Countess Shuts Out Mexico, 1-0
Jan. 31, 2001
Guadalajara, Mexico - UCLA freshman goalkeeper DJ Countess led the U.S. Soccer Under-20 National Team to a 1-0 victory over Mexico in Guadalajara, Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Kyle Martino's 34th minute goal provided the margin of victory. The Mexicans outshot the U.S. 13-6, but Countess made five saves to preserve the shutout and the win. Bruin defender Nelson Akwari aided in the U.S. effort, serving as team captain.
The match was the U.S. team's second in Mexico this week. On Sunday, the U.S. drew with Mexican club side Chivas, 0-0. The U.S. and Mexico will square off one more time on Thursday, February 1, before the team returns to the United States.
The U.S. will regroup for a training camp in mid-February and then regroup one more time in March for a training camp immediately before heading to Trinidad & Tobago for CONCACAF U-17 World Championship qualifying March 18-22. The Americans are grouped with Guatemala, Costa Rica and the hosts in the qualifying tournament. The Americans will try and finish in the top two of the group and advance to the World Youth Championship that will be held in Argentina June 17-July 8.
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