Ianni, Barrett Score In U-20 Win Over China
June 6, 2005
Two first-half goals from Bruins Chad Barrett and Patrick Ianni led the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to a 2-0 victory over China PR in Wegberg, Germany on Sunday evening. The U.S. was playing in its final international match before kicking off the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland.
The U.S. will open the World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. PT). Fans can follow the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura, or follow online with ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Against China, the early stages were mostly marred by rough tackling by the Chinese players and the U.S. started a bit slow, but eventually took control and netted two goals in a seven-minute span midway through the first half.
Barrett broke the scoreless draw in the 22nd minute with a impressive individual effort. The Chicago Fire forward and former Bruin stepped in front of a poor pass by a Chinese defender, dribbled in on goal and finished past the goalkeeper into the lower left corner of the goal.
The U.S. scored on its next opportunity as Ianni buried home a loose ball in the box off a corner kick. Midfielder Freddy Adu curled in the corner to the back post where Barrett headed it on goal, but it was deflected by a Chinese defender. The ball fell to Ianni, whose first shot was blocked off the line. Ianni's second attempt went over the goal line before it was again cleared out, forcing the linesman to raise his flag to indicate a goal.
'This was a good test for us today as it was the first time we've had players like Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector and Sammy Ochoa all together at the same time,' said U.S. Under-20 head coach and former UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid, who bumped his international record to 11-1-0. 'It's always good to get a win, but more importantly this game gets the cobwebs out and helps us figure out what we still need to work on as we get closer to our opening match against Argentina.'
The U.S. could have had a couple other goals in the first half, including Barrett who had his first attempt on goal, a header off a Benny Feilhaber corner kick, get cleared off the line in the eighth minute. Ten minutes later, Adu barely missed the top right corner on a free kick, putting a foot high. In the final moments of the half, Barrett flicked a Hunter Freeman throw-in to Eddie Gaven to the left of the goal inside the penalty area, but the MetroStars midfielder's shot was saved by the goalkeeper.
China only had two shots on goal in the entire game, both attempts coming off a free kicks that goalkeeper Quentin Westberg had no trouble handling.
All four UCLA players started in the game - Barrett at forward, Ianni and Marvell Wynne in the back, and Feilhaber at midfield.
Feilhaber will be providing ussoccer.com an audio diary throughout the U.S. Under-20 MNT's journey through the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
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