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U.S. Men Win Pan American Games Opener

U.S. Men Win Pan American Games Opener

July 16, 2007

RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (July 15, 2007) – The United States Men’s Pan American Team topped Venezuela, 2-1, at their tournament opener on a last-second goal from Bobby Warshaw, and sits on top of Group B with three points.

After a scoreless first half, Stephen McCarthy put the U.S. ahead in the 50th minute. In a match that saw a total of eight yellow cards and an ejection, Venezuela was awarded a penalty kick in the 76th minute, and Francisco Flores evened the score.

Late-game substitute Bobby Warshaw scored the game-winning goal in the third and final minute of stoppage time in the second half to lift the U.S. to victory. The U.S. plays Bolivia, who tied Mexico in their opener, on July 18.

Clemson’s Greg Eckhardt started the match for the U.S. Men. Eckhardt is a rising sophomore at Clemson. He is from Orange Park, FL.

-U.S. Men’s Pan American Team Match Report-

Participants: USA vs. Venezuela Competition: Pan American Games Location: Zico Football Center – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date: July 15, 2007

Scoring Summary:

1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
VEN 0 1 1

USA – Stephen McCarthy 50th min. VEN – Francisco Flores (penalty) 76. USA – Bobby Warshaw 93.


USA: 18-Warren Gross; 3-Kevin Alston, 4-Greg Eckhardt, 5-Omar Gonzales, 7-Michael Stephens; 8-Stephen McCarthy (6-Bobby Warshaw, 77), 10-Peri Marosevic (9-Jeremy Hall, 64), 13-Greg Folk (c) (12-Daniel Cruz, 86), 14-Chance Meyers, 15-Daniel Kelly, 16-Jalil Anibaba Subs not used: 1-Kevin Klasila, 2-Shawn Barry, 11-Danny Barrera, 17-Tyler Cyrus Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

VEN: 1-Rafael Romo (12-Jean Carlos Issa, 44); 2-Jonny Mirabal, 4-Jose Velasquez, 5-Francisco Flores (c), 6-Carlos Fernandez; 8-Richard Lopez, 11-Yonatan Valle, 13-Gustavo Pererz (15-Daniel Alejandro Blanco, 57), 14-Pablo Camacho, 16-Angel Rivera (18-Francos Fasciana, 70), 17-Franco Signorelli Subs not used: 3-Henry Pernia, 7-Jose Parra, 9-Jose Paez, 10-Roberto Alterio Head Coach: Vicente Arruda

Statistical Summary:

Shots 7 8
Shots on goal 3 4
Saves 3 2
Fouls 15 14
Corner Kicks 4 5
Offside 4 4