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NEW MLS SIGNEE ADU REPLACES ALVAREZ ON RONGEN’S FINAL ROSTER: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen announced last week that 14-year-old Freddy Adu will replace injured San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez on the 20-player roster that will compete in the FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 27-Dec. 19. The much-sought-after Adu, who calls Potomac, Md., home, signed a six-year deal with MLS last week and is expected to play with hometown club D.C. United. The U.S. submitted their official tournament roster to FIFA on Nov. 14, but any listed player can be substituted with FIFA approval in the event of injury up to 24 hours in advance of a team's first match. Alvarez had been suffering with an on-going groin injury for the past two weeks that ruled him out of the tournament. Rongen selected a squad with a large amount of professional experience, as six players are currently playing in MLS and two are playing professionally in Europe. Additionally, almost half the squad will bring world championship experience as nine players on the team participated with the U.S. in the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. The team traveled to UAE last weekend and will conduct a week of training before the tournament, which will include a friendly against Panama tomorrow (Nov. 25) in Abu Dhabi. The U.S. was drawn into Group F and will play all three of its games at Al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Under-20s will open the tournament on Saturday (Nov. 29) against Paraguay, before meeting Germany on Dec. 2, and finishing group play against South Korea on Dec. 5. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. All three U.S. games will also be televised in the U.S. on Galavision (see schedule below).
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule – FIFA World Youth Championship
Date          Opponent            Kickoff (local)                                TV
Nov. 29     Paraguay             8:30 a.m. ET (live) & PT (tape)      Galavision
Dec. 2       Germany              8:30 a.m. ET (live) & PT (tape)      Galavision
Dec. 5       South Korea        1:30 p.m. ET & PT (tape)              Galavision
U.S. U-20 Roster – FIFA World Youth Championship
GOALKEEPERS (2): Steve Cronin, Ford Williams;
DEFENDERS (7): Ryan Cochrane, Jordan Harvey, Craig Jared Klaas, Chad Marshall, Drew Moor, Jordan Stone, Zak Whitbread;
MIDFIELDERS (6): Ricardo Clark, Bobby Convey, Clint Dempsey, Ned Grabavoy, David Johnson, Justin Mapp;
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu, Knox Cameron, Ed Johnson, Mike Magee, Santino Quaranta.

U-23s DOWN ST. KITTS 4-0 IN MARYLAND TO WIN SERIES 10-0 ON AGGREGATE:  The U.S. Under-23 Men's National advanced to the final round of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying by virtue of a 4-0 win and 10-0 aggregate goal advantage over the visiting St. Kitts & Nevis on Nov. 19 in front of 1,085 drenched fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex. While the U.S. again dominated its opponent, the resilient Sugar Boyz fought admirably and didn't let the winter cold and driving rain affect their performance. The U.S. was led by Richmond Kickers forward David Testo, who struck for goals in the 3rd and 62nd minutes and later assisted on a Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew) goal to give the squad a commanding 3-0 lead in the 87th minute. With his five-point performance, the A-League Rookie of the Year equaled his scoring total for the entire year and finishes 2003 as the team's leading scorer with four goals and two assists for 10 points. Second-half substitute Eddie Gaven (MetroStars) added an insurance goal in the 94th minute, converting a penalty kick that he earned after being brought down in the box after a dribbling run down the left endline. The U-23s finished 2003 with a 5-1-3 overall record, including an undefeated international mark of 4-0-2. The team is set to re-group at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as part of a week-long camp from Dec. 12-19 that will run concurrently with the full U.S. Men's National Team camp. The team will then start the new year with an extended training camp alongside the U.S. MNT in Carson in January and be together for most of the month leading up to the final round of the eight-team CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying competition at two venues to be determined in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Feb. 2-12, 2004.
U-23 MNT Results – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
Date          Opponent                Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 15     St. Kitts & Nevis     6-0 W    Johnson (2), Convey, Buddle (2), Eskandarian
Nov. 19     St. Kitts & Nevis     4-0 W    Testo (2), Martino, Gaven

