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Youth National Team Update: July 5-July 12


PETRUCELLI NAMES U-21 WNT ROSTER FOR 2004 NORDIC CUP: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named the 18-player squad that will travel to Iceland for the 14th Annual Nordic Cup being held July 23-29 in nine small venues in the northern part of the country. The U.S. team will assemble to train for three days in New Jersey this weekend (which includes a scrimmage against the U.S. Under-19 National Team on July 17) before departing for Iceland, which will be hosting its second Nordic Cup. The USA won its second of six Nordic Cup titles in Iceland in 1999. Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. Petrucelli chose six veterans of past Nordic Cups and included in the 18-player roster are six players who were members of the USA’s 2002 Under-19 World Championship. Forwards Manya Makoski and Kelly Wilson, midfielders Sarah Huffman and Lori Chalupny, and defenders Jill Oakes and Keeley Dowling were all part of the U.S. U-19 team that defeated Canada 1-0 in overtime at the 2002 U-19 World Championship Final in Edmonton in front of almost 50,000 fans. The USA will face a tough challenge in Group B, taking on Finland, Norway and Germany in first-round play. Group A features Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and England. The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for fifth and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for seventh place. The USA opens the tournament against Finland on Friday, July 23, in Dalvik, and then faces Norway on Sunday, July 25, in Olafsfjordur. The U.S. will finish first-round play against Germany on Tuesday, July 27, in Dalvik. All four placement matches are set for Thursday, July 29.
U-21 WNT 2004 Nordic Cup Schedule
Date            Opponent
July 23        Finland
July 25        Norway
July 27        Germany
July 29        Placement Match
U-21 WNT 2004 Nordic Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (5): Keeley Dowling, (Tennessee), Jenny Farenbaugh (Stanford), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Haley Hunt (Stanford), Jill Oakes (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS (7): Lori Chalupny (North Carolina), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Carli Lloyd (Rutgers), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Julianne Sitch (Depaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (North Carolina); FORWARDS (4): Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Esmeralda Negron (Princeton), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-20 MNT TO COMPETE IN NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP THIS WEEK: U.S. Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has announced his 18-player roster for the 2004 Milk Cup, which takes place in Northern Ireland from July 16-23. Rongen has called in a roster similar to the one that competed in the Busan Four Nations International Tournament in Busan, South Korea, in late June, as nine of the 18 players will be making their second trip overseas in the past month. Included in the roster are four professionals, with two MLS players – Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes) and Craig Capano (Chicago Fire) – joining two overseas players – goalkeeper Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes – France) and midfielder Jay Denny (Stoke City – England). The U.S. will leave on July 13 and have a couple days of training before opening up the tournament in Group 2 against Denmark on July 17 at the grounds of Donegall Celtic FC in Belfast. The U-20s will then face Turkey two days later at the Ballymena Showgrounds before finishing group play in the eight-team tournament against Wales at the Coleraine Showgrounds on July 21. Depending on how they finish in Group 2, the U.S. will play for their final standing on July 23 in the placement match, going up against the team in Group 1 (Brazil, Russia, Northern Ireland and Israel) that finishes in the same position. The Milk Cup will help Rongen continue to prepare for the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying Tournament in January 2005.
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date            Opponent
July 17        Denmark
July 19        Turkey
July 21        Wales
July 23        Placement Match
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Hughes (UNC), Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes – France); DEFENDERS (6): Kiel McClung (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), Steve Purdy (UC-Berkeley), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wis), Mike Ordonez (Miami, Fla.); MIDFIELDERS (6): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Nico Colaluca (Coventry, R.I.), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Jay Denny (Stoke City – England), Sasha Klejstan (Seton Hall); FORWARDS (4): Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Chad Barrett (UCLA), Kamani Hill (Berkley, Calif.), Will John (St. Louis University).

U-17 MEN TRAVEL TO MINNESOTA THIS WEEK TO FACE CANADA AND CRUZ AZUL: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Blaine, Minn., this week to play three matches in four days, as they will have two matches against Canada’s U-17 Men’s National Team and one match against an elite youth squad from famed Mexican club Cruz Azul. The U.S. will arrive on Wednesday (July 14) and conduct three days of training in the St. Paul area before taking on Canada in their first match on Saturday (July 17) at the National Sports Center in Blaine at 7:35 p.m. CT. The following day, the U.S. will not play as Canada and Cruz Azul will go head-to-head. The U.S. will then face Cruz Azul on July 19 and Canada for the second time on July 20, with both games being played at the National Sports Center and starting at 7:35 p.m. Head coach John Ellinger is bringing a 20-player roster for the three-game event as he continues to solidify his roster for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament in April or May of 2005. The majority of the players on the roster will be part of the 40 players in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program this fall, with the exception of four players – Dax McCarty, Julian Valentin, Adam Sloustcher, and Marcus Rein – who graduated this past May. Preston Zimmerman was removed from the roster on Monday after suffering an injury late last week. A replacement will be added for the trip, but the player has yet to be determined.
U-17 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent         Kickoff (CT)
July 17         Canada             7:35 p.m.
July 19         Cruz Azul          7:35 p.m.
July 20         Canada             7:35 p.m.
U-17 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Taylor Hoss (Vancouver, Wash.); MIDFIELDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.), Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.); FORWARDS (3): Eddie Ababio (Tampa, Fla.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.).

U.S. U-16 GNT HEADS TO BRAZIL FOR THREE MATCHES THIS WEEK: The U.S. U-16 Girl's National Team will take its first and only trip abroad this year when it travels to Brazil for three matches from July 11-19.  It will be the first-ever trip to Brazil for this age group.  Head coach Sue Montagne-Patberg and assistant coach Jillian Ellis, the former U.S. U-21 Women's National Team head coach, will take 18 players to the state of Sao Paulo for matches against three Brazilian women's clubs.  The team is scheduled to face Juventus FC on Thursday (July 15) in Limeira, before traveling to Campinas to face Gaurani on Saturday (July 17), and finishes up the tour with a match against Santos FC in Sao Paulo on Sunday (July 18).  The squad may also have a match against the Brazilian U-19s, who are headed to the FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand in November.  The U.S. roster features five players from the N.Y./N.J. area and three players from Arizona, as well as Casey Nogueira, the daughter of indoor soccer's greatest goalkeeper of all-time, Victor Noguiera.
U-16 GNT Schedule
Date            Opponent
July 15         Juventus FC
July 17         Gaurani
July 18         Sao Paolo
U-16 GNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantal Jones (Richmond, Va.), Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Conn.); DEFENDERS (6): Jane Alukonis (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), Hannah Cerrone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Lindsey Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Lauren Switzer (St. Charles, Ill.), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Tex.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Ali Hawkins (Encinitas, Calif.), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), C.J. Ludemann (Holtsville, N.Y.); FORWARDS (6): Rachel Given (Ridgeland, Mass.), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ashley Moore (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Casey Nogueira (Cedarburg, Wis.), Kelly O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas).