U.S. Under-20s Defeat Canada, 2-1
May 19, 2005
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 Wednesday evening at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Former UCLA standout Chad Barrett assisted on the equalizer in the 34th minute.
The U.S. fell behind halfway through the first half on a goal from Canadian forward Will Johnson 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 off and then helped set-up Adu's game-winning penalty kick a few minutes later with a great individual effort.
On the goal, forward Lee 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, and 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.
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.
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