Landon Donovan scored his 15th goal of the season for the U.S. U-17s, but a late equalizer meant the Americans had to settle for a 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg of Germany in the two teams' openeing match in the first round of the Dallas Cup.
The U.S. suffered blows to its defense with injuries to Alexander Yi and Oguchi Onyewu. Yi suffered a strained ACL in his left knee and is expected to return to Bradenton, Fla. for further examination. Onyewu has a strained right hip flexor and is questionable for the remainder of the Dallas Cup.
The U-17s will next face UAG of Mexico on March 29. Tecos fell 3-0 to Corinthians of Brazil in the other group match played March 27. The top two finishers in the group will advance to the quarterfinals.
March 27 in Dallas
USA 1 FC Augsburg (Germany) 1. Goals: Donovan 53; Gmuender 88.
USA -- Countess, Akwari, Yi, Trembly, Onyewu (Kalso, 80), Jackson, Cutler, Beckerman, Beasley (Convey, 80), Cila (Gregorio, 80), Donovan.
FC Augsburg -- Richter, Gmuender, Gocevic, Habibovic (Westermair, 56), Kempf (Schmidberger, 25), Mueller, Obele, Schaller (Dreier, 75), Schieferle, Sprengart (Koegl, 46), Zerle.
Yellow cards: USA -- Yi 33, Beckerman 79, Gregorio 85; FC Augsburg -- Sprengart 27, Gmuender 65.
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