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Youth National Team Update: June 8-July 14, 2003

U.S. U-17 MNT TOPS CANADA 3-1 BEFORE CROWD OF 10,511 IN MINNESOTA:  The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got goals in each half from Guillermo Gonzalez and one from Freddy Adu in the final minute of the game to topple Canada 3-1 yesterday (July 13) in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,511 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The U.S. was able to get on the board first when Gonzalez knocked home a penalty kick awarded when captain Corey Ashe was taken down in the box. Gonzalez and Eddie Gaven, both of who played in their first games for their respective MLS teams this past month, combined for the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. Gaven (MetroStars) dribbled down the right flank and served in a pinpoint cross to Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), who hit a one-time volley with his left foot from about six-yards out, slamming the ball past a helpless Robert Giacomi. Adu wrapped up the scoring with a rebound goal off his own one-time shot in the closing minutes. The U.S. left for Carson, Calif. today (July 14), where it will conduct a week-long training camp at the National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. The team will face off against the Australia Institute of Sport, which includes Australian national team pool players, on July 19 and 21 at the NTC.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers/Assists)
July 13: Canada - 3-1 W (Gonzalez PK, Gonzalez/Gaven, Adu)

U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN GO UNDEFEATED, DON’T ALLOW A GOAL ON EUROPEAN TOUR: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team won all three of its matches on its most recent European tour, outscoring German and Holland, 8-0. The team shutout Germany, 4-0, on July 2 in Duisburg, Germany, beat Holland, 3-0, in Groensbek, Holland on July 5 and then the downed the Dutch again, 1-0, on July 9 in Heenk, Holland. Carrie Schmitt (La Mesa, Calif.) captained the U-19s for the first time in the second match against Holland and got the game-winner in the fifth minute.  Both Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.) and Laura Comeau (Lee, N.H.) saw time in goal for the U.S. and combined to blank the opponent in all three matches. Jeff Pill served as head coach for this trip as Tracey Leone gave birth to her first child in early June.
U.S. U-19 WNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 2: Germany - 4-0 W (Kerri Hanks (2), Megan Schnur, Carrie Schmitt)
July 5: Holland - 3-0 W (Alexia Orand, Schmitt, Hanks)
July 9: Holland - 1-0 W (Schmitt)

U-16 BOYS FINISH SECOND AT INTERNATIONAL U-17 TOURNAMENT:  The U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, finished in second place at the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County, England. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over the host nation on goals by Rodrigo Hidalgo and Danny Szetela. The victory was the first ever for the U.S. over any Enland men's national team in England. Then on July 10, the team played Brazil to a 1-1 draw on a goal by Jason Singh. The team wrapped up the tournament falling to Portugal 3-0 on Sunday, July 13 to end up with a second-place finish.  The team was be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth.
U.S. U-16 BNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 7: England - 2-1 W (Rodrigo Hidalgo, Danny Szetela)
July 10: Brazil - 1-1 T (Jason Singh)
July 13: Portugal - 0-3 L   

PETUCELLI NAMES U.S. U-21 WNT ROSTER FOR 2003 NORDIC CUP: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named the 18-player squad that will travel to Denmark on July 16 in an attempt to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Nordic Cup championship.  The team is currently holding a two-day training camp in New Jersey prior to leaving for Europe.  Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. The USA was drawn into a tough Group A and will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first-round play.  Group B features Sweden, Germany, Finland and the full Greek Women’s National Team, who is using the tournament as preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  The USA opens the tournament against the host nation on Monday, July 21.  Petrucelli was forced to juggle his roster at the end of last week as two players previously named to the roster were forced to pull out with injuries.  Manya Makoski (Arizona State) injured an MCL and was replaced by UCLA-bound 18-year-old forward Bristyn Davis (HBC Fury).  Amy Steadman (UNC), a member of the USA's U-19 World Championship Team in 2002, suffered a meniscus tear and was replaced by Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland).
U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date: Match-up - Venue
July 21: Denmark vs. USA - Randers Stadium
July 23: USA vs. Iceland - Randers Stadium
July 25: Norway vs. USA - Randers Stadium
July 27: Placement Matches - Randers Stadium
United States U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Roster
Goalkeepers (2):
Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
Defenders (5): Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Ally Marquand (Stanford), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Cat Reddick (North Carolina), Natalie Spilger (Stanford);
Midfielders (5): Kim Yokers (California), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Lori Chalupny (North Carolina), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Lindsey Huie, (Portland);
Forwards (6): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Bristyn Davis (HBC Fury), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kelly Wilson (Texas), Kelly McDonald (Texas), Lindsay Tarpley (North Carolina)