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U.S. Under-20s Set to Face Mexico Today in Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Thursday, January 23, 2003) - The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will continue their preparations for the 12th FIFA World Youth Championship with a match against fellow world championship qualifier Mexico on Thursday, January 23 at 8:30 pm at Harris Stadium in Homestead, Fla.

“We are eagerly awaiting a chance to play Mexico in a game we think will be played at a world championship level,” said U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen. “Playing a team of Mexico’s caliber will help us prepare for what will be a busy next two months.” 

The U.S. and Mexico are the two most dominating nations in CONCACAF youth play and have played in more World Youth Championships than any other country.  Mexico will be playing in their 10th FIFA World Youth Championship, while the U.S. will be playing in their ninth when the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship take place in the United Arab Emirates from March 25 – April 16.

TWO U.S. UNDER-20S SELECTED IN 2003 MLS SUPERDRAFT: Ricardo Clark (second pick) and Mike Magee (fourth pick) were both selected by the MetroStars in the first round of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Kansas City.  The two U-20 teammates will factor into Bob Bradley’s first season with the MetroStars, after the former MLS Coach of the Year moved from Chicago in the offseason.  The U.S. Under-20 side in Florida now contains seven MLS professionals.
Goalkeepers:  Clint Baumstark (Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham), Steve Cronin (Santa Clara), Ford Williams (Univ. of North Carolina);
Defenders:  Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara Univ.), Jordan Harvey (UCLA), C.J. Klaas (Univ. of Washtington), Chris Lancos (Univ. of Maryland), Chad Marshall (Stanford Univ.), Drew Moor (Furman Univ.), Heath Pearce (Univ. of Portland), Troy Roberts (Univ. of California-Berkeley), Stephen Shirley (Univ. of Mobile); 
Midfielders:  Ricardo Clark (MetroStars), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Justin Moose (Wake Forest), Chris Ordonez (Tialleres-Argentina), Jordan Stone (D,allas Burn);
Forward:  Devin Barclay (San Jose Earthquakes), Ed Johnson (Dallas Burn), Mike Magee (MetroStars), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United).

MIAMI TO SPAIN TO ITALY TO ARGENTINA TO MIAMI: The U.S. roster contains six relative newcomers in Chris Ordonez, Heath Pearce, Troy Roberts, Stephen Shirley, Drew Moor and Justin Moose, but it is Ordonez's name that sticks out. Ordonez, born in 1984, lacks the youth national team pedigree of the other five.  After spending time in Spain and Italy, Ordonez, a Miami native, has signed a pro contract with Tialleres in Cordoba, Argentina., where he is yet to make his league debut.

MEXICO ARRIVES IN SOUTH FLORIDA: The Mexico Under-20 Men’s National Team arrived in Miami Wednesday afternoon, less than 30 hours before they are scheduled to face the U.S. in Homestead, Fla.  Mexico arrived at the hotel in the early evening, and then had a meal before heading across the street to a park to go through a light training session.  Mexico head coach Eduardo Rergis Pacheco brought 18 players to the U.S. for the match, including eight players who were part of the 0-0 draw with the U.S. at the USASA Festival on August 3.

Mexico Roster
Jose Guadalupe Martinez (Univ. de Guadalajara – Tecos), Victor Patino (Pumas), Ricardo Jimenez (Tijuana), Randy Scott Santana (Univ. de Guadalajara – Tecos), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca), Joel Huiki Andrade (Cruz Azul), Juan Carlos de la Barrera (Irapuato), Diego Alejandro Ordaz (Monterrey), Oscar Uriel Mondragon (Necaxa), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Juan Jose de la Cruz (Atlas), Mario Ortiz (Cruz Azul), Alberto Medina (Chivas), Isaac Romo (Tapatio), David  Costilla (Zacatecas), Aldo de Nigris (Tigres), Guillermo Rojas (Puebla), Alberto Esquivel (Atlas)

