Zizzo, Beltran Help U.S. Tie South Korea, 1-1, In Under-20 World Cup Opener

July 1, 2007

UCLA juniors Sal Zizzo and Tony Beltran helped the U.S. claim a 1-1 tie against South Korea in both teams' opening match at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Saturday.

Zizzo helped set up the game's first goal in the 16th minute, advancing the ball to the end line and crossing it to the near post to Freddy Adu. Adu flicked the ball in front of the net, where an onrushing Danny Szetela dove forward to beat goalkeeper Jin Hyeon Kim to put the U.S. on top, 1-0.

South Korea tied the game in the 38th minute on a goal by Young Rok Shin and kept up the offensive pressure throughout the rest of the game but was denied repeatedly by U.S. goalkeeper Chris Seitz and the U.S. backline, including Beltran.

Zizzo and Beltran started and played all 90 minutes. Bruin sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk did not play.

The U.S. will play its second game of Group D on Tuesday, July 3 at 2 p.m. PT against Poland, who upset Brazil earlier Saturday, 1-0. The U.S. will then conclude group play on July 6 against Brazil in Ottawa's Frank-Clair Stadium with a kickoff time of 4:45 p.m. PT.

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