Aug. 8, 2005
UCLA soccer players Greg Folk, Jason Leopoldo and Sal Zizzo helped the U.S. Under-18 National Team defeat host Northern Ireland, 4-2, on Friday evening to win the 2005 Milk Cup for the first time ever.
Northern Ireland took the early lead, but the U.S. rattled off four unanswered goals to run away with the contest. Rodrigo Lopez scored the opening goal off a penalty kick before Charlie Davies notched the next three goals. Northern Ireland scored a late goal, but the U.S. was never in danger of relinquishing their lead.
The U.S. had never won the international youth football tournament, which is hailed as one of the premier soccer events in Europe. The U.S. played in the elite group, which also included Brazil and Serbia & Montenegro. The American side reached the final by defeating Serbia & Montenegro 1-0 on Aug. 3, and it tied Brazil 1-1 on Aug. 1.
Folk started and played all 90 minutes in the last two contests and came off the bench to play 52 minutes against Brazil. Zizzo started against Brazil and came off the bench in the final two games, while Leopoldo was a saw action against Northern Ireland.
The three players will be on campus next week when the Bruins start pre-season practice. UCLA will jump into game action almost immediately, facing two-time defending NCAA champion Indiana on Aug. 19 at the IPFW Soccer Showcase in Ft. Wayne, IN.