-- 2004 OLYMPICS UPDATE --

BOTH GROUPS SET FOR FINAL ROUND OF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING IN MEXICO IN FEB. ‘04:  The two four-team groups for the final round of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying are set, as all of the two-game series that made up the second round were completed last week, with Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago advancing to join the USA, Panama (who qualified in late October over St. Lucia) and Mexico (who qualified automatically as the host nation). Canada topped El Salvador 5-4 in penalty kicks to advance, after winning 1-0 in regulation to even the aggregate score and then playing 30 minutes of scoreless extra time. Costa Rica cruised by Guyana 10-1, while T&T downed Grenada 4-1. Honduras and Jamaica were both taken to the limit in their respective series, with Honduras holding Haiti to a 2-2 tie and winning 3-2 on aggregate and Jamaica dropping the second leg 2-0 to Guatemala but scoring the series winner on a golden goal in the 108th minute. Group A will consist of Canada, Honduras, Panama and the U.S., with Group B featuring Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and T&T. The top two teams in each group advance to the semi-finals, with A1 meeting B2 and B1 facing A2. The two finalists earn CONCACAF’s automatic berths to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which take place in August.
Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Men)
Group A: Canada, Honduras, Panama, USA
Group B: Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, T&T
Series A
Canada Wins 5-4 in PKs after 1-1 Aggregate
Date               Result                                         City
Nov. 15          El Salvador 1, Canada 0             San Salvador             
Nov. 19          Canada 1, El Salvador 0             Kelowna, Canada
Series B
Honduras Wins 3-2
Date               Result                                         City
Nov. 16          Honduras 1, Haiti 0                    Miami, Fla.
Nov. 23          Haiti 2, Honduras 2                    Ceiba, Honduras   
Series C
Panama Wins 13-1
Date               Result                                         City                
Oct. 25          Panama 6, St. Lucia 1                 Panama City, Panama
Oct. 28          Panama 7, St. Lucia 0                 Panama City, Panama
Series D
USA Wins 10-0
Date              Result                                          City
Nov. 15         USA 6, St. Kitts & Nevis 0         Basseterre, St. Kitts             
Nov. 19         USA 4, St. Kitts & Nevis 0         Germantown, Md., USA
Series E
T&T Wins 4-1
Date              Result                                         City
Nov. 15         Grenada 1,  T&T 1                     St. George, T&T
Nov. 19         T&T 3, Grenada 0                      St. George, T&T
Series F
Jamaica Wins 3-2 on golden goal after 2-2 aggregate
Date              Result                                         City
Nov. 16         Jamaica 2, Guatemala 0              Kingston, Jamaica                 
Nov. 23         Guatemala 2, Guatemala 0          San Marcos, GUA     
Series G
Costa Rica Wins 10-1
Date              Result                                        City
Nov. 15         Costa Rica 7, Guyana 0             Cartago, Costa Rica
Nov. 19         Costa Rica 3, Guyana 1             Berbice, Guyana

GUATEMALA ADVANCES TO FINAL ROUND OF CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: Guatemala advanced to the Final Round of CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification, to take place next year in Costa Rica, after holding visiting Panama to a 1-1 draw in the last game of the Series E Preliminary Round at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Ciudad de Guatemala yesterday. Guatemala and Panama finished leveled in the triangular, that included Belize (0-2-0, 0 Points), with four points each (1-0-1), but the host won the event on a better goal differential (+17 to +13). Guatemala joins Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA in the eight-team CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Final Round from February 25-March 7, 2004 in San José, Costa Rica. The tournament will qualify two teams to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The top two teams from round robin play in Groups A and B will face off in the semifinals of the Final Round tournament, with the finalists receiving CONCACAF's two berths to the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. The change in venue for the final round now gives Costa Rica a bye through the preliminaries and a spot in Group A alongside Canada. Mexico will now host a preliminary three-team competition with Honduras and Nicaragua from Dec. 10-14 (Costa Rica was originally scheduled to host that round-robin competition) to decide the fourth and final spot in Group B, while the Cayman Islands host Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the fourth and final spot in Group A.
Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Women)
Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, (winner of Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Virgin Islands).
Group B: Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, (winner of Mexico/Honduras/Nicaragua).

