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U.S. Under-20 MNT to Face Haiti Select on April 21 in Ft. Lauderdale


CHICAGO (Wednesday, April 14, 2004) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will play the Haiti Select Team at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 21, at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The match will be part of the U-20’s third domestic training camp of the year, which will take place from April 18-24.

During the eight-day camp, the U.S. will also face CONCACAF rival Jamaica in two closed door exhibitions in Sunrise, Fla., on Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22. The times of both matches are yet to be determined.

“Getting the chance to play Haiti and Jamaica during the week will really give us an opportunity to look at a number of players as we continue to identify the best available athletes for the qualifying tournament next year,” said U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen. “We are especially looking forward to the match against Haiti, which I’m certain will be a good test for the team and a great atmosphere at Lockhart Stadium.”

Rongen has named a 23-player roster as he continues to sort through the U.S. U-20 player pool in preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 World Youth Championship qualifying tournament in January 2005.

Leading the way for the U.S. are two young, promising Major League Soccer professionals in 14-year-old Freddy Adu (D.C. United) and 17-year-old Eddie Gaven (MetroStars). During both of United’s first two games, Adu has come off the bench and shown glimpses of his potential with a soft touch on the ball, pin-point passing and the ability to create chances around the goal. Adu is also the only returning player from the 2003 U-20 World Youth Championship team that took fifth place this past December in the United Arab Emirates.

With his tireless work rate and knack for always being around the ball, Gaven has won a starting midfielder position for the MetroStars after less than a year with the team and played the full 90 minutes in their 3-1 victory in their season opener against the Columbus Crew. The two former Under-17 teammates will face off against each other in a match of unbeatens as United will travel to the Meadowlands this Saturday, April 17.

Three other MLS players – Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (MetroStars) and Craig Capano (Chicago Fire) – will also partake in the camp. Alvarez and Capano were both considered for the final 20-player roster for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, but each suffered injuries in the final weeks leading up to the tournament. 

Rounding out the rest of the roster is a collection of top college and high school players, many of which are current or past members of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.  Four current U-17 Residency players – goalkeeper Steve Sandbo, defenders Nathan Sturgis and Tim Ward, and midfielder Danny Szetela – will make the cross-state trip to participate in the camp. Along with Adu and Bradley, recent Residency graduates Adrian Chevannes (Clemson), Brandon Owens (UCLA) and 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year Jamie Watson (UNC) will join them in South Florida.

The U.S. and Haiti last met in their first match of Group B at 2002 CONCACAF World Youth Championship Qualifying Tournament in Charleston, S.C., with the U.S. coming away with a 2-0 victory behind goals from Ed Johnson and Santino Quaranta.

Rongen led one of the most remarkable runs by any U.S. team in a FIFA World Championship at any age level as the Under-20s won their group and finished with a fifth-place showing in UAE, the second best performance ever at the WYC.  Along with winning their group for the first time ever, the U.S. set numerous team accomplishments during their course through the World Youth Championship, including advancing to the quarterfinals of a WYC for just the second time and first time since the tournament increased to 24 teams in 1997, winning the most matches by any U.S. team in any FIFA Men’s World Championship (three), and tying the record for the most goals scored in any FIFA Men’s World Championship (nine). 

The U.S. Under-20 coaches and players will be available to the media prior to the Haiti match at the Sunrise Hilton in Sunrise, Fla., on Monday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. All media requests must be pre-arranged by contacting Neil Buethe in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department at 312-528-1270.

Tickets for the match went on sale Monday (April 12) and are $12 in advance and $15 day of game, while kids 12 and under are just $5. Tickets are available by phone at 1-877-877-7677, online at www.tixops.com and at Soccer Max in Sunrise (954-382-0040), Soccer Locker in Miami (305-670-9100) and the Soccer Store in Boca Raton (561-477-1040).

U.S. Under-20 Media Availability
Monday, April 19
Sunrise Hilton
1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20
Sunrise Hilton
6 p.m.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Roster
U.S. vs. Haiti – April 21, 2004
Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Name                          Pos.    Ht.         Wt.      Birthdate    Hometown                    Club/College
Adu, Freddy                 F        5’8”      150    06/02/89      Potomac, Md.              DC United (MLS)
Alvarez, Arturo            M        5’9”      145    06/28/85      Houston, Texas            San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Bradley, Michael         F        6’1”      165    07/31/87      Pennington, N.J.           Metrostars (MLS)
Capano, Craig           M        5’7”      140    07/07/85      Hyde Park, N.Y.            Chicago Fire    (MLS)
Chevannes, Adrian    D        5’11”    175    06/17/86      Ft. Worth, Texas           Clemson University
Gaven, Eddie            M        6’0”       145    10/25/86      Hamilton, N.J.               Metrostars (MLS)
Hill, Kamani               F         6’1”       170    12/28/85      Berkeley, Calif.             Mairn FC
Holden, Stuart           M        5’9”        160    08/01/85     Houston, Texas             Clemson University
Hughes, Justin         GK       6’0”       165    04/23/85      Wake Forest, N.C.       UNC
Jimenez, Christian  M/F      5'9"        150   11/03/86      San Dimas, Calif.         Irvine Strikers
John, Will                 F/M       5’10”      155    06/13/85    Overland Park, Kan.     St. Louis University
Kartunen, Andrew    GK       6’1”       175    02/07/85     San Juan Capistrano, Calif.    Stanford University
Long, Kevin              D          6’3”       170    02/02/85      Irvine, Calif.                   Univ. of San Francisco
McClung, Kiel         D/M       6’1”       170    05/01/85      Palmdale, Calif.            UCLA
Orozco, Mike          D/M       5’8”       140    02/07/86      Stanton, Calif.                Irvine Strikers
Owens, Brandon      D         6’0”        170    01/23/86     Murietta, Calif.                UCLA
Phelan, Patrick        D         6’1”        175    01/16/85      Enfield, Conn.                Oakwood SC
Sandbo, Steve       GK        6’2         190    02/23/87      Columbus, Ohio            Ohio Thunder
Sturgis, Nathan       D         5’10”       150    07/06/87      St. Augustine, Fla.        Jacksonville KYX
Szetela, Danny       M         5’11”       170    06/17/87      Clifton, N.J.                   World Class Olympic
Ustruck, Erik           M         5’10”       165    01/04/85      St. Louis, Mo.               Santa Clara University
Ward, Tim               D          6’0”        165    02/28/87      Waukesha, Wis.            Parkland SC
Watson, Jamie       F          5’9”         155    04/10/86      Coppell, Texas              UNC

GOALKEEPERS (3): Justin Hughes (UNC), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Steve Sandbo (Colombus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (8): Adrian Chevannes (Clemson), Kevin Long (San Francisco), Kiel McClung (UCLA), Mike Orozco (Stanton, Calif.), Brandon Owens (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis); MIDFIELDERS (7): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Erik Ustruck (Santa Clara); FORWARDS (6): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (MetroStars), Kamani Hill (Berkley, Calif.), Will John (St. Louis University), Jamie Watson (UNC).
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