Americans fall to Tajikistan

August 20, 2007

CHANGWON, South Korea -- The United States allowed two goals in the last eight minutes and lost to Tajikistan 4-3 at the under-17 World Cup on Monday.

The Americans opened the scoring but fell behind 2-1 before tying it just after halftime when Greg Garza latched onto Billy Schuler's lobbed pass in the 48th minute.

Schuler made it 3-2 with his header from an Alex Nimo corner kick in the 53rd minute.

The U.S. was heading to victory until Nuriddin Davronov made it 3-3 shortly after coming on in the 81st minute and Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev scored the game-winner in the 86th minute.

Tajikistan, third in Asian qualifying, was making its debut at the under-17 tournament.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press