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U.S. U-21 and U-19 Women Take on the Pros at WUSA Spring Training; Each Youth National Team Will Play Three Matches Against WUSA


CHICAGO (Thursday, March 22, 2001) - The U.S. Under-21 and U-19 Women's National Teams will arrive in San Diego on Friday for training as well as matches against teams from the WUSA currently involved in final preparations for the inaugural season during WUSA Spring Training at the ARCO U.S. Olympic Training Center.

U-19 head coach Tracey Leone will bring a squad of 24 players to San Diego while new U-21 head coach Jerry Smith will get a look at 20 players. Many of the top players in Smith's pool attended the Algarve Cup with the full U.S. Women's National Team last week in Portugal and are not available for this camp due to school commitments.

Each team will play three matches against WUSA teams, one each March 25, March 28 and March 31. Leone will continue the evaluation and training process to prepare her team for the first-ever FIFA Women's Under-19 World Championship to be held in 2002 in Canada. Smith will be looking for players to make his roster for this summer's Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women. Following are the rosters and game schedule for both teams:

March 25
10 a.m. - U.S. U-19s vs. Boston Breakers (Field 1)
10 a.m. - U.S. U-21s vs. Philadelphia Charge (Field 2)

March 28
10 a.m. - U.S. U-21s vs. Carolina Courage (Field 1)
Noon - U.S. U-19s vs. New York Power (Field 2)

March 31
Noon - U.S. U-19s vs. Bay Area CyberRays (Field 1)
Noon - U.S. U-21s vs. San Diego Spirit (Field 2)

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%U.S. Under-19 National Team Roster (Hometown):
Jessica Ballweg (Metuchen, N.J.), Mary Boland (Hudson, Ohio), Kim Bingham (San Ramon, Calif.), Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Brittany Cooper (Albuquerque, N.M.), Keeley Dowling (Carmel, Ind.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Hayley Hunt (San Marino, Calif.), Megan Kakedelas (Carlsbad, Calif.), Noelle Keselica (Gathersburg, Md.), Stacy Lindstrom (Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Casey McCluskey (Fairfax Station, Va.), Katie McGregor (Simsbury, Ct.), Kelly McDonald (Littleton, Colo.), Jill Oaks (West Hills, Calif.), Leslie Osborne (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.), Sara Randolph (Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Rivera (Miami, Fla.), Amy Steadman (Brevard, N.C.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kate Taylor (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.), Talin Tahmassian (Great Falls, Va.), Kristin Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio), Kelly Wilson (Odessa, Texas).

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%U.S. Under-21 National Team Roster (College):
Katie Barnes (Univ. of West Virginia), Betsy Barr (Univ. of Portland), Bethany Bogart (UCLA), Nikki Bolstadt (Univ. of Montana), Jen Branam (Univ. of North Carolina), Joline Charlton (Wake Forrest University), Sara Pickens (Duke University), Ali Fennell (USC), Erin Misaki (Univ. of Portland), Mary-Frances Monroe (UCLA), Anne Morrell (Univ. of North Carolina), Kim Patrick (Univ. of Tennessee), Amy Sauer (Stanford University), Andi Sellers (Univ. of Florida), Aly Wagner (Santa Clara University), Liz Wagner (Univ. of Notre Dame), Danielle Borgman (Univ. of North Carolina), Natalie Spilger (Stanford Univeristy), Abby Wambach (Univ. of Florida), Lauren Orlandos (Univ. of Portland).

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