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U.S. U-20 Women Head to Maryland for Pan-Am Prep

CHICAGO (June 4, 2007) - In its final training camp before heading to Brazil for the 2007 Pan-American Games, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Maryland as head coach Jillian Ellis brings in 24 players for eight days from June 9-16, a period that will include scrimmages against two W-League teams.

As the Pan-American Games is an “open” tournament for women, Ellis will bring four “overage” players into this camp, none of whom who are age-eligible for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, the ultimate goal of this team, to be held at the end of next year in Chile.

Those “overage” players are forwards Michele Weissenhofer and Lauren Cheney (who spent most of the last three months in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team), midfielder Amanda Poach (a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the 2006 U-20 WWC in Russia) and defender Brittany Taylor.

Ellis also named four players just graduating from high school in Gatorade Girl’s National High School Player of the Year Melissa Henderson, a forward from Garland, Texas, headed to Notre Dame, and defender Meghan Klingenberg from Pennsylvania and forward Rachel Givan from Mississippi, both headed to UNC, and midfielder Kylie Wright, who will attend UCLA. Ellis also named the Parade Girl’s High School Player of the Year, junior Teresa Noyola, who at 17 is the young player on the roster.

For the first time, Ellis will have on her roster the three players from U.S. team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship who are age-eligible for the next U-20 WC, in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Casey Nogueira and Kelley O’Hara, all of whom spent some time training with the full Women’s National Team in 2007. Ellis also gives a first call-up to midfielder Nikki Washington, who performed so well for UNC during the NCAA Final Four last fall. Ellis has some serious height in her goalkeeper corps, calling in 5-foot-11 Chantel Jones, 5-foot-9 Alyssa Naeher and 6-foot Kristin Olsen. The camp may have an emphasis on attacking as Ellis has called in 10 forwards among the 24 players.

While in Maryland, the U-20s will take on the Virginia Majestics on June 12 and face the Washington Freedom on June 14. The Pan-Am games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 12-26 and will feature two groups of five teams each with Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA participating on the women’s side. Matches will be held on July 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster – Boyds, Maryland
June 9-16, 2007

Goalkeepers (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC)
Defenders (4): Meghan Klingenberg (Hot Spurs), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA)
Midfielders (7): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Tobin Heath (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Nikki Washington (UNC), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues)
Forwards (10): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

U-21 WNT Falls to Canada in PKs at Futbol Internacional Tournament Final

MOBILE, Ala. (April 28, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team fell in penalty kicks to the Canadian Olympic Development Team after playing to a 0-0 draw in the championship game of the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament.

The U.S. team had won both its previous games in the six-team tournament by 2-0 scores but could not find a way past Canadian goalkeepers Taryn Swiatek and Karina LeBlanc, who have 20 and 50 caps respectively for Canada’s senior side.

Canada’s Olympic Development Team featured a mixture of national team veterans and young prospects.

The U.S. team had more of the chances during the match, out-shooting Canada by a 13-3 margin, but failed to finish into open nets on at least one occasion in each half.

The match ended 0-0 after regulation time and went straight to penalty kicks. After Canada’s Amy Vermuelen converted her team’s first chance, U.S. defender Stephanie Logterman had her kick saved by LeBlanc, and that would eventually be the difference as each team then made all the rest of its kicks before Canada’s Paige Adams knocked in her team’s fifth chance to end the game.

The U.S. U-21s will come together again in late May for a trip to Germany, where they will play three top German women’s clubs. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA U-21 vs. Canada ODT
Competition: 2007 Futbol Internacional Championship
Venue: Baker HS Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
Date: April 28, 2007; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,500
Weather: Warm, humid – 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                     1 2 F PK
USA              0 0 0 3
CAN ODT    0 0 0 5

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kelsey Davis; 16-Stephanie Logterman, 15-Rachel Buehler – Capt., 9-Kendall Fletcher, 2-Manya Makoski; 22-Sarah Huffman (13-Kara Kabellis, 83), 8-Amanda Poach, 17-Angie Woznuk; 7-Danesha Adams, 12-Kelsey Carpenter (6-Rachel Rapinoe, 71), 5-Kelley O’Hara (19-Kiki Bosio, 59).
Subs not used: 1-Cori Alexander, 4-Lisa Sari, 10-Nkechi Kanu, 11-Danielle Collins, 14-Natalie Capuano, 20-Marissa Abegg, 24-Joanna Haig, 25-Chioma Igwe, 26-Courtney Hooker, 29-Tiffany Weimer
Head coach: Bill Irwin