U-20s OPEN WITH FIVE WINS IN FIRST SIX GAMES: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team opened the year with five wins in their first six games, including an undefeated three-game run in MLS Combine play.  The team finished play at the MLS Combine last week with a convincing 2-0 victory over an MLS Combine team, and with the shutout win the U.S. finished as the only undefeated team with a combine-best 2-0-1 record.  In the marquee (and final) match of the four-team round-robin event, the U.S. outclassed the previously undefeated Mania 2-0, getting two well-taken goals from MLS standouts Ed Johnson and Santino Quaranta. In the U-20s earlier matches at the MLS Combine, Knox Cameron and Justin Moose tallied in a 2-1 win, and Magee and Moose each scored equalizers as the U.S. twice battled back to secure a 2-2 draw in their opener.  The U.S. team continued their winning ways this weekend, as Quaranta paced the team to wins on Friday and Sunday. Quaranta scored two goals in a 3-1 win on Friday and added another in a 2-0 win over Nacional of Colombia on Sunday.  The U.S. team topped Alianza (Peru) 2-1 on Tuesday, behind goals from Ed Johnson and Drew Moor.

Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goalscorers)
Jan. 12: Supernova - 2-2 T (Magee, Moose)
Jan. 13: X-3 - 2-1 W (Cameron, Moose)
Jan. 14: Mania - 2-0 W (Quaranta, E. Johnson)
Jan. 17: Cinco Estrellas (Honduras) - 3-1 W (Quaranta - 2, Drew Moore)
Jan. 19: Nacional (Colombia) - 2-0 W (Quaranta, Barclay)
Jan. 21: Alianza (Peru) - 2-1 W (E. Johnson, Moor)

U.S. U-20s – BY THE NUMBERS IN 2003: The U.S. Under-20s have put together an impressive start to 2003, posting five wins and a draw in their first six matches.  The U-20s have scored 13 goals, giving up only five games.  Some other notable numbers from the first six games: 
23 – Number of players to make an appearance with the U.S. U-20s this year
6 – Justin Moose, Devin Barclay and C.J. Klaas are the only U.S. players to appear in all six matches
4 – Number of goals Santino Quaranta has recorded in 2003
3 – Number of assists Mike Magee has recorded in 2003
2 – Number of shutouts Ford Williams has recorded in 2003
0 – Number of goals scored on Ford Williams in 2003

U.S., MEXICO FIGHT TO SCORELESS DRAW IN HOUSTON IN AUGUST: The U.S. and Mexico fought to a scoreless draw in Houston’s Robertson Stadium at the USASA Festival on August 3, 2002.  The U.S. team had the better of play, but were unable to find the net.  In typical U.S. – Mexico fashion, the match was a very physical one.  The teams combined for eight cautions and one ejection, as Ignacio Torres was shown his second caution in the 64th minute.  Eleven of the 16 players who played in the match for the U.S. are expected to suit up for tomorrow's match.

USA  -
1-Steve Cronin, 3-Chefik Simo, 4-Chad Marshall (5-Ryan Cochrane, 46), 6-Chris Lancos, 8-C.J. Klaas (12-Jordan Sone, 20); 7-Ricardo Clark, 9-Justin Mapp (13-Arturo Alvarez, 78), 10-Bobby Convey (22-Migeul Saavedra, 46), 17-Devin Barclay; 14-Knox Cameron (16-Bryce Wegerle, 46), 11-Ed Johnson.

MEX - 12-Odin Patino (1-Guadalupe Martinez, 46); 9-Randy Santana, 8-Juan de la Barrera, 4-Ricardo Jimenez, 16-Oscar Zea; 10-Ignacio Torres, 20-Raul Alvin Mendoza (2-Jorge Zetter, 68), 15-Juan de la Cruz (6-Tomas Banda, 83) 17-Alberto Esquivel (3-Guillermo Rojas, 91+);  11-Isaac Romo (5-Edgar Porras, 67), 13-Mario Ortiz.