- USA Will Train at the Brazilian National Team Training Center in Teresopolis, Located in the Mountains Above Rio de Janeiro;
- U.S. Will Play Two Games Each Against the Brazilian U-20s, Canadian U-20s
CHICAGO (April 11, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Brazil from April 13-24 to play five matches, two against the Canadian U-20s and two against the Brazilian U-20s, as the preparation for the 2006 FIFA U-20 World Championship ramps up. All three of the teams have qualified for the world championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17 – Sept. 3.
The USA may also play a Brazilian women’s club team in the first trip abroad for this group of U-20s, which will take them to the resort town of Teresopolis, located about 45 miles from Rio de Janeiro, and home to the Brazilian National Team Training Center. All five matches will be played in Teresopolis.
“During the first third of the development of the team, we wanted to play a lot of friendly matches against college teams,” said U.S. head coach Tim Schulz. “During the middle third, we wanted to make it more difficult, and start playing more internationals. This trip to Brazil begins our real tests against some of the top teams in the world.”
The USA, Canada and Brazil are intertwined in the history of the FIFA youth world championship for women. The USA won the first-ever competition in 2002, then played as a U-19 event, defeating Canada in the championship game. Canada had defeated Brazil to get to the final. At the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship, Brazil again lost in the semifinals, this time to China, and the USA defeated Brazil, 3-0, in the third-place match.
The USA and Canada met just two and half months ago in the championship game of the CONCACAF U-20 Final Women’s Qualifying tournament with the USA coming away with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory after scoring twice with 10 women.
The young U.S. team will open the five game series against Canada on April 15. The USA will then face a Brazilian club on April 17, play Brazil on April 19, face Canada again on April 23 and finish the trip against Brazil on April 24.
Schulz will bring 17 players to Brazil. All but two players – defender Ariel Harris and 17-year-old midfielder Tobin Heath – were members of the U.S. team that qualified in Mexico for the world championship in late January. The U.S. attack, which features forwards Lauren Cheney (14 goals for the U-20s in 2006) and Jessica Rostedt (15 goals), is bolstered by the return of 17-year-old Kelley O’Hara, who is fully recovered from minor knee surgery and scored four goals in five games for the USA at the Portland, Ore., training camp last week.
Due to school commitments, Schulz will be without two of his top players, both veterans of the USA’s U-19 team that finished third in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, in defender Stephanie Lopez, who has three caps with the full WNT, and forward Amy Rodriguez, who has five caps with the senior side.
While the U.S. U-20s are in Brazil, they will find out their first-round opponents for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, as the Final Draw is taking place on April 22 in Moscow. U-20 women’s qualifying in Asia is currently taking place. The three teams that qualify from Asia and will join two teams from Africa, as well as host Russia, the USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, France, Switzerland, Germany, Finland and New Zealand at the world championship.
The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship will take place at four stadiums in Moscow (Dinamo, Lokomotiv, Shelkovo and Torpedo) and at one in St. Petersburg (Petrovsky).
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Val Henderson (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (5): Carrie Dew (Encinitas, Calif.), Ariel Harris (Holly Springs, N.C.), Nikki Kryzsik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Sara Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.), Brittany Bock (Naperville, Ill.), Tina DiMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Allie Long (East Northport, N.Y.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (3): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Rostedt (Kent, Ohio)
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.
Team Doctor: Dr. Glen Feltham - Williamsburg, Va.
Athletic Trainer: Sean McNeil - Chicago, Ill.
Team Security: Bill Maher - Phoenix, Ariz.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz - Long Beach, Calif.
U.S. U-20 WNT Game Schedule – Teresopolis, Brazil
April 15-24, 2006
(All matches in Teresopolis at Brazilian National Team Training Center)
April 15 USA U-20 vs. Canada U-20
April 17 USA U-20 vs. TBA
Canada U-20 vs. Brazil U-20
April 19 USA U-20 vs. Brazil U-20
April 22 Brazil U-20 vs. Canada U-20
April 23 Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20
April 24 Brazil U-20 vs. USA U-20
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