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U.S. Soccer Wire - July 9, 2007


U.S. U-20 MNT FACES URUGUAY IN ROUND OF 16 AT 2007 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP;
U.S. WNT NAMES 18-PLAYER ROSTER TO FACE NORWAY ON JULY 14;
U.S. MNT BOWS OUT OF COPA AMERICA, PREPARES FOR EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES;
PAN-AMERICAN GAMES ROSTERS SET FOR THREE U.S. NATIONAL TEAMS

U.S. U-20 MNT WINS GROUP D, FACES URUGUAY IN ROUND OF 16: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will face Uruguay in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Wednesday, July 11 in Toronto. Uruguay, the third-place team from Group B, advanced to the knockout phase with a 1-1-1 record in group play. The U.S. advanced the second round by winning Group D with an undefeated 2-0-1 record that featured a 2-1 win over Brazil on Friday, broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision. Thomas Rongen’s squad opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw with South Korea before following it up with a 6-1 drubbing of Poland. The U.S. leads all teams in the tournament in scoring, with nine goals during group play, which is the most ever for the U.S. in group stages of the World Cup. Three players, Freddy Adu, Josmer Altidore and Danny Szetela lead the team in scoring with three goals each. Fans can watch the match live at 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPNU and Galavision, as well as follow along online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-20 MNT FIFA World Cup Schedule / Results
Date          Opponent         Kickoff / Result      U.S. Goal Scorer(s) / TV
June 30    South Korea           1-1 T                 Danny Szetela
July 3        Poland                     6-1 W                Freddy Adu (3), Danny Szetela (2), Josmer Altidore
July 6        Brazil                        2-1 W               Josmer Altidore (2)
July 11     Uruguay             7:45 p.m. ET         Live on ESPNU & Galavision

WNT ROSTER SET FOR NORWAY MATCH ON JULY 14: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 18 players he will bring to Connecticut as the world’s top-ranked team continues the 2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series with a match against Norway on July 14 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford (6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2). Fans can also follow the game on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. team began training in Connecticut on Saturday, July 7, in preparation for the Norway match, which will feature the world’s first and fourth ranked teams, both favorites to win the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup being held Sept. 10-30 in China. Tickets starting at $19 are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Hartford area Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s and FYE), and by phone at 860-525-4500. Tickets are also available at the Hartford Civic Center box office. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets at reduced prices by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com. This will be the USA’s sixth-ever game in Connecticut. The USA has previously won three games in Connecticut and lost two, both to Norway, in 1991 and 1992. Following the Norway match, the USA will have a week off before traveling to northern California to face Japan on July 28 in San Jose, Calif. The team hits the stretch run with a game on Aug. 12 against New Zealand in Chicago, before playing the Send-Off match in Carson, Calif., at The Home Depot Center against Finland on Aug. 25. Of the USA’s six Send-Off Series opponents, only Finland will not compete in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U.S. WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.)
FORWARDS (4): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

2007 Women’s National Team Send-Off Series
Date       Opponent          Location                                                                      Result/Kickoff TV
June 16  China                Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)   2-0 W
June 23  Brazil                 Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)                2-0 W
July 14    Norway              Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)               6 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 28    Japan                Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)         7 p.m. PT ussoccer.com's MatchACCESS
Aug. 12   New Zealand   Soldier Field (Chicago)                                           12 p.m. CT ESPN2
Aug. 25   Finland              The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2

U.S. 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Schedule
Date             Opponent        Venue                                                                              Kickoff
Sept. 11       North Korea   Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 14       Sweden          Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium)          5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET
Sept. 18       Nigeria            Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 22       Quarterfinals* Wuhan or Tianjin                                                          5 p.m. local or 8 p.m. local
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*     Tianjin or Hangzhou                                                     8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
Sept. 30        Final*              Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
* If Necessary

