played very well today, and the offense played very well today, so I think it was a very successful day.'
2001 U.S. UNDER-20 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
USA - DaMarcus Beasley (Bobby Convey), 6.
CHI - Jaime Valdez, 28.
USA - DaMarcus Beasley, 40.
USA - Brad Davis (Convey), 69.
USA - Edson Buddle (Beasley), 76.
USA - 1- DJ Countess, 12-Ricky Lewis, 5- Alex Yi, 4- Nelson Akwari - capt., 3-Oguchi Onyewu, 11-Bobby Convey, 15-Brian Carroll, 13-Kyle Martino (9-Brad Davis, 51), 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 17-Edson Buddle (8-Alecko Eskandarian, 83).
CHI - 1-Johnny Herrera, 3-Daniel Campos, 4-Hugo Droguett, 5-Luis Oyarzun, 6-Nelson Pinto, 7-Gonzalo Villagra, 9-Mario Caceres, 10-Jaime Valdes, 11-Mario Salgado (2-Sergio Fernandez, 46), 13-Gino Reyes (8-Sebastian Pardo, 74), 17-Rodrigo Millar.
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