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Youth National Team Update: May 11-April 17


U-21 WNT HEAD TO BRAZIL FOR TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team will leave for Brazil on Friday (May 21) and play in the Cataratas Tournament next week in the state of Parana, which borders Paraguay and Argentina in the south of Brazil. The U-21s will play local club team Paulistana Selection on May 23 before kicking off the tournament on May 26 against the Brazilian League All-Star Team. On May 28, the USA will then face China's Under-21 WNT, which they defeated 2-0 this year during a March trip to China, and finish the tournament with a cracker of a match against the Brazilian Olympic Team on May 29. All the matches will take place Cataratas Stadium. Head coach Chris Petrucelli has called in an 18-player roster that features two players currently in Olympic Residency camp with the senior national team in midfielder Leslie Osborne and defender Amy LePeilbet, both key members of the U-21s over the last two years. LePeilbet and midfielder Joanna Lohman are the only two players on the roster who have exhausted their college eligibility, but they are still eligible for the 2004 Nordic Cup Team as "overage" players.
U-21 WNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
May 23        Paulistana Selection
May 26        League All Star Team
May 28        China U-21
May 29        Brazil Selection
U.S. Under-21 Roster
Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M);
DEFENDERS (4): Keeley Dowling (University of Tennessee), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Carmen Watley (UNC);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Lindsey Huie (Portland), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Jill Oakes (UCLA), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Julianne Sitch (DePaul), Nikki Thaden (Texas), Kacey White (UNC);
FORWARDS (4): Tara Hurless (Illinois), Natasha Kai (Hawaii), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Kelly Wilson (Texas).

U-19 WNT LEAVES FOR CONCACAF WOMEN’S QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY: The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will leave this Thursday (May 20) to compete for a berth in the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship at the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, from May 28-June 6, 2004. Head coach Mark Krikorian’s 18-player roster is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the FIFA U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the cutoff date for the 2004 World Championship, which is Jan. 1, 1985. For the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, the United States was drawn into Group B in the eight-team, two-group tournament and will take on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica in first round play. The host Canadians were placed at the top of Group A, along with Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. The top-two finishers in each group will "cross-over" in the semifinals with the winners of those games earning berths to the second FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Thailand from November 10-27, 2004.
U-19 WNT Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Kia McNeill (Avon, Conn.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.), Stephanie Kron (UCLA), Stacy Lindstrom (UCLA), Alexa Orand (Orange, Calif.), Jennifer Redmond (Morristown, N.J.);
FORWARDS (5): Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), Angie Woznuk (Portland).

U-18 MNT TO PLAY THREE MATCHES DURING TOUR OF ARGENTINA NEXT WEEK: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will play the Argentina U-18 MNT and two local club teams during its trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina next week. Bob Jenkins’ squad will leave on May 23 (Sunday) and spend a week training and playing games before returning on May 31. The U.S. will first face Argentina on May 26, before meeting two Argentina clubs, River Plate on May 29 and Boca Juniors on May 31. Jenkins is bringing 18 players for the trip, half of which recently graduated from U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program. MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley is the only professional on the roster, while University of Virginia midfielder Drew Harrison is the lone college player.
U-18 MNT Schedule
Date             Opponent
May 26        Argentina U-18
May 28        Boca Juniors
May 31        River Plate
U-18 MNT Roster
Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Steve Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio);
DEFENDERS (6): Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Mike Orozco (Stanton, Calif.), Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.), Kwame Siriboe (Chino Hills, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (MetroStars), Drew Harrison (University of Virginia), Christian Jimenez (San Dimas, Calif.), Dax McCarty (Maitland, Fla.), Danny Szetela (Clifton, N.J),
FORWARDS (5): Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.), Rich Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.), Mike Grella (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Rodrigo Hidalgo (Atlantis, Fla.).

U-16, U-15 GIRLS FINISH CAMPS AT HDC; U-16s DOWN U-15s 4-0: The Under-16 Girls' National Team and Under-15 Girls' Developmental Team each finished their training camps last week at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U-16 GNT won the only match between the two teams, defeating the U-15s 4-0 behind goals from C.J. Ludemann, Kelly O'Hara and two from Nikki Washington on May 10. The U-16s also played another match the following day, defeating the Laguna Hills Eclipse 3-1 as Jessica McDonald, Kelly O'Hara and Carolyn Blank scored three unanswered goals after the local club team had taken an early lead.
U-16 GNT Results
Date             Opponent                Result     U.S. Goal Scorers
May 10        U-16 GNT              4-0 W     Ludemann, O'Hara, Washington (2)
May 11        Laguna Hills             3-1 W     McDonald, O'Hara, Blank