Titan Recruit Helps U.S. Team to Tie
Aug. 4, 2005
Eindhoven, Holland - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team battled the PSV Eindhoven reserves to a 2-2 draw Monday in their first match of a 12-day tour of Holland as they continue to prepare for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which will take place September 16-October 2.
Incoming Cal State Fullerton freshman Gabriel Farfan played for the U.S. while his brother, Michael, sat out this match. Both will enroll in Spring after their obligations to the U.S. team are complete.
The U.S. jumped out to an early lead as Ryan Soroka finished off a deflected shot by Jeremy Hall in the 12th minute and then doubled their lead 10 minutes later as Eddie Ababio's impressive dribbling skills on the right flank to get past several defenders was rewarded when his cross into the box was inadvertently knocked in for an own goal and a 2-0 lead for the U.S.
PSV bounced back with goals on either side of halftime, pulling within one in the 43rd minute and then finding the equalizer in the 50th minute.
The U.S. will play a total of four matches against reserve teams from Dutch clubs, also taking on Heerenveen, KRC Genk and Ajax, before returning home the following day. The U.S. trained in Atlanta for three days before head coach John Hackworth named his 22-player roster for the week-and-a-half trip in Holland, where they are based in Roermond. Only two players (Daniel Kelly and Diego Restrepo) joining the U-17s in Holland are not currently a part of U.S. Soccer's Residency Program. U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-17 `88s Men's National Team vs. PSV Eindhoven Competition: Friendly Location: Eindhoven, Holland Date: Aug. 1, 2005 Weather: Warm, 75 degrees Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final USA 2 0 2 PSV 1 1 2 Lineups: USA: 18-Diego Restrepo; 13-Blake Wagner, 12-Richard Edgar, 16-Neven Subotic, 2-Michael Balogun; 17-Jeremy Hall, 20-Gabe Farfan, 15-Anthony Ampaiptakwong, 11-Ryan Soroka, 7-Eddie Ababio, 21-Omar Gonzalez.