Preseason opens with trashing of US U-17s
February 10, 2007 (Official Game Summary)

USA U-17s New York

Schopp 2
van den Bergh
02.10.07 · Preseason

A two-goal performance by midfielder Markus Schopp helped lead the Red Bulls to a comfortable, 4-0 win over the U.S. U-17 National Team at the IMG Academy on Saturday. Midfielders Dave van den Bergh and Dane Richards also found the back of the net for the Bulls.

In the full 90-minute scrimmage, the Red Bulls were in control of the game from the get-go and in the seventh minute, New York took the lead. After a cross was played into the U.S. box, the goalkeeper and a defender collided and the ball fell to Schopp, who volleyed it into the back of the net.

New York looked dangerous in the final third, with defender Jeff Parke volleying high off a Claudio Reyna corner and Jozy Altidore also shooting over the crossbar after a build-up between van den Bergh, Schopp and Dema Kovalenko. Parke almost made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute after his header off a Reyna corner rattled the crossbar.

However, less than a minute later, the Red Bulls doubled their lead. A Reyna corner kick found the head of Schopp, who beat his defender and nodded it inside the near post.

A minute before halftime, the Red Bulls made it 3-0. Seth Stammler played a ball over to Todd Dunivant, who then slipped it through to an onrushing van den Bergh. Van den Bergh took a couple of touches in the penalty box before blasting a shot from 12 yards out past the 'keeper.

In the second half, Arena made wholesale changes with every player except for Dunivant being taken out. Later, Stammler came back in and played 25 minutes.

Richards capped off the scoring in the 85th minute after tapping in a rebound off the goalkeeper.

Trialists who played in the game included Hugh MacDonald, Ansu Toure, and Craig Capano.

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