– U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

U-17 MNT GETS SET FOR OPD INTERREGIONAL IN CHULA VISTA: The U.S.
Under-17 Men’s National Team ‘87s and ‘88s will both be traveling to Chula Vista, Calif., on Wednesday (Nov. 26) to participate in the ODP Interregional Event. Both teams will have two days of training before their first match-ups on Saturday (Nov. 29). The U-17 MNT ‘87s will open up against Region II, followed by Region IV on Sunday (Nov. 30) and then finishing the event against Region III on Dec. 1. The U-17 ‘88s will play Region IV on Saturday (Nov. 29), Region III on Sunday (Nov. 30), and finally Region I on Dec. 1.
U.S. U-17 ‘87s MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 29        Region II
Nov. 30        Region IV
Dec. 1           Region III
U.S. U-17 ‘87s MNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
Defenders (7): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wisc.), Jesse Henderson (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Kenneth Walker (Wickliffe, Ohio), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), 6-Jordan Graye (Washington, D.C.);
Midfielders (7): Adam Sloustcher (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jay Singh (San Bruno, Calif.), Michael Bradley (Pennington, N.J.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Daniel Szetela (Clifton, N.J.), Cameron Jordan (Ft. Wayne, Ind.);
Forwards (4): Estuardo Sanchez (Los Angeles, Calif.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.), Eric Avila (Encinitas, Calif.), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.).
U.S. U-17 ‘88s MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 29        Region IV
Nov. 30        Region III
Dec. 1           Region I
U.S. U-17 ‘88s MNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.);
Defenders (8): Taylor Waspi (Deer Park, Ill.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.),  Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Jeff Scannella (Alpharetta, Ga.), Mark Wiltse (Belle Mead, N.J.), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.), Sebastian
Hines (West Yorkshire, England);
Midfielders (7): Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.), Kevisn Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Tony Ampaipitakwong (Carrollton, Texas), Michael Dalpra (Bronxville, N.Y.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verde East, Calif.), Jonathan Villanueva (Dallas, Texas);
Forwards (5): Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.),
Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Fernando Ayala (Maspeth, N.Y.).

U-16 GIRLS TO COMPETE IN ODP THANKSGIVING INTERREGIONAL EVENT THIS WEEK: The U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team traveled to Boca Raton, Fla., last weekend to compete in the 2003 U.S. Youth Soccer Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event this week from Nov. 24-29. The U-16s will open up the event today (Nov. 24) against Region II ’86, followed by Region III ’86 two day later, before finishing up against Scotland on Friday (Nov. 28). U.S. Under-16 GNT head coach Sue Montagne Patberg has called in a 20-player roster for the event.
U.S. U-16 GNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 24        Region II ’86
Nov. 26        Region III ’86
Nov. 28        Scotland
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster
Goalkeepers (2):  Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Meagan McCray (San Francisco, Calif.);
Defenders (6): Brittany Bock (Chicago, Ill.), Melissa Clarke (Norcross, Ga.), Megan Holmes (Timonium, Md.), Nicole Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Stefani Rocco (Sacramento, Calif.);
Midfielders (9): Carolyn Blank (Toms River, N.J.), Cydne Currie (Irving, Texas), Melissa Hayes (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kristina Larsen (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Amanda Poach (Bowie, Md.), Laura Grace Robinson (Houston, Texas), Hayley Siegel (Ellicott City, Md.), Kim Silos (Ontario, Calif.);
Forwards (3): Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Nicole Washington (Mesquite, Texas).

U-15 BOYS TO COMPETE IN ODP INTERREGIONAL EVENT: The Under-15 Boys National Team will travel to Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 25 to compete in the ODP Interregional Event. For the event, head coach Ken Lolla has called in 32 players that he will split into two teams (Gray and Blue). Both teams will have three days of training before playing their first games on Saturday (Nov. 29). The Gray team will go up against Region IV, Region III and Region I.
The Blue team will face Region II, Region I and Region IV.
U.S. U-15 Blue BNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 29        Region II
Nov. 30        Region I
Dec. 1          Region IV
U.S. U-15 Gray BNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Nov. 29        Region IV
Nov. 30        Region III
Dec. 1          Region I
U.S. Under-15 BNT Roster
Goalkeepers (4): Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa.), Jonathan Harris (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Luis Ocampo (Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich.);
Defenders (6):
Samuel Acheampung (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Kemo Djecdovic (San Jose, Calif.), Douglas Ferner (Bloomfield, Mich.), Cameron Lamming (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Lucas Swertloff (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Darryl Tom (Los Altos, Calif.);
Midfielders (13): Jonathan Kluz (Etiwanda, Calif.), Marco Angelo (Sandy, Utah), Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Edgar Barajas (San Fernando, Calif.),  Giuseppe Carotenuto (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Victor Cortez (El Sobrante, Calif.), Andrew Duran (Mokena, Ill.), Perica Morosevic (Rockford, Ill.), Joseph Ramirez (La Jolla, Calif.), Tucker Sindlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Miguel Tanton (Cupertino, Calif.), Carlos Uribe (Miami, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
Forwards (9): Cesar Nunez (Gurnee, Ill.), Demitrius Omphroy (Alameda, Calif.), Daniel Rodriguez (Oxnard, Calif.), Joseph Sorrentino (Trenton, N.J.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), John Tardy (Staton Island, N.Y.), Joshua Thiermann (Stoughton, Wisc.), Justin True (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Jeffrey Zimering (Basking Ridge, N.J.).

