U-19 WOMEN HEAD TO EUROPE FOR THREE MATCHES: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team departed yesterday for Europe where the team will play three matches, facing Germany on Wednesday (July 2) in Duisburg and then facing the Netherlands on Saturday (July 5) in Groensbek and July 9 in Heenk as part of a summer European tour that proved to be tremendous preparation for the U-19s that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002. Two players from the USA's U-19 world champion team are on the roster for this European tour in forwards Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas) and Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.), but three more players from the team that defeated Canada last September for the first-ever youth world title may be in the mix by the time the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship rolls around. Forward Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.) is currently recovering from a broken bone in her leg suffered while playing with the full national team against Ireland earlier this month, while defender Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.) is recovering from ACL surgery and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.) is with the U.S. U-21s. Jeff Pill will serve as the head coach for the three matches, as U.S. U-19 head coach Tracey Leone is still recovering from the recent birth of her first child, a daughter. The U.S. U-19s played Germany in the semifinals of the 2002 U-19 World Championship and came away with a 4-1 win. The following is the USA's roster for three matches in Europe.
U.S. U-19 WNT Schedule
July 2: Germany
July 5: Holland
July 9: Holland
U.S. U-19 WNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Laura Comeau (Leigh, N.H.), Ashley Philips (West Peabody, Mass.);
Defenders (7): Jen Buzckowski (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Mary Castelanelli (Lodi, Calif.), Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Megan Schnur (Butler, Pa.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.) Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.);
Midfielders (4): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Darby Kroyer (San Ramon, Calif.), Carrie Schmidt (La Mesa, Calif.);
Forwards (6): Christina DiMartino, (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allan, Texas), Angie Woznuk (El Cajon, Calif.).
U-21 WOMEN FINISH FIRST CAMP AT NAT’L TRAINING CENTER, NORDIC CUP UP NEXT: U.S. U-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli completed his final training camp this past weekend before the USA travels to Denmark in mid-July for the 2003 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women. The eight days of training at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was the first visit by the U.S. U-21 women to the world class facility and included a 1-1 tie with the U.S. U-19s and a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Spirit of the WUSA. The win over the Spirit came in San Diego and the lone goal was scored Manya Makoski (Arizona State) off an assist from Kelly Wilson (Univ. of Texas), both members of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team. Midfielder Lori Chalupny scored the lone goal in the 1-1 tie with the U-19s on June 21. Petrucelli will announce the 18-player Nordic Cup roster later this week.
U.S. U-21 WNT Results
Date: Opponent, Result (U.S. Goal Scorer)
June 21 U.S. U-19 WNT, 1-1 (Chalupny)
June 25 San Diego Spirit, 1-0 (Makoski)
U-18 MNT FINISH FIRST CAMP AT NAT’L TRAINING CENTER, DEFEAT CAL-STATE: The Under-18 Men's National Team finished its first training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., last week, which included a 2-0 win over California State University-Dominguez Hills. Midfielder Craig Capano played in just the first half, but notched the first goal of the game in the 26th minute. Danny Karbassiyoon came on as a reserve in the 63rd minute and sealed the win with a goal of his own in the 77th minute. The next event for the U-18s will be the Northern Ireland Milk Cup from July 17-27.
U-16 BOYS TO FACE ENGLAND, BRAZIL AND PORTUGAL AT TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: The U-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, will travel to England on Friday (July 4) to participate in the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County. The four-team tournament includes the U.S., England, Brazil and Portugal in a round-robin format with matches set for July 7, 10 and 13. The U.S. will face England in its first match on the July 7, followed by Brazil on the July 10 and finishing with Portugal on the July 13. All six matches will be played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and will be televised by SkySports. The team will be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth, as head coach John Ellinger will be with the U-17 Men’s National Team, who are traveling to Blaine, Minnesota on July 8 for a training camp and match against Canada on July 13 at the National Sports Center. Hackworth is taking the following 18-man roster to the tournament in England.
U.S. U-16 BNT Schedule
July 7: England
July 10: Brazil
July 13: Portugal
U.S. U-16 BNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
Defenders (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Jay Singh (San Bruena, Calif.), Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wisc.);
Midfielders (6): Chris Andaur (Naples, Fla.), Michael Bradley (Palatine, Ill.), Jordan Graye (Washington D.C.), Brian Mascarenhas (Marietta, Ga.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.);
Forwards (4): Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Robbie Rogers (Palos Verde, Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Penn.)