BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The US U20 national team defeated China 1-0 on Monday in the team's first game at the 2010 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
The game's only goal was scored by 16 year old forward Omar Salgado who last month permanently left his club, Chivas, so that he could be eligible for the US U20 national team.
Salgado was widely considered a top prospect for Chivas and he had even spent time playing for Mexican youth national teams.
However due to Chivas' policy of only employing players eligible for the Mexican national team, Salgado was forced to quit the team to follow his dream of playing for the Stars and Stripes. US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen has singled Salgado out as being a key player for the team.
It was also announced earlier in the day that Salgado had come into an agreement with MLS for a Generations Adidas contract. He will enter the MLS Superdraft in January 2011 to determine where he will start his professional career.
The US U20 team was captained by Braga defender Gala Agbossoumonde.
Also in the starting lineup for the US was Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alex Molano, Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo, DC United Academy standout Conor Shanosky, former Sporting Lisbon and current Estoril left back Greg Garza, Toronto FC winger Fuad Ibrahim, Houston Dynamo midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo, and NCAA stars Zarek Valentin, Perry Kitchen, and Zac MacMath.
The US will take on Denmark on Wednesday in their second of three games at the Milk Cup. Denmark defeated Japan 4-1 in their opening game on Monday.