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Youth National Team Update: May 24-June 1, 2004


U-19 WNT ONE SEMIFINAL WIN FROM BERTH IN 2004 FIFA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament with victories over the weekend against the Dominican Republic (14-0) and Trinidad & Tobago (11-1) during their first two matches in Group B play. Kerri Hanks notched hat tricks in both games and is the team's scoring leader, while Kia McNeill (4 goals), Megan Rapinoe (3), Rachel Buehler (2), Yael Averbuch (2) and Bristyn Davis (2) have all added multiple goals through the first two matches. The semifinal teams are all set as Costa Rica also advanced out of Group B, while Canada and Mexico secured berths in Group A. The semifinal groupings will be determined on Tuesday (June 1) as the U.S. takes on Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET at McGill University Molson Stadium in Montreal and Canada and Mexico go head-to-head at the same time at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa. The USA only needs a win or a tie to win the group. The winner of Group A will play the runner-up of Group B, and vice versa. Fans can follow the USA's matches live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The semifinal winners qualify for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27.

U.S. U-19 WNT Results
Date        Opponent                   Result    U.S. Goal Scorers              
May 28    Dominican Republic    14-0       Kia McNeill (4), Kerri Hanks (3), Megan Rapinoe (2), Stephanie Kron,
                                                             Yael Averbuch, Rachel Buehler, Alexa Orand, Stacy Lindstrom
May 30    Trinidad & Tobago       11-1       Kerri Hanks (3), Bristyn Davis (2), Yael Averbuch, Angie Woznuk,
                                                              Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe

U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule
Date        Opponent                 Venue                                     Kickoff      
June 1     Costa Rica               McGill Univ. Molson Stadium    7 p.m. ET
June 4     Semifinals*               McGill Univ. Molson Stadium    5:30/8 p.m. ET
June 6     Third Place/Final*     Frank Clair Stadium                  10 a.m./1 p.m. ET

U.S. U-21 WOMEN GO 2-1-1 IN BRAZIL, INCLUDING TIE WITH BRAZIL OLYMPIC TEAM: The U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team completed a successful four-game tour of Brazil on Saturday (May 29) with a 2-1 loss to the Brazilian Olympic Team, the only set-back of the tour for the young U.S. team. The only two teams the U.S. U-21s have lost to in 2004 have been the Brazilian and U.S. Olympic Teams as U.S. head coach Chris Petrucelli's squad has compiled a 7-2-2 record so far. The USA opened the tour on May 23 with a convicing 4-0 victory over an all-star team from Sao Paulo, connecting on goals form Natasha Kai, Tara Hurless, Nikki Thaden and U-21 veteran Joanna Lohman. One day later, the U.S. scrapped out a 3-2 win over a Brazilian League All-Star Team as Kai, a Univeristy of Hawaii star, scored the winning goal. Lohman and Huffman also tallied for the USA. The U.S. U-21s then faced the Athens-bound Brazilian Olympic Team in two highly competitive matches, earning a 0-0 tie on May 27 before losing the final game. University of Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart picked up the shutout against Brazil. Kai also scored in the 2-1 loss, giving her three goals for the tour and a team-leading seven on the year. Lohman upped her total in 2004 to five goals, Huffman's score against the All-Star was her second with the U-21s while the goals for Thaden and Hurless were their first ever at the U-21 level. All the matches were played in the city of Agua de Lindoia in the state of Sao Paulo. The U-21s will continue their preparations for the 2004 Nordic Cup, this year to be held in Iceland at the end of July, with a training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from June 21-30. This tour marks the second year in a row that the U-21s have traveled to Brazil, after winning just one of four games in last year's visit.

U-21 WNT Brazil Tour – Results
Date             Opponent                   Result    U.S. Goal Scorer
May 23        Paulistana Selection    4-0 W    Kai, Hurless, Thaden, Lohman
May 26        League All Star Team    3-2 W    Kai, Lohman, Huffman
May 28        Brazil WNT                    0-0 T    ---
May 29        Brazil WNT                   1-2 L    Kai

U.S. UNDER-20s TO TAKE ON BRAZIL IN FT. LAUDERDALE ON JUNE 16: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will play defending Under-20 FIFA World Champion Brazil at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 16, at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. It will be the second match at Lockhart Stadium for the U.S. Under-20s in two months after they defeated Haiti Select, 1-0, on April 21, behind a 20-yard strike from Craig Capano in the second half. Advance tickets for the June 16 match are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under the age of 12 and are on sale now by calling Complete Ticket Solutions at 1-877-877-7677 or online at www.tixops.com. For groups of 25 or more, there is a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets are also available online at: http://www.ticketfusion.com/store/one/index.html?store_id=1718&master_store_id=1718&page_type=ticket&show_id=102016&cid=957098. coach Thomas Rongen has yet to name the roster for the match, but it will most likely be similar to the roster he named two months ago, as he continues to sort through the U.S. U-20 player pool in preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 World Youth Championship qualifying tournament in January 2005.

U.S. U-18 MNT CONCLUDE ARGENTINA TOUR: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team fell to the Argentina U-18 Men's National Team 2-1 in Buenos Aires on May 26, but bounced back in their next game against the U-20 Boca Juniors, snagging a come-from-behind tie against the top Argentinian club. Forward Charlie Davies scored both goals for the U.S., netting an early goal off a miss-hit by the Argentinian goalkeeper in their first match before Argentina roared back in the second half with two goals in three minutes, and found the back of the net again against Boca Juniors by finishing a cross from Rich Costanzo to give the U.S. the equalizer. Bob Jenkins' squad finished their tour on Monday with a match against River Plate.

U.S. U-18 MNT Results / Schedule
Date        Opponent               Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
May 26    Argentina U-18       1-2 L    Charlie Davies
May 28    Boca Juniors U-20  1-1 T    Charlie Davies
May 31    River Plate             2-3 L    Nathan Sturgis, u/a

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 MNT LOSE FIRST OF FOUR MATCHES DURING HDC CAMP: The U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team fell to the three-year older U-19 Irvine Strikers on Saturday (May 29) in the first of four matches they will play during their weeklong training camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The ‘88s will have a rematch with the Irvine Strikers on Tuesday (June 1), before facing the BlueStars on June 2 and PDP U-18 All-Stars (AEG’s new player development team) on June 3.

U-17 ’88 MNT Results / Schedule
Date       Opponent                      Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
May 29    Irvine Strikers                0-4 L      ---
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 (8): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), 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.).

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