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U.S. U-20 MNT Set to Face Off Against Uruguay in Round of 16 of 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup


Under-20 Men's National Team vs. Uruguay
FIFA U-20 World Cup Game Notes
July 10, 2007 – Toronto, Canada


WIN OR GO HOME: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is prepared to take on Uruguay in the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Round of 16 match-up. Kickoff is set for Wednesday, July 11, at 7:45 p.m. ET from a sold-out National Soccer Stadium in Toronto. The game will be shown live on ESPNU and Galavision, and fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: With a 2-1 victory over Brazil on July 6, the U.S. earned the top position in Group D with seven points. The U.S. earned three points with their 6-1 win over Poland and one point with a 1-1 tie with South Korea in the opening game of group play. Uruguay finished as the third-place team in Group B after drawing, 2-2, with Spain, topping Jordan, 1-0, and falling to Zambia, 2-0. Uruguay finished with four points, and was one of four third-place teams to advance to the knockout rounds.

TOP OF THE CHARTS: The U.S. leads the tournament with nine goals scored in group play, ahead of Group B winner Spain, who has eight. Three Americans: Freddy Adu, Josmer Altidore and Danny Szetela, are currently all tied for second-place in the race for the Golden Boot with three goals apiece. Only Adrian Lopez of Spain is ahead of the trio with four goals scored.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a three-goal performance against Poland on Tuesday and two assists against Brazil on Friday, midfielder Freddy Adu was named the soccer Player of the Week by TSN, the largest sports network in Canada. Leading the U.S. to a first-place finish in Group D, Adu received the honor over Copa America standout Lionel Messi, and teammate Josmer Altidore.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brian Perk (UCLA), Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Amaechi Igwe (New England Revolution), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Dax McCarty (F.C. Dallas), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew), Anthony Wallace (F.C. Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Andre Akpan (Harvard), Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Gabriel Ferrari (Sampdoria), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)

QUICK HITS:

  • The U.S. not only won its group for the third straight time at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, but also went undefeated in the group for the second straight time.
  • The U.S. went undefeated (2-0-1) during group play for the first time ever in 2005.
  • With his three goals against Poland on in the group stage, Adu became the first player to ever record a hat trick in both the Under-17 and Under-20 FIFA World Cups. His first World Cup hat trick came with the Under-17 team in 2003 against South Korea, also a 6-1 U.S. victory.
  • The U.S. has scored a record nine goals in group play. The previous record was eight goals in 1993, with a 6-0 victory over Turkey and a 2-2 draw against South Korea.
  • Along with the U.S., both Poland and Brazil advanced to the Round of 16 by finishing in second and third place in the group, respectively.
  • The U.S. advanced to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup after January’s CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament in Panama City, Panama. The U.S. defeated Haiti, 4-1, drew, 0-0, with Guatemala and then cruised past Panama, 5-0, to finish at the top of their group.
  • This is Rongen's second stint as the head coach of the U.S. Under-20s. Rongen also coached the team to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, guiding them to an impressive fifth place finish.
  • Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu are the only two players on the team who have caps with the senior national team. Bradley was part of the Gold Cup Champion’s roster, starting all but one game leading up to the final.
  • There are 14 players on the roster who play professionally in either Europe or Major League Soccer, more than any other U.S. team in Under-20 World Cup history.
  • Three players on the roster, Freddy Adu, Nathan Sturgis and Danny Szetela, played in the 2005 edition of the Under-20 World Cup. Adu became just the second player to ever appear in three Under-20 World Cups, as he was also part of the 2003 squad at age 14.

URUGUAY QUALIFICATION: Uruguay qualified for Canada 2007 as the third-place finisher in CONMEBOL behind powerhouses Brazil and Argentina. Wins over Paraguay (3-1) and Colombia (2-0) put the Uruguayans off to a good start, but a 1-3 loss to Brazil and a draw with Chile put them out of contention for the South American title. The seven points they took from the four games was enough to earn them a place in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

FOURTH TIME IS THE CHARM: The United States has faced Uruguay three times in previous FIFA Under-20 World Cups, and has lost three times. Their first meeting was in 1981 in Australia where the U.S. fell 0-3 in the opening game of the group stage. Two years later in Mexico, the two teams again opened group play and again the Americans fell, this time by a final score of 2-3. In their most recent meeting in Malaysia 1997, Uruguay knocked the U.S. out of the tournament with a 3-0 win in the Round of 16.

Uruguay World Cup Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Mauro Goicoechea (Danubio), Yonatan Irrazabal (Defensor Sporting), Yai Fontes (Wanderers)
DEFENDERS (6): Mauricio Prieto (River Plate), Martin Caceres (Defensor Sporting), Alejandro Gonzales (Penarol), Gary Kagelmacher (Danubio), Damian Suarez (Defensor Sporting), Juan Michael Diaz (Liverpool)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Elias Figueroa (Liverpool), Enzo Ruiz (Penarol), Juan Surraco (Udinese), Luis Suarez (Groningen), Tabare Viudez (Defensor Sporting), Emiliano Alfaro (Liverpool)
FORWARDS(6): Marcel Roman (Danubio), Mathias Cardaccio (Nacional), Edinson Cavani (Palermo) Gerardo Vonder Putten (Danubio), Hugo Arismendi (Nacional), Bruno Montelongo (River Plate)

ALL_ACCESS WITH THE U-20S: With Studio 90 providing updates from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, ussoccer.com continues to provide unprecedented coverage of the team in its campaign to win a world championship. Check out all_access coverage in the Under-20 blog, including life in the hotel, practice outtakes and what really happens behind the scenes with the Under-20s.

MOVING THROUGH CANADA: After opening their campaign with a draw against South Korea and a win over Poland in Montreal, the U.S. traveled to Frank-Clair Stadium in Ottawa where they topped Brazil, 2-1. Now the team has moved on to Toronto for their Round of 16 game. Every U.S. match at the U-20 World Cup can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The 24-team field was divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group and the top four (of six) third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. The 52-match tournament will take place at six venues in Canada with games in Burnaby, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. The U.S. played all their group matches in Montreal and Ottawa on artificial turf, and will continue their campaign on artificial turf in Toronto. All of the remaining United States’ matches can be seen live on ESPNU and Galavision, while ESPNU and ESPN360.com will combine to show all 52 games of the tournament.


USA's FIFA U-20 World Cup Schedule/Results - Group D
Date          Match-up                                 Venue         Kickoff (ET)    Television
June 30    Korea Republic 1, USA 1     Montreal
July 3        USA 6, Poland 1                     Montreal
July 6        USA 2, Brazil 1                        Ottawa
July 11      USA vs. Uruguay                    Toronto      8 p.m. ET        ESPNU/Galavision


2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup – Group D Standings
Team                W     L      T   Pts.   GD
USA                   2      0      1     7       +6
Poland              1      2      0     4        -4
Brazil                 1      2      0     3        -1
South Korea    0      1      2      2       -1

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