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Schmid Names U-20 MNT Roster For Match Against Canada in Blaine, Minn.


CHICAGO (May 12, 2005) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Sigi Schmid has named a 24-man roster to face the Canada Under-20 Men’s National Team on Wednesday, May 18 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Kickoff for the match is 7:35 p.m. CT and fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

Eight professional players – seven from clubs in Major League Soccer and one from Europe – will join the 16 non-professional players currently in camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. All 24 players will arrive in Minnesota on Sunday, May 15, and will train the following two days before their match on Wednesday. After the match, the professionals will rejoin their club teams while the remaining players will travel back to Carson.

Five MLS teams are represented on the U.S. Under-20 roster, as Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Will John (Chicago Fire), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew) and Tim Ward (MetroStars) were called in by Schmid. The lone overseas professional is goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, who plays for ESTAC Troyes in the French second division.

The match will serve as preparation for the U.S. as the U-20s are less than a month away from competing in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will take place from June 10-July 2 in Holland. The U.S. qualified for Holland with a first-place finish in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in January, and was drawn into the difficult Group D with Argentina, Germany and Egypt.

The U.S. opens the World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET, then faces Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and concludes group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at Enschede Stadium in Enschede, Holland. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

“This match against Canada is crucial to our preparations for the World Youth Championship,” said Schmid, who has compiled an impressive 9-1-0 record against international opponents since taking over as head coach last October. “Going up against a quality opponent who has also qualified for Holland will provide us with a measuring stick in terms of how we are progressing and what we will need to work on before our first match of the tournament. The match will also give the coaching staff the opportunity to evaluate each player as we continue to determine our final roster.”

Of the eight professionals heading to Minnesota, Gaven and Adu are the most experienced. The 18-year-old Gaven has already become one of the best players in the league in just his third year in the MetroStars midfield, being named to the MLS Best XI and earning a starting position on the 2004 Eastern Conference All-Star Team. At age 17 and 260 days, Gaven became the fourth youngest player in U.S. Men’s National Team history to earn a cap when he came on as a substitute against Poland on July 11, 2004. Most recently, he notched a hat trick for the U-20s during their 6-1 opening match victory against Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

Adu, one of the most dangerous players on the U.S. squad despite being the youngest at 15 years of age, will be making his first appearance with the Under-20s since the CONCACAF qualifying tournament where he scored two goals in three games. Through six games with D.C. United in the 2005 campaign, he has played in every match, starting two. This past Saturday (May 7), the youngster had the best game of his professional career, going 90 minutes and notching two assists and a goal in a 3-1 victory against the Columbus Crew. The impressive performance earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, the youngest player to ever achieve that landmark.

The other five MLS players on the roster are just beginning their professional careers as Szetela joined the Columbus Crew midway through the season last year and Barrett, Freeman, John and Ward were recently drafted during the 2005 MLS SuperDraft in January. All five were part of the qualifying roster, with each player getting at least one start during the tournament and Barrett, John and Szetela each scoring a goal.
 
The remaining professional on the roster is Westberg, the first-choice goalkeeper for the U.S. Under-20s. Westberg leads the team with 14 international starts in goal over the past two years, compiling a 7-3-4 record and allowing less than a goal a game.

The non-professional players in the Under-20 player pool and being considered for the world championship roster are currently in camp until May 28 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Out of the 16 players involved in the camp in Carson, 14 are currently in college and two are seniors in high school.

Nine of the 14 college players on the roster were part of the qualifying tournament. The center back duo of Patrick Phelan (Wake Forest), Patrick Ianni (UCLA) and Marvell Wynne (UCLA) led a defense that only allowed one goal during qualifying, while Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Benny Feilhaber (UCLA), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall) were part of a dangerous midfield that controlled the flow and sprung quick attacks forward. Up front, Charlie Davies (Boston College) notched one assist and Jacob Peterson (Indiana) scored a goal during qualifying. Goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen (Stanford) helped the U.S. secure their second shutout of the tournament with three saves against Costa Rica in their final group match.

The final players on the roster have all spent time with the U-20s. Nathan Sturgis (Clemson), Robbie Rogers (committed to Maryland) and Justin Hughes (UNC) were alternates for the qualifying tournament, while Sean Franklin (CSU-Northridge), Brad Evans (UC-Irvine), Michael Harrington (UNC) and Lee Nguyen (committed to Indiana) have taken part in past U-20 training camps.

The U.S. qualified for Holland ’05 with a first-place finish in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in January. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 6-1 thrashing of Trinidad & Tobago before collecting identical 2-0 shutouts against Panama and Costa Rica. The impressive performance marked the first time the U.S. U-20s went undefeated and finished in sole possession of first place in CONCACAF qualifying.

Over the past two years, the U.S. has participated in tournaments in South Korea, Northern Ireland and Holland and compiled an 11-5-4 international record (22-9-9 overall). The U.S. faced Canada twice last December during a training camp at The Home Depot Center, pulling out two 1-0 victories.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster - Minnesota Camp
Name                       Pos.       Ht.      Wt.    Birthdate      Hometown                       Club / College  
Adu, Freddy                F          5’8     150     06/02/89      Potomac, Md.                  DC United (MLS)
Barrett, Chad               F         5’11    180     04/30/85      Beaverton, Oregon           Chicago Fire (MLS)
Dalby, Greg                 D/M     6’0      175     11/03/85      Poway, Calif.                   Notre Dame   
Davies, Charlie             F         5’10    160     06/25/86      Manchester, N.H.             Boston College
Evans, Brad                 M/F     6’1      170     04/20/85      Phoenix, Ariz.                  UC - Irvine
Feilhaber, Benny          M        5’9      150     01/19/85      Irvine, Calif.                      UCLA
Franklin, Sean             D         5’11    150     03/21/85      Palmdale, Calif.                CSU – Northridge
Freeman, Hunter          D         5’11   170     01/08/85      Allen, Texas          Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Gaven, Eddie               M        6’0     145     10/25/86      Hamilton, N.J.                   Metrostars (MLS)
Harrington, Michael      M/F     6’0      170      01/24/86     Greenville, N.C.                 UNC
Hughes, Justin            GK       6’0     165     04/23/85      Wake Forest, N.C.            UNC
Ianni, Patrick               D         6’1     175      06/15/85      Lodi, Calif.                        UCLA
John, Will                   M/F      5’10   160      06/13/85      Overland Park, Kan.          Chicago Fire (MLS)
Kartunen, Andrew        GK      6’1     175      02/07/85      San Juan Capistrano, Calif.       Stanford
Kljestan, Sacha           M        6’1     150      09/09/85      Huntington Beach, Calif.          Seton Hall
Nguyen, Lee                M       5’8      150     10/07/86       Richardson, Texas            Dallas Texans
Peterson, Jacob           F       5’10    160     01/27/86        Portage, Mich.                  Indiana University
Phelan, Patrick            D       6’1      175      01/16/85      Enfield, Conn.                   Wake Forest University
Rogers, Robbie            M/F   5’9      135      05/12/87       Huntington Beach, Calif.           ---
Sturgis, Nathan            D      5’10”   150      07/06/87       St. Augustine, Fla.            Clemson University
Szetela, Danny            M      5’11    170      06/17/87       Clifton, N.J.                       Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ward, Tim                   D       6’0      160      02/28/87       Waukesha, Wis.               Metrostars (MLS)
Westberg, Quentin       GK    6’1      180      04/25/86       Paris, France       ESTAC Troyes (FRANCE)
Wynne, Marvell            D      5’10     170     05/08/86        Poway, Calif.                    UCLA
  
U.S. U-20 MNT Staff
Position                            Name                       Residence
Head Coach:                    Sigi Schmid            Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Assistant Coach:            Dave Dir                 Dallas, Texas
Assistant Coach:            John Harkes           Fairfax, Va.
Assistant Coach:            Peter Vermes          Overland Park, Kan.
Coordinator:                    Erik Carlson            Long Beach, Calif.
Trainer:                            Mike Overturf         Aurora, Ill.  
Equipment Manager:     Zac Herndon          Arcata, Calif.
Videographer                  Trent Duval            Austin, Texas
Press Officer                    Neil Buethe            Chicago, Ill.
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