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U.S. Soccer Wire: U-20s Advance to Quarterfinals

 U.S. U-20s DOWN IVORY COAST 2-0, WILL PLAY ARGENTINA ON FRIDAY AT 11:55 A.M. (ET): The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continued its impressive results at the FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, downing dangerous African nation Ivory Coast 2-0 at Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Midfielder Justin Mapp got the U.S. on the board in the 7th minute when he ran on to a clever pass that Bobby Convey flicked over his head toward goal, dribbling in and easily beating Ivory Coast keeper Drissa Toure to his right. Forward Ed Johnson scored his tournament-leading fourth goal in the 43rd minute to give the U.S. a 2-0 halftime lead, converting his third penalty kick of the tournament after 14-year-old forward Freddy Adu was brought down in the box by Toure. With the win, the  U.S. will now face Argentina (a 2-1 winner over Egypt) in the quarterfinals on Friday (Dec. 12) at 11:55 a.m. ET live on Galavision and’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. After opening with a 3-1 win over Paraguay, the U.S. suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Germany before a 2-0 win over South Korea in their final round robin match was good enough to win Group F, marking the first time that the U-20s have ever done so in nine attempts.

Group F Final Standings
Team           GP    W     L       T       GF    GA    GD    Pts
USA              3       2        1       0       6       4          +2    6
Paraguay         3      2        1       0       4       3         +1    6
South Korea      3       1        2       0        2       3         -1    3
Germany             3      1        2      0        3    5       -2    3

U.S. U-20 MNT Results – FIFA World Youth Championship
Date           Opponent        Result  U.S. Goal Scorers
Nov. 29        Paraguay        3-1 W   E. Johnson, Magee, Convey
Dec. 2          Germany         1-3 L    Whitbread
Dec. 5          South Korea    2-0 W   E. Johnson (2)
Dec. 8            Ivory Coast    2-0 W    Mapp, E. Johnson

U.S. MEN COULD FACE EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, JAMAICA IN SEMI-FINAL ROUND: At the FIFA Preliminary Draw for the 2006 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, last week, it was determined that the U.S. Men's National Team will open their quest to qualify for a fifth consecutive World Cup on June 12 or 13 in Group 1 with a home match versus the winner of an opening-round series between the island nations of Guyana and Grenada. The U.S. will play the away leg of their preliminary round series the following weekend, June 19 or 20. The U.S. Men have never played Guyana or Grenada the full team's 87-year history.  The U.S. also learned their three potential opponents in one of the three Semifinal Round groups, where they could face El Salvador, Jamaica, and Panama should each country advance out of their early-round mini-groups. El Salvador awaits the winner of Bermuda-Montserrat in Group 2, Jamaica faces the winner of Haiti and Turks & Caicos Islands in Group 3, while Panama meets the winner of the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia in Group 4. As qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica cannot face one another until the third and final stage of the qualifying competition.

Complete CONCACAF Preliminary Group Breakdown
GROUP 1: Grenada v. Guyana winner plays USA
GROUP 2: Bermuda v. Montserrat winner plays El Salvador
GROUP 3: Haiti v. Turks and Caicos Islands winner plays Jamaica
GROUP 4: British Virgin Islands v. St. Lucia winner plays Panama
GROUP 5: Cayman Islands v. Cuba winner plays Costa Rica
GROUP 6: Aruba v. Surinam winner plays Guatemala
GROUP 7: Antigua and Barbuda v. Netherlands Antilles winner plays Honduras
GROUP 8: Canada v. Belize
GROUP 9: Dominica v. Bahamas winner plays Mexico
GROUP 10: U.S. Virgin Islands v. St. Kitts and Nevis winner plays Barbados
GROUP 11: Dominican Republic v. Anguilla winner plays Trinidad and Tobago
GROUP 12: Nicaragua v. St. Vincent and Grenadines


MYERNICK CALLS IN 19 PLAYERS FOR DEC. 12-19 CAMP IN CARSON: U.S. Under-23 MNT head coach Glenn Myernick named a 19-player roster for a week-long camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., that will begin on Friday (Dec. 12) and run concurrently with Bruce Arena’s full MNT camp. After having the holidays off, the U-23s will next regroup in January 2004 in Carson for a two-week camp before heading down to Guadalajara in late January for final preparations for the final round of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying from Feb. 2-12, 2004 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Goalkeepers (2): D.J. Countess, Doug Warren; Defenders (7): Nelson Akwari, Nat Borchers, Jose Burciaga, Jr., Kelly Gray, Ricky Lewis, David Stokes, Scot Thompson; Midfielders (6): Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Logan Pause, Kyle Martino; Forwards (4): Edson Buddle, Alecko
Eskandarian, Nate Jaqua, Jamil Walker.

U.S. U-23 MNT TO FACE PANAMA, CANADA & HONDURAS IN MEXICO IN FEBRUARY: The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team last week learned its schedule for the final round of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which will take place from February 2-12, 2004, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The USA will play all three Group A matches at Estadio Tres de Marzo, facing Panama first on Tuesday, Feb. 3, followed by matches against Canada on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Honduras on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kickoff times have yet to be determined for any of the final round matches, but all U.S. games can be followed by fans live via's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The tournament opens on Monday, Feb. 2 with Group B action featuring Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the host nation at Estadio Jalisco. The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-elimination semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Estadio Jalisco, with the winner of Group A meeting the second-place team from Group B, and the winner of Group B meeting the second-place team from Group A. The two semi-final winners will earn automatic berths to Athens 2004 and meet in the final on Thursday, Feb. 12, also at Estadio Jalisco.

GROUP A (All matches at Estadio Tres de Marzo)
Date            Match-up                        Kickoff (local)
Feb. 3         Canada vs. Honduras            TBD
                   Panama vs. USA                   TBD
Feb. 5         Honduras vs. Panama            TBD
                   Canada vs. USA                   TBD
Feb. 7         Canada vs. Panama               TBD
                   Honduras vs. USA                TBD

GROUP B (All matches at Estadio Jalisco)
Date            Match-up                        Kickoff (local)
Feb. 2         Costa Rica vs. Jamaica          TBD
                   T&T vs. Mexico                    TBD
Feb. 4         Costa Rica vs. T&T               TBD
                   Jamaica vs. Mexico                TBD
Feb. 6         T&T vs. Jamaica                    TBD
                   Costa Rica vs. Mexico           TBD

SINGLE ELIMINATION (All matches at Estadio Jalisco)
Date            Match-up                        Kickoff (local)
Feb. 10       Semi #1 (A1 vs. B2)              TBD
                   Semi #2 (A2 vs. B1)              TBD
Final / Third Place
Date            Match-up                        Kickoff (local)
Feb. 12       Semi Losers                     TBD
                   Semi Winners                    TBD

JAMAICA JOINS FINAL ROUND OF CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: Jamaica defeated the Cayman Islands in a two-game playoff series last weekend to become the seventh of eight teams that will compete in the Final Round of CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification in San Jose, Costa Rica, from February 25-March 7, 2004. The eighth and final team will be determined this weekend, as Mexico hosts a preliminary three-team competition with Honduras and Nicaragua that begins Wednesday (Dec. 10) and stretches through the weekend. The winner of the tournament will join the USA, Haitia and Trinidad & Tobago in Group B, while Group A features the host nation, Canada, Guatemala and Jamaica. The eight-team tournament will qualify two teams to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The top two teams from round robin play in Groups A and B will face off in the semifinals of the Final Round tournament, with the finalists receiving CONCACAF's two berths to the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.

Final Round – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying (Women)
Group A: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica.
Group B: Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, (winner of


U.S. UNDER-17 MNT ‘87s GO 2-1-1 AT NIKE FRIENDLIES, FALL TO BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team completed the 2003 Nike Friendlies with a 2-1-1 record, playing four games in as many days in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. opened on Dec. 5 with a 2-1 loss to the Brazil Under-17 MNT, with the visitors striking in the 87th minute for the game winner. The U.S. rebounded to win its next two games, topping the Nike Friendlies All-Star team 2-0 on Dec. 6 and the Richmond Strikers U-18 3-1 on Dec. 7. The U.S. closed out the tournament with a hard fought 1-1 draw with FC Delco U-18 today (Dec. 8).

Date     Opponent                                Result      U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 5     Brazil                                     1-2 L      Sturgis
Dec. 6     Nike Friendlies All-Stars     2-0 W     Sloustcher, Jimenez
Dec. 7     Richmond Strikers U-18     3-1 W      Hidalgo (2), Szetela (PK)
Dec. 8     FC Delco U-18                     1-1 T       Hidalgo

U.S. UNDER-17 MNT ‘88s POST 3-1-0 RECORD AT NIKE FRIENDLIES: The U.S. Under-17 1988 Men’s National Team completed the 2003 Nike Friendies today (Dec. 8) with a 2-1 win over the U-17 Sereno Golden Eagles. The U.S. opened the tournament on Dec. 5 with a 4-0 win over the Colorado Rush U-17 as Jonathan Villanueva scoring a pair of goals. On Dec. 6, the U.S. defeated the Houston Texans 2-0 behind goals from Kirk and Soroka. the U.S. In their only loss of the tournament, the U.S. fell 1-0 to the Brazil Under-17 MNT, surrendering a 33rd  minute goal and failing to equalize despite playing up a man for the final 42 minutes.

Date       Opponent                      Result    U.S. Goal Scorers
Dec. 5     Colorado Rush U-17     4-0 W    Villanueva (2), Kirk, Wagner
Dec. 6     Houston Texans U-17     2-0 W    Kirk, Soroka
Dec. 7     Brazil                                 0-1 L    ---
Dec. 8     Sereno Eagles U-17     2-1 W    Dalpra, Kirk


FINALISTS NAMED, ONLINE VOTING BEGINS FOR 2003 CHEVY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Voting for U.S. Soccer’s four prestigious Chevrolet Athlete of the Year awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female – began today at, where soccer fans around the world have the opportunity to vote once a day through December 31.  U.S. Soccer’s Chevrolet Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the Men and 1985 for the Women. Voting for each of the award finalists is primarily based on competing and excelling at the highest level (both at the National Team and professional level) during the calendar year. Online votes for the annual awards will be tallied and will be equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes, as will 100 votes to be compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives. The winners of the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards win their choice of an all new Chevy Malibu or Chevy TrailBlazer, while the Young Male and Young Female winners are honored with $1,000 donated to the U.S. Soccer Foundation in their name. The top seven candidates for the four awards are listed below in alphabetical order:

DaMarcus Beasley – M – MNT / Chicago Fire (MLS)
Carlos Bocanegra – D – MNT / Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bobby Convey – M – MNT / D.C. United (MLS)
Landon Donovan – F – MNT / S.J. Earthquakes (MLS)
Tim Howard – GK – MNT / Manchester United (England)
Kasey Keller – GK – MNT / Tottenham (England)
Brian McBride – F – MNT / Columbus Crew (MLS)

Shannon Boxx – M – WNT / New York Power (WUSA)
Joy Fawcett – D – WNT / San Diego Spirit (WUSA)
Mia Hamm – F – WNT / Washington Freedom (WUSA)
Kristine Lilly – M – WNT / Boston Breakers (WUSA)
Cindy Parlow – F – WNT / Atlanta Beat (WUSA)
Briana Scurry – GK – WNT / Atlanta Beat (WUSA)
Abby Wambach – F – WNT / Washington Freedom (WUSA)

