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U-20 MNT vs. Group D – 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship / Live on MatchTracker

  • U-20 MNT vs. Paraguay – Saturday, Nov. 29 – 8:45 a.m. ET
  • U-20 MNT vs. Germany – Tuesday, Dec. 2 – 8:45 a.m. ET
  • U-20 MNT vs. South Korea – Friday, Dec. 5 – 11:30 a.m. ET

A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the “telly” or that wacky world wide web.

It seems like forever since the original FIFA Under-20 Youth Championship was to be played in United Arab Emirates back in the Spring (initially scheduled for March 25-April 16). The eight months that have passed since the tournament was postponed means that instead of sharing Thanksgiving Day dinner back home with family, they’ll be in a ballroom eating pasta in a city dubbed Abu Dhabi.

The postponement also means that a fair share of U.S. Under-20 players have actually now turned 20. But while some might no longer be teenagers, they’re still being counted on for a solid placing at the USA’s ninth world championship at this age level.

The U.S. will need strong performances from young MLS stars like D.C. United and full Men’s National Team midfielder Bobby Convey, MetroStars forward Mike Magee (who led the U-20s in scoring in 2002 with 14 goals), Dallas Burn forward Eddie Johnson and Indiana University midfielder Ned Grabavoy to earn difficult points against Group F opponents Paraguay (Nov. 29), Germany (Dec. 2) and South Korea (Dec. 5).

In the back, the U.S. is led by a trio of top collegiate defenders in Stanford’s Chad Marshall, C.J. Klaas (Univ. of Washington) and Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara), as well as Liverpool defender Zak Whitbread and Santa Clara goalkeeper Steve Cronin.

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Download this issue of Center Circle (.pdf).

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder [“Best of U.S. Soccer 2003”: Who Should Win]
2) In Threes [w/ U-20 MNT forward Mike Magee]
3) Making it to the Show [w/ U-23 MNT defender Nat Borchers]
4) Queries & Anecdotes [w/ WNT defender Brandi Chastain]
5) Mark That Calendar [U-20 MNT vs. Group D Opponents – Nov. 29-Dec. 5]
6) Superstar!!! [w/ WNT defender Cat Reddick]
7) Point/Counterpoint [Who will win MLS Cup?]
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" [U.S. U-20 World Championship Trivia]

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