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Youth National Team Update: May 17-May 24

U-19 WNT GETS SET  FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team arrived in Ottawa, Canada on May 20 as it prepares to compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Ottawa and Montreal from May 28-June 6, 2004. The U.S. has held four days of training as the U-19s arrived a week early in preparation for their first match. Head coach Mark Krikorian’s 18-player roster is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler and forwards Angie Woznuk and Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff date for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will first meet the Dominican Republic on Friday (May 28) before facing Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday (May 30) and Costa Rica on June 1 in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will cross over in the semifinals, with the winners of those games earning berths to the second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004.
U-19 WNT Schedule
Date    Opponent    Venue; City    Kickoff (ET)
May 28        Dominican Republic      Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa, Ontario                 7 p.m.
May 30        Trinidad & Tobago        McGill Univ. Molson Stadium; Montreal, Ontario    6 p.m.
June 1          Costa Rica                     McGill Univ. Molson Stadium; Montreal, Ontario    7 p.m.
June 4          Semifinals*                     McGill Univ. Molson Stadium; Montreal, Ontario    5:30/8 p.m.
June 6          Third Place/Final*          Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa, Ontario                     10 a.m./1 p.m.
U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.); FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (Portland).

U-21 WOMEN DEFEAT PAULISTANA 4-0, GET SET FOR CATARATAS TOURNAMENT:  The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team dominated a group of all-stars from Sao Paulo yesterday, defeating the Paulistana Selection 4-0 at Lindoia Stadium on goals from Natasha Kai, Tara Hurless, Nikki Thaden and Joanna Lohman. The goal was the fifth of the year for Kai and the fourth for Lohman, who spent two weeks training with the senior team at Olympic Residency Camp earlier this year.  Hurless and Thaden both tallied for the U-21s for the first time in their young international careers.  The match was preparation for the U-21s, who arrived in Brazil on May 21, for the Cataratas Tournament this week in the state of Parana, which borders Paraguay and Argentina in the south of Brazil. The U-21s will kick off the tournament on Wednesday (May 26) against a Brazilian League All-Star Team. On Friday (May 28), the USA will then face China's Under-21 WNT, which they defeated 2-0 this year during a March trip to China, and finish the tournament with a cracker of a match against the Brazilian Olympic Team on Saturday (May 29). All the matches will take place at Cataratas Stadium. Head coach Chris Petrucelli has called in an 18-player roster that features two players currently in Olympic Residency Camp with the senior national team in midfielder Leslie Osborne and defender Amy LePeilbet, both key members of the U-21s over the last two years.
U-21 WNT Result
Date             Opponent        Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
May 23        Paulistana Selection    4-0 W    Kai, Hurless, Thaden, Lohman
U-21 WNT Schedule – Cataratas Tournament
Date             Opponent
May 26        League All Star Team
May 28        China U-21
May 29        Brazil Selection

U-18 MNT TO PLAY ARGENTINA, BOCA JUNIORS, AND RIVER PLATE: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, late last night as it gets set to play the Argentina U-18 MNT and two local club youth teams – Boca Juniors and River Plate – during its weeklong trip. Bob Jenkins’ squad will first face Argentina on Wednesday (May 26), before meeting Boca Juniors on Friday (May 28) and River Plate on May 31. Jenkins is bringing 18 players for the trip, half of which recently graduated from U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program. MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley is the only professional on the roster, while University of Virginia midfielder Drew Harrison is the lone college player.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date              Opponent
May 26          Argentina U-18
May 28          Boca Juniors
May 31          River Plate
U-18 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio); DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orozco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Kwame Siriboe (Chino Hills, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.); MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (MetroStars), Drew Harrison (University of Virginia), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J), FORWARDS (5): Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.), Rich Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.).

U-17 MEN HEAD TO NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR TRIO OF MATCHES: The U.S Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team will travel to Carson, Calif., this Friday (May 28) for a week-long training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. The U-17s will have six days of training and will play four games during the week. The U-17 ’88s are coming off their best performance since beginning Residency last fall, earning second place at the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland earlier this month. The U.S., lead by Tournament MVP Preston Zimmerman, won their group before falling to Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout after just missing chances to win the game in regulation. Head coach John Ellinger brought in 21 players that are currently in Residency, and also seven local California players that he is looking at to possibly invite into Residency next fall. The ‘88s will take on the Irvine Strikers on Saturday (May 29) and then again on June 1, the BlueStars on June 2 and PDP U-18 All-Stars (AEG’s new player development team) on June 3.
U-17 ’88 MNT Schedule
Date     Opponent
May 29     Irvine Strikers
June 1     Irvine Strikers
June 2     BlueStars
June 3     PDP U-18 All-Stars
U-17 ’88 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Taylor Waspi (Deer Park, Ill.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Cameron Jordan (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes East, Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.); FORWARDS (4): Amaechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).