Barrett, McClung Lead U.S. U-20 Team To Two Ties At Milk Cup
July 20, 2004
The U.S. Under-20 National Team earned a pair of ties in its opening games at the 2004 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, tying Denmark 2-2 in the opener on Saturday and Turkey 0-0 on Monday. Bruin sophomores Chad Barrett and Kiel McClung played key roles in the U.S. results.
Barrett came off the bench to give the U.S. a temporary 2-1 lead in the 71st minute against Denmark. Stuart Holden collected a ball near midfield and lofted it to Barrett inside the box. Barrett was able to hold off his defender and bury the ball into the net for his fourth goal with the U-20s this year. McClung started and played all 90 minutes in the contest.
Against Turkey, both McClung and Barrett were in the starting lineup. The U.S. defense did a remarkable job of not letting Turkey get a single shot on goal during the match. Offensively, although the U.S. did not tally any goals, Barrett nearly scored on a 40-yard shot in the 32nd minute. After receiving a ball from Craig Capano, Barrett spun off his defender before hitting his shot from deep that forced Turkish goalkeeper Tolaghan Acar to hustle back to keep the ball out of the net.
With the two draws, the U.S. sits in third place in Group 2 with two points behind Turkey (four points) and Denmark, who also has two points but is listed ahead of the U.S. with more goals scored (three to two). The U.S. will play Wales in its third and final group match on Wednesday, July 21. The U.S. still has a chance to finish atop the group if it beats Wales by a good margin and gets some help if the Turkey-Denmark affair is low scoring. Depending on how they finish in Group 2, the U.S. will play for their final standing on July 23 in the placement match, going up against the team in Group 1 (Brazil, Russia, Northern Ireland and Israel) that finishes in the same position.