SPECTOR AWARDED “JIMMY MURPHY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and Manchester United reserve defender Jonathan Spector was awarded the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award for 2003-04. The 18-year-old, described by Manchester United’s reserve coach Brian McClair as “quick-thinking, reliable and enthusiastic,” received the award before the full team’s match against Chelsea on Saturday at Old Trafford. Spector was a member of the U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program and helped the Under-17 Men’s National Team to a fifth place finish at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship last August. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native was signed by Manchester last year and has been playing for Man U’s U-19 and reserve teams, and just two weeks ago was on the bench for the full team’s match against the Blackburn Rovers. Spector joins a list of famous Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award winners who have gone on to great success with Manchester United, including Ryan Giggs (1990-91, 1991-92), Paul Scholes (1992-93) and Phil Neville (1993-94).
KRIKORIAN SELECTS 18 FOR CONCACAF U-19 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Krikorian has named the 18-player roster that will compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. The second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004. The U.S. team is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will take on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will "cross-over" in the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to Thailand.
U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.); FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (Portland).
U-16 GIRLS HOLDING THIRD TRAINING CAMP OF 2004 AT HDC: The U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team is currently holding their third training camp of 2004 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team arrived into camp on May 8 and will train and play two matches before departing on Saturday (May 15). The U-16s will face the U-15 GNT, which is also holding a camp at HDC this week, today and then face the Laguna Hills Eclipse on Tuesday. Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg has called in 22 players for the weeklong training session.
U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jorden Kussman (Lakewood, Wash.), Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Conn.); DEFENDERS (8): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Lindsey Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nicole Moore (Virginia Beach, Va.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Onnie Trusty (Media, Pa.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas); MIDFIELDERS (5): Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Kendra Chandhoke (Morrison, Colo.), Ali Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), C.J. Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.), Devon Swaim (Levittown, Pa.); FORWARDS (7): Rachel Givan (Ridgeland, Miss.), Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ashely Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).
U-15 GIRLS TRAINING AT HOME DEPOT CENTER THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Developmental Team is holding their second training camp of the year after making its debut in March. The U-15s arrived at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on May 8 and will hold daily training sessions before departing on Saturday (May 15). The U-15s will play one match against the U-16 GNT, which is also in camp at the HDC, this afternoon at 4 p.m. PT. The U-15s were created this year to provide a more continuous opportunity for player development, bridging the gap between the U-14 National Camp held in August each year and the U-16 Girls’ National Team. This age group was implemented to provide players with more opportunities to be trained and evaluated at national team levels at a younger age, in turn preparing them to compete at higher levels as they move in to the U-16 age group and beyond. Head coach Stephanie Gabbert called in 24 players for the camp.
U-15 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kelley Dyer (Germantown, Tenn.), Lillian Klein (Mill Valley, Calif.), Emily Kingsborough (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Nikki Weiss (Redding, Conn.); DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Erica Campenelli (Plano, Texas), Kathleen Deines (Issaquah, Wash.), Brittany Goosen (Olathe, Kan.), Gretchen Miller (Fairport, N.Y.), Anessa Patton (Fresno, Calif.), Chelsea Regan (n/a), Kacey Richards (Williamstown, N.J.), Jasmine Rodriguez (Clinton, Conn.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Alana Clark (Tucson, Ariz.), Bernadette DaCosta (Macungie, Pa.), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Kelley German (Claremore, Okla.), Kelsey Lynch (Chicago, Ill.), Jillian MacNeil (Marshfield, Mass.), Kendra Perry (Livermore, Calif.), Sarah Salazar (Broken Arrow, Okla.); FORWARDS (3): Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Rachel Schuyler (Cheshire, Conn.).