U.S. U-20s Qualify For World Youth Championships

March 21, 2001

Tunapuna, Trinidad - The U.S. Under-20 Men'sNational Team continued their offensive assault at the CONCACAFqualifying tournament, storming past Trinidad & Tobago 5-1 to nab theirsecond consecutive win at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of ExcellenceTuesday night. With the win - followed by a Costa Rica victory over Guatemala- the U.S. will advance to their third consecutive World YouthChampionship for the first time in U.S. Soccer history.

The U.S. offense was again the story of the match, striking twicein two minutes to grab control of the game early. DaMarcus Beasley scored in the13th minute to open the scoring and then assisted on Landon Donovan's goal oneminute later to start the rout. The U.S. has now scored five goals inthree of their last four matches.

'Once again I was very happy with the way the guys came out andplayed tonight,' U.S. head coacWolfgang Suhnholz said. 'Offensively we did some very good things andplayed as a team very well tonight. And I can't expect much more thanto be heading into the final game with two wins.'

Trinidad & Tobago sent the crowd home happy by tallying in the65th minute. After a corner kick, Devon Mitchell held the ball at thepenalty spot with his back to the goal. Mitchell played a ball straightback to Michael-Lee Celestine whose shot bounced past a diving DJ Countess and into the lower right hand corner.

The goal ended a streak of five consecutive scoreless halves forCountess that started back on March 11.The Bruin freshman did come up with two big saves in the match, stopping DevonMitchell in a one-on-one in the 48th minute and diving to deny ScottSealy in the 29th minute.

Countess' Bruin teammates Nelson Akwari and Alex Yi also started and played all 90 minutes. Akwari is the team captain for the U.S.

The USA will finish the tournament on Thursday against CostaRica, 8-1 winners against Guatemala on Tuesday, at 4 p.m. ET (a gamewhich can be seen taped-delay on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET & PT on March22). With a win in the final match, the U. S. will win the group. AU.S. tie or a U.S. loss and Costa Rica will win the group. With twowins in their first two matches, Costa Rica has also clinched a spot inthe World Youth Championship.

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