U.S. U-23s head to England after shutting out Rampage 3-0.MILWAUKEE (Monday, July 27, 1998) -- The United States under-23 national team departed for England today, one day after beating the defending A-League champion Milwaukee Rampage 3-0 at Uihlein Soccer Park.
UCLA midfielder Peter Vagenas helped create all three second-half goals and converted a late penalty kick as the U.S. controlled played during the afternoon heat.
The U.S.ís hard work in the midfield paid off in the 54th minute when Vagenas sent forward Chris Brown (University of Portland) through the heart of the Milwaukee defense.Brown took the pass in stride, carried the ball forward into the penalty area and forced a well-driven shot through the legs of goalkeeper Dan Green.
Vagenas set up the second U.S. goal as well, this time sending a short crisp pass into the penalty area for forward Scott Bower (Clemson University) after intercepting a poor clearance from Milwaukee's Casey Sweeney. Bower's push through the penalty area forced defender Pat White into a poor touch, sending the ball into his own net in the 67th minute.
The 20-year-old Vagenas completed his work in the 84th minute, sending hard-working midfielder Evan Whitfield (Duke University) down the right flank, where Sweeney took him down as he tried to cut back toward goal. Referee Alberto Etcheverria immediately pointed at the spot, where Vagenas stepped up and calmly converted the penalty kick in the 85th minute.
"I thought we played well," said U.S. coach Clive Charles. "We controlled possession in the first half and in the second half we were more direct and went at them. Overall I'm happy with the performance, but we still have a long way to go. It's nice to leave here with a win."
The U.S. team, comprised of players eligible to represent their nation at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, had just 13 field players available for the match. Five additional players (Joey DiGiamarino, Carlos Parra, Sasha Victorine, Brian West and Josh Wolff) are scheduled to join the team in England for their first-ever international tour.
United States U-23s 3, Milwaukee Rampage 0Lineups: Milwaukee- Carmine Isacco (Dan Green 46), Casey Sweeney, Josh Timbers, Drew Watzka (David Marshall 46), Steve Morris (Mike Gentile 46), Peter Gansler, Pat White, Erik White (Travis Roy 46), Mike Mekelburg (Nick Igel, 46), Helton Tostes, Jason Willen (Darek Rensing 46). United States - Andy Kirk, Matt Chulis, Ramiro Corrales, Brian Dunseth, Chad McCarty, Evan Whitfield, Steve Shak (Brian Winters 65), Antonio Otero, Scott Bower (Ben Hooper 75), Peter Vagenas, Chris Brown.
Scoring: United States - Brown (Vagenas) 54; United States - own goal (White) 67; United States - Vagenas (penalty kick) 85. Shots: Milwaukee 10, United States 8. Saves: Milwaukee 3, United States 2. Corner kicks: Milwaukee 5, United States 0. Fouls: Milwaukee 10, United States 10. Offside: Milwaukee 4, United States 1. Yellow card cautions: Milwaukee - Willan 6; United States - Dunseth 19; United States - Hooper 89.
Referee: Alberto Etcheverria. Assistant referees: Joe Krzyzaniak, Kelly Ross. Attendance: 2,112 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Weather: sunny, 85 degrees.