• Friday Jul 06, 2007

    USA into next round; Panama eliminated from 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup

    The USA progressed to the 'Round-of-16' of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 after posting a 2:1 victory over Brazil in Group D play on Friday at the Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario.

    Josmer Altidore gave the USA (2-0-1, 7 Points) 1:0 lead in the 25th minute, but Leandro Lima leveled it for Brazil (1-2-0, 3 Points) in the 64th minute.

    Altidore scored his second goal of the match with nine minutes remaining for the victory as the stars & stripes also finish first in Group D.

    The victory was the second in history by a USA men's team over Brazil during a FIFA Tournament. The last win by the stars & stripes over the samba kings was 1:0 during group play at the 1989 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Scotland.

    Elsewhere, Panama (0-2-1, 1 Point) was eliminated from the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing a 2:1 Group E game to the Czech Republic (1-0-2, 5 Points) at Le Stade Olympique in Montreal, Quebec on Friday.

    Lubos Kalouda and Marek Strestik scored for the Czech Republic in the 79th and 82nd minutes, respectively, while Nelson Barahona had the only goal for Panama with six minutes remaining in the loss.

    The 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup continues for the CONCACAF teams on Saturday (7 July) as Costa Rica (0-2-0, 0 Points) looks for a berth to the 'Round-of-16' as they take on Scotland (0-2-0, 0 Points) in Group F play at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia.

    Group A
    08.07.2007: Edmonton, Alberta; Commonwealth Stadium (18:00)

    Group C
    08.07.2007: Edmonton, Alberta; Commonwealth Stadium (15:15)

    Group D
    06.07.2007: Ottawa, Ontario; Frank Clair Stadium (A: 26559)
    BRAZIL - USA 1:2 (0:1)
    LEANDRO LIMA 64' - Josmer ALTIDORE 25', 81'
    BRA: Cassio - Luizao, Roberto, Marcelo, Jo, Renato Augusto (71: Carlos Eduardo), Alexandre Pato, Amaral, Edson, Ji Parana-C (84: Willian), Leandro Lima (78: Luiz Adriano). Booked: Edson 46', Alexandre Pato 52'
    USA: Chris Seitz - Nathan Sturgis, Michael Bradley, Danny Szetela, Robbie Rogers, (82: Amaechi Igwe), Freddy Adu-C, Josmer Altidore (90: Dax McCarty), Ofori Sarkodie, Anthony Wallace, Sal Zizzo, Tony Beltran (89: Tim Ward). Booked: Bradley 59', Adu 60', Igwe 90'+
    TD: Thomas RONGEN

    Group E
    06.07.2007: Montreal, Quebec; Le Stade Olympique (A: 34912)
    Lubos KALOUDA 79'; Marek STRESTIK 82' - Nelson BARAHONA 84'
    CZE: Radek Petr - Lukas Kuban, Ondrej Mazuch, Jan Simunek-C, Ondrej Kudela, Martin Fenin (84: Tomas Pekhart), Petr Janda (89: Jakub Mares), Tomas Micola (67: Marcel Gecov), Marek Strestik, Marek Suchy, Lubos Kalouda. Booked: Suchy 21', Strestik 42', Gecov 90'+
    TD: Miroslav SOUKUP
    PAN: Luis Mejia - Eric Vasquez, Luis Ovalle, Marvin Mitchell, Francisco Castaneda (65: Alberto Quintero), Javier Gonzalez, Gabriel Torres-C, Pablo Gonzalez (73: Nelson Barahona), Christian Vergara, Celso Polo, Carlos Rodriguez (46: Armando Cooper). Booked: Rodriguez 29', Cooper 48', Castaneda 62', Barahona 88', Vasquez 90'+, Sent offs: Vasquez 90'+
    R: Steven DEPIERO (CAN)

    Group F
    07.07.2007: Burnaby, British Columbia; Swangard Stadium (17:00)

    Photo #1 - Panama vs. Czech Republic, from fifa.com
    Photo #2 - USA vs. Brazil, by Tony Quinn

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