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Despite dominance, late Marshall, Quaranta goals are needed for qualifying 2-1 victory over Jamaica.

U.S. under-17 men

Three second-half goals spark 4-2 triumph over Canada; qualifying closes needing win or draw with El Salvador.

By Robert Wagman

ST. LOUIS (Friday, April 20, 2001) -- The United States under-17 men used goals by Craig Capano, Ed Johnson and Chris Lancos in the space of 10 minutes early in the second half to break open a surprising tight match and cruise to a deceptive 4-2 win over a stubborn Canada in CONCACAF Group A qualifying before 2,564 at Hermann Stadium tonight.

World Cup Qualifying
Team W L T GF GA Pts
United States 2 0 0 6 3 6
El Salvador 1 0 1 4 1 4
Canada 0 1 1 3 5 1
Jamaica 0 2 0 1 5 0
Each nation plays 3 games

Wedneday's results
United States 2, Jamaica 1
Canada 1, El Salvador 1
Friday's schedule
El Salvador 3, Jamaica 0
United States 4, Canada 2
Sunday's schedule
Jamaica vs. Canada, 3 (ET)
United States vs. El Salvador, 5

The winner of this group advances to the world championships in Trinidad & Tobago in September and the Americans put themselves in position to move on by either by defeating or drawing with El Salvador Sunday afternoon, starting at 5 p.m. (ET).

The match was tied 1-1 at the half after the U.S. failed to convert several good chances. As the second half started, both teams struggled to control the midfield before a miscue by Canadian goalkeeper Sasha Boskovic allowed the Americans to regain the lead and a brilliant run by Johnson for his second goal put the affair out of reach.

In the 59th minute, U.S. halftime substitute Justin Mapp brought the ball into the left corner and crossed it the Canadian area. Boskovic could not control it and, after bouncing off several players, the ball went to Capano who pushed it just across the line for a 2-1 lead.

Three minutes later, Johnson picked up a ball in his own half and set off on a lightning-fast 60-yard run. He pushed the ball through three defenders, caught up with it and blasted it by Boskovic to make it 3-1.

Johnson now has 16 goals in 17 international matches. "Coach told me to work on my turns, that I should be trying to turn defenders more often," he explained. "So I tried to turn my man on the first goal and it worked. Then on the second goal I simply tried to out run them and I could. Coach told me to go after them and that’s what I tried to do."

The U.S. continued to push the action and, in the 69th minute a Santino Quaranta corner kick bounced off several defenders before landing at the feet of Christopher Lancos who first-timed it home to make it 4-1.

"We had a number of breakdowns tonight, which concerns me," U.S. coach John Ellinger said. "But once we got the second goal, the match opened up, and then Eddie’s long run gave us control."

Canada pulled to within 4-2 in the 75th minute when Umberto Cucca took a hard shot that U.S. keeper Adam Schuerman could not hold. The ball bounded to Wyn Belotte who put it in for his second goal.

The U.S. started the match quickly, but with much the same result as Wednesday’s opening 2-1 victory over Jamaica -- a lot of chances but no goals. The Americans came up empty on four golden opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

Finally, in the 14th minute, Quaranta put a through pass well in front of Johnson who caught up with the ball and blasted it past Canadian keeper Sasha Boskovic for a 1-0 advantage.

Perhaps the best player tonight was Canada’s Belotte, a tall, fast, skilled striker who plays in France for league leading Nantes’ reserve side. He caused the U.S. many uneasy moments and was unlucky not to have converted several early shots. In the 37th minute, a ball crossed into the U.S. penalty area bounced off several players and lay on the ground. Belotte slid into the ball and it caught on his feet. A U.S. defender appeared to have cleared the ball off the line, but the referee’s assistant ruled it a goal.

"Canada had the better of it the first half," Ellinger said. "I was disappointed in our midfield play. That why I made the two changes at the half. I thought once we took control of the midfield, we were fine."

In the evening’s first match, El Salvador, which played a dull 1-1 draw with Canada Wednesday, was clearly the better side tonight and defeated Jamaica 3-0.

"We saw (El Salvador) twice now," Ellinger said. "They are an organized team with some good speed. But I think we can put more pressure on them then they have seen here, so I think we’ll be OK. I like our chances."

United States 4, Canada 2

Lineups: United States - Adam Schuerman, Chris Lancos, Jordan Harvey (captain), Gray Griffin, Chad Marshall, Jordan Stone, Craig Capano, Mike Magee (Kerry Johnson 46), Santino Quaranta, Erwin Diaz (Justin Mapp 46), Ed Johnson. Canada - Sasha Boskovic, Simon Kassave, Liam Girard, Peters Eustache, Nikolas Ledgerwood, Matthew O'Connor, Francesco Bruno (Milad Rahmati 67), Umbertino Cucca, Jason DiTullio (captain), Wyn Belotte, Franco Lalli (Jeremy Shepherd 81).

United States - Johnson (Quaranta) 14.
Belotte (unassisted) 32.
United States - Capano (unassisted) 59.
United States - Johnson (unassisted) 63.
United States - Lancos (unassisted) 69.
Canada - Belotte (unassisted) 77.

Shots: United States 17, Canada 11. Saves: United States 7, Canada 7. Corner kicks: United States 4, Canada 4. Fouls: United States 22, Canada 20. Offside: United States 4, Canada 2. Yellow card caution: United States - Marshall 61; Canada Boskovic 5, Lalli 44.

Referee: Stuart Crockwell (Bermuda). Assistant referees: Jaime Cruz (Puerto Rico), Carlos Pastrana (Honduras). Attendance: 2,564 at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis. Weather: 62 degrees, cool, windy

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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