International friendly roundup

  • U.S. steals win from Mexico

    Players from all over Major League Soccer were involved in international matches on Wednesday night, beyond the MLS-dominated U.S. side that stunned Mexico with a last-minute goal. The Chicago Fire's Andy Williams gave Jamaica a 2-1 victory against Venezuela in Kingston, while Honduras and Ecuador played to a 1-1 draw in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and El Salvador lost to Colombia in Washington, D.C.

    JAMAICA 2, VENEZUELA 1

    The goal from Williams in first-half stoppage time gave Jamaica a 2-1 victory against Venezuela in their friendly at the National Stadium in Kingston.

    Marlon King, who was making his first international appearance, gave Jamaica a 10th-minute lead, when Ricardo Fuller eluded a defender on the right and sent in a cross which King tapped home.

    Juan Arango pulled Venezuela level in the 27th minute, lobbing over Jamaica 'keeper Donovan Ricketts from long range.

    But Fuller was again at the heart of things for Jamaica just before halftime when he split the Venezuelan defense and pulled a ball back from the byeline for the onrushing Williams to blast home.

    Jamaica allowed their visitors few opportunities in the second half as the game dwindled to a physical affair that threatened to boil over on a few occasions.

    All of the MLS players selected for the match saw action. Jamaica boss Carl Brown started Craig Ziadie (MetroStars) and Fire teammates Damani Ralph and Williams. Los Angeles Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall was a halftime substitute for Ziadie at left back.

    Marshall's teammate Alejandro Moreno made his international debut for Venezuela, coming on as a 60th-minute subsitute.

    JAMAICA: Donovan Ricketts; Ian Goodison, Claude Davis, Garfield Reid, Craig Ziadie (Tyrone Marshall 46); Fabian Davis, Richard Langley (Cornel Chin-Sue 68), Andy Williams (Jonathan Williams 92), Marlon King (Damion Stewart 65); Damani Ralph, Ricardo Fuller (Jermaine Hue 83).

    VENEZUELA: Manuel Sanhouse (Javier Toyo 46); Héctor González, José Manuel Rey, Leonel Vielma, Jorge Rojas; Javier Villafráz, Miguel Mea Vitali (Pedro De Pablos 72), Ricardo David Páez (Jobanny Rivero 72), Juan Arango (Luis Vallenilla 60); Massimo Margiotta (Daniel Noriega 46), Alexander Rondón (Alejandro Moreno 60).

    GOALS: 1-0 Marlon King (10); 1-1 Juan Arango (27); 2-1 Andy Williams (46+)

    BOOKED: JAM: Ian Goodison (55), Ricardo Fuller (59); VEN: Daniel Noriega (79), Jorge Rojas (81)

    REFEREE: Noel Forde (BAR)

    ATTENDANCE: 16,000

    HONDURAS 1, ECUADOR 1

    At Lockhart Stadiun in Fort Lauderdale, Ecuador used a late goal to come from behind and grab a 1-1 draw with Honduras. Carlos Pavón gave Honduras a 31st-minute lead, but Evelio Ordóñez scored the equalizer nine minutes from time.

    Pavon took a long pass from Edgard Alvarez and finished well with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area to give Honduras a deserved first-half lead.

    Honduras continued to have the better of the play into the second half, but Honduras 'keeper Noel Valladares was called upon a couple of times late to preserve his team's lead.

    Ecuador finally broke through when subsitute Ordóñez pounced on a rebound after Valladares saved, blasting a shot home from close range to level terms.

    MetroStars midfielder Amado Guevara played the entire match for Bora Milutinovic's Honduras side.

    HON: Noel Valladares - Nery Medina, Junior Izaguirre, Maynor Figueroa, Roy Posas (Víctor Bernárdez) - Iván Guerrero (Elkin González), Edgard Alvarez (Wilson Palacios), Víctor Mena, Julio Cesar de León (Emil Martínez), Amado Guevara - Carlos Pavón (Milton Núñez).

    ECU: Jacinto Espinoza - Jorge Guagua, Jorge Ambrossi (Angel Fernández), Alfonso Obregón (Carlos Quiroz), Erick de Jesús - Antonio Valencia (Kleber Chalá), Franklin Salas, Marlon Ayovi (Evelio Ordóñez), Jorge Espinoza - Agustín Delgado, Neicer Reasco.

    GOALS: 1-0 Carlos Pavón (31); 1-1 Evelio Ordóñez (81)

    BOOKED: HON: Roy Posas; ECU: Marlon Ayoví, Jorge Guagua, Alfonso Obregón

    REFEREE: Ali Saheli (USA)

    ATTENDANCE: 15,000

    EL SALVADOR 0, COLOMBIA 2

    At RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Colombia eased to a 2-0 victory against El Salvador. Luis Gabriel Rey and Frankie Oviedo scored for Colombia in a game that could have seen a larger margin of victory if not for the heroics of Salvadoran 'keeper Juan Jose Gomez.

    Before a largely pro-El Salvador crowd, Rey opened Colombia's account in the 52nd minute, then nine minutes later Oviedo burst through the defense and fired between the legs of Gomez.

    The El Salvador attack was largely ineffective, but their best chance of the evening fell to D.C. United striker Ronald Cerritos in the 64th minute, but his fierce shot from the edge of the area was saved by Miguel Calero.

    EL SALVADOR: Juan José Gómez - Víctor Velásquez, Marvin González (Ramón Sánchez 55), Edwin Otoniel, William Antonio Torres (Denis Alas 46min), Alberto Pacheco, Gilberto Murgas, Erick Dawson Prado (Ernesto Góchez 60), Rudy Corrales (José Martínez 81), Ronald Cerritos (Alexander Campos 80min), Diego Armando Mejía (Alex Amilcar Erazo 46)

    COLOMBIA: Miguel Calero (Juan Carlos Henao 87) - Gonzalo Martínez, Arley Dinas, Amaranto Perea, Alex Viveros, Juan Carlos Ramírez, John Restrepo (Oscar Díaz 80), Frankie Oviedo, Víctor Pacheco (Elkin Soto 80), Arnulfo Valentierra (Andrés Chitiva 71), Luis Gabriel Rey (Eulalio Arriaga 70).

    This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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