MNT LOOK TO EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES AFTER COPA AMERICA RUN: After bowing out of the 2007 Copa America with a 4-1 loss to Argentina, a 3-1 defeat to Paraguay and a 1-0 game against Colombia, the United States Men’s National Team will play a trio of friendlies in Europe in October. The team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date          Match                           Venue Result/Kickoff/TV
Jan. 20     USA vs. Denmark       Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)          3-1 W
Feb. 7       USA vs. Mexico           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25  USA vs. Ecuador        Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)    3-1 W
March 28  USA vs. Guatemala   Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                       0-0 T
June 2      USA vs. China             Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)             4-1 W
June 7      USA vs. Guatemala^  Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)           1-0 W
June 9      USA vs. T&T^               Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)            2-0 W
June 12    USA vs. El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)          4-0 W
June 16    USA vs. Panama^       Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)         2-1 W
June 21    USA vs. Canada^       Soldier Field (Chicago)                                    2-1 W
June 24    USA vs. Mexico^          Soldier Field (Chicago)                                   2-1 W
June 28    USA vs. Argentina #    Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo)              1-4 L
July 2        USA vs. Paraguay #    Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas)                    1-3 L
July 5        USA vs. Colombia #   Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto)   0-1 L
Aug. 22     USA vs. Sweden         Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC / Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14      USA vs. Catalonia       Nou Camp (Barcelona, Spain)                    TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17      USA vs. Switzerland   TBD (TBD)                                                         2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

PAN-AMERICAN GAMES ROSTERS SET: Rosters have been named for the three U.S. National Teams participating at the 2007 Pan-American Games from July 13-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Bob Jenkins will take 17 players to the games and U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will take 18 players to Brazil. U.S. Futsal head coach Keith Tozer called in 12 players for the continental tournament. The U.S. Women kick off the games on July 12 against Paraguay and will play four games in the group stage. Their roster already saw one change as Gina DiMartino was called in for Melissa Henderson, who pulled out with a quad strain. The men’s tournament kicks off on July 15 for the U.S., who will face Venezuela in the first of three group matches. ESPN Deportes will broadcast both the U.S. Women’s and U.S. Men’s matches against Mexico, on July 20 at 11:30 a.m. ET and July 21 at 9 a.m. ET, respectively, as well as the men’s semifinals, final and third-place match. The women’s semifinals, final and third-place match will be broadcast depending on the U.S. team’s placement in those matches. The U.S. Futsal team will kick off the tournament on July 23 and play on three consecutive days, with placement matches on July 27-28.

U.S. MEN'S PAN-AMERICAN GAMES ROSTER (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Warren Gross (Penn State), Kevin Klasila (Santa Clara University)
DEFENDERS (5): Kevin Alston (Indiana University), Shawn Barry (Miramar, Fla.), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson University), Greg Folk (UCLA), Chance Meyers (UCLA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jalil Anibaba (Santa Clara), Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), TJ Cyrus (Norfolk, Va.), Jeremy Hall (University of Maryland), Dan Kelly (Indiana University), Stephen McCarthy (Santa Clara University), Michael Stephens (UCLA)
FORWARDS (3): Danny Cruz (Glendale, Ariz.), Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan)

U.S. Men's Pan-American Team Schedule
Date       Opponent           Location
July 15   Venezuela          Zico Football Center
July 18   Bolivia                 Miécimo da Silva Complex
July 21   Mexico                 Maracanã Stadium
July 24   Semifinals          Maracanã Stadium
July 27   Finals                  Maracanã Stadium

U.S. U-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (5): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Brittany Taylor (Connecticut), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif.) Nikki Washington (North Carolina), Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.).
FORWARDS (6): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Gina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford)

2007 Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule
Date       Opponent         Venue
July 12   Paraguay         João Havelange Stadium
July 14   Panama           Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
July 18   Argentina         João Havelange Stadium
July 20   Mexico              Maracanã Stadium
July 23   Semifinals       Maracanã Stadium
July 26   Finals               Maracanã Stadium

U.S. FUTSAL PAN-AMERICAN GAMES TEAM (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nick Vorberg (Milwaukee Wave), Brett Phillips (Milwaukee Wave)
DEFENDERS (3): Pat Morris (Philadelphia KiXX), Joe Hammes (Milwaukee Wave), Troy Dusosky (Milwaukee Wave)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Jamar Beasley (Detroit Ignition), John Ball (Rochester Raging Rhinos - USL1), Matt Stewart (Chicago Storm), Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast)
FORWARDS (3): Don D'Ambra (Philadephia KiXX), Enrique Tovar (California Cougars), Lee Tschantret (Baltimore Blast)

U.S. Futsal Schedule – Pan-American Games
Date        Opponent                   Venue
July 23    Argentina                   Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 24    Ecuador                     Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 25    Costa Rica                Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 27    Placement Match     Riocentro Pavillion 3B
July 28    Placement Match     Riocentro Pavillion 3B

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

MEDIA ACCREDIATION PROCESS OPENS FOR FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP KOREA 2007: FIFA has announced that applications for media accreditation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 are now being accepted via an online registration form on FIFA.com. Media planning on traveling to South Korea to cover the U-17 World Cup can click on the following link to access the link in the media services section: http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/organisation/index.html. Please note that the deadline for applications is July 31, 2007. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. All applications are subject to confirmation. Please be advised that international applicants are responsible for their own visas.

