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Youth National Team Update: U.S. Soccer Mourns Loss of Jenna Cooper

U.S. SOCCER MOURNS THE LOSS OF U-21 WNT DEFENDER JENNA COOPER: Jenna Cooper, a defender in the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team Player Pool, died of injuries sustained in a shooting that occurred in her residence in Lincoln, Neb. early Sunday morning. Cooper, a junior mechanical engineering major at Nebraska, was a standout three-year starter and co-captain for the Nebraska women’s soccer team. Cooper was last in camp with the U.S. U-21s in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 23-Feb. 1. She was also called into camps in 2003 and in March of 2002 she joined the U-21 team for a WUSA preseason tournament in Chula Vista where she made three appearances. Cooper never earned an international cap for the U.S. at any level. She is survived by her parents, William and Ellen Cooper, and her older brother Billy. She was born on Sept. 28, 1982 in Louisville, Ky., where she attended high school at the Sacred Heart Academy. U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia said: “The entire U.S. Soccer family is very saddened by this tragic loss. Our sympathy goes out to family and friends of Jenna Cooper, and our thoughts and prayers are with each of them at this difficult time. To know that a life of future promise will not be fulfilled is a devastating reality and it is at times like these when soccer concerns become trivial and the importance of our relationships as family and friends take precedence.”

U.S. UNDER-20s DEFEAT HAITI SELECT 1-0, FINISH THIRD CAMP OF 2004: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Haiti Select 1-0 behind a Craig Capano strike in the 72nd minute on April 21 in front of 9,105 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The match was one of four games that Thomas Rongen’s squad played during the seven-day training camp, as the Under-20s also competed against Jamaica twice and South Florida Select during the week in Sunrise, Fla. The U.S. defeated Jamaica in both matches, getting 1-0 win against the Reggae Boyz on April 20 as defender Brandon Owens headed home a corner kick from Christian Jimenez in the second half, and then drubbing Jamaica 4-0 two days later behind goals from Will John (two), Kamani Hill and Jimenez. On the final day of the camp, Jamie Watson scored in the third minute off a pass from Arturo Alvarez before Alvarez scored a goal of his own on a 25-yard free kick in the 38th minute for the game-winner to down South Florida Select 2-1 on April 24. The Under-20s next camp will be in late June, with the location and dates yet to be determined.
U.S. Under-20 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                     Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
April 20        Jamaica                        1-0 W     Brandon Owens
April 21        Haiti Select                   1-0 W     Craig Capano
April 22        Jamaica                        4-0 W     Will John (2), Kamani Hill, Christian Jimenez
April 24        South Florida Select     2-1 W     Jamie Watson, Arturo Alvarez

U-17 ’87 MNT LEAVE GREENSBORO, N.C. WITH TWO WINS: The U.S. Under-17 ’87 Men’s National Team recorded two victories in three matches during their trip to Greensboro, N.C., this past weekend. After falling to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on April 22, the U.S. bounced back to defeat Wake Forest 2-1 on April 23 and the Greensboro Soccer Club 3-0 on April 24. Rodrigo Hidalgo led the way against Wake Forest as he scored both goals, the first off an assist from Dax McCarty and the second off a free kick that deflected off a defender and got past the ‘keeper. A day later against the Greensboro Soccer Club, Eric Avila had a goal and an assist to give the U.S. their second win of the weekend. Gabriel Farfan and Cesar Nunez also notched goals, while Neven Subotic and McCarty registered the assists.
U.S. Under-17 ’87 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                    Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
April 22        UNC-Greensboro       0-2 L  
April 23        Wake Forest               2-1 W    Rodrigo Hidalgo (2)
April 24        Greensboro SC           3-0 W    Gabriel Farfan, Cesare Nunez, Eric Avila

U-17 '88 MNT TO COMPETE IN BALLYMENA TOURNAMENT IN NORTHERN IRELAND: The Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team left for Ballymena, Northern Ireland, on Saturday to participate in the Ballymena International Tournament from April 29-May 3. The team will train for a couple of days before their first match of the tournament on Thursday. The U.S. will face Belgium on April 29, Scotland on April 30 and Austria on May 1. Depending on their place in their group, the U.S. will play in the Placement Match on May 3. Head coach John Ellinger is bringing an 18-man roster for the tournament.
U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.); DEFENDERS (7): Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Alandus Brooks (Jackson, Miss.), Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Carlos Borja (Anaheim, Calif.); MIDFIELDERS (4): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Nicolas Boesagno (n/a), Michael Dal Pra (Bronxville, N.Y.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes East, Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.); FORWARDS (4): Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Michael Stephens (Woodridge, Ill.), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Amechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.).
U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Schedule
Date                Opponent
April 29           Belgium
April 30           Scotland
May 1             Austria