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Kindel scores in 88th minute to give outplayed Canada a 1-1 draw.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Wednesday, May 19, 1999) -- Canadian midfielder Steve Kindel scored in the 88th minute, pulling out a 1-1draw for his national under-23 (Olympic) side against the United States tonight before 2,223 at the new Blackbaud Stadium here.

The tie was particularly sweet for the Canadians who were playing a when down following the red-card ejection of Robbie Aristodemeo in the 52d minute.

The U.S. dominated play for the majority of the match, and took a 1-0 lead on forward Josh Wolff’s penalty kick in the 46th minute.

"Obviously it would have been nice to win," admitted U.S. coach Clive Charles. "But more importantly is the learning experience. We need to grow as a team in order to be prepared to qualify for the Olympics in Sydney."

The U.S. stormed out of the gate with a brilliant attacking display and forced Canadian goalkeeper Mike Franks to making four saves in the first three minutes. Joey DiGiamarino, Brian West and Wolff all had clear chances inside the penalty area saved well by the 6-foot-4 Canadian, who ended up with seven saves.

The American pressure continued throughout the first half, particularly through the midfield play of Antonio Otero and Peter Vagenas, who distributed probing balls, one after another into the attacking third of the field. But the Canadian central defense of Mark Bircham and Richard Hastings, as well as the solid Franks in goal, kept the scoreline intact.

At the other end of the field, it took Canada 38 minutes to force U.S. keeper Adin Brown into making a save, largely due to the suffocating defense of the American team. The back four of Even Whitfield, Matt Chulis, Brian Dunseth and Ramiro Corrales shut down Canada's two forwards completely, and only allowed four shots in the match, all of which came from the boot of Kindel.

One minute after the halftime break, Brian West set up the opening goal. The 5-foot-9 forward dribbled into the penalty area on the right side and beat a defender before getting tripped. Wolff, a former University of South Carolina All-American, stepped up and slammed his penalty kick past Franks into the left corner for his first U-23 goal.

Shortly after the goal, Canada seemed to be falling apart as midfielder Robbie Aristodemo was ejected from the match for a dangerous tackle on West. The U.S. continued to press forward, and outshot the visitors 15-4 in the match, but couldn't put the game out of reach.

The best chance in the latter stages of the game came from substitute Michael Preis, who sent a clever flick to Wolff in the 77th minute. Wolff ran onto the ball in the box, but a charging Franks forced Wolff to pull the trigger early, and the forward missed with a shot over the bar.

Canada never surrendered in the match, and scored on a counterattack in the 88th minute. Dwayne DeRosario tracked down a ball on the right flank and sent a pass into the area that found Kindel wide open at the top of the box. Kindle's right-footer from 15 yards gave Brown no chance and tied the game at 1.

Even after the tying goal, the U.S. had two excellent opportunities in injury time; Jason Moore slammed a shot from 22 yards that Franks held, and Antonio Otero had a clear shot from 12 yards blocked by a Canadian defender.

The U.S. U-23s, which now own a 4-2-5 record in 1999, will next participate in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.

United States 1, Canada 1

Lineups: United States - Adin Brown, Evan Whitfield, Matt Chulis, Brian Dunseth, Ramiro Corrales (Jason Moore 46), Antonio Otero, Carlos Parra (Brian Winters 46), Peter Vagenas, Joey DiGiamarino (Steve Shak, 59), Brian West (Michael Preis 73), Josh Wolff; Canada - Mike Franks, Jeff Clarke, Richard Hastings, Mark Bircham, Jason Mathot, Robbie Aristodemo, Vladamire Edourd (Patrice Bernier 46), Steve Kindel, Jeff Skinner, Chris Stathopoulos, Dwayne DeRosario.

United States - Wolff (penalty kick) 48;
Canada - Kindel (DeRosario) 88.

Shots: United States 15, Canada 4. Saves: United States 2, Canada 7. Corner kicks: United States 5, Canada 1. Fouls: United States 10, Canada 12. Offside: n/a. Yellow card cautions: United States - Chulis 59; Canada - Aristodemeo 39, Skinner 56. Red card ejection: Canada - Aristodemeo 52.

Referee: John Wilson (United States). Referee’s assistants: Daniel Bourak (United States), Abbas Piran (United States). Attendance: 2,293 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.

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