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U.S. U-20 WNT to Face China U-20s Twice in New Jersey

CHICAGO (June 29, 2006) - The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will face the Chinese U-20 Women’s National Team in a pair of matches on July 2 and 4 in New Jersey as both teams continue preparations for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship. China won the Asian qualifying tournament with a 1-0 victory over North Korea at the AFC qualifying tournament held last April in Malaysia. China qualified for the final, and thus earned their berth to Russia, after beating Japan on penalties in the semifinal.

China was the runner-up to Germany at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, but failed to produce a shot on goal in the title game. China had upset Brazil in the semifinal to get to the championship. Both China and the USA received top seeds at the World Championship, with China being drawn into Group B, along with Finland, Nigeria and Canada while the USA was drawn in Group D, along with DR Congo, France and Argentina. The Chinese and U.S. U-20 teams will meet in the first leg on July 2 at the PDA club soccer complex in Zeraphath at 3 p.m. ET. The two teams will meet again on July 4 at 7 p.m. ET at the Pingry School in Martinsville. The Pingry School served as the training site for the USA’s first match in the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U-20s got their current training camp, that runs from June 27-July 5, started with a 3-1 win over a team of east coast college All-Stars on June 28^th . U.S. head coach Tim Schulz will have his 21-player world championship roster together for the first time, although several players are nursing injuries. The roster includes the three players who have been with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in Residency Training Camp in defender Stephanie Lopez and forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney. Those three, whose time with the U-20s has been limited by call-ups to the full team, will be with the U-20s through the World Championship. The training camp will feature at least six matches, including two against a team of east coast college all-stars and two against China. The USA will finish the camp with a match against the reigning USL W-League champion New Jersey Wildcats on July 5. The USA will face first-time World Championship participant DR Congo on Aug. 18 to open the tournament, before taking on Argentina on Aug. 21 and France on Aug. 24 in first round play. The 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship will feature host Russia, Australia, China and North Korea from Asia, Nigeria and DR Congo from Africa, the USA, Mexico and Canada from CONCACAF, Brazil and Argentina from South America, France, Switzerland, Germany and Finland from Europe and New Zealand from Oceania.

U.S. U-20 WNT World Championship Roster -- New Jersey Training Camp -- June 27-July 5
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oakes, Calif.), Joanna Haig (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.); DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Erin Hardy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Casey Noguiera (Raleigh, N.C.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (3): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio).