CHICAGO (Wednesday, November 13, 2002) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen announced today that goalkeeper Clint Baumstark will replace goalkeeper Ford Williams on the USA’s qualifying roster for the CONCACAF Group B Qualifying Tournament that kicks off on tonight in Charleston, S.C. Baumstark was listed as one of three alternates on Rongen’s original roster.
Rongen made the switch after Williams spent three nights in the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, undergoing extensive cardiac exams as a precautionary measure. The freshman goalkeeper at UNC felt ill during the team’s training session on Sunday afternoon, and then spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night in the local hospital. Williams has been given a clean bill of health, but will not be able to participate in full matches for another week after undergoing a number of exhaustive tests over the last 72 hours.
“The most important thing is to make sure the player is okay and healthy, and in Ford’s case the doctors have told us he will be fine,” said U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen. “Unfortunately some of the tests that he had to go through made him unable to participate in this tournament. We wish him the best and look forward to having him rejoin this team.”
Williams will stay in Charleston with the team for the remainder of the tournament.
Baumstark has appeared in just two games this year for the U.S., allowing two goals and posting a 1-0-0 record. A goalkeeper at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Baumstark helped UAB advance to the Conference USA tournament with his stellar play this year. Baumstark finished third in the conference in goals-against-average.
After Wednesday’s match against Haiti, Baumstark will return to play on Thursday in UAB’s opening match at the C-USA tournament. He will then return to Charleston on Friday, ahead of the USA’s qualifier against El Salvador that night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The U.S. wraps up qualifying play on Sunday, with a 2:30 p.m. ET clash against Canada.
The U.S. kicks off the tournament tonight against Haiti at 7:30 p.m. ET in a match that can be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match is also available for $19.95 through DirecTV and Time-Warner cable (in New York City).