– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –
U-20 MNT TO HOLD SECOND TRAINING CAMP OF 2004 IN BRADENTON: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will hold its second training camp of 2004 from Feb. 20-26 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The U-20s will play three games against two MLS teams, which are holding their training camps at IMG. The Under-20s will meet the Columbus Crew on Feb. 22, before facing the Colorado Rapids on Feb. 24 and finishing the camp with a second match against the Columbus Crew on Feb. 26. Head coach Thomas Rongen has invited 22-players to the camp as he continues to scour the player pool for the Under-20 team that will look to qualify for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands.
U-20 MNT Schedule
Feb. 22 Columbus Crew
Feb. 24 Colorado Rapids
Feb. 26 Columbus Crew
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Justin Hughes (UNC), Justin Papadakis (Roswell, Ga.), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes); DEFENDERS (6): Adrian Chevannes (Clemson), Aaron Hohlbein (University of Wisconsin), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Jonathan Spector (Manchester United), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Mariano Arrua (UC-Davis), Steven Curfman (Wake Forest University), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis University), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dane Murphy (Redding, Conn.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J.); FORWARDS (6): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Barrett (UCLA), Jay Denny (Stoke City, England), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Jamie Watson (UNC), George Weah Jr. (AC Milan).
U-17 MNTs TO PLAY THREE MATCHES AFTER WEEKEND VACATION AT HOME: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Teams will play three matches this week in Bradenton, Fla., after players got the chance to fly home and spend the weekend with family and friends. The U-17 ‘87s will have another tough test against a MLS team on Thursday (Feb. 19) as they take on the Columbus Crew at IMG Academy. A week earlier, the U-17s played the Chicago Fire to a 2-2 draw in a 60-minute match that saw the U.S. go up 2-0, only to have the Fire score twice in the final three minutes to force the tie. On Sunday (Feb. 22) the U-17 ‘88s will see action as they will play two games against the ’87 and ’86 Florida Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams.
U-17 ‘87s MNT Schedule
Feb. 19 Columbus Crew
U-17 ‘88s MNT Schedule
Feb. 22 ’88 Florida ODP / ’87 Florida ODP
U.S. U-21 WOMEN HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT HDC THIS WEEK: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli is holding his second training camp of 2004 this week at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team arrived on Monday (Feb. 16) and will be in camp until Sunday, Feb. 22. The U-21s are working toward the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women, to be held this summer in Iceland. Petrucelli is also preparing the U-21s for their first trip abroad of 2004, a tour of China in March where the team will face several top Chinese club teams. The roster includes five players from the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in Keeley Dowling, Sarah Huffman, Jill Oakes, Manya Makoski and Kelly Wilson. Natasha Kai from the University of Hawaii, who scored 29 goals for the Rainbow Wahines last season, gets her second call-up.
U.S. U-21 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Cindy Bennett (Stony Brook), Kate Taylor (Boston College); DEFENDERS (4): Keeley Dowling (Tennessee), Nandi Pryce (UCLA); Christie Shaner (Notre Dame), Carmen Watley (UNC); MIDFIELDERS (10): Jessie Bruch (Nebraska), Kelly Hammond (Virginia), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Carly Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Juliane Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC); FORWARDS (7): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Jenny Farnenbaugh (Stanford), Tina Frimpong (Washington), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).
U-19 WOMEN PREPARE FOR TWO MATCHES AGAINST MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team arrived in Mexico on Sunday (Feb. 15), for two matches against the full Mexican Women's National Team. It will be the first two full international matches of 2004 for the U-19s, who are preparing for CONCACAF Qualifying in May for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship that will be held in November in Thailand. The U.S. U-19s have traveled to Mexico in the first part of the year for the last three years, and it has proven to be a valuable trip for the team in terms of competition and development, especially due to playing in front of highly partisan crowds. Last year, the young U.S. team dropped the first match of the tour 1-0 before coming back to take the second leg 2-0, on goals from Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk. This year, the USA will face Mexico in Mexico City on Feb. 18 followed by the second leg in Tabasco on Feb. 20. The 18-player U.S. roster is a young one, with only seven players currently in college, including just one of the forwards. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris is the most experienced player on the roster, owning 23 caps at the U-19 level. Forward Kerri Hanks has 19 caps and 10 goals for the U-19s. Following is the U.S. roster for the two matches:
U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule
Date Opponent City
Feb. 18 Mexico Mexico City
Feb. 20 Mexico Tabasco
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kia McNeil (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (5): Elizabeth Jobe (Clemson), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Lorraine Quinn (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.), Angie Woznuk (Portland); FORWARDS (5): Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Julia Schnugg (Florida State).