CARSON, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2012) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team controlled possession and scored twice in the final 20 minutes in a 3-1 win against Canada on Wednesday at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Piakai Henkel, who plays for the youth academy side of French club Amiens SC, opened the scoring for the U.S. on the stroke of halftime with a curling shot to the upper corner of the goal after receiving a long pass from the midfield. The goal was Henkel’s first as part of the U-18 MNT.
Canada knotted the score at 1-1 in the 68th minute after Ali Musse played the ball across the box. U.S. defender Suliaman Dainkeh was caught in a difficult position to try and clear the ball, but it ricocheted off of his thigh and into the goal.
With less than 20 minutes remaining in the match, the U.S. ratcheted up the pressure, ending the game outshooting Canada 19-10, including 11-5 on frame.
Forward Ben Spencer put the U.S. back into the lead in the 73rd minute after following up a hard shot from Paul Arriola. Arriola charged into the box on the right side and had back-to-back shots blocked by the goalkeeper, the second of which smacked the crossbar and set up nicely for Spencer to head it into the goal.
U-18 MNT newcomer Amando Moreno, making his first appearance with the side, scored the final goal for the U.S. in the 90th minute, 12 minutes after entering the match as a substitute.
Benji Lopez struck a hard shot that the goalkeeper parried close to Moreno’s area. The New York Red Bulls Academy product then hit a quick rebound for the goal.
--U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report--
Match: U.S. Under-18 MNT vs. Canada Under-18 MNT
Date: Nov. 21, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: 66 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
CAN 0 1 1
USA – Piakai Henkel 45th minute
CAN – Own goal (Suliaman Dainkeh) 68
USA – Ben Spencer 73
USA – Amando Moreno 90
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Jordan Allen (23-Travis Wannemuehler, 82), 5-Michael Amick, 4-Trevor Haberkorn, 3-Suliaman Dainkeh; 8-Marco Delgado (13-Jacori Hayes, 78), 6-Kellyn Acosta (capt.), 7-Paul Arriola; 10-Piakai Henkel, 9-Ben Spencer (14-Benji Lopez, 82), 11-Zach Pfeffer (20-Amando Moreno, 78)
Subs not used: 22-Santiago Castano, 18-Justin Dhillon, 12-Ethan Horvath, 24-Brian Iloski, 17-Kosta Koukladas, 15-Jalen Markey, 16-Matt Miazga, 19-Antonio Murillo, 21-Christian Sady
Head Coach: Javier Perez
CAN: 1-Nolan Wirth; 16-Stephan Almeida (5-Harris Radoncic, 63), 13-Quinton Duncan, 6-Jackson Farmer, 4-Sam Adekugbe; 7-Yacine Ait-Slimaine (2-Sebastian Cabrera, 72), 8-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (capt.), 17-Michael Wagerkneckht, 11-Ali Musse; 3-Dylan Sacramento, 9-Mark Wadid
Subs not used:18-Mark Rogal, 15-Adam Bradshaw, 12-Matty Vusyltke, 14-Kyle Richards, 10-Brody Huitema
Head Coach: Robert Gale
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 19 / 10
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 7
Offside: 6 / 4
USA – Zach Pfeffer (caution) 27th minute
USA – Marco Delgado (caution) 68
USA – Jordan Allen (caution) 69
Official: Robert Safaraz
Assistant Referee 1: Omar Meza
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Kazmer
4th Official: Gordon Lukehart