PASADENA (Reuters)–The US under-23 national team defeated Armenia’s full national side 3-1 Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader in the Rose Bowl.
Only about 3,000 of the 50,000 crowd remained for the game that followed a 1-1 draw between the United States and Iran.
Conor Casey found an open net from five meters in the seventh minute. Armenia got level 10 minutes later on Tigran Petrosyantz’s shot from 20 meters. The Americans regained the lead off a 51st-minute corner kick–the ball falling to Peter Vagenas for a 20-meter volley.
Landon Donovan–named the outstanding player in November’s FIFA under-17 World Youth Cup–completed the scoring in the 89th minute.
The Americans used the game as preparation for Olympic Games qualification in Hershey–Pennsylvania–April 21-30. They will be joined by five other qualifiers from The Football Confederation (formerly CONCACAF) that will be determined in regional finals beginning in March.
US U-23: Adin Brown–Steve Cherundolo–Chad McCarty–Brian Dunseth (Captain)–Ramiro Corrales–John O’Brien–John Thorrington–DaMarcus Beasley–Peter Vagenas–Conor Casey–Chris Albright (Landon Dovovan 73rd minute).
Armenia: Haroutyoun Abrahamyan – Yervant Soukiassyan–Vartan Khachthtryan–Rafayel Nazaryan–Haroutyun Vatanyan–Armen Bediguyan–Arthur Petrosyan–Tigran Petrosyantz–Ara Hagopyan (Armand Karamyan 73rd minute)–Aram Hagopyan–Ardavaszt Karamyan.