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U.S. Youth National Update -- March 14-20


-- U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE --

U-20s TO FACE ARGENTINA, EGYPT AND SOUTH KOREA IN SUWON, SOUTH KOREA; ROSTER, TO BE RELEASED TUESDAY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will face Argentina, Egypt and South Korea in the Suwon International Youth Football Tournament in Suwon, South Korea, from March 22-26. U.S. U-20 head coach Sigi Schmid will name his roster on Tuesday (March 15) for the four-team tournament, which will serve as preparation for the U.S. as they prepare for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland from June 10-July 2. The U.S. opens the four-team, round-robin tournament against Argentina on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. local time/2:30 a.m. ET, before meeting the host two days later at 7 p.m. local time/5 a.m. ET and concluding play against Egypt at 12:30 p.m. local time/10:30 p.m. ET. All of the matches in the tournament will be played at Suwon World Cup Stadium.  In an interesting twist of fate, the U.S. was recently drawn into Group D of the FIFA World Youth Championship with two of the opponents they will face in Suwon – Argentina and Egypt. At the WYC, the U.S. is scheduled to play all their group games at Enschede Stadium in Enschede, Holland, opening up the tournament against Argentina on June 11, before meeting Germany on June 14 and finishing group play against Egypt on June 18. This is the second trip to the Asian country in the past 10 months for the Under-20s, as the U.S. traveled to the southern city of Busan for the Four Nations International Tournament this past June. With Thomas Rongen the head coach at the time, the U.S. finished third in the tournament, falling to South Korea 1-0 in the opening match in front of 30,000 fans, before dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Brazil and then drawing with Poland in their final match.

U-17 MNT WILL TRAVEL TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR THREE-MATCH SERIES: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Wilmington, N.C., to face three local college teams in three days this weekend. Head coach John Hackworth will bring 20 players to Wilmington to face Davidson, UNC-Wilmington and Wake Forest. The U.S. will open up the weekend on Friday, March 18 when they take on Davidson at 7 p.m. on the campus of UNC-Wilmington, before meeting UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. and finishing up on Sunday, March 20 against Wake Forest at 2 p.m. All three matches will take place at UNC-Wilmington Soccer Stadium.
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date         Opponent
March 18  Davidson
March 19  UNC-Wilmington
March 20  Wake Forest

U-17s SNAG FOUR VICTORIES, INCLUDING THREE AGAINST UVA, UND AND USF: Last week in Bradenton, the U-17s (Team A and B) came away with four victories against three college squads and a local U-18 club. The U-17s (Team B) opened the week on March 7 with a 3-1 win over the University of Virginia, getting goals from Eddie Ababio, Omar Gonzalez and Danny Ortega. A day later, the U-17s (Team A) erupted after a scoreless first half to notch three goals in the second stanza against the University of Notre Dame to cruise to a 3-1 victory. Quavas Kirk put the first points on the board when he finished off a service from Preston Zimmerman in the 51st minute. Five minutes later, Ryan Soroka doubled the U.S. lead as he buried a strike past the Notre Dame 'keeper after receiving a feed from Kirk. The match was put out of reach in the 82nd minute when Notre Dame suffered an own goal. On March 11, the U-17s played two matches in Tampa, snagging a 3-1 victory over the University of South Florida and a 7-0 thrashing of Brandon FC U-18. Against USF, David Arvizu opened the scoring in the 7th minute, followed by two strikes from Quavas Kirk. In the other match, Hector Jimenez scored the first and fourth goals, while Ryan Peterman, Eddie Ababio, Josmer Altidore, Omar Gonzalez and Bryan Arguez also contributed to the scoring line.
U-17 MNT Results
Date      Opponent                               Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
March 7 University of Virginia              3-1 W   Ababio, Gonzalez, Ortega
March 8 Notre Dame University          3-1 W   Kirk, Soroka, Own goal
March 11 University of South Florida  3-1 W   Arvizu, Kirk (2)
March 11 Brandon FC U18                  7-0 W  Jimenez(2), Peterman, Ababio, Altidore, Gonzalez, Arguez

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