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United States under-23s win, under-17s tie in England.

MANCHESTER, England (Wednesday, August 12, 1998) -- The United States under-23 men concluded a successful tour of England by downing non-league club Hyde United 2-1 tonight at Ewens Field.

Midfielder Joey DiGiamarino and defender Ramiro Corrales scored first-half goals for the U.S., which went 3-1 during their 16-day tour of Manchester.

It took just four minutes for the U.S. to jump out on top of Hyde, as emerging 20-year-old star Brian West (Laurel, Md., Columbus Crew) again sparked the offense with a run down the right wing onto a length-of-the-field pass from former University of Virginia teammate, defender Matt Chulis (Central Islip, N.Y.) Fighting through a defender at the end line, West dropped a perfect pass back through the penalty area for an on-rushing DiGiamarino (Corona, Calif., Colorado Rapids) who one-timed a shot into the lower right corner of the net from 21 yards.

West finished the team's four-game tour of England with three goals and three assists, including two of each in the team's inspired 4-1 victory over Manchester United's reserves on Saturday.

In the dying moments of todayís match, however, West was forced out of the game with a left knee strain.

At the conclusion of the first half, Ramiro Corrales made it 2-0 three minutes into injury time, pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty area and slamming a shot from 16 yards into the lower right corner.The unassisted goal came after Hyde United goalkeeper John Bagnall failed to hold on to a ball after Pete Vagenas (Pasadena, Calif., UCLA) and Scott Bower (Tampa, Fla., Clemson University) had worked the ball into the penalty area.

In addition to the win over Manchester United's reserves, the team also defeated the reserves of the Bolton Wanderers 1-0 on August 1. The team's only loss was a 3-2 defeat last Wednesday against Liverpoolís reserves.

Landon Donovan (Redlands, Calif.) dominated play in the middle for the U.S. under-17s, recording a goal and an assist in a 2-2 tie with Manchester Unitedís apprentices.

The 16-year-old midfielder slammed home the first goal for the U.S. from close range to tie the score at 1 in the 36th minute after Kenneth Cutler (Richmond, Va.) freed DaMarcus Beasley (Fort Wayne, Ind.) on a breakaway along the left wing.

On the second goal, Donovan helped the U.S. gain a 2-1 lead, sending a ball into the penalty area for forward Jordan Cila (Jericho, N.Y.), who found net with a flick from the outside of his right boot into the far right side of the goal.

The U-17s will leave England tomorrow morning for seven more games in Belgium and Austria. In Belgium, the team will take part in the Malignes Tournament on the outskirts of Brussels. The U.S. opens the tournament with two 60-minute games Saturday against Cercle Brugge and SV Mechelen, and concludes with two more 60-minute matches the next day.

In Austria, the USA will battle the U-17 squads from France (August 27), Austria (August28) and Germany (August 30) in the Todo Youth Cup.

United States (under-23s) 2, Hyde United 1

Lineups: Hyde- John Bagnall, Don Page, George Switzer, Gus Wilson, Cec Edey, Phil Taylor, Lloyd Richardson, Neil Hall (Steve Hall 75), Prince Moncrieffe, Darren Washington, Chris Dolby. United States - Adin Brown (Brock Yetso 46), Matt Chulis, Brian Dunseth (Chad McCarthy 46), Ben Hooper, Ramiro Corrales, Brian Winters, Steve Shak (Sasha Victorine, 71), Peter Vagenas, Joey DiGiamarino, Brian West, Scott Bower (Chris Brown 46).

Scoring: United States - DiGiamarino (West) 4; United States - Corrales (unassisted) 48 (first half); Hyde - Hall (Richardson) 89. Shots: Hyde 7, United States 9. Saves: Hyde 5, United States 2. Corner kicks: Hyde 2, United States 1. Fouls: Hyde 6, United States 8. Offside: Hyde 2, United States 4.

Attendance: 500 at Ewens Field in Manchester, England. Weather: 65, cool and overcast.

United States (under-17s) 2, Manchester United (apprentices) 2

Lineups: Manchester- Moran, Lynch, Mark Studley, McDermott, O'Shea, Michael Rose, Marek Szmid, Walker, Webber, Muirhead, Whiteley. United States - Delvin Countess, Chris Dulaney, Alexander Yi, Nelson Akwari, Greg Martin (Matt Roberts 68); DaMarcus Bealey, Kenneth Cutler, Bryan Jackson (Filippo Chillemi 73), Raul Rivera (Seth Trembly 77), Landon Donovan, Jordan Cila.

Scoring: Manchester - Webber (unassisted) 22; United States - Donovan (Beasley) 36; United States - Cila (Donovan) 61; Manchester - Muirhead (Webber) 82. Shots: Manchester 11, United States 17. Saves: Manchester 7, United States 7. Corner kicks: Manchester 5, United States 5. Fouls: Manchester 8, United States 13. Offside: Manchester 0, United States 6.

Attendance: 75 at Manchester (England) United Training Grounds. Weather: 59 degrees, windy, rain.

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