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Youth National Team Update: April 6-April 12


– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-19s TAKE SECOND AT FIRST EVER PHILIPS LIGHTING U-19 INVITATIONAL: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team rolled over China 4-0 in the final match of the 2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational to claim second place behind tournament champion Japan, who drew 2-2 with Holland in the first match of the day. Angie Woznuk, playing in her first match of the competition, paced the USA with two goals while 16-year-old Alexa Orand added another goal and China knocked one into their own net. The U.S. opened the four-team tournament on April 6 with a 2-0 win over Holland led by Orand, who served in a cross for Kerri Hanks to finish in the third minute and added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. Two days later, the U.S. lost to Japan 1-0 on a 79th minute header from team captain Aya Miyama, marking the first-ever loss in the short history of the program to a team at their same age-level. Japan swept all four tournament awards, winning the championship and the Fair Play Award while team captain Miyama picked up the Top Scorer award as well as the MVP. The next action for the U.S. U-19s will come at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Canada from May 28-June 6, 2004. The USA will be attempting to earn one of this region's two berths to the second FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Thailand next November.
U-19 WNT Results
Date                Opponent            Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 6             Holland               2-0 W        Hanks, Orand
April 8             Japan                  0-1 L          ---
April 10           China                  4-0 W         Woznuk (2), Orand, Own Goal

U.S. U-21 WOMEN CONTINUE PREPARATIONS FOR NORDIC CUP AT HDC THIS WEEK: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli will hold a training camp from April 14-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., which will feature two scrimmages against the full Women's National Team currently in Olympic Residency Camp at the Home Depot Center.  The U-21s are working towards the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women that will be held his summer in Iceland.  The U-21s are coming of a highly successful tour of China, were they won all three matches, including one against the Chinese Youth National Team and one against the Chinese senior team.  The University of Hawaii's Natasha Kai scored in all three matches.  Of the 25 players in camp, Petrucelli will give nine players their first looks with the U-21s, including 2003 NSCAA All-Americans Tara Hurless, goalkeeper Katie Jo Spisak, defenders Michelle Biehl and Melissa Miller and forward Esmeralda Negron, but also has 11 players who were on the China tour.
U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Julie Ryder (Santa Clara), Katie Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Michelle Biehl (Villanova), Melissa Miller (Ohio State), Kristen Moore (Portland), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Melanie Schneider (Wake Forest); MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Bruch (Nebraska), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carly Lloyd (Rutgers), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (8): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Katy Cross (Penn), Leah Gallegos (Florida State), Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-19s LEARN OPPONENTS FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team learned its three first round opponents for the 2004 CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Qualifying tournament, which will take place from May 28-June 6 in Canada. As the defending FIFA U-19 World Champions, the USA will compete in Group B along side Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic at the CONCACAF event. The host nation is in Group A along with Mexico, Panama and Jamaica. The eight-team tournament will be played in Ottawa’s Frank Clair Stadium and Montreal’s McGill University Molson Stadium and will produce two CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27.
U-19 WNT WC Qualifying Schedule (Group B)
Date                Opponent                    City                Kickoff (ET)
May 28           Dominican Republic     Ottawa           7 p.m.
May 30           Trinidad & Tobago      Montreal        6 p.m.
June 1             Costa Rica                   Montreal        7 p.m.
June 4             Semifinals *                  Montreal        5:30 / 8 p.m.
June 6             Final / Third Place *     Ottawa           10 a.m. / 1 p.m.
* if necessary

U-18 MNT GO 1-1-1 IN U-19 SUPER GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team finished second in Bracket B with a 1-1-1 record in the U-19 Super Group at the 25th Dallas Cup last week, just missing the wild card position and a spot in the semifinals. In the first match, the U.S. fell to eventual champions Clube Atletico Paranaense 2-0 in a close match that saw midfielder Danny Szetela hit the crossbar in the first half. In their next match, the U-18s did well to tie Deportivo Saprissa 1-1 on a goal from Nico Colaluca in the 65th minute after being forced to play a man down for majority of the match as midfielder Mike Orozco received his second yellow at the 30 minutes mark. Playing for the chance to sneak into the wild card spot in the semifinals, the Under-18s dominated CF Monterey 5-1 in a wild match where the Mexican club received four ejections and was forced to play with only seven men for the final 10 minutes. After Monterey took an early 1-0 lead, Dax McCarty, Julian Valentin, Michael Bradley and Jamie Watson (2 goals) each scored to give the U.S. their first win of the tournament. Despite the USA’s win in their final match, the results in the later games did not go their way and the U-18s did not advance to the semifinals.
U-18 MNT Results
Date                Opponent                  Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4             CA Paranaense         0-2 L         ---
April 5             Deportiva Saprissa    1-1 T         Colaluca
April 7             CF Monterey            5-1 W        McCarty, Valentin, Watson (2), Bradley

U-17s FINISH EIGHTH AT TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team took eighth place at the 32nd Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament in Montaigu, France last week. The U.S. started off the tournament with a tough 1-1 draw against Italy as forward Quavas Kirk got his first international goal by knocking the Italian ‘keeper’s clearance into the net. In their next match, the Under-17s jumped out to an early lead off a goal by Preston Zimmerman, but England followed with three unanswered goals for a 3-1 victory. The U.S. dominated play in their final Group A match against Ivory Coast, out-shooting their opponent 3 to 1, but couldn’t find the back of the net and fell 1-0. In today’s placement match, the U-17s fell to Cameroon 2-0 to finish in eighth place. The Under-17s will return to the U.S. tomorrow (April 13) and four days later will face Jacksonville University in Bradenton, Fla.
U-17 ‘88 MNT Results
Date                Opponent          Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 7             Italy                  1-1 T          Kirk
April 8             England             3-1 L          Zimmerman
April 10           Ivory Coast       0-1 L          ---
April 12           Cameroon         0-2 L          ---

U-15 MNT POST 1-1-1 MARK IN U-16 GROUP AT DALLAS CUP: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team went 1-1-1 in Bracket E of the U-16 Group at the 25th Dallas Cup last week, finishing third in the group with four points. The Under-15s battled local Dallas Inter Black to a 1-1 draw in their first match on April 4, getting an equalizer from Guiseppe Carotenuto on a penalty kick awarded after Cesar Nunez was taken down in the box. The next day, the U.S. fell to Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus 1-0, despite dominating the run of play and putting more shots on goal. Despite already being eliminated from any chance of winning the group and advancing to the quarterfinals, the U.S. beat Central Jackson SO 2-1 behind goals from Anthony Wallace and Joseph Sorrentino.
U-15 BNT Results
Date                Opponent          Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
April 4             Inter Black        1-1 T          Carotenuto  
April 5             Ruckus              0-1 L          ---
April 7             CJSO                2-1 W        Wallace, Sorrentino

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