[YOUTH]The U.S. under-20 national team got two goals from FC Dallas rookie Brek Sheaand a goal apiece from the University of Michigan's Peri Marosevic and UNLV's Danny Cruz in a 4-0 win over Wales Wednesday to earn a split in its first two games at Northern Ireland's Milk Cup, one of the world's most prestigious summer youth tournaments.
Thomas Rongen's Americans had fallen to Northern Ireland, 4-1, on Monday. They close out play with a placement game on Friday.
In the U-17 Premier Section, California's South Coast Bayern created a sensation with a 4-1 win over Fluminense of Brazil to advance to the semifinals against Hearts of Scotland.
South Coast Bayern had beaten County Fermanagh, 3-0, on Monday and then edged Ipswich Town of England, 3-2, the next day.
Other semifinalists are Manchester United and Watford of England.
Click here for a blog on South Coast Bayern's Irish journey.
U.S. U-20 MILK CUP SUMMARIES:
July 28 in Coleraine
Northern Ireland 3 USA 1.Goals: McLean 19, own goal 63, Owens 84; own goal 38.
USA --Perk, Balchan (Green, 75), Davies (Bernardo, 87), Opara, Williams, Flores, Okugo (Manzonelli, 82), Wallace, Cruz (Valentin, 46), Shea, Marosevic (Townsend, 46).
USA 4 Wales 0.Goals: Shea 38, 55, Marosecic 86, Cruz 88.
USA --Lambo, Wallace, Opara (Davies, 65), Valentin, Williams (Okugo, 80), Shea (Bernardo, 68), Green, Urso, Marosevic, Manzonelli (Balchan, 75), Townsend (Cruz, 70).