Mike Lantry, 1972
Michigan Striker Peri Marosevic scores twice in USA Under 20s 3-0 win over Mexico:
U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Mexico, 3-0, as Marosevic Nets Two Goals in Rivalry Match
“Games like this are the best way to evaluate players,” said head coach Thomas Rongen. “I thought we took our chances well and that’s important. Another very positive thing for us is that we really didn’t give Mexico any good looks at the goal. I’m very happy with the way we played defensively and maybe we could be a little better with the ball, but we want to continue to do well on set pieces. That was obviously one of our strengths tonight.”
Two corner kicks from midfielder Brandon Manzonelli, who was making his first appearance with the U-20s, led directly to two U.S. goals. The first, in the 25th minute, was driven in from the right, and deflected off a couple of players in front of the goal. The ball found its way to Williams’ feet, and the defender powered it in for what would prove to be the game-winner.
Less than two minutes later, hometown star Felix Garcia streaked upfield, out-pacing several Mexican defenders with the ball at his feet. Once he got into the box, he struck a low shot at a tough angle that Mexican goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez did well to get a hand on, but the ball caromed right to Marosevic, who was making a hard run to the far post. The deflected shot went right into Marosevic’s path, and he hammered it home from close range to double the USA lead.
The teams exchanged possessions throughout the majority of the half, but there was a shortage of many quality chances for either side. The best chance for Mexico came from Alberto Soto, who was Mexico’s most dangerous attacker. In the 22nd minute, he received the ball 20 yards from goal, looked up and saw an opening before ripping a shot that went just over the crossbar.
Seconds before the halftime whistle, the U.S. put a dagger in Mexico’s chance for a comeback. Manzonelli whipped in another corner that skidded past a defender to Marosevic, who once again scored from close range. This time he slotted into the side netting of the far post to round out the scoring on the night.
The second half, despite being scoreless, was just as action packed as Mexico battled for every inch, and the U.S. refused to go down without a fight. Some chippy play from both sides led to three ejections in the half, including a player from each team in the 66th minute. By the 72nd minute, the game was nine against 10, as Mexico’s Daniel Montes was also ejected.
Despite the open field, neither team was able to string together an attack, as Mexico relied mostly on counter-attacks that were broken up by the U.S. back line. The Americans were content to possess the ball by passing it around Mexico’s high-pressure defense.
Is Orson Swindle from EDSBS moonlighting as retired Lt. Col. and McCain supporter? Amazing he has time for his Curiosities and Ruminations.
From NBC’s Alex Wall and Caroline Gransee
Sen. John Warner (R-VA), Col. Bud Day, USAF (Ret.), Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, USMC (Ret.), Lt. Commander Carl Smith, USNR (Ret.) and McCain spokesman Brian Rogers responded in a conference call to Gen. Wesley Clark’s (Ret.) most recent attack on McCain’s military experience.
The McCain campaign held the conference call in order to “keep his reputation clean” and point out the inconsistencies between the Obama camps’ actions and rhetoric.
“It is inconceivable that anyone take a shot at Senator McCain’s military experience,” Smith said. “Gen. Clark is way off base on this one.”
Day added that, “no one who fought in Vietnam would question McCain’s credentials.” The group argued that McCain’s success in commanding the Attack Squadron Sixty-Five (VA-65) in Vietnam has given him the leadership experience to “assess risk” and make informed foreign policy decisions.
Warner pointed out that, “McCain was one of the strong voices that spoke up [against Bush]” regarding the need for more forces in Iraq and noted that “he turned out to be correct.”
The group went on to criticize Obama for “refusing to condemn attacks that have been leveled on Sen. McCain.”
Rogers argued that Clark’s remarks were another example where “his words don’t match up with how he is running his campaign.”
McCain’s surrogates also noted that Clark’s comment could have a greater effect on young voters who didn’t live through Vietnam.
“Half of the people in this country were not alive during Vietnam,” Orson said. “When you start spreading rumors on the integrity of a candidate it has a tendency to weigh in on those who do not know better…and young people…in many cases aren’t familiar with Vietnam.”
Florida football and track commit Jeff Demps ran a 10.01 100m on Saturday at the olympic trials. It's the fastest 100m ever by a teenager and he was second to current world champion Tyson Gay in his semifinal heat. He finished out of the money in the finals, so he won't make the Olympic team... but damn, that's fast. (He smoked Trindon Holliday, who ran a pedestrian 10.17 and didn't qualify for the finals)