November 28, 2010
TO PKS AGAIN
U.S. U-20s fall to Mexico
KENNESAW, GA---Mexico earned their second win of the Torneo de las America International Soccer Series at KSU Soccer Stadium, taking a 4-3 decision on penalty kicks over the United States U-20 Men’s National Team after a 1-1 tie in regulation.
Sunday’s result marks three ties in three games with each of this weekend’s winners decided in a penalty shootout.
Two Mexican subs contributed to the game’s first goal when midfielder Saul Villalobos struck for the bottom left corner in the 63rd minute. U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Kempen made an incredible diving save, but Mexico’s Taufic Guarch put away the rebound.
The U.S. equalized in the 68th minute a 35 yard free kick by Alex Zahavi was tipped over the bar by Mexican goalkeeper Rafael. On the ensuing corner kick, Zahavi served the ball to Gale Agbossoumonde for the finish.
Once the match ended in a 1-1 tie, the game’s decision went straight into penalties. Mexico’s Alan Pullido put away the opening kick. U.S. midfielder Dillon Powers struck second, aiming for the bottom right corner. Rafael made the diving save to give Mexico the 1-0 advantage. Mexico converted the next three kicks as the U.S. scored only on their next two. Rafael’s save on the fourth U.S. shot sealed the Mexican victory.
The Mexican side earned their second win of the Torneo de las Americas after defeating Colombia 4-1 in penalties following a 2-2 result on Saturday. The U.S. side fell for a second time in PK’s after tying Colombia 1-1 on Friday.