BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The US U-23 team defeated FC Dallas 2-1 today in a friendly. The game was the first friendly for the US U-23 team during the February camp.
The US was playing without most of its European players. Joe Gyau, Terrence Boyd, Mix Diskerud, and Alfredo Morales were all invited for the camp but will arrive this weekend.
It was an up and down game for the US U-23 team. Dallas scored first in the first half when an Andrew Wiedeman corner found an unmarked Andrew Jacobson who headed it home for a 1-0 lead.
The US U-23's equalized soon after when a Freddy Adu corner kick was headed home by Ike Opara to even the score at 1-1 before the half.
In the first half, Adu would also have a penalty kick saved by Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman after Brek Shea was fouled in the box by Hartman.
In the second half, US U-23 right back Kofi Sarkodie was sent off reducing the US down to 10 men.
Despite being down a man, the US found a winner when Adu picked up his second assist of the game. On the play, the Philadelphia Union midfielder found Brek Shea all alone on the left side of the box. Shea, playing against his club, made no mistake and hammered home the eventual winner.
The rest of the game was not without drama as the US U-23 team was reduced to nine players after Shea was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.
The US U-23 team is preparing for an important friendly next Wednesday, February 29 against Mexico in Dallas.