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June 30, 2011
U.S. falls to Germany in U17 World Cup

QUERETARO, Mexico – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team were eliminated from the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup after falling 4-0 to Germany in the Round of 16 at Estadio Corregidora on Thursday.

Germany opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a corner kick. Levant Aycicek played a short corner to Marvin Ducksch, who played it back to him with a wall pass. Aycicek curled that ball into the box for an unmarked Koray Guenter who headed it past U.S. goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh.

Germany scored its second goal in the 40th minute when Mitchell Weiser brought down a pass from the right side. Weiser could not control it and let Samed Yesil run onto it while he made the run into the middle. Yesil fed the ball back to Weiser, who slotted it into the back of the net past McIntosh.

The Germans went up 3-0 in the 43rd minute, when Yesil to ran onto a loose ball and slammed it home.

The second half started much the same as the first, with the Germans attacking on all cylinders. The final goal of the match came in the 49th minute when a cross from the right side was brought down by Cimo Roecker in the penalty area. He found a wide open Ducksch near the six-yard box and the German placed his low shot past McIntosh to the lower right corner.

The U.S. created some good attacking opportunities in the first half, including two in the 35th minute. The first came off the foot of Mobi Fehr, who tried his luck from distance and missed just wide of the left post. Later, as Mario Rodriguez chased down a ball into the penalty area, goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos came out to make the save but couldn’t hold onto the ball. Hoping to capitalize on the rebound, Alfred Koroma prepared to shoot as the goalkeeper was trying to recover, but Guenter threw himself at the ball at the last moment and cleared it away.

In the 79th minute, Stevie Rodriguez intercepted a ball and streaked into the box. He rushed onto the ball he had passed up for himself but was just a fraction of a second too late before the defense managed to race back and clear it out.

Just eight minutes later, the U.S. came agonizingly close. The chance came on a cross from Nico Melo, who held onto the ball at the endline before cutting it back into the six-yard box, but Vlachodimos was able to just get to redirect the service. The ball went out to the right side where Smith sent in a shot that was millimeters away from the corner of the goal.

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