IRWIN NAMES U.S. UNDER-21 WNT NORDIC CUP ROSTER: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin has named 18 players to the roster that will travel to Vaasa, Finland, on July 12 for the 2007 Nordic Cup tournament, being held from July 18-24. The U.S. roster features numerous players with extensive youth National Team experience as more than half the team has represented the United States in a FIFA youth world championship. The American women open play against Norway on July 18 in Närpiö, followed by the match against Sweden on July 22 in Vaasa. The placement matches are on July 24. All the matches are in and around Vassa on the west coast of Finland right on the Gulf of Bothnia.

2007 U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (UNC), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Stephanie Logterman (Texas), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Ali Krieger (Penn State), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (5): Danesha Adams (UCLA), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Amanda Cinalli (Norte Dame), Ella Masar (Illinois), Michele Weissenhofer (Norte Dame).

2007 U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent
July 18    Norway
July 22    Sweden
July 24    Fifth Place Match
                Third Place Match
                Championship Match

U.S. U-17 WNT HEADS TO EUROPE FOR TWO TOUGH MATCHES: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, lead by head coach Dean Duerst, will travel to Germany and England from July 8-15 for two difficult matches against European Under-19 sides getting ready for the UEFA U-19 Women’s Championships being held July 18-29 in Iceland. The young U.S. team will travel first to Frankfurt, Germany, where they will take on Denmark’s U-19s on July 12, before heading the next day to London to face England’s U-19s on July 14. Duerst has called up three players who have been with the U.S. U-16s this year, and who are age-eligible for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, in midfielder Olivia Klei, defender Alev Perusse and forward Alyssa Rich. The U.S. U-17s are 5-0-0 this year and have given up just one goal, earning two victories over Germany’s U-17s in March as well as wins over University of Central Florida and the University of Miami. Forward Tiffany McCarty leads the U.S. team in scoring with five goals so far in 2007.

U.S. UNDER-17 MNT GOES 1-1 WITH HONDURAS: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team beat Honduras, 2-0, on July 6 in Somerset, N.J. and then fell, 2-1 on July 8 to the same team. In the first meeting, goals from Mykell Bates and Alex Nimo led the team to victory. In the 42nd minute, Greg Garza took a free kick just outside the penalty area and found Mykell Bates, who redirected the ball past Honduras' goalkeeper Marlon Licona. Then in the 66th minute, Daniel Cruz dribbled through several Honduran defenders toward the endline, and chipped the ball back into the middle over the goalkeeper. Alex Nimo used a bicycle kick to put the ball in the lower right corner of the goal for the final score of 2-0. Two days later, Kofi Sarkodie scored in the 47th minute, but Honduras pulled even in the 60th minute. Honduras used a second-half stoppage time strike to take the victory.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Results
Date     Opponent/Result          U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
July 6    USA 2, Honduras 0      Mykell Bates, Alex Nimo
July 8    Honduras 2, USA 1      Kofi Sarkodi

U.S. UNDER-17 ‘90s TRAVEL TO GERMANY AND BELGIUM: In preparation for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup, U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has announced a 24-player roster for a training camp to be held in Germany and Belgium. As part of the 11-day training camp that kicks off on July 11, the squad will play a friendly against Germany on July 20.The U.S., who was one of the seeded teams in the World Cup draw, opens against Tajikistan on August 20, then faces Tunisia on August 23 and concludes group play on August 26 against Belgium. The U.S. will play Tajikistan and Tunisia in Changwon before heading to Cheonan to face Belgium. Every U.S. match at the U-17 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Zach McMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif)
DEFENDERS: Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS: Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Amobi Okugo (Sacremento, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.)
FORWARDS: Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.)

