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U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach Tim Schulz Names 30 Players for January Camp


U.S. Women Will Look to Qualify for 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship
to be Held in Russia From Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006

CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2005) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tim Schulz has named 30 players to participate in a nine-day training camp from Jan. 2-10 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the team begins its accelerated preparation for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament, to be held in Mexico from Jan. 18-27, 2006.

The USA was drawn into Group B, which also features Jamaica, Surinam and El Salvador. Group A features reigning U-20 CONCACAF champions Canada and host Mexico along with Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. The Group A matches will be played in Veracruz at Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium while the Group B matches will take place in Cordoba at Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium. The top three finishers in the tournament will advance to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 16-Sept. 2, 2006.

The USA opens the tournament on January 19 against Jamaica and then will face Surinam on January 21. The USA finishes Group B play on January 23 against El Salvador. All three U.S. matches kick off at 2:30 p.m. local time/3:30 p.m. ET.

The first and second place finishers in the groups after first-round play will “cross-over” and meet in the semifinals in Veracruz. The championship game also takes place in Veracruz, as will the consolation match, which carries tremendous importance with the final spot for Russia on the line.

A total of 16 teams will compete for the world title, made up of host Russia, four teams from Europe, three each from Asia and CONCACAF, two from both Africa and South America and one from Oceania. The European entrants have already been determined with Germany, France and surprise qualifiers Finland and Switzerland earning berths at the most recent UEFA U-19 Women’s Championships held last August in Hungary.

The January training camp will be the second for new U.S. U-20 head coach Tim Schulz as he continues to evaluate a pool of players that will be paired down to 20 to represent the United States in Mexico. Four of the 30 players called into camp were starters on the USA’s 2004 U-19 World Championship squad in Thailand; Defenders Meagan Holmes and Nikki Krzysik, midfielder Stephanie Logterman and forward Amy Rodriguez. Defender Stephanie Lopez, a starter in Thailand who played every minute of the tournament, is age-eligible for the U-20s, but will be training with the full Women’s National Team in January. That roster will be announced in the near future.

Twenty-seven of the 30 players are either freshman or sophomores in college, with senior forwards Lauren Cheney and Kelley O’Hara and midfielder Whitney Engen, as the only players still in high school. O’Hara, a standout with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, is the youngest player in camp having just turned 17 last August.

Cheney and Rodriguez, both of whom have trained with the full U.S. WNT in 2005 (Rodriguez has already earned two caps, both at the Algarve Cup in Portugal), are up for the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Award [VOTE NOW]. Rodriguez scored twice in six matches in Thailand while Cheney was one of the stars of last summer’s U.S. U-21 Nordic Cup championship side (which also featured Rodriguez and Lopez), scoring two goals with four assists in the tournament.

Lopez and Logterman both played keys roles in the U.S. defense in Thailand, the former at left back and the latter at defensive midfield. Lopez is the most experienced player in the U-20 pool with 24 caps at the U-19 level and one for the full U.S. Women’s National Team, earned at the Algarve Cup. Logterman, who has 21 caps at the U-19 level, also played every minute of every match for the U.S. in Thailand.

Schulz spent the entire fall traveling to watch college matches and has invited several players to camp who will be getting their first taste of the national team environment, while numerous players on the roster have also gained seasoning with the various U.S. Youth National Teams at the U-19, U-17 and U-16 levels.

With Ashlyn Harris, one of the world’s top young goalkeepers, and the starter in both 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 tournaments, having aged out, the goalkeeper position is wide open. Schulz has called in Val Henderson and 2004 U.S. U-19 backup Kelsey Davis, both of UCLA, as well as Joanna Haig of Iowa State, who spent some time with the U.S. U-21s in 2005. Jamie Klages of Nebraska also gets the call, along with Jaimel Johnson of Tennessee, who will be in her first WNT training camp.

U.S. U-20 WNT TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown School U-19/U-20 Caps/Goals
Abegg, Marisa D 5-7  03/14/87  Lake Oswego, Ore. Stanford  0/0
Adams, Danesha  M 5-6  06/06/86  Shaker Heights, Ohio UCLA 0/0
Angeli, Jordan  F 5-9  05/31/86  Lakewood, Colo. Santa Clara 0/0
Beam, Lindsay  M 5-7  03/27/86  Greer, S.C. UNC-Charlotte 0/0
Bock, Brittany  M 5-7  04/11/87  Naperville, Ill. Notre Dame 0/0
Cheney, Lauren F 5-8  09/30/87  Indianapolis, Ind. Ben Davis HS 0/0
Davis, Kelsey G 5-11  05/14/87  Thousand Oaks, Calif. UCLA     4
Dew, Carrie D 5-9  12/08/86  Encinitas, Calif. Notre Dame 0/0
DiMartino, Tina  M 5-1  11/06/86  Massapequa Park, N.Y. UCLA     0/0
Engen, Whitney  M 5-8  11/28/87  Rolling Hills Est., Calif. PV Peninsula HS 0/0
Haig, Joanna G 5-10  04/16/86  Inver Grove Hts., Minn. Iowa State 0/0
Henderson, Val G 5-7  04/19/86  Orinda, Calif. UCLA   0
Holmes, Meagan D 5-6  02/21/87  Timonium, Md. USC     7/0
Hooker, Courtney D 5-8  09/15/86  Woodland Hills, Calif. California  0/0
Johnson, Jaimel G 5-8  11/27/86  Kettering, Ohio  Tennessee  0
Jones, Ashley M 5-6  08/20/86  Westlake Village, Calif. Notre Dame 0/0
Klages, Jamie G 5-11  10/09/86  Coronado, Calif. Nebraska    0
Krzysik, Nikki D 5-7  05/23/87  Clifton, N.J.   UVA   11/0
Long, Allie M 5-7  08/13/87  East Northport, N.Y. Penn State 0/0 
Logterman, Stephanie D 5-6  02/25/86  Austin, Texas Texas     21/0
Moore, Kasey D 5-7  08/03/87  Mission Viejo, Calif. Texas     0/0
O'Hara, Kelley  F 5-5  08/04/88  Fayetteville, Ga. Starrs Mills HS 0/0
Okoroafo, Jessica F 5-7  05/18/87  Sylvania, Ohio  Purdue   0/0
Poach, Amanda  M 5-6  07/25/87  Bowie, Md. Santa Clara 0/0
Rodriguez, Amy F 5-4  02/17/87  Lake Forest, Calif. USC     6/2
Rossi, Kylee M 5-8  06/22/87  Langhorne, Pa. Tennessee  0/0
Rostedt, Jessica F 5-9  03/03/86  Kent, Ohio UVA     6/3
Strong, Stacey M 5-3  09/29/86  Santa Rosa, Calif. USC   0/0
Taylor, Brittany D 5-7  09/18/87  Campbell Hall, N.Y. UConn   0/0
Wagenfuhr, Sarah D 5-3  12/31/86  Colorado Springs, Colo.  Florida State 0/0

GOALKEEPERS (5): Kelsey Davis, Joanna Haig, Val Henderson, Jaimel Johnson, Jamie Klages; DEFENDERS (9): Marisa Abegg, Carrie Dew, Meagan Holmes, Courtney Hooker, Nikki Kryzsik, Stephanie Logterman, Kasey Moore, Brittany Taylor, Sara Wagenfuhr; MIDFIELDERS (10): Danesha Adams, Lindsay Beam, Brittany Bock, Tina DiMartino, Whitney Engen, Ashley Jones, Allie Long, Amanda Poach, Kylee Rossi, Stacey Strong; FORWARDS (6): Jordan Angelli, Lauren Cheney, Kelley O’Hara, Jessica Okoroafo, Amy Rodriguez, Jessica Rostedt.

Team Staff:
Head Coach:   Tim Schulz     Lakewood, Colo.
Assistant Coach:   Gregg Murphy     Los Angeles, Calif.
GK Coach:   Steve Branz     Houston, Texas
Team Administrator:   Amy Colquhoun     Long Beach, Calif.
Equipment Coordinator:   Jason Peters     Torrington, Conn. 
Press Officer:   Aaron Heifetz     Long Beach, Calif.

2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING SCHEDULE
January 18, 2006 – Goup A
Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago (1 p.m. ET)      Veracruz
Mexico vs. Panama (4 p.m. ET)                         Veracruz

January 19, 2006 – Group B
El Salvador vs. Surinam (1 p.m. ET)                 Córdoba
USA vs. Jamaica (3:30 p.m. ET)                       Córdoba

January 20, 2006 – Group A
Panama vs. Canada (1 p.m. ET)                      Veracruz
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago (4 p.m. ET)      Veracruz

January 21, 2006 – Group B
Jamaica vs. El Salvador (1 p.m. ET)               Córdoba
Surinam vs. USA (3:30 p.m. ET)                      Córdoba

January 22, 2006 – Group A
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama (1 p.m. ET)  Veracruz
Mexico vs. Canada (4 p.m. ET)                       Veracruz

January 23, 2006 – Group B
Jamaica vs. Surinam (1 p.m. ET)                   Córdoba
USA vs. El Salvador (3:30 p.m. ET)               Córdoba

January 25, 2006 – Semifinals
1st in A vs. 2nd in B (1 p.m. ET)                     Veracruz
1st in B vs. 2nd in A (4 p.m. ET)                     Veracruz

January 27, 2006 
Third-Place Match (1 p.m. ET)                       Veracruz
Final (4 p.m. ET)                                              Veracruz

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