USA U20 Men draw with Canada, 1-1

Aug. 26, 2011, 9:47 a.m. (ET)

The USA U20 men traveled to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia to test the Canadian U20 squad. In the first match of the four game series, USA had to settle for a 1-1 tie.  After a shaky start for everyone including the technical table, the match and both teams started picking up speed.

It looked as if Canada might take an early lead, when on a repeated penalty corner, a goal was indicated, but a short discussion by the referees changed the call to a USA 16 yard hit. The reversal seemed to charge the USA side who proceeded to launch a series of furious attacks.  When Canada lost a man to a green card, a few moments later the USA side was awarded a penalty stroke, when Moritz Runzis shot, was blocked by a Canadian defenders body. Johnny Orozco flicked it in to give USA a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Canada did not have to wait long once the second half started.  Attacking the circle, a Canadian forward tripped over two USA defenders and was rewarded fortuitously with a penalty stroke.  The conversion knotted the score at one each, with 30 minutes left.  

Both sides launched threatening attacks for the remainder of the match, but neither side could unlock the goal.  Canada mounted a serious effort at the 20 minute mark when Johnny Orozco received a green card followed moments later by a yellow on Paul Singh.  The reduced numbers allowed Canada to win a series of short corners, but several outstanding saves by keeper Brandon Karess and Michael Barminski, penalty corner defender and team captain, kept the score locked at 1-1.  

When the missing men returned USA attacked with serious intent, but fell short of scoring.

After the match, USA coaches stated, "We are in a very strong position against this team, and we expect to win this series."