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FIFA Approves Aaron Maund's Request for Change of Association

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2009) – FIFA has approved Aaron Maund’s request for a change of association and he is now eligible to represent the United States in international matches.

Maund, who is training with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in preparation for the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Bradenton, Fla., has been officially added to the roster for the qualifying tournament.

Maund holds dual citizenship with the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, but was required to request the change of association after representing T&T at the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. During the U-17 World Cup, he started in all three matches and played all but 16 minutes of the group phase.

As a freshman at Notre Dame, the Dorchester, Mass., native started all 21 games for the Fighting Irish at central defender.

Earlier this week, U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen named a 20-player roster for the qualifying tournament which takes place from March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The U.S. will open Group A of the tournament on March 6 at Dwight Yorke Stadium against Jamaica at 6 p.m. ET. Two days later, the U.S. will face either Honduras or St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 8 at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) before finishing out group play against El Salvador on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. ET). The U.S. will learn its second opponent when Honduras and St. Vincent & the Grenadines square off in a playoff game on March 2.

A total of eight teams will compete in the CONCACAF event, which is being held in a championship format for the first time since 1996. Group B includes Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt. The four teams will also move on to the semifinals of the regional championship, which will be played on March 13 at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad. The third-place match and final will be played on March 15 at the same location.