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Youth National Team Update: July 28-Aug. 4

UNDER-20s POST PERFECT 4-0 RECORD, WIN USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL INT’L DIVISION: After opening the 2003 USASA Soccer Festival in Houston, Texas, on July 27 with a 1-0 win over the Midwest Region select team, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team added three more victories last week to finish 4-0 and win the international division of the annual competition. After providing the lone goal in the first match, forward Ed Johnson helped the U.S. to its next two victories, scoring in a 3-0 win over El Salvador on July 29 and adding an insurance goal in a 2-0 win over Honduras on July 31. In the team’s final match, midfielder Ed Grabavoy provided an assist and a game-winning goal to help the U.S. overcome Canada 2-1 and remain unbeaten at the event. The tournament marked the first time that the team had played a match since early March.
U.S. U-20 MNT Results – 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date           Opponent                Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 27        USASA Midwest    1-0 W    E. Johnson
July 29        El Salvador             3-0 W    E. Johnson, Grabavoy, Cameron
July 31        Honduras                2-0 W    Klaas, E. Johnson
Aug. 2        Canada                    2-1 W    Barclay, Grabavoy

ADU’S FOUR GOALS HELP UNDER-17s OPEN ENGLAND TOUR WITH TWO WINS: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got four goals in two games from 14-year-old forward Freddy Adu to post wins in their first two matches of a four-game trip to Manchester, England. Adu converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute after MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven was taken down in the box to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory over Australia today. In their opening match, the U-17s got a goal from forward Jamie Watson in the 6th minute and three second-half strikes from Adu as they downed the U-18 Blackburn Rovers 4-2 on Aug. 2 at the Blackburn Rovers Academy. The U.S. will next face the Manchester United youth team on Thursday (Aug. 7) before finishing the tour against fellow FIFA U-17 World Championship participant Nigeria on Saturday (Aug. 9). The team will travel to Finland to undergo final preparation for the World Championship, which takes place from Aug. 13-30.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results / Schedule
Date           Opponent                    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 2        Blackburn                    4-2 W    Watson, Adu (3)
Aug. 4        Australia                      1-0 W    Adu
Aug. 7        Manchester United
Aug. 9        Nigeria

U.S. U-17 STARS MAKE SPLASH IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF YM: Seven of the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team players are featured in the "Boys of the Month" section of the September issue of YM (Your Magazine, formerly Young and Modern). Danny Szetela, Steve Curfman, Freddy Adu, Kyle Helton, Guillermo Gonzalez, Michael Harrington and Jonathan Spector are all pictured in the magazine, along with a short bio on each player. There are also pictures of four U-17 MNT players – John DiRaimondo, Adrian Chevannes, Corey Ashe and Brandon Owens – on the YM Web site at:

U-17 WOMEN POST 2-0-2 UNDEFEATED RECORD AT USASA SOCCER FESTIVAL: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team posted an undefeated record of 2-0-2 while playing against older competition at the USASA Soccer Festival last week. The U-17 Women, who improved to 6-0-2 in 2003, began with a 1-1 tie with the USASA East select team, with Yael Averbuch providing a penalty kick strike in the 70th minute to even the match. After holding the USASA West to a scoreless draw in their second match, the U-17 Women exploded with a 2-0 win over the USASA South and then a 5-0 rout of the Midwest region in its final match, with Cydne Currie providing a first-half hat trick and Mandy Moraca adding a pair in the second stanza.
U.S. U-17 WNT Results – 2003 USASA Soccer Festival
Date           Opponent                Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
July 28        USASA East          1-1 T     Averbuch
July 30        USASA West         0-0 T     ---
Aug. 1        USASA South         2-0 W    n/a
Aug. 2        USASA Midwest    5-0 W    Currie (3), Moraca (2)