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Adams and O'Hara Added to U-21 WNT Roster for Alabama Tournament


CHICAGO (April 17, 2007) - Forwards Danesha Adams and Kelly O’Hara, both standouts on the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia, have been added to the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team roster for the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament, taking place in Alabama from April 22-28 at six venues throughout the state. UCLA’s Adams and Stanford’s O’Hara replace midfielder Tina DiMartino and forward Ella Masar, who are both injured.

O’Hara was scheduled to come into Residency Training Camp with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in early April, but had to delay her first senior team call-up to allow more time for foot injury heal. She was set to join the U.S. team at the start of the next training block on April 21, but due to her call-up with the U-21s, will now come into U.S. camp on April 30.

Adams, who along with Rachel Buehler who will also play for the U-21s in Alabama, have been training with the U.S. team in Residency Camp and will re-join along with O’Hara on the 30th. Adams earned the Bronze Ball in Russia last fall as the third most valuable player in the tournament.

The six-team, nine-match Futbol Internacional tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team, and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B.

The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each group will meet for fifth place.

The U.S. team, lead by head coach Bill Irwin, will open play on April 22 against China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. The USA will also play T&T on April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville. The placement matches will be held on April 28 at Baker High School Stadium in Mobile. These will mark the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-21s.

Tickets for all the matches are priced from $12-$16 and can be purchased by going to 2007futbolinternacional.com or at the gate on day of game. US Youth Soccer player may go online at 2007futbolinternacional.com and receive a free ticket to the opening or closing matches.

U.S. Roster for 2007 Fubol Internacional Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Danielle Collins (William & Mary), Kendal Fletcher (UNC), Courtney Hooker (California), Nkechi Kanu (California), Stephanie Logterman (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Chioma Igwe (California), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Kelly O’Hara (Stanford), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffeny Weimer (Penn State)

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