Bruins Make Big Contributions With U.S. National Teams

March 26, 2008

UCLA alumni have been making big contributions for the U.S. National Teams this month. On Mar. 26, goals by Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99) and Eddie Lewis (1992-95) led the U.S. to a 3-0 win against Poland in Krakow, Poland, and last week, five Bruins helped the U.S. Under-23 National Team clinch a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games by placing second in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament.

In the game against Poland, Bocanegra provided the game-winning goal with a header in the 12th minute. The goal was the U.S. team captain's ninth in an international match, and he was named the Sierra Mist Man of the Match. Lewis, who earned his 75th career cap, also scored his ninth international goal, bending in a left-footed free kick over the Polish wall in the 73rd minute to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber (2003-04) earned his 16th career cap with his second-half appearance.

Five Bruins made up a quarter of the U.S. Under-23 National Team squad at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament - defenders Kamani Hill (2004-05), Patrick Ianni (2003-05) and Marvell Wynne (2004-05); and forwards Chad Barrett (2003-04) and Sal Zizzo (2005-06). With at least one Bruin starting in every game, the U.S. finished the tournament with a 3-1-1 record and allowed just two goals while scoring six. The team won Group A and advanced to the finals of the tournament.

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