Three days after tying the Chinese U-23 team 0-0,
the U.S. U-23s shared six goals with the 2008 Olympic Games host to conclude a two-game tour. Robbie Rogers, Patrick Ianni
and Charlie Davies
scored in the first
32 minutes as the Americans built a 3-0 halftime lead, but a slew of U.S. substitutions at the break prompted a Chinese rally that left the teams tied, 3-3.
"I think we saw two
different halves today," said Peter Nowak
, who conducted his first training camp as U.S. U-23 head coach prior to the two matches. "We executed our game plan very well in the
first half. The second half wasn't the prettiest.
"We knew going into the locker room at halftime that the Chinese team was going to be upset about being three goals down in front of
their home crowd, and that they would come out and put pressure on us. Some of our players didn't perform in a tough situation."
Rogers volleyed the U.S. into the lead in the 13th
minute after captain Sacha Kljestan
had flicked on a Marvell Wynne
throw-in. A dozen minutes later, Ianni headed home a Stuart Holden
and after another seven minutes Wynne intercepted a pass and played the ball to Robbie Findley
, whose through ball sent Davies clear to score the third goal.
the deficit to 3-2 with goals by Zhu Ting
and Du Zhenyu
13 minutes apart, and in stoppage time a tackle by Aaron Holbein
was whistled for a penalty
kick, which Du converted by sending keeper Chris Seitz
the wrong way.
Holbein had replaced Hunter Freeman
in the 55th minute after Freeman had taken
Wynne's spot at right back during the interval. Jon Leathers, Arturo Alvarez, Jozy Altidore, Michael Harrington
and Tim Ward
also came in at halftime.
Alvarez tested keeper Qui Shengjoing
early in the second half after Maurice Edu
played him into space, but Qui saved his low shot. China seized control of the
momentum, and Zhu glanced home a cross from Lu Lin
to get the crowd fired up. Du got the second goal by collecting a poor clearance and firing his shot past Seitz, and won the
penalty kick -- a decision disputed by the Americans -- himself.
Kljestan was sent off in stoppage time after a hard challenge on Altidore prompted a scuffle near the U.S. bench.
"Overall, we had a great two weeks together," said Nowak, who will conduct the next U-23 camp in Bradenton, Fla. starting Jan. 6. "We have just started our selection process for the
team that will compete in Olympic qualifying. These two games gave us a lot of answers." U-23 FRIENDLY
Dec. 16, 2007 Guangzhou, China
China 3 USA
Zhu Ting (Yu Dabao) 52, Du Zhenyu (unassisted) 65, Du Zhenyu (pen) 91+; Rogers (Kljestan) 13, Ianni (Holden) 25, Davies (Findley) 32.
Qui Shengjiong, Sun Xiang (Yuan Weiwei, 67), Lv Jianjun (Tan Wangsong, 46), Li Weifeng, Lv Zheng (Zhu Ting, 31), Dai Lin (Yang Shanping, 46), Zhao Yuri (Yan Xiangchuang,
84), Xu Bo (Wang Yongpo, 45), Lu Lin (Wang Xiaolong, 75) Du Zhenyu, Yu Dabao (Jiang Ning, 71) USA -
Seitz, Wynne (Freeman, 46, Hohlbein, 55), Edu, Ianni (Leathers,
46), Randolph (Harrington, 46), Holden (Ward, 46), Kljestan, McCarty, Rogers, Davies (Altidore, 46), Findley (Alvarez, 46). Misconduct Summary:
USA - Mike
Randolph (caution) 37.
USA - Chris Seitz (caution) 84.
USA - Sacha Kljestan (ejection) 92+. Referee:
Zhao Liang (CHN) Att.: