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Youth National Team Update: August 9-August 13, 2004

U-19s SPLIT VICTORIES WITH CHINA DURING TOUR LAST WEEK: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team split two games with the Chinese U-19s during their two-week trip to Shanghai, China, last week. The U.S. fell 1-0 in the first match on Aug. 10 after China converted a penalty kick, but two days later displayed their high-powered offense in the second match with a 4-1 victory. Both matches were broken up into three 30-minute periods. In the second match, Megan Rapinoe got the U.S. on the board early in the 11th minute as she finished a pass from Alexi Orand. The U.S. got their next goal in the 39th minute when Yael Averbuch served in a corner kick for Megan Schnur, who knocked it home. The U.S. got its final two goals in the third period, one unassisted from Sheree Grey in the 64th minute before Megan Holmes set up Jennifer Redmond in the 72nd minute. The trip was an important preparation tour as it provided the squad with some vital experience in Asia before the team heads to Thailand in November for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. China also qualified for the World Championship and were drawn into Group B with the African champion, Brazil and the Italy. The USA was drawn into Group C and will face South Korea, Spain and Russia.
U-19 WNT Results
Date              Opponent            Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 10         China U-19s        0-1 L          ---
Aug. 12         China U-19s        4-1 W        Rapinoe, Schnur, Gray, Redmond

U-17 ’88 MNT FINISHES SECOND IN COPA TELEFONICA TOURNAMENT IN PERU: The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team went 1-1-1 to finish second in the Copa Telefonica Tournament in Peru last week. The U.S. opened the four-team tournament against the host on Aug. 10, coming away with a 2-1 victory behind goals from Preston Zimmerman and Quavas Kirk in the first half of play. Ryan Soroka started the attack on the USA’s first goal in the 16th minute, slotting the ball out wide to Kirk as he streaked down the right flank. The lanky midfielder ran the ball down and provided a cross in to the near post for Zimmerman, who one-timed a half-volley. The U.S. doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Soroka was tripped up in the box and Kirk stepped up to the penalty spot to take a two-goal lead. With a strong wind in their face in the second half, the U.S. was able to fend off Peru’s attack and hold on for the victory. In their second match, the U.S. ran into a tough Colombian side that didn’t allow a goal during the entire tournament, falling to the eventual tournament champions 2-0. In their final match on Saturday, the U-17s came back from an early goal by Ecuador in the fourth minute when Zimmerman finished a service from Ofori Sarkodie in the 75th minute. A minute later, U.S. goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner came up with a penalty kick save to secure a 1-1 draw.
U-17 '88 MNT Results
Date             Opponent             Result         U.S. Goal Scorers
Aug. 10        Peru                     2-1 W        Zimmerman, Kirk
Aug. 12        Colombia             0-2 L          ---
Aug. 14        Ecuador               1-1 T          Zimmerman