U.S. Under-20 MNT Notes
January 11, 2005
SIGI AND U-20s GET SET TO KICK OFF QUALIFYING:The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is just a day away from their opening match of the 2005 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament against Trinidad & Tobago at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will kickoff at 8 p.m. PT and is available on Dish Network PPV (see below) and can also be followed live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The match will be part of a doubleheader as Costa Rica and Panama will play in the earlier match, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. PT.
ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: The all_access video from ussoccer.com that became a fan favorite during the full Men’s National Team’s qualifying last year is now being featured with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it begins its journey toward the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland this summer. That goal begins with the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament being held this week at The Home Depot Center, so check out all the behind-the-scenes video as Freddy Adu, Eddie Gaven and the rest of the team begin their journey. Visit the U-20 competitions page to view the latest video.
WILL JOHN PROVIDES THE INSIDE STORIES: You might think you know a lot about the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team. You might know the final 18-player roster that will compete in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, you might know when their training schedule is and you might even know their record over the past year. But what you probably don't know is that Tim Ward is one of the oddest sleepers and the players had a little fun with a snail in the locker room. Well, that’s where midfielder Will John comes in. The Kansas native has decided to share some behind the scenes moments as they get set for qualifying, so read on and find out even more about the U-20s.
DISH NETWORK PPV TO TELEVISE U.S. U-20 MNT CONCACAF QUALIFYING: All three games that the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will play in the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying Tournament will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View on Dish Network. The U.S. opens the tournament vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. PT. The second match is Friday, Jan. 14 vs. Panama at 8 p.m. PT with the final match vs. Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16. Games are available for $19.95 each, and the entire three game package can be purchase for $49.95, and includes three Mexico qualifying matches later in the month. It will be on channels Channels 457 and/or 471. For more information on Dish Network, log on to www.dishnetwork.com.
U-20 QUALIFYING TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: Tickets for the Under-20 world championship qualifying tournament at The Home Depot Center are still available. Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $10 to $24 are available online at ussoccer.com, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Robinson’s-May, Wherehouse Music and Tower Records), by calling 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles), 714-740-2000 (Orange County) or 619-220-8497 (San Diego), and at the Home Depot Center ticket office. Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. Tickets bought at the gate will range in price from $13 to $27.
FINAL 18-MAN ROSTER ANNOUNCED: Head coach Sigi Schmid announced his final 18-player roster for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament. Of the 18 players currently in camp, 13 are in college while five are professional players, four of which play in Major League Soccer – Freddy Adu (D.C United), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars) and Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew). The final professional player is first-choice goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, who plays for ESTAC Troyes in France.
U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Quentin Westberg (ESTAC Troyes), Andrew Kartunen (Stanford); DEFENDERS (5): Patrick Ianni (UCLA), Hunter Freeman (Virginia), Patrick Phelan (Wake Forest), Tim Ward (St. Louis), Marvell Wynne (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS (7): Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), Will John (St. Louis), Benny Feilhaber (UCLA), Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall), Danny Szetela (Columbus Crew); FORWARDS (4): Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Chad Barrett (UCLA), Charlie Davies (Boston College), Jacob Peterson (Indiana).
COSTA RICA-PANAMA, USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO OPEN UP QUALIFYING: The USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama and Costa Rica will compete in Group A of the U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as they attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship this summer. The six-game round-robin will consist of three doubleheaders with each team playing on January 12, 14, and 16. The U.S. plays the second match on each day and open against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, Jan. 12 before facing Panama on Friday, Jan. 14. The U-20s wrap up the tournament against Costa Rica on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The top two finishers in Carson will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from June 10-July 2, 2005.
Jan. 12-16, 2005.
U-20 CONCACAF Final Round Schedule
Date Match-up Kickoff (PT)
Jan. 12 Costa Rica vs. Panama 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 USA vs. T&T 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 T&T vs. Costa Rica 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 USA vs. Panama 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 Panama vs. T&T 12 p.m.
Jan. 16 USA vs. Costa Rica 2:30 p.m.
HOW TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GOT TO CARSON: Trinidad & Tobago earned a berth to the CONCACAF Final Round after claiming the Caribbean Football Union Group A First Round over Barbados, Grenada and Guyana and then eliminating Cuba 6-5 on aggregate in a two-game Second Round Series. T&T defeated Cuba 3-2 in the first match on Nov. 26 in Cuba, before battling to a 3-3 draw in Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 10.
2004 Caribbean Zone
First Round - Group A (Trinidad & Tobago)
Aug. 4, 2004: Trinidad & Tobago 2, Guyana 0
Aug. 6, 2004: Trinidad & Tobago 1, Grenada 1
Aug. 8, 2004: Trinidad & Tobago 4, Barbados 2
Nov. 26, 2004: Trinidad & Tobago 3, Cuba 2
Dec. 10, 2004: Trinidad & Tobago 3, Cuba 3
- The U.S. has faced Trinidad & Tobago 10 times in U-20 CONCACAF Qualifying, The U.S. holds a 7-3-0 advantage against the Soca Warriors, with a substantial goal differential of 28-8.
- Two out of the four teams in Group A – USA and Panama - qualified and competed in the last FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates in 2003.
- Trinidad & Tobago was the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a FIFA World Youth Championship when they advanced to Portugal in 1991.
- Along with Mexico, the U.S. has qualified for a CONCACAF record nine times, but unlike Mexico, the U.S. has never finished first in the Final Round Group.
- U.S. head coach Sigi Schmid, who was hired to replace Thomas Rongen in late October, was also the head coach of the U.S. Under-20 MNT from 1998-99 and lead the team to the FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999.
- Trinidad & Tobago has three players that are currently soccer in the United States. Midfielder Carl Kareem Smith is at the University of South Florida, Makan Hislop is with the University of South Carolina and Kevin Crooks plays for Young Harris College. Also, Abiola Sandy will be attending Bowling Green University next year.
- Defender Carl Kareem Smith was invited in to previous U.S. Under-14 and Under-16 camps, but his father Carl is a Trinidadian, which makes him eligible to play for the Soca Warriors.
- Makan Hislop is the nephew of Portsmouth goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
- Goalkeeper Andre Charles was born in England and had a stint with Chelsea youth club in the past
- The U.S. has a 6-4-4 record in international play in 2004.
- The Under-20s are undefeated (6-0-0) against CONCACAF teams in 2004, getting wins against Jamaica (two), Canada (two), Honduras and Mexico.
- Out of the 13 college players invited into camp, a total of nine schools from five conferences are represented. The Pacific-10 Conference leads the way with five players (four from UCLA), followed by the Big East with three, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA with two and the Big Ten Conference with one representative.
- Arturo Alvarez leads the team in career U-20 caps with 17.
- Will John leads the team in international appearances in 2004 with 12 and international starts with nine. Quentin Westberg leads the goalkeepers with 10 international appearances, all starts.
- John leads all scorers with nine points (four goals and one assist) in international play.
- Chad Barrett is tied with John for the goal scoring lead, also with four strikes in 2004.
- Alvarez leads the team in assists in 2004 with two.
- While being the youngest player on the roster at 15 years of age, Freddy Adu is the only player that played in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, playing in four games, starting three.