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Youth National Team Update - March 7, 2005


The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was drawn into Group D on Sunday (March 6) with Argentina, Germany and Egypt for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland, which will take place from June 10-July 2. The U.S. opens against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET, then faces Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and concludes group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at Enschede Stadium in Enschede, Holland. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via’s MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. In Holland, the U.S. will face three teams with plenty of experience and success at the Under-20 level as Argentina, Germany and Egypt all qualified for the past two FIFA World Youth Championships (2001, 2003). The 24-team field is divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group and the top four (of six) third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. The 52-match tournament will take place at six venues in Holland with games in Doetinchem, Emmen, Enschede, Kerkrade, Tilburg and Utrecht. This is the fifth straight appearance for the U.S. in the world championship and their tenth overall. The best finish ever for the U.S. came in Saudi Arabia ’89 when the U-20s, led by goalkeeper Kasey Keller, advanced to the semifinals before falling to Brazil in the Third Place match to finish in fourth place. In the last tournament in the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. had a remarkable run to the quarterfinals and eventually finished in fifth place.

The U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team went 2-3-1 during their five-day camp in Bradenton, Fla., that concluded this Sunday. Head coach Jim Barlow had invited in 31 players into camp and broke the players into two teams (White and Blue) as the U-15s played six games, with each squad going up against the Super Y-League ’90 ODP Select Team, Super Y-League ’89 ODP Select Team and the U.S. U-17 ’89 MNT. In their opening games on March 4, the U-15s got goals from Walter Hines and Abraham Villon to down the Super Y ‘90s 2-1, while in their other match they were on the other side of the coin, falling to the U-17 ‘89s 2-1, despite Brandon Tarr’s equalizer in the first half. On March 5, the U-15s drew with the Super Y ‘90s 1-1 behind a Yannick Salmon goal and then got their best win of the camp as Tarr and Jared Jeffrey scored in the first half and Fredua Adu buried a penalty kick in the second to pull out a 3-1 victory over the Super Y ‘89s. On the final day of camp, the U-15s suffered two losses as goals by Mykell Bates and Chris Agorsor weren’t enough to hold off the Super Y ‘89s who found the back of the net three times, and the U-17 ‘89s got four goals in the first 32 minutes to cruise to a 4-0 win.
Under-15 BNT Results/Schedule
Date           Opponent               Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
March 4     Super Y ‘90           2-1 W      Hines, Villon
March 4     U-17 ’89 MNT     1-2 L         Tarr
March 5     Super Y ‘89s         3-1 W       Tarr, Jeffrey, Adu
March 5     Super Y ‘90s         1-1 T         Salmon
March 6     Super Y ‘89s         2-3 L         Bates, Agorsor
March 6     U-17 ’89 MNT     0-4 L

U-17s TOPPLE U-15 AND U-18 YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS IN BRADENTON: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Teams defeated the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team and U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team this past week as both of the youth national team squads were holding camps at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. On March 2, the Under-17 ’88 MNT (Team A) pulled off a bit of an upset by downing the U-18s, 2-1. The U-17s took a two-goal lead behind goals from Amaechi Igwe and Quavas Kirk before the U-18s cut the lead in half by a strike from Robbie Rogers late in the second half. But Bob Jenkins’ squad couldn’t find the equalizer in the final ten minutes as U-17 goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner was able to close down any opportunities on frame. The U-17 ‘89s (Team B) pulled off two victories (2-1 and 4-0) against their younger counterparts, the U-15 BNT over the weekend. In the first match on March 4, Cesar Nunez gave the U-17s an early lead in the ninth minute, but four minutes later Brandon Tarr finished a pass from Isreal Sesay for the equalizer. In the 33rd minute, Josmer Altidore provided the U-17s with the game winner, burying a ball from Joseph Sorrentino. In the rematch on March 6, the U-17s got four goals, all in the first 32 minutes, as Sorrentino opened and closed the scoring with Altidore and Perica Marosevic notching goals in between. This week, the U.S. Under-17 ’88 MNT will take on the University of Virginia today (March 7) and the University of South Florida on Friday (March 11), while the U-17 ’89 MNT will face Notre Dame on Tuesday (March 8).
Under-17 ’88 MNT (Team A) Results/Schedule
Date             Opponent        Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 6       U-18 MNT     2-1 W     Igwe, Kirk
March 7       UVA
March 11     USF