-- AROUND THE SOCCER NATION --

DONOVAN LEADS SAN JOSE PAST CHICAGO FOR SECOND MLS CUP WIN IN THREE YEARS: The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Chicago Fire 4-2 in the 2003 MLS Cup Championship match yesterday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., joining D.C. United as only the second team in MLS history to earn multiple MLS Cup titles, hoisting the Alan I. Rothenberg trophy for the second time in three seasons.  San Jose forward Landon Donovan recorded two goals in the match, earning the MLS Cup Most Valuable Player award.  Goalkeeper Pat Onstad made a critical play for the Earthquakes in the second half, swallowing an Ante Razov penalty kick attempt in the 55th minute to hold the San Jose lead. San Jose head coach Frank Yallop (2001, 2003) is the first coach since United’s Bruce Arena (1996, 1997) to lead his team to two MLS Cup titles.  San Jose defender and team captain Jeff Agoos recorded his fifth career MLS Cup title, having won the Championship three times with D.C. (1996, `97, `99) and now twice with San Jose (2001, `03).

FIRE RULES 2003 MLS AWARDS WITH ELEVEN: The Eastern Conference champion Chicago Fire captured a League-high four Best XI honors (D Carlos Bocanegra, M Chris Armas, M DaMarcus Beasley and F Ante Razov), as well as seven other awards including: Defender of the Year (Bocanegra), Gatorade Rookie of the Year (Damani Ralph), Coach of the Year (Dave Sarachan), Goal of the Year (Ralph) and Comeback Player of the Year (Armas), as well as Athletic Trainer of the Year (Jason Mathews) and Operations Executive of the Year (David Feeley) awards. Among the other honorees unveiled on Saturday was the first ever international player to win the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award as Canadian Pat Onstad (San Jose Earthquakes) added the honor to his Best XI selection, joining teammate Landon Donovan. The referee of yesterday's match was Official Sports International Referee of the Year Brian Hall, who earned the first such honor of his distinguished officiating career. D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen was recognized with the U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award, while Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride was honored with the individual MLS Fair Play honor. All three MLS MVP finalists (Preki, Ante Razov and John Spencer) were selected to the Best XI team, with Mark Chung (Colorado Rapids), Ryan Nelsen (D.C. United) and Eddie Pope (MetroStars) rounding out the names on the star-studded squad The winners of the four categories were previously announced including: MVP: Preki (Kansas City Wizards), Budweiser Scoring Champion: Preki (Kansas City Wizards); MLS Golden Boot: Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution); MLS Fair Play Award (Team): New England Revolution; and MLS Supporters Shield: Chicago Fire.

U.S. FUTSAL TO HOST SIX-TEAM GOAL CUP IN ANAHEIM FROM DEC. 5-7: U.S. National Futsal Team head coach Keith Tozer has named a 16-player roster for the Futsal Goal Cup, a four-team tournament being staged from Dec. 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Arena in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. will square off against CONCACAF rivals Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in the international tournament, which will serve as important preparation for 2004 CONCACAF qualifying play next year in Costa Rica in advance of the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship being played in Chinese Taipei in November 2004. The three-day event will feature three doubleheaders, with the U.S. facing Canada on Friday, Dec. 5, Guatemala on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets for the Futsal Goal Cup are available for purchase by calling U.S. Futsal at 510-836-8733 or by calling the Anaheim Convention Arena at 714-765-8980. The complete schedule and U.S. roster are below:
Schedule – Goal Cup
Date            Match-up                             Kickoff (PT)           
Dec. 5         Guatemala vs. Mexico          6:30 p.m.
                   Canada vs. USA                  8:15 p.m.
Dec. 6         Canada vs. Mexico              6:30 p.m.
                   Guatemala vs. USA              8:15 p.m.
Dec. 7         Canada vs. Guatemala          3 p.m.
                   Mexico vs. USA                   5 p.m.
U.S. Futsal Roster – Goal Cup
Goalkeepers (2): Otto Orf, Brett Phillips; Defenders (3): Sean Bowers, Pat Morris, Omid Namazi; Midfielders (7): Steve Butcher, Jeff DiMaria, Dewayne Gilpatrick, Andrew Gregor, Bernia Lilavois, Kevin Sloan, Johnny Torres; Forwards (4): Don D’Ambra, Daryl Doran, Doug Miller, Joel Shanker.

