29 July, 2010

2010 Milk Cup Finals Decided

Your standings after yesterday's games:

2010 Milk Cup Elite Section Standings
Team W L T Pts. GF GA GD
USA 2 0 0 6 4 2 +2
N. Ire. 1 0 1 4 6 0 +6
Mexico 1 0 1 4 4 2 +2
Denmark 1 1 0 3 6 4 +2
Japan 0 2 0 0 2 7 -5
China 0 2 0 0 0 6 -6

That leaves the finals as:
June 30th 5th place game China v. Japan
June 30th 3rd place game Denmark v. Mexico
June 30th Final game North Ireland v. USA*
*Come back Friday at 2:50pm EST to watch the game live.

USA progressed to the finals after being down 1-0 to Denmark on poor keeping by Samir Badr. It really looked like he was a step slow in the 1st half, but did well to make a turnaround in the 2nd half. Just before halftime, the US came back with a slow bouncer from Adrian Ruelas that confused the Danish keeper to make it 1-1. Then a quick goal by Fuad Ibrahim put the US up 2-1 only to be nullified by an own goal from Perry Kitchen on a redirected header that caught Badr flat footed. With just minutes left, where a draw would have put Denmark in the finals, the US put another one past Denmark on a strike and second goal by Ruelas in the 89th minute.

The win by the US knocked Denmark (4-1 winners in the first match against Japan) into 4th place. Great bit of work from a scrappy US U20 side. The US will be playing North Ireland live at 2:50pm EST on Friday via BBC feed here.

Goals to date for the US in the Milk Cup:
Ruelas(Santos Laguna) 2
Ibrahim(Toronto FC) 1
Salgado(unattached) 1

Photo: Ruelas celebrating @ Milk Cup

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