U.S. Under-20, U-18 and U-17 Men's National Teams Set to Take on Europe in Marquee Matches
CHICAGO (Thursday, June 1, 2000) - The United States Under-20, U-18 and U-17 Men's National Teams are set to play marquee matches against some of the world's perennial youth power in four tournaments spread across Europe: the Enschede Tournament (Holland), Monthey Tournament (Switzerland), International Tournament of Lisbon (Portugal) and Mundialito of Salerno of 2000 (Italy).
Led by head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz, the U.S. U-20s are currently in Europe in preparations for a two-week tour in which the USA will play in two tournaments: the Enschede Tournament (June 2-4) in Enschede, Holland and the Monthey Tournament (June 7-11) in Monthey, Switzerland. The U-20's have amassed a 10-5-5 overall record in 2000 and are in early preparations for the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying Tournament to be played next year for the for the FIFA U-20 World Championship to be played in Argentina during the summer.
The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team will play their first international matches of 2000 when they take on the Republic of Ireland (June 8), Portugal (June 9) and Norway (June 11) at the International Tournament of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal. U.S. U-18 head coach George Gelnovatch has compiled a 8-3-1 overall record this year heading into the tournament in Portugal. The tournament is a round robin format with the winner being determined by total points.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Ellinger will play two of the world's most talented youth national teams, Italy (June 5) and Argentina (June 7) at the Mundialito of Salerno 2000 Tournament in Salerno, Italy. Goalkeeper Ford Williams (Raleigh, N.C.), defenders Chad Marshall (Riverside, Calif.) and Hunter Freeman (Allen, Texas), midfielder Sammy Castellanos (Philadelphia, Pa.) and forward Dario Saintus (Arlington, Texas) have been added the U-17s roster for the tournament in Italy.
The U-17s have been in full-time residency in Bradenton, Fla., since January 17 and have compiled a 3-2-3 international record, which includes a recent 6th place finish at the Ballymena Tournament held in Northern Ireland last month.
U.S. UNDER-20 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Goalkeepers - Delvin Countess (Sacramento, Calif.), Doug Warren (Hoffman Estates, Ill.);
Defenders - Nelson Akwari (Houston, Texas), Jose Burciaga (Duncanville, Texas), Ricky Lewis (Spring, Texas), Seth Trembly (Colorado Rapids - MLS), Alexander Yi (Easton, Md.);
Midfielders - Guy Abrahamson (Livingston, N.J.), Kenny Arena (Fairfax, Va.), Kyle Beckerman (Crofton, Md.), Kyle Martino (Westport, Conn.), Carlos Morales (N. Hollywood, Calif.), Trevor Perea (Dallas, Texas), Phillip Salyer (Trophy Club, Texas);
Forwards - Conor Casey (Gilpin, Colo.), Brad Davis (St. Charles, Mo.), Kelly Gray (San Jose, Calif.), Nino Marc-Antonio (Bethesda, Md.).
Enschede Tournament (June 2-4)
June 2 vs. Nacional Montevideo
June 3 vs. Sheffield Wednesday
June 3 vs. FC Enschede
June 4 TBD
Monthey Tournament (June 7-11)
June 7 vs. FC Torino
June 8 vs. Grasshoppers Zurich
June 9 vs. FC. Barcelona
June 10 vs. TBD (semifinals)
June 11 vs. TBD (finals)
U.S. UNDER-18 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Goalkeepers - Steve Cronin (Fair Oaks, Calif.), John Hanley (Indianapolis, Ind.); Defenders - Ryan Cochrane (Portland, Ore.), C.J. Klass (Cherry Valley, Ill.), Carlos Parra (Germantown, Md.); Midfielders - Ricardo Clark (Jonesboro, Ga.), Brian Devlin (Philadelphia, Pa.), Paul Dolinsky (Carmel, Ind.), Michael Enfield (Ventura, Calif.), Ned Grabavoy (New Lenox, Ill.), Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, Calif.), Bryan Jackson (La Canada, Calif.), Wesley Kirk (Bloomfield, N.J.); Forwards - Devin Barclay (Annapolis, Md.), Dimi Colon (Stuttgart, Germany), Kirk Dinnal (Newton, Mass.), Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J.), Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, Calif.).
International Tournament of Lisbon (June 8-11)
June 8 vs. Republic Ireland
June 9 vs. Portugal
June 11 vs. Norway
U.S. UNDER-17 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Goalkeepers - Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, Wis.), Ford Williams (Raleigh, N.C.);
Defenders - Chris Lancos (Belford, N.J.), David Chun (Irvine, Calif.), Gray Griffin (Huntersville, N.C.), Jordan Harvey (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Chad Marshall (Riverside, Calif.), Hunter Freeman (Allen, Texas), Chefik Simo (Plano, Texas);
Midfielders - Josh Villalobos (Fayetteville, N.C.), Heath Pearce (Modesto, Calif.), Craig Capano (Hyde Park, N.Y.), Sammy Castellanos (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jordan Stone (Allen, Texas);
Forwards - Dario Saintus (Arlington, Texas), Santino Quaranta (Baltimore, Md.), Paul Johnson (Princeton, N.J.), Edward Johnson (Palm Coast, Fla.)
Mundialito of Salerno 2000 (June 5-9)
June 5 vs. Italy
June 7 vs. Argentina
June 9 vs. TBD