Tony Crescitelli scored two goals and assisted on a third last night to help Team America to a 3-1 victory over a Northern Virginia Soccer League select team in an exhibition game before 3,000 at Annandale High School.
The victory was actually the second of the night for Team America, which earlier beat a team of 12-year-olds from the Annandale Boys Club. The games were held to raise funds for the boys club, which in turn promised to sell 200 season tickets.
"The crowd was about double what we expected," said Everett Germain, president of the boys club. "It's not often you see a major league team come out into the community like this, but there was a lot of goodwill here. We already plan to hold another one next year."
Gordon Bradley, Team America's vice president of community relations, proposed the game after seeing the success of similar scrimmages in Belgium.
Against the NVSL team, composed of area college and former pro players, Crescitelli gave Team America a 1-0 lead early in the first half. After Sonny Askew drove a 20-yard shot off the crossbar, Crescitelli scored on the rebound.
Crescitelli made it 2-0 with 22:15 left in the half. Boris Bandov sent a rising cross from the left corner and Crescitelli outleaped two defenders and headed the ball sharply to score.
Team America's final score came when Crescitelli lofted a right-side cross to Andrew Parkinson at the far post. He headed the ball past goalkeeper Kurt Kuykendall, a former member of the Washington Diplomats.
The NVSL's goal came with a minute remaining when midfielder Adolfo Alvarez fed Gene Mishalow on the left wing, who beat goalkeeper Paul Hammond to the long side.