October 29, 2009
U.S. U-17 top Malawi 1-0
KANO, Nigeria – Alex Shinsky scored the only goal as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team rebounded in their second game of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, defeating Malawi 1-0 .
Shinsky volleyed home a rebound from the top of the box in the 54th minute after a Marlon Duran shot, and the ball found its way through the arms and legs of Malawian goalkeeper Cuthbert Seengwa for the game winning goal.
The win moves the United States into a tie for second place in Group E with three points, but United Arab Emirates currently have the edge on the goals scored tiebreaker. With two wins, Spain moves into the top place in the group with six points, and have secured a berth to the knock-out stage. Malawi currently sits on zero points and will play the group leaders on Sunday.
The U.S. will have a chance to move onto the round of 16 when they play their third and final opening round game against the UAE on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. ET. The will be broadcast on ESPNU, ESPN360.com and Galavision.
“Today was a tough game. We were both motivated teams on the field,” said U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera. “The United States’ record against African teams isn’t so good, but today we moved the ball and worked hard and we got the goal we needed. Now, we have a chance to move to the next stage, and we have to focus on UAE because that is a very important game.”