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Youth National Team Update: Feb. 16-Feb. 23

U.S. U-21 WOMEN HOLD TRAINING CAMP AT HDC, DEFEAT SoCal BLUES 2-1: U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli held his second training camp of 2004 last week at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team finished the camp with a 2-1 win over local club team the SoCal Blues, with midfielders Joanna Lohman and Carly Lloyd providing the scoring in the win. The U-21s are working toward the 2004 Nordic Cup, the top competition in the world for U-21 women, to be held this summer in Iceland. Petrucelli is also preparing the U-21s for their first trip abroad of 2004, a tour of China in March where the team will face several top Chinese club teams.  The camp roster included five players from the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in Keeley Dowling, Sarah Huffman, Jill Oakes, Manya Makoski and Kelly Wilson.
U-21 WNT Results
Date             Opponent                 Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 22        SoCal Blues              2-1 W       Lohman, Lloyd

U-20 MNT TIE CREW 2-2; PLAY TWO MORE MATCHES IN WEEK-LONG CAMP: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team played the Columbus Crew to a 2-2 draw yesterday at the IMG Academy in the first of three matches they will play against MLS squads during their week-long training camp in Bradenton, Fla. Chad Barrett put the Under-20s up 1-0 in the third minute of the game as he was able to collect a loose ball in midfield, beat the last Columbus defender for a breakaway on goal and slot his shot past the ‘keeper. Columbus bounced back to take the lead with two goals in four minutes, getting one right before the half from Ross Paule in the 44th minute and the other two minutes into the second half from Jamal Sutton. The U.S. forced the draw in the 74th minute as George Weah, Jr., still six months away from turning seventeen, collected a Jamie Watson through ball and easily beat Columbus Crew goalkeeper Matt Haefner and the rest of the Columbus defense by putting his shot past a defender covering on the line. The Under-20s will face the Colorado Rapids tomorrow (Feb. 24) at 10 a.m. ET and then finish the camp with a rematch against the Crew on Thursday (Feb. 26) at 9 a.m. ET.
U-20 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                 Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 22        Columbus Crew        2-2 T         Barrett, Weah, Jr.
U-20 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Feb. 24        Colorado Rapids
Feb. 26        Columbus Crew

U-19 WOMEN TIE FULL MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM 1-1 IN TABASCO: After falling to the full Mexican National Team 2-1 in Mexico City last Wednesday (Feb. 18), the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team rebounded to tie Mexico 1-1 on Feb. 20 in Tabasco. In the first game, the U.S. held a 1-0 advantage for the majority of the match after Kerri Hanks finished a pass from Sheree Gray in the seventh minute, but Mexico scored two goals in the last 10 minutes (80th and 88th) to steal the victory. In the rematch, the U-19s got on the board first again as defender Jen Buczkowski scored in the 21st minute, but Mexico converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute to earn a 1-1 draw. The matches were the first two full internationals of 2004 for the U-19s, who are preparing for CONCACAF Qualifying in May for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship that will be held in November in Thailand.
U-19 WNT Results
Date             Opponent                Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 18        Mexico                    1-2 L        Hanks
Feb. 20        Mexico                    1-1 T        Buczkowski

U-17 MNT SPLIT MATCHES WITH FLORIDA ODPs; TRAVEL TO ST. SIMON’S, GA., FRIDAY: The U.S. Under-17 ‘88 Men's National Team split two matches with Florida Olympic Development Teams yesterday, beating the ’87 Florida ODP 2-1, but then falling in the next match to the ’86 Florida ODP 3-1. In their first match, Jonathan Villanueva got the U.S. on the board first in the 39th minute when he finished off a service from Carlos Borja, but Florida was able to find the equalizer 10 minutes after halftime to make it 1-1. In the 71st minute, midfielder Kyle Nakazawa fed forward Cesar Nunez, who was able to knock home the game winner. In the second match, the ’86 Florida ODP took a 2-0 lead early in the second half before Blake Wagner cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 65th minute off a pass from midfielder Dax McCarty, who was one of three normal ’87 MNT starters to start in the match, along with ‘keeper Stephen Sandbo and defender Julian Valentin. The U.S. pushed for the draw, but knocked in an own goal 11 minutes from time, eliminating their chance to complete the comeback. The U.S. Under-17 '87 MNT will travel to St. Simon’s Academy in St. Simon’s, Ga. on Friday (Feb. 27) for matches against Clemson University and the College of Charleston.
U-17 ‘88 MNT Results
Date             Opponent                 Result       U.S. Goal Scorers
Feb. 22        Florida ODP ’87      2-1 W       Villanueva, Nunez
Feb. 22        Florida ODP ’86      1-3 L        Wagner
U-17 '87 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
Feb. 28        Clemson University
Feb. 29        College of Charleston