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Convey's two goals, Casey, Beasley spark 5-0 rout of Guatemala in CONCACAF qualifying opener.

TUNAPUNA, Trinidad & Tobago (Sunday, March 18, 2001) -- The United States under-20 men exploded for three goals in a six-minute period midway through the first half and rolled to a 5-0 rout of Guatemala in the opener for both nations in the 2001 World Youth Championship today at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence.

After a 15-minute delay because of a power outage early in the match, striker Conor Casey put the U.S ahead 1-0 in the 13th minute and midfielder Bobby Convey added tallies in the 16th and 19th minutes for a safe 3-0 advantage.

Group B Qualifying
Team W L T GF GA Pts
United States 1 0 0 5 0 3
Costa Rica 1 0 0 3 0 3
Trinidad & Tobago 0 1 0 0 3 0
Guatemala 0 1 0 0 5 0

Sunday results
United States 5, Guatemala 0
Costa Rica 3, Trinidad & Tobago 0

On Tuesday, the U.S. faces Trinidad & Tobago, a 3-0 loser to Costa Rica today. Round-robin play finishes Thursday with the Americans taking on Costa Rica. The top two teams from this tournament advance to the world championship June 17-July 8 in Argentina.

"We are very happy to open the tournament with a win, especially a quality win like we had tonight," U.S. coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. "However, we still have two more matches to play and we have to take care of business in those matches or this first win doesn’t matter. And it is never easy to play a team at home in a tournament like this."

The U.S. got on the board in the 13th minute when goalkeeper D.J. Countess punt started a U.S. counterattack. Casey collected the ball and flicked a pass to the left flank. Forward Landon Donovan raced to catch the ball, evaded a defender at the left perimeter of the penalty area, drew Jorge Gonzalez out and played centered the bouncing ball to an unmarked Casey who laced his shot home.

Three minutes later, Casey collected the ball 45 yards from the net and left the ball for streaking defender Oguchi Onyewu who took over and continued his run to goal. From wide on the right side, Convey cut into the middle as Onyewu neatly dropped the ball off. At the top right of the box, Convey cut back toward center, sliding past one defender before unloading a left-footed rocket from 21 yards that clipped the right post before finding the net for a 2-0 lead.

In the 19th minute, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley found space on the right side and laid a perfect ball behind the defense and into space in the box. Convey one-timed the pass six yards into the net to make it 3-0.

Beasley made it 4-0 in the 30th minute. Again it was Casey who started the scoring sequence, playing a ball over the Guatemala back line that allowed Beasley to beat an attempted offside trap. Beasley controlled the ball into the box before unleashing a 15-yarder over Gonzalez into the upper left corner of the goal.

Brad Davis, who replaced Beasley in the 62nd minute, finalized the score in the 74th minute. Fellow second-half substitute Kelly Gray stole a poor Guatemalan clearance and fed Davis, who loaded up his left foot and beat Gonzalez to the far right post from 23 yards to increase the margin to 5-0.

If there was an area on concern for the Americans, it was a porous defense which permitted far too many scoring chances. Countess, who was credited with six saves, was sensational when tested, with fully-extended stops of close-range shots in the first half, including one seven minutes in with the match still scoreless.

The U.S. outshot Guatemala 11-10 for the contest, a statistic that did not reflect the American domonance of the proceedings.

Notes: Four of the American goals were scored left-footed. . . It was the first time that today’s 11 starters were on the field at the same time. . . The U.S. won its seventh consecutive under-20 qualifier over Guatemala.

The U.S. now is 10-4-3 in 2001, 3-0 in internationals, conceding one goal . . . Today’s 5-0 decision was the largest its largest shutout victory in CONCACAF under-20 qualifying since defeating Bermuda by the same score on May 3, 1992.

United States 5, Guatemala 0

Lineups: United States D.J. Countess, Philip Salyer, Nelson Akwari (captain), Alexander Yi, Oguchi Onyewu, Bobby Convey, Kenny Arena (Kelly Gray 70), Brian Carroll, DaMarcus Beasley (Brad Davis 62), Landon Donovan, Conor Casey (Kyle Martino 53). Guatemala - Jorge Gonzalez, Mynor Gonzalez, Victor Hernandez, Edwin Gonzalez, Fredy Thompson (captain), Claudio Albizuris, Jose Antonio Beletzuy (Jose Quiroa 74), Mario Rafael Rodriguez (Julio Enriquez 75), Erick Villatoro, Joaquin Alvarez, Ricardo Arenas (Mynor Davila 61).

United States - Casey (Donovan) 13.
United States - Convey (Onyewu) 16.
United States - Convey (Beasley) 19.
United States - Beasley (Casey) 30.
United States - Davis (Gray) 74.

Shots: United States 11, Guatemala 10. Saves: United States 6, Guatemala 4. Corner kicks: United States 5, Guatemala 2. Fouls: United States 6, Guatemala 3. Offside: United States 1, Guatemala 2. Yellow card cautions: United States - Casey 44, Yi 46+, Arena 53; Guatamala - player unknown 72. Venue: Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago. Weather: 74 degrees, cool, breezy.

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