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Albright sparks U-20s to 3-1 win over Jamaica.

RICHMOND, Va. (Saturday, December 12, 1998) -- Forward Chris Albright would have preferred to be playing in the NCAA Division I Final Four, but since his Virginia Cavaliers lost in the quarterfinals, so instead he joined the United States under-20 team.

The Philadelphia native set up one goal and then scored the another in spectacular fashion to lead a 3-1 victory over Jamaica amid drizzly conditions at the University of Richmond Soccer Complex.

The outing was the American men’s first since successfully qualifying for the April’s 1999 World Youth Championship last August.

With many regular players not in the U.S. camp this week, head coach Sigi Schmid used four starters (and 10 players total) who had never before appeared for the U.S. U-20s.Among the regulars missing were Nick Garcia (Indiana) and Lee Morrison (Stanford) who will play against each other in tomorrow’s NCAA championship match.

After several good chances in the first half, the United States broke through for a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute.Albright carried the ball into the Jamaican penalty area on the left side and slid a back pass to a charging Cory Gibbs who one-timed a shot from 11 yards into the lower left corner.

Then, both teams began to attack with increasing numbers.The Jamaicans created several chances, mostly through the play of speedy forward Ricardo Fuller. The lanky Jamaican hit a bullet at 67 minutes, but U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made a spectacular reflex save to his right.

In the 70th minute, the U.S. went up 2-0. From deep in the left corner, Luis Gonzalez maneuvered past a defender and curled a cross into the middle of the penalty area.Albright met the cross with a diving header that slammed into the upper corner.

Ten minutes later the game was put out of reach when midfielder Matt Goldsmith was fouled inside the penalty area and Francisco Gomez buried the PK.

Jamaica saved face with a consolation goal by Fuller with four minutes to play.

United States 3, Jamaica 1

Lineups: United States - Tim Howard, Robert Russell (David Boutilier 55), Ken Owens (Aaron Thomas 58), Kevin Sakuda (Ray Ramirez 49), Isaias Bardales (Jamal Seale 46), Matt Goldsmith, Cory Gibbs, Shaker Asad (Chris Carrieri 78), Francisco Gomez,Luis Gonzalez (David Beck 83), Chris Albright (Greg Strohman 74). Jamaica - Leon Gordon (Paul Prendergast 73), 2Andrew McLeod (Einon Blair 78), Howard Reid, Claude Davis, Shane Crawford, Jermaine Johnson (Kahreem Cooke 53), Kevin Deer (Aaron McHardy 76), 12-Ricardo Sinclair, Robert Scarlett (Christopher Nicholas 57), Ricardo Fuller, Patrick Graham (Athol Franklyn 82).

Scoring: United States - Gibbs (Albright) 62; United States - Albright (Gonzalez) 70; United States - Francisco Gomez (penalty kick)81; Jamaica - Fuller (unassisted) 86.

Shots: United States 9, Jamaica 9. Saves: United States 6, Jamaica 3. Corner kicks: United States 6, Jamaica 1. Fouls: United States 15, Jamaica 4. Offside: United States 3, Jamaica 2. Yellow card caution: United States - Owens 12; Jamaica - Reid 30, Fuller 60.

Referee: Thomas Perry (United States). Assistant referees: Paul Tamberino (United States), Paul Dittmar (United States). Attendance: 1,212 at University of Richmond (Va.) Soccer Complex. Weather: 50 degrees, light rain.

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