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Youth National Team Update: April 13-April 19

FIFA U-19 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW SET FOR WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team will face Spain in the opening round of the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship after the Spaniards pulled off a shocking win in the championship game of the 2004 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, defeating overwhelming favorite Germany by a 2-1 score.  Germany had advanced to the final by scoring 23 unanswered goals, including a 7-0 win over Spain in the opening round and an 8-0 win over Russia in the semifinals, making the final result even more improbable.  Even more amazing was that Germany started the same 11 players for the final as they did in the four previous matches.  The USA was drawn into Group C at the 2004 U-19 FIFA World Championship in Thailand along with South Korea, the third place finisher in Europe (which will be determined by a draw on Wednesday between semifinal losers Russia and Italy) and the Europe champion (Spain).  The USA will open the tournament on Nov. 11, the second day of the competition, facing South Korea at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET).  The USA then faces the third-place finisher in Europe (Russia or Italy) on Nov. 14 (Kickoff TBD) and finishes Group C play on Nov. 18 against Spain at (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET).  While the USA's group is shaping up to be the most difficult, Group A, featuring host Thailand, Germany, Australia and Canada, and Group B, featuring the African champion, China, the fourth place team in Europe (Russia or Italy) and Brazil, will also be highly competitive.  In the Euro final, Jade scored the first goal against Germany in the tournament in the 29th minute.  Germany's captain Annike Krahn equalized right before halftime, but Iraia scored the winner in the 52nd minute.  The 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship will be held November 10-27, and the USA will play all of its first round matches in Phuket, an island in the southwest part of the country.
U-19 WNT Schedule – FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship
Date             Opponent                Kickoff (ET)
Nov. 11        South Korea           5 a.m.
Nov. 14        Russia / Italy           TBD
Nov. 18        Spain                      7:45 a.m.

U-16 MNT ARRIVES IN PERU FOR THREE GAMES AGAINST CONMEBOL TEAMS: The U.S. Under-16 Men’s National Team arrived in Peru on Aug. 7 in advance of participating in the Peru International Friendly Tournament from Aug. 10-14. Head coach John Ellinger brought a 20-man roster to compete against Peru, Colombia and Ecuador during the five-day tournament. The U.S. players arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., late last week and held three days of training before catching a late afternoon flight to Piura, Peru, the site of their first match. The U.S. will open against the host on Tuesday (Aug. 10) at 7 p.m., before facing Colombia in Chiclayo two days later (Aug. 12) and then finishing with Ecuador in Trujillo on Saturday (Aug. 14). The players and coaching staff will get their first look at Peru, the destination they will be working towards over the next eight months as they attempt to qualify for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which will be held in the South American country. All of the players Ellinger is bringing to the tournament are in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program or will be joining this fall. Each of the three tournament venues were used for this year’s Copa America.
U-16 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Aug. 10        Peru
Aug. 12        Colombia
Aug. 14        Ecuador
U-16 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (6): Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio); MIDFIELDERS (8): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes Est., Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.); FORWARDS (4): Eddie Ababio (Tampa, Fla.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).