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U.S. Men's Under-23 National Team Set to Play Brazil on Wednesday, April 7


CHICAGO (Tuesday, April 6, 1999) - The U.S. Men's Under-23 National Team is set to compete in a friendly against Brazil's U-23s tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7, at Brasilia Stadium at 7:40 p.m. (ET). The team left for Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday before traveling into Brasilia on Monday afternoon.

Leading the way for the Brazilian squad will be 20 year-old Denilson, one of the world's most expensive and explosive players. Denilson made his international debut with the first-team at the age of 17 against Cameroon and since then has gone on to participate on the 1998 Brazil World Cup Team and joined Spain's Real Betis at the age of 19 following the World Cup.

The following is a look at the roster for the Brazil Under-23 National Team:

Name Pos. Last Club
Emerson Ferneira Lopes GK Atletico Mineiro
Carlos Adriano M Paranaeuse
Renato de Olivera GK Corinthians Paulista
Marcos Paulo M Cruziero
Alvaro Luiz Major de Aquino D Goias Esporte
Clemerson Aranjo M Goias
Athirson Mazdlie Oliverta D Flamengo
Josue M Goias
Cristiano Marques Gomes D Corinthians Paulista
Denilson de Oliveira F Real Betis
Felipe Jorge Loureiro D Vasco de Gama
Fabio Junior F
Jean Carlos White D Santos
Rodrigao F Santos
Michel dos Reis Santana D Santos
Ronieliton Pereira F Fluminese
Antonio Reginaldo D Coritila
Warlei Silva F Sao Paulo

U.S. Men's Under-17 National Team scoring wonder Landon Donovan is a probable starter for tomorrow's match. The Brazil friendly marks the first Under-23 call-up for Donovan, who has scored 16 goals in 1999, including six goals in four international matches. The U.S. did not call the majority of MLS players into the trip, because most of them are earning serious playing time with their club teams.

The U.S. Under-23 team is 4-1-4 on the year, with their most recent international result an impressive 2-0 win over Germany in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 8. On their last trip abroad, the U-23s finished 1-0-2 against three professional clubs from Spain in late February.

Following the trip to Brazil, the next scheduled match for the Under-23s is against Canada on May 19 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. For further information or to purchase tickets, call 843/740-7787.

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