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

10 MORE CLUBS SELECTED FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: Ten additional clubs have been selected to participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, bringing the total number of admissions to 31 from across the country. Applications continue to come in and are under review with more decisions due in the coming weeks. A full list of participating teams is available at ussoccer.com. The 10 latest clubs added to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy continue to reflect the high quality of participants, including the first three MLS teams and one USL team:

Chicago Fire Soccer Player Development Academy (Illinois) – MLS
Colorado Rush (Colorado)
DC United (District of Columbia) – MLS
New York Red Bulls (New York) – MLS
Potomac Soccer (Maryland)
Real Colorado (Colorado)
Richmond Kickers Soccer Club (Virginia) – USL
Richmond Strikers (Virginia)
VA Rush Soccer Club (Virginia)
Washington Premier FC (Washington)

OPEN CUP POSSIBLE QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED: U.S. Soccer has announced the quarterfinal (fourth) round possible pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The fourth round of the historic tournament will take place on August 7. The original field of 40 participating teams will have been whittled down to eight after the conclusion of the third round, set to take place between July 9-18. The possible quarterfinal pairings, as well as results from previous rounds of the Open Cup, are available at ussoccer.com.

COACHING SYMPOSIA HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEND-OFF SERIES GAMES: Soccer coaches around the nation will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department in supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer in advance of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Three separate Coaching Symposia will be held in July and August as part of the USA’s final three Send-Off Series games before they take on the world in China. The first Coaching Symposium is scheduled for July 27-28 in San Jose, Calif., as the USA takes on Japan. Two weeks later, coaches from around the country will converge in Chicago on Aug. 11 for the USA-New Zealand match at Soldier Field on Aug. 12. The final U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium of the summer will be staged at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Aug. 24-25 with the U.S. Women taking on Finland just days before their China departure. [CoachesNet]

USYS REGIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED: US Youth Soccer announced the 2007 US Youth Soccer Regional Champions. The Under-14 through Under-19 boys and girls teams now advance to the National Championships to be played July 24-29, 2007, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org for a complete list of the regional champions, as well as recaps, video and more from the regional championships as well as track all of the action from the national championships.

US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL CUP VI REGIONALS CONCLUDE: The 2007 National Cup VI Regionals concluded Tuesday, July 3 as regional championships were awarded in Super Group and Premier divisions to Boys and Girls U12-U17 teams at three events. Albion SC and South Charlotte SA each prevailed in four flights at the Region G tournament in Boise, Idaho and the Region E competition in Virginia Beach, Va., respectively, while Ohio Premier North earned three titles at the Region D event in Indianapolis, Ind. The 2007 National Cup VI Finals begin July 21-24 in Greensboro, N.C. with Boys U15-U17 action. The following weekend, July 28-31, the Girls U15-U17 Finals will also be held in Greensboro, N.C. while the Boys & Girls U12-U14 Finals will be staged in Burlington, N.C. Visit www.usclubsoccer.org for a complete list of the regional champions, as well as more National Cup information including game schedules, results and the “Road to the Cup Blog.”

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: It’s hard to pinpoint one single “Peak Performer” with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team playing so well in Canada, so we’ll throw out three names: Freddy Adu, Danny Szetela and Josmer Altidore. What’s so great about these guys? Well, with three goals apiece in three games, they’ve led the squad to a 2-0-1 record at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20s won Group D and will next face Uruguay in the Round of 16.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The knockout round of Copa America has clearly demonstrated that the results from the preliminary phase may have flattered to deceive, as the winning team in each of the four quarterfinals put in at least four goals, with two teams dumping in six each. Both Brazil and Mexico had six goals against Chile and Paraguay, respectively, although the Paraguayans went down to ten men after only two minutes. Tournament favorites Argentina blanked Peru, 4-0, while host Venezuela had their bubble burst in a 4-1 loss to Uruguay, having tied the same team 0-0 just days earlier.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: The U.S. U-20 MNT is taking on Uruguay in the Round of 16 of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup after going through the group stage undefeated. Kickoff is slated for 7:45 p.m. ET and fans can watch live on ESPNU and Galavision, or follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUOTABLE: “I think this is the best group in the tournament. Some of the teams in the other groups are tough but we couldn’t be prouder of coming out of this group on top. Right now we’re riding high and playing well and we just have to keep it going. We have to keep working hard, because the harder you work the luckier you get.”
-- U.S. U-20 MNT captain Freddy Adu after the team’s 2-1 victory against Brazil, clinching first place in Group D and advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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