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Youth National Team Update: June 21

PETRUCELLI NAMES ROSTER FOR FINAL U-21 CAMP BEFORE NORDIC CUP IN JULY: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named a 22-player squad for a training camp to be held from June 21-30 at the U.S. National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif.  It will be the last training camp before Petrucelli names the 18-player team that will travel to Iceland in late July for the 14th Annual Nordic Cup. The U.S. team will reassemble to train in New Jersey from July 16-18, then depart for Iceland, which will be hosting its second Nordic Cup.  The USA won its second of six Nordic Cup titles in Iceland in 1999.  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 B and will face Finland, Norway and Germany in first-round play.  Group A features Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and England.  The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for fifth and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh place. The USA opens the tournament against the Finland on Friday, July 23, in Akureyrarvolluer, and then faces Norway on Sunday, July 25, in Olafsfjordur.  The U.S. will finish first-round play against Germany on Tuesday, July 27, in Dalvik.  All four placement matches are set for Thursday, July 29.  All the matches will be played at nine different small venues in the northern part of Iceland up around the Arctic Circle.
U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Erika Bohn (Notre Dame), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Keeley Dowling (Tennesse), Haley Hunt (Stanford), Kristen Moore (Portland), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Kate Seibert (Duke), Carmen Watley (UNC); MIDFIELDERS (8): Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (5): Jenny Farenbaugh (Stanford), Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-20s FALL 2-0 TO BRAZIL, OPEN BUSAN TOURNAMENT TUESDAY IN SOUTH KOREA:  Two days after falling to Brazil 2-0 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on June 16 in an even match that saw limited chances on goal for either team, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team arrived in Busan, South Korea to participate in the Busan Four Nations International Tournament. The U.S. has done their best to overcome the jet lag from the trek across the globe and held a few days of practice as they prepare to face host South Korea in the opening match of the tournament tomorrow (June 22) at Busan Asiad Main Stadium at 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET). Two days later, the U.S. will try and get revenge against Brazil as they will face off for the second time in eight days at 4:30 p.m. local (3:30 a.m. ET). The Under-20s will finish the round-robin tournament against Poland on Saturday (June 26) at 12:30 p.m. local (11:30 p.m. ET). Check out to find out how the team is doing in Korea as Julian Valentin will provide updates via his popular “Valentin Chronicles” during the 10-day trip. Head coach Thomas Rongen brought an 18-man roster with him to Korea as four players – Freddy Adu, Eddie Gaven, Craig Capano and Arturo Alvarez – returned to their respective MLS clubs after the Brazil match. Patrick Phelan was on the original roster for the tournament, but didn’t make the trip to Korea as an ankle injury was deemed to severe for him to play. The U.S. goes into the tournament on a high note despite falling to Brazil, as the U.S. was able to provide the festive crowd at Lockhart with a entertaining match, controlling possession for stretches during the match and putting the Brazil backline under pressure for 90 minutes. The U.S. actually outshot Brazil 10-7, but the reigning Under-20 World Champions were more efficient, finishing two of their three scoring opportunities.
U-20 MNT Results
Date           Opponent                 Result U.S. Goal Scorers
June 16      Brazil                       0-2 L ---
U-20 MNT Schedule – Busan International Tournament
Date             Opponent          Kickoff (local / ET)
June 22        South Korea      7 p.m. / 6 a.m.
June 24       Brazil                 4:30 p.m. / 3:30 a.m.
June 26        Poland              12:30 p.m. / 11:30 p.m. (June 25)
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); DEFENDERS (5): Kiel McClung (UCLA), Steve Purdy (UC-Berkeley), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis); MIDFIELDERS (7): Nico Colaluca (Coventry, R.I.), Steve Curfman (Wake Forest), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis University), Guillermo Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Will Hall (Virginia), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.); FORWARDS (4): Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Kamani Hill (Berkley, Calif.), Will John (St. Louis University), Jamie Watson (UNC).

U-19s TO FACE SOUTH KOREA, TWO EUROPEAN TEAMS AT THAILAND 2004 IN NOVEMBER: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team was drawn into Group C at the Final Draw for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship on June 11 at the Imperial Queen Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.  The USA will face Asian champion South Korea and two undetermined European teams during the 2nd FIFA Women’s Youth World Championship to be held Nov. 10-27 in Thailand. The draw was held with only seven of the 12 nations having qualified, with four European teams and one African team still to be determined. The USA will be paying particular attention to the European Final Round qualification tournament in Finland from July 28-August 8, as the young U.S. team will face the winner and the third-place team from that competition in Group C.  The USA will open the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 11, the second day of the competition, facing South Korea at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET).  The USA then faces the third-place finisher in Europe on Sunday, Nov. 14 (Kickoff TDB) and finishes Group C play on Thursday, Nov. 18 against the European champion (7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET). All three of the USA’s first-round matches will be played in Phuket, an island in the southern part of the country. The 12-team competition features three groups of four teams with the two teams in each group and top two third-place teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Group A features host Thailand, the second place finisher in Europe, Australia and Canada, while Group B, features the African champion, China, the fourth place team in Europe and Brazil.
U-19 Women’s Youth World Championship Schedule
Date           Opponent                 Kickoff (local / ET)
Nov. 11     South Korea           5 p.m. / 5 a.m.
Nov. 14     Europe #3               7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.
Nov. 18     Europe #1               7:45 p.m. / 7:45 a.m.