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Youth National Team Update: Dec. 29-Jan. 5

U.S. UNDER-20s GO 2-0-1 IN ODP EVENT: Forward Jamie Watson led the U-20s to a 1-1 draw with Region I on Monday (Jan. 5) with a goal assisted by Octavio Pino. Pino chipped over defender freeing Watson into space and the 2003 ACC Freshman of the Year played the ball on the bounce first time, blasting a shot over the keeper and into the left netting. Yesterday at the three-day ODP Interregional Event, the U.S. toppled Region II 2-1 behind a goal and assist from Freddy Adu. In the 25th minute, Adu found Chad Barrett for the first goal of the game, then got a goal of his own after a service from Arturo Alvarez. On Jan. 3, defender Chris Gemani provided an early lead in the 4th minute until the 47th minute when Region IV found the equalizer, but Watson gave the U.S. the win in the 58th minute with an unassisted strike. The team will have two days of training before meeting the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team on Jan. 8. U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 23 players for this event.
U.S. U-20 MNT Results / Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 3     Region IV    2-1 W    Germani, Watson
Jan. 4     Region II     2-1 W    Adu, Barrett
Jan. 5     Region I      1-1 T      Watson
Jan. 8     U.S. Under-18 MNT
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster – ODP Interregional Event
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Kartunen, Phil Marfuggi;
DEFENDERS (5): Hunter Freeman, Chris Germani, Brandon Owens, Patrick Phelan, Julian Valentin;
MIDFIELDERS (7): Craig Capano, Steven Curfman, John DiRaimondo, Guillermo Gonzalez, Brian Grazier, Will Hall, Daniel Szetela;
FORWARDS (9): Freddy Adu, Arturo Alvarez, Corey Ashe, Chad Barrett, Sergio Flores, Nate Norman, Jacob Peterson, Octavio Pino, Jamie Watson.

DAVIES, HIDALGO LEAD U.S. U-18s IN ODP INTERREGIONAL EVENT: Forwards Charlie Davies and Rodrigo Hidalgo have paced the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team through two games of the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center, combining to score all five goals in a pair of victories. Hidalgo scored the first two goals (one assisted by Robbie Rogers), while Davies knocked in the third as the U.S. downed Region III 3-1 on Jan. 3. Yesterday, Davies scored two unassisted goals to provide the Under-18s with a 2-0 win. The U-18s takes on Region IV later today and then has two days of training before meeting the U.S. Under-20s on Thursday, Jan. 8. U.S. U-18 head coach Bob Jenkins has called in 21 players for the event.
U.S. U-18 MNT Results / Schedule – ODP Interregional Event
Date       Opponent      Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Jan. 3     Region III      3-1 W   Hidalgo (2), Davies
Jan. 4     Region I        2-0 W    Davies (2)
Jan. 5     Region IV
Jan. 8     U.S. U-20 MNT
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster – ODP Interregional Event
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Rein, Stephen Sandbo, Chris Seitz;
DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk, Karl Schilling, Adam Sloustcher, Nathan Sturgis, Mike Videira, Tim Ward;
MIDFIELDERS (5): Anthony Beltran, Michael Bradley, Christian Jimenez, Brian Mascarenhas, Dax McCarty;
FORWARDS (7): Eric Avila, Nico Colalluca, Charlie Davies, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Mike Grella, Dane Murphy, Robbie Rogers.

UNDER-17 ‘88s MNT WRAP UP DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE WITH 1-0 LOSS: The U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team fell 1-0 to Region I in its fifth and final match of the Disney Soccer Showcase on Dec. 30 at the Wide World of Sports Complex to finish 0-3-2 in the older, U-18 Super Group. The Brothers Farfan were the team’s bright spots in the tournament, with Gabriel scoring in the first minute of a 2-2 draw with Ajax Capetown U-18 on Dec. 26 and then providing the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Region IV on Dec. 27. Twin brother Michael scored in a 3-1 loss to Region III yesterday before assisting on the opening goal in a 3-3 tie today against the Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) U-18s.
U.S. U-17 ‘88s MNT Results / Schedule – Disney Soccer Showcase
Date          Opponent                              Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 26     Ajax Capetown (S. Africa)     2-2 T    G. Farfan, Villanueva
Dec. 27     Region IV                              1-2 L     G. Farfan
Dec. 28     Region III                              1-3 L     M. Farfan
Dec. 29     Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 3-3 T     Stephens, Villanueva, Kirk
Dec. 30     Region I                                 0-1 L     ---

UNDER-19 WOMEN DOWN SHANGHAI FC 4-1 TO FINISH CARSON TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team finished its first training camp of 2004 with a 4-1 victory over the Shanghai FC (China) women’s club on New Year’s Eve day to conclude a week-long camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.  The U.S. U-19s got two goals from Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif. ), one goal from 16-year-old Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.) and another from Megan Schnur (UConn) to handily defeat the skillful Chinese team in a bone-chilling, driving rain storm.  The U-19s celebrated the New Year together with several team-bonding rituals as they look towards qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship to be held in Thailand next November.  The CONCACAF Qualifying matches will be held in Canada in May. The U.S. U-19s will come together for their next training camp in Carson at the end of January and will make what has become their annual trek to Mexico for several games in February.