U.S. DEAF SOCCER EARNS AUTOMATIC BERTH TO 2005 DEAFLYMPICS IN AUSTRALIA: The U.S. team set to compete at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia has learned that its men’s soccer squad has been granted an automatic berth into the competition. The U.S. women's deaf soccer team had been given an automatic berth previously. The Deaflympics is played every two years, alternating summer and winter competitions just like the Olympics, and is next scheduled for January 2005 in Melbourne. The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS because of its French spelling) organizes the Deaflympics and is affiliated with the International Olympic Committee. The U.S. Team is coordinated by the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF), an affiliate member of the U.S. Olympic Committee with its National Sports Organization, USA Deaf Soccer Association (USADSA).  Currently in the works and final stages of planning and development, the U.S. men’s team will hold its final training/tryouts in Mission Viejo on Dec. 20-22, 2003. The U.S. women’s team will train in Thomaston, Ga., just outside of Atlanta from Dec. 5-7, 2003, in its final session of the year. Future plans are underway to train both teams over the years prior to 2005 Deaflympics.

VOTING FOR 2003 “BEST OF U.S. SOCCER” AWARDS STILL AVAILABLE AT ussoccer.com: U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for 11 year-end awards that honor the standout performances of the calendar year in American soccer and make up the second annual “Best of U.S. Soccer” Series.  With the help of U.S. National Team coaches Bruce Arena and April Heinrichs, U.S. Soccer has selected the finalists for these second-year awards. Now it’s up to fans to make their voice heard with a vote in one or all of these unique categories over the next month at ussoccer.com, where they’ll have a chance to win a variety of special prizes from Philips Electronics. Online voting for the awards will begin on Nov. 10 and continues through Tuesday, Dec. 9. As the voting for 2003 “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards series concludes, U.S. Soccer will announce the seven suggested candidates for each of the four annual Chevy Athlete of the Year awards: Young Female, Young Male, Female and Male. As the oldest and most prestigious award of their kind, U.S. Soccer’s Chevy Athlete of the Year awards date back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, with the winners of the two major awards receiving vehicles from Chevrolet.  For the fourth straight year, fan votes (along with a media vote) will decide the winner. Online voting will begin at us soccer.zl6inDecemberandrun through early January.
Best of U.S. Soccer 2003 Awards
Best U.S. Soccer Story
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Store
Best U.S. Crowd
Best Soccer Stadium
Best Soccer Fans
Best Soccer Promotion
Best Game Performance – Player
Best Game Performance – Team
Best U.S. Goal – Youth National Team
Best U.S. Goal – Full National Team

*** U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER:
At age 21, U.S. MNT forward Landon Donovan has had an unbelievably successful soccer career already, having now won two pro championships (2003 and 2001), finished eighth at the World Cup (2002), finished fourth at the Olympics (2000) and fourth at a Youth World Championship (1999). Coincidence? I think not.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: With the MLS season now complete, promising teenage pros like Ricardo Clark, Mike Magee and Ed Johnson join team captain Bobby Convey in representing the U.S. Under-20 MNT as they take on the world at the FIFA World Youth Championship. The U.S. kicks off on Saturday (Nov. 29) against Paraguay live on Galavision and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker at 8:30 a.m. ET.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Of all the young stars from MLS that make up the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, it was an A-League player that led the team in scoring in 2003 and helped ensure its advancement into the final round of Olympic qualifying. Richmond Kickers forward David Testo, who earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Division II arm of the United Soccer Leagues, scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis and finished the year with four goals and two assists for 10 points, including three goals and two assists in just 193 minutes of international action.

QUOTABLE: "For me I'm kind of a journeyman in this league. I've been around a long time. This is my first year. But at the same time I've been playing 17 years of professional soccer and finally won the Holy Grail. The last few weeks have been such a ride--an emotional roller coaster. I think all of us are a little numb. It's going to take a few weeks for this to settle in. Our team was a team of destiny."
        --First-year MLS and longtime A-League ‘keeper Pat Onstad, after his Quakes came back from the brink of elimination in the semifinals to claim their second MLS Cup in the last three years


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