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U.S. Under-20 MNT Begin WYC Preparation Camp on Saturday, May 7

CHICAGO (May 6, 2005) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will begin a three-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, May 7, which will serve as preparation for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. All 16 of the players invited in by head coach Sigi Schmid are non-professionals.

Out of the 16 players invited into camp, 14 are currently in college and two are seniors in high school. The numerous professional players in the U.S. Under-20 pool are not included in the camp as they will stay with their clubs in Major League Soccer or overseas.

The players will arrive on Saturday and train at the HDC for a week before leaving on Sunday, May 15 for Blaine, Minn. The U-20s will train for two days in Blaine and then face the Canada Under-20 Men’s National Team at the National Sports Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:35 p.m. The team will travel back to Carson and be stationed at the HDC until the camp ends on Saturday, May 28. At that time, Schmid will name his 20-man roster for the FIFA World Youth Championship, which will be a mix of college and professional players.

“The main reason for the camp is to give these 16 players that are strong candidates to make the final roster an environment where they can train daily and increase their fitness during the college offseason,” said Schmid. “During the next three weeks we will have a few scrimmages and will also travel to Minnesota for an international match against Canada which will help us reduce our roster to the final 20 that we will take to Holland.”

Nine of the players invited into camp were on the 18-man roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Final Round qualifying tournament, but the other seven have all spent time with the U-20s in recent months.

On the defensive side, Schmid invited in goalkeepers Andrew Kartunen (Stanford) and Justin Hughes (UNC), along with defenders Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Patrick Phelan (Wake Forest), Marvell Wynne (UCLA), Nathan Sturgis (Clemson) and Sean Franklin (CSU-Northridge). Two other players – Michael Harrington (UNC) and Brad Evans (UC-Irvine) – could see time on the back line as they have moved from an attacking to a defensive role during their time with the U-20s.

In the midfield, 2004 Gatorade Boys High School Player of the Year Lee Nguyen (committed to Indiana) and Robbie Rogers (committed to Maryland) will join college standouts Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Benny Feilhaber (UCLA) and Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall). Along with Evans who could see time up front, the two forwards in camp will be Charlie Davies (Boston College) and Jacob Peterson (Indiana).

The camp will lead the U.S. Under-20s right up to their departure for the FIFA World Youth Championship, which will take place from June 10-July 2. The team will leave in early June to train in Holland for about a week before their first match.

The U.S. opens the World Youth Championship against Argentina on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. local time/ 11:30 a.m. ET, then faces Germany on June 14 (8:30 p.m. local time/ 2:30 p.m. ET) and concludes group play on June 18 (1:30 p.m. local time/ 7:30 a.m. ET) against Egypt. The U.S. will play all three of their first round games at Enschede Stadium in Enschede, Holland. Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

 U-20 WYC Preparation Camp at The Home Depot Center
Name                       Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Birthdate     Hometown                     Club / College   
Dalby, Greg              M        6’0     175    11/03/85      Poway, Calif.                 Notre Dame University   
Davies, Charlie          F        5’10    160    06/25/86      Manchester, N.H.          Boston College
Evans, Brad              D/F     6’1      170    04/20/85      Phoenix, Ariz.               UC - Irvine
Feilhaber, Benny       M       5’9      150    01/19/85      Irvine, Calif.                   UCLA
Franklin, Sean          D        5’11    150    03/21/85      Palmdale, Calif.             CSU – Northridge
Harrington, Michael   D/F     6’0      170    01/24/86      Greenville, N.C.      University of North Carolina
Hughes, Justin         GK      6’0      165    04/23/85      Wake Forest, N.C.         University of North Carolina
Ianni, Patrick            M        6’1      175    06/15/85      Lodi, Calif.                    UCLA
Kartunen, Andrew     GK      6’1      175    02/07/85      San Juan Capistrano, Calif.    Stanford University
Kljestan, Sacha        M        6’1      150    09/09/85      Huntington Beach, Calif.       Seton Hall University
Nguyen, Lee             M       5’8      150    10/07/86       Richardson, Texas         Dallas Texans
Peterson, Jacob        F        5’10    160    01/27/86       Portage, Mich.               Indiana University
Phelan, Patrick         D        6’1      175    01/16/85       Enfield, Conn.                Wake Forest University
Rogers, Robbie         F        5’9      135    05/12/87       Huntington Beach, Calif.        --
Sturgis, Nathan         D       5’10”    150    07/06/87       St. Augustine, Fla.         Clemson University
Wynne, Marvell         D       5’10     170    05/08/86      Poway, Calif.                    UCLA

U.S. U-20 MNT Staff
Position                         Name                      Residence
Head Coach:                  Sigi Schmid             Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Assistant Coach:            Dave Dir                  Dallas, Texas
Assistant Coach:            John Harkes            Fairfax, Va.
Assistant Coach:            Peter Vermes          Overland Park, Kan.
Goalkeeper Coach:         Zak Abdelbaset        La Verde, Calif.
Fitness Coach:               Pierre Barrieu          Charlottesville, Va.
Coordinator:                   Erik Carlson             Long Beach, Calif.
Trainer:                          Jeff Thomas             Chicago, Ill.       
Equipment Manager:       Zac Herndon            Arcata, Calif.