July 30, 2010
MILK CUP RUNNETH OVER
U.S. wins Milk Cup, 3-0
BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland Ė The U.S. Under-20 Menís National Team earned the Milk Cup title with a 3-0 win over tournament host Northern Ireland at the Showgrounds Friday.
Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo and Adrian Reulas scored for the Americans., who dominated the encounter to win its first Milk Cup title since 2005.
U.S. goalkeeper Zac MacMath led a solid defensive unit that included Zarek Valentin, Agbossoumonde, Perry Kitchen and Greg Garza. The group held Northern Ireland to seven shots, none of which were dangerous.
The U.S. reached the final with victories over China (1-0) and Denmark (3-2) and was the only team in the Elite Section to win its first two matches. Coach Thomas Rongen used every field player on his roster and both goalkeepers during the three-game tournament.
Against Northern Ireland, the U.S. took the lead in the 24th minute when Agbossoumonde, team captain for the tournament, lined up a free kick from 20 yards. He took a long run up to the ball and fired it through the wall, giving the goalkeeper no chance to react as the ball skipped into the side netting.
The U.S. continued to press and had a goal disallowed moments later.
In the 43rd minute, Agudelo pounced on a ball just inside his attacking half and went past two defenders. He created enough space to wind up his shot, lifting the ball over goalkeeper Wayne Drummond and dipping it just under the crossbar for a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, a great passing combination led Valentin wide with the ball near the end line. The Akron defender turned and slotted the ball back for strike partner Ruelas, who hit the ball first time and ripped it into the far post from 15 yards for his third goal of the tournament.