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Costa Rica earns CONCACAF Group B title after 1-1 draw with Americans; both nations advance

TUNAPUNA, Trinidad & Tobago (Thursday, March 22, 2001) -- Midfielder Kyle Martino scored in the 51st minute, two minutes after the United States under-20 men was reduced to 10 players, allowing the U.S. to tie Costa Rica 1-1 in the finale of CONCACAF world championship qualifying for both nations this afternoon at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence.

The draw was enough to give Costa Rica (2-0-1, 7 points, plus-10 goal differential) the Group B title (on goal differential), but both sides accomplished their primary goal Tuesday by advancing to the world championships June 17-July 8 in Argentina. The top two teams from both CONCACAF qualifying groups advanced to the world tournament. Costa Rica and the U.S. (2-0-1, 7 points, plus-9) will be joined by Group A winner Canada and runnerup Jamaica.

Group B Qualifying
Team W L T GF GA Pts
Costa Rica 2 0 1 12 2 7
United States 2 0 1 11 2 7
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 1 1 8 1
Guatemala 0 2 1 1 13 1

Thursday results
United States 1, Costa Rica 1
Guatemala 0, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Tuesday results
United States 5, Trinidad & Tobago 1
Costa Rica 8. Guatemala 1

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

With the Americansí third consecutive appearance in the World Youth Championship secured, the U.S. fielded a vastly different lineup than it had in its 5-0 victory over Guatemala Sunday and 5-1 defeat of Trinidad Tuesday. Six regular starters were not in the opening 11 today.

Striker Landon Donovan, one of the teamís prime offensive engines, left Trinidad early yesterday morning to join the full U.S. menís team which is in Florida preparing for next Wednesdayís World Cup qualifier in Honduras. Goalkeeper D.J. Countess, who nonetheless was rightfully named the tournamentís top keeper, defenders Alex Yi and Philip Salyer, and defensive midfielders Brian Carroll and Kenny Arena sat out. Only the benching of Arena, son of U.S national team coach Bruce Arena, was mandated; his two previous yellow cards required a one-game suspension.

"I am happy because we came here to accomplish one goal and we did that," U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. "This team played well for two games and because of that we are going to Argentina. On the other hand, we came out today and played rather flat and did not do the things I know we can do."

With the U.s. trailing 1-0, the face of the game changed dramatically in the 49th minute when Davis was again shown his second yellow card -- seven minutes after his first -- and was ejected. The left-footed Davis, who had scored a goal off the bench in each of the two American triumphs, was sent off after tangling with Carlos Hernandez just in front of the Costa Rica bench.

Still, the U.S. earned a quick corner kick which started a sequence in which midfielder DaMarcus Beasley (voted the tournamentís Most Valuable Player) found Kyle Martino near the top of the penalty area. The University of Virginia All-American cut the ball into the center of the box, eluded one defender and equalized the match at 1-1 by driving a 15-yarder that squirmed through keeper Neighel Dormondís arms.

In the 42nd minute Johel Fahardo put the United States behind for the first time in the tournament with a blistering direct kick from 20 yards. The left-footed blast, taken just outside the right corner of the box, bent into the upper left corner as keeper Doug Warren watched it curl.

The free kick came after Brad Davis was whistled for a hand ball and shown his first yellow card.

In addition to Davisís two cautions, striker Conor Casey (11th minute), defender Oguchi Onyewu (40) and Martino (56) also received yellow cards. Costa Rica was cautioned twice.

Dormond made only two saves for Costa Rica, both coming early on midfielder Bobby Convey. Convey was denied first from 18 yards, and, moment later, on a volley from five yards out. The Americans managed only another pair of shots for the afternoon, being outshot 9-4.

For much of the match, Beasley and Convey created an abundance of time and space on the wings, but being reduced to 10 players took its toll on the two wingers and all the Americansí legs in general.

The play of U.S. central defender and captain Nelson Akwari helped negate the Costa Ricansí man advantage.

Warren was called on to make three saves, nine more difficult than when he denied striker Winston Parks in the 29th minute. Parks had a great chance after beating Onyewu on the right wing and cutting into the box where he rounded Akwari and triggered a 10-yard shot. Warren, appearing in just his fifth match of 2001,came off his line and blocked the shot with his right leg.

The results of this tournament are eerily similar to the 1998 CONCACAF Tournament that also took place in Trinidad. The U.S. team opened with a 1-1 draw against Costa Rica before storming to big wins against Canada (5-1) and Trinidad & Tobago (6-1). Suhnholz was an assistant on that team that went on to place 11th at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, losing only to eventual finalists Spain and Japan.

Members of the U.S. team will regroup for a training camp in Chula Vista, Calif. April 9-22, though many will join their professional teams next week.

Notes: The U.S. swept tournament awards, taking the Team Fair Play Award along with Beasley and Countess earning their individual honors.

The U.S. switched to a 3-5-2 formation today with Seth Trembly playing in front of a three-man back line after being part of a flat-back four in the first two outings.

The U.S. will return to the States tomorrow afternoon.

Costa Rica 1, United States 1

Lineups: United States - Doug Warren, Ricky Lewis, Nelson Akwari (captain), Oguchi Onyewu, Seth Trembly (Philip Salyer 83), Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Kelly Gray, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Martino (Brian Carroll 57), Conor Casey (Edson Buddle 52). Costa Rica - Neighel Dormond, Michael Rodriguez, Roy Myrie, Joel Fajardo, Erick Scott, Jose Lopez, Warren Granados (Randy Araya 72), Harold Apu, Randy Araya, Jonathan Orozco, Carlos Hernandez (Derman Moss 77), Winston Parks (Alfanzo Alfaro also appeared).

Scoring:
Costa Rica - Fahardo (unassisted) 42.
United States - Martino (Beasley) 51.

Shots: United States 4, Costa Rica 9. Saves: United States 3, Costa Rica 2. Corner kicks: United States 2, Costa Rica 4. Fouls: United States 15, Costa Rica 10. Offside: United States 1, Costa Rica 4. Yellow card cautions: United States - Casey 11, Onyewu 40, Davis 41, Martino 56. Costa Rica - Hernandez 35, Moss 91+.

Referee: Samuel Richardson (Dominican Republic). Assistant referees: Modesto Hierrezuelo (Cuba), Gilberto Gonzalez (Guyana). Attendance: 2,2000 at Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago. Weather: 83 degrees, breezy, crisp.

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