Mexico rolled off its second consecutive 4-2 win at the Festival with a dominating performance against the Midwest Region Team, and Mexico is the only women's team with two wins after the first two matches. Also on Wednesday night, the East Region Team topped the South Region Team 1-0. The U.S. held the East Team to a scoreless draw in both teams' tournament opener on Monday.
The U.S. Under-16 Girls scored five goals in a game for the second time in three matches, and Steve Swanson's team has now scored 18-4 in seven matches this year. Stacey Lindstrom opened the scoring for the Americans, and the offense picked up steam from there. Crsitina Estrada and Angela Woznuk also scored to go along with Letro's double.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and the Under-18 Men's National Team both play their third match in five days on Thursday. The U.S. Under-18s play the Illinois State Select Team at 6 p.m., and the Under-17s face the Under-20 side of UNAM Pumas at 8 p.m. The U.S. Under-18s will look to improve on the first two matches in the tournament and hope to kickstart an offense that has only scored one goal in the Soccer Festival.
The U.S. Under-17s have led each of their first two matches at halftime, but only have one draw and one loss to show for their efforts. An injury-time equalizer allowed the Midwest Region Team to draw 1-1 with the U.S. Under-17s on Tuesday, two days after the U.S. allowed two second-half goals in a 2-1 loss to the South Region Team.
This year's U.S. Soccer Festival follows a successful 2000 Amateur Soccer Festival that was held in Kingston, Rhode Island. The first Amateur Soccer Festival was held in San Antonio in 1996, and previous Amateur Soccer Festivals have also been held in Portland (1999), Manchester, N.H. (1998) and Blaine, Minn. (1997).
Recognizing the need to continue the development of young American players and needing a forum to identify other up-and-coming players, the United States Amateur Soccer Association has developed this event to serve those needs through its partnership with the United States Soccer Federation and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival was originally conceived when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) discontinued staging their annual U.S. Sports Festival in 1995. The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival, which is sponsored and organized by the USASA, has incorporated the concept used in the U.S. Sports Festival and has expanded it to also include several U.S. National Teams, and for the third consecutive year, international teams.
The 2001 Amateur Soccer Festival is being hosted this year by the Illinois State Soccer Association, who received a grant of $179,000 from the state of Illinois to plan, promote and host the U.S. Soccer Festival, as well as the Midwest Regional Tournament of State Champions and the local qualification phase of the Tournament of the Mexican-American Communities of the U.S.A.
U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team Match Summary
U.S. Goalscoring: Stacey Lindstrom
Lineup: 1-Julie Ryder; 3-Rachel Buehler, 5-Becky Sauerbrunn; 4-Jen Buczkowski, 7-Shannon Foley, 6-Stacey Lindstrom, 13-Caitlin Ursini, 8-Amy Burlingham; 11-Cristina Estrada, 12-Adele Letro, 10-Angela Woznuk.