Under-23 Men's Exhibition
U-23s shutout Hershey Wildcats 4-0.ANNVILLE, Pa. (Tuesday, April 18, 2000) -- Behind the strength and speed of their "Forward Foursome" -- true forwards Conor Casey, Chris Albright, Josh Wolff and attacking midfielder/withdrawn forward Landon Donovan -- the United States under-23 men scored a pair of goals in each 35-minute half to defeat the A-League's Hershey Wildcats 4-0 in the in a cold and rainy exhibition today at Lebanon Valley College.
In its final tune-up before facing Honduras to start the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, the U.S. opened the scoring on a Wildcats' own goal in seventh minute after a defender headed in an Albright cross.
Five minutes later, Casey knocked in the rebound of his original shot to put the U.S. up 2-0.
"I thought we played well, but the cold affected us a little bit," said Casey, who led the NCAA Division I ranks in scoring last year (23 goals, 7 assists, 53 points) and leads the U-23s in scoring with six goals and two assists in seven overall matches in 2000. "It was a good start for us here in Hershey."
Midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and John O'Brien were the only U-23's that did not appear in the match. Not only was the game the team's third scrimmage in seven days, it was the third scrimmage they have played in the rain or slippery conditions. O'Brien arrived last night from his professional club Ajax of Amsterdam.
United States Men's U-23 4, Hershey Wildcats (PDL) 0Lineups: United States - Adin Brown (Tim Howard 46), Eric Denton, Brian Dunseth (captain) (Danny Califf 46), Chad McCarty, Steve Cherundolo (Brian Winters 46), John Thorrington, Peter Vagenas (Landon Donovan 46), Ben Olsen (Ramiro Corrales 46), Conor Casey (Josh Wolff 46), Chris Albright. Hershey - n/a.
Shots: United States 14, Hershey 5. Saves: United States 1, Hershey 6. Corner kicks: United States 7, Hershey 2. Fouls: United States 12, Hershey 6. Offside: United States 2, Hershey 1. Yellow card cautions: none.
Referee: n/a. Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: n/a at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. Weather: 45 degrees, cold, raining.