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U.S. Under-20s to Battle Brazil Live on ESPN


Under-20 Men's National Team
FIFA U-20 World Cup Game Notes
July 5, 2007 - Ottawa, Canada
 

USA ON ESPN: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is set to face Brazil in the third and final Group D match of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. ET from Frank-Clair Stadium in Ottawa, with a sold-out crowd of over 26,500 expected to be on hand for the double header as Argentina will battle North Korea at 5 p.m. ET. Friday’s game will be shown live on ESPN, ESPNU and Galavision, and fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.


THIS ONE IS FOR THE GROUP: The U.S. currently sits in first place in Group D with 4 points after their win over Poland and tie with South Korea. Poland and Brazil are tied for second in the group with three points each while South Korea is in fourth with one point. With a victory over Brazil, or a draw and a Poland loss or draw against South Korea, the U.S. will win the group for their third consecutive time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The top two teams in Group D will advance to the quarterfinals, along with the four best third-place teams in the tournament.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Perk (UCLA), Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Dax McCarty (F.C. Dallas), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Anthony Wallace (F.C. Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo
(UCLA)


QUICK HITS:
• The U.S. not only has a chance to win the group for the third straight time, but also go undefeated in the group for the second straight time. The U.S. went undefeated (2-0-1) during group play for the first time ever in 2005.
• The U.S. went undefeated (2-0-1) during group play for the first time ever in 2005.
• Freddy Adu and Danny Szetela are tied for the World Cup lead in goals scored and the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot, with three goals apiece through two games. The U.S. is the top team in goals scored with seven.
• With his three goals against Poland on Tuesday, Adu became the first player to ever record a hat trick in both the Under-17 and Under-20 FIFA World Cups. His first World Cup hat trick came with the Under-17 team in 2003 against South Korea, also a 6-1 U.S. victory.
• Robbie Rogers and Sal Zizzo each had two assists in the USA’s 6-1 victory over Poland.
• Through two games, the U.S. has scored seven goals which is just one shy of tying their record for the most goals ever scored in the first round of a FIFA U-20 World Cup. The record is eight goals in 1993, with a 6-0 victory over Turkey and a 2-2 draw against South Korea.
• The U.S. advanced to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup after January’s CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Panama City, Panama. The U.S. defeated Haiti, 4-1, drew, 0-0, with Guatemala and then cruised past Panama, 5-0 to finish at the top of their group.
• Along with the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama all qualified from CONCACAF for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. With Canada as host, CONCACAF has five teams in the tournament.
• This is Rongen's second stint as the head coach of the U.S. Under-20s. Rongen also coached the team to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, guiding them to an impressive fifth place finish.
• Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu are the only two players on the team who have caps with the senior national team. Bradley was part of the Gold Cup Champions’ roster, starting all but one game leading up to the Final.
• There are 14 players on the roster who play professionally in either Europe or Major League Soccer, more than any other U.S. team in Under-20 World Cup history.
• Three players on the roster, Freddy Adu, Nathan Sturgis and Danny Szetela, played in the 2005 edition of the Under-20 World Cup. Adu became just the second player to ever appear in three Under-20 World Cups, as he was also part of the 2003 squad at age 14.


BREAKING THE TREND: The U.S. has played Brazil three times in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, with two of those games coming in Saudi Arabia 1989, where the U.S. finished a best-ever fourth place. Brazil beat the U.S. in the final game of group play that year, 1-3, and again in the semifinals, 0-2. The two teams met again two years later in Australia, and again the Brazilians knocked the Americans out of the tournament, this time in the Round of 16 by a final score of 0-3.


BRAZIL’S ROAD TO CANADA: Brazil’s quest through World Cup qualification certainly wasn’t an easy one. After being down, 1-0, to Chile in the first phase, the Brazilians had to dig deep before eventually winning 4-2, and then relied on late goals against Peru and Paraguay to pick up a 2-1 win and a 1-1 tie, respectively. In the six-team final phase, a pair of consecutive 2-2 draws against Argentina and Chile did not get them off the to right start, but a 3-1 win over Uruguay, a 1-0 win over Paraguay and a 2-0 victory over Chile, Brazil finished the tournament in first place with an undefeated record. The powerful offense led the way with 20 goals scored in the tournament.

Brazil World Cup Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cassio (Gremio), Muriel (Internacional), Felipe (Santos)
DEFENDERS (8): Eduardo (Corinthians), Luizao (Cruzeiro), David Marinho (Benfica), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Amaral (Palmeiras), David (Palmeiras), Edson (Figueirense), Carlao (Coritiba)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Roberto (Atletico Paranaense), Willian (Corinthians), Marcone (Bahia), Renato Augusto (Flamengo), Ji Parana (Internacional), Carlos Eduardo (Gremio), Leandro Lima (Sao Caetano)
FORWARDS(3): Jo (CSKA Moscow), Alexandre Pato (Internatcional), Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) 


AMERICAN SOCIALITES: Spending the Fourth of July out of the country, the U.S. team was invited to the home of Ambassador David Wilkens Wednesday evening for his annual bar-b-que. About 2,000 people attended the party, which included music, food and socializing with both Canadian and American politicians. The team was dressed in their white jackets, which stood out among the suits and ties, and they relished in the attention as well as the opportunity to talk about why they’re here.


ALL_ACCESS WITH THE U-20S: With Studio 90 providing updates from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, ussoccer.com will provide unprecedented coverage of the team in its campaign to win a world championship. Check all_access coverage of training in Olympic Stadium, meet the players and check out what happens at the hotel before curfew in the June 30 edition of Studio 90.


MOVING THROUGH CANADA: After opening their campaign with a draw against South Korea and a win over Poland in Montreal, the U.S. travelled to Ottawa where they will conclude group play on July 6 against four-time U-20 world champions Brazil.. Every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The 24-team field is divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group and the top four (of six) third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. The 52-match tournament will take place at six venues in Canada with games in Burnaby, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. The U.S. will play all their group matches in Montreal and Ottawa on artificial turf. All of the remaining United States’ matches can be seen live on ESPNU and Galavision, while ESPNU and ESPN360.com will combine to show all 52 games of the tournament.


USA's FIFA U-20 World Cup Schedule/Results - Group D
Date           Match-up                                  Venue                      Kickoff (ET)  Television
June 30     Korea Republic 1, USA 1     Montreal
July 3         USA 6, Poland 1                     Montreal
July 6         Brazil vs. USA                         Ottawa                      7:45 p.m.      ESPNU/Galavision


2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup – Group D Standings
                             W      L       T        Pts.        GD
USA                      1      0        1        4            +5
Brazil                    1      1        0        3              E
Poland                 1      1        0        3             -4
South Korea        0     1        1        1              -1



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