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U.S. Men's National Team to Train in St. Louis Prior to April 25 World Cup Qualifier in Kansas City


CHICAGO (Tuesday, March 27, 2001) - In preparation for the their important 2002 World Cup qualifying match on April 25 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City against Costa Rica, the U.S. Men's National Team will train in St. Louis from April 18 through April 22. The exact training schedule and site for the U.S. Men will not be confirmed for a few weeks.

The week of St. Louis training for the full Men's National Team will come at the same time that the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is in St. Louis facing off against Jamaica, Canada and El Salvador in the FIFA U-17 World Championship qualifying tournament at Saint Louis University on April 18, 20 and 22. The first-place finisher from the four-team U-17 competition, which will be hosted by U.S. Soccer at SLU's Robert R. Hermann Stadium, will advance to the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Trinidad & Tobago from September 14-30.

The Under-17 Men will arrive in St. Louis on April 12 and will train daily at Saint Louis University. The St. Louis tournament will be played as three doubleheaders with the U.S. meeting Jamaica on April 18 at 7 p.m. CT in their opener. That match will be followed on April 20 with a USA-Canada clash at 7 p.m. CT and an April 22 tournament-capping showdown with El Salvador at 4 p.m. CT.

For the U.S. Men, the match in Kansas City is the third of 10 final round World Cup qualifying matches as the squad attempts to advance to their third straight World Cup tournament. The U.S. opened the final round of qualifying on Feb. 28 with a resounding 2-0 victory over Mexico and battle Honduras tomorrow night in San Pedro Sula at 8:30 p.m. ET (on pay-per-view). Each team in the group, which also includes Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, will play home and away against the other five teams, with the top three moving on to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.

Tickets for the three Under-17 doubleheaders in St. Louis are on sale now and are available at all St. Louis area Ticketmaster outlets, including all Schnuck's and Famous Barr locations, or by calling Ticketmaster direct at 314-241-1888 or 618-222-2900. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 (general admission) and $15 (reserved). Series strips to all three match dates can also be purchased in advance for $24 (general admission) and $45 (reserved). For more information, contact U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Ticket Hotline at 312-528-1217.

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