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U.S. Under-16 Girls Draw 0-0 With Older USASA East Team at U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival

CHICAGO (Monday, July 30, 2001) - The United States Under-16 Girl's National Team opened the sixth annual U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival with a scoreless draw against an older, more experienced East Region Team on Monday evening at Trinity Christian College in Palos Haights, Ill. U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen recorded the shutout in nets for the Under-16s, who remain undefeated at 5-0-1 in 2001. The Under-16 Girls have recorded four shutouts in six matches this year, including three straight. The Under-16s play next on Wednesday, August 1, against the West Region Team at Trinity Christian College at 8 p.m.

In Monday night's other matches, Mexico's Under-18 Women's National Team topped the South Region Team 4-2, and the West Region Women's Team drew 2-2 with the Midwest Region Team.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and the Under-18 Men's National Team return to action in the U.S. Soccer Festival on Tuesday evening. The U.S. Under-17s play the Midwest Region at 6 p.m., while the Under-18s face the West Region at 8 p.m. Both matches take place at Trinity Christian College.

This year's U.S. Soccer Festival follows a successful 2000 Amateur Soccer Festival that was held in Kingston, Rhode Island. The first Amateur Soccer Festival was held in San Antonio in 1996, and previous Amateur Soccer Festivals have also been held in Portland (1999), Manchester, N.H. (1998) and Blaine, Minn. (1997).

Recognizing the need to continue the development of young American players and needing a forum to identify other up-and-coming players, the United States Amateur Soccer Association has developed this event to serve those needs through its partnership with the United States Soccer Federation and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival was originally conceived when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) discontinued staging their annual U.S. Sports Festival in 1995. The U.S. Amateur Soccer Festival, which is sponsored and organized by the USASA, has incorporated the concept used in the U.S. Sports Festival and has expanded it to also include several U.S. National Teams, and for the third consecutive year, international teams.

The 2001 Amateur Soccer Festival is being hosted this year by the Illinois State Soccer Association, who received a grant of $179,000 from the state of Illinois to plan, promote and host the U.S. Soccer Festival, as well as the Midwest Regional Tournament of State Champions and the local qualification phase of the Tournament of the Mexican-American Communities of the U.S.A.

U.S. Under-16 Girl's National Team Match Summary

U.S. Goalscoring:

Line-up: 18-Kelsey Rasmussen; 3-Rachel Buehler, 7-Shannon Foley, 5-Becky Sauerbrunn; 4-Jen Buczkowski, 14-Mary Castanelli (20-Catherine Krambeer, 46), 2-Ali Christoph (16-Carrie Shmit, 46), 13-Caitlin Ursini; 9-Katherine Mahoney (12-Adele Letro, 46), 10-Angela Wosnuk (8-Amy Burlingham, 71), 11-Cristina Estrada.