HONG KONG (Aug 2, 2008) USSF — The US Men’s Olympic Team fell to Cameroon, 1-0, in their second and final game of the ING Cup in Hong Kong before heading to the Olympic Games. Head coach Peter Nowak used 17 players in the game, once again taking full advantage of the ING Cup’s six allowed substitutions. Every player on the Olympic roster has seen the field over the two games.
“As I said before the start of the tournament, the reason we were here was to make progress in the way we play, said Nowak. “Looking at this game maybe we’re a still a little bit naïve about international football. Going into games like this we have to expect that they’ll be physical, with a lot of contact so we have to prevail. For us, I think the second half we played much better. Progress has been made and we expect to go to Tianjin tomorrow and polish the things that we need to this week.”
In the second game of the night, the Netherlands drew with the Ivory Coast, meaning the US finished the Olympic tune up tournament in third place with two points. The Netherlands were crowned champions with seven points from a 2-0 win over Cameroon and a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast.
The US will travel to Tianjin, their Olympic venue, on Sunday, Aug. 3 for four days of preparation before their opening game of the Olympics against Japan on August 7th. That game is live on MSNBC at 4:30am ET.
The US has been drawn into a difficult Group B of the Olympic Games and will open against Japan on August 7 before facing the Netherlands on August 10, with both games taking place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin. The team will then travel to Worker’s Stadium in Beijing to conclude group play against 1996 gold medalist and 2005 Under-20 World Cup champion Nigeria on August 13th.
— Game Report —
Participants: US Men’s Olympic Team vs. Cameroon
Competition: ING Cup
Location: Hong Kong Stadium – Hong Kong
Date: August 2, 2008
Weather: Hot, Humid
1 2 Final
USA 0 0 0
CAM 1 0 1
CAM – Aurelien Chedjou Fongang (penalty) 24th minute
USA: 18-Brad Guzan (1-Chris Seitz, 46); 2-Marvell Wynne, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 6-Maurice Edu, 3-Michael Orozco; 16-Sacha Kljestan, 4-Michael Bradley (8-Danny Szetela, 78), 7-Stuart Holden (5-Dax McCarty, 88), 14-Robbie Rogers (10-Benny Feilhaber, 78); 12-Jozy Altidore (11-Freddy Adu, 64), 17-Brian McBride (capt.) (9-Charlie Davies, 69)
Subs Not Used: 13-Patrick Ianni
Head Coach: Peter Nowak
CAM: 16-Patrick Tignyemb (capt.); 2-Albert Legrand Baning, 3-Antonio Ghomsi, 4-Stephane Mbia Etoundi, 6-Stephane Mbia Etoundi (20-Henri Ewane Elong, 90+), 8-Aurelien Chedjou Fongang (11-Songo’o Bangweni, 57), 9-Anicet Bebbe Mbangue (7-Marc Mboua, 80), 12-Roland bebey Kingue, 13-Julio Nkoulou Ndoubena (18-Alexis Enam Mendomo, 71), 17-Alain Junior Olle Olle (14-Constant Mand Jeck, 71), 19-Serge Charles Ngal
Subs Not Used: 1-Joslain Leonnel Mayebi, 21-Ledoux Pokong Moussa
Head Coach: Martin Ndtoungou Mpile
Statistical Summary: USA / CAM
Shots 7 / 8
Shots on Goal 1 / 5
Saves 2 / 1
Fouls 15 / 22
Corner Kicks 4 / 7
Offside 1 / 2
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 52nd minute
CAM – Stephane Bikey (caution) 52.
CAM – Alain Junior Olle Olle (caution) 67.
CAM – Serge Charles Ngal (caution) 87.
Referee: Kwok Man Liu
Asst. Referee: Ka Yu Fung
Asst. Referee: Sai Yin Pau
Fourth Official: Chun Kit Chow
Courtesy of US Soccer Communications