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U.S. U-21 WNT to Play in 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama


CHICAGO (April 16, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will travel to Alabama in late April to participate in the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament from April 22-28 at six venues throughout the state.

The six-team, nine-match tournament features the U.S. U-21s, China’s U-21s and Trinidad & Tobago’s full Women’s National Team in Bracket A while the full Women’s National Team of Argentina joins Canada’s Olympic Development Team, and Mexico’s U-21s in Bracket B. Canada, which is currently preparing for the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007 in July and the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 in September, will send a mixed team of national-team veterans and youth-team prospects to the tournament.

The two group winners will play for the championship, the second place finishers will play for third and the third-place finishers in each group will meet for fifth place.

The U.S. team, lead by head coach Bill Irwin, will open play on April 22 against China’s U-21s at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. The USA will also play T&T on April 24 at the Alabama A&M Football Stadium in Huntsville. The placement matches will be held on April 28 at Baker High School Stadium in Mobile. These will mark the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-21s.

Tickets for all the matches are priced from $12-$16 and can be purchased by going to www.2007futbolinternacional.com or at the gate on day of game. US Youth Soccer player may go online at www.2007futbolinternacional.com and receive a free ticket to the opening or closing matches.

“This tournament is an excellent competition and challenge for our U-21s,” said Irwin. “In this group of players are several pushing to make it to the next level and these games will be a great test for our whole team. The tournament organizers have done a fantastic job of bringing this event together and the team is looking forward to a great week of soccer.”

Irwin had named a 24-player roster for the tournament, which includes defender Rachel Buehler, who is currently in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team and midfielder Angie Woznuk, who has one cap for the senior National Team. Woznuk, who along with Buehler and Manya Makoski, were a part of the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Canada, had a breakout tournament at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. Woznuk won the Silver Ball as the second best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer after leading the USA to a third-place finish. Woznuk played a major role in leading Portland to an undefeated season and the NCAA title in 2005.

Six players on the roster for the Futbol Internacional played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia in the fall of 2006, including midfielder Amanda Poach, who was named to the FIFA All-Star team for the tournament, and four players were on the team that played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand.

The U.S. U-21s are coming off a successful three-game tour in England in mid-March, during which the squad defeated three top English club sides. Irwin is preparing the team for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.

U. S. UNDER-21 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament

Player Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown College

U-21 Caps / Goals

Abegg, Marissa D 5-7  03/14/87  Lake Oswego, Ore. Stanford  0/0
Alexander, Cori GK 5-10  05/06/85  Martinez, Calif. Portland  0
Buehler, Rachel D 5-5  08/26/85  Del Mar, Calif. Stanford  11/0
Bosio, Kiki F 5-7  11/03/87  Mission Viejo, Calif. Santa Clara 0/0
Capuano, Natalie M 5-6  07/21/87  Aston, Pa. Penn   0/0
Carpenter, Kelsey F 5-6  04/13/86  Allen, Texas Texas   0/0
Collins, Danielle D 5-11  06/11/87  Cream Ridge, N.J. William & Mary 0/0
Davis, Kelsey GK 5-10  05/14/87  Thousand Oaks, Calif. Portland  0
DiMartino, Tina  M 5-1  01/06/86  Massapequa Park, N.Y. UCVLA 0/0
Fletcher, Kendall D 5-6  11/11/84  Cary, N.C. UNC   11/0
Haig, Joanna GK 5-10  04/16/86  Iver Grove Heights, Minn. Louisville 0
Hooker, Courtney D 5-8  09/15/86  Woodland Hills, Calif. California  0/0
Huffman, Sarah M 5-3  03/05/84  Flower Mound, Texas Virginia  19/2
Igwe, Chioma M 5-6  07/21/86  Belmont, Calif.  Santa Clara 0/0
Kanu, Nkechi D 5-3  12/11/87  Pleasanton, Calif. California  0/0
Kabellis, Kara M 5-8  12/03/84  Lockport, Ill. Wisconsin  0/0
Logterman, Stephanie D 5-6  02/25/86  Austin, Texas Texas    0/0
Makoski, Manya  M 5-3  04/18/84  Trumbull, Conn. Arizona State 16/1 
Masar, Ella F 5-5  04/03/86  Urbana, Ill. Illinois   0/0
Poach, Amanda M 5-6  07/25/87  Bowie, Md. Santa Clara 0/0
Rapinoe, Rachel  F 5-4  07/05/85  Redding, Calif. Portland  0/0
Sari, Lisa M 5-7  10/18/84  Longview, Wash. Portland  0/0
Weimer, Tiffany  F 5-4  12/05/83  North Haven, Conn. Penn State 5/3
Woznuk, Angie M 5-6  03/29/85  El Cajon, Calif. Portland  4/0
             

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Joanna Haig (Louisville);
DEFENDERS (7): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Danielle Collins (William & Mary), Kendal Fletcher (UNC), Courtney Hooker (California), Nkechi Kanu (California), Stephanie Logterman (Texas);
MIDFIELDERS (9): Natalie Capuano (Penn), Tina DiMartino (UCVLA), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Chioma Igwe (California), Kara Kabellis (Wisconsin), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Lisa Sari (Portland), Angie Woznuk (Portland);
FORWARDS (5): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Ella Masar (Illinois), Rachel Rapinoe (Portland), Tiffeny Weimer (Penn State).

Team Staff:
Head Coach: Bill Irwin Portland, Ore.
Asst. Coach: Dean Duerst Middleton, Wis.
GK Coach: Everton Edwards Miami, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Ali Bauer Chicago, Ill.
Equipment Coordinator: Andrew Dessert Long Beach, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Amy Colquhoun Long Beach, Calif.

2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament
Bracket A
USA U-21
China U-21
Trinidad & Tobago

Bracket B
Mexico U-21
Argentina
Canada ODT

Date Match-up Venue (Stadium)  Kickoff (CT) 
April 22 Mexico U-21 vs. Canada ODT Birmingham, Ala. (Legiona Field) 2:30 p.m.
April 22 USA U-21 vs. China U-21 Birmingham, Ala. (Legiona Field) 5 p.m.
April 24 USA U-21 vs. T&T Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Footbal Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 24 Argentina vs. Canada ODT Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex) 7:30 p.m.
April 26 China U-21 vs. T&T Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 26 Mexico U-21 vs. Argentina Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 28 5th place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
April 28 3rd Place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 5:00 p.m.
April 28 Championship Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
       


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