Under-17 ’89 MNT (Team B) Results/Schedule
Date           Opponent       Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 4     U-15 BNT      2-1 W     Nunez, Altidore
March 6     U-15 BNT      4-0 W     Sorrentino (2), Altidore, Marosevic
March 8     Notre Dame

U-18 MNT FINISH CAMP AT IMG ACADEMY IN BRADENTON, FLA.: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished their weeklong camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this past weekend. During the camp, the U-18s went 1-1-1 in three games. In their opening match against the U.S. Under-17 ’88 MNT, Robbie Rogers buried a pass from David Rodriguez in the 79th minute, but it wasn’t enough as two earlier strikes from Amaechi Igwe and Quavas Kirk were too much to overcome. A day later, the U-18s battled IMG U-19 to a 1-1 draw, getting a goal from Sonny Guadarrama. In their final match on March 5, the U-18s defeated the University of Virginia, 2-1, with two first-half goals from Sal Zizzo.
Under-18 MNT Results/Schedule
Date           Opponent              Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 2     U-17 ’88 MNT     1-2 L      Rogers
March 3     IMG U-19             1-1 T      Guadarrama
March 5     UVA                     2-1 W     Zizzo (2)

U.S. U-17 WNT AND U-16 GNT GET WINS AGAINST GERMANY U-17s: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team and Under-16 Girls National Team both snagged victories over the German Under-17 Women’s National Team during camps last week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After the U-17 WNT opened the four-game series with Germany on Feb. 27 with a 2-0 victory behind goals from Kelly O’Hara and Alexondrea Trusty, the Germans bounced back to down the U-16 GNT, 1-0, a day later. On March 2, the U-17s got the same result in their second meeting with Germany as Jessica McDonald and O’Hara gave them the identical 2-0 victory. A day later, the U-16 GNT rebounded from their earlier loss to post their first victory on the year, defeating Germany 3-1 with goals from Brooke Knowlton, Casey Nogueira and Jessie Baddley.
U-16 GNT Results
Date            Matchup              Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 28      Germany U-17     0-1 L
March 3     Germany U-17     3-1 W     Knowlton, Nogueira, Baddley
U-17 WNT Results
Date           Matchup               Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 27      Germany U-17      2-0         O’Hara, Trusty
March 2     Germany U-17      2-0         McDonald, O’Hara

U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM FORWARD LEE NGUYEN NAMED GATORADE H.S. POY: U.S. Youth National Team forward Lee Nguyen was named the 2004 Gatorade National High School Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Gatorade Thirst Quencher, in partnership with Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine, announced last week. Nguyen, who attends Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, has already spent time with the U.S. Under-18 and Under-20 Men’s National Teams this year. In January, Nguyen traveled with the U-18 MNT to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the Copa Chivas Tournament, and the speedy forward scored four goals in four games, including notching his first international goal against Holland. Two weeks ago, the Dallas Texans standout got his first call-up to the U-20 MNT and scored the equalizing goal during an exhibition match against the San Jose Earthquakes in Bradenton, Fla. The award, which recognizes athletic achievement as well as the academic performance and overall character of its recipient, distinguishes Nguyen as the nation’s best high school boys soccer player. The Gatorade National Advisory Board, a group of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the country, selected Nguyen from the nearly 350,000 male high school soccer players nationwide. Nguyen is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award, to be presented at an awards ceremony the afternoon prior to The ESPY Awards in July.