CAN ODT: 20-Taryn Swiatek (1-Karina LeBlanc, 46), 17-Eden Hingwing (12-Alexi Marton, 46), 4-Sasha Andrews, 2-Caroline Vanderpool, 5-Melissa Tancredi (16-Monica Lamfeist, 46), 8-Kaylyn Kyle, 6-Amy Apps (3-Taryne Boudreau, 46), 7-Paige Adams, 13-Jodi-Ann Robinson, 10-Amy Vermuelen, 14-Amber Allen.

Statistical Summary: USA/CAN ODT
Shots: 13/3
Shots on Goal: 4/2
Saves: 2/4
Corner Kicks: 5/1
Fouls: 10/15
Offside: 3/0

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Amy Vermuelen (caution) 33rd minute.

Officials:
Referee: Sharon Wheeler (USA)

Penalty Kicks
Canada - Result / USA - Result
Amy Vermuelen - Goal / Stephanie Logterman - Saved
Kaylyn Kyle - Goal / Angie Wonzuk - Goal
Taryne Boudreau - Goal / Amanda Poach - Goal
Jodi-Ann Robinson - Goal / Manya Makoski - Goal
Paige Adams - Goal / n/a

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament Final Results
Date        Match-Up Venue (Stadium)
April 22   Canada ODT 1, Mexico U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 22   USA U-21 2, China U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24   USA U-21 2, T&T 0 Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium)
April 24   Argentina 1, Canada ODT 1 Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex)
April 26   China U-21 2, T&T 0 Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium)
April 26   Mexico U-21 1, Argentina 1 Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium)
April 28   Argentina 2, T&T 0 Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)
                 Mexico 1, China 0 Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)
                 USA 0, Canada ODT 0 (3-5 Pks) Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)

U.S. U-21s Use 2-0 Win vs. T&T WNT to Win Bracket at Futbol Internacional Tournament

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (April 24, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team cruised to its second win in as many games at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, defeating the Trinidad & Tobago full Women’s National Team by a 2-0 score at the Alabama A&M Football Field.

The USA used goals from forward Kelsey Carpenter, her second in as many matches, and midfielder Angie Wonzuk, to win the match and Bracket A, giving them a spot in the championship of this six-team tournament on April 28 at Baker High School in Mobile against either Argentina’s full Women’s National Team or Canada’s Olympic Development Team.

The Canada ODT and Argentina’s WNT tied, 1-1, in the day’s other match. Mexico’s U-21s and Argentina will play the final match of Bracket B on April 26. A tie or Mexico win in that match would send Canada to the championship game while Argentina will need a win.

U.S. head coach Bill Irwin made eight changes from the starting lineup that defeated China’s U-21s two days ago, and made the nine allowed substitutes during the match, with goalkeeper Joanna Haig and team captain Rachel Buehler the only U.S. players going the full 90 minutes. The USA’s team had a sputtering start to the game which was made even more choppy by constant whistles and some sub-par finishing from the Americans.

“There was no intensity in the first half,” said Irwin. “We had loads of chances, we should have been up after five minutes and we almost scored 20 seconds into the second half, but the finishing just wasn’t good enough.”

The U.S. got a goal and an assist from Woznuk, who had a spectacular tournament at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, winning the Silver Ball as second best player in the tournament and the Bronze Shoe as the third best scorer.

“It was a really ugly game,” said Woznuk, who has one cap for the U.S. WNT. “The field wasn’t good and at the start, T&T came out with a lot of energy while we didn’t. We made some changes middle of the half and halftime and those girls brought a lot of energy to the team. That allowed us to get control of the game, knock it around more and we took control.”

It was Woznuk who finally made a dent, firing in a free-kick from just outside the penalty area on the left side with 20 minutes left in the game, bending her shot into the upper right corner to make it 1-0.

“I think the goalkeeper lost sight of the ball,” said Woznuk of her goal. “Earlier today we practiced some free kicks and that was where I was hitting them, so it felt good. The goal kind of opened up the game. Once we got that, we got the second one pretty quick.”

