The U.S. under-20 national team made up for an embarrassing 3-1 loss to the tiny Cape Verde Islands in their opening game with a 3-0 win over
Northern Ireland on Wednesday at the Torneio Campos Verdes 2008 in Beja, Portugal.
Napoli's Vincenzo Bernardo,
the University of Michigan's Peri Marosevic
and Hertha Berlin's Ellis McLoughlin
each scored a goal. German-born Alfredo
, McLoughlin's teammate in the Hertha youth system, tallied two assists in the win.
With the exception of defenders Tommy Meyer
, head coach Thomas Rongen
used a completely different lineup than he did against the Cape Verde Islands a
day ago, including D.C. United youth team goalkeeper Bill Hamid
, who earned the shutout with three saves. GAME
April 15 in Beja, Portugal USA 1 Cape Verde Islands 3.
Shea 77; Ramos 7, Borges 59, Rodriguez 73. USA --
MacMath, Mayen, Wenzel, Meyer, Shea, Ibrahim, Wallace, Jeffrey, Flores, Nimo, McLoughlin.
April 16 in Beja, Portugal
USA 3 Northern Ireland 0.
Goals: Bernardo 17, Marosevic 82, McLoughlin 86. USA --
Hamid, Cortez, Agbossmounde, Meyer, Shea (Flores), Wenger (Wenzel), Morales, Diskerud, King, Marosevic, Bernardo (McLoughlin).