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U.S. Under-20 MNT Faces Canada on Wednesday (May 18) in Final WYC Preparation Match

U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
Blaine, Minnesota
May 17, 2005

CANADA ON WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team arrived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on Sunday (May 15), conducting their first training camp later that evening, two sessions on Monday and their final practice today as they prepare for their World Youth Championship preparation match against Canada on Wednesday, May 18, in Blaine. Kickoff for the match at the National Sports Center is 7:35 p.m. CT and fans can follow the match live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

MOVING TOWARDS HOLLAND: Canada will be the last opponent the U.S. Under-20s face before leaving for Holland to compete in the FIFA World Youth Championship. The U.S. is tentatively planned to leave for the tournament on June 1, providing the team with ten days in the Netherlands before their first match. The U.S. kicks off the tournament against Argentina on June 11, before facing Germany on June 14 and finishing Group D play on June 18 against Egypt.

FROM 24 TO 22: Two of the 24 players invited into the five-day camp in Minnesota by U.S. Under-20 head coach Sigi Schmid did not make the trip due to injuries. First-choice goalkeeper Quentin Westberg suffered a broken nose during a practice with his club team, ESTAC Troyes of the French second division, late last week. Midfielder Robbie Rogers also did not make the trip as he is resting a nagging knee problem he encountered while practicing with the team in Carson, Calif.

BRINGING THEM TOGETHER: Seven professional players – all from Major League Soccer – have joined 15 of the players currently in camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to make up the 22-player camp. Five MLS teams are represented on the roster, as Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Will John (Chicago Fire), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew) and Tim Ward (MetroStars) were called in by Schmid. All but one of the 15 players that made the trip from Carson are in college, with Lee Nguyen being the only high schooler on the squad. All 22 players will arrive in Minnesota on Sunday, May 15, and will train the following two days before their match on Wednesday. After the match the professionals will rejoin their club teams while the remaining players will travel back to Carson.
U.S. U-20 Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen (Stanford), Justin Hughes (UNC); DEFENDERS (8): Marvell Wynne (UCLA), Nathan Sturgis (Clemson University), Tim Ward (Metrostars), Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Sean Franklin (CSU – Northridge), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Patrick Phelan (Wake Forest); MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Lee Nguyen (Dallas Texans), EddieGaven (Metrostars), Michael Harrington (UNC), BennyFeilhaber (UCLA); FORWARDS (6): Freddy Adu (DC United), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Brad Evans (UC - Irvine), Will John (Chicago Fire), Jacob Peterson (Indiana University).

WELCOME BACK FREDUA: D.C. United midfielder/forward Freddy Adu is making his first appearance with the Under-20s since helping the team qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship in January. Adu has been unable to participate in any of the four camps the team has had over the past four months due to club commitments with United.

LOOKING FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL CAP: Three players will be looking for their first cap on Wednesday night with the U.S. Under-20s. Goalkeeper Justin Hughes, defender Michael Harrington, and forward Lee Nguyen have yet to take the field during an international match, despite participating in a number of camps this year.

CANADA TO HOLLAND: Canada will also make its way to Holland to compete in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship after finishing in first place in Group B of CONCACAF qualifying, going undefeated in qualifying, defeating Mexico 2-1, Honduras 1-0 and Jamaica 1-0. Canada was drawn into Group E with Colombia, Italy and Syria.

RECENT HISTORY: The U.S. and Canada faced off not too long ago as the neighboring countries played two games in December on a training field at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. and Canada were both preparing for CONCACAF qualifying and were holding camps at the HDC. The U.S. won both of those games 1-0, getting game-winning goals from Chad Barrett and Jacob Peterson.

CANADA ROSTER: Canada has been in camp since May 10 when they traveled down to New Orleans for a match against Honduras on May 13 at the Pan-American Stadium. In the match against Honduras, Canada fell behind 1-0 before Will Johnson found the equalizer near the end of the first half. After the match, head coach Dale Mitchell and his squad traveled north to Blaine to prepare for the match against the U.S. Mitchell called in 14 of the 18 players on the roster for the 2005 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in January.
Canada U-20 MNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joshua Wagenaar (Hartwick College), Asmir Begovic (Portsmouth FC); DEFENDERS (6): Andrew Hainault (Montreal Impact), Vince Stewart (Simon Fraser University), Simon Kassaye (unattached), Graham Ramalho (FC Groningen), Brad Peetoom (Syracuse University), Matthew Britner (Brown University); MIDFIELDERS (5): Jaime Peters (Ipswich Town FC), Tyler Rosenlund (UC Santa Barbara), Carlo Schiavoni (UAB), Ryan Gyaki (Sheffield United FC), Tomasz Charowski (Duke); FORWARDS (4): Will Johnson (Chicago Fire), Riley O’Neill (University of Kentucky), Cam Wilson (Bristol City FC), Franco Lalli (Calcio).

FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS: Five U.S. Under-20 MNT players are making their second trip to Blaine, Minn., to play at the National Sports Center, as they also played Canada in the stadium when they were with the U.S. Under-17s. Freddy Adu, Eddie Gaven, Michael Harrington and Jacob Peterson all played against Canada with the U-17s on July 13, 2003, helping the U.S. to a 3-1 win (Adu scored in the match). While Danny Szetela played here for a three-game series from July 17-20 against Canada and Mexican club team Cruz Azul.

PETER (HENRY) VERMES: Pierre Barrieu, the U.S. Men’s National Team strength and conditioning coach, worked with the players in camp in Carson this past week, putting them through fitness tests to help them prepare for the FIFA World Youth Championship. The Frenchman could only be there for the first few days of the camp (which started on May 7), but provided assistant coach Peter Vermes with a detailed fitness regimen to put the players through during the rest of the three-week camp. Much to the chagrin of the players, the former MNT forward/defender has taken a liking to his role. He’s become so much like Barrieu, the player felt it necessary to give Vermes a French nickname – Henry. On Monday and Tuesday in Blaine, Peter (Henry) Vermes made an appearance as the players conducted a couple of fitness tests, running at length.