Woznuk set up the second goal just six minutes later, gaining control about 40 yards from the net before lifting the ball over the defense to Carpenter, who ran past her defender, took a few dribbles and hit her shot low into the right corner from about 15 yards out.

The U.S. team now awaits its opponent for the championship game, where Irwin will be looking for a better performance from the oldest youth team in the Women’s National Team programs.

“I want them to come out committed, ready to work and out-work the other team,” said Irwin. “We need to put them on under all sorts of pressure, but first they all need to come and roll up sleeves, raise their level and do the work. Today, there was no intensity, we thought we could just step on the field and win this game. All of sudden, they found themselves getting out-hustled and we could have been a goal down. Hopefully, after the little chat we had at halftime and at the end of the game, the group I put out there will work their tails off in the final.”

Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA U-21 vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Competition: 2007 Futbol Internacional
Venue: Alabama A&A Football Stadium – Huntsville, Alabama
Date: April 24, 2007; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 400
Weather: Hot, humid – 78 degrees

Scoring Summary:
            1 2 F
USA    0 2 2
TRI      0 0 0

USA – Angie Woznuk (unassisted) 70th minute.
USA – Kelsey Carpenter (Angie Woznuk) 76.

Lineups:
USA: 24-Joanna Haig; 10-Nkechi Kanu (2-Manya Makoski, 61), 15-Rachel Buehler – Capt., 25-Chioma Igwe (9-Kendall Fletcher, 46), 20-Marissa Abegg (16-Stephanie Logterman, 34); 17-Angie Woznuk (14-Natalie Capuano, 83), 13-Kara Kabellis (4-Lisa Sari, 46), 8-Amanda Poach (22-Sarah Huffman, 39); 29-Tiffany Weimer (19-Kiki Bosio, 46), 7-Danesha Adams (12-Kelsey Carpenter, 34), 5-Kelley O’Hara (6-Rachel Rapinoe, 68).
Subs not used: 1-Cori Alexander, 11-Danielle Collins, 18-Kelsey Davis, 26-Courtney Hooker.
Head coach: Bill Irwin

T&T: 1-Kimika Forbes; 4-Katrina Meyer (15-Sadjr Williams, 48), 2-Ayana Russell, 16-Jemilia Mathun (11-Avianne Douglas, 52), 3-Anastasia Prescott; 12-Nadine Liverpool (13-Patrice Superville, 79), 9-Dernelle Mascall, 18-Jenelle Nedd, 8-Mauricia Nicholson (9-Shurell Burton, 17); 6-Leslie-Ann James, 10-Tasha St. Louis.

Statistical Summary: USA/TRI
Shots: 16/2
Shots on Goal: 9/2
Saves: 2/6
Corner Kicks: 9/1
Fouls: 14/21
Offside: 10/0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Jenelle Nedd (caution) 30th minute.
TRI – Avianne Douglas (caution) 66.

Officials:
Referee: Amy Willing (USA)
Referee Asst.: William Walker (USA)
Referee Asst.: Steven Zinder (USA)
4th Official: Marlene Duffy (USA)

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament
Bracket A                    W L T Pts. GF GA GD
USA U-21                    2 0 0   6     4      0 +4
Trinidad & Tobago    0 1 0   0      0      2 -2
China U-21                 0 1 0   0       0     2 -2

Bracket B              W L T Pts. GF GA GD
Canada ODT        1 0 1   4      2     1 +1
Argentina               0 0 1   1      1     1 0
Mexico U-21          0 1 0   0      0     1 -1

Date        Match-Up                                          Venue (Stadium)                                     Kickoff (All times CT)
April 22   Canada ODT 1, Mexico U-21 0    Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 22   USA U-21 2, China U-21 0            Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24   USA U-21 2, T&T 0                         Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium)
April 24   Argentina 1, Canada ODT 1         Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex)
April 26   China U-21 vs. T&T                       Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium)    7:30 p.m.
April 26   Mexico U-21 vs. Argentina            Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium)                   7:30 p.m.
April 28   5th place Match                              Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)                                     2:00 p.m. 
                3rd Place Match                              Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)                                     5:00 p.m.
                USA vs. TBD                                    Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium)                                     7:30 p.m.