Freddy Adu – F – U-17 MNT
Edson Buddle – F – U-23 MNT / Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ricardo Clark – M – U-23, U-20 MNT / MetroStars (MLS)
Ed Johnson – F – U-20 MNT / Dallas Burn (MLS)
Mike Magee – F – U-20 MNT / MetroStars (MLS)
Jonathan Spector – D – U-17 MNT
David Testo – F – U-23 MNT / Richmond Kickers (A-League)

Lori Chalupny – M – U-21 WNT / North Carolina
Ashlyn Harris – GK – U-21, U-19 WNT
Amy LePeilbet – D – U-21 WNT / Arizona State
Joanna Lohman – M – U-21 WNT / Penn State
Leslie Osborne – M – U-21 WNT / Santa Clara
Nandi Pryce – D – U-21 WNT / UCLA
Cat Reddick – D – WNT, U-21 WNT / North Carolina

TARPLEY, O’REILLY LEAD UNC TO WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP CROWN: A quintent of U.S. Youth National Team standouts led undefeated and top-ranked North Carolina (27-0-0) back to the top of women’s college soccer, crushing Connecticut 6-0 in the final of the NCAA Women’s College Cup yesterday in front of over 10,000 fans at SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C.  Offensive MVPHeather O'Reilly and former U-19 running mate Lindsay Tarpley each scored a pair of goals, while U-21 stalwarts Lori Chalupny and Alyssa Ramsey added one each. U.S. Women’s World Cup defender won Defensive MVP honors for helping preserve the shutout and holding all of their opponents scoreless in the tournament (36-0). While it was the program’s 17th all-time Div. I title, it was the first championship in three years for the Tar Heels.  North Carolina became the fourth team in NCAA history to go unbeaten and untied, joining the Tar Heels of 1991, 1992 and 1993. The 1981 squad also went unbeaten and untied, but the NCAA was not administrating women's sports at the time.

Results – NCAA Women’s College Cup
Dec. 5    UConn 2, Florida State Univ. 0
Dec. 5    UNC 3, UCLA 0
Dec. 7    UNC 6, UConn 0

THREE FINALISTS NAMED FOR WOMEN’S M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY AWARD: Last year’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels comprise the three finalists for the women’s Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor presented in intercollegiate soccer. The finalists were determined by voting of Division I women’s soccer coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Penn State’s Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.) is joined by the University of North Carolina’s Catherine Reddick (Birmingham, Ala.) and Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.) as the three finalists for the award. The trio will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 9, for a news conference where the winner of the award will be revealed. A banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy to the winner.

U.S. FUTSAL WINS GOAL CUP IN ANAHEIM: The U.S. National Futsal Team thumped Mexico 7-0 on Sunday evening to win the 2003 Futsal Goal Cup, a four-team event being staged at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.  The U.S. opened the tournament with 5-3 victory over Canada on Friday only to suffer a tough 1-0 loss to Guatemala on an own goal on Saturday. Guatemala finished second in the event with six points, even with the U.S., but behind on plus-8 to plus-5 on goal differential.

Futsal Goal Cup Standings
Team                     W       L       T      GF    GA      GD     Pts.
USA                      2        1       0        12       4        +8     6
Guatemala            2        1       0        13       8        +5       6
Canada                 1        1       1        10      10      E         4
Mexico                  0        2      1         5    18     -13   1

MISL’s MONTERREY FURY OPENS WITH ALMOST 15,000 FANS FOR HOME DEBUT: The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) launched a new international era last week, as the Monterrey Fury welcomed the Dallas Sidekicks for their first home game at the sparkling new Monterrey Arena. A near-sellout throng of 14,776 fans – the largest crowd in the MISL this season to date – enjoyed an elaborate pre-game ceremony commemorating the first sporting event at the 16,000-seat arena, and witnessed a thrilling contest as the Fury defeated Dallas 5-4 in overtime on a goal from Genoni Martinez. The crowd was the largest in the MISL since 15,558 fans attended a School Day Game in Dallas last March 22. Completed in mid-November, Monterrey Arena is a world-class venue featuring state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and climate controls. These qualities along with more than 140 luxury boxes allow the Arena to offer superior fan amenities.