FIFA World Youth Championship: USA Moves One Step Closer to 2nd Round With Draw vs. Germany

ENSCHEDE Netherlands (AP) - The United States and Germany both moved closer to qualifying for the second round of the World Youth Championship on Tuesday after playing to a 0-0 draw in Group D.

The result leaves both teams with four points one ahead of Argentina. Egypt which lost to the Argentines 2-0 earlier in the day has zero points.

Argentina plays Germany in the last qualifying match Saturday while Egypt meets the United States. Germany and the United States will advance with at least a draw.

The top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the next round.

The Americans dominated most of the match with 16-year-old Freddy Adu often adding the technical sparkle to a physical performance from the team which had the Germans often in retreat.

In a furious spell in the 39th minute Adu first put Eddie Gaven through in the center with a perfect pass but goalkeeper Rene Adler smothered the MetroStars midfielder first attempt.

Gaven was going for the rebound though and it looked as if he was being pushed down by a German defender but the referee failed to give a penalty.

In a goalmouth scramble following the corner Gaven was again denied by a sterling reflex save from Adler.

Germany's best chance came in the 80th minute when Christian Gentner went through on the left and got the ball past goalkeeper Quentin Westberg before it was cleared away.

Germany pressured late but the Americans held on.

Adu the youngest smallest and lightest player on the field used his roving role much better than during the opening 1-0 win over Argentina and often threatened with crosses as he pulled more of the game toward him.

Apart from a few piercing runs from Marcell Jansen and Michael Delura on the wings Germany threatened little against a defense which was well organized despite the no-show of the injured Jonathan Spector.

The United States have yet to concede a goal in the tournament and players like UCLA's Marvell Wynne have impressed with their smarts and speed.

- U.S. U-20 MNT Game Report -

Match-up: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Germany U-20 MNT
Date: June 14 2005
Competition: FIFA World Youth Championship
Venue: Arke Stadion – Enschede Netherlands
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees

Scoring Summary:
1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
GER 0 0 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Quentin Westberg; 2-Marvell Wynne 5-Patrick Ianni 4-Nathan Sturgis 15-Hunter Freeman; 6-Greg Dalby 8-Benny Feilhaber 18-Sammy Ochoa (13-Jacob Peterson 62') 10-Eddie Gaven 11-Freddy Adu (14-Lee Nguyen 82'); 9-Chad Barrett (20-Brad Evans 91+)
Subs not used: 3-Jonathan Spector 7-Sacha Kljestan 12-Will John 16-Michael Harrington 17-Andrew Kartunen 19-Danny Szetela 21-Justin Hughes
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid

GER: 1-Rene Adler; 2-Christoph Janker 4-Marvin Matip 5-Marcel Schuon 14-Christopher Reinhard; 6-Andreas Ottl (20-Francis Banecki 84') 8-Christian Gentner 11-Marcell Jansen 17-Daniyel Cimen; 7-Michael Delura 9-Nicky Adler (10-Sahr Senesie 73')
Subs not used: 3-Marvin Compper 12-Philipp Tschauner 13-Alexander Huber 16-Oliver Hampel 15-Sebastian Freis 18-Paul Broeker 19-Thomas Broeker 21-Erik Domaschke
Head Coach: Michael Skibbe

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Marvelle Wynne (caution) 37th minute
GER - Marcel Schuon (caution) 71.

Officials:
Referee: Oscar Ruiz (COL)
1st Asst.: Eduardo Botero (COL)
2nd Asst.: Fernando Tamayo (COL)
Fourth Official: Eric Braamharr (NET)

UPCOMING MATCHES:
Saturday June 18
USA vs. Egypt 1:30 p.m. local time / 7:30 a.m. ET (in Enschede)
Argentina vs. Germany 1:30 p.m. local time / 7:30 a.m. ET (in Emmen)