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U-20 MNT Final Camp of 2004 Ends


U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
Training Camp
Carson, Calif.
Dec. 23, 2004


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished their final camp of 2004 this morning as the players and staff left the friendly confines of The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and traveled home for the holidays. Head coach Sigi Schmid will reduce the 30 players in camp down to the 22 players that he will bring back to The Home Depot Center on Jan. 2 as the team will begin their final preparations for the Under-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, which will be played from Jan. 12-16, also at the HDC. Out of the 22, Schmid will pick his final 18-man roster a few days before the tournament’s opening day.

U-20 QUALIFYING AT HDC

The U.S. will join Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago as they compete in Group A of the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 12-16, 2005. The six-game round-robin tournament will consist of three doubleheaders with each team playing on January 12, 14, and 16. The U.S. U-20s, who are attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Youth Championship, play the second match on each day and open against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005.
U-20 CONCACAF Final Round Schedule
Date       Match-up                          Kickoff (PT)
Jan. 12   Costa Rica vs. Panama      5:30 p.m.
Jan. 12   USA vs. T&T                   8 p.m.
Jan. 14   T&T vs. Costa Rica          5:30 p.m.
Jan. 14   USA vs. Panama              8 p.m.
Jan. 16   Panama vs. T&T              12 p.m.
Jan. 16   USA vs. Costa Rica         2:30 p.m.

U-20 QUALIFYING TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Tickets for the Under-20 world championship qualifying tournament are now on sale nationally. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $10 to $24 are available online at ussoccer.com, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), by calling 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles), 714-740-2000 (Orange County) or 619-220-8497 (San Diego), and at the Home Depot Center ticket office. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290.

SCHMID IMPROVES UNDEFEATED RECORD TO 6-0
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team won all four of their games during their final training camp of 2004 at The Home Depot Center. Head coach Sigi Schmid split the 30 players in camp into two teams (Grey and Blue) and came away with two wins over the Canadian Under-20 Men’s National Team, Mexican first division club team Necaxa and the California All-Stars, a team made up of local college and professional players. On Saturday (Dec. 18), the Grey team used an early goal by Chad Barrett to cruise to a 1-0 victory over Canada in the morning, while the Blue team got goals from Sacha Kljestan and Jacob Peterson to topple a tough Necaxa team. On Monday (Dec. 20), Jacob Peterson had the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Canada off a free kick from Hunter Freeman for the Grey team in the morning match. In the afternoon, Charlie Davies and Randi Patterson led the way for the Blue team, combining for three goals and two assists to cruise to a 4-1 victory over the California All-Stars.

GOING HOME TIRED

The players will probably not be jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning to open presents as the final few days of camp will keep them snuggled in their beds to get a few more winks. With fitness a concern before qualifying, the full Men’s National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach Pierre Barrieu came in and had the players go through a number of fitness tests, including the dreaded beep test, to help the team get in better shape before January. Barrieu tracked the players progress and presented each player with an assessment of how they did and what they need to work on during the holiday break before coming back in to camp with the goal being a better fit and intense team as they move towards qualifying.

SCHMID ASSESSES FINAL CAMP
After brining in 30 players to The Home Depot Center for the past 12 days, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Sigi Schmid now has the difficult task of choosing the 22 players (18-player roster, plus four alternates) he’ll bring back for the final camp before the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament. Schmid sat down with ussoccer.com and talked about the bright spots that came out of this final camp of 2004, when he’ll announce the 22-player roster and whether Eddie Gaven and Jonathan Spector are still possibilities to be called in for the qualifying tournament.  

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