U-21 WNT Downs China, 2-0, at Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama

CHICAGO (April 22, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team opened the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama with a solid 2-0 victory over China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. Texas junior Kelsey Carpenter and substitute Kelley O’Hara, a Stanford freshman, both scored second half goals to lead the USA to victory in the first international match of the year for the U-21 women.

The six-team, nine-match tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B. Canada beat Mexico, 1-0, in the day’s other match.

The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each bracket will meet for fifth place.

The USA dominated the match from the beginning, but forwards Danesha Adams and Carpenter wasted golden chances in the first half, and the USA had to show patience as they found it difficult to navigate through a defense-minded Chinese team.

"I thought the game went very well possession-wise,” said O’Hara, one of the standouts for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia who will join the full Women’s National Team in Residency Training Camp after the end of this tournament. “They had very few chances and we had so many right in front of the goal. It could have been 3-0 at halftime.”

Carpenter finally broke through in the 57th minute when midfielder Amanda Poach, who had both assists in the game, won a fifty-fifty tackle at the top of the penalty area and then put Carpenter behind the defense for her to finish smartly from inside the six-yard box.

O’Hara, playing in her first competitive match since the end of her college season after recovering from a foot injury, doubled the lead in the 75th minute after entering the game just 16 minutes earlier. Poach, a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the last U-20 World Championship in Russia, sent a cross in from the right wing that flew just over a few Chinese heads to O’Hara, who pounded her header down off the left post and in. O’Hara, who is age-eligible for the next U-20 World Cup in Chile in 2008, has 10 international goals at the U-20 level, but this was her first for the U-21s.

“We dominated the game, made a lot of chances and missed a lot of chances, but other than that, the girls played really well,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin. “China got everyone behind the ball and made it difficult for us, but in the second half we made some adjustments and got two goals. Kelsey tucked her chance away well and Kelley finished off a great sequence of ball movement.”

The U.S. defense of center backs Rachel Buehler and Kendall Fletcher and wing backs Stephanie Logterman and Manya Makoski were solid during the game, limiting the dangerous Chinese attacks to a precious few.

The USA’s next match will be against Trinidad & Tobago’s full National Team on Tuesday, April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville.

Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA U-21 vs. China U-21
Competition: 2007 Futbol Internacional
Venue: Legion Field – Birmingham, Alabama
Date: April 22, 2007; Kickoff – 5:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,000
Weather: Sunny, dry – 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:
           1    2    F

USA    0    2   2
CHN    0    0   0

USA – Kelsey Carpenter (Amanda Poach) 57th minute.
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Amanda Poach) 75.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cori Alexander, 16-Stephanie Logterman, 9-Kendall Fletcher, 15-Rachel Buehler – Capt., 2-Manya Makoski (10-Nkechi Kanu, 82); 4-Lisa Sari (13-Kara Kabellis, 71), 22-Sarah Huffman, 8-Amanda Poach; 19-Kiki Bosio (5-Kelley O’Hara, 59), 7-Danesha Adams, 12-Kelsey Carpenter.
Subs not used: 6-Rachel Rapinoe, 11-Danielle Collins, 14-Natalie Capuano, 17-Angie Woznuk, 18-Kelsey Davis, 20-Marissa Abegg, 24-Joanna Haig, 25-Chioma Igwe, 26-Courtney Hooker, 29-Tiffany Weimer.
Head coach: Bill Irwin

CHN: 1-Chi Xiao Hui, 4-Liu Yan Mei (15-Zu Kunrui, 61), 5-Zen Xiu Lan, 3-Ran Xiao Qing, 17-Wang Lin Lin, 8-Ma Zi Xiang, 2-Huang Zi Iuan, 7-Mao Ai Hong (16-Wong Ni, 65), 11-Zhang Lu (10-Zhu Wei, 46), 19-Qu Ya Sha, 13-Lu Ai Xue (9-Li Lin, 39).

Statistical Summary:
USA / CHN
Shots: 20 / 3
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary: None.

Officials:
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)
Referee Asst.: Stephen Smith (USA)
Referee Asst.: Justin Brown (USA)
4th Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament
Bracket A                       W    L    T    Pts.    GF    GA    GD
USA U-21                       1     0    0      3        2       0     +2
Trinidad & Tobago        0     0    0      0        0       0       0
China U-21                     0     1    0      0        0       2      -2

Bracket B                    W     L     T    Pts.   GF    GA    GD
Canada ODT               1     0     0     3         1       0      +1
Mexico U-21                 0    1      0     0         0       1      -1
Argentina                      0     0     0     0         0       0       0

Date       Match-Up                                  Venue (Stadium) Kickoff (All times CT)
April 22   Canada ODT 1, Mexico U-21 0     Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 22  USA U-21 2, China U-21 0          Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24  USA U-21 vs. T&TApril 24           Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 24   Argentina vs. Canada ODT          Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex) 7:30 p.m.
April 26   China U-21 vs. T&T                    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 26   Mexico U-21 vs. Argentina           Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 28   5th place Match                          Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 2:00 p.m. 
             3rd Place Match                          Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 5:00 p.m.
             Championship                             Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 7:30 p.m.                      

Adams and O'Hara Added to U-21 WNT Roster for Alabama Tournament

CHICAGO (April 17, 2007) - Forwards Danesha Adams and Kelly O’Hara, both standouts on the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia, have been added to the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team roster for the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament, taking place in Alabama from April 22-28 at six venues throughout the state. UCLA’s Adams and Stanford’s O’Hara replace midfielder Tina DiMartino and forward Ella Masar, who are both injured.

O’Hara was scheduled to come into Residency Training Camp with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in early April, but had to delay her first senior team call-up to allow more time for foot injury heal. She was set to join the U.S. team at the start of the next training block on April 21, but due to her call-up with the U-21s, will now come into U.S. camp on April 30.

Adams, who along with Rachel Buehler who will also play for the U-21s in Alabama, have been training with the U.S. team in Residency Camp and will re-join along with O’Hara on the 30th. Adams earned the Bronze Ball in Russia last fall as the third most valuable player in the tournament.

The six-team, nine-match Futbol Internacional tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team, and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B.

The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each group will meet for fifth place.

The U.S. team, lead by head coach Bill Irwin, will open play on April 22 against China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. The USA will also play T&T on April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville. The placement matches will be held on April 28 at Baker High School Stadium in Mobile. These will mark the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-21s.

Tickets for all the matches are priced from $12-$16 and can be purchased by going to 2007futbolinternacional.com or at the gate on day of game. US Youth Soccer player may go online at 2007futbolinternacional.com and receive a free ticket to the opening or closing matches.

U.S. Roster for 2007 Fubol Internacional Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Danielle Collins (William & Mary), Kendal Fletcher (UNC), Courtney Hooker (California), Nkechi Kanu (California), Stephanie Logterman (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Chioma Igwe (California), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Kelly O’Hara (Stanford), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffeny Weimer (Penn State)

U.S. U-21 WNT to Play in 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama

CHICAGO (April 16, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will travel to Alabama in late April to participate in the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament from April 22-28 at six venues throughout the state.

The six-team, nine-match tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team, and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B. Canada, which is currently preparing for the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007 in July and the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 in September, will send a mixed team of national-team veterans and youth-team prospects to the tournament.

The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each group will meet for fifth place.

The U.S. team, lead by head coach Bill Irwin, will open play on April 22 against China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. The USA will also play T&T on April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville. The placement matches will be held on April 28 at Baker High School Stadium in Mobile. These will mark the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-21s.

Tickets for all the matches are priced from $12-$16 and can be purchased by going to www.2007futbolinternacional.com or at the gate on day of game. US Youth Soccer player may go online at www.2007futbolinternacional.com and receive a free ticket to the opening or closing matches.

“This tournament is an excellent competition and challenge for our U-21s,” said Irwin. “In this group of players are several pushing to make it to the next level and these games will be a great test for our whole team. The tournament organizers have done a fantastic job of bringing this event together and the team is looking forward to a great week of soccer.”

Irwin had named a 24-player roster for the tournament, which includes defender Rachel Buehler, who is currently in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team and midfielder Angie Woznuk, who has one cap for the senior National Team. Woznuk, who along with Buehler and Manya Makoski, were a part of the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Canada, had a breakout tournament at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. Woznuk won the Silver Ball as the second best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer after leading the USA to a third-place finish. Woznuk played a major role in leading Portland to an undefeated season and the NCAA title in 2005.

Six players on the roster for the Futbol Internacional played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia in the fall of 2006, including midfielder Amanda Poach, who was named to the FIFA All-Star team for the tournament, and four players were on the team that played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand.

The U.S. U-21s are coming off a successful three-game tour in England in mid-March, during which the squad defeated three top English club sides. Irwin is preparing the team for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U. S. UNDER-21 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College

U-21 Caps / Goals

Abegg, Marissa D 5-7  03/14/87  Lake Oswego, Ore. Stanford  0/0
Alexander, Cori GK 5-10  05/06/85  Martinez, Calif. Portland  0
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5  08/26/85  Del Mar, Calif. Stanford  11/0
Bosio, Kiki F 5-7  11/03/87  Mission Viejo, Calif. Santa Clara 0/0
Capuano, Natalie M 5-6  07/21/87  Aston, Pa. Penn   0/0
Carpenter, Kelsey F 5-6  04/13/86  Allen, Texas Texas   0/0
Collins, Danielle D 5-11  06/11/87  Cream Ridge, N.J. William & Mary 0/0
Davis, Kelsey GK 5-10  05/14/87  Thousand Oaks, Calif. Portland  0
DiMartino, Tina  M 5-1  01/06/86  Massapequa Park, N.Y. UCVLA 0/0
Fletcher, Kendall D 5-6  11/11/84  Cary, N.C. UNC   11/0
Haig, Joanna GK 5-10  04/16/86  Iver Grove Heights, Minn. Louisville 0
Hooker, Courtney D 5-8  09/15/86  Woodland Hills, Calif. California  0/0
Huffman, Sarah M 5-3  03/05/84  Flower Mound, Texas Virginia  19/2
Igwe, Chioma M 5-6  07/21/86  Belmont, Calif.  Santa Clara 0/0
Kanu, Nkechi D 5-3  12/11/87  Pleasanton, Calif. California  0/0
Kabellis, Kara M 5-8  12/03/84  Lockport, Ill. Wisconsin  0/0
Logterman, Stephanie D 5-6  02/25/86  Austin, Texas Texas    0/0
Makoski, Manya  M 5-3  04/18/84  Trumbull, Conn. Arizona State 16/1 
Masar, Ella F 5-5  04/03/86  Urbana, Ill. Illinois   0/0
Poach, Amanda M 5-6  07/25/87  Bowie, Md. Santa Clara 0/0
Rapinoe, Rachel  F 5-4  07/05/85  Redding, Calif. Portland  0/0
Sari, Lisa M 5-7  10/18/84  Longview, Wash. Portland  0/0
Weimer, Tiffany  F 5-4  12/05/83  North Haven, Conn. Penn State 5/3
Woznuk, Angie M 5-6  03/29/85  El Cajon, Calif. Portland  4/0
             

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Danielle Collins (William & Mary), Kendal Fletcher (UNC), Courtney Hooker (California), Nkechi Kanu (California), Stephanie Logterman (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Tina DiMartino (UCVLA), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Chioma Igwe (California), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (5): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Ella Masar (Illinois), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffeny Weimer (Penn State).

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Bill Irwin Portland, Ore.
Asst. Coach: Dean Duerst Middleton, Wis.
GK Coach: Everton Edwards Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Ali Bauer Chicago, Ill.
Equipment Coordinator: Andrew Dessert Long Beach, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Amy Colquhoun Long Beach, Calif.

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament
Bracket A
USA U-21
China U-21
Trinidad & Tobago

Bracket B
Mexico U-21
Argentina
Canada ODT

Date Match-up Venue (Stadium)  Kickoff (CT) 
April 22 Mexico U-21 vs. Canada ODT Birmingham, Ala. (Legiona Field) 2:30 p.m.
April 22 USA U-21 vs. China U-21 Birmingham, Ala. (Legiona Field) 5 p.m.
April 24 USA U-21 vs. T&T Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Footbal Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 24 Argentina vs. Canada ODT Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex) 7:30 p.m.
April 26 China U-21 vs. T&T Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 26 Mexico U-21 vs. Argentina Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 28 5th place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
April 28 3rd Place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 5:00 p.m.
April 28 Championship Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
       

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