Adin Brown was under heavy pressure tonight, and he was not pleased with the results. The goalkeeper for the United States' under-23 men's soccer team gave up four goals in a 4-0 loss to Mexico in the semifinals of the Pan American Games at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.
Mexico will face Honduras in Saturday's final, while the United States will play Canada for the bronze medal Friday. Honduras beat Canada, 1-0, on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 Brown, who will be a senior at William & Mary in the fall, had been having an outstanding tournament. In a must-win game against Jamaica on July 29, Brown faced 18 shots and made seven saves. Last Saturday, he recorded a shutout in a scoreless tie with Uruguay. Tonight, against Mexico's full Olympic squad, Brown made 10 saves.
"I played well against Jamaica," Brown said. "Against Uruguay, there wasn't much to do. And this game tonight--it was horrible."
The Pan Am Games have been an important competition for U.S. national team players. Current national team goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller were part of the 1991 team that won the gold medal in Havana.
Brown would like to follow them to the senior national team, and said he probably will pursue playing opportunities abroad--most likely in Germany--after he leaves William & Mary.
"Adin is probably the best young goalkeeper in America," U.S. Coach Clive Charles said. "He has tremendous range, and for a big man he has great reflexes."
Rockville's Paul Goldstein celebrated his 23rd birthday today with an easy victory in the semifinals of the men's tennis tournament. Goldstein, the second seed, beat Brazil's Paulo Traicher, 6-1, 6-0, in 56 minutes.
"I gave myself a lucky birthday present today," Goldstein said. "For me, that was as close to a perfect match as I can play."
Goldstein will play top-seeded Cecil Mamiit, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Argentina's David Nalbandian, in the gold medal game Thursday. It is the first all-U.S. men's final in Pan Am Games history.
On the women's side, top-seeded Alexandra Stevenson, a Wimbledon semifinalist, was upset by Venezuela's Maria Vento, 6-0, 6-3. Vento will play Tara Snyder of the United States in the gold medal game. Snyder beat Argentina's Mariana Diaz-Oliva, 6-2, 6-2.
The top-seeded Bryan twins, Bob and Mike, also were upset today in the semifinals, by Mexico's Oscar Ortiz and Marco Osorio, 6-4, 6-4.
The U.S. women's field hockey team failed to secure a berth in the 2000 Olympics, losing to Argentina, 5-2, in the gold medal game. The United States will have a second chance to qualify for Sydney when it travels to England for the Olympic qualifying tournament in March.
Carla Tagliente, a junior at the University of Maryland, scored the second goal for the United States in the first half. Argentina scored three second-half goals to break a 2-2 halftime tie.