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United States U-20s men near qualifying for world championship.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (Friday, August 7, 1998) -- Sparked by two-goal performances from Chris Albright and Nick Garcia as well as the brilliant play of forward Jamar Beasley, the United States under-20 men hammered Canada 5-1 this evening in CONCACAF qualifying and stand on the verge of qualifying for next Aprilís world championship in Nigeria.

The top two teams from this four-team group advance to the world championship and the U.S. can accomplish this Sunday with a victory or tie, and possibly even with a loss.

The victory propels the Americans (1-0-1) into a first-place tie with Costa Rica (1-0-1), which dropped Trinidad 4-0. Qualifying ends Sunday with the U.S. playing Trinidad (0-2) and Costa Rica taking on Canada (1-1).

"I'm very proud of how we came out today and took charge of the game from the beginning," said U.S. coach Sigi Schmid. "We capitalized on our early chances and by doing that it not only gave us confidence but allowed us to impose our play on Canada."

Indeed the Americans wasted little time in putting the heat on the opposition. Their potent forward line of Albright and Beasley put the Canadian defense on its heels from the opening whistle.

After 21 minutes, Beasley received a pass at midfield, shook two defenders and played a 30-yard pass through the Canadian defense.Albright outraced his defender to the ball and charged in on a breakaway before driving a low, right-footer past Canadian keeper Brian Bowes.

Five minutes later, Beasley rewarded his own hard work with a solo effort to double the score.The 5-foot-10 speedster forced the Canadian defense to play the ball back to Bowes, whose misplayed clearance rolled right to the foot of Beasley for an easy put-away.

Garcia sandwiched a pair of goals four minutes before and five minutes after intermission to give the Americans a comfortable 4-1 lead after 50 minutes.

The first came off a clever pass from Ryan Futagaki and the second from the foot of Rusty Pierce although it was Beasley whose dummy run put the U.S. captain clear to fire home from close range.It was Garcia's first two-goal game with the U.S. U-20s.

Canada did score after 47 minutes, when Kevin Serpa capitalized on one of the few U.S. defensive lapses. U.S. keeper Tim Howard, who made three saves in the match, was left no chance as Serpa buried his point-blank shot from seven yards.

For good measure Beasley and Albright combined once again to close out the scoring on 56 minutes. Beasley charged past three defenders down the right side of the field, looked up and sent a long cross into the area.Albright met the cross with a flashing header from 10 yards to put the Canadians away for good.

Canada played the final 21 minutes with just 10 men after Alfredo Valente was shown the red card for a violent tackle.

United States 5, Canada 1

Lineups: United States- Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Dan Califf (Lee Morrison 76), Carlos Bocanegra, Nick Garcia, Rusty Pierce, Nick Downing, Matt Goldsmith, Ryan Futagaki, Chris Albright (McKinley Tennyson 64), Jamar Beasley (Nino DaSilva 60). Canad - Brian Bowes, Brad Parker, Kevan Cameron, Adam Braz, Chris Pozniac (Desmond Humphrey 51), Tyler Hughes, Chris Stewart, Patrice Bernier, Roberto Defaveri (John Sulentic 78), Kevin Serpa (Sean Fraser 72), Alfredo Valente.

Scoring: United States - Albright (Beasley) 21; United States - Beasley (unassisted) 26; United States - Garcia (Futagaki) 41; Canada - Serpa (unassisted) 47; United States - Garcia (Pierce)50; United States - Albright (Beasley) 56. Shots: United States 11, Canada 7. Saves: United States 3, Canada 4. Corner kicks: United States 5, Canada 1. Fouls: United States 12, Canada 17. Offside: United States 1, Canada 1. Yellow card cautions: Canada - Defaveri 19, Parker 40. Red card ejection: Canada - Valente 69.

Referee: Felipe Ramos (Mexico). Referee assistant: Ronald Geoffroy (Trinidad & Tobago), Ulric Neblett (Barbados). Attendance: 1,000 at Hasely Crawford National Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Weather: Humid, 91 degrees.

United States roster

Player Position Hgt Wgt Hometown\Team
Chris Albright Forward 6-1 185 Philadelphia\University of Virginia
Jamar Beasley Forward 5-10 160 Fort Wayne, Ind.\New England Revolution
Carlos Bocanegra Defender 6-0 175 Alta Loma, Calif.\UCLA
Dan Califf Defender 6-0 160 Orange, Calif.\University of Maryland
Steve Cherundolo Midfielder 5-6 145 San Diego\University of Portland
Nino DaSilva Forward 5-7 140 Hoffman Estates, Ill.\Kansas City Wizards
Nick Downing Midfielder 5-9 140 Redmond, Wash.\University of Maryland
Ryan Futagaki Midfielder 5-5 135 Fountain Valley, Calif. Club\UCLA
Nick Garcia Defender 5-11 165 Plano, Texas\Indiana University
Cory Gibbs Defender 6-1 175 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.\Brown University
Matt Goldsmith Defender 5-11 162 Roswell, Ga.\Furman University
Francisco Gomez Midfielder 5-11 145 Watsonville, Calif.\California Jaguars
Tim Howard Goalkeeper 6-2 200 North Brunswick, N.J.\MetroStars
Lee Morrison Defender 6-0 160 Carmichael, Calif.\Stanford University
Rusty Pierce Midfielder 5-10 165 The Woodlands, Texas\UNC- Greensboro
Nick Rimando Goalkeeper 5-10 170 Mont Claire, Calif.\UCLA
McKinley Tennyson Forward 6-2 180 Indianapolis\UCLA
Shaun Tsakiris Midfielder 5-6 150 Saratoga, Calif.\UCLA

Coach: Sigi Schmid (UCLA).