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U.S. men, women are back in action Sunday after opening victories.

WINNIPEG, Canada (Saturday, July 24, 1999) -- The United States men and women are back in action today after recording victories in the Pan American games on Friday.

Men

The U.S. under-23 men, a hybrid of the national U-23, U-20 and U-17, next plays Honduras tomorrow at 7 p.m. (ET) at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.

On Friday, Pete Vagenas scored in the 57th minute to give the Americans a 1-0 victory over Cuba in both nations’ opener.

"It was a good first game for us," U.S. coach Clive Charles said. "We had to work hard, but in the end we produced a result that we needed."

In the 57th minute, midfielder Brian Winters played a diagonal ball into the box. Striker Taylor Twellman made a dummy run, dragging two Cuban defenders with him, allowing the ball to find Pete Vagenas alone 10 yards from the goalmouth. Vagenas slotted his shot to the right of diving goalkeeper Castro Horta. It ended a scoreless Pan Am Games drought of 327 minutes, dating back to the 1991tournament, which the U.S. won.

The goal was one of the few scoring opportunities that the teams produced in what was a scrappy game in the midfield that not only produced 32 fouls, but also seven cautions.

"This Cuba team was very fast, tactically they were very strong," Charles said. "It was one of the best organized Cuban teams I've seen. I was impressed with them and very happy to come out with a win."

United States 1, Cuba 0

Lineups: United States - Tim Howard, Evan Whitfield, Carlos Bocanegra (Ryan Futagaki 34), Dan Califf, Steve Shak, Cory Gibbs, DaMarcus Beasley, Brian Winters, Peter Vagenas, Landon Donovan, Taylor Twellman (Conor Casey 74); Cuba - R. Castro Horta, Yariel Chapotin, Mario Rodriguez, L. Ruiz Alfonso, Rudy Lay, Rey Martinez (Edson Felipe Diaz 81), Y. Rodriguez (Carlos Zayas 59), Jamie Domenech, Yoansi Gonzalez, Yeniel Marquez, Livan Perez.

Scoring:
United States - Vagenas (Winters) 57.

Shots: United States 9, Cuba 8. Shots on goal: United States 3, Cuba 4. Saves: United States 4, Cuba n/a. Corner kicks: United States 1, Cuba 0. Fouls: United States 14, Cuba 18. Offside: United States 0, Cuba 2. Yellow card caution: United States - Califf 20, Futagaki 55; Cuba - M. Rodriguez 29, Y. Rodriguez 58, Chapotin 82, Diaz 88, Lay 89.

Referee: Olger Mejias (Costa Rica). Assistant referees: Owen Powell (Jamaica), M. Ragoonath (Trinidad & Tobago). Attendance: Winnipeg Soccer Complex. Weather: Sunny with a breeze.


Women

The U.S. follows its 6-0 victory over Costa Rica by facing Mexico at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Led by a two goal performance from midfielder Lauren Molinaro, the United States' under-18 women hammered Costa Rica.

The U.S. lead 3-0 after seven minutes. Marcia Wallis chipped in the Americans’ first shot for a 1-0 advantage in the second minute.

Andi Sellers added another goal in the sixth minute, taking a well-placed through ball from Lori Lindsey and catching Costa Rican goalkeeper Herra Rojaso off her line. Molinaro added another goal one minute later to put the United States up 3-0.

"It was great to get off to such a good start in our first game," Molinaro said.

The United States did not get on the board again until the 68th minute, when Molinaro netted her second goal on a spectacular diving header after Costa Rica failed to clear a U.S. corner kick.

Kim Patrick netted a 30-yarder to make it 5-0 in the 78th and Nandi Pryce added the final tally soon after.

United States 6, Costa Rica 0

Lineups: United States - Hope Solo, Nandi Pryce, Anna Kraus, Lori Lindsey (Jennifer Lewis 57), Becky Myers, Jena Kluegel, Marcia Wallis, Lauren Molinaro, Catherine Reddick, Tara Comfort, Andi Sellers (Kim Patrick 57); Costa Rica - Herra Rojas (Fernadez Villareal, 55), Karina Lopez (Monica Chavez 90+), H. Barrantes, Laura Palma, F. Guadamuz, Emilia Solano, Ana Campos, Ericka Castro, Murcia Diaz (Quesada Cruz 90+), Melissa Lopez, Madriz Arce.

Scoring:
United States - Wallis (unassisted) 2;
United States - Sellers (Lindsey) 6;
United States - Molinaro (Myers) 7;
United States - Molinaro (unassisted) 68;
United States - Patrick (unassisted) 78;
United States - Reddick (Pryce) 80.

Shots: United States 36, Costa Rica 7. Shots on goal: United States 10, Costa Rica 3 Saves: United States 3, Costa Rica 4. Corner kicks: United States 3, New Zealand 3. Fouls: United States 21, Costa Rica 2. Offside: United States 2, Costa Rica 1. Yellow card caution: United States - Kluegel 27, Costa Rica - none.

Referee: Maria Herrera (Mexico). Assistant referees: Alejandro Cruz (Mexico), Oscar Guevara (Honduras). Attendance: Red River College. Weather: Sunny, clear.

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