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Rongen Names 20 Players for U-20 Tournament in Spain


CHICAGO (Thursday, August 15, 2002) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has selected 20 players for the U.S. Under-20s trip to Valencia, Spain, where they will participate against some of the top youth national teams in the world at the XIX Torneo Internacional de Futbol de l’Alcudia from August 24-29. The U.S. team will depart for Spain on August 19 and plays in the tournament opener on August 24 against Brazil.  The U.S. follows up against Italy on August 26 and then concludes Group B play on August 27 against Ukraine.  The tournament’s Group A is comprised of Spain, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Gabon.

The tournament in Spain will be the Under-20s final international games before World Youth Championship qualifying kicks off in the U.S. on November 13.  U.S. Soccer will host one of two final CONCACAF groups at a venue that will be announced shortly.

“Any time you get a chance to play great teams like Brazil, Italy and Ukraine, you know it will help your team,” said Rongen.  “I think we have a quality group of players making this trip to Spain, and this is going to be a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the upcoming qualifying tournament.”

The USA has posted a 10-5-9 record this year, recording 11 shutouts in 24 matches.  Mike Magee has paced the team with nine goals in just 13 appearances (seven starts), including the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Canada on January 9.  Midfielder Ricardo Clark (Furman) has been one of the team’s most consistent performers, seeing time in 17 of the team’s first 20 matches.

Eleven of the 20 players Rongen named were members of the 2001 Under-17 World Championship team, including Magee.  This Under-20 squad will be without two of their top offensive players, as D.C. United’s duo of Santino Quaranta (abdominal hernia surgery) and Bobby Convey (club commitment) will not make the trip to Spain. Major League Soccer will send five players (Devin Barclay – San Jose Earthquakes, Craig Capano – Chicago Fire, Eddie Johnson – Dallas Burn, Justin Mapp – D.C. United and Jordan Stone – Dallas Burn) on the trip, and two of the players named to the team are currently playing professionally in Europe (David Johnson – Willem II – Holland, Raul Palomares – Osijek - Croatia).

The top two teams in each group in Spain will advance to the semifinals on August 28.  Each team will play their final game on August 29, with the semifinal winners meeting for the championship, the semifinal losers playing for third place, the two third-place finishers from each group playing for fifth place and the two fourth-place finishers from each group playing for seventh place.

XIX Torneo Internacional de Futbol de l’Alcudia

Group A
Aug. 24: Spain vs. Costa Rica
Aug. 25: Uruguay vs. Spain
Aug. 25: Gabon vs. Costa Rica
Aug. 26: Uruguay vs. Gabon
Aug. 27: Costa Rica vs. Uruguay
Aug. 27: Spain vs. Gabon

Group B
Aug. 24: United States vs. Brazil
Aug. 24: Ukraine vs. Italy
Aug. 25: Italy vs. Brazil
Aug. 26: United States vs. Italy
Aug. 26: Brazil vs. Ukraine
Aug. 27: United States vs. Ukraine

Semifinals – August 28
1st Group A vs. 2nd Group B
1st Group B vs. 2nd Group A

Final – August 29
Winner of semifinal #1 vs. Winner of semifinal #2

Classification Games – August 29
7th/8th Place 4th Group A vs. 4th Group B
5th/6th Place 3rd Group A vs. 3rd Group B
3rd/4th Place Losers of both semifinals

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team
XIX Torneo Internacional de Futbol de l’Alcudia (Valencia, Spain)
August 19-30, 2002

NamePos.Ht.Wt.BirthdateHometownClub/College
Ambersley, MikeF5'7"15502/14/83Ballwin, Mo.Indiana University
Barclay, DevinF5'9"16504/09/83Annapolis, Md.San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Cameron, KnoxF6'3"20509/17/83Bronx, N.Y.University of Michigan
Capano, CraigM5'6"13507/07/85Hyde Park, N.Y.Chicago Fire (MLS)
Clark, RicardoM5'10"14005/21/83Jonesboro, Ga.Furman University
Cochrane, RyanD6'0"15508/08/83Portland, Ore.Santa Clara University
Cronin, SteveGK6'2"19005/28/83Fair Oaks, Calif.Santa Clara University
Grabavoy, NedM5'6"14507/01/83New Lenox, Ill.Indiana University
Harvey, JordanD5'10"16001/28/84Mission Viejo, Calif.Irvine Strikers
Johnson, DavidM5'11"16001/16/84Venice, Calif.Willem II (Holland)
Johnson, EdF6'0"17003/31/84Palm Coast, Fla.Dallas Burn (MLS)
Klaas, Craig JaredD5'7"16508/23/83Cherry Valley, Ill.University of Washington
Lancos, ChrisD6'1"17007/12/84Belford, N.J.University of Maryland
Magee, MikeF5'9"15009/02/84Long Grove, Ill.Chicago Sockers
Mapp, JustinM5'11"16010/18/84Brandon, Miss.D.C. United (MLS)
Marshall, ChadD6'2"16508/22/84Riverside, Calif.Irvine Strikers
Palomares, RaulM5'11"16002/06/83Inglewood, Calif.NK Osijek (Croatia)
Simo, ChefikD6'1"18502/28/84Plano, TexasFurman University
Stone, JordanM5'9"14503/16/83Allen, TexasDallas Burn (MLS)
Williams, FordGK6'3"19002/20/84Raleigh, N.C.CASL Elite

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen
Assistant Coach: Cle Kooiman
Goalkeeper Coach: Dave Dir
Team Coordinator: Erik Carlson
Doctor: Mel Hayashi
Trainer: Sheldon Lo
Equipment Manager: Bryan Rosenbaum
Press Officer